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
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 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.
1. New Rolex Daytona 2016 – What changed?
The new stainless steel Rolex Daytona with Cerachrom bezel is hands down one of the most desirable watches of 2016. Fans of the Daytona have been waiting for this watch for a long time, and it is finally here. And if you frequently poke around various watch fora and Instagram, you’ll know that Rolex has finally begun delivering the new Daytona to lucky owners. So, apart from that Cerachrom bezel, is there anything else that’s new about this watch? Well, here’s an article that breaks it all down for you.
2. The Rolexicon: your essential guide to all Rolex nicknames and official terminology
So, you have decided that you want to learn more about Rolex, and that you want to be an expert on all things Rolex. The good thing is that the world of Rolex is expansive and there’s no shortage of things to learn and read about. And handily, there’s no shortage of good resources from which to learn more about Rolex online as well. To begin, here’s a very visual guide to the various Rolex nicknames, phrases, and terminology. If you have ever wondered what a “Fat Lady” or a “nipple dial” is, this guide is for you.
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3. The stopwatch: 200 years old and still ticking
It’s not often that history gets rewritten. For the longest time, the chronograph was recognized to be the creation of one Nicolas Mathieu Rieussec, but in 2012, it was discovered that the chronograph was actually invented years earlier by Louis Moinet. But what’s even more incredible is that Louis Moinet’s invention was even more advanced! Amazingly, Louis Moinet’s chronograph, which was invented in 1816, ran at a staggeringly 216,000 vibrations per hour, or 30Hz. In comparison, modern wristwatches today typically only run at 4Hz. In fact, Moinet’s chronograph wouldn’t be matched for accuracy until over a hundred years later when Heuer invented in the Mikrograph in 1916. Learn more about Moinet’s incredible creation here.
4. Speedy fans…. a True Story about Omega Speedmaster and NASA Space Program
The story of how the Speedmaster went to the moon is a familiar one to most watch enthusiasts. But what if I told you that some of it was wrong? For example, legend often has it that NASA bought several watches incognito at a jewelry store in Houston, and proceeded to test them to see which would be certified for use in space. Now, armed with fresh information straight from NASA, it is proven that that is false and did not happen. So how did the Omega Speedmaster end up being the watch certified for use in space? Find out about this and more, in this enlightening article about the true history of the Omega Speedmaster and the NASA Space Program.