Did you know that in a store deep in the streets of Hong Kong is a Rolex Oysterdate watch with a pot leaf dial? Whether or not it is aftermarket or authentic, it does exist. John and I are almost officially Rolex fans at this point and we discuss our current feelings about the brand. Omega gets some love as we discuss the Seamaster Aqua Terra 15,000 Gauss with its highly anti-magnetic movement.
Topic | Rolex
It is December and that means it is the season of giving once more. To help plan your Christmas shopping, we will be taking a look at a couple of gift guides and wish lists. We also check out new watches from Arnold & Son and Omega, and also learn more about the history of ETA, and round off by visiting Salon QP…
For 2013, the aBlogtoWatch watch gift guide will take the form of an editor’s and contributor’s wish list. Some of the editorial team has gone ahead and chosen a few of the timepieces from last year that are really high on their list. These are mostly newer watches, but ones that should be available for purchase now. So for this holiday season you’ll get a good idea of what we’ve personally wanted, and we didn’t include crazy stuff that no one can get, even if they could afford it.
After two days inside Rolex, we have no choice but to share our experience with you. Rolex doesn’t allow photography so we tried to express the tale from within using our own words. John, unfortunately, was not there, but I am joined by Rolex historian and expert Jake Ehrlich from Rolexmagazine.com who was. If you are interested in Rolex in any way this is a must listen…
Rolex really isn’t like any other watch brand. In fact, the privately held, independently run entity isn’t like most other companies. I can say this now with a lot more clarity than most people because I was there. Rolex rarely allows anyone into its hallowed halls, but I was invited to visit their four manufacture locations in Switzerland and experience first-hand how Rolex makes their famous watches.
Rounding off November, we check out new watches from Omega and Jaquet Droz, Rolex’s first Oyster watch, and also discuss about the possible designs of Apple’s rumored iWatch. We also learn how enamel dials are painted and find out how watch straps are made…
Rolex produced the very first Submariner in 1953 with this model ref. 6204 watch. The Submariner would go on to not only become one of the most iconic timepieces in the world, but also one of the most heavily emulated, desired, and studied. The Submariner was the first diver’s watch from Rolex and followed a legacy that started in 1926 when Rolex released its first water-resistant watch, the Oyster.
What you see are the two versions of the very first Rolex Oyster watch, in other words, the world’s first water-resistant timepiece. It was proven on the wrist of a swimmer, and when it was released in 1926 it was a rather big deal. The origin of the Oyster name is rather straightforward, borrowed from the sea-dwelling mollusk of the same name, and has been a hallmark of Rolex ever since.
Rolex could be planning to release watches with improved shock-resistance very soon. A recent United States patent application by Rolex details a new type of component used in their Oyster cases that is said to reduce shock to the movement by up to 60%.
Until the 1950s, the wristwatch world was powered by springs… Winding one’s watch was part of daily routine, as was adjusting it regularly to keep it accurate. But 1957 heralded change and the beginnings of a revolution that would fully materialize in the 1970s and 80s, and it all started with the futuristic-sounding, electric watch…
Every year watch lovers and collectors in the Midwest look forward to the Watch Fair at Wixon Jewelers in Minneapolis, MN. The event brings together some of the top Swiss watch brands under one roof to offer special pricing and display an extended selection of these highly revered collections…
To kick off October, we check out the biggest winners and losers of the Only Watch 2013 charity auction. We also check out new watches from MB&F, Hublot and Panerai and also listen to what John Mayer has to say about watch collecting.
Major auctioneer Christie’s is currently running their first ever “online-only auction,” “The Essential Watch Collection” These days, we’re all accustomed to researching watches online, and then, very likely also buying them online. Major auctioneers have for a long time been trying to get a piece of the “eBay pie,” and the plan is to approach the sale of vintage watches online by offering a curated, safe environment where watches are vetted by professionals and available through a trusted source…
In this roundup, we visit Parmigiani in Switzerland and also check out a bunch of new watches from Ulysses Nardin, MB&F and Bamford.
I’ll admit it. I love watches and I love cars. To me, they both represent a higher state of where design and machinery intersect… I always seem to find a correlation between people who own fine luxury cars, and those who own fine luxury watches. Having said that, the world of watches is amusingly different than that of cars…
John discusses a Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk watch he is reviewing and I discuss a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms that I am reviewing. Which is the better watch? Then we proceed to get into the dirty details of smartwatches and the potential failings of Bluetooth. Of course Casio is about to come out with new Bluetooth watches that may just have us eating our words.
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