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Citizen Plans Future With More Mechanical Watches Like The Calibre 0200

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.
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Longines Announces New Legend Diver Watches In Blue And Brown

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..

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eBay Spring Sale Offers 10% Off Luxury Watches $2,000 Or More Through March 14th

Sponsored post presented on aBlogtoWatch by advertiser Starting March 11th at 9am PST, and ending March 14th, eBay is offering a discount on watches from some of our favorite brands. Use the code PUSHFORWARD10, and you’ll receive a one-time 10% discount on watches from Rolex, Breitling, Omega, and more that are priced $2,000 or higher (max discount of $1,000).
To help readers make use of the coupon, here are some of our favorite watches from eBay that are eligible for the discount. Not only will you be getting a great price, but watches are also protected by eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee.
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Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited-Edition “Rainbow” If the vintage skin diver look of the Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 “Capsule Collection” wasn’t already cool enough, this limited edition known as the “Rainbow” adds another layer of fun with its multi-colored indices. Normally available only at Breitling Boutiques, eBay offers a chance to get one of 250 watches mad..

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Undone Unveils Limited-Edition Popeye & Friends Watches Boxset With Five Exclusive Slots For ABTW Readers

Amid the meticulous and occasionally high-strung world of watch enthusiasm, the long-standing tradition of character watches is an important reminder that horology can be light and playful as well. Hong Kong-based Undone has based much of its catalog around this idea, creating unique character-inspired designs around everything from the Monopoly mascot to Batman. One of its greatest successes in this space to date is Undone’s El Capitan, combining elements of the classic Tudor Submariner “Snowflake” together with classic cartoon character Popeye the Sailor. For 2021, Undone is expanding on its Popeye partnership, creating an exclusive limited edition boxset collection with a newly reworked Popeye design as well as two new watches dedicated to Popeye’s longtime love interest Olive Oyl and his burly nemesis Brutus (or Bluto, depending on who you ask). This new Undone x Popeye & Friends Boxset brings together three unique and charming designs for only 50 sets, with five of those sets avai..

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Laco Debuts Limited-Edition Augsburg Oliv 42 And Aachen Oliv 42 Watches

Over 80 years after their introduction, the flieger design standards set down by the German Luftwaffe in the early days of World War II remain the backbone of most modern pilot watch design. German tool watch specialist Laco has one of the closest ties to this design lineage of any brand, as one of the five companies contracted by the German government to make the original flieger watches, and the brand has continued to evolve the clean and utilitarian style ever since. Laco’s first major releases of 2021 continue this tradition, reimagining two of its core pilot styles with a patinated military look. The new limited-edition Laco Augsburg Oliv 42 and Laco Aachen Oliv 42 help to prove the longevity and versatility of the core flieger design, giving the utilitarian concept a rugged new sense of worn personality.
Both the Laco Augsburg Oliv 42 and the Laco Aachen Oliv 42 begin with Laco’s elemental 42mm flieger watch case in stainless steel. The form of this case should be familiar to an..

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Journey To See The Seiko Prospex Ice Diver Watches In Action

“Bring your warmest clothing,” the message stipulated. Nearly one year into the global pandemic and my first opportunity to get out of Los Angeles is to the frozen north where Seiko’s U.S. team is testing out the Prospex Ice Diver watches (debuted on aBlogtoWatch here). Weighing the pros and cons of travel, my hunger for adventure dominates and I succumb to Seiko’s siren song and dust off my suitcases. From traveling monthly to stationary living in California, I worry that my airport navigation skills are rusty.
Strapping on a sports watch, I arrive at LAX during pre-dawn hours and find myself elated to once again hear mid-1990s pop music emanating from no particular place in the airport terminal. “This was a good idea,” I tell myself optimistically as I ponder the question of why I am so happy to visit a semi-frozen lake in Michigan to see diver’s watches… doing their thing. The plan is that of Seiko’s Eric Hofmann, who (together with fellow watch industry veteran Bob Brennan) overse..

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Tissot Heritage Memphis Limited Edition Watches

For 2021, Swiss Tissot is re-releasing an interesting neo-Bauhaus watch it originally debuted in the late 1980s as conceived by the creator of one of the most interesting design schools of modern times: Ettore Sottsass. Today’s Tissot Heritage Memphis watches will be produced as limited edition models for both men (41mm-wide case) and women (34mm-wide case), faithfully recreating a still very interesting design while also smartly positioning the product at an affordable price point, making it appealing to a larger spectrum of collectors.
The Tissot Memphis collection was designed for Tissot by Milan-based design collective known as the Memphis Group. This was a group of industrial and artistic designs assembled and led by the Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, and it lasted from 1980-1987. The Tissot Memphis was personally designed by Ettore Sottsass himself and came out in 1988. More on the Memphis Group below — but first the watch.
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Six Timeless Luxury Watches For Women

Sponsored post presented on aBlogtoWatch by advertiser The world’s very first wristwatches were for women, and now, 200 years later, the timepiece industry has a number of classic designs in the women’s segment as a result of such a legacy. Timepiece wearers love classic designs because their relevance seems to eschew trends and merely temporary tastes. Such items are watches that looked good yesterday, today, and will still look good tomorrow. Timeless watches for women (and men, for that matter) also have the benefit of versatility. These are watches that have the ability to complement a broad spectrum of body types, ages, tastes, and lifestyles.
Below, we will examine six women’s timepiece product families from popular brand names that are available in a number of forms today. Anyone seeking a luxury women’s watch with a timeless design should start with this list and begin to explore the various purchase options available. Even within the same product family, prices and availabili..

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Seiko Unveils Prospex SLA049 And SLA051 Dive Watches Commemorating Naomi Uemura

The 1970 Seiko 6105 is one of the most enduring and revered references in the brand’s long history. The wide, rounded cushion case and classic Seiko diver dial have become icons among enthusiasts, with Seiko releasing both faithful recreations and stylish modern reinterpretations in the past few years. As part of its 2021 novelties, Seiko aims to bridge the gap between these two approaches, bringing together the original proportions and design of the 1970 original with a dramatic new textured dial treatment and a thoroughly modern movement. While the 6105 line may be best remembered in the West on the wrist of Charlie Sheen’s Captain Willard in the seminal war film “Apocalypse Now,” Japanese enthusiasts associate the watch with famed Japanese adventurer Naomi Uemura, who used the 6105 on a solo dog sledding expedition from Greenland to Alaska between 1974 and 1976. Both the limited-edition Seiko Prospex SLA049 and Seiko Prospex SLA051 aim to commemorate the adventurer’s life on his 80t..

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Seiko Brings Back The Laurel With Four New Alpinist Watches

I’ll be honest. Given the importance of the original Seiko “Laurel” Alpinist from 1959 and its position as the brand’s first truly purpose-built sports watch (pre-dating even the Seiko’s now legendary collection of dive watches), you’d think that Seiko would have revisited it already. But aside from the long-running SARB017 Alpinist (which was more recently updated to the SPB121 with an upgraded movement and sapphire crystal) with its distinctive twin-crown design and inner rotating compass bezel, Seiko seemed content to rest on its *ahem* Laurels – that is until now. As the brand gets its 140th anniversary celebrations under way, 2021 is clearly shaping up to be quite an exciting year for Seiko fans – particularly with the announcement of the new Prospex Alpinist SJE085 limited edition – a faithful re-creation of Seiko’s very first sports watch, which is joined by a trio of Prospex-badged standard editions that expand the Alpinist collection accordingly.
Best known as “ref. 14041,” t..