THE GREEN SUBMARINER WATCH

June 22, 2018 by  
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James Bond is the most famous wearer of the very first Rolex Submariner which had no date. He wore it in Dr. No, and the watch he had had no crown guard. We think it’s much older than the 5512. Today, you can get a nice Rolex Submariner 5512 for around $10,000 but if you pick a non-chrono which is the ref 5513 you can get it for around $4000-$5000 complete with papers and a box. Perhaps you can try checking your dad or grandpa’s drawers, maybe you’ll see one lying somewhere gathering dust.Our most loved vintage Rolex Submariner has a date feature, and it’s the reference 1680 model. It came out in 1967 when Rolex finally realized that the date window might come in handy for divers. This 1680 model is known as the Red Submariner. By the 1980s, the watchmaker began using sapphire crystals and eventually shifted to a newer kind of movement. They created a Submariner with the then highly sought after plexi crystal.

The only way to know for sure is to take the watch into an Rolex authorized dealer or other high end watch shop and have them remove the case back and see what kind of movement is inside. That’s the only way to know for sure. The Two Tone Blue dial Submariners are a classic Rolex and are all but impossible to visually verify if one is real or not. Same for the Stainless Steel (SS) Black dial classic model 16610. You may not be able to tell a real one from a fake one unless you have the back removed and check the movement inside. If you’re going to try and buy a used Rolex Submariner on the internet, it is critical that you know who you are buying from.

The latest Submariners carry plenty of the features of the older Submariner models and wearing them is a real pleasure. The ref 16610 is the one with stainless steel and a date but now there’s the all gold and bi-color watches and they have ceramic bezel, bulky lugs and enhanced clasp and bracelet.The Green Submariner is a time limited edition to mark the collection’s 50th anniversary. But take note that Rolex is always known for being vague about years and production numbers so if you want to have the Green model it’s best to buy it now because at any time Rolex could stop its production.

HERMÈS ARCEAU CHRONO TITANE WATCH

June 14, 2018 by  
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Case in point on the Hermès Arceau is the ring of italicized and radially-aligned Breguet-style Arabic hour numerals. These theoretically belong on dressier watches but in my opinion help add a refined character to this and other sportier designs. A slightly textured matte charcoal gray dial contrasts very well with the hands and hour markers. Hermès effectively uses red color accents on the dial to enhance the sportiness of the design, and leaf-style hands (also a formal versus sporty design element) are acceptably legible.

The Arceau case is said to be inspired by Hermès’ history with producing equestrian riding equipment and saddles. The round case has a unique way of playing with asymmetry by having a different lug design for the top and bottom of the watch. The inspiration according to Hermès are riding stirrups. The upper lugs are loop-style even though there is a traditional pin bar securing the strap. On the bottom part of the case the strap connects more directly to the case. Strap width is 21mm wide on both ends. The resulting look is one that provokes the eyes but does not offend one’s sense of good design given the balanced look. Hermès has used the Arceau case for a long time as it has consistently been a successful seller for the brand. Sport versions of it like this Arceau Chrono Titane are in my opinion quite rare.

As the “Titane” part of the product’s name implies, these watches are produced from titanium. Hermès uses grade 2 titanium for what I believe is its slightly darker color. I happen to really like how the Arceau-style case feels in titanium in both aesthetics and the lightweight feel on the wrist. According to Hermès the 41mm wide width of the Arceau Chrono Titane positions it as a “very large model” though comparatively speaking it certainly is not. The rear of the case is also in titanium and has a pleasant Hermès brand motif – though a view to the movement through a sapphire crystal window would have been appreciated. Over the dial of the watch is an AR-coated sapphire crystal and the case is water-resistant to 30m (not super sporty).

Inside the Arceau Chrono Titane is an automatic mechanical chronograph movement produced by Hermès’ own movement manufacture, Vaucher. The movement is appropriate without any particular standout features aside from the fact that I don’t worry about its operational characteristics, since it was designed to be reliable. The movement operates at 4Hz (28,800 bph) with a power reserve of 42 hours. Functions include the time, 12-hour chronograph, and the date with a window positioned between 4 and 5 o’clock.

For the money I think there is fair value here. Normally I come to expect serious price premiums for any wristwatch coming from a major fashion house like Hermès. No, the Arceau Chrono Titane is not a budget watch, but it doesn’t feel terribly overpriced given the branding, case and construction quality, movement, and ability to serve as a timeless, versatile fashion item. As I mentioned above, Hermès is offering the titanium-cased Arceau Chrono Titane with two Barenia leather strap options. One is in “natural” brown calfskin leather and the other (my favorite) is on the black, embossed strap with its hip horizontal “quilting” pattern. What a difference a strap makes, right? This might be the first Hermès timepiece I’ve seen that is meant to go with a cool biker’s jacket

Replica Portugieser Annual Calendar Watches

June 7, 2018 by  
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After the Portugieser minute repeater, the Portugieser 7-day power reserve, the Portugieser perpetual calendar, the Portugieser Tourbillon Mystère, the Portugieser constant-force tourbillon and the recentPortugieser 8-day hand-wound movement it is now the Cheap Replica Watches that starts to court for the sought after and limited space on our wrists.

The Portugieser Annual Calendar is powered by the new IWC-manufactured 52850 calibre. The watch symbolizes the launch of an IWC initiative to produce further series of in-house calibre families in the years ahead. Located at “12 o’clock” on the dial, IWC Replica annual calendar shows the month, date and day in three separate, semi-circular windows. The switching mechanism automatically takes into account the differing lengths of individual months. Unlike a perpetual calendar, however, the annual calendar is unable to factor in the differing length of the month of February or the leap years. Once a year, then, at the end of February, it requires manual correction. For the development of the annual calendar module, IWC’s watch designers ensured that the correction could be carried out easily and conveniently using the crown

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Across the entire Cheap IWC Replica family, the rotors have been made slimmer, while the bridges are more open and inset with a solid gold “Probus Scafusia” medallion. This way, even more details of the movement with its two barrels can be seen. The improved Pellaton winding system with the practically wear-free components made of black and white ceramic is also clearly visible.Thanks to this elegant solution, the engineers were able to dispense with a corrector, which would have compromised the .IWC Replica Watches Annual Calendar’s purist design.
With its voluminous 44.2-millimetre case, grooved bezel, classic railway-track-style chapter ring, slim feuille hands and almost unchanged Arabic numerals, the Portugieser Annual Calendar very closely resembles the original Portugieser of 1939, a veritable design icon.The small seconds subdial, however, is not positioned at “6 o’clock” as in the original, but at “9 o’clock”. The subdial on the opposite side contains the power reserve display. I am pretty sure that the rare combination of an annual calendar and 168-hour calibre will make this latest complication an attractive for watch connoisseurs.

Highly Evolved Gifts Of Time

June 1, 2018 by  
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The signature oyster case in polished premium grade stainless steel is presented on the Jubilee bracelet in brushed premium grades stainless steel with polished 18K yellow gold link accents. The signature fluted bezel in polished 18K yellow gold encircles the black dial with a magnified Cyclops date window at the 3 o’clock hour, gold colored baton hands and hour markers.

Features include a locking screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 100 meters or 330 feet and a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial.

The attractive black rubber strap adds to the sleek contemporary design. The legible black dial with fluted detail on the background features small-second and 12-hour sub-dials, luminous baton hands and hour markers.Features include an exhibition skeleton case back, a 42-hour power reserve and water-resistance to 100 meters or 330 feet. The Alpina Avalanche Regulator Mechanical men’s watch is 44mm in diameter and 12mm thick.

The Oris Artelier Mechanical Men’s Watch is another exemplary mechanical timepiece choice. The contoured round case in polished premium grade stainless steel is presented on a brown alligator-textured leather strap. The handsome onion-shaped crown with fluted detail adds distinction.

The silver-colored dial features a small-second sub-dial, silver-tone skeleton hands and silver-tone hour markers. Features include an exhibition skeleton case back along with a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 30 meters or 100 feet. The Oris Artelier Mechanical Men’s Watch is 40mm in diameter and 7mm thick.

Smart watches are a popular gift choice this holiday season. After all who wouldn’t want a wristwatch that delivers text messages and also lets you know someone is calling you on your smart phone, not to mention keeps track to each and every step you take during the day.

Like smart phones and other high-tech necessities, one of the caveats of owning a Smart Watch is the fact that newer models with advanced technology will me making current models obsolete in no time at all. I do not own a smart watch and personally have no intense desire to get one anytime soon.

Call me old-fashioned or a traditionalist, but I prize the time-honored excellence and precision craftsmanship of both Swiss-made mechanical and automatic timepieces. Each feature intricate bespoke movements inside that were originally conceived hundreds of years ago