This Week in Time: 23rd to 29th July
Seven watches. Seven days. If you would like to see your watch featured on Timepiece Chronicle then make sure to use #thisweekintime or tag @timepiecechronicle when posting to Instagram
To someone not interested in watches, this Patek Philippe from vanity_agenda is just another watch. It's only when you know what you're looking at can you understand just how great a watch this is. Never mind how hard it is to pull off a simple time/date design well but in the flesh/gold you'll be able to see every detail of this watch. The perfectly proportioned hands, the milled bezel, it's all perfect. Add the name of one of the most prestigious jewelers in the world onto the dial then you've got a winner.
They sure as hell don't make cases like this anymore do they?! This cool Hamilton is from aelgtoer and it's the perfect example of changing case styles one could ever see. The 1950s were a goldmine for interesting and unique case shapes from square, to oval, to asymmetrical, it was all good as long as it looked good. What could have been a rather ordinary square watch was saved by those one of a kind lugs with a triangle connecting it to the case. I imagine that finding a strap to fit that is going to be exceptionally difficult, but worth it!
I used to think that all Rolex Datejusts looked the same. What a fool I was! Yes there are similarities between all the models but if you want one big difference that easily overlooked then look at the bezel. This interesting variation of the machine turned bezel is just so cool and makes this watch really stand out from the rest. I'm not a huge fan of the fluted bezels (or perhaps they aren't the biggest fan of me?) but this machine turned and the 'bark' bezels are among my favorites. lovechicity, I'm very jealous.
Watches don't have to cost thousands of dollars to look good, as evidenced here by the Bulova Accutron from tysonjones333. The oversized roman numerals work really well with that grooved black dial focusing your eyes towards the Accutron symbol at 12 o'clock. Last year I found this video of an original Accutron running in slow-motion and it's amazing just how cool the technology looks nearly fifty years later.
I'm starting to lose track of how many times I've called a particular vintage Rolex my favorite, something I would never have imagined when I started Timepiece Chronicle. The Explorer II is one of those favorite watches with the Ref. 1655 being among the top. It's a testament to the time when Rolex was willing to take a chance on a weird design for a limited market. Whilst it wasn't very popular at the time, today it stands out as one of the brand's best watches. ginji356, thanks for the great photo!
John Mayer recently took to Hodinkee with Benjamin Clymer to speak about his love for the IWC Big Pilot, and whilst I'm a big fan of that watch, there is one IWC I prefer. The Ref. 3705 Fliegerchronograph was made from 1994 to 1998 with a run of approximately 2000 pieces made. This is one of those watches that isn't technically a limited edition but for all intents and purposes is limited as no-one wants to part with these easily. It's damn near the perfect size and the black ceramic case means that in the last 20 years, it won't have aged a day. Ithinkiken, you are one lucky man! Wear it in good health!
There is one thing that watch geeks love more than a mint dress watch, a beat-up old tool watch. Now it has to be still working but that's pretty much the only requirement for a vintage dive watch as the more it's beat-up, the more you know it's been actually used for what it was made for. This Tudor Submariner belongs to from a friend of chronogrant, and it dived deep down during the 1970's and 80's. It shows that great design and well manufactured products will last and last and last no matter what you throw at them. As always, buying the cheap option usually costs you in the long run, making this Tudor one hell of a value prop.