Timi Jacobs

Timi Jacobs

First Published: September 28, 2018
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  2. Watch Guide: Answers to Common IWC Watch Questions

    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 IWC watches 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 IWC watches? 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. Do IWC Schaffhausen 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. 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. 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? Over the years (since the founding), IWC watches 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 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 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 The Portofino collection is home to dress watches. That includes the iconic round face and soft looks. IWC Ingenieur Automatic Watches 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 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 Watches You might have never thought about any of these questions. But at the least, at the end of everything, you know enough about IWC watches 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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  3. Hamilton Watches Q&A: A Beginner’s Introduction

    Hamilton Watches Q&A: A Beginner’s Introduction

    Hamilton watches, despite being born in the U.S (1892) then converted to Swiss is now on the level of most Swiss watchmakers. It depends on you whether or not, you like their style of material-usage. With that point made, even if you’re a little bit interested in the brand, then these are some questions we think you’ll have! If not, you’ll at least like the answers to all of them, since they should help you decide if Hamilton watches are for you or not. What is Hamilton most popular for? If you mean over the years, Hamilton has actually made history though they’re a bit muted. For one, Hamilton is the timekeeper of the high-octane Red Bull Air Race World Championship! This, in a way, makes them a partner of an event that heavily focuses on speed and precision, so thus needs something with an extra kick. Following that, another one of Hamilton’s achievements is becoming a favorite of the sports teams of the U.S. Air Force Academy. In places like Spain, the brand has already caught the attention of different aviation sectors. Now, with the part of giving you a reason to consider the brand is done, let’s talk about the traits of their Aviation line. Why do people love their Aviation collection? Provided you like this kind of theme, a functional side to the brand’s history exists. It’s easy enough, so try looking into this collection and you’ll notice that watches under this line have sweet features. Watches usually have the ability to log up to 20 flights, come equipped with enough tech to set 2 zones, and then, they are fit as calculators for quantities like drift angle, landing speed, and fuel requirements. Hamilton Watches While Hamilton make watches covering different tastes and style, we think it all boils down to one thing. They make watches, as we mentioned above, people that are on the move constantly (adventure and physical type). If you’re not such type, it would be much better to take your cash elsewhere, to another brand. But if you’re here for that, then there are 3 watch categories you’ll find with Hamilton. They are Aviation, Jazzmaster, American Classic, Broadway, Navy, Field (used a lot in 2017 if you can remember). Aviation Watches under the Aviation lineup are perfect for people who visit different time zones. Still, that kind of functionality comes at a cost in variations that carry the most features. That is, they are somewhat bulky, and Hamilton’s style clearly leans to the functional side of things. If you want watches that are sleek and still as functional, Breitling is the brand to go for. Albeit, in that case, the price takes a hike. Jazzmaster Watches here are more fit for the working-class individuals. You don’t need to move much and at the same time, you want a watch that’s functional, subtle in making statements, and then budget-friendly. The Jazzmaster Thinline watch is a good piece here. Its use of different band colors makes it creative enough to create different levels of “playful” and “serious.” American Classic While Jazzmaster watches neglect aesthetic appeal for performance, the American Classic category is more or less Hamilton’s attempt at a statement watch. If you have a lifestyle that involves plenty of dinners, formal and informal meetings fit for this specific style, this is a good place to look. Broadway For people who love watches with a sporty build, the Broadway timepieces are good choices to consider. Evidence of this is the reasonable amount of power (hours) crammed into the different movements used. Navy Hamilton watches wouldn’t be a watch brand with worthy services if there wasn’t a collection full of dive watches. While definitely not as esteemed as the Rolex Submarine, the Khaki Scuba Auto is still an option to check out. Check out the water-resistance rating before you pick it though. Field The Field watches are strictly for the rugged kind of people. In other words, you’ve got the classical military style going for you. The words that best describe this are bold, functional, and resilient. Which type of movement do Hamilton watches favor? Hamilton’s tight relationship with the U.S was kickstarted because of their innovations. With the Ventura, they became the first watchmaker in the world to create a timepiece that runs on a battery (quartz). This was as early as the 1950s, so even their choice in quartz movements was already good. Now, their association with the Swatch gives them the chance to use high-quality automatic movements in their new lines. Combine all of this together, and you’re left with the fact that Hamilton appear fully capable when it comes to both quartz and automatic watches. For the latter especially, the entirety of their collections has been updated with some of the best Swiss ETA movements available. Hamilton Watches Final Thoughts Hamilton is not a top-tier watch manufacturer despite making a Ventura that graced the Elvis Presley’s wrist. Even by the opinions of different people, it still doesn’t make it into that space. Instead, most people will agree that they’re mid-tier in a way that’s similar to what Seiko does. Hamilton watches are functional, trustworthy and diverse for different tastes. Hamilton watches come with a great build quality and design. Definitely a great option for anyone looking for performance that will not break the bank!

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  4. Watch Guide: Answers to Common Hublot Watch Questions

    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, Hublot watches pack 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. 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. 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. 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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  5. Tudor Watches: Common Tudor Watch Questions

    Tudor Watches: Common Tudor Watch Questions

    Tudor watches, despite its relationship with Rolex, isn’t as well-known as a Rolex watch. This, of course, doesn’t mean people do not love the brand for its repertoire of exquisite timepieces at budget-friendly prices. But that point is moot to some others who are new and also looking for a brand worth investing. As a result, we thought why not build a list of common questions people have when first introduced to the brand! We had them too at one point in time, and that kind of gives us a front row seat to what you need. Having said that, think of this post as an introductory class that’s practically made for beginners. What is the difference between Tudor watches and Rolex watches? The difference, so to speak, isn’t singular. Tudor heavily departs from the Rolex norms through two things: the movement and the style itself. Tudor Watches Movements When most wearers consider a watch distributed by Tudor, they only see the price. This is understandable, given the fact that Tudor watches look similar to the ones found in Rolex’s collections. In fact, they even use the same bracelet, case, and dial. So, it’s like a Rolex but instead with the Tudor symbol proudly displayed. Nonetheless, what few or even many, may not know is that a Tudor watch’s movement plays a large part in the reduction in price. Yes, Tudor watches are less expensive, but that’s because they either use a Swiss made ETA or a Valjoux movement. Inside a Rolex, you’ll find a movement made in-house by the Head Honcho’s watchmakers. Tudor Watches Styles When it concerns a versus game of aesthetic appeal between Tudor and Rolex, we think that depends on what you like. Tudor favors the use of bright and luminous colors and titanium bracelets and cases. The former is ideal for the younger market, while the latter is useful for the diving watches. On the other hand, Rolex literally mutes most of their colors, hence the reason they always look simple and sophisticated. Likewise, Rolex doesn’t target the younger market. What’s the name of the first chronograph made by Tudor watches? The name of Tudor’s first is the Oysterdate chronograph and it was released in 1970. The chronograph used a Valjoux mechanical caliber 7734. Or in other words, the movement wasn’t made in-house. Are Tudor watches a good investment? Yes, they are—but you have to be careful about which one you’re going for. If you’re thinking of buying one of their vintage pieces, the current trend is evidence enough that people will always love them. Tudor watches at one time had an uncanny resemblance to Rolex ones. So, people have developed a taste so deep, they’ll still choose the vintage options many years down the line. On the other hand, people who love the idea of investing in watches generally avoid ones that are not old. How to recognize fake Tudor watches? Before you move on to the tips, it should be noted that the tricks we’ll be highlighting aren’t foolproof. But they should help you decide shady deals from clean ones, like this guide should help spot fake Rolex watches. If you look below the 6 o’clock position, you’ll see a 5-digit number which stands for the watch’s serial number. Above the 12 o’clock mark, you’ll find another 5-digit number which stands for the registration number. Try checking the watch’s luminous paint. On a real Tudor watch, the luminous paint is evenly painted and thus, it evenly shines in the dark. On a counterfeit, it’s pretty normal to notice the edges or tiny spots being dull. “Original Oyster Case by Rolex Geneva” is what you should see on the case back of a Tudor timepiece. If that’s not there, then the case back should be completely blank. Which to choose between Tudor watches and Rolex watches? Albeit that question isn’t ours to answer since we aren’t the one wearing the watches, we’ve already sparked up the conversation. Choosing between Rolex depends on whether or not you prefer value for your money or you want something both expensive and valuable (a usual combo that Rolex have mastered over the years). The first naturally goes to Tudor models while the second condition is unnaturally satisfied by Rolex models. Who are Tudor watches made for? Ordinarily, Tudor’s watches are made for everyone with an interest. But if you ask any Tudor watch lover, one of their favorite lines from the company will be the Tudor Black Bay. The range represents their capabilities and more importantly, their intentions as a company of watchmakers. Nevertheless, we’ve digressed enough. As the name probably sounds, the Tudor Black Bay line of watches is entirely tailored to be worn by divers. Heck, the brand goes further by owning an audience in the form of the infamous or maybe famous (really depends on who’s asking who) US Navy, French Navy, and even the extreme professionals, the US SEALS. Our Final Thoughts on Tudor Watches After going through all of these things, you should know by now that buying a Tudor means you’re practically getting a Rolex. So, with that being said, Tudor is a brand that deliver watches that perform excellently, boast of simple yet beautiful looks, and come at amazing prices. Essentially, they’re luxury watches without the usual eyebrow-raising price tags.

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  6. Watch Guide: Common Q&As About Seiko Watches

    Watch Guide: Common Q&As About Seiko Watches

    There are a lot of questions on Seiko watches as a brand. And why not, seeing as they mix simplicity, class, performance, and a perfect price into all of their products. So now, we’ve compiled answers to some of the most obscure questions that you can ask. “Practical solutions and reliability through simplicity” is a comment that we found, and it totally sums up all the timepieces made by Seiko. The brand always makes watches that’ll tell the time for a really long while. Nothing more, nothing less. While this sounds good, it always depends on what the wearer prefers. If you’re someone who loves beautiful watches that can rival the best timepieces made by Patek Philippe, a healthy amount of watch enthusiasts would say it doesn’t have that appeal. Now, what the others, on the other hand, have to say is the real gist. They say Seiko watches represent simplicity at its finest. Despite not being as famous as the likes of Rolex or Audemars, Seiko watches are at the least, very well-known for making budget-friendly timepieces that can rival those from more popular brand. If not in looks as we said, then in terms of functionality. How are Seiko Solar watches? Solar powered watches are a way to skip the entire issue of changing the batteries occasionally. Here, the solar watch charges by absorbing light and we mean any kind of light (not sunlight alone). This essentially means that the watch is constantly charging, and when it’s full, it has overcharge prevention measures in place to protect your sweet investment. A result of this that we must mention is that solar watches keep the time extremely well. It’s unlike a mechanical watch that needs frequent winding to properly operate. So yes, we can say that Seiko solar watches can be an excellent option. Technological advancements both around and by Seiko makes it possible to build a watch that’ll never run out of juice. Provided that you put it near a source of light occasionally. Which Seiko watches are fit for divers? When it comes to Seiko watches that we would recommend to sports lovers (diving or otherwise), all of the Seiko Prospex watches should be in your line of sight. You’ll find watches with resistivity ranging from 150M to 600M (you only have to choose). Amongst which you’ll see features like depth and dive time calculation, and even an alarm for creating dive sessions. To all of this, one tidbit is that the Prospex line makes use of titanium cases. It’s more than strong enough to resist water pressure and is also corrosion-resistant What does Seiko mean in Japanese? Seiko means a lot of things despite its seemingly plain looks. It can mean three things in our book: exquisite, minute and success. The first and the last meaning are self-explanatory, but there’s a pun in the second. Minute can mean small too, and we like to apply this to the company’s entire approach to their entire lineup. They make literally everything by themselves and that includes even growing something as minute as their quartz crystals (pun intended). “Did you know that Seiko released the first-ever Japanese wristwatch? It was called the Laurel.” What is the difference between Seiko kinetic and automatic. And which one is better? Knowing how an automatic watch works is going to make things easy, so here’s a quick brief. Automatic watches convert the kinetic energy you make when you move and then uses all of that energy to wind the mainspring in the watch. This is what keeps the watch running until it stops from the lack of you moving around. Now when it concerns Seiko kinetic watches (Kinetic Perpetual for example), all that kinetic energy is put into a battery. Because of this, Seiko kinetic watches, in terms of pure functionality, are better since they keep the time better and can be considered an upgrade over automatic watches. If you’re choosing just one, we think you should go for the Seiko kinetic watches. What’s the difference between Grand Seiko watches and Seiko watches? A stark difference between both of them is the price. Let’s put it this way. When it concerns the price of the Grand Seiko (GS), expect prices above a grand. But when it concerns Seiko watches, you’ll find plenty of watches under $1,000. As with the price, the toughness and sophistication increase too. As a result of that, there’s a hike in the quality of materials used in constructing Grand Seiko when compared to Seiko watches. What about the Seiko Premier watch? Seiko Premier is purely a dress watch. Down to the sleek looks and even the features/functions expected from a watch that has to catch public appeal. The line involves watches that carry Seiko’s personal touch in terms of fashion appeal. So, when you say “Where?”—we advise you to choose any of the watches under Seiko Premier if you’re appearing in any formal occasion any time soon. That includes work and dinners. As a matter of fact, here’s an idea. Seiko Premier watches are perfect even as a birthday gift for anyone you know who’s graduating soon. They can wear it to the graduation and you don’t even need to break the bank for a watch that’ll work indefinitely.

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  7. Casio Watches: Answers to Common Questions

    Casio Watches: Answers to Common Questions

    This time, let’s start with the simplicity of Casio watches. Other than the simple looks that makes it the perfect template—on every one of their displays (mostly quartz pieces), they only use the needed amount of words for clarification. It’s easy enough to keep up with labels like “water-resistant” and “Alarm.”  Likewise, seeing texts like “F-91W” tells you the watches’ number. After you’ve gone through their simple, though eye-catching looks, you literally came up with a kind of blank. Some of us felt that too, so took a walk through the brand’s history, following, and products. Where Are Casio Watches From? Most definitely, Casio is a Japanese brand all through. Yes, it does have a modern name, but that’s taken directly from the name of the engineer who made the company a success. For one, Casio itself was started in 1946 by Tadao Kashio, hence the name Casio. “Kashio invented Casino’s first calculator in 1949—literally the first of many” Although, it was in 1957 that Casio Computer Co. Ltd. released the world’s first electric compact calculator. Sure the size was on the heavy side, we think it was a step in the right direction considering their worldwide success. Who wears Casio watches? That’s a very good question, though it’s slightly tricky. It’s also one that depends on who’s asking. If you’re interested in their G-Shock line, know that you’ll appreciate the watch more if you’re typically required very physical at your job. Or you may simply love the roguish good looks. If on the other hand, you prefer any of the watches in the Casio Pro Tek series, that’s the ideal buy. Especially if you hike, hunt, travel, or are on the move a lot. Figuratively speaking, let’s say you’re wearing the equivalent of a Ferrari of watches (in terms of looks and technology), the Edifice line is your best bet. What’s the classic wear from Casio watches? The original ‘Time Lord’ of Casio is the Alarm Chronograph. The retro look is an original that’ll strike at anybody. Think about this: if you’re getting the watch for your son, buy an Alarm Chronograph with a silver case and a band made from rubber and he’ll easily look great in any situation. If you’re looking for something masculine, there are options with steel bracelets. Silver is a symbol of intelligence and sophistication, and that later boosts the watches already bold look. How to set the alarm on a G-Shock? Ordinarily, if we were dealing with one watch, it would have been straightforward. Instead, we’ll be leading you through how you can set the alarm on different G-Shock models. Model 1289 To enter the alarm mode on this model, press the button on the bottom-left till you see the watch display “Al.” After that, push the “Set +” or “Set +” button to set the hour and use the first (bottom-left edge) button to change to the minute display. There, you can customize the minutes. When you have customized the hour/minute to your preference, then you can use the bottom-left edge button to save. Model 5121 Here also, the button on the lower-left edge allows you to put on the alarm mode. If you press it multiple times, the left clock hand will hover above “ALM” which typically stands for “Alarm.” To set your desired time, push the button on the bottom-right edge of the watch. Finally, press the upper-left edge button to save the alarm. The watches’ second hand typically selects “ON.” Model 3180 and 3194 Also on the bottom-left edge, you push the button until the display shows “AL.” Following that, you push the button on the lower-right ledge to toggle through 4 alarms; AL1, AL2, AL3, AL4. Now, for each of the alarms, you can customize the time by pressing and holding the upper-left button for 2 seconds. Moving over to how you can set the time itself, you should go ahead and press the bottom-right button to set the hour. When you’re done with that, switch to the minute display by pressing the lower-left edge button. Use the bottom-right button to set the minute too. Just finish up setting the alarm itself by pressing the button on the upper-left edge. You can set any of the alarms (AL1, AL2, etc.) using this method. How to turn off the alarm on an Alarm Chronograph watch? It’s simple for some, while a bit evasive for others. Because of that, we’re going to show you how you can turn off the alarm on your Alarm Chrono. To that, the first thing you have to do is press the button found on the bottom-left edge. That immediately stops the alarm for the day. Although, it resumes on the next day. When you’ve done that, the last thing to do is to press the button on the right. That is what turns on off the entire alarm in place. You can turn it back on too at any time.

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  8. Watch Guide: Answers to Common Rolex Questions

    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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