New 2015 Omega Seamaster Ploprof Dive Watches in Titanium and Ceramic

Omega Seamaster PloProf 1200M Electric Blue - Perpetuelle

At Baselworld this year it became known that Omega was releasing a new version of its Seamaster “PloProf”, a watch which has a cult following amongst hard core dive watch enthusiasts.   With titanium case, ceramic bezel inserts, and an Omega Master Co-Axial caliber (visible through a sapphire-crystay display back!), it is safe to say that Omega continues to evolve and refine its original “tool watch” with features and aesthetics afforded by modern day watchmaking capabilities.  Actually the new Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer is being offered in a variety of different color & strap/bracelet combinations, all with the core features I just mentioned.  It’s an exciting refresh, and below I will briefly explore the history of the PloProf and then we’ll take a look at some of the new models.

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Buying Time: Manual Wind Chronographs from Patek, Journe, Omega and Chopard

FP Journe Centigraphe - for sale Govberg via Perpetuelle

Welcome to this week’s edition of Buying Time.  This week, I have selected four great pre-owned watches that are all manual wind chronographs.  Due to the intricate mechanics required for operation, manual wind chronograph calibers are arguably some of the most beautiful and intriguing calibers out there, especially at the high end.  My list spans a broad price range this week, but mostly focused on the pricier stuff.  I will start things off with an Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo 11, then we’ll climb the ladder to a special edition Chopard L.U.C 1963 chronograph that I absolutely love and I think is a great buy for the money.  After this, we’ll really step it up with two incredible watches:  the F.P. Journe Centigraphe, and a Patek Philippe 5170J chronograph.  The great thing about a top notch shop like Govberg Jewelers (our partner in this weekly pre-owned curation) is the quality of pieces that come their way — these last two pieces certainly aren’t watches that come onto the secondary market very often, so you should give them serious consideration if you are in the market.  Now let’s get into it!

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Buying Time: Big Name Ceramic Watches

Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon 311.93.44.51.99.001 - Govberg for Perpeutelle

In this week’s edition of Buying Time, I am excited to present you with a group of watches that are all cased in ceramic, with a wide selection of color and price to choose from.  Available through our friends at Govberg Jewelers, all these pre-owned watches are from “big name” brands that know a thing or two about a properly made ceramic watch.  From an affordable, Ducati-inspired Tudor to a big & bold IWC Big Pilot, with a pair of superb ceramic Omega Speedmasters and a killer-looking all-black Panerai Luminor in between, this is a lineup of ceramic watches that will have you rolling up your sleeves and holding your wrist high so that even the most casual of watch enthusiasts can pay their respects to your #wristgame.

Now, I think you all know the merits of ceramic (i.e. it looks fantastic and is virtually impossible to scratch or scuff), as well as the downsides (not a watch you want to drop on a concrete sidewalk due to its brittleness), so let’s jump right on in to this week’s selection.

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James Bond Wore Quartz Watches (It’s true!)

James Bond TAG Heuer Timothy Dalton 1987

Did you know that up until Skyfall, half of James Bond watch choices in Eon Productions movies were quartz models.   James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what you think you might know about James Bond Watches.  The exclusive exhibit opened to the public just yesterday (June 3, 2015) at the National Watch & Clock Museum (NAWCC), in Columbia, Pennsylvania.  It is curated by THE authority on James Bond watches, Mr. Dell Deaton (JamesBondWatches.com).

At the center of this exhibit are examples of all 12 quartz James Bond wristwatches representing screen-correct models of those featured in EON productions movies premiered from 1973 through 1995.  Live and Let Die (Pulsar / Hamilton Watch Co), The Spy Who Loved Me (Seiko), Moonraker (Seiko), For Your Eyes Only (Seiko), Octopussy (Seiko), Goldeneye (Omega) and more.

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