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Matt Baily Instagram Ancon Giveaway and Holiday Promotion #AnconAtMattBaily

by on 23 November, 2013

As the exclusive retailer for Ancon in Canada, Matt Baily is celebrating the arrival of Ancon on our shores by giving away three Ancon watches on December 31st, 2013.

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To enter the Matt Baily Instagram Ancon Giveaway, simply take a watch-related photo and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #AnconAtMattBaily. It can be a wrist shot, an action shot, a desk diving picture, your watch or a friend’s – anything as long as it is creative!

Additionally, receive special holiday procing on selected Ancon Sea Shadow and Magnus models, for a limited time only at Matt Baily!

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Guest Post: Hamilton Khaki Navy Sub - Boy Wonder's Own Diver

by Jeff on 30 October, 2013

H78615335 thumbnail "Holy dive watches Batman!"

After discussing the ultra-competent, ultra-deep diving Bremont Supermarine S2000 last week, I want to dial back those Batman job parameters and look at what Robin does for a living.

When taken out of Batman's shadow, you have to admit that The Boy Wonder is a pretty competent operator. He is capable of covering the Dark Knight's flanks in an ambush, answering the phones, and injecting a little levity into the working life of an otherwise dour blunt-instrument-of-Justice.

Having a diver for beating around is a given in the male watch repertoire. Even if you don't need its capabilities, a diver makes a statement about the ruggedness and adventurousness of the wearer. For many, it's the only type of watch worth considering for daily wear.

All deep divers are not created equal but, for our purposes, let's just call anything rated 500 metres or more, "Batman". Apart from extreme pursuits or sheer love of engineering prowess, we don't need Batman. Enter Robin.

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Guest Post: Tested Beyond Endurance Part II - Bremont Supermarine S2000

by Jeff on 30 September, 2013

The second installment of Jeff Buchanan-Dorrance's guest column for the Baily Blog, this week Jeff profiles the Bremont Supermarine S2000.

Last week, I shared with you the extraordinary capabilities of the Bremont MB (Martin-Baker) series of timepieces and their committment to building aviation-themed watches capable beyond any challenges you could ever hope to throw at them. Bremont has also made significant inroads into the military aviator community, issuing squadron- and mission-specific timepieces prized by their owners and the military units they honour, as well as collectors of interesting and durable watches.

Bremont is winning fans worldwide with their quality, innovation, and friendly (gasp) and responsive (double gasp) customer service. (Part of me wants to write, "an industry first!") Clearly, they want us all to have an enjoyable experience.

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Guest Post: Tested Beyond Endurance - Bremont MBII

by Jeff on 25 September, 2013

Today on the Baily Blog we are welcoming the first contribution from guest columnist Dr. Jeff Buchanan-Dorrance.

Always on the prowl for interesting and significant timepieces, Matt Baily brought in a Bremont ALT-1C two-register chronograph early in the Summer and it was suggested to me as an unusual alternative to the "usual (Swiss) suspects". They were considering taking the brand on so--liking what I'd heard about Bremont--I had them order a couple of watches for me.

"Tested Beyond Endurance" is the working motto for Bremont, an English watch company with its' roots in aviation. The company was formed by two brothers who shared a passion with their father for timepieces and piloting vintage planes. Their father died in a plane crash and both brothers have also been seriously injured pursuing their aviation passions.

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Ancon Watches

by Jason on 11 September, 2013

We here at Matt Baily like to think we have a knack for finding cool and up and coming brands. We like to stay ahead of the curve and seek out interesting marques before they hit it big, so that we can be on the ground floor to help them develop. We also pride ourselves on exclusivity. So when we were tipped off about an interesting Hong-Kong based brand called Ancon producing cool and affordable bronze watches, we thought we’d check them out and see what was up.

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Panerai Radiomir Limited Edition PAM 249 California

by Jason on 1 July, 2013

We’ve been on a Panerai kick lately here at Matt Baily’s. In the past several months we’ve accumulated a significant selection of rare and interesting PAMs to suit any taste, and a few interesting pieces to appeal to those discerning Paneristi who want something hard to find. The PAM 249 is one such timepiece, a watch that has become an iconic model for the brand and one of “the” limited edition pieces that every serious Panerai collector should have in their stable.

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Bell & Ross WW2 Bomber FR

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by Jason on 15 April, 2013

Bell & Ross a présenté bon nombre de nouveaux modèles originaux ces derniers temps et s’éloigne de ses modèles Instrument testés et approuvés pour offrir des montres originales. L’année dernière, la collection WW1 est apparue sur le marché, inspirée par les premières montres à bracelet qui étaient elles-mêmes une adaptation de la montre de poche, qu’on utilisait souvent pendant la Première Guerre mondiale. Cette année, le thème militaire vintage se poursuit avec l’arrivée de la WW2 Bomber Regulateur, une montre plutôt singulière conçue pour imiter un minuteur de bombe qu’on utilisait particulièrement durant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale.

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Panerai PAM 183 Radiomir Black Seal

by Jason on 8 April, 2013

When someone works with watches on a daily basis, they tend to develop a list of particular watches. The watches on the list are the essentials – the best, the necessities, the icons. They are the watches that every watch lover should own at some point in their lifetime. It’s the desert-island list for watch nuts.

My list includes a spot for the Panerai Historic Collection Radiomir – a watch that, in my opinion, is one of the finest designs of the 20th century. It represents all the qualities I look for in a watch – a rich brand and model history, an iconic design, harmonious proportions, and fine finishing. And of course it looks and feels fantastic on the wrist.

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Alpina Heritage Pilot FR

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by Jason on 8 April, 2013

Dernièrement, Alpina a le vent dans les voiles, depuis l’arrivée des collections très prisées Startimer et Sailing l’année dernière. Cette année, une nouvelle version de la Extreme Driver a joint la collection; elle est semblable à la Sailing, mais possède une lunette en céramique. Il y a aussi la sortie de la très attendue Heritage Pilot. Pourvue d’un boîtier massif de 50 mm et d’un design inspiré des montres de pilotes des années 1930, la Heritage s’avère une montre intéressante offerte par une marque qui fait figure de proue dans le marché de montres suisses accessibles.

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Bell & Ross Turn Coordinator FR

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by Jason on 1 April, 2013

Une autre année s'est écoulée et comme chaque année, Bell & Ross a lancé des instruments en édition limitée. La sortie chaque saison de nouvelles séries de variations du modèle BR01 est désormais une tradition et vise à maintenir l'intérêt des collectionneurs pour cette collection toujours aussi populaire. Cette année, nous attendons trois nouvelles versions qui sont un hommage aux authentiques instruments de l'aviation: la Horizon, la Altimeter et la Turn Coordinator. Les modèles Horizon et Altimeter sortiront très prochainement; entre-temps, nous avons reçu la Turn Coordinator, une pièce qui s'inspire de l'indicateur à disque des modèles Compass et Radar, repensée pour 2012.

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