Alexander Linz

About Alexander Linz

Alexander Linz is an Austrian watch journalist, watch collector and blogger ( He belongs to a small group of European journalists who have been covering the Swiss and Japanese watch industry for decades. Alexander writes on a regular base for the Austrian daily newspaper "Die Presse", Austria's leading watch and jewelry trade magazine "Uhren-Juwelen" and the leading watch magazines in Germany "Chronos" and "Uhren Magazin". His interviews and features appeared in many of the world's leading watch forums and are frequently being shared by watch experts and journalists.

Watch Insider: Discover 100 Years of Rolex Chronometers and Rolex Oyster Watches

First Rolex Datejust from 1945

Just over one hundred years ago, in 1914, the Kew Observatory in Great Britain granted a “Class A” chronometer certificate to a wristwatch for the very first time. This was a major achievement for … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s 6 Most Underestimated Watch Manufacturers

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Second Time Zone Calibre 1904-FU-MC

Some watch brands get all the credit, while others deserve more than they get. This six-pack – Breguet, Cartier, Chopard, Glashütte Original, Nomos and Tissot – does a great job. All six are … [Read more...]

Grading the Retrograde: Longines Master Collection Retrograde Test

Longines’s Master Collection Retrograde

Longines’s Master Collection Retrograde has an exclusive movement with no less than four retrograde functions. How does it hold up under WatchTime’s exacting scrutiny? … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top 10 Best-Value Chronographs

Longines Column Wheel Single-Push-Piece Chronograph

As new watches introduced at this year's SIHH and Baselworld begin arriving at retailers, let's look at my annual Top 10 Best-Value Watches list, which I assembled for my blog, … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: 10 Watches With That “Certain Something”


Some watches simply "have it" and some do not. These 10 timepieces, to me, have that certain something that sets them apart. Scroll down to see my choices. These are the watches introduced in 2014 … [Read more...]

Vintage Style: Watch Insider’s Top 10 Modern Re-Edition Watches


The vintage look is having a moment in the watch world right now, with many brands releasing modern takes on old classics. Here, in this article from my blog,, are my personal … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: My Top 15 World-Time Watches

Breguet Classique Hora Mundi

Many who travel throughout the world have to frequently re-adjust our watches for a new time zone when arriving at our destination. And those of us with friends and business associates around the … [Read more...]

Watch Insider Asks: Which of These 5 Watches Would You Take to a Desert Island?


As summer begins to give way to fall, many of us may soon be longing for a trip to a desert island. Let's say one were to be stranded on such an island and only watch could come along. Which one to … [Read more...]

Watch Insider Reviews the Longines Heritage Diver

Longines Heritage Diver

In this article from my blog,, I take a look at the Longines Heritage Diver watches, released last summer, which are re-issued versions of Longines watches for divers produced in the … [Read more...]

Close-Up: Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

Of all the watches that debuted at last year's SIHH watch fair in Geneva, perhaps the one I least expected was a dive watch from Cartier. And it turned out to be one of the coolest new watches in … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: A Week With the Apple Watch

Apple Watch

By now, you've probably read a lot about the Apple Watch, and might even be thinking of purchasing one to add to your collection. If you’re looking for a little more info on what it’s like to wear … [Read more...]

Watch Insider Reviews the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter

The Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter is a wristwatch equipped with a mechanical barometric altimeter-and-barometer movement. In fact, it is the world’s first automatic mechanical altimeter watch at … [Read more...]

Splash of Color: Watch Insider’s 10 Colorful Dive Watches


Assuming that all divers' watches from luxury brands are similarly suited to perform their functions properly underwater, how best to determine which one is right for you? Obviously, the look of the … [Read more...]

Sovereign Statement: Testing the F.P. Journe Chronomètre Souverain

F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre Souverain

F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre Souverain is renowned for its rarity and collectibility, but how well does it function as a timekeeper? WatchTime puts the watch through its paces in this exclusive test … [Read more...]

Watch Insider Explains the Rado Hyperchrome Ceramic Touch Dual Timer

Rado HyperChrome Touch Dual Timer - Black

Last year Rado introduced a watch that has no crown, in which the wearer activates the functions and sets the time by touch. In my opinion, the Rado HyperChrome Ceramic Touch Dual Timer, with its … [Read more...]

Military Time: Watch Insider Presents 10 Watches With NATO Straps

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronographe

In recent years I've taken to "pimping out" my new and old watches, some of them military watches, by replacing their original straps with colorful NATO straps. New releases from recent Baselworld … [Read more...]

Watch Insider Presents Eight New Watches for Summertime Fun

Omega Seamaster Diver 300m ‘ETNZ’ Chrono

What do Alpina, Blancpain, Breitling, Longines, Omega, Oris, Rolex and Tudor have in common? Of course, they're all hoping to conquer the very limited and therefore precious space on your wrist, but … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top 10 Chronograph Watches: Are These The Best Chronographs?

Cartier Montre Calibre de Cartier

Top chronograph watches remain incredibly popular, even if most of us don't even use their signature chronograph watch functions. I am no exception; along with GMT/UTC functions, chronographs are one … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top 10 Watches Under €10K With In-House Movements

Breitling Transocean Chrono GMT

A regular reader of, Nick Senn, inspired me to compile this Top 10 list recently, focusing on watch brands that offer models with in-house movements at what most aficionados would … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: My Top 10 Swatch Watches Of The Year


Who says we don't cover affordable watches here? In this top 10 Swatch watches article from my blog,, I reveal to you my top 10 new Swatch watches from the brand's latest offerings. … [Read more...]

Watch Test: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Navy SEALs

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving - Navy SEALs

In 2011, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced a limited-edition version of its Master Compressor Diving watch designed with the input of United States Navy SEALs. WatchTime got hold of one and put it through … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: 17 Ultra-Technical Timepieces

Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement

On my blog,, I assembled this list of 17 "techie" watches, all released within the past few years, that have most fascinated me in the area of technical innovation and watchmaking … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top 10 Men’s Dress Watches

Omega De Ville Tresor

As the watch world prepares for the release of the new products introduced at Baselworld 2015, we revisit my year-end "Top 10" lists for 2014, all originally posted on my blog, We … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top Ladies’ Watches: Are These the Best Ladies’ Watches of the Year?

Piaget Altiplano Date

Many luxury brands, even those known more for their men's watches, released interesting top new ladies' watch collections, female watches and best ladies' watches in the recent months. Here, from my … [Read more...]

Watch Insider Previews the New Chopard Superfast 919 Porsche Motorsport Chronograph

Chopard Superfast 919 Porsche Motorsport Chronograph

Recently I attended the Ennstal-Classic, a historical sports car rally in Austria, and while there had the chance to see the new Chopard Superfast 919 Porsche Motorsport Chronograph, a watch I like … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top 10 Affordable Watches for Men

Longines HydroConquest Chronograph

From my blog,, here is my list of the top 10 men's watches that represent the most excellent value for price. There is a lot of discussion about what constitutes "affordable watches" … [Read more...]

The First Annual Watchstars Awards: Here Are the 5 Winning Watches for 2014

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

Last week, the winners of the 2014 Watchstars Awards were announced, as selected by an international committee of experts. The Watchstars Awards are international watch awards, intended to honor … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: My Top 10 Watches From Baselworld

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph

I thought now would be an ideal time to look back on my personal favorite watches from Baselworld, first published on my blog, Let me know if you agree with my choices (listed here … [Read more...]

Watch Insider Unveils 3 New Breitling Watches

Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven

This is what I would call a nice line extension. In this article from my blog,, I offer a look at three newly released Breitling watches (or “Instruments for Professionals,” as … [Read more...]

Introducing the New James Bond Watch: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra James Bond Limited Edition

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra James Bond SPECTRE Limited Edition

The newest James Bond movie, called Spectre, will hit theaters on November 6th of this year and, as we all have expected and anticipated, Omega has unveiled its latest official 007 watch, the Omega … [Read more...]