Rugged and affordable watches feature heavily in this month’s roundup as we take a closer look at Tudor’s recently released Pelagos 39 and Apple’s new Apple Watch Ultra. Both these watches have strong and lightweight titanium cases and are made to withstand harsh conditions. And continuing on the topic of rugged watches, we’ll also be showcasing Seiko’s hot Seiko 5 GMT watches, as well as Casio’s new full-metal GMB2100 G-Shock watches.
Across the web, we have a sensational story about a Patek Philippe 1518 with questionable credentials. Was it really owned by the late King Farouk of Egypt? And featuring the best of independent watchmaking, we take a detailed look at Greubel Forsey’s new Tourbillon 24 Secondes Architecture watch and visit Rexhep Rexhepi in his workshop in Geneva. Finally, we have a guide to Patek Philippe’s most timeless Calatrava watches.
1. Hands-on: Tudor Pelagos 39 Titanium Dive Watch
One of the biggest watch releases of the last couple of weeks is Tudor’s new Pelagos 39. It’s a smaller, slimmer and less complicated version of the brand’s 42mm hardcore divers watch. It’s 39mm-wide, just 11.8mm-thick, and measures a modest 47mm from lug to lug. In many ways, this is the watch Pelagos fans have always wanted. But it is not perfect; It still has a titanium case, but the water resistance has dropped from 500 meters to “just” 200 meters. Gone is the big Pelago’s excellent spring-loaded extension clasp, too. It does so with a simple foldover clasp with a T-fit mechanism. Find our initial impressions of this watch in the link below.
2. Hands-on: Apple Watch Ultra
Apple has a brand new watch and it’s called the Apple Watch Ultra. Announced alongside the new iPhones earlier this month, it’s the tech giant’s no-compromise, hardcore Explorer’s take on the watch. It has a big, bright display, a case made of titanium, a higher depth rating of 100 meters and double the battery life of previous Apple Watches. And to prepare you for the outdoors, it has dual-band GPS that can locate the wearer more accurately. If you’re ever in trouble, there’s a special siren function that can activate a loud 86-decibel siren that can be heard up to 600 feet away. We are at the launch event and here are our first impressions of this watch.
3. See Review: CERTINA DS Action Diver Titanium
Certina is one of the best kept secrets when it comes to affordable Swiss-made dive watches. It is one of the Swatch Group brands and although its position is similar to that of its stablemates such as Hamilton and Tissot, it is poorly distributed globally. However, this can be a good thing, because if you want to stand out from the crowd with something really different, you might want to look for the Certina. And one of its more interesting recent releases is the DS Action Diver Titanium, a 300m diver’s watch with a titanium case, vintage-inspired design cues and a Powermatic 80 movement.
4. Check out the review: CASIO G-Shock GMB2100 in Full-Metal on Bracelet
With its distinctive octagonal case and affordable price tag, the GA-2100 — known simply as the “CasiOak” — quickly became one of Casio’s most popular watches. Recently, the brand followed up that success with the GA-B2100, which took the GA-2100 and added two hotly requested features to it: Tough Solar and Bluetooth connectivity. Now, Casio is back with the GM-B2100, which takes over the GA-B2100 and gives it a full metal case. Considering the number of owners already making this modification to their GA-B2100, this is a no-brainer and I look forward to seeing more interesting versions of this watch from Casio.
5. Check out the review: SEIKO 5 Sports GMT SSK005K1
Seiko has finally answered the prayers of all its fans who wanted an affordable mechanical GMT watch. If there’s anyone who can make a truly affordable GMT watch, isn’t it Seiko? Well, the Seiko 5 Sports GMT is here. It may not be a true GMT with an independent jumping hour hand, but at under $500, I think it’s hard to complain. Also, it’s a beautiful piece, especially for Seiko fans no doubt. It has strong SKX vibes and a very legible dial. A 42.5mm case might be too big considering today’s tastes, but remember, this is a hardy daily wearer. Find out why this watch has warmed up Seiko fans in the link below.