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Watch Features

Welcome to WatchTime's watch features section. Here you will find watch feature stories, watch reports, interesting watch technology coverage, interviews with watch brands, background articles about watches, watch brands and technical stories.

What Makes a Dive Watch a Dive Watch?


One leading source offers a definitive answer to the question of what determines whether a timepiece can legitimately called a "dive watch" or "divers' watch" in this article.  … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 15: IWC Mark XVII

IWC Mark XVII - front

In this week’s edition, we come to another important series from IWC: the Pilot’s watch and, by extension, the Mark series. The modern day Pilot’s series traces its origins to the 1930s and '40s … [Read more...]

Borrowed Time: Reviewing the Bremont ALT1-WT World Timer

Bremont ALT1 World Timer

Let me state right up front that I’ve always had a thing for world-time watches; to me it’s a style of timepiece that lends itself to both practical utility as well as, almost across the board, … [Read more...]

Rocket Watch: How the Omega Speedmaster Became the Omega Moonwatch

Alan Bean wears Omega Speedmaster on moon

When the Omega Speedmaster watch was introduced in 1957, no one imagined that it would later accompany a parade of space pioneers to the moon. The astronauts aboard Mercury spacecraft wore their own … [Read more...]

7 Milestone Breguet Watches, From 1801 to Today

Breguet Tourbillon Watch - 1988

In honor of "Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking," the brand's first major U.S. exhibition, currently on display at San Francisco's Legion of Honor, we showcase some of the most important … [Read more...]

Before the Connected Watch: 10 Things to Know About TAG Heuer

Steve McQueen Heuer Monaco

TAG Heuer is one of the world’s leading luxury watch brands, offering a strong history of innovation, deep connections with sports timing and automobile racing, and more recently, a series of … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 14: Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

Patek Philippe Perp Calendar Chrono - vintage

This week we take a look at an original, ground-breaking watch from the 20th century: the Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph. This series — really, more of a dynasty — is founded upon … [Read more...]

10 Things to Know About Rolex

10 Things to Know About Rolex

Rolex is the world’s most widely recognized luxury watch brand. That global recognition is the product of decades of success in a range of fields, from early timekeeping records to a string of … [Read more...]

Timepiece Timeline: The History of Seiko Through 12 Milestone Seiko Watches

Seiko 5 Sports Speed Timer 1969

Those who know Seiko mainly for its lower-priced quartz watches — and even many who have recently discovered the Japanese brand's high-horology Grand Seiko timepieces — may be unaware that Seiko's … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 13: TAG Heuer Carrera

TAG Heuer Carrera - VIntage

When Jack Heuer (distinguished former CEO) took control of Heuer (now TAG Heuer) in 1962, he set out to build a legacy. Luckily for the brand, he followed through on that goal soon into his tenure, … [Read more...]

Buying a Chronograph? Here Are 10 Things You Should Know

T AG Heuer’s Mikrograph

Sometimes, the analysis of which watch to buy proceeds little further than, “Wow, that one looks cool.” Chronographs, however, are often thought of as “tool watches,” and when it comes to … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 12: Breitling Navitimer

Breitling Navitimer - vintage

This week we will be covering a watch with more than a few ups and downs in its history: the Breitling Navitimer. It has been loved and shunned, shut down and revived, but today stands strong as a … [Read more...]

7 Milestone Watches From A. Lange & Söhne

Lange Grande Complication pocketwatch

In the upcoming November-December issue of WatchTime, we take a look at a century-plus of notable timepieces from A. Lange & Söhne. Here's a sneak preview. … [Read more...]

WatchTime Exclusive: Inside Rolex Bienne

Rolex Bienne building

On a rare tour of Rolex’s movement-manufacturing complex in Bienne, Switzerland, WatchTime's Joe Thompson and Norma Buchanan witnessed the making of the Cosmograph Daytona Caliber 4130. … [Read more...]

Mastering the Rolex Sky Dweller (With Video)

Rolex Sky-Dweller White Gold

In the past half-century, since it launched its GMT-Master, Rolex has brought out just two new complications: the Rolex Yacht-Master II, in 2007, with a countdown yacht timer, and the Rolex … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 11: Patek Philippe Nautilus

Patek Philippe Nautilus - front-back

In the mid-1970s, Patek Philippe was searching for its next big design: a watch that not only maintained the tradition of excellence the brand was known for, but that also introduced a new level of … [Read more...]

Family Values: Patek Philippe’s Thierry and Philippe Stern

Thierry and Philippe Stern of Patek Philippe

Geneva’s Stern family has owned and operated Patek Philippe for nearly 80 years. When it comes to making watches, they say, family matters. Scroll down to read WatchTime editor-in-chief Joe … [Read more...]

Fossil Watches Made in Switzerland? Inside Fossil’s Swiss Mission


The fashion-watch company Fossil, a giant of the Hong Kong watch industry, is making more watches in Switzerland. Why? Norma Buchanan tells us in this feature article from the February 2014 issue of … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 10: Omega Speedmaster

Omega Speedmaster

For this week’s Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, we’re tackling one of the most significant watches in horological history — a universally known, collected, and loved chronograph: the Omega … [Read more...]

When Rolex Went Quartz: A Tale of the 1970s

Rolex Oysterquartz

  How did mechanical-watch king Rolex dealt with the arrival of quartz in the 1970s? What follows is an excerpt from the book “Electrifying the Wristwatch,” by WatchTime contributor Lucien … [Read more...]

10 Things to Know About Omega

Omega Speedmaster International Space Station

Omega is among the best-known luxury watch brands on the planet, and certainly the best known off the planet. From NASA to the Olympics to James Bond, not to mention names like Speedmaster, Seamaster … [Read more...]

Watch Winders 101: The Ultimate Watch Winder Guide

Gucci Time Box by Scatola del Tempo

Watch winders are machines with a simple but vital task to perform for watch owners: ensuring that automatic (or self-winding) watches have sufficient energy for their clockwork drive by generating … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 9: Panerai Radiomir

Panerai Radiomir - vintage

This week we shall be exploring the first of Panerai’s two trademark watches: the Panerai Radiomir. With the original prototype developed in 1936, and then available to the Italian Royal Navy in … [Read more...]

Timepiece Timeline: 24 Key Moments in the History of Oris Watches

Oris World Timer watch

In our December 2013 issue, we profiled Oris Watch CEO Ulrich Herzog and revealed how he steered the company to an all-mechanical future during the heart of the Quartz Crisis. Here are 23 milestone … [Read more...]

First Watch: U.S. Presidents and Their Timepieces

John F. Kennedy with Omega Ultra Thin

With the race for the 2016 presidential primaries already off and running, we felt it was the perfect time to share this feature on presidents and their watches from the WatchTime archives (December … [Read more...]

The Watches of James Bond

Doctor No

He doesn’t just have a license to kill; he also has a license to tell time. Bond’s creator Ian Fleming made sure to give the world’s most famous secret agent a wristwatch in his novels. In the … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 8: Zenith El Primero

Zenith El Primero

In this week’s edition of Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy (you can check out part 7 here), we come to a watch with possibly one of the best and most widely used luxury movements to date: the Zenith … [Read more...]

Who Owns What: A Guide to the Watch Groups

Calibre de Cartier Diver 2

  Every so often the landscape of the watch industry shifts: a key brand gets sold to a major watch group and the balance of power changes ever so slightly. In the few years since we last … [Read more...]

The True Beat Goes On: Hands-On with the Arnold & Son TBTE

Arnold & Son TBTE - wrist

For a watchmaking force like Arnold & Son, things move fast. Really fast. In the past three years alone, we’ve witnessed around 20 new movements coming out of this progressive manufacture; each … [Read more...]

7 Milestone Omega Watches, from 1892 to Today

Omega Speedmaster, 1957

In its long history, Omega has contributed numerous important watches and innovations to the world of watchmaking. In this excerpt from our "Omega Milestones" E-Special, we chronicle seven of the 25 … [Read more...]