Diver With Tropical Dial
Here it is easy to spot the Super Compressor case, with its characteristic cross-hatched crowns. Manufactured by Piquerez, it relied on the increased water pressure to further seal the case as a diver went deeper and deeper, with a caseback pressed more firmly to the case as the diver progressed. The replica Longines trusted this ingenious case construction for its dive watches from the late 1950s onward, beginning with that model, before the releasing of the other one in the early 1960s. The reference switch was accompanied by an increased water resistance to 200m and the replacement of the automatic caliber 19AS with the higher beat movement.
Very obviously, the dial has turned brown from age, allowing us to describe it as truly tropical (some light pitting can be observed on the close-up pictures too). The tropicalization is a coveted feature, especially when the phenomenon is homogeneous across the dial’s surface; here it looks stunning, especially with the patinated radium on the handset and painted indexes. The 42mm case remains sharp, with well defined lugs, but the seller notes that the bottom crown is a replacement part. The caseback features the expected diver embossing and the serial number is engraved on the inside.
Piaget Coin Watch
Piaget took advantage of the slim profile of its excellent caliber 9P in many ways: for thin pocket watches, jeweled manchettes, dress watches, and also coin fake watches. Coin watches were a way for manufacturers to show off their watchmaking and casemaking skills, and were offered by Rolex, Corum, Vacheron Constantin and Piaget, among others.
The present replica watch shows a double case, with hinged Piaget clock inside the carved 1904 coin, the same type that housed the historical watch that we had highlighted two years ago. The coin is a respectable 35mm diameter, with a thickness below 4mm – quite an accomplishment, as the 9P movement itself is 2mm thick. The watch is reported to have been manufactured in the 1970s, which seems consistent with other examples auctioned before.
1956 Omega Seamaster XVI
This replica Omega Seamaster reference 2850SC was produced in 1956 for the 16th Olympiad, which took place in Melbourne, Australia. It features the automatic caliber 471 with a full rotor, which is pretty cool for a fancy gold dress watch. At 34mm, it’s also a great option for men and women (you could even share with someone). Thinking of summer travels, this watch would be right at home on the Italian Riviera. Where will you take it? The full listing is right here.
Diver With Tropical Dial