With a distinctive and vibrant design largely unchanged since its 1967 introduction, the Doxa Sub 300 series is perhaps one of the most easily recognizable diver models in the current watch market. Although the brand has kept the core concept remarkably true to its roots over the years, Doxa still leaves room for interpretation with this formula in its lineup, and perhaps no experiment in recent years has been met with as much fanfare as 2020’s Sub 300 Carbon Aqua Lung US Divers. The interpretation of this iconic ‘60s form into ultramodern carbon composite was a risky play that resonated wildly with enthusiasts, but a limited production run and relatively steep price tag kept that model out of the hands of many. Doxa returns to this advanced material for 2021, delivering a full standard production run of carbon Sub 300 models in the complete rainbow of the brand’s varied dial colors. The new Doxa Sub 300 Carbon COSC series offers an intriguing mix of old and new, combining the classic ..
Perhaps no other combination of factors excites vintage watch enthusiasts quite like early dive watches with military provenance. The blend of classic design, field-proven durability, and the romantic warmth of patina is a difficult one to beat, and few brands capture this magic formula better than Blancpain. The brand’s Fifty Fathoms line is one of the longest-running and most celebrated diver lines in all of watchmaking, and Blancpain certainly has no lack of historic points to reference with its collection. For its first major release of 2021, Blancpain singles out one of the most lauded military references in the Fifty Fathoms’ lineage. First produced in the mid-‘60s for the elite Kampfschwimmer combat divers of the West German navy, the Fifty Fathoms No Rad offered these battle-hardened, frogmen-tough functionality and underwater legibility without the use of radium lume, which was still the standard at the time but had been discovered to cause potential health issues. The new lim..
Our aBlogtoWatch team is excited to announce Alastair P. of Greystones, Ireland as the winner of our February Geckota G-02 watch giveaway! With its unique and charismatic take on classic dive watch cues and its translucent sunburst enamel bezel, it’s sure to be a handsome addition to any collection. We appreciate your ongoing support of our community. For the rest of our aBlogtoWatch community, there’s still time to enter and win in our March giveaway, where we have a limited edition Bausele Royal Australian Air Force Centenary 2021 – Aviator watch on offer. aBlogtoWatch would also like to thank Geckota once again for enabling this giveaway.
Jason Wilbur is the talented designer behind the still-fresh Wilbur Co. watch brand. He is based right here in Southern California and has a background in both graphic and industrial automotive design. Most watch collectors know Wilbur’s work in the form of the iconic Tread 1, a luxury belt-driven watch produced by the American brand Devon. Founded by Scott Devon, the Devon brand made a name for itself with the over-the-top design of the Tread 1 and Tread 2 watches, as well as the fact that they were powered by small one-step motors and used an integrated circuit board. These are electronic elements, and they proved quite controversial in the market of mostly mechanical watches. Devon is actually going to make a re-appearance in 2021, but back in 2020, Jason Wilbur launched his own brand — with an entirely mechanical watch.
Professionally, Jason Wilbur has more or less stopped designing for third parties and is now all about the Wilbur brand. His particular form of optimistic pop-mach..
The two most important things Citizen shared with aBlogtoWatch during our recent call with its headquarters in Japan is that we will see a larger volume of high-quality mechanical movement production in the near future and that the Swiss-style watch movement beautification techniques it adapted from in-group watchmaker La Joux-Perret are entirely accomplished in Japan. Citizen is no stranger to mechanical movements — as indicated in this recent Citizen post on aBlogtoWatch here — but it has been over a decade since Citizen has introduced a new mechanical watch movement. This is despite the fact that Japan’s Miyota (a large volume manufacturer of mechanical and other watch movements) is part of the Citizen Group. Rather, most of the recent Citizen watches until now have featured the brand’s high-tech movement technology focused around Eco-Drive and that has made a lot of innovations in the world of GPS, connectivity, and miniaturization over the last several years.
Citizen isn’t going ..
While vintage-inspired reissue models form the backbone of many brands across the modern watch industry, perhaps no company has embraced its back catalog as thoroughly and extensively as Longines. The Longines Heritage series is a meeting place for vintage designs of nearly every stripe from early pilot chronographs to classic naval deck watches. The super compressor style Longines Legend Diver has been the face of this eclectic series since its introduction in 2007, with a wide variety of sizes and variants over the years. Longines adds even more variety to the Legend Diver line for 2021, adding splashes of color to the classic 42mm model in deep degradè blue and brown. The new blue dial and brown dial Longines Legend Diver models give this classic design a new personality, influencing its character in dramatically different ways.
The 42mm stainless steel case of the Longines Legend Diver is instantly recognizable, with long tapering lugs, a narrow polished external bezel, and of cou..
While Cartier has rightly earned its place as an icon in watchmaking, its contributions to haute horlogerie are often far less discussed than designs like the Tank or Santos. While they may fly relatively under the radar, these offerings rarely lack for spectacle, and the brand’s first haute horlogerie collection of 2021 is no exception. This exclusive box set trio of designs all aim to push the aesthetic limits of skeletonization, inspired by both the brand’s own design traditions and the dramatic look of floating mystery dials. The new limited edition Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Precious Icons Set includes the Rotonde de Cartier Astromystérieux, Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon, and the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon, all three of which push the intricate and complex tourbillon escapement to new visual frontiers.
The flagship model in this new set is undoubtedly the Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon. The Mysterious Skeleton D..
British-based Isotope has been around since 2016, and the GMT 0º is the brand’s third and latest offering. I’ve known about the brand peripherally, but this new model was the first I got to handle in the metal. Everyone knows I love a unique or interesting dial, but I also understand mechanical watches with those adjectives tend to carry serious price tags. With a price under $1,000, the Isotope GMT 0º is at least worth a look for anyone like me with a soft spot for the offbeat.
First, a note about the two prototypes you see here. I received two review units, one in blue and one in white. Off the bat, brand founder José Miranda let me know that there were a couple of imperfections in the prototypes, mainly that the date dot on the blue dial model needs to be brighter, and the lumed GMT “Lacrima” pointer on the white dial model isn’t perfect. Fortunately (and ironically), the date dot on the white dial model is correct, and the lume on the blue dial GMT pointer is correct, so I’ll show..
Designing a dressy timepiece is an exercise in nuance. Within the compact and usually minimalist confines afforded by these watches, the smallest adjustments – be they changes in proportion, visual balance, or small decorative touches – can have a massive impact on the character of the overall design. Over its nearly 190 year history, Longines has proven this concept time and again, and affords enthusiasts a window into the evolving language of these designs through the brand’s broad and eclectic Heritage collection. For its latest addition to this series, Longines returns to 1955, reviving one of its most charismatic midcentury designs. The new Longines Silver Arrow handsomely captures the optimism and understated charm of the mid-‘50s with a handful of modern refinements.
The stainless steel case of the Longines Silver Arrow is clean and classical in form, with enough unique flair to set itself apart. The mirror polished smooth bezel is wide enough to have its own presence in initia..
Judging by how much wrist time this Seiko Prospex LX watch has been getting on my wrist, I think it is safe to say that I’m pretty excited about this particular high-end dive timepiece. Seiko produces so many diver’s watches, at so many price points — that doesn’t include Grand Seiko diver’s watches — that it continues to be a collector’s challenge simply to keep track of them. Seiko doesn’t make things easy by supplementing its core collection watches with limited editions that arrive with different price points. Wading through the waters of Seiko divers is something even we at aBlogtoWatch get confused by, but when the right watch dons our wrist and makes us smile, we thank Seiko for all their experimentation and variety. This leads me to start my review of the Seiko Prospex LX SNR031 watch, which is near the top of what a Seiko-branded watch will cost you (but not the top for sure). In the United States, the watch is called the SNR031, but interesting enough in Japan and perhaps oth..