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  2. What is an Aviator Watch?

    Whether it’s Swiss, Japanese or an American aviator watch (or pilot watch), there’s just something about the timeless feel of an aviator watch. But what exactly is an aviator watch? How is it different from other timepieces? Let’s take a look at what makes this iconic watch type such a favorite. Style Decades in the Making A quick aside to overall aviation fashion, aviator glasses have enjoyed a nice run since the 1950s with Elvis Presley, and in the 70s with Freddie Mercury. In the 80s, we got a Tom Cruise aviation overload with the movie Top Gun. From bomber jackets to shirts with shoulder epaulets, the ready-for-action look can be irresistible. And nothing captures the essence of aviation like watches. Pilot Watch History in a Flash We trace the pilot’s watch to Paris at the start of the 20th century when French watchmaker Louis Cartier came across Alberto Santos-Dumont, a Brazilian-born aviation enthusiast. Alberto complained that his pocket watch was too clumsy for flights. Louis, in turn, added a strap to one of his Cartier watches and history was made. Today, the square case of the Cartier Santos makes it one of the most recognizable watches in the world. During World War 2 the German military worked with watchmakers such as A. Lange & Söhne to churn out watches for its bomber crews. Using Swiss movement, the B-Uhr was big with a 58mm case, augmented by a double-rivet leather strap. It’s eye-catching with a stark black dial and Arabic numerals that are crossed by sharp sword hands. View this post on Instagram Happy Flieger Friday! Wishing every vintage military watch enthusiast a great weekend. #langeandsohne #iwcschaffhausen #fl23883 #fliegerwatch #fliegerfriday #beobachtungsuhr #militarywatch #militarydial #milwatch #milspec #navigatorwatch #navigationwatch #militaryfieldwatch #fliegeruhr #flieger #vintageiwc #iwcvintage #iwcwatches #iwcpilot #iwcbigpilots #iwcbigpilot #iwcbuhr #langebuhr #patinawatch #blackdial #issuedwatch #militarytimepiece #watchyouseek #buhr #vintagemilitarywatch A post shared by Greetings! I❤⌚⌚⌚ (@dewatchcollector) on Oct 4, 2019 at 2:13am PDT Elements of an Aviator Watch 1: Bezel from Pre-Computer Days Sure, today you’d cancel your flight, delete the app and report an airline to authorities if you heard the pilots were guiding the plane with their watches. Today’s passenger airlines are guided by supercomputers (or at least we hope they are!). But there was a time, and not in ancient history, when man relied on mechanical means to safely pilot planes. In place of computers, pilots of old had the bezels on their watches. And bezel markings can do amazing things if you know how to use them. Some bezels have tachometer scales to gauge flight speed. Some bezels have slide rules to measure fuel consumption. If you don’t have a bezel that can handle basic mathematical calculations, you probably don’t have an aviation watch in the truest sense. There are some great aviation watches that put their big bezels out there, namely the Hamilton Khaki Aviation and it’s Pilot Pioneer with a rotating interior bezel in a design that pays homage to the timepieces of the Royal Air Force. With a dramatically scalloped bezel, the Junghans Meister Pilot Chronoscope demands attention and is probably the brashest watch in the room. But other pilot watches do their bezels with a lot more subtlety. The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date has a coined-edge bezel that oozes classic charm, while the IWC Big Pilots Top Gun keeps things cool with a black ceramic bezel. 2: GMT Functions Not all, but many pilot watches, especially in the modern era, have time-zone functions. Many of us have flown through different time zones and understand the importance of a pilot’s ability to track multiple locations. So a fine aviation watch is apt to have a GMT hand that makes a rotation every 24 hours in contrast to the hand that rotates every twelve hours. The Rolex GMT Master II, of course, has an esteemed spot in the history of aviation timepieces. But do you go with Pepsi or Batman? The blue and red bezel that echoes the logo for Pepsi has been a collector’s favorite for years. But it got some competition at Baselworld in 2019 when Rolex rolled out a black and blue Rolex GMT with a Batman-style bezel. 3: Easy to Read If there’s anyone you want to have the correct calculations, it’s the pilot of your airplane. Aviation watches were designed to withstand the rigors of air battles when split-second decisions are literally a matter of life and death. So when you look down at the pilot’s watch you are going to see the readings. While not carved in stone, an aviation watch will often feature full-number markers that are easy to get with a glance. Hands are often equally large as there should be no guessing as to what they’re pointing at. With cases that often come in at the mid-40mm range, there’s also a lot of real estate on that face to display info in as clear a manner as possible.

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  4. History of Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona

    Rolex Daytona watches, one of the well-recognized watches in the world was made famous by actor Paul Newman. However, like several Rolex watches, the Daytona watch is not a particular watch but an exquisite collection of high-performance timepieces. The Paul Newman Rolex Daytona refers to a single variety of this all-time favorite timepiece. The Origin of Rolex Daytona The Rolex Daytona has a pretty interesting history. This watch was developed together with the Submariner. Both of these watches were designed to serve a particular function as timepieces. The Submariner was constructed to withstand the enormous pressure of underwater diving, while the Daytona on the other hand, was built to keep the time accurately up to the last millisecond. In 1962, Rolex served as Daytona’s official timekeeper for the first time. This was one year before the debut of the Cosmograph Reference 6239. This model was nicknamed Daytona by Rolex in the same year to highlight the watch’s affiliation with the famous and prestigious auto race. This timepiece was exclusively developed for race car drivers which is why the tachymeter scale on the bezel is larger than found on most of the other watches. The Three Series of Rolex Daytona The original Cosmograph Daytona has seen three different series. The first series was launched in 1963 and lasted through the 1980s. These watches were produced in small quantities and featured a four-digit model number and manual-wind movement. The second series was introduced in 1988 due to unfailing demand of the Daytona series. These watches feature a five-digit number, automatic winding and were produced until 2000. The third series of the Daytona watch was produced in 2000 and feature a movement made in-house and a six-digit model number. These watches have chronograph functions and are self-winding. Exceptional Features of Paul Newman Rolex Daytona Not every Daytona watch belongs to the Paul Newman variety. The Paul Newman Daytona is a sports watch with an art-deco style font. It has three sub-dials which have block markers instead of lines with crosshairs placed in the center. Moreover, the seconds sub-dial is marked at 15, 30, 45, and 60. Although, the Daytona watches are easily available the Paul Newman variety remains the rarest and most sought-after. This version of the Daytona watch was made famous by Paul Newman, the actor. It features pump pushers for the chronometer, a 300 units-per-hour stainless steel bezel, and a Valjoux 722, 17 jewels, 18,000 beats-per-hour movements. It is available in both dials- black and white and the words Daytona are engraved above the sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position. The tachymeter scale is affixed on the bezel and not on the dial. Pricing Reference 6239 of the Daytona series attracted a celebrity devotee in the early 70s. The name of Paul Newman became inextricably linked to the Daytona in 1972 when he took up racing. This watch was gifted to him at that time by his wife with the words “Drive Carefully, Me” engraved on the back. He wore this watch constantly as he competed in high-profile races until his death in 2008. Watch collectors gave this style of watch the nickname of “Paul Newman” in the 1980s. This timepiece can be recognized mainly because of the contrastingly colored second’s scale marked along the dial’s periphery. View this post on Instagram Nell Newman, wearing her father's 'Paul Newman' Daytona and striking a familiar pose during last night's preview in Los Angeles. A post shared by Phillips Watches (@phillipswatches) on Oct 14, 2017 at 8:44am PDT Amazingly, the cost of the watch when it was first produced was $210, but today it is one of the most sought-after Rolex collectible models. The original Rolex Daytona worn by Paul himself created history when it was auctioned off. It was auctioned off by Phillips Auction House in 2017 for a whopping $17.75 million becoming one of the most expensive watches ever to be auctioned. Different variations of the Paul Newman Daytona watch Paul Newman Daytonas can fetch up to $100,000 at auctions, but there are subtle differences in the different varieties. The original Paul Newman features large, easy-to-read numerals in art deco-style and a white dial with black elapsed-time counters. The other dial variations which have simple and small numerals in sub-dials are available for $20,000 to $30,000. In the late 1980s, these watches sold for $3,000 to $4,000 at auctions thus showing a tenfold increase in their prices. The Paul Newman Daytona watches have reference numbers 6239, 6241, 6263, 6264, or 6265. These numbers are important for Rolex authentication. All references of this timepiece have domed crystals made of acrylic. The Rolex Cosmograph Oyster Reference 6263 features a Panda Paul Newman dial, is coveted by most discerning collectors. Technically the 6263 duplicates the 6262 with the Valjoux 727 inside but has a black, acrylic bezel and screw-down pushers. Moreover, this model was available in a 14k gold version for a limited period of time. This model has been able to command ultra-high prices at auctions based on their condition and dial options. Conclusion Thanks to a combination of the unusual details on the dial, limited production and its association with the famous actor, the Paul Newman Daytona watches have become one of the most favored collectible timepieces in the world. However, if you are thinking of purchasing a Paul Newman Daytona, then it is better to be careful because it is very simple for a crook to convert a standard Daytona watch into a Paul Newman Daytona. Experts believe that there are more counterfeit Newman dials in circulation than genuine ones while some watches are not entirely original.

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  5. Monochrome Watches: What Are They?

    Monochrome generally refers to any object opposed to a pair of colors, or a set of multiple colors. Mono means one, single, or sole. Be it a monochrome computer display, a monochrome painting, or a monochrome photograph; each of them tends to have a single shade. Monochrome watches are widely popular. Typical monochrome watches come in black/white or grey/silver color. To elucidate it further, some monochrome watches carry a traditional color combination of black and white while some seem to be flaunting a rigid grayscale look. Monochrome Watches: True or False? Nevertheless, classic monochrome watches are presented in silver, grey, black, and white. That being the case, are we supposed to believe that monochrome watches are colorless watches? Actually, there is an ongoing debate about whether or not black and white are colors. According to a reasonable number of citations, black and white are ousted from the color family though, it is a situation of unresolved conflict. Ask a physicist and his opinion will be, ‘’Black is not a color, white is.’’ Ask an artist with crayons, and you will get to hear, ‘’White is not a color, black is.’’ Identifying Colors: Colors exist as light: If this theory is to be believed, white is a color while black is not sure to be a color.Colors exist as pigments or molecular coloring agents: If this theory is to be believed, black is surely a color, but white is not guaranteed to be a color. So, there is ambiguity with respect to this question. There are various opinions within the society; one does not seem to dominate the other. Simultaneously, there are diverging theories on this issue, and none of them confirms the inclusion of both in the color family. Are They Necessarily Black/White and Arayscale? There are many monochrome watches market-wide that are not typically black or white or grayscale. Yet, as per the definition, they are rightly considered as monochrome timepieces. In simpler words, any watch having its entire body (including strap, round case, dial, back-case, buckle) colored in single guise is a monochrome watch in essence. For instance, Sepia-toned watches are one fine example of atypical monochrome watches. Sepia simply means a fusion of red and brown color. These watches are often designed for both genders, condoning to equality. Sepia has been the soberest color, often liked by moderates. Who Loves A Monochrome? Watch enthusiasts who love sticking to a minimalist design are fascinated by these watches. These watches don’t have much to offer to those who look around for extraordinary colors and fantastic designs. Monochrome watches are meant to provide you a basic and elegant look. Anyone who wants a casual or sporty watch with a mono-faceted look will become a fan of these monochrome watches. People who are not excited to pull-off timepieces with an over-the-top look are certainly the right ones for this kind. These watches are meant to facilitate watch fanatics wanting to have something just up to par, and nothing excessively appealing. Here are select-few monochrome watches that exemplify dignity at best: MVMT Classic Monochrome It’s a beautiful watch in light grey and silver color. From case to dial to strap and even the thread-stitches on strap; all are grey/silver. The leather strap has a smoky design in grey color while the material used for it looks roughened up. There is a round dial with 3-hand movement as well. The color of this Classic Monochrome dial/case is shining silver, contrasting with the greyish strap. The watch markers and hands inside the dial are also in silver color while the entire surface has a gray shade. Specs: The date calendar is at the 3 ‘o clock and has a screw down crown. The watch case is 45mm wide, 9mm thick and has a 24mm wide strap. The watch is 3 ATM water resistant. MVMT Voyager Monochrome Mesh   This Voyager Monochrome Mesh is a pretty watch entirely in dark grey color. The case is slightly lighter in color, but the entire timepiece is colored in a single hue. The watch features a case composed of matte smoke stainless steel. The case has two push buttons and one winding crown attached to it. The dial’s surface and the hands are in grey color. There are black and white crystals used in place of watch markers to highlight the time. On top of that, the strap is originated from a matte smoke mesh. Specs: The watch includes 2 sub dials and a date calendar. The case is 42mm wide, 11mm thick with a 21mm wide strap. It’s water resistant up to 10 ATM. MVMT Monochrome Link This Monochrome Link is a grey watch made of polished and stainless steel. The bracelet is made of steel and has a ladder-like structure with a traditional steel watch design. There is no contrast of color, from the dial, watch markers, hands, case, and to even the bracelet; all have the same shade. It is a very basic watch without any date calendar. You can always adjust the time using the winding crown. Specs: The water resistant watch has an interchangeable 20mm strap and a screw down crown. The case is 40mm wide and 7mm thick.

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  6. 6 Top Black Watches for Men

    A style isn’t static – it changes with time. The same is the case with watches, being an essential part of fashion. There are various alternatives out there when considering getting the ideal timepiece. With regards to picking the perfect timepiece, practicality and function are imperative. Notwithstanding something as basic as the color is a primary choice that will influence how, when, and if you wear your watch later on. For some present-day gentlemen, a black watch can be an incredible alternative. Smooth, contemporary and genuinely smart, these dark designs and patterns can work for the workplace, ends of the week parties, and nights out. To help you narrow down your search, we have gathered a rundown of some of the top black watches for men. 1: Diesel Men’s Double Down Watch If your budget is an issue, then this is a standout amongst the best all-black watches for men that you can purchase. The Diesel Men’s Double Down Watch DZ1437 flaunts a crisp, moderate structure. There’s nothing loud about it, making it stream well with nearly anything. It has a black, ion-plated stainless steel and features a textured crown. The watch also features a black silicone strap with buckle closure. This black watch has a mineral crystal face and a case that measures 44 mm. In addition, it has quartz movement to power the 3-hand analog display. It has gleaming hands and additional vast Arabic numerals at a few points on the showcase. With water resistance up to 33 feet or around 10 meters, the Diesel Men’s Double Down Watch isn’t one to endure a drenching. This is a low-estimated all-dark timepiece; all things considered. It shouldn’t be bad with dealing sprinkles and downpour, however. 2: Omega Speedmaster Moon Black Watch The smooth black design isn’t the main thing that the Omega Speedmaster Moon watch offers. Omega offers excellent pieces when it comes to watches for men. It additionally includes a chronograph, tachymeter, luminescent hands and hour markers, and a 60-hour power reserve. 3: Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Axiom Watch   Marching an engaging edge-to-edge glass structure, the Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Axiom  watch (AU1065-07E) is a standout amongst other single black watches for men we have on this rundown. You can expect this watch to go well with virtually all that you put on. It is a stainless steel watch with a black dial and ion plating. Moreover, the case has a diameter that measures 40 mm in and has a thickness of 8 mm. It sits cozily on a 23 mm black leather strap. You will see silver accents in a few zones, including the clasp and crown. The Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Axiom Watch is waterproof up to 30 meters. Overall, this isn’t awful at an offering at this cost point. 4: Tommy Hilfiger Men’s 1791117 Sophisticated Sports Watch Featuring exceptional craftsmanship, the Tommy Hilfiger Men’s 1791117 Sophisticated Sports Watch is one that numerous men will discover fitting while looking for an all-dark watch. It accompanies a comfortable black leather band, albeit one would have expected elastic on what is portrayed as a game watch. Its features include an analog display, a black-colored dial, a mineral dial window, and of course, quartz movement. There are three sub-dials as well that indicate the day of the week, date, and time (in 24 hours). Meanwhile, the band uses genuine, Croco-embossed leather with tonal stitching. It has a sharp looking treated steel case estimating 46 mm in breadth and has an exquisite tone. 5: Fossil Men’s JR1401 Nate Stainless Steel Black Watch  Fossil’s JR1401 Nate Stainless Steel Watch flaunts a cool matte dark plan and a significant 50mm case. Its dial includes a date window, three subdials, and sword-molded hands. 6: Tag Heuer Monza Watch  A reissue of a 1970s great, the Tag Heuer Monza is a shocking all-dark watch for men with deep pockets. It is a genuine case of how its producer keeps on enhancing immortal contributions with increasingly current and reliable materials. It does away with the PVD-coated steel of the original Monza, which was released to celebrate Ferrari’s F1 World Championship win in 1975. Instead, it accompanies a powerful, grade-5 titanium case including titanium carbide covering. It sports a scratch-proof sapphire precious stone and a black dial. So if you’re looking for something that pretty much can go with everything, an all black watch can be a good option. It’s not only a stylish accessory, but a watch is also a functioning accessory that can come in handy. You can dress it up, dress it down and wear it out on the town. Options are endless when it comes to black watches, so we hope you find the one that is right for you!

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  7. Hands-On With the Tissot Powermatic 80

    I recently purchased a brand new watch from the Swiss manufacturer, Tissot. It is in the Tissot Powermatic 80 family, with my specific model being the T0864081605100. I have had such an exceptional experience wearing this timepiece that I decided to share it with all of you. Below, I explain why this product is so fantastic and give some guidance on which type of person might want to buy it. The Brand If you know the origins of many Swiss watch companies, Tissot has a familiar back story. They started doing business long ago, perfected the craft in the horology capital of the world, and continue to create excellent products in the modern era. There is one thing that makes this brand a bit different than most of their peers, though. The trouble with purchasing watches from Swiss manufacturers is that you must make a massive trade-off. Yes, the quality of the products you buy is undoubtedly excellent. At the same time, you almost always have to pay thousands of dollars to get them. Tissot breaks this mold by providing exceptional quality at reasonable price points. There is a fair bit of variation throughout this collection, but you can purchase almost all of them for under $1,000. As you learn throughout this article, that price for this watch is a great deal. Your Many Aesthetic Options While the T0864081605100 called out to me instantly, your taste is likely a bit different than mine. The good news is that the Tissot Powermatic 80 collection has a variety of models in it. No matter what size, style, or coloring you like, you should be able to find it among the many options Tissot offers. Each of them has a dress watch vibe, but the variations in dial and coloring are significant throughout the catalog. These products also come in men’s or women’s styles, so just about anyone can enjoy them. Materials One of the most alluring aspects of these watches are the materials that they are made out of. The standard models incorporate two tried and true options: Stainless steel and sapphire glass. View this post on Instagram My first ever automatic watch ?Tissot lelocle an amazing power reserve of 80 hours ? A post shared by watch collector ?? (@horologyuae) on Sep 3, 2018 at 9:23am PDT The former is widely considered the best combination out there for resiliency and luxury. The latter is a common indicator of top-tier design and craftsmanship. Combine the two, and you have a watch with materials that rival some of the most highly respected options on the market. If you’d like, you can also experiment with other metals, such as titanium. I prefer steel over everything else, but you might want something a bit different. Lastly, we have the leather straps, which are fantastic. You can feel the quality of them right away, and you know they’re built to last. Water Resistance To be honest, the water resistance on these products is not great. That being said, they aren’t designed for that purpose. These are dress watches, which means Tissot did not prioritize water resistance when creating them. Still, most of them have 30m or 50m capabilities, so they shouldn’t be damaged in the rain or at very shallow depths. Some of you might not like how little resistance these pieces have, but I don’t mind at all. If I want to go for a dip with my watch on, I can always throw on a sportier option instead. Movement and Power Reserve The most impressive aspect of this watch is the 80-hour power reserve. It is so significant, in fact, that Tissot added the number “80” to the name. The truth is that many Swiss watches with a much higher price tag don’t come anywhere near that level. For example, most Breitling’s cost much more than this product, yet have power reserves below 50. Such is the case even with many Rolex models. 80 hours of energy will add to your convenience and is also a testament to Tissot’s commitment to excellence. Overall Feel Putting this watch on my wrist for the first time felt fantastic, I haven’t been wearing much else lately. It has the perfect weight, comfortable dimensions, and a leather strap that never digs into your skin. There is no doubt that it is one of the most wearable products I’ve ever owned, and I don’t see myself going more than a week without putting it on. I do not have direct experience with the bracelet strap models, but I assume they are on the same level. View this post on Instagram Make your loved ones’ special day even more memorable by offering them a gift that will last the test of time like the #Tissot Vintage Powermatic 80 for him and for her! #ThisisYourTime #Wedding #PerfectGift #Diamonds #Love #watches #bridal #romantic A post shared by Swiss Watches since 1853 (@tissot_official) on Jun 13, 2018 at 3:01am PDT Ultimately, this watch has a little bit of everything. It is Swiss-made, has an excellent power reserve, looks great, and doesn’t cost too much. I recommend it to anyone who wants to collect fine timepieces but doesn’t like the idea of spending thousands on one purchase. If you’re convinced, go ahead and browse the many models of this collection. I’m sure you’ll find one that matches your taste and becomes one of the top pieces in your collection.

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  8. Reviewing the IWC Big Pilot Watch

    The IWC Big Pilot is a dream watch for many collectors out there. Its charm comes from a variety of places, but it is undeniable that this timepiece has a fantastic reputation in the horology world. Today, I’m going to break down why it is so popular by going through each crucial aspect that contributes to its allure. You can find those explanations below. Brand IWC is another one of those watch brands that has been around for well over 100 years. It was founded in 1868 by a watchmaker from the United States named Florentine Ariosto Jones. The location he chose was, naturally, Switzerland. The brand built a name for themselves and became primarily known for two things: Mastering the aviation watch and crafting timepieces out of titanium. Their prestige has not wavered, even to this day, as they continue to be one of the most popular manufacturers in the world. View this post on Instagram A timepiece dedicated to those who turn every day into a stylish adventure – featuring the classic Big Pilot’s Watch Edition “Le Petit Prince”. Tap to see what makes this watch everyone's favourite. #IWCBigPilot #IWCPilot A post shared by IWC Schaffhausen – UK (@iwcwatches_uk) on Feb 27, 2019 at 7:07am PST History of the Big Pilot Like many tool watches, the Big Pilot began as a highly useful military instrument. IWC outfitted many World War II pilots with these pieces, and they developed a legendary reputation as a result. Military men loved them because of their robust size, easy to read dial, and practical features. As often happens, that reputation came back home with them, where they continued to wear the Big Pilot and show it to their peers. This model quickly became one of the quintessential IWC pieces, and each version they release continues its legacy. Appearance The two words that come to mind when you look at this watch are simple and masculine. The former comes from the uncomplicated dial design that IWC chooses. The numbers are big, they aren’t in some convoluted font, and the color scheme isn’t there to catch anyone’s eye. As far as it being a masculine piece, part of that also comes from the simple, no-frills design we previously discussed. The other aspect is the fact that this watch is so large. Its case comes in at just over 46mm, which is bigger than most options on the market. Additionally, it has a very attractive and unique strap to round things out. Materials View this post on Instagram The #IWCBigPilot's Watch Heritage (IW501005) – 46.2mm of glory. #IWCPilot A post shared by IWC Schaffhausen | U.S. & CAN (@iwcwatches_us) on Mar 16, 2019 at 6:01am PDT Let’s start with the unsurprising aspects. They are the calfskin leather strap and the sapphire glass crystal. Both of them are luxurious materials, but fairly standard at this price point. What makes this watch unique is its use of titanium. This incredibly light material makes the massive Big Pilot sit well on your wrist and gives the piece a small edge over typical, stainless steel products. Movement My favorite aspect of this watch is the movement. While its accuracy is quite high, what really makes it amazing is its power reserve. The Big Pilot gives you a jaw-dropping 168 hours of energy. That’s a full week! While most luxury options are in the 40-100-hour range, the Big Pilot blows just about every other watch out of the water. This is awesome for two reasons. The first is the practicality of it, as you won’t have to reset it unless you go a full week without wearing it. The second is simply knowing that your watch is such a fantastic machine that it can sit for that long and keep on ticking. General Craftsmanship View this post on Instagram Style at the highest calibre. Featuring the #IWCBigPilot (Ref. IW501001). #IWCSIHH #SILVERSPITFIRE A post shared by IWC Schaffhausen (@iwcwatches) on Jan 29, 2019 at 1:04am PST Movement aside, this is an incredibly sturdy and well-made piece. Though it is not built for the water, it is nice to know that you get 60m water resistance from it. That means no issues in the rain or when taking accidental dips into water. The Big Pilot also has a certain sturdiness to it that few other watches have. When you wear it, you can be sure that it is built to last a lifetime. Niche One thing that collectors often do when choosing a watch is look at their existing collections. They sometimes see that they’re missing a crucial kind of watch and use that information to select their next addition. If you do this and decide that you could use an aviation piece, or you’re just obsessed with this type of watch, then going with the Big Pilot is an excellent decision. While it is not as crowded and packed with information as other pieces in this category, those who like more minimalistic timepieces will absolutely love it. View this post on Instagram IWC and Bradley Cooper team up for a charity project at the upcoming Oscar® ceremony, where the actor and IWC ambassador will wear a Big Pilot’s Watch Single Piece with a one-of-a-kind engraving. This watch will then be auctioned by @sothebys, and its full proceeds will be donate to the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation to support the association Arrimage, a charitable organization that focuses on teaching visually impaired children how to read drawings using their sense of touch. A post shared by IWC Schaffhausen (@iwcwatches) on Feb 22, 2019 at 8:18am PST Overall Impression My overall impression of the Big Pilot is overwhelmingly positive. It has a titanium case, a shockingly impressive movement, gorgeous aesthetics, and it delivers in every other possible way. It also just has a fantastic feel to it. The second you get your hands on this timepiece, you can tell that it is a class above almost every other option on the market. The Big Pilot is an absolute icon, an amazing feat of engineering, and a product that definitely deserves a spot in your luxury watch collection.

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  9. The History of the Rolex Datejust

    After more than 50 years, the Rolex Datejust remains one of the brand’s most emblematic watches. The timepiece contains the essence of Rolex: simple, timeless, reliable and well-made. The characteristic date display has made it the watch of choice for everybody from Winston Churchill to Martin Luther King. Unlike any of its predecessors, the Datejust embodies a timeless elegance. The understated watch has captivated generations of enthusiasts and collectors and it’s become recognized as a Rolex standard. The Swiss brand has only slightly altered the Datejust throughout its existence, making it a true icon of style. Rolex Datejust Origins As one of the oldest Rolex models, the Datejust belongs to the core of the Oyster Perpetual collection. Rolex released the Oyster in 1926 as the watch industry’s first waterproof case. This revolutionary concept and name are still used to this day. However, the story of the Datejust begins in 1945 as Rolex was celebrating their 40th anniversary. The brand wanted to create a special timepiece that was different from any other on the market. They came up with the Reference 4467, which featured a fluted bezel and the iconic Oyster bracelet fitted for the occasion as the all-new Jubilee. It was available in 18-karat gold and fitted with the caliber 710 movement. A Rolex Legend The Datejust was truly groundbreaking upon its release. It was the first officially certified self-winding waterproof chronometer with a date window on the dial. The timepiece displayed this added layer of practicality in a small window at the 3 o’clock on the dial. This 3-hand gold watch underwent a date change at the stroke of midnight instantly, allowing the wearer to read the exact time and date without a moment’s hesitation. While this defining feature may seem simple now, it was certainly a monumental step forward in the development of watches. It was able to do this because of its intermediate gears and spring mechanism, showcasing the Rolex precision to detail. The brand debuted this new technology to their watch line in 1945. Cyclops Lens Upon its initial release, the Rolex Datejust was a spontaneous success. The automatic winding, high accuracy and date display made the timepiece an excellent and practical watch. The now-iconic design was equally brilliant in its simplicity and sophistication. It was a universal timepiece that was suited for every occasion and went well with a variety of ensembles. Housed in the all-new case, the Datejust was robust with its water-resistant and dust-tight properties. Nearly a decade later came the first major update to the Rolex Datejust. Although it’s now a defining feature, Rolex added the now iconic Cyclops eye in 1954. The unique lens lays directly above the date window and increased legibility by two-and-a-half times. This feature allowed for easy visibility of the date. It was the first major aesthetic change in the Rolex Datejust. From this point forward, the Datejust was at the forefront of the Rolex collection. Continued Evolution In 1957, Rolex introduced a brand new caliber 1065 movement. This technical update was smaller and more efficient than the past movement and eliminated the need for a dome caseback. This technical update allowed Rolex to create a more streamlined and minimal aesthetic with a slimmer design. In turn, this led to the introduction of a ladies version before the end of the decade. This version was nearly identical to its men’s counterpart with the primary difference being the size and proportions. Throughout the 1960s and 70s, Rolex continually introduced new caliber movements to keep the Datejust up-to-date and on the cutting-edge. The design, however, remains largely unchanged with only changes being smaller profile and slight updates to the case and dial design. Not long after, Rolex replaced the plastic acrylic crystal with a sapphire one. The epitome of timeless and elegant even in its modern form. The original Datejust was only available in Yellow Gold. Before long, Rolex introduced Rose Gold, Steel and Two-Tone editions.

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  10. 8 Best Leather Straps and Watch Bands

    Anyone who wants to make their watch look more sleek, stylish, and classy is in the market for trendy and hot new watch bands. Not only do these bands pair perfectly with every outfit on a day-to-day basis they are the most reliable and well-made accessory for your watch. Following are some options to consider while you look for the perfect leather watch bands. 1: Hodinkee Textured Hunter Green Calfskin This watch band from Hodinkee is an incredibly smooth textured calfskin strap which goes well with almost all watches. The top-stitch looks very trendy in contrasting white color. This band is available in 5 sizes with different variations available in diverse colors and finishes with different pricing depending on the material used thus ensuring that there is something for everyone. The second layer of leather supporting the underside of the strap and matching floating and fixed leather keepers makes this band a finely made accessory. 2: Worn & Wound Model 2 Premium Stone Worn & Wound offers some of the best watch straps as compared to any manufacturer. With waxed cotton braided knots close to the lug edges, painted edges in a complimentary color, fixed leather keepers and metal loop and reasonable prices the Model 2 is one of the best watch straps available. Moreover, this strap is available in 12 different colors and three different sizes thus ensuring that there is a Model 2 Premium just perfect for every watch. 3: Hodinkee Leather Rallye Watch Strap Another great product from Hodinkee. The Hodinkee Rallye strap differs from Hodinkee’s “Racing” straps because of the design and size of the holes that perforate the leather. This black leather strap features three holes in ascending sizes instead of a pattern of smaller holes. This strap projects style cues that are pure 1960s vintage racing that is why the Rallye looks perfect when paired with Autavias, Daytona’s, and Carreras in addition to many other types of watches. Although this strap may feel a bit stiff on arrival however it breaks in well with age. The subtle touch of corner stitching beneath the buckle and top-stitching along the perimeter is done in black. That provides an aesthetic look to this simple and classic racing strap. 4: LikeItY leather replacement band LikeItY watch bands are great! This leather band is available in 38mm and 42mm sizes. It has a gorgeous crushed leather look that adds an individual flair to your watch. This LikeItY band features a magnetic closure, and the leather is flexible and soft thus making it very comfortable to wear. 5: Mkeke Vintage Leather Genuine Band Looking for a leather band that is not very expensive but still looks classy and high-quality? Then the Mkeke Premium vintage leather band is the one for you! It features a stainless steel buckle that makes it easier to put on and take off your Apple watch. It is available in classic leather colors like saddle brown and black and can be adjusted to fit a variety of wrist sizes easily. This band also comes with a one-year warranty. 6: Bas & Lokes Camden Light Oil Tan Suede Watch Strap The beautiful Camden watch band from Bas & Lokes is a suede strap with waxed tan English linen thread and hand-finished light brown edges at the corners. This strap features a thick steel buckle, a subtle taper, and a single floating leather keeper. These straps are incredibly well-made and simply ooze quality. 7: Crown & Buckle Black Label Ulrich The Black Label Ulrich from Crown & Buckle is a beautifully-made medium brown leather strap that will patina over time. It features a natural edge finishing with comfortable black backing. This strap has ivory stitching beneath the buckle, at the corners, and at the tapered end thus giving it a very neat look. It is available in multiple widths and a choice of buckle finish – polished, brushed, gold plated and black PVD. 8: Molequin Sand Nubuck Calf With Classic Stitch Molequin is a Brussels based company that designs beautiful, ethically-sourced watch straps in different finishes and types. The Sand Nubuck strap looks similar to suede in finish and look, but it retains its shape better and is much more durable. The beautiful shade of this strap compliments a cream dial perfectly and also matches very well with gold. Lined with premium calf leather, this is a very comfortable strap. It is smooth and exceptionally thin. The premium buckle and quick-release spring bars gives this classic strap a contemporary look and makes strap-changing a breeze.

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  11. Pocket Watches: Then and Now

    In this advanced age, we sport wristwatches in profuse designs and varied colors. Watches are part and parcel of one’s personality these days. A timepiece adds value to your overall attire as you wear it on either of your wrists. You would have barely heard of the prototype of timepieces. There was a time when watches were not a wrist-specific thing; people could wear them around the neck, or get them fastened to waistcoats, trench-coats, etc. In that era, pocket watches were rocking the market. Imagine a time where watches used to be merely a source of time-telling; even then, pocket watches were considered as a sign of elegance. People with a rich taste had been hugely fond of pocket watches ever since it got introduced. Let us have a keen insight into this vintage timepiece! Historical reference Pocket watches were officially introduced to the European market back in 1524. As this important breakthrough was witnessed, the 16th century proved to be a progressive year for the horology industry. Types of pocket watches To begin with, the second and minute hands were recently discovered. Initially, all of the pocket watches comprised of only the hour hand. After some time, some advancement took place and minute and second hands came into being. Let’s briefly look into the different kinds: 1: Open face watch According to the main theme of this watch, there is no metal cover to shield the crystal. Before the invention of a tiny screw down crown, there was a much larger crown along with the bow on top of every pocket watch. A pendant/winding stem appeared at 12 o clock, whereas, a sub-dial to read seconds appeared at 6 o clock. An open-face watch had been beneficial mainly for railroad service in 1908 and onwards. 2: Hunter case watch This is supposed to be a slightly advanced version of pocket watches. It used to come with a hinged metal cover to guard the crystal. Initially, the bow and the crown were situated at 3 o clock while the hinge to be situated at 9 o clock. The latest versions of this kind of pocket watches had a hinge positioned at 6 o clock and the crown at 12 o clock. However, the seconds-dial used to be located at 6 o clock in both old and new pieces. The hunter case watches looked like a round soap bar; hence, they were also known as savonnette. The word savonnette was derived from a French word savon. 3: Half-hunter case watch With this kind of watch, one could read the time without opening the lid. The outer surface was composed of glass panel along with a hole in the center; hands could be seen through it. The hour markers were specifically given in blue. Notables sported the pocket watch, and it became a trend The then Prince of England, Charles II, is considered to be the pioneer of these watches. He was the first one to sport pocket watches in a pocket. Charles can be deduced as a trendsetter to introduce this unique style of wearing pocket watches. He was really famous for his fashion sense in the mid-17th century. In 1675, he introduced waistcoats, and this proved to be a major paradigm shift. After Charles II wore a pocket watch stuck in the pocket of his waistcoat for the first time in the 1600s, it became a trend which did not fade out until the mid-1900s. A typical pocket watch used to be sharp-edged before this event. The horology industry then tweaked. They evolved the structures and designs and removed all the sharp edges that could hinder fitting in the pocket. Just like we know in this era watches are meant to be donned on wrists, it became common to have pocket watches placed inside the trench-pocket. How a pocket watch evolved into a wristwatch Pocket watches were inspired by clock watches. A clock watch looked like a mini clock that could be tied around the neck. Until the third decade of the 16th century, clock-watches were a common choice for the whole western populace. After a few years, clock watches were replaced by pocket watches. The idea of straps/bracelets came from the First World War. When World War I began, pocket watches were owned by every man jack. Most of the soldiers used to keep pocket watches with them. During combat, they ought to have their hands free. Therefore, the manufacturers reorganized the structure of watches. Scope of pocket watches in recent times Those who are profoundly interested in classic timepieces sing praises for pocket watches even today. There are many watch enthusiasts around the world who like keeping and embracing antique timepieces; Pocket watch happens to be their topnotch favorite. Do you remember your mobile phone 20 years ago? It was a feature phone and smartphones nowhere in the scene. No trend lasts for more than a decade, yet pocket watches remained in the limelight till the mid-1900s. From 1500 to 1900, there has been a number of advancements made to this niche of watches. Standards were ameliorated to meet the needs of the evolving time, and to keep the market enticed. The trend of pocket watches started declining in the 20th century, so to say. Wristwatches completely took over thereafter. Conclusion The steampunk trend flaunted the exceptions of the Victorian era, which has pocket watches topping the list. Three-piece suits along with pocket watches were back in fashion due to the steampunk movement. Other than the fashion fraternity, commoners having a penchant for antique-collection are still big on pocket watches.

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