When considering assembling both watch collection, I opted to translate the idea in the most straightforward and practical way possible: What pair of watches would have me covered anywhere, anytime? While the past two columns out of Jack and Ben each seemed in a set of watches with a few similarities that revealed the respective brands’ idiosyncrasies, I’m trying for two totally different timepieces here. The dichotomy is clear, yet it is highly revealing of the identifying benefits different types of wristwatches may bring. On the right you probably realized modern Rolex Submariner blue replica watches , and to the left we’ve got a classic ultra-thin Piaget. It would be hard to consider just two less-similar watches.
They do however have one important thing in common: they both rely on a automatic motions, and every watch proudly shows that fact on its dial. That those two versions were actually born in precisely the exact same decade is not a coincidence. Each solved a major challenge that wristwatches struck until the 1950s. The Submariner solved the conundrum of producing robust watches that could be utilized as serious tools in highly adverse conditions for watches, such as deep diving. The Piaget, on the other hand, attacked the depth which seemed inherent to any automatic caliber on account of the supplementary layer of this rotor. To this day, Rolex submariner black fake watches and Piaget are each the benchmark in these categories — rugged sport watches and slim dress watches — without every really difficult the other in its field. Sure, Rolex submariner green ceramic clone offered the short lived Verithin and Veriflat, while Piaget created the very forgettable Polo Key Dive, but for the most part the firms ran parallel courses instead of vertical ones.
In my opinion, their respective successes could be explained by the obsession and persistence inherent in each manufacture. Neither of these watches was a surprising stroke of genius. They had been the end-results of extended processes of incremental improvements and focused research and development efforts. Neither could boast of being a genuine pioneer, either. Blancpain beat Rolex submariner blue gold clone watch to the punch by a year with all the Fifty Fathoms, and Büren had a dress watch featuring a micro-rotor before Piaget. The Submariner’s Oyster situation has become the gold-standard to get water-resistance for decades, building on patents and technology dating back to the 1920. Less famous though is that the award-winning caliber 12P within this Piaget actually descends from the 9P, a manually-wound caliber that Piaget patented in 1956. Both watches came to life since their creators decided to go 1 step beyond what previously existed, and challenged their previous accomplishments to create something fresh.
Another resistance present in those watches is the timeless one of classic versus contemporary. I do love seeing a vintage Sub with some fantastic patina out in the wild. But, at the end of the afternoon, once I want to put on a sport watch such as this, I wish to wear something which may sustain a bit of abuse. The sapphire crystal and heavier build of the Sub take care of this for me. Similarly, the Piaget illustrates very much how forgiving I could be with a vintage watch. I would be unable to speak at all about the watch’s precision because I never really measured it. It works well enough that I am not late to meetings with my boss or supper with my spouse. More importantly though, it joins me with a bygone age where somebody managed to think of a 2.3mm-thick automatic caliber with no assistance from a computer.
There is a final reason I chose these two watches, and it’s profoundly personal. I actually have both, and finding each was a significant step in my horological journey. This was the driving force of my attention for watches. There was likewise my amazement the first time that a watchmaker opened the caseback and revealed that the 24k gold micro-rotor with its arching bridge. In precisely the same vein, the Submariner was the first huge watch I purchased after a great deal of yearning, conserving, and day-dreaming (James Bond might be partially responsible here).