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  2. A Closer Look at the Tudor Black Bay 36

    A Closer Look at the Tudor Black Bay 36

    When talking about Tudor, many watch enthusiasts often associate it with its sister company, Rolex. Aside from having the same founder, both brands are known for offering a wide selection of well-crafted luxury watches for both men and women. Tudor has seemed to be always in the shadow of the other for many years, until it eventually managed to make a name for itself.  At present, Tudor has released multiple renowned collections, with the Tudor Black Bay being their most popular line. That being said, let us focus on a relatively new variant under the aforementioned range: the Tudor Black Bay 36.  Tudor Black Bay: A Glimpse at its Past  Before we delve into the Tudor Black Bay 36, let us take a quick look at the colorful history of this iconic collection. At this point, we all know that Tudor and Rolex are deeply entangled with each other, since both brands are under the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation. This serves as an important detail with regards to the evolution of the Black Bay, as it is based on Tudor’s interpretation of the Submariner, which Tudor adapted from its sister brand.  The original Tudor Submariner (Reference 7922) came onto the scene in 1954, and was actually the brand’s first-ever diver’s watch. It was received with mixed reviews, ranging from excited comments to valid criticisms, for many reasons. Some saw it as a lesser version of the Rolex Submariner, while others viewed it as a more affordable alternative to the aforementioned model. Regardless, Tudor did not stop there, and continued to launch multiple Submariners as years went by. Eventually, in 1995, they released the Tudor Submariner Ref. 79190, which was the last piece in this range before its production was officially discontinued.  While that may have been the end of the Tudor Submariner, its essence and influence is still very much felt today, thanks to Tudor’s current most popular range. First introduced in 2012, the Tudor Black Bay is a collection that consists of luxury diver’s watches inspired by the Tudor Submariner. Its main concept revolves around combining sporty and vintage aesthetics with modern-day elements and functions. More importantly, this range also serves as a tribute to the different milestones and breakthroughs that came with the Tudor Submariner, from 1954 to 1995.  Despite being relatively new, the Tudor Black Bay range is home to many well-crafted and highly sought-after watches. In fact, it is one of the core collections offered by Tudor, with over 60+ models in its current portfolio. In addition, the Swiss brand has also divided this line into different sub-categories such as the Black Bay Bronze, Black Bay Fifty-Eight, Black Bay Heritage, Black Bay 32/36/41, and more.  All About The Tudor Black Bay 36 With all of that out of the way, we can finally move on to the main topic of this article: the Black Bay 36. If you refer to Tudor’s website, the entire Black Bay range is separated into eight different sub-collections that differ in either material, size, style, or function. Launched at Baselworld 2019, the Black Bay 36 is simply a specific variation that features models with a 36mm case diameter. The Black Bay 36 was released in order to widen the market reach of Tudor’s diving pieces, since most of the Black Bay watches come in relatively large sizes. With that said, let us take a closer look at this popular line with slim cases.  Aesthetics  At present, there are fourteen Black Bay 36 models in Tudor’s catalogue, with each piece showing a classy and straightforward exterior. The best thing about the Black Bay 36 is that, while its design is reminiscent of previous Tudor Submariners, its overall aesthetic is still contemporary and distinct.  When it comes to the materials used, all of the models are presented in 36mm steel cases and different kinds of straps. Generally speaking, most of the pieces are paired with leather or fabric bands in black, beige, or brown. That said, some variants do also feature metal bracelets in either steel or steel and yellow gold. In addition, all Black Bay 36 watches are equipped with colored fixed bezels that add elegance and simplicity to their looks. Lastly, their dials also have the same elements and layout, with the only difference being the colorways.  Price Range  Moving on to the price, the Black Bay 36 has a reasonable price range of around $2,000 USD to $4,000 USD. The cheapest model retails at around $2,570 USD while the most expensive one has a price tag of approximately $4,020 USD. The exact price of each model differs depending on the materials used, which is why the steel and gold pieces cost more. On the other hand, varying prices can also be found elsewhere depending on the reseller and the condition of the watch.  Reputation  While the Black Bay collection as a whole is well-loved by enthusiasts and collectors alike, the Black Bay 36 also caught the attention of casual wearers because of the versatility that comes with its size. A 36mm case is the perfect in-between for those who want a Black Bay watch that is neither too big nor too small. Its standard size, paired with its classy and vintage-inspired aesthetics, make it incredibly appealing to a wider market.  Black Bay 36 vs Black Bay Fifty-Eight: What’s the difference?   Just like the Black Bay 36, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight is simply another sub-collection under the overarching umbrella of the ever-so-popular Black Bay diver’s range. This means that both variations have a lot of similarities, especially when it comes to the overall design. That being said, these two also have their fair share of differences, which we have summarized for you below:  Size The most obvious distinction between the two Black Bay models would be their case sizes. As previously mentioned, the Black Bay 36 is named as such because it consists of models with 36mm cases. That said, the same logic does not apply to the Black Bay Fifty-Eight, as they do not offer timepieces with 58mm cases. Instead, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight’s name is derived from its inspiration, which is a 1958 model called the Big Crown Ref. 7924. Ultimately, all the watches in the Black Bay Fifty-Eight sub-collection come in 39mm diameters, making them slightly bigger than the Black Bay 36.  Materials The materials utilized for the two sub-collections are also quite different from each other. The Black Bay 36 primarily uses stainless steel and leather, with the exception of yellow gold in some models, which are standard elements in watchmaking. Meanwhile, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight uses more precious metals like yellow gold, silver, and bronze, which is one of the reasons for the next distinction.  Price Range This is a very important point, especially for those who are debating which of the two watches to get. As mentioned earlier, the Black Bay 36 has a price range of approximately $2,000 USD to $4,000 USD, which is very reasonable for a luxury collection. The Black Bay Fifty-Eight, on the other hand, consists of watches that come at higher prices. The cheapest Black Bay Fifty-Eight piece retails at around $3,300 USD, while their most expensive model is priced at approximately $16,500 USD.  Black Bay 36 Models: Top Picks Now, let’s take a more in-depth look at some of the Black Bay 36 models available right now.  Tudor Black Bay 36 Ref. M79500-0006 First, we have the Ref. M79500-0006, with aesthetics that boast a perfect balance between retro-inspired and contemporary. It comes in a 36mm steel case paired with a leather strap in brown. The blue dial boasts luminescent hands and hour markers in various shapes. In addition, it is powered by a self-winding T600 calibre with a 38-hour power reserve and waterproofness of up to 150 meters.  While it may seem like a fairly straightforward and simple watch, the elegance that comes with its simplicity is what makes this Black Bay 36 model appealing to many. If you want a subtle yet powerful watch, you can get your hands on this piece for approximately $2,600 USD.  Tudor Black Bay 36 Ref. M79500-0011 Next up is the Ref. M79500-0011 which screams classy and casual at the same time. This model is presented in a 36mm steel case paired with a fabric strap in black. Its blue dial follows a very straightforward timekeeping layout with luminous hands and distinct hour markers.  In terms of its technical details, this Black Bay 36 model is also driven by the automatic calibre T600 with a 38-hour power reserve and a 150-meter water resistance rating. Its overall color combination of blue, silver, and black goes very well together, making it look even more cohesive. With a price tag of around $2,600 USD, this is perfect for those who want a sporty and casual timepiece without sacrificing any elegance.  Tudor Black Bay 36 S&G Ref. M79503-0002 Lastly, we have the luxurious Black Bay 36 Ref. M79503-0002, which is a diver piece that can honestly pass as a classy dress watch as well. This Tudor watch comes in a 36mm steel case paired with a two-toned bracelet made of steel and yellow gold. Its champagne dial follows a simple analog layout, featuring the iconic hands and geometric hour markers.  This Black Bay 36 model is equipped with the self-winding T600 caliber, which boasts an excellent power reserve of 38 hours and a water resistance rating of 100 meters. Even though its gorgeous gold hue stands out, this timepiece also has an air of simplicity around it. If you are looking for a luxurious yet delicate Black Bay 36 watch, you can add this piece to your collection for a little over $4,000 USD.  Who should buy the Black Bay 36?  Divers Who Enjoy Luxury. Diving watches are quite a popular niche in the watch community, and as such, they come in a wide variety of prices. That said, if you are a diver and you do not mind splurging a little on a luxury watch, then the Tudor Black Bay 36 is definitely one you should check out. Aside from having impressive features and functions, it is also stylish and versatile, which makes it a great companion both on land and underwater. Submariner Patrons. If you are well-versed in the history of the Tudor Submariner, then getting your hands on a Black Bay 36 model can bring you a step closer to your goal. Since the Black Bay collection serves as a contemporary adaptation of the Submariner, it shares the same essence and spirit as its predecessor. This makes it a great alternative to the Submariner. Vintage Submariners are rare and very difficult to acquire, so having the Tudor Black Bay 36 as your back-up will not hurt. Mid-Sized Watch Enthusiasts. Lastly, if you prefer mid-sized timepieces, then the Black Bay 36 is a must-have. It comes in the perfect size and guarantees a comfortable fit regardless of whether you are a guy or a girl. Its 36mm diameter also allows for more versatility compared to larger watches, which makes it easier to pair with any outfit  Tudor Black Bay 36: Selling Points Good Reputation. This may be a moot point for those who do not care about brand recognition but a watch collection with a good reputation is certainly appealing to most enthusiasts and collectors. In the case of the Tudor Black Bay 36, its rich history and heritage has allowed it to be recognized by many. More than that, long-standing recognition can also be a sign of trust, which means that people are assured of the Black Bay 36’s reliability. Potential Investment Piece. When talking about investment pieces in watchmaking, the biggest factor is whether or not a watch can increase in value as time goes by. That said, unfortunately, most watches do not have this ability. This is why some people also use the term “investment piece” to describe models that can hold their value really well. An example of excellent investment pieces are the Tudor watches, especially those in the Black Bay collection. While its value may not triple over time, you can still easily sell your Black Bay 36 at a higher price than you got it for. Reasonably-Priced Luxury. When dealing with luxury timepieces, sometimes the prices can get ridiculously high, especially if it is a rare and coveted watch. One of the best things about Tudor and the Black Bay collection is that, despite their reputation and being the sister brand of Rolex, the luxury pieces they offer come at reasonable costs. Even though you still have to spend thousands of dollars to get your hands on a Black Bay 36, a price range of around $2,000 USD to $4,000 USD is not bad for a well-crafted luxury watch. Final Thoughts  Ultimately, adding the Black Bay 36 to Tudor’s renowned diving collection proved to be a wonderful idea. It allowed more people to enjoy Black Bay models since its standard 36mm size encompasses more preferences. While there is nothing particularly extreme about this range, the Tudor Black Bay 36 is slowly becoming a favorite among patrons because of its versatility. Indeed, this is the perfect line to check out if you are just starting to get into Black Bay watches.  Photo Credits: Tudor Official Website If you are interested in diving watches, make sure to read our article on the Rolex Submariner Blue. 

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  3. 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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  4. A Buying Guide to Panerai Straps: How to Choose the Right One

    A Buying Guide to 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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  5. 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 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, a 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 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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  6. 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 watch 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 the brand of the watch 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, chances are 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 Each and every buying and selling website will ask 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.  Give your contact number or your email address so that the interested individual can directly contact you easily to ask for further details. 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 to 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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  7. 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. www.instagram.com/p/BaO-JlDFxlr/?utm_source=ig_embed 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, and 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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  8. Monochrome Watches: What Are They?

    Monochrome Watches: What Are They?

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

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  9. 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 Amazon The watch also features a black silicone strap with buckle closure. This black watch has a mineral crystal face and a case that measures 44 mm. In addition, it has quartz movement to power the 3-hand analog display. It has gleaming hands and additional vast Arabic numerals at a few points on the showcase. With water resistance up to 33 feet or around 10 meters, the Diesel Men’s Double Down Watch isn’t one to endure a drenching. This is a low-estimated all-dark timepiece, all things considered. It shouldn’t be bad with dealing sprinkles and downpour, however. 2: Omega Speedmaster Moon Black Watch Source from Omega The smooth black design isn’t the main thing that the Omega Speedmaster Moon watch offers. Omega offers excellent pieces when it comes to watches for men. It additionally includes a chronograph, tachymeter, luminescent hands and hour markers, and a 60-hour power reserve. 3: Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Axiom Watch Marching an engaging edge-to-edge glass structure, the Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Axiom  watch (AU1065-07E) is a standout amongst other single black watches for men we have on this rundown. You can expect this watch to go well with virtually all that you put on. It is a stainless steel watch with a black dial and ion plating. Moreover, the case has a diameter that measures 40 mm in and has a thickness of 8 mm. It sits cozily on a 23 mm black leather strap. You will see silver accents in a few zones, including the clasp and crown. The Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Axiom Watch is waterproof up to 30 meters. Overall, this isn’t awful at an offering at this cost point. 4: Tommy Hilfiger Men’s 1791117 Sophisticated Sports Watch Source from Tommy Hilfiger Featuring exceptional craftsmanship, the Tommy Hilfiger Men’s 1791117 Sophisticated Sports Watch is one that numerous men will discover fitting while looking for an all-dark watch. It accompanies a comfortable black leather band, albeit one would have expected elastic on what is portrayed as a game watch. Its features include an analog display, a black-colored dial, a mineral dial window, and of course, quartz movement. There are three sub-dials as well that indicate the day of the week, date, and time (in 24 hours). Meanwhile, the band uses genuine, Croco-embossed leather with tonal stitching. It has a sharp looking treated steel case estimating 46 mm in breadth and has an exquisite tone. 5: Fossil Men’s JR1401 Nate Stainless Steel Black Watch  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 Heuer It is a genuine case of how its producer keeps on enhancing immortal contributions with increasingly current and reliable materials. It does away with the PVD-coated steel of the original Monza, which was released to celebrate Ferrari’s F1 World Championship win in 1975. Instead, it accompanies a powerful, grade-5 titanium case including titanium carbide covering. It sports a scratch-proof sapphire precious stone and a black dial. 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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  10. Hands-On With the Tissot Powermatic 80

    Hands-On With the Tissot Powermatic 80

    Recently, I was able to purchase a brand-new timepiece from the Swiss manufacturer, Tissot. The watch I got belongs to the renowned Powermatic 80 family, with my specific model being the T063.907.22.038.00. After having it for a while, I have had such an exceptional experience wearing this Tissot piece that I decided I just had to share it with all of you. For this article, I will explain everything you need to know about the Tissot Powermatic 80. Additionally, for those of you whose interests are piqued, I’ll be giving you a list of 15 of the best Tissot Powermatic 80 models, along with their respective specs and approximate prices. Brief History of the Tissot Powermatic 80 For some reason, Tissot offers little to no information about the Powermatic 80 and its history. If it weren’t for its recognizable build and relation to Swatch, many of us would still be left in the dark. From what we know, Tissot based their Powermatic 80 on the ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. Although the ETA 2824-2 was a workhorse mechanical caliber, Tissot thought it could be even better. After removing its regulator, applying a more efficient balance spring, and calibrating it to produce 21,600 vibrations per hour instead of 28,800, Tissot created what we now know as the Powermatic 80. It is unclear which model was the first to use the Powermatic 80, but some say it started on the Tissot Luxury Automatic timepieces.   What You Need to Know About the Tissot Powermatic 80  Tissot Powermatic 80: Components Tissot based their legendary Powermatic 80 movement on the ETA 2824-2 caliber. Tissot does not explicitly say what their Powermatic 80 movement comprises, but many enthusiasts in the watch community assume that the movement is made from ARCAP. ARCAP is an alloy created by mixing copper, nickel, and zinc. It is a brilliant material to use in watch movements as it has demonstrated added resistance to magnetism. The Tissot Powermatic 80 movement also has a ball-bearing rotor and uses the Novodiac anti-shock system. Unlike many other mechanical watches, the Powermatic 80 does not have a regulator. Furthermore, if you want to have it serviced, you will need to have it done by Tissot or Swatch themselves.  Some versions of the Tissot Powermatic 80 contain components that other Powermatic 80 variants do not. For instance, certain Powermatic 80 calibers, such as the Powermatic 80.111, contain plastic parts. Others, such as the COSC Powermatic 80.811, have no plastic components. Additionally, more modern Powermatic 80 movements use a silicon balance spring, as it has increased durability and resistance against magnetic fields.  Tissot Powermatic 80: Technical Specifications The Tissot Powermatic 80 is a self-winding mechanical caliber. As its moniker implies, the most impressive aspect of the Powermatic is its 80-hour power reserve. For Tissot to achieve this, it had to equip the Powermatic 80 with a more efficient spring barrel. This also reduced the vibrations per hour from 28,800 (4Hz) to 21,600 (3Hz). On the whole, the caliber provides the standard hours, minutes, central seconds, and date functions. Although the Tissot Powermatic 80 is an automatic caliber, wearers can also manually wind and hack the movement as they please. Truthfully, there are many Swiss watches with much higher price tags that do not come close to the Tissot Powermatic 80’s level. For instance, there are numerous Breitling watches that cost much more than watches with the Powermatic 80, yet only have power reserves that last up to 50 hours. This is also the case with many models from Rolex and Omega. Truly, eighty hours of energy will add greatly to your convenience. This, combined with the movement’s accessible price, is a testament to the brand’s commitment to excellence.  Tissot Powermatic 80: Your Many Aesthetic Choices While the Tissot T-Classic T063.907.22.038.00 was the one Powermatic 80 model that called out to me, your taste in watches could very well vary from mine. The Tissot Powermatic 80, as one of Tissot’s proudest achievements, is used in a wide variety of models. No matter what size, style, or shade you like, you should be able to find a Powermatic 80 model that suits what you are looking for. If you are looking for something unique, do not worry, the variations in dial and coloring are significant and diverse and can come in styles for both men and women alike. 15 Tissot Powermatic 80 Watches If you look through Tissot’s massive selection of watch models, you will see that the Powermatic 80 encompasses more than one collection. Realistically speaking, it would be quite the challenge to enumerate each timepiece. Instead, we will simply provide you with 15 of the best Tissot watches that utilize the Powermatic 80. Keep in mind that the products are listed in no particular order.  1. Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Powermatic 80 (T099.407.36.038.00) – $925 USD Image By: WatchShopping Part of the T-Classic collection, this Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Powermatic 80 perfectly showcases precision, extravagance, heritage, and innovation. The watch comes in a rose gold PVD-coated stainless steel case with a domed layer of anti-reflective sapphire glass. The watch face features rose gold-tone Roman numerals and hands, which nicely match its silver dial. Segregated into a smooth inner ring and guilloche-style outer ring, the dial displays a unique look that gives the timepiece more depth and a dressier vibe. Operating underneath the dial is a Tissot Powermatic 80 caliber that you can view through the watch’s exhibition-style caseback. Paired with an embossed cow leather strap, this version of the Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles is a stylish yet versatile piece that can be worn at home, at the office, or to your next ball. 2. Tissot Heritage Visodate Powermatic 80 (T118.430.11.041.00) – $675 USD Image By: WatchShopping Inspired by the vintage Tissot Visodate watches of 1954, the Tissot Heritage Visodate Powermatic 80 brings back a timeless classic with contemporary updates. Like every timepiece in this list, this modern Visodate uses the Tissot Powermatic 80 movement, so its reliability is undeniable. As you look at the dial, you can quickly identify its retro aesthetic from its sleek silver fonts, dauphine hands, and stick-like indices. Paired with its vintage blue dial is a 42mm stainless steel round case complete with scratch-resistant sapphire glass, a see-through rear case, and a stainless steel mesh bracelet. Notably, the water resistance rating of this timepiece is only 30m, so you cannot really bring this watch out for a dive. However, what this Tissot Heritage watch lacks in water resistance, it more than makes up for it with stylishness and dependability. 3. Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium (T127.407.16.031.01) – $725 USD Image By: WatchShopping If you thought that Powermatic 80 was already incredible on its own, then you will like what Tissot did with this variant. The Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium features the same tried-and-tested Powermatic 80 movement, but with a new silicon hairspring for more efficient timekeeping. Due to the material’s properties, the hairspring is also more resistant to impacts and magnetic fields, making this watch even more durable than its peers. Above the Tissot caliber is a sunburst silver dial with matching silver-tone indices, hands, and a date window at 3 o’clock. At the center of the dial is a crosshair-like marking that adds some uniqueness to its design. The watch’s exterior is made up of a classic combination of stainless steel case and cow leather strap. This watch has a water resistance rating of 30m, so you can bring it to the showers and for a quick swim, but do not try surfing greater depths with it.   4. Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 (T120.407.11.091.00) – $725 USD  Image By: WatchShopping For a sportier timepiece, take a look at the Tissot Powermatic 80 Seastar 1000 from the T-Sport collection. As you might have guessed, the Seastar 1000 is a diver’s watch. Unlike the aforementioned models with 30m water resistance capacities, this Tissot watch has a substantial depth rating of 300m. With that much water resistance, you can easily bring the Seastar 1000 with you to all your underwater expeditions. I might even argue that this watch can go deeper than you can. On top of its stainless steel case is a ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel that measures your elapsed time underwater. Its beguiling green gradient dial has luminescent markers and hands that light the watch face up in dark environments, for better legibility. This is a robust and sporty piece that can also make for a fine everyday dress watch.  5. Tissot Tradition Powermatic 80 Open Heart (T063.907.22.038.01) – $795 USD Image By: WatchShopping Many enthusiasts love the concept of open-heart watches because of the sheer sophistication and class they exude. If you are looking for an open-heart timepiece to call your own, Tissot offers the Tradition Powermatic 80 Open Heart. As its name implies, the Tissot Tradition showcases a silver guilloche dial with an open-heart window under the 12 o’clock marker. Through the aperture, wearers and on-lookers can see the balance wheel of the Tissot Powermatic 80 movement at work. For an even better view of the Tissot caliber, wearers can also turn the watch around to reveal its see-through caseback. Paired with a stainless steel case and bracelet with rose gold PVD coating, the Tissot Tradition Powermatic 80 Open Heart is as sturdy as it is elegant to the eyes. 6. Tissot Lady Heart Flower Powermatic 80 (T050.207.37.017.05) – $875 USD Image By: WatchShopping Accompanied by a clean white synthetic strap, the Tissot Lady Heart Flower Powermatic 80 is encased in hardy stainless steel with a coating of rose gold PVD. Its dial boasts a matching white surface with slim rose-gold hour markers and Arabic numerals. On its inner circle are slender minute and hour hands accompanied by the Tissot signature and date of origin at the bottom. The true star of this watch is on the upper portion of its dial, where you can find a window patterned like a delicate flower with beautiful pink petals. As you pull on the crown of the Tissot Lady Heart Flower, you can change the color of the petals to all the colors of the rainbow. Without a doubt, the Tissot Lady Heart Flower Powermatic 80 is a dainty wristwatch that all the lovely women out there will love.  7. Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Powermatic 80 (T099.407.11.058.00) – $850 USD Image By: WatchShopping Here we have another Chemin des Tourelles with a darker and more masculine tone. Water-resistant up to depths of 50m, this Tissot Powermatic 80 watch utilizes a stainless steel case paired with a link bracelet of the same material. Its dial features an inner ring with a smooth surface and a guilloche-style outer ring, where the Roman numeral hour markers are also located. Protecting the watch face is a domed anti-reflective sapphire glass that provides a clear, legible view of the dial. There aren’t many colors that pair together as well as black and silver do, and this watch is a testament to their universal appeal.  8. Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 Silicium (T120.407.17.041.00) – $695 USD Image By: WatchShopping The Seastar collection is quite diverse, and the T120.407.17.041.00 is a particularly standout model. It is a sizable, durable, and stunning diver’s watch. Its 43mm stainless steel case allows owners with larger wrists to wear the wristwatch with ease. The dark blue dial contains silver hands and indices that are coated with lume, and a submerged date window at 6 o’clock. The sword-shaped hands of the watch are relatively large and allow wearers to read the time with just a glance. You will not have any problems bringing this watch underwater as this Seastar model is water-resistant up to depths of 300m. To complete this model, Tissot couples the Seastar T120.407.17.041.00 with a comfortable black rubber strap.  9. Tissot Heritage Visodate Powermatic 80 (T118.430.16.271.00) – $650 USD Image By: WatchShopping Round stainless steel case, minimalistic cream dial, and an embossed cow leather strap, all these things come together to form a gorgeous vintage-inspired watch, the T118.430.16.271.00. Of course, something vintage-inspired means that it has some modern upgrades behind its classic looks. Like the previous Visodate model shown above, this beautiful watch relies on the high-tech Tissot Powermatic 80 caliber to run its various mechanisms. To preserve the accuracy of the movement, Tissot implemented their anti-magnetic Nivachron balance spring in all their newer Visodate models, including this one. Covered by a domed layer of sapphire glass and a see-through caseback, the T118.430.16.271.00 is something you can always rely on, whether it is for timekeeping or style. 10. Tissot Tradition Powermatic 80 Open Heart (T063.907.16.058.00) – $695 USD Image By: WatchShopping A classic design like this would look good on anyone. The Tissot T063.907.16.058.00 showcases a dark dial with an open-heart window to give the timepiece a faux-tourbillon feel. In contrast to their Chemin des Tourelles watches, the Tissot Tradition Powermatic 80 Open Heart boasts a guilloche inner ring and a smooth outer ring. With its slim silver hands and indices, the watch face gives off a sleek aesthetic that never gets tiring to look at. Hiding underneath the watch face is the trusty Tissot Powermatic 80 movement, which you can view through the transparent rear case. Paired with a black embossed cow leather strap, the T063.907.16.058.00 has a water resistance rating of 30m. 11. Tissot Luxury Powermatic 80 Automatic (T086.407.11.031.00) – $795 USD Image By: WatchShopping The Luxury Powermatic 80 Automatic is a timepiece that never fails to give its wearers a sense of affluence. It melds the practicality of a stainless steel case with the luxury of a silver dial to create an alluring evenness that just exudes class. The dial on its own is minimalistic in design and bears only the essential timekeeping components such as hands, indices, and a date window. Protected by a layer of sapphire crystal, the monotone silver timepiece is water-resistant up to depths of 50m and comes with a matching stainless steel bracelet. In terms of size, the watch has a diameter of 42mm and a thickness of 9.75mm, making this timepiece suitable for average and larger-sized wrists.  12. Tissot T-Classic Ballade Powermatic COSC Ladies Watch – $1,075 USD Image By: WatchShopping Compared to the Lady Heart Flower, the Tissot Ballade Powermatic comes off as more lavish and refined. Its stainless steel case bears a gold-tinted stationary bezel that adds an aura of luxury to the watch, along with the gold crown and two-toned bracelet. The silver dial boasts matching gold-tinted dauphine hands, pointed indices, and an outlined date window at 3 o’clock. The Tissot Powermatic 80 movement below the dial runs smoothly and uninterrupted, and is sheltered by a layer of sapphire glass and a see-through caseback. This watch retails at a thousand dollars, which might be a little expensive for those on a tight budget. Rest assured, however, for we have the exact same model available at just $829 USD.  13. Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Powermatic 80 (T099.407.11.048.00) – $850 USD Image By: WatchShopping We have shown you the Chemin des Tourelles in white and black; now let us take a look at one in blue. Like its other variants, this Chemin des Tourelles T099.407.11.048.00 features a patterned dial, with a smooth inner ring and guilloche-style outer ring encased in a stainless steel case. This model uses a layer of sapphire glass to protect its watch face, and a transparent rear case to shield its hard-working Tissot Powermatic 80 movement. Overall, this watch is very masculine in design and will make anyone look like they mean serious business. The T099.407.11.048.00 can look great as an everyday wristwatch or as a dressy timepiece for business meetings and classy events. 14. Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 (T120.407.37.051.00) – $795 USD Image By: WatchShopping With its rugged looks and 300m water resistance, this edgy Seastar Powermatic 80 T120.407.37.051.00 is the perfect versatile watch for those fond of the color black. This Tissot timepiece boasts a stainless steel case with a layer of black PVD coating and a ceramic elapsed time bezel on top. At its side are crown guards that protect the crown from any impacts while also giving the watch a sportier look. Its luminescent hands and hour markers shine brightly in the dark and contrast well with the pitch-black dial face. Tissot pairs this dark watch with a black rubber strap for a comfortable wearing experience and a matching appearance. 15. Tissot T-Classic Ballade Powermatic COSC Men’s Watch – $975 USD Image By: WatchShopping A genteel wristwatch with a timeless appearance, the Tissot T-Classic Ballade Powermatic 80 T108.408.26.037.00 is an example of Tissot’s exceptional craftsmanship. Its case is made of stainless steel and has a rose gold PVD-coated bezel fixed on top. Its dial contains gold-toned hour markers and hands that blend nicely with its smooth and guilloche surfaces. Fitted on top of the bezel is a sapphire crystal that gives a nice view of the dial while also protecting it from scratches and impacts. The watch has a water resistance rating of 50m, which is good enough to keep it from getting damaged by raindrops and showers. Quite frankly, this watch has suave looks that make it appear far more expensive than it actually is. Final Thoughts Ultimately, the Tissot Powermatic 80 is a true powerhouse of a movement. With its reliable Swiss-made quality, it promises impressive power reserves and impeccably smooth timekeeping. Tissot has even made sure to make upgrades to the Powermatic 80 over the years, adding adjustments that make it even more durable to impacts and anti-magnetic fields. I recommend the Tissot Powermatic 80 to anyone who wants a fine, powerful timepiece but does not like the idea of breaking the bank with one purchase. If you are convinced, go ahead and browse the diverse assembly of the Tissot Powermatic 80, for you are sure to find the right one that perfectly matches your tastes.  Looking for another watch with an 80-hour power reserve? Why not take a look at the Certina DS Action Diver and see whether it meets your expectations?

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  11. 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 to 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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