aBlogtoWatch has been producing some buying guides for eBay, and we’ve got a fresh new batch to share. Now, we know that many “watch people” know the ins and outs of how to buy, sell, and trade watches online. However, more casual or beginning people who don’t have the confidence of experience can find themselves overwhelmed, intimidated, and plain stressed out about the process. We hope our guides, which are designed to answer broader questions about watch buying as well as provide watch brand- and model-specific guides, provide a good frame of reference for anyone on the hunt for a timepiece. Click on the images to view the articles on eBay
The world of watches can be a little alienating if you’re not in the position to expend the substantial amount of money it takes to buy a nice mechanical watch, let alone have a collection. We figured we’d really challenge ourselves by asking if you can get a truly quality watch for less than $100. We’ve visited this topic of ways to achieve affordability before by looking at surprisingly affordable watches, buying watches that may need some servicing, looking for good deals on vintage timepieces, going for a Japanese watch rather than Swiss, and even (gasp) quartz watches rather than mechanical.
We also have “What’s the Deal? The Cartier Tank.” If you’ll recall, we previously looked at the Omega Watches Usa Replica Speedmaster Automatic in our series dedicated to buying some more affordable (and yes, with compromises) models of costlier watches. And for the real beginner, we present an introductory guide to Breitling.
As divers worked and lived in ever-greater depths, Omega started work on the famous “Ploprof” (PLOngeur PROFessionel, or “professional aide” in English) Seamaster 600, launched into the public in 1970 after four decades of research and testing. Throughout the R&D procedure, Omega tested the PloProf into 600 meters in the mill, and also to 1,000 meters off the coast of Marseilles. Cousteau’s anglers employed the watches off the coast of Marseille through a set of experiments to test the effects on sailors working in depths around 500 meters. For this day, the Omega Seamaster name is synonymous with professional diving. (For our test of this contemporary Omega Ploprof, click here.) Omega made its initial chronograph in 1898, and over a decade, the timepieces were used to quantify time at over 16 sporting competitions. After winning 1st place in all six categories at the 1931 Geneva Observatory trials, Omega’s reputation for accuracy led the International Olympic Committee to appoint Omega as the official timekeeper of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. This was the very first time in Olympic history that one brand had been given the responsibility to time all events. The newest supplied 30 high-precision chronographs capable of measuring 1/10th of a second (an Olympics first), all of which were certified as chronometers by the Observatory at Neuchâtel in addition to the National Physics Laboratory at the United States. (The timekeepers in the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam used their personal stopwatches.)
A question a lot of people have been asking themselves during graduation season is what is a good watch to get that special grad in your life? It’s a nearly impossible question to answer since so much can vary, but take a look at our guide to get some ideas going. And if you’re going to have a watch that needs to be tougher than just a watch ideal for a college graduate starting in the work world, we explore what are some of the best “beater” watches out there.
And in the world of “watch buying ephemera” we look at what are some good choices for a “unisex” watch, we explore the bracelet vs. strap dilemma, and take a look at GMT watches. We also look at water resistance ratings, and look at what makes an “appropriate” watch size based on your wrist.
We’ve been doing these guides for some time now and the library is really growing, so please check out what we have to date over here. Below are a handful of our most popular and useful guides that you may have missed, so check them out as well.