State of the Collection and Quick Reviews: Omega, Marathon, Sinn, Oris

I’ve been collecting watches seriously for about a year now, so I figure it’s time that I share the watches that have a permanent place in my collection. From left to right: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Skyfall – The dress watch that Daniel Craig wore in the Skyfall Bond movie, which I purchased as my first serious luxury watch almost exactly one year ago today. I specifically wanted the previous generation model with the framed date window, so I remember waiting months for one to pop up in good condition at a good price. It’s incredibly versatile and serves as my …

Omega De Ville Hour Vision Annual Calendar (431.33.41.22.03.001) Watch Review

Annual calendar. Co-axial escapement. 60 hour power reserve. 100 meters water resistance. Sapphire crystal, case back, and case flanks. With all the aforementioned features and a secondary market price of around $5500, the Omega De Ville Hour Vision Annual Calendar has a ton of character and function for the money. While a number of variants are available, the reference 431.33.41.22.03.001 that I’m reviewing today is my personal favorite, with a steel case and striking blue dial. Read on for more information, high resolution photos and specs. This watch sports sapphire case flanks in addition to a sapphire crystal and case back, both …

Differences Between Omega 8500a, 8500b, 8500g, 8800, 8900 Co-Axial Movements

When researching the purchase of my Omega Aqua Terra Skyfall (photographed below), one thing that greatly confused me was the caliber numbers and branding surrounding Omega’s 8000 series co-axial movements. Looking back, it seemed that I was not alone; even my local Omega AD was not able to explain the differences between confusing terms like “co-axial master chronometer” and “master co-axial chronometer” and their correspondence to caliber numbers. After researching extensively online, I think I’ve finally got it all straight (if not, correct me in the comments). Let’s go “beyond the dial” and take a look at the distinctions. …