This Week in Time: 20th to 26th February
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Over the past year I've written a lot about vintage watches and how usually a smaller size watch is the one catching my eye nowadays. Not today. The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean chronograph is easily one of my favorite modern Omega pieces and it looks absolutely gorgeous in this shot by rjkama. Taking inspiration from the great dive watches of Omega's past, the Seamaster 120 & 300, the Planet Ocean is in my mind the pinnacle of Omega's watchmaking with one of their best calibres inside with a killer design outside. With Pre-Basel press photos being released of a Speedmaster Master Co-Axial, I would not be surprised if we saw at least one limited edition or precious metal case Planet Ocean with a Master Co-Axial as well. Until then, this beauty will have to do.
I'm going to say something that might seem like blasphemy to some people....I prefer the Mark II to the moon watch. I'm not saying that the Moon watch isn't beautiful and culturally significant etc. etc. but there is so much character and charm in the Mark II that I just prefer it. This show from senmurv is of the "sports" dual with bright orange, yellow and red highlights that have faded slightly over time. The Marked II was the first of the Mark series which slowly would become totally different beasts to the original Speedmaster, each crazier than the last but the Mark II sits perfectly in between madness and tradition.
Even though currently outside my window I'm looking at grey clouds and rain, just seeing this wonderfully tropical dial from kidwizzle makes me feel a little bit warmer. I've spoken before at how there is a fine line when it comes to tropical with one man's tropical dial is another's damaged dial. Getting up this close you can see perfectly at how crisp those subdials are, how clean the text is and how that tropical color is so even across the dial. I'll make mine a Pina Colada with a tiny umbrella in it please!
It's an old adage but it's one that is true but if you want to know whether something looks good, take a black and white photo of it. Without any color distracting you, your entire focus is on the design, the layout, each minute detail. This photo from mrsinista13 perfectly encapsulates why the Burnham by Oak & Oscar is such a great watch. Even without the striking orange highlights, the dial still pop with each relief section really standing out (or standing down) and up until this moment I don't think I had noticed the detail on the end of the second hand. Throw in the fact that this watch looks great on a NATO strap and you've got yourself a winner.
Firstly I have to give massive props to ian_cognito for a marvellous puntastic Instagram handle. Secondly I have to give him props for this wicked Citizen bullhead chronograph. If you want a company that is entirely different from what they were forty years ago then Citizen is probably the perfect example. Focusing almost entirely on their solar powered Eco-Drive movements, just as amazing in their own way, Citizen did use to make mechanical watches and this is one of them. I'm loving the odd angles at the top half of the case and just how much depth that dial has. This watch is now added to the ever-increasing flea market/ebay/relatives drawer search list!
Sometimes you should be really pleased that someone has managed to get ahold of such a killer watch but instead all you feel is envious! This truly amazing Mathey-Tissot is on the wrist of dmgreen11 and boy it's good looking. The chamfered lugs are as fresh as the day it was made, the dial looks immaculate and really the only sign of age is the patina on the hands. I won't pretend to know the connection between Mathey-Tissot but when the watch looks this good, it doesn't really matter.
Wow. Just wow. I don't think any of us can truly appreciate how long it takes to not only engrave a watch with this amount of detail but also how long it takes to master the skill in the first place. How many slips of the engraving tool, how many cramped hands after spending hours hunched over a magnifying glass did it take to learn how to do this? Every millimeter of this Glashutte movement is perfect from the Cotes de Geneve to the swan neck regulator. Unfortunately for calibre61 this isn't his watch, it belongs to handwound so congrats to him on the new purchase If anyone is wondering just how good the Loupe System loupes are, this and this photo were taken with it so I'd say it's pretty damn good.