Riley Reid

Riley Reid

First Published: July 09, 2018
A big fan of classic traditional watches, Riley got interested about them at a young age. From learning the ins of the movements to the outs of the bezels, it’s all in Riley’s wheelhouse. With a natural attraction to minimal pieces and neutral colored watches, some of Riley’s favorites include Nomos Glashutte's Orion and Longines Heritage 1945.
  1. Articles by Riley Reid
  2. The Best Rolex to Buy for an Investment

    The Best Rolex to Buy for an Investment

    Do you ever ask yourself, “I wonder what the best Rolex to invest in is?” The Rolex name has an almost mystical cachet. It is so well known that even people who have no interest in luxury watches know and respect the brand. Perhaps that’s why Rolex watches have become such a status symbol. After all, who wouldn’t like to wear the most famous and revered watch in the world? New or pre-owned, a Rolex never goes out of style or demand. No wonder they make wonderful future heirlooms as well as great investments! Best Rolex to Invest In If you are considering investing in a Rolex watch, there are considerations to be aware of. Limited edition and low production models generally hold their value or even increase in value better than the more common Rolex watches. Rolex sports watches are an example of low production models since there are far fewer of them produced than the more typically seen Rolex dress watches. These are some of the best Rolex models to buy for an investment: The Rolex Submariner is one of those highly popular, but limited production, sports models we just mentioned. The limited-edition  Submariner “Hulk” is one of the most sought after and collectible Rolexes ever made. Buy Rolex Submariner Watches The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is synonymous with the auto race of the same name. It features an extremely accurate chronograph and a precise tachymetric scale – both essential tools for professional race car drivers. Buy Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches The Rolex Air-King pays tribute to the early pioneers of flight. This certified Swiss chronometer has passed exacting standards to earn that title from the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). Buy Rolex Air King Watches   The Rolex Datejust is the essence of the Rolex brand. This innovative watch was the first to feature a date that changed automatically. It became a favorite of people like Winston Churchill, President Eisenhower, Dr. Martin Luther King, President Reagan, and Harrison Ford. Buy Rolex Datejust Watches Choosing a Rolex to Meet Your Needs The best Rolex to invest in is one that fits your personal style. After all, this is a wearable investment and you should enjoy wearing it. You’ll definitely enjoy the admiring glances from those who appreciate your good taste and sense of style. If it also happens to be one of the best Rolexes to buy for an investment, so much the better! Whatever model of Rolex you’re interested in, you’ll almost certainly find it amongst the great selection we offer here at the best online watch store, WatchShopping.com. You can also purchase it with confidence, knowing that every watch we sell is authentic and in proper working order. They also come with all of their original paperwork and tags, important to have when you’re buying a luxury watch as an investment!

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  3. Best Swiss Sport Watches

    Best Swiss Sport Watches

    Watches Set Apart From the Rest Swiss watches are synonymous with elegance and craftsmanship among watch enthusiasts.  For centuries, they have gained a reputation as not only being beautiful, but also extremely accurate in measuring time.  Innovations in watch making and design often hit the Swiss watch industry first.  Going back to early days of self-winding mechanisms to the use of jewel bearings. Even today, at the height of watch design and innovation tritium gas illuminated faces and pressurized water-proofing set chronometers apart from the watches of yesteryear. Swiss timepieces began when Huguenot clockmakers immigrated to Switzerland from France in the 16th century to escape religious persecution. During this time, the simplicity of Puritanism lent itself to an aesthetic which valued practicality over ostentatious jewelry. The key to watch-making was miniaturization. The complexities of mechanical clocks were reduced to portable versions which could be carried in the pocket or on jewelry. During the Age of Enlightenment, better innovations in spring steel and jewel bearings were explosions in the scientific community. That solidified the standing of clocks and watches as a utilitarian marvel of form meeting function. Best Swiss Sport Watch Brands There are many watchmakers to choose from originating from the traditions of Swiss watchmaking. Omega In 1848, Omega began production of some of the most well-known Swiss timepiece today.  From James Bond to the official chronometer of the 2020 Youth Olympic games, these watches are accurate, durable, and each one is a work of art. Buy Omega Watches Patek Philippe These watches bear a vintage feel and a sense of class that is uncommon in a world of rugged sports watches with all the bells and whistles. Patek Phillippe prides itself on tradition, being the creator of the first wristwatch–1868 for Countess Koscowicz of Hungary and remains as the last family-owned Genevan watchmaker in Switzerland. Buy Patek Philippe Watches Rolex A brand which has become ubiquitous, not only for a name which carries with its connotations of affluence and success, but also precision and reliability.  Rolex was the first manufacturer of the waterproof and dust proof watch, with its Oyster in 1926.  Since then, it has not only become the watch that sets the standard for all others, but also an indication of wealth and prestige. Buy Rolex Watches More Swiss Sport Watches to Choose from: Watchshopping.com features Swiss timepieces from several manufacturers: Tudor Tag Heuer IWC Jaeger-LeCoultre You can find all of the best Swiss sport watch brands at WatchShopping.com.  We offer a variety of watches so that there is something for everyone. We’ve got different watch styles, watch shapes and watch colors for your choosing. For ease of selection, optimal pricing, and free shipping, why would you look anywhere else for your next Swiss timepiece?  Contact us today, or browse for Swiss sport watches from the best online watch store.

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  4. Choosing the Perfect Watch Band

    Choosing the Perfect Watch Band

    When you’re choosing the perfect watch, keep in mind that the right band will level up your look. The ideal choice accents your outfit and emphasizes your personal style. There are distinct watch band materials to choose from, and each lends your watch a different character. With a few different watch bands, you can give a single watch a wardrobe of looks. Here are four types of watch bands to consider. 1: Stainless Steel The stainless steel watch band is a classic, luxurious look. The links of a stainless steel band are heavier than other band styles, giving it more weight, both literally and figuratively. This style looks best with business or more formal attire. There are a lot of watches and choices in this category. Watches like the substantial sized men’s Hamilton Broadway and the elegant women’s Hamilton Jazzmaster project polished confidence. Buy Stainless Steel Watches 2: Pin Buckle A pin buckle band closes with a clasp that inserts a pin through a hole in the band. This type of band can be made of a range of materials, giving you the option of choosing a casual look, like this men’s L.U.C. XP silver dial watch with a simple yet polished cashmere fabric band or the rugged rubber band of this men’s Chopard Happy Diamonds watch. You can also find bands in sleek, elegant leather, like this women’s Chopard Imperiale. Pin buckles provide a more secure clasp than other types of bands. Buy Pin Buckle Watches 3: Bracelet Watch Bands A bracelet band takes the polish of a stainless steel band to the next level. The name is an apt description, because this style evokes the subtle gleam of jewelry. You can’t top the enduring elegance of bracelet watch bands. A two-tone band is a refined look, like this sleek ladies Longines Presence watch or the statement-making Rolex Submariner in 18K yellow gold. Buy Bracelet Watches 4: Strap A strap band can take a watch from refined to informal. This is a lightweight and adaptable option for flexible style. Leather strap bands with contrast stitching, like Panerai Luminor men’s watch, are a high-impact yet casual look. A sleek leather band can take a watch from formal to everyday polished, as with this Tissot gold women’s watch. For an unexpected and sophisticated style, look for a leather band in an unexpected color, like this unisex Orion watch with a beige velour leather strap. Buy Strap Watches In the search for the watch of your dreams, don’t ignore the options different bands provide. The right band can give a refined, formal watch a casual style. Your ideal watch can have a range of looks with the perfect selection of bands. Being the best online watch store, Watchshopping.com has a selection of heirloom quality watches that are sure to satisfy your most exacting standards. See what we have to offer today.

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  5. The Best Gift Watches for Women

    The Best Gift Watches for Women

    Why a Watch Is a Perfect Gift for That Special Woman Mom, sister, girlfriend, wife… There are many special women in our lives and what better way to show how much we appreciate them than to give them a special gift. One that is as hardworking, endearing, reliable, and beautiful as they are. In short, a watch, but not just any watch. The perfect watches for women. Don’t they deserve a watch as wonderful as they are? Like any other piece of fine jewelry, a luxury watch is a timeless gift that will retain its value even as it gives years of pleasure. Best Watches to Gift  Rolex  These iconic watches for women are as sophisticated and beautiful as they are durable and hardworking. What better way to say “I love you” than an elegant rose gold Rolex with a diamond-encrusted bezel? That may just be the best watch to gift your wife! Bvlgari  This brand is treasured around the world for the depth and quality of their luxury goods collection. That includes their wonderfully stylish watches. A Bvlgari is probably the best watch to gift a girlfriend who is enamored with fashion! Hublot These carefully designed watches combine innovative and quality design with aesthetic appeal. Many of their lady’s watches feature eye-catching color and bejeweled cases. Omega With more than a century of precision watchmaking backing them, you know Omega watches are wonderfully functional and reliable. What you may not know is how many stylish lady’s watches they offer. Panerai  These luxurious Italian watches are well-known for their many innovative design features, such as the very first luminescent watch dials. Seiko This Japanese watch brand is well recognized for its many popular watch innovations. What isn’t as well-known is its venture into cosmopolitan style with the sophisticated Cocktail Time watch. TAG Heuer   TAG Heuer is well-known in the world of sports. Their lady’s watches are just as reliable in a fashionable, moderated priced, yet luxurious way. A watch from this iconic racing brand is one of the best watches to gift your mom. It will help her live every second to the maximum! Tudor A more moderately priced version of the Rolex, the Tudor carries much of the same quality that makes its sibling brand so world-renowned. Tudors are known for their functionality, thoughtful design, and contemporary style. Give Her the Gift of Luxury from WatchShopping.com  Watches for women may seem like a small accessory but the right watch makes a huge fashion statement. Treat that special woman in your life to a luxury watch and enjoy her delight. Our customer service team will help you select a luxury watch that perfectly balances her desires and your budget. After all, fine watches have been high on a lady’s wish list ever since Patek Philippe created the first one for Countess Koscowicz of Hungary in 1868!

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  6. The Best Gift Watches for Men

    The Best Gift Watches for Men

    Why a Watch is a Perfect Gift for the Man in Your Life Any man will appreciate the gift of a fine watch. Choosing a luxury watch that looks great on his wrist and works superbly well is a wonderful way to show how much you care. An additional benefit of a luxury watch is how well it will hold its value through the years. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving, even through generations. And luxury watches are definitely the best gifts for watch lovers! To that end, the list below includes the best watches for men to gift. Rolex Rolex watches are world-renowned for their exquisite craftsmanship and elegant, refined style. So of course we had to include Rolex on this best watches for men list. However, these are also extremely durable and reliable watches that adventurers and explorers rely upon for their functionality in extreme environments. Bvlgari  The Italian brand Bvlgari is well-known for its superb catalog of luxury goods. This celebrated brand’s watches have a distinctive look that practically oozes luxury and sophistication. Hublot  A relatively new brand on the luxury watch market, this intricately detailed Italian brand combines elegant style with cutting-edge technology. Omega  What do men on the moon, the Olympic games, and James Bond have in common? Why, Omega watches, of course! Omegas have timed Olympic athletes since 1932, flown to the moon with the astronauts, and appeared in many of the 007 movies! Panerai  This luxury watch company was founded in Italy in 1860. It’s well-known for innovations like establishing the first watchmaking school in Florence and supplying watches for the earliest Italian Navy frogmen. It also created the first luminescent dials. Seiko  This Japanese company is well-respected for its long history of watchmaking innovations. Today, Seiko watches are the perfect combination of function, style, and fashion. TAG Heuer  This Swiss luxury watchmaker produces beautiful and affordable timepieces that are also highly functional. In fact, its chronographs are very popular among members of the motor racing world. Tudor This company is a more affordable sister brand to the iconic Rolex. Like Rolex, Tudor watches are reliable, durable, and stylish. Because they feature the same oyster case as the Rolex, Tudors also make excellent dive watches. Why Shop for Gifts at WatchShopping.com? If you’re looking for the best gift watches for men, you can’t do better than browse our extensive collection of 100% authentic luxury watches. We offer convenience, superb customer service, and unbelievably discounted prices when shopping online with us.

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  7. How to Store Watches When Not in Use

    How to Store Watches When Not in Use

    Did you inherit an exquisite pocket watch or treat yourself to that Rolex you’ve always wanted? Perhaps you have an extensive collection of watches, both old and new. Whether it’s one watch or a few dozen, it’s important that you provide proper storage for your treasured timepieces. How do you store watches when not wearing them? Storing your watches correctly will ensure that they will keep their value. It will also allow you to pass them on in turn to your children. How to store watches when not in use A fine watch requires proper maintenance and care in order to keep it working properly and retain its beauty and value. You’ll want to keep your watch clean and stored carefully when you’re not wearing it. Invest in safe storage for your watches Watches are subject to scratches and other “wear and tear” damage not generally covered under warranties. They’re also a tempting target for thieves. Therefore, keep your watch collection in either a safe or a safety deposit box. A temperature-controlled safe will also protect your watches from damaging humidity and dust. Cleaning your fine watches before storing them when not in use Humidity and dust can play havoc with the finely-tuned mechanisms of a watch. So, too, can skin oil and other oil-based products like lotions. That’s why you’ll want to clean your watch each time you take it off. If you keep your cleaning supplies near your watch safe, cleaning your watches will soon become second nature. If your watch is waterproof, use a soft cloth and lukewarm water to clean it. Gently use a soft, moistened child’s toothbrush or toothpick to reach difficult spots. Rinse carefully and use a microfiber glass wipe to polish the crystal. Avoid getting water on a leather strap. For vintage watches, or those that you aren’t sure are waterproof, avoid the water! Watchmaker Kalle Slaap recommends using real chamois to clean everything, including the crystal. Keeping your watches lubricated and wound Keeping your watched lubricated and wound are important to storing watches when not in use. Watchmakers are divided about whether or not watches need to be kept running or not. However, one thing they agree on is that it’s vital that they are kept properly lubricated. The movement of a watch is its engine, and like any good engine, it needs proper lubrication to keep it running well. Always remove the battery from a quartz watch if you aren’t going to wear it for a while. If your watch has several complications like a perpetual calendar, moon phase, or planetarium, use a high-quality watch winder. Master-watchmaker Andrea van Steijn recommends choosing “One that doesn’t rotate too fast and doesn’t make too many rotations.” Have your watches serviced regularly It’s important to keep a watch’s mechanism clean, properly lubricated, and tuned-up in order to keep it working properly whether you are wearing it or storing it when not in use. Choose a reputable watchmaker endorsed by the watch brand. Watches that are worn frequently will need servicing more often, especially if they are more complex. However, every watch will need regular servicing even if it’s just to clean and lubricate it. Keep your valuable documentation safe The paperwork and accessories that come with a watch will take up little room in a safe. Since they add tremendously to the resale value of a watch, they’re well worth storing securely. Organize the proofs of purchase, warranty cards, authenticity certificates, hang tags, and manuals in separate, labeled zip bags (one for each watch). Do the same with accessories like bracelets, extra links, and straps. Add color-indicating silica desiccant packets to each zip bag and place more in the safe. They’ll absorb damaging humidity and can be recharged or replaced when they change color. Because of their bulk, you might want to store your watch boxes somewhere else. Just make sure they stay clean and dry. Add the desiccant packets and keep careful track of which box goes with which watch. Insure your valuable watches! Whether you are constantly wearing the watch or storing it when not in use, you should insure your valuable watches. Depending on its value, your watch collection may be covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy or you may need a separate insurance rider just for it. Document the value of each watch you own and always have vintage or rare watches appraised. Take several clear, close-up, date/time stamped photos of each watch from different angles to show its condition. Then take a group photo of the watch and everything that goes with it, including the box, all documents, accessories, etc. You might also want to take separate photos of each of those items. Having a label that you can place in each photo will help you keep everything straight about what goes with which watch. Keep the photos, receipts, and a list of serial numbers in a separate, safe location. If something should happen to your watches, you don’t want to lose all of your proof of ownership and value with them! Adding to your watch collection When you are ready to add another fine watch to your collection, browse Watchshopping.com’s exceptional selection. Each of the watches we sell has passed our rigorous authenticity certification and is covered for 1-5 years (depending on the watch) by our in-house warranty. You are sure to enjoy any watch you purchase from one of the world’s most trusted online purveyors of fine watches!

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  8. A Brief History of Iconic Watch Brands

    A Brief History of Iconic Watch Brands

    Did you know that watches have been around for centuries? Clockmakers began crafting miniature versions of their timepieces clear back in the 1400s! Of course, there have been quite a few changes since those earliest watches. For one thing, we wear them on our wrists now. The oldest and most historic watch brands, or “miniature clock” makers, were worn as a rather large pendant on a cord or chain around the neck. Listed below are five most iconic watch brands of heirloom quality. Each one has a long history of exceptional craftsmanship. They all have well-deserved reputation’s for being one of the best watchmakers in the world. With at least a century of perfecting their craft behind them, these long-established brands epitomize quality Swiss watchmaking. 1: Blancpain This is the oldest watch brand in the world, having been founded in 1735 by Jaques Blancpain and handed down through his family for nearly 200 years. It had a somewhat on-again, off-again history until it became a part of the Swatch Group. This luxury watch brand has now partnered with the equally luxurious car brand Lamborghini and appears to finally be around to stay. 2: Breguet The Breguet company, a historic watch brand, was started in Paris by Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1775. By that time, the 28-year-old Breguet had apprenticed with several well-regarded French watchmakers. In 1810, this progressive company invented the world’s first wristwatch for Caroline Murat, the Queen of Naples. Marie Antoinette and Napoleon Bonaparte were just two of the many other world leaders clamoring for the new wristwatches. The Swatch Group acquired this highly-regarded and historic company in 1999. 3: Longines In 1832, Auguste Agassiz founded the Longines watch company in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. Longines is the oldest unchanged watch brand name registered with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). In 1868, the company was instrumental to the industrialization of Swiss watchmaking after sending a representative to the Universal Exhibition in Philadelphia. Famous aeronautical pioneer Charles Lindbergh worked with Longines in 1931 to create the Lindbergh Hour Angle watch – a forerunner to modern GPS! Like Blancpain and Breguet, Longines is now part of the Swatch Group. 4: Patek Philippe Polish watchmaker Antoni Patek originally paired with Czech partner Franciszek Czapek from 1839 until 1844. In 1844, he met French watchmaker Jean Adrien Philippe when Philippe won a Bronze Medal at the World Fair in France for his key-less winder. Philippe hired Patek as his head watchmaker and made him a partner in 1851 when the firm officially became the historic watch brand, Patek Philippe. Since 1932, this Swiss company has been privately held by the Stern family. 5: Vacheron Constantin Vacheron Constantin isn’t the oldest in the world (Blancpain holds that honor) but it is the world’s oldest continuously operating watch company. That remarkable achievement began with its founding by master watchmaker Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755. François Constantin joined the company in 1819 and the name was officially changed to Vacheron Constantin. For over 250 years, this company has produced watches of exceptional quality and desirability. To celebrate its 260th anniversary in 2015, the company produced Reference 57260. This watch currently holds the record for the most complicated watch ever made. It has fifty-seven complications along with 2,800 decorated components. The value matches its intricacies – €8 million (that’s over $8.8 million)! The Richemont Group acquired this iconic brand in 1996. Collecting These Historic Watch Brands When you hold a watch from one of the oldest treasured watch brands, you’re holding history in your hands. Centuries of brilliant innovation, exquisite craftsmanship, and loving tradition have gone into each watch. Whether you treasure a vintage watch or take pride in the newest model, you can’t go wrong when you add a watch from one of these venerable brands to your collection. Like fine automobiles, these watches appreciate in value even as they age. Fortunately, at WatchShopping.com we can regularly offer both new and classic models of these fine watch brands to our most discerning customers!

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  9. What is a Chronograph Watch Used for?

    What is a Chronograph Watch Used for?

    A chronograph watch… You’ve probably heard of chronographs but do you know what differentiates them from other luxury watches? Keep reading and we’ll explain a bit about what makes them special and what a chronograph watch is used for. What Makes a Watch a Chronograph?  Simply put, a chronograph is a watch with a built-in stopwatch that precisely measures elapsed time. The watch movement can be manual, self-winding, or quartz. Pushers (buttons) on the side of the watch allow the wearer to easily start, stop, and reset the stopwatch without interfering with the timepiece’s regular function. Note: A chronograph is not necessarily the same as a chronometer. A chronometer is an individual watch that has earned the highly coveted COSC certification for its exceptional quality and accuracy. A COSC certificate adds substantially to a watch’s value. Uses for Chronograph Watches: Work & Play As you might imagine, chronograph movements are essential for sporting events, including races of all kinds. Chronograph watches are also used by divers to keep track of how much time they can safely remain underwater. Military personnel, doctors, and pilots also rely on the functionality of a chronograph in their work. A chronograph (the Omega Speedmaster) even saved the lives of the Apollo 13 astronauts! However, not everyone who wears a chronograph uses it in their job. Many owners treasure their chronographs for the watch’s sporty good looks. The option of using it as a stopwatch is just a bonus! Popular Chronograph Watch features: Split-second chronograph Tachymeter scale Telemeter scale The above features offer additional functionality. To learn more about them, see The Gentleman’s Gazette. Reading a Chronograph Watch You’ll find that reading a chronograph is easy once you understand what the subdials are for and which hand does what. First, the long hand in the center of your watch looks like a typical second hand but it is not. That’s actually the chronograph second hand and it only moves when you’re using the chronograph. The watch’s actual second hand is in one of the small subdials. You can tell which one it is because it’s always moving. The other subdials vary by watchmaker and model but they generally keep track of how many fractions of a second, minutes, and/or hours the stopwatch has been running. Chronograph Watches for Sale at WatchShopping.com If you would like to learn more about what a chronograph watch is used for or select one to purchase, contact WatchShopping.com. We would be delighted to help you find a chronograph you’ll be happy with for many years to come.

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  10. Luxury Watches That Will Stand the Test of Time

    Luxury Watches That Will Stand the Test of Time

    The craftsmanship behind a quality luxury watch is built to last not only the rest of your life, but for generations to come. There are only a handful of luxury watches that are able to withstand father time itself. These timepieces can be thought of as an investment as they’ll remain in fashion and look stylish forever. These luxury watches will put you head and shoulders above the masses who wield their smartphone as their main source of time. Here are some luxury timepieces that will stand the test of time. 1: Cartier Santos In 1904, a Brazilian pioneer aviator by the name of Alberto Santos-Dumont complained to his good friend Louis Cartier about the difficulties of using pocket watches while flying. This sparked the brand to develop the “Santos” which solved the problem as Cartier’s first men’s wristwatch. The timepiece was immediately adored not only by Santos, but by pilots across the globe. Elsewhere, the simple and sophisticated aesthetic of the Cartier Santos continues to capture the imagination of watch enthusiasts everywhere. Modern models stay true to the original square shape, however, Cartier has optimized proportions and comfort. The result is a perfect fit that will remain a symbol of fearlessness and a vehicle of elegance generations to come. 2: IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII The IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII is a timepiece that has been reduced to the bare essentials. This classic style features white markings on a black outline where not even a single line is unnecessary. The crisp utilitarian watch is based on the models that IWC Schaffhausen supplied to the Royal Air Force until the 1980s. The quintessential look of sophistication continues to carry on the spirit and philosophy of aviation. 3: Rolex Datejust It wouldn’t be a luxury watches list without a Rolex Datejust. When it comes to Rolex, you could certainly make the argument for several models. Few timepieces, however, have had such a profound impact as the Datejust. Known as the modern archetype for all classic watches, the Rolex Datejust is a simple, strong and precise timepiece. It’s distinguished by the handy date indication on the dial of the watch, remaining virtually unchanged since Rolex introduced the model in 1945. It’s since been worn on the wrists of everyone from Winston Churchill to Roger Federer, remaining a symbol of strong and elegant character. Thanks to its top-notch functionality and aesthetics, the Rolex Datejust has spanned eras and continues to transcend changes in fashion. 4: Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin Vacheron Constantin Official WebsiteThe Vacheron Overseas Ultra-Thin is the perfect luxury travel watch. The timepiece is slim and light, yet the bespoke design remains very refined. The gray dial and the absence of a date and seconds hand define its understated design. The result is a relaxed leisure watch that will remain in style for a long time to come. The timepiece also includes the meticulous precision and quality craftsmanship  we’ve come to expect of the Swiss watchmakers. 5: Patek Philippe Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar Talk about luxury watches! The Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar was first introduced in 1941. It could simultaneously keep track of the date without adjustment and also measure small increments of time. The contemporary “vintage” style has made it one of the most sought-after timepieces. The lacquered cream dial and its luminous numerals and hands offer a grandeur that will simply never go out of style. 6: Omega Speedmaster The Omega Speedmaster has become one of the most iconic timepieces of all time.  The iconic watch is also known as the “Moonwatch” for its appearance on the wrist of NASA astronauts during the Apollo 11 mission that witnessed humans set foot on the moon for the first time. The model goes far beyond its association with one of the greatest events of the 20th century. It’s also a wrist companion of the utmost precision and function. It underwent rigorous NASA testing to become the official watch of the space agency and even saved the lives of astronauts during the Apollo 13 mission. No fundamental changes have occurred in the design of the Omega Speedmaster since. 7: Baume & Mercier Clifton Club 10500 Baume & Mercier Official WebsiteBrothers Louis-Victor and Célestin founded Baume & Mercier with the goal of creating timepieces that straddle the line between smart and casual. The Clifton Club 10500 is a model that does just that. The simple and sleek black dial has a quiet verve to it that makes it one of the most functional watches on the market. The timeless aesthetic ensures that it will also be in fashion for a long time. 8: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Inspired by the look of a diver’s helmet, the radical design of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak initially caused distress within the market. The generous size, octagonal form, and exposed screws have since come to redefine what a luxury watch should be. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has slowly evolved technologically and aesthetically, but the overall feel remains the same. The Royal Oak is a true modern icon that has a special place in the heart of every watch collector. 9: Rolex Submariner Released in 1953, the Rolex Submariner was the first diver’s watch that had resistance capabilities of up to 100 meters. The Submariner underwent rigorous field testing to ensure its groundbreaking functionality. Put quite simply, it’s the ultimate diving watch and continues to be the prime choice for underwater exploration. The aesthetic is as simple and classic as you can get, which is a timeless statement all in itself.

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  11. How to Spot a Fake Rolex Watch

    How to Spot a Fake Rolex Watch

    Rolex watches are the epitome of luxury and a coveted status symbol. More than 700,000 of them are produced for the global market every year. However, they are also one of the most counterfeited watches in the world. If the price sounds too good to be true, it probably is. To shoppers in the know, spotting a fake Rolex can be easy. Look for the following characteristics before making a deal that sounds ridiculously too good to be true. Things to Double Check:  1. Check the metal: Rolex uses only stainless steel, platinum, and 18K gold. A Rolex is never 14K gold or any other metal or glass. It also does not have any engraving on the back. However, a used Rolex may have a personal engraving. Faded gold or metal showing through the metal marks, especially on the bracelet, helps you spot a fake Rolex. 2. Check the date magnification: Rolex watches have a magnification glass called a “Cyclops” above the date. The date should be magnified 2.5 times, making the date jump out and take up the entire magnification bubble. Most counterfeit Rolex watches omit the Cyclops or include a less effective lens. They may have a magnification of 1.5 times or lower. If the date through the Cyclops or from the side looks the same size or is difficult to see, it makes it easy to spot a fake Rolex. 3. Check the model case number: Rolex watches have sealed back cases, so it will be difficult to look inside. Rolex etches the model (case) number between the lugs at 12 o’clock, and the serial number is between the lugs at 6 o’clock. Many fake Rolex watches have a model and serial number in the correction positions, however, Rolex’s real models and serial numbers can be found with a quick Google search. Now Look Closely:  1. Hold the watch. Due to the choice of fine metals used by the manufacturer, Rolex watches are heavier than their lightweight counterfeits. 2. Observe the second hand. It should move smoothly. Fakes have stuttering second hands. 3. Listen to the watch. Rolex watches never make ticking noises. 4. Inspect the winding crown: Fake watches have basic winders, or crowns, that move the hour and minute hands, possibly accompanied by large crown guards surrounding it and winding sounds that appear cheap. A Rolex has a finely crafted crown that is engineered with high quality giving it a crisp sound as you wind the crown and includes a thick gasket for water tightness. The engravings and grooves of a true Rolex are as intricate and symmetric as a work of art. Asymmetry is a tell-tale sign when trying to spot a fake Rolex watch. Rolex watches are crafted with precision, quality materials, and a refined finish. With this basic knowledge of how to spot a fake Rolex, you will not be fooled by counterfeits of a Rolex replica offered along with ridiculously low prices. While this list covers some of the most common features of a counterfeit, some fake renditions turn out to be realistic since the counterfeiters’ tactics can change over time. If you are asked to pay decent money or more and your inspection makes you believe it is the real thing, be sure to take it to a jeweler for verification!

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