So much can change in a month. Just a month ago, I was only writing about events being canceled due to COVID-19. And now, it seems like more than half the world is being asked to stay at home. I hope all of you are safe and healthy. In this month’s roundup, we examine the impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on the Swiss watch industry. Next, we have a trio of Japanese watches from Seiko and Citizen, Japan’s two largest watchmakers.
From around the Web, we take a look at six women watch collectors to see what kinds of watches they are interested in owning. We also have in-depth looks of Audemars Piguet’s newest [Re]master01 chronograph and a vintage Panerai reference 3646 watch from the Second War World. And to round things up, we have an interview with the creator of G-Shock, Kikuo Ibe.
1. HOW TO PROPERLY SANITIZE YOUR WRIST WATCH
With the pandemic looming over all of us, I guess it’s only fitting that we begin this round-up with a bit of a public service announcement. While it’s important to wash our hands, we shouldn’t neglect our watches. After all, we wear our watches for hours on end, and edges of bezels, the space between lugs make perfect hiding spots for all sorts of nasty things. To find out how we can properly sanitize our watches, we asked Stoll & Co., a family-run watchmaker who has been servicing and repairing watches since 1982, for advice and tips.
2. REVIEW Of CITIZEN CALIBER 0100, THE WORLD’S MOST ACCURATE WATCH
Watch snobs often dismiss quartz watches as soulless. They say they lack character, as if a ticking seconds hand and the fact that they run on batteries immediately make a quartz less of a watch? I’d argue that the quartz-powered Citizen Caliber 0100 is no less interesting than any split-second chronograph or grand sonnerie. What you are looking at is a watch that is accurate to ±1 second per year — that’s not a typo. It’s a remarkable achievement that makes it the world’s most accurate autonomous watch. And it matches its peerless accuracy with the all of the sensibilities associated with traditional Japanese watchmaking. This is an in-depth look at the Citizen Caliber 0100 watch.
3. HANDS-ON: SEIKO CREDOR GCLP995 ‘BIG DATE’ MANUAL-WIND SPRING-DRIVE WATCH
Credor is most famous for its Eichi watches. The Eichi II, in particular, is a watch that’s hand-built to the highest standards. And in some ways, it channels much of the spirit of Philippe Dufour. But Credor is more than just the Eichi. Not that you would know because the site is still, after all these years, available only in Japanese. But if you spend the time to browse through, you’ll be rewarded with some very interesting watches. And one of them is the watch you see here, the Credor GCLP995. It features a hand-wound spring drive movement and a big date complication that calls to mind the Lange One. Have a closer look at it by hitting the link below.
4. WHO WILL SAVE SWISS MADE?
We are deep in the throes of a pandemic and some say we haven’t seen the worst. Entire industries are being upended and thousands of jobs have been or are going to be lost. In times like these, the watch industry is often one of the hardest hit. And I’m not just talking about sales. The ongoing pandemic has had a major impact on manufacturing in China, too, and this has affected the watch industry, because, in case you don’t know, not all watch components are actually manufactured in Switzerland. In this article, we examine how COVID-19 might affect the watch industry, in particular, the label “Swiss Made.”
5. SEIKO PROSPEX ‘KING TURTLE’ CERAMIC BEZEL SRPE05 & SRPE07 WATCH REVIEW
The “Turtle” has been one of Seiko’s most popular entry-level dive watches. Seiko knows this and has been releasing new variants of the watch at a rapid pace over the past years. And now, we have a new version that is widely regarded to as the “King Turtle” because of the upgrades that it has over the original. Two of the most significant upgrades are a sapphire crystal and a ceramic bezel. These are two aspects that longtime Turtle owners have lamented the absence of, and it’s good to see that Seiko is taking owners’ feedback seriously.