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    Spinnaker Piccard

    After being quite impressed with the Hull Chrono I picked up last year, I was interested to receive an email about the Spinnaker Piccard.

    Not, as I half expected, a Star Trek themed watch, but a (loose) homage to the Rolex taken down to extreme depths.

    https://monochrome-watches.com/news-...d-by-phillips/

    The Piccard, named after someone involved in the original project, I think (I read it a few days ago now, so it may just be an oceanographer) uses the generic Seiko NH35 movement and only offers 550M WR (probably enough for the average swimmer).



    It's a 'bold statement' watch and is on offer at the moment for a price in the mid £300s with a discount code.

    I put one in the basket, but in the end I bottled out.

    I'm trying to cut down my collection and certainly limit additions and I just couldn't see me wearing this one much at 45mm and with that huge crystal.

    Anyone been tempted?

    As a final point, it seems there was another Piccard from Spinnaker, for more money, but with a better(?) spec and as a limited edition.

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    I have their original Piccard and is a monster.
    Addition of a rotating bezel is a plus but the ghost bezel doesnít do it for me. Like the profile though.

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    Didnít Helberg do one of these years ago?

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    It reminds me of one of my 'if only' watches (if only I had the money - if only I had the chutzpah to wear it!) -

    https://germano.de/en/germano-and-walter-watch/

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    I would be far to scared to wear it.

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    Looking at reviews of the original Piccard, this one is clearly a mass market redesign.

    Not necessarily a bad thing, but the original was bigger (not sure that is a good thing), titanium, had a far more interesting dial, came in a lovely wooden box and featured a better movement.

    Bringing this down into the $350-400 range is sensible to sell more, but that original had a real sense of drama about it, which this one, while no shrinking violet lacks.

    The switch to steel is the biggest disappointment for me - If the new one had been titanium I think I'd have been tempted, but as it is, it's a pass from me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwg663 View Post
    It reminds me of one of my 'if only' watches (if only I had the money - if only I had the chutzpah to wear it!) -

    https://germano.de/en/germano-and-walter-watch/

    That is better. The Spinnaker looks nothing like the Rolex Piccard. If anything the Unimatic Due is closer to the Piccard.

    https://www.mrmontre.com/wp-content/...e-u2-angle.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by abraxas View Post
    That is better. The Spinnaker looks nothing like the Rolex Piccard. If anything the Unimatic Due is closer to the Piccard.

    https://www.mrmontre.com/wp-content/...e-u2-angle.jpg
    The original Piccard






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    Here is a Germano & Walter with a bezel. Not exactly the same as one referred to below but better IMO










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    Just ordered one in black, will be about a week to arrive............

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    Just received one. It's a great divers watch - you wouldn't need weights! It's quite the chunk of metal.

    Different though, and pretty cool I think. Wouldn't want it as my only watch but it's a fun thing.

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    Probably should add a photo - you certainly know that you're wearing it! :D


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    Probably should add a photo - you certainly know that you're wearing it! :D

    I am finding these rather tempting... GAH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    Probably should add a photo - you certainly know that you're wearing it! :D

    Looks great..... what size wrist if you don't mind me asking

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