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  2. How to Sell My Watch Online

    How to Sell My Watch Online

    Are you an admirer of luxury watches? Whether you’re an avid collector or own just a few, you may occasionally choose to ask yourself “How do I sell my watch online?” You may also want to sell a quality watch you have inherited or trade-in your old watch for a new one. If you’re a collector, the proceeds can go toward adding a new watch to your collection! “Preparing to sell my watch” You may be wondering, “where can I sell a watch?” In this guide, we will explain how to sell a watch online and get the best price for it. Before deciding to sell your watch, you will need to do some research. How old is your watch and is it a collectible brand? What are watches that are the same brand, model, and condition as yours selling for? Carefully consider the condition and document it with clear, well-lit, close-up photographs from every angle. Gather everything related to your watch:  Receipts Box & packaging Accessories Guarantee of authenticity Warranty card Service records Having a complete set of everything that originally came with your watch increases its resale value. You’ll also need to know the make, model, reference number, and serial number of your watch. According to former Christie’s watch specialist Eric Wind, vital information to know about a watch you’re selling includes “…when you purchased it, where you purchased it, how many times you’ve worn it, if it has been serviced, how it’s running and if everything’s original or if anything has been replaced.” Start reviewing your selling options, along with the pros and cons of each. Try to find reviews of your top picks to make sure they are reputable. Our Customer Service representatives can assist you with any questions you might have about selling your watch through WatchShopping.com. Should you sell your watch in person? You can try to sell your watch to a watch shop, pawnshop, or through an ad. However, you should be aware of the potential downfalls. A consigned watch can take a long time to sell and you will have to pay a consignment fee. Pawnshops will usually offer you much less than you can get elsewhere. You will probably get a better price for your watch if you sell it privately. However, there are safety concerns when advertising a high-value item like a luxury watch for sale. Sell your watch online Selling your watch online is easy as long as you choose a reputable dealer like WatchShopping.com. Sell us your watch by filling out a simple form, using the paperwork you’ve already gathered, describe the condition of your watch, and attach the photos you took. Within just a couple of business days, you will receive a quote. Use the prepaid shipping label to send your watch to us. After we’ve evaluated your watch, we will make an offer. If you accept the offer, you can begin looking for that new addition to your collection! Now that you know the steps involved in selling your watch, we hope you will consider selling it at WatchShopping.com, one of the most trusted online marketplaces for watches. We look forward to doing business with you!

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  3. What Is A Midnight Planetarium Watch?

    What Is A Midnight Planetarium Watch?

    In the deep and fascinating world of horology, there’s a lot to remember. One can easily lose sight of just how spellbinding the careful and intricate assortment of features can be. Once in a while, you come across something special. A special watch like the Midnight Planetarium watch from Van Cleef & Arpels. The watch illustrates exquisite artistry and an elegant interplay of mechanics.  The timepiece is designed with a tiny solar system which revolves around the dial in perfect harmony. If you used this watch for 29 years, you’d see Saturn complete its orbit around the dial. To completely understand this horological masterpiece, let’s delve deeper into its design and mechanics! The Minds Behind the Solar System Watch The flawless timepiece is part of Van Cleef & Arpels’ Poetic Complications collection, which includes wristwatches with elegant and precise mechanical animations. The Midnight Planetarium watch was designed to break the monotony of watchmaking. The Poetic Complication series combines the patient and gentle art of watchmaking with the thrilling secrets of astronomy, creating a truly unique masterpiece. With the goal of creating an extraordinary representation of the vast solar system, Van Cleef & Arpels employed the help and expertise of Christiaan Van Der Klaauw – the foremost astronomical horologer. This is the company’s most complex timepiece to date. It’s a custom planetarium module that was developed by Christian van der Klaauw Astronomical Watches. The piece took two and a half years to be completed. Boasting a movement manufactured by the Richemont Group, the complicated mechanism comprises of a total of 396 parts. The most difficult part was to make the planetary mechanism both elegant and easy to operate. The timepiece was designed with two pushers which control the year, month, and day. The Midnight’s Contemporary Design Watches are typically designed for telling the time, right? But the Midnight solar system watch takes this mundane task one step further. The watch follows the orbits of the planets in our solar system. The six celestial bodies visible to the naked eye move around the dial, tracing their real-time motions around the sun. Meanwhile, a comet indicates the more practical time of day. A few years back, Van Cleef & Arpels developed a day-night watch, in which the sun and moon alternated over 24 hours for dominance on the dial. The timepiece was innovative and elegant, but not spectacular. Then, the company designed a constellation watch, a wrist-sized sky map as seen from the beautiful Paris sky. The timepiece was certainly more attractive but still wasn’t able to stimulate pure, unmitigated desire and fascination. But then, they released the Midnight Planetarium, a timepiece designed with an alluring replica of our vast solar system.  It comprises of all six planets visible to the naked eye from Earth. Each of them following its orbit in real-time around the tiny rose-gold sun. Mercury will complete its orbit in only 88 days. Saturn will diligently move around the dial for 29 years to complete a single orbit. You can even set a ‘lucky day,’ on which Earth will align with the star engraved on the sapphire face once a year. The timepiece is designed with a pink shooting star which moves around the outer orbit, indicating the 24 hours of the day. Other Midnight Planetarium Watch Features The pink rose gold case is not necessarily small and measures 44mm in diameter. The size goes perfectly with the modest thickness of the case, which measures about 13mm. As a result, the watch elegantly encapsulates the wrist, despite the structuring of the module on top of the movement. While the timepiece stays true to its roots as well by adding a hint of geology. Each celestial body is its own rock. With Mercury being a chunk of serpentine, blue agate for Jupiter and turquoise for our home planet. Also chloromelanite for Venus, sugilite for Saturn, and lastly, red jasper for Mars. Price and Availability If you visit the Planetarium’s product page, you won’t find a price tag. This is because the masterpiece is a limited edition. It will be produced in quantities of twenty to thirty pieces per year. However, one of the most interesting things about this watch is that it isn’t an extremely rare piece, but a production model. Considering other watches in the industry and those within the Poetic Complications collection itself, Van Cleef & Arpels has truly achieved something unique and wondrous. Usually, when companies try to create an ‘artistic’ timepiece, the result if often underwhelming. The watch either has too many finishes, too many diamonds, or an unmoving assortment of costly materials. Although the Midnight Planetarium is certainly a luxury object, it achieves much more. It captivates and entrances the long-enduring need to explore, admire, and explain the many secrets and mysteries of the universe. Conclusion of the Midnight Planetarium Watch The Midnight Planetarium watch enables you to carry not only the world but the entire universe with you at all times. Integrating the technical virility with the sheer marvel and wonder of the universe, Van Cleef & Arpels have truly achieved a horological masterpiece.

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  4. How the Seiko Turtle Watch Got Its Name

    How the Seiko Turtle Watch Got Its Name

    Seiko lovers have seen many famous designs come and go. Seiko is one brand that has designed the most iconic watches of all time. If you are a watch buff and love to collect watches, you must be aware of many popular Seiko watches. One such Seiko watch is the Seiko Turtle that is pretty popular and very much adored by every watch lover out there. Ever wondered how Seiko got these unique names? Well hang on, and we will tell you all the details. Introducing the Seiko Turtle Watch Seiko Turtle has been equally famous in its modern form as well as its vintage form. Both of these designs have been the preferred choice when one goes out to buy a Seiko watch. Generally, in a lot of cultures, turtles bring luck, and a diver needs a good bit of luck with great skills. This is the general idea behind the namesake of this watch. But that’s not all; it’s the most successful design when it comes to all divers’ Seiko watches. Exploring the name a bit more, you will be pleased to know that the name of this famous watch didn’t come from the brand, but from the fans. Yes, Seikoholics started calling the SRP773 model “Turtle.” The name stuck as the watch has an uncanny resemblance to a turtle. More of a sporty watch than a formal one; it definitely suits a wearer who is more of a casual dresser. It’s the perfect accessory for a date night out, or for going out with friends to the club. The watch stands true to its name “Turtle” with a bulky appearance that is loved by the divers as well as a normal wearer. The Seiko turtle has multiple models with different colored dials. Here’s the ultimate break down of the design. This will help you understand the name and the design a bit more. Design Breakdown Seiko turtle is a unique diver’s watch that is known for its brilliant design. The break down for the design is more for helping watch lovers understand the name of the watch. Seiko Turtle Case The cushioned shaped case is the most popular feature of the watch. It’s, perhaps, the most remarkable feature. However, the most innovative feature is that the case of the watch has a variety of finishes. Each part has a different finishing. The top has a circular brushing, the sides are polished impeccably, and the case back has a straight brushed finish. These different finishes are what makes the case so unique and attractive. The top is separated from the sides with clear and sharp lines. These textured lines give the watch a very unique shape and a nice side-touch. When you compare all divers’ watches, you will find this model the most comfortable one. As this watch has the crown set at 4 o’clock position, it resembles a turtle coming out of its shell, hence the name “Seiko Turtle.” Seiko Turtle Bezel It all comes down to the bezel; whether the design is a hit or not, it depends big time on the bezel. The ideal operation, as well as the practicality of the bezel, is determined by the macho grip. The watch is designed with a couple of rows of ‘sharp teeth,’ and these look very nice with the light hitting at the right angle. These sharp teeth look even better from diagonal viewpoints. The insert of the bezel is a bit conical towards the dial, and this innovative touch provides better connection and link with the markers on the dial. These features make the bezel’s design a very powerful one. Seiko Turtle Dial The dial has a certain depth that is created through the innovative design of the outer minute track as well as the elevated hour markers. These hour markers are also filled with Lumibrite; this helps the diver have a better vision when underwater. The old version of this watch has more matte hour markers, but if you are into more eye-catching looks, the modern version will suit you perfectly. Also, the trapezoid markers at 12, 6 along with the 9 positions are what the fans will call the genuine emblem of Seiko. Furthermore, the Typography of the dial is also pretty nicely done; it fulfills the purpose without overcrowding the dial’s face. The watch has both date/day window, and it’s also in contrast with the huge markers; this makes the design even more appealing. Accurate, unique, and readable hands complete the dial to perfection. Variety of Models: Seiko Turtle has as many as seven models, and they all are equally popular. These models include: SRP773 is designed with a navy and white bezel. SRP775 has a black and gold bezel. SRPA21 PADI comes with a Pepsi bezel. SRPC44 is fitted with a black and gold bezel. SRP777 features a black and white bezel. SRP779 is designed with a navy and white bezel. SRPC95 has a blue and orange bezel. Seiko Turtle Conclusion: The Seiko Turtle is the perfect diver’s watch. The design, practicality, and all the perfect features make it a collector’s item for sure.

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  5. A Closer Look at the Tudor Black Bay 36

    A Closer Look at the Tudor Black Bay 36

    With a debut at Baselworld 2016, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay 36 is smaller than, and lacks the bezel of, the more celebrated Tudor Black Bay 58. And while the Black Bay 58 has been getting major attention since its bow, it’s still worth a look to the Black Bay 36 that’s become a favorite of Tudor aficionados. So let’s delve into the details that have contributed to the success of the Tudor Black Bay 36. Before the Tudor Black Bay 36 Let’s jump into the Wayback Machine for a trip in time (but just a mere three years back!). Baselworld 2016 was all abuzz about a new Tudor — the Tudor Bronze Black Bay. There were good reasons for the attention. With a striking high-performance aluminum bronze case, coming in at a grand 43mm and the signature Big Crown, it was difficult not to notice this watch. Mix in a chocolate brown dial and bezel with beige and gold accents and it’s hard to take your eyes off of the Bronze Black Bay. But those who did look away took note of the less showy Tudor Heritage Black Bay 36. As you have probably guessed by its name, the Black Bay 36 has a 36mm case. The smaller size is likely the first thing you’ll notice. You are also apt to notice that the traditional rotating bezel is gone as well. The stripped-down combination creates a stunning effect, a muted and somewhat reserved presentation that doesn’t strain to get noticed. The black dial and basic white printing add to the no-frills aesthetic. On a steel bracelet, this watch can go seriously casual but dresses up for formal occasions on a nice leather strap. Or vice versa. It’s small size and low profile makes it incredibly versatile. As you can imagine, its 36mm size makes it ideal for smaller wrists. The debut had two options at the time of purchase, an artistically aged brown leather strap or a traditional stainless steel bracelet. In an idiosyncratic move, Tudor includes a NATO strap in camouflage, as if to shout from the rooftops that this watch can be worn anywhere, from the boardroom to the backwoods. Today’s Tudor Black Bay 36 At Baselworld 2019 Tudor rolled out a 36mm Black Bay with a striking yellow gold bezel and a shimmering champagne gold dial with black indices. That’s one seriously dressy tool watch! But you can also get the model with a black dial that tones down the brightness of the bling. And, let’s not forget it’s still a solid diver, with 150-meter water resistance, sapphire crystal, and self-winding ETA 2824 mechanical movement. Those looking for a more subdued model will likely look to the Tudor Black Bay 36 with a blue dial (ref. 79500). Launched in 2018, it also got less attention than Tudor’s more high-profile offerings such as the GMT and Black Bay 58. But again those who did take note of the blue Black Bay 36 found a watch that’s exceedingly versatile. You can pair this almost deceivingly simple watch with just about any ensemble, from beachwear to formal attire. You may say a 36mm watch isn’t all that small (and could even go with the 32mm watch in the line). But by today’s sports watch standards it is on the small size and that’s one a source of its strength. Complementing its somewhat demurred profile, the watch also leans to the slim side at just over 10mm in height. Detractors might argue that the signature Big Crown with the traditional Tudor Rose logo throws a wrench into the watch’s overall subtlety. And they have a point. But you bought a Tudor and the crown, along with the must-have snowflake hands, is an inextricable part of the package. Comparing the 36 to the 58 As both draw inspiration from vintage Tudor Submariners, it seems nobody can talk about the Black Bay 36 without drawing comparisons to the 58. And justifiably so. We have glaring dial similarities such as the 12-o’clock white triangle markers, and alternating stick and dot hour markers. But the differences are equally notable. So let’s look at the two watches side by side. The Dials While the Black Bay 36’s black dial is glossy with silver finishing’s and a domed crystal, the Black Bay 58 has a matte-black dial with gold finishing’s and a domed crystal. The Movements The Black Bay 36’s movement is not COSC certified. The automatic ETA 2824 movement has a power reserve of 38 hours. In contrast, the Black Bay 58’s Manufacture Calibre automatic MT5402 is COSC certified and features a power reserve of 70 hours. The Bracelets and Cases Both of these Black Bays have waterproof oyster-style cases. The Tudor Black Bay 36 is rated water-resistant to a depth of 150 meters while the Black Bay 58 can withstand pressure at 200 meters. Given that most recreational dives max out at 40 meters that’s probably not a practical consideration. Both stainless steel cases have satin finishes and the Black Bay 36 has no bezel while the 58 has a unidirectional rotating bezel. On a rivet-style bracelet, the Black Bay 36 comes in at 117 grams while the Black Bay 58, with an oyster-style bracelet, weighs 129 grams. So which should you choose? Well, if you lean to a watch that has more of a kinship with a hefty Rolex, you’re probably going to want to go with the Black Bay 58. But for a versatile watch that fits the many modes of your life, it’s hard to beat the Tudor Black Bay 36.

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  6. 6 Reasons To Love TAG Heuer Watches

    6 Reasons To Love TAG Heuer Watches

    TAG Heuer watches may not be as popular in the watch community as brands like Rolex or Patek Philippe. But that’s perfectly fine as they all have different types of audience. Rolex sells their watches to the general audience while Patek Philippe (PP) takes the high-class route by putting big price tags on their watches. So just like those two, TAG Heuer sells their watches to another audience entirely. One who have their reasons to respect them. Now, what we’ve done is that we’ve compiled a couple of facts. You should allow yourself to see it from the perspective of someone who wears TAG Heuer watches all the time. Tip: You can also think of this post as a compilation of the reasons why TAG Heuer watches are even worn at all. Seeing as most people go for either of the aforementioned brands (Rolex and PP). 1: Reached the Totem Pole of the Sports World Tag Heuer watches have always been a favorite in sports because of a single advantage. They simply have the ability to keep time extremely well due to their movements. So it was only a matter of time before Heuer watches started ruling the Olympics at the time (pun not intended). Charles-Auguste Heuer noticed that the Olympics needed a stopwatch for their timing races to work as intended. Hence the brand introduced to them, the TAG Heuer Mikrograph. It started being used in the 1920 Olympics and was the first stopwatch that could measure 1/100th of a second. Since then, it was used in the next consecutive Olympics in 1924 and 1928. 2: TAG Heuer Dedicated an Entire Line of Watches to Racecar Drivers The Carrera Panamericana auto race was a border-to-border race that was 2,096 miles long. It also lasted for 5 years (from 1950-1954) and was one of the most dangerous car races in sports history due to the number of lives lost during the event’s duration. So for a watch brand that’s clearly as invested in racing and sports as TAG Heuer have been, Jack Heuer decided to create the popular TAG Heuer Carrera. It’s a chronograph watch that acts as both an icon (meaning behind its creation) and a performance watch to race car drivers. If you were planning on owning a Carrera piece before, you now know that the watches weren’t only built for the looks and performance alone. 3: Edouard Heuer Made Building a Chronograph Easier The original founder, Edouard, released TAG Heuer’s first chronograph in 1882. He felt both the full brunt of the production costs and the issue of time itself. To avoid these things, he started working on a solution, that is, the rocking pinion (also known as oscillating pinion). The goal was to make building a chronograph cheaper and simpler. At the same time, side goals like making the watches easier to adjust and repair were present as well. All without any reduction in performance. In 1887, the pinion was released and he consequently cut down on both cost and time and even completed the side goals. 4: First Swiss Watch to Visit Space Despite the large prestige, most watch enthusiasts associate with the Rolex and Audemars Piguet brands. But you’ll be surprised to find that the two Swiss brands weren’t the first to enter space. Instead, that honor solely belongs to the Heuer 2915A. The watch was used by John Glenn in 1962 to orbit the earth 3 times. Round the globe, John went with a Heuer 2915A acting as a backup timer throughout the mission. 5: ‘The King of Cool’ – Steven McQueen If you had enough time to watch any movie in the 1960s and 1970s, Steve McQueen should be on the TV. His “anti-hero” persona was the publicly accepted norm in filmmaking and acting at the time. So when the King of Cool was needed for a role in a sport/indie film, he chose the best statement watch for that field. The TAG Heuer Monaco. The fact that the watch was an instant hit aside since that’s not news to the brand’s enthusiasts. What’s new here is that McQueen decision recognized TAG Heuer as the predominant owner of the automobile department. Specifically when it concerns making watches that make both a profession (driving) and the acting of that profession easier. 6: Chronomatic Caliber 11 was the First Water-resistant Automatic Chronograph Not a lot of people that know the first automatic chronograph to be water-resistant was created by TAG Heuer. Development of the chronograph started in 1965 and it was released in Basel in 1969. That means it took watchmakers at the company 4 years to create a watch that could function as both a display and also as a timer. This was one of the earlier problems of a chronograph that the company personally solved. Why? Because if the company is ever known for anything other than its association with sports, it’s about the quality of their chronographs.

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  7. Panerai Straps: How to Choose the Right One

    Panerai Straps: How to Choose the Right One

    The one brand that comes to every watch lover’s mind when talking about luxury is always Panerai. Panerai is one of the most popular and most successful luxury watch manufacturers. They have created the best-looking timepieces that are every man’s favorite accessories since 1860. It is an Italian brand, founded by Giovanni Panerai in 1860. The brand is widely popular for its Swiss-made watches and watch accessories too. By incorporating the highest quality in-house movements and ETA movements, Panerai watches have set a high bar in the market. However, with luxury watches comes a need for luxury accessories and maintenance. And that’s why Panerai is everyone’s favorite brand to choose when it’s about luxury watches. Not only does Panerai qualify as the top brand in watch manufacturing, but it also has the best accessories such as watch straps. Why Are Watch Straps Important? Many people often overlook the importance of watch straps and lay more focus on the dial and the functioning of the watch. Of course, the primary priorities should be the features of the watch, such as its resistance to water and the look of its dial. However, when it comes to selecting one watch to represent your style, watch straps are very important. They provide style and define your taste in fashion. Plus, the kind of strap you wear also determines the level of comfort and ease you will have. A complicated, poorly designed strap will be difficult to tie and will also look tacky. On the other hand, a high quality strap such as one made out of fine quality leather will ensure comfort and elegance both. What Kind of Panerai Straps Are Available? Considering the wide range of Panerai’s high quality products, it’s obvious that they also have a diverse range of different straps too. Some of the most common and most popular Panerai straps are leather straps, which are available in a wide range of colors too. Their popular range of calf straps is the Luminor Due Straps. These are available in various tones and are all equally as elegant. They also have tone-on-tone watch straps. Such straps have the same-colored stitching on their borders, which gives them a simple and attractive look. On the other hand, there are also caoutchouc straps. These are highly comfortable and easy to wear. They are basically made of natural rubber which gives them a durable and strong built. A Buyer’s Guide to Choosing the Right Panerai Strap If you have bought a Panerai watch a long time ago and want to renew its look without having to buy another timepiece, then it’s time for you to buy a new Panerai strap. Panerai straps are easy to change and have full detailed guidance on their website too. However, the bigger question is how to know which watch strap you should buy? The Look The first and foremost important factor to consider when buying watch straps is to match it with your watch’s design. The dial of the watch is extremely important, that’s why the color of the dial, the color and the finish of the hour markers and the hands are all important. Make sure that the watch strap you buy matches and complements the color theme of the dial. For example, if your dial is all gold with gold-tone hands and hour markers, then you should go for a strap that is more subtle such as a beige, brown, or black leather strap. Contrasting a light tone dial such as gold dial with a darker strap, will make the beauty of the dial more prominent. Material The second important factor is the material of the strap. As mentioned earlier, rubber straps by Panerai are made with natural materials, which makes them highly comfortable. However, rubber straps are not for everyone. The material and the finish of the strap should be in accordance with your style statement. If you want a watch with a sporty look but also something for everyday wear, then rubber strap might do. But for something more luxurious, professional and classy, Panerai straps in leather work the best! Leather has a touch of elegance, luxury, and sophistication to it. It is also very comfortable to wear. High quality leather watch straps such as the ones sold by Panerai are very comfortable, breathable materials that fit perfectly on your wrist. They are buckle-on and are very quick to wear and take off. Also, Panerai leather straps have adjustable sizes, so that makes them appropriate for everyone! Special Straps for Specific Collections The Luminor Due Panerai straps are specifically made for their Luminor Due watch collection. With thinner padding, the straps ensure comfort. They are available in various tones along with various patterns/textures too. You have a variety of alligator straps, tone-on-tone straps, and a variety in sizes too. So, other than the color and the pattern of the strap, you should also consider which size of strap to choose. This will depend on the case size of your watch. Panerai Straps Conclusion To sum it up, if you are planning to refresh your style statement by buying a new Panerai watch strap, then there are some factors you should consider. These include the size, the color, the material, and the texture of the straps. These factors will ensure that your strap is compatible with your watch and will look perfect on your wrist.

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  8. Exploring the Best Leather Watch Straps

    Exploring the Best Leather Watch Straps

    When searching for replacement watch straps you will come across an overwhelming number of leather watch straps. So which should you choose? From fine alligator straps for formal occasions and distressed options with vintage feels to sporty NATO styles, leather watch straps go across a seriously wide spectrum. Let’s get a bit of focus and take a look at some of the best leather watch straps out there and the watches they complement. StrapsCo Thick for Vintage Flair Of course, you’re not going to put on a bright orange or playful burgundy watch strap in a formal setting. And your office might be a bit too conservative for such throwback whimsy. But for those more casual times, when you want to toss on a whimsical nod to retro fashion, a StrapsCo Thick Vintage leather watch straps are perfect. With a square end, thick-cut and contrast stitching that really pops against bold colors (we say go with their vivid orange!) this strap adds some serious personality to any number of timepieces. But it pairs particularly well with old-school no-nonsense watches like the Longines Heritage. Hadley-Roma for Foul Weather Sure, we talk about water resistance when it comes to watch cases all the time. This is especially true of dive watches we want to stay secure at depths that would literally crush even the best pro divers. We look for water resistance should our dress watches get an unwanted splash here and there. But why doesn’t anyone talk about water resistance for the straps? Enter the Hadley Roma Water-Resistant strap. Made of Italian alligator grain leather with a stainless steel buckle, this durable strap pairs well with a chronograph from notables such as Omega, Rolex or Breitling. Contrast stitching plus a padded design gives it something of a vintage leaning that exquisitely complements these classic timepieces. Swiss Reimagined for a Sporty Style True, many a sports watch goes best on a sturdy rubber strap. You may wish to go between a stainless steel bracelet and a classic NATO nylon for your on-the-go chronograph. But Swiss Reimagined throws a nice leather strap into the offerings with its patented calfskin leather with imprinted carbon fiber grain. Enjoy the supple feel of tanned Italian calfskin leather and the sporty touch of race-style fibers in an unusual, yet somehow inevitable, mix of luxury and utility. This watch wears best with larger timepieces, such as traditional chronographs, but is versatile enough to pair with a variety of tool watches and even smartwatches. Zulu for Your Inner Explorer The first thing you will notice when you gaze upon a Zulu is that it owes its design to NATO straps. It simply looks like a big leather NATO. And it is. Sort of. But the Zulu is thicker than traditional nylon straps. In fact, the Zulu is thicker than most of the leather straps on the market, which along with its distressed leather finish, gives it a bold presentation. It tells the world you’re apt to hop a cargo ship to explore parts unknown at the slightest whim. A Zulu also has big and rounded hardware, in contrast to the smaller buckles on the usual NATO choices. Obviously, given its size, this strap wears best (and really only) on larger watches that match the Zulu’s heft. Rally to Get Your Racing On Most people will initially see your Rally strap as a style statement, as it is a visually arresting piece. The large round perforations cut out of the sides of the bands are simply apt to get noticed and make an unashamed homage to vintage auto racing gloves. But there’s a practical side to the throwback flair of this strap — ventilation. If you will be wearing your leather strap out and about on a summer day, it’s pretty nice to get some airflow on your wrist. But who are we kidding? You wear this strap for its looks and ability to pair with vintage tool watches, field watches, and really any timepiece that exudes an old-school aesthetic. DASSARI Quest to Go Boldly Bund Are you ready for a one-piece bund-style leather strap? Of course you are! While specifically made for Tudor Heritage Ranger watches, the Dassari Quest fits any number of watches with its unique one-piece design. Constructed with soft calf leather, the strap adds in high-end condensed leather on its underside to provide some extra comfort. The strap is nicely accented by rivets, a stainless steel tang buckle and contrast stitching that adds, as its name suggests, a sense of discovery and adventure to your timepiece. Ullu Skinny for Anti-Apple You’ve had your eye on leather watch straps from Apple to go with its smartwatch but just can’t click “buy” with that cringe-worthy price tag. Why not look to the Ullu Skinny? Crafted with fine Italian leather and available in an assortment of fun colors, the Skinny Strap was made to fit the Apple Watch at a more competitive price. But, for some, the Skinny Strap is just too, well, skinny. Fear not, the brand also has a thicker padded version that’s available for the exact same price. And sure, that bright hand-colored strap will fade over time, but rest assured the ensuing patina will create some interesting hues that will eventually make your strap a one-of-a-kind creation. Leather Watch Straps Conclusion So whether you’re looking to put a fine finish on your dress watch, add a dash of daring to your pilot watch or give your favorite timepiece a vintage vibe, get yourself a great leather strap today!

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  9. How to Sell Your Used Watches Online

    How to Sell Your Used Watches Online

    People are always fascinated to see time pass. There have been a number of various devices to measure time from ancient times to the present years. However, the most used and convenient form is watches; wristwatches in particular. Those who are fond of watches usually go for the latest versions and famous brands, yet they are interested in other new models as soon as they are launched. In cases like these, it is better to sell used watches online and then go to buy another. Selling Your Watch Online It is not very difficult to sell your watch online. It has really simple steps. First, it is better for you to sell your used watches online to a reliable buyer. This is because it makes it easier and more consistent than other limited options. It takes less than three days from the beginning to the end, and your watch is sold once your buyer approves it after the meeting. It is, however, better to check how much your used watch is worth. All watches brands and models have different prices. Used watches are sold at a comparatively lower price than new watches, of course. Before selling your used watches online, you need to see which brand the watch is of and what are the market prices for a brand new model. Second, you need to check how much time has passed since its release. Prerequisites of Selling Your Watch To sell your watch online, you need to make sure the condition of the watch is good and acceptable to buyers. Since watch repairs are costly, buyers deduct the specific amounts so they may cover up for the repairs. Always make sure that your watch is genuine. Watches that are not authentic are not really desired by most watch lovers. If your watch is in good condition and you have all the papers and a proper case box with it, the chances are that buyers might pay a good amount. To sell your used watches online, the strap of the watch also matters a lot. It should be original and in a very good state. Interested buyers look for the original length strap. Lastly, you should be aware of the present watch market trends. Watches that are in demand and popular are an easy catch. Hence it is really important to know the demands of buyers first and then plan to sell your watch. Three Steps 1: Each and every buying and selling website asks you to register your details before you sell a product. Similarly, when you plan to sell your watch, you need to first fill a form with most of your information, like your name, where you reside, about the watch, description, price, and its clear pictures. 2: Give your contact number or your email address so that the interested individual can directly contact you easily to ask for further details. 3: Once you are in contact with the interested buyer, both of you can decide on a day that you can meet in person and he/she can have a closer and thorough look at the watch. If the person is interested, you can take the payment then and there and hand him the watch. How to Find the Best Online Watch Store? It is essential for every seller to look for the right place before selling their used watches online. This helps make sure that the watches are sold for the right value of money. You can easily sell your watch with safety, security, and full confidence. It is not very challenging to find the best online watch store; however, there are some things to keep in mind. The best online watch store you choose must be quite fast. There must be other sellers on the store, and people would have been buying from them, giving great reviews. The website itself should be very reliable, and the staff must be easily contacted in case any need arises. The used watch that you are planning to sell must be on high demand for that particular online store. It is better that you, yourself, must be familiar with the store. The best online watch store is one that is good for selling premium and luxury watches and that people are interested in buying from there. Shipping Tips Once you have found the right buyer who is actually interested, you can call in an appointment with him. If that is not possible, you should dropship your watch to the headquarters of the best online watch store that you have decided. There are some things to consider before shipping your item. Always ship your product using an affordable and fast shipping method. Less or no delivery fee is a major concern for buyers. If the product is delivered with a small delivery fee, buyers would be more interested than paying a hefty amount. Make sure that your watch is properly packed in a box and labeled correctly. The packet must be delivered to the headquarters within the given time, or your reputation would go down on the website, which might affect you if you plan on selling another item later. Lastly, if you plan on selling other preloved watches too, you can always drop your information, or you can offer a certain discount for people interested in buying your watches.

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  10. History of Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona

    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. Rolex Daytona 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. Rolex Daytona 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 Rolex 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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  11. Monochrome Watches: What Are They?

    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 Grayscale? 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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