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  2. Fun Facts: 5 Things You Should Know About Rolex Watches

    Chances are you know a few things about Rolex watches. You know they’re luxurious and you know they’re not cheap! They’re loved by celebrities and probably the first name that pops into your head at the mention of a high-end watch. But there are some less-known things about Rolex that might interest you. Let’s look at just five. 1: Rolex Watches Are Made by Hand And we’re not just talking about put through machines by hand. No, we mean each tiny part is assembled by hand. Some human-operated machines are employed, yes, but only for assistance with hands-on work. Hands-on such as aligning parts with precision the human eye can’t match. Also to apply pins with an exact amount of pressure the human hand can’t gauge as finely. But the assembly of movements, the setting of watch hands, and all the rest are done by the nimble fingers of highly trained watchmakers. And that takes some time, about a year for each individual watch. 2: They’re a Hip-Hop Legend You’re probably aware that hip-hop stars sport Rolex watches, or at least suspect they would. But you probably didn’t know that Rolex has been name-checked hundreds of times in hip-hop lyrics. Cardi B proclaims “Rollie got charms, look like frosted flakes” on her hit “Bodak Yellow.” Kanye West cried “Matching Daytona’s rose gold on us” and joined with Jay Z to tell us, “big face Rollie / I got two of those.¨ Speaking of big-faced Rollies, Travis and Uzi sing about “big-faced Rolexes” on the hit “Watch.” On their single “Rolex,” duo Ayo & Teo say, “I just want some ice on my wrist, so I look better when I dance.” Iggy Azalea’s single “Rolex” notes “Rolex’s don’t tick-tock.” And Drake’s “Nonstop” has a chorus saying his Rolex never stops. And on and on and on the world of hip-hop celebrates all things Rolex. View this post on Instagram My daddy told me, "Listen, you better get some money and not die and go to prison." A post shared by Drake (@drake) on Sep 22, 2019 at 7:37am PDT 3: They Make Their Own Gold We would probably all like to have our own gold-making in-house foundry, right? Just order up some 24 karat rings for the weekend, thank you very much. Well, Rolex actually has that capability. They have to bring in the raw gold, they don’t have a gold mine (yet!). But the 24 karat gold that comes in is fired up in their own kilns at their complex in Switzerland. That liquid treasure is then transformed into 18 karat white gold, yellow gold, and their signature Everose gold. The Everose gold is famed for its non-fading quality. Why isn’t it all 24 karat? Well, gold of that purity is soft. To make the metal more durable, Rolex goes with 75% pure 18 karat and mixes in copper to create an alloy that will hold up better over time. Their Everose alloy mixes in 2% of platinum to reduce color fading over the years to come. But it’s not just gold that gets the smelting treatment on-site, Rolex also refines their steel in the fiery kilns at their factory. And not just any steel but ultra-high-grade austenitic 904L stainless steel. Rolex was the first watchmaker to use the material in 1985. They went with 904L for its higher polish and amazing ability to stand up to corrosion. 4: They’re Made Amid Maximum Security So there are tons of gold on site. There’s platinum, copper and the highest grade of steel on the planet. Now add in millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds. As you can well imagine, the security surrounding the Rolex facility in Geneva makes a supermax prison look like a playground (well, almost). Any employee entering the premises goes through a fingerprint and iris eye scanner. Once they’re at their desks an ID badge must be docked at all times to track location. Gold bars are stored in underground vaults and any parts that need transporting are moved with heavily armored vehicles. These parts are meticulously tracked, with every single movement assigned a serial number, which gets photographed and matched with a case that has its own serial number. 5: Name Doesn’t Mean Anything Beyond watches, that is. Like Häagen-Dazs, Kodak, Sony, and Ikea, the name for Rolex doesn’t come from anywhere, but rather it was made up for the brand. Here’s where myth and reality might get a little mixed, but so the story goes, the brand’s founder Hans Wilsdorf was searching for a name for the watch company he co-founded in London in 1905. The original name of “Wilsdorf and Davis” wasn’t sitting well with the two founding partners and Wilsdorf was on a search for a new title. He wanted it to be something that could be easily said in any language and appear symmetrical when printed in capital letters. After considering hundreds of names, he still remained stymied. Here’s how Rolex, in their official brand story, tells it from there. According to Wilsdorf, “One morning, while riding on the upper deck of a horse-drawn omnibus along Cheapside in the City of London, a genie whispered ‘Rolex’ in my ear.” True or not about whispering genies, a legendary made-up name was trademarked in 1908. With more than a century of history, there’s certainly more to tell with Rolex watches. So if you’re a proud Rolex owner or thinking about becoming one, you should probably know there’s more you should know.

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  4. Casio & Hershel Create One Unique G-Shock

    When we think of Casio watches, their G-Shock watches loom large. Since storming onto the world stage in 1983, the Casio G-Shock has occupied a special spot with shock-resistant timepieces that are ready for action. It was the Casio G-Shock that put digital watches on multitudes of outdoor adventurers. It was made for adrenaline junkies and all shades of action-ready sorts. Surfers were right there along for much of the ride. Casio G-Shock, Meet Hershel   What do you get when you cross a battle-tested watch with a backpacking legend? That’s not a joke, that’s how we got one of the more unique rough-and-ready watches on the market today: The G-Shock X Herschel G-Lide. It seems an at-first unlikely match-up, and perhaps it’s an oddity that it came together so beautifully. Herschel Supply has long been a favorite of surfers who love their water-resistant backpacks. G-Shock watches are famously fitted for military use and have gone into actual combat quite a bit. In retrospect, the melding of surf style and military might now seem like it was always inevitable. Futuristic with a Retro Vibe At first glance, you might think the Casio G-Shock X Herschel G-Lide was made for a Star Wars soldier. Not the glossy accent you might find gracing the wrists of Stormtroopers on an Imperial Star Destroyer, but something built for resistance fighters on the vast desert sands of Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine. And yet the new limited-edition watch also looks retro, like those wonderfully basic digital displays that middle school geeks discovered in the 80s. In a further nod to that decade, the new G-Lide has got a removable metal protector over the screen that watch nerds went crazy for in the 1980s. Soldiers Meet Surfers You don’t have to be an action-ready soldier to love the looks of this watch. Take note of (and likely love) its military-inspired style. Both its matte resin case and its sturdy band come in the iconic “Army Green” hue that’s known the world over to signify soldiering. According to Casio, all of the metal finishes are up to “Mil-Spec.” That’s armed forces jargon which means something has been approved by a U.S. government inspector to meet the rigorous criteria demanded by its military. Even the watch’s small grace notes are odes to military style. The mineral crystals over the faces of G-Shocks are normally transparent. Keen-eyed observers will undoubtedly note that this G-Shock has a slight yellow tinge over its digital readout. That’s the meticulous work of Herschel’s designers. The designers insisted that the covering mimic the yellow-toned crystals that go over military-issue flashlights. The border of the watch’s face is done in a light brown “buff” color that serves as an homage to the manila folders that have housed many an army field report. In a cheeky continuation of the military theme, the watch comes in similar buff packaging with a feel and fonts that echoes GI rations. But the tech is tailored to surfers, with a tide-chart indicator to gauge waves on the face, as well as a moonphase function. Built for both wave-riding and storming the beaches in battle, this tough timepiece is both water and shock-resistant. It is, after all, a G-Shock! “You Can Surf Later” The message is engraved on the back. A small but intriguing cultural footnote that arose from the Vietnam War. Most U.S. soldiers during that conflict carried the ubiquitous metal Zippo lighter. It was sold on bases for $1.80 and almost always taken on missions. They were nicknamed “Zippo Raids” after the lighters that went along. And wherever there was a military PX selling Zippos, there were locals setting up sidewalk kiosks to personalize the lighters with hand-engraved messages. As we know, the war ended. Most of the Zippos were left behind and sold on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City in the post-war years. But in 2006, a collection of these vintage Zippos was sold at auction. One engraved phrase in particular got some media attention. Nobody knows his name, but one young man was likely a surfer who carried the hope that one day he’ll be back riding waves when the fighting is over, so, “You can surf later.” View this post on Instagram Get up early and go longer with @gshock_us for Herschel Supply. Our latest partnership introduces the HSC G-LIDE Watch, made for field and water in any weather. Head to the link to discover it now. #GShockXHerschel A post shared by Herschel Supply (@herschelsupply) on Oct 10, 2019 at 9:00am PDT Casio’s Heritage on Display The last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam in March of 1973. The troops came back to a country where digital watches were poised to propagate. The Casiotron was Casio’s first digital watch. It made its debut in November of 1974 and the watch world has never been the same. It was the first mass-produced timepiece to feature a digital display with a date function. Its groundbreaking LCD display meant the time and date were always visible. As opposed to competing digital watches that required a push-button to display the data. Looking at the Casiotron alongside the recent G-Shock X Herschel and you’ll note the displays are strikingly similar. It’s no accident that this current model is paying homage to Casio’s first big digital breakthrough. Conclusion You might be a surfer, a soldier, a digital nomad or a home-loving creature of comfort. You may love the watch for its tough tech or its vintage style. But you probably will love this singular Casio G-Shock that embraces history and heritage while combining disparate cultures. So, yes, “you can surf later,” now’s the time to check out the G-Shock X Herschel G-Lide.

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  5. 5 Features That Determine a Watch’s Value

    The best online watch store will have an assortment of watches for you to pick from that suit a wide range of purposes. For some people, a watch is purely a financial investment and so when shopping for a watch they’re always on the lookout for telltale signs that speak to the value of a watch. But what are those telltale signs and just how does an everyday watch enthusiast go about determining a watch’s value? Today you’re going to find out! There are many different factors that influence and determine a watch’s value, but we’ve done our best to curate a short list. Without further delay, let’s dive into the 5 features that determine a watch’s value. 1: The Brand Name In the watch world, watches produced by well-known brands are typically very expensive. The combination of the brand name & the quality of products mean that the watch will maintain its value. On top of this, brands that create their own movements or complications generally produce more valuable watches. The big boys of the watch industry whose watches truly withstand the test of time and maintain their value include the following brands: Rolex Patek Philippe Audemars Piguet Jaeger-LeCoultre Vacheron Constantin Omega Lange & Söhne Cartier Longines Even secondhand watches from some of these brands attract a hefty price tag. So, if you happen to own a watch produced by one of these brands you can expect its value to maintain—if not increase—over time. 2: How Rare it is Limited edition watches, watches that aren’t in circulation and watches that aren’t often seen in public are massively attractive to private collectors & come with a price tag to match. If your watch falls into any of those categories, chances are it will collect a big buck on the market. It’s important to understand that rarity isn’t necessarily linked directly to age and just because your watch is old doesn’t always mean its age will translate into value. As examples, the Rolex 4113, Patek Philippe 3974 and the Vacheron Constantin Chronometre Royal Reference 4907 are amongst the rarest watches in the world. 3: Patina For those of you who aren’t aware, patina is a kind of discoloration that appears on watches as part of the natural aging process. Collectors who value uniqueness over perfection are drawn to watches with patina on them because they feel it gives the watch character and drives home that vintage feeling. Patina indicates that the watch has been well worn and loved for a long time. According to Christie’s, the presence of patina in a watch actually increases its value by tens of thousands. Factors that cause patina in a watch include exposure to light, moisture and the materials used to construct the watch. 4: Condition While honest patina increases the value of a watch, other factors relating to its condition can also influence its value. Watches that are in good condition will obviously have more value than a watch that hasn’t been properly cared for. Having the service history, as well as the watch’s papers and original packaging are also incredibly important factors that speak to the condition of the watch. In saying that, depending on who you speak to, the value can increase when signs of wear and tear are visible. Some of the more romantic watch enthusiasts believe every scratch, nick and scuffmark tells a story. Others believe that polishing a watch compromises its longevity. So who you sell to will determine the price. 5: The Celebrity Factor Never underestimate the power that celebrities have. When a celebrity endorses a certain brand or wears a certain watch, its appeal goes up along with its sales. For example, Paul Newman made the Daytona famous and Steve McQueen made the Submariner a highly sought-after product. If your watch has been seen on the wrist of a celeb its value will skyrocket. Even watches that adorn the wrists of characters in movies catch the eyes of viewers and the watch subsequently sees an increase in sales. Celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Hugh Jackman, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham all act as brand ambassadors for luxury watch brands. Final Thoughts A watch’s worth is determined by numerous factors, but the five found in this list are some of the most prominent ones. Some factors are more influential than others but most of the time the collector will decide which factors make it more valuable to them. For example, one collector might love the patina effect while another might think it looks unattractive. So, personal preference is a power tool. That last statement brings us to our next question. What does value mean to you and how do you measure a watch’s value? We’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to share your thoughts on this topic with us in the comments section below.

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  6. Best Picks From Tudor Watches

    What are the best picks from Tudor watches? It has been a decade since Tudor watches reinvented itself with new product lines. The journey started with the Tudor Glamour collection. The Tudor Grantour Chronograph slowly but surely lifted the Tudor brand to a new level. During their journey, they also developed their own in-house movement, the caliber MT5621. With the expansion of its Black Bay family models, Tudor watches achieved the heights it planned for about a decade ago. In fact, the brand is so proud of its achievements that it has recently launched a model celebrating a 1960 prototype. To celebrate this decade long journey, we have compiled our top picks, a collection of watches that we think reflect the Tudor brand in the best way and offer a level of quality unique to the brand making it stand out among other watch brands. The Heritage Black Bay Collection It is hard to pick a single watch from the Heritage Black Bay collection, mainly because it is the historical significance of the series that gives it its unique characteristics. In almost all the models of this collection, you will see strong resemblance to the 1960s Tudor watches. The watches in those days were designed for the military and given specific characteristics that made them suitable for military uses. For instance, a surprisingly big crown and the luminous weights on the hands were both features that made it waterproof. It also provided the divers with legibility under water respectively. Tudor watches recently released its P01 model, a watch entirely inspired from a prototype it built in the 60s. The crown at the 4 o’clock position raised quite a lot of questions regarding the aesthetics of the watch. Though it didn’t take long before people came to terms with the unique feature and started appreciating the significance of the model. We understand that for some readers, the watch may not be attractive enough. It is definitely the type of watch that a couple of decades from now, people will wish they had added to their collection. Who knows! Buy Tag Heuer Heritage Black Bay Tudor Pelagos The Tudor Pelagos is a watch at the other end of the Tudor spectrum. While the Black Bay watches are a tribute to Tudor’s history and the perfection the brand achieved about half a century ago, the Pelagos attempts to achieve the same perfection, but by starting from scratch. It starts with the titanium case, which is lightweight and strong. It looks equally good on a 3-piece suit as well as on a diver’s wrist.  The self-wound mechanics are driven by your arm movement. You probably won’t need to reset the time thanks to the power reserve of the in-house mechanism. You’ll also find the classic helium escape valve on the side of the watches. That’s something Rolex revolutionized at a time when other watch brands were clueless about the dial crystals popping off as soon as divers returned to normal pressure conditions from working underwater. Tudor Montecarlo The Montecarlo has a similar case and strap to the Black Bay watches. It is the kind of watch where the differences between it and another collection are subtle, but they are there. And as you look closely and realize those differences, you fall in love with the watch. It creates a brilliant color palette with a mix of orange, red, and white over shades of blue. The dial itself is pretty simple and looks quite flat. They’ve put in the date window at the 6 o’clock mark, ensuring the symmetry of the dial stays intact. The dial doesn’t look too busy – something that is hard to achieve on a chronograph. The watch is extremely comfortable on the wrist and can be worn as often as one likes. Tudor Clair de Rose Here’s one for the ladies out there. The Tudor Clair de Rose is a woman’s watch that immediately pleases the eye thanks to its clean lines and a pretty finish and outlook.  It is not often that a watch brand adds a metal bracelet to a woman’s watch and pulls it off. Tudor in my opinion has pulled it off perfectly here! We would go as far as saying that this watch looks bests with the metal straps. The watch boasts roman numerals in a shade of blue which go well with the same shade for the hands. But it’s the blue spinel cabochon added to the crown that makes the watch truly stand out. The variety of straps, different dial sizes and the elegance of the watch mean the it is liked by a vast number of people with different tastes and needs. That is why we expect Tudor to release more models of the watch in the future, so stay alert!

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  7. How Much Should You Pay for Rolex Watches?

    There’s a simple truth we must first accept — if you want Rolex watches, you are going to have to pay Rolex prices. But what are these prices? And what do you get when you invest in a Rolex? Let’s break down the options because it can get a little complicated. We’ll sort out what you’ll likely pay and what you’ll get when you decide on a Rolex watch. Yes, Rolex Watches Will Cost You First, a hard truth. Demand for Rolex watches are increasingly on the rise, so the prices of new ones are going up. There has been a rise of about 25% over the last two years. But there’s a silver lining in that the price of pre-owned Rolex watches is climbing right alongside the new ones. So if you decide to put your Rolex up for sale it’ll fetch a higher price than in years past. If you bought it pre-owned, there’s a good chance you’ll re-sell for more than you paid. Going New on the Lower End What’s the lowest price you can pay for a brand new Rolex? For that, we’re talking about the Oyster Perpetual and it’ll cost you just under $5,000. That’s still a lot of money for some, yes, but in the world of luxury watches it’s really on the low end. For example, if you want to go entry level with a Patek Philippe you are going to pay around $20,000. So five grand is pretty good for your entrance into the Rolex Club. And what does your five thousand get you? Well, one serious pedigree for starters. The Oyster Perpetual has nearly a century of history, traced back to the original Rolex Oysters, a name no doubt that references that it was the first waterproof wristwatch in the world. Detractors will argue that a basic Oyster lacks some of the features, like chronograph subdials, of the higher-end offerings. But purists will counter that’s why they love the Oyster Perpetual. Its simplicity is elegance in its purest form. And decades of evolution mean you have a wide range of choices, from five sizes that run from 26mm to 39mm to an array of dial colors. Moving Up to Mid-Range This is the space where things start to get fun. Where the most popular Rolex models live. If you are looking to spend anywhere between $5,000 and $10,000 on a new Rolex, the options open up considerably. While it may not have the name recognition of other models, the Rolex Explorer is a wonderful choice that starts off the mid-range options. It’s got heritage, tracing its lineage back to the mid-1950s. It’s got looks, with an Oyster-style case, high-end sapphire crystal, and chromalight hands and indices that put on something of a show in low light. And it’s got function, a chronometer with precise self-winding movement. For all of this, you’re looking at about $6,500. One notch up, we’re talking about a Rolex Submariner. It’s a watch of legend dating to the 1950s. It owes its lineage to the original Oyster that debuted back in 1926. And many a sports watch today owe their style to the Submariner. Most of them mimicking the design with a classic black dial, rotating bezel, and Oyster bracelet. There have been hundreds of tweaks and variations for the Submariner over the decades and today you can pick up a new one for about $7,500. Just beyond the Submariner in terms of price, comes the Rolex Datejust II. Seen on the wrists of celebrities and known the world over, this signature model bowed in 2009 to take up the reins of the legendary Datejust. This is a watch you wear to impress, a bold fashion statement with a fluted bezel and Oyster case of high-grade stainless steel. You’ll pay about $9,000 for the privilege of wearing one. Up Where the Air is Rare Leaving aside famous Rolex watches that go for millions at auctions (Paul Newman’s Cosmograph Daytona went for just south of $18 million in 2017), some of the selections coming out of the Rolex factory can get a bit pricey. A Rolex Sea-Dweller beats other models in terms of water resistance, rated for up to 4,000 feet. And Sea-Dwellers have official prices at just over $11,000 but more likely you are looking at a retail cost of up to $16,000. Prepare to pay for the luxury of putting a Rolex Daytona on your wrist, with upper-end models such as the rose gold going for north of $33,000. If you want to go beyond basic with a GMT Master, it’ll cost you as well. The famed “Pepsi” iteration, named for its blue and red bezel that resembles the cola logo, has a price tag of just under $13,000. And to go big with a Rolex Yachtmaster 40 you’ll probably pay up to $27,000. What if You Go Pre-Owned? Now we’re into the Wild West of pricing, where sometimes the normal rules of physics don’t apply. And you have to be careful not to buy a “Frankenwatch” which has seen most of the original Rolex parts swapped out for cheaper fare through the years. And, of course, condition matters as a battered watch will sell for less. How low can you go? You can usually find a decent pre-owned Datejust in the $1,000 to $2,500 range. How high? How many millions have you got? Most people land somewhere in the middle when considering the price for Rolex watches. In the end, expect to spend between $5,000 and $10,000 for that new Rolex you’ve been dreaming of. And you’ll probably be glad you did!

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  8. 5 Best Touchscreen Watches

    If you own a modern smartphone, chances are you’re working with a touchscreen every single day. And then there are also iPads, tablets and other mobile devices with touchscreens that are part of consumers’ home & office lives. Now, the good news is that you can have all these benefits on your wrist thanks to touchscreen watches. Yes, your watch can be touchscreen driven too and the market caters for both men and women’s watches. Why do we prefer them? For one thing, there are no mechanical parts on the screen that can deteriorate over time. And there are fewer crevices where grime can build up. And of course: it simply looks sleek and impressive, right? Want to find out what your next watch should be, so it matches the rest of your favorite devices? Keep reading! 1: Fossil Men’s Gen 4 We start off our list with an impressive touchscreen model from Fossil. The Gen 4 watch proves that no matter what your personal taste, you can have a modern smart watch that suits you. The brand sells a multi-feature watch, all managed via a large touchscreen and you can pick one of many designs, ranging from sporty to classic. It does what sport watches should do, such as tracking your heart rate, but Fossil also empowers you with email reading, text reading and even access to your Google Assistant. It will remind you of events on your calendar, and if you enjoy using Google Pay for payments, you can now do it via your watch. 2: Aeifond You don’t have to pay excessive amounts to get a touchscreen watch either. If you first want to see if it’s the type of watch you want, try out the Smartwatch from Aeifond. You can manage an array of functions from playing your favorite music to taking pictures and accepting or rejecting calls. It also allows message reading and will remind you to get active during the day. So, link it with your phone and let this touchscreen watch help you manage your day a little easier. 3: Lintelek Smart Watch with 1.3” LCD Touch Screen Another budget option comes from Lintelek. On the 1.3” LCD screen you can view the time and this watch helps you manage eight different types of exercising, including yoga, spinning & hiking. So, no matter your preferred exercise, this touchscreen device can be a helpful fitness accessory. Thanks to hardness of the screen and the IP68 waterproof rating, this watch can be used for water sports such as swimming; it won’t get damaged too easily by a little rough handling. 4: Fitbit Versa 2 Fitbit has launched various models, but we suggest you try out the Fitbit Versa 2. The brand has a few interesting color combinations, so your touchscreen watch can match your personal style. This touchscreen watch helps you track time, exercise, heart rate and your sleep. But it also empowers you with voice to text replies. It works with both iOS and Android, so it’s a smart option no matter what other devices you use. We’re also impressed that it can last up to six days on a single charge. The brand also altered the design of the display area, giving you a larger surface than on previous models, to view all details on. This also makes it easier to press the correct options when working on the touchscreen. And you get innovative extras such as viewing workouts on the screen to keep you focused and motivated. The watch looks modern thanks to the seamless design, so you can upgrade your personal look instantly. It’s water resistant up to 50m, making it safe to wear while swimming at the gym. 5: Apple Watch Series 5 Rarely will you have a top smart watch review list without Apple products being mentioned. And yes, the brand has one of the best touchscreen watches on the 2020 market. At the moment, the Apple watch series 5 is the popular model and you can pick your favorite color to suit your personal style. There is a big focus on helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle, with a built in heart monitor and workout tracking. But it’s a wise investment even if you’re not an adrenaline junkie. The 64-bit dual-core S5 processor means there’s an impressive computer on your wrist. You get a built in compass, ability to download apps and even a sensor to tell you when loud audio around you could be harmful to you. It’s thinner than previous models, but it has a larger screen surface for easier viewing and usage. Just make sure the Apple devices you want to sync has iOS 13 or later editions. Conclusion More touchscreen watches come on the market on a regular basis, so know that you’ll have a wide range to pick from. But you can’t go wrong trying one of these above. We’re living in the future many of us dreamed about, so it’s time your watch matches the theme!

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  9. Top Seiko Solar Chronograph Watches

    Seiko solar chronograph watches are powered by light, and also store the energy in a self-rechargeable battery. The battery has a guaranty of a lifetime, and it does not need to be replaced ever. The watch is overall virtually maintenance-free, but Seiko does recommend going through a service routine occasionally. These watches do not rely on sunlight only; it can restore all kinds of light. A minute of light exposure can deliver one hour of charge. If the watch is placed in the dark for months, it will usually work after 6 to 8 minutes of light exposure. Here are the top models of Seiko Solar Chronograph Watches. 1: Seiko “Arnie” Prospex Padi Diver Watch This magnificent masterpiece is the rebirth of the originally-created Seiko H558 from 1982. At its time, it was known as the first hybrid diver watch. The reissued Seiko Arnie has an all-black structure, which looks aesthetic on the wrist. It goes with a soft black silicone strap. The case of this Seiko Solar Chronograph watch measures to 47.5mm. It is beautifully crafted with brushed stainless steel. The main difference between the original Seiko H558 and the new Seiko Arnie is the movement. Initially, it was powered by standard quartz caliber, whereas the all-new solar movement of Seiko operates the new model. 2: Seiko Classic UP880 The Seiko Classic is a dress watch with the gold-tone stainless steel case and pure leather strap. It is created with a gorgeous pinstriped white dial with black hour and minute hands. The numerals are marked in Roman. The gold-tone case is 28.5mm wide and just 6.1mm thin while the crown of the watch is embellished with a black cabochon. The power of the watch is operated by a caliber V115 solar-powered quartz movement. It also features water-resistance, which is estimated to be till 30 meters underwater. The back of the watch is solid black. The crystal used in the watch is Hardlex, and the watch features a warranty of 2 years. 3: Seiko Prospex The Seiko Prospex SBEP001 is the latest watch created by Seiko. It is powered by Seiko Caliber S802 solar quartz movement. When fully charged, it features a 5-month power reserve. The case of the watch is about 49.5mm and is black ion-plated. The bezel of the watch is black and luminous. This watch can be considered as one of the best chronograph watches. Functions of the watch include a self-timer, world time of almost 44 cities, dual time display, and alarm. Its water-resistance is about 200 meters deep; a digital display shows the date. The strap of the watch is black silicon made with a buckle. Buy Seiko Prospex SBEP001 4: Seiko Sapphire Crystal SNE525 This model of the Seiko Solar chronograph watches comes with a radiant blue dial. The hands and hour markers of the watch are silver, with a 40mm diameter stainless steel case. The bracelet is also of stainless steel and features a sapphire crystal display with a day-date window at 3:00 on the dial. The watch is powered by a solar quartz movement with a power reserve of 10 months when fully charged. The watch is also 100-meter water-resistant; its back is also stainless steel. The watch features a warranty for 2 years. 5: Seiko Black Diver SNE441 The Seiko Prospex SNE441 is a cool latest design. The movement is solar powered that has a fantastic 10-month power reserve. The case of the watch is black ion-plated and about 43.5mm with a yellow and white bezel. To make it superior in the dark, the hands and hour markers are filled with Seiko LumiBrite’s luminescent material. The case back of the watch has a reliable screw, and it is water-resistant to 200 meters. There is also a date window with a magnifier at 3:00. The strap is black silicon made, warranty features for two years. 6: Seiko SNE444 Coutura The Seiko SNE444 Coutura is created in a black dial and gold-tone hands and hour markers. The fantastic thing about this timepiece is that the hour markers at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock are accented with seven diamonds. The case of the watch is 42.5mm in diameter and made with stainless steel. The bracelet of the watch is two-toned and features a push-button clasp. The power reserve of this tremendous solar watch is almost ten months. Moreover, it is 200 meters water-resistant, and it has fantastic luminous hands and durable scratch-resistant crystal. 7: Seiko Women SUT108 The Seiko SUT108 is a dress watch for women with a glamorous white dial and gold-tone bezel. The hands and hour markers are also gold-toned with a diameter of 26mm and 8mm in thickness. The watch is entirely stainless steel, including the push-button clasp, a classy bracelet, and the case-back. There is also a date and a date window at 3:00 of the watch; a solar quartz movement powers it. The power reserve is of 6 months when fully charged. The water-resistance of the model is 30 meters. Verdict Seiko Solar movements have been around since 1977. The future of the Seiko Solar Chronograph watches is bright, and they plan to create more models powered by solar movement. Seiko is a leading brand in solar movement watches and plans to increase its market. For some people, solar-powered and kinetic watches may be similar. But for some who usually wear their watches at night, Seiko Solar Chronograph watches are among the most elite options. The lifespan of these watches is equal to any other kinetic powered watches.

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  10. 6 Best Watches Under $2000

    What are the best watches under 2000 dollars? Believe it or not, the most common budgeted or entry-level price range for luxury watches happens to be somewhere between $1000–$3000. And if you’re someone looking for a sophisticated timepiece with a set budget of $2000, then you come to the right place. What do you look for in a watch? Is it a product made from high-quality precious metal? Something that can last you for decades or generations? A watch that can elevate your public image? And if it’s really expensive, then you’re probably thinking about investing in a luxury watch. So here’s our top picks of some of the best watches under 2000: 1: Monta Atlas GMT When you mix sophisticated with sporty, you get Monta’s Atlas GMT. This product’s case is both polished and brushed that’s accompanied by a sapphire crystal, apply dial elements, and several other quality touchups like a signed buckle, rotor, and crown. It also comes with a Swiss Sellita SW300 series movement which is an upgrade from the SW200. And the SW330 variation provides a second time zone tracking with its GMT complication. Price: Around $1,850 2: Seiko Presage SPB095 Arita Porcelain Dial When it comes to pristine watch craftsmanship that provides a value proposition, Seiko is second to no one. This is been proven with its limited-edition Seiko Presage line as they offer meticulous in-house watchmaking, excellent value and some of the flawlessly made dials that showcase the infamous Japanese Shokunin culture. This watch’s dial is made out of Arita porcelain from the artistic brilliance of Hiroyuki Hashiguchi and the team of extremely skilled craftsmen from the island of Kyushu. Price: Around $1,700-$1,900 3: NOMOS Club Campus 38 NOMOS is a relatively small and independent watch brand. It’s managed to make a considerable name for itself in a surprisingly short amount of time considering the tenure of other more renowned watchmakers in the industry. This is mostly because of the brand continuously focusing on developing high-quality watches. These watches come with in-house calibers and are then sold at acceptable prices. The Club Campus series is an ideal testament to that reputation. The NOMOS Club Campus 38 has a price tag of $1650 and offers customers a case made of polished 38.5-mm steel. The steel boasts are one of the brand’s signature calibers, the Alpha. The manual movement showcases the time pretty well. It also has a 43-hour power reserve before it needs winding again. It’s youthful and stylish approach makes it ideal for its target group of students or graduates. Price: Around $1,650 4: Longines Master Watch L2.909.4.78.6  The Longines Master Collection made its debut back in 2005 and has been a favorite ever since. The stainless steel watch has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The blued steel hands go over the painted Arabic numerals. The beautiful watch has a 64 hour power reserve so that you don’t have to worry about it too much. The bracelet on this Longines is stainless steel with a buckle.  And even to this day, this Longines Master watch offers great value under the $2000 price range. Price:  Around $1,650 5: Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Tough Here’s something that fits right in the budget range of the middle class. Citizen’s Eco-Drive Promaster Tough is a basic watch design from the latest quartz technology in mind. It might not be really practical or even enduring, but it’s close enough. The product’s steel monobloc case is resistant to water of about 200 m. Beneath the exterior comes a synthetic sapphire crystal and a screw-down crown. The loss also receives its light power thanks to the brand’s Eco-Drive technology. Price: Around $400 6: Bell & Ross BR V1-92 Black Steel Like NOMOS on our list, Bell & Ross is another rare relatively young modern watchmaking brand that opened up for business back in the 1990s that later grew to become one of the most well-known luxury brands out there today. The simplistic dial design of the BR V1-92 is what helps the brand stand out among watch enthusiasts and has been applied here to a more conventional round case. The Sellita SW300-1, a Swiss version of the more established ETA 2892, is what powers this regal timepiece. Price:  Around $1,400 Now that you’ve seen our roundup of the best watches under 2000 dollars, which watch is your favorite?

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  11. Famous Watches That Have Fetched Big Bucks at Auctions

    Famous watches worn by famous people have been going for extraordinary prices at auctions of late. Let’s delve into what’s getting sold and why bidders are shelling out big bucks for prestige watches. We recently saw a rash of high-profile watches go up on the auction block in New York City when over $20 million worth of unique timepieces went to the highest bidders. The biggest ticket item was a Urwerk Atomic Master Clock that sold for $2.9 million, setting a world record for a timepiece from an independent brand. The high-tech black wrist watch comes in a large steel case with electronic readouts, gizmos, and buttons that seems most fitting for a futuristic supervillain. A more traditional offering that was dubbed the “pink on pink” watch, a rose-gold Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 with a rose-gold dial came close in cost with a final price tag of $2.3 million. And the millions just kept coming for Patek Philippe, with a yellow-gold Ref. 2499 selling for just over $2 million. View this post on Instagram !Tomorrow is a BIG day. The AMC will be vying for the @fondationgphg award for Mechanical Excellence. This world first brought together in a single mechanism all the functions of the sympathique clocks produced by Abraham-Louis Breguet. A fully mechanical watch, that docks with an Atomic Master Clock which regulates, sets the time via Global Positioning System and winds the watch. A dream that took over a decade to bring into reality. #AMC #ATOMICMASTERCLOCK #GPGH #GPHG19 #MECHANICALEXCEPTION A post shared by URWERK Geneve (@urwerkgeneve) on Nov 6, 2019 at 4:59am PST Watches with Star Power Fame also played a part in the recent bidding. A Rolex-Day Date that golfing great Jack Nicklaus wore (every single day, he says) for over 50 years sold for a cool $1.22 million. The cash went to a children’s charity. An item that generated arguably the most buzz at the auction was the Rolex GMT worn by Marlon Brando in the classic film Apocalypse Now. It sold for just north of $1.6 million, put on the block by Brando’s daughter Petra Fischer Brando. While he may be a bigger draw at the box office than Brando these days, Robert Downey Jr. didn’t come close to the price and the Urwerk he wore in Avengers: Endgame sold for $312,500. View this post on Instagram Marlon Brando’s Rolex GMT-Master from Apocalypse Now A post shared by @ iknownigo on Nov 13, 2019 at 4:52am PST Celebrity sales are nothing new for Rolex. An iconic exotic-dial Daytona owned by famed actor and race-car enthusiast Paul Newman went for $17.8 million in 2017, setting a record for the highest price ever paid for a wristwatch at the time. But there have been bargains in the mix as well. In 2013 a Rolex Oyster that was owned by film legend Charlie Chaplin went for a mere $51,250. Most watches with celebrity creds, however, fall somewhere in the middle when it comes to auctions. View this post on Instagram « I learned that life is a long and difficult road, but you have to keep going, or you’ll fall by the wayside ». Steve McQueen #stevemcqueen #kingofcool #lemans #stevemcqueenlemans #heroseven A post shared by HeroSeven • Mcqueen Tribute ⚡️ (@heroseven7) on Jan 4, 2018 at 8:47am PST James Bond Brings in the Bidders Omega has created something of a cottage industry with its connection to James Bond. So it’s no surprise that the famous watches worn in the films are popular at auctions. The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean that Daniel Craig wore while playing 007 in the 2012 flick Skyfall fetched $254,273 at an auction in London that same year. Omega donated the proceeds to a non-profit organization that brings vision care to developing nations. But the Skyfall watch fell just short of beating the previous record for a Bond watch, which goes to the Planet Ocean Craig wore in his debut as Bond in the 2006 film Casino Royale. That Planet Ocean went for a winning bid of $255,565. An Omega Ultra-Thin worn by JFK was auctioned for $420,000 in 2005. A part of Formula One racing history itself, Steve McQueen’s Heuer Monaco (famously worn in the 1971 film Le Mans) sold for just under $800,000 in 2012. James Dean’s Elgin pocket watch sold for $42,000 at a Hong Kong auction in 2013. And a pocket watch that belonged to baseball legend Babe Ruth, awarded for the 1923 World Series, fetched $717,000 at an auction in 2014. View this post on Instagram #patekphilippe #5004p #ericclaptonwatch #platinum #uniquepiece #watch #watches #vintagewatch #vintagewatches #rareandfine #watchporn #billionaireclub Unique dial on this eric clapton watch @phillipswatches. Just amazing A post shared by @ iceman284912 on May 30, 2016 at 6:55am PDT A Mixed Bag for Musicians Eric Clapton’s Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 fetched a nice price in 2012, going for $3.6 million at an auction in Geneva and setting a record at the time. To be fair, it wasn’t just the music legend’s connection. It was one of only two of the platinum versions that were ever made for the reference. Clapton’s 1971 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 6263 Oyster Albino also went up for auction in 2015 and brought in $1.4 million. In contrast, Elvis Presley’s Omega went for something of a bargain in 2012. It was a rare black-dialed Constellation Calendar. And even more rare for its connection to the King, it went for just $52,500. Another of Elvis’ Omegas, a diamond-encrusted white-gold Calibre 510, sold for a whopping $1.8 million in 2018. Patek Philippe Dominates the Auction Market The most expensive watch ever sold at an auction? That title goes to the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A, which went for the record-smashing amount of $31 million in November of 2019. In 2014 it sold for $24.4 million at a Sotheby’s auction in Geneva. Paul Newman’s Rolex ranks next on the list. And Patek Philippe returns to round out the top tier of the most-expensive-ever watches sold at auction. A Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref. 1518, first sold in 1943, brought in $11.1 million at an auction in 2016. Current-year models continue the list, with a Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref. 5016A-010 going for $7.3 million in 2015 and a Patek Philippe Titanium Ref. 5208T-010 nabbing $6.2 million in 2017. Keep your eye out for famous watches at auctions and maybe one day the auctioneer’s cry of “sold” will put an amazing watch on your wrist.

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