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A Citizen for Every Budget
Posted by Jason Swire on November 25, 2020

When you think of Citizen watches, what likely comes to mind are inexpensive quartz watches of little interest to the serious collector. Even the brand name “Citizen” implies wristwatches for the masses, rather than anything exclusive or luxurious. And while Citizen do make a dizzying array of affordably priced watches, much like Seiko, they also […]

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Breitling: Surprisingly Affordable
Posted by Jason Swire on October 28, 2020

Breitling occupies a rather unique niche in the world of luxury watches. The brand is strongly linked with aviation, and unlike many of its competitors who focus on the clean legibility of a classic 3-hander “pilot’s watch”, Breitling tends more towards providing as much functionality as possible. Chronographs are their forte, sometimes even paired with […]

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A Seiko for Every Budget
Posted by Jason Swire on October 14, 2020

There’s a good reason Seiko has become the household name it is today, even among those who do not collect or even wear watches. The company has been around for a very long time, beginning its life as a humble watch and jewelry shop in Ginza, Tokyo in 1881 and shortly afterwards adopting the name […]

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Omega and James Bond: Overview and Live Pricing
Posted by Charles Tian on September 16, 2020

Omega’s partnership with the James Bond franchise has been one of the most prominent features of luxury watches in popular culture in recent memory. Since GoldenEye in 1995, James Bond has worn an Omega (or multiple Omegas) on his wrist as he saves Great Britain and everyone else from the world’s most dangerous supervillains. The […]

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How to Ship Luxury Watches From the U.S.
Posted by Valueyourwatch.com on May 27, 2020

Every single time someone asks me how to ship a watch, I tell them, “Use the company that gives you the most control.” This means you probably want to use FedEx, UPS, or DHL. As the sender, you have the power to change the destination, stop the package, and have full insurance on the watch. […]

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Breguet Numerals: How to Identify an Exceptional Timepiece by Font
Posted by Jason Swire on May 26, 2020

Abraham-Louis Breguet is considered one of the greatest horologists of all time, founding his eponymous brand Breguet in 1775 and going on to create some of the most important and influential inventions in watchmaking. In addition to his technical genius, Breguet also possessed a keen eye for design, creating his own font in 1790 that […]

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Which 5-Digit Rolex to Buy? A Reference Guide
Posted by JP From Finland on April 23, 2020

New stainless steel Rolex models are very difficult to get. We all know that. But there is an alternative: Buy a 5-digit Rolex from the second hand market. The prices of 5-digit Rolexes are all increasing. The demand of new steel sports Rolexes exceeds the supply and some people may consider these older ones as […]

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Responsible Luxury – CSR and Sustainability in the Watchmaking Industry
Posted by Jason Swire on April 09, 2020

Luxury wristwatches are seldom what comes to mind when we think of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability. Many of us are happy to strive towards being “greener” in small ways without considering the impact our big luxury purchases can make if directed towards more ethical companies. A special timepiece can serve to mark important […]

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Differences Between Omega 8500a, 8500b, 8500g, 8800, 8900 Co-Axial Movements
Posted by Charles Tian on June 22, 2018

When researching the purchase of my Omega Aqua Terra Skyfall (photographed below), one thing that greatly confused me was the caliber numbers and branding surrounding Omega’s 8000 series co-axial movements. Looking back, it seemed that I was not alone; even my local Omega AD was not able to explain the differences between confusing terms like […]

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