Each week, I highlight a select handful of the thousand-plus different models that are available, pre-owned, in the Hodinkee Shop. The picks often revolve around a theme: ceramic watches, watches under three thousand dollars, or selections replica watch uk from a specific watchmaker. This week's theme is watches I personally think are interesting and deserving of a spare moment of your time. My preferences tend to skew away from the zeitgeist of the watch world. If I've seen a watch on a dozen or so different Instagram accounts, it starts to lose some luster. This doesn't mean a popular watch is not a very good timepiece (this level of popularity usually comes from a well-deserved reputation), but it does diminish the level of personal connection I feel with my own watch when I see it on so many other people. I want a watch to reflect my personal taste – something I think everyone wants to assume is individualistic and not a result of following trends and mass hype. That being said, Rolex Submariners or OMEGA Speedmasters are fantastic watches. I've never talked to anybody who has regretted owning one, so take my viewpoint on hidden gems with a grain of salt.
Grand Seiko SBGA421
Grand Seiko has built a reputation on making watches with some of the best dial finishings that can be found on any watch, at any price point. The Zaratsu mirror polishing on every marker, hand, and case flank is mesmerizing when you step outside with a Grand Seiko on your wrist. Grand Seiko also put out so many different limited editions that finding one that's the right size, configuration, and dial for your own preferences best replica watches sites to buy from is not a difficult task. The model that is probably the most common to find out in the wild is the snowflake, SBGA211. It's been part of the core Grand Seiko lineup since before they separated themselves from the Seiko brand in 2017. That ubiquity is why I'm such a fan of the SBGA421. It takes the most common dial found in their lineup and dresses it up in red. Only 390 were made, in honor of the Japanese Association of Haute Horlogerie – the red on the second hand, power reserve hand, and around the edge of the dial are a patriotic touch, a nod to the red found in the Japanese flag. The red stands in stark contrast to the snowy white dial, a jarring juxtaposition that brings a level of drama to the watch, and I'm here for it.
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver W7100056
In a world of dive watches, it's hard to stand out. They replica rolex all require similar detail to perform their tool watch duties: a uni-directional bezel with timing markers, 300m of water resistance, a screw-down crown, and enough lume to read the watch clearly underwater. You can go off-the-reservation weird with something like the OMEGA Ploprof – and oh, I do love the Ploprof – or you can bring in a little Cartier style to dress up the watch. The 42mm case might sound large, but at 11mm tall with short, curved lugs that hug the wrist, this Cartier wears much smaller than most 40mm dive watches. A large sub-second dial is not what one would expect to see on a dive watch, as most dive watches are more concerned with elapsed minutes than whatever the second hand is doing. Large rectangular crown guards, a large lumed Cartier XII, and a before-and-after date window are all a strange sight for a traditional tool watch category – but put it all together, and you have something that is both functional and stylish. A combination that possibly only Cartier could come up with. Calibre de Cartier Diver was an unusual watch that worked as an early introduction to Cartier's in-house movement and was only produced from 2003 – 2018. replicawatches.cc