Abdul A.

Abdul A.

First Published: Feb 26, 2019
Lover of all things antique. Don't be surprised if Abdul begins talking about family heirlooms during every conversation. Also enjoys reading about history if time can be found to sit down with a book or finds an interesting article online. Of course all that is only done after spending time walking and taking care of a little German Shepard.
  1. Articles by Abdul A.
  2. Used Luxury Watches Buying Tips

    One can be creative with their spending and choices and can spend a bit in pre-loved and antique items. Buying pre-loved luxury items, especially used luxury watches, are a smart way to divulge one’s time and currency in as the design hardly goes out of fashion. Plus, a good company’s wristwatch is long-lasting; especially the classic and iconic designs from the likes of Rolex, IWC and more. No one will bat any eyes at you for wearing a pre-loved luxury wristwatch as it takes a keen and artistic eye to spot one; therefore, you will be considered a fashionista if found adorning an antique timepiece. On the plus side, it will not be that hefty on your bank account. Though the love for true art is still pulsing through the community, there are certain kinds of people who will not think twice before trying to make a fool out of a novice buyer; especially, if you are in the market to buy a pre-loved item. What you need is a guide who can help you know the market in a better fashion. Do Your Research There are three kinds of wristwatches available in the market that are up for grabs. The first is vintage, which means any item that has been in the market for more than thirty years. The second is contemporary, which is any modern piece that has seen fewer numbers than thirty and can be found in a retail store. Finally, there’s discontinued which is basically anything from being either older than thirty years or younger but are no longer in production and is not being offered by the brand. No matter which one you opt for, you will still be getting the better bargain as you will be able to have a much larger variety of timepieces that you can mix and match with your outfits or occasions, and it will not affect your pocket that much as well. Ask the Right Questions The first and most important question of all is that does the timepiece retain all of its original parts such as the bezel, crown, clasp, etc. or is the timepiece just a shadow of what it once was? In other words, out of all the parts, is only the outer dial original? It is important to ask these questions first hand rather than facing a nasty surprise down the road. Vintage Wristwatches  Opposed to discontinued or contemporary wristwatches, a vintage watch might be a slight bit tricky to own in the long run. As the parts can be tough to find and it can be a bit more to the edge than others, let’s just say that with a vintage model, you may get a much bigger bite to chew on than you bargained for. With slight issues here and there, a vintage one can have difficulty in telling the accurate time of the day. Though it might be easy on the pocket at the time of purchase, it can prove to be slightly more difficult to maintain. Maintenance Work When it comes to pre-loved luxury wristwatches, one must keep in mind that they have to be extra vigilant and careful. Buying a pre-loved luxury timepiece is easy during the initial steps, however, as time passes, it really turns into a diva and requires prim and proper maintenance and upkeep that you can get away from a, perhaps, brand new wristwatch. However, with proper care and love, even a pre-loved timepiece can last for decades. Beware of the Replicas As technology is getting better and better, and designers are getting more and more trained with time, it is getting extremely difficult for novice people to differentiate an original from a good replica, let alone a pre-loved one. Even at times, expert gurus face difficulties. However, one should cover all their basics, rip the timepiece apart, gently though. This is because no matter what they do, there is always something left behind hidden by the original designers that cannot be replicated. Used Luxury Watches Conclusion As always, every timepiece has its own problems as every designer brings their own flair and rendition to things. Still, these five basic points can help to make sure you get the right pick. At the end of the day, one can learn wonders from experience that they cannot learn from advice. Maybe you will get lucky and will succeed on every purchase. One day, you will be considered an expert guru; if not you will have an impressive collection back home, so it’s a win-win.

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  3. 5 Best TAG Heuer Carrera Sports Watches

    With so many sports watches out there in the market, it’s often hard to choose the best one. Right? To help you through this, here’s a list of the seven best sports watches released exclusively by Tag Heuer (Carrera to be specific). From their general descriptions to their specific features; you’ll find everything in a very brief yet comprehensive manner. Curious to know? Keep going ahead to enlighten yourselves! Below are some of the best Tag Heuer Carrera Sport watches that are definitely worth a purchase. 1: Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 (CAR2A1J.FC6400) This sports watch, exclusively released for men, by Tag Heuer Carrera is a stunning model that portrays the Manchester United decoration. It features a black skeleton dial with luminous indexes and a sapphire glass covering for protection. The beautiful model further has a 45 mm case and fixed polished steel and ceramic bezel featuring a Tachymeter scale. The watch also has a finely brushed and polished steel black PVD coated body casing along with black alligator and rubber straps. Additionally, it is water resistant (100M). It indeed has a classy appearance and promises good functional quality. 2: Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 (CAR2A1Z.FT6044) This sports watch by TAG Heuer Carrera is an amazing and very distinct sports watch for use. It has a black colored skeleton dial featuring rhodium plated luminous index hour markers and hands. It also has a sapphire glass covering. Right next to the dial is a tachymeter scale on a fixed bezel made up of steel and ceramic. This distinctive piece further has a 45 mm diameter case, and black rubber straps along with water resistivity (100M). It is definitely worth a purchase, and one of the best sport watch models released by the brand. 3: Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 (CAR2A1H.FT6101) This Tag Heuer Carrera Sports watch has a very classy appearance. It features a black colored gold plated dial with black gold plated luminous index markers and silver-tone luminous hands along with a sapphire glass covering for protection. The watch further features a Tachymeter scale on a fixed steel and ceramic bezel. It also has a polished steel black PVD coated and finely brushed body case. Its diameter is of about 45 mm and is accompanied by black leather and rubber straps. This distinctive model also features water resistivity (100M). 4: Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 (CAR2A1AB.FT6163) This Tag Heuer Carrera Sports watch has a stunning appearance and mechanical precision. It features a black colored dial with a honeycomb pattern. This black honeycomb dial further has rhodium plated luminous index markers and silver-tone luminous hands along with a sapphire glass covering for protection and long-term usage. Right next to the dial is a Tachymeter scale on a fixed ceramic bezel, and a finely brushed and polished steel body case. The watch also has a 45 mm diameter case, and black leather and rubber straps. Additionally, it is water resistant (100M). This model is definitely worth a purchase. 5: Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 (CAR2A5B.FT6044) This sports watch exclusively released by Tag Heuer Carrera is classic menswear. Not only does it have precision, but a stunning appearance as well. The watch features a black colored skeleton dial with rose gold plated luminous index markers and rose gold-tone luminous hands with a sapphire glass cover. Further next to the dial is a Tachymeter scale on a fixed rose gold and titanium bezel. It also has a 45 mm diameter case, and black rubber straps. Its body case is finely brushed and sandblasted titanium black. In addition, it is water resistant (100M). This model is of high quality and is definitely worth a purchase. So, what are you waiting for? Get your hands on the model that suits your needs and wants the best!

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  4. How to Check for Authentic Watches

    Wanting to buy a watch from a renowned brand? Not buying it directly from one of the brand’s shops or an online portal? Worried you may not be buying a 100% genuine piece? Then, this is the guide you need: How to check for authentic watches. A couple of tricks exist that help you differentiate between a real watch and a replica. Let us delve into further detail of how it’s possible to track down an original. Ticking An original watch will not create any noise or ticking sounds. This is because it consists of tiny parts that have been assembled carefully to create the perfect watch mechanism. Replicas, however, lack this quality and will create ticking sounds which can be easily identified by placing the watch close to your ear. Authentic Watches Quality A watch’s quality is the first thing that will be noticeably different. A replica can never match the quality of a genuine piece. To identify a fake, look for unfinished edges, improper polish, scratches, and even wrong markings/engravings. Also, check if the watch’s clasp/buckle works fine, if the screw down crown works and whether the watch needles can be guided by the screw that adjusts the time. Look for any other errors such as misspelled words and even wrong stamps. It is also important to check if the markings are clear and properly engraved and are not fading out, which will only happen if it’s a fake watch. Also, the color of the fake watch can be visibly different due to the usage of low-quality material, so check that before you make a purchase. Weight A branded watch is made with precious stones, crystal, gold, silver, heavy metals, and metal alloys. Also, they are equipped with a dozen tiny moving parts which make a branded watch heavier and sturdier. An ordinary watch lacks this and is nowhere as heavy, robust, sturdy or durable. There is always going to be a noticeable difference in weight between a real and a fake watch since a real watch is always heavier.   Product Specifications It’s always great to do your research on the watch you intend to buy. This enables you to get to know the product specifications of your desired watch in detail. Hence, before making any purchase, you can easily match up the specs to differentiate between a designer watch and replica. Looking at photos and also learning more about what the watch looks exactly like is going to save you from throwing money on a fake. Also, it is a good idea to make yourself familiar with logos, stamps and trademark designs of the brand you’re buying from as these greatly help in making the correct choice. Stamps Designer watches have a couple of stamps placed all around their body. Look for these stamps and check if they really are original. You can easily find out which model has which stamps placed where and how many there are on the watch online. Sapphire crystal top A sapphire crystal top is placed onto the dial of every designer watch. Regular watches either have a mineral crystal top or glass top. The sapphire top gives a violet tint at a certain angle which can be used to make sure of the fact that a certain watch is genuine. To prove this, tilt the watch at various angles under a light to see if it gives off a purplish-tint. Moreover, the sapphire crystal top also has a noticeable luster and shine that is obvious from even a few steps away. Watch bracelet Designer watch bracelets are specially designed to ensure flexibility and durability. Examine the watch bracelet before buying it by making sure it is perfectly flexible and glides onto your wrist smoothly. Moreover, the clasp that closes the bracelet usually has 2 stamps on it. These stamps can be searched to ensure the authenticity of the watch. Model number Not only can you identify a fake by comparing serial numbers, but you can also check for the model number as well. Do your research online to find out exactly what the model number of the genuine watch should be. Serial number If the watch is real, the serial number on the watch case and bracelet both should be exactly similar. Tally these numbers to differentiate between a real and fake watch. Sometimes, the serial number is also placed on a sticker behind the dial of the watch, so you may want to check there as well. Cyclops window The cyclops magnification over the calendar window is another thing you can check to ensure authenticity. A fake watch may have an overly magnified or under-magnified cyclops window. Watch hands Check if the watch hands are of the correct material, have the correct shape and size and also whether they are moving correctly. A fake watch may have an error in the watch mechanism which may then make the hand movement shaky and unstable. Packing One of the first things you’ll notice when unboxing a watch and also one of the most important things to differentiate between a genuine and fake is the packaging. The box case should be of good quality and exactly like the pictures online. Moreover, it should be sturdy and should not be poor looking. Also, check the papers inside for low-quality print, fake information or a missing warranty or documents. Price Last, but certainly not the least is to check for pricing. A watch that is just too cheap to be true, is likely bound to be a fake or second-hand watch.

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  5. Choosing Between Different Watch Movements

    When it comes to jewelry, men have always been fond of watches. Watches and add grace to their personality as well. In fact, watches have now become a part of everyday life for men. Everyone has different taste on the basis of which they choose different styles and series of watches. So if you are in a dilemma of selecting a watch to present to a young man, you have to consider some main points to choose the best from the stock. Let’s start discussing the different types of watch movements that are out there. The movement of a watch is considered as “the heart” of the watch. It handles the inner mechanism that encompasses the sweep of the watch’s hands around its face. There are three types of movements we’ll go over. 1: Mechanical Watches A mechanical watch is actually a special piece reflecting the true craftsmanship and engineering after the manufacturing process of a watch. Mechanical watches have the power preserved in the mainspring. If the coil is long, the period of power reservation is long too. The usual length of the mainspring is 9-13 inches. Mechanical watches are the masterpieces of the craftsmanship. Let’s discuss some of the features. Character: The springs and gears that make the caliber of a watch are termed as character. The tiny little gears and springs that combine to form the movement of the watch truly reveal the engineering skills of manufacturers. These are the most time important and time-consuming part, making the watch work magnificently. Movement: Mechanical watches do not make the “ticking” sound. The watch works smoothly with the smooth movement, symbolizing the calmness. Battery: Like in quartz, a battery is not needed for the mechanical watch to work. This manual winding watch has the ease that you don’t need to move yourself to the jewelry store to change the power cell of the watch. The power is stored inside the spring. Regular Winding: The watch requires regular winding. This allows people to wind their watches once a day. This might be annoying for some people, but others enjoy this thing. Accuracy: Not all mechanical watches are accurate. These watches have an accuracy of 99.99%. But the accuracy starts to taper off with age. To tune up its accuracy, you need to take it to the jeweler every 5 to 10 years. The environmental factors can also change the accuracy. Sensitive: A mechanical watch keeps the time running smoothly with the help of the movement, consisting of gears and springs. These elements are sensitive to dust, moisture, and magnets, etc. which can destroy the smoothness and working of the watch. 2: Automatic Watches Automatic or self-winding watches are much like mechanical watches, but they do not require manual winding. The watch gets the power your movements throughout the day while wearing it. The “rotor” present in the watch is connected to the mainspring. The rotor then winds the mainspring as it moves. The slipping clutch helps the watch to prevent from getting over-wound. Character: Just like a mechanical watch, the watches have the same craftsmanship factor. The power is stored in the spring, and the movement consists of gears and spring. Smooth movement: Unlike a QUARTZ watch, the movement of an automatic watch is smooth. Self-winding: A self-winding watch doesn’t require the user to wind the watch regularly. The movement of your hand automatically winds the watch to preserve the power. Accuracy:An automatic watch has the accuracy same as that of a mechanical watch. However, it will lose some accuracy over time and will also need tuning. It will provide accuracy up to 99.99%. Sensitive:The watch movement, also known as “the heart” of the watch, is sensitive to the environment.  The sensitivity is the same as that of a mechanical watch. 3: Quartz Watches Quartz watches are incredibly accurate and affordable. Mostly, quartz watches are preferred more than mechanical and automatic watches. Accurate: A quartz watch is the most accurate of all the watches. These watches never miss a second throughout the day. Durable: If you are a worker and have a rough and tough job, quartz watches might be the right decision for you. These watches are durable and strong that can help you keep your work going. Affordable: These watches are of an affordable price. You can buy an elegant design watch along with the strong features at a low rate. A good variety is available, and the price is still affordable. Less maintenance: Besides changing the battery every year, there is little maintenance you have to perform on a quartz movement watch. Sound: This watch produces a ticking sound that might be unpleasant for some people. If you are such a person who doesn’t like the ticking sound, you must go for an automatic or mechanical watch. However, some people like the ticking sound of a watch.

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  6. Top 5 Waterproof Watches

    While finalizing a timepiece for yourself, you are supposed to get every tiny detail before you purchase it. There are a number of specs that matter big-time. One of the most prominent features of a good watch is its resistance to water. This feature has an unspeakable pertinence which cannot be overlooked at any cost. What are some of the best waterproof watches out there? Does water-resistance matter to everyone in the watch-enthusiasts club? If yes, how important is it for any and every one? Usually, people live under this impression that sportspeople are keen on this spec, while the general public is not. It would not be accurate to comment on how valid this perception is, but, we prefer thinking it is considerable for every man jack. We singled out some highly-resistant waterproof watches while we were digging deep into the research. Here we are disclosing some of the magnanimously water-resistant watches: 1: Stuhrling Original Men’s 706.02 Aquadiver Regatta Watch  This waterproof watch is sure to have a water resistance of 200 mm. With this capability, it happens to be one of the highly resistant watches market-wide. This Stuhrling Aquadiver Regatta timepiece is specifically meant to accommodate yacht enthusiasts; the inspiration is taken from a yachting lifestyle. It is such a good-looking watch colored in black and blue. Black has a major share while blue has its own prominence on the bezel. The case is manufactured of stainless steel and has a winding crown attached alongside. There’s rubber strap in black giving it a finishing touch. There is a specific index given on top of the bezel outside the dial. It has a ratcheting bezel which works in mono direction. The dial has a multi-colored display; a few watch markers are prominently blue while most of the watch markers and all three hands are in silver color. This way, it is a troika of silver, blue and black. 2: Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. Watch It is another handsome timepiece flaunting manliness and elegance. This Victorinox Swiss Army timepiece was inspired by an adventurous lifestyle. Therefore, it is uniquely designed to facilitate adventurers like hikers, trekkers, etc. The scope for this watch is quite wide. The resistance it proffers is 200 mm, to be exact. If we begin elucidating its look or design, it is by far the sexiest among highly water-resistant watches. It is a cool combo of silver and black. The stainless steel case has a wide-expanded structure, with a screw down crown. Dial couples with the rubber strap in terms of color; both are ravishingly black. Among other specs, it’s 43 mm wide diameter, luminescent hands and date display window are some to mention. 3: Luminox Evo Navy Seal Blackout Men’s Watch This Luminox waterproof watch is specifically made for the comrades and no sportsmen. The tough look says it all. To be more concise, the watches were brought to market keeping the United States Navy in mind. The features include a 44 mm wide diameter, black-polyester, carbon-reinforced case, Swiss quartz movement, unidirectional bezel, GMT scale, date display, etc. The strap and dial/case are entirely black with no contrasting color. The water-resistance is up to 200 mm. This piece happens to be tremendously durable and highly water-resistant. 4: Casio G-Shock Frogman Digital Men’s Watch This waterproof Casio G-Shock watch is one of the most resilient and toughest watches out of all. It has quite a substantial design. It boasts masculinity in all its aspects. The water resistance is up to 200 mm. It has an exceptionally wide diameter, up to 53mm. Let alone the diameter and case; all its features seem to be out of the world. It presents atomic keeping, dive timer, and solar power. These features are unique to some watches like this one. Other than that, it has got a black resin strap along with a highly-organized dial/case. This waterproof watch is inspired by divers and their respective set of circumstances. It is basically a swim-proof watch; swimmers can swim for hours without caring a bit about ingression of water. Since it is safe for swimmers who remain underwater for long hours, it can be deduced as a watch having the highest water resistance. 5: Timex Men’s Expedition Field Chronograph Watch It is one of the best timepieces under the banner of Timex. It’s one of the most indestructible watches Timex produced to date. In terms of waterproof watches, this Timex sounds like an underdog as compared to the watches discussed above. It proffers water resistance up to 100 mm, to be precise. This happens to be a military watch; if you take a thorough look, it suggests that the watch is inspired by army-ground’s lifestyle. The strap is a thick-fabric-strap in crocodile green color, which somewhat matches the uniforms worn by most armies of the world. On the other hand, there’s a black, round dial with three mini-dials in it. The dial also showcases date. The case is linked with two push buttons and a screw down crown. It has all the functionalities of a typical Chrono watch.

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  7. 8 Best Leather Straps and Watch Bands

    Anyone who wants to make their watch look more sleek, stylish, and classy is in the market for trendy and hot new watch bands. Not only do these bands pair perfectly with every outfit on a day-to-day basis they are the most reliable and well-made accessory for your watch. Following are some options to consider while you look for the perfect leather watch bands. 1: Hodinkee Textured Hunter Green Calfskin This watch band from Hodinkee is an incredibly smooth textured calfskin strap which goes well with almost all watches. The top-stitch looks very trendy in contrasting white color. This band is available in 5 sizes with different variations available in diverse colors and finishes with different pricing depending on the material used thus ensuring that there is something for everyone. The second layer of leather supporting the underside of the strap and matching floating and fixed leather keepers makes this band a finely made accessory. 2: Worn & Wound Model 2 Premium Stone Worn & Wound offers some of the best watch straps as compared to any manufacturer. With waxed cotton braided knots close to the lug edges, painted edges in a complimentary color, fixed leather keepers and metal loop and reasonable prices the Model 2 is one of the best watch straps available. Moreover, this strap is available in 12 different colors and three different sizes thus ensuring that there is a Model 2 Premium just perfect for every watch. 3: Hodinkee Leather Rallye Watch Strap Another great product from Hodinkee. The Hodinkee Rallye strap differs from Hodinkee’s “Racing” straps because of the design and size of the holes that perforate the leather. This black leather strap features three holes in ascending sizes instead of a pattern of smaller holes. This strap projects style cues that are pure 1960s vintage racing that is why the Rallye looks perfect when paired with Autavias, Daytona’s, and Carreras in addition to many other types of watches. Although this strap may feel a bit stiff on arrival however it breaks in well with age. The subtle touch of corner stitching beneath the buckle and top-stitching along the perimeter is done in black. That provides an aesthetic look to this simple and classic racing strap. 4: LikeItY leather replacement band LikeItY watch bands are great! This leather band is available in 38mm and 42mm sizes. It has a gorgeous crushed leather look that adds an individual flair to your watch. This LikeItY band features a magnetic closure, and the leather is flexible and soft thus making it very comfortable to wear. 5: Mkeke Vintage Leather Genuine Band Looking for a leather band that is not very expensive but still looks classy and high-quality? Then the Mkeke Premium vintage leather band is the one for you! It features a stainless steel buckle that makes it easier to put on and take off your Apple watch. It is available in classic leather colors like saddle brown and black and can be adjusted to fit a variety of wrist sizes easily. This band also comes with a one-year warranty. 6: Bas & Lokes Camden Light Oil Tan Suede Watch Strap The beautiful Camden watch band from Bas & Lokes is a suede strap with waxed tan English linen thread and hand-finished light brown edges at the corners. This strap features a thick steel buckle, a subtle taper, and a single floating leather keeper. These straps are incredibly well-made and simply ooze quality. 7: Crown & Buckle Black Label Ulrich The Black Label Ulrich from Crown & Buckle is a beautifully-made medium brown leather strap that will patina over time. It features a natural edge finishing with comfortable black backing. This strap has ivory stitching beneath the buckle, at the corners, and at the tapered end thus giving it a very neat look. It is available in multiple widths and a choice of buckle finish – polished, brushed, gold plated and black PVD. 8: Molequin Sand Nubuck Calf With Classic Stitch Molequin is a Brussels based company that designs beautiful, ethically-sourced watch straps in different finishes and types. The Sand Nubuck strap looks similar to suede in finish and look, but it retains its shape better and is much more durable. The beautiful shade of this strap compliments a cream dial perfectly and also matches very well with gold. Lined with premium calf leather, this is a very comfortable strap. It is smooth and exceptionally thin. The premium buckle and quick-release spring bars gives this classic strap a contemporary look and makes strap-changing a breeze.

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  8. Pocket Watches: Then and Now

    In this advanced age, we sport wristwatches in profuse designs and varied colors. Watches are part and parcel of one’s personality these days. A timepiece adds value to your overall attire as you wear it on either of your wrists. You would have barely heard of the prototype of timepieces. There was a time when watches were not a wrist-specific thing; people could wear them around the neck, or get them fastened to waistcoats, trench-coats, etc. In that era, pocket watches were rocking the market. Imagine a time where watches used to be merely a source of time-telling; even then, pocket watches were considered as a sign of elegance. People with a rich taste had been hugely fond of pocket watches ever since it got introduced. Let us have a keen insight into this vintage timepiece! Historical reference Pocket watches were officially introduced to the European market back in 1524. As this important breakthrough was witnessed, the 16th century proved to be a progressive year for the horology industry. Types of pocket watches To begin with, the second and minute hands were recently discovered. Initially, all of the pocket watches comprised of only the hour hand. After some time, some advancement took place and minute and second hands came into being. Let’s briefly look into the different kinds: 1: Open face watch According to the main theme of this watch, there is no metal cover to shield the crystal. Before the invention of a tiny screw down crown, there was a much larger crown along with the bow on top of every pocket watch. A pendant/winding stem appeared at 12 o clock, whereas, a sub-dial to read seconds appeared at 6 o clock. An open-face watch had been beneficial mainly for railroad service in 1908 and onwards. 2: Hunter case watch This is supposed to be a slightly advanced version of pocket watches. It used to come with a hinged metal cover to guard the crystal. Initially, the bow and the crown were situated at 3 o clock while the hinge to be situated at 9 o clock. The latest versions of this kind of pocket watches had a hinge positioned at 6 o clock and the crown at 12 o clock. However, the seconds-dial used to be located at 6 o clock in both old and new pieces. The hunter case watches looked like a round soap bar; hence, they were also known as savonnette. The word savonnette was derived from a French word savon. 3: Half-hunter case watch With this kind of watch, one could read the time without opening the lid. The outer surface was composed of glass panel along with a hole in the center; hands could be seen through it. The hour markers were specifically given in blue. Notables sported the pocket watch, and it became a trend The then Prince of England, Charles II, is considered to be the pioneer of these watches. He was the first one to sport pocket watches in a pocket. Charles can be deduced as a trendsetter to introduce this unique style of wearing pocket watches. He was really famous for his fashion sense in the mid-17th century. In 1675, he introduced waistcoats, and this proved to be a major paradigm shift. After Charles II wore a pocket watch stuck in the pocket of his waistcoat for the first time in the 1600s, it became a trend which did not fade out until the mid-1900s. A typical pocket watch used to be sharp-edged before this event. The horology industry then tweaked. They evolved the structures and designs and removed all the sharp edges that could hinder fitting in the pocket. Just like we know in this era watches are meant to be donned on wrists, it became common to have pocket watches placed inside the trench-pocket. How a pocket watch evolved into a wristwatch Pocket watches were inspired by clock watches. A clock watch looked like a mini clock that could be tied around the neck. Until the third decade of the 16th century, clock-watches were a common choice for the whole western populace. After a few years, clock watches were replaced by pocket watches. The idea of straps/bracelets came from the First World War. When World War I began, pocket watches were owned by every man jack. Most of the soldiers used to keep pocket watches with them. During combat, they ought to have their hands free. Therefore, the manufacturers reorganized the structure of watches. Scope of pocket watches in recent times Those who are profoundly interested in classic timepieces sing praises for pocket watches even today. There are many watch enthusiasts around the world who like keeping and embracing antique timepieces; Pocket watch happens to be their topnotch favorite. Do you remember your mobile phone 20 years ago? It was a feature phone and smartphones nowhere in the scene. No trend lasts for more than a decade, yet pocket watches remained in the limelight till the mid-1900s. From 1500 to 1900, there has been a number of advancements made to this niche of watches. Standards were ameliorated to meet the needs of the evolving time, and to keep the market enticed. The trend of pocket watches started declining in the 20th century, so to say. Wristwatches completely took over thereafter. Conclusion The steampunk trend flaunted the exceptions of the Victorian era, which has pocket watches topping the list. Three-piece suits along with pocket watches were back in fashion due to the steampunk movement. Other than the fashion fraternity, commoners having a penchant for antique-collection are still big on pocket watches.

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  9. Introduction to Zenith Watches

    Zenith is one of the emerging brands in the horology world. They are among the tried and tested brands. People have loved them for over a century. As a brand, Zenith watches always made sure to come up to the expectations of people. Constantly they are working on updating and remodeling their watches to match the requirements of changing time. They are widely trusted for their unique production and reliable service. They have extended the best of the services to their regular customers as well as dabblers. Since 1865, they have been satiating the urgings of people. They embody a strong sense of commitment, and they are relentlessly dedicated towards their customers. View this post on Instagram #ChronomasterOpen : Keeping the signature Zenith El Primero multi-colored, overlapping chronograph registers while opening the continuous seconds display to showcase the silicon escape wheel and lever. A post shared by Zenith Watches (@zenithwatches) on Sep 7, 2018 at 5:00am PDT This Swiss company dealing with horology and watch-making market has a great repute worldwide. Be it the royals, athletes, car enthusiasts, and car racers, tennis and football players — all of them have considered Zenith a top-notch brand. People particularly intrigued by timepieces are all praise for Zenith watches. There are essentially 4 main collections of Zenith watches. We have chosen one from each collection to elucidate. The following are some extraordinary pieces of the brand in discussion: Pilot type 20 Chronograph Extra Special (Pilot Collection) Look:This Pilot Type 20 Chronograph is inexplicably beautiful with no doubt. The case is bronze in color. This one has a blue dial with prominent white numerals and classically designed hands in white/aluminum color. Two push buttons and one screw down crown are attached to the bezel. There is a leather strap in an oily green color. The strap is stitched with rubber lining to shield it. Functionality:It is a multi-functioning watch. It has sub-dials coupled with the main dial. There is a 30-minute index at the 3’o clock position and small seconds index at the 9 ‘o clock position. The central dial is there to show hours and minutes like in all watches. Technicalities:There is a foldable clasp made of titanium. The water resistance it provides is up to 10 ATM. It has a power reserve of 50 hours. The diameter is 45 mm wide, to be precise. The masterpiece incorporates a total of 254 components. Elite Lady Moon Phase (Elite Collection) When it comes to timepieces, men and their choices grab most of the limelight, and there is no fair share for ladies. Women of this era are as madly in love with timepieces as men are. Zenith manufactures some of the most elegant timepieces specifically for women. Look:Rose gold is a favorite color of most women for accessories. Diamonds is what they are crazy for. The center of attraction in this Elite Lady Moonphase is the beautiful round dial with a square-shaped casing. There are diamonds fitted in the dial and the case. If we take a close look at the structure of the dial-case, it is rose gold blended with tiny white jewels. It is not limited to the outer surface, but, the inner surface of the dial is also filled with diamonds, and there is little prominence of rose gold color. There is an alligator strap of matte brown color accompanied by a stretchable clasp. Functionality:The central dial indicates hours and minutes. Along with that, there is a moon phase indication at 6 ‘o clock. Technicalities:This is an automatic watch with a 36mm wide diameter. The watch has 195 components. It has a power reserve of 50 hours. It tends to resist water up to 3 ATM. Chronomaster El Primero Full Open (Chronomaster collection) It is a unisex watch. The watch flaunts a number of features as well as a super-stunning look. Chronomaster El Primero is an all-rounder. Look:Like most watches, this watch comes in a variety of colors and options. For example, the dial can be plain white with watch markers and hands in rose gold color. It has a leather strap option in brown or black as well as a stainless steel bracelet option. The clasp has a triple folding. The strap has a thin protective lining on the edges. There are two push buttons and a single screw down crown attached. Functionality:It is a typical chronograph watch having all the necessary features. It possesses a central chronograph hand, and a 30-min counter situated at 3 ‘o clock, and a small-seconds index at 9 ‘o clock. The large date indication sits at the 2 ‘o clock hand. Technicalities:It is an automatic watch that has a total of 332 parts. The power it reserves is 50 hours. It has a 45mm diameter and is water-resistance up to 10 ATM. Defy Zero G (Defy collection) Look:Zenith’s Defy Zero G has a bracelet purely made of titanium. All watches under this category have an open-worked dial which seems largely different than a regular dial. It has a blue main counter and there is a winding crown attached beside it. View this post on Instagram Defying gravity without losing a sense of style, the Defy Zero G’s patented gyroscopic “Gravity Control” mechanism occupies only 30% of the volume of its earlier iterations, keeping the profile of the case proportionate. A post shared by Zenith Watches (@zenithwatches) on Apr 16, 2018 at 11:00pm PDT Functionality:Not only does it indicate hours and minutes, but it also embodies a self-regulating gravity control module at 6 ‘o clock. It indicates small-seconds like a Chrono watch. The cherry on top; it shows a power reserve indication at 2 ‘o clock. Technicalities:The diameter it has is 44 mm wide. The power reserve is up to 50 hours. It is a water-resistant watch with a guaranteed resistance of 10 ATM.

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  10. How to Sell Your Used Watches Online

    People are always fascinated to see time pass. There have been a number of various devices to measure time from ancient times to the present years. However, the most used and convenient form is watches; wristwatches in particular. Those who are fond of watches usually go for the latest versions and famous brands, yet they are interested in other new models as soon as they are launched. In cases like these, it is better to sell used watches online and then go to buy another. Selling Your Watch Online It is not very difficult to sell your watch online. It has really simple steps. First, it is better for you to sell your used watches online to a reliable buyer. This is because it makes it easier and more consistent than other limited options. It takes less than three days from the beginning to the end, and your watch is sold once your buyer approves it after the meeting. It is, however, better to check how much your used watch is worth. All watches brands and models have different prices. Used watches are sold at a comparatively lower price than new watches, of course. Before selling your used watches online, you need to see which brand the watch is of and what are the market prices for a brand new model. Second, you need to check how much time has passed since its release. Prerequisites of Selling Your Watch To sell your watch online, you need to make sure the condition of the watch is good and acceptable to buyers. Since watch repairs are costly, buyers deduct the specific amounts so they may cover up for the repairs. Always make sure that your watch is genuine. Watches that are not authentic are not really desired by most watch lovers. If your watch is in good condition and you have all the papers and a proper case box with it, the chances are that buyers might pay a good amount. To sell your used watches online, the strap of the watch also matters a lot. It should be original and in a very good state. Interested buyers look for the original length strap. Lastly, you should be aware of the present watch market trends. Watches that are in demand and popular are an easy catch. Hence it is really important to know the demands of buyers first and then plan to sell your watch. Three Steps 1: Each and every buying and selling website asks you to register your details before you sell a product. Similarly, when you plan to sell your watch, you need to first fill a form with most of your information, like your name, where you reside, about the watch, description, price, and its clear pictures. 2: Give your contact number or your email address so that the interested individual can directly contact you easily to ask for further details. 3: Once you are in contact with the interested buyer, both of you can decide on a day that you can meet in person and he/she can have a closer and thorough look at the watch. If the person is interested, you can take the payment then and there and hand him the watch. How to Find the Best Online Watch Store? It is essential for every seller to look for the right place before selling their used watches online. This helps make sure that the watches are sold for the right value of money. You can easily sell your watch with safety, security, and full confidence. It is not very challenging to find the best online watch store; however, there are some things to keep in mind. The best online watch store you choose must be quite fast. There must be other sellers on the store, and people would have been buying from them, giving great reviews. The website itself should be very reliable, and the staff must be easily contacted in case any need arises. The used watch that you are planning to sell must be on high demand for that particular online store. It is better that you, yourself, must be familiar with the store. The best online watch store is one that is good for selling premium and luxury watches and that people are interested in buying from there. Shipping Tips Once you have found the right buyer who is actually interested, you can call in an appointment with him. If that is not possible, you should dropship your watch to the headquarters of the best online watch store that you have decided. There are some things to consider before shipping your item. Always ship your product using an affordable and fast shipping method. Less or no delivery fee is a major concern for buyers. If the product is delivered with a small delivery fee, buyers would be more interested than paying a hefty amount. Make sure that your watch is properly packed in a box and labeled correctly. The packet must be delivered to the headquarters within the given time, or your reputation would go down on the website, which might affect you if you plan on selling another item later. Lastly, if you plan on selling other preloved watches too, you can always drop your information, or you can offer a certain discount for people interested in buying your watches.

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  11. How Tag Heuer Link Provides Comfort and Style

    The 90s are making a comeback, and Tag Heuer isn’t going to be left behind in the trend! Tag Heuer Link has made a comeback almost thirty years later. This luxurious watch is better than ever, and there’s not just one; the Tag Heuer watches released a whole series. History of the TAG Heuer Link Back in 1987, when it was launched, it was actually named “The S/el.” But this name was soon changed in 1999 when it was revamped. The new name was The Link, which reflected on one of its most defining characteristics; the S-shaped links. This distinct feature gave the Tag Heuer Link watch its whole look. Introducing the Revamped Version The new Link is one of the newest Tag Heuer watches and also one of the most elegant ones. This timepiece has a cushion-shaped case with a flat brushed steel bezel. It features hours, minutes and seconds, as well as a small date window. The renewed version of the Link comes in a 41mm case. It has been softened significantly to give it more of a curve. Even the finishing on the stainless steel case has been upgraded. It’s both brushed and polished to create a unique shape and contrast. The polished effect is used with a lot of care to avoid a pretentious and ostentatious look; the same applies to the side of the case and the bracelet links. To provide more of a variation to this luxury item, the rounded case is a part of the newly designed bezel, which basically has two parts; a thin cushion-like bezel with slanted square edges. Into this bezel is set the regular circular bezel. More About the New Look To match the new look, the lugs have been refined to have a shapelier finish. They have a brushed metal finish as well on the top side. The older version featured an integrated case and bracelet, but the newer versions have traditional open lugs. Thus it is perfect for leather straps and other bracelets even though, Tag Heuer doesn’t officially offer a leather strap option in this Link series. Unsurprisingly, the bracelet is also completely re-designed. The iconic S-shaped links are flatter, and the much squarer links sit close together. The differences are very subtle, but when grouped together, they provide a very sleek and modern look. These bracelets contribute hugely to the comfort, thanks to the way the S-shaped link flex and curve around the wrists snugly. 1: Link Caliber 5 Link Caliber 5 is one of the watches from the series. The watch is a caliber 5, Swiss Sellita SW200 automatic, whose self-winding movement displays hours, minutes, seconds and date.  It promises 38 hours of power reserve.  The movement is sufficient enough for the same demographic that prefers a Swiss movement over any other. The movement becomes much more visible over the sapphire crystal case back window. The dial, along with the combination of the vibrant color on the case back, put the focus on the perfect proportions and make it much more legible. The bold and large hour markers complement the uncluttered and clean style of the dial. Besides all the features that give it its aesthetic, it’s also water-resistant, making it functional as well.  Overall, it’s sporty and definitely attention-grabbing. 2: Link Caliber S Onto the next model, the Link caliber S is also the one with the biggest case size – 43mm. The dial is reminiscent of the 2010 Link caliber S with the clear logo of the Tag Heuer. Although the Tag Heuer Link Chronograph is one of the most famous ones, this isn’t a part of the chronograph series no matter how much it resembles it. The slightly larger hour-markers tie the whole look together. The sub-registers on this one are a little deeper or rather sunken, which puts a lot of emphasis on them. Not to forget that the semi-circle registers are textured for an added effect. While more people prefer the automatic movements in watches, the electro-mechanical movement only serves to a specific type of predilection. 3: Link Chronograph The newest Tag Heuer Link model is the Link chronograph which features a tri-compax layout and a beautiful stainless steel bracelet. The dial can be found in two colors; either black or blue. The sunray dial reflects lights onto itself in such an elegant way that it portrays different shades of blue depending on the position of the watch. Each hour marker is highly polished, and along with the sense of depth, they show the time with clear and unequivocal tone. The case is also 40mm stainless steel with almost little to no sharp edges, exuding a soft and gently curving look. The anatomy of the case can be described as a cushion base and overlaid ring. The anatomy gives it such a shape that wearing it for a long time won’t feel heavy or uncomfortable. Tag Heuer clearly knows how to augment the appeal of this unusual case shape with a bit of polishing. Some surfaces can be seen as satin-brushed and others highly polished. This sort of blend further accentuates its enticing aesthetic. The Caliber 17 movement serves to ease and a sort of robustness. The balance has a frequency of 28,800 VpH (4Hz) while the movement contains 37 jewels. The reserve of power is 42 hours. Despite all the perfectly aligned features, its asking price remains modest, considering the status of the company. Get Your TAG Heuer Link Today All in all, this series allocates style with comfort. While it’s something that requires a lot of balancing and experiments, Tag Heuer has done it flawlessly once again!

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