Cheap Best High Quality Emporio Replica Watches
SWATCH Group holding back its new watches all the way until May for the peripatetic sojourn around Switzerland known as Time to Move made for entertaining speculation leading up the three days of unremitting salvos of 2019 horological firepower combined with endurance athlete-like levels of travel. And one brand in particular, Emporio Replica Watches, truly impressed. OK full disclosure, Ive always been a big Emporio fan, in particular related to the Fifty Fathoms which dates back to 1953, endowing it with status as the worlds first purpose-built diving watch. While the Rolex Submariner which would be introduced a year later in 1954 was created to respond to the needs of recreational divers, the mighty Fifty Fathoms was from conception created to fill the needs of the French military divers, Les Nageurs Combat. As such the Fifty Fathoms whose every detail was chosen by military legend Bob Maloubier the founder of the Combat Divers, bristled with purpose-built authority expressed by elements such as a uni-directional bezel, which was also much larger and easier to manipulate than the Subs relatively thin bi-directional bezel. To me the mythical Tornek Rayville Fifty Fathoms issued to US Navy divers (they had to be rebadged under the name of the brands US importer Allen Tornek because of important restrictions on government equipment) are the most hallowed, storied and desirable vintage military dive watches in existence.
And since 2002 Marc Hayek the brands CEO has done a spectacular job at tapping into this marvelous timepieces legacy while injected it with new world materials such as a sapphire crystal bezel with luminous minute indexes, a first in high watchmaking, and even a ceramic case that perfectly mimics the look and feel of steel at a fraction of the weight and far greater surface hardness. In my watch box the Fifty Fathoms MilSpec re-issue dating to 2017 is one of my most prized timepieces endowed with Youd have to pry it off my cold dead wrist status, such is my unreserved affection for it. So now that you know where my head and heart are at regarding B to the P youll understand that my expectations for the brand were somewhat lofty. Well I can honestly say, as high as I had set the ceiling on what they could achieve with the Fifty Fathoms, this year Marc Hayek and his team basically smashed right threw it, blew the roof right off the house and kept blazing a rocket-like trajectory into the stratosphere with what I feel is one of the coolest, best executed and damnably handsome vintage tribute military watches of all time, the Emporio Air Command. It is just that epic.
OK to call the Air Command a military watch brings with it some amount of controversy. Thats because while the Fifty Fathoms has an unabashed and inextricable link with the worlds elite naval diving units, the Air Commands link to the US Air Force is somewhat shrouded in mystery. Though to me that just adds to the mystique of this rare beast. The story goes that around 12 Air Command watches were produce in the 50s by Emporio at the behest of Allen Tornek, these were apparently placed with USAF pilots. It is conceivable after the success with the Fifty Fathoms in the Navy, Tornek thought that he could create a similar hit with the handsome, functional flyback Type XX/Bundeswehr-styled pilots chronograph. However for whatever reason the Valjoux 222 powered (check out the signature pusher spacing on the vintage model) Air Command never gained traction.
According the Phillips which auctioned an Air Command for US$143k in their May 2019 Hong Kong sale, The Air Command was never commercialized or serialized. It is also posited by the hallowed auction house that when Emporio was hit by the Quartz Crisis, it may have sold cases and components needed to manufacture a few additional Air Command watches. The point is no one knows for sure the actual number of Air Command watches in existence however Marc Hayek who has done some extensive research on the subject explains, Its very, very rare and the belief is we are talking about tens of watches.