Fratello Friday: Which Watch Brands Are Most Likely to Increase in Value?

Patek Philippe Nautilus

It's a question watch collectors — especially new ones — always want answered, and one we at Fratellowatches have heard often: What brands offer watches that tend to increase in value over time? I'll attempt to provide guidance on this, not so much from facts and figures but based on experience, and on opinions that I have heard through the years. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: 4 Vintage Omega Watches Under $1,000

Omega Seamaster De Ville - 1968

WatchTime has asked me to publish a series of blog posts about Omega watches. As you probably know by now, on Fratellowatches.com we have a Speedmaster topic every Tuesday, called Speedy Tuesday. A successful series of articles also resulted in a "Speedy Tuesday" Event (photo report here) at the official ‘Space Expo’ visitors' center  of the European Space Agency in The Netherlands. However, the Speedmaster is just one of many models in the Omega catalog. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Favorite Divers’ Watches

Omega Seamaster Ploprof

Admittedly, I do not dive. In fact – and this has been a secret until now – it took me a lot of effort to even get my swimming diploma when I was a young boy. For my parents, this must have been hell; I hated water and didn’t want to be near it. Things have changed a bit, however. Although I am still not much of a swimmer, I do like to take a plunge in the pool when I am on holiday. And being a watch enthusiast, and a very modest collector, I like to have the right watch on my wrist when I … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: Our Prediction for a New Omega Speedmaster at Baselworld 2015

Omega Speedmaster Snoopy

I would like to use this week’s Fratello Friday to make an educated guess on a new watch that Omega is likely to present during Baselworld 2015 later this month. Almost every year, Omega introduces a limited or special-edition Omega Speedmaster to commemorate historical achievements by NASA in which a Speedmaster was involved. … [Read more...]


Fratello’s 7 Iconic Chronograph Watches

Rolex Daytona

From my blog, Fratellowatches.com, I offer up my personal list of Seven Iconic Chronograph Watches. If you don’t count the date feature, the chronograph is probably the most popular complication for wristwatches, as well as one of the most useful: one can find many uses for a chrono during his or her everyday life, such as timing diner preparation or in other work- or sports-related activities. … [Read more...]


Expert Advice: How To Buy Vintage Watches

Vintage Omega Constellation watches

As noted in my previous article about buying pre-owned watches, the market for truly "vintage" watches is something quite different from that for relatively young "pre-owned" watches. Any watch made before 1990 could be considered vintage, although some collectors put the maximum year of "vintage" at 1980 or even earlier. I'd like to use 1990 as the baseline for this article, which offers my tips on buying vintage watches, but in the end you'll have to decide for yourself whether a given watch … [Read more...]


Fratello’s Top 5 Vintage Patek Philippe Watches

Patek Philippe Ref. 3940

Patek Philippe turned 175 last fall. In honor of the anniversary, we at Fratello Watches offered up this list — not an overview of the most expensive Patek Philippe watches, nor the most sought-after Patek Philippe watches, or the rarest Patek Philippe watches. Just my personal top five among vintage Patek Philippe watches, selected for a variety of reasons. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: The “Alternative” Top 5 Pilots’ Watches

Bremont Alt-1 Pilot

We're all familiar with iconic pilots' watches like the IWC Big Pilot, Rolex GMT-Master and Breitling Navitimer, right? This week, we will shed some light on a few "alternative" pilots' watches. Whether it is because you don't want to be one of the three guys in the meeting room wearing the same Rolex GMT-Master, or simply because you might be looking for something in a different budget range, here are some choices you may not have considered. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday’s Top 5 Omega Seamaster Watches

Omega Seamaster ProDiver Titanium

Following up on the recent release of the latest James Bond watch —  like many previous ones, an Omega Seamaster — we revisit this "Fratello Friday" article in which I offer my personal all-time "Top 5" list of Omega Seamaster watches.  … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: Explaining the Seiko 6159-7010 “Grandfather Tuna”

Seiko 6159-7010 Tuna

We've got something different for this week's Fratello Friday. For a while, we've had a Seiko expert on board Fratello Watches by the name of Michael Stockton and one of his personal interests are (vintage) Seiko and Grand Seiko watches. This week, we bring you one of his stories, about the Seiko 6159-7010 also known to Seiko fans as the "Grandfather Tuna." … [Read more...]


Watch Nerd Alert! Top 10 Chronograph Movements

Zenith_3019PHF_500150

A while back, I wrote an article on my top 5 iconic chronograph watches. Some of you readers wondered why Zenith wasn’t in there. Quite simply, it didn't make my personal Top 5. However, I do love the Zenith El Primero movement, and think that its reputation as a great chronograph caliber is well-earned. So, to make it up for some of you fellow watch nerds out there, here I focus specifically on chronograph movements rather than watches. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: Are You Buying Authentic Watches?

Rolex Datejust w/ German writing

I begin this article with a small confession. It's not something I'm proud of, but it is an example of how easy it is to be tricked. It was probably around 2003 when I started searching for an Oyster bracelet for my Rolex Datejust (which came on a Jubilee bracelet). I quickly found one on eBay and, after doing a quick feedback check on the seller, I decided to hit the "Buy Now" button. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: The Rise of the Micro Brands

Melbourne Portsea

We have to admit that the title of this week's Fratello Friday article sounds like it's for a new "Transformers" movie, but it really isn't. The only thing that the article has in common with the giant robot franchise is that both are concerned with mechanical devices — in our case, it's all about the growth of a certain segment of the wristwatch market. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: 8 Watches for Friday the 13th

Rolex GMT-Master

As we all try to survive another Friday the 13th, I thought it would be fun to re-post this "Fratello Friday" article highlighting eight watches that have the number ‘13’ in their reference number. It is, admittedly, an unusual method for generating a list of watches, and the results were somewhat surprising; before I started searching for "13" in the strings of characters that make up watch reference numbers, I didn't know what would pop up. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: 5 Iconic Omega Watches

Omega Seamaster PloProf

From the "Fratello Friday" archives, we present this post focusing on five iconic Omega watches. Of course, many models from this brand could be considered iconic, but for the purposes of this list, I narrowed it down to five Omega watches that I consider most important to the brand or to the world of watches in general. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: Everyone Needs at Least One, Right? My Top 5 Digital Watches

Tissot_T-Touch_Expert_500150

Perhaps it is a bit like cursing in a church when discussing digital watches on a site devoted primarily to luxury watches, but I am certain that everyone should own at least one. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: My Top 3 Rolex GMT-Master Watches

Rolex GMT Master II Ref. 16710

Many visitors to my blog, Fratellowatches.com, absolutely love Rolex watches. Whenever I write something about this brand, whether it's about new product introductions at Baselworld or something involving vintage Rolex watches, I receive a great deal of commentary and questions. One of the most often-asked questions is,“What is your favorite Rolex model?” … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: My Top 5 Gold Watches

AP Rpyal Oak - gold

You may have noticed that our “Fratello” articles focus mainly on watches with stainless steel or titanium cases – and a select few with more exotic case materials such as forged carbon and bronze — and that we rarely cover gold watches. Not only can gold watches come off as too “flashy” for some, but they are also, of course, relatively expensive compared to their stainless-steel cousins.  … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: 5 Top Watches in 5 Categories from SIHH 2015

Lange Datograph Perpetual

SIHH 2015 has come and gone, and instead of immediately bringing you a "Top 5 Watches" or "Top 10 Watches"  — which we will surely do later on, nevertheless — we at FratelloWatches thought it might be interesting to pick a top new watch release from SIHH 2015 in five different categories. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Moon-Phase Watches

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre

Regular readers of my "Fratello Friday" posts know that I'm a sucker for Omega’s Speedmaster Professional, a.k.a the "Moonwatch." Today's post, however, concerns a different type of "moonwatch," namely the type with a moon-phase indicator. … [Read more...]