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Jason Pitsch

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Chronomaster El Primero Range Rover Velar Special Edition

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Following up on the collaboration between Zenith and Range Rover – that we first wrote about here last year, and then went hands-on with here – the two companies have created another model that debuted this week at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. The new Chronomaster El Primero Range Rover Velar Special Edition features a straight-grained brushed gray dial with copper-toned details, and a new black rubber strap coated with black-toned perforated calfskin, that according to Zenith is, “inspired by ideas from both brands’ product design and engineering departments.” Featuring a matte black ceramized aluminum case, like the aforementioned El Primero Range Rover model, this too has a 42 mm diameter case and uses the same 5Hz chronograph movement. Furthermore, the leather is the same high-quality hide used on Range Rovers and is secured by a triple folding clasp

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De Bethune DB28 Blue Tourbillon Meteorite

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Swiss watchmaker, De Bethune, has created a one-off unique piece based on their DB28 Tourbillon, with stunning meteorite dial. The star-studded sky motif dial is crafted in blued hand-polished iron meteorite with white gold stars. The hour ring is in grade 5 polished and blued titanium with indexes in contrasting 5N pink gold, and with a minutes ring in grade 5 satin-polished and blued titanium. The hour and minute hands are in hand-polished rose gold 5N. And a De Bethune 30-second ultra-light tourbillon, made of silicon and titanium sits at 6 o’clock. The case measures 42.60 mm x 9.70 mm and is in blued and hand-polished grade 5 titanium. It features De Bethune’s signature (patented) long floating lugs in grade 5 polished and blued titanium. A screwed caseback in polished pink 5N gold with sapphire crystal offers a view of

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Rolex GMT Master Ref. 6542 surfaces on Antique Roadshow

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Last year, on the PBS television show Antique Roadshow, an army veteran brought in a rare Rolex GMT Master Ref. 6542 that he says he purchased in 1960 at a PX (post exchange) at a military base in Germany before coming home to the United States. The date is verified on the original papers. In fact, he saved everything – the complete kit – including all papers, box, and receipt. The bracelet had been replaced, but the owner also kept the original. Although the host did explain the bracelet, he did not mention that the dial and hands appear to have been relumed. And nothing about the rare “Bakelite” bezel. Although considering the price estimate he stated, $65K-$75K, he knew it was a Bakelite bezel but just failed to highlight that fact. This being a 1960 watch means this was

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Vintage Grand Seiko ads from 1969 and 1970

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The other day I was searching for something to write about and randomly stumbled across this blog post about a Grand Seiko 6146-8000, which features two cool vintage ads, one from 1970, and the other from 1969. In addition to finding the ads, the author also interestingly pointed out that “cross-hair” dial versions of the Grand Seiko (which have 6146-8030TAD on the dial), tend to have a 93XXXX serial number, which means they are from 1969. He also stated that a cross-hair dial 61GS is rarer than the standard dial, as evidenced by the lack of availability. Which has been true the many times I have searched the web for this model as well. And while I do not think that the unique dial instantly makes the watch go up 500%+ over the regular version – which can easily happen

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Pre-Baselworld: Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Purity

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Schaffhausen-based watchmaker, H. Moser & Cie, will introduce incredibly minimalistic perpetual calendar timepiece at Baselworld next month. The Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Purity comes in a 42 mm x 11.9 mm white gold case and is powered by caliber HMC 800. The manually wound movement measures 34.0 mm x 6.3 mm, beats 2.5Hz (18,000 vph), has 32 jewels, and a power reserve of 7 days (double barrels). Highlighted by a beautiful midnight-blue fumé dial with sunburst pattern, and protected by a curved sapphire crystal, the face of the watch is marked with just two double indexes, at 12 and 6 o’clock, respectively. The look is very elegant, however, reading the time via the central hour and minute hands, and the perpetual calendar month, via an ultra-compact central hand, will be difficult for sure. The date is displayed in an oversized aperture

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Seiko Chariot "Steve Jobs" Re-Edition

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Seiko has announced that they are making a special re-edition of the 1984 Chariot timepiece that was famously worn by late Apple founder, Steve Jobs, in an iconic black-and-white portrait (taken by Norma Seeff) where he posed with the first generation of Macintosh, which made the cover of Time magazine. The original Seiko Chariot that Jobs wore was 33 mm, with a quartz movement and white dial and was sold at auction in February 2016 for $42,500. Seiko is making 1982 limited numbered editions in both the original 33 mm size with white dial, and a more modern 37.5 mm white dial version. These are just for the Japanese market. There will be a second model with a black dial, also available in 33 mm and 37.5 mm variants, limited to 300 pieces made exclusively for Japanese retailer Nano Universe.

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The History of the Breguet Type XX

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Overview Wristwatches have a rich history in aviation, and by the time World War II started (1939), soldiers and aviators used wristwatches – more than pocket watches – to calculate everything from flight time to artillery distances to longitude to troop movements. B-uhr, Navitimer & GMT Master In (1941), Lange & Sohne, who was the primary supplier of wristwatches to German combat pilots, could not deliver enough watches to fill the demand. So, the German government demanded five manufacturers to build B-uhr (“Beobachtungs-uhr” or “Pilot”) watches which were anti-magnetic, highly legible, and able to be chronometer certified. The five companies who produced the original pilot watches are IWC, Lange & Söhne, Laco, Wempe, and Stowa. 1911 Breguet biplane aeroplane Type R.U1 No.40. located at the Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris Over a decade later, Breitling launched the Navitimer in

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Pre-Baselworld: Zenith Pilot Extra Special Chronograph

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At Baselworld 2017, which takes place next month, Zenith will debut a new version of their Heritage Pilot Chronograph. We covered the launch of the Heritage Pilot Cafe Racer last year, and this is fundamentally the same watch but in a bronze case instead of stainless steel. The Pilot Extra Special Chronograph bronze-alloy case measures 45 mm x 14.25 mm, with a domed sapphire crystal, oversized onion-shaped ridged screwed-down crown, with flat ridged pushers, both designed to be used while wearing gloves. The solid caseback is titanium (which is hypo-allergenic), with an engraved Zenith flying instruments logo. Water-resistance is 100 meters. The dial has a frosted gray finish with two snailed counters and large gold-plated, facetted, luminous coated hands. Right below the Zenith logo “MONTRE D’AERONEF,” which was not on last year’s version. Naturally, the watch is powered by the

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Moritz Grossman Atum Enamel

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This month Glashutte based watchmaker Moritz Grossman announced a new time only limited edition watch that features a unique movement that has some of the brand’s proprietary technology inside and is finished to perfection, as well as a beautiful enamel dial. On the front, the two-part fire baked white enamel dial of the Atum Enamel has the scales and numerals printed in black, with the exception of the Roman numeral XII which is printed in royal blue to match the strap, and distinctive Assegai-shaped hour and minute hands (like you see from Laurent Ferrier) that are manually crafted from steel, and then annealed to a brown-violet hue. Driving the three-hands, and visible through a sapphire caseback, is a manually wound movement with the brand’s signature Grossmann winder with a pusher that allows the movement to be wound by pushing a

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Pre-Baselworld: BR03-92 Horograph and Horolum

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Bell & Ross has made a name for themselves not by selling watchmaking expertise, or a historic brand name, or innovating in any way. They don’t even come up with compelling names for their different models. The Horograph and Horolum names, for example, according to Bell & Ross, were derived from the common root “Horo”, from the Latin “Hora” (hour), followed by “Graph” (graphics) or “Lum”, from the Latin “Lumen” (light). Who the hell came up with these names? One is said to be based on airport terminal clocks, and the other on runaways. And you can see the airport terminal clock aesthetic in the design of the so-called “Horograph,” but I fail to see how the luminous material on the “Horolum” is related to the runway at an airport, at least without laughing. My point is basically when you

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