A Grand Seiko Ginza Limited Edition, An Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph, And A Rolex Daytona With Green Dial In 18k Yellow GoldAugust 6, 2021
Did you catch those few bestbuycheap.ru Pre-Owned watches we listed last week? We quietly updated our page with some watches that should look familiar. And by that, we mean similar examples that have crossed our desks in the past. If you’ve missed out on something we offered in a previous drop and since sold, sign up for the waitlist and make a habit of checking in with our H Pre-Owned page.
In this week’s curated drop, we have one of our biggest and best selections yet. It’s a group of watches we’re extremely excited to offer. The elder of the bunch is a Tudor Oysterdate “Big Block” chronograph that dates to approximately 1993 and boasts a tritium lume dial and hands. These continue to pop up on the websites or Instagrams of some of the most vintage-heavy dealers in the watch world – and for good reason. This “Albino” variant with a steel bezel, silver dial, and white sub-registers is increasingly being sought after in the collector community for its mix of vintage and modern design cues. Flipping to the other end of the spectrum, in 2019, OMEGA celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s Moon landing with a subtly two-tone, limited edition Speedmaster Professional that has garnered a, well, creative nickname since. The “Buzz Butt” Speedmaster does much of the same vintage and modern mixing as the “Big Block,” some 26 years later.
Any watch worth its salt has a nickname these days, just ask the “John Mayer” Daytona. Ok, maybe not just any watch. Sometimes, a Royal Oak Chronograph speaks for itself, nickname be damned, or not enough love has been given to a watch for a clever name to arise like the MIH Gaia Limited Edition.
The full collection is up for your viewing pleasure over in the bestbuycheap.ru Shop. Scroll on for the full story on a few more favorites from the team.
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116508 With Green Dial In 18k Yellow Gold
In honor of John Mayer’s eighth studio album, Sob Rock, you know we had to do it. This is one I will be sad to see go, it has been my guilty pleasure around the office, or just sitting at my desk, over the past few weeks. In the most John Mayer way possible, this very Daytona was dubbed as both a “sleeper hit” and, in a somewhat forced reference to Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, compared to the holy grail, all in a single Talking Watches segment. If that alone doesn’t sell you, take a look at the watch itself.
With a solid 18k yellow gold case and deep, photochromic green dial, the ref. 116508 lives up to the billing. A watch that should be too much or should be overly flashy, somehow just works on the wrist. This is that perfect mix of precious-metal elegance and sport styling from Rolex that enters into a whole new category of watch – too big, too brash to be a dress watch, but too, well, gold, to be a sport watch. The “Mayer” is only one of the latest models to hit this sweet spot from Rolex, a brand that has been playing in the bold-and-gold sport watch arena since the Concorde GMT-Master in 1958. At the intersection of two Talking Watches alumni is never a bad place to be. Mr. Mayer and Bethenny Frankel both found space in their watch box for a “Christmas” dial Daytona; here’s your chance to do the same. It may not be a “sleeper hit” and leaning more toward that grail level status in both rarity and price point but that takes nothing away from just how special this watch is. Get all of the details in the Shop now.
Grand Seiko Spring Drive Ginza Limited Edition SBGA425
Grand Seiko takes its home market seriously. The premium Japanese brand releases various runs of market-exclusive timepieces on an annual basis; today, we have one crafted for the tony Tokyo neighborhood of Ginza, released just last summer in a run of 250 pieces.
The Grand Seiko SBGA425 is part of the brand’s Heritage collection and carries forward a point of inspiration on the dial that has influenced a number of recent Grand Seiko timepieces. Grand Seiko calls this dial pattern “Lion’s Mane,” after the king of the jungle that appears in the company’s logo. On the SBGA425, the Lion’s Mane pattern has been executed in a rich shade of dark brown and is further highlighted by pink-gold accents on the hands and hour markers.
While the dial epitomizes Grand Seiko’s meditative approach to watchmaking, the 39mm case profile of the SBGA425 is far more potent, with dynamic lines and a mix of satin-finished and high-polished surfaces. The case is inspired by the original 44GS profile first seen in 1967. And inside, of course, is Spring Drive caliber 9R65 – a fitting final touch for a most Japanese watch. Take a closer look in the bestbuycheap.ru Shop.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Ref. 26331 With Black Dial
Sound the alarms! The Royal Oak craze has arrived and is stronger than ever, as you most definitely have seen if you’ve been following our selections on bestbuycheap.ru Pre-Owned. More often than not, the Royal Oak “Jumbo” ref. 15202 or the three-hander ref. 15500 come to the forefront of all the buzz. However, I believe the Royal Oak Chronograph ref. 26331 is the sleeper hit among those three in the current Audemars Piguet catalog; it’s actually my favorite watch of the bunch. Now, I know that might be a hot take, but let me explain.
When it comes to dial design, this watch takes the cake for me. Released in 2017 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak Chronograph, this reference updates the previous iteration of solid-colored dials with incredibly sharp metallic sub-dials, allowing the radiance of those silver registers to punch through the deep metallic black of the Grande Tapisserie engine-turned dial. In the 41mm diameter case, the sub-dials do a remarkable job of balancing out the space on the dial. That helps make the entire watch a joy to wear on the wrist. Pair that with the thin, integrated chronograph movement inside and the signature Royal Oak (also) integrated bracelet, and you have a winning combination every time. Be sure to read all about it right here.