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An Overview: The NATO strap

In a world where high-end watches sit on gold and platinum bands, you might think it’s odd to put a nylon strap on a multi-thousand dollar watch. But the NATO strap has a rich history behind it that makes it suitable for modest and extravagant pieces alike.
The NATO strap actually has nothing to do with the defense group of the same name. Instead, it came from a shortened form of the term “NATO stocking number (NSN)” but was also known as the G10, after the form that soldiers had to fill out in order to receive one from requisitions in the British Ministry of Defense. This strap made its official debut in 1973, but its popularity has grown in recent years.

The band’s design revolved around durability and function. The way the strap passes over the spring bars and under the watch means that if one spring bar breaks, the other one is still holding it to the wrist. With two-piece bands, one faulty spring bar means that the entire watch falls from the hand.

Though it was at first issue..

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How to Spot a Platinum Rolex

Whether you’re an avid watch collector, or you’re just getting started, you already know that Rolex is a luxury brand known for its quality and classic appeal. Rolexes come in all colors and materials, from stainless steel and titanium to rose gold, yellow gold, white gold, and platinum.
With such a range of metallic elements, there’s definitely a color and style for everyone’s taste. Depending on the metal used, the value of the watch can vary. But with stainless steel, titanium, white gold, and platinum all looking very similar (especially from a distance), how can you spot a platinum Rolex?
Fortunately, Rolex makes it easy to separate the heavy-hitters from the more common metals. Rolex uses distinctive dial and case combinations for each of metal types, and platinum watches are the only ones featuring a baby-blue face.

Ladies’ Rolex Datejust Ice Blue with DiamondThis slim, 28mm case watch is perfect for a lady’s wrist. The ice-blue dial is a fitting match for the ice embedded in..

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Top 10 Watches for Mother’s Day

Update: Did you miss Mother's Day?! Nothing says I'm sorry like a new watch!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and what could be a better way to show your appreciation than with a beautiful new watch?
In the past few years, we’ve seen more and more high-end watches designed for women released. That means that there’s a wider scope for the kind of timepiece – and price point – you’re able to consider.
For the purpose of this article, I’ve selected five watches from three different price brackets to help you make the perfect decision for the most special of women.
Bracket 1: $100-$500
Tissot Everytime Small White Dial Ladies Watch T109.210.11.033.00Tissot Everytime Small White Dial Ladies Watch T109.210.11.033.00 $154 (reduced from $240)
At this price point there are a couple of angles you can take. That depends, of course, on who you’re buying for. If you’re gifting a watch to someone who cares more about function than form then you’re going to be looking in a completely..

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Roger Dubuis Excalibur Diabolus in Machina

HomeWatch ReleasesRoger Dubuis Excalibur Diabolus in Machina Watch ReleasesRoger DubuisRoger Dubuis Excalibur Diabolus in Machina Modern interpretation of a traditional complication by Ben Hodges May 25, 2020 MIN READRoger Dubuis Excalibur Diabolus in MachinaThe watch industry is certainly no stranger to dichotomy. A solid gold dive watch. A million-dollar, mud-resistant survival watch. And new from Roger Dubuis, a minute repeater in a case that can only be described as the Knights of the Round Table…in space.
None can best Roger Dubuis’s commitment to traditional craft within complex constructions, but it wasn’t always this way.

Roger Dubuis HistoryRoger Dubuis laid the foundations for his namesake brand in the mid-nineties. Surprisingly, as the classic, round, Bi-retrograde timepieces could easily be confused as hailing from the forties. 2005’s Excalibur was a dramatic departure that would later shape the format for Roger Dubuis’s contemporary creations. By this time, Roger had alre..

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Sunday Morning Showdown: Beater Battle — Rolex Vs Grand Seiko

HomeSunday Morning ShowdownSunday Morning Showdown: Beater Battle — Rolex Vs Grand Seiko Sunday Morning ShowdownRolexSunday Morning Showdown: Beater Battle — Rolex Vs Grand Seiko Rolex Oyster Perpetual 114300 Vs Grand Seiko SBGH281 by Rob Nudds May 24, 2020 MIN READSunday Morning Showdown: Beater Battle — Rolex Vs Grand SeikoIn this Sunday morning column, two of our writers go head-to-head in an epic showdown for the ages. Strong opinions and hysterical hyperbole are welcome (so feel free to join in with the fun in the comments section below). And don’t forget to let us know which watches you’d like to see torn to shreds/effusively exalted next week. We’ll try and feature as many of our readers’ choices as we can. This week, we’ve got another head-to-head for you. Let’s see whether the Grand Seiko SBGH281 or the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 114300 emerges as this week’s working-class hero.
Last week saw a record-breaking contest ‘twixt Ben and me. We enjoyed it. And judging by the 3,600+ vot..

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Introducing The Zenith Chronomaster Revival A386 Manufacture Edition

HomeNewsIntroducing The Zenith Chronomaster Revival A386 Manufacture Edition NewsWatch ReleasesZenithIntroducing The Zenith Chronomaster Revival A386 Manufacture Edition The final version of the A386 with the original Revival case features a unique dial by Jorg Weppelink May 23, 2020 MIN READIntroducing The Zenith Chronomaster Revival A386 Manufacture EditionThe best stories of previous generations are usually found in the attic. Zenith knows this all too well as the story of the revival of the famous El Primero movement revolves around the attic of their Zenith Manufacture building. In 1975, now Zenith legend Charles Vermot hid all the technical plans and tools necessary to produce every component of the famous El Primero movement. Amongst them, a box of prototype dials for the El Primero A386 that were never used in production. Until now, with the introduction of the Zenith Chronomaster Revival A386 Manufacture Edition.
It has been great to see that Zenith has been gracing us with a ..

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This Week in Watches: May 23, 2020 — Essential Edition

HomeThis Week In WatchesThis Week in Watches: May 23, 2020 — Essential Edition This Week In WatchesFrederique ConstantThis Week in Watches: May 23, 2020 — Essential Edition Four Three-Handers for Your Long Weekend by Michael Stockton May 23, 2020 MIN READThis Week in Watches: May 23, 2020 — Essential EditionWelcome back to This Week in Watches for May 23, 2020: the essential edition. Many of our readers either have a long weekend due to Memorial Day or are coming off of a bridge day from last week. We won’t make you think too hard during your time off with these three-handers.

Timex Milano XLIf we talk essential, three-hands, a bracelet, a date function, 50 meters of water resistance and quartz define our needs. But why not throw in a little retro style to create an inexpensive looker? Well, that’s precisely what Timex has done with its new Milano XL collection. The nice thing is that “XL” only means 38mm on this 1970s-inspired c-cased watch. It’s available in three different colors w..

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NOMOS Glashütte × Ace Jewelers Tangente 38 Amsterdam Limited Edition Watch

HomeWatch ReleasesNOMOS Glashütte × Ace Jewelers Tangente 38 Amsterdam Limited Edition Watch Watch ReleasesNomosNOMOS Glashütte × Ace Jewelers Tangente 38 Amsterdam Limited Edition Watch The fourth collaboration between the German watchmaker and Dutch retailer by Rob Nudds May 23, 2020 MIN READNOMOS Glashütte × Ace Jewelers Tangente 38 Amsterdam Limited Edition WatchThe release of the NOMOS Glashütte × Ace Jewelers Tangente 38 Amsterdam Limited Edition Watch marks the fourth time the Saxon manufacture has collaborated with Amsterdam’s most visible and active retailer. And what can I say? They’ve hit the mark again.
I was involved with the first NOMOS/Ace limited edition way back in 2017. Back then, we celebrated 100 years of De Stijl with a 38mm Orion. I still wear mine (16/100) with pride. In fact, I was so proud of that project I didn’t think I would ever be able to distance myself from it enough to objectively analyze any future editions in the Ace × NOMOS line.

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Top 10 Grand Seiko Watches

HomeWatch TalkTop 10 Grand Seiko Watches Watch TalkGrand SeikoTop 10 Grand Seiko Watches Overview of GS models favored by our readers by Robert-Jan Broer May 22, 2020 MIN READTop 10 Grand Seiko WatchesHere’s our Top 10 Grand Seiko overview! An overview of the hottest Grand Seiko watches according to our readers.
We measured the reading and clicking behavior from May 2019 till now. The result? A list of the Top 10 Grand Seikos according to you, the Fratelli. Grand Seiko made big steps in the last few years. And with every new release, the brand figured out new ways to surprise us. Besides the unmatched dial and hands finishing, the cases are simply to die for. Zaratsu polishing for example, has become a standard. Only a few years ago, nobody except a few enthusiasts had heard about this. Due to the efforts that Grand Seiko took to create more worldwide awareness, the brand’s watches have become the enthusiasts’ darling.
Top 10 Grand Seiko WatchesWithout further ado, the Grand Seiko watc..

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A Collector Talks About His Omega Seamaster Ploprof

HomeInterviewsA Collector Talks About His Omega Seamaster Ploprof InterviewsOmegaA Collector Talks About His Omega Seamaster Ploprof How he started with a vintage Ploprof and ended up with a modern one by Robert-Jan Broer May 22, 2020 MIN READA Collector Talks About His Omega Seamaster PloprofI have a weak spot for the Seamaster Ploprof, and last year I purchased the steel 1200M version. Although Omega still lists the steel Ploprof on their website, it is out of production since last year. I enjoy the watch a lot and noticed that I am not alone.
On Instagram, I got in touch with a fellow owner of the Seamaster Ploprof 1200M. I can’t remember exactly when I started to follow him, but I was triggered by his Instagram account name “Ploprof_guy”. He doesn’t have a very big account, but his pictures intrigued me. Besides his modern Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M, he also showed old black and white pictures of his father in Lebanon during the war in 1982. I reached out to him and asked him ab..