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What Is A Good Starter Mechanical Watch?

Your problem will be getting the right parts. As far as we know Rolex does not sell individual parts such as bracelets and bezels - even to many third-party watch repair specialists. They don't exactly encourage this behavior as they like to keep a consistent look for their products. Sure you could find parts online, but be careful that they authentic and in good condition. So assuming you were able to get all the right matching parts, you could probably change out the bezels just fine.

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What Becomes A Swiss Legend?

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The new chronographs are sharply styled from the slightly vintage looking Master Time collection to the again bold Cafe Racer collection. The addition of metal bracelets is a great touch in combo with the various leather and NATO-style straps. I should also remind CT Scuderia that the hands should be a bit longer across the board on all the watches. Each of the CT Scuderia watches is 46mm wide in steel, with the colored versions being IP coated. They have sapphire crystals and are water resistant to 100 meters.

And when the movement is placed back in the watch (below), it still only measures 29mm x 20mm, and looks like a “coffee table” for the Panerai. Also pictured is the quintessential dress watch from the 1970’s and 1980’s, The Rolex 18kt gold Cellini, which measures a whopping 31.5mm diameter. This watch belongs to a friend of mine who got it as a graduation gift from college. When I put this on my wrist, I feel like I’m wearing a child’s toy watch! (more »)

SLYDE Sport Watches With Matching “Engines” 2013

SLYDE Sport Watches With Matching “Engines” 2013
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Casio G-Shock GA200RG Watch Review Hands-On

From a style perspective there is an argument to be made about each of the dials, but collectors will no doubt enjoy the extra functionality of the Classic version of the Portuguese Chronograph. At launch there will be four versions of the new Portuguese available. Either steel or 18k red gold with a silver-plated or ardoise dial. Each comes with a case-fitted Santoni alligator strap. Really a solid collection, and certainly something to consider if you've been eying a Portuguese for a while. Prices for the steel Portuguese Chronograph Classic in steel is $13,000 (versus ,900 for the Portuguese Chronograph), and ,200 in 18k red gold (versus ,400). iwc.com

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Find Perfect Gift For Grads & Dads at Prices That Will Make you Want To Buy For YourSelf: 92% off on all Designer Names

Let’s do an economic exercise: An Omega Speedmaster Professional cost 5 in 1973. Today it’s going for ,500. The CPI in the USA from 1973 to present is 44.4. All things being equal, this watch should be selling for around ,215 today. Accounting for currency fluctuations, maybe a bit higher. Has the watch evolved into such a higher state of craftsmanship that it justifies this higher price above the normal inflationary forces? It really hasn’t changed much: same watch; same functions; and same materials. Further, Omega did their own in-house movements in 1973, but now they use their parent company’s movement, and share the technology with several watch brands.

Richard Mille 58-01 Tourbillon World Timer Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

In a unique design move, Romain Jerome decided to keep the subdials very standard looking. As though they are vintage gauges taken from some machine... and then miniaturized. This not only gives the watch a very usable 30 minute chronograph (and subsidiary seconds dial), but also adds to the thematic charm. There is in fact, a bit of lume in the tips of the hands. The dial also has the most subtle amount of skeletonization with peeks at parts of the movement. You are either very much taken or put off by the dial. It is a design which is for sure polarizing, but people who like it will certainly enjoy playing with their toy.

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Omega Speedmaster Professional Caliber 863 Reference 3592.50

We will have a closer look at this watch in more detail at Baselworld 2013 and hopefully try to answer that question. In the meantime, please watch this most excellent video about the Breitling Emergency II, which I can guarantee will get you all excited to start exploring hostile environments with your personal distress beacon. (At least, that's what it did to me.)

For starters, in the Gyrotourbillon I, the movement had also been equipped with a perpetual calendar and equation of time complications so the component count is much higher, 512 versus 371 pieces. The greatest difference from a buyer’s perspective, beyond losing the aforementioned complications, has to be the power reserve showing a major drop from eight days to a mere 50 hours. It is often noted that all tourbillons require a constant, even supply of energy from the mainspring to sufficiently drive the escapement. The tourbillon mechanism is of Babylonian proportions compared to normal escapements and hence requires much greater torque or else chronometric performance will suffer dearly. When it comes to communicating the Gyrotourbillon II’s power reserve, a so called torque limitation device is mentioned. Freshly patented by JLC and shown in the picture below, right on the barrel, this device stops the watch when there no longer is sufficient torque. This means that while having only one barrel, instead of two as on the first generation, the ‘reserve de marche’ could be higher than 50 hours, but beyond this limit, the watch would not run within acceptable rate requirements.

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All Star Invicta Style!

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These elements are driven by the Oris 775 automatic movement, which is based on the SW 500. The movement is housed in a 44mm stainless steel case (23mm lug width) , which itself is topped by a double-domed sapphire crystal, which has an AR coating applied to the underside. The caseback is solid and engraved, and the whole package is on a black leather strap with deployant clasp. Water resistance, for those curious, is rated at 50 meters.

All in all, this is an exciting watch and looking at the list of features it is easy to see why. A low price, technical innovation so far unseen before, and marvelous aesthetic qualities. In fact,  this is ideal to present as a gift to your friends with unrefined and simple tastes in watches. It will function as a starter piece to allow them to appreciate the wonders of the mechanical watch, and hopefully wean them off using their mobile phone to tell the time.

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Speedmaster Art Made Of Painted Wood

Inside the watch is the Blancpain caliber 69F9 automatic. It is actually quite complicated being made of 409 parts, using a very cool design. Too bad that the automatic rotor is so large, being designed to look like the wheel from some Lambo cars. The 30 minute chronograph features split-second and flyback complications. Construction-wise, the chronograph uses a column-wheel as well as a vertical clutch. All those features together make it one robust and highly sophisticated mechanical chronograph mechanism. The movement of course has the time, as well as a big date indicator located at 6 o'clock. Not sure why, but I quite enjoy the "digital" font used on the date discs. It is a fun detail and helps ensure that you know Blancpain doesn't take themselves too seriously when it comes to this collection of timepieces.

Bell & Ross BR03-51 GMT-TWG Limited Edition Watch Releases

For 2013 Girard-Perregaux has finally released a new "integrated" in-house chronograph movement. That means that the chronograph mechanism is fully integrated into the movement, as opposed to being a module on top of a base movement. Integrated chronographs are more challenging to produce, and of course are often more beautiful to look at. The new movement is the Girard-Perregaux GP03800-0001 (GP 3800), and it is manually wound with a 58 hour power reserve. It contains a column wheel for the chronograph, as well as a jumping 30 minute indicator. Other features include the time and date. Surely the GP 3800 will be a base for even more complication chronographs to come out of the brand in the years to come.

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Omega Speedmaster Professional Radial Dial 1978

4. Patek Philippe 5200 Gondolo 8 Day Watch Hands-On

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Benarus Moray 42 Dive Watch Review

Benarus Moray 42 Dive Watch Review

The Race Pilot watch itself is 45mm wide made from DLC black coated titanium with a steel case back. The design is nice and modern, and I am sure the system for removing and inserting the module is clever enough. Let's discuss the mechanical module first. Halda is very proud of their relationship with Zenith who supplied the movement. It isn't an El Primero, but that doesn't matter much as it isn't a chronograph. Inside the Race Pilot mechanical watch module is a Zenith caliber 685 automatic movement with the time, date, and power reserve indicator. The complex dial should appeal to those interested in high-end sport watches done in a modern taste. I believe this movement is used in some Zenith Elite watches.

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Perfect IWC Aquatimer Replica Online

Having a power reserve indicator of course makes the "stop" function for the Turbine Control system more practical. I learned that the winding efficiency indicator is designed to be sort of like a power reserve indicator. Once again it "remembers" how much winding you have given the UR-210's movement in the last two hour period and shows on a scale from red to green how much love you've given the mainspring barrel.

So this Classic Fusion Skeleton Tourbillon is the king of the Classic Fusion family. Retail price is just shy of 0,000, though the non-tourbillon Hublot Classic Fusion skeleton models (hands-on here) are considerably less. As the king, it comes in a larger 45mm wide case (that is still rather thin at around 9mm or so thick). What you see in this article are two versions of the watch. One is the Classic Fusion Skeleton Tourbillon 45mm in titanium, and the other is in black ceramic. Both contain movements made in-house by Hublot.

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