Happy New Year! Ok, it’s already been a week, but close enough. With the holidays behind us, and 2022 in front, we thought we’d take a second to catch you up on some new shop additions that we haven’t had a chance to talk about to kick the year off. Should you be pondering what to do with that Windup Watch Shop gift certificate, or that cash from returning an ugly sweater or two, the list below might help you out.
A Classic Returns from Seiko 5 Sports
The Seiko 5 Sports Pilot Collection marks the return of an affordable icon. The original Seiko 5 pilot’s watches are cult classics that brought many people into watch collecting thanks to their mix of timeless design and value. The Seiko 5 Sports Pilot Collection keeps these traits alive, but with a new case and all-new colors. Coming in at 39.4mm and with a lug-to-lug length of 48.1mm, the SRPHs feature a “just right” case size that most will find comfortable and excellently proportioned on the wrist.
High Function Field Watches from Bertucci
Who doesn’t love a good rugged field watch? We’re excited to add two new styles to the shop, one vintage styled, the other modern. Starting with the former, the A-2T Vintage takes Bertucci’s signature Unibody titanium case in 40mm, and packs it with a classic field watch dial. Lightweight and with a crown at four, it’s designed to be comfortable for long adventures. The dial is then pure field watch. Available in matte Ti, or with a black PVD coating.
If you’re looking for a field watch with more functionality, the A-2TR Field Pro GMT has got it. Also based on their 40mm titanium Unibody design, the A-2TR adds a timing bezel, and a GMT, or dual-time, hand. The result is a rugged, everyday tool watch that’s great for travel, and has an aggressive, modern look.
A Tribute to a Racing Icon from Autodromo
The Autodromo Prototipo Vic Elford 1969 edition is a follow-up to a similar limited edition from 2013 celebrating the career of the eponymous driver. An icon of '60s era racing, Vic Elford had many epic wins in his day. This watch commemorates a hard-earned second place victory by Elford at the Targa Florio race in Sicily in 1969. Though slighted to be the victor, mechanical issues held him back, yet he still managed to take the silver despite the odds. The watch features dial colors inspired by the Porsche 908/02 he drove, and a map of Targa Florio on the back. Limited to 350 pieces.
Vintage Adventure Style from Seiko Prospex
Seiko’s modern reinterpretations of their iconic watches are classics in their own right. Based on the brand’s first true sports watch, the Prospex 1959 Alpinists have just enough vintage-influence to have a cool, casual style, while boasting specs for modern times. The 38mm case features 200m of water resistance and a sapphire crystal, meaning you can jump in the lake after a long hike with no worries. Meanwhile, the elegant finishing makes sure you don’t have to change your watch when you head off to a formal occasion.
Soft and Spectacular Straps from Crown & Buckle
Over the last 10 years, nylon mil-straps went from a fun oddity for enthusiasts to a staple in every watch collector’s arsenal of straps. Well, while most brands have continued to make the same old thing, our friends over at Crown & Buckle have continued to design and develop new materials for straps, and recently created the incredible Matte Supreme. A proprietary fabric, it is woven from non-reflective nylon fibers in a heavy pattern, giving it a canvas-like look. Soft, supple, they are unlike any other nylon strap you’ve tried, having a truly luxurious look and feel. Currently available in 19mm, 20mm, and 22mm in seven different colors.
Big, Bad Chronographs From Hamilton
Hamilton takes their chronographs seriously, as these two watches make very clear. Up first is the Khaki Field Auto Chrono. What happens when you take Hamilton’s iconic field watch and cross it with a tank? You get this watch. Coming in at 44mm x 52mm x 14.7mm the Field Chrono has a commanding presence. Fully sandblasted for an even matte sheen, the Field chrono features the H-21 caliber with 60 hours of power reserve, and a dial that manages to have the style of a vintage field watch, with the added functionality of a chronograph.
Next is Khaki Aviation X-Wind Auto Chrono. If the Field Chrono was too shy for you, this X-Wind is the answer. A beast of a watch, the X-Wind measures 45mm x 53.7mm x 15.2mm, and is rendered in sandblasted “beige” PVD, which has a pale rose gold tonality. The brown camouflage dial adds attitude, but what steals the show are the complex bezels. Featuring an external bezel, two (yes, two - one within the other) internal bezels, three crowns, and two pushers, the X-Wind allows for a savvy pilot whose instruments have failed to calculate crosswind drift. Yeah, this isn’t your ordinary chronograph.