Modern Classic Rolex Submariner 14060M

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Let’s clear up a few things because one of my first articles ever on Fratellowatches, was about the modern classic Rolex Submariner 14060M. I made the claim that it was essentially a perfectly designed watch due to its excellent dial symmetry, but also because it lacked that odd protrusion of a feature: the Cyclops. I also made it very clear that there are only 2 types of Subs: the Submariner and the Submariner Date. There is no such thing as a Submariner “No Date” – that’s just silly. So, it shouldn’t surprise you that it was actually a struggle to pull the trigger when a very honest Rolex Red Submariner came up for sale some five years ago for a very reasonable price. But…the head lurched in front of the heart and made the decision because, if nothing else, a well bought vintage sports Rolex is a sound investment.

I had just moved to Germany five years back when my Dad shot me a note stating that a Canadian jeweler outside of Toronto had received a Rolex Red Submariner in on trade and had put it up for sale for around $5,000 Canadian. (This dealer also had a lovely 1675 that neither of us jumped on – ugh). I hemmed and hawed a little, but, admittedly, there was also a little voice inside of me that became really excited because, honestly, I never thought I’d be able to find an affordable vintage sports Rolex again.

Rolex, in its self-pronounced desire to push innovation, claimed that it was the first time it was able to produce such a deeply rated watch with a Cyclops. They claimed the bubble as a potential source of weakness that they were finally able to overcome with technology. Well, heading back to the late 1960’s and the Rolex Red Submariner, the brand took a page from the contemporary Detroit era of cars – as in, there’s no cure for cubic inches. In Rolex’s case, though, they mounted what now looks like an absolutely insane crystal that’s now known to collectors as a “Top Hat”. Essentially, in order to withstand the 200M depth rating inclusive of the famous Cyclops, a ridiculously thick crystal was fitted to the Sub. When I say ridiculous, we’re talking mm’s upon mm’s. In today’s world – or at least back in the 1980’s – it looks like a Plexiglas special. It’s so damn ridiculous that the thing loses its near 90-degree corners on everything from desks, door jambs, and whatever else. But, it’s endearing and I had to find a NOS one…

Taking a closer look at some details on the Rolex Red Submariner, you’re met with some really cool features that just don’t exist in today’s Subs. I’ve been critical of modern Subs for being too modular and blocky looking. I hope you’ll like these macros because I think it shows off some of the best details within this beauty. Let’s start with that bi-directional bezel.

Longines Calibre L897.2

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The Longines Master Collection Annual Calendar indicates the date and the month on the dial, so there’s only one correction necessary on the first day of March. The rest of the year will go smoothly on each first day of the month. Quite an interesting mechanical complication, don’t you think?

Annual calendars normally don’t come cheap. Even in the pre-owned market of watches, an annual calendar of Swatch Group sister brand Omega is already around 4000 Euro. So a retail price of 1940 Euro for the Longines Master Collection Annual Calendar is – by far – the most accessible watch with this complication. Longines did a great job here.

The Longines Master Collection Annual Calendar will be available later this year, We’ve explained the difference often here, but just in case you haven’t read it, or simply haven’t heard about annual calendars before, here’s a short explanation. If you own a watch with a date feature, you occasionally run into the issue that the date aperture indicates it is the 31st of a month while it is actually the 1st of the new month. Your watch doesn’t know whether it is June or July. Digital watches are the exception, of course, as those are programmed centuries ahead. Some people find this annoying because they now need to advance the date by hand or when your watch does not have a quick-set date, you need to advance the hands 24 hours. An annual calendar is programmed to know which months have 30 days and which ones have 31 days. The exception is for February, so on the 1st of March you still need to correct your watch. If you want to have a complication that can be set once and will run for decades or even centuries without one single correction on March 1st, you need a perpetual calendar. But those often come with a very different price tag, as mentioned at the start of this article.

Inside we find the ETA (calibre ETA A31.L81) based Longines movement, dubbed L897.2. Besides the awesome annual calendar complication, this movement also offers you a lot of power reserve with no less than 64 hours on a fully wound mainspring. The watch ticks at the somewhat unusual speed of 25.200vph. And we would have fully understood when Longines decided to refrain from a nice optical finish on this movement and hide it for the owner beneath a steel case back. But Longines did not. Their calibre L897.2 has actually a nice finish, Geneva striped on the rotor and a bit of perlage on the plate. The rotor also has been engraved (in gold) with ‘Longines’ and the calibre number. As always, I find that there’s a bit too much other text engraved on the case back, but others might enjoy it.

PANERAI RADIOMIR PAM00685 & PAM00687

With Nobel Prize-winner Marie Curie’s discovery of the material radium in 1898 came a widespread fascination with the stuff. At this point, its deadly properties weren’t known let alone understood, and by the 1920s several companies—Panerai included—had developed commercial uses for the substance. This wasn’t limited to watches: the ‘health’—in inverted commas—benefits of Radium resulted in a radium-lined water container called the ‘Revigator’, which claimed to cure arthritis amongst other things; radium-based foodstuffs like bread and chocolate; and a radium-laced toothpaste given the seal of approval by a Doctor Alfred Curie—no relation to Marie Curie whatsoever. Clinics and spas were dedicated to the supposedly curative properties of radium. The trademark radium glow was even used in cosmetics and children’s toys.Image result for PANERAI RADIOMIR PAM00685 & PAM00687

In 1936, dive gauge manufacturer Officine Panerai and watchmaker Rolex joined forces to build a watch at the request of the Italian Royal Navy. Intended for use during covert, night-time dives, Panerai’s expertise gave what was essentially a complete watch from Rolex that extra level of functionality: a glowing dial. With numerals that shone clear and legible at a consistent and unfaltering rate, the PaneraiRadiomir was unstoppable. There was just one tiny problem with it, however—that glowing dial was deadly.Now, radium itself doesn’t glow, but its radiation can excite the electrons in a phosphorescent material like zinc sulphide, which then emits energy as light. This was the basis of Panerai’s glowing Radiomir paint, which it patented in 1916. Note the Italian for ‘patented’, Brevettato, as seen on this Radiomir 685 1938 re-edition. Across the Atlantic in America, meanwhile, and a slew of radium-based paint brands were springing up. Radium was the most expensive material by weight in the world at the time, and the demand was huge. Factories employed thousands of ladies to apply this glowing paint to many different products, including watch dials. When the girls left the factories at night, they themselves glowed. At the time, it was considered a perk.

Breitling’s full potential

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Breitling operates two manufacturing facilities, in Grenchen and La Chaux-de-Fonds and is famed for its pilot watches.CVC will acquire an 80 per cent stake in the watchmaker with owner Theodore Schneider “re-investing” and retaining 20 per cent of the company which began in 1884.

Schneider is quoted in European media at the weekend saying, “I am convinced CVC is the right partner to elevate Breitling to the next level. CVC’s expertise, track-record and international network will help unlock Breitling’s full potential.”

Other reports suggest China is seen as a market of great potential to the brand, one whose mostly larger-sized watches have not been a natural choice there to this point. Breitling reported sales of some $US420 million last year, but has been rumoured to be up for sale for some time. It is one of the few brands not belonging to the four luxury conglomerates: Richemont, the Swatch Group, LVMH and to a lesser extent Kering. Swiss watch exports rose for the first time in March, ending their longest slump on record.

That said shipments to Hong Kong rallied 18 per cent for the month while China rallied 38 per cent, the biggest advance in two years and the sixth consecutive monthly gain there, while exports to the US rose 16 per cent.

And Australia? Up 21.1 per cent this March compared with March 2016. In total Swiss watch exports – viewed as a yardstick for demand – grew 7.5 per cent to 1.6 billion Swiss francs for the month, still well shy of the 2 billion-odd figure of a few years back.

REVIEW: PANERAI RADIOMIR PAM00685 & PAM00687

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With Nobel Prize-winner Marie Curie’s discovery of the material radium in 1898 came a widespread fascination with the stuff. At this point, its deadly properties weren’t known let alone understood, and by the 1920s several companies—Panerai included—had developed commercial uses for the substance. This wasn’t limited to watches: the ‘health’—in inverted commas—benefits of Radium resulted in a radium-lined water container called the ‘Revigator’, which claimed to cure arthritis amongst other things; radium-based foodstuffs like bread and chocolate; and a radium-laced toothpaste given the seal of approval by a Doctor Alfred Curie—no relation to Marie Curie whatsoever. Clinics and spas were dedicated to the supposedly curative properties of radium. The trademark radium glow was even used in cosmetics and children’s toys.Image result for PANERAI RADIOMIR PAM00685 & PAM00687

In 1936, dive gauge manufacturer Officine  and watchmaker Rolex joined forces to build a watch at the request of the Italian Royal Navy. Intended for use during covert, night-time dives, Panerai’s expertise gave what was essentially a complete watch from Rolex that extra level of functionality: a glowing dial. With numerals that shone clear and legible at a consistent and unfaltering rate, the Panerai Radiomir was unstoppable. There was just one tiny problem with it, however—that glowing dial was deadly.Now, radium itself doesn’t glow, but its radiation can excite the electrons in a phosphorescent material like zinc sulphide, which then emits energy as light. This was the basis of Panerai’s glowing Radiomir paint, which it patented in 1916. Note the Italian for ‘patented’, Brevettato, as seen on this Radiomir 685 1938 re-edition. Across the Atlantic in America, meanwhile, and a slew of radium-based paint brands were springing up. Radium was the most expensive material by weight in the world at the time, and the demand was huge. Factories employed thousands of ladies to apply this glowing paint to many different products, including watch dials. When the girls left the factories at night, they themselves glowed. At the time, it was considered a perk.

What Makes Omega Watches so Appealing?

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Omega traces its origins to the 1848 La Chaux-de-Fonds workshop of Louis Brandt. Nearly a century of family control followed, and 1903 witnessed the adoption of the name “Omega” from amongst the many brand names previously used by the firm.Omega’s longstanding dedication to chronometry, Olympic and sports timing, and adoption by space agencies has created a legacy equaled only by its eternal rival, Rolex. From the Speedmaster Professional in orbit to the Seamaster family’s silver screen roles alongside James Bond, pre-owned Omega watches offer legendary options for every collector.
Founded in 1848 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland by Lois Brandt, the Omega brand has a reputation for quality and innovation, which have led to more than 150 years in production. The name “Omega” is derived from the final letter in the Greek alphabet and symbolizes perfection and accomplishment, which are two qualities that have been ingrained in every watch created by this company. Omega has received numerous awards, beginning in the 1900s when it received recognition at the Paris World Fair, and then achieved the world precision record of 97.8 points in 1936 at the Kew-Teddington observatory, located in England. Since then, this brand of watch has gone on to be the official timekeeper of at least 21 Olympic Games, and even received the Olympic Cross of Merit for the contribution made to sport. Omega was the first watch worn to the moon, on the wrist of astronaut Neil Armstrong, and the company developed the first ever self-winding watch in 1994. Today, Omega watches are made available in the sporty Speedmaster and Seamaster collections, as well as the more dressed up De Ville and Constellation families.

What Makes Omega Watches so Appealing?
While the Omega watch offers precision timekeeping, it is also one of the most well-known watches around the globe, thanks to its use in movies, sports and more. Omega owners have something in common with George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, and Eddie Redmayne, who are all ambassadors for the Omega brand. Today, wearing an Omega timepiece instantly sets you apart from the crowd, letting others know that not only do you have exquisite taste, but also appreciate the superior craftsmanship of one of the best mechanical watches available today.

Rolex Military Submariner 5513

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When it comes to rare luxury watches that are sure to turn heads there are few that are as desirable as the Military Rolex Submariner 5513. Forget finding one of these watches in mint condition. Finding one at all is a victory for most collectors. The Royal Navy had about 1200 made in the 1970’s. It is said by some experts that only a few hundred exist in their original condition. Many of these watches have had parts replaced or have been destroyed over the years.Take a close look at the Milsub’s dial and you should be able to quickly spot a large T in a circle.The T was marked on this watch to indicate the presence of tritium.

The dial is also a dead giveaway as two which reference of the Military Submariner you might have. The markers on a reference 5517 will have a much bolder look than the 5513 shown above.

Moving on to the watch hands you will notice that the Military Submariner’s arms can be a little different than the standard 5513. The Military issue 5513 sports one of two variations. The first uses the standard Mercedes hands. The latter will utilize two sword hands and has no Mercedes emblem. The Omega Seamaster has similar sword hands, which some people have used as replacements. A good collector should inspect the hands to ensure that they are in fact original.

The Bezel of the Milsub 5513 was specially crafted with an insert that may contain markings all the way around. The case is a standard 5513 but the spring bars are fitted with metal bars that use a NATO type strap. Because of this configuration the MilSub’s are not seen with a stainless steel strap unless modified.

The caseback has a very unique set of symbols and numbers that will be different depending on the delivery date. Some of these models were delivered with Mercedes hands and others with 15-minute bezels. Identifying the correct reference before making an evaluation of a Milsub will be important.On the back of each case there is a MOD number that begins with 0552 or W10. A triangle with a hat will be displayed directly below the issue and year numbers.

Three Omega Watches Review

1.Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue” Ceramic GMT

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Building off of the success of last year’s Planet Ocean “Deep Black”, which was constructed from black ceramic, Omega used Baselworld 2017 to unveil a new Seamaster Planet Ocean model in the form of the “Big Blue”. Aesthetically, the model is very similar to last year’s, although as the name suggests, blue has replaced black.

Like its predecessor, the “Big Blue” is a combination GMT and divers’ watch, with a large 45mm case diameter. This time, however, it makes use of the signature blue and orange combination, which is so strongly associated with the collection. It also offers water resistance for up to 600 meters, which is highly impressive for a ceramic timepiece.

2. 1957 Trilogy Limited Edition

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The 60th anniversary of the release of three of Omega’s most iconic watches – the Seamaster 300, the Railmaster and the Speedmaster. To mark the occasion, the manufacturer has unveiled limited edition versions of each of the three models, combining their own classic appeal with the best in modern technology.

All three models are constructed from stainless steel and have a classic-style ‘Tropical’ dial, with pale orange dial markers. The Speedmaster features a tachymetre scale, the Railmaster offers anti-magnetic resistance for up to 15,000 Gauss, and the Seamaster has a black aluminum bezel. Each model is limited to just 3,557 pieces.

3. Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer 44mm

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Previously known as the Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Chronometer, Omega took the decision to re-brand this particular collection, focusing instead on its history as a motor racing watch. The new model stays true to the core aesthetic of the collection, with its alternating minute-track, and has a 44mm case diameter.

A variety of different color options are available, while buyers also have the choice of either stainless steel or Senda gold. One of the strap options, which combines leather and orange rubber, has a very sporty appearance, while an aged brown leather strap is also available for those who want a more classic look.

ROLEX GMT-MASTER 16753 – 52MONDAYZ

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In the early seventies, the steel and gold 16753 version was an addition to the stainless-steel and full-gold models of the Rolex GMT-Master. The steel and gold version became available with a black dial and rotating GMT-bezel, as well with a brown dial and gold-brown colored bezel. It’s the latter this 52Mondayz article is about.While most Rolex sports watches have black dials, a brown dial quite stands out from the crowd. And that is something which attracts to me, one way or the other. This brown dial as well is the reason for this watch’ nickname, ‘Root Beer’. The color of the dial obviously resembles the color of root beer in that time.

And if one nickname isn’t enough, the Rolex GMT-Master 16753 can be found as well under the names of ‘Tiger Eye’ (or Tiger Auge in German), and even ‘Clint Eastwood’. Certainly, the two-colored bezel has more or less the same colors as can be found in Tiger Eye stones. And the 16753 seems, or seemed, to be Clint Eastwood’s favorite watch. Except often off-stage, it could be seen on his wrist in the 1982 Cold War film Firefox as well.

The last thing I want to mention on nicknames is about the index markers. Most of the brown dialed Rolex GMT-Master 16753’s you’ll find have thicker and higher (golden) indexes than regular Rolex sports models. Dials with these slightly cone-shaped high thick index markers are often, well always, referred to as ‘nipple dials’. The watch I’m wearing this week, however, has a later produced service dial with regular ring-shaped index markers. Although the name of the other indexes, of course, attracts more towards them, the regular ring-shaped indexes look very good and are actually harder to find.

The Rolex GMT-Master 16753, like the 16750, is considered a ‘transitional’ model. This means that the casing, plexiglass, and dial are equal to the former 1675 models. However, a newer type movement has been used. The older GMT-Masters had a Rolex Caliber 1570 caliber. The 16753’s contains the then new higher beat 3075 movement with a convenient quickset date.

My advice is to stay real. If you’re not out for the 1% of these watches which are still untouched and ex-factory original, don’t bother too much. Assure yourself that all parts are original Rolex parts, be it from the date the watch was produced, or original service parts replaced by Rolex or one of their service centers. If a vintage watch has been good taken care of in the past, parts should have been replaced. If not, quite a few of them are worn out and should be considered broken by this time.Why not select our replica store?.

The Rolex air-King is Renowned for its Ability to keep Perfect Timing in different time zones

The Rolex air-King is renowned for its ability to keep perfect timing in different time zones which was the main reason for its popularity at the time it was introduced to the public in the 1940s. This particular line of Air watches were in fact created to honor the brave pilots who took part in the Battle of Britain during World War II, but soon caught up with the imagination of everyone who wanted to look heroic and sophisticated. Although the rest of the models in the line of Air watches were discontinued in the 60s, the Air-King went from strength to strength and today there are many versions of this popular wristwatch in the market.

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The specially patterned numeric in the dial is largely interesting. The juncture of the stylish case and silky bracelet together with handsome dial is the significant attraction of the watches. On the website: the customer is glad in getting the fantasy item in daily wear. The controlled price of the replica Rolex Air-King compels them to think it as a valuable presentation to some relative or friend. Despite the fact that this type of watch is expensive, replicas were made to fulfill the consumer needs of people who wanted low priced but elegant looking timepieces. Replica Watches Rolex Air King in the market these days, it is beyond doubt that this type of watch is one of the most sold models that are not just affordable but also elegant enough to match other brands. Replica watches Rolex air-King is no inferior to the original and comes with the very same features that made the authentic Rolex so famous. All new additions too have been built into the new replica models with some dials in deep blue with red markings and stainless steel belts while others can be found with white dials and luminous hour markers and the very same engravings as in the original.

The bottom line is that having a replica of the Rolex Air King watch can give you that same feel as an authentic one but only for a small price. This proves that owning a replica not only satisfies your timekeeping needs but it also provides for your stylish desires. Lastly, we are assured that purchasing a replica will guarantee your money’s worth because it is made with detailed precision and high quality. Even the scratch resistant sapphire crystal watch face has been duplicated in the Replica watches Rolex air King to make it even more authentic, and for the very reasonable price they are being sold at, you could do worse than buy yourself an elegant Air-King replica that would fool even the expert watch enthusiast. The selection of such friendly article has lots of patterns in relation to making the right choice. The increasing demand for the replica watch from the every corner of the universe is helping the industry to expand and produce improved newer edition of the watches replicas of Rolex famous brand.