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  2. Most Popular Omega Seamaster Models

    If you know Omega watches you probably know the Omega Seamaster. One of the longest-running lines in the Swiss watchmaker’s esteemed catalog, it’s also one of the most popular. But which Seamaster models do people love the most? Let’s take a look. Over Seven Decades of Demand The Omega Seamaster made its debut on the world stage in 1957. Since then the Omega Seamaster has been emblematic of the watchmaker’s fascination with the high seas. But its place in the Omega pantheon has always had a hint of uncertainty. On the one hand, many of the watches in the Seamaster line satisfy hardcore undersea enthusiasts. IT has solid depth ratings and helium valves. On the other hand, many of the offerings in the Seamaster collection wear more like nice dress watches that just happen to be water-resistant. It’s made the line interesting and somewhat hard to define. But let’s at least try with a look at some of the most popular Seamaster’s out there. The “James Bond” Seamaster Diver 300m If you’ve seen images of Seamaster’s on Instagram chances are pretty good you’ve come across this classic. Pierce Brosnan famously took 007 from Rolex to Omega in the 1995 movie Goldeneye with a quartz version (Reference 2541.80) that has the instantly recognizable helium escape valve at the ten o’clock position and a wave pattern on its blue dial. The switch made sense as Omega was what officers of Britain’s Royal Navy were actually wearing at the time. Omega later celebrated 20 years with Bond by outfitting Daniel Craig (an Omega ambassador) with a Diver 300m for 2005’s Spectre. His limited edition model has a unique lollipop seconds hand and he wore it in sporty style on a grey-and-black NATO strap. Over the years there have been modifications to the 300m, with some featuring chronograph functions and available in various precious metals. But the watch has stayed true to its original design, and, if the hordes of Omega lovers out there have anything to say about it, it will stay just as popular by not changing with the times. Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean This is another one that owes some of its popularity to celebrities. Actors George Clooney and Tom Hardy have been spotted wearing Planet Oceans, as has Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. Daniel Craig wears one both off-screen and he sported one in the opening of the Bond film Casino Royale. With a debut in 2005, the Planet Ocean has less history than its predecessor, the Diver 300m, but does offer a modern message from Omega about its commitment to ecologically sound oceans. The Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Diver 43.5mm, arguably one of the most popular entries in the already popular line, doubles its predecessor’s water resistance with a rating of up to 600 meters (as you may have guessed by its name). The Planet Ocean is also a true dive watch with a helium release valve, co-axial movement, and carbon case. If we’re judging by Instagram, orange seems by far to be the most popular color. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Here’s where we get into something of a nebulous area with Seamasters and their dive-watch credentials. True, the Aqua Terra was built for diving. As most amateur dives won’t take you even close to the watch’s 150-meter depth rating, it covers most underwater needs. But the watch has a dressy side it’s not shy to display. Fitted on a fine leather strap this watch feels more at home in an upscale bistro than along the Great Barrier Reef. With clean, simple case lines and an uncluttered dial, the Aqua Terra exudes a more cosmopolitan vibe than your average tool watch. It’s also well-suited for land as a travel watch, with a 24-hour GMT hand for tracking different time zones. Both its versatility and its ability to dress up lends to its popularity. We must give another nod to an endorsement from James Bond. Daniel Craig dons an Aqua Terra in Skyfall, but in lieu of scuba gear, he fittingly pairs the watch with a designer suit. View this post on Instagram Perfect watch ??? #omega #omegawatches #omegawatch #omegaseamaster #omegaseamasteraquaterra #omegalimitededition #omegajamesbond #omegaaquaterraspectre #watches #watchcollector #watchcollection #wristwatch #wristshot A post shared by WatchFriker (@watchfriker) on Nov 10, 2019 at 1:29am PST A 300 in Gold and Green The Omega Seamaster 300 has seen its share of variety, from dial colors to straps, bracelets, and complications. One of the most noteworthy models, and most eye-catching, is a Seamaster 300 in vivid green and yellow gold. The color combination is almost a parody of vintage style. But just almost as the deep green malachite dial and matching ceramic bezel blend perfectly with the gleaming 18K yellow gold case and hands. It dresses up impressively on either a link bracelet or green alligator strap and, in truth, belongs nowhere near the deep sea. View this post on Instagram Happy Friday! #omega #omegaseamaster300mastercoaxial #omegaseamaster #watchesofinstagram #watchfam #watchoftheday #divewatch #oc_chrono #wristporn #watchlover #diverwatch #wristshot #wornandwound #omegawatches #omegawatch A post shared by Rob (@socal.watch.dude) on Jun 21, 2019 at 12:28pm PDT The Great Bullhead Divide This one has both its rabid fans and its naysaying detractors. And it needs some context to be understood. Omega flowed with the unconventional times and created a watch that stood in defiance of round-case timepieces. The Bullhead’s bold asymmetrical case made it an instant standout, as did its face with chronograph dials in the unusual 12 and 6 o’clock positions. Wearing one today is an unapologetic homage to the hazy days of the 70s and while extremely popular, not for every Omega lover. So you may be on the side of the majority and favor something from the Diver 300 offerings. Or you may stand apart from the fray and proudly wear an unconventional Bullhead. However you choose, there is a popular Omega Seamaster waiting for you.

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  4. Best Watch Brands for College Students

    If you are a college student, the chances are that you are already struggling between a successful academic score and an active social life. With all the hustle and bustle of college life, it is hard to maintain your time. But one thing that can help you (and make you stand out in any crowd) is a fashionable watch. There are a lot of options when it comes to watches in the market right now, but it could be tough for college students to find the best watch brands for themselves. So to make things easier, we have jotted down the list of the best watch brands for college students. Have a quick look at their features and decide which of these amazing watches aid your unique personality. Timex Watches Timex has always been a very popular brand, especially among college students. The watch came into the limelight in 1980 and has progressed ever since. The best thing about Timex is that it makes affordable watches for all factions of society. Their classic watch is less than $200 and has a sleek and well-defined exterior. The wide dial has a white interior and looks really classy with the blue strap. Together, these two create a cool look that is really popular among many college students. Moreover, the higher affordability has contributed greatly to the brand’s popularity in recent years. Hamilton Watches Hamilton watches are an epitome of class and elegance. They used to be an American company, which was later brought by the Swiss Group. And contrary to the assumed belief, this only did good things for the company. Hamilton now combines the greatness of the American designs with the exoticness of the Swiss designs and creates breathtaking watch collections every year. College students find the brand especially appealing because of its low prices and greater variations. Their watches are available in different designs and colors. You can cherry-pick your favorite ones at the most affordable prices. Invicta Watches Not all college students like funky and casual watches. Some of them prefer more classy and sophisticated designs. Invicta is a brand that never disappoints when it comes to ensuring quality with affordability. At a very low price, you can get their classic timepiece with Japanese automatic movement and a breathtaking sapphire crystal. The dial and the strap both are made of stainless steel, making the watch strong and highly resistant. This means that with the classic Invicta, college students can indulge in their favorite outdoor sports without having to worry about their wearable. Skagen Watches Skagen is a brand that is specially designed for classy women; however, men wear it too. At a very affordable price, Skagen impresses everyone who sets their eyes on this ultra-fashionable watch. The best thing about Skagen is its unique matte grey coloration that gives it a luxurious look. Moreover, the watch is also famous for flaunting its huge clean dials and its very comfortable mesh bracelets. Its strap is very comfortable so that you don’t have to adjust it during school hours continuously. Fossil Watches The name of the brand is not the only unique thing about it. One look at the collection of watches will amaze you and make you wonder at their affordable prices. Fossil watches are known for being extremely cheap. But unlike many other brands, they don’t compromise on their quality. The watches are available in a variety of designs, with the most popular being water-resistant. Their watch collection is also highly masculine and leans more in the direction of sports watches. Moreover, stainless steel, gold leather, and mineral crystal further add to their overall appeal. So if you are a sportsman or a sportswoman, the chances are that you will instantly fall in love with these great watches. Orient Watches A best watch brands list would certainly be incomplete without Orient watches. The company has made a huge name for themselves in recent years. People adore their watches and rightfully so. Their lineup is always impressive and comes with new and innovative features every year. College students like the brand because it offers them a chance to switch between watches on different occasions. The brand is also highly affordable so that students can buy more than one watch at a time and flaunt a different color and design on each special occasion. Oris Watches College students, unlike the older generation, are quick with their decisions, and once they set their eyes on something, it’s very hard to convince them otherwise. Oris watches are relatively more expensive than most brands in the list, but they still come in the affordable range for students. Such is the appeal of the Oris watches, that college students are often happily willing to spend the extra amount. Each model is carefully designed to perfection. Like the other brands in the list, Oris, too, is popular because of its variation in designs and colors. So whether you are an active debater or a stylish cheerleader, rest assured that the Oris watches will not disappoint you. Omega Watches Omega is one of the best watch brands out there. Such is its popularity that it has a loyal fan base in almost all factions of society, whether it’s students, employees, or the highly selective older generation. The biggest reason for the brand’s popularity among college students is its rich history and background. It has been in the market for decades, and over the years, the brand has gone to considerable lengths to improve and perfect their designs. Most of their affordable watches are water and shock-resistant, thus allowing sportsmen to wear them at all times comfortably. So if you are a student who is not willing to compromise on style and elegance, then the Omega collection watches are the right ones for you.

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  5. COSC Certified Watches: What is COSC Certification?

    Your Guide to COSC Certified Watches Is the watch you are thinking of buying COSC certified? Not all watches qualify though. Only the highest quality watches can pass the exacting tests required to receive this distinction. Purchasing a certified watch is your assurance that your new watch is of exceptionally high quality. What is COSC Certification? The Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres (COSC) is a neutral and impartial Swiss non-profit organization. They work independently of watchmakers. Their goal is to certify the finest quality Swiss watches through rigorous testing of a watch’s internal timekeeping components. Not any watch can just pass the test and receive an official certificate. A watch must have only the finest components possible. And of course it’s assembled by expert watchmakers only. If a timepiece gains distinction as a certified watch, it will have a unique identification number engraved on the movement and receive an official certificate. COSC certified watches are clearly distinct from ordinary watches and have a must higher added value. More than a million watches a year receive a certification. But that is still only a small fraction (6%) of Swiss watchmaking, already justifiably renowned! COSC Certified Watch Brands In 2015, there were three watch brands with the most timepieces to receive certifications. Rolex topped the list in 2015 with 795,716 watches receiving their certificates. Getting second place was Omega with 511,861 certified watches. Breitling watches received 147,917 certificates. Of those, 28,499 were quartz models. Of all the other watch brands tested, none received more than 100,000 certificates, although Tissot came close. They had 96,563 certified timepieces including 30,581 quartz models. Tissot was the overall leader in quartz timepieces. Back in 2008, Longines introduced its Record Collection. That collection was entirely full of COSC certified watches. Are You Ready for a Certified Watch? A COSC certified watch is right for you if quality, craftsmanship, and precision are important to you. At Watchshopping.com, we carry a great selection of watches that were deemed worthy of the certification. You can be rest assured that any watch you purchase with us is guaranteed to be authentic and in perfect working order. Contact us for more information or to place an order. *Citing confidentiality concerns, watchmakers requested that COSC no longer publish exact numbers and the organization agreed. 

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  6. Watch Series: Omega Watches for Men

    In 1848, Omega’s primary founder created a company in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. A few years later (1877), his sons Louis-Paul and César joined the family business, so the name promptly changed to Louis Brandt & Fils. In 1903, the company’s name finally changed to Omega Watch Co. This was because of the invention of the Omega caliber (where the company gets its name). At the time, it offered their watches improved accuracy and reparability. Lets take a look at some Omega watches for men. Introduction Omega is one of the best luxury brands in the world; having played a part in different categories and thus, set milestones. From NASA and the Olympics to the British military and a James Bond movie—the watch, like any other in its class, has penetrated most high societies. Below, we’ll show you the Omega watches for men that are worth spending on. General features of Omega include a lot of things. The watch company is known for having an impressive build quality. They use in-house movements and have used modified ETA movements in the past. They’re cost friendly, compared to brands like Rolex. The Omega Seamaster, Speedmaster and as well as the Constellation are their most popular collections. 1: Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch The Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch is number one on our list for a reason. It’s one of those watches with solid social proof and also, the critics’ approval. Back in 1969, Buzz Aldrin wore a Speedmaster Professional Chronograph on the first lunar landing. The reason being the great list of features the watch has. It is precision, highly readable, and comes with perfect build quality. Latest models come updated with the Caliber Omega 1861, which is manually wound to fill up the 48-hour power reserve. After, the watch comes in a 42 mm case, and a blacked-out dial with three sub-dials for the seconds, a 30-minute recorder, and a 12-hour recorder. Get this if the tradition of vintage pieces appeals to you. Price starts from $5,200 Fun Fact: There are models of the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch that feature a moon phase complication. 2: Omega Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean If you’re looking into a professional dive watch, the three features you must look for are; water resistance, helium-escape valve, and alveol screw-in caseback. All 3 encompass the Omega Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean. The watch was initially released in 2005, though it’s an upgrade over the Omega Seamaster 300. Its features include indexes, minute hand, and 12 o’clock dot coated in Super-LumiNova, an automatic Co-Axial caliber 8500 COSC-certified chronometer movement, water resistance up to 2,000 feet, and a price tag starting from about $6,200. 3: Omega Constellation Co-Axial The Omega Constellation collection launched in 1952 and has been a fan favorite since. The watch’s major selling point is the vintage appeal that it drives. From the segmented bracelet to the stylish bezel and dial, the customizations that you can make doesn’t reduce the vintage vibe you get. Today’s updated versions now include self-winding Co-Axial calibers with up to 50 hours in the power reserve. Also, the Constellation collection is water resistant up to a depth of 330 feet. It’s rather low when compared to the Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean, but keep in mind that this is a dress watch, with plenty of ‘style’ to spare. The Omega Constellation Co-Axial starts from $4,400. 4: Omega De Ville Prestige  The Omega De Ville Prestige is a simple looking watch, with a clean dial free from the usual cluster. Instead, a rather clear date display sits at the 3 o’clock mark while Roman numerals slightly decorate the index. That is an all-purpose watch that you wear to both formal and informal occasions. The clock hangs on a leather strap and Omega’s new in-house movements. Prices start at $3,600. Fun Fact: You can get models in the Prestige collection with a power reserve indicator of ones with a chronograph complication. 5: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial As one of Omega’s most significant collections, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial combines sea-themed luxury and performance rather well. The watch is made from stainless steel and comes inside a 41.5 mm case. At the center, Omega’s self-winding Co-Axial caliber 8500 beats with a power reserve of up to 60 hours. One of our favorite models offers water resistance up to a depth of 150 m. The white, sun-brushed and lacquered dial is insert with 18k gold seconds hand and deep blue hour and minute hands. Price starts from $7,300.

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  7. Hands-On with the Omega Constellation

    I recently had the privilege of getting my hands on one of the latest Omega Constellation. While this collection does not have the name recognition of the Seamaster or Speedmaster, it has quickly become one of my favorite offerings from this brand. One phrase experts often use to describe products is “everyday watch.” What this means is that the timepiece lends itself to being worn every day, rather than just for special occasions. I believe that the Omega Constellation is one of the best everyday watches on the market, and I explain why in the sections below. Brand Omega is one of the most recognizable brands in the luxury watch space, and for good reason. They famously put Speedmasters on the first astronauts who went to the moon, outfitted James Bond in multiple movies, and have established themselves as one of the best timepiece companies in the world. Rolex and Omega seem to always be in the same conversation. The reason is that they are both top-tier brands and have similar price points. Discussing the Constellation is another area where Rolex comes up because this model is so much like the Day-Date and Datejust. All three are everyday watches, have simple designs, and serve the same purpose in a watch collection. The question is, does the Constellation give you more bang for your buck? As much as I adore Rolex, I do think that most Omega products are a better deal than their Swiss counterpart. The Constellation is no exception, as it does everything that the Rolex models do and still comes in at a lower price. History of the Constellation This watch is one with some legitimate history, and it all began in 1952. Omega released it soon after World War II ended, with its name coming from a famous Jet that flew during the war. It was a major success right away. While not as popular in Western countries, it was and still is one of the best-selling watches in China and other parts of Asia. The one complaint people have about the Constellation is that the design is a bit plainer than the models of old. While I understand that position, it is also reasonable to enjoy every era of this iconic watch. Appearance   While this watch comes in multiple designs, the most popular one has a blue strap, silver case, and blue dial. This color combination flat out works, and it looks fantastic with almost any outfit. I also love the simplicity of the dial. Omega doesn’t crowd it with extraneous subdials or design features. Instead, they give it a simple date window, a classy design, and a texture that is incredibly pleasing to the eye. The last thing to note on appearance is this watch’s fluted bezel, which is absolutely gorgeous and feels great beneath your fingers. Materials The model I handled has a domed sapphire crystal, stainless steel case, and a leather strap. Each of those three components is a level above most watches that I’ve handled, and I fully endorse them. The one that I was most impressed by was the crystal. It is scratch resistant, anti-reflective on both sides, and has an incredibly charming domed effect. General Craftsmanship The quality of this watch is excellent from top to bottom. That includes the fluted bezel, case, strap, and everything in between. While not built to withstand a ton of pressure, this timepiece should last you for generations. It is tough against scratches, has 100m water resistance, and is overall resilient against the trials of day to day life. Movement The movement inside the Omega Constellation is quite good. It has a 60-hour power reserve, automatically winds itself, and has a gorgeous aesthetic quality. My one qualm with it is that I prefer a watch with three days of power reserve at the minimum. Still, it’s hard to complain about machinery that is so accurate and reliable. What Makes it Special For what makes this watch special, I will go back to our discussion about Rolex’s Day-Date and Datejust. Those are two of the most sought-after day to day timepieces in the world, but their price point is just too high for the majority of consumers. What makes the Constellation special is that it packs in nearly as much quality as those products but is generally a few thousand dollars cheaper. Overall Impression Omega is famous for delivering a ton of value with their watches. While many other brands of this quality choose to sell for over $10,000, they break the mold by keeping their timepieces accessible to a higher proportion of collectors. The Constellation is a prime example of that trend, and I see it as one of the best buys you can make in the current watch market. If it catches your eye, don’t hesitate. Go get one for yourself.

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  8. Used Omega Watches: Tips on Buying One

    Purchasing a new watch from Omega can cost you anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000 in today’s market. While those prices are accessible for a tiny percentage of the population, they aren’t for most others. As a result, collectors often buy used watches. This practice lowers their costs substantially, while at the same time giving them a timepiece that is every bit as good as a new one. Unfortunately, doing so comes with a bit of risk, as purchasing a used watch is less reliable than brand new. I offer some tips on buying used Omega watches in the sections below. Used Omega Watches: Understand What Makes a Seller Risky The biggest mistake you can make is choosing the wrong seller. These people can scam you in two ways: Not Delivering – In the first example, the seller you choose doesn’t send you a watch at all. Whether it be on eBay or through an unestablished website, this person will take your money and never deliver your Omega. This outcome is relatively uncommon. Under Delivering – Our second example is much more prevalent. It is under delivering, which frequently happens when the watch you receive doesn’t match the website’s photos and description. When choosing a seller, look at sales history, pictures of the product, and how clean the website looks. If they have no track record, blurry photos, or a poorly constructed site, then it is best to find someone else. Choose a Reputable Dealer Find a reputable dealer like Watchshopping.com! The following are a few indications of a reliable seller. Professional Website – Though looks can be deceiving, having an aesthetically pleasing and functional website is always a positive sign. Good Looking Pictures – Blurry photos or ones that don’t match the watch you want are both negative indicators. Choose a seller with high-quality pictures instead. Customer Support – The best vendors on the internet have customer support that you can chat with or email at any time. Content – When someone is a scammer, they generally don’t put a lot of time into their website. Having blog posts, YouTube videos, or social media accounts is a sign of legitimacy. Remember the Cost of Service At this point, you’ve settled on a reputable seller and it is time to buy your Omega watch. One thing that you have to remember is how much it will cost to service your new timepiece. Most manufacturers recommend taking their products into an expert every 5 years. Each time that will run you a few hundred dollars, so be sure to note that when looking at your financial situation. Another issue you often run into is watches needing servicing right away, as they are more than 5 years old and perhaps have not had the service they need. This will add to your purchase price because you will need to spend some amount of money right away. Used Omega Watches: Look for Dents and Scratches When you buy a new watch, you never have to think about the condition of it. Presumably, it has never been worn, so there should not be any damage. Used Omega watches are different. They’ve generally been worn a fair amount before you ever get your hands on them, so there is always a risk of minor damage. You can defend against this by requesting photos of the watch and inspecting them carefully. Doing so should reveal any imperfections. Get the Box and Papers (If Possible) Optimally, your purchase will come with the original box and papers. This means that in addition to the watch, you’ll receive its packaging and the documentation that proves its legitimacy. If you purchase a relatively new watch, you should get one or both of these. Older timepieces have a higher risk of not having either of them. Ultimately, the box and papers aren’t required, but they are nice to have. Buy What You Like This is a tip for all watch buyers, and it definitely applies to purchasing a used Omega. If you love the Seamaster or Speedmaster, you’re making an excellent choice. That said, you don’t need to go with a big-name model. A different timepiece might speak to you, and you should choose whichever you like best. The good thing about Omega is that they are an exceptional brand, and any watch you buy from them should impress. Enjoy Your New Watch!  Once you get your Omega in the mail, it is time to start enjoying it. Some of you will make it your everyday watch, while others will keep it under wraps and only bring it out for special occasions. However you plan to use it, I ask that you enjoy it. Collecting timepieces is one of the most enjoyable hobbies in the world and purchasing used Omega watches is an excellent way to explore it.

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  9. How to Check for Authentic Watches

    Wanting to buy a watch from a renowned brand? Not buying it directly from one of the brand’s shops or an online portal? Worried you may not be buying a 100% genuine piece? Then, this is the guide you need: How to check for authentic watches. A couple of tricks exist that help you differentiate between a real watch and a replica. Let us delve into further detail of how it’s possible to track down an original. Ticking An original watch will not create any noise or ticking sounds. This is because it consists of tiny parts that have been assembled carefully to create the perfect watch mechanism. Replicas, however, lack this quality and will create ticking sounds which can be easily identified by placing the watch close to your ear. Authentic Watches Quality A watch’s quality is the first thing that will be noticeably different. A replica can never match the quality of a genuine piece. To identify a fake, look for unfinished edges, improper polish, scratches, and even wrong markings/engravings. Also, check if the watch’s clasp/buckle works fine, if the screw down crown works and whether the watch needles can be guided by the screw that adjusts the time. Look for any other errors such as misspelled words and even wrong stamps. It is also important to check if the markings are clear and properly engraved and are not fading out, which will only happen if it’s a fake watch. Also, the color of the fake watch can be visibly different due to the usage of low-quality material, so check that before you make a purchase. Weight A branded watch is made with precious stones, crystal, gold, silver, heavy metals, and metal alloys. Also, they are equipped with a dozen tiny moving parts which make a branded watch heavier and sturdier. An ordinary watch lacks this and is nowhere as heavy, robust, sturdy or durable. There is always going to be a noticeable difference in weight between a real and a fake watch since a real watch is always heavier.   Product Specifications It’s always great to do your research on the watch you intend to buy. This enables you to get to know the product specifications of your desired watch in detail. Hence, before making any purchase, you can easily match up the specs to differentiate between a designer watch and replica. Looking at photos and also learning more about what the watch looks exactly like is going to save you from throwing money on a fake. Also, it is a good idea to make yourself familiar with logos, stamps and trademark designs of the brand you’re buying from as these greatly help in making the correct choice. Stamps Designer watches have a couple of stamps placed all around their body. Look for these stamps and check if they really are original. You can easily find out which model has which stamps placed where and how many there are on the watch online. Sapphire crystal top A sapphire crystal top is placed onto the dial of every designer watch. Regular watches either have a mineral crystal top or glass top. The sapphire top gives a violet tint at a certain angle which can be used to make sure of the fact that a certain watch is genuine. To prove this, tilt the watch at various angles under a light to see if it gives off a purplish-tint. Moreover, the sapphire crystal top also has a noticeable luster and shine that is obvious from even a few steps away. Watch bracelet Designer watch bracelets are specially designed to ensure flexibility and durability. Examine the watch bracelet before buying it by making sure it is perfectly flexible and glides onto your wrist smoothly. Moreover, the clasp that closes the bracelet usually has 2 stamps on it. These stamps can be searched to ensure the authenticity of the watch. Model number Not only can you identify a fake by comparing serial numbers, but you can also check for the model number as well. Do your research online to find out exactly what the model number of the genuine watch should be. Serial number If the watch is real, the serial number on the watch case and bracelet both should be exactly similar. Tally these numbers to differentiate between a real and fake watch. Sometimes, the serial number is also placed on a sticker behind the dial of the watch, so you may want to check there as well. Cyclops window The cyclops magnification over the calendar window is another thing you can check to ensure authenticity. A fake watch may have an overly magnified or under-magnified cyclops window. Watch hands Check if the watch hands are of the correct material, have the correct shape and size and also whether they are moving correctly. A fake watch may have an error in the watch mechanism which may then make the hand movement shaky and unstable. Packing One of the first things you’ll notice when unboxing a watch and also one of the most important things to differentiate between a genuine and fake is the packaging. The box case should be of good quality and exactly like the pictures online. Moreover, it should be sturdy and should not be poor looking. Also, check the papers inside for low-quality print, fake information or a missing warranty or documents. Price Last, but certainly not the least is to check for pricing. A watch that is just too cheap to be true, is likely bound to be a fake or second-hand watch.

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  10. 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 the 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 case back, 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 case back 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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  11. Omega Watches Vs. Rolex Watches: Which Brand is Right for You?

    Luxury watch collectors often come to a point where they must choose between two brands. One of the most common battles is Omega watches vs. Rolex watches. The primary reason why is that these are two of the most successful companies in the timepiece industry, and both offer a great deal of allure to consumers. Below, I help you make this decision by comparing these brands in a variety of domains. Heritage Both of them have an exciting and impressive history. Both were started over 100 years ago and have made significant contributions to the greater culture of horology. Rolex has a variety of feats to choose from, including creating the first waterproof watch and sending one of their products to the bottom of Marianas Trench. Omega is no slouch either, with their most famous achievement being outfitting the first astronauts who went to the moon. Though you might have a preference between them, I wouldn’t say one of these companies has a more impressive history than the other. Materials Nearly every timepiece in the world is made from a standard form of stainless steel. While some companies seem to have sturdier products than others, the metal that makes them up is almost always the same. One thing that makes Rolex unique is their use of a special kind of steel called 904L. Experts consider this material to be more resistant to rust, corrosion, and scratches. Craftsmanship This is another category Rolex has an upper hand in. The truth is that almost no manufacturer in the world takes as much time and care as they do. Nearly every aspect of the watches they make are both produced onsite and assembled by hand. In fact, it takes a full year for one product to come out of their factory. A company like Omega, while exceptional in this category, doesn’t put quite as much time or care into production. Movements The quality of the machinery inside your watch can be a bit hard to measure. One of the better metrics we have is power reserve, which tells you how long the timepiece should keep ticking after you stop wearing it. In general, Omega watches and Rolex products have very similar reserve capabilities. One difference is that Rolex makes their movements in-house, while Omega outsources to extremely high-quality manufacturers. I personally have no issue with that, but some collectors prefer in-house production. Water Resistance Luxury dive watches most often have 300m water resistance. Rolex and Omega watches both adhere to this guideline, as their most popular models have that precise capability. One thing they’ve both done, though, is create products with resistance that you will likely never need. Rolex did so with their Deepsea series, which functions up at a ridiculous depth of 3900m. Omega has a similar line in their catalog, but they only go to 1200m. For 99.9% of us, these numbers won’t matter in a functional sense, but many like to know that their watches can survive in the harshest conditions. Resale Value This is a category where Rolex has the upper hand. While Omega watches hold a relatively large amount of value, they don’t come close in this case. In fact, many Rolex pieces gain value right after you purchase them. The demand for them is so high that people are willing to pay a premium to not have to spend a year or more on a waitlist. While you likely won’t want to sell watches from either of these brands, it is nice to know that they will often net you a large proportion of your purchase price. Price Differences Perhaps the most significant difference between these two brands is their price. In general, Omega watches tend to be about half the price of their Rolex counterparts. The range for the former is around $3,000-8,000, while the latter comes in at $6,000-20,000. How to Choose Between Them While Rolex is pretty even with Omega in some domains, their materials and craftsmanship arguably are on another level. With that being said, I can see Omega watches as a slightly more logical deal for most consumers. Most people are looking for an amazing watch that is well built and resilient. That is precisely what Omega provides. Ultimately, all you have to do to choose between these brands is get your priorities in order. What you must decide is whether or not the improvements that Rolex offers are worth doubling the price of your new watch. No matter which you choose to go with, what’s certain is that you’ll be adding a horological masterpiece to add to your collection.

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