Tudor is one of the hottest brands around now thanks to its super popular Heritage Black Bay watches. They look great, and they are priced affordably. What’s more, Tudor also happens to be the sister brand of Rolex, which means they are built to the same exacting standards as Rolex watches are. So in this round-up, we ask the million dollar question: Is a Tudor a viable substitute for a Rolex? To answer the question, we decided to take a close look at the Tudor Heritage Black Bay and the mighty Rolex Submariner side by side.
Still on the subject of Rolex, we also take a close look at the new stainless steel Daytona reference 116500. This is the watch that many Daytona fans have been waiting for, but what has changed exactly? We find out. Next, we have a guide on all the Rolex nicknames, jargon, and terminology that you should know.
Finally, we revisit the history of the Speedmaster Moonwatch. Thanks to new information from NASA, you’ll be surprised to learn that some of the things that we thought we knew about the history of the Moonwatch aren’t accurate after all. Curious to know more? Head over to the end of this roundup to find out for yourself.
1. Rolex Submariner 114060 ‘No Date’ Vs. Tudor Heritage Black Bay Black Comparison Watch Review
When it comes to diving watches, two brands stand out for their heritage and design: Rolex and Tudor. The Submariner is one of the most iconic dive watches ever, while Tudor watches have been gaining in desirability, quality, and interest. Today, we have a very special story featuring the Rolex Submariner and the Tudor Black Bay Black. These two are easily amongst the most popular dive watches out there today, and we are eager to see how they compare. Is the Heritage Black Bay Black a viable alternative to the Submariner? Can it really match the Submariner in terms of build quality? Which should you buy? All these questions answered, and more, here.
2. Seiko Presage Automatic Chronograph SRQ019 & SRQ021 Limited Edition Watches Hands-On
For Seiko fans, two eagerly anticipated watches are the limited edition Presage Automatic Chronograph SRQ019 and SRQ021. These two watches were created to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Seiko’s first automatic timepiece. They are hotly anticipated for a few reasons. First of all, they look great; secondly, there are the dials, which are made out of enamel; thirdly, they have automatic chronograph movements that use a column wheel and vertical clutch; and finally, they are very attractively priced for what they are. Have a closer look at these two watches here.
3. Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Ronde Des Papillons Watch Hands-On
As divers worked and lived at ever-greater depths, Omega Watches Gold Replica started work on the famous “Ploprof” (PLOngeur PROFessionel, or “professional diver” in English) Seamaster 600, launched to the public in 1970 after four years of research and testing. During the R&D process, Omega tested the PloProf to 600 meters in the mill, and to 1,000 meters off the coast of Marseilles. Back in September, 1970, three COMEX divers wore the PloProf for eight times, working in the water four hours daily, in a depth of 250 meters. Cousteau’s anglers used the watches off the coast of Marseille through a set of experiments to test the effects on sailors working in depths up to 500 meters. For this day, the Omega Seamaster name is synonymous with snorkeling. (For our evaluation of the contemporary Omega Ploprof, click here.) Omega manufactured its initial chronograph in 1898, and over 10 years, the timepieces were used to measure time in more than 16 sporting competitions. This was the first time in Olympic history which one brand had been given the responsibility to time all events. The brand supplied 30 high-precision chronographs effective at measuring 1/10th of another (an Olympics first), all of which had been certified as chronometers by the Observatory in Neuchâtel as well as the National Physics Laboratory in the United States. (The timekeepers at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam utilized their private stopwatches.)
Van Cleef & Arpels are one of the most prominent masters of luxurious whimsical watches. And the playful nature of their pieces lends itself well to ladies’ watches. One of their most interesting ladies’ watches is the Rondes Des Papillons. As its name suggest, it tells the time using a series of retrograde dials and butterflies that “flutter” around the dial. This is achieved using a special module designed especially for Van Cleef & Arpels. That aside, the entire dial is executed entirely by hand, using mother of pearl and engraved gold figures. This is a perfect example of what haute horology for women’s watches should be like.
4. Omega Watches Dark Side Of The Moon Replica Speedmaster Moonwatch ‘CK2998’ Limited Edition Watch Hands-On
The trend of vintage-inspired watches is obviously still going strong, and evidence of this can be seen in Omega’s new Speedmaster Moonwatch “CK2998” Limited Edition watch. This watch is based on Omega’s modern “First Omega in Space” Moonwatch, but has all the design elements from the actual watch that Walter Schirra wore in 1962 during his flight on the MA-8 mission of the Mercury Program. This means leaf hands on all the sub dials and a lollipop central seconds hand for the chronograph. This watch is limited to just 2,998 units, and last I heard, they were selling like hotcakes.
5. Loupe System iPhone Mountable Macro Lens Review
A loupe is a small magnifying glass that is used by watchmakers and watch enthusiasts to get a closer look at a watch. It’s a nifty tool to have, as it allows users to really appreciate the finer details of a watch. Likewise, it can also reveal imperfections or shoddy handwork. One of the most interesting loupes we have seen recently comes from a company called Loupe System. Their loupes come in 3x, 6x, and 10x magnification, and the cool thing about them is that they can be mounted on the backs of iPhones, allowing your iPhones to be capable of some really stunning macrophotography.
6. Ulysse Nardin Anchor Tourbillon Watches For 2016 Hands-On
Ulysse Nardin is one of the most out-of-the-box-thinking watch brands around. Silicon is now widely used in watch movements for its unique properties, but really, Ulysse Nardin has been at the forefront of the use of silicon in watchmaking. And in 2014, Ulysse Nardin took things a step further with their new anchor escapement, which, like all other new escapements, aims to improve chronometric efficiency and performance. Inventing an entirely new escapement is a big deal, so here’s a closer look at the Ulysse Nardin Anchor Tourbillon, which features this new anchor escapement.
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