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The Climber’s Timer: Testing the Rolex Explorer I (With Video)

Rolex Explorer I

WatchTime spent some time with the most recent model of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer — a watch originally made for a Mount Everest expedition and recently revamped with a larger case and … [Read more...]

Opening Acts: Testing Entry-Level Watches from Rolex, IWC, and Panerai

Rolex-IWC-Panerai trio

In this triple-feature watch test our writer Alexander Krupp and photographer Nik Schölzel test a trio of entry-level timepieces from Rolex, IWC and Panerai that offer an entrance into the … [Read more...]

Watch Test: TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 vs. Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue

Tudor vs. TAG Heuer

One sporty chronograph, the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition, meets another, the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue, in this comparative watch test. All original photos are by WatchTime's Nik … [Read more...]

Big Numbers: Testing the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk

A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk

In this feature from the WatchTime archives, we test the original Lange Zeitwerk, A. Lange & Söhne’s mechanical digital watch, which combines a groundbreaking design concept with classic Lange … [Read more...]

Watch Test: Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon vs. Breitling Chronomat Blacksteel

Omega vs. Breitling test

Two chronographs robed in black and powered by in-house movements — the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon and Breitling Chronomat GMT Blacksteel go head to head in this comparative … [Read more...]

Naval Gazing: WatchTime Tests The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT


The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT, inspired by a vintage watch used by the Italian navy, features the brand’s P.9001 in-house movement. WatchTime put both wristwatch and caliber to the test in … [Read more...]

Cellini Goes Automatic: Testing the Rolex Cellini Time

Rolex Cellini Time

Rolex launched the first Cellini self-winding models last year. We test one of them, the Rolex Cellini Time, in this feature, the cover story for our September-October 2015 issue. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Review: Citizen Promaster 1000 M Professional Diver

Citizen Promaster 1000M Professional Diver

A while back, our editors went 11 feet under water to test various divers’ watches for legibility, ease of use, and toughness in actual diving conditions. One of these watches was the Citizen … [Read more...]

Dynamic Duo: Testing the Rolex GMT-Master II

Rolex GMT-Master II - black-blue bezel

Some call it the "Batman" in honor of its black-and-blue bezel. For more than half a century, Rolex fans associated Rolex GMT watches with two bezel-color combinations, red/blue and red/black. In this … [Read more...]

Tasting the Apple: WatchTime Tests the Apple Watch

Apple Watch - wrist shot

In this feature from the upcoming November-December issue of WatchTime, on sale November 17, timepiece tester Jens Koch, from WatchTime's German sister publication Chronos, reveals what he likes, and … [Read more...]

Out of This World: Reviewing the Seiko Astron GPS Watch

Seiko Astron Outer Space background

The Seiko Astron, released to great fanfare in 2012, tells time by receiving GPS signals anywhere on Earth. Was it a world-beater in our test? Click here to read our in-depth review of the Seiko … [Read more...]

Comparison Test: TAG Heuer Monaco vs. Breitling Chrono-Matic

TAG Heuer Monaco-Breitling Chrono-Matic watches

In this watch test feature our writer Jens Koch and photographer Nik Schölzel pit modern versions of two iconic 1970s chronographs — the TAG Heuer Monaco and the Breitling Chono-Matic — against … [Read more...]

Reserved Power: Testing the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Up/Down


The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Up/Down, equipped with a prominent "ab/auf" power reserve display, has the restrained styling for which the brand is known. Do we give it a thumbs up or thumbs down? … [Read more...]

Clutch Performer: Reviewing the Seiko Velatura

Seiko Velatura chronograph

Seiko’s Velatura mechanical chronograph has not one vertical clutch but three. In this in-depth review from our archives, WatchTime's Martina Richter takes a close look at this most unorthodox … [Read more...]

Those Crazy ’70s: A Test of the Hamilton Pan-Europ Day-Date


The Hamilton Pan-Europ Day-Date brings back the most colorful decade in watch history. How did this vintage-inspired timepiece fare in our test? Scroll down to find out. … [Read more...]

Speed Dreamin’: Testing the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 (With Video)

TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 front

A few years ago, TAG Heuer introduced a new version of its racing-inspired Carrera watch with a brand-new movement. WatchTime took the watch, the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887, for a spin. Click here for the … [Read more...]

The Same, Only Different: Testing the New A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1

A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 - angle

The new Lange 1 looks almost exactly like the old one. There’s a big difference, though: a new movement. Good move? In this in-depth watch test, the cover feature of WatchTime's November-December … [Read more...]

Pure & Simple: Patek Philippe Calatrava vs. Lange Saxonia

Patek Philippe Calatrava and A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia

Two plain-faced beauties, the Patek Philippe Calatrava and A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia, go head to head in this comparison test. Jens Koch gets in depth with the two timepieces and Nik Schölzel … [Read more...]

Watch Test: Baume & Mercier Capeland Chronograph

Baume & Mercier Capeland

Baume & Mercier launched its redesigned Capeland watch at the SIHH exhibition in Geneva in 2011. In this watch test featurette WatchTime gives this luxury-sport chronograph the once-over, with … [Read more...]

Watch Test: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver

We put Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore Diver, a watch built for sport but suited for leisure, through its paces. Don’t be fooled by its chic styling and haute-de-gamme price tag: the … [Read more...]

Pumped-Up Pilot: Testing the Breitling Navitimer 01 (46 mm)

Breitling Navitimer 01 46mm - front

Breitling has enlarged its pilots' watch from 1952, the Breitling Navitimer, to a whopping 46 mm. Is the bigger Navitimer the better one? Find out in our in-depth test, the cover feature of the … [Read more...]

Elegant Encore: We Test the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic - front

Jaeger-LeCoultre announced its all-new Geophysic collection this week. We put these watches' predecessor, the limited-edition Geophysic 1958, to the test in this feature story from WatchTime's … [Read more...]

Above the Clouds: Testing the Zenith Pilot Big Date Special

Zenith Pilot Big Date Special

Whether in the air or on the ground, the Zenith Pilot Big Date Special is always at home. In this feature with original photos by our own Nik Schölzel, we put this high flyer through our rigorous … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Test: Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial


Our editors went 11 feet under water to test various divers' watches for legibility, ease of use, and toughness in actual diving conditions. One of these watches was the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean … [Read more...]

Grading the Retrograde: Longines Master Collection Retrograde Test

Longines’s Master Collection Retrograde

Longines’s Master Collection Retrograde has an exclusive movement with no less than four retrograde functions. How does it hold up under WatchTime’s exacting scrutiny? … [Read more...]

Power Play: Reviewing the Hublot King Power Unico All Black

Hublot King Power Unico All Black

With the launch of its Unico movement, Hublot became a manufacture. In this in-depth review we find out how the Unico performs inside the brand's King Power Unico All Black. Scroll down to read the … [Read more...]

Antimagnetic Attraction: Testing the Rolex Milgauss

Rolex Milgauss

The updated version of the 1950s’ Rolex Milgauss is a hit among Rolex fans. Is this re-engineered classic, with its improved protection against magnetism, worth the wait? Writer Jens Koch and … [Read more...]

Wake-Up Caller: Testing the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox was designed to keep time on the wrist and double as an alarm clock on the nightstand. In this test feature, with original photos by Nik Schölzel, writer Alexander … [Read more...]

Basic Breitling: Reviewing the New Breitling Colt

Breitling Colt Automatic

Breitling’s new take on the decades-old Colt is true to the original, with features that have become hallmarks of the brand. Here's a hands-on review of the new-look Breitling Colt. Breitling … [Read more...]

Watch Test: Longines Avigation Oversize Crown


The Longines Avigation Oversize Crown, launched last year, is modeled on a Longines pilots’ watch from the 1920s. Its most salient feature is, as its name suggests, its crown, which is prominent not … [Read more...]