The Tudor Heritage Ranger essentially fills the same function as the Rolex Explorer. Tudor's methodology is to offer a case made with Rolex along with a third party movement, so the Ranger gets the ubiquitous ETA 2824 (employed to great effect without a date display). Surrounding this perfectly capable and acceptable movement is an outstanding case with sharp edges, lovely satin finishing and excellent proportions. The crystal sits high above the chamfer of the bezel and bestows a vintage charm on the Tudor Heritage Ranger, one that is completed by the warm faux-aged lume used on the markers and hands. The case is completed by a signed screw-down crown that ensures the Tudor Heritage Rangers 150m water resistance.
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For me, when I think of iconic dress watches, the Reverso from Jaeger-LeCoultre comes to mind, which is strange, really, because the Reverso was really designed as a sports watch - the reversible case allowed polo players to protect their watches from damage during play. Since 2011, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been tapping into its rich history and began releasing vintage-inspired Reverso models, and the latest model, the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1948, draws design cues from a (surprise, surprise) 1948 model.
At 46mm wide, the Breliting Chronospace Military isn't small, but the Chronospace never was (it also happens to be 15.6mm thick). It isn't the largerst quartz watches Breitling makes either. The above mentioned Breitling Cockpit B50 and the Breitling Emergency II watches have cases which are larger in diameter. The Breliting Chronospace Military does, however, wear comfortably, and the "real men" who wear it will find that the black color of the case - as well as its placement on a strap allows it to wear a bit smaller than you might think. Nevertheless, this is a large watch, and there isn't getting around that. Those interested in a smaller analog/digital Breitling should look at something like the Breitling Aerospace Evo (hands-on here).
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The Citizen Promaster Aqualand Depth Meter has existed in evolving forms for many years as a popular dive watch choice for those looking to measure their depth as well as the time under water. As an amateur diver and watch lover, I make use of my dive/tool watches to actually dive. This is especially interesting, since even with the omnipresence of dive computers, a dive watch, in my opinion, remains important while diving as it provides the secondary method (backup plan) for timing that any diver knows is critical and potentially life saving if something were to go awry.
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Listen to the HourTime Watch Podcast episode 167 here.
As watch lovers, we often revere the provenance of brands whose history go back hundreds of years or even back to the 1700s. What is unusual is to find a retailer like Shreve, Crump & Low, started in 1796, that is older than the brands they carry (with the exception of Blancpain which originated in 1735 and Vacheron Constantin which originated in 1755).
Trading with an end-user means that flexibility in selection will be limited by the willingness to trade, collection scope of each party, and access to ready partners. Whereas the largest pre-owned dealers will see 50-70 new inventory items per week (with access to more), collectors tend to rotate slowly.
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During the launch of the Apple Watch, myself and thousands of other bloggers tried to take in the information, while at the same time covering the news, given our own perspectives on the watch or technology industry. Apple even asked a lot of fashion bloggers to attend the Apple Watch launch, which was a curious thing, until you realized that there were about 34 different versions of the Apple Watch, to begin with, that will be available when the smartwatches begin shipping sometime in early 2015. Most notably, a range of versions in full 18k gold or rose gold cases.
Breitling appended the message "real men wear black" to end of their new for 2014 Chronospace Military watch promotional video. In the video, we have a typical Breilting-style scene, where military aviation dudes are getting ready for flight in the locker room and strapping on their Breitling Chronospace Military watches. It is typical Breitling campy fun because the video takes itself a bit more seriously than it expects the viewer to. The focus on black seems to relate to the PVD black-coated steel case and available black straps for the watch. The Breitling Chronospace Military that I got to check out came on a nice green khaki strap with "vintage-style" lume on the dial.
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