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  2. The history of Omega Speedmaster with NASA astronauts

    The history of Omega Speedmaster with NASA astronauts

    The Omega Speedmaster is a watch with an iconic design and a storied history, one that is inextricably linked to the period of human spaceflight. The Speedmaster can brag about being the first watch an astronaut donned before stepping on the moon’s surface. It’s also rumored that it’ll be the only watch capable of being worn on Mars when a manned expedition is undertaken safely. The Speedmaster is still as popular among novice collectors and dedicated aficionados as it was when the watch originally debuted. Omega Speedmaster watches are not automated. They need to be wound manually. Note that any automatic watch is powered by the force of gravity, rendering it worthless in a zero-gravity (or low gravity) setting. The Birth of Omega Speedmaster The Omega Speedmaster was not created with astronautics in mind. In 1957, it was debuted as a professional and motorsport chronograph, joining the ranks of the classic chronographs of 1920s and 1930s. The Omega 28.9 chronograph from the collection was Omega’s debut compact wrist chronograph. Omega‘s status as the exclusive timekeeper for the prestigious Olympic Games was cemented by these watches. The natural question to come to mind is that how did a motorsport chronograph make its way to space and the moon? Let’s find out how this chronograph made its way to the moon. The Apollo Mission and Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch The Apollo mission was intended as a successor to Project Mercury, the project that launched the first Americans in space during President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s tenure. In addition, Apollo 8 offered the very first nationally streamed photographs of the celestial bodies to an estimated 50 million spectators across the United States. This expedition, like Apollo 10, orbited the Moon and assessed numerous spaceship parts and components. With the launch of the Apollo mission, NASA began looking for a trustworthy wristwatch to function as the space program’s authorized wristwatch. They started by sending out tender documents to a small handful of companies. Companies that received the opportunity were Elgin, Benrus, Hamilton, Mido, Lucien Piccard, Omega, Bulova, Rolex, Longines-Wittnauer, and Gruen. Only four of the 10 brands responded to the request. Omega, Longines-Wittnauer, Rolex, and Hamilton were among them. Why a chronograph? The explorers would gear up on the moon’s surface and activate the wristwatch a little before putting on their headgear. They were able to see a small digital screen. Since it didn’t always work, they had to rely on that wristwatch as a fall back. It explains the immediate ruling out of Hamilton. Hamilton was rejected for presenting a pocket watch, which did not meet NASA’s requirements. The Rolex 6238, the Longines-Wittnauer 242T, and the Omega Speedmaster were the other eligible watches. These were subjected to an array of testing. Temperature cycling in near-vacuum, linear acceleration, and high and low temperature was among the issues tested. Mechanical hand-wound chronographs were used in all of the tests. The very first quartz watch and the first automated chronograph would not be released until 1969. The NASA space program had already begun by that time.  The victory of Omega Speedmaster The findings were ultimately released on 1st March 1965. In some of the extreme tests, the Rolex model ceased to function twice and even failed in a temperature test. Longines-Wittnauer also failed two tests. Overall, both watches performed unsatisfactorily. The Omega Speedmaster, on the other hand: performed great. It was ahead of the other two in almost all the tests. In one of the tests, the illuminating coating on the dial was smashed, but the Omega chronograph operated admirably overall. It was a resounding victory for the Speedmaster. NASA, on the other hand, offered a few tweaks, including a 24-hour turning bezel and bright indications over elapsed time displays. Speedmaster Moonwatch Co-Axial 311.63.44.51.06.001 Omega Speedmaster: Professional, Practical, and Tough Having survived NASA’s brutal tests was in itself enough to push Omega Speedmaster to the list of the greatest watches ever. Its journey to the moon is marked with innovation, creativity, and the human endeavour to achieve new heights. The Speedmaster already underwent a few more alterations by 1969, and at this point, the model begins to take over the form of the iconic Speedmaster we currently know. With a sturdier and bigger 42mm case design, the reference ST105.021 was designed to be more durable. It’s the same model that Neil Armstrong wore during the Apollo 11 flight. The 145.012, which had even significantly wider pushers, was worn by Michael Collins. The famed Omega Caliber 321 movement was utilized in both versions.  Buzz Aldrin wore the Speedmaster ST 105.012. In effect, it is the only watch actually worn on the surface of the moon. Buzz Aldrin’s watch inspired the legendary name Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch, from which the later Omega Speedmaster Moonphase and other collections would be later inspired. In a sad turn of events, Aldrin’s Omega chronograph was stolen while in transit to a museum in the 1970s. The watch is reportedly one of the most expensive collectors watches anywhere on earth.  Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Tokyo 2020 Limited Edition 522.30.42.30.06.001 The legacy of Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch The journey from Omega Speedmaster Racing to Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch was far from over with the Apollo 11 mission. Even now, the watch is a useful piece of equipment in spaceflight. However, one well-known instance merits mention: the Speedmaster’s contribution in the intense Apollo 13 mission. Apollo 13 was abandoned in orbit after a fuel tank explosion 200,000 miles from Earth. In such circumstances, a Speedmaster was employed to synchronize the critical 14-second engine ignition that insured the spacecraft’s safe entry to the earth. Speedmaster Moonwatch Co-Axial 311.92.44.51.01.003 Since 1957, the Speedmaster family has developed tremendously. It didn’t merely entail the advancement of the fundamental concept or the inclusion of appealing versions such as the Racing Dial and the Ultraman. To enhance the Speedmaster into a more functional professional watch, completely fresh variants were released, showcasing the newest and finest technology.The house of Omega watches has maintained its integrity and craftsmanship to the present day. The Latest lines like the Omega Speedmaster Reduced have continued the tradition of highly functional, professional watches from the house of Omega. Omega has periodically released limited edition recreated versions of the original Omega Moonwatch, including the Omega Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Award 50th Anniversary and the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. Moonwatch Anniversary Limited Series Apollo 11 310.60.42.50.99.001 Read More : Suunto Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  4. What You Need to Know About Buying A Seiko in Singapore

    What You Need to Know About Buying A Seiko in Singapore

    With its origins dating back to 1881, Seiko is the only watch manufacture with an all-round experience in various timekeeping technologies like Mechanical, Kinetic, Quartz, Spring drive, Digital, Solar, Radio-controlled and GPS. One of the largest watchmaking companies in the world, it makes all types timepieces, stretching from utilitarian quartz models to premium ranges like Credor and Grand Seiko. At present, the Seiko flagship collection for the global market is comprised of Astron, Lukia, Premier, Presage, Prospex and Seiko 5 Sports. Appeared in the international market in 2010, the premium label ‘Grand Seiko’ has been evolved into an independent brand. The other notable creations from the company under the Seiko brand are Brightz, Conceptuals, Coutura, Criteria, Diamonds, Dolce & Exceline, Lord, Quartz, Selection, Solar, Spirit, Sportura and Vivace. It is to be noted that some of these outstanding collections are available in selected regions only. Seiko in Singapore One of the prominent commercial hubs in the modern world, Singapore is a leading market of luxury watches after China, USA, Hong Kong and Japan. The country is also a premier destination for buying wristwatches. During its gradual emergence as an international trade centre in the 1960s and 1970s, Singapore became a major retail hub of lifestyle products and watches from all over the world. Since then, the Japanese watchmaker has been enjoying a good market presence here. Today, Singapore hosts several boutiques in the esteemed shopping centers and online stores that sell Seiko watches along with other international brands. As a global corporation, Seiko’s profound connection with the affluent nation is not only limited to the brand’s commercial activities; it also maintains a manufacturing facility there. Founded in 1973, Singapore Time Pte Ltd was the first overseas subsidiary of Seiko. Since 2020, the Seiko Singapore branch has been known as Seiko Manufacturing (Singapore) private limited. It manufactures some of the brand’s timepieces along with its subsidiaries in Malaysia. Buying a Seiko in Singapore Although Seiko rose to fame in the international market with the advent of quartz technology in the 1970s, the company is a major player in mechanical watchmaking. In recent years, the Japanese conglomerate has undertaken several steps to develop its presence in the production of mechanical wristwatches. The most important among them was the successful development of Grand Seiko as an independent and premium brand. The subsequent step was the regrouping of other collections under the Seiko brand to cater various categories of customers. A leading centre for international trade, Singapore offers the opportunity to purchase most of the Seiko watches, including the models that are not yet officially launched in the other global markets like Europe and the Americas. Each collection from the brand has its own distinctiveness. For beginners, it is the best brand to explore various timekeeping technologies within an accessible price range.  Seiko offers timepieces for all types of customers, like adventurous enthusiasts, fashionistas, professionals, sports persons, technology geeks, traditional horology lovers and etc… Popular Seiko Collections  (1) Seiko Prospex The Prospex range is comprised of various professional sports models. Based on the latest grouping, the Prospex line includes three core families: SEA, Land and Sky.  This specialised collection offers best-selling diving timepieces with nicknames like Monster, Turtle, Tuna, Samurai, Shogun, Sumo, Willard as well as special watches such as PADI and ‘Save the Ocean’ editions. The Seiko Prospex Dive watches come under two groups: Diver Scuba (with 200m water resistance) and Marine Master Professional (with 300m, 600m or 1000m water resistance). The selling price of the Prospex diving watches usually starts at S$ 500 for entry-level models. Prospex SRPG19K1 In the Seiko automatic diver category, the cost of versions equipped with 6R series movements is higher than those with 4R calibers. For example, a Prospex 200m watch with a calibre 4R35 or 4R36 comes within the retail price range from S$ 500 to S$ 1,000, whereas a similar model with 6R15 or 6R35 costs above S$ 1,000. The Seiko automatic divers with water-resistance of 300 meters and above come in a retail price range of S$ 1,000 – 5,000. In the diving watch segment, the value of the anniversary and special edition models could reach up to S$ 7,500. Seiko Prospex spring-drive divers usually retail above S$ 4,000. If you are searching for less expensive Seiko Prospex Dive watches, the brand offers a number of models fitted with Kinetic, Quartz or Solar movements. Usually, these timepieces are available for purchase in the price range from S$ 350 to S$ 1,000.  Prospex 200M Diver SBDC105 In the ‘SEA’ category, the series also includes some Seiko chronograph watches. Among them, the Solar movement models typically sell in S$ 450 – S$ 700 range, whereas automatic versions cost above S$ 3,000.  The ‘Land’ segment of Prospex is comprised of precise wristwatches that are reliable and robust enough to wear while performing adventurous activities or military operations. Notable models are the Landmaster, the Fieldmaster and the best-selling Seiko Alpinist. Equipped with automatic or solar movements, these watches are available in the price range of S$350 – S$ 1,000. Prospex Island Green Limited Edition SSC807J1 (2) Seiko 5 Sports Recently revamped, the Seiko 5 Sports collection is comprised of modern and trendsetting automatic wristwatches. These entry level mechanical timepieces highlight designs inspired by the brand’s iconic diving and military (field) watches. This best-selling range offers five distinct styles: Sports, Suits, Specialist, Street and Sense. 5 Sports Automatic SRPD71K2 Driven by 4R series automatic movements, Seiko 5 Sports watches are available in an affordable price range starting from S$ 300 to S$ 700. In this successful series, the brand is also offering various collaborative editions like Guccimaze, Naruto & Boruto, Street Fighter and Brian May’s Red Special. Seiko 5 Sports is an ideal daily-beater watch for a budget conscious consumer. 5 Sports Street Fighter Limited Edition SRPF24K1 (3) Seiko Presage This exceptional range artfully combines the traditional techniques with the technical advancements brought in by Seiko in the field of mechanical watchmaking. The iconic Japanese brand has been renowned for its innovations like Magic Lever, highly durable Spron alloy springs and the Diashock protection system. Proudly boasting a watchmaking legacy of more than a century, Presage watches are driven by Seiko’s in-house developed movements endowed with the proprietary features mentioned above. Equipped with 4R, 6R or 8R series automatic movements, these exemplary mechanical timekeepers are available an impressive range of dials, including enamel, textured and porcelain. The entry-level Seiko Presage watches are available within an attractive price range of S$ 500 – 1,000. The models with complications (power reserve, GMT or chronograph) usually retail above S$ 1,000. Presage Automatic SRQ025J1 (4) Seiko Astron When Seiko launched the world’s first quartz wristwatch in 1969, it revolutionized the global watch industry. In 2010, the company launched the world’s first GPS Solar watch. Driven by a proprietory technology with superior features, it has heralded a new era in the precision timekeeping.  Named after the iconic quartz watch, Astron GPS watch synchronizes its time according to the Coordinated Universal Time signals transmitted via the network of Global Positioning Satellites. These timepieces also offer a multitude of practical functions like chronograph, perpetual calendar and world time. It is an ideal multifunction watch for professionals, sophisticated travelers and tech-savvy customers. In Singapore, the retail price range of Seiko Astron GPS collection is approximately S$ 1,600 – S$ 4,000. Astron GPS Satellite Radio Time Signal SBXB155 (5) Seiko Brightz The Brightz range is comprised of radio-controlled wristwatches that seamlessly combine contemporary designs and luxurious details. Available in stainless steel and titanium versions, these exceptionally accurate timepieces synchronize with reference signals from terrestrial radio stations. These watches are available in certain regions only. The retail price range of Seiko Brightz in Singapore is S$ 650 – S$ 2,000. Brightz Solar Radio Fix SAGZ079 (6) Seiko Lukia Launched in 1995, Lukia is a stylish watch collection dedicated to fashionable women. Initially restricted to the regional market, these magnificent ladies’ wristwatches are now available worldwide. Endowed with luxurious details and ultra-feminine features, these timepieces are equipped with Automatic, Quartz or Solar movements. The collection offers various case shapes, dial designs, straps and metal bracelets. The retail price range of regular models is S$ 600 – S$ 900. Its gem-set variants typically cost higher than S$ 1,000. Lukia Solar Electric Wave SSQV048 (7) Seiko Dolce & Exceline Dolce and Exceline are two interlinked collections that offer elegant dress watches for men and women respectively. For each Seiko Dolce model you will find a similar feminine variant in the Exceline series. These Seiko watch models can be purchased as a pair or single piece. Depending upon the model, the movement can be Quartz, Solar or Radio sync solar. The approximate retail price range is S$ 650 – S$ 1,500. Exceline Solar Dia-shield SWCP009 (8) Seiko Premier An elegant dress watch collection from Seiko, this series offers Kinetic drive, mechanical, quartz and solar wristwatches. It is comprised of both gents and ladies timepieces. A popular watch in the Kinetic drive segment is Kinetic Perpetual, which usually retails in the price range of S$ 1,000 to S$ 1,200. The Premier line also offers mechanical watches equipped with 4R series movement. Among these, the open-heart model with the 4R39 movement costs around S$ 800. Both quartz and solar models are available within the S$ 500 – S$ 800 range. Premier Perpetual Quartz SNP149P2 Read More : Suunto Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  5. 6 Facts You Should Know Before Owning An Orient Watch

    6 Facts You Should Know Before Owning An Orient Watch

    The Orient Watch has been a recognized and respected watchmaking brand in the industry. The company is best known for its exceptional mechanical watches. It has been producing well-crafted automatic watches with its own in-house movements. Today, many watch companies are still trying to reach the success and the benchmark that Orient Watch has set for their watches.  Being one of the top three watch brands in Japan along with Seiko and Citizen, Orient Watch is known all over the globe today. The brand is now offering a wide range of watches with manufacturing facilities in different countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil, and of course Japan. On top of its renowned mechanical watches, Orient Watch has been delivering watches in quartz and solar power as well at very affordable prices.  If you are looking for a high-quality and affordable watch, an Orient Watch will be a perfect choice for you. Before getting an Orient watch on hand, you may need to know a few things more about Orient watches:  What You Should Know About Orient Watches Its Origin Can Be Traced Back to Over 100 Years Ago The Orient Watch Company was officially established in 1951, yet the origin of Orient Watch Company can be dated back to 1901 when its founder Shogoro Yoshida started his first watch store Yoshida Watch Shop in Tokyo, Japan. At the beginning of its business, the Yoshida Watch Shop was selling imported pocketwatches and gained its first success.  In 1920, Toyo Tokei Manufacturing was established by Yoshida and started to produce table clocks and gauges. Seeing the growing popularity of its products, Toyo Tokei Manufacturing expanded its business and started the production of wristwatches in 1934. In the following years, its business boomed and its watches became popular all over Japan. However, due to the poor economy after World War II in Japan, the company was closed in 1949.  One year after Toyo Tokei Manufacturing was shut down, the watch business of Yoshida returned very quickly in 1950, under a new name Tama Keiki Company. In 1951, the company changed its name to Orient Watch Company as we know it today. In the same year, the brand released the first Orient Star series and instantly attracted massive attention from many watch lovers and collectors.  Since then Orient Watch has grown and expanded their business overseas at a horrifying speed. Its watches are particularly popular in many Asian countries, for example, Orient Watch Singapore ADs. The Orient watches gained such high recognition due to its rich history and watchmaking expertise that had been acquired since 1901.   Classic Limited RN-KA0004L Seiko Does Not Own Orient Many people might have been confused that Orient is the subordinate of Seiko. However, Orient Watch Co. actually operates totally independently from Seiko Watches. We can consider that they are more like sister companies as both of their parent companies are owned by The Seiko Group.  The Seiko Group is a corporate group of 3 chief companies, Seiko Instruments, Seiko Holding Corporation and Seiko Epson Corporation. Although they are under the same group, these 3 companies operate independently without much interaction with each other.  Whilst the Orient Watch Company is owned by Seiko Epson and the Seiko Watch company is under Seiko Holdings Group. Since 2001, Seiko Epson had already become the majority shareholder (52%) of the Orient Watch company. Few years later in 2009 Orient Watch became wholly owned by Seiko Epson.  Therefore, the Seiko Watch Company does not own Orient Watch and they do not share movements as some people say. Star Contemporary Collection Slim Date RK-HK0001S Japanese Quality and Craftsmanship It is well known that Japanese-made products represent high quality and excellent craftsmanship. From electronics to automobiles, especially these technical products are known to be durable and advanced.  As one of the most famed Japanese watch brands, Orient watch company solely designs, creates and manufactures the watch entirely under the strict Japanese quality and standards.  The Orient Watch Japan company takes quality and craftsmanship very seriously when producing their watches. It can ensure that you will be able to have years of reliable service from the Orient watch you are going to buy. It would be an affordable yet amazing choice to be one of the watches for you to pass down to your family or loved ones. The brand is offering notable watches for both men and women. An Orient ladies watch must be a perfect anniversary gift for your loved one.  Star RK-AM0001SRK Orient Produces In-house Movements  As mentioned, Orient and Seiko do not share any watch parts including movements. Similar to Seiko, Orient Watch has been manufacturing their own in-house mechanical movements for years. To many Orient watch reviews, the brand is considered as a pure and real watchmaker for creating movements in house. The Orient in-house calibers 46 series is one of its popular movements and has been housed in many of its entry-level models like the popular Orient Mako I and Ray I for many years. Although being entry-level movements, they still keep up a high standard in quality and reliability as Orient in-house movements. Orient has been continuously upgrading the designs and functionalities for their own movements. Many current Orient watch models are upgraded from the Cal. 46 series into the advanced Cal. F6 series, including the renowned Orient Ocean watch Mako II and Ray II. These watches are equipped with more functions like hacking and hand winding. Orient Watch Are Economic Friendly Similar to how top watch brands would manage their models and lineup, Orient has also created collections and models in different levels to suit every budget for everyone. This is a common business move in order to attract potential audiences and captivate the maximum amount of its target markets. In general, the Orient watch family consists of an entry level lineup Orient and a higher level lineup Orient Star. There was a high-end lineup Royal Orient to cater the needs of high luxury watches but it was discontinued in 2016.  Their entry level watches have already attracted a global following as high-quality yet affordable mechanical timepieces.  Star Contemporary Collection Slim Skelton RK-HJ0001S Difference of Orient And Orient Star Some people would get confused about the difference between Orient and Orient Star. As stated earlier, Orient is the brand’s entry-level while Orient Star is its higher-level series.  Orient collections focus on classic, standard pieces that are more affordable. On the other hand the Orient Star consists of a range of more complex watches at higher prices. The Orient Star watches are mainly equipped with more advanced complications and features.  Read More : Suunto Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  6. IWC Watch: A Review of Its Timeless Collection

    IWC Watch: A Review of Its Timeless Collection

    Being one of the world’s top watch brands, the International Watch Company (IWC) is renowned for producing excellently crafted luxury watches. The brand is currently housing six signature watch families that each of which has gained a huge amount of admirers over the world. Together they offer high-quality watches in every style, from professional tool watches, sports watches to dress watches. These IWC watches, including the famous IWC Pilot’s watches, IWC Portugieser and more, have been consistently popular around the world for decades. History of IWC Holding up a fascinating history, The legendary watch brand IWC Schaffhausen has been deeply rooted in American entrepreneurship and the watchmaking traditions of Switzerland’s Schaffhausen area.  The company was originally established by a young and talented American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones in 1868. In the beginning the company specialized in producing pocket watches. Within a short span of time, the IWC pocket watches had gained high popularity in Europe.  The company continued to strive for innovations and breakthroughs. It released its first wristwatches in 1899 and produced its first calibers for wristwatches in 1915. Its first calibre 75 movement had no second displays, but very soon its next caliber 76 movement was already equipped with a small seconds display. Since then, the company continued to create advanced movements for their watches.  Until the 1930s after its launch of two flagship collections, the IWC watches grabbed the attention of the world. In 1936 the IWC Special Pilot’s Watch was released. The watch featured an arrowhead index on a rotating bezel in order to display the takeoff times. The remarkable function was very useful to the military and these IWC watches had soon been used by many pilots.  Throughout the decades, IWC has been expanding its popular collections and released countless notable timepieces that have amazed watch collectors all over the globe.  Popular IWC Watch Collections Currently, IWC is focusing on its six main watch families that have remained bestselling collections through the decades. The company manages to preserve and elevate the essence of each lineup while incorporating latest technologies and styles into them. To purchase a IWC watch Singapore is one of the best places that offer reasonable prices. Let’s take a brief look at each of the iconic IWC watches:   The IWC Portugieser The IWC Portugieser collection was originally introduced in 1939 with the reference 325. It was created under a special request of two Portuguese businessmen for a robust wristwatch that could perform high precision as a marine chronometer.  Addressing this custom order, IWC used a men’s pocket watch calibre 74 and placed it into a 41.5 mm wristwatch case. As a result, a large and legible stainless steel watch, the first Portugieser watch was born. Its railway-track-style chapter ring, the large Arabic numerals, and the slender feuille hands are the defining characteristics of this timeless timepiece. Today the IWC Portugieser collection is already the most popular and recognizable IWC watch. This watch is an icon of modern elegance well known for its plus size features and classic craftsmanship.  Portugieser IW500701 IWC Ingenieur In 1955, IWC introduced the IWC Ingenieur watch housing its first in-house automatic movement 85 Calibre. The name of the watch, “Ingenieur”, refers to “engineer” and “a person who works with machinery” in French. As suggested by the name, IWC Ingenieur was created as a trusted tool watch for mechanical professionals including engineers, technicians and scientists. With the remarkable calibre with Pellaton winding, this robust watch was capable of telling time precisely without being affected under tough conditions even with strong magnetic fields.  For over 60 years the IWC Ingenieur watch has gone through several modifications and updates since its launch. Now it is not only crafted for technicians and scientists, but also for the masses such as the watch lovers who desire a professional watch with the best quality.  Ingenieur IW380801 IWC Aquatimer Seeing the rising trend of scuba diving, IWC Aquatimer was released in 1976 as the first water resistant watch of the brand. The watch offers all the features that divers would need. This IWC diver watch is water resistant up to depths of 200 m and it features a rotating bezel that can be set by a second crown for timing the dive.  Its classic black dial is equipped with large and luminescent numerals and hands for readability under conditions of poor visibility.  Over the decades the IWC Aquatimer watch has been updated with a handful of new versions. In 2014, IWC re-edited the Aquatimer collection with its latest technologies and ongoing trends. The brand has successfully retained the essence of the old model and integrated them to meet the needs of the current market. This IWC diver watch is now available in numerous variants of different case sizes, dials, metals and complications. Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport For Good IW379507 IWC Da Vinci Introduced in 1969, IWC Da Vinci is one of the most recognized collections of the brand. This IWC watch collection had attracted massive attention from many watch enthusiasts as the very first Swiss quartz watch.  The first IWC Da Vinci watch was powered by the groundbreaking Beta 21 movement. The “21” in its name refers to the number of brands and manufacturers, including IWC, that had participated in the development of this movement. The IWC Da Vinci watch was encapsulated by an extraordinary hexagonal case with long indices. For over 50 years, this IWC watch family line has been releasing numerous updated models with wide variations of styles.  Da Vinci IW356602 IWC Pilot’s Watch This IWC pilot watch collection is one of its very first watches that gained worldwide popularity and success for the brand. Its first Special Pilot’s Watch was released in 1936 especially for civil airmen.  To endure the tough conditions in the sky, the IWC Pilot watch is highly resistant to temperature ranging from -40 C to +40 C. Its anti-magnetic escapement and rotatable bezel for marking take-off times are also very important features to pilots. Later, IWC had also supplied watches for pilots in the Royal Air Force. Its Mark 11 Navigator watches have been distributed to the British air force, and those of other Commonwealth nations for a few decades. Over the years, the IWC Pilot’s watch collection has expanded with a wide range of complications, including chronographs and date displays, as well as new models. Seeing the success of the Pilot’s watch, the brand created the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch, with an extra large 46 mm case size, in 2002.  Pilot’s Watches IW510301 IWC Portofino IWC released the first Portofino watch as its most elegant watch in 1984. This IWC dress watch perfectly blended its bold oversized case along with an elegant slim profile. Its long Breguet-style hands and elongated Roman numeral indices have added an extra touch of vintage.  Its delicate moon phase complication is another distinguished feature of the IWC Portofino watch. Placed at the 3 o’ clock on the dial, the moon is plated in gold with a background in blue color.  Portofino Automatic 34 IW357404 Read More : Suunto Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  7. Tudor Black Bay 58: The Ultimate Modern-day Tudor “Submariner”

    Tudor Black Bay 58: The Ultimate Modern-day Tudor “Submariner”

    Launched in 2018, Tudor Black Bay 58 is a classically styled contemporary diving watch from Tudor. At present, it is one of the most popular creations from the iconic Black Bay family. Water-resistant to 200 meters (660 ft), this modern interpretation of a legendary Tudor diving watch has a 39mm diameter case with a new in-house self-winding movement beating inside. The number 58 refers to the launching year of Tudor Submariner reference 7924, the source of inspiration of Black Bay 58. History and evolution Tudor was established in 1946 by visionary entrepreneur Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex. Tudor began producing diving watches in 1954. Naturally, it has derived its inspiration from the legendary Rolex Submariner watch. The first diving timepiece from the brand was the Oyster Prince Submariner reference 7922 with 100-meters water resistance. In 1958, Tudor launched its first dive watch with 200 meters water resistance, the reference 7924. This first-generation Tudor ‘Big Crown’ Submariner is the inspirational source of the Black Bay 58 series. The early generation Tudor dive watches are most-sought after by the passionate collectors of rare vintage sports watches. In 2010, Tudor launched the Heritage collection for introducing modern interpretations of some of its iconic timepieces. Among them, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay was launched as an appropriate tribute to the brand’s legendary diving timepieces. Presently known as Black Bay, it is a best-selling collection from the house of Tudor. This flagship series is comprised of diving watch models like Classic, Date, GMT, Bronze, P01 and Black Bay 58. Heritage Black Bay Fifty-Eight 79030N-0001 Tudor Black Bay 58 family The Tudor Black Bay 58 dive watch was introduced in 2018. Presently, the successful series is comprised of automatic diving watches featuring 316L stainless steel, 925 Silver or 18-carat gold cases. In stainless steel, two dial color versions are available: Black and Blue. The black dial version is topped with a matt black bezel-insert with pink gilded markings and numerals. The blue dial variant comes with a matt blue bezel-insert featuring silver gilded markers and numerals. The Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925 model features a sterling silver case with satin-finishing, a taupe (dark gray-brown) color dial and matt taupe bezel insert with silver gilded markings and numerals. The Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K version comes elegantly dressed in an 18-carat yellow gold, satin-finished case, green dial and matt green bezel insert with gold gilded markings and numerals. Black Bay Fifty-Eight 79030B-0002 Special features Proudly displaying Tudor’s 70 years of dive watch legacy, this spectacular diving timepiece seamlessly blends traditional aesthetics and contemporary watchmaking. Aptly known as the perfect modern-day Tudor “Submariner”, Black Bay 58 stands out within Tudor’s popular Black Bay family. Its hallmarks are compact size, vintage style, contemporary features, a technically brilliant manufacture movement and the attractive price range.  (1) Compact case design Tudor has chosen classic proportions for the Black Bay 58 watch instead of following the existing trend of bold-sized diving wristwatches. To validate its vintage inspiration, it comes with a compact case measuring 39mm diameter. Its thickness is 11.9mm and lug-to-lug width is 47.5mm. In comparison, the Tudor Black Bay Classic models and new generation Rolex Submariners feature 41mm diameter cases. The compact size of Tudor Black Bay 58 naturally makes it an ideal timepiece for smaller wrists. The large winding crown, which highlights the Tudor rose in relief, is a nod to the first generation dive watches from the iconic brand. A domed sapphire crystal glass generously offers the clear of the domed dial. Heritage Black Bay Fifty-Eight 79030N-0002 (2) Vintage inspired rotating bezel Tudor Black Bay 58 is fitted with a uni-directional rotating bezel with a 60-clicks mechanism and coin-edges. Depending upon the variant, the bezel material can be stainless steel, sterling silver alloy or 18-carat gold. It is mounted with an anodized aluminium bezel-insert with glided markings and numerals. The bezel of this Tudor watch is smooth and easy to operate. The triangle indicator at the 0/60 position incorporates a lumed dot. The matte-finishing of the graduated bezel disc takes inspiration from vintage dive watches. (3) Domed dial inspired by classic dive watches Featuring a three-hand, no date configuration, the domed dial provides crystal-clear view. Its hour-markers and hands are embedded with Grade-A Swiss Super-LumiNova® luminescent material for ensuring legibility around the clock. The dial design is inspired by the Tudor diving watches produced during the 1950s. The emblematic snow-flake hand is the stand-out feature of all Black Bay 58 timepieces. (4) In-house movement with enhanced technical features Behind the brilliant chronometric performance of each Tudor Black Bay 58 watch is an in-house self-winding movement. The MT5402 manufacture calibre beats at 28,800 v.p.h (4 Hz) and efficiently provides an exceptional accuracy in all conditions. This state-of-the-art automatic caliber was introduced in 2018. Energized by a bidirectional rotor system, the movement offers a power reserve up to 70 hours. Its non-magnetic silicon balance spring ensures consistent timekeeping even in places where strong magnetic interferences are present. The Stop Seconds function allows the wearer to undertake quick and precise time-setting. Black Bay Fifty-Eight 79010SG-0001 (5) Excellent Bracelets and Straps At present, the stainless steel Tudor Black Bay 58 variants are available with the choice of a riveted steel bracelet, leather band or fabric strap. The silver version is available with genuine leather or fabric strap, secured with a silver buckle. The 18K Black Bay 58 model has a dark brown alligator strap secured with an 18-carat yellow gold buckle. An additional green fabric strap is also provided with the Yellow gold variant. (6) Accessible Pricing Tudor offers an attractive price range for its Black Bay 58 models when it compared to the identical diving watches available in the market. The Tudor black bay 58 Singapore price range of a stainless steel version is around S$ 5,100 for the metal bracelet and S$ 4,700 with the strap. The Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925 silver watch costs around S$ 6,000 while the 18K gold model retails just above S$ 23,100. Many enthusiasts prefer Tudor Black Bay 58 as an affordable alternative to Rolex submariner, which usually sells above S$ 12,000. Conclusion Boasting a neo-vintage style, Tudor Black Bay 58 is one of the most talked about contemporary wristwatches. Since its debut in 2018, this timepiece has been immensely popular among the divers with smaller wrists, diving watch enthusiasts and the passionate lovers of vintage style wristwatches. Prominently a recreational dive watch, the Black Bay 58 can also be easily worn as a comfortable daily wear accessory thanks to its compact dimensions. Tudor watches always stand above existing industry standards. Although its roots trace back to the 1950s, the Tudor Black Bay 58 utilizes modern technology and durable materials for ensuring durability, precision, reliability, robustness and high-quality finishing. Read More : Suunto Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  8. The Rarest And Most Valuable Patek Philippe Watches

    The Rarest And Most Valuable Patek Philippe Watches

    Founded in 1839, Patek Philippe belongs to the most esteemed club in the premium watch category. The prestigious Geneva manufacture rightfully considers its timepieces as the masterpieces of fine horological art craft. Proudly reflecting the sophisticated aesthetics of mechanical excellence, these elegant and timeless creations also merge superior craftsmanship and the manually executed finesse. Since its establishment in 1839, the iconic Geneva watchmaking house has been a leading purveyor of the most luxurious timepieces. It is the most valued brand in the high-luxury segment. The Swiss Maison offers a broad category of fine timepieces, starting from the minimalistic yet luxurious dress watches to grand complications. Whatever the category to which they belong, all Patek Philippe watch models are highly sought-after. Among them, some creations stand out because of their rarity, provenance, intricacy, craftsmanship and finesse. In this article, we have shortlisted 5 most valuable Patek Philippe wristwatches as on date.  1. Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime The Grandmaster Chime is a contemporary grand complication wristwatch from the Geneva Maison. It has two dials for displaying the functions and incorporates 20 complications, like Perpetual Calendar, Grande and Petite Sonnerie, Minute Repeater, Alarm with time strike, Date repeater, Second Time zone, Moon-phase and Power reserve indicator. Probably the most-valued Patek Philippe watch today, it exists in two distinct references. The first one is reference 5175, a commemorative edition introduced in 2014 to mark the 175th anniversary of the manufacture. It is limited to seven pieces: six for prominent collectors and one for the Patek Philippe Museum. According to experts, each of them can cost a whopping 100 million Singapore dollars. 5175R-001Source from: patek.com The second reference is 6300, a regular production model. Introduced in 2016, Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300 is the most complicated regularly produced Patek Philippe wristwatch. Presently, the brand offers an 18-carat white gold version featuring blue opaline dials on both sides. In 2019, the Geneva watchmaker meticulously crafted a unique piece of Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300 in stainless steel for the 8th edition of the high-profile Only Watch Charity event.  This one-of-a-kind stainless steel reference was auctioned off for a record-breaking price of 42 million Singapore dollars and became the most expensive wristwatch ever sold in any auction. It has surpassed the record of Paul Newman’s personal Rolex Daytona (reference 6239), which was auctioned in 2017 by Phillips auctioneers for 23.8 million Singapore dollars. Still now, it remains the highest Patek Philippe watch price for a modern wristwatch in the auctions. 6300G-010Source from: patek.com 2. Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, Ref. 1518 Introduced in the 1940s, Patek Philippe Reference 1518 is the world’s first serially produced perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch. Extremely rare and renowned for its historical importance, this iconic creation is one of the most valuable vintage timepieces from the venerable Geneva manufacture. At present, the value of well-preserved reference 1518 in yellow or pink gold can go beyond 4 million Singapore dollars. Its stainless steel models are extremely rare and expensive than their counterparts in gold. For example, in 2016, a stainless steel Patek Philippe ref. 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph produced in 1944 was auctioned for a staggering US$ 11.128 million, which is approximately equal to 15 million Singapore dollars. It is the highest result ever achieved for a vintage Patek Philippe wristwatch at any public auction. Ref. 1518Source from: christies.com 3. Patek Philippe Chronograph, Ref 130 Introduced in the 1930s, Reference 130 is the first serially produced Patek Philippe chronograph. Extremely successful during that era, it enjoyed a long production run for more than 30 years. It was made available in gold and stainless steel versions, but in limited editions. Today, Ref 130 is a holy grail for seasoned watch collectors. One of the most valuable Patek Philippe watches, this historically important reference can cost above 7 million Singapore dollars. Ref.130ASource from: pinterest.sg 4. Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, Ref. 2499 Introduced in 1950, this rare reference had an impressive production run of 35 years, but in extremely limited editions in 18-carat gold. It is considered as one of the greatest wristwatches in the 20th century. According to prominent experts, roughly 350 pieces of this specific reference were produced by the Geneva Manufacture. Due to its rarity and legendary status, reference 2499 is a highly sought-after collector’s piece. Its present selling value can be above 4 million Singapore dollars.  Ref. 2499/100Source from: christies.com 5. Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon Introduced in 2001, Sky Moon Tourbillon (reference 5002) was the most complicated Patek Philippe wristwatch at that time. It was made available in 18-carat gold and platinum versions. This dual-face watch features 12 horological complications like perpetual calendar, minute repeater, tourbillon, age of the moon, celestial map, sidereal time, angular movement of the Moon and moon phases. In 2002, the Geneva Maison added a new reference 6002, which features an engraved case and updated functions. It is one of the most valuable modern Patek Philippe wristwatches that already reached the million dollars price range. During the auctions, it usually achieves above 1 million Singapore dollars. In 2016, a platinum version of Sky Moon Tourbillon (reference 5002) was auctioned by Sotheby’s for US$ 1,239,300, which is approximately 1.66 million Singapore dollars. In November 2019, a Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon reference 6002 in white gold was sold by Christies for a whopping US $2,481,120 (approximately 3.33 million Singapore dollars). Ref.6002Source from:worldtempus.com Other most valued Patek Philippe watches Apart from the above creations, you will find several other Patek Philippe watches that can achieve record-breaking prices anytime in the future. Some of them are already listed in the ‘million dollars’ club while others are capable of reaching this mark at any time. The legendary horological masterpieces like the “Henry Graves” super-complication and the Calibre 89 already belong to the top-ten list of most valued Patek Philippe timepieces. Among the historical wristwatches, the World Time references 1415 and 2523, the Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Moonphase (ref. 1527), the Perpetual Calendar Moon Phase (ref. 1526) and the Split Seconds Chronograph (ref. 1436) are also most-valued. Most recently, a Patek Philippe Worldtime Ref. 2523 Eurasia watch produced in 1953 achieved a record auction value of 7.682 million US$ (approximately 10.39 million Singapore dollars). Some rare vintage Patek Philippe Calatrava wrist watches (references like 530 and 570) also carry high price tags above one million dollars. Among the contemporary Patek Philippe watches, the unique pieces made for Only Watch charity auctions consistently achieve record prices. We have already mentioned the S$ 23.8 million Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300 in stainless steel, which was created for the Only Watch 2019 event. The other two notable examples are: the ref. 5016A for Only Watch 2015 and the ref. 5208T-010 for Only Watch 2017. These unique wristwatches were sold for S$ 10.7 million and S$ 9.14 million respectively. Ref. 5231J-001 In the near future, several references from Patek Philippe Aquanaut and Nautilus families will also join the ‘million dollars’ club. For example, the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A stainless steel model is highly sought-after in the secondary market due to the cessation of its production. Due to the scarcity, the value of such iconic creations may fetch above one million dollars in the upcoming years. Read More : Suunto Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  9. Introducing 10 Most Popular Watch Models from G Shock

    Introducing 10 Most Popular Watch Models from G Shock

    Wristwatches are an extremely important fashion accessory. It has the ability to make or break an outfit and can add that extra bit of glam even to the simplest outfit. The wristwatch market today is extremely crowded. A huge number of brands, some old some new cater to an ever-expanding customer base. Why is the customer base ever-expanding you ask? A wristwatch is a timeless accessory that shall not run out of popularity any time soon. Just like the ever-popular wristwatches, a brand that has also continued to live on timelessly are Casio G Shock watches. This is a brand that has stayed trendy for more than decade now. Trends generally tend to be short-lived but from the look of this, the G Shock watch trend is here to stay. G-Shocks are the most common amongst teenagers, for their uniqueness as well as special functionalities. Singapore is no exception to this either, with G-shocks on wrists becoming an increasingly common sight. Whether it’s G Shock Singapore or G-Shock Japan, these watches are often seen as a status symbol, which marks a person as part of the “cool” crowd. Watches are also a fashion item that can be collected, with every influencer or fashionista having at least one G-shock in their collection. Want to know which G-Shock watch your favorite influencer favors? Let’s dive right into the list then. 1.   G-Shock GW-9400 Rangeman The first watch on this list is the hugely popular Rangeman GW-9400. The watch gives off a rather rugged and strong vibe, but that’s not to say it shall also keep you classy. The specialty of this watch is that you can pair it with anything. Wearing comfortable lounge wear, this watch will add on to the look. However, going for a more classic suit or jacket look? This watch will add the fair bit of adventure and playfulness to the outfit. This G shock watch has gained huge amounts of popularity in Singapore.  This watch is also water resistant up to 660 feet, as well as resistant impact. This makes it suitable for various adventure sports such as scuba diving and many others. G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400J-1JF 2.   G-Shock GW2310 Atomic Solar Second on the list is the Atomic Solar, and keeping with its name it looks absolutely amazing on your wrist. However, its visual is not what differentiates this from the others. The watch does not use a digital battery, but is instead powered by a solar panel. This G-Shock watch has gained huge amounts of popularity in Japan.   It can also be used to keep up to 4 daily alarms, and fully charged it lasts about 26 months. This Casio G-Shock would be an amazing addition to any accessory collection.  GW2310-1 Source From: casio.com 3.   G-Shock XL Ana-Digi GA100 Contrary to the usual vibrant colors and flashy designs are commonly seen on a G-Shock watch, this watch has a more toned-down look. With its dark look, this watch can add a bit of mystery to any outfit. Stay assured that this watch shall go well with any outfit, without you putting in any effort. This G Shock smartwatch will keep you updated at all points of time.  With the toned down dark look, you shall get all of the unique functionalities that G-Shock offers just at the press of a button. If subdued is your style, this one is meant for you. A unique model in this collection was also released named G Shock One Piece. This was based on the popular Japanese anime One Piece.  GA100-1A1 Source From: casio.com 4.   G-Shock Rangeman Solar Digital Survival Watch GW-9400-1 Looking for a watch that has a more aggressive vibrant look, fitted for the adventurer within you? Look no further than this. Perfectly suited for outdoor activities such as mountain climbing, it is resistant to mud and dust. It also comes with the triple functionality of compass, thermometer and altimeter-barometer. GW9400-1Source From: casio.com 5.   G-Shock Tribute GW-5000-1JF The unique specialty of this watch is that, it has been released as a copy of the popular G-Shock DW-5000C. This watch serves up a vintage look, with all of the modern functionalities, such as G Shock bluetooth found within the newly released G-Shock watches. If you are looking for something vintage, this watch is right up your alley. GW-5000-1JF 6.   G-Shock Frogman Diver’s GWF-A1000 Another watch for the adventurers amongst us, this watch has been certified for usage during underwater diving. Added on to it, the buttons of the watch is also usable underwater. This watch also has an analog display, as compared to the digital display commonly found in G-Shock watches. GWFA1000-1ASource From: casio.com 7.   G-Shock Full-Metal Stainless Steel GMW-B5000D-1 If you are a fan of full—metal body watches, then this one is for you. While most metal watches have an analogue display; this watch provides you with a digital display. It also has various buttons which give you access to the various functionalities of the watch.  You shall have the best of both worlds with this, an elegant metal body as well as digital functionalities. This G shock SG also comes in a trademark G Shock gold color.  GMWB5000D-1Source From: casio.com 8.   G-Shock GPR-B1000-1JR Rangeman Looking for an adventure trip, which may put you through some tough conditions? This Rangeman shall serve as your best companion. Created to survive in the harshest of weather, stay assured that this piece will remain with you for a very long time. It also comes with solar panels and navigation through GPS. The design and display of the watch is also rather unique, making you stand out from the crowd. 9.   G-Shock GGB100-1A9 Mudmaster The most vibrant and colorful watch on this list, this piece shall serve you the classic sporty look. It has been crafted with a guard structure case made out of carbon core, to reduce the impact, and ensure this unique piece lasts a long time. This G Shock Mudmaster is a great addition to any outfit. Contrasts have also become hugely popular in today’s fashion world. This watch shall help you perfect a stylish contrast look, which will keep heads turning all day long. GGB100-1A9Source From: casio.com 10. Casio GA110-1B G-Shock The last one on this list, is an everyday wear watch. The story of how this watch rose to fame is rather interesting. There are several videos on the internet, of people trying to break this watch. They serve as a proof of truly how much this watch can withstand. As we all know, it is the everyday watch that truly takes most of the beating, this piece shall survive it with you. This G shock black watch is a masterpiece, meant for everyday wear. It also comes with the trademark G-Shock display, and screams classic to everyone who takes a look at it. GA110-1BSource From: casio.com The G shock Mudman is also a great option for adventure lovers.  Now that you have reached the end of this list, you are now fully equipped to buy the new G-Shock perfectly fitted for your needs.  Read More : Suunto Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  10. Tudor Black Bay Review: The Best Affordable Dive Watches

    Tudor Black Bay Review: The Best Affordable Dive Watches

    Tudor Black Bay is a comprehensive collection of exceptional sports timepieces that blend vintage styling and most modern manufacturing methods. This best-selling series offers a number of diving watch models with water resistance up to 200 meters (660 ft). The most extensive collection from Tudor, Black Bay offers wristwatches featuring different case dimensions, designs and materials.  Black Bay Classic The Black Bay classic dive watch is inspired by a historic Tudor diving model first appeared in 1954. The iconic brand introduced the Tudor Heritage Black Bay watch in 2012 as part of their Heritage collection. Later renamed Black Bay, this vintage-era-inspired timepiece features a 41mm diameter case. The early references house customized ETA 2824 movements with a power reserve of 38 hours. Since 2016, Tudor has been offering Black Bay watches equipped with the in-house self-winding mechanical caliber MT5602. This movement provides an impressive power reserve of up to 70 hours. These new generation models are chronometer certified by COSC. With the crystal-clear dial layout with lumed hands and hour-markers, the watch offers precise indication of hours, minutes and seconds. However, the classic Black Bay does not have a date function. Black Bay 79230B-0007 At present, the Classic Black Bay watch is available with a black dial only, with the choice of black, blue or burgundy bezel inserts. The stainless steel model with a burgundy dial has long been known as Tudor Black Bay red watch. The brand offers three types of straps for the stainless steel Black Bay watches: steel bracelet, fabric and aged leather. It should also be noted that the bezel-inserts of stainless steel models are made of anodized aluminium. In addition to the existing stainless steel versions, the brand has recently added a new Black Bay ceramic watch. It is fitted with the Manufacture Calibre MT5602-1U, an upgraded self-winding movement with a notable antimagnetic resistance up to 15,000 gauss. Featuring a matt-black ceramic case, this new variant features black PVD treated stainless steel rotating bezel, black ceramic bezel-insert, black dial and a hybrid leather and rubber strap in black color.  Black Bay Black 79220R-STEEL Black Bay Date This impressive range is dedicated to those who love to have a date display in their diving watches. The Black Bay Date comes with a 41mm diameter case just like the classic version. Equipped with the Manufacture Calibre MT5612, this self-winding watch boasts a date window at 3 o’clock. The Tudor Black Bay date watch is available in two exterior finishes: stainless steel and two-tone. The bi-color variants feature stainless steel case, yellow-gold crown and yellow-gold unidirectional bezel with matt-black anodized aluminium bezel insert featuring gold markings. These dual-tone versions are available with black or champagne color dial. The all-steel variant is presently available with black dial only. Its case, case-back, crown, bezel and bezel-insert are made of 316L stainless steel. For the Black Bay Date series, Tudor offers three types of straps: metal bracelet, aged leather and fabric. Depending upon the version, the metal bracelet can be bi-metal (steel and yellow gold) or steel. Black Bay S&G 79733N-0006 Black Bay GMT This exceptional Black Bay wristwatch seamlessly integrates two practical functions – the Date and the Second Time Zone. Made of stainless steel, its 41mm diameter case houses a black dial with luminescent hands and hour-markers. It has two snowflake-style hour-hands. The red snowflake hand indicates the additional time zone. Its beating heart is Calibre MT5652, a state-of-the-art in-house self-winding mechanical movement. The Tudor Black Bay GMT features a bi-directional rotating bezel with a bi-color bezel-insert in matt burgundy and blue, for distinguishing day and night time. Boasting the famous ‘Pepsi’ style bezel and specially designed for travelers, this timepiece comes with a choice of steel bracelet or straps in leather or fabric.  Black Bay GMT 79830RB-0001 Black Bay Bronze With a 43mm diameter case, this exemplary model is dedicated to customers who typically prefer large-sized wristwatches. Bronze has been associated with the maritime world since ancient times. Moreover, Tudor enjoys a glorious tradition in manufacturing reliable timekeepers for naval forces. The watch houses a trustworthy self-winding mechanical movement (calibre MT 5601). Made of a highly reliable aluminium-copper alloy used in naval engineering, this timepiece is a must-have accessory for ardent lovers of bronze wristwatches. Its bronze parts gradually develop a unique patina due to oxidation, making each timepiece a one-of-a-kind creation. Its slate-grey dial maintains the similar style of Black Bay classic watch i.e. three hands without the date. However, there is a minute difference in the hour-markers. The Tudor Black Bay Bronze model has Arabic numerals for 3, 6 and 9 hours where as in the Classic Black Bay, rectangular indices are used for the same.  Black Bay Bronze 79250BB-0001 Black Bay P01 Featuring a 42mm diameter stainless steel case, Tudor Black Bay P01 is a tribute to a prototype diving watch created for the US Navy in the late 1960s. P01 stands for Prototype 1. In comparison with other Black Bay models, this watch features a varied design. For example, its crown is set at 4 o’clock instead of the usual 3 o’clock position. It also features crown-protectors whereas the other Black Bay watches do not have this feature. The bezel design is also different. Instead of the 0-60 scale bezel, P01 has a 60-notch, 12-hour graduated steel bidirectional rotating bezel. The watch also incorporates a stop system for the bidirectional rotating bezel via a mobile end-link at 12 o’clock. The Black Bay P01 has a black dial with a date window at 3 o’clock. This unusual Tudor watch is driven by the in-house self-winding caliber MT5612, the same movement used in the Tudor Black Bay Date watch.  Black Bay P01 70150-0001 Black Bay Fifty-Eight The Black Bay Fifty-Eight series is not only dedicated to the customers with smaller wrists; it also attracts connoisseurs with a passion for diving watches with antique style and classic proportions. Dressed in a 39mm diameter case, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight watch has already conquered the hearts of aficionados, thanks to its versatility and classiness. It is a reliable recreational diving instrument with 200 meters water resistance. At the same time, it can also be used as a dress watch thanks to its compact dimensions and elegant appearance. Black Bay Fifty-Eight 79030B-0002 The Black Bay Fifty-Eight series is not only dedicated to the customers with smaller wrists; it also attracts connoisseurs with a passion for diving watches with antique style and classic proportions. Dressed in a 39mm diameter case, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight watch has already conquered the hearts of aficionados, thanks to its versatility and classiness. It is a reliable recreational diving instrument with 200 meters water resistance. At the same time, it can also be used as a dress watch thanks to its compact dimensions and elegant appearance. The brand offers Stainless Steel, Silver, 18K Gold and Bronze variants of this most-sought after Black Bay watch. These Tudor watches feature matching dial and bezel inserts. For example, the stainless steel version with a black dial has a matt-black anodised aluminium bezel insert. The collection also includes a Black Bay Fifty-Eight stainless steel variant with a blue dial and a matching bezel-insert.  The Silver version features a taupe-colored dial and a matching bezel-insert. For the 18-carat Yellow Gold model, the brand has opted for green color for its dial and bezel-insert. Recently launched, the Bronze variant has a matt brown-bronze color dial and a matching bezel-insert. All Black Bay 58 watches are equipped with the in-house self-winding Calibre MT5400, which offers accurate time display without the date. Black Bay Fifty-Eight 79030N-0001 The Silver version features a taupe-colored dial and a matching bezel-insert. For the 18-carat Yellow Gold model, the brand has opted for green color for its dial and bezel-insert. Recently launched, the Bronze variant has a matt brown-bronze color dial and a matching bezel-insert. All Black Bay 58 watches are equipped with the in-house self-winding Calibre MT5400, which offers accurate time display without the date. Why Tudor Black Bay is a popular dive watch collection? All Tudor Black Bay dive watches are tested for a water resistance of 200 meters, which is ideal for both snorkeling and recreational scuba diving activities. Its impressive water proof design is consisted of rugged case construction, screw-down winding crown, domed sapphire crystal and solid case-back. These quality features definitely make this collection extremely popular among diving watch lovers. The collection offers four case diameters (39mm and 41mm, 42mm, 43mm) to address the needs of divers with different wrist sizes. It also includes watches with or without date display. These characteristics will naturally increase the acceptance of Black Bay watches among customers with various requirements. The self-winding movements that power these timepieces are built in-house and certified by COSC for its chronometric performance. They provide an exceptional power reserve of up to 70 hours. Precise, trustworthy and energy efficient, each Tudor Black Bay is a faithful timekeeper that ensures safe monitoring of time during underwater activities. Affordability is a crucial point when it comes to the popularity of Tudor Black Bay. For example, in Singapore Tudor Black Bay price range is relatively S$ 4,000 to S$ 6,000, making it one of the most accessible dive watches in the luxury segment. Tudor is also offering excellent choices of bracelets and straps to make the Black Bay watch suitable for wearing comfortably during various activities and occasions. Read More : Suunto Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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  11. Hamilton Watch Reviews: A Choice of Mid-end Quality Watches

    Hamilton Watch Reviews: A Choice of Mid-end Quality Watches

    Originally founded in America in 1892, Hamilton is a revered watch brand in the mid-price category. It has been a part of the Swatch Group since 1974. Since 2003, Hamilton has been producing its timepieces in Biel, Switzerland. Hamilton has been renowned for its highly dependable and robust tool watches since its beginning. Soon after its establishment in Lancaster, the brand achieved an overwhelming success in producing precision timepieces for the professionals of American Railroad corporations and U.S. Airmail service. During World War II, it became a major producer of military timepieces, marine chronometers and deck watches. The great watchmaking brand has also been known for its enduring alliance with Hollywood since the 1930s. Presently, Hamilton produces a wide range of timepieces, including graceful dress watches and professional timekeepers. Proudly bearing the prestigious ‘Swiss Made’ label, these high-quality timekeepers successfully blend Swiss precision watchmaking with American spirit. The iconic brand’s flagship collections are: American Classic, Broadway, Jazzmaster, Khaki and Ventura. USP A major selling point of Hamilton watches is their historic connection with the great American watchmaking legacy that dates back to the 19th century. Although a Swiss brand since 2003, Hamilton proudly boasts the American spirit that attracts an enormous number of admirers from all over the world. To a great extent, the exceptional quality standards of Swiss precision watchmaking enhance the brand value of Hamilton timepieces. For manufacturing their timepieces, the iconic brand makes use of extensive expertise and immense resources of the Swatch group. All movements are made by ETA, the Swatch group company renowned for its high-quality watch calibers. Known for their reliability, precision and performance, ETA calibers guarantee accurate timekeeping. Additionally, the brand’s vast and diverse product portfolio ensures an extensive choice of timepieces suitable for various occasions, styles and purposes. Its parent company, the Swatch group, offers timepieces in all price categories, starting from the basic segment to the prestige luxury range. Their mid-priced marques are Tissot, Calvin Klein, Certina, Mido, Hamilton and Balmain. One of the top-ranked mid-luxury watch brands in the world, Hamilton offers a wide assortment of wristwatches, ranging from classic creations for formal wear to extreme timekeepers dedicated to professionals. The Hamilton watch Singapore price range is S$ 500 to S$ 4,000. In this range, the brand offers both quartz and mechanical wristwatches. Popular watch models Hamilton’s most popular collection is Khaki, which includes professional tool watches made in accordance with military specifications. Available in three categories — Aviation, Field and Navy — the Hamilton Khaki collection offers Automatic, Manual-wound and Quartz models. The Khaki Aviation series offers timepieces suitable for aircrew and globetrotters. Khaki Field watches are dedicated to armed forces personnel, adventurers and military watch enthusiast. The Khaki Navy timepieces are specially created for naval personnel, sailors, divers and water sports aficionados. Khaki Field The Hamilton Khaki Field wristwatches are inspired by the iconic brand’s illustrious history as a leading producer of military watches, especially for the United States Army. Popular case sizes are 38mm, 40mm and 42mm. If you are looking for a high-quality Swiss-made mechanical field watch within the price range of S$ 500 – S$ 2,000, this series has several choices of automatic and manual-winding models. The line includes time-only, date, day-date and chronographs. A prominent feature of the Hamilton Khaki Field watch is its two layer dial layout for accurately displaying military time, which follows a 24-hour format to differentiate day and night. Khaki Field Mechanical Manual-winding H69449961 Khaki Aviation Designed to comply with the operational requirements of flying community, the Hamilton Khaki Aviation family offers exceptional aircrew wristwatches. The series includes simple time-only models as well as multi-function watches equipped with complications like chronograph, GMT or converter. The wristwatches equipped with the Converter function can be used for calculating airspeed, distance, fuel consumption, rate of climb or descent and flight time. The retail price range of mechanical watches is S$ 1,000 to S$ 4,000. The Quartz Khaki Aviation models are available in the S$ 700 to S$ 1,500 price range. These modern Khaki Aviation timepieces are available with case sizes like 41mm, 42mm, 44mm, 45mm or 46mm. An unusual model in this series is the vintage styled Khaki Pilot Pioneer mechanical manual-winding watch. A reinterpretation of a vintage military watch produced for the British Royal Air Force in 1973, this model has a 36mm x 33mm case. Khaki Aviation Automatic H64615135 Khaki Navy The Khaki Navy series offers both quartz and automatic wristwatches capable of withstanding extreme atmospheric pressures. The important models from this remarkable collection are Scuba, Frogman, BeLOWZERO and Pioneer. Presently, the series offers wristwatches with 100, 300 or 1,000 meters water resistances. The price range of Khaki Navy is approximately S$ 700 to S$ 3,000. The least expensive model is Scuba Quartz, which retails below S$ 1,000. The recreational diving models like Scuba Auto and Frogman Auto have 300 meters water resistance. Retailing above S$ 2,000, professional diving watches like BeLOWZERO and Frogman Titanium are water resistant up to 1,000 meters. Khaki Navy BeLOWZERO Auto Limited Edition H78505332 Jazzmaster Jazzmaster is the best-selling dress watch collection from Hamilton. This family consists of contemporary and elegant wristwatches for both men and women. It offers a wide range of timepieces in quartz and automatic categories. The comprehensive Jazzmaster collection includes minimalistic time-only models as well as elegant wristwatches with day, day-date, power reserve, or chronograph functions. The collection also offers models with the regulator, open-heart or skeleton dial layouts. The retail price range of Hamilton Jazzmaster watches is S$ 600 to S$ 3,000. Jazzmaster H32635181 American Classic American Classic is a collection of modern incarnations of the brand’s historic timepieces. This acclaimed series is dedicated to customers who love the illustrious history of Hamilton watch brand. The most popular American Classic models are Ardmore, Boulton, Chrono-Matic 50 Auto Chrono, Intra-Matic, Pan Europ, PSR, RailRoad, and Spirit of Liberty. Depending upon the inspirational source, these watches feature either a classic vintage or a retro style. For instance, the Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono takes inspiration from the vintage chronographs from the 1960s. This outstanding collection includes quartz, automatic and manual-winding watches, with price range starting from S$ 500 to S$ 3,600. American Classic H11221014 Ventura Ventura collection offers the modern interpretations of an iconic Hamilton creation that has been famously known as the Elvis Presley watch. Introduced in 1957, Ventura, the world’s first battery powered wristwatch, quickly became a cult object. Featuring a unique triangle case, it is the most emblematic Hamilton watch model. The modern Ventura family includes both quartz and automatic watch models. The retail price range is S$ 800 to S$ 2,700. The series includes time-only, date, chronograph, skeleton and Open-heart versions. The Hamilton Ventura Collection also includes extra-large mechanical models like Ventura XXL Auto, which has a 45.5 x 46 mm case. Ventura H24515591 Broadway Broadway is a contemporary, urban watch collection inspired by the New York’s iconic theater district. Proudly reflecting a metropolitan attitude, this series offers wristwatches endowed with functions like Calendar, Chronograph or GMT. Available with quartz and automatic versions, Broadway has a retail price range starting from S$ 500 to S$ 2,700. Broadway H43515875 A great watch brand for beginners Hamilton is a historically important and respected name in the watch industry. It has been considered as a great brand for the beginners. Many reasons reinforce Hamilton’s popularity as a great mid-price brand for novice watch collectors and young customers. Firstly, it offers a wide choice of different styles and types of wristwatches, within an accessible retail price range. Secondly, the modern Hamilton watches carry the prestigious ‘Swiss made’ label and they are equipped with the best movements manufactured by ETA. The brand also has the ability to create timepieces representing various design classes like classic, contemporary, retro and etc. The brand’s relationship with the Hollywood movies has increased the popularity of certain hamilton watch models, which are now highly sought-after by new generation watch collectors. For example, the Hamilton Ventura worn by Elvis Presley in his film Blue Hawaii (1961) is a widely admired style icon with a great collector’s value. Since its debut in 1932 in the movie “Shanghai Express”, Hamilton watches have appeared in more than 500 movies. For beginners, quality of the timepiece is a major concern. Within the mid price range, Hamilton offers exceptional quality standards thanks to the all-round expertise of the Swatch group and its subsidiaries. Read More : Suunto Rolex Omega IWC Watches Breitling Cartier Hublot Hamilton Chopard Panerai

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