Looking Back at the Year in Watches
This Year in Gear: 55 Great Watches & Accessories We Discovered in 2017
With a deluge of new products hitting store shelves and browser windows every day, it’s easy to lose track of everything that happens in a year. So, to jog our memories a bit as the year winds to a close, we combed through our Today in Gear archives and other news briefs to reflect back on all of the notable products we discovered in 2017. The result is a new series we’re calling This Year in Gear, and we hope you’ll enjoy reviewing this snapshot of the Watch industry’s work as much as we have. Think we missed something, or just want to sound off on any trends you noticed? Let us know by dropping a comment on Facebook, Twitter or email.
Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Skin
One of the very first purpose-built dive watches to hit the market, in 1953, the Super Sea Wolf is Zodiac’s most celebrated model — and now, it’s back. The new Super Sea Wolf 53 Skin is an aesthetically faithful homage to the original, but it’s wholly modern in construction. It features a 40mm case that houses an in-house automatic movement from Zodiac, as well as a rotating bezel made from stainless steel. The dial, with its triangular hour markers coated in SuperLuminova, harkens back to the original, and a rustic black leather strap adds a vintage finishing touch to the entire package.
Bamford Watch Department Leather Tool Kit
For the discerning watch enthusiast (or SIHH attendee), a premium leather watch tool kit, complete with a screwdriver, six bits, a magnifying glass, a brush and tweezers.
Brown Safe Custom Watch Safes
If you’re fortunate enough to need a watch safe, you likely pay close attention to craftsmanship and style. Brown Safe, a stalwart of the high-security business for 35 years, offers myriad options for the discerning customer, but the company’s Man Safe is intentionally engineered to keep your horological collection, well, safe. Choose solid plate steel or ballistic armor and as many features you need — like interior trim, biometric locks, fire protection and watch winders — and relax knowing your prized possessions are secured in an enviably beautiful home.
Omega’s #SpeedyTuesday Speedmaster
Omega’s new Speedmaster is inspired by its online community of enthusiasts. It’s also the first Omega watch you can order online.
TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45
Always wanted a watch with Google Assistant and a tourbillon? Here you go.
Longines Conquest VHP
Longines became a pioneer of quartz wristwatches with the debut of the Ultra-Quartz in 1969. Finally, in the ’80s, Longines made the VHP (“very high precision”) quartz watch, accurate within 10 seconds a year. Now, it’s back, and even better than before.
NOMOS Graduates’ Club Series
Nomos’s Campus is ostensibly aimed at graduates and “accessibly priced” at $1,500. The watch features NOMOS’s Alpha caliber, an in-house, hand-wound movement. The watch comes in two sizes, 36mm and 38mm (for all you small watch fans) and each model measures just over 8mm thick.
Porsche Design Monobloc Actuator
This unique racing inspired watch features an entirely new system for starting and stopping a chronograph.
Shinola Canfield Bolt 43mm Customizable Watch
The Canfield Bolt has long been one of Shinola’s most popular watches; now, you can customize your own, choosing from five stainless steel cases and a seemingly endless variety of straps — alligator, cowhide, nylon, steel, rubber and more.
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver
The BR 03-92 Diver, Bell & Ross’s first-ever square dive watch, is built on decades of aeronautical and military experience. At a maximum depth of 300 meters, a number of stand-out features perform wonderfully: an automatic mechanical movement, anti-reflective sapphire glass, 42mm satin-polish steel case, illuminated dial accents and a sturdy rubber-and-fabric strap.
Citizen Home & Office Décor Clocks
If a watch is the capstone of thoughtful personal style, then a clock just might have the same effect on the environmental quality of a room. That concept is undoubtedly why Citizen, the 87-year-old veteran of the watchmaking trade, has announced its entrance into the stationary realm of timekeeping. Citizen Clocks, launching this fall, will be available in five collections: Decorative Accents, Workplace, Gallery, Outdoor and Executive Suite. Materials will include wood, crystal, metal, leather and 3D printed polymers in designs that will range in price from $105–$250.
Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph UTC
In pursuit of thrills and glory, the most celebrated racers in the world demand only the finest time-telling instruments. They demand a watch that can — and should — be worn from JFK airport to the raceways of Monaco, a watch that defies borders and time zones. The TimeWalker Chronograph UTC, with its sporty black and red aesthetic, displays two different time zones on its black ceramic bezel, while a third can be calculated on the 24-hour scale encircling the 43mm stainless steel case. Additionally, it is an MB 25.03 calibre chronograph, providing excellent timekeeping control.
NOMOS Aqua Water-Resistant Collection
There is a place where mechanical aesthetic style meets sport utility. Like El Dorado or the Fountain of Youth, it’s a difficult place to find, and many fail tremendously in attempting to do so. NOMOS has succeeded. Its new collection merges high function with simple sophistication in a series of timepieces that keep ticking down to 200 meters below the surface of the ocean, and it does so in a spectrum of colors that range from carefully muted to siren bright.
Worn & Wound EDC Watch Fold
Essentially, a nylon and neoprene bi-fold wallet, built to hold two watches and some pocketable gear. Unlike many leather alternatives, this USA-made watch fold will withstand years of abuse.
From Defakto, a German watchmaker known for its elegant, Bauhaus-inspired minimalist watches, comes an all-new “retro-futuristic” watch. The Vektor — a “retro-futuristic” name, if there ever was one — features a convex dial, anti-reflective glass, a custom 39mm stainless steel case and an automatic Miyota 9015 movement.
Zodiac Super Seawolf Limited Edition
The Super Seawolf Limited Edition is a COSC-certified, 20ATM chronometer built for those who dive headfirst into new, dangerous, unfamiliar adventures. It features a stainless steel case, five-link bracelet, STP3-13 movement, unidirectional rotating bezel with a mineral top ring and a matte black dial with SuperLuminova hands and indexes. It’s hardy enough for the high seas, yet handsome enough for the boardroom.
Breitling Chronospace Evo B60 with SuperQuartz
This titanium-encased chronograph features Breitling’s own in-house SuperQuartz movement.
Tag Heuer Monaco Gulf Special Edition
In commemoration of Gulf Racing’s 50th anniversary, TAG Heuer released this gorgeous, limited-edition watch. Oh, and Steve McQueen used to wear one just like it.
IWC 50th Anniversary Ceratanium Aquatimer
Ceratanium is light like titanium and hard like ceramic. IWC decided to debut new the material on this 50-item limited-edition wristwatch.
The HODINKEE Magazine, Volume 1
One of our favorite independent publications launched a fantastic biannual print magazine. Power to ya, Hodinkee. Rabid watch enthusiasts are lucky to have you.
A. Lange Sohn Deep-Blue Lange 1
A. Lange & Söhne’s most iconic watch received an update in the form of a manually wound calibre and a jumping outsize date.
Bell & Ross BR-X2
Bell & Ross watches are traditionally chunky and square. The new BR-X2 changes that formula.
ADPT Nato Straps
These high-end Nato straps are made completely in America.
MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement
MB&F is known for its wild an innovative designs, and this watch, while more subtle than MB&F watches before it, is no exception. Called the “Split Escapement,” the timepiece gets its name for its unique escapement construction. Normally in a watch, the balance wheel is placed next to an escape wheel to transmit wound energy into rhythmic oscillations, but in the Split Escapement the balance wheel is put front and center on the watch face while the escape wheel is hidden in the movement, giving the former the mesmerizing appearance of spinning freely on its own in mid-air.
Tissot Everytime Swissmatic
The Everytime Swissmatic should be on your affordable watch shortlist. Using a new iteration of Swatch’s acclaimed Sistem51 movement, Tissot created a compelling, yet cheap, timepiece.
CWC 1980 Royal Navy Diver’s Watch
British watch brand CWC launched a reissue of one of its most iconic timepieces — the Ministry of Defense–spec diver that replaced the Rolex Submariner as the Royal Navy’s dive watch of choice. This watch is nearly identical to that, sporting an ETA automatic movement, a rotating bezel and the same dial layout.
Oris Chronoris Date
Nearly 50 years ago, Oris unveiled one of its most iconic watches: its first chronograph, named Chronoris. This year, the maker of accessible, purely mechanical watches has brought it back. Sporting an automatic caliber, the new Chronoris Date takes on the racing-inspired styling of its forebear. Instead of a chronograph subdial registering minutes, it features only a chronograph seconds hand and a rotating inner bezel. Simply line up the zero on the bezel with the minute hand and start timing. Throw in a vintage-inspired tonneau case and a retro dial design, and you have a handsome, functional watch for $1,750.