by Kyle Stults on June 11, 2014
What was until now essentially an unknown dive watch made by Breguet in the 1960s, a rare Breguet Ref 1646, has been discovered. The authenticity of the watch initially unknown, an inquiry directly to Montres Breguet revelaed the No. 1646 was indeed authentic, and furthermore, was just one of 60 pieces made. What a find! In today’s highly canvassed vintage watch market, we don’t often see stories like this. The remarkable story of this Breguet No. 1646 dive watch, with lots of pictures, can be read at Passion Horloger>>>
by Kyle Stults on May 22, 2014
At Sotheby’s auction “Important Watches”, held in Geneva on 14th May 2014, the all-time record for sale of a Panerai watch was set. An extremely rare example of a stainless steel Luminor from 1955 was acquired by a Panerai enthusiast who bid the record sum of CHF 425,000 (approx. $478,000 / €348,000). This extremely rare and historical reference 6152/1 — distinguished by its transparent, removable polycarbonate bezel and Rolex caliber 618 — was unknown until recently when it was rediscovered by scholars and especially through the research of Dino Zei, ex -Chairman of Panerai SPA, before the Florence based company was bought by the Richemont Group. It was owned by descendants of an accomplished Italian Navy Admiral.
The big release for Clerc this year was undoubtedly the new Clerc Hydroscaph Carbon. Less noticed and “headline grabbing” was the introduction of a distinctive bracelet for the Hydroscaph H1 Chronometer (in addition to new dial colors). Previously only offered on an integrated rubber strap, the new bracelet looks quite nice. Priced around $6,600 on the new bracelet, which is about $700 more than the rubber-strapped versions. If you are looking for more details about the Hydroscaphe Chronometer H1 you can check out my prior comments and hands-on review here.
by Kyle Stults on April 22, 2014
Girard-Perregaux presents its Sea Hawk dive watch in new hues for 2014. The cobalt blue dial is accented with coral orange hands and coral orange 15-min diver’s scale on the bezel. As a reminder, the Sea Hawk received a major design upgrade in 2012 which brought new life to the iconic diver’s line. Save for the new color-set, this 2014 model carries forward the characteristc design elements including the “honeycomb” textured dial, luminescent three dimensional hour markers, and a sloping outer flange which bridges the dial with the case/bezel. The case remains 44mm x 17.1mm in stainless steel, with 1,000m water resistance rating, helium escape valve, and meeting all of the other ISO 6425 dive watch standards. Offered on blue rubber strap (Ref 49960-19-431-FK4A) and bracelet (Ref 49960-19-431-11A), too.