This Week in Time: 16th to 22nd July
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Sometimes all a diamond in the rough needs is a little tender care and attention to bring out the real beauty underneath (Notice I didn't say polish! A dangerous word to be used around vintage watches). A few weeks ago, this Zenith Defy owned by spin_transistor looked like this, and now look at it! You can finally see the Zenith name on the dial and those wonderfully wacky seventies hour markers as well. With just a pinch of diamond powder, elbow grease and some patience, this watch was able to shine again. Now we just need Zenith to make a watch with a case like this one more time!
Ok, I admit it. I've converted. Two years ago you wouldn't have caught me looking twice at a Datejust and now you have to drag me away from them. There are two DJ's that I'm particularly enamored with at the moment, the Ref. 1603 ( That bezel is to die for) and this, the 'Wide Boy' Ref. 1601. It's simple, it's classic and those hands are just so damn cool. I might have missed out on this gorgeous Wideboy when bearwrist was selling it, but it's certianly my list for the future.
I absolutely love these dive watch cases. You can find them on a few watch brands from the late sixties and seventies, and this Darwil diver is a prime example. The patina across all the hands and hour markers is just so uniform, a beautiful eggshell color that I'm sure looks even better in the steel than in photos. It's an interesting set up of hands as well; lollipop seconds hand, a pencil and a dauphine. Just shows you that sometimes eclectic design can just work and boy does this watch work. divewatchobsession, I am very jealous.
Whether or not the Heuer Monaco was the first automatic chronograph doesn't really matter when it looks this damn good after half a century. The iconic square case with the nine o'clock crown position is one of the defining images of Heuer and sixties chronographs in general. It's wonderful that even after all these years that the red accents still pop against the blue dial. It's that splash of color that makes me prefer this to the 'Dark Lord' all-black PVD. Guess it's the power of the Light Side! A great photo from fred_le_blanc
I don't know how ubiquitous this analogy is outside of the UK, but this Louis Vuitton Time Zone was really is like marmite, you either love it or you hate it. I happen to love the wild assortment of colors and shapes that really bring the dial to life. It's like something you'd see out of minor brand in the 1970's where caution was thrown to the wind in favor of crazy designs. It might not be everyone's cup of tea but it's a big thumbs up from me. watch4rocky has one serious conversation piece on his wrist now!
What watch would be more fitting for the 47 year Anniversary of when NASA landed on the moon than this Omega Speedmaster from panermille. This modern re-interpretation of the vintage classic somehow manages to get the best of both worlds without seeming like a design anachronism. The lollipop second hand, the alpha hands and exposed pushers are pure vintage Speedy but the blue color used is all modern. It will be a glorious day when I see one of these in the wild.
Mystery dials might no longer be a mechanical mystery (The 'hands' are placed on crystal discs which are rotated by hidden feelers) but they still are a wonderful example of the delight a mechanical watch can bring. This LeCoultre from watchunttilyouseegreen might be more blingy than the watches I'm used to wearing but for this, I'd be willing to make an exception.