Baselworld 2017 has been a great one. There were so many new releases from brands who usually don’t get much attention. There were tons of vintage re-issues, simple time-only watches etc. I loved most of it!
However, some of the bigger brands have really disappointed me. Rolex were boring.
They didn’t release anything that really grabbed my attention (except for the Moonphase Cellini).
The new Sea Dweller was boring, the new precious metal Daytonas were a yawn…etc
As the craziest week in watches draws to an close, let’s have a look at my favourite new releases from Baselworld 2017.
Longines Heritage 1945:
This watch left me speechless…
It’s a re-issue of one of their models from 1945. Longines actually saw this watch on an Instagram post from Hodinkee founder, Ben Clymer. They asked him if he would be willing to send his watch to them. He sent it in, and a few months later, this re issue gets released. What a great story!
Read more about the story here:
There are a few things that I don’t like about this watch.
I would prefer if the small sub-seconds dial was a bit lower down. I also don’t like the “Automatic” text on the dial. Was it really necessary?
Overall, I think this is a great watch. I can’t wait to see one in person!
Hamilton Intra-Matic 68:
Another great vintage re-issue. The Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 is a 2 register chronograph inspired by a model from 1968.
I love the reverse panda dial on this watch (black dial with white sub dials).
It uses the Valjoux 7753 movement. Many collectors are complaining about the inclusion of the date, but I don’t mind it.
Another complaint is the size. This watch is 42mm. Many collectors would have preferred it to be 38 or 40mm (similar to the original).
Again, I would have preferred if they didn’t put the “Automatic” text on the dial.
Tissot Heritage 1948:
Yup…Another vintage re-issue!
The Tissot Heritage 1940 is based on a vintage Tissot from 1948.
It’s very simple and dressy. I think the date at 4:30 isnt great, but otherwise it’s a really good looking watch.
Vintage lovers will rejoice, because it’s only 39.5mm wide. I love the look of the mesh bracelet.
Omega 1957 Trilogy:
This box set is definitely one of the stars of Baselworld 2017.
Omega are celebrating the 60th anniversary of 3 watches this year. The Speedmaster, Seamaster and Railmaster. They decided to make vintage re-issues of these watches which look almost exactly like the 1957 models.
The Railmaster and Seamaster have very accurate Metas Master Chronometer certified movements, while the Speedmaster has the 1861 movement which can be found inside the Speedmaster Professional.
This set comes with a vintage inspired box as well as a leather watch roll which includes 3 Nato straps, 3 Leather Straps as well as a strap changing tool. I love the look of these watches, especially the broad arrow hands.
You can buy these watches in the set, but they are also sold separately.
Seiko Diver SLA017:
Seiko released a tribute to their very first dive watch. (Seiko ref. 6217 diver from 1965).
As you know, I love Seiko Divers and I love this one as well. This model is a limited edition of 2000 pieces.
The price is a bit higher than your average Seiko SKX, Turtle, Monster, Tuna etc. at about $4000 USD.
If I could afford one, I would definitely pre-order one right now!
Tudor Black Bay Chronograph Ref. 79350:
Over the last few years, the Black bay has been a huge success for Tudor.
They released a few Black Bay models this year, but this is by far my favourite.
For the first time, they released a Black Bay Chronograph.
It’s a 2 register chronograph with 200m water resistance.
I think this watch will be a big hit for them in 2017.
Please let me know in the comments which new watches from Baselworld 2017 were your favourites.