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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5655 on: March 27, 2020, 11:41:24 am »
Thanks Doug, will PM.

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« Reply #5656 on: March 27, 2020, 08:46:13 pm »
Some of you may be familiar with the name Bob Barth. I was lucky enough to meet Bob once in Carmel at a Rolex event. His book Seadwellers is a fantastic read and a prized possession in my small library.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce we’ve lost a legend, US Navy SEALAB Diver Bob Barth has passed away. His work as a saturation diver or “aquanaut” where he spent days and weeks in a pressurized habitat underwater led to the invention of the Rolex Sea-Dweller. As they tested different breathing gas mixtures for the decompression chamber they would often hear a loud “pop” and the crystals were exploding off their watches. What made the watches waterproof were also trapping the helium under the crystal since helium particles are so tiny, they could get into the watch. As the decompression took place, the helium gas would expand and “pop” the crystal off. Bob Barth worked with Rolex to invent a one-way valve to release the pressure, now known as the Helium Release Valve on the Rolex Sea-Dweller. We thank Bob Barth for his service to our country and his dedication to Rolex. We will miss you and send our condolences to his family. Rest in peace Bob.”


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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5657 on: March 28, 2020, 12:26:24 pm »
Some of you may be familiar with the name Bob Barth. I was lucky enough to meet Bob once in Carmel at a Rolex event. His book Seadwellers is a fantastic read and a prized possession in my small library.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce we’ve lost a legend, US Navy SEALAB Diver Bob Barth has passed away. His work as a saturation diver or “aquanaut” where he spent days and weeks in a pressurized habitat underwater led to the invention of the Rolex Sea-Dweller. As they tested different breathing gas mixtures for the decompression chamber they would often hear a loud “pop” and the crystals were exploding off their watches. What made the watches waterproof were also trapping the helium under the crystal since helium particles are so tiny, they could get into the watch. As the decompression took place, the helium gas would expand and “pop” the crystal off. Bob Barth worked with Rolex to invent a one-way valve to release the pressure, now known as the Helium Release Valve on the Rolex Sea-Dweller. We thank Bob Barth for his service to our country and his dedication to Rolex. We will miss you and send our condolences to his family. Rest in peace Bob.”


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Really interesting, thanks for the info. I’ll try and locate a copy of the book. Lots of time for leisure reading atm.

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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5658 on: March 29, 2020, 02:27:02 am »

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« Reply #5659 on: March 29, 2020, 02:29:05 am »
It's just a short article, but it links to this one, which is about the Sea-Dweller, and is more interesting.

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/hodinkee-exclusive-and-in-depth-bob-barths-historic-sealab-r

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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5660 on: March 31, 2020, 06:00:16 am »
There's a story on WatchPro that Patek might skip announcing any new models this year, and release them in 2021.

https://usa.watchpro.com/exclusive-patek-philippe-postpones-all-watch-launches-until-2021-and-rolex-could-be-next/

Worn & Wound reported the WatchPro story, and added speculation that Rolex might do the same.

https://wornandwound.com/around-the-web-patek-philippe-to-postpone-new-watch-releases-until-2021/

@louisbosco might need to take a lie down in a dark room for a few minutes to recover. ;D

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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5661 on: March 31, 2020, 08:57:59 am »
@Graeme got all the time in the world now that i'm out of a job for 4 weeks..
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« Reply #5662 on: March 31, 2020, 11:37:46 am »
I know that feeling @louisbosco... :'(

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« Reply #5663 on: April 08, 2020, 03:13:57 am »
As expected, Rolex and Tudor are postponing their 2020 releases.

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/rolex-tudor-patek-philippe-postpone-2020-new-product-announcements

However, I'm hearing that a lot of people are getting calls from Rolex dealers letting them know that previously unobtainable models are now in stock. So if you want that Pepsi or Daytona, now might be a good time to phone around...

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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5665 on: April 15, 2020, 07:21:32 pm »
I think so.

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« Reply #5666 on: April 21, 2020, 02:54:18 pm »
Watches of Switzerland and Goldsmiths (in the UK) are having online COVID-19 sales.

There are some decent buys in there, including a denim Railmaster (the NATO version has a better discount than the bracelet), Zenith Cronometro Tip in bronze, Omega Planet Ocean Big Blue, plus a few Speedmasters and Nomos watches.

Then there are some that probably aren't worth it even at the sale price, such as the U-Boat Capsule Watch. :P

"U-Boat Capsule - be glad you can't see it"

I'm not sure if all the deals are that great, and you might be able to get a similar price on a regular piece by haggling, given no one seems to be buying right now.

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« Reply #5667 on: April 24, 2020, 11:57:45 am »
Oris and Momotaro have collaborated on a Divers Sixty-Five.

"Oris x Momotaro Jeans Divers Sixty-Five"

https://monochrome-watches.com/oris-momotaro-jeans-divers-sixty-five-introducing-price/

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« Reply #5668 on: April 24, 2020, 11:59:44 am »
I saw that one. Pretty cool. I think a blue face would have fitted better the denim theme, not to mention that with the 2 metals that makes a lot of colors...

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« Reply #5669 on: April 25, 2020, 12:28:36 pm »
Watches and Wonders is currently going on virtually. You can see the watches at:

https://www.hodinkee.com/packages/watches-and-wonders-2020

Or in this video by Time and Tide.



Cartier have released a number of new models, including a revamped Pasha, which I quite like, and Tank Asymétrique. The Maison has a website for its novelties.

https://cartierwatchmakingencounters.com/en/

Most of the other releases are line extensions. But Panerai have gone mad with lume and created the unofficial Tron watch.

"Luminor Marina 70 Years"