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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...]


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...]


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...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: Reviewing the Seiko Prospex “Sumo” 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

Seiko Prospex 200M 50th Anniversary LE - Dial

Early this year, we at DiveIntoWatches.com briefly introduced you here to the first of two upcoming special editions marking the 50th anniversary of dive watches carrying the Seiko name (and it seems there are many more to come). Both the new Seiko Marinemaster (Ref. SBDX012) and the less expensive Ref. SBDC027 — basically a modified version of the Seiko Prospex “Sumo” (SBDC001) — have since then hit the shelves. And because the SBDC027 offers quite a bit more upgrades and changes to the … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 10 Men’s Dress Watches

Omega De Ville Tresor - White Gold

As the watch world prepares for new releases at Baselworld 2015, we revisit my year-end "Top 10" lists for 2014, all originally posted on my blog, Watch-Insider.com. We have already looked at my favorite new chronograph watches. This time, the focus is on last year's top dress watches for men. … [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...]


Monochrome Monday: Introducing The Urwerk UR-210S Full Metal Jacket, Now On Metallic Bracelet

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A metallic bracelet on an Urwerk? What a strange idea, one might think, says Brice Goulard of the watch blog Monochrome. However, if you take a look at the previous models that the brand has created, there was already an Urwerk coming on such a bracelet, the UR-202 White Shark. This timepiece was a stunner. Alongside the ultra-cool and off-the-range UR-110 Eastwood, Urwerk is introducing another watch this year, coming in a full metallic outfit, the Urwerk UR-210S Full Metal … [Read more...]


Watch Spotting at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian Lindbergh Waltham 8 Days Clock - Closeup

Because it is one of the five most visited museums in the world, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC hardly needs any further recommendation. But just in case you have not as yet felt the immediate need to see the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world, there’s also an exhibition dedicated to “Time and Navigation” on the second floor. … [Read more...]


Escapement Watch Review: Graham Chronofighter Oversize

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Angus Davies reviews the Graham Chronofighter Oversize on his online watch magazine, Escapement, The timepiece is a chronograph with a rather unusual carbon "trigger." Read why Angus delights in this Graham offering, below.  … [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...]


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...]


Dive Watches 101: Bracelet Extensions vs. Flexible Straps

Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 submerged

Depending on where you plan on diving, chances are that you will wear a wetsuit or, in some cases, even a dry suit. Both increase your wrist size substantially, which is why a dive watch usually features a deployment clasp with a divers' extension, or even comes with an extra strap piece that can be attached to the strap buckle when worn over a dry suit (e.g. the unique Citizen Promaster 1000, which has been previously reviewed by WatchTime). A regular clasp extension usually doesn’t add … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 10 Best-Value Chronographs of 2014

Longines Column Wheel Single-Push-Piece Chronograph

As watch brands introduce their new models for 2015 at SIHH and the upcoming Baselworld watch fair, let's look back on my annual Top 10 Watches lists for 2014, which I assembled for my blog, Watch-Insider.com. We've covered my favorite chronograph watches and men's dress watches that debuted last year; now I put the spotlight on chronograph watches offering the best value for money. … [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...]


Bare Bones: 10 Interesting Skeleton Watches

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In skeleton watches, the watchmaker strips the watch's dial and/or movement to their bare essentials, revealing as much of the watch's interior as possible. For skeleton watch fans who love the technical "openwork" artistry that goes into skeleton watchmaking, these timepieces give them a detailed look at a watch's inner workings. Below we take a look at 10 skeleton watches introduced in recent years. … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: Here’s the One Rolex Watch in Lucerne You Can’t Buy

Rolex Deep-Sea Special - SS Lucerne - CU

The recently restored "Mesoscaph" submarine, designed in 1963 by Auguste Piccard, is the largest civilian submarine and also one of the newest attractions at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne. It is the centerpiece of a new exhibition dedicated to three generations of a family of explorers (Aguste, Jacques, and Bertrand).   Another new reason to visit the Museum is one of the very few stainless steel versions of the famed Rolex "Deep-Sea Special" watches on exhibit. Usually, … [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 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...]


Five Baume & Mercier Watches Under $5,000

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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...]


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...]


Watch Insider: My Top 10 Watches From Baselworld 2014

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph

With the start of Baselworld 2015 just over a month away, I thought now would be an ideal time to look back on my personal favorite watches from last year's Baselworld, first published on my blog, Watch-Insider.com. Let me know if you agree with my choices (listed here in alphabetical order) and feel free to share your own favorites in the comments box below. … [Read more...]