Most folks don’t know it, but Japanese watch giant Seiko makes some of the finest watches in the world. The Seiko Credor Masterpieces are but two examples. The Grand Seiko collection, more broadly speaking, is another line of very high quality mechanical- and quartz watches made by the Japanese manufacture. Oh, and just as an aside, they also have a great brand Ambassaodor in tennis superstar Novak Djokovic.
Of course many would be greatly surprised to hear that Seiko makes the finest three-hand watch in the world, and I’m sure there are many superbly talented Swiss watchmakers who could reasonably disagree with such an assertion. But there’s no denying that the new Seiko Credor Eichi II — with its hand-made hand painted porcelain dial, 39mm platinum case, and hand-finished movement — is an incredible watch by any measure. I sure am
drooling over drawn to its elegant “less is more” design.
1972, the Royal Oak (RO) is introduced. 1993, the Royal Oak Offshore (ROO) is born, followed by its many variants and limited editions which eventually gained a bit of a cult following with AP fans. 2010, an even more dramatic interpretation of the ROO appeared in the form of the first Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph, featuring a hand-wound movement and a case incorporating forged carbon and ceramic. Today, the latest AP ROO Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph is back in forged carbon with the automatic mechanical AP caliber 2897 (the current AP Tourbillon Chronograph offerings are manual wind). The inner tachy scale is a sapphire ring is new, as is the open movement architecture at 1 o’clock, exposed through the “Méga Tapisserie” dial; the chrono subs at 3 and 9 do look a bit small, or is it just me.
Official unveiling at Watches & Wonders 2014 next month (sept/oct) in Hong Kong.
While adventuring around the Bahamas this summer I brought along with me a Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA Octopus. The Octopus has been out a year or two now, but this was the first time I had a chance to lay hands on the watch. Overall I found the Octopus to be a worthy island-exploring and water-going companion. Below is a short video review I prepared…and a boat load of pics. Enjoy!
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The market for “vintage” Rolex is the largest and most sophisticated secondary watch market there is, I think it is safe to say. But collecting vintage Rolex is not for me — and this article over at (RPR) Rolex Passion Report recently reminded me why. Though I can appreciate a good quality Rolex, the very serious and big-money world of vintage Rolex collecting will always be an arm’s length interest for me.
The gent who runs RPR is one of the most savvy and knowledgeable vintage Rolex experts out there today. Spend a little time on his excellent website (I very much enjoy his blog articles) and you will start to comprehend the level of sophistication that is required to simply ascertain whether or not a particular vintage Rolex is the “real deal” or not. It’s astonishing. Own a geiger counter? It’s a must have!
This said, if collecting vintage Rolex is your thing, you would be well served educating yourself over at RPR, starting with the aforementioned article….Be Aware: High Quality Fake Vintage Rolex Dials! Happy and safe collecting!