These days, it does seem that the modern watch market is ruled by the likes of smartwatches and hybrids. However, did you know that there has also been recent reissues of some iconic vintage timepieces? From the contemporary makeover of the Breitling Navitimer to the revival of the Zenith El Primero, it seems that the world certainly doesn’t want to forget about the beauty of these timeless classics. Keen to know about the vintage watches that have made a return this year? Continue reading!
The Longines Heritage 1945
If soft brown is your colour, then take a look at the Longines Heritage 1945 Watch. The Heritage models were famous for accompanying many historical pioneers in their adventures; whether that be in the air, on land, or out at sea. Today, this timepiece’s modern makeover serves to pay tribute to these pioneers. The vintage watch itself boasts a stainless steel design and is fitted with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass, with several layers of anti-reflective coating on its underside. As well as this, you’ll be pleased to know that this revived piece is watch-resistant to up to 30 metres. Take a closer look here.
Patek Philippe Complication 5212A-OO1
The Calatrava first came into the scene back in the 1930s, and fast forward into 2019, the model has returned sporting its signature design. However, what’s so different about the modern-day Calatrava is that this piece features a weekly calendar. This calendar displays the week’s number in addition to the day and date. Furthermore, the steel case of this timepiece holds a completely new self-winding calibre. Find out more information about this model here.
Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms Barakuda Limited Edition
There is nothing quite like a Swiss watch, and the Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms Barakuda Limited Edition certainly proves it. The Fifty Fathoms watch was first introduced in 1953 and since then there have been several iconic revivals of this model. The 2019 issue features an extra-slim, self-winding calibre 1151, as well as a dual tone dial. As well as this, this piece is powered by a highly accurate Automatic movement which is water resistant up to 300 metres. Click here for more details about the Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms Barakuda Limited Edition.
Breguet’s Type 20 Only Watch 2019 Piece Unique
When it comes to the vintage reissue watches of 2019, the Breguet’s Type 20 is most certainly a showstopper. Having originated back in the 1950s, Breguet watches are known to have been inspired by the military timepieces that were around back in the day. Now, the range of watches have been revived to a Type 20 flyback chronograph that houses a small seconds display and a 30-minute counter. This timepiece’s defining feature has to be its mechanically manually wound movement, which sports a Valjoux 235 calibre. Take a closer look here.
Breitling’s Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition
The original Breitling Navitimer model was a hit amongst pilots following its release in 1959. This was due to the piece’s crafty design, which featured a rotating slide-rule bezel that enabled navigators to make vital flight calculations. Now, the timeless piece has been remastered. Even though the re-released model does stay faithful to its roots, there are a couple of cutting-edge features that are thrown in. For instance, you’ll be pleased to know that the watch now has a minimum power reserve of 70 hours. Find out more information here.
Zenith El Primero A384 Revival
Did you know that the Zenith El Primero is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year? This timepiece boasts an original revival of the 1969 Reference A384, a classic, chunky case with 1969 diameter, and an automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph. In terms of durability and energy, this watch is certainly a warrior, with its minimum 50 hour power reserve and its 5 ATM water resistance. Interested? Take a closer look at the Zenith El Primero A384 Revival here.
OMEGA Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition
Another contender on the list of reissue watches that are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year is the Speedmaster Apollo 11. Historically speaking, the Speedmaster is one of OMEGA’s signature timepieces and has been since 1969. Fun fact: this watch has been part of all six moon landings! As part of its 2019 revival, this classic timepiece features a varnished grey and black dial with all indexes and hands in 18K Moonshine Gold. Sounds exquisite, doesn’t it? Well, if you want to find about more about the Speedmaster Apollo 11… click here.
TAG Heuer Vintage Monaco Men’s Watch
Last but certainly not least, we have the TAG Heuer Vintage Monaco Men’s Watch. The Monaco has had a glamorous history with Hollywood, having received worldwide acclaim after appearing in the 1970’s classic Le Mans. The range itself has been reviving for five decades, and now we see it being better than ever in 2019. Just take a look at its standout denim blue dial with dual chronograph sub-dials, its 40 hour power reserve and its water resistance level for up to 100 metres. Take a closer look at this timepiece.
Keeping your vintage reissue watches safe
When it comes to keeping your vintage reissue pieces safe, make sure that they are kept in a strong watch storage box. At The Case Farm, we sell watch cases that are made from the most durable materials. Want complete dustproof, waterproof and crushproof protection for your hybrid watches? We’ve got you covered.
Our Peli 3x watch case is great for beginners who have three or fewer watches, whereas our Peli 10x and Peli 18x watch cases are perfect for all those devoted watch collectors wanting to keep their watches safe from harm.