Riley Reid

Riley Reid

First Published: June 03, 2019
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 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. COSC Certified Watches: What is COSC Certification?

    Your Guide to COSC Certified Watches Is the watch you are thinking of buying COSC certified? Not all watches qualify though. Only the highest quality watches can pass the exacting tests required to receive this distinction. Purchasing a certified watch is your assurance that your new watch is of exceptionally high quality. What is COSC Certification? The Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres (COSC) is a neutral and impartial Swiss non-profit organization. They work independently of watchmakers. Their goal is to certify the finest quality Swiss watches through rigorous testing of a watch’s internal timekeeping components. Not any watch can just pass the test and receive an official certificate. A watch must have only the finest components possible. And of course it’s assembled by expert watchmakers only. If a timepiece gains distinction as a certified watch, it will have a unique identification number engraved on the movement and receive an official certificate. COSC certified watches are clearly distinct from ordinary watches and have a must higher added value. More than a million watches a year receive a certification. But that is still only a small fraction (6%) of Swiss watchmaking, already justifiably renowned! COSC Certified Watch Brands In 2015, there were three watch brands with the most timepieces to receive certifications. Rolex topped the list in 2015 with 795,716 watches receiving their certificates. Getting second place was Omega with 511,861 certified watches. Breitling watches received 147,917 certificates. Of those, 28,499 were quartz models. Of all the other watch brands tested, none received more than 100,000 certificates, although Tissot came close. They had 96,563 certified timepieces including 30,581 quartz models. Tissot was the overall leader in quartz timepieces. Back in 2008, Longines introduced its Record Collection. That collection was entirely full of COSC certified watches. Are You Ready for a Certified Watch? A COSC certified watch is right for you if quality, craftsmanship, and precision are important to you. At Watchshopping.com, we carry a great selection of watches that were deemed worthy of the certification. You can be rest assured that any watch you purchase with us is guaranteed to be authentic and in perfect working order. Contact us for more information or to place an order. *Citing confidentiality concerns, watchmakers requested that COSC no longer publish exact numbers and the organization agreed. 

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  6. How to Use a Dive Watch

    Are you considering getting a dive watch? Maybe you have one already, but now need to know how to use a dive watch properly. If so, we can help! We’ll explain the different features of a dive watch and how to use them. How to Use a Dive Watch: First, what exactly defines a ‘dive watch‘? Well, it’s a precision instrument crucial to the safety of divers. It needs to be rugged, functional, reliable, and easy to use underwater. It also needs to have a waterproof case and a clear, uncluttered dial. A dial that’s highly visible in low-light conditions and luminescent hands are also important features. The history of dive watches involves four great watchmaking companies and the milestones they each surpassed. Rolex created the first water-resistant case with its patented Oyster case in 1926. Omega followed with its ‘case within a case’ design in the early 1930s. The Omega Marine was capable of surviving at depth for a substantial period of time. In 1935, Italian watchmaker Panerai teamed up with Rolex to create the first combat diver’s watch at the behest of the Italian navy. Thus, the Rolex Panerai was born and hailed as the first military dive watch. Blancpain followed with a French military dive watch in 1953. The Fifty Fathoms was the first dive watch to feature a rotating bezel. Important features of a dive watch Without an accurate method of keeping track of their time underwater, divers can accidentally exceed their no-decompression limit (NDL), putting their health and safety at risk. A precisely accurate watch lets them keep track of their available oxygen, NDL, and decompression stops on the way to the surface – all potentially lifesaving functions! Some dive watches also include depth gauges to help divers keep track of their depth, since that affects the decompression stops they’ll need to make while ascending. The most versatile dive watches include a strap that’s not only corrosion resistant but can be quickly and easily adjusted to fit your wrist with and without the bulk of a wetsuit. How to read a dive watch bezel Other than a robust movement and waterproof case, a rotating bezel is arguably the most important component of your dive watch. The most common type found on a dive watch is a ‘count-up’ bezel. There is marker (usually a triangle or diamond) on the bezel. Before plunging into the water, simply rotate the bezel until the marker lines up with the minute hand. As long as you know how many minutes’ worth of oxygen you started out with, the distance between that mark (say 30 minutes) on the bezel and the minute hand will tell you how many minutes of oxygen you have left. Dive watch bezels usually rotate counterclockwise. This ensures that any accidental nudge will shorten your dive time and prevent you from running out of oxygen earlier than expected. Dive watches at Watchshopping.com Now that you know how to use a dive watch, you can start shopping for one! If you’re considering a dive watch, be sure to check out our selection. We carry all of the leading brands and guarantee their authenticity and their performance. Whether you’re a ‘desk diver’ who values the sleek, uncomplicated look of a dive watch or a diver whose life may depend on one, we have you covered!

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  7. 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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  8. What is a Quartz Movement Watch?

    When you’re on the market shopping for a watch, you’re going to want to choose one that is right for you. A lot of shoppers base their purchase on probably a few things: how the watch’s exterior looks, how the watch actually fits their wrist and would this watch fit their personality and even their style? Surely all of those are important things to consider when buying a watch, but what about the inside of your watch? You know, like the thing that actually makes your watch tick. This is where a quartz movement watch comes into play. You may have heard of it before, but wasn’t quite sure what it is because of it’s semi-fancy name. But basically, a quartz movement watch operates through a battery that sends power via a small quartz crystal. That small quartz crystal’s job is to create vibrations that generate movement of the second hand. You can immediately tell a quartz movement watch by the way it “ticks” the seconds off. Literally. You have options when it comes to choosing your timepiece. But the unmatched accuracy of a quartz watch is the primary benefit of choosing one for your watch. Quality Quartz Watch Movement Today, there is little reason to go with an old-fashion winding watch unless it is a family heirloom handed down from one generation to the next. When looking for a new watch with an accurate accounting of the time and calendar, look no further than a quartz movement watch. A quartz movement watch only needs an occasional replacement battery to keep it running accurately. In comparison, a mechanical watch requires regular winding. And while many are now equipped with self-winding features generated by the movement of the wrist, they often still require some winding.  Swiss Quartz Movement Traditionally, the Swiss are known as the best producers of timekeepers with a history that dates back centuries. Some of the top Swiss watch makers include Rolex, Omega and  Patek Philippe. While they’re all part of the elite, Patek Philippe is a longtime favorite family of independent watchmakers. As early as the 1830s, the brand has been considered the finest in quality and luxury in watches. Their Swiss quartz movement line is no different. They are a step above when it comes to design and their attention to detail. Japanese Quartz Movement Not surprisingly, the Japanese developed their own take and lines of quartz movement watches. The Seiko line began late in the 19th century with a young man, by the name of Kintaro Hattori, opening his own clock and watch repair shop. Shortly afterward, Hattori expanded and started his own company. The name of it was Seikosha, meaning exquisite or successful. His business truly became that with Seiko, a worldwide well-known, quality brand. Seiko was the first to produce a quartz movement watch back in the late 1960s. And that proved to be accurate within five seconds each month and vastly more accurate than any other watch of the time. Today, the Seiko brand is known for its accuracy, but thats not all. Its style is for any situation from a business meeting to a sporting event.  Quartz Movement Watches Available at WatchShopping.com There is no doubt the watch has come a long way with technology. There’s no saying where the future of watches can go, but so far – it’s been a pleasant surprise to watch. It remains a mainstay of the wardrobe as well as a functional timepiece, which a smartphone can never replace. When shopping for your next wristwatch, be sure to peruse the wide selection here at WatchShopping.com. Whether you’re looking for a quartz movement watch or an automatic – we carry the finest and most fashionable watches for men and women.

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 4 Best Investment Watches

    The right watch can seem like a part of you. You wear it, you use it and you definitely notice if you forget to put it on one day. But there’s another dimension to owning a watch, and that’s holding your watch as an investment. Not all watches will increase in value, of course. But a handful of prestigious brands —  Rolex, Patek Philippe, Tag Heuer and Omega come to mind — hold the promise of being the best investment watches as well as classic timepieces. Best Watches to Collect for Investment Besides the brand of the watch, there are a few other features to consider before you make your first investment. You’ll want to be cautious about where you buy, so you can ensure that any watch you may purchase has been properly serviced and cared for. Most of the best-valued investment watches are mechanical and not quartz, so the movement must be in good condition. And while the watch is in your care, you’ll likewise need to get it serviced regularly to ensure it maintains its value. Start with researching a few larger brands so you understand some of the best watches to collect for investments. These four are good examples: 1: Rolex Submariner It’s true that everyone who collects watches is looking for a great Rolex Submariner. No surprise there, as it is an excellent timepiece for both wearing — as it was designed for diving and is virtually indestructible — and as an investment — due to its steady increases in value. The collection is part of the iconic Oyster line by Rolex, with an Oyster case and solid-link bracelet. You may be able to find a Submariner model for around $10,000, but many are sold for a significant six-figure sum. 2: Omega Seamaster If you’re sensing a nautical theme, that’s because many classic watch designs incorporate chronometers and other diving-related features. The Omega Seamaster is known for being on James Bond’s wrist in the British spy movies made since the 1990s. And Omega as a brand is on its way up in collectors’ eyes. Because the quartz models are being discontinued, they are likely to increase in value, meaning this could be the best investment watch you could purchase right now. 3: Patek Philippe Nautilus  Since 1976, Patek Philippe Nautilus‘ design with its distinctive rounded octagonal case has been a top luxury choice. Patek Philippe is known for exceptional craftsmanship and the Nautilus design has been a classic for more than 40 years. Modern versions of the Nautilus command upwards of $30K. While vintage styles sell for six figures, making this collection one of the best watches to collect for investments. 4: Tag Heuer Carrera Tag Heuer’s Carrera adopts a connection to car racing rather than the deep blue sea. Named for the Carrera Panamericana auto race, today’s models vary in looks. From simple and elegant to a busy face becoming of a “tool watch” with many features. Of course, watches with their own stories may make even better collectibles. If you come across a luxury watch with rare features or that was owned by a historical figure or celebrity, the value could be much higher than you’d expect. When looking for the best investment watches, there is a lot to consider — the brand, model, condition and age. And by choosing just the right watch, you could have a sound investment for your future.

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