Inside is an ETA 2894-2 automatic movement with the a chronograph module. This is of the highest grade chronograph enabled movements available, and is visible through the case back. The chronograph pushers are very easy to use, especially without looking on this model, and are a pleasure to engage given the high quality of the movement. Being a bi-compax chronograph, tere are only two subsidiary windows meaning that this a 30 minute counter, rather than a 12 hour counter that is common with the a tri-compax or Valjoux 7750 type of movement. I do really love the use of the two large symmetrical counters; legibility is top-notch.
This is a nifty idea, and I am glad that we are seeing it from an Italian watch maker first. Welder is a bit new to the watch game offering arguably more modern looking large watches similar to U-Boat and the Bell & Ross BR01 line of watches. Large square designs house provocative round dials with everything from functional to minimalist looks. Priced aggressively among competitors, Welder seeks to be a fashionable and less expensive alternative to some of the other players. Most of their watches have quartz movements, with a few mechanical options either now or coming in the near future.
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Then you'll find a flat gray ring with the Roman numerals attached to it. There is also a date window (with nicely beveled edges) neatly included on this surface. Move in more and you'll see a lighter gray surface with a circular texturing that has the necessary text. "Tiffany & Co," and on mine "Certified Chronometer" above "Automatic." That lets you know that this watch has been sent to the Chronometer certification organization in Switzerland (as stated before, the watch also comes with the certificate), and that this version of the watch is not the lesser quartz model. I like everything about the dial and face. I've considered whether or not the darker gray area (where the Roman numeral are located) needed to be spruced up a bit, but then decided that the face would have looked to busy if that were the case.
Hermes would be offering a stellar package if the leather strap was used the high quality Hermes leather. Not sure about this, but it is entirely possible. The strap also uses a nicely polished steel deployment rather than mere buckle. There are actually two straps (leather or alligator) offered and a steel bracelet. So here you have it, a great offering from Hermes in the form of a new diving watch. Really subtle good looks on an impressive watch fit for a fashionista, or otherwise.
The Tiffany & Co. Mark T-57 Tri Retrograde came in both stainless steel and 18k gold. The steel version here retailed for over ,000 (gold version was almost ,000). It was a pricey model, but you got the Tiffany name, and Tiffany style. While the design certainly has a degree of grace, the Mark T-57 line was always very sports oriented in looks. The case features rare use of vulcanized rubber, which can been seen on the bezel and tips of the pushers and crown. It has a soft feeling that feels like high quality foam, but stronger.
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