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  • Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Titanium

    In 2015, Linde Werdelin is renewing its focus on materials and design. The SpidoSpeed, an iconic Linde Werdelin design, has been revisited and updated in Titanium Grade 5, which produces an overall very different aesthetic. The SpidoSpeed Titanium retains its racing car inspiration, but is a very clear evolution over the first-generation SpidoSpeed while sharing the very same Linde Werdelin DNA. The SpidoSpeed Titanium is not a departure from the earliest SpidoSpeed, but a clear evolution nonetheless. Its monochromatic palette is carefully considered and consistent with the updated digital...



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  • #TBT Heuer Camaro 7220 NT

    Sometimes, at Fratello Watches, we receive emails from our readers asking questions about specific watches or articles. Sometimes, they are comments that a reader doesn’t feel comfortable in posting. Every so often, though, we receive a message asking if anyone on the team is interested in buying a certain watch.   Today’s article is about such a message and because the timepiece in question is from yesteryear, it fits perfectly in our #TBT feature. The brief story on this watch is the type that I personally love to read but...

  • #TBT Hamilton Chrono-Matic

    The missing link. Some of you may remember the article I wrote earlier this year pitting the Zenith A386 against the Seiko 6139 in a battle of two of the earliest automatic chronographs. I mentioned that I did not own an example of the 3rd entrant in the early automatic wars: the Calibre 11. Well, those days are over as I recently added one of these rabbit-eared specimens to my stable. My choice of model, however, may surprise you slightly as I went down the path least traveled or...

  • #TBT Seiko 6105-8110

    There’s always a beginning to the story: something that draws one’s interest to a certain brand. Today’s #TBT relates to that beginning, for me at least, and highlights a popular watch in vintage circles outside of just those who admire the brand name on its dial. It’s a watch that has gained interest amongst fans of divers, military pieces, movie-related timepieces, and, most commonly, admirers of vintage Seikos. Today’s #TBT is about the vintage Seiko 6105-8110. The Seiko 6105-8110 is the watch that drew me into vintage Seiko. I...

  • #TBT Fortis Marinemaster 8001 Chronograph

    Basel prognostications begin as early as January and start in earnest in February. One of the most discussed brands, of course, is Rolex. A quick browse of Rolex forums brings out multitudes of hypotheses about what the giant will release at the show and, then, a month or so later, the actual news is almost universally met with disappointment. While some of the hoped-for watches are plausible, I’ve seen some fairly wild ones alongside creative photoshopped images. One imaginative idea that I remember distinctly was of a Submariner chronograph...

  • #TBT Breitling 814 Top-Time Chronograph

    It’s rare that I am able to try on a vintage watch before purchasing it. That sounds funny, but unlike the new watch buying experience, most of my forays into the classic world don’t involve a flashy store, a gratis glass of sparkling water or Champagne, or an anxious salesperson. No, the bulk of my purchases are made online. Therefore, I target watches that typically pick up on a similar theme as they probably look similar to something I already own that I like. Sometimes, though, if I’m lucky,...

  • #TBT Tissot 1281 Chronograph

    This week’s #TBT is about a watch that I always admired in pictures and felt like owning, but I only just recently acquired. As I will detail a bit later, the aspect that held me back from buying one, aside from not being able to find a great one at a decent price, is its rather small size. While I’ve mentioned that I have a small wrist, our featured piece actually does look good on me.   Still, I ultimately found a much better reason to buy the subject of...

  • #TBT Oris Star ChronOris

    Over the last couple months, we’ve spoken a bit about Oris and their new retro-themed Sixty-Five Diver. It’s obvious that we are enthusiastic about the watch and cannot wait to have it on our wrists for trial. Today, though, I’ll shift gears and talk about a different Oris piece that deserves some attention if you are into vintage watches. It’s a watch that Oris also chose, in 2005, for a newly remade edition that was quite well put together in my opinion. After a few weeks of pricey vintage,...

  • #TBT Enicar Sherpa Graph “Jim Clark”

    I can be a real pest. Just this past March, during Baselworld 2015, Fratello team members Gerard, Blaise and I were sitting around in our rented accommodation, drinking canned German beer, and talking about the new watches we’d seen earlier in the day. When you get a few vintage watch geeks together, such as in this instance, the conversation ultimately takes a turn towards pieces from yesteryear. We passed around the older watches that we had packd for the occasion, as none of us really like to wear new...

  • #TBT Universal Geneve Compax “Evil Nina”

    It seems like it happened longer ago, but in fact it was only a year ago this past February that one of our rivals, albeit a friendly rival, published an article that seemed to send shockwaves throughout the vintage watch collecting hobby. Perhaps, but perhaps not, I’m overstating things and it only affected a narrow slice of the market, but it certainly caught my attention. The article I’m referring to is the story on the Universal Geneve Compax “Nina Rindt” published by Hodinkee in February 2014. It was a...

  • #TBT Seiko Navigator Timer

    After a one-week hiatus, #TBT is back!  Ironically, your author was on a plane for much of the last two weeks, which makes this week’s edition all the more special.  Enjoy! If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time in other countries for work or pleasure. I honestly go through periods where I forget who I was talking to about what and where I held the conversation. With this type of instability that is generally accompanied by fairly radical time zone changes, travellers such as myself look...



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    This week, we feature an interview with the owner of a small watch goods company.  I had the opportunity to meet this person on a recent trip to San...
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    With our recurring reviews on watch straps it was great to see local Dutch watch strap maker Olaf Lugten from Dstrap, announce the worlds first ‘strap maker workshop’. After getting...