Worn & Wound’s Favorite Reissues of 2017

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If 2017 was any sort of indicator, the neo-vintage craze shows no sign of slowing down. It was a big year for reissues, with brands both high and low pulling from their archives to bring back something cool for enthusiasts of all stripes. So today, with the year winding down and 2018 just around the corner, we’re counting down 10 of our favorite reissues of 2017.

Longines Avigation BigEye Chronograph

A watch with inspirations shrouded in a bit of mystery, the Longines Avigation BigEye Chronograph is, as the story goes, a watch based on a ‘30s-era Longines that was brought to the brand by a private collector. Whatever its origins, the Avigation BigEye is one of 2017’s hottest releases, with the watch winning the Prize in the “Revival” category at the GPHG. Accolades aside, this retro-inspired chronograph stands on its own with a design you won’t really see anywhere else nowadays, with the enlarged “big eye” sub-dial at three and the elongated pushers stealing the show. Stay tuned for a review of this one on Worn & Wound.

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Oris ChronOris Date

One of our favorite watches from this year’s Baselworld was the Oris ChronOris Date, a piece that pulls inspiration from a racing chronograph Oris released back in 1970. Despite its name and inspiration, however, the ChronOris Date is actually not a chronograph, but instead a retro-inspired three-hander inside a dual-crown case with an internal ratcheting bezel for tracking elapsed time. Controversial nomenclature notwithstanding, the ChronOris Date remains a beautiful, well-executed watch that should appeal to most lovers of things that look old but are built to modern specs.

Video Review: Oris ChronOris Date

Omega “1957 Trilogy”

Ok, so maybe I’m cheating by lumping together all three of these, but they’re so good I couldn’t just pick one. Paying tribute to the three Professional Seamaster, Speedmaster, and Railmaster watches released in 1957, this limited collection boasts near-exact copies of those iconic pieces just in time for the 60th anniversary of their initial release. Unsurprisingly, the trilogy was a huge hit with collectors. My personal favorite is the Speedmaster, but I have a soft spot for the Railmaster, too.

The Omega 1957 Trilogy: Seamaster, Railmaster and Speedmaster

Sinn EZM1.1

Most would argue (while others would concede) that the EZM 1 is the Sinn watch. First released in 1997, the EZM 1 kicked off Sinn’s EZM series, an ongoing line of professional tool watches designed specifically to be used by Special Forces. The EZM 1, for example, was adopted by the German ZUZ, an elite commando unit.

But what makes the EZM 1 truly great is its iconic design, which perhaps best embodies the mantra that form should follow function. Utilizing the incredible and often under-appreciated Lemania 5100 chronograph movement, the EZM 1 eschews all other registers on the dial, only keeping the central second and minute hands for the chronograph. It’s a clear, purposeful, and frankly awesome design, and it’s this to-the-point aesthetic that has made the EZM 1 such a sought-out and collectible piece.

In 2017, Sinn unveiled a limited run of the EZM 1.1, a sequel of sorts that captures the spirit of its inspiration. Though slightly enlarged, it otherwise retains the design language of the EZM 1. And internally, you have a good substitute for the now-defunct Lemania 5100—Sinn’s SZ01 movement, which is the brand’s heavily modified Valjoux 7750 with the essential central 60-minutes counter. And of course, the watch is chock-full of Sinn’s proprietary case technology. Unsurprisingly, this was a big W&W favorite this year.

Sinn Brings Back an Icon: Introducing The Sinn EZM 1.1

Timex Marlin

The watch that took the Internet by storm, the Timex Marlin turns the clock back to the Mad Men era of watches with a near one-for-one reissue of a watch from the brand’s catalogue. But what made this watch especially unique was the fact that it, unlike much of the rest of the watches being produced by Timex today, featured a mechanical movement—and a hand-cranker, no less. Now, there are some questions about the quality and origins of the movement, but these concerns didn’t stop the watch from selling out almost immediately. Is the Marlin a sign of things to come from Timex in 2018? We hope so.

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Rado Captain Cook

This one was a bit of a Baselworld surprise from Rado. The Captain Cook revival takes a relatively obscure and rare diver produced by the brand in the ‘60s and brings it back with near-exact specifications, down to the 37mm width! But putting all that aside, this watch is simply a stunner, blending Rado’s technical know-how with a retro design language to create something really cool and, in a sea often populated by me-too divers, relatively unique.

Rado Revives the Captain Cook Diver in Three Distinct Flavors

Bulova Lunar Pilot Chronograph 2017

The Bulova “Moon Watch” has a long and fascinating history. The original watch was made for Astronaut David Scott, who wore it on the Apollo 15 mission. That watch surfaced a few years back, and Bulova, seeing an opportunity to capitalize on the hype, released a well-received reissue in 2015. Earlier this year, they put out version 2.0 of the Lunar Pilot Chronograph, and, in my opinion, take two—with it’s black case, period-correct logo, and date-free dial—is even better than the first.

The Other Moon Watch—Bulova Lunar Pilot Chronograph Review

Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical

The Hamilton Khaki we’ve been waiting for. This new addition faithfully pulls from the MIL-W-3818B spec, honoring that iconic template more accurately than perhaps any other watch to come out of the Khaki line in recent years. For those who thought the original 34mm size was too small, this one has been upsized to a manageable 38mm. And the best thing about the Khaki Field Mechanical? There’s no ill-placed date window.

It’s currently only available in Japan, but the Khaki Field Mechanical is sure to be a huge hit once it hits stockists worldwide in 2018.

Hamilton Brings Back an Affordable Classic With the New Khaki Field Mechanical

TAG Heuer Heritage Calibre Heuer 02

Though released in 2017, TAG’s Autavia Heritage Calibre Heuer 02 stretches back to 2016, when the brand announced a contest to reissue a classic Autavia with the public to vote on the top prize. The winner was the 2446 Mk. III “Jochen Rindt,” a beautiful reverse-panda chronograph made famous by the only man ever to win the Formula 1 World Championship posthumously.  The new 2017 Autavia does a good job paying tribute to the classic design, though it’s not without some noteworthy changes, namely in its size and overall proportions. Nevertheless, it’s a solid piece, with a notable in-house chronograph movement to boot.

Heuer Brings Back a Classic: The Autavia Reissue

Seiko SLA017

Seiko’s been killing it with their reissues of iconic dive watches, and the SLA017 is no exception. Paying tribute to the legendary 6217-8001 “62MAS” diver, the SLA017 is a near-exact copy with some noteworthy upgrades—namely the powerhouse 8L35 movement, which is essentially a Grand Seiko caliber that can also be found inside the SBDX001. The SLA017 was a pricey limited edition, but lucky for those of us without deep pockets, Seiko also unveiled this year a modern general release through its Prospex line that’s far more obtainable.

 The Return of the 62MAS: The Seiko Prospex SLA017 and SPB051/053

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Ilya is Worn & Wound's Managing Editor and Video Producer. He believes that when it comes to watches, quality, simplicity and functionality are king. This may very well explain his love for German and military-inspired watches. In addition to watches, Ilya brings an encyclopedic knowledge of leather, denim and all things related to menswear.
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