August 2012

Graham released a new Chronofighter GMT Steel style, this one with a Pepsi style bezel a la Rolex GMT of the 90’s. I do like the somewhat more subtle sensibilities of this new Chronofighter and the oeverall direction the company has taken with its design.

Functions: Chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes counter). GMT / second time zone. Big date with double discs at 12 o’clock Hours, minutes, seconds
Calibre: Calibre G1733, automatic bi-compax chronograph, 28’800 A/h (4 Hz), Incabloc shock absorber, 28 jewels
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case: 47 mm steel case with fine-brushed horns Steel with black PVD left hand fast-action start/stop trigger and reset pusher Aluminium bezel – Blue and red with GMT scale. Domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces. Smoked sapphire case back
Water resistance: 330 feet / 100 m
Dial: Black dial with silver counters. White Super-LumiNova central, seconds counter hands and numerals, white skeleton GMT hand with white Super-LumiNova head and red contour, red chrono and minutes counter hands
Strap: Integrated black croco
Price: 10,400 CHF

What is your favourite Breitling of all time? We have selected 64 candidates, and now there is a battle down to the bitter end. See this post for more details and to vote on forums. You will need join the forum account to vote if you aren’t already registered. Its free!

Here is a list of the match-ups for the first round:

Top Time 2002 vs. SuperOcean Heritage Chronograph
Chrono Avenger M1 vs. Skyracer
Colt Automatic 17380 vs. Top Time 810
Avenger Seawolf Ti vs. Avenger Code Yellow LE
Chronospace 56012 vs. SuperOcean Steelfish X-Large / SuperOcean Steelfish (all 44mm versions)
Premier vs. Emergency SuperQuartz
Bentley Le Mans vs. Twin Sixty
Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon vs. Chrono SuperOcean 13340
Blackbird Blacksteel vs. Navitimer Fighters
Crosswind Special LE vs. Bentley GT Ice
Chronomat 769 vs. Datora 784 / 785
Hercules vs. SuperOcean 2105
Chronomat Evolution vs. Chronomat Calibre 13
Crosswind vs. Blackbird 13050 / 13050.1
Spatiographe vs. Long Playing 7104
Montbrillant Olympus vs. TransOcean Chronograph b0152
B-1 SuperQuartz vs. Chrono Avenger
Emergency Mission vs. Blackbird 13353
Old Navitimer Mecanique vs. Navitimer 1461 LE (2011) 19370
Pluton 57038 vs. Navitimer Olympus
Chrono-matic 2114 vs. SuperOcean Heritage 46
Old Navitimer II vs. Aerospace 80360 (Navitimer)
TransOcean Chronograph Unitime vs. 765CP (Co-Pilot)
Navitimer 806 vs. Chronomat B01
Blackbird 44359 vs. Mark VI Complications 19
Chronomat 13352 vs. Crosswind Racing
Chrono Avenger Rattrapante LE vs. Chrono-matic 24
Serie Speciale Lemania Cosmonaute DB vs. SuperOcean 17360
Headwind vs. Navitimer World
Cockpit vs. SuperOcean Heritage Chronograph 125th Anniversary
Montbrillant 1461 Jours vs. Montbrillant Datora
Unitime 260 vs. Navitimer 01

Associated with Breitling for the eighth consecutive year, the “star pilot” appears in a new advertising campaign in the company of the famous Navitimer.

From his earliest childhood, John Travolta has always had two dreams: to fly every day and to wear a Navitimer – the cult model among aviation enthusiasts and professionals. An experienced pilot with over 6,000 flight hours to his credit and certified on eight types of aircraft, he remains more loyal than ever to the “official supplier to world aviation”, with which he shares the same spirit and the same constant quest for performance. In 2012, he stars in the brand-new advert dedicated to the brand with the winged B. The extremely evocative visual shows Travolta standing next to a Mustang P-51; a shot taken by French photographer Frédéric Imbert, on the runway of the Air & Space Port in Mojave, California. The pilot appears wearing the Navitimer with its famous aviation slide rule and its Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01, the world’s best selfwinding chronograph movement. For John Travolta, it is quite simply the most legendary chronograph of them all.

I must have owned over a dozen Pilot watches over the years, but this Glycine KMU 48 is only the second PVD pilot I’ve had. The first was a affordable Ticino Pilot watch which ultimately did not fit the bill for me. This Glycine comes closer, but in the end, I just don’t wear my pilot watches as much as I like to buy them.

The Glycine KMU 48 is a LARGE imposing, saucer-on-the-wrist kind of watch. The 48mm diameter and healthy lugs made it simply too big for my wrist, which is the real reason that I never really ended up wearing this watch. I picked it up in a multi-watch trade because it looked interesting to me, but ended up having to sell it. I think it would be better on a 7.5″+ wrist, and I generally wear large watches very comfortable like the Breitling for Bentley Motors watches.

The watch has a simplistic appeal to it, like many Glycines do. It is also one of those little know, but well know enough brands that many who do not like mainstream brands often gravitate to. And for those reasons, Glycine has become a popular cult brand for Swiss Watch afficionados. The watch wears quite thin, especially for its radial diameter, and features 24mm lugs, which allows it to wear Panerai straps of which I have many.

The lume is limited and is only present on the little dots around the dial and on the hands. The PVD coating is done pretty well, and the lugs have holes drilled on the outside.

The movement featured in this watch is the ETA Unitas 6497. It only has one decoration, which is a laser etched “GLYCINE” on the bridge, it is so light its hard to see it in the photograph, but appears on the bridge that has the 3 visible jewels. The finish is pretty much basic raw “hammer-peened” bridges. For the price I paid for it, its a pretty cool piece, but I recently let it go to a fellow who appreciated it more than me. Hope you guys enjoyed the write up!

Germany Watch company H2O has press released their H2O Orca watch, and there are quite a few neat features. There are five different styles available, the Dive, Classic, Dress, Vintage and Mono. All share the same diameter and similar features, which is interesting since it essentially 5 different watches available here.

CASE MATERIAL: 316L surgical Stainless Steel / optional 7CARBON© hardened to 1500 Vickers
CASE BACK: Sapphire Display Case Back standard
CASE HEIGHT: 13.50mm flat sapphire front glass and 5.50mm double domed sapphire front glass
CASE LENGTH: 54.00mm
WR: 2000M / officially certified by German test laboratory
CROWN: 8mm screw down type
DIAL: 4 different dials
HANDS: 3 different handsets
MOVEMENT: SWISS ETA 2824-2, Automatic, 28.800 bph, Power Reserve 42h, Hacking Second

Read more about the H2O Orca Here.

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