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Hamilton Debuts Intra-Matic Chronograph H Watch Series

While automatic movements are more or less the norm today, the thinness and feel of a hand-wound chronograph still holds a special place in the hearts of many enthusiasts (this writer included). Hamilton has a long and proud history with hand-wound chronographs with standouts like the Chronograph A and Chronograph B of the late ‘60s, and the brand is staging a dramatic return to the concept in 2021. While sharing more than a passing resemblance to the current automatic Intra-Matic Chronograph line, these new manual wind versions offer a cleaner look and a brand new exclusive movement. With a sporting ‘60s style and just a hint of patina, the new Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph H series offers one of the most authentic vintage chronograph experiences from a modern watch in its price range.
The 40mm stainless steel case of the Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph H is true to its ‘60s sporting roots in form, with a narrow mirror-polished bezel accentuated by slim attached lugs with a sharp..

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Watch Review: HAIM Legacy Chronograph

You can imagine my surprise when I found out that the HAIM watch I was being offered to review had nothing to do with the all-woman rock and roll band from a few years back. In all seriousness, though, HAIM is a new brand to me and a new one to the market at large. It released its first and currently only offering back in September of 2020. The HAIM Legacy Chronograph is a vintage-inspired bi-compax watch. The question, however, is: In a market in which the “vintage-inspired” moniker is becoming increasingly commonplace, will a newcomer like HAIM be able to carve out its own little piece of the pie? We shall see.
That said, the HAIM Legacy Chronograph was born out of classic aesthetic. It is a simple two-subdial chronograph featuring both a tachymeter and pulsometer scale on the dial. This alludes to the ways watches were put to use in years prior. Doctors, pilots, race car drivers, and everyone in between used a wristwatch as an integral part of their gear. The inclusion of both on o..

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Watch Review: IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute To 3705”

The original IWC Fliegerchronograph Keramik Ref. 3705 performed like a true stealthy pilot’s watch: it flew right under the radar of watch enthusiasts the world over. After a few years of just a 1,000 examples navigating the IWC catalogues, the 3705 disappeared on the horizons, only to now re-appear in the form of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute To 3705.” And that’s the watch we have in for review for you today.
What Was The IWC Reference 3705? The IWC Reference 3705 was IWC’s first Pilot’s Watch in black zirconium oxide ceramic. That novel and early use of black ceramic, and the fact that it has gone under without anyone really recognizing it for what it was, render it quite a fascinating watch. Its stainless steel equivalent, the IWC Ref. 3706 (to which our Bilal Khan addressed a beautiful obituary here) and its subsequent iterations have carried on the compact pilot’s watch theme, but there had not been a true continuation of the black Fliegerchronograph until ju..

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Watch Review: IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition ‘Tribute To 3705’

The original IWC Fliegerchronograph Keramik Ref. 3705 performed like a true stealthy pilot’s watch: It flew right under the radar of watch enthusiasts the world over. After a few years of just 1,000 examples navigating the IWC catalogs, the 3705 disappeared on the horizons, only to now re-appear in the form of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute To 3705.” And that’s the watch we have in for review for you today.
What Was The IWC Reference 3705? The IWC Reference 3705 was IWC’s first Pilot’s Watch in black zirconium oxide ceramic. That novel and early use of black ceramic, and the fact that it has gone under without anyone really recognizing it for what it was, renders it quite a fascinating watch. Its stainless steel equivalent, the IWC Ref. 3706 (to which our Bilal Khan addressed a beautiful obituary here) and its subsequent iterations have carried on the compact pilot’s watch theme, but there had not been a true continuation of the black Fliegerchronograph until just ..

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Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph GMT 140th Anniversary SBGC240 Watch

The Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph GMT 140th Anniversary SBGC240 debuts as the latest rendition of Grand Seiko’s mighty impressive Spring Drive Chronograph GMT. Having owned the predecessor of this watch, I have written an extensive review, a long-term review, and a comprehensive look at the amazing history and functionality of Spring Drive. Together, they are longer than two dozen news articles, so I invite you to read those, as I shall refrain from lifting too many bits and pieces. Long story short, there are many ways one could argue that the Spring Drive Chronograph is the most accomplished, most impressive technological creation in (quasi-)mechanical watchmaking.
All images by Grand Seiko.
Available at Grand Seiko boutiques and select Grand Seiko retailers worldwide from July 2021, the Grand Seiko Spring Drive Chronograph GMT 140th Anniversary SBGC240 is, as its name implies, done in celebration of Kintaro Hattori’s 1881 founding of his company, which he led until his deat..

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Omega Unveils Seamaster Diver 300M America’s Cup Chronograph

March 6 to March 21, 2021 marks the 36th running of the prestigious America’s Cup yacht race, set to be hosted in the waters around Auckland, New Zealand. Since 1851, the race has stood as the pinnacle of the sport, with challengers from around the world fighting for years for a chance to qualify. While the event itself is one of the oldest continuously run international sporting events, Omega has a long America’s cup history of its own, with a legacy of limited edition Seamaster and Speedmaster models produced for both competing teams and the event itself since 1995. As the new event draws near, the brand has produced a special variant of its Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph to celebrate (although this is the second model the brand has produced to commemorate the 36th America’s Cup). More than just celebrating the prestigious race, the special edition Omega Seamaster Diver 300M America’s Cup Chronograph introduces several unique features to the Seamaster line that may point the way fo..

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Sirrush Watches Revs Up With the Supercar-Inspired Corbetti Chronograph

Sponsored post presented on aBlogtoWatch by advertiser Swedish microbrand Sirrush Watches debuts with its first collection of timepieces, the Corbetti Chronograph, launching this week on Kickstarter. Known for minimalist aesthetics and effective products, Sweden also has an automotive history filled with innovation. Sirrush merges these two national strengths into its watch design. The brand takes pride in offering a watch made of high-quality materials at an affordable price.
https://www.ablogtowatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/CORBETTI.mp4 The brand’s name and strong designs are inspired by a mythological creature depicted on the magnificent Ishtar Gate of the city of Babylon, but its styling elements are pure supercar. For example, the chronograph pushers feature a texture and shape inspired by the iconic Bugatti horseshoe grille, and the signed, screw-down crown has a similar knurled texture. In addition to lending a racy look, the pattern should make the pushers and crown easy..

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TAG Heuer Debuts Carrera Porsche Chronograph

While watch brands have a long and varied history of partnerships with the automotive industry, there is perhaps no more famous or enduring bond than the one between TAG Heuer and Porsche. Both brands have shared the Carrera nameplate, inspired by the famously dangerous Carrera Panamericana road race in Mexico, since the introduction of the original Heuer Carrera in 1963. Thanks in large part to Swiss Formula 1 driver Jo Siffert, the two brands have been linked by motorsports many times since the 60’s, including an iconic star turn on the wrist of Steve McQueen in the 1971 endurance racing film, Le Mans. TAG Heuer’s former parent company, Techniques d’Avant Garde, partnered with Porsche to develop the TAG-Turbo engine that powered McLaren to three consecutive F1 championships in the mid-‘80s. For 2021, TAG Heuer is renewing and strengthening its long relationship with Porsche, announcing co-branding deals for the World Endurance Championship, Formula E, golf events, tennis championship..

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CODE41 Launches The NB24, A Skeletonized Chronograph With A Dial-Side Peripheral Rotor

Sponsored post presented on aBlogtoWatch by advertiser A quick glance at CODE41’s catalog reveals the brand’s commitment to modern design, innovative use of materials, and a penchant for showcasing its custom movements. But it’s what lies behind the development of these watches that truly sets the brand apart. CODE41 is an open, community-driven brand that embraces feedback in direction and design. CODE41 heeded its community’s call for a chronograph and responded by developing the NB24, a chronograph unlike any other on the market, featuring a bespoke movement that showcases a peripheral rotor on the dial side of the watch. And true to the brand’s commitment to transparency, you can see the production cost of each component, along with its source of origin, allowing you to see and appreciate the value for yourself. For those familiar with CODE41, the modern, aggressive aesthetic of the NB24 will be instantly familiar.
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CODE41 Launches The NB24, A Chronograph With A Dial-Side Peripheral Rotor

Sponsored post presented on aBlogtoWatch by advertiser A quick glance at CODE41’s catalog reveals the brand’s commitment to modern design, innovative use of materials, and a penchant for showcasing its custom movements. But it’s what lies behind the development of these watches that truly sets the brand apart. CODE41 is an open, community-driven brand that embraces feedback in direction and design. CODE41 heeded its community’s call for a chronograph and responded by developing the NB24, a chronograph unlike any other on the market, featuring a bespoke movement that showcases a peripheral rotor on the dial side of the watch. And true to the brand’s commitment to transparency, you can see the production cost of each component, along with its source of origin, allowing you to see and appreciate the value for yourself. For those familiar with CODE41, the modern, aggressive aesthetic of the NB24 will be instantly familiar.
Advertising Message
The CODE41 NB24 is offered in two case materi..