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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

On Sale Now: WatchTime September-October 2015 Issue

WatchTime Sept-Oct 2015 Cover - Rolex

The September-October 2015 issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and also in the WatchTime online shop), featuring our test of the Rolex Cellini Time, a tour through Breguet's most historic … [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...]

The Sinking Man’s Watch: Testing the Omega Seamaster Ploprof


WatchTime tests the Omega Seamaster Ploprof, a re-edition of a classic divers’ watch from 1970 with double the original’s water-resistance and a manufacture caliber. Click here for the results, … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Big Numbers: Testing the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk

A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk

In this feature WatchTime tests the original Lange Zeitwerk, A. Lange & Söhne’s mechanical digital watch, which combines a groundbreaking design concept with classic Lange features. Photos … [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...]

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...]

Testing the Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime, Plus a History of Breitling Watches


Take this unique opportunity to read this test of the Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime from the pages of WatchTime magazine. But that’s not all: you are also invited to join WatchTime for a … [Read more...]

Watch Test: WatchTime Reviews the Zenith Captain Grande Date Moonphase

Zenith Captain GD Moonphase

Download this FREE article and find out what we thought of the Zenith Captain Grande Date Moonphase! This WatchTime Spotlight falls on Zenith watches, specifically the Captain Grande Date … [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 upcoming September-October 2015 issue. … [Read more...]

Watch Review: 5 Square and Rectangular Watches Under $3,000

Fortis Square

Are you a fan of four-sided watches and looking for a "Square Deal?" In this watch review feature from our archives, we take a look at five watches from Eterna, Fortis, Frédérique Constant, Nomos … [Read more...]

Close-Up: Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

Of all the watches that debuted at last year's SIHH watch fair in Geneva, perhaps the one I least expected was a dive watch from Cartier. And it turned out to be one of the coolest new watches in … [Read more...]

Hands-On Review: Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph

Patek Philippe 5990 Nautilus

A few years ago, Patek Philippe introduced a new Ref. 5980/1A with a white dial (for laymen: that’s the Nautilus Chronograph). We at Monochrome Watches were a bit surprised to discover, at … [Read more...]

Pilots’ Watch Review: Zenith Captain Pilot Chronograph

Zenith Captain Pilot Chronograph

For a comparative review, we selected two three-hand pilots’ watches and seven pilots’ chronographs to accompany a trio of pilots – aerobatics champion Klaus Lenhart and his protégés Axel … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Dynamic Duo: Our Watch Test of 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.We test … [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...]