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Like the Helson Blackbeards, this is a fun design that will appeal to some and not at all to others. It's imposing, wearable and of course would be a great dive watch. I like it, though probably not every day.
On the wrist, these watches aren't small, but it is funny to go from one of the Big Pilot Top Gun pieces to a 43mm wide watch. I would easily wear one of these Spitfire Chronographs on a daily basis given their handsome looks. IWC opted for a bi-compax chronograph that measures 60 minutes. It does have that open date window I am not a huge fan of, but it doesn't bother me as much here as it does in other watches. The movement is in-house made and is the existing caliber 89365 automatic with 68 hours of power reserve. Over the dials are sapphire crystals and the case is water resistant to 60 meters.
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The three register chronographs have base Swiss ETA automatic chronograph movements that Baume & Mercier nicely decorates. They do a good job at presenting the movements in their fullest glory. The bi-compax chronograph has the same movements, but those which have been modified by La Joux-Perret. The modification removes the 12 hour chronograph dial and adds a flyback complication. Fantastic, because I know how excited you are that each dial style has both a telemeter and tachymeter scale.
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Also announced was a duo of bright blue Monacos meant to invoke the memory of Steve McQueen, who wore a Monaco in the 1971 film Le Mans, and has been a considerable factor in the continued popularity of the Monaco line. First, the Monaco Heuer Steve McQueen Calibre 11, a traditional looking blue and white edition of the Monaco that is actually a slightly revised version of a boutique-only model that Tag Heuer announced last year. This is basically a vintage inspired Monaco with bright white racing stripes on the dial and its crown on the left side of the case. Note the use of "Heuer" and not "Tag Heuer" on the dial and the matching blue leather strap. It is fitting that this vintage inspired chronograph wears the Heuer name on its dial as the original Monaco design launched in 1969, some sixteen years before Heuer became Tag Heuer.
Omega achieved a design that not only withstood the depths, but was able to, time and time again, remain underwater for very long periods of time. It sported unique features such as a more or less one-piece case, easy to grip safety bezel, and secure crown. It was arguably the best diving instrument of its time. It was also very expensive. As a professional instrument it actually sat more or less at the top of the Omega product line and was extremely expensive even considering its professional-use market. Nevertheless, the watch was a hit with pros and consumers alike. Yet Omega needed to make excuses for its looks.
Mastercard Paypass uses a technology called EMV which is the result of a collaboration between Europay, Mastercard and Visa. This contactless payment system is not NFC (Near Field Communication) based but rather relies on its own platform. The watch-borne side of the equation is a small chip that is powered passively by the vendor's reader and then communicates via RFID in a similar manner to credit cards that have the modern "chip and pin" system. Unfortunately, the Watch2pay relies on a connection to a Mastercard prepaid account and not a traditional credit account. Not only will this account need to be pre-loaded with funds, but the Watch2pay can only authorize payments of up to . Larger purchases or scenarios where a Paypass terminal is not available will need to be done with the included traditional Mastercard Prepaid card. The upside is that you can use the watch as a sort of pre-paid gift card gift.Read more ›
For those that don't quite have a half million dollars (or more) just lying around, perhaps a limited edition of the RM032 Dive Chronograph will do? The new Richard Mille 032 Dark Diver Chronograph is packaged in a massive 50 x 17.8mm case so only those with a wrist to match their wallet should apply. The case is made of titanium which has been treated to a black DLC finish and matches nicely with the skeleton view of the RMAC2 chronograph movement. The RMAC2 is an automatically winding chronograph movement with flyback capability, an annual calendar, and a pinwheel-style running indicator which spins when the chronograph is active. In typical Richard Mille fashion, the movement is viewable from both the front and back of the watch via sapphire crystals and the movement itself makes up the majority of the dial.
The versatile watch is designed to go either on your wrist or over your jacket while skiing or out in the snow (while wearing a larger jacket). The modern design is minimalistic, but also functional and pretty. Unlike most watches with two straps, this one has four. The straps come in green or black, and there is a special section on the strap that looks like a black box which is used for adjusting the length of the elastic strap. To adjust it, you need to use a special key.
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The 9 new Swiss Army Dive Master Models for 2012 are mostly style and color additions. Perhaps in a few years we will get a totally fresh Dive Master. It really is a strong collection and I like where Swiss Army goes with the design. Price for the quartz models is 5 each, and ,250 for the automatic models.
On the rear of the watch you'll see a relief of none other than a Big Boy locomotive. Interesting how Ball felt the watch needed to have "anti-magnetic" on both the front and rear of the watch. It's like the watch is reminding you that you can go tell magnetic fields to "suck it." Over the dial is a sapphire crystal and the case is water resistant to 100 meters.
Seiko once again pulls out a version of their EPD e-ink display watch for the last piece in this limited set of Star Wars watches. The Seiko Star Wars R2-D2 (ref. SDGA005) watch is yet another limited edition version of this watch. I last discussed how Seiko released a version of their EPD watch for Golgo 13, and previously offered a hands-on experience with this very cool Seiko e-ink display watch here. This neat timepiece is both solar powered and atomic clock controlled, but uses Seiko's high resolution active matrix EPD e-ink display. The dial features a number of screens that offer various views of the movie along with the time. Probably perfect for an R2-D2 watch, and the nerdiest of the lot. Not necessarily nerdy because of the design, but more because it will have a character like R2-D2 on the dial all the time. It will be limited to 1000 pieces.Read more ›
That's unusual for its clarity and lack of distortion. The analog dial is much to my liking, very uncluttered and a snap to read.
Like I said, the key attraction here is that in addition to the watches being white in color, they are legible. The mixture of finishes and polish on the dials ensure that. As you should know, these larger Speedmaster models are just over 44mm wide have the hottest Omega movement to date. I've discussed the 9300 more elsewhere, but it is an in-house made Omega automatic 12 hour chronograph movement that has a silicon hairspring and co-axial escapement. The 9301 version is the exact same thing but with a gold bridge over the balance wheel and a gold rotor. The 9301 movements are used in the higher-end 18k gold Speedmaster (or other model) watches.Read more ›
11. Zenith Pilot Doublematic Watch
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