About Mike Disher

Mike Disher's interest in watches dates to 1972, and he caught the internet bug in 1997. In 1999 he combined these interests by joining TimeZone.com as its first full-time employee, and later that year attended his first Basel Fair. Disher managed TZ from 2000-2007, and joined WatchTime in 2008.

Smartwatch Showdown: Apple Watch vs. the Competition

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We recently learned that the long-awaited Apple Watch will be available in April, at a starting price of $349. How does it stack up against existing smartwatches like the Samsung Gear S, Motorola Moto 360, LG G Watch R, and Pebble Steel? Let’s take a look. … [Read more...]


Five Notable Cartier Watches Under $10,000

Cartier under $10000

Cartier has a long and distinguished horological history, and in recent years, the brand has assumed a leading role among manufacturers creating innovative and complicated haute horlogerie timepieces. At the same time, the brand has launched several notable timepieces at lower price points, many of which have in-house movements. Here are five models we think merit special attention. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

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Is the new Cartier dive watch, the Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver, more than just a pretty face? Mike Disher sought to find out in this test feature from the August 2014 issue of WatchTime. Scroll down to read the full review, with original photos by Robert Atkinson. … [Read more...]


Five Affordable Longines Watches for New Collectors

five affordable longines

Longines represents an excellent entry point into the world of fine Swiss-made watches. During the brand’s 182-year history, it has served as an official Olympic timer, supplied timepieces to multiple expeditions and to the International Aviation Federation, won numerous Grand Prix competitions, and of course created the famous Lindberg Hour Angle pilots’ watch. Today, Longines offers a broad range of great-looking watches at attractive prices. Here are five we can recommend for new … [Read more...]


The Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openwork: 5 Things to Know

jaquet droz bird repeater openwork

The Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openwork combines expertise in several arts to create an amazingly detailed and realistic automaton with minute repeater. This new model also features a clear sapphire dial that reveals the complex mechanism behind the moving parts. Here are five things you need to know about this new timepiece. … [Read more...]


Girard-Perregaux Neo-Tourbillon with Three Bridges: 10 Things to Know

girard-perregaux neo-tourbillon

Girard-Perregaux’s Tourbillon with Three Bridges has been an icon of classic design for almost 150 years. This year, the brand’s signature timepiece is reborn with a radical new look. Here are 10 things to know about this futuristic masterpiece. … [Read more...]


Five Affordable Hamilton Watches for New Collectors

Affordable Hamilton Watches for New Collectors

Founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892, Hamilton watches became synonymous with precision timekeeping, supplying pocketwatches to railroads, marine chronometers for ships, and clocks for aircraft. Today, Swiss-owned Hamilton offers a wide range of timepieces at accessible prices. Here are five models we can recommend for new collectors. … [Read more...]


10 Things to Know About Rolex

10 Things to Know About Rolex

Rolex is the world’s most widely recognized luxury watch brand. That global recognition is the product of decades of success in a range of fields, from early timekeeping records to a string of important firsts, not to mention film appearances and associations with James Bond, Paul Newman, and other notables. Here are 10 key things you should know about Rolex. … [Read more...]


The MB&F HM6 Space Pirate – Six Things to Know

MB&F Space Pirate

Maximilian Büsser & Friends, better known as MB&F, debuted the Horological Machine 6 (aka "Space Pirate", or simply HM6) last fall. This new model takes the domed look introduced with the HM3 "Frog" to new heights. MB&F timepieces are always creative on many levels. Here are six things to know about HM6. … [Read more...]


5 Affordable Omega Watches for New Collectors

affordable omega watches

Omega has produced numerous iconic timepieces over the years, including perhaps the world’s most famous chronograph, known around the world as the Omega Moonwatch. Here are five models that are in stores now at accessible prices for both new and seasoned collectors. … [Read more...]


What’s Your Perfect Watch? Here’s a 10-Step Plan to Find It

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Have you ever wondered “What’s the perfect watch for me?” Perhaps you framed the question like this: “Which watch should I buy?” Here’s a 10-step plan to help you find the one that's perfect for you. … [Read more...]


Five Montblanc Watches Under $5,000

5 Montblanc watches under $5000

An appreciation for fine timepieces often goes hand in hand with an appreciation for fine writing instruments. Both require high levels of skill to execute at the highest level. Both combine mechanical precision with a refined aesthetic that expresses one’s personal style. Today, Montblanc is a master of both realms. Here are five accessible Montblanc watches for your consideration.   … [Read more...]


Five Baume & Mercier Watches Under $5,000

affordable baume mercier

Founded in 1830, Baume & Mercier has a proud history, producing award-winning complicated timepieces in the 19th century and both pure classics and avant garde designs during the 20th. Today the company is known for producing beautiful, Swiss-made watches at accessible prices. Here are five we can recommend, each available for less than $5,000. … [Read more...]


The New Rolex Cellini Collections: Here’s What You Need to Know

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Rolex watches are the most recognized, high-profile timepieces available. When the occasion calls for something dressed-up, look no further than the manufacture’s Cellini line of elegant dress watches. Rolex launched three new and distinctive Cellini families at Baselworld 2014. Here’s what you need to know. … [Read more...]


5 Accessible Audemars Piguet Watches for New Collectors

Affordable Audemars Piguet for Collectors

Audemars Piguet timepieces combine iconic designs with meticulously hand-finished movements. Accordingly, prices run well into six figures. For new collectors and those considering their first Audemars Piguet purchase, WatchTime offers five currently available models at the more accessible end of the range.   Royal Oak Selfwinding The word “audacious“ is invoked far too often in the world of watches, and though the Royal Oak may seem tame by today’s standards, it was truly … [Read more...]


Five Affordable Zenith Watches for New Collectors

5 affordable zenith

Zenith is best known as the creator of the El Primero – an integrated, automatic chronograph movement that has earned a place in the pantheon of historic calibers. Today, the brand is also known and appreciated for offering classically styled timepieces and excellent value. Here are five Zenith watches the we can recommend for new collectors.   … [Read more...]


Three Things to Know About the Patek Philippe Chiming Jump Hour

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The ornate, double-dialed Grandmaster Chime has dominated coverage of Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary, which the brand marked last year. It is an amazing timepiece that makes a big statement. The watch we’re going to look at today is its counterpoint. With one dial and two hands, it appears to be the paradigm of simplicity, but it’s not. … [Read more...]


For New Collectors: 5 IWC Watches Under $10,000

5 IWC watches under $10000

IWC is a collector favorite with several iconic collections. Names like Portuguese, Ingenieur, Aquatimer, and of course pilots’ watches from the “Mark” series, have earned their places in the horological hall of fame. Here are five current IWC watch models that are in stores now, priced below $10,000. … [Read more...]


5 Affordable TAG Heuer Watches for New Collectors

affordable tag heuer

When it comes to automobile races and the precision chronograph watches that time them, TAG Heuer is the name most enthusiasts think of. Let’s take a look at five models that are available in stores now at accessible prices. … [Read more...]


Close-Up: Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” (With Video)

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Black for  the night sky, blue for day — these colors just make sense, but if you expected to find them on the bezel of one of the world’s most famous GMT watches, the Rolex GMT-Master II, you would have been disappointed, until recently. In this article from WatchTime's October 2013 issue, we take a look at the Rolex watch that has been nicknamed "Batman." … [Read more...]