Tudor, Grand Seiko and a crazy cool A-11
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This month has been loaded with new releases from prolific brands including Tudor and Audemars Piguet. This week, I picked three to highlight that instantly caught the eyes of the watch community.
Tudor Ranger Ref. 79950
Yes, the first one has to be Tudor’s new Ranger, reference 79950. As a lover of vintage, it was great to see the Ranger make a comeback for Tudor, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the British North Greenland Expedition.
While I would have loved to see this in a 36mm case, I am still happy to see it sized at 39mm. This piece is available with three strap options - 316L oyster bracelet ($3,050), rubber-leather, and striped fabric strap ($2,725). More information on Tudor’s site.
Praesidus A-11 Marston Mat D-Day
In no particular order, my second choice was the Praesidus release of their new limited edition A-11 Marston Mat D-Day field watch.
At Huntington Company we have a close connection and love for vintage military timepieces - you can find A-11s, A17As and so much in the shop (you can understand why this caught my attention).
The case (38mm) is sandblasted steel with polished lugs. Inside, a Swiss P024 automatic winding movement beats reliably. One of the most interesting aspects of this piece is the dial.
While faux patina hands with contrasting white hour markers did not really click initially, the dial still pops. Cut from raw carbon steel, each dial retains a unique look which appeals to the collector in search of a true one-of-a-king piece.
You’d expect the price to reflect the exclusivity of this piece. However, at only $595, this limited edition of 100 pieces won’t last long on the shelves. More information on Praesidus’s site.
Grand Seiko SLGH017 "Night Burch"
Lastly, we look to the king of dials for their most recent release - Grand Seiko. The ‘Night Burch’ reference SLGH017 is absolutely stunning, and is featured in their Evolution 9 Collection.
Considering the ‘White Birch’ is already a stunning example depicting the white birch forest, the SLGH017 is at home in this collection.
One of the most significant changes to this new release is the case and bracelet, now constructed entirely from titanium. Still, the case measures 40mm with a thickness of 11.7mm.
The movement, a Grand Seiko caliber 9SA5 features a dual impulse. In short, this means the power goes to both the balance and pallet fork simultaneously. The open case back exposes this beautiful movement which is truly a sight to behold.
Slotted to release in August, this piece will set you back $10,400. If you ask me, a stunning movement, mesmerizing dial and a well finished titanium case might make this piece worth every penny. For more information: Grand Seiko’s site.