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  2. Automatic Watches vs. Quartz Watches

    You’ve just started shopping for a watch and are facing the inevitable question, how to choose between automatic watches and quartz-powered timepieces. Let’s look at the merits of each and how they stack up against each other. Quartz v. Automatic: Overall Impressions Before getting into fine details of watch movements, let’s look at the general reasons people choose either quartz or automatic watches. Quartz is usually less expensive, more accurate and requires less maintenance. Are you sold on a quartz watch already? Before you answer, consider the mechanical watch’s craftsmanship, heritage, and that this thing you wear is not just a collection of silicon microchips like all of your other devices. No, you will not hear the sounds of buzzes and beeps that have no place in the natural world with a mechanical watch. Instead, you have a tactile, functioning, real-world mechanism that you can see, hear and even feel at work. What is Quartz Movement? Let’s take a quick peek back in time, back to the late 1960s in Japan. Seiko was (and still is) the leader in wristwatches on the island nation. On Christmas Day 1969, Seiko released the quartz-powered Astron and the watch world immediately knew this was a seismic shift that would affect them for the foreseeable future. This game-changing nature of quartz movement was not lost to traditional Swiss watchmakers, who were soon to follow. In the 1970s we saw the Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz, which ended its run in 2001. Today one of these quartz Rolexes fetches a fine price at auction. Another Swiss entry from the 70s, the IWC Da Vinci boasted the first fully Swiss-made quartz movement, and if you can come across a vintage Patek Philippe 3587 quartz watch, be prepared to shell out around $30,000 bucks. While top Swiss watchmakers never totally sided with quartz over mechanical movement, their rapid acquiescence was an unquestionable acknowledgment of the power of quartz. So How Does Quartz work? The simplicity of quartz technology is its brilliance. A conventional battery produces a small electric signal that’s sent to a piece of quartz, which is a piezoelectric material. That just means the quartz can hold and transfer electric voltage. Quartz also vibrates at a precise frequency of 32,768 times per second, creating a signal that’s so exact you can (pardon the cliché) set your watch to it. So Seiko decided they would use this reliable timing element to power and regulate its watches. Pluses of Quartz Movement Lasting Power. If you’ve got a quartz watch from a well-established watchmaker, brands like Casio and Seiko, you’ve got some serious durability under the hood. Batteries can last up to five years before needing to get replaced. That’s for basic watch functions. When you get into features like dual readouts with LED screens alongside traditional hands, lots of illumination or stopwatch features, the battery can wear down sooner. Cost Less. This is generally true. Quartz watches are usually cheaper to produce and come with lower retail price tags. But there are exceptions. A TAG Heuer Formula 1, which has battery-powered quartz movement, will cost you north of $1,000 (though, true, a TAG Heuer Carrera with automatic movement can cost triple that). An Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33, which features traditional hands and an LCD readout on its quartz-powered face, can go for up to five grand. But you also have top brands such as Braun, Bulova, Tissot, and Hamilton that offer solid quartz watches in the mid-$300 range. Is Quartz More Accurate? The short answer is yes. Experts can argue by how much but in general, a quality quartz watch will only lose about 20 seconds per month. A good automatic, even a high-end Swiss offering, is apt to lose a few minutes each month. Why is Mechanical Movement Such a Big Deal? There are purists who will only wear mechanical movement, automatic or manual. Powered by mainsprings just like the world’s first clocks in the 17th century, mechanical movement uses the ever-diminishing power of a wound spring to drive gears. That’s it! It sounds so simple and yet watchmakers have been honing, experimenting and perfecting this simple concept for centuries. That tradition is what goes into a mechanical watch and that’s what their wearers appreciate. The downside of mechanical? Well, they have to be wound for one. Automatic watches takes care of most of that, with a rotating weight to use the movements of the wearer to wind the spring. But we are still talking about wear and tear here, metal twisting and turning on metal, and that will wear down eventually. But to see that delicate ballet of gears whirl away, each playing an individual role for a unified purpose, well, it’s a thing of beauty to many watch lovers. There’s also the beauty of fluid movement on the face to consider. With a few exceptions, the Seiko Spring Drive being one of them, quartz watches have second hands that have the more rigid “tick-tick” motion, moving once per second with the steady beat produced by the crystal. Automatic movement, conversely, features hand movements that are sweeping, smooth, and many would say, a thing of pure art. It’s why they’ll never go quartz. But the Masses Have Spoken Most of the watches out there in the world (and we’re talking over 90%) are quartz watches. There’s little question that for affordability, longevity, and accuracy most folks want a quartz watch. So choose automatic watches for the tradition and art of engineering or go with quartz for something less design-driven but more practical. Just go with a good brand and you should have a watch worthy of your weighing the question of automatic versus quartz.

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  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. Luxury Sports Watches for Outdoor Activities

    If you are a sports enthusiast and think that those luxury sports watches are only a myth, then you are in for a big surprise! Luxury sports watches not only exist in the market; but they are quite popular with some of the best watch brands investing their money and time into bringing you the most iconic watches for outdoor activities. But many people still might not have a good understanding of what the difference between a common watch and a luxury sports watch is. So let’s first see what makes a luxury sports watch, luxurious. What Are Luxury Sports Watches? Although there is no clear definition of a luxury sports watch, there are some common features that make them unique. It is essentially a fitness watch that sportsmen (or women) wear while indulging in outdoor activities. These could include swimming, basketball, hiking, cricket or even wrestling championships. Therefore, considering the nature of these outdoor sports, it is no wonder that customers want a watch that offers luxury with strength, and good sports watches does just that. A luxury sports watch, therefore, is a high-end watch that combines a refined thin automatic movement with sporty stainless steel. It is also both robust and water-resistant; the latter feature is absolutely essential in case of a swimmer buying it. These watches are also bold and luxurious, often combining gold and silver combinations to provide a unique look. Over the past few years, the watches have gained massive popularity and are becoming a priority for outdoor fans. Here we give you some of the best luxurious sports watches that you can choose from. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin  The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch is often considered to be the mother of all sports watches, mostly because it brought fame to these types of watches back in 1972. It has an octagonal bezel that is topped with a tonneau-shaped case that makes it worthy of being on the list. Moreover, it comes with an integrated bracelet and a chain-like profile. The Royal Oak sports watch also provides an ultra-thin movement and a delicate hand-guilloche dial. Both these qualities add to its class and finesse. It is made of stainless steel and is available in many colors, including iconic yellow and red gold. Although there have been numerous variations and editions of the watch, all with exemplary features, we feel that one sport watch that outweighs all others is the Royal Oak Jumbo 15202. Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic The Bvlgari Octo sports watch was only launched last year, and in a short time, it has reached the limelight. It is an award-winning fitness watch that has the best features to make it essential to wear for all outdoor activities. It was first made with titanium, but now it is available in both steel and gold materials. The Bvlgari Octo comes with an ultra-thin automatic dial that features a shaped case and an integrated bracelet. It also has a simple yet bold look and a monochromatic design. Moreover, fans of thin designs will like the fact that the Bvlgari Octo has one of the thinnest designs on the market with a height of only 5.15mm. The watch is also special because of the coated layers. It is coated with a fine layer of gold and palladium that gives it a luxurious white look fit for any outdoor sports or activity! Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master Next, we have the incredibly unique Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master sports watch. It is considered as one of the most recommended fitness watches for men. Owing to its success is its unique model and luxurious design. But perhaps the main feature of this timeless beauty is its alloy which is called Rolesium. Rolesium is made of a combination of both Platinum and Steel. It has a very striking three-dimensional bi-rotating bezel that comes with raised figures. The watch is crafted with perfection and is made with solid titanium which is then brushed and polished. Moreover, its hour makers are well-defined and are covered with propriety Chroma light that glows in the dark. All in one, it’s one of the dream sports watches that should not be missed! Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 One look at the incredible Patek Philippe Nautilus is enough to woe anyone into buying it. It is certainly the hottest watch that is available in the market, and none of its praise is unjustified. The Patel Philippe is available in more than a dozen additions and has gained a cult status over the years. It’s both comfortable and easy to carry, a feature that comes in handy for sportsmen. The watch comes with a thin steel case and a rich blue dial. It has horizontal groves and a well-defined automatic movement. On top of those features, it comes with integrated bracelets and ensures great robustness. In conclusion, it is a great watch for anyone thinking of making a fashion statement. Vacheron Constantin Overseas 4500V In the world of the best sports watches for men, it certainly doesn’t get better than the Vacheron Constantin Overseas 4500. It has garnered a loyal fan base over the years, and buyers of the watch swear by its quality and design. The watch is deeply inspired by the 1970’s trend and embellishes both class and modernity. The Overseas 4500V has a steel case which is both strong and robust, making it sustain extreme sporting conditions. The watch also comes with ultra-thin movement that adds to its appeal. It is not just extremely comfortable but also extremely portable. The watch is designed so that it can sustain long travel days, but still be comfortable on the wrist. Moreover, the watch comes with a 150m water resistance, which means that fans of water sports can wear the watch without worrying about its safety. Furthermore, an in-house movement, Geneva seal, and an interchangeable bracelet strap are some of the other brilliant features that make the Vacheron Constantin one of the best sports watches in the market. What are your thoughts? Which of these sports watches above would be your first choice?

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  8. Luxury Lifestyle: Watches and Yachts

    It’s no secret that your timepiece is one of the most important accessories for a luxury lifestyle, especially life on a yacht. Sailing watches often share the sporty and water-resistant features of the diver’s watch. But with functions useful to the yachtsman. Put quite simply, no super yacht owner’s wardrobe is complete without a trusty sailing timepiece. They’re a vital tool and an integral part of everyday sailing. Maybe you’re looking for a watch with tailored regatta racing functions. Or you simply need something to look the part, finding the ideal overseas companion depends on your needs. Here are some watches that are as functional as they are stylish for the next time you find yourself aboard a yacht. Rolex Yacht-Master II Rolex introduced the Yacht-Master II in 2007, but it has already become an instant classic among the luxury lifestyle including yachting and boating enthusiasts.  The timepiece brings the finest technology of Rolex for a regatta chronograph built for yachting competition. The rotating Ring Command bezel is directly linked to its internal movement. In typical Rolex fashion, the timepiece is blends its functionality with its dashing style. The Yacht-Master II embodies the spirit of the sailor with subtle details such as its triangular marker at 12 o’clock. It also has the marine-blue ring bezel and sparkling oyster perpetual case. It’s an icon of regatta racing and as close to a quintessential nautical timepiece as you can get. Omega Seamaster Diver 300M For 25 years, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M has successfully captured the spirit of the ocean. This luxury lifestyle timepiece has undergone a transformation in recent years. The newer models now feature a salt-resistant titanium case and dial, practical rubber strap and even a five-minute regatta countdown. All the while, Omega has continued to innovate with its leading precision and performance. The conical shape of the new helium escape valve is an ingenious technology patented by Omega.  Panerai Luminor Regatta 1950 Life on the waves can sometimes get rough. The Panerai Luminor Regatta 1950 is one of the most enduring models that will hold up overseas. In addition to its durability, the remarkable titanium of Panerai is light, strong and hypoallergenic. The timepiece is water resistant to 100 meters and boasts the P.9100/R Panerai movement. Its invaluable ability to precede the time measurement of the race with a countdown stage is one of the rarest functions of high-end watchmaking. TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M Chronograph The TAG Heuer Aquaracer may not boast the rich sailing heritages of other timepieces. The model is water-resistant up to 300 meters, while the scratch-resistant sapphire makes for a trusty overseas companion. The simple and understated aesthetic comes complete with a silver bracelet and toned down dial. The Aquaracer takes an all-business approach to functionality with its lack of unnecessary complication.  Louis Vuitton Tambour Regatta Navy The Louis Vuitton Tambour provides a unique blend of luxury style and high-end performance. The latest timepiece from the Maison Louis Vuitton boasts a chronograph, alarm function and countdown with an audio indication. It also comes equipped with a water-resistant steel case and black rubber strap design not only to withstand but adapt to all weather or sporting conditions. The sporty appeal of the timepiece one that will delight all yachting enthusiasts. Breitling Exospace B55 Yachting Hello luxury lifestyle! Built for enduring professional use, the Breitling Exospace B55 offers versions suited for aviators and motorists. Yachtsman are the latest to join the B55 family. The new model features a reimagined calibre B55 movement and a range of original functions ideal for life overseas. The user-friendly model boasts an electronic tachymeter, digital countdown timer and lap timer. 

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  9. Best Watches Under 500 Dollars

    In today’s age, watches are more than time-telling devices. They are statement pieces. You’d think that with the increasing popularity of tablets and smartphones, watches would become obsolete. But rebranding themselves as a fashion piece and as a symbol of expression, they have only risen in popularity. A watch has become a status symbol and is often considered a luxury item. With options like gold plating and jewels adorning the frame of the watch, it is no surprise that a watch can cost up to a month’s rent. The growing demand for affordable watches has led the marketplace to broaden its target audience. Major brands have taken it upon themselves to make watches that are more affordable for the common person, and we’re here to tell you about the best budget watches on the market. But rest assured that their affordable price in no way suggests that the quality or the style of the watch is compromised. Here are the best watches under 500 dollars: Timex Expedition Field Chronograph Men’s Watch If you are someone whose daily routine comprises of activities mostly set in the outdoors, then this watch is the perfect match for you. Its water-resistant feature ensures that you continue your hobbies surrounding water, such as snorkeling or swimming. It includes an indigo night light, a window for the current date, tachymeter and a buckle closing. It’s a classic, sleek-looking watch that will not only stand the test of time but of durability as well, all very much under $500. Hamilton Khaki Field This Hamilton Khaki Field watch is an excellent choice if you’re looking for watches under 500 dollars. It has a simple approach to it, with not too much going on but with light colors that’ll easily match any outfit. It has a 38mm case with a three hand display. Staying true to Hamilton fashion, this was Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Men’s Watch This is a Seiko watch for all those who believe in the simplicity of an accessory to be the true symbol of its beauty. A plain yet intriguing outlook featuring hands shaped like swords, it is guaranteed to make your warrior dream come true. It has a mineral dial window, date window (with options of English or Spanish settings) and a removable canvas strap. Invicta Pro Diver Collection Silver-Tone Men’s Watch A stainless steel metal body coupled with a water-resistant feature of up to 660 feet characterizes this timepiece. With its low maintenance functionality, it not only allows you to have a great time without having to care about damaging it, but it also saves time. It has removable links that ensure its fitting on your wrist to be perfectly in sync with its modern style. Tommy Hilfiger Stainless Steel Men’s Watch If you are someone who detests the feel of cold metal straps on your wrist but also despises the leathery texture against your skin, then this just may be the watch for you. It is equipped with a synthetic band that is soft and more durable as compared to traditional metal, gritty strap. The watch has a round, 46 mm stainless steel case with water-resistance to 50m. It displays Arabic numerals in a bold look, so it is easy to read, and with its mineral dial window, you can rest assured that reflection will be minimized. Puma Ultrasize Black Sport Men’s Watch This watch has a modern look for a modern man. The watch is a true fashion symbol with its wide face and sleek look. The display is of 50mm so that you may boast about your watch easily. It comes in different color schemes for you to choose from, and the absence of numerals adds to its minimal, modern look. As an additional bonus for the left-handed men, its dial knob is placed on the left side. Casio Edifice Men’s Watch This Casio watch is guaranteed to lure you in with its bewitching display. It comes in a variety of colors and features. The Japanese Quartz movement also ensures reliability and accuracy at a much lower price. Overall, it’s a casual design that is perfectly suitable for all those who appreciate the contrast and refined look in a watch.

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  10. Best 8 Dress Watches for Men

    Let’s start with a simple question: What is a dress watch? To me, it comes down to two crucial factors when talking about dress watches. And for this article, we’re talking about dress watches for men: Style – The best dress watches are understated in their design. That likely means no colorful dials, extraneous complications, or bright bezels. Less is more when it comes to formal settings, so a minimalist piece is the best way to go. Size – Generally, dress watches are either small or medium sized. For men, that means somewhere in the 36-42mm range. What you ultimately want is a complement to your outfit, not a massive, dominating piece of jewelry. Now that we’re clear on what a dress watch is, let’s get on with our recommendations. 1: Timex Metropolitan The most affordable watch on this list comes from one of the biggest names in the watch world. It is Timex, who has built up an excellent reputation as a brand who vastly over-delivers on quality. The Metropolitan is a fantastic example of that trend, and it holds its own against much more expensive dress watches. If you’re looking to spend a minimal amount on your next timepiece, then look no further. 2: Seiko SUP880 The square shape of this Seiko watch is an instant indication that it is a classy dress piece. Even better, it isn’t priced like one. This model usually goes for under $125, so you’re getting a steal when you choose it. One more benefit of this piece is its solar quartz movement. With it, you get the reliability of a battery-powered watch and the convenience of charging it up in the sun. As a result, you shouldn’t have to get maintenance work done on it for many years after your purchase. 3: Orient Bambino The Orient Bambino has developed a cult following in the last decade or so. The reason being that it provides incredible value at its price point. Where most affordable dress watch companies use quartz movements and cheaper materials, Orient goes the other way with an automatic engine and excellent craftsmanship. You also have a ton of options when it comes to coloring, as Orient offers multiple strap and dial styles. The one thing you might not like about this piece is its thickness, but that shouldn’t be an issue for most. 4: Tissot Heritage Visodate This Tissot Heritage Visodate is another watch that has a sleek, minimalist style but incorporates some serious skill into its construction. As an added benefit, this piece has a day date complication, which often comes in handy. My favorite thing about it is its incredibly simple, yet elegant color scheme. With a white dial, brown leather strap, and silver case, this watch will match any outfit you wear. 5: Hamilton Intra-Matic Those of you who love the vintage aesthetic should take a long look at the Hamilton Intra-Matic. Its silver dial makes it look like it is straight out of another era, yet it has the versatility of a modern piece. Its measurements hold up wonderfully too, coming in at 10mm thickness and being quite light on your wrist. You can also choose between 38mm and 42mm for the case diameter, giving you more freedom to customize it to your style. 6: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Now, we move on to the more expensive luxury brands. Let’s start with Jaeger-LeCoultre, who has an undeniable reputation in the Swiss timepiece world. Though they sell all kinds of watches, the Master Ultra-Thin is one of the few that firmly fits into the “dress” category. It has a minimalist design, top-tier materials, and an incredible automatic movement on the inside. If you can afford a watch like this, then you can’t miss with the Master Ultra-Thin. 7:  A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin Going even farther up in price, we have the A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Thin. This brand is on almost every watch collectors wish list, and it’s no mystery why. Their skill is right up there with the best brands in the world, making its products incredibly sought after. The Saxonia Thin is actually one of their most affordable pieces. That is despite its price tag of nearly $15,000. As with the Jaeger-LeCoultre above, most of you will not be able to afford this piece, but those who can should buy with confidence. 8: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony My last pick is the most expensive of the bunch. Vacheron Constantin’s Patrimony will cost you around $20,000 to purchase, but you’re getting an incredible level of quality for the price. Between fantastic materials, unmatched polishing, and a reliable movement, you can’t go wrong with this product.   So, what have we learned today? First, that you don’t need to spend an entire paycheck on a dress watch. What you can do instead is stick to affordable brands that cost under a few hundred dollars. That being said, those of you with a large budget can upgrade to true masterpieces. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, the eight picks on this list are an excellent place to start your search.

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  11. Checklist for Buying a Dive Watch

    Often people think a dive watch is less than what they might imagine. That may be, in part, because the big things dive watches have to do are not what they’ve been specifically designed for. They’re made to withstand the pressure of the ocean and provide visibility underwater. But in reality, dive watches are mostly worn on land (often far from the sea) so they need to stand stylistically in a versatile space. That can make buying a dive watch difficult. It’s not like picking up a gift dress watch — round, minimal, alligator strap and done. No, when you are looking for a serious dive watch it’s a good idea to run through the common considerations on a check-list. 1: Check Your Budget The “dive watch” field has certainly grown into some unexpected areas since the bow of the Rolex Oyster nearly a century ago. Technology has improved by cosmic leaps since that first-ever waterproof watch and today the variety can be overwhelming. That also means a wide price range. Most Affordable: There’s a lot to choose from in the under $300 group, often matching the higher-priced timepieces in terms of looks, function, and reliability. The Invitca Pro Diver owes some design credit to the Rolex Submariner, but in an honorific way. Orient, Seiko’s arm that has done a good job with affordable elegance, goes full dive with the Mako II and Ray II. Your best bet is to go Japanese here, think Citizen, Seiko, and Casio. Mid-Range: When you approach, and cross, the $1,000 threshold a lot of choices pop up. We’re talking about high-end materials and semi-precious metals in solid bracelet links along with military-tough tech in the casings. Upscale: At the high end you are in with history-making timepieces. We’re talking here about an Omega Seamaster or a Rolex Submariner, the dive watches that set the pace for decades. Or go into elite sci-fi throwback mode with a Panerai Luminor Submersible. A Hublot Oceanographic will set you back some cash but put you in with the pros. 2: Check the Overall Endurance This one could bring to mind the fundamental question of, “Do you really want a dive watch?” It’s fair enough to ask. A lot of pilot watches run in similar design circles as dive watches. Will this watch actually be underwater or do you just like the peace of mind it’ll stay safe if accidentally submerged. You want to go with something that has a lab-tested depth rating of 100 meters, at least, and that’s the floor. Durability skyrockets from there. A quick side note on the use of dive watches while diving. Do you need one? Well, no, unless you are setting off to dive Corsica in the year 1974 you will almost certainly have a dive computer along that monitors your depth and dive time. But if you’re serious that your watch should be up to pro-dive standards, run through these on the specs. International Organization for Standardization, or ISO-6425, compliant with up to 200 meters of water resistance. Casing of 316L-grade stainless steel. Sapphire crystal for less reflection underwater. Unidirectional bezel, a dive-watch must. Rubber strap adaptable (for fitting over a wetsuit). Hands, dial and bezel with lots of lume for low-light visibility. 3:  Check the Seal This one is just about water (you are buying a dive watch!). You want to make sure that absolutely nothing from the outside gets on the inside of your dive watch. So, roll through this sub-list and see if the watch you have in mind is secure in these three traditional problem points. The Gaskets: If the water’s coming in, it’s likely coming through these guys, specifically designed to stop water from entering. Dive watches live and die by these rubber rings that will eventually dry out and fail no matter how good the watch. Most dive watches have gasket-heavy systems and yours should too. The Crown: You’ll want to look for a screw-down or screw-in crown. As the names suggest, screw crowns work like screws in threads to seal out water when tightened. The Case: Look for a screw back case over one without screws. They may tell you it’s a full seal, but if you’re just popping that case back on and off then there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll have a leak from a crack or opening there. 4: Decide Between Quartz and Mechanical This is largely driven by the price range you choose but worth noting. On the low end, you have quartz movement. While it lacks the prestige of mechanical movement, you might be reminded that quartz is generally more accurate. On the mid-range and higher scale, you’ll probably want to go with automatic mechanical movement. Swiss with a long brand history is optimal but the big Japanese producers also make some solid mechanical movement. 5: Envision Where You’ll Wear the Watch On the checklist’s final item you may decide you don’t want a dive watch at all. Here you ask where this watch will be going with you. No matter how much you spend, this is not going to be your go-to dress watch. Dive watches are meant for days of sports, casual gathering with friends and, yes, they can go business formal in a pinch. So if this is you, if this is how you see your next watch purchase, then take the plunge and get yourself an amazing dive watch. You might not be James Bond and his Omega Seamaster, or A-listers jetting across the globe with Rolex Submariners, but you will have a pretty cool dive watch on your wrist.

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