There is a lot of competition out there for your diving watch dollars. With so many options, it is hard for us to find that single diving watch that will suffice. Well, for me there is no one watch. Instead I try to stretch my budget out to acquire as many diving watches as I can to satisfy that insatiable hunger. So for that I am happy that Dievas has a nice range of aggressively prices diving watches that embody the modern chic-strong look that many diving watches are adopting.Read more ›
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Mens Franck Muller King Conquistador Cortez Iced Out Diamond Watch 1665 Ct
Time Remaining: 2h 39m
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Franck Muller Cintree Curvex Secret Hours 18k Rose Gold RARE gents watch
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FRANCK MULLER Cintree Curvex Ladys Medium Stainless Steel Diamonds 7502 QZ DP
Time Remaining: 2h 54m
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Here is a short entry for today, but with a good video to watch. Here is a compilation of video footage, much of it time lapse footage of watch and watch movement operation. A good deal of it is of vintage manually wound mechanical chronograph movements. I like this video for a couple of reasons. First, it makes use of well functioning watch that have had nice lifespans, is really and not computer graphics, and the choice of music represents the refinement required to make any of these watches operate.
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The second reason for having a reserve is psychological, and has to do with our natural desire to want to compete. An auction starting at ,000 for an item with a ,000 value is far less interesting than one that starts at .00 for the same item. Starting an auction with a low opening bid is an excellent way to get people excited and bidding. Once people start to bid (being attracted by a low opening bid), the idea is that they will start to compete with each other to "win." The mental need to win, combined with the desire for the item they are bidding together creating a very healthy bidding environment. For this reason, the reserve price has a decent purpose and is often used. However, this ideal situation of having a bidding frenzy that seller's get excited about is less common than you might think. The reality is that only the most desirable items are able to enjoy a large bidding war that exceeds the reserve price. Most items placed with a reserve price do not sell.
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The movement is similar to that of the Tissot T-Touch Expert save for the different functions. A feature is an End-of-Life indicator. I am not sure what this means exactly. It is either an odd name for a battery life indicator, or it tells you if the movement is about to die and you should not rely on measurements of data anymore when diving. Either is a good feature to have. In addition to the bold orange colored case, the Tissot Sea Touch will be available in white and black. No blue version? Overall I think the techie diving looks works well on the series, and really evolves the Tissot T-Touch line. What is sort of unfortunate - and this is not really a criticism - is that the watch IS so diving focused. I can see myself wanting to get this watch, but feeling that the dedicated diving features aren't ones that I would used too often, or ever. That might preclude me from buying the watch in favor of another Tissot T-Touch model. I have no idea how large the market is for diving watches used only for diving, but I would image it is not as large as the mainstream market for watches. Even though complex features on my Tissot T-Touch Expert are functional on land even if I don't really need them. So I worry a bit about Tissot having backed the Sea Touch into too much of a niche market. Just a thought.
Actually, I went to a Tiffany & Co. store here in San Francisco to inquire about this. Remember, the instruction manual has no mention of fitting the watch yourself, even though doing so is really simple. Ah, and what a terrible experience visiting Tiffany was. Once I was instructed to visit "customer service" on the second floor, I had a feeling things were going down hill. There was no wait, and I got to sit down at an available desk station (think Lenscrafters) where a woman asked if she could help me (as though there was some other reason I was there). I then attempted to explain to her in as simple terms as possible, "can you find out if a half sized link is available for this watch, as there is no other means for precise fitting; and the watch is just a bit too loose or tight on me." What ensued was utter confusion at how I could possibly have this question (perhaps it was filtration of my words through her limited mental capacity). Apparently, it was too complex a notion that perhaps I was able to size the watch myself at home, given the fact that I don't work in the back room at Tiffany's. She of course had no idea what I was talking about and said the watch would have to be sent to the service center in New York. An idea that appalled me. "Look, I just want to know if such a part is available, and how much it costs." She then committed the biggest offense. I don't care who you are, but you don't take someone's expensive watch from them, and walk into another room and close the door. You just don't do that, especially without asking. So I sit there, extremely impatient and upset at her ineptitude, and ask someone else to go in and inform her that I am in a need to depart. A minute later she reappears and in no direct manner, says that no such part is available. I concede that I was stupid for even asking her, and left Tiffany & Co. in shame. Little lesson, don't ever go to a corporate store; A) expecting that they will place any value in your possessions, and B) with any hope that they will properly answer your watch related question, or even harbor the knowledge necessary to answer your watch related question.
The movement is manually wound with an impressive 8 day power reserve. I would have liked to seen a power reserve indicator though. The crown is on the top of the watch and it is used for winding and setting most of the functions. Because the calendar will need to be adjusted from time to time (at least once every four years if this is a perpetual calendar or if you forget to wind it), there are a few inset adjuster buttons around the side areas of the 43mm wide, 18k white gold case. If you look at the palladium dial, it is decorated with vertical lines polished into the palladium (different tones) metal. This is known as CÃ´tes de Genève decoration. So when you see that phrase you know what it means (but if you are reading this, you probably already know that right?). As you can tell in the pictures, the colors of the dial seem to change a bit based on the angle at which you are viewing it. Price for the DBS Digital is probably ,000 - ,000. That is my educated guess because prices for watches like this aren't made widely available. If you have to ask you can't afford it right?
The large 45mm Classic XLS MT is housed in a 12mm thick black PVD coated high grade steel case that is resistant to 100 meters. The bracelet is very thick at 23mm, which might be too thick for some people, but I happen to like it. Inside is an ETA 988.333 quartz movement, that handles the time, chronograph, countdown timer, perpetual calendar, and alarm, and GMT function; all from the single crown. It might see a bit too simple to have just one crown operate all these features, but the user gets used to it, and the learning curve is not so steep.Read more ›
Vacheron Constantin prides themselves on the special mechanical movement used to power these unorthodox timepieces. It is an in-house automatic movement ref. 1126AT. When the image on a watch face is paramount to telling the time, the method used to tell the time needs to be innovative and not detracting to the art displayed on the dial. Thus, Vacheron Constantin uses a special disk method to display the time on the bottom of the watch. Through a opening between the layers, a number (indicating the hour) pops out and moves across the bottom from 0 - 60. Following the progress of the hour number, you can roughly figure out what time it is. Not with particular precision, but these aren't exactly instrument watches either. I must admit that while I don't find the method of displaying the time to be particularly attractive, it is a simple and effective means of getting the job done.
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Bell Ross Vintage BR 123 Sport Heritage BRV123 ST HER SRB
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 29m
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Bell Ross Vintage 126 Chronograph 18k White Gold Champagne Dial BR 126 B+P
Time Remaining: 1d 23h 17m
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Bell Ross Vintage Officer Silver Dial Grey Alligator Strap Automatic Watch
Time Remaining: 2d 32m
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Upon arrival at the factory, the tour begins quickly. My guide is not a watch maker, but is able to answer each question I have, no matter how technical or obscure. I jest at how he must moonlight as a watch maker. No matter your position at Lange Uhren, you are well informed on how things work there, and what goes into the precious watches. The situation is immediately impressive from the clean modern architecture to the scent of fresh watches.
The Grand Port Royal are among Zenith's only rectangular watches, and it is obvious a lot of time was put into the design. Interestingly enough, the watches are not mere squared watches that house an El Primero movement. Instead, the highly modern approach to the design focuses on simplicity and texture, emphasizing minor details and the functions of the watch. Details of interest involve the high grade materials, texturing on the dial, and design of the hands and font for the numbering. The case is self looks chiseled almost, stressing the angularity and displaying an overall faceted look. It is a simple shape that evoke sporty strength without pretention. The dial is framed nicely and displays another world into itself. While the case is simple, the dial is more complex. Functions involve a 30 minute chronograph, and a power reserve, in addition to telling the time. Included is the typical tiny propeller style seconds indicator in the "open" window to the movement. It is sometimes hard to see, more for looks that use, but it is fun to watch. Interestingly enough a date window is absent. Zenith probably decided it would have looked too cluttered with a date window. Actually, many 30 minute chronograph watches don't have date windows.Read more ›
This is a very large watch, with a case width of 49mm (the actual dial is 32mm wide). You'll have to be prepared for a watch that takes up most of your wrist, but you do want to show a watch like this off. If you aren't in love with the black on gray palette on the dial, there are a few other colors available with white, red, and of course the black. Be aware that this is a limited edition watch of only 50 pieces in each tone. Not to worry though, because if you like the Nazca collection there are many other models (a bit different and without the power reserve). Each shares the iconic looking chiseled case. This particular model will run you about 00. Check them out and enjoy.
The watches all start with a automatic mechanical movement inside of a 42mm black colored case. Being in the Verre Ãˆglomisé collection, the zodiac symbol is applied on the rear of the sapphire crystal with palladium. Then diamonds are applied to represent the precise position of the stars that make up the relative constellations. Lastly, the empty spaces on the rear of the crystal are filled in with black enamel. The resulting image on the front of the sapphire crystal is beautiful with a shimmering diamond constellation and a gooey black ether that reminds you of space. The image of the constellation is rich and silvery as applied with the palladium. Lastly, you have the crescent moon cutaway where you can the disc of time.