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Timex T80 Goes Puple Rain

Purple is definitely one of the in colours this year for watches. Now that may not matter a jot to you, as you proudly continue to wear 90s baggy tops and jeans like Bez n Sean are still twisting your melon man..

If you’re baffled, no worries. It’s a Happy Mondays reference and if you haven’t discovered their hits, then give it a listen sometime. I digress again, let’s examine the spec on this Timex T80 which has a cool 80s vibe about it.

You can get a milspec green one, which is more Ukraine $30 billion dollar freedom fighter if you prefer. Both have a night light, timer, alarm, expanding steel bracelet and 30m of water resistance. Retail is £65, which is a bit more than the classic Casio retro digital models, which start at about £30 online and rise to £55-ish for the bigger 36mm case variants.

Entry level on the Casio is about 33mm, but you get the same 30m resistance and a steel strap.

One for sure, buying a new 80s digital watch is way cheaper than trying to get an original example repaired. More at the Timex UK site here.

Tudor Black Bay Chrono Rocks The 70s With a Gold Dial

It’s amazing what a bit of old school 1970s gold paint can do and we love the Black Bay chronograph with a gold/champagne dial for 2022. Those retro pushers and that classic twin sub-dial look hark back to the Valjoux 7733/34 cal chronographs of the motorsports era when Lauda, Hunt, Stewart and Fittipaldi were doing their thing in Grands Prix.

We are still liking the Breitling Top Time, plus the Hamilton Intra-Matic in blue has a classic appeal for less money. Tough decision.

Prices on the BB Chrono in steel and gold start at £4620 for the brown leather strap variant.

Watch the promo video here;

Bell+Ross Edition Limitada: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Bell+Ross has a new model in the range and it’s a revival of a classic gentleman’s club, cigar aficianado, kinda deal. The Edicion Limitada is a refreshing throwback to a time when men were er…men and you have to admire Bell+Ross for going with that old school Bryan Ferry/Richard Burton/Roger Moore man-about-town image.

It’s still a square watch though, so you either love that B+R vibe or you really want a brown Omega, Zenith or Breitling instead, all of which channel that oak panelled smoking room feeling.

Starting at £7200, it’s a pricey investment, so make sure you love it. Here’s the blurb from B+R;

In 2006, Bell & Ross launched the BR Vintage 126 XL Edición Limitada. This sporty chronograph from the Vintage collection has a round rose gold case.

In 2015, the WW1 Edición Limitada came along to embellish the series. This model takes up the design of the WW1, inspired by the first wrist watches. The retro-style timepiece features a round red gold case and very thin wire lugs.

Now, the BR 05 Chrono Edición Limitada is here: the third piece in this successful collection. More urban in design, this modern, technical watch features the Edición Limitada warm finish that is created with a brown dial and gold case.

The BR 05 Chrono Edición Limitada is aimed for the chic, stylish dandy and urban epicurean. The watch is adorned with details specially designed with him in mind.

LORD BRETT SINCLAIR WOULD LOVE THIS WATCH

A lover of beautiful things, good food and good cigars, this sophisticated gent subscribes to a certain artde-vivre. The style and finishes in this limited series match his demeanour and way of life.
Deeply rooted in the 21st century, this hedonistic gentleman embraces a timeless approach to life.

He cultivates a certain refined classicism, revisited in a contemporary fashion. He likes to drive prestigious cars, sip smooth spirits, wear fine materials—and, of course, smoke good cigars.

However, you can be a non-smoker and still want to wear the BR 05 Chrono Edición Limitada chronograph. Any lover of refined objects will be moved by this watch, with its shimmering finishes that convey the elegant, urban, epicurean art of living.

– Gold covers the small, subtle details, like the outside
of the chronograph counters.
– Red can be found on the stopwatch hands, evoking
the cigar bands. As a nod to the cigar’s roots, the
Edición Limitada inscription on the dial is written in
red and in Spanish.

The colour code used is also a way to separate different functions, a Bell & Ross signature design detail. The two stopwatch hands are dressed in red. The large central hand measures the seconds, while the small hand on the counter at 9 o’clock measures the stopwatch minutes. The counter at 3 o’clock houses a small golden hand which displays the seconds: no risk of confusion.

It comes with a bracelet or there is a rubber strap variant, slightly cheaper. The box is a wooden delight by the way, plus you can get a matching proper cigar box with temp gauge – we love that detail.

More info here.

Seiko Prospex Range Gets a Trio of Retro Goodness

What do we make of the latest Seiko Prospex editions? Well they capture the retro spirit perfectly, and those ice blue and white dials have a touch of Grand Seiko about them, which is a good thing.

The Uemura model, with its chunky case extension to protect the crown has got us in two minds. In some ways it’s a retro stand-out touch, but in practical terms we imagine it might dig into the back of your hand when worn? It’s just the oddness of its truncated line, it doesn’t flow. Seiko watches should have flowing lines, harmony, balance – yes?

Prices are approx 1300 euro for the two blue dial models and 1400 for the white dial Uemura.

Here’s the info from Seiko;

Seiko’s reputation for reliable and durable diver’s watches was forged in the 1960s and 1970s when they were chosen by adventurers and researchers on expeditions to the north and south poles.

Today, Seiko introduces into the Prospex collection modern re-interpretations of three legendary diver’s watches from this period that draw their design inspiration from the glaciers that these pioneers saw and that shape the landscapes and seascapes of the Arctic and Antarctic. Each one has a dial that evokes a different shade of glacial ice, from deep blue to white.

Inspired by the first Seiko diver’s watch, created in 1965

The power and beauty of polar glaciers are captured perfectly in the intricately patterned dials. The deep-blue dial watch is based on Seiko’s first diver’s watch from 1965 which proved its reliability when used by members of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition from 1966 to 1969.

1968 re-visited, in two tones of ice blue

A light blue dial and a darker blue bezel grace a new re-interpretation of the landmark 1968 diver’s watch which was the first Seiko watch with 300m water resistance and a 10-beat automatic movement.

A re-interpretation of the watch worn by Naomi Uemura in the 1970s

A white dial is encased in the same distinctive shaped case as the 1970 classic which proved its strength and endurance when worn by the Japanese adventurer Naomi Uemura in the years 1974 to 1976 when he completed a 12,500km solo dog-sled run from Greenland to Alaska.

All three watches are powered by the tried and trusted Caliber 6R35 which delivers a power reserve of 70 hours. They are 200 meter water resistant and are presented on steel bracelets with secure clasps and extenders. The cases have a super-hard coating and the crystals are of sapphire with an anti-reflective coating on the inner surface to ensure high legibility from every angle. All twelve indexes have a generous coating of Lumibrite, as do the hands, to maximize legibility in the dark.

These three watches join the Seiko Prospex Save the Ocean series. This program delivers financial and other support to Seiko’s chosen marine charities. All three watches will be available at the Seiko Boutiques and selected retail stores worldwide from June 2022.

To learn more about the various projects of the Save the Ocean initiative,  click here: https://www.seikowatches.com/global-en/products/prospex/special/keepgoingforward/savetheocean/

It’s Bender! Girard Perregaux Casquette 2.0 Sells Out

We loved Bender here at the NWC magazine, one of the best characters in Futurama, with his utterly ruthless lack of humanity and what-the-hell-lets-try-it attitude. Now Girard Perregaux has a retro watch, special edition, which looks uncannily like the toothy grin of Fry’s best drinking buddy.

Maybe not, perhaps it looks more like a space pod from a sci-fi movie? In any event, GP has sold out online already, so yeah, if you love it join the queue at the local authorised GP dealership.

Here’s the word from GP;

Now the Casquette is back! This time, officially adopting the original moniker, it has been named the Casquette 2.0. It is housed in a scratch-resistant ceramic case and features a Grade 5 titanium caseback.

Both the titanium and ceramic are hypoallergenic and light. Indeed, it has an exceptionally low mass of 107g, helping to augment wearer comfort. In fact, the new Casquette is more comfortable than ever.

Rounding off this lightweight ensemble are titanium pushers and a titanium badge which is positioned atop the watch head and emblazoned with a period GP logo. The watch is supplied on a ceramic bracelet with a rubber interior which proves more flexible and comfortable than its counterpart fitted to the original Casquette.

The bracelet it now paired with a folding titanium buckle.

During the lifetime of the original Casquette, 8200 pieces were produced. Inspired by this latter figure, Girard-Perregaux has chosen to limit the production of the new Casquette to just 820 pieces.

Casio A100- AEF Revival: Is It Lit?

It would be cool if this watch didn’t cost £69, which seems quite a bit for something that’s essentially a 1980s digital watch, which is even cheaper to produce now than it was when first new. Thanks robots, please don’t become self aware.

It has the backlight. It has the stopwatch and the alarm functions. You can set the calendar and then that’s it, it just knows when a leap year is and clicks over to the correct date. Casio say the battery will last three years and it just might. I have known some Casio watches get five years from a CR2016 button battery.

There is an hourly beep feature as well, should you really want to annoy colleagues at work, or anyone sitting in the quiet carriage on a train.

Love those red/yellow/green n grey coloured buttons, they have a design simplicity that’s almost German. Yeah, you’ll figure out which button does what, and it’s part of the fun of owning a Casio.

The silver tone version is £49 which more acceptable, but the annoying thing is this watch was launced last year in the USA at fifty bucks, which only proves once again that Rip-Off Britain is alive n well.

Need a cheap Casio? The new Denim Blue Illuminator has all the retro features you need at it’s under £20 – now that’s more like it. Easy to read display, 50m water resistance, LED light, alarm feature, stopwatch etc. For basic timekeeping you cannot go wrong at this money because you get Casio quality at Bench, Henrys, ICE watch prices. Result.

Let’s Power Up The Seventies

If you fancy a tonneau shaped case retro watch, you have two choices. Buy an older 1970s vintage watch and gamble that it will keep reasonable time, or invest in something like this new Certina DS-2, which has the trusty Swatch Group Powermatic 80 automatic movement inside.

Yep 80 hours of reserve, lots of modern super luminova, 200m water resistance and a sapphire crystal. You won’t get that with a vintage Omega Cosmic.

Here is the press info; price is £770, which is not too cheeky.

With the first DS-2 from 1968, Certina began a new chapter in the making of extremely reliable watches, taking up the very successful – and exceptionally stylish – story that had begun nine years earlier with the DS-1.

The DS-2 earned high marks, as it does today, for its tonneau-shaped case, an ellipse capped at both ends, as the 1968 product presentation put it. The soft corners and edges are combined with a round dial and sapphire crystal.

The new DS-2 is available in four versions, with dials in matt black and satin-brushed silver, blue or black. Rectangular hands and indexes with Super-LumiNova® highlighting underscore the vintage look of the watch. The stainless steel case (width 40mm, length 38 mm) is worn on a Milanese mesh bracelet or a NATO strap made of #tide ocean material®, which is based on plastics fished from the ocean.

THE POWER OF MODERN MECHANICS

Though there’s a striking external resemblance to the older version, the interior of the new DS-2 is clearly an original piece of work.

The current model features a state-of-the-art automatic movement with up to 80 hours of power reserve and an anti-magnetic NivachronTM balance spring – clearly visible through the sapphire crystal case back – that reliably drives the hours, minutes and second hands, along with the date display at 3 o’clock.

Thanks to the screw-down crown and Double Security (DS) system, the watch is water-resistant to 20 bar (200 m). So even with all the nostalgia, the DS-2 makes it perfectly clear: in watchmaking, time has certainly not stood still!

The new DS-2 Powermatic 80 will be available starting in February 2022 from authorised Certina dealers around the world.

Longines Silver Arrow: Vintage Style, Modern Tech

Longiones are really whizzing them out of the factory doors right now. This one channels the vintage vibe, so say hello to the Silver Arrow, which is a perfect name for a Mercedes enthusiast who collects older style watches. What we love about this watch;

Timeless styling details

38.5mm case – perfect compromise

Box crystal

Here’s the press info;

Longines Silver Arrow breathes life back into a model characteristic of the 1950s: a resolutely forward-facing time when race cars and supersonic aeroplanes appealed to the imaginations of young and old alike.

Nice caseback tool tabs. Precise.

It is this futuristic spirit that inspired the original design of the “Silver Arrow”, revisited in a way that is loyal to the brand’s Heritage pillar. Driven by an exclusive self-winding movement fitted with a silicon balance-spring, the Longines Silver Arrow comes with a five-year warranty.

The “Silver Arrow” adventure began in 1955. That year, Longines held an in-house contest to find the name for a new timepiece with an avantgarde design. A name emerged that was based on one of the 450 proposals: “Silver Arrow”, a reference to the famous sports cars that dominated the racing circuits of the era.

The first “Silver Arrow” was released by the Longines factory in 1956. At the time, each of the brand’s collections bore an emblem. The “Silver Arrow” symbol was a supersonic plane flying through the stars. By making a connection between racing circuits and celestial paths, Longines confirms its connection with the world of aeronautics and its pioneers.

Today, Longines brings the model back to life with the new Longines Silver Arrow. This timepiece, characteristic of the watches of the 1950s, shows an understated elegance and distinctive silhouette, and is powered by cutting-edge watchmaking technology.

The Longines Silver Arrow has a 38.50 mm steel case which contains a self-winding mechanical movement (L888.5) with a silicon balance-spring to ensure high-precision accuracy and enhanced resistance to magnetic fields. To prove its reliability, this new timepiece comes with a five-year warranty.

Resolutely minimalist, its silver opaline dial features striated indexes – like the original version – and sword-shaped hands, and both of these features are coated with Super-LumiNova®. The absence of a date display and of a “self-winding” indication contributes to its
understated character while maintaining the spirit of the original timepiece.

This timepiece features a box-shaped sapphire glass with a multi-layered anti-reflective finish, as well as a screw-down back engraved with the “Silver Arrow” emblem. A matte brown leather strap with a soft texture and vintage finishes completes this elegant composition.

Price is £1770. More here.

Solid Gold Seventies Action, By Timex

Timex are still mining that velvet goldmine with their Q Series 1972 edition. Yes, the great days of T.Rex, Kawasaki Z1S and awesome flares can be yours again.

In fact it was exactly 50 years ago that Timex began selling quartz watches so this red dial beauty celebrates a company milestone. The striking gold tone case is also pure 70s, with its wide body, tonneau styling, plus the neat battery compartment cover makes swapping the 377 battery a doddle.

That’s a 70s Brit word btw, it means easy-peasy.

Priced at £155 this isn’t a cheap watch, in fact we have to say there are more appealing retro quartz watches out there for less cash. Like the Sekonda 1957 model which can be found for £50, or the Accurist Racing chronograph at £129.

If you want to go chrono there’s the OSO Orbit from Singapore with a VK Seiko movement for£185 on Kickstarter.

Verdict; Great styling Timex but what happened to watches for the masses?

Seals Field Explorer: No Bull Tool Watch

Seals watch company in California have refreshed their Field Model C Explorer. Here’s the word;

Model C Field Explorer, Automatic Field Watch, is now being released for the second time in a limited quantity. We are re-releasing the original granulated black and deep blue and three all-new colorways available right now to order. 

In addition, we have developed a slew of new hands. Yes, a brand new hour and minute in black to pair specifically with our cream and black accented dial. We made four new seconds hand variants as well. Choices are an all-black, jungle green, thermally treated blue, and lastly and a solid white version. Each pair perfectly with this collection. 

Inside there is a SW200 Sellita auto movement, so you have that reliability base covered, plus a choice of six different straps. Bright bold numerals, clear dial and a chunky crown make this a classic tool watch that channels the spirit of the 1940s. You know, when Woke meant you just heard a bugle sound and there was another fighter plane attack due anytime soon…

We love that functional rear view, with its deep, caseback removal tool holes, so you can unscrew it safely in a vice and clean the movement a few years down the line. Or get a watchmaker to do it, probably better in the long run.

It costs $640 and you can find out more here.