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WatchTime Blog

Welcome to WatchTime's blog - the watch collector's daily resource for the latest news on watches and the watch industry. Here, the WatchTime editorial team and other contributors from top watch blogs and online watch magazines post reviews of new watch models, news from the watch industry, reports from watch collector events, and much more.

Fratello Friday: 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. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: My Take on the Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial

Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial

Omega’s recent re-introduction of the original Omega Seamaster 300 from 1957 was undoubtedly one of last year's most anticipated releases of 2014 — and probably also one of its most discussed. I … [Read more...]

WatchTime’s Top 10 Most Popular Watches on Pinterest

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Did you know that WatchTime has a Pinterest page with nearly 150 boards and close to 4,000 photos of watches, celebrity watch fans and other images? We've got boards devoted to categories such as … [Read more...]

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? … [Read more...]

Watch Nerd Alert! Top 10 Chronograph Movements

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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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Temptation Thursday by Escapement: TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom

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What’s in a name? The selection of a brand name can sometimes prove fundamental to a product’s success. I concede that in a former life I was a marketing professional and researched the … [Read more...]

4 Omega Dive Watches That Never Made It Into Production

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When it comes to museums operated by watch brands, the Omega museum in Bienne is definitely one worth a visit (and if you're not planning a trip to Switzerland, there’s a website as well: … [Read more...]

Dive Watches 101: Saturation Diving, Helium Valves, and “Extreme” Dive Watches

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In another installment in our series on the basics of divers' watches, Diveintowatches.com explains why some dive watches have  built-in helium-release valves and why others don’t. We also explain … [Read more...]

5 Affordable Breitling Watches for New Collectors

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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 … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: New Dials for the Sinn T1 and T2

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German watch manufacturer Sinn just released a blue-dial option for the brand's only dive watches with titanium cases, the Sinn T1 (45-mm diameter and water-resistant to 1,000 meters) and Sinn T2 … [Read more...]

Expert Advice: Are You Buying Authentic Watches?

Fake Rolex Datejust - German writing on dial

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 … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Hands-on with the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Complet

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This year Montblanc introduced the entirely new Heritage Chronométrie collection, which immediately sparked interest from collectors. The collection features classic looks, classic … [Read more...]

Five Affordable Swiss Watches with In-House Movements

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When shopping for a fine timepiece, people often seek particular attributes, and two of the most popular are “Swiss made” and “In-house movement.” Here are five watches that meet these … [Read more...]

Watch Experts Network: Chopard Mille Miglia 2015 Race Edition – Watch Review by Escapement

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Angus Davies reviews the Chopard Mille Miglia 2015 Race Edition, an ebullient version of the Mille Miglia GTS Power Control, launched earlier this year at Baselworld 2015. This watch joins a long line … [Read more...]

Five Affordable Zenith Watches for New Collectors

Zenith El Primero 36,000 VpH

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 … [Read more...]

Dive Watches 101: What Did Divers Use Before Dive Watches?

Hard Hat Pocket Watch Case for divers

When Rolex and Blancpain launched their first wristwatches for divers in the early 1950s they did, in fact, create the archetype of the modern dive watch, thanks to the development of the … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: Our Top 7 Favorite Watches from Only Watch 2015

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At the 6th edition of the biennial Only Watch charity auction we will see as many as 42 unique timepieces going under the hammer. That's nine more than in the last Only Watch auction in 2013. Without … [Read more...]

Look, Ma, No Hands: 10 Watches That Tell Time Differently

Urwerk UR-210 “Maltese Falcon”

The vast majority of watches stick to traditional hour and minute hands to display the time, but a handful of bold manufacturers use their technical prowess to find new, innovative, and often … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Introducing the Technos Acqua 800 ATM

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The recently revived, Brazilian-owned Swiss watch brand Technos seems to be focusing on dive watches for the Brazilian market — at least to judge by its URL and the language used on its website — … [Read more...]

5 Affordable Rolex Watches for New Collectors

Rolex Submariner

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 (for Rolex, that is) prices for … [Read more...]

“Sound” Investments: 10 Notable Minute Repeaters and Chiming Watches

Piaget Emperador Coussin Automatic Minute Repeater

One of the most difficult watch complications to produce, a minute repeater transforms a watch from mere timekeeping device to miniature music box. Below we take a look at 10 minute repeaters — and … [Read more...]

Monochrome Watches Reviews the Omega Speedmaster Lunar Dust

Omega Speedmaster Lunar Dust

During last year's Baselworld, we at Monochrome Watches were all so excited with the idea of the re-edition of the Seamaster 300 that we actually didn’t expect a new version of the Speedmaster as … [Read more...]

Five Affordable Longines Watches for New Collectors

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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 … [Read more...]

Watch Insider Explains the Rado Hyperchrome Ceramic Touch Dual Timer

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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...]

Temptation Thursday by Escapement: Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Retrograde Date Hand, London

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I am a Lancastrian. I was born in Blackburn, a locale once synonymous with cotton weaving. In the late 18th Century, the advent of the industrial revolution saw Britain become the world’s biggest … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Introducing the Tudor Heritage Black Bay “One” for Only Watch 2015

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Not only will Tudor be participating in this year's Only Watch charity auction, but the watch the brand has presented for it may well be the most beautiful version of its Heritage Black Bay model to … [Read more...]

5 Accessible Audemars Piguet Watches for New Collectors

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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 … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound 8 Days – 75th Anniversary Edition

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IWC chose the 75th anniversary of the Portugieser line to introduce a model that takes its style cues directly from the original. In this article from Monochrome-Watches, we take a look at a modern … [Read more...]