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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.

Watch Insider Asks: Which of These 5 Watches Would You Take to a Desert Island?

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As summer begins to give way to fall, many of us may soon be longing for a trip to a desert island. Let's say one were to be stranded on such an island and only watch could come along. Which one to … [Read more...]

5 Iconic Watches from the Mind of Gérald Genta

Gerald Genta

Throughout his career, legendary watch designer Gérald Genta (1931-2011) created some of the most iconic models in the watch world, working with brands from Omega to Audemars Piguet and IWC and … [Read more...]

Need for Speed: 13 Watches Inspired by Auto Racing

Chopard Superfast Chrono - front

The worlds of watchmaking and automobile racing have shared a strong connection for decades, with racing and high-performance cars often serving as a direct inspiration for watches, including classic … [Read more...]

The Rolex Deepsea and 6 Other Extreme Dive Watches

Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue

All divers' watches share certain characteristics that make them divers' watches: unidirectional rotating bezels, secure screw-down crowns, higher-than-typical water resistance. Some of these divers' … [Read more...]

Blackout: 17 Black-on-Black Watches

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chrono

Blue-on-blue isn't the only popular watch-color trend of recent years. "All-black" watches, with ebony-colored cases, dials, and straps, have also remained popular. Nearly every watch brand, from … [Read more...]

Temptations by Escapement: Urban Jurgensen Reference 1142L in Platinum

Urban Jurgensen watch - front

I first heard of Urban Jürgensen in 2014 when the watch company's Central Seconds (Ref. 1142 C CS RG) won the GPHG Men’s Watch Prize. At Baselworld earlier this year, I took a closer look at Urban … [Read more...]

5 Record-Setting Ultra-Thin Watches

Breguet 5733 BR

As we've seen in recent years, watch brands are pulling out all the stops to achieve new records not only in thinness, but in the level of complication and complexity that they pack into those … [Read more...]

Watches With Diamonds? Here Are Five That Men Can Actually Wear

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 5402B

Yes, we're talking men’s watches with diamonds. No, don’t click away from this post just yet.  I am aware that this is a bit of a tricky subject, since most men don’t like to wear diamonds. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: The Black List

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Should you currently be on the lookout for a "stealthier" or black-on-black dive watch (and we can't think of a reason why you shouldn't be), we at Diveintowatches.com have selected nine different … [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. … [Read more...]

10 Watch Brands That Make Their Own Metals

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona - Platinum - angle

We're all familiar with the most popular materials for watch cases — steel, rose gold, titanium, et cetera. But what about Rolesium, Ceragold, and Powerlite? While many watch brand take great pride … [Read more...]

Hands-On Review: Patek Philippe 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Blue

Patek Philippe Chronograph Perpetual Calendar Blue 5270 - dialCU

Patek Philippe has been associated with perpetual calendar chronographs for several decades now. Not only was Patek the first to unite both complications in a wristwatch (with the ref. 1518), but … [Read more...]

Countdown: The Top 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 … [Read more...]

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

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

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 … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Hands-on with the Bremont Supermarine S2000

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In 2009, just two years after the launch of its first models, British high-flyer watch brand Bremont launched the 43-mm-diameter Supermarine S500. Despite the fact that it was Bremont's first watch … [Read more...]

For Vintage Watch Fans: 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 … [Read more...]

The 10 Best Dive Watch Brands You Don’t Know About

Pita Oceana Bezel Watchtime

To someone who's not all that interested in dive watches, many of them may look alike. But if you are into collecting dive watches, you're always looking for another one to buy. In doing so, you have … [Read more...]

Hands-On Review: Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph

Patek Philippe 5990 Nautilus

A few years ago, Patek Philippe introduced a new Ref. 5980/1A with a white dial (for laymen: that’s the Nautilus Chronograph). We at Monochrome Watches were a bit surprised to discover, at … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Review: Hands On with the Tudor Pelagos

Tudor Pelagos

If you are a regular reader of WatchTime’s "Dive Watch Wednesdays," you will probably remember one of our blog posts in which we revealed our personal “Top 5 Most Wanted” list of dive watch … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: What If You Could Only Have One Watch? My Top 5 Choices

Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial

If you are like me and my colleagues at Fratellowatches, you can’t live with only one watch. You need at least one chronograph, one watch with a second time zone, and one divers' watch (even if you … [Read more...]

Temptation Thursday by Escapement: The Meerson D15 MK-1 GMT

Meerson D15 MK-1 GMT

When I was young, I would be known to squeeze into ill-fitting clothes to "look good." I was a fashion victim and pain seemed a small price to pay in order to appear stylish. Now that I am … [Read more...]

Monochrome Watches Reviews the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin 1907

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin 1907

We at Monochrome Watches do get our share of impressive timepieces to wear, but a watch that is (almost) the thinnest watch in the world still manages to impress. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: How Did Your Favorite Watch Brand Do in This Test From 1968?

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In 1966, the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) set up an investigation committee for diving equipment, including dive watches, which back then were deemed not only “a vital part” of the diver’s … [Read more...]

Automatic for the People: 7 Mechanical Watches Under $2,000

Tissot Luxury Automatic - front-back

At the Swiss watch fairs, the attention-grabbing releases are often the most astronomically priced timepieces with the most complex movements. But what about those who are seeking a more "entry-level" … [Read more...]

Watch Insider Reviews the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter

The Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter is a wristwatch equipped with a mechanical barometric altimeter-and-barometer movement. In fact, it is the world’s first automatic mechanical altimeter watch at … [Read more...]

Tough Timers: 10 Watches for Extreme Conditions

Breitling Emergency II - Orange dial

Mechanical watches are delicate pieces of machinery that can be thrown off kilter if the proper precautions aren't taken. Magnetic fields, extreme temperatures, and shocks are among the risks watches … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Introducing the Richard Mille RM 055 Bubba Watson All Grey Boutique Edition

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A mechanical watch to be worn while practicing golf? Isn’t that something that everybody knows to be dangerous? Well, that would certainly be true in the case of most mechanical watches. However, … [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...]

Depths of Complexity: 5 Ultra-Complicated Dive Watches

Richard Mille RM 032

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to spend less money this year on watches, you might want to skip this article. Most mechanical dive watches are priced under $10,000 (even though the iconic … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: 3 Watches for the Blind

Bradley watch - CU

An article I recently discovered on the BBC website (here) caught my attention with its depiction of a wristwatch for blind people. The watch pictured in the article is the Bradley Timepiece, named … [Read more...]