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  2. Omega Speedmaster Tokyo 2020

    Omega Speedmaster Tokyo 2020

    Most horology experts agree that the Omega Speedmaster is one of the most iconic watches of all time. Getting your hands on one is generally quite easy, though, as it is a mass market product. What won’t be easy to obtain is the new Tokyo 2020 Speedmaster line. The reason is that it is only being sold in Japan and in limited supply. Regardless of whether you get one for yourself, discussing this new line is fun and exciting. Below, I get into the details surrounding the Omega Speedmaster Tokyo 2020. History of the Speedmaster One historical event defines the Omega Speedmaster over all else and has led to this watch’s top nickname: the “Moonwatch.” The story is a short, but compelling one. It starts with a crew of American astronauts sliding Speedmasters on their wrists, and it ends with those men walking on the moon. Naturally, Omega has used this event in its marketing campaigns ever since. Still, this watch is not all hype and history. It is one of the best options in its price range and is a favorite among experienced collectors. Overall Impression of This Model You’d be hard pressed to find anyone in the watch world who hates Speedmasters. They are attractive, well made, and have one of the best brands backing them up. Add all that to unbeatable heritage and you have a watch that shouldn’t disappoint. I also especially love the tachymeter and chronographs. These elements make the Speedmaster a functional piece and one that represents the culture of racing. Special Edition Watches Collectors have a love-hate relationship with special edition watches. On one hand, they are often fantastic products and have an enticing level of exclusivity. On the other, that exclusivity also limits that amount of people that can enjoy them. Ultimately, special editions are a significant part of watch culture, and that isn’t going to change. No matter how you feel about them, though, the beauty of the Omega Speedmaster Tokyo 2020 is undeniable. As far as the caseback, you get the Olympics logo, text that says, “Tokyo 2020,” and the logo for this specific event. It is very pleasing to look at, though it will not be visible while you’re wearing the watch. What’s Different About Them? As far as foundational design elements and functions, these Speedmasters are exactly the same as mainstream models. The differences come in the form of a unique caseback and five color schemes that correspond with the five rings of the Olympic symbol. I’ve briefly described each of them below: Blue – This model has a blue tachymeter, blue dial, and white subdials. The aesthetics of it work very well, giving it a sporty and attractive energy. Yellow – Black and gold are a timeless combination, and this Speedmaster is yet another example of that. Its dial and tachymeter are primarily black, with the gold coloring being used as a complementary color throughout. Black – You might call this black and white timepiece a “panda watch.” Its white dial is absolutely gorgeous, and overall, it is an excellent pick for people who have a less flashy fashion sense. Green – The three primary colors here are green, gray, and rose gold. While those might not sound like they’d fit together well, once you see this watch, you’ll undoubtedly find that they do. Red – Lastly, we have the contrast of a red tachymeter with a clean, white dial. This is likely my favorite of the bunch. Japan Exclusive Now, for some not-so-great news. The Omega Speedmaster Tokyo 2020 is, as you might have guessed, exclusively being sold in Japan. Though many watch blogs are writing about it, Omega isn’t even advertising this product on their US or European websites. In the past, that would most likely lead to westerners never owning this special edition watch, but times have changed. How You Can Get One for Yourself With the rise of the Internet, the days of total exclusivity are over. Omega could have kept this watch in Japan exclusively in another era, but now, collectors in the western world are going to be able to get their hands on some of them. There are two ways to make it happen. 1: Go to the Olympics in Tokyo – Of course, you can always get a new watch the old-fashioned way. You’ll just have to make a trip to Japan, walk into an Omega store, and purchase one in person. If you choose this option, you might be able to make a wonderful vacation out of it. 2: Purchase One Online – You can count on many collectors purchasing a limited edition Speedmaster and selling it not long after. There will also be people who buy one specifically to resell it. Either way, these watches will eventually start to show up for sale online at online watch stores!

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  3. The History of the Rolex Submariner

    The History of the Rolex Submariner

    With a history that goes back over 60 years, the Rolex Submariner is among the most popular luxury watches of all-time. The timepiece is a staple in the Rolex family and the darling of its sports watches. Among collectors, the Submariner has achieved iconic status. Perhaps it has something to do with the illustrious names attached to it — Jacques Cousteau, James Bond, Sean Connery and the British Royal Navy. Beyond the marketing hype, however, the Rolex Submariner is the ultimate marriage of performance and style. Rolex Submariner, Early Ocean Conquest The Rolex Submariner can trace its history back to the early 1950s when a member of Rolex’s board of directors, Rene P. Jeanneret challenged the brand to develop an innovative sports watch specifically for scuba divers. Jeanneret maintained that this diving watch should also be elegant enough to wear on a day-to-day basis. Hans Wilsdorf and his team then set out to create a timepiece with a heightened level of water resistance in mind. Wilsdorf also insisted upon self-winding movement and the screw-down crown.  In 1953, the team was finally ready to meet the challenge set by Jeanneret. The company’s team of engineers put together a timepiece working closely with oceanographers Auguste and Jacques Piccard. The father-son duo was set to take their “bathyscaphe” to a world record depth. How deep? Try 10,275 feet below the ocean’s surface. The two sides worked together to test the early experimental models of what would eventually become the Submariner. As the deep-sea submersible came back up to the surface, the timepiece was still working perfectly and shining brightly. Rolex Submariner, A New Standard The following year, Rolex introduced the Submariner model 6204 at the 1954 Basel Watch Fair. Two models were introduced, Reference 6204 and 6205. Both were water-resistant and could withstand depths of up to 100 meters. This was a feat no diving watch could even hope of achieving in the 1950s. One year later, the Reference 6200 was released, which is widely considered the holy grail of the Submariner. This version was water-resistant to 200 meters and included an “explorer-style” “3-6-9” dial. None of these first three models featured the word ‘Submariner’ on the dial yet. The clean aesthetic as well as the proprietary caliber movement built in-house served as notable selling points for Jeanneret. Rolex released this new gentleman’s dive watch to the public in 1955. Rolex Submariner Popular Amongst Everyone First and foremost, the Rolex Submariner was the ideal diving companion among professionals and amateurs. Beyond the sturdy construction, the new Submariner appealed to divers and oceanographers. Maybe mainly for its handful of utilities and tools developed specifically for them. The rotating bezel kept track of air time when divers were submerged. The handy flip lock clasp (now known as “triplock”) solved limitations pertaining to wet suits and neoprene gloves for convenient handling. In 1956, Jacques Cousteau released a documentary film about the Mediterranean Sea entitled The Silent World, which eventually won an Academy Award.  For the rest of the decade, Rolex steadily released updates to the Submariner. Most notably, the introduction of the chronometer-certified Rolex caliber 1030 was an important update for the 6538 and 6536 that improved the internal mechanisms. The 6538 is specifically what James Bond wears. The Rolex Submariner didn’t have mass appeal until the 1960s when it showed up on the wrist of Sean Connery in several James Bond 007 films. The watch sparkled especially in some of the most iconic underwater scenes of one of pop culture’s most legendary characters. The Quest For Perfection with Rolex Submariner The baseline design and mechanics remained relatively untouched. But there were sporadic innovations that continued to flow in the years to come. A cyclops magnifying glass was added in 1966 to augment the underwater legibility. By this time, the Submariner had already become an icon. This marked the introduction of precious metals to the collection. A helium escape valve, 31 jewel movement and Super-LumiNova hour markers all added a new dimension in Rolex’s quest for perfection. The continued technical improvements over the decades have made the Submariner one of the most iconic watches of all-time. As far as the design is concerned, Rolex has only made minor changes to the timepiece. The lasting legacy of the Submariner is loud and clear. It’s a watch that’s durable enough to withstand an underwater stealth mission, yet it’s elegant enough to fit right in at any black-tie affair.

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  4. Watch Batteries: What to Know

    Watch Batteries: What to Know

    The style and appearance of the watch are some essential things to be considered while making a purchase, but what lies underneath is just as important. For example — watch batteries. The movement of the watch is the mechanism that powers the watch and regulates time. Perhaps the most common knowledge gap that people have is about the difference between a quartz watch and a mechanical watch. These terms, mechanical and quartz, refer to the movement of the watch. What is a Quartz watch movement?  There are several watch movements, and a quartz movement is one of them. A quartz movement is dependent on a battery for energy. Seiko released the world’s first mass-produced quartz watch in 1969 with the Astron. Quartz movements are more accurate than mechanical ones, and they’re also cheaper and faster to produce. As a result, this technological advancement almost put an end to the Swiss watch industry in the 1970s and 1980s. Most leading luxury Swiss watch companies today include quartz models in their lineup. Some examples of this are TAG Heuer Aquaracer, and Colt.  In fact, Breitling boasts that its SuperQuartz movement is ten times more precise than a standard quartz caliber. A quartz watch’s energy comes from a movement which controls or adjusts time through the use of a crystal created using the mineral quartz. These watches still have gears to rotate the hour, minute, and second hands unless it is a digital watch, along with any other complications, but gears in a quartz watch are turned by an electric stepping motor that is powered by a battery. 5 types of batteries used in watches The mineral quartz has the quality of being piezoelectric. This indicates that when any sort of mechanical stress is put upon the material’s structure, it generates an electrical impulse. And the material produces vibrations when it’s charged with electricity. The main concept behind a quartz watch movement is very simple. A small circuit and microchip make use of a battery to charge a tuning-fork-shaped quartz crystal, which causes it to vibrate or oscillate. The microchip is adjusted to measure this vibration in order to generate an electrical signal that pulses exactly once every second. This electrical pulse directs the stepping motor to turn the hands for one second. 1: Renata Watch Batteries Renata batteries are supplied by a Swiss company that is owned by the Swatch Group. The swatch group is also the producer of Omega, Longines, and Breguet watches. This brand is a little more expensive than others. It’s frequently used in quartz watches because the batteries are reliable and last longer. They have over 40 different types that are made of silver oxide without any mercury. Previously, watch batteries contained a little mercury, but most companies don’t use it anymore as it is toxic to the environment. Batteries by Renta provide about 1.55 volts and have a very low self-discharge rate; they are also leak-proof. 2: Varta Watch Batteries Varta produces 33 different types of batteries for watches and timepieces. Some of their watch batteries are just like the silver oxide ones that other companies make, but Varta also makes alkaline manganese and Li-ion batteries. Varta also provides some uncommon watches, such as one type of watch from Omega that uses a rare 2-volt lithium battery. 3: Sony Watch Batteries Sony is the largest silver oxide button cell battery maker in the world. It makes 40 different silver oxide watch batteries that fit a wide variety of watches.  About half of the batteries are for high-drain timepieces. These batteries might differ in how much capacity they hold, but most of them provide 1.5 volts of energy. You can use two types of batteries in high-end quartz watch movements. Still, the buyer should match the high-drain or low-drain battery with the right kind of watch. The Sony watch battery is leak-proof and has a stable voltage. According to some popular consumer website, Sony watch batteries provide a long shelf life. 4: Maxell Watch Batteries Maxwell watch Batteries have made a name for themselves for batteries used in small electronics, including those for watches. Made of silver oxide, these small batteries do not have any presence of mercury in them. These Maxwell watch batteries can provide 1.5 volts. In terms of cost, this brand is a little on the expensive side. The batteries of this company come in different types and sizes, divided between a battery needed for low-drain watches and those for high-drain watches. 5: Energizer Watch Batteries This company might be most recognizable to those searching for a battery. Energizer makes a wide range of batteries that include both silver oxide and lithium batteries. They are some of the most affordable batteries in the market. These products supply 1.5 volts and are leak-proof. One interesting thing about Energizer is that they are the first ones to alter its packaging to make it more difficult to open. They brought this change because these batteries are easy for children to swallow. By making the battery containers difficult to open, the company is trying to make its packaging safer and child resistant.

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  5. Tiger Woods Sports a Rolex Deepsea After Masters Win

    Tiger Woods Sports a Rolex Deepsea After Masters Win

    Tiger Woods ended a massive drought and reached the top of the golf world again. Many people (Woods included) thought that he would likely never make it back to this point. That was the consensus after more than ten years of injuries and disappointment. Still, against all odds, he recaptured that former magic and took home the trophy. But this isn’t an article about golf. Instead, it is about the Rolex Deepsea watch he put on after the win. Tiger has had a few brand ambassador roles over the years, with one of his most recognizable coming from TAG Heuer. In the past few years, though, he has represented Rolex. This highly sought-after luxury brand didn’t need any more exposure, but they got it from Woods after his big win. I’ll discuss Tiger’s favorite Rolex in the sections below. www.instagram.com/p/BwP1a_1l1MB/ The History of the Rolex Deepsea This model is actually a subcategory of the Sea-Dweller collection, so let’s go over both. The latter is essentially a higher-quality version of the Submariner. It looks almost entirely the same but can function at much greater depths. The primary reasons why are its gas escape valve and an overall higher level of craftsmanship. Another significant difference is that modern Sea-Dwellers most often come in precious metals, rather than stainless steel. Many experts call it the ultra-luxury version of the Submariner. The specific Rolex Deepsea that Woods put on was the James Cameron edition Deepsea, and the story behind it is phenomenal. It starts with the prominent director wanting to go to the bottom of the Marianas Trench, which is the deepest part of the ocean. Rolex saw this as a marketing opportunity and decided to create a watch with an incredible amount of water resistance. The result is a 3900m capability, which is thirteen times the typical resistance of a dive watch. While I’m sure that Tiger won’t be spending much time in the deep ocean, knowing that he has that kind of craftsmanship in his watch must be nice. Appearance Tiger’s Rolex Deepsea is one of the most beautiful watches in the world. First, it has all the gorgeous design features of a Submariner. It is simple, functional, and very well put together. Second, it comes in a color scheme that is very pleasing to the eye. The blue dial and black bezel work incredibly well together, which was on full display as Tiger lifted his trophy. Materials The materials you will get from your Deepsea will depend on the year and precise model you choose. Previous versions come in Rolex’s typical stainless steel, while the newest options come in precious metals like white gold. No matter which route you take, though, you will be getting top of the line quality. Rolex never disappoints in this domain. Rolex Deepsea Movement The Deepsea uses Rolex’s calibre 3235 movement, which many consider to be one of the top options in the world. It is incredibly accurate, has a 70-hour power reserve, and is virtually impervious to magnetism. If this becomes your everyday watch, there is a good chance that you won’t have to reset it for months. The first reason why is its accuracy, as it only loses or gains 2 seconds per day. The second is its power reserve, which will keep it ticking for days after you take it off. General Craftsmanship of Rolex Deepsea This watch might have the highest level of craftsmanship in the entire world, and that isn’t an exaggeration. As mentioned previously, it has a staggering 3900m water resistance. This metric indicates that this timepiece is as well made as they come. Just think about the fact that it can function at the bottom of the ocean without issue. All of that pressure, and the Rolex Deepsea handles it with ease. The result is that you should be able to put it through any day to day trial and not have to worry about it breaking down. Niche There are dive watches, and then there is the Rolex Deepsea. The minimum water resistance for a diver is actually only 100m, which is barely sufficient for surface swimming. Better options, like the Submariner, generally go to 300m. The Deepsea achieves a whopping 3900m, a capability that kept it ticking in the deepest part of the ocean. I will give this watch the crown as the ultimate diver, and I doubt anyone would argue against that. Rolex Deepsea Overall Impression Any watch that is good enough for Tiger Woods is probably good enough for you and me. That is absolutely the case with the Rolex Deepsea. First, it has everything you’d expect out of Rolex, including a clean design and a fantastic level of quality. Second, it gives you one of a kind water resistance, which is both useful and flat out cool. If you can afford this fantastic timepiece, then don’t hesitate. Go get one for yourself!

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  6. Watch Parts: Bits and Pieces You Should Know

    Watch Parts: Bits and Pieces You Should Know

    Getting into the watch collecting hobby can be daunting for a variety of reasons. One of them is not knowing the vocabulary that comes with it. For example, all of the watch parts. Experienced people will often speak in terms that regular people don’t understand without even knowing it, which can be frustrating. Below, I clear up that confusion by going through some of the most crucial bits and pieces of watch parts that make up your average wristwatch. Case This term refers to the housing that the interior of the watch sits in. They are generally made from stainless steel, gold, silver, titanium, cheaper metals, ceramic, or plastic. The one your timepiece is made from will depend on its price and usage. For example, dress watches frequently come in precious metals, while more rugged pieces often come in plastic. You can think of it as the base or center of the entire timepiece, as almost every other part connects to it directly. Dial The dial plays a crucial role in defining the function and aesthetics of the watch. It is the piece that you look at when you want to see what time it is. Manufacturers have many choices to make when they create them, including what texture, color, and complications they want them to have. They also must decide how they want to place the hour markers. That usually means lines, numbers, or a combination of the two. Hands Of course, a dial would be useless without the hands moving around it. These pieces are the arrows that tell you what time it is. There are generally between 2 and 4 of them, depending on the function of the watch. The standard is 3, as most timepieces have an hour, minute, and second hand. Still, some get rid of the second hand and only have 2, while others have an alternate timekeeping system that requires a 4th. This is another area where manufacturers use their creativity to create unique coloring and designs. Bezel The bezel is an outer ring on the case that holds a variety of pieces together. In some watches, its only function is to provide stability. In others, it is used as a design feature or one with a specific purpose. A good example is dive watches, which have bezels that count down from 60 seconds or minutes. The wearer can usually spin the bezel around and change its positioning based on his or her needs. Lug Lugs are less interesting than most watch parts, but also play a crucial role. They are extensions of the case that connect the base of the watch to the strap. Whether that is leather, canvas, or metal, the lugs hold those two pieces together. Crown If you’ve ever set a watch before, you know that you have to pop that little circle out of the side of the case before starting. This piece is the crown, and without it, you wouldn’t be able to reset your watch. It is also a place where manufacturers like to put their logo and experiment with other design features. They come big, small, simple, and ornate. Some of them even have precious jewels at the end of them, though that is quite rare. Strap Watches are great, but without straps, you can’t wear them. This piece helps make your owning experience much more pleasurable by putting the product on your wrist, rather than in your pocket. The most common variants are leather, metal mesh, metal bracelet, nylon, and canvas, but there are endless options out there. Crystal The crystal is the piece of glass that separates your dial from the outside world. The beauty of them is that they let you see what time it is while also keeping your watch protected. Sapphire and mineral are the two most common materials they are made out of, with the former being more expensive and sought after. Movement The last piece of the puzzle is the movement. This term refers to the machinery that makes the watch function. On a quartz piece, it will be relatively simple and battery powered. Mechanical watches are more complicated and power themselves with kinetic energy. Either way, getting into the specific parts of movements could be its own post. Just know that there is a complex system inside your timepiece that moves the hands and keeps time for you. I hope this little guide has answered some of your questions and made you a more informed watch collector. Timepieces are wonderful little machines, but their construction is quite complicated. Going over terms and learning about the structure of them can be very helpful, and I am happy to provide that assistance to you. The next step in your education will be understanding the inner workings of the movement, so go research that if you’re ready to learn more!

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  7. Baselworld 2019: Top New Watches

    Baselworld 2019: Top New Watches

    Baselworld beckons for those fortunate enough to stroll its treasure-lined displays showcasing the world’s finest timepieces. It’s a privileged gathering of watchmaking expertise that stretches back hundreds of years and assembles from across the four corners of the globe. So, what caught our eye at Baselworld 2019? It’s hard to get all the favorites in, but here are the top contenders.  Tudor Black Bay P01 Wow! This sleek new gem from the well-respected watchmakers resurrects a design from the 1960s when Tudor was commissioned to create a watch for the U.S. Navy. The watch never made it out of the workshop stage but decades later, Tudor Black Bay resurrected the patent of this unique looking timepiece. Rather than stuck in the 60s, this watch exudes elegance with a modern sporty feel augmented by a strap that artfully blends leather and rubber. The design includes a unique locking bezel and is built tough to withstand water to a depth of 20 meters.     Rolex Datejust 36 Okay, so normally a Rolex Datejust wouldn’t grab much spotlight at Baselworld. Sure, the Datejust is a great piece that’s been pleasing watch lovers from an iconic perch in the pantheon of fine watches since its debut in 1946. But what makes this year’s entry so intriguing is how effortlessly it contours itself both to the old and the new with casual cool appeal. Take the classic Jubilee bracelet with an update in design that near seamlessly blends it into the case. Subtle with a width of 36mm, this won’t grab attention but those that do notice its sublime charm will note the steel and white gold combination that honors decades of heritage in the line. The fact that the black sunburst dial is backed by a power reserve of 70 hours means this classic is a keeper! Patek Philippe Weekly Calendar Patek Philippe looks like they were out for a fanciful whirl at Baselworld and by all accounts they succeeded marvelously. The latest incarnation in the Calatrava line, Ref. 5212A, positively pops with retro positivity in a throwback to classic time-and-date models from the 1950s. This timeless dress watch, that stirs a bit of whimsy with its handwritten days and months, still strictly serves as the weekly calendar it was designed to display all those years ago. And we’re talking about a serious old school swerve with the use of high-finish steel. Eschewing Patek’s preference to use precious metals, this no-nonsense and multi-purpose beauty also ups the elegance with a soft calfskin strap.     Breitling Navitimer 806 1959 Re-Issue Maybe it’s something in the zeitgeist. Maybe it’s as deep as the universal desire to ease back into a simpler time, or something as basic as the cycles of fashion reaching back to re-appropriate. No matter how the designs merged, we were again taken back to aesthetic wonders of the 1950s with an exact rendition of a Breitling Navitimer from 1959. And we mean exactly! While the movement inside is a modern in-house hand-wound 12-hour caliber, the rest is completely adherent to the original design. From the iconic beaded bezel to the sleek 40.9mm steel case, this one pleases both vintage hunters and aficionados of the longtime favorite. Zenith Defy Inventor Keen observers will recall that we were introduced to the Zenith Defy Lab in 2017. That limited-run watch crept into classic territory with a considerable technological leap due to its new oscillator in place of a traditional spring and balance wheel. That modern movement is back in a second limited-edition run dubbed the Zenith Defy Inventor, with an oscillating plate that whirs to put on something of a show when viewed through the crystal.   TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph TAG Heuer had no small task in mind when they set out to combine two worlds of watches: aviation and automobiles. The resulting Autavia does indeed capture both of these proving grounds that spawned the world’s greatest chronographs. Two years after the debut of that well-received Jack Heuer original design, they’re back with the Autavia Isograph. This watch tells the world you think of function before fashion. Though, of course, you are fashion conscious but don’t have to shout it out if you’re sporting a classic TAG Heuer. This latest rollout also comes in a color combination that has been garnering attention. The bronze case with a smoke-green dial just exudes laid-back confidence and unique style. This is one that’s perfect from golf clubs and boardrooms to days out for carefree Sundays. Zodiac Aerospace GMT It’s a design-splashed trip to the jet set fever of the 1960s with the Zodiac Aerospace GMT. Isn’t Zodiac now Fossil? Yes, Fossil did buy them. And no strikes against Fossil, they make some great stuff that often bests pricier competitors. But Zodiac has kept quietly semi-independent as they make a name for themselves in the GMT market. Based on a beloved design from the 1960s, the Zodiac Aerospace GMT is beefed up a bit with a 40mm case. As well as a two-tone bezel that’s retro-hued with orange and turquoise. In the $1,700 price range, this GMT should worry its higher-priced competition. The Next Baselworld Alas, you will have to wait for the next big gathering. Baselworld 2020 will be back in its title town of Basel on the Rhine River on April 30, 2020. Until then, you’ll just have to explore all of the 2019 offerings and simply dream of what’s in store.

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  8. How to Store Your Luxury Watches Safely

    How to Store Your Luxury Watches Safely

    So, you have gorgeous luxury watches. Congratulations! Now, you need to decide what you’re going to do with it when it’s not on your wrist. Though this might seem like a trivial factor to you, watch collectors are often very enthusiastic about what storage options they prefer over others. We tell you everything you need to know about this topic in the sections below. What You Might Want Top factors to consider when choosing a watch storage strategy: Safety – Whether you’re having a party, inviting your children’s friends into the house, or reading about a string of home invasions in your area, you might worry about the safety of your expensive watch collection. If so, you can store your pieces in a way that keeps them safe from bad actors. Heat and Moisture – One of the things that makes the best watches so expensive is that they are resilient against outside elements. Still, many collectors believe that heat and moisture play a role in decreasing quality over time. If you agree with them, you may want to choose storage that controls these factors. Winding – Those with quartz watches have no use for a winder, but people with manual or automatic movement might. Luckily, many storage options have watch winders installed in them, so you don’t have to worry about your timepiece running out of steam. Presentation – Many people like to make their watches part of their home decor, rather than putting them out of sight. What’s nice about watch storage is that most options are made to look luxurious and beautiful. Some of our top options for luxury watch storages are listed below: Storage Case The classic choice is a simple storage box. When you buy one, it will likely come with pads to wrap your watches around and keep them safe. All you have to do when shopping for one is consider two factors. First, how many pieces you want to store. Typical models range from housing just one piece all the way up to twenty. The second matter you need to think about is presentation. Some boxes have glass tops to view your watches, while others don’t. Some are made of wood, while others are leather. Ultimately, you will choose your storage case based on the decor of your home and what you find aesthetically pleasing. Cigar Humidor People that collect cigars almost always have a humidor in their home. The reason is that temperature and moisture compromise the quality of the tobacco they love so much. The same is true for watches, but to a lesser extent. For this reason, the most advanced watch collectors may opt for a humidor over a basic box due to the added control. Doing so is likely unnecessary for less expensive watches, though. Watch Winder One of the most useful tools a manual watch owner can buy is a winder. Doing so accomplishes two goals. First, it functions as a storage container, just like the cases we described above. Most winders are made to look beautiful, so the one you pick can become a piece of decor too. Second, they quietly wind your watch for you at night, so you can start the next day without winding it up yourself. This task is not as crucial for the best automatic watches but is an excellent convenience for those who need to wind their timepieces frequently. A Safe in Your Home Though home invasions are rare, they can happen anytime. This is why people with vast, expensive watch collections often opt to get a safe installed in their home. Doing so gives them peace of mind because they know that a typical burglar will not be able to steal their most prized possessions. One thing to note is that if you choose this option, you don’t need to settle for a standard, boring safe. Instead, you can purchase a watch-specific one that presents your pieces beautifully and has the option of adding winders. A Safety Deposit Box This is not the option that most regular people will choose. Why? Because they want to wear their watches, not let them sit in a safe day after day. Still, those that both collect and sell large sums of timepieces may choose the extra security provided by a safety deposit box. As you can imagine, having a piece that is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars sitting in your home might be more trouble than it’s worth. Now that you know all of the relevant information on luxury watches storage, you can make your decision with confidence. What doing so ultimately comes down to is your priorities. Look through the factors listed above one more time. Which jump out at you as important? Which can be discounted? Once you answer those questions, your choice will be clear.

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  9. What is a Solar Watch?

    What is a Solar Watch?

    Even if you’re not much of a watch person, you have likely heard of solar watch. The reason is that companies love to advertise them all around the Internet and on television. Perhaps the most common example is the company Citizen, who’s Eco-Drive watches are quite famous after years of showing commercials during sporting events. Despite how well known this technology is, there are a significant number of people out there that don’t know exactly how it functions. I’ll clear up that confusion in the sections below. Quartz Movements The first thing you need to do is differentiate between two types of movement. To get very basic, a movement is the machinery that makes your watch keep time. The two types are mechanical and quartz. Mechanical – A tiny and complex machine that manufacturers build to turn your second hand at the desired rate. You power this apparatus through kinetic energy, which comes in the form of winding it or simply wearing it during your day to day activities. Quartz – A much simpler machine that relies on a battery to power itself and a quartz crystal to regulate how often it ticks. Solar watches fall into the latter category, but they have two crucial differences. What Makes a Solar Watch Different A standard quartz piece has simple machinery, a quartz crystal, and a typical battery. That power source makes the watch tick, usually for about 2-5 years, and then needs to be replaced. Solar watches are different in two ways. Battery – Typical watch batteries need a replacement after a few years. The energy inside of them only goes one way: from full to empty. In a solar piece, the battery can gain energy, rather than just lose it. This extends the lifespan of the watch and makes it less likely to suddenly lose function. Solar Cells – The battery we just discussed gets its energy from the sun, with tiny solar cells being the intermediary between them. I will explain this further in the next passage. How Exactly Do They Work? Let’s jump into the science behind these watches. It’s not too complicated. The following is the process that they go through to power themselves. Collection – Watch manufacturers install tiny solar panels on the faces of their products. They are made of two layers of silicon, a material that is especially good at harnessing the energy of the sun. Transportation – That energy flows from the first layer of the silicon, to the second, and then down a wire to the battery. It passes through the system in tiny electrons, which get reused over and over again as transportation vessels. Function – With its battery filled, the watch starts to function like any other quartz timepiece. Though the in-depth mechanism is a bit complex for someone untrained in science, it isn’t too difficult to conceptualize the process. To put it into one sentence, these watches collect solar energy through panels, then transport it to the battery through a wire. Their Appeal Many people prefer quartz over mechanical, with the two most common reasons being lack of maintenance and lowered price. The drawback of that choice, though, is replacing batteries every few years. Solar watches give these people the ability to have a low maintenance and reliable watch, while also having one that powers itself for a very long time. It is also just flat out cool to have a piece of machinery that is powered by the sun. I personally have a solar-powered Casio G-Shock that has been running strong for about 4 years now. It should continue to do so for another 4-6 before the battery loses its effectiveness. The Best Companies Producing Them Though many brands produce solar powered watches, there are three that do so more than the rest. Casio – First, we have Casio, who makes the acclaimed G-Shock and a ton of other models. Their solar capabilities fit right into Casio’s rugged reputation, making this company is another great option. Citizen – Another famous of the bunch is Citizen, who installs a solar movement in almost every one of their watches. They have advertised their Eco-Drive technology into being a household name, and its reliability backs that fame up. They put these engines in all types of timepieces, so you should be able to find one that suits your style. Seiko – Though they are less committed than Citizen, Seiko is another Japanese brand that has a respectable number of solar-powered pieces. They are also famous for delivering a ton of value in every watch, making them a very smart pick. So, there you have it. You now know what a solar watch is, how it works, and where you can go to get one. I can tell you from experience that purchasing one of these pieces is a lot of fun. I recommend one as a low maintenance option for anyone’s collection. All you have to do is buy it, wear it, and enjoy it. What could be better than that?

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  10. Top 25 Waterproof Watches

    Top 25 Waterproof Watches

    One of the most sought-after features of a watch is its waterproof capability. Some would say this feature is not useful in their daily lives, since not everyone goes for a swim on a daily basis. However, a waterproof watch provides benefits that both ordinary folks and seasoned athletes will surely enjoy. In fact, waterproofness is now a crucial part of a watch’s versatility in any environment, be it on dry land or underwater. In this write-up, we will be going through the 25 best waterproof watches that everyone will surely enjoy. It does not matter if you are part of the army, an athlete, or just a regular ol’ land-dwelling person. Waterproof watches are there for everyone to enjoy.  Top 25 Waterproof Watches 1. Rolex Submariner Ref. 116610 LN Right of the bat, one of the best waterproof watches in the industry is the Rolex Submariner Ref. 116610 LN. Not only was Rolex the pioneer of outstanding dive watches, but it is also the most popular luxury brand in all aspects of watchmaking. The Rolex Submariner is widely regarded as the quintessential dive watch that has yet to be beaten by other luxury brands. By using the blueprint of its predecessor, the Rolex Oyster, the Rolex Submariner exemplifies both class, elegance, and utility simultaneously.  This Rolex Submariner timepiece has a 40mm stainless steel case and bracelet. The black unidirectional bezel allows the wearer to accurately monitor the duration of the dive as well as when decompression stops. The black dial complements the bezel perfectly, creating an elegant unity in its design.  And most importantly, this waterproof watch has a water resistance rating of 300m, making it perfect for extreme water sports like high impact diving and deep-sea scuba diving. With such a promising heritage and excellent features, it is not surprising that this particular waterproof timepiece carries a pretty expensive price tag. It currently costs $15,349 USD. This waterproof watch may not be for everyone, but it is definitely a great investment.  2. Victorinox I.N.O.X Professional Diver Ref. 241781 The Victorinox I.N.O.X Professional Diver Ref. 24178 is yet another handsome waterproof timepiece that flaunts a sleek and elegant demeanour. This Victorinox Swiss Army watch was created with adventurers and divers in mind, and as such, it has a wide scope of use with features almost anyone can enjoy.  This $649 USD Victorinox I.N.O.X has a 200m water resistance rating, which is perfect for extreme sports or activities. It is easily one of the classiest water-resistant watches, with its sleek blend of silver and black, and its unusual hexagonal bezel. Its 45mm stainless steel case offers a durable bulky exterior, with a screw-down crown for further protection underwater. The striking black dial is filled with thick hands and applied indices that are coated with luminous material for maximal readability underwater, making this a truly high-utility waterproof watch.  3. Seiko Prospex Lowercase Limited Ref. SBDN045 The Seiko Prospex Lowercase Limited 5000 Ref. SBDN045 is a solar-powered dive watch reminiscent of another Seiko waterproof watch, the Seiko Prospex Tuna—both timepieces have cases that resemble a can of tuna, hence the name. The Ref. SBDN045 has a 46.3mm hard-coated stainless steel case, making it a fairly large watch that promises durability on both land and underwater.  To make things sweeter, the Seiko Prospex Lowercase Limited 5000 has a 200m water resistance capacity, which is more than enough for those who prefer casual scuba diving. It also has a one-way rotating bezel for timing purposes when diving and decompression stops. Other features like the 24-hour sub-dial, chronograph of 1 hour with ⅕ second increment, a date aperture, and an overcharge prevention function are also included. The Seiko Prospex Lowercase Limited 5000 Ref. SBDN045 is priced at $489 USD, which is quite affordable for a waterproof dive watch. 4. Jaguar Executive Ref. J863/D The Jaguar Executive Ref. J863/D is probably one of the most underrated waterproof watches on the market. Jaguar has quite an interesting history, due to it almost being phased out of the market entirely. Luckily, the Festina Group bought the brand and took it under its wing, giving Jaguar the chance to prove itself as the underdog of Swiss watches.  This Jaguar Executive has a design similar to the Rolex Submariner. It is equipped with a 43.5mm 316L stainless steel case and bracelet with an exquisite gold-plated bezel, crown, and dual-tone bracelet links. This design exudes an elegance that adds to the luxury and glamor of this waterproof watch. It also doubles down on its dive watch capabilities with a 200m water resistance rating. The price for the Jaguar Executive Ref. J863/D starts at $569 USD, making this a great option for those who love the look of the Rolex Submariner but are working with a limited budget. 5. Casio Pro Trek Triple Sensor Ref. PRW-7000FC-1JF If you are adventurous at heart, the Casio Pro Trek Triple Sensor Ref. PRW-7000FC-1JF will surely provide you with all the utility you need. This watch has a 52mm black resin and stainless steel case which gives it a sleek, stealthy design that is appropriate for both day and night activities. It has analog and digital indicators to ensure legibility at all times, making it a versatile watch that is easily readable underwater as well.  One of the many prominent features is its Fishing Time function, which lets the wearer know the best time to go fishing. In addition, this waterproof watch also has a 200-meter water resistance rating. The Casio Pro Trek Triple Sensor retails at $570 USD. It is a highly reliable watch that emphasizes its tactical features in more ways than one. Not only that, but it also offers a very stylish design that can be worn at casual gatherings or formal events. 6. Luminox Navy Seal 3500 Series Ref. XS.3501.F The Luminox Navy Seal 3500 Series Ref. XS.3501.F is the descendant of the Luminox Navy Seal Original 3000 series, which was created for the US Navy Seal unit. It uses the same design as its predecessor, but with a few modern improvements to give it its own identity.  This waterproof watch provides incredible utility, with its 45mm carbon compound case and bezel, and a signature black Polyurethane strap that has a secure stainless steel buckle. The materials used are lightweight, making this an extremely comfortable watch to wear on your wrist. This timepiece has a water resistance rating of 200m, which is more than enough for the Navy Seals to operate, whether on land or in the sea. It is an impressive watch that uses self-illumination technology to improve its versatility in any situation, which is perfect for military personnel. This Luminox timepiece retails at $395, making it an affordable tactical watch that you should definitely check out if you are looking for a water-resistant watch.  7. Casio G-Shock Frogman Ref. GWF-D1000B-1JF The Casio G-Shock Frogman Ref. GWF-D1000B-1JF was created in close collaboration with professional dive rescue teams. This Master of G watch stays true to its “Frogman” name, with a rugged black-and-blue design that perfectly complements a diver’s outfit and fits the underwater atmosphere. It has a 53.3mm polymer and hard-coated stainless steel case that is commonly found on Casio G-Shock watches.  This Casio Frogman is a digital watch that features a depth meter that goes up to 80m. In addition, it also has a water resistance rating of 200m, making it a proper dive watch for both recreational divers and rescue teams. The price for this waterproof watch starts at $1,089 USD. It is a little more expensive than other G-Shock watches, but this should be expected since it is part of the Master of G series—a collection of high utility G-Shock watches that are meant for rigorous activities such as sports, adventures, and rescue missions. 8. Breitling Avenger Blackbird Ref. V17311AT/BD74 The Breitling Avenger Blackbird Ref. V17311AT/BD74 is a new and improved homage to the Breitling Chronomat Blackbird, which was released in 1995. Breitling created this highly functional aviation watch in commemoration of the Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” jet plane which soared the skies in the 1960s This stylish watch boasts a 44mm DLC-coated titanium case with a black canvas strap that completes its stealthy look. It also has a matching black dial, with a date aperture located at the 3 o’clock position. Although it is an aviation watch, this Avenger Blackbird has a water resistance capacity of 300m—which is quite substantial, even compared to most dive watches. The caseback of the Avenger Blackbird is screwed in for a tighter fit, to further protect the inner mechanisms of the watch from water. The price of the Breitling Avenger Blackbird Ref. V17311AT/BD74 starts at $10,205 USD.  9. Tudor Heritage Black Bay Ref. 79030N-0001 The Tudor Heritage Black Bay Ref. 79030N-0001 is Tudor’s response to the rapid rise of dive watches—particularly in the face of Rolex’s diver watch successes. As a vintage-style watch, this waterproof timepiece follows the old-school design schemes of the first dive watches to ever grace the market. From the bezel down to the dial features, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay greatly resembles the Submariner’s design. Some may be put off by this fact, but it is undeniable that the Tudor Heritage Black Bay is one of the best affordable, dive watches available today. If you are looking for a luxurious watch that is just as stylish as the Rolex Submariner, but with a cheaper price tag, then the Tudor Heritage Black Bay is the one to go for.  The Tudor Heritage Black Bay Ref. 79030N-0001 has a 39mm stainless steel case with a unidirectional bezel and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The markers on the bezel, along with the hands and markers on the dial, are gold-coated, ensuring maximal legibility at all times and adding to the extravagance of this timepiece. It also has a solid 200m water resistance capacity. The price for this waterproof watch starts at $4,479 USD—still expensive, but quite affordable compared to Rolex and other luxury dive watches. 10. Panerai Submersible 1950 Ref. PAM01616 The Panerai Submersible 1950 Ref. PAM01616 uses a durable 47mm black Carbotech case that is paired with a matching black rubber strap. The surface of the case creates a seemingly rough texture that complements the robust cushion-shaped case. Luminescent blue dot hour markers and a handset tipped with blue are used to provide greater legibility, even under the water. Included in the dial is a small seconds sub-dial that is located at the 9 o’clock position. As for the date aperture, it can be found at the 3 o’clock position, opposite the small seconds sub-dial.  The Panerai Submersible 1950 Ref. PAM01616 also incorporates a 300m water resistance capacity, which strengthens its claim as one of the most stylish, best waterproof watches in the watch industry. The retail price for this watch is currently $13,999 USD. 11. Tag Heuer Aquaracer Ref. WAY1395.BH0716 Tag Heuer is known for race car watches. That is why it was quite unexpected for it to release a dive watch, considering its expertise in car racing. The Tag Heuer Aquaracer Ref. WAY1395.BH0716 is a ladies’ dive watch that is fitted with exquisite diamonds on the bezel. It has a 35mm ceramic case that makes the watch both compact and lightweight. This is paired with a black dial that boasts contrasting silver-tone hands and hour markers. This Tag Heuer Aquaracer has a water resistance rating of 300m, which is more than enough for a dive/race watch. But then again, a higher water resistance capacity will always be better.  The Tag Heuer Aquaracer Ref. WAY1395.BH0716 sells for $3,800 USD. It is a stylish and elegant waterproof watch that is perfect for ladies. 12. Seiko Prospex Ref. SPB147J1 The Seiko Prospex Ref. SPB147J1 is a direct homage to Seiko’s first-ever dive watch. It is a piece-by-piece rendition of the Seiko Diver Ref. 6217-8001, making it a must-have timepiece for watch enthusiasts. This waterproof watch has a 40.5mm stainless steel case with a black rotating ceramic bezel. It is also paired with a black silicone strap to promote comfort on the wearer’s wrist. This Seiko Prospex dive watch has a water resistance rating of 200m, which is the international standard for dive watches approved by prominent divers. The price of the Seiko Prospex Ref. SPB147J1 is $899 USD. 13. IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport For Good” Ref. IW379507 Yet another stylish dive watch, the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport For Good” Ref. IW379507 offers a sleek black exterior with a blue strap and dial. Not only does it have a deep blue sea theme, but it also promotes legibility with its thick white hands and hour markers. It has a 45mm stainless steel case that is covered in rubber, which gives it better protection from external forces and amplifies its shock resistance. It also features a rotating bezel, although the indicators are, unusually, located inside the dial, rather than on the bezel itself. This is a unique feature that focuses more on the legibility of the watch rather than its aesthetics.  This waterproof watch has a 300m water resistance rating, so wearers who enjoy extreme diving sports can take this watch along with them without any worry. The price for this amazing timepiece starts at $11,700 USD. 14. Omega Seamaster Diver Ref. 210.30.42.20.06.001 The Omega Seamaster Diver Ref. 210.30.42.20.06.001 offers a particularly fresh design that is perfect for both casual and diving purposes. With its 300m water resistance capacity, you can enjoy high-impact water sports and deep-sea scuba diving with this excellent waterproof timepiece. It has a 42mm brushed stainless steel case, with a blue ceramic bezel that can be rotated for diving purposes. The grey dial adds greatly to the suave aesthetics of this watch, boasting a pattern of striking wavy grooves that are reminiscent of the ocean waves. This watch currently retails at $5,200 USD. 15. Oris Divers Sixty-Five Ref. 01.733.7720.4354-07.4.21.18 Oris is also known to produce impressive timepieces that are both stylish and durable. The Oris Divers Sixty-Five Ref. 01.733.7720.4354-07.4.21.18 has a classic dive watch design that focuses more on its style compared to its utility as a dive watch. It has a 42mm stainless steel case that is paired with a sleek black rotating bezel. One of its prominent design features includes its domed sapphire crystal. This is a fresh take from the usual Submariner blueprint, which utilizes a flat sapphire crystal.  This timepiece has a water resistance rating of 100m. It may not be the most impressive water resistance capacity in the world, but it makes this a very useful watch for daily wear, as you can easily bring it for a swim at any time. This waterproof watch is currently priced at $2,200 USD.  16. Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph Ref. Q9028480 The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph Ref. Q9028480 is yet another watch that is waterproof up to depths of 100m. Although this might be less than the water-resistance ratings of some other dive watches, it cannot be denied that Jaeger-LeCoultre certainly knows how to create elegant timepieces.  This Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris is an automatic watch with chronograph sub-dials. It has a 42mm stainless steel case paired with a brown calfskin leather strap. The vibrant blue dial is the star of this waterproof watch and is further highlighted by its sword-shaped white hands and hour markers. In a lot of ways, this is essentially a classy dress watch with extra durability and protection from wet elements for greater convenience. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph Ref. Q9028480 currently retails at $11,300 USD. 17. Grand Seiko 9R Spring Drive Ref. SBGE227 If you are looking for a dressier waterproof watch that is versatile enough for both formal occasions and everyday wear, then Grand Seiko 9R Spring Drive Ref. SBGE227 might be the one for you. It is an elegant watch with a design that is perfectly fitted for a classy race car driver. The 40.2mm stainless steel case complements the black alligator leather strap, making it a suitable dress watch for formal events. It also has a brown dial embellished with silver-tone indexes and hands. It also features a date aperture located at the usual 3 o’clock position. This is a must-have for watch enthusiasts who love more sophisticated waterproof pieces. This watch is priced at $5,600 USD. 18. Montblanc TimeWalker Ref. 116100 The Montblanc TimeWalker Ref. 116100 is another extravagant watch that should be added to your collection of best waterproof watches. Although it only has a water resistance rating of 100m, it is still a great timepiece to have since it is elegant, stylish, and the perfect companion for your everyday routines. This exquisite watch has a 43mm stainless steel case paired with a sleek black bezel. It also features a black leather strap which adds to its aura of classiness. The dial, on the other hand, comes in a silvery-white dial, with chronograph sub-dials and a date display window at 3 o’clock. If this waterproof piece has caught your eye, you can get it for just $4,500 USD in retail. 19. Citizen Promaster Marine Eco-Drive Ref. CC5006-06L The Citizen Promaster Marine Eco-Drive Ref. CC5006-06L is a high-utility waterproof watch that is packed with a number of useful functions. Not only does it have a 200m water resistance rating, but it also comes with satellite GPS functions, multiple time zones, and a perpetual calendar. This Citizen Promaster comes in a 47mm grey super titanium case with a blue polyurethane strap which is eco-friendly. On the blue dial, you can find the time zones of various cities worldwide marked on the outer rim of the dial. It also boasts a day-of-the-week indicator and a date aperture at 3 o’clock. This is a great dive watch, especially for those who love to travel overseas. The price for this watch starts at $1,395 USD. 20. Rolex Yacht-Master Ref. 268621-0004 The Rolex Yacht-Master Ref. 268621-0004 is a ladies’ watch that bears quite a resemblance to the Submariner. However, the Yacht-Master sets itself apart as it is smaller and is made from exquisite 18K Everose gold. The Rolex Yacht-Master Ref. 268621-0004 is not a dive watch, and should not be considered one, as it only has a 100m water resistance capacity. Rather, it is intended to be a durable, waterproof dress watch, with its extravagant design and glamorous aesthetics. It has a slender 37mm stainless steel case with 18K Everose gold accents on its bezel and bracelet. The black dial highlights the gold-lined hands and hour markers, which adds to its legibility and style. This exquisite and elegant waterproof dress watch retails at a whopping $16,699 USD. 21. Gucci GG2570 Ref. YA142301 With its 100m water resistance capacity, the Gucci GG2570 Ref. YA142301 boasts a 41mm polished stainless steel case with a tonneau shape that is commonly found in the Gucci GG2570 collection. It uses a black sun-brushed dial with steel hands and applied indices, as well as a date aperture at the 6 o’clock position. This is a classic design that is perfect as a fashionable, waterproof everyday watch. The price of this watch starts at $739 USD. 22. Longines Spirit Ref. L38204732 Longines might be a railroad watchmaking company, but that has not stopped them from venturing into waterproof watches. The Longines Spirit Ref. L38204732 is a prime example of a railroad watch with extra protection from certain elements wearers might encounter, such as water. This Longines Spirit watch has a 42mm stainless steel case with light brown calfskin leather, adding to the sophistication of this waterproof timepiece. The textured white dial gives off a vintage vibe that accommodates the three chronograph sub-dials perfectly. In addition, this timepiece has a 100m water resistance rating. The retail price of this waterproof watch starts at $3,100 USD. 23. SINN 206 ARKTIS II Ref. 206.015-Leather-CAE-Blue In the horology industry, German watches have been criminally underrated since the spotlight tends to be on Swiss watches. That said, the SINN 206 ARKTIS II Ref. 206.015-Leather-CASE-Blue is a great example of a German dive watch with great functionality and utility. It is an automatic chronograph watch that is enclosed in a 43mm steel case with a rotating bezel. The case also features Air-Dehumidifying technology to prevent unwanted fog and moisture from entering the inside of the watch, especially after diving or going for a swim. It has an electroplated blue dial with three chronograph sub-dials and a day-date aperture at 3 o’clock. This is an amazing waterproof watch that should definitely be given a chance. The price of this particular watch is $4,229 USD. 24. Tissot T-Sport PRS 516 Ref. T100.430.37.201.00 The Tissot T-Sport PRS 516 Ref. T100.430.37.201.00, as the name suggests, is a sports watch that possesses great durability and legibility to further assist its wearer. It has a 42mm PVD-coated stainless steel case along with a rubber strap for flexibility and comfort. Plus, it has a water resistance of 100m, which is enough for the average adventurer or recreational swimmer. The black carbon dial offers a very straightforward design to ensure greater ease in reading the time. Plus, it also has a date aperture at the 3 o’clock position. It is a minimalist sports watch and costs only $879 USD. 25. Casio G-Shock Full Metal Black Ref. GMW-B5000GD-1JF Without a doubt, the Casio G-Shock Full Metal Black Ref. GMW-B5000GD-1JF is a highly-regarded classic watch whose popularity never dwindled—even up to this day. Not only does it have a nostalgic, vintage design, but it provides durability like no other. It comes in a sturdy 43.2mm black rectangular stainless steel case and bracelet. It uses a digital dial that is home to several functions such as a mobile link, world time, a countdown timer, and many more. This watch is also fitted with a solar-powered cell to ensure a longer shelf-life and completely remove the hassle of changing batteries.  Most importantly, this watch has a 200m water resistance capacity. Casio takes pride in manufacturing durable watches, which makes them one of the top choices when looking for the sturdiest, best waterproof watches. Indeed, this $539 USD timepiece is affordable, stylish, and indubitably useful. What is a Waterproof Watch? The term “waterproof” is, arguably, an exaggeration. It is not possible to prevent water from ever seeping into a watch. Instead, the term “water resistance” is probably a more appropriate term for watches, since the “waterproofness” of a watch actually refers to its ability to resist water pressures and depths. Although some might think that the water resistance of a watch is only useful to athletes and sports enthusiasts, this is not actually the case. With waterproof watches, you can easily bring your everyday timepiece with you on a swim or into the shower without the hassle of having to take it on and off. Indeed, water resistance is actually a very handy feature for watches to have, even in everyday life. History The first instance of waterproof watches was created by the watchmaking powerhouse Rolex. Released in 1926, the Rolex Oyster was the first-ever waterproof watch introduced to the world of horology. This milestone paved the way for several watchmakers to start creating watches with the same groundbreaking water resistance feature. It goes without saying that due to certain limitations in technology back then, the waterproofness of watches back then was basically imperfect. Waterproof watches in the past could only withstand mundane activities like washing your hands or taking a shower.  Image courtesy of RolexThe Rolex Oyster was improved upon in 1927 when it was tested in the icy waters of the English Channel. Mercedez Gleitze, a renowned British swimmer, attempted to swim across the English Channel while wearing the Rolex Oyster around her neck. Unorthodox as this may seem, the Rolex Oyster actually came up dry after this historical swim. This milestone cemented the Rolex Oyster as the best waterproof watch during that time. This led to it becoming the blueprint for the Rolex Submariner, which is also recognized as the most sought-after dive watch ever.  As horological technologies have improved over the years, tactical watches have also started to incorporate water resistance features in order to increase their durability. Indeed, watches manufactured for military use have become rampant, to the point where massive watchmaking brands have dedicated several waterproof watches to accommodate their needs. Brands such as Luminox, Marathon, Traser, Casio, Breitling, and many more have dedicated time and effort to create some of the best tactical watches with increasingly powerful waterproof features for maximal durability.  Final Thoughts Water-resistant or waterproof watches are probably the greatest innovation ever introduced to the world of horology. After all, watches with no water resistance whatsoever can get damaged by just a small splash of water or even by being caught in the rain. That is why it has quickly become the norm for watchmakers to add water resistance features to their watches. Indeed, even a 30m water resistance capacity makes a huge difference in terms of a watch’s durability and versatility.  Although a perfectly waterproof watch has yet to be introduced by massive watchmaking companies, it is still too early to lose hope. With watch brands constantly experimenting on higher water resistance thresholds, it is safe to assume that the future is bright for watch enthusiasts. The 25 timepieces we have listed above are some of the best waterproof watches available on the market right now. After all, when looking for the perfect watch, it is definitely important to consider the water-resistance capabilities before you make a purchase. That way, you can enjoy your new watch without any worry of damage from accidental splashes. Need more choices? Check out our guide on Citizen NY0040: The Enduring Diver, it might be your new diving companion! All images courtesy of WatchShopping, unless stated otherwise.Featured image courtesy of Rolex.

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  11. What is a Quartz Movement Watch?

    What is a Quartz Movement Watch?

    When you’re on the market shopping for a watch, you’re going to want to choose one that is right for you. A lot of shoppers base their purchase on probably a few things: how the watch’s exterior looks, how the watch actually fits their wrist and would this watch fit their personality and even their style? Surely all of those are important things to consider when buying a watch, but what about the inside of your watch? You know, like the thing that actually makes your watch tick? This is where a quartz movement watch comes into play. You may have heard of it before, but wasn’t quite sure what it is because of it’s semi-fancy name. But basically, a quartz movement watch operates through a battery that sends power via a small quartz crystal. That small quartz crystal’s job is to create vibrations that generate movement of the second hand. You can immediately tell a quartz movement watch by the way it “ticks” the seconds off. Literally. You have options when it comes to choosing your timepiece. But the unmatched accuracy of a quartz watch is the primary benefit of choosing one for your watch. Quality Quartz Watch Movement Today, there is little reason to go with an old-fashion winding watch unless it is a family heirloom handed down from one generation to the next. When looking for a new watch with an accurate accounting of the time and calendar, look no further than a quartz movement watch. A quartz movement watch only needs an occasional replacement battery to keep it running accurately. In comparison, a mechanical watch requires regular winding. And while many are now equipped with self-winding features generated by the movement of the wrist, they often still require some winding.  Swiss Quartz Movement Traditionally, the Swiss are known as the best producers of timekeepers with a history that dates back centuries. Some of the top Swiss watch makers include Rolex, Omega and  Patek Philippe. While they’re all part of the elite, Patek Philippe is a longtime favorite family of independent watchmakers. As early as the 1830s, the brand has been considered the finest in quality and luxury in watches. Their Swiss quartz movement line is no different. They are a step above when it comes to design and their attention to detail. Japanese Quartz Movement Not surprisingly, the Japanese developed their own take and lines of quartz movement watches. The Seiko line began late in the 19th century with a young man, by the name of Kintaro Hattori, opening his own clock and watch repair shop. Shortly afterward, Hattori expanded and started his own company. The name of it was Seikosha, meaning exquisite or successful. His business truly became that with Seiko, a worldwide well-known, quality brand. Seiko was the first to produce a quartz movement watch back in the late 1960s. And that proved to be accurate within five seconds each month and vastly more accurate than any other watch of the time. Today, the Seiko brand is known for its accuracy, but thats not all. Its style is for any situation from a business meeting to a sporting event.  Quartz Movement Watches Available at WatchShopping.com There is no doubt the watch has come a long way with technology. There’s no saying where the future of watches can go, but so far, it’s been a pleasant surprise to watch. It remains a mainstay of the wardrobe as well as a functional timepiece, which a smartphone can never replace. When shopping for your next wristwatch, be sure to peruse the wide selection here at WatchShopping.com. Whether you’re looking for a quartz movement watch or an automatic, we carry the finest and most fashionable watches for men and women.

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