Parnis Datejust Homage

Parnis Datejust

Overview

Oh Parnis, why must you tempt me? After working on a bunch of retro gaming repairs, I decided to treat myself to something real nice. In this case, a Parnis Datejust homage, with rhodium dial.

On Wrist

Just sit back and look at it for a while. A perfect balance of simplicity and elegance. If I ever have a spare 10 grand laying around, I will buy the real deal. The dial is a rhodium grey sunburst and just stunning. The markers are lume filled rectangles, applied, with the exception of noon, which is now an inverted triangle. To be honest, I prefer this to the ‘real’ Datejust, which is a crown. I prefer to know in the dark where the heck 12 o’clock is at a glance. The hands are slightly tapered stick, which extend most of the length of the markers. The lume is white in daylight and glow green in the dark and glows very well for a dress watch. The chapter ring is printed on the dial in arabic numerals. The dial markings are all printed white and the printing is limited to Parnis and Automatic Water Resistant 21 Jewels, in unobtrusive size. There is a white background date at 3 O’clock.

Bezel and Crown

The bezel is fluted and very well finished. It catches the light, just enough, to catch the light and not be too blingy. The crystal is sapphire and flat with a decent, 2.5x cyclops magnifier for the date. The case is stainless steel a beautifully polished on top and sides. The case finishing is very good, I mean, could pass for real at a glance, good. The watch is heavy. The case back is screw down and unmarked. The crown is signed with P and unscrews easily. The case is rated 50M water resistance, which is not bad, considered the real deal is 100M. No way you are diving in either of these watches. The crown is a little small to hand wind with, but this is keeping with original.

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Deployant

The bracelet, wow. Parnis outdid themselves this time. The watch is jubilee style, solid, with solid end links. The links are held with screws, not pins, and makes adjustment a breeze. The center of the links are polished, the top side is brushed, with the sides are polished. Just fantastic and solid, with NO RATTLES. The deployant is a two button style, which, again, I prefer to the real deal. It is cast, not stamped and have beautiful cotes de geneve. A nice touch. There are 3 micro adjustment holes. The deployant is also stamped with Parnis in script and well executed.

Case Back

The movement was a matter of choice for me, I went with the Japanese Miyota 8215 automatic movement. There was an option for a Chinese movement, but I wanted to try a Miyota anyway. The movement is 21 jewels, hand winds, but does not hack, 21,600 BPH.. I have not opened the case yet, but I see the slight Miyota stutter, so I am sure this is the correct movement. The accuracy is excellent so far, within a few seconds a day. The automatic rotor is uni-directional, but seems to have no problem winding quickly.

Chillin’

This is my first Parnis branded homage and I have to say I am really impressed. The finishes are impeccable, the bracelet is worth half the price I paid for the watch, and everything is just well balanced and executed. In a way, they fixed some of the issues with the real deal, including the 12 o’clock marking, two button deployant style, and reduced the markings on the dial. Rolex dials are just too verbose. The Datejust is one of my favorite Rolex watches simply because of how versatile they are. They are dressy enough to wear with a suit, but casual enough to wear with shorts or a polo shirt (as long as you go with white gold.) The size is just right, not too big, but it still has wrist presence. When I save up some more, I have my eye on an Omega homage from Parnis. 🙂 For the ~$110 I paid, I could not be happier with this watch.

Case: 40mm diameter, stainless steel, 50M water resistance.

Back: Stainless Steel, Screw Down

Crystal: Sapphire, Flat, with cyclops magnifier

Movement: Automatic, Miyota 8215, Made in Japan, 21,600 BPH, can hand wind

Complications: Date

Other: Luminous Hands and Markers

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Submariner Vintage Homage

Submariner Vintage Homage

Vintage Dial and Bezel

Thanks everyone for still visiting this site, I do appreciate the positive comments.

Now, off to a review. I would love to be able to get my hands on a vintage Rolex Submariner, something that Sean Connery as James Bond would of worn, but the prices and availability just aren’t there. Luckily, our friends over in China are making a homage watches that follow pretty closely to the real deal.

Dial Detail

I went with a sterile dial submariner, with domed acrylic crystal. Starting with the dial, it is simplicity. Classic Triangle at Noon, rectangles at 3,6, and 9, and circles everywhere else. They are filled with a pale yellow lume. The hands are classic Mercedes hands, filled with yellow lume as well. The lume is, well, okay. Probably similar to 60’s era lume, it works for a short while, but I am no faulting the watch with this. I really enjoy the sterile dial. I wish Rolex would offer a sterile/reduced verbiage dials. The dial is a satin black. The bezel is coin edge, with no detent, with a lume pip at noon. This keeps with the actual, vintage design. It turns smoothly and the printing is clean on the aluminum insert.

Crown and Domed Crystal

The case is correct size at 39.5mm stainless steel. The crystal is domed acrylic, also period correct 🙂

The top of the case is brushed, the sides are polished and finished very well. The crown is large and easy to unscrew and wind. The crown stem has at least two gaskets! The crown guards are properly sized and don’t overhand the crown. The case back is screw down and unmarked. The lugs are drilled through and make for an easy band replacement.

Folded Link Bracelet

The bracelet the watch came on was too modern for my tastes. I have had this watch on a Bond NATO strap, which looks great, but I wanted something more legit. I put the watch on a folded link, oyster style bracelet. Up until the late 70’s, submariner bracelets were folded links! The big advantage is that the bracelet is now properly weighted to the watch. I can see the original watch was designed to work is thinner, folded link bracelets, not the modern solid bracelet. The balance is just perfect now at it all is period correct.

Case Back

The movement is some sort of Chinese automatic. It is a direct seconds, looks like 21 jewels and even hacks! The accuracy is excellent and the automatic winding is quiet and bi directional. I’ll have to open up the watch again to figure out what’s in there. All I know is that is works and was pretty well finished, simple, but the movement was clean. It is a 21,600 BPH movement, which is to be expected.

I am very happy with the watch, now that I have it on the correct bracelet. If you want to wear a piece of history, without breaking the bank, and don’t mind homage watches, this is a lot of the watch for the money, if you can still find it. I picked it up late 2019 for around $50+$15 bracelet.

Case: 39.5mm diameter, stainless steel, 50M(?) water resistance. Gasket stem.

Back: Stainless Steel, Screw Down

Crystal: Domed Acrylic

Movement: Automatic, Made in China

Complications: Rotating bezel

Other: Luminous Hands and Markers

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Coming Soon!

Vostok Amphibia 200M

Since I have a bit of extra time, I can start reviewing my large backlog of watches. Something to cheer everyone up when we are sheltered at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Charlie Brown
Vintage Rolex Homage
Rolex Hulk Homage
Casio Silver Tone
Olevs Quartz Rolex Homage
Casio F91-W Green
Vostok Kommandirski Gold

And many more are coming, including 2 Poljot alarm, a Seiko Bell-Matic (when it comes back from repair) and others! It has been too long.

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Finally Back

Return and where I’ve been

For the last year I have not been able to update this site. I lost my mother in law and my father within 6 weeks of each other. My heart was just not into posting. This year we moved to a new house and sold our old home, so that was a whole adventure that was years in the making. In the meantime, I have been collecting quite a few new watches, either as gifts or as purchases.

For me to keep track and as a way to tease everyone, what’s on deck:

-Luminox – Inherited

-Vostok Kommandirski Gold

-Vostok Amphibian Green Wave

-Timex Charlie Brown

-Corguet Sterile Dial Submariner Green

-Casio F91W Green

-Casio F91W Black

-Green Quartz Submariner Homage

-Mondaine Swiss Railway Watch

So, I hope you all enjoy the watches soon to come. I know I miss photographing and writing about these amazing little machines.

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Where I’ve been

I was expecting to have at least 3 new watch posts up, but life had other plans.  About 3 months ago my mother in law died.  Six weeks later my father died.  Heavy stuff for a watch review blog, but I just wanted everyone to know I am alive and hope to have some reviews coming along when my heart gets back into it.  I have a Swatch Chronograph and 2 more Vostoks, one of them in an Amphibia.  Spoilers, the Amphibia is the best sub $80 watch I have ever bought.  Facebooktwittermailby feather

Site coming back to life

Getting back into the swing of my watch collecting, I discovered I have 2 watches I have not reviewed since getting my grail watch, the Seiko Alpinist, the SARB017.  It is a fine watch, but recently the watch collecting itch is coming back.  I have always loved watches, and that will never change.  As an interesting side effect of my other hobby, retro video game repair and manufacturing new controllers, I have fun money to collect some new pieces. 

In the coming weeks, expect three new reviews, in addition to the Parnis Marina Militare I just posted.  The next review will be for simple, very affordable Seiko 5.  In the mail, I am expecting my first Vostok Komanderski (Commander), a very retro looking 17 jewel hand winding watch.  I liked the first Vostok so much, I picked up another gold plated watch as well.

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My other watch hobby

You know what is fun, really does not cost money, and is watch related at the same time?  Collecting watch catalogs!

All you really need to do is dress decently and carry yourself with some confidence and live close to some high end retailers, and you too can collect some watch catalogs.  There are some really beautiful pieces in these catalogs.  With the exception of Swatch, I don’t think I would want to pay for any of them 🙂

First off we have the Swatch catalog. It is a pretty strait forward affair with minimal text and a soft cover. There are some fluff photos, see above, but the photos are well taken, especially for the newest pieces. The core collection has much smaller photos, but at least the catalog is pretty complete. If it is in the store, it is probably in this catalog. It was offered freely at the Swatch store in Oak Brook. That reminds me, time to pick up a Spring/Summer 2010 catalog one of these days.

How it was acquired:  Picked up at the Swatch store, Oakbrook, IL.  Freely available on counter.

Next up, we have Omega catalog. It is also a soft bound affair, but printed very well. Most photos are true to real size, so it makes guesstimating how the watch will look on your wrist pretty easy. There are some fluff celebrity photos and some explanation text explaining Omega and the movements they use. The speedmaster is my personal favorite, followed by the new professional divers.

How it was acquired:  Freely available on table in entrance at Merry Richards Jewelers, Oakbrook, IL.

Next we have a really stunning quality catalog from Mont Blanc. You usually don’t think of Mont Blanc for watches, but they have some decent pieces, at prices that are very competitive. The catalog is hard bound and looks like a quality coffee table book. The photos are well taken, but most are not true to size.  There is some text detailing the manufacture and design of their pieces.  Thankfully, there are no celebrities in there either, which is probably why their time pieces cost thousands less than the competition.

How it was acquired:   Offered by sales person at Mont Blanc store, Oakbrook, IL.

Weighing in at around 200 pages we have the Breitling catalog.  Slickly produced with amazing photos, I am still surprised they don’t charge for their catalogs.  The book, I mean catalog, details the entire history of Breitling.  Their complete line is included in this thick tome.  I sure hope most of the photos are larger than real life, otherwise these are some seriously large timepieces.  About half the catalog is photos of aircraft, tying their history to the history of flight.  It takes a couple of days to get through this catalog.

How it was acquired:  Offered by sales person at Baily, Banks, and Biddle, Oak Brook, IL.  (Store out of business).

Finally, we have the Piaget Polo 45 catalog, well, more of a pamphlet at about 8 pages long.  The photos are well taken and the watches are unique looking, without being gaudy.  Only four models are detailed in this Forty Five catalog (45mm watches).  The text deals entirely with the features of the watches, so no fluff in here.

How it was acquired:  Freely available on table in entrance at Merry Richards Jewelers, Oakbrook, IL.

So, head on down to your local, high end jewelry store and you may be able to snag a few catalogs yourself.  I had a few Rolex catalogs, but they were more fluff than substance.  They look like golf or sailing magazines, but they are actually 100 page long Rolex ads.  The key is, don’t be pushy and don’t look like a slob, and act like you are interested.  Maybe, some day, you may actually pick up one of their time pieces.

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