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  2. History of the Omega Speedmaster

    History of the Omega Speedmaster

    For decades the Omega Speedmaster has embodied the essence of auto racing and held a coveted spot at the forefront of racing-inspired watches. But, what makes it so special? Let’s trace the evolution of this quintessential racing watch. Omega Speedmaster, It Was Part of a Trilogy When we first met the Omega Speedmaster in 1957, it was not alone; it was launched in conjunction with the Seamaster 300 CK 2913 dive watch, and the Railmaster CK 2914, which had antimagnetic properties for train travel. In the 1950s, Omega was the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games and so stopwatch chronograph functions were high on their list of priorities. It was only natural that the very first Speedmaster (ref. CK2915) had a triple-register chronograph design that’s remarkably similar to the Speedmasters produced today. Dubbed the “Broad Arrow” for its hour hand, this ode to classic Italian auto racing was only in production for three years, making it popular with collectors today. Omega Speedmaster Moon Madness Takes Hold in the 60s We got a few more similar versions of the Speedmaster in the late 1950s and early 60s. Omega started putting “Professional” on the dials in the summer of 1965, during one of the watch’s most notable periods in the midst of the Space Race. So much has been said about the Omega Speedmaster and its association with space missions. A Speedmaster, famously called the “Moonwatch,” was worn by astronaut Walter Schirra on the Sigma 7 launch in 1962 and one went along for the first lunar landing in 1969. The watch continued its association with NASA during the decades that followed. Mark II Ushers in the 70s As Omega peered over the edge of a new decade, they sought designs that would take them from the 60s into the 70s. Enter the Omega Mark II, with a striking barrel-shaped case that was unconventional at the time. The original Mark II that debuted in 1969 came in two versions, one with a black-and-white design scheme, and a special racing edition with orange elements. We only got a few years of Mark IIs, as Omega soon moved on to Mark IIIs. But in 2014, Omega gave us an updated edition of the Mark II with all the trademarks of the original. Mark III Takes the Reins The Speedmaster Mark III had an eye-catching design when it was unveiled in 1971, and praise for its modern lines continues to this day. With its signature Flightmaster case, this first of the automatic Speedmasters was also the very first to have a date function, a day-night indicator, and sub-dial features that match today’s modern Speedmasters. Available with blue, silver, and black dials, the Mark III is an atypical entry, which makes watch aficionados love them even more. Things Get Funky in the 70s Cultural norms were upended in the 1970s. Music and fashion were breaking barriers like never before. Revolution was in the air. Omega had to shake things up and deliver some designs that fit with the times. One such example is the Speedmaster 125 that debuted in 1973. One look and you can see why the watch might have its detractors. It’s big, bulky, and the dial looks like something you might find on an old Russian submarine. But the watch has its throwback charms and some historical significance as it was released to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Omega’s founding. Digital Days With the X-33 Here’s one from the late 90s that’s for the quirkier of collectors. The “Mars Watch” didn’t go as Omega had wished. Hoping to build on their “moon” success, the watchmakers went for the next step of Mars exploration, but the campaign never generated excitement. Still, the Mars move gave us one of the more unusual members of the Omega Speedmaster family, the Speedmaster X-33. Your eyes do not deceive you. That is a digital display on a Speedmaster, which functions like both a digital watch and a mechanical chronograph. While this hybrid never made it to Mars, it was involved in several space missions and used by astronauts on the International Space Station. Omega Speedmaster Celebrating 50 Years in 2007 Many recall the recent 60th anniversary Speedmaster in 2017. And that’s an impressive addition to the catalog, with a design that mirrors the very first Speedmaster from 1957. But discerning collectors have taken more note of the 50th anniversary Speedmaster we met in 2007. The 2007 watch broke a few norms on its Golden Jubilee birthday. While most Speedmasters have matte dials, this one went with a lustrous enamel dial. The usual 50 meters of water resistance was doubled to a depth of 100 meters. And on the inside, Omega placed the much-praised caliber 3201 movement. Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon to Today In 2013, we got a tribute to the lunar-landing days of the Speedmaster with the now-classic Dark Side of the Moon. This ceramic “Moonwatch” is aptly named with its stark black design. And it is ceramic through and through, from its case and chronograph pushers to the caseback and dial, made from black zirconium oxide ceramic. While the watch does harken back to the long-over Space Race, it’s a decidedly modern timepiece. Omega streamlined the design by taking three subdials down to two, and beefing up the size of the case, to boldly go into the contemporary world. Conclusion So, where do you fall? Are you a modern watch wearer who prefers a sleek ceramic Speedmaster? Maybe you take to vintage charm from the 70s or perhaps lean more to one-off oddities from the 90s. With over eight decades of Speedmasters to choose from, surely there’s one that suits your style.

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  3. Top 5 Swiss Watch Brands

    Top 5 Swiss Watch Brands

    Which luxury company produces the finest Swiss watch brands? Let’s run through the top five Swiss watch brands and look at why they enjoy enviable places in the upper echelon of the watchmaking world. Swiss Watch Brands  1: Rolex Are They Really That Good? They’ve got the world’s best-known name in luxury watches and Swiss watch brands, but what do you get when you buy a Rolex? Well, you get a watch like no other because Rolex is a company like no other. They’re privately owned, for one, and the freedom to operate independently can’t be overstated. While most other high-end watchmakers use 316L stainless steel, Rolex exclusively uses 904L steel. They retooled their production facilities to handle the super durable alloy that looks different from your usual stainless steel. The benefits of Rolex operating on its own includes an on-site foundry for smelting gold, in-house manufacturing of all movements, and their own science labs to examine everything from oil viscosity to metallurgy on a microscopic level. And as for variety, with nearly a century of history, the choices are almost innumerable. Among the most-popular Rolexes ever made are the Submariner dive watches, the Cosmograph Daytona racing watches, and the Yacht-Master and Yacht-Master II. The Yacht-Masters came decades after the debuts of the Daytona and the Submariner. So they lack history. But their versatility and adaptability put them in contention for the all-time favorite Rolexes. 2: Omega for Swiss Heritage If you’re interested in Swiss watch brands, and you’re talking about a Rolex, then you’re probably going to be talking about an Omega, too. It’s the age-old question: Which is better, a Rolex or an Omega? We may never be able to find a quantifiable answer, but we can look at a few reasons why one might lean to Omega. Omega has been around for longer than Rolex. That’s usually a surprise to many as Rolex is synonymous with watch heritage. But Omega is older by over half a century, tracing its roots to a Swiss workshop that opened in 1848. Perhaps Omega isn’t perceived so much as an “older” brand because it’s often seen in popular culture, on the wrists of the current James Bond and a host of celebs, including brand ambassadors such as George Clooney, Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman, and Michael Phelps, to name a few. The undisputed champ when it comes to popularity is the Omega Speedmaster Professional, or “Moonwatch,” a classic timepiece made for space flight that’s taken well to terrestrial life. But, perhaps nearly as known and loved, are the Omega Seamasters. In particular, Planet Ocean Seamasters are some of the best dive watches you can buy that complement nearly any wardrobe on land. 3: Patek Philippe with Dress and Dive Classics Folks have long joked that Patek Philippe is a “Rich Man’s Rolex.” While that may not be literally true, there is truth in the sense that you are looking at a different level when considering a Patek Philippe dress watch. Patek Philippe is a go-to brand for people who want to ascend to that rare air without being too flashy about it. Bling is for other brands. Patek Philippe’s best-known and most-iconic watch is, without doubt, the Calatrava. The legendary dress watch bowed in 1932 and today remains an ever-popular flagship model for the brand. The Calatrava set the standard for what a good dress watch should be — simple and elegant with moderate proportions. While it has less time in the spotlight than the Calatrava, the Patek Philippe Nautilus comes a close second in terms of popularity. People were slow to embrace the dive watch, which debuted in 1976 to little fanfare. But in 2006, the 30th-anniversary edition was an enormous hit, and popularity hasn’t waned to this day. 4: TAG Heuer Has Auto Racing History Any look at TAG Heuer watches should first peer past 1985, when the company Techniques d’Avant-Garde (TAG) bought a big part of Heuer Watches. Heuer’s tale actually begins in 1860, when Edouard Heuer set up his watchmaking shop in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. He was soon known for making chronographs, especially for airplanes and cars, and in 1914, Heuer made a chronograph for the wrist. The Heuer racing watch was born! The watchmaker would be synonymous with auto racing to this day, producing the famed Monaco’s and Carrera’s. Other than its race-inspired offerings, TAG Heuer excels at dive watches, which they didn’t get into until the 1980s. The late start doesn’t seem to have done any harm as the Aquaracer competes with some of the best dive offerings from Omega and Rolex. 5: IWC for Big, Bold Statements The International Watch Company (IWC) makes some really nice dive watches, such as the Aquatimer. But IWC will probably never outdo Omega dive watches. And the IWC chronographs, specifically the Portugieser, are wonderful. But they may never beat Rolex chronographs, at least in the minds of many. What IWC can lay claim to, perhaps more than any other Swiss luxury brand, is pilot watches. This Swiss watch brand’s reputation earned with sweat, and blood. Literally, as IWC watches went into combat in both World War One and World War Two. There are a vast number of models under their five categories of pilot watches. That includes Top Gun, Spitfire, Classic, Le Petit Prince, and a category for Le Petit Prince author Antoine De Saint-Exupéry. But the pilot watch most everyone knows and loves is the IWC Big Pilot, the brand’s most-iconic watch with its huge dial and signature onion crown. Swiss Watch Brands We should give honorable mentions to Audemars Piguet, Tissot, and Longines, who all trace their histories back to Switzerland more than a century ago. With that kind of heritage, it’s hard to find a fine Swiss watchmaker you wouldn’t welcome into the Top 5!

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  4. Top Celebrity Picks in Luxury Watches

    Top Celebrity Picks in Luxury Watches

    It’s no secret that celebrities love high-end luxury watches. But what are these cool watches we mere mortals only get glimpses of on Instagram? Let’s take a closer look at the luxury timepieces that some of the top stars are sporting. Kim Kardashian Relishes Rolex If you’ve kept up with Kim Kardashian, you know she’s rarely seen without a dazzling timepiece on her wrist. And that watch is usually a Rolex. Her go-to Rolex is a Day-Date Presidential, but when she’s walking red carpets expect to see a Datejust with a mother-of-pearl dial. And, no stranger to bling, Kim loads her gold Datejust with diamonds. We also know Kim’s got a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in rose gold with a chocolate dial. Jay-Z gifted Kim, among other VIPs at a charity event, with the $40,000 swag. King James and His Royal Oaks View this post on Instagram Ain’t got time to f%^* with you……. Living my best LIFE! LIVE.LAUGH.LOVE???❤️ A post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Sep 20, 2018 at 12:50pm PDT LeBron James is an Audemars Piguet fan. A longtime wearer, James collaborated with Audemars Piguet on the Royal Oak Offshore LeBron James limited edition, featuring a 44mm rose gold case and diamond-set titanium bezel. The precious stones may explain some of the watch’s $100,000 price tag. LeBron has also been spotted wearing a Royal Oak Offshore Volcano, an eye-catching model with a face ringed by fiery orange, bringing a real sporty feel to the classic design. We’ve also seen the NBA star sporting a Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Tourbillon with an openwork dial. Brad Pitt’s Long Road to Breitling Let’s hop into the time machine, heading way back to the more innocent days of 1992. Bill Clinton played sax into the White House, Nirvana played “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and Thelma & Louise stunned moviegoers with their suicide run. That movie was also Brad Pitt’s breakthrough, and the actor has been building a watch collection with his big Hollywood paychecks ever since. It was mostly Rolex back in the early days when we saw him wearing a stainless steel Rolex Daytona with a white dial, as well as a classic Rolex Submariner. Brad’s also fond of a yellow gold Rolex Yacht-Master. He’s given to rotating two models, one modern and one vintage, of the Patek Philippe Nautilus. Brad’s luxury Cartier is a limited edition Tank à Guichet. From A. Lange & Söhne, Pitt wears the Lange 1 Timezone in rose gold. But Brad’s now an ambassador for Breitling, and that’s what we see him wearing most these days, notably the Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton Edition. The homage to classic motorbikes is collaboration between the Swiss watchmakers and British motorcycle makers Norton. Brad’s also known to wear a traditional Breitling Avenger Chronograph. Trevor Noah Goes Retro with Patek Philippe View this post on Instagram Hey you, stop that! Hump Day just means the middle of the week. ??‍♂️ Happy Middle of the Week Day everyone! ?? ?: @imseangallagher A post shared by Trevor Noah (@trevornoah) on Jun 12, 2019 at 7:46am PDT The Daily Show host is one serious watch lover. Among the watches we’ve seen, Rolex ranks high. Trevor’s been spotted off-camera with a yellow gold President Day-Date with a champagne dial. At the Grammys, we saw Noah in formal wear and his everose gold Rolex GMT-Master II, notable for its gem-set Pepsi bezel. For a more charming offering, there’s Trevor’s Root Beer GMT-Master II with its eclectic use of brown hues. Trevor’s been seen wearing a stainless steel Audemars Piguet Royal Oak with a blue-black dial. Patek Philippe seems to be another watchmaker Noah favors, as we’ve seen him wearing a Nautilus Perpetual Calendar, homage to the 1976 design of renowned Swiss watchmaker Gérald Genta. Noah flashed this high-end timepiece while scarfing down chicken wings on the YouTube show Hot Ones. Ryan Gosling and his Vintage Air King The Oscar-nominated star has been spotted on all kinds of occasions, from red-carpet galas to casual affairs in jeans and a shirt, with his period Rolex Air King. Gosling has one of the first models of the watch that debuted in 1958, a timepiece designed to capture the glory days of aviation in the 1930s. Gosling’s love for vintage style continues with his next favorite, a Jaeger LeCoultre Master Memovox, giving a sleek sheen to a minimalist old school design. And Gosling’s got a Patek Philippe Calatrava. Sorta. In making the movie Drive, Gosling wanted his stunt-driver character to wear a Patek Philippe Calatrava, as the watch is part of the plot. But for filming purposes, they needed a prop watch. So they made a replica and Gosling got to keep the movie memorabilia. Kylie Jenner is All About Audemars Piguet View this post on Instagram someone said there was a vday party♥️♥️♥️ A post shared by Kylie ? (@kyliejenner) on Feb 12, 2020 at 10:30pm PST 20-something mogul and social-media superstar Kylie Jenner is rarely seen without a luxury timepiece, often worn over the sleeve in her signature style. She’s made it clear she’s an Audemars Piguet girl; and specifically into Royal Oaks. We’ve seen Kylie wear many different luxury watches. Those watches include a Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel, a Royal Oak Diamond Pave, and a Royal Oak Frosted in white gold. Her Royal Oak Diamond Bezel in 18-carat white gold is for dressier occasions. She gets a bit creative with the Openworked Royal Oak, featuring front-and-back displays of mechanical wonders.   Conclusion Chances are, you’re not a celebrity, don’t know a celebrity, and probably don’t care, too. So why should you follow their examples? Well, you shouldn’t. This is just one look at what high-profile watch lovers are wearing. But you’ve got to admit that most of them have good taste. And, sure, maybe you’ll feel a small connection to the A-listers if you’re slipping on the same luxury watches.  

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  5. 5 Steps to Find the Perfect Sports Watch

    5 Steps to Find the Perfect Sports Watch

    Sports enthusiasts use an array of equipment to optimize their fitness, from strength training devices to the clothes they wear. Additionally, avid sportsmen use watches too! There are watches on the market specifically designed for training athletes, like sports watches. Are you an athlete looking for ways to monitor your performance? Then you will need a sports watch. Today we’re giving you five steps to finding the perfect sports watch for you. Continue reading to find out what important features and specs you should consider when selecting a sporty timepiece. 1. What Fitness Information does it Monitor? There are myriads of sports watches on the market and some of them come with a range of features. The purpose of a sports watch is to monitor information such as: The calories you’ve burned How many steps you’ve walked Your heart rate The speed you ran The distance you’ve walked or ran Some sports watches may not have all of these monitoring features. Watches that don’t have all of these trackers will come a lot cheaper. On the other hand, if you want to track every aspect of your fitness routines, then pick a sports watch that can monitor distance, speed, heart rate, and calories burned. Another aspect you must remember is that not all sports watches are digital. There are many traditional style watches that are automatic chronograph devices. Take the Tissot T-Sport V8 watch for example. It has a stunning sophisticated design with the following features: Automatic chronograph function Tachymeter to measure distance and speed Accurate timekeeping If both function and design are important to you, then select a mechanical sports timepiece. 2. Is it Waterproof? Most sports watches are waterproof because athletes may have to train in the rain. Another reason why most sports timepieces are waterproof is that athletes sweat during training. Moisture can damage internal mechanisms. Therefore, the structure of the timepiece must allow for a tight fit between components so water can’t enter crevices and destroy internal components. On the other hand, if you’re a swimmer or scuba diver, you may want to opt for a certified dive watch. Athletes who take part in a multitude of land and water sports will benefit from highly waterproof timepieces. Ensure the sports watch you pick has a water-resistance of 100m or 330ft. 3. Fit and Comfort When running, swimming, or hiking, you don’t want to contend with a watch that’s uncomfortable and doesn’t fit you well. Select a sports watch that has adjustable straps so you can customize the fit of the timepiece on your wrist. The strap must be made out of soft fabric that’s designed based on moisture-wicking technology. Timepiece straps are typically made from leather that keeps your wrist dry. A watch strap should never chafe or irritate your skin, especially when you’re training. You want to be as comfortable as possible when you’re training so ensure your sports watch is the fit you need. 4. Interface and Functionality As mentioned before, there are manual and digital sports watches on the market. Digital watches can be easy to set up if it has a user-friendly interface. But the downside to digital watches is that they must be charged regularly. If the battery is faulty, it may switch off randomly while you’re training. This results in the loss of important stats on your training. Digital sports watches are waterproof but they are more susceptible to damage than manual timepieces. Manual sports watches offer accurate readings and they’re incredibly durable. They’re easy to set up and can be used for many different types of sports. An excellent example of a premium manual sports watch is the Rolex Oyster Perpetual. A famous mountaineer by the name of Sir Edmund Hillary climbed Mount Everest with the Rolex Oyster Perpetual because of its feature-rich capabilities and user-friendly interface. 5. Legibility Whether you pick a digital or manual sports watch, the information on the device must be easy to read no matter what lighting conditions you’re in. Clarity is extremely important in sports watches because if you can’t read what’s on the timepiece, it will be useless to you. Ensure you pick a watch that has backlights so that you can read the information on the watch even when it’s dark. You may want the information while in low light conditions, so make sure all the numbers and features can be seen clearly. Final Thoughts Finding a high-quality sports watch is easy if you know exactly what to look for when you’re shopping for your timepiece. Use our five steps to assist you when you’re looking for a premium watch for your fitness journey. Additionally, make sure you purchase a watch made with high-quality materials and that comes with an excellent warranty.

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  6. Pros and Cons for Automatic Watches

    Pros and Cons for Automatic Watches

    What do you consider before picking a watch? Is it style, appearance, cost or brand? People have varying motivations when deciding on a watch to buy. But one thing you should definitely consider is if it’s an automatic watch or battery operated watch. Automatic watches have been around since the 1920s. Omega and Tudor are a few examples of prominent brands that have their lines of automatic watches. One would think that because this watch features self-winding abilities, picking it is a no-brainer. But with pretty much every product, automatic watches have both advantages and disadvantages. Simply weigh the two before making a decision to buy. We’ll list these pros and cons below. How Automatic Watches Work Automatic watches either use a rotor or metal weight to power up the unit. This rotor is designed to move freely and the movement is further prompted by the wearer’s motion. Simply put: every time you move, the rotor spins – causing the hands to move. Shop Automatic Watches   Pros for Automatic Watches No Battery Required Since automatic watches are designed to wind automatically, it follows that they don’t need a battery to operate. You won’t wake up one day to find the watch battery drained on the morning of an important business meeting. Basically, you don’t have to worry about replacing batteries every now and then. Fairly Accurate These watches fare well where accuracy is concerned. A standard automatic watch will be plus or minus 25 seconds in respect to the actual time, which you’ll agree isn’t too bad. Of course, this will depend on who is wearing it or rather, what you want to use the watch for. If you’re in the medical, marine, or military sector, then naturally every second count. You’ll need a watch that’s extremely accurate as a chronometer from Ulysse Nardin. No Hand Winding Necessary if Worn Regularly If you wear your automatic watch all the time, you’ll never have to manually wind it which makes it very convenient. Stellar Aesthetics Just the craftsmanship alone incorporated in automatic watches is sheer genius, not to mention the engineering. This makes them some of the most aesthetically pleasing watches on the market. A look at the Rolex GMT Master II confirms this. Smooth Movement To add to the stunning aesthetics, these watches boast a smooth and suave hand movement. The smooth movement is more pronounced if you pick an automatic watch with high beats per second (BPH). A high BPH can also increase the reliability of an automatic watch. This is something you’ll appreciate if your taste in watches goes beyond the aesthetic appeal. High Power Reserve Automatic watches have a high power reserve—particularly if they are fully wound up. It can have up to 42 hours of power stored before you need to wind it up again. Depending on the brand you pick, some automatic watches can even store power for up to 10 days. Low Maintenance Watches that are automatic are generally easy to maintain. By using a soft cloth to wipe your watch every night, you’ll have it looking as good as new for years. But this doesn’t eliminate the need to handle it with extra caution. Like any other watch, avoid showering or bathing with it (even if it’s waterproof). The gasket ends up expanding, reducing the watch’s accuracy and overall lifespan. Cons for Automatic Watches Rather Pricy If cost is your determining factor when buying a watch, you may have to think twice. This is because this type usually fetches a higher price tag compared to its battery-operated counterpart. Jaeger Lecoultre has some of the market’s most expensive automatic watches that are worth over a million. Extra Sensitive The internal mechanisms behind the watch operation are rather delicate. In some cases, the watch becomes extra sensitive to the environment, causing the hand to move at the slightest shift when winding. May Need Winding As stated earlier, to get the most out of your automatic watch, you’ll have to wear it on a daily basis. If not, you may have to wind it manually which can be inconvenient. May Need to Install a Winder To avoid having to wind your watch regularly, your next best option is to purchase a watch winder. The extra cost and added inconvenience aren’t appealing to some people. And the winder might interfere with the watch’s stunning aesthetics. Loses Accuracy Over Time Unfortunately, these watches tend to lose their accuracy over time. As you can imagine, this is rather disappointing considering the high price tag. You may have to consider tuning it up every now and then which is done at an extra cost. Conclusion Now that you have all the facts, it’s time to make a decision. Based on the pros and cons, will you be purchasing an automatic watch or not? These will always remain popular for their unique craftsmanship. Simply handle it with absolute care and it may last you a lifetime.  

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  7. 6 Luxury Watches Named After Celebrities

    6 Luxury Watches Named After Celebrities

    Celebrities can be very influential especially to the ordinary person. They can even go as far as influencing consumer purchasing decisions. Most companies are cognizant of this fact and that’s why they use celebrities to market their products. And that includes luxury watches and brands as well. While other companies use celebrities in their advertisements, certain watch brands take it a step further. They actually go on to name their watches after prominent celebrities. Interested to know which distinguished individuals have had the privilege of luxury watches being named in their honor? Keep reading as we give you the low down. Jackie Chan Collection Luxury watches don’t get more luxurious than this. We’ll start off with the legendary martial arts actor Jackie Chan. His list of acting accolades makes him a household name when discussing all things action movies. After all, he acted in a total of 141 films! Granted, you might never get a chance to meet him in person, but you can certainly wear a watch named after him. Richard Millie made sure of this when he named an entire collection after the Hong Kong legend. The Jackie Chan watch collection is synonymous with luxury and status. The units are known for their artistic novelties and certainly don’t come cheap. Have a look at the RM 57 Phoenix and Dragon watch to get a better understanding of what we are talking about. But then again, Richard Millie watches aren’t the cheapest on the market. Rolex ‘’Paul Newman’’ Daytona Motor racing enthusiasts need not feel left out. Rolex, an industry giant in the watch sector, named one of their watches after motor racing legend, Paul Newman. Dubbed the Rolex ‘’Paul Newman” Daytona, the yellow gold watch features exotic dials and sapphire crystals that certainly make the timepiece a statement piece. It’s safe to say that Paul Newman embraces the honor bestowed upon him because he has been photographed on numerous occasions wearing this watch. He even wore it for the cover of an Italian magazine. Rolex “Steve McQueen” Explorer II The late Steve McQueen who was affectionately known as ‘’The King of Cool” had the privilege of having a Rolex named after him. The Rolex “Steve McQueen” Explorer II is known for its unique craftsmanship and stunning aesthetics. It features a stainless steel case, acrylic crystal crown, and iconic orange hand. That’s why it also goes by the nickname “Orange Hand.” Though the actor is no longer with us, his legacy will be remembered, thanks to the iconic timepiece. Rolex “Clint Eastwood” GMT Master Rebooter We can’t discuss legendary American celebrities without mentioning Clint Eastwood. The well-known actor, film director, producer, and composer has been in the show biz for most of his life. And he has multiple awards to show for it. Aside from the award-winning movies, his talent and efforts were also recognized by Rolex that went on to name a watch after the Hollywood star. The Rolex “Clint Eastwood” GMT Master Rebooter is a stellar watch that features a two-tone gold and brown bezel. It’s apparent that Clint Eastwood is drawn to the watch as he has worn it multiple times while acting and even off-screen. Cartier Santos-Dumont Cartier saw it fitting to name one of their watches after prominent aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont. In actual fact, the watch wasn’t only named after him but specifically designed for him. Louis Cartier, the brainchild behind Cartier, designed the watch himself in an attempt to fulfill the legendary aviator’s wishes. This is after Alberto Santos-Dumont went on record to express his displeasure at not having access to a user-friendly watch. He reported experiencing difficulty when checking his pocket watch during flights. This is something he felt was a huge safety risk. Louis then proceeded to design the Cartier Santos-Dumont timepiece to address these concerns. The watch became one of the first-ever wristwatches to be designed and is still being produced to date. Jacques Cousteau Aquatimer Chronograph French explorer Jacques Cousteau’s efforts to preserve the seas didn’t go unnoticed by IWC. In honor of his efforts to educate the masses about the ocean and its inhabitants, IWC named the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Expedition Jacqeus-Yves Cousteau after him. This recognition was meant to appreciate his efforts and further his legacy. True to form, the initial watch design featured a trademark dark blue dial which is reminiscent of the sea. To date, you can find the timepieces in various colors with equally stunning designs. Luxury Watches Conclusion That concludes our list of luxury watches that were named after celebrities. All of them have one thing in common: they feature superb aesthetics and can definitely be worn anywhere, be it as formal or casual watches. Which of these luxury watches do you like best?

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  8. 5 Steps to Finding the Perfect Luxury Watch

    5 Steps to Finding the Perfect Luxury Watch

    Finding that perfect timepiece when buying watches online often means navigating a complicated maze of collections from high-end watch brands. So, it’s a good idea to figure out what you really want instead of just plunging into the overload of offerings. These simple steps can guide you in your search for that perfect luxury watch. Step 1: Set Your Price Range As with almost every other transaction in life, things go a lot smoother if you know how much money you’re planning to spend. And don’t go overboard! The world will be a happier place if you set a budget and stick to it. So, what prices are we talking about with luxury watches? There are some nice options for under $1,000. Tissot is a good brand to go to in this price range, with solid Swiss-made selections from the T-Sport and T-Classic lines, or perhaps the Tissot Gentleman, a dress watch that wears at a higher level than its entry-level pricing suggests. Hamilton is another great name in the same price range. From $1,000 to $5,000, your options go broader, and you’re getting into (or at least close to) entry-level models from names like Rolex, Tudor, and TAG Heuer, among the better-known upscale brands. But above $5,000 and up to around $40,000 is where you’ll find the majority of luxury watches. Think Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, and Jaeger LeCoultre. Step 2: Match Your Personality This is a big one. It requires you to take inventory of yourself. Honestly. Taking a hard look at the true you help to identify those parts of yourself you put out there for the world to see. And the job of a good watch is to accentuate those public-facing aspects of your personality, while still staying true to your more private side. So, take the well-known Myers-Briggs personality test (it’s free!) and figure out which of the distinct 16 personality types you match. Then go with your gut feelings on how that personality type would pair with watches. You could come up as, say, The Thinker, leaning to the quiet and reserved side, a thoughtful type drawn to intimate gatherings who would stay away from big and brash watches. An elegant dress watch like the Junghans Max Bill Automatic or the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony is more fitting for The Thinker. On the other end of the scale, you might turn out to be a Performer personality, living in the moment at the center of attention. That type calls for watches that get noticed and perhaps something from the aviation arena such as the IWC Big Pilot. Or maybe the test finds you’re a Caregiver, in touch with emotions, best paired with the charms of classic watches such as the Cartier Tank. Step 3: Consider Where You’ll Wear Your Luxury Watch So we’ve, hopefully, got a clearer idea of who you are; now we should take a look at what you do. Or at least, specifically, what you will be doing while wearing the watch. Some realist reflection here is also helpful. If you don’t go to red-carpet galas now, chances are you’re not going to need a formal watch for them in the future. If your life does include a lot of dress-casual gatherings, you might consider something dressy but versatile from the Longines Heritage collection. Someone given to casual weekends in jeans and t-shirts may want to go with sportier watches with brandish commanding styles like the Rolex Submariner or a Rolex Oyster Perpetual. Step 4: Targeted Search with an Open Mind You’ve narrowed things down for a luxury watch, limited by price (step 1), type (step 2), and use (step 3). Next up, targeted searches. But where? Online, sure, and it’s good to buy directly from the watchmakers’ websites. However, you can usually get better prices with similar trustworthiness from the long-established online watch retailers. Browse the watch sites, focused on type, use, and price (searching, for example, a dive watch that can go dress-casual for $3,000). Flip along through images, images, and more images until one just stops you. And what if you’re not grabbed by that gotcha watch? Well, then you can get a little calculated about things. Make a checklist from the first three steps and apply the criteria to possible contenders.   Step 5: Plan for its Future Like puppies and plants, watches need care after you bring them home. If you’re getting automatic movement, you might want to consider the pros and cons of a watch winder. Most watches are not covered under warranty for damages done by moisture, often caused by not storing your watch in a dry enough place. Which raises an important point: know your warranty for a luxury watch! A good watch-sales site will post their policies on a prominent page, with warranties typically ranging from two to five years. Experts recommend you have a luxury watch professionally serviced every four to five years, so keep the paperwork for technicians to log. Why wait? The best that high-end luxury watches has to offer is just a few clicks away. And armed with the understanding of who you are, where you’re going, and how you’re going there, you’re right on the cusp of finding that perfect luxury watch.

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  9. 6 Underrated Watch Brands to Follow

    6 Underrated Watch Brands to Follow

    When discussing watch brands, names like Rolex and Audemars Piguet are seldom left out of the conversation. These watch brands embody all the aspects people look for in watches: luxury, practicality, and reliability. While these watch brands are certainly worth the hype, we believe that there are quite a number of serious contenders that are often overlooked. We’re here to bring your attention to these watch companies and put them in the much-deserved spotlight. Let’s get right into it. 1. Nomos Glashutte It’s certainly surprising how Nomos Glashutte watches are overlooked, considering how the brand has managed to scoop multiple awards. Best outstanding design, Capital Watch, and the Chrono award are just a few examples of awards the brand was honored with—and with good reason. Shop Nomos Glashutte Watches These German watches have been recognized for their excellent design, watchmaking craft, as well as sustainability. And this applies to all models designed by the brand. Nomos Glashutte watches are perfect for both men and women. You have 13 models to pick from depending on your style sense. But regardless of the model you pick, you’re guaranteed a beautiful and robust piece that’s built to last. 2. Mido Watch brands that have made a name for themselves manage to do so because they know a thing or two about the art of watchmaking. Exquisite watch styles offer the perfect balance of mechanical expertise and elaborate beauty. The final result is an exceptional watch with a killer design. And we believe Mido has mastered this technique very well. Shop Mido Watches Mido is a relatively small brand that’s a part of the prominent Swatch group. Despite being a small brand, Mido watches are very sophisticated in their design and don’t compromise on quality and durability. In actual fact, the brand is recognized among the top 10 producers of certified chronometers. It combines aesthetics, functionality, and innovation in the designing of all its timepieces. 3. Glashutte Original We believe that Glashutte Original watches are very much underrated. A close inspection of their watch styles reveals that innovation, creativity, and technical skill are behind every single watch produced by the brand. They are the brand to consider if you want a casual watch that’s affordable. These watches are the epitome of modern German art-making. And all watches are designed to uphold the brand’s highest standards starting with the captivating aesthetics to the stunning finish. These high-quality timepieces are designed with flair and passion by their skilled engineers. Shop Glashutte Original Watches Whether you’re a fan of bold colors and textures or more subtle styles, the brand has a watch for everyone. 4. Czapek If you’ve never considered Czapek watches, then you’re seriously missing out. Firstly, they’re reasonably priced. Secondly, they are literally your go-to brand for stunning bespoke pieces. Having been in business for over 150 years, it’s safe to say that they’ve also mastered the art of watchmaking. The premise upon which Czapek watches are designed is simple: they aim to bring out the true personality of the wearer. Now, if you want a watch that accurately represents your style and character, you’re bound to find one from this brand. And quite honestly, Czapek watches are a real bargain considering how much you pay and the features you’ll get in return. A gold or titanium double-edged hand, enamel dial, power reserve, and weekday tracker are just some of the features you can enjoy depending on the model you pick. 5. H. Moser &Cie Moser & Cie is the manufacturer of high-end dress watches. Their stunning luxury watches are oven overlooked. Sometimes people opt to spend two to three times more on other “better’’ brands. But in essence, we believe they’ll be purchasing a product of similar quality. You only have to look at the impressive watch design which exudes class with a touch of edginess. If ever you’re looking for the best value luxury watch that features an elegant design and doesn’t compromise on quality, reliability, and performance, consider the H. Moser & Cie watch brand. 6. Schaumburg You probably have never heard of these watches. But given their interesting designs and reasonable price points, Schaumburg watches should be a household name by now. The company has been around since 1998 designing authentic hand-made watches. If you’re not a fan of simplistic and minimalistic designs and are more drawn to cutting-edge and out-of-the-box designs, then you must follow this brand. Schaumburg watches are a product of creative expression. They are designed to trigger human emotions and enrich the human senses. In short, they’re more than just a watch that simply tells time. Final Words for Watch Brands There you have it — six underrated watch companies that everyone should be talking about. Dare to be different and look for your timepiece elsewhere. You might just like what you see.

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  10. 6 Iconic Watches That Changed the Course Of History

    6 Iconic Watches That Changed the Course Of History

    For as long as we can remember, mankind has always worn a stunning timepiece on their wrists. Some of the most notable watch brands and iconic watches include Rolex, Casio, Seiko, Omega, Hamilton, and more. Over the years, we have seen various innovations in watches in terms of design, movement, battery life, etc. What’s more, watches have contributed to society in many ways: aviation, space travel, and underwater exploration among others. In this article, we’ve listed some of the most iconic watches that had ushered a new era for timepieces everywhere. Iconic Watches 1. Breitling Chronograph The Breitling chronograph was introduced as the Breitling chronomat that was released back in 1952. It was dubbed as the Breitling Navitimer back then and was worn by Scott Carpenter during his space voyage. It is the oldest mechanical chronograph that is still being sold, albeit a modernized one. Since then, several versions of the chronomat were made later on. Shop Breitling Chronomat Watches In the 60s, Breitling introduced its first-ever automatic Chronograph model. And then in the 70s, the brand introduced its first-ever quartz watch – a debut of one of the more iconic watches. Unfortunately, the company had to halt production in 1978 until it was purchased by Ernest Schneider in 1979. It was later on in 1984 that the watch would make a comeback as a pilot watch. This model was the first new modern-day watch that is still one of the brand’s bestselling models as of today. This watch also featured a brand-new movement known as the Valjoux 7750 movement. Then in 2009, a new proprietary movement was introduced known as the B01 calibre. It was Breitling’s first-ever timepiece that was made without any external components from other watchmakers. 2. Cartier Santos If there was anyone who could equal the Wright brothers’ game in aviation, it would be Alberto Santos-Dumont. Like the Wright brothers, Santos Dumont would work on building the first-ever fixed-wing aircraft at any opening of the 20th century. He would even take pride in piloting his work by himself. Shop Cartier Santos Watches Santos Dumont would be accompanied by his jeweller friend Louis Cartier on his aerial expeditions. The only problem was that Santos would complain that inspecting his pocket watch while airborne was impossible. Acknowledging this issue, Cartier would then invent a wrist-worn watch for Dumont. After that, Dumont would be wearing that watch for every single one of his flights. It was around that time that the first-ever wristwatch for men – as well as the first-ever pilot watch – was created. 3. Rolex Submariner The Rolex Submariner will always go down as one of the most successful divers watches ever made. You can’t talk about iconic watches without this one. Diving was especially gaining more recognition around the world in the 50s by Jacques Cousteau because of his aqua-lung invention. This helped make diving a lot easier and accessible. It was at that time that Rolex had commissioned Cousteau to test out their brand-new diver watch, the Submariner. But it wasn’t until 1954 until the Submariner would be officially introduced to the public at Baselworld. Shop Rolex Submariner Watches This was the right product to introduce especially after the horrific events of World War 2. The community wanted to focus on the good aspects of life and the Submariner was the very thing that could give them that. Not only that but this watch made diving more reliable and safer due to its unidirectional rotating bezel. This feature helped divers calibrate their dive time accurately and prevent decompression sickness. This could be done by configuring the zero mark to the right set of minutes so the divers could resurface safely. 4. Omega Speedmaster This is one of the iconic watches that even non-watch fans might know about. The Speedmaster Professional from Omega has the distinction of being the first watch to be worn on the moon. But before it could be taken out on its astral trip, it was subjected to a series of crucial tests. Some of these tests included heated liquid immersion with temperatures of up to 93°C. Shop Omega Speedmaster Watches Ever since then, the Omega Professional has been regarded as NASA’s official watch for space missions. It has also served as a commendable barometer for chronographs as well. To put it simply, if you have a watch that performs like the Speedmaster, then you’re‌ ‌made‌ ‌for‌ ‌life. 5. The Cartier Tank The Cartier Tank truly deserves on our list of the most innovative classic and iconic watches ever built. The shape of it simply falls into the most iconic watches category. It was the first of its kind that was meant for military expeditions. It was said to have been inspired by a World War tank’s silhouette when seen from the top, which also explains the name. Shop Cartier Tank Watches When the Cartier Tank was introduced, only a few were made at the time as it was only used during the wars. But decades later, several variations of this watch were produced. Its most renowned characteristics include a bold Roman numeral dial, sword-shaped steel hands, and a silver cabochon surmounted crown. 6. Seiko Astron When you think of iconic watches, you might not think of this one. The Seiko Astron is the first-ever watch of large-scale production to be powered by a quartz movement. This watch, like other electric models before it, was powered by a battery. This battery sent a charge through a crystal piece which then oscillates at precise frequencies. Electric pulses would be generated by a circuit at the exact second. Shop Seiko Astron Watches The only troubling takeaway of these iconic watches at first was that their pricing was similar to that of a small car. However, quartz movements eventually became more affordable to produce years later. It was then that companies like Seiko, along with Casio, started making watches that were affordable, low-maintenance, and accurate. This allowed the Japanese watchmaking industry to explode while causing its Swiss counterpart to take a temporary dive.

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  11. 7 Best EDC Military and Tactical Watches

    7 Best EDC Military and Tactical Watches

    It’s not easy choosing an EDC (Everyday Carry) watch since there are several types of these available in the market. However, EDC watches aren’t particularly known for their aesthetics, but rather for their functionality for being tactical watches. That’s exactly why they’re usually worn in the field by Special Forces, Infantry, first responders, and more. EDC watches can also be worn for regular outings like camping, hiking, swimming, etc. And if that’s what you’re looking for, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of the best tactical/military EDC watches you can find. 1. Timex Men’s Expedition Whether you prefer hiking, going out in the field, or even to the hillside, the Timex Men’s Expedition will do right by your side. The dial of the watch is inspired by vintage military watches with numerals in increments of 5 up to 60. The Expedition collection comes in a variety of durable straps from leather to double-layer fabric. This is extremely helpful in withstanding the elements of the outside world. It’s shock-resistant to ISO standards and is resistant to water depths of 100 meters. This makes the watch ideal for snorkeling as well as swimming, but not necessarily diving. Its scratch-resistant mineral glass allows it to withstand falls, drops, and other accidents. This also makes the watch suitable for hiking, trekking, and other kinds of physical activities. 2. Marathon WW194007 TSAR Military Diver Marathon TSAR Military Diver is built to government specs, making it ideal for search and rescue missions at sea. With that in mind, the watch is resistant to water depths of 300 meters. And besides that, it is equipped with tritium gas tubes for building glow and is powered by Quartz movement. What’s more, is that it’s made from 316L surgical grade stainless steel that is meant to go the distance. The glass of the watch isn’t actually glass, but a synthetic sapphire that makes it immune to scratches. Being made in La Chaux-de-Fonds Switzerland, the watch maintains the highest form of accuracy and quality in manufacturing. The watch contains a Swiss-made 3 Jewel ETA F06 high-torque quartz movement. 3. Suunto Core Built with an altimeter, a compass with weather information, and a barometer, the Suunto Core is the ideal outdoor watch for you. And since Suunto is known for producing high-quality sports watches, military-grade compasses, and dive computers, you’re in great hands. Source: SuuntoOne of the reasons why you can take this watch anywhere with you outside is its sturdy casing. The case is made from a tough composite material that also includes an aluminum bezel. The core has a black digital dial that shows a compass, altimeter, and barometer information. 4. Garmin Instinct To withstand the harshest of the harsh environments, Garmin Instinct is your go-to traveling companion. This is one of the most robust, heavy-duty watches that you’ll ever come across. It’s built to comply with U.S. military standards 810G for thermal, water, and shock resistance. It is also the ultimate in navigation as it comes with a built-in 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter. Besides that, it also features several global navigation satellite systems like Galileo, GLONASS, and GPS. With all those goodies, you’ll be able to navigate your way in even the most difficult of environments. You can even monitor your stress levels and heart rate so that you’ll never feel tired on a packed day. Thanks to its extended battery life, the watch is good for a day’s run or two. Plus, it comes in a sleek black colorway along with a perforated, adjustable nylon brand for a really comfortable fit. 5. Casio G-Shock The 6900 Military Casio G-Shock series is well-known for being one of the best outdoor watches ever. When talking about tactical watches, this has to be included. And the 6900 Military model is more than a testament to that reputation. Apart from standing shocks, drops, and bumps, the 6900 has a water-resistance of 200 meters. This makes the launch ideal for swimming and splashes. It also features an hourly time alert, a 1/1000 seconds stopwatch, and daily alarms. It even comes with G-Shock’s El backlight feature that lights up automatically when you want to read the display. 6. Luminox Recon Point Man Luminox is a brand known especially for its tactical watches that feature highly luminous markings. It is a watch trusted by both the US Air Force and US Navy Seals for its high precision and visibility. The brand is incredibly confident in its self-powered lighting system that they’re confident can last up to 25 years. It comes with polycarbonate casing with a black rubber strap. It also has a unidirectional rotating bezel with compass markings. And the watch is anything but simple. Luminox has done everything to implant every intrinsic function into this sturdy timepiece. It comes with 5-minute and compass markings. The dial’s circumference features a walk speed scale in miles per hour, and the indexes come with both a 12- and 24-hour format. 7. Casio Men’s Pathfinder Thanks to its dual-layer LCD, the Pathfinder from Casio comes with a large register ring that is very useful for navigation. It backs up its rotating mechanism, which in turn stores direction memories. The PAG241-1 CR Pathfinder features an uneven surface design that allows wearers to rotate the ring with their fingers. And with a simple tilt of the wrist, we can have the watch automatically switch on its light senses. Plus, the built-in barometer, alternator, and thermometer are of great help in challenging environments. Such features are enough to get you back on safer grounds without losing your way even once. Perhaps the biggest takeaway of these tactical watches is the Bearing Memory feature. This feature continuously displaces the directions that are detected in a graphic format. And unlike other watches, the feature stores those directions, allowing you to retrace your steps back to safety easily. Tactical Watches Conclusion Believe it or not, this feature also comes in handy when you’re in highly foggy or verdant areas – perfect for tactical watches. This is exactly why the watch is trusted by law enforcement, servers, outdoor enthusiasts, and military personnel. All this makes the watch truly the ultimate tool for outdoor exploration.

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