Archimede Pilot 42 Bronze Automatic – Good Enough….

The Archimede Bronze Pilot offers a simple design. The brushed finish of the CuSn8 (92% copper, 8% tin) bronze shows quality of manufacture. At 42mm, this Archimede is properly sized in my opinion. The large crown is synonymous with pilot watches of old and a nice design attractive to an otherwise sterile watch case. Powered by ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, it should have at least 40 hours of reserve time. You can view the movement via an exhibition case back.

I do not own a bronze watch before. Although bronze is better for protection against corrosion due to the creation of a protective layer (the oxide, hence the patina), I can’t bring it to myself to get one knowing full well it will change the way it look in a short space of time. Nevertheless, I would eventually get one for the experience. What better model then this fine example to be the first.

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Seamaster Aqua Terra 150 M > 15,000 gauss – a technological marvel

The Seamaster Aqua Terra > 15,000 gauss is a 41.50 mm stainless steel Co-Axial chronometer is a very special timepiece. At the heart of the watch is the OMEGA Co-Axial caliber 8508. It is resistant to magnetic fields greater than 1.5 tesla (15,000 gauss), far exceeding the levels of magnetic resistance achieved by any previous watch movement.

The technology developed by a team of ETA, Asulab, Nivarox FAR and OMEGA engineers led to the caliber 8508. This OMEGA movement does not rely on a protective container inside the watchcase but on the use of selected non-ferromagnetic materials in the movement itself. Even after exposure to a magnetic field greater than 15,000 gauss, still performs at a chronometric level as defined by COSC.

Traditionally, watchmakers use soft iron inner casings to protect the internals. This method has some limitations: There is a limit before the protective inner casing cave-in to stronger magnets and, from a design perspective, there cannot be gaps in the inner casing i.e. a date window display or a display case-back is not possible.

The Seamaster Aqua Terra > 15,000 gauss doesn’t face such limitations hence it is able to put in place a transparent sapphire crystal in its case-back as well as a date window.

The Seamaster Aqua Terra > 15,000 gauss is water resistant to 15 bar (150 metres / 500 feet). With the combination of its Co-Axial mechanical movement and its Si14 silicon balance spring, it also comes with an Omega four-year warranty.

When this watch first came out in Basel2013, I have decided to put it as one of my targets. Can’t wait for it to arrive on Malaysian shores.

New Spacematic Watches by Fortis

Fortis has added new watches to its Spacematic collection. The new models are powered by the automatic ETA 2836-2 movement. The models come in brushed matte steel case measuring 40 mm, with a sapphire crystal and screw-down steel case back. Each of the new Spacematic watches is water resistant to 100 metres and is available with a choice of straps: silicone in black, white, grey or blue; a textile strap in black, olive or sand; a black leather strap; or a steel bracelet with folding clasp.

The first set of new models is the Fortis Spacematic White-Red and Spacematic Black-Red. They feature a modern dial design with day and date discs at the centre, aligning at 3 o’clock. The day indication is bilingual, with the days in both English and German. Hour markers and hands are coated in white Superluminova with a blue afterglow.

The second set of new models is the Fortis Spacematic Classic, available in black or white. The classic dial design features a bilingual day indication at 9 o’clock, and a date indication at 3 o’clock. Indices and the date indication triangle are in white Superluminova with a blue afterglow.

Personally I like the Fortis Spacematic White-Red with bracelet.

Nice looking dial of the Moonphase Watch by EMILE CHOURIET

This watch has the moon rotate all the way round the dial. Apart from this complication, the only other brilliant feature is the excellent dial.

Movement
Mechanical automatic, ETA 2892 calibre with additional module, exclusive to Emile Chouriet
Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds and moon phases
Case
Stainless steel, 40 mm Sapphire crystal front and back Water-resistant to 30 m (3 ATM/100 ft)
Dial
Metallic blue with twinkling stars and mother-of-pearl moon rotating around the centre Silver-toned hands with cut-out detail Four Roman numerals
Bracelet/strap
Black leather with steel folding clasp

Prometheus Recon 5 Flieger Watch looks good!

The Prometheus Recon 5 is a Swiss made Flieger watch powered by an ETA Unitas 6497-1. Presented in a similar way Flieger watches was made during World Word 2, the dials are simple and clean. I love the large display case back and the lume on this watch is relatively impressive.

Specifications:

  • Case diameter: 44 mm
  • Case height: 10.5 mm
  • Super Luminous dial and hands
  • 2 Years Warranty
  • Sapphire Crystal on dial and case back
  • Swiss Made
  • Manual Wind Movement ETA Unitas 6497-1 with Côtes de Genève
  • Brown Leather Strap

The new CERTINA DS Eagle – pity only comes in quartz

This watch has some exciting design features. Using an ETA quartz movement for power, the CERTINA DS Eagle is able to bring the best quality package at a very affordable price (actual I am not sure but this is what I was made to understand). Available in a few options, I like the specially design rubber straps and the lugs. I also like the way Certina added the red rings around the pushers. If only they decide to drop in an automatic movement in it….Certina listen to this plea!!!!!!

Movement: Quartz, ETA G10.961
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph and second time zone with 24-hour display
Case: Satin-finish and polished 316L stainless steel, 46 mm Anti-reflective sapphire crystal Screw-down back with Turtle logo Water-resistant to 200 m (20 bar/20 ATM)
Dial: Black with textured central disc 12-hour and 60-minute counters at 2 o’clock Small seconds at 6 o’clock, second time zone with 24-hour display at 10 o’clock Date window at 6 o’clock
Bracelet/strap: Black textured rubber, large buckle

The macho looking Longines HydroConquest Chrono

This in one set of watches from Longines that allows you to choose what’s best for your own individual needs. You want automatic, can; if you want straps, can; if you want different coloured bezel, also can. Best of all, its not that expensive. My personal choice, automatic, rubber and blue bezel. What’s yours?

The new HydroConquest chronograph series by Longines are available either with the L688 column-wheel movement which was developed specially for Longines by ETA or a quartz movement. The automatic version it’s based on the ETA A08-L01 with 27 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 54 hours.

The bracelets are made of steel or rubber in black and water-resistant to 30 bar (300 metres). Comes with standard features such as unidirectional turning bezel, screw-down case and screw-in crown, lateral protection for the crown and double security folding clasp with integrated diving extension-piece. The rotating bezel are coloured in red, black or blue (option) while the hands are coated with a generous splash of Super-LumiNova®.