Breguet Classique 5277: Unboxing Review [5277bb/12/9v6]

The Breguet Classique 5277: Unboxing Review - Siting in supplied box

An Excellent Traditional Dress Watch

Unboxing Review: Breguet Classique [5277bb/12/9v6]

The Breguet Classique 5277 encapsulates what Breguet is all about. Originally founded in 1775 by Abraham-Louis Breguet, they have grown into one of the most prestigious watchmakers in the world.

They have been leading innovators in the watch-making industry and are the inventors of the first tourbillons, and created one of the first wristwatches. They have become a favourite of Royalty and have frequently been commissioned for heads of state.

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The Breguet Classique 5277 carries on their design staples of a modest sized dress watch in 18Kt gold. With a machined guilloche patterned face giving some depth to the otherwise simple dial design. And blued steel open tipped hands, that have become an icon of Breguet design.

Breguet Classique 5277- Unboxing Review [5277bb-12-9v6] - supplied leather presentation box

It comes in the best quality box I have ever found for a luxury watch, being constructed structurally from what looks like mahogany. Externally a high-quality leather is used with a good sheen to it. And the internals of the box carries on from the hints of the outside by using leather suede. This is a case where you can see the effort that has been put into creating it. It’s better than most of its competitor’s cases as it feels like something that could actually be put out on display rather than hidden away in the bottom of a cupboard; to forever after lay in wait until it comes to resell the watch or move house.

Breguet Classique 5277- Unboxing Review [5277bb-12-9v6] Sitting in supplied presentation box strait on

The Breguet Classique 5277 comes in two options 18kt rose gold or 18kt white gold. We having taken photos of the latter, which coincidentally is the most expensive of the two choices.

This luxury watch is of traditional proportions with a 38mm diameter that may feel a little small for someone used to wearing larger modern watches. It has a slim build being designed to comfortably fit under a shirt cuff at 8mm deep. The lugs are minimalist rectangular protrusions from the case and rounded off when meeting the strap. The circumference is fluted and adds texture to an otherwise simple case and compliments the guilloche patterned dial.

On the back of the Breguet watch, is an exhibition back with a sapphire crystal; underneath being the Breguet Caliber 515DR, a manual wind movement, beating at 28800 vph, containing 23 jewels with a staggering 96-hour power reserve. This being accomplished by their patented new mainspring material that alowes a large amount of energy to be stored in a small amount of space. The power reserve indicator is located on the top right of the watch, between the one and two o’clock hour indicators.

Breguet Classique 5277- Unboxing Review [5277bb-12-9v6] Watch on side in low light with crown down

The watch is rated as 30m water-resistant, but let’s face it, not many people are going to go swimming with this watch on. But it’s assuring to know that it should be able to withstand a splash of water while washing hands with it on. (It most certainly is not a watch suitable for diving, swimming, or any contact water sports).

Breguet Classique 5277Breguet Classique 5277- Unboxing Review [5277bb-12-9v6] - On side crown up, with exhibition back visible with manual wind movement

The strap is constructed from alligator leather and expectedly has a simple tang buckle – a staple of dress watches.

The face of the watch is encircled by minute indicators of black polish and polished white gold dots by the hour markers. Black Roman numerals have intricately been printed around the guilloche patterned face, on a section of circularly brushed solid gold.

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Between the centre of the face and six o’clock marker, is a running second sub-dial that helps to balance the composition of the dial against the power reserve indicator and the individually numbered Breguet signature next to the nine o’clock marker.

Breguet Classique 5277- Unboxing Review [5277bb-12-9v6] - On side with face in view
Breguet Classique 5277- Unboxing Review [5277bb-12-9v6] – On side with face in view
To summarise, this is a very carefully constructed timepiece that emits quality workmanship in all the little details. It may seem a little plain from afar, but once you get up close it speaks for its self. The Breguet Classique 5277 is a watch that may not look like much to a non-watch lover, but to those in the know, will understand the exquisiteness and intricacy of it.

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Rolex Submariner Date: Hands-On Review [116613LB]

Rolex held in hand - Submariner Date: Hands-On Review [116613LB]

Two-Tone Rolex Submariner Review

Hands-On Review: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date [116613LB]

Perhaps the most recognisable watch on the face of the planet – the Rolex Submariner is such a tremendously iconic and timeless design, from the biggest luxury watch brand in the world.

This Hands-On Review will focus on the two-tone edition [116613LB] Perpetual Submariner Date that you can buy from our shop [Here]

The two-tone Submariner [116613LB] with a blue dial offers both the toughness of the 904L stainless steel that Rolex uses and the prestige of a gold watch simultaneously packaged into just a single watch. It’s blue faced sunburst dial (a textured effect involving brushing the face in a radial pattern – as opposed to linear) contributes to the sophisticated feel of the watch and gives off some funky patterns under different lighting environments.

Rolex Submariner Date: Hands-On Review [116613LB]

History

Rolex never originally started out to become the most prestigious luxury watch brand in the history of the world; it has just been something that they have become, while making the most reliable and accurate watches that simply tell the time and nothing else (other than perhaps a chronograph or date function, or built for a very specific environment in mind).

The Submariner is a watch that people tend to gravitate towards once they believe they have attained success. It’s by no means an end of the line for a serious watch collection, but rather a signal that the beginning has just begun.

Origins

The Rolex Submariner started life in 1955 as a humble diver watch. It’s now so completely intertwined with dive watches because like so many other innovators, they may not have been the first to make something: but, they were the first to make something that worked, and worked well.

Previous attempts to make a divers watch that could be fully submerged under water for any considerable amount of time – failed! All the top brands at the time had water condensation on the inside of the watch face, from the moment the watch was immersed under water – not particularly inspiring confidence to prospect buyers.

Rolex Submariner Date: Hands-On Review [116613LB]

Rolesor

In 1983 the first 16613Rolesor‘ two-tone gold and steel Submariner was released (Rolesor watches first appearing from Rolex in the early 1930s). So the original 16613 is currently 33 years old and has been updated with the 116613 that shows no signs of stopping production. The fact that Rolesor Submariners are still today being manufactured talks buckets for a Rolex watch’s enduring value. They are certainly not going out of style anytime soon…

The Age of Ceramic

Ceramic bezels were first added to the white gold Sub in 2010 with a blue dial and have now been added to every other Sub available. Rolex has continued this trend and has recently announced the new Daytona’s with a black Cerachrom bezel.

Rolex Submariner Date: Hands-On Review [116613LB]

A Note on Copy-Cats

While the Submariner may be the most replicated watch of all time, there are a few things that copycats will not be able to copy anytime soon. Whether they be a £40 obvious fake or a £400 Swiss clone. These are:

  • The special stainless steel used.
  • The highly accurate and reliable precision engineered 3135 calibre movement that Rolex makes in-house that exceeds the COSC requirements.
  • A laser etched crown in the sapphire crystal above the 6 o’clock marker.
  • The same level of perfectionist obsession.

Rolex Submariner Date: Hands-On Review [116613LB]

Rolex is one of very few watch brands to manufacturer their stainless steel watches with the 904L alloy, which is overseen by their very own expert metallurgy department. It’s harder wearing, is resistant to strong reducing acids and has a reduced susceptibility to chloride induced stress corrosion cracking and pitting. Is this a great leap in metallurgical advancements? Not particularly.

The advantages of the 904L steel over the 316L are so astronomically minute that nobody else bothers to make watches out of it. (It’s a bit more scratch resistant and can be refinished like new more often because of its increased hardness). But this is Rolex we are talking about. They use this more expensive steel that requires new tooling equipment to work with – because every effort that they go through that competitors fail to do is to their advantage, and is what makes them so incredibly special. All these improvements that may seem small in isolation of each other, add up to a vastly more refined and sophisticated watch as an end result.

Casing Construction

The casing of the Rolex Submariner [116613LB] is exemplary. I challenge anyone to find a better constructed stainless steel watch for less than the price of a Submariner, or even considerably more – it’s realy that good. 

Watch facing right with bracelet and clasp in view - Rolex Submariner Date: Hands-On Review [116613LB]

It’s a watch that manages the troublesome art of balancing both its diving capabilities (it being water-resistant to 300m) and ability to be worn with a suit and tie. Just the right amount of brushed finishing that resists showing its age and polished segments to give it that sparkle. Continue reading Rolex Submariner Date: Hands-On Review [116613LB]

Rolex Yachtmaster II: Hands-On Review [116680]

Rolex Yachtmaster II - Held in hands - Review [116680]

The Rolex Watch For The Extrovert

Hands-On Review: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yachtmaster II [116680]

The Rolex Yachtmaster II is a very peculiar watch in that it’s just so spectacularly different to every other watch in the ‘Oyster Perpetual‘ family that Rolex makes! It’s like some rebellious sea-faring child of the Titan 44mm Deepsea [116660] and the more sophisticated 40mm Yacht-Master.

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It being similar to the Deepsea in not just size but with the environment that it has been designed for. Whilst the Deepsea may not have any more complications than just a simple date function; it has been designed to solve a remarkably specific problem. Not getting crushed by enormous water pressure under a staggering 3900m (12800ft) of water! Is this a depth that I think many divers (and Rolex Deepsea’s by extension) will find themselves in on a frequent basis – or maybe just once or twice in their lifetime. Once the watch has left the Rolex factory – I think the odds are fairly low that the watch will ever be subjected to such high pressure after initial testing.

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Rolex Yachtmaster II- Hands-On Review [116680] 038Although Rolex has never been a company to make watches with tourbillons or carrousel’s, they being a maker of mainly super reliable tool watches (and very expensive ones at that), the Yacht-Master II allows them to flex their horological muscle and make an insanely complicated complication. That solves a very specific problem that very few people will ever face. Continue reading Rolex Yachtmaster II: Hands-On Review [116680]

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust II: Hands-On Review [116300 Silver Index]

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust II: Hands-On Review [116300 Silver Index] - Watch on its side with its crown up and time set to ten past ten

Eternal Luxury – The Datejust II

Hands-On Review: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust II [116300 Silver Index]

The Oyster Perpetual DateJust II is one of Rolex’s most horologically simple watches, with the only added complication being a simple date function. This Iconic watch has a striking presence on the wrist but is less blingy and showy than other Rolex’s; the watch commands a high level of respect without appearing overly flamboyant.

It’s not standing on its head to gain attention like its sibling the Yachtmaster II or insanely robust to depths never before dived down to like the Rolex Deepsea – this, is a sensible Rolex, for sensible people.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust II: Hands-On Review [116300 Silver Index]

Background

The DateJust was originally released in the year 1945 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Rolex being incorporated. At the time it was the very first automatic watch to feature an automatically changing date window; thus, changing the face of wristwatches forever after.

The Datejust was not only an innovative timepiece at the time but has become the modern archetype of the classic watch, it simply tells the time and date with nothing to complicate things, its design transcends changes in fashion (preserving relevance) like a bullion of gold maintains its value during economic turmoil. Aesthetically, the Datejust II has endured for well over half a century and kept relevance with a simple but powerful design blueprint. Making a timepiece that will eternally be remembered for its timeless luxury and sophistication.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust II: Hands-On Review [116300 Silver Index]

Construction

It’s the go-to iconic classic watch. A winding rotor uses the movement of the wearer’s wrist to charge the mainspring and calculate the time and date. The clean design transcends the fluctuating tides of fashion. Aesthetically, the DateJust retains relevance and will never go out of fashion. Continue reading Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust II: Hands-On Review [116300 Silver Index]

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter 47mm: Hands-On Review [01 733 7705 4134-07 5 23 14FC]

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter 47mm: Hands-On Review [01 733 7705 4134-07 5 23 14FC] - Dial close up with watch on its side with crown up and venting crown activated

The Worlds First Automatic Watch With A Mechanical Altimeter

Hands-On Review: Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter 47mm [01 733 7705 4134-07 5 23 14FC]

This mountainous 47mm wide Oris is truly gigantic in size at a whopping 47mm wide and has a substantial 17.7mm case depth. It is not only Oris’s first watch of its kind; but, ‘the world’s first automatic watch with a mechanical altimeter’. (With the world’s first manual wind watch with a mechanical altimeter, being taken by the far more expensive Breva Genie 02 – with an eye-watering list price of $132,000).

The Worlds First Automatic Watch With A Mechanical Altimeter

The ProPilot Altimeter is an unsurprising watch coming from Oris – a brand that has made a name for itself by making mechanical watches, with useful complications, at an affordable price point. And this watch also acts as a spiritual sequel to the Oris Aquis Depth Gauge watch: but, instead of measuring depth diving under water – the altitude flying up and into the air.

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Cessna 206H Stationair 2 at Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire, England – By Arpingstone [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
It accomplishes two vital things that Pilots will need, packed into something that can be worn on the wrist in the form of a gargantuan watch – the time and altitude. Continue reading Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter 47mm: Hands-On Review [01 733 7705 4134-07 5 23 14FC]

Omega Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker Solar Impulse: Unboxing Review

Omega Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker Solar Impulse [318.92.45.79.03.001] Macro Photo In Black Box © 2016 blog.thewatchsource.co.uk ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The New Speedmaster For The 21st Century

Unboxing Review: Omega Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker Solar Impulse [318.92.45.79.03.001]

First thoughts

Initially, when opening the box for the Omega X-33 Skywalker Solar Impulse [318.92.45.79.03.001]. I was a little apprehensive: this, is a quartz movement watch, from a company that increasingly wants to be seen as a truly luxury brand, by making more mechanical watches. The bright green and blue colours are strong and catch the eye, but lacks a little sophistication in my option. But over time it’s a design that has really grown on me.

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Dial Closeup of Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker Solar Impulse
The casing is built from dark looking grade 2 titanium with an excellent matte brush finish, which maintains its crispness around stylistic detailing, and reminds the wearer of its status as a tool watch. It is a comfortable 45mm wide with two buttons on either side of the face keeping multiple lines of strong symmetry.

Bezel, button and crown closeup of Omega Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker Solar Impulse [318.92.45.79.03.001] © 2016 blog.thewatchsource.co.uk ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Bezel, button and crown closeup of Omega Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker Solar Impulse [318.92.45.79.03.001]
The Omega Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker is a modern updated edition of the original. Where’s the Moonwatch contains relics of the 60’s with a manually wound movement, constructed of stainless steel and a hesalite crystal face. The contemporary X-33 Skywalker uses the vastly more accurate ‘Omega calibre 5619’, a quartz TCXO (temperature compensated quartz oscillator) movement. And modern updated materials, currently better suited to the job. It is built from a light and strong titanium variety, a sapphire crystal protects the dial of the ana-digi face, and has a scratch resistant brushed blue ceramic bezel. The watch has also had significant input from real astronauts like Jean-François Clervoy to give it the functions that astronauts require on a mission in space. And as such has enjoyed adoption by genuine aviators and astronauts alike.

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Oris ProDiver Chronograph: Unboxing Review [01 774 7683 7154-Set]

Unboxing Review: Oris ProDiver Chronograph 01 774 7683 7154-Set1Oris ProDiver Chronograph sitting on supplied manual. © 2016 blog.thewatchsource.co.uk ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

A Titan 1000m Dive-watch

Unboxing Review: Oris ProDiver Chronograph [01 774 7683 7154-Set]

There’s simply no way around the fact that this watch is gigantic. The ProDiver has a huge 51mm case diameter and is nearly 2cm thick – definitely not something that will fit under a shirt cuff. This watch is so large that even the big Rolex Deepsea (ref. 116660) starts to appear small when sat next to the ProDiver. Although the ProDiver is only just water-resistant to a mere 1000m with the Deepsea enduring the far more sensible and useful depth of 3900m, I think the ProDiver would be sufficient for the 99.9% of divers.

Oris ProDiver Chronograph 01 774 7683 7154-Set1Oris have avoided packing the watch in a leather box and have instead paired the ProDiver with a rather nice Pelican like waterproof box that would by its self, retail for about £175. And inside some thoughtfully added professional tools to help you change or adjust the bracelet and an additional black rubber strap.

The watch casing and strap are entirely constructed out of brushed titanium with a slightly two-tone effect on the three links wide bracelet. With an appropriately sized inter-lug width of 26mm to match the dials huge proportions. I was somewhat disappointed to discover that the clasp mechanism on the strap is of the push-button variety, and without an additional safety. Not entirely inspiring confidence for everyone wanting to go diving with this watch on. But by no means a deal breaker for divers and non-divers alike.

The lugs on the Oris ProDiver Chronograph are heavily curved to help the watch hug the wrist of the wearer and be as comfortable as possible. The casing is of a beefy construction and would be ill-suited to anyone with a wrist diameter smaller than the total width of the watch including lugs. So the wearer’s wrist diameter should be greater than the 5cm width of the ProDiver for it to look good. The back of the Oris features a solid case back with Oris signatures and a useful conversion table to convert meters into feet.

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The stainless steel pusher buttons that operate the chronograph complication on the side of the watch are sat low down on the casing as to not catch on clothing; sitting by the 2 and 4-hour markers, and screw down to protect the internals from water damage when under high levels of pressure. The screw down crown is made in a similar style with flanged slits added, to assist in gripping and turning the crown. The ProDiver also features an automatic Helium Escape Valve.

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Omega Rio 2016 Olympic Limited Edition Seamaster Diver 300m: Hands On Review [522.30.41.20.01.001]

Omega Rio 2016 Olympic Limited Edition Seamaster Diver 300m: Hands On Review [522.30.41.20.01.001] - Laying on its side crown up facing the right

Omega And The Olympic Games (2016)

Hands On Review: Omega Rio 2016 Olympic Limited Edition Seamaster Diver 300m: [522.30.41.20.01.001]

Ever since 1932, Omega has been the Official Timekeeper of 26 Olympic Games. This Rio 2016 Limited Edition Seamaster, of only 3016 pieces, celebrates this rich heritage of Omega’s legacy by timing tens of thousands of Olympic athletes in their pursuit of new athletic records, both personal and international, at each Olympics, with exceptional accuracy from the start to finish line.

Omega OLYMPIC COLLECTION (Seamaster) 522.30.41.20.01.001

This Rio 2016 Limited Edition Seamaster, introduced at BaselWorld 2016, is different to the standard editions in that it’s a hint more colourful with the black bezels numeral’s being filled with red, green, yellow and blue lacquer, each representing the colours of the Olympic rings – which are in turn a representation of all the countries and nations that come together to compete in the Olympic games. It also features a new wave pattern on the dial inspired by Rio and a commemorative case back.

Buy this Omega Rio 2016 Olympic Limited Edition Seamaster Diver 300m 522.30.41.20.01.001 here from our shop.

Olympic Heritage With Omega

The partnership between Omega and the Olympics started 84 years ago with a single swiss watchmaker arriving in Los Angeles in 1932, with 30 split-second chronographs. Today decades of innovations have led to Olympic records being measured with equipment made by Omega, (the Quantum Timer is currently used), that has a maximum variation of only 1 second every 10,000,000 seconds, (which is 1 second every 115 days, 17 hours, 46 minutes, 40 seconds).

Omega OLYMPIC COLLECTION (Seamaster) 522.30.41.20.01.001

Throughout the years working as the Official Timekeeper for the Olympic games, Omega has been at the forefront of technological timing advancements. Continue reading Omega Rio 2016 Olympic Limited Edition Seamaster Diver 300m: Hands On Review [522.30.41.20.01.001]

Oris Divers Sixty-Five With A Fabric Khaki Strap: Hands-On Review [01 733 7707 4064-07 5 20 22]

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The Casual Oris Divers Sixty-Five – With a Fabric Strap

Oris Divers Sixty-Five With A Fabric Khaki Strap: Hands-On Review [01 733 7707 4064-07 5 20 22]

This is a review of my favourite Oris watch, but this time on a very sturdy fabric strap.

What’s to like?

This watch is currently my absolute favourite Oris watch at the moment (at the time of writing this article). It holds a design that has tried the tests of time and succeeded. This watch was originally released in, as you may have guessed, way back in 1965. Luckily when Oris relaunched this updated version they didn’t kill what made it so special; but, improved on it with modern manufacturing techniques and newer materials.

(I have previously reviewed this watch on a rubber ‘tropic’ strap and have photos of it on a metal bracelet that can be found from these links)

Oris Divers Sixty-Five: Hands-On Review [01 733 7707 4064-07 5 20 22]

The Fabric Tang Buckle Strap

Oris have given the Divers Sixty-Five a plethora of different strap options to choose from. The boxed numeral versions come in:

  • Black rubber ‘Tropic’
  • Stainless steel bracelet with push – button clasp
  • NATO/G10 fabric strap with a push – button folding clasp
  • Fabric strap with tang buckle – extremely sturdy

And the edition with a dark blue dial, without the boxed numerals, is also available with a dark brown leather strap.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five: Hands-On Review [01 733 7707 4064-07 5 20 22]

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Omega Seamaster 300m Diver Co-Axial Chronograph 44mm: Hands-On Review [212.92.44.50.99.001 ETNZ]

Omega Seamaster 300m Diver Co-Axial Chronograph 44mm: Hands-On Review [212.92.44.50.99.001 ETNZ]

The Titan ETNZ Seamaster

Hands-On Review: Omega Seamaster 300m Diver Co-Axial Chronograph 44mm [212.92.44.50.99.001 ETNZ]

This Omega Seamaster watch is refreshingly different to the usual stainless steel and metal bracelet norm. This ETNZ special edition Seamaster 300m has an unusually spartan dial, that focuses on functionality, and is of a surprisingly lightweight build for such a big chunky watch.

Continue reading to find out what’s so different with this Seamaster 300m and who this watch is made for…

The Seamaster’s Background

The first Seamaster made by Omega was originally released all the way back in the year 1948, being based on the Omega Marine which was their first water-resistant watch. Today the watch conjures up images of Britain’s best-loved secret agent 007 – James Bond. First seen on the silver screen sat on the wrist of Pierce Brosnan while he outmanoeuvred his enemies in the film GoldenEye that hit theatres in 1995.

The Seamaster was chosen thanks to Lindy Hemming, the costume designer for the film (who’s subsequently worked on five James Bond films), because of its long fruitful heritage of being worn by members of the British Navy, to which Bond belongs to.

You can buy this Omega Seamaster [212.92.44.50.99.001 ETNZ] watch from our shop here.

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