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  2. Tudor Watches: Common Tudor Watch Questions

    Tudor Watches: Common Tudor Watch Questions

    Tudor watches, despite its relationship with Rolex, isn’t as well-known as a Rolex watch. This, of course, doesn’t mean people do not love the brand for its repertoire of exquisite timepieces at budget-friendly prices. But that point is moot to some others who are new and also looking for a brand worth investing. As a result, we thought why not build a list of common questions people have when first introduced to the brand! We had them too at one point in time, and that kind of gives us a front row seat to what you need. Having said that, think of this post as an introductory class that’s practically made for beginners. What is the difference between Tudor watches and Rolex watches? The difference, so to speak, isn’t singular. Tudor heavily departs from the Rolex norms through two things: the movement and the style itself. Tudor Watches Movements When most wearers consider a watch distributed by Tudor, they only see the price. This is understandable, given the fact that Tudor watches look similar to the ones found in Rolex’s collections. In fact, they even use the same bracelet, case, and dial. So, it’s like a Rolex but instead with the Tudor symbol proudly displayed. Nonetheless, what few or even many, may not know is that a Tudor watch’s movement plays a large part in the reduction in price. Yes, Tudor watches are less expensive, but that’s because they either use a Swiss made ETA or a Valjoux movement. Inside a Rolex, you’ll find a movement made in-house by the Head Honcho’s watchmakers. Tudor Watches Styles When it concerns a versus game of aesthetic appeal between Tudor and Rolex, we think that depends on what you like. Tudor favors the use of bright and luminous colors and titanium bracelets and cases. The former is ideal for the younger market, while the latter is useful for the diving watches. On the other hand, Rolex literally mutes most of their colors, hence the reason they always look simple and sophisticated. Likewise, Rolex doesn’t target the younger market. What’s the name of the first chronograph made by Tudor watches? The name of Tudor’s first is the Oysterdate chronograph and it was released in 1970. The chronograph used a Valjoux mechanical caliber 7734. Or in other words, the movement wasn’t made in-house. Are Tudor watches a good investment? Yes, they are—but you have to be careful about which one you’re going for. If you’re thinking of buying one of their vintage pieces, the current trend is evidence enough that people will always love them. Tudor watches at one time had an uncanny resemblance to Rolex ones. So, people have developed a taste so deep, they’ll still choose the vintage options many years down the line. On the other hand, people who love the idea of investing in watches generally avoid ones that are not old. How to recognize fake Tudor watches? Before you move on to the tips, it should be noted that the tricks we’ll be highlighting aren’t foolproof. But they should help you decide shady deals from clean ones, like this guide should help spot fake Rolex watches. If you look below the 6 o’clock position, you’ll see a 5-digit number which stands for the watch’s serial number. Above the 12 o’clock mark, you’ll find another 5-digit number which stands for the registration number. Try checking the watch’s luminous paint. On a real Tudor watch, the luminous paint is evenly painted and thus, it evenly shines in the dark. On a counterfeit, it’s pretty normal to notice the edges or tiny spots being dull. “Original Oyster Case by Rolex Geneva” is what you should see on the case back of a Tudor timepiece. If that’s not there, then the case back should be completely blank. Which to choose between Tudor watches and Rolex watches? Albeit that question isn’t ours to answer since we aren’t the one wearing the watches, we’ve already sparked up the conversation. Choosing between Rolex depends on whether or not you prefer value for your money or you want something both expensive and valuable (a usual combo that Rolex have mastered over the years). The first naturally goes to Tudor models while the second condition is unnaturally satisfied by Rolex models. Who are Tudor watches made for? Ordinarily, Tudor’s watches are made for everyone with an interest. But if you ask any Tudor watch lover, one of their favorite lines from the company will be the Tudor Black Bay. The range represents their capabilities and more importantly, their intentions as a company of watchmakers. Nevertheless, we’ve digressed enough. As the name probably sounds, the Tudor Black Bay line of watches is entirely tailored to be worn by divers. Heck, the brand goes further by owning an audience in the form of the infamous or maybe famous (really depends on who’s asking who) US Navy, French Navy, and even the extreme professionals, the US SEALS. Our Final Thoughts on Tudor Watches After going through all of these things, you should know by now that buying a Tudor means you’re practically getting a Rolex. So, with that being said, Tudor is a brand that deliver watches that perform excellently, boast of simple yet beautiful looks, and come at amazing prices. Essentially, they’re luxury watches without the usual eyebrow-raising price tags.

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  3. Keeping Time With A Watch Collector: Brett Harmon

    Keeping Time With A Watch Collector: Brett Harmon

    Have you ever met a watch collector? Do you ever wonder how do people start collections? Collections start with an interest. A very strong interest at that. People collect things that are small, big and every size in-between. Like cars, shoes and coins. But today, we’re focusing on watches. Meet A Watch Collector Sometimes its hard to get started with a collection. But we all have to start somewhere, right? Lucky for us, we got the opportunity to chat one-on-one with a watch enthusiast and watch collector named Brett Harmon (Instagram: @Bbharmon417). Brett is also a photographer who shared his story on how he got interested in watches, what his favorite watch brands are and even gave us tips on how to snap the perfect watch photo.  View this post on Instagram What a weekend! Happy to have celebrated a beautiful wedding with great friends. Happy Sunday ⌚️☕️ A post shared by Brett (@bharmon417) on Sep 2, 2018 at 1:14pm PDT 1: When did you get interested in watches? Was there someone who introduced you to them? BH: “I have always had an interest in watches from a young age. I can safely say that my father is partly to blame for introducing the idea of one day being successful and purchasing your first luxury watch. Many years later, I still blame him for the introduction to luxury timepieces and my mild obsession for watches.” 2: Do you remember what your first watch was? BH: “The first watch that I can recall having as a child was of course a Swatch watch.” 3: As a watch collector, which watches do you see as most iconic? BH: “I look at brands like Vacheron Constantin, Blancpain and Rolex that have been around for 100’s of years as very prominent brands in the industry. They have produced some very iconic pieces such as the Overseas, Fifty Fathoms and Submariners.” View this post on Instagram Del Mar Horse Racing ? ? ? #sundaywatchrewind A post shared by Brett (@bharmon417) on Oct 7, 2018 at 12:42pm PDT 4: Do you have any tips to match your outfits/clothes with your watches? BH: “I can’t say that I have any tips, but I do always try to match my watch with my clothing. Sometimes a simple strap change on a watch can really tie in an outfit whether it be to match your shoes or your belt, or just compliment your outfit in general. I feel that men don’t have many accessories to choose from, so a watch is the perfect accessory to any outfit.” 5: We know you can’t give away all your secrets – but what’s the formula to taking the perfect photo of a watch? BH: “Lighting is key. I can set up the perfect shot, but if the lighting is off – the shot is off. Really focus on the watch and the fine details, the photo will then speak for it.” 6: Do you think watches are making a comeback? Why or why not? BH: “I think the watch industry has been struggling lately, and by that I mean struggling with design and innovation. In my opinion, brands seem to think by simply changing the color of a dial on a current model that they have completely redesigned and brought something fresh to the market.” 7: What are some of your favorite watch brands? BH: “I could go on for days, but the shortlist would be Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Panerai, A. Lange & Söhne, MB&F etc etc.” View this post on Instagram Sunday funday ⌚️? @horusstraps @panerai @paneraicentral A post shared by Brett (@bharmon417) on Jul 29, 2018 at 4:27pm PDT 8: What is your favorite type of watch movement? BH: “I love an automatic over a manual wind. Both serve their purpose, but I prefer an automatic in my watch.” 9: If you could only wear one watch for the rest of your life – what would you choose and why? BH: “I would have to choose a timeless piece such as the Patek Philippe 5711 or 5712. The watch could be dressed down with shorts, or dressed up with a tux. What more could you ask for from a watch or brand?” View this post on Instagram Wednesday means it's #Head2HeadCopycat time- Join the H2H crew of myself, @kicktoc , @bzabodyn214 & @crudotaco for today's challenge. . . Today's challenge: “Under The Scope”, with @thehoracle ‘s @patekphilippe 5712. . . As always, no real rules. Submit your copycat post in the next 24(ish) hrs using the H2H hashtag above. . . Check and follow the @head2headcopycat IG account. Each week we'll select our favorite submissions and repost them on this account. A post shared by Brett (@bharmon417) on Apr 11, 2018 at 7:19am PDT 10: What advice would you give someone who wants to be a watch collector? BH: “My advice for anyone who wants to be a watch collector would be to buy what you like and not what someone else likes. I can honestly say that because I’ve blindly purchased a few watches merely off of people’s recommendations; needless to say, I wasn’t happy with my decision and decided to sell them to fund a piece(s) that I liked. Now, I simply buy what I like. I have a few watches in my collection that some people aren’t that fond of, but that shouldn’t matter as you are buying for yourself and not someone else.” Watch Collector Now that you’ve heard it from a watch collector yourself, we hope you gained a little insight on watches and how to start a collection. Don’t just go purchase a watch just because people tell you to or because you’ve seen it so often. Make sure that the watch is actually something you want to wear and add to your precious collection. Every collection is different and unique in their own way, so maybe think twice before you make your big purchase.

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  4. Watch Buying Guide: Types of Calendar Watches

    Watch Buying Guide: Types of Calendar Watches

    One of the factors to consider when buying watches is deciding what features and complications you want out of them. For some, this means a luxurious machine with complex inner-workings and an elegant design, or a resilient plastic watch with a digital display that is jam-packed with functions. The point is, there is a diverse range of watches out there.  One of the most intriguing complications in horology is the calendar function. The calendar complication is a testament to the complexity of watches. This is because it can come in a variety of shapes and forms, whether it is a simple date display or a sophisticated perpetual calendar. In this article, we will go over the different types of calendar watches and some of the best pieces you can find in the market.  Simple Date Calendar Watches The most common type of calendar watch is the simple date timepiece. When you buy such a watch,  you will find that there is a small window on the dial that has a number in it. When you first use this simple watch, you should set the number to the current date, then relax as it advances forward each day. This is not a very advanced complication, as you can find it on watches ranging from affordable to luxury. Still, this simple watch complication is quite useful and adds a nice and familiar aesthetic to your dial.  What is unfortunate about this type of simple calendar watch is that you will have to reset it almost every month.  This is because the simple date complication is not advanced enough to know which months have 28, 30, or 31 days. If you want a calendar complication that allows you to just set and forget it, then you should opt for another option.  Here are the top-notch two simple date calendar watches  you are sure to enjoy.They offer unique designs and  versatile, classic aesthetics that can suit any occasion. Ulysse Nardin Classico Ref. 8156-111-2/91 Ulysse Nardin is one of the iconic Swiss watch brands which offers many calendar watches with simple date features. In particular, the Ulysse Nardin Classico 8156-111-2/91 is a particular crowd favorite. Its case is made from 18k rose gold, and matches the striking ivory dial with luminous rose gold hands  and indices. The bracelet comes in a brown leather strap to complete the whole quintessential look. The date  aperture is located at 3 o’clock for easy reading, and is framed with gold so it stands out more clearly against the dial. Meanwhile the Ulysse Nardin logo is placed below the 12 o’clock marker to showcase the watch’s unique identity. On top of that, this Ulysse Nardin Classico timepiece is powered by an in-house caliber UN-815 automatic movement. It offers a power reserve of up to 42 hours. This simple watch also comes with a sapphire crystal and a 50-meter water resistance rating. Be prepared to shell out around $9,829 USD to get your hands on it.  Indeed, considering it is a luxury timepiece furnished with outstanding features, this is quite a reasonable price. Seiko International Edition Presage Ref. SRPG09J1 Next up, we have this simple date watch from the quintessential Seiko Presage. This is a collection of simple yet classy dress watches from Seiko, all of which are equipped with unique excellent features. The Seiko Presage SRPG09J1, in particular, features a 60s style with a touch of modern functions. Its case is made from stainless steel, which perfectly contrasts its handsome black dial and black textile strap. It also comes with a hardlex crystal to protect the dial, and a transparent case back through which you can view the movement. As with the previous model, the date window can be found at 3 o’clock. This time, however, it is lined with silver instead, to stand out against the jet-black dial.  Performance-wise, this Seiko watch is powered by a top-notch 4R35 caliber, with 41 hours of power reserve. The main highlight of this watch is its value-for-money price. It retails at just $469 USD. Day and Date Calendar Watches One level up on the sophistication ladder are watches that indicate the day of the week and the date. People love these types of pieces because they provide more information than the simple date calendar watches. Most of us think in days, not numbers. When we start our week every Monday, we schedule out what we have to do by each day’s name. Having both  the date and the day of the week listed on your wrist is incredibly useful for many people out there. That said, there are two things that these day-date calendar watches are missing. First, they do not have a monthly display. While many will not be affected by this factor, some might crave the added information of a full calendar. Second, you will have to reset the date on most months and for leap years. This is yet another simple calendar watch that you cannot just set and forget. Mido Baroncelli III Ref. M024.630.11.061.00 If you are looking for a simple yet classy timepiece with day and date calendar features, the Mido Belluna M024.630.11.061.00 is your best choice. It has a larger size, measuring 42.5mm in diameter. Its case and bracelet are made out of durable stainless steel. In addition, the striking black anthracite dial with silver-tone hands and indices is the watch’s real show-stopper. On the right of the dial, you will find a day-date display with a white background. This Mido watch also comes with a high-quality sapphire crystal to protect the dial from damage. When it comes to performance, this Mido Belluna watch is powered by a top-notch caliber 80 movement with 80 hours of power reserve. Available at just $749 USD, this day-date calendar watch is a worthy grab considering how reliable it is. Oris Big Crown ProPilot Big Day Date Ref. 0175276984063-0752205FC If you love wearing leather strap watches, then look no further. This Oris Big Crown Propilot 0175276984063-0752205FC features a vintage-inspired style with a touch of the contemporary. The 45mm case is made from stainless steel,  and is paired with a quintessential brown leather strap. It also boasts a sunburst grey dial that is both modern and eye-catching. You can find the day, and date calendar features at 3 o’clock, along with luminous silver hands and painted white hour markers.. Like other Oris watches, this Oris Big Crown Propilot model is also equipped with a sapphire crystal. It is powered by a top-notch caliber 752 automatic movement,  a frequency of 28,800 and 38 hours of power reserve. In addition, this timepiece also comes with a whopping 100-meter water resistance rating. It is available at just $1,169 USD, a fair price considering its excellent features. Annual Calendar Watches Our next type of watch is what some people call “full” calendar or annual calendar watches. These are pieces that give you information on the day, date, and month. What many love about these types of timepieces is that they do not have to think about the date at all. Instead, with just a single glance, they can simply read every relevant piece of information off their dials.  One issue with annual calendar watches is the same as with the previously-mentioned models. That is, annual calendar watches also need periodic resetting. The inner workings of these watches are not sophisticated enough to handle  the different days in a month and leap years. As such, you must do your best to maintain the accuracy of your watch by periodically resetting it. Secondly, some consumers might think that having all this information on the dial makes it too crowded. Indeed, annual calendar watches are for those who do not mind busier-looking dials with more complications. On the other hand, if you prefer a more minimalistic look, then you should opt for simpler watches like a day-date timepiece. Omega Constellation Globemaster Annual Calendar Ref. 130.33.41.22.02.001 There are numerous options for unique annual calendar watches in the Omega catalog. One particular variant is the exquisite Omega Constellation 130.33.41.22.02.001, which is available at $8,129 USD. This timepiece is one of the most sought-after luxury timepieces due to its superb features, including its day, date, and month functions. The small date display is placed unobtrusively at 6 o’clock. The months of the year, on the other hand, are listed in elegant cursive around the rim of the dial. This watch’s grandiose silver dial features four blued steel hands, one of which is used to indicate the month. In addition, this watch features a 41mm stainless steel case, paired with a brown alligator strap to complete its classy look. It also comes with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that protects the dial from any scratches or damage. This annual calendar timepiece runs on a first-class Swiss caliber 8922 with 55 hours of power reserve. Aside from that, the Omega Constellation watch is also equipped with a100 meter water-resistance rating. This is a beguiling and highly functional timepiece that is definitely worth getting. IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar Ref. IW503502 If you are looking for a grandiose annual calendar watch equipped with top-notch features, then this IWC Portugieser IW503502 is the best option out there. It features a 44.2 mm stainless steel case, perfectly matching the exquisite blue dial. This dial comes with silver-minute hands and Arabic numeral indices. A black leather strap completes the whole fancy appearance. Like other IWC watches, this model also comes with a sapphire crystal to add an extra layer of protection on the dial. What runs inside this annual calendar watch is a powerful caliber 52850 which has up to 168 hours of power reserve. In addition, this IWC Portugieser watch  is also equipped with a water-resistance rating of 30 meters. Perpetual Calendar Watches In the world of calendar watches, the perpetual calendar timepiece is the cream of the crop.  Like annual calendar watches, they also display the day, date and month. The difference between them, however, is that you never ever have to reset perpetual calendar watches. Though this feature may sound trivial, it is actually one of the most complex innovations timepiece manufacturers have ever created.This is a machine capable of telling how long every month is, and even accounts for leap years. What makes this complex device even better is that it is small enough to fit on your wrist! As you might imagine, people pay top dollar prices for these  perpetual calendar watches because they are the perfect blend of craftsmanship, innovation, and convenience. The only downside we can think of when it comes to perpetual calendars is that they are usually very expensive. That being said, in terms of calendar watches, they are the top choice for those who have the cash to spend. I.W.C. Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Ref. IW503401 Swiss watchmaker IWC has always been highly regarded for producing refined and grand time-telling accessories with superb craftsmanship. In particular, the IWC Portugieser IW503401 is its most sought-after piece. It features a 44.2mm luxurious white gold case. This  is complemented by its appealing blue dial and black leather strap, offering you a flamboyant yet chic and elegant aesthetic.  The dial of this IWC Portugieser timepiece features four subdials and a small aperture located in between the 7 o’clock and 8 o’clock markers. This aperture tells you what exactly today’s year is. The subdials, on the other hand, track the day, date, month, and moon phase respectively. Another notable feature of this watch is its first-class caliber 52615 movement that beats at a whopping 28,800 vph. As mentioned, the price of a perpetual calendar timepiece can be quite exorbitant. As such, expect to spend at least $30,189 USD to experience the wonders of this IWC watch. Chopard L.U.C. Perpetual Twin Ref. 168561-3001 Another Swiss watch brand known for its lineup of grandiose and fine chronographs is Chopard. There is a plethora of high-caliber watches in its extensive catalog, including its collection of perpetual calendar timepieces. One model that features a perpetual calendar movement is the Chopard LUC 168561-3001, which retails at just $16,699 USD. The 43mm case is made from stainless steel, which goes perfectly with the exquisite silver dial and the black alligator strap.  The dial features three chronograph subdials for the day of the week, the month, and the small seconds. You can also find a rectangular date display at the 12 o’clock position. In addition, this watch allows its users to mechanically calculate and display the duration of months that end in either 28, 30, and 31 days. This Chopard LUC watch is powered by a top-notch caliber L.U.C. 96.22-L movement. It offers 65 hours of power reserve when fully wound.  Astronomical Calendar Watches At this point, we are done discussing conventional calendar watch types. Now, let us take a look at a niche complication that very few people have. That is, of course, the astronomical calendar. If you buy one of these, you will get information on the moon in addition to your full calendar. For astronomers and space-lovers, this type is the perfect pick!  Ferdinand Berthoud Chronomètre  “Far Side Of The Moon Watch” FB 1L.4   Photo from Ferdinand Berthoud The Ferdinand Berthoud “Far Side of the Moon” FB 1L.4  is one of horology’s most sought-after astronomical calendar timepieces. Ferdinand Berthoud only released ten pieces of this exquisite, limited edition timepiece. In addition, the brand innovatively combined the in-house tourbillon movement with a new exhibition of the phases of the moon.  This astronomical calendar watch features a 44mm 18K white gold case and a striking grained, galvanized and lacquered black dial. This dial displays a cut-out center and comes with 18K white gold hour and minute hands, an 18K blue gold power reserve hand, and a rhodium-plated bronze seconds hand. The black alligator strap completes its fancy appearance.  Furthermore, the patented complication of the watch is combined with the powerful caliber FB-T.FC.L. This guarantees that the watch has astronomical precision, promising no more than a one-day difference in 577 years of operation. Hermès Arceau L’heure De La Lune Watch Photo from Watchuseek This is an extraordinary astronomical calendar watch from the timeless brand Hermes. On the dial of this Hermès Arceau L’heure De La Lune watch you can see an incredible sight of Earth’s satellite, along with a concurrent display of the moon phases in both spheres. It also features a 43mm 18-carat white gold case, which perfectly matches the striking dial, and Hermes’s signature alligator leather strap. This astronomical calendar watch is powered by a first-class in-house caliber H1837 movement with a 3.7mm thickness. This movement integrates the watch’s complication flawlessly, with no visibly mechanical elements. It also comes with minute, hour, and date functions, providing you with all the timekeeping features you need. Final Thoughts You have two decisions to make when you are shopping for calendar watches. First is what you want out of your timepiece. Is a simple date calendar watch enough? Would you like to have a perpetual calendar? Or is something in the middle best for you? Second, you should choose a price range. If your budget is unlimited, then a perpetual piece is definitely on the table. If you have less to spend, however, then you may want to target simpler watches with just a day-date indicator. Ultimately, telling you the date, day, month, and even the year is yet another way timepieces can serve you. Now that you know the different types of calendar watches, you can purchase one that suits your tastes perfectly with confidence! If you’re interested in the best chronographs available in the horology market today, then have some time to check and read our article about Top 30 Chronograph Watches Under 2000. Photo credits to Watchshopping.com unless stated otherwise.

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  5. Baseball Players and Their Luxury Watches

    Baseball Players and Their Luxury Watches

    Lets take a look at the luxury watches that grace the wrists of some of the top baseball players around. Luxury Watches Matt Harvey and CT Scuderia Cincinnati Reds pitcher Matt Harvey honors a decidedly different sport with his watch of choice — land speed racing! Harvey’s CT Scuderia Salt Flat Racer 0-60 pays homage to the flats of the Great Salt Lake Desert and the auto racing that takes place on its hard, smooth surface. Blending Swiss-made movement with Italian design, the watch captures the essence of “zero to sixty” competitions with a stopwatch-inspired case and vintage-style chronographs. José Bautista Represents Hublot Baseball legend José Bautista is a brand ambassador for Hublot. The third baseman and right fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies joined with the Swiss watchmakers to create his namesake version of the Classic Fusion Chronograph. The special-edition luxury watch is an all-black model with a case of black ceramic and a black rubber and alligator strap. www.instagram.com/p/BfdrudrjWVZ/ The number 12 is replaced with the number 19 to honor Bautista’s jersey number and the date of his, his brother’s and his mother’s birthdays. The watch’s chronograph resembles a baseball with stitching and José’s signature adorns the back of the case. Giancarlo Stanton and TAG Heuer Along with football great Tom Brady, Giancarlo Stanton is a brand ambassador for TAG Heuer who champions the Carrera Heuer 01. The designated hitter and outfielder for the New York Yankees partnered with the Swiss watchmakers in 2015 when he was a player for the Miami Marlins. Stanton stepped out in the Big Apple wearing his Carrera Chronograph, with a black-and-silver skeleton dial housed in a black PVD-treated case. Produced by Hublot alum Jean-Claude Biver, the watch takes classic chronograph design and gives it a modern update. Masahiro Tanaka Breaks Ground With Hublot The first Hublot brand ambassador to hail from Japan, Masahiro Tanaka serves as the inspiration for the Aero Bang MT88. Blue accents abound on these exclusive luxury watches that has blue fiberglass sides meeting a brush-finished stainless-steel case and navy-blue crowns and pushers. www.instagram.com/p/Bbn7t9UglEj/ Blue details adorn a white face and you can opt for an all-blue rubber strap or a blue-and-white pinstripe strap made of fabric. The rear of the case features a silhouette of the memorable pose Tanaka struck when he won 2013’s Japan Series. The starting pitcher for the New York Yankees also teamed with Hublot to launch a limited-edition Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph. Howie Kendrick Loves Vintage Luxury Watches It’s possible that Major League Baseball has no bigger fan of watches than Howie Kendrick. An outfielder and second baseman for the Washington Nationals, Kendrick has a unique collection of vintage watches. A few of his favorite models include a Gilt Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 — the first vintage watches he ever purchased. Dating to the 1960s, the Submariner is highly sought after by collectors because of its hard-to-find gilt dial with gold lettering. Rolex switched to a matte black dial in 1967. Howie even has the watch’s original rivet bracelet. Another of his favorite Rolexes is a vintage Rolex Red Submariner Reference 1680, a model from the 1960s that’s coveted for its patinated Mark II dial. Howie had always had an eye for vintage field watches. Notables in his collection include a military-issued Heuer Bundeswehr. It was a sturdy chronograph from the 1960s that was widely used in the German Air Force. He’s also the proud owner of an Omega 53 Military Watch. That timepiece was commissioned by the British Royal Air Force and given to pilots in 1953. David Price Gets Quirky With G-Shock This watch is funky, fun and splashed with vivid color! A Dee and Ricky Casio G-Shock graces the wrist of Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price. Brothers and New York fashion designers Dee and Ricky Jackson are behind the smile-inducing watch. www.instagram.com/p/btwCPGON8-/?hl=en Layered dials create a 3D effect on the face. While the rear of the case features caricatures of the designing duo. The two have crafted three separate versions of the gearbox-style watch. Justin Verlander Brandishes a Breitling Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander was spotted with his wife Kate Upton at a Breitling gala in New York City. Prior to the event, Verlander was showing off a new timepiece on Instagram. His special-edition self-winding Breitling Navitimer 8 is an engineering marvel with a ratchet-wheel chronograph and power reserve that tops 70 hours. www.instagram.com/p/BfhQQKehPKU/?hl=en The recent addition to the Breitling line comes with many dial choices. Including blue, black, bronze or 18-carat gold and has a transparent sapphire rear case. Customized these luxury watches with an alligator strap or steel bracelet. Baseball is as timeless as cold beer and ballpark hotdogs under autumn skies. This year’s 114th World Series will have a winner, a loser and notoriously unpredictable plays. One thing is for very likely, the players will go home to some seriously nice watches.

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  6. Dive With These 5 Extreme Deep Dive Watches

    Dive With These 5 Extreme Deep Dive Watches

    There are two likely reasons someone might look into buying deep dive watches. The first is if you are, well, an extreme diver of course. People who go to great depths often want a timepiece that works both as a tool in the water and a reflection of their lifestyle. The second group is regular people who are just impressed by the fact that a watch can withstand the intense pressure of being thousands of meters underwater. No matter which camp you are in, extreme dive watches are definitely worth your attention! We give a bit of background information and list some of our favorite deep dive watches below. What Makes a Dive Watch “Extreme”? Before we start, we have go over what elements make up most dive watches! The following are some features that they should have: The ability to withstand significant pressure caused by depth under water. All dive watches eclipse 100M, but the most prolific push into the thousands. A rotating bezel that acts as a backup to digital timers. This function is critical for divers because they have a finite amount of oxygen and need to know precisely when it will run out. Luminescent dial features that allow you to tell time in low light conditions. A crown that screws down and doesn’t let water into the watch. Made from materials that resist rust and corrosion. Have shock and magnetic resistance capabilities. Now that you know what standard dive watches have, you can likely imagine what an extreme one would look like. The primary features these types of pieces have is the ability to withstand incredible depths, which is facilitated by incredible materials and craftsmanship. Now, let’s get into the watches! 1: Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea Rolex is one of the most respected names in the timepiece world, and their specialty is dive watches. Among their esteemed catalog, the one that separates itself from the rest concerning deep-sea capabilities has a name that you might expect: The Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea. It gets its title from the fact that Rolex sought to make a watch that can withstand the deepest points of the ocean. The result of this goal is a piece that can function at 3,900M. Much of that achievement is due to its craftsmanship, which features a thick glass dial, titanium parts, and numerous handmade elements. Though you’ll probably never get to 3,900M, having a watch that can is flat out impressive. 2: Breitling Superocean Chronograph M2000 Though this piece does not rival the Deepsea, it can still make it to 2000 meters before malfunctioning. Ultimately, does that last chunk of distance matter? That will be up to you, but what you cannot deny is that the Breitling Superocean Chronograph M2000 is an attractive and well-made watch. One additional feature that you might like is its chronograph, which is essentially a mechanical stopwatch built into the movement. Having one of these is not only cool but also comes in handy more than you might think. 3: Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQUEST Most watches are made from scores of smaller pieces. What holds them together is screws and craftsmanship, but as you might imagine, such measures are prone to failing in extreme conditions. Such is the case with incredible depth, which applies pressure that most watches can’t handle. This timepiece manufacturer avoids this issue by crafting the entire exterior from one piece of metal. Then, they install the crystal and bezel in airtight fashion and end up with a watch that can withstand pressure up to 3000M. 4: Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Hublot took their time making this deep-sea piece. In fact, they spent 18 months designing, developing, and testing before they were ready to unveil it. Now that they have, it is clear that their hard work paid off. This piece is resistant up to 4000M, has an advanced helium valve, and utilizes an insanely thick 6.5 mm sapphire crystal. Additionally, it has a rugged, but elegant look that most will love. 5: UTS 4000M Professional Diver Like a few of the former examples, UTS chooses to make their 4000M Professional Diver out of a single block of metal. Then, they add a 6mm sapphire crystal on top and hold them together with some of the most powerful screws in the world. The result is incredible 4000M depth capabilities. This company doesn’t slouch on aesthetics despite their devotion to function, though. This is a watch that will certainly turn heads and can hold up in almost any situation. You now know which watches are some of the world’s most versatile. Your next decision is whether or not you want one for yourself. One thing to note is that you don’t need to be a world-class diver to purchase an incredible dive watch. Instead, you can simply be a fan of genius craftsmanship and show it by putting on a gorgeous timepiece.

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  7. History of Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

    History of Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

    No watch has ever played such a pivotal role in human achievement as the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch. Omega introduced the Speedmaster in 1957. A few imagined it would be the watch that would accompany some of the most daring moments in human history. In fact, no timepiece has played such a pivotal role in some of humankind’s greatest achievements. The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch has been a part of all six NASA manned lunar missions since 1969. That’s a pretty impressive representation of Omega’s pioneering spirit.  The Speedmaster Moonwatch as the first chronograph to include a tachymeter scale on the bezel. This was a revolutionary idea that has set the benchmark for all chronographs to this day. Omega conceived the model to measure elapsed times and speeds in a high-precision manner. There was also an emphasis on durability in different situations in a model that was easy to read and use. The Space Race During this time, the USA and the USSR were in the midst of a technological and patriotic showdown. At the height of the cold war, the two opposing supernations were neck and neck to see who could advance further into the realm of manned space exploration. In his address to Congress on May 25, 1961, President Kennedy made clear America’s ambitions to land a man on the moon and return him safely to earth before the end of the decade. At the time, the moon seemed like an unthinkable target, but one that would surely go a long way in conquering space. The Omega Speedmaster made its unofficial voyage into space in 1962 during NASA’s Project Gemini, one of America’s first manned space missions. Astronaut Walter Schirra wore his personal CK 2998 Speedmaster onboard the Stigma 7 Mercury spacecraft that orbited earth six times, a flight that lasted 9 hours and 15 minutes. Shortly after, there was an official petition signed by the astronauts for wristwatches as part of their equipment. The space explorers needed backup timing devices that were durable enough to handle the elements of the universe and equipped with a chronograph that was precise and accurate. With this in mind, NASA set into motion the search for the perfect timepiece. Tested to Withstand the Universe In addition to Omega, NASA invited many reputable watchmakers including Wittnauer, Rolex and Longines to the testing. Led by aerospace engineer and hardware expert James H. Ragan, the models in question were first exposed to temperatures that ranged from 0ºF (-18ºC) to 200ºF (93ºC). Also violent shocks, extreme pressure variations, bone-jarring vibrations and tested under zero gravity. The only watch to come out on the other side was the Omega Speedmaster, which was declared “flight qualified by NASA for all manned space missions” on March 1, 1965. Omega Speedmaster Just three weeks later, the Speedmaster made its first official trip into space. It was on the wrists of Virgil Grissom and John Young during the Gemini 3 mission. On June 3 of the same year, the Speedmaster made another appearance. This time on the wrist of Edward White while he performed America’s first spacewalk during the Gemini 4 mission. Unlike almost all the equipment NASA provided their astronauts, the Speedmaster was not designed specifically for use in harsh environments of outer space. In fact, the timepieces remained largely unchanged to those that were available in retail stores across the world. The only exception was that a velcro strap replaced the steel bracelet in order to fit over the padded suits of the astronauts. Apollo 11 The Speedmaster was again chosen for the daring Apollo 11 mission. On July 16, 1969, the Apollo blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Four days later, commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Eagle lunar module on the surface of the moon in the Sea of Tranquility. Nearly 600 million viewers back on earth were glued to their television sets. Armstrong descended the ladder utter the immortal words: “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Aldrin touched the surface shortly after wearing no other than his trusty Speedmaster on the outside of his suit. From that day forward, the Speedmaster has been dubbed the “moonwatch” for its role in one of the greatest scientific achievements in human history. Apollo 13 The Omega Speedmaster was more than simply present during these space missions. The electronic timekeeping mechanisms on board were damaged after the explosion of an oxygen tank. “Houston, we’ve had a problem” commander James Lovell muttered. It was initially supposed to be a moon landing. The Apollo 13 was forced to abandon their mission due to a dangerously low supply of power and fuel following the blast. It was one of the most heightened situations of the 20th century. Lovell was forced to resort to his mechanical self-winding Speedmaster chronograph. He used it to time the critical firing of the re-entry rockets. This allowed for the safe return of his crew to planet Earth. In recognition of its crucial role, Omega received the Silver Snoopy award in 1970. It’s the highest honor awarded by NASA astronauts for achievements made in the realm of human flight safety and mission success. The Legend Lives On In 1975, the Speedmaster found itself again as the center of another momentous geopolitical moment in world history. During the Apollo-Soyuz mission, when the Apollo rocket docked with the Soviet Union’s Soyuz in space for a handshake. American astronauts were delighted to see that Soviet astronauts were also wearing the Omega Speedmaster Chronographs. The Omega Speedmaster was the first modern-day chronograph ever built. But it’s played a vital role in space exploration for nearly its entire existence.  It’s been reincarnated in the form of many special editions watches. It’s the nearly identical standard Professional that remains the most iconic today.

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  8. Watch Movement Types and How They Differ

    Watch Movement Types and How They Differ

    When you’re choosing a watch, there are many decisions you need to make. One of the most crucial choices is which type of movement. For those of you who are not familiar, the movement of a watch refers to the mechanism behind how it ticks. There are many watch movements. Like anatomical movements, Japanese quartz movement, and mechanical watch movements. But the three primary types are manual, automatic, and quartz watch movement. Each of them has their own set of positives and negatives, so before buying your next piece, you should understand them. Below, we go over the types of watch movements and the basics of each! Function At some point, you have probably asked “how does a watch work?” or more specifically, “how do automatic watches work?” These question have answers, which depend on the movement your manufacturer has chosen.  Manual – Manual winding watches. This type of movement gets its name from the fact that you must manually create the energy the watch needs to function. You do so by winding the watch by hand. This is the oldest movement of the three and has been used for centuries. For watches with this movement, you will need to wind your watch up just about every day. Lately, this style has fallen out of favor due to its lack of convenience. Automatic – Watches with this movement function almost identically the manual watches, except you do not need to wind them yourself. This is because the mechanism is built in such a way that it winds itself when the wearer moves. Classic style combined with self-winding functionality makes this movement a very popular choice. Quartz – Quartz movement is the simplest of the three, given that it uses a battery and a quartz crystal to keep itself ticking. The battery runs the engine, while the crystal makes the second hand tick at the rate it is supposed to. Accuracy Though watches are perhaps most commonly bought for their aesthetics, people find great use in having the time on hand whenever they need it. This makes accuracy of utmost importance. Manual – A well-made manual watch will keep the time quite well, but it is prone to slight variation. Additionally, given that these are hand wind watches, you may find yourself seeing the wrong time due to the watch stopping unexpectedly. Automatic – The accuracy of automatic pieces is roughly the same as manual. They are good, but not great, and they will occasionally stop and need to be reset. Quartz – These watches are the best timekeepers of the three because of the quartz crystal that is found inside. What happens is the electrical impulse of the battery vibrates the crystal at a rate of 32,768 per second. The watch can sense each vibration, and moves the second hand at every 32,768th vibration. This number stays the same every time due to the chemical composition of quartz. Though the science is a bit difficult to understand, just know that quartz movement keeps the most accurate time. Upkeep When you purchase a watch, you are also signing up for some level of upkeep. If you are okay with getting semi-frequent repairs, you can choose any movement. If you want your piece to be hands-off, you should understand the upkeep for each. Manual – Though these types of watches do not need battery changes, they will need a tune-up every few years to ensure functionality. These trips to the repair shop are infrequent but can be quite expensive. Automatic – Upkeep for an automatic watch is roughly the same as manual. It runs off of kinetic energy, so there is no battery replacement but will need regular tune-ups. Quartz – Given that this movement is battery powered, you will need to take a trip to the watch repair shop every 12-24 months. Most watch enthusiasts report that this is not much of an inconvenience, though. Additionally, this type of repair is very cheap when compared to the two other movement types. Price One of your most significant decisions in buying a watch is the price. This makes it vital to understand the typical price ranges of each movement. Manual – Given the intricate inner workings that go into manual watches, they are often quite expensive. Automatic – What is an automatic watch?  Automatic watches have mechanisms that are even more complex, given that they wind themselves. This leads to high costs. Most of the luxury brands on the market run on automatic movement. Quartz – What about automatic vs quartz? This movement is not very expensive to produce, meaning quartz watches are almost always less costly than other movement options. For watch brands in the affordable space, they will likely run on quartz. When you’re choosing your next watch, deciding which movement to target should be one of your first decisions.(Don’t forget styling too! Some watch enthusiasts are fans of watches with gears showing.) The movement watches make are important. Depending on your priorities, you can choose manual, automatic, or quartz.  Whichever you prefer, know that there is no wrong way to go. All you need to do is balance your preferences and decide which is right for you. Once you do, you can go shopping for your timepiece with knowledge and confidence. 

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  9. Panerai Watches: Exploring the Unique Differences in Its Models

    Panerai Watches: Exploring the Unique Differences in Its Models

    Are you a big fan of Panerai watches? Or just came across someone wearing a Panerai Luminor at an event? If yes is your answer to these questions, chances are you’re hooked and looking to add a few impressive models to your own growing collection. First off, that’s awesome! But of course, the very first thing you should know is that Panerai watches are actually unique in their own way. In essence, there are several different variations in Officine Panerai models (most of which are not obvious) and yes, we’ll always recommend you learn more about them before taking the plunge. First Things First  For starters, you should know that Officine Panerai boasts up to four lines of wristwatch including Historic, Contemporary, Manifattura, and Special Editions. These limited Panerai watches usually feature an issue number on the case back and interestingly, that serial number adds to the overall value of the timepiece. With this in mind, you can tell that Panerai is one brand that can actually accentuate the value and exclusivity of your watch collection. Some examples include K1130/1500. For those who might not be aware, K stands for the most recent Panerai model and the figures (1,130th of 1,500) represent the number of timepieces that have been produced. A good number of Officine Panerai limited edition models were created in 1993. And when we say models, we’re basically talking about Panerai Luminor, Luminor Marina as well a model of the Mare Nostrum chronograph. What Are the Differences in Officine Panerai Watches? Well, first off, you should be aware that the differences lie in the features. So of course, it’s basically everything from the movement to the dial design to the casing design and more. Now, as a Panerai enthusiast, it’s great to know that the dial design of Panerai timepieces is usually unique. What’s more, the glass on Panerai watches differ from model to model; for instance, one could come with a date feature and another model might not. The bottom line; the dials of Panerai watches are made differently, so of course, it’s up to you to stick to what holds your fancy. So, What About Panerai Casing Design? Now, if you’re looking to get your first Panerai, you should be aware that the casing design looks the same regardless of the model. Essentially, Panerai watches come with two prominent case designs — so it’s either you go for the piece with an exposed crown or the one with a crown protector. It’s also worth noting that the brand has other variations on the casing. So yes, depending on the model you choose, you’re likely to come across everything from flat to polished to black and titanium. Panerai Case Styles As an aspiring Paneristi, you should have it in mind that Panerai timepieces are available in four main case styles: Panerai Luminor Luminor 1950 Radiomir Panerai Ferrari Panerai Luminor Looking to get a Panerai that can work with both casual or formal outfits? If yes, you should check out the Panerai Luminor — it’s basically one of best and most-loved of Panerai cases. So yes, it’s sure to be your best bet if you fancy something stylish and fashionable. Finally, Panerai Luminor usually comes in two sizes including 40mm and 44mm. Luminor 1950 Next up is the Luminor 1950. This case style is pretty similar to the Panerai Luminor. A big difference is that it features a much more classic look. The Luminor 1950, for the most part boasts a finely shaped crystal that’s curved in a vintage acrylic vintage look. What about the sizes? Well, the Luminor 1950 is basically available in size 44mm and 47mm. Radiomir Popularly known as the first model of Officine Panerai, the Radiomir case is a great pick for those looking to get something that’s sure to go well with formal wears — say suits and the likes. The Radiomir model boasts curved cases which are then rounded to give a classic look. As for the sizes, you’re likely to find everything from 42mm to 43mm to 45mm to 46mm and 47mm. Panerai Ferrari These are special edition watches that are not as popular among Paneristis. But of course, you can still get a piece or two if they seem to catch your eye. Perhaps the biggest highlight of the Panerai Ferrari is that its crown comes with a pretty rough grip. What’s more, this case style doesn’t have a device that protects the crown. And the cases are available in sizes 40mm and 45mm. Other Things to Keep in Mind You should keep in mind that Panerai watches are available in either manual or automatic movement. So yes, it’s all up to you to stick to what works best for you. To sum it up, Panerai cases are generally made out of steel or titanium, and of course, both are definitely sure to stand the test of time.

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  10. 35 Popular Watch Brands That Sell More Than Just Watches

    35 Popular Watch Brands That Sell More Than Just Watches

    Every watch brand has something different to offer. Some brands equip their watches with chronometer-grade movements. Others boast timepieces that are highly sustainable. No matter what the angle of the brand is, each watch brand provides more than just the time. They share with their patrons a piece of their history and, sometimes, the chance to give back to people and the planet. We gathered 35 of the best watch brands that allow us exactly that. These outstanding watch brands are purveyors of modern technology and traditional horology in more ways than one. Let us take a look at why each of these brands deserves a spot in your collection. From the Swiss regions to the far east, here are the top watch brands you should be on the lookout for. 35 Best Watch Brands in the World 1. Rolex Photo from RolexYou probably guessed that Rolex would be a part of our list. Unsurprisingly, this brand is at the top of every collector’s mind. It is the most popular watch brand in the world and has become a status symbol for many successful professionals.  Rolex has an arsenal of firsts under its belt that help put its name at the top. For instance, the brand made the first waterproof watch that it cleverly named Oyster in 1926. To this day, the “Oyster case” is a popular term that gets tossed around in the Rolex universe. It is a trademark that promises its patrons watches with top-notch depth ratings. The company is also responsible for creating its very own compounds and proprietary materials. That includes its 904L steel called Oystersteel, rose or Everose Gold, and Cerachrom, derived from ceramic. Rolex also invented the term Rolesor for watches that come in two tones, gold, and silver. Watches to consider: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, Submariner, and Explorer II 2. Omega Photo from OmegaOmega is a favorite, not only of luxury lovers but also of royalty and space geeks. Founded in 1848, the company hails from Switzerland as well. Omega is also a pioneer in many things that makes it one of the best watch brands in the world. We can never forget that the Omega Speedmaster Professional was the first watch to make it to the moon, on the wrist of astronaut Buzz Aldrin.  Like Rolex, Omega is also notable for being a James Bond watch. It has been the watch of the agent in many of the franchise’s most recent releases. The company also has a history with the Olympics and you can explore it yourself in the Omega Museum in Bienne, Switzerland. Watches to consider: Omega Speedmaster Professional, Seamaster Aqua Terra, De Ville 3. Audemars Piguet Photo from Audemars PiguetAudemars Piguet was founded in 1875. Founded by childhood friends Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet, they created a brand that incorporates traditional watchmaking practices and state-of-the-art technology. Since its foundation, Audemars Piguet has been family-owned. People mostly know Audemars Piguet for its iconic Royal Oak watch. This timepiece alone puts the brand on a pedestal. It debuted in 1972, with a design created by prolific watch designer Gérald Genta. The Royal Oak quickly became the foundation of every modern stainless steel sports watch. At the time of its launch, most luxury sports watches were only made from precious metals like gold. This timepiece changed the game and has since become an icon in the industry. Watches to consider: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Code 11:59, and Millenary 4. Jaeger-LeCoultre Photo from Jaeger-LeCoultreMake no mistake, Jaeger-LeCoultre is not just a fancy name for fancy watches. The brand is a symbol of Swiss excellence in watchmaking. Since its foundation in 1833, JLC has created more than 1,300 high-quality watch calibers. It is also well-known for its Art Deco designs, most notably found in Jaeger Le-Coultre Reverso, which possesses a unique reversible watch face. Watches from the brand are known to have undergone the 1,000-Hour Test. This means that JLC puts each of its creations to a thousand-hour-long test. This test measures the watch’s regularity, water resistance, and anti-magnetism. The test also covers the other resistances of the watch, from changes in temperature to atmospheric pressures. Naturally, it also includes shock-resistance tests to ensure that each timepiece is robust and durable. Watches to consider: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, Polaris, and Duomètre 5. Patek Philippe Photo from Patek PhilippeIf Rolex is a status symbol for the general public, then Patek Philippe is a status symbol made for the in-crowd. Do not get us wrong: Patek Philippe is also a very popular brand in its own right. It is just that many people overlook this watchmaker in favor of names like Rolex or Omega. Founded in 1839, Patek Phillipe is one of the last few family-owned independent watch manufacturers in the world and the very last one in Geneva. This brand also has an iconic, industry-defining watch designed by Gerald Genta — the Patek Philippe Nautilus. All that being said, this company does not just make watches. Patek Philippe also makes rare handcrafts like table clocks and offers artisan customization such as marquetry, gem setting, guilloché, and engraving. You can also find pieces of jewelry in its catalog, such as cufflinks, earrings, rings, and money clips. Watches to consider: Patek Philippe Nautilus, Calatrava, and Aquanaut 6. Vacheron Constantin Photo from Vacheron ConstantinIf you are looking for a luxury watch brand that truly surpasses all others in terms of heritage, consider Vacheron Constantin. This company is one of the oldest luxury watch manufacturers in the world. Also hailing from Geneva, Jean-Marc Vacheron founded this brand in 1755. Over the years, Vacheron Constantin has been a watchmaker for notable names in history such as Napoleon Bonaparte and Harry Truman. For 260 years, the company has also built a reputation for itself with its artisanal watchmaking techniques. Watches to consider: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony, Fiftysix, and Métiers d’Art 7. IWC Schaffhausen Photo from IWCBorn in Switzerland, IWC Schaffhausen is the brainchild of an American watchmaker by the name of Florentine Ariosto Jones, in 1868. This brand went through ups and downs before finding its success in producing dive and pilot watches. IWC — which stands for International Watch Company — has been crafting the most robust watches in the market for more than 150 years now. With its reputation for crafting top-notch tool watches, the company also associates itself with various sporting events like motorsports and sailing. It constantly collaborates with different organizations to create new watches for the modern professional. Watches to consider: IWC Big Pilot, Portofino, and Ingenieur 8. Parmigiani Fleurier Photo from Parmigiani FleurierDespite being relatively young for a luxury watch brand, Parmigiani Fluerier is already at the top of the list for many reasons. Established by Michel Parmigiani, the company hails from Fleurier, Switzerland. One of its many known patrons is British royalty Prince Charles. Aside from creating exquisite timepieces, Parmigiani Fluerier is also known for its restoration services. After all, its founder is a known restorer himself. The company also produces timepieces in the form of works of art under its Pieces of Exception collection. Among those, the Hippologia and Dragon and Pearl of Wisdom models boast the most stunning designs. Watches to consider: Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa, Tonda, and Toric 9. Piaget Photo from PiagetPiaget is a watch company that excels in craftsmanship and technology, while still maintaining the essence of traditional design. The brand’s history started when Georges-Édouard Piaget opened up a workshop on his family’s farm in La Côte-aux-Fées, Switzerland. This opened up many opportunities for the young professional to grow his brand into the company we love today. Notably, Piaget is the watchmaker responsible for creating one of the world’s thinnest mechanical watches, the Altiplano. Its innovation of a 3.65mm thin mechanical movement to fit the Piaget Altiplano was truly a milestone in the horology industry. Watches to consider: Piaget Polo S, Altiplano, and Limelight Gala 10. A. Lange & Söhne Photo from A. Lange & SöhneFrom Switzerland, let us head on over to Germany, where some of the most notable names in the industry come from. One of the best watch brands in the market is A. Lange & Söhne. The company, established in 1845 by Ferdinand Adolph Lange, first became known for its pocket watches. Like many other manufacturers, it later transitioned to creating luxurious wristwatches. Despite its long run as a successful manufacturer, it took a while before the company ventured into creating its own in-house balance springs and movements. Designs from the brand vary from traditional to modern.  Watches to consider: A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus, Lange 1, and 1815 11. Montblanc Photo from MontblancMontblanc was actually first known as a luxury pen manufacturer. Despite its roots, it later decided to branch out into other lines of products. In 1997, the brand decided to start producing watches, a venture which has been incredibly successful.  In the beginning, Montblanc’s management received snarky questions from the horology community like, “Where does the ink go?” Still, the brand persisted in developing this facet of its company and has proven the naysayers wrong by becoming a respected name in the watch community. In addition to watches and pens, Montblanc also sells notebooks, paper, leather goods, jewelry, and more today. Watches to consider: Montblanc 1858, Timewalker, and Summit 2 12. Cartier Photo from CartierNext on our list is Cartier, which is one of the top names in the luxury watch market. What makes this brand unique is that if you ask ten different people what it does, you might get ten different answers. Some would point to its well-respected timepieces as its primary product. Others could talk about its extensive jewelry catalog, engagement rings, leather goods, or sunglasses. The point is that Cartier has found a way to master the entire fashion accessories business, and its brand reputation has grown accordingly. One non-watch item that people adore is its Love Bracelets, which are popular as a gift between romantic partners. In terms of the horology industry, the brand is also known for its distinctly square-shaped and compact watches.  Watches to consider: Ballon Bleu de Cartier, Santos de Cartier, and Cartier Tank 13. Chopard Photo from ChopardLike the other brands on this list, Chopard is one of the best watch manufacturers in the world. That does not mean it specializes solely in watches, though. Instead, it also produces rings, earrings, necklaces, and other such accessories. One thing that has made the brand especially popular is its themed jewelry collections. A particularly famous collection in Chopard’s catalog is the Happy Diamonds Jewelry line. It offers hundreds of pieces of jewelry that have hearts incorporated in them. What is great is that the Happy Diamonds collection also consists of lovely diamond-studded watches. Watches to consider: Chopard L.U.C, Happy Diamonds, and Mille Miglia 14. Ulysse Nardin Photo from Ulysse NardinThough casual wearers may not know this brand, Ulysse Nardin is a favorite among enthusiasts and collectors. One reason why is its extended history. Like Montblanc, Ulysse Nardin first made a name for itself by making exceptional luxury pens. Founded in 1846 in Le Locle, Switzerland, the brand moved to a new building to carry out its expanded manufacturing needs in 1865.  If you visit the company today, you will find that it still exists in that very same spot. Ulysse Nardin has made a name for itself crafting intricate and sophisticated timepieces, with open-worked dials and gorgeous mechanisms. If you are looking for an avant-garde timekeeper to bring to your next dinner party, then this is definitely one of the best watch brands to consider.  Watches to consider: Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur, Freak X, and Skeleton X 15. NOMOS Glashuette Photo from NOMOS GlashuetteGerman brand NOMOS Glashuette, also known simply as NOMOS, has been in the watch industry for 31 years. Founded in 1990 by Roland Schwertner, NOMOS produces minimalistic watches that not only look good but are also incredibly precise. The company also produces its own components and movements, upping its game in the watchmaking sector. NOMOS designs feature clean lines and simple colors, reminiscent of the Bauhaus school of design. These are understated watches perfect for everyday wear and also elegant enough to be worn to more formal events. Watches to consider: NOMOS Glashuette Metro, Tetra, and Lambda 16. Longines Photo from LonginesLongines is one of the brands absorbed by the Swatch Group. If you do not know it yet, the Swatch Group consists of various prominent names in the industry today, one of which is this brand. Founded in 1832 by Auguste Agassiz and two other Swiss partners, Longines is known for producing traditional and elegant watches. Aside from watches, Longines also produces eyewear that matches the brand’s quintessential ideas and classy aesthetics. There are a lot of watches in the brand’s catalog, but the most prominent ones include the Very High Precision (VHP) quartz watches. Watches to consider: Longines HydroConquest, Master Moon Phase, and Heritage Classic 17. Breitling Photo from BreitlingEvery industry has a favorite watch brand. For aviators, it has to be Breitling, which made its name crafting top-notch chronograph pilot watches. More recently, the company has also begun to dominate the motorsports industry, thanks to its collaboration with Bentley.  Breitling is a highly-respected brand that has a long history of partnerships and collaborations. Other than Bentley, the brand is also known to have worked with Scott and Mark Kelly, twin astronauts who have made it to space. Furthermore, Breitling employs a team of pilots who travel around the world doing acrobatic display flights in fighter jets. It also has a star-studded line of brand ambassadors, such as Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, and Adam Driver. Watches to consider: Breitling Chronomat, Navitimer, and Superocean Heritage 18. Zenith Photo from ZenithWatch enthusiasts know this brand from the inside out. Founded in 1865 by a 22-year-old Georges Favre-Jacot, Zenith became a part of the LVMH alongside other manufacturers like TAG Heuer and Hublot in 1999.  Zenith is the manufacturer responsible for the legendary El Primero automatic chronograph movement used by various brands. For instance, you can see this movement tick away in the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang watches, and it also was the base for the Rolex 4030 movement used in the Cosmograph Daytona. However, the brand is more than just an ébauche manufacturer. It is also known for producing its own watches and for specializing in watch restoration.  Watches to consider: Zenith Chronomaster, Defy, and Pilot Type 20 19. Tudor Photo from TudorNext up, we have the brand popularly known as Rolex’s little sibling, Tudor. Tudor’s watches do look a lot like Rolex timepieces, but that is because it is a subsidiary of the renowned Swiss giant. Hans Wildorf, the founder of Rolex, thought it would be nice to create a brand that carries similar designs as Rolex, but at more reasonable prices. So, he founded Tudor.  When placed side by side, Tudor models do resemble Rolex watches, especially in terms of their luxurious aesthetics. The Tudor Black Bay and Pelagos both look like Rolex’s Submariner, while the Tudor Royal is similar to the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date. The company also has a star-studded line of ambassadors including pop icon Lady Gaga and football legend David Beckham. Watches to consider: Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight, Heritage Chrono, and Clair de Rose 20. TAG Heuer Photo from TAG HeuerTAG Heuer was established in 1860, by founder Edouard Heuer. It quickly became a favorite among fans of motorsports with its stylish, motorcar-inspired aesthetics and designs. In 1962, the brand found even more fame when John Glenn wore a TAG Heuer stopwatch on the Mercury-Atlas 6 flight. With this, the brand earned the title of having developed the first watch in space. TAG Heuer watches are easily recognizable, with their sporty, motorcar-influenced silhouettes. Aside from its round watches, TAG Heuer has also produced some distinctive and bold square-shaped timepieces. Moreover, the brand is known for its constant innovation and has made strides in the smartwatch market in recent years. Watches to consider: TAG Heuer Carrera, Aquaracer, and Monaco 21. Hublot Photo from HublotHublot is an innovative luxury watch manufacturer from Switzerland. It was, however, founded in 1980 by Italian watchmaker Carlo Crocco. This company features new and bold designs for the modern collector. Among its firsts, this brand is known for being the first luxury watch brand to add a rubber strap to its timepieces.  Hublot is also known for its incorporation of various materials into a single watch. You can get materials such as titanium, steel, and ceramic, all in one timepiece. Over the years, the brand has also experimented with both simple aesthetics and intricate designs, developing a diverse watch catalog for your perusal.  Watches to consider: Hublot Big Bang, Classic Fusion, and MP 22. MeisterSinger Photo from MeisterSingerIf you want a truly unique watch, you have to check out the MeisterSinger watches. This is one of the relatively young best watch brands on our list, founded only in 2001. It found popularity with its instantly recognizable single-hand dial design.  MeisterSinger also boasts very minimalistic, almost vintage-inspired designs. Most notably, the brand’s watches are known for having won various awards, such as the German Design Award, iF Design Award, GOOD Design Award, and the Reddot Design Award.  Watches to consider: MeisterSinger N°01, Perigraph, and Astroscope 23. Timex Photo from TimexBelieve it or not, Timex is one of the oldest watch manufacturers in the world. Established in 1854, Timex was known by the name Waterbury Clock Company back then. The company became one of the most prominent names in the industry with its affordable pocket watches.  One of the reasons why Timex became a leader in the industry is because of its clever marketing ideas. That includes its iconic slogan, that its watches can “take a licking and keep on ticking.” Moreover, the brand also had televised tests that proved the durability of its watches to a wide audience. Timex creates some of the most affordable watches available today. It has produced both quartz and mechanical pieces, and only a few models cost more than a hundred dollars. Timex also has a line of digital and smartwatches that are trusted by athletes and casual wearers all around the world Watches to consider: Timex Navi, Waterbury, and Ironman® R300 GPS 24. Panerai Photo from PaneraiFounded in Florence, Italy in 1860, Panerai is a manufacturer known for its unique timepieces. It carries sporty designs and watches brought about by partnerships with companies such as Ferrari. Today, the brand also has a factory in Neuchâtel, to carry on the Swiss watchmaking traditions. Like many other watch manufacturers, Panerai is a watch supplier for the Royal Italian Navy. Today, Panerai is also considered the best watch brand for action movies as its watches are frequently worn by the heroes in these movies. These include Arnold Schwarzenegger (Eraser, 1996), Sylvester Stallone (Daylight, 1996), Mark Wahlberg (The Italian Job, 2003), and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (The Rundown, 2003). Watches to consider: Panerai Luminor, Radiomir, and Submersible 25. Fossil Photo from FossilMoving on to a more budget-friendly watch brand, we have Fossil. This company has built a reputation for both quality and affordability. Many of its pieces are well-made quartz watches, but it also has some mechanical models that are worth your attention. Besides timepieces, they sell three other products: bags, wallets, and jewelry. Additionally, each of these categories comes with men’s and women’s options. Some of the items sold by Fossil are purses, messenger bags, leather wallets, bracelets, and necklaces. All of these choices combine to make Fossil an excellent place to shop for just about anybody. Watches to consider: Fossil Inscription, Bronson Chronograph, and Stella Sport 26. Junghans Photo from JunghansAlso from Germany, Junghans produces watches that carry a distinct, minimalistic look. Thanks to its collaboration with designer Max Bill, the company became known for its Bauhaus-inspired designs. Its watches are award-winning, with their understated designs and sophisticated complications. Junghans also carries innovative radio-controlled watches as well as solar-powered movements. Aside from watches, Junghans is also known for manufacturing clocks. Its most prominent clock design is the Max Bill kitchen clock. According to the company, the idea of having a kitchen clock with such a clean design makes it easier for parents to teach kids how to read a clock. It takes away all the complications and gathers every member of the family in the kitchen at least once a day! Watches to consider: Junghans Max Bill, Meister, and 1972 27. Richard Mille Photo from Richard MilleOne of the most expensive watch brands to ever exist, Richard Mille carries the action-packed tagline: “A racing machine on the wrist.” Dominique Guenat and Richard Mille founded the brand with the idea of bringing innovative watches to its patrons. It became known not only for its stark prices but also for its cutting-edge technology Richard Mille is one of the best watch brands for many celebrities such as Post Malone, Pharrell Williams, Margot Robbie, and Jay-Z. Its prices can go from six figures up to around a million USD, depending on the complications the watch model has. Watches to consider: Richard Mille RM 40-01, 52-02, and RM 016 28. Bvlgari Photo from BvlgariEverybody knows Bvlgari as a maker of fine jewelry and luxury goods. However, what some people do not know is that it also manufactures timepieces. Bvlgari’s catalog boasts some truly unique and eye-catching watch designs that allow the brand to stand out from its peers.  For instance, the Bvlgari Serpenti collection is a force to be reckoned with, with its distinctive snake motif and winding bracelet. The Octo range has also amassed praise from critics all over the world. These octagonal-shaped dress watches are some of the thinnest timepieces in the world. They also boast incredible accuracy. With the Octo and Serpenti collections, Bvlgari has taken its place as one of the best watch brands in the world. Watches to consider: Bvlgari Octo, Serpenti, and Lvcea 29. Breguet Photo from BreguetThe name Breguet is derived from the founder of the brand, Abraham-Louis Breguet. Aside from founding this brand, he famously created a new type of regulator, which he called the Tourbillon. Tourbillon watches continue to be some of the most sophisticated timepieces in the market today, and the credit for them all goes to Breguet.  The brand is also famously known as a Maison for French royals, having created pocket watches and wristwatches for royal names like Marie Antoinette and the Queen of Naples.  Watches to consider: Breguet Type XX – XXI – XXII, Reine de Naples, and Tradition 30. Casio Photo from CasioNow onto the far east, most of you have probably heard of Casio. In fact, many have most likely owned a Casio piece of your own at some point. This brand is the finest display of Japanese excellence and modern technology blended into one. Casio stands out not only for its outstanding watches but also for its calculators and other digital devices. In addition, this Japanese brand is also responsible for the most durable and ubiquitous watch in the world — the G-Shock. The G-shock collection is especially renowned among those who are into outdoor activities. It offers watches that are incredibly rugged and have neat features perfect just for the outdoors. Watches to consider: Casio G-Shock, Edifice, and Pro Trek 31. Hamilton Photo from HamiltonHamilton is an American brand that became Swiss-owned in the 1970s. Due to the quartz crisis that shook the watchmaking industry, Hamilton underwent a series of mergers and acquisitions. It then became a part of the Swatch Group under which the company operates to this day.  Today, Hamilton is well-known for its catalog of field watches, many of which have been featured in famous movies. For instance, Elvis Presley wore a Hamilton piece in Blue Hawaii, while Matthew McConaughey, in the film Interstellar, owned a Khaki Aviation Day-Date watch. Most recently, Hamilton Ventura watches have become a part of the Men in Black films.  Watches to consider: Hamilton Khaki Field, Ventura, and American Classic 32. Citizen Photo from CitizenCitizen is more than just a watch brand. They also handle the movement manufacturer Miyota, which is trusted by many smaller companies to provide high-quality calibers. Citizen is also famous for its light-powered technology known as Eco-Drive, which it uses to power many of its watches. With the Eco-Drive, the brand has a pretty solid sustainability plan. Aside from the Eco-Drive, Citizen also boasts other innovations such as its radio-powered technology, atomic timekeeping, and Super Titanium™ material. This material is five times harder and forty times lighter than stainless steel! Watches to consider: Citizen Promaster Air, Corso, and Stiletto 33. Seiko Photo from SeikoYou cannot have a list of the best watch brands without Seiko. Everybody knows that Seiko is a Japanese giant, but do you know that it has also been a game-changer in the horology industry? Seiko is the brand that released the first-ever quartz watch, the Astron, which led to the advent of quartz timepieces in the market. Since then, the brand has grown significantly into a watchmaking legend. Today, Seiko collaborates with various prominent names such as musicians, game developers, and even non-government organizations. Many of its releases, such as the Save the Ocean watches, are environmentally-friendly efforts that give back to the planet. The brand also has various sub-brands that cater to the luxury watch market, such as Grand Seiko and Credor. Watches to consider: Seiko Presage, Astron, and Prospex 34. Nordgreen Photo from Nordgreen If you are looking for a watch brand that gives back to the planet without sacrificing quality, Nordgreen is the one for you. This Danish brand goes out of its way to create award-winning, environmentally-friendly mechanical watches. Nordgreen’s Scandinavian roots have influenced them to produce watches that boast very distinct yet simple designs. As part of its green efforts, Nordgreen encourages bringing in old watches so it can refurbish them and sell them for much lower prices. It also has options for vegan leather. The brand also packs its watches in recycled paper and boxes made from reused plastic bottles. Finally, for every purchase, Nordgreen donates money to your charity of choice. If you are looking for the best green watch brands, you cannot get any better than Nordgreen.  Watches to consider: Nordgreen Philosopher, Pioneer, and Native 35. MVMT Photo from MVMT MVMT is one of the fastest-growing best watch brands in the world. Though some gripe about its prices being a bit too high, most agree that these pieces are stylish and relatively affordable. Additionally, it has one of the most attractive brand aesthetics out there, and the millennial age range has responded remarkably well to the brand. These MVMT watches are an excellent deal because they use high-quality acetate and offer polarized lenses at reasonable prices.  Recently, MVMT has also added sunglasses and women’s bracelets to its shop as well. Watches to consider: MVMT Field Automatic, Blacktop, and Nova The Best Watch Brands Bring More The battle between those watch brands that specialize and those that do not largely miss the point. As a consumer, what you should do instead is to focus on the product you want and judge a company based on how they make it. The list of best watch brands we have curated for you consists of watchmakers that are fully dedicated to their craft. These brands focus on crafting exquisite timepieces and innovating horological inventions to better your timekeeping experience. An added benefit of choosing one of the best watch brands on this list is that if you fall in love with them, many of these brands have extensive product catalogs. As such, these catalogs can satisfy your other interests too.

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  11. Watch Guide: Common Q&As About Seiko Watches

    Watch Guide: Common Q&As About Seiko Watches

    There are a lot of questions on Seiko watches as a brand. And why not, seeing as they mix simplicity, class, performance, and a perfect price into all of their products. So now, we’ve compiled answers to some of the most obscure questions that you can ask. “Practical solutions and reliability through simplicity” is a comment that we found, and it totally sums up all the timepieces made by Seiko. The brand always makes watches that’ll tell the time for a really long while. Nothing more, nothing less. While this sounds good, it always depends on what the wearer prefers. If you’re someone who loves beautiful watches that can rival the best timepieces made by Patek Philippe, a healthy amount of watch enthusiasts would say it doesn’t have that appeal. Now, what the others, on the other hand, have to say is the real gist. They say Seiko watches represent simplicity at its finest. Despite not being as famous as the likes of Rolex or Audemars, Seiko watches are at the least, very well-known for making budget-friendly timepieces that can rival those from more popular brand. If not in looks as we said, then in terms of functionality. How are Seiko Solar watches? Solar powered watches are a way to skip the entire issue of changing the batteries occasionally. Here, the solar watch charges by absorbing light and we mean any kind of light (not sunlight alone). This essentially means that the watch is constantly charging, and when it’s full, it has overcharge prevention measures in place to protect your sweet investment. A result of this that we must mention is that solar watches keep the time extremely well. It’s unlike a mechanical watch that needs frequent winding to properly operate. So yes, we can say that Seiko solar watches can be an excellent option. Technological advancements both around and by Seiko makes it possible to build a watch that’ll never run out of juice. Provided that you put it near a source of light occasionally. Which Seiko watches are fit for divers? When it comes to Seiko watches that we would recommend to sports lovers (diving or otherwise), all of the Seiko Prospex watches should be in your line of sight. You’ll find watches with resistivity ranging from 150M to 600M (you only have to choose). Amongst which you’ll see features like depth and dive time calculation, and even an alarm for creating dive sessions. To all of this, one tidbit is that the Prospex line makes use of titanium cases. It’s more than strong enough to resist water pressure and is also corrosion-resistant What does Seiko mean in Japanese? Seiko means a lot of things despite its seemingly plain looks. It can mean three things in our book: exquisite, minute and success. The first and the last meaning are self-explanatory, but there’s a pun in the second. Minute can mean small too, and we like to apply this to the company’s entire approach to their entire lineup. They make literally everything by themselves and that includes even growing something as minute as their quartz crystals (pun intended). “Did you know that Seiko released the first-ever Japanese wristwatch? It was called the Laurel.” What is the difference between Seiko kinetic and automatic. And which one is better? Knowing how an automatic watch works is going to make things easy, so here’s a quick brief. Automatic watches convert the kinetic energy you make when you move and then uses all of that energy to wind the mainspring in the watch. This is what keeps the watch running until it stops from the lack of you moving around. Now when it concerns Seiko kinetic watches (Kinetic Perpetual for example), all that kinetic energy is put into a battery. Because of this, Seiko kinetic watches, in terms of pure functionality, are better since they keep the time better and can be considered an upgrade over automatic watches. If you’re choosing just one, we think you should go for the Seiko kinetic watches. What’s the difference between Grand Seiko watches and Seiko watches? A stark difference between both of them is the price. Let’s put it this way. When it concerns the price of the Grand Seiko (GS), expect prices above a grand. But when it concerns Seiko watches, you’ll find plenty of watches under $1,000. As with the price, the toughness and sophistication increase too. As a result of that, there’s a hike in the quality of materials used in constructing Grand Seiko when compared to Seiko watches. What about the Seiko Premier watch? Seiko Premier is purely a dress watch. Down to the sleek looks and even the features/functions expected from a watch that has to catch public appeal. The line involves watches that carry Seiko’s personal touch in terms of fashion appeal. So, when you say “Where?”—we advise you to choose any of the watches under Seiko Premier if you’re appearing in any formal occasion any time soon. That includes work and dinners. As a matter of fact, here’s an idea. Seiko Premier watches are perfect even as a birthday gift for anyone you know who’s graduating soon. They can wear it to the graduation and you don’t even need to break the bank for a watch that’ll work indefinitely.

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