This is turning out to be a very good summer watch

This is turning out to be a very good summer watch

Especially since I put it on the rubber strap.  I knew I was going to like it on the rubber.  The early hot and humid weather we have been experiencing have put the OS to the test for me. Just not the weather for leather straps, and I prefer rubber to metal bracelets when it is this humid. I am enjoying wearing this at work, even with a suit. Yes, it is sporty, but discrete enough under the cuff, and the rubber strap is so nice that it works, IMHO.  The rubber is very supple and comfortable.  But I think I would prefer it with a tang buckle rather than the deployant.  Has anyone else made that switch?  Does it tend to change which hole you use on the strap?

What is your VC of choice for the summer?



looking good :-) I made the opposite switch on my OS going from
06/24/2011 - 10:55

rubber to metal bracelet

I don't have the OS anymore so my summer VC will be the Quai de l'Ile on rubber strap

Well, Alex
06/24/2011 - 17:35

I finally got "my" OS US Edition, as you can see, and in a very nice way from one of our Lounger friends.  I will eventually try the bracelet as well.  Your photos of that combination let me see how great the watch would look on the bracelet, and that further convinced me to get this one.

So, I have not been a big fan of the QDI.  While I love the case design, the QDI overall has not worked for me.  BUT, Iseeing your QDI on the rubber strap is the most convincing argument for me so far.  I must admit the open face QDI and rubber is a killer combination.  As summer watches go, I am not sure one could do better than that.



that US limited OS is gorgeous! my summer VC will also be an
06/24/2011 - 11:15
Overseas but a dual scans yet but should be on my wrist soon :-)
06/24/2011 - 17:36

The Dual Time is a fantastic watch for summer, for travel...for anything.  A friend of mine has one, and once he got an OS, I knew it was hopeless for me to refrain much longer.  I hope to see scans of yours very soon.  Which strap or bracelet for you????



I'm getting the black dial on steel bracelt (nt)
06/24/2011 - 19:53


that is my favorite Overseas design! nt
06/24/2011 - 16:29
Well, it is my favorite, too...
06/24/2011 - 17:37

...although the limited editions for Japan, and especially the Engine version are about equally tempting. 



Great watch respo
06/24/2011 - 17:06

I like metal bands for summer, which is good because I only have the Gen 1 OS - which can't change the band/strap.  An oldie, but a goodie:

BR, Dan

Thanks for posting that image
06/24/2011 - 17:30

I don't recall seeing that version of the Gen 1 OS.  I had thoiught that it came with the numerals and not the indices.  I guess I have to go back and continue the research.  The indices on this version are very nice looking with the many facets.

But, wow, that looks amazing.  And it looks like back then the minute and hoiur counter sub dials were the same size, another nice detail.



Re: Thanks for posting that image
06/26/2011 - 06:15

Hi Respo,

Thanks for the kind remarks,  I actually thought this type of dial was the most common for the Gen 1 OS Chronograph and the military style dial was in the minority.  I do know that the blue dial, military style dial on the orginal Overseas Chronometer was an unspoken limited edition of 75 peices (i.e. never publically announced/marketed it as a limited edition).

Even though the new OS watches have the great bands, straps, material and dial combinations - I still keep the Gen 1's as my everyday watches (I have a Chrongraph and a Chronometer) because:

1. As your eagle eyes have noticed: the sub-dials on the Chronograph  are the same size - which is a very important aesthetic for me

2. This dial for the Chronograph is cool because it canlook different according to the lighting condition, the grey/silver dial sometimes is very apparent, sometimes it melds with the white outer edge of the dial and you think its monotone.

3. The Gen 1 watches are smaller, 40mm for the Chronograph, 37mm for the Chronometer.  They fit and feel better on my skinny wrist.

Best Regards, Dan

I am glad to read your thoughts on teh Gen 1 OS
06/27/2011 - 00:19

Nice that you have both the Chronograph and the Chronometer.  I would love to see a family shot if you have any, or have you already posted one that I can find? 

I don't think I would see any reason to trade in your Gen1s for the later versions, especially if the size of these suits you better.  Not sure the bracelet or strap options or even the different materials would warrant it. 

The relative size of the two counter subdials on the US Special Edition OS/Japanese special editions is a slightly controversial topic.  To me they look like they are the same size, and that is one of the nice details of the watch that I like very much as well.  But at least one other person of unquestionable reputation swears they are different sizes just like on the standard current models. One of these days I will get confirmation of this ridiculously minor detail...or I will let it remain a mystery, at least in my own mind.  LOL.   



in fact all Overseas chronos have different sized subdials not only
06/27/2011 - 11:16

the US and Japan limited editions.

I believe you, Alex.
06/28/2011 - 02:13

No argument from me.   But the illusion of the relative sizes of the subdials on the US and Japan Limited Editions is striking to me.  I am not sure why they appear to me to be the same size, but they do, even though I know you are correct that they are different sizes just as on the regular producton models.  Thanks.


agree with you the subdial sizes on the US OS look the
06/28/2011 - 10:59

same size.

What about the infamous 'antimagnetic' inscription on the dial???
06/26/2011 - 14:09

Isn't the OS, in fact, antimagnetic?

Pictures of two Gen 1 OS watches
06/27/2011 - 08:37

Hi Respo,

Here are a couple of pictures of the OS watches I mentioned.  My wife bought me a small light box to improve my watch taking abilities - as a present for my new responsibilities on the Chinese Hour Lounge, laugh  There are many others who are much better photographers, including yourself, but here are my scans:

Radek, the Gen 1 OSs were not antimagnetic, that came with Gen 2.  I believe the word "Antimagnetic" is on the dial of the Gen 2 OS Automatic.

BR, Dan

Thanks for the tip, Dan! Unlike you, I wish The OS Gen. 1 came in...
06/28/2011 - 01:37

a bigger size and I would surely get myself the chrono - a little "out-dated" but still very cool design

And I learn something else...
06/28/2011 - 03:12

I had no idea that the Gen 1 OS was NOT antimagnetic.  Was it rated to 150M for water reistance?

I admire both of these models a lot from this first generation.  Thanks for posting the photos.



The WR is 150m on all Gen 1s, but no soft iron core.
06/28/2011 - 05:32

The simple OS is a certified Chronometer, while the new OS Automatic is not.  Not that it makes a real difference.  The time keeping abilitiy of both are excellent and the cal 1126 used in the Gen. 2 OS Automatic is also the same base caliber used in a Chronometre Royal from the 1990s. 

VC just decided it wasn't really necessary to go to COSC for the chronometer certification when Gen 2 came around - saving that for the Chronometre Royal.

Radek, my friend, we can't all be big like you, wink

BR, Dan

How is the dial...
06/24/2011 - 18:14

just wondering about dial luminescence in the dark?  Cheers,

Re: How is the dial...
06/24/2011 - 18:46

You know, I have not really tested out the luminescence in teh dark yet.  Perhaps, Alex can comment on this.  I iwll try it out later.  I know this is going to be mostly a daytime watch for me. 



I rememebr JohnL had a problem with the luminescence on this model
06/26/2011 - 01:28

and thus legibility in the dark but my very own experience with the piece didn't really confirm his annoying experience