Our usual rule with Panerai’s is that if it doesn’t have box/papers we aren’t interested. We made an exception for this piece. The Jaeger-LeCoultre movement made it too interesting to pass up. We also love the gold hands and the clean dial with the reserve indicator only visible through the display back.
Great deal on this piece, almost 60% off of retail. This is the new version of the Montbrillant with the in-house Breitling B01 caliber. We graded the croco strap as Mint (there’s a hint of color on the contrast stitching), the head is Like New and it is averaging within a second per day on our timegrapher.
We thought we’d seen the last of the Cuervo y Sobrinos closeouts but we stumbled upon a couple more pieces. Full calendar, moonphase and chronograph complication for a great price. These are hefty pieces with a nice wrist presence.
This model features a reworked vintage movement. Lately, we’ve seen a few manufacturers go this route, it offers something a little different than the usual ETA movement without going into the stratospheric price point of in-house movement development.
The 18038 models are the best value in Day-Date (President) models. While we appreciate the double-quick set 18238 and the heavy bracelet of the 118238 model, the price on the single quick set just makes them too attractive to ignore. The case on this piece is in great shape for the age at Mint or 95%, you can see the edges of the lugs are still crisp in our photos. The dial is showing a little extra color (graded at 90%), but otherwise this is an excellent example of the model.