Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Group: Status of my Omega collection - The three "Omegoes" (pun intended!)

Recently, I saw a posting on the Watchuseek forum regarding the number of watches one have for any particular brand. That got me thinking of compiling group shots of my collection using the same rules. I decided to focus on Omega first.

Officially, I have three Omegas. Although there are four listed on my collection page, the fourth is actually my wife's. The gang of three consists of (from L-to-R) the Seamaster PloProf, the Speedmaster Bullhead and the Speedmaster Reduce. From the picture you can see the size difference of all three watches. From a massive 48 mm for the PloProf, to the relatively large 43 mm Bullhead down to the, just nice, 39 mm Reduce, the watches represent different wearing experiences. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Head to Head: Laco 1925 Squad Atacama “Ninja” Reference 861632 versus Arctos Elite GPW Military Titanium Automatic

The German makes a number of interesting military watches. Although there are a lot of interest generated towards the pilot watch genre, other branches of the German military since the turn of start of the 20th century has their own set of specifications peculiar to the respective branch of service. Since there are lots of published information about German pilot watches, I want to focus this article on just German infantry watches that I own.

In my collection I own the Laco 1925 Squad Atacama “Ninja”, a watch dedicated to urban police Special Forces unit, and the Arctos Elite GPW Military Titanium Automatic, a watch for the German infantryman and the German KRK (Crisis Reaction Forces) soldier. Below are pictures of the watches on my wrist plus key specifications for each of them.

  • Stainless steel, PVD
  • 46 mm across (excluding the crown) & 13 mm thick. Lug width is 22 mm
  • Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic movement with 25 Jewels, approximately 42 hours of power reserve
  • Date window, unidirectional bezel (countdown timer style)
  • Rubber
  • 500 meters

  • Titanium, brushed
  • 42.5 mm across (excluding the crown) &11.7 mm thick. Lug width is 22 mm
  • NH35A Japanese automatic movement with 24 jewels, approximately 41 hours of power reserve
  • Date window, unidirectional bezel (diver style)
  • Leather bund
  • 200 meters

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