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  2. Grand Seiko: 3 Reasons Why We Love the Brand

    Grand Seiko: 3 Reasons Why We Love the Brand

    What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Grand Seiko? Well, if you’re like most watch collectors out there, you’re probably wondering why the brand is so awesome. Yes, Grand Seiko is one of the many luxury watch brands that has been disrupting the industry for years. And of course, we figured that it’s only normal for us to let you in why Grand Seiko stands out even in the midst of other big brands. In this article, we’re going to explore up to three key factors that make Grand Seiko a must-have for avid watch collectors. So check out why a whole lot of collectors love this brand. Trust us, you’re sure to fall in love too (that’s if you haven’t already). Let’s dive in! 1: Grand Seiko History First off, Grand Seiko has a rich history that you’ll certainly want to check out. Now, for most watch lovers, GS may be seen as a newcomer in the luxury watch world and we can’t possibly blame them for that. Yes, the brand actually entered the US market a few years ago and started making waves in English-speaking countries thereafter. It’s however important to note that Grand Seiko has been here since 1881. Yes, Seiko has always been committed to creating premium quality timepieces, but unfortunately, they weren’t regarded as one of the big players in the industry. As time went by, Seiko decided to give one of their major divisions (Suwa) the responsibility of creating a Grand Seiko. Of course, their goal was to make the original model (Grand Seiko) the most outstanding wristwatch that they were able to produce at that point in time. Moving forward, at this time, the Grand Seiko was not seen as a collection — it was actually considered a model. Yes, the Seiko’s classic three hand, no date, manual wind watch went mainstream. But of course, it didn’t stop there — the brand’s success led to the birth of many more models including watches with automatic winding, dates and different frequencies. Going International It’s also worth noting that Seiko’s success gave them the chance to compete internationally. Essentially, the brand entered wristwatch movements into Neuchatel chronometer testing in 1964. For those who might not be aware, the Neuchatel observatory rate watches and give their corresponding rank in line with other movements in the competition. Of course, the ultimate goal is to know the brand that produced the most accurate timepieces. Well, at this time, Grand Seiko’s results were far below expectations. But interestingly, they were able to do better — in 1967, Seiko’s movements moved from the 144th place into the top ten! That’s not all — GS also went ahead to compete in a Geneva competition that’s pretty similar to the Neuchatel chronometer trials. And the good thing is, this time, the brand performed excellently well. Yes, they won 4th place out of 10, making their movements to be the most accurate of all mechanical watch movements! All in all, Grand Seiko’s illustrious history is clearly one of the reasons why we and other watch collectors can’t get enough of their incredible pieces. 2: Grand Seiko Movements Another thing that sets Grand Seiko apart from the crowd is the accuracy of their watches. The not-so-best Grand Seiko has better accuracy rating than many other watch brands on the market. Even a watch collector with little to no knowledge about the brand’s movements can take the plunge and end up with an incredibly accurate watch. Essentially, Grand Seiko has done its best to stay true to their heritage while making great changes to the technology of their movements. Speaking of which, the spring drive is one movement that expresses Grand Seiko’s impressive philosophy. This revolutionary movement basically integrates the fine finishing and assembly of a mechanical GS from the 1960s with a state-of-the-art high-tech tri-synchro regulator. The Battery  It’s clear to see that Grand Seiko basically fuses the old with the new thus creating battery-less, fully mechanical movement. That movement stores all its energy in a mainspring. That’ll boast an accuracy that exceeds most quartz watches. In a nutshell, with GS, collectors will get to have a combination of the beauty of a traditional watch and accuracy of a high tech one. So, what’s the point? Well, it’s pretty simple — Grand Seiko’s watch movements are equal to none. There are still many other things to learn about them. 3: Grand Seiko Craftsmanship The last but certainly not the least reason why love Grand Seiko is their incredible craftsmanship. In today’s luxury watch world, they’re one of the few brands that are a classic. They have stayed true to traditional watch polishing, assembly, and adjustment. Just about every part of a GS is polished with a Japanese technique known as “zaratsu.” Now, if you’re familiar with Japanese history, you’ll relate when we say sword polishing was taken very seriously. Yes, contrary to what you thought, the entire process wasn’t done by the swordsmith alone. Instead, once the swordsmith is done with his job, he gives the blade to a “togishi” who polishes it to perfection. Why does this matter? Only because Grand Seiko zaratsu technique follows the exact same process. Moving forward, you should be aware that brand’s models don’t just come with extremely fine finishing. First off, the job is actually and of course, entirely done by master watchmakers. And interestingly, the watchmakers adjust the timepieces in 6 positions to take better control of the effects of gravity. That’s a feature that’s known only to the best and most elite of watchmakers. Finally, and for what it’s worth, the testing and adjustment of a Grand Seiko take 17 days — a pretty amazing fact to keep in mind. Conclusion And that’s it! These are top 3 reasons why Grand Seiko watches are totally worth checking out. In the end it’s all up to you to get yourself a GS timepiece that you’re sure to treasure for years.

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  3. Hands-On with the Omega Constellation

    Hands-On with the Omega Constellation

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

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  4. A Closer Look at the Rolex Batman Watch

    A Closer Look at the Rolex Batman Watch

    Of all the watches that Rolex offers, the Rolex Batman might be their most popular right now. First, let’s go over what that name refers to. It is the GMT Master II with the black and blue bezel. People call it the Batman because those colors correspond with an older version of that superhero. Now, onto the watch. Below, I explain why the Rolex Batman watch is so popular among collectors and consumers alike. Brand One thing people often do not know about Rolex is that it started under the name ‘Wilsdorf and Davis,’ which came from its founders, Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis. The name was soon changed to the iconic ‘Rolex,’ and the company started making history all around the world. That started when it outfitted a swimmer with the first waterproof watch and had her swim across the English Channel with it. This tradition of achievement lives on to this day, with a recent example being sending a timepiece to the very bottom of the ocean. Capabilities aside, Rolex has a certain aura around it that no other watch brand has. It balances mainstream appeal with the adoration of collectors like no other, and it is more recognizable than any other company in this niche. Purchasing a Rolex is a right of passage for many young professionals and a status symbol for those who are already established. While every fan of the brand has their own favorite, the Rolex Batman is a watch that is in constant demand. Appearance The funny thing about Rolex watches is that while they signal status, they aren’t particularly flashy. In fact, their designs are quite understated, classic, and even elegant. The Rolex Batman is no exception. It has a black dial, white dial elements, and the kind of hands that you would expect on a GMT. The factor that sets it apart, though, is its bright bezel. There’s just something so attractive about the way the black and blue look next to each other. In the right light, it is as bright and beautiful as any watch on the market. Overall, I consider the Rolex Batman watch to be one of the most handsome timepieces in existence. Movement The movement in the Rolex Batman watch is incredibly accurate. It loses or gains just 2 seconds per day, and as an added benefit, has a 70-hour power reserve. You also get to enjoy keeping time in two zones at once, as this movement supports a GMT clock. I’ll touch on that a bit later. General Craftsmanship Again, you can’t really knock Rolex in any of these categories. The Batman is sturdy, well made, and should hold up to any day to day trials that you put it through. One thing to note, though, is that this piece only has 100m water resistance. As a result, I wouldn’t go swimming with it. Materials  The materials on this watch are precisely the quality you’d expect from Rolex. Your standard GMT Master II comes in Oystersteel, which is Rolex’s proprietary stainless-steel recipe. Its selling point is that it is even more scratch resistant and tough than typical materials. One small adjustment that the brand made recently is that the Batman now comes on a slightly different strap. That change has not affected the makeup of its materials, though. What Makes the Rolex Batman Watch So Special The first thing that makes this watch special is a factor we’ve already gone over. It is the aesthetic quality of that black and blue bezel. I am not alone in saying that it is incredibly gorgeous, as collectors around the world are scrambling to get their hands-on Batman’s every day. The second is the fact that it has a GMT complication, which lets you keep time in two zones at once. It does so through a simple mechanism. First, Rolex installs a fourth hand on the dial. It is bright blue and points all the way to the outside of the watch. Second, they number the bezel from 1 to 24, making it a 24-hour clock. What you can do as a result is set that larger GMT hand to a second time zone that corresponds with a number on your bezel. This function is both exciting for regular people and useful for those that travel frequently. How You Can Get A Rolex Batman Watch for Yourself My one gripe with the Rolex Batman watch has nothing to do with the product itself. Instead, it is with the supply and demand surrounding it. As mentioned above, this timepiece is one of the most sought after in the world. At the same time, Rolex is not producing enough of them to meet that demand. What we end up with is a situation where you have to choose between two options: Buy it at MSRP but wait years to get it. Pay a premium by buying from a third-party seller. If you absolutely need to get a Rolex Batman for yourself, those are your two choices. I personally would take option two, but you’ll have to make that call for yourself. Regardless, you’re going to end up with a fantastic watch. I can promise you that.

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  5. Choosing Between Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre

    Choosing Between Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre

    Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre are two of the most respected names in the watch world. Additionally, collectors often find themselves choosing between these two brands because there is so much overlap in their offerings. For example, many people who are looking for an elegant luxury watch come to the Cartier Santos, Cartier Tank, and Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso. What they end up with is a seriously tough choice. Below, I do my best to help you make that decision for yourself. Cartier History Cartier was established by a French entrepreneur in 1847. Today, it is part of a greater conglomerate, but it retained family ownership for over 100 years. The brand has always been synonymous with luxury, but not always with luxury watches. In fact, Cartier is likely best known for its jewelry manufacturing. Their history of supplying royal families with priceless jewels supports that reputation, along with King Edward VII calling them “the jeweler of kings and the king of jewelers.” Jaeger-LeCoultre History Jaeger-LeCoultre has a more typical watch manufacturer history. It began in 1833, and the brand quickly became a large-scale producer of timepieces. They were so proficient that they even supplied many other big-name companies, one of them being Patek Philippe. One thing that you might find amusing in this comparison is that Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre once had a similar relationship, where the latter supplied the former with movements. This company was and still is considered one of the great luxury watchmakers in the world. Jaeger-LeCoultre and Cartier Brand Identity Despite having many similar watches, these two horological giants actually have significantly different brand identities. Cartier’s defining characteristics are being elegant and having a very diverse catalog. They sell jewelry and a variety of other items, all of them meticulously crafted with luxury in mind. Jaeger-LeCoultre, on the other hand, is more of a pure watchmaker. They seek elegance as well, but their devotion to offering only watches leads to a different identity. Niche Cartier essentially only offers luxury watches. You’ll find sportier models here and there, but they do almost all of their work in the dress watch space. Jaeger-LeCoultre has a more well-rounded catalog. Browsing through it, you’ll find dress watches, chronographs, GMTs, and everything in between. Simply put, Cartier really only offers products in one niche. Jaeger-LeCoultre does so in many. Cartier’s Iconic Watches Cartier is most famous for the following 3 collections. Tank – The Tank is one of the oldest watch models in the world. Inspired by military equipment from World War I, this gorgeous design has stood the test of time and become an absolute classic. Santos – This collection is similar to the Tank, but sports a square shape, rather than a rectangle. It is another timepiece that seems to never go out of style. With such a timeless design, it isn’t surprising that this is the case. Ballon – Cartier’s two most recognizable watches have a rectangular shape. Still, they also do circles, with the Ballon likely being the most notable example. Collectors who prefer a timepiece that is a bit less common often opt for this collection over the Santos and Tank. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Iconic Watches The 3 collections below are the most popular among Jaeger-LeCoultre buyers. Reverso – The Reverso is a fantastic timepiece from top to bottom, has an amazing history, and entrances collectors with its reversible face. Add all of those together and you have a can’t-miss watch. Master – This collection is absolutely beautiful and offers some very cool features, one of them being a moon phase. It is an excellent option for those of you who want luxury but don’t love the Reverso. Polaris – While Jaeger-LeCoultre is best known as a luxury brand, they have some fantastic sporty pieces in their Polaris collection. This is where they incorporate chronographs and other aviation capabilities. How to Choose Between Them Jaeger-LeCoultre and Cartier If you still can’t decide, I recommend looking at the following 3 points. 1: Style – As we’ve discussed, Cartier really only offers one style. It is elegant and luxurious dress watches. If that’s what you want, you will still have a tough choice. On the other hand, if you prefer something a bit different, like a chronograph, then Jaeger-LeCoultre is the clear choice. 2: Aesthetics – Another easy way to decide is by looking at appearances. Does one watch jump out at you as having a truly exceptional design? If so, get it. 3: Brand Identity – Lastly, you might take issue with the fact that Cartier is better known as a jeweler. This would lead you to Jaeger-LeCoultre, a purer watchmaker. You might feel the opposite way too, as Cartier’s reputation may appeal to you. I hope you now have some clarity as to which of these two exceptional brands is right for you. The good news is that you really can’t go wrong in making this choice. Why? Because fantastic companies like Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre don’t disappoint buyers very often.

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  6. Top Designer Watches for Men and Women

    Top Designer Watches for Men and Women

    A watch is a fashion accessory that will depend on the need. In fact, the use also determines the kind of perfect watch you should gift to someone. If you’re looking to gift the watch to an athletic person, you’re more likely to spend money on sports watches. Meanwhile, a more fashionable individual might want a luxury watch. Here are the top designer watches for men and women in 2019 that would make an excellent gift! Designer Watches for Men 1: Tag Heuer  Tag Heuer created Kirium 10 with the relevancy of a steel bracelet and case. These designer watches are ideal quartz movements. Men usually tend to appreciate the number of features the watch incorporates rather than the bulkiness of the design. Thus, this watch fits best to the need for accuracy, durability, and functionality. 2: Jaeger LeCoultre Jaeger has made the LeCoultre Master Ultrathin Moon 39 to please the customers that will to own a masterpiece. The timepiece has an incorporated uncluttered round face. The watch follows the analog time mechanism and a calendar and date window. This is relevant for the ease of access at any time and place. The best feature of this watch is the data recorder that intelligently works to map the phases of the moon with the course of time. Featuring a black leather band, this watch is a very steady investment. Similarly, the sleekness and thinness of the watch add to the simplicity of the design, making it more fashionable. 3: Girard Perregaux Girard has created a vintage watch; the Perregaux Vintage 1945. This is by far, the company’s best product to hit the market. Despite the regular differences, which alter on the basis of your choice, the design is quite exquisite. It incorporates a square face design with a simple analog dial mechanism. The company may seem exclusive as compared to the prevalent retailers; however, the watches they make always stand out of the crowd. 4: Ulysse Nardin Ulysse Nardin created the Maxi Marine Diver Chronometer which incorporates a round stainless steel body. It is secured with a titanium and rubber strap. This ultimately indicates the capability of the watch not to be ruined by water. The watch’s deep blue face with analog arms adds a casual look to it. The sapphire crystals make the glass scratch-free. Overall, the watch is ideal for use around or near the waters. If you will to invest in an old-school luxury watch, this is the ideal catch. 5: Blancpain Le Brassus This Blancpain Minute Repeater Carousel 0235-3631-55B is a one-of-a-kind watch. The repeater is helpful in providing an unparalleled experience. Encased in 18 karat gold, the look is completed with an elegant alligator leather strap. The watch is a favorite among the other varieties and definitely a statement to maintain this year. Designer Watches for Women 1: Breguet Breguet renewed their collection for the New Year. The variety in Reine de Naples 8908 was also updated. If you’re looking for a watch for someone who is a sucker for rose-gold watches, then this is the best. The watch comes with an 18 Karat rose-gold case. The best part is the 128 diamonds that are encircling the dial. These designer watches have elegance that is worth the money. 2: Patek Philippe There might be some of you that are interested in manually wound chronograph watches. Patek Philippe has created the design for you this New Year, Ref.7150/150R. It is embellished with a rose-gold dial which is the most loved shade when it comes to women watches. The dial has a silver and opaline contrast. The finishing touches have been provided by the diamonds on the bezel, making the watch look stunning. 3: Bovet Bovet has created the infamous Miss Audrey that is a convertible watch. It can be converted to a pendant and a table clock! If you’re in the mood to gift an azure watch, then go for the blue dial. For regular or casual purposes, the brown will do justice too. Another great feature is the stainless steel framework which makes it light and easy to carry. 4: Rado Rado created the True Thinline Nature collection. This is actually a very interesting watch created after the inspirational gardens at Malta and Italy. It comes in three different dial patterns which represent leaves, water, and earth. The subtlety of the design is worth investing in. 5: Parmigiani Fleurier This Parmigiani Fleurier watch has been released again with the name Kalparisma Nova Galaxy. As the name suggests, the dial comes in a pattern that resembles a starry sky appearance. This is made by tiny copper insertions. The watch glass is made in aventurine. Overall, it’s a good investment if you want to gift a unique and different item! Designer Watches Verdict Selecting the ideal watch can be an extreme sport. It will ultimately depend on the kind of investment you want to make and for whom to make. The ideal watch will be the one that provides credibility and sustainability over time as compared to the money you’ll be putting in. We’d suggest you go through the detailed features of each product before deciding which one is the ideal catch for you.

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  7. Reviewing the Rolex Yacht-Master II

    Reviewing the Rolex Yacht-Master II

    While the Submariner and GMT Master II get the most buzz, Rolex actually has an extensive catalog that is full of watches you may not have heard of. One of them is the Rolex Yacht-Master II. This timepiece is one of the more polarizing out there because it is so flashy and expensive. Of course, that doesn’t just mean that it has a few haters. It also means that the Yacht-Master II has a cult following of people who absolutely love it. Below, I cover both sides of the debate by going over each aspect of this watch. Brand The one thing that everyone can agree on is that Rolex is an exceptional brand. They’re independent, in high demand at all times, and create truly fantastic products. Rolex has been at the top of the watch world since the early 1900s, and they show no signs of slowing down. What separates them from the rest of the market is their proficiency in both luxury and function. On the one hand, they manufacture tough, tool-like watches. Whether you drop your Rolex, get it wet, or put it under any other stress, it should keep on ticking. On the other hand, they have become masters of luxury by offering precious metals and elegant designs. The market has rewarded Rolex for their devotion to the craft. This is evidenced by the wait lists that come with purchasing watches from them. While you can buy certain models at any time, the most popular are on backorder for years. This is a testament to how appealing Rolex is, though it is frustrating for collectors. Rolex Yacht-Master II Appearance Plain and simple, the Rolex Yacht-Master II is very flashy. Your standard steel model has a silver case, blue bezel, and a dial that features red, white, and blue coloring. It definitely has a patriotic look to it, as it incorporates the three colors of the United States flag. In my opinion, the design on this watch works and would look great on most people’s wrists. If you want to get something a bit more luxurious, you can opt for different materials. That includes a two-tone model with Everose gold, an especially bright yellow gold option, and a very interesting white gold and platinum blend. Each color scheme has a different personality, so be sure to look at all of them before making your decision. Rolex Yacht-Master II Materials First, let’s go over the materials that every Rolex Yacht-Master II has. They are a sapphire crystal and stainless-steel interior components. Both of them have fantastic quality and definitely live up to this model’s price range. The difference between them comes in the form of metal type, which we touched on above. Rolex offers Oystersteel, Everose gold, yellow gold, white gold, and platinum. This gives you a great selection of materials to choose from. Rolex Yacht-Master II Movement The movement on this watch is likely the most interesting part of it. While most timepieces have typical complications, such as showing a date, the Yacht-Master II has one that is oddly specific. It is a stopwatch that counts down from ten. This function is meant for timing the start of Regattas, but you can use it for any task that takes under ten minutes to complete. This strange chronograph is especially unique because of the way it functions. Not only does the bezel have a direct effect on how the watch works, but the Yacht-Master II has a mechanical memory that can always bring you back to where you left off. The stopwatch function is made possible by the 4161 movement that Rolex manufactures themselves. Aside from its complication, this piece of machinery is also incredibly accurate. It should only lose or gain two seconds per day, which helps with not having to reset your watch all the time. Rolex Yacht-Master II General Craftsmanship Though this watch only has 100m water resistance, it was not created for diving. Instead, it is a watch you wear while on a boat, not under it. Resistance aside, it is clearly very well made, as most Rolex watches are. I fully endorse its craftsmanship. What Makes Rolex Yacht-Master II Special The defining characteristic of this watch is how beautiful, ostentatious, and unapologetic it is. Between its design, materials, color scheme, and complication, you have a timepiece that is truly unique. Watch companies often do not surprise their customers. Luckily, Rolex still does so here and there, as evidence by their somewhat recent Yacht-Master II release. Rolex Yacht-Master II Overall Impression You will have to decide for yourself whether you think the Rolex Yacht-Master II is charming or obnoxious. While some will enjoy having a unique complication, others will dislike how little function it has outside of specific events. In a similar vein, some will love the original design of this watch, while others will be more drawn to conventional models. Wherever you end up, one thing is certain: The Rolex Yacht-Master II is hard to take your eyes off of.

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  8. A Closer Look at Piaget Watches: Piaget Polo S

    A Closer Look at Piaget Watches: Piaget Polo S

    Piaget watches has one of the best reputations in the luxury watch world. Just about every expert agrees that they manufacture excellent timepieces and deliver a substantial amount of value in each of their products. A few years ago, they updated one of their old lines and introduced the Piaget Polo S. Collectors were instantly excited and entranced by this piece due to its gorgeous design and delighted to find that it had a high level of quality as well. Below, I tell you everything you need to know about the Piaget Polo S. The Brand Georges-Édouard Piaget started his business in 1876, but it didn’t quite look like the top-tier manufacturer we see today. In fact, he and his team only manufactured movements and sold them to watchmakers, rather than creating products of their own. That all changed a few years later when the brand was born. Piaget’s business has changed quite a bit in the last 50 years. First, their watchmaking skills continued to grow, and they became one of the better timepiece producers in the world. Second, they have built up a legitimate reputation in the jewelry world. They are now an all-around powerhouse luxury brand with an excellent reputation among collectors. History of the Piaget Polo S Most watches hit the market and get little to no reaction, usually due to them being not attractive or original. The ones that send waves through the horology world do so because they’re new and exciting in some way. The two factors that led to this watch’s meteoric rise were its unique look and excellent marketing. An interesting aspect of the latter was Piaget getting Ursula Andress, one of the all-time most famous “bond girls,” to help with advertising. It wasn’t long before massive celebrities like Andy Warhol and Sammy Davis Junior were wearing the Polo, and eventually, sales from the watch made up a third of Piaget’s total sales. The Polo has evolved quite a bit in the last 20 years, as it has become Piaget’s signature watch. It now incorporates a variety of materials, complications, and color schemes. While it has changed quite a bit from the original design, collectors around the world still adore it. Design The design on the Piaget Polo S is a bit of a paradox. On the one hand, it is incredibly simple and has very few elements that really catch your eye. On the other, it is surprisingly attractive and alluring. I believe that this effect comes from the combination of an interesting shape and no-frills construction. All in all, this watch is one with class and style. My favorite element of it is its dial. First, the most popular models have a gorgeous, deep blue coloring. Even better, you can pair that with a matching leather strap and achieve top-tier aesthetic quality. Another is the texture on the dial, which is delightfully ribbed. These little features add up and making this watch incredibly charming to look at. Craftsmanship and Materials You definitely can’t knock the Polo S on craftsmanship or materials. It is well built, incredibly sturdy, and gives you a lot of quality for its price range. The standard model comes in a high grade of stainless steel and with a sapphire crystal. More expensive options give you precious metals like rose gold and diamonds. No matter which you pick, your watch will undoubtedly have a high level of quality. Movement Piaget constructs their movements in-house and does so at a very high level. The one you’ll get in your Polo S will be accurate, have a 50-hour power reserve, and shouldn’t need a tuneup for many years after purchase. Another positive aspect of this watch is that you can watch its movement work through its case back. This factor gives you a more intimate relationship with the inner workings of your timepiece. The Family it Belongs to One of the defining trends of the last 40 years has been a move towards watches that are both luxurious and sporty. The most famous example of all time is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, with the Patek Philippe Nautilus being a close second. This is the family that the Piaget Polo S belongs to. It is eye-catching, luxurious, and sturdy all at the same time, and those that own it only have good things to say. Even better, this watch is much less expensive than the two previously mentioned. That factor makes it an especially attractive buy. Overall Impression  Plain and simple, the Piaget Polo S is a fantastic watch and one that I endorse completely. The reason why is that it achieves two crucial goals simultaneously. Not only does it belong to the same family as the Royal Oak and Nautilus, but it also doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg to purchase. These factors combined make the Polo S an excellent choice for any collector who is interested in it.

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  9. Used Omega Watches: Tips on Buying One

    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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  10. Rolex Pepsi vs. Tudor Pepsi

    Rolex Pepsi vs. Tudor Pepsi

    The first thing we should go over is what a “Pepsi” is. This nickname refers to GMT watches that have a blue and red bezel. Though some use it to describe all timepieces of this type, most only do in the context of Rolex and Tudor. These watches are both highly sought after in the collector community due to the craftsmanship and aesthetics that they offer. Purchasing one of them is an easy decision, but the hard part comes when you have to choose between them. I provide some guidance in the following passages. Tudor and Rolex’s Relationship Tudor is often referred to as Rolex’s “little brother.” The reason is that both companies have the same founder, Hans Wilsdorf. He started Rolex in the early 1900s, and after a few decades of radical success, decided that he wanted to create a brand that was more accessible to mainstream consumers. The result became Tudor, which was inspired by English royalty. Though Rolex has grown into the biggest watch brand in the world, Tudor is no slouch either. They are one of the more respected names on the market, and experts generally agree that they deliver a lot of value for their price range. Tudor’s performance has been especially high in the last 10 years, as they have expanded their marketing in the United States and come out with a variety of bestsellers. Rolex Pepsi and Tudor Pepsi General Differences  Wilsdorf’s wanted to make a brand that was a lot like Rolex, but much cheaper. The areas that Tudor cuts costs in are the ones that make its big brother a special and luxurious company. Here are a few crucial differences. Handmade Elements – Rolex tries to use as little machinery as possible in the construction of their watches. For example, they have a person apply the indices to their dials, rather than a machine. Tudor has very few handmade elements. Movements – While Tudor movements are quite good, Rolex’s are generally more accurate. Materials – Tudor watches tend to come in a high grade of stainless steel. Rolex will either use even higher quality steel or incorporate precious metals. Craftsmanship – The sturdiness and reliability of a watch are hard to define, but you can usually feel craftsmanship when you get a product in your hands. Rolex tends to have more versatile timepieces than Tudor. Comparing the Pepsi From Each Brand Now, onto the matter at hand. The Pepsi from each brand embodies the differences I described above. Tudor’s Pepsi version is quite good but doesn’t have an incredibly high level of quality. Rolex goes the extra mile in each category but has the price tag to match. One additional point to note is their appearance. The Rolex Pepsi has a modern vibe to it, as the watch is bright, on an interesting bracelet, and has a refined design. The Tudor version is a bit more vintage looking, which will be preferable to some collectors. The Three Debates If you’re still having trouble choosing between these two beautiful watches, then consider the three primary debates below. They get to the heart of the differences between these two products and should provide some much-needed guidance. Exceptionalism Vs. Value – Are you interested in getting a lot of bang for your buck? Or do you prefer to have the best watch possible, no matter the cost? When comparing these two Pepsi watches, the Tudor is definitely a better deal. That being said, collectors with massive budgets may choose the more luxurious product, and I don’t blame them. Retro Vs. Modern – If you purchase a Rolex Pepsi, you’re going to get noticed by a lot of people. The reason is that it is bright, colorful, and on a modern looking strap. The Tudor Pepsi is the opposite, as it is a bit more muted and looks like a watch from a different era. One style isn’t better than the other, but you might have a strong preference between them. Big Name Vs. Smaller Name – Lastly, you have the brands behind these two watches. Some of you will like to have the Tudor name on your wrist. While it is by no means a small company, fewer people will recognize it. Generally, it is more well known by watch enthusiasts, rather than regular people. On the other hand, Rolex is a name that almost everyone knows. The status that comes with owning one might be something that appeals to you. Conclusion All in all, the Rolex Pepsi and Tudor Pepsi are both exceptional watches. They have a high level of craftsmanship, beautiful aesthetics, and great brands behind them. Still, they have some crucial differences, one of which might sway you one way or the other. I can confidently tell you though, that there is no wrong decision here. Both are fantastic, and I’m sure you’ll be satisfied no matter which you choose.

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  11. How to Check for Authentic Watches

    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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