Testing the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date LV

Rolex revised its Submariner collection for 2020 and unleashed extraordinary demand for its Oyster model with a green bezel. Our test from the WatchTime archives looks at this latest version, with its revised case and new movement, to see if it lives up to the hype.
Initially, the dimensions were the source of some confusion. The specifications for the new Rolex model show a larger case at 41mm instead of 40mm. However, when the two models are placed side-by-side, the new replica watch almost looks smaller. In fact, the Oyster case has only increased by a very small amount, from 40.3 mm to 40.8 mm. However, the smaller lugs make it even more streamlined than its predecessor. The Oyster bracelet now measures 21 mm between the lugs instead of 20 mm, and the clasp is 1 mm wider.  rolex-cellini-cestello
All in all, in the absence of a direct comparison, the difference is barely noticeable, except for the more refined lugs. Apart from the slightly wider hands, there are very few changes to the dial, except in the case of the Submariner LV, which, like our test watch, is a nod to reference number 126610LV, which stands for lunette verte (green bezel).

Also new is the small crown between the words “Swiss Made” on the dial, which, as we have seen in other Rolex models, represents the newer 3235 movement. Rolex has changed more than 90% of the components of its 3135 movement and has been granted 14 patents related to its development. In particular, shock absorption and reliability have been improved. Thanks to a new ball-bearing rotor, winding is more efficient and the power reserve can be built up more quickly. Some people may now be able to hear the rotor, whereas before it was silent.
The most important factor for the wearer is the increase in power reserve, from 48 hours to 70 hours. Rolex has achieved this increase through thinner barrel walls, which allow for longer mainsprings, and through the innovative Chronergy escapement, which increases the efficiency of the Swiss lever escapement by 15%. This is due to the modified geometry and skeletonized form, which reduces its weight.
Our copy watch did not quite reach these values on our Witschi chronometer. It was measured in every position and showed an average rate of -2.3 seconds per day. However, the individual positions remained close to the rate, between -1 and -4 seconds per day.

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Queen Elizabeth II Luxury Watches

Queen Elizabeth II dedicated her life to the British people, ascending to the throne in 1952. She is the longest-reigning British monarch, having reigned for 70 years. The Queen is also recorded as having owned at least 14 wristwatches at one time and is probably one of the most famous female watch collectors of all time. Her choices were often practical, thoughtful and never intended to be more conspicuous than her exquisite jewelry.  7343_2 7343_8
The watch was originally presented to her by the former President of France and eventually became one of Her Majesty’s go-to timepieces. It observed the tradition that women should not look at their watches in public. If they need to do so, they must do so as discreetly as possible.
The Queen often wore the Patek Philippe Gold Oval during her official appearances. It was the ideal watch for the Queen, with a practical yet elegant aesthetic. The Golden Oval takes its name from the “golden ratio”, a formula based on harmony, balance and divine proportion often found in nature. Looking at the perfectly symmetrical oval case of this model, we can see why Patek Philippe named this collection “Gold”. The Queen’s example features a silky white gold mesh strap, a diamond bezel and a 36-jewel automatic movement. Timeless and refined, just like the Queen.
It is clear that Her Majesty has an exceptional taste for the timepieces on her wrist. She also seems to have a fondness for replica Vacheron Constantin. Her collection also includes a diamond-set gold cocktail, model 4481.
The beautiful photograph of Queen Elizabeth II’s Patek Philippe 4975/1G was taken at the Great Exhibition of Patek Philippe Horological Art at the Saatchi Gallery in London in 2015. The watch drips with brilliant-cut stones on the bezel, lugs and crown, with baguette-cut stones serving as hour markers. It is worn on a stunning multi-strand pearl bracelet that mimics high jewelry, just like her coronation watch. The Queen wore this stunning Patek Philippe watch on several occasions, on one occasion with George IV’s famous national tiara.
It is widely believed that the Queen also owned a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, although no photos seem to have circulated of her wearing it. The Reverso is known for its reversible case, originally designed to protect the dial during polo matches. She has also been photographed on several occasions wearing casual attire and leather bracelets from what appears to be several different Cartier gold replica watches. Again, few photos are available to substantiate this claim.

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Shocking News about Longines’ New Dress Watch Is A Snazzy

This year, Longines hit the 1-9-0 mark. Yes, the Saint-Imier-based company will be 190 years old by 2022, showing no signs of slowing down. First came the Spirit Zulu Time GMT, launched in March this year with a local jumping hour hand and an impressive sub-3,000 price tag. A few months later, Longines launched the high-jump Ultra-Chron Diver, setting a new in-house chronometer standard. Last week, Longines unveiled its most definitive anniversary edition, the new 190th anniversary model of the Master Collection.  204ET_1 204ET_6 204ET_7 204ET_8
The Longines Master Collection 190th Anniversary Edition collection consists of three three-hand replica watches from the company’s Master Collection, all with the same overall design and in three different case metals: stainless steel, 18-carat yellow gold and 18-carat pink gold. This overall design is a powerful one that takes advantage of the traditional formal ambience with the addition of Breguet-style numerals on a dateless dial with a brushed finish and vintage Longines logo, a blue handset, and a slim, smoothly rounded and polished 40 mm by 9.35 mm case.
Longines may have quietly had the best year of any Swiss watchmaker. That may sound exaggerated, but it’s hard to imagine any other company doing so much. Longines released a crowd-pleaser (the Zulu Time GMT), established a new chronometer rating with its Super Chronometer certificate, and now one of the most beautiful dress watches of the year.
The Longines Master Collection 190th Anniversary Edition is one of the most beautiful dress watches of the year. Breguet numerals are reminiscent of fake watches like the recently released Naoya Hida NH Type 1B. Still, I remember seeing Longines use a similar etching style (on different Arabic numerals) on a 1930’s pocket copy watch sold at the HODINKEE store a few years ago. Whatever your reference, this is a classic look that emphasizes texture while remaining completely readable.
Would I have liked it better if the 190th anniversary model of the Master Collection had been placed in a smaller 36mm or 38mm case? Then, of course. But other than that, it’s hard to have an opinion on the new release. It’s on the larger side, but I wouldn’t describe it as “lacking in size”, as the thin sub-10mm case will ensure it fits most modern wrists.
One hundred and ninety years seems a bit of an odd anniversary. Still, if it turns out to be as attractive and reasonably priced as the new steel offerings from the Master Collection, I’m already looking forward to what Longines’ 191st birthday will bring.

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Seiko’s new GMT goes head-to-head with Tag Heuer’s travel chronometer

Whether you’re back on the road or regularly have to deal with team members in different time zones, a GMT watch can reduce global time to a few simple hands on a dial. In this edition of Steal and Splurge, we compare two GMT replica watches that common share elements but are vastly different from each other. With similar colours, features and specifications, which GMT will allow you to track a second-time zone in the sportiest style?
The SKX007 is an ISO-compliant dive watch, while the new SSK Seiko 5s is a 100-meter water-resistant travel watch with a tension-fit 24-hour bezel, a passive crown, and a Hardlex crystal with a cyclops above the date.
While I advocate the blue/red/black colour scheme of the SSK003, all three versions come with a “jubilee style” steel bracelet with solid links on end and a folding clasp with four micro-adjustment points. It is a marked improvement for those used to SKX’s “cheap and crunchy” straps, and the new SSK takes it a step further by adding drilled lugs. It’s time to dig out all your 22mm straps.
Visible through the Seiko 5-Inertia Display case back, the new Seiko 4R34 offers a pager-style GMT function linked to a large red 24-hour hand, controlled through the first position of the crown. The 24-jewel movement, which runs at 21,700 vibrations per hour and boasts a power reserve of around 40 hours, is derived from Seiko’s long-standing line of 4R movements, which are known to be very robust but not outstanding in terms of precision, and which Seiko lists as the standard for the 4R34 at -35/+45 seconds per day.
Furthermore, despite being the high-end model in Seiko’s 5 series, the SSK GMT is still in the brand’s entry-level category, which means it is less expensive than the higher-spec Prospex line.
From my point of view, buying the SSK003. I bought one as soon as possible, a perfect watch for the money. However, bias and consideration must be included in the calculation. I like Seiko and have wanted this watch since owning an SKX. In addition, I prefer travel watches, so when it comes to replica rolex watches that can track two or more time zones, I have a wide range of options.
More broadly, while I think both would make great everyday watches, you’d get more performance and, if it’s important to you, more prestige from Tag Heuer. If you’re looking for a well-made, reasonably handsome, well-specked travel watch that won’t make you fuss like a Rolex, then if the caller’s GMT is suitable for your purposes, the Tag is a good fit. Finally, I know this is coming from me, but if the Tag Heuer has longer lugs that work on your wrist, I think it’s a better-looking blue/black GMT than the Seiko. I like the look of the Seiko, but it’s more of a tool than a beauty.

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Luxury Rolex Sea-Dweller Jaws Reference 1665

For the first decade of its existence, the replica Rolex Sea-Dweller bore both the “Sea-Dweller” and “Submariner 2000″ names in red text on its dial face. However, in 1977, Rolex released a new Sea-Dweller – still with the reference number 1665 – that completely abandoned the red text lines and the Submariner name in favor of an entirely black and white dial.
To match the latest dial of the “Great White” Sea-Dweller, the case back of the new generation 1665 features a slightly more elaborate engraving, with the Rolex name curving along the curves of the recesses rather than appearing in a straight line. Aside from the subtle updates to the dial and case back, the new generation of Model 1665 Sea-Dweller watches are very similar to those that came before them with red text; however, the updates on the “Great White” represent much more than the actual changes to the watch itself.  watches for sale
The Rolex Sea-Dweller started out as a submariner, modified to be more water-resistant to withstand the deeper depths below the ocean’s surface. For the first decade of its existence, the Sea-Dweller also bore the Submariner name on its dial, so it was unclear whether the Sea-Dweller was a separate watch line or simply a special version of the Submariner, designed for more strictly specialized use.
To better understand the difference between these two replica watches, the Submariner has a depth rating of up to 200 meters/660 feet in this era, which is remarkable in itself. This depth rating would eventually increase to an impressive 1220 meters/4,000 feet, a depth that is still maintained by the contemporary Sea-Dweller watches currently produced by Rolex.
While the elimination of the red lettering brought about a fairly obvious visual change, the removal of the Submariner name was the most important change that accompanied the arrival of the “Great White” in 1665. The absence of the Submariner name on the dial was a clear signal to the public that copy Rolex intended to keep the Sea-Dweller as its own watch line, separate from the Submariner, and to fill a slightly different niche in its lineup of highly capable professional dive watches.
If you are familiar with vintage watch collecting, you understand that even the smallest details of a watch are important, not the least of which is the dial. Depending on their rarity, the dial types can be valued for Ref. 1665 on the open market. Although it is not the rarest Sea-Dweller watch Rolex has ever produced, the Ref. 1665 “Great White” has helped make the Rolex Sea-Dweller its unique line of highly specialized, ultra-water-resistant tool watches – independent of the Submariner and designed specifically for the rigorous demands of saturation diving and professional use.

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Analyze the condition of your vintage Rolex

Your first look should be to see if the watch is a full match, and then consider zooming in on the details! If a part of the watch, such as the case, shows obvious signs of wear, this should match the condition of the rest of the watch, such as the dial, inlay, etc. If something is incorrect, from the outside, then this is a clear sign that the watch has been repaired or messed up to hide a flaw in its authenticity and originality. To make your evaluation easier, I have compiled a list of things to look for when analyzing a vintage replica Rolex watch. The list is broken down by case, dial, and bezel sections.
Let’s take a closer look at the case to determine the originality of the watch and its condition. Many factors may affect whether the case is still in its original condition and what has been done to it through wear and/or repair. The challenge in looking at the case and comparing it to the rest of the watch is to spot any differences in the story the watch may be telling you. My experience over the years has taught me that even a well-worn watch will retain its original shape. Obviously, there will be signs of wear around the edges, but overall, the shape should still be OK.
If you are not sure why a particular watch looks unpolished, look closely at the matte part of the watch with a suitable magnifying glass. The matte part will tell you whether the watch has been polished or not. Generally speaking, from a collector’s point of view, I am more interested in whether a watch is original than whether the case is unpolished. Let’s state once and for all that I have seen many times online about unpolished replica watches when they clearly are not, and that is a concern.  076cdf7d800883bb1e518062e4c6dd53-600x400 ca66a3503a079cdf392679e200d5a279-600x400
Unused watch bands are hard and you need to bend the links. When you remove the strap with a push pin before polishing, it will always leave marks on the case. That’s why the lugs are usually sealed with tape before the strap is removed. But in any case, you can see on the inside of the lugs where the pushpin entered the hole and you will see the scratch left by the pushpin. One sign of a polished service is the drilled lug holes, or better yet, the sharpness of the edges of the lug holes. This is because once polished, these lug holes lose their original sharp edges.
Perhaps because of this rarity and value, beveled cases are particularly popular among antique collectors. Beveling is for aesthetic purposes only. Each model has its own bevel shape, and the GMT-Master’s bevel is somewhat smaller than the Submariner’s. This has to do with the fact that the Submariner model is thicker and more water-resistant than the GMT-Master, and the Submariner has a larger winding crown.
There are some professional polishers who will take the entire watch apart when trying to polish it back to fake Rolex standards. This will inevitably result in a loss of material unless the polishing is done very lightly. This is not easy as it requires highly developed polishing skills as you only get one chance. If you do it wrong, the polishing transition will be clearly visible. But if you do it right, it will be hard to detect with the naked eye.

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Reviewing the Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph Mosquito

In an ongoing wave of vintage, the Aviator 8 reinterprets Breitling’s early pilot’s watches, rather than simply copying them. In this in-depth review of our October 2020 issue, we look at how the latest Aviator 8 model, the B01 Mosquito Chronograph, remains unchanged in modern everyday life. (Original photo by Olaf Köster).  
The phrase “back in the cockpit” heralds the start of Georges Kern’s tenure as Breitling CEO in 2017. his goal is to revisit and reinvent the first steps Breitling has taken in the field of aviation. Breitling had been producing cockpit instruments for aircraft as early as the 1930s, well before the first Navitimer with the famous flight slide rule was launched in 1952, so it was surprising that the new collection was called Navitimer (now “8”) and omitted the flight slide rule specific to that model. Instead, the Navitimer 8 is supposed to tell the story of that part of Breitling’s pilot’s watch history that existed before the Navitimer.
That’s why the Navitimer 8 features some elements from replica watches produced by Breitling replica in the 1930s and 1940s, such as the rotating bezel. the limited edition was released in the summer of 2018, later renamed the Navitimer Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph, which features markers and even numbers in addition to the existing directional triangle.
Although the in-house caliber B01 does not offer an 8-day power reserve, it does extend it by almost 3 days (70 hours) and is the most advanced available. This chronograph movement with column wheel control and the vertical clutch was launched in 2009 to mark the company’s 125th anniversary. Its basic version powers the Chronograph Mosquito, but a closer look reveals some subtle differences. For example, the eccentric screws for fine adjustment are in different places and there are some finishing flaws on the lever for the stopwatch function, which are unfortunately visible through the sapphire case back.
But none of this seems to detract from Breitling’s excellent chronograph function. the B01 caliber runs at a very balanced rate in various situations: on the chronograph, on the wrist, or when starting the chronograph. In this respect, the B01 movement is very reliable.
The bright yellow color at the bottom of the leather strap emphasizes the vintage look. Under the sapphire case back, the B01 movement is clearly visible.
It is housed in a 43 mm stainless steel case like the Navitimer, now with shorter, more curved lugs and polished edges that give the watch a more powerful and sporty look, especially when viewed from the side. From the 1930s to the 1960s, Breitling often completed its fake watches with these same facets.
Also inspired by history are the “mushroom-shaped” chronograph pushers, which are, like the fluted crown, another feature of the Navitimer. The column-wheel control gives the chronograph pushers a firm but very smooth point of force. The screw-in crown is difficult to release and hold in place but is easy to pull out to a different operating position.

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Testing the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue

Tudor has expanded its popular Black Bay Fifty-Eight collection of dive watches. The latest addition is a blue version with a manufacturing movement and a modestly sized 39mm case that already won the “Challenge” fake watch award at last November’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. How did Tudor’s new creation perform in our tests?
The Tudor brand has been trendy in recent years and can look back on a steadily growing fan base. Rolex’s second brand had been stagnant for years, but since 2009, Tudor has been picking up speed again. Tudor’s history, rich in character and design, is emphasized in the brand’s new vintage models. 2012 saw the introduction of the Heritage Black Bay, which looks back at Tudor’s early dive watches. Its debut was followed in 2018 by the debut of the smaller Black Bay Fifty-Eight. The blue version we are testing here was unveiled in 2020.
The name “Fifty-Eight” refers to 1958, the year in which TUDOR launched its first dive watch, the Reference 7924, known as the “Big Crown”. The new watch has a diameter of 39 mm, which corresponds to the case size of the historical model. In other respects as well, this new version, at first glance, actually looks like a vintage replica watch, an antique watch. Thanks to the rotating bezel and the smaller dial, it even looks somewhat refined.
The vintage impression is further accentuated by the domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, which has highly curved edges, just like the acrylic crystals of models from previous decades. The dial is also slightly raised like the face of a classic vintage watch. The narrow lugs and the lettering on the rota-table bezel also allude to TUDOR’s history. The designer even chose to omit the date display, thus completing the historical impression.
Old Tudor divers’ replica watches with the so-called “snowflake” hands have already made a name for themselves and are eagerly sought after at auctions. The nickname derives from the squares at the tips of the hour and second hands: each is rotated 45 degrees, somewhat like a stylized snowflake. This detail first appeared on the tips of the hands in the late 1960s and has been retained ever since.
Further high-quality features of the manufacturing movement are its extremely long power reserve of 70 hours and its free-wheeling balance wheel with four adjustment screws. These screws mean that there is no need to fine-tune the speed by varying the active length of the hairspring, as is the case with ETA movements.

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New Rolex Submariner Date Watch

In most other respects, reference 1680 is virtually identical to reference 5512/5513. Reference 1680 is almost identical to reference 5512/5513. However, it brings a date feature to the series for the first time. For many critics, this relatively minor feature marked the end of the Submariner line as a dedicated dive watch and heralded its entrance into the realm of status symbols. Critics argued that true divers did not need a watch that told them the date of the month.
Despite the objections, the Rolex Submariner has always been elegantly styled and more than just a diving tool. Its refined simplicity matches everything from T-shirts and jeans to tailored tuxedos – just ask the greatest advertisement for any timepiece, James Bond. Starting with Connery in Dr. No in 1962, Agent 007 wore the Submariner in nine appearances, and the watch matched everything from diving suits to dinner suits.  rolex rolex-078984_03
In fact, far more non-divers have always bought Submariner than divers, and this is true of most of the brand’s models. Nowadays, for example, you also don’t see as many replica Rolex Daytona watches in the paddock of the average race track, nor do you see Explorer watches on the summit of Mount Everest.
As for Rolex, the brand decided to wholeheartedly embrace the status symbol label with the arrival of the ref. 1680. In addition to being the first Submariner with a date complication, it was also the first watch to be made in 18-carat yellow gold. It was also the first watch to feature a blue dial and bezel option, representing its first appearance in a model other than all black.
Rolex has poured its heart and soul into the Ref. 1680 since its arrival. 1680, fake Rolex has poured far more variety into the Submariner Date than the No-Date models, gifting them with a range of new metal combinations and different colorways. As always, the No-Date Submariner remains a unique stainless steel creation that remains popular with purists.

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Popular Racing Watches Vintage Omega Speedmaster

One of the reasons watches are so inextricably linked to the motorsport industry is the need for high-precision timing on the track. Manufacturers such as Rolex and Omega continue to maintain their long-term commitment to provide the racing world with reliable precision watches that record laps and other important track data. omeg-077226_02 omeg-077226_04
Watch connoisseurs who collect racing watches are still in the market for a timepiece that delivers the same performance whether worn for driving purposes or not. After motoring fans and actor, Paul Newman sported the replica Rolex Cosmograph Daytona upon his wrist, because it gained an almost cult-like status, spawning a dedicated fan base of motor-sport enthusiasts, businessmen, and style-conscious individuals alike.
The history of the racing watch also consists of the pivotal role Omega played with the launch of their well-knownSpeedmaster. Before the Omega Speedmaster became the first watch worn on the surface of the moon, forever cementing its role in space and aviation industries, it was a racing chronograph developed for professional race car drivers to use at the track.
Adding leverage to the company’s position as the official timekeeper for the Olympic Games, the first Speedmaster was created in 1957 as a racing and sports chronograph with a visually impressive and easy to read dial. The original fake Omega Speedmaster, the CK2915 was created by Claude Baillod and featured a tri-complex chronograph layout with high-contrast index markers. Moreover, it made the pioneering determination to have its tachymeter scale moved to its bezel instead of printed on its dial for increased legibility.
Although the choices range from conservative to extremely bold, and a large number of racing watch straps are now available, all luxury racing watches are bundled by the same core values for their indivisible precision driving and technical excellence.

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