Breitling Replica Introduces Top Time B01 Ford Thunderbird

Breitling’s automotive racing team welcomes its newest member: the Top Time B01 Ford Thunderbird. It is the fourth model to join the 1960s-inspired Top Time Classic Cars collection. With its prominent tail fin, rock-solid construction, and luxury features, the Ford Thunderbird, first unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in 1954, made automotive history. The convertible promised fun driving for extended joyrides that fitted the new feeling of freedom that blossomed in that era. Today, the two first generations, “Classic Bird” (1955-1957) and “Square Bird” (1958-1960) are particularly sought after.

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The new Breitling Replica Top Time B01 Classic Cars Collection from left to right: Top Time B01 Ford Mustang, Top Time B01 Ford Thunderbird, Top Time B01 Shelby Cobra, Top Time B01 Chevrolet Corvette

The Thunderbirds served as a template for the new addition to the Top Time Classic Car line, which Breitling introduced as a Capsule Collection in 2021. It pays homage to the 1960s Top Time Chronograph, a child of Willy Breitling, and consists of three motorsport chronographs inspired respectively by the Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang, and Shelby Cobra. While the first generation sported colorful dials in red, blue, and green, the Top Time B01 Ford Thunderbird is more subdued with a white, naturally luminescent dial.

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The red racing-style leather strap and the color-coordinated chronograph hands, as well as a partial section on the tachymeter scale, add a radiant splash. Also on board are the square, slightly rounded sub dials in tricompax layout, reminiscent of dashboard instruments. They are slightly recessed and emphasize the expressive retro look. Below the twelve, the Thunderbird logo is applied in petrol green. The lettering above the twelve-hour counter refers to the Top Time origin. As with its predecessors, the design of the dial is balanced and is highly recognizable.

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This also applies to the Top Time-style stainless steel case, which is now pressure-tested to ten bar with a narrow bezel that surrounds the wide dial and is essential for a true motorsport replica watches. The chronograph pushers, too, are stylishly mushroom-shaped and underscore the vintage charm. However, in line with current trends, Breitling introduces a new diameter to the collection with the Thunderbird, measuring 41 mm.

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Breitling Top Time B01 Ford Thunderbird case back

Whereas the previously available chronographs were powered by Breitling’s caliber 41 and 25, both Sellita-based, Breitling’s prestige movement, the B01, now runs as a powerful engine under the hood. Introduced in 2009, the manufacture caliber scores with a COSC chronometer certificate and a power autonomy of 70 hours. This self-winding movement features a column wheel control and a vertical clutch. Thanks to all these features, Breitling can provide a five-year warranty on its prestige caliber. It goes without saying that the B01 is revealed in all its beauty through the sapphire crystal case back, including the Ford Tunderbird logo, emblematic of the enthusiasm for history and timekeeping.

Vintage Replica Rolex GMT Master 1675 Auction: The Apollo 14 Ocean Recovery

Bob’s Watches is proud to offer a lifelong collection of Navy memorabilia, including a ref. 1675 Pepsi Rolex GMT- Master, from Thomas Francis Finley Jr., a United States Navy veteran who served for 28 years and retired as a Navy Captain.

We initially got in contact with Tom over the summer regarding his GMT Master and when we heard the extraordinary story we knew it needed to be told. That is why we created the Apollo 14 Ocean Recovery auction, featuring a vintage Rolex 1675 among other special items. The auction is organized as a single-lot auction to showcase this amazing story and piece of history and, in the process, find a new guardian for his priceless collection.

Tom joined the Navy in October 1966 and piloted the H3 helicopter throughout his career. He was involved with various special operations, including the retrieval of the astronauts from Apollo 14 after splashing down in the South Pacific Ocean on February 9, 1971.

Tom served a crucial role in the recovery of the Apollo 14 mission as he was the co-pilot of the helicopter that picked up the astronauts. Apollo 14 was the eighth crewed mission by the United States and the third to land on the Moon. The prime crew members were Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell, and Stuart A. Roosa. It was on this mission that a famous video was recorded, depicting NASA astronaut Alan Shepard hitting a golf ball from the lunar surface using a makeshift club.

After splashing down in the South Pacific, the astronauts were transported by Tom’s helicopter to the USS New Orleans, which was the prime recovery vessel. From the USS New Orleans, the astronauts were then flown by Tom and his crew to Pago-Pago in American Samoa. 

Tom is now a volunteer at the USS Midway in San Diego and has been a docent for the last 17 years and an instructor on the ship for the last 15 years. He has logged nearly 8,000 volunteer hours aboard. Tom is ready to part with these possessions he has cared for over the last decades and for them to have a new caretaker. 

We recently visited Tom onsite at the USS Midway, where an HS3 Helicopter similar to the one he flew during the Apollo 14 recovery mission is parked. It was an honor to interview him about this lot aboard the prestigious ship.

A Watch and Jacket: Symbols of a Career in the Skies

Tom’s vintage Rolex GMT Master and flight jacket are among the most stand-out items in this lot.  However, he is also parting with other remarkable items associated with his Navy career, including photos of him wearing the watch, which is clearly recognizable as a famous Rolex Pepsi GMT, as well as other photos Tom took himself with his Kodak Instamatic camera on the day of the recovery. 

The original aviator’s flight book Tom used to log his missions also outlines the Apollo 14 recovery assignment, which he has so kindly tabbed to make it easier for its new owner to find.  The mission is distinguished by the code “IPO,” which stands for “Foreign Search & Rescue Special Operation.” Tom’s role during the mission is detailed even further in the accompanying flight schedule from that day.

Cruise books are like yearbooks, traditionally produced by US Navy ships after long deployments. The cruise book made for the USS New Orleans where Tom Finley was stationed, also called “The Moon Book,” is a unique piece of history that only adds to the value and collectability of this entire lot. Both of his photos in the book are marked off for easy reference.

The Allure of Replica Omega Watches: An Affordable Luxury

Omega watches are known for their exceptional craftsmanship, precision, and timeless appeal. However, their steep price tags often place them out of reach for many watch enthusiasts. Replica Omega watches offer a more accessible option, allowing individuals to experience the allure of owning a luxury timepiece without breaking the bank. In this article, we will explore the reasons behind the popularity of replica Omega watches, their attention to detail, the ethical considerations involved, and their impact on the watch industry.

Accessible Luxury
Replica Omega watches provide an opportunity for individuals to enjoy the luxury and prestige associated with the Omega brand at a more affordable price. These replicas offer a similar design aesthetic to the original watches, allowing watch enthusiasts to experience the elegance and style that Omega is renowned for without the high price tag.

Attention to Detail
Manufacturers of replica Omega watches strive to replicate the intricate details found in authentic Omega timepieces. From the design of the case and dial to the movement and functionality of the watch, replicas aim to closely resemble the originals. While they may not possess the same level of craftsmanship as genuine Omegas, replicas still capture the essence of the brand’s iconic designs.

Varied Quality and Selection
It is important to note that the quality and selection of replica Omega watches can vary greatly. Some manufacturers invest in high-quality materials and craftsmanship, providing replicas that closely resemble the original watches in terms of both appearance and performance. However, others may produce lower-quality replicas, compromising on materials and accuracy. It is crucial for buyers to research and choose reputable manufacturers to ensure a satisfactory product.

Ethical Considerations
The replica watch industry faces ethical concerns due to copyright infringement and intellectual property violations. Omega invests significant resources into research, development, and innovation to create their distinctive timepieces. Replicas that imitate these designs without permission pose a challenge to the intellectual property rights of the original creators. It is important for consumers to be aware of these ethical implications when purchasing replica Omega watches.

Impact on the Watch Industry
The rise in popularity of replica Omega watches has had an impact on the watch industry as a whole. The availability of affordable replicas has created a parallel market, attracting customers who may not have considered owning an authentic Omega due to its high price. This has prompted luxury watch brands to emphasize the exclusivity, heritage, and craftsmanship associated with their products, distinguishing themselves from replicas.

Personal Choice and Enjoyment
Ultimately, the decision to purchase a replica Omega watch is a personal one. Some individuals appreciate the opportunity to own a timepiece that resembles an Omega at a more affordable price, allowing them to enjoy the brand’s aesthetics and style. However, others may prioritize owning an authentic luxury watch and value the craftsmanship and prestige associated with it. It is important to acknowledge that replica Omega watches offer an accessible way to experience the allure of a luxury brand, but buyers should consider their own preferences and values before making a purchase.

Replica Omega watches provide a more accessible entry into the world of luxury timepieces, allowing individuals to experience the elegance and design of an Omega watch without the hefty price tag. However, buyers should be mindful of the ethical concerns surrounding replica production and carefully choose reputable manufacturers to ensure a satisfactory product. As the demand for replicas continues, the watch industry will continue to evolve, adapting to maintain the exclusivity and appeal of authentic luxury watches.

A summer selection of adventure Replica Rolex watches!

Explore underwater worlds with Panerai, brave icy mountain landscapes with Tudor, fear nothing of raging seas with Rolex… there’s still time to pick the watch for your summer adventures from Chronext

In the words of a wise man (whose name escapes me), “if you want to know what your timepiece is capable of, take it outdoors.” Indeed, whoever said a watch should spend its days locked away in a safe? If a Replica Rolex, a Tudor, a Panerai or a Breitling come at a (certain) price, it’s also because these are authentic tools, designed to go where we go and do what we do.

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Tested to the limits
In addition to vintage, Chronext carries certified pre-owned watches as well as new models, all provided with a 24-month Chronext warranty. Combined with the strict testing protocols in place at brands, you can rest assured that these are remarkably reliable tool watches.

For example, Rolex’s Superlative Chronometer standard, introduced in 2015, tests for water-resistance as well as resistance to shocks, temperature variations and magnetic fields.

At Panerai – a brand with historic ties to professional diving – a watch must be perfectly water-resistant. End of. Its watches are tested to official standards plus a 25% safety margin. The most extreme Submersibles can withstand 250 bar of pressure. To reach this limit, you would need to make a (very probably hypothetical) dive to 2,500 metres.

Ice axe or Sex on the beach?
If you’re still searching for the watch that will make this summer the most memorable ever… don’t panic. Chronext has watches ready for delivery in time to make yours the best-dressed wrist on the beach. Take your pick!

  1. Head for distant lands with watches that feature a multiple time zone display. Try the Rolex GMT Master II or the Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime.
Rolex GMT Master II, Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime

Make a splash in the pool or swim with the fishes with the Rolex Sea-Dweller, the Rolex Submariner, the Omega Seamaster or the Panerai Luminor.

Rolex Submariner, Omega Seamaster, Panerai Luminor

3. Reach new heights or explore terrae incognitae with chronographs such as the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms on a khaki-brown textile strap, the Omega Speedmaster Professional or the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms

  1. Conquer extreme environments with the Tudor Black Bay Pro or the Rolex Explorer II, à la Adrian Bark of Bark & Jack in Zermatt, striking a pose in front of (and one day maybe on) the Matterhorn.

While the combinations of watch + activity are virtually endless – this is just a small selection –, the final choice will always come down to that all-important factor: your personal taste!