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Grand Seiko Snowflake Alternatives: Five Great Options
Posted by Charles T. 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 T. 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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Part 1/2: Mechanical Vs Quartz – The Case for Quartz
Posted by Jason Swire on June 02, 2020

In many ways this is one of the most fundamental questions of watch collecting, but one with a surprising amount of complexity. More than a decade into this crazy hobby and I still find myself torn between mechanical and quartz timepieces. Both offer unique benefits and drawbacks that appeal to different demographics of watch wearers, […]

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Part 2/2: Five Affordable Watches or One Expensive Watch?
Posted by Jason Swire on May 19, 2020

With a budget of around $5,000 USD, which would be a better use of funds, five affordable watches, or one expensive watch? In part 1 of this article, we explored the affordable approach, with a collection of five watches costing around a grand a piece designed to suit a variety of situations and dress codes. […]

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Part 1/2: Five Affordable Watches or One Expensive Watch?
Posted by Jason Swire on May 13, 2020

In a perfect world, we’d each have enough disposable income to buy whatever watches we pleased, wear them when we wanted to, and feel no buyer’s remorse about the exorbitant amount of money that ended up sitting unworn in watch boxes. But in the real world, that’s seldom the case, and we need to manage […]

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Horological Buried Treasure: 4 Seriously Cool Vintage Swiss Quartz Watches
Posted by Jason Swire on May 06, 2020

The Swiss watch industry has rarely known an event as disruptive as the “Quartz Crisis” of 1970. Hundreds of years of mechanical watchmaking suddenly became obsolete as the first quartz watches hit the market. Offering far greater accuracy than any traditional hairspring oscillator and powered not by a mainspring but a battery, these watches were […]

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Watches and Wonders: Geneva 2020 top picks
Posted by Jason Swire on April 28, 2020

For the first time ever, Watches & Wonders Geneva (formerly SIHH) has gone digital, announcing all of their new products for the year in a COVID-19 appropriate format. The full show is available for all at the Watches & Wonders Website, but here are my top picks of the best new (attainable!) watches announced this […]

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