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No Longer Made: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 8500 Worn by Daniel Craig In ‘Skyfall’

Fleming might have chosen Rolex for his now-iconic super-spy, but as the story goes, it was ultimately James Bond who chose Omega, cementing the Seamaster in pop culture lore. But did he really? It’s the classic hypothetical question that watch fans love to argue over: What watch would 007 wear? Brand allegiances and savvy, Oscar-winning costume designers aside (hat tip to the inimitable Lindy Hemming), I’m of the mind that an Omega seems plausible, given the brand’s long history of supplying reliable and affordable watches for the many branches of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. However, I find it hard to believe that a real-life James Bond would have ever chosen a cumbersome 45mm stainless steel Planet Ocean, or even a pure...

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Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Black ZO9276 Watch Hands-On

I n the second part of 2019, Zodiac quietly released the first “blacked-out” version of its popular Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression Automatic watch with the reference ZO9276. Internally, this watch is mostly known as the “Super Sea Wolf 53 Black.” The timepiece offers a new dial-color treatment as well as stainless steel case and bracelet that have been thoroughly PVD-coated in black. The underlying steel surface treatments remain the same, with the polished and brushed surfaces still rendering nicely in the all-black color. Why black? Aside from the fact that “all black” watches are rather popular with some watch consumers, from a designer’s perspective, there is another goal. Taking a core design and offering it in new colors is an...

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Vintage Watches Wishlist For December

It is never too late to give yourself a nice present. If you order a vintage watch today, you know, you can pay FedEx to arrange for a little miracle and have it delivered to your doorstep (or shall I say under your Christmas tree) the next few days. So, if you haven’t spent all of the savings on the ones you love the most, here is the December selection with watches from my never-ending vintage watches wishlist. Heuer Autavia 73363 “Orange Boy” Style After the hype on vintage Heuers in the last few years, it is relatively quiet these days. Which is not bad. You have time to think twice and not to make impulsive purchases driven by fear...

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The Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing 145.014

The Moonwatch is undoubtedly the most popular Speedmaster model and always has been. But there are variations that we consider to be very interesting as well, and worth collecting. The Speedmaster Mark II 145.014 is such a reference, for example. For a long time, I neglected the Speedmaster Mark II, officially a Speedmaster Professional Mark II, as well. Mainly because of the case shape, which didn’t appeal to me. Not in the last place because I thought it would be uncomfortable on the wrist. I regret to this day that I didn’t buy one in the early days of being a Speedmaster collector, as these watches could be picked up dead cheap. A few hundred Euro would get you a...

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Frederique Constant Introduces A Dark Grey Classic Worldtimer Manufacture

After the first Frederique Constant Worldtimer launch in 2012, the watch stood proudly as one of the brand’s best-selling Manufacture watches. Since then, the Worldtimer has come in a range of 11 models featuring a wide colour palette. In 2019, yet another colour variation of this elegant and sophisticated traveling watch is unveiled: a dark grey design of the world map finely etched onto to the dial and the twenty-four cities on its outer rim make one wish for globe-trotting. The date by hand at 6 o’clock makes the perfect addition to the Worldtimer function and further enhances the aesthetic of the watch. The indexes on each hour add to the dial’s readability, offering additional comfort when glancing at the...

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