Post by Mark
I don’t have many watches but every watch I do own has a story and this vintage Porsche Design one is no different. Since it’s an old watch I’ve really had a difficult time finding information on it but, what I’ve kinda put together from various sources is that this watch was originally released back in 1972 and it was designed by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the same guy who designed the classic Porsche 911. When Ferdinand left Porsche he formed Porsche Design and the first product he designed and released was this wristwatch.
There are many reasons why I love this watch so much but the main reason is because its the longest watch I’ve owned. My dad originally purchased this watch in the mid 80s and then later in the late 90s I ended up taking the watch off him when I left to university. While in university I had the watch stolen from my dorm room but then a couple of months later I spotted a guy wearing it who turned out to be the thief. When I got the watch back it turns out he had broken the watch crown and the glass had a chip. The broken watch went into my drawer until three years ago when I was looking for a vintage watch to buy and I realized that I already had one.
I didn’t really know anything about the watch other than the fact it was by Porsche Design and that it came in either black or silver. I started researching online and found out Dustin Hoffman wore this watch in Kramer vs Kramer and Tom Cruise in Top Gun which gave the watch some nice history. I also found out that my watch had an automatic Orfina Lemania 5100 Movement so I decided to contact Orfina and see if the watch could be repaired. After exchanging a few emails with them I mailed the watch to them in Switzerland to get repaired. After checking the watch they replied back to me with two quotations, one for fixing just the issues with the watch and the second for a complete refurbishing which included polishing the case. Since I wanted my vintage watch to look vintage I went with option 1 which ended up costing me just a bit over KD200.
I finally got the watch back last week and I love it. For a watch designed back in 1972 it doesn’t look outdated at all. Even the size of the watch is perfect at 40mm and looks great on my wrist. It’s really a watch that was ahead of its time and a great watch to have in my collection.
Post by Mark
At 02:56 UTC on 21 July 1969, two NASA astronauts became the first human beings ever to set foot on the surface of a celestial body. The feat has been described as one of mankind’s crowning technological achievements and OMEGA was literally on hand on this historic occasion. Strapped around his spacesuit, Buzz Aldrin had an OMEGA Speedmaster Professional chronograph.
The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th wristwatch commemorates the first lunar landing and celebrates its link to the iconic chronograph that was part of the adventure. Recalling the colours of the moon and the Apollo 11 lunar and command modules, this Limited Edition timepiece features a 42 mm completely brushed case with a touch of gold. The case is crafted from lightweight grade 2 titanium – a choice that was inspired by the troves of titanium ore that cover the Moon.
The black PVD dial, with its 30-minute and 12-hour recorders and small seconds sub-dial, has been produced using a special laser which creates the design elements on the watch’s face by removing the material surrounding the name, sub-dial numerals and hour markers. The indexes and hour, minute, seconds and sub-dial hands are crafted from 18K red gold and the central chronograph hand is red gold-plated.
Another striking feature of the Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition watch is its brown coated nylon fabric “NATO” strap which is inspired by the robust straps that have equipped the timepieces issued to military personnel since the Second World War.
This timepiece has been produced in an edition limited to 1,969 pieces; a number that reflects the significant year that the first humans walked on the Moon. The Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition wristwatch is fitted with calibre 1861, a manual-winding chronograph movement. It is offered with a two-year warranty and a special presentation box. This remarkable timepiece is water resistant to 5 bar (50 metres / 167 feet). [Link]
Post by Mark
Today the latest Batman film The Dark Knight Rises hit theaters. In the movie Bruce Wayne (played by Christian Bale) wears a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande Date. As an homage to this detail, Jaeger-LeCoultre has released a limited edition version of the Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931 watch.
The rear of the flippable steel case features an engraved and lacquered The Dark Knight Rises logo, while the front is an art-deco looking black dial. They should be available at Jaeger-LeCoultre stores in Los Angeles, London, Geneva, and Hong Kong.
No idea if the local dealer is getting it. Don’t think they even got the previous Mad Men edition. [Link]