Rawad Sleem | @itsrawadsleem |
This week there were a handful of great releases but two caught my eye. One from Benrus and the other surprisingly, from Tissot and it wasn’t even a PRX model.
Benrus Type 2 Reissue
Recently I purchased a Type 1 Reissue for my summer travels. I thought it would be a great watch to have on the side for the beach, hitting the pool or for any other outdoor activity the summer would bring my way. The watch slowly became less of a beater watch and more of a daily wear in my collection. That being said, shortly after Benrus released their Type 2 Reissue.
Limited to 500 pieces, the Type 2 is built just as it was 50 years ago. A 42mm case with a pointed side around the crown and a sterile dial with large indices and hands. The movement inside is the Soprod P024 automatic movement, similar to the ETA 2824-2 or Sellita SW200.
Coming in at 42mm and a short lug-to-lug, the Benrus is super easy to wear and can be thrown on a handful of straps. For me personally, I rotate between a parachute strap for an active day and a leather strap for something casual while I am out. I have said this before on Instagram, the Benrus Type 1 and 2 wear better then the Rolex Submariner in 42mm. With it being as easy as it is to wear, it also has 300m water resistance. That means this is all you really need for your vacation trip. It’ll handle any beach, any wave and any scuba diving you want to do.
I love the Benrus reissue, you get to wear a watch with the exact feel of its original model from the ‘70s and not have to fork up $10,000 and then baby it. Good on Benrus for reissuing a vintage classic and keeping similar specs. At $1,495, it’s worth it. If you are looking for something to throw on, enjoy and not worry about it, both the Type 1 and Type 2 make a great choice! Check out more of the Type 2.
Tissot Telemeter 1938
Tissot made a big splash in the watch market when they came out with the PRX. Now, with multiple models and price ranges, you are able to own an affordable sports watch with similar styling to the Royal Oak, Nautilus and so on.
This week Tissot also unveiled a stunning reissue from their extensive vintage catalog. The Tissot Telemeter 1938 comes in at 42mm and a price tag of $1,950. The watch comes in two dial choices, a gilt black dial with gold markers and a white dial with a red track and blue hands. Both bring back the styling of their chronographs from the ‘30s.
The watch also comes with the Tissot Cal. A05.231 which is simply a better version of the Valjoux 7750. Don’t get me wrong, the watch is stunning, but that 42mm is hard for me to get along with. The pushers are oval and the crown looks great with a coin edge all around. The dial choices are beautiful and give you that vintage feel but with a thin bezel and large dial, the 42mm case might not work for many of us. None-the-less, if this piece looks great on your wrist and you’re itching for something with a taste of vintage, I think the Tissot 1938 is what you are looking for. Yes the price is high for a Tissot, but at the end of the day, it’s a Swiss Made chronograph that is elegant and clean.