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⌚Prediction: The Dress Watch Boom of 2024!

The dress watch dark horse, US Navy's vintage re-creation, and more!

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This is Watch Bites. This week, our big prediction to close out 2024, another MoonSwatch to add to the list, and more, so check your wrist, close that boring e-mail, and let’s jump into it!
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Here's what we got today:

  • Is 2024 the year of the dress watch? 🤵‍♂️

  • Nivada Grenchen x US Navy's vintage re-creation ❄️ 

  • Leica’s stunning two-tone ZM-1

  • A crazy German Tourbillon to end the year! 🇩🇪

The numbers above represent market trends in secondhand watch prices. The “Price“ column represents the average secondhand price for the top 30 watches of each brand. This data is sourced from Watch Charts.

Watch News

The Year of The Dress Watch - What Does 2024 Hold?

It’s not crazy to say that 2023 was the year of the sports watch, with countless revivals and debuts in the style dominating the release rotation. However, with an avalanche of dress watches quietly gathering momentum, 2024 looks more and more like the year of the dress watch.

Certain timepieces have set the scene for this prediction, with the Chopard L.U.C 1860 Salmon Dial, Grand Seiko’s SBGY026, and the Rolex Perpetual 1908 making lasting and exciting impressions across the board. Dress watches aren’t as serious as they used to be, balancing the fine line between upper-cut minimalism and the everyday-wear aesthetic with more success than ever.

Our opinion… if you’re looking to add a dress piece to your collection, wait. More brands will follow this lead, especially if Rolex is getting involved. In just a few months, we suspect brands to be releasing some beautifully designed dress pieces for 2024!

Nivada Grenchen’s New Antarctic is a Winner

Way back in 1955, the American Navy took a trip to the Antarctic (presumably to get a head start on the cold plunge trend) and the watch they chose to rely on in the South Pole was the original Nivada Grenchen Antarctic.

The latest iteration of this unlikely tool watch is a faithful recreation of the vintage piece, with the same case dimensions (except it’s slightly thinner) and anti-shock/anti-magnetic features. In short, it’s an absolute workhorse in disguise. Powered by the Landeron L21 hand-wound movement and empowered by a solid steel case and simple, legible dial, there’s very little room for failure here. The Antarctic is the kind of watch that makes you wonder why other tool watches need to be so bulky and over-engineered - keeping it simple seems to be working pretty well for the small American firm.

Watch Fact

The world’s most famous watch brand, one that’s synonymous with Swiss excellence, was originally based in London, before eventually migrating to Geneva!

3-Watch Collection

3 Watch Collection: Red, Green, and White Edition

Another Christmas has come and gone and if you’re like me, you struggled to find a watch to match the core colors of your holiday outfit. Let’s fix that, shall we? Here’s a trio of watches in the 3 most prominent Christmas colors.

Tag Heuer Carrera Red Dial (Sport watch) -  Limited to just 600 pieces, this red-faced Carrera chronograph is armed with the HEUER02 Automatic movement and will run you $6,750. It’s not blushing, it’s just happy to see you.

Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Monoface Small Seconds (Dress watch) - Slim, sleek, and unapologetically green, few colorful watches blend in as effortlessly as this $10,600 Jaeger. Bonus points for being reversible.

Grand Seiko SBGA211 ‘Snowflake’ (Everyday watch) - There’s perhaps no better winter watch than Grand Seiko’s aptly-titled Snowflake. A Spring-Drive movement, detailed dial finish, and Zaratsu polishing, all for $6,200? No wonder these are so popular…

Total Collection Cost (USD): $23,550

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Watch Scout by Watch Bites

Tudor Prince 76214 Black Dial

  • Case: Steel, white gold 36mm

  • Condition: Very good

  • Box & Papers: Yes, box and papers included

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT
  • Case: Stainless steel, 43mm

  • Condition: Very good

  • Box & Papers: Yes, box and papers included

A. Lange & Sohne Odysseus 363.068

  • Case: 18k White Gold, 40.5mm

  • Condition: Excellent

  • Box & Papers: Yes, box and papers included

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