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You Asked Us: Can Watches Be Recycled?

HomeYou Asked UsYou Asked Us: Can Watches Be Recycled? You Asked UsYou Asked Us: Can Watches Be Recycled? The circle of life… by Rob Nudds June 27, 2020 MIN READYou Asked Us: Can Watches Be Recycled?Believe it or not, this one has hit our inbox on several occasions. With more and more people tuning-in to the challenges facing our environment today (and the potential cataclysm awaiting humanity in the not-so-distant future) it is perhaps unsurprising. Sustainability is key. The responsible disposal of waste has never been more important to so many people. Reducing consumption by reusing old products is a proactive hobby sweeping the globe. And so that’s probably why you asked us, “Can watches be recycled?”
Well, the simple answer is yes, they could be. Pretty much every watch component is either recyclable or “upcyclable” in some way. It is not that common for watches to be recycled, however, as the majority of the components, once worn out, do not have much residual value. This is di..

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You Asked Us: Will Watches Replace Phones?

HomeYou Asked UsYou Asked Us: Will Watches Replace Phones? You Asked UsYou Asked Us: Will Watches Replace Phones? Will smartwatches make cellphones obsolete? by Rob Nudds June 19, 2020 MIN READYou Asked Us: Will Watches Replace Phones?I’m sure we’ve all done it. Instinctively reaching for your cell/mobile phone when you want to check or confirm the time is becoming commonplace. But perhaps we are living through a transition period that might see time’s most trusted teller return to the wrist after all. But maybe not in the way we’d like…
On the surface, this question seems a bit odd. It seems a bit backward. We’re more than used to being asked whether smartwatches will replace mechanical watches, but being asked if watches will replace phones? That’s a much newer suggestion that would have sounded crazily topsy-turvy a few years back.
Cellphones are everywhere. They have been for years. Even children have them these days. From the cradle to connectivity, or something like that…
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You Asked Us: What Watches Does The British Army Wear?

HomeYou Asked UsYou Asked Us: What Watches Does The British Army Wear? You Asked UsYou Asked Us: What Watches Does The British Army Wear? A long history with a surprising beginning by Rob Nudds June 12, 2020 MIN READYou Asked Us: What Watches Does The British Army Wear?The full, exhaustive history of watches worn by the British Armed Forces (and all associated squadrons/units/regiments and so on) could fill several volumes. Here we will pick-up on some of the more famous watches worn by the British Army.
Nowadays, military watches are incredibly popular for their no-nonsense layout and hardy construction. We often forget that it has its roots in real military conflict. In fact, the advent of wristwatches itself might well have war at its core. The British Army is one of the most famous military forces around the globe. Historic images of British Tommies have romanticized the army’s reputation, which, throughout its history, has fluctuated. From the bloody times of the Empire to the mod..

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You Asked Us: Can Watches Be Engraved

HomeYou Asked UsYou Asked Us: Can Watches Be Engraved You Asked UsYou Asked Us: Can Watches Be Engraved One of the oldest forms of personalisation still exists by Rob Nudds June 05, 2020 MIN READYou Asked Us: Can Watches Be EngravedNowadays, it seems everybody wants something that is exclusively their’s. In the upper echelons of watchmaking, this can go as far as unique pieces created for extremely wealthy clients. But what about for the rest of us? What do those of us with shallower pockets do when we want to put our individual stamp on a timepiece for ourselves or a loved one? The time-honored art of engraving is still alive-and-kicking. But it doesn’t make sense in every case (literally)…
Engraving can be a fine solution for adding a personal flourish to a watch purchase. It can be done by hand or machine, but it isn’t sensible for every watch. The first question you need to ask yourself is why you want to alter a factory fresh timepiece in the first place.
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You Asked Us: Which Watches Do Rugby Referees Wear?

HomeYou Asked UsYou Asked Us: Which Watches Do Rugby Referees Wear? You Asked UsYou Asked Us: Which Watches Do Rugby Referees Wear? Of all the things to ask… by Rob Nudds May 29, 2020 MIN READYou Asked Us: Which Watches Do Rugby Referees Wear?This one seriously surprised me the first time I saw it hit the inbox. The second time this question was asked, you could have knocked me down with a feather. At the third time of asking, I figured it was time to stop being shocked the people wanted to know and get on with answering the question. Which watches do Rugby referees wear?
So, which watches do rugby referees wear? Off the pitch, I can’t comment. I’m sure some of the best refs in the game have a few fancy watches they strap-on when they don’t have to worry about getting trampled by the stampeding juggernauts of the modern game. But on the field of play, a referee’s timepiece is often determined by sponsorship agreements between the competition organizers and market-leading watchmaking…

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You Asked Us: When Were Watches First Invented

HomeYou Asked UsYou Asked Us: When Were Watches First Invented You Asked UsYou Asked Us: When Were Watches First Invented Disputed definitions and mysterious history abound… by Rob Nudds May 22, 2020 MIN READYou Asked Us: When Were Watches First InventedAs is becoming something of a trope, I’d like to start this edition of You Asked Us with another question entirely. Before we can answer “When were watches first invented”, we must first address the somewhat broader question of “What is a watch?”
I’m sure you have a pretty good image in your head. I did too. And then I really started to think about it. How does one really draw a line between watches and clocks? On the surface there are a few simple suggestions that seem to hold weight, but ultimately fall down thanks to exceptional outliers spoiling the party for everyone else.

A clean definitionMany sources will define a watch as a portable timepiece. This definition is insufficient, simply because portable clocks also patently exis..

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You Asked Us: Which Watches Glow In The Dark Best?

HomeYou Asked UsYou Asked Us: Which Watches Glow In The Dark Best? You Asked UsRolexYou Asked Us: Which Watches Glow In The Dark Best? What different types of luminous materials are there and which one is for you? by Rob Nudds May 15, 2020 MIN READYou Asked Us: Which Watches Glow In The Dark Best?There are many different ways to illuminate a watch face at night. Different materials, different styles of application, different methods entirely. And within those different methods, there are vastly different qualities of execution. Let’s take a look at some of the lume styles available.
You may rarely use your watch at night. That’s fine. I’m not sure I do either, to be honest. Regardless, there are few things I scrutinize more thoroughly prior to purchase than lume performance, and even more importantly for me, lume homogeny. I like to see a clean, crisp glow from the hour markers. And almost as important, I want that glow to be on the same level of intensity as the hands’. So often, hand..

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You Asked Us: Which Watches Sweep

HomeYou Asked UsYou Asked Us: Which Watches Sweep You Asked UsSeikoYou Asked Us: Which Watches Sweep Let's take last week's question and run with it in a different direction… by Rob Nudds May 08, 2020 MIN READYou Asked Us: Which Watches SweepLast time out we addressed the question of why watches tick. This week, we’re turning our attention to which watches sweep…
Let’s start out with a clear distinction: Last week’s question was a “why” question, not a “which” question. And That is crucial to understand. Why? Because almost all watches that “sweep” also “tick”. The distinction between sweeping and ticking is all about frequency. And, to be honest, it is quite an arbitrary threshold. There is no universally agreed-upon definition of when ticking becomes sweeping. Although ticking is generally meant to mean one movement per second, claiming a seconds hand that moves twice per second is sweeping would seem a bit of a stretch of the imagination. At best you could call that a st..

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You Asked Us: Why Do Watches Tick?

HomeYou Asked UsYou Asked Us: Why Do Watches Tick? You Asked UsGrand SeikoYou Asked Us: Why Do Watches Tick? The answer that's impossible to escape by Rob Nudds May 01, 2020 MIN READYou Asked Us: Why Do Watches Tick?After a couple of more open-ended topics, here we have a nice, simple, technical question to answer: Why do watches tick?
Almost all watches tick. Generally, you will hear people saying that quartz watches tick and mechanical watches sweep. While this appears true on the surface, it isn’t technically correct. There are very few mechanically-powered watches that don’t tick. The most famous of which is the Grand Seiko Spring Drive system. Exactly how that works and how it differs from more regular escapements is a conversation for another day. In the meantime, let’s get back to the straightforward question posed: Why do watches tick?
Every watch has a power source. For the sake of simplicity, let’s say there are just two types of power sources: mechanical power or electr..

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You Asked Us: Which Watches Hold Value?

HomeYou Asked UsYou Asked Us: Which Watches Hold Value? You Asked UsRolexYou Asked Us: Which Watches Hold Value? The big question that everyone wants to ask and no one wants to answer by Rob Nudds April 24, 2020 MIN READYou Asked Us: Which Watches Hold Value?Value appreciation, retention, and depreciation are often front and center in the minds of potential purchasers. They shouldn’t be, but they are. The truth is, that nobody knows for sure how a watch will perform on the resale market long term. Let’s dig into the reasons why that is and what purchases you can make in full confidence.
Firstly, don’t take anything you read on a website — much less a website that discusses a nuanced and changeable commodity like luxury wristwatches — as investment advice. This is not an investment guide. The same is true of any website analyzing the trends of pre-owned watches. It is an inexact science, to say the least. But there are some brands that have historically proven to perform better than oth..