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Best of Week 13: Lange, Bvlgari, Rolex and more Rolex - 2019/03/30 by Dale Vito


Hi guys!

Welcome back to our weekly segment that highlights a couple of interesting additions to our ever-expanding database.

For the past week I’ve been out-of-office for a couple of days, while the others were mostly spent updating our Rolex section with new models and new configurations – which means tons of new Datejust and Day-Dates for example. Still, in this week’s list there are no less than TWO highlights that are not Rolex! Impressive, no?

A. Lange & Sohne Kleine Lange 1 25th Anniversary

Even though this is only the fourth of a total of twelve limited edition watches celebrating the 25th anniversary of the resurrection of the A. Lange & Söhne brand, the formula already feels familiar. A bit too perhaps? This notwithstanding this petit Lange 1 is a stunner. And limited to only 25 pieces! LINK!

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Ceramic

I think the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo is a smashing watch not matter the material in which it is executed. The latest is this black ceramic one and it seems that once again the Roman-based manufacturer has hit a home run. LINK!

Rolex Datejust 36

Ok, so here we go with the Rolex. The Datejust 36 in stainless steel (topped of by a white gold bezel should you wish) was one of the BaselWorld 2019 novelties and it already comes in a wild number of configurations. One of my favs is one of the simplest – this 126200-0003 with a domed bezel, black dial and Jubilee-style bracelet. LINK!

Rolex Day-Date 36

Feeling lucky today? Why not ditch the Datejust 36 in favor of something a bit more, well, everything: the Day-Date 36. One of my favorites is this white gold 128239-0023, which has a fluted bezel and a blue vignette dial (which the R calls Ombré) with diamond-set hour markers. LINK!

Rolex Daytona

Whilst browsing the Rolex website it occurred to me that a couple of Daytona’s had gotten new reference numbers. I’m not sure what separates this new 116518LN-0047 from the earlier 116518LN-0039, but it still looks stunning! LINK!


Best of Week 12: Breitling, Zenith, TUDOR, Rolex and NOMOS. - 2019/03/23 by Dale Vito


Hi guys!

It’s been a while – my bad! I’m going to try and bring some new life to our blog by doing a weekly segment that highlights a couple of watches that I’ve added to our database. Easy-peasy right? So without further ado, here’s my favorite watches of week 12 – the week of BaselWorld 2019 and Swatch Group’s Time To Move event.

NOMOS Club Campus 36 National Breast Cancer Foundation

Ok, so this is not a BaselWorld release, but it was added this week nonetheless. The NOMOS Club Campus 36 708.S2 is a special edition (not limited) created by NOMOS, Timeless Luxury of Texas, USA, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. It says Have Hope where we usually find Made in Germany. How good is that?

Breitling Navitimer Ref 806 1959 Re-Edition

The Breitling Navitimer Ref 806 1959 Re-Edition is a near-perfect copy of the -you’ve probably guessed it- 1959 Navitimer 806. The tech behind it is thoroughly modern though; it is powered by the brand-new caliber B09.

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Adventure

Is it me, or are green dials a bit of a thing at the moment? The Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Adventure has one – paired with a bronze case and a wild camouflage-colored alligator strap.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G Chronograph

I expected a Black Bay GMT S&G, but Tudor gave us a Black Bay Chronograph S&G. And I like it! Tudor’s modus operandi is to do the gold bits in a brushed finish, which tones them down just enough.

Rolex GMT-Master II Meteorite

I’ve only just begun uploading the 2019 Rolex novelties. There’s still loads and loads to come. Of the handful that I’ve added to date the GMT-Master 126719BLRO-0002 is a firm favorite. A white gold case, ceramic Pepsi bezel, and a meteorite dial. It’s over-the-top and totally awesome.

See you next week!


BaselWorld 2018: Rolex - 2018/03/30 by Dale Vito


Over the past week I started uploading the Rolex Baselworld 2018 novelties, and it’s coming along quite nicely. In this post I’ll briefly go over the various models that are live in our database at the time of writing.

GMT-Master II

Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties GMT Master

 

Star of this year’s BaselWorld is the GMT-Master. Four new variations are now in our database; three of which are of the new 12671X generation, plus the updated white gold which now features a blue dial. You’ll find them here;

Rolex GMT-Master II 116719BLRO-0002

Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO-0001

Rolex GMT-Master II 126711CHNR-0002

Rolex GMT-Master II 126715CHNR-0001

Datejust 36

I also finished uploading all of the new Datejust 36 models, which for now exists in ‘Oystersteel’ paired with either yellow or Everose rose gold, with smooth, fluted or diamond-set bezel, with Oyster or Jubilee bracelet, and with a choice of dials. There’s quite a few in total and I won’t be posting the links to all of them – below you’ll rather find a link to the overview per metal / bezel combo.

Datejust Steel Yellow Gold 36 Smooth Domed Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties

Rolex Datejust 36 126203

Datejust Steel Yellow Gold 36 fluted Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties

Rolex Datejust 36 126233

Datejust Steel Yellow Gold 36 diamond Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties

Rolex Datejust 36 126283RBR

Datejust Steel Rose Gold 36 Smooth Domed Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties

Rolex Datejust 36 126201

Datejust Steel Rose Gold 36 diamond Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties

Rolex Datejust 36 126231

Datejust Steel Rose Gold 36 diamond Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties

Rolex Datejust 36 126281RBR

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties Cosmograph Daytona

The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona got an update this year – it’s now available in two Everose variations. I also started updating the Daytona section with a few configurations that are either new or were missing. I will go over this again hopefully this weekend. For now, enjoy the RBOW’s in full glory;

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116595RBOW-0001

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116595RBOW-0002

Rolex Sky-Dweller

Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties Sky-Dweller New Dial

It seems that starting this year, all Sky-Dwellers now feature stick markers – no more Romans or Arabics. The white gold model is discontinued.

Rolex Sky-Dweller in all variations

Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller

Rolex BaselWorld 2018 Novelties Sea-Dweller DeepseaAlso live are the two updated Deepsea Sea-Dweller watches; with redesigned case & bracelet, and updated movement. You’ll find them at;

Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller 126660-0001

Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller 126660-0002

Other

I added a couple of previously unseen (or new) Day-Date 40 configurations; new dial variations for the Oyster Perpetual in 34, 36 and 39mm; the same for the Datejust 41; and more. I’ll furthermore upload the Datejust 31 novelties ASAP. Anything missing, any additional info? Contact me!

 


BaselWorld 2018: Breitling - 2018/03/20 by Dale Vito


BaselWorld is opening its doors to the press tomorrow and general public the day after. While most brands still keep their releases a well-guarded secret, Breitling already put its 2018 novelties online earlier today.

There have been so many articles on Breitling and its CEO Georges Kern over the past few months that there was very little left unsaid anyway. Or was there? For the biggest part the new models are not surprising, being slight updates with the newer logo of existing watches, like with this Navitimer;

Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 with black dial and stainless steel Navitimer bracelet

(Breitling Navitimer AB012121.BG75.450A)

Some also got a new case size like this SuperOcean Heritage II, which is now also available in 44mm – and also a B01-powered Chronograph!

Superocean Heritage II B20 Automatic 44 with blue dial and blue Aero Classic rubber strap

(Breitling SuperOcean Heritage 44 AB203016.C955.281S)

… though with that being said, some hidden gems remain to be found among the 2018 novelties, like this funky little 38mm Navitimer – which looks particularly good in black;

Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 with black dial and black alligator leather strap

(Breitling Navitimer 1 38 A1732524.BG87.1014P)

Keep an eye on our home page to see all the BaselWorld 2018 novelties being added over the next week!


This is WatchBase: the ultimate database for wristwatches and movements - 2018/03/01 by Dale Vito


Press Release: This is WatchBase: the ultimate database for wristwatches and movements

Amsterdam, March 1st 2018 – WatchBase is an online database that offers detailed information on over 20.000+ unique high-end watches and 2.000+ movements, which is available to collectors, journalists and trade professionals on a clear and easy to navigate website.

Visit WatchBase.com here: http://watchbase.com

WatchBase: The Beginning
WatchBase was founded in 2015 by Alwin Hoogerdijk and Alon Ben Joseph in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Alwin has a background in database software, while Alon is a life-long professional in the jewelers trade. Between the two of them they noticed a lack of a proper database on their shared passion: high-end wristwatches.

Since I started working in eCommerce in 2007, I have been dreaming of building THE ultimate database for watches. After meeting Alwin, all the pieces fell into place. I got to work with a friend & fellow watch geek – one that is specialized in database software nonetheless” says Alon Ben Joseph.

Being a watch collector of mainly Speedmaster and Panerai Ferrari, WatchBase is the perfect way to apply my experience in database software on my favorite subject matter” adds Alwin Hoogerdijk.

While numerous efforts had been made before, none of them provided the user experience, quality of information, and quantity of watches that that they felt was needed.  Existing databases with a larger number of watches often featured just the bare essentials, offering little more than what’s available on the manufacturer’s websites. On the other hand, collectors and scholars had created highly detailed pages, yet these focused on one specific brand, series or even model only – and often lacked a proper technological frame. The WatchBase team set out to unite the best of both worlds by offering in-depth data on a wide range of watches via a dedicated, made-to-measure database structure. WatchBase is open, easy to navigate, and well-informed.

WatchBase: Today
After three years of painstaking work and research, WatchBase now features over 20.000 unique watches and over 2.000 unique movements from both current as well as past collections. New watches are added on a daily basis and existing entries are updated where needed.

A team of watch experts led by Dale Vito gathers information through all resources available and necessary, including manufacturers websites, catalogues, books and press releases. The collected data is edited to cut through the marketing speak, distilled to the essence, and enriched where needed. This information is then presented in a clear template that features as much detail as possible. So, ever wanted to know on which movement Breitling’s caliber B13 is based and which watches use this movement? What size strap fits a NOMOS Club 36? How many limited edition Speedmasters Omega has made? Which versions of the Lange 1 feature a blue dial? It’s all available on WatchBase.

WatchBase for Professionals
Data entry is a tedious and time-consuming job. With this in mind, WatchBase created the WatchBase Data Feed, which allows professionals like jewelers, appraisers, auctioneers and insurers to use the provided data for their own website, shop or app through an API feed.  This drastically reduces  the time and thus money spent on manually entering all details. More information is available on https://datafeed.watchbase.com/.

WatchBase for Journalists
Information and data supplied in press releases is often vague, incomplete, and filled with hyperboles. Using  WatchBase journalists and bloggers can fact check their articles, see the larger picture, and put new releases in their historical context.  The search function is especially useful: https://watchbase.com/search.

WatchBase for Manufacturers
In this digital age consumers are better informed than ever.  WatchBase thus invites those brands brave enough to share their data, and break the culture of secrecy that frustrates the advancement of knowledge among collectors. Your brand on WatchBase? Don’t hesitate to contact us.

WatchBase for Collectors
WatchBase features a dedicated section for collectors called MyWatchBase. Here users can keep track of their collection, favorites and wish list. Custom fields allow them to include private details such as when a watch was bought, for which price, and what accessories came with it. A Report missing watch button is integrated in case a watch is not yet in the database.  It is completely free of charge and available through http://app.watchbase.com/.


SIHH 2018: the IWC 150th Anniversary Collection - 2018/01/18 by Dale Vito


IWC 150th Anniversary 2018 SIHH Collection

IWC celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. At SIHH 2018 the Schaffhausen-based brand launched a collection of 27 watches to mark the occasion. They’re now live on WatchBase, including prices in Euro. Links to their entries below!

IW505001 Pallweber Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years”

25 pieces, platinum case, white lacquered dial.

IW505002 Pallweber Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years”

250 pieces, red gold case, white lacquered dial.

IW505003 Pallweber Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years”

250 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW505101 Pallweber Tribute to Pallweber Pocket Watch Edition “150 Years”

50 pieces, red gold case, white dial.

IW590203 Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”

15 pieces, platinum case, blue lacquered dial.

IW590202 Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”

15 pieces, platinum case, white lacquered dial.

IW504501 Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”

50 pieces, red gold case, white lacquered dial.

IW503405 Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Double Moon “150 Years”

250 pieces, red gold case, white lacquered dial.

IW371601 Portugieser Chronograph “150 Years”

2000 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW371602 Portugieser Chronograph “150 Years”

2000 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW510211 Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days “150 Years”

250 pieces, red gold case, white lacquered dial.

IW510212 Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days “150 Years”

1000 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW516407 Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days Moonphase “150 Years”

150 pieces, red gold case, blue lacquered dial.

IW516405 Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days Moonphase “150 Years”

350 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW516406 Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days Moonphase “150 Years”

350 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW391023 Portofino Chronograph “150 Years”

2000 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW391024 Portofino Chronograph “150 Years”

2000 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW356518 Portofino Automatic”150 Years”

2000 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW356519 Portofino Automatic”150 Years”

2000 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW459309 Da Vinci 36 Moonphase “150 Years”

50 pieces, white gold diamond-set case, white lacquered dial.

IW459304 Da Vinci 36 Moonphase “150 Years”

50 pieces, red gold diamond-set case, white lacquered dial.

IW358103 Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years”

250 pieces, red gold case, white lacquered dial.

IW358102 Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years”

500 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW358101 Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years”

500 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW502708 Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar “150 Years”

100 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW510503 Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date “150 Years”

100 pieces, stainless steel case, blue lacquered dial.

IW510504 Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date “150 Years”

100 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

IW377725 Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “150 Years”

1000 pieces, stainless steel case, white lacquered dial.

Total number of pieces: 17605.


Introducing: Omega Speedmaster Porsche Club of America - 2017/11/09 by Dale Vito


Speedmaster Moonwatch Co-Axial Grey Side of the Moon / Porsche Club of America

Introduced TODAY, the Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon ‘PCA’ is a limited edition of only 99 pieces created for members of the Porsche Club of America.

Notwithstanding the small number of units produced, Omega went all-out for the Porsche Club of America and this limited edition. It’s based on the Grey Side of the Moon platform, but everything save for the mid-case seems to have been either altered or completely new.

Speedmaster Moonwatch Co-Axial Grey Side of the Moon / Porsche Club of America

 

Taking cues from ceramic disc brakes and their yellow calipers found on high-performance Porsche cars, it’s all grey and yellow. The bezel features the word Tachymeter in yellow; the hour, minute and seconds hand as well as the tip of the seconds counter are yellow too. On the [titanium!] dial the Speedmaster signature and five minute markers are done in the same bright color. To finish off the look, the #SpeedyPCA is fitted with a driver style grey calfskin strap with yellow stitching and a yellow rubber backside.

The Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon Porsche Club of America is only available through the PCATime shop.

Find more details including price in our database.


New: try our Datafeed API free for 30 days - 2017/04/20 by Dale Vito


Currently, the WatchBase database spans some over 15.000 watches, 2120 movements, almost 150 brands, and a little over 550 families. New watches are uploaded on a daily basis, and existing entries are enriched and refined at an equal pace.

All this watch data is available through our DataFeed API, in either XML or JSON format, to be used for your website, online watch store, auction site, watch collecting app, etc…

datafeed

NEW: as of today, you can try our Datafeed API free for 30 days, with $5 worth of data credits.

Pricing for the API is as follows:

  • US $50,- per month subscription fee for usage of the API
  • US $0.25 for each call to the Watch API call (for retrieving full watch details)
  • US $0.05 for each call to the Search API call
  • US $0.01 for all other API calls

Do you run a watch related site, shop or app and need detailed watch information?
Then sign up for our free Datafeed trial here.


Baselworld 2017: Longines Avigation Big Eye - 2017/04/01 by Dale Vito


Longines Aviagation Big Eye Chronograph L2.816.4.53.2

Longines Avigation Big Eye Chronograph L2.816.4.53.2

 

One my favorite BaselWorld 2017 releases is the Longines Avigation Big Eye L2.816.4.53.2 – a column-wheel operated chronograph inspired by a 1971 watch from the Longines archives.

The Longines Avigation Big Eye has received very little attention yet – I think it was not shown to press but only presented to retailers during their sales meetings. But I’m positive this will change soon once it’s properly introduced, as Longines got it right with this one. Like, VERY right.

The Avigation Big Eye is inspired by a 1971 military / pilot’s watch from the Longines archives. The brushed stainless steel case measures a reasonable 41mm across and features oversized pushers and a historically correct closed caseback. The black dial is instrumental, with the larger 30-minute counter adding a touch of style – again inspired by the 1971 original. Inside is ticking the L688 movement, which is a self-winding, column-wheel operated chronograph. It is listed in our database as having a date, yet this function is thankfully omitted for this watch.

More info, including the price, in our database.


BaselWorld 2017: Omega DeVille Co-Axial Chronometer 50th Anniversary - 2017/02/07 by Dale Vito


Omega De Ville Prestige 50 Anniversary

Omega De Ville Prestige 50 Anniversary

 

The ‘1957 Trilogy’ is not the only anniversary Omega has planned for 2017, as the DeVille, one of the brand’s most popular collections, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Omega created three watches to celebrate.

I’m not sure how I missed this release, but then again I can’t remember having read about them on any of the big blogs. So while everybody’s getting all excited for the 60th anniversary of the 1957 Trilogy (Seamaster, Railmaster, Speedmaster), it appears that Omega’s poor little De Ville is actually celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To celebrate, Omega has created three special editions sporting enamel dials and a special case back depicting the Greek god Chronos and a text commemorating the occasion of the release. They’re powered by caliber 2500.

You’ll find these in our ‘Base at;

De Ville Prestige Co-Axial 39.5 Yellow Gold / 50th Anniversary (424.53.40.20.04.005)

De Ville Prestige Co-Axial 39.5 White Gold / 50th Anniversary (424.53.40.20.04.002)

De Ville Prestige Co-Axial 39.5 Red Gold / 50th Anniversary (424.53.40.20.04.004)


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