Charles Miller

Charles Miller

First Published: May 09, 2018
  1. Articles by Charles Miller
  2. 7 Clear Watches You’ve Got to See

    7 Clear Watches You’ve Got to See

    Anybody who understands the timepiece industry will tell you that it is currently growing at an incredible rate. While watches were once reserved for luxury buyers, it is now accessible to anybody due to the development of the affordable, new and mid-tier price ranges! One of the latest growing watch trends are clear watches. Have you seen them? An additional benefit of this growing market is new and exciting designs hitting the store shelves. These aren’t your typical watches anymore. Below, we present and go over some of our favorite clear watches on the market today. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for something more luxurious clear watch or something more casual! 1: Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30º Technique Sapphire Greubel Forsey is a name that maybe most casual watch fans will not know, but is respected by those that study Swiss luxury. This particular model has two features that set it apart from typical pieces. First is a tourbillon, which is an advanced mechanism that manufacturers incorporate in some incredibly expensive automatic watches that prevents them from losing or gaining seconds due to changes in position or gravity. The second thing that makes this watch unique is its clear sapphire surroundings. This one is crafted from the same expensive glass that luxury timepieces use to house their dials. 2: Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire Our second pick is a masterpiece from the acclaimed luxury brand, Hublot. While most watches come with some transparent elements, this piece manages to be clear throughout. It has a sapphire casing and a smokey rubber strap. The only metal pieces are a few screws that hold the housing together. As far as the movement of the watch, this piece features complex inner workings, a chronograph, and a beautiful presentation that you can see from every angle through the clear outer casing. 3: MB&F Horological Machine No. 6 SV Back in 2014, MB&F created a groundbreaking timepiece called the “HM 6 Space Pirate.” The watch community loved it because of its original, fascinating, and unique design. A few years later, they came out with the Horological Machine No. 6 SV, which is essentially the same watch but with a clear, sapphire exterior. For capabilities, it has a tourbillon, turbines to decrease air friction, and retracted titanium shield that can be utilized at any time. If you’re in love with this piece, we have some bad news. Unfortunately, it had a limited release, and only 20 of them were produced. 4: Richard Mille RM 07-02 Pink Lady Sapphire Automatic Though Richard Mille seems to be more popular with men, it also has a women’s line that is every bit as beautiful and well-made. One piece that backs up that assertion is the RM 07-02, which comes in clear, pink sapphire. An additional perk of choosing this piece is the two rows of diamonds that surround its dial. This timepiece is an excellent choice for someone who has a big chunk of money to spend on a luxury option. 5: Casio Baby-G Semi-Transparent Women’s Sports Watch Now, let’s delve into some cheaper options for those of you looking in a more affordable price range. First is this piece from Casio, which has a silicone exterior and a digital dial. Given that it is made by one of the most resilient watch brands out there, you can count on long-term functionality and the ability to outlast extreme conditions. 6: Stuhrling Original Men’s 976.02 This Stuhrling watch is perfect for anybody trying to balance class and price. Instead of it being made from silicone, like other affordable options, it has a glass dial. Also, the inside of the piece is very minimalistic, which lets you see right through it rather than having a crowded view. Overall, it is a good-looking piece with transparent elements that should charm you! 7: Armitron Sport Women’s 45/7051 Digital Jelly Strap Watch Our most affordable option is this piece from Armitron. It features a quartz movement, digital display, “jelly strap,” and water resistance up to 100 meters. This is an excellent option for those of you that want a simple, everyday piece that you don’t need to worry about. Additionally, it is great for athletes that swim, run, or bike in rugged conditions! 8: Nixon Time Teller P Translucent Watch Nixon is a favorite among the younger generations due to their minimalistic designs and relatively low prices. This is the one clear watch that they carry, and it is very pleasing to the eye. In addition, it also has a rainbow designs feature on the outside of the dial. That can help bring a bit of color (if that’s what you’re looking for) to the otherwise translucent casing. Now that you’ve seen some of options for clear watches on the market, it is up to you to decide whether or not you it is the type of watch for you. Even if you’re usually more of a classic watch fan, a clear one can add a bit of fun to your collection.  To those that like the modern look of transparent pieces, we hope we gave you some inspiration!

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  3. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Watches in Movies

    Leonardo DiCaprio’s Watches in Movies

    One thing that watch companies have known for centuries is that marketing with celebrities is incredibly effective. Say what you want about big-name endorsements, but they inform many of our opinions, whether we like it or not. An excellent example of this effect is Leonardo DiCaprio. Leonardo DiCaprio’s watches in his movies have caught the eye of many people. Below, we explore the exact pieces he has worn in some of his biggest movies. Inception – Tag Heuer Carrera In this film, Leo plays a heist artist. He’s no ordinary criminal, though. Rather than breaking into buildings or safes in the real world, the character implants ideas into people’s dreams while they sleep. The movie is a favorite among many, but did you notice the timepiece he sports in it? The watch is the TAG Heuer Carrera, which is notable for two reasons. First, DiCaprio is a brand ambassador for this company and frequently appears in advertisements for them. He also sports their pieces to parties and awards shows. We’re not sure if they paid to be in this film, but Leo being in it definitely helped them get their foot in the door. The second thing to note is the extreme conditions that DiCaprio braved in the movie. He treks through snow, water, and altitude at different points in it. Luckily, his TAG Heuer is built for the roughest conditions possible and kept ticking throughout the film. Blood Diamond – Breitling Chrono Avenger Our second DiCaprio movie features a role that is vastly different than the first. In Inception, he is a sophisticated, smooth, and well-dressed criminal. In Blood Diamond, he takes on a much more rugged role as a diamond smuggler. Though he is somewhat of a thief in both, the characters are quite different. Does that mean they require different watches? No matter how different these characters are, they both seem to have a flair for luxury. The reason we say this is that in Blood Diamond, Leo wears the Breitling Chrono Avenger, which is an esteemed timepiece in its own right. What it offers is excellent craftsmanship. It is made from the finest materials, has a Swiss origin, sports a reliable automatic movement, and is water resistant up to 300 meters. Additionally, it has an attractive aesthetic and comes in at a nice size (45mm), which is neither too large nor too small. The Great Gatsby – A Raymond Weil Concept The Great Gatsby is the story of an enigmatic and wealthy man that throws gaudy parties in hopes of his old lover showing up at them. Of course, at one point, she finally does. You’ll have to find out the rest of the story for yourself. Luckily, there are three mainstream works of art that depict this tale: The original book by Scott F. Fitzgerald, a movie with Robert Redford, and another film with Leonardo DiCaprio. The final and most recent edition features an all-star cast, each of which is outfitted with luxurious clothing. One example is Leo, who wears a gorgeous looking Raymond Weil concept. It is silver, square, and exudes pure luxury, which fits the character perfectly. Unfortunately for us, the watch DiCaprio wears in the film is not real. Instead, it is an entirely unique concept piece that is not for sale. While we cannot buy it, what we can do is find a timepiece that mimics that aesthetic and energy of the one in the movie. To do so, our best recommendation is to look at the Longines Evidenza, which has a similar shape and a classy Swiss brand to back it up. Wolf of Wall Street – Tag Heuer Series 1000 Wolf of Wall Street is the story of Jordan Belfort, who experienced a meteoric rise in the investment banking industry. Throughout the film, Leo depicts this character as a drug-abusing, hard-partying maniac with a ton of charisma. His friends are no different than him, and they combine to create a great deal of tomfoolery. This movie also features an excellent array of wristwatches. While Belfort’s friends opt for Rolex and IWC, Leo sports a Tag Heuer yet again. As you might imagine, the story of an insanely wealthy investment banker should feature a luxurious piece that fits right in with the culture surrounding it. In our opinion, that’s precisely what we get with the Series 1000. The ultimate debate you must have is whether or not you should model your timepiece choice after a movie character. No matter what your answer is to that question, you’ll likely agree that Leonardo DiCaprio characters are some of the best you could choose from. Between Tag Heuer, Breitling, and Raymond Weil, you have a few excellent brands at your disposal. No matter what, we hope you found a watch that you love on this list. At the very least, you should have a couple of ideas for your next movie night.

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  4. Watch Buying Guide: Your First Dive Watch

    Watch Buying Guide: Your First Dive Watch

    The truth about the watch buying process is that it is different for everybody. The reason is that people will make decisions based on a hierarchy of priorities. For some, they will narrow their search by price, size, or color. Others will choose a specific genre of timepieces, the most popular of which is the dive watch. If the latter describes you, then you’re in luck. Below, we explain what to consider when buying your first dive watch. Common Elements of Dive Watches The term “dive watch” is a bit of a loose one, but almost all of them incorporate the following elements. Water Resistance – As you can assume from the name, dive watches must be able to withstand water pressure. For this reason, the minimum resistance starts at 100m, which is suitable for snorkeling and surface water activities. On the more extreme end, many dive watches are resistant up to thousands of meters, which is both a feature for scuba divers and a signal of incredible craftsmanship. Rotating Bezel – Scuba divers must have an idea of how much time they have spent underwater because they swim with a limited supply of oxygen. While they usually use digital products to do so, they can also use the bezel of a dive piece as a rudimentary backup timer. Luminescent Dial – The deeper you get into the water, the more you need a luminous dial to check the time. This feature is useful at night as well, whether you’re on the water or not. Superior Materials – Dive watch manufacturers envision a timepiece that will get a lot of use underwater and in other rough conditions. The result is them building their products out of excellent materials that resist rust, corrosion, and magnetism. Now that you know what a dive watch is, you can discern between authentic ones and those that only look the part. Now, onto some factors that will help you make a specific decision! Choose Your Price Range The smartest move you can make is choosing your price range before browsing. That way, you won’t end up drooling over a Rolex when it costs twenty times more than you’re willing to spend. At the lower end, you can buy a solid dive piece for around $100. What you’ll find is that while these products are sometimes limited, they are also surprisingly attractive and functional. On the other end, there is almost no upper limit to how expensive a dive watch can be, though most of them are under $50,000. A few features that you’ll get as you purchase a more expensive piece are greater water resistance, better materials, excellent reliability, and a more sophisticated movement. Quartz or Automatic? Next, think about what type of movement you want. The two primary options are quartz and automatic. The former describes a piece that runs on a battery and has relatively simple inner workings. The latter characterizes watches with tiny machines inside of them that operate on kinetic energy, rather than a battery. The one you choose will depend on your taste. In general, watch enthusiasts prefer or even demand automatic movement, while the average consumer might not have an inclination. Water Resistance Next, decide what you’re going to do with your watch. If you are a scuba diver or someone that wants to most exceptional craftsmanship, you’re going to want impressive resistance capabilities. If not, you may opt for one that only functions up to 100m or 200m. Luckily, manufacturers test every timepiece meticulously and will tell you precisely how deep you can take them. Think About Aesthetics Most dive watches have roughly the same aesthetic. They have a moderate size, bracelet strap, relatively simple dial, and ceramic bezel. Still, there are many choices to make within that general look and a variety of pieces that break out of the typical mold. Two of the most common areas of customization are the strap and bezel coloring. For the former, you can choose between a conventional bracelet and a sportier rubber or NATO strap. For the latter, you can opt for understated black or a flashier color. Settle on a Brand Though there are hundreds of respectable companies out there, the following are three brands that tend to stick out above the rest. Seiko – If you’re looking to spend around $1,000, Seiko is good option! They make excellent dive watches at a variety of price points and with both movement options. If you don’t like the look of any of them, Casio and Citizen are two more excellent brands that dabble in the dive space. Omega – Long considered Rolex’s little brother, it’s about time Omega gets their own share of respect. The reason is that they consistently produce fantastic watches, many of which are dive pieces. Rolex – Lastly, we have the most iconic dive watch brand of all. Plain and simple: You can’t go wrong when you choose Rolex. Now that you’ve read this guide, we hope you know what to look for when buying your first dive watch. To review, the essential elements of your decision are price, movement, aesthetics, water resistance, and brand. Once you have those points nailed down, you can make your purchase with clarity and confidence!

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  5. 6 Factors to Consider When Buying A Watch as a Gift

    6 Factors to Consider When Buying A Watch as a Gift

    The holidays are coming up and you’re probably thinking about what gifts you can give to your loved ones. One option on the table is a watch, which is an excellent choice for just about anyone! The watch market is massive, though, and sometimes confusing. This is true even when you’re buying for yourself. When purchasing for someone else, it is even more difficult. Luckily, you can narrow your search down by considering the factors below. Price One of the best ways to simplify the process is choosing a price point. The following are some standard prices ranges and what you’ll typically get from them. Under $100: A well-made watch with quartz movement and conventional materials. $100 to $500: High-quality quartz pieces, some basic automatic movements, and the potential for advanced features. $500 to $2,000: Automatic movement or an incredibly high-quality Swiss quartz watch. $2,000 to $10,000: Automatic movement with incredible craftsmanship. $10,000 or More: The top of the line. These pieces will be well made, crafted from the best materials, and have a highly respected brand behind them. Ultimately, your best bet is getting a watch that is fantastic but makes sense for your budget. Whoever you’re giving a gift to will not want you breaking the bank for a timepiece if you don’t have the money for it. Whether that means sticking to an affordable price point or splurging on a luxury piece is up to you. Movements We talked a lot about movements in the section above. If you aren’t sure what that means, the term refers to how the watch functions. The three basic watch movement types are as follows. Quartz – This movement relies on the combination of a tiny quartz crystal and a battery to make it move. Watches that use it are the most affordable on the market. Automatic – If you’ve ever seen a watch with an open dial that shows the inner workings of the machine, that was probably an automatic piece. Not all of them display their insides, though. This movement is essentially a tiny ticking machine that is powered by the motion of you wearing it, hence the name “automatic.” Manual – The least common type of movement is manual. It is nearly the same as automatic, but rather than it being self-winding, you must wind it up by manually. Personality & Function Different watches come with a variety of functions. They can be water resistant up to hundreds of meters, sense the temperature, track fitness data, and much more. When you’re buying one as a gift, assess the personality and lifestyle of the person you’re giving it to. Are they a big fan of the outdoors? Do they wear business attire often? Answering these questions can guide you in your choice. One example would be buying a Fitbit for a fitness buff. Another is getting a rugged, feature-heavy outdoor watch for someone that goes camping frequently. Where It Will Be Worn This issue is similar to the previous section. The reason it is important is that you want to get someone a watch your gift receiver will actually use. The following are a few typical settings they might wear a watch for and what kinds of pieces to consider for each. Daily – If your gift receiver is someone that wears watches every day, you will want to choose one that has a versatile aesthetic and fits in just about anywhere. Formal Occasions – A small, elegant dress watch. During Exercise – A comfortable piece that won’t break down when exposed to sweat and other forms of moisture. Fitness tracking software is a bonus. Underwater – A rugged watch that is water resistant to a reasonable depth. You can either go with a metal dive watch or a plastic piece built for pure function. Size The size of a watch is more important than most people would initially think. Pay attention to how many millimeters the dial is on your potential gift watches. The three factors to consider are setting, wrist size, and personal style. Generally, smaller wrists, more subtle fashion, and formal events call for smaller pieces. The opposite of each of those attributes calls for a larger dial. Strap The four materials you can choose from are metal, leather, rubber, and nylon. Each has a distinct look and makes sense in different settings. Metal and leather are the most common, and they work in almost all situations. Rubber and nylon straps are best known for rugged conditions or people going for a unique look. The truth about giving gifts is that your loved one will likely appreciate whatever you give them. Still, putting some thought into purchasing a product that fits their personality well is worth your time and energy. If you decide that a watch makes sense for your next gift, you now know which factors to consider and how to make the perfect pick.

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  6. Watch Buying Guide: What Watch Size Should You Buy?

    Watch Buying Guide: What Watch Size Should You Buy?

    There are a variety of factors you need to consider when purchasing a watch. A few examples include price, movement type and materials. One of the most important of them is the watch size. If you have small wrists or an understated style, you’ll likely be uncomfortable in a massive piece. On the other side, a small and delicate dress watch might not suit someone with large wrists or a flashy style. Below, we go into detail on the elements of size and a few ways to choose which is right for you. Important Watch Size Elements The following are the four aspects of size that you should pay attention to. Case Diameter – The first element is perhaps the most important. It is case diameter, which is how wide the body of the watch is. The smallest pieces start at around 24mm, and they are almost exclusively for women. At that size, they are more like jewelry than timepieces. The largest watches are around 64mm, and most agree that they are just too big. On average, women pieces ranges from about 26mm-32mm and men are 36mm-48mm, but there are always exceptions. For each range, sizes below often end up being a bit too petite and sizes above can be gaudy. Case Thickness – The second element is one people often don’t think about. It is the vertical thickness of the case. The reason is that it has nearly no aesthetic or functional consequences. The general trend is that higher diameter watches tend to have thicker cases. 6mm-10mm is the typical range, but you may not notice the difference between them. Still, you could prefer a specific size based on comfort or looks. Band Width – Next is the width of the band, which should match the case diameter. In general, shoot for one that is roughly half the size of the case. Doing so will give you a clean, proportional look. One additional thing to note is that bands are almost always interchangeable, and they are quite cheap. If you love a watch but dislike the strap, getting a new one and installing it should not be difficult. Design – One thing you often hear in the timepiece world is that a watch will be a certain size, but “wear” at a different one. The truth behind this confusing wording is that design changes the aesthetic of watches. The result is that two pieces of the same size can look somewhat different based on how the manufacturer built them. Now that you understand what sizing means and the general trends behind it, you can move on to choosing the right one. Watch Size and Wrist Size  The first factor to take into account when choosing a watch size is your wrist size. As we explained above, you likely won’t want a massive watch if you have small wrists. The same is true of the opposite. What you can seek to do instead is find a timepiece that is proportional to your natural wrist size. Those with the thickest wrists can opt for the largest pieces, those that are slighter will choose smaller ones, and everyone else can fall somewhere in the middle. Personal Style The next thing you should consider is your personal sense of fashion. Do you like understated looks? Or do you prefer something a bit more eye-catching and flashy? Even if you’re not a fashion buff, you will have a preference, and it will inform your watch buying decision. The trend associated with these questions is that understated style translates to smaller pieces. The same is true of the opposite. Your watch size can play a bigger role in your overall look. Where You Plan to Wear It The final factor to consider is where you plan to wear your watch. On one end of the spectrum, you have elegant, formal events. Here, a large and flashy watch might look out of place, while a smaller dress piece would not. On the other end, you might have a casual night out to your favorite club, where you want to attract some attention with a massive watch. Another example is athletic activities. If you’re taking your timepiece camping, you likely don’t want it to be so big that is weighs you down. One additional point to consider is that you don’t need to marry one watch size and use it for everything. Instead, you can own multiple pieces with various sizes, then use them as you see fit. You might have a smaller one for elegant occasions, then a larger one when you want to let loose and show off. Watch Size Conclusion One thing is clear: You’re going to want to take your watch size into account when you purchase your next watch. The first step in doing so is understanding the four elements of it, which are case diameter, case thickness, band width, and design. Next, think about who you are and what you’re going to use your watch for. Going through this process should help you settle on the perfect size and guarantee your satisfaction.

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  7. 6 Yellow Gold Watches That Continue to Shine

    6 Yellow Gold Watches That Continue to Shine

    One of the critical decisions you need to make when buying a watch is how much flash you want it to have. Some will prefer a basic, minimalistic piece, while others will opt for something that sparkles from miles away. But whether you like the flash or not, the decision is up to you. If you’re up for both, you might want to consider a yellow gold watch. There are some yellow gold watches that can give you the extra shimmy you’re looking for. And then there are also some yellow gold watches that can give you the shine without the whole all-eyes-on-you type of attention. We’ve made a list of some our favorite yellow gold watches below. 1: Rolex President There are beautiful gold watches, and then there are ones that are so iconic that their color scheme gets its own name. Such is the case with the Rolex President, which is another way to describe a gold Day-Date. The rumor behind the name of this piece is that it was worn by President Eisenhower, but this assertion has been proven false. Still, powerful people seem to be drawn towards this timepiece, and its aesthetic has held up over time. Additionally, those that buy it report that it stays bright and beautiful for many years without polishing. 2: Omega Constellation Globemaster Not only do the Swiss manufactured watches, but they also give certifications of accuracy and quality. One institute that does so is METAS, who gave this Omega Constellation watch one of the most prestigious designations there: The Master Chronometer certification. Function aside, the aesthetics of the piece feature a yellow gold case, minimalistic dial, and a leather strap. These factors combine to create a timepiece with a classy look and the inner workings to back it up. 3: Longines La Grande Classique While most of the pieces on this list are 100% gold, this watch from Longines incorporates silver too. The aesthetic that this color scheme creates is one of pure elegance. Not only is it a gorgeous timepiece, but the brand behind it is well respected in the industry. Longines chooses to stick to what they know and create some of the best classy, dress options on the market. If you go with the classic style of the Grande Classique, you may never need to purchase a dress watch again. 4: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak It is normal to question whether expensive brands are truly of high quality or just a marketing scheme. In the case of the luxury brand Audemars Piguet, you have nothing to worry about. Despite its celebrity endorsements and flashy marketing campaigns, this brand is a classic Swiss manufacturer with some fantastic pieces. Perhaps the most iconic of them is the Royal Oak, which can come in a bright, attractive yellow gold. With top class quality and an iconic look, this watch might be your top luxury choice on the market. 5: Seiko Gold Plated Stainless Steel One thing that casual watch fans usually haven’t heard of is the “quartz crisis,” which took place in the 1970s. What this catchy name describes is the beginnings of quartz movement watches, which shook up the traditional manufacturers and seized a large percentage of their market shares. Among the first to master quartz movements was Seiko, who continues to create exceptional watches to this day. The one we have listed here is a classic piece of theirs that functions well and looks good while doing it. You cannot really go wrong with Seiko, so you can make your purchase with confidence. 6: Stührling Original Men’s Series Our last pick is an excellent option for those that like skeleton watches. (Because lets face it, they’re pretty cool watches!) Aesthetically, this Stührling watch has a yellow gold case that contrasts wonderfully with its complex, but beautiful silver inner workings. On the inside, you’ll enjoy an automatic movement that never needs a battery change. A genuine leather strap on top of everything else makes this piece a slam dunk. It’s the perfect combination of sophistication without going overboard. Picking the right watch can be difficult, but starting with color is an excellent first step! Your basic options are variants of gold, silver, and just about any color if you like in plastic or ceramic. Kick it up a notch with some jewels or diamonds if that’s your style. If you choose yellow gold as your color of choice, then just make sure you pick the watch that’s just right for you!

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  8. 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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  9. Watch Buying Guide: Types of Calendar Watches

    Watch Buying Guide: Types of Calendar Watches

    Looking for calendar watches? Then you’re in luck. One of the factors that will inform your watch-buying decisions is deciding what you want out of your timepiece. For some, that means a luxurious machine with complex inner-workings and elegant design. Others will opt for something entirely different, like a resilient plastic watch with a digital display. Here’s the point: No matter what you like, there is a timepiece for you! In this article, we’ll discuss the different types of calendar watches that are available. Simple Date Calendar Watches The most common type of calendar is the simple date. When you buy a watch with one, there is a small window on the dial that has a number in it. When you first get your hands on it, you can set the number to the current date, then relax as it advances for you each day. Given that you can find a feature like this on watches ranging from affordable to luxury, it is definitely not an advanced feature. Still, it is quite useful and adds a nice aesthetic to your dial. What is unfortunate about this type of calendar is that you will have to reset it most months. The reason is that the complication is not advanced enough to know which months have 28, 30, or 31 days. If you want to set it and forget, then go with another option. Day and Date Calendar Watches One level up on the sophistication ladder are watches with the day of the week and the date. People love these types of pieces because they provide more information than the first option on this list. 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 of these pieces of information in one place is incredibly useful for many people out there. There are two things that these calendars are missing. First, they do not have the month. While many will not be affected by this factor, others will crave the added information of a full calendar. Second, you will have to reset the date most months and for leap years. This is another variant that you can’t set and forget. Annual Calendar Watches Our next type is what some people call “true” or “full” calendars. These are pieces that give you 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, they can read every relevant piece of information on their dial and copy it onto a check, report, or any other type of document. Our first con with this calendar type is the same as the others that have come before it: It needs periodic resetting. The inner workings of the watch are not sophisticated enough to handle every month and leap years, so you must maintain its accuracy. Second, some consumers might think that all of the information these pieces have makes the dial too crowded. Those that want more complication should upgrade, while those that want minimalism can downgrade. Perpetual Calendar Watches In the world of watch calendars, the perpetual variety is the cream of the crop. Also showing the day, date and month, but the difference is that you never ever have to reset them. Though this feature may sound trivial, it is actually one of the most challenging things that timepiece manufacturers create. What they do is build a machine that knows how long every month is and even accounts for leap years. Oh, and they make it small enough to fit on your wrist! As you might imagine, people pay top dollar for these pieces because they love the craftsmanship, not the convenience. The only somewhat-downside we can think of about perpetual calendars is that they are usually very expensive. That being said, they are the top choice for those that have the cash to spend. Astronomical Calendar Watches At this point, we are done discussing conventional calendar types. Now, we can talk about a niche complication that very few people have. That is the astronomical calendar. If you buy one of these, you will get information on the moon in addition to your regular data. For astronomers, space-lovers, and werewolves, this type is the perfect pick! You have two decisions to make when you’re shopping for calendar watches. First is what you want out of your timepiece. Is a simple date 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 on the table. If you have less to spend, you may want to target a simpler calendar. Ultimately, telling you the date is yet another way timepieces can serve you. Now that you know the different types of calendar watches, you can purchase one with confidence!

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  10. 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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  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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