One of the most popular watches in recent years is the Revival watch. Bringing back a historic model and paying homage in a very faithful manner results in truly stunning watches. And this is done not only by mainstream manufacturers such as Longines or Tissot, but also by smaller, lesser-known manufacturers. And it’s even better if the re-edition of the watch comes in the form of a completely revamped brand. We all know that the quartz-crises of the 1970s and 1980s wreaked havoc on the watch industry, causing many brands to go out of business or go dormant, including some of the names listed today. But with the rise of revival watch, some of these names have made a great comeback. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 6 cool names and watches that have been revamped.
Aquastar Deepstar 39
The first is Aquastar, a brand that originated in the early 1960s and was revived a few years ago. Aquastar first relaunched with the Deepstar Chronograph, a chunky diving watch with a diameter of 40.5mm. A single subdial and double-scale bezel stand out for the chronograph display. This re-edition has now been discontinued and replaced by the smaller Deepstar 39. The reduction in size means the Deepstar is more faithful to the original professional diving tool. With a smaller diameter and lug-to-lug distance, it becomes more wearable without losing its cool retro vibes. New Aquastar Deepstar 39 Price EUR 3,590 On the gasket or EUR 3,790 On a bead-rice bracelet.
For more information, please visit Aquastar.ch
Quick facts – 39mm x 14.8mm – Stainless Steel Case, Brushed and Polished – Bidirectional Bezel with Double Scale – Domed Sapphire Crystal – 200m Water Resistant – Sunray Brushed Blue Dial – Polished Markers and Hands – Old Light Radium Super-LumiNova – Bicompax Column La Joux- Chronograph made of Perret (Valjoux 7750 base) – 28,800vph – 55h power reserve – Hours, minutes, running indicator, chronograph central seconds and 30-minute counter – Tropic rubber strap or beads-of-rice bracelet – 300 pieces per year – USD 3,590 (Rubber) Or USD 3,790 (bracelet)
Brass Type 20 Re-Edition
Irene is one of two brands revived by Dutchman Tom van Wijlik (the other being Lebois & Co), once owned by the Doden family. The brand was once issued to produce Type 20 Pilot’s chronographs to specific specifications, with Breguet, Dodain, Chronofix, Auricost and a few others. The return of the Airine name began two years ago and the Type 20 re-edition follows the same principles as the original. The watch comes in a 39.5mm wide steel case with a bidirectional rotatable timing bezel on top. The black dial has a bicompax layout and contrasting numerals and symbols. Power comes from a manual wound chronograph movement made with La Joux-Perret. The Airain Type 20 re-edition is brilliant EUR 2,600.
For more information, please visit Airin.com
Quick facts – 39.5mm x 10.85mm – Stainless steel case, polished and brushed – Domed Hesalite crystal – Solid caseback – Bidirectional bezel with 12h countdown scale – 50m water resistant – Matte black dial – Numerals painted with light brown SLN – Snowy white minute tracks – Caliber AM1, made by La Joux-Perret – Manual wound column-wheel flyback chronograph – 28,800vph – 60h power reserve – Chronograph with hours, minutes, small seconds, 30 minute counter – Cognac or brown suede leather strap – EUR 2,600
Nivada Grenchen Chronomaster Aviator Sea Diver
While most of the returning brands on this list are featured with their first revival watch, Nivada Grenchen already has multiple ones in the catalog. The Chronomaster Aviator is one of the most accurate and down-right cool pieces in the Sea Diver collection. Originally born in the early 1960s and revived last year, the Chronomaster is basically a go-anywhere super chronograph. With a 38.5mm wide stainless steel case with a robust 100m water resistance, bidirectional timing bezel and regatta timer, it truly lives up to its name. You can have it with an automatic or manually wound Sellita SW 510 chronograph movement and with multiple dial and strap/bracelet configurations. Prices begin CHF 1,690.
For more information, please visit NivadaGrenchenOfficial.com
Quick facts – 38.5mm x 14.80mm (automatic) or 13.75mm (hand-wound) – Stainless steel case, brushed and polished – Rotating bezel with double scale black insert – Domed sapphire crystal – 100m water resistant – Black dial with matte black dial – Countdown subdials Track – Tachymeter scale – Wide-arrow hands and indices with cream super-luminova – Other variations available – Hand-wound or automatic Sellita SW 510 – Cam-operated chronograph – 28,800vph – 48h power reserve – Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph – Multiple strap/bracelet options available – priced accordingly CHF 1,690 up
Timur Heritage Field
The “Dirty Dozen” is a legendary group of watches that were used by British armed forces pilots and Allied aviators during World War II as a time tool. The list of manufacturers includes big names like IWC and Omega, but also lesser-known ones like Grana. Taimur is one name that has recently returned with a very accurate recreation of their Dirty Dozen watch at what is now known as Heritage Field. It follows the general principles of WWW watches but modernized in terms of materials and movements. It comes with a precise 36.5mm diameter and 11mm tall steel case, matte black dial and signature Dirty Dozen design. The price is fixed EUR 925 This is a very attractive proposition.
For more information, please visit TimorWatch.com
Quick facts – 36.5mm x 11mm – Stainless steel case, bead-blasted – Domed sapphire crystal – Solid caseback – 50m water resistant – Matte black dial – Railroad minute track – Knife-shaped hour and minute hands – Small seconds subdial – Hand-wound Sellita SW 216 or automatic Sellita SW 260 – 28,800vph (both) – 38h (automatic) or 42h (hand-wound) power reserve – Seatbelt NATO strap and vintage-inspired AF0210 strap – EUR 925
The next watch featured today is a true piece of American watchmaking history. Without going into too much detail, the Tornec-Rayville TR-660 is probably one of the most interesting dive watches ever created. Because the Buy American Act of 1933 prevented the use of non-US-made products for the US armed forces, the original watches were primarily rebranded as Blancpain Fifty-Fathoms watches. (Check out the full story here). True to the original watch, the modern Tornec-Rayville TR-660 has a very utilitarian design. It has a 40mm diameter, bead-blasted steel case, a hefty 200m water-resistance rating and a utilitarian matte black dial. Equipped with automatic caliber SII NE15 by Seiko, the watch is reasonably priced USD 950.
For more information, please visit Tornek-Rayville.us
Quick facts – 40mm x 14.5mm – Stainless steel case, bead-blasted – Acrylic insert with 120-click unidirectional bezel – Double-domed sapphire crystal – Solid caseback – 200m water resistant – Matte-black dial – White indexes and markings Hands – Caliber SII NE15 ( Seiko), Automatic – 21,600vph – 50h Power Reserve – Hours, Minutes, Seconds (Hacking) – Woven Nylon Strap – USD 950
Vulcan Cricket Alarm
The Vulcan Cricket Alarm is a truly historic watch, perhaps the most famous alarm clock ever made. Created in 1947, nearly a century after the company was founded, the Cricket Alarm came with a mechanical movement with functionality. Vulcan had a rocky time during the seventies and eighties and eventually went bust. Now though, the name is back from the dead with a collection of cricket watches that pay homage to the original. Available in 36 or 39mm sizes, the new Cricket uses a movement made by the same company that first produced it. Two different dial designs are available in multiple colors, retailing for CHF 3,600 (36 mm) or CHF 3,900 (39mm) For more details, check out our hands-on review here.
For more information, please visit Vulcain.ch
Quick facts – 36mm or 39mm x 12.70mm – Stainless steel case, polished and brushed – Box-shaped sapphire crystal – Screwed caseback – 50m water resistant – Two dial styles in multiple colors – Outer track for alarm function – Central hour, minute and seconds hand – Vulcain V -10 Caliber, hand wound – 165 parts – Double barrel, 42h power reserve – Exactomatic system – 18,000vph – Hours, minutes, seconds and alarm – Leather strap with pin buckle or folding clasp – CHF 3,600 (36 mm) or CHF 3,900 (39mm)