Jewels of the Sea: Omega Unveils Seamaster 300 Models with Mineral Dials

Omega, which famously incorporated actual lunar meteorite into the dial of its 50th Anniversary Speedmaster Moonwatch, has turned to some rare and precious materials found right here on Earth for the dials of two recently released pieces in its Seamaster 300 collection. One combines a lapis lazuli dial with a platinum-gold case, the other a malachite dial with an 18k yellow gold case.

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Omega Seamaster 300 with lapis lazuli dial and platinum-gold case

The blue-hued dial of the first model is made of the semi-precious stone lapis lazuli, composed mainly of the mineral lazurite and prized since antiquity for its dazzling ultramarine color. Used by royal dynasties in ancient Egypt, which carved and polished into statues and other objects, its color was once described by Marco Polo as “the finest azure in the world.” Its 41-mm case, made of the alloy platinum-gold, has a bezel ring in polished blue ceramic; the bezel’s traditional dive scale is executed in platinum Liquidmetal. The hands are in 18k white gold and the leather strap harmonizes with the blues of the dial and bezel. Continue reading

Back From the Deep: The Doxa SUB 300T Conquistador in Six Dial Options

Earlier this fall, iconic Swiss dive-watch brand Doxa released its newest collection of SUB 300T Conquistadors. This collection was first unveiled to the public in 1969 and was then known for its reliability and affordability during the initial rise of the hobby diving trend.

The original SUB 300T is now credited as the first dive watch to bring together a helium-release valve, a unidirectional rotating bezel, and the now-famous orange dial for enhanced underwater visibility all in a single package. For this reason, the watch was historically important in helping push the dive-watch category closer to how we understand it today, and has remained in the eyes of divers and watch enthusiasts alike as a classic in the category. Continue reading

Shinola Pays Tribute to Detroit’s Rum-Runners with Bronze Monster Automatic Timepiece

Shinola has made a habit of weaving intricate stories into the foundations behind its newest watches. The stories themselves are quite interesting, recalling obscure moments in American history, with the brand then matching the aesthetic details of the newest watches to refelct them. The new Bronze Monster Automatic Timepiece is no exception, being released today alongside a tale from the Prohibition era. The new Monster watches features a bronze case and dark colorways, elements cited by Shinola as inspired by Prohibition times and by the stealth of the rum-runners on the Michigan-Ontario waterway that thrived in those times. Continue reading

Panerai Launches its First Green-Dialed Submersible as an Online Exclusive

Panerai first dipped its toes into e-commerce in 2017, with the release of a limited-edition model in its Submersible collection (then called Luminor Submersible), with the first 30 of 100 pieces offered to online customers. Today, Panerai takes it to the next level, with another special-edition Submersible — this one with all 500 of its pieces available exclusively via the brand’s e-commerce site. Here’s a look at the Panerai Submersible Verde Militare – 42 MM, which also happens to be the first-ever Submersible with a green dial. Continue reading

Seiko Releases 50th Anniversary Edition of the Historic Quartz Astron

As this seminal Golden Anniversary year for the watch industry winds down — and timepieces commemorating a half-century of the Zenith El Primero, the Heuer Monaco, and the Omega Moonwatch have all been given their due — one milestone from 1969 remains largely unheralded: Seiko’s invention of the first wristwatch with a quartz movement, the original Quartz Astron. The Japanese watch giant remedied that this week, with the release of the 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition — a series of just 50 pieces in gold that brings together in one watch the original technical innovations of the first Astron and the ultra-modern GPS functionality of the revamped 2012 version. Continue reading

3 Vintage-Inspired Chronographs Seen at WatchTime New York 2019

A week ago, the WatchTime team and over 1,600 guests had the pleasure to meet at Gotham Hall in New York City for the fifth annual WatchTime New York event. The show is now the largest watch event in the United States, and as such features some of the newest and best watches in the world. This year saw a proliferation of dive watches and skeletonized models, and also a big emphasis on over-the-top expensive pieces. It also saw a continuation of the vintage-inspired trend in the watch industry, with at least four brands showcasing their vintage-inspired chronographs over the weekend. Here’s a look at three standouts. Continue reading