Riley Reid

Riley Reid

First Published: July 09, 2018
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  2. How to Spot a Fake Rolex Watch

    How to Spot a Fake Rolex Watch

    Spotting Fake Rolex Watches 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. Sometimes it can be easy to get tricked by a beautiful lookalike timepiece. Look for the following characteristics before making a deal that sounds ridiculously too good to be true. Things to Double Check Before Buying A Rolex Watch:  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: Make sure you look closely for this one. 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 for Fake Rolex Watches:  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. Spotting Fake Rolex Watches Conclusion 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 to make sure it’s not a fake Rolex! There are a lot of great options out there when it comes to Rolex watches, so be sure you have your checklist.

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  3. 4 Best Investment Watches

    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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  4. How to Sell My Watch Online

    How to Sell My Watch Online

    Are you an admirer of luxury watches? Whether you’re an avid collector or own just a few, you may occasionally choose to ask yourself “How do I sell my watch online?” You may also want to sell a quality watch you have inherited or trade-in your old watch for a new one. If you’re a collector, the proceeds can go toward adding a new watch to your collection! “Preparing to sell my watch” You may be wondering, “where can I sell a watch?” In this guide, we will explain how to sell a watch online and get the best price for it. Before deciding to sell your watch, you will need to do some research. How old is your watch and is it a collectible brand? What are watches that are the same brand, model, and condition as yours selling for? Carefully consider the condition and document it with clear, well-lit, close-up photographs from every angle. Gather everything related to your watch:  Receipts Box & packaging Accessories Guarantee of authenticity Warranty card Service records Having a complete set of everything that originally came with your watch increases its resale value. You’ll also need to know the make, model, reference number, and serial number of your watch. According to former Christie’s watch specialist Eric Wind, vital information to know about a watch you’re selling includes “…when you purchased it, where you purchased it, how many times you’ve worn it, if it has been serviced, how it’s running and if everything’s original or if anything has been replaced.” Start reviewing your selling options, along with the pros and cons of each. Try to find reviews of your top picks to make sure they are reputable. Our Customer Service representatives can assist you with any questions you might have about selling your watch through WatchShopping.com. Should you sell your watch in person? You can try to sell your watch to a watch shop, pawn shop, or through an ad. However, you should be aware of the potential downfalls. A consigned watch can take a long time to sell and you will have to pay a consignment fee. Pawn shops will usually offer you much less than you can get elsewhere. You will probably get a better price for your watch if you sell it privately. However, there are safety concerns when advertising a high-value item like a luxury watch for sale. Sell your watch online Selling your watch online is easy as long as you choose a reputable dealer like WatchShopping.com. Sell us your watch by filling out a simple form, using the paperwork you’ve already gathered, describe the condition of your watch, and attach the photos you took. Within just a couple of business days, you will receive a quote. Use the prepaid shipping label to send your watch to us. After we’ve evaluated your watch, we will make an offer. If you accept the offer, you can begin looking for that new addition to your collection! Now that you know the steps involved in selling your watch, we hope you will consider selling it at WatchShopping.com, one of the most trusted online marketplaces for watches. We look forward to doing business with you!

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  5. COSC Certified Watches: What is COSC Certification?

    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

    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. What is a Quartz Movement Watch?

    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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  8. Best Watch Brands for Different Price Ranges

    Best Watch Brands for Different Price Ranges

    One of the hardest aspects of purchasing a watch is simply knowing where to start. There are thousands of watch brands out there, so it is normal to be overwhelmed by choosing which to buy from. The good news is that you are not shooting in the dark when you make this decision. Instead, there are a handful of timepiece companies that have separated themselves from the rest of the market due to their excellent reputations. Below, we go through those best watch brands and options and different price ranges as well. Affordable  Looking for good watch brands? If you don’t have a lot of cash  to invest in your watch, this is a good price range to look into. Alternatively, if you need any everyday watch that is likely to get dirty or beat up, you probably don’t want to spend a significant amount of money on it. Either way, you can still purchase a high-quality watch, even if you are only paying a double-digit sum. Timex – This watch brand has gained a well-deserved reputation for producing reliable watches at the most affordable price possible. Their two specialties are simple quartz movements and digital displays, both of which shouldn’t cost you more than $50. While Timex may not be the top watch brands for men, it’s definitely liked by many. Casio – Though some of the most versatile Casio watches push $100, most of their pieces come in at under $50. Just like Timex, they are a well-respected name in the watch world and make reliable products that are built to last. Casio definitely falls in the category of good watch brands for men. Entry Level This price range comes with a bit more craftsmanship and design. The movements in this category are often quartz, but many of these brands also produce reliable automatic watches. This is an excellent tier for shoppers that have a bit of money to spend but don’t prefer to go more than $1,000. Fossil – This watch brand has gained a reputation for producing trendy, well-made watches in a variety of price ranges. At the lower end, you’ll find simple quartz watches for around $75. On the upper end, you can purchase automatic watches for $200. Seiko – Perhaps the most respected watch name in this tier is Seiko, who famously makes ultra-reliable Japanese movements. In fact, this brand invented the quartz movement, which has taken over the affordable watch market. If you opt for a higher priced piece, you can also get a well-made automatic piece. Starter Luxury This price range includes watches that eclipse $1,000, but usually not by too much. Unlike other tiers, these watches often include handmade aspects and almost always have automatic movements. If you have some money to spend and want excellent quality, the following companies are fantastic choices. Oris – This Swiss watch brand is famous for producing luxury quality pieces at a somewhat lower price point than competitors. The combination of reliability and attractive designs makes this brand an excellent choice. Omega – Not only is this watch brand the official sponsor of James Bond, but it also was the first on the moon. Flashy accolades aside, it has a long history of success and customer satisfaction, allowing you to shop worry-free. Omega is definitely one of the best watch brands for men. Mid-Tier Luxury This tier includes some of the most famous and well-known watch brands on the market. Here, you’ll be shopping for products that are primarily handmade, have incredible craftsmanship, and boast extraordinary quality. They won’t come cheap, though, as many of them cost upwards of $10,000. Rolex – Though there are many watches in this price range, Rolex separates itself from the rest. Not only are their pieces incredibly reliable and attractive, but the reputation surrounding their brand is simply unmatched. When you choose Rolex, you know exactly what you are getting. It’s in the top 10 watch brands and is a top tier timepiece. Ultra-Luxury If you can afford this price range, you are most likely to get a top-quality watch. Not only are they well built, but they are often made from ultra-expensive materials like pure gold or precious stones. If you choose this tier, you’ll likely spend more than $20,000, but the quality will match the price tag. These take nice watch brands to another level. Audemars Piguet – Two things make Audemars Piguet watches utterly irresistible. The first is their distinct aesthetic, which is instantly recognizable. Second, they take incredible care in crafting each piece to be an embodiment of perfection. These two factors combined make AP a great option. Patek Philippe – This famous luxury watch brand has been seen in the wrists of Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin Hart and countless other celebrities. In the watch world, it has an unassailable reputation for producing elegant, attractive watches. If you ever get your hands on one, you will understand where this prestige comes from. While the watch market may seem intimidating at first, once you understand the basics, you can purchase with confidence. We hope this article has done that for you. Now it’s time to get shopping! Remember you have so many options when it comes to nice watch brands. Just choose your desired price range and don’t just choose popular watch brands because of their names.

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