January 3, 2014

Vintage Tudor Snowflake Submariner Review

Vintage Tudor Snowflake Submariner
Vintage Tudor Snowflake Submariner
   A Diamond In The Rough - Vintage Tudor Snowflake Submariner
  
  When searching for a Rolex Submariner there are many models you might come across, which are similar in design.  There is one, however, that is much more similar than the rest:  The Tudor Submariner.
  For those who don’t know much about the Tudor Sub there are actually little differences between the design of the Tudor and Rolex models.  The most obvious difference is the snowflake hour hand.  Less obvious might be the ETA movements that were used instead of the in-house Rolex movements.
  The Tudor Snowflake Submariner is arguably one of the most stylish of vintage Tudors.  It definitely makes my list of top vintage watches.  For anyone who likes the Submariner, you might have to do a double take on this vintage.  With the exception of the in-house Rolex movement, this vintage Tudor Submariner shares a number of features with the Rolex Submariner.

The History behind the Tudor Submariner
  When you look at the history behind this classic timepiece it is no wonder why the Rolex and Tudor submariner models are so similar.  Tudor’s parent company, Rolex, contributed to the case, bracelet and overall design of the watch.  This Snowflake Submariner has the original dial and snowflake hour hand.  The case has some slight signs of wear but nothing major.   The black dial and bezel give a desired look that fits just about any style.
  For those who like the look of a Submariner but want something more unique this is a great contender.  For anyone searching for a Rolex Submariner watch you can get great values by purchasing a pre-owned Rolex Submariner by visiting a trusted online dealer. You can visit Bob's Watches to see their extensive collection. 

January 1, 2014

Bell and Ross Vintage WW1 Chronograph Monopoussoir

Bell and Ross Vintage WW1 Chronograph Monopoussoir
Bell & Ross Vintage WW1 Chronograph Monopoussoir
  Bell & Ross Vintage collection is doing quite well for them. This is a very cool and unique chronograph watch, called the Vintage WW1 Chronograph Monopoussoir. The watch is a throwback to the look of the chronographs used by aviators back in the 1920's only using one button for the chrono operation.
  Available in ivory or a deep brown dial, W&R likes the ivory dial for this version. Though, no lume to speak of on this dial, the blued hands in combination with the ivory dial is awesome. Comes standard with a matching blue alligator strap. Wish Bell & Ross would of found a way to sneak some lume into this version. The larger crown with the single function monopusher located in the center is well integrated and an eye catcher. The crown adds a final masculine touch that is well received on the WW1 Monopoussoir. There are two subdials located at the 9 and 3 o'clock positions. No date feature on the watch, which keeps the dial less busy, but is a feature many prefer. 
  The Vintage WW1 Chronograph comes in at 45mm. Considering the watch has no real external bezel, it will wear smaller than 45mm. One of our favorite aspects is the domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating. The water resistance is 50m, many online sites have it listed as 100m. It is not, 50m is straight from B&R's data. This Vintage WW1 from Bell & Ross list at $7,600 USD. There are a lot of other watches to take into consideration when you are talking this kind of money. Of course, it can be found for much less with a little bit of research.

Pros - nice vintage vibe, cool chrono function
Considerations - price point, no date function, water resistance

Specifications:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 45mm
Bezel: fixed 
Crystal: AR Sapphire
Dial: Ivory or Brown
Bracelet: Blue Alligator
Movement: La Joux-Perret
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Water Resistant: 50m
Lug Width: Fitted with 18mm strap