Rolex Explo-Master II

Rolex Explo-Master II

A befriended collector owes both, a GMT-Master II and an Explorer II with white dial. He mentioned that he prefers the white dial of the Explorer-II however found the Pepsi bezel of his GMT-Master II quite useful. Therefor he had a Rolex specialized watchmaker over here in The Netherlands change the movements, complete with dial and hands. While owning both watches, this was the most versatile solution. Of course he could have just changed the bezels (as both watch casings are equal, or just change the dials, however those interventions would have been more, and more delicate work. Some...
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Extremely rare Breitling Emergency Royal Air Force Police

Extremely rare Breitling Emergency Royal Air Force Police

Like many other popular brands, Breitling is known as well for their many ‘Limited Editions’ to attract attention to their watches and brand. However what I will show you here today is of a totally different order. In 2004 Breitling, through their agent in the U.K. T.W.G., supplied 25 special watches directly to the Royal Air Force Police. These watches were no commercial limited editions available to the public, however were ordered by and delivered to the Royal Air Force Police and were honored with their crest in the dial. These, of course extremely rare watches, were Breitling Aerospace’s...
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Those cheap international on-line watch suppliers, are they really true?

Those cheap international on-line watch suppliers, are they really true?

I’m out on a mission. On-line buying of watches gains extremely in popularity; recent investigations proved that there’s a huge shift from the, in the past regular, brick and mortar jeweler to on-line web shops. And we all saw that coming of course while most smaller brands have their own web shops now, and even large luxury brands like Jaeger-LeCoultre sell their watches on-line too. However except for the brands themselves with their official on-line shops, there are other sellers or selling networks (like f.i. Amazon) as well who sell the same watches. And more important, often selling the...
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Is it a watch? The Garmin vívofit is, and more

Is it a watch? The Garmin vívofit is, and more

After publishing about the upcoming introduction of the Garmin vívovit last January we were happy to receive the device for in-depth testing, and tried it it out for three weeks. So the vívofit, is it a watch? Yes, you could use it as a digital watch indeed; it is able to permanently show the time and with a rubber-button-push even the date and month appear in the display (which after 2 seconds returns to the time). Very much a regular digital watch in a nice design and with an attractive clearly readable display. However while using it as a...
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Baselworld 2014 ends; a walk-through in 9* minutes

Baselworld 2014 ends; a walk-through in 9* minutes

Baselworld 2014 is almost at an end. It’s not strange that visiting the largest and most influential watch fair in the world is strenuous. However to me it seems that this year I heard more complaints about it being extremely hectic than other years. Mind you, the fair grounds are HUGE. Just walking though hall 1.0, including 1.1 and 1.2, will take you over an hour – just walking, not even looking into the booths… And then there’s hall 2.0 and 2.1; slightly smaller in surface space however still it’ll take you over three quarters of an hour only...
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Baselworld 2014; high-end watches and… G-Shock

Baselworld 2014; high-end watches and… G-Shock

Baselworld for many is a fair of high-end watches, either being big brand names like Patek Philippe or independent Manufacturers like MB&F. However I can’t help stopping by Casio each year in order to see the new G-Shocks as well. Being a G-Shock fan and collector myself, it’s a good opportunity to see new models which never might hit my local (Dutch) market, and so will be difficult to see for real later on. My taste in G-Shocks seems little upstream. The ones I like are mainly the simple ‘squares’, not being the commercially most attractive or successful. This...
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Baselworld 2014; new Tudor models

Baselworld 2014; new Tudor models

For 2014 Tudor has four novelties; three new watches/lines and a book on the history of the brand. Of course the blue bezelled version of the Black Bay is nice and certainly a different appearance compared to the burgundy. However the model which struck me most was the Tudor Ranger. Being a fan of uncomplicated, uncluttered watches this is a model which exactly fits my taste. The diameter could have been slightly less in my opinion, however the watch as such – with for instance the domed dial and sapphire crystal – is close enough for me to like...
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Baselworld 2014; new Omega models

Baselworld 2014; new Omega models

As said, Baselworld’s first run after the opening of the halls for the press are the Rolex and Omega booths. Omega this year had even more interesting news than Rolex and came with a whole bunch of new models. We were lucky to bump into Mr. Stephen Urquhart, president of Omega, and finding him friendly enough to show us his new watch ;-) Beside the new Seamaster 300, which I didn’t picture yet however do kind of like, there’s a new commemorative edition of the Omega Speedmaster Professional, as seen here above. As well a new, 3rd generation, Speedmaster...
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Baselworld 2014; new Rolex models

Baselworld 2014; new Rolex models

This post about new Rolex models introduced at Baselworld 2014 is certainly not complete, and merely a quick first impression. What struck me most is the new Seadweller. One of my all time favorite Rolex models; the one where my old Rolex catalogues fall open when laying down. I think after the Deepsea disaster we were all looking for this, and here it is. Further new models include a Milgauss with blue dial and a GMT-Master-IIc with blue and red ceramic bezel (unfortunately in white gold only for the time being if I’m right).
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Baselworld 2014 is on; first impressions…

Baselworld 2014 is on; first impressions…

Today at 12:00 hall 1 of the Baselworld 2014 opened for the press. First thing to do is run for the Rolex and Omega booths to scoop the news, from which I will post some pictures right away in a next post. Here I’ll leave you with some first impressions of the, since last years major revamp, even further renewed fair environment.
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Exiting Baselworld 2014 news, Grönefeld Parallax Tourbillion

Exiting Baselworld 2014 news, Grönefeld Parallax Tourbillion

You’ve probably seen teasers during the last few weeks, however believe me, you’ve seen nothing yet! Last week during an informal pre-Baselworld GTG in The Hague, Bart and Tim Grönefeld showed a few ‘first friends of the brand’ their new model, the Parallax Tourbillion. In my opinion ‘three time’s the charm’ is so true here as well. The GTM-06 and One Hertz are extraordinary timepieces, however the Parallax Tourbillion really is breathtaking. Only 28 pieces of the Parallax will be produced in in red gold, and 12 pieces of the steel version, the Parallax Tourbillon 1912. Prices are respectively...
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Which watch do you wear during Baselworld?

Which watch do you wear during Baselworld?

This week is without doubt the most important week of the entire horological year; the Baselworld week. So ‘Which watch do you wear during Baselworld?’ is a question of utmost importance and one of sleepless nights. Most people choose for the most ‘important’ piece in their collection. Being the most sought after, hard to get, or most expensive – to show what they’re up to, or worth. I tried that as well for several years, however found out that I could never win. There were always people with bigger d*cks than mine ;-) So this year I choose for...
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Horloges & Espresso watch GTG

Horloges & Espresso watch GTG

Once in a while, with a few friends we organize an informal Sunday watch-get-together. Yesterday we met at the terrace of Luden in The Hague with again some interesting watches attending the show. The nice thing about the gatherings is that most of the members of the GTG have a very divers taste and ditto watch collection. It might be that the same person brings a high-end Patek Philippe and at the same time sports a G-Shock. All watches gain the same respect, and they all have their own benefits of course. This weeks GTG brought in some nice...
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Pre-SIHH WatchFreaks dinner

Pre-SIHH WatchFreaks dinner

The Sunday night before the SIHH in Geneva took off, Alon and Dale from Ace Jewelers organized an intimate WatchFreaks dinner. For the first time in 4 years the Geneva Time Exhibition (GTE) wasn’t on during the SIHH; we still don’t know the real reason, even with some good speculations floating in the air. Anyhow, for Alon Ben Joseph and Dale Vito Boom this was a reason to invite some good watch collector friends, which were normally met during the GTE, to share a dinner at restaurant Tiffany in Geneva. It resulted in an informal ‘amongst friends’ atmosphered get-to-gether,...
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Swatch Sistem51 accuracy test

Swatch Sistem51 accuracy test

Now that Swatch slowly starts delivering their new Sistem51 watch, I was happy to get my hands on one (thanks to Bert Buysrogge) and put it to the test. Sistem51 is an automatic (self-winding) mechanical movement made from 51 components, made possible by a simplified and more efficient design. Most mechanical movements have at least twice as many parts. These components are welded together to form a single assembly centered on a single screw. It’s the only mechanical movement ever made whose assembly is 100% automated. The high-tech escapement has no regulator; the rate is set at the factory...
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