Celebrating The 100th Anniversary Of The First Chronometer Certified Wristwatch By Rolex
The Marvin Origin Gent Mechanical watch comes in a 41mm wide steel case with a classic, almost dress-style design. The simple dial is elegantly rendered, using only baton hour and minute markers. The case is attached to a brown leather strap, and inside the watch is a Swiss Sellita SW200 automatic mechanical movement. There are two versions of this Origin watch with the white dial, and the winner can choose which one they want. They are the ref. M184.108.40.206 and the ref M220.127.116.11. The difference is that one has a red seconds hand and the other has a silver seconds hand. Retail price is 0. Good luck this month.
No, see that pusher over at 8 o'clock? Press that, and you'll flip the watch over into timing mode, with the seconds hand setting itself to zero. And then the dial will really come to life. Kicking off the chronograph sets the second hand back into motion, as well as the register at 12 o'clock. This is where the 1/10th and 1/100th of a second time is recorded (yes, there are two hands there, with the red hand used for the .01 time). What about the 1/1000th register down at 6 o'clock? That actually springs to position when you stop the chronograph, marking that decimal point.
FK: I have one of each of my watches, the SKULL and the BLACK SKULL. I love them both. They are like my children, each with very different personalities.
Otherwise, the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue is the same 44mm wide steel-cased super dive watch that Rolex has been producing, but with a distinct dial color. It is water resistant to 3,900 meters (12,800 feet), has the Cerachrom black ceramic bezel insert and the "Monobloc" middle case with Helium Escape Valve. More tech specs are below.
Of course the Margot watch is patently feminine in design despite its larger case size of 42.5mm in width. That alone might be OK, but at 14.52mm in thickness, it is going to be a pretty, but large wrist adornment. The case is impressively designed nonetheless, and of course includes a lot more diamond decoration in the form of either round-cut or baguette-cut stones on the bezel and lugs.
Just an in-house made movement? Yes and no. What is important to understand here is the quality of this particular in-house produced mechanical movement and the price being asked for it compared to similar Swiss movements. For about ,000, you can own a really nice movement with very attractive features.
PS: I could afford this one because Bucherer was at the time a house brand producing gold-plated cases. Basically, they were executing same strategy as Frederique Constant today: make beautiful classical watches and keep prices under control, offer genuine value.
On many watches, you'll see a plain, textureless, strap, and immediately assume that it's some cheaper piece of leather that's being foisted on us– because many of us have picked up watches with straps just like that. Here, the plain leather strap instead confers a sort of understated luxury. The finish itself is a rich chocolate brown, and has a soft feel as it conforms to your wrist. While I won't call it a thin strap, it's not so thick that you feel the bulk under your wrist as you're typing (as an added bonus, it's just thick enough to keep the floating keeper in place throughout the day).
No doubt there is a retro flair to the design. These even have the vintage "Heuer" branding which includes the "Heuer" versus "TAG Heuer" logo on the dial. The rear of the case likely has the more modern TAG Heuer logo on it. I also have to once again point out how much I like the placement of the date window at 6 o'clock on these dials. This is really one of the most attractive new Carrera models in years. Of course the crystal is sapphire (double AR coated) and the case is water resistant to 100 meters.
Shinola Runwell Chronograph 41mm Watch