The Eight Watch Anniversaries You Need To Know In 2017
100 Years – The Cartier Tank (1917)
A early Cartier Tank.
Though Cartier is a company with a rich and interesting history from which it can draw motivation, its own concentration as of late has been on new product offerings and complications. In any case, I would be exceptionally amazed if Cartier didn’t try commending the 100th commemoration of the Tank here and there at SIHH in a few weeks – similarly as with the Santos back in 2004. The Tank, which was inherent the middle of World War One and which is designed according to French military tanks worked by Renault, is one of the genuine symbols of 20th century plan, also its noticeable spot in watchmaking history.
85 Years – The Patek Philippe Calatrava (1932)
A ref. 96, the first Calatrava, seen here in treated steel with Breguet numerals.
Despite its little size, the reference 96 is without a doubt perhaps the best creation since it launched the Calatrava line way back in the mid 1930s, establishing the pace for the assembling’s dress watches for quite a long time (up until the present time, no less). From the 96 spawned in excess of a few amazing Calatrava models, such as the always brilliant ref. 570 the actually underestimated ref. 2526 . Will Patek Philippe return to or reissue the first reference this year? Most likely not. The interest for a little (like, sub-31mm little) level bezel Calatrava with dauphine hands simply isn’t there. In addition, the current Patek index as of now contains a comparable, however bigger, watch in ref. 5196G . Possibly we’ll get a development redesign or some sort of commemoration Calatrava, yet it very well may be in a real sense nearly anything.
65 Years – The Breitling Navitimer (1952)
A Breitling Navitimer 806
Anniversary watches ought to (in an ideal world) be kept to truly significant models, which is correctly what the Navitimer is to Breitling. Launched in 1952 and initially powered by the Venus 178 development, the Navitimer was created for, and with the assistance of, the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA). The issue here is that Breitling as of now has a commemoration Navitimer AOPA with the affiliation’s logo on the dial (much the same as the past times), however in the event that the company wants to turn 2017 out of a positive bearing following an extreme year ( the company is purportedly available to be purchased ) the arrival of a recorded symbol would absolutely always be a resource. It will be fascinating to check whether we get one more AOPA Navitimer or something other than what’s expected entirely.
Oh and we should specify, in light of a legitimate concern for exactness, that there is a really solid view nowadays in the gatherer community that Navitimers were in reality originally sold in 1954, in spite of the fact that Breitling authoritatively gives 1952 as the date.
60 Years – The Omega Speedmaster (1957)
An Omega Speedmaster Reference 2915-1.
Commemorative watches are Omega’s solid suit, so this year ought to be incredible one for the droves of Omega aficionados out there. The Speedmaster is one of the world’s most significant watches and it was launched 60 years prior, so you know we can expect something important from Omega. The rub is that we’ve seen incalculable varieties of the Speedmaster throughout the long term as of now, including what could be viewed as the authoritative commemoration model in the Speedmaster ’57 –the watch has all that you could want from a dedicated re-release bar the first development. As an aside, likewise turning 60 are the Seamaster 300 and the Railmaster, the other two individuals from the Holy Trinity of Omega sports watches brought out in 1957. Like I said, it will be a decent year for Omega lovers.
50 Years – The Rolex Sea-Dweller (1967)
An early Sea-Dweller with the mark helium escape valve.
This is a major one. This year points the 50th commemoration of a Rolex symbol, and one whose worth has soar in the sale room. Simultaneously, Rolex has recently shown it praises its own achievements when and how it wants to. The current year’s Daytona is the one we expected in 2013, for that model’s 50th commemoration, when we rather got this platinum model with a chestnut brown Cerachrom bezel and an ice blue dial. In the event that we get anything (and I wouldn’t get excessively amped up for this one), it could possibly be in that vein, a profoundly restricted wristwatch in an honorable material. Another motivation to dial down assumptions is the moderately youthful timeframe of realistic usability of the Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller 4000, which was presented in 2014. However, as I said, this is a major one, so who knows?
45 Years – The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak (1972)
An A-Series Royal Oak from Audemars Piguet.
Audemars Piguet stunned the business 45 years prior when it presented (with the assistance of Gerald Genta) the Royal Oak, a games watch with solid character, a coordinated wristband, and an excessive cost tag for a tempered steel watch at that point – 3,300 CHF. It at last won over the general population, became something of a symbol, and spawned the Offshore (itself a commemoration watch to check the 20th commemoration of the Royal Oak). You could say 45 years is an odd achievement to celebrate, and it would be, save the reality we haven’t made some new memories just Royal Oak since 2012, the watch’s 40th commemoration, and I can’t envision authorities turning down another.
35 Years – F.P. Journe's Very First Watch (1982)
The absolute first F.P. Journe watch, ever.
Ben as of late gave you a top to bottom gander at the whole genealogy of F.P. Journe tourbillon watches, which, unexpectedly, starts with Journe’s absolute first watch. Not a terrible way to get going, correct? While free brands aren’t prone to perceive their own (comparatively more limited) narratives with commemorative pieces similar way the huge players are, I expect we will hear a ton from Journe (and about Journe) all through this commemoration year. We’ve just seen the astounding T30 and T10 watches, so anything new would probably be comparably cool, if not cooler.
20 Years – The Patek Philippe Aquanaut (1997)
An unique Patek Phillipe Aquanaut.
The most foreseen commemoration of 2016 was, without an uncertainty, the 40th commemoration of the Nautilus, Patek Philippe’s first games watch. We expected to see new models at Baselworld, yet Patek did maybe the most Patek thing ever and showed up without a solitary new Nautilus at the reasonable. We several new pieces toward the year’s end, and I wouldn’t be astounded if Patek treated its other sports watch, the Aquanaut, in much a similar way. Twenty years after its appearance, during which the Nautilus has made progress in the meeting room with valuable metal and complicated forms, the Aquanaut has slowly been assuming control over the shelf as sportiest watch in Patek’s catalog.
Reward: Urwerk Turning 20 In 2017
The UR-105M Dark Knight, one of the later models from Urwerk.
Besides F.P. Journe, another little autonomous creator who will, this time certainly celebrate 2017, is Urwerk. The little outfit is turning 20 this year, however festivities are now under way on the company’s website , where it is as of now prodding an intuitive activity of its journey. Furthermore, you can make certain there will be something uncommon come SIHH.