I have twin ca. 1968 Breitling Chronomat 0818’s that are massive at 48mm and 14mm thick (weight unknown). These two are in extremely nice overall condition with the white dial version being NOS. This is a manual winding triple chronograph powered by a gorgeous Venus cal. 178 that keeps spot-on time.
Great theme this week and I think I may have a couple “winners” for consideration. First is the Bulova Accutron Astronaut () with the iconic 214 “tuning fork” battery operated movement. This 14k beauty with enhanced dial (applied markers) and “fork second hand” just huuums on your wrist and is a joy
The only “safe queen” I have ever owned. A one owner (my father) Rolex Submariner 6205 bought new in 1954 for less than $100. The current value coupled with the Radium Dial relegated it to a lonely life in my safe so I recently let it go to an avid collector. Gone but never forgotten. ￼
The Bulova “Astronaut” (and “Spaceview”) Watches with the historic cal. 214 electronic tuning fork movement is a classic that has a place in every watch collection AND in space as was the case during NASA’s heyday in the 60’s and early 70’s. This 14k one stands ready for launch...
If I had to choose one it would always be the steel bracelet for a dive watch (e.g. Submariner) vs. a leather strap. Nylon NATO is good for water sports but still lacks the “purity” of the Oyster Stainless Steel Bracelet. Many who have the older 9315 bracelets go for the heavier and safer 93150 to p
Bund Straps have an interesting history dating back to WW1 when the Germans issued them to aviators in order to help protect the wrist from extreme cold and / or heat on the wrist from a stainless steel watch case. They also found another benefit of the Bund pad acting as a wick to keep wrist moistu