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5 Milestone Patek Philippe Watches, from 1868 to Today

Patek Philippe - 1st Wristwatch (1868)

To mark Patek Philippe's recent 175th birthday, WatchTime offers a look at the company's most notable wristwatches. Scroll down to discover's top five. For the complete list of 24 … [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 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...]

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...]

Milestone Cartier Watches: From the Cartier Santos to the Calibre de Cartier

WT Spotlight - Cartier Roadster

Download this FREE article and expand your knowledge of Cartier watch history with this comprehensive collection of 23 historic Cartier watches! Everyone knows the name Cartier symbolizes luxurious … [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...]

For Vintage Watch Fans: 5 Iconic Omega Watches

Omega Seamaster Ploprof

From the "Fratello Friday" archives, we present this post focusing on five iconic Omega watches. Of course, many models from this brand could be considered iconic, but for the purposes of this list, I … [Read more...]

Countdown: The Top 7 Iconic Chronograph Watches

Rolex Daytona

From my blog,, I offer up my personal list of Seven Iconic Chronograph Watches. If you don’t count the date feature, the chronograph is probably the most popular complication for … [Read more...]

Patek Philippe, Pocket Watch to Wristwatch: A History of the Patek Philippe Watch Company

WT Spotlight - Patek Philippe

WatchTime Spotlight On Patek Philippe: The Birth of a Legend WatchTime’s Spotlight shines on Patek Philippe, taking you on a fascinating journey through the history of this famous watchmaker. The … [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...]

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...]

Expert Advice: How To Buy Vintage Watches

Vintage Omega Constellation watches

As noted in my previous article about buying pre-owned watches, the market for truly "vintage" watches is something quite different from that for relatively young "pre-owned" watches. Any watch made … [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...]

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...]

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...]

7 New Watches Inspired by Historical Pieces

Longines Pulsometer Chronograph

The vintage-look trend that has been so prevalent in the watch world in recent years showed no signs of abating at this year's Baselworld watch fair. Modern re-editions of historical pieces continue … [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...]

Fratello’s “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. … [Read more...]

Which Watch Brands Are Most Likely to Increase in Value?

Patek Philippe Nautilus

It's a question watch collectors — especially new ones — always want answered, and one we at Fratellowatches have heard often: What brands offer watches that tend to increase in value over time? … [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...]

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...]

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: … [Read more...]

Hands-On Review: Omega Speedmaster “Lunar Dust”

Omega Speedmaster Lunar Dust

During last year's Baselworld, 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 as … [Read more...]

Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph

Omega Speedmaster '57 Chronograph

A few years ago, Omega introduced a retro-styled version of its well-known Speedmaster chronograph watch, the Omega Speedmaster '57 Co-Axial Chronograph, named for the year of the first Speedmaster's … [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...]

Expert Advice: Are You Buying Authentic Watches?

Fake Rolex Datejust - German writing on dial

I begin this article with a small confession. It's not something I'm proud of, but it is an example of how easy it is to be tricked. It was probably around 2003 when I started searching for an Oyster … [Read more...]

Dive Watches 101: What Did Divers Use Before Dive Watches?

Hard Hat Pocket Watch Case for divers

When Rolex and Blancpain launched their first wristwatches for divers in the early 1950s they did, in fact, create the archetype of the modern dive watch, thanks to the development of the … [Read more...]