June 20, 2014
by Kenny Yeo
For most of us, our fathers have had a big influence on our lives and our tastes in watches, and in a special Father’s Day article, we explore this relationship as part of this month’s round-up. That aside, we also go hands on with new watches from Panerai, Omega, Rolex, and Tissot. For vintage watch lovers, we uncover a rare Breguet dive watch from the 60s and also check out a guide to buying vintage Rolex watches. Finally, for all the history lovers, we trace the beginnings of the Swatch Group and also find out how Glasshüte became the heart of German watchmaking.
1. Panerai Luminor Submersible Left-Handed Titanio PAM569 Watch Hands-On
For 2014, Panerai introduced a couple of new “destro” watches, meaning that the crown is on the left. One of them is the new Luminor Submersible Titanio PAM569. I like this watch for a couple of reasons, but mostly because it combines the best elements from previous Luminor Submersible watches. The hobnail dial and ecru lume look great and, quite fittingly, this large watch has a titanium case, which will undoubtedly make it easier and more comfortable to wear, despite its obvious mass. This is one very brash and bold diver watch.
2. Omega Speedmaster Mark II Watch Review
Vintage-inspired pieces are still very much the rage right now, and for 2014 Omega has released a new Speedmaster Mark II watch. This new piece is based closely on the original Speedmaster Mark II from 1969, but boasts numerous improvements, including a new movement with date display and silicon balance spring, a new modern bracelet and sandwich luminous application on its tachymeter scale. Check out our review of this really cool Speedmaster here.
3. Breguet No. 1646 Diver Watch: A Newly Discovered Vintage From 1965
It sounds unbelievable that even today we are still discovering unknown pieces from the past, but this is exactly what happened recently when a Breguet No. 1646 dive watch was discovered. As it turns out, this dive watch was produced in extremely limited numbers – only 60 pieces – in 1965 and features an A. Schild (AS) automatic mechanical movement. Don’t be surprised if Breguet releases a new piece inspired by this in the near future.
4. Tissot Heritage Navigator Automatic COSC 160th Anniversary Watch Review
As we mentioned earlier, vintage-inspired pieces are still very popular these days and to commemorate its 160th anniversary, Tissot recently released its Heritage Navigator Automatic COSC 160th Anniversary watch. This watch is actually based on a piece that was first released in 1953 to celebrate the company’s centenary, but has a larger case and a modern COSC-certified ETA 2893 movement. Affordable world timers are not plenty but this definitely fits the bill. To find out more, read our full review.
5. Rolex Milgauss Z Blue Dial 116400GV Watch Hands-On
While Rolex fans are arguably most excited about the new white gold GMT Master II with the red and blue ceramic bezel or the new Sea-Dweller 4000, the Rolex that I’m looking forward to the most is actually the Milgauss with what Rolex calls the “Z Blue” dial. The Milgauss is not for everyone, and it is, in my opinion, the quirkiest watch in Rolex’s Oyster lineup – and this new Milgauss with its striking blue dial makes it quirkier still. I like it, and I can’t wait to see it in the flesh.
6. Remembering My Dad’s Watch And The Birth Of Responsibility
For most of us, our fathers have had a great impact on our lives, whether we care to admit it or not. This was the case for Ariel, and I can say that it was the same for me too. My dad was a hard worker and would put in long hours at work when he was just starting out in his career. As such, he would often come home late, and when he did, he would put his belongings such as his keys and wallet into a drawer and I would notice him taking off his Rolex watch. From then on, I aspired to have a Rolex like him too. Share your stories by hitting the link below.