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Hello all - thought I would put up a few pictures of my new Laco Bremerhaven. This is a departure from my usual purchasing of Laco Fliegers. I have always wanted a Navy watch, but was not 100% convinced about Laco's Navy watches until they, in my opinion, hit an ace with this watch and its companion the Cuxhaven. Other than being attracted to the idea of a Navy watch, Id watched a really interesting You Tube video by a chap called Bill Sanders (Watch ArtSci) who apart from musing about his very expensive German watch collection, talked about the idea of purchasing a watch based first and foremost on the movement rather than the brand. To illustrate his point he talked about the ETA 6498.1 and I was taken aback by the variety of watches that this movement can be found in, ranging from the distinctly affordable to the painfully expensive. Anyway, for me his watch and its sibling succeeds on both counts: it has a wonderful movement set within a lovely design that marries up modern with tradition. The quality of the workmanship is first rate. I have a number of hand winding watches, but this has a very different feel. It has the sensation similar to winding up a fully blown clock! I thought long and hard about which watch to go for, the white Cuxhaven or the black Bremerhaven. In the end personal taste took me to the black faced Bremerhaven. I was confused for a bit when making the decision which watch to go for. Firstly, a few on-line reviews described the Cuxhaven as having an enamel dial. I suspect this is incorrect (but please correct me if I am wrong). The Laco web site refers to "enamel optik", which I think probably translates to 'enamel look'. Secondly, I cannot work out why only the Cuxhaven has blued hands (I have to admit to feeling a little cheated by the omission of this on the black faced Bremerhaven). If anyone could, for interests sake, shed any light on this I would be very interested. In the end I plumped for the Bremerhaven and would certainly recommend it. The only thing I changed was the strap, replacing the Laco strap with a blue Herzog Vintage Passion strap - I have three colour variants of this strap and thoroughly recommend them.
 

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Very sweet. Good pictures and well written. Looks great on that strap.

Good decision on the darker dial, IMHO. You can do more with it in terms of how it looks.

Enjoy it.
 

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Nice write up. I'm a big fan from of 6497/8 movements and have three. Two of the three were heavily modified by the manufacturer to create interesting complications.
 

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Thanks slcbrown. I suspect I have also become a fan of this movement, although it will be a while before i can afford to buy another watch with this movement.
 

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Thank you for sharing your views...its a lovely watch that interests me a lot...please share a wrist shot if possible 🙂
 

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This is a stunning watch and such a classic vintage style. Thanks for sharing!
 

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This watch has the WOW factor...outstanding choice..that is a lot of watch..I have been looking at the Cuxhven and the Archimede Deck Watch in bronze
You are correct about the movement..which intrgues me since it a base design modified sometimes ..but at heart still 6498
 

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Thank you very much for your post, feedback and the pictures! We think it might be pretty helpful, as most of the reviews and posts of the new navy watches relate to the Cuxhaven instead of the black Bremerhaven.

I was confused for a bit when making the decision which watch to go for. Firstly, a few on-line reviews described the Cuxhaven as having an enamel dial. I suspect this is incorrect (but please correct me if I am wrong). The Laco web site refers to "enamel optik", which I think probably translates to 'enamel look'.
You're correct, the dial has only an enamel look and is not real enamel.

Secondly, I cannot work out why only the Cuxhaven has blued hands (I have to admit to feeling a little cheated by the omission of this on the black faced Bremerhaven). If anyone could, for interests sake, shed any light on this I would be very interested.
When designing these two watches, we also checked the option of blued hands on the Bremerhaven but liked the version with black hands on this model more due to design and readability issues.
 

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Curious thing I've noticed about the Bremerhaven: the piece featured on the Laco website has hands with lumed tips, as do a few others I've seen in photographs only, while others do not have the lumed tips. I mean, the main parts of the syringe-style hands are filled with lume in both cases, but then the tips are not lumed on some examples. Is there an explanation someone might be able to share? It doesn't really change my favorable impression of the watch either way, I am only curious, that is all. Thanks.
 

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Curious thing I've noticed about the Bremerhaven: the piece featured on the Laco website has hands with lumed tips, as do a few others I've seen in photographs only, while others do not have the lumed tips. I mean, the main parts of the syringe-style hands are filled with lume in both cases, but then the tips are not lumed on some examples. Is there an explanation someone might be able to share? It doesn't really change my favorable impression of the watch either way, I am only curious, that is all. Thanks.
The hands have the lumed tips as shown on our webiste. We already had shown the prototypes at different events like the Baselworld as there were no lumed tips on the watch yet.
After the first feedback there, we changed the hands due to a better readability at day and especially at night. So the pictures without the Luminova on the hands are just pictures of the first prototypes...
 

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The hands have the lumed tips as shown on our webiste. We already had shown the prototypes at different events like the Baselworld at there were no lumed tips on the watch yet.
After the first feedback there we changed the hands due to a better readability at day and especially at night. So the pictured without the Luminova on the hands are just pictures of the first prototypes...
Thank you for your reply, much appreciated. I support the decision to add lume to the tips, it helps the legibility of the dial, a small thing but nice and appreciated. The Bremerhaven is going to be my first Laco, BTW. I love what your company is doing with the variety and quality of pieces it produces. I hope the market continues to reward your efforts.
 

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Thank you for your reply, much appreciated. I support the decision to add lume to the tips, it helps the legibility of the dial, a small thing but nice and appreciated. The Bremerhaven is going to be my first Laco, BTW. I love what your company is doing with the variety and quality of pieces it produces. I hope the market continues to reward your efforts.
Thank you very much for your fast feedback and looking forward to some Bremerhaven pictures once it arrived!
 

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Thank you very much for your fast feedback and looking forward to some Bremerhaven pictures once it arrived!

Here are some pictures of the new arrival...I'm going to put it on some genuine crocodile leather soon, too, and should have some pictures once it arrives :) One thing that is really noticeable but difficult to capture in photographs is how the brushing on the sides of the case and lugs plays with the light.
 

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