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8 Celebrity-Owned Watches That Rocked the Auction Block

Elvis Presley's Omega Constellation

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 like Antiquorum and Christie's, bidding can be expected to go well beyond the estimated value. Below we look at notable "celebrity" watches, once owned by iconic entertainment and sports stars, sold at auction within the past few years. … [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...]


Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Favorite Divers’ Watches

Omega Seamaster Ploprof

Admittedly, I do not dive. In fact – and this has been a secret until now – it took me a lot of effort to even get my swimming diploma when I was a young boy. For my parents, this must have been hell; I hated water and didn’t want to be near it. Things have changed a bit, however. Although I am still not much of a swimmer, I do like to take a plunge in the pool when I am on holiday. And being a watch enthusiast, and a very modest collector, I like to have the right watch on my wrist when I … [Read more...]


5 Record-Setting Ultra-Thin Watches

Breguet 5733 BR

As we've seen in recent years — and most especially at this year's SIHH — 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 super-slim movements and cases. Here are five recent examples of timepieces that (at least for the moment) have set records for thinness in their respective categories. … [Read more...]


5 Affordable Rolex Watches for New Collectors

affordable rolex

Rolex is the most recognizable and most coveted watch brand in the world. Here are five popular Rolex watch models that are in stores now and that offer accessible prices for collectors of all ages.   … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: The Watches Inside and Outside the Bathyscaphe Trieste

Rolex Deep-Sea Special -CU

In 1952, Rolex approached Swiss physicist Auguste Piccard to provide him with a specially designed watch for his upcoming deep dive trials in the newly constructed bathyscaphe “Trieste.” Instead of the spherical design that was originally planned, Rolex was able to build a more traditionally constructed — though still quite unusual-looking — watch, consisting basically of an oversized case, a thick caseback, and a huge crystal. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Reviewing 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 Ultra-Thin 1907, introduced earlier this year during the SIHH in Geneva, is thin as a razor, superbly legible, and very stylish. We’ve reviewed this 4.05-mm thick (or thin) watch for you. … [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...]


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...]


Fratello Friday: Hands-On With the Omega De Ville Trésor Master Co-Axial

Omega De Ville Tresor - angle

It wasn't only Rolex that decided to come out with a new dress watch this year (the Rolex Cellini Time, Date and Dual Time); Omega also decided to surprise everyone at Baselworld 2014 with a classic looking timepiece. Classic on the outside, that is, since the new Omega De Ville Trésor Master Co-Axial is equipped with the brand's latest technical innovations in its manual-wind movement. … [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" timepiece without compromising on the mechanical movement? We've compiled a list of affordable watches with automatic movements that might have flown under your radar. While less complicated and less expensive, at under $2,000 each, these watches won't break the bank. … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: The ’70s Style of the Certina SuperPH 1000M

Certina DS-2 SuperPH - Yellow dial

Back in 2004, Certina reintroduced one of its more unusual looking dive watches, launched in the early 1970s, as a limited edition. A more modern interpretation of the original model, the reborn Certina DS-3 1000M (Ref.633.7128.42.61), featured an integrated helium release valve, a rather unusual hour hand (which made quite a few request for a modification, with an alternate set of hands) and most importantly, its 44-mm-wide, 14-mm-thick case was not quite as bulky as the original, at 18 mm … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 10 Affordable Watches for Men

Longines HydroConquest Chronograph

There is a lot of discussion about what constitutes "affordable watches" and "affordable luxury" when it comes to watch brands. For me, it means watches under $5,000, with mechanical movements, from trusted watch brands. From my blog, Watch-Insider.com, here is my list of the top 10 affordable men's watches that represent the most excellent value for price. … [Read more...]


“Sound” Investments: 10 Notable Minute Repeaters and Chiming Watches

Piaget Minute Repeater front

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 other, even more sophisticated chiming watches — that are more than just bells and whistles. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Flight-Testing the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter - wrist

Recently, we at Monochrome Watches took to the skies — literally — to test a watch in the environment for which it was designed. Oris released its Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter earlier this year, and cordially invited us to appropriately test-drive the world’s first wristwatch with an automatic, mechanical altimeter. … [Read more...]


Five Affordable Longines Watches for New Collectors

five affordable longines

Longines represents an excellent entry point into the world of fine Swiss-made watches. During the brand’s 182-year history, it has served as an official Olympic timer, supplied timepieces to multiple expeditions and to the International Aviation Federation, won numerous Grand Prix competitions, and of course created the famous Lindberg Hour Angle pilots’ watch. Today, Longines offers a broad range of great-looking watches at attractive prices. Here are five we can recommend for new … [Read more...]


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

Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial

It’s Fratello Friday! If you are like me, 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 never go near a swimming pool). Perhaps you need at least one quartz watch as well, if only to set the time correctly on your mechanical watches. What about a watch with a moon-phase? Can’t do without one, right? … [Read more...]


5 Affordable Breitling Watches for New Collectors

affordable breitling watches

Many brands offer aviation-themed timepieces, but when you think of fighter pilots and the instrument watches made for them, chances are that one brand comes to mind: Breitling. Here are five Breitling watches that are in stores now at accessible prices.   … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: Hands-On with the Citizen Grand Touring Sport

Citizen Signature Collection Grand Touring Dive Watch 300 - Blue

The first photos of Citizen’s latest addition to its Grand Touring range surfaced in spring 2014 and immediately generated quite a lot of interest among dive watch fans all over the world – which was totally understandable. After all, the watch is a bold (one might even say "chunky") yet still somewhat elegant blue-dialed divers' watch with an orange hand and an in-house caliber, produced by a company that can be considered a driving force not only in supplying scuba divers with (quartz) … [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...]


Monochrome Monday: Up Close with the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph “Le Petit Prince”

IWC Big pilot watch chronograph petit prince

When IWC opened its new boutique in Amsterdam last May, we at Monochrome Watches had a chance to get some hands-on time with the new IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "Le Petit Prince." This latest edition of the IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph features a striking blue dial and is the third edition to support the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation and its mission of battling illiteracy. … [Read more...]


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

5 IWC watches under $10000

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 horological hall of fame. Here are five current IWC watch models that are in stores now, priced below $10,000. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Vintage Patek Philippe Watches

Patek Philippe Ref. 3940

Patek Philippe turned 175 this month, and in honor of the anniversary, we at Fratello Watches offer up this list — not an overview of the most expensive Patek Philippe watches, nor the most sought-after Patek Philippe watches or the rarest Patek Philippe watches. Just my personal top five among vintage Patek Philippe watches, selected for a variety of reasons. … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: 4 Omega Dive Watches That Never Made It Into Production

Omega Museum Seamaster_1000_Prototype Megaquartz 32

When it comes to museums operated by watch brands, the Omega museum in Bienne is definitely one worth a visit (and if you're not planning a trip to Switzerland, there’s a website as well: www.omegamuseum.com). It is located just across from Omega HQ, admission is free, it’s open on Saturdays as well as during the week, and — best of all — you get to see hundreds of watches, clocks, movements, and instruments displaying more than a century of the brand’s fascinating history. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Omega Speedmaster Lunar Dust

Omega Speedmaster Lunar Dust

We at Monochrome Watches were all so excited with the idea of the re-edition of the Seamaster 300 that we actually didn’t expect a new version of the Speedmaster at Baselworld 2014. Last year, Omega went the extra mile: playing the vintage card with the Seamaster 300 and the Speedmaster Mark II and also being innovative with the introduction the first fully antimagnetic movement and the spreading of the co-axial escapement to all collections. … [Read more...]


Five Affordable Zenith Watches for New Collectors

5 affordable zenith

Zenith is best known as the creator of the El Primero – an integrated, automatic chronograph movement that has earned a place in the pantheon of historic calibers. Today, the brand is also known and appreciated for offering classically styled timepieces and excellent value. Here are five Zenith watches the we can recommend for new collectors.   … [Read more...]


Presidential Watches: 9 Timepieces Owned by U.S. Presidents

JFK_Omega_150

As another Election Day approaches in the United States, we at WatchTime decided it would be a great time to revisit our piece on watches worn by American presidents over the years. Scroll down to see the list we've compiled of notable wristwatches and pocketwatches belonging to past (and current) commanders-in-chief. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: The 5 Coolest Omega Constellation Watches

Omega Constellation Grande Lux

I've covered lots of Omega Seamasters and Speedmasters — the brand's most popular families — in my series of Fratello Friday columns on Omega, but let’s not forget about the Constellation. Although the current Constellation is popular mostly in Asia, past models were considered to be the brand's flagships just about everywhere. This week's article reveals my five favorite Omega Constellation timepieces of all time. … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: A Review of the Tudor Pelagos

Tudor Pelagos

If you are a regular reader of WatchTime’s Dive Watch Wednesday, you will probably remember one of our September dive watch blog posts in which we revealed our personal “Top 5 Most Wanted” list of dive watch models currently produced. The good news is, this list theoretically just got one watch shorter. The bad news? That open spot has almost immediately been filled by the next contender (hint: it starts with a “B” and ends with “athyscaphe”). But that’s a different story for … [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 seven of these "extreme" dive watches and what sets … [Read more...]