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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Baselworld 2014: Tudor Heritage Ranger

 Tudor Ranger New and Old

The Tudor Ranger is the brand’s new entry level piece.  It is part of the brand’s “Heritage” collection which means it is a reissue of a watch from Tudor’s past — in this case, the Ranger from 1957.  Though the 41mm steel cased Ranger is a sober, “plain Jane” kind of watch that some of you watch guys might knock it for, it does have some cool strap options to jazz it up a bit.  The watch has a quality, though common, ETA 2824 automatic mechanical movement in it.  It will list at $2,700 on a strap and $2,800 on a bracelet, making it squarely aimed at the entry level watch guy who could one day become a repeat Tudor buyer, or even better, upgrade to a Rolex buyer.

Specs and LOTS of pics below

Tudor Heritage Black Bay “Blue”

First look quick look…

***UPDATE:  See our “closer look” at the Tudor Black Bay blue, with extensive photo gallery, here>>>

Tudor Heritage Black Bay blue watch

Not to be outdone by its bigger brother Rolex, Tudor also has a strong lineup this year, including this new Heritage Black Bay with blue bezel.   It comes on a dark blue aged-leather strap for $3,100 or a polished steel bracelet for $3,425.   Both versions come with a fabric strap as well.  And don’t overlook the white “snowflake” hands which look very nice inside the blue bezel.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay snowflake blue