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Christopher Beccan

There is just something so charming about mechanical watches. Even a simple automatic Seiko or a mass-produced Rolex are created with a significant amount of handmade assembling – something often forgotten. There are also pieces created by true artisans (master watchmakers), who create breathtaking watches almost entirely by hand, with at least most of the overall value being because of the work of master craftsmen.

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Automatic watches make up the large majority of mechanical watches sold today, but what is the difference? All mechanical watches have a mainspring, which stores the energy needed to power the watch. In a hand-wound watch, energy is stored in the mainspring by rotating the crown. Once that energy is depleted, this action is performed again. Automatic, or self-winding, watches have a rotating weight that winds the watch using the natural motion of the wearer’s wrist.

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Rolex and Patek Philippe have well-established products that have gained cult-like status through constant refinement and perseverance. And because of this very important fact, when new watch buyers or collectors require the best and nothing but the best, Rolex and Patek reign supreme.

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There are only a few rules to remember when looking for the perfect watch to wear with a suit: 1) You can never go wrong with a classic time-only wristwatch; 2) If time-only isn’t your thing, make sure you’ve got the all-important leather strap, as this will inevitably make it more discreet; 3) Above all, wear something that resonates with you and goes perfectly with your suit.

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In 1958 the US Navy Experimental Diving Unit compared the Enicar Seapearl 600 to the Blancpain 50 Fathoms Milspec 1 and the Rolex Submariner 6538. The Seapearl 600 was favorably recommended for situations where a rotating bezel was not required.

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The Geneva Seal, Patek Philippe Seal and seal of approval used by other brands outside of Geneva, only have one aim: to ensure that you, the consumer, not only receive a watch of prestige but one that has been fully tested under the strictest conditions. This only ensures confidence in the brands timepiece and above all, its longevity too.

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Rolex and affordability are two words you wouldn't necessarily associate with one another, but believe it or not, Rolex watches are more affordable than many people think. There is no doubt that for most people the legendary brand is the epitome of wealth, success, and luxury. That said, a Rolex is more attainable than the coronet would have you believe, so today we are going to focus on three Rolex models that may not only win you over, but also be kind to your wallet.

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Collecting anything inevitably has its ups and downs and of course, collecting watches is no different. That being said, there are different types of watch collectors out there and there are many difficult decisions one must make along the way. There are those who constantly flip watches to get the next one, those who hold on to watches for life, and those who for some unfathomable reason just don’t wear watches anymore.

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Casual sports watches that bore a prestigious watch brand on the dial didn’t really exist until about 40+ years ago. However, during the 70s, there were plenty of brands that were all vying to claim they had a timepiece that would not only look good in the office, but also handle the ski slopes and a yachting trip or two during the weekends. Therefor Vacheron Constantin built the ‘222,’ which was intended to mark the brand's 222th anniversary.

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Whilst these two timepieces are complete opposites in many ways — one better suited to casual attire, the other more formal — they share one main trait: their iconic designs. Both have looks that can not only be recognised from afar, but have also shaped their past, present, and foreseeable future. This pair of watches may possibly be the only two watches any person could ever need…

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