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What are Chronographs and Chronometers?

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In the watch world, there are many different styles, brands and types of timepieces. This week’s blog post focuses on chronograph and chronometer watches. The chronograph literally translated means “time writer” — a union of the Greek word “chromos,” meaning time and “graph,” meaning writing. A chronograph is a specific type of watch that is used as stopwatch combined with a display watch. A basic chronograph has an independent sweep second hand; it can be started, stopped, and.. Read More

Rolex Submariner Buckle Repair

I have been asked many times if I could repair a  flip over deployment clasp on a Rolex band.  Up until recently I was not able to make this repair.  I just found the needed pin assembly from one of my suppliers to finally solve this problem. I have shown below some before and after pictures of this clasp and the pin that needs to be replaced.  If anyone needs.. Read More

Rolex GMT

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“GMT” stands for Greenwich Mean Time and is the “0” point on the 24 hour scale of international timezones. Greenwich is in England, and from there other timezones are plus (+) or minus (-) GMT. GMT was established so that travelers would be able to quickly  know what time it is all over the world as long as they knew what the GMT time was. Pan American Airlines was the.. Read More

History Of The Rolex President

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The Rolex Day-Date was released in 1955 and had many features that were considered ahead of its time, including an automatic movement, plus day and date discs. Because of these unique features, the “Rolex Day-Date”  soon became the flagship model for Rolex. This first rolex model was the 6511. Rolex’s 6611 models that were waterproof up to 100 feet soon replaced the Day Date but it was still externally identical.. Read More

History of the Rolex Submariner

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In1954, Rolex formally launched Submariner model 6204 at the Basel Spring Fair. The company claimed its new timepiece was water resistant and could withstand depths of 200 meters (or 660 feet): something no other watch company had been able to accomplish. This same model (as well as the 6205), which was a bit smaller than the first “experimental” 6200 model, was officially launched for sale to the general public in.. Read More

The History Of Dive Watches

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“More people have walked on the moon than have been to the deepest place in the ocean.” In 1926, Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex, filed a patent for an ‘oyster case’ in Britain. The components of the oyster case include a screw down crown, case back and bezel. When combined, it sealed the watch  preventing water from penetrating into its insides. The original design was patented by Paul Perregaux  and Georges.. Read More

Omega Co-Axial Escapement

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Invented around 1974 and patented in 1980 by English watchmaker George Daniels the Co-axial escapement is a modification of the lever escapement. Considered by some to be one of the most significant horological advancements since the invention of the lever escapement, the co-axial escapement functions with a system of 3 pallets that separates the locking function from the impulse, avoiding the sliding friction of the lever escapement. This makes lubrication of the pallets unnecessary and thereby.. Read More

Rolex Daytona: The Most Collectable Watch in the World

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Like wine, art, or other hard assets like diamonds, gold, and real estate, people sometimes refer to watches as “investments”, but it would be silly to view a watch, or a collection of watches, as a core component of your investment portfolio. Certain watches are known to hold their value extremely well—even appreciating in some cases. Interestingly, they’re almost all made by Rolex. One of the reasons for Rolex’s success.. Read More

Omega: Official Timekeeper to the Olympics

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This week OMEGA assumes its role as the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games.  Since 1932, OMEGA has been the Official Timekeeper at the Olympic. In Rio, they assume their duties for the 27th time. In every event, they are the name behind the clock, recording the dreams of the athletes who strive for victory.  The Olympics in Rio will be the first ever in Latin America. Some of the greatest timing.. Read More

How to Care for your Vintage Watch

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Care of your Vintage watch Interest in vintage timepieces has reached an all-time high. Some people become enamored by the watches’ stories; others seek the unique look and feel of a watch that has aged naturally over many decades. In this blog I will go over some of the most commonly asked questions about how to care for your vintage watch. Water Resistance, Magnetism and Shock resistance Many people don’t.. Read More