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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.

5 Accessible Audemars Piguet Watches for New Collectors

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

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...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Introducing the Delta Dive from Georg Jensen


In 2014, the Danish watch brand Georg Jensen launched a 42-mm dive watch powered by an ETA 2824 movement. The surprisingly heavy Georg Jensen Delta Dive (named after the fourth letter of the Greek … [Read more...]

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

First Rolex Datejust from 1945

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...]

Expert Advice: 5 Tips for Buying Vintage Watches

Vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre watches

Whether you’re buying out of sentimentality — say, you want to own a watch from the year of your birth — or simply for investment purposes, education is the most important factor when it comes … [Read more...]

Five Notable Cartier Watches Under $10,000

Calibre de Cartier Diver

Cartier has a long and distinguished horological history, and in recent years, the brand has assumed a leading role among manufacturers creating innovative and complicated haute horlogerie timepieces. … [Read more...]

Fratello’s Top 5 Vintage Patek Philippe Watches

Patek Philippe Ref. 3940 Perpetual Calendar

Patek Philippe turned 175 fall of 2013. 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 … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s 6 Most Underestimated Watch Manufacturers

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Second Time Zone Calibre 1904-FU-MC

Some watch brands get all the credit, while others deserve more than they get. This six-pack – Breguet, Cartier, Chopard, Glashütte Original, Nomos and Tissot – does a great job. All six are … [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 … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Real-Life Photos of the Sinn T1 and T2 B


In 2012, German watch manufacturer Sinn released two new dive watches with cases made of titanium (instead of the heavier "submarine steel" the brand normally uses for its dive watches, such as the … [Read more...]

8 Celebrity-Owned Watches That Rocked the Auction Block

Elvis Presley's Omega Constellation Calendar

Few factors can increases the value of a vintage watch quite like its once having belonged to a celebrity. Whenever a watch owned by a famous or historic figure goes on the block at auction houses … [Read more...]

For New Collectors: 5 IWC Watches Under $10,000

IWC Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer

IWC is a collector favorite with several iconic collections. Names like Portuguese, Ingenieur, Aquatimer, and of course pilots’ watches from the “Mark” series, have earned their places in the … [Read more...]

Expert Advice: 3 Ways to Safely Store Your Watches

Safe Deposit Box - 2 Keys

If you have more then one watch, you essentially have a watch collection. So what do you do with your other watch (or watches) when you are leaving home or will be out of town for a couple of days (or … [Read more...]

5 Affordable Omega Watches for New Collectors

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial

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 … [Read more...]

Feeling Blue: 21 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 … [Read more...]

Advice for Collectors: How to Buy Pre-Owned Watches

Omega Speedmaster Professional Snoopy

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 … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: 3 More Votes for the Tudor Pelagos


Usually, dive watches do not perform very well when it comes to the awards that honor the watch industry. They rarely compete on a level playing field with their much more complicated counterparts, … [Read more...]

Five Montblanc Watches Under $5,000

Montblanc TimeWalker Collection World-Time Hemispheres – North

An appreciation for affordable 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 … [Read more...]

Temptations by Escapement: Moser Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Funky Blue

Moser Endeavour Perpetual Calendar FunkyBlue - front

I am incessantly asked about so-called "smart watches." Usually, I practice incredible diplomacy, seldom revealing my extreme distaste for this genre of gadget, preferring to avoid discussing them … [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 … [Read more...]

Dive Watches 101: The Basics of the Rotating Divers’ Watch Bezel

Citizen Promaster 1000 bezel - submerged

In this article in our series on the basics of divers' watches, takes on what is probably most distinctive element of a dive watch: the rotating bezel. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top 10 Best-Value Chronographs

Longines Column Wheel Single-Push-Piece Chronograph

As new watches introduced at this year's SIHH and Baselworld begin arriving at retailers, let's look at my annual Top 10 Best-Value Watches list, which I assembled for my blog, … [Read more...]

Bare Bones: 10 Interesting Skeleton Watches


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 watch aficonados who love the technical … [Read more...]

How Snoopy Ended Up on an Omega Speedmaster Dial

Omega Speedmaster - Snoopy dial

It is no secret that besides blogging about watches for, I also love to collect watches — especially iconic watches like the Rolex GMT-Master, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Rolex … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: 10 Watches With That “Certain Something”


Some watches simply "have it" and some do not. These 10 timepieces, to me, have that certain something that sets them apart. Scroll down to see my choices. These are the watches introduced in 2014 … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Another Reason to be Impressed by the IWC Aquatimer 2000


In 2014, IWC introduced the completely re-designed IWC Aquatimer collection, with the Aquatimer 2000 (Ref. 358002) as its most performance-oriented representative: its 2,000-meter water-resistance, … [Read more...]

Entry-Level Luxury: My Top 5 Watches Under $1,000

Xetum Kendrick

Call it a “budget” timepiece or an “entry-level luxury” watch: for many out there, it is the first step into a lifelong passion. Fortunately, there are many mechanical watches on the market … [Read more...]

Close-Up: Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planetarium

If you’ve ever wondered when Jupiter will next be aligned with Mars, Van Cleef & Arpels has a watch that will tell you. Its Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication watch, introduced at SIHH … [Read more...]

Tudor Watches: Getting to Know the “Other” Rolex

Numerals on the dial are hand-painted.

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 … [Read more...]

Advice for Collectors: Buying New vs. Vintage Rolex Watches

Rolex GMT-master - vintage

Just to warn everyone up front, this article concerns my personal opinions on buying and collecting Rolex watches. Whether one likes it or not, one cannot deny that Rolex still gets more attention … [Read more...]

Vintage Style: Watch Insider’s Top 10 Modern Re-Edition Watches


The vintage look is having a moment in the watch world right now, with many brands releasing modern takes on old classics. Here, in this article from my blog,, are my personal … [Read more...]