Dunhill Wheel Watch Chronograph Available On James List

Dunhill Wheel Watch Chronograph Available On James List

Dunhill Wheel Watch Chronograph Available On James List   sales auctions

Dunhill, aka. A. Dunhill (Alfred Dunhill) is a English brand under the Richemont umbrella. Really rare in the US, these pieces are known to be popular in Asian (where "Western" things are often always en vogue). They do however have some nice designs that I think would appeal to more demographics. While they don't come out with a lot of new watches - some of them are quite nice with a healthy mixture of classic British appeal and avant garde interest.

Alfred Dunhill himself was known for offering a lot of motoring accessories - so the brand's watches often have a high-end "car guy" feel to them. This watch is called the Wheel Watch Chronograph. It is part of a larger collection, but this one is a limited edition Chronograph model. You can search online for other Dunhill Wheel watch variants. I don't think any of them are made anymore.

Dunhill Wheel Watch Chronograph Available On James List   sales auctions

Dunhill Wheel Watch Chronograph Available On James List   sales auctions

At first glance the watch may look like it needs crutches, being "one lugged" and all. But the interesting use of one lug on each side gives it a sort of two faced personality that is interesting. Plus, the 42mm wide steel watch case (mirrored in the chronograph subdials) is meant to look like a particular type of wheel cam. I am not sure of the name, but I have see this part before In parts bins. The thick bezel is engraved with a cote de Paris style texture, while this look is sort of replicated on the dial.

Hands are large and easy to see, making this unusual watch fail not in the readability department. Red is used for the chronograph hands, and that added color is always appreciated. The case itself is polished, and you can see how the crown and pusher are set lower into the case. The engine turned texture of the bezel shows up again on the chronograph pushers.

Dunhill Wheel Watch Chronograph Available On James List   sales auctions Dunhill Wheel Watch Chronograph Available On James List   sales auctions

While Dunhill timepieces are hard to find and not usually on lists of "great" watches, pieces like the Wheel Watch show that talent of the design people at the brand. The Wheel Watch Chronograph came with a perforated calfskin leather strap, and in this skin was limited to just 500 pieces. Inside the watch is a Dubois-Depraz modified Swiss ETA automatic movement. Original price for this watch (I believe) was about $3150 back when it was released around 2006. One of these is available on James List here for just under $2,200 - which  might be a solid good deal for this Dunhill Wheel Watch Chronograph.

8 comments
robert
robert

I purchased a Dunhill watch from BlueNile.com. From the outset it kept poor time. On several occasions after wearing the watch all day and then to bed, it stopped overnight, indicating a *poor* power reserve (less than eight hours?). After 4 months, the minute hand *fell off*. I returned the watch to Blue Nile and even after repair it kept poor time. Needless to say, I was no longer interested in the watch, and have soured on the brand entirely. Maybe I just got a bad model, but who wants a new version of this watch when the problems were there from the outset and such a major failure was encountered?

On the bright side, Blue Nile's customer service was excellent. I paid a little more to buy the watch there, but in the end it was totally worth it since they have completely resolved the issue to my full satisfaction. I wholeheartedly recommend Blue Nile, but avoid Dunhill watches, would be my $0.02.

Jean-Pierre HALBWACHS
Jean-Pierre HALBWACHS

I really do not agree seeing Dunhill stopping watch manufacturing as "witch watch" says. Dunhill design, even if it doesn't suit my taste, is really special and totally genuine. The assembling quality is great as you take a watch in your hands you feel you have a strong and well built timepiece. If you look closer at the pictures of this model you will understand what I mean.

Dangeruss
Dangeruss

Just testing the new comments section on the site redo. Seems to work.

witch watch
witch watch

Dunhill for me should just leave the watch thing alone. The best thing on this watch for for me is the leather strap.

Dangeruss
Dangeruss

I would hope that it looks better in person. In photos, there's not much about it that I like. The "hidden" chrono pushers are a cool idea though.

BIG CHRONO
BIG CHRONO

Always liked Dunhill for its classy items, along
with usually good price/value ratios. This one
possesses both credentials.

admin
admin

Yea it is nice, isn't it!?