After a break to cover the SIHH show in Geneva, we’re back with a great curation of pre-owned watches for this week’s episode of Buying Time. This week’s topic is ceramic. Done right, a watch with a case made of ceramic has a lot to offer. For me it all boils down to the excellent scratch resistance of ceramic. It’s simple physics, an inherent property of the material. Fact is, ceramic is next to impossible to scratch, which means that the watches featured here and likely to look just as good years from now as they do today. Not to mention that ceramic looks pretty darn good, too, whether a matte or polished finish. There are some great ceramic pieces on offer right now, so let’s get to it.
Bell & Ross BR-XI Chronograph Limited Edition
Bell & Ross launched the BR-X1 as kind of a “high-tech” collection, a more extreme looking version of the its iconic square-cased, BR-01. This particular piece is one of a limited edition run of 250 pieces. It has an automatic mechanical caliber , with a large 45mm case and a black skeletonized dial. The case is actually a combination of forged carbon, ceramic, and titanium elements, making this a rather special case as far as materials go. It comes on a great looking black rubber strap with a titanium tang buckle. Functions include hours, minutes, small-seconds, date, and chronograph.
This watch comes complete with box and papers, more pics and purchase details can be seen here>>>
IWC Top Gun Pilot Blue Chronograph Limited Edition IW3880-03
One of 500 pieces produced, this pre-owned IWC Top Gun Pilot watch with 46mm ceramic case and titanium pushers was first introduced in 2013. It is of the typical IWC aviator watch style, but with a beautiful (and legible) tone of “sky blue” for the dial markings. The IWC 89365-calibre movement is automatic, and has a 68-hour power reserve. The central chronograph hand shows recorded times in seconds, while the hand in the subdial at “12 o’clock” shows the number of elapsed minutes. Thanks to an integrated flyback function, pressing the reset push-button causes the stopwatch hand to jump back to zero and immediately start another timing sequence. The small seconds hand rotating at “6 o’clock” indicates that the watch is running normally. This watch comes complete with box and papers, more pics and purchase details can be found here>>>
Hublot Big Bang All Black Blue Limited Edition 301.C1.1190.GR.ABB09
This Hublot Big Bang All Black Blue is also a limited edition, one of five hundred. It is a very typical “Big Bang” watch as far as design goes. It features a 44mm ceramic case surrounding a black and blue dial. It is fitted on a blue rubber strap with a ceramic folding buckle. Functions include hours, minutes, small-seconds, date, and chronograph. The caseback offers views of the movement, with a nicely skeletonized and blackened rotor.
If you are a Hublot fan but don’t want to pay new retail price, a pre-owned piece in great condition like this one is the way to go. This watch comes complete with box and papers, more pictures and purchase details can be found here>>>
IWC Ingenieur AMG IW3225-03
Last up this week is another piece by IWC, the Ingenieur AMG 3225. This model was launched in 2013 and I’ve been a fan of it since day 1. With a 46mm ceramic case, the watch has both great materials and good looks – a simple time only watch with a and very legible dial. The watch contains IWC’s in-house automatic mechanical 80110 calibre with black rotor treatment. It comes on a soft strap with rubber. This watch comes complete with box and papers, more pics and purchase details can be found here>>>
That wraps up Buying Time for this week. Thanks as always to Govberg Jewlers who I work with on this semi-regular series. And of course comments, questions, feedback are always welcome — comment below or email@example.com.