They're both quite wearable, a consequence of careful design and restrained lug-to-lug dimensions, but the SD40 wins due to reduced thickness.
In 2011 when the original [new] Hamilton Pan Europ watch was released, it was also the debut of the H-31 movement which was an exclusive for Hamilton by sister company ETA (both are under the Swatch Group umbrella). Based on a historic Hamilton watch design from 1971, the 2011 Pan Europ features a lovely blue dial and was limited to just 1,971 pieces.
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The all steel Gucci Dive XL is the ref. YA136201 while the steel and 18k pink gold model is the ref. YA136202. The pieces come with black rubber straps as well as an additional calf leather strap. An interesting watch, we feel that the dials needs a tad bit more refinement, and perhaps an exhibition case back window showing the movement. As it stands, the case back includes an engraved image of a suit of armor holding two shopping bags or perhaps luggage. Is that Gucci or what? Price for the Dive in steel is ,600 up to ,600 for steel and 18k pink gold. Amazon is an official Gucci watches dealer
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The case size is 43mm, which on my 6 ½ inch wrist, looks big without looking silly. The case is buttery soft due to the hand polishing and doesn’t get snagged under shirt cuffs. It uses an ETA Valjoux 7750 movement that beats at a rapid 28,800 vibrations/hr. The movement has been around since the mid-1970s and has a solid track record, although I understand its supply is being reduced by ETA. Frederique Constant has modified the movement by substituting an in-house made rotor that further incorporates the spirit of the the Peking To Paris event. The copper rotor is etched and painted with the event logo, and is limited to 1888 pieces (1988 was the year Frederique Constant was founded).
When I first tried to describe what it was like to win the watch lover’s trip of a lifetime, I ended up writing a lengthy travelogue that while descriptive, failed to adequately put into words how it felt to win the aBlogtoWatch/Frédérique Constant Holiday 2012 giveaway. How can you write about something so insanely cool for a watch nerd? Even though the experience has come and gone, I still struggle to describe the mixture of elation, incredulity, excitement, and gratefulness that I feel about the whole thing. So in this article, I would like to paint a broad – and wholly inadequate – picture of what has happened to me since that fateful January day that Ariel Adams told me I was the winner.
Vintage design elements include what Magrette calls a “brown vintage style dial” that is decorated with large faded yellow hour numerals and indices, as well as the words “Magrette” just under 12 o’clock and “Regattare” above 6 o’clock. The position of the words give the dial a nicely balanced look. To complete the vintage look, the Regattare Vintage has gold hands with ecru lume and a slightly domed sapphire crystal. Although sapphire is highly scratch resistant and thus more practical, I believe an acrylic crystal would enhance the vintage credentials and qualities of the watch.