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  2. A Collector’s Guide to Omega Speedmaster Professional

    A Collector’s Guide to Omega Speedmaster Professional

    Upholding an enduring legacy of more than six decades, Omega Speedmaster is one of the most-celebrated mechanical wristwatches ever made. One of the key pillars of the globally acclaimed Swiss brand, Speedmaster family offers an extensive range of well-built and exceptionally precise wristwatches.  History and Evolution The origins of the Speedmaster trace back to 1957 when Omega launched its ‘Professional’ line of watches. The other two specialized timepieces introduced along with the Speedmaster were the Seamaster 300 and the Railmaster. The very first Speedmaster watch was equipped with the manual-winding column-wheel chronograph movement Cal.321. The first ever Speedmaster had the reference number CK 2915 and features a 38mm stainless steel case with tachymeter bezel and a three-counter dial highlighting the so-called ‘Broad Arrow’ hands. It was the first chronograph watch to feature the tachymeter scale on the bezel. Introduced in 1959, reference 2998 was the first Speedmaster to feature a black aluminium bezel. This model features 39mm case and the manual winding chronograph calibre 321. In 1962, NASA Astronaut Wally Schirra wore an Omega Speedmaster reference 2998 watch during the Mercury Sigma 7 mission. In 1965, NASA tested and certified the Speedmaster for all manned missions and Extravehicular activity.  In 1968, the Swiss watchmaker introduced calibre 861 for equipping their Speedmaster wristwatches. Most of these watches produced from 1968 to 2020 have used either calibre 861 or its variants, including the rhodium-plated caliber 1861. Released in 1964, the reference 105.012 was the first Speedmaster to feature “Professional” signature on the dial. Equipped with the iconic calibre 321, this model has larger 42mm case size with crown guards. In 1969, it became the first watch worn on the Moon. During the Apollo 11 lunar mission, Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin wore Omega Speedmaster watches. Since the first every manned moon-landing mission, the Speedmaster has been known as Moonwatch and also participated in several space missions. This Omega Moonwatch was equipped with the Cal. 321, the same movement of the very first Speedmaster. Equipped with upgraded chronograph pushers, the ref. 145.012 was the last Speedmaster watch to utilize the famous manual-winding calibre 321. Introduced in 1968, reference ST 145.022 was the first Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch to feature the Calibre 861 mechanical manual-winding chronograph movement. Subsequently, the iconic brand launched the Speedmaster Professional Mark II in 1969 and the limited edition gold watch to celebrate the successful Apollo 11 mission in 1970. In 1988, the Omega Speedmaster automatic watch with 39mm case was introduced. In 1993, thirty-five Omega Speedmaster watches successfully completed a full 365 days on the Russian Mir Space station. In 2015, Omega introduced its Master Chronometer certification. In 2019, the brand reintroduced the iconic calibre 321 and launched the Speedmaster Heritage Calibre 321 watch. In 2021, a new generation of Speedmaster Professional watches equipped with Master Chronometer certified Calibre 3861 was introduced. Shopping Guide The key pillars of the present Omega Speedmaster family are: Moonwatch Professional, Heritage Series, Dark Side of the Moon, Speedmaster 38mm, and Two Counters. Among these, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch remains the most iconic and popular model. In the following paragraphs, you will find some key details of the present generation Speedmaster collection, along with estimated price range of each series. These shopping tips may guide you to find out a perfect Speedmaster of your choice. (1) Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional 311.30.42.30.01.005 Introduced in 2021, the present generation Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional watches are typically equipped with the Omega Co-axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861. This manual-winding chronograph movement with Co-axial escapement and silicon balance spring is a certified Master Chronometer calibre, approved by METAS (the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology). It is resistant to magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss. This hand-wound calibre generously provides 50 hours of power reserve.  Presently, the new Omega Speedmaster professional is available in three case versions: Stainless, Sedna™ gold and Canopus Gold™. All of them have 42mm diameter case and come with the choice of silver or black dial color. The anodised aluminium bezel ring with tachymeter scale is a stand-out feature of the Moonwatch. Water resistant to 50 meters, these watches are fitted with sapphire crystal. The current collection also offers stainless steel versions with Hesalite glass. The new generation models are available with the choice of leather strap, nylon fabric or integrated stainless steel bracelet with a five links per row design. The starting price of a present generation Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional is approximately HKD$ 35,000 for the stainless steel version with hesalite crystal and nylon strap. It typically costs HKD$ 49,000 for its counterpart with a metal five-links bracelet. The stainless steel model with sapphire crystal and metal five-links bracelet approximately costs HKD$ 55,500 where as its counterpart with leather strap sells at HKD$ 53,000. The Sedna™ gold version has an estimated retail price of HKD$ 270,000 with Sedna™ gold bracelet and HKD$ 190,000 with leather strap. The Canopus Gold™ version retails at HKD$ 380,000 with Canopus Gold™ bracelet and HKD$ 236,000 with leather strap. Although Omega introduced calibre 3861 with a co-axial escapement and Master Chronometer certification, the Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional watches equipped with calibre 1861 are still available for purchase. These Speedmasters in stainless steel case and equipped with (with calibre 1861, chronometer certified) costs approximately HKD$ 40,700 with hesalite crystal and leather strap, HKD$ 41,400 with hesalite crystal and five links steel bracelet, HKD$ 48,500 with sapphire crystal and leather strap, and HKD$ 49,200 with sapphire crystal and five links steel bracelet. (2) Speedmaster ‘Heritage’  Speedmaster anniversary series Apollo 11 50th anniversary 310.20.42.50.01.001 This sub collection is comprised of Speedmaster wristwatches that celebrate the great watchmaking heritage of Omega. The Heritage Calibre 321 is a Speedmaster professional watch in 42mm platinum case and equipped with the original movement used with the very first Speedmaster watch launched in 1957. With the same movement, Omega is also offering a 39.7 mm Steel Heritage Calibre 321 watch without the ‘PROFESSIONAL’ inscription on the dial. The Platinum Heritage Calibre 321 retails at HKD$ 460,000and the 39.7 mm Steel Heritage Calibre 321 costs HKD $ 109,000. The Speedmaster Heritage line also includes a number of ‘Anniversary’ models that mark anniversaries of some historic milestones related to Omega. This series offers models like 42mm Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award, 42mm Apollo 11 50th Anniversary, 39.7mm ‘First OMEGA in Space’, and 44.25mm Co-axial Chronometer GMT Chronograph. Available in Steel, Gold or Titanium case, this collection has a retail price range from HKD$ 41,000 to HKD$ 283,000. The Speedmaster 57 is a remarkable collection of automatic watches featuring 41.5mm case and calibre 9300, the first chronograph in Omega’s in-house Co-axial mechanical movement family. Paying tribute to the first Speedmaster released in 1957, this line offers Steel, Gold, Steel & Gold and Titanium case versions, with the choice of three-links bracelet or leather strap. The retail price range is from HKD$ 69,000 to HKD$ 279,000. (3) Speedmaster ‘Two Counters’ Speedmaster Racing Co‑Axial Master 329.32.44.51.01.001 This series includes Omega Speedmaster automatic watches featuring 44.25 mm diameter case and self-winding chronograph calibers with column wheel and Co-axial escapement. They boast two counter dial lay-out, along with a date display or the moon-phase at 6 o’ clock. The movements used in the ‘Two Counters’ series are: Cal. 9904 for Omega Speedmaster moonphase versions, Cal. 9300 for regular two counter models and Cal. 9900 for Racing variants.  Among these automatic movements, Calibre 9300 is Chronometer certified where as both 9900 and 9904 are Master Chronometer certified. The ‘Two Counters’ collection offers stainless Steel, Gold, Steel & Gold, Ceramic, Platinum and Titanium watch models. The approximate retail price of the watches vary from HKD$ 65,500 to HKD$ 478,000. (4) Speedmaster ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ Speedmaster Dark Side of The Moon Team Alinghi 311.92.44.30.01.002 The Speedmaster ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ collection was introduced in 2013 with a self-winding co-axial chronograph watch featuring black ceramic case, bezel and dial. Since then, the series has been enhanced with several new models. Presently the collection offer ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ versions like Apollo 8, Black Black, Meteorite, Sedna Black, Pitch Black, Team Alinghi and Vintage Black as well as the variants like ‘Grey Side of the Moon’ and ‘White Side of the Moon’.  Among these, both Apollo 8 and Team Alinghi watches are equipped with mechanical manual-winding chronograph calibre 1869. All other models are equipped with the Co-axial automatic chronograph calibre 9300. All timepieces from the ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ feature 44.25mm diameter case. The approximate retail price range is HKD$ 75,600 to HKD$ 200,000. (5) Speedmaster 38 Speedmaster 38 mm Co-Axial 324.30.38.50.03.002 This collection consists of Speedmaster Omega watches featuring 38mm diameter case. Available in Steel, Gold and Steel& Gold versions, the Speedmaster 38 watches are equipped with the co-axial calibre 3330 automatic movement. The timepiece features a dual-layer bezel design, with an inner ring featuring tachymeter scale, and an outer ring with scale markings or set with diamonds. The retail price range is HKD$ 36,800 to HKD$ 153,100. Popular Models Speedmaster CK2998 311.33.40.30.02.001 The Omega Speedmaster is one of the most iconic timepieces ever made in the history of watchmaking. The much celebrated association with several space and lunar missions made it a cult icon. The first ever Speedmaster CK 2915 is the most admired historical model. The other sought-after vintage references are CK 2998, ST 105.003, ST 145.012, ST 145.022, 376.0822 and Mark II. Among the modern Speedmasters, the most admired creations are Moonwatch, First Omega in Space, Silver Snoopy Editions, Heritage Calibre 321, Speedmaster 57, ‘Speedy Tuesday’ and ‘Dark Side of the Moon’.   Collection Value The Omega Speedmaster undoubtedly holds a great collection value thanks to its historical significance, unmatched performance and enduring admiration from watch connoisseurs. Since its induction, the Moonwatch has remained the most popular timepiece in the Speedmaster collection. As one of the most celebrated mechanical chronograph watches ever made, Speedmaster is a great investment for the future. Depending upon the age, condition and rarity, the cost of a vintage Omega Speedmaster watch can reach above HKD$ 584,800. The rare and historically important pieces cost higher. 

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  3. Orient Review: A Guide to One of the Best Japanese Watch Brands

    Orient Review: A Guide to One of the Best Japanese Watch Brands

    Introduction ORIENT is a Japanese watch brand with a large number of ardent followers from all over the world. Its origins date back to the 1950s. The brand has been renowned worldwide for its budget-friendly, yet high-quality timepieces that feature in-house movements and indigenous designs with fine finishing. Orient produces both quartz and mechanical timepieces featuring classic, contemporary or sports designs. Presently, the entire product portfolio of the company is divided under two distinct brand names: ORIENT and ORIENT STAR. Both labels are popular and when it comes to brand value, Orient Star ranks higher. History Orient was born in 1950, with the founding of Tama Keiki wristwatch manufacturing company at Hino in Tokyo. In 1951, this firm changed its name to Orient Watch Company. In the same year, Orient Star brand was introduced. In 1958, Royal Orient was launched. In 1964, three watch models – Grand Prix 100, Calendar Auto Orient and Flash – all under Orient brand were unveiled. Other historic orient watches include: Fineness (1967), World Diver (1969), King Diver 1000 (1969), Chrono Ace Jaguar Focus (1970), Multi Year Calendar (1976), Touchtron (1976) and Mon Bijou (1991). In 1997, the brand launched the M-FORCE collection. In 2003, the Orient Technical Center (OTC) was established in Akita, Japan. In 2004, the company revived the royal orient watch. Some of the historic Orient Star watches are: Dynamic (1957), Power Reserve (1996), and World Time (1999). In 2009, Orient Watch Company became a subsidiary of Epson. In 2017, the company was integrated into Seiko Epson Corporation, one of three core corporations of the Seiko Group. ORIENT  Under the Orient brand, the company offers both quartz and mechanical timepieces from four core ranges: Classic, Contemporary, Revival and Sports.  Orient Classic Orient Classic Limited RN-AS0004L The Orient Classic collection consists of a diverse range of traditional dress watches that offers a timeless outlook with a vintage flair. These marvelous creations typically follow the iconic designs of the 1960s and the 1970s. For ladies, the Classic range offers a mechanical model with 36.4mm case, and quartz watches with 33.8mm and 34.3mm diameters. For men, the collection offers mechanical wristwatches with case sizes like 40.5mm, 41.5mm, 42.5mm and 43mm as well as quartz timepieces.  Notable mechanical watch models from the Classic series are RA-AS010 (41.5mm case, sun & moon function and semi-skeleton window), RA-AC001 (36mm case, date function),RA-AC0000 (40.5mm case, date display), RA-AG000 (40.5mm case, semi-skeleton window and centre seconds), RA-AP000 (40.5mm case, date and small seconds), AC0800 (42mm case, date display), RA-AS000 (42mm case, dial with sun & moon function and semi-skeleton aperture), AK0000 (42.5mm case, dial with individual apertures for date, day, and sun and moon tracking), and AG0000 (43mm case, semi-skeleton dial). The prominent Orient Classic quartz watches are: RA-KB000 (34.3mm case, three hands with sun & moon function), RA-QC170 (33.8mm case, time only), RA-KA000 (34.8mm case, sun & moon function, day and date sub dials), UG1R00 (40.5mm case, day and date window at 3H), RA-KV040 (42.4mm case, chronograph with 24h indication and date) and SZ4500 (28mm case, date display). Orient Contemporary Source from: orient-watch.jp Orient Contemporary RN-AC0E05N The Contemporary collection is consists of elegant and sophisticated dress watches in various sizes and distinctive configurations. The diameters of the case can range from 25mm to 43mm in case of quartz watches and from 32mm to 42.4mm for mechanical timepieces.  Some prominent mechanical Orient watch models from the Contemporary series are: RA-A000 (40.8mm case, dial with semi-skeleton window and small seconds), RA-AA0A0 (39.5mm case, dial with day-date display), AX000 (40.8mm case, dial with date at 3H and day aperture at 12H), EV0V00 (41mm case, dial with date at 3H and day aperture at 12H), ET0P00 (41mm case, date with date at 6H, day sub-dial and sun & moon function), RA-AK030 (41.5mm case, dial with centre seconds, day indicator, sun and moon tracking sub-dial and date aperture, AC0F0 (41.6mm case, date function), AA0C0 (41.9mm case, day and date display), and EU0A00 (42mm case, date and monthly calendar). The Orient Contemporary range also offers a broad selection of quartz wristwatches either with time-only configuration or with date, day-date or chronograph functions. Orient Sports Source from: orient-watch.jp Orient Mechanical Sports Watch RA-AC0K03L The Orient Sports collection typically offers reliable timekeepers suitable for active lifestyle and extreme sports activities.  The Mechanical Sports range includes several models, including some well acclaimed dive watches. It offers highly durable and precise mechanical watches with case sizes 41.5mm, 41.8mm, 42.4mm, 42.6mm, 43.4mm, 43.6mm, 44mm, 44.5mm, 45mm, and 46mm. The Sports Collection also includes several watch models equipped with quartz movements. Depending upon the version, the case dimensions can vary from 41.5mm to 48mm.  For dive watch lovers, Orient offers Mako, Ray, Kamasu, Kanno, Triton and M FORCE models. These 200m water resistant watches are suitable for nautical sports activities, snorkeling and skin-diving. The Orient Pro Saturation Diver watch has 300 meters water resistance. The automatic sports range also offers aviation watches and chronographs, Multi-Year Perpetual Calendar models, Field watches and etc. The reference RA-AC0H0 is an automatic orient flight watch while RA-KV050 is a flight chronograph with quartz movement. Orient Revival Source from: orient-watch.jp Orient Mechanical Revival Watch RA-AR0204G The Orient Revival collection was introduced in 2020 to mark the 70th anniversary of the company. This exceptional line offers modern incarnations of the historic orient watches. The first model in this new series is King Diver, a reproduction of the 1965 Weekly Auto Orient King Diver. This was followed with the Retro Future Camera watch, faithfully recreating a popular model that seamlessly incorporates camera details into its retro mechanical design. In 2021, the Revival Collection World Map was introduced. ORIENT STAR The Orient Star brand offers mechanical timepieces for both men and women. It has three product ranges: Classic, Contemporary and Sports.  Orient Star Classic Orient Orient Star Classical WZ0041DX The Orient Star Classic range has an excellent selection of traditional wristwatches for both men and women. The smallest model in the Orient Classic series is the 30.5mm Semi Skeleton ladies automatic watch. For men, the collection hosts several classic models featuring different functions and case sizes ranging from 38.5mm to 41mm. The smallest Orient Star classic watch for men is AF0200 series, which features a 38.5mm diameter case and displays power reserve and date. The Classic Heritage Gothic model (RE-AW000) has a 38.7mm case and boasts a dial with gothic fonts inspired by the original Orient Star watch introduced in 1951. It displays the date, small seconds and power reserve. The brand also offers another 38.7mm case watch (RE-AU200), which incorporates the date, power reserve display and centre seconds. The Orient Star DX0200 series includes skeleton wristwatches with 39mm diameter case. Orient Star RE-AV000 is an automatic timepiece with 40mm diameter case. This watch has a semi-skeleton widow, small seconds dial and power reserve indicator. In the RE-HH000 wristwatch, the 40mm case houses a dial with a semi-skeleton window, power reserve display and centre seconds. The Mechanical Moon Phase watch (AY010 series) has a 41mm diameter case and a partially open-worked dial exhibiting a semi-skeleton aperture, power reserve indicator and a moon phase with date display. The 70th anniversary Skeleton (RE-AZ000) model features a 40mm case and a new manufacture hand-wound mechanical movement with an in-house developed silicon escape wheel. Featuring a fully open-worked dial, this orient star watch displays small seconds and power reserve. Orient Star Contemporary Orient Star Contemporary Collection RK-HJ0001S The Orient Star Contemporary range begins with a 30mm mechanical watch for women. Equipped with an automatic movement, this dainty, two-hand wristwatch boasts a semi skeleton aperture at 9 o’clock. For men, timepieces with 38.5mm, 39.3mm, 40mm, 41mm and 42mm case sizes are available. The Orient Star RE-AU040 watch features a 42mm diameter case and displays date, power reserve and centre seconds. The collection includes a 39.3mm wristwatch (RE-AT000) featuring power reserve indicator, semi-skeleton opening at 9 ‘ clock and centre seconds hand. Orient Star Sports Source from: orient-watch.jp Orient Star Mechanical Sports Watch RE-AU0301B Orient Star Sports category includes durable and reliable automatic timekeepers useful for daily wear, outdoor sports and recreational diving activities. For divers, the brand offers 43.6mm mechanical sports dive watches (RE-AU030 series) with 200 meters water resistance. In the sports category, Orient Star also offers semi-skeleton and skeleton models.  RE-AT010 is an automatic semi-skeleton watch with 43.2mm case, diver-style bezel and 200 meters water resistance. This timepiece offers partial view of the mechanical movement though a dial opening at 9 o’ clock and power reserve display at 12 o’clock. The Avant-garde Skeleton (RE AV0A0) features a 43.2mm diameter case. Tested for 100 meters water resistance, this model incorporates a fully open-worked dial with a power reserved indicator at 12 o’clock and small seconds at 6 o’ clock. Summary Source from: Orient Facebook Orient is one of the most successful Japanese watchmaking companies. Orient watches are produced at Epson’s manufacturing facilities in Japan. The in-house movements are produced by Akita Epson Corporation based in Akita Prefecture in Japan. All timepieces feature stainless steel case. Depending upon the model, the case is made available in silvered, black-toned or golden finishing. Orient offers an extensive choice of dial colors in regular or gradation style. Some models feature dials made of exotic materials like mother-of-pearl. The dial architecture used in the brand’s mechanical wristwatches can be plain or open-worked. In the Semi Skeleton watches, the dial hosts a window provided a glimpse of the calibre beating inside the watch. The Skeleton models offer a complete view of the movement thanks to the detailed open-working of the dial. Orient offers wristwatches with additional functions like Date, Day with the date, Power reserve, Sun & Moon function (24h), Monthly Calendar, GMT, World Time and Chronograph. Orient manufactures several in-house movements for equipping their mechanical wristwatches. In 1971, the company launched the 46 Series calibre, which remains the base of all in-house movements produced thereafter. The most commonly used caliber is automatic F6724, which drives hour, minute, centre seconds and date at 3H. The watches featuring the Sun & Moon function (day-night indicator) are equipped with self-winding movements F6L24, F6B24 or 46B46. The other important calibers are F6922, F6222, F6722, F6S22, F6T22 and F6C22. The company offers timepieces with metal bracelet and leather straps. Some of their watch models come with Nylon, Rubber or Silicone straps. Depending upon the version, water resistance can range from 30 to 300 meters.

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  4. Hamilton Watch Reviews: The American-made Classic

    Hamilton Watch Reviews: The American-made Classic

    With a rich watchmaking heritage of about 130 years, Hamilton manufactures exceptional timepieces that seamlessly incorporate American spirit and Swiss precision. Currently based in Switzerland, the brand produces automatic, manual-wound and quartz timepieces. Positioned in the ‘mid to luxury’ price range, Hamilton offers ladies’ and gent’s wristwatches. Their flagship collections are American Classic, Broadway, Jazzmaster, Khaki Aviation, Khaki Field, Khaki Navy, and Ventura. Hamilton has been known for their lifelong association with the film world.  History Hamilton was originally established in 1892 in Lancaster, a city in South Central Pennsylvania in the United States of America. Initially, the company used to produce railroad watches for American Railroad corporations. In 1918, they commenced the production of aviator timepieces. The U.S. airmail service was the major consumer of these hamilton watches. After World War I, the company began producing wrist-worn timepieces for the commercial market. In the 1930s, Hamilton established its enduring relationship with Hollywood and made its first appearance in the 1932 movie ‘Shanghai Express.’ During the World War II, they manufactured marine chronometers and deck watches in large quantities for the Unites States Navy. In 1957, Hamilton introduced the world’s first electric watch. In 1966, the brand acquired the Buren Watch Company of Switzerland. In 1969, the company closed its American manufacturing operations with the closure of its factory in Lancaster and shifted to Switzerland. From 1966 to 1972, the Hamilton watches were produced in the Buren’s production facilities. The company developed the world’s first digital watch Pulsar in 1971.  In 1972, the manufacturing partnership between Hamilton and Buren was dissolved. Buren was acquired by Swiss investors. In 1974, SSIH group acquired the hamilton watch company. In 1984, the Swiss holding groups SSIH and ASUAG joined to form The Swatch Group, the world’s largest watch-making conglomerate. Since then, Hamilton is a subsidiary of the Swatch Group. Presently, design, development and production of all Hamilton watches take place in Switzerland under the efficient management of the Swatch Group. Although a Swiss-made brand right now, Hamilton continues to carry its American heritage.  Hamilton Watch Collections Hamilton offers an extensive product portfolio, ranging from elegant dress watches for trendsetters to rugged, professional timepieces for pilots, divers, sailors and military personnel. Presently, the brand has seven core collections as mentioned below: American Classic American Classic Intra-Matic Auto Chrono Brown H38416541 It is one of the largest and most diverse watch collections from Hamilton. This comprehensive collection celebrates the brand’s American Heritage and some of its iconic creations. Notable models from the American Classic series are Ardmore, Boulton, Chrono-Matic 50 Auto Chrono, Intra-Matic, Pan Europ, PSR, RailRoad, and Spirit of Liberty. Ardmore is a modern incarnation of its eponymous ancestor, which was originally introduced by Hamilton in 1937. This ladies’ rectangular watch is available with various dial designs and straps. In the 2018 movie ‘Venom’, Michelle Williams wore an Ardmore wristwatch. American Classic Quartz Silver Dial Stainless Steel Ladies Watch H11221514 Boulton is a re-imagined edition of a Hamilton watch produced in the 1940s. This iconic wristwatch line was revived and reintroduced in the 1980s. Bearing the same name as its ancestor, the modern Boulton series offers Mechanical and quartz watches, highlighting Art Deco design features and the distinct case shape. The Chrono-Matic 50 Auto Chrono limited edition collection was launched to mark the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Caliber 11, the first automatic chronograph movement. The Intra-Matic series offers modern interpretations of some historic Hamilton watches, such as chronographs A & B. For example, the Intra-Matic Auto Chrono 40mm timepiece, which combines 60s style, is a fresh tribute to a 1968 chronograph. Available in chronograph and date versions, these automatic wristwatches seamlessly integrate masculine features with vintage elegance. The Pan Europ collection is named after the 1971 Hamilton Chronograph that was equipped with one of the world’s first chronograph movements. At present, the modern Pan Europ range offers a Day Date Automatic watch featuring Caliber H-30, rotating bezel and 42mm stainless steel case, with a choice of NATO or leather strap. The PSR Digital Quartz wristwatch from the American Classic collection is a modern reinterpretation of the iconic Hamilton Pulsar digital watch introduced in 1970. The RailRoad collection is inspired by Hamilton’s historic ties with American Railroads. Presently, this range offers a 42mm automatic Skeleton watch and a 28mm Lady Quartz timepiece. The Spirit of Liberty collection pays homage to Andrew Hamilton, who was the owner of the site of the original Hamilton watch factory in Pennsylvania. Presently, this series includes a Three-hand version with the date and a Chronograph model. The Spirit of Liberty automatic chronograph watch features a 42mm stainless steel case and Calibre H-21, a self-winding movement with 80 hours power reserve. Dressed in a 42mm stainless steel case, the automatic three-hand with date watch houses the H-10 self-winding movement with a power reserve of 80 hours. Broadway Broadway Automatic Black Dial Stainless steel Men’s Watch H43725131 The Broadway collection is a tribute to Hamilton’s American roots and its historic alliance with New York’s legendary theatre district. Driven by automatic or quartz calibers, these contemporary styled watches are available in 40mm, 42mm, 43mm and 46mm case sizes. The Hamilton Broadway series includes models like Day Date Auto, Day-Date Auto Chrono, Day-Date Quartz and GMT Automatic. Jazzmaster Jazzmaster Thinline Automatic Anthracite Dial Men’s Watch H38525181 Featuring more than 20 watch models, Jazzmaster is one of the most extensive collections from Hamilton. This elegant series offers both automatic and quartz watches, with case diameters starting from 30mm to 45mm. The smallest wristwatches in the collection are the Lady Auto (30 or 34mm) and the Lady Quartz 34mm. In the 36mm category, Jazzmaster offers Skeleton Lady Auto, Viewmatic Skeleton Lady Auto, and Open-heart Lady Auto models. The Hamilton Jazzmaster collection includes a large number of 40mm watches, like Auto, Day Date Auto, Open-heart Auto, Viewmatic Auto, Viewmatic Skeleton Gent Auto, Gent Quartz, Thinline Auto, and Thinline Small Seconds Quartz. Among these, the Viewmatic Auto is also available in a 44mm version. In the 42mm category, Hamilton offers Auto Chrono, Chrono Quartz, Seaview Day Date Quartz, Thinline Quartz, Power Reserve Auto, Regulator Auto, Open-heart Auto, and Regulator Cinema watches. In the 43mm case size, two models are available: Thinline Chrono Quartz and Small Seconds Auto. The Sea View Chrono Quartz features a 44mm case. The largest model in the Jazzmaster series is Maestro Auto Chrono featuring a 45mm case. The Maestro Auto Chrono is also available in a 41mm version. Khaki Aviation Khaki Aviation Automatic Silver Dial Stainless steel Men’s Watch H77726351 Dedicated to the members of flying community and pilot watch lovers, the Hamilton Khaki Aviation series offers accurate and durable wristwatches that can withstand the challenging environments in the aviation field. This impressive professional watch collection includes models like Converter, Pilot Day Date Auto, Pilot Day Date Quartz, Pilot Pioneer Mechanical, Pilot Pioneer Chrono Quartz, Takeoff Auto Chrono, X-Wind Auto Chrono, X-Wind Day Date Auto and X-Wind GMT Chrono Quartz models. Equipped with a hand-wound movement, the Pilot Pioneer Mechanical is a modern reinterpretation of a vintage military produced for the British Royal Air Force in 1973. The Pilot Pioneer Chrono Quartz watch comes with a 41mm case. The models like Converter Auto, Pilot Day Date Air Zermatt Auto, Pilot Day Date Quartz, and Pilot Day Date Auto (with H-40 movement) feature 42mm case. The Converter Auto Chrono, Converter Auto GMT and X-Wind Auto Chrono are 44mm watches. The X-Wind Auto Chrono 45mm and X-Wind Day Date Auto models feature 45mm diameter cases. In the 46mm case category, this series offers models like Pilot Day Date Auto (with H-30 movement), X-Wind GMT Chrono Quartz and Takeoff Auto Chrono. Khaki Field Khaki Field Manual-winding Black Dial Stainless steel Men’s Watch H69809730 This collection consists of rugged and precise wrist watches (automatic, hand-wound and quartz), made according to military specifications. This remarkable series includes models like Auto, Auto Chrono, Day Date Auto, King Auto, Mechanical, Murph Auto, and Quartz. In this collection, the brand provides wrist watches with case sizes 38mm, 40mm, 42mm, 44mm and 50mm. Available in time-only, day and day-date versions, the Hamilton Khaki Field watch incorporates the luminescent hour & minute hands, arrow shaped centre seconds hand, Arabic numerals for indicating 12h scale of the outer dial ring and a 24h inner dial. Some models have vintage radium-style luminescent coating. Available in automatic and quartz versions, the Khaki Field King watch features a 40mm steel case with crown guards, and dial with apertures for day and date at 12H. In the 40mm category, the brand also offers Khaki Field Auto and Khaki Field Quartz models. The notable 42mm watches in the Khaki Field series are Auto, Auto Chrono, Titanium Auto, Murph Auto, and Day Date Auto. Among these watches, the Khaki Field Murph Auto model is known as interstellar Hamilton watch after its appearance in the 2014 blockbuster movie Interstellar. The 44mm version of the Khaki Field Auto watch is equipped with the H-10 self-winding movement. The 50mm version of the Khaki Field Mechanical watch houses the Caliber H-50, a hand-wound movement with a power reserve of 80 hours. Khaki Navy Khaki Navy Automatic Black Dial Stainless Steel Men’s Watch H77725335 As the name suggests, this line includes exceptional wristwatches suitable for naval personnel, maritime professionals and water sports enthusiasts. The collection consists of 37mm, 40mm, 42mm, 43mm, 44mm and 46mm watches. Equipped with quartz or automatic movements, Khaki Navy timepieces are available with water resistances ranging from 100 to 1,000 meters. The Frogman Titanium Auto and the below zero 1000m Auto are professional diving watches with 1,000 meters water resistance. The Hamilton frogman auto stainless steel watches are tested for 300 meters water resistance. Models like Pioneer Auto Chrono, Pioneer Auto, Pioneer Small Seconds Auto, Scuba Auto, and Scuba Quartz have 100m water resistance. Ventura Ventura Mother of pearl Dial Watch H24211852 Boasting an audacious, ingenious and unconventional design, Ventura is one of the most iconic models from Hamilton. Introduced in 1957, it was the first electric watch in the world. Its unusual case shape (triangle) made it a beloved icon. Elvis Presley is an admirer of this timepiece and chose to wear a Ventura watch in his 1961 film Blue Hawaii. Presently, the brand offers Hamilton Ventura watches in quartz and mechanical versions, with different case sizes and styles. The most important models from the collection are Auto, Elvis80 Auto, Elvis 80 Skeleton Auto, Open-heart Auto, XXL Auto, Quartz, Chrono Quartz, S Quartz and Poggytheman. Each Hamilton watch model faithfully represents a perfect fusion of Swiss precision watchmaking and the American Heritage that is dear to the iconic brand. It makes timepieces suitable for all aspects of the modern lifestyle, ranging from daily wear dress watches to deep diving instruments that can immerse up to 1,000 meters in depth. The company makes use of resilient and durable materials like 316L stainless steel and Titanium for crafting their timepieces. Depending upon the version, the glass can be a mineral crystal or sapphire. All Hamilton watches are equipped with in-house movements manufactured in the production facilities of the Swatch group in Switzerland. The brand offers several attractive options of straps: Canvas, Leather, Metal, NATO, Rubber and Textile. Most Hamilton watches are available within the retail price range of S$ 500 to S$ 2000. Some premium chronograph models sell above S$ 2000.

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  5. 5 Reasons Why you Should own an IWC Watch

    5 Reasons Why you Should own an IWC Watch

    Introduction IWC is a prominent watch manufacture based in Schaffhausen, a picturesque town in the German-speaking region of Switzerland. The company was established by the American watchmaker and entrepreneur Florentine Ariosto Jones in 1868. A subsidiary of the Richemont Group since 2000, IWC has been renowned for its high-quality Swiss-made mechanical timepieces, ranging from classic dress watches to spectacular grand complications. The brand offers a wide range of superb wristwatches to match the tastes of various customers, starting from new generation watch lovers to seasoned horology enthusiasts. Several reasons emphasize the need for adding an IWC wristwatch to your valuable collection of timepieces. In this editorial, we are highlighting five specific reasons.  (1) Watches with Impressive history Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph Automatic Blue Dial Men’s Watch IW390701 A major selling point of a luxury watch brand is its rich history. Presently, only a few active watchmakers exist in the world with their origins dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. IWC Schaffhausen belongs to this exclusive club. Established in 1868, it enjoys an impressive history of more than 150 years and also holds an impressive track record in the manufacturing of exceptional mechanical timepieces. All flagship collections from IWC – the Pilot’s Watches, Portugieser, Ingenieur, Aquatimer, Da Vinci and Portofino – are the inheritors of the brand’s extraordinary legacy in fine watchmaking. The IWC Pilot watches family traces back its origins to 1936. Since the late 1930s, the brand has been a principal supplier of professional timepieces designed for pilots and navigators. During the 1940s, IWC was one of five manufacturers that built Pilot watches for Luftwaffe (Germany’s air force). These timepieces are now highly sought-after among vintage watch collectors. The IWC big pilot Watch traces its origins to the military observation watches manufactured in the 1940s. Pilot’s Chronograph Edition Blue Angels Men’s Watch IW389008 The most famous pilot’s watch created in Schaffhausen was Mark 11. It was produced in 1948 for the British Royal Air Force (RAF). In 2016, the manufacture launched the IWC mark 18 pilot watch as a tribute to the iconic Mark 11 timepiece. The IWC Portugieser series has a rich heritage that dates back to 1939. The IWC Ingenieur collection was introduced in 1954. IWC added the Aquatimer family in 1967, the Da Vinci line in 1969 and the Portofino range in 1984. From the watch connoisseurs’ point of view, this rich heritage of IWC inspires the customers to acquire the brand’s fine timepieces.  (2) Extensive product portfolio Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks Automatic Grey Dial Men’s Watch IW379506 IWC is an all-around performer thanks to its remarkable expertise in all the fields of fine watchmaking. The company is capable of producing all types of timepieces: classic, contemporary, pilot, sports, diving, professional and etc. For aviation professionals and enthusiasts, the brand offers its Pilot’s Watch line, which includes time-only models as well as multifunction timepieces featuring chronograph, Dual/World time or calendar. Among their military aviation watches, the IWC top gun line is named after the U.S. Navy’s legendary Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). The Aquatimer collection is a perfect place to find well-built and reliable diving watches. While the Portugieser series has been dedicated to new-age navigators and urban explorers, the Portofino line offers elegant dress watches embodying the vibrant lifestyle of Mediterranean coasts. The Ingenieur collection is comprised of extremely rugged and antimagnetic wristwatches suitable for adventurers, sportspersons and professionals. IWC offers a comprehensive range of complication watches from its flagship lines as well as from the Jubilee collection, which was introduced in 2018 to mark the manufacture’s 150th anniversary. In their extensive product portfolio, IWC offers the customers to explorer all major watch complications: Annual Calendar, Perpetual Calendar, Chronograph, Tourbillon, Minute Repeater, Moonphase, Tide Indication, and Multiple Time Zones. Some of their timepieces incorporate two or more complications, like Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon and Double Chronograph. Apart from these high-complication watches, IWC Schaffhausen also crafts Grand Complications that integrate a multitude of complex horological mechanisms. This broad selection of horological masterpieces makes IWC as one of the most preferred brands among fine watchmaking enthusiasts.  (3) Wide choice of materials Portofino Automatic 37 Automatic Grey Dial Men’s Watch IW458104 The brand offers timepieces made of Stainless steel, 18-carat gold, bronze, platinum, ceramic, titanium and Ceratanium®. When it comes to straps, the brand provides stainless steel three links bracelets, Milanaise mesh bands, rubber straps, textile straps, and leather straps. The alligator leather and calfskin straps are made exclusively by Italian shoe manufacturer Santoni. This extensive range of choices allows the customers to instantly choose an IWC watch that suits his or her budget and specific requirements.  (4) Impressive line-up of In-house movements Da Vinci Automatic Slate Dial Men’s Watch IW356605 The ability to develop and manufacture in-house mechanical movements is the ultimate dream of every watch company. IWC belongs to the exclusive club of manufactures that produces their own mechanical calibers. IWC produces a broad array of in-house automatic and manual movements that are widely recognized for excellent chronometric performance and reliability. A significant technical aspect of the brand’s in-house calibers is their impressive power reserve. Depending upon the caliber family, the power reserve of an IWC mechanical watch can range from 46 hours to 8 days. The self-winding movements incorporate either the highly efficient IWC Pellaton automatic winding system or a bidirectional pawl-winding system similar to the Pellaton mechanism. Offering an outstanding level of precision, the in-house calibers employ traditional decorative techniques like circular graining and Geneva stripes. IWC also makes use of chamfering, burnishing, bluing and various surface coating techniques for enhancing both aesthetic and functional properties of their manufactured mechanical movements. Presenting with the most exceptional standards of precision and reliability, the calibers used in the IWC watches offer long service life. A fine mechanical timepiece housing an in-house movement is always a valuable investment.  (5) High standards of manufacturing  Ingenieur Chronograph Automatic Silver Dial Men’s Watch IW380801 IWC is one of the finest watch manufacturers in the world. This premium Swiss brand has been known worldwide for its precision timepieces that unite traditional skills, technical inventiveness and innovation. It employs highly qualified watchmakers, who meticulously handle one of the most stringent production processes in Switzerland’s watchmaking industry. Each timepiece is individually assembled by the expert horologists, utilizing their exceptional skills and state-of-the-art machineries. Every IWC watch is a perfect union of painstaking workmanship, optimum functionality and excellent design. The brand’s in-house manufacturing capability ensures the outstanding quality of timepieces. Before shipping out from the company, each timepiece undergoes rigorous quality checks, including the tests for corrosion resistance, UV resistance, abrasion resistance and the ability to withstand varying climates with temperatures ranging from –20 to +70 degrees Celsius. These stringent quality tests guarantee excellent chronometric performance, reliability and endurance for all IWC watches.

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  6. Rolex Explorer: History and Buying Guide

    Rolex Explorer: History and Buying Guide

    Introduction The Rolex Explorer line has been dedicated to adventurers who explore harsh terrains like mountains, caves and snow-filled Polar Regions. Interestingly, this famed collection was debuted in 1953, the same year that marked the successful conquest of the Mount Everest by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary. Belong to the Professional range of Rolex, Explorer remains underrated because of the overwhelming popularity of icons like Daytona, Submariner and GMT Master II. In comparison with other Rolex watches, the Explorer line produced a minimal number of references since its introduction in 1953. The collection contains two distinct ranges: Explorer (sometimes refers as Rolex explorer 1) and Explorer II. Considered as the most undervalued Rolex sports model, Explorer is an excellent choice for beginners who love to collect spectacular timepieces made by the world’s top luxury watch brands. As on date, the Explorer family remains an influential collection from the iconic Swiss company. History and Evolution of Explorer  Rolex Explorer Black Dial Stainless Steel Oyster Bracelet Automatic Men’s Watch 214270BKASO 1953, Rolex launched reference 6350, the first Oyster Perpetual Explorer watch. Meant for adventures and explorers, this timepiece featured 36mm diameter ‘Oyster’ case in stainless steel, self-winding movement and black dial. The other version produced during the 1950s was the reference 6150, in which some models do not display ‘Explorer’ name on the dial. In the 1950s, the reference 6610 was also introduced. This Explorer watch is equipped with Caliber 1030 self-winding movement. 1963, Rolex introduced the reference 1016, with earlier production models equipped with Caliber 1560 and later batches with caliber 1570. It is one of the longest produced Rolex watches. The reference 1016 is the first Explorer with 100m water resistant. Its ancestors had 50 meters water resistance. In 1989, the ref. 14270 was launched. The ref. 14270 is an Explorer model with 36mm diameter case, sapphire crystal glass, glossy black dial and caliber 3000 self-winding movement.  In 2001, Rolex introduced reference 114270, a new Explorer watch with caliber 3130. It was the last Explorer model with the 36mm case. In 2010, the reference 214270 was released. This new generation explorer watch features a 39mm stainless steel case, black dial and caliber 3132. It has two dial versions: MK1 and MK2. The MK1 dial variants contain non-luminous 3-6-9 markers and MK2 versions feature luminous 3-6-9 markers. History and Evolution of Explorer II  Rolex Explorer II White Dial Stainless Steel Oyster Bracelet Automatic Men’s Watch 216570WSO (White) In 1971, Rolex introduced Ref.1655, a new Explorer watch equipped with a fixed 24h bezel, date window at 3o’ clock and an additional hour-hand. With two separate hour hands, the timepiece provided the precise tracking of day-time and the corresponding night time, which is very helpful for speleologists, spelunkers and miners. This 39mm, stainless steel model marked the launch of the popular Rolex Explorer II watches.  In 1985, the brand replaced the model 1655 with the reference 16550, a new Explorer II watch with 40mm diameter steel case and an independently adjustable 24-hour hand. Equipped with the Caliber 3085, this Explorer II was made available in black and white dial versions. In 1989, the reference 16570 was introduced. Equipped with the Caliber 3185, the ref.16570 replaced the Rolex Explorer II reference 16550. The Rolex Explorer II 16570 models produced from 2007 to 2011 were outfitted with the caliber 3186. In 2011, Rolex launched reference 216570, the latest Explorer II watch with 42mm diameter stainless steel case featuring large crown guards and wide lugs. Equipped with the Caliber 3187, this new reference is available in black and white color versions. Design Highlights Rolex Explorer II White Dial Stainless Steel Oyster Bracelet Automatic Men’s Watch 216570WSO (Black) The Rolex Explorer watch boasts some impressive design details. The most important among them is the so-called Explorer dial, which is a stand-out feature of all Explorer watch models. It traditionally refers to a specific dial layout with numeral hour markers at 3,6 and 9, inverted triangle hour-marker at 12 and rectangular indices for the remaining hour-markers. This minimalistic dial with highly legible hour-markers amply provides a clear view of time display along with the large, luminescent hands. Most of the Explorer references feature Mercedes hour-hand, which is a characteristic attribute of Rolex professional watches. All Explorer watches use Oyster case design for ensuring optimum water resistance. Both robust and comfortable, the Oyster bracelet is fitted with an Oysterlock folding clasp, which typically prevents accidental opening. The Easylink comfort extension link allows the wearer to increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm. Its self-winding movement (the Caliber 3132) is a certified Swiss chronometer and provides 48 hours power reserve. Water resistant to 100 meters, the Explorer watch incorporates Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back, Screw-down crown with Twinlock double waterproofness system and Scratch-resistant sapphire glass. The new generation Explorer features the proprietary Chromalight lume, which emits a long-lasting blue glow. Explorer Vs Explorer II Known for their sober and graceful lines, all Explorer (Rolex Explorer I) watches maintain the classic ‘Time Only’ layout, with three centre hands. Introduced in 1971, the Explorer II is more functional because it also displays the date and second time-zone. In comparison with Explorer, the Explorer II watch additionally features a fixed bezel with 24H graduations and an extra hour-hand to track a second time-zone. The present generation Explorer (ref. 214270) has 39mm case and houses the calibre 3132 self-winding movement whereas the latest Explorer II watch has 42mm diameter case, with the Caliber 3187 beating inside. Popular Explorer Models Among all the Rolex Explorers produced to this date, the reference 1016 is the best-selling model. It undoubtedly enjoyed a long production run starting from 1963 to 1989. The references like 14270 and 114270 as well as the current production model 214270 are equally popular. The historic references like 6350, 6150 and 6610 are the most valued Explorer watches in the Vintage watch market. Buying Tips At present, Rolex offers the Explorer model 214270 with a black dial. All other models introduced prior to these references have been discontinued. Introduced in 2010, the new generation Explorer watch (ref. 214270) comes with a 39mm diameter case made of 904L stainless steel. As on date, it is the only Explorer I watch with a 39mm case. All its ancestors have 36mm cases. Its polished, smooth bezel radiates the vintage appeal of the Explorer family. Driving this timepiece is the calibre 3132, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Before proceeding to purchase the reference 214270, you should be aware of two types of dials. The watches that produced until 2016 have small minute-hand and non-luminous 3-6-9 hour markers. Whatever may be the reason behind it, the length of minute-hand was not proportional with the dial size. This dial style is known as MK1. In 2016, Rolex replaced this dial with MK2, which has luminous 3-6-9 hour markers and longer minute hand.  Some customers prefer the Explorer with MK1 dial for its unusual yet classy look. The customers, who love the original design codes of the collection, favor MK2 dial versions.  Presently, the selling price of MK1 is than the MK2 variant. The retail price of a Rolex Explorer 2016 model with MK2 dial is approximately HK $89,000.

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  7. A Hands-On Price Guide to Rolex Datejust

    A Hands-On Price Guide to Rolex Datejust

    Introduction The Datejust watch belongs to Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual family, which enjoys an extensive history that goes back to the mid-1920s. Descendent of the water-proof and dust-proof (Oyster) watch introduced in 1926, the Oyster Perpetual collection is comprised of time-only, date and day-date versions. The date version has been known as Oyster Perpetual Datejust, which is one of the top selling Rolex wristwatches. It is also one of the premium brand’s oldest collections with long and uninterrupted production run. As on date, Rolex offers hundreds variants of Oyster Perpetual Datejust in Small (31mm & 34mm), Medium (36mm) and Large (41mm) sizes. For men, 36mm and 41mm versions are available. For women, the Rolex Datejust collection offers 31mm, 34mm and 36mm case versions. The brand also offers a separate collection of women’s Datejust watches under Rolex Lady Datejust, which includes 28mm watches.  As you know, it is challenging to single out your most appropriate choice from the massive inventory, which consists of around 700 models. Our pricing guide might assist you to pinpoint a perfect Datejust watch that suits your budget as well. Datejust 41 126333 Black Jubilee A Quick Look at History and Evolution The Datejust collection boasts an impressive legacy of more than six decades. In 1945, Rolex celebrated its 40th anniversary. To mark this historical milestone, the brand launched reference 4467, an Oyster watch with a date display. This wristwatch featured an 18-carat yellow gold Oyster case, topped with a fluted bezel. It was the world’s very first self-winding wristwatch to feature a date window that would automatically change over at midnight. The very first Datejust was fitted with the Jubilee bracelet, which was introduced during the 40th anniversary (jubilee) of Rolex in 1945. Originally created for the Datejust watch, this bracelet has been used in numerous Rolex models. The Datejust models are also available with Oyster and President Bracelets. In the 1950s, Rolex added stainless steel (reference 5030) and Rolesor (reference 5031) versions of Datejust. In 1955, Rolex upgraded these wristwatches with the patented Cyclops magnification lens on the acrylic glass over the date display. Before that, all Datejust watches were fitted with normal acrylic glass. Subsequently, the brand introduced several new references with upgraded self-winding movements. In the late 1950s, Rolex introduced the 16xx series and in the late 1970s, 160xx series was launched. In 1988, Rolex unveiled 162xx series with Caliber 3035. This is the first Datejust series to feature sapphire crystal instead of acrylic glass. Interestingly, all of these references steadfastly maintained the case diameter of 36mm, just like the first Datejust watch. In 2009, Rolex introduced Datejust ii, a new edition featuring a 41mm diameter case and equipped with the calibre 3136 self-winding movement. Initially, the Rolex oyster perpetual Datejust II was introduced in Yellow Rolesor (116333) and White Rolesor (116334) references. In 2012, a 904L stainless steel version (116300) was added. In 2016, Rolex introduced the Datejust 41, the latest 41mm model equipped with the calibre 3235 self-winding movement. All modern Datejust watches are 100m water resistant and houses Superlative Chronometer-certified mechanical self-winding movements. All of them are equipped with Oyster case, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with Cyclops lens over the date, screw-down crown with Twinlock double waterproofness system and screw-down case back. Datejust 36 Automatic Black Dial Oystersteel Men’s Watch 126200-0003 Buying Tips As on date, the price range of the Datejust collection typically starts at approximately HK$ 51,940 for men’s Oyster steel versions and around HK$ 50,785 for women’s models with same specifications. The cost of Rolesor, Gold and Gem-set models are higher than entry-level 904L watches. These prices are subject to market fluctuations and local taxes. The retail price of a brand-new Datejust watch varies depending upon certain parameters, which are appended below. (a) Material and case dimensions The type of material used is always an important factor in deciding the selling price of a brand-new timepiece. For example, to purchase a Datejust in solid gold, you should have more cash than it required for a stainless steel model with similar specifications. At present, Rolex offers Datejust watches in Steel (904L), Rolesor (Steel and Gold), Yellow gold, Pink Gold and White Gold. The case size is also a major price determining aspect. Naturally, the large size (41mm) model with similar specifications costs higher than its smaller counter parts. For men, the least expensive datejust watch is the 36mm steel model (126200) with smooth bezel and Oyster bracelet. The retail price of this watch is approximately HK$54,150. The Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 (126300) with similar features costs around HK$67,150. The Datejust 31 for women (278240) with 904L steel case, smooth bezel, Oyster bracelet and non-set dial costs approximately HK$55,360. As expected, the Datejust Rolesor versions are more expensive than their siblings in solid 904L steel. For example, the Rolex Datejust 36 Yellow Rolesor model (116203) with smooth bezel and Oyster bracelet costs approximately HK$ 78,320. The Rolex Datejust 41 Yellow Rolesor model with similar specifications has a price of approximately HK$87,030. Moreover, the price of an Everose Rolesor version is typically higher than a Yellow Rolesor Datejust watch with similar characteristics. At present, Rolex is not offering any 18-carat gold Datejust versions both in mid-size (34mm and 36mm) and large-size (41mm) categories. However, in the 31mm case category for women, the brand provides a broad selection of white gold, yellow gold and Everose gold watch models. The 31mm Datejust watch in gold offers several variants with attractive choices of smooth, fluted and Gem-set bezels. The 31mm version is also available with the choice of Oyster and President Bracelets. The Datejust 31 gold models come with a high price range than its siblings in 904L steel or Rolesor. Datejust 31 Stainless Steel Automatic Dark Grey Roman Dial Ladies Watch 278240-0015 (b)Bezel design The Datejust collection offers timepieces with three types of bezel options: Smooth, Fluted and Gem-set. The price of the Datejust watch differs with respect to the type and material of the bezel. Usually, versions with a fluted bezel are more expensive than the similar models with a smooth bezel. In the Datejust collection, Rolex uses solid gold fluted bezels irrespective of the case material. The models featuring 904 steel case and 18 carat white gold fluted bezel are known as white Rolesor versions. The 41mm steel Datejust model with 18 carat white gold fluted bezel and Oyster bracelet (126334) costs approximately HK$79,860. Obviously, the price is higher than that of a Datejust 41mm steel variant featuring smooth bezel, which costs approximately HK$67,150. The Datejust collection offers fluted bezel variants in 31, 36 and 41mm cases. Among them, both the Yellow Rolesor and the Everose Rolesor variants are costlier than the White Rolesor versions. As expected, the Gem-set bezel versions are more expensive than both smooth-bezel and fluted-bezel versions. (c) Dial design  Rolex offers five dial categories for the Datejust collection: Light, Colored, Dark, Gem-set and Diamond-paved. The light dial options typically include colors like white, mother-of-pearl, sun dust, silver and etc. The dark dial category offers colors like black, grey and slate. In the ‘Colored Dial’ category, you will find dial colors like Champagne, Aubergine, Bright blue, Mint green, Malachite, Olive green, Rose, Pink, Chocolate and Azzurro Blue and etc. The Datejust watches with semi-precious stones (mother-of-pearl, malachite and etc.), gem-set dials and diamond-paved dials are more expensive than those with the standard dials. It should be noted that within the regular dial category, the Rolex Date-just watches featuring diamond-set hour-markers are costlier than the similar models with non-set classic, Arabic or Roman hour markers. For instance, the Datejust 41 Everose Rolesor model with fluted bezel, Jubilee bracelet and chocolate colored dial with diamond hour-markers has a retail price of approximately HK$123,150, In the same time, the same reference featuring classic hour markers costs HK$108,679. Datejust 41 Chocolate Brown Dial Steel and 18K Rose Gold Men’s Watch 126301CHSO (d)Type of Bracelet Rolex offers three choices of bracelets in the Datejust collection: Oyster, Jubilee and President. The type of bracelet is also an important aspect when it comes to the pricing of Rolex watches, including the Datejust. The retail price of a model with Jubilee bracelet is usually higher than that of a similar Datejust fitted with Oyster bracelet. For instance, the Datejust 41 Stainless Steel model with fluted bezel and Jubilee bracelet retails at approximately HK$84,070 where as its Oyster bracelet variant costs HK$79,860. Presently, the President style bracelet is available only for the gold watches from the Datejust 31 series for women. The Datejust 31 gold models are also available with the Oyster bracelet. The solid gold Datejust 31 watch models with the President Bracelet are more expensive than the similar variants with the Oyster bracelet. (e)Production Year The retail price of Rolex Datejust watch also varies with respect to the year it produced. The same model produced in previous years might be available with lesser prices compared to the recently produced ones. (f)Gem-setting The retail price of a Rolex Datejust Gem-set watch usually depends upon the number of diamonds and other stones. The complexity involved in gem-setting is also an influential factor.

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  8. Rolex Submariner: One of The Best Dive Watches

    Rolex Submariner: One of The Best Dive Watches

    One of the most successful diving watches ever made, the Rolex Submariner enjoys a grand, unrivalled heritage that tracing back to the 1950s. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, Rolex has been an industry leader in the manufacturing of water-proof and shock-proof watches. In 1926, the brand introduced Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch in the world. In 1927, young British professional swimmer Mercedes Gleitze wore a Rolex Oyster watch when she swam across the English Channel. This historical achievement helped Rolex to successfully market its newly inducted water-proof watches.   The commercial launch of Submariner in 1953 represents the iconic Swiss watch company’s first step into the world of diving. The first Submariner was capable to withstand the pressures up to 100 meters depth. In 1954, Rolex launched a new reference with 200 meters water resistance. Before achieving the existing standard of 300 meters water resistance, Rolex had made numerous Submariner watches with 100m or 200m depth rating.  The Rolex Submariner family includes several references of ‘Date’ and ‘Non-date’ models. Additionally, most of the references include numerous variants, based on Case material, Dial color/type, Texts on the dial, Style of hands and markers, Lume material and more. History and Evolution 1953, Rolex created Submariner, the first diving watch with 100 meters (330 feet) water resistance. At that time, the brand achieved this incredible water resistance rating by integrating a rugged ‘Oyster’ case, screwed-down winding crown and a thick acrylic glass. Among the first Submariner models, 6204 and 6205 were tested for waterproofness of 100 meters. The reference 6200 was the first Submariner with 200 meters water resistance. Both 6200 and 6205 featured the so-called ‘Mercedes’ hour hand, which became a hallmark of all Submariners produced thereafter. Among the first-generation submariners, the models with crown size of 6mm or less are known as ‘Small Crown’ submariners and those with 8mm crown are identified as ‘Big Crown’ submariners. Equipped with automatic movements, all first-generation submariners came with 37mm diameter case in stainless steel and highly legible dial with luminous hands for displaying the hour, minute and seconds. Their rotating outer-bezel features a triangle mark at the 0/60 position and minutes markers for recording the ‘time elapsed’ during diving.  In 1959, Rolex unveiled a new submariner (reference 5512) with 40mm diameter case in stainless steel and the 7mm crown. This reference also feature crown-guards, a stand-out element of all Submariner models produced thereafter. In 1966, Rolex introduced reference 1680, the first Submariner with date display. This 40mm diameter self-winding watch features stainless steel case, bi-directional bezel and acrylic crystal glass. The brand also added a yellow gold (1680/8) date version. All the above submariner date models were 200m water resistant. In the 1970s, Rolex developed the Triplock winding crown, a patented triple waterproofness system designed especially for its diving watches. Subsequently, the brand increased the Submariner’s water resistance to 300 metres (1,000 feet). In 1978, Rolex introduced the ref.16800, the first submariner date with a water resistance of 300m. This reference came with a flat sapphire crystal instead of acrylic glass. In 1988, Rolex introduced the first Submariner watch with 904L stainless steel case. In 1990, the first no-date Submariner to be fitted with sapphire crystal and Triplock crown was launched. During this period, Rolex introduced unidirectional bezels for its diving watches.  Rolex Submariner 116618LNIn 2008, the brand introduced Cerachrom bezel insert, which is more scratch-proof and UV-resistant than the metal bezel inserts. The first submariner models to be equipped with the proprietary ceramic bezels were 116618LN (yellow gold version with black dial and black bezel), 116618LB (yellow gold version with blue dial and blue bezel) and 116619LB (white gold version with blue dial and blue bezel). Introduced in 2010, the Rolex Submariner 116610 is the first 904L stainless steel version with Cerachrom bezel insert. All Submariner watches are equipped with the chronometer certified self-winding movements. Since 1953, Rolex has produced several references based on the calibers used. Most of the movements were chronometer certified. The latest generation submariners feature in-house developed self-winding movements, made in accordance with the ‘Superlative Chronometer’ certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. New Generation Submariners Rolex Submariner 124060-0001 In 2020, Rolex launched reference 124060, a 41mm diameter version of the classic non-date submariner in 904L stainless steel. Equipped with Superlative Chronometer certified Calibre 3230 self-winding movement, this timepiece has a power reserve of 70 hours. It features a black-lacquer dial and a unidirectional rotational bezel with black Cerachrom insert. In 2020, Rolex announced the launch of a new generation Submariner Date with 41mm diameter case and COSC-certified Calibre 3235 self-winding movement with 70 hours power reserve. Rolex Submariner 126610LN-0001The rolex submariner 2020 edition includes seven ‘Date’ variants. The first two models have 904L stainless steel case, black dial and Cerachrom bezel insert in green (126610LV) or Black (126610LN). The third variant (126619LB) features an 18ct white gold case, black dial and blue Cerachrom bezel insert. The new-generation line up also includes two yellow Rolesor versions – 126613LB (with blue Cerachrom bezel and a royal blue dial) and 126613LN (with black Cerachrom bezel and black dial). Finally, two yellow gold variants complete the list: 126618LB (blue Cerachrom bezel and royal blue dial) and 126618LN (black Cerachrom bezel and black dial). Popular Submariner Models Within the submariner family, a number of references became extremely popular and enjoyed long production runs. Due to various reasons, some references were produced for short durations only. Introduced in 1989, the rolex submariner 16610 is considered as the most popular submariner model. Equipped with caliber Cal. 3135, this submariner date watch in 904L stainless steel enjoyed a long production run (from 1989 to 2010). Water resistant to 300 meters, this model features a black dial, sapphire crystal glass and unidirectional rotating bezel. The rolex submariner black (reference 116610, date version with ceramic bezel) is equally a best-selling model. Rolex 16610 Hulk Nicknamed ‘HULK’, the rolex submariner green (reference 116610lv) is another popular model from the submariner collection. This version features green Cerachrom bezel and green dial. Among the Rolex Submariner no date watches, references like 14060 and 114060 are considered as most popular. From the old generation, references like 5512, 5513 and 1680 enjoyed wide popularity during their production period. Apart from the above, most of the vintage submariner models are greatly preferred by experienced watch collectors, thanks to their historical importance and rarity. The Best Diving watch Photo Credit: Rolex Official The Rolex Submariner is the most admired diving watch ever produced. It has been considered as the most ideal analogue dive watch in the 300m depth category. In comparison with other diving timepieces in the market, submariner boasts some superior characteristics that make it a trustworthy diving instrument. For example, Rolex uses 904L grade for its stainless steel wristwatches, including submariners. In case of Rolesor models, the brand uses 18 carat gold and 904L steel. Most dive watches available in the market are made of 316L stainless steel. In comparison, 904L steel is more durable and corrosion-resistant. As a result, the submariner Rolex watch offers better corrosion-resistance when exposed to saline sea water. During diving, the diver should be able to read the time with a glance. To ensure better dial visibility underwater, a diving watch must feature an easy to read dial with the luminescent coating on its markers and hands. The Submariner watch features broad hands and large hour-markers for crystal clear reading of the time. All their hands and the markers are embedded with Chromalight, a proprietary luminescent coating that offers superior and long-lasting glow compared to Super LumiNova and other luminescent technologies. The unidirectional bezel is a crucial component of all modern day dive watches. It has been used for monitoring diving time and decompression stops. It rotates only in a counter-clockwise direction to prevent accidental manipulation underwater. All present-generation Submariners feature unidirectional rotating bezels with ceramic (Cerachrom) bezel insert, which is virtually scratch-proof and resistant to discoloration. This easy to operate bezel also features Chromalight lume on its triangle marker for better readability in the dark environments. This extremely durable bezel guarantees accurate monitoring of diving time and ensures the safety of the diver. The Submariners are available with Black, Blue or Green bezels. Among them, Black-bezel Submariners top the list in terms of production and availability. The Green bezel models are rare, and most sought-after among them are ‘Hulk’ (116610LV) and ‘Kermit’ (122610LV). In the current line-up of 41mm versions, the ref. 126610LV features a green bezel. The Rolex Submariner blue bezel models included in the latest generation are: 126619LB, 126613LB and 126618LB. The modern self-winding movements that power Rolex Submariner watches demonstrate excellent standards of precision, shock-resistance, magnetic-resistance and reliability. All the present generation submariners are ‘Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified’ and provide an exceptional precision of -2/+2 seconds/day. The Parachrom hairspring offers greater resistance to shocks and temperature variations. The Chronergy escapement ensures exceptional power reserve (up to 70 hours in new generation watches). These characteristics ensure excellent chronometric performance even in harsh conditions. The Submariner watch incorporates the time-honored ‘Oyster’ design featuring monobloc middle-case, screw-down crown with Triplock triple waterproofness system, scratch-resistant sapphire glass and screw-down case back. This proven system provides an exceptional water resistance of 300 meters. A durable, secure and expandable strap is necessary for dive watches. Each submariner watch is fitted with an Oyster bracelet. Both robust and comfortable, this bracelet is equipped with an Oysterlock clasp, which prevents accidental opening. The bracelet also features the Glidelock system, which grants fine adjustments of the bracelet without employing any tools – and allowing it to be worn and comfortably over a diving suit. All Rolex Submariner date watches feature a Cyclops lens affixed on the glass for a clear and magnified view of the date display. A Great Investment Originally introduced as a great tool watch for divers, the Submariner has gradually become an ultimate status symbol, which makes it a superb investment option. This collectible timepiece ensures good returns in the future, thanks to its immense popularity and excellent resale value. The Rolex Submariner price differs depending upon the generation and materials used. For example, the new generation Rolex submariners introduced in 2020 has an approximate price range starting from 69,000 HKD to 346,000 HKD (Hong Kong Dollars). When it launched in the 1950s, the Submariner had a retail price of around US $150 (approximately 1200 Hong Kong Dollars). Since then, the price of the Submariner watch has been increased multiple times. Around the world, a large number of connoisseurs collect both new and vintage models of the submariner. The historical Submariners, especially those produced before the 1970s, are most sought-after in the vintage watch market. Some of them cost more than that of a new generation submariner. Among them, some rare references achieve record-breaking prices during the watch auctions. For example, in 2018, Christie’s auctioned a Submariner reference 6538 watch for more than $1 million.

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  9. The Evolution of Rolex Explorer II

    The Evolution of Rolex Explorer II

    Introduction The Rolex Explorer family has been known for extremely robust, accurate and exceptionally reliable professional timepieces. The brand offers two distinct ranges from this well-established wristwatch family: Explorer I & Explorer II. The Explorer line belongs to the iconic Swiss brand’s Professional Range, which also includes Submariner, Cosmograph Daytona, Sea-Dweller, GMT-Master II, Yacht-Master, Milgauss and Air-King watch collections. Each timepiece from the Rolex Professional family has been exclusively designed for various environments in the land, air or sea. Among them, the rolex explorer watches are ideally suitable for both amateur adventurers and professionals, involved in mountaineering, polar expeditions and other outdoor activities. The Explorer II is an evolution of the iconic Rolex Explorer I watch introduced in 1953. The inaugural model of the Explorer II was unveiled in 1971. With their fixed 24-hour bezel, the additional hour-hand and instantaneous date function, the Explorer II watches stand out within the Explorer line. Since its induction, the Explorer II has been evolved into four references: 1655 (1971 to 1984), 16550 (1984 to 1989), 16750 (1989 to 2011) and 216750 (from 2011). As on date, Rolex produces Explorer II watches under the reference 216750. The Explorer family is the most accessible within the Rolex Professional watch range.  History of Rolex Explorer II In 1926, Rolex introduced Oyster, a water-proof and dust-proof wristwatch. The name ‘Oyster’ refers to the hermetically sealed case of this timepiece. Since then, Rolex has been manufacturing precise and robust timekeepers especially designed for both amateur and professional explorers. In 1953, the Explorer collection was introduced. These timepieces featured exceptionally water-resistant oyster steel cases and highly reliable self-winding movements. Presently comes under the Professional Collection, the Explorer models are the descendants of the original Oyster watch. On 29th May 1953, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary reached the peak of the Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. They were the members of a Himalayan mission led by British Army Colonel John Hunt. Rolex, which had been supplying timepieces to mountain expedition teams since the 1930s, provided their Perpetual Oyster watches to the 1953 expedition members. Equipped with robust stainless steel case, highly readable dial and precise self-winding movement, these timepieces were capable to withstand extreme sub-zero temperatures.  Rolex 6150 / Photo Credit: Instagram Launched in the same year of the first conquest of the Mount Everest, Rolex Explorer 1 celebrates one of the most extraordinary achievements in the world history. The initial model was reference 6350.  In 1954, Rolex introduced reference 6150. The next evolution was Ref. 6610, which was succeeded by the reference 1016 in 1963. Rolex introduced the reference 14270 in 1989. The most recent addition is the rolex explorer 2016 model with reference number 214270. The Rolex Explorer price is approximately HK$ 80,000 each for the new reference. Highly sought after, the historical explorer models are expensive than the new generation references.   Rolex 214270 Typically featuring the time-only layout with three centre hands, Explorer is an ultimate tool watch for adventurous activities like mountaineering. The Rolex Explorer I model does not feature any additional hand, graduated bezel or date. These standard specifications remain same even in new generation models.  Just like mountaineering, both Speleology and Spelunking are conducted under hostile environments. Speleology refers to the scientific study of the caves and Spelunking (also called caving or potholing) is the leisure activity of exploring wild cave systems. In some occasions, explorers have to stay prolonged durations inside the caves. Along with the safety equipment and clothing, a reliable timepiece with luminescent display is a must for cave explorers. For both amateur and professional cave explorers, it was necessary to have some sort of indication on their wristwatches to differentiate between AM and PM. So Rolex developed the Explorer II, a professional timepiece capable of displaying both night-hours and day-hours simultaneously. The Evolution of Rolex Explorer II Rolex 1655 / Photo Credit: Instagram The first reference from the rolex explorer 2 series was Ref.1655. The stand-out features that differentiate this 39mm stainless steel watch were: the fixed 24-hour graduated bezel, the arrow-shaped additional hand and the date window at 3H. Equipped with the 1575 movement, the reference 1655 was made available in black dial with lumed indices and hands (MK I, II& III dial versions with Tritium and MK IV dial versions with Luminova). The large, orange-colored 24-hour hand is a key attraction of this reference. Coupled with the main time mechanism, this hand allowed the wearer to set the timepiece for displaying 24 hour format to distinguish night-hours from day-hours. This enhanced function made the Explorer II a perfect timekeeper for speleologists, spelunkers and miners. Rolex ceased the production of Ref.1655 in 1984. The company commenced the production of the new Explorer II reference 16550 in 1985. An evolution of reference 1655, this version features stainless steel case measuring 40mm diameter, 1mm larger than its predecessor. To equip this model, Rolex opted caliber 3085, the same self-winding movement used in the Rolex GMT Master II 16760 aka “Fat Lady.” Available in black or white dial versions, the reference 16550 features the hour-hand in so-called ‘Mercedes’ style, minute hand, central seconds hand and a slender 24-hour hand in red color and triangle pointer. The design of hour-markers also changed. For example, from this new reference Rolex began using circle hour-markers for 1, 2,4,5,7,8,10 and 11, where as the Ref.1655 features rectangular indices for the same. The triangle maker at 12H, the large rectangular hour-markers at 6H and 9H, and the date display at 3H remain unchanged in all Explorer II watch models. The functional improvement introduced in this reference was the independently adjustable 24-hour hand. It enabled simultaneous reading of the time in two time-zones, like a GMT watch. However, the 24-hour fixed bezel design remains unchanged. Rolex ceased the production of reference 16550 in 1989. Rolex 16570 / Photo Credit: Instagram The subsequent evolution in the Explorer II family is the reference 16570. Introduced in 1989, Rolex continued the production of this model until 2011, making it one of the longest produced series in the history of the Swiss watch giant. This reference retained most of the features of its previous model, like the 40mm diameter oyster case, jumping local hour hand, black and white dials, the slim 24-h hand in red color, and the fixed bezel. In this new version, Rolex used updated movements. The Rolex Explorer II 16570 models produced from 1989 to 2005 are equipped with caliber 3185 while the models from 2005 to 2011 house the caliber 3186. These self-winding movements were made in-house and rated for 50 hours power reserve. All Explorer II models manufactured until 1998 had tritium lumes and those made from 1998 to 1999 had Luminova. In 1999, Rolex replaced Luminova with Super-Luminova. So the explorers produced between 1999 and 2011 have the Super-Luminova luminescent coating on their hands and indices. Rolex 216570 White In 2011, on the 40th anniversary of the collection, Rolex launched a large version of the Explorer II watch. Featuring a 42mm diameter Oyster case, the reference is 216570 brought in some design changes and functional improvements. The so-called Super case (maxi case) in stainless steel has chunky crown guards and wide lugs. Rolex also enhanced the size of hour-markers and the hands. To fit with the 42mm case, Rolex developed a new automatic dual-time movement, the Caliber 3187. Available in black or white dial, this reference also marked the return of the large, orange-colored 24 hour hand. Another key design enhancement was the introduction of the brand’s proprietary lume Chromalight, which emits an attractive blue radiance in comparison with the green glow of Super-Luminova. The Rolex Explorer II price vary depends upon the reference and the year of production. It costs about HK $100,000 each for the latest Explorer II 216570 watch. Older production models of the same reference (for example: Rolex Explorer ii 2017) might be available in lesser prices.  Conclusion Before wrapping up, let us go through some interesting facts about the Rolex Explorer II watch series. All Explorer II watch models are traditionally made of oyster steel, and are water resistant to 100 meters. Three case diameters have been used since the induction: 39mm (for reference 1655), 40mm (for references 16550 and 16570) and 42mm (for reference 216570).In comparison with the rotatable bezels of GMT Master II and Submariner models, the Explorer II watches feature a fixed 24-hour graduated-bezel in stainless steel. It remained the stand-out feature of all Explorer II models produced since its induction. The bezel of the first reference (Ref.1655) feature lines for odd numbers and digits for even numbers. In all other references, triangle shape markers have been used for odd numbers and digits for even numbers.All Explorer II watches feature an extra hour-hand in addition to the hour, minute and second hands. In the first reference (Ref.1655), this hand has been used solely for distinguishing night-hours from day-hours along with the graduated 24-hour bezel. In the subsequent references (16550, 16570 and 216570), the wearer could also track a second time-zone with the 24-hour hand. Due to this add-on function, all modern Explorer II references can be used as a great traveler’s watch. The references 1655 and 216570 have a large, orange color 24-hour hand where as a slim, red hand has been used in 16550 and 16570 versions.All Explorer II watch models house extremely precise self-winding movements with perpetual rotors. The calibers are: Cal.1575 in reference 1655, Cal. 3085 in reference 16550, Cal. 3185 or 3186 in reference 16570, and Cal. 3187 in reference 216570. All of them are superlative chronometer movements and have instantaneous date function at 3 o’ clock.The Explorer II series offers limited dial colors only. The reference 1655 was made with black dial only and all the other three references offer black and white versions. As on date, there are no other dial colors available other than black and white.The nickname given by enthusiastic collectors for the reference 1655 is Freccione, which is the Italian word for ‘Orange hand.’ The “Polar Explorer” is the nickname of Rolex Explorer II reference 16570 with a white dial.The reference 16550 models had some dial painting defects. Due to this, the color of white dials gradually changed into cream after some years and the black dials began developing cracks. Interestingly, these imperfections made the particular Explorer II reference, a highly sought-after collector’s model.

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  10. Cartier Watch: The finest watch for women

    Cartier Watch: The finest watch for women

    Founded in 1847 in Paris, Cartier has been globally recognized for its magnificent jewellery collections and luxurious timepieces. A pioneer of wrist-worn timepieces, the Maison created the first modern wristwatch “Santos” in 1904. This iconic creation instantly became a pillar of the prestigious French Jeweler’s luxury watch collections. In addition to the Santos de Cartier wristwatch, the prestigious Jeweler and Watchmaker launched several iconic collections that stand out from the crowd with their distinct characteristics. Presently, the iconic brand offers an extensive range of Swiss made luxury watches for both men and women. While most premium brands focus more in producing men’s timepieces, Cartier maintains a diversified portfolio of women’s luxury watches, with several collections and styles to choose from. The important collections that offer ladies wristwatches are: Pasha de Cartier, Panthère de Cartier, Santos de Cartier, Ballon De Cartier, Baignore de Cartier, Tank, Clé De Cartier, Maillon de Cartier, Tortue and Ronde de Cartier. Some of these collections are dedicated to women only. Each of these cartier ladies watches carries its own charisma and distinct characteristics.  Further down, you will discover some outstanding characteristics that certify the brand’s worldwide reputation as a leader of ladies luxury watches. Cartier Watches for Women No other luxury watch brand has such impressive ladies’ wristwatch line-up. Cartier offers a broad collection of luxurious feminine timepieces with different case sizes and shapes, movements, materials and straps. Different Case Sizes and Shapes For women, Cartier makes small, mini, medium, larger and extra-large sized timepieces to suit different wrist sizes. This ensures the brand’s popularity among a diverse spectrum of clientele. The brand also offers timepieces with different case shapes: round, rectangular, square, tonneau, oval, rounded-eclipse and hexagonal. The extraordinary collections like Cartier Tank, Cartier Panthère and Santos de Cartier offer square and rectangular case watches.  Cartier Tank Introduced in 1919, the iconic Tank watch has been evolved into several variants, each of them designed after particular tanks. Inspired by the shapes of WWI battle tanks, the cartier tank watch collection presently includes models like cartier tank solo, Tank Française, Tank Louis Cartier and Tank Américaine. Featuring a fascinating and modern design, the Tank watch has been renowned for its discreet elegance. Panthère de Cartier / Photo Credit: Cartier Official The panthère de cartier watch inherited its name from its flexible, soft bracelet with curved Panthère links, inspired by the movements of the panther, which has been a source of creative inspiration for the Maison since 1914. Featuring rectangular or square case with rounded angles, the cartier panthère watch combines the 1980s free spirit with contemporary watch making. This watch line celebrates enlightened, carefree and victorious women of modern era. Santos de Cartier Santos is the most historic and popular collection from the House of Cartier. Its roots trace back to 1904 when Louis Cartier, the founder of the Maison, created a wristwatch in 1904 for his friend and Brazilian aviation legend Alberto Santos-Dumont. The “Santos” watch was Cartier’s first men’s wristwatch. Now also available for women, its special design highlights include the rounded dial angles, geometric shaped case with exposed screws, and horns with flawless curves. The Pasha de Cartier, the Ballon De Cartier and the Ronde de Cartier models come with round case, but with different design highlights.  Inspired by a round wristwatch launched by the Maison in 1943, the Pasha de Cartier model features a more refined design. A stand-out design highlight of this timepiece is the so-called chained crown at 3’ o clock. Set with a sapphire or a diamond on the top, this screw-down crown with fluted crown cap is attached to the case by a small chain. Ballon de Cartier Highlighting ‘a circle inside a circle’ design, the Ballon De Cartier watch derives its name from the eye-catching balloon like silhouette. The timepiece features a domed sapphire crystal and a bubble winding crown, which is perfectly integrated into the case. The crown cap under a metal ring at 3 o’clock protects the bubble crown. The Baignore de Cartier timepiece boasts an astonishing case design inspired by the unique shape of a bathtub (‘baignoire’ in French), in which two straight parallel lines are closed by two curves. The Clé De Cartier model has a pebble case design, the Tortue features a tonneau case and the Maillon de Cartier boasts a distinct hexagonal case design. Quartz and Mechanical Movements Cartier produces various styles of ladies wristwatches equipped with quartz, automatic or hand-wound movements. While the quartz movements have been known for their precision and affordability, the intrinsic mechanical movements reflect a successful alliance of time-honored traditional know-how and superior watchmaking expertise. With their comprehensive selection of mechanical and quartz timepieces, Cartier attracts a broad range of customers, starting from fashionable yet budget-conscious young generation to affluent clientele who have a passion for traditional horology. Wide Choice of Materials The brand offers an impressive choice of materials for the cartier ladies watches: stainless steel, gold and bi-metal (steel and gold). For the straps, Cartier uses metal, leather or fabric. Additionally, the Maison offers bezel-set or full-set versions of its timepieces. Distinctive Styles Most of the brand’s modern wristwatches typically share some signature design features. For example, the elegant dial layout featuring Roman numeral hour markers is a distinct attribute of all Cartier timepieces except the Pasha de Cartier, which features Arabic numbers. Most timepieces have blued steel hands featuring sword or diamond shape. A major design highlight of all wristwatches from the Maison is the distinctive crown topped with cabochon stone (like sapphire or spinel) or glittering diamond. In addition, all collections carry their own style, ranging from understated elegance to opulence and from traditional to modernistic. Solid and Versatile In addition to their stylish designs, all cartier womens watch models are well-built and comfortable to wear. Fitted with sapphire crystals, these timepieces offer pretty good water resistance of at least 3 bar (30 meters). They typically come with solid yet comfortable bracelets or straps. Some cartier watch women collections are provided with the innovative Quick Switch system, which allows the wearer to switch over bracelets and straps to complement different styles or occasions. Quality Craftsmanship Efficiently managed by one of the most prestigious luxury groups in the world, Cartier offers exceptional creations that faithfully reflect the profound respect for the longstanding traditions and quality craftsmanship. A major subsidiary of Richemont Group, the grand Maison houses in-house departments dealing with design, manufacturing, finishing, gem-setting and quality control of its jewellery and watch collections. The brand also produces in-house movements for its timepieces. The manufacture typically utilizes exceptional finishing techniques and gem-setting methods for its luxurious wristwatches. Thanks to its exceptionally skilled craftsmen and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, Cartier produces top-quality luxury watches that are precise, reliable and long lasting. Broad Price Range For women, Cartier offers entry level luxury watches as well as extremely expensive timepieces, which incorporate high-complications or set with magnificent diamonds. The cartier watch price starts from approximately $ 19,000 Hong Kong dollars for stainless steel models. The retail price varies depends upon the collections and materials used. Top of the range is a number of full-set cartier diamond watch models and some of them retail above one million HK$. The broad price range helps the brand to expand the reach of their women’s wristwatches to a broad spectrum of customers. Outstanding Brand value Cartier is one of the most revered luxury houses in the world and since long time it has been enjoying a commendable ranking (in the top-five) among the most valued premium watch brands. Cartier watches hold an immense brand value, so they can be considered as great investments for the future.

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