October 31, 2018
by Kenny Yeo
This round-up is something of a dress watch bonanza. So if you are looking for a dress watch, read on. We begin with our recommendations for top dress watches under $1,000. Let’s be honest, most of us don’t wear dress watches on a daily basis, so it doesn’t make sense to spend too much on one. At least that’s how I feel. Moving on, we take a close look at Timex’s new Marlin Automatic, an affordable vintage-inspired dress watch. Next, we have a hands-on of one of Tudor’s dressier pieces, their new Tudor 1926 watch.
From around the web, we have an interview with Stephen Forsey, one of the co-founders of Greubel Forsey, who talks about the brand’s ideals and philosophy behind watchmaking and what it is that makes them so special. We also have an in-depth piece on the current shortage facing Rolex sports models. Does Rolex intentionally limit its supply of watches or has demand simply just shot up? Finally, we chronicle the history of F.P. Journe’s seminal Chronometre à Resonance watch, which will surely go down one day as one of horology’s most important pieces.
I think it’s safe to say that every serious watch collector needs a dress watch in the collection. However, for most of us, a dress watch isn’t necessarily what we would wear every day. As a result, it doesn’t make good financial sense to blow a large chunk of your watch budget on a dress watch if you are only going to wear it occasionally. So what are your choices if you are going to spend sensibly on a dress watch? Fret not, let us help you out.
The act of scalping isn’t new but for whatever reason, it has become increasingly rampant lately. This occurrence isn’t just happening in the watch hobby but also in other hobbies such as collectible figures and even hi-fi equipment. Heck, you even have scalpers buying up concert tickets. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a scalper is someone who buys something that is usually available in limited numbers with the intention of selling it quickly at a higher price to make a profit. Obviously, it goes without saying that such behavior is not only annoying but also toxic and detrimental to the hobby. Some brands know this and have taken steps to deter scalpers. But what else can be done and how should we as watch enthusiasts and collectors view the situation?
We often say the GMT is the watch designed for travelers but that’s really only partly true. You see, while most true GMT watches can be easily adjusted to new time zones, it isn’t very good if you’re traveling to or from a country that has a UTC offset that isn’t a whole number. I’m talking about places like India (UTC +5:30), Nepal (UTC +5:45), and certain parts of Canada and Australia. What you need is a special kind of traveler’s watch, one like the Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite, whose travel time display can accommodate up to 36 time zones. This is a serious traveler’s watch for the hardcore globetrotter.
If I mentioned Tudor, the first Tudor watch that probably comes to mind is the Black Bay. That is to be expected. There is no doubt that the Black Bay is Tudor’s most popular collection and is really the watch that kickstarted the brand’s current resurgence. However, Tudor is much more than just the Black Bay. At Baselworld this year, Tudor also introduced the new Tudor 1926 collection. With most of the stainless steel models retailing for under $2,000, the Tudor 1926 collection represents a new entry point for the brand. Get to know the Tudor 1926 collection better in the link below.
We have all experienced it before, the sickening sound of metal on metal, and the next thing you know, your watch’s case has a ding. And now, the only thing you see whenever you raise your watch is that ding. It’s bothersome, it’s irksome, and it’s an eyesore. Unfortunately, that’s the way things are with watches. Stainless steel, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t actually that hard. It measures about 150 to 200 on the Vickers scale. Well below the 350 value of titanium, the 1,200 value of ceramic, and way below the 10,000 rating of diamond, one of the hardest materials known to man. As a result, some brands have resorted to various techniques to harden their cases. Here’s a guide to some of them.
Timex is serious about being a force in the affordable mechanical watch market. Hot on the heels of the very successful hand-wound Marlin watch late last year, Timex is following up with another Marlin model. This time it’s an automatic. Like the earlier Marlin, the Marlin Automatic has a vintage-inspired look with a heavily domed mineral crystal and a simple uncluttered dial. Inside, beats a no-frills but highly reliable Miyota 8215 movement. However, unlike the first Marlin which was just 34mm wide, the Marlin Automatic has a more contemporary 40mm size case. At just $249, this is a great option for anyone looking for a fuss-free dress watch.