October sees heavy hitters from Omega and Rolex. From Omega, we have the Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Award’s 50th Anniversary, which has possibly the best caseback in the business. And we continue our coverage of new Rolex releases with the colorful Oyster Perpetual 41 in Red Coral and Yellow, and the new Submariner Date Ref. 126610LN.
From around the Web, we investigate the technique and use of frosting in movement decoration, and also the story of master watchmaker Eric Coudray, who must be an oddity amongst watchmakers because he doesn’t actually like watches. Finally, we take a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in Windsor Castle whenever daylight savings time comes around and all 400 or so of its clocks need to be adjusted.
1. OMEGA CELEBRATES THE SILVER SNOOPY AWARD’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW SPEEDMASTER MOONWATCH
Omega has released what is arguably the coolest Snoopy Speedmaster yet. This is the Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Award 50th anniversary, which, as you might have guessed, pays homage to NASA giving Omega the Silver Snoopy Award back in 1970. The main ingredients are familiar: a 42mm stainless steel case with prominent blue registers and a blue bezel to match. On the dial, of course, you have Snoopy. But the caseback is where the magic is. It’s animated, so when the chronograph is running, you’ll see Snoopy inside his Command and Service Module orbiting the caseback, and there’s an Earth disk that rotates once per minute on its own axis. But that’s not all — the greatest trick of this watch is the fact that it isn’t a limited edition.
2. HANDS-ON: ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL 41 RED CORAL VERSUS YELLOW DIAL WATCHES
Last month, Rolex updated its lineup of Oyster Perpetual watches. It’s was a significant update, to be sure, but what caught the attention of watch lovers was the intense injection of colors that the new watches have. It calls to my mind the Stella watches of vintage Day Dates. At any rate, here we have a close look at two of the most colorful and outrageous variants from the new Oyster Perpetual lineup, the Oyster Perpetual 41 in Red Coral and Yellow.
3. WATCH REVIEW: BALL WATCH ENGINEER III MARVELIGHT CARING EDITION
Following a certain musician declaring his love for Rainbow Daytonas, watch brands have all scrambled to infuse and inject color – lots of it – into their watches. And Ball Watch has, in my opinion, done it in one of the more tasteful ways. They have done it by taking their popular Engineer III Marvelight watch and using colored tritium tubes for the hour indices. The result is a rainbow dial watch that is done in a way that seems quite natural and doesn’t seem forced. What’s more, Ball will donate a portion of sales from this watch to the Salvation Army’s social assistance programs. Buy a watch and do some good — can’t ask for much more than that.
4. SEIKO DEBUTS TWO NEW LIMITED EDITION 55TH ANNIVERSARY DIVE WATCH MODELS
It’s getting harder to keep track of limited-edition Seiko watches, but here we are again with two more models. Here are the new Seiko Prospex SLA043 and Prospex SPB183. If they look familiar, that’s because they are new colorways of existing (popular) models. The Prospex SLA043 is a play on the Prospex SLA017 from 2017, which itself was a modern reissue of the legendary 62MAS. The Prospex SBP183, on the other hand, is a variant of the SBP151 and SPB153, which are modern reinterpretations of another iconic Seiko dive watch, the Ref. 6105 “Captain Willard.”
5. HANDS-ON: ROLEX SUBMARINER 126610LN WATCH
In early September, Rolex gave its Submariner collection a massive revamp. As part of this update, we have a new Submariner “Date” watch in the Ref. 126610LN. Compared to its predecessor, the Ref. 126610LN gains a millimeter in case size but also slimmer lugs — and it gets a new engine. Powering it is the in-house caliber 3235, which has a power reserve of 70 hours and is rated to be accurate to -2/+2 seconds per day. But let’s be honest, how many people are going to buy it because of its technical excellence? No, I suspect most people only want it because it’s perceived to be one of the most desirable sports watches right now. And that’s tragic.