This March, I happened to be at Cellini Jewelers in Manhattan and was playing around with the Vacheron Constantin Overseas model from 2018. The watches blue dial and custom 24K gold rotor is really a pleasure to view in person. Another neat feature is the quick release strap feature which allows the user to quickly swap out the supplied end fitted rubber or leather bands. We also cannot forgot that Vacheron is considered to be part of the so called Holy Trinity in Swiss Watchmaking along with Patek Phillippe and Audemars Piguet. Anyway, the watch is crafted and finished with beautiful edges and surfaces, likewise the bracelet - which I found to be a delight on my wrist. It is definitely a watch enthusiasts brand as Patek can go both ways with its’ high status symbolism.
Hello! February is amongst us and my pick for this month is the all new Oceanica OP-1 Flieger. Oceanica is a new and upcoming brand and this is their second release so far. The watch comes in a blue sunburst dial or a black matte finished dial, but my pick is blue. This watch has the quality and specifications of many higher priced fliegers and timepieces in general for a much more affordable price. Well, what is the kick? Absolutely nothing! They are just providing a watch which they will obviously profit less on but pass on a greater savings to their customer. For example, German brand Laco has a blue dial flieger with a Miyota 8215 movement which is a really cheap entry level japanese movement and their watch sells for $400! The Op-1 features a miyota 90S5 automatic movement which contains 24 jewels, has a 40 hour power reserve, and beats at 28,800 BPH. It is essentially the equivalent of an ETA-2824 and was built to compete with it, at a more affordable price. Overall, the finishing is decent and we get a sapphire crystal on the front, and the back where the movement is exhibited. Anyway, for $274.99 I do not honestly think you will find a watch from a smaller brand with the same specs. Have an awesome month!
The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39MM has to be one of the best value rolex pieces you can buy for $5700 USD from your local authorized dealer. Also, there is no shortage of these pieces making them easier to come by than something like a Submariner or GMT. It comes equipped with the Rolex Caliber 3132 which features a Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers. Also, just like any other Rolex it is COSC certified and then Rolex certified for timekeeping and consistency. My personal favorite is the black dial variation, but they do make a nice white and blue dial variation for 2019. If this is your first Rolex watch or perhaps your fifth - I do not think you can go wrong with a nice simple, elegant, proportionate 39MM OP.
Welp, the fall season is upon us watch collectors and enthusiasts and another great month lies ahead. I have chosen the 16570 Rolex Explorer II for the WOTM, for good reason. The 16570 is a discontinued Rolex steel sports watch which packs quite a punch for the money in terms of Rolex. It has a great reliable COSC in house certified GMT movement, a date function, and is well under $6000 USD on the pre-owned market. In todays times you cannot even find a pre owned no date submariner for this price, nor a GMT Master. It is a rather low key, functional, everyday sports watch with superb lume and a 100M water resistance rating adding to the versatility of this GMT. I also have written a full review of this piece and a hands on video review on YouTube if you did not check that out yet. Be well my fellow watch addicts, and see you next month!
Welcome back to another WOTM ! This month I have chosen the value packed and affordable Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba dive watch. This iteration of the Navy is also Halloween appropiate...
Here is a short video review of my beloved 114060 Submariner - Enjoy