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Dive Watch Wednesday: The Swiss Military’s Doxa Dive Watch

Doxa Sub 300T EMD issued - Front

Due to the fact that the development of most early dive watches was heavily influenced, or even directly initiated, by armed services around the world, it is no surprise that a large number of these watches were in fact used and issued by them as well. It did, however, come as a surprise to us here at Diveintowatches.com that even the Swiss Armed Forces at one point issued a very small number of its own Swiss-made dive watches. … [Read more...]

Longines Twenty-Four Hours Single Push-Piece Chronograph

Longines 24 Hours Single Push-Piece Chronograph

Longines has added another new watch to its vintage-inspired Longines Heritage collection. The Longines Twenty-Four Hours Single Push-Piece Chronograph takes its cues, including its extra-large case and pocketwatch-sized movement, from a historical Longines pilots' watch from the 1950s. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: How to Buy Pre-Owned Watches

Omega Speedmaster Pro Snoopy watch

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 very personal item, at some point people are willing to part with it and trade up for something more expensive, or more special to them. This week, we at Fratello Watches offer some guidance on where to look and what to look for. … [Read more...]

Need for Speed: 10 Watches Inspired by Auto Racing

2012 Blancpain L-Evolution Super Trofeo

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 models like the Rolex Daytona and TAG Heuer Carrera, which both turned 50 in 2013. Below we take a look at 10 recently released watches with designs influenced by automobile racing.As a partner with Lamborghini in the all-Lambo Super Trofeo auto racing series, Blancpain produces a line of Super … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: How to Turn Any Watch Into a Dive Watch

Brass Watch Case

If you want to take pictures under water, you can either use a regular camera in a matching, separate underwater case, or simply opt for a waterproof camera that comes with an already-sealed case. Chances are that, as a diver, you would go for the separate-case option (offering increased water resistance, versatility and a broader choice of camera options), whereas for a dive watch, you'd go the opposite route. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: Reviewing and Comparing the New and Vintage Omega Speedmaster Mark II

Omega Speedmaster Mark II - old and new

Every Tuesday on my blog, www.fratellowatches.com, we tackle a topic related to Omega Speedmaster watches. This week's Fratello Friday comes to us from that "Speedy Tuesday" series, and focuses on my recent opportunity to review, compare and contrast the new Omega Speedmaster Mark II with its vintage predecessor from 1969. … [Read more...]

7 Signs Chopard is Serious About High Watchmaking (Updated with New Watches from Baselworld 2014)

Chopard Fleurier - watchmaking

Last October, WatchTime was among a select group of media outlets invited to tour and explore Chopard's Swiss watchmaking operations in Geneva and Fleurier. By the end of the comprehensive visit, it was clear that Chopard, a brand still known more for high jewelry than high horology, is devoted to making its mark on the men's luxury watch market. Here are seven reasons why. … [Read more...]

Tudor Watches: Getting to Know the “Other” Rolex

Tudor Heritage Black Bay

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 watch brand. Below, we take a look at some of the Tudor watches that U.S. watch collectors had been missing out on, along with some current Tudor watches — available in the States — that have been released at the Baselworld watch fairs in 2013 and 2014. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Our Review of the Swatch Sistem51

Swatch Sistem51 blue

The Swatch Sistem51 is certainly the cheapest watch we’ve ever reviewed on Monochrome-Watches.com, and we are doing it without any shame or regrets. Why? Because the Swatch Sistem51 is clearly one of the most important new watches of the last 10 years. … [Read more...]

The New Waltham Watches: An American Classic Returns with a Modern Swiss Twist

Waltham CDI - front

Waltham is a name well-known to American aficionados of vintage watches and clocks. This fall, the quintessential American watch brand — absent from the United States since the 1980s — returns to that market with new Waltham wristwatches that call to mind the brand's long and storied history but are also decidedly modern. … [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 mass-market and inexpensive to pricey and high-end, now makes at least one black-on-black model. Here are 17 watches that, like Johnny Cash and goth teens, are clad in black from top to bottom. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau

IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Expedition Cousteau

This year IWC introduced an entirely renewed Aquatimer collection. All IWC Aquatimer watches have been redesigned and now feature the same design cues, and, more importantly, functional upgrades such as the new Dive-Safe system and an externally operational internal dive-time bezel. We tried out the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition "Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau” for several weeks and ended up liking it more and more as the test period went on. … [Read more...]

Alpina’s Alpiner 4 Collection: 6 New (and Affordable) Swiss Sports Watches

Alpina Alpiner 4 Chronograph - black w/ strap

In 1938, Alpina launched the original "Alpina 4," which the brand claimed was the "first modern Swiss sports watch." That vintage timepiece was the inspiration for the sporty new Alpiner 4 collection, released by Alpina this year, which includes a chronograph and a GMT watch, both powered by automatic Swiss mechanical movements and priced well under $5,000. … [Read more...]

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

Rolex Datejust - 1945

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 the timepiece in question, a tiny Rolex watch, and it also marked the advent of the modern precision wristwatch. … [Read more...]

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

Panerai_test_150

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 this feature originally published in the magazine's print edition. Click here for the full report, accompanied by Nik Schölzel's stunning original photos. … [Read more...]

Omega Unveils its First 2016 Olympics Watch, the Speedmaster Mark II “Rio 2016″

Omega Speedmaster Mark II Rio 2016

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are still two years away. However, Omega, which will be the Games' official timekeeper for the 27th time, has already introduced its first limited-edition watch celebrating the Rio Games: the Omega Speedmaster Mark II "Rio 2016," a chronograph watch with an in-house, co-axial movement. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Longines Heritage Avigation GMT

Longines Heritage Avigation GMT

Longines introduces a new edition in its Heritage line, a vintage- and military-inspired watch that takes its place alongside the recently launched Heritage 1935, Heritage Diver and Conquest Heritage 1954. This collection of Longines watches is certainly the brand's most interesting, with vintage inspired designs and practical complications. The Longines Avigation GMT is no exception: it's a robust watch with an old-fashioned style and a useful display. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: 5 Vintage Watches For the Budget-Minded Aficionado

Alpina Sea-Strong Startimer

Let's say you are on a budget of $1,000 - $1,500 for a nice timepiece. If you care about things like warranty, water resistance, no maintenance for the next five years and so on, you may want to skip this week's Fratello Friday article on vintage watches. If you are living your horological life a bit more on the edge, however, I encourage you to read on. … [Read more...]

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar Tribute to Russell Westbrook

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar Russell Westbrook

This week's Watch to Watch teams up Zenith with one of the NBA's hottest young talents. The Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar Tribute to Russell Westbrook is an extremely limited edition (just five pieces), available exclusively through Westime Jewelers in Los Angeles. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: 3 Interesting Vintage Heuer Chronographs

Heuer Carrera 12 Dato

In this selected article from our "Cool Finds" series on Monochrome Watches.com, in which we seek out little-known and often underrated vintage chronograph watches, we focus on a single brand, one that we love and one that is also growing fast in the heart of collectors: Heuer, predecessor of today's TAG Heuer. Recently we unearthed a trio of vintage Heuer Chronographs that we present to you here. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: 7 Iconic Chronograph Watches

Rolex Daytona

In this week’s Fratello Friday, I offer up my Top Seven Iconic Chronograph Watches. If you don’t count the date feature, the chronograph is probably the most popular complication for wristwatches, as well as one of the most useful: one can find many uses for a chrono during his or her everyday life, such as timing diner preparation or in other work- or sports-related activities. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: The Long-Awaited Return of the Zodiac Sea Wolf

Zodiac Sea Wolf Re-Edition 2015 - Black Dial

Good news for fans of classic dive watches: along with the Sea Dragon and Astrographic, Zodiac is also re-launching the Sea Wolf range — not only one of the earliest dive watches, but also one of the most popular of that era. In 1964, about 10 years after its introduction, Zodiac supposedly produced an impressive number of 10,000 pieces of a model that was, reportedly, worn not only by members of the UDT/SEALs, but, thanks to its reasonable pricing, most importantly also by many scuba divers … [Read more...]

Live Photos: New Omega Watches From Baselworld 2014 Come to NYC

Omega Speedmaster Rio

Like many others who attend the Baselworld watch fair, we at WatchTime look forward to seeing the new Omega watches that are unveiled there. This year, we came by at a particularly busy moment at Omega's always-bustling booth and were only able to see the watches behind the glass walls of their vitrines. So, when Omega invited me to view the 2014 collection at a special press event in New York City, I jumped at the opportunity to get up close and personal with these Omega timepieces, including … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: The “Alternative” Top 5 Pilots’ Watches

Bremont Alt-1 Pilot

We're all familiar with iconic pilots' watches like the IWC Big Pilot, Rolex GMT-Master and Breitling Navitimer, right? This week, we will shed some light on a few "alternative" pilots' watches. Whether it is because you don't want to be one of the three guys in the meeting room wearing the same Rolex GMT-Master, or simply because you might be looking for something in a different budget range, here are some choices you may not have considered. … [Read more...]

Speed Dreamin’: Testing the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 (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 results of our comprehensive watch test, originally published in our print edition, along with exclusive photos by Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]

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...]

Fratello Friday: My Top 10 Chronograph Watch Movements; What Are Yours?

Omega Caliber 9300

A while back, I wrote an article on my top 5 iconic chronograph watches. Some of you readers wondered why Zenith wasn’t in there. Quite simply, it didn't make my personal Top 5. However, I do love the Zenith El Primero movement, and think that its reputation as a great chronograph caliber is well-earned. So, to make it up for some of you fellow watch nerds out there, I've compiled a Fratello Friday article that focuses specifically on chronograph movements rather than watches. Here is my … [Read more...]

Zenith Pilot Montre D’Aeronef Type 20 GMT Red Baron

Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 Red Baron

Before it became known as a pioneer in wristwatch chronographs with the development of the El Primero caliber in 1969, Zenith had secured a place in history as one of the first manufacturers of onboard instruments for aviators in the early 20th century. The Swiss brand has embraced this heritage in recent years with the release of its Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 collection. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: 4 New Vacheron Constantin Watches Debut at Moscow Boutique

Vacheron Constatin - dial

Vacheron Constantin recently opened a new boutique in Moscow. As is the brand's tradition when opening a new flagship store, new limited edition watches are being introduced to coincide with it. (For example, Vacheron inaugurated its Paris boutique with a series of very nice pink gold and guilloche-dial watches and with the very stylish 1972 Prestige. For its new Russian store, Vacheron is introducing black-dial versions of 4 of its most iconic models. … [Read more...]

Breguet Sponsors Louvre Restoration

Room Gilbert and Rose Marie Chagoury

Montres Breguet S.A. held a gala dinner at the Louvre Museum in Paris on June 17, highlighting its role as a major sponsor of the restoration of the museum’s Department of Decorative Arts rooms and galleries devoted to the art of French living in the 18th century. Those rooms, encompassing 2,500 square feet of space, had been closed to the public for nearly 10 years during the renovation. The entire area has been revamped and is now reopened to the public. … [Read more...]