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What is a Hamilton Ventura?

The Hamilton Watch company introduced the very first electric watch movement in 1957. Called the 500, this watch used a battery to drive a complex gear train, which in turn pushed the hands. The watch wasn’t a commercial success and a decade later, the quartz crystal technology put the Hamilton 500 out of action for good. The 500 was used in a few different cases, the most popular of which was the.. Read More

Best watches NOT made in Switzerland

When you think of Switzerland, cheese and the Alps might come to mind. For watch lovers, of course, Switzerland is the timekeeping capital of the world. But did you know you don’t have to buy a Swiss brand watch to look stylish? Here are some of the best watches from around the world that don’t originate in Switzerland. Germany Japan Canada France Italy United States The Netherlands

What is a Helium Release Valve?

In the 1960s, Rolex and Doxa co-created the helium escape valve and introduced it in the Rolex Submariner, the Rolex Sea-Dweller, and the Doxa Conquistador. Today, plenty of luxury watch brands will include a helium escape valve in their serious dive watches. At that time, Rolexes were being used by the SEALAB and COMEX divers and others in the field of commercial diving, when diving bells and underwater habitats were just coming into use. The divers.. Read More

What is a Monopusher Chronograph?

A monopusher is a specific kind of chronograph, where only one button is used to start the timing, to stop it, and to reset the chrono hand to the “0” position (normally 12 o’clock). For many years, chronograph complications on pocket watches (and later, wrist watches) used a single operating pusher to perform three tasks. In order for a single pusher to do three things, it merely cycled through starting, stopping,.. Read More