This version was released for Baselworld 2017 and we shared our first impressions here. Here, we will go hands-on with the Arnold & Son DBG Skeleton and explore what makes this watch tick, besides, you know… the dual balances.When it comes to evaluating the significance of this view, I consider it crucial to check at the brand’s history. Arnold named this watch the “No. 1,” starting a naming convention he would use for his significant timepieces moving forward.By 1772, an Arnold “No. 3” chronometer was aboard Captain Cook’s boat when he set out for his next trip across the Pacific, and Arnold chronometers goes on to accompany many other significant voyages over the following decades. His son, John Roger Arnold, started studying watchmaking under Abraham-Louis Breguet at 1792 and joined his father’s company four decades later. Breguet became a great friend of John Arnold and the two collaborated on balance layouts, the overcoil balance spring, along with the tourbillon, although Arnold died in 1799 before this concept could be realized. To mourn his departure, Breguet introduced his son with all the very first tourbillon escapement mounted in an Arnold pocket chronometer, which also conveys a personal inscription and is now exhibited in the British Museum at London.
The Replica Omega Speedmaster Professional DD145.0022 has not been made in huge quantities, but there is no information available on the production number. This watch was not limited or numbered. The gold bezel and center links of the bracelet are gold where the dial has a gilt finish.
The thick and beautiful applied hour markers could have an onyx inlay, but we are not sure about this. Any information on this would be very welcome. Omega used onyx for their hour markers more often in the past, especially with certain kind of Constellation models. The dial of this Omega Speedmaster Professional DD145.022 appears to be very similar in execution as the ‘Stafford’ Speedmaster Professional BA 345.0802. The subdials are also gilt finished on that specific model while they are in grey colour on this best cheap watches. The grey matches the rest of the watch quite well in our opinion.