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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...]

The Rise of Longines Watches: A History of the Longines Watch Company


Become an expert historian on Longines watches! Download this FREE exclusive article from WatchTime magazine and learn more about the history of Longines watches! Longines watches have a long … [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...]

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

First Rolex Datejust from 1945

Just over 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 … [Read more...]

Expert Advice: 5 Tips for Buying Vintage Watches

Vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre watches

Whether you’re buying out of sentimentality — say, you want to own a watch from the year of your birth — or simply for investment purposes, education is the most important factor when it comes … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 7: Cartier Tank

Cartier Tank watch

As I've previously mentioned in my take on the Jaeger-LaCoultre Reverso, I have a soft spot in my heart for square and rectangular watches. To me, they represent a period long past: an era pre-Golden … [Read more...]

Fratello’s Top 5 Vintage Patek Philippe Watches

Patek Philippe Ref. 3940 Perpetual Calendar

Patek Philippe turned 175 fall of 2013. In honor of the anniversary, we at Fratello Watches offered up this list — not an overview of the most expensive Patek Philippe watches, nor the most … [Read more...]

8 Celebrity-Owned Watches That Rocked the Auction Block

Elvis Presley's Omega Constellation Calendar

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 … [Read more...]

14 Milestone Audemars Piguet Watches, From the First Minute Repeater to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

WT Spotlight - Audemars Piguet

Download this FREE feature — Watchtime Spotlight: Audemars Piguet – 14 Milestone Audemars Piguet watches — and expand your knowledge about the 14 most important timepieces in more than a century … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 6: IWC Portugieser

IWC Portuguese Anniversary - gold

Last week we covered the Rolex Day-Date; this week we come to a watch my grandfather owns, a piece he wears intermittently between his favorite orange Toy Watch and an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. (Is … [Read more...]

An Icon of Wristwatch History: The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

WatchTime explores the story behind one of the world’s iconic watches, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso. This free download showcases the Reverso in all of its many versions – from models that display … [Read more...]

Highlights from the “Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking” Exhibit

Breguet No. 5 Automatic

"Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking," the largest exhibition of antique Breguet timepieces ever presented in the United States, opens tomorrow, September 19, 2015, at San Francisco's Legion of … [Read more...]

Advice for Collectors: How to Buy Pre-Owned Watches

Omega Speedmaster Professional Snoopy

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 … [Read more...]

Preview: 3 Antique Watches from “Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking” Museum Exhibit

Breguet No. 3519 - Movement

Beginning September 19, 2015, the Legion of Honor at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will host "Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking," an exhibit comprising the largest collection of … [Read more...]

5 Milestone Breitling Watches, from 1915 to Today

Breitling Chronomat (1941)

Pilots rely on Breitling’s chronographs, but calendars, world timers and divers’ watches also are part of the brand’s 130-plus-year history. Here are five important Breitling watches, including … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 5: Rolex Day-Date

Rolex Day-Date - White gold Blue

For this fifth edition of Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy (you can check out part 4 here), we’re diving deep into what is, undoubtedly, one of the most iconic wristwatches of all time. This single … [Read more...]

How Snoopy Ended Up on an Omega Speedmaster Dial

Omega Speedmaster - Snoopy dial

It is no secret that besides blogging about watches for, I also love to collect watches — especially iconic watches like the Rolex GMT-Master, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Rolex … [Read more...]

Brand to Watch: Vortic Watches Launches with American Artisan Series

Vortic watch

Although its heyday ended a century ago, the passion for watchmaking never really left American soil. Today, entrepreneurial and passionate young watchmakers are finding ways to bring horology home … [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...]

Entry-Level Luxury: My Top 5 Watches Under $1,000

Xetum Kendrick

Call it a “budget” timepiece or an “entry-level luxury” watch: for many out there, it is the first step into a lifelong passion. Fortunately, there are many mechanical watches on the market … [Read more...]

Tudor Watches: Getting to Know the “Other” Rolex

Numerals on the dial are hand-painted.

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 … [Read more...]

Advice for Collectors: Buying New vs. Vintage Rolex Watches

Rolex GMT-master - vintage

Just to warn everyone up front, this article concerns my personal opinions on buying and collecting Rolex watches. Whether one likes it or not, one cannot deny that Rolex still gets more attention … [Read more...]

Vintage Style: Watch Insider’s Top 10 Modern Re-Edition Watches


The vintage look is having a moment in the watch world right now, with many brands releasing modern takes on old classics. Here, in this article from my blog,, are my personal … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 4: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

JLC Reverso Duo

As we enter part 4 of our "Vintage Eye" series, we come to yet another classic and innovative watch, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso. First designed in 1931 for British Army polo players stationed in … [Read more...]

Diving Into History: 6 Milestone IWC Aquatimer Watches

IWC Aquatimer Ref. 812AD (1967)

Last year, IWC released a slew of new models in its revamped IWC Aquatimer collection of luxury divers' watches (Click here to check them out). For fans of vintage watches — and vintage IWC watches, … [Read more...]

7 Signs Chopard is Serious About High Watchmaking

Chopard Fleurier - watchmaking

Recently, 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 … [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...]

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...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy Part 3: TAG Heuer Monaco

TAG Heuer Monaco

When you think of TAG Heuer, what do you think of? Racecar drivers? That funky red-and-green logo? Sports watches? Possibly all of these things cross your mind, but for many of us it's all about the … [Read more...]

Showing at WatchTime New York 2015: RGM 801 Corps of Engineers Watch

RGM 801 Corps of Engineers watch - front

On October 23 and 24, WatchTime stages its biggest and most luxurious watch collectors' event to date, WatchTime New York, in Manhattan's Gotham Hall. (Click here for event details and to purchase … [Read more...]