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An oldie but goodie. The Oris TT1 series of watches are some of the best bang-for-buck Swiss Automatic Divers on the market – and yes, that includes all those boutique divers out there that everyone gets all giddy about too. Oris watches are bonafide, reliable and reputable Swiss Timepieces, and they’re much better made than brands like Hamilton.

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Got this great shot of the dial, which really does the watch justice. It captures all the detail and colors just right, except I left some fingerprints on the edge of the bezel between 10 and 11 o’clock. Great dual-crown look, with the offset small seconds at 10 o’clock and the actual crown at 4 o’clock with the manually operated helium escape valve at 2 o’clock. The dial is a beautiful slate blue, with waves on it as you can see, with the date located at 6 o’clock.

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An angle shot, so you can appreciate the shape of the stainless steel case, and see the signed crown and blue dot on the helium escape valve. The case has the familiar Oris ProDiver “bubble” shape, which makes the 47mm case wear more like 44mm. It is nice and thick, however, and feels substantial on the wrist.

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A nice close-up of the dial, showing off the fine-printing and gel-applied waves of the dial in detail. The crystal is double-AR coated, and gives off a blue tinge. Lume is excellent, and works well when charged, though the luminous markers are not especially big.

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Another better shot showing the “bubble” cushion shape of the case, with the screwed-in end links that hold the stainless steel bracelet on. Those screws can be hard to remove and require two screwdrivers and a vise to remove! I prefer this stainless version of the Oris TT1 ProDiver over the Titanium one that I had owned before, because I found that the finish looks nicer and its a better weight.

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The nice, substantial button-lock deployant clasp is shown above, and its pretty darn good looking for a watch in this price range. They’re almost as nice as the Omega Seamaster buckles – almost. I can’t tell for sure if they are thick stamped buckles or machined, but my guess would be stamped.

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The caseback is a solid stainless steel affair, with the general watch features on it such as the 1000m water resistance, stainless steel case, sapphire crystal and Swiss Made designation. It also has the model and serial number on it.

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As you can see, the 47mm diameter doesn’t look imposing at all on my 6.75″ wrist. In fact, its no bigger looking that my Chronomat 44, though it is a bit thicker. I really like this watch, and for the amount you can snag these on the secondary market, they are a bargain. With the new Sapphire bezel Oris models now available, these can be picked up for a song. If they’re in your wheelhouse, I think they’re well worth considering.

Oris TT1 ProDiver 1000m Watch Specs:
-Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal
-1000 Meters / 3281 Feet Water Resistant
-47mm case diameter
-Stainless Bracelet with Deployment Buckle
-Luminescent Hands & Markers
-Screw Down Crown & Back Case
-Helium Escape Valve

Happy New Years everyone, its my first post after the holidays, and I hope everyone had a great holiday season. Now, down to IWC business.

Only a few years after the Aquatimer collection received a revamp, they are getting another facelift. This time, there are some serious upgrades to the system, not just a new sapphire crystal bezel and overall design changes. This one has some technological upgrades, the most obvious one is the IWC SafeDive system with the internal dive bezel that is operated by turning an outer bezel, similar to the Breitling B-1, though I believe the mechanism is different.

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IWC has six new models including, featuring some very cool features such as bronze cases, depth guages, perpetual calendars, and pellaton winding movements – all new to the Aquatimer line. IWC has only released photos of three of them. The six new models are:

Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month (Ref. IW379401)
IWC-manufactured 89801 calibre with perpetual calendar and large digital display for the date and month. Limited Edition of 50 Pieces, and features a gigantic 49mm Case.

Aquatimer Deep Three in titanium (Ref. IW355701)
Titanium Watch with a Mechanical Depth Guage

Aquatimer Automatic 2000 (Ref. IW358002)
Water Resistant to 2000m, and features the IWC-manufactured 80110 calibre with Pellaton winding system. Photo Below:
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Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “50 Years Science for Galapagos” (Ref. IW379504)
Limited Edition of 500 pieces, features IWC-manufactured 89365 calibre and are black rubber coated.

Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands” (Ref. IW379502)
Limited Edition of 500 pieces, features IWC-manufactured 89365 calibre and are black rubber coated. Photo Below:
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Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Expedition Charles Darwin” (Ref. IW379503)
Features IWC-manufactured 89365 calibre and for the first time for IWC, a Bronze Case. Photo Below:
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See the IWC site for the full story:
http://www.iwc.com/en/news/the-evolution-of-the-divers-watches-from-schaffhausen/

AEROSPACE EVO
A new look for pilots’ favorite instrument.

Breitling has redesigned its electronic multifunction Aerospace chronograph in a style that is even more powerful and dynamic, yet as technical as ever. A highly professional design combined with peerless functionality.

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First launched in 1985, the Aerospace has asserted itself as one of the stellar models in the Breitling Professional range. Equipped with a chronometer-certified SuperQuartz™ movement, ten times more accurate than standard quartz, it is distinguished by its particularly simple and logical control system. Simply rotating, pressing or pulling out the crown is enough to operate the entire set of functions that are all especially useful to aviators: 1/100th of a second chronograph, countdown timer, 2nd timezone, alarm, audible time signal (minute repeater) and calendar. The Aerospace also features an extremely effective and NVG-compatible display backlighting system.

Breitling now combines this peerless precision, readability and functionality with a new design clearly cut out for great accomplishments. Its distinctive features include a slightly larger diameter, an engraved bezel with integrated rider-tabs, redesigned hands and numerals, and a beveled glass. The light yet sturdy case in titanium – a favorite metal in the field of aeronautics – is entirely satin-brushed, while its back bears a conversion scales for Anglo-Saxon and metric measurements. The new Aerospace Evo is available with three dials – black, blue or grey – and comes fitted with a leather, crocodile leather or rubber strap or a titanium bracelet. It may also be equipped with an optional auxiliary Co-Pilot electronic module integrated into the metal bracelet.

Aerospace Evo: a new look for every mission.

Tutima launches a few new watches, of which there are some interesting peices. The Saxon is a bit odd looking, but the Grand Fliegers are great Tutima-style watches that really resonate with me. The M2 Pioneer is always pretty awesome, and the Patria is a fantastic Gent’s piece that features the delightful in-house Tutima Calibre 617. In addition to that, all the chronographs feature Tutima’s Caliber 321 movement, which has an in-house Tutima Chronograph module that appears to operate like the Lemania 5100 movement with the centrally mounted seconds and minutes totalizers for the Chronograph.

Tutima Grand Flieger Airport Automatic
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Case Diameter: 43mm
Case Thickness: 13mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Sapphire crystal
Sapphire display back
200m Water Resistance
Movement: Tutima Caliber 330

Tutima Grand Flieger Airport Chronograph
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Case Diameter: 43mm
Case Thickness: 16mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Sapphire crystal
Sapphire display back
200m Water Resistance
Movement: Tutima Caliber 321

Tutima Saxon One Automatic
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Case Diameter: 44mm
Case Thickness: 12.4mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Sapphire crystal
Sapphire display back
100m Water Resistance
Movement: Tutima Caliber 330

Tutima Saxon One Chronograph
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Case Diameter: 44mm
Case Thickness: 15.3mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Sapphire crystal
Sapphire display back
100m Water Resistance
Movement: Tutima Caliber 321

Tutima M2 Pioneer Chronograph
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Case Diameter: 46mm
Case Thickness: 15.8mm
Case Material: Titanium
Sapphire crystal
Sapphire display back
300m Water Resistance
Movement: Tutima Caliber 321

Tutima Patria
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Case Diameter: 43mm
Case Thickness: 9.7mm
Case Material: 18K Gold
Sapphire crystal
Sapphire display back
30m Water Resistance
Movement: Tutima In-House Caliber 617 with 20 jewels, 21,600 vph and a power reserve of 65 hours.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Vianney Halter’s New Deep Space Tourbillon is the most important watch of 2013. Priced at $170,000, this watch is one of the most amazing pieces of horological creativity that I have ever seen. Check out the WSJ’s video below on a bit of a background on Vianney Halter and how he came to become one of the most creative and well respected names in the Watch Industry today.

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The tourbillon mechanism rotates on 3 axis or dimensions, and also tells time which encompasses our real world concepts of 3 dimensions and the fourth dimension of time.

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General specs:
46mm Diameter
10mm Case Height, 20mm Including Domed Crystal
Case Material: Titanium

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Video Link: http://live.wsj.com/video/the-most-important-watch-of-2013/62A235B4-BF3A-4BA0-B500-21048E3B3C30.html#!62A235B4-BF3A-4BA0-B500-21048E3B3C30

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