ZENITH EL PRIMERO A386 REVIVAL – YELLOW GOLD
Zenith, in association with auction house Phillips, unveiled two limited editions that pay homage to the Ref. A386 from 1969. The first of the two homage editions uses the on-trend yellow gold and black color scheme. The color scheme is very much like the Rolex Daytona ‘John Player Special’ chronographs, although Zenith has never had anything like this in its catalogue before.
The yellow gold El Primero Ref. A386 has a 38 mm wide case that’s 12.6 mm thick. It has a black dial with gold sub-registers and gold printing - a contrast that is beloved in the watch collecting community. $20,000
GRAND SEIKO REF. SBGE248
Grand Seiko unveiled its first two tone sports watch this year with the launch of Ref. SBGE248, a Spring Drive GMT. The luxury Japanese watchmaker is synonymous with more conservatively-styled dress watches but this one has an extroverted outlook with the gold and blue tones. It has a 44 mm brushed stainless steel case with beveled edges and a case profile that measures 14.7 mm.
It is fitted with an 18K yellow gold bezel — a first for the Sport collection since Grand Seiko saves the yellow gold color scheme for its more commemorative editions. Apart from the 18k yellow gold bezel, the screw-down crown placed at 4 o’ clock is also made from the same metal and the watch is depth-rated to 200 meters. $11,500
ROLEX SEA-DWELLER ROLESOR
Rolex has given a luxurious update to the new generation Sea-Dweller by introducing a new model in yellow Rolesor, the brand’s version of 18K yellow gold and Oystersteel watches. This is the first Sea-Dweller range to feature an 18K yellow gold case.
Unlike the 2017 issue, which featured the Sea-Dweller lettering in red as homage to the original model, this one has its in yellow to echo the color scheme of the watch. The bezel, winding crown and centre links of the bracelet are in 18k yellow gold. The watch is paired with an Oyster three-link bracelet; the polished center links are made from 18K yellow gold and are helmed in by links in Oystersteel. $15,300
TUDOR BLACK BAY CHRONO S&G
This year, just like big brother Rolex who introduced a two tone Sea-Dweller, Tudor unveiled the new Black Bay chronograph S&G (S&G is Tudor speak for two tone steel and gold watches). However, this is not the 2017 chronograph in new livery, Tudor has introduced subtle changes that go a long way.
The satin-brushed bezel of the original is now replaced by a fixed bezel in yellow gold with a black anodized aluminum insert with a tachymeter scale in matching gold. The aluminum bezel insert is more in line with the rest of the Black Bay family. The screw down crown and chronograph pushers are in yellow gold and the watch has a stainless steel caseback. $6,500
BELL & ROSS BR V2-94 BELLYTANKER BRONZE
Limited to 999 pieces, the latest Bellytanker from Bell & Ross offers a new livery for the popular design now coming in a bold black-and-gold look; however, rather than rely on the expense of a precious metal, Bell & Ross made the smart – and trendy – choice to utilize the warm tone of bronze for its new release. The Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Bellytanker Bronze comes in a 41-mm case that is the same as the previous Bellytanker chronograph released in 2017.
In fact, most of the details – other than the choice of bronze for the case and bezel and the black dial with champagne/gold accents – carry over from the 2017 release. Inside the watch is Caliber BR-CAL.301 that uses the workhorse ETA 2894-2 as its base movement. Price: $4,990.
ORIS SIXTY-FIVE DIVER ‘BICO’
The Oris Sixty-Five Diver is a fan favorite for a reason. It’s a great-looking watch that is known as one of the better value propositions in the industry today. At Baselworld 2019, the Hölstein-based brand updated the neo-classic watch with a full bronze bezel insert laid on top a stainless-steel bracelet. Oris already enhanced a version of the Sixty- Five Diver with a bronze bezel last year, but the two-tone effect was minimal compared to today’s version.
Combined with the deep blue dial that recalls the depths of the ocean, the Sixty-Dive Diver “BiCo” is another strong example of what Oris is doing right in building out its dive watch family. Powering the watch is the Oris 733 movement that is based off of a Sellita SW200-1. The watch is priced at $2,350 on the two-tone bracelet (the center links are made of bronze), but there’s also an option with a leather strap at $2,100.