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Green Rambles: Vintage Discoveries from the Rabbit Hole

This article was originally published in the spring of 2022. One thing that never ceases to amaze me is the incredibly rich history of watchmaking. Whenever I have a spare moment, I like to go on sales platforms like eBay and simply browse. It often turns out to be a trip down the rabbit’s hole,...

Re-Enlistment: Hands-On with the Vintage Military-Inspired Bulova “MIL-SHIPS-W-2181”

Named after the United States Navy’s Bureau of Ships “water-tightness specifications of MIL-SHIPS-W-2181,” American watch brand Bulova brings back two variants of its U.S. Navy prototype dive watch from the 1950s, which take a closer look at today in our latest visit to the WatchTime Archives. The latest addition to Bulova’s “Archive Series” is a...

Touching Vintage Details, Laurent Ferrier Unveils Classic Moon

One of the most classic introductions at this year’s Watches and Wonders is an annual calendar complication by Laurent Ferrier. Available in stainless steel and pink gold with a gray-blue opaline or a vertical satin-finish silver dial, the elegant Classic Moon lives up to its name. Its slender Roman numerals and baton markers are accompanied...

Serial Vintage: MeisterSinger Presents the Pangaea Day Date 365

The German brand MeisterSinger is not only known for its single-hand timepieces, but also for limited special editions bearing a period-style font. With the Pangaea Day Date 365, MeisterSinger launches its first serially produced timepiece of this kind. The logo, the name of the model, and the numerals look like they originated from a bygone...

Zenith Introduces Two New Pilot Boutique Editions with Blue Dials and Three Vintage Icon Pilot Models

At last year’s Watches and Wonders, Zenith presented its historically inspired Pilot model in a completely new design, with two executions, the Pilot Automatic and the Pilot Big Date Flyback. They were available in stainless steel and ceramic cases, with diameters of 40mm and 42.5mm respectively and distinguished by horizontal grooves on their black dials. This collection...

It’s Ladies’ Night: Accutron Teams Up with Le Kool Champagne for Vintage Duo

How “kool” is that?! Accutron announced a new partnership with Le Kool Champagne, established by Robert Kool Bell, leader and co-founder of Kool & The Gang, the legendary American R&B, soul, and funk band, for an exciting series of retro-style ladies’ watches.  Known across multiple generations for their iconic songs such as “Ladies’ Night,” “Jungle...

Recalling a Vintage Original, Hanhart Introduces the Pioneer Silva

With the Pioneer Silva, Hanhart revives a model from the company archives which was driven by the historic Kal 36/39. Silva is the Latin name for woods and refers to the brand’s Homeland in the Black Forest. While the original was a gold watch with a salmon-hued dial and blued hands (below), the newcomer is...

Three New Vintage Inspired Diver’s to “Seas” Summer Days

With summer in full swing, we take a dive back in time and have a closer look at this year’s line-up of retro-styled diver’s watches. Symbolizing robustness, discovery and adventure, diver’s watches in general leave a striking impression on the wrist – whether on dry land or in the water. In light of this fact,...

Tudor Debuts Its Latest Vintage Diver Recall in the Black Bay 54

There’s no doubt that the Black Bay, a historically inspired diver’s watch with a highly authentic appeal, is one of Tudor’s most important collections today. It also takes the spotlight at this year’s Watches and Wonders. In addition to the classic Black Bay with a 41mm diameter and the classic Black Bay Fifty-Eight with a...

Jaeger-LeCoultre Launches The Collectibles, a Collection of Vintage Timepieces

Jaeger-LeCoultre surprises with the The Collectibles, a new product program that is geared to collectors of vintage pieces. Introduced to coincide with the anniversary of 190 years, it will form part of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s ongoing offer. The Collectibles presents a meticulously curated collection of twelve rare and sought-after timepieces that symbolize horological milestones, not only in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s...

Vintage Diving: Meet the Vulcain Skindiver Nautique 38mm

Symbolizing robustness, discovery, and adventure, diver’s watches make a striking impression on the wrist – whether on dry land or in the water. Combining high functionality with cool style, it is not a surprise that this genre ranks among the most sought-after timepieces, proven by the plethora of diver’s watches available on the market. In light...

Moritz Grossmann Introduces Limited Hamatic Vintage With Cream Dial

On the occasion of the manufactory’s 14th anniversary, Moritz Grossmann launches a limited version of its innovative Hamatic timepiece which uses a traditional automatic hammer mechanism from the 19th century. In 2008, the Glashütte based boutique brand was re-registered by trained watchmaker Christine Hutter who was fascinated by Moritz Grossmann and the history of the...

Vintage Meets Modern: Tissot Introduces the Telemeter 1938

To commemorate the early days of its sports timekeeping, Tissot launches the Telemeter 1938. So named for the year 1938, the watch is inspired by a telemeter-equipped Tissot chronograph used by an athlete then for the first time in a ski race. The re-edition is designed in a tasteful retro style that recalls the instrument-like...

Vintage Cosmic: Breitling Launches Limited Edition Navitimer Cosmonaute

Exactly 60 years ago, on May 24, astronaut Scott Carpenter wore a Navitimer Cosmonaute on board of the Aurora 7 spacecraft. This milestone in history marked also a premiere in the world of horology: the legendary timepiece was the first Swiss wristwatch that went to space. Honoring this anniversary, Breitling now launches a limited edition...

Laco Flies High with Duo of Vintage-Inspired Pilot’s Watches

Kicking off the lineup of 2022, Laco presents two new pilot’s watches in a trendy military style. Each limited to 200 pieces, the Augsburg Oliv 39 and Aachen Oliv 39, both are named after two German cities, offer the distinct look and feel of the famous historic observation watches. Their matte olive-green dials – one displaying a...

Zenith Raids its 1969 “Bank Vault” for New, Vintage-Inspired Defy Revival A3642

The year 1969 was a pivotal one for Swiss watchmaker Zenith, which famously introduced its history-making, high-frequency chronograph caliber, the El Primero, to a worldwide audience in January of that year. The El Primero and the Chronomaster watches in which it was first installed have largely defined Zenith’s identity since then, but another important branch...

Precious Metal Meets Retro Charm: Omega Kicks Off 2022 with Vintage-Inspired Speedmaster Calibre 321

The very first Omega Speedmaster, Ref. CK2915-1, hit the market in 1957, aimed at racing drivers with its first-ever use of a tachymeter-scale bezel, an innovation that changed the course of wristwatch chronograph design. For the model’s 65th anniversary in 2022, Omega has unveiled a revival of that groundbreaking timepiece, with a case and bracelet...

Sponsored: Revisiting Bulova’s Joseph Bulova Collection with Two Vintage-Inspired Chronographs

Since its launch in 2019, the Joseph Bulova collection has served as one of watchmaker Bulova’s most interesting series. Composed of vintage-inspired watches evoking fascinating styles from the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s— the collection dually pays homage to one of the most significant eras in watchmaking history, while simultaneously honoring New York City-based brand’s eponymous...