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Touching the Past: Six Modern “Retro” Watches and the Historical Pieces That Inspired Them | Features

When retro-inspired watches are modeled after particular predecessors, followers of mechanical timekeeping can “grasp” design historical past. On this characteristic from the Options archives, we check out six watches that awaken a eager for the previous.


The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox (above) and the unique Memovox Polaris from 1968 (under)

JLC Memovox 1968

A sporty and stylish wristwatch is an effective option to put on on a stylish seaside. And the alarm operate assures {that a} evening owl gained’t overlook a night rendezvous. The alarm additionally functioned underwater on the unique watch, which Jaeger-LeCoultre premiered in 1965. A variation with a sporty design (left) debuted three years later. It served because the inspiration for the brand new mannequin, which arrived in 2018. Chrome steel, 42 mm, manufacture Caliber 956, computerized, restricted sequence of 1,000 watches, $12,600.



Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 46

The Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 46 (above) and the unique Navitimer from 1952 (under)

Breitling Navitimer 1952

The Navitimer enjoys cult standing not solely amongst pilots, but additionally with their earthbound counterparts. Launched in 1952, this watch additionally represents an epoch when rising air site visitors revolutionized journey. Quite a few new variations with out a slide rule on the bezel and even with out a stopwatch operate debuted in 2018. However classical mannequin variations with each of those capabilities, such because the Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 46 (proven), are nonetheless obtainable for Breitling followers. They differ from the unique Navitimer primarily resulting from their bigger measurement and contrasting-colored subdials. Chrome steel, 46 mm, manufacture Caliber B01, computerized, chronometer, $8,215.



Rolex GMT-Master II Oystersteel - soldier

Rolex GMT-Grasp II in Oystersteel (above) and the unique Rolex GMT-Grasp from 1955 (under)

Rolex GMT-Master 1955

Due to an extra 24-hour hand and its corresponding rotatable bezel, this Rolex mannequin is the epitome of a traveler’s watch. The primary hour hand wasn’t individually adjustable till the debut of the GMT-Grasp II in 1982. The 2 hour arms had been inseparably linked when the unique mannequin premiered in 1955, which meant that if the wearer needed his watch to indicate the time in a second zone, he needed to flip the rotatable bezel till it matched the extra hour hand. Nicknamed “Pepsi,” the coveted metal model with its blue-and-red bezel celebrated its comeback in 2018. Chrome steel, ceramic bezel, 40 mm, manufacture Caliber 3285, computerized, chronometer, $9,250.



IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days 150

The IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Version “150 Years” (above) and the unique Portugieser from 1939 (under)

IWC vintage Portugieser

Magnificence spanning generations: IWC celebrated a milestone anniversary in 2018 with the newest model of this icon. The brand new Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Version “150 Years” is impressed by the massive, simple, metal watches that IWC delivered to Portuguese importers in 1939. The elegant 41.5-mm case surrounded numerous dial choices. Rose gold, 43 mm, manufacture Caliber 59215 with power-reserve show on the again, hand-wound, $18,800.



Seiko Automatic Divers SLA025

Seiko Automated Diver’s Re-Creation Restricted Version (Ref. SLA025, above) and the unique mannequin from 1968 (under)

Seiko Divers - 1968 original

Fifty years after the debut of its first divers’ watch with a high-frequency caliber, this Japanese producer pays homage to the timepiece with the discharge of Reference SLA025. The manufacture caliber completes 36,000 semi-oscillations per hour. The fast-paced motion and the water-tightness to 300 meters are as thrilling as the brand new design: it’s practically equivalent to the styling of the unique. Hardened stainless-steel, 44.8 mm, manufacture Caliber 8L55, computerized, restricted version of 1,500 watches, $5,400.



Tudor Pelagos

The Tudor Pelagos (above) and the Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner from 1969 (under)

Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner - 1969

The styling of this instrument for skilled divers traces its ancestry on to the Oyster Prince Submariner from 1969. This mannequin premiered the so-called “snowflake” arms with their eye-catching rectangles, which assured that the hour hand wouldn’t be mistaken for the minutes hand. In the meantime, the regular progress of the luminous rectangle on the seconds hand immediately reassured a diver that his watch was nonetheless working at the hours of darkness depths. The Pelagos stays watertight to 500 meters, is provided with a helium valve, and lets divers select between a rubber strap and a titanium bracelet. Titanium, ceramic bezel, 42 mm, manufacture Caliber MT5612, computerized, chronometer, $4,400.