The Japanese watchmaker has fairly recently presented a line of affordable dress watches. Coming in different color variations and featuring both stainless steel and gold-toned bodies, the new Seiko Recraft collection comes in an unexpectedly finely crafted (albeit, a bit too oversized) case and is powered by an in-house Caliber 7S26 self-winding movement: the same inexpensive, but bullet-proof job that also animated their well-known Seiko SKX781 Orange Monster diving watch.
For a business entity, which is essentially a one-man show, the German brand Steinhart is surprisingly prolific. Although most of their watches are so called "homages" and "tributes", there is a great number of them. Starting from divers to pilot watches and going all the way to chronographs, the watchmaker offers you plenty to choose from. This new Steinhart Ocean One Vintage automatic watch, for example, is designed for the kind of people that are longing for a historic Rolex (or, perhaps, even a re-issue of a historic Tudor,) but either can't afford one or plain don't want to bother sifting through the thousands of "pre-loved" models with questionable history.
Known for its iconic "Swiss railway clock" design that the watchmaker has licensed from Swiss Federal Railway (SBB) company around 26 years ago, the group has recently started selling yet another version of the legendary watch. Powered by a cheap, but quite affordable hand-wound movement, the new Mondaine Vintage is offered in a compact and slim stainless steel body and offers you all that you can expect from the brand: a simple and clear, easy to read design.
The German watchmaker Hanhart keeps expanding its Pioneer line of chronograph watches. Predictably featuring very similar styling, the new Hanhart Pioneer MonoScope automatic chronograph watch is available in two versions, both of them powered by the same modified automatic movement. If only it wasn't so big!
The Swiss-based brand Fortis has just released its new Fortis Marinemaster Vintage Chronograph automatic wrist watch. Set to be shown in flesh during the upcoming Baselworld 2012 trade fair, the timekeeper pays homage to its eponymous predecessor from the 1970s. Comparing pictures of both models I must admit that they look almost identical to each other with only minor differences here and there. However, sporting a significantly less remarkable water resistance rating, the watch leaves somewhat dubious impression.
It took JLC exactly a year to introduce yet another model that pays homage to the original 1959 Deep Sea alarm watch. The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Vintage Chronograph speaks the same design tongue, but lacks the alarm functionality being less true to the original, but also available at a lot less mind-numbing price, which is great if you are not a purist and simply want a vintage-styled watch from a reputable manufacturer.
The Japanese-owned American brand Bulova will soon release its new Bulova Accutron Conqueror (ref. 63B152) limited edition automatic wristwatch. Touted as being based on the vintage 1927 Lone Eagle model, the gadget's main purpose is said "to commemorate Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh's monumental solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927M." Well, it seems that the assertion is a little far-fetched given that it is powered by a modern caliber and is basically just another "homage" to a long-forgotten watch. Still, the new piece could very well be a wonderful Christmas present for those in love with the art-deco culture of the Roaring Twenties.
The Italian watchmaker has upgraded its "Vintage" family of military-styled timekeepers with a new Anonimo Militare Vintage automatic wrist watch that seems to be inspired by historic timepieces that were worn by the Italian troops during the times of World War II.