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BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends May 31, 2018

BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends May 31, 2018 ABTW Round-Ups

This month’s round-up is a bit of a dive watch bonanza. We begin with Rolex’s newest Deepsea Sea-Dweller Ref. 126660 and Seiko’s Prospex SPB077 and SPB079 watches. Next, we take an in-depth look at a favorite among watch lovers buying their first luxury Swiss-made dive watch, the Oris Aquis Date. Dive watches aside, we also investigate the watch retail scene and explain why certain watch models, like the Rolex Daytona and Patek Philippe Nautilus, are next to impossible to buy from stores.

From around the web, we have a behind the scenes look at how Audemars Piguet makes the dials and cases of its iconic Royal Oak watches. We also have a story about the new Bangalore Watch Company and how it aims to revive the watchmaking industry in India. Last but not least, we have a feature on chronographs—what’s the difference between integrated and modular chronographs and is one really better than the other?

1. ROLEX DEEPSEA SEA-DWELLER 126660 ‘BLACK DIAL’ WATCH HANDS-ON

BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends May 31, 2018 ABTW Round-Ups

This year, Rolex introduced a new version of its deepest diver, the Deepsea Sea-Dweller. The new ref. 126660 Deepsea comes in either a black dial or a ‘D-Blue’ graduated blue dial and features a slightly redesigned case and a wider bracelet. It also gets Rolex’s newest Caliber 3235, which features the patented Chronergy escapement. This results in a more harmonious-looking watch and fixes some of the problems of the model that it replaces—namely that it looks too top heavy and that its bracelet never really seemed to match its case. Here’s a closer look at the new black dial version of Rolex’s newest Deepsea Sea-Dweller 126660.

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2. SEIKO PROSPEX SPB077 & SPB079 DIVE WATCHES HANDS-ON

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If you ask me, the best new dive watch for 2018 has got to be the Seiko SLA025 Hi-Beat 300m, which is a thoughtful reissue of Seiko’s vintage diver, the ref. 6159-7001. That classic case shape, gilt dial, and modern high beat movement make for an irresistible combination. Unfortunately, it is limited to 1,500 pieces and it is also quite pricey. The next best thing could very well be the Seiko Prospex SPB077 and SPB079. Unlike the SLA025, these aren’t outright reissues of the old ref. 6159-7001. Instead, they are meant to be modern reinterpretations of that classic Seiko diver. More importantly, they are considerably more affordable.

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3. ORIS AQUIS DATE BLUE DIAL WATCH REVIEW

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The Oris Aquis Date has been a longtime favorite among watch lovers looking to get their first serious Swiss dive watch. It really has a lot going for it. It has a distinctive, masculine look; it is extremely well-made; it has a robust mechanical movement; plus it is made by Oris, a well-regarded brand that has built a reputation for making very good watches at reasonable prices over the last few years. Here, we take an in-depth look at the latest Aquis Date diver, which was released just last year as part of a larger refresh of the Aquis collection.

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4. WHY SOME WATCHES FROM ROLEX, PATEK PHILIPPE & OTHERS ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND AT RETAIL

BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends May 31, 2018 ABTW Round-Ups

The latest version of the stainless steel Rolex Daytona is available with a black or white dial and comes with a black ceramic bezel. It has been out for two years now but I have never seen it in a store, not in my country and not when I’m abroad. I’m almost beginning to believe Rolex doesn’t actually sell the watch. The same goes for the Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711 and also the discontinued Panerai Luminor Base Logo (PAM 000). I have never seen these watches in stores before. Why is that? Why are these watches next to impossible to find in retail settings? Answers in the link below.

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5. AVOID BUYING THESE TYPES OF WATCHES

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Since I write about watches, friends often ask me what watches they should buy. It really depends. It depends on a lot of things: your own tastes, your lifestyle, and your preferences for certain brands are just some of the factors that determine what kind of watches you like and should buy. That said, I find it easier to advise friends on the kind of watches that they should avoid buying. Read this article if you want to avoid making an expensive mistake.

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6. APPLE WATCH EDITION SERIES 3: IS THE CERAMIC CASE WORTH IT?

BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends May 31, 2018 ABTW Round-Ups

When Apple first launched the Apple Watch, the luxury versions came in gold. Those watches were, to me and a lot of other folks, ostentatious and perhaps unnecessary. Now, the luxury versions of the Apple Watch come in much more practical ceramic. Ceramic is arguably one of the most important materials in modern watchmaking as it is so strong and hard that it is virtually scratch-proof. It is, however, very brittle, but that’s a story for another day. So how does the Apple Watch Edition Series 3 and its ceramic case hold up and is it worth getting one?

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  • Mikita

    Moving on, off, forward, backward, up and down?¥

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I despair. Putting a computer device is this list is beyond me. Yes yes , I’m a old stick in the mud, heard it all before but even trying to put my negative points aside on this device is difficult verging on impossible to see a use for them. Having a debate wither ceramic is a viable option for such a device is …using a local colloquialism…Taking the piss.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      https://9to5mac.com/2017/12/15/apple-watch-saves-life-managing-heart-attack/

      You`ll find more similar articles if you`re looking for them.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Wow! Thanks. That changes my whole perception of these things .

        • Sheez Gagoo

          For example Google Maps is easier to use on the wrist. And you can watch porn on it. How can you hate a device that provides porn?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            How did we ever get by without them? Seriously i know there’s a huge market for these things but I’m not in their demographic and haven’t been for some time. I acknowledge their existence…, that’s as far as I’m going.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            I learned that ignorance is a bad teacher. My business had to learn it the hard way.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Change can be difficult sometimes.

      • Mikita

        Well, if it’s true – it is indeed remarkable. This is not the first such piece of news, I’ve seen a similar story, but about a younger girl. Do you think it is indeed that accurate?

        P.S. Well, such things can indeed kill the “normal” (oldschool?) watch industry. And especially Swiss – Japanese companies can quickly adjust, because they already have experience in electronics and wrist gadgets (Seiko, Citizen, Casio – yes, Orient – not so much).

        • Sheez Gagoo

          Obviously it is that accurate, altogh I didn’t do any further research. I don’t think that these will kill the classic watch industry but it surely helps to get some air out of the bubble. What they do is make people wrap something around their wrist what they didn’t since the rise of the 3G cellphones. The worldwide market share of Swiss watches is around 1% but they managed to make 50+% profit.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Can i suggest you rethink the monthly round up. It doesn’t really appear to be to popular…Just sayin’.

    Moving on™

  • SuperStrapper

    Some of these article seem like mindless busywork. Are all chronographs created equal? Has there ever been a single person ever in the history of watches that said this? It’s a shade of clickbait.

    I cringe a bit that the “greatest seiko diver ever” has hands that are too short.

    • Mikita

      Yeah – I’m also tired from all these bullshit slogans, content names – all for the sake of more clicks and Youtube views. “Best Watch In The World?!” – you open it and see some crap.

  • Drazen B

    Every time I see that Deep Sea sea-dweller clunker I think to myself the 116600 SD4K is sorelly missed…

    • babola

      I would tend to agree with you on that one.

  • Timestandsstill

    Actually once I got past the title I gleaned a few new pearls of information from the article on chronographs.
    Of course I understand if it was a complete waste of time for many other readers and commenters here as they already knew all this, but I thought it was worthwhile.

    Occasionally find some really good links for other articles on the Internet I may have missed in these monthly round ups. Usually only found on page 2.

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