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Split Seconds: Calendar Watches for Under $6,000

In this Split Seconds, Tim answers a mailbag question about watches that can be obtained for less than $6,000 with a calendar complication. Tim suggests watches from bands such as Ulysse Nardin, Zenith, and (of course) Jaeger-LeCoultre. For the full episode: In the full episode, Tim Mosso discusses how to buy watches, collect watches, pick the best chronograph, and how to find oversized watches for normal sized watch collector wrists. Our show opens with a viewer-refereed shootout between the TAG Heuer Autavia Jack Heuer 85th Birthday limited edition and the Eternal Super Kontiki chronograph dive watch. The TAG Heuer Autavia is a special panda dial commemorative tribute to brand patriarch, Jack Heuer. The Eterna Super Kontiki Chronograph is a dive watch with a flyback chronograph, a manufacture movement, and a mean value proposition. Which one will our audience of watch collectors choose as the winner? One viewer, a newly-minted watch collector, asks about which affordable watch he can add to his Omega Seamaster 300M; the only qualifier is that he wants a sub-$6,000 calendar watch. We discuss options including the Jaeger LeCoultre Master Moon, the Ulysse Nardin Marine Flyback Annual Calendar, the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Flyback Annual Calendar, and the Zenith Chronomaster triple calendar chronometer. We discuss large luxury watches that fit small wrists. Highlights include our account of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 5015, the first generation Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 25770st, the Zenith Chronomaster XXT Open, the Rolex Yacht Master 2 116689, and the new Breitling Navitimer 8 Chronograph 01. A viewer asks and we answer regarding our opinion of Richard Mille watches. While we don't embrace the cynical tendencies of the brand's endless Richard Mille RM011 iterations or the new McLaren RM011-03, we do respect what the brand has achieved in its short existence, and we admire watches like the RM027 Nadal, the RM056-02 sapphire, the RM008 tourbillon split seconds and both RM053 Pablo MacDonough tourbillons. Finally, we discuss watch brands that have seen their images and standing rise and fall over the last five years. Richard Mille, not surprisingly, is one of the big winners, and H. Moser & Cie, Bulgari, Breitling, and Laurent Ferrier join RM in the winner's circle. On the other hand, many of Tim's personal favorite brands have suffered. This challenged group includes Jaeger LeCoultre, Zenith, Blancpain, and A. Lange & Sohne. Franck Muller also finds itself struggling for a sense of identity and relevance following its salad days of the 1990s and 2000s. Remember to like, comment, and subscribe for more great content from WatchBox Studios. Please Subscribe: View hundreds of hands-on luxury watch reviews at our WatchBox Reviews channel: Instagram: BUY WATCHES HERE: