Welcome to the Critical Gentleman. Today we look at one of my favorite modern watches, the Omega Speedmaster “First Omega in Space.” This watch was released in 2012 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of American astronaut Wally Schirra’s 1962 spaceflight aboard the Mercury Atlas 8, and is styled after the Speedmaster reference 2998 he wore throughout the mission.
This week we examine five dive watches which present excellent design, reliable performance, and iconic recognition within the genre. These watches are still in production after decades of service. Some of the most respected heritage brands still offer their flagship models which launched as far back as the 1950s and 60s.
With the vintage market growing at an exponential rate, the TAG Heuer Carrera Re-edition has found a niche as an alternative to its more costly predecessor, the Heuer reference 2447. A faithful reproduction of the original Carrera chronograph which debuted in 1964, the CS3111 attracts collectors who would otherwise hesitate to spend five figures on a vintage timepiece.
Today on The Critical Gentleman we examine five of the most iconic chronographs ever produced. These watches represent timepieces with a longstanding production history from some of the world’s most respected heritage brands. Each watch debuted in the mid 20th century and is still sold …