Mar 21, 20182692 views

Coolest Releases from Basel so far....

Basel world kicked off today, and it is nice to see some of the lovely time pieces that are coming along. I'll Keep this opening short and sweet so we can look at some dandy's and let the thoughts and words fly.....
Cheers People,

New Tudor Black Bay GMT... What a good looking watch. Snowflake hands, in house movement, a kind of throw back aesthetic, and leather or canvas straps optional, Tudor just did a great job on this one.
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Tudor also popped this new 39MM Black Bay 58.... 39mm people! Watch companies are actually scaling back to more normal sizes....
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Omega's Seamaster 1948: Dauphine Hands, Center seconds sub dial, and 38mm, and a tip of the hat to the first Seamasters.... Well played Omega..... Well played
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Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 38.... Just a classic looking watch, and at 38mm, finally a more classic size
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Nomos Glashütte Autobahn: Great looking, very Nomos-y spin on a classic driving watch, plus it's not often they create a new from the ground up style, especially at 41mm.

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Worst kept secret going into Basel, the Rolex GMT II, Ceramic bezel, now available in stainless steel.
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If something is missing so far that I'm bummed by, it's that Seiko hasn't announced too much yet, but fingers are crossed.
Most of the brands released more watches than I can go over, but most of these here are really something that jumped out to me while going over threads today. Anybody see anything they liked?
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Hey, wanted to thank you for getting the conversation started about the most recent offerings at Basel World. Intriguing. Good to see Seiko coming out with more colorful dials in their Prospex range (leaving aside your comments about how crowded that range is today). Happy Friday. Cheers
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No you have it right, it’s still the Prospex line, Seiko is simply moving away from putting that name on the dials, and simply leaving the iconic dual layered X.
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StainlessOnly
Thanks for clarifying. Have a great weekend
The more I see photos of this, the more I sort of want this ridiculous all metal G Shock...
https://www.ablogtowatch.com/casio-g-shock-gmwb5000d1-full-metal/

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Is it the 80s/90s kid in me? It has to be.
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Vintage1982Benz
Finally, a homage to Audemars Piguet
Vintage1982Benz
I am getting this.
I like Omega a lot, so this comment is not intended to bash Omega. It just strikes me as odd (or maybe just "late to the game") that Omega is making a modern update to one of its old classics, when other (less prestigious) watch makers have produced any number of homages or modern variations on that model for the past 10-15 years. I suppose Omega has more right to create the modern interpretation than the others have, however.
Ooh the Seamaster and the Nomos are both my cup of tea. But I've blown through my watch budget for the year.
Zathraslives
The Seamaster is straight fire.
Nomos' Tangente date is amazing...
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tamasgaspar
Love that date display, it's interesting without being too in-your-face and it works well with Nomos' design DNA.
tamasgaspar
Sweet Jesus that is nice
surprised no one commented on Omega Seamaster diver with the beautiful wave dial. that's on my list
forsweld
I don’t think the Omega wasn’t noticed so much as just a dizzying array of very nice and realistic releases happened this year. Also, Omega had quite a task following up the Speedy Tuesday from last year really
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That Nomos is a miss. Missing from this list is the bronze Oris. My fave in my price range so far.
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36 all the way! Unusual size so much more lust worthy.
Bugxy
True! I do like the look of the date at 6, but I think I'd have the 36 too.
Adding this to the list... ;)
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I’ll ale a couple of pics at the local boutique next time I visit, they have a rainbow white gold GMT that’s just as stunning
john.yu
How can something so expensive look so cheap?
I'm really excited by the Longines heritage watch. Sure, it's got fauxtina, but it's just an excellent classic style I can't resist.
aleph_one
Amen to that statement! It is indeed a faux patina, but no two dials are alike, and it just looks really proper (thanks to Hodinkee for the nice pic)... (Bugs the crap out of me though when the manufacturer doesn't put up stock photos ANYWHERE!)
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StainlessOnly
Indeed! I'm willing to forgive the fauxtina for the uniqueness, and high quality. And pretty affordably priced, too (as far as watches go).
That Navitimer 3 Hander may be in my future with a great deal of luck... absolutely love it.
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DPend
Yes , I’m liking this one to . I’ll start saving now cuz just buying my Tag Carrara GMT set me back alittle. In due time, it’s my next high ender!!
A fun one from Bell & Ross.
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Sized right, and I like the pop of orange next to the date window that hearkens to an old school altimeter by showing a little more of the wheel.
https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/bell-ross-br-v1-92-racing-bird-introducing
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Blues and grays comprise 80% of what I wear so this would be an easy one to get right in to my monochromatic life, haha.
Vintage1982Benz
I'm an earthy tones man myself, but I dig it. The dark blue there is one of my favorite colors for sure, fashionably speaking.
^^melted when I saw the Seamaster, but I prefer the one without the subdial.
I like where Tudor is going!
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Right, that makes sense. It's a good day for (subjective) attainability in GMT world! What do you think about the stainless Rolex GMT-Master II? Longtime admirer of the GMT-Master past and present, I think a jubilee bracelet is a bold choice, even though some will argue it's out of place.
c0rnelius
As a GMT owner (16710), I have a very deep affinity for the line. I like the ceramic bezels, but I didn't fall in love with them right away. As for the Jubilee on a sport model (especially stainless), I think it's interesting. The 5mm extension is a nice touch on it, though I still kind of see the Jubilee as a dress option. Maybe I'll feel different when I get my paws on one next month.
The Grand Seiko blues
SBGH267 Caliber 9S 20th Anniversary steel model (one of a few)
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https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/grand-seiko-sbgh267-anniversary-introducing
SBGJ229 Ceramic Hi-Beat GMT Special
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https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/grand-seiko-blue-ceramic-hi-beat-gmt-special-limited-edition-introducing
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That is pretty compelling, hoping it helps differentiate new Presage watches from all of the older 6R15 / JDM models.
c0rnelius
I'm hoping this will fit it's way into a new Alpinist, that it wasn't the end of the line so much as a sabbatical.
A few from Seiko and Grand Seiko (photo credits: timeandtidewatches.com):
SBGR311
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SLA025 6159 Re-creation
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SBGH267
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SBGA375 Champagne Spring Drive
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And it looks like this is just the start...
The new Zenith Defy Classic is..... Classic. Some of the technological improvements in the Defy line cannot be denied, but this watch in particular, with the lovely sunburst blue dial (it also comes in a Skelton dial) is just really well sorted.
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StainlessOnly
Sorry he's not connecting (pardon the pun) with me. Not going near Tags or Hublots!
I really like the Tudor Black Bay 58, but I wish it were 40mm. It would be a better fit on my 8" wrist.
I also love Seamaster anniversary watches, but I prefer the one with the leaf hands and sub seconds rather than the Dauphine hands and the center seconds. It reminds me of my father-in-law's 1954 Omega watch (not a Seamaster) that we just had serviced at RGM. That one is 37mm (caliber 266, rather big for a dress watch in 1954) just under the anniversary's 38mm.
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PetrosD
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I love the older Omegas. I inherited this from my grandfather. It has the 561 movement that I had the factory rebuild 8 years ago. Keeps great time, is thin and light. Don't have to worry about trying to tuck it under my long sleeve shirts. It has the gold constellation button on the back.
On the waiting list for the new Pepsi, damn that's a gem!
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No not really. Why would they be tougher to get, it's not being discontinued. There would less demand for them cause of the new Pepsi, therefore price will decline in the secondary market. Rumour is that all existing models will eventually get an upgrade with the new movement.
What do you think of the WG Pepsi with the blue dial?
GES11T
I have it on a very trusted word (for me) that the 116710BLNR days are numbered brother. Even one of the more regarded watch websites alluded to such. I am still hoping to see a new Coke bezel soon, but I won't be betting my life on its appearance. I should be getting an opportunity next month with a new GMT Pepsi though, and I'll let you know how it goes dude.
The Blue dial Pepsi is beautiful (all the Rolex precious metal models are significant though) and is just stellar. The weight, the feel, the volume..... Dress or not, you could wear it ANYWHERE and it will be at home. I know certain decorum is expected to certain events, but a timepiece as such will not and cannot be denied..... period. You get one, show it off....PLEASE.
Cheers my friend
The more I see and read about the Tudor Black Bay '58 the more I am placing it on the long term list as a replacement for my gilt Seiko Turtle. Lighter and smaller on a quality bracelet...always a winning combo for me (to an extent).
The Navitimer I believe is marketed as a ladies' watch, somewhat strangely. I guess for the population at large anything sub 40 mm is not for men.
That Tudor Pepsi is awesome! Nice affordable alternative to the Rolex, and even better that it's made by the crown themselves.
The Breitling Navimeter sizing down was not something I expected. It makes me think about it in a different way, similar to the way I felt about Panerai before they announced their scaled down offerings at SIHH this year.
I had always appreciated (in particular with Breitling) the history of the brands, and the unique design elements each brings to the table...but now it is something that would even fit on my wrist! Makes it easier to include them in my day dreaming now.
*edit - I also LOVE that Seamaster. I would happily wear that daily. Tasteful retro watch. I like the way they have hearkened back to their long history with their vintage stuff and not tried to get to overly cute about it.
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