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    15 Best Pilot Watches for the Flying Aficionado

    The connection between flying and horology may not be obvious at first. But if you look into the history of both industries, you would notice that the latter has been an important part of aviation. In fact, it has become a staple for air force pilots for many years. Governments even went as far as setting a strict standard on the pilot watches issued to their respective air force and soldiers. This just goes to show how deep the relationship between the two fields is. From then till now, many airmen rely on pilot watches to aid their flights. Some of the legendary watch manufacturers whose pilot watches proved helpful in the air force and military include IWC, Breitling, and Bell & Ross, to name a few. These timepieces help pilots get vital information like fuel consumption, rate of climb or descent, and other necessary calculations they require while flying. It should also be noted that even civilian frequent fliers can benefit from these pilot watches. While they wouldn’t likely need the more complicated features, a World Timer or a simple GMT watch, such as a Seiko Astron or Rolex Air Dweller, is more efficient in telling different time zones. So whether you’re an experienced aviator or a travel bug, check out which pilot watches are right for you by reading our guide below. Photo by Rafael Cosquiere from PexelsFeatures to Look For in a Good Pilot Watch Legibility One of the most important things to consider when looking for your next pilot watch is legibility. If you’re a pilot, your watch’s dial should be readable at a glance, especially when you’re busy manning the cockpit. To find a legible watch, choose ones with hour markers which come in large fonts, such as the Zenith Pilot or Bell & Ross Instruments. To add, check if the lume is bright enough for you to read the time even in low-light conditions. Apart from the convenience that it brings also offers safety and security. Photo from PixabayDual Time/GMT Functions As a frequent flier, it can sometimes be a hassle to adjust your watch every now and then. That brings us to the importance of a Dual Time or GMT feature of a watch. Having these functions allows you to read two time zones simultaneously. While some watches like world timers can display a lot of different time zones, having a dual time feature is sufficient for most frequent fliers. Anti-magnetic When flying, there’s a possibility of encountering magnetic fields that can damage your watch. To combat this problem, it is recommended to check the watch’s anti-magnetic properties. When looking at the specs sheet, check if the movement is protected by a Faraday cage. Or if the components are made with silicium or amagnetic alloys. Chronograph A chronograph function is one of the most useful things a pilot watch can have as it has a lot of aviation applications. For example, it can be used to time mission briefings, elapsed times, etc. Opt for a flyback chronograph as it is more suited for pilots as it is more convenient to use. Instead of pushing for more buttons just to reset a timer, a flyback chrono requires you to only push one. In-flight computations | Image by 2427999 from PixabaySlide rule bezel The slide rule bezel is a more complicated feature than the chronograph. However, it can do a lot more in-flight computations needed by pilots. A few things it can do are add, multiply, calculate fuel consumption and even the rate of climb or descent. Indeed, this is a very important feature that every professional pilot must look for. 15 of the Best Pilot Watches for the Flying Enthusiasts 1. Cartier Santos-Dumont What better way to start this list than with the first-ever pilot watch? Despite its unique exterior, the Cartier Santos-Dumont is considered as the first watch to be worn while flying. It all started when Louis Cartier made a watch for his aviator friend Alberto Santos-Dumont when he complained about fumbling for his pocket watch while piloting an aircraft. Since then, a lot of pilots started strapping their watches to their wrists. Among this list of pilot watches, the Cartier Santos-Dumont is the most simple. In fact, it is a time-only watch. As expected, this watch bears an Art Deco style that’s commonly seen in Cartier watches. Its hour markers are made with Roman numerals, a signature look of the brand. This makes it an ideal timepiece for frequent fliers who go on international business trips. Unlike other Cartier models, this one uses a manual mechanical movement. In particular, it is called the Cartier Calibre 430 MC. It has a total of 18 jewels, beats at a frequency of 21,600 VPH and can make the watch tick for up to 36 hours. Whether you like it or not, the Cartier Santos-Dumont has a special place in the history of both aviation and horology. 2. Seiko Astron  Apart from being the world’s first quartz watch, the Seiko Astron line is also known as one of the most accurate watches ever. As the decades went by, the Astron line has developed more and more technologies that a lot of pilots and world travellers find handy or even essential. Moreover, the collection also features a GPS function where the watches receive signals from different satellites for added accuracy. The Astron 8X Dual Time watch from Seiko makes travelling from one country to another a breeze by bringing a Dual-Time calibre to the table. With this movement, your watch will adjust to your current timezone with just a push of a button. Apart from that, you also have the option to read two timezones at once — your home timezone and the timezone where you currently are. Furthermore, the Seiko Astron 8X Dual Time’s dial contains other information you may need. A few of those are the AM/PM indication, the day, and the date windows. These are all essential information for frequent fliers. Lastly, its bracelet is composed of individually-designed links for maximum comfort. To add, they are tapered perfectly to the wrist so you won’t feel uncomfortable even during long hours of flights. 3. Sinn Instrument Chronograph Sinn is extremely popular especially when it comes to German watchmaking. In fact, it was founded by a former World War II veteran and flight instructor named Helmut Sinn. During its early years, Sinn specialised in making pilot chronographs and clocks for the aeroplanes’ cockpits. The Sinn Instrument Chronograph (903 ST)  is a navigator watch with a lot of features to offer. Apart from the basic complications like day and date, it also has a chronograph timer, an internal rotating bezel, and a logarithmic scale. These features will surely come in handy for the professional pilot for calculating various information. Furthermore, it is powered by the Sellita SW 500 calibre movement that is self-winding. It offers a power reserve of up to 44 hours and can be viewed through the crystal caseback. To conclude, the Sinn 903 ST Instrument Chronograph has a lot of tools that a pilot may need during a flight. That is why it’s dubbed as the “Navigation Chronograph” watch. 4. Bell & Ross Instruments  As its name suggests, the Bell & Ross Instruments collection aims to recreate the look of an aeroplane cockpit. Apart from that, the collection is aptly named because the brand believes that these timepieces are instruments that will help people throughout the day whether they’re a frequent flier or a professional pilot. The Bell & Ross Instruments BR05 boasts an urban look and feel. Like the brand’s other collection, BR03, it has the signature round dial on a square case. Indeed, this shape is what Bell & Ross became popular for. Moving on to the dial, this watch is faithful to the brand’s promise of legibility, functionality, and precision. Its large Arabic hour markers contrast well against the black background. Apart from that, the indexes are coated with SuperLuminova material so you can still read the watch properly in the dark. Under the hood, it uses the calibre BR-CAL.321, which is an automatic movement. It is based on the Sellita SW-300 with a few modifications to fit Bell & Ross’ specs. A few useful features are the hacking seconds, hand-winding, and a power reserve of 42 hours. 5. Omega Speedmaster The Omega Speedmaster needs no introduction as it is one of the most iconic watches in history. It is the timepiece that the Apollo 11 astronauts were wearing when they landed on the moon. While Omega kept a close relationship with NASA, these watches also became popular with frequent fliers and pilots due to its jam-packed features and technology. If you’re looking for a durable chronograph watch, look no further than the Omega Speedmaster. Indeed, this watch has reached the moon! Furthermore, it is the only watch that’s certified by NASA for use on an EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity). On the watch’s face, you’ll see three sub-dials. The chronograph sub-dials feature the following: a 30-minute counter, a 12-hour counter, and a seconds counter. Apart from those, it also features a tachymeter scale that’s set on the outer bezel of the watch. At its heart, it uses the Calibre 1863. As expected, it is made with high-grade components with a rhodium-plated finish. It has about 48 hours of power reserve and 50m of water resistance. Overall, it is an accurate watch that will meet the demands of globetrotters and pilots. 6. IWC Pilot Staying true to its name, the IWC Pilot collection is an airman’s trusty companion. In fact, IWC has been producing pilot watches since the 1930s. Up to now, the models included in this collection feature a lot of similarities with their vintage counterparts. With that said, these watches are loved by military and civilian aviators alike. As mentioned above, the IWC Pilot watch borrows a lot of similarities from vintage pilot watches. This makes it a great choice for retro lovers who want to replicate the timepieces of the past as much as possible. In fact, it resembles the “B-Uhr” type of Flieger watches. That being said, this model featured above sports a bigger-than-average size of 46.2mm. While still quite far from the required 55mm of original pilot watches, it is a nice compromise between comfort and style. Apart from that, it uses an onion-shaped crown that’s both aesthetical and easy to use. Moreover, the movement that this watch uses is upgraded. The Calibre 51111 features a vaunted Pellaton winding system and an ample power reserve. In particular, it can power the watch for up to 7 days. A very useful feature to have if you’re too busy flying around the globe. 7. Longines Heritage Avigation  The Longines Heritage collection aims to showcase classic timepieces with modern upgrades. This is why most of the models in this line feature retro styling and Art Deco aesthetic. One of those models mimics the look of a vintage military watch worn by the US Air Force in the 1930s.  As mentioned above, the Longines Heritage Avigation Big Eye is based on vintage military watches. In fact, it shares a lot of similarities with Type XX vintage military chronographs. When it comes to size, this aviation watch from Longines is 41mm across, a size is considered as just right and will fit a lot of wrist sizes. Moving on to the dial, we have a typical chronograph layout. As seen in the picture above, there are three sub-dials on the bottom half of the watch. These are the running seconds, the 12-hour measure, and the 30-minute scale. On the last sub-dial, the hash marks fall every 3 minutes instead of the usual 5. This detail was borrowed from vintage pilot watches as these specific intervals help pilots time standard turns. The watch uses the movement called the L688.2. It is an automatic chronograph movement that features a column wheel. It beats at a frequency of 4 Hz and offers a power reserve of up to 54 hours. Overall, this is considered as a reliable movement that will serve you for plenty of years to come. 8. Rolex Sky Dweller For years, Rolex has always been one of the most sought-after brands when it comes to GMT watches. As the story goes, they started with the GMT Master which was launched in the 1950s. Since then, their reputation for making watches for pilots has only grown stronger. One example is the Rolex Sky Dweller , which, like the GMT Master, is also popular within the flying community. The Rolex Sky Dweller, which was launched in 2012, is one of the modern Rolex models you have to check out. As its name suggests, it was made to be durable, practical, and easy to use especially when navigating the skies. A lot can be said about its features. Of course, it has the dual time zone function that every pilot watch must-have. The second time zone even has an independent hour hand that can be set in one-hour jumps. Apart from that, it has an annual calendar that is fairly easy to use. Additionally, the Sky Dweller has a third feature called the Ring Command Bezel. This ring can be set in three positions to select the different functions of the watch. Although it takes a bit of getting used to, the benefits of this bezel can be extremely useful for professional pilots and frequent fliers. All things considered, the Rolex Sky Dweller is one of the more complicated dual time watches around. Despite its complications, you can reap a lot of benefits from it once you learn how to operate it. 9. Breitling Navitimer One of the most iconic timepieces in aviation history is the Breitling Navitimer. It is an automatic chronograph that has an integrated flight computer. Until now, pilots from different parts of the globe are still using this iconic watch from Breitling. In fact, some Air Force units even use it as regular equipment for their airmen. When looking at the Breitling Navitimer, the first thing you might think of is that it’s complicated. True enough, its dial displays a lot of numbers and trackers. But those are not just for aesthetics as they are used by navigators to compute various formulas. Perhaps its most important feature is the slide-rule bezel. With it, together with the chronograph function, you can measure information such as average speed, ground speed, rate of climb or descent. Apart from those, you can perform calculations such as multiplication, division, and even currency conversion. Moreover, you can use the bezel as a substitute for a compass in case you need to know your position. If you’re set on getting a complicated pilot watch that has a strong history, you can’t go wrong with the Breitling Navitimer as it has everything that you will need. 10. Zenith Pilot  Even inside the watch community, Zenith is not as popular as Rolex, Omega, and the like. Which is ironic because this brand has a strong pedigree that dates back to the 20th century just when aviation was still new. In fact, the first man to fly across the English Channel in 1909 was wearing a Zenith Pilot watch. The first thing to notice about the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph is its rugged design. It uses a 45mm solid brass case that is highly polished. To some people, the case reminds them of a steampunk aesthetic. Apart from that, its crown is oversized and onion-shaped to replicate the look of vintage watches. Meanwhile, the matte black dial consists of large Arabic numeral hour markers. Apart from that, it has a railroad-style minutes and split-seconds track. To add, the bi-compax layout features a 30-minute chronograph register and a running seconds sub-dial. Under the hood, it boasts the Zenith El Primero calibre 4069. This movement has 35 jewels and beats at a frequency of 36,000 VPH, which makes it a high-precision chronograph. Lastly, it offers a 50-hour power reserve. 11. Vacheron Constantin Overseas You can expect nothing less than perfect from Vacheron Constantin. It is, after all, one of the Holy Trinity of watch brands. With that said, Vacheron Constantin is one of the oldest and most trusted watchmakers in the world. And apart from creating classic dress watches, they ventured into more sporty models like the ones seen in the Overseas collection. This collection conveys the spirit of travel which makes it a perfect fit for jet setters and pilots. The best thing about the Vacheron Constantin Overseas is that it is elegant yet casual. I’m sure a lot of travellers will appreciate the versatility that the watch offers. But aside from that, it has a lot of features that will come in handy while flying around the globe. For one, it features a column-wheel chronograph as seen on the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. These are the 30-minute counter, the 12-hour counter, and the small seconds. And between 4 and 5 o’clock is the date window. As far as movement goes, there is no doubt that the 5200 calibre is of high quality. It has 54 jewels and can power the watch for up to 52 hours. Lastly, it beats at a frequency of 4 Hz that provides high accuracy for your timing needs. 12. Tissot T-Sport  The Swiss brand Tissot has been making watches since the 1850s and has made early ties with sports timekeeping. In fact, it is one of the most famous brands that can be seen in different sporting events like BMX world championships and Tour de France. With that said, the timekeeping prowess of their models is impressive enough to be worn by aviators. The PRC 200 Automatic Chronograph model from the Tissot T-Sport collection is an affordable chronograph that gives you a lot of value for your money. To demonstrate, it has a 6-hour totaliser, a running seconds tracker, and a 30-minute counter. It also has a subtle tachymeter scale that can be found on the edge of the dial. Furthermore, the chronograph calibre it uses is decent enough. It uses the Tissot C01.211 calibre movement, which was made in partnership with ETA. This movement has 15 jewels and can power the watch for up to 45 hours. In addition, you can view this calibre through the crystal glass at the back of the watch. Overall, this model is a great choice if your budget is quite limited. Its chronograph functions and reliable calibre are enough to keep you company while you’re out flying across the world. 13. Tudor Heritage Advisor In case you didn’t know, Tudor is a sister company of Rolex, which is why you can expect the same level of quality from them. At first, they focused on producing watches for divers and explorers. But soon, they branched out into other types of watches like pilot watches, chronographs, etc. The Tudor Heritage Advisor, for instance, is a modern version of their classic alarm watch from the 1950s. If you’re an entrepreneur who spends a lot of time flying on business trips, you will appreciate the Tudor Heritage Advisor. A lot of enthusiasts even describe it as having an assistant on your wrist due to its mechanical alarm complication. While its feature is a bit unique, a lot of people will find it handy while travelling. Delving deeper into the details, the watch uses an ETA 2892 calibre movement. It has a custom alarm module that’s developed in-house by the brand. Fortunately, using the alarm feature is easy to understand. The crowns are easy to fidget with, including an on-off switch that’s located at the 8 o’clock position. Indeed, this watch is a perfect companion for busy travellers. Its alarm complication is handy when you want to avoid being late to flights and business meetings. Apart from that, its elegant design is suitable for business casual to formal settings. 14. TAG Heuer Autavia  Although TAG Heuer is mainly known for making motorsports watches, they also make excellent pilot watches. In particular, the TAG Heuer Autavia collection was inspired by aeroplane cockpits. Apart from that, this collection is known for delivering high precision and exceptional reliability. Truly, watches from this collection are perfect for today’s flying enthusiasts. Pilot watches prioritise readability and the TAG Heuer Autavia does the same. The sparse dial design was made to be read easily in low-light conditions. Its Arabic hour markers are large and its hands are coated with SuperLuminova. Performance-wise, its Calibre 5 movement is COSC-certified. This means it should produce an accuracy of -4 or +6 seconds per day. It also has a special hairspring that makes it more resistant to magnetism and temperature deviation. As mentioned above, resistance to magnetism is especially important when you’re frequently flying. To conclude, the TAG Heuer Autavia is the brand’s successful take on modern pilot watches. Apart from its exceptional movement, its classic design is something that will make other people’s heads turn. 15. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Although Hamilton was originally known for making timepieces for the Army, it also branched out into the Air Force. In fact, it has been making pilot watches for over a century now and has become really popular in the flying community. With that said, the brand has a reputation for being accurate and reliable. Whether you’re looking for a GMT watch or a Pilot’’s Chronograph, the Hamilton Khaki Aviation collection boasts a lot of timepieces that will meet the professional pilot’s demands. The Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day Date successfully recreates the look of a pilot watch back in the 20th century. Indeed, aside from a few modifications, this model looks a lot like pilot watches from before. While it definitely showcases the aesthetic of vintage aviation timepieces, it uses modern materials that are more durable and better suited for today’s standards. One of its upgrades is its case material, which is made out of stainless steel and is perfectly proportioned at 42mm so it can fit a lot of different wrist sizes. Meanwhile, its dial comes in an attractive black and tan colourway. The minute markers come in a large Arabic numeral font and are easy to read. Lastly, it uses the H-40 calibre movement, which has an extended power reserve of up to 80 hours. This is almost double than the market standard and is a very useful feature for busy people. Final Notes Whether you’re a professional pilot or a frequent flier, there’s no denying the benefits that pilot watches can bring. From the more complicated features like calculating fuel consumption to the basic things like viewing two time zones at once, a pilot watch is your best bet.  

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  3. 6 Luxury Watches Named After Celebrities

    6 Luxury Watches Named After Celebrities

    Celebrities can be very influential especially to the ordinary person. They can even go as far as influencing consumer purchasing decisions. Most companies are cognizant of this fact and that’s why they use celebrities to market their products. And that includes luxury watches and brands too. While other companies use celebrities in their advertisements, certain watch brands take it a step further. They actually go on to name their watches after prominent celebrities. Interested to know which distinguished individuals have had the privilege of luxury watches being named in their honor? Keep reading as we give you the low down. Jackie Chan Collection Luxury watches don’t get more luxurious than this. We’ll start off with the legendary martial arts actor Jackie Chan. His list of acting accolades makes him a household name when discussing all things action movies. After all, he acted in a total of 141 films! Granted, you might never get a chance to meet him in person, but you can certainly wear a watch named after him. Richard Millie made sure of this when he named an entire collection after the Hong Kong legend. The Jackie Chan watch collection is synonymous with luxury and status. The units are known for their artistic novelties and certainly don’t come cheap. Have a look at the RM 57 Phoenix and Dragon watch to get a better understanding of what we are talking about. But then again, Richard Millie watches aren’t the cheapest on the market. Rolex ‘’Paul Newman’’ Daytona Motor racing enthusiasts need not feel left out. Rolex, an industry giant in the watch sector, named one of their watches after motor racing legend, Paul Newman. Dubbed the Rolex ‘’Paul Newman” Daytona, the yellow gold watch features exotic dials and sapphire crystals that certainly make the time piece a statement piece. It’s safe to say that Paul Newman embraces the honor bestowed upon him because he has been photographed on numerous occasions wearing this watch. He even wore it for the cover of an Italian magazine. Rolex “Steve McQueen” Explorer II The late Steve McQueen who was affectionately known as ‘’The King of Cool” had the privilege of having a Rolex named after him. The Rolex “Steve McQueen“ Explorer II is known for its unique craftsmanship and stunning aesthetics. It features a stainless steel case, acrylic crystal crown and iconic orange hand. That’s why it also goes by the nickname “Orange Hand.” Though the actor is no longer with us, his legacy will be remembered thanks to the iconic time piece. Rolex “Clint Eastwood” GMT Master Rebooter We can’t discuss legendary American celebrities without mentioning Clint Eastwood. The well-known actor, film director, producer and composer has been in show biz for most of his life. And he has multiple awards to show for it. Aside from the award winning movies, his talent and efforts were also recognized by Rolex that went on to name a watch after the Hollywood star. The Rolex “Clint Eastwood” GMT Master Rebooter is a stellar watch that features a two-tone gold and brown bezel. It’s apparent that Clint Eastwood is drawn to the watch as he has worn it multiple times while acting and even off screen. Cartier Santos-Dumont Cartier saw it fitting to name one of their watches after prominent aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont. In actual fact, the watch wasn’t only named after him but specifically designed for him. Louis Cartier, the brainchild behind Cartier, designed the watch himself in an attempt to fulfill the legendary aviator’s wishes. This is after Alberto Santos-Dumont went on record to express his displeasure at not having access to a user friendly watch. He reported experiencing difficulty when checking his pocket watch during flights. This is something he felt was a huge a safety risk. Louis then proceeded to design the Cartier Santos-Dumont time piece to address these concerns. The watch became one of the first ever wrist watches to be designed and is still being produced to date. Jacques Cousteau Aquatimer Chronograph French explorer Jacques Cousteau’s efforts to preserve the seas didn’t go unnoticed by IWC. In honor of his efforts to educate the masses about the ocean and its inhabitants, IWC named the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Expedition Jacqeus-Yves Cousteau after him. This recognition was meant to appreciate his efforts and further his legacy. True to form, the initial watch design featured a trademark dark blue dial which is reminiscent of the sea. To date, you can find the time pieces in various colors with equally stunning designs. Luxury Watches Conclusion That concludes our list of luxury watches that were named after celebrities. All of them have one thing in common: they feature superb aesthetics and can definitely be worn anywhere, be it as formal or casual watches. Which of these luxury watches do you like best?

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  4. Why Are Rolex Watches So Expensive?

    Why Are Rolex Watches So Expensive?

    Boldness, extravagance, luxury, and class are the usual timeless terms that people use when referring to Rolex watches. It’s no wonder the watch is worn by various high-profile individuals from around the world. Some of those names include John F Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Paul Newman, and more. Considering the steep price tags for these watches, it makes sense why big earners like those are meant to own such a timepiece. However, many of us have often wondered why there are expensive Rolex in the first place. Is that high price tag justified or is it just for show? Rest assured, there are justifiable reasons and we’ve covered them all here in this article. Reasons Why Are Rolex Watches Are So Expensive 1: Designing Rolex Watches Cost A Lot First of all, watchmaking is a meticulously tiring and challenging profession that costs a lot of money. and the Rolex watches are a prime example of that. The Rolex brand has its very own research and development department, and several at that. What’s more, is that these departments are highly professional and utilize the latest ground-breaking tools and equipment. Not only that, but they always come up with new manufacturing methods and techniques to stay ahead of the competition. Plus, Rolex for first using highly experienced and trained scientists in their labs. This is so that they can research lubricants and oils for their machines. Buy Rolex Watches The labs make use of a test room to test a Rolex watch’s case, bracelet, and movement. They also have a room with several gas spectrometers and electron microscopes. That’s where they conduct research on several metals and materials. The in-house development costs that go into the craftsmanship and design of their watches are said to be very high. It costs a lot to have the movement designs developed and assembled. And besides that, the materials that make up the construction of Rolex watches aren’t cheap either. 2:  Uses 904L Stainless Steel A classic, unmatched design is what gives Rolex luxury watches the edge over their competition. One of the ways they do this is by utilizing the 904L quality stainless steel. This steel is a lot shinier and stronger than the regular 316L steel that other watchmakers commonly use. And that kind of strength and resistance obviously doesn’t come cheap. The 904L stainless steel is also known as Corrosion-Resistant Superalloy that was introduced in 2003. Interestingly, the machines and tools that produced the 904L stainless steel are always brand-new. This means that the company doesn’t use the same tools and machines to make the steel. And yes, they are also able to afford new equipment more easily than other time makers. Buy Stainless Steel Watches So, as you can see, it takes extra work and special skills to manufacture the 904L stainless steel. And that’s why other watchmaking brands favor the 316L steel material. 3: Rolex Watches Stand the Test of Time If you want a timepiece that actually withstands any type of punishment, you’ll never find anything better than the Rolex. Any change in humidity, movement, temperature, and altitude would do it for other luxury watches. Except, of course, for the Rolex. And given the reasons we’ve already discussed in the previous points; the answer couldn’t be any more obvious. One example of this unparalleled recognition is Edmund Hillary. Edmund was the first person to ascend Mount Everest while wearing a Rolex Oyster Perpetual on his wrist. Then came Ed Viesturs, who in 1994 ascended Mount Everest while wearing a Rolex Explorer 2. Viesturs still wears the watch today to commemorate his incredible feat. 4: The Movements Are Assembled by Hand Of course, Rolex uses robots to produce their watches, but the tasks they perform are typically simple ones. Some of those simple tasks include filing, sorting, and cataloguing. The more complex jobs like assembling bracelets and watch movements are actually done by hand. The watches are then double-checked and tested by humans to ensure they are of high quality. Such hard work and dedication are absolutely priceless when you think about it. 5: Rolex Watches Are Insanely Quality-Driven Forget about movement assembling, Rolex are incredible “control freaks” that they’ll ensure even the screws are perfect. Every aspect of the production process is quality controlled, as one can expect from a quality-driven brand. The brand is also responsible for melting down precious metals like silver and gold, that their products use. 6: Using Precious Materials Just when you thought you heard everything; Rolex is backed by an army of gemologist. These are professionals who specialize in testing and incorporating precious metals such as diamonds and gold into Rolex watches. Furthermore, the brand also utilizes conventional jewelers to help them handpick and handset diamonds and other precious stones. Also, unlike other watchmakers, Rolex is probably the only one that produces timepieces made out of gold. Yes, real, genuine gold instead of paint. This also explains why some of the Rolex gold models are always on the most expensive watch lists. Rolex admittedly refines 24 karat gold to 18 karat white, ever rose or yellow gold for their watches. 7: Water Resistance Another factor that goes into the high price tag of Rolex watches is their water-resistance. Some models are able to withstand water depths of up to 300 m. To confirm those levels, Rolex dive watches are first tested under pressurized tanks before being tested in actual waters. To test Rolex Deep-Sea watches, the company uses high pressurized water tanks that are redeveloped via COMEX. Rolex Watches Weren’t Always Expensive A real mind blower eh? But it’s true. When Rolex watches were introduced in the 50s, they weren’t exactly as expensive as they are today. But as time went on, the quality of these watches went up along with their prices. It might not matter now, but we felt that you should know this for the sake of knowing and if you’re into history. Rolex Watches Conclusion And there you have it. t’s clear as day that in spite of that incredible price rate, there’s more to these watches than just their looks.

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  5. 6 DIY Projects: What to Do with Your Old Watches

    6 DIY Projects: What to Do with Your Old Watches

    Looking for some DIY projects? If you have more time on your hands and are looking for something fun to do, there are plenty of ways to repurpose your old watches. Whether you have an antique watch or classic watch that’s not working properly or simply a watch that’s broken, there’s no need to throw it away. Even if they’re not keeping the time anymore you can creatively craft entirely different objects out of your old watches. Here are some DIY projects to inspire you. We hope you’ll experiment with these ideas to transform your former timepieces into something fresh and new. 1: Bookmark It Book lovers will appreciate this one. Remove the bands off an old watch and find any crochet yarn, ribbon or nylon string with beads. Using whichever part of your old watch, you can make your very own bookmark. The straps could be a pretty good use for it. Bookmarks can be made in various lengths to keep your places in your different reading material. 2: Catch the Sun with It Reverse paint the window glass of your old watches and hang the timepieces together to make your own sun catcher. This is an attention grabbing and decorative item inside or outside your home, plus it makes for an unusual gift idea. 3: Clock It Make your own clock. All you need is a plastic plate or old vinyl record and some craft store clock works. Use 12 old watch faces for the clock numbers. Remove the bands and set them at the appropriate places around your plate or record. Glue them down and you’re good to go. If this turns out to be this year’s go to Christmas gift idea, you may end up making multiple clocks. Simply set your old watches, photocopy them and glue the cut out pictures to your clock background. The watch face sizes can be adjusted until you’re satisfied. Another DIY project idea: To jazz up a dollhouse, use your old watch as a miniature clock hanging on the wall. 4: Frame It If you’re able to remove the hands from underneath the glass of your old watch, use the face as a tiny photo frame. Find a picture and cut it to fit inside. Screw the crystal window back onto your watch face. Display your watch photo frame in a hanging wall display or wear it around your neck as a locket or pendant. On the other hand, try removing your old vintage watches from their bands. Hot glue them onto the borders of photo frames—from shabby chic to colorful painted types—and even add different colored & shaped beads & buttons for texture. 5: Take it Apart If you enjoy opening objects up and seeing the inside mechanisms, you’ll probably benefit from taking apart your old watches. Why not make new things out of your old watch pieces? Create mini animals, bicycles, cars and motorbike sculptures or anything you like using vintage watch parts. 6: Scrapbook It Scrapbooking is always a good idea for DIY projects. Your old watch gears and pieces can definitely be added in scrapbooking. When you’re creating a new page in your scrapbook related to time, New Year’s Eve or something special you’d like to commemorate, add the watch faces and gears to transform your sheet & add to the memories. If you’re still wondering what to do with your old watches after these nine DIY projects, why not consider donating them to education or recycling them? The proceeds of recycled or resold watches can aid various charities or online organizations. There’s always a purpose for unused watches. Someone else can still find immense value in an item no longer necessary to you.

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  6. 5 Gift Ideas for Watch Lovers

    5 Gift Ideas for Watch Lovers

    How many gift ideas do you have to think of for this year? Birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas celebrations and the like all call for you to up your gift-buying game. Are you on the hunt for the perfect gift for a certain watch-loving someone in your life? With so many gift ideas and options to pick from, buying a gift for a watch lover is no easy task. But with the help of our gift ideas for watch lovers, this task becomes a much easier one. From books to cufflinks here are our five best gift ideas for watch lovers. 1: The Watch Book If the watch lovers in your life are Rolex fanatics you can’t go wrong with gifting them “The Watch Book.” There are 256 pages of Rolex-related reading material is presented by this hardcover book. The recipient will learn all about the Rolex brand and its founder as well as the history and motivation behind some of the brands most notable timepieces. Source from AmazonThe Watch Book showcases the amazing collection of watches that Rolex has released over the years and depicts the vintage advertisements used to market these babies. Not only does The Watch Book make for an informative read but it also makes for a beautiful coffee table book. 2: A Watch Storage Solution All watch lovers need a place to safely house their collection. This applies especially to luxury timepieces that are worth a pretty penny. If the watch fanatic you’re gifting already has a safe at home, then you can skip this particular gift idea. But many people don’t have a safe where they can store their watches and so some of the best gift ideas include those with a focus on watch storage safety. There are many watch storage options including: Watch rolls Watch boxes Storage cases Cigar humidor Watch winder   3: Crystal Scratch Remover It’s one of life’s most painful truths: watch faces get scratched. Because of this, many people opt for a watch with a plastic face for daily wear and only bring out the glass-faced beauties for special occasions. That’s why Polywatch Plastic Lens Scratch Remover is always classed as one of the best gift ideas for horologists. This special-purpose polishing paste is a practical gift that will undoubtably be used on many occasions. Each tube contains 5ml of scratch remover which will last for around 10 uses. The polish takes 2 to 3 minutes to work its magic and the plastic glass is dissolved & gently ground down by means of the abrasive particles found in the solution. 4: A Man & His Watch “A Man & His Watch” is another must-read for watch lovers and therefore makes for a wonderful gift. Veering away from the typical informative tone of watch books, A Man & His Watch is a delightful read that anyone who has ever had a special relationship with their watch will be moved by. Source from AmazonA mere 216 pages detail the relationship between notable men and their watches. A few examples of the men whose watch stories grace the pages of A Man & His Watch include: Fred Astaire John F. Kennedy Martin Luther King, Jr Ralph Lauren Elvis Presley Steve McQueen Franklin Roosevelt What makes this book stand out from all other watch books is that the collection of first-hand stories doesn’t focus on luxury watches alone. It also covers cheap and cheerful quartz watch stories too. 5: Watch Cufflinks Watch themed cufflinks. What better way to display to the world your love of all thing’s horology? Movement-inspired cufflinks watch face cufflinks and even functional tiny watch cufflinks all make for wonderfully unique gift ideas for the boldest of watch lovers. Source from AmazonBy wearing these novelty cufflinks, the wearer will be publicly displaying their watch loving status to other watch lovers. Even if the cufflinks never get worn, this is a great way to show that you take interest in their interests and is an adorable expression of your love. Final Thoughts See, buying watch lovers a gift doesn’t have to be difficult! Use the gift ideas we’ve outlined for you today as inspiration on what to buy for the watch lovers in your life. So, what will it be? Are you going to give the gift of knowledge with one of the watch books we showcased? Or will you be taking a more practical gift-giving approach by gifting a watch storage solution or scratch remover? Let us know in the comments section below!

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  7. 7 Superhero Watches for Comic Fans

    7 Superhero Watches for Comic Fans

    Have you thought about buying superhero watches? We mean, really thought about it? Go ahead. Admit it. You’re a responsible adult who is a huge fan of comics and superhero movies. And we’re not talking about someone who just checks out the latest Marvel movie when it comes to their local multiplex. We’re talking deep down. Comics to the core, a profound belief in the superhero credos that you try hard to live by. There’s no shame. You’re not alone and you should wear your superhero love proudly. Others do, and that’s why superhero watches are so popular. Let’s look at a few of the finest. The Citizen Marvel Collection  There’s no watch brand that celebrates superheroes as much as Citizen. Their Marvel Watch Collection pays tribute to Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Black Panther, and all of The Avengers. It’s hard to choose the best from such a strong field, but there are a few standouts. 1: Citizen Spider-Man Watch At first glance, one might not think this superhero watch has anything to do with the famed Web-slinger. The lines that adorn the dial might seem to resemble some of those on Citizen Promasters. But, on closer inspection, you can see an unmistakable spider web, wrapping around the subdials as if they’re trapped in its sticky grip. And the color scheme is pure Spidey, with the trademark red and blue hues found on the Spider-Man’s super suit. Source from Citizen Buy Citizen Eco-Drive Watches The classic good looks continue with a stainless steel case and matching steel bracelet. They are both topped off with a blue chrome-finish. You’ll probably wear it to show your love for the superhero. And most people will likely think you’re just wearing a really nice watch. A piece that is perfect for the office or casual weekend wear. Flip it over to find a spider engraved on the case back, one more detail to show your Spider-man spirit without having to broadcast it to the world. 2: Citizen Black Panther Wakanda may be a fictional African country, but its heritage is proudly on display with the tribal patterns across the face of the Black Panther watch. This is one of the more subtle models in Citizen’s Marvel line. The black-and-silver color scheme has an air of sophisticated and sleek style. But just like the others in the line, it is powered by Eco-Drive solar technology and you’ll never need to replace a battery. Source from Citizen3: Citizen Captain America What the Captain America watch may lack in terms of sophistication it makes up for with gung-ho bravado. Hence the camouflage design on the rough-and-ready nylon strap. The face eschews subtlety with the superhero’s signature shield stamped right on the front in bold red, white, and blue. But the rest of the design is more traditional with a field watch look we’ve seen from the likes of Hamilton and Seiko.  Source from Citizen4: Memorigin Iron Man  While the offerings in Citizen’s Marvel line are affordable, all coming in well under $500, we rocket way up in the price range with the Memorigin Iron Man. Part of the Avengers Series Tourbillon collection, this limited edition model has a price tag of around $7,500. What do you get for that? Well, Hong Kong-based Memorigin has made a name for itself for producing high-end tourbillons since its debut in 2011. They use in-house movements and pride themselves on seamlessly melding Eastern and Western styles for truly unique creations. And the Iron Man watch is surely unique. The dial features the image of Iron Man suited up and in action, with a hand extended forward that displays an ample diamond. Ten smaller diamonds are spread around the dial. Add in the gold case and this luxury watch looks like it belongs on the wrist of eccentric billionaire Tony Stark. Source from Amazon5: Invicta Wonder Woman Lady Invicta is a great brand to go to for quality and affordability. They have a history that goes back to their founding in 1837 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. They stated mission to create luxury watches that are within the reach of all. While they’re now owned by an American company, their commitment to accessible luxury remains the same. One of the most visually intriguing superhero watches on the market, the Invicta Wonder Woman Lady 26836 is an eye-catching white-and-silver timepiece with classic good looks. With little contrast in the color scheme, you might not notice the Wonder Woman logo emblazoned on the face at first glance. It serves as a prominent centerpiece to the otherwise no-nonsense face. While not exactly a dress watch, this one feels kind of dressy and pairs well with a smart-casual ensemble. If you pick one up, you might consider swapping in a steel link bracelet to step up its style just a notch.    Source from Invictawatch6: Invicta Batman  There are a number of nice options in Invicta’s Batman collection. They have about a dozen offerings that pay homage to the DC Comics hero. For something kitschy, look to the 29349 model. The model has a yellow dial featuring an action scene that looks lifted right out of the pages of a classic comic. The gold and black 29060 model looks like it would be right at home on the wrist of billionaire Bruce Wayne. But to really capture that Batman vibe, the 32369 model stands out. An almost all-black motif is accented with just a few golden touches. An outline of the bat is on its face and bordering its sharp triangular hands. Source from Invictawatch7: Rolex Batman No, it doesn’t have a Bat-Signal on its face. It doesn’t bear any markings at all that would lead most to believe it has a connection to the Dark Knight. But one Rolex GMT-Master II is known around the world as the “Batman” for its distinct black-and-blue color scheme. Officially titled the GMT-Master II 116710 BLNR, it’s one of Rolex’s most popular offerings. It has a classic Oyster case of 40mm and a complementary stainless steel bracelet. A black dial is contrasted by white indices and luminescent-coated hands, save for a GMT-hand that pops with a blue hue that matches one half of the bezel. The other half is in basic black. Buy Rolex GMT-Master II Watches Like the Caped Crusader himself, this is one tough watch, originally designed for pro aviators. The screw-down case is waterproof up to 330 feet and the sapphire crystal is scratch proof. If you want to wear your superhero love with some subtlety, this is a top choice. (Or if you’re a Hulk fan, check out this Rolex Submariner!) You may have to wait for that next big comic book movie to come to a theater near you. But why wait? You can go out and get yourself sone superhero watches right now!

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  8. Impressive Watch Movements From 4 Leading Brands

    Impressive Watch Movements From 4 Leading Brands

    The world of watchmaking is a fascinating one to say the least. The level of thought, care, time and effort that goes into crafting a timepiece is truly remarkable. While elements of a watch are important, none are quite as important as watch movements. The movement of a watch is what literally makes it tick. A movement is to a watch what an engine is to a car or a heart is to a human body. Movements, also known as calibers, are the backbone of a watch. Today we’ll be taking a look at what the leading brands have brought to the watch movement arena and in which watches these movements can be found. 1: Rolex Naturally we’re starting off our list of impressive watch movements with a brand we all know and love. Rolex has created some of the most reliable watch movements on the market. Those movements include the 3135, 3155 and 3085. Of these movements, one the most impressive is the 3135. The 3135 movement is found in the Yacht-Master 116622RSO, Submariner Date 116618LN, Oyster Perpetual 115200-0006, and many other Rolex watches. Buy Rolex Watches What’s so special about the 3135? First introduced in 1988, the 3135 fast became Rolex’s most commonly used movement and remains as such to this day. The movement comes with 31 jewels, a 48-hour power reserve and is praised for its accuracy. More than 200 parts make up a 3135 and the success of this movement went on to inspire the development of movements 3136, 3175 and 9001. 2: Seiko No stranger to innovation, Seiko has produced some incredibly impressive watch movements in its time. One of its most impressive is its Spring Drive movement. Seiko was the first brand to truly master the production of watch movements being wound by the motions of the wearer’s wrist. Buy Seiko Watches Even though the brand has produced many more impressive movements since then the 6R15 has truly stood the test of time. This movement is found in three stunning watches: Seiko SARX051, Seiko Alpinist SARB017 Automatic and Seiko Prospex Sea Diver SBDC055. The 6R15 comes with 23 jewels, has a 50-hour power reserve and has an accuracy rating of -15/+25 seconds per day. Other prominent Seiko watch movements include the 6217, 6139, 4R36 and the 72S6. 3: Omega Did you know that OMEGA’s name was inspired by the revolutionary creation of the 19 caliber? The brand literally has a name to live up to! OMEGA lives up to its name well and their impressive Co-Axial movement is testament to this. The escapement within OMEGA’s Co-Axial caliber movement works with less friction than other movements. This means that their watches with this movement will withstand wear and tear better than others & will therefore last a much longer time. Buy Omega Watches Omega’s most impressive Co-Axial movement is the 2500 as found in the Seamaster Diver 212.30.36.20.01.002 and the De Ville Prestige 424.10.40.20.01.001. It has 27 jewels, a power reserve of 44 to 48 hours and now comes in four variants: A, B, C and D. Other impressive OMEGA watch movements are the 8500, 8501, 8511 and the 1861. 4: TAG Heuer No list of the most impressive watch movements would be complete without TAG Heuer on it. Like the rest of the industry-leading brands on our list, the TAG Heuer brand has many incredible movements under its belt. One such movement is the caliber 16. The caliber 16 is an incredibly famous chronograph movement that was the first computer-designed movement. The automatic movement comes with 25 jewels, provides 42-hours of power reserve and rapid date correction. Buy Tag Heuer Watches Watches in which the caliber 16 shines are the Aquaracer CAY2110.BA0927, Carrera CV2A1R.BA0799, Link CAT2011.BA0952 and the Formula 1 CAZ2010.BA0876. Other notable TAG Heuer watch movements include caliber 5, 6, 17, 72 and 1887. Conclusion Isn’t the world of watch movements a magical one? How these brands manage to do what they do, we’ll never know. All we know is that we’re incredibly thankful that they do it. Do you have a favorite watch movement? Or are there any watch movements that you feel don’t deserve as much acclaim as they get? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section down below—we love finding out what makes you tick.

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  9. Introduction to Jaquet Droz Watches

    Introduction to Jaquet Droz Watches

    If you’re a regular visitor to our site, you’ve probably noticed that our extensive collection of watches has many new additions from a certain luxurious Swiss brand. Today, we’ll be introducing you to the extraordinary world of Jaquet Droz watches. For everything you need to know about these stunning watches, keep reading. The Story Behind Jaquet Droz Those who know their horology will undoubtably have heard the name Pierre Jaquet-Droz prior to reading this article. For those who aren’t aware, Pierre Jaquet-Droz was a brilliant watchmaker whose watch and clock creations are the stuff of legend. Born in 1721 on a small farm named La Ferme de Sur le Pont in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Pierre flung himself into the world of watches at the age of seventeen and never looked back. Buy Jaquet Droz Watches Over the years, the Jaquet Droz watches brand gained global acclaim and became known as an incredible manufacturer of bespoke timepieces. After Pierre’s 1790 passing, his prodigal son Henri-Louis took over and honored his late father’s legacy with aplomb. Fast-forward to the year 2000 and the family owned brand was acquired by the Swatch Group as part of its Prestige & Luxury division. What Makes Jaquet Droz Watches so Special? Jaquet Droz watches are special for a number of reasons. From an aesthetics point of view, just one look at their watches and you’ll be able to see what all the hype is about. According to the brand itself, its watches are special because of the 8 Codes of Jaquet Droz. The 8 Codes of Jaquet Droz 1: Grande Seconde – A type of design style where the off-centered hours and minutes hands on a single dial, at 12 o’clock, embrace the seconds hand situated at 6 o’clock. This is a unique interpretation of time-telling. 2: Automata – Automata is the reminder of the innovative nature of Pierre that the company always aims to embody. The Musician, The Draughtsman and The Writer are Automata which are functional mechanical dolls made for the elite that were originally created as an advertisement for the brand. 3: Ateliers D’Art – This is essentially the collective name for the painting, engraving, sculpting, paillone and enameling that are so often found in Jaquet Droz pieces. 4: Grand Feu enameling – This unique Jaquet Droz signature has been used since the 18th century. Today it still echoes through the brand’s contemporary collections. 5: Watchcase – Each and every case of a Jaquet Droz watch will undergo approximately 80 operations to ensure it is of the highest quality. 6: Exceptional mechanisms – Different Jaquet Droz watches feature different mechanisms, and the brand isn’t afraid to experiment. From tourbillon to jumping hour, Jaquet Droz knows how to respectfully encompass all mechanisms. 7: Minerals – There are a few things that are almost always featured in Jaquet Droz’s designs. Those things include raw minerals, crystals and rocks. Every piece is truly as unique as the minerals they proudly display. 8: Numerus Clausus – Jaquet Droz is well versed in the art of exclusivity. Their watches are either one of a kind or numerus clausus editions of 8, 28 or 88. This brand does not dabble in mass production. The Best of The Best: Jaquet Droz Watches It could be said that there is a Jaquet Droz watch for everyone. The brand knows no limits when it comes to pushing the boundaries of design, craftmanship and innovation. Although the brand has multiple pieces that are truly spectacular, we’re going to introduce you to two of their most impressive pieces. One of the brand’s most unique watches is the Lady 8 Petite J014603272. The leather strap helps highlight the 68 diamonds that provide this watch with sparkle. A Malachite bead sits atop the face and creates a truly unique focal point. Malachite is said to bring luck and wealth as well as protect its wearer & we feel that Jaquet Droz made a wise choice when they chose to cloak the J014603272 in this mineral. The Bird Repeater of Jaquet Droz’s Charming Bird Collection is one of the most expensive watches available for retail. It retails at $424,500 and is a true testament to the brand’s quality & craftsmanship. Tiny 18-karat hand-painted gold bird sculptures flutter with every chime of the minute repeater. Jaquet Droz Watches Conclusion Jaquet Droz makes beautiful watches. It’s clear that the brand places a great deal of thought into their products. The results speak for themselves beautifully. Timeless elegance, innovative design and true exclusivity all make the Jaquet Droz watch incredibly sought after. Overall, Jaquet Droz watches are an incredible brand and we couldn’t be any happier to share their products with the world.

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  10. Do You Need A Watch Winder?

    Do You Need A Watch Winder?

    The decision on whether or not you need a watch winder isn’t a simple one. And beyond need, do you want one? Many watch aficionados has made do without one. So let’s look at what watch winders are, why you might or might not want one and the options for buying one if you do. First, What is a Watch Winder? Well, something that winds a watch, of course. But there’s a bit more to it. A watch winder is basically a box that rotates your watch. You can get a small one that is fit for just one watch or a massive cabinet that packs in a bunch of timepieces. Place your watch into a fitted holder and the winder gently rolls the watch, or watches, triggering the watch’s balanced-based winding mechanism to spring (yes, literally) the gears into action. They can be pretty cool to watch. But are they necessary? Source: DesignhuetteKeeping the Oils in Motion Now there is some conflicting evidence here, and experts are not in full agreement on the effects the winder will have on your watch. Some argue that the lubrication, the small amounts of oil that are in all automatic watches need constant movement. That without being in perpetual motion these oils will dry up, coagulate, harden and ultimately impede the movement of the gears. Some watch experts say that’s nonsense, that today’s synthetic oils don’t coagulate in the way that oils we got from vegetables and animals in the old days did. That doesn’t mean the oils last forever, the naysayers argue, simply that time and temperature are much more determinate factors than movement. But pro-winder folks say movement does have a larger role. Putting Your Collection on Display While we can debate about the technical advantages of owning a watch winder, most people who own them will allow that aesthetics play a big part. Watch winders are almost always built with glass fronts to showcase your watch, or more probably, your watch collection. All of your cherished timepieces are lined and stacked in perfect order, spinning in slow uniformity as they await your wearing. Like a bookcase with your beloved novels, each watch probably has special significance and they’re as much objects to have on display as they are tools to tell time, probably more so. If it was just about telling time we would all probably stop wearing watches and stick with our smartphones. But presentation matters and a winder present in dramatic fashion. Keeping the Watch on Time Here winders do offer some advantages, but as to how much that matters are a subjective question. If an automatic watch goes unworn for a few days, it will need to be reset. That’s a given. For most, this task will take about a minute. With a watch winder keeping the movement current you won’t have that issue. Is it worth the minute? That’s a subjective call. The ante is upped when we’re talking about perpetual calendar watches, which are not as simple to reset once the date is off. How Much Should You Pay? Like most everything, how much something costs is a big factor when considering whether you really need it or not. And prices vary wildly with winders, so it’s tough to suss out what’s worth it and why. But let’s go over the basics. Budget Winders You can pick up a watch winder that rotates one or two watches for about $50 or $60. In this range, we’re usually talking about plastic lacquered casings and reliable-enough motors with one or two-cycle settings. No frills, but they do the job. Mid-Range If you want to go into the $200 to $500 range the options open up considerably. You can get winders with features like 12-hour rest functions to ensure that you never overwind the watch and low-noise motors. The number of watches you can wind at once goes up considerably, to four or twelve. And the materials of the cabinets get better, with rich hardwoods done in fine finishes. Photo from OverstockLuxury Level If you’re willing to spend $1,000 and up you can get into some really nice stuff. These multi-watch winders are for putting on prestigious displays, with walnut and high-polish teak cabinets. If you’re shooting for the stratosphere, you can spend tens of thousands of dollars on watch winders that hold dozens of watches in cabinets made of precious woods, fronted by massive sheets of tempered glass. The jury may still be out on some of the practical aspects of needing a watch winder. We can debate whether or not we need a machine to tackle something as simple as winding a watch. You might say the same for display purposes, as some find watch winders visually stunning while others may find the displays gaudy. In the end, you’ll have to decide on which side of the lines you fall when considering a watch winder.

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  11. History of Glashutte Original Watches

    History of Glashutte Original Watches

    There are a few countries that are synonymous with quality products and when it comes to watches. With the choices, you’re bound to pick Swiss or German brands as your go to options. If you’re in the market for a German watch, it’s worth having a look at the Glashutte Original brand. They have a remarkable story as well as very impressive products to pick from. Read on to determine if this is the brand you want to trust with keeping you on time for your meetings. The Back Story of Glashutte Original Keeping exceptional time is definitely what you can expect when you own a Glashutte Original timepiece. The brand is connected to some of the most respected individuals in the watch industry. And this story goes back over 150 years! Buy Glashutte Original Watches The Story of Glashutte Original and the Connection to Ferdinand Lange In the early 1800s there was a well-known watch manufacturer called Ferdinand Adolph Lange. His legacy was A. Lange & Sohne, founded in 1845. If you want to know how remarkable this entity’s workmanship was, you’ll be impressed to know that even country leaders such as Alexander II of Russia once wore their products. This brand was one of the many that were located in the town of Glashutte, thanks to a project prompted by the government. They were looking for ways to benefit the area and a town that was once known for mining was identified to start a new industry: watchmaking. First there were a group of apprentices and years later stories began to circulate about the exceptional time pieces produced by the experts from the small town near Dresden. The government’s plan worked: the country’s new industry grew. According to many, this event marked the start of the watch manufacturing industry of modern day Germany. And thanks to that we can all enjoy inspiring Glashutte time pieces today. Nationalization and a Conglomerate Now, let’s fast forward a few decades and we end up in the mid-1900s. What happened here is that companies like A. Lange & Sohne were nationalized. In part, this happened because of the Soviet Union invading the area after World War II. A few years later some of these nationalized brands—yes there were quite a few—were drawn together as a conglomerate. The watch entities were all based in Glashutte of course. Th good news for you is that the Glashutte company is the only brand that has direct ties to that very impressive watchmaker from the 1800s, Ferdinand Lange. And you can be sure that much of the quality that you would have found in a watch made for Emperor Wilhelm II, can still be found in the Glashutte time piece you decide to buy in 2020. 1994 and Privatization In 1994 there were changes once again when the conglomerate called VEB Glashutte Uhrenbetriebe (GUB) was privatized. And that was when the brand name Glashutte Original took effect. 2000 and Swatch That wasn’t the end of the story, because years later the brand once again underwent changes when it was purchased by well-known Swatch brand. This happened as recently as 2000, but luckily both these names are synonymous with quality. So, you’ll still purchase excellence if you pick one of their models. What Makes Glashutte Original Different? You may wonder what makes it possible for certain brands to rise above the rest in performance and quality. For Glashutte Original, one of its claims to fame is because it was innovative in terms of watch movements. Th brand created its own and designed a total of 10 proprietary mechanism innovations. You’ll also be impressed by the fact that—as in 1845—the brand still focuses on teaching new watchmakers. At the Alfred Helwig School of Watchmaking, also connected to the Swatch brand, students learn tool and watch making. There is also the chance to obtain a Swiss certification along with German training. The brand even played a part in creating a watch museum, so they’re definitely involved in ensuring Germany’s legacy as expert watch makers will never be forgotten. What You Need to Know About Glashutte in 2020—Flagship Watches We can’t talk about the past of Glashutte Original without mentioning what you can enjoy about the brand in 2020. The brand has various collections, including the Senator, the Pano and Vintage. The brand also specifically caters for women with their ‘Ladies’ set of watches. And if you want to fit one of these watches before you order a watch online, as most people do these days, you can find Glashutte Original boutiques across the globe. Glashutte Original Conclusion From a tiny German town, the brand has grown into a worldwide market leader, associated with the top brands known to us. It’s definitely a name to consider wearing on your arm today, and you’ll get the same quality as country leaders did almost two centuries ago.

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