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  2. 6 Top Affordable Field Watches

    6 Top Affordable Field Watches

    More than most other timepieces, field watches are often affordable watches because they are basically designed to do one thing: tell time. They’re also built to withstand the blows of battlefields and steeped in over a century of military history. They’re fabulous when you’re looking to wear a little vintage flair. If you want all that at an affordable price, here are some of your best options. Bargains for Under $100 Bucks Timex Expedition Scout The Timex Expedition Collection is a great place to start if you’re on the hunt for an affordable field watch, as the choices range from $50 to $100. The brand has proven itself over more than a century. Timex’s famed slogan of “takes a licking and keeps on ticking” certainly applies to their field watches. The Expedition Ranger and Expedition Pioneer lines have solid offerings. The Scout 40 distinguishes itself with a no-nonsense design that embodies the true essence of a military watch, without trying to do anything else. On a leather strap, it could easily be your go-to watch to pair with everyday attire. Seiko 5 Automatic Field Watch Timex and Seiko have been battling each other for dominance in the entry-level market for over a century. The competition has yielded some amazing watches at surprisingly low prices. So it’s no wonder that the Seiko 5 field watch is a strong competitor with the Timex Scout. And the Japanese offering just might edge out its American counterpart if you prefer automatic movement over quartz. While the Seiko 5 takes the same no-frills approach to military design, it does so with a little more subtlety. Doing so notably with the SNK809 model that measures 37mm in diameter, offering a low profile with the same casual coolness. Field Watches for Less than $200 The range of field watches you can pick up for that price difference widens considerably. It also opens you up to more automatic options. Getting an automatic movement for less than $200 is a great deal with any type of timepiece. Citizen BM8180 True, automatic purists may still not approve, but the quartz movement on this Citizen field watch is solar powered! Beyond the classic military design with the black-and-white scheme and round stainless steel case, the BM8180 adds extra toughness with 100 meters of water resistance. It’ll never be a “dress watch,” but it’s understated enough to dress up somewhat on a leather strap. However, this rough-and-ready timepiece really belongs on a thick woven-canvas band in military green. Orient Defender Orient has long been the brand that many look to for low-cost dress watches, and the Orient Bambino is legendary for its affordable sophistication. The same holds true for the Defender, an automatic field watch that almost defies definition. It is firmly rooted in military-style, with black-and-white or olive-green motifs in a round stainless steel case. But the Defender takes a big swerve away from field style with asymmetric subdials on its face. It gives this watch plenty of unique personality. Much more than other field watches, the Defender wears as well on a link bracelet as it does on a canvas band. Top Picks for Under $500 By their very nature, field watches are not meant to be luxury timepieces. They are watches made for soldiers in action. But that hasn’t stopped upscale brands from infusing field watches with some subtle refinement. Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic There’s no surprise this one makes the list. Ask any aficionado about a field watch and almost inevitably they’ll point you to the Hamilton Khaki Field, either their Old School mechanical version or the precision-crafted automatic. The Hamilton Khaki Field sticks to the military script, with an olive green or black face, white numerals and indices (or the reverse), and a stainless steel case. But it does so with a cosmopolitan vibe that makes it feel exquisitely modern. Plus, there’s 25-jewel Swiss automatic movement with 80 hours of reserve power, a sapphire crystal on the front, and an exhibition case on the back. Luminox Atacama Field Day 1925 Luminox brings out a big bold statement with its Atacama 1925 field watch, full of swagger at 45mm across. Yet it doesn’t wear with brash arrogance, largely thanks to its traditional style that takes its cues from military watches of the 1920s. Like others in the Atacama Field Collection, such as the 1927, the 1925 takes a departure from the usual field watch style, going with a gunmetal PVD case instead of the traditional polished stainless steel. A vintage-inspired black dial features big brown hour markers and numerals that feel lifted right out of the trench warfare of old. The throwback vibe continues with a brown leather strap and its ivory contrast stitching. Maybe you’re on the hunt for a military-inspired bargain. Or you might be willing to spend a little extra for a field watch with unique style and fine craftsmanship. However you lean, there’s surely an affordable field watch out there for you.

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  3. 3 Most Common Watch Styles

    3 Most Common Watch Styles

    Among the broad range of watch styles to choose from, a few types of popular watches always grab our attention: dress, field, and dive watches. Let’s look at why we love these pervasive and prized timepieces. Watch Styles’ Elegance of Dress Watches If you’ve been given a watch as a gift for a life event, say graduation or a big new job, chances are pretty good that it was a dress watch. Because dress watches are about so much more than dressing up. A dress watch embraces the expectation of a promising future in which a display of refinement on your wrist is only fitting. Many feel a dress ensemble simply isn’t truly complete until you’ve slipped on an elegant dress watch. What Makes a Good Dress Watch? There’s no simple answer. Watch styles like dress watches have some of the loosest definitions when compared to others like chronographs and field watches, which tend to stay more in their own lanes with regard to how you can wear them. We see lots of other watches filling in for dress watches. For example, you can easily fit a dive watch with an alligator strap to go dressy with a fine suit. James Bond rarely even bothered to swap out his Oyster bracelet when going black tie with his divers. But if you want to keep things classic and traditional, which is what fine dress watches do, there are a few aspects to look for. They’re simple. Dress watches don’t overload with complications, multiple subdials, extra windows, or pronounced indices. Things that cry out for attention, which we absolutely love on other timepieces, are best left off of a dress watch. Examples of this classic approach to understated elegance are too many to list but think of iconic favorites like the Patek Philippe Calatrava, Jaeger LeCoultre Master Control, and the A Lange & Sohne Saxonia. They’re on the small side. When the Calatrava was introduced back in the 1930s, it was just 31mm in diameter. Sure, most watches were smaller back then, but the diminutive size set a precedent. Today’s Calatrava’s are in the 35mm to 40mm range, the latter being the unofficial ceiling for dress-watch size. Anything over 40mm and you’re inviting attention, the exact opposite of what a good dress watch intends. They’re made from precious metals. Usually, anyway, most often in yellow gold, white gold, or rose gold. While you can find lots of exceptions in stainless steel, from lower-end Grand Seiko’s to higher-end Omegas, gold is really the way to go with a dress watch. And keep in mind that dress watches aren’t just for dress occasions. Not at all! Pretty much any dress watch also works wonderfully with jeans and a t-shirt. Shop Watch Styles   Field Watches: Military Style Goes Metro Field watches are also called military watches, originally created for use on battlefields over a century ago. But today’s field watches, while they still embody that rugged heritage, are much more at home at upscale bistros, modern offices, and on relaxed weekends spent strolling farmers’ markets. A few key features of field watches include: They’re built tough. While some more modern incarnations go with titanium, carbon fiber, or PVD coating, a traditional field watch has a stainless steel case. They’re made tough enough to take any knocks one might encounter in the heat of battle, even though your combat might only be a fight against rush hour traffic. More than twice as hard as white gold and platinum, stainless steel is highly resistant to scratches, dings, and dents. Field watches pair well with leather for a dressier look but generally feel more at home on a canvas strap. They’re easy to read. Most field watches feature black dials with white numerals and markings. Olive drab, also known as military green, is also widely used as the dial color. The high-contrast design is for easy visibility at a glance, as is the generous lume and glare-proof crystals we usually see on field watches. You’re spoiled for choices when it comes to field watches, with nice offerings in every price range. Some iconic favorites include the Hamilton Khaki Field, a well-crafted classic that truly embodies the original military spirit. The Timex Expedition Scout is a great low-budget option, while the Tudor Heritage Ranger is a popular choice on the higher end. Watch Styles: Diving into Divers   Dive watches have been around for nearly a century, starting with the water-resistant Rolex Oyster we met in 1927. But it wasn’t until the 1950s that divers went mainstream when the Rolex Submariner, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, and Zodiac Sea Wolf all competing for the emerging scuba-diving market. They’re made for underwater use. So, obviously, they’re water-resistant, usually up to at least 100 meters. Dive watches have rotating bezels, originally used to gauge oxygen tanks, though computers do those calculations today. They have corrosion-resistant cases of stainless steel or titanium, and plenty of lume for visibility underwater. Most also have screw-down crowns to keep the water out. They’re style statements. Most people who wear dive watches aren’t going gonzo with plunges into the ocean depths. So dive style is adaptable to a number of occasions on land. Most dive watches are medium-sized and lend themselves to a wide span of attires, from super casual, to business casual, and up to business dress. But don’t take it too far. Unless you’re James Bond, never pair a dive watch with a tuxedo. With close to 100 years of dive watches to choose from, your options are almost innumerable. There are some serious classics in this category, such as the Omega Seamaster, Tudor Black Bay, and Rolex Deepsea. Splurge on gorgeous pieces like the Hublot Oceanographic or a Patek Philippe Nautilus. You can also do well with affordable options like the Orient Mako II or something reliable from Seiko’s line of dive watches. Shop Dive Watches Conclusion of Watch Styles So which will you choose? A dress watch for more formal times? A field watch to go casual cool or a dive watch for something sporty? Why not just go with all three!

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  4. Every James Bond Watch That Was Worn

    Every James Bond Watch That Was Worn

    James Bond is possibly the most iconic fictional secret agent known in the entertainment industry. He has been through virtually every corner of the world and loves keeping a fine collection of watches under his sleeve. It’s fair to say that a James Bond watch is as vast in his nearly sixty-year career. From the Rolex Submariner in 1962’s Dr. No to the Omega Seamaster in 2015 Spectre, we’ve got all of Bond’s watches covered in this article. 1. Dr. No – Rolex Submariner Reference 6538 James Bond and his Rolexes go way back to Ian Fleming’s original novel, “Casino Royale”. And this isn’t surprising considering Fleming himself wore a Rolex Explorer reference 1016, on an extensible Oyster riveted strap. 2. From Russia with Love – Rolex Submariner Reference 6538 Sean Connery’s premium Rolex Submariner returns in the sequel “from Russia with Love.” It was apparent that the Submariner was undoubtedly Connery’s favorite watch at that time. 3. Goldfinger – Rolex Submariner Reference 6538 We assure you, that the Submariner isn’t going to hog the spotlight of this article for long. The reference 6538 makes its third consecutive appearance for Connery’s Bond character and the most iconic of them all. The watch’s best scene is arguably when Bond checks his timepiece as a heroin factory blows up in the back. 4. Thunderball – Breitling Top Time Although Bond wears the Submariner Ref. 6538 for the last time, Thunderball debuted another historic new watch in the series. This watch is the Breitling Top Time reference 2002. Unfortunately, it was also the last time the watch was ever worn. It was also the first watch that MI6 Quartermaster Q gave to Bond as a gadget in the form of a watch. 5. You Only Live Twice – No Known Watches   Yes, you read the title correctly. This was the first Bond film where the fans were left scratching their heads about the kind of timepiece the main character wore. Honestly, we’re not even sure if he had one, to begin with. Some say that he wore the same Gruen Precision as he did in Dr. No, but there were no true standout moments. 6. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – Rolex Chronograph Reference 6238 Connery took a back seat for this one as Australia’s George Lazenby portrays the infamous MI6 agent. Little did we know it would be his first and only appearance. Regardless, Lazenby’s Bond wore three different Rolex Submariners. First was the reference 5513 on a bracelet of iconic Oyster Steel. Then a Submariner ref. 6358 and then a Chronograph ref. 6238. 7. Diamonds Are Forever – No Watch Visible Truth be told, we’d much rather have Connery reprise his role as Bond than care about whether he’s wearing a watch or not. 8. Live and Let Die – Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 Not only do we get two watches in this film, but we also witness the debut of Roger Moore as Bond. First, we see Bond checking his time on a Hamilton Pulsar P2 Digital LED Watch. Then we see him getting his Rolex Submariner 5513 from Q Branch. Thanks to Q’s mechanical engineering, the watch provides Bond with a circular saw and a magnet. Both of which are nifty for getting Bond out of a rut or two. 9. The Man with the Golden Gun – Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 At this point, you wouldn’t be criticized for dubbing the reference 5513 for being the “James Bond Rolex.” Although the watch shows up again, it doesn’t come with any sweet tricks or gadgets. But it’s still a treat to look at. 10. The Spy Who Loved Me – Seiko 0674 LC In Roger Moore’s third appearance as Bond, he wears the Seiko reference 0674 LC throughout the entirety of the film. It’s also the only time Moore would wear a Seiko watch. However, the movie’s promotional images depict Bond wearing a Rolex GMT-Master instead. 11. Moonraker – Seiko M354 Memory Bank Calendar It’s no surprise Bond would be wearing a totally tricked-out Seiko M354 Memory Bank Calendar, in this space-themed instalment. The significance of the watch is shown near the finale of the movie with a literal big bang. 12. For Your Eyes Only – Seiko Reference H357 Duo-Display For the 13th Bond film, the H357 Duo-Display features an analog time display along with a digital display. This watch proved helpful to Bond in transmitting messages with an inbuilt microphone. 13. Octopussy – Seiko G757 Sports 100 Despite the risqué name, Octopussy introduced us to a Seiko TV watch. It’s a digital sports chronograph with an extra feature added by Q Branch. It allows Bond to keep tabs on someone with a planted tracking device. 14. A View to a Kill – A Series of Rolexes In his last portrayal of Bond, Roger Moore sported a series of Rolex watches on his wrist. First was a wide dial quartz chronograph known as the Seiko SPR007-7A28 – 7020. Next was a Seiko H558-500 SPW001 Dive Watch. After that was a two-tone watch called the Seiko 6923-8080 SPD09. And finally, was the Rolex Datejust. 15. The Living Daylights –  Heuer Reference 980.031 After Moore, came Timothy Dalton as Bond. In “The Living Daylights” Bond is wearing a TAG Heuer reference 980.031, making Dalton also the first Bond to wear a TAG Heuer. 16. License to Kill – Rolex Submariner reference 16800/168000 For Dalton’s final Bond movie, he wore a Rolex Submariner. And since the movie came out in 1989, it was most likely the Submariner reference 16800 / 168000. It was also the last Bond movie to feature a Rolex Submariner. 17. GoldenEye – Omega Seamaster Professional 300M Reference GoldenEye – Omega Seamaster Professional 300M Reference 2541.80 Quartz The 17th Bond movie featured Pierce Brosnan making his debut as the Suave British agent 007. It was also the first film to introduce a new line of James Bond watches with Omega. The model worn by Brosnan’s Bond character was the Seamaster Professional 300M reference 2541.80 quartz dive watch. 18. Tomorrow Never Dies – Omega Seamaster Professional 300M Reference 2531.80 In his second outing as James Bond, Brosnan wore an automatic version of the quartz watch from GoldenEye. The watch is clearly visible when Bond picked it up in a Chinese safe house. 19. The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day – Omega Seamaster Professional 300M Reference 2531.80 Once again, Brosnan’s Bond wears the same watch in his final two films in the first two. Only this time, the watch is equipped with some of Q Branch’s ingenious goodies. 20. Casino Royale – Omega Seamaster Professional 300M Reference 2220.80.00 In Daniel Craig’s debut as Bond, he wears two Omega Seamaster watches. The first is the Omega Seamaster Diver 300 (reference 2220.80) and the Seamaster Planet Ocean (reference 2900.54.91). 21. Quantum of Solace – Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Reference 2201.50 In his second outing as Bond, Craig is seen wearing The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m reference 2201.50. This version comes in a stainless steel bracelet but doesn’t get that much screen time, unfortunately. 22. Skyfall – Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ref. 232.30.42.21.01.001 There are two types of Omega Seamaster’s that appear in “Skyfall.” The first is a Planet Ocean 600M coming in a unique titanium case. The other was an Aqua Terra in a stainless steel bracelet and a stunning blue dial. 23. Spectre – Omega Seamaster 300 Ref. 233.32.31.41.21.01.001 Like the title of the movie, Bond is wearing the Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre.

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  5. Closer Look at the Citizen Promaster Watch Collection

    Closer Look at the Citizen Promaster Watch Collection

    No matter how fancy the design is, watches are meant to be functional pieces of technology. And when it comes to function, no other brand has done as much to improve upon the concept than Citizen. This applies especially with the brand’s top-of-the-line Citizen Promaster series. When the first three models of the Promaster line were introduced in 1989, things have really looked up for Citizen. This lineup has been known for its cutting-edge innovations as well as durable and functional designs. These are all the makings for a typical adventurer timepiece. Since its inception, the Promaster has introduced a series of models that have done Citizen proud. Some of these models include the following: 1. Citizen Promaster Aqualand The original Promaster Aqualad diving watch was made from scratch to meet the needs of expert saturation divers. It was equipped with the first-ever digital depth gauge, replacing the heavier depth computer on longer scuba dives. For land adventures, there was the 1989 Promaster Altichron. It was one of the first to include a digital altimeter navigate through elevations from 300M below to 5000 above sea level. The third one of the series was the Citizen Promaster Sky which was made for pilots. Its vast range of aviation features included a slide rule fuel-computing bezel. It was also one of the first to include a quick push-button world timer adjustment setting. 2. Citizen Promaster Land Eco-Drive The Land Eco-Drive PMD56-2951 comes with a titanium case and a pretty green-curved dial. What’s more, is that it comes with sapphire glass, making it astonishingly scratch-proof. Its sword-type hands, white IP plating, and geometric shapes in place of the 6 and 12 numerals add to this watch’s uniqueness. The 3 o’clock date window breaks the dial’s green monotone. Shop Citizen Promaster Watches It even features radio reception, charge warning, and fixed time reception. Besides that, there’s also anti-magnetism, 200m water resistance, and overcharge prevention warning. The watch is powered by a state-of-the-art solar quartz movement. 3. Promaster Professional‌ ‌Diver‌ ‌Citizen‌ ‌Watch‌ The Professional‌ ‌Diver‌ watch is a remastered version of an old classic diving watch, now as an Eco-Drive Promaster. This new version comes with over 984 feet of water-resistance, allowing it to hold its own against other waterproof sports watches. This watch is embedded with the Eco-Drive technology, so the sunlight is the only charging port you’ll need. This means that you’ll no longer need to charge the watch by plugging it into a socket or even have to use/replace batteries. It is both comfortable and light and comes with a buckle closure and a molded polyurethane band. This makes the watch highly durable and functional that will stand against the forces of the outdoor world. The luminous hands and easy to read display ensure you always know the time whether you’re underwater or asleep at night. The DLC-coated crystal dial window ensures that scratches or anything else doesn’t scratch the screen. 4. Promaster Navihawk‌ ‌A-T‌ ‌Citizen‌ ‌Watch‌ If you’re a complete horologist geek craving for a mess of technical functions, then this watch is it. Measuring in at 48 mm, the Navihawk is one of the largest in Citizen’s collection. It was designed to demand your very attention without looking for other means of telling time. Given its size, it is just the right timepiece for pilots or those who travel a lot. This model has synchronized time adjustments in various cities from anywhere on Earth. Some of its best features include a perpetual calendar, an accurate GPS function, and a power reserve indicator. It even has 200m water resistance and a daylight‌ ‌savings‌ ‌time‌ feature. All those features in a stainless-steel case with black ion plating are just too good to ignore. And we shouldn’t forget to mention the luminous, black dial as well as the deep embossed black polyurethane strap. The only downside to this watch is its overwhelming face display and functionality. It might be too much for those who are a complete novice to sophisticated timepieces. But once you get the hang of it, you’ve got more than just a pretty face right there on your wrist. 5. Citizen Promaster Land Eco-Drive Arti Klong The Land Eco-Drive Ultimate Klong is an outdoor watch series that has more functions than its sporting qualities. The Arti Klong is one that is a real headliner for this lineup. Its crystal glass and stainless-steel case offer immense durability and power. It features an electronic compass and an altimeter that measures altitudes at about 10,000 meters. This is an ideal thing to have for mountaineers and adventure trekkers. Powered by the Eco-Drive technology, this watch has enough juice for 11 months once completely charged. And those who are fond of complex and playful designs, this timepiece is more than enough to satiate your hunger. 6. Citizen Promaster GPS Satellite‌ ‌Wave‌ If you’re taking a back a little bit by the less complex design here, don’t be. The Eco-Drive GPS Satellite‌ ‌Wave‌ is ambitious and hi-tech‌ as its name makes it out to be. This watch is already a trendsetter with it’s non-reflective material. Its complex mechanism means it features some of the most impressive accruements and then some that any watch owner desires. It has a satellite timekeeping system, GPS signal reception, day and date display, summertime feature, and 40 different time zones. If that’s not good enough for you, then you haven’t seen the power reserve indicator, overcharge prevention function, and perpetual calendar. And all of that behind a solid stainless-steel casing. Not only does this Citizen Promaster tick all the right boxes, but its craftsmanship is out of this world.

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  6. 6 Best Beginner Rolex Watches

    6 Best Beginner Rolex Watches

    No matter where you look around the world, you’ll always see some of the most successful people wearing Rolex watches. That’s because this timepiece brand has largely been associated with success and accomplishment. But besides that, there’s also a significant amount of research that goes into buying your first ever Rolex. If you happen to be one of those folks looking for an entry-level Rolex, this is the guide for you. People have various reasons for buying a Rolex watch. They may buy it just for its chic design, name-value, or use it as an extension to their formal attire. Who knows? Perhaps the first Rolex you buy may also be the last one you alone or the beginning of a collection. The important thing is that you want your first Rolex to have residual value, a versatile style, and some meaning. Unfortunately, people who aren’t exactly watch experts may not have much luck making the right call for their first Rolex. Lucky for you, we’ve already put a list of some of the most well-known entry-level Rolex watches for your convenience. Best Entry-Level‌ Rolex Watches 1. Rolex Oyster Perpetual If you’re looking for a sophisticated traditional-looking Rolex, you can’t get any better than the Oyster Perpetual. It’s one of the brand’s most understated models in terms of its design and function. It features a 36 mm Oystersteel‌ case that appeals to both genders. Shop Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watches If you like something more sophisticated, you should get a version of this model the features are a red grape dial. This model also features white 18-karat gold markers that brilliantly clashes with the dial. It’s powered by the self-winding movement caliber 3130 which’s chronometer-certified (COSC). This movement has been manufactured completely in house. 2. Rolex Air-King Aviation watches have come a long way than just helping out pilots make quick flight decisions. Rolex aviation watches serve as the ideal dress watch for the dapper suit and tie combo. Not only are they used to make simple telling time in-flight easier, but they also make it feel pleasant. It’s also a model with a bit of history, which makes it more desirable to consumers. Shop Rolex Air-King Watches The Air-King is a modern take on a Rolex watch from the 30s. It comes with an Oystersteel case with a matching link band. The watch also includes a competent 3131 automatic mechanical movement built was an astonishing 48-hour power reserve. On top of that, it also has a dial with a bold white-on-black color scheme and astonishing markings. 3. Rolex Explorer The Explorer lineup has been one of the brand’s favorites since 1953. That was the year Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary were the first ones to reach the Mount Everest summit. This story was big because Sir Edmund wore an Explorer model much like the version we have today. Shop Rolex Explorer Watches The highlights of this watch include an‌ ‌elegant‌ 39 mm oyster case and a stunning black dial. It also features a robust Oystersteel bracelet and luminous markers. This timepiece is powered by the self-winding Caliber 3132 movement. It also includes Paraflex shock absorbers and Parachrom handspring. 4. Rolex Datejust If you desire a simple, sophisticated timepiece without all the bells and whistles, you need the Rolex Datejust. This is a stunning high-caliber dress watch that is both clean as it is majestic. It’s marked by an Oystersteel exterior construction and a simplistic dial without numeral markings. It also comes with a neat date window right behind the magnified portion of the Rolex exclusive sapphire crystal. This is an ideal feature for those who wish to get an immediate glance at both the time and date. Shop Rolex Datejust Watches It even features the automatic movement with a 70-hour power reserve, a simple domed bezel, etc. 5. Rolex Milgauss The Rolex Milgauss is highly renowned for withstanding magnetic fields of over 1,000 gausses. That’s why it was extremely revered at the Genevan European Organization for Nuclear‌ ‌Research‌ (CERN). One of the most appealing versions is the 40 mm Oystersteel case that features the electric blue dial. Shop Rolex Milgauss Watches The features of this model make it seem as if the model was mainly meant to garner attention. Other features or it’s vibrant orange lightning-bolt-shaped second hand, and green sapphire crystal. At the center of the model is the brand’s patented self-winding Caliber 3131 movement. 6. Rolex Submariner And finally, is one of the most respected lineups in Rolex watches history, the Rolex Submariner.  There are many reasons why this watch model has is one of the most popular choices amongst watch fans. Some of those iconic names include Diego Maradona, Steve McQueen, Al Pacino, Sean Connery’s James Bond, and more. Shop Rolex Submariner Watches This iconic diver watch was first introduced in 1953 with a 100m water depth resistance. It has a simple, yet bold look to it that will stay in style for many years to come. Even after so many decades, this legendary timepiece never lost its value or recognition.

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  7. History of Omega Seamaster Watches

    History of Omega Seamaster Watches

    The Omega Seamaster has garnered a reputation for being one of the most prominent Bond watches. However, the history of the watch dates back decades before the fictional British super agent first swapped it on his wrist. In this lineup’s 70-year history, the Omega Seamaster became highly renowned, to say the least. It was a watch that could be worn as a sophisticated dress watch or a heavy-duty solid steel diver. Let us rewind time and see how this timeless horological masterpiece came to be. The History‌ of the Omega Seamaster The first model of the Seamaster was launched back in 1948. These models were based on designs of a watch that Omega had made for British airmen during the Second World War. It came with an O-ring gasket and had improved water resistance, which is why it was called “waterproof” at the time. It had a depth rating between 10 to 30 meters. Shop Omega Seamaster Watches This was an improvement from previous water-resistant watches that relied on shellac or lead gaskets. The problem with such watches is that they were easily affected by temperature changes. That’s what a diver would experience at several depths. So to get around this, Omega looked upon World War 2 submarines as an inspiration. From that inspiration, the brand included a resilient rubber gasket in the Seamaster’s final design. The new case allowed the models to withstand 60-meter depths and temperature ranges between -40 to 50 degrees C. The original edition came with two variations: center seconds, as well as small seconds at the dial’s bottom. It was made out of stainless steel material and designed with sturdy, short lugs with a slim profile for everyday use. In 1955, the Swiss Laboratory for Watch‌ ‌Research‌ tested out 50 Seamaster cases with a 60-meter depth rating. This along with the experimentation for new materials led to the introduction of several new models in the latter decades. The Seamaster 300 (1957) Following the testing, Omega rolled out a trio of Master watches starting from 1957 when scuba diving was all the rage. These new watches included the Railmaster, the Speedmaster, and finally the Seamaster 300. The Seamaster 300, unlike its previous models, was actually built to be used underwater. Despite the title, the Seamaster 300 could go as far as 200 meters underwater. Omega claims that it was due to the limitations of the equipment, and not the watch itself. The CK2913, which was the original reference, displayed the new Naiad winding crown. This was Omega’s response to the screw-down design, the patent which is still utilized over at Rolex. Seamaster Chronograph 1968 This was a more fashionable take on the traditional diver watch. It had symmetrical subdials that were easy to read and didn’t just appeal to seamen. Interestingly, this watch is what inspired Alaska III which was used on the space shuttle in the 80s. Protopapas says that it predates the future NASA proposal by 10 years. The Bond‌ ‌Watch‌ or Seamaster 300M (1994) Somewhere during the mid-1990s, the Omega Seamaster had lost its steam. To make things worse, this decline allowed another fan-favorite in the Omega Seamaster Professional to take over. It wasn’t until 1995 that the Seamaster 300 achieved global recognition as a James Bond watch. Not only that, the Omega Seamaster officially dethroned Rolex as the favorite new timepiece for the suave British agent. This was a big deal since Ian Fleming, author of James Bond did include a Rolex in the GoldenEye novel. What’s more, is that he also wore a Rolex himself during the time the book was published. This change was made because the costume designer of the film said that Omega was more relevant to the British Royal Navy. As a result, it was more relevant to the James Bond character. The model of the watch was the Seamaster Professional 300M that Brosnan’s Bond character worn in GoldenEye. And ever since then, for the next 25 years, the Omega would be the trademark Bond watch. For the next three Brosnan Bond films, the character was sporting the Omega 300 Automatic‌ ‌Chronometer. When Daniel Craig stepped in as Bond in 2006 Casino Royale, he was wearing two Omega watches. The first was the Seamaster 300 and the other was the Seamaster Planet Ocean that came with a rubber strap for the action sequences. The Seamaster Planet Ocean made another appearance in the Craig-Bond film Quantum of Solace (2008). He later wore the same watch for Skyfall (2012). Then in the 2015’s Spectre, a special edition of the Seamaster 300 was released titled Spectre. This was to commemorate the 20-year partnership of the brand with the Bond franchise. This served as a call back to the first Bond Seamaster. Seamaster Planet Ocean (2003) 2003 was when the Planet‌ ‌Ocean‌ range was meant to dive deeper into the sea. These versions came with the Omega Co-Axial 2500 movement. They also came with a 600-meter water resistance rating, a chronometer certification, and a helium-escape valve. These watches were the first to come with state-of-the-art materials like the in-house Omega 8500 caliber, and the liquid metal bezels. This pretty much explains why this watch was good enough to be a Bond watch starting from Casino Royale. Seamaster Professional‌ ‌Diver‌ 300m (2018) In 2018, this watch celebrated the 25th anniversary with a facelift of the 1993 classic with 2018 technology. The saw the release of 14 such models that came in several finishes. Protopapas compared the Seamaster as a classic car design that’s never going to lose its luster.

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  8. Zelos Watches: Top 3 Collections

    Zelos Watches: Top 3 Collections

    Some great affordable watch brands have had humble beginnings, and that’s certainly the case with Zelos Watches. A 2014 Kickstarter campaign took the Singapore-based brand’s assets from near zero to around $80,000. This allowed founder Elshan Tang to break into the microbrand market. In the years since Zelos watches shown serious staying power with stunning designs and solid workmanship at reasonable prices. Most models featuring sapphire crystals, automatic movements, and high-grade materials such as 316L stainless steel. Zelos watches prove that high quality can come at a low cost. At least low when compared to more upscale brands such as Rolex and Omega, as the Zelos prices run the gamut from about $300 to $1,300. So what do we have in this price range that’s well within the reach of most watch lovers? Let’s take a look at three of their top collections. Relish Retro Style with the Hammerhead Drawing inspiration from cherished cushion-shaped dive watches from the 1960s and 1970s, the Hammerhead combines a vintage design with the technology of today. Hammerhead sharks are stealthy and strong. They’re often found stalking prey along the pressure-heavy ocean floor and using their namesake heads as weapons when they come across a quarry. So too the Zelos Hammerhead is one tough timepiece, with cases of either 316L steel or marine-grade bronze. For maximum protection, a double-domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal tops the dial, while the display caseback is similarly made of sapphire. Photo from zeloswatchesThe Hammerhead’s bezel continues the commitment to toughness with the option of zirconium-oxide ceramic. It is incredibly resistant to scratches, abrasions, and corrosion. The material is gauged several times more durable than stainless steel. It measures at an impressive 1,500 HV on the Vickers hardness test. Water-resistant up to 1,000 meters with a screw-down crown, the Hammerhead was literally built for swimming with sharks. For something truly unique, go with the meteorite version with a dial and bezel made from a meteorite. A meteorite, meteorite? Yup, a big old rock that was formed billions of years ago, hurtled through space for millennium on end, plummeted to earth in a fiery fall and then got sourced for a watch. Meteorite models are one of a kind as the patterns of no two space rocks are the same. Chroma for Minimalist Charm While the Hammerhead offers a big dose of bravado, the Chroma Collection comes in with subtle and understated warmth. With 42mm diameters, you might think that Chromas wear large, but the lack of lugs makes them come off considerably smaller than their actual size would suggest. Photo from zeloswatchesChroma watches do share some of the Hammerhead’s attributes in terms of toughness, such as sapphire crystals front and back, 316L stainless steel, bronze, or carbon fiber cases, along with water resistance up to 50 meters. But they also have finer sides, with versions that mix satin-brushed and polished stainless steel finishes with rose gold plating. Adding an elegant touch, 20mm straps are crafted from waxed crazy horse leather, coveted for the antique look they acquire as they age gracefully. The most affordable timepieces Zelos offers, nearly all of the watches in the Chroma line are priced between $269 and $299, with a few exceptions. One such outlier that’s priced at $499 is a limited edition made of Damascus steel, an alloy often used in making high-end knives that finishes with an eye-catching wood grain pattern. And these are all especially nice given the price, as they’re not quartz but actually automatics with Miyota 821A movements. Skyraider Takes Aviation to a New Era Zelos looked back to World War Two for inspiration in its latest aviation watch, named after the Douglas A-1 Skyraider. The famous fighter plane was revered for its resilience, serving as the last propeller-driven aircraft to fly missions for the United States Air Force. And while the design of the Skyraider Collection takes cues from classic pilot watches, we also get a modern take with meteorite and skeletonized dials among its contemporary notes. Photo from zeloswatchesCases go on the larger side with 42.5mm width and lug-to-lug spans of 50mm. And we go seriously Old School with a classic manual-wind movement. An ETA 6498 caliber with 44 hours of reserve power that originally got its start in pocket watches. The large crown is not screw-down and has no crown guards. That means it gives the watch a truly vintage look of pilot watches from a time gone by. Dials are eye-catching, each unique in their own distinct ways. The titanium and bronze case models offer dial options. Options including skeletonized, meteorite, and “atmosphere blue” with a turbine pattern and a gradient that goes from blue to black. A Muonionalusta meteorite that plummeted to what we today call Sweden about a million years ago offers a one-of-a-kind pattern. The skeletonized version shows us the inner workings, topped by hands with a generous amount to C3-Super-LumiNova. That guards against legibility issues we sometimes see with skeletonized watches. Zelos Watches Conclusion Following that first fateful Kickstarter campaign, Elshan Tang did more. Elshan went on to create a series of successful crowd-sourced initiatives. He raised more than a million dollars for his watchmaking enterprises. Most days you can find him hunched over a workbench at his Singapore studio. As he is busy working on the next great Zelos watches.

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  9. 5 Reasons Why Mk II Watches Are Good Watches

    5 Reasons Why Mk II Watches Are Good Watches

    You may wonder if Mk II watches are indeed good watches. It’s a fair question as the microbrand has flown somewhat under the radar and occupies an odd space in the watchmaking world. They do homages, contemporary takes on classic designs that could be disastrous in the wrong hands. But Mk II watches do this arguably better than anyone else. Here are a few reasons why. 1: The Spirit of Bill Yao Founder Bill Yao is about as hands-on as a company head can get. Literally. He’s often found at his workbench agonizing over every little detail on whatever watch he’s currently fixated on. A graduate of the elite Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Yao turned away from the world of high finance and a lucrative career on Wall Street. Instead, he followed his love of tinkering with timepieces and started making aftermarket parts for Seiko watches. That passion project would eventually lead to his launching Mk II Watches in 2002, based in the suburbs of Philadelphia where Yao was born and raised. Photos from mkiiwatches officialAnd while Mk II has a range of ready-made offerings, they’re equally known for their customizations that are done by Bill himself. That kind of personalized attention requires patience from his loyal fans, who can wait months or even years until their one-of-a-kind creation is complete. 2: The Turbulent Tale of the Kingston If you’ve heard nearly nothing about Mk II, which is the case for many a non-watch-geek, the little you have heard probably involves the Kingston. It’s the watch that put the fledgling company on the map and nearly caused its downfall. It started with a simple idea. Yao wanted to create a watch that payed tribute the Rolex Submariner Reference 6538 worn by Sean Connery in the James Bond flick Dr. No. Sounds straightforward enough. He wanted to build it to match Rolex quality and offer that high-end craftsmanship at a price of just over $1,000. Okay, ambitious, but plausible given Yao’s skills. Soon enough, 100 trusting customers made pre-orders. Photos from mkiiwatches officialBut the financial crisis that was rippling across the world in 2009 had its say. From vendors to assembly and quality control, you name a stage of the watchmaking process and there was a problem facing Yao. Delays led to more delays, with months turning into years. Some customers even accused Yao of fraud. But, after five harrowing years, the last of the initial orders was delivered, though with little profit to show for the years of pain. Then fortune took a turn. The Kingston was so well received that nobody even talked about the disastrous rollout. Reviews were glowing. Some people started reselling the watches for two and three times the price they just paid. Many felt the homage actually outdid the original Rolex! Yao was suddenly famed for homage watches, renowned for creating affordable masterworks that were well worth the wait. Mk II had arrived. 3: They Transcend Homages Say the word “homage” and you can almost feel the collective eye roll of serious watch aficionados. But for Mk II watches, “homage” is a guiding principle, with a very specific meaning. That’s why the company is named Mark 2, as in the second version, common in military speak. Mark 2 is the new chapter in a watch’s story. So for Mk II, this second evolution of a timepiece means capturing the original style of watches from the past and making them more accessible with today’s technology. Mk II has some strict rules about how they handle homages. First, in order for a watch design to get the homage treatment, it must be at least 15 years old, and preferably much older. You can’t pay homage to a contemporary timepiece, that’s not how homages work. Second, the functionality of the homage must be equal to, or better than, the watch that they’re honoring. They don’t do cheap knock-offs. Third, the homage should bring value to a watch’s story. Changes and modern interpretations on original designs take the initial intent into account and attempt to honor that intention rather than simply go for similarity. 4: Modern Military Style Among the list of things that Mk II watches does well in, and that’s a solid list, perhaps none is better than making military-inspired watches. Photos from mkiiwatches officialThe Mk II Paradive goes in a different direction with its homage to military watches, notably with the Gen 3 model that mirrors the Benrus Type I divers watch that was issued to US soldiers during the Vietnam War. While looking decidedly modern, the Gen 3 echoes the style of the Benrus on its dial, bezel, and case without ever slipping into tactless imitation. Drawing inspiration from Rolex and Tudor’s MilSub, the Fulcrum is what Mk II likes to call its “American MilSub.” The Fulcrum is unique in the Mk II line as it doesn’t pay homage to any specific model, but rather the genre of vintage military watches as a whole. Instead of a diver-style rotating bezel, an American MilSub has a prominent twelve-hour unidirectional bezel. A bead-blasted steel case wears on the large side at 42mm in diameter, with anti-magnetism and a sapphire crystal adding durability. It’s ready for action on a sturdy rubber strap. 5: A Nice Price From the beginning, affordability was at the heart of Bill Yao’s plan. The goal was to make luxury watches accessible through imitation. And the reasonable price tags of their ready-to-wear timepieces prove that Mk II watches have succeeded. Offerings in their Cruxible line are available online for about $650, while their Hawkinge models cost even less at under $600. Their Paradive watches come in at just under $900. And for true bargains, they’re accepting pre-orders for their Stingray II and Tornek-Rayville watches at $450 each. Photos from mkiiwatches officialNone of this is to say that a Rolex isn’t worth the cost. Or that an homage to an Omega is better than the real thing. But if you broaden your thinking a bit, and understand the motivation behind an homage watch, a creation from Bill Yao’s MKII workshop just might be the next timepiece you put on your wrist.

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  10. Brew Watches: 5 Things to Know

    Brew Watches: 5 Things to Know

    If you’re looking for a watch that embodies luxury, quality and creativity then Brew Watches is your brand. Anyone looking to make a statement will definitely find a Brew Watch appealing. Characterized by stylish visuals and equally impressive performance, Brew Watches will have anyone looking dapper. Keen to learn more about this stunning brand of watches? Keep reading as we list five things you’ll find fascinating about Brew Watches and why it’s among the top watch brands. 1: Brand Inspired by Coffee There’s absolutely nothing random about the brand name. The word ‘’Brew” is synonymous with coffee—and so is the brand. It’s pretty cool that Brew Watches were first inspired by industrial espresso machines. Jonathan Ferrer, who is the brains behind the brand, has an immense love for coffee. The combination of warm and contrasting colors on espresso machines was also an inspiration of his. Photo from brew-watches official websiteAs such, you’ll find that all Brew watches have a similar blend of colors and textures reminiscent of espresso machines. Moreover, one timepiece from Brew Watches—the Retrograph watch —is specifically designed to time how long it takes to brew an espresso coffee! But this doesn’t take away from the stylish design that makes the watch suitable to wear with any outfit. 2: Very Affordable One would expect to dig deep into their pockets to own one of these exclusive timepieces. But lucky for you that’s not necessarily the case. Brew Watches continue to release affordable quartz watches despite the exquisite designs. You’ll definitely find something to suit your budget. Case in point: the Brew Mastergraph is one of the latest releases to come out of the brand. Available in three different designs, its clean and retro-style is consistent with all Brew Watches. By donning this exquisite timepiece, you’ll definitely be the envy of your friends. Photo from brew-watches official websiteThe stunning design of the Brew Mastergraph is somewhat similar to the Rolex Cosmograph. This just goes to show that these affordable time pieces can easily compete with high-end brands watch brands. 3: Ideal for Everyday Wear Careful consideration is put into designing every component of Brew Watches. Each strap is made using supple Italian leather to produce a truly distinctive timepiece which is far from ordinary. The cases are made using solid stainless steel which is polished by hand. So, given how chic Brew watches are, it’s easy to assume that they can only be worn for special events. But they’re suitable for just about any occasion. The precise dimensions found on the watches make them comfortable for everyday wear. Photo from brew-watches official website4: Made of the Highest Quality Brew watches use impressive quality. You can expect the timepiece to last for years before you have to think of replacing it. This is because the brand goes the extra mile to ensure that all watches meet specific standards. The watches are tested and are hand-assembled. After being assembled, Brew watches are further tested to make sure that they’re both pressure and water-resistant. But be sure to practice extra caution near water because the watches aren’t entirely waterproof. Photo from brew-watches official websiteYou do have the option to return the watch if you feel that it doesn’t meet your standards. That’s how confident the brand is in the quality of their products. Thanks to their 14-day return policy, you can return the watch provided that you have the receipt and that it’s free from damage or signs of wear & tear. 5: Brew Watches Come with a One Year Limited Warranty Malfunctions happen with any product, including watches. The brand understands this and decided to cover all their products with a one-year limited warranty. Note that the warranty only covers the watches against manufacturer defects. Photo from brew-watches official websiteIf you happen to notice any issues with your watch, you’re free to drop the manufacturer an email. The support staff will immediately respond with instructions on how you can send the watch back.  Note however that damages caused by accidents, tampering or mishandling of the product will automatically void the warranty. Brew Watches Conclusion With plenty of designs to pick from, you’re bound to find a watch that suits your individual taste or preferences. If you don’t need one for yourself, Brew Watches make the perfect accessory to gift a loved one, be it for Christmas, anniversary or a birthday. With that said, will you be getting a Brew Watch for yourself or a loved one? Let us know!

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  11. 7 Most Beautiful Minimalist Watches for Women

    7 Most Beautiful Minimalist Watches for Women

    Many women usually keep away from watches as they are either too big or too ornate. But they don’t necessarily have to be all that for them to feel special on someone’s wrist. That’s why there are watches with a minimalist approach. The best kind of minimalist watches for women are ones that are classic, timeless, and above all simple. These watches also complement any kind of outfit that you wear. However, finding the right minimalist timepiece is easier said than done. That’s because there are so many types of these watches available at retail both physical and online. Fortunately, instead of you having to take the time to look for the perfect watch for yourself, just consult this article. Here, we have tirelessly and carefully rounded up some of the best minimalist watches that women should be wearing. Whichever one of the following you pick, is fine by us: 1: MVMT MOD Women’s Analog Minimalist Watch MVMT is known for making several beautiful women’s minimalist watches and this one is a true testament to that reputation. Its white clock face is simplistic and clean, with ultrafine golden hands, crown, and bezel. The strap comes in a beautiful silver metallic color and is also moddable in case you want a different material. It is battery operated by a two-hand Miyota Quartz movement. It’s also incredibly durable as it’s made from hardened mineral crystal and water-resistant up to 5 ATM / 50 m. This makes a watch perfect for everyday use but should never be taken for bathing or swimming. 2: Nordgreen – Infinity – Rose Gold The biggest source of inspiration for Infinity is nature. Chief designer, Jacob Wagner wanted to connect this watch with the evolution of nature, while also removing the complexities of modern Earth. The watch comes with a rounded, slim, and sleek case that measures about 7.3 millimetres in thickness. What’s more, is that the straps are modular where you can swap them with any material of your choosing. Like other Nordgreen products, Infinity is the personification of some of the finest Scandinavian watchmaking craftsmanship. 3: Kate Spade New York Women’s Metro Stainless Steel Quartz Watch Want something that’s simple and stylish served all in one go? Then get with the times with Kate Spade New York Women’s Metro Stainless Steel Quartz Watch. The watch includes an understated gray leather band, an analog quartz movement, 3 hands, and a simple 34 mm case. But the true creme-de-la-creme is the mother of pearl watch’s dial. The dial features a silvertone stainless steel case and hands, along with a mineral crystal dial window. It comes with a water depth resistance of 3 ATM / 30 m, 3 analog display with Japanese quartz movement. 4: MVMT Santa Monica MVMT Santa Monica is heavily inspired by the streets of Los Angeles. It comes with a 38 mm diameter case which is 6 mm in depth. It also comes with a sophisticated three-hand battery-powered Miyota quartz movement. If you’re a business person, then this is the ideal watch that will offer you a simple, but luxurious profile. Although it comes with a genuine black leather strap, it’s also interchangeable, enabling you to customize your style. The watch also comes with a brushed rose gold stainless steel case, made from durable mineral crystal for enhanced durability. It also has a 3 ATM / 30-meter water-resistance. 5: Fossil Essentialist Stainless Steel Casual Quartz Watch Ingenuity and creativity have always been Fossil’s greatest drivers In making quality-driven and fashionable watches. The movement for this watch includes a quartz crystal, which oscillates when current is applied to it. The movement is built into three different sub eyes to represent day in a week, date of the month, and 24 hour time. The bright white, clean face looks incredibly perfect and appealing. Every minute has markers that go around with the hour markings. The bracelets are made of extremely durable stainless steel that can last a lifetime if maintained properly. As an added convenience, the people over at the Fossil outlet and retail stores offer free adjustments to owners. Furthermore, the straps are made of water-resistant silicon and are quite comfortable on the wrist. Other strap materials like resin are also very durable and popular for aquatic sports and nautical activities. 6: Fashion Marble Dial Watch This elegantly minimalist watch is suitable for a variety of applications, like parties, leisure time, and business. It comes with a marble style facing with an analog display and a leather strap. The casing is made from plating wear-resistant alloy and comes with a top-of-the-line leather watchband. The watch is incredibly stunning and on-trend, featuring a rose gold-tone stainless steel bezel with a matching clasp.

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