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  • Benefits of Buying a Pre-Owned vs. New Fine Watch

    May 11, 2016
    Searching for a watch can be a time-consuming endeavor. Style and color is an obvious concern, but perhaps the most important factor to consider is the price. Unless money is a non-issue, which is not the case for most people, you'll want to find the best quality at the most affordable price. Though some might hate to admit it, brand tends to be an important factor – and understandably so. Where watches are concerned, quality is nothing to sneeze at! Not only durability, but comfort and even style tend to come at an often unattainable cost. For instance, buying a $30,000 Rolex may not be feasible, but who says you can't enjoy the same amenities? If you have worn various watches across the price spectrum, you've probabl ...
  • 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 ...
  • How Luxury Watches Match Up Against the Rise of Smartwatches

    March 2, 2016
    Luxury watches, particularly Swiss-made watches, have been highly valued and highly sought after since the 16th century, but since the age of cell phones and computers, people generally don’t need them for telling time. Instead, they’ve become more of an investment and statement piece. In April 2015, Apple released its first Apple Watch. Smartwatches have been around for several years, with the first “smart” watch technology dating as far back as 1927, but the Apple Watch has blown the competition out of the water when it comes to sales. Will new technology replace luxury watches? Most horologists (a person skilled in the practice of measuring time) think not. Ariel Adams, founder of A Blog to Watch, suggests tha ...
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Receives an Upgrade

    February 11, 2016
    Of all Rolex watches, perhaps the most iconic is the Oyster Perpetual. It has adorned and been loved by numerous presidents, royals and notable celebrities. Recently, the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date has undergone a redesign, making it more durable and fashionable than ever before. With the new design, the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date (a watch that presents the date and day of the week on its face) is now available in Rolex’s Everose gold in addition to the classic platinum and yellow or white gold options. Not only that, the Perpetual Day-Date now features six new dial designs in colors including ice blue, champagne and silver, giving the classic watch an updated, modern spin. The famous and beautiful band of the Oyster Per ...
  • A Brief History of Rolex Watches

    January 15, 2016
    When someone says “luxury watch,” many people immediately think “Rolex”… and for good reason. Since the company’s founding in 1905, Rolex has risen to the top of the luxury watch market by making timepieces of uncompromising quality and ability. Rolex was founded by Hans Wilsdorf in London. Only 24 years old at the time, Wilsdorf wanted to build a company that focused on luxury wristwatches at a time when wristwatches were nothing of the sort. Wilsdorf set his focus on making reliable, precise timekeeping wristwatches that could also be elegant accessories. The Rolex name came about a few years later when the brand was officially trademarked by Wilsdorf. In 1919, the company was moved to Geneva, Switzerland i ...
  • DGSE’s Top Picks for 2016 Gift Ideas

    January 5, 2016
    Between work schedules, family, and traveling, time can just disappear before you even sneak a peek at your loved ones’ birthday or anniversary wish lists – much less go shopping for them! Luckily, we’re here just in time to help to make sure you don’t forget to buy something extra special for the most important people in your life. Here’s a few gift ideas to help spoil your loved ones in 2016: Luxury Watch There’s something special about a luxury watch and what it does for the owner. Whether it’s the fine-tuned machinery, intricate details, or artistic flare, a watch is a perfect gift that goes beyond just a piece of jewelry. Fine watches are a symbol of individuality, identity, and even power.  What oth ...
  • Men’s Watches and Jewelry

    December 28, 2015
    Let’s face it, men can be difficult to shop for. Especially when you want to give a sentimental present, electronics or new socks don’t always measure up. If you’re looking for a meaningful gift that can last a lifetime, consider buying the man in your life a watch or other form of jewelry. Here are three great gift ideas for men: A Watch: Watches are not only practical and useful, they’re also very handsome in design and craftsmanship. While they can be pricey, purchasing a pre-owned watch can help you get more for your dollar. There’s a watch to appeal to every man: used Rolexes are the classic luxury watch, but there are other options to choose from. Breitling watches, for example, offer sophistication with ...
  • Most Iconic Watches – As Seen On Film

    November 28, 2015
    The most glamorous movie stars and iconic characters often sport the most glamorous watches. Here are a few of our favorite, iconic films where you can spot some of the most valuable wrist watches available: James Bond Franchise It’s hard to get more glamorous than James Bond. While the actors have changed throughout the years, Bond’s signature style has not. No – Sean Connery sports a Rolex Submariner with a silver and black NATO strap. Casino Royale and Skyfall – Daniel Craig wears an Omega Seamaster Professional and Seamaster Planet Ocean for his renditions of the iconic character. Apocalypse Now No one wears a Seiko better than Martin Sheen, and he does just that as Ben Willard in the iconic Apocalypse No ...
  • A Fine Watch Becomes You

    September 30, 2015
    Luxury watches capture something within us. Perhaps it’s a watch’s artistic intricacy, or the finely tuned mechanics, or the power of holding time itself. Whatever the reason, there’s something magnetic about watches that attract some people and possess others. For those on the fence about purchasing a luxury timepiece, below are a few reasons to take the next step and buy a fine watch. Individuality A fine watch is another way to express your personality. When purchasing a luxury timepiece, you have to consider what that watch says about you. Think of how gold and silver watches express success. Or how leather bands can express a sense of modesty and practicality. Even a nylon fabric band paired with a Rolex or Om ...
  • Real Rolex or a Cheap Imitation?

    September 23, 2015
    Rolex is one of the most recognizable watch brands in the world. These high value pieces can cost tens of thousands of dollars, both new and used. Because of this, counterfeit Rolex watches are in wide circulation and it can be difficult to tell the true Rolex watches from the cheap imitations. Here are a few ways to check and see if that pre-owned Rolex watch you’re considering buying is, in fact, authentic: 1. The Fluid Second Hand Inside a true Rolex watch, the second hand moves almost fluidly around the clock face, while the second hand in a counterfeit watch will stop or stutter on each of the seconds. 2. Inaudible Ticks Counterfeit Rolexes often have loud ticks, which is indicative of imperfect inner mechanisms. ...

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