A Guide To: Vintage Watches

Vintage may not always have the reliability or durability of a modern purchase but what it does offer is charm, history, originality. While it is easy to pop down to the shopping centre and pick a brand new Tag Heuer or Breitling, it might not be long before you find someone else with the same watch. However, if you take a little time to find a vintage watch, it is more likely to turn heads and start conversations because of its uniqueness.

Many of these vintage watches have seen little change in their designs for more than half a century. Their timeless appeal is in stark contrast to modern smartwatches and handsets that become virtually worthless in a few years as new software developments make them obsolete. Yes, the vintage watch may lack some modern conveniences, like a quick set date or sapphire crystal, but the very idea of tool watches was solidified in the ’60s with watches like the  Rolex Submariner  and  Omega Speedmaster.  While I don’t doubt that modern technologies can produce a tougher watch, how tough does your watch really need to be? If it was good enough for SEALAB and NASA, it’s definitely not going to let you down.

There are some vintage watches that are very expensive. That is not to say that vintage watch collectors are relegated to the top percentile of the world’s richest people! Indeed there are many other models that are relatively affordable. One of the most important factors that will determine the price of a vintage model is of course the brand and rarity of the piece.

As well as brand name and rarity, a famous or perhaps, infamous connection can increase the desirability of a piece. A 1969 Rolex Oyster Daytona Paul Newman model sold for more than £610’000 even though it had never been worn by the star and was simply named after the model he wore in the 1970’s. Similarly, Steve McQueen’s Swiss Replica Tag Heuer Monaco watch worn during the film LeMans also sold for around £500’000 in 2012.

All in all, a vintage watch is a remarkable work of craftsmanship; if looked after properly it will bring joy to the wearer for many years.

All About The Beauty Of Ultra-Thin Watches

Nowadays, a watch has become a great companion in our life. Some people will prefer an over-sized watch to make a big statement. However there are still many people will love to wear more small and ultra-thin wristwatches.  They are a lean and clean timepieces that feel like you have next to nothing on your wrist. Here are 2 recent examples of timepieces that have set records for thinness in their respective categories.

Piaget Altiplano 900P

Piaget has long been associated with super-thin watches and holds records for thinness in several horological categories. Perhaps its most impressive world-first is the Altiplano 900P — the slimmest mechanical-movement watch in the world, bar none, at a case thickness of just 3.65 mm — that’s right, the case is thinner than the movements of the previous two watches. Piaget accomplished this feat by merging the movement with the case so that the inner caseback serves as the mainplate. The Piaget Altiplano is 38 mm in diameter and comes in rose gold ($26,200) and white gold ($27,800) cases.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic

At Baselworld 2017, Bulgari unveiled the Octo Finissimo Automatic, the brand’s latest work of wrist sculpture, which sets a record for the thinnest self-winding mechanical watch on the market. The case is a mere 5.15 millimeters thick (the movement itself is cut even thinner, at 2.23 millimeters). “It’s really like a coin,” said Jean-Christophe Babin, the chief executive of Bulgari.

Unlike their other two record breaking watches and as it’s name may let on, the newest Octo Finissimo is an automatic winding timepiece rather than manual wind. This in it’s own right makes this even more impressive as the rotor needs to be taken into consideration when designing. The combination of titanium and a case thickness of just 5.15mm makes this watch feel feather light on the wrist. The watch features an industrial design, breaking free of traditional (round) conventions and features a distinctive shape based on Gerald Genta’s Octo.

In my opinion, a ultra-thin mechanical wristwatch,  just like the 2 best replica watches UK I mentioned above, is thin enough to go unnoticed by others, but is sizable enough to let you know that it’s there. Plus, its elegant simplicity makes it a truly stunning timepiece.

About The Famous Tennis Stars And Their Watches

Sports and luxury watch brands have such a long history together that watch sponsorship is essentially a sport in itself. With the most watched wrists in the world, there has always been a connection with Tennis players and their watches. Next we are going to review these famous tennis stars and their watches.

Roger Federer

Watch:  Rolex GMT-Master II

With the 2017 Australian Open Final win, Roger Federer reaches 18 major titles, four more than Nadal, cementing his place as the all-time great. To make the occasion even more special, the final was Federer’s 100th match in Melbourne. Emotions were high and Federer was in tears after collecting his trophy. Roger Federer has been a long-time ambassador of Rolex and the Swiss luxury brand was promoting the GMT-Master II heavily at the Australian Open. From the picture above, you can see the best GMT sport watches- a Rolex GMT-Master II BLNR (bleu/noir), is on the wrist of the best man- Roger Federer.

Serena Williams

Watch:  Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

Serena Williams became an Audemars Piguet ambassador in 2014. That is an replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph. A rose gold one. And it is the watch of choice for Serena Williams. According to several sources she even wears this when playing! This stunning watch was originally designed as a men’s chronograph for extreme sports. The Royal Oak Offshore is loved by watch enthusiasts due to its strong athletic character. The new 37 mm Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph for women seems to keep the bold design of the original men’s chronograph, but in a slimmer case. We think the white-coated crown, with matching white rubber strap and bezel set with 32 brilliant-cut diamonds gives the timepiece a beautiful feminine touch.

Stanislas Wawrinka

Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore chronograph

Stan Wawrinka is sponsored by Audemars Piguet.  He shook the tennis world when he beat Novak Djokovic at the French Open in 2015. He is one of three players to have grand Slam wins against the “Big Four” players, including Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.  Stan wears his Royal Oak Offshore while he plays even though it is a heavy watch. He even timed his French Open win with his chronograph.

You Need A Good Dive Watch

Dive watches are one of the staple watch styles that have been around since the 1950s. Dive watches can be an indispensable tool underwater, but they are also a symbol of the rugged explorer in all of us. Whether you’re just diving into a huge workload at your desk, or actually spending some time deep underwater, one thing is clear — a dive watch would be great to have on your wrist.

All divers’ watches share certain characteristics that make them divers’ watches: unidirectional rotating bezels, secure screw-down crowns, higher-than-typical water resistance. Some of these divers’ watches, however, go the extra mile with cases that can descend to 3,000 or even 4,000 meters, chronographs operable at incredible depths, or high-tech depth gauge devices built into their mechanical movements.

The purpose of a dive watch is to monitor how long you’ve been underwater, and more importantly – how much air you have left in your tank. Divers entrust their watches with their lives to be able to know precisely how much time they have underwater. For dive watches, reliable durability and construction are critical. Look for a dive watch with a well-built case, a strong crystal (mineral and sapphire are best), and a good strap or bracelet. A solid dive watch will last for decades if maintained.

Dive watches are often chunky and bold, in part for aesthetics, and in part for their need to withstand the extreme pressures with traveling well below the water’s surface. From a visual standpoint a dive watch is easy to spot. Its markers and hands are big, easy to read, and have some sort of luminous material applied to them. Dive watch remains one of the most popular timepiece categories.

The Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea has a water-resistance level of 3,900 meters (nearly 13,000 feet), and it is more than 10 percent slimmer than it otherwise would have been thanks to a special case construction developed by Rolex replica. It consists of three pressure-absorbing elements: a 5.5 mm thick sapphire crystal, a 3.28-mm-thick caseback made of grade 5 titanium, and an inner ring made of Biodur-108 steel. Last summer, Rolex launched the new Rolex Deepsea D-Blue Edition (pictured above), with a proprietary “D-Blue” dial that is dark blue at the top, and then darkens gradually to black at the bottom.