From this round-up forth, we are shaking things up a little by presenting the top read posts on aBlogtoWatch for the month, as well as interesting watch reads from around the Internet. During the month of July, it seemed clear that the trend of “vintage-inspired” was still going strong and some of the most read articles this past month included the new Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017J as well as the Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 – two very charming vintage-inspired pieces.
In this round-up, we also take a look at the topic of online watch sales. Increasingly, people are simply buying their stuff online and shunning traditional brick-and-mortar stores. So why is it still so hard for people to buy watches online? Should watch brands make it easier for people to buy their watches online?
1. IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Watch Review
IWC is a popular brand for many reasons. They have an inimitable style, a strong heritage, and are, for the most part, quite reasonably priced (especially if you stay clear of models with in-house movements). Among its numerous collections, the one that most watch lovers gravitate toward is their line of Pilot’s Watches. And one of the hot favorites for IWC buyers is the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph, known more simply to IWC followers as the ref. 3777. It is a step up from the more basic three-handed Pilot’s Watch and it features the Pilot’s Watch’s distinctive style plus a chronograph complication. Find out why we are fans of this watch by hitting the link below.
2. First Seiko Diver Prospex SLA017 ‘Re-Creation’ & SPB051/53 ‘Re-Interpretation’ Watches Hands-On
Fans of Seiko went into a frenzy earlier this year when the brand announced the new Diver Prospex SLA017 at Baselworld 2017. For readers who don’t understand the fuss, the Diver Prospex SLA017 is essentially a modern reissue of Seiko’s very first dive watch, the 62MAS that was introduced in 1965. Alongside the SLA017, Seiko also introduced two new modern reinterpretations of the 62MAS in the form of the SPB051 and SPB053. I wrote previously that I have no doubts that these three will be some of the hottest-selling dive watches of 2017, and it seems that you guys agree as well.
3. Quick Facts & Ice Breakers About The Omega Speedmaster For Your Next Watch GTG
2017 marks the 60th anniversary of what is surely one of the most prominent watches ever – the Omega Speedmaster. Despite being six decades old, the Speedmaster that we can find in shops today has remained relatively unchanged, which is a strong testament to its well-thought-out design. Over the past sixty years, Omega has released numerous versions of Speedmaster watches, some of which are extremely rare and important. This article offers a quick recap of the history of the Speedmaster as well as highlights of some of the more prominent Speedmaster pieces.
4. Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 Watch Hands-On
Typical Panerai treats comprise the reassuringly snappy crown guard lever — that I liked to fiddle with if I had a brief moment to spare in a queue or on public transportation. It is something I find myself reaching and disappointedly not discovering after strapping on other watches. Also appreciated was that the 24mm lug width that opens up a virtually infinite supply of strap options.Panerai will sell you calf and buffalo leather straps from CHF 220 going up to CHF 360 to get alligator ones. But honestly, at this point, there is such a vast selection of aftermarket straps which you’d be highly encouraged to shop around there (and encourage those men, too). The black “Calf Monte Carlo” leather strap that the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 is supplied with is of decent quality, but nothing notable that could add or take away from its overall appearance and belief. If anything, this black-on-black option I think is somewhat secure and boring, especially as this white dial variation is about more vivid colors and forcing regular, secure aesthetics into the side a little. Aside from appearances, wearability is as good as it’s with a Panerai, as the watch is kept firm and protected thanks to the ample width, thickness, and rigidity of the strap and its enormous, Panerai-marked pin buckle.The dial is much more peculiar not simply in its color but also in its markings, with Arabic numerals around (unlike your more average Panerai dials that just have numerals for 12, 6, 3, and 9 with baton markers everywhere else) and an additional and, again, sexier 60-minute track on the periphery. All of these are painted on the dial’s surface since the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 includes a good dial in contrast to the famous Panerai sandwich dial.
The new Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 must surely be one of the most charming new watches to be announced at Baselworld 2017. It is based on a vintage Hamilton from the ‘60s and features loads of vintage styling cues like the reverse panda dial, straight-ish lugs, and pump-style chronograph pushers. It is not perfect, however. At 42mm wide, the case is a little too wide. It is also far too thick as well. Nevertheless, I think the overall look of the watch is spot on. So if you are willing to overlook the slightly larger case size, what you have is a watch that is dripping with vintage swag.
5. Sinn BLU1 Limited Edition Watch For Page & Cooper
The Sinn U1 is a very popular tool watch and it has spawned numerous special limited edition versions over its long and illustrious lifespan. The newest limited edition version of the U1 is aptly called the BLU1. Why? Because it has a graduated blue dial that instantly reminds me of Rolex’s Deepsea with the D-Blue dial. The BLU1 is produced especially for London-based Page & Cooper, one of Sinn’s retail partners. Two versions of this watch will be offered, one in plain German submarine stainless steel and another in fully black tegimented German submarine stainless steel. If you like watches with blue dials, you’ll probably like this too. But hurry, only 50 pieces will be made.
6. Omega Seamaster Diver 300M ‘Commander’s Watch’ Limited Edition Inspired By James Bond 007 Hands-On
This watch came as a complete surprise to me. There isn’t a new James Bond movie in the cinema and 2017 doesn’t mark any major anniversary for the character, so why is there a new James Bond watch? That said, the new Seamaster Diver 300M ‘Commander’s Watch,’ which is based on the classic Omega Seamaster Diver 300M, with its bright white dial and bi-colored bezel is a pretty attractive watch for sure. Hit the link below to find out why it is called the ‘Commander’s Watch’ and to get a closer look at the latest limited edition watch from Omega that pays tribute to the world’s most famous spy.
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