December 4, 2015
by Kenny Yeo
As we come to the last month of the year, we are beginning the penultimate roundup of 2015 with a visit to the manufacturing facilities of Bremont. The brand sources movements from Switzerland, but much of its watches’ components are actually made in Bremont’s facilities in England. In fact, it is the dream of founders Nick and Giles English to eventually manufacture all components of the watch in England.
First, though, we’ll explore the topic of vintage watches. Yes, vintage watches have an undeniable and sometimes irresistible charm, but are they really worth the trouble? To begin, searching for high quality vintage watches with all original parts is a real challenge. And beyond that, there is the question of authenticity, and then, of reliability. To say that buying a good and sought-after vintage watch is a real challenge would be an understatement. So, for aBlogtoWatch’s inaugural “Point/Counterpoint” feature, we explore the merits and downsides to vintage watches.
And finally, we take a close look at a very, very rare watch – the Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711 in platinum. It’s said to be offered only to Patek Philippe’s best (take that word to mean what you will) clients. And it’s not just the materials that are different. There’s a host of other subtle differences, too. Here’s your opportunity to have a good look at this rare watch.
1. Point/Counterpoint: Are Vintage Watches Worth It?
Vintage watches have their indescribable charms, but acquiring a good one can be a tricky task. Are they mechanically sound? Is the seller’s description accurate and true? Have parts of the watch been replaced? And are the parts replaced with genuine ones? These are but some questions one has to ask when considering the vintage route. However, vintage watches are not without their advantages. They can be considerably more affordable and, if you pick correctly and get very lucky, they could even become worthwhile investment vehicles (take this with a boulder-sized grain of salt, though). In this article, we talk and debate about the advantages and disadvantages of vintage watches and whether or not they are worth the hassle.
2. 10 Watches Recommended For Anyone According To Rob Nudds
The problem with broad lists such as “top 10 watches to buy” and so on is that, more often than not, certain models will appear with greater frequency than others. Rolex’s Submariner is a no-brainer and so is Omega’s Speedmaster Pro. It’s really hard to argue against the two watches which are so iconic, popular, and safe. Fortunately, our Rob Nudds has decided to take the path less traveled, and his list is comprised of 10 watches that are, in his words, off the beaten the track. If you want something different to stand out from the crowd, this is the list to check out.
3. Tudor Fastrider Black Shield 42000CN For Ducati XDiavel Watch Review
Ceramic is a popular material of choice for watch brands, and there are good reasons for that. Most of all, it’s incredibly tough and scratch-resistant. However, it is also a hard material to work with, and so ceramic watches often command a significant premium. Tudor, however, bucked this trend when it released the Black Shield version of its Fastrider watch in 2013. And now, building on that is a brand new Black Shield Fastrider watch that also celebrates the Ducati XDiavel bike. If you love Ducati bikes and watches, this is one that is not to be missed.
4. Inside Bremont’s British World Of Watch Making
You probably know Bremont as, arguably, the most famous British luxury watch brand, but did you also know that their manufacturing facilities are based entirely in England? Bremont presently has a facility in Henley-on-Thames and has just opened another in Silverstone, a stone’s throw away from the world-famous race track. Did you also know that they have a group of former Formula 1 engineers working on their watches? Well, if you didn’t know these things, here is a peek into what goes into making a Bremont watch ~and some cool stories to boot!
5. aBlogtoWatch Guides To Buying Watches On eBay
eBay is a rich hunting ground for watches – new and vintage ones alike. However, it’s not without its risks when you shop for watches. Namely, you cannot handle the watch in person and have to rely on only photos and the seller’s description. This means that it’s hard to ascertain its actual condition and its authenticity. To be sure, eBay can be a tricky place to do business, but the amount of watches that you can find is truly staggering, and it can certainly be a worthwhile place to do some shopping. To help you, we have compiled a series of guides which can be viewed by hitting the link below. Happy shopping!
6. Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Watch Hands-On In All Four New Colorways
The new Speedmaster Co-Axial chronograph certainly is one of Omega’s most popular watches. As a result, Omega saw fit to use that watch as a showcase of their mastery of ceramic by giving us the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon in 2013. It went on to become one of the hottest watches of the year, which led Omega to follow up with the Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon a year later. And now, Omega is giving fans more choice by offering four new colorways to the Dark Side of the Moon watch. If you ever thought the original Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon was not enough, have a look at the new colorways by hitting the link below.
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