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Dive Watch Wednesday: The Swiss Military’s Doxa Dive Watch

Doxa Sub 300T EMD issued - Front

Due to the fact that the development of most early dive watches was heavily influenced, or even directly initiated, by armed services around the world, it is no surprise that a large number of these watches were in fact used and issued by them as well. It did, however, come as a surprise to us here at Diveintowatches.com that even the Swiss Armed Forces at one point issued a very small number of its own Swiss-made dive watches. … [Read more...]

Feeling Blue: 20 Blue Watches With Blue Dials and Blue Straps

TAG Heuer 1887 Carrera Chronograph

Blue watches are one of the growing style trends seen in the watch world in the past few years — and on display at the watch shows in Switzerland and in the U.S.A. —, with blue-on-blue dial-strap combinations. We took a look at such blue watches with blue dials and blue straps released within the past few years, and compiled a list of 20 timepieces from brands on the blue-dial bandwagon. … [Read more...]

The World’s Most Expensive Watches: 8 Timepieces Over $1 Million

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor Silicium

We've all experienced sticker shock while perusing the world's most expensive watches. There are even a few brands for which six-figure price tags are the norm — "expensive watches" by almost anyone's definition. But a handful of luxury watches go well beyond "pricey" and into the rarefied "million dollar watch" category, i.e., costing more than $1 million. We've compiled eight of the world's most expensive watches, all breaking the $1 million ceiling, in which the only things grander than the … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Patek Philippe Ref. 5496P-014 Perpetual Calendar Retrograde

Patek Philippe 5496P-014 Perpetual Calendar Retrograde

This year was the year of steel for Patek Philippe. Alongside the huge surprise of the sporty Annual Calendar Chronograph 5960/1, we at Monochrome Watches presented you, in an extensive hands-on article, the new Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph ref. 5990/1A, a complicated edition of the Gérald Genta-designed icon. However, even with this recent trend toward steel (which was in answer to several collectors’ requests), we shouldn’t forget that Patek’s specialty is dress and complicated … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: How to Buy Pre-Owned Watches

Omega Speedmaster Pro Snoopy watch

The market for pre-owned items is huge. The success of websites like Craigslist, AutoTrader and so on are a testimonial. And the wristwatch market is no exception. Although a wristwatch is often a very personal item, at some point people are willing to part with it and trade up for something more expensive, or more special to them. This week, we at Fratello Watches offer some guidance on where to look and what to look for. … [Read more...]

7 Personalized Watches Made for World Champion Athletes

LeBron James wearing AP watch

With the MLB playoff chase in full swing, a new NFL Season on the horizon, and U.S. Open tennis starting next week, we at WatchTime thought it would be the perfect time to re-post (with a few updates) our article on the elite fraternity of athletes who have not only won a world championship in their sports but also boast a watch made specifically for them. Here are seven notable watches of champions. … [Read more...]

Need for Speed: 10 Watches Inspired by Auto Racing

2012 Blancpain L-Evolution Super Trofeo

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 models like the Rolex Daytona and TAG Heuer Carrera, which both turned 50 in 2013. Below we take a look at 10 recently released watches with designs influenced by automobile racing.As a partner with Lamborghini in the all-Lambo Super Trofeo auto racing series, Blancpain produces a line of Super … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: How to Turn Any Watch Into a Dive Watch

Brass Watch Case

If you want to take pictures under water, you can either use a regular camera in a matching, separate underwater case, or simply opt for a waterproof camera that comes with an already-sealed case. Chances are that, as a diver, you would go for the separate-case option (offering increased water resistance, versatility and a broader choice of camera options), whereas for a dive watch, you'd go the opposite route. … [Read more...]

Orbita Sempre is Automatic Watch Winder for Manual-Wind Watches

Orbita Sempre watch winder

During our annual visits to Orbita at the various watch and jewelry trade shows, we always see an impressive collection of new and existing winders of all sizes, holding anywhere from a single watch to as many as 48. And of course, the vast majority of these Orbita watch winders — and most other watch winders — are equipped to supply power to automatic (that is, self-winding) watches by rotating them at regular intervals so the rotors in the watches' movements can continually supply energy … [Read more...]

Tough Timers: 10 Watches for Extreme Conditions

Breitling Emergency II Intrepid 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 face. Below, in this list excerpted from a feature in WatchTime's November-December 2011 issue, we take a look at some watches designed to withstand these outside factors. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Speake-Marin’s Spirit Wing Commander Goes Into the Wild

Speake-Marin Spirit Wing Commander

At Monochrome Watches, we believe watches are made to "live" — to be worn and to have their own story, visible through the marks that adorning their cases and straps. We love watches and always prefer seeing them on wrists rather than in display cases. Hence the thought behind our summer series showcasing watches worn and photographed by their creators, the watchmakers. Recently, our good friend, renowned British watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin, offered us some great shots he'd snapped of his … [Read more...]

The New 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' watches, however, go the extra mile (or fathom), with cases that can descend to 3,000 or even 4,000 meters, chronographs operable at incredible depths, or high-tech depth gauge devices built into their mechanical movements. Below, we take a look at six of these "extreme" dive watches and what sets … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: Reviewing and Comparing the New and Vintage Omega Speedmaster Mark II

Omega Speedmaster Mark II - old and new

Every Tuesday on my blog, www.fratellowatches.com, we tackle a topic related to Omega Speedmaster watches. This week's Fratello Friday comes to us from that "Speedy Tuesday" series, and focuses on my recent opportunity to review, compare and contrast the new Omega Speedmaster Mark II with its vintage predecessor from 1969. … [Read more...]

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

UR_210_150

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 downright audacious methods to indicate the hours, minutes, and occasionally even other functions. Below is a list of unusual watches that deviate from the conventional time-telling style, finding creative alternatives to hour and minute hands. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: How Swatch Helped Rescue the Dive Watch

Swatch Scuba SDK103 Hypocampus

The quartz watch revolution (aka "quartz crisis") of the 1970s affected not only the watch industry in general, but also, of course, the dive watch category within it. Considering the number of model launches, innovations and constant improvements to such watches in the 1960s and the first half of the '70s, the '80s and early '90s were a rather dark time for dive watches by comparison. … [Read more...]

Tudor Watches: Getting to Know the “Other” Rolex

Tudor Heritage Black Bay

With the return of Tudor watches to the United States after a long absence, American watch fans once again have the opportunity to purchase timepieces from Rolex's lower priced "little brother" Tudor watch brand. Below, we take a look at some of the Tudor watches that U.S. watch collectors had been missing out on, along with some current Tudor watches — available in the States — that have been released at the Baselworld watch fairs in 2013 and 2014. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Our Review of the Swatch Sistem51

Swatch Sistem51 blue

The Swatch Sistem51 is certainly the cheapest watch we’ve ever reviewed on Monochrome-Watches.com, and we are doing it without any shame or regrets. Why? Because the Swatch Sistem51 is clearly one of the most important new watches of the last 10 years. … [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 mass-market and inexpensive to pricey and high-end, now makes at least one black-on-black model. Here are 17 watches that, like Johnny Cash and goth teens, are clad in black from top to bottom. … [Read more...]

Star Time: 13 Celebrity-Branded Sports Watches

EMINEM wearing G-Shock

There is no shortage of celebrities, many of them celebrity athletes, who serve as "brand ambassadors" for watch brands, appearing in ads and attending events wearing their watches. However, a few of these stars go the extra mile, giving input and often even becoming involved in the design process, for special celebrity watches to which they lend their names. Below is a list of 12 celebrity watches developed in honor of, and named for, their famous representatives. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top 17 Ultra-Technical Timepieces

Girard-Perregaux_Constant-Escapement

On my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I assembled this list of 17 "techie" watches, or ultra-technical timepieces, that so far most fascinated me in the area of technical innovation and watchmaking prowess. This list of ultra-technical watches will be updated whenever we stumble upon a new extraordinary watch. Here are my top 17, with photos and very brief descriptions. Enjoy this collection of my favorite ultra-technical watches and extraordinary timepieces. Leave a comment at the end of this post if … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: How the Rotating Bezel Landed on the Dive Watch

LeCoultre Weems watch - 1941 - museum

In the third part of our series on the basics of the dive watch, we at Diveintowatches.com explained about how its most characteristic feature works. In this week's edition, we dive a little bit deeper and discover its origins. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top 10 Watches Under €10K With In-House Movements

Breitling_Transocean-Chrono-GMT_150

A regular reader of Watch-Insider.com, Nick Senn, inspired me to compile this Top 10 list last year, focusing on watch brands that offer models with in-house movements at what most aficionados would consider affordable prices. Here we re-present the list, with links to more info on several of the watches. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau

IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Expedition Cousteau

This year IWC introduced an entirely renewed Aquatimer collection. All IWC Aquatimer watches have been redesigned and now feature the same design cues, and, more importantly, functional upgrades such as the new Dive-Safe system and an externally operational internal dive-time bezel. We tried out the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition "Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau” for several weeks and ended up liking it more and more as the test period went on. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: My Top 15 World-Time Watches

Breguet Classique Hora Mundi

Many who travel throughout the world have to frequently re-adjust our watches for a new time zone when arriving at our destination. And those of us with friends and business associates around the globe often need to know the local time in multiple locations at once. Wearing a watch with a world-time function means that you can surf through the world's time zones instantly. Here are the top 15, from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: The Challenge of Proving Your Dive Watch is “Extreme”

Caribbean 1000 dial

In 1953, the first dive watches featuring a rotating bezel appeared. They started with a depth rating of about 100 meters. It took another 10 years for makers of serially produced dive watches to reach the symbolic 1,000-meters mark. And, as we at Diveintowatches.com have discovered, achieving this milestone might have been considerably less difficult than proving it. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Longines Heritage Avigation GMT

Longines Heritage Avigation GMT

Longines introduces a new edition in its Heritage line, a vintage- and military-inspired watch that takes its place alongside the recently launched Heritage 1935, Heritage Diver and Conquest Heritage 1954. This collection of Longines watches is certainly the brand's most interesting, with vintage inspired designs and practical complications. The Longines Avigation GMT is no exception: it's a robust watch with an old-fashioned style and a useful display. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: 5 Vintage Watches For the Budget-Minded Aficionado

Alpina Sea-Strong Startimer

Let's say you are on a budget of $1,000 - $1,500 for a nice timepiece. If you care about things like warranty, water resistance, no maintenance for the next five years and so on, you may want to skip this week's Fratello Friday article on vintage watches. If you are living your horological life a bit more on the edge, however, I encourage you to read on. … [Read more...]

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

Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea - submerged

In the fourth part of 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 why each type is perfectly OK, depending on the type of diving you do. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: 3 Interesting Vintage Heuer Chronographs

Heuer Carrera 12 Dato

In this selected article from our "Cool Finds" series on Monochrome Watches.com, in which we seek out little-known and often underrated vintage chronograph watches, we focus on a single brand, one that we love and one that is also growing fast in the heart of collectors: Heuer, predecessor of today's TAG Heuer. Recently we unearthed a trio of vintage Heuer Chronographs that we present to you here. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: 7 Iconic Chronograph Watches

Rolex Daytona

In this week’s Fratello Friday, I offer up my Top 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...]