Manchester Watch Works (or MWW) is a relatively young and popular brand with a number of successful Kickstarter-launched projects under its belt. Its latest project—the P. Marcidus dive watch—is a limited edition release with a quite an unusual backstory in that a portion of all proceeds will be donated to help raise awareness to its namesake, the P. marcidus, or as it’s better known, the blobfish. The MMW “Blobfish” (naturally, this is now the name preferred by those who purchased the piece) is a limited release of just 99 available pieces—this isn’t a pre-order—with 6.5% of each sale going towards a cause championed by the son of MWW founder, Douglas Kim.
If you’ve ever seen a blobfish, you’ll be relieved to learn that the watch that bears its name is much better looking. In fact, the overall aesthetic seems to be a mixture of Seiko references, with the dial pulling from the long-discontinued Seiko SUS series and the case bearing a clear resemblance to the 62mas.
The dial is blue and features a sunburst finish. The hours are marked with thick rectangles, stick markers and numerals, a combination that does crowd the dial a bit but it’s by no means hard to read. There is a date window at six o’clock, replacing the “6.” The dial also features the brand’s logomark and “MWW,” as well as the water resistance rating and the “AUTOMATIC” designator. The markers and simple rectangle hands are coated in BGW9 Super-LumiNova replica watches.
The 200-meter case measures a reasonable size of 40mm in diameter and 49mm lug-to-lug. The height of the watch is 14mm to the top of the domed sapphire crystal and it takes 20mm straps at the lugs, which are drilled. The watch comes shipped on a stainless steel bracelet with solid end links.
At the heart of the Blobfish is the Seiko NH35 automatic movement. This ever-popular caliber features 24-jewels, it hacks and hand winds, and it has a 40-hour power reserve.
Overall, the Manchester Watch Works P. Marcidus “Blobfish” is solid diver that’s sure to have some broad appeal. And at only $310, it’s a solid deal, too.
Omega is nothing if not rigidly respectful of its heritage. Even though the brand impressively released six entirely new Master Chronometer calibers at this year’s Baselworld — including the one used in the new Globemaster Annual Calendar — the brand has opted, as per usual, to stick with the tried-and-true, manual-wind 1861 movement for the latest vintage-inspired limited edition in its Speedmaster collection, the Replica Omega Speedmaster “CK2998.”
The watch is a re-production of one of the most collectible Omega Speedmaster references on the market, originally released in 1959 (yes, even before a later version of the cheap fake watcheswent to the moon and earned the sobriquet “Moonwatch”), and features Alpha hands, a symmetrical case, and a dark blue bezel with a tachymeter scale. The bezel is made of
ceramic and the tachymeter scale (a reminder that the Speedmaster was originally aimed at the auto racing set before its association with space travel) is treated with Super-LumiNova for extra legibility in low light.
On the opaline silvery dial, the same shade of blue has been used for the three subdials, as well as for the leather strap, with its beige contrast stitching and polished steel buckle. The Alpha-shaped hour and minute hands (as well as the subdial counter hands) are rhodium plated, and the central chronograph counter hand retains the classical “lollipop” shape used on the original model. The stainless steel case measures a contemporary 39.7 mm in diameter and features polished and brushed finishing.The applied indices are also rhodium-plated and are coated with a green-emission Super-LumiNova.
Omega Caliber 1861 — the manual-wind chronograph movement with 21,600-vph frequency and 48-hour power reserve that served its duty in the very first Omega Speedmaster “Moonwatch” — beats behind a solid, screw-down caseback engraved with the collections’s classic Seahorse emblem and the limited edition number.
The Omega Speedmaster “CK2998” will be limited to just 2,998 pieces worldwide and priced at $6,500. Each Omega replica watches sale comes with a two-year warranty, a special presentation box, and a certificate of authenticity.