Archive | March, 2006

BaselWorld 2006 – Watch Round-up

Posted on 31 March 2006 by John Biggs

Great roundup by CNET of some Basel flava.

Photos: Wristwatch windup | CNET

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R.W. Smith Hotness

Posted on 31 March 2006 by John Biggs

movement-mss.jpgThe Purist Ninjas rock out with some R.W. Smith hotness. Look at the work on that baby.

Having taken several forms since its creation, Roger decided to use the co-axial’s original form and adapt it to suit the Series 2′s concept. This version uses two escape wheels fixed to an arbor (co-axial), with a standard pinion, as opposed to the later “extra flat” version that is found in later Daniels watches and as adopted by Omega. This “extra flat” version uses an extra wheel in the going train that engages a multi-purpose pinion/impulse wheel which sits co-axially on an arbor with the other escape wheel. The proportions of the original co-axial form have been modified by Smith to suit his requirements and the movement tailored as such. That coupled with its lower oscillating frequency (2.5 Hz) should produce a very stable rate.

R.W. Smith Series 2

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BaselWorld 2006 – Tag Heuer Monaco Calibre 360 LS

Posted on 31 March 2006 by John Biggs

01cbe44c66960ab7df1a5f54bd5fc0c7.jpgLike the Formula 1 cars Volvo regularly races, this watch has very little to do with the entire Tag Heuer line. However, it is very cool. It has 1/10, 1/100, and 1/1000 of a second registers and is completely mechanicl. Power reserve and an unmentional price tag round out the impressive package.

Tag Heuer Monaco Calibre 360 LS Concept Watch at BaselWorld 2006

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The Laco 42mm Diver

Posted on 29 March 2006 by John Biggs

Laco02.jpg found a very cool Laco 46mm Diver with an ETA movement. The crown is at 12 o’clock for comfort.

Laco Navy watches [FratelloWatches]

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The Truth Behind the eBay Aeromatic

Posted on 29 March 2006 by John Biggs

I’m going to be posting a review of the Tauchmeister, which is in the same vein, but here is more info on the Aeromatic, a notorious eBay brand. Also, check out our review here.

Aeromatic1912 and Tauchmeister1937 do obviously have the same source.

It´s not a German watch in terms of german knowledge, german watchmaking tradition, skills and chraftsmanship.
Most (if not all) of these watches are of chinese origin. They pretend to be luxury watches or “fine watches” and “exclusive watches” but they are not. But to admit that – they are affordable.

They maybe are assembled in Germany and therefore (due to a lack of a legal term) “Made in Germany”.

The consensus here in Germany/ on german watch fora (like is that Tauchmeister/Aeromatic is an “Ebay brand” made for online selling. So somebody out of the Frankfurt/Main – area came up with an idea, a name, a “history” and a homepage.

I wouldn’t buy them because I dislike that they “make” themselves a very famous exclusive German brand, which is a fairy tale. Imho a mechanical Seiko would be the better choice.

Aeromatic 1912 anyone know about this watch? [WatchUSeek]
Watch Page [Werners]

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Review – D.Freemont Sapphire Power Reserve Diver

Posted on 28 March 2006 by John Biggs


It is rare to find a U.S. watchmaker who cares as much about his products as David McReady of D.Freemont watches. In a market full of cheap quartz and high profits, McCready is what is known in the business as a “nice guy” and a “shrewd businessman.”

The latest piece in his collection, the D.Freemont Sapphire Power Reserve Diver, caught my eye immediately. Strangely enough, it’s not a beefy diver nor does it look like it belongs on the dashboard of a semi. Instead, it is a staid, clever piece using a high-quality 2892 ETA movement and two excellent complications rouded out by a strong aesthetic that harkens from another, simpler era.

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An Interview with David McCready

Posted on 28 March 2006 by John Biggs

images.jpegDavid McCready got into the watch business by accident. His father, a renowned engineer who built some of the first microwave systems, was an inveterate collector of arcane electronics. One day, when McCready was a boy, the son of a jeweler accidentally rang the wrong doorbell. McCready answered and the man peeked in and was amazed at the equipment that filled the McCready’s house. The jeweler’s son followed in McCready’s father’s footsteps and became and expert in electronics. McCready followed in the jeweler’s footsteps — at the age of 13 McCready took up the loupe and watch knife. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Patek Philippe Spiromax – Silicon Hotness

Posted on 27 March 2006 by John Biggs


Something old, something new. Something borrowed, something made of high tech materials. Patek is currently using some amazing materials in their movements. Sure, it’s not “fancy” but it will definitely save on repairs down the line.

It was about one year ago that Patek Philippe introduced their new calibre with a high tech silicon escape wheel. The idea behind the new escape wheel was to eliminate the need for oiling the pallet stones, a long standing scourge of the lever escapement. This year Patek has attacked another area of the watch escapement with yet another development from their Advanced Research department. The hair-spring, or “spiral” in French, has presented its own set of challenges from the beginning.

Patek Philippe Spiromax [TimeZone]

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