WatchTime Blog

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.

Reversible Watches: The One You Know and Others You Don’t

Cartier Basculante - angle

For many people, a watch is not only an accessory that tells time; after all, numerous other devices surrounding us can do that today. It is also a piece of art, jewelry, perhaps a status symbol — … [Read more...]

Five Baume & Mercier Watches Under $5,000

affordable baume mercier

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 … [Read more...]

5 Affordable TAG Heuer Watches for New Collectors

affordable tag heuer

When it comes to automobile races and the precision chronograph watches that time them, TAG Heuer is the name most enthusiasts think of. Let’s take a look at five models that are available in stores … [Read more...]

Buyer Beware: The Rise of Counterfeit Luxury Watches on the Internet

Confiscated Counterfeit Watches

Looking for cheap watches on the internet? Better think twice before making that purchase. In this in-depth feature from the WatchTime archives, we explore how sales of these counterfeit watches are … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Hands-on with the Oris Diver Sixty-Five “Deauville”


In March 2015, Oris introduced a re-edition of one of its earliest dive watches, the Oris Diver Sixty-Five (read Jason Pitsch's review here), named after the year it was introduced. Nine months … [Read more...]

5 Skull Watches We Can’t Get Out of Our Heads


Many watch brands have at least one skeleton watch in their collection, but only a few have actually introduced skull watches — timepieces with skulls on their dials, some with a horological … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Hands-On with the First Diver from Franc Vila


Geneva-based Franc Vila has a rather unique way of designing watches, and this can definitely be said about the brand’s first dive watch, as seen below. The Franc Vila Intrepido Diver … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Countdown: The Top 7 Iconic Chronograph Watches

Rolex Daytona

From my blog,, 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...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: New Unlimited Versions of the Sinn U212


In the past, German watch manufacturer Sinn would occasionally release several highly sought-after limited editions of its U-series of dive watches with an increased diameter of 47 mm. Now — good … [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...]

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...]

Hands-On Review: 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...]

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...]

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...]

Hands-On Review: IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound 8 Days – 75th Anniversary Edition

IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound 8 Days 75th-Anniversary-IW510206-04500

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...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: The New Limited-Edition Seiko Marinemaster SBEX003


Just in case you did not manage to get your hands on one of the 700 Seiko Marinemaster 1000 SBEX001 models — featuring Seiko’s Hi-Beat 8L55 caliber —Seiko is now releasing the SBEX003, a … [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...]

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...]

“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...]

Temptations by Escapement: TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom

TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom - CU

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...]

Temptations by Escapement: Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGE005

Seiko Grand Seiko Spring Drive - wrist

A few weeks ago, I agreed to take time out from my frenetic work schedule and spend a few days touring Budapest with my family. Numerous articles in magazines, showing journalists touring the globe, … [Read more...]