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Jason Pitsch

Seiko recreates their first diver's watch

Jason Pitsch

Seiko is a name that has been synonymous with diving watches, ever since they produced their first diver’s watch – the 62MAS – in 1965. Water-resistant watches were not abundant in the 1960s the way they are today, and so the 150 meters water-resistant 62MAS (pictured above), which was also Japan’s first diver’s watch, made a significant impact that is still apparent today. “The watch was designed for maximum reliability and legibility in the harshest conditions and was used by the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition from 1966 to 1969,” according to Seiko. And this, of course, led to a numerous diver’s watches, including the Turtle, Tuna, Monster, and others. Seiko 2017 62MAS re-edition (Ref. SLA017) The new Seiko 62MAS Prospex re-edition is aesthetically faithful to the original (39.9 mm x 14.1 mm). For instance, the case is virtually identical, with

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Alex Lee

The Surprise of the Show

Alex Lee

With all the news circulating over the past couple of years regarding the weakness of the watch industry, there were certainly many doubts going into this Baselworld 2017. In true form, the “big-box” brands like Rolex, Omega, Breitling and more still managed to woo quite the audience with their new watches of 2017, but even more impressive and surprising at the same time were this year’s independents. One in particular that caught my undivided attention was H. Moser & Cie. Ever since their revival many years ago by the Meylan family, H. Moser & Cie under the direction of outspoken maverick CEO Edouard Meylan (one of the youngest CEOs in the industry) has impressed many watch collectors of all types with their perfectly understated watches that do not reveal too much unless you look close enough. To be fair, I

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Jason Pitsch

TAG Heuer Autavia Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

You have probably already read about the new Autavia, which is part of TAG Heuer Heritage collection. Following the 2016 introduction of the Monza, and the Carrera Calibre 18 the previous year, the Autavia is the timepiece that carries the coveted “Heuer” throwback logo for 2017. Compared to the original 1966 Heuer Autavia Ref. 2446 Mark 3 Rindt that this modern re-edition Autavia is very closely based on, the case has grown from 39 mm to 42 mm, and it is thicker as well, which many vintage collectors may not like, however, those looking for a modern version of the Autavia, and that don’t get too hung up on a few millimeters, this is a great choice. Instead of a Valjoux 72, the watch is powered by TAG Heuer’s latest manufacture chronograph, boasting a column wheel and vertical clutch for

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Jason Pitsch

Destination Moon by MB&F + L’Epée 1839

Jason Pitsch

MB&F’s latest collaboration, Destination Moon, is a table clock that looks like a rocket ship, made with the help of L’Epée 1839, and revealed last month at Baselworld. It is hard to imagine any watch collector that would not want one of these displayed on their desk or shelf, or really any of the collaboration clocks, such as the Melchior Robot Table Clock, the Arachnophobia Mechanical Clock, or the Nixie Machine by Frank Buchwald. The Destination Moon clock is 15.75” tall (40 cm) and features 237 finely finished parts within the vertically-stacked movement, which displays hours and minutes on two revolving horizontal rings. The mechanism, produced by the clock experts at L’Epée 1839 is regulated by a lateral balance wheel and escapement. It is powered by manually winding the oversized thruster (crown) at the base of the rocket, and can

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Jason Pitsch

The Rolex Sea-Dweller Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

One of the most newsworthy Rolex introductions from 2017 was surely the new 43 mm diameter Sea-Dweller. The 2017 Sea-Dweller features the next generation Rolex 3235 caliber automatic, that has a 70-hour power reserve and is a so-called Superlative Chronometer with impressive -2/+2 precision after being cased up. A new ceramic bezel with numerals and graduations coated in platinum resists scratches. Water-resistance is 1220 meters (4000 feet), along with an escape valve, which is nowhere near the superfluous depth rating of the 44 mm diameter Deep Sea, but it is more than enough for any professional diving needs, and it does so in a smaller 43 mm diameter case. Moreover, at $11,350 it is less than the Deep Sea. (Ref. 126600) Learn more at PW or at Rolex.

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Alex Lee

Czapek - Past, Present and Future

Alex Lee

In case there are some out there that are not familiar with the name Czapek & Cie, you might want to sit down and take a quick read at least of the first couple of parts of this. Most collectors and experts agree that Patek Philippe is the gold standard when it comes to the highest end of watchmaking. Not only do Patek Philippe timepieces continuously sell for incredible record-breaking prices in the auction markets, but collectors keep clamoring over their watches with good reason. However, contrary to what some may think about Patek Philippe’s origins, the company was started in Switzerland, but by Polish immigrants, Antoine Norbert de Patek, and his partner Franciszek Czapek (of Czech origin). Although it’s not exactly clear whether Mr. Patek was actually a watchmaker himself, he certainly did have a good eye for quality

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Jason Pitsch

Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

As a follow up to the redesigned Mille Miglia XL Race Edition Chronograph that was introduced in 2016, this year Chopard redesigned the smaller 39 mm and 42 mm models within the related Classic Chronograph collection. The men’s Classic Chronograph 42 mm edition has an all-new case with a new crown, new pushers, and new lugs. The font for the numbers has been updated along with an open caseback. The lady’s Classic Chronograph 39 mm has received similar changes. His and Hers Mille Miglia Classic Chronographs (42 mm and 39 mm) The cases for the men’s versions measure 42 mm x 12.67 mm, which is a bit thicker than the 12.31 mm height of outgoing models. The lady’s timepieces measure 39 mm x 11.83 mm. All of the watches are equipped with an automatic 4Hz chronometer movement that measures 28.60

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Jason Pitsch

Hands-On with the Masterpiece Gravity Blue

Jason Pitsch

This year at Baselworld, Maurice Lacroix presented a new version of their Masterpiece Gravity timepiece with blue lacquered dial and subdial. Originally released in 2014, the Masterpiece Gravity has a unique regulation assortment, consisting of the balance wheel, hairspring, and escapement – all made of silicon (silicium). Moreover, it can be viewed from the dial side of the watch. Many companies are using silicon for crucial watch movement components, however, few use silicon for the entire regulation system. Patek Philippe is one of the companies that does, but as of today, only a limited number of references utilize the full silicon Oscillomax system. Set against the off-center, blue lacquered dial (at 2 o’clock), are contrasting rhodium-plated hands and applied indexes, that display hours and minutes. Just below is a blue lacquered subsidiary dial (at 4 o’clock), with a bright red

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Jason Pitsch

Rolex debuts Sky-Dweller in stainless steel

Jason Pitsch

Rolex has announced six new “Rolesor” versions of the Sky-Dweller for 2017, which consist of 904L stainless steel cases with 18K yellow or white gold bezels (the bracelet center links on the yellow gold versions are crafted in 18K solid gold). Previously the Sky-Dweller – which was introduced in 2012 – was only available in precious metal cases. As with the previous versions, the Sky-Dweller comes in a 42 mm diameter case, is powered by Rolex’s most complicated automatic movement (caliber 9001), is protected by 11 patents, and features a unique combination of dual time zone and an annual calendar that is controlled by the patented rotating Ring Command bezel and crown. Rolex Sky-Dweller - Ref. 326934 steel/white gold bezel “Setting the Sky-Dweller’s three main functions is quick and easy. It can be done in any order, and both forwards

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Jason Pitsch

Hands-On with the new Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW2000

Jason Pitsch

Casio’s latest pilot watch, the G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW2000-3A, features the most accurate timekeeping technology ever presented in a watch. Using its 3-Way Time Sync feature, the Gravitymaster automatically calibrates the time with redundant military-level precision. First, the watch automatically utilizes Bluetooth to connect to the time server via your phone. This low-energy Bluetooth connection requires the least amount of power and so that is one reason it is always the default method for calibrating the time. Second, if the Bluetooth calibration fails, multi-band 6 radio-controlled atomic timekeeping is utilized. Third, if those aforementioned two methods fail, GPS calibration is activated. Finally, if the 3-ways mentioned do not work you can manually set your watch. However, considering the redundancy of the 3 methods, you will virtually never have to manually set the watch, ever. In addition to the unprecedented timekeeping technology

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