Spring Cleaning: Our Five Favorite Picks

Spring cleaning is a tradition in many homes. People clean out clutter, bring in fresh air, and generally spruce things up as the trees start budding and the temperature warms up. However, spring cleaning isn’t relegated to houses alone. It is time for us to do a little cleaning of our own. At Crown & Caliber, our vault is getting a bit full so we are clearing some great watches out.  Here are five of our favorites from the spring cleaning sale:

OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra

Spring cleaning: OMEGA Seamaster

The first Seamaster launched in 1948 for the brand’s 100th anniversary. It is now the oldest watch in the OMEGA collection. The Seamaster draws inspiration from waterproof wristwatches made for the British military at the end of WWII and its intention is as a tough yet elegant watch for land and sea.

This Seamaster has a white dial with the signature horizontal striping of the Aqua Terra. It has blue hands and steel triangle indices with luminous centers. The seconds hand is an elegant cream color, and the minute markers around the dial are in red and blue. The bezel is a smooth polish and it sits on a stainless-steel bracelet. This watch is a perfect addition to any spring wardrobe.

 

 

Breitling Avenger Skyland

spring cleaning: breitling avenger

 

The Breitling brand is a brand that formed in the late 1800’s and their main focus was chronographs. Fast forward to the early 1980’s and the years of the Chronomat begin and the Avenger series. The Avenger Skyland is a rugged pilot’s watch that is a perfect mix of precision, sturdiness, and functionality. It is a tough chronometer with multiple complications making it an ultimate tool watch.

This Breitling Avenger Skyland has a black dial and sits in a 45mm case. It has a stainless steel mesh bracelet with steel bezel and matching rider tabs. The hour marker numerals are also steel with luminous dots below them. There is a large chronograph with a screw-down crown for ease of use and ultimate durability. Whether conquering the air or land, you can’t go wrong with this Avenger.

Rolex Milgauss

spring cleaning - rolex milgauss
The Rolex Milgauss hit the market in 1956. Just as Rolex designed and created watches for divers or sportsmen, they also considered professionals, like scientists. The Milgauss is an anti-magnetic watch made to accommodate workers in power plants, research labs, and medical facilities. At the time, scientists had serious issues with their watches keeping time when in the presence of an electromagnetic field greater than 100 gauss. The Milgauss fixed this.

This Milguass has a black dial with both white and orange hour markers. The hands are stainless steel, matching the smooth bezel and oyster bracelet. Additionally, the seconds hand is the traditional orange lightning bolt and has a green ring around the dial. This Milguass has a seriously vintage appeal, and looks great on.  You may not be a scientist, but you will certainly feel like one when wearing this watch.

Panerai Luminor Power Reserve

spring cleaning - panerai luminor

Panerai is most famous for their work with the Italian Navy. Their brand spent many years veiled in secrecy until their first release to the public in 1983. The Panerai Luminor was one of the models that made that initial public debut and has been a cult favorite ever since.

This Luminor has a textured black dial with large luminous numerals at the six, nine, and twelve o’clock position. There is a cyclops date window at the three o’clock position and a power reserve of forty hours. The case has a PVD coating that extends to the crown guard and lugs. This Panerai sits on a black leather strap that complements the darkened case nicely. This watch is all stealth mode and oozes cool.

OMEGA Speedmaster Gray Side of the Moon

spring cleaning: gray side of the moon

The Speedmaster has been farther than just about any watch on the planet. After its historic moon walk the Speedy became an icon overnight. It is also the watch that helped save the crew of Apollo 13 after an Oxygen tank exploded two days into their mission. Consequently, the explosion meant that the crew couldn’t complete their lunar landing and had to make their way back to Earth in a power reserve mode. Without their Speedmaster to help with timing, they may not have made it back.

This Speedmaster is a special edition affectionately known as the “Gray Side of the Moon,” and is an especially beautiful addition to a historical line. It has a gray dial with a gray ceramic bezel and case. There are dark gray and luminous white stick indicators for the hour markers and dark grey and white hands. At the six o’clock position is a cut-out date window. This Speedy also features a subdial at the three o’clock and nine o’clock position. It sits on a gorgeous gray leather strap and is a great addition to the iconic Speedmaster line.

These are just a few of our favorite watches coming out of our vault this spring. Whether you are looking for an icon, or a cult favorite, there is something for each wrist. Or, if you are doing a little spring cleaning of your own and looking to trade or sell your timepiece, we can help.

 

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