Straight from the Capeland Series by Baume et Mercier, the Limited Edition Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Chronograph is an Automatic Men’s timepiece that is not only one of the most attractive luxury watches on the market, but one of the best quality, best designed, and reasonably priced timepieces out there.
Inspired by the luxurious Shelby Cobra, this timepiece is a statement of utter class and a labor of love. Featuring 1963 pieces, this Limited Edition cannot be owned by everyone. If you can get your hands on this Capeland Series men’s Chronograph, you should consider yourself one of the lucky few to own this Swiss made beauty.
Brand: Baume et Mercier
Type: Capeland Limited Edition Shelby Cobra 1963 Chronograph Automatic Men’s Watch
Baume et Mercier has two prominent wrist watches in their Capeland Series: the Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Competition and the Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 (see photo below).
This timepiece is the Limited Edition Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963, named for its limited manufacturing of 1963 timepieces created This men’s watch is both attractive and compelling. The black alligator strap and yellow calfskin rubber make for an incredible look, complementing the black main and yellow accents of the main dial.
This 44mm case is a bit larger than traditional timepieces, which is a huge plus for this watch. It takes up a bit more real estate, but the outstanding dial, strap, features, and overall quality and design make this a timepiece you will want to show off.
Inspired by the Shelby Cobra, not only is this a watch for luxury timepiece aficionados but luxury car lovers as well. With just that touch of sports car luxury and a whole dose of class, the Baume et Mercier is a Swiss made masterpiece in design and functionality.
Technical Specifications and Features:
- Series: Capeland
- Swiss Made
- Case Size: 44mm
- Case Thickness: 14.65mm
- Case Material: Stainless Steel
- Case Shape: Round
- Case Back: Skeleton Transparent Exhibition See Through
- Movement: Automatic
- Engine: ETA 7753 Valjoux
- Power Reserve: 44 Hours
- Dial Type: Analog
- Dial Color: Black
- Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire
- Hands: Silver-tone
- Second Markers: Tachymeter
- Dial Markers: Arabic Numeral
- Subdials: Three 60 Second, 30 Minute, and 12 Hours
- Luminescence: Hands
- Band Type: Strap
- Band Color: Black
- Band Material: Genuine Black Alligator Leather & Yellow Calfskin Rubber
- 2 Year Warranty
- Water Resistance: 50 meters (165 feet)
- Calendar: Date Display between 4 and 5 o’clock positions
- Functions: Chronograph, Date, Hour, Minute, Second
- Features: Chronograph, Leather, Rubber, Stainless Steel, Skeleton Exhibition Case Back, Luminescent Hands, Water Resistant, 44 Hour Power Reserve, Limited Edition (1963 pieces made).
This Capeland Shelby Cobra Limited Edition Chronograph uses an Automatic movement, as most top-notch luxury timepieces do. This timepiece uses the kinetic energy of the watch-wearer to supply the energy to the ETA 7753 Valjoux engine.
The Power Reserve of this Automatic is 44 hours, which is very respectable in a timepiece of this quality.
This Capeland Shelby Cobra is Swiss made and there are less than two thousand of these pieces available to the public, many of which are already treasured by their owners. With an Automatic movement and a great 44 hour Power Reserve, this Capeland Series timepiece uses a powerful ETA 7753 Valjoux engine.
As far as the design goes, the Stainless Steel case material is a great choice to keep this watch looking sharp and sporty, while keeping the cost down (as opposed to using white gold or titanium). The case back features a skeleton transparent Exhibition See Through window, allowing the wearer to enjoy the inner workings of the Automatic movement inside.
The genuine Sapphire crystal protecting the dial offers a fantastic view into the large analog watch face. With a main color scheme of black on the dial, the white Arabic numerals, silver-tone hands, yellow-tipped second hand, two yellow subdial hands, one silver-tone subdial hand, and yellow Tachymeter markers along the outer dial rim, all come together to create the perfect homage to Shelby.
The genuine black alligator leather of the exterior band and a sports yellow calfskin rubber interior, the band is comfortable to wear and functions as both a luxury wear item as well as a sports watch.
The functions and features are also impressive. With a 50 meter water resistance, luminescent hands, Chronograph, calendar features, self-sustaining Automatic movement, tachymeter, and a power reserve of 44 hours during non-use, this Baume et Mercier Capeland Chronograph is one of the best timepieces we have had the pleasure of reviewing.
There are no real negative aspects to this timepiece. However, acting as devil’s advocate, with a 44mm case, it would be preferable to many men if there were a smaller version available. Perhaps a 40mm case size.
In addition, the scratch-resistant Sapphire crystal does not have an anti-reflective coating, so it would look magnificent if it did. Otherwise, this watch is nearly perfect, especially in its design and functionality.
Besides the laundry list of pros featured above, the real highlight simply has to be the design. This timepiece just screams Shelby Cobra, and if you or someone you know is an owner of a Shelby, they would be the first to go crazy over this timepiece. Anyone who loves cars and versatile timepieces will like this watch, but the great thing about this luxury Baume et Mercier model is that it is still under the radar enough to act as a pure luxury watch.
The design constantly reminds you of the Shelby Cobra and it is simply magnificent and sophisticated.
This incredible timepiece by Baume et Mercier is more affordable as a luxury watch than we ever could have imagined. You can own one of these limited edition pieces for as low as $3,115.00 on luxury watch retail websites such as Jomashop.com (see below).
Price: $3,115.00 (30% off retail)
Retail Price: $4,450.00
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