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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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 Arayscale? There are many monochrome watches market-wide that are not typically black or white or grayscale. Yet, as per the definition, they are rightly considered as monochrome timepieces. In simpler words, any watch having its entire body (including strap, round case, dial, back-case, buckle) colored in single guise is a monochrome watch in essence. For instance, Sepia-toned watches are one fine example of atypical monochrome watches. Sepia simply means a fusion of red and brown color. These watches are often designed for both genders, condoning to equality. Sepia has been the soberest color, often liked by moderates. Who Loves A Monochrome? Watch enthusiasts who love sticking to a minimalist design are fascinated by these watches. These watches don’t have much to offer to those who look around for extraordinary colors and fantastic designs. Monochrome watches are meant to provide you a basic and elegant look. Anyone who wants a casual or sporty watch with a mono-faceted look will become a fan of these monochrome watches. People who are not excited to pull-off timepieces with an over-the-top look are certainly the right ones for this kind. These watches are meant to facilitate watch fanatics wanting to have something just up to par, and nothing excessively appealing. Here are select-few monochrome watches that exemplify dignity at best: MVMT Classic Monochrome It’s a beautiful watch in light grey and silver color. From case to dial to strap and even the thread-stitches on strap; all are grey/silver. The leather strap has a smoky design in grey color while the material used for it looks roughened up. There is a round dial with 3-hand movement as well. The color of this Classic Monochrome dial/case is shining silver, contrasting with the greyish strap. The watch markers and hands inside the dial are also in silver color while the entire surface has a gray shade. Specs: The date calendar is at the 3 ‘o clock and has a screw down crown. The watch case is 45mm wide, 9mm thick and has a 24mm wide strap. The watch is 3 ATM water resistant. MVMT Voyager Monochrome Mesh   This Voyager Monochrome Mesh is a pretty watch entirely in dark grey color. The case is slightly lighter in color, but the entire timepiece is colored in a single hue. The watch features a case composed of matte smoke stainless steel. The case has two push buttons and one winding crown attached to it. The dial’s surface and the hands are in grey color. There are black and white crystals used in place of watch markers to highlight the time. On top of that, the strap is originated from a matte smoke mesh. Specs: The watch includes 2 sub dials and a date calendar. The case is 42mm wide, 11mm thick with a 21mm wide strap. It’s water resistant up to 10 ATM. MVMT Monochrome Link This Monochrome Link is a grey watch made of polished and stainless steel. The bracelet is made of steel and has a ladder-like structure with a traditional steel watch design. There is no contrast of color, from the dial, watch markers, hands, case, and to even the bracelet; all have the same shade. It is a very basic watch without any date calendar. You can always adjust the time using the winding crown. Specs: The water resistant watch has an interchangeable 20mm strap and a screw down crown. The case is 40mm wide and 7mm thick.

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  8. 6 Top Black Watches for Men

    6 Top Black Watches for Men

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

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  9. Hands-On With the Tissot Powermatic 80

    Hands-On With the Tissot Powermatic 80

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

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  10. Reviewing the IWC Big Pilot Watch

    Reviewing the IWC Big Pilot Watch

    The IWC Big Pilot is a dream watch for many collectors out there. Its charm comes from a variety of places, but it is undeniable that this timepiece has a fantastic reputation in the horology world. Today, I’m going to break down why it is so popular by going through each crucial aspect that contributes to its allure. You can find those explanations below. Brand IWC is another one of those watch brands that has been around for well over 100 years. It was founded in 1868 by a watchmaker from the United States named Florentine Ariosto Jones. The location he chose was, naturally, Switzerland. The brand built a name for themselves and became primarily known for two things: Mastering the aviation watch and crafting timepieces out of titanium. Their prestige has not wavered, even to this day, as they continue to be one of the most popular manufacturers in the world. History of the IWC Big Pilot Like many tool watches, the Big Pilot began as a highly useful military instrument. IWC outfitted many World War II pilots with these pieces, and they developed a legendary reputation as a result. Military men loved them because of their robust size, easy to read dial, and practical features. As often happens, that reputation came back home with them, where they continued to wear the Big Pilot and show it to their peers. This model quickly became one of the quintessential IWC pieces, and each version they release continues its legacy. Appearance The two words that come to mind when you look at this watch are simple and masculine. The former comes from the uncomplicated dial design that IWC chooses. The numbers are big, they aren’t in some convoluted font, and the color scheme isn’t there to catch anyone’s eye. As far as it being a masculine piece, part of that also comes from the simple, no-frills design we previously discussed. The other aspect is the fact that this watch is so large. Its case comes in at just over 46mm, which is bigger than most options on the market. Additionally, it has a very attractive and unique strap to round things out. Materials Let’s start with the unsurprising aspects. They are the calfskin leather strap and the sapphire glass crystal. Both of them are luxurious materials, but fairly standard at this price point. What makes this watch unique is its use of titanium. This incredibly light material makes the massive Big Pilot sit well on your wrist and gives the piece a small edge over typical, stainless steel products. Movement My favorite aspect of this watch is the movement. While its accuracy is quite high, what really makes it amazing is its power reserve. The Big Pilot gives you a jaw-dropping 168 hours of energy. That’s a full week! While most luxury options are in the 40-100-hour range, the Big Pilot blows just about every other watch out of the water. This is awesome for two reasons. The first is the practicality of it, as you won’t have to reset it unless you go a full week without wearing it. The second is simply knowing that your watch is such a fantastic machine that it can sit for that long and keep on ticking. General Craftsmanship Movement aside, this is an incredibly sturdy and well-made piece. Though it is not built for the water, it is nice to know that you get 60m water resistance from it. That means no issues in the rain or when taking accidental dips into water. The Big Pilot also has a certain sturdiness to it that few other watches have. When you wear it, you can be sure that it is built to last a lifetime. Niche One thing that collectors often do when choosing a watch is look at their existing collections. They sometimes see that they’re missing a crucial kind of watch and use that information to select their next addition. If you do this and decide that you could use an aviation piece, or you’re just obsessed with this type of watch, then going with the Big Pilot is an excellent decision. While it is not as crowded and packed with information as other pieces in this category, those who like more minimalistic timepieces will absolutely love it. Overall Impression My overall impression of the Big Pilot is overwhelmingly positive. It has a titanium case, a shockingly impressive movement, gorgeous aesthetics, and it delivers in every other possible way. It also just has a fantastic feel to it. The second you get your hands on this timepiece, you can tell that it is a class above almost every other option on the market. The Big Pilot is an absolute icon, an amazing feat of engineering, and a product that definitely deserves a spot in your luxury watch collection.

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  11. The History of the Rolex Datejust

    The History of the Rolex Datejust

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

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