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BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends September 30, 2016

1. What if we told you smartwatches are actually getting good

BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends September 30, 2016 ABTW Round-Ups

Regardless of what you may think of electric-powered watches, smartwatches are actually one of the most interesting fields of development in the watch industry. Mechanical watch lovers may look upon them with disdain, but the fact is that smartwatches have made some significant improvements in terms of design and functionality in the past two or so years. And with Apple releasing its new Apple Watch Series 2 smartwatches, all eyes are on smartwatches again.

Source: Wired

2. Rolex GMT-Master 1675 – An Icon

BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends September 30, 2016 ABTW Round-Ups

In the world of vintage Rolex watches, the Daytona and Submariner are the undisputed kings, with fine examples of each easily capable of ringing up tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Rolex GMT-Master, however, is slowly but surely gaining attention and appreciating in price. Here, we take a look at the Rolex GMT-Master reference 1675, which is the second Rolex GMT-Master and was introduced in 1959 to replace the revered reference 6542. Learn more about this amazing vintage Rolex reference here.

Source: Fratellowatches

3. A yet unknown vintage Panerai 3646

BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends September 30, 2016 ABTW Round-Ups

Vintage watches can appear in the most unlikely of places. In the case of this vintage Panerai reference 3646, it was found sitting in a drawer by an elderly lady during a house furniture valuation. Can you believe that? It goes without saying that vintage Panerai watches are extremely rare and desirable, with many of them having seen actual military action. And every new find is exciting because it also reveals more to Panerai scholars about the nature of vintage Panerai watches. And in case you were wondering, the watch was eventually auctioned off for £54,560.

Source: Perezscope

4. Pocket Guide: Column & cam-wheel chronographs

BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends September 30, 2016 ABTW Round-Ups

Ever wondered why it was only in 1969 that the first automatic chronograph was invented? Don’t be fooled by their popularity, the chronograph complication is actually one of the most difficult and complex to execute. Now, there’s two main types of chronograph movements – column-wheel and cam-actuated. But have you wondered how they actually work? And why column-wheel chronograph movements are favored over their cam-actuated counterparts? Hit the link the below and wonder no more.

Source: Revolution

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  • ??????

    Lots of heat in the comments this week 🙂 Gorilla by ex “AP Chief designer”, 11k mega-thick ultra-big fragile Omega, Land Rovered Zenith.. so much fun, really.

    • TrevorXM

      Yes, a week of bad watches makes for week of good comments!

  • SuperStrapper

    You’re both trolls for saying anything before Ray gets in his totally useful ‘moving alongside’ comment.

    • Bill W

      I think Ray went for a midnight hike and fell into a sinkhole whilst trying to read the time from his unlumed Vacheron. Where the hell is he? “Moving on,…”

  • word-merchant

    In case my Gorilla comment to Octavio Garci got lost:

    Nice words, but it doesn’t get past the fact that you’ve put a nasty movement in an ugly case and want €1k for it. I don’t know you and I personally wish you no ill, but it’ll be a sad day for watch design in general if you succeed.

  • Bill W

    These lists should be at least 70% smartwatch. Always. If there weren’t any smartwatch articles posted in the two week period, you should put up old Apple articles.

  • Dinkee, H. O.

    I think that A Blog To Watch might consider jumping it up to 90% smartwatch. The remaining 8% Rolex. With their advertising budget they deserve to be the only featured mechanical watch brand on this blog. And then 2% for perk suppliers like Bremont so that Ariel Adams can have racing yacht trips and get to drive around in Bentleys once in a while.

  • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    Well done Mr. Yeo.

  • SuperStrapper

    I’m confused. There are 10 articles here and one of them is smart watch related.

  • Bill W

    Before the comment is removed or I am removed, I would like to take this opportunity at self-promotion to ask you fine people to check out my latest response to Ariel Adams in his “Ask the Audience” article about smartwatches. It took me a long while to think about and write it, but it’s what I truly believe. If you agree, please give me some backup either with an upvote or a comment, because I don’t want to get banned :). And it was nice knowin’ ya if I do. Cheers!

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