When Casio first announced its 35th anniversary GMW-B5000, I thought “looks nice! Shouldn’t be too difficult to find one. It’s a G Shock. G Shocks are everywhere”. As everyone knows by now, that’s absolute bollocks because.. seriously. It was so damn difficult to locate one at retail price. Special thanks to @orangedial17 😍
Finally picked it up over the weekend and I must say I’m so impressed over its built quality! Plus, as evident all over Instagram already, it looks so at home amongst various luxury timepieces. 😄 And no, I don’t care about the overhang of the lugs. 😂
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Stepping back from the contextual significance of the 3940, the watch in itself is a marvel both in its design and movement. Housing the fantastically finished in-house perpetual calendar caliber 240 Q, one of its defining aspects is the integrated off center micro rotor, allowing this incredibly complicated watch to come in at an unbelievably slim 9mm. In order to ensure that a rotor that small could power the watch, it was made in 22k gold, with the extra weight providing more force to wind the watch. The aesthetics of the watch is an exercise in restraint, a timeless design combining the need for legibility with a beautiful symmetry of sub dials. It has a white opaline dial with white gold applied index markers and dauphine hands. Each sub dial provides two sets of information, with the 3 o’clock sub dial showing the leap year indicator and the day of the week, the 6 o’clock sub dial showing the enamel moonphase and the day of the month, and finally the 9 o’clock sub dial showing the 24-hour clock and the month. The sub dials are systemized within concentric circles and in an obvious hierarchy, with the day, month and date on the outer track of the sub dial, with the less important leap year indicator, moon phase and 24-hour clock inside it. A cool little quirk of these early 3940’s is in the 24-hour subsidiary dial. In what looks to be discoloration, the orange tint of the bottom half is actually a subtle indicator to show that it is night-time
The 36mm curved case sits proportionately elegant on the wrist and its ultra slim profile completes what is perhaps one of the most understated and elegant timepieces. My watch came with the angular tang buckle, which I much prefer than the more ornamental Calatrava deployant clasp. The 3940 interestingly was offered with both a sapphire caseback and a solid gold case back – after many early clients who bought the first series, which were only offered with a solid caseback, requested for sapphire ones
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It's strange how tiny digital watches never look too small. If this were analog it'd look ridiculous.
The many faces of green Sumo! I'm thinking about for the first time ever swapping back to the factory hardlex to revert to a flat top crystal. The double domed sapphire is introducing a lot of reflection that takes away from the sunburst in this particular dial. Thoughts fam?
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Same movements, completely different designs. The Pan Europ is a recreation of a 1970’s Hamilton racing watch. The original featured one of the first automatic chronograph movements, caliber 11. This movement was a combination effort by Heuer, Hamilton, and Breitling to bring about the first automatic Chronograph movement. Seiko was also looking to make the first automatic Chronograph movement about the same time. I’ve read somewhere that Seiko was the first to release an auto chrono.
To the right is my newly acquired Hamilton Pioneer auto chrono. Another recreation of a watch Hamilton used to produce for the Royal Air Force in the 1970s. They used design components from a watch Lemania was producing for the RAF prior to Hamilton’s model. The key design features for this RAF design were an asymmetrical case (the right side of the case is extended outward about 2mm to act as a crown/pusher guard), the large 12 and 6 numerals on the dial, and short/stout lugs. From what I gather Hamilton offered to make the watch at a lower cost for the RAF, and this they begun production of a similar design to what you see on the right. The original RAF design featured a Valjoux 7733 and did not have a date window and featured pencil hand set (instead of syringe hands as seen on this modern reinterpretation), and a thinner case due to no rotor. Oh, and it also didn’t come on a bracelet.
Both of these watches feature the Hamilton Caliber H-31, a Valjoux 7753 with a 60 hour power reserve and date function. Both are keeping time within COSC, and deliver a great bi-compax look. I find that Hamilton delivers great bang for buck and high quality watches for what you pay. Both of these watches also have AR coated sapphire crystal and good lume, both are things Hamilton has not been known to utilize in their more entry level pieces. Also, something worth noting is the Pan Europ appears smaller in the photo because the pilot was sitting on the bracelet clasp, which brought it closer to the camera. The Pilot is actually about 3mm smaller in size.
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“I have always been interested in Omega and I’m in awe of their craftsmanship and design. My wife finally ok’d the purchase and I waited with impatience, like a child on Christmas morning, for my watch to arrive. I snapped this picture right after the bracelet was sized.” - congratulations to vyperman from reddit watches on his latest acquisition. The Seamaster is a special watch and this example is no exception.