October 2007


I have just posted a new video review of the Schaumburg Lindburgh & Benson Aquamatic COSC Certified watch. Really nice watch, with fantastic wrist presence.

The L&B Schaumburg Aquamatic watch really stands out from the wrist and has a neat military look to it. Goes super deep and has a helium valve like any good diver watch.

Check it out:

Got another vintage Breitling Identification question from a visitor… any help would be appreciated! The question goes like this:

“I recently purchased this ladies Breitling watch that I am trying to find information on. Here are the markings I can see on it: It has a very unique gold case 7/8″ square (art deco looking) marked PLAQUE G 20. The dial face is 1/2″ Dia and is marked with a stylized B BREITLING GENEVE SWISS it is black with gold markings and hands.

The back looks like steel and is marked with the stylized B BREITLING 5519 on the outside and FOND ACIER INOXYDABLE 742452 MOD DEPOSE F.F.M (and some other no’s scratched in probably by a repair man that are hard to see) on the inside. There is a metal cover over the movement, the movement is marked with a stylized B and BREITLING. It has been almost impossible to find any info, any information would be greatly appreciated.”

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Here are the photos, and some insight in addition to the video review that was posted earlier.

The Breitling for Bentley Motors is my favourite watch, and probably draws the most looks and remarks… some for its sheer size, and some for it’s beauty.

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With the distinctive Knurled Bezel that is a Bentley trademark, the watch does not go unnoticed, and the wide, shallow dial gives extremely easy reading with a bold statement in style. Applied stainless steel indexes and a gloss white dial, guilloche subdials all add to the elegance of the watch.

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The beautiful large applied wings logo looks fantastic in the 12 o’clock position, and inside beats a 30 second chronograph which is more accurate than your standard chronos. Subseconds are located at 3 o’clock. Slide rule bezel with inner gear system that allows the watch to be more water resistant white still using the inner bezel and without the inconvenience of using a crown to turn the inner bezel like the IWC Aquatimer and Sinn 903.

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The back of the watch is simple, with the model and some text engraved. Serial number and model numbers as well. The Breitling Bentley 6.75 has a much nicer caseback, and I wish this one did too.. but oh well!

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But as you can see from the shot above, its all about wrist presence and class… and the Breitling for Bentley Motors has them both! This watch looks incredible on the wrist with it’s enourmous size yet maintains a level of class rarely associated with wrist clocks of this size such as the Breitling Super Avenger which tends to be less class, more bling/sporty.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and short review of the Breitling Bentley Motors watch!

Hey all.

Here’s another Welder I picked up a few weeks back. This one is a stealthy looking black number from U-Boat designer Italo Fontano.

It came in a neat little Water tight case with a 3D rubber Welder Logo on the top. Cool! This case is truly cool and useful. It sure did it’s job of protecting the watch when the FedEx guy dropped my package onto the tiled floor of my office, right in front of me! He got all red in the face from embarrassment. I shrugged it off.

Inside the case was, of course the watch, an info sheet for setting the watch and a coupon for a rubber watch band available in October.
First Impression of the watch? Gee, it sorta reminds me of a U-Boat, eh! So, instead of $5000 dollars I paid about $500 for a watch from the same designer. Sure, minus a Swiss movement and about 18K of gold it’s look similar, yea? Style wise you can see the similarities.

Second Impression. IT’S A HONKIN’ BIG WATCH!!
It’s spec’ed at 48mm. That’s just the Bezel. Add the Crown bar and Chrono buttons and your up for 60mm of watch. That’s about the biggest watch I’ve worn ever. Niiiiiiiiiiice…

The finish is excellent from what I can see. The IPB treated case is a matte black. The K24 I ordered is a black faced, white number Chrono with IPB treated case and black leather Band. Stealthy. The leather band also carries the U-Boat signature metal Lug Tab displaying the Welder logo.

Pulling this Bad Boy out of the case it appears to be a heavy contender. Literally 120 gr. heavy. Since I’m use to heavy, hunky chunky watches we immediately felt a connection to each other. Gotta whip this one on NOW!

As I usually wear watches with Metal Bracelets I struggled a bit to put on the leather strap. A bit stiff as with any new leather watch band.

After a few moments I had the watch on nice and……awwww crap! The crown is on the left side, making this watch a righty. I knew that when I bought it figuring it will be cool to have a righty. So after a few more moments I got the watch off the left and put her on the right.

A bit of waving and flopping around the watch settled on my wrist. Then I conducted the flex test, bending the wrist up and down. The crown touches but it didn’t feel intrusive against my up-bent wrist. For sure it would be fine on my left wrist. BUT would ya wear a righty on your lefty? Hmmmmmm….

On the back of the case there is some info etched on regarding movement, material, Diving depth and weight. Also the serial number.

Next I played with the functions. Nothing special. It worked like any Quartz Chrono. Setting the watch was nothing special.

The Date window is situated at the 9 position. Clear and easy to read.

The Face is matte black with white numbers and index. Luminous hands and the number 2, 4, 8 and 10. The chrono minute dial is also luminous as is the Chrono Second hand. How luminous? Meh, it’s ok, not overly bright but ok. In comparison to my Seiko diver SKX-007 it’s dim.

So what’s the verdict? It’s a cool watch, great for the hunky chunky crowd. Love U-Boat but can’t afford it like me? Here ya go. Great styling, excellent finish and guaranteed to make you look a bit thinner (remember 60mm?) this would do you just fine.

Thanks for reading my review!
Norman

Have you ever wondered what exactly the COSC Certification for mechanical watches entails? I have – So I looked it up.

There are three labs all located in Switzerland that do the COSC certification: One in Geneve, one in Le Locle, and one in Biel/Bienne. The entire testing process takes 15 days, and the watches are tested in five positions. The watches are tested as movement only, and do not come with hands or anything. Automatic movements have the rotors detached during testing and three temperatures are tested as well. 23 Degrees Celcius is the main temperature tested.

NOTE: I have received conflicting information as to whether the second hand attachement and rotor removal is done by the COSC or by the company sending the movements in. Initially I had read that it was done by the company sending it in and not the COSC, but have not been able to find reference to that anymore. Any information would be great!

15 Days for Mechanical watches

Day 1 : 23 Degrees Celcius – Vertical – 6 o’clock up
Day 2 : 23 Degrees Celcius – Vertical – 6 o’clock up

Day 3 : 23 Degrees Celcius – Vertical – 3 o’clock up
Day 4 : 23 Degrees Celcius – Vertical – 3 o’clock up

Day 5 : 23 Degrees Celcius – Vertical – 9 o’clock up
Day 6 : 23 Degrees Celcius – Vertical – 9 o’clock up

Day 7 : 23 Degrees Celcius – Horizontal – Dial Down
Day 8 : 23 Degrees Celcius – Horizontal – Dial Down

Day 9 : 23 Degrees Celcius – Horizontal – Dial Up
Day 10 : 23 Degrees Celcius – Horizontal – Dial Up

Day 11 : 8 Degrees Celcius – Horizontal – Dial Up
Day 12 : 23 Degrees Celcius – Horizontal – Dial Up
Day 13 : 38 Degrees Celcius – Horizontal – Dial Up

Day 14 : 23 Degrees Celcius – Vertical – 6 o’clock up
Day 15 : 23 Degrees Celcius – Vertical – 6 o’clock up

Seven things tested for Mechanical watches

  1. Over the first 10 Days the average daily rate must be within -4/+6 seconds
  2. Mean variation in rate cannot be higher than 2 seconds in any single position
  3. Greatest variation in rate between any 2 days cannot be more than 5 seconds in any single position
  4. The difference of the rates in the vertical and horizontal positions cannot be more than -6/+8 seconds
  5. The difference between the main daily rate and any individual rate cannot be more than 10 seconds
  6. Variation in temperature cannot be more than 0.6seconds per degree
  7. Difference between the mean daily rate of the first two dates compared with the the last two dates cannot be more than 5 seconds.

Many brands do not submit to COSC, and feel that their watches are good enough on their own merit. This may be true, but COSC does have its place, and at least in my opinion, it is not a gimmick. It provides the end-user with a third-party certification that their watch is accurate. That is nice to have, though, not necessary in most cases.

Quartz watches have a different set of parameters that must be met.. perhaps we’ll discuss those in a different post 🙂

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