Inspired by the vintage "Steve McQeen" Explorer, the 24 hour hand of the Explorer II has returned to the arrow shape and the orange colour of the original 1971 model. Diamond like carbon matte coating on a 42mm case and signed PROHUNTER in orange on the dial. Finished with an anti reflective coating and individually engraved case backs (001-100).
The GMT-Master, introduced in 1955, was developed to meet the needs of international pilots. The GMT-Master II, unveiled in 2005, has proved to be even more invaluable to those whose professions involve long-distance travel. Featuring a rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel and a separate 24-hour hand, it allows those who travel the world to read three different time zones. Two simultaneously.
Extreme environments, such as the polar regions, have always been real-life proving grounds for Oyster watches. The Explorer II is natural heir to the Explorer as a reliable guide, a tool and a companion for explorers, speleologists and vulcanologists. When it was launched in 1971, the Explorer II set new standards for chronometric precision, strength, autonomy and clarity. It features a distinctive 24-hour hand, an invaluable aid to distinguish daytime hours from night around the poles and beneath ground.
Fifty-two years ago Rolex made watchmaking history when it joined the bathyscaphe Trieste, crewed by Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard and U.S. Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh, as the Swiss-designed bathyscaphe descended to the then deepest-known point in the ocean.
An experimental Rolex Deep Sea Special wristwatch was attached to the exterior of the Trieste when it touched the very bottom of the Mariana Trench on January 23, 1960, reaching a depth of 35,814 feet (10,916 meters). It successfully withstood tremendous pressure that no submersible, let alone watch, had confronted before and that no human could ever survive. The dive marked the culmination of a long association with Jacques Piccard and his father, Auguste Piccard, the inventor of the bathyscaphe, as they stretched the boundaries of deep-sea exploration. It was also the fruit of decades of unrelenting development of the waterproof wristwatch, which was invented by Rolex.
The Cosmograph Daytona, introduced in 1963, was designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers. With its highly reliable chronograph and bezel with tachymetric scale, it allows drivers to perfectly measure average speeds up to 400 kilometres or miles per hour, as they choose. An icon eternally joined in name and function to the high-performance world of motor sport.
For 2010, the Master Compressor Diving Navy SEALs collection, the result of the partnership between the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture and the elite unit of American divers, the U.S. Navy SEALs , welcomes the new Master Compressor Diving Automatic SEALs, with its sober, powerful design. The use of a new superliminova that enhances visibility under water or in darkness gives the watch maximum legibility.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN, the Big Pilot’s Watch TOP GUN and the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN combine the black-and-white instrument look of the classic Pilot’s Watches with the sporty design of the TOP GUN line. The cases made of black zirconium oxide together with the crown and push-buttons in titanium underscore IWC Schaffhausen’s pioneering role as one of the first companies in the watchmaking industry to use these materials. In the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN, the IWC-manufactured 51614 calibre with a 7-day power reserve drives a plethora of watchmaking complications. The perpetual calendar with displays for the date, day, month, year in four digits and perpetual moon phase takes into account all the leap years in the Gregorian calendar until 2100. The in-house 51111 calibre found in the Big Pilot’s Watch TOP GUN likewise builds up a power reserve of 7 days after just 1960 complete revolutions of the rotor or after being fully hand-wound. No Pilot’s Watch collection would be complete without a chronograph with down-to-the-second precision. Among the TOP GUN models in traditional cockpit design, this role falls to the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN. As only fitting, it comes equipped with an IWC-manufactured movement in the form of the further improved 89365-chronograph calibre. A soft-iron inner cage protects the precision movement against magnetism.
Compared with its predecessor, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph has grown by just 1 millimetre. The date window strongly resembles the altimeter found in a cockpit. It is possible to record single and intermediate times up to 12 hours with the robust 79320-calibre chronograph movement. With its soft-iron inner case, it is optimally shielded against the influence of extreme external magnetic fields.
Black ceramic case with a black rubber strap. Fixed black ceramic bezel. Black dial with luminous silver-tone hands and alternating index and Arabic numeral hour markers. Minute markers around the outer rim. Dial Type: Analog. Luminescent hands and markers. Date displays between the 4 and 5 o'clock positions. Chronograph - three sub-dials displaying: 60 second, 30 minute and 12 hour. Automatic movement. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Pull / push crown. Transparent case back. Case diameter: 41mm. Round case shape. Deployment clasp. Water resistant at 100 meters / 330 feet. Functions: chronograph, date, hour, minute, second. Dress watch style. Watch label: Swiss Made.
Logic, method, performance. The new C1 Code chronograph clearly states its basic premise. The algebraic formula expresses the structural complexity of the timepiece directly above the dial surface by invading the imposing sapphire crystal. The equations are interpolated amid the time information, unequivocally demonstrating Concord's chosen stance at the heart of engineering.
At Concord, time measurement has its own inherent codes: a 3.3 mm sapphire crystal, 7 lateral self-locking screws, 3 dial levels, 16.7 mm thickness, 44 mm diameter, 53 case components, 7 crown elements. The new C1 Code chronograph proudly bears witness to this rigorous conceptual approach.