German brand SINN has three variations on a classic aviator watch, with the 60s style bicompax dial layout, on the books for Autumn 2023. Our fave is the gradient grey dial 356 Pilot Classic model, which has a subtle blend of old school styling and tool watch utility. Those beefy chrono pushers look built to last, the quarter second markers on the chapter ring are … Continue reading SINN 356 Pilot Classic Trio: Beautifully Finished, But Pricey
After a chat on Twitter recently with Chris, who is trying watch repair for the first time, it got your NWC Editor thinking back to the apprentice days of watch reapir, ten years ago. Yes, back then I could barely swap a battery in a Storm watch without scratching the case with a slip of the knife. But a longtime watch fettler called Ernie walked … Continue reading What’s The Best Watch Repair Kit For a Beginner?
This latest range of retro chronographs from Yema really hit the spot. Partnering up with the Renault Alpine endurance team for three big 24 hour races this season, Yema has captured the mood of the 60s perfectly. Those segmented TV screen sub-dials are pure Valjoux 7733 era wristwatch. The tachymetre markers around the edge, the perforated straps and piston crown pushers – all present and … Continue reading Yema Rallygraf Alpine Endurance: Race Ready
Vario has launched a range of limited edition Empire watches, with four variants, all featuring mother-of-pearl dials. These have the Miyota 6T33 handwound mechanical movement inside and are limited to 50 pieces in four different dial combos. We like the blue hands and polished bezel one the best, but there’s plenty of choice. All of them are 38mm across and just 11mm high on the … Continue reading Vario Empire, Now With Mother-of-Pearl Dial Options
This is a beautiful looking vintage style chronograph, we love its lines. But the catch is the price tag of £1860, which is right up there with some very nice Swiss, British, German and Japanese watches. The Continental has a tachymetre, pulsometer plus telemeter, so it has lots of boxes ticked in terms of functions. Inside there’s a Sellita SW510 Swiss movement too, which is … Continue reading Delma Continental Has Old School Cool, But at A Price
If you’re in Leeds, Yorkshire during February then checking out the Vacheron Contstantin Vintage collection is something that fits the bill, especially on a rainy day. Marvel at the 222 models from the 1970s, or the Royal Chronometer from 1976, which has a touch of Seiko about its square case design. That’s a compliment by the way. There are a couple of Overseas models in … Continue reading Things To Do in Leeds: See The Vintage Vacheron Watch Collection
Nivada Grenchen have a super retro chronograph launch today. The dark cherry coloured watch is a collab with Worn & Wound magazine and has a refurbished Valjoux 72 movement inside the case. Delivery is due in Feb 23 and there are just 20 pieces being made. Price is $6900 which is kinda steep for us, considering you can get a mint Valjoux 72 watch from … Continue reading Vintage Valjoux 72, Or Refurbished? Tough Call
Can you take a typical eBay watch selling at £10 as a `runs then stops’ project and get it going? Sometimes you can. Let’s delve into the world of budget watch repair. WHAT YOU NEED Unlike real watchmaking, where you need a fully equipped £3000 workshop, with mini lathe, polishing machine, proper workbench, Swiss tools, wide range of spares, crystals, stems, crowns, hands plus an … Continue reading Is It Worth Repairing an Old Timex Watch? Yes, You Can Do It