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What is an Atomic Watch?

An atomic watch is a wristwatch that is radio­-controlled to keep the most accurate time on earth. An atomic watch never needs to have its time or date set or adjusted because it receives a low ­frequency radio signal each night keeping it perfectly synchronized with the U.S atomic clock in Colorado. The watch’s built ­in antenna searches once a day for the 60 kHz radio signal emitted from Fort Collins and decodes the.. Read More

What is a Seiko Spring Drive watch movement?

Spring Drive is a unique watch technology. It generates energy like every other mechanical watch but combines this with an electronic regulator to deliver a level of precision that no mechanical watch can match. Specified to one second accuracy per day, the movement uses a conventional gear train as in traditional mechanical watches, but rather than an escapement and balance wheel, instead features Seiko’s Tri-synchro Regulator system in which power delivery to the watch hands is.. Read More

Different types of watch hands (Part 2)

Last week, we introduced you to a handful of different watch hand styles. Even though every watch has hands, it’s a good bet you didn’t realize there are so many different styles. Here are a few more different types of hands you might see on a watch. Leaf hand Lollipop hands Mercedes hands Plongeur hands Snowflake hands Space hands Sword hands Syringe hands

Different types of watch hands (Part 1)

There are a few basic parts to a watch. You have the face, the case and, of course, the hands. How else would you know what time it is without the hour and minute hands pointing it out to you? Here are some different types of watch hands. There are actually so many, we’ve broken it into two parts. Alpha Hands These Alpha hands have a larger base before thinning.. Read More

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

What is a Rolex Cellini?

Introduced in 1968, the Rolex Cellini lineup has been home to the brand’s non-Oyster dress watches. Rolex named the collection after the Florentine goldsmith, sculptor, and painter, Benvenuto Cellini, who was known for creating masterpieces during the Renaissance period that are still studied and celebrated today. Cellini Facts – Rolex’s dedicated line of dress watches. – Only crafted from either solid gold or platinum. – Can be powered by either.. Read More

Tudor vs Rolex. What is the Difference?

The Tudor and Rolex Relationship If you want a Rolex but cant find one, a common solution is to turn to Tudor. There are some good reasons for that, not least the brand’s impressive quality and value — but also that Tudor is owned by Rolex.  Tudor was conceived in 1946 as “a watch that our agents could sell at a more modest price than our Rolex watches, and yet one that could attain.. Read More