Geneva Watch Days are now underway, but let’s take a look back at some of the best stories from the past month. We’ll start with a story about GMT watches. Some argue that the GMT complication is the most useful, and it’s hard to disagree. If you’re looking for a GMT watch, we’ve found two exceptionally thoughtful and approachable designs. Speaking of affordable watches, we take a closer look at Tissot’s new 35mm and 40mm PRX watches with green dials. We also have the CASIO A159WAD-1D, which is probably the most affordable factory diamond-set watch in the world.
Here are some tips from around the web on how to spot a fake dial on a vintage Rolex Datejust. We also talk a bit about the passion of watch-collecting, the watch industry and how recent trends and developments can make a collector bored of watches. Finally, we have a story about rising watch thefts and how it has changed the wearing habits of some collectors.
- 1 1. Actually affordable: bottom-dollar GMT watches
- 2 2. Hands-on: Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar Watch
- 3 3. Hands-on: Tissot PRX Green Dial Watches 35MM VS. 40MM models
- 4 4. CASIO A159WAD-1D Watch Review: Should You Buy a Cheap Diamond-Set Watch?
- 5 5. Hands-on: Bulova Archive Re-Edition Parking Meter Chronograph Watch
- 6 1. Some watch fans are leaving their best at home for fear of theft
- 7 2. In Depth: How to Spot a Fake Dial on a Vintage Rolex Date
- 8 3. From the editor: Why am I done buying any more watches? Most likely forever.
- 9 4. Speaking Jacob & Co. Clocks with Santa Laura
- 10 5. Close up: Franc Vila FVF1 C2 Tourbillon Superligero
In our highly interconnected world, a watch that can tell the time in multiple time zones is one of the most useful things we can have on our wrist. This explains why GMT watches are so popular. Unfortunately, the cost of such watches – especially mechanical ones – remains relatively high. However, if we are willing to bend the rules a bit, there is an affordable option. The new Seiko 5 Sports GMT is one of the most affordable mechanical GMT watches you can find today. It may not be a true GMT with an independently adjustable hour hand, but there’s still a lot to like about it. And then there’s the trusty Casio World Time AE1200, which has to be one of the most affordable world-time watches in the world.
2. Hands-on: Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar Watch
When Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced the Polaris in 2018, we knew it would only be a matter of time before we got more complicated versions. The early three-hand models had a lot of dial real estate, and it’s clear that Jaeger-LeCoultre put more effort into taking advantage of this. Now, we know what happens when you take a Polaris and cram as much as possible into the dial because they recently released the Polaris Perpetual Calendar watch. With four sub-dials, this watch is symmetrical, harmonious and conveys a lot of information. And with a water resistance rating of 100 meters, this watch is, in many ways, one of the best perpetual calendar sports watches you can buy and wear every day.
3. Hands-on: Tissot PRX Green Dial Watches 35MM VS. 40MM models
We all know that watches with blue dials are very popular, but will green be the next hot color? Tissot seems to think so as it has recently added new models with green dials to the very successful PRX collection. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that the PRX series has been a huge success for Tissot. Mostly, it’s the integrated bracelet that, when combined with the case design, gives it a look reminiscent of a watch from Le Brassus. Hit the link below for a closer look at the new 35mm and 40mm versions of the Tissot PRX with green dials.
4. CASIO A159WAD-1D Watch Review: Should You Buy a Cheap Diamond-Set Watch?
There’s something strangely refreshing about wearing a watch that costs less than a meal at a fancy steakhouse. I think it’s mostly because we don’t have to babysit it. No need to worry about mugging (a big problem these days) and no need to look for doorknobs or tables. Furthermore, an affordable watch does not mean that it is unattractive or uninteresting. Casio A159WAD-1D is proof of that. It has a charming retro look and, most incredibly, has two natural diamonds above and below its digital display. You read that right, these are natural diamonds – not synthetic. To learn more about the watch and its diamonds, you know what to do.
5. Hands-on: Bulova Archive Re-Edition Parking Meter Chronograph Watch
Bulova is, in fact, one of the most storied brands in American watchmaking. It also specializes in vintage reissues – Devil Diver and Lunar Pilot are two good examples. The brand’s latest vintage reissue is the Archive Re-Edition Parking Meter Chronograph, which is based on the 1973 reference 1008-6W chronograph. If you can’t see it, it’s called a parking meter because the outline of the subdials resembles a parking lot. meter. Look closer and you’ll realize this isn’t an exact reissue. The subdial at 12 o’clock is a 24-hour indicator, indicating the movement inside. Yes, it may have a quartz movement, but if you can look past that, I think it’s a very charming vintage-inspired watch.
1. Some watch fans are leaving their best at home for fear of theft
Watch theft is on the rise worldwide. We see it almost every day on social media. London was particularly hard hit. London’s Metropolitan Police reported 67 cases between May 31 and June 27 this year, a 60% increase on the previous four-week total. One incident stood out: a machete-wielding thief on a moped forced a couple wearing Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet to hand over their watches. This has created a situation where watch lovers have to take action. Many leave their most valuable items at home and wear only more affordable watches to avoid attracting unwanted attention.
Source: The New York Times
2. In Depth: How to Spot a Fake Dial on a Vintage Rolex Date
A vintage Datejust – especially the 16xx reference – is one of the most timeless watches you can buy with its moderate case size, classic Datejust looks and solid movement. It’s been in production for nearly two decades, which means supplies are plentiful. However, as with any watch purchase, one should be wary of buying fakes or an example that comes with replica parts. Naturally, you are encouraged to buy from a trusted source. But if you’re looking for a specific example that’s hard to find, you’ll need to look elsewhere. And if you do, this article will give you some handy tips on how to spot one with a fake dial.
3. From the editor: Why am I done buying any more watches? Most likely forever.
There’s no doubt that the hobby of watch collecting has gotten a little crazy and intense, especially in the last couple of years. A combination of the increasing number of people getting into watches, high cash due to cryptocurrency, a booming stock market and questionable practices at many authorized dealers has made many popular watches unobtainable at retail. What’s worse is that many such watches are turning up online marketplaces and at highly inflated prices. It’s enough to take the fun out of this hobby and cause some enthusiasts to give up entirely.
Source: See C0lecting Lifestyle
4. Speaking Jacob & Co. Clocks with Santa Laura
If you spend a lot of time looking at watches on Instagram, you may have come across the Santa Laura collection. It is impressive not only because of its sheer size but also because of its quality. Sure, you’ll see some hype watches, but by and large, the collection consists mostly of eclectic watches from independent watchmakers. And an independent brand that features heavily in his collection is Jacob & Co. The company gets a lot of flak for its extravagant watches, but if you take a step back and try to understand them better, you’ll see why few collectors find them. Very attractive.
5. Close up: Franc Vila FVF1 C2 Tourbillon Superligero
FVF is short for “Frank Vila Founder” and is the second act of Spanish watch designer Frank Vila. The original Franck Vila brand was founded in 2005 and quickly became one of the hottest independent watch brands. But the boom busted and Mr. Vila was fired from the brand he founded not long after its 10th anniversary. In 2018, Mr. Vila decided to make a comeback and the FVF1 C2 Tourbillon was on its first watch. As is the case with most watches by independent watchmakers, the FVF1 is like no other. It is original form and original design. It also has an eclectic mix of complexity. There is a roller day indicator and day/night display, but no date. Hit the link below to take a closer look at this interesting watch.
Source: Watches by SJX