Omega Launches Latest In-House Movement

January 31, 2007 . by John Biggs

Omega has traditionally used standard ETA or Valjoux movements in almost all of their pieces. The movements are considerably improved over the regular models, but they still come from the same pot. Now, however, they’re making their own COSC-certified movement with 202 components. It’s called the 8500/8501 and will wind up in their higher-end pieces…



How Smooth is An Automatic Watch?

January 31, 2007 . by John Biggs

Forums are a goldmine today. A lot of people assume that automatics move as smoothly as butter. This is not the case. Sweep second hands “tick” but they tick up to 8 times per second, making them look like they are moving without stopping. Remember – these are still gears and gears have teeth. Even…



Which Sub-$500 Chrono?

January 31, 2007 . by John Biggs

Great thread over at WuS about sub-$500 chronos. I second the notion that the Swiss Army chronos are killer and very inexpensive. Hamilton should be down in the $500 range as well. There are some Swiss Army 9G 600 Chronograph going on ebay now for $450, they have the valjoux 7750 movement. You don’t often…



John Mayer, Just Blaze Likes Them Some Big Watches

January 31, 2007 . by John Biggs

Very interesting video featuring enough blinged out watches to choke a horse. Watches, to me, aren’t jewelry. I consider them to be as indispensable as a cellphone. But if the love of pave diamonds brings back the mechanical watch industry, I’m all for it.



Bell & Ross Type Aéronavale Limited Edition

January 29, 2007 . by John Biggs

Any watch description that begins with “At the request of the French Naval Air Force…” has to be some sort of hoax. But no, Bell & Ross made 150 of the Bell & Ross Type Aéronavale for real fliers. Damn nice of them. Bell & Ross Type Aéronavale Limited Edition [PROFESSIONAL WATCHES]



Charging a Kinetic With a Sonicare Toothbrush Charger

January 29, 2007 . by John Biggs

Umm? Amazing? True? Dangerous? Last night, when I was brushing my teeth with my sonicare tootbrush, I thought of using the charger to charge my watch. I said, what the heck, my watch is 7 years old anyway and I put the watch on top of the toothbrush charger. I left it overnight and lo…



New Glycine Combat Line

January 29, 2007 . by John Biggs

Looks like Glycine is updating their Combat line with new movements and looks. I like the Combat line – Glycine knows how to make neon faces and they look incredible. The Airman is their most popular watch so these are considerably less expensive and tres cool. The COMBAT 07 Automatic looks every inch a classic…