Ah, to be a collector. These days, there are any number of things you can get yourself into thanks to the wide reach of the Internet. Want to start collecting golden-age comics? Start your search online. How about something more esoteric like, say, vintage safety razors. Again, head online. Of course, the more established things, like stamps and coins, have places on the web you can go to. If you want to start blending these collections, however, then it gets a bit more tricky. For 50 years now, coin collectors have had a very prominent watch that they could aspire to collect from Corum. Since we’re now at that golden anniversary, it should be no surprise that we now have the Corum Watches Pronunciation Coin Watch 50th Anniversary model.
Now, we will have to give the brand a little bit of latitude when it comes to celebrating this anniversary – the very first Corum Watches Images Coin Watch was introduced in 1964, and of course, we are now in 2015 (51 years later). How to get around that little detail? Well, by using coins minted in 2014. These were apparently sorted through and selected as being prime examples of what these coins are (so, no, no “misprint” dials to be had here), and have never been in circulation. And, other than a hole drilled in them to get the central arbor through, there are no visible modifications to the coin.
This variant bears the strongest resemblance to the original from 1964, but with the addition of an interior bezel in fitting gold around the coin to increase the dial diameter to a more modern 43mm. This subsequently provided space for your business branding to be etched near 12 o’clock without altering the coin face itself, omitting the floating logo used on the other models in this season’s Corum Watches Sydney Heritage Artisans Coin Watches lineup. The hour indices are stretched in the outer bezel into the golden inner bezel, which makes this the most legible of the three models.The gold version is also noteworthy for using 3N or 22ct yellow gold, which is uncommon to get a watch case. This grade of gold is 91.6% pure, rather than the more common 18ct tier that uses 75% gold and 25% alloying metals. Because of this, the event of this Corum Heritage Artisans Coin Watch is a richer hue of yellow than most other gold watches available on the market, but it is also significantly softer and more prone to scratching. Gem-setting in this a soft metal could prove somewhat lumpy, and I’d avoid heavy usage of the crown to prevent deforming the metal and possibly losing the diamond.The hour and minute hands on this watch are lean, baton-shaped, and black lacquered, providing good legibility without obscuring the view of this coin face. The matching black alligator leather strap completes the attractive black-on-gold classic aesthetic, and contains a more durable 18ct yellow gold tongue buckle. All 3 watches feature a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment along with a thin 7.60millimeter instance, which makes them searchable for dress watch duties. The instances are rated to 1 ATM / 10m water-resistance, therefore wearers should be careful to avoid any exposure to water outside a light sprinkle.The next version in the Corum Heritage Artisans Coin Watches lineup is the silver mention C082/03059, which includes a classic Silver Eagle one-dollar coin. The coin and watch case are made of 925 sterling silver, yet another unusual material in watchmaking due to silver’s tendency to tarnish over time. Maybe the sapphire crystal across the dial will provide a sufficient seal to protect against the watch face from darkening, or at least decrease the speed of oxidization satisfactorily to keep it legible between providers.
Provided the sapphire crystal up top stays in one piece, it is likely a coin that will never see any other modifications or wear. As is appropriate for the Corum Coin Watch, the sides of the case (36mm for the gold, 43mm for the silver) feature a coin edge – perhaps the best use of this particular finishing trick. To my eyes, the bezel surrounding the crystal also has the look of a coin, which gives the appearance, then, of simply having a coin with some lugs attached that is sitting on your wrist.
I myself have never been a coin collector (though, I think I have some birth-year coins kicking around), so I am definitely not the target for the 50th Anniversary edition of the Corum Watches Jomashop Coin Watch. That said, when it comes to a watch with an overall theme, this is about the simplest, cohesive example I could hold up. If you want to pick one up for yourself (or your great-great grandson, according to the marketing materials), you can either buy one individually, or get yourself a set – as a good coin collector does, I suppose. There will be 100 of each made available, with the 22kt gold version going for $22,400, and the .925 silver commanding a price of $12,100. If you find yourself collecting both watches and coins, well then, I cannot think of a better watch to showcase both passions at the same time. corum.ch