Wristwatch Updates: Peter Speake-Marin, Dive Watches, Nomos, & MUCH More!

Gear Patrol looks into what makes a proper dive watch. And do watch the video: Peter Speake-Marin: A Watchmaker’s Story. I still love these new Retro Tudor chronos. I’m jealous of this guy’s new annual calendar Patek: 5146R.

The case on this new Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionelle is maybe 3-4mm too big, but the watch is otherwise a beauty. Paul Boutros visited and got a sneak inside of the new Vacheron Constantin NY Boutique. (pic via aBlogToRead)

DO NOT miss the pics of Lange watch finishing.

Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Aqua Lung Watch: “This is the second ‘tribute’ model in the Fifty Fathoms watch collection and to get both models straight you’ll need to pay close attention to the names. This one is the Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Aqua Lung watch, whereas last year’s model is the Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms watch (note no Aqua Lung at the end).”

Haruo Suekichi: The Steampunk Watchmaker: “For close to thirteen years, Haruo Suekichi has been investing hours upon hours every day to develop watches with a Steampunk flair. Reminiscent of Jules Verne and influenced by manga, his finely crafted watches are of a vintage futuristic kind.”

Hublot Oceanographic 4000 M Diver: “Back in January of 2011 I caught a glimpse of a early prototype version of a strange looking Hublot. The case was really big (by Hublot standards), and it has a sci-fi looking black and green dial. I also noticed a large closing cap over one of the crows, and a beefy stance that made me wonder if it was even a real watch. This later turned about to be the Hublot Oceanographic 4000m (4000 M) Diver watch, but I didn’t learn that for a few more months. After some time reflecting on the piece, I now reflect on this ‘Uber-blot’ watch.”

Hamilton Khaki Mechanical 44mm Hand-wound–REVIEW: “Another unplanned purchase, dammit. First was the Tissot VisoDate 1957 Heritage and now this. The Hamilton Khaki 44mm Mechanical. I stumbled across it on eBay. It had a “Buy it Now” price that seemed very reasonable, so after some mild number crunching, I snapped it up. My collection was lacking something. Something big, loud and slightly ridiculous. Something with a Unitas 6497 hand-wound movement and a military watch look. I have the wrists of a schoolgirl, which measure 6.5 inches, so a 44mm wristwatch is really pushing it. I looked at many brands. Glycine makes a great watch in both the Incursore and Lagunare series. However, they are 46mm in diameter. Their 44mm model Incursore is automatic. I wanted hand-wound. The search continued.”

Landmaster 10th Year Anniversary – SBDX009 – Yeoman’s Watch Review: “I acquired a used Landmaster 10th Anniversary, SBDX009 last month and finally had some time to take some decent photos. This watch is not entirely new to me because I have the regular edition, SBDX007 since 2004.”

REVIEW: The RedSea Holystone Dive Watch: “If you’ve never heard of RedSea Watches, that’s understandable – they’re a brand new watch company, and their debut Holystone dive watch just shipped last week. You might be wondering what separates young new brand from others like it on the market. I think RedSea Watches partners Troy and Josh tell the story best with regard to what RedSea Watches is all about …”

Creating An Atmos Sphere – Centurion Magazine Online: “The Atmos clock is not only one of the most iconic of all Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces, but also one of the most iconic clocks to ever be conceived. Its history is closely linked with both Jaeger-LeCoultre as a brand and watchmaking innovation over the centuries. To this day, the mechanism powering the Atmos clock remains a work of pure genius. This clock is an exercise in perpetual motion.”

TAG Heuer Carrera MP4-12C Review – Calibre 11: “So, lets take a closer look at this new Carrera, and in particular several aspects of the design that relate directly to the car, which is not surprising given the involvement of McLaren Automotive’s head designer Frank Stephenson (whose design credits include the Fiat 500, the Mini and the wonderful Maserati Quattroporte) in designing the watch.”

Nomos Zurich Weltzeit Watch Review: “A while ago, I wrote an article about my Top 3 favorite world timer watches (click here). Ever since I first saw the Nomos Zurich Weltzeit watch at the SalonQP in London last year, I was waiting for it to finally arrive, to see whether it would get a spot in the Top 3 of my favorite world timer watches.”

KronosBlog: RESSENCE “Zero Series”: “Metaphysically, the first impression is that of holding the beginning of an adventure. The first chapter of a book that only 50 people around the world will be fortunate enough to own. Being part of the very first watch in the birth of a new brand can only be described as something special.”

Gronefeld One Hertz Review – Hands On: “I’ve had the privilege of handling many rare timepieces in the past; some of them make more of an impression than others, for various reasons. The Gronefeld One Hertz is one of these – but for a very different reason. Built by brothers Bart and Tim Gronefeld, the One Hertz is actually the least complicated watch they have built – previously of Renaud et Papi, they also completed the GTM-06 tourbillon minute repeater.”

Additional links:
The watch collector – a strange breed of people?
Hublot King Power Dwayne Wade : The Watch Lounge
Affordable Military Watches: W10 1970 remake. Miyota automatic
In conversation with Master Watchmaker Peter Roberts
Precious Metals: Part I- Heuer – Calibre 11
Endangered Island: Help Save A Summer Camp with Superlative Patek Philippe Provenance
New Tokyo Arrivals