High Five: Crown & Caliber Edition

For this version of High Five, we are going to have a little fun with my buddies over at Crown & Caliber.  Atlanta-based Crown & Caliber is an online shop for luxury watches.  I recently spent some time with CEO and Founder Hamilton Powell to get the lay of the land…they have an excellent system for both buyers and sellers.  We’re going to  talk quite a bit more about them in the very near future.

For today, here are my ‘high five’ picks from the Crown & Caliber catalog:

1 Panerai Radiomir California PAM448:  You know how I feel about Panerai.  It was my first big purchase at a really important time of my life.  Why not add a second?  The Radiomir is a much different look than my PAM112, and the digit details are as cool as it gets.  This one is a little dressier, so I’d replace the band with a chocolate alligator strap.


2. Rolex Submariner 16610: While I’m not a HUGE Rolex guy, it’s not to say that I wouldn’t jump on the chance for the right one.  I love the Hulk, but it’s almost too green.  The 16610 is just right: black face and green bezel.  Not full-Hulk, but unique enough that it stands out from 95% of all other Rolex Subs/GMTs.

3. IWC Pilot Mark XVII: This one has been on my list for a very long time.  I really like the field watch look, but with the pilot size. The 3-digit date is such a cool detail.  This is an ‘80% of the time’ watch – you can wear it 80% of the time and you are good to go.

4. Patek Philippe Calatrava:  If I’m going to get a dress watch, then I’m going with the best.  This is Patek’s wheelhouse, and it looks outstanding.  It’s simple and elegant.  And it will remain so for generations to come.

5. Tudor Black Bay Heritage:  I’ve loved this watch since I first saw it a few years ago.  I really like the value proposition of this guy – half the price of comparable Rolexes.  Personally, I’d put this on a Zulu strap and call it a day.

What’s on your wish list?



  1. Livingston Mimms
    08/14/2017 / 8:50 AM

    Batman guy myself. 

  2. Nem
    08/15/2017 / 11:56 AM

    That’s actually the Rolex 16610LV 50th Anniversary Edition Submariner.  It’s green bezel insert and maxi-dial stand it apart from the other Subs.  Go basic black on the Sub.  And the IWC Mk XVII is a bit too modern in size and hand set.  Go with the IWC Mk XII for classic pilot case size, stick hand set, JLC movement, and, of course, no date window to ruin the dial.  I’m surprised this list doesn’t include the Omega Speedmaster Professional.  Surely it doesn’t take a back seat to that Tudor BB.  My personal preferences aside, glad you have an interest in real watches.

  3. AW
    08/17/2017 / 9:56 AM

    While somewhat generic, the submariner is a grail watch of mine. I also have really become fond of the Sinn 104. 

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