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What is a World Time Watch?

Some people travel a lot and need to keep tabs on different time zones at different hours of the day. A world time watch accomplishes a similar task to the GMT or dual timezone; it shows the wearer a time zone in an area of the world other than home. A  GMT watch can only monitor one other selected time zone, the world timer shows the time for the main 24 time zones.. Read More

It’s hip to be a square with these watches

In the band’s 1986 smash hit, Huey Lewis and the News famously sang it’s hip to be square. The single reached No. 3 on the Billboard charts, but that was 35 years ago. So is it still hip to be a square? If you’re following along with recent watch trends, then the answer might be yes. Watches, since their inception, have typically come with rounded faces. Clocks are circular, after all… Read More

What is a LeCoultre Reverso?

Many watches trace their roots to functionality over form before eventually evolving into elaborate, expensive timepieces. Likewise, many watches also have roots in sport. The Reverso is no different. First introduced in 1931, this watch was made specifically for British Army officers playing polo in India. The officers needed something that would tell them the time, yet also would hold up to the constant bobbing, swinging and other movements associated.. Read More

What is a Rolex Thunderbird?

In 1953, Rolex unveiled the Turn-O-Graph ref. 6202 model.  The inaugural Turn-O-Graph ref. 6202 was actually the first serially-produced Rolex wristwatch to feature a rotating bezel. The Turn-O-Graph watch was positioned as a device that offered an easier way to measure and record time. This new principle consists of a bezel around the watch face. This bezel is marked from zero to sixty and is easily turned by hand. To.. Read More

My medal stand watches: The gold, silver and bronze timepieces

Since we are right in the middle of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, I thought that it would be a good time for me to list my top three favorite watches.  I have been a watchmaker since 1977 and have done thousands of repairs. I have worked on just about every good mechanical watch that I can think of — everything from a Bulova to a Rolex.  Like any technician,.. Read More

Watches of world leaders: Putin

When he’s not threatening war against other European nations or conspiring against the United States, Russian President Vladimir Putin apparently has a soft spot for luxury watches. Putin is believed to use luxury yachts, hangs out in a $550 million palace overlooking the Black Sea and reportedly owns shares in three major oil and gas companies. Putin may have a net worth of $70 billion, which would make him one.. Read More

Hamilton and its history

Among collectors of American watch history, Hamilton stands out as the finest American watch made. There is no denying Hamilton watches demand a premium among collectors and are without question,the most collectible of all American-made watches. Hamilton watches are made in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and began production as the Keystone Standard Watch Company in 1892. After it was forced into bankruptcy, a group of Lancaster businessmen set out to “build only.. Read More

Bulova’s history and collector perception

Bulova is a brand with significant historical presence and a number of notable watches in its back catalog. Founded in 1875 in New York by Bohemian immigrant Joseph Bulova, it played a part in the United States status as a watchmaking powerhouse in decades past, alongside brands like Hamilton, Waltham, Elgin and others. The brand is also well known for innovation like its 1960 Accutron tuning fork-based (the origin of.. Read More

Forgotten Watch Brands

We all know the major watch brands. You have Rolex and Omega, as well as high-end luxury brands. However, do you remember some of these watch brands from years gone by? Bulova Bulova was founded and incorporated as the J. Bulova Company in 1875 by Joseph Bulova. In 1912, Joseph Bulova launched his first plant dedicated entirely to the production of watches. Manufacturing watches at their factory in Switzerland, he began a standardized mass.. Read More

How to find the age of your Rolex

Where d you find a Rolex’s serial number? Every genuine Rolex has a unique serial number. It will be in one of two places, depending when it was made. Before 2005, it was between the lugs of the 6 o’clock side. From 2005 onward, it was on the inner bezel (dial rehaut) If your watch was made before 2005, you’ll find its serial number engraved on the case between the lugs.. Read More