Hamza Shahzad

Hamza Shahzad

First Published: January 15, 2020
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  2. Every James Bond Watch That Was Worn

    Every James Bond Watch That Was Worn

    James Bond is arguably the most iconic fictional secret agent in the film industry. He has visited virtually every corner of the world and loves keeping a fine collection of watches under his sleeve. However, the timepieces he owns are not usually “normal” watches. Rather, each and every James Bond watch truly befits the status of the secret agent, as they all boast excellent craftsmanship and are made by renowned brands.  Here’s a glimpse at the timeline of every James Bond watch, from the Rolex Submariner in the 1962 Dr. No to the Omega Seamaster in the 2015 Spectre.  Every James Bond Watch Ever Worn in Film 1. Dr. No (1962) – Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538 While this dive watch was not originally a part of 007’s debut, Fleming thought it would be a great addition to the character’s ensemble. This is because diving was an incredibly popular sport back in the 1960s, and it would be a striking point for Bond to have such a bold and adventurous lifestyle. The actor Sean Connery, who portrayed James Bond, wore the Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538, which eventually became known as the James Bond Submariner. Watch collectors and film geeks often talk about this model because of its unique features.  First, it is believed that the watch was originally from Connery’s personal collection. This same watch allegedly also made an appearance in the third James Bond film Goldfinger (1964) but featuring a different strap. Lastly, this James Bond watch also stands out as especially unique, because it comes with an undersized lug and strap. Unlike all other Submariner pieces with lug widths of 20mm, this James Bond watch comes with a 16mm lug width instead. Was this difference because this Rolex Submariner was made in the eleventh hour? Or was it Connery’s personal preference? We might never find out. Nevertheless, this was the start of a longstanding tradition of iconic and prestigious James Bond watches. 2. From Russia with Love (1963) – Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538 Sean Connery’s premium Rolex Submariner returns in the sequel From Russia with Love (1963). It is apparent that this model was undoubtedly Connery’s favorite model at that time. This Rolex watch was seen with a NATO strap, adding a rugged and sporty look to the character.  Although From Russia with Love (1963) has a brand-new plot and adventures, Connery’s Bond returned with his trusty Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538 again. This time, the watch was used as an essential element in Agent 007’s character, since Agent Q was able to convert the watch into a unique weapon.  3. Goldfinger (1964) – Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538 The Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538 made its third consecutive, and arguably most iconic, appearance for Connery’s Bond character in the film Goldfinger (1964). This watch’s best scene happens when Bond coolly checks his timepiece as a heroin factory blows up in the background. With its third appearance, this watch also gained its name as the “James Bond NATO.”  4. Thunderball (1965) – Breitling Top Time Chronograph Ref. 2002 Although Bond wore the Submariner Ref. 6538 for the last time in this film, Thunderball (1965) also debuted a historic new James Bond watch into the series. This watch is the Breitling Top Time Chronograph Ref. 2002,  which appears with a modified case for this movie. Unfortunately, this was also the last time that this Breitling watch was worn. It is also noteworthy for being the first watch that MI6 Quartermaster Q gave to Bond as a gadget. 5. You Only Live Twice (1967) – Gruen Precision 510 The film, You Only Live Twice (1967) was the first Bond film where the fans were left scratching their heads regarding Bond’s signature timepiece in the film. Honestly, it is not even clear if he had one, to begin with. Some say that he wore this same underrated Gruen Precision in Dr. No (1962), but if so, there were no standout moments where it could be clearly seen. Part of the confusion is due to the fact that this Gruen watch was also only briefly seen in You Only Live Twice (1967). It can be spotted during Bond and the Japanese ninjas’ match against SPECTRE and supervillain, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.  6. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) – Rolex Chronograph Ref. 6238 Connery took a backseat for this one as Australia’s George Lazenby portrays the legendary MI6 agent in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). It was Lazenby’s first and only appearance. Regardless, his Bond wore three different Rolex Submariners in this film. The first was a Ref. 5513 on a bracelet of Rolex’s signature Oystersteel. This was followed by a Submariner Ref. 6358 and then a Submariner Chronograph Ref. 6238. The Rolex Chronograph Ref. 6238 is a luxurious diver’s watch with a touch of modernity. Unlike the previous James Bond watches, this one comes with a customized, vibrant red seconds hand and round pump pushers. 7. Diamonds Are Forever (1971) – Gruen Precision 510 The status of the Gruen Precision 510 piece as a James Bond watch has been debated by many since it only appears once in this movie. Nevertheless, those who think of this as a James Bond watch argue that it says a lot that he wore the exact same piece in You Only Live Twice (1967). 8. Live and Let Die (1973) – Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 and Hamilton Pulsar LED Digital Watch Not only do we get two James Bond watches in this film, but we also witness the debut of Roger Moore as the iconic secret agent. First, we see Bond checking the time on a Hamilton‘s Pulsar P2 Digital LED Watch. We later spot him getting his Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 from Q Branch. Thanks to Q’s ingenious mechanical engineering, this Rolex piece comes with a circular saw and a magnet – both of which come in handy when getting Bond out of a rut or two. In addition, the Hamilton Pulsar P2 Digital LED Watch represented the breakthrough of the quartz watches during that era. This Hamilton LCD watch’s appearance in this film marked the start of the brand’s mass-production of quartz-powered pieces. It informed people of the watch’s ability to light up using its LED screen and show off a digital layout. This was all thanks to Roger Moore, who played James Bond in 1973. 9. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) – Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 At this point, no one would criticize you for dubbing the Submariner Ref. 5513 as the “James Bond Rolex.” Although this iconic Rolex watch shows up again on this list, this time, it does not come with any sweet tricks or gadgets. Nevertheless, as a top-notch, prestigious Rolex timepiece, it is still a memorable watch in the film and a great collector’s piece.  That said, this dive watch was the last classic Rolex Submariners ever made. It stands out for being a non-date,non-chronometer-certified Submariner. In addition, this Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 with modified a power magnet and buzz saw in the bezel, used for cutting binds in the movie. 10. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) – Seiko 0674 LC Photo from Flickr In Roger Moore’s third appearance as Bond, he wore the Seiko Ref. 0674 LC throughout the entirety of The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). It is also the only time Moore would wear a Seiko watch. Interestingly, however, the movie’s promotional images actually depict Bond wearing a Rolex GMT-Master II instead. Agent 007 used this particular rectangular Seiko watch in the film to relay printouts of taped messages from a fellow superspy. This is also the first-ever Seiko watch to appear in a James Bond movie. This fun and innovative James Bond watch could additionally be modified into a pager by pulling out the message on the top of the case. 11. Moonraker (1979) – Seiko M354 Memory Bank Calendar Photo from JamesBondWatches.com It is no surprise James Bond would sport a tricked-out Seiko M354 Memory Bank Calendar in this space-themed installment of the legendary franchise. The finale of Moonraker (1979) showed the significance of this Seiko watch with a literal big bang. This watch was modified by putting fake explosive ammunition at the back of the timepiece. This was a crucial component that allowed Bond to carry out his mission in the film.   12. For Your Eyes Only (1981) – Seiko Ref. H357 Duo-Display and Seiko 7549-7009 Professional Dive Watch Photo from JamesBondWatches.com For the 13th Bond film, Roger Moore’s Bond boasted the Seiko H357 Duo-Display, which features an analog time display and a digital display. This Seiko watch proved helpful to Bond, as it could transmit messages with an inbuilt microphone. In the movie, Q modified this James Bond watch with a microphone and speaker to relay messages.  Photo from JamesBondWatches.com Some movie fans have also insisted that there is a second James Bond watch in For Your Eyes Only (1981). It is said to be the Seiko 7549-7009 Professional Dive Watch. This is a quartz-powered watch that Bond can be seen wearing during the diving scene. This Seiko dive piece is notable for being the world’s first saturation diving watch, with a deep water-resistance capacity of 200 meters.  13. Octopussy (1983) – Seiko G757 Sports 100 Octopussy (1983) introduced us to another Seiko watch, the Seiko G757 Sports 100. It is a digital sports chronograph with an extra feature added by Q Branch. This feature allowed Bond to keep tabs on someone with a planted tracking device. The tracking device takes the shape of an additional digital red dot on the screen of this watch.  14. A View to a Kill (1985) – Seiko Ref. 7A28-7020, Seiko SPW001 H558-5000 Duo Display Dive Watch, Seiko SPD094 Ref. 6923-8080, and Rolex Datejust Photo from JamesBondWatches.com Photo from JamesBondWatches.com In his last appearance Bond, Roger Moore sported a series of Seiko watches on his wrist. First up was a wide dial quartz chronograph known as the Seiko SPR007-7A28–7020. This is the world’s first analog chronograph, which was introduced in 1982 by Seiko. The second was the Seiko SPW001 H558-5000 Duo Display Dive Watch. It made a brief appearance in A View to Kill (1985), boasting a sleek analog display. The third watch was the Seiko SPD094 Ref. 6923-8080, with its exquisite gold and silver coating. This piece was also known as the Château de Chantilly Seiko watch.  Photo from Flickr Lastly, Roger’s Bond also went back to the basics with a luxurious Rolex Datejust. This James Bond watch appears in the scene wherein Bond discovered the murder of his driver.  15. The Living Daylights (1987) –  TAG Heuer Ref. 980.031 Photo from JamesBondWatches.com After Moore came Timothy Dalton as the legendary 007 agent. In The Living Daylights (1987) film, Bond wears a TAG Heuer Ref. 980.031, making Dalton the first Bond to wear a TAG Heuer timepiece. It is a professional night dive watch with a gorgeous luminous dial that glows in the dark. Dalton wore this James Bond watch with an active, sporty look, matching his character as a serious, hard-edged secret agent.  16. License to Kill (1989) – Rolex Submariner Ref. 1610 Photo from JamesBondWatches.com For Dalton’s final Bond movie, he went back to the basics with a classy and luxurious Rolex Submariner Ref. 1610. This was also the last Bond movie to feature a Rolex Submariner.  17. GoldenEye (1995) – Omega Seamaster Professional 300M Ref. 2541.80 Photos from JamesBondWatches.com The 17th Bond movie featured Pierce Brosnan making his debut as the suave British agent 007. It was also the first film to introduce a new line of James Bond watches with Omega. The model worn by Brosnan’s Bond was the Seamaster Professional 300M Ref. 2541.80. This Seamaster piece featured a precise quartz movement and was modified with a built-in detonator to help Bond get out of a life-threatening situation.  18. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) – Omega Seamaster Professional 300M Reference 2531.80 Photos from JamesBondWatches.com In Pierce Brosnan’s second outing as James Bond, he wore an automatic version of the quartz watch from GoldenEye (1995). This automatic Omega Seamaster Professional 300M Ref. 2531.80 is clearly visible when Bond picks it up in a Chinese safe house. It is an automatic chronometer modified with an additional detonator for a hand grenade.  19. The World is Not Enough (1999) – Omega Seamaster Professional 300M Reference 2531.80 Photos from JamesBondWatches.com The Omega Seamaster Professional 300M Ref. 2531.80 makes a reappearance in the Bond film The World Is Not Enough (1999). This time, this Omega Seamaster piece was modified with a light source and a rescue cable that has a quick-action grappling hook, making this James Bond watch truly fit for 007.  20. Casino Royale (2006) – Omega Seamaster Professional Diver 300M Ref. 2220.80.00 and Seamaster Planet Ocean Ref. 2900.54.91 Photos from JamesBondWatches.com In Daniel Craig’s debut as Bond, he wears two classy Omega Seamaster watches. The first is the Omega Seamaster Diver 300 Ref. 2220.80 and the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ref. 2900.54.91. The former James Bond watch has a water resistance rating of 300 meters and is equipped with a high-caliber Co-Axial 2500 movement. It boasts an ocean-inspired wavy blue pattern on its dial and a slimmer case size of 41mm. The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean, on the other hand, is a rugged model to match James Bond’s strong and masculine image. This James Bond piece is fitted with a 45.5mm stainless steel case, a stark black dial, and a black rubber strap.  21. Quantum of Solace (2008) – Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Ref. 2201.50 In his second outing as Bond, Craig wore the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Ref. 2201.50. This James Bond watch comes in a sturdy stainless steel case and matching bracelet. Unfortunately, this Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean piece does not get that much screen time. It was mainly shown when Bond jumped into the deep sea. 22. Skyfall (2012) – Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ref. 232.30.42.21.01.001 and Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Photo from JamesBondWatches.com There are two different Omega Seamaster pieces showcased in Skyfall (2012). The first is a Planet Ocean 600M, which comes in a unique titanium case with a handsome and lightweight profile. The other was an Aqua Terra timepiece in a stainless steel case and bracelet with a stunning blue dial. Photo from JamesBondWatches.com The Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M is a chronometer with a very impressive water-resistance capacity of 600 meters. The specific piece worn by Craig’s Bond in this movie was auctioned at Christie’s “50 Years of Bond”. It sold at a whopping 200,000 Euros, or around $236,000 USD.  On the other hand, the Seamaster Aqua Terra has a more elegant appearance. It shows off a lacquered, sunray-brushed dial but has a lower water-resistance rating of 150 meters. This James Bond watch is still available for purchase today. Indeed, it continues to be one of the watches most sought-after by James Bond supporters. 23. Spectre (2015) – Omega Seamaster 300 Ref. 233.32.31.41.21.01.001 and Seamaster Aqua Terra Ref. 231.10.39.21.03.001 As per the movie’s title, the James Bond watch featured in Spectre (2015) was the Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre. This is a limited edition watch designed specifically for this movie. The Q Branch handed this Omega Seamaster piece to Bond with modified explosive ammunition and a “007” engraved on its NATO strap.  The film also featured another watch, which is the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Ref. 231.10.39.21.03.001. This is the first Aqua Terra ever released by the brand with a case size as small as 38.5mm. It is a handsome and reliable chronometer equipped with a powerful 8500 caliber with a power reserve of 60 hours.  24. No Time To Die (2021) – Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition In the most recent 007 film, No Time To Die (2021), Omega released a special edition James Bond watch in collaboration with Daniel Craig. This piece was marketed as the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition. This Seamaster timepiece appeared in the scene where Bond met his old CIA agent friend, Felix Leiter.  The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 watch comes with a Co-Axial Master Chronometer 8806, which is an in-house movement with an anti-magnetic feature. In addition, the entirety of this James Bond watch is made of lightweight titanium and boasts a matching titanium mesh strap.  Wrap Up Every James Bond watch listed above is an iconic timepiece, especially for watch collectors and movie buffs. Each watch uniquely reflects the character’s story and image in a different way. Moreover, all of them are high-quality, sought-after pieces in their own right. Hence, they can be hard to find in the market. That said, you will certainly not regret getting your hands on any one of these legendary James Bond watches.  Photo credit: 007 film and the brand’s official websites unless stated. Do you want to see more iconic watches? Find out the Top Celebrity Watches and find which one suits you best!

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  3. Closer Look at the Citizen Promaster Watch Collection

    Closer Look at the Citizen Promaster Watch Collection

    The Citizen Promaster is a collection to pay attention to. No matter how fancy the design is, watches are meant to be functional pieces of technology. And when it comes to function, no other brand has done as much to improve upon the concept as Citizen. This applies especially with the brand’s top-of-the-line Citizen Promaster series. When the first three models of the Promaster line were introduced in 1989, things have really looked up for Citizen. This lineup has been known for its cutting-edge innovations, as well as durable and functional designs. These are all the makings for a typical adventurer timepiece. Since its inception, the Promaster has introduced a series of models that have done Citizen proud. Some of these models include the following: 1. Citizen Promaster Aqualand The original Promaster Aqualand diving watch was made from scratch to meet the needs of expert saturation divers. It was equipped with the first-ever digital depth gauge, replacing the heavier depth computer on longer scuba dives. For land adventures, there was the 1989 Promaster Altichron. It was one of the first to include a digital altimeter to help navigate through elevations from 300M below to 5000 above sea level. The third one of the series was the Citizen Promaster Sky which was made for pilots. Its vast range of aviation features included a slide rule fuel-computing bezel. It was also one of the first to include a quick push-button world timer adjustment setting. 2. Citizen Promaster Land Eco-Drive The Land Eco-Drive PMD56-2951 comes with a titanium case and a pretty green-curved dial. What’s more is that it comes with sapphire glass, making it astonishingly scratch-proof. Its sword-type hands, white IP plating, and geometric shapes in place of the 6 and 12 numerals add to this watch’s uniqueness. The 3 o’clock date window breaks the dial’s green monotone. Shop Citizen Promaster Watches It even features radio reception, charge warning, and fixed time reception. Besides that, there’s also anti-magnetism, 200m water-resistance, and overcharge prevention warning. The watch is powered by a state-of-the-art solar quartz movement. 3. Promaster Professional‌ ‌Diver‌ ‌Citizen‌ ‌Watch‌ The Professional‌ ‌Diver‌ watch is a remastered version of an old classic diving watch, now as an Eco-Drive Promaster. This new version comes with over 984 feet of water-resistance, allowing it to hold its own against other waterproof sports watches. This watch is embedded with the Eco-Drive technology, so the sunlight is the only charging port you’ll need. This means that you’ll no longer need to charge the watch by plugging it into a socket or even have to use/replace batteries. It is both comfortable and light and comes with a buckle closure and a molded polyurethane band. This makes the watch highly durable and functional that will stand against the forces of the outdoor world. The luminous hands and easy to read display ensure you always know the time whether you’re underwater or asleep at night. The DLC-coated crystal dial window ensures that scratches or anything else don’t scratch the screen. 4. Promaster Navihawk‌ ‌A-T‌ ‌Citizen‌ ‌Watch‌ If you’re a complete horologist geek craving for a mess of technical functions, then this watch is it. Measuring in at 48 mm, the Navihawk is one of the largest in Citizen’s collection. It was designed to demand your very attention without looking for other means of telling time. Given its size, it is just the right timepiece for pilots or those who travel a lot. This model has synchronized time adjustments in various cities from anywhere on Earth. Some of its best features include a perpetual calendar, an accurate GPS function, and a power reserve indicator. It even has 200m water-resistance and a daylight‌ ‌savings‌ ‌time‌ feature. All those features in a stainless-steel case with black ion plating are just too good to ignore. And we shouldn’t forget to mention the luminous, black dial as well as the deep embossed black polyurethane strap. The only downside to this watch is its overwhelming face display and functionality. It might be too much for those who are a complete novice to sophisticated timepieces. But once you get the hang of it, you’ve got more than just a pretty face right there on your wrist. 5. Citizen Promaster Land Eco-Drive Arti Klong The Land Eco-Drive Ultimate Klong is an outdoor watch series that has more functions than its sporting qualities. The Arti Klong is one that is a real headliner for this lineup. Its crystal glass and stainless-steel case offer both immense durability and power. It features an electronic compass and an altimeter that measures altitudes at about 10,000 meters. This is an ideal thing to have for mountaineers and adventure trekkers. Powered by Eco-Drive technology, this watch has enough juice for 11 months once completely charged. And those who are fond of complex and playful designs, this timepiece is more than enough to satiate your hunger. 6. Citizen Promaster GPS Satellite‌ ‌Wave‌ If you’re taking back a little bit by the less complex design here, don’t be. The Eco-Drive GPS Satellite‌ ‌Wave‌ is ambitious and hi-tech‌ as its name makes it out to be. This watch is already a trendsetter with its non-reflective material. Its complex mechanism means it features some of the most impressive accruements and then some that any watch owner desires. It has a satellite timekeeping system, GPS signal reception, day and date display, summertime feature, and 40 different time zones. If that’s not good enough for you, then you haven’t seen the power reserve indicator, overcharge prevention function, and perpetual calendar. All of that behind a solid stainless-steel casing! Not only does this Citizen Promaster tick all the right boxes, but its craftsmanship is out of this world.

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  4. 10 Best Beginner Rolex Watches

    10 Best Beginner Rolex Watches

    People have various reasons for buying a Rolex. Some of you may buy it just for its chic design, history, or name value, while others simply find it durable and want it to be an extension to their formal attire.  Unfortunately, those of you who are not watch experts might have some difficulty in making the right call for your very first Rolex timepiece. With so many models to choose from, it can be quite difficult to determine which will fit your lifestyle and needs the most. Lucky for you, we have curated a list of some of the most acclaimed entry-level watches from the brand. Luxurious and premium, these beginner Rolex pieces will surely satisfy you one way or another. 1. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 124300-0003  Case material: OystersteelCase dimension: 34mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: Approximately 55 hours Water-resistance: 100 metersIf you are looking for a sophisticated and quintessential luxury watch, it cannot get any better than the Oyster Perpetual. The Oyster Perpetual is considered the direct successor of Rolex’s iconic Oyster timepiece, which was released in the 1920s and is recognized as the world’s first waterproof watch. All contemporary Oyster Perpetual models have clean looks, timeless appeals, and pristine finishes. They are also some of the label’s most understated models in terms of their design and function. As such, they make a great addition to any outfit or collection. With so many sizes and colorways to choose from, it is impossible not to fall in love with the Oyster Perpetual’s charms and features. One of the variations in the current market is the Oyster Perpetual Ref. 124300-0003. Versatile and dapper, this men’s watch looks good with a suit and tie, but would also not feel out of place with casual get-ups. It sports a 41mm Oystersteel case, a bracelet made out of the same material, and a polished fixed bezel. The dial boasts a lovely sunray blue finish and a legible Chromalight display and is protected by a sturdy sapphire crystal. Furthermore, it has applied baton indices and hands, all coated with luminous elements that provide excellent legibility in low-light conditions. Priced at around $6,200 USD, this timepiece also has a water resistance capacity of up to 100 meters.  2. Rolex Air-King Ref. 116900 Case material: OystersteelCase dimension: 40mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 48 hoursWater-resistance: 100 metersExtremely tough and highly legible, modern pilot watches have really come a long way. From just helping pilots make quick flight decisions, they now serve as stylish and classic accessories for both the gents and the ladies. This makes them even more worth the purchase. One of the best sources of aviator watches is Rolex. They provide not just dependability and function, but also gorgeous aesthetics with their pilot watches. Rolex’s Air King serves as an ode to the industry of aviation. First unveiled during the late 1940s, it gives off a vintage feel while embodying modern elements that both newbies and seasoned enthusiasts today will appreciate. With a rich history and a foolproof blueprint under its belt, it is no wonder why many experts consider the Air King one of the best Rolex beginner watches.  The Air-King Ref. 116900, which was unveiled in 2016, is the latest member of the line. It boasts a simple yet impactful design. While its predecessors had larger case sizes and numerous style and color options for the dial, Rolex decided to tone the details down on the Ref. 116900. Its exterior includes a 40mm Oystersteel case paired with a matching link bracelet. The matte black dial displays Arabic numeral markers in 5-minute increments, a luminous silver triangle at 12 o’clock, and 3, 6, and 9 o’clock hour markers., On top of that, it also boasts a signature that stays true to the original inscription found on the very first Air-King model. This watch is powered by a 3131 automatic mechanical movement with an astonishing 48-hour power reserve. Retailing at around $7,700 USD, this is the perfect choice if you are into refined pieces that come with a bold twist. 3. Rolex Explorer Ref. 124273 Case material: Oystersteel and yellow goldCase dimension: 36mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 70 hoursWater-resistance: 100 metersThe Rolex Explorer lineup has been a cult favorite since 1953. That was the year Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary became the first people to climb Mount Everest’s summit. This was a huge milestone for Rolex because both of them wore an Explorer model on their journey to the mountains, much like the version we have today.  Functional, promising, and creatively rugged are the right words to describe the Explorer Ref. 124273 watch. Right off the bat, you will notice that it is a long-lasting tool watch made to withstand any sort of wear and tear. It comes in a 36mm case made out of Oystersteel and 18K yellow gold and a matching bracelet made of the same material. Design-wise, it boasts a black dial with geometric hour markers and Arabic numeral markers at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions.  Its handset and hour markers are all coated in luminous material that gives off a gorgeous blue glow in the dark. When it comes to performance, this Explorer watch runs on an automatic Caliber 3230 movement which has a power reserve of 70 hours. This mechanism also includes Paraflex shock absorbers and a Parachrom handspring, all of which help in maintaining the watch’s accuracy even in extreme fluctuating temperatures.. This piece retails at $13,000 USD, and is the best Rolex beginner watch for the adventurous and fashionable at heart.  4. Rolex Explorer II Ref. 226570 Case material: OystersteelCase dimension: 42mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 70 hoursWater-resistance: 100 metersNext up, we have a dashing timepiece that is similar to the aforementioned model. The Rolex Explorer II was first released in 1971 as a direct upgrade to its predecessor, the Explorer. Compared to the Rolex Explorer,, the Rolex Explorer II gives off a more chic feel and has some new features that are extremely useful to any wearer. With its sleek design and organized layout, this watch is a must-have for all collectors out there. Priced at a whopping $10,135 USD, the Explorer II Ref. 226570 features 24-hour markings on its bezel and a fun orange 24-hour hand. This is an exceptionally useful feature for adventure-seekers who cannot tell day and night apart when they are on an expedition. In terms of its build, the Explorer II Ref. 226570 comes in a 42mm Oystersteel case and matching three-piece link bracelet with a folding Oysterlock safety clasp. The clean white dial boasts luminous geometric indices and stylish hands, all with stark black outlines. Adding a splash of vibrancy to the watch is the GMT hand, which sports a bright orange hue that matches the “Explorer II” signature. You can also see a large date window replacing the 3 o’clock marker. Just like the previous models, this Explorer II watch can resist water pressures up to depths of 100 meters. It also has a screw-down winding crown, which provides greater protection from any kind of moisture-related threats. On the whole, this is a true tool timepiece specifically made to handle extreme situations. It is the ultimate beginner Rolex watch option for men who value durability the most. 5. Rolex Datejust Ref. 126331 Case material: Oystersteel and Everose goldCase dimension: 41mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 70 hoursWater-resistance: 100 metersThe Datejust is an iconic, high-caliber dress watch that is as clean as it is majestic. Officially launched in 1945, it has visually-appealing and versatile details, which makes it perfect for just about any occasion. The Datejust is really worth the investment, as it will serve you well for the decades to come.  One of the best models in the collection’s current lineup is the Datejust Ref. 126331. It comes in a 41mm Oystersteel and Everose gold case and bracelet, both of which are proprietary metals of the brand. Its chocolate-colored dial boasts a sunray finish with diamond hour markers in 18K gold settings. This model also features a date window with a cyclops lens at 3 o’clock, and baton hands with luminous coatings. As if that is not eye-catching enough, the polished case is also secured with a fluted bezel that highlights Rolex’s dedication to incredible craftsmanship. Powered by a perpetual self-winding movement called the Caliber 3235, this gorgeous piece boasts a power reserve of up to 70 hours and a handy stop-seconds feature. This piece retails at around $29,000 USD, making it one of the most expensive watches among Rolex’s offerings. If this is outside of your budget, you can always opt for vintage Datejust pieces hailing from the 1960s or the 1970s. Those timepieces typically cost around $3,000 USD, depending on the model.  6. Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 126600-0001 Case material: OystersteelCase dimension: 43mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 70 hoursWater-resistance: 1,220 metersThe Sea-Dweller Ref. 126600-0001 makes the best beginner Rolex watches not just for its bulky and rugged design but also for its astounding capabilities. Just like the Submariner, this watch is meant for extreme underwater pursuits and activities. Everything about this Sea-Dweller watch screams luxe, from the bezel construction down to the polished finish of the Oyster bracelet. Designed for professional divers, this piece is perfect for those who want to effortlessly stand out and be the center of the conversation.  This Sea-Dweller model comes in an Oystersteel case that measures 43mm in diameter, which is the usual size of men’s sports watches. It also has a bracelet made of the same material with an Oysterlock clasp and an extension system to make sure it fits securely on any wrist. Sporting a cool black hue, its dial boasts thick baton, triangle, and circular indices, and the signature Rolex hands. On the right of the dial, you can also find a date window protected by a Cyclops lens, which provides improved legibility. Equipped with the Caliber 3235 which has 70 hours worth of power reserve, this watch will set you back by  $12,400 USD. 7. Rolex Milgauss Ref. 116400GV Case material: OystersteelCase dimension: 40mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 48 hoursWater-resistance: 100 metersIconic and extremely advanced, the Milgauss is highly renowned for its ability to withstand magnetic fields of over 1,000 gauss. That is why this timepiece is revered by people from the Genevan European Organization for Nuclear  Research (CERN). Uniquely designed to assist people in the science field, this piece boasts graceful aesthetics and cutting-edge functionalities  One of the most appealing versions of the Milgauss is the Milgauss Ref. 116400GV. It comes in a corrosion-resistant Oystersteel case that measures 40mm in size and a three-piece link bracelet made of the same material. Its jet-black dial consists of baton-style indices and hands, all of which glow well in the night thanks to their luminous coatings. All of the hour markers come in a white hue, except for the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock markers that boast a beautiful yellow tone. The watch also features a vibrant orange lightning-bolt-shaped second hand, which adds to its desirability. On top of that, its scratch-proof, anti-reflective sapphire crystal has green-colored accents that provide great legibility during low-light conditions. On the whole, all of the features of this model come together to create an appealing watch face that is sure to captivate your eyes.  With a price of around $8,800 USD, this piece is definitely a must-have for newbies. This is especially true since it houses the high-performing Caliber 3131 in-house movement with a 48 hour-power reserve. 8. Rolex Day-Date Ref. 228239 Case material: OystersteelCase dimension: 40mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 70 hoursWater-resistance: 100 metersNext up, we have a Day-Date piece that perfectly redefines what sophistication and minimalism are all about. One look at this watch and you will immediately realize why all this collection has carried such prestige since the late 1950s. This watch is perfect for those who want a Rolex piece you can use and abuse for the rest of your life. While it bears a hefty price tag of around $47,251 USD, everything about the Day-Date Ref. 228239 is worth experiencing.  The Rolex Day-Date Ref. 228239 comes in a 40mm Oystersteel and white gold case. This is paired with a President bracelet made of high-quality 18K white gold, with a crown clasp to ensure it fits on any type of wrist. Boasting a flawless black shade, the dial includes baton-style hands and hour markers, a magnified date window at 3 o’clock, and an oversized day of the week indication in place of the 12 o’clock marker. Apart from having a screw-down crown, the Day-Date Ref. 228239 also relies on a Caliber 3255 automatic movement and has shock absorbers for optimal performance. This is the perfect beginner Rolex piece for those who seek to look cool and professional at the same time. 9. Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 126719BLRO Case material: White goldCase dimension: 40mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 70 hoursWater-resistance: 100 metersFirst released in 1954 under the moniker Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master, the GMT-Master II has a 24-hour rotating bezel, which serves as its focal point. First created for the pilots of the Pan American World Airways, its eye-catching color combinations and handsome appeal led to its astounding popularity among the general public. Secured with an 18K white gold Oyster bracelet with flat links and a safety clasp, the GMT-Master II Ref. 126719BLRO also features a matching 40mm white gold case.  The highlight of this watch is its bidirectional Pepsi-style bezel made out of ceramic, with huge molded 24-hour and circle markings in silver. What’s more, this sports watch is also equipped with a screw-down crown and a sapphire crystal that protects the face from any kind of external threats. Adorned with luminous geometric hour markers and nicely-shaped hands, its dial follows a striking meteorite pattern. It also has a stark white signature that details the watch’s specifications. When it comes to features, this Rolex timepiece packs quite a lot. It has GMT hand reserved mainly for the second time zone functionality, instantaneous date, and stop-seconds for accurate setting of time. This watch is powered by a perpetual automatic Caliber 3285 running underneath its surface. You can get this GMT-Master II model for around $36,000 USD. 10. Rolex Submariner Ref. 124060 Case material: OystersteelCase dimension: 41mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 70 hoursWater-resistance: 300 metersLast on our list is one of the most well-respected lineups in the history of Rolex, the Submariner.  First introduced in 1953, this iconic diver has a simple yet bold look to it that will stay in style for many years to come. With its impressive 100-meter to 300-meter water resistance capacities, it is no surprise why the Submariner is adored by the watch community and celebrities alike. In fact, famous personalities such as Diego Maradona, Steve McQueen, Al Pacino, and Sean Connery have enjoyed the Submariner so much, they even wore it in many of their films. Extremely recognizable and versatile, the Submariner Ref. 124060 is priced at $8,540 USD. It has a 41mm Oystersteel case that sits comfortably on any wrist type, whether slender or wide. Just like the current GMT-Master II models, this watch has a rotating bezel made out of ceramic. The only difference is that this bezel is unidirectional and has 60-minute markings in platinum as opposed to 24-hour ones. What’s more, the Submariner model in question comes with a sapphire crystal and a bracelet made out of Oystersteel to match the commanding aesthetic of the case.  Matching the color scheme of the bezel is a fierce yet stunning black dial with humongous geometric hour markers and hands. If readability is important to you, then this watch is a fantastic option, since the dial elements are all coated in blue-colored luminescence. There are also small dash marks on the outer rim of the dial for easier tracking of the time. This Submariner model is highly functional, with its 300-meter water resistance rating and its COSC-certified Caliber 3230 movement.  Final Thoughts At the end of the day, the choice of which Rolex beginner watch to buy will be up to you. Indeed, while resale value can be considered an important factor, there is nothing wrong with getting one that you really desire as your very first timekeeper from the brand.  Rolex’s beginner watches may not be exactly cheap for a newbie but they are certainly worth investing in, given how high quality and well-made they are. This list proves that there are indeed Rolex pieces out there that would not require you to spend a fortune and are perfect for those who are new to the niche. If you are looking for other great watches to buy and eventually add into your collection, make sure to check out our detailed guides on the Seiko Hardlex, Certina DS Action Diver, and Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar.  Photos from Rolex’s official website and WatchShopping.com

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  5. History of Omega Seamaster Watches

    History of Omega Seamaster Watches

    The Omega Seamaster has garnered a reputation for being one of the most prominent Bond watches. However, the history of the watch dates back decades before the fictional British super-agent first swapped it on his wrist. In this lineup’s 70-year history, the Omega Seamaster became highly renowned, to say the least. It was a watch that could be worn as a sophisticated dress watch or a heavy-duty solid steel diver. Let us rewind time and see how this timeless horological masterpiece came to be. The History‌ of the Omega Seamaster The first model of the Seamaster was launched back in 1948. These models were based on designs of a watch that Omega had made for British airmen during the Second World War. It came with an O-ring gasket and had improved water-resistance, which is why it was called “waterproof” at the time. It had a depth rating between 10 to 30 meters. Shop Omega Seamaster Watches This was an improvement from previous water-resistant watches that relied on shellac or lead gaskets. The problem with such watches is that they were easily affected by temperature changes. That’s what a diver would experience at several depths. So to get around this, Omega looked upon World War 2 submarines as an inspiration. From that inspiration, the brand included a resilient rubber gasket in the Seamaster’s final design. The new case allowed the models to withstand 60-meter depths and temperature ranges between -40 to 50 degrees C. The original edition came with two variations: center seconds, as well as small seconds at the dial’s bottom. It was made out of stainless steel material and designed with sturdy, short lugs with a slim profile for everyday use. In 1955, the Swiss Laboratory for Watch‌ ‌Research‌ tested out 50 Seamaster cases with a 60-meter depth rating. This along with the experimentation for new materials led to the introduction of several new models in the latter decades. The Omega Seamaster 300 (1957) Following the testing, Omega rolled out a trio of Master watches starting from 1957 when scuba diving was all the rage. These new watches included the Railmaster, the Speedmaster, and finally the Seamaster 300. The Omega Seamaster 300, unlike its previous models, was actually built to be used underwater. Despite the title, the Seamaster 300 could go as far as 200 meters underwater. Omega claims that it was due to the limitations of the equipment, and not the watch itself. The CK2913, which was the original reference, displayed the new Naiad winding crown. This was Omega’s response to the screw-down design, the patent which is still utilized over at Rolex. Omega Seamaster Chronograph 1968 This was a more fashionable take on the traditional diver watch. It had symmetrical subdials that were easy to read and didn’t just appeal to seamen. Interestingly, this watch is what inspired Alaska III which was used on the space shuttle in the 80s. Protopapas says that it predates the future NASA proposal by 10 years. The Bond‌ ‌Watch‌ or Seamaster 300M (1994) Somewhere during the mid-1990s, the Omega Seamaster had lost its steam. To make things worse, this decline allowed another fan-favorite in the Omega Seamaster Professional to take over. It wasn’t until 1995 that the Seamaster 300 achieved global recognition as a James Bond watch. Not only that, the Omega Seamaster officially dethroned Rolex as the favorite new timepiece for the suave British agent. This was a big deal since Ian Fleming, author of James Bond did include a Rolex in the GoldenEye novel. What’s more, is that he also wore a Rolex himself during the time the book was published. This change was made because the costume designer of the film said that Omega was more relevant to the British Royal Navy. As a result, it was more relevant to the James Bond character. The model of the watch was the Seamaster Professional 300M that Brosnan’s Bond character worn in GoldenEye. And ever since then, for the next 25 years, the Omega would be the trademark Bond watch. For the next three Brosnan Bond films, the character was sporting the Omega 300 Automatic‌ ‌Chronometer. When Daniel Craig stepped in as Bond in 2006 Casino Royale, he was wearing two Omega watches. The first was the Omega Seamaster 300 and the other was the Seamaster Planet Ocean that came with a rubber strap for the action sequences. The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean made another appearance in the Craig-Bond film Quantum of Solace (2008). He later wore the same watch for Skyfall (2012). Then in the 2015’s Spectre, a special edition of the Omega Seamaster 300 was released titled Spectre. This was to commemorate the 20-year partnership of the brand with the Bond franchise. This served as a call back to the first Bond Seamaster. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean (2003) 2003 was when the Planet‌ ‌Ocean‌ range was meant to dive deeper into the sea. These versions came with the Omega Co-Axial 2500 movement. They also came with a 600-meter water-resistance rating, a chronometer certification, and a helium-escape valve. These watches were the first to come with state-of-the-art materials like the in-house Omega 8500 caliber, and the liquid metal bezels. This pretty much explains why this watch was good enough to be a Bond watch starting from Casino Royale. Seamaster Professional‌ ‌Diver‌ 300m (2018) In 2018, this watch celebrated the 25th anniversary with a facelift of the 1993 classic with 2018 technology. These saw the release of 14 such models that came in several finishes. Protopapas compared the Omega Seamaster as a classic car design that’s never going to lose its luster.

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  6. 7 Most Beautiful Minimalist Watches for Women

    7 Most Beautiful Minimalist Watches for Women

    Many women usually veer away from watches as they are either too big or too ornate. But they don’t necessarily have to be all that for them to feel special on someone’s wrist. That’s why there are watches with a minimalist approach. The best kind of minimalist watches for women are ones that are classic, timeless, and above all, simple. These watches also complement any kind of outfit that you wear. However, finding the right minimalist timepiece is easier said than done. That’s because there are so many types of these watches available at retail, both physical and online. Fortunately, instead of you having to take the time to look for the perfect watch for yourself, just consult this article. Here, we have tirelessly and carefully rounded up some of the best minimalist watches that women should be wearing. Minimalist Watches for Women 1: MVMT MOD Women’s Analog Minimalist Watch MVMT is known for making several beautiful women’s minimalist watches and this one is a true testament to that reputation. Its white clock face is simplistic and clean, with ultrafine golden hands, crown, and bezel. The strap comes in a beautiful silver metallic color and is also moddable in case you want a different material. It is battery operated by a two-hand Miyota Quartz movement. It’s also incredibly durable as it’s made from hardened mineral crystal and water-resistant up to 5 ATM / 50 m. This makes a watch perfect for everyday use but should never be taken for bathing or swimming. 2: Nordgreen – Infinity – Rose Gold The biggest source of inspiration for Infinity is nature. Nordgreen Chief designer Jacob Wagner wanted to connect this watch with the evolution of nature, while also removing the complexities of modern Earth. The watch comes with a rounded, slim, and sleek case that measures about 7.3 millimetres in thickness. What’s more, is that the straps are modular where you can swap them with any material of your choosing. Like other Nordgreen products, Infinity is the personification of some of the finest Scandinavian watchmaking craftsmanship. 3: Kate Spade New York Women’s Metro Stainless Steel Quartz Watch Want something that’s simple and stylish served all in one go? Then get with the times with Kate Spade New York Women’s Metro Stainless Steel Quartz Watch. The watch includes an understated gray leather band, an analog quartz movement, 3 hands, and a simple 34 mm case. But the true creme-de-la-creme is the mother of pearl watch’s dial. The dial features a silvertone stainless steel case and hands, along with a mineral crystal dial window. It comes with a water depth resistance of 3 ATM / 30 m, 3 analog display with Japanese quartz movement. 4: MVMT Santa Monica MVMT Santa Monica is heavily inspired by the streets of Los Angeles. It comes with a 38 mm diameter case which is 6 mm in depth. It also comes with a sophisticated three-hand battery-powered Miyota quartz movement. If you’re a business person, then this is the ideal watch that will offer you a simple, but luxurious profile. Although it comes with a genuine black leather strap, it’s also interchangeable, enabling you to customize your style. The watch also comes with a brushed rose gold stainless steel case, made from durable mineral crystal for enhanced durability. It also has a 3 ATM / 30-meter water-resistance. 5: Fossil Essentialist Stainless Steel Casual Quartz Watch Ingenuity and creativity have always been Fossil’s greatest drivers in making quality-driven and fashionable watches. The movement for this watch includes a quartz crystal that oscillates when a current is applied to it. The movement is built into three different sub eyes to represent day in a week, date of the month, and 24 hour time. The bright white, clean face looks incredibly perfect and appealing. Every minute has markers that go around with the hour markings. The bracelets are made of extremely durable stainless steel that can last a lifetime if maintained properly. As an added convenience, the people over at the Fossil outlet and retail stores offer free adjustments to owners. Furthermore, the straps are made of water-resistant silicon and are quite comfortable on the wrist. Other strap materials like resin are also very durable and popular for aquatic sports and nautical activities. 6: Fashion Marble Dial Watch These elegantly minimalist watches for women are suitable for a variety of applications, like parties, leisure time, and business. It comes with a marble style facing with an analog display and a leather strap. The casing is made from plating wear-resistant alloy and comes with a top-of-the-line leather watchband. The watch is incredibly stunning and on-trend, featuring a rose gold-tone stainless steel bezel with a matching clasp.

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  7. 5 Best Sports Watch Brands

    5 Best Sports Watch Brands

    If you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle in fashion, then you need a proper, functional, and versatile sports watch. A good sports watch can help you stay in shape and reduce your chances of getting ill. And luckily, this is just the article for you. As the years go by, humanity continues to evolve in a variety of ways, especially in terms of technology. And it just so happens that sports watches aren’t that far behind. The sports watches of today are equipped with a wide range of features that are crucial for sporting and outdoor activities. These days, the most talked-about brands when it comes to sport include Apple, Garmin, Suunto, Fitbit, and Samsung. In this article, we’re going to be covering each of them and reveal why sports athletes and fans alike prefer their wearables. So, without further ado, here are the most popular sports watch brands that athletes, competitors, and fans appreciate the most: 1: Casio There’s probably nobody in the world who hasn’t heard of a Casio watch in their lifetime. The brand has honestly got everything going for them: being cool, durable, stylish and most of all, affordable. But let’s have a look at where it all began. In 1946, a factory worker by the name of Tadao Kashio, founded a small subcontractor company known as Kashio Seisakujo In Mitaka, Tokyo. The very first major product for the brand was a successful finger ring pipe that allowed smokers to smoke hands-free. In 1949, Tadao and his brothers used the profits they generated to make electric calculators, which were later introduced in 1954. It took a couple of years until 1957 to refine that calculator until it was known as Casio 14-A. In the later years, the company would be known as Casio Computer Co., Ltd. Then, in October 1974, they decided to enter the watchmaking market by introducing their first-ever digital quartz watch, the Casiotron. This is where it all started. As far as sports watches go, the company leans mostly on the G-Shock series. It has a number of amazing features designed for outdoor activity and workouts. Some of the features include shock, gravity, vibration, low temperature, and water-resistance of 200m. The series utilizes Multiband 6 Radio Technology, GPS Hybrid Technology, and energy-efficient GPS to display accurate time around the world. 2: Samsung Another top-of-the-line watch brand for sportsmen and athletes alike is none other than Samsung. Samsung is always duking it out with other sports watch brands like Fitbit, Apple, and Garmin. Source: Samsung Official WebsiteOne of the coolest and stylish Samsung watches for sports fans is without a doubt the Galaxy Watch. It comes in either 46 mm or 42 mm. Both come with a rotating bezel that can be spun to help users navigate through various menus and features. The design for this watch is also waterproof so that it can be used for swimming sessions. And the fitness features that come with it are actually very impressive. Besides, this is the Gear Sport model. For just $299, this fashionable looking sports watch is extremely fitness-focused. It enables users to comfortably answer calls from their wrists while they workout inside the gym or outdoors. The watch automatically keeps track of your activities whether you’re walking or running, with a manual GPS tracking feature that is activated upon starting an exercise. And by using the brand’s proprietary Health app, users can choose between walking, running, swimming, and cycling. Users can also alternate between three screens showing information regarding heart rate, cadence, pace, the time elapsed, and more. 3: Suunto Suunto has established a solid reputation for designing a plethora of timepieces specifically for outdoor activities and sporting events. This is thanks to its mass array of attractive designs, long battery life customizable battery management options, and heavy-duty features. This multi-sport Finnish smartwatch producer is widely known for its Suunto 9 model. In case you ever decide to go try for an ultramarathon, the Suunto watch should be at the top of your head. You can also use it for walking or running in the park or even working out at the gym as well. Source: Suunto Official WebsiteIf it’s the finest Suunto watch you’re looking for, you can’t get any better than the Traverse Alpha model. This incredible gem stands out among other sports watches due to its scratch-resistant crystal glass exterior and rugged stainless-steel bezel.  This makes the watch the most ideal for withstanding the forces of outdoor elements. So, whether you’re going out for a trek, a dive, or anything else, this is the watch that can go the distance. 4: Fitbit Fitness tracking is a thing that is available in virtually any smartwatch in the market. But Fitbit is all about fitness tracking and more. On top of that, it is also one of the best fitness tracking wearable brands available today. It offers a wide assortment of trackers, weather standards, or advanced, at a variety of price rates. In addition, Fitbit also makes its own line of smartwatches. Source: Fitbit Official WebsiteYou can choose the basic Fitbit Inspire, opt for the feature-laden Fitbit Charge 3, or seek out a multifunctional experience with the Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch. And these are just the select few among many other excellent fitness trackers and smartwatches that Fitbit has to offer. 5: Garmin If there’s ever a time when choosing a sports watch becomes a challenge, it would be picking out a Garmin model. This brand has a growing list of running and fitness watches, making it even more difficult to pick the best one. Fortunately, we took our time making hefty comparisons between other Garmin watches before settling for the Forerunner 45 model. This watch does everything that the 35 model does and introduces a slew of other features, even at a reasonably good price. Source: Garmin Official WebsiteIt features a transflective display screen like other Garmin watches, offers 50m-deep water-resistance, and a heart rate monitor. In addition, its tracking capabilities focus largely on cycling and running. It also offers complete satellite mapping support and core metrics.

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  8. 30 Best Dress Watches

    30 Best Dress Watches

    Searching for the ideal dress watch is like finding the perfect suit. You will need to choose the one that best captures your personality and elevates your overall appeal. Dress watches are the kind of timepieces that will have people taking you more seriously. They are especially essential during important business meetings, board presentations, and other types of glamorous or formal occasions. Dress watches do not necessarily come with dozens of features or the bulky builds of sportier models. Instead, they tend to be slimmer, more refined, and classier in design. Dress watches carry a certain level of prestige and a luxurious aura that sets them apart from any other timepiece. 30 Best Dress Watches Like a suit, it is crucial that you do your research before properly making your dress watch purchase. Fortunately, we went ahead and rounded up thirty of the most popular dress watches available on the market. Keep in mind that the list comes in no particular order, and each dress model recorded here is an excellent option in its own right. We also provided each watch with its approximate price range. Additionally, we have also tried to avoid repeating brands, so as to ensure that every great watchmaker has a chance in the spotlight. 1. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso – $5,090 USD to $79,090 USD The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is easily one of the most fascinating and innovative dress watches ever made. Its iconic reversible case allows wearers to turn the watch around to keep the dial safe from external impacts. Over the years, Jaeger-LeCoultre has brought all sorts of new designs to their Reverso lineup. From classic models with no-frills to sophisticated chronographs and tourbillons, the Reverso selection is immense and diverse. Quite frankly, no other collection has made the same impact on Jaeger-LeCoultre like the Reverso has. What was once a timepiece catered to polo matches has become one of the most talked-about dress watches in existence.  2. Patek Philippe Calatrava – $18,100 USD to $203,350 USD Introduced in 1932, the Patek Philippe Calatrava stands as the brand’s flagship model. With its timeless design and impeccable features, many enthusiasts and collectors would consider the Calatrava to be the personification of top-notch Swiss watchmaking. Patek Philippe drew inspiration from the Bauhaus art movement when designing this flagship watch. Like many other exquisite dress watches, the Calatrava is a timepiece that showcases precious minerals and sophisticated watchmaking craftsmanship. One particularly outstanding model, illustrated above, is the Calatrava 5296G-010. It comes in a 38mm gorgeous white gold case with a lacquered cream dial and a black alligator leather strap. On the surface of its dial are applied white-gold hour markers and dauphine hands.  3. Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono – $2,305 USD to $2,390 USD Powered by a Hamilton Calibre H-31, this Intra-Matic Auto Chrono is essentially a follow-up to the brand’s vintage Thin-O-Matic. Right off the bat, what truly makes this timepiece stand out is the execution of its watch face. With its color contrasts, legibility, and proportions, the dial boasts a panda-like appearance that is both stunning and pleasing to the eyes. Protecting this dress timepiece is a polished stainless steel case accompanied by elegant faceted lugs. The case also has a large crown with two pump pushers and a solid steel case back delicately engraved with Hamilton’s favorite letter, the letter “H.” 4. Timex Metropolitan+ Activity Tracker – $100 USD Image By: eBay The Metropolitan+ is an excellent Timex dress watch for wearers on a relatively tight budget. One of the most intriguing things about this timepiece is that it can act as both a smartwatch and a personal fitness trainer. It carries a classic design similar to that of the Timex Weekender, and comes with great fitness-tracking capabilities. On the whole, this watch is the complete package. Its sleek and professional exterior is fit for even the most formal of occasions, it can connect to your phone via Bluetooth, and it even tracks your steps. In addition, the Timex Metropolitan+ is also pretty reliable and sturdy with its all-stainless steel exterior. As the saying goes, a Timex can take a licking and still keep ticking.  5. Hermes Slim d’Hermes – $7,050 to $7,375 Image By: Hermes After undergoing a dramatic 21st-century facelift, the new and improved Slim d’Hermes is chic yet modest in appearance. For Hermes to achieve this slender new look, the creative director of La Montre Hermes implemented two elements into the watch: an ultra-thin automatic movement and an original dial. The brand also assigned famed Parisian graphic designer Philippe Apeloig to recreate the typography of the Slim d’Hermes, giving it slimmed-down numerals with even spaces in between for a clean and easy-to-read dial. On the whole, the Slim d’Hermes is a nicely balanced wristwatch and a gorgeous fashion statement. 6. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ultra-Thin – $150,000 USD Image By: Audemars Piguet It takes a whole lot of expertise and quality craftsmanship to make an ultra-thin watch. With spacings between each component almost non-existent, only the most skilled and seasoned watchmakers can create such a delicate and technical piece. For the next timepiece on this list of best dress watches, we have one of the world’s slimmest automatic perpetual calendars ever made, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ultra-Thin. Its exterior is made entirely from titanium and platinum, which makes it ultra-precious and ultra-light as well. Equipped with the signature Audemars Piguet octagonal bezel and a delightful royal blue dial, the Ultra-Thin brings us everything we love about the Royal Oak in an incredible 6.3mm-thick case.  7. Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGA211 “Snowflake” – $5,800 USD Arguably the most recognizable Grand Seiko model ever, the Snowflake is a top-of-the-line dress watch like no other. Just a single look at the watch face, and just like everyone else, you will find yourself unable to take your eyes off that beguiling pure-white snowflake dial. That said, the true elegance of the Seiko SBGA211 only starts to reveal itself once you go from simply looking at it to really observing it and its functions. The sleek “Zaratsu” finishing on the case and bracelet, and the way it plays with the light; the ease with which its blue seconds-hand smoothly glides around the dial – these are but a few details that make this dress watch so stunning. The Spring Drive collection has come a long way, and the Snowflake has proven itself to be a game-changer, not just for the collection but also for Grand Seiko itself. 8. IWC Portofino Automatic – $5,300 USD to $14,000 USD The IWC Portofino is a collection that started in 1984. Ever since then, it has grown into a diverse assembly of sophisticated and versatile dress watches. Although there are numerous unique timepieces to choose from in this lineup, the IWC Portofino Automatic remains a staple dress watch and a true fan-favorite. Its uncluttered dial holds an uncluttered and minimalistic design that matches perfectly with its sleek case. The prices of IWC Portofino Automatic can range between $5,300 USD and $14,000 USD. Located on the back of more expensive Portofino Automatic timepieces are engravings of the Portofino coast in all its timelessness and majesty. 9. Nomos Glashutte Orion Neomatik Date – $3,140 USD to $4,350 USD Many watch enthusiasts associate Nomos Glashutte with striking yet minimalistic designs. Their pursuit of such a concept is eminently evident in one of their best dress watches, the Orion Neomatik Date. Each Neomatik Date features a look based on the Bauhaus Art movement, which was first designed in the cutting-edge heart of Berlin and then hand-crafted by experts in the watchmaking town of Glashutte. The Orion Neomatik Date is everything a modern dress watch aims to be. With its clean watch face, thin and lightweight stainless steel case, and domed sapphire glass, the Orion Neomatik is pleasing to both the eyes and the wrist.  10. Nordgreen Native – $129 USD to $312 USD Image By: Nordgreen If you ever needed an appropriate reason to buy a dress watch, Nordgreen can give you one. Once you purchase this dazzling and eco-friendly dress timepiece, you not only get a beautiful timekeeper, but your purchase will also have a positive impact on our natural environment. The Nordgreen Native, along with its packaging, is made entirely out of high-quality, environmentally-friendly vegan materials. Additionally, for every Nordgreen Native sold, the brand allocates a portion of its income to a noble cause of your choosing. Using the serial and identification numbers in your watch, you can keep track of where the profits from your purchase go. 11. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Self-Winding – $15,720 USD to $41,850 USD As the oldest Swiss luxury watch manufacturer in the industry, Vacheron Constantin possesses a heritage and expertise that is relatively unmatched. Among the slew of brilliant and prestigious timepieces they have, the Patrimony emerges as the ideal dress watch. Inspired by Vacheron Constantin’s 1950s dress watches, the Patrimony collection blends minimalistic vintage designs with modern innovations and luxury. Deciding on the best Patrimony dress watch may prove to be quite a challenge as the collection is home to many different kinds of gorgeous timepieces. From classic manual-winding and self-winding models to perpetual calendars and retrogrades, you can find it all in the Patrimony collection.  12. Rolex Datejust – $7,100 USD to $38,500 USD Worn by celebrities and historical figures such as Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, Christian Bale, and Jennifer Aniston, the Rolex Datejust is as iconic as a dress watch can ever get. Like any other Rolex, the watch face is done brilliantly. Its dial plays with the light magically, and features all the essential components you need for timekeeping on its surface. Powering the watch is the Rolex 3235 movement, which boasts an accuracy of +/- 2 seconds per day. Protected by Rolex’s patented Oystersteel, the Datejust is as durable as it is lustrous. Just like an oyster, this timepiece is also pretty resilient underwater, having a water resistance rating of 100m. 13. Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Automatic 39mm – $2,550 USD Image By: Tag Heuer As the name suggests, the Tag Heuer Carrera is a selection inspired by high-speed racing. And while the Carrera timepieces cater primarily to professional driving, their versatility and elegance also make for top-notch dress watches. Compared to the other timepieces in this lineup, the Tag Heuer Carrera Automatic has a neater-looking dial. As a result, the model looks less sporty and more refined, making it perfect for wearers to bring to momentous occasions. Its simplicity and somewhat retro feel are certainly some of its most attractive selling points. 14. Omega Constellation Globemaster – $5,900 USD to $11,900 USD The Omega Globemaster holds the title of being the brand’s first METAS-approved chronometer movement. Like the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony, the Globemaster draws inspiration from vintage models, specifically Omega’s 1950s Constellation timepieces. Each Globemaster features a pie-pan dial which originated from the first 1952 Constellation model. Equipped with the brand’s latest innovations, the Globemaster represents a piece of Omega’s past and continues to carry the legacy of an iconic selection. While this watch is exceptionally stylish, the Globemaster is also very reliable as it comes with magnetic resistance of 15,000 gauss and a 60-hour power reserve. 15. Junghans Meister Handaufzug – $1,490 USD  Image By: Junghans Junghans is another brand that is known for its particular approach to minimalistic designs, and their Meister Handaufzug is a perfect encapsulation of that. With its oversized dial, slim stainless steel casing, SICRALAN-coated plexiglass crystal, J815.1 hand-wound caliber, and dark brown horse leather strap, the Meister Handaufzug accurately replicates the elegance of a classic vintage dress watch. This Junghans timepiece is worth approximately $1,400 USD, which is relatively affordable considering what it offers. It is truly a testament to the fact that buying a well-made dress watch does not have to mean breaking the bank. 16. Breguet Classique Ref. 5177 – $23,700 USD Truthfully, every model in the Classique collection is an outstanding timepiece. But the one watch that hits all the marks of a traditional dress timekeeper has got to be the Classique Ref. 5177. Its timeless looks, slim profile, and refined build represent the level of sophistication and experienced craftsmanship that only Breguet can achieve. The Classique Ref. 5177 has several variations. Some models use a Grand Feu enamel dial, while others have dials hand-engraved by Breguet’s rose engine. Whichever model you end up choosing, Breguet assures you that you get a top-quality dress watch.  17. Piaget Altiplano Meteorite – $41,600 USD Image By: Piaget Like the Breguet Classique, there are numerous unique dress watches in the Piaget Altiplano line, but the Meteorite stands out as the collection’s most fascinating-looking dress model. Its slender case is around 6.5mm thin and is made entirely from rose gold. Like with many other wristwatches, the dial of the Meteorite is the star of the show. The dial features a unique texture of grey meteorite coupled with rose gold markers and slim rose gold hands. Beneath the watch face is a 1203P caliber movement, which wearers can view through the transparent sapphire case back. The Altiplano Meteorite is a limited edition timepiece. As such, you would definitely want to make up your mind about a purchase before Piaget runs out of it. 18. Cartier Santos Dumont – $3,800 USD to $20,800 USD In 1904, Louis Cartier created a timepiece for his Brazilian friend, Alberto Santos Dumont. Ever since then, his creation has been immortalized as one of the first wristwatches ever conceived. Fast-forward to this day, and the Santos Dumont is now one of Cartier’s most popular collections. Most Santos Dumont timepieces have a few things in common: A square profile, a polished bezel with screws, slender Roman numerals, and a cabochon-shaped crown. These intricate details are what make the timepiece and collection the icons they are today. The Santos Dumont comes in many variants with different sizes and can be powered by either a quartz caliber or a hand-wound movement.  19. Girard-Perregaux 1966 – $8,300 USD to $18,700 USD Underrated and underappreciated, Girard-Perregaux is one of the oldest Swiss watch manufacturers in the world. For 277 years, the brand has dedicated itself to studying and mastering Haute Horlogerie. The Girard-Perregaux 1966 reflects just how far the brand has come in its journey. It boasts a sleek and sophisticated case with a gorgeous dial that can contain many different complications, depending on the model chosen. The Girard-Perregaux 1966 also comes with a transparent sapphire case back to show off its complex movement in all its glory. With so many versions of the 1966 to choose from, you certainly will not be running out of options anytime soon. 20. Oris Artelier Date – $1,820 USD to $1,930 USD Oris is yet another underrated watchmaker capable of dishing out all sorts of intriguing timepieces. In terms of dress watches specifically, Oris has the charismatic Artelier Date. Made in the lovely picturesque village of Holstein, the Artelier Date comes in a multi-piece stainless steel case paired with sapphire glass on top and a transparent mineral crystal as the case back. This timepiece has a lovely blue-guilloche dial and makes use of an Oris 733 automatic movement with a power reserve of 38 hours. If you want a more extravagant version of this dress watch, Oris offers the Artelier Date Diamonds, which has a silver-guilloche dial embellished with 12 luxurious diamonds. 21. Glashuette Original Sixties Panorama Date – $12,870 USD Image By: Glashuette-Original Glashuette Original first introduced the Sixties Panorama Date with a striking green watch face. Today, its dial comes in a variety of intriguing hues, including black, white, blue, and amber orange. There are many captivating dress watches in this series, but the Ref. 1-39-52-02-01-04 is what impresses us the most. Its blend of a lustrous rose gold case, galvanized black dial, slender rose gold hour markers, and Louisiana alligator leather strap just seamlessly capture a sense of unparalleled luxury. It also comes with a highly reliable automatic 39-47 caliber that can run for up to 40 hours before having to be rewound. For those who want some extra complications, Glashuette Original also provides chronograph models of the Sixties Panorama Date. 22. Zenith Elite Classic – $3,500 USD to $7,900 USD With its entirely redesigned case and dial, the new Zenith Elite Classic has redefined itself with a more modern and eye-catching composition. As Zenith’s new icon, the Elite Classic 03.3100.670/02.C922 is made using the highest standards of Zenith watchmaking. Its ultra-thin Elite movement houses a total of 144 components and ticks at a beat frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The Elite Classic also has a water resistance rating of 50m and a power reserve of 50 hours. 23. Chopard L.U.C. XPS 1860 – $23,275 USD Image By: Chopard For those looking to buy a new dress watch while also reducing their carbon footprint, look no further. Chopard is known for being a manufacturer that mines its gold ethically. Certified to meet international environmental and social standards, Chopard showcases their Fairmined gold in the L.U.C. XPS 1860. With its unmatched elegance, superb quality, and brilliant craftsmanship, the L.U.C. XPS 1860 is the perfect dress model for all the sophisticated and modern gentlemen out there. Its self-winding L.U.C. 96.01-L caliber is also a spectacle of its own, and wearers can view the movement through the watch’s sapphire crystal rear case.  24. Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time – $480 USD This Seiko timepiece was created in collaboration with the famed Japanese bartender Shinobu Ishigaki. Powered by the 6R15 automatic movement, this watch has the convenience of being manually hackable and windable. Compared to the other dress watches on this list, the SARB065 is pretty thick, especially with its domed Hardlex crystal. Its black leather strap is also well-made and lined with blue thread. But the star of this dress timepiece is its gorgeous and highly reflective blue dial. The way it shimmers in the light and how it looks overall is something you would not expect from a watch of this price. Then again, Seiko has been turning heads with their affordable models for a long time now. 25. Blancpain Villeret Ultraplate – $9,870 USD to $38,930 USD Image By: Blancpain The Blancpain Villeret Ultraplate highlights simplicity and minimalism at its finest. With only rose gold Roman numerals and slim hands on its opaline dial, you get to admire the beauty and pure aesthetics of a bonafide traditional dress watch with this timepiece. The beauty does not just stop there. Inside this technical magnum opus is an automatic Caliber 1151. It is only 3.25mm thick, but it contains a total of 210 components. Equipped with a 100-hour power reserve, wearers can view this in-house Blancpain movement at work through an exhibition-style sapphire case back. 26. Baume & Mercier Classima 10597 – $2,750 USD Image By: Baume et Mercier Sporting a polished 18K rose gold and titanium case, the Classima 10597 displays a classic design with contemporary sophistication. Its silver-colored opaline dial features slender rose gold indices accompanied by a thin rose gold handset. With only a small date complication as an extra function, the dial comes together neatly and exudes luxury and timelessness. Altogether, this Baume & Mercier dress watch is lightweight, stylish, and a delight to wear at any given time. 27. Vincero Icon Automatic – $290 USD to $315 USD Image By: Vincero Collective One glance at the Vincero Icon Automatic, and your attention immediately, goes to the striking black dial with its skeleton hands and baton-like rose gold hour markers. The Vincero Icon Automatic is another dress watch that will not cost you an arm. Its casing is made of surgical-grade stainless steel and it comes with a top-grain Italian leather strap. The Icon Automatic relies on a Seiko automatic movement to run its multiple mechanisms. Water-resistant up to depths of 100m, you can use this timepiece to up your style on dressy occasions or you can bring it with you for a quick dive in the pool.  28. SINN 1739 St I S – $2,170 USD It is not easy to make a minimalist dress watch that really stands out. While some can pull it off well, others end up making the watch look too simple and generic. SINN’s 1739 St, however, is an example of minimalism done right. Protected by a high-quality scratch-resistant sapphire glass, the 1739 St’s black sunburst dial has a timeless and quintessential appearance that you simply cannot take your eyes off it. Accompanied by extended slim hour markers, sleek silver hands, and a polished stainless steel exterior, this SINN timepiece is a pleasure to look at, and its glamor speaks for itself.  29. Montblanc Heritage Chronometrie Automatic – $3,370 USD to $5,700 USD As an understated luxury dress watch, Montblanc’s Heritage Chronometrie Automatic is a timepiece that exemplifies Swiss watchmaking at its finest. This dress watch utilizes a 38mm case made from expertly polished stainless steel. With its glossy silver-white dial, rose gold-plated applique indices, and sword-like minute and hour hands, the Heritage Chronometrie Automatic is a dress piece that can make anyone look great. 30. MVMT Atlas – $175 USD Image By: MVMT Three words can best describe the MVMT Atlas: affordable, elegant, and minimalistic. It has a smooth black dial surface accented by gold-colored skeletal hands and indices and a matching brown leather strap. Based on its aesthetics alone, you can tell that the MVMT Atlas is the kind of dress watch fit for the modern everyday gentleman. This watch has a 41mm case diameter and runs on a battery-powered Miyota quartz movement. The durability of the Atlas is quite good, considering its status as a dress piece and its affordable price tag. It uses hardened mineral glass to protect its dial and has a water resistance capacity of 50m. Final Thoughts Exceptional dress watches usually have one thing in common – a design that manages to be simple in details but sophisticated in appearance at the same time. And while the timepieces listed above do provide numerous excellent options for you to consider, they are but a horological drop of water in the vast lake of dress watches available in the market.

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  9. Top 3 Grand Seiko Watches

    Top 3 Grand Seiko Watches

    Despite being in business since 1960, the world wasn’t properly introduced to the Grand Seiko watches until 2010. Before that, the watch was made available either by flying over to Japan or by browsing around Japanese online retailers. The aim of Grand Seiko was that the world could see the beauty of Japanese watchmaking. And ever since then, this brand has become one of the most sought-after and quality-driven timepieces and existence. Before we list our favorite Grand Seiko watches, we feel that you should know why this watch is so special. Why Grand Seiko Watches Are So Special Besides the luxury that comes with it, Grand Seiko features several aspects that put it ahead of other timepieces. Some of these features include the quality of its craftsmanship, it’s finishing as well as its history. Craftsmanship One of Grand Seiko watches’ best features is, without a doubt, its craftsmanship. This watch series has remained true to the conventional means of watch adjustment, assembly, and polishing. The watchmakers of Grand Seiko watches use a technique known as “zaratsu.” This is an ancient sword-making technique to polish swords and is now used to polish every part of the Grand Seiko wristwatch. The watch is assembled by professional wrist watchmakers. The testing and adjustment of the watch are required by COSC on all 5 positions, including a sixth for gravity effects. It’s a process that takes 17 days to complete. Movement Another one of Grand Seiko’s strengths is their consistent spring drive movement. The movement utilizes the mechanical assembly from the 60s, along with a high-tech tri synchro regulator. This results in a kind of technology that prevents the use of batteries. Instead, the watch gets its power from a mainspring, and with better accuracy at that than many quartz wristwatches. What we’re trying to say is that Grand Seiko’s quartz and mechanical movements are the best in the world. The quartz movements also referred to as 9F, are surprisingly accurate. The least accurate movements read 10 seconds a year and the most accurate 5 Seconds. This only serves to indicate that the Grand Seiko 9F is not to be taken for granted. All this tells us that the mechanical movements of Grand Seiko watches are reliable, accurate and simple. Even the oldest division of the brand doesn’t misrepresent what it stands for in terms of technology and tradition. Grand Seiko Watches History Grand Seiko was brought to this world due to the brand’s inability to make a mark in the luxury watch market at the time. One of the brand’s divisions, Suwa, was tasked with literally producing the greatest wristwatch possible. The classic model Grand Seiko was a three-handed model that was widely renowned. After that, Grand Seiko has been consistently improving on the quality of its watches. Time and again, the brand has come up with a new standard in the luxury watch market. Then in 1964, the brand entered the international Neufchatel chronometer testing. Although it didn’t do well at first, they managed to still rank in the top ten before the competition was axed. Now, let’s have a look at some of the best Grand Seiko watches that you can get your hands on today. Best Grand Seiko Watches of Today 1: The Calibre 9S – SBGR311 Starting off our list is the Calibre 9S SGBR311. This model was introduced to celebrate the caliber’s 20-year anniversary since it was introduced in 1998. Source : Grand Seiko official websiteMost of the grand Seiko models of today are built from the acclaimed caliber 9S. The SBGR311 comes with a lavish dark wooden brown dial in an enchanting radial pattern. It’s both pleasing to the eyes and effective in telling us the time. The caliber 9S is special in a number of ways. Firstly, it utilizes state-of-the-art technologies such as MEMS, which stands for microelectromechanical systems. This is the kind of technology that provides extreme precision and tolerates inaccuracies of a thousandth of a millimetre. Secondly, this technology is combined with conventional craftsmanship in which each gear is meticulously hand-polished. This way, less friction is guaranteed for more appropriate timekeeping and that the lifespan of each component is increased. 2: Grand Seiko SBGA129 AJHH Limited Edition Next up is the SBGA129, otherwise known as snowflake due to the color of its dial.  It has an automatic Calibre of 9R65 movement, which is Grand Seiko’s most well-known Spring Drive movement. The silver-colored second hand operates at a slow but smooth hypnotic movement that is different from other movements like Hi-Beat. The model’s case diameter is 13 mm thick and 39 mm wide. It also features a 72-hour power reserve with a 10-bar water-resistance level. The purpose behind the creation of the watch was so that it offered durability, precision and beauty. It’s also what helped launch the career of Grand Seiko. And there’s not another watch that best represents those characteristics than the Snowflake. It’s only really precise, thanks to its Spring Drive movement. With it, the watch has a mechanical watch’s soul and a quartz watch’s accuracy. Along with its beautiful dial and excellent finishes, Snowflake’s titanium case is extremely durable. 3: The Hi-Beat – SBGH267 Another watch to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Calibre 9S is the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat SBGH267. This model also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Grand Seiko Hi-Beat. The first model, the 61GS, was the brand’s first 36000 vph movement that was launched in 1968. It was also this model that gave the Japanese brand recognition as one of the most accurate watches on the planet. And now, there are several Hi-Beat models available in the GS lineup Source : Grand Seiko official websiteThe SBGH267 is the most affordable of all Calibre 9S models that were introduced. Despite the low-price, it is no way inferior to its gold and platinum brethren. The SBGH267 Hi-Beat boasts the same features as the metal models. Some of them include the dial motive and the Zaratsu polished case. However, the steel model’s dial comes in a deep blue color. The dial also introduces a new 39.5 mm case size to the series.

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  10. Why Are Rolex Watches So Expensive?

    Why Are Rolex Watches So Expensive?

    Extravagance, luxury, and class are the usual terms that people use when referring to Rolex watches. With their exquisite designs, reliable movements, and lavish builds, it is no wonder why Rolex watches are loved by high-profile individuals from around the world. Some of the famous names that have worn Rolex pieces include John F. Kennedy, Warren Buffett, Martin Luther King, Elvis Presley, Paul Newman, and many more. Indeed, given the steep price tags of Rolex watches, it makes sense why big earners tend to be the ones who own these classic timepieces. However, many of us have often wondered just why Rolex timepieces are so expensive in the first place. Are their high price tags justifiable or are they just for show? In this article, we will be covering all the reasons why Rolex watches are so expensive, so you can decide for yourself just how valid these reasons are.  7 Reasons Why Rolex Watches Are So Expensive 1. Designing Rolex watches costs a lot. Rolex Green Sapphire Crystal and Oysterflex Bracelet on Sky-Dweller Ref. 326238-0009First of all, it should be noted that watchmaking is a meticulous and tiring process which requires a lot of money. Rolex watches are a prime example of that. The prestigious brand has its very own research and development department. This is a highly professional facility that has all the latest groundbreaking tools and avant garde equipment. It uses these tools to craft highly-functional and aesthetically-pleasing timepieces.  Not only that, but Rolex is also constantly innovating new manufacturing methods and techniques to stay ahead of the watchmaking game. Moreover, Rolex only hires highly experienced and trained scientists in their laboratories. They do this in order to maximize research on various lubricants and oils for their machines. As a result of all the aforementioned factors, the in-house development costs that go into the craftsmanship and design of Rolex watches and movements is said to be very high.  One of the finest technological advancements the luxury Swiss label takes great pride in is its green sapphire crystal. First introduced in the revamped version of the 2007 Rolex Milgauss, it is a sturdy, scratch-proof, and fade-proof watch crystal with a light green outline. Providing great legibility, the green edges of the crystal gleam brightly in low-light conditions. As proof of Rolex’s passion for Swiss craftsmanship, it took them many years to develop and finally master the art of making this stunning proprietary crystal. Today, the green sapphire crystal still takes weeks to produce, and is only available on Milgauss models. Another impressive innovation by Rolex is the Oysterflex band. The outer portion of this bracelet is made out of strong black elastomer, while its core is crafted from flexible titanium and nickel alloy blades that give the watch more shape and definition. With these two materials combined, the bracelet is not only durable but also very comfortable on the wrist. Giving wearers a break from classic straps made of stainless steel or other precious metals, the sophisticated Oysterflex band has a sporty and commanding appeal that men will surely appreciate.  To make the Oysterflex strap more functional, the brand also created their patented Glidelock extension system. This allows wearers to adjust the strap’s fit by up to 20mm, without needing any extra tools. You can experience the wonders of this Oysterflex band via some members of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, Rolex Yacht-Master, Rolex Sky-Dweller, and Rolex Air King collections.  2.  The brand uses 904L stainless steel. Rolex Datejust Ref. 278240-0015 and Rolex Explorer Ref. 124273-0001One thing that gives Rolex watches the edge over its competitors is that the brand always uses premium materials. In particular, Rolex is famous for its use of 904L quality stainless steel, unlike other watch brands that use 316L stainless steel. 904L stainless steel is also referred to as the “corrosion-resistant superalloy” and “Oystersteel” in the Rolex realm.  The use of this type of metal plays a big part in making Rolex offerings timeless, stylish, and extremely functional. Oystersteel is remarkably durable, with proven resistances to rust, magnetic fields, and any kind of corrosion. This is all thanks to its copper, nickel, and chromium components. It is also a lot shinier and stronger than the regular 316L stainless steel other watchmakers commonly use.  Of course, this kind of strength and resistance does not come cheaply. Since it takes extra work and special skills to manufacture 904L stainless steel, it is no surprise why it is a lot pricier. This is also why other watch brands still favor the more accessible 316L stainless steel, better known as surgical grade steel. Aside from the fact that it is cheaper, 316L stainless steel is also reportedly easier to work with.  Generally speaking, Rolex uses the 904L stainless steel in all of their collections. This ensures that all their timepieces are exquisite, tough, and long-lasting, and is a major factor why Rolex watches are all so expensive.  A good example of a watch that utilizes 904L stainless steel is the Rolex Datejust Ref. 278240-0015. As one of the best beginner Rolex watches today, it has a 31mm Oystersteel case that sits nicely on slender wrists, paired with a link bracelet made of the same material. Its dark grey sunray dial serves as a great backdrop to the silver Roman numerals, crown logo at 12 o’clock, and baton hands. When it comes to performance, this watch’s COSC-certified 2236 automatic caliber exceeds expectations. It has a power reserve of 55 hours and an accuracy rating of -2/+2 seconds per day. Priced at around $7,000 USD, this Datejust model is also water-resistant up to depths of 100 meters. If you are into colorful and extravagant Oystersteel timepieces, then the Rolex Explorer Ref. 124273-0001 is the ideal choice. Its 36mm case and link bracelet are made primarily out of Oystersteel. Rolex adds to the luxurious look of this watch with the use of an 18K yellow gold polished bezel, screw-down crown, and central links. When it comes to the dial, this piece boasts a stark black hue, with Arabic numeral markers, baton indices, and the brand’s signature Mercedes hands. Powered by the Calibrer 3230 automatic movement with 70 hours of power reserve, this expensive Rolex watch retails at around $11,420 USD. 3. Rolex watches can stand the test of time. Rolex Oyster Perpetual and Rolex Explorer II If you want a timepiece that can withstand any type of wear and tear, you will never find anything better than the Rolex. Extreme changes in humidity, movement, temperature, and altitude could severely damage other watches, especially low-quality ones. The same is not true of Rolex. This is in large part due to the reasons we have already discussed in the previous points: Rolex’s use of premium Oystersteel and constant innovation of new technology helps make its watches stronger and longer-lasting. One example of this unparalleled recognition is Sir Edmund Hillary. Hillary was the first person to ascend Mount Everest, and he did so while wearing a Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch on his wrist. Then came Ed Viesturs, who in 1994 climbed the Earth’s highest mountain while wearing a Rolex Explorer II. Both these men’s Rolex watches survived their experiences in perfect working condition, which is a great testimonial to their durability and longevity. In fact, Viesturs still wears his Rolex Explorer II today to commemorate his incredible feat.  The photo above shows off the modern versions of the Oyster Perpetual and the Explorer II. Both watches have large cases and bracelets made entirely out of Oystersteel. They also come with accessible winding screw-down crowns and high-quality sapphire crystals that protects their dial from any kinds of scratches. Much like many other Rolex models, the Oyster Perpetual and Explorer II are also water-resistant up to depths of 100 meters. This means that these watches are suitable not only for swimming, but can also be brought to your snorkelling and poolside diving adventures too.  With their intricate construction and impressive capabilities, there is no doubt that all Rolex watches are made to last. When you buy a Rolex watch, you are investing in a timepiece that can accompany you for generations. As such, it is really no surprise why Rolex watches can be so expensive.  4. The movements are assembled by hand. Caliber 3135 Rolex does use some machines to produce their watches, but the tasks they perform are typically very simple ones. Some of these simple tasks include filing, sorting, and cataloging.  The more complex jobs, like assembling bracelets and watch movements, are actually all done in-house and by hand. This gives the brand more freedom in designing their watch engines and developing their own standards. After the actual production is completed, each watch is then double-checked and tested by the craftsmen in charge. This ensures that the high quality of each Rolex piece is maintained. Such hard work and dedication is absolutely priceless when you think about it. Looking at Rolex’s extensive catalog, you will notice that almost all of the movements that power its watches are certified by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres. Better known as the “COSC”, this independent non-profit organization aims to uphold the top-notch standards of the Swiss watchmaking industry. In particular, this organization is responsible for validating and testing the accuracy of watches made in Switzerland. The fact that almost all Rolex watches are COSC-certified proves that these timepieces are not only versatile and chic but also dependable and highly functional.  Each of the label’s movements is significant and probably deserves more discussion than we have time for. However, if there is one Rolex movement worth emphasizing, it would probably be the Caliber 3235. Dubbed by many seasoned collectors as one of the best automatic calibers in the market today, it is made up of 201 components and has a total of 14 patents under its belt.  Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Everose Cerachrom Ref. 116655-0001 Taking inspiration from its direct predecessor, the classic Caliber 3135 movement, the Caliber 3235 measures just 28.5mm in size. It is typically equipped with 31 jewels, a date component, and a central sweeping seconds feature. This movement also has a whopping 70 hours worth of power reserve, which is much higher than what the Caliber 3135 offered.  One outstanding new innovation that was introduced in the Caliber 3235 is its paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. This makes the caliber much more precise and resistant to shocks. With an accuracy rating of -2/+2 second per day and a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, this movement is an ode to Rolex’s outstanding workmanship and constant pursuit of excellence. You can find this caliber in many Datejust, Yacht-Master and Sea-Dweller models. 5: Rolex watches are exceptionally quality-driven. Forget about complex movement assembly, Rolex is an incredible “control freak”, even when it comes to the smallest details. The brand has master craftsmen who ensure that every screw is intact and each gem and hour marker is set perfectly in place. In addition, the brand even dedicates a lot of effort to placing bezels on the watch cases, by hand, with extreme precision for smooth and accurate time tracking.  Rolex also takes charge of melting down its own precious metals such as silver and gold, which are both used in the majority of their products. As you can see, every aspect of Rolex’s production process is quality controlled and maintained at consistently high standards, as one can expect from a quality-driven luxury label.  6. The brand uses precious materials. Rolex Day-Date Ref. 228239-0007, Rolex Sky-Dweller Ref. 326935-0005 and Rolex Submariner Date Ref. 126613LB-0002One thing you might not know about Rolex is that it is backed by an army of gemologists. These are professionals who specialize in testing and incorporating precious metals such as diamonds and gold into Rolex watches. Furthermore, the brand also employs conventional jewelers to help them handpick and hand-set diamonds and other precious stones precisely into their watches. In addition, unlike many other watchmakers, Rolex is probably one of the few brands that produces timepieces made out of gold. Yes, genuine, solid gold instead of paint or gold plating! The brand takes care to specially refine 18K white, everose, and yellow gold for their timepieces. The use of real, solid gold explains why some Rolex gold models are so expensive.  One example of a premium Rolex watch made out of white gold is the Day-Date Ref. 228239-0007, which has a refined build and polished finish. It measures 40mm in size and comes with a white gold President bracelet that sits nicely on any type of wrist. The medium-sized screw-down crown ensures the watch’s 100-meter water resistance rating. This is paired with a high-quality sapphire crystal that protects the dial from any scratches or impacts. This watch runs on a Caliber 3255 movement with 70 hours of power reserve and a +2/-2 seconds per day accuracy rating. You can cop this timepiece for around $42,370 USD.  If you are looking for a fancy and fully-functional watch, then you should give the Sky-Dweller Ref. 326935-0005 a try. Perfect for jet-setters, it has a 42mm case and bracelet made out of the brand’s proprietary Everose gold. The dial boasts a clean white hue, and is decorated with baton hour markers and hands, a 24-hour display, and an annual calendar. The watch’s fluted bezel and screw-down crown are also made of Everose gold. This Sky-Dweller piece is powered by a 9001 perpetual automatic movement, with 72 hours worth of power reserve. Priced at around $61,160 USD, this is one of Rolex’s most expensive pieces.  Last, but certainly not least, check out the Submariner Date Ref. 126613LB-0002, commonly referred to as the Modern Bluesy. This is the ideal choice for men who are into glamorous sports watches. It comes in a classic 41mm Oystersteel and yellow gold case, paired with a bracelet made of the same materials. Its royal blue dial has large geometric indices and a huge date aperture with a cyclops lens at 3 o’clock. Bearing a unidirectional blue bezel with lavish gold markings, it is powered by a Caliber 3235 automatic movement. This sporty and lavish Submariner piece costs $15,000 USD in retail. 7. Rolex watches have impressive water-resistance capacities. Rolex Submariner Ref. 124060-0001 and Rolex Deepsea Ref. 126660-0002Another factor that contributes to the high price tags of Rolex watches is their water resistance ratings. Some models are even able to withstand water pressures of up to a whopping 300 meters. As part of the production process, all Rolex dive watches are first tested under pressurized tanks before being tested in actual watches. For instance, to test the Deepsea watches, Rolex uses high-pressure water tanks that are redeveloped by the Compagnie Maritime d’Expertises (“COMEX”). This is a French-based diving company that commissioned Rolex to craft precise and high-performing dive watches.  One watch with a jaw-dropping water-resistance rating is the Rolex Submariner Ref. 124060-0001, which also boasts a sleek black and silver aesthetic. Priced at around $8,540 USD, it comes in a 41mm Oystersteel case and a three-link bracelet. As a luxury dive watch, this watch has a rotatable unidirectional bezel. The bezel is adorned with platinum Arabic numeral and baton markings, a Cerachrom insert in black, and a luminous triangle at the 12 o’clock position. Aside from housing an automatic movement with 70 hours of power, this Submariner watch is also water-resistant up to depths of 300 meters. Another fan favorite is the Rolex Deepsea Ref. 126660-0002, also referred to as the Rolex Deepsea D-Blue, which is water-resistant up to incredible depths of 3,900 meters. This watch stands out with its 44mm Oystersteel case and band made out of the same material. As a dive watch, this Deepsea piece has a 60-minute graduated ceramic bezel in black. Its two-tone gradient dial serves as a great backdrop to the white hour markers, Mercedes hands, and date window at 3 o’clock. This watch runs on a COSC-certified Caliber 3235 automatic movement with an accuracy rating of -2/+2 second per day. This striking piece will set you back by around $13,600 USD. Rolex Watches Were Not Always Expensive This may come as a bit of a surprise, but when Rolex watches were first introduced in 1905, they were not anywhere near as expensive as they are today. But as time went on, the quality of these watches went up, and their prices increased at a commensurate pace.  The great thing is that Rolex watches only continue to appreciate in price as the years go by. As such, if you are looking for a solid timepiece to invest in, Rolex watches are your best bet, even with their exorbitant prices.  Final Thoughts On the whole, there are countless reasons why Rolex timekeepers are extremely costly. Considering the brand’s legendary heritage, their use of top-notch materials, their timeless designs, and their innovative techniques, the hefty price tags of their fine and high-quality products are incredibly reasonable. Given that Rolex watches also take time and complete mastery to manufacture, it only makes sense that they are all considered valuable pieces. Whatever it is that makes Rolex watches truly expensive, it is always a good idea to purchase and eventually add at least one of them in your growing collection. Aside from the fact that their value increases every year, they are also statement timepieces that carry an incredible history and will never go out of style. All images from Rolex’s official website. Can’t get enough of the Swiss brand and their amazing offerings? Make sure to check out our articles on the Rolex Kermit, Rolex Submariner Blue Date Ref. 126613, Rolex Deepsea D-Blue, Rolex Cellini Moonphase, and 15 Most Expensive Rolex Watches.

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  11. How to Find the Perfect Watch for You

    How to Find the Perfect Watch for You

    Looking for a perfect watch that suits your tastes is like finding out which clothes suit you best. But truth be told, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. That’s because there are several factors that need to be taken into account before buying a watch that matches your needs. One way of figuring out which watch suits you best is ensuring you are wearing the proper attire for it. For instance, wearing a quality watch over a simple T-shirt and jeans shorts doesn’t really fit. Sure, the people around you will comment on your luxury timepiece, but not your overall outfit. But don’t worry, if you’re thinking about watch shopping for the yourself, then this guide is just what you need. Follow the steps given below so you can come to a more informed decision regarding your perfect watch. Steps to Finding the Perfect Watch: 1: Think about the type of watch you’re looking for As you may know, there are hundreds, if not thousands of different types of watches available. Not only that, but each one of those watches come with varying functions and purposes. For instance, a luxury watch worn with formal attires is different than an athletic watch that’s used for running. In other words, you need a watch that gives you “value.” This means there are watches worn for special or formal occasions and those for regular outings. Once you differentiate your specific need for wearing a watch, you’ll be able to narrow down your search. After all, there’s no value in owning a watch – luxurious or not – if you’re not going to be using it regularly or at all. 2: There are relevant online communities If you’re a newbie to the world of timepieces, then you should visit relevant online watch communities. There, you can ask several questions that can help you get a better idea of what you’re looking for. The only thing you shouldn’t ask them is “Which watches should I buy?” Do you know anyone there personally who knows about your tastes and vice versa? Asking complete strangers something personal is the wrong approach. Instead, you can streamline your search by asking questions regarding your personality, character, and other unique aspects. Then online forum members will be able to make rough estimates and suggest appropriate models based on those questions. 3: Look up various watch styles for the perfect watch There’s no easy way to tell you about the type of watch is available and the type of people they appeal to. But we’ll try to be as brief and to the point as possible. Field Watch: as the name indicates, this is the type of watch that is designed to endure rough conditions. Dress Watch: these watches are thin and formal that are ideal for black-tie interactions. Aviator’s Watch: per its name, this watch is used for aviation. It uses a GMT chronometer, bezel, and allows wearers to track several time zones. These watches even come with a bigger crown meant for turning when wearing pilot gloves. Dive Watch: Diving watches are designed to withstand extreme water pressures when out swimming or diving. Smartwatches: a digital watch that comes with all the features of a smartphone. Racing Watch: Race car drivers use the tachymeter to help them calculate various speeds. Fashion Watch: this watch can only be owned by the wealthy and doesn’t make most of their profit from watch sales. Digital Watch: these watches use digits to display numbers instead of dials. Shop Different Watch Styles 4: List down the essential qualities and features To further narrow down your search, you should make a list of the most desirable features/qualities that you’re looking for in a watch. You’re going to have to sit down and devote as much time on this step than anything else. But in the end, the results will work to your advantage. Shop Different Watch Features Are you going to use the watch for water excursions? Do you need a watch that you can read in the dark? Do you want a specific complication? If you want to exchange straps, are you looking for standard lugs? Are you worried about service costs? Do you want a watch that only looks cool instead of telling you the time? There are far too many questions that we wish we could list in this article. 5: Deciding on the watch’s appearance Now comes the part in deciding what you want your potential timepiece to look like. Watch faces are available in several materials and metals including gold, platinum, silver, and titanium, among others. You can also choose plastic, although those are less durable. Watch faces can also come in several shapes like the usual circle, square or even a hexagon. Your choices may be limited depending on what brand you’re going for but having a shape in mind can narrow your search. Shop Different Watch Shapes Bands and straps come in several material choices as well, including leather, plastic, or gold and silver. You want to choose a band or strap that is durable and adjustable. Those made of metal are usually more durable than weaker materials like leather. Metal bands can be swappable, and you can have this done from a watchmaker or a jeweller. 6: Evaluate your wrist size If you have a smaller than average wrist, then buying the largest watch on the market is a terrible idea. With a wrist size somewhere between 6 to 7 inches, a case between 38 to 42 mm in width will suffice. If your wrist is bigger than 7 inches, then you should settle for a case that measures between 44 to 46 mm. 7: Choose watch functions There are usually two types of watches that people go for: analog or digital. Digital watches represent time in number form whereas analog models do so with a clock that has minute and hour hands. People are usually able to tell the time better with digital watches but not so much with analog watches. Although to be fair, it’s really a matter of preference whether people opt for either type of watches. Shop Digital Watches For instance, some people lean towards digital watches if they prefer not to have to read the time on the clock. These watches tend to be lower-priced as they’re not intended for dress or formalwear. They function better with sports or smartwatches. Analog watches come with a more traditional clock-like look that are used for formal events. Analog faces come in various types. Some faces come with numbers that mark each hour, while there are others that don’t have any numbers and use Roman numerals instead. Looking for Your Perfect Watch: A Conclusion So there you have it, a complete guide on how to select the perfect watch. It may seem a little confusing, and even overwhelming at first, but follow the steps we’ve laid out for you in this article, and you are sure to find a lasting timekeeping companion that suits your unique tastes in every way.

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