1. Omega

  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. History of Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

    No watch has ever played such a pivotal role in human achievement as the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch. Omega introduced the Speedmaster in 1957. A few imagined it would be the watch that would accompany some of the most daring moments in human history. In fact, no timepiece has played such a pivotal role in some of humankind’s greatest achievements. The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch has been a part of all six NASA manned lunar missions since 1969. That’s a pretty impressive representation of Omega’s pioneering spirit.  The Speedmaster Moonwatch as the first chronograph to include a tachymeter scale on the bezel. This was a revolutionary idea that has set the benchmark for all chronographs to this day. Omega conceived the model to measure elapsed times and speeds in a high-precision manner. There was also an emphasis on durability in different situations in a model that was easy to read and use. The Space Race During this time, the USA and the USSR were in the midst of a technological and patriotic showdown. At the height of the cold war, the two opposing supernations were neck and neck to see who could advance further into the realm of manned space exploration. In his address to Congress on May 25, 1961, President Kennedy made clear America’s ambitions to land a man on the moon and return him safely to earth before the end of the decade. At the time, the moon seemed like an unthinkable target, but one that would surely go a long way in conquering space. The Omega Speedmaster made its unofficial voyage into space in 1962 during NASA’s Project Gemini, one of America’s first manned space missions. Astronaut Walter Schirra wore his personal CK 2998 Speedmaster onboard the Stigma 7 Mercury spacecraft that orbited earth six times, a flight that lasted 9 hours and 15 minutes. View this post on Instagram #Moonwatch ?‍? Some very unusual commuters on the way to work in London this morning! #omega #omegawatches #watch #watches #omegaspeedmaster #speedmaster #space #moon #astronaut #astronauts #watchesofinstagram #watchfam #watchoftheday #streetmobs #street #streets #londonstreets #londonlife #thisislondon #ilovelondon #london A post shared by OMEGA (@omega) on Apr 26, 2017 at 4:02am PDT Shortly after, there was an official petition signed by the astronauts for wristwatches as part of their equipment. The space explorers needed backup timing devices that were durable enough to handle the elements of the universe and equipped with a chronograph that was precise and accurate. With this in mind, NASA set into motion the search for the perfect timepiece. Tested to Withstand the Universe In addition to Omega, NASA invited many reputable watchmakers including Wittnauer, Rolex and Longines to the testing. Led by aerospace engineer and hardware expert James H. Ragan, the models in question were first exposed to temperatures that ranged from 0ºF (-18ºC) to 200ºF (93ºC). Also violent shocks, extreme pressure variations, bone-jarring vibrations and tested under zero gravity. The only watch to come out on the other side was the Omega Speedmaster, which was declared “flight qualified by NASA for all manned space missions” on March 1, 1965. Just three weeks later, the Speedmaster made its first official trip into space. It was on the wrists of Virgil Grissom and John Young during the Gemini 3 mission. On June 3 of the same year, the Speedmaster made another appearance. This time on the wrist of Edward White while he performed America’s first spacewalk during the Gemini 4 mission. Unlike almost all the equipment NASA provided their astronauts, the Speedmaster was not designed specifically for use in harsh environments of outer space. In fact, the timepieces remained largely unchanged to those that were available in retail stores across the world. The only exception was that a velcro strap replaced the steel bracelet in order to fit over the padded suits of the astronauts. View this post on Instagram #Moonwatch The one and only Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch. (link in profile) #omega #omegawatches #watch #watches #omegaspeedmaster #speedmaster #chronograph #space #moon #icon #legend #oneandonly #watchesofinstagram #watchfam #watchoftheday #watchgeek #luxury A post shared by OMEGA (@omega) on Apr 6, 2017 at 7:51am PDT Apollo 11 The Speedmaster was again chosen for the daring Apollo 11 mission. On July 16, 1969, the Apollo blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Four days later, commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Eagle lunar module on the surface of the moon in the Sea of Tranquility. Nearly 600 million viewers back on earth were glued to their television sets. Armstrong descended the ladder utter the immortal words: “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Aldrin touched the surface shortly after wearing no other than his trusty Speedmaster on the outside of his suit. From that day forward, the Speedmaster has been dubbed the “moonwatch” for its role in one of the greatest scientific achievements in human history. Apollo 13 The Omega Speedmaster was more than simply present during these space missions. The electronic timekeeping mechanisms on board were damaged after the explosion of an oxygen tank. “Houston, we’ve had a problem” commander James Lovell muttered. It was initially supposed to be a moon landing. The Apollo 13 was forced to abandon their mission due to a dangerously low supply of power and fuel following the blast. It was one of the most heightened situations of the 20th century. Lovell was forced to resort to his mechanical self-winding Speedmaster chronograph. He used it to time the critical firing of the re-entry rockets. This allowed for the safe return of his crew to planet Earth. In recognition of its crucial role, Omega received the Silver Snoopy award in 1970. It’s the highest honor awarded by NASA astronauts for achievements made in the realm of human flight safety and mission success. The Legend Lives On In 1975, the Speedmaster found itself again as the center of another momentous geopolitical moment in world history. During the Apollo-Soyuz mission, when the Apollo rocket docked with the Soviet Union’s Soyuz in space for a handshake. American astronauts were delighted to see that Soviet astronauts were also wearing the Omega Speedmaster Chronographs. View this post on Instagram #SpeedyTuesday / #Moonwatch The rock and roll watch of space. A post shared by OMEGA (@omega) on Oct 16, 2018 at 8:18am PDT The Omega Speedmaster was the first modern-day chronograph ever built. But it’s played a vital role in space exploration for nearly its entire existence.  It’s been reincarnated in the form of many special editions watches. It’s the nearly identical standard Professional that remains the most iconic today.

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  7. Watch Guide: How to Match Your Watch and Clothes

    You’ve just splurged on a seriously nice timepiece. You want to show it off. But you might also want to take a deep breath and consider how you are wearing your watch. Mismatching your timepiece and your wardrobe will send a negative message out to the world. While no rules are absolute, there are some general guidelines for matching your watch with your clothing. Keep the Formality Levels in Line This one might sound easy but it’s surprising how many people make this watch mistake. Just because that watch is expensive doesn’t mean it goes with formal attire. Only one watch pairs well with a black-tie ensemble — a dress watch. Your high-end Omega dive watch, Rolex racing watch and Breitling pilot watches are great but these luxury watches don’t belong at the most formal of formal events. The dress watch should have a minimalist face and a black leather band (stay away from brown, which is more for business wear). Business wear gives you a little more leeway. While a dress watch such as the famed Patek Philippe Calatrava with a black alligator strap is still an option, business dress also lends itself to nice dive watches. If you want to go the dive watch route with a suit, think slim. Bulky dive watches clash with suits, so you want something slimmer with an elegant design and a leather strap. Keep it simple and traditional in gold or silver. If you choose a dive watch for business wear, wear it boldly. Remember that James Bond famously paired his elegant suits with a Rolex Submariner. The best of both worlds? Consider getting a watch that can be used in formal and business settings. A simple silver dress watch with a plain face in white, gray or black can be incredibly versatile. Use a black leather strap for a more formal look and a brown strap for business dress or even going smart casual. Wide Span of Smart Casual Dressing smart casual gives you lots of options to accessorize with your watch. This look spans a wide range. It can be easier for men, running from a dress button down paired with some slim-cut chinos or a blazer with grey flannel trousers and no tie. For women, a rule of thumb is avoiding outfits you would wear to work — no suits or skirts! Think a sharp blazer and dark tailored jeans, a blouse and dress pants, and really any look that feels fashionable without leaning to conservative. Smart casual dress is best paired with more casual-leaning timepieces such as racing, pilot and field watches. Keeping Things Totally Casual When you go totally casual your watch should too. Jeans and a t-shirt are perfectly matched with a field watch. But of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t break the rules. From David Beckham to Ellen DeGeneres, many a famous watch aficionado has donned a chronograph or dive watch while totally dressed down in the most casual of looks. A near universal constant, jeans and t-shirts can be paired with nearly anything and that applies to your watch choice as well. Casual also gives you the freedom to let your sporty side loose. A good sports watch with a rubber strap works with almost any casual ensemble. If you want a sports watch that you can wear with a variety of outfits, stay away from bold color schemes such as red, orange and yellow. While they‘re great to add some flair to your wardrobe, you will get more mileage out of basic black or deep navy. When Do I Wear My Smartwatch? By design, smartwatches are generally best paired with casual dress. Sure, an Apple Watch has stylish bands that make it look sleek. The Sony Smart Watch is a minimalist wonder. And the Intel-powered TAG Heuer? Well, that’s so strikingly similar to a mechanical watch you almost don’t realize that it’s a smartwatch. But just almost. Smartwatches never quite rise to the level of formal, or even appropriate for business or smart casual. (Maybe the TAG Heuer if nobody looks too closely!). So, if you have a smartwatch on your wrist, keep it casual. Selecting Straps for Shoes and Belts If you’re wearing brown shoes and a brown belt, a black leather watch strap will look out of place. And vice versa for black belts and shoes. This gets trickier with sports watches with rubber straps and field watches with NATO straps that come in a variety of colors. Find a color wheel online to see which colors match well with others to create an outfit that’s properly balanced. The Dos and Don’ts of Matching Metals Consider the other metal accessories you’ll be wearing when deciding whether to put on a gold or silver watch. From rings, earrings and necklaces to belt buckles and cufflinks, you don’t want a predominantly silver motif clashing with a gold watch. And the opposite as well. Consider the colors of your outfits. If you’re wearing a color scheme with blacks, grays and blues, go with a silver watch. If you’re dressing in earth tones and shades of tan and brown, best to complement with a gold watch. While you shouldn’t wear your Apple Watch to a black-tie gala, or a dress Patek Philippe for a pick-up game of basketball, don’t get too bogged down with the rules. Consider the guidelines and then just do what you think best matches your innate sense of personal style!

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  8. Watch Buying Guide: Mid-Range Luxury Watches

    The first decision every watcher-buyer has to make is what price range they will target. For those looking for pure utility, they can spend under $50 on a basic quartz or digital watch. For collectors and enthusiasts, these affordable options don’t cut it and they opt for pieces in the mid-luxury category ($1,000-10,000 roughly). This is an excellent pocket of the watch market, as it features incredible pieces from established brands, but doesn’t come with exorbitant price tags. Below, we explain exactly how to shop in this prestigious price range. What This Range Has to Offer One of the biggest misconceptions in the watch world is that high prices are the result of marketing schemes. While advertising, celebrity endorsements, and brand mystique do play a role in pricing, the primary drivers of cost are tangible. The following are the most crucial of those factors. Materials – The most common material that affordable and luxury watches are made from is steel. Don’t think that materials are all the same, though. Instead, there are different grades of steel that are higher quality and are more likely to keep their shine. Additionally, some watches are made from precious metals and expensive ceramic, which offer much more than cheap steel. Ruggedness – One of the most alluring aspects of expensive watches is that they often work in extreme conditions, such as being deep underwater. The reason for this capability is their construction, which is particularly excellent. When you opt for luxury, you are generally choosing from timepieces that are very rugged and built to last. Movement Type – One of the most recognizable differences between this price range and affordable pieces is movement type. The vast majority of low-priced watches feature a simple quartz movement, while luxury watches have complicated mechanical movements. For the most devoted watch enthusiasts, a mechanical movement is required. Quartz gets the job done, but is not as sought after by collectors. Movement Quality – As you might imagine, not all movements are equal. Some of the cheaper ones lose or gain seconds every day, which means resetting your watch often. Additionally, affordable automatic (self-winding mechanical) watches frequently malfunction and stop working after a short period of ownership. When you target luxury brands, you get high-quality movements that are accurate and built to last. How to Choose the Perfect Piece Though a multitude of factors go into choosing the right watch, starting with the following three will narrow your search significantly. Price – If you’re interested in mid-tier luxury, you have already chosen a price range of roughly $1,000-10,000. This is quite an extensive range, though, so you may want to be more specific. Are you looking for something in the low thousands, or are you more interested in a price near ten thousand? This is the first question you need to ask yourself because it will do a great job of bringing the market into focus. Watch Style – The five primary watch styles are diving, dress, aviation, driving, and minimalist. Once you figure out your price range, you can look towards these different styles and decide which is right for you. If you take part in diving, flying or driving, choosing the matching genre of watch is a great idea. Still, don’t get locked into the mindset of matching interests to watch style. If you do not take part in those activities, but enjoy their style and feel free to purchase one of them. Watch Brands – If shopping by style is not your preference, you can choose a brand instead. While there are many brands in this space, there are much fewer companies than there are individual watches. If you can select which timepiece manufacturer appeals to you the most, you can narrow your options down and choose from a much smaller pool. Best Brands There are thousands of brands trying to make a play in mid-range luxury, but a choice few have managed to separate themselves from the competition. To make your shopping process more straightforward, we have divided them into two tiers. The first features brands that are priced from around $1,000-5,000. The second go for more like $5,000-10,000. Group #1 – In this category, you are getting exceptional pieces at somewhat affordable prices. These watches almost always have mechanical movements, excellent materials, and solid craftsmanship, making them an excellent buy. The top brands that fit into this group are Longines, Oris, Tag Heuer, Omega, Breitling and Tudor. Though some of these companies will offer watches above $5,000, the majority can be had for cheaper. Group #2 – In this range, you get every bit of the quality of group #1, but now with even better craftsmanship. What that will mean for you is a longer lasting and more accurate piece. Our favorite brands from this group are Rolex, Jaeger Lecoultre, Zenith, Blancpain and Panerai. Of all of them, Rolex has the most respected name, but you really can’t go wrong with any of them. Now that you know the ins and outs of the mid-range luxury price range, you can go shopping for your next piece with confidence. As long as you follow this guide, you are sure to be satisfied with your purchase. Good luck!

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  9. Best Watch Brands for Different Price Ranges

    One of the hardest aspects of purchasing a watch is simply knowing where to start. There are thousands of watch brands out there, so it is normal to be overwhelmed by choosing which to buy from. The good news is that you are not shooting in the dark when you make this decision. Instead, there are a handful of timepiece companies that have separated themselves from the rest of the market due to their excellent reputations. Below, we go through those best watch brands and options and different price ranges as well. Affordable  Looking for good watch brands? If you don’t have a lot of cash  to invest in your watch, this is a good price range to look into. Alternatively, if you need any everyday watch that is likely to get dirty or beat up, you probably don’t want to spend a significant amount of money on it. Either way, you can still purchase a high-quality watch, even if you are only paying a double-digit sum. Timex – This watch brand has gained a well-deserved reputation for producing reliable watches at the most affordable price possible. Their two specialties are simple quartz movements and digital displays, both of which shouldn’t cost you more than $50. While Timex may not be the top watch brands for men, it’s definitely liked by many. Casio – Though some of the most versatile Casio watches push $100, most of their pieces come in at under $50. Just like Timex, they are a well-respected name in the watch world and make reliable products that are built to last. Casio definitely falls in the category of good watch brands for men. Entry Level This price range comes with a bit more craftsmanship and design. The movements in this category are often quartz, but many of these brands also produce reliable automatic watches. This is an excellent tier for shoppers that have a bit of money to spend but don’t prefer to go more than $1,000. Fossil – This watch brand has gained a reputation for producing trendy, well-made watches in a variety of price ranges. At the lower end, you’ll find simple quartz watches for around $75. On the upper end, you can purchase automatic watches for $200. Seiko – Perhaps the most respected watch name in this tier is Seiko, who famously makes ultra-reliable Japanese movements. In fact, this brand invented the quartz movement, which has taken over the affordable watch market. If you opt for a higher priced piece, you can also get a well-made automatic piece. Starter Luxury This price range includes watches that eclipse $1,000, but usually not by too much. Unlike other tiers, these watches often include handmade aspects and almost always have automatic movements. If you have some money to spend and want excellent quality, the following companies are fantastic choices. Oris – This Swiss watch brand is famous for producing luxury quality pieces at a somewhat lower price point than competitors. The combination of reliability and attractive designs makes this brand an excellent choice. Omega – Not only is this watch brand the official sponsor of James Bond, but it also was the first on the moon. Flashy accolades aside, it has a long history of success and customer satisfaction, allowing you to shop worry-free. Omega is definitely one of the best watch brands for men. Mid-Tier Luxury This tier includes some of the most famous and well-known watch brands on the market. Here, you’ll be shopping for products that are primarily handmade, have incredible craftsmanship, and boast extraordinary quality. They won’t come cheap, though, as many of them cost upwards of $10,000. Rolex – Though there are many watches in this price range, Rolex separates itself from the rest. Not only are their pieces incredibly reliable and attractive, but the reputation surrounding their brand is simply unmatched. When you choose Rolex, you know exactly what you are getting. It’s in the top 10 watch brands and is a top tier timepiece. Ultra-Luxury If you can afford this price range, you are most likely to get a top-quality watch. Not only are they well built, but they are often made from ultra-expensive materials like pure gold or precious stones. If you choose this tier, you’ll likely spend more than $20,000, but the quality will match the price tag. These take nice watch brands to another level. Audemars Piguet – Two things make Audemars Piguet watches utterly irresistible. The first is their distinct aesthetic, which is instantly recognizable. Second, they take incredible care in crafting each piece to be an embodiment of perfection. These two factors combined make AP a great option. Patek Philippe – This famous luxury watch brand has been seen in the wrists of Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin Hart and countless other celebrities. In the watch world, it has an unassailable reputation for producing elegant, attractive watches. If you ever get your hands on one, you will understand where this prestige comes from. While the watch market may seem intimidating at first, once you understand the basics, you can purchase with confidence. We hope this article has done that for you. Now it’s time to get shopping! Remember you have so many options when it comes to nice watch brands. Just choose your desired price range and don’t just choose popular watch brands because of their names.

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  10. Why the Omega Railmaster is a Classic

    The first-ever Omega Railmaster watch, the CK2914, was first released in 1957. It was a part of Omega’s collection of tool watches, which also included the Seamaster and Speedmaster. There’s a lot to learn about the Railmaster and what makes it one of the many classic watches. The Birth of the Omega Railmaster The Railmaster was essentially designed for scientists and electrical engineers. What made it stood out from its other two siblings in tool watches is its anti-magnetic shielding which served as protection from the movement. Over the years, there have been several attempts to protect various watches from magnetic fields. Although the damage is invisible to the naked eye, magnetic fields tend to damage crucial and delicate parts of the watch as well as the balance spring and the escapement. To put it simply, the magnetic field can easily mess with the watch’s accuracy and with a job like that of a scientist or an electrical engineer, magnetic fields can’t be avoided. Omega Railmaster – Protecting the Movement With a Faraday Cage, the CK2914 was able to protect the movement and made the watch resistant to up to 1000 Gauss. Omega placed a NuMetal plate on the case back, thus protecting the movement under the case from magnetic fields. In its initial edition, Omega opted for the 30T2 movement which was later renamed Calibers 284, 285, and then 286. For added magnetic resistance, the company decided to make the dial to be 1mm thick instead of their usual 0.4mm. Features of the Omega Railmaster With a 38mm case, the Railmaster was made using stainless steel and was water-resistant to up to 200 feet. It also didn’t have a screw-down crown. Instead, there is a Naiad crown that pushes tighter against the seals with increasing water pressure. The watch also has a bold and beautiful black dial that house white Arabic numerals along with triangular hour markers. While this is the company’s one of the most iconic designs for Omega watches, the Railmaster didn’t receive the popularity it should have. The watch also has different variations with rare, different colored dials. One of these rare models includes a version with a white dial and leaf-shaped hands. Throughout the production of Omega Railmaster, the company used different kinds of hands, including broad arrow, baton, and dauphine hands. 2.0 In the early 1960s, the company began the production of a new version of the Railmaster. The dial was white and all the hour markers were black numerals instead of the iconic triangles. Some versions of this model also had the hours for twenty-four time mentioned in red beside the black number. However, this model didn’t really last for long in the market, and the company didn’t produce any more Omega Railmaster watches until 2003. The Revival of Omega Railmaster Omega’s line up of watches skipped out on the Railmaster until 2003. That’s when the company began reinventing themselves by producing more calibers with co-axial escapements. For this purpose, the Railmaster seemed to be the ideal fit. It could flawlessly live up to the technical achievements that were put forward by the newly-introduced co-axial escapement. Thus, the new Railmaster came with three sizes (36mm, 39mm, and 42mm), and as a first, it has a chronograph too. It is further equipped with an Aqua Terra style case, an exhibition case back, a screw-down crown, and slightly twisted lugs. However, this particular version didn’t have any special anti-magnetic properties. This version of the Railmaster seemed to be the ideal watch for all watch enthusiasts. However, it didn’t sell as well as the company had hoped and it again pulled the line back in 2012. More Recently At Baselworld 2017, Omega released two new versions of the Railmasters. The first was the Railmaster 60th Anniversary model, designed physically the samel. Therefore, it has the same hands, same dial, same 38mm case, and even the same bracelet. However, it does have modern movement, and instead of tritium, it has faux patina. Due to the silicium parts in the escapement, the Calibre 8806 of this watch is up to fifteen times more resistant to magnetic fields than the original caliber. The new Railmaster watch, however, is an entry-priced model that houses the most recent Omega movements. It’s pretty clear why this one is a classic and why it should be in every watch connoisseurs’ collection. In this model, there’s an actual and genuine appreciation for the Railmaster lineage. It has the same triangular hour markers as well as Arabic numbers at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 positions. Running along the dial of the brushed dial, there are new baton hands as well as a crosshair. The case measures 40mm wide and is water resistance to up to 150m. Like the original model, this doesn’t have a screw-down crown, closed steel case back, and a printed case.

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  11. The Top 5 Swiss Watch Brands

    Any informed watch enthusiast knows that there are companies producing quality products all around the globe. Still, almost every luxury timepiece brand is based in Switzerland, which has been a horology hub for hundreds of years. So, if you’re in the market for a truly remarkable product, going with Swiss watch brands is an excellent choice. Below, I choose five of my favorite Swiss watch brands and give a brief explanation for why that company is worth your consideration. The criteria I used to pick them is more art than science. The list is not solely based on the quality of the watches, their value, or the heritage of each company. Instead, it is a wonderful mix of all of those factors. I hope you enjoy it! Rolex The fact of the matter is, that in the watch world, Rolex is king. Since their inception over 100 years ago, they have continuously broken records and busted through barriers. One of the most notable examples is when they created the first waterproof watch ever and proved its ability by having a famous swimmer cross the English Channel wearing it. Another achievement that comes to mind is when they created a watch that can withstand the insane pressure of going to the very bottom of the ocean. As expected, that timepiece functioned perfectly. While there are many excellent brands out there, Rolex continues to be the most recognizable and sought after Swiss watch brands. It is the favorite of CEOs, actors, and rappers, but it isn’t all hype and celebrity endorsements. Instead, they take meticulous care in every product they create, and the quality of the final product is undeniable. If you want to get one for yourself, you might have to be patient, as their most popular models often have one or two-year waitlists. Omega Omega has a reputation as Rolex’s little brother, but it is a company that has a variety of accomplishments of its own. Perhaps the best of all of them is outfitting the first astronauts who went to the moon. That might be my favorite piece of horological trivia, and Omega will always have it in their back pocket. Just like most of the brands on this list, this company has been around for over a century and has been revolutionizing the watch market throughout. My favorite thing about Omega is how much value they deliver at their price point. No, these pieces do not beat out the likes of Rolex or Patek Philippe, but in my opinion, they come very close. A watch collector with an endless budget can purchase the best of the best, but many of us would prefer 90% of the watch for half the price. That is precisely what Omega provides. Patek Philippe This brand is one of the oldest out there. Patek Philippe was founded in 1839 and has specialized in creating luxury timepieces ever since. One of the more charming things about this company is that it is family owned. That is in contrast to most other brands, which are either large corporations themselves or part of even larger conglomerates. Throughout its history, Patek Philippe has amassed numerous achievements and made a variety of technological leaps. As far as the products themselves go, many horological experts consider Patek Philippe watches to be the best in the world. That doesn’t just mean the best value, or the best in their price range, though. It means that if you put a Patek head to head with any timepiece, it would win. Now, that is just an opinion, but it is the opinion of many prominent people who know their way around watches. Audemars Piguet The one hesitation I have in putting Audemars Piguet on this list is their somewhat small catalog. While they have some alternatives, nearly every watch they sell is a Royal Oak or an offshoot of that iconic piece. Still, their popularity is undeniable, and they absolutely deserve a spot on this list. Additionally, their Code 11.59 collection is about to expand their offerings considerably, which should make the company even more alluring going forward. IWC The last brand on this list is International Watch Company, better known as IWC.  IWC sometimes flies under the radar, but produces amazing products at a fair price. To be honest, this final spot was the toughest to pick. The first four felt absolutely right, while number 5 was a toss-up between a variety of brands. Still, IWC is definitely deserving of their inclusion, and are an excellent option for those of you who want to spend a bit less money on your wrist companion. The truth is that you can’t go wrong with any Swiss watch brands. Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and IWC all have fantastic reputations and are sure to wow you with their products. Perhaps the hardest part of this article, though, was leaving out so many other great companies. So, let’s do a quick honorable mentions list: Longines, Breitling, Tissot, TAG Heuer, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin and Oris. You really can’t go wrong with any of these options, so if you want to spend a bit less or go in a different direction, don’t hesitate to check any of these brands out.

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