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  2. Breitling Watches: Top 5 Collections

    Breitling Watches: Top 5 Collections

    When you visit Breitling’s website, you instantly see why they’ve become somewhat polarizing in the last couple of decades. Front and center, they have a picture of three big-name celebrities: Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, and Adam Driver. What watch enthusiasts often wonder in these situations is whether that brand is genuinely excellent or if they just spend a significant sum of money on advertising. The good news is that Breitling watches do make fantastic products, despite their emphasis on ambassadors and endorsements. I highlight some of their top collections in the following passages. 1: Superocean Two factors go into the Superocean being Breitling watches most popular collection. The first is the simple fact that it is a dive watch, and divers are likely the most widespread style of timepiece. The second is that these products are incredibly versatile and well made. Between their top tier movements, fantastic materials, and impressive craftsmanship, the Superocean collection is a sure winner. One thing that illustrates this point is their water resistance. While the chronograph versions have somewhat typical 200m capabilities, many of the models in this collection can function up to 1,000 meters in depth. For reference, most divers go to 200m or 300m. That resilience is a testament to the quality of these pieces. My one complaint is that the power reserve on these products is a bit low, but that is not a huge deal. 2: Colt The Colt collection is my personal favorite, and the biggest reason why is its appearance. The men’s versions have an especially masculine vibe about them, while the women’s are a bit more dainty and elegant. This diversity is a theme in the colt line, given how many options you can choose from. The primary areas where you can do so are with movements, complications, and sizes. If you want a large 44mm dial, you can get a colt with some serious size. On the other hand, men who like smaller watches can go with a 41mm or even lower. The same goes for movements, as you can choose between ultra-reliable quartz and automatic mechanical. Overall, these pieces are great to look at and have excellent functionality too. 3: Navitimer (1 & 8) While the Superocean and Colt are bit more popular, the Navitimer might be the most recognizable Breitling watch. They are the brand’s top aviation watches, and many of them have hyper-crowded dials that hold a ton of information. To be honest, I am cheating a bit when I group the 1 and the 8 together. The former is larger and has a more distinctive look, while the latter is more understated. Perhaps the best thing I can say about the Navimeters is that high-level watch collectors love them. The truth is that there are scores of companies that make excellent divers and dress watches. What you don’t see every day is an aviation piece that has such a unique look. If you’re a true enthusiast with a ton of watches under your belt already, a Navitimer 1 might be your best pick. 4: Avenger These timepieces have interesting shapes, color schemes, and designs that might fit your taste perfectly. Many of them also have chronographs and multiple subdials, so if you love complications, the Avenger is an excellent choice. They also have two options when it comes to inner bezel function. One is a tachymeter, which is typical of the aviation style. The other is a GMT clock, which is very useful for those that travel a lot or work with international businesses. What is so interesting about this collection is that its products seem to be hybrids between divers and aviation watches. They have excellent water resistance capabilities and a typical diving bezel, but also have components that make them great for aviation. If you love this synthesis of style, getting yourself an Avenger is a great bet. 5: Chronomat Our last Breitling watches pick is the Chronomat. As you can likely assume from the name, each of these pieces has a chronograph, which is a complication that many watch collectors love. What jumps out at me right away, though, is how eye-catching these timepieces are. Though their designs are somewhat conventional, there is something about the color scheme that demands your attention. I think that effect comes from ultra-polished metal and interesting combinations of tones. Take the CB0110121C1P1 for example. It has a blue leather strap, silver case, rose gold bezel, blue dial, and rose gold dial components. That strange grouping makes for an alluring product. What are your impressions of Breitling watches?

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  3. What You Need to Know About the Omega Constellation Collection

    What You Need to Know About the Omega Constellation Collection

    For more than half a century Omega Constellation watches have reigned as esteemed symbols of refinement and style. Whether its stainless steel, yellow gold or diamond-encrusted pieces, Constellations enjoy a rare and privileged place in the watch pantheon as some of the world’s most-coveted timepieces. Beloved by collectors, these impeccable watches are lovingly referred to as “Connies.” There’s a Rich History Omega’s first mass-produced chronometers, the collection dates back to 1952 when the line debuted. It was named after World War II when the planes with pressurized cabins would soon help make commercial aviation more accessible. And also usher in the golden jet age of globe-hopping travel. In fact, it was originally called the “Globemaster” in the United States. But Omega had a conflict with airplane manufacturer Douglas Aircraft, who had a trademark on the same name for their planes. So Omega went with “Constellation” in 1956, but brought back the name Globemaster with a bow at Baselworld in 2015. In 1982 the line got a historic revamping with the introduction of claws that secure the sapphire crystal. These have remained an iconic feature of the watches to this day and most of the modern Constellations harken back to the 1982 models. Another redesign came in 1995 when Cindy Crawford first signed on an ambassador. In that year we saw the debut of dauphine hands. Today you can get the watch in over 100 references, with seven dial options such as a gold champagne dial with embossed silk and a mother-of-pearl option, plus a varied combination of case colors. It Has Got Serious Star Power Last fall Omega launched a new series in the line and international stars showed up to celebrate. Among the Omega ambassadors were Nicole Kidman, models Crawford and Alessandra Ambrosio and Chinese actress Liu Shishi (the watches are wildly popular in Asia!). These luminaries follow a long line of notables who have sported Omega Constellations. Ringo Star often had an Omega Constellation on his wrist when he performed with the Beatles. Elvis Presley sported a pricey Omega Constellation when he served in the U.S. Army. You can also spot a vintage 1958 Omega Constellation Automatic Chronometer on the wrist of George Clooney as he traverses time and space in the sci-fi flick Tomorrowland. Angelina Jolie wears an Omega Constellation Double Eagle as she plays a CIA agent on the run in the thriller SALT. Sarah Michelle Gellar dons an Omega Constellation in the rom-com Simply Irresistible and Jack Lemmon plays a U.S. President who sports a gold-and-steel Constellation in the political comedy My Fellow Americans. Vintage Doesn’t Come Much Cooler If you’re browsing the Internet for a fine vintage watch, chances are you will come across a bunch of Omega Constellations. With over six decades of production, there’s a lot to choose from. The most famous ones are likely the “pie-pan” watches, nicknamed so because of the shapes of their dials. First made in the early 1960s, pie-pan pieces include the much-sought-after Omega Constellation Ref. 14381 which has Caliber 551 movement and makes for a great formal presentation. The last pan-pie pieces were made for the Japanese market in 1974. The Omega Constellation Calendar Ref. 2943 is a rare find, featuring a striking black dial and copper-colored movement. For something funky from the 70s, you can look for a Marine Stardust, a square stainless-steel model with an aventurine quartz dial that would look right at home in the first Star Wars movie. But the most-coveted vintage Constellation is probably the Grande Luxe. Made in the 1950s, the diamond-shaped hour markers and brick-style bracelet is a highlight piece in the line. Crowd Pleaser Some high-end watch lines focus on timepieces for men and the options for women seem almost like an afterthought. That’s not so with the Omega Constellation series. It wasn’t always the case. For the first few decades, the Constellations leaned to the masculine side. But that changed in 1982 with the debut of the Constellation Manhattan for both men and women. The updates we’ve seen over the years include beveled edges that give the watch a sleeker design, more slender bezels, and half-moon shaped crown teeth. Most have the trademark star at the six o’clock position that makes the faces of these Constellations instantly recognizable. Be Sure to Check out the Back The watch has an iconic touch that fills collectors with glee. It’s a representation of the Geneva Observatory under a field of stars is embossed on the case rear. It’s not just for decoration. Dealers use the logo to determine the wear of a watch and to make sure it hasn’t been over-polished. If the stars aren’t worn down, the watch is likely a good find. As collectors and aficionados know, an Omega Constellation isn’t merely a watch. To wear one means you’re taking part in a time-honored tradition of appreciating upscale elegance and sophisticated design.

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  4. The History of the Patek Philippe Nautilus

    The History of the Patek Philippe Nautilus

    After more than four decades of history, the Nautilus remains one of Patek Philippe’s most sought-after timepieces. The watch was first released in 1976. The watch is one of the true pioneers for the luxury sports watch, a groundbreaking concept at the time. The Patek Philippe Nautilus takes inspiration directly from marine vessels. While the aquatic capacities and rugged nature and sporty qualities have made it one of the most popular watches of all-time. The timepiece is also the signature sports watch of Patek Philippe. Patek Philippe Nautilus Luxury in Steel Before we jump into the Patek Philippe Nautilus, we have to talk about another watch. That watch is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. Gérald Genta designed the Royal Oak for Audemars Piguet in 1972 and it was a huge success. Two years later, the Swiss watch designer found himself eating at a hotel restaurant when he noticed an executive from Patek Philippe. Genta recalled that he immediately asked the waiter to bring him a pencil and paper. He then proceeded to design to Nautilus while observing the executives eating their meal, finishing within only a few minutes. At the time, Patek Philippe’s collection consisted exclusively of elegant gold watches with sophisticated technical complications. They had chronographs and time-only watches, but none that could even be considered remotely sporty. Patek Philippe decided that it was time for them to put something out. They put forth their own luxury sports watch with finishes of the highest quality. This new category of timepieces disrupted the market. At the time, it was dominated by cheaper quartz watches. Patek Philippe Nautilus Porthole Design When Genta was designing the Nautilus, he found inspiration on the portholes of transatlantic ocean liners. The watch drew attention for its distinctive shape and large size. It resembled these small windows on the exterior of vessels. The bezel is neither round or rectangular, but rather an octagon.  Each of the eight sides subtly curved to trace the perfect arc of a circle. Similar to the design of a porthole, the watch’s sides served to attach the bezel to the case. That way it ensures that there is only one opening in addition to the crown. Another defining feature were the “ears” on the case. The specific construction was what made it hard for the timepiece to achieve a water resistance of up to 120 meters, which was very high for the time period. The Patek Philippe Nautilus also had a diameter of 42mm, which was 3mm larger than the already gigantic Royal Oak. The design, which featured embossed horizontal grooves on the dial and an integrated metal bracelet, was instantly recognizable when it hit the market. The first Patek Philippe Nautilus, Reference 3700, was powered by the thin self-winding movement 28-255, first used in the Royal Oak.  Finding Nemo Patek Philippe released the Nautilus in 1976 at an exorbitant price tag that was even higher than that of the Royal Oak. The headline for the initial advertising campaign read, “One of the world’s costliest watches is made of steel.” The timepiece took its name from Jules Verne’s classic novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The name Nautilus was inspired after Captain Nemo’s submarine. The Patek Philippe Nautilus was moderately popular in its first few years of existence with many drawn to its unique versatility. Sales really took off in 1980 when Patek Philippe released a version of the Nautilus designed specifically for ladies and equipped with a quartz movement. The following year the brand released a mid-sized men’s version that cut the size down to just 37mm. These modified releases were immediate successes in line with watch trends of the time. By 1990, Patek Philippe completely phased out the previous “jumbo” generation. The Swiss watchmakers have since released several less popular variations.  Including a 1996 rendition that had roman numerals and a smooth dial. For the 30th anniversary of the timepiece in 2006, Patek Philippe put forth an entirely new generation of the Nautilus that remains among the most popular. The revamped model went back to the 43mm size and marked the return of the “steel jumbo,” which continues as the most iconic model to date.

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  5. Introduction to Zenith Watches

    Introduction to Zenith Watches

    Zenith watches is one of the emerging brands in the horology world. They are among the tried and tested brands. People have loved them for over a century. As a brand, Zenith watches always made sure to come up to the expectations of people. Constantly they are working on updating and remodeling their watches to match the requirements of changing time. They are widely trusted for their unique production and reliable service. They have extended the best of the services to their regular customers as well as dabblers. Since 1865, they have been satiating the urgings of people. They embody a strong sense of commitment, and they are relentlessly dedicated towards their customers. This Swiss company dealing with horology and watch-making market has a great repute worldwide. Be it the royals, athletes, car enthusiasts, and car racers, tennis and football players — all of them have considered Zenith a top-notch brand. People particularly intrigued by timepieces are all praise for Zenith watches. There are essentially 4 main collections of Zenith watches. We have chosen one from each collection to elucidate. The following are some extraordinary pieces of the brand in discussion: Pilot type 20 Chronograph Extra Special (Pilot Collection) Look:This Pilot Type 20 Chronograph is inexplicably beautiful with no doubt. The case is bronze in color. This one has a blue dial with prominent white numerals and classically designed hands in white/aluminum color. Two push buttons and one screw down crown are attached to the bezel. There is a leather strap in an oily green color. The strap is stitched with rubber lining to shield it. Functionality:It is a multi-functioning watch. It has sub-dials coupled with the main dial. There is a 30-minute index at the 3’o clock position and small seconds index at the 9 ‘o clock position. The central dial is there to show hours and minutes like in all watches. Technicalities:There is a foldable clasp made of titanium. The water resistance it provides is up to 10 ATM. It has a power reserve of 50 hours. The diameter is 45 mm wide, to be precise. The masterpiece incorporates a total of 254 components. Zenith Watches: Elite Lady Moon Phase (Elite Collection) When it comes to timepieces, men and their choices grab most of the limelight, and there is no fair share for ladies. Women of this era are as madly in love with timepieces as men are. Zenith manufactures some of the most elegant timepieces specifically for women. Look:Rose gold is a favorite color of most women for accessories. Diamonds is what they are crazy for. The center of attraction in this Elite Lady Moonphase is the beautiful round dial with a square-shaped casing. There are diamonds fitted in the dial and the case. If we take a close look at the structure of the dial-case, it is rose gold blended with tiny white jewels. It is not limited to the outer surface, but, the inner surface of the dial is also filled with diamonds, and there is little prominence of rose gold color. There is an alligator strap of matte brown color accompanied by a stretchable clasp. Functionality:The central dial indicates hours and minutes. Along with that, there is a moon phase indication at 6 ‘o clock. Technicalities:This is an automatic watch with a 36mm wide diameter. The watch has 195 components. It has a power reserve of 50 hours. It tends to resist water up to 3 ATM. Chronomaster El Primero Full Open (Chronomaster collection) It is a unisex watch. The watch flaunts a number of features as well as a super-stunning look. Chronomaster El Primero is an all-rounder. Look:Like most watches, this watch comes in a variety of colors and options. For example, the dial can be plain white with watch markers and hands in rose gold color. It has a leather strap option in brown or black as well as a stainless steel bracelet option. The clasp has a triple folding. The strap has a thin protective lining on the edges. There are two push buttons and a single screw down crown attached. Functionality:It is a typical chronograph watch having all the necessary features. It possesses a central chronograph hand, and a 30-min counter situated at 3 ‘o clock, and a small-seconds index at 9 ‘o clock. The large date indication sits at the 2 ‘o clock hand. Technicalities:It is an automatic watch that has a total of 332 parts. The power it reserves is 50 hours. It has a 45mm diameter and is water-resistance up to 10 ATM. Zenith Watches: Defy Zero G (Defy collection) Look:Zenith’s Defy Zero G has a bracelet purely made of titanium. All watches under this category have an open-worked dial which seems largely different than a regular dial. It has a blue main counter and there is a winding crown attached beside it. Functionality:Not only does it indicate hours and minutes, but it also embodies a self-regulating gravity control module at 6 ‘o clock. It indicates small-seconds like a Chrono watch. The cherry on top; it shows a power reserve indication at 2 ‘o clock. Technicalities:The diameter it has is 44 mm wide. The power reserve is up to 50 hours. It is a water-resistant watch with a guaranteed resistance of 10 ATM.

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  6. 6 Things That Make Richard Mille a Unique Brand

    6 Things That Make Richard Mille a Unique Brand

    Timepieces rarely buck conventions and stick out from the crowd. Instead, they often opt for tried and true styles and differentiate themselves with craftsmanship and branding. What you might find if you covered up the brand names of a dozen watches is that you could only match a few of them to their correct company. That conclusion wouldn’t apply to the most enthusiastic collectors, but it would to most. One brand that is instantly recognizable is Richard Mille. Richard Mille is a company that crafts their timepieces with an aesthetic that is entirely different than every mainstream brand on the market. Once you dive into the watches, you find that each of them has excellent craftsmanship too. Ultimately, you might not love these watches because they’re very different. No matter what though, Richard Mille is one of the more unique companies in the luxury watch space. I explain why in the following passages. 1: Age The first thing that makes Richard Mille unique is the age of the brand. While many of the biggest companies in horology are 200 or 300 years old, this one was started is 2001. Even Hublot, which is considered a young brand, was born was 1980. The fact that Richard Mille has been around for less than two decades is a distinct trait. Of course, that wouldn’t mean anything without some esteem and respect for the brand. What makes it truly surprising is how popular and widespread these timepieces are, despite the company being relatively new. 2: Philosophy What this brand’s founder sought to do was combine two seemingly opposing ideas. The first was the elegance and skill of Swiss watch manufacturers. This pursuit came naturally to him because he had worked in the timepiece industry since 1974. The second was the flash and high-performance aspects of race cars and airplanes. Essentially, he wanted to create pieces that were powerful, eye-catching, and had well-built machinery on the inside. Around twenty years later, most can agree that Mille did what he set out to do. 3: A Home Run on Their First Try Many watch collectors consider the tourbillon complication to be the pinnacle of craftsmanship. Not only are they incredibly hard to build, but their prices tend to be very high as well. As you might imagine, most manufacturers wouldn’t try to incorporate this complication in their first ever piece, but that’s precisely what Richard Mille did. That decision was a success by all accounts. 4: Aesthetics In the opening paragraph, I talked about how easy it would be to pick a Richard Mille watch out of a lineup. The reason is that they have a very distinct and polarizing look. The following aesthetic features are what make them so unique. Size – Almost every Richard Mille piece is quite large in every direction. That means tall, wide, and thick. Some love this look, while others dislike it and prefer smaller pieces. Skeleton – Nearly every watch from this brand is a skeleton watch. This design is one that very few luxury brands choose, and if they do, only for a couple of models. Shape – While Richard Mille now has a few circular pieces, the vast majority of them feature a strange shape that is a bit hard to describe. I might call it a vertical rectangle with rounded sides, though you should look at it for yourself. 5: Price If you’re sold on Richard Mille and want one for yourself, you might not want to take out your credit card just yet. The reason is that these pieces are some of the most expensive options on the market. I’ll save you the trouble of searching their prices, as I just did myself. A preliminary look yielded the cheapest option being around $82,000 and the more expensive ones well into the millions. Simply put, most collectors will not be able to afford these timepieces. 6: Celebrity Appeal Celebrities wearing timepieces can be confusing, as many of them are paid ambassadors for certain brands. That being said, I can proclaim the following list of stars as unpaid Richard Mille fans, and do so with a high degree of confidence. They include Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, Neymar, Kevin Hart, and many more. So, should you add a Richard Mille piece to your collection? The gatekeeper here is, of course, the price. This brand’s watches generally sell for $80,000 or more, with the most expensive of them entering the millions. Still, if you are the kind of consumer who can afford such a luxurious timepiece, your decision will most likely come down to the aesthetics and general vibe of this brand. While some will enjoy the novel, industrial look of them, others will crave a more classic style. No matter how you feel, this brand is truly unique and has a loyal fan base among the upper crust of society.

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  7. The History of: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

    The History of: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

    The story of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is one that takes a bold step outside of traditional norms to create something truly unique. Audemars Piguet debuted the now legendary watch at the 1972 Swiss Watch Show in Basel. The ambition of the Royal Oak timepiece was high. It was always to cause a stir and disrupt the watch industry–something it continues to hang its hat on to this day. The Quartz Crisis In the 60s, quartz watches dominated the market thanks to leading Japanese manufacturers such as Seiko. These battery-powered watches were seen as superior timepieces. They offered excellent accuracy and much better value on the money than their luxury counterparts. Naturally, many people abandoned their mechanical watches in favor of quartz watches. This period in the history of timepieces is known as the “Quartz Crisis” and it led to the downfall of many storied Swiss watch companies. Many luxury watch manufacturers were facing troubling financial conditions including Audemars Piguet, whose history dates back to 1875. In the wake of the Quartz Crisis, the brand knew they needed to disrupt the current market in a big way. They needed a significant change that would allow them to appeal to a new and profitable market. After conducting a few months of serious market research, it was the Italian market that caught the brand’s eye. They noticed a demand for a sports watch durable enough for all occasions. But also with a beautiful finish–something they felt they could deliver on. The Birth of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Audemars Piguet toyed with the idea of incorporating steel into a luxury watch. Which was an idea that seemed absurd at the time. During this period, most fine watches were made from precious metals. While steel was a material reserved for the working class. However, the aim of the Royal Oak was simply to create a new luxury sports watch that could be used for all occasions. Plus it had a marvelous finish to it. Steel as the material fit the bill and effectively meshed elegance and sporty into a single timepiece. Gerald Genta was the designer that Audemars Piguet chose to tackle this gutsy task. His impressive resume spanned several best-selling watches including the Omega Constellation and the Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse. Georges Golay is the chief executive of Audemars Piguet. And the night before the 1971 Swiss Watch Show (known today as Baselworld), he called his friend Genta. He told him the Italian watch market was expecting an “unprecedented steel watch.” For which he would need the design by next morning. Genta agreed and hastily put together the design for a new sports watch with a gorgeous steel finish, which would become the Royal Oak. Inspiration Behind Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Genta took inspiration from a traditional divers helmet to create the design of the Royal Oak. The steel watch had an octagonal-shaped bezel secure by eight visible hexagonal gold screws, visible water-resistance gasket and a dial adorned with an exclusive blue motif. The watch was massive by standards of the time. The most iconic feature was the compact and integrated stainless steel bracelet that’s still used on Royal Oaks today. The revolutionary timeless was extremely complex to build, but Genta went on to call it the masterpiece of his career. Playing on the diving theme of the watch, Genta was adamant that the name itself had to be nautical-related. The name of the octagonal bezel, Royal Oak, came from a series of eight vessels belonging to the British Royal Navy. These ships took their name from the hollowed oak tree that King Charles II of England famously hid in to escape death during the English Civil War. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Redefined Luxury Watches The Royal Oak was finally was for launch at the 1972 Swiss Watch Show. Audemars Piguet put forth a price tag of 3,300 Swiss francs, more expensive than a gold-dress Patek Philippe and ten times as much as the Rolex Submariner. “It takes more than money to wear the Royal Oak,” the first advertising campaign read. It was certainly a bold move on the part of Audemars Piguet. Unsurprisingly, the Royal Oak was an easy target for criticism with a disruptive construction. Along with it’s visible gasket and screws, and exorbitant price tag. However, the allure of the timepiece couldn’t be denied for long. It eventually won over the watch market and its naysayers. Audemars Piguet had successfully proved that haute horlogerie no longer relied on precious metals, but rather it was the quality in the design, execution and movement that really counted. The first batch comprised 1,000 watches with the new 5402 reference, more commonly known as the A-series. These highly sought-after editions are easy to recognize with the AP symbol above the 6 o’clock rather than the 12 o’clock. The subsequent years saw them roll out a number of different variations of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. They incorporated everything from leather and rubber straps to an ultra-thin perpetual calendar. To celebrate the 20th anniversary, Audemars Piguet put forth the Royal Oak Offshore. The watch remains one of the most iconic watches to this day. The concept of this special edition was to provide a “deconstructed” approach to the timepiece.  That way it caters to a younger and more rebellious generation. For the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak’s 30th birthday, AP put forth a “lab watch” version. The watch embodied the pinnacle of performance through extreme resistance and technical sophistication. Born out of a necessity to stay alive, the spirit of the Royal Oak has grown to stand the test of time as one of the most recognize timepieces in the world.

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  8. Best 5 Seiko Presage Watches

    Best 5 Seiko Presage Watches

    Seiko Holdings Corporation, more commonly known as Seiko is a Japanese holding company. The company has multiple subsidiaries; jewelry, clocks, electronic devices, semiconductors, and other optical products are manufactured and sold. One thing they’re well known for is their watches. A popular collection is their Seiko Presage watches. The brand produced its first watch in 1924. These Seiko watches were initially produced by two different subsidiaries which enabled the company to improve technology and reduce the risks and competition. These timepieces are produced entirely in-house, including every single component that was being used. Seiko was the first company to ever produce a quartz watch in 1969 when it introduced the Astron. Later, the company went on to introduce the first quartz chronograph. The Presage Collection to Check Out In 2016, Seiko launched its new collection called Seiko Presage. This collection was introduced internationally and has managed to capture the hearts and minds of those who love fine mechanical watchmaking. The collection features timepieces that feature a diversity of designs and includes a wide range of calibers. One reason why this collection is such a favorite is that of its new features, i.e., new calibers. The new Presage limited edition features a slimmer and more accurate caliber. Meanwhile, the cases feature a polished finish so that the surface is distortion free and is protected by a super-hard coating which helps in preserving the watch’s beauty. 1: Seiko Presage SARY055 The Seiko Presage SARY055 is one of the most sought out watches from the collection. It’s powered by a Seiko 4R36 caliber which features a self-winding movement, allowing you to hand wound and hack it. The watch features a stainless-steel case with a fine brushed finish. It includes an exhibition screw-in back which allows you to see the movement of the hands in action. The 41 mm dial is silver white with blue hands and hour markers while the stainless steel bracelet features a deployant clasp and has a push-button release which gives it extra protection. The watch is water resistant at about 100 meters. The SARY055 is a luxury watch that is available at a very affordable price. 2: Seiko Presage SPC131P1 This is another most popular timepiece from the Presage collection. This Seiko Presage watch is the epitome of class and understated elegance. The watch features a 44.6 mm stainless steel case and a white stainless steel dial. It has a black alligator-grain leather strap with buckle closure. The watch features a solid screw-in case back and has a battery powered caliber, the Seiko Caliber 7T86 Quartz. This classic watch is just beautiful and luxurious with its hardlex crystal. The watch is water resistant at about 100 meters, i.e., 330 feet. 3: Seiko Presage SARB033 The Seiko Presage SARB033 is an exquisite piece amongst the collection and is loved by many. The watch features the premium Seiko 6R15 caliber which has a self-winding movement and can also be hand wound and hacked. The caliber features a power reserve of 50 hours. This watch features a 38 mm stainless steel case, with a fine brushed finish. It features an exhibition back allowing you to look at the movement of the hands in action yourself. The black dial includes luminous silver-toned hands and hour markers. The stainless steel bracelet features a deployant clasp and has a dual push-button release which provides extra safety protection. The watch is water resistant 100 meters. This SARB033 is a luxury watch that is available at an affordable price. 4: Seiko Presage SARX015 This Seiko Presage SARX015 is an eye-catching luxury watch that reflects the brand’s aim and vision. The watch includes the premium Seiko 6R15 caliber which features a self-winding movement and can be hand wound and hacked. The caliber has a power reserve of about 50 hours. This watch features a 39.5 mm stainless steel case. This watch also features an exhibition back. The black, greyish dial is textured, it includes luminous silver-toned bar hands and hour markers. The stainless steel bracelet features a deployant clasp and has a dual push-button release which provides extra safety protection. The watch is water resistant at about 100 meters. This SARB033 is a casual watch that has a very luxurious touch to it. 5: Seiko Presage SPB041J1 The Seiko Presage SPB041J1 is a dress watch from the Presage collection. The watch also includes the premium Seiko 6R15 caliber which features self-winding movement and can also be hand wound and hacked. SPB041J1 features a white dial which has a little motif in it. This watch has a brown alligator strap and features a folding buckle. It has a power reserve of about 45 hours. The watch is water resistant 100 meters. This little timepiece has a simple and sweet touch to it. Conclusion Seiko has managed to win the hearts of people all over the world. With its classic, luxurious look, you can dress up even the simplest of outfit easily. The Presage collection is one of the brand’s most popular collections ever introduced. Apart from the watches as mentioned above, there are various others that you can check out. You are most likely to find one that will not only suit your requirements but will also look good. Another great thing about Seiko watches is that you can buy them without causing a huge dent on your bank balance as these are quite affordable!

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  9. Watch Repair: Fixing and Taking Care of Your Collection

    Watch Repair: Fixing and Taking Care of Your Collection

    Watch enthusiasts love adding watches to their collections. Their passion for watches certainly prevails over the rest of the universe. They are seemingly big on timepieces and pertinent brands, whether it be Rolex or Omega. As watch lovers continue to explore unique and some amazing timepieces, what they might forget to do is take care of their watches. Watch repair is key, like fixing what’s necessary on your timepieces. Like all the products you own, your watches also need time-to-time servicing and maintenance. Let’s assume; your watch stops working suddenly. What do you do next? Let’s find out! Preventive Measures to Keep it Safe  There are many things you can be watchful of in order to take care of your watch collection. Below are some precautionary measures that you are supposed to keep in mind and act accordingly. Keep it protected in your watch box when not in use. Keep it away and out of approach of things like hair oil, perfumes, and other chemical-containing items. These things are especially harmful to leather products. Avoid trying to open up your watch by yourself to see the internal components. It could be difficult to fix all the parts again. Don’t take your watch’s water resistance for guaranteed. Every single watch is water-proof to a certain level. Some possess a low capacity to resist water’s ingress into it. You got to be careful with water too. Your watch’s timekeeping might be under risk because of any piece of magnet lying by. You should keep it at arm’s length. The crystals and cuts are too delicate to be neglected. They can fall apart in a minute of carelessness. Hence, you need to provide them a not-so-hard surface. You ought to save the battery, so you don’t get to see the watchmaker in a while. There are few things that kill the battery quickly like sunlight for a mechanical watch. You are supposed to avoid those elements. Servicing On A Regular Basis Why is something like watch repair important? A timepiece requires servicing twice every 5 years. Take it to your watchmaker after every two to three years to get it properly serviced. This servicing will get the watch components polished and renewed for you. Let’s suppose, the shine of your crystals has gotten dull, or the strap has begun to look too tacky, or there’s some serious repairing problem. All of these can be fixed with servicing. It’s not just your vehicle or the property you recently bought; your watches also demand timely maintenance. To keep them going, you’ll have to pay for the servicing. The Risk in Mending it With Your Own Toolkit Now, what a lot of people do is, they watch random videos on YouTube on how to fix their particular model and try to fix the problem themselves. Well, it isn’t as easy as doing your own makeover or fixing your PC. It’s a watch which means that it has a few small and delicate components that you have not come to study diligently. Therefore, the case is likely to be ruined further. In some rare cases, do-it-yourself ideas do work, merely when luck favors. It isn’t the best option though. Let the professionals do what they are obliged to do. Allow them to do what they have been hired for. They are the best people to deal with these complications. It is best to hand over your watch to them while it can still be repaired. Luxury watch brands like Rolex and Vacheron Constantin advise their customers to not give the damaged piece in a third party’s hand. They always recommend their buyers to hand it over to the makers and nobody except them. Since they have manufactured every part, only they can either fix the damaged part or replace it with an alternate part in the best manner. In the light of their recommendations, it is best to let the makers handle any case of damage. Exception for Those Who Wear Them as Often as Not The brands themselves recommend servicing in every two-three years, but, it might not be mandatory for everyone. Some people don’t strap their watches this often. Generally, the lesser the use, the longer the sustainability. If you wear your timepieces 10 to 25 times a year, you might not need servicing as quick as that. It’s possible that it might take one time servicing in a decade. No matter what type of watches you love to collect, they need constant care. Whether you’re in need of a little watch repair or a whole lot, it’s important you stay on top of it. You, as someone highly passionate for watches, need to keep your timepieces unblemished and untarnished. It does not take great effort to keep them with good care. If you are truly passionate about watches, it is most likely to take place effortlessly.

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  10. Best Affordable Diver: Longines HydroConquest

    Best Affordable Diver: Longines HydroConquest

    You have to make a lot of decisions when you purchase a watch, two of the most important being style and price. Some of you might conclude that you want to buy a diver for around $1,000. If so, I submit the Longines HydroConquest collection as an excellent place to look first. These pieces have the heritage, quality, and aesthetics to become your next favorite watch, so they are definitely worth your attention. I tell you everything you need to know about them in the following passages. Longines Heritage The watch community has a diverse range of opinions on heritage. Some don’t care about history, and instead only prioritize the quality of the product in front of them. Others put a lot of weight onto the history of the brand they choose. Luckily, Longines has both bases covered. They were established all the way back in 1832 and are still operating today. Throughout that span, they have created fantastic products and contributed to the culture of horology. Longines HydroConquest Price Range If all of us had unlimited money to burn, we might stick to brands like Rolex, Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet. Of course, most people do not have thousands and thousands of dollars to spend on their watch collecting hobby. One of the most appealing aspects of the HydroConquest collection is that most of its products are relatively cheap. On the lower end, they have quartz models for around $700. Their automatic versions generally come in at $1,000 or more. While these prices might still be out of range for many people, they are undoubtedly much more accessible than the majority of big name brands. Materials The materials and craftsmanship of these watches are everything you’d expect out of a Swiss masterpiece. They are made from rugged stainless steel, have a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and have an impressive water resistance of 300m. These pieces also get the little things right, like having exceptionally bright luminescent dials and a general feel of resiliency. As far as materials, it doesn’t get much better than the HydroConquest. Movement Two types of movements come in Longines HydroConquest watches. The first is automatic, which is the variant that excites me most. These engines have power reserves of between 2 and 3 days, which makes them very low maintenance. If you choose to wear yours every day or close to it, you should never have to reset your watch. That kind of reliability is rare when looking at products in the low thousands. The second type is quartz. These pieces are even more reliable and should not need a battery replacement for many years. That being said, watch enthusiasts tend to prefer mechanical movements in most circumstances. With the Longines HydroConquest, you might be disappointed to spend multiple hundreds of dollars and still get a movement that isn’t particularly impressive. Longines HydroConquest Looks The look of these watches is one of their strongest aspects. They have a classic diver aesthetic, and each is sleek in its own way. On one end of the spectrum, you have understated pieces with black dials, black bezels, silver cases, and silver bracelets. These watches can fit in anywhere, even at the most luxurious events. On the other, you can go for an eye-catching red piece that is much more sporty and unconventional. One of my favorites is the gold and silver combination bracelets that they offer, so be sure to check those out. Longines HydroConquest Diversity The final thing that I love about the Longines HydroConquest collection is the incredible diversity it provides. The first way in which it does is movement options. Mechanical purists can spend a bit extra and get an excellent engine, while those who favor convenience might opt for low maintenance quartz instead. This trend extends into the aesthetic side of these watches too. Some of the dials are uncrowded and only give you basic information, while others have multiple subdials for those that prefer that look. As mentioned above, you can also get creative with colors and straps. This versatility in aesthetics gives you a great chance at getting the perfect watch to match your taste. Longines HydroConquest Conclusion My overall impression of the Longines HydroConquest collection is that it is an excellent deal. You get Swiss heritage, fantastic materials, an impressive movement, great aesthetics, and a ton of options to choose from. Even better, you get all of that for just about $1,000. One thing I will say is that I likely wouldn’t buy the quartz versions of this collection. While I love quartz watches, I generally don’t pay multiple hundreds of dollars for them. Instead, I would save up a bit more money and go for an automatic. All in all, you can’t go wrong with a reliable brand like Longines, and the HydroConquest collection is some of their best work.

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  11. The History of the Omega Seamaster 300

    The History of the Omega Seamaster 300

    The Omega Seamaster 300 may be well-known as the “James Bond” watch, but it has a rich history in its own right. Yes, being a beautiful timepiece doesn’t hurt it’s case either. The Swiss luxury watchmaker debuted the original Seamaster in 1948 as part of their 100th anniversary. Little did they know, this watch would go on to become the prestigious label’s best-selling watch. Today the Seamaster remains Omega’s longest standing model in the current collection. Besides the illustrious history, the Omega Seamaster 300 has a timeless design, so it’s no wonder it remains so popular today. Omega Seamaster 300, A Trusted Name in Diving Long before introducing the Seamaster, Omega had already established itself as a leading name in the world of diving. The brand debuted the Omega Marine, its first diving watch, in 1932. The Marine was worn by the “godfather of modern diving” himself, Yves Le Prieur. He was a French navy officer that invented the modern scuba mask and tank. Just a few years later, explorer Charles William Beebe wore the same timepiece while riding in the bathysphere, an unpowered sea submersible lowered into the ocean by a cable off the coast of Bermuda. Omega introduced the original Seamaster in 1948. They modeled the initial prototype after the waterproof watches worn by the British military during WWII. However, the innovative feature that separated the Seamaster from previous generations of diving watches was its resilient O-ring gasket. This greatly enhanced the water-resistance of the Omega Seamaster 300 and allowed it to remain intact at depths up to 60 meters and temperatures between -40ºC and 50ºC. Most diving watches to this point either relied on lead or shellac gaskets. They both were easily affected by the constant temperature changes of diving. The Omega Seamaster 300 The 1950s were a boom time for the sport of scuba diving. Omega took advantage of the sport’s widespread popularity and introduced the new and improved Seamaster 300. The Omega Seamaster 300 was specifically designed for underwater use. While waterproof, the original model from the late 1940s didn’t quite live up to its name. The Omega Seamaster 300 continued the traditional as the go-to timepiece for the world’s greatest divers. Including famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau and his team during the 1963 Conshelf II experiments over the Red Sea. In 1964, the brand introduced a new generation of the Omega Seamaster 300. This sleek version vaulted the watch into contemporary culture. The design was sleeker with broad hands and a wide bezel. The so-called sword hands were also more robust and came equipped with dial markers and luminous properties for increased night diving visibility. This second generation Seamaster 300 was an immediate success not only among divers but also with the military.  Omega Seamaster 300, the James Bond Watch By the time the 1970s rolled around, the Omega Seamaster 300 had disappeared from popular culture. This all changed in the 1990s when James Bond vaulted the Omega Seamaster 300 back into the spotlight. During the filming of the 1995 film GoldenEye, the costume designer decided that Omega was the watchmaker most relevant to the British Royal Navy and, in turn, the James Bond character. Therefore, Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond was wearwing an Omega Seamaster 300 instead of the Rolex Submariner like in the novel. Brosnan also wore the Seamaster 300 Automatic Chronometer in three subsequent films Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002). Omega Seamaster 300’s Journey  Daniel Craig was next in line to continue the iconic James Bond character in the 2006 film Casino Royale. During the production of this massively successive film, Craig also chose to don the Seamaster 300. The two sides even decided to celebrate the partnership together leading up to the release of the 2015 film Spectre. At the same time the film hit the big screen, Omega put forth the special edition Seamaster 300 Spectre. It was an ode to the original Seamaster from the 1940s. The association with James Bond launched the Omega Seamaster 300 from a diver’s specialty to worldwide favorite. The watch will forever be synonymous with one of pop culture’s most legendary characters and film franchises of all-time. It’s really the perfect partnership, as both sides naturally carry the spirit of the other. It’s no surprise that this is a fan favorite. Do you think that it’ll stay a classic in the future?

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