Timi Jacobs

Timi Jacobs

First Published: September 28, 2018
  1. Articles by Timi Jacobs
  2. Top 5 Watch Brands That Will Hold Their Value

    There are two types of watch enthusiasts that we’ve seen over the years. We have those who only want a watch that does its job remarkably well – regardless if it’s quartz, mechanical, or otherwise. On the other hand, we have the watch collectors who consider timepieces to be investments. Either way, you’re going to want to look into watch brands that’ll hold it’s value. So just after this short intro, we’ve listed five watch brands that retain their value incredibly well. A few years down the lane, inflation should have reared its head again, and prices should be flying through the roof. 1: Rolex They’re the undisputed champions when it comes to brands that hold their value well—almost like real estate. The reason for this is simple: Rolex has a lot of rich history backing it up. They were the first watch to be on Mount Everest on the wrists of both Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Likewise, they are well known to be the first watchmaker to engineer a dive watch. With these kinds of achievements and more, they’ve become the world’s most renowned and sought-after watch brand. Recommended models include: Go for the Deepsea and Submariner models due to their demand. Oyster Perpetual has always been a great choice too! 2: Patek Philippe Other than their tradition which has lasted for 177 years now, exclusivity, power, and class are Patek Philippe’s keywords. They once made a statement that goes along the lines of “You don’t own a Patek Philippe watch, you keep it for the next generation.” The brand’s watches are mechanical masterpieces with materials, parts, and movements all manufactured and assembled in-house by their artisans. Still, despite the fantastic resale value they have, the only issue is getting even one copy in good condition. Recommended models include: Patek Philippe Nautilus, Chronograph, and Aquanaut are models you should consider. 3: Jaeger-LeCoultre While Jaeger-LeCoultre might not have the same fame that Rolex and Patek Philippe has, but they have the same ingredients those two have. The watchmaker has a tradition (founded way back in 1833) in the art of making mechanical movements. They take this art to the extent that they have commissioned movements for other watch brands. Brands like Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet, and Rolex. Their watches range from the usual classic/dress watches to sports models. Recommended models include: The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, Master Ultra-Thin, Master Compressor, Master Control, Geophysic, and Duomètre are our recommendations. 4: Omega While Omega watches don’t come with the price tag of all the brands we’ve mentioned, they still hold their value remarkably well. The clock has numerous achievements. For one, the Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph was the watch worn to the first lunar landing by Buzz Aldrin in 1969. Likewise, Omega is now making their movements (the Co-Axial) in-house, rather than buying and modifying ETA movements as they did before. This trend is gratifying (with a positive effect on the resale value) for any watchmaker that calls itself a luxury brand. Recommended models include: You should get anyone between the Omega Seamaster, Speedmaster, or the Constellation. 5: TAG Heuer TAG Heuer didn’t start late in the game. The watchmaker formed in 1860, and since then, has been making luxury watches for people with diverse preferences. Nevertheless, the brand’s winning-formula is their marketing. TAG Heuer has appeared on the wrists of famous people such as Elvis Presley and Chris Hemsworth as a marketing strategy that works. The fact that their watches keep the vintage, but functional design, while upgrading the internals makes it all the more enjoyable to use. Makes it, that watch enthusiast immediately associate their TAG Heuer watches with heritage. Recommended models include: Any collection of their flagship models will never be complete without the presence of the TAG Heuer Carrera, Monza, and Monaco. Why are They Considered Great Investments? It’s not because they make limited copies as Rolex will show you. The reason is just that the watch community usually reveres most watchmakers that engineer mechanical timepieces with innovative movements done in-house as great brands. Quartz watches use IC (integrated circuits) which function as the clock, timer, alarm, GPS tracker, etc. On the other hand, all of these functions are created from scratch by moving mechanisms called complications in a mechanical watch. Asides that, we all look at the heritage. The fact that the brands themselves have tradition, and thus, social proof creates a demand for them. Watch investors are just the ones who supply them, at a future date. Final Thought Keep in mind that we consider only the iconic timepieces in the various collections of these brands the real investment. Anything that’s not well-loved and wanted typically won’t be valued well. So be very careful.

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  3. Watch Guide: Answers to Common Rolex Questions

    Even just hearing a whisper of their name easily reminds you of their immense prestige doesn’t it? When you think about how far watch manufacturers have come, Rolex is arguably one of the most valuable watch brand’s in the world. Rolex sells almost up to a million of their watches every year, and that’s potentially up to a million questions from. A bit far-fetched and complicated, but it is the truth. So, it’s pretty normal that we have some questions ourselves, because of obvious reasons. Now the best thing about that little fact is that our questions should be similar to yours. Watches are inherently the same (parts-wise), so we decided to put our answers down in words. They’re informational and dare we say it, a bit factual with a bragging side to them. Why is Rolex made from 904L steel? Timepiece enthusiasts know the worth of stainless steel. It has that perfect ratio of safety, toughness, and aesthetic appeal that every watch aficionado will love. In terms of the feel, steel has a firm and nice weight on your wrist that just feels right. All watch manufacturers that are worth their salt have gotten that particular formula down nowadays. Still, that tight look which easily catches everyone’s eyes comes at the cost of sweat build-up. And because of that, there’s the issue of wear over time. Now while this is a common issue with all steel types, you have to know there are different types of the material that watchmakers can choose from. All with different resistance to wear, corrosion, and the likes. So, in the early 2000s, Rolex made a really smart move. Trust us, we’ve looked at it from every angle we could and it’s the better decision, despite being a little more expensive. Rolex changed their entire lineup to 904L in 2003 instead of using the usual 316L. It holds polish significantly longer than 316L. Who makes Rolex movements? Rolex, as a watchmaker does not only make their own movements, they also build the other parts big or small like their beautiful cases and even the crown. After that, they smelt their own metals (gold, silver, etc.) and cut their own diamonds to their own particular tastes/standards. They are one of the few watch manufacturers that construct all of the parts they need for their watches in-house. So next time you see one of their timepieces, you now know why they’re always built to taste. How do Rolex test their dive watches? What we consider a huge plus in our books is that Rolex tests their dive watches in environments that subject them to a lot of stress. The watches are placed in an air-pressure chamber, wherein if the pressure changes at all, there’s been a leak in the case. This is what Rolex applies in Rolex Oyster case watches. All of this is kind of like an incentive to buy a watch of theirs and also a form of assurance to get more watches sold. “And it’s certainly working” In the case of the Submariner and Deep-Sea watches, they’re subjected to other tests that show if the watches are really resistant up to 300 meters. For the first one, the Submariner, the watches are heated up and a little cold water is added to them after they exit the air-pressure chamber. If water doesn’t form on the inside of the crystal, then the watches have passed. On the other hand, a different approach is taken with Deep Sea watches. This line is tested in a specialized pressure chamber that’s much less forgiving on the body than Rolex Oyster watches. We think it’s like a personal game of theirs, where they push their own watches than even the wearers. How long does it take to make a Rolex? Yes, there have been debates on how long it really takes to make a Rolex watch. But instead of the usual 6 months or a year that it supposedly takes, making a Rolex doesn’t even take up to 4 hours. The part that takes so long is gathering all the materials (gold, steel, etc.) that’ll then be converted to all of the necessary parts. This can take up to a year but then, do you still remember what we said about them selling up to a million watches each year? Well, how are they doing that? The answer is actually straightforward and what’s going on is that they have a lot of employees (gemologists for example) who work to build hundreds of timepieces per day. How do you manually wind a Rolex and how many turns does it need per day? If you’re using a Rolex with a screw-down crown, you just need to unscrew the crown counterclockwise until the crown pops out (in the 1st position). Then you wind the crown 28-40 times to fully charge the watch enough to work. You can stay in that range provided that the watch hasn’t seen any motion for a day or two. If you’re worried about over winding the Rolex, don’t be! Over winding Rolex watches are mostly impossible nowadays since they use a winding limiter. It kicks in when the watch has been fully wound. Though another cue is that you’ll feel a resistance when it’s fully wound. This is very useful in the case you’re winding a vintage piece. How many types of movements do Rolex use in their watches? In any Rolex watch, it’s either you see a mechanical watch, or you see one made with a quartz movement. The mechanical watches have their iconic ticking sound and they’re divided into two. The first is the automatic self-winding watches while the other is manual watches. Mechanical watches use a movement that must be periodically wound to work. But then the difference between the two types is that self-winding watches use the wearer’s motions to constantly charge the watch. The manual watches will have to be manually wound. Alternatively, their watches have quartz movements which make use of batteries. They’re slick since you won’t need to move them, but you will need to replace them periodically. Why does a mechanical Rolex watch lose time? Other than the fact that infrequent winds will cause your watch to lose time, mechanical Rolex watches are not built to have pinpoint time accuracy—unlike quartz watches. What they instead do is lose no more than 4 seconds and gain no more than 6 seconds per day. It should be a little underwhelming since quartz watches keep time more. But the level of craftsmanship put into every little part to eliminate the errors to that level must be respected.

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  4. Watch Series: Omega Watches for Men

    In 1848, Omega’s primary founder created a company in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. A few years later (1877), his sons Louis-Paul and César joined the family business, so the name promptly changed to Louis Brandt & Fils. In 1903, the company’s name finally changed to Omega Watch Co. This was because of the invention of the Omega caliber (where the company gets its name). At the time, it offered their watches improved accuracy and reparability. Lets take a look at some Omega watches for men. Introduction Omega is one of the best luxury brands in the world; having played a part in different categories and thus, set milestones. From NASA and the Olympics to the British military and a James Bond movie—the watch, like any other in its class, has penetrated most high societies. Below, we’ll show you the Omega watches for men that are worth spending on. General features of Omega include a lot of things. The watch company is known for having an impressive build quality. They use in-house movements and have used modified ETA movements in the past. They’re cost friendly, compared to brands like Rolex. The Omega Seamaster, Speedmaster and as well as the Constellation are their most popular collections. 1: Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch The Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch is number one on our list for a reason. It’s one of those watches with solid social proof and also, the critics’ approval. Back in 1969, Buzz Aldrin wore a Speedmaster Professional Chronograph on the first lunar landing. The reason being the great list of features the watch has. It is precision, highly readable, and comes with perfect build quality. Latest models come updated with the Caliber Omega 1861, which is manually wound to fill up the 48-hour power reserve. After, the watch comes in a 42 mm case, and a blacked-out dial with three sub-dials for the seconds, a 30-minute recorder, and a 12-hour recorder. Get this if the tradition of vintage pieces appeals to you. Price starts from $5,200 Fun Fact: There are models of the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch that feature a moon phase complication. 2: Omega Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean If you’re looking into a professional dive watch, the three features you must look for are; water resistance, helium-escape valve, and alveol screw-in caseback. All 3 encompass the Omega Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean. The watch was initially released in 2005, though it’s an upgrade over the Omega Seamaster 300. Its features include indexes, minute hand, and 12 o’clock dot coated in Super-LumiNova, an automatic Co-Axial caliber 8500 COSC-certified chronometer movement, water resistance up to 2,000 feet, and a price tag starting from about $6,200. 3: Omega Constellation Co-Axial The Omega Constellation collection launched in 1952 and has been a fan favorite since. The watch’s major selling point is the vintage appeal that it drives. From the segmented bracelet to the stylish bezel and dial, the customizations that you can make doesn’t reduce the vintage vibe you get. Today’s updated versions now include self-winding Co-Axial calibers with up to 50 hours in the power reserve. Also, the Constellation collection is water resistant up to a depth of 330 feet. It’s rather low when compared to the Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean, but keep in mind that this is a dress watch, with plenty of ‘style’ to spare. The Omega Constellation Co-Axial starts from $4,400. 4: Omega De Ville Prestige  The Omega De Ville Prestige is a simple looking watch, with a clean dial free from the usual cluster. Instead, a rather clear date display sits at the 3 o’clock mark while Roman numerals slightly decorate the index. That is an all-purpose watch that you wear to both formal and informal occasions. The clock hangs on a leather strap and Omega’s new in-house movements. Prices start at $3,600. Fun Fact: You can get models in the Prestige collection with a power reserve indicator of ones with a chronograph complication. 5: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial As one of Omega’s most significant collections, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial combines sea-themed luxury and performance rather well. The watch is made from stainless steel and comes inside a 41.5 mm case. At the center, Omega’s self-winding Co-Axial caliber 8500 beats with a power reserve of up to 60 hours. One of our favorite models offers water resistance up to a depth of 150 m. The white, sun-brushed and lacquered dial is insert with 18k gold seconds hand and deep blue hour and minute hands. Price starts from $7,300.

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  5. Illuminating Watch Brands for After Hours

    While we could build a compilation that covers watches and watch brands for businesses people or even celebrities like, let’s do something different. In this list, we cover watches that are fit for one of the night missions that go down in any of the Mission Impossible films. Who is the watch for? Well, that depends on where your interests lie. If you’re someone who Works late into the night Has a love of hiking/traveling or diving? Or even prefer taking walks in the evening Citizen’s Entire Military Collection Citizen’s choice in illuminating paint is called the Natulite. Now, while it’s used in most of their high-quality watches, the collection we recommend is the one with military-style offerings. The lume in these collection lasts for a minimum of about 7 hours, which is one of the best records in the industry. This is despite the fact that Lume and even the movements use Citizen’s Eco-drive technology to charge up. LumiBrite Makes Seiko Watches Perfect Night Companions Seiko’s apparent answer to other brands with luminous watches comes in the form of the LumiBrite technology. The tech charges in just around 10 minutes when exposed to sunlight or artificial light and lasts for around 5 hours in the dark. Now, the best thing about this tech (other than it’s safe, of course) is that it’s used in most Seiko watches nowadays. From their dive watches to their military-grade ones, Seiko gives a bit of variety. Timex Indigo Watches Make Up the Cream Unlike other watches, Timex doesn’t concern itself much with mechanical movements. Instead, they stick strictly to the use of quartz watches. This way, they can cram in as many features as their followers can want into a watch. One of their best is the Indiglo Back-lit technology  Literally, you can go for a vintage-looking (though slightly chunky) timepiece like the Timex Weekender or you can go for something modern and a bit militaristic like the Timex Expedition Rugged Core Analog Field watch. It all depends on your taste when it comes to Timex. The only issue you have to worry about with Timex watches though, is that somewhat disappointing resale value of theirs. But at the same time, you shouldn’t ignore the fact that their watches are budget-friendly. Casio’s Neo-Brite Tech is Your Best Bang for Buck Most, if not all of Casio’s watches have the Neo-brite technology included. Better yet, you can either go with Casio’s analog watches in the form of their Sports line-up if you want something budget-friendly. Otherwise, go for their G-shock collection. You’ll find anything from bulky, but performance-type timepieces to Illuminators with square, bold faces. Nevertheless, the one thing that remains the norm with this collection is that most high-quality models are rugged. Expect watches here to last a comfortable 5-8 hours, for eyes well-adjusted to the dark. It’s not the best on the list, but for the price, we doubt anyone will complain much. The Luminox Brand With Luminox, they clearly draw their inspirations from their name. The watchmaker creates watches made for the military, or to be more specific, their field operations. As a result of that, their collections; Sea, Air, and Land (following the different environments that field missions are staged) are filled with watches that glow brightly at night. All due to the company’s Luminox illumination glass tubes called LLT (LLT = Luminox Light Technology). The tubes are made up of borosilicate glass capsules, which are known for lighting up at night, with no impact on the power reserve. This all equals 25 years of use. We recommend the collection that best fits your travel choice. It’s in the best position to meet your preferences after all. Other features to expect from the five above: 1: Except the luminous watches from Seiko, other watchmakers use a quartz movement. So, expect; 2: Efficient timekeeping (even the Seiko models due to their powerful movements) 3: Long power reserves (more than 10 years for quartz watches and 55+ hours for Seiko watches) 4: No manual winding 5: “Beater Watch” sizes Our Final Thoughts There are other mentions like the Tissot PRC 200 models and even timepieces from lesser-known companies like Mondaine (the watches that use Tritium). Nonetheless, the difference between these ones and the ones on our list is that they offer much more than just illumination at night. The watches’ lume is just another part of the package that the manufactures behind the watches above got right.

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  6. Military Watches: Best 5 Affordable Choices

    While military watches may imply the obvious, we try not to place that limitation on it. Military watches are mainly for field enthusiasts like security agents, extreme athletes, hunters, survivalists and others similar. If you push the boundaries of life, or to be more specific, mother nature, you’ll want to have a tactical watch like a military watch! To that, we have compiled a list of affordable (under $500) timepieces that come with a unique set of attributes to brave the outdoors. The characteristics of military watches generally include: Robust Design:Even in the most extreme of conditions, a military watch is expected to perform without any hitch. And that’s with its form generally unscathed. Unambiguous Dial/Display (in the Case of Quartz Watches):Tactical watches and clean dials are a match made in Heaven. At least for the enthusiasts. Waterproof Capabilities:In the case you want to get your timepiece wet, the watchmakers expect it. So, a watch in this category is water resistance to an acceptable level. Backlight Attribute for the Dark:Night time is a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts, so a timepiece that lacks night vision shouldn’t even be regarded as tactical. Solid Battery Life:It doesn’t make much sense for the piece to run for a measly 24 hours. So, these watches have battery life good enough to impress in even the strictest circles of outdoor fans. GPS in Some Cases is Required :For tracking your movements outdoor, and also for providing time with better precision. 1: Timex Expedition Trial (ET) Series The basic unit of the ET series is a quartz watch with a nifty 16-point compass for map tracking. On the outside, it has a thick and textured resin band that does its job comfortably enough. That is, it makes the watch pleasant to wear while being super durable. However, on the low, the hour/second figures were what we noticed right away on the negative display. They offer great readability, which is further complemented by the Indiglo backlight. Other features include vibrating alarms, a stopwatch, and a countdown timer. The Timex watch costs about $70. Features:– Water resistant up to 660 feet – Shock resistance meets the I.S.O. standards – Indiglo night-light – Digital Compass 2: Casio Rangeman Series The Casio Rangeman GW9400 is about $300, but it’s one of the most feature-packed outdoor gear we’ve seen. We won’t recommend it to soldiers or people in the security business, but anyone who’s outdoor most time (hikers, extreme athletes, and professional marine personnel) should get this. It comes with a compass and also Casio’s Triple Sensor. The first one helps you track your surroundings, and thus the directions, while the second provides you with information on the weather. Other than those two, the watch’s other major highlight is that it’s virtually indestructible (by the elements, improper use, and other extremes). Features:– Water resistant up to 660 feet – Solar-powered watch – Quartz movement with analog display – Tech; has an auto LED, five daily alarms, altimeter, barometer and thermometer – Completely made from resin 3: Timex Expedition Scout Series Starting from the inexpensive Timex Expedition series, expect timepieces with unique designs. The Field Chronograph is one of the collection’s top watches, and its variations feature a practical design. That is, you can choose either a brown fabric or leather strap, while the dial remains a dusty black. The dial is also very informative, with the presence of three sub-dials that track minutes, seconds, & 1/20 of a second, up to 30 minutes. Additionally, there’s a date display at the 4 o’clock mark to complete the whole, functional vibe the watch gives off. Features:– Water resistant up to 330 feet – Quartz battery comes with a lifespan of above 10-year – Scratch-resistant mineral crystal – Indiglo backlight 4: Luminox Evo Navy Seal Line If your work or your preference compels you to go for watches that offer pure functionality, get the Evo Navy Seal Blacked-out from Luminox (a quartz-type watch). It comes with a clean, blacked-out dial, scratch-resistance crystal, and luminous clock hands and hour markers. Having said these things, don’t think the form factor should be scoffed out. The case is black polyester-made (carbon reinforced) and then matched with a black silicon rubber band to create a striking but accommodating look. Features:– Water resistant up to a depth of 660 feet – Detailed bezel (Minute markers sit along the outer rim index of the bezel) – Swiss quartz movement – Unidirectional ratcheting black polymer bezel 5: Garmin Tactix Bravo Tactical The Garmin Tactix Bravo is a digital watch that costs around $600, and we think it’s worth it. It features a 1.2-inch non-reflective LED display that’s capable of switching between day and night vision (binocular-compatible). After that, there’s the durable nylon strap and omnidirectional stainless-steel EXO antenna that allows you superior tracking outdoors. Still, despite the above, the highlight is the experience. The watch’s intuitive user interface is a joy to use. Especially with the presence of a barometer, altimeter, compass, and ‘Smart Notifications’ from your device. Features:– Water resistant up to a depth of 330 feet – Jumpmaster – Night Vision and GPS for outdoor navigation – Smart Notifications from your smartphone – Battery life of up to 50 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode, 20 hours in GPS mode and up to 3 weeks in smartwatch mode Final Note All of these military watches are the best when it comes to tactical pieces for wandering outdoor. It’s up to you to decide on which one appeals to you the most. Is it the all-purpose Garmin Tactix Bravo Tactical (mind the battery lifespan though)? Or maybe the Timex Expedition Scout piece is preferable. Whichever one, put your needs first!

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  7. G-Shock Watches: A Guide for Beginners

    While G-shock is just another line of product from Casio, nobody can say the collection numbers in the ‘little’ range. As a matter of fact, the number of shock-absorbing time-keepers is dizzying! And you, as the wearer, have options in the classes: Sports Military Outdoor-oriented activities So for most beginners looking to pick one, Casio’s cream-of-the-crop collection isn’t that easy to navigate. To that, we’ll be going through some of the variants (exotic and otherwise) of G-shock that you should consider buying first. Features to Expect from G-shock Watches All G-Shock Watches: 200M Water Resistance, 12/24 Hour Formats for Digital Display Models, Shock Resistance, Alarm, Full Auto Calendar, Stopwatch or Chronograph. Most G-Shock Watches: World Time, Backlight (electro-luminescent or LED), Multiple Daily Alarms with Snooze Alarm (digital and analog-digital models), Countdown Timer. For a Few G-Shock Watches: Tough Solar power, Multi-Band 6 (automatic time calibration), Triple Sensor (including compass and thermometer for high-end models), and Bluetooth capability for mid to high-end models.  G-Shock DW-9052 Digital Watch Series The G-Shock DW series is filled with the cheapest G-shock watches that you can buy. Better yet, let’s call it the introductory series to other more advanced ones that Casio offers. Having said that, we shouldn’t digress too much. The DW-9052 is the military’s choice around the world due to its extra-rugged build and functions. For the latter, it only has the usual G-shock features like a countdown timer, daily alarm, stopwatch, and 200M water-resistance capability. The con if you want to choose this option though, is that its durability makes it bulky, and somewhat underwhelming in terms of appeal. G-Shock GA-800 Analog-digital Watch Series Notice the “Analog-digital” tag? With the G-shock GA-800s, the time can be displayed in both analog and digital. Other functions like a stopwatch capability and the others are limited to the small digital display at the bottom of the dial. Still, the highlight of these models isn’t the long list of features. Instead, it’s the fact that they have a Seconds hand (reserved for pricier models), and their build is more compact. You can get the GA-800-1A around $100, which is still rather modest. Tip: Get this in red with a black dial. G-Shock GA-700 Analog-digital Watch Series The G-Shock GA-700s’ price hangs around the $80-$120 range. For the low to mid rangers, G-Shock enthusiasts love them because they have the longest battery life outside of the solar-powered models that the company makes. Other than that, most watches in this series have the same features as all G-shocks, though in the case of the GA-700UC (a favorite), a few of the colors used are quite different. You can get it in militaristic olive green and dark gray. The only gripe here is that this line has weak low light capabilities, which is a let-down considering their convenient positioning of the LED light button. G-Shock GX-56BB Blackout Models The G-Shock GX-56BB Blackout models are solar-powered and according to Casio, extra rugged as well. With that, it’s only normal that the watches turn to be a bit chunky, though with the square case (despite being 55 mm), being called bold would be better. They also come with all of the usual G-shock features such as a stopwatch, daily alarm, and the likes. Now, with all of these features mentioned, the GX-56BB’s con is due to its large size. It’s more or less meant for large people, who want extra durability for their watches in the case of extra shocks and vibrations. Casio does this well enough to an extent that the GX-56BB is regarded as one of the toughest watches in the G-Shock collection. It has a cult following at this point in time. G-Shock G-SQUAD GBD-800 Step Tracking Watch Series With the G-Shock G-SQUAD GBD-800 series, you should be someone who’s very concerned about his or her fitness. The watch, unlike the ones before it, supports Bluetooth connectivity and a pedometer. For other basic G-Shock functions, the notable ones are the timer and stopwatch functions which have been tweaked to fit the tastes of fitness enthusiasts. Other than these, the watch has a Step Tracker that monitors your steps, smartly uses the Bluetooth feature to sync the time, and also doesn’t cost much. In fact, it’s the introductory G-Shock watch of the collection with Bluetooth. So, it’s quite cheap at just around $100. G-Shock GWG-1000 Mudmaster Solar Analog-Digital Watch Series The Mudmaster is the successor to the Mudman model. It’s one of the higher-end models of the G-shock collection that’s created for the brave adventurers. Or in some case, perfect for extreme environments and large wrists. Watches in this series have functions like Tough Solar, and Multi-Band 6, Triple Sensor. If you travel a lot and you like the functions, it’s an ideal buy. Our Final Thoughts These are just four options that you can consider. And through most of them, maybe you would have noticed the trend. The more features you want from your G-Shock, the higher the cost. Still, regardless of which one you choose, most G-Shocks are always more functional than most mechanical watches out there. At least when it concerns time, not value.

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  8. Best Budget-Friendly Watch Brands

    You want the best watches you can get, right? Just with the condition that it fits your chosen price point of course. In other words, you want the best bang for your buck! Hello budget-friendly watch brands. Just because they’re budget-friendly watch brands do not mean they’re not good watches by any means. (Now before we dive into it, these “budget-friendly” watch brands aren’t cheap necessarily, but the quality and what you get for it – it’s a steal almost!) To that, we have collated some brands that we feel are the best for the job. They’ll be divided into two: mechanical/automatic watches and quartz watches. Both have their pros and cons, and we have their summaries written below. On a final note, skip ahead if you prefer quartz watches. Mechanical/Automatic Watches An advantage that mechanical/automatic watches have is that buying a good one is generally considered an investment. Seiko  The best thing about Seiko as a brand is that they have watches covering everything within a reasonable budget! For example, you can go for a Seiko 5 which is just around $100, a Seiko ‘Turtle’ Prospex SRP777 Diver which sells for $495. Both budget-friendly watches are examples in each one of their categories. Evidence is the use of automatic movements in both watches that we mentioned above. Orient While Orient is a subsidiary to Seiko, they’re actually not the little one when it comes to designing a watch. Orient watches have been known for their diverse use of materials when it comes to how their watches look. They can go from plain and simple like the Orient Bambino Small Seconds or something as eye-catching as the Orient Esteem Open Heart which gives you a peek into the watch’s movement. Both of these watches cost around $300 and $130 respectively. And they both feature automatic movements. Quartz Timepieces On the other hand, quartz watches, when compared to their counterpart, are cheap and keep the time better. But buying one isn’t only an investment, it’s for keeps! Tissot So far (as at 2018), Tissot has been making watches for the past 165 years. And that includes both quartz and automatic watches. Between the two, we prefer their quartz watches since Seiko does a better job when you compare prices and movements. At the same time, the value of quartz watches shouldn’t be ignored. So, the Tissot Men’s Traditional Watch or the Men’s T-race Chronograph are options that we personally recommend you try out. The former costs about $200 while the second sells at around $400. Citizen Citizen has been known for its mechanical watches at cost-friendly prices, but nowadays, they’ve converted all of their watches to run on their Eco-Drive technology. The tech charges their timepieces through the conversion of any type of light into energy. And on a single charge, you can expect a few months of use. If the idea of winding (whether manual or self-winding) doesn’t appeal to you, this is an alternative to consider. In most cases, it’s even better than a quartz watch since there’s no need for a battery change even after decades. Sounds far-fetched, doesn’t it? Especially as the brand is supposed to produce budget-friendly timepieces. Nonetheless, evidence comes in the form of the Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Axiom ($140) or the $500 Men’s Promaster. Casio In the Japanese watch-making industry, Casio is one of the Big 3. The other being Citizen and Seiko. Like the other two, they’ve made their own mark in the industry by mostly making quartz watches. Or in the case of their G-shocks, solar-powered ones. Great examples in their collections are the Casio G-SHOCK GW-9400 RANGEMAN (roughly $200), Casio AMW320B-1A (around $100), and the Casio Edifice EF503D. The first one is solar-powered, while the other two are quartz. Our Final Thoughts There are countless watches under each brand that we mentioned above. Most of the watches recommended above have their own different models too! So be careful that you stick with the right category. Finding parts, information, and even tips are always easier if you have a watch that’s relatable. The budget-friendly watch brands that we’ve mentioned in this article are only a few options when it comes to the watch world.

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  9. Watch Buying Guide: Mid-Range Rolex Watches

    Rolex doesn’t need any introduction due to their prestige. At the same time, the brand’s sales can largely be attributed to their extensive collections of watches. This includes the expensive, budget-friendly and of course mid-range Rolex watches. Nevertheless, all of them are excellent selections depending on your budget. This post will focus on the best mid-range Rolex watches (under $10,000) to consider and think about out if you’re looking for something sophisticated, reliable and timeless. Rolex Oyster Perpetual For a straight-up dose of the best that Rolex can offer you, you should consider the Rolex Oyster Perpetual. The case is water-resistant up to 100 meters, it uses the iconic Twinlock system to prevent things such as dirt, and lastly, it’s extremely versatile in use. The price range for this watch is around $5,000. If there was ever any watch that could be tailored to all purposes, then this might be your best bet. Rolex Milgauss The Rolex Milgauss for all intents and purposes is created for anyone with an interest in technology/engineering and science. The second hand on the watch is in the form of an orange thunderbolt which combines well with the orange markers. Now, with that point made, Milgauss (despite its theme) is actually rugged. The watch was created for engineers and technicians to negate the effect (inaccuracy) of magnetic fields on a movement. At the same time, the build quality is kept intact too. Both of these things bode well for any watch guy or girl looking for the good Rolex experience. This is what we mean; for the part about fields, nowadays, you don’t need to be either a technician or engineer before you’re met with magnetic fields from smartphones, laptops and the likes. After that, the watch uses two of Rolex’s favorites: an Oystersteel case (housing the Caliber 3131 movement) and a Twinlock crown to complete the build. The watch’s price can be found for around $7,000-9,000. Rolex Air King The Rolex Air King, costing around $6,000 has a solid history with the British Royal Air Force. Back then, the watch was to be the go-to combat companion. This means the watch was made to shrug off damage (in reasonable amounts) and most importantly, to show the time with pinpoint accuracy and high readability. In copies nowadays, you’ll notice the bold and big forms of the numbers used and the compact and strong build that houses the self-winding Caliber 3131 movement. In the case of the first one, it makes the time easy to read—especially the chromalight display. For the second one, a self-winding movement is only fit for a profession that involves constant movement. If you move a lot, this is more or less going to suit your style. Rolex Datejust  Originally introduced in 1945 as the first self-rewinding watch to have a date display, the Rolex Datejust has a rich history. Which is due to its performance and looks (fluted bezel is a trait here). Nonetheless, a brand new Rolex Datejust can cost anywhere between $6,000-10,000. We consider it a great mid-range timepiece not only because you can get it for that price range, but also because a Rolex Datejust overall will always keep it’s classic and staple look throughout the years to come. Rolex Explorer For those with an adventurous side to their personality, the Rolex Explorer shares your goal, but will it easily meet your needs? It can be found for around $6,000-7,000 which fits the theme here. But for that amount of cash, you’ll be getting a watch with a 35 mm Oyster case, Rolex’s popular Twinlock system, easy adjustability with the Easylink comfort system, chromalight markers, and a powerful automatic movement (Caliber 3132). The cumulative effort of all these things creates a watch that’s rugged, beautiful, and functional. Rolex Submariner A Rolex Submariner will be recognized by everyone on the planet. They might not know the name, but the look is definitely famous enough—which is for good reason. The watch is a great performer, regardless if it’s under pressure or you’re using it casually. That said, while Rolex Submariner usually cost upward of $10,000, the entry level Rolex Submariner 114060 costs just below $9,000. The only difference between it and the others is the missing date display. Every other thing remains the same, including the rotatable 60-minute bezel, Glidelock system for precise adjustment of the bracelet and the current collection’s ability to resist water up to a depth of 300 m. The use of the powerful self-winding Caliber 3130 is still the same as well remain. Now, it all depends on whether or not you can compromise. Our Final Thoughts The definition of mid-range differs from one individual to the other. That’s the whole reason why the watches above cover a wide enough price range. Pick any that you like knowing that it’s one of the best mid-range (budget-wise) watches Rolex has made! Nonetheless, make sure you stick with your budget.

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  10. Watch Guide: Answers to Common IWC Watch Questions

    IWC Schaffhausen makes watches for people who love simplicity. Or better yet, let’s say the word “inconspicuous” sums up the entire collections of IWC watches. An IWC watch gives you everything a luxury watch has, without all the loud-luxurious physical appeal that most others are known for. It’s a nice twist—but then the company navigates it with in-house technical innovations that reflect in their watches. An example is their detailed movements (whether mechanical, automatic, or quartz), scratch-resistant/durable cases, and options in the form of various bracelets. If all of these things are the reasons why you love the brand, then you’re in the right place. We have answered some questions that will either make or break your decision at the end. What’s the common agreement on watches made by the Swiss company? IWC Schaffhausen is a luxury Swiss watch manufacturer that was founded in 1868. And concerning its judgment, people generally (including us) think of their watches as a healthy mix of functionality, price, and looks. If we were to give those 3 stats numbers (out of 10), it would be in the order 9-8-7.  It can increase or reduce a bit, depending on the person you’re talking to. But in the end, the brand makes watches that are almost perfect timekeepers, somewhat pricey, and seemingly subdued in terms of looks. View this post on Instagram IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition "150 Years": engineering digital watches since 1884. #IWC150 A post shared by IWC Schaffhausen (@iwcwatches) on Apr 4, 2018 at 2:45am PDT Do IWC Schaffhausen really manufacture watches for women? If you care to take a look underneath the general consensus, you’ll notice that IWC Schaffhausen has a made available a myriad of beautiful watches for women. With this fact, one has to ask this question: Why do people still believe that the brand only makes watches for men? To that, IWC Schaffhausen changed their marketing strategy in the year 2000. The company decided to promote their collections of watches for men, instead of running promotions for both. The cost of this is that you won’t find a lot of women wearing the brand. View this post on Instagram We are looking forward to welcoming British actress and IWC brand ambassador Rosamund Pike, at the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award ceremony, in association with the @britishfilminstitute. #IWCBFI #LFF A post shared by IWC Schaffhausen (@iwcwatches) on Oct 8, 2018 at 7:51am PDT The Swiss company’s watches for women on the market dates to the 20th century down to the 1980s and 90s. In their watches in question, you’ll find materials (diamonds for example) that you’ll never find in the counterparts for a male. Why do people buy IWC watches despite the price tag? While IWC watches tell the time, their price tags are individually heavy, so there should be another reason why people buy it. In regard to that, we would have loved to say IWC watches are well-loved by people because they’re good investments. Instead, the opposite is the case. Most people buy IWC watches because of 2 reasons. View this post on Instagram IWC Portofino Hand-wound 8 days: Aesthetic simplicity coupled with complex watchmaking, for the first time combining a steel Milanaise mesh bracelet with a blue dial. #IWCPortofino A post shared by IWC Schaffhausen (@iwcwatches) on Nov 3, 2018 at 8:02am PDT The first is the amount of time and thus, people that had a hand in making the watches. The second is the company’s history. Both, when combined, deserve respect, especially since we can all see the result of their union. As a matter of fact, even the IWC North American president, Edouard D’Arbaumont said the same thing. So, if you’re interested in buying watches from IWC Schaffhausen, you’re essentially buying pure functionality/performance. They make watches that last indefinitely—which in turn gives the entire line up an “heirloom” kind of vibe. Who are the different models for? View this post on Instagram "Today's technology has enabled a real fusion of craftsmanship and manufacturing, and that's enabled us to make luxury truly personal again." @chrisgraingerherr, CEO of IWC about the new #IWCConfigurator, the website tool that enables clients based in the US to design a custom Ingenieur Chronograph watch matching their own personal taste, and to then purchase it directly online at iwc.com. A post shared by IWC Schaffhausen (@iwcwatches) on Oct 17, 2018 at 7:45am PDT Over the years (since the founding), IWC Schaffhausen have created different watches to fit different tastes. For men specifically, we’ll be going through some of the models and what they were invented for. Let us know which one you prefer to wear. IWC Pilot’s Watches View this post on Instagram Pack your bags and leave your baggage behind. Featuring the #IWCPilot's Watch Mark XVIII #IWCHoliday A post shared by IWC Schaffhausen (@iwcwatches) on Aug 15, 2018 at 6:26am PDT Like the name implies, this collection of watches is strictly for people who’re always on the move. In other words, watches that fall here usually rank high on the toughness scale and are good looking, so you can wear them with different outfits. IWC Aquatimer Automatic Watches View this post on Instagram The #IWCAquatimer Chronograph Edition "Sharks" – Built for those who swim with sharks, whether that's underwater or on the ground. #IWCSport A post shared by IWC Schaffhausen (@iwcwatches) on Mar 2, 2018 at 8:01am PST The Aquatimer line is specifically built for sports lovers. Their collection is built for diving, wherein one of the notable features is the external/internal rotating bezel with the brand’s SafeDive system. It allows divers to easily read the elapsed time when underwater. IWC Portofino Watches View this post on Instagram A paradigm of style, elegance and technological precision. This is the #IWCPortofino Chronograph Edition 150 Years. #IWC150 A post shared by IWC Schaffhausen (@iwcwatches) on Oct 3, 2018 at 6:31am PDT The Portofino collection is home to dress watches. That includes the iconic round face and soft looks. IWC Ingenieur Automatic Watches View this post on Instagram #IWCIngenieur Chronograph with red gold case spotted at the 76th Goodwood Members' Meeting – where Haute Horlogerie meets the power and precision of world-class auto racing. #IWCRacing #76MM A post shared by IWC Schaffhausen (@iwcwatches) on Mar 20, 2018 at 3:49am PDT The IWC Ingenieur Automatic features bold looking watches. They’re the epitome of ruggedness which is right up there amongst the loved characteristics of the average male. IWC Portugieser Watches View this post on Instagram They say a little shimmer goes a long way. Featuring the Portugieser Chronograph with 18 ct red gold case (Ref. IW371482). #IWCChrono #IWCPortugieser A post shared by IWC Schaffhausen (@iwcwatches) on Nov 13, 2018 at 7:02am PST If you’re the type interested in only the most sophisticated of watches in terms of movement, and thus, features, choose any that suits your taste in the IWC Portugieser line. Our Final Thoughts on IWC Schaffhausen You might have never thought about any of these questions. But at the least, at the end of everything, you know enough about the brand to either choose to buy one of their watches or not. Even the question of whether or not there are ladies’ watches from the brand opens up some opportunities. You might want to buy a pair (one for yourself, the other for your partner), or it can be the next gift or recommendation to anyone who prefers being inconspicuous. So, if you later choose to give the brand a try, know that, as we said, you’re buying to keep.

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  11. Watch Guide: Answers to Common Hublot Watch Questions

    Known for taking the Chrono world by storm with the release of the first watch with a rubber bracelet, a Hublot watch packs a punch despite coming from humble beginnings. The company started out rather late in the year 1980, but it’s been active ever since then. Having said all of this, you must have Hublot watch questions if you’ve stuck around through the hype so far! So, what we’ve done is compile the most popular questions that we have found about Hublot. They include some from other watch enthusiasts that we know. And we’ve answered them all. 1: Are Hublot watches battery-operated? Like most luxury brands, Hublot watches have a few quartz models of popular lines like Classic Fusion. Nonetheless, the brand itself is still majorly a maker of automatic watches (self-winding from the user’s kinetics). From there, we can say the automatic watches are the better in terms of investment due to the high demands. But if you’re only interested in watches with considerable performance, the battery-operated watches are your next bet. View this post on Instagram Sharing is caring. Tag a friend who would love to wear these timepieces this summer. A post shared by Hublot (@hublot) on Aug 1, 2018 at 11:06pm PDT 2: Can Hublot watches substitute as investments? Here, the question of whether or not Hublot watches are well made comes up. To answer that, the obvious route to take is to make a comparison with a watch manufacturer like Rolex or Patek Philippe. In any of those two Giants, they make all their parts down to the heart itself, the movements in-house. This means a large labor force filled with gemologists, scientists, and engineers to manufacture and even improve all of these parts. As a result of all this, watches made by Rolex and Patek Philippe are gratified as two of the best you can buy in terms of sophistication and style. If you ask the question of whether or not the two (Rolex and Patel Philippe) can be considered good investments, this is their individual positive answer. Sadly, the same thing can’t be said about Hublot. Many watch aficionados (including us) share a spoken/well-debated argument that Hublots lack the level of craftsmanship shown by those two. Not because of lack of money, but because of a lack of innovative designs. Facts that back up this reasoning is that Hublot unveiled their first major in-house movement, the UNICO in 2010, while Rolex introduced its own in-house movement in 2000. With these points made, now consider the fact that Hublot watches are expensive and this may not be what you were hoping to hear. Still, it’s far better to know now. Especially if you were planning on investing in a few Hublot timepieces. *Note: Another perspective is that most watch enthusiasts know of these facts which seriously affects the resale value. View this post on Instagram A collection of timeless must-have pieces. #ClassicFusionIntegratedBracelet with blue dial and ceramic bracelet, available in 45, 42, 38 and 33mm. A post shared by Hublot (@hublot) on Jul 17, 2018 at 5:32am PDT 3: Will Hublot watches keep up with fashion in time? Watches are objects that are lauded for their long-term use. They are also items that people expect to have perfect scores in both looks and performance. With the former, you’ll have to accept that ‘Looks’ essentially means how good they’ll look on your wrist. And the answer to that is a bold ‘Yes.’ Hublot timepieces will keep up with fashion trends due to their circular bezels. If the brand has ever been known for anything, it’s the fact that they make some of the most fashionable watches that money can buy. Kind of like Tudor, they experiment with the parts that make up their watches. One that we can note down is ‘Magic Gold’—Hublot’s favorite and secret ingredient. The material is a mixture of gold and ceramics. After which, the result of the mix is a pseudo-metal with the best characteristics of the parent ingredients. View this post on Instagram #HublotBaselworld novelties. New #BigBangOneClick Jewellery. 166 diamonds for 2.7cts. Chic and irresistible! #Baselworld A post shared by Hublot (@hublot) on Mar 27, 2018 at 2:05am PDT 4: How to authenticate Hublot Big Bang watches? It’s one of their most popular collections so we think it’s safe to assume that you might be reading this because of the watch. If not, you can still apply this to literally any of their watches. View this post on Instagram Gold and Blue, always a powerful combination! #BigBangBlue A post shared by Hublot (@hublot) on May 10, 2018 at 11:10pm PDT If you want to authenticate a Hublot Big Bang watch, one quick process is to check the date display. The left edge of the box should be curved, but if that part isn’t satisfied, the number (date) itself must be centered at the very least. Follow up by checking if the watch uses an H-screw. If the watch is still around at this point, finalize your evaluation by making sure all the tags/names like “Hublot” or “Hublot Geneve” are engraved. *Note: None of these checks are fool-proof. The only guaranteed method is to buy from a reputable store. Our Final Thoughts We used our knowledge and experience so far with the company to answer all of the questions above. So, they’re completely unbiased and will act as a guide for any decision relating to Hublot.

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