Can you remember the first digital watches that started appearing in shops back in the nineteen seventies? Most had blacked out screens, and you need to push a button in order to see the time which was typically displayed in red. Interestingly, those were not really the first digital watches.
The very first commercially available digital watch was introduced by Hamilton, and it came with an eye watering price tag of $2,100. However, the cost of digital watches soon began to tumble. Soon, you were able to find cheap electronic watches for around $10, and by the late 80’s and early 90’s you could even find them being given away for free. Even today, if you visit some countries like Thailand for example, you can buy digital watches for less than one dollar. Of course these watches generally don’t last long, and many of them are simply thrown away once the battery dies because new batteries cost more or less the same as the watches do.
Casio – The Undisputed King of Digital Watches
There is no denying the fact that Casio is the undisputed king when it comes to the digital/electronic watch market.
Searching for the ideal automatic watch winder seems to be a daunting task, especially with the wide array of watch winders offering available on the market. Despite of the seemingly large numbers of choices of various winder brands, your search of a compatible watch winder should focus on the quality, compatibility, reliability of the winder brands, not just based on price alone.
After all, you have invested quite a bit of money on your fine watch collection. Today’s brand name automatic watches range from a few hundreds of dollars to a few thousands dollars or more. A reliable quality automatic winder is essential in maintaining and prolonging the mechanical life of your fine watches. Do not simply look at the pricing alone. A cheap winder could actually do more damage to your watch in the long term, as there are some winders on the market that use non-compatible motor gear system, and without electronic programming to automatically control the ON/OFF and rest period of the rotation, which might cause excess over-winding on the internal main spring of the watch.
In essence, you should look at the following features before deciding on purchasing the
When a person goes to purchase a watch they give little thought to how the mechanics work on the watch. What makes them tick? Believe it or not, there is a great deal to watch movements and some people prefer to go with one movement type over another. Below is a list of the different watch movements and what the benefits are so that you can make the best choice for you where your watch is concerned.
One of the main types of movements for watches is the mechanical movements. This is where the main way for things to move is powered by a mainspring. This spring slowly unwinds and transmits the energy throughout the watch. This type of watch contains an oscillator which is to keep time. It works much like a small wheel that moves back and forth. Watches today have an oscillator that moves approximately 28,000 times each hour.
The major part of a mechanical movement watch is the balance spring as this is what actually controls the turns or oscillations on the balance wheel part. Many people love these types of watch movements as they can have the old fashioned winding watch or a self winding watch. No
The history of Sekonda watches began in Moscow in 1930 with the founding of the First State Watch Factory, the Soviet watch manufacturer. Created under orders of Stalin, the First State Watch Factory was the first Soviet attempt at manufacturing watch movements and watches. During World War II the factory was briefly evacuated but upon it’s return to Moscow it was renamed the First Moscow Watch Factory. During the Soviet era this factory manufactured many watches, notably Poljot watches. These watches were used by the Soviet Armed Forces and were required to be of a very high quality as a result. The factory also manufactured the air force standard issue ‘Navigator’ watch worn by Yuri Gagarin on his historic first manned space flight.
The Petrodvorets Watch Factory is the oldest factory in Russia. The factory, located in Saint Petersburg, was founded by Peter the Great in 1721, and since 1962, has manufactured Raketa watches.
In 1966, Sekonda was founded in the United Kingdom. Sekonda imported the Poljot and Raketa watches from the USSR and re-badged them with the Sekonda name. These high quality, reliable watches were relatively cheap and were very successful. Due to the introduction of quartz movements, Sekonda moved production
While just about everyone you know has a watch including yourself, most people are not aware of just how a watch works. In order to make the most out of your watch, it can be helpful to know what makes it tick so to speak. There are several types of watches but for the most part they are much similar in what makes them work so below is some of the basics that will help you to understand just how your watch works.
The first things to consider are how the watch is powered. Since watches have been around for centuries, it goes without saying that there are many movements to watches that make them do what they do. When you think about a watch is a tiny replica of a clock. The parts do the same thing but they are much smaller and have to work that much harder. Making repairs to a watch is much more complicated than that of a wall clock.
Watches are either powered by a battery, solar power or a winding mechanism. Vintage watches were powered by tiny gears that either had to be wound or they would wind themselves when a person moved his or
Watches are one of the most sought after items in the world. Some people have a watch for every single occasion – business, casual, weddings, sports events, etc. Watches come in all kinds of brands, sizes, options, colors, and of course prices. If you are looking for cheap or moderately priced watches you sure aren’t going to find them in this article! This article is all about the most expensively insane and somewhat gaudy watches you can find on the market right now like the The Audemars Piguet Las Vegas Strip Limited Edition watch that costs… well, read on and find out for yourself! People will actually pay the price for these watches, and I can’t blame them. These are some of the best watches on this planet!
First off, you have the Harry Winston Men’s Tourbillon Glissiere 350/MATRL. The tourbillon is known as being one of the most expensive watch types, and this one is going to cost you around $350,000! I’ve even seen these watches be sold as used, and they are still $150,000. This is without a doubt a Donald Trumpian watch! Second on the list is the Vacherin Constantin’s Tour de l’Ile coming in at a smooth
People have had a fascination for watches ever since they were first invented. A little while ago I was talking to a friend about watches, and I confessed to him that I love pocket watches even though I don’t own one myself. I couldn’t help laughing when he said that back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s pocket watches were the tablets of today, or the smart phones of today. Back then, everyone wanted a pocket watch, not least because it was to a great extent a symbol of wealth and class.
Today, we don’t care too much for pocket watches, but wristwatches are of course another matter entirely. Some of us wear a watch only because we need to keep track of time, while others wear them only because it’s a fashionable thing to do. Then you get those who wear their watches in order to show their wealth. Whatever your reason is for wearing the watch you do, it is widely believed that your choice of watch says something about you as a person.
What Your Watch Says about You
At a very
If you are a watch lover, you might have noticed that people can find only three types of watches out there. You can find the ultra-expensive chronograph, the famous dollar store variant, and the important middle-ground. People wearing a low-end watch will do this for utility, but people using middle-ground watches and expensive ones will use them just to reflect class, and that’s important too.
You can find, for example, Invicta watches on the wrists of upper-middle class people, but you will not find a Cartier on their wrists – not even in a million years. However, Invicta produces watches in different price ranges. For instance, you can find an Invicta watch for a couple of hundred dollars, but you can also find an Invicta watch for sale costing thousands of dollars. For instance, the Invicta Bolt Zeus costs a lot of money today.
Now we are going to let you know about some watches that are awesome for any upper-middle-class man out there, so read on to find out more.
1. The Master Control Wristwatch by Jaegar LeCoultre
This watch looks awesome on any wrist, and its Golden-Age look makes it look like a fresh watch. In fact, this timepiece is decades-old. You
At the beginning of the year, Apple attempted to fully open the gates and put the smartwatch into the must-have zone, therefore actually generating significant interest towards this new device.
While Pebble is all about functionality and simplicity, the Apple Watch feels a lot more friendlier and it attempts to engage people, not just be a passive gadget that you remember about it only when checking time or emails.
But did it actually manage this, is the Apple Watch worth buying? Yes and no. Smartwatches can be the future of smartphones and Apple Watch does have a lot of interesting features that do give us a glimpse into the things that may come.
Besides this, it works like a wonder right now, especially thanks to its updated software. So if you like a gadget that monitors you heart rate, tracks your steps, you can play music wireless, send people animated emoji, dictate messages, view notifications, send your heartbeat to your loved-ones and more, then you will appreciate owning an Apple Watch.
It helps you to look at your phone less, while keeping you connected, but don’t forget, it’s not a standalone device. In order to enjoy all of its functions you need to have
Whatever Happened to Winding?
Depending on your age, you may or may not remember seeing your father wind his watch each night before going to bed. If he did not, he would surely wake to a watch that had stopped. Those days became history with the advent of the automatic watch. What makes it automatic? It still has the same basic mechanism to keep the watch working, but how that mechanism is powered changed the way we cared for our watches.
All mechanical watches work in a similar manner. They require a movement of a series of gears to “tick” of increments of time, which in turn registers as movements of the hands on the face of the watch. A rotor in the watch sits on a staff in the middle of the watch’s movement. It rotates in a circular motion and winds the mainspring which is the source of power in mechanical watches. With an automatic watch the winding of this spiral spring is done automatically with any arm or wrist movement.
Self-winding, automatic watches work great for people who wear the watch each day, but if you do not wear the watch frequently, it needs manual winding about twice a week.
Who is Orient Watch?
“Orient Watch has always focused on mechanical watches, primarily automatic watches with its own in-house automatic movements Orient was once part of the “Big Three” watch companies in Japan along with Citizen and Seiko. In the 70s, when mechanical watch companies faced hardship from the mass introduction of inexpensive quartz watches, Citizen and Seiko took the path of mass producing quartz watches, Orient stuck with what it did best, making mechanical watches.”
– Discount Watch Store web site, July 2006
Orient Watch was founded in Tokyo by Shogoro Yoshida, more than a century ago in 1901. And though the world was a very different place back then, everyone still needed to know what time it was – much like today’s world.
In those early watch making days, Orient Watch had some competition in the watch industry at home. Seiko and Citizen were big names in the watch making industry, and for many years Orient was ranked number three when it came to watch companies.
“What sets Orient apart from other watch companies is really the fact that Orient has always been focusing on making its mechanical movements better and more reliable. It is unusual today to find a watch
The need to measure time arose with the development of agriculture. Farmers used timekeeping to determine the best planting periods and primitive lunar calendars were made.
The Egyptians were the first people to develop extensively a means of telling time with calendars and clocks. By around 2800 BC they had established a 365-day calendar, based on their observations of the rising and setting of bright stars such as Sirius and of the periodic inundations of the Nile, upon which their agriculture relied. By 2100 BC the Egyptians had devised a way to divide the day into 24 hours. Around the same time, they made the first sundials, or shadow clocks, to measure time during the day. A sundial indicates the time of day by the position of the shadow of some object on which the sun’s rays fall.
By 1500 BC Egyptians had invented another, more accurate, way of telling time-the water clock or a clepsydra, which uses the steady dripping of water from a vessel to drive a mechanical device that indicates the hour.
Babylonian astronomers’ fine tuned the clepsydra taking into account the equation of time caused by the varying distance between the Earth and the sun as it moves in
Are you thinking of buying a wristwatch online? Join the crowd! Watches have become one of the most popular online purchases. But as you may have already discovered, the enormous variety of styles and brands can be a bit confusing. Here are some guidelines that hopefully will help you to narrow your choice.
First there is the issue of size. Watches have gotten much large over the past few years. While a typical men’s watch may have measured 32-35mm a few years ago, newer men’s watches average 38-42mm with some as large as 55mm. Rectangular watches of course tend to be narrower than round watches. Average case width for a mens’ rectangular watch is 28-34mm. Bigger watches look great in pictures, but unless you’ve tried one on, and like it – a big watch can be a great conversation piece – you should probably stay in that 40mm range.
Ladies’ watches have gotten larger as well, although many women opt to wear men’s watches these days. A large watch on a woman’s wrist can make a bold fashion statement. But if you are shopping for an average size ladies’ watch, anything under 24mm would be considered “petite”, 24-28mm “average”, and 28mm and
There are oodles of men’s diving watches on the market, but how can you tell which ones are worth spending money on? And what precisely is a diving watch anyway?
A diving watch is a sports watch produced for under sea diving. Its essential purposes are to log your time below the water and to assist you in a safe return to sea level with the help of decompression tables (if an analog watch). Then there’s the fact that many diving watches simply look terrific and can easily be worn as a fashion accessory when not used as an essential diving instrument.
A watch built for diving must be capable of withstanding water pressure equivalent to at least 100 meters deep, be rugged enough to withstand the corrosive sea water and shrug off an accidental blow or two. An authentic divers watch must meet a series of standards defined in ISO 6425, a world-wide standard that grants conforming watch manufacturers permission to imprint the words DIVER’S on the watch.
Characteristics of a Diving Watch
Diving watches have a nominal level of functionality that must be fulfilled to abide by the ISO standard. Many watchmakers deliver additional features as well. Traditional dive watches were analog,
The Timex Ironman Watch was released in 1986 and has become the best selling sports watch in history. From the early 8-lap watches, the watch line has evolved with Timex’s numerous innovations added to it’s basic sports watch. Today there are a wide variety of Ironman watches that cater to athletes of all levels. Timex have recently updated their website and have ordered their Ironman timepieces into discrete categories. Here is a brief summary of the various Timex Ironman Watches collections.
Classic/Core Ironman Watches
These watches are designed like the original with the same amount of features. Each watch has an 100 hour chrono with a 99 lap counter, eight laps of memory, is water resistant to 100 meters and includes the trademark “top-pusher” for easy lap and split recording. An ideal entry level watch.
30 Lap Classic Watches
These Iconic Timex Ironman watches have 30 laps memory recall and the functions that make Ironman such an indispensable tool for endurance athletes of all levels, including 100 hour chronograph with 99 lap counter, 24 hour countdown timer and 30 lap memory recall.
30 Lap Women’s Watches
This collection has been slightly redesigned with female athletes in mind. These watches feature softer more feminine colors and design
I recently began an internet business selling watches, and while studying my niche market, I was overwhelmed at the vast range of styles and brands available.
You can pick any brand of watch to discover the different styled watches, colour of watch faces, colour of watch bands, Stainless steel watches, gold plated watches even wood watches are available. When you get into the expensive range of watches you discover a whole new range of watches with diamonds, solid gold watches, titanium, and lots of other precious metal watches and jewel filled watches.
The watch movements vary as well from manual to fully electronic with some newer style watches having heart monitors, temperature, speed, and a whole lot of analytic information available. Then there are dive watches going down to 4000 Mtr, now that’s a long way down but deep sea divers need reliable watches that can handle the pressure at these depths so it’s great to see a range of wrist watches that cater for the individual as well as all the other divers who enjoy the ocean or cave diving.
Glamorous watches make up a large part of the industry because everybody wants to look different from the girl next door. New
What is a chronograph watch?
Chronograph watches were introduced in 1910. A man called Nicolas Mathieu Rieussec invented them in 1821 but no one thought to make it into a wrist watch until eighty one years later. King Louis XVIII of France is very interested in watching a horse race, and he wanted to measure the timing of each race. Thus, Nicolas Mathieu Rieussec was hired to create a device to perform this job.
The first version uses a pen to write on the round dial. The length of the arc directs the elapsed time. The numbers are fixed on the round dial. In 1969 when three companies – Breitling, Hamilton and Heuer- collaborated to engineer the first automatic chronograph watch. This initial model was powered by the kinetic energy generated during normal walking arm motion and movement. A second type of chronograph watch is the modern digital version, which is battery powered. Modern brands of chronograph watches are Tissot, Casio, Citizen, Pulsar and Seiko… Higher end and designer watch brands are Kenneth Cole, Heuer, IWC, Movado and Omega…
They can be used for very specific time measurements, because they have the general time keeping on the main dial or the watch depends
Guides on how to buy used watches are far more common than guides on how to sell used watches.
This article will point you in the right direction by giving you a few options.
Firstly we will look at what you must do to ensure you are going to give a good deal to ensure maximum financial return for yourself, then we will look at your options for selling your used watch.
1) Firstly you must make sure your watch is in the best possible condition you can restore it to at minimum cost whilst retaining the integrity of the watch.
The easiest and cheapest way is to give your watch a good outside clean.
Simply wipe over the watch with a watch polishing cloth and then inspect for any scratches etc.
If you have major scratch damage then consider if its worth getting the watch professionally polished at your local watch dealer.
If it is light damage then it shouldn’t be too much of a problem selling it as is, but if it is heavy damage then you should consider the cost of polishing versus what you will lose in resale value and make a decision about getting it polished.
2) You should try to ensure that