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  2. Top Affordable Mechanical Watches for Men

    Top Affordable Mechanical Watches for Men

    When looking for affordable watches for men, many people simply don’t consider mechanical watches. Not at first, at least. They first think quartz, mainly based on price. And sure, there are lots of great quartz watches out there at great prices. But there are also some wonderful mechanical watches in the same affordable price range as quartz. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best. Seiko 5 for Military Style Military inspiration is on full display with the Seiko 5 SNK805. A no-nonsense matte-finish face keeps things simple with an inner ring for hour markings. The outer indices for seconds, as does the round steel case that’s basic in the best possible sense. Lightweight and on the unassuming side with a 38mm diameter, this ready-to-go watch feels right at home on a casual nylon strap. And Seiko’s trusty 7S26C movement offers reliable accuracy that performs beyond the low price tag: under $100!     Beyond Bambino with the Orient TriStar When people ask about an affordable mechanical dress watch, the Orient Bambino is often the first response. And the Bambino is great. Both its elegance and its affordability are praise-worthy. But the often-overlooked TriStar (also referred to as 3 Star or Three Star) is impressive in its own right. Branded by three stars on the face, the TriStar has a history stretching back to the 1970s. Orient says they made the affordable mechanical watches as alternatives for those living in developing countries with less access to the replacement batteries needed for quartz watches. Orient has kept the watches old school in style, under 40mm. It has a classic stainless steel bracelet, and a day-and-date window on its retro face. While some models in the TriStar line creep up in price to the $200 range (still a great bargain) you can find a new TriStar for about $100. Invicta Pro Diver for a Rolex Feel Okay, fine, most of us know that Invicta dive watches have been derided as the alternative for a Rolex. And, sure, there is some justification in that, as Invicta has mimicked the looks of Rolex (most especially the Submariner) to create lower-end timepieces. But that doesn’t make Invicta watches bad, just not Rolexes. And let’s just consider the fact that you can get one for about 100 bucks. So, for that price, yeah the Invicta Pro Diver 8926 is a pretty nice selection, both in terms of looks and functionality. The 40mm stainless steel case has solid machining and a fine finish. The aluminum bezel is equally substantial. It’s water-resistant up to 200 meters and the NH35A automatic movement is reliable. While the movement is non-branded, that’s actually Seiko handiwork in there behind the display case back and it’s as dependable as most everything the time-honored watchmakers produce. So, sure, it’s not a Rolex, but still a nice option if you’re looking for an affordable alternative. Get Seriously Sporty with the Citizen Promaster While the Invicta Diver 8926 is a great bargain, you can take a serious step up in dive watches for not all that much more money with a Citizen Promaster Automatic. The Citizen NY0040 is a true ISO-certified dive watch with a depth rating of 200 meters and a high-visibility dial. Mixing brushed and high-polish stainless steel finishes, the case is rugged and looks super sporty on a formidable rubber strap. Inside you´ll find the in-house 21-jewel Miyota 8200 movement. With a 46mm diameter and 12mm thickness, this is a watch that wears prominently and really wants to get noticed. That’s all pretty nice for the price of under $300!   Mid-Century Style with the Timex Marlin Mesh This watch might remind you of a timepiece that would be on the wrist of an up-and-coming executive in the 1960s. The Timex Marlin Mesh is a re-issue of a dress watch we first met over half a century ago. Going seriously old school with a hand-wound movement, it oozes sophistication with a silver-on-silver design scheme. The watch, which was made with input from fashion designer Todd Snyder, has a Milanese mesh band. While the 34mm stainless steel case is muted enough to feel understated, eyes will be drawn to the silver sunray dial with mid-century-style indices. Priced at just over $200, it’s an elegant choice with a big dose of throwback charm. History and Heritage with the Hamilton Khaki Hamilton is always a great choice when you’re looking for something with deep ties to America’s watchmaking history, as the company dates back to 1892 in Pennsylvania. And their Khaki Field Mechanical offers a homage to that heritage albeit nearly a century later with a re-issue of a military field watch we first saw in the 1960s. It doesn’t feel formidable at first, as its 38mm diameter is on the smaller side. But it more than compensates for its diminutive dimensions with a classic style that adheres to the US military specs of days gone by. Swiss made today (Hamilton was sold back in the 70s), the Field Mechanical has ETA 2801-2 hand-wound movement with a 42-hour power reserve. On a green NATO strap, it positively exudes classic military style and is nicely priced within the reach of most at under $500.   Now, nobody is saying you shouldn’t splurge on a Rolex. Or that a fine Omega isn’t worth the price. Luxury timepieces come with luxury costs because they have value that justifies the investments. You can put a fine mechanical watch on your wrist without having to shell out big bucks.

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  4. 5 Things to Remember About Mechanical Watches

    5 Things to Remember About Mechanical Watches

    A mechanical watch uses a clockwork mechanism to measure the passage of time. These watches are driven by a mainspring which must be wound either periodically by hand or via an automatic winding mechanism. To put it differently, the watch requires an automatic winding to operate. A mechanical watch does not work on battery, and this quality, thus, makes it valuable. These classic wristwatches are simply amazing. Although they are expensive, they are worth buying. If you have a mechanical watch, then you must surely be earning these benefits. First of all, they last for a lifetime. Their longevity can’t be doubted because they feature a well-built mechanism. Secondly, you do not have to worry about replacing the batteries. And lastly, these watches have a clear sapphire casing on the back, which gives a clear view of fascinating rotations. In short, you can’t really go wrong with mechanical watches. 5 Things to Know About Mechanical Watches Now when you buy mechanical watches, you need to remember a few things. Since they are different in mechanism from the normal watches that we commonly wear, their care and working mechanism differ as well. If you are new to mechanical watches or if you still haven’t invested in one, then you need to keep the following in mind. 1: Craftsmanship   This is what fascinates us when we buy mechanical watches. If you are an engineer, you will definitely consider the craftsmanship of a mechanical watch. There are hundreds of parts that form an intricate structure inside the clock. They are all assembled to create a lifetime piece. Today, you will find so many different pieces of craftsmanship that are improved, refined, and perfected, giving the best complicated movements! 2: Durability Mechanical watches are passed from generation to generation because they ensure durability and can run for a lifetime. However, this is not the case with quartz watches. They are simply a buy-and-throw object. You must have bought many quartz watches, but they die in a year or two. They can’t be kept for long. But mechanical watches can give you a lifetime experience. These luxury watches, even if kept for ages, do not go out of fashion, or worse, stop working completely. The mechanical engineering that lies behind their making never lets them fail; thus, making them durable. 3: Heritage  Mechanical watches have been in the markets for long. Many innovations are taking place with time, with new features and modern parts being added to the mechanical watches, but they never get old. Their beauty stays, and even after so long, they would still continue to tick. When it comes to the heritage of a mechanical watch, the brand and watchmaking tradition counts a lot. However, the advantage of having a mechanical watch is that you can keep it as an heirloom. In the age of discoveries, modern technology is taking over the old things. But what is irreplaceable is a mechanical watch. Its value never fades since it’s a piece of art! 4: Value  Things that possess great craftsmanship tend to increase in value. In general, mechanical watches always have a higher value, especially if they are made by top-tier brands such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and so on. The value of their vintage watches has increased too much in the past years. On the contrary, quartz watches can be very cheap or slightly expensive, but they are never as costly as mechanical watches. Some people do not appreciate fine craftsmanship or mechanical watches and compare them to quartz watches. There’s no doubt that mechanical watches come with an unmatchable value. 5: Aesthetics  The last thing you should remember about a mechanical watch is its aesthetics. After the preparation of its inner machinery, it’s put into a beautiful case that allows one to see all the intricate machinery inside. If you buy a mechanical watch just by looking at its case, then you might only admire its beauty from outside. On the other hand, if you go for mechanical watches, they would not only let you praise them from outside, but their inner workings of the parts and the beauty they hold would make you appreciate the craftsmanship as well. Some mechanical watches do not have a complicated dial, and they do not show the inner workings from the top. But when you flip the watch, its see-through case back will definitely catch your gaze. After all, how can you miss watching the stunning movement that goes on behind to give you the perfect time? Mechanical Watches Conclusion These luxury mechanical watches are always fascinating. Seeing every component moving reminds you of the effort and engineering that are invested in the masterpiece. Perhaps these are the reasons why people collect and love mechanical watches. These advanced mechanical watches are simply beautiful and very durable. Mechanical watches can be thousands more expensive than quartz watches, but you should never miss out on buying one!

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  5. Best Mechanical Watches for Men

    Best Mechanical Watches for Men

    To many watch aficionados, the only kind of watch to wear are mechanical watches. But with so many out there, the abundance of choices can be overwhelming. While we can’t go through them all, let’s look at a few of the best mechanical watches to consider. Yes, Quartz is More Accurate Before the quartz fans start screaming, we should get this one out of the way. It is true, quartz watches are slightly more accurate than mechanical watches. While today’s technology means mechanical watches are getting more and more accurate, they will still never be as accurate as their quartz cousins (at least not in our lifetimes). Results vary, but you can expect a good quartz watch to lose only a few seconds a year while a well-made mechanical watch may lose a few seconds per month. But that is a small price to pay for the wonder that is a mechanical watch. Tag Heuer Autavia Isograph If we remember much from the 1980s style it was that things were big and bold. Hair was sprayed high, shoulder pads got ridiculously puffy and punk-inspired ensembles broke norms with shredded style. It was in the 80s that the Tag Heuer Autavia thrived. Discontinued in 1985, the model recently made a triumphant return. As its name suggests, the watch blends the style of race-inspired timepieces with made-for-pilots “aviation” watches. The result is a wonderful hybrid that comes in a carbon composite case that can take one heck of a beating. As it’s antimagnetic, shock resistant, and gravity resistant, it’s durable enough to take anything most men can dish out. The round case wears large at 42mm, but not so big and bulky that it doesn’t dress up nicely on a fine leather strap. Rolex Yacht-Master II Detractors of the classic Rolex Yacht-Master II may say that the watch wears too heavy. And they may have a point. With a diameter of 44mm and a bold angular lug design, it does present large. It’s one of the biggest offerings Rolex has in its repertoire. But most watch lovers will say that’s the beauty of the timepiece. It’s a guy’s guy watch that proudly puts its heft on display. With water resistance up to 100 meters, it’s built tough and designed for the adventurous spirit. That’s not to say it doesn’t have its finer side. Eighteen carat gold hour markers give it an air of sophistication while the instantly recognizable Ring Command bezel gives it a big, bold, blue show that most men would be proud to heft around on their wrists. Longines HydroConquest Automatic Diver You may be aware that the Swatch Group produces Longines timepieces. And Swatch is known for its whimsical watches, with lots of plastic pieces you may get in a variety of colors to add a splash of fun to an everyday outfit. That doesn’t mean you can’t look to them for a fine automatic watch. The Longines HydroConquest is a perfect example of this dichotomy. This is a classic men’s watch, with a bold blue dial, silver-white indices, and a traditional no-nonsense case style, which doesn’t go too big with a 41mm diameter. The result is a masculine piece that doesn’t try to overcompensate. Adding to its old-school aesthetics, the screw-down crown and link bracelet tell the world you’re a traditional man with traditional tastes. View this post on Instagram @longines is releasing an all-black ceramic version of the #hydroconquest (including ceramic dial). 43 mm diameter, L888.3 (ETA A31.L01) #longines #longineshydroconquest #divewatch #watchtime #watchtimemagazine #longinesconquest #longineswatch #longineswatches #uhren #ceramicwatch A post shared by WatchTime (@watchtimemagazine) on Apr 10, 2019 at 8:43am PDT Tudor Black Bay If you are going for all of the hallmarks that traditionally go into a watch for a man — clean lines, form following function and a pedigree that goes back decades — one should not look past the Black Bay. While we first saw the line in 2012, its roots go much deeper, back to Tudor’s foray into dive watches with the Submariner in 1954. Today’s Black Bays, which come in over a dozen varieties, continue that tradition with models like the Black Bay P01. With a 42mm diameter case, it has a manly vibe, that’s softened by a satin stainless steel finish. But this watch was made for men of action. It’s waterproof to 200 meters, has a crown at the four o’clock position to protect it from any bumps the watch may take on its side, and locks down its bezel with a unique hinge system. It’s no surprise this model is based on a design from 1967 intended for divers in the U.S. Navy and given the apt code name “Commando.” View this post on Instagram Novi #Tudor Black Bay P01, predstavljen na ovogodišnjem sajmu #Baselworld, osvojio je prestižnu nagradu “Challenge” na Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2019, čineći je petom nagradom koju je #Tudor osvojio u sedam godina sudjelovanja. // New @TudorWatch Black Bay P01, presented at this year’s @baselworld, won the prestigious “Challenge” Prize at the 2019 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, making it the fifth award TUDOR has received in its seven years of participating. _____________ Istražite TUDOR satove u našem butiku u centru Zagreba. Frane Petrića 7 +385 1 4870 700 info@mamic.com.hr #Mamic1970 #TudorWatch #BlackBayP01 #GPHG19 #BornToDare A post shared by Mamić 1970 (@mamic1970) on Nov 14, 2019 at 9:02am PST Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT Putting this monster on your wrist, with a bold 45mm carbon-fiber case, might draw accusations of overcompensation. Driving a Ferrari might do the same. But for guys who want things big, bold and luxurious, the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT 3D Carbon (also available in titanium and “King Gold”) is a perfect choice. Hublot began its association with Ferrari back in 2011, drawing inspiration from the Gran Turismo racers of the Italian auto legends. This one just screams for attention, with a busy skeletonized dial and subdials that seem to float over the action. The self-winding flyback chronograph’s movement is made up of over 350 parts, all moving in precise unison to create a show worthy of the Ferrari name. View this post on Instagram CLASSIC FUSION FERRARI GT “HUBLOT” Designed by the “Centro Stile Ferrari”, the new Classic Fusion Ferrari GT draws inspiration from the GT designed and crafted in the Maranello workshops. #tiktoo #hublot #hublotclassicfusion #hublotclassicfusionferrarigt #hublotferrari #hublotwatch #hublotчасы #ferrari #ferrarigt #sportswatch #racingwatch #ukwatchdealers #watches #watchesoftheday #watchesofinstagram #watchcollection #watchfamunited #watchfambrazil #watchfamusa #watchesforsale #luxurywatchlist #luxurywatches #luxurylifestyle #watchcollector #wristwatches #wristporn #wristpornwatchaholic #watchlobby #watchlover⌚ A post shared by Your Watch Marketplace (@tiktooltd) on Oct 28, 2019 at 12:06am PDT Of course, there are more. Lots more. Most major brands have dozens of mechanical offerings. But if you keep your eyes peeled and mind open, we’re sure you’ll find that perfect mechanical watch to put on your wrist.

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  6. Watch Movements: Which is Right for You?

    Watch Movements: Which is Right for You?

    Out of all accessories a man can have, a watch is the most prominent one. Watches reflect your personality more than anything else. They make you look stylish as well as well-groomed. We know how and why watches are so important when it comes to men’s attire but how to choose the best one? What makes a watch perfect? What makes it worth buying, and above all, which of the watch movements are right for you? Types of Watch Movements: If you ask any watch love or watch collector, what are the makings of a good watch, their first choice would be movement. To understand watch movements, think of it as the heart in the human body. There are three types of movements in a watch. Mechanical Automatic Quartz Mechanical: Timepieces with mechanical winding are traditional pedigree; even the fact that you have to self-wind the watch doesn’t really matter as it’s the mark of a classic watch. How does it work? Well, the easiest way to explain is that every mechanical watch has a coil, a mainspring. You wound the mainspring, and when it starts to unwind, your watch’s seconds’ hand starts to tick. Every watch’s coil or mainspring is different length; the longer the coil is, the more reserve hours you get. Pros of a Mechanical Watch: When it comes to a mechanical watch, you don’t need a battery, so there is never the question of the power running out in your watch. There is a reason why they are called classics. The simplest way to start your watch again is to wind it up again; there is nothing better than being able to wind your watch yourself, no more tedious trips to the watch shop to get the battery replaced. A mechanical watch is noiseless; you don’t get to hear the tick-tick of the second’s hand. The movement is sweeping; watch enthusiasts love this one bit more than anything in a mechanical watch. There is no craftsmanship like the one in a mechanical watch. It’s truly amazing how a watchmaker puts minute pieces together to give us the perfect time. Cons of a Mechanical Watch: Manual winding can be a tedious job for some. Getting a battery-operated watch is less hassle. It’s suggested that you wind your watch every day for perfect timing; some can go for two days without winding even. A mechanical watch is pretty sensitive to many things, especially the four forces, namely dust, moisture, shock, and magnet. So you have to be very guarded with your mechanical watch. Automatic: There isn’t much difference in an automatic and mechanical watch; they both work with the help of mainspring and gears. But an automatic watch is powered by your wrist and doesn’t need winding. The watch works while you wear it because of the rotor that mimics the movement of your wrist throughout the day. If you plan to rest your watch for days, make sure you place it in a watch winder that will keep it running. Pros of An Automatic Watch: There is no need to replace batteries as there are none in the watch. You don’t have to self-wind the watch as its movement is fueled by the movement of your wrists. With automatic watches, you get the smooth movement, no tick-tick of the second in automatic as well. The automatic watches are also a masterpiece of craftsmanship. They are just as complicated as mechanical watches. Cons of An Automatic Watch: Same as a mechanical watch, automatic watches are also affected by the four forces, and they can seriously mess up the watch. You will need a watch winder to store your watch if you aren’t planning to wear it for a long time, or else the time and calendar will get stuck to one point. Although they aren’t expensive, they are one additional item that you have to buy other than your automatic watch. You will need to tune up your automatic watch with regular intervals, or it will lose its accuracy. Automatic watches can be expensive. Quartz: Quartz is the most common movement in all watches if you are wearing one. It’s battery-operated, which means it’s pretty accurate. You will never have an extra sec, or you will never lose a second if you are wearing a quartz watch movement. These watches are more trustworthy and can withstand the four forces better than automatic or mechanical. Most sports, pilots, as well as field watches are quartz. Pros of a Quartz Watch: The time on quartz watches is perfectly accurate. This is the best advantage of having a high-quality quartz watch. You don’t need to wind it; quartz watches are low-maintenance watches. Not only are these watches are durable, but they are also more affordable. Cons of a Quartz Watch: There is not much history really with a quartz watch; it’s just a like a machine just like any other device. You also get the annoying tick-tick of the second’s hand; there is no smooth movement. Watches are the reflection of a man’s personality. But it’s a fact that they can be pretty expensive. So, explore your choices when it comes to watch movements and get the best one for yourself!

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  7. Choosing Between Different Watch Movements

    Choosing Between Different Watch Movements

    When it comes to jewelry, men have always been fond of watches. Watches and add grace to their personality as well. In fact, watches have now become a part of everyday life for men. Everyone has different taste on the basis of which they choose different styles and series of watches. So if you are in a dilemma of selecting a watch to present to a young man, you have to consider some main points to choose the best from the stock. Let’s start discussing the different types of watch movements that are out there. The movement of a watch is considered as “the heart” of the watch. It handles the inner mechanism that encompasses the sweep of the watch’s hands around its face. There are three types of movements we’ll go over. 1: Mechanical Watches A mechanical watch is actually a special piece reflecting the true craftsmanship and engineering after the manufacturing process of a watch. Mechanical watches have the power preserved in the mainspring. If the coil is long, the period of power reservation is long too. The usual length of the mainspring is 9-13 inches. Mechanical watches are the masterpieces of the craftsmanship. Let’s discuss some of the features. Character: The springs and gears that make the caliber of a watch are termed as character. The tiny little gears and springs that combine to form the movement of the watch truly reveal the engineering skills of manufacturers. These are the most time important and time-consuming part, making the watch work magnificently. Movement: Mechanical watches do not make the “ticking” sound. The watch works smoothly with the smooth movement, symbolizing the calmness. Battery: Like in quartz, a battery is not needed for the mechanical watch to work. This manual winding watch has the ease that you don’t need to move yourself to the jewelry store to change the power cell of the watch. The power is stored inside the spring. Regular Winding: The watch requires regular winding. This allows people to wind their watches once a day. This might be annoying for some people, but others enjoy this thing. Accuracy: Not all mechanical watches are accurate. These watches have an accuracy of 99.99%. But the accuracy starts to taper off with age. To tune up its accuracy, you need to take it to the jeweler every 5 to 10 years. The environmental factors can also change the accuracy. Sensitive: A mechanical watch keeps the time running smoothly with the help of the movement, consisting of gears and springs. These elements are sensitive to dust, moisture, and magnets, etc. which can destroy the smoothness and working of the watch. 2: Automatic Watches Automatic or self-winding watches are much like mechanical watches, but they do not require manual winding. The watch gets the power your movements throughout the day while wearing it. The “rotor” present in the watch is connected to the mainspring. The rotor then winds the mainspring as it moves. The slipping clutch helps the watch to prevent from getting over-wound. Character: Just like a mechanical watch, the watches have the same craftsmanship factor. The power is stored in the spring, and the movement consists of gears and spring. Smooth movement: Unlike a QUARTZ watch, the movement of an automatic watch is smooth. Self-winding: A self-winding watch doesn’t require the user to wind the watch regularly. The movement of your hand automatically winds the watch to preserve the power. Accuracy:An automatic watch has the accuracy same as that of a mechanical watch. However, it will lose some accuracy over time and will also need tuning. It will provide accuracy up to 99.99%. Sensitive:The watch movement, also known as “the heart” of the watch, is sensitive to the environment.  The sensitivity is the same as that of a mechanical watch. 3: Quartz Watches Quartz watches are incredibly accurate and affordable. Mostly, quartz watches are preferred more than mechanical and automatic watches. Accurate: A quartz watch is the most accurate of all the watches. These watches never miss a second throughout the day. Durable: If you are a worker and have a rough and tough job, quartz watches might be the right decision for you. These watches are durable and strong that can help you keep your work going. Affordable: These watches are of an affordable price. You can buy an elegant design watch along with the strong features at a low rate. A good variety is available, and the price is still affordable. Less maintenance: Besides changing the battery every year, there is little maintenance you have to perform on a quartz movement watch. Sound: This watch produces a ticking sound that might be unpleasant for some people. If you are such a person who doesn’t like the ticking sound, you must go for an automatic or mechanical watch. However, some people like the ticking sound of a watch.

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  8. A Playful Brand with Real Heritage: Why I Love Swatch Watches

    A Playful Brand with Real Heritage: Why I Love Swatch Watches

    Would you wear a watch that looks like a piece of modern art? What about one with fur that comes out from the side of the case? Your answer to both of those questions might be an emphatic “no,” but regardless, I probably have your attention. To me, that is the beauty and the charm of Swatch watches! It isn’t afraid to make novel, eye-catching pieces that you might either love, or find downright unattractive. No matter what, it is a company that has a fascinating history and philosophy. I explain why in the following passages. View this post on Instagram Right on time for school ? #myswatch ? COLLEGE TIME A post shared by Swatch (@swatch) on Aug 21, 2018 at 6:01am PDT Brand History Before the 1970s, Swiss mechanical watches dominated the marketplace. The reason why is that they were the only products in it, as quartz movements didn’t exist yet. What happened next is now referred to as the “quartz crisis,” where a variety of brands from Japan and elsewhere started to make ultra-affordable pieces with this new movement type, and often with digital displays. This shift in the market looked like it might be disastrous for mechanical watch manufacturers, as their profits started to take a significant hit. View this post on Instagram Ready for the run?‍♂️ by @Clarencewx ?SKINNOIRIRON #SkinIrony #FutureClassic A post shared by Swatch (@swatch) on Jul 23, 2018 at 7:01am PDT The Swatch brand was a response to the changing watch industry. What it sought to do was compete with other quartz movement brands while also having an analog display, rather than a digital one. The intent of the latter goal was to keep some of the aesthetic of mechanical pieces while still having a modern vibe. The brand started to blow up in the early 80s and became a household name due to their unique designs. Philosophy One thing you might not know about Swatch is that its name is a combination of a two-word term: Second watch. The philosophy behind the brand is hidden in this title, as it never sought to replace mechanical pieces. Instead, the owners of it wanted to create watches that complemented and stood alongside traditional horology, hence the name. View this post on Instagram Light and minimalist for life on the move – #SwatchSKIN #YOURMOVE A post shared by Swatch (@swatch) on May 18, 2017 at 3:22pm PDT What is so attractive about this philosophy, to me, is that Swatch doesn’t try to pretend it is greater than it is. So many brands with quartz movements and lower price points market themselves as market disruptors and luxurious options without the price tag. These tactics, while often effective, are disingenuous. Swatch doesn’t take part is such methods. Instead, it knows who it is and markets its pieces accordingly. All in the Family Though Swatch is a brand itself, it is also the name of a massive investment group. The companies that are under its umbrella include Omega, Hamilton, Tissot, Longines and many more. While each of these businesses operates themselves, Swatch being in the same family indicates a certain level of quality and tradition. The company they keep is a good indicator that they are a serious brand that deserves your attention. View this post on Instagram Black or white? #SwatchThis ?MATITA – GESSO A post shared by Swatch (@swatch) on Jul 25, 2018 at 7:44am PDT Playful Designs Now, onto watch Swatch watches look like. Their signature look is bright, plastic pieces that have a variety of playful designs. At the more daring end of the spectrum, they collaborate with artists to make watches that are truly unique. One of the most recognizable of them was a line that was shaped liked various food items, including an odd looking red pepper. On the more conventional end, they produce pieces with polka dots, pieces of art, and dazzling glitter. The aesthetic of these pieces might not be for you, but anyone can admit that they are truly original. View this post on Instagram Fall in love with our new #SISTEM51 IRONY – 90 hours power reserve, 51 components and an elegant design. Check the collection in our link in bio?References? SISTEM POLAIRE / SISTEM SOLAIRE A post shared by Swatch (@swatch) on Nov 2, 2017 at 8:36am PDT Conventional Pieces If the funkier designs that Swatch provides don’t call out to you, they have more conventional pieces too. The SISTEM ROSEE is likely to best example, as it sports an automatic movement and has a design that isn’t too polarizing. That being said, I would likely opt for brands like Seiko or Citizen if I was purchasing a piece that wasn’t in the unique Swatch style. As much as I trust this brand, those alternate options likely give you more bang for your buck when looking at more conventional pieces. View this post on Instagram The gold chic by @Iambirdyy #SkinIrony Remember to set your Swatches back 1 hour for daylights saving ? ? SKINLINGOT A post shared by Swatch (@swatch) on Oct 27, 2018 at 6:06am PDT Price Point The last thing I like so much about Swatch watches is how low their prices are. Though I am happy to spend extra on a mechanical masterpiece, it is nice to make a purchase that doesn’t have much weight to it. Given that many of these watches are a bit odd looking and you likely won’t use them too much, a lower price point goes a long way in making them worth it. Whether or not you want to invest in Swatch watches is up to you, but no matter what, this playful brand is worth learning about. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your next favorite timepiece. What you can expect is that it will have excellent quality and will likely look significantly different than every other watch in your collection. For some, that could be just what you’re looking for.

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  9. Tools You Should Have for Your Watch Repair Kit

    Tools You Should Have for Your Watch Repair Kit

    Ever want to fix your own watch, but you don’t have the right tools? Lets go over what you may need in order to have your very own watch repair kit. One thing many watch enthusiasts experience is “tumbling down the rabbit hole” of timepiece obsession. What we mean is that a significant amount of people keep getting deeper and deeper into watch culture, and they end up become absolutely enamored with the inner workings of their watches. One result of such a tumble is people wanting to repair their own timepieces, which can be an incredibly fun endeavor. If this practice interests you, you’re going to want to own some or all of the following tools for your own watch repair kit. Multiple Tweezer Sizes Another tool you need is tweezers, which let you grab hold of tiny parts for extraction and repair. This is another area in which you’ll likely want multiple sizes, as there is a diverse range of components, each with their own handling needs. Crystal Remover One way into a watch is through removing its crystal. Additionally, many watch repair enthusiasts like to remove their crystals to give them a polish. Either way, your best bet is using a tool to do so. Crystal Polisher You probably will want your watch to look brand new throughout its lifetime. While the parts inside will inevitably break down, your crystal doesn’t have to. Instead, give it a polish every once in a while, with a specialized tool, and it will look as good as new. Miniature Screwdrivers Just about every timepiece out there is held together by screws. Of course, manufacturers use a range of sizes for different models. What you’ll need is multiple miniature screwdrivers, which will allow you to unscrew a watch no matter what its size is. Hand Installation Instruments Part of watch repair is taking the hands in and out of the casing. You might do this for a variety of reasons, including repair, need for polish, or a full-on part replacement. No matter what, handling such a delicate object on your own is not in your best interest. Instead, get a hand installation tool to do the job for you. Winder One thing that mechanical watches often need is their handsprings winded. While you may be able to do this task by hand, you will be much more effective with a tool. The reason is that instruments allow for better grip and superior torque, which come in handy when working with such small objects. Metal Polisher The other aspect of aesthetics is the metal of your case and possibly your strap. Over time, it will start to lose its shine, especially if you expose it to rough conditions. You can reverse this trend through metal polishing products and tools. Oil and Oiling Instruments When it comes to timepiece function, friction is the enemy. That’s why you should invest in some oil and oil applying instruments in your watch repair kit. Just like with a car, you need things to be slick for the machinery to work correctly. Regularly oiling a few key parts will do just that. Band Pins and Pin Removers Lastly, we have band pins and pin removers. One of the best things about watches is that you can substitute your strap with another one at any time. In the process, you change the entire look and feel of it. Though doing so is not difficult, it does require a few specialized tools. Case Openers Though your screwdrivers will help a lot in opening a watch, you’ll likely need some additional assistance. No watch repair kit is complete without a case opener. The reason is that timepieces are built incredibly well, some even to the point where they function hundreds of meters underwater. Taking apart that kind of resiliency takes much more than just a screwdriver and your bare hands. Alternative for Watch Repair Kit: A Watch Repair Specialist Many watch enthusiasts think that getting a repair kit and maintaining their timepieces by themselves will be a pleasurable experience. While the majority of them are correct, others find that this goal is simply too much work. If the latter describes you, don’t think that taking your watch to a repair specialist is a loss. Instead, realize that this endeavor wasn’t for you and let a professional use the tools for you! Repairing your own watches comes with a variety of benefits. In our opinion, the most rewarding of them is how intimate you can get with your piece of machinery. Instead of only gazing at the outside of the watch, you get to understand and have a hand in the maintenance of the inner workings. While it may take a while to become proficient at watch repair, there is a good chance that you’ll fall in love with the process. As far as making a purchase, your best bet is to buy a full set that has most or all of the tools you want in it. Purchasing them individually is likely not in your best interest due to expense and convenience. Once you get that perfect set, though, you can split your favorite timepiece open and see what’s on the inside.

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  10. History of Watches: A Quick Timeline

    History of Watches: A Quick Timeline

    Watches have been around for a long, long time. But what is the actual history of watches? Ever asked yourself, “When was the watch invented?” Or wondered how they’re made? Watches today are not what they used to be. Take a look at a smartphone for example. What we know is that it can take calls, send texts, track fitness data, and carry out scores of other functions. At this point of highly advanced technology, it is interesting to look back throughout history and understand where watches came from in the first place. Below, we briefly go over the history of watches from when were watches invented to now. Invention of the Clock Before we talk about watches and the invention of them, we must go over the history of timekeeping devices. Though early civilizations used primitive time-telling devices, such as sundials, the first clock was invented by the English in 1275. In the beginning, they were so basic that all they could do was ring a bell at every hour. Still, engineers and blacksmiths collaborated for hundreds of years and eventually were able to build clocks that looked roughly like the mechanical ones we have today. They also started to experiment with metals outside of the traditional material, steel. That included silver, bronze and brass. Pocket Watch History When was the pocket watch invented? These were such primitive times that the famous religious figure John Calvin actually banned the wearing of jewelry in Switzerland. This opened up a massive opportunity for anybody in Switzerland that could create pocket watches. Historically, the first of them was produced in the late 1500’s and like the earliest clocks, only had an hour hand. As the utility and popularity of pocket watches became apparent, the industry was further funded and advanced. The result was more reliable pieces, the inclusion of minute and second hands and a growing consumer base. Widespread Adoption In the 19th century, the industrial revolution had taken hold and every industry was experiencing massive improvements. Many changes took place, but the most prominent were superior products, lower prices and mass production. One sector that was swept up in this wave of productivity was pocket watches, and they finally reached the mass market. Before this, only the wealthy could afford such expensive and luxurious timepieces. Now, commoners could afford them too. The Wristwatch History  Though wristwatches had been around for centuries, their use was not widespread. In fact, they were primarily worn by wealthy women. The reason was that at first all watches were too expensive for common people. Then, after the prices fell, there were still very few people wearing them because they were considered a women’s style, and not many women chose to wear watches. What shifted this trend was the adoption of men using wristwatches in the military. This began in 1880 when Constant Girard decided to outfit his German naval officers with wristwatches. In the following years, doing so became more and more popular. Use on the Battlefield We’re talking about the history of watches, but watches have a history with history itself. Though WWI had many massive implications, one of the less significant ones was the use of wristwatches. What happened is that soldiers in the trenches did not want to take a watch out of their pockets every time they needed to check the time. They opted for the more functional wristwatch, which could be checked immediately and did not require the soldier to take one of their hands off their weapon. Beyond convenience, having the time handy was a critical factor in making military maneuvers. The reason is that different groups of soldiers could coordinate attacks even if they could not communicate. Instead, they would agree to attack at a particular time and use their watch to confirm coordination. Wristwatches Take Over After the war, it was now acceptable and trendy for men to wear wristwatches.  Watch company marketing departments began to use depictions of soldiers wearing wristwatches to sell them to other men. Additionally, men who had worn them throughout the war had become accustomed to doing so and wanted to continue that habit. The result was an explosion in the popularity of wristwatches, which allowed them to nearly take over the entire pocket watch market. Technological Developments Once watches became a massive industry, money came pouring in for research and development. This led to added features such as chronographs, quartz movement, useful bezels, and more. The result was a diversification of the functions watches could carry out, which further expanded the market for them. Watches Get Smarter In the last twenty years, computers have been getting smaller and smaller. First, they went from the size of entire rooms to personal computers. Next, we developed laptops and smartphones. Now, in the modern age, we can fit advanced computers in tiny compartments that fit on our wrists. The result is smartwatches like the Apple Watch. There is still a large market for vintage style watches, but smart innovations are changing the watch industry in rapid fashion. When you go shopping for watches online, most of the pieces you come across are vastly different than timepieces were throughout history. The reason is that what you see today is the accumulation of hundreds of years of advancements. Now, whoever you are and whatever you are looking for, there is a piece for you. You just have to go find it.

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  11. Watch Guide: How Are Watches Made?

    Watch Guide: How Are Watches Made?

    The question “how are watches made?” is a bit too general to answer as is. Instead, we should focus on a specific type of watch. Luckily, there is one that is profoundly more interesting than the rest: Mechanical. Lets look into how to make a watch. Generally, the most expensive and sought-after watches are mechanical, as opposed to quartz or digital. If you browse the website of a genuine luxury brand, the odds are that the vast majority of their pieces are mechanical and have a hefty price tag. The reason is that the inner workings of these watches are incredibly intricate, and many consumers see them as works of art. For this reason, we will point our focus to mechanical watches, with a few ending notes on other variations. Aesthetic and Functional Vision Watches have been around for a long time. Ever thought about how watch parts are made? Before any production begins, the watch manufacturer needs to have a plan. One part of that plan is deciding on the aesthetics and functionality of the watch. As far as aesthetics, they need to focus on issues like color, size, buckle type, and more. For functional aspects, the manufacturer has many options such as bezel function, showing the date, being water resistant to great depths, or having a chronograph. These decisions are important because they change the personality of the watch entirely. If you go one direction, you get a minimalist watch that just tells the time. On the other side of the spectrum, you might get a piece with a significant amount of functions and a design that turns heads. Once the manufacturer decides precisely what they’re trying to do with a piece, they can move on to the next step. High-Tech Movement Design The second aspect of pre-production planning is designing the movement of the watch, which is defined as the mechanics behind its various functions. Generally, this is some combination of springs, screws, wheels, and other typical mechanical pieces. Of course, not every watch is the same. Sometimes a manufacturer will want to create a unique movement, or they will include a difficult function like a full year calendar or chronograph. To do this, manufacturers use computer programs. This allows their engineers to develop perfect systems that are sure to function correctly. Once the movement is settled on and designed, it’s almost time for production to get started. Choosing Materials The last decision watchmakers need to make before beginning production is what material they want to use. (The standard is stainless steel.) Those include precious metals, ceramic, leather, expensive plastics and more. Again, these decisions are based on what the manufacturer’s goals are with the watch. If they want to create a bare bones model that is meant to solely tell time without costing too much, they will choose steel. If they are in the luxury space and want to create a piece with some flash, they may choose gold or silver. In-House or Partnership? Ever wondered how to build a watch? At this point, the manufacturer has a plan for the aesthetics, functionality, movement, and materials. Finally, they can move on to producing the watches. There are two ways to go about this. First, they can create the watch entirely or mostly in-house. This means that rather than sourcing their parts and materials from other businesses, they build a watch from the ground up. This is typical of luxury manufacturers, who pride themselves on controlling every aspect of production. The alternative is choosing a partner to produce some or all of the watch. That can mean contracting out individual pieces then assembling in-house, or submitting a design to a factory and having them build the entire watch. This practice is generally characteristic of more affordable brands. Hand or Machine? The final step in production is to decide which aspects of their watches will be hand built versus which will be built by machines. As with the former point, there is a split here for luxury and affordable pieces. In general, expensive pieces have more handmade aspects, while affordable watches are entirely machine-made. How Quartz and Digital Differ The other primary movement type, quartz, undergoes a similar process. The only difference is that the inner workings of those watches are usually less complicated than mechanical. For digital watches, the steps are again roughly similar, but when creating the dial and inside of the watch, they opt for digital circuitry. If you’ve ever wondered why watches are so fascinating, perhaps this article has answered that question. The potential reason is that an incredible amount of time, effort, and creativity goes into making a timepiece. The manufacturer must make choices regarding aesthetics, functionality, movement, materials, and production specifics. Of course, you don’t see any of this when you make your purchase. Instead, you see only the result: A masterpiece. Now that you know how watches are made and the watch making process, maybe you’ll appreciate the little wrist pieces a little more.

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