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Important watches from the 1950s

The 1950s was a time of tremendous change, and not just because of the advent of rock and roll and the spread of television. The Allied victory in World War II transformed the United States into a global superpower. Everywhere you looked, it seemed risk-takers were diving to the depths of the oceans, summiting the world’s tallest mountains, hitting the race track at new speeds, venturing over the poles and taking to.. Read More

Famous Japanese Watch Brands

Most people probably associate Japanese watchmaking with cheap quartz watches, but this is not true. A rich tradition of mechanical watchmaking in Japan dates back to the late 19th century. The Japanese culture places great value on precision and craftsmanship. The first Japanese watch was produced in 1879, but it wasn’t until Kintaro Hattori founded Seikosha Co. Ltd. in 1892 that watches were produced in larger numbers. Hattori founded Seiko, the most famous.. Read More

Watches with a moonphase dial

Watchmakers over the years have expressed their fascination with the moon. In anticipation of next week’s eclipse, I thought it might be a good time to show some beautiful watches that track the movement of the moon. Listed below are some cool watches with a moonphase dial Arnold and Son Audemars Piaget Longines Jaeger LeCoultre Cartier Hermes Rolex Cellini CHARLEY PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Charley is ready for the eclipse.. Read More

Watches with a green dial

The allure of green watches for men lies not only in their aesthetic appeal but also in the symbolism they evoke. Green is a color often associated with renewal, growth and prosperity, which adds a distinctive touch to any timepiece.  Whether you’re thinking of the green grass growing (and the need to eventually fire up the lawnmower to cut it) or just need a festive watch for next year’s St… Read More

What is a Rolex Celebration Dial?

In 2020, Rolex started experimenting with a palette of bright and vibrant colors for the Oyster Perpetual line of watches. This experiment reached its peak with the introduction of the Celebration Dial The Celebration Dial is a blend of Rolex’s traditional craftsmanship and a more playful, modern aesthetic. This new dial features a turquoise dial with a scattering of colorful bubble accents. The bubbles come in shades of pink, blue, yellow, red.. Read More

Watches with a titanium case

Titanium, long prized for its incredible strength-to-weight ratio, is used in spacecraft, race cars and other places where performance is measured down to the millisecond. Watchmakers have been using this material for decades to make a tough lightweight watch case. Let’s take a look at some of the newest watches to take advantage of this tough-as-nails material. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 43.. Read More

Watches with a small sweep second hand

It wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that center seconds hands began to appear on a regular basis, in series-produced movements. Today, most movements are designed to have center seconds hands. Before the 1940s, almost all watches had a running seconds hand located in a sub-dial, usually at 6:00. This was due to the layout of a classic watch gear train. If you want to have a seconds.. Read More

Watches with a wave dial

Since the introduction of the Omega Seamaster 300 in 1993, watches with wave patterns on their dials have become increasingly popular. Representing the sea on a watch dial can deepen your bond with it or just provide a pleasing texture. Below are a few examples of these “wavy beauties.” Omega Seamaster Baume and Mercier Rivera Christopher Ward Mido Ocean Star Breguet Marine Oris Aquis Pro Jean Richard Aquascope CHARLEY PHOTO OF.. Read More

What is a minimalist watch?

 Minimalist watches do what watches were designed to do: tell the time. This means they lack any sophisticated complications like world timers or diving bezels and focus only on what’s necessary. This type of watch is characterized by simple and clean designs with pared-down dials. These watches prioritize functionality and legibility and do away with unnecessary and fussy details. Here are a few examples of classic Minimalist watches. Bulova Classic Ultra Thin.. Read More

Important watch terminology you need to know

The terminology behind watches is almost as complicated as the mechanics that drive them. The following terms serve as Watch Education 101 and features a list of many of the basic terms relating to the parts of a watch. This simple glossary will help cut the confusion — consider this your reference point. Automatic A mechanical watch that is wound by the motion of the wearer’s wrist rather than by.. Read More