Until the end of June, the famed watch repair and sales spot offers a complimentary heirloom watch consultation with eligibility to receive a keepsake book about the restored timepiece.
In addition, whisky fans can obtain a $100 discount code for The Balvenie (when purchased through the Thirstie or Caskers websites.)
Founded in 1952, Grand Central Watch buys and sellsvintage watches, bracelets and straps and offers watch repair on a wide selection of top brands, including Rolex and Patek Philippe. The family operated business also provides same-day battery changes and water testing.
To take advantage of the Father’s Day whisky and watch special, contact Grand Central Watch HERE through June 30.
Grand Central Watch is located at Grand Central Terminal, 45th Street Passageway, between tracks 38 and 39. For details, visit grandcentralwatch.com
Ulysse Nardin refreshes two of its dive models with eye-catching azure blue dial markers and matching blue rubber straps to mark World Oceans Day (June 8).
One model, the Diver Net Azure, adds the sparkling blue color to the watchmaker’s existing environmentally friendly Diver series. This latest model in the collection (which also includes the Ocean Race diver) utilizes recycled materials within its case, which is made from Carbonium (with a 40% lower environmental impact than other carbon composites), Nylo (recycled polyamide from fishing nets) and 95% recycled steel.
The watchmaker reports that the new model represents a greater use of recycled steel than the first Diver Net concept model in 2020, which contained 80% recycled steel.
The watch remains water-resistant to 300 meters and exhibits its blue hue on the dial’s X accent, the dial markers, the bezel markers and its rubber strap.
Ulysse Nardin fits the watch with its automatic UN-118 movement (above), fitted with a silicon balance spring and a DiamonSil escapement wheel and anchor. Price: $12,600.
The Diver X Skeleton Azure is a more complex dive watch. As the latest model within the watchmaker’s Diver X Skeleton collection, the skeletonized watch exposes its UN-372 Manufacture caliber, a top-tier in-house automatic movement Ulysse Nardin outfits with an extra-large oscillator and a silicon escapement wheel, anchor and balance-spring.
The movement is exposed within a 44mm titanium DLC case, which is water-resistant to 200 meters. Its components are visible underneath a dramatic black and azure blue X-shaped bridge. Lightweight Carbonium tops the barrel cover at the 12 o’clock position and covers the unidirectional rotating bezel. Price: $26,400.
(See below for full technical specifications for both new watches).
Specifications: Ulysse Nardin Diver Net Azure
Movement: UN-118 Manufacture caliber, automatic movement displaying
hours, minutes, small seconds, date, power reserve indicator.Silicon balance-spring, DiamonSil escapement wheel and anchor. Frequency 4Hz (28,800 vph).
Case: 44mm by 14.81 mm with central case, bezel, case back and movement mount in 95% recycled stainless steel. Side case and case back ring: 60% Nylo recycled fishing nets and 40% Carbonium up-cycled carbon fiber from the aeronautic industry. Open sapphire crystal case back.Concave unidirectional rotating bezel in 100% upcycled Carbonium with domed sapphire crystal.Water resistance to 300 meters.
Dial: Sandblasted black with an embossed and satin X Power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, date and small seconds at 6 o’clock, hour-markers and hands with Super-LumiNova.
Strap: Azure-colored rubber with black “Ulysse Nardin” ceramic element at 6 o’clock
Black ceramic pin buckle.
Specifications: Ulysse Nardin Diver X Skeleton Azure
Movement: UN-372 Manufacture caliber, self-winding skeleton movement
Hours, minutes, seconds. Oversized silicon balance wheel, silicon escapement wheel, anchor and balance-spring. Frequency 3Hz (21,600 vph).
Case: Polished and satin finished 44mm by 15.7mm black DLC titanium case,
concave unidirectional rotating bezel in Carbonium with domed sapphire crystal,
open sapphire crystal caseback in black DLC titanium. Water resistant to 200 meters.
Dial: X-shaped skeleton dial in polished and satin-finished black PVD Carbonium barrel cover, black hour-markers and hands with Super-LumiNova.
Strap:Azure-colored rubber strap with black “Ulysse Nardin” ceramic element at 6 o’clock, compatible with R-STRAP, folding clasp in black ceramic and black PVD titanium.
Accutron offers a new twist within its electrostatic-powered Spaceview collection. The new Spaceview Evolution features two models with a movement Accutron has shifted thirty degrees counterclockwise.
The new alignment creates an asymmetric look to the Spaceview, with the watch’s turbines positioned toward the 3 o’clock position rather than at the 6 o’clock location on existing Spaceview 2020 models.
Similarly the crown on the new design is positioned at two o’clock rather than at 3 o’clock.
In addition, Accutron has also paired the new asymmetric look with new bridgework finishing that adds a fine knurled pattern to the movement as well as blue or black screws that contrast with the bridge hue, depending on the model.
One of the new Spaceview Evolution models features a smoky grey open-work dial with metal dial rings on which Accutron sets light green luminous markers along with silver hour and minute hands.
The other Spaceview Evolution model offers a silver-tone open-work dial with metal dial rings set with light green luminous markers, metallic blue hour and minute hands and a silver tone seconds hand.
Both watches retain the Spaceview’s existing 43.5mm by 15.9mm polished stainless-steel case with domed double box sapphire crystal. Both also remain water resistant to 50 meters.
As a reminder, Accutron’s Spaceview is powered by Accutron’s proprietary Miyota-built movement that utilizes electrostatic energy as created by the rotating twin ‘turbines.’
That energy, stored in an accumulator, powers two motors. One is an electrostatic motor to power the seconds hand and the other is a step motor powering the hour and minute hands. Accutron clocks the Spaceview’s monthly accuracy to plus or minus five seconds.
Maurice Lacroix revisits its Pontos S Diver, revamping the dive watch with a sharp-looking new dial sporting bolder indexes and minute markings, improved luminosity and a raised date frame. In addition, Maurice Lacroix offers a bronze-cased edition, a first for the collection.
The Swiss watchmaker released its first-generation Pontos S Diver in 2013 but halted it a few years later as it increased production of its hot Aikon collection to meet demand.
With the updated 42mm watch, Maurice Lacroix enhances dial visibility with newly facettedhour and minute hands, both of which glow with SuperlumiNova. On the minute hand you’ll now see a border colored to contrast with the dial. The hour indexes retain their generous luminescent treatment.
Maurice Lacroix also retains the watch’s useful internal rotating bezel to indicate elapsed time, adjusted using the crown at the 2 o’clock position. The second crown at the 3 o’clock position is used to adjust the time, date and to wind the automatic ML115 movement. All models are water resistant to 300 meters.
As noted, Maurice Lacroix is offering a bronze edition of the watch in addition to the steel models.
While the regular production steel models are available with black grained or white lacquered dial options, the bronze model is limited to 500 pieces and is paired with a blue grained dial.
The bronze version comes supplied with two straps, one in dark blue leather and the other in dark blue rubber. Maurice Lacroix supplies the steel models with three matching straps: an M-branded fabric strap and two rubber straps.
Finally, Maurice Lacroix equips the new Pontos S Diver with the company’s Easy Strap Exchange System that allows the wearer to quickly swap straps without the need for tools.
Zenith donates a pink El Primero Chronomaster for a June 10-11 Phillips auction in support of the Susan G. Komen breast cancer awareness organization.
The auction will be held in person in New York City or online, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to Susan G. Komen to help fight breast cancer and raise awareness. Komen advocates for patients, drives research breakthroughs, improves access to high-quality care and offers direct patient support and information.
The upcoming auction continues Zenith’s advocacy for breast cancer awareness. It follows the launch of the Chronomaster Original Pink edition in October 2022, which raised funds for Susan G. Komen, and enhances awareness to the cause also championed at the recent Zenith Meet the DreamHers event held in Singapore.
“Supporting Komen, with its rapport and incredible impact, is a partnership of great significance for Zenith,” notes Zenith CEO Julien Tornare.
“The Chronomaster Original Pink unique piece will help fund impactful research and support for patients undergoing treatment, a cause we are proud and eager to be a part of over the coming years.”
The Zenith Chronomaster Original Pink, Unique Piece for Susan G. Komen watch is a one-of-a-kind 38mm steel edition of the famed El Primero-set watch and includes diamond-set lugs similar to the Zenith A386. Inside Zenith fits itsAutomatic El Primero 3600, with the unusual 1/10th-of-a-second chronograph function.
The watch’s metallic pink dial honors the color globally associated with breast cancer awareness. Zenith will add an additional strap (of the winner’s choice) to the package and will supply a certificate stating the watch’s uniqueness.
Phillips is estimating an $8,000 to $16,000 auction price.