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  2. A Closer Look at the Rolex Root Beer

    A Closer Look at the Rolex Root Beer

    The Rolex Root Beer has a very mesmerizing history. The antique and classic appearance attracts all collectors. Die-hard fans were very happy when the Rolex released the Root Beer at the Baselworld 2019. This year Rolex brought back the classic iconic model back to the pages. The first GMT watch by Rolex was released in 1954. Just like the airline Pan Am – Pan American Airways, the GMT watches featured a two-tone red and blue bezel. By the specific request of the airline, Rolex created a watch that could show two zones simultaneously. History The Rolex GMT was then created with that specification. It had a 24-hour bezel that can be set by the GMT hand placed on the dial to display local and home times both. Rolex GMT-Master, which was carved to produce the big name of the Root Beer, was the first model to be created by Rolex. The creative juices really begin to flow in when it came to the GMT-Master collection. The GMT-Master (and subsequently the GMT-Master II) inserted in the red and blue bezel is known as “Pepsi” and the other inserted in the red and black bezel is known as “Coke.” Not to mention, of course, the star of this article – the “Root Beer,” recognized by its black and gold bezel. This unique art piece has a brown dial with a gold and brown bezel. The soda-inspired look of the watch brought up the nickname “Root Beer.” Although this name was never acquired by Rolex themselves, whenever you talk about “Rolex Root Beer,” every collector knows what model you are talking about. The only two-tone model available before Baselworld this year was the 116713 Reference. The watch is accessible with a golden numeral black bezel. Only this year did Rolex decide to add a few new additions to the GMT-M. Specifications The two new GMT-Master IIs are almost similar to the other pieces in the collection for those who are well versed in Rolex. The 40 mm watch is equipped with the typical Oyster monoblock case, renowned for its water-resistant characteristics. It is also coupled with the Oyster bracelet signature. Likewise, hands design and the dial are similar to their other options, without a few subtle nuances. The two watches are equipped with a black dial with 11 luminescence plots at 3 o’clock position and a date indicator. Perhaps the distinction here is only the material used for the surroundings of the luminescence plot and the hands in which it is properly produced with Everose Gold. Differences The main differentiating factor is the “Root Beer” bezel insert. The bezel insert has a finish in two different colors, black and brown, and paired with golden numerals. Notably, the bezel insert in the two-tone model is more pronounced compared to the complete Everose Gold version owing to the color contrast. The GMT-Master II has an arrow-tipped hand that goes around the whole dial once every 24 hours. As well as a 24-hour graduated bezel that can be rotated bidirectionally. The distinctly colored 24-hour hand shows the reference time “home” in the first time zone that can be found on the bezel’s graduations. The Oyster bracelet is ideal alchemy of shape and function, aesthetics, and technology to be both solid and comfortable. It is fitted with an Oysterlock folding clasp that avoids accidental opening and also has the Rolex exclusive Easylink convenience extension link. This ingenious scheme enables the wearer to increase the length of the bracelet by about 5 mm. The Movement The GMT-Master II is driven by Calibre 3285 from Rolex in-house. The self-winding motion is a newly developed caliber and features a total of 10 patents. One of the primary highlights is the power reserve, which is upgraded to about 70 hours by 40 percent. The movement is also fitted with the fresh escapement from Chronergy. The escapement of Chronergy is a modified Swiss lever escapement. It’s about 15 percent more effective than the traditional Swiss lever. This is achieved by using a thinner pallet fork, lower pallet stone, and a skeletonize escape wheel to reduce the weight of the escape. The conventional Rolex fares still apply in addition to these fresh characteristics. The movement is protected from shocks and magnetism. Finally, they all have a 5-year warranty, as with all new Rolex watches. Verdict Well, the Root Beer is a beautiful watch for sure. Since Rolex had succeeded in incorporating two distinct colors into its Cerachrom bezel, we expected the Geneva-based manufacturer to come up with both the GMT-Master II “Pepsi” and “Root Beer” versions. The two-tone version between the two parts is our top choice. The contrast is merely amazing, and it certainly emphasizes the timepiece’s star, which is the insert bezel.

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  3. What is An Analog Watch?

    What is An Analog Watch?

    For centuries, we have been using watches and clocks in our day-to-day lives. Obviously, their formats, styles and designs, and even their functions have changed over time. But their core purpose remains the same — to tell the time. An analog watch is one of the most commonly used forms of watches. So what exactly is an analog watch? In contrast to digital representation, which can be seen from some watches from Casio, an analog watch uses hands that move around its face as the time changes, which can be found in most watches, from Seiko to Rolex. A continuous rotation of two to three hands (or indicators) is a core component of any analog watch. Much simpler, it is referred to as a traditional type of watch and is still widely in use to this day. Tick Tock An analog watch typically consists of a mechanism that creates the “ticking” motion and moves the seconds, hours, and minutes hands simultaneously. The hour hand is shorter than the minutes, and the seconds hand is the thinner and the longest hand on the dial. The dial is often referred to as the “face of the watch.” It has fixed numerical or hour markers in the correct order, towards which the hands point out to indicate the time. These numbers can be in multiple forms. They can be Arabic numeral or Roman numbers. Moreover, to make things simpler and sometimes to add creativity, some dials don’t have all the hour markers. Some only have the 12, 3, 6 and 9 digits marked. Between these hour markers are the minute markers. They are comparatively much smaller in size and are usually in the form of indexes. How Does it Work? Analog watches have quartz mechanism that enables the “ticking” of the hands to indicate the time on the dial. Quartz watches are the most precise and reliable timepieces you can find. How is that? Quartz-based watches have a battery-powered circuit that produces electricity and passes the electric current to the quartz crystal. Quartz crystals are piezoelectric, meaning that quartz has an ability to turn electric currents into mechanical signals and vice versa. The precise and frequent vibration causes the motors and gears to move and turn the hands on the dial. Because the mechanisms of an analog watch require such less electric energy, their batteries also last a very long time. How is it Different From a Digital Watch? To put it simply, analog watches have a mechanical structure that rotates the hands, while digital watches work by electrical structures powering the number/digit display. Digital Watches vs. Analog Watches The biggest difference between digital and analog watches is their display form. While an analog watch displays the time through hands on a dial, a digital watch displays time in the form of digits and numbers usually on an LED screen. Digital watches use batteries or any form of electric power source that enables vibrations and pulses to go through a circuit. In addition to the electric power sourcing and digital display, digital watches also display a different time format. Most commonly, digital watches display time in a 24-hour format. However, there are many digital watches that allow you to set the format according to your preference.  In an analog watch, however, the 12-hour format is the only option. Typically, digital watches have seven-segmented screens, ranging from LCD, LED, or VFD screens. The screen displays bright-colored four-digit numbers, and sometimes also includes an AM/PM display. There are some digital watches that require a power supply from the main source. In these cases, if there are power outages or accidental power-offs, the watch needs to be reset all over again. In case of battery-operated digital watches, the batteries will need replacement once fully drained. Mechanical Watches Analog watches can also be referred to as mechanical watches. Their machines need to be either manually or automatically wounded. Nowadays, especially the higher-end analog watches have self-winding automatic movement. Analog watches are also known for being more reliable and precise. Other than display, time format, and power source differences between the two kinds of watches, it is also important to note that analog watches are still the most commonly used kind in this digital age. Why is that so? A mechanical, analog watch is much more than just a device showing you the time. It can be incorporated with significant functionalities like GMT feature showing the time for two-time zones. Moonphase, day and date display and chronograph functions are other extra features that can be included in an analog watch. While analog watches have great functionality and efficiency, they are also a great piece of accessory.

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  4. 4 Best Investment Watches

    4 Best Investment Watches

    The right watch can seem like a part of you. You wear it, you use it and you definitely notice if you forget to put it on one day. But there’s another dimension to owning a watch, and that’s holding it as an investment. Not all watches will increase in value, of course. But a handful of prestigious brands —  Rolex, Patek Philippe, Tag Heuer, and Omega come to mind — hold the promise of being the best investment watches as well as classic timepieces. Best Watches to Collect for Investment Besides the brand of the watch, there are a few other features to consider before you make your first watch investment. You’ll want to be cautious about where you buy, so you can ensure that any watch you may purchase has been properly serviced and cared for. Most of the best-valued investment watches are mechanical and not quartz, so the movement must be in good condition. And while the watch is in your care, you’ll likewise need to get it serviced regularly to ensure it maintains its value. Start with researching a few larger brands so you understand some of the best watches to collect for investments. These four are good examples: 1: Rolex Submariner It’s true that everyone who collects watches is looking for a great Rolex Submariner. No surprise there, as it is an excellent timepiece for both wearing — as it was designed for diving and is virtually indestructible — and as an investment — due to its steady increases in value. The collection is part of the iconic Oyster line by Rolex, with an Oyster case and solid-link bracelet. You may be able to find a Submariner model for around $10,000, but many are sold for a significant six-figure sum. 2: Omega Seamaster If you’re sensing a nautical theme, that’s because many classic watch designs incorporate chronometers and other diving-related features. The Omega Seamaster is known for being on James Bond’s wrist in the British spy movies made since the 1990s. And Omega as a brand is on its way up in collectors’ eyes. Since the quartz models are being discontinued, they are likely to increase in value, meaning this could be the best investment watch you could purchase right now. 3: Patek Philippe Nautilus  Since 1976, Patek Philippe Nautilus‘ design with its distinctive rounded octagonal case has been a top luxury choice. Patek Philippe is known for exceptional craftsmanship and the Nautilus design has been a classic for more than 40 years. Modern versions of the Nautilus command upwards of $30K. Since vintage styles sell for six figures, this timepiece is one of the best to acquire for investments. 4: Tag Heuer Carrera Tag Heuer’s Carrera adopts a connection to car racing rather than the deep blue sea. Named after the Carrera Panamericana Auto Race, today’s models vary in looks. It’s simple yet elegant to look at and can be considered a “tool watch” with many features. Of course, watches with their own stories may make even better collectibles. If you come across a luxury watch with rare features or that was owned by a historical figure or celebrity, the value could be much higher than you’d expect. When looking for the best investment watches, there is a lot to consider — the brand, model, condition, and age. And by choosing just the right watch, you could have a sound investment for your future.

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  5. History of the Tissot Visodate

    History of the Tissot Visodate

    The legacy of the iconic Tissot Heritage Visodate stretches all the way back to 1953. Throughout Tissot’s long-lasting history, the brand has shown that it’s no stranger to horological achievements and innovation. The Tissot Visodate is no different. The Swiss luxury watchmaker presented the timepiece as the first watch with a date function integrated into the automatic mechanism. It has since become a classic watch with a simple and gorgeous design and iconic model of the brand’s heritage range. Tradition of Reliability The roots of Tissot go back to 1853 when Charles-Félicien Tissot and his son Charles-Émile opened up an assembly shop. Out of this modest establishment in Le Locle, Switzerland, the father-son duo produced pocket and pendant watches. Tissot crafted these complex devices out of gold and they often featured rich decoration and designs. After a while, the Tissot logo became synonymous with Swiss heritage, character, and reliability. A large part of the brand’s initial success was due to the exceptional quality and affordable price. There was no compromise when it came to the quality of the materials. At the same time, the collection of advanced functions kept on growing. After a while, national and international exhibitions widely recognized the quality of the Tissot catalogue. During the 1900 World’s Fair, the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt purchased an 18-carat gold pendant watch. Tissot watches were especially popular in the United States and the Russian Empire. Until the October Revolution in 1917, the Russian Empire was the company’s biggest market. Throughout this period, Tissot made a name for itself as an innovator in the field of watchmaking. The company released the world’s first non-magnetic wristwatch in 1930, the Tissot Antimagnétique. Elsewhere, the Tissot Navigator was the first mass-produced watch to feature 24 time zones. Tissot Visodate Date Display This tradition of reliability and innovation carried well into the post-WWII era. In 1953, Tissot was celebrating its 100th birthday and decided to launch a series of watch innovations. The most noteworthy of the bunch was the integration of a date function into the automatic mechanism of a watch. The brand dubbed this creation the Tissot Visodate, the first automatic watch with a date window. The arrival of Edouard-Louis Tissot as the managing director really shifted the fortunes of the brand as well. The team came up with a “single caliber” principle in 1958, allowing the range of movements to simplify. The addition of different complications to a basic movement made it possible to produce manual or automatic watches with a calendar and day-date. This further multiplied the success of the Tissot Visodate around the world. Vintage Style Not only was the Tissot Visodate practical and functional, but the design was sleek and stylish for the time period. It struck the perfect balance as a watch that could easily be used as both an everyday watch and dressed up. This allowed the watch to match a multitude of occasions. The rich chocolate brown leather strap paired nicely with the stark stainless steel case. A gently curved dial mirrored the domed sapphire glass. This allowed for the day and date to be clear and visible. Heritage Range For the 150th anniversary of Tissot, the brand decided to release the heritage range. Tissot introduced this collection in 2003, which included watches from the brand’s mid-century days in the remade edition. The Heritage Navigator and Heritage Visodate were the most notable entries. This re-release did wonders for the overall popularity while simultaneously honoring the original Tissot Visodate. It included a snazzy placement of the date marker and a Milanese mesh strap for old-school charm. This allowed for the vintage-style watch to include all the modern luxuries of watchmaking: the sapphire crystal, reliable movement, exhibition caseback, and deployment clasp. It effectively translates nostalgia into contemporary timepieces dedicated to detail. It still has the same nostalgic look and feels with contemporary timelessness and attention to detail.

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  6. 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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  7. 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 that 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 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 that 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 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 that 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 is 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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  8. 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 breakdown 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 breakdown 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 is, 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 caseback has a straight brushed finish. These different finishes are what make 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, 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 a 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, and 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 windows 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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  9. 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 at the Black Bay 36 that’s become a favorite of Tudor aficionados. S,o 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. Its small size and low profile make 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 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 and a domed crystal, the Black Bay 58 has a matte-black dial with gold finishing 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; 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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  10. 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 audiences. Rolex sells their watches to the general audience while Patek Philippe (PP) takes the high-class route by putting huge price tags on their watches. So, just like those two, TAG Heuer sells their watches to another audience entirely — one who has 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 is that the watch was an instant hit since that’s not news to the brand’s enthusiasts. What’s new here is that McQueen’s 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. The 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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  11. 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 watches 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. 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. 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 them 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 crucial. 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 a 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 a 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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