The automatic movement is a base Swiss ETA. Perhaps an 2894 given the layout - or a modified 7750. Either way, the movement has been modified given the starting positions of the chronograph - that coincide with the unique layout of the tachometer on the 52 Jag XK 120. The watch case has a AR coated sapphire crystal, and water resistant to 30 meters.
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The rotating diver's bezel is capped with a sapphire crystal ring that adds visual interest as well as scratch resistance. I've always liked that look on watch collection since I first saw it on one of the Blancpain 50 Fathoms watches (which in a way I consider a design influence to this Bremont watch). On the dial, you see more vertical lines that match those on the side of the case as well as the strap. These are meant to evoke the vertical lines on the running boards of the plane (see link to other article above for plane images). The dial is a good mixture of classic dive watch aesthetic, as well as vintage instrumentation panel (with a little bit of a retro pocket watch twist). While the dial is easy to read with purposeful hands, there are is good level of slightly subdued decorative elements. Making for a great "historic" look that still is able to separate itself from other more spartan creations. The flange ring has minute markers on it to match the smaller ring in the middle of the dial. The applied hour markers are large and attractive being covered with lume. There are a few Supermarine 500 dial colors to choose from with the light green and black being the signature look. Though I do like the blue and off-white, as well as the green and silver dial options.
Chronometer-certified automatic chronograph ETA cal. 7750 Valjoux COSC
25 jewels . 28'800 oscillations/h
Power reserve 48h
Etachron regulator system
Glucydur balance bridge
Antishock with Incabloc shock-absorber
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The 44-45mm wide case came in titanium or steel and was made in the 'carbon fiber' era (as I call it). In terms of case size, I am not totally sure, but I think the gold model was a bit larger than the titanium model. The bezel on the top and sides are all inlaid nicely with carbon fiber. This also applied to the chronograph pusher housings on sides of the watch. The chronograph pushers on this model were originally meant to look like gas pedals, but have since been used so much that forget their original theme. I love the woven stitching on the alligator strap. Supposed to look like a racing suit, but (especially on the titanium model) reminds me of a Spiderman web. I believe the crown is meant to look a bit like an F1 car gas cap.
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10. Dr. Ludwig Oechslin,
11. Kari Voutilainen,
12. Roger Smith,
13. FranÃ§ois-Paul Journe.
Patton also makes a non oil filled version of the watch called the Patton P42 Immersion. This model features more options (lots of straps), and a non-PVD black coated case. It is only water resistant to 300 meters, and is probably a better choice for most people unless you love the idea of having a pressurized, oil filled watch on your wrist. I have no idea what the size of the case is, as Patton for some reason never mentioned it. Though given the name of the watch, I would guess 42mm wide. The case has "claws" on each side in polished steel, and the Hyperbare has a PVD black coated steel case. Like I said, the Immersion model is all polished steel. There is an image of an Immersion model at the bottom of this post. Oh, and the crystals are sapphire (about 2.3mm thick).
A lot of people have been asking about the new Praesto Modern Aviator watch (also known as a the Modern Fliegeruhr), and here is your chance to win one. I reviewed one myself here. The cool, modern styled timepiece is fitted with a Miyota 8245 automatic movement. The great dial is super easy to read in a 44mm wide steel case. The watch is available with a black or metallic blue dial, and the black dial is offered with a PVD black or bead-blasted finish.
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While this isn't the first year for the Healey Chrono Automatic watch, this year it comes with a special guest. Apparently, when you buy the watch, you get a hand-made stopwatch (which Frederique Constant called a "stoptimer"). Yes, I know the watch itself already has one of those, but how often to you get the chance to get a mechanical stopwatch that isn't found in a state sponsored sale of items from your local public school's athletic department after much needed modernizing.
Alas, for all my hope of wearing this watch and gazing longingly at a future vacationing on the moon, the piece might be sized too small for my tastes. While it is cubic in appearance (often looks larger) a width of just 34.4mm in diameter seems lacking. There is zero mention by Sinn of this watch being intended for women, but it isn't a large piece. Aside from some modern pieces, Sinn is a brand that doesn't go large. Those looking for a more petite, but good looking (and original feeling) timepiece will find a good companion here.
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RSW is a brand I very much like. What makes me like it more is that most people (even hardcore watch lovers) in the US have never heard of it. It isn't that RSW isn't distributed in the US, just that it isn't distributed that much. RSW stands for "Rama Swiss Watch." I have discussed them before, just not very recently. One of the things that makes the brand different is that they have an in-house designer. This isn't actually all that common, as many many brands have in-house brand directional people. but design is largely outsourced to specialized watch designer firms. But I digress. Many RSW watches (for both men and women) are cool and quirky. I can't claim to love them all, but I love their modern designer twist. I got really excited about the Outland 3H watch that is new for this year. I first wrote about it here on Luxist.
That company Breguet founded has operated virtually uninterrupted since its inception, but by 1999, after several ownership changes, the brand was languishing. The watches being produced were laughably overpriced and certainly not worthy of bearing the Breguet signature. What was once a premier marque, signifying exclusivity and quality, now turned out mediocre product that wasn’t of interest to connoisseurs or consumers. That’s when Nicolas Hayek, the Grand Poobah of the Swatch Group, swooped in to purchase the company and its subsidiaries with the intention of dusting off the brand and burnishing it to a modern glory.
Black hand-stitched calfskin strap with titanium/white gold custom designed deployment buckle attached to articulated lugs
As you saw in the previous article, the partnership with Adventure Ecology and Plastiki led to IWC developing a limited edition Ingenieur watch in steel. IWC has now released an addition piece, but in platinum. It will be auctioned off for charity to support the efforts of Adventure Ecology. With a reserve price of 30,000 euros, it is unclear just how much the solid platinum Adventure Ecology Ingenieur watch will go for. Bidding is now open, and you can enter a bid yourself at the Plastiki website here. The auction will end on August 7th, 2010. Visit the site for more details and to bid.
I have to admit that even though the watch dial is really busy on the PAW-5000 watch, it isn't that tough to read - in fact, I would say it is easy to read. Casio is smart not to add clutter underneath where the hands travel (too much), which greatly assists with legibility. I personally find the hands easy to spot and they have a high contrast with the dial. So legibility is good! Casio took some inspiration from the popularity of the Tissot T-Touch family of watches. Not in the "touch" department, but in using the hands for some of the features. Thus, the orange seconds hand is used a lot in the various functions. It isn't quite as slick as in the T-Touch watches, but the Casio is clearly much less expensive (and will probably last longer). As such, the seconds hand is used as the compass needle in the compass mode, to assist with the barometer reading, to see what timezone you are switching to in the world time function (see the abbreviated reference cities spelled out around the dial), and a few other things. Casio does a good job making you feel that the analog part of the watch plays nicely with the Pathfinder part of the watch.