The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. The world’s first dive watch from the world’s oldest watch brand. It’s a legendary timepiece and a little piece of history. And the Tribute to Aqua Lung model adds some additional pretty special things, too. Continue reading “Review: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms: Tribute to Aqua Lung”
I was fortunate enough to work at the intersection of North and Luckie streets in Atlanta for over four years. Folks in Atlanta would know that as the headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company. For a marketer, leading social media at The Coca-Cola Company was the world’s greatest job. For a watch collector, it made the Rolex GMT “Coke or Pepsi” decision relatively easy. So, knowing all that, do you really have to ask my bezel preference? Continue reading “Review: Rolex GMT II (16710) Coke or Pepsi? Seriously?”
UPDATE APRIL 2018: I traded this watch in April 2018 for another Omega – the Planet Ocean Deep Black Red (126.96.36.199.01.003). There were some things I really liked about this watch: The new bracelet quick-adjust feature (which I wrote about here). the bi-color ceramic bezel, the METAS certification of the awesome 8906 movement. But the watch was not getting a lot of wrist time.
One of the things that always bothered me a bit about the watch was the highly polished (and very shiny) dial. It was just a little too blingy for my taste. The ceramic bezel, while an amazing technological feat (and a first), also was pretty showy and a little in-your-face. It was also a pretty top-heavy and thick watch – and would most definitely not fit under a shirt cuff. Another problem with the Seamaster (and Planet Ocean) bracelet deployants was they were scratch magnets. Now, it was something that could be repaired in seconds with a brillo pad (or Bergeon No. 5444 polishing stones), but it was still something that bothered me.
The final thing that bothered me was that this is supposed to be a dive watch true and true. And while it would always be a “desk-diver” for me personally (I’d wear one of my other diving watches when I truly went diving), and I am a fan of GMT complications, the fact that it had a bi-directional 24-hour GMT bezel meant it really wasn’t a diver. It’s a dive watch where you can’t really use the bezel for time measurement (wrong time scale and it’s not unidirectional). It was a watch without an identity in that respect.
So, out with the PO GMT. In with the ceramic PO Deep Black. Lighter, good strap, real bezel, nice dial. The only thing I was giving up, so to speak, was the nice Seamaster bracelet with the quick-adjust.
WHAT I LIKE:
- The technological feat of the first bi-color ceramic bezel
- The micro-adjustable Omega bracelet
- METAS certification for a crazy-accurate (and visually attractive) movement.
NOT SO MUCH:
- The very shiny ceramic dial
- Bi-directional GMT bezel on what is primarily a dive watch
- Very thick and top-heavy watch
MODEL NAME: Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT
REFERENCE NUMBER: 188.8.131.52.01.001
MOVEMENT: Omega 8906 (60-hour power reserve)
CASE SIZE: 43.5mm
WATER RESISTANCE: 600m
Earlier this year, IWC came out with their new DaVinci line of timepieces. And I was a bit bummed. Continue reading “Quick Review: The IWC DaVinci Chrono – Is it Ugly? I don’t think so… I bought it twice.”
Saturday, May 13, 2017
My Oris “dressier” watch hasn’t seen a lot of wrist time lately, so I put it on this morning. The fact that this watch has a 10-day reserve, a beautiful (but simple) movement and is relatively thin makes it a keeper in my book. Continue reading “Quick Review: What’s Adam Wearing Today? Oris Caliber 111 10-Day”
Micro rotor. You had me at micro rotor. But a brown faced, titanium cased, automatic Panerai Radiomir with a 1940 crown is a whole lot of awesome, too. Continue reading “Quick Review: Brown Face, Titanium Case & Micro Rotor PAM 619!”
Sooner or later, every watch collector worth their salt gets into Seikos. And every Seiko collector worth their salt owns a Turtle. Guilty. And guilty.