This Week in Time: 9th to 15th January
I've talked about aftermarket customization of watches on the site before but this Patek Philippe Nautilus from joanneryall_engraver is something else. It is so interesting how the watch is completely transformed once the Mayan/Aztex style patterns were engraved onto the case. The slightly hooded lugs and the flat rounded bezel make the Nautilus a perfect canvas for this style of patterns. I doubt that Gerald Genta ever imagined that his watches would be used like this!
We are two weeks into 201 6 and I haven't chosen a funky 70s watch with a monster case yet?! Well that all changes with this pair of vintage Bulova Accutrons from buyingontime. These two watches are examples of a much later style of Accutron that I hadn't seen before, gone is the "future-age" aesthetic of the transparent dial as now is the time for huge UFO shaped hunks of steel with a odd door like hour markers. Needless to say I love it!
I'm going to come right out and say it. I love this watch. To use a delightful English phrase I love this watch to bits. Old or new, battered or unworn, I love this watch. This beautiful example is from dylandutson and is currently available at analog/shift. This piece happens to have the Portuguese date windows so stop all Dad jokes by saying your watch tells you it's time for sex (Sex is the Portuguese abbreviation for Sexta-feira/Friday) . It doesn't have my ideal hand choice but I'd be willing to let that slide if I found the cash for this piece.
I'm going to make a confession. I'm not the greatest swimmer in the world. Comfortable in a pool absolutely however at the thought of diving in open water makes me a little uneasy. Which is a real shame because I feel that I'm missing out on a whole load of opportunity to actually wear functional tool watches like this Seiko Scuba from fazwrist.Will 99% of diving watches sold by used for that purpose? The chances are slim. Also as the obligatory Star Wars paraphrase I'll go with..."That's no Moon....That's a Seiko!"
Presented without comment. Damn! Thanks to the_horosexual for posting this gorgeous movement.
Sometimes it's not just the watch that catches my eye but the entire photograph. The framing, the light reflecting off the dial and case, it's all great! This is from danthewatchguy and the watch in question is a Reverie ; a small independent whose only watch, the Sea-Spirit is shown here. Visually similar to the Longines Heritage 1935 which is a modern reimagining of the watch worn by the Czech Air Force, the Sea-Spirit is slightly more of a dress watch with the spiral engraving and offset subdial. It's always great to see watches that I haven't heard of before and if they continue to be as beautifully shot as this, then I'm even more eager to see more.
I'm going to make a bold statement. I prefer Alien to Aliens. The more deliberate pacing, the beautiful cinematography, the claustrophobic atmosphere, It's all so wonderfully terrifying. That being said there was always one thing I liked about Aliens, Ripley's watch. So future tech yet so 80s. Recently Seiko released a re-edition of the watch which is what we see here on 73jharm's wrist. Even thirty years after the film came out that watch looks as kickass as ever. With a new Aliens/Prometheus movie apparently in the works perhaps we'll see a new classic on the wrist of one of our heros. If it's as cool as this Seiko then I'm all for it. (Update: Turns out that Brad is possibly thinking of selling this piece. Click here to see the related post)