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  2. Watch Guide: Answers to Common Rolex Questions

    Watch Guide: Answers to Common Rolex Questions

    Even just hearing a whisper of their name easily reminds you of their immense prestige doesn’t it? When you think about how far watch manufacturers have come, Rolex is arguably one of the most valuable watch brand’s in the world. Rolex sells almost up to a million of their watches every year, and that’s potentially up to a million questions from. A bit far-fetched and complicated, but it is the truth. So, it’s pretty normal that we have some questions ourselves, because of obvious reasons. Now the best thing about that little fact is that our questions should be similar to yours. Watches are inherently the same (parts-wise), so we decided to put our answers down in words. They’re informational and dare we say it, a bit factual with a bragging side to them. Why is Rolex made from 904L steel? Timepiece enthusiasts know the worth of stainless steel. It has that perfect ratio of safety, toughness, and aesthetic appeal that every watch aficionado will love. In terms of the feel, steel has a firm and nice weight on your wrist that just feels right. All watch manufacturers that are worth their salt have gotten that particular formula down nowadays. Still, that tight look which easily catches everyone’s eyes comes at the cost of sweat build-up. And because of that, there’s the issue of wear over time. Now while this is a common issue with all steel types, you have to know there are different types of the material that watchmakers can choose from. All with different resistance to wear, corrosion, and the likes. So, in the early 2000s, Rolex made a really smart move. Trust us, we’ve looked at it from every angle we could and it’s the better decision, despite being a little more expensive. Rolex changed their entire lineup to 904L in 2003 instead of using the usual 316L. It holds polish significantly longer than 316L. Who makes Rolex movements? Rolex, as a watchmaker does not only make their own movements, they also build the other parts big or small like their beautiful cases and even the crown. After that, they smelt their own metals (gold, silver, etc.) and cut their own diamonds to their own particular tastes/standards. They are one of the few watch manufacturers that construct all of the parts they need for their watches in-house. So next time you see one of their timepieces, you now know why they’re always built to taste. How do Rolex test their dive watches? What we consider a huge plus in our books is that Rolex tests their dive watches in environments that subject them to a lot of stress. The watches are placed in an air-pressure chamber, wherein if the pressure changes at all, there’s been a leak in the case. This is what Rolex applies in Rolex Oyster case watches. All of this is kind of like an incentive to buy a watch of theirs and also a form of assurance to get more watches sold. “And it’s certainly working” In the case of the Submariner and Deep-Sea watches, they’re subjected to other tests that show if the watches are really resistant up to 300 meters. For the first one, the Submariner, the watches are heated up and a little cold water is added to them after they exit the air-pressure chamber. If water doesn’t form on the inside of the crystal, then the watches have passed. On the other hand, a different approach is taken with Deep Sea watches. This line is tested in a specialized pressure chamber that’s much less forgiving on the body than Rolex Oyster watches. We think it’s like a personal game of theirs, where they push their own watches than even the wearers. How long does it take to make a Rolex? Yes, there have been debates on how long it really takes to make a Rolex watch. But instead of the usual 6 months or a year that it supposedly takes, making a Rolex doesn’t even take up to 4 hours. The part that takes so long is gathering all the materials (gold, steel, etc.) that’ll then be converted to all of the necessary parts. This can take up to a year but then, do you still remember what we said about them selling up to a million watches each year? Well, how are they doing that? The answer is actually straightforward and what’s going on is that they have a lot of employees (gemologists for example) who work to build hundreds of timepieces per day. How do you manually wind a Rolex and how many turns does it need per day? If you’re using a Rolex with a screw-down crown, you just need to unscrew the crown counterclockwise until the crown pops out (in the 1st position). Then you wind the crown 28-40 times to fully charge the watch enough to work. You can stay in that range provided that the watch hasn’t seen any motion for a day or two. If you’re worried about over winding the Rolex, don’t be! Over winding Rolex watches are mostly impossible nowadays since they use a winding limiter. It kicks in when the watch has been fully wound. Though another cue is that you’ll feel a resistance when it’s fully wound. This is very useful in the case you’re winding a vintage piece. How many types of movements do Rolex use in their watches? In any Rolex watch, it’s either you see a mechanical watch, or you see one made with a quartz movement. The mechanical watches have their iconic ticking sound and they’re divided into two. The first is the automatic self-winding watches while the other is manual watches. Mechanical watches use a movement that must be periodically wound to work. But then the difference between the two types is that self-winding watches use the wearer’s motions to constantly charge the watch. The manual watches will have to be manually wound. Alternatively, their watches have quartz movements which make use of batteries. They’re slick since you won’t need to move them, but you will need to replace them periodically. Why does a mechanical Rolex watch lose time? Other than the fact that infrequent winds will cause your watch to lose time, mechanical Rolex watches are not built to have pinpoint time accuracy—unlike quartz watches. What they instead do is lose no more than 4 seconds and gain no more than 6 seconds per day. It should be a little underwhelming since quartz watches keep time more. But the level of craftsmanship put into every little part to eliminate the errors to that level must be respected.

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  3. 5 Common Misconceptions About Watches

    5 Common Misconceptions About Watches

    Like with all technological devices, numerous misconceptions also surround watches. Once you become a victim of these misconceptions, you can end up buying the wrong watch! For this reason, we have listed five common misconceptions about watches. 1: Swiss-made Watches Are 100% Manufactured in Switzerland Just because a watch says that it is Swiss-made, don’t be fooled that it’s all fully made in Switzerland. Swiss law states that Swiss-made only means that, at a minimum, 50% of the parts used in the watch are made in Switzerland. Swiss-made also means that both the first and the last wheel were added to the watch in Switzerland. So, while this ensures that half of it is made in Switzerland, the remaining parts are made elsewhere. 2: Jewels Determine the Watch’s Quality Manufacturers often refer to the number of jewels they have in the watches to demonstrate its quality. However, extra jewels don’t always mean the watch is automatically higher quality. Primarily, jewels had been originally used in watches to reduce the friction in those parts of the watch that are most likely to experience heavy wear and tear. Since jewels are harder compared to metal, they are used to counter metal on metal wear. The most suitable jewels for this purpose are rubies, sapphires, and diamonds. However, the jewels that are often used today are rubies that have been synthetically created. So, since these jewels are synthetic and hardly of any value, they don’t really increase your watch’s value. So, if you come across a watch that has more jewels than other watches, it is better if you ask the purpose of the jewels before spending so much. 3: NASA Has Only One Official Watch Numerous articles on the web mention that the Omega Speedmaster is the only official watch of NASA which it trusts. However, this is far from the truth. NASA proves again and again that it has a good relationship with Omega since the Speedmaster has been used on many missions since 1962. In fact, it is the only watch that astronauts wore on their mission to the moon back in 1969. However, it is not the only official watch. NASA has deemed numerous watches as official watches certified for space travel. Apart from the Omega Speedmaster, other watches include the Timex Ironman and the Casio G-Shock. 4: Best Watches are Always Rolex Watches In the watch world, Rolex has made a name for itself and has become the manufacturer of some of the most desirable watches. Of course, factors like numerous innovations they have introduced to the world: excellent craftsmanship, and high-quality design are partially responsible for the hype, but it is also because of their incredible marketing campaigns! So, while Rolex is the most recognized platinum watch and is without a doubt one of the top players – there has been talks that watch enthusiasts state other manufacturers to be the more premium watchmakers in the industry. Depending on the things you look for in a watch, options from other manufacturers might suit you better. 5: Higher Price Ensures a Better Watch You’ve probably heard people discussing how sometime you pay for what you get, but that may not always be true. Of course, many only stand by this reason as this is the case with many other items like laptops. However, with watches, that might not always be the case. For instance, a Timex watch available at a much lower price might keep a much better time as compared to many highly priced watches available on the market. This is all really because of the watch’s movement. Generally, lower-priced watches make use of quartz movements which are not only cheap to produce but are highly accurate too. Meanwhile, high-end watches use mechanical movements that are not only more expensive and complicated to produce, but they also don’t tell the time any better than quartz watches do. At the same time, the design quality and craftsmanship of the highly priced mechanical watches will be much higher. Similarly, you should also expect a costly watch to last much longer and be more durable than the cheaper ones. Conclusion These five popular misconceptions about watches have been growing more and more popular so don’t be feel bad if you believed in them! The good thing is, now you know what is true and what is not. Head to WatchShopping to start shopping!

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  4. 10 Best Luxury Watches For World Travelers

    10 Best Luxury Watches For World Travelers

    Whether you find yourself on the road for business, the annual family holiday, or maybe you’re just an avid traveler – a watch is simply a travel essential as old as time itself. As any savvy traveler will tell you, the ideal wrist watch offers the right balance of quality, functionality and of course, style. Whether you find yourself lounging by the sea or exploring the streets of a new city, there are a number of watches that were designed to meet the demands of the modern traveler and all the needs that come with the journey. Luxury world time watches that will benefit globetrotters: 1: Rolex GMT-Master II The obvious choice. The Rolex GMT-Master II is an all-time classic and the ultimate travel watch that is versatile, functional and fashionable. Since it was conceived in the 1950s for transatlantic pilots crossing several time zones at once, the wearer is able to monitor two separate time zones. Whether it’s family, friends or work, the Rolex GMT-Master II allows you to eliminate the mental math when it comes to thinking in other time zones in the form of a beautiful timepiece. 2: Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time The ultimate convergence of class, durability and time telling – the Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time. It has long established itself as an essential among the most sophisticated of travelers. The bespoke design is bolstered with automatic Vacheron Constantin 2460 WT/1 movement, 150-meter depth water resistance rating and an antimagnetic build. The real gem is that this World Time watch doesn’t simply house 24 time zones, but rather all 37 including those also offset by 15 and 30-minute intervals. 3: Grand Seiko Heritage  With Grand Seiko, it’s the unseen technical details that make them so impressive. The high-beat movement ticks at 36,000 bpm (most high-end mechanical watches beat between 21,000 and 28,000 bpm), bolstering the insane accuracy and giving its seconds hand a much smoother movement than other similar options. 4: Sinn Uhren 857 UTC FVR Tested and certified to the German flight standards, this Sinn watch is essentially shockproof and can reliably operate at temperatures between -49 and 195 degrees fahrenheit. That makes it the no nonsense choice for the thrill-seeking adventurer. The watch also features two time zones and an aviation-inspired design. 5: Omega Speedmaster If it was durable enough for NASA astronauts during their visit to the moon, the Omega Speedmaster will be reliable enough for any travel adventure the road may throw your way. With its unique ability to measure distance and speed, the Omega Speedmaster is one of the most exceptional watches to carry on any journey. The simplicity in aesthetic make it a stylish choice that you can’t go wrong with. 6: Monta Skyquest The Monta Skyquest is a GMT that comes equipped with 300m of water resistance.  Also, an automatic Sellita SW330 movement and a power reserve of 42 hours. It is the perfect “tool watch” that you can take into the water without having to baby it like the Rolex GMT-Master II. The exquisite steel bracelet and rubber strap make for a beautiful design, while allowing you to have the peace of mind for whatever your trip throws at you. 7: Nomos Zürich World Time This model is more of an advanced GMT with a world city ring around it. But the Nomos Zürich World Time comes equipped with the brand’s DUW 5201 movement. It’s also 30m water resistance. The watch doesn’t display the hour for all 24 time zones individually. Instead, the city at the 12 o’clock dial corresponds to the time shown on the main dial. When the pusher at 2 o’clock dial is pressed, the world ring advanced to the next city. While the hour hand advanced one hour in perfect synchronicity. The clean aesthetic is the perfect options for the modern globetrotter. 8: Ball Engineer Master II Diver Worldtime Designed to withstand the harshest of conditions, the Ball Engineer Master II Diver Worldtime is the timepiece every explorer needs. This Ball watch will hold up particularly well for any and all globetrotting adventures. You can find yourself on top of Mount Everest. Or perhaps on Italy’s Mediterranean coastline, you’ll want a watch that holds up against all odds. 9: Farer Lander Automatic GMT The beautiful mid-century explorer look of the Farer Lander features a blue dial and leather wrist strap. The subtle 39.5mm x 10mm case pairs nicely with the bronze crown. While the model offers up to 100m of water resistance and automatic ETA 2893-2 movement. 10: Patek Philippe World Time Besides being one of the most elusive high-end timepieces, the Patek Philippe World Time is an efficient watch. You can locate a particular time zone with the simple push of a button. The impeccable design lends itself to the first-class traveler, as it seems it was meant to be worn next to business attire with its gold finishing. It is not only a real luxury watch but also a convenient one due to its dual timezone complications.

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  5. Watch Guide: How to Match Your Watch and Clothes

    Watch Guide: How to Match Your Watch and Clothes

    You’ve just splurged on a seriously nice timepiece. You want to show it off. But you might also want to take a deep breath and consider how you are wearing your watch. Mismatching your timepiece and your wardrobe will send a negative message out to the world. While no rules are absolute, there are some general guidelines for matching your watch with your clothing. Keep the Formality Levels in Line This one might sound easy but it’s surprising how many people make this watch mistake. Just because that watch is expensive doesn’t mean it goes with formal attire. Only one watch pairs well with a black-tie ensemble — a dress watch. Your high-end Omega dive watch, Rolex racing watch and Breitling pilot watches are great but these luxury watches don’t belong at the most formal of formal events. The dress watch should have a minimalist face and a black leather band (stay away from brown, which is more for business wear). Business wear gives you a little more leeway. While a dress watch such as the famed Patek Philippe Calatrava with a black alligator strap is still an option, business dress also lends itself to nice dive watches. If you want to go the dive watch route with a suit, think slim. Bulky dive watches clash with suits, so you want something slimmer with an elegant design and a leather strap. Keep it simple and traditional in gold or silver. If you choose a dive watch for business wear, wear it boldly. Remember that James Bond famously paired his elegant suits with a Rolex Submariner. The best of both worlds? Consider getting a watch that can be used in formal and business settings. A simple silver dress watch with a plain face in white, gray or black can be incredibly versatile. Use a black leather strap for a more formal look and a brown strap for business dress or even going smart casual. Wide Span of Smart Casual Dressing smart casual gives you lots of options to accessorize with your watch. This look spans a wide range. It can be easier for men, running from a dress button down paired with some slim-cut chinos or a blazer with grey flannel trousers and no tie. For women, a rule of thumb is avoiding outfits you would wear to work — no suits or skirts! Think a sharp blazer and dark tailored jeans, a blouse and dress pants, and really any look that feels fashionable without leaning to conservative. Smart casual dress is best paired with more casual-leaning timepieces such as racing, pilot and field watches. Keeping Things Totally Casual When you go totally casual your watch should too. Jeans and a t-shirt are perfectly matched with a field watch. But of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t break the rules. From David Beckham to Ellen DeGeneres, many a famous watch aficionado has donned a chronograph or dive watch while totally dressed down in the most casual of looks. A near universal constant, jeans and t-shirts can be paired with nearly anything and that applies to your watch choice as well. Casual also gives you the freedom to let your sporty side loose. A good sports watch with a rubber strap works with almost any casual ensemble. If you want a sports watch that you can wear with a variety of outfits, stay away from bold color schemes such as red, orange and yellow. While they‘re great to add some flair to your wardrobe, you will get more mileage out of basic black or deep navy. When Do I Wear My Smartwatch? By design, smartwatches are generally best paired with casual dress. Sure, an Apple Watch has stylish bands that make it look sleek. The Sony Smart Watch is a minimalist wonder. And the Intel-powered TAG Heuer? Well, that’s so strikingly similar to a mechanical watch you almost don’t realize that it’s a smartwatch. But just almost. Smartwatches never quite rise to the level of formal, or even appropriate for business or smart casual. (Maybe the TAG Heuer if nobody looks too closely!). So, if you have a smartwatch on your wrist, keep it casual. Selecting Straps for Shoes and Belts If you’re wearing brown shoes and a brown belt, a black leather watch strap will look out of place. And vice versa for black belts and shoes. This gets trickier with sports watches with rubber straps and field watches with NATO straps that come in a variety of colors. Find a color wheel online to see which colors match well with others to create an outfit that’s properly balanced. The Dos and Don’ts of Matching Metals Consider the other metal accessories you’ll be wearing when deciding whether to put on a gold or silver watch. From rings, earrings and necklaces to belt buckles and cufflinks, you don’t want a predominantly silver motif clashing with a gold watch. And the opposite as well. Consider the colors of your outfits. If you’re wearing a color scheme with blacks, grays and blues, go with a silver watch. If you’re dressing in earth tones and shades of tan and brown, best to complement with a gold watch. While you shouldn’t wear your Apple Watch to a black-tie gala, or a dress Patek Philippe for a pick-up game of basketball, don’t get too bogged down with the rules. Consider the guidelines and then just do what you think best matches your innate sense of personal style!

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  6. Watch Fashion: Tom Ford’s First Watch

    Watch Fashion: Tom Ford’s First Watch

    The big news in the watch world right now is that Tom Ford has released their first watch. The natural question for any timepiece or fashion enthusiast to ask is if it is worth buying. Below, we introduce the Tom Ford brand and give our thoughts on their new watch. Company History The mastermind behind this prestigious brand is a modern renaissance man, given that he has had a massively successful career in both film and fashion. After working at Gucci and Saint Laurent in his early days, he started his own company. He named that company after himself, Tom Ford. With the help of the experience he amassed at those established luxury brands, his new company took off quickly and became one of the most recognizable names on the planet. www.instagram.com/p/BnmJjDWAhQl/?taken-by=tomford Their Place in the Fashion World Currently, Tom Ford is one of the premier names in the luxury fashion space. Not only have they developed a reputation in fashion circles, but their notoriety has leaked into popular culture. Many movies, television shows and songs feature a mention of Tom Ford, further adding to its legacy. Though there are many brands in this space, Tom Ford has established themselves as one of the few that fashion enthusiasts need to pay attention to. www.instagram.com/p/Bnb5TtVgNCe/?taken-by=tomford The Watch Now, onto the Tom Ford 001 watch. The first thing you should know is that Tom Ford is not making a massive play into the watch market. That means that they have not revealed many different models, instead opting for just one. It does come with a variety of metal colors, straps, and dial colors, but at the moment, your options are limited. The following points are the most important things to know about this new watch. Source from Official Website Style – If you like to put watches into categories, this piece would likely fall into the “dress” style. It is minimalistic, somewhat small and built to convey classiness over anything else. One thing to note is that it is exclusively square shaped, so if you prefer round watches, this piece may not be your best choice. The design of the watch is not at all “busy,” instead featuring a simple design and subtle branding. Overall, this piece is a classic, minimalistic, square dress watch. Origin – One thing that Tom Ford emphasizes in their branding is that these watches are Swiss made. As many of you know, Switzerland is the world capital of luxury watches, so having that craftsmanship goes a long way. They also advertise that their leather straps come from Italy and France, which both have a reputation for exceptional leather production. Price – Though each timepiece looks roughly the same, its variants have prices ranging from $2,190 to $9,900. The differences in cost primarily stem from the materials used in them, which we detail in the next section. Source from Official Website Materials – One thing that is roughly the same about each watch is their leather straps. They come in various colors and style, but each is made from genuine leather. The primary aspect that separates them is the material of the case. Options are classic stainless steel or 18K gold. Movement – Unlike most watches in this price range, this piece features quartz movement. What makes this questionable is that almost every other watch above $1,000 has a mechanical movement. This means that the inside of the timepiece is a complex machine carrying out the process of telling the time. The movement of these watches is one of their top selling points. On the other hand, quartz movements are generally used on affordable watches and this is the movement Tom Ford chose to use. This leads us to believe that they are relying on brand reputation and aesthetics, rather than fully on their craftsmanship. While we cannot tell you what to do with your money, we have provided some guidance based on what we know about this watch. The first thing you should do is go back to your budget and see what is the best option for you. If you feel like splurging – then by all means. But if not, maybe put this in your bookmark for a later time. Source from Official Website Every watch buyer is different and you might decide that you don’t mind much about the inside of your watch. Instead, you can focus on the aesthetics and brand appeal. If you like the small size, square shape, minimalist vibe, and brand behind this watch, feel free to go ahead with a purchase. Ultimately, your decision to buy comes down to your priorities. What matters most to you? Whenever a big name company comes out with a new product, it is worth taking a look. Such is the case with Tom Ford and their new watch. This watch could be an excellent pick for fans of the brand. Whatever decision you make, you can now make it with confidence.

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  7. Watch Buying Guide: Mid-Range Luxury Watches

    Watch Buying Guide: Mid-Range Luxury Watches

    Mid-Range Luxury Watches The first decision every watcher-buyer has to make is what price range they will target. For those looking for pure utility, they can spend under $50 on a basic quartz or digital watch. For collectors and enthusiasts, these affordable options don’t cut it and they opt for something in the mid-luxury luxury watches category ($1,000-10,000 roughly). This is an excellent pocket of the watch market, as it features incredible pieces from established brands, but doesn’t come with exorbitant price tags. Below, we explain exactly how to shop in this prestigious price range. Mid-Range Luxury Watches: What This Range Has to Offer One of the biggest misconceptions in the watch world is that high prices are the result of marketing schemes. While advertising, celebrity endorsements, and brand mystique do play a role in pricing, the primary drivers of cost are tangible. The following are the most crucial of those factors. Materials – The most common material that affordable and luxury watches are made from is steel. Don’t think that materials are all the same, though. Instead, there are different grades of steel that are higher quality and are more likely to keep their shine. Additionally, some watches are made from precious metals and expensive ceramic, which offer much more than cheap steel. Ruggedness – One of the most alluring aspects of expensive watches is that they often work in extreme conditions, such as being deep underwater. The reason for this capability is their construction, which is particularly excellent. When you opt for luxury, you are generally choosing from timepieces that are very rugged and built to last. Movement Type – One of the most recognizable differences between this price range and affordable pieces is movement type. The vast majority of low-priced watches feature a simple quartz movement, while luxury watches have complicated mechanical movements. For the most devoted watch enthusiasts, a mechanical movement is required. Quartz gets the job done, but is not as sought after by collectors. Movement Quality – As you might imagine, not all movements are equal. Some of the cheaper ones lose or gain seconds every day, which means resetting your watch often. Additionally, affordable automatic (self-winding mechanical) watches frequently malfunction and stop working after a short period of ownership. When you target luxury brands, you get high-quality movements that are accurate and built to last. Mid-Range Luxury Watches: How to Choose Though a multitude of factors go into choosing the right mid-range luxury watch, starting with the following three will narrow your search significantly. Price – If you’re interested in mid-tier luxury, you have already chosen a price range of roughly $1,000-10,000. This is quite an extensive range, though, so you may want to be more specific. Are you looking for something in the low thousands, or are you more interested in a price near ten thousand? This is the first question you need to ask yourself because it will do a great job of bringing the market into focus. Watch Style – The five primary watch styles are diving, dress, aviation, driving, and minimalist. Once you figure out your price range, you can look towards these different styles and decide which is right for you. If you take part in diving, flying or driving, choosing the matching genre of watch is a great idea. Still, don’t get locked into the mindset of matching interests to watch style. If you do not take part in those activities, but enjoy their style and feel free to purchase one of them. Watch Brands – If shopping by style is not your preference, you can choose a brand instead. While there are many mid-range luxury watches in this space, there are much fewer companies than there are individual watches. If you can select which timepiece manufacturer appeals to you the most, you can narrow your options down and choose from a much smaller pool. Best Brands for Mid-Range Luxury Watches There are thousands of brands trying to make a play in mid-range luxury watches world, but a choice few have managed to separate themselves from the competition. To make your shopping process more straightforward, we have divided them into two tiers. The first features brands that are priced from around $1,000-5,000. The second go for more like $5,000-10,000. Group #1 – In this category, you are getting exceptional pieces at somewhat affordable prices. These watches almost always have mechanical movements, excellent materials, and solid craftsmanship, making them an excellent buy. The top brands that fit into this group are Longines, Oris, Tag Heuer, Omega, Breitling and Tudor. Though some of these companies will offer watches above $5,000, the majority can be had for cheaper. Group #2 – In this range, you get every bit of the quality of group #1, but now with even better craftsmanship. What that will mean for you is a longer lasting and more accurate piece. Our favorite brands from this group are Rolex, Jaeger LeCoultre, Zenith, Blancpain and Panerai. Of all of them, Rolex has the most respected name, but you really can’t go wrong with any of them. Now that you know the ins and outs of the mid-range luxury watches, you can go shopping for your next piece with confidence. As long as you follow this guide, you are sure to be satisfied with your purchase. Good luck!

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  8. Watch Buying Guide: Best Men’s Watches Under $3,000

    Watch Buying Guide: Best Men’s Watches Under $3,000

    For those looking to get the best value on a statement watch, there are a number of affordable men’s watches on the market that don’t skip a beat. A nice watch is something that everybody deserves in their lifetime. In reality, sometimes a luxury timepiece is not always the top priority. While you may be working hard towards one day acquiring that Rolex, Patek Philippe or Audemars Piguet, there are a number of more affordable options that still offer outstanding design, top-notch quality and will satisfy even the most devoted of watchmaking enthusiasts. Here are some of the best men’s watches under $3,000 that are as affordable as they are substantial. Tag Heuer Carrera The Tag Heuer Carrera effortlessly blends sophisticated design with ultimate precision. The model was released in 1963 to celebrate the famous Carrera Panamericana auto race. These auto racing roots remain evident in this Swiss-made Carrera to this day with its dependability and precision. The classic, yet contemporary sports watch lends a minimalist design that is fitting for the office or a casual outing with friends. If you want a beautifully simple watch that can survive pretty much anything, this particular Tag Heuer Carrera is certainly worth a look. Bell & Ross BR V1-92 Bell & Ross excels at taking vintage-inspired designs and bringing them to the forefront with a modern twist. The Bell & Ross Vintage BR V1-92 is no different. The clean lines, dial design and well-proportioned case make for a simple and refined choice. The model incorporates a BR-Cal.302 (Bell & Ross’ take on the Sellita SW300-1) for a respectable automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve that allows for its great price point. Oris Aquis Date  Finding a quality diving watch at a reasonable price range is no easy feat. Fortunately, the Oris Aquis Date Diver is one of the few that manages to effectively straddle the line. With its strong design and high-performance capabilities, the Aquis boasts real-world functionality that is committed to using 100 percent mechanical movements. Oris is consistently regarded as one of the best-values among Swiss watches, making the Oris Aquis an overall excellent choice for a watch. Maurice Lacroix Pontos Day Date The innovative Maurice Lacroix Pontos is truly a purist’s dream. The model brilliantly blends the best of Swiss watchmaking tradition and technical mastery with a modern minimalistic design. The mechanical heart immediately stands out upon first glance and gives the timepiece its character and personality. This Maurice Lacroix Pontos Day Date is particularly attractive for those who appreciate the technical side without compromising style. Tudor Heritage Ranger Registered in 1926 by Rolex, Tudor was positioned for its offering of affordable timepieces without diluting the brand name. The Tudor Heritage Ranger is perhaps the most emblematic of its models that typifies the original spirit of the Tudor Oyster Price that dates back to the 1960s. The timepiece features subtle touches of modern design and equipped with up-to-date technical features of the brand for a fantastic casual and sporty look. Seiko Presage At the price range of a Seiko, it’s hard to go wrong. One of the best-kept secrets in watchmaking (value-wise), is the Seiko Presage collection. Combining a Japanese artisanal design with Seiko’s traditional mechanical heritage, the Presage may very well be the best bang for your buck. The straightforward timepiece features a monochromatic design that will surely age gracefully as the years pass. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra  Originally created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Omega, the Omega Seamaster collection quickly became one of the brand’s most famous models throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Its sporty look grew even more famous in the ’90s when it became the official watch of James Bond. The iconic look of this Omega watch with striking blue against steel wrist is a versatile and valuable piece in your rotation. This is high-precision watchmaking at an affordable price if you’re on the market for a men’s watch.  NOMOS Glashütte Club 38 Campus The sleek and sophisticated bilingual dial of the NOMOS Glashütte Club Campus 38 makes it easy to dress it up or casually. NOMOS Glasshute carries an elegant style that looks great with a suit or while you’re traveling the world. The 38.5mm dial and stainless steel casing contrast beautifully against the black leather strap. It is also water-resistant to 100 meters. Its beauty lies in its aesthetic, outstanding materials and overall clean look. It’s the relaxed, fun and youthful style of the timepiece that is particularly appealing. Breitling Colt Automatic The Breitling Colt has everything you need in an automatic Swiss timepiece. This watch is durable and still lends itself to a particularly youthful and energetic aesthetic. Originally intended for the Armed Forces, the Colt Automatic features a sturdy case for optimal protection. It is water-resistant to 200 meters and houses a chronometer-certified self-winding movement. Tissot T-Sport PRS 516 Automatic Chronograph This Tissot Chronograph from the Tissot T-Sport collection is proudly sporty and athletic in its look and spirit. The brand’s heritage is rooted in automobile racing, which goes back to the 1960s. The case is in beautiful stainless steel with a black tachymeter bezel that is highlighted with bold accents along with the seconds hands and pushers. We hope that this has helped you out a bit in your search for the best men’s watches without spending over $3,000.

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  9. Watch Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right Gift

    Watch Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right Gift

    Here’s the situation: A special day is coming up for someone you care about, and you want to buy them the perfect watch. Unfortunately, you don’t know much about the timepiece market. You want to get them the right gift, but you don’t know where to start. We understand this predicament and are here to help! Choose Your Price Range The first decision you need to make is on price. The reason is that once you know your price range, your number of choices will be cut down significantly. This will make your job of buying a watch much easier. One thing you should note about price is that a cheap watch is not always a low-quality watch. There are many reasons why timepieces have different prices, but less expensive models are not “bad” just because they cost less. Instead, there are a variety of factors that make a certain watch more expensive, and once you look into them, you may find that you aren’t interested in paying extra. Pick a Movement Type Second, you should choose what movement the watch will be. There are three choices. First is manual, which are old-fashioned watches that need to be wound by hand. These pieces will have complicated inner workings and a vintage feel, but winding yourself can be tedious. Second is quartz, which features a simple battery powered movement. These watches will generally be less expensive than the other two types and are not the preferred choice of serious watch collectors. Lastly, there is automatic movement, which is the best of both worlds. The watches that feature it have the same complex insides of manual pieces, but they are self-winding. These watches are often quite expensive, but you can still find some in the affordable price range. Consider Choosing by Genre One method you may want to use in choosing the right gift is sticking to the five primary watch genres. They are: Diving – Built to function deep underwater, with some working at even 300 meters deep. They are often very well made and have features that a diver might use, like luminous dials. Dress – Understated, smaller pieces that are meant to complement formal wear. More often than not, they have a leather strap rather than steel. They usually have no functions beyond keeping time, as they are primarily used as a piece of jewelry. Aviation – Expect “busy” dials that feature a lot of information and aviation capabilities like compasses and chronographs. Driving – The primary feature that driving watches will have is a chronograph, which is essentially a built-in stopwatch. Additionally, driving watches may have added features like tachymeters, which measure speed. Minimalist – For those who do not want the bells and whistles of a specialized genre, there are minimalist watches. They will have very few design features and capabilities, and instead will focus on simple style. Match Features to Lifestyle Hundreds of features can come with a timepiece. When choosing the perfect gift, think about the person you are buying it for. For exercise buffs, a fitness tracking watch would be best. For someone who frequently wears formal clothing, you should consider a dress watch. If that person is a pilot, an aviation watch would be great. And if they love the outdoors, a rugged camping watch works best. The point is, you should think about the person you are buying for and choose a watch based on the life they live. Settle on a Shape The four most common watch shapes are round, square, rectangle and oval. Though there are many more options out there, these four are standard. Within this group, the round shape is by far the most popular. Unless you think your loved one will enjoy a different shape, you should probably stick to circular pieces. Decide What Size is Best Choosing what size the watch should be comes down to two factors. First is context. In general, smaller pieces are more applicable to formal settings. So, if you choose a dress watch, you will likely want it to be small or moderately sized. If instead, your loved one will wear their watch at more casual events, you can go larger. The second factor is wrist size. Smaller timepieces are best on small wrists, while bigger watches work well on larger wrists. Compare Band Options The majority of watches are capable of being removed from whatever band they are in and added to another. This means that you get to choose exactly what the gift will look like, from top to bottom. When deciding, your two primary options are leather and bracelet. There are some subcategories within both, but the most important choice is between these two variants. When choosing a timepiece as a gift, you have endless options. Though this is a good thing in a lot of ways, it is also overwhelming. Luckily, can start narrowing down those choices by following this guide. Once you do, you’ll end up with the perfect gift.

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  10. Watch Guide: NFL Stars and Their Luxury Watches

    Watch Guide: NFL Stars and Their Luxury Watches

    From Rolex and Patek Philippe to Panerai and Breitling, NFL stars love their luxury watches. You can almost always catch top players with high-end timepieces on their wrists when they’re off the field. And sometimes on! Take a look at some of today’s football greats and the amazing watches they wear. Rolex is a Touchdown With NFL Stars Rolex is by far the most popular watch in the NFL. Here are just a few of the top players that sport the luxury Swiss watch brand. Many call him “Matty Ice” but you could also call Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan “Kermit.” The latter is the nickname of the green-themed Rolex Submariner that’s often seen on Ryan’s wrist. With a vibrant green bezel that beautifully contrasts a black dial, the discontinued 16610LV sports watch is a must-have for serious collectors. Ryan’s teammate Julio Jones is all about the Sky-Dweller. Considered one of the best wide receivers to ever play the game, Jones also makes a statement off the field with the Everrose timepiece. The Sky-Dweller is a newer entry in the Rolex line, having debuted in 2012. It’s since gained acclaim for its durability and practical functions in a sophisticated package. Staying with Atlanta, running back Devonta Freeman makes a big impact with his yellow gold Day-Date Rolex President. At 41 millimeters, Freeman’s Day-Date is larger than most others in the line and stands out as an enviable dress watch. The Day-Date President has been a prestige timepiece since its debut in 1956, crafted completely of precious metals with a design that never feels dated. More Rolex Timepieces Known for his bold fashion choices, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton wears a Rolex Yacht-Master II when he’s off the field. One of the first luxury sports watches to garner international attention, the Rolex Yacht-Master has embodied the spirit of sailing since the 1950s. The chronograph that was crafted to withstand the rigors of regattas is a quintessential model of combining practical functions and timeless style. www.instagram.com/p/Bl3teT7nguR/?hl=en The star quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys often has a Rolex Datejust 41 on his wrist. Much like Dak Prescott’s classic style when he strolls red carpets, the Datejust is the epitome of enduring elegance. The watch debuted in 1945 and later incarnations have maintained the unique design that makes it one of the world’s most recognizable watches. Dak’s Datejust 41 features a dark rhodium dial that’s offset by 18 carat gold hour markers. A jubilee bracelet completes the classic design. Russell Wilson, the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, has also been spotted wearing a Datejust. www.instagram.com/p/BWqB5AXj4mP/?hl=en De’Anthony Thomas is a big fan of the Rolex Daytona. The Kansas City Chief’s wide receiver has been spotted with his gold Rolex Daytona during warm-ups for the Valero Alamo Bowl. While it’s never been verified by photos or video, legend has it Thomas wore the watch during all four quarters. True or not, the Daytona is a good choice to withstand the blows of an NFL game. Check out a brief history on Rolex watches here. A Saint Who Sports Panerai As iconic as the city he plays for, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has a collection of Panerai watches. The Italian watchmakers have been crafting exclusive timepieces in Florence since 1860. “Breesus,” as he’s known by fans, has been spotted wearing a Historic Base Panerai Luminor, a minimalistic marvel with a black dial and vintage-style cream-colored markers. Playing for Patek Philippe Malik Jackson’s first really big purchase was a Patek Philippe. The defensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars dropped $150,000 on a Patek Philippe World Time soon after he solidified his spot in the NFL. The watch models are recognizable by their dials that track multiple time zones, while the limited production has made them sought-after watches since their debut in the 1930s. But Malik didn’t stop there! He soon picked up a Patek Nautilus in rose gold and a Patek Philippe 5205 in white gold to complete his collection. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is apt to have a Patek Philippe Calatrava gracing his wrist. His go-to Calatrava has a rose gold case with a sapphire crystal back and Patek’s trademark hobnail-style bezel. An enamel dial features Roman numerals and Rodgers finishes his watch with a sophisticated brown alligator strap. A Big Fan of Breitling One of the most fashion-forward players in the NFL has a love for Breitling timepieces. New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. gets attention for his talented work on the field. It’s hard not to notice his wild mane of floppy blond hair and the creative designs shaved into his scalp. But he’s also got a sophisticated side and we’re as likely to spot Beckham looking formal in a tailored suit at galas and events. That’s where you’ll see him wearing a custom diamond-encrusted Breitling chronograph. Wherever you find sports stars, you will encounter luxury timepieces and the NFL is no exception.

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  11. 5 Types of Watch Bezels and How to Read Them

    5 Types of Watch Bezels and How to Read Them

    First, let’s go over what a watch bezel is for those who are not familiar with the various parts that make up watches. The watch bezel is the ring surrounding a watch that holds the crystal in place above the dial. Depending on the watch, they can be made from a variety of material. The most common are steel and ceramic, but some pieces use more expensive metals like silver or gold. Now that you understand what a watch bezel is, we can move on to the history of them. This history is somewhat unclear, but sometime around the 1950’s, watch companies began adding additional information to their bezels. They already had a basic function and an aesthetic appeal, but this shift brought a whole new level of utility. In the modern era, there are many auxiliary functions a bezel can be crafted to carry out. We explain the five most common bezel styles below. 1: GMT GMT bezels allow the wearer to keep time in two different time zones at once. The way it does this is by engraving a 24-hour timescale on the bezel, which is in addition to the typical 12-hour scale on the dial. While all GMT bezels have this, there are two different variants for actually keeping the time. First, your watch might have a GMT hand that tracks the time without you having the move the bezel. Second, you might have a bezel that rotates and no additional hand. Typical types of people who use GMT watch bezels are pilots and those who do a lot of business in other time zones. 2: Elapsed Time While certain watches have a chronograph to carry out the function of precise timekeeping, many of them do not. What an elapsed time bezel does it make it easy for you to count seconds or minutes passed, rather than needing to do arithmetic in your head. All you do is turn the bezel until zero matches up with the current time. These types of watch bezels are frequently found in dive watches due to a diver’s need for exact timekeeping. One fun fact about these bezels is that they only turn clockwise. This is a safety feature for divers who rely on their bezel to time how much oxygen they have left. If they bump their watch and the bezel shifts, it will tell them that they have less time, rather than more. 3: Compass Some watch bezels come with compasses drawn on them. They will feature indicators of North, South, East, and West, and often will have markings in between those indicators for more precise measurement. To use one of these, you need to orient yourself correctly. The best way to do so is by using the sun. First, remember that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Next, figure out if the sun is rising or setting. Last, orient yourself so that east or west is pointed at the sun. You now know which direction to head. These types of bezels are most often used by outdoor adventurers. 4: Countdown Timer This type of watch bezel is the exact opposite of the elapsed time style. To use it, you need to match the number you want to count down from on the bezel to the current time. One use of this bezel is the ability to synchronize with others. This watch bezel comes in handy for people that work in aviation or the military. One more function is for runners or bikers who may want to time their workout. 5: Tachymeter The Tachymeter bezel is almost always found on watches with a chronograph because its function is to convert distance into speed, and vice versa. A chronograph is a very common watch feature that functions as a stopwatch. What the tachymeter does is let you find the unknown distance or speed, given that you have one of them already and combine it with time elapsed. One example of this is if you are a race-car driver and you travel for one mile in thirty seconds. Using these two metrics, you can find how fast you were going on your bezel. That number would be 120 MPH. This type of watch bezel is a favorite of driving enthusiasts and pilots. In the world of timepieces, you have a significant amount of choices. The most common are brand, price range, materials and style, but there are a few critical decisions that fly under the radar. One of them is watch bezel type. You don’t want to end up with a watch bezel that is of no use to you. When choosing your next watch, think about the utility and aesthetics of watch bezels and decide which serves your needs best. When you do, you will be one step closer to purchasing the perfect watch for your needs.

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