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About Watch Bezels

A watch bezel is the ring that surrounds the face of the watch and holds the crystal in place. The bezel can be used for decorative or functional purposes. When it comes to ladies watches, it is fairly common to see diamonds, rubies, sapphires, or emeralds on the bezels of …

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Authorized or Unauthorized

Whether you shop online or visit your local retailer, you are confronted with a decision as to whether or not you should buy your timepiece from an authorized or unauthorized retailer (commonly called gray market sellers). When you visit a watch manufacturer’s website, visitors are generally overwelmed with pop-up windows …

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Watch Case Materials

Many of today’s finest watch manufactures offer their timepieces in a choice of case metals; the three most common alloys used are high grade stainless steel, eighteen karat gold, and increasingly platinum. Stainless steel is by far the most common alloy used for watch cases and bracelets today because of …

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Watch Collecting

As more and more American Consumers become fanatic watch consumers….. many start to develop watch collections. What really defines a good watch collection, and why do people collect certain watches? Before one can actually answer these questions, it’s important to note that people buy watches for various reasons. Some buy …

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Watch Complications

In watchmaking there are 3 grand complications. Holologists often speak of 3 classic high complications collectively known as “grandes complication”. They are the Perpetual Calendar, the Tourbillon, and the Minute Repeater. Perpetual Calendar A perpetual calendar is a mechanism that automatically takes into account the varying number of days in …

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Watch Movements

Manual Wind The owner of this type of watch winds the watch regularly. Hand winding is what makes the watch run. When the watch runs out of energy produced by the hand winding, the watch stops. In some cases, some manual wind watches are more efficient then other manual wind …

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Wristwatch Care Information

A timepiece is something most people have and wear everyday…. to the office, to scuba dive or to the opera. A watch is one of the few devices that we most rely on in our daily lives. But the inner workings of a mechanical watch are more intricate than most …

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Strap or Bracelet?

There are many different types of straps and bracelets that come on watches. At the end of the day it simply comes down to preference. Some people like the durability of a metal while others prefer the comfort of a leather strap. There are others who believe that rubber offers …

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Watch Care

Congratulations! As the proud owner of a fine Swiss timepiece, you are now responsible for the care of a piece of history. Think about it… even if you are purchasing a brand new timepiece, the actual concept and design of the movement inside the beautiful case has been many decades …

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Watch Fashion

Over the past 10 years I have had many brides-to-be ask my opinion about which watch to buy their fiancé as a wedding gift. It seems that over the last few years watches have become an increasingly popular wedding gift for grooms-to-be. The best advice I am able to give …

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