Last Week (In Watches) Today : All Quiet On The Western Front

Greetings watch nerds! It’s been a quiet week, and our gang has covered most of the more interesting tidbits of news on the podcasts and the Scottish Watches Livestream. So let’s dig right in and see what we missed out.

Bulova

 

In what looks like another cash grab by our friends on the other side of the pond Bulova has released a trio of watches for the 80th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Of the three I sort of like the 500 piece L.E. rectangular P.V.D gold piece, which has a champagne dial decorated with geometrical shapes that recall elements of F.L.W.’s Art Deco architecture. The back is pretty interesting too in that it is engraved with the architect’s design mantra. Even more interesting is that Bulova’s press photo of the back shows that a screw is missing from the top left corner. A cost saving measure no doubt. Price is 475 USD for the limited editions; 425 and 275 for the other two.

Scottish Watches and Moritz Grossmann

Watches of Switzerland

Thursday, In an surprising turn of events, stocks of the watch retailing giant shot up 24% on the news that “COVID Quarter” revenues were above expectations. Sales dropped on average 28%, with a remarkable difference between the UK (-30%) and the US (-20%). This shows how UK business is more affected by the lack of tourism. Sales were bolstered by orders for Rolex (which make up half of WOS revenue). Since Rolex does not allow its AD’s to ship watches, all orders were collected once restrictions on non-essential businesses were eased. The stock gave back some gains on Friday, but it is slowly getting closer to its pre-pandemic levels.

Casio

Casio released three new “Heavy Duty” G-Shocks in the GA900 Collection. Anyway…..

Omega

This week marks the birth of  the Seamaster Diver 300M “James Bond Numbered Edition”. The watch is basically a platinum alloy cased version of the earlier “On her Majesty’s Secret Service” edition with an deep black enamel dial, white gold markers and hands, and a ceramic bezel with silver arabics in positive relief. A plaque on the side will be engraved with the piece’s limited edition number. The price for all this James Bondy goodness? 51.9k USD! Mind you they do throw in an extra rubber strap!

That’s all folks!