Bulova Accutron II Surveyor With Precisionist Movement Watch Review

You might be surprised when I get excited aaa replica rolex about a three-hand quartz watch such as this Bulova Accutron II Surveyor ref. 96B213. I know, it is uncommon for me, but read on in the review, and I will explain why I think this is a timepiece collection worth knowing about.

Sometimes I come across as being a major watch snob; and in effect, that is true. I am highly judgmental in how I evaluate timepieces from both a technical and aesthetic perspective. Sure taste is a matter of opinion, but within my set of opinions I am rather critical replica breitling avenger as to what I like and what I don’t. Now having said that, a common misconception some people have is that I only like expensive watch watches. That isn’t exactly the case.

Expensive watches tend to be those which have the best materials, most interesting designs, coolest movements, and overall better composition compared to more mass market watches that strive to remain at or below a certain price level. Of course I am going to be most excited by items produced where cost is less of an issue than those which must make sacrifices for the bean counters. For that reason, it can often appear that my personal interests lay exclusively with high-end fare. But that isn’t true.

A good example of my http://www.mrjack.co.uk/breitling-certifie-watches-uk.html broad tastes is how excited I get when reviewing a new Casio G-Shock with improved features or a simple tool watch that focuses on strict utility. So it isn’t that I don’t like cheap watches, it is rather that I don’t like poorly executed, unfocused watches. So where does that leave this new Bulova and the new Accutron II collection. In short, these are an excellent way to get a genuinely cool watch at a price under $500.

2014 sees the release of the Accutron II collection from Bulova, but explaining it within the historic and modern context of the Bulova brand is a bit complicated. Accutron was the name of the sub-brand Bulova launched in 1960 to house its highly successful electronic tuning fork movements. These pre-quartz movements were the height of watch technology for about a decade. At Baselworld 2014 one of the new Bulova watches released was the Accutron II Alpha collection, which is in honor of the iconic Spaceview. You can read that article for a bit more historic context.

A few years ago Bulova (owned by Citizen) released an interesting new family of quartz movements called Precisionist. aBlogtoWatch has reviewed a series of watches with Precisionist movements, and what is important to know about them is that they are more accurate than traditional quartz movements and they have a sweeping seconds hand like mechanical watches. While most existing Precisionist-based watches are quite thick, for 2014 Bulova has released a slimmer collection of Precisionist-based watches under the Accutron II sub-label.


B r nice Marlohe is OMEGA s Newest Brand Ambassador

The newest Bond girl, B r nice Marlohe, is now the newest brand ambassador for Omega. The half-French half-Cambodian actress portrays S verine in SKYFALL, the James Bond film to be released in November. Marlohe also participated in the opening of Omega s Venice replica breitling chronomat boutique.

Casio Releases New Edifice Watch

Casio recently released the The EQWT720, the newest model in their EDIFICE collection. The price is $580. Take a look at the watch below:

Eberhard Chronograph from WWII Auctioned for 56,000

The Sistema Magini , later called the Metodo Magini by Eberhard & Co., was auction for 56,000 http://www.mrjack.co.uk/breitling-navitimer-watches-uk.html at the Meeting Art Auction House to an unknown buyer. This 24-hour split-second chronograph is said to have flown from Rome to Tokyo and back in 1942, during World War II.

As stated in an Eberhard document dated 1943, an order was confirmed by the Italian Air force for 10 standard and 10 split-second chronographs with the Magini wording on the dial, but then the War ended and they were not realized, making this the only model.

Montegrappa Presents Pope With a Unique Pen

News for pen aficionados: Montegrappa presented to Pope Benedict XVI a Montegrappa N.S. Virgen de Guadalupe Pen. The gift commemorates his first visit to Mexico, while also celebrating the first 100 years of the Montegrappa brand. The pen is an exclusive Montegrappa creation, crafted this year to mark the 480th anniversary of the appearance of the patron saint of Mexico and Latin America, Our Lady of Guadalupe, on the hill known as Cerro del Tepeyac.

Made out of sterling silver and a pearlised green resin, the Montegrappa N.S. Virgen de Guadalupe Limited Edition Pen feeds its supply of ink through a solid 18K gold nib. The top of the cap is a representation of the old replica omega seamaster Guadalupe Basilica, and is made from sterling silver, using a die-casting technique, with a cross that is made from gold through an electroplating process, protected by a clear lacquer coat finishing. The Virgin s aura is attained with golden foil applications, with red and green ceramic accents on her mantle. The watermarked and etched designs making up the churches, the borders and the pen s frame have been outlined with a carefully applied and unique type of ink.


WatchTime Holiday Gift Guide 2013

We re celebrating the holidays with our latest digital exclusive, the WatchTime Holiday Gift Guide 2013. Download the app on the Google Play store or the iTunes App store to purchase this special issue showcasing 111 watches, introduced at this year s Baselworld and SIHH watch fairs, available at retailers this holiday season.

If you re searching for the perfect gift for loved ones who share your passion for timepieces (or another one for yourself C we won t tell), the WatchTime Holiday Gift Guide features watches from 93 brands for you to choose from, with choices from Rolex, Omega, TAG Heuer, and more. The issue is available via the WatchTime app, for Android and iOS devices.

More Vintage Style: 9 Modern Re-Editions of Classical Watches

Last week, I listed 10 of my favorite vintage-style re-edition watches from various brands, but a lot of favorites still got left out. So, due replica omega seamaster to popular demand, here are nine more watches released in the past year or so that I consider among the best at representing the ongoing trend of replica breitling chronomat reviving classical looks.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra Thin: This is a modern re-edition of the original Royal Oak, which debuted in replica breitling navitimer 1972.

SIHH 2014 Preview: 3 New Chronographs From Baume & Mercier Clifton Collection

Next year s SIHH watch fair in Geneva is still nearly two months away, but the watch brands exhibiting there have already begun to offer sneak previews of their new timepieces. The first to do so is Baume & Mercier, which has released info and photos of three new chronographs in its recently introduced Clifton collection.

The first chronograph model in the 1950s-inspired Clifton collection (which thus far has included only a three-hand model with small seconds and a Complete Calendar model with moon-phase) has a 43-mm case and a self-winding mechanical movement from ETA. The case has polished and satin finishes and has a scratch-resistant anti-glare crystal and an exhibition caseback secured by four screws. It is water-resistant to 50 meters.

The dial features a sun satin finish and either blued steel or golden hands. The Arabic numerals and indices are either silver-colored (in the model with blued hands) or gold-colored (in the two models with golden hands). The watches come on either a black or brown square-scaled alligator strap or on a polished/satin-finished steel link bracelet, all with triple-folding clasps.

The movement, ETA s tried-and-true 7750 chronograph caliber, is visible through the caseback; Baume & Mercier has personalized the rotor with snailed and c?tes de Gen ve decoration. The bridges also feature c?tes de Gen ve as well as a circular graining pattern. The movement has rhodium-plated screws, 25 jewels and a 48-hour power reserve.

Tentatively, Baume & Mercier says that the new Clifton Chronographs will be available in April 2014 and will retail at $3,900 C $4,200. Final dates and prices will be confirmed when the watches are launched at SIHH in January.


Ball Watch Engineer II Magneto S With New Antimagnetic Technology

At Baselworld this year, Ball Watch Co. announced the Ball Engineer II Magneto S, a new mechanical watch with a patented magnetic protection system. Ball s new technology, known as the A-Proof device, shields the movement from magnetic fields up to 80,000 Amperes per meter (A/m).

Magnetic fields are a real danger to mechanical watch movements. The effects of even a relatively slight magnetic force can throw off the timekeeping of a balance. When a movement has gone through a magnetic field, it may start to gallop, changing almost overnight from even timekeeping to excessive speed. To that end, watchmakers have employed various technologies to protect movements. Usually, for a watch to be considered anti-magnetic, it must be able to withstand a 4,800-A/m magnetic field and gain or lose no more than 30 seconds per day. The usual method of protection C and one that Ball Watch has used in the past C is to shield the movement in a soft iron cage. This protects the watch up to 12,000 A/m.

The Ball Engineer II Magneto S rethinks the materials used to guard against magnetism. Inside the Magneto s stainless-steel case, the movement is surrounded by a shield made of mumetal : an alloy of nickel, copper, iron, and molybdenum. Known as the A-Proof device, this substance shields the watch up to 80,000 A/m. Ball Watch replica hublot big bang uk calls this a completely new approach to the protection of a mechanical movement.

Although A/m measure a different magnetic field than Gauss do, the 80,000 A/m that the Magneto can sustain is roughly equivalent to the 1,000 Gauss that the Rolex Milgauss is known to protect against.
Additionally, Ball s Magneto includes an exhibition caseback, which has not been possible in traditionally protected anti-magnetic watches. A diaphragm mechanism underneath the sapphire crystal caseback can be irised open or shut by rotating replica omega seamaster planet ocean the bezel. When it s open, you can see the movement, and when its mumetal plates are closed, the http://www.hhibt.com/cheap-panerai-luminor-uk.html caliber is entirely protected.

The Engineer II Magneto S has an automatic RR1103-CSL movement. It is COSC-certified as a chronometer. To protect it against shocks up to 5,000 Gs, it also uses Ball s patented SpringLOCK system. It is water resistant to 100 meters. For timing, it has a standard three hands and a date window at 3 o clock. The stainless-steel case is 42 mm in diameter, and has a screw-down crown. The watch comes on a black cordura strap. The price in Swiss francs is 2,900.


Sound Investments: 10 Notable Minute Repeaters and Chiming Watches

One of the most difficult watch complications to produce, a minute repeater transforms a watch from mere timekeeping device to miniature music box. Below we take a look at 10 minute repeaters and other, even more sophisticated chiming watches that are more than just bells and whistles.

The newest version of the A. Lange & S?hne Zeitwerk Striking Time has a rose-gold case and hands and a silver dial. Unlike most repeaters and other chiming watches, it has its chiming mechanism integrated into the dial design. The black-polished steel hammers are located on either side of the large small-seconds subdial at 6 o clock. The hammer on the right strikes the quarter hours and the one on the left, the full hours. The two gongs, embedded in a recess between the dial and the bezel, are also visible from the dial side. Every 15 minutes, the mechanism triggers the striking of one of the gongs three high-pitched chimes for each quarter hour and one low-pitched chime for the top of every full hour. The watch has a device that can deactivate the chiming mechanism whenever the owner wishes to not be disturbed by it: Simply press the push-piece at 4 o clock and the hammers raise away from the gongs and hold in place, thus silencing the watch. For more details, click here.

The Audemars Piguet Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph is available in a very limited edition of 10 pieces each for both versions, a rose gold and a titanium model. The titanium version, the company says, is ideally suited for the watch s highest complication, the minute repeater, which strikes on two gongs. As many may not be aware, the quality of the sound emitted by a repeater watch is largely dependent on both the case material and the case s dimensions. Larger cases (the Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph s is 47 mm in diameter) and lighter, harder materials (such as titanium) are best suited to maximize the sound volume of the chimes by allowing the acoustic waves to expand inside the case.

At the push of a button (located at 10 o clock), or when it strikes a pre-set time, the Breguet Ref. 7800 Classique La Musicale plays Bach s Badinerie. Its musical mechanism resembles a music box, utilizing a disk with pegs that strike the 15 blades of the keyboard. A membrane made of Swatch s LiquidMetal fitted under the movement amplifies the sound while maintaining water resistance.

The Bulgari Brighella, the first in its series of Commedia del Arte watches, is equipped with a cathedral-gong minute repeater (operated by a slide at 10 o clock) with two hammers, along with a jumping hour and retrograde minutes display. When the watch s chime sounds, the characters on the dial begin moving in choreographed, balletic motions. The case is made of 18k white gold and an alloy called Magsonic, http://www.hmmauto.com/breitling-super-avenger-ii-replica-australia-for-sale.html breitling Super Avenger Military replica developed to amplify the resonance of the repeater s chimes. Click here for more details and photos of the Bulgari Commedia del Arte Brighella.

One of the highlight pieces of SIHH 2014, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon is the eleventh creation in the brand s Hybris Mechanica collection and the first ultra-thin Grand Complication model. The watch is very slim for a minute repeater, at just 7.9 mm thin. It is also equipped with an original tourbillon, a high-performance new balance spring, a peripheral automatic winding system, a retractable single push-button, and a minute repeater equipped with a silent-timelapse reduction system. The watch is equipped with two patented trebuchet hammers that ensure stronger, cleaner striking on the two crystal gongs fixed to the sapphire crystal, which helps to amplify the sound diffusion. Instead of a traditional slide, the minute repeater is activated by a retractable, single push-button, for which Jaeger-LeCoultre has filed a patent, with a discreet locking system at 8 o clock. Visit our Jaeger-LeCoultre brand page for more on this very complicated timepiece.

The Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater is inspired by the brand s namesake, Pierre Jaquet-Droz, known for his automaton creations, which often featured birds. A push-button triggers the minute repeater, which strikes the hours, quarters, and minutes as the birds on the dial come to life. The system uses a cathedral gong whose resonant, mellow tones are generated by two turns around the mechanism. Click here for more on the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater and here to see the new skeletonized version.

At SIHH 2013, Piaget unveiled its first-ever minute repeater, the Piaget Emperador Coussin Automatic Minute Repeater. Activating the slide at 9 o clock triggers the minute repeater on demand, with the sound generated by a gong designed for enhanced transmission of the vibrations C and thus the sound C through the movement and on through the case. In order to preserve the purity of this sound throughout its duration, the movement, Caliber 1290P, is equipped with an inertia flywheel to regulate the rhythm between the start and finish of the chiming. Click here for our full-length article on this Piaget minute repeater.

Germany s Tutima released its first chiming watch with an in-house movement, the Tutima Hommage Minute Repeater, in 2013. Tutima, a Glash tte-based watch company that traces its history back to the 1920s, spent three years developing the movement for the watch, Hommage Caliber 800. breitling Colt replica From the back, the owner can see Tutima s historical insignia, the relief engravings on the cover of the striking mechanism s barrel, and the mechanism that activates the repeater s tiny hammers.

The Ulysse Nardin Stranger chimes the melody of the iconic 1966 Frank Sinatra song, Strangers in the Night on the hour or on demand. The Stranger s movement, which took five years to develop and includes functions that emulate those of a classical music box, is visible through a sapphire crystal in the caseback. The on/off pusher that activates and deactivates the chiming mechanism is located at 10 o clock; the wearer uses this to program the watch to play its Strangers in the Night melody on the hour or not at all.

The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Ultra-Thin Calibre 1731, powered by the astonishingly thin, 3.9-mm Caliber 1731, made its auspicious debut at 2013 s inaugural Watches and Wonders watch fair in Hong Kong. It boasts a 65-hour power reserve and also incorporates the flying strike governor developed for Vacheron s 2755 movement in 2007, which is designed to steady the rate at which the repeater s hammer s strike the gongs. To ensure as clear a sound as possible for the chimes, the gongs are stacked, rather than placed side by side, and connected to the case middle. In this way, the case is made to be as one with the movement; the case is constructed without joints so that it and the gongs can interact metal against metal for an ideal amplitude of sound.


Fratello Friday: Comparing the Original and Modern Omega Seamaster Ploprof

I love a good, modern re-edition watch, but most of the time a lot of watch brands get it wrong wrong case size, wrong movement (or at least not in the right spirit of the original movement), wrong hands, wrong printing, and so on. Sometimes it is just breitling Colt replica one of these things, but most of the time it is a nasty combination of all of them, which doesn t in my mind make the watch a true re-edition.

When Omega introduced its Ploprof 1200M back in 2009 during BaselWorld, I was actually happily surprised to see that the brand did such a good job at first sight. The resemblance with the original Omega Ploprof 600M (Ref. 166.077) was amazing. The new Omega Seamaster PloProf 1200M looked identical to the PloProf 600M version of almost 40 years earlier. We ve written about the Omega PloProf watches several times on my blog, Fratellowatches, but have never taken the time, until now, to put the two models together and have a closer look.

Omega Seamaster PloProf History In A Nutshell

For detailed history on the Omega Seamaster Ploprof 600 I would direct you to this article on the Omega Ploprof s History, written by Jon Wallis. I will give the highlights of the Ploprof history to you in a nutshell, mainly based on what Omega has documented on this timepiece. According to official Omega documentation, it took the company more than four years to develop a solution to create a watch that could handle the extreme pressure that a watch needs to withstand when diving at great depths. Even COMEX divers were involved in the testing of Ploprof prototypes during the Janus operation ( Ploprof stands for plongeurs professionel, or professional divers). At that time, around 1970, Omega was already experimenting with materials like titanium for watches. Fewer than 10 pieces were made out of titanium for testing purposes, but none of them ever made into production, since the price of such a watch in titanium would have been totally crazy.

In the end, Omega came up with the following solution: a monocoque (or monobloc) case made of stainless steel with a locking bolt to secure the setting and winding crown. Of course, the watch needed to be waterproof, but at the same time had to take into account the extreme depths at which divers would be working in a pressurized chamber, where they breathe a mixture of oxygen and helium. The helium gas is able to enter the watch when it is under pressure, as you probably know if you are into diving watches. Instead of using a helium valve, like Rolex did with its Sea-Dweller watches, Omega decided that it would be better to prevent helium from entering the watch in the first place. Omega also wanted to measure the maximum pressure the Ploprof 600M could handle, which resulted in a failure of the watch at 1,370 meters (or 137 ATM) at which the seconds hand stopped due to deformation of the crystal and case. The Omega Ploprof 600M was taken into production in 1970.

Main Technical Differences Between The PloProf 600M and 1200M

The construction of the case and locking mechanism is exactly where the main difference between the original Omega PloProf 600 and the PloProf 1200 of 2009 can be found. The Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M (reference does not have a monocoque case and uses a helium valve. Also, the crown has a different mechanism to it.

Of course, the movement is also different. As you know, Omega is working hard to make sure most of its watches will have the in-house-developed Co-Axial movement. The Seamaster Ploprof 1200 has the in-house developed Caliber 8500 movement that we ve also seen in a number of other Seamaster and De Ville watches. (The original Ploprof 600 uses the Omega caliber 1002 movement.) The new watch still comes with an Isofrane strap or the beautiful, stainless steel mesh bracelet. I won t elaborate on the Co-Axial caliber 8500 movement as it has been discussed here breitling Super Avenger Military replica several times.

The photos in this article show you the differences between the watches in detail. The red pusher (needs to be pushed to rotate the bezel) made of plastic has been replaced by a metal pusher, the side Breitling Super Avenger II Replica of the bezel has changed so there is more grip on the new one, the caseback is now screw-down and has a number of engravings on it (including the Seahorse), instead of just an industrial-looking machined finish. The dial of the new model is also quite different. Not only has the location of the date changed from 3 o clock to 4:30, but it also has a glossy finish and rich hour markers.

In my opinion, the Omega Seamaster PloProf 600 is a dedicated and perhaps hardcore tool watch for divers, whereas the new Seamaster PloProf 1200 is a true divers watch as well as being a timepiece for watch enthusiasts. The new watch was created for a different reason, so to speak. Nevertheless, I would have a hard time making a choice between these two watches in terms of ownership. The vintage Ploprof is awesome and chances are good that the ones you will find out there really have been used for diving purposes (more later). The new Ploprof 1200 is a new watch created by modern machinery and using modern techniques, but I do think that Omega did a helluvajob on this piece. Even with the small design changes and the lack of a monocoque case, it is still a very very cool watch to own. In the end, I believe you can t go wrong with either one of them.

The Ultimate Cool

Although I refuse to believe that this Omega Ploprof was ever a big seller the vintage model or the current model I consider it to be one of the coolest diving watches around. I ve had the Seamaster PloProf on my wrist for quite a while and, although it looks odd at first, it was quite easy to get used to. Both the Isofrane strap and the mesh bracelet are very comfortable and I noticed that even though the size C or rather dimensions C of the watch look intimidating, it is quite easy to wear. I have worn my share of 44-mm Panerai Luminor watches and I have to say that those were more noticeable than the Ploprof in terms of weight. With them, I always felt the urge to take them off after a day of wearing them in the office, but this Ploprof model felt just fine throughout the day.

Probably the ultimate cool was the fact that Italian king of style Gianni Agnelli who was known for making his own fashion rules rather than following the current ones wore this Omega Seamaster PloProf as well, over his sleeves. It shows that even though the Seamaster PloProf was intended as a hardcore divers tool watch in the 1970s, it caught the eye of those who saw watches as a style object. (The photo below was taken from TZ-UK, published by Stefan.)

On the other hand, the PloProf was definitely used by professional divers (like the COMEX and Cousteau divers). With all due respect to Agnelli, that s really the cool factor about this watch for me even though it s likely that the watch won t get to see more water than the occasional hotel swimming pool if I m wearing it. (It is the same with the Omega Speedmaster Pro, really: I know it was on the moon and used by NASA, even though sitting in a 747 at 10,000 meters in the air is probably the closest mine will ever get to outer space.

The Omega Seamaster PloProf C new or vintage C isn t really for the faint-hearted, but in my opinion it is an awesome watch that could be used for daily wear. It is a watch that can take some serious abuse, goes with any kind of attire, and is a great conversation piece. You should be able to find one of the vintage PloProf models fairly easily, but keep in mind that some of them have had a restoration in the meantime and could have a service dial provided by Omega. Make sure you get yourself informed about these details before you buy one. There is nothing much wrong with an all-restored model if you want it for daily use, but keep in mind that it does affect the (collectible) value of such a timepiece. Depending on the condition, we ve found Omega PloProf watches for sale between $6,000 USD and $10,000. Some of these are complete, with box and papers; others are the watch only.

Reference (the current Omega PloProf), is in the brand s current collection, and there are actually five different versions. Three versions have a black dial and either a stainless steel mesh bracelet, black rubber strap, or orange rubber strap. Then there are two versions with a white dial, which come with either a stainless steel mesh bracelet or a white rubber strap. These new models start at around 7,000 euros ($9,400) for the models with a rubber strap.

If you are looking for a serious dive watch that you can wear on a daily basis, with modern technology on board and a comfortable bracelet or strap, the new Omega Seamaster PloProf 1200M is awesome. If you are more into vintage Omega watches, then the PloProf 600M might be more your speed. However, for all-around use (including the occasional dip in a swimming pool), I d lean more toward the current model.


Oris Artix Complication Watch

Oris continues their classy “Complication” watch collection with the Artix. Easy on the eyes, and available with a six-link steel metal bracelet or leather strap. It is a graceful creation, and offers a decent mechanical annual calendar watch (with a symmetrical dial layout) at a reasonable price. With more and more watches like this coming out, I wonder what Oris’ new direction in the States is going to be. I say this because Swiss Oris recently fully took over the US division. So breitling Colt replica Breitling Super Avenger II Replica we will just wait and see.

The Artix Complication looks like it uses a stripped down ETA Valjoux 775 automatic movement in the watch. Though it does not. The 7751 provides these functions (and more), but can be stripped down to this style. Oris instead uses a Sellita SW200 with a module for the annual calendar and moon phase functions. They call the movement the Calibre Oris 915. The style of the layout is in the traditional “triple calendar” look – which is most always appreciated. An interesting point here is the “pointer” style date indicator while uses a dial in the center of the face as opposed to on the periphery of it.

Coming in a 42mm wide steel case, the size is good for most people, and a watch of this style. Crystal is sapphire, with another one over the caseback. Oris says that they place SuperLumiNova on the hands and indices, but I don’t see lume on places other then the hands. I quite like the sloped flange ring with the applied metal Arabic hour numerals – a nice touch. I think http://www.hmmauto.com/breitling-super-avenger-military-replica-australia-for-sale.html that overall the dial should have a nice three dimensional feel to it. You tend to see Oris watches like this designed well, and I appreciate that they are competent with dive, racing, vintage style, and classy watches alike. Price should be somewhere in the $2,000 range.

Not totally sure what movement is inside the watch. Likely an ETA 2824-2 automatic (or Sellita SW200). The rear of the watch has a sapphire crystal exhibition window with a view into the movement where you can see Oris’s signature red toned rotor. Overall it is a cool looking technical watch with a gimmicky, but nevertheless well designed face. Too bad I don’t know or care about the guy who the watch is named for, and that it will likely be a bit more expensive than it should. Look for both of the limited editions (of 997 pieces each) available soon.


A Zenith Made Nazi’s Watch: A Watch With A History, For Better or Worse

From time to time, we feature a watch that is closely associated with a tragedy. One example of this was the 1972 Longines Munich Edition, which will always be tied to the brutal killing of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches.

Today we are bringing you a watch that was issued and worn by the Deutsche Heer (German Army) during the second World War. Yes, this is a Nazi’s watch. Produced by Zenith in 1940, this watch good original condition, measures 35mm without the crown, and features German property markings. It has a simple black face with a sub-seconds dial, and comes on a brown hublot big bang king replica calf-skin strap. It is your typical military watch, simple and small, but from a storied Swiss manufacturer. This watch is hand-wound and is selling for a very reasonable price of $599.

We don’t know too much about Zenith’s relationship with the Deutsche Heer but this watch was produced and issued right in the heart of the conflict, and we are sure the wearer bore witness to, and quite possibly enabled, some horrific acts. We don’t know the true history of this watch, but we can guarantee there are some stories to be told, for better or worse.

Rare Rolex Daytona Without the Daytona: Zenith El Primero Chronograph

The world of wristwatches is all about supply, demand, and trend. Some watches become hot for no tag heuer replica reason at all, and they end up selling for thousands above their mechanical worth. But we here at Hodinkee like to think of ourselves as above the frey, we see what is really going on. So when someone comes up to us a party (knowing we work for Hodinkee), and flashes his or her Rolex Daytona to us waiting for praise and acclaim…well they’ll be waiting a long time.

Yes it’s true we do love so many of the rare Rolex Daytonas, but the average model (the watch that nobody can get but everybody has), is really nothing special, from an engineering standpoint. A watch that usurps the standard Daytona in terms of ridiculousness of price and demand, is the Daytona featuring an El Primero movement from Zenith.

El Primero Daytonas are some of the most hard to come by, most sought after Rolexes of the last 20 years (we found one here being offered for $16,000). So we are here to tell you you can get the very same movement, in its original form, for about 17% of the price of the Daytona…and you’ll get the instant respect of the Hodinkee team (and we know how much that means to you). We are talking about an original Zenith El Primero Chronograph from the 1960s.

Here is a 1969 Zenith Chronograph featuring the El Primero movement. This is what the vendor has to say about it:

All original 1969 vintage ZENITH EL PRIMERO AUTOMATIC SS 3-register chronograph date with famous cal 3019 PHC in excellent condition. Mint all original signed Zenith El Primero Automatic 2-tone ocean blue/silver dial set against chrome white hands, signature red El Primero square-tipped second-hand flyback, large raised chrome mirror baton markers, inner silver 60 sec marker ring, outer ocean blue Doctors 15 pulsations tachometer 200 to 60 kph track, 3 large crisp satin/silver sub-registers (60 sec – 30 min – 12 hr), quick-set date at 5 o’clock with signed T-Swiss Made-T at 6 o’clock in mint original condition.

This watch is quad signed (case, face, movement, crown) and is selling for only $2750. Now you tell us…would you rather have a watch from the 1980s and 90s that looks just like every other watch you see strolling around Manhattan? Or would you like a http://www.hmmauto.com/tag-heuer-formula-1-replica-australia-for-sale.html watch from 1969, featuring the same movement, that looks NOTHING like anything you see day to day? Oh and the latter doesn’t cost you the price of a Toyota (keep in mind both of these watches are made of stainless steel, feature the very same movement, and yet one is over 5x the price).


A $620,000 Asymetrical Tourbillon For A Left-Handed Sprinter

Remember last year in London, when Jamaican sprinter, Yohan Blake, was spotted wearing a Richard Mille watch during his silver medal-winning 100 meter race? Well, today we saw the RM 59-01, Blake s new timepiece. Of course Richard Mille is known for its sport-specific watches but this one really takes that to an extreme. It s not only designed for a sprinter but for a sprinter who wears his watch on his right wrist.

The RM 59-01 has an asymmetrical case (50mm x 43mm x 16mm), shaped to be aerodynamic for a sprinter like Blake, who favors his watch a droit. The case is, as you would expect, a lightweight composite and the handwound tourbillon movement is built to take the enormous shocks and G-forces that result from being sliced through the air on the arm of an Olympic sprinter.

Beyond the considerable technical prowess, the 59-01 has stylistic cues that refer to the man they call The Beast. Aside from the Jamaican yellow and green, the movement itself has so-called Beast bridges, which are splayed out breitling replica to resemble a claw, a nod to Blake s trademark running style, with his fingers ripping through the air.

The RM 59-01 is limited to 50 pieces with a price of $620,000. And it still won t help you run faster. Live pics will be coming soon.

Pre-SIHH: Introducing The Richard Mille RM036 Tourbillon G-Sensor Limited Edition Jean Todt

Richard Mille is never one to shy away from the extreme. And with the new RM036 Tourbillon G-Sensor Limited Edition Jean Todt, he is staying true to form but with a new complication. In addition to the lightweight architecture and large tourbillon that you’re no doubt familiar with, Mr. Mille has added a G-Force sensor to the RM036.

The RM036 starts with the thick (16.15mm to be precise) tonneau shaped case that Richard Mille is known for, this time crafted from lightweight titanium. Inside is a skeletonized carbon nano fiber baseplate, grade 5 titanium bridges, rigidified arcap central bridge, and the usual Richard Mille spline screws holding everything together. The idea here is to maximize rigidity and longevity of performance, even under harsh conditions.

Beyond this architecture, the RM036 is still a tourbillon. The tourbillon has a free spung variable inertia balance, which helps the watch maintain accuracy after suffering shocks, and the barrel is both fast-rotating and has progressive recoil, making the force delivered more constant over Breitling Super Avenger II Replica time.

But the centerpiece of the RM036 is the G-Force recorder, the first in a Richard Mille watch. In the event of rapid deceleration, the amount of G-Force experienced by the wearer is displayed at 12 o’clock. The scale is graded from green to red, alerting the wearer as to whether or not the amount of force is safe for the human body. Presumably if the needle flies into the red zone you won’t be checking your watch, but it is a cool complication nonetheless. To reset the meter at any time, you just pump the push-piece at 9 o’clock.

The crown at 3 o’clock also has a push-piece in the http://www.hmmauto.com/breitling-chronomat-44-replica-australia-for-sale.html center, which allows you to select winding, neutral, and hand-setting modes. At 4 o’clock there is a small display marked W N H, so you never have to wonder which mode you’re in. A simple push and the needle jumps to the next mode. Additionally, the module for setting the time is actually located behind the rest of the movement, making repairs easier and less invasive should they be needed. Very cool idea.

The RM036 will be produced in a limited edition of 15 pieces. Both pricing and availability will be finalized at SIHH in January, so stay tuned for details.


Live From Basel, The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Gains

Enjoying the day’s first meeting with Patek Philippe afforded not only time with the incredible 5270, but also a pleasant surprise courtesy of the sporty Aquanaut line. New for 2011 is the reference 5164, which sees the welcome addition of a dual time complication.

The familiar dial boasts a second hour hand, replica cartier Ballon Bleu hollowed out, for easy tracking of a second time zone. What you will not find is a 24 hour chapter ring upon which to track that second time zone. Instead, Patek has fixed two apertures flanking both sides replica Audemars Piguet uk of the dial, one labeled home, the other, local. These indicate either a white or black swatch, indicating am/pm. This reference proves effective at a glance, and we appreciate the resulting un-compromised dial design.

These unique features come thanks to a new automatic caliber, the 324 S C FUS, on display through the sapphire-crystal case back. At a touch over 40mm and sporting a composite strap, this is one Aquanaut sure to prove as wearable as it is practical. Price should be around $32,300.

Patek Philippe Introduces The Reference 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph (LIVE PHOTOS)

Patek Philippe is known for many things, but if there was one combination of complications for which http://www.mrjack.co.uk/cartier-calibre-watches-uk.html it is legendary, it is the Perpetual Calendar Chronograph. Beginning with the 1518 (explained in full HD-video here), these watches have come to define Patek.

Today, we saw the introduction of the Patek Philippe Reference 5270G, the first incarnation of the perpetual calendar chrono based on Patek’s own, in-house manufactured chronograph movement. This watch will, over time, phase out the famed Ref 5970, and marks an important landmark for the brand.

The manually wound movement features a central chronograph hand and instantaneous 30-minute counter. Day, month, leap year , and day/night indication are also present. The dial is silver opaline and the hour markers are black oxidized (a very cool look, btw).

The case is in white gold and sized at 41mm. Price will be around $155,700.

Update: Unique Patek Philippe Minute Repeater Sells for $710,500

Remember that unique Patek Philippe Minute Repeater we told you about two weeks back? You know, the one that was unlike any previous reference repeater the watch collecting world had ever seen. It came specially ordered with an oversized crown and slide, a unique dial, featured a caliber never known to exist, and it was retailed by Cartier? Well, it sold yesterday in New York for a pretty hefty chunk of change.

Lot 275 at Antiquorum’s March 2011 sale brought in over $710,000. Not bad for a watch that was described by the consignor as “the ugly watch in the drawer.” A historic watch, and a fitting price.

Click here to read more about this spectacular watch, and see it in a live video we filmed where you even get to hear it chime!