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Why are some watch companies called a “manufacture?”

It is a curious term in the world of horology, which is the science and art of telling time. The complete term is “manufacture d’horlogerie,” usually abbreviated as simply “manufacture.” It literally means “watchmaking manufacturer,” but as a term of art in horology, it means something else. More than just a company with an assembly [...]

Can luxury watches go underwater?

It is a great day to be at the lake, the beach, or the river. Which makes me think, “Can luxury watches go underwater?” Like many things in life, it depends. They are rated and pressure-tested to different depths, depending on the design and construction of the watch. But can you really go as deep [...]

Are you a college football fan?

It seems that college football fans just can’t get enough, and this time of year they are getting really excited about the prospects for their favorite team. The first games are only about a month away, and the eagerness and anticipation of waiting for that first tailgate party and kickoff are building like a pressure [...]

Old Secondhand Diamonds?

     Mark Twain said, “Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all.” He sounds like me. I like nice things, I just don’t like to pay full price!      In today’s market, ladies’ jeweled watches from premiere manufacturers like Rolex, Cartier, Omega, Breitling, and Jaeger [...]

What is the Helium Escape Valve, or Helium release Valve, on some Dive Watches?

Is that a grappling hook on the James Bond Watch? Or maybe a second crown to actuate some grand complication? Or on the side of the Rolex Sea-Dweller and Deepsea, is it an extra button? NO! It is the Helium Escape Valve, or Helium Release Valve on some dive watches, but what does it do? [...]

Which Solo Python is your favorite?

        Snakeskin is always fashionable, especially this year! The fashionistas love it, from casual to dressy to business, and this Ladies’ Cartier Tank Solo Python Small Steel Watch W5200020 fits right in anywhere. The dial finish is modeled after the python skin used for the leather strap, and the look is superb. These are rarely [...]

A watch that works as perfectly as the human heart?

In 1950, regarding the heart of man, Hemingway wrote “It’s just a muscle. Only it is the main muscle. It works as perfectly as a Rolex Oyster Perpetual. The trouble is you cannot send it to the Rolex representative when it goes wrong.” (from Across the River and into the Trees) Hemingway lived a life [...]

Looking for a Paul Newman Rolex Daytona, a Double-Red Sea Dweller, or a Patek Philippe perpetual calendar?

So are a lot of other people, and the prices on these collectible watches continues to escalate. What if you want to start your collection with less money than a Ferrari costs? One of the most undervalued watches out there is this Omega Seamaster Polaris 1/100 Limited Edition Seoul Olympic Watch from 1988. The 1988 [...]

What are you doing this weekend?

Chances are, you could be enjoying a great weekend watch with a sporty rubber strap. Rubber straps look great, and they don’t mind getting wet. Their popularity has zoomed up in the last few years as more durable synthetic rubbers have taken the place of natural rubber in watch strap production. This Special Edition Breitling [...]

Our New Favorite!

Do you LOVE watches? We do. As aficionados of these tiny machines, we do of course have our in-house debates. We have Rolex guys, Omega guys, and Patek Philippe guys. We have fans of Panerai, IWC, and Vacheron Constantin. But then this Jaeger Lecoultre Master Eight Days Reserve De Marche 146.8.17.S showed up here at [...]