About Mike Disher

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

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. 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...]


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...]


5 Affordable Rolex Watches for New Collectors

affordable rolex

Rolex is the most recognizable and most coveted watch brand in the world. Here are five popular Rolex watch models that are in stores now and that offer accessible prices for collectors of all ages.   … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015: Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica – 44 mm

SIHH Panerai PAM580

At SIHH 2015, Panerai will debut the Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica - 44 mm. This new model surrounds the P.9100 manufacture chronograph movement with a high-tech matte-black case fashioned from synthetic ceramic based on zirconium oxide. … [Read more...]


10 Things to Know About Omega

omega 10 things to know

Omega is among the best-known luxury watch brands on the planet, and certainly the best known off the planet. From NASA to the Olympics to James Bond, not to mention names like Speedmaster, Seamaster and Constellation, the brand has achieved well-deserved rock-star status among watch enthusiasts everywhere. Here are 10 things you should know about Omega. … [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...]


Close-Up: Breguet Classique 5717 Hora Mundi

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The Breguet Classique Hora Mundi, in simple terms, is the first example of a mechanical timepiece with an instant-jump time zone display. All of the displays jump between time zones with the push of a button. Once you see it, the concept is so intuitive, you wonder why it has not been done before. … [Read more...]


Zenith Academy Georges Favre-Jacot Celebrates the Brand’s 150th Anniversary

Zenith Academy Georges Favre-Jacot

In 1865, 22-year-old Georges Favre-Jacot founded his watch manufacture in Le Locle, giving birth to the watch brand we know today as Zenith. To mark Zenith’s 150th anniversary, the brand is launching the Academy Georges Favre-Jacot, a limited-edition timepiece featuring a rare and ancient complication. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015 Preview: Richard Mille RM 33-01

sihh richard mille rm 33-01

For 2015, Richard Mille introduces the new RM 33-01, powered by the skeletonized RMXP3 caliber. This watch offers the striking good looks of the RM 33 Extra Flat, with the added convenience of a date display. In typical Richard Mille fashion, the movement is something to behold. … [Read more...]


10 Things to Know About TAG Heuer

Steve McQueen Heuer Monaco

TAG Heuer is one of the world’s leading luxury watch brands, offering a strong history of innovation, deep connections with sports timing and automobile racing, and more recently, a series of groundbreaking developments in the field of ultra-fast mechanical chronographs. Here are ten things you should know about TAG Heuer. … [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...]


5 Affordable Breitling Watches for New Collectors

affordable breitling watches

Many brands offer aviation-themed timepieces, but when you think of fighter pilots and the instrument watches made for them, chances are that one brand comes to mind: Breitling. Here are five Breitling watches that are in stores now at accessible prices.   … [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...]


Breguet Classique Chronométrie Ref. 7727

Breguet Classique Ref. 7727

Last week, the Breguet Classique Chronométrie, a watch that came to market more than a year after its unveiling, picked up the Aiguille d'Or grand prize in this year's Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (for a complete list of this year's winners, click here). Scroll down to read our report on the watch from when we first saw it in 2012. Improving mechanical-timekeeping precision is one of Breguet’s chief objectives, says brand CEO Marc Hayek. The Classique Chronométrie Reference 7727 … [Read more...]


Hublot King Power Ayrton Senna

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November 3 would have been Ayrton Senna's 54th birthday. On that date in 2010, on the occasion of the Interlagos Grand Prix in Brazil, Senna's sister Viviane, along with the Instituto Ayrton Senna and Hublot, united the Formula 1 family along with Senna's friends and loved ones to commemorate his 50th birthday, which featured the premiere of the award-winning documentary film Senna as well as the debut of this timepiece, created by Hublot in support of Instituto Ayrton Senna. … [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...]


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...]


Roger Dubuis Introduces Hommage Minute Repeater Tourbillon Automatic

Roger Dubuis Hommage Minute Repeater Tourbillon Automatic

The new Roger Dubuis Hommage Minute Repeater Tourbillon Automatic, unveiled at the Watches and Wonders Fair in Hong Kong, features a trio of technical attributes: a minute repeater with new gongs, a flying tourbillion with a new cage, and twin micro-rotors in hand-guilloché rose gold. Let’s take a closer look. … [Read more...]


10 Things to Know About the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

This month marks Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary. What better way to celebrate than with a series of limited-edition timepieces? Why not include the most complicated wristwatch Patek Philippe has ever created? That’s just what they did. Here are ten things you need to know about it. … [Read more...]


Five Affordable Zenith Watches for New Collectors

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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...]


SIHH 2015 Preview: Ralph Lauren Automotive Chronograph

Ralph Lauren Automotive Chronograph

At SIHH 2015 in January, Ralph Lauren will launch the new Automotive Chronograph. Inspired by the instrument panel of Lauren's legendary 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, this piece evokes the exotic yet purposeful aesthetic found in the cockpit of a car many regard as the finest gentleman’s sport coupe of all time. … [Read more...]


IWC Launches Special Edition Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer”

IWC New Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer”

The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the most demanding sporting events in the world. IWC celebrates its role as the Official Timekeeper with the launch of the new Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” Special Edition.   … [Read more...]


Vacheron Constantin Launches New Watches in Hong Kong

Vacheron Constantin Watches & Wonders

Vacheron Constantin launched several new watches, including an ultra-complicated piece with astronomical displays, at the recent Hong Kong “Watches and Wonders” fair. Three new Patrimony models also debuted. Here are six new Vacheron Constantin watches that caught our eye. … [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...]


Meistersinger Launches the New Circularis With Bespoke Movement

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Meistersinger – maker of the famous watch with one hand – has announced a new watch with a new, bespoke, manually wound movement known as caliber MSH01. The movement features a striking design and some interesting technical features. Let's take a look. … [Read more...]


New from RGM Watch Company: Pro Aviator and “Baseball in Enamel”

RGM Baseball in Enamel

This month RGM Watch Co. is launching two very different watches: the Pro Aviator pilots’ watch, and a limited edition Baseball watch with a grand feu enamel dial, inspired by a rare, vintage Waltham pocket watch. Grand feu means "great fire" in French, and it took RGM founder Roland Murphy three years to locate an artisan to bring his dream to life. … [Read more...]


Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven

Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven

In the new Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven, Breitling wraps its manufacture Caliber 01 chronograph movement in a case that employs striking contrasts to achieve excellent legibility and a bold interpretation of the brand’s signature instrument style. Let's take a closer look. … [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...]


Philippe Cousteau’s Rolex Sea-Dweller Sells for $183,750 at Antiquorum Auction

Cousteau Rolex Sea Dweller Auction

Antiquorum’s fall auction in New York generated an impressive $3,679,437 in sales. The top lots included a Patek Philippe minute repeater, two Patek ref. 5004s, and Philippe Cousteau’s Rolex "double-red" Sea-Dweller, ref. 1665. Let’s take a look at the top 10 sellers. … [Read more...]


Omega Launches New Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon”

omega grey side of the moon

Following its highly successful “Dark Side of the Moon,” Omega announces the new Omega Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon.” Fashioned from ceramic and platinum, the new watch features several design elements that distinguish it from other Omega watches. … [Read more...]