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New Zodiac Sea Dragon Automatic Watches - Flawless Vintage Reissue

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Limited Vintage Reissue

New Zodiac Sea Dragon Swiss Automatic

We love vintage! It's the root of Watchismo's existence. It's so rare to find a vintage reissue that isn't just 'inspired' by the past, but rather dedicated to replicating it. And we've seen some pretty convincing vintage reissues by other brands - but Zodiac hit the nail on the head with this new Sea Dragon Automatic collection. It's perfect and carries all the undefinable distinctions a vintage watch possesses - whether it's an unusual color combination, unique brushing of steel or a sculptural flair to the case that watchmakers just don't execute these days...
Summed up, this watch has it all and there are very few to go around...
Limited supply will be available,
Order your Zodiac Sea Dragon Automatic Here
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Admired as one of the most legendary collections in the ZODIAC portfolio, the Sea Dragon represents the heroic spirit of the brand’s beginning. This fresh interpretation of the original features a classic retro case of proportion and simplicity, with colored dial options and a Swiss Made automatic movement. Available with either a genuine leather strap, Sea Dragon stands as the spirit of ZODIAC’s past and the ambassador for its future.
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Limited edition - Individually numbered and only 75 pieces will be made!
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Tag Heuer Silverstone Reissue - A Very Faithful Reintroduction of the Stunning 1974 Chronograph

Tag Heuer Silverstone Reissue - A Very Faithful Reintroduction of the Stunning 1974 ChronographThe original vintage 1970s Heuer silverstone

Two and a half years ago, I issued a "Reissue Wish" from Tag Heuer (as seen here), having no idea if I had any influence on them, the reintroduction of the Heuer Silverstone Calibre 11 Chronograph has just been announced. And here they are...

Tag Heuer Silverstone Reissue - A Very Faithful Reintroduction of the Stunning 1974 ChronographAlthough it appears that I was correct when stating that the original dial color (shown at very top) has not exactly been replicated. It kills me that I sold all my Silverstone collection years ago, the new models are going to cost around $6500 each.

Tag Heuer Silverstone Reissue - A Very Faithful Reintroduction of the Stunning 1974 Chronograph
Tag Heuer Silverstone Reissue - A Very Faithful Reintroduction of the Stunning 1974 Chronograph
Tag Heuer Silverstone Reissue - A Very Faithful Reintroduction of the Stunning 1974 Chronograph
Tag Heuer Silverstone Reissue - A Very Faithful Reintroduction of the Stunning 1974 Chronograph
Tag Heuer Silverstone Reissue - A Very Faithful Reintroduction of the Stunning 1974 ChronographFrom one of the original seventies Heuer catalogs

Thanks to the super cool watch blog Perpetuelle for taking note of my long lost post!
For more detailed information about this release, visit Calibre 11


Omega Reissues the Famous Ploprof Divers Watch - 1970s Jacques Cousteau Collaboration

Omega Reissues the Famous Ploprof Divers Watch - 1970s Jacques Cousteau Collaboration
Omega announces the 2009 Professional Ploprof Diver developed in conjunction with famed diver Jacques Cousteau.

Technical Specifications:
  • Movement: Co-Axial Caliber 8500
  • Case: Stainless Steel, Water resistant to 1200 meters
  • Sapphire bezel and crystal
  • Bi-directional rotating bezel with security push-button lock for the bezel
  • Screwed-in and protected crown at 9
  • Special Seamaster medallion on the case-back with grooved wave-pattern
  • Bracelet: New Omega mesh SHARK-PROOF bracelet or rubber strap (black or orange) that can be adjusted for wearing over the diving suit (can be up to 7mm thick thanks to a double extension system), a new sliding clasp, capable of fine adjustments

The watch has a MSRP of CHF 8,000 on the mesh or roughly $7,700.

Omega Reissues the Famous Ploprof Divers Watch - 1970s Jacques Cousteau Collaboration
via Watch Happening

Below, a watch collector friend provided a wrist shot of his enormous vintage 1970s Ploprof...

Omega Reissues the Famous Ploprof Divers Watch - 1970s Jacques Cousteau Collaboration


Omega Reissues the Famous Ploprof Divers Watch - 1970s Jacques Cousteau CollaborationThe solid caseback (movement was accessed from the front)

Some history on the Ploprof from Deskdivers;


Developed in conjunction with Comex and the legendary Jacques Cousteau, Omega conceived and developed what was probably the first waterproof watch designed and built solely for the diving professional.The watch took 4 years to come to the market after extensive testing and arrived in 1970. It was nicknamed PloProf by the French speaking development team and derives from the French term PLOngeur PROFessionnel (Professional Diver).Comex used early models of the PloProf and continued their research into living underwater for prolonged periods. One Issue that still concerned Comex was helium infiltration, which carried the danger of causing a watch crystal to pop out during decompression. There is no proof that this problem occurred with any Ploprof, and later tests by the American diving research centre Ocean Systems Inc. in Tarrytown, NY, certified that the Ploprof was ‘more watertight’ than a submarine. However, Comex wanted to be sure to combat the helium infiltration issue, rather than trust improved watch-case sealing. They chose to continue their research work with Rolex and Doxa to test their new Helium Expulsion Valve (HEV) designs. HEVs were incorporated in the Rolex SeaDweller which Comex used reliably for many, many years."

Read more about the vintage history here-->DesktopDivers

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Roger Tallon's Mach 2000 Dark Master Chronograph Watch Review

Roger Tallon's Mach 2000 Dark Master Chronograph Watch ReviewAblogtoread.com has just reviewed the new LIP Mach 2000 "Dark Master" Chronograph-->Link

He sums it up with; "Should you buy a LIP Mach 2000 Dark Master Chronograph? The answer to that all depends on whether you find a connection with the ideal presented in 1970s futurism. Do you want a piece of modern design history? Can you appreciate the toils of industrial design and post-Bauhaus era industrial French charm? Will the concept of psychological design resonate with you in so far that the bright colors and organic shapes combine with pure function to interface better with humans? The LIP Mach 2000 Chronograph design is one man’s attempt to address these issues and more."

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Ikepod Black Hole Finally Seeing the Light of Day

Ikepod Black Hole Finally Seeing the Light of DayUp until this point, the newly (re)launched Ikepod had a secret watch called the Black Hole, only being shown as a silhouette (below), and a limited edition of 66. Now, thanks to Kong at the Purists Watchprosite, who photographed the now likely sold out model at the Tempus event in Singapore, we can finally see what was just over the event horizon.

The Black Hole is actually an all black version of their Horizon series with optical illusion dial of gradating holes convexing from the ellipse case.

Ikepod Black Hole Finally Seeing the Light of Day

Ikepod Black Hole Finally Seeing the Light of Day
Ikepod Black Hole Finally Seeing the Light of Day
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Paul Smith Dashboard Watch

Paul Smith Dashboard WatchPaul Smith has reissued the dashboard style watch, a somewhat tamer variation of the previous model from their fun collection of the late-nineties. Called the PS20, it features what appears to be a retrograde style display (when hands reach the right, they flyback in the blink of an eye), but it's actually just a double handed display. Once one end of a hand is out of view, the opposite end appears. Time is told much like that of many other retrograde watches (seen here-->link) and the casing appears to be brushed steel with a block link bracelet. The date is viewed through a porthole in the bottom half of the watch. £375 (quartz) Paul Smith Watches-->Link

Paul Smith Dashboard WatchAvailable in olive, light/dark blue and red

Paul Smith Dashboard WatchThe original model from the late nineties
Polished steel, sport link bracelet, expanding digits

Paul Smith Dashboard WatchMost of the original collection

Some had mechanical movements, most were Quartz. Many inspirations from the vintage LIP, Christian Dior and Pierre Cardin watches of the seventies. Most of the current collection is pretty drab otherwise.

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Doxa Grafic Over Time 1957-2007

Doxa Grafic Over Time 1957-2007
When a brand reissues a model from their past, somehow, it just never looks quite right. It's either too polished or the details that originally made it interesting are dulled down.

The Doxa Grafic of 1957 was very modern for its time, a stark dial with a simple starburst of crosshairs was really quite different for a wristwatch. As the original 1957 advertisement above states, "Excitingly, Fashionably, Emphatically Different!" An affordable alternative to the asymmetrical Patek Philippe watches by Gilbert Albert of the same time. Patek-->Link

The minimalism of the bauhaus inspired design has been relatively faithful over past years. Now, with the 50th anniversary of the Grafic in 2007, liberties have been taken for a new chronograph version.

Doxa Grafic Over Time 1957-2007Original vintage automatic Grafic
Date hole upper left
available at Art Of Time->Link and another->Link

Doxa Grafic Over Time 1957-2007A vintage Grafic with raised markers->Link

Doxa Grafic Over Time 1957-2007The Grafic in 2007

Doxa Grafic Over Time 1957-2007The 2007 Grafic Chronograph
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Tag Heuer Silverstone Reissue - A Very Faithful Reintroduction of the Stunning 1974 ChronographOmega Reissues the Famous Ploprof Divers Watch - 1970s Jacques Cousteau CollaborationRoger Tallon's Mach 2000 Dark Master Chronograph Watch ReviewIkepod Black Hole Finally Seeing the Light of DayPaul Smith Dashboard WatchDoxa Grafic Over Time 1957-2007

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