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  • How to Spot a Fake Rolex

    April 26, 2016
    Even if you don’t consider yourself a watch enthusiast, you’re probably familiar with a Rolex. These Swiss-made watches are some of the most widely popular and produced luxury watches in the world. The company pumps out over 700,000 a year, creating a large market for counterfeit Rolexes. The last thing you want to do when you’re investing in one of these timepieces is end up with a fake. Here are some tips on how to tell if a Rolex watch is genuine or counterfeit. Movement and Sound Rolex has designed the second hand on its watches to move in a semi-smooth, fluid motion. The second hand will appear to have a series of high velocity ticks that when loosely observed will have the appearance of fluid motion. Ninety-n ...
  • Watch Guide

    December 16, 2014

    Historically Speaking

    mens-piaget-polo-diamondFrom the early 1800’s, telling time was the function of either a clock or a pocket-watch. In 1868 a new era in timekeeping was born as Swiss manufacturer Patek Philippe & Co. introduced the first wristwatch. In 1926 the Rolex Oyster was released. This was considered to be the first waterproof wristwatch and proved to be true a year later when Hans Wildorf of the Rolex Watch Co. sponsored swimmer Mercedes Gleitze successfully crossing the English Channel wearing one. Continue reading

  • Watch Vocabulary

    December 16, 2014

    AFTERMARKET:
    Any part attached to the watch that is not made by the original watch manufacturer. These parts can, but not in all cases devalue the watch.
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  • Watches

    October 18, 2014
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  • Self Winding Watches

    February 14, 2013
    By Dave Larson, Director, Fine Watch Department Fairchild International There’s considerable confusion over the phrase “self-winding” when it comes to Rolex and other watches. We’ll specifically discuss Rolex watches – our specialty. Rolex watches have a self-winding movement. That means that, if properly wound and worn every day, they should not have to be wound again. When a Rolex is manually wound, the mainspring tightens and will stay that way until the watch has been motionless for a period of 17-20 hours. At that time, the mainspring will start to “unwind itself” until the watch finally “dies.” Towards the end of this process, if not wound, the watch will slow down and cease to move.  With a thor ...
  • Spotlight on: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner

    June 16, 2010
    Spotlight on: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner The first Rolex Submariner was unveiled to the public in 1953 and was instantly a classic.  Part of Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual line the Submariner was designed as a divers watch and is known for its resistance to water.  To aide divers the Submariner utilizes a bezel that allows the wearer to monitor their time underwater.  Since the bezel can only rotate counterclockwise it prevents any accidental bezel movement from causing the diver to spend too much time underwater.  Waterproof up to a maximum depth of 1,000 feet it has famously been worn by explorers, divers, anthropologists, actors, politicians and even James Bond. As a part of Rolex’s Perpetual line the Submari ...
  • Fine Watch Information

    April 27, 2010
    Watch Primer Historically speaking From the early 1800’s, telling time was the function of either a clock or a pocket-watch. In 1868 a new era in timekeeping was born as Swiss manufacturer Patek Philippe & Co. introduced the first wristwatch. In 1926 the Rolex Oyster was released.  This was considered to be the first waterproof wristwatch and proved to be true a year later when Hans Wildorf of the Rolex Watch Co. sponsored swimmer Mercedes Gleitze successfully crossing the English Channel wearing one. Since then, wristwatches have become important not only as a way to keep time, but as jewelry pieces, collectables and pieces of history that stimulate memories of events past.  There are wristwatch shows all over t ...
  • Fine Watch Vocabulary and Terminology List

    January 10, 2010
    Fine Watch Vocabulary and Terminology List AFTERMARKET:  Any part attached to the watch that is not made by the original watch manufacturer.  These parts can, but not in all cases devalue the watch. ALL ORIGINAL:  Of or pertaining to all parts of the watch originating from the original watch manufacturer. ANALOG:  A traditional watch, keeping time with hands. AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT:  An automatic movement is a type of mechanical movement that runs off the energy created by moving the watch BAND:  The part of the watch that wraps around the wrist that is attached to the head on both ends. Metal bands are called bracelets. Leather, rubber or fabric bands are called straps. BEZEL:  The ring outside the crystal, either st ...

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