October 31, 2017
by Kenny Yeo
1. The Krayon Everywhere – First Hands-On with a Super-Complex $600k Watch
Watches that can calculate sunrise and sunset times are not new. However, they are usually calibrated to tell the sunrise and sunset times only in a given place. The reason being that the sunrise and sunset times vary across the world. The Krayon Everywhere, on the other hand, is the first mechanical watch that is able to tell the sunrise and sunset timings regardless of your location. Its ultra-complicated movement, which consists of 595 parts, is able to compute date, equation of time, latitude, longitude, and even UTC. Take a closer look at this uber complicated watch here.
2. The Rolex Submariner Collectors Story
The Rolex Submariner is an horological institution. Most of us know it as one of Rolex’s most popular models, but it is also one of the very first dive watches ever made. And it would go on to spawn other Rolex dive watches such as the Sea-Dweller and the DeepSea. Not only that, certain vintage references of the Submariner were used professionally by divers and even in the military. It is a model that is rich in history and if you want to find out more about vintage Submariners, you’ll definitely want to check out and bookmark this article.
Source: Rolex Passion Report
3. The True Story of Roger Dubuis (1938-2017)
These days, Roger Dubuis is known for its outlandish, outrageous, and complicated watches. In recent times, its most remarkable watch is arguably the Quator, which has four balances – hence the name. More importantly, however, Roger Dubuis wasn’t always this way. When the company was first founded by Roger Dubuis and Carlos Dias, it was focused on making highly complicated and exquisitely finished watches inspired by traditional Geneva watchmaking. In particular, Patek Philippe, where Dubuis spent many years working at its high complications workshop. The years spent at Patek Philippe would inform his watchmaking sensibilities. So how did Roger Dubuis become the brand that it is today? This is the story behind Roger Dubuis and his eponymous brand.
Source: Watches by SJX
4. In Conversation with Aurel Bacs — Paul Newman’s ‘Paul Newman’
Perhaps more important than the recent auction of Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona is the story behind the watch. It’s simply amazing and shows that a watch becomes much more meaningful if it has been used and loved. I don’t think the watch would nearly be half as interesting if it had been kept in a safe all this time. Watch this to find out how the watch was found and the reason it was put up for sale.
5. A Week On The Wrist: The Grand Seiko Spring Drive Snowflake SBGA211
One of the big stories from Baselworld this year is the announcement that Grand Seiko would now be a standalone brand and not a sub-brand of Seiko. To reflect this, Grand Seiko watches will now only have the Grand Seiko logo on the dial at 12 o’clock – the Seiko logo is gone. This applies not just to the new Grand Seiko watches, but to all models in their catalog. As a result, many old favorites have been updated and revised and one of them is the fan favorite Spring Drive Snowflake, which now has a new reference number to go along with it – SBGA211.
6. The SEALAB Chronicles: A Journey to Panama City
In the mid-Sixties, to study the viability of saturation diving and the effects living in underwater habitats would have on man, the US Navy built experimental underwater habitats known as the SEALAB. Apart from advancing the science of deep sea diving and rescue, another interesting development from this project was that it would lead to the creation of the one-way helium escape valve in the Rolex Sea-Dweller. The idea for this came from aquanaut Robert Barth who was Chief Quartermaster for the first SEALAB mission. This is the story of meeting Robert Barth and the amazing SEALAB missions.