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Three reasons why the Omega Aqua Terra is the perfect everyday sports watch
Posted by Charles Tian on November 18, 2020

To me, there are a few characteristics required of an everyday watch suitable for any occasion. In order of importance, they are: water resistance, stainless steel construction, a sapphire crystal, and strong lume. Such contenders include just about any stainless steel Rolex, a big reason why the brand has such large mainstream success. The Tudor […]

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Five Awesome Tudors That Aren’t Black Bays
Posted by Jason Swire on November 11, 2020

Tudor was once best known as the affordable subsidiary of Rolex, where one could purchase a robust timekeeper sans the luxury and associated price tag of the brand’s big brother. In 2012 that perception began to change with the introduction of the Black Bay collection, Tudor’s most successful modern collection of watches which drew inspiration […]

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Collection Concept: 3 Watches for $3K
Posted by Charles Tian on October 21, 2020

The proposition of a three-watch collection for $3,000 has always been interesting to me. At an average of $1,000 per watch, it’s a price point where you’ve graduated from watch newbie options like a Seiko 5, but also not yet ready to step up to the offerings of typical luxury watch brands we might think […]

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Five Lesser-Known Speedmasters
Posted by Charles Tian on September 30, 2020

Nearly every watch enthusiast has probably had a Speedmaster in their collection at one point or another. One of the longest-running watch collections from a brand not named Rolex, the Omega Speedmaster has both a timeless design and ultra-compelling history, giving it a cult following among collectors. One great thing about collecting Speedmasters is that […]

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GPHG 2020: Our Picks Under $10K
Posted by Charles Tian on September 23, 2020

Every year, Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) highlights and awards the year’s standout watch releases in various categories. There are awards for mens’ and ladies’ watches, precision timekeeping, complications, style, and more. The full list of shortlisted watches was published last week and available on the GPHG website. As you might expect, a list […]

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Grand Seiko Snowflake Alternatives: Five Great Options
Posted by Charles Tian on August 05, 2020

The Grand Seiko Snowflake needs no introduction. Whether you’re thinking of the modern SBGA211 or its predecessor, the SBGA011, the Snowflake is undoubtedly Grand Seiko’s most recognizable model. But is it a bit too recognizable? As watch collectors, we want to stand out. No one want to be caught wearing the same thing as another […]

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Buy the Bracelet, not the Watch
Posted by Jason Swire on July 08, 2020

I imagine many of you reading the title of this article will think I’ve gone too far down the rabbit hole when I say I value the bracelet more than the watch itself. How can a simple chain of metal links with a clasp and some spring bars possibly be more important than a beautifully […]

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Simplicity, Elegance, and Durability – What I Enjoy About Watches
Posted by Norman on June 27, 2020

Before I jumped into the watch hobby, I had no idea there was such an in-depth world to explore. My exposure to watches was severely limited, and I had only heard of big brands like Omega, Rolex, and Seiko. Even then, I only knew Omega as the Olympics watch, Rolex as the rich baller’s watch, […]

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Watches for Dad: Our Top Picks for Father’s Day
Posted by Charles Tian on June 16, 2020

Watches are, in essence, a timeless way of celebrating time. They are universally appreciated – for their design, engineering, historical significance, and lifetime serviceability. If you’re still looking for the perfect gift this Father’s Day, look no further than the watches on this page. Below, we share some of our top picks for the Dad […]

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Celebrating Time Together With Timepieces: Gift Ideas For Milestones
Posted by Jason Swire on June 15, 2020

The tradition of giving your partner wedding anniversary gifts dates back to the 18th century at least, and perhaps even as far back as the ancient Roman Empire. Each year’s gift is themed around a material; the first anniversary is Paper, the second Cotton, and so forth all the way up to your 60th Diamond […]

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Part 2/2: Mechanical Vs Quartz – The Case for Mechanical
Posted by Jason Swire on June 09, 2020

Mechanical watches are largely obsolete from a technological perspective. With electronic time sources all around us in everyday life, who needs a carefully regulated set of gears and springs to tell the time anymore? Despite that fact, there’s an undeniable attraction to these relics of a bygone era, perhaps because of their non-ephemeral nature. The […]

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Functionality Over Aesthetics and My Current Collection
Posted by John H. on June 04, 2020

Starting a watch collection can be daunting, especially with manufacturers increasingly raising their prices. However, for that exact reason, I believe starting a watch collection can be seen as not only a hobby but an investment. My interest in watches was piqued in my teens when my father purchased a Timex expedition for me, and […]

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