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This week on the B&J Wound-Up: The New Rotary SKX Killer, A Stunning Oris made to commemorate a legendary ballplayer and a look into Adrian’s lottery-winning watch collection.
A Well Specced, Good-looking Dive Watch for under £250: The Rotary Super 7 Scuba
This week saw the launch of what is a unique collaborative effort from a watch brand and an online dealer. WatchNation was started in 2015 as a dealer of mainly entry-level watches from great brands such as Timex, Seiko, Hamilton and Wenger as well as fashion watches from some slightly less-great brands. As well as their online presence, WatchNation have a store here in the UK in Hoole, near Chester where I’m sure you’ll be able to go to try-on this new release. Rotary is a rebirthed heritage brand that was originally started in good company in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1895 as a luxury, Swiss-made watch brand. Recently Rotary has been a major player in the entry-level space producing stylish watches with predominantly quartz movements. The brand has, however, returned to its roots in producing an automatic dive watch – The Super 7 Scuba.
A 1960’s Rotary Aquaplunge Dive Watch (Credit- gregoriades.com)
While Rotary may no-longer be a Swiss luxury brand, the Super 7 Scuba certainly offers some of the specifications of dive watches priced two or three times its £250 price tag. A sapphire crystal covering the dial, a ceramic bezel, 300m of water resistance from a signed screw-down crown and deep-etched screw-in case back, solid end-links, solid links and a proper milled clasp – I can hear the SKX owners crying through the screen. I say this because it’s common for owners to make modifications to the comparatively under-speced Seiko SKX and it can, in fact, cost upwards of £500 to have these modifications done professionally. The spec list alone makes this Super 7 Scuba difficult to ignore and is also what, I believe, will make the watch a hit amongst the enthusiast community.
While the Super 7 Scuba doesn’t have the same ISO certification that the now-discontinued Seiko legend has, it’s practicality and usability rivals that of the SKX. This is probably down to the fact that David Parry, director of Watch Nation, is not only a watch enthusiast but a certified diver. The Super 7 features a highly legible and well-lumed sword handset as well as a chunky 120 click uni-directional dive-time bezel with a lume pip to aid legibility when diving in dark conditions such as caves or creeks. I find that lumed bezels are really useful when I’m watching a movie in the dark because I can still keep track of my chicken nuggets in the oven without disturbing my cinema-style viewing experience – big tick for the Super 7 there.
All 4 of the watch heads in the Super 7 Scuba line-up are powered by the automatic Miyota Caliber 8205. Feature-wise this off-the-shelf movement comes with a day/date complication, around 30 hours of power reserve and a stated accuracy of -20/+40 seconds per day. However, as with the NH35 and 7S26 Seiko movements, the Miyota 8205 tends to be at least a bit more accurate than those figures suggest. The 8205 does hand-wind which is cool, but it doesn’t hack – not a massive issue for an auto under £250.
Overall I think the Rotary Super 7 Scuba could be a great success for the brand that hasn’t stepped foot in the enthusiast’s circle for a long time. Impressive specs, a clean and simple aesthetic – I’m looking forward to seeing this watch in the metal.
Check out Watch it all About’s in-depth pre-release review video for all the details on the Rotary Super 7 Scuba.
Movement: Miyota 8205
Water Resistance: 300m
Ceramic Bezel Models (Black, Orange) £249 on the bracelet and £219 on rubber.
Aluminium Bezel Models (Pepsi, Green) £229 on the bracelet and £199 on rubber.
Available online from WatchNation
Oris Pay Hommage to a Baseball Legend
This week Oris released a Limited Edition version of their classic Big Crown Pointer Date to honour the life of the 20th-century hero and baseball legend Roberto Clemente.
During Roberto’s 18-year-long career, he won two World Series titles for the Pittsburgh Pirates, an MVP trophy and a whopping 15 All-Star team selections. Roberto also became the first Latin American player ever to make 3,000 hits in the MLB.
Off the field, Roberto was a passionate humanitarian and was famous for hosting baseball clinics for underprivileged youths free of charge. He also delivered significant financial aid to people in his native Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and other countries in Latin America.
Sadly, Roberto died in 1972, aged just 38, when a plane he had personally chartered to take aid to Nicaragua tragically crashed. The Roberto Clemente Foundation was set up by his family in order to continue Roberto’s legacy, working to support at-risk youth in America, disaster relief and promoting service leadership. Since 1971, Major League Baseball has annually presented the Roberto Clemente Award to the individual baseball player who has most effectively used their platform to engage with and assist their community – Oris will be presenting every past winner with the limited edition watch as well as donating a portion of their profits towards the foundation.
The watch itself is a thing of beauty. Specification-wise the limited edition model is identical to the regular Pointer Date, however, Oris has given the new model a number of adjustments that make it truly special. To start, the white dial base and its black and gold accents are a reference to the kit worn by the Pittsburgh Pirates during Clemente’s time with the team from 1955 to 1972. Continuing with the dial, all of the date numerals are painted in black, except for the 21 marker, which is in gold as a tribute to Clemente’s kit number at the Pirates.
The case back of the watch displays a relief of Roberto himself (pre-swing) as well as a numbered engraving for each of the 3000 limited edition watches that will be produced – one watch for each of Roberto Clemente’s hits as a Major League ballplayer.
Oris is also including a replica vintage-style baseball with Clemente’s signature and the logo of the Roberto Clemente Foundation as well as a brown-and-tan striped NATO strap and springbar tool. The watch is currently available from the Oris website for £1,350.
The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Roberto Clemente Limited Edition is a beautiful tribute to one of baseball’s most influential ambassadors.
‘My Lottery Watch Collection’ – What would happen if we gave Adrian £600,000
This week we posted a video on a topic that all enthusiasts spend hours considering every week – what watches would we buy if we won the lottery? Forget budgets, if you were to win big on this month’s Euromillions £36,000,000 jackpot, what would be the watches that you bought? Adrian makes a fantastic point in the video mentioning the fact that for most of us, we have to love almost every aspect about the watches that we spend our hard-earned money on for them to hold a place in our collections and on our wrists, however, when a budget doesn’t factor into buying decisions, just because you might wear a watch once a year, or even never doesn’t stop it from making it into your ‘lottery-winning’ collection. Check out the video to see Adrian’s picks: everything from 34mm to 58mm cases and £400 to £200,000 price tags, enjoy!
With some tough competition, my favourite watch in Adrian’s lottery-winning collection is that Seiko Chronostop Reference: 5717-8990. On a bracelet, I think they look a bit goofy but paired with that light grey leather strap, the subtle sunburst dial, jewel-shaped indices and classic case shape really take the stage – stunning.
In terms of what’s missing for me, I might as well drop my grail watch in there, you know, just in case Adrian actually wins the lottery. I’d want to add a 1999 (my birth year) Rolex GMT-Master II reference 16710 with the black aluminium bezel and red GMT hand. I think the 5-digit cohort of Oyster cases were just so good-looking with their sexy curves, polished beveling, and conservative dimensions. Furthermore, the font on that 24-hour aluminium bezel is the epitome of great toolistic design in my opinion. One day!
What would be in your lottery-winning collection? No wrong answers – let us know in the comments section below. Join us next week for a full Wound-Up of all the best industry news and gossip over the next 7 days.