This week's Bring A Loupe will be full of exciting discoveries, ranging from a rare steel Patek Calatrava to a very early Rolex Explorer with an intense tropical dial. As always, expect plenty of eBay finds too, including an amazing Vacheron 222, a fascinating Longines Vernier and a badly cooked Universal Geneve Aero-Compax. And of course, all of these will be offered alongside a round of special picks from the upcoming Artcurial auction. This is your Bring a Loupe for July 17, 2015. Despite persistent rumors, Gerald Genta did not design the Vacheron 222. Still, the 222 exudes the same mix of class and cool as its famous cousins, AP's Royal Oak and Patek's Nautilus. We've highlighted how impressive the 222 feels on the wrist thanks to its Gay Frères bracelet, but honestly what I love most about this reference is the unique Vacheron emblem engraved on the edge of the case!
The one offered here on eBay is not only in excellent condition, but also comes with box (later and not correct for reference, but still) and (service) papers - it's not perfect, but it's damn good and at the price it is currently a real bargain. Yes, this single register chronograph from Longines looks very cool. With its bright yellow second hand, it also measures intervals of one tenth of a second. The attached decimal scale uses the Vernier principle when the second hand stops between two second markers: it replica watches uk provides a direct reading of one tenth of a second, with one of the yellow markers perfectly aligned with a white minute and second index track – I recommend checking out the explanation Reading Wikipedia, which is probably a lot more useful than mine. This chronograph may be missing a running seconds, but you get the very desirable 30-channel movement - renamed the 538 but still the magnificent 30-channel. All in all, there are plenty of good reasons to pick this up on eBay for €4290 or $4,700 to snag reference 8225 listed here and the seller is accepting offers.