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Like the IWC Vintage Pilot, the IWC Vintage Ingenieur will also have a limited edition (500) watch in platinum. Again, this is an odd decision from practical standpoint, but the watch will be nice. Platinum is the most expensive of metals, and the hardest to work with. The metal alone costs about ,800 an ounce at current rates. The standard run of watches will be in steel. The size of the case is just over 42mm, and it features a semi-raised and domed sapphire crystal to mimic the look of the original IWC Ingenieur. Look for it soon Ingenieur fans.
The Rolex is the most expensive watch on this list (,000-,000 depending on metals used) and does the least, but you get to know you’ve got a Rolex when you are living the spartan life eating coconuts and roots. Instantly recognizable for what it is, the Rolex GMT Master II takes the classic Rolex Submariner watch and adds a GMT hand for a second time zone, and gold if you are lucky (even the hands are made of white gold, if you can tell). You can use the rotating bezel to measure times of up to an hour, and it can take you deep underwater with is admirable depth rating (Rolex did invent the water resistant Oyster case). The bezel is now made of ultra-hard ceramic to ensure no scratches, this watch is sure to take a beating an still look good if you manage to build a bar or lounge out of washed up debris. This watch is for the confidant castaway. When you don’t think you need the functions the other watches provide, and wish to tell stories upon your (hoped) rescue of how it was just you and "the Rolex" out there battling the elements. You can always trade it for safe passage back to civilization on a passing ship. Keep one in your luggage at all times.
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Currently, there is a fine example of a Limes Endurance Rallye Chronograph available on eBay. Certainly worth an addition to a collection, as this watch is appealing, and easily works as an everyday watch. The one for auction comes with the steel bracelet, but this watch would also look great by placing a perforated leather strap, or one with contrast stitching.
Further, it is not necessarily the case that craftsman quality watches are more expensive that assembly line watches. For example, Rolex watches are mostly assembly line watches and command 00 - ,000 for a new watch. On the other hand, a Marcello C watch is assembled by a dedicated craftsman and commands from under 00, to 00. For this reason it is important to ask how the watches are assembled before making a purchase decision.
As stated above, the little details about this watch are what make it a pleasure to look at. Notice the small face designed into the moonphase, which itself is gold plated. This is a commonly used feature in luxury watches, and represents that while measurements are important, one should take time in stride and not focus on limits of time, but more on the elapsing of time. The dial of the watch is crafted in what is called "Japanese Rose Wood." A special lacquering technique used to create a reddish brown that sparkles as though it contained small stars. This slightly cosmic look goes with the stars in the moonphase indicator and is reminiscent that our calendars and time telling itself base themselves on the skies and Earth movement through the cosmos.
Marcello C watches have a limited although existing distribution in the US. There are now at least 2 authorized dealers, and Marcello C watches show up on eBay from time-to-time. If you want a great-looking, well-built classic-looking divers watch, you really cannot go wrong with the Marcello C Nettuno 3, or any other Marcello C watch for that matter. I owe Marcello C a lot because as I said earlier, it was the brand that got me into nice watches in the first place.
Back in December I raved about the very well-done Linde Werdelin Land Instrument. The curious watch computer was more than a futuristic digital module on your wrist. It was a senor laden array of features and important data. British Linde Werdelin created the Land Instrument to fit on top of its existing watch line, literally. The Land Instrument can be used alone, on its own watch strap, or mounted right on top of a Linde Werdelin Biformeter watch.
Those more vested in watch movement will of course have more to say about the inner workings of the C1 Chronograph. While interested in the concept of course, it is the external elements which make one lust after a watch. The Concord C1 has a display back, but the movement inside lacks any decoration or particular interest. You are simply reassured that a mechanical movement does in fact live inside your new investment.
From your perspective, you can easily tell a good quality metal used on a watch. The easiest way is to look how well machined it is. Only quality metal can be machined with high precision. Sharp angles, and high detail on a watch indicates good metal. The heft of a watch, also operates as a good indication of metal quality. Next look at well pieces fit together. Are there many gaps? Are pieces flush with one another? Does the metal bracelet flow easily over your hand. Like I said, craftsmanship has a lot to do with this as well, but good metal is more solid, and results in more solid shapes. The better a metal, the more of an angle you have give it. You can easily appreciate a watch crafted from good metal. It is the other type of metals which concern me more, and result in people wearing "chinsy" looking watches.
Schwarzenegger: This watch is relatively simple when it comes to complications, which are the different functions and complexities in a watch's movement. Both watches are self-winding mechanical automatics. The Schwarzenegger offers basic seconds, minutes, and hours readings, along with a 12 hour chronograph (12 hour stopwatch). It also has the date, but that it is. Unlike lesser chronographs however, this movement has a high power reserve of 60 hours when fully wound, and remarkable accuracy.
For all they Apple does wrong, they do right in marketing and hiring clever lawyers. They would be stupid not to be a few steps ahead of their own game, but it is not beyond them to make decisions that have immediate effect and deal with the consequences later. For example, the price of the iPhone was 0 for the 8gb model when it first came out. Soon after the lowered the price to 0. They did this because they knew it would sell very well at first and that people would pay for it. Their consolation to the early adopters was a refund of 0 if they wanted. Regardless, they still paid at least 0 more than they needed to. This shows you how Apple plays the consumer field like a game, understanding that consumers can be herded like cattle, and are easily influenced by aggressive marketing tactics.
All Xemex are the free moving lugs, straight lined number indicators, and hands of the watch. The font type of the "12, 3, 6, and 9" are graciously taken from the Bell & Ross BR-01 models and migrated well to this Xemex. Further, Xemex squared out the otherwise rectangle shape of the Avenue series to better represent the look of the BR-01. The placement of the round date hole is hearkens to instrument panel watches, but the round hole design (versus square) is also iconic of Xemex. The result is truly a nice melding of the design success of both Xemex and Bell & Ross.
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Other than having the picture of Saddam on the face of the watch, the Certina is a "DS" watch model and most likely features a quartz movement with a gold plated case and leather band. A respectable watch by most standards, and certainly a testament to another era in world politics. In 2001 Iraq was by no means popular, but was flying under the radar a bit in terms of the geopolitical scene. It is hard not to compare this watch with something that might have Adolf Hitler's face on it, or any other infamous man of genocidal reputation.
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U-Boat watches are pretty sturdy, and have a nice feel for such watches. They are undoubtedly the highest quality watches to display this theme, though they are not the only watches that combine retro military looks and with submarine conventions.
Bell & Ross was formed in France very recently in watch years. Since the mid 1990s, Bell & Ross has taken a mission to make instrumentation and vintage watches cool again with often modern interpretation. All Swiss movements, and stunning design, the home run hit by the BR-01 series gives Bell & Ross the power and potential to take new risks. Never satisfied with mere image, Bell & Ross consistently provides watches that can back their image up with durability and performance. Expect to pay a premium for watches that actually back their sporty looks up with endurance in all conditions.
The Louis Erard 1931 Classic Moon Phase, for those who appreciate the beauty of pure refinement.
The Breiting Superocean Heritage has function in mind as well as style. It is a classic diver's watch through and through. Typical features include an easy to grip rotating bezel for time measurements, as well as a depth rating of 200 meters. 100 meters is about as deep as any free swimming diver can reach. Like many Breiting models, the Superocean Heritage is a certified Chronometer, and will please users with its accuracy.
When you see a giant Invicta you are going to be a bit awed that someone would release such large watches, but admiring them may also be a guilty pleasure. Because there is a watch (or several) for each person, I cannot dismiss the size right off the bat. But let it be known that many of the new Invicta watches are in freak territory in terms of size. There may be such a thing as too much excess when it comes to these larger Invicta. Then again, can you blame them for pushing the envelope?
In a recent InSync Watch Magazine interview, Patek Philippe's ruling father and son team shed some light on the mentality at work behind one of the world's most exclusive watch manufactures. Philippe Stern and his son Thierry, take charge at the helm of what is a "family" run business. This is no joke as big makers like Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet are actually family run, and considered small for the number of employees they have.
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