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These Are the Watches We’re Obsessing Over in June, 2020

We’re flipping our lids over a new French dive watch, a vintage Enicar that desperately needs a trip to the spa, and more.

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Those Watch Guys

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 — five timepieces that our watch-loving staff are obsessing over right at this very moment.

Le Forban Sécurité Mer Malouine

For all the #watchguys out there: I’m not one of you. I understand your passion for small things that you don’t really need because I am similarly addicted to purchasing expensive kitchen knives I in no way, shape or form need. A vintage reissue from the late ’60s once donned by French sailors, this watch ticks my simple(ton?) boxes: a reliable automatic movement, satisfying looks, a nice story, a price within reach and I know I won’t see five other folks wearing one walking around Manhattan every day.–Will Price, Assistant Editor

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Rolex Date ref. 1500

It’s the little things in the vintage Rolex world that, for one reason or another, stir the imagination. In this particular case, it’s the brown “sigma” dial on this otherwise fairly innocuous ref. 1500 from 1978 — the Greek letter “sigma” was supposedly used to indicate the presence of (often white) gold on the dial, often in the indices. When combined with a svelte, possibly unpolished case, an Oyster bracelet, and a timeless design, you have the recipe for a hell of a watch. –Oren Hartov, Associate Editor

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Omega Speedmaster Mark II

While there’s a modern version that I’d quite happily wear, the Omega Speedmaster Mark II seems like a lot of watch for the money at vintage prices. It’s funky and unique with its unmistakably ’70s feel (even though it came out in 1969), but it’s also a Speedmaster with some cool history of its own. Its technical look combined with vibrant orange hands is captivating. –Zen Love, Staff Writer

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Enicar Sherpa Guide 600 MKIII

I’ve had my eye on this vintage Enicar for a while now. For under $1,000, you get a ’69 compressor with AR1147 automatic movement. It’s not clean — the GMT hand is missing and it’s pretty beat up — but that’s part of the charm. Need something to do this summer? This big 43mm diver is definitely a unique project. –John Zientek, Associate Editor

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Timex x Nigel Cabourn Sea Survival Watch

Can one obsess over a Timex watch? When it’s a collaborative piece made with a legendary British menswear designer, then yes. The fashion world reveres Nigel Cabourn for his vintage-inspired menswear pieces and enviable military-style outerwear. Cabourn brought his eye for military design to Timex’s Mk1 field watch case and tweaked it to become the Survival watch. The yellow-faced, 36mm timepiece recalls World War II ventile flight suits, which were yellow so rescuers could easily identify fallen soldiers in the water. For $180, you get an accurate, quartz-powered watch with a yellow cotton drill watch pouch designed with Cabourn. –Tyler Chin, Associate Staff Writer

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