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Pre-Owned Picks — Discontinued Oris Watches

HomePreowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — Discontinued Oris Watches Preowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — Discontinued Oris Watches A vintage selection from Oris for week 26 by Ben Hodges June 26, 2020 MIN READPre-Owned Picks — Discontinued Oris WatchesThis week, I am checking out some intriguing watches from Hölstein’s premier independent. Yes, I am talking about the plucky soloist Oris. In its heyday, Oris was outputting up to 1.2million watches and clocks per year. The onset of the low-cost and reliable quartz timepieces from Japan in the ‘70s and ‘80s, however, took a toll on the brand.
The choice was either to follow the herd and produce quartz with a Swiss twist or, like so many Swiss watch-makers, fold and fade into obscurity. For a time, Oris did produce a range of quartz pieces. But fortunately, a management buyout in 1982 changed the fate of Oris. The brand became Oris SA and swore never to make a quartz-operated wristwatch.
Oris Diver Sixty-Five released in 2015
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Pre-Owned Picks — 3 Big Block Chronographs From Tudor

HomePreowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — 3 Big Block Chronographs From Tudor Preowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — 3 Big Block Chronographs From Tudor Blockbuster Tudors for week 25 by Ben Hodges June 19, 2020 MIN READPre-Owned Picks — 3 Big Block Chronographs From TudorThis week in Pre-owned Picks, I am looking at the forgotten Big Block chronograph from Tudor. The term “Big Block” was coined by collectors in reference to the case height. The reason for the thicker case? This was Tudor’s first line of automatic chronographs. Most interestingly, these came out twelve years before Rolex placed the modified Zenith El Primero movement in the 1988 Daytona.
Before the Oyster Date, the Chrono Time was launched in 1976. Tudor’s line-up consisted of twin-register chronographs with manually-wound movements. The advent of the automatic chronograph in 1969 sent shockwaves through many watch brands in the 1970s. Heuer, Seiko, Breitling, Buren, Hamilton, and of course Zenith had finally perfected the auto-chr..

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Pre-Owned Picks — Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watches With Funky Dials

HomePreowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watches With Funky Dials Preowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watches With Funky Dials 4 Rolex OPs get funky for week 24 by Ben Hodges June 12, 2020 MIN READPre-Owned Picks — Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watches With Funky DialsThe Oyster Perpetual is the distillation of the three core criteria for every Rolex: The Oyster case for water resistance, the Perpetually winding rotor and the Chronometer rating for timekeeping. With a solid platform, Rolex can go wild with crazy dials for a more personal touch. For this week’s Pre-Owned Picks, I select some standout OP configurations from Chrono24.
A few weeks back, Rob and I went toe-to-toe over the best beater watch from Rolex and Grand Seiko. The term “beater”, otherwise known as the “go anywhere, do anything” watch, may seem a misnomer for a circa €4,000 luxury object, but in this wild and wacky watch world it isn’t so insane.
The sporty Oyster Perpetual is designed to..

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Pre-Owned Picks — 3 Contemporary Watches By Jaeger-LeCoultre

HomePreowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — 3 Contemporary Watches By Jaeger-LeCoultre Preowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — 3 Contemporary Watches By Jaeger-LeCoultre Three masterful JLCs for week 23 by Ben Hodges June 05, 2020 MIN READPre-Owned Picks — 3 Contemporary Watches By Jaeger-LeCoultreThis is now my fifth article in the Pre-owned Picks column, and I thoroughly enjoy scouring Chrono24 for inspiration. This week I am looking back in the not too distant past at three modern timepieces from Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Readers may notice I often side-step the likes of the Rolex GMT Master II “Pepsi” or the Rolex Daytona Cerachrom. That is not to say these are not worth the time to seek out. Quite the opposite, these watches are in such demand that secondary market price is typically double the asking price brand new.
Rare beastsInstead, I select the rare and perhaps unloved darlings in the deep, dark corners of watch collecting. Watches such as the Breitling Emergency Orbiter 3, or IWC Aquatimer Coustea..

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Pre-Owned Picks — Forza Ferrari Watches

HomePreowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — Forza Ferrari Watches Preowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — Forza Ferrari Watches Four Ferrari double-stamped watches for week 22 by Ben Hodges May 29, 2020 MIN READPre-Owned Picks — Forza Ferrari WatchesThis week, in Pre-owned Picks, I am highlighting four watches with Ferrari co-branding spanning more than four decades.
The news of Sebastian Vettel leaving the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team this season, whatever is left of it, had me thinking about what Ferrari means to F1. The team from Maranello is the most successful in terms of driver’s and constructor’s championships. But they transcend any other team when it comes to prestige. F1 without Ferrari is not F1 to me.
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Classic racing chronographsThe Formula One YouTube channel has been replaying classic races from previous seasons the past few months. The 2003 British Grand Prix was a particularly exciting race to re-watch. Rubens Barrichello was at one with his ..

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Pre-Owned Picks — 4 “Affordable” Tourbillons

HomePreowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — 4 “Affordable” Tourbillons Preowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — 4 “Affordable” Tourbillons Tourbillons between €13,000 and €24,000 for Week 20 by Robert-Jan Broer May 15, 2020 MIN READPre-Owned Picks — 4 “Affordable” TourbillonsSay “tourbillon” and I will reply with “Breguet”. But the truth is, that there are many other brands out there that mastered the tourbillon complication. This week, I have four pre-owned tourbillons for you, from known and lesser-known brands. What they have all in common, is that they are far below the price of a Breguet tourbillon.
The selection I have for you this week is a bit more expensive than our normal fare. But for a tourbillon, everything below €25,000 is almost for free. The cheapest pre-owned tourbillon in our list is the TAG Heuer Carrera 02-T and the most expensive one is from Ulysse Nardin.
All watches are pre-owned and picked from Chrono24. Every week we pick a few pre-owned watches from Chrono24, the largest marke..

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Pre-Owned Picks — 3 Nautical Watches

HomePreowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — 3 Nautical Watches Preowned PicksRolexPre-Owned Picks — 3 Nautical Watches Three nautically-inspired picks for week 19 by Ben Hodges May 08, 2020 MIN READPre-Owned Picks — 3 Nautical WatchesYachting enthusiasts enjoy the kinetic momentum of a boundless fuel. Wind never depletes or pollutes and only the waves crashing against the hull act as the background noise. Mechanical watches have the same ideology.
For this week’s Pre-Owned Picks, I have selected three watches for life on the waves.
All watches are pre-owned and picked from Chrono24. Every week we pick a few pre-owned watches from Chrono24, the largest market place for wristwatches in the world — watches that we love ourselves, or think they will be interesting to you. So to be clear, we picked the watches, Chrono24 only send us the images without their watermark and in a proper resolution.

Tissot Sailing T-TouchThe T-Touch range by Tissot used to sell like hotcakes. The touch-screen quartz pi..

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Pre-Owned Picks — 5 References Of The IWC Aquatimer

HomePreowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — 5 References Of The IWC Aquatimer Preowned PicksIWCPre-Owned Picks — 5 References Of The IWC Aquatimer Five picks in the history of the IWC Aquatimer for week 18 by Ben Hodges May 01, 2020 MIN READPre-Owned Picks — 5 References Of The IWC AquatimerThis week I am highlighting five of my picks of the IWS Aquatimer, ranging from 1968 to the present day.
The concept of a bespoke, wrist-worn timing device for deep ocean diving began earlier than most people appreciate. Omega and Hamilton had novel ideas to retain waterproofness in the 1930s. Most famously, Panerai provided a luminescent and over-sized wrist-watch, with a case made by Rolex, for the Marina Militare. Not often were these watches commercially available outside of naval use.

Turning the tidesBut there was a seismic shift by the middle of the 20th Century with the introduction of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms in 1953. Soon after came the Rolex Submariner. At the time, these watches were a neces..

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Pre-Owned Picks — 5 Gold Watches Under €5,000

HomePreowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — 5 Gold Watches Under €5,000 Preowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — 5 Gold Watches Under €5,000 Week 16: Always believe in your soul by Robert-Jan Broer April 17, 2020 MIN READPre-Owned Picks — 5 Gold Watches Under €5,000I don’t know about you, but I am getting pretty fed up with working from home, not going outside and not able to meet with people.
That’s why I thought it would be nice to bring some gold to the table. A little shine in this darkness. A gold watch does not have to be crazily expensive, of course, but the fact is that this precious metal does have its price. Especially in times like this, the prices on precious metals skyrocket. Anyway, buying a gold watch should be done for different reasons than the average gold price per gram, of course. I love the tone of gold, the weight and it just wears very differently from a steel watch.
My first gold watch was one I purchased back in 2003, a 34mm dress watch in 14K gold on a leather strap. Unfortuna..

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Pre-Owned Picks — Survival Watches From Breitling

HomePreowned PicksPre-Owned Picks — Survival Watches From Breitling Preowned PicksBreitlingPre-Owned Picks — Survival Watches From Breitling Three picks from two generations of Professional Breitlings for week 14 by Ben Hodges April 03, 2020 MIN READPre-Owned Picks — Survival Watches From BreitlingWe tend to tell romanticized stories of brave men and women in survival situations. As watch-lovers, we find ourselves drawn to the wrists of these heroes and heroines. A watch worn during an adventure can take on a character of its own. And for those of us that can’t get enough of these little tickers, they can make or break the story of survival itself.
How many of you have pointed at your Omega Speedmaster, explaining to the non-watch aficionado that it went to the Moon? Or how the Speedy helped bring the Apollo 13 astronauts back to Earth? Maybe you drone on about the Rolex DEEP-SEA Sea-Dweller diving the depths of the Mariana Trench? Perhaps you prefer to talk about the Smith’s Explorer ..