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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..

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You Asked Us: Will Watches Get Smaller Again?

HomeYou Asked UsYou Asked Us: Will Watches Get Smaller Again? You Asked UsRolexYou Asked Us: Will Watches Get Smaller Again? An age-old question raises its head once again by Rob Nudds April 17, 2020 MIN READYou Asked Us: Will Watches Get Smaller Again?Last week, we discussed whether or not watches would ever become obsolete. Hopefully, we went some way towards allaying any fears you may have had on that front. This week we dig into whether the frequently heralded return to smaller, more classical diameters is finally about to crest the horizon…
For several years now, the watch industry seems to have been waiting for a sudden and stark reversion to smaller watches. It’s a funny thing for the industry, which is, one would assume, in control of itself to a degree, to be waiting for. But, of course, no commercial enterprise can operate in ignorance of its customers’ desires. And so, while the watchmaking industry does tend to dictate what is cool more than many other more consumer-driven ..

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You Asked Us: Will Watches Become Obsolete?

HomeYou Asked UsYou Asked Us: Will Watches Become Obsolete? You Asked UsYou Asked Us: Will Watches Become Obsolete? The public asks and we respond by Rob Nudds April 10, 2020 MIN READYou Asked Us: Will Watches Become Obsolete?It’s been a while, but our once-again regular column returns. In this space, we take-on readers’ questions about watches and give our honest answers. Some of the answers are based on facts, some on opinions, but all exist for the purpose of furthering the conversation. Please feel free to get in touch with your queries, and we’ll add as many as we can to the list!
I’ve inherited a gem. There are very few formats that promise the same level of engagement that directly responding to questions does. And the best part? I am genuinely interested. We all are. That’s what makes writing about watches a fun profession. Every day I get to talk to like-minded people. And it is a constant education. Thusly, I’m going to do my best to answer any question posed to me. It would ..