I recently became aware of the Vintage VDB company, and was immediately intrigued. They started out by repurposing vintage movements into new watches, and have branched out into creating their own pieces as well. They’ve got some very interesting pieces; for methe most intriguing is their Combo SE.
This watch has a lot of elements going for it that just resonate with me – a bronze case (still have to add one to the collection some day), plexiglass bezel (don’t see THAT every day, do you?) and an automatic movement that’s getting repurposed. In this case, it’s an Eterna-Matic (Kontiki) that’s doing the work.
Now, if this was a completely brand new watch (ie, designed from scratch with any new movement), this watch wouldn’t hold near as much interest for me. However, given why this watch exists (that movement needed to go in something, didn’t it?), it appeals to me.
In keeping with the vintage feel, this watch is a smaller one. While I don’t have an actual measurement on the diameter, you can look at the strap (which is a crazy wide 28mm) compare the case size, and tell that this is probably no more than 40mm (excluding the crown).
As far as the color scheme, the faded Alligator strap, mute green dial, and clear plexi work to create a very soft look to the piece. What will be interesting is to see how those play out as the patina on the case develops. If you want to see that for yourself, be prepared for disappointment. There’s only five of these in existence – and they come in at just over $4,200 at current exchange rates.
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