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Waltham Watches, from WWI and Today

As a lot of you already know Waltham Watches was relaunched in June of 2014, once again featuring high end mechanical movements. This afternoon I had the opportunity to see the new Waltham Angular Aeronaval Collection for the first time at I.W. Marks Jewelers in Houston Texas. (I've been busy writing and researching my latest book "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War" for the past few years). The first thing that caught my eye was the stand alone display case for Waltham Watches in the showroom. I really liked this, it certainly made them stand out in a showroom filled with at least a dozen other high end brands. After speaking with the very polite staff at I.W. Marks for a few minutes it was time to get a closer look of the new Waltham Watches that is now under the direction of CEO Antonio DiBenedetto. The very first thing that caught my attention on all of the Waltham models were the dials. The Waltham design team did a wonderful job paying homage to iconic dials of the past from the Waltham XA Type 37 Aeronautical Clock, the Waltham CDIA Aircraft Clock and the Waltham Type A13a Aircraft Clock. Those of you who know me know that I absolutely love old military watches and clocks so I was pretty much hooked from the get go on the new Angular Aeronaval designs. The Waltham design team obviously spent a lot of time thinking this through and in my professional opinion they nailed it in honoring Waltham's rich history. In order to know where you are going you have to know where you came from. The first watch that I tried on was the ETC Black Matter. Within seconds I realized how comfortable the watch felt on my wrist, this was obviously due to the well thought out angular design of the Titanium case. The deployment clasp on the VulCarbone rubber strap was a very nice refinement. Next I tried on the CDI Eclipse that features green 24 hour time markers on the ceramic bezel. What really stood out on this model was the central date indicator, essentially a fourth hand that shows the date. Last but certainly not least I tried on the XA Pure with the second hand at the 12 o'clock position. A classic design honoring Charles Lindbergh and the Waltham XA Type 37 Aircraft Clock. You guys know that I have always had a hard time laying off of the black dial watches which makes picking a favorite out of these three extremely difficult! There is even more military history in new Waltham Watches than most of you even realize like the all black finish on the Black Matter models. On October 24, 1916 the United States Army set fourth General Specification No. 579-D for wrist watches. Section 5, sub-section D required that all wrist watches purchased by the US Army were to have a case with a black finish. This was done to prevent anything shiny in the field that might give your position away to an enemy sniper from across "no-man's land" during the Great War. In 1918 The spec was once again changed requiring black dials as well. All said, I absolutely love the new Waltham Watches Angular Aeronaval Collection. The awe inspiring case and dial designs featuring Dubois-Depraz movements are bound to impress loyal fans and newcomers to the Waltham name around the world. If you would like to view the entire Waltham Angular Aeronaval Collection simply visit their web page and make sure you watch the video with the sound on.
A brand new Waltham ETC Black Matter next to my 1917 WWI Waltham "RED 12" Trench Watch.The new Waltham ETC Black MatterWaltham ETC Black Matter next to my latest book, "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War"Waltham VulCarbone Rubber StrapWaltham CDI EclipseWaltham VulCarbone Rubber Strap
Waltham CDI PureWaltham VulCarbone Rubber Strap"Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War", by Stan Czubernat"Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War", by Stan Czubernat
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