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  2. The Recent Rise in Smartwatches

    The Recent Rise in Smartwatches

    You can probably assume just from personal experience that smartwatches are on the rise. The data backs this assertion up, too. The following are how many million units were sold in the last few years, plus a forecast for the final result of 2018. 2014 – 5 2015 – 19 2016 – 38 2017 – 75 2018 – 141 As you can see, smartwatches are starting to dominate the timepiece market. We explain the history of these devices, why they’re booming right now, and what the future might look like in the sections below. Origins Though smartwatches seem like a relatively new phenomenon, people have been throwing this term around for a long time. In fact, many call the 1972 Hamilton Pulsar the first smartwatch because it managed to use a digital display, rather than a conventional analog. Moving on the 80’s, Seiko took a lead role in adding intelligent functions to their pieces. This process involved products that could display cable television, had sophisticated calculators, incorporated tiny radios, and more. In the 90’s, we started to see pieces that looked a lot more like the ones we have today. The Seiko MessageWatch is an excellent example, as it could display stock market prices, sports results, and weather data. Early 2000’s The turn of the century brought many watches that look like rudimentary versions of the products we have today. Some of the most prominent include the Fossil Palm Pilot, Microsoft SPOT, and Garmin Forerunner. Though much less powerful, these machines could carry out functions like saving phone numbers, keeping a to-do list, managing your calendar, and tracking fitness data. The Recent Boom The truth about smartwatches is that the initial models were both expensive and lacking in functionality. The same was true of the cell phone, computer, and almost every other form of groundbreaking technology. Recently, scores of excellent manufacturers have started jumping into the smartwatch market and making products that put their predecessors to shame. The reason is that they have remedied the two fatal flaws of earlier smartwatches. What is Driving This Rise? The following are the two crucial factors that are driving the smartwatch industries meteoric rise. Falling Prices – The first watch we mentioned, the Hamilton Pulsar, was priced at $2,100 in 1972. Adjusted for inflation, that is almost $13,000 in today’s money. All that money for a simple digital display! As you can imagine, only a tiny portion of the population could afford it. Today, smartwatches can be had for as little as $50, and even the most expensive of them usually do not exceed $1,000. Increased Functionality – Let’s compare to a watch of the past again. The Fossil Palm Pilot wowed people of its time with the ability to make notes, keep a calendar, and store phone numbers. Today, those are basic functions that consumers take for granted while paying more attention to sending texts, making calls, surfing the web, and more. What Shortcoming Do Smartwatches Still Have? Though these pieces of technology have come a long way, they still face the hurdle that is battery life. To understand why, think about other types of watches. Quartz pieces operate on a battery and often can function on one charge for multiple years. Automatic and manual timepieces operate indefinitely, albeit the occasional winding and some maintenance from a professional. Smartwatches, on the other hand, often can only function for one full day on a charge. While we deal with similar issues with our phones and laptops, there are many people out there that don’t want to maintain their watch nearly every day. What Does the Future Look Like? Smartwatches have hit a sweet spot of growing demand, quickly improve technology, and reasonable prices. The result of those factors leads us to believe that they aren’t going away anytime soon, if ever. What makes the future so bright for these products is that they are fast becoming lifestyle companions for consumers in the Western world. Every day, thousands of consumers are giving these watches a try and finding that they increase quality of life substantially. Once somebody gets into the habit of using something, they usually don’t stop. That should mean high retention rates for smartwatch companies. Another issue watch enthusiasts wonder about is how much of a market share smartwatches will take from conventional pieces. In our opinion, there will be an effect, but old-fashioned watches definitely aren’t going away. People will still want the high status that comes with luxury products, the aesthetics of good looking pieces, and the rugged capabilities of survival watches. Ultimately, consumers are more likely to purchase smartwatches in addition to conventional ones, rather than the former replacing the latter. As you can see, smartwatches have come a long way from the 70’s. Today, they are essentially small, hyper-useful computers that can be had for reasonable prices. These attributes combine to make us believe that the future is bright for this product and it could make its way into your life soon. If you’re sold on them already, check out some of the most popular brands: Apple, Samsung, Garmin, ASUS, Motorola, and Pebble. Going with one of those established names should guarantee your satisfaction.

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  3. 9 Iconic Watches from Memorable Movies

    9 Iconic Watches from Memorable Movies

    Built for action, speed and romantic moments, the iconic watches we’ve seen in Hollywood movies are as memorable as the films themselves. While there are definitely a lot of iconic watches from movies, lets take a look at nine of them below. Iconic Watches in Movies 1. Jaeger-LeCoultre in the Dark Knight Trilogy Image by: Ikonwatches.com One of the most iconic watches from movies. Most importantly, Bruce Wayne’s undoubted favorite watch brand is Jaeger-LeCoultre. In Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises, we see Christian Bale as the billionaire Wayne. He is sporting a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grand Date. The symbolism was not lost on keen-eyed fans. Much like the duality of Wayne and his alter-ego Batman, the Reverso has a swiveling case that flips to reveal a hidden side. 2. Ryan Gosling Wears Patek Philippe in Drive Playing a nameless Hollywood stuntman with an ice-cold worldview was Ryan Gosling.  He finds his heart in saving a woman and her young son from killers. The book on which the film is based tells us that Gosling’s character cares little for material possessions. Well, except for the watch given to him by his father. The Patek Philippe we see on screen is a not an actual model though. Instead, it’s a Hollywood creation based on the Calatrava collection. Five replicas were crafted and Gosling got to keep one after filming wrapped. 3. Tom Cruise Goes With IWC in Collateral Set in the Los Angeles underworld, Collateral features Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx. Cruise is a high-priced hitman who enlists unwitting taxi driver (played by Foxx) to ferry him on a late-night killing spree. Stylish, but prepared for a rough-and-tumble night, the hitman chooses the perfect watch for elegance and durability. The IWC Vintage Ingenieur Automatic has a tough stainless steel case. It has a front and back crystals and an integrated shock absorber. A sophisticated black alligator leather strap finishes the fine timepiece. 4. Leonardo DiCaprio Dons Breitling in Blood Diamond Leonardo DiCaprio takes a tough-as-nails watch on his adventure in Sierra Leone. Playing a mercenary alongside Djimon Hounsou, Leo tromps across West African terrain. He wore a Breitling Chrono Avenger on a quest for a rare gem. The Avenger is built for the challenge, featuring a solid titanium case. It is also shockproof and resistant to water up to 300 meters. DiCaprio’s version has a black dial and a brown leather strap. 5. Pulp Fiction Shows Love for Lancet Image by: WatchUSeek This might be one of the strangest scenes in a film full of wonderful strangeness. Pulp Fiction puts the spotlight on a Lancet watch. As Christopher Walken explains in his offbeat monologue, the Swiss-made World War One Lancet trench wristwatch was popular in the US in the early 20th century. He tells a tale to a young boy (later played by a grown-up Bruce Willis) including details of hiding the watch in a Vietnamese prison camp. Recovering the watch spins plot twists that include an S&M slave, Samurai-style killings and ultimate redemption. 6. Steve McQueen Makes the TAG Heuer Monaco Famous Maybe one of the more iconic watches is this one. Inspired by the Monaco Grand Prix, the Heuer Monaco was an obvious choice for Steve McQueen to sport in the Formula One racing movie Le Mans. Throughout the 1971 film, McQueen’s race-car-driver character wears the watch. Which is notable as the world’s first square-shaped chronograph. While the watch has seen some updates over the decades, the TAG Heuer Monaco produced today is much like the original. McQueen’s watch from the film sold at an auction for over 600 thousand dollars. 7. Alec Baldwin Brandishes a Rolex in Glenngarry Glenross Image by: Spotern.com One of Alec Baldwin’s most memorable movie scenes, his Always Be Closing speech in Glenngarry Glenross.  It is made even more indelible because of his gold Rolex Day-Date. Baldwin uses the watch as a symbol of his success as he terrorizes a group of unscrupulous real estate agents. 8. Christian Bale’s Rolex in American Psycho Image by: TimeandTidewatches Do you remember American Psycho? The movie stars Christian Bale as a Wall Street banker with a love for brutal and bloody deeds. The character needed a high-end watch to go with his lavish lifestyle. Of course not every watchmaker wanted their brand associated with on-screen slaughter. In a compromise, Rolex allowed the use of its Datejust as long as the watch wasn’t worn during the film’s more gruesome moments. 9. Doctor Strange Wears Jaeger-LeCoultre Image by: HodinkeeOn a fateful evening, the well-heeled Doctor Strange strapped on a Jaeger‑LeCoultre watch. It was a Master Ultra Thin Perpetual and Doctor Strange went for a drive. The ensuing accident puts him on a journey that bestows time-bending powers. The film stars actor Benedict Cumberbatch. We get a look at the stunning timepiece as it sits in Strange’s watch winder. 10. Omega Speedmaster in Apollo 13 Image by: Lot-art.com Staying true to reality, the 1995 film Apollo 13 puts NASA-approved Omega Speedmasters on the wrists of its astronauts. The iconic watch plays a pivotal role in the film as it did in real life. The amazing cast included Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton. With capsule clocks powered down, the astronauts have to time their precarious entry into Earth’s orbit using wristwatches. The next time you go to the movies be sure to take note of what the stars are wearing on their wrists. Iconic watches are more easy to recognize than you might imagine. Chances are the choices of watches are more than simple wardrobe accessories, but likely on the iconic watches side.

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  4. Boo! 8 Spooky Watches for Halloween

    Boo! 8 Spooky Watches for Halloween

    Sure, you’ve got a few ideas about costumes for Halloween, but have you thought about what you will put on your wrist? Celebrate ghouls and goblins with watches that perfectly match the witching season. From skull motifs to ghost designs and spine-chilling spiders, here are watches that perfectly complement your Halloween. 1: Hublot Celebrates with Skulls Watches While technically odes to the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead, Hublot’s Big Bang Calaveras make great accessories to wear during the Halloween season. The limited-edition Calaveras from the Swiss watchmaker capture the colorful spirit of the undead with floral designs integrated into the carved-skull motifs. For even more colorful fun, check out the Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull line. These singular timepieces feature dials that are embroidered with traditional Day of the Dead-style skulls in an eye-popping variety of hues. Honor the spirit world with designs in vibrant turquoise, fiery orange, bold blue, and soft pink. Spooking has never been such fun! 2: Bejeweled Skulls with Romain Jerome Watches Romain Jerome is another luxury Swiss watchmaker that pays homage to Día de los Muertos. The first incarnation of their Day of the Dead-inspired watches features simple skull appliques on black dials with black PVD-coated cases of stainless steel and black leather straps featuring tang buckles. They later got more elaborate. The subsequent Clásico models have bezels with mini skulls and floral engravings. Some pieces in the Clasico line have faces that are covered with miniature skulls, and skull appliques with diamonds and rubies for teeth. 3: HYT Spooks with Liquid Time Yet again hailing from Switzerland, HYT gets into the skull-watch game with a twist…fluid! While water clocks have been in use since ancient times, HYT was the first to figure out how to put the time-honored technique on a wrist. How about a black-and-gold titanium timepiece with fluid that flows around a skull to show the hour? Last year HYT debuted its first pocket watch and continued its love of skull-themed designs. With no hands, the Skull Pocket shows the time with clear and colored liquids that meet to indicate the hour. 4: Creepy Crawlers on the Invicta Sea Spiders Get sporty with your Halloween accessorizing. Available in a variety of bold colors and intriguing designs, the Invicta Sea Spider is a tough and lightweight timepiece that goes with just about anything. Many of the models are perfect for trick-or-treating. Most notably are the watches with large spider charms that sit astride the 7 o’clock position, seemingly poised to crawl across a dial with a spider-web texture. 5: Gucci Gets its Ghost On Gucci has famously teamed with snowboarder-turned-artist Trevor Andrew for the Gucci Ghost line of clothing and accessories. It began as a fluke. In 2012, Andrew was looking for a last-minute Halloween costume and cut two holes in a Gucci sheet to go out as a ghost. His alter ego “Gucci Ghost” was born! He soon incorporated the iconic double-G Gucci logo in his art. The company took notice and Andrew’s affiliation was made official. Flash forward and Andrew joined forces with Italian fashion designer Alessandro Michele to create the Black G-Timeless Gucci Ghost Watch. A unisex timepiece that captures the spirit of Halloween, the watch has a playful ghost on its black face and a sapphire crystal lens. A black stainless steel PVD-coated case and sturdy black rubber strap complete the spooktacular watch. 6: Enjoy Fright Night with Fendi Watches How about a demon-eye design that seems to stare daggers at you? Pick up the Fendi Black Stainless Steel Monster Watch. Bold luminescent yellow eyes peer out from a pitch-black dial. The watch’s hands seem to form menacing eyebrows when they’re at the ten and two o’clock positions. Dual chronograph hands create feline-like pupils on the glaring eyes. A black satin-brushed stainless-steel case and Fendi’s trademark Cunoio Romano calfskin leather strap complete the eerie timepiece. 7: High-End Horror with Richard Mille Watches If you’ve got extra half a million dollars lying around, pick up a Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull for this year’s Halloween. That is if you can even find one of the prized 21 watches that were made. Arguably the world’s most-unique skull-themed watch, the RM 052 incorporates the bold skull on its face into the movement. Crafted with grade 5 titanium, the skull’s jaws hold the tourbillon cage’s ruby, the skull’s rear is the movement’s center bridge and bridges connecting the case to the movement form a skull-and-crossbones. 8: Swatch Watches Tells Monster Time For something more accessible, how about a monster-friendly Swatch? Southern California artist Kenny Scharf brings his playful brand of whimsical art to this color-splashed timepiece. A ghoulish face that’s at once friendly and fierce adorns the watch face, while bright green snake designs trail across a plastic strap. It’s a fun and affordable way to show your Halloween spirit! Whether you go for luxury with bold skull watches or make mischief with weird and wonderful designs, a Halloween-themed watch is perfect for both tricks and treats.

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  5. Tudor Watches: Common Tudor Watch Questions

    Tudor Watches: Common Tudor Watch Questions

    Tudor watches, despite its relationship with Rolex, isn’t as well-known as a Rolex watch. This, of course, doesn’t mean people do not love the brand for its repertoire of exquisite timepieces at budget-friendly prices. But that point is moot to some others who are new and also looking for a brand worth investing. As a result, we thought why not build a list of common questions people have when first introduced to the brand! We had them too at one point in time, and that kind of gives us a front row seat to what you need. Having said that, think of this post as an introductory class that’s practically made for beginners. What is the difference between Tudor watches and Rolex watches? The difference, so to speak, isn’t singular. Tudor heavily departs from the Rolex norms through two things: the movement and the style itself. Tudor Watches Movements When most wearers consider a watch distributed by Tudor, they only see the price. This is understandable, given the fact that Tudor watches look similar to the ones found in Rolex’s collections. In fact, they even use the same bracelet, case, and dial. So, it’s like a Rolex but instead with the Tudor symbol proudly displayed. Nonetheless, what few or even many, may not know is that a Tudor watch’s movement plays a large part in the reduction in price. Yes, Tudor watches are less expensive, but that’s because they either use a Swiss made ETA or a Valjoux movement. Inside a Rolex, you’ll find a movement made in-house by the Head Honcho’s watchmakers. Tudor Watches Styles When it concerns a versus game of aesthetic appeal between Tudor and Rolex, we think that depends on what you like. Tudor favors the use of bright and luminous colors and titanium bracelets and cases. The former is ideal for the younger market, while the latter is useful for the diving watches. On the other hand, Rolex literally mutes most of their colors, hence the reason they always look simple and sophisticated. Likewise, Rolex doesn’t target the younger market. What’s the name of the first chronograph made by Tudor watches? The name of Tudor’s first is the Oysterdate chronograph and it was released in 1970. The chronograph used a Valjoux mechanical caliber 7734. Or in other words, the movement wasn’t made in-house. Are Tudor watches a good investment? Yes, they are—but you have to be careful about which one you’re going for. If you’re thinking of buying one of their vintage pieces, the current trend is evidence enough that people will always love them. Tudor watches at one time had an uncanny resemblance to Rolex ones. So, people have developed a taste so deep, they’ll still choose the vintage options many years down the line. On the other hand, people who love the idea of investing in watches generally avoid ones that are not old. How to recognize fake Tudor watches? Before you move on to the tips, it should be noted that the tricks we’ll be highlighting aren’t foolproof. But they should help you decide shady deals from clean ones, like this guide should help spot fake Rolex watches. If you look below the 6 o’clock position, you’ll see a 5-digit number which stands for the watch’s serial number. Above the 12 o’clock mark, you’ll find another 5-digit number which stands for the registration number. Try checking the watch’s luminous paint. On a real Tudor watch, the luminous paint is evenly painted and thus, it evenly shines in the dark. On a counterfeit, it’s pretty normal to notice the edges or tiny spots being dull. “Original Oyster Case by Rolex Geneva” is what you should see on the case back of a Tudor timepiece. If that’s not there, then the case back should be completely blank. Which to choose between Tudor watches and Rolex watches? Albeit that question isn’t ours to answer since we aren’t the one wearing the watches, we’ve already sparked up the conversation. Choosing between Rolex depends on whether or not you prefer value for your money or you want something both expensive and valuable (a usual combo that Rolex have mastered over the years). The first naturally goes to Tudor models while the second condition is unnaturally satisfied by Rolex models. Who are Tudor watches made for? Ordinarily, Tudor’s watches are made for everyone with an interest. But if you ask any Tudor watch lover, one of their favorite lines from the company will be the Tudor Black Bay. The range represents their capabilities and more importantly, their intentions as a company of watchmakers. Nevertheless, we’ve digressed enough. As the name probably sounds, the Tudor Black Bay line of watches is entirely tailored to be worn by divers. Heck, the brand goes further by owning an audience in the form of the infamous or maybe famous (really depends on who’s asking who) US Navy, French Navy, and even the extreme professionals, the US SEALS. Our Final Thoughts on Tudor Watches After going through all of these things, you should know by now that buying a Tudor means you’re practically getting a Rolex. So, with that being said, Tudor is a brand that deliver watches that perform excellently, boast of simple yet beautiful looks, and come at amazing prices. Essentially, they’re luxury watches without the usual eyebrow-raising price tags.

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  6. Keeping Time With A Watch Collector: Brett Harmon

    Keeping Time With A Watch Collector: Brett Harmon

    Have you ever met a watch collector? Do you ever wonder how do people start collections? Collections start with an interest. A very strong interest at that. People collect things that are small, big and every size in-between. Like cars, shoes and coins. But today, we’re focusing on watches. Meet A Watch Collector Sometimes its hard to get started with a collection. But we all have to start somewhere, right? Lucky for us, we got the opportunity to chat one-on-one with a watch enthusiast and watch collector named Brett Harmon (Instagram: @Bbharmon417). Brett is also a photographer who shared his story on how he got interested in watches, what his favorite watch brands are and even gave us tips on how to snap the perfect watch photo.  View this post on Instagram What a weekend! Happy to have celebrated a beautiful wedding with great friends. Happy Sunday ⌚️☕️ A post shared by Brett (@bharmon417) on Sep 2, 2018 at 1:14pm PDT 1: When did you get interested in watches? Was there someone who introduced you to them? BH: “I have always had an interest in watches from a young age. I can safely say that my father is partly to blame for introducing the idea of one day being successful and purchasing your first luxury watch. Many years later, I still blame him for the introduction to luxury timepieces and my mild obsession for watches.” 2: Do you remember what your first watch was? BH: “The first watch that I can recall having as a child was of course a Swatch watch.” 3: As a watch collector, which watches do you see as most iconic? BH: “I look at brands like Vacheron Constantin, Blancpain and Rolex that have been around for 100’s of years as very prominent brands in the industry. They have produced some very iconic pieces such as the Overseas, Fifty Fathoms and Submariners.” View this post on Instagram Del Mar Horse Racing ? ? ? #sundaywatchrewind A post shared by Brett (@bharmon417) on Oct 7, 2018 at 12:42pm PDT 4: Do you have any tips to match your outfits/clothes with your watches? BH: “I can’t say that I have any tips, but I do always try to match my watch with my clothing. Sometimes a simple strap change on a watch can really tie in an outfit whether it be to match your shoes or your belt, or just compliment your outfit in general. I feel that men don’t have many accessories to choose from, so a watch is the perfect accessory to any outfit.” 5: We know you can’t give away all your secrets – but what’s the formula to taking the perfect photo of a watch? BH: “Lighting is key. I can set up the perfect shot, but if the lighting is off – the shot is off. Really focus on the watch and the fine details, the photo will then speak for it.” 6: Do you think watches are making a comeback? Why or why not? BH: “I think the watch industry has been struggling lately, and by that I mean struggling with design and innovation. In my opinion, brands seem to think by simply changing the color of a dial on a current model that they have completely redesigned and brought something fresh to the market.” 7: What are some of your favorite watch brands? BH: “I could go on for days, but the shortlist would be Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Panerai, A. Lange & Söhne, MB&F etc etc.” View this post on Instagram Sunday funday ⌚️? @horusstraps @panerai @paneraicentral A post shared by Brett (@bharmon417) on Jul 29, 2018 at 4:27pm PDT 8: What is your favorite type of watch movement? BH: “I love an automatic over a manual wind. Both serve their purpose, but I prefer an automatic in my watch.” 9: If you could only wear one watch for the rest of your life – what would you choose and why? BH: “I would have to choose a timeless piece such as the Patek Philippe 5711 or 5712. The watch could be dressed down with shorts, or dressed up with a tux. What more could you ask for from a watch or brand?” View this post on Instagram Wednesday means it's #Head2HeadCopycat time- Join the H2H crew of myself, @kicktoc , @bzabodyn214 & @crudotaco for today's challenge. . . Today's challenge: “Under The Scope”, with @thehoracle ‘s @patekphilippe 5712. . . As always, no real rules. Submit your copycat post in the next 24(ish) hrs using the H2H hashtag above. . . Check and follow the @head2headcopycat IG account. Each week we'll select our favorite submissions and repost them on this account. A post shared by Brett (@bharmon417) on Apr 11, 2018 at 7:19am PDT 10: What advice would you give someone who wants to be a watch collector? BH: “My advice for anyone who wants to be a watch collector would be to buy what you like and not what someone else likes. I can honestly say that because I’ve blindly purchased a few watches merely off of people’s recommendations; needless to say, I wasn’t happy with my decision and decided to sell them to fund a piece(s) that I liked. Now, I simply buy what I like. I have a few watches in my collection that some people aren’t that fond of, but that shouldn’t matter as you are buying for yourself and not someone else.” Watch Collector Now that you’ve heard it from a watch collector yourself, we hope you gained a little insight on watches and how to start a collection. Don’t just go purchase a watch just because people tell you to or because you’ve seen it so often. Make sure that the watch is actually something you want to wear and add to your precious collection. Every collection is different and unique in their own way, so maybe think twice before you make your big purchase.

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  7. Watch Buying Guide: Types of Calendar Watches

    Watch Buying Guide: Types of Calendar Watches

    One of the factors to consider when buying watches is deciding what features and complications you want out of them. For some, this means a luxurious machine with complex inner-workings and an elegant design, or a resilient plastic watch with a digital display that is jam-packed with functions. The point is, there is a diverse range of watches out there.  One of the most intriguing complications in horology is the calendar function. The calendar complication is a testament to the complexity of watches. This is because it can come in a variety of shapes and forms, whether it is a simple date display or a sophisticated perpetual calendar. In this article, we will go over the different types of calendar watches and some of the best pieces you can find in the market.  Simple Date Calendar Watches The most common type of calendar watch is the simple date timepiece. When you buy such a watch,  you will find that there is a small window on the dial that has a number in it. When you first use this simple watch, you should set the number to the current date, then relax as it advances forward each day. This is not a very advanced complication, as you can find it on watches ranging from affordable to luxury. Still, this simple watch complication is quite useful and adds a nice and familiar aesthetic to your dial.  What is unfortunate about this type of simple calendar watch is that you will have to reset it almost every month.  This is because the simple date complication is not advanced enough to know which months have 28, 30, or 31 days. If you want a calendar complication that allows you to just set and forget it, then you should opt for another option.  Here are the top-notch two simple date calendar watches  you are sure to enjoy.They offer unique designs and  versatile, classic aesthetics that can suit any occasion. Ulysse Nardin Classico Ref. 8156-111-2/91 Ulysse Nardin is one of the iconic Swiss watch brands which offers many calendar watches with simple date features. In particular, the Ulysse Nardin Classico 8156-111-2/91 is a particular crowd favorite. Its case is made from 18k rose gold, and matches the striking ivory dial with luminous rose gold hands  and indices. The bracelet comes in a brown leather strap to complete the whole quintessential look. The date  aperture is located at 3 o’clock for easy reading, and is framed with gold so it stands out more clearly against the dial. Meanwhile the Ulysse Nardin logo is placed below the 12 o’clock marker to showcase the watch’s unique identity. On top of that, this Ulysse Nardin Classico timepiece is powered by an in-house caliber UN-815 automatic movement. It offers a power reserve of up to 42 hours. This simple watch also comes with a sapphire crystal and a 50-meter water resistance rating. Be prepared to shell out around $9,829 USD to get your hands on it.  Indeed, considering it is a luxury timepiece furnished with outstanding features, this is quite a reasonable price. Seiko International Edition Presage Ref. SRPG09J1 Next up, we have this simple date watch from the quintessential Seiko Presage. This is a collection of simple yet classy dress watches from Seiko, all of which are equipped with unique excellent features. The Seiko Presage SRPG09J1, in particular, features a 60s style with a touch of modern functions. Its case is made from stainless steel, which perfectly contrasts its handsome black dial and black textile strap. It also comes with a hardlex crystal to protect the dial, and a transparent case back through which you can view the movement. As with the previous model, the date window can be found at 3 o’clock. This time, however, it is lined with silver instead, to stand out against the jet-black dial.  Performance-wise, this Seiko watch is powered by a top-notch 4R35 caliber, with 41 hours of power reserve. The main highlight of this watch is its value-for-money price. It retails at just $469 USD. Day and Date Calendar Watches One level up on the sophistication ladder are watches that indicate the day of the week and the date. People love these types of pieces because they provide more information than the simple date calendar watches. Most of us think in days, not numbers. When we start our week every Monday, we schedule out what we have to do by each day’s name. Having both  the date and the day of the week listed on your wrist is incredibly useful for many people out there. That said, there are two things that these day-date calendar watches are missing. First, they do not have a monthly display. While many will not be affected by this factor, some might crave the added information of a full calendar. Second, you will have to reset the date on most months and for leap years. This is yet another simple calendar watch that you cannot just set and forget. Mido Baroncelli III Ref. M024.630.11.061.00 If you are looking for a simple yet classy timepiece with day and date calendar features, the Mido Belluna M024.630.11.061.00 is your best choice. It has a larger size, measuring 42.5mm in diameter. Its case and bracelet are made out of durable stainless steel. In addition, the striking black anthracite dial with silver-tone hands and indices is the watch’s real show-stopper. On the right of the dial, you will find a day-date display with a white background. This Mido watch also comes with a high-quality sapphire crystal to protect the dial from damage. When it comes to performance, this Mido Belluna watch is powered by a top-notch caliber 80 movement with 80 hours of power reserve. Available at just $749 USD, this day-date calendar watch is a worthy grab considering how reliable it is. Oris Big Crown ProPilot Big Day Date Ref. 0175276984063-0752205FC If you love wearing leather strap watches, then look no further. This Oris Big Crown Propilot 0175276984063-0752205FC features a vintage-inspired style with a touch of the contemporary. The 45mm case is made from stainless steel,  and is paired with a quintessential brown leather strap. It also boasts a sunburst grey dial that is both modern and eye-catching. You can find the day, and date calendar features at 3 o’clock, along with luminous silver hands and painted white hour markers.. Like other Oris watches, this Oris Big Crown Propilot model is also equipped with a sapphire crystal. It is powered by a top-notch caliber 752 automatic movement,  a frequency of 28,800 and 38 hours of power reserve. In addition, this timepiece also comes with a whopping 100-meter water resistance rating. It is available at just $1,169 USD, a fair price considering its excellent features. Annual Calendar Watches Our next type of watch is what some people call “full” calendar or annual calendar watches. These are pieces that give you information on the day, date, and month. What many love about these types of timepieces is that they do not have to think about the date at all. Instead, with just a single glance, they can simply read every relevant piece of information off their dials.  One issue with annual calendar watches is the same as with the previously-mentioned models. That is, annual calendar watches also need periodic resetting. The inner workings of these watches are not sophisticated enough to handle  the different days in a month and leap years. As such, you must do your best to maintain the accuracy of your watch by periodically resetting it. Secondly, some consumers might think that having all this information on the dial makes it too crowded. Indeed, annual calendar watches are for those who do not mind busier-looking dials with more complications. On the other hand, if you prefer a more minimalistic look, then you should opt for simpler watches like a day-date timepiece. Omega Constellation Globemaster Annual Calendar Ref. 130.33.41.22.02.001 There are numerous options for unique annual calendar watches in the Omega catalog. One particular variant is the exquisite Omega Constellation 130.33.41.22.02.001, which is available at $8,129 USD. This timepiece is one of the most sought-after luxury timepieces due to its superb features, including its day, date, and month functions. The small date display is placed unobtrusively at 6 o’clock. The months of the year, on the other hand, are listed in elegant cursive around the rim of the dial. This watch’s grandiose silver dial features four blued steel hands, one of which is used to indicate the month. In addition, this watch features a 41mm stainless steel case, paired with a brown alligator strap to complete its classy look. It also comes with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that protects the dial from any scratches or damage. This annual calendar timepiece runs on a first-class Swiss caliber 8922 with 55 hours of power reserve. Aside from that, the Omega Constellation watch is also equipped with a100 meter water-resistance rating. This is a beguiling and highly functional timepiece that is definitely worth getting. IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar Ref. IW503502 If you are looking for a grandiose annual calendar watch equipped with top-notch features, then this IWC Portugieser IW503502 is the best option out there. It features a 44.2 mm stainless steel case, perfectly matching the exquisite blue dial. This dial comes with silver-minute hands and Arabic numeral indices. A black leather strap completes the whole fancy appearance. Like other IWC watches, this model also comes with a sapphire crystal to add an extra layer of protection on the dial. What runs inside this annual calendar watch is a powerful caliber 52850 which has up to 168 hours of power reserve. In addition, this IWC Portugieser watch  is also equipped with a water-resistance rating of 30 meters. Perpetual Calendar Watches In the world of calendar watches, the perpetual calendar timepiece is the cream of the crop.  Like annual calendar watches, they also display the day, date and month. The difference between them, however, is that you never ever have to reset perpetual calendar watches. Though this feature may sound trivial, it is actually one of the most complex innovations timepiece manufacturers have ever created.This is a machine capable of telling how long every month is, and even accounts for leap years. What makes this complex device even better is that it is small enough to fit on your wrist! As you might imagine, people pay top dollar prices for these  perpetual calendar watches because they are the perfect blend of craftsmanship, innovation, and convenience. The only downside we can think of when it comes to perpetual calendars is that they are usually very expensive. That being said, in terms of calendar watches, they are the top choice for those who have the cash to spend. I.W.C. Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Ref. IW503401 Swiss watchmaker IWC has always been highly regarded for producing refined and grand time-telling accessories with superb craftsmanship. In particular, the IWC Portugieser IW503401 is its most sought-after piece. It features a 44.2mm luxurious white gold case. This  is complemented by its appealing blue dial and black leather strap, offering you a flamboyant yet chic and elegant aesthetic.  The dial of this IWC Portugieser timepiece features four subdials and a small aperture located in between the 7 o’clock and 8 o’clock markers. This aperture tells you what exactly today’s year is. The subdials, on the other hand, track the day, date, month, and moon phase respectively. Another notable feature of this watch is its first-class caliber 52615 movement that beats at a whopping 28,800 vph. As mentioned, the price of a perpetual calendar timepiece can be quite exorbitant. As such, expect to spend at least $30,189 USD to experience the wonders of this IWC watch. Chopard L.U.C. Perpetual Twin Ref. 168561-3001 Another Swiss watch brand known for its lineup of grandiose and fine chronographs is Chopard. There is a plethora of high-caliber watches in its extensive catalog, including its collection of perpetual calendar timepieces. One model that features a perpetual calendar movement is the Chopard LUC 168561-3001, which retails at just $16,699 USD. The 43mm case is made from stainless steel, which goes perfectly with the exquisite silver dial and the black alligator strap.  The dial features three chronograph subdials for the day of the week, the month, and the small seconds. You can also find a rectangular date display at the 12 o’clock position. In addition, this watch allows its users to mechanically calculate and display the duration of months that end in either 28, 30, and 31 days. This Chopard LUC watch is powered by a top-notch caliber L.U.C. 96.22-L movement. It offers 65 hours of power reserve when fully wound.  Astronomical Calendar Watches At this point, we are done discussing conventional calendar watch types. Now, let us take a look at a niche complication that very few people have. That is, of course, the astronomical calendar. If you buy one of these, you will get information on the moon in addition to your full calendar. For astronomers and space-lovers, this type is the perfect pick!  Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre  “Far Side Of The Moon Watch” FB 1L.4   Photo from Ferdinand Berthoud The Ferdinand Berthoud “Far Side of the Moon” FB 1L.4  is one of horology’s most sought-after astronomical calendar timepieces. Ferdinand Berthoud only released ten pieces of this exquisite, limited edition timepiece. In addition, the brand innovatively combined the in-house tourbillon movement with a new exhibition of the phases of the moon.  This astronomical calendar watch features a 44mm 18K white gold case and a striking grained, galvanized and lacquered black dial. This dial displays a cut-out center and comes with 18K white gold hour and minute hands, an 18K blue gold power reserve hand, and a rhodium-plated bronze seconds hand. The black alligator strap completes its fancy appearance.  Furthermore, the patented complication of the watch is combined with the powerful caliber FB-T.FC.L. This guarantees that the watch has astronomical precision, promising no more than a one-day difference in 577 years of operation. Hermès Arceau L’heure De La Lune Watch Photo from Watchuseek This is an extraordinary astronomical calendar watch from the timeless brand Hermes. On the dial of this Hermès Arceau L’heure De La Lune watch you can see an incredible sight of Earth’s satellite, along with a concurrent display of the moon phases in both spheres. It also features a 43mm 18-carat white gold case, which perfectly matches the striking dial, and Hermes’s signature alligator leather strap. This astronomical calendar watch is powered by a first-class in-house caliber H1837 movement with a 3.7mm thickness. This movement integrates the watch’s complication flawlessly, with no visibly mechanical elements. It also comes with minute, hour, and date functions, providing you with all the timekeeping features you need. Final Thoughts You have two decisions to make when you are shopping for calendar watches. First is what you want out of your timepiece. Is a simple date calendar watch enough? Would you like to have a perpetual calendar? Or is something in the middle best for you? Second, you should choose a price range. If your budget is unlimited, then a perpetual piece is definitely on the table. If you have less to spend, however, then you may want to target simpler watches with just a day-date indicator. Ultimately, telling you the date, day, month, and even the year is yet another way timepieces can serve you. Now that you know the different types of calendar watches, you can purchase one that suits your tastes perfectly with confidence! If you’re interested in the best chronographs available in the horology market today, then have some time to check and read our article about Top 30 Chronograph Watches Under 2000. Photo credits to Watchshopping.com unless stated otherwise.

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  8. Baseball Players and Their Luxury Watches

    Baseball Players and Their Luxury Watches

    Lets take a look at the luxury watches that grace the wrists of some of the top baseball players around. Luxury Watches Matt Harvey and CT Scuderia Cincinnati Reds pitcher Matt Harvey honors a decidedly different sport with his watch of choice — land speed racing! Harvey’s CT Scuderia Salt Flat Racer 0-60 pays homage to the flats of the Great Salt Lake Desert and the auto racing that takes place on its hard, smooth surface. Blending Swiss-made movement with Italian design, the watch captures the essence of “zero to sixty” competitions with a stopwatch-inspired case and vintage-style chronographs. José Bautista Represents Hublot Baseball legend José Bautista is a brand ambassador for Hublot. The third baseman and right fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies joined with the Swiss watchmakers to create his namesake version of the Classic Fusion Chronograph. The special-edition luxury watch is an all-black model with a case of black ceramic and a black rubber and alligator strap. www.instagram.com/p/BfdrudrjWVZ/ The number 12 is replaced with the number 19 to honor Bautista’s jersey number and the date of his, his brother’s and his mother’s birthdays. The watch’s chronograph resembles a baseball with stitching and José’s signature adorns the back of the case. Giancarlo Stanton and TAG Heuer Along with football great Tom Brady, Giancarlo Stanton is a brand ambassador for TAG Heuer who champions the Carrera Heuer 01. The designated hitter and outfielder for the New York Yankees partnered with the Swiss watchmakers in 2015 when he was a player for the Miami Marlins. Stanton stepped out in the Big Apple wearing his Carrera Chronograph, with a black-and-silver skeleton dial housed in a black PVD-treated case. Produced by Hublot alum Jean-Claude Biver, the watch takes classic chronograph design and gives it a modern update. Masahiro Tanaka Breaks Ground With Hublot The first Hublot brand ambassador to hail from Japan, Masahiro Tanaka serves as the inspiration for the Aero Bang MT88. Blue accents abound on these exclusive luxury watches that has blue fiberglass sides meeting a brush-finished stainless-steel case and navy-blue crowns and pushers. www.instagram.com/p/Bbn7t9UglEj/ Blue details adorn a white face and you can opt for an all-blue rubber strap or a blue-and-white pinstripe strap made of fabric. The rear of the case features a silhouette of the memorable pose Tanaka struck when he won 2013’s Japan Series. The starting pitcher for the New York Yankees also teamed with Hublot to launch a limited-edition Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph. Howie Kendrick Loves Vintage Luxury Watches It’s possible that Major League Baseball has no bigger fan of watches than Howie Kendrick. An outfielder and second baseman for the Washington Nationals, Kendrick has a unique collection of vintage watches. A few of his favorite models include a Gilt Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 — the first vintage watches he ever purchased. Dating to the 1960s, the Submariner is highly sought after by collectors because of its hard-to-find gilt dial with gold lettering. Rolex switched to a matte black dial in 1967. Howie even has the watch’s original rivet bracelet. Another of his favorite Rolexes is a vintage Rolex Red Submariner Reference 1680, a model from the 1960s that’s coveted for its patinated Mark II dial. Howie had always had an eye for vintage field watches. Notables in his collection include a military-issued Heuer Bundeswehr. It was a sturdy chronograph from the 1960s that was widely used in the German Air Force. He’s also the proud owner of an Omega 53 Military Watch. That timepiece was commissioned by the British Royal Air Force and given to pilots in 1953. David Price Gets Quirky With G-Shock This watch is funky, fun and splashed with vivid color! A Dee and Ricky Casio G-Shock graces the wrist of Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price. Brothers and New York fashion designers Dee and Ricky Jackson are behind the smile-inducing watch. www.instagram.com/p/btwCPGON8-/?hl=en Layered dials create a 3D effect on the face. While the rear of the case features caricatures of the designing duo. The two have crafted three separate versions of the gearbox-style watch. Justin Verlander Brandishes a Breitling Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander was spotted with his wife Kate Upton at a Breitling gala in New York City. Prior to the event, Verlander was showing off a new timepiece on Instagram. His special-edition self-winding Breitling Navitimer 8 is an engineering marvel with a ratchet-wheel chronograph and power reserve that tops 70 hours. www.instagram.com/p/BfhQQKehPKU/?hl=en The recent addition to the Breitling line comes with many dial choices. Including blue, black, bronze or 18-carat gold and has a transparent sapphire rear case. Customized these luxury watches with an alligator strap or steel bracelet. Baseball is as timeless as cold beer and ballpark hotdogs under autumn skies. This year’s 114th World Series will have a winner, a loser and notoriously unpredictable plays. One thing is for very likely, the players will go home to some seriously nice watches.

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  9. Dive With These 5 Extreme Deep Dive Watches

    Dive With These 5 Extreme Deep Dive Watches

    There are two likely reasons someone might look into buying deep dive watches. The first is if you are, well, an extreme diver of course. People who go to great depths often want a timepiece that works both as a tool in the water and a reflection of their lifestyle. The second group is regular people who are just impressed by the fact that a watch can withstand the intense pressure of being thousands of meters underwater. No matter which camp you are in, extreme dive watches are definitely worth your attention! We give a bit of background information and list some of our favorite deep dive watches below. What Makes a Dive Watch “Extreme”? Before we start, we have go over what elements make up most dive watches! The following are some features that they should have: The ability to withstand significant pressure caused by depth under water. All dive watches eclipse 100M, but the most prolific push into the thousands. A rotating bezel that acts as a backup to digital timers. This function is critical for divers because they have a finite amount of oxygen and need to know precisely when it will run out. Luminescent dial features that allow you to tell time in low light conditions. A crown that screws down and doesn’t let water into the watch. Made from materials that resist rust and corrosion. Have shock and magnetic resistance capabilities. Now that you know what standard dive watches have, you can likely imagine what an extreme one would look like. The primary features these types of pieces have is the ability to withstand incredible depths, which is facilitated by incredible materials and craftsmanship. Now, let’s get into the watches! 1: Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea Rolex is one of the most respected names in the timepiece world, and their specialty is dive watches. Among their esteemed catalog, the one that separates itself from the rest concerning deep-sea capabilities has a name that you might expect: The Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea. It gets its title from the fact that Rolex sought to make a watch that can withstand the deepest points of the ocean. The result of this goal is a piece that can function at 3,900M. Much of that achievement is due to its craftsmanship, which features a thick glass dial, titanium parts, and numerous handmade elements. Though you’ll probably never get to 3,900M, having a watch that can is flat out impressive. 2: Breitling Superocean Chronograph M2000 Though this piece does not rival the Deepsea, it can still make it to 2000 meters before malfunctioning. Ultimately, does that last chunk of distance matter? That will be up to you, but what you cannot deny is that the Breitling Superocean Chronograph M2000 is an attractive and well-made watch. One additional feature that you might like is its chronograph, which is essentially a mechanical stopwatch built into the movement. Having one of these is not only cool but also comes in handy more than you might think. 3: Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQUEST Most watches are made from scores of smaller pieces. What holds them together is screws and craftsmanship, but as you might imagine, such measures are prone to failing in extreme conditions. Such is the case with incredible depth, which applies pressure that most watches can’t handle. This timepiece manufacturer avoids this issue by crafting the entire exterior from one piece of metal. Then, they install the crystal and bezel in airtight fashion and end up with a watch that can withstand pressure up to 3000M. 4: Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Hublot took their time making this deep-sea piece. In fact, they spent 18 months designing, developing, and testing before they were ready to unveil it. Now that they have, it is clear that their hard work paid off. This piece is resistant up to 4000M, has an advanced helium valve, and utilizes an insanely thick 6.5 mm sapphire crystal. Additionally, it has a rugged, but elegant look that most will love. 5: UTS 4000M Professional Diver Like a few of the former examples, UTS chooses to make their 4000M Professional Diver out of a single block of metal. Then, they add a 6mm sapphire crystal on top and hold them together with some of the most powerful screws in the world. The result is incredible 4000M depth capabilities. This company doesn’t slouch on aesthetics despite their devotion to function, though. This is a watch that will certainly turn heads and can hold up in almost any situation. You now know which watches are some of the world’s most versatile. Your next decision is whether or not you want one for yourself. One thing to note is that you don’t need to be a world-class diver to purchase an incredible dive watch. Instead, you can simply be a fan of genius craftsmanship and show it by putting on a gorgeous timepiece.

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  10. History of Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

    History of Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

    No watch has ever played such a pivotal role in human achievement as the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch. Omega introduced the Speedmaster in 1957. A few imagined it would be the watch that would accompany some of the most daring moments in human history. In fact, no timepiece has played such a pivotal role in some of humankind’s greatest achievements. The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch has been a part of all six NASA manned lunar missions since 1969. That’s a pretty impressive representation of Omega’s pioneering spirit.  The Speedmaster Moonwatch as the first chronograph to include a tachymeter scale on the bezel. This was a revolutionary idea that has set the benchmark for all chronographs to this day. Omega conceived the model to measure elapsed times and speeds in a high-precision manner. There was also an emphasis on durability in different situations in a model that was easy to read and use. The Space Race During this time, the USA and the USSR were in the midst of a technological and patriotic showdown. At the height of the cold war, the two opposing supernations were neck and neck to see who could advance further into the realm of manned space exploration. In his address to Congress on May 25, 1961, President Kennedy made clear America’s ambitions to land a man on the moon and return him safely to earth before the end of the decade. At the time, the moon seemed like an unthinkable target, but one that would surely go a long way in conquering space. The Omega Speedmaster made its unofficial voyage into space in 1962 during NASA’s Project Gemini, one of America’s first manned space missions. Astronaut Walter Schirra wore his personal CK 2998 Speedmaster onboard the Stigma 7 Mercury spacecraft that orbited earth six times, a flight that lasted 9 hours and 15 minutes. Shortly after, there was an official petition signed by the astronauts for wristwatches as part of their equipment. The space explorers needed backup timing devices that were durable enough to handle the elements of the universe and equipped with a chronograph that was precise and accurate. With this in mind, NASA set into motion the search for the perfect timepiece. Tested to Withstand the Universe In addition to Omega, NASA invited many reputable watchmakers including Wittnauer, Rolex and Longines to the testing. Led by aerospace engineer and hardware expert James H. Ragan, the models in question were first exposed to temperatures that ranged from 0ºF (-18ºC) to 200ºF (93ºC). Also violent shocks, extreme pressure variations, bone-jarring vibrations and tested under zero gravity. The only watch to come out on the other side was the Omega Speedmaster, which was declared “flight qualified by NASA for all manned space missions” on March 1, 1965. Omega Speedmaster Just three weeks later, the Speedmaster made its first official trip into space. It was on the wrists of Virgil Grissom and John Young during the Gemini 3 mission. On June 3 of the same year, the Speedmaster made another appearance. This time on the wrist of Edward White while he performed America’s first spacewalk during the Gemini 4 mission. Unlike almost all the equipment NASA provided their astronauts, the Speedmaster was not designed specifically for use in harsh environments of outer space. In fact, the timepieces remained largely unchanged to those that were available in retail stores across the world. The only exception was that a velcro strap replaced the steel bracelet in order to fit over the padded suits of the astronauts. Apollo 11 The Speedmaster was again chosen for the daring Apollo 11 mission. On July 16, 1969, the Apollo blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Four days later, commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Eagle lunar module on the surface of the moon in the Sea of Tranquility. Nearly 600 million viewers back on earth were glued to their television sets. Armstrong descended the ladder utter the immortal words: “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Aldrin touched the surface shortly after wearing no other than his trusty Speedmaster on the outside of his suit. From that day forward, the Speedmaster has been dubbed the “moonwatch” for its role in one of the greatest scientific achievements in human history. Apollo 13 The Omega Speedmaster was more than simply present during these space missions. The electronic timekeeping mechanisms on board were damaged after the explosion of an oxygen tank. “Houston, we’ve had a problem” commander James Lovell muttered. It was initially supposed to be a moon landing. The Apollo 13 was forced to abandon their mission due to a dangerously low supply of power and fuel following the blast. It was one of the most heightened situations of the 20th century. Lovell was forced to resort to his mechanical self-winding Speedmaster chronograph. He used it to time the critical firing of the re-entry rockets. This allowed for the safe return of his crew to planet Earth. In recognition of its crucial role, Omega received the Silver Snoopy award in 1970. It’s the highest honor awarded by NASA astronauts for achievements made in the realm of human flight safety and mission success. The Legend Lives On In 1975, the Speedmaster found itself again as the center of another momentous geopolitical moment in world history. During the Apollo-Soyuz mission, when the Apollo rocket docked with the Soviet Union’s Soyuz in space for a handshake. American astronauts were delighted to see that Soviet astronauts were also wearing the Omega Speedmaster Chronographs. The Omega Speedmaster was the first modern-day chronograph ever built. But it’s played a vital role in space exploration for nearly its entire existence.  It’s been reincarnated in the form of many special editions watches. It’s the nearly identical standard Professional that remains the most iconic today.

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  11. Watch Movement Types and How They Differ

    Watch Movement Types and How They Differ

    When you’re choosing a watch, there are many decisions you need to make. One of the most crucial choices is which type of movement. For those of you who are not familiar, the movement of a watch refers to the mechanism behind how it ticks. There are many watch movements. Like anatomical movements, Japanese quartz movement, and mechanical watch movements. But the three primary types are manual, automatic, and quartz watch movement. Each of them has their own set of positives and negatives, so before buying your next piece, you should understand them. Below, we go over the types of watch movements and the basics of each! Function At some point, you have probably asked “how does a watch work?” or more specifically, “how do automatic watches work?” These question have answers, which depend on the movement your manufacturer has chosen.  Manual – Manual winding watches. This type of movement gets its name from the fact that you must manually create the energy the watch needs to function. You do so by winding the watch by hand. This is the oldest movement of the three and has been used for centuries. For watches with this movement, you will need to wind your watch up just about every day. Lately, this style has fallen out of favor due to its lack of convenience. Automatic – Watches with this movement function almost identically the manual watches, except you do not need to wind them yourself. This is because the mechanism is built in such a way that it winds itself when the wearer moves. Classic style combined with self-winding functionality makes this movement a very popular choice. Quartz – Quartz movement is the simplest of the three, given that it uses a battery and a quartz crystal to keep itself ticking. The battery runs the engine, while the crystal makes the second hand tick at the rate it is supposed to. Accuracy Though watches are perhaps most commonly bought for their aesthetics, people find great use in having the time on hand whenever they need it. This makes accuracy of utmost importance. Manual – A well-made manual watch will keep the time quite well, but it is prone to slight variation. Additionally, given that these are hand wind watches, you may find yourself seeing the wrong time due to the watch stopping unexpectedly. Automatic – The accuracy of automatic pieces is roughly the same as manual. They are good, but not great, and they will occasionally stop and need to be reset. Quartz – These watches are the best timekeepers of the three because of the quartz crystal that is found inside. What happens is the electrical impulse of the battery vibrates the crystal at a rate of 32,768 per second. The watch can sense each vibration, and moves the second hand at every 32,768th vibration. This number stays the same every time due to the chemical composition of quartz. Though the science is a bit difficult to understand, just know that quartz movement keeps the most accurate time. Upkeep When you purchase a watch, you are also signing up for some level of upkeep. If you are okay with getting semi-frequent repairs, you can choose any movement. If you want your piece to be hands-off, you should understand the upkeep for each. Manual – Though these types of watches do not need battery changes, they will need a tune-up every few years to ensure functionality. These trips to the repair shop are infrequent but can be quite expensive. Automatic – Upkeep for an automatic watch is roughly the same as manual. It runs off of kinetic energy, so there is no battery replacement but will need regular tune-ups. Quartz – Given that this movement is battery powered, you will need to take a trip to the watch repair shop every 12-24 months. Most watch enthusiasts report that this is not much of an inconvenience, though. Additionally, this type of repair is very cheap when compared to the two other movement types. Price One of your most significant decisions in buying a watch is the price. This makes it vital to understand the typical price ranges of each movement. Manual – Given the intricate inner workings that go into manual watches, they are often quite expensive. Automatic – What is an automatic watch?  Automatic watches have mechanisms that are even more complex, given that they wind themselves. This leads to high costs. Most of the luxury brands on the market run on automatic movement. Quartz – What about automatic vs quartz? This movement is not very expensive to produce, meaning quartz watches are almost always less costly than other movement options. For watch brands in the affordable space, they will likely run on quartz. When you’re choosing your next watch, deciding which movement to target should be one of your first decisions.(Don’t forget styling too! Some watch enthusiasts are fans of watches with gears showing.) The movement watches make are important. Depending on your priorities, you can choose manual, automatic, or quartz.  Whichever you prefer, know that there is no wrong way to go. All you need to do is balance your preferences and decide which is right for you. Once you do, you can go shopping for your timepiece with knowledge and confidence. 

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