Durer company itself is growing in exciting ways as well
durer company itself is growing in exciting ways as well So let me discuss the differences between the outgoing and now discontinued Tudor Pelagos 25500TN and the new-for-2015 Tudor Pelagos 25600TN and 25600TB watches.To my knowledge, there are exactly four differences between the Tudor Pelagos 25500TN and the Tudor Pelagos 25600TN (which is just the black-dialed and bezel version, while the 25600TB is the new blue version). The first difference is the slightly revised text on the dial, www.refinedwatch.com, now four-versus-two lines, adding that the movement inside the Tudor Pelagos is a COSC Certified Chronometer and the model name of the watch ("Pelagos"). The second difference, is, of course, the use of the in-house made Tudor caliber MT5612, versus an ETA 2824-2 automatic movement purchased from ETA. Despite blogging about watches for a year now, www.prisedwatch.com, this was my first time inside one. As well as hoping to get to grips with how it all works, I was keen to explore a professional’s thoughts on a bread-and-butter Rolex and to find out how he feels it holds up alongside its rivals.Originally schooled at the Irish Swiss Institute of Horology, Mickey accumulated thirteen years’ experience working for Omega, Cartier, and Watches of Switzerland. Now, sitting in his new state-of-the-art workshop in luxury goods retailer Xupes’ HQ, where he’s head of watchmaking, Mickey walks me through the ins and outs of servicing, and the fruits of a century of evolution at the world’s biggest watch brand.Hugh Taylor: So I understand you’re going to dismantle a Submariner today?Mickey Nolan: Yeah that’s right, I’m going to strip down a Rolex Submariner Date 16610 with a 3135 movement. [Image credits: Sonning Vintage Watches, Vintage Watch Company] Cartier Santos - VintageIn the 1900s Louis Cartier developed a watch for his pal Alberto Santos-Dumont to be worn in the early days of flight. The Santos is considered to be the first ever "mass produced" timepiece exclusively designed to be worn on the wrist, www.toreplicawatches.co.uk, and first went on sale in the 1910s - so it is a bit before the 1920s, www.usefulwatches.com, but it is such a classic it is worth being on the list. The Santos is still produced today by Cartier, and has spawned a range of models over the years. ?For the leather straps, they’re made from English or Italian leather; they’re all hand-made, www.waxwatches.co.uk, not mass-produced, assuring a consistent quality level.And that brings us to the piece that they sent over – a black 22mm leather NATO made from calfskin. (Need to know what a NATO strap is? ?Read up on it here). ? The first thing that struck me when I opened the packaging was the scent of the strap.