Archive | February, 2006

Reviews: Omega DeVille Co-Axial GMT

Posted on 28 February 2006 by John Biggs


I love Omega, but, the DeVille line kind of confuses me. The design is kind of off and the skinny numerals have a certain tacked-on look that I just can’t stomach. However, this GMT gained 2 seconds in a month and is just about as high quality an Omega as possible.

As a watch enthusiast, I have a certain degree of obsessional neurosis and a compulsive preoccupation with some aspects of watch design. One aspect is legibility and I must confess that I am very pleased with the DeVille. The contrast between the white dial and the rose gold hands & markers is beautiful and makes this a very legible watch.

TimeZone: Watch Reviews: Omega DeVille Co-Axial GMT (revised) [TimeZone]

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Big Bang Ready for Its Close Up

Posted on 28 February 2006 by John Biggs


Nad takes some excellent photos of the Hublot Big Bang. So ugly! So expensive! So amazing!

Big Bang study in close up [BigWatchForum]

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Michelle Wie – New Omega Ambassador

Posted on 28 February 2006 by John Biggs


Swiss watchmaker OMEGA is pleased to announce that young golf superstar Michelle Wie has joined Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia in the luxury brand’s family of international golfing ambassadors. The Omega Golfing Family also includes Korean player KJ Choi and Danish lady golfer Iben Tinning. As a sport of character, golf is a perfect complement to a watch manufacturer like Omega. The prestige Swiss brand is one of the few watchmakers in the world to boast a history and tradition that can compete with that of the noble sport of golf.

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Radar Watch

Posted on 27 February 2006 by John Biggs

From – Any old watch can tell you what time it is in multiple time zones, but a real watch can help you track bogies in all directions. If you find yourself too close for missiles, switch to guns!

Rats, it’s not a real radar watch, just a simulated version, with a teeny plane that appears on the ‘screen’ every 60 seconds. Shame, a real one would be really rather cool, but this will just have to do while we’re waiting. Japanese quartz movement. $49.99.

The Radar Watch

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Review – Duboule 1620

Posted on 25 February 2006 by John Biggs

page0_blog_entry16_1.jpgGiven our penchant for EBay brands, here’s a nice review of a “$4,000″ fly-back date sold for… $76.

If you are skitish or offended by the crazy retail sales price, go get another watch. But if you can pick one up for less than $100 I think you may be surprised. I’m sure there are lemons, and there are plenty of horror stories, but hey, if you are buying a watch that purports to be of greater value than your paying you may want to think about why that’s possible. In Duboules case, they are Chinese made, imported and auction sold, and cheaper than many reportedly better made watches out there.

Duboule 1620 Broughshane automatic flyback date review [Mimezamac]

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WWR – We Buy EBay Brands So You Don’t Have To

Posted on 25 February 2006 by John Biggs


We got an email earlier this month about Tauchmeister Watches. I decided to do a little digging and found they’re essentially the same as Aeromatic, which we reviewed a while back. Anyway, I picked up the FLY-BACK GMT COMBAT-DIVER 1000m HELIUM-SAFE T76 (all caps, naturally), which has a Miyota CP01 movement with retrograde GMT hand. It looks like a beast and we’ll see what comes of it when it arrives next week.

I’m going to withhold judgement until it comes, so let’s see what we find out, shall we?

Product Page [Ebay]

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New D.Freemont Divers

Posted on 24 February 2006 by John Biggs


We love our D.Freemont and these new divers are no exception.

10 ATM, Sapphire crystal, 2892 ETA movement with adjustable secondary time zone, and a power reserve indicator…a great 40mm Diver with a pedigree. $750 post paid. Your choice with black water resistant strap, and black dial markers – or Cognac strap and dial with gold markers. Both have deployant buckles.

D.Freemont is very affordable and very attractive. He uses only timed Swiss movement. I encourage you to find a GMT diver in this range for the same price. Can’t be done. MMMMMM…

Product Page [D.Freemont]

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Buddy Holly’s Omega at Auction

Posted on 24 February 2006 by John Biggs

Buddy Holly’s Omega is up for sale in April and it’s a beaut.
The diamond and white gold Omega wristwatch is inscribed on the back, “Buddy Holly 12-1-58,” the date his bride of four months gave it to him as an early Christmas present. It was recovered at the site of the plane crash by investigators and later worn by Holly’s father in their hometown of Lubbock, Texas.

Buddy Holly’s Wristwatch, Early Recordings To Be Offered By His Widow In April Auction [HeritageAuctions via

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