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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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 The 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 occured in the design of the Omega Speedmaster since. 7: Baume & Mercier Clifton Club 10500 Brothers 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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  7. 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 your 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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