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Stuhrling Original Orbit Meteorite Tourbillon

When it comes to watch collecting, for many of us, there are two "grail worthy" options that are very much sought after. One is a meteorite dial (one very well know brand charges thousands just for this!) and another is a tourbillon movement (if you don't know, a Swiss tourbillon will run you $50K and more!). Now, and for a very short time, we have a stunning timepiece in two different options that gives you BOTH of these grail worthy options! Not only that, we are able to bring just a handful of these Stuhrling Originals to you at the lowest price we can find. If either of these needs to be in your collection, you will need to act quickly!

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Gruen Dual Time GMT

This is both collectible and a bargain for those who act in time; behold the Gruen GSM007 dual time! Both 40mm case and bracelet are made of 316L steel. A rich ocean blue textured dial supports luminous treated markers and hands, all beneath hardened mineral crystal. The Swiss quartz movement delivers quick set date at the 3, but the real star of this build is the fourth hand tipped in red, which delivers a second time zone in GMT, as indicated via the sculpted goldtone bezel. Presented on 8.5” bracelet with heavy deployant clasp, the finished work is tested to 10 ATM water resistance. This find is new-old stock, NOT pre-owned and is in excellent condition. MSRP is 795.00. We found used in the 150.00 – 200.00 range. Reserve yours via TAW for just 69.99, shipping included, AND with fresh battery installed for you!

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Sturmanskie Open Space Automatic

Dedicated to the space flight that brought the world its first space walk of Alexi Leonov, the Kosmos or Open Space collection brings all the universal appeal that is Sturmanskie into one definitive watch. Both the 42mm x 12mm case and bracelet with deployant clasp are crafted in 316L steel. This is a genuine Russian built automatic movement wristwatch with push pull crown. Both the applied stick markers and hands are treated with Super Luminova lume material. The dial is a flat finish and features a rich charcoal black beneath a hardened mineral crystal. The finished work is tested to 3 ATM water resistance. Listing for 639.00, we’ve found it discounted as low as 519.00  Reserve yours via TAW, brand new with full warranty for just 349.00, shipping included!

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Watchstar 1000m Purple Aqua Lung One Of A Kind

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity on the rose purple Watchstar Aqualung. THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD that is rose with purple. This is a collector’s dream; the only example known to exist! It’s important to note that this model was never actually built for the public in any quantity and is immediately collectable. The working name was “Aqua Lung” during prototype phase. 47mm case of 316L steel, screw down crown and pushers with a unidirectional rotating bezel crafted in aluminum and inset with Super Luminova. All lume on the dial textured dial is also Super Luminova. A very heavy hardened domed AR treated mineral crystal completes the enclosure, but this is where the unusual science comes in. This watch was certified to 1000 METERS WATER RESISTANCE, and to assure that this would survive in an actual 1000 M ocean situation, the case is filled with an oil to counteract the extreme external pressure! Note in the reverse view that this construction requires a separate battery chamber; the actual case is never compromised. The Miyota OS21 was further modified to provide the additional torque to move the hands through the fluid. A bubble was deliberately allowed to illustrate the reaction to angle and movement. Presented on high grade 22mm silicon rubber strap fitting a 9” wrist, the original list was set at 2995.00. AGAIN, THIS WAS NEVER PUT INTO PRODUCTION AND TO OUR KNOWLEDGE THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE IN THE WORLD. Own this one of a kind for only 599.00, shipping included!

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Never Released Gruen Grand Curvex

We at TAW are a big believer in relationships, not just because it’s good business but sometimes it has perks, and this watch is one of those as we would otherwise never have access. This is a rare build, not only because only ten are known to exist in the world, but that the watch was NEVER RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC and has been maintained at the factory until now! This new-old stock Swiss Curvex is a magnificent example of sapphire sculpting. The 316L steel case houses a Swiss quartz movement and measures 25.5mm x 42mm which makes one of the largest Curvex ever made. The polished case curves to the wrist and is finished in gold with sculpted dial is designed to match with raised roman numerals and markers also gold finished. Cup set diamonds adorn the 3 and 9 positions. The case back is hand set with screws on the corners. Note the angles wrought into the obverse side of the case and compare the crystal. This is a thick perfect sapphire rectangle that has been sculpted so compliment the case angles, true art as it has been achieved without obscuring or distorting reading the time or dial outlay. The finished work is presented on a fine 8.5” strap and tested to 3 ATM water resistance. The msrp was slated to be 2495.00. Reserve yours NOT pre-owned and with full factory warranty with fresh battery for just 199.99, shipping included!

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XOSkeleton DNA Retro F-4 Phantom

This XO Retro contains the “dna” from a Phantom fighter circa 1972 melted into the steel making up the 47mm case. The DiamondFX crystal is retro shaped but has all the modern scratch resistance PLUS 18 layers of UV blocking! Presented on soft leather 24mm strap. TAW is brand direct so this is NOT preowned. It is direct from the XOS vault and comes with all original elaborate packaging and docs including the hologram cert! Containing Miyota 2035 quartz movement, finished piece is tested to 5 ATM water resistance. Collectors and war machine buffs will love this and at this price it’s absolutely a steal.

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Croton Watch Toolkit

We’ve talked for years on our shows how tool kits are one of the most practical additions to any watch collections. Also how they can literally pay for themselves, which is true. Recently we saw a discussion thread started by someone weary of paying 10 dollars per sizing, and if you went for the typical 12 piece kit in the 60 dollar (plus shipping) range you can recoup that in just six or seven sizings, not to mention some other stuff you can do. Smart, right? Ok, check this out. The kit we’ve negotiated has way more than a typical 12 piece. It may have some wear on the box itself (so what) but the tools are pristine. 3 jewelers screwdrivers. Bracelet block. Case blade. Additional portable bracelet block. Additional tool with numerous interchangeable strap changing forks and screwdriver heads. Needle nose. Jeweler’s loupe. Tool to loosen or tighten screw-in backs. dual head mallet. All in a custom foam interior carrying case. Not at 60.00. Not at half of that. ONLY 19.95, SHIPPING INCLUDED! Literally recoup this in the two sizings you do the first day you get it. It’s not a question of if you get this, only if you reserve what you need before they’re gone.

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Aviator ETA 2824 Propeller Automatic

This Swiss made Aviator is stunning! Many of you are fans of a rotor that is an operable propeller, and this build has it. It drives a Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic movement housed in the 45mm 316L steel custom case. The propeller is displayed via the exhibition back, through decorated crystal. The dial is a rich charcoal color, contrasting the sharp white and red accents. All lume is Super Luminova and the dial further exhibits an expanded date window at the the 3 position, all beneath an AR coated sapphire crystal. The finished work is presented on 9” 24mm riveted custom leather strap and tested to 5 ATM water resistance. MSRP is 1379.00 and we found it discounted to 1099.00. TAW price is just 699.00 shipping included, brand new with full factory warranty!

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Gruen Gold/Black Curvex ETA Quartz

Pretty much every Gruen we’ve located has sold out and this one will more than likely continue the trend. This is a midsize Curvex measuring 24mm x 35mm and containing a Swiss ETA 956.112 seven jewel quartz movement. Wonderfully detailed vertical textured dial features polished three dimensional markers that are layered in gold, as is the case itself. Quickset date is shown through a frame wrought into the texture of the dial. Crystal is custom curved sapphire. Presented on 8″ fine leather strap with custom deployant clasp, the finished work is tested tested to 3 ATM water resistance, with an MSRP of 995.00  Reserve yours now through TAW for just 199.99, shipping included!

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Watchstar American Star (Last Chance!)

Per memo from XOS (directly related to Watchstar) this is the last of the factory direct American Star we will be able to get! This is the 21 jewel automatic Miyota 8150 housed in the 48mm case. Sculpted back has exhibition window as well. The dial is a beautifully detailed semi-skeletonized oil pressed creation with Super Luminova lume material, all beneath a chamfered AR coated sapphire crystal. The finished work is presented on a stunning 8.5” hand built SOLD 11 LINK BRACELET (created by the same designer that did the XOS Intercontinental) with dual deployant clasp, and tested to 10 ATM water resistance. Choose between yellow or black finishes. MSRP is 1995.00 but reserves now through TAW with packaging upgrade for just 299.99, shipping included! Please again note that this is the LAST OF FACTORY DIRECT AMERICAN STARS

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