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These Are the Watches We’re Obsessing Over in November 2019

We’re flipping our lids over two Yemas, a military-inspired Mk.

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As watch lovers, we spend our afternoons poring over watches both new and vintage. When a new timepiece comes across our radar, one that particularly resonates with our tastes, we can’t help but obsess over it. So, here’s a taste of that process — eight timepieces that our watch-loving staff are obsessing over right at this very moment.

Tudor Prince ref 7809, BNGE

From 1952-1954, 30 British scientists were a part of the British North Greenland Expedition. On their wrists were early Tudors, specifically the Prince ref. 7809. They were Rolex cases and parts with an FEF 390 movement from Fleurier. Good luck finding one of these with “B.N.G.E” inscribed on the back along with the scientists’ initials, but if you do, drop me a line. –AJ Powell, Project Manager, Gear Patrol Studios

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IWC Timezoner Chronograph “80 Years Flight to New York”

I typically shy away from watches with a case diameter over 38mm, but this watch is just too beautiful for me to pass up. And I say that metaphorically because there’s no way I can afford this $13,100 masterpiece. This pilot’s watch pays homage to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, whose history-making flight from France to New York City paved the way for him to write The Little Prince. The watch’s technical functions are impressive — wearers can cycle through time zones demarcated by cities — and aesthetically beautiful, making this a watch I would love to have.” –Tyler Chin, Editorial Associate

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Yema Superman Heritage GMT

Yema really nailed the “new vintage” trend with their reissue of the Superman Heritage earlier in the year, and again with this limited edition GMT model. It comes with a unidirectional bezel in 3 colorways, Yema’s trademark locking mechanism at the screw-down crown, and a domed sapphire crystal. With an ETA 2893 movement, adjustable second hour hand, and 300 meter water resistance, this is a lot of watch for the money. It’s the proportions that do it for me: 39mm in diameter, with a 47mm lug-to-lug width means it wears larger than its size, but without feeling bulky. And the bracelet might be the best one I’ve seen this side of Rolex’s iconic Oyster. –Brian Louie, Head of Commerce

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Casio G-Shock Carbon Core Guard GA-2100-1AJF

If you frequent the subreddit “r/watches” then you’ll be familiar with this watch. Dubbed the “Casioak” by fans for is octagonal case, this not-so-Audemars Piguet Casio GA-2100 is one of the more popular analog G-Shocks available right now. They seem to be out of stock everywhere and you can’t get these Stateside yet, so many are resorting to buying them overseas (at what appears to be double the MSRP.) Why are people going crazy over this watch? I don’t know, but I unfortunately have joined the band wagon and want one too. –Hunter Kelley, Associate Designer

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MK II Hawkinge AGL

I recently had the chance to see the MK II Hawkinge AGL in person for the first time and I instantly fell head over heels. It takes everything I loved about the first Hawkinge model: a very wearable size at 37.8 mm, 100 meters of water resistance and lovely blue Super-LumiNova BGW9. And it combines those elements with an even more distinctive dial design and an extremely legible handset, which includes a unique second hand boasting a green-emission Arclite lume. These minor adjustments make an already special watch even more intriguing. –Kyle Snarr, Head of Marketing

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Yema Speedgraf

Yema’s chronographs and yachting watches from the 1960s have an undeniable “cool factor” — purpose-built, affordable (back then, at least), and fun, vintage models have since become expensive to purchase and service. The new Speedgraf reissue, however, makes use of the Seiko NE86 chronograph movement, an alternative to the finicky Chinese-made Seagull ST19. Now that this movement is becoming more widely available, I wonder if more affordable mechanical chronographs will begin rearing their heads… –Oren Hartov, Associate Editor

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Seiko SNE441

As someone who’s only ever worn small field watches with minimal dials, I’ve been looking to break the mold with something a little bigger and more assertive without being too flashy. I’ve assembled a small wishlist of potential candidates and the Seiko SNE441 currently sits at the top. I love the blacked-out dial and bezel as well as the fact that it’s solar-powered, reducing my carbon footprint by just a little bit. –Scott Ulrich, Editorial Associate

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Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope

I am by no means an authority on watches, but this is one I’ve been obsessing over for months — if not years. It’s not quite as minimal as some of the other Max Bill styles, but the contrast between the black dial and the stainless steel case, paired with the sleek, almost liquid-like milanaise bracelet is peak design as far as I’m concerned. Plus, little details like the retro-looking numerals (that four!), the slightly domed crystal, and the precision chronograph make this one a no-brainer for me. –Zeb Goodman, Project Coordinator, Gear Patrol Studios

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