The breakaway Seiko of 2020 is this affordable, classic dive watch for under $1500USD, the SPB149J

Editor’s note: We knew the reception would be good, for lots of reasons noted below. We suspected the reception might be great, as the watch has direct lineage to Seiko’s first ever dive watch, the 62MAS. But, honestly, we didn’t expect the sheer level of excitement that it generated. So, we’ve reprised the video post to give you another look at what is certain to be a watch populating many best-of-2020 lists in a month or two.  We’ve become accustomed to the sight of a vintage reissue in the watch world. Some are good, some are just plain opportunistic and unimaginative, and some miss the mark completely. And the reason many miss the mark is an awkward straddling of the fence between the past and the present. The question boils down to the level of historical accuracy that is being attempted, and whether or not the watch pulls it off. The Seiko SPB149J is a modern reissue of the 62MAS, which was Seiko’s first ever dive watch and it opts to proffer a modern interpretation of the OG, rather than a slavish 1:1 reproduction. This is a modern Seiko dive watch that employs some design cues from the original. The…

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Why I bought the Hanhart x The Rake & Revolution Limited Edition Bronze 417 Chronograph

Hanhart x The Rake & Revolution Limited EditionEditor’s note: Occasionally, we’ll throw to members of the team to explain themselves when it comes to their endless watch purchases. And on that note, if you wish to work in this team, you must be endlessly purchasing watches of some kind or another. Zach mentioned a couple of weeks ago that he was one of the fortunate buyers of the handsome bronze Hanhart that’s been dominating feeds lately. Also note that stories like these require the writer to take their own pics. The whole angle is subjective and firsthand. So, over to you Zach, why? How? All of that.    In a very luxury driven industry, it can be hard at times to find rare watches that are more affordable. Revolution Magazine, in collaboration with Hanhart, have proven that a killer watch can be offered at a killer value with the new Hanhart x The Rake & Revolution Limited Edition Bronze 417 Chronograph. The story goes that The Rake x Revolution founder Wei Koh met Hanhart’s co-managing director Felix Wallner at the 2017 Basel Fair, and mentioned he would love to have “Steve McQueen’s other watch”. While Felix Wallner noted that he has gotten this request hundreds of times,…

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The Collector’s Series – Perry and his Nomos Tangente Sport Datum 531

The attraction, the reasons that drive us towards a certain kind of watch, the lack of rationale behind the love for a timepiece… and then the hunt for THAT special one. Behind most watch acquisitions there’s a story, a motivation to go for one particular version and not another, subjective factors that explain why one […]

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Audemars Piguet's Michael Friedman and Eric Ku go deep on the history of the Royal Oak Concept while exploring two brand new releases

Lightning sometimes strikes [the same channel] twice. This time last week, we brought you one of the most scholarly and in-depth conversations I’ve ever been privy to in my time as a watch journalist, in the form of a video in our Watch & Chill series over on our YouTube channel. The main speakers were Michael Friedman, Head of Complications at Audemars Piguet, and collector and dealer extraordinaire Eric Ku. It was all about the way that Audemars Piguet views history, and the vehicles for the story were two watches. Eric Ku’s now restored vintage Audemars Piguet chronograph, and the 2020 release that has launched a thousand dreams, the [Re]master01 Selfwinding Chronograph. We have captured some of the lightning in a bottle of a few posts, but really, if you haven’t had the pleasure, and a weekend stretches away with a spare hour in it, do yourself a favour. And now, precisely a week later, we’re doing it again, this time with our eyes fixed firmly on the present — and the future. This video sees two (at the time, unreleased) new watches revealed to Eric, who is asked by Michael for his unvarnished opinion. It all seems a little cosy,…

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Introducing – Glashütte Original Alfred Helwig Tourbillon 1920 Limited Edition

Glashütte Original celebrates the 100th anniversary of Alfred Helwig’s sophisticated flying tourbillon. In true understated Glashütte Original style, the tourbillon is positioned on the reverse of the movement. A watch for connoisseurs, the only hint that there is a tourbillon escapement on the watch is the word ‘tourbillon’ inscribed in the small seconds counter of […]

23 hours ago

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: A Seiko you can buy for a good cause, a Longines Tuxedo, and our GPHG winners wish list

It’s a dark, rainy afternoon in Melbourne with temperatures plunged back below 10 degrees. But it’s always sunny when you can write the Wind Down from the office with colleagues around — 1.5m away, of course, but at least around! Today is my first day back in the office for what I would guess to be four months, and it feels good. And as far as the recap for the week goes, it’s been another bustling one.   Early in the week, we had the news that Seiko would donate all proceeds from the cute, but properly value-packed Porco Rosso chronograph to the Black Dog Institute of Australia. If you are interested in doing something great for the world, and acquiring an enamel-dialled chronograph par excellence in the process, please contact sales@timeandtidewatches.com with your name and location. For further inspiration, just look at the way the light bends and pools over the inky enamel dial. Swoon … In other news, we have been deluged with enquiries about the Longines Tuxedo chronograph from our top five. Was it your favourite in the mix? Mine is still the khaki HydroConquest Green (khaki life is real for me), while James, Thor, Luke and Nick…

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