Darlene Santos

Darlene Santos

First Published: September 06, 2021
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  2. King Seiko 2022: A Closer Look at the Newest King Seiko Watch

    King Seiko 2022: A Closer Look at the Newest King Seiko Watch

    Time and time again, Seiko has come out with some of the best watches that the industry has to offer. Now, in 2022, one of its many endeavors include the revival of an incredibly popular Seiko watch series from the 1960s: the King Seiko. The Japanese brand has released a variety of King Seiko 2022 models that serve as modern-day interpretations of the 1960s King Seiko.  Without further ado, let us explore the King Seiko 2022 and see if it is worth the hype. King Seiko: A Look Into The Past Dating back to the 1960s, the original King Seiko was a Seiko sub-brand under the Daini Seikosha name. It was originally made to go head-to-head with Suwa Seikosha’s Grand Seiko catalog, which focused more on luxury Japanese timepieces.  While King Seiko certainly tried to give Grand Seiko a good run for its money, many Seiko patrons believed that it existed largely in the shadows of its Suwa counterpart. As a result, although both sub-brands were eventually discontinued, it was the Grand Seiko that Seiko first chose to revive, in the 1980s.  Fortunately, that was not the end of King Seiko. Decades later, the Japanese brand has finally decided to re-release the regal King Seiko series. This has resulted in the most recent King Seiko 2022 models. Seiko has released a total of six different versions of the King Seiko 2022: the SPB729, SPB281, SPB283, SPB285, SPB287, and SPB291. We will be discussing all six in this article.  An In-Depth Look at the 2022 King Seiko SPB279  Before we delve into the other King Seiko 2022 watches, let us first focus on the SPB279, which serves as the base model of the collection.   Case and Bezel  The King Seiko SPB279 is housed in a high-grade stainless steel case that exudes classy sophistication in each slim, well-beveled angle. It has a 37mm diameter, a thickness of around 12mm, and a lug-to-lug width of 43.6mm. These are all standard measurements of a typical men’s watch, allowing the King Seiko SPB279 to fit quite nicely on all wrist sizes.  As for the bezel, the King Seiko SPB279 shows off a smooth fixed ring which sits atop the watch case. While the rest of the watch case has a sleek brushed finish, the bezel has been thoroughly polished, giving it a lustrous glamor. The bezel is enclosed around a box-shaped sapphire crystal, which gives wearers a clear view of the watch face.  Crown and Caseback On the right side of the King Seiko SPB279 lies a medium-sized screw-down crown. This crown bears a delicately embossed image of King Seiko’s new shield logo, which is inspired by the 1965 King Seiko watch. It also has sharp edged sides, which gives wearers a better grip, so they can hold or turn the crown more easily.  Flipping the King Seiko SPB279 over, you will find a solid screw-down caseback that is also made from stainless steel. It is also engraved with an image of the King Seiko shield emblem. Aside from that, you can also find inscriptions on the watch’s specifications on this caseback. These include details about the watch’s depth rating, materials used, and country of manufacture.  Bracelet The King Seiko SPB279 is paired with a five-piece link bracelet. This bracelet is treated with a lovely brushed finish, so that it goes wonderfully with the watch’s case.  As a tribute to the 1965 King Seiko’s original design, Seiko also made sure to incorporate angular, beveled surfaces into this bracelet. When light hits the beveled sides of the bracelet, it creates dynamic illusions through its reflection, giving this watch a radiant sheen. This bracelet offers a very elegant and refined design, further cementing the King Seiko SPB279’s reputation as a handsome dress watch.  One of the coolest things about the King Seiko 2022 catalogue is that it also comes with a variety of exclusive straps that you can choose from. Aside from the default stainless steel bracelet, you can also opt for a textured calf leather strap in either gray, brown, black, dark gray, or dark brown.  Dial The King Seiko SPB279 features showcases a very classy dial with a clean and straightforward layout. This dial boasts a brushed silver sunray finish that perfectly complements both the case and bracelet. It is also well-organized, with all of its components neatly spaced out, allowing for better legibility.  This dial is adorned with rectangular applique hour indices and sharp dauphine hands, all of which are made from stainless steel. Like the case and bracelet, the indices and hands of the watch are all beveled. On the whole, this gives the King Seiko SPB279 a very slender, sharp look that is like no other in the industry.  Movement The King Seiko 2022 is powered by a Caliber 6R31. This is a self-winding caliber developed by Seiko. Typically found in the brand’s Seiko Presage watches, the Caliber 6R31 is known for its simple reliability. Made up of 24 jewels, this movement comes with manual-winding capabilities. It also offers a precision rate of +25/-15 seconds per day and an impressive power supply of 70 hours. Price  Since the King Seiko was originally made to counter Grand Seiko, you can infer that its price falls in a similar range as the luxury Grand Seiko watches. Indeed, this is also true of the King Seiko 2022 catalog.  The King Seiko SPB279, for example, retails at around $1,800 USD. This is quite a decent price for such a well-known watch model.  Other Iterations of the King Seiko 2022  Now, let us take a brief look at the other models in the King Seiko 2022 series.  1. King Seiko SPB281  To start things off, we have the King Seiko SPB281 which looks almost identical to the SPB279. Although it has the same air of sophistication around it, this version of the King Seiko 2022 is a little more laidback. It has a very versatile appeal, so you can use it as a dress watch or as the perfect everyday beater watch.  The King Seiko SPB281 comes in a 37mm stainless steel case, along with an aged-looking calf leather strap in dark grey. The dial of this watch is also protected by a domed sapphire crystal.  Compared to the King Seiko SPB279, the silver sunray finish of this dial is darker and slightly rougher in texture. This gives the King Seiko SPB281 a more rugged and cool look. This dial is also ornamented with well-bevelled applique hour indices and razor-sharp dauphine hands.  Ticking inside this watch is the Seiko Caliber 6R31. While this is an automatic movement, it comes with manual-winding capabilities as well. It offers an outstanding 70-hour power reserve and a depth rating of 100 meters.  The King Seiko SPB281 has a price tag of around $1,800 USD. 2. King Seiko SPB283  Next, we have the King Seiko SPB283, which has a completely different vibe compared to the aforementioned watches. This watch exudes a simple and quintessential style, which makes it a great partner for your everyday routines. It is probably the safest option amongst all the King Seiko 2022 pieces, and can be paired well with just about any ensemble.   The King Seiko SPB283 is presented in a 37mm stainless steel case and an artificial suede strap in grey. The dial of this watch has an alluring and classic black sunray finish. It is decorated with applied hour indices and beveled dauphine hands made of steel, which stand out clearly against the dark watch face.  On the underside of the King Seiko SPB283, you can find a sturdy screw-down caseback made of stainless steel. Sealed behind this caseback is the watch’s self-winding Seiko Caliber 6R31. It boasts reliable precision and can last for up to 70 hours when fully wound.  The King Seiko SPB283 costs about $1,800 USD.  3. King Seiko SPB287 The King Seiko SPB287 is probably the most distinct and striking piece out of all the models in the King Seiko 2022 series. The highlight of this watch is its rich and charming watch face, which effortlessly turns heads even in a crowd.  This King Seiko 2022 watch utilizes a 37mm stainless steel case, which shows off angular beveled lugs that emphasize the slim profile of this watch. This is coupled with a simple, traditional calf leather strap in black, which helps direct the focus towards the watch’s rich red dial.  The dial of this watch comes in a royal burgundy, with a lovely, shimmering sunray finish. It is adorned with rectangular applique hour indices and dauphine hands. Crafted from stainless steel, these hands and indices set up a vivid contrast against the deep red of the watch face.   Underneath this extraordinary watch face lies a Seiko Caliber 6R31. This well-crafted automatic movement possesses a 100-meter depth rating and a power supply of 70 hours.  The King Seiko SPB287 sells at around $1,800 USD.  4. King Seiko SPB291 Next, we have the King Seiko SPB291. This is actually a special-edition model with a rather unique, nature-inspired dial that you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the market. This serves as a breath of fresh air for King Seiko 2022 collectors who are looking for something different than the usual. The King Seiko SPB291 sports a 37mm stainless steel case and an artificial suede strap in light gray. Its dial boasts a beautiful purple gradient finish, which takes inspiration from a flower called wisteria that is very popular in Japan. This dial follows the same spacious layout as the other King Seiko 2022 models. It consists of rectangular applique hour indices and dauphine hands made of beveled stainless steel.  This watch also runs on an automatic Seiko 6R31 Caliber. It delivers a decent precision rate of +25/-15 seconds per day and a 70-hour power supply.  As a special edition piece, the King Seiko SPB291 has a slightly higher price tag of about $2,000 USD.  5. King Seiko SJE087  Finally, we have the King Seiko SJE087, which is actually the latest addition to the King Seiko 2022 range. It is a present-day recreation of the 1965 King Seiko KSK, which explains why it has both modern and vintage-inspired style elements. The King Seiko SJE087 uses a 38mm stainless steel that is reinforced with a layer of hard-coating, boosting its resistance to scratches and impacts. This is paired with an elegant crocodile leather strap in dark brown. The dial of this watch showcases a lovely champagne sunray finish. Unlike the previous King Seiko 2022 watches, this model is filled with gold-plated applique hour indices and dauphine hands. It also has an additional date window at 3 o’clock, which is lined with gold-plated stainless steel. The back of this watch is sealed shut by a solid caseback. It is made up of stainless steel and a gold plate, which bears an engraved image of the King Seiko shield emblem. Behind this case back lies a Seiko 6L35 Caliber. This is another automatic movement with manual-winding capabilities. Held together by 26 jewels, it offers a precision rate of +15/-10 seconds and a standard 45-hour power supply. Lastly, this watch comes with a 50-meter depth rating, allowing it to survive any splashes or showers.  The King Seiko SJE087 is a limited-edition watch, with only 1,700 pieces available for sale. It is priced at $3,000 USD.  Why should you get the King Seiko 2022?  If you are still unsure whether you should get a King Seiko 2022 watch, below are some reasons why you should at least consider it!  Rich Heritage. One of the best things about the King Seiko 2022 is that it has a colorful history to back it up. While this may not be appealing to some, a watch with a rich heritage is typically viewed as more valuable than others. For the King Seiko, it was once known as a competitor of Suwa’s Grand Seiko, which is regarded as one of the best Japanese luxury manufacturers today. Sophisticated Exterior. Another reason why the King Seiko 2022 is worth considering is its elegant and refined exterior. Each model in the catalog boasts a deceptively sophisticated design, making them great additions to any watch collection. With these timeless designs, you can rest assured that the King Seiko 2022 watches will still look stylish and relevant even decades from today. Excellent Japanese Craftsmanship. Lastly, the King Seiko 2022 serves as the perfect representation of excellent Japanese craftsmanship. Each element it has, from its design to its movement, is either based on Japanese elements or made with Japanese watchmaking technique. Seiko’s unwavering commitment to its craft ensures that you can definitely trust the King Seiko 2022 to deliver utmost quality. Final Thoughts The King Seiko 2022 offers a beautiful selection of dress watches that show off regal elegance and excellent Japanese craftsmanship. While these watches do not have the most elaborate movements ever, the beauty of the King Seiko 2022 lies in its simplicity, both inside and out. The King Seiko 2022 showcases the ideal fusion of vintage elements and modern-day watchmaking techniques, making them great additions to any collection.  Photo Credits: Seiko and WatchShopping Sites Featured image courtesy of Atelierdegriff.com. Want to read more about Seiko? Check out this piece on the Seiko Black Series! 

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  3. Sellita SW200: A Complete Guide to the Robust Swiss Movement

    Sellita SW200: A Complete Guide to the Robust Swiss Movement

    Sellita is one of the most renowned manufacturers of mechanical movements in the watchmaking industry. Sellita has been in the game since the 1950s and is an unwavering companion to many well-established watch brands today. At present, Sellita’s catalogue consists of 15 different caliber families that encompass a variety of functions. This includes the Sellita SW200, which is one of the brand’s most robust and reliable mechanisms to date.  In this article, we will be delving deep into the Sellita SW200. This includes the Sellita SW200’s full range of capabilities and some of the best watches that offer it.  Sellita SW200: A Background First launched in 2008, the Sellita SW200 is widely regarded as Sellita’s answer to the popular ETA 2824-2 calibre. This is in large part because the Sellita SW200 comprises many components similar to that of the ETA 2824-2 movement. In fact, many professionals have gone on record saying that the Sellita SW200 and ETA 2824-2 are practically identical in structure. We will discuss their similarities in greater detail later in the article, but for now, let us focus solely on the Sellita SW200.  Currently, there are 22 variations of the Sellita SW200. These are all Sellita SW200 movements that come with different functions and complications. For instance, some movements incorporate date features and power reserve indicators, while others may come with moonphase features and so on.  However, the standard Sellita SW200 caliber is the Sellita SW200-1. The Sellita SW200-1 serves as the base for all the other movements in the SW200 family.  Anatomy of the Sellita SW200-1 The Sellita SW200-1 is a Swiss movement known for its reliability, robustness, and versatility. These characteristics are precisely why many brands have chosen this movement for their timepieces.  As a result, there is quite an extensive selection of Sellita SW200-1 watches in the market. This is great, since it means that your options aren’t only limited to a specific kind of timepiece with the Sellita SW200-1. Whether you love dress watches or you are looking for rugged sporty watches, you will almost certainly be able to find one that is powered by the Sellita SW200-1.  The Sellita SW200-1 is a self-winding movement that comes with a ball-bearing rotor and 26 jewels. The calibre itself has a diameter of 25.6mm and measures 4.5mm thick, which are rather standard dimensions for an automatic movement. The Sellita SW200-1 also beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and boasts a decent power reserve of 38 hours.  There are two basic versions of the Sellita SW200-1, which differ in terms of the complications offered. The Sellita SW200-1 A allows timepieces to have three hands, for the hours, minutes, and seconds, and an additional date function. This date function comes with a quick-setting option which you can control using the watch’s crown. The Sellita SW200-1 B, on the other hand, has largely the same build as the Sellita SW200-1 A, but does away with the date function.  The Sellita SW200-1 is also available in different finishes: D1 to D4, along with the TAI. The Sellita SW200-1 D1 comes as it, without any decorations. The D2 is for simple embellishments, such as snailed components.  Next, the D3 describes Sellita SW200-1 movements with more refined ornamentation and intricate textures. Finally, the D4 is for luxuriously-decorated Sellita SW200-1 calibres which offer the highest quality of design. TAI, on the other hand, describes Sellita SW200-1 movements which have tailor-made designs that are customized by the brand. Other SW200 Variants  Here are all the different variations of the Sellita SW200 available today:  SW220-1 (Automatic, 3 Hands, Date, and Day)SW221-1 (Automatic, 4 Hands, and Pointer Date)SW240-1 (Automatic, 3 Hands, Date, and Day)SW260-1 (Automatic, 3 Hands, Small Seconds, and Date)SW261-1 (Automatic, 3 Hands, Small Seconds, and Date)SW266-1 (Automatic, Regulator, and Date)SW270-1 (Automatic, 4 Hands, Date, and Power Reserve Indicator)SW279-1 (Automatic, 4 Hands, Small Second, Date, and Power Reserve Indicator)SW280-1 (Automatic, 3 Hands, Date, and Moon Phase)SW285-1 A (Automatic, 3 Hands, Date, Moon Phase, and Day/Night)SW285-1 B (Automatic, 3 Hands, Date, Moon Phase, and Day/Night)SW288-1 A (Automatic, 3 Hands, Date, and Moon Phase)SW288-1 B (Automatic, 3 Hands, Date, and Moon Phase) SW290-1 (Automatic, 3 Hands, Small Seconds, and Date) SW295-1 (Automatic, 4 Hands, Small Seconds, and Pointer Date) SW200-1 AJ (Automatic and 3 Hands)SW261-1 AJ (Automatic, 3 Hands, and Small Seconds)SW200-1 S A (Automatic, 3 Hands, and Skeleton)SW200-1 S B (Automatic, 3 Hands, and Skeleton)SW200-1 S C (Automatic, 3 Hands, and Skeleton)Pros and Cons of the Sellita SW200  Like any watch movement out there, the Sellita SW200 comes with its fair share of pros and cons. Here is a quick summary:  Pros The Sellita SW200 is as robust and reliable as mechanical movements can get. While it comes from a well-established brand, the main reason why it is still so well-loved today is because it is incredibly durable and versatile. The Sellita SW200 calibers are well-built and composed of high-quality components, so you can really trust that your timepiece will last a long time with this movement. Another interesting thing about the Sellita SW200 is that it comes in four different grades: standard,   special, premium, and COSC-certified. While each grade of the Sellita SW200 has essentially the same core, they differ in quality of precision and accuracy. This shows how versatile the Sellita SW200 caliber is and why each watch equipped with this movement is unique in its own way. Cons 1. There are not really a lot of negative things to say about the SW200. The main criticism watch enthusiasts point out is that the Sellita SW200 is one of the most basic movements out there. While it is reliable and durable, it does not have the same level of intricacy as other movements in the market. Some watch collectors are simply drawn towards more elaborate movements that show off luxury craftsmanship, which is why they may not be the biggest fans of the Sellita SW200.  Sellita SW200 vs ETA 2824 As mentioned earlier, the Sellita SW200 and the ETA 2824-2 are two movements that are often associated with each other. This is primarily because, in terms of both structure and functions, the Sellita SW200 and ETA 2824-2 are essentially identical. In fact, the differences between the two barely matter to anyone besides the watchmakers themselves.  That said, there are a number of slight differences between the two calibers. Firstly, you will find that the ETA 2824-2 has only 25 jewels. The Sellita SW200, on the other hand, is made up of 26 jewels, which helps in reducing friction. In addition, the Sellita SW200 also has a slightly different oscillating rotor with sharper ridges, so it looks more elaborate compared to its ETA counterpart.  5 Watches with the Sellita SW200 Moving on, below are some watches powered by the impressive Sellita SW200 movement. 1. Alpina Seastrong Diver Ref. AL-525LBN4V6 First up on our list of watches driven by a Sellita SW200 movement, we have the Alpina Seastrong Diver Ref. AL-525LBN4V6. It is one of the many diving watches created by Alpina as a way to showcase its commitment to both innovation and traditional watchmaking techniques. It boasts a handsome navy motif and a strong, robust build.  This Alpina Seastrong watch is housed in a 44mm stainless steel case. It is coupled with a lovely blue rubber strap which showcases a pattern of criss-crosses. Affixed to the top of the watch case is a unidirectional bezel. It is fitted with a shiny blue aluminium insert for its elapsed time scale. On the right side of the watch, you can also find a thick screw-down crown made of steel and blue rubber, which contributes to the watch’s outstanding 300-metre depth rating. The dial of this watch also comes in rich blue, complementing the bezel and strap. It follows a simple layout that comprises rounded hour markers, thick sword hands, and a date window at 3 o’clock. The hands and indices of this watch are all coated in white lume, so you can read the dial clearly even in the dark.   On the underside of this watch, you will find an exhibition-style caseback. It gives you a close-up view of the Alpina AL-525 Calibre that powers this watch. This movement is based on the Sellita SW200-1, so it has 26 jewels and a frequency rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. When fully wound, it can last for up to 38 hours.  One thing to note is that earlier models of this Alpina Seastrong Diver Ref. AL-525LBN4V6 were equipped with an ETA 2824 base caliber. If you are buying pre-loved versions of this watch, this is something you should keep in mind.  The Alpina Seastrong Diver Ref. AL-525LBN4V6 retails at $1,400 USD.  2. Oris Aquis Ref. 0173377664185-SET Next, we have the Oris Aquis Ref. 0173377664185-SET. This is yet another impressive blue dial watch powered by a Sellita SW200 movement. It comes with an elaborate design that pairs well with its ruggedness, making this a perfectly balanced watch. Made in collaboration with the Shanghai Animation Film Studio Co, this Oris Aquis piece is based on a 1960s Chinese animated film, The Monkey King.  The Oris Aquis Ref. 0173377664185-SET is presented in a 41.5mm stainless steel case, along with a three-piece link bracelet made of the same material. Sitting on top of the watch case is a blue elapsed time scale bezel. A luminous pip is placed on the bezel, at 12 o’clock, which helps illuminate the watch face in the dark.  The blue dial of this Oris watch has a simple yet appealing design that is cleverly inspired by the Monkey King, Sun Wukong. It bears a pattern of straight lines that radiate out from the centre of the dial, like a sun. This dial is also filled with luminous applique hour indices, thick sword hands, and a date display at 6 o’clock. The seconds hand of this watch comes in vibrant red and yellow, and is designed to look like the Monkey King’s famous magical staff, the Ruyi Jingu Bang.  On the back of this watch lies a sold stainless steel caseback. Aside from being engraved with the watch’s details, this caseback also shows off an embossed image of the aformentioned Monkey King and his staff. Sealed behind this caseback is an Oris 733 Calibre. Based on the Sellita SW200-1, the Oris 773 has a frequency rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and a 38-hour power reserve. This Oris watch is also water-resistant up to depths of 300 metres, making it a great underwater companion.  You can get this limited-edition watch for around $2,600 USD.  3. Baume et Mercier Classima Ref. M0A10215 Although the Baume et Mercier Classima Ref. M0A10215 also uses a Sellita SW200 movement, it offers a completely different aesthetic compared to the previous two watches. This is a classier dress watch, which is great for Sellita SW200 fans who want diverse options. It is also quite versatile, and serves as an excellent everyday beater watch as well.  This Baume et Mercier Classima watch utilises a 40mm stainless steel case and a matching five-link stainless steel bracelet. This watch comes with a screw-down crown, along with a sapphire crystal and fixed bezel that protect its face from any external damage. It has a modest depth rating of 50 metres, which is the standard water resistance capacity most dress watches have.  The dial of this watch comes in clean white, which blends well with the watch’s all-steel exterior. It is ornamented with applique stick indices, thin Roman numeral markers, and a compact date aperture at 3 o’clock. At the centre of the dial, you can also find sweeping blued steel leaf hands, which add a touch of elegant colour to this watch face.  Flipping this watch over, you will see an exhibition-style caseback. It treats you to an up-close and personal view of the Sellita SW200 movement that runs inside. This calibre is made up of 26 jewels and delivers a 38-hour power supply.  This Baume et Mercier watch is priced at $2,450 USD.  4. Sinn Uhren Ref. 556-I Next, we have a handsome utilitarian watch in the form of the Sinn Uhren Ref. 556-I. This is a robust and straightforward timepiece that makes for a fail-safe watch option, no matter what the occasion is.  This Sinn Uhren watch comes in a 38.5mm stainless steel case, along with a H-link bracelet made of the same material. Both the case and bracelet are treated with a satin finish, giving the watch a gloriously smooth, sleek look. Seated on top of the watch case is a thick fixed bezel that is also made from satinised stainless steel. It helps protect the watch face from any impacts.  The black dial of this watch shows off a very minimalistic layout, reminiscent of the German Bauhaus watch designs, that prioritises legibility. It is filled with rectangular, painted hour indices and thick luminous sword hands, along with a compact date complication at 3 o’clock.  This is yet another watch with a see-through caseback, giving wearers a glimpse of the self-winding caliber inside. This watch runs on the Sellita SW200-1 movement, which has 26 jewels and promises a 38-hour power reserve. Aside from that, this Sinn watch is also water-resistant up to depths of 200 metres.  This Sinn watch costs approximately $1,300 USD.  5. Yema Superman Heritage Ref. YSUP2018A-AMS Last but certainly not the least, we have the Yema Superman Heritage Ref. YSUP2018A-AMS. This watch has a very rugged and sporty exterior that perfectly matches the sturdy Sellita SW200 movement inside. On top of that, it also shows off a very contemporary style that the modern man is sure to enjoy.  This Yema Superman watch sports a 39mm stainless steel case and a H-link bracelet that is also made from stainless steel. Pressed on top of the watch case is a curved-edge rotating bezel. This bezel bears a black ceramic insert, which is marked with a 60-minute count-up scale. On the right side of the case rests a large screw-down crown. It is equipped with a bezel-lock mechanism, which ensures the watch’s outstanding 300-metre depth rating.  The dial of this watch has a jet-black finish, which matches its bezel. It follows a standard diving watch layout, containing luminous hour indices in various geometric shapes and large arrow-headed hands. A small date display also lies at 3 o’clock. Driving all of these features is the robust Sellita SW200-1 Calibre. It is made up of 26 jewels and offers a 38-hour power supply.  This Yema watch is worth around $1,150 USD.  Frequently Asked Questions  Now, let us move on to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Sellita SW200.  How accurate is the Sellita SW200?  The standard Sellita SW200 has an accuracy rate of +/-12 seconds per day, paired a frequency rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. That said, the precision rate of the Sellita SW200 does improve based on the grade of the movement. With the premium version of the Sellita SW200, you can get an accuracy rate of +/-4 seconds per day. How long do Sellita movements last? Sellita movements can last up to two decades or more. However, it should be noted that the lifespan of a movement also depends on many different factors. These include the maintenance it is given, how often it is being used, and more.  Final Thoughts  The Sellita SW200 is truly one of the most trustworthy mechanisms to ever be made. It is the epitome of a simple yet reliable caliber, which is why it continues to be the go-to movement for many watch brands today. If you have a timepiece powered by a Sellita SW200 caliber, rest assured that you have utmost quality and functionality on your wrist!  Photo Credits: Sellita and WatchShopping Sites Before you go, check out this article all about the Doctor Strange Watch! 

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  4. How to Remove Links from a Watch: A Comprehensive Guide

    How to Remove Links from a Watch: A Comprehensive Guide

    Have you ever been gifted a watch that was just a bit too big or loose on you? Or do you have an oversized watch bracelet at home and you simply do not have time to go to a repair shop to get it altered? If your answer is yes to either of those questions, this article is just the one for you. Learning how to remove links from a watch in order to resize its bracelet can seem like a daunting task, but it is definitely something anyone can do with the right tools and instructions.  Read on for a quick and easy guide on how to remove links from a watch! What are Watch Links?  To put it simply, watch links are the components that make up a metal watch bracelet. The number of links determine the lengths of the bracelet. This is why it is helpful to know how to remove links from a watch, should you need to adjust its length. There are many different variations on watch links and they mostly differ in design or structure.  For example, some of the most famous watch bracelets in the market are from Rolex. These include the Rolex Oyster, the Rolex President, and the Rolex Jubilee. The Oyster features a flat, three-piece link structure which is perfect for a versatile and sporty look.  The President bracelet, on the other hand, shows off semi-circular links with a three-piece structure. It radiates a more formal and elegant vibe. Finally, the Jubilee has a rounded, five-piece link structure that offers both comfort and class.  Aside from that, there are also other types of metal watch bracelets, such as the mesh bracelet and the expansion strap.  How to Remove Links from a Watch: Two Different Methods  There is no one, single way to go about removing links from a watch. Instead, there are a couple of different methods that you can follow. We have listed them down below, so you can learn all the ways on how to remove links from a watch.  For Watches with Standard Metal Bracelets  The first thing you need to do is to measure the length of your bracelet. This is a crucial step because it will allow you to determine how many links you need to remove from your band. You can do this by wearing your watch as you usually would, but without locking the clasps. Next, turn the watch over and gather the links together to your preferred length. Lastly, you have to take note of how many links you need to remove to get to your desired fit. Next, prepare your space and gather the necessary tools. It is best to use an adequately-sized table with a cloth cover as your work station, so avoid any external damage to your watch. Meanwhile, for the tools, you will need: a pin pusher, a small hammer, a screwdriver, pliers, and a tray for the components you will be removing. Most bracelets come with arrow markings on them. If you have a watch bracelet holder in your tool kit, use it by aligning the bracelet (with the arrow facing downwards) to the slot in the middle. This will keep your watch steady while you remove the links. Now, place the pin pusher on top of the pin of the link you wish to remove. Gently tap against it with the small hammer until the pin can no longer be pushed further. You can then use some pliers or tweezers to remove the detached pin from the link. Repeat this step for all the other links you wish to remove. After all that is done, you will need to reattach the ends of the bracelet. You can do this by first putting your bracelet on the holder with the arrows facing upwards. Then gently hammer the pins to the links until it is locked and secured. For Watches with Expansion Bands If your watch has an expansion band (the one that looks like bars), then there are some steps you have to do differently. However, you must follow the first two steps from the guide above. This includes measuring how many links you wish to remove, preparing your work station, and getting the necessary tools. For expansion bracelets, you would also need a spring bar tool and some pliers or tweezers. Place your unclasped watch on top of a soft cloth with the case back facing upwards. Then, with your fingers holding the band apart, use the spring bar tool to open and push the tabs downwards. Repeat this step on the other side of the tab. Grab your pliers or tweezers and use them to remove the curved pins between the links on both ends of the tab. Repeat steps 2 and 3 again until you reach your desired band length. Lastly, reattach the bracelet by inserting the curved pins back into the links using pliers/tweezers. Then, with the spring bar tool, push the tabs back to their proper position. Final Thoughts  There is no denying that going to an actual professional remains the safest option when it comes to getting your watch altered. However, you do also always have the choice to do it on your own. Learning how to remove links from a watch is simple enough, especially if you trust in your capabilities and know how to follow the instructions. And if you ever want to get the length of your watch bracelet modified again, you can always come back to this guide for help! Photo Credits: Pexels Interested in reading more watch guides? Check out this piece on How To Open An Elgin Pocket Watch! 

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  5. Italian Watches: 10 Best Italian Watch Brands You Shouldn’t Miss Out On

    Italian Watches: 10 Best Italian Watch Brands You Shouldn’t Miss Out On

    There are some countries that are especially prominent in the watchmaking world, namely Switzerland and Japan. This is because Swiss and Japanese watch brands have played a huge role in forging the industry into what it is today.  That said, people sometimes forget that other countries can also master the art of making watches, and with their own unique touches to boot. This is why we have curated a list of the best Italian watch brands in the market, along with Italian watches in their catalogs that you should definitely check out. Read on to find out more. 10 Italian Watch Brands and the Best Italian Watches They Offer 1. Bulgari  To start off our list strong, we have Bulgari. This is one of the most well-established Italian watch brands in the market. Bulgari is a beloved name in the fashion industry and has been gracing the world with its well-crafted jewelry for over a century now.  One thing that sets Bulgari apart from other companies is how it integrates its mastery over making accessories with watchmaking. This gives Bulgari’s Italian watches a certain, special flair that virtually no other brand can replicate, making the brand even more appealing to watch collectors.  Bulgari caters to both men and women. These Italian watches can be divided into eight different collections. For ladies, Bulgari offers the Serpenti, Lucea, Divas’ Dream, High Jewelry, Bulgari Bulgari, and Grande Complications watch lines. Men, on the other hand, can choose from the Octo, Gerald Genta, Bulgari Bulgari, and Grande Complications collections.  One of Bulgari’s most highly-regarded watches is the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Ref. 103464, which boasts a very modern and chic look. This is a very impressive model, both in terms of design and engineering, as it shows off an ultra-slim exterior that only the best watchmakers can achieve. With a price tag of around $12,000 USD, this piece gives you a good estimate of Bulgari’s price range.  2. Gagà Milano Another Italian watch brand you should keep on your radar is Gagà Milano. It is a relatively new player in the watchmaking game, having been founded in the early 2000s.  The word Gagà refers to a common Milanese expression used to describe a man who is sophisticated both in manners and style. This definition plays a big role in the concept of Gagà Milano, which revolves around intricate and modern watchmaking techniques. Today, Gagà Milano specializes in creating stylish, chic, and eccentric Italian watches that truly complement the individuality of its wearer.  Gagà Milano has a very extensive catalog in its arsenal, consisting of numerous watch lines with very diverse models. Some of the collections under its belt include the Napoleone, Manuale 48mm, Classic, Slim, Quirky Tourbillon, Silver, and many more. The brand also has a special, limited-edition series developed in collaboration with famous football player Neymar Jr, the Neymar Jr. Limited Edition. Given its unconventionality as a watch manufacturer, there is little wonder why so many aficionados have been captivated by Gagà Milano.  Another great thing about Gagà Milano is that it has reasonably-priced pieces that typically fall within the $500 USD to $3,000 USD range. For instance, the Gagà Milano Manuale 48mm Ref. 5213MIR01S is one of its best-selling models. Priced at just $1,380 USD, it has a very fun and quirky design that truly stands out amongst the more traditional, classic watches. It is a great starter piece for those who enjoy playful, avant-garde accessories. 3. Panerai  Next on our list of Italian watch brands is Panerai, another well-established manufacturer of Italian watches. This company was founded by Giovanni Panerai in 1960. It acted as a store, a workshop, and a watchmaking school.  In the decades that followed, Panerai was able to make a name for itself and eventually became one of the most luxurious watchmakers in the industry. Today, Panerai is known for its stylishly bold timepieces that are just as impressive on the inside.  Reputation-wise, Panerai is one of the go-to brands for those who love oversized watches. The timepieces Panerai make are incredibly robust yet elegant, which makes them a great addition to any watch collection.  The brand’s watches can be divided into four different lines: the Submersible, the Luminor, the Luminor Due, and the Radiomir. While this might seem like a limited selection of models, the Italian brand manages to cover all the important categories, from hardy survival watches to more formal dress pieces.  One of the most renowned models in Panerai’s assortment is the Panerai PAM 125. This is a handsome piece from the brand’s Luminor series and it showcases a simple yet rugged exterior. While it has a more straightforward design, its simplicity complements the overall sportiness and robustness of the watch. Priced at around $5780 USD, this is a fail-safe option for novice Panerai collectors. 4. Gucci In this entry, we have one of the most famous names in the fashion industry: Gucci. While it is more famous for its flamboyant luxury apparel, Gucci also has an array of designer timepieces in its portfolio.  Gucci was founded in 1921, by its namesake Guccio Gucci. However, the brand only started creating Swiss-made watches in 1972. As an Italian watch brand, however, Gucci also made sure to incorporate the vibrancy that comes with its cultural roots into the pieces it creates. This is precisely why Gucci watches are perfect for those who enjoy overtly extravagant accessories.  This big-league fashion brand has a decently-sized selection of timepieces in its catalogue. These watches are mainly categorised into two sections: men’s watches and women’s watches. However, the brand also has special collections such as the Gucci 25H Timepieces, G-Timeless, and Grip watches.  If you are a fan of Gucci’s clothing lines, you probably have a good idea as to how much its products cost already. Indeed, Gucci’s watches come at a similar price range too, starting at $500 USD and going up to around $1,500 USD.  One of the most popular models under this brand is the Gucci G-Timeless Ref. YA1264148. This watch shows off a striking and elaborate design that fully embodies the Gucci name. This makes it very recognisable and true to the brand’s stylistic core. It sells at around $870 USD.  5. Emporio Armani  Like Gucci, Emporio Armani is another very well-known name in the luxury fashion world. Founded in 1975 by Giorgio Armani, the brand started making timepieces rather early on. This allowed Emporio Armani to quickly establish a place for itself in the premium watch market. Emprio Armani watches tend to boast classical Italian styles which are incredibly versatile, perfect for all kinds of occasions.   At present, Emporio Armani has more than 100 timepieces in its diverse portfolio, with about 58 watches for women and 72 models for men. On top of that, all Emporio Armani pieces showcase quintessential designs that are easy to pair with different outfits. If you want a more classic take on Italian watches, Emporio Armani is definitely the brand to check out. The best part is that you do not have to break the bank for these watches, as they typically range from around $100 USD to $600 USD.  Take, for instance, the incredibly affordable Emporio Armani Renato Ref. AR11184, which costs just $150 USD. With its subtle all-black colourway, this watch has a stylish and chic aesthetic that goes well with just about any ensemble. While it may not be as striking or as fancy as some of the other Italian watches mentioned in this list, its straightforwardness is what makes it worth checking out.  6. Salvatore Ferragamo Next, we have Salvatore Ferragamo. As with Gucci and Armani, this Italian luxury brand is renowned in the fashion industry. It was founded in 1927 by is namesake, Salvatore Ferragamo. Today, it is best known for offering bold and sophisticated goods such as shoes, bags, and even timepieces. Watches are not actually Salvatore Ferragamo’s specialty. Nevertheless, it has been able to produce excellently-crafted models that wonderfully combine Italian designs with Swiss watchmaking.  Salvatore Ferragamo watches can be categorised into timepieces for men and women, amounting to around 70 models in total. While it may sound like the brand has limited options, it actually presents a rather wide variety of watch types for you to choose from. These range from chronographs and skeleton pieces, to dress and sports watches.  On top of that, Salvatore Ferragamo is also famous for having sustainable, environmentally-friendly models. These were made with less negative environmental impact than standard timepieces from other brands. In general, the prices of Salvatore Ferragamo watches range from around $800 USD to $2,000 USD.  Our favorite piece from Salvatore Ferragamo is the Ferragamo Experience Watch which is priced at $1195 USD. This is a standout timepiece that boasts an excellent mix of Swiss and Italian craftsmanship. It has a sporty, masculine build that exudes very casual and laidback vibes. On the whole, this is a good starter piece for those who are unfamiliar with Italian watches.  7. Locman Locman, on the other hand, is a company that only true Italian watch connoisseurs would know. Founded in the 1980s by Marco Mantovani, this brand stands out because of its specific, unique vision and concept.  Locman was first established in the Island of Elba. As a result most, if not all of its timepieces are inspired by the sea. The brand has also made sure to incorporate its devotion and high regard for its home in every watch it produces, allowing for some truly meaningful creations.  Locman currently has 10 different collections: Amo, Limited Editions, Montecristo, 1960, Stealth, Mare, Ducati, Sport Anniversary, Island, and Isle d’Elba. Each series shows off different styles and functions, raising from sporty and casual to classic and formal.  Another cool thing about Locman is that it offers a rather wide range of prices. Its watches start at approximately $400 US and can go up to over $1,00 USD. Ultimately, as a watchmaker, Locman believes that refinement and Italianness come hand-in-hand, and this is definitely reflected in its portfolio.  The Isola d’Elba Ref. 0460A02-00BLWHPB serves as the perfect representation of what Locman’s watchmaking ideals are all about. It has a marine-inspired exterior that showcases both traditional and modern design cues. This watch also runs on a powerful quartz Miyota 2115 movement, making it a treat in terms of both visuals and functionality. Retailing at around $535 US, this is a great choice for those who love dive watches.  8. Anonimo Anonimo is one of the best options for those seeking an Italian watch brand that incorporates Swiss watchmaking into their process. While it might not be as prestigious as some of the other brands on this list, Anonimo has truly mastered the art of fusing Italian and Swiss watchmaking techniques, and this shows clearly in its catalog. Looks-wise, Anonimo watches look quite similar to some Panerai models. As such, it is an excellent option for those who love robust and chunky accessories.  Anonimo offers four main collections: Epurato, Militare, Nautilo, and the Special Series. While these watches differ in size, shape, colorway, and functionality, all the models Anonimo offers come an air of sophistication that not many other brands can replicate. Anonimo watches are typically priced at around $2,000 USD to $6,000 USD.  The Anonimo Epurato Ref. AM-4000.01.101.W11 shows off a ruggedly handsome build paired with an excellent Swiss-made SW200-1 movement. Despite its large size, it still boasts a rather elegant feel, thanks to its simple and straightforward design. Worth around $2,300 USD, this is definitely a model to check out if you enjoy sturdy Italian watches.  9. Zannetti The next Italian watch brand on our list is Zannetti, which has some of the most artistic timepieces out there. Just by looking at any one of its creations, and you can tell that the value that Zannetti places on style and visuals.  Zannetti was founded in 1982 by Riccardo Zannetti, with the aim of spreading Italian creativity to the world. Decades later, it is safe to say that the brand has been able to achieve this goal. It has consistently produced beautifully-designed watches that show off clear, flamboyant Italian influences.  With a total of 14 collections under its belt, you certainly will not run out of options with Zannetti. Each and every watch line it has revolves around a certain theme or concept that reflects its Italian heritage. For example, the brand has a Gladiator and a Palatino series, both of which are associated with Rome. Since Zannetti’s watches are nothing short of masterful, their thousand dollar price tags seems quite justified on the whole. One of the brand’s most intriguing models is the Zannetti Discobolo. This watch takes inspiration from the famous statue of the same name. The dial of this piece shows off the brand’s artistic interpretation of the sculpture, giving it a very classic Roman aesthetic. The Zannetti Discobolo is priced at around $8,500 USD.  10. Mazzucato Last but definitely not the least, we have Mazzucato. This is an Italian watch brand that offers ultra-modern timepieces. It was founded by Simone Mazzucato, who is also the brilliant mind behind the brand’s forward-looking designs. With a background in Industrial Design, Mazzucato shared his expertise with the world by creating cutting-edge timepieces that boast utmost functionality.  Mazzucato currently has five collections: RIM Sport, RIM Monza, RIM Scuba, RIM GT, and RIM SUB. While each line has a different purpose, every single Mazzucato watch comes with an incredibly advance design that only true masters can craft.  To fit its #NeverBoring slogan, Mazzucato is not bound by traditional watchmaking techniques at all. The brand values innovation in all aspects, which allows it to stand out from the other watchmakers in this list. That said, good things do not come cheap. Expect to drop a couple thousand bucks to get your hands on a Mazzucato timepiece.  One of Mazzucato’s most striking models is the RIM Sport Chronograph. This watch makes use of the brand’s signature Reverse Industrial Movement (RIM) which allows for 2 dials and 2 movements in one watch. One side is driven by a high-performance automatic mechanism while the other showcases an excellent chronograph movement.   It also has a very powerful and futuristic-looking exterior that perfectly matches its robust mechanism. If you are hooked on this watch like we are, all you need is $1,400 USD to acquire one for yourself.  Final Thoughts  While this list only has ten Italian watch brands, there are definitely others out there that also deserve to be recognized. Many of them serve as a reflection of both Italian culture and watchmaking which is why they are worth researching on. Hopefully, this article has shown you that there is more to the industry than just Swiss and Japanese-made watches!  Photo Credits: Official Watch Brand SitesEnjoy reading listicles? Check out this piece on the 15 Best Tonneau Watches!

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  6. Anatomy of the Watch Bezel: A Complete Guide

    Anatomy of the Watch Bezel: A Complete Guide

    Before we pull the trigger on purchasing a watch, we always take note of things like its case shape and bracelet material. However, another important component that can either make or break a watch is its bezel. Along with the dial, the watch bezel plays a pivotal role in the aesthetic of the whole model. Offering both form and function, the watch bezel is a crucial component that should not be overlooked. If you want to know more, read on as we discuss all you need to know about watch bezels, how they function, and some of the most iconic bezel designs in watchmaking history. What is a Watch Bezel?  A watch bezel is best described as a ring, affixed to the top of the watch case, that surrounds the watch’s dial. It sits on top of the watch crystal and helps to keep it in place. The watch bezel is considered one of the most versatile components of a timepiece. This is particularly because numerous variations of it exist. Watchmakers use specific materials such as steel, aluminum, and ceramic to craft the bezel. Oftentimes, the watch bezel is then treated with other metals such as gold or silver for design and durability purposes. A Brief Background on the Evolution of Watch Bezels There really is no exact date as to when the watch bezel was first created or identified as part of a watch. Nevertheless, its evolution throughout the years is quite evident. What initially started out as a fixed, decorative component soon became a way to add more utility to a timepiece. Many well-known brands like Rolex and Omega have actually pioneered a number of the innovative bezels we have today. For example, in the 1930s, Rolex was one of the first manufacturers to attach a rotating bezel to a watch, the Rolex Zerograph. At the time, the brand did not know that this ingenious complication would eventually become a fundamental part of diving watches in the future. In the same decade, TAG Heuer released a selection of timepieces featuring a variety of decorative bezels. This further cemented the idea that watch bezels were becoming a more prominent design and utility element in timepieces. Over the years, manufacturers have gone out of their way to create new and innovative bezel complications. These impressive bezels have changed the watchmaking game forever. Today, there are numerous kinds of watch bezels, all with different functions and features, for you to choose from. What Are Watch Bezels Made From?  Technological advancements in watchmaking mean that there are a variety of materials which watchmakers can choose from when it comes to crafting a watch bezel. Different bezel materials offer different advantages, which we will now go through in detail. Stainless Steel Stainless steel is one of the most prevalent materials used when creating timepieces. As such, it is little surprise that stainless steel bezels are quite common as well. There are two main reasons why manufacturers choose to go with stainless steel over other metals: durability and aesthetics. In terms of reliability and robustness, stainless steel is the most viable option when it comes to watch bezels. It is highly resistant to scratches and corrosion. A stainless steel bezel is thus able to withstand much of the wear and tear that comes with frequent use and a harsh environment. While stainless steel is prone to discoloration, it is a material that is guaranteed to last. Using stainless steel ensures that your watch bezel will remain in one piece no matter what. In terms of aesthetics, stainless steel has an appealing, lustrous sheen that is remarkably close to precious metals like silver. It also boasts a very versatile look, which allows watchmakers to experiment and play around with the design of the watch. For instance, stainless steel bezels work extremely well with two-toned watch cases. Aluminum  Aluminum bezels are also quite popular in the watchmaking industry. Aluminum is often compared to stainless steel, especially since it is just as abundant and practical. One strength of aluminum is that it is a more lightweight alternative, so it wears less heavily than a stainless steel bezel. It also mixes well with different coatings and pigments. However, a downside of aluminum is that it is known to be less sturdy than stainless steel. It is also quite reactive to different environmental exposures, and can be corroded if used for extended periods of time. Ceramic Despite being the newest material on this list, ceramic is an increasingly popular choice when it comes to making watch bezels. Ceramic is extremely robust and is known for exhibiting excellent scratch-resistant properties that exceed those of stainless steel and aluminum. This is great in ensuring the watch bezel remains pristine, even after years of use. Furthermore, ceramic is also lighter in weight, making it more ergonomic and comfortable to wear. However, ceramic has its fair share of cons as well. When too much pressure is applied to a ceramic bezel, it can be susceptible to some chipping or breaking here and there. Ceramic is also much more expensive than stainless steel or aluminum. Which Material Makes the Best Bezel?  As mentioned, each material has its advantages and disadvantages. People have to take into account different factors when deciding which watch bezel material to go with. For instance, a stainless steel bezel is a classic. It is ideal for those who prefer durable watches that age well. Aluminum bezels, on the other hand, are perfect for those seeking a more lightweight watch option. Finally, ceramic bezels are great for those who prefer stylish watches that will not suffer too much abuse. At the end of the day, your choice of preferred bezel material boils down to personal preferences. Types of Watch Bezels Now, let us move on to the most frequently-seen types of watch bezels and how they function.  1. Fixed/Plain Bezel The original watch bezel, a fixed or plain bezel is the most basic type. This type of watch bezel primarily functions as a decorative component. Aside from helping to keep the watch crystal in place, the fixed bezel does not have any additional functions or features. Watchmakers frequently use fixed bezels when they want to show off certain design elements such as embedded jewels, inscriptions, and the like. A contemporary example of the fixed bezel would be the Seiko 5 Sports SRE003K1, which hails from the popular Seiko 5 Sports series. 2. Count-up Bezel Next up, we have the count-up bezel. This type of watch bezel is more commonly referred to as a dive bezel, as it is often seen on dive watches. It showcases a scale that counts from 0 to 60 and is meant to be aligned with the minute markers on the watch’s dial. The count-up bezel’s scale is typically used by divers to calculate their elapsed time underwater. Moreover, this type of bezel follows a unidirectional rotation that goes counter-clockwise, which is used as an indicator by many divers as well. To use the count-up bezel, you have to align its zero marker – the luminous pip – to the current position of the minute hand. As the minute hand ticks, this will show you how much time has elapsed since you started diving. For example, if you start your dive at 9:20, you have to move the zero marker of the bezel to the 20-minute marker on the dial, which is where the minute-hand should be. As time goes on, the minute hand will tick forward, allowing you to keep track of exactly how many minutes have passed. 3. GMT/World Time Bezel A GMT bezel, also known as a world time bezel, is made for those who need to keep track of two different timezones. It is especially useful to frequent jetsetters. This type of watch bezel is characterized by a 24-hour scale, which is kept separate from the 12-hour display on the dial. Some GMT watches come with an additional GMT hand, while others feature rotating bezels. A GMT watch with an extra GMT hand is paired with the 24-hour GMT scale, which can be set to indicate one timezone. If your watch comes with just a rotating GMT bezel and no additional hands, however, you will have to manually turn it to your desired timezone. 4. Tachymeter Bezel The tachymeter bezel is commonly featured in sports watches and chronograph pieces relating to anything and everything automotive. This is usually a fixed bezel with a scale that has units beginning from 0 and going up to around 1,000. The main function of the tachymeter bezel is to calculate either distance or speed by using how much time has passed. In order to use the tachymeter, you need to know the distance between two points and the elapsed time needed to get from one end to another. You can then use the bezel’s tachymeter scale to calculate your traveling speed. 5. Compass Bezel A compass bezel is an important component in many outdoor watches. It aids explorers in figuring out directions, so they will not get lost. The compass bezel is marked with letter engravings that indicate North, South, East, and West. Additional markers can be found in between each cardinal direction, indicating the degrees.One interesting thing about the compass bezel is that it is reliant on the sun rather than magnetic properties. When using the compass bezel, you have to first use the sun to determine your orientation. If the sun is rising, change your position, with the cardinal direction E pointed at the sun. If the sun is setting, however, you have to change your position so that W pointed at the sun. This will allow you to tell which direction you are facing and where you need to go. 6. Countdown Bezel `a countdown bezel works in similar way to the count-up bezel. However, instead of calculating elapsed time, the countdown bezel acts more as a stopwatch. You will align your desired time limit to its corresponding marker on the dial. The countdown bezel is extremely versatile and is used by both professionals in their fields and in people’s everyday routines too. In order to properly use the countdown bezel, the zero marker on the bezel must be lined up with the time limit you are trying to set. For example, if you decide to jog around for 20 minutes, make sure to rotate the bezel so that the zero marker is at the 20-minute position on the dial. This will then allow you to keep track of how much time has passed and how much time you have left. 7. Pulsometer Bezel  A pulsometer is a very old-school bezel type that dates back to the 1920s. Serving a very practical and straightforward purpose, this was one of the very first bezel complications ever invented. It is designed to help those in the medical field keep track of a person’s heart rate. Typically, a pulsometer has a scale that counts from around 40 (left) units/pulses to 200 (right) units/pulses. When using a pulsometer bezel, you have to manually count out a person’s heartbeats once the timer starts. You can then refer to the pulsometer scale and use it to calculate the rate at which the person’s heart is beating. It should be noted that nowadays, the pulsometer bezel is a very rare type of watch bezel. The invention of smartwatches that can automatically determine a person’s heart rate has rendered the pulsometer bezel nearly obsolete. Bonus: Watches with Iconic Bezels Rolex Pepsi Bezel  The Rolex GMT-Master might just have the most famous watch bezel ever. It boasts the Pepsi bezel, which is an iconic two-tone GMT bezel. It comes in vibrant red and blue hues, resembling the logo of a soda brand, which is why it is dubbed the Pepsi bezel. Since its invention, many other watch brands have released their own versions of the Pepsi bezel. You can see this in watches such as the Timex Q Reissue and the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Ref. 79830RB-0001. Nevertheless, Rolex’s version remains the most legendary. The latest version of the Rolex Pepsi bezel has a 24-hour GMT scale and is made out of the brand’s patented Cerachrom material. TAG Heuer Carrera 160th Anniversary Tag Heuer is a brand that is known for its expertise in making tachymeter bezels. It has a long and rich history involving automobiles and the racing scene. This is probably how it has mastered the incorporation of tachymeter bezels in is watches. Take a look, for instance, at this limited edition TAG Heuer Carrera 160th Anniversary CBN2A1D.BA0643. It bears a fixed ceramic bezel in black with a tachymeter scale. Everything about this model serves as a tribute to the 160 years of the racing-inspired Tag Heuer Carrera series. Final Thoughts For those who are not that familiar with timepieces, the bezel is simply just a part of a watch. However, through this article, we have shown you just how much thought and effort watchmakers put into this versatile complication. From allowing watchmakers to exercise artistry and creativity to actually offering impressive utility, the watch bezel is definitely much more than just another watch component. It adds a lot of depth to a timepiece, both in terms of aesthetics and functionality.  Photo Credits: Official Brand Websites Hooked on timepieces? Check out this Guide on Buying the Perfect IWC Portofino watch.

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  7. Doctor Strange Watch: An In-Depth Review of the Sorcerer’s Jaeger-LeCoultre

    Doctor Strange Watch: An In-Depth Review of the Sorcerer’s Jaeger-LeCoultre

    The watchmaking and film industries have been entangled with each other for decades now. Brands like Hamilton and OMEGA are often featured in blockbuster movies, with popular examples such as the Omega James Bond watches and the Hamilton Interstellar watch. Indeed, there is no denying that a watch feature in a film is a good way to attract attention to the timepiece and add to a character’s aesthetic.   One of the recent crowd-favourite watch placements in film is the appearance of the JLC Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual in the Doctor Strange franchise. Seen often throughout both Doctor Strange films, this watch is notable in that it is not just a decorative piece. Instead, this Doctor Strange watch actually plays an important role in the films’ plots as well, further cementing its significance.  Read on to find out all you need to know about this iconic Doctor Strange watch.  A Look at the Doctor Strange Watch Anyone who has seen the Doctor Strange movies would know that the JLC Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual plays an important role in films. Some might argue that this is just another blatant form of product placement for lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who is known to be an ambassador of Jaeger-LeCoultre. Nevertheless, the filmmakers have been able to seamlessly incorporate the JLC Master Ultra Thin Perpetual into the Doctor Strange films, giving it both frequent close-ups and plot relevance.  In the first movie, the JLC Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual is gifted to Doctor Strange by Christine Palmer, his former love interest. As a result, Strange develops a very strong emotional attachment to the watch. He is spotted wearing this Doctor Strange watch many times and continues to hold onto it even after it is shattered. The Doctor Strange watch is even prominently featured in the sequel, as it acts as a tangible reminder of everything the wizard has gone through and his failed romance with Palmer.  Now that we know a little more about why this Doctor Strange watch is so important to the sorcerer, let us take a closer look at it and find out why it is worthy of being worn by one of Earth’s mightiest heroes.  Case and Caseback The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual is housed in a high-grade stainless steel case that exudes luxury right off the bat. It has a 39mm case diameter and a thickness of 9.3mm, which gives the watch a rather slender, petite build. This is quite impressive, as it requires a lot of skill and mastery to be able to craft a case of this size for a modern dress watch. Providing a well-balanced feel on your wrist, this Doctor Strange watch is a great option for those with small-to-mid-sized wrists.   On the underside of this Doctor Strange watch, you will see a transparent caseback. It gives you an up-cloe-and-personal view of the excellent in-house movement that powers all of this watch’s functions. This caseback also bears inscriptions of the watch’s details, such as its reference number, brand name, edition type, and more.  A single look at this Doctor Strange watch will tell you that no one can deny its superior aesthetics. That said, one of the most interesting things is that the entire process of making it was actually carried out in-house, in the JLC manufacture house. From its conceptualisation to its assembly, every step was done under the care of the brand’s amazing and meticulous watchmakers. Bracelet  This Doctor Strange comes with a gorgeous alligator leather strap in black, which you can also spot in the films. It is equipped with a double-folding buckle made of stainless steel, which keeps the watch securely fastened to your wrist.  Despite its simple style, this is the perfect strap for the JLC Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual. Coupled with the stainless steel case, this strap offers a very quintessential appeal, bringing out the straightforward elegance of the watch. This strap is also very versatile, as you can tell from the different outfits it is successfully paired with in the Doctor Strange movies.  Dial  Now, we move on to the most captivating aspect of the Doctor Strange watch: its face. The JLC Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual shows off a refined silver-grey dial that is nothing short of sophisticated.  It is adorned with triangular applique hour markers and dauphine hands, all made from black nickel. These components are also finely bevelled and polished, adding to the sharp, exquisite appeal of this watch. This dial also bears a blued steel seconds hand, which provides a lovely contrast against the silver backdrop.  Aside from the usual time-telling components, this model is also packed with a number of useful complications. It contains three sub-dials which are lightly submerged, serving as the day of the week, month, and date indicators. A quaint little window which serves as he date display is placed near 8 o’clock. At 12 o’clock, you can also find a beautiful, crescent-shaped moonphase display. The best thing about this watch face is that, despite its many intricacies, it does not feel too crowded or overwhelming at all. All of its components are well-spaced out, creating a neatly organised and easy-to-read dial.  Technical Details  Like most watches from Jaeger-LeCoultre, there is more to the JLC Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual than a beautiful exterior. This Doctor Strange watch comes with an equally impressive, well-built interior that will make any knowledgeable watch connoisseur drool.  This watch runs on a Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 868, which is developed and assembled entirely in-house. It is an automatic movement that comprises 336 components and 46 jewels. This movement beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and offers a standard 38-hour power reserved. It also has a 50-metre depth rating, which is quite standard for a dress watch like this.  Price  If you are familiar with Jaeger-LeCoultre, then you would probably have some idea of the price range this watch falls under. As one of the most respected Swiss luxury brands today, most of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s watches come at fairly exorbitant price points, and the JLC Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual is no different.  The JLC Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual has a price tag of approximately $25,000 USD, befitting its exclusive and prestigious status.  Reputation Even before being featured in the Doctor Strange film franchise, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual was already highly-regarded among collectors and enthusiasts. First released in 2013, it quickly garnered a rather significant following. It is perceived by many as a chic and sophisticated dress watch that has much to offer when it comes to both functionality and craftsmanship.  Other Watches Featured In the Doctor Strange Franchise While the main watch in the Doctor Strange films is definitely the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual, there are other timepieces that made quick cameo appearances as well.  As mentioned, watches play a rather significant role in the haughty Doctor’s life. That is why it is no surprise that he has a rather impressive personal collection of his own. Here are some of the exceptional timepieces that were spotted in Doctor Strange’s watch drawer (from left to right):  Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116520  First up, we have the famous Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116520, which is a staple in any luxury watch collection. It is one of the most coveted timepieces out there, which is why it fits Strange’s image quite well.  This Rolex watch comes in a 40mm Oystersteel case, coupled with a three-link Oyster bracelet made of the same material. Affixed to the top of the watch case is a thick, robust Oystersteel bezel which bears indicators for a handy tachymeter scale.  This watch showcases a clean white dial, which pairs wonderfully with its all-silver exterior. This dial has a rather sporty display, consisting of luminous applique hour markers and blunt hands. As a chronograph watch, it also has three sub-dials which are lined in thick rings of steel. These serve as the 1/8th of a second, 30-minute, and 12-hour counters.  Inside this sleek watch is an in-house Rolex Calibre 4130. Held together by 44 jewels, this automatic movement has an exceptional power supply of 72 hours. It has also achieved Superlative Chronometer certification, which means it has outstanding accuracy rate of +/-2 seconds per day.  This Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch sells at around $44,000 USD. It is an excellent watch that is certainly worthy of everyone’s favorite Marvel sorcerer.  Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ref. Q397846J The second model that can be spotted in Doctor Strange’s watch drawer is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ref. Q397846J. This is another highly-regarded timepiece that is just as prestigious as the JLC Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual.  This JLC Reverso watch is presented in a rectangular case made of stainless steel. With dimensions of 45.6mm x 27.4mm dimension, this sharply angular watch looks great on slimmer wrists. Its classic and refined watch case is brought out even more by its handsome burgundy leather strap.  The dial of this watch boasts a rich red sunray-brushed finish, which perfectly complements its strap. It is ornamented with applique hour markers, bevelled dauphine hands, and a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock. This watch also comes with a solid caseback and screw-down crown, both of which contribute to its decent 30-meter water resistance rating. A Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 822 drives this watch’s functions. This is a manual-winding movement made up of 108 components and 19 jewels. It beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour (3Hz) and has a 42-hour power reserve, making it truly reliable despite its petite size.  The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ref. Q397846J costs about $10,000 USD. It is known to hold its value remarkably well, making it a very smart investment piece too.  TAG Heuer Monaco Ref. CAW211J.FC6476 Lastly, placed on the far-right of Doctor Strange’s watch drawer is a TAG Heuer Monaco Ref. CAW211J.FC6476. This watch has a very sporty and contemporary aesthetic which matches the persona of Strange in the first part of the film.  This TAG Heuer Monaco watch sports a 39mm square case made out of stainless steel. It is fitted with a classic leather strap in black, which balances against the modernity of the angular watch case.  The dial of this watch showcases a simple and serious matte grey finish. It is decorated with luminescent applique markers and sporty red-and-silver sword hands. It also has a bi-compax display, with two sub-dials for the 60-second and 30-minute counters, and a compact date aperture at 6 o’clock. Flipping this TAG Heuer watch over, you will find a see-through caseback. It gives you a glimpse of the TAG Heuer Calibre 12 that runs inside this watch. This movement has a depth rating of up to 100 meters, which makes it suitable for most water activities. When fully wound, it can also last for up to 40 hours.  The TAG Heuer Monaco Ref. CAW211J.FC6476 retails at $6,000 USD, making it one of the more affordable Doctor Strange watches. Final Thoughts The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual is arguably the perfect timepiece for Steven Strange. Even if Benedict Cumberbatch was not a JLC ambassador, there is no other watch out there that complements the vibe of Doctor Strange as well as this model does.  It boasts classic and quintessential aesthetics whilst also showcasing modern and innovative craftsmanship, closely reflecting the persona of the aforementioned sorcerer. Ultimately, this Doctor Strange watch is as magical and captivating as the sorcerer who wears it. Photo Credits: Jaeger-LeCoultre, WatchShopping, and Reddit  Enjoy reading watch reviews? Check out this piece on the Rolex Coke!

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  8. Seiko Black Series: All You Need To Know About The All-Black Seiko Prospex Watches

    Seiko Black Series: All You Need To Know About The All-Black Seiko Prospex Watches

    For more than a century now, Seiko has been gracing the world with its excellent timepieces. It has contributed greatly to the watchmaking industry, as we can see from its quartz watch and dive watch innovations. Indeed, it is impressive how Seiko stands the test of time by constantly adapting to and developing new watch technology to keep up with the times.  Just this year, the brand released a special, limited-edition collection, the Seiko Black Series. Consisting of modern reissues that are based on older Seiko diving models, the Seiko Black Series consists of timepieces that are just uniquely Seiko. Read on to find out what the Seiko Black Series is all about and everything it has to offer.  Seiko Black Series: A Background While the Seiko Black Series was only released very recently, in 2022, its history actually dates back to as early as the 1960s. Most of the watches in this limited-edition series are modern re-interpretations of specific diving models from the 1960s and 1970s. In particular, the Seiko Prospex Black SPB253 is inspired by the 1965 Seiko Mechanical Diver, while the Seiko Prospex Black SPB255 is based on the 1968 Seiko Mechanical Diver. Finally, the Seiko Prospex Black SPB257 is a rebirth of the 1970 Seiko Mechanical Diver. We will look at each model in closer detail further down in this article.  Concept-wise, the Seiko Black Series revolves around the idea of night diving. This activity is something that many divers want to experience. Hence, Seiko opted to create four well-crafted dive watches that would serve as great companions even in the darkest environments possible. Indeed, even the collection’s name, the “Black Series”, is inspired by the night ocean that influences these watches’ designs.  An In-Depth Look at the Seiko Prospex Black SLA061   While we can definitely talk all day about each of the Seiko Black Series watches, let us first focus on the Seiko Prospex Black SLA061. This is arguably the most different out of the four models in the Seiko Black Series.  The Seiko Prospex Black SLA061 is based on the iconic Seiko Captain Willard from the 1970s, which explains its vintage-inspired exterior. The Seiko Captain Willard is especially famous due to its appearance in the 1979 blockbuster film Apocalypse Now. Aside from that, the Seiko Captain Willard is also known for being adventurer Naomi Uemura’s chosen companion during his 12,000km solo dog-sled excursion from Greenland to Alaska.  While these might seem like minor details, the history of the 1970s Seiko Captain Willard plays a big role in how the brand came up with the Seiko Prospex Black SLA061. In fact, the Japanese watch brand wanted to do the Seiko Captain Willard justice by making sure that its present-day version is just as durable and well-crafted as the original.  Compared to the other models in this lineup, the Seiko Prospex Black SLA061 also boasts materials of higher quality and a superior mechanism. It also had a more limited production, with only 1,000 pieces made available for sale.  Case, Caseback and Bezel  The Seiko Prospex Black SLA061 is presented in a high-quality stainless steel case with a full hard-coating in black, which boosts its resistance against scratches and impacts. It has a diameter of 44mm, a lug-to-lug width of 49.3mm, and a thickness of 13mm. This watch falls on the bulkier end, which, combined with its bold all-black aesthetic, only helps it stand out even more.  The back of this watch’s case is also made from solid, hard-coated black stainless steel. It is firmly screwed-down, which prevents any external elements from leaking into the watch. This contributes greatly to the watch’s impressive 200-metre water resistance rating. At the same time, this caseback also bears inscriptions of the watch’s details. This includes its country of manufacture, its serial number, materials used, and more. This Seiko Black Series model also comes with a unidirectional rotating bezel that really complements its watch face. It features a count-up scale on its black aluminium insert, which is bound to form a lovely patina as you use this watch. This is great for those who love vintage aesthetics, as this diver will most likely age well over time. The bezel ring also boasts a LumiBrite coat, allowing for excellent visibility even in low-light conditions.    Lastly, in between the bezel and the dial, you can find a curved sapphire crystal. It is treated with anti-reflective coatings on its inner surface, which prevents any visual distortions from affecting your view of the dial. Sapphire crystal is known for its superb durability, so it is very effective at protecting the watch face from any scratches.  Bracelet  The Seiko Prospex Black SLA061 is fitted with a three-link stainless steel bracelet. Like the watch case, the entire bracelet is hard-coated in black, which only adds to the watch’s bold and rugged style. This bracelet also has a three-fold clasp with a secure lock and a push-button release extenders. This keeps the bracelet firmly fastened to your wrist and and allows you to quickly remove it when necessary.  The Seiko Prospex Black SLA061 is also offered with an additional silicone strap upon purchase. Like the other components of the watch, this silicone band and its hardware come in a sleek shade of black, completing the watch’s all-black look. When paired with the case, it gives the watch a more casual, laidback vibe than the stainless steel variation. Using the Seiko Prospex Black SLA061 with a silicone strap makes it the perfect option for an everyday beater watch.  Dial  One of the most captivating features of this Seiko Black Series model is its lovely face. The Seiko Prospex SLA061 shows off a black dial with a beautiful sand ripple design, which adds both texture and depth to the watch’s face. This design element reiterates the concept upon which the Seiko Black Series is based: the darkness of the night ocean.  Aside from that, this watch face is also filled with thick hour indices and bevelled sword hands. In between the 4 and 5 o’clock markers, you can also find a small date aperture with a black background and white text. The hands and indices of this watch are all coated in LumiBrite, allowing for improved readability even in the dark. On the very rim of the dial, there is a minute scale in stick indices in white.  Movement Another thing that sets the Seiko Prospex Black SLA061 apart from the other pieces in the Seiko Black Series is that it is equipped with a more advanced mechanism. The SLA061 runs on an in-house Seiko Calibre 8L35, which was hand-crafted at the Seiko Watch Studio in Japan.  Held together by 26 jewels, the Seiko Calibre 8L35 is an automatic movement that boasts great reliability. It has an accuracy rate of +15/-10 seconds per day and a power reserve of approximately 50 hours.  Price Seiko is known for its very diverse portfolio, with watches that showcase drastically different specifications and price ranges. The Seiko Prospex Black SLA061, in particular, is one of the pricier models from the brand. This limited-edition watch, with its sophisticated, vintage-inspired aesthetic, sells at around $3,600 USD.  Other Models in the Seiko Black Series Now that we have talked about the Seiko Black Series’s stand-out model, let us take a look at the three remaining pieces in the collection. Note: As a special-edition series, the production of each Seiko Black Series model is limited. The three Seiko Black Series variants below had only 5,500 pieces released each. Every piece also comes with an additional silicone strap in black, like the Seiko Prospex Black SLA061.  1. Seiko Prospex Black SPB253 First, we have the Seiko Prospex Black SPB253, which was based on a mechanical diver from 1965. This is the cleanest model in the entire series with its well-defined, almost boxy case. It is the perfect combination of bold and sophisticated, making it quite a versatile accessory.  The SPB253 is housed in a 40.5mm stainless steel case in black and a rust-coloured strap made of polyester. Affixed to the top of the watch case is an aluminium count-up bezel. Embellished with vibrant orange accents, this bezel is coated in LumiBrite for better legibility.  Unlike the SLA061, the dial of this watch showcases a simpler matte black finish. It is adorned with luminescent black sword hands and rectangular hour indices, along with a date display at 3 o’clock. Orange and beige lume is also used to fill the hands and indices.  This watch is driven by a Japanese Seiko Calibre 6R35. This automatic movement shows off an outstanding power supply of 70 hours and can withstand water pressures of up to 200 metres.  With a price tag of just $1,200 USD, this is a much more affordable alternative to the SLA061.  2. Seiko Prospex Black SPB255  Next, we have the Seiko Prospex Black SPB255, based on a mechanical diver from 1968. Like its original, this Seiko Black Series watch has a sharp and chiselled exterior that makes the entire piece look robust and powerful. It is a great choice for those who love clean-cut and straightforward timepieces.  The SPB255 comes in a 42mm black case made of stainless steel, along with a dark brown polyester strap. Of all the watches in the Seiko Black Series, the SPB255 has the most flexible proportions as it was made to fit wrists of all sizes. A black count-up bezel with orange and silver indicators can be found on top of the watch case. Flipping this watch over, you can also find a solid stainless steel caseback. It is inscribed with the signature Seiko Tsunami logo.  The dial of this watch also comes in straightforward matte black. It contains luminous hour markers in various geometric shapes, along with sweeping sword hands and a date window at 3 o’clock. The seconds and minute hands of this watch are treated with soft orange lume, adding a bit of pop to this watch face.  This watch from the Seiko Black Series is also powered by a Seiko Calibre 6R35. This automatic movement is held together by 24 jewels and has a precision rate of +25/-15 seconds per day. It also possesses an excellent 70-hour power supply and a depth rating of 200 metres.  The Seiko Prospex Black SPB255 retails at $1,200 USD.  3. Seiko Prospex Black SPB257  Lastly, we have the Seiko Prospex Black SPB257. As another modern reissue of the 1970s Seiko Captain Willard, this model is the closest to the SLA061. Compared to the previous two models, this watch has a more rounded exterior. It is the ideal option for those who love chunky divers.   The SPB257 sports a 42.7mm cushion-shaped case made of black stainless steel and a rust-brown polyester strap. The funky and unconventional shape of this watch’s case is what sets it apart from the other pieces in the Seiko Black Series. Sitting atop the case is a count-up bezel with aluminium inserts and LumiBrite coatings in silver and orange.  The matte black dial of this watch follows a very clean and straightforward layout. It comprises thick hour indices and long black sword hands, which are treated with orange and beige lume. At 3 o’clock, you can also find a small date complication.  This model is also equipped with a sapphire crystal glass, a solid steel caseback, and a screw-down crown, all of which contribute to its 200-meter water resistance rating. Behind the caseback, you can also find a Seiko Calibre 6R35, which can last for up to 70 hours when fully wound.  The Seiko Prospex Black SPB257 costs approximately $1,300 USD.  Why Should You Get the Seiko Black Series?  If you are still on the fence on whether the Seiko Black Series is worth it or not, below are some points to help you decide.  Good Concept. One of the things that make the Seiko Black Series so great is that it was born out of a clear concept. It revolves around the idea of a night ocean, explaining the boldness of its exterior and the toughness of its mechanism. On top of that, the Seiko Black Series is also inspired by revolutionary, vintage Seiko timepieces from decades ago. This gives the Seiko Black Series more depth, adding to its appeal as a collector’s piece. Well-Executed. In relation to having a good concept, Seiko was also able to execute its ideas perfectly in the Seiko Black Series. Each element used in the Seiko Black Series was mindfully chosen to allow for utmost beauty and reliability. It is the perfect balance between beautiful aesthetics and excellent functionality, making it a no-brainer choice for divers and watch enthusiasts. Reasonably Priced. The Seiko Black Series, as a whole, definitely falls on the more expensive end for Seiko. Nevertheless, it is still a very reasonable price considering the quality you get with each model, especially when compared to other Swiss luxury watches in the market. The Seiko Black Series models are not just ordinary Seiko watches that are mass produced every year, they are limited-edition pieces that reflect superior craftsmanship in every way.Final Thoughts The Seiko Black Series is a reflection of the Japanese brand’s unwavering commitment to innovation. It chose to use groundbreaking vintage models and turn them into modern reinterpretations that are better in almost every way. Each model is equipped with excellent design and functionality, meant to resonate with divers of every kind. If you are looking for a dive watch worthy of your investment, you definitely will not regret checking out the Seiko Black Series.  Photo Credits: Seiko Official Site and WSIf you are interested in watch guides and reviews, check out this piece on the Robust Sinn U50!

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  9. A Detailed Look at President Joe Biden’s Watch Collection

    A Detailed Look at President Joe Biden’s Watch Collection

    In early 2021, the rest of the world watched as the United States of America elected its 46th President into office. It ended with a win for President Joe Biden, who has occupied said position for over a year now. To those who do not dabble in politics, what you know about Biden might be a little limited. For instance, you are likely just aware that Biden belongs to the Democratic Party and that he served as the 47th Vice President from 2009 to 2017, under Obama’s administration. While all these are relevant details that give insight into who Biden really is, one interesting factoid you may not have known is that Biden is also known for possessing a rather impressive watch collection. Over all of his years in politics, Biden has been seen and photographed wearing a variety of timepieces on numerous occasions and in work-related activities. It has gotten to a point where many watch collectors around the globe have started noticing and remarking on Biden’s excellent tastes in timepieces. As such, in today’s article, we will be taking a closer look at President Biden’s diverse watch collection and the remarkable timepieces in it. Joe Biden’s Watch Collection  1. OMEGA Seamaster 300 M Mid Size Quartz  US President Joe Biden has been spotted wearing a handsome OMEGA Seamaster 300 M Mid Size Quartz on numerous occasions. It is one of his go-to timepieces when attending presidential matters, and Biden often pairs it with either his business or smart casual attire. The watch itself boasts a very classic and versatile design, making it a great choice for an everyday accessory. This OMEGA Seamaster watch is presented in a 36.25mm stainless steel case, along with a five-link bracelet made of the same material. Affixed to the top of the watch case is a unidirectional rotating bezel with an elapsed time scale insert in metallic blue. The blue dial of the watch matches the shade of the bezel. It has a distinctive ocean motif, showing off a pattern of alluring, symmetrical waves. This dial is adorned with geometric hour markers, skeletal sword hands, and a date window at 3 o’clock. A layer of sapphire crystal also protects the watch’s face, guarding it against any scratches. This watch crystal has been treated with anti-reflective coatings, so wearers have a clear and unhindered view of the dial. Inside this watch, you can find an OMEGA 1538 movement. This is a quartz precision movement that showcases a sleek and shiny rhodium-plated finish. It possesses an impressive battery life of up to 42 months. This watch also has an excellent water resistance capacity of 300 meters, which is only to be expected, since it belongs to one of the most well-known diving collections on the market. The OMEGA Seamaster 300 M Mid Size Quartz is no longer in production today. Nevertheless, it remains a very popular piece, thanks in part to its good reputation as one of Biden’s favored watches. This OMEGA watch is valued at around $2,000 USD to $3,000 USD, which is a very affordable range for a luxury timekeeper like this. 2. Rolex Datejust 41 Another wonderful piece in President Biden’s watch collection is the gorgeous Rolex Datejust 41. This is actually quite unusual, especially since heads of the Oval Office are typically associated with another, specific Rolex model: the Rolex Day-Date. This started in the 1960s when President Lyndon Johnson was spotted wearing a gold Day-Date watch. President Johnson went on to gift some Rolex Day-Date pieces to his colleagues during his term, which quickly solidified the watch’s link to the White House. Ever since then, the Rolex Day-Date has been widely considered the “President’s watch”, which makes Biden’s choice of the Datejust 41 quite surprising. President Biden’s Rolex Datejust watch is housed in a 41mm Oystersteel case. This is coupled with a Jubilee bracelet that is also made of Oystersteel. Unlike the watch’s case, which boasts a full polished finish, this Jubilee bracelet showcases polished center links and brushed outer links. This creates a visually interesting interplay of textures, adding to the Rolex Datejust 41’s appeal. On top of the case, you can also find a cleanly polished fixed bezel, which protects the watch face from any external damage. Like the previous model, this Rolex Datejust 41 piece is another lovely blue-dial watch. Its dial boasts a refined sunray blue finish and is ornamented with rectangular hour indices, silver blunt hands, and a magnified date display at 3 o’clock. Underneath this sophisticated watch face is a Rolex Manufacture 3235 Caliber. This is a COSC-certified Rolex movement, which has an extended 70-hour power supply. As an advanced Rolex movement, the Caliber 3235 also comes with a paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and high-quality Paraflex shock absorbers. These features help boost the movement’s resistance to extreme temperatures and impacts. This Rolex watch sells at around $10,899 USD. While it is an unconventional choice for a US President, especially after decades of tradition, the Rolex Datejust 41 proves to be the perfect accessory for President Biden. He even chose to wear it during his inauguration ceremony in 2021. 3. Vulcain Cricket  Next up, we have the Vulcain Cricket. Like the Rolex Day-Date, this is a watch that is deeply rooted in Oval Office traditions. This timepiece is also frequently called the “President’s Watch”, as it is gifted to every American Head of State. It all began in 1953 when President Truman received a 14-carat Vulcain Cricket from the White House News Photographers Association during his last day in office. This inspired Mr. Paajenen, a Finnish jewelry store owner, to present every ensuing US President with a Vulcain Cricket piece of their own. These include Pres. Johnson, Pres. Eisenhower, Pres. Obama, and eventually, Pres. Biden.  The Vulcain Cricket comes in a slim 36mm steel case. It is paired with either a brown or a black Louisiana alligator leather strap so that the watch gives off a truly vintage feel. This watch also has a slender thickness of around 12.7mm, so you can easily and unobtrusively slip this watch under the cuff of your shirt. The Vulcain Cricket is offered in three different dial colors: silver, charcoal grey, or rich blue. Its dial also has a rather straightforward design, as it always comprises triangular hour indices, bold Arabic numeral markers, and sharp dauphine hands. Driving this masterpiece is a Vulcain V-10 Caliber. This is a mechanical in-house movement that is made up of 165 components and 25 jewels. It is decorated with a smooth nickel coating, blue screws, and skeleton ratchets, demonstrating the brand’s mastery over the watchmaking craft. Some of the Vulcain V-10 Caliber’s features include an alarm circa 20 seconds, a 42-hour power reserve, and a standard 50-meter depth rating. The Vulcain Cricket is a truly impressive and exquisite timepiece. As such, it is no surprise that President Biden already has two of these in his collection. Biden was first spotted wearing a Vulcain Cricket watch when he was still President Obama’s second-in-command, and he got his second piece after he was officially inaugurated into office. 4. Seiko Alarm Chronograph  Moving on to the next Biden watch, we have the Seiko Alarm Chronograph. This is one of the more affordable pieces in Biden’s watch collection. It is a vintage model that was originally produced in the late 1990s or the early 2000s. The Seiko Alarm Chronograph is known for being one of President Biden’s favorite beater watches. During his presidential campaign, Biden was often seen wearing this modest Seiko Chronograph watch, which allowed him to appeal more to the humble masses. This Seiko watch utilizes a 36mm stainless steel case and a retro-looking two-tone bracelet made of the same material. The gold accents that are peppered all over this watch’s exterior give it a higher-class, more elegant aesthetic. The dial, meanwhile, shows off a soft white finish. It consists of gold-plated hour indices, slender sword hands, and a date aperture that is also outlined in gold. This dial also has a chronograph display, with three sub-dials for the 60-second, 30-minute, and 12-hour counters. Like the date display, these counters are rimmed with gold, so they stand out more clearly against the rest of the dial. This lovely timepiece runs on a Japanese quartz movement that boasts the utmost reliability. It also comes with a cool alarm feature, further adding to this watch’s functionality. Finally, you can even use this Seiko watch when swimming, since it has a solid depth rating of 100 meters. As a watch that is no longer in production today, the Seiko Alarm Chronograph is quite a rare novelty. It costs around $200 USD to $300 USD. 5. Tissot T-Touch Ref. T013.420.47.202.00 The Tissot T-Touch Ref. T013.420.47.202.00, on the other hand, serves as a more modern and sporty piece from President Biden’s watch collection. There have been anecdotes about him wearing this watch since as early as when he was still the Vice-President of America. It says a lot about President Biden’s daily routines since the T-Touch was specially designed with those for active lifestyles. In fact, this is an outdoor watch that comes with a variety of excellent functions for all types of wilderness adventures. This is a First Generation Tissot T-Touch timepiece. It sports a 40mm stainless steel case and a sporty rubber strap in black. This timepiece’s case is complemented by thick, protruding lugs, which add to the watch’s bulky and robust look. Fitted on top of the case is a silver-grey compass bezel, which adds to the functionality of this timepiece. The dial, on the other hand, shows off a hybrid layout, which means it has both an analog and a digital display. It contains thick luminescent hands, large trapezoidal hour markers, and a rectangular LCD screen at 6 o’clock. As a highly practical outdoor watch, this Tissot timepiece is also equipped with a wide range of useful features. These include an altimeter, a compass, an alarm, a thermometer, a barometer, and more. All of these functions can be accessed just by touching the watch’s touchscreen sapphire crystal. On top of all that, this watch is also powered by a quartz movement and has a depth rating of around 30 meters. On President Biden, this T-Touch watch is often paired with his smart casual fits and dapper suits. This just proves how versatile the watch is and why President Biden keeps it in his collection. While this particular Tissot timepiece is no longer being produced, Tissot does still manufacture a Second Generation version, the Tissot T-Touch II Ref. T047.420.44.057.00. This second-generation model is priced at about $569 USD. 6. OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch  Moving on to another luxury watch, President Biden is known to have at least one version of the OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch in his collection. Specifically, he sports the Omega Speedmaster Professional Ref. 311.30.42.30.01.005. President Biden was featured in an American lifestyle magazine wearing this watch back in 2017. He was also spotted with it on his wrist on numerous occasions last year, as he carried out his duties as the 46th President of the United States. This Omega Speedmaster watch uses a 42mm stainless steel case and a matching three-link stainless steel bracelet. Its sleek, all-silver exterior is sharply contrasted against its rotating tachymeter bezel, which bears a black insert made of scratch-resistant ceramic. The dial of this watch also comes in matte black, complementing the bezel. It is decorated with rectangular hour indices, slender pencil hands, and three submerged sub-dials for the 60-second, 30-minute, and 12-hour chronograph counters. This dial is also guarded by a Hesalite crystal, which prevents the watch face from being scratched. Performance-wise, this handsome model is driven by an in-house Omega Caliber 3861. This is a high-quality manual-winding movement. It possesses a Master Chronometer certification, which is a testament to its highly precise timekeeping and boasts durable, anti-magnetic properties. This watch is also water-resistant up to depths of 50 meters. This Omega model retails at $6,300 USD. 7. Apple Watch  The last of Biden’s watches that we will be tackling is none other than his good old Apple Watch Series 7. It is not as expensive as the other luxury timepieces in Biden’s watch collection, but it serves as more of a practical choice than anything else. Indeed, anyone with a busy lifestyle would surely appreciate an accessory that can be seamlessly integrated into your everyday life and the Apple Watch does this perfectly, making it a great choice for the 46th US Head of State. President Biden is also known for being the first US President to wear an Apple Watch while in office. This has resulted in folks seeing President Biden as a leader who is open to modernity. The Apple Watch Series 7 is available in either stainless steel or lightweight aluminum. It is offered in an array of colors (such as green, silver, blue, starlight, and more) and strap materials (like, nylon, leather, or stainless steel). The dial of this watch features a durable Retina display. Wearers can select between a model with an Ion-X dial or with a sapphire crystal dial. Aside from that, the Apple Watch Series 7 also comes equipped with a dual-core processor, a W3 wireless chip, and a U1 chip, all of which are crucial to its functionality. As expected of a high-tech smartwatch like this, the Apple Watch Series 7 shows off state-of-the-art features that make your everyday life easier. These include health monitors and activity trackers, exercise apps, and environmental sensors. You can also easily connect it to your smartphone and other Apple gadgets, allowing for seamless connectivity no matter where you are. The Apple Watch Series 7 can be purchased from around $700 USD to $1,000 USD. Final Thoughts  The models we have listed above are just some of the more notable timepieces from President Biden’s watch collection. Nevertheless, they prove how impeccable his taste is when it comes to choosing the right timekeepers. The diversity and versatility that comes with President Biden’s watch collection, in terms of both price and style, is truly impressive, especially when you consider his position. Hopefully, we will get to see more of President Biden’s watches in the years to come! Photo Credits: Official Watch Sites, Amazon, and GQ If you want to read more listicles, check out this piece on the Best White Watches For Men!

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  10. Rolex Smurf: A Review of the Emblematic Rolex Submariner 116619LB

    Rolex Smurf: A Review of the Emblematic Rolex Submariner 116619LB

    Rolex is home to some of the most coveted timepieces in the world. It has a drool-worthy catalogue consisting of famous and diverse luxury pieces, such as the Rolex Batman and Rolex Pepsi, that every watch enthusiast and aficionado dreams of owning someday. One of the brand’s most emblematic watches is the Rolex Smurf, which hails from its iconic Submariner collection. Like its peers in the Submariner collection, the Rolex Smurf is a sturdily-built, luxurious dive watch. Indeed, having been in production for over ten years now, the Rolex Smurf remains one of Rolex’s most sought-after timepieces ever made. Stylish, sleek, and robust, in this article we will be taking an in-depth look at the Rolex Smurf and the reasons behind its enduring popularity Rolex Watches and Nicknames If you are new to the watchmaking world, you may not know about the habit some watch fans have of giving their favourite timepieces iconic nicknames. Oftentimes, when fans truly love a watch, they will give it a certain moniker based on its design, color, or structure. Some examples include Seiko’s dive watches, with popular examples like the Seiko Tuna or the Seiko Samurai. Rolex watches, too, are known for their witty labels which are used by the watch community more frequently than the actual names of these timepieces. For instance, many people have probably heard about watches such as the Rolex Coke or Rolex Hulk. In fact, you can probably take a guess as to the aesthetic and colorway of these watches just off their names. The Rolex Smurf is another one of these cleverly nicknamed Rolex watches. The reason behind this nickname should be pretty obvious, especially if you are familiar with the popular animated characters called The Smurfs. They are fictional creatures with bright blue skin that resembles the royal blue colorway of the Rolex Submariner Ref. 116619LB, hence the Rolex Smurf’s catchy nickname. All About The Rolex Smurf The Rolex Ref. 116619LB, which is more popularly referred to as the Rolex Smurf, came out in 2008. It was released in celebration of the brand’s 100th anniversary and the 55th anniversary of the iconic Rolex Submariner collection. The Rolex Smurf immediately caught the attention of watch collectors around the world, as it was the first Submariner watch to be made solely out of precious white gold metal. With that said, let us delve deeper into the Rolex Smurf to find out everything else it has to offer. Case and Bezel Right off the bat, the most notable thing about the Rolex Smurf is its solid, 18-carat white gold case that simply exudes the utmost luxury. It has a diameter of around 400mm and a lug width of 20mm. These are rather standard measurements, allowing the Rolex Smurf to fit quite nicely on wrists of all sizes. One of the main reasons behind the exceptional popularity of the Rolex Smurf is its unique coating. In most cases, white gold watches tend to showcase a shiny and extremely bright sheen that draws the eye. For the Rolex Smurf, however, the brand opted to apply a slightly duller, greyer brushed finish. This unusual finish allows the Rolex Smurf to truly stand out against other white gold watches. On the top of the Rolex Smurf’s watch case, you can find the brand’s signature elapsed time scale bezel. Fitted with a deep blue Cerachrom insert, this bezel is marked with 60-minute graduations and can rotate in one direction, clockwise only. This bezel also comes with 120 clean clicks, with virtually no backplay, so you do not have to worry about jostling the bezel and losing track of your elapsed time underwater. Enclosed within the bezel is a layer of sapphire crystal, which is the strongest watch crystal available on the market. Tough and extremely resistant against scratches, this watch crystal is perfect for those who value durability in a watch. Bracelet The Rolex Smurf is paired with a gorgeous Oyster bracelet that is also made out of luxurious 18-carat white gold. With its classic three-link design, this Oyster bracelet is one of Rolex’s trademark creations, perfectly fusing durability and comfort. Like the watch case, this bracelet is embellished with a sleek brushed finish. It is also equipped with an Oysterlock clasp, which keeps the bracelet firmly fastened on your wrist. The Oysterlock clasp is engraved with the brand’s iconic crown logo, adding an air of refinement to this timepiece. Dial  As with most Rolex Submariner timepieces, the dial is the star of the show. The Rolex Smurf showcases a captivating shade of blue that is truly unique to this model and is the source of the watch’s nickname. This dial also boasts a classic, easy-to-read Submariner layout. It comprises thick hour markers in various geometric shapes, signature Rolex Mercedes hands, and a date window at 3 o’clock that is magnified by a special cyclops lens. The hands and indices of this watch are generously coated with Super-LumiNova. This causes the watch face to light up in a bright, neon blue hue when viewed in the dark, allowing for optimal legibility at all times. Movement and Other Features People often tend to focus a little too much on the exteriors of Rolex Submariner watches, due to their admittedly vibrant and luxurious designs. However, just like every other model in Rolex’s catalogue, the inner mechanisms of the Rolex Smurf are certainly worthy of discussion too. The Rolex Smurf is equipped with a well-crafted in-house Rolex Caliber 3135. This is a COSC-certified automatic movement that possesses an impressive power reserve of 50 hours. It boasts top-notch time-telling precision, with an accuracy rate of +/-2 seconds per day. Finally, this movement also offers an excellent 300-meter depth rating, making it truly reliable both in and out of the water. Price  It is no secret that Rolex watches are some of the most valuable timepieces to ever exist. While the Rolex Smurf is not the most exorbitant Rolex model out there, it is still highly coveted, especially since it is no longer in production today. The current estimated value of the Rolex Smurf is around $63,500 USD, which is a very hefty price indeed. You can also expect the value of the Rolex Smurf to appreciate in the next years, due to its prestigious Rolex branding and its status rare timepiece that is no longer in production. Rolex Smurf: Selling Points Now that we know more about the Rolex Smurf, let us consider a few main reasons why you should definitely consider adding this watch to your collection. Valuable. The Rolex Smurf is an expensive model that makes for a great investment piece. Even though it has been more than a decade since the Rolex Smurf was launched, its popularity only continues to grow throughout the years. As such, it is an incredibly valuable, highly-coveted watch with a resale value that will only appreciate in the future. Renown. Another reason why the Rolex Smurf is worth your time is that it is a well-established model in the watchmaking scene. If you are trying to make your collection more credible or impressive, adding this renowned timepiece to your assortment will surely garner rave compliments from fellow enthusiasts.Symbolic. This last point is directed to all the watch connoisseurs and enthusiasts who value the essence and the story of a timepiece above all. Released in celebration of Rolex’s 100th anniversary, the Rolex Smurf possesses great symbolic value as it was a tribute to the brand’s storied past and to what it can offer moving forward. The fact that it incorporated new materials and design elements while simultaneously celebrating the historical value of Rolex as a brand showcases how the Rolex Smurf represents everything that Rolex is all about.Alternatives to the Rolex Smurf If you are having trouble getting your hands on the Rolex Smurf, below are some alternative models you can opt for instead. 1. Rolex Submariner Ref. 116618LB First up, we have the Rolex Submariner Ref. 116618LB. Arguably on the same level as the Rolex Smurf when it comes to popularity, this Rolex timepiece showcases a very similar design to the Smurf, albeit with a different colorway and a slightly different vibe. This is a highly sought-after timepiece that would surely make any watch collector drool. The Rolex Submariner Ref. 116618LB is presented in a 40mm case made of 18-carat yellow gold, coupled with an Oyster bracelet made of the same material. Its gleaming, all-gold exterior gives off a flashier, more lavish feel that will draw the eyes of all who see it. Like the Rolex Smurf, this model also comes with a rotating elapsed time scale bezel that bears a royal blue Cerachrom insert. The dial of this watch, on the other hand, is a little different than the Rolex Smurf. Unlike the Smurf’s matte blue dial, this Rolex timepiece instead showcases a blue dial with a gorgeous, metallic sunray finish. This adds to the higher-end, classy look of this watch. The dial is also furnished with geometric hour markers, Mercedes hands, and a magnified date display at 3 o’clock. As with the Rolex Smurf, this timepiece is driven by an in-house Rolex Caliber 3135. Held together by 31 jewels, this COSC-certified automatic movement offers an accuracy rate of +/-2 seconds per day. It can last up to 50 hours when fully wound. This timepiece also has an excellent depth rating of 300 meters, befitting its status as a Rolex Submariner watch. Given all its impressive and extravagant characteristics, the Rolex Submariner Ref. 116618LB’s price tag of $39,995 USD is not surprising at all. 2. Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5740/1G-001 Next up, we have the Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5740/1G-001. This watch has a rather different design compared to the Rolex Smurf. Nevertheless, it shows off the same prestige and exclusivity as the Smurf, thanks to its similar colorway and use of luxurious materials. This watch serves as the ideal alternative for those seeking a blue-dial watch at the peak of luxury. This Patek Philippe watch comes in a 40mm cushion-shaped case and bracelet, both of which are made from 18-carat white gold. It showcases a matte blue dial with a horizontal teak pattern that adds to the sophisticated look of this watch. It also consists of white gold applique hour markers and blunt watch hands. Three unusual sub-dials are dotted around the dial. At 3 o’clock, you can find a quarter-month counter, while a day-of-the-week dial is placed at 9 o’clock. Located at 6 o’clock is a day-of-the-month dial, which also contains a lovely, starry moon phase indicator. A Patek Philippe Calibre 240 Q powers this watch. This is an automatic movement with a standard 48-hour power supply. The only downside to this watch, arguably, is the fact that it only has a water resistance capacity of 60 meters. While this is enough to survive any accidental splashes or showers, you will not be able to use this Patek Philippe Nautilus watch for any deepwater activities. Be prepared to shell out at least $449,000 USD to get your hands on the Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5740/1G-001. 3. Seiko 5 Sports Ref. SBSA043 The Seiko 5 Sports Ref. SBSA043, on the other hand, serves as a more affordable alternative to the Rolex Smurf. It does not have the same luxurious feel as the previous models. Instead, this Seiko watch offers a more simple and more sporty aesthetic. It is perfect for those who want something similar to the Rolex Smurf without having to break the bank. This Seiko 5 Sports watch utilizes a 40mm stainless steel case and a matching three-link stainless steel bracelet. Affixed to the top of the watch case is a steel bezel, which guards the watch’s face against any impacts or scratches. Enclosed within this bezel is a layer of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Through the watch’s sapphire crystal, you can get a clear view of the watch’s striking blue dial. It comes in a beautiful shade of sunray blue and is adorned with geometric hour markers, large syringe hands, and a day-date complication at 3 o’clock. Flipping the watch over, you will find a transparent caseback that is also made of stainless steel. This caseback gives you a glimpse of the Seiko Caliber 4R36 that runs inside. This Japanese automatic movement offers a decent power reserve of 40 hours. On top of that, the Seiko SBSA043 is also water-resistant up to depths of 100 meters, making it suitable for most water activities. The Seiko SBSA043 costs approximately $490 USD. Final Thoughts  The Rolex Smurf is a gorgeous diving watch that really stands out among the rest. It comes in a mesmerizing shade of blue that perfectly complements its clever nickname. On top of that, it is also equipped with state-of-the-art functions and features that are powered by a well-crafted movement. While it is a little disappointing that the Rolex Smurf is no longer in production today, the guarantee of its constantly appreciating value makes this a great watch to add to your collection. Photo Credits: Watchshopping Site Interested in diving watches? Check out this piece on the Orient Mako II!

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  11. Cartier Roadster: A Dress Watch with Traditional Classic Cartier Aesthetic

    Cartier Roadster: A Dress Watch with Traditional Classic Cartier Aesthetic

    When we talk about motorsports and watches, the first things that come to mind would probably be famous names like the TAG Heuer Monaco or the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. These are renowned collections based on racing and automobiles that are remarkably popular among the motorsports community. However, one automotive-inspired series that only true watch connoisseurs know about actually comes from Cartier, in the form of the Cartier Roadster.  In this article, we will take a look at the Cartier Roadster range and see if it is truly as impressive as people say.  History of the Cartier Roadster  Launched in the early 2000s, the Cartier Roadster is one of popular Cartier collections ever released. Just from its name, you can probably already guess that it is inspired by motorsports and automobiles. Racing watches are not a new concept in the horological world. However, Cartier was still able to create a line that was completely and uniquely its own by perfectly incorporating its mastery of elegance and sophistication with sportiness. One of the key reasons why this series so captivated watch fans is due to the hints of vintage elements in its design. In fact, the Cartier Roadster is based on the dashboard layout of a 1950s Porsche, giving the watch a very nostalgic, retro aesthetic. Best Cartier Roadster Models  Despite its short run, the Cartier Roadster boasts a rather extensive catalogue with a wide selection of models. These watches can be divided into three categories: the Cartier Roadster Men, Cartier Lady’s Roadster, and the Cartier Roadster Chronograph. In this section, we will take a look at some of the best Cartier Roadster models you can find in each of these categories. Cartier Roadster Men  The Cartier Roadster watches for men serve as the core of this collection. These were the original Cartier Roadster models. They consist of classic pieces that incorporate subtle, automotive-inspired elements, which makes them great accessories to wear both on and off the racetrack. One thing about the Cartier Roadster Men watches is that they are not as overtly masculine as other racing watches on the market. This is precisely why the Cartier Roadster Men is well-known for its versatility. 1. Cartier Roadster Men Ref. W62002V3 The Cartier Roadster Men Ref. W62002V3 is arguably one of the coolest watches in the entire Cartier Roadster catalog. It has a suave modern aesthetic that brings out the sophistication in any outfit it is paired with. This Cartier Roadster watch is housed in a 38mm stainless steel case and a matching three-link stainless steel bracelet. The case of this watch has a barrel-shaped design, which allows it to stand out from all the other motorsport-inspired pieces on the market. The dial of this watch has a jet-black finish, which contrasts sharply against its all-silver exterior. It has a racetrack layout and consists of luminescent sword hands, Arabic numeral markers, and a magnified date window at 3 o’clock. The Arabic numerals of this watch come in alternating red and white hues. The hour markers are painted in white. The double-digit minute markers, on the other hand, are a vibrant, striking red, giving the watch a cooler and more rugged look. The Ref. W62002V3 is driven by a Cartier Calibre 3110. Based on the popular ETA 2892-A2 movement, the Cartier Calibre 3110 is an automatic movement that has a power reserve of 42 hours. You can purchase this watch for around $6,200 USD. 2. Cartier Roadster Men Ref. W62048V3 Another handsome Cartier Roadster Men’s watch worth adding to your collection is the Ref. W62048V3. This watch is the perfect fusion of sportiness and elegance. You can easily wear this at both your fancy dinner parties and in your everyday routines. This Cartier watch is presented in a 38mm barrel-shaped case and a three-link bracelet, both made of stainless steel. Its dial shows off a radiant and rich blue sunray finish that simply draws your eye to it. It contains large Roman numeral markers in an elegant, slanting typeface, thick sword hands, and a magnified date display at 3 o’clock. Protecting the watch is a sapphire crystal with scratch-resistant properties and a 100-meter depth rating. Like the previous Cartier Roadster model mentioned, this watch runs on a Cartier Calibre 3110. Held together by 21 jewels, this self-winding movement offers quick-set date capabilities and a 42-hour power supply. Be prepared to shell out at least $7,125 USD to get your hands on the Ref. W62048V3. Cartier Lady’s Roadster  The Cartier Lady’s Roadster watches are offered in the same barrel-shaped cases as the Cartier Roadster Men. The primary difference, however, is that the Cartier Lady’s Roadster timepieces come in smaller sizes and have daintier, more feminine designs compared to the Cartier Roadsters for men. For instance, many Cartier Lady’s Roadster watches are embellished with jewels and gems, making them extra appealing to the ladies. 1. Cartier Lady’s Roadster Ref. W62016V3  One of the greatest pieces in the Cartier Lady’s Roadster lineup is the Ref. W62016V3. It offers a simple and straightforward design, making it an excellent classic piece for everyday wear. Despite its unassuming exterior, this model still exudes an air of quiet luxury that few other brands can replicate. The Ref. W62016V3 comes in a slim 31mm stainless steel case and a matching stainless steel three-link bracelet. Complementing its polished silver exterior is a lovely silver-white dial. This dial bears the classic Cartier Roadster racetrack design. It is also adorned with slanting Arabic numeral markers in black, luminous black sword hands, and a magnified, trapezoidal date aperture at 3 o’clock. Guarding this watch face is a layer of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. At the core of this Cartier Roadster watch is the Swiss Cartier Caliber 688. This is a powerful quartz movement that offers excellent precision and an outstanding battery life of more than five years. In addition, this watch is also water-resistant up to depths of 100 meters. The Cartier Lady’s Roadster Ref. W62016V3 is one of the most affordable pieces in this article. It retails at just $5,400 USD. 2. Cartier Lady’s Roadster Ref. W62026Y4 Another Cartier Roadster worth discussing is the Ref. W62026Y4. With its exquisite two-tone colorway, this watch boasts a refined sophistication and luxury that is unlike any other. This Cartier Roadster watch is even smaller than the previous model, encased in a 29mm barrel-shaped case. This is paired with a two-tone bracelet that shows off stainless steel outer links and lavish yellow gold inner links. Affixed to the top of the watch case is a yellow gold fixed bezel, which goes wonderfully with the watch’s bracelet. The dial of this watch showcases a silver-white finish with faint black lines that replicate the look of a classic racetrack. It is furnished with thick Roman numeral markers, luminous sword hands, and a magnified date complication at 3 o’clock. The nail-shaped cyclops lens of this watch is cleverly attached to its screw-down crown, creating a rather unique, protruding look. Inside this watch, you can find the same well-crafted Caliber 688 quartz movement. It offers great precision, making this watch both beautiful and reliable. The Cartier Lady’s Roadster Ref. Ref. W62026Y4 has an estimated price tag of $6,750 USD. Cartier Roadster Chronograph Now, we move on to the bolder pieces in the Cartier Roadster catalogue. The Cartier Roadster Chronograph takes this collection to a whole new level of functionality and aesthetic. Since the Cartier Roadster is a motorsport-inspired series, adding a chronograph model definitely fits the concept. In fact, the Cartier Roadster Chronograph is probably more deeply rooted in the automotive scene than the other two Cartier Roadster lines. 1. Cartier Roadster Chronograph Ref. W6206020 The Cartier Roadster Chronograph Ref. W6206020 is a striking and unusual piece for those who love eccentric chronographs. It shows off a very sporty elegance that you do not frequently see in other chronographs. The Ref. W6206020 utilises a chunky 50mm case that is made out of stainless steel, along with a black rubber strap. Despite its large diameter, the tonneau shape of this watch case means that it does not take up too much space on your wrist. As such, it can fit quite well on wrists of all sizes. Fitted on top of the case is a black-coated fixed bezel, which blends in perfectly with the watch’s strap. As a chronograph piece, the silver opaline dial of this watch is a lot busier than the other models previously mentioned. It is decorated with slanting Roman numeral markers, luminous sword hands, a trapezoidal date display at 3 o’clock, and three sub-dials in black. Unlike traditional chronograph sub-dials which have a clean and round shape, the sub-dials on this watch are oval-shaped, which allows them to fit neatly into the dial. Powering all of these features is a reliable Swiss automatic movement. If you are a fan of racing-inspired watches, this $7,525 USD model should definitely be on your radar. 2. Cartier Roadster Chronograph Ref. W6206019 In this entry, we have the Cartier Roadster Chronograph Ref. W6206019. Compared to the previous model, this version has a softer and more versatile appeal. This model sports a 49mm barrel-shaped case. This is coupled with a sleek three-link bracelet made of the same material, which gives the watch a more professional, office-ready look. The silver opaline dial comprises large Roman numeral markers, sword hands, a sizeable date window at 3 o’clock, and three oval sub-dials in white for the 60-second, 60-minute, and 12-hour chronograph counters. Like the Ref. W6206020, this watch also runs on a high-quality Swiss automatic movement. The Cartier Roadster Chronograph Ref. W6206019 costs about $7,975 USD. Frequently Asked Questions Now that we know more about the Cartier Roadster’s best models, let us talk about some of the most frequently asked questions about this series.  Is the Cartier Roadster discontinued?  Unfortunately, the Cartier Roadster is no longer in production today. It ran for a relatively short time, from the early 2000s up until 2012. Its discontinuation in 2012 caused much disappointment among fans and patrons of the collection. How do you set a Cartier Roadster watch?  The process of setting a Cartier Roadster piece is quite similar to that of other watches. In fact, it is fairly straightforward. You simply have to pull the crown of your Cartier Roadster out. Turning it either clockwise or counterclockwise will then cause the hands of the watch to move. Then, just rotate the crown until you reach the correct time/date. Is the Cartier Roadster worth adding to your collection?  Honestly, this really depends on what your preference is, especially since every collector has different factors to take into consideration. The Cartier Roadster is a well-crafted and highly-respected racing watch. One of the most appealing things about the Cartier Roadster is that it boasts elegance and sophistication you cannot find in most other motorsports-inspired watches, which tend to be more rugged. If you want something that offers a slightly different twist on the automotive watch, then the Cartier Roadster is a must-have. Modern Alternatives to the Cartier Roadster The Cartier Roadster can be pretty hard to get today, especially since it has been discontinued. As such, here are some alternative models that you can consider adding to your collection instead. 1. Cartier Drive de Cartier Ref. WSNM0004 First, we have the Cartier Drive de Cartier Ref. WSNM0004. This watch is perceived by some as the modern reincarnation of the Cartier Roadster. This Drive de Cartier watch uses a 40mm cushion-shaped case made of stainless steel and a leather strap in black. Although it is slightly larger than most of the Cartier Roadster models mentioned above, this watch’s cushion case means that it has a more compact build. This allows it to fit well on both small and large wrists. On the right side of the case, you can find a screw-down crown that is fitted with a blue cabochon spinel. This crown helps guarantee the watch’s 30-meter depth rating. The dial of this watch showcases a simple yet refined silver finish. It is filled with thick Roman numeral markers, a minute track with square markers and stick indices, a date aperture at 3 o’clock, and a small seconds sub-dial. Adding to the stylish contemporary look of this watch are its blued steel hands, which bring a pop of color to this watch face. On the underside of this Cartier watch, you can find a transparent caseback. Through it, you can admire the automatic movement that ticks inside the watch. This is a Cartier Calibre 1904-PS MC, which is held together by 27 jewels and has a 48-hour power supply. The Cartier Drive de Cartier Ref. WSNM0004 is worth approximately $6,800 USD. 2. Longines Evidenza Ref. L26424736 The next Cartier Roadster alternative we have is the Longines Evidenza Ref. L26424736. This is a classic piece that has a build and design that is quite similar to the Cartier Roadster. The icing on the cake is that it even has a more affordable price tag, catering to those with more limited budgets. This Longines Evidenza watch is presented in a slim 33mm tonneau-shaped case and a multi-link bracelet, both made using stainless steel. Complementing the watch’s all-silver exterior is its silver-white dial, which boasts an alluring guilloche finish. This dial is ornamented with slanting Arabic numeral hour markers, blued steel hands, and a date complication and small seconds sub-dial, both at 6 o’clock. Underneath this elegant watch face, you can find a Longines Caliber L615. This is an automatic movement which can last for up to 42 hours when fully wound. This watch also has a depth rating of 30 meters, which is less than what is offered by the Cartier Roadster models. If you want an affordable alternative to the Cartier Roadster, this Longines watch is just what you are looking for. It sells at just $2,400 USD. Final Thoughts  The Cartier Roadster is an excellent collection that consists of well-crafted automotive-inspired watches. It is incomparable to other models because it brings unparalleled sophistication and exquisiteness to motorsport watchmaking. Ultimately, this is a series worth checking out if you enjoy retro timepieces linked to the racing scene.  Photo Credits: Amazon If you wanna increase your watch knowledge, check out our article on the Grand Seiko SBGM221!

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