Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Longines Heritage Diver 1967 (Live Pics Pricing)

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Over the past few years, Longines has done a particularly fine job reviving its rather interesting past. As one can clearly see when watching the likes of a mega-collector Alfredo Paramico wax poetically about the brand, it is clear there is much to work with. This year at Basel, we saw some nice, reasonably priced […]

Bring a Loupe: An Extraordinary Royal Oak, A Familiar Universal Geneve, And Many Amazing Chronographs From Tudor, Rolex And Movado

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This week’s Bring A Loupe will be all about amazing vintage watches, featuring many of my absolute favorites, soon to become yours too. You will discover a Royal Oak in platinum, some of the greatest pre-Daytona chronographs from Rolex, and plenty of mythical Movado, LeCoultre, and Universal Geneve watches as well. In my auction picks I also identified two questionable lots, […]

Hands-On: A Critical Comparison Of The Seiko Eichi II, Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor, And Philippe Dufour Simplicity

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Seiko is associated primarily with a wide range of moderately priced and reliable watches, but surprisingly, the watchmaking division operates within the diversified conglomerate Seiko Group, whose many specialties include upscale department stores, printers, semiconductors, machine tools, and of course, watches. Seiko has deep roots in timekeeping – founder Kintaro Hattori started to produce clocks in 1892 […]

Letters To The Editor: How Modern Watchmakers Are Grappling With One Of Breguet’s Greatest Inventions (And It’s Not The Tourbillon)

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Brandon Moore I am wondering if the modern interpretations of the Breguet Natural Escapement (F.P. Journe Optimum, Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8, and Laurent Ferrier Automatic) have implemented specific solutions to the shortcomings of this design, namely the 'backlash' between the escape wheels, that Breguet experienced, and which caused him to ultimately abandon his design. Nicholas Manousos This is a wonderful […]

A Week On The Wrist: The Hamilton Pan-Europ Auto

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Hamilton introduced the modern incarnation of its famous Pan-Europ watch at the 2011 Baselworld fair. It was a design based on an original, which debuted in 1971, and it’s done well enough to merit the release of a less-complicated variant, which we saw at last year's Basel. It’s still got the retro good looks and practical […]

Inside The Restoration Of A World War II Hamilton 37500 Cockpit Clock

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New York City based-watchmaker Aaron Berlow specializes in restoration of vintage timepieces. Enjoy this fascinating look at the restoration of an important World War II timepiece, told from a watchmaker's perspective. War has a way of making things hard to get, and when it came to getting precision time instruments from Switzerland, one can imagine […]