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  2. Watch Movements: Which is Right for You?

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

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  4. Watch Sizes: How to Choose the Right One

    Finding the right fit with a fine timepiece goes well beyond watch band sizes or even overall watch sizes. It’s more complicated and subjective than that. So how do you choose? What factors do you need to consider? Are there some watches you should just avoid? Let’s answer some of these questions and more. I Found the Perfect Watch… Maybe First, it should be conceded that there are no real rules, nothing in cement, no strict regulations you need to follow in finding the right size watch. If you think a watch looks good on you, that’s probably enough. And while there are some general guidelines when it comes to size, these have grey areas and personal aspects to consider. One size watch may be great for one person and totally wrong for another even if the wrist and hand proportions of the wearers are nearly identical. So let’s start with wrist size. Measure Your Wrist Risking statement of the obvious, your wrist size will likely be a determining factor in the size of the watch you wear (but not always!). Knowing your wrist size is especially important if you are shopping online and won’t have the opportunity to “try before you buy.” The best way to do this is to use a tailor’s tape to measure where your watch will sit, generally below the wrist bone. If you don’t have a measuring tape, you can use a dollar bill, which measures about 16mm in length. So measure away! Now that you know your number, where does it fall in the scale? We can place your wrist size into: 1: Thin, from 14mm to 16mm 2: Slim, from 16mm to 17mm 3: Medium, from 17mm to 18mm 4: Large, 18mm and above Matching Your Wrist to the Case Diameter After you know the size of your wrist, finding the right watch is just a matter of matching case proportions, right? Well, sort of, maybe, but not always. While matching the case of a watch to the proportions of your wrist can be a good way to select your right size, it could also create a clash with your personal sense of style. So this is by no means etched in stone, but we can generally find that case size best corresponds to wrist size as: 1: Thin wrist, 38mm case or less 2: Slim wrist, 38mm case to 40mm 3: Medium wrist, 42mm case to 44mm 4: Large wrist, 46mm case and above How Thick Should Your Watch Be? Personal style and how you’ll wear the watch come into play here. So does the type of watch you want. For example, dress watches are usually on the thinner side and serve more formal purposes (as they are slim enough to fit under shirt sleeves). Dive watches and pilot watches are thicker and for sportier occasions. In general, it’s a good idea if the case thickness and diameter are proportional, each increasing or decreasing in size with the other. If you are looking at a thin watch with a 38mm to 40mm diameter, chances are it will have a proportional thickness of 7mm. A big face watch with a diameter of 44mm will often have a thickness of 9mm or over. Choosing Your Band Width and Material Physical comfort is a factor here. If you like your watch a little loose, you are going to want to select something thinner that more easily moves up and down your wrist. Usually, watch bands are proportional to the case and about 50% of the diameter. So a case with a diameter of, say, 40mm would fit well on a band of 20mm. This only goes so far as you don’t want a band that’s too skinny, or the reverse, many watch wearers like a hefty band that might be slightly outside the half proportion to the case. And as with case diameters, large bands usually work best on large wrists and the same for thinner bands and smaller wrists. If you are going for a slim look, a leather strap is an optimal choice. Even if they’re the same width as leather, a metal band is bulkier and will always wear heavier. There are exceptions, including an ultra-thin Milanese metal band. Leather and fabric straps have the added advantage of easy adjustment, as all you need do is find the right hole for the right fit. With metal bands, you’ll likely have to go to the jeweler to have links added or removed when sizing for the right fit. Details of the Dial One aspect you might not think to consider when sizing up a watch is the dial. While, of course, the elements of a dial don’t change the diameter they can give that appearance. The more subdials, hands, and indices a watch has the bigger it will feel. Conversely, more minimalist watches feel smaller simply because their faces are less busy. Again personal taste comes into play here, but usually, a busier dial looks better on a larger wrist and smaller wrists are better suited to watches with fewer features. But after all of that measuring, you still may decide that your perfect timepiece conforms to none of these size guidelines! And that’s just fine. Put a big statement watch on a dainty wrist or adorn a massive wrist with something small and subtle. Your watch is your declaration of personal style and you may wish to tell the world you don’t care about size.

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  5. Japanese Watches: Best Brands

    If you’re in the market for Japanese watches, there are probably a few watch brands you will look to first. Seiko, Citizen, and Casio are likely on your radar, as they have a combined watchmaking history of more than two centuries. But these established brands are being challenged by some notable up-and-comers. So let’s take a look at the best Japanese watch brands and what they offer. Seiko Founded in 1881, Seiko is Japan’s oldest watchmaker and generally one of the most respected. It’s well-earned respect, based on more than a century of fine quality at prices that are notably affordable in comparison to their Swiss counterparts. It’s hard to encapsulate all they have done through the decades, but we can look to a few benchmarks. They made Japan’s first dive watch in 1965, and Seiko Prospex divers remain incredibly popular to this day. They turned the watch world on its end in 1969 with the first mass-produced quartz watch. For quality and heritage, Seiko is the Japanese watchmaker to beat. Grand Seiko  Each of these sub-brands of Seiko probably merits a lot more discussion than we have time for. Grand Seiko goes for luxury and can cost considerably more than their parent company’s offerings, but the quality shows. One of their most notable entries is the Snowflake, a titanium gem with Spring Drive movement. Orient Orient takes the Seiko tradition in a different direction. Unlike Grand Seiko, Orient watches are exceedingly affordable. But don’t worry that you’re getting a cheap watch with Orient. Rather, they perform well beyond their price tags. One of the most-popular Orients is the Bambino, a low-cost dress watch that can hold its own with some of the best Swiss offerings. Citizen If we’re talking about tech with Japanese watches, Citizen is the go-to brand. They famously pioneered light-powered timepieces with their signature Eco-Drive. They’ve also been at the forefront of GPS technology, notably with models such as the Red Arrows World Time Chronograph. Are they affordable? Yes and no. Spanning a wide range of prices, you can pick up a Citizen for as low as $100 and as high as $2,000 and more. Casio Casio started out as something of a joke. Well, at least somebody probably laughed at you when you sported your first calculator watch back in the day. Today those same watches are brandished by hipsters for their retro charm (and cheap prices). But Casio grew in leaps from its humble start, and nobody is laughing at the G-Shock. Casio’s near-indestructible flagship watches have become a staple and nearly every serious watch collector in the world has one in their collection. 3 Japanese Watches You Probably Don’t Know (But Really Should!) 1: Knot  One of the hottest new brands out of Japan is Knot. Since its debut in 2014, the small Tokyo-based outfit has gotten an overload of media attention that should make the big brands a little nervous. Two aspects make these watches desirable alternatives to the more-established watchmakers: price and customization. When it comes to cost, you can pick up a nice Knot for some unusually low prices given the high quality of the timepieces. A quartz movement watch will set you back about $200 while mechanical movement is in the $500 price range. From straps to movements and cases, all components are made in Japan and hand-assembled at Knot’s workshop in a bustling section of the capital city. And every Knot watch is completely customizable. Choose from a sea of straps that honor Japanese crafts and culture, such as the braided Kyoto’s kumihimo, a Yamanashi’s umbrella strap or the tatami-beri band that mirrors the design of a traditional Japanese tatami floor mat. View this post on Instagram 人気のレディースソーラーウォッチ。季節感あふれる新カラー追加! 秋のファッションにぴったりなブラウンフェイス。 落ち着いた雰囲気がコーディネートの締め役に。 #knotwatch#knot#wristwear#wristwatch#madeinjapan #ノット#腕時計#時計#日本製#カスタムオーダー A post shared by Maker's Watch Knot (@makers_watch_knot) on Aug 29, 2019 at 1:48am PDT 2: Minase Another recent brand that’s been upending the long-established watch world in Japan, Minase made its debut in 2005. But unlike urban Knot, Minase crafts its timepieces in a small factory in the company’s namesake village in the north of Japan. High-end quality has put Minase on the map. Prior to its foray into fine watches, the company produced precision tools and has since brought that fine metalwork expertise to each of the 500 watches Minase produces each year. 3: Frank Miura Okay, so this is a weird one. Frank Miura is a parody brand that openly mimics Franck Muller watches (both names are pronounced nearly the same in Japanese). Of course, the latter Swiss luxury brand Franck Muller makes instantly recognizable watches under the audacious banner “Master of Complications.” We’ve seen their bold designs on the wrists of 50 Cent, Elton John and a slew of other celebrities, and prices for a nice Franck Muller can go north of ten grand. Japan’s Frank Miura, on the other hand, offers similar designs at a fraction of the price. And although it’s a blatant rip-off of the Swiss watches, the Japanese quality is pretty good, and the designs are really cool. Franck Muller sued Frank Miura to stop making watches, but the legal action backfired. A Japanese court ruled that Frank Miura has the right to produce parodies and the publicity has made the low-end Japanese brand a cult hit. View this post on Instagram 嗚呼、ついに禁断の一本を手に入れてしまった…。 #フランク三浦 #fashionbloger #blog #腕時計 #ristwatch #watch #mensfashion #frankmiura A post shared by Yuji Mizutani (@butsuyoku_m) on Feb 8, 2019 at 6:38pm PST So you can stick with the tried and trusted brands, it’s hard to go wrong with that kind of longevity and tradition. Or choose one of the upstarts and slip something a little more eclectic on your wrist. However you select, the small island of Japan has a huge selection of amazing watches waiting for you.

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  6. Glashutte Original Watches for Men

    A woman’s crush can be makeup, but a man’s crush will always and absolutely be a watch. Men love to wear watches, and they are definitely short of watches on every occasion. Watches for men can never be enough to be suitable for wearing on all kinds of events; however, let us give you a brief overview of some of the best watches for men. Yes, we are talking about Glashutte Original watches. Although there are many watch brands out there which are worth buying, when buying a watch, you must remember that the quality should be great or else it’s no use buying it. It is better to invest in a few more bucks rather than compromising on the quality. Let’s look at some of the Glashutte Original watches for men: 1: Glashütte Original Senator Perpetual Calendar 100-02-02-01-04 If there’s one word that defines this Glashutte watch, then it is classy. Not only is this watch worthy of buying, but it has some amazing features that will blow away your mind. It is a self-winding automatic watch with an 18k rose gold color case along with an 18k rose buckle. The brown-colored alligator strap is made up of 100 percent genuine leather, so you do not need to worry about the quality. This watch also comes with 15 months of warranty and features hours, minutes, seconds, small seconds, month, date, day, moon phase, and perpetual calendar. This watch can be worn on an every-day basis. 2: Glashütte Original Seventies Panorama Date If you are looking for a silver chain bracelet watch, then this is the one you definitely need. The case and bracelet material are made up of steel, and it features an automatic movement. It also features a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The best thing about this Glashutte watch is the metallic blue colored dial. You can wear this watch on festive occasions or even on an every-day basis. This is a must-buy watch to add to your watch wardrobe, and you will definitely not regret buying it. 3: Glashütte Original Sport Evolution Impact Panorama Date 39-47-16-16-04 If you want a sports watch, then this watch is worth all your dreams. The combination of black and red is what makes this watch look amazing. It has a rubber strap, which is surprisingly made up of such good quality that you need not worry about its quality deteriorating or the strap wearing off. The black dial and the black stainless steel case all are made up of good quality materials. This is a must-buy watch for those men who love sports watches. It is definitely a good watch worthy of the price at which it is being sold. 4: Glashütte Original Panomatic Counter XL Steel RARE Watch 99.99% LNIB MINT 96-01-02-02-04 This Glashutte Original watch is quite rare, and if you can get your hands on it, you are extremely lucky. This is because it is very difficult to find this watch in the market. It is made by the finest manufacturers in the world and is a very special watch. The best thing about it is the floating ring design, as well as the additional counting function, which can be handy for sports events. This Glashutte Original watch is a really rare watch with amazing features which you wouldn’t find anywhere else. The material of the bracelet is of crocodile skin, which further makes it look great on the wrist. 5: Glashütte Original 1845 Karree Ewiger Kalender 42-01-02-02-04 If you’re tired of wearing the same round-shape dial watches, then here is another chance for you. Have a look at this Glashutte Original Karree Ewiger Kalender watch, which might have all the features that you are looking for. Firstly, you can immediately buy this watch if you are in search of a brown or black strap one along with a rectangle-shaped dial. The bracelet material is crocodile skin, which is very trendy nowadays. The material of the case is yellow gold in color, and you can wear this watch very casually. The quality of the watch, along with the other amazing features it offers, means that you should definitely consider to buy it immediately. So what are you waiting for? Just grab this watch before it runs out of stock! Glashutte Original Watches Conclusion So, these were some of the best Glashutte Original watches that you can find. There are all kinds of watch brands, but you must choose the one which has all the amazing features. Have a look at these watches for men and then decide on which one you should buy!

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  7. Diving Deeper with the Citizen Promaster Diver

    Over the past three decades, the Citizen Promaster has proven itself as one of the best dive watches on the market. It earned its place with innovative tech, sure-fire dependability and an unusually accessible cost. Let’s delve into the details of how this popular watch became a legend.  Over 30 Years of Citizen Promasters  The Citizen Promaster series officially debuted back in 1989, when Janet Jackson’s “Miss You Much” topped the U.S. music charts, Michael Keaton’s Batman broke box office records and the Berlin Wall came tumbling down on live TV. Or, to be more accurate, three Citizen Promasters debuted that year: the Aqualand, the Altichron and the Promaster Sky. The trio hit the world stage as the Titanium Professional collection.  The Aqualand has remained nearly unaltered over the past three decades. It was actually a reboot of a standalone model that was first produced in 1985. It got some serious attention at the time as the world’s only dive watch with a digital depth gauge. The first Altichron was notable for an altimeter that was capable of registering 10,000 meters above sea level and 300 meters below. The Promaster Sky was the forefather of Citizen’s satellite and radio-controlled watches that were to follow.  Today, the collection still sticks to the thematic trinity that’s made it a success: Land, Air and Sea. The message is simple. If you’re taking off in flight or diving deep in the ocean, this is the timepiece you want along for the adventure. But of course, we can’t all be so daring in everyday life. So the watches also exude a casual cool or a bold expedition to brunch. The Citizen Promaster Diver emerged as the line’s best seller. All About the Citizen Eco-Drive You can’t really talk about Citizen watches without first mentioning the Eco-Drive. Citizen impressed the watch world when it first introduced light-powered timepieces in the 1970s. They perfected the technology for the mass market by the 1990s. Say goodbye to batteries! Today’s ultra-efficient Eco-Drive watches absorb both natural and artificial light through a solar panel under the dial, storing the energy in a lithium-ion cell that can charge a watch for anywhere from a few months to an astonishing few years! While Citizen Promaster watches were popular in their pre-Eco-Drive days, this amazing power capacity is surely an important ingredient to their popularity.   Basic Black is Always in Style There are a variety of Citizen Promaster Divers to choose from, but let’s first look at the most popular model, the BN0150-28E. This analog quartz timepiece is solar powered with a stainless steel case, available with a sturdy polyurethane strap or stainless-steel bracelet. It’s quite basic — but in the best of ways! The black dial has simple all-white markings. The three hands are equally simple, albeit wide to complement the somewhat hefty design. The hour, minute and second hand each have generous applications of lume. The minute hand is the watch’s most eye-catching aspect, an orange-edged arrow that provides a pop of color on the otherwise black-and-white palette.  Most people who buy dive watches don’t actually do deep ocean dives. But it’s nice to know this watch is water resistant up to 200 meters. That gives you a peace of mind for the pool, shower or unintended water hazards. The lume also shines quite brightly and is easily chargeable with any light source. Speaking of power, the reserve is staggering and you can go months on a single charge!     Bring on the Blue Another popular model, and a visually pleasing one at that, is the BN0151-09L. It’s pretty much the same watch as the BN0150-28E but sheds the black motif for an eye-catching blue design. Both pieces lean to the hefty side, with a 43-mm case diameter that really expands to 48-mm if you include the crown. But they wear lighter on the wrist than their dimensions suggest. Aided by a slim 12-mm profile that makes them lightweight in the world of dive watches and perfect for everyday use. The bezel is quite simple, with painted markings on the aluminum. While the standard blue silicone strap is popular, the accessible size and understated look of the dive watch makes it easy to swap out straps for different looks. Pair it with a leather strap for a dressier, yet still sporty, look that goes well with dress-casual attire. Or go more rugged with a nylon NATO strap that’s more fitting for weekend adventuring. Versatility is one of the things that’s kept the Promaster Diver in vogue for so many years.     Make Way for the EcoZilla! People are bound to notice if you strap on a Citizen Promaster Diver BJ8050-08E. With a case width of 48-mm and weighty thickness of 18.6-mm it’s hard not to take note. But, like all in the line, its simple styling makes it wear slimmer than its actual size. Unlike other models in the collection, this one is a lefty. Detractors would point out that a crown at the nine o’clock position can dig into the wrist on an active outing. True to its nickname, the watch has a monster 60-click bezel with polished scallops. It comes with a rubber strap but this ready-for-action watch always wears well on nylon.    While these are the most popular, they’re just a few of the choices in the Citizen Promaster Diver line. You can get totally blacked out with a BN0195-54E, go with a touch of green on the CA0715-03E or take things up a notch with the pricier BN7020-17E, a seriously pro dive watch that’s water resistant up to 1,000 meters. However you like your Promaster Diver, you can enjoy knowing you’re part of over 30 years of history.

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  8. Why the Panerai Radiomir Series Is a Great Pick

    Panerai watches have a special value in the marketplace. Panerai has become one of the most competitive watch brands in the market with their unique watch identity, and styles and quality. The hard work and devotion of the craftsmen appear in their timepieces. Panerai watches are known for their style, luxury, and simplicity. Panerai has produced many series of watches having their own best signatures; one of them includes the Panerai Radiomir. This series is one of the most demanded series in the market because of the quality and elegance found in its timepieces. And to make you agree more, let us discuss some of the watches in this series. Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days (reference PAM932) has the perfect midnight myth enclosed in it. The dial is sunburst with a blue color that’s relatively lighter than the surrounding. The color goes darker as it moves to the circumference. In addition, the silver bezel and crown add smoothness to the watch appearance. The indexes seem to be engraved in the dial. Navy blue strap matches the color combo, making the overall appearance of the watch magical. Lastly, the watch offers a sub-dial for the second movement. Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days GMT This men’s watch (reference PAM00628) with an automatic movement and a caliber p.4002 gives more accuracy in time. It has a power reserve of 72h. This 31 jewel timepiece has water resistance up to 10 ATM. The black color dial suits best with the black leather bracelet with a buckle clasp. Moreover, the skeleton back and sapphire glass protection ensures the durability of the watch. The buckle and bezel are also stainless steel. This two barrel and 288 components watch is truly a masterpiece in the Panerai Watches collection. The other features this watch offers include luminous markers, a date display window at 3’o clock position, GMT, 24-hour indicator at 9’o clock position and a power reserve indicator at 5’o clock position. Panerai Radiomir 1940 Oro Rosso This watch is one of those that are known for their simplicity in appearance as well as the elegant look. The watch is a cushion shape case of rose gold, with a case thickness of 11 mm and 42*45 mm diameter. The movement of this unisex watch is manual winding. The color combination with rose gold is appealing brown that is always admired. The brown dial has significant markers and a second’s sub-dial. With a water resistance of 10 ATM, the watch offers sapphire glass resistance and display back. In matching with the watch’s color code, the 200mm long bracelet is brown in color, complementing the watch’s pretty appearance. This Panerai Radiomir 1940 is one of the demanded watches because of its simple smooth look. Panerai Radiomir Black Seal 3 Days Automatic Panerai Radiomir Black Seal 3 Days Automatic is a men’s watch. This elegant piece has a black dial with a luminous Panerai logo and luminous Arabic or stick index that complements the beauty of watch when combined with the smooth steel bezel and black leather strap. The case is stainless steel having a diameter of 45 mm. With the sapphire see-through back and front protection, the watch offers additional resistance. Other appealing functions Panerai Radiomir Black Seal 3 Days Automatic offers include screw-down stainless steel crown, luminous hands, and Chronometer. The watch has a cushion shape representation with a skeleton back that allows viewing the strong movement of the watch. Panerai Radiomir Chronograph Chronograph watches have always been very attractive and demanded. That is a reason for Panerai Radiomir Chronograph to be an eye-catching element of the company. Featuring caliber OP XII, automatic movement, and a power reserve of 46h, the watch has every requisite a chronograph lover will want. The case is stainless steel with sapphire crystal protection while the watch has a black dial having luminous hands and index Arabic numerals. The dial also has two sub-dials and makes a beautiful colored combination with a brown leather strap. In addition, the folding clasp gives a perfect fit/grip to the hand. Other features include chronograph and water resistance of 10 ATM. Panerai Radiomir 8 Days Ceramic Edition This one is a manual wind movement watch with a caliber of P.2002/3. Panerai Radiomir 8 Days Ceramic Edition is a discontinued edition of Panerai Watches. The 21 jewels ensure the precision of the watch. The watch is unisex with an astounding power reserve of 192h. It has date display at 3’o clock position. The strap is black leather with a buckle clasp of titanium. The case material is Ceramic and diameter is 45 mm with a cushion representation. Water resistance offered is 10 ATM. The Arabic numerals seem to be carved/ engraved in the black dial.

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  9. Deep Dive of Breitling Superocean Watches

    Those after an amazing dive watch might want to look to the Breitling Superocean Heritage. True, it’s only natural that pilot watches may first come to mind when you think of Breitling. The Swiss watchmakers are best known for aviation timepieces and even feature wings in their logo. But they’ve also specialized in undersea pieces for more than half a century. Their dedication to dive watches is no better personified than in the flagship Superocean line. We take a deep dive into an extraordinary timepiece that has impressed watch aficionados for decades. A Reaction to Omega and Rolex The history of the Superocean takes us back to the 1950s when dive watches were first in vogue. The Omega Seamaster and Rolex Submariner ruled the niche, both for their rugged good looks and ability to withstand the pressure of deep dives. Breitling knew it had to compete to stay relevant. So in 1957, it debuted the Superocean, a watch which was heralded as water resistant up to 100 meters, doubling the benchmark set by the Seamaster a few years earlier.   Breitling Superocean Heritage After decades of producing different dive-watch incarnations, Breitling took a trip back to its roots in 2007 with the release of the Superocean Heritage. It was a retro route but never felt like false nostalgia. With the Heritage going for a minimalist style but still feeling modern. Ranging from 38-mm to 46-mm in case size, it never lost sight of its true purpose — a durable dive watch. The Heritage is water resistant up to 200 meters with an easy-grip rotating bezel and it’s a true chronometer.   Now Breitling again takes the Heritage out for a retooled spin, this time as the Superocean Heritage II. One of the more eye-catching versions is the rose gold and stainless steel model. It is elegantly offset by the sophisticated black of the dial, bezel and Milanese strap. The watch can come off a bit too dressy for a dive watch (of course, most people don’t have a problem with “too elegant”). But as it implies with its name, the watch stays true to the heritage that began in 1957. The bezel’s impact-resistant ceramic inlay, durable domed sapphire crystal and water resistance up to 200 meters.    Steelfish Chronograph Since its 2014 debut at Baselworld the Steelfish has been one of the most coveted in the Superocean line. A true divers’ dive watch, the Steelfish was made for underwater visibility with a formidable unidirectional rotating bezel with rubber-coated indices and numerals. Large Arabic numbers, coated with luminescence, are featured on a dial with a plus-sized day-date window. Beyond the ability to read the watch in extreme conditions, the 44-mm stainless steel case can withstand water pressure up to 500 meters.   Superocean Chronograph M2000 Limited Edition As you probably guessed from its name, the limited edition M2000 Superocean is water resistant up to 2,000 meters. Of course, that’s kind of a gimmick, since most recreational divers only go about 40 meters tops, and possibly one of the reasons that only 250 pieces were made. But it’s still pretty cool to have a watch this ultra durable. Serious divers will appreciate its large luminescent hands for easy underwater readability and a decompression valve to vent helium. It’s also a watch Batman would be proud to put on his wrist, offered with a black steel case, black dial, black rotating bezel, and black leather strap.   Superocean Automatic 42 Orange Steel At Baselworld 2019, Breitling rolled out new Superoceans in sizes (and one bold new color) that many did not expect. The case sizes run from a compact 36-mm, to more traditional 42-mm and 46-mm. They even offer a whopping 48-mm for those who want to make a massive statement on their wrists. While most of the shades are pretty much what we’ve come to expect with Superoceans, the Orange Steel received the most attention. Much brasher and flashier than arguably any Breitling Superocean before it. The orange dial with a black bezel makes a striking entrance.  A Glittery Diamond Breitling Superocean There’s a good reason “bling” and “dive watch” are rarely uttered in the same sentence. They hail from two different worlds. One is for land and the other sea, and so the two would hardly even meet at a cocktail party. But Breitling dispensed with conventional thinking with its Diamond Breitling A13340 Superocean Stainless Steel. One of the most popular in the Superocean line, a diamond-beset bezel with a stainless steel case creates a stunning impression. Worn by men and women with equal enthusiasm, it’s an eye-popping accessory to nearly any outfit.  So sure, you can still consider classic dive watches such as the Rolex Deepsea or Tudor Black Bay Heritage. They are some fine pieces with history and heritage of their own. Now you just might think of a Breitling Superocean for the next time you take a deep dive into the blue sea.

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  10. 7 Excellent Swiss Military Watches

    From affordable options such as Wenger Swiss military watches to higher-end selections from the likes of IWC, field watches offer a wonderful opportunity to put both vintage flair and modern action on your wrist. You may love the great outdoors and revel in an on-the-go lifestyle. Maybe you just wish to appear like you do. Whether you’re scaling a mountain or just want to look sporty at brunch, a Swiss military watch is a great way to express your inner adventurer.  But which do one you choose? And do you have to spend a lot of money to own a piece of military heritage? To help you sort it out, we take a look at some of the best options on the market today. 1: Wenger Analog Swiss Quartz Field Watch If you want a classic at an amazing price, you can’t do much better than the Wenger Analog. They might be better known as the originators of the famed Swiss Army Knife. Wenger’s foray into watches has yielded high-quality timepieces at affordable prices. They’re simple, straightforward and without pretense. The Swiss Quartz watch is for everyday use but can be fitted with a stainless steel bracelet or soft brown calfskin strap that dresses it up nicely. Choose a black or white face, both with an inner ring of markers that keeps 24-hour military time. While you can pick one up for about $100 don’t let the price fool you on longevity. It’s Swiss Quartz movement and water resistance up to 100 meters mean it’s built to last.    View this post on Instagram “Time” is a precious thing! ??✨? #Dec2018 #LayeringIsCaring #WegnerSwissMilitary #Fashun A post shared by Matthew Walker (@official.hookedonthebean) on Dec 27, 2018 at 1:30pm PST 2: IWC Swiss Pilot A quintessential field watch that proudly displays its military lineage, the IWC Pilot Chronograph exudes ready-for-action cool with its strap, complementing anthracite dial and scratch-resistant sapphire window. It’s plenty durable with a black ceramic titanium case and features Swiss automatic movement and a flyback function. While it was made for action, it positively beams laid-back charm and pairs well with any casual ensemble. As a premier brand, IWC will cost more than the average military watch but the quality is well worth the price.    View this post on Instagram Another hooked 7 #iwc #iwcmilitary #iwcmilitarywatch #britishmilitarywatches #britishmilitary #iwcvintage A post shared by *english*auctions* (eBay) (@prestige_wristwatch_limited) on Sep 26, 2017 at 8:35am PDT 3: Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick Sold under the banner “the perfect blend of elegance and function,” the Swiss Army Maverick stands up to the scrutiny of that bold claim. (Well, “perfect” might be a stretch, but close anyway). With a water resistance of 100 meters, it’s solid but not the most rugged watch out there. However, the Army Maverick makes up for this with a bold presentation in a 43-mm case, 10.9-mm profile and band width of 20-mm that comes of as hefty on even the sturdiest of wrists. A matte blue face with white numerals is simple and elegant, showing the world the no-nonsense attitude of its wearer. Priced at under $300, its an affordable option as well.      View this post on Instagram Taking my Victorinox GMT Maverick for a ride. #victorinox #victorinoxwatch #victorinoxmaverick #swissarmywatch #victorinoxswissarmy #myjomashop #watchphotography #watches #watch #watchgeek #watchoftheday #horology A post shared by Shecky (@sheckman1) on May 8, 2019 at 5:13pm PDT 4: Longines Heritage Military COSD For a breezy look that goes with any casual outfit, the Longines Heritage Military is ready to serve. A round brushed stainless steel case meets a traditional green canvas strap to conjure up an unmistakable military mode. Opt for a black face for a dressier look but its really hard to beat the nostalgic charm of the vintage ivory dial with Arabic numerals that stays true to the watch’s history. The Swiss watches were issued to British paratroopers during World War II and today still reflect the now-vintage style of the era. You can usually pick one up for under two thousand dollars, making this piece of military heritage within reach of most watch lovers.    View this post on Instagram #Repost @watchpics73 ・・・ New canvas strap from @cheapestnatostraps on the Longines COSD. – – #wristgame #dailywristshot #watchmania #wristwear #longines #longineswatch #longinescosd #militarywatch #fieldwatch #watchphotography #wruw #wotd #watchesofinstagram #watchoftheday #dailywatch #instawatch #watchaddict #watchfreak #watchfam #menswatch #swisswatch #horology #watchonmywrist #watchpics #cheapestnatostraps #canvasstrap A post shared by นาฬิกา กระเป๋าและแบรนด์เนม (@thbnet) on Mar 24, 2019 at 3:04am PDT 5: Oris Big Crown ProPilot The Big Crown tells the world that it sits squarely in the realm of military watches other than getting pigeonholed as a pilot piece. The watch opts for a bold matte black face and oversized numbers. While the round case at first glance reflects the contours of traditional pilot watches. The coin edge is an undoubted nod to popular military watches we saw in the first part of the 20th century. Straddling the worlds of pilot and field watches, this timepiece is exceedingly versatile, dressed up with calfskin or down with canvas, it can be worn with just about anything short of black-tie attire. View this post on Instagram Its Friyay! ?? #newstrap #greenstrap #nylonstrap #opencaseback #caseback #oris #orisbigcrown #orispropilot #pilotwatch #oriswatches #watchesofinstagram #watches #watchnerd #watchcollector #watchgeek #watchaddict #instawatch #instalike #fathom #fathombracelets #watchgeko A post shared by My Point Of View (@point_of_view90) on Apr 5, 2019 at 3:16am PDT 6: Marathon Swiss Made Military Field Army Watch Marathon makes military watches in the truest sense. The renowned Swiss watchmakers have a longstanding contract to make rugged timepieces for the United States military under strict durability guidelines. Instead of an old-school aesthetic found in many a military watch, Marathon Field Army watches take a modern approach with fiber shell cases that can take a beating and durable black nylon strap. Best suited for weekend wear and outdoor adventures, this watch handles well on the go.   View this post on Instagram #marathongsar #marathonwatch #militarywatch #diverswatch #blusharkstraps #natostrap A post shared by Mark (@bones_yates) on May 1, 2019 at 12:29am PDT 7: Wenger Swiss Military Dark Brown Leather Chronograph The contrast of dark brown leather against a gleaming silver case means that this military watch will get noticed. It has a Swiss quartz movement and is water resistance of up to 100 meters. It’s also fairly reliable when it comes to durability. The black and white motif makes no mistake that this watch was made for function in the field. Yet, the Wenger is a perfect casual companion and can even stand in for dressier moments. And you won’t have to shell out big bucks as Wegners can be picked up in the $100 to $200 range. View this post on Instagram #swisswatch #wegner #wegnerwatch #cabosanlucas #grandsolmar #livingthelife A post shared by Amanda (@firefighter_cruz) on Jan 21, 2015 at 7:27am PST

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  11. Used Luxury Watches Buying Tips

    One can be creative with their spending and choices and can spend a bit in pre-loved and antique items. Buying pre-loved luxury items, especially used luxury watches, are a smart way to divulge one’s time and currency in as the design hardly goes out of fashion. Plus, a good company’s wristwatch is long-lasting; especially the classic and iconic designs from the likes of Rolex, IWC and more. No one will bat any eyes at you for wearing a pre-loved luxury wristwatch as it takes a keen and artistic eye to spot one; therefore, you will be considered a fashionista if found adorning an antique timepiece. On the plus side, it will not be that hefty on your bank account. Though the love for true art is still pulsing through the community, there are certain kinds of people who will not think twice before trying to make a fool out of a novice buyer; especially, if you are in the market to buy a pre-loved item. What you need is a guide who can help you know the market in a better fashion. Do Your Research There are three kinds of wristwatches available in the market that are up for grabs. The first is vintage, which means any item that has been in the market for more than thirty years. The second is contemporary, which is any modern piece that has seen fewer numbers than thirty and can be found in a retail store. Finally, there’s discontinued which is basically anything from being either older than thirty years or younger but are no longer in production and is not being offered by the brand. No matter which one you opt for, you will still be getting the better bargain as you will be able to have a much larger variety of timepieces that you can mix and match with your outfits or occasions, and it will not affect your pocket that much as well. Ask the Right Questions The first and most important question of all is that does the timepiece retain all of its original parts such as the bezel, crown, clasp, etc. or is the timepiece just a shadow of what it once was? In other words, out of all the parts, is only the outer dial original? It is important to ask these questions first hand rather than facing a nasty surprise down the road. Vintage Wristwatches  Opposed to discontinued or contemporary wristwatches, a vintage watch might be a slight bit tricky to own in the long run. As the parts can be tough to find and it can be a bit more to the edge than others, let’s just say that with a vintage model, you may get a much bigger bite to chew on than you bargained for. With slight issues here and there, a vintage one can have difficulty in telling the accurate time of the day. Though it might be easy on the pocket at the time of purchase, it can prove to be slightly more difficult to maintain. Maintenance Work When it comes to pre-loved luxury wristwatches, one must keep in mind that they have to be extra vigilant and careful. Buying a pre-loved luxury timepiece is easy during the initial steps, however, as time passes, it really turns into a diva and requires prim and proper maintenance and upkeep that you can get away from a, perhaps, brand new wristwatch. However, with proper care and love, even a pre-loved timepiece can last for decades. Beware of the Replicas As technology is getting better and better, and designers are getting more and more trained with time, it is getting extremely difficult for novice people to differentiate an original from a good replica, let alone a pre-loved one. Even at times, expert gurus face difficulties. However, one should cover all their basics, rip the timepiece apart, gently though. This is because no matter what they do, there is always something left behind hidden by the original designers that cannot be replicated. Used Luxury Watches Conclusion As always, every timepiece has its own problems as every designer brings their own flair and rendition to things. Still, these five basic points can help to make sure you get the right pick. At the end of the day, one can learn wonders from experience that they cannot learn from advice. Maybe you will get lucky and will succeed on every purchase. One day, you will be considered an expert guru; if not you will have an impressive collection back home, so it’s a win-win.

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