If you have followed my account, you will know that my Tornek Rayville TR-900 is one of my favourite watches. I bought it new old stock and wear it continuously most summers; however a few years ago I began to think that it might not be the smartest move in the world to wear an increasingly valuable watch every day. What brought this to mind was the announcement in 2009 of a watch called the Corvus Bradley, which was a pretty much perfect replica of the TR-900, I ordered one of the very first and got number 4, which I wore for most of the following summer. Then a couple of years later Corvus made a limited edition of 50 for a store called "Freemans Sporting Club"; they upgraded the watch by adding a very discreet date at 4:30 a sapphire bezel insert and then PVDed the whole watch. I only heard about them after they had all sold out, but I managed to find one used, interestingly it was number 5/50.
In most ways it is a better watch than either the TR-900 or the original Bradley, upgraded ETA 2824-2 which is adjusted to 6 positions and its the only watch I have ever seen which mimics the Rolex Chromalite, white when inactive but blue at night.
However, I never wore it anywhere as much as the TR-900 or the original Bradley; in truth, I am not a black watch guy; so here it is for sale. It comes with its original wooden & card boxes, instruction book, cloth pouch and a brand new WatchGeko tropic strap. Here is Hodinkee’s review of it when new. https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/the-freemans-sporting-club-corvus-bradley-watch-a-modern-tak They were $1,800 8 years ago; here is a pretty much unworn one for just over half that now $950, including delivery worldwide.
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