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The Heuer Luftforsvaret: Essentially a Heuer Bundeswehr, Except Norwegian Instead of German

by on Mar.02, 2011, under Review

As the Heuer collecting community regains consciousness from the monstrously successful Bonhams Haslinger Collection auction on December 15 in London, we thought we would show you a Heuer that rarely comes up for sale: a Heuer chronograph issued to the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

The watch is essentially the same as the Heuer chronographs issued to the West German Air Force (Bundeswehr) except with no red “3H” (to note tritium as the luminescent) like those featured on the dial of many of the Bundeswehr watches and a different engraving on the caseback. These watches were seemingly issued to the Norwegian Air Force around 1978.

Vintage watch collectors continue to grow in their appreciation of the Heuer Bundeswehr and Luftforsvaret military chronographs because of these watches’ great aesthetics and their flyback Valjoux 230 movements. You can count us as fans. For more information on this Norwegian military Heuer, watch.com/asp/watches/buyitnow.asp?Where=(Ref%3D’rx0734′)&Step=1″ target=”_blank”>click here.

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HODINKEE Recommended Reading: A Look At The Chinese Watch Buyer (VIDEO)

by on Mar.01, 2011, under Review

watch01_G_20100930024405.jpg%3F__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION%3D1293487472588′,369,553);”>A Yellow Gold, Round Patek Philippe in Mint Condition = What The Chinese WantThe Chinese market is where the luxury watch industry is looking next.  Hong Kong is quickly becoming the watch capital of the world, and now a whopping 35% of Sotheby’s large clients are Chinese, up from only 8% in 2008.  In a quick profile of Chinese watch buyers, the Wall Street Journal reveals that they are looking for five traits:

  1. Yellow or Rose Golds (not white gold like us Americans and Europeans)
  2. Large(r) diameters above 40mm
  3. New Materials such as AP’s Forged Carbon
  4. Round cases instead of tonneau, tank, etc
  5. Mint condition

Now, as you can imagine, these are not what each Chinese watch buyer looks for, but rather high-level trends as dictated by Sotheby’s Vanessa Herrera.

For the full report from the WSJ, watches-make-china-tick/” href=”http://blogs.wsj.com/scene/2010/10/11/what-kinds-of-watches-make-china-tick/” target=”_blank”>click here. Be sure to watch the video below for further information on what the Chinese are looking for these days.  The question now becomes, which brands will pay attention?

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The Rolex Explorer For A.C. Milan: Commemorating Milan’s 2007 Championships

by on Feb.28, 2011, under Review

If you like footy and watches then this is it. Your chance to grab a Rolex and a small piece of history.

If you know Hodinkee, you know that we have a particular fondness for the Rolex Explorer. In fact, we have profiled quite a few over the past few years including:

That’s a lot of Explorers, but here is one more.

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The Zenith El Primero Goes Tourbillon: Vintage Inspired Case + Cutting Edge Caliber

by on Feb.27, 2011, under Review

Much better looking than a TV. At 44mm these are a big ole chunk on the wrist, giving all you weight lovers something to sink you to the bottom of the pool with.

Since the departure of Thierry Nataf from Zenith watches in mid-2009, we’ve seen more classical, traditional looking designs.  Some of them, like watches.com/en/#/collection/flow/3/8/62″ href=”http://zenithwatches.com/en/#/collection/flow/3/8/62″ target=”_blank”>the Striking 1/10th Chronograph, are downright awesome both aesthetically, calling upon the looks of the Reference A 386 from 1969, and mechanically, offering the El Primero chronograph with a seconds hand that is capable of displaying a tenth of a second. 
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An Original Bell & Ross Chronograph, Manufactured by SINN, With Box And Papers

by on Feb.26, 2011, under Review

This bad boy reminds me of a few gauges in an airplane…a commander to be exact.

Some young brands have succeeded in building very loyal followings, and very quickly at that.  Bremont is one of them (see their forum watches.com/forumdisplay.php?f=3″ href=”http://forum.atgvintagewatches.com/forumdisplay.php?f=3″ target=”_blank”>here), and Bell & Ross is another.  Their forum at BR-AVO.com is a veritable hotbed of activity related to this 20 year old French brand. 

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The Jaquet Droz SW Chrono: A Rubberized, Sporty Departure From The JD Norm

by on Feb.24, 2011, under Review

This is definitely something new from Jaquet Droz.  Most of the items you’ll find from the brand named after a man who was best known for automotons are, well, something different.  The last time we featured a Jaquet Droz, it was a $341,000 rube goldberg with the sole purpose of writing the time in pencil.

Most of JD’s current production models tend to look like watches.com/JaquetDroz_Reserve.html” href=”http://professionalwatches.com/JaquetDroz_Reserve.html” target=”_blank”>this, which if you’re into regulaters and figure 8′s, is a pretty snazzy looking design.  That’s why the SW Chrono (pictured above) is such a surprise.  It is a fairly simple looking chronograph, featuring a JD in-house caliber movement, and incredible legibility.  Accents are rubberized and the case is stainless steel.  No word on pricing yet, but the Jaquet Droz SW Chronograph is in stores now.

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HODINKEE Holiday Giveaway: The Watch Calendar 2011

by on Jan.02, 2011, under Review

This is one enormous calendarIt’s the holiday season and we wouldn’t be who we are if we didn’t at least give something away before xmas day.  And, what we’re giving away is pretty special.  It is the watch Calendar 2011.  If you are at all involved with the vintage watch world, you’ve likely heard about it.  It is the first ever professionally styled, photographed, and produced calendar featuring high-end watches.  The thing is, something like this could very easily go down a pretty unappealing road, either by choosing gaudy timepieces covered in diamonds, or by simply using, well, naked girls.

Luckily, those behind the watch Calendar 2011 seem to have great taste in both categories.  You’ll see Paul Newman Daytonas, Patek 2499′s, and everything in between.  You won’t see anything from Jacob & Co., or anything we ourselves wouldn’t wear (which is saying a lot). 

The calendar is beautifully photographed and printed in enormous format.  It really is a striking calendar.  If you want to see just how big it is, click the thumbnail above and notice that the actual Submariner is about the same size as the Subs in the calendar, making it just about life-size. 

This particular calendar was generously donated by watch.de/” href=”http://www.colognewatch.de/” target=”_blank”>Cologne watch Center.

For a chance to win this beautiful 2011 watch Calendar, you must:

  • Like HODINKEE on Facebook
  • Follow HODINKEE on Twitter
  • Leave A Comment Below With A Working Email Address

The winner will be announced Friday.  This contest is open to everyone, all over the world.

Enjoy!

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Exclusive – Inside Two Seiko Studios: Making a Watch the Japanese Way

by on Nov.17, 2010, under Review

Tucked away in a seemingly remote wooded part of Japan, near the town of Morioka, sits a world-class watchmaking facility that has been quietly producing some of the world’s finest mechanical watches for over 70 years.

Called the Shizukuishi watch Studio (watch.com/eng/movie/movie_enrichingtime.html” target=”_blank”>check out a movie about this studio here), the workshop is distinctly different from any other watchmaking atelier in Europe. Each watchmakers’ desk is custom made out of a local wood called Iwayado Tansu and lacquered to a bright polish. The benches are all made to different heights – custom made specifically to the height of the individual watchmaker. Outside the studio hangs a large sign in Japanese stating “Building in Quality with Painstaking Care”.

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AP’s Jules Audemars Extra-Thin Watches: What A Difference 1.55 mm Makes

by on Nov.16, 2010, under Review

What does 1.55 millimeters look like?  It doesn’t look like much at all.  In fact, a US regulation quarter is 1.75mm thick.  Now consider this: the Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Extra-Thin watch features a self-winding movement that is only 2.45mm thick, less than two quarters stacked on top of each other.  The entire watch is only 6.7mm thick. 

Then, consider AP’s Jules Audemars Perpetual Calendar, a watch with a movement that consists of 355 separate components and doesn’t require setting until March 1st, 2100.  So if you are adding the functionality of a perpetual calendar to a 2.45mm thick movement (that’s 141 additional components, btw) how much do you think that would add? Probably a lot, right?

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