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In-Depth: Joe Thompson's Complete Guide To The Modern Era Of Watchmaking

Over the course of the last few months, our Editor-At-Large, Joe Thompson, has written an extremely in-depth history of the watch industry as it has …

A Week On The Wrist: The Grand Seiko Spring Drive Snowflake SBGA211

The Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGA011 is better known to Grand Seiko fans simply as the "Snowflake," and it's probably the single most iconic model …

Here's Why Pre-Owned Luxury Watches Are Gaining Popularity In Asia

The luxury watch market has been faring poorly in recent years. Last year, Swiss watch exports fell by about 2bn Swiss Francs ($2.05 billion). This was largely due to the Chinese who bought far fewer watches and the government’s move to increase import tariffs on luxury watches to 60% so as to …

Luxury Lifestyle

Lowercase creates a new series of Fieldmaster watches for Seiko

The watches will be exclusive to Beams, Freemans Sporting Club, Journal Standard, and United Arrows in Japan.<p>Japan's Lowercase is at it again with …

Hands-On: The Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 38mm

One of the first “nice” watches I ever bought – certainly the first with an in-house movement – was a Zenith. At the time it felt like I was buying …

Watches

Despite Consumer Demand, The Luxury Watch Industry Will Have To Shrink Before It Recovers

Circa 2017, the once proud luxury watch industry is in its weakest position since the late 1970s and early 1980s. At that time, the prevalence of inexpensive quartz movement-powered watches produced in Asia versus Europe almost completely decimated the mechanical watch industry. Cost and better …

14 Dive Watches That Look Just as Great on Dry Land

They're worth the investment.<p>A nod to the heroism of the Royal Italian Navy, the grit of the long-distance channel swimmer, and even Jacques Cousteau's spirit of exploration, dive watches manage to be inherently inspiring.<p>In their first iterations in the 1920s, dive watches marked an important …

15 Incredible Dive Watches Under $1,000

<i>Last Updated January, 2018:This post has been updated with new picks for 2018. Prices and links have also been updated.</i><p>Reality check: your watch …

Introducing: The Rolex Datejust 41, Now In Stainless Steel With The Reference 126334

The most important release from Rolex this year might not even be on your radar yet. True, the larger Sea-Dweller quickly grabbed the headlines, but …

Watches

10 Tips On Watch Collecting For The aBlogtoWatch 10th Anniversary | aBlogtoWatch

This year, in 2017, aBlogtoWatch turns 10 years old. Rather than simply pat myself on the back for a job well done, I felt that in addition to …

Introducing: The Bremont Supermarine Type 300 and Type 301, Smaller Dive Watches With Some Vintage Inspiration

Back in 2010, Bremont introduced the Supermarine 500, which introduced a fresh take on a pretty well-trod path: the dive watch. Its unique crown …

Navigating The Grey Market: A Retail Expert Explains The Whys And Wherefores | Quill & Pad

by John Keil<p>Friends, colleagues, and clients have posed many questions about the grey market for fine timepieces over the years. Most recently, my …

Hands-On: The Blue Lagoon 'Samurai' And 'Turtle,' Two New Limited Edition Seiko Prospex Divers (References SRPB09 And SRPB11)

It is usually sign of good things when a watch gets a nickname; just think about the "Paul Newman" Daytona or the Speedmaster "Ed White." Seiko's …

Seiko Launches Two New Vintage-Inspired Dive Watches in Blue

Seiko has just announced two new additions to its Prospex line of tool watches. Dubbed “Blue Lagoon,” they’re the latest watches to cash in on the …

Watches

Hands-On: The Unimatic Modello Uno (U1-B), A Minimalist Dive Watch Goes To The Caribbean

In the current bleak climate of the watch world, with almost every news story full of doom and gloom, there glows a bright spot — that of the …

Frogs hitch a ride on baby crocodile's back

Five frogs managed to hitch a ride on the back of a bemused saltwater crocodile.<p>The pictures show them waiting in turn to climb on to the crocodile, which sat still throughout as they all climbed aboard.<p>Tanto Yensen, 36, took the pictures while visiting Tangerang in Indonesia.<p>The tree frogs at one …

See Sharks Pose for Underwater Polaroids

According to Polaroid, founder Edwin Land conceptualized their beloved instant camera in 1943, when his three-year-old daughter asked him why she couldn’t see a photograph he had just taken of her. A few years later, when Land had created and marketed instant cameras to the public, they were …

Macro monsters: Jumping spiders up close, in pictures

20 Instagram Watch Accounts You Need To Follow

If you love watches already or just want to learn more about them, these are the feeds to follow.<p>Instagram is a wonderland for watch collectors and enthusiasts. Search hastags like #watchnerd, #instawatch, or #womw (watch on my wrist), and you'll see a monstrous feed displaying all kinds of …

The ETA Watch Movement Primer

Most people have never heard of ETA movements and even fewer have any idea of what they actually are.ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse is a Swiss …

Watches

NEW Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar

As early as 1910 Audemars Piguet began applying its watchmaking expertise to complex complications, paying special attention to the perpetual calendar in pocket watches and then in 1955 in wristwatches. A sophisticated movement, the perpetual calendar, unlike a simple calendar, is engineered to …

Cost Of Entry: Panerai Watches

Welcome to the second installment in our Cost of Entry series of articles, where we go hands-on with the most affordable, entry-level watches of …

10 of the best watches to own, according to an expert collector

Well, it is, but hear me out.<p>In what might end up being a new series of articles here on aBlogtoWatch, I'd like to share with our audience the timepieces that we as individual watch lovers and experts would recommend to any new or veteran collector.<p>In fact, I would go so far as to say that no watch …

Watches

Rolex Mania: The Secret World Class Collection Of Bob's Watches

When you first speak on the phone with Paul Altieri, proprietor of Bob’s Watches, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were trading words with Joe …

A Wall Street guide to watches

Granted, these are the same kids who regard their blue and green canvas bags as a status symbol and think their business cards will help them pick up girls.<p>I've also seen a colleague cut out a life-sized picture of a Patek Philippe he was contemplating and tape it on his wrist to "test drive it" - …

Wall Street

Revisiting a Divers' Classic: The Rolex Submariner

In 1966 Rolex developed the Sea-Dweller, at first marketed as a particularly water-resistant version of the Submariner. (It is now a separate …

The Rolex Problem: A (Semi) Rational Look At The World's Most Recognized Watch

I have a friend who is a watch journalist (strange, but true.) This individual, who shall remain nameless, has been covering the watch industry for decades; there are few who know the ins, outs, industry gossip, and inside stories as well. And this person <i>hates</i> Rolex –the mere mention of the name is …

RubberB Strap For Rolex Submariner & GMT Master II Review

RubberB on Rolex Submariner No-Date 114060<p>Modern versions of sports watches like Panerai and IWC Ingenieur have quick strap replacement systems. In …

Watches

Rolex Watches Up The Ante On Service & Warranty To 5 Years

The battle between the top luxury watch makers is truly ongoing, with names such as Rolex, Omega, Audemars Piguet, Breitling, and more each attempting to woo customers with services and perks outside of merely producing the more desirable timepieces. One of the things that makes watches a lot like …