Locman: Innovative Italian Time

The island of Elba, located on the eastern coast of Tuscany, Italy is noted for many things, including being the place where French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte retreated into exile after being defeated in the battle of Waterloo in 1814. The island is actually dubbed Napoleon Island in his honor.

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Locman Sport

The pristine sparkling clear beaches of Elba, along with its Mining Park and Mineral Museum are among the many other attractions the Italian island is celebrated for in Europe and around the globe. Elba is also the birthplace of Locman Watches, which was founded in the seaside resort in 1986.

Locman is a brand noted for their ulta-bold and modern Italian designs, along with their innovative use of materials, such as titanium, carbon fiber and aluminum.

Locman’s ultra-sleek and sporty watches have been widely popular and sought-after for close to three decades, and are among the top fashion watch choices for both men and women.

You’ll find many popular Locman men’s and women’s watches at TheWatchery.com, including styles from the Diamond, Mare, Cavallo, Sport, Teseo Tesei, Sport Chrono and Nuovo collections.

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Locman Diamond

The Locman Sport Chronograph is rugged, masculine and the ideal choice for today’s man. The bold, generously oversized Tonneua shaped case in brushed titanium is ultra-light, durable and exceptionally comfortable on the wrist. The high-performance black techno-satin facing strap with leather backing is both stylish and durable.

The attractive carbon fiber dial shines with two sub-dials, luminous sword hands and highly stylized blue outlined Arabic numeral hour markers. Features include an automatic date window at the 4 o’clock hour, small-second and 60-minute sub-dials. Quality quartz movement inside provides precise time-keeping accuracy. Locman Sport Chronograph is 37mm wide and 16mm thick.

Dazzling and alluring, the Locman Diamond women’s watch is pure enchantment on the wrist. The graceful Tonneau in ultra-light aluminum is presented on an attractive black alligator strap. Sparkling round-cut diamonds are pave-set to glowing perfection on the diamond-cut detailed bezel.

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Locman Teseo Tesei

The dramatic black dial shines with luminous hands and Art-Deco inspired Arabic numeral hour markers. A window at the 6 o’clock hour reveals the automatic date calendar. Features include water-resistance to 30 meters and quality quartz movement inside. Locman Diamond women’s watch is 28mm wide and 10mm thick.

The Locman Taseo Tesei Automatic Limited Edition men’s watch is an outstanding choice. The virile and masculine men’s timepiece features an attractive cushion shaped case in ultra-light, ultra-durable titanium with a smooth and appealing brushed finish.  The handsome navy stingray strap adds to the bold, dynamic design.

The raised stationary brushed titanium bezel frames with bright blue dial with outlined red colored luminous hands, luminous white Arabic and square shaped hour markers. A window between the 4 and 5 o’clock hour reveals the automatic date window.

The quality automatic movement inside never requires a new battery. Locman Taseo Tesei men’s watch is 42mm wide, 18mm thick and is water-resistant to 300 meters.

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Locman Cavallo Pazzo

Green is the color to be seen in with the Locman Cavallo Pazzo women’s chronograph. This striking timepiece features the perfectly round case with distinctively shaped lugs in polished stainless steel, presented on a bright lime green colored Karung snake strap.

The perfectly round, stationary polished steel bezel encircles the black dial with two sub-dials, lime green outlined luminous hand, lime green baton and Roman numeral hour markers.

Features include an automatic date calendar, small-second and 60-minute registers. Additional features include quality quartz movement and water-resistance to 50 meters or 165 feet. Locman Cavallo Pazzo women’s chronograph is 39mm wide and 12mm thick.

Complimentary shipping and returns are included on all domestic watch purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com.

Image of Portoferraio Bay in Elba, Italy courtesy of Wiki Commons.

 

Omega: The Olympic Time Choice

The 2016 Summer Olympics is a little more than two weeks away and much speculation has been made if the host city Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will be ready for this major event featuring more than 10,500 athletes from over 206 nations.

The games will feature 28 Olympic sports in everything from track and field to swimming and water related sports. Golf and rugby sevens are two new competitions added to the games this year.

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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

While many things change with each and every Olympic completion, one thing that has remained the same since 1932: Omega Watches have been the official timekeeper of almost every Olympic completion and will be present at this year’s completion in Rio de Janeiro.

Precise, time-keeping accuracy is nothing new to prestigious Swiss watch brand founded in 1848 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The brand has been revered for their premium crafted timepieces and provided the first watch worn on the moon in 1969: the Omega Speedmaster, during the historic Apollo 11 space mission.

You’ll find many precision crafted Omega timepieces for men and women this week at TheWatchery.com with our Omega Best Sellers Event. 

The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Automatic Chronograph is an extraordinary choice and has been worn by record-holding Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps, who serves as a brand ambassador for Omega.

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

This high-performance men’s watch features the perfectly round case in premium grade stainless steel and matching triple-link stainless steel bracelet with a satiny brushed finish.

The stationary bezel surrounds the black chronograph dial with three sub-dials, luminous sword hands and hour markers. Features include an automatic date window, small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour registers.

An exhibition skeleton case back lets you see the intricate Swiss-made automatic movement inside. Additional features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 150 meters or 500 feet.  Omega Seamaster men’s chronograph is 44mm in diameter and 14mm thick.

The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Automatic Chronograph is an excellent diver’s watch. This outstanding women’s watch has a built-in helium escape valve and is water-resistant to 600 meters.

The premium grade stainless steel case with a brushed and polished finish is presented on the signature triple link bracelet with a push-button fold-over safety clasp. The unidirectional rotating bezel with a black enamel top ring surrounds the black dial with three sub-dials, an automatic date window, luminous sword hands and hour markers.

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Omega Deville

Chronograph has small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour registers. An exhibition skeleton case back lets you see the precision automatic movement inside.

Features include a glare-proof scratch resistant sapphire crystal covering the dial along with a locking screw-down crown and case back. Omega women’s Seamaster chronograph is 37mm in diameter and 16mm thick.

The Omega Deville automatic men’s watch recalls the nostalgic spirit of yesteryear. This classically elegant men’s dress watch features the premium grade stainless steel case in a highly polished mirror-bright finish, presented on the handsome black alligator strap with a convenient deployment clasp.  An exhibition skeleton case back lets you the intricate movement inside.

The stationary bezel surrounds the silver colored dial with silver-tone baton hands and raised Roman numeral hour markers. A window at the 3 o’clock hour reveals the automatic day and date calendar.

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Omega Constellation Quadra

Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 100 meters.  Omega Deville men’s watch is 41mm in diameter, 15mm thick and has been awarded Chronometer Certification from the esteemed COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Test Institute).

The Omega Constellation Quadra women’s chronograph adds a note of assured elegance. This lustrous women’s watch features the rectangular shaped case in highly-polished stainless steel integrated on a textured black leather strap for one flowing line of luxury. The strap has a deployment clasp closure for added convenience.

The polished steel bezel with signature claw accents surrounds the black dial with three sub-dials, polished silver tone hands, four sparkling diamond markers and raised Arabic numeral markers. Features include 1/10th of a second, small-second and 30-minute registers.

Additional features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 30-meters. Premium Swiss-made quartz movement inside assures you of precise time-keeping accuracy. Omega Constellation women’s watch is 28mm wide and 10mm thick.

Complimentary shipping and returns are included on all domestic watch purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com.

Omega watch image courtesy of Wiki Commons

Great Diving Adventures…

As summer is at its peak and both the month of August and the back-to-school season looms in the horizon, many of us are planning late summer getaways to destinations ranging from tropical seaside resorts and mountainous hiking retreats to European tours and Mediterranean cruises.

Whether you’re vacationing off the shores of the Virgin Islands or the Greek Isles this late Summer, deep sea diving adventures, water sports and recreation will probably be on your vacation itinerary.

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Breitling Chronomat Flying Fish

There is no better time than now to plan ahead for your forthcoming vacation and find a diving watch to complement your seafaring expeditions.

We’ve hand-selected a few of our favorite Diving watches at TheWatchery.com for you from some of the very best names in horology: Breitling, TAG Heuer, Omega and Oris. Not only do each of these premium crafted timepieces features precision Swiss-made automatic movement inside, each is also water-resistant to 500 meters or more.

Although Breitling is renowned for its aviator inspired timepieces, the brand’s deep-sea divers’ watches are in a league of their own. The Breitling Chronomat 44 Flying Fish automatic chronograph is an extraordinary diver’s watch with water-resistance to 500 meters or 1,650 feet. This dynamic and vigorous men’s timepiece features the premium grade stainless steel case in a brushed and polished finish, presented on a high-performance black rubber strap.

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TAG Heuer Aquaracer

The unidirectional rotating stainless steel bezel with engraved markers surrounds the black dial with three sub-dials, luminous hands and hour markers. Features include an automatic date window, small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour registers.

Additional features include a glare-proof, scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, a locking screw-down crown and case back, along with a 70-hour power reserve. Breitling automatic men’s watch is 44mm in diameter, 16mm thick and has been awarded Chronometer Certification from the esteemed COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Test Institute).

In the early 2000’s TAG Heuer set out to create the quintessential diver’s watch series with it Aquaracer timepiece collection. The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Automatic Chronograph for men is an outstanding diver’s watch with water-resistance to 500 meters and a helium escape valve that provides added security when resurfacing from the deep sea.

The dynamic titanium carbide coated case in black ion-plated stainless steel case is presented on a durable black rubber strap with striking textured detail and a push-button deployment clasp for added convenience.

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

The titanium unidirectional rotating bezel with engraved markers surrounds the textured black dial with three sub-dials, an automatic date window, luminous baton hands and hour markers. Features include small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour registers. Additional features include a glare-proof sapphire crystal above the dial, locking screw-down crown and case back. TAG Heuer Aquaracer automatic men’s watch is 44mm in diameter and 16mm thick.

Omega is a brand synonymous with deep-sea diving. The brand’s Seamaster timepiece has been the go-to diver’s watch by professional divers and diving enthusiasts for decades. The Seamaster Planet Ocean Automatic men’s chronograph lives up to its seafaring  name with a built-in helium escape valve and water-resistance to 600 meters.

The outstanding premium-grade stainless steel case in a brushed and polished finish is presented on the signature triple-link bracelet in brushed and polished stainless steel with a push-button clasp and wet-suit extension.

The unidirectional rotating bezel has u-notched outer rim and a bright orange top ring. The legible black dial features small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour sub-dials, along with an automatic date window, luminous sword hands and luminous baton hour markers.

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Oris Col Moschin Limited-Edition

Features include a 52-hour power reserve, a scratch resistant sapphire crystal this is glare-proof, along with a locking screw-down crown and case back. Omega Seamaster watch is 38mm in diameter, 16mm thick and has been awarded Chronometer Certification from the COSC.

With water-resistance to 1,000 meter or 3,300 feet, the Oris Col Moschin Limited-Edition Titan Pro Diver stands high above the rest. Oris collaborated with the Italian Special Forces regiment to create the ultimate diver’s watch.

The robust 48mm diameter, 16mm thick case in ultra-light, ultra-durable titanium case has a brushed gunmetal gray finish. Titanium which is non-corrosive to salt water is  considered the best metal for deep-sea diving. The case is presented on the outstanding black rubber strap with an adjustable push-button deployment clasp.

The tungsten bidirectional rotating bezel features the Oris patented Rotation Safety System which lifts and sets the outer bezel timer scale to safely set dive times and ensures the timer cannot be accidentally moved. The automatic helium escape valve offers security when resurfacing from the depths of the deep sea.

The black dial shines with Super Luminova hands and hour makers, along with a 42-hour power reserve window. The 21-jewel automatic movement inside assures you or precise time-keeping accuracy. Features include a screw-down crown and titanium case back, along with a glare-proof sapphire crystal above the dial.

Complimentary shipping and returns are included on all domestic watch purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com.

Underwater diving image of deep sea coral in Belize courtesy of Wiki Commons.

Outstanding Oris Time…

When it comes to precision craftsmanship and time-honored horological excellence, nothing compares to the intricate movements of automatic and mechanical wristwatches. These self-wound and hand-wound timepieces are in a league of their own and are revered and respected by both watch collectors and aficionados alike.

Oris watches, one of the largest watchmakers in Switzerland was founded in 1904 and has been expressly producing automatic and mechanical timepieces for men and women for over a century.

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Oris TT1 Williams

What’s more, the brand’s timepieces are exclusively produced at their Hölstein facilities in Switzerland. Unlike other watchmakers whose movements may be assembled in one facility, while the bracelet, crystal and case may be assembled in another, Oris holds the distinction of producing all of their timepieces at their company owned factory.

The brand also remains one of the few privately owned and operated Swiss watchmakers in the world today and is renowned for its aviation, divers and racing watches. In fact, Oris has been the exclusive watch supplier to the BMW Formula One racing team since 2003.

Oris watches are highlighted this week at TheWatchery.com during our Outstanding Oris Time Event, featuring many of today’s most sought-after models from the Big Crown, Artix, TT1, Swiss Hunter Team, Aquis, Artelier and Pro Diver collections.

The Oris TT1 Williams F1 automatic men’s watch is ideal for fast-paced adventures on and off the road.  This premium crafted timepiece features the perfectly round black ion-plated stainless steel case in a satiny brushed finish. The outstanding black rubber strap with the engraved Oris emblem features a push-button deployment clasp for added convenience.

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Oris Artelier Diamond

The stationary bezel surrounds the highly legible black dial with luminous hands, baton and Arabic numeral hour markers. A window at the 3 o’clock hour reveals the automatic day and date calendar. A scratch resistant sapphire crystal covers the dial.

The exhibition skeleton case back lets you see the intricate automatic movement inside. Features include a 38-hour power reserve and water-resistance to 100 meters or 330 feet. Oris TT1 men’s watch is 43mm in diameter and 12mm thick.

The Oris Artelier Diamond watch is an absolute stand-out and glamorous choice for women. A full row of 56 shimmering round-cut diamonds are pave-set to perfection on the perfectly round bezel. The graceful stainless steel case, highly polished to a mirror-bright glow is presented on the crocodile-textured black leather strap with a convenient push-button clasp.

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Oris Big Crown

The captivating dial features an open heart skeleton center area that lets you see the movement inside, along with polished silver colored sword hands, a silver colored guilloche outer dial and ten inlaid diamond hour markers. An exhibition skeleton case back provides an alternate view of the automatic movement inside. Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 30 meters. Oris Artelier women’s watch is 31mm in diameter and 11mm thick.

Classic contemporary elegance triumphs with the Oris Big Crown Chronograph in premium grade stainless steel. This attractive and appealing men’s wristwatch features the round, contoured case in polished stainless steel, presented on the striking multi-link stainless steel bracelet with a fold-over locking clasp.

The stationary bezel with engraved fluted detail surrounds the black chronograph dial with three sub-dials, luminous pie-cutter hands and raised luminous hour markers. Features include an automatic date window, small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour registers. Additional features include an exhibition skeleton case back and water-resistance to 50 meters or 165 feet. Oris Big Crown men’s chronograph is 42mm in diameter and 14mm thick.

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Oris Rectangular Date

The Oris Rectangular Date Automatic women’s watch offers sleek and stylish dimensions. The elongated, rectangular shaped case in polished premium grade stainless steel is gently arched to comfortably fit the contours of the wrist. The multi-link bracelet in brushed and polished stainless steel has a convenient push-button deployment clasp.

The stationary polished steel bezel frames the silver guilloche dial with blue skeleton hands and highly stylized raised Arabic numeral hour markers. A window at the 3 o’clock hour reveals the automatic date calendar.

Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, 38-hour power reserve and an exhibition case back to view the automatic movement inside. Oris Rectangular Date women’s watch is 25mm wide and 10mm thick.

Complimentary shipping and returns are included on all domestic watch purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com.

Oris watch image courtesy of Wiki Commons

Innovative Tissot Time…

Tissot Watches hold the distinction of being true innovators of time since the brand was founded during 1853 in Le Locle, Switzerland by Charles-Félicien Tissot and his son Charles-Émile Tissot. The father and son team introduced the very first mass-produced pocket watches in Tissot’s early days and followed with the first pocket watch featuring two time zones.

In 1930 Tissot launched the world’s first non-magnetic timepiece. They followed in 1951 with the Tissot Navigator, the world’s first self-winding watch with 24 separate time zones. The Tissot Rockwatch, released in 1985 was the first watch to feature a case made of natural stone. Meanwhile the Tissot Twotimer, introduced a year later was the world’s first analog/digital with seven different functions operated by a single crown.

During the early 1980’s, Tissot became a member of the Swatch Watch Group and the brand’s innovative horological spirit continued with the introduction of the T-Touch watch in 1999.

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Tissot T-Touch Sailing

This state-of-the-art tactile watch with a touch sensitive sapphire crystal enables the user to access various tasks on the dial, including compass, alarm, tide and chronograph functions.

Revolutionary in its time, the Tissot T-Touch watch preceded the touch-screen technology currently used in smart phones by close to a decade …and is one  of the first real
“Smart Watches”.

The analog/digital dial features two alarm functions, a built-in compass, countdown timer, chronograph and chrono lap functions.Tissot T-Touch watches are still widely popular today and come in many specialized styles, including racing, sailing and sports models, which are available today at TheWatchery.com

You can easily chart your course with the Tissot T-Touch Sailing chronograph. This nautical inspired men’s analog/digital watch has a robust stainless steel case, presented on a hard-wearing black rubber strap with a deployment clasp buckle. The rotating blue countdown bezel with screened markers surrounds the vibrant blue dial with luminous hands and hour markers.

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Tissot T-Touch II

Digital functions include a compass, alarm, tide, weather, regatta and speed indicators. Built-in back lighting on the dial is ideal for night time viewing. Features include premium Swiss-made quartz movement inside and water-resistance to 100 meters. T-Touch Sailing watch is 45mm in diameter and 15mm thick.

The T-Touch II Diamond women’s chronograph is a real eye-opener in diamonds, titanium and leather. This oversized women’s watch is chic and appealing with an exceptionally lightweight titanium case and attractive black leather strap with a convenient deployment clasp.

The bidirectional rotating compass bezel with engraved markers frames the iridescent black mother-of-pearl dial with fifty-three shimmering inlaid diamond accents, luminous hands and markers. Digital functions include compass, altimeter, barometer, alarm, chrono split and thermometer functions.

Features include quality Swiss quartz movement inside and water-resistance to 100 meters. T-Touch II women’s watch is 43mm in diameter and 15mm thick.

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Tissot T-Touch Racing

Tissot is the official time-keeper of NASCAR auto racing and the Tissot T-Touch Racing chronograph is ideal for auto racing enthusiasts. The robust Tonneau shaped case in premium grade stainless steel is presented on an attractive white silicone strap with a push-button deployment clasp for added convenience.

The stationary stainless steel bezel with black screened markers encircles the iridescent mother-of-pearl dial with luminous hands and markers, along with alarm, compass, timer, tide, lap, chrono and chrono-split functions.

Features include precise Swiss-made quartz movement inside for precise time-keeping accuracy and water-resistance to 100 meters. T-Touch Racing chronograph is 43mm wide and 13mm thick.

Complimentary shipping and returns are included on all domestic watch purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com.

Tissot store image courtesty of Wiki Commons.

Longines Time Legends…

Longines Watches founded in 1832 in Saint-Imier, Switzerland holds the honor of being one of the oldest Swiss watchmakers in the world. It also holds the distinction of being the one watch brand with  the oldest registered trademark…its winged hourglass emblem.

In the early 1920’s Longines developed navigational watches for the International Aeronautical Federation used by aviation pioneers of the era and soon incorporated wings into their brand emblem, which still remains today. In addition, both pilots Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart wore Longines watches during their transatlantic flights in the 1920’s.

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Longines Dolce Vita Men’s Watch

Lindbergh in fact was instrumental in the development of the Longines Hour Angle watch, which was designed to help pilots navigate both longitude and latitude when flying.  Longines  also released its first in-house self-winding watches and patented fly-back chronographs during this era.

The brand is also highly associated with sports and athletics. In 1896, Longines provided timers used during the first modern Olympics. It is also highly associated with equestrian sports and currently serves as the official timekeeper of the Triple Crown in the US, as well as the Royal Ascot Race Course in Ascot, England.

Longines has also been the official timekeeper of the French Open tennis competition since 2007 and has been the timekeeper of the Tours de France for the past thirty-one years.

Many of the brand’s prestigious timepieces are highlighted this week at TheWatchery.com during the site’s Longines Time Classics Event. Prominent timepieces for men and women are featured in the promotion including styles from the Dolce Vita, Heritage, Prima Luna, La Grande Classique and Column Wheel collections.

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Longines Dolce Vita Diamond Women’s Watch

The Longines Dolce Vita men’s watch offers a highly distinguished profile in stainless steel and 18K rose gold. The elongated rectangular shaped case in polished premium grade stainless steel is presented on the handsome multi-link bracelet in polished stainless steel with 18K rose gold accent links. The 18K rose gold octagonal shaped crown adds to the stylish design.

The stationary, highly polished 18K rose gold bezel frames the striking silver guilloche dial with metallic blue sword hands and black Roman numeral hour markers. A small-seconds subdial above the 6 o’clock hour adds distinction.

Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and quality quartz movement inside. Dolce Vita men’s watch is 26mm wide, 7mm thick and is water-resistant to 30 meters or 100 feet.

The Longines Dolce Vita Diamond women’s watch offers a dazzling profile for today’s woman. Beset with brilliance and allure, this breathtaking women’s watch features twenty-eight shimmering round-cut diamonds pave-set to perfection on two sides of the lustrous stainless steel bezel.

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Longines Heritage Automatic GMT

The slim, slender rectangular shaped case in premium grade stainless steel is polished to a mirror-bright glow. The matching multi-link bracelet in polished steel adds to the lustrous appeal. The light blue colored Mother-of-Pearl dial glistens with polished silver colored sword hands and inlaid diamond hour markers.

Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 30 meters. Dolce Vita women’s watch is 16mm wide, 5mm thick and has quality Swiss-made quartz movement inside.

The Longines Heritage GMT Automatic men’s watch captures the spirit and precision of the brand’s early models of yesteryear with a perfectly round case and square-shaped extension lugs in polished, premium grade stainless steel. The elongated onion-shaped crown with decorative fluted detail adds to the timeless design. A genuine black alligator strap completes the look.

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Longines Prima Luna

The perfectly round stationary bezel with fluted detail surrounds the black dial with luminous pie-cutter hands, an arrow shaped GMT hand, along with luminous 12/24 Arabic numeral hour markers. Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 30 meters. Longines Heritage GMT men’s watch is 41mm in diameter and 16mm thick.

Distinctively feminine and unmistakably glamorous, the Longines Prima Luna watch is expressly made for women. This breathtaking Swiss-made timepiece features the graceful, highly polished stainless steel case presented on an intricate multi-link bracelet in polished steel with a convenient push-button butterfly clasp.

Twenty-eight brilliant round-cut diamonds weave intrigue on the perfectly round bezel in polished stainless steel. The iridescent Mother-of-Pearl dial shines with twelve sparkling inlaid diamond hour markers and blue sword hands.

Features include precise Swiss-made quartz movement inside and a scratch resistant sapphire above the dial. Longines Prima Luna women’s watch is 23mm in diameter, 6mm thick and is water-resistant to 30 meters.

Complimentary shipping and returns are included on all domestic watch purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com.

Longines watch image courtesy of Wiki Commons

American Luxury Time Classics

When it comes to premium high-end timepieces, American watch brands are normally not the first ones that come to mind. It’s very easy to overlook many prestigious American watchmakers when numerous Swiss watch brands gather all of the attention and publicity. This weekend as America celebrates its 240th Birthday, we at the Watchery.com are paying tribute to prominent American watch brands.

Bulova, Ingersoll and Hamilton reflect a rich heritage of American time-keeping excellence and were all founded in New York and Pennsylvania respectively during the late 1880’s. Luminox, a relative horological newcomer was founded in 1989.

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Bulova Accu-Swiss Murren

Bulova the elder statesman of American watchmakers, holds the distinction of being the first mass producer of timepieces in the world. In 1912 the brand opened a factory in Switzerland. In addition,  Bulova  was highly involved in early NASA Space missions in the 1960’s and was also in the race to have the first watch worn on the moon for the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969, but lost out to Omega.

Bulova remains headquartered in New York, NY, the city it was founded in and produces premium Swiss-made watches with its high-end Accu-Swiss timepieces.

The Bulova Accu-Swiss Murren Automatic chronograph is an exceptional choice. This premium-crafted Swiss-made men’s watch features the perfectly round case in brushed and polished rose gold-tone stainless steel, presented on a handsome alligator-textured brown leather strap with a convenient push-button deployment clasp.

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Ingersoll Limited Edition Clearwater

The handsome black dial features small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour sub-dials, day and date windows along with luminous hands and hour markers. Features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 30 meters or 100 feet. Bulova Accu-Swiss men’s watch is 41mm in diameter and 15mm thick.

Ingersoll also founded in New York, NY introduced automated pocket watches in 1896 for the price of one dollar. Nicknamed the “Dollar” or “Yankee” timepiece, these pocket watches sold over one million units globally in its first years of production. In the 1930’s Ingersoll introduced watches featuring popular cartoon characters on the dial and obtained the licensing rights to Mickey Mouse watches in 1933, which led to widespread acclaim and sales.

Ingersoll still produces Mickey Mouse and other Walt Disney themed watches today, as well as many innovative contemporary styles for both men and women. The Ingersoll Limited Edition Clearwater Automatic watch is an excellent selection. This contemporary men’s  watch features the rectangular shaped case in brushed and polished black ion-plated stainless steel is presented on an attractive black silicone strap with distinctive fluted detail.

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Hamilton Jazzmaster

The raised, stationary bezel frames the striking black dial with two open heart windows, luminous hands and hour markers. An exhibition skeleton case back lets you see the intricate automatic movement inside. Ingersoll automatic men’s watch is 41mm wide, 12mm thick and is water-resistant to 30 meters.

Hamilton watches, founded in Lancaster, PA are renowned for their railroad watches, which were introduced in the early 1900’s. The brand was also one of the official suppliers of timepieces for the US Military during both World Wars I and II. In 1957, Hamilton introduced the world’s first electrical watch movement, the Hamilton Electric 500 which was featured in the brand’s Ventura collection.  Today Hamilton watches are part of the Swatch Watch group and their watches are produced exclusively in Switzerland.

The Hamilton Jazzmaster women’s watch is a sparkling choice in stainless steel and diamonds. This classic contemporary Swiss-made women’s watch features the perfectly round case and matching multi-link bracelet in highly polished stainless steel. Shimmering round-cut diamonds pave-set to perfection cast a magical glow on the perfectly round bezel.

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Luminox Navy Seal

The iridescent Mother-of-Pearl dial shines with polished silver-tone and ten inlaid diamond hour markers. Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and premium Swiss quartz movement inside. Hamilton women’s watch is 28mm in diameter, 7mm thick and is water-resistant to 30 meters or 100 feet.

Luminox, the official watchmaker of the US Navy Seals were commissioned by the prestigious special force unit in 1993 to produce illuminated watches for night missions. The luminous rod lighting for watch dials and bezels that the brand developed several years earlier were featured in these watches. In 1999 Luminox worked with Lockheed Martin to produce illuminated watches for the US Air Force Nighthawk missions.

The brand soon marketed these illuminated timepieces to the public sector with widespread approval and popularity. The Luminox Navy Seal Chronograph is a line-by-line version of the classic model worn by US serviceman more than 20 years ago.  The polycarbonate case and unidirectional rotating bezel are both incredibly durable and lightweight. Polycarbonate is the same material used in bullet-proof vests. The black rubber strap adds to the rugged design.

The legible black dial features luminous outer markers, three sub-dials, luminous hands and an automatic date calendar. Features include small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour registers and water-resistance to 200 meters or 660 feet. Premium Swiss-made quartz movement inside provides time-keeping accuracy. Luminox men’s watch is 44mm in diameter and 15mm thick.

Complimentary shipping and returns are included on all domestic watch purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com.

July 4th Fireworks Celebration image courtesy of Wiki Commons.

Luxury Watch Finds For Less…

For many of us a luxury wristwatch is more than a precision crafted timepiece. Like a fine European automobile, a high-end watch is also a symbol of success. Also like a prestigious automobile, you don’t have to purchase a costly and expensive brand new timepiece to enjoy the status and prominence of having one.

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Hermès Vintage

At TheWatchery.com our pre-owned and store display watches make owning a high-end timepiece an affordable reality. Many of today’s most highly sought-after names in luxury horology are featured in our Estate and Store Display collection, including Rolex, Cartier, Raymond Weil, Hermès , Gucci, Jaeger-LeCoutre, Baume & Mercier, Corum, Omega, Maurice Lacroix, Oris, Alpina, Bell & Ross, Chanel, Porsche Design and more.

What’s more the price tags of these prominent timepieces are considerably less than their brand-new counterparts and we at TheWatchery.com provide information regarding the condition of the watch, noting any flaws it may have, as well as if the watch comes in its original box with original paperwork.

Although an original manufacturers’ box may be appealing to look at, it may also take up too much space. I personally store my collection of watches in several lined multi-watch boxes, making it easy for me to decide which one to wear for a specific occasion. My automatic watches are stored in watch winders to keep them running optimally when not in use. Even though a watch manufacturer’s manual is necessary to have when purchasing a watch, you can easily download a copy to review on the watchmaker’s website.

The Hermès Vintage women’s watch is excellent Store Display selection. This graceful and elegant women’s strap watch features the rectangular shaped case in premium-grade stainless steel, highly polished to a mirror-bright glow. The case is presented on a crocodile-textured black leather strap with a deployment clasp buckle.

The polished stainless steel bezel looks like a belt with a stationary tongue accent on top. The chevron patterned silver-colored dial shines with polished silver-tone sword hands and raised square quarter hour markers.

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Cartier Libre Diamond

Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and premium Swiss-made quartz movement inside. Minor scratches on the case back, a slight discoloration of a strap and slightly worn details on the strap are items to take into consideration with  Hermès watch, which is 26mm wide and 7mm thick.

Many highly coveted prestige watches are no longer in production and a pre-owned one may be your best if only option. This especially holds true with the Cartier Pre-Owned Libre Diamond watch. Beset with glamour and brilliance, this breathtaking women’s watch from the brand’s Haute Jewelry series features hundreds of shimmering round-cut diamonds, pave-set on the raised grille-design bezel in lustrous 18K white gold.

The perfectly round case in lustrous 18K white gold is presented on a white satin-facing leather strap with a tang buckle clasp. The silvery-white dial shines with polished silver-tone hands and highly stylized black Arabic numeral hour markers. Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and premium Swiss-made quartz movement inside. Cartier Libre women’s watch is 37mm in diameter, 9mm thick and is water-resistant to 30 meters or 100 feet.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust

Rolex is by far one of the most sought-after Pre-Owned watchmakers, since brand’s timepieces hold their value the best. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Automatic men’s watch is an exceptional choice in premium-grade stainless steel and 18K yellow gold.

The signature Tonneau-shape Oyster case in polished stainless steel is presented on the Jubilee bracelet in satin finished stainless steel with 18K polished yellow gold center links. The signature fluted 18K yellow gold surrounds the yellow gold colored dial with a cyclops date window at the 3 o’clock hour, polished gold-tone hands and raised Roman numeral hour markers.

Features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal above the dial along with a screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 100 meters or 330 feet. Rolex men’s watch is 44mm in diameter, 16mm thick and has been awarded Chronometer Certification from the esteemed COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Test Institute).

Although this Rolex pre-owned watch comes in pristine condition, the bracelet on this watch is now only 7-inches long and was probably sized by the previous user and will not fit wrists any larger than 7-inches round. It is always best to take the bracelet size into consideration when purchasing a pre-owned watch, since additional bracelet links may not be readily available and the watch will only fit wrists the same size or smaller.

Each Pre-Owned and Store Display watch at TheWatchery.com  comes with a 2-year limited warranty. Each is backed by our 30-Day return policy – if you are not completely satisfied with your pre-owned watch purchase, you can return it within 30 days.

Complimentary shipping and returns are included on all domestic watch purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com.

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Iconic Gucci Time

Gucci is one of the most recognizable fashion brands in the world today. The brand is widely popular for its cutting-edge Italian design and is easily identified by its emblematic double G symbol and horsebit elements. Both are presented into many of the Gucci’s fashions from leather goods and accessories to wristwatches and silk scarves and also reflect a rich heritage of prestigious design house’s origins.

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Gucci Interlocking Women’s Watch

The Gucci double G emblem dates back to the brand’s early days as a small leather goods shop in Florence, Italy during World War II. Due to the shortage of leather materials for handbags, Gucci founder Guccio Gucci opted to use cotton canvas for handbags. The canvas material featured an embroidered double G emblematic pattern, which went on to become the brand’s standard signature.

The Gucci horsebit was created in the 1950’s as tribute to horse-riding Italian aristocrats, who were among the brand’s  first customers at the Florence shop. The horsebit design has been incorporated into the detail of Gucci scarves and jewelry, as well as the saddle stitched leather and hardware on Gucci handbags and shoes.

You do not have to look any further than the Watchery.com to find popular Gucci men’s and women’s watches featuring the iconic Double G, horsebit details and more during the site’s Gucci Best Sellers Event.

The Gucci Interlocking women’s watch is ultra-chic and at the fashion forefront in lustrous stainless steel and leather.  The slim and slender, perfectly round case in lustrous stainless steel is presented on the attractive black leather strap with singular column design lugs.

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Gucci Limited Edition Grammy Museum

The signature Double G design bezel in polished steel encircles the striking black dial with polished sword hands. Features include quality Swiss-made quartz movement inside and water-resistance to 50 meters. Gucci Interlocking watch is 37mm in diameter and 12mm thick.

The Gucci Limited Edition Grammy Museum Digital watch is urbane and sophisticated in stainless steel and leather. This modern Swiss-made men’s watch features the perfectly round stainless steel case with contrasting brushed and polished surfaces. The handsome black leather strap has embossed horsebit throughout and a push-button deployment clasp for added convenience.

The highly stylized black digital dial features day, date, GMT time and multiple time-zone read-outs. Features include a scratch resistant crystal above the dial and premium Swiss-made quartz movement inside. Gucci Grammy Museum digital watch is 49mm in diameter and 13mm thick.

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Gucci Horsebit Women’s Watch

Understated glamour triumphs with the Gucci Horsebit women’s watch in lustrous stainless steel. This graceful Swiss-made timepiece features the classic horsebit design on the outline of the case and attached lug as well as the locking jewelry clasp in premium grade stainless steel. The ultra-slim and slender bangle bracelet in stainless steel is highly polished to a mirror-bright glow.

The integrated polished steel bezel surrounds the black mother-of-pearl dial with polished silver colored baton hands and Roman numeral quarter hour markers. Features include Swiss-made quartz movement inside and water-resistance to 50 meters. Gucci Horsebit women’s watch is 27mm in diameter and 7mm thick.

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Gucci G-Chrono Men’s Watch

The Gucci G-Chrono men’s watch is a great emblematic choice for men. This modern, contemporary men’s timepiece features the perfectly round case and matching triple-link bracelet in lustrous high-tech black ceramic.  The raised G-design bezel in lustrous black ceramic surrounds the black dial with two sub-dials, white baton hands and Arabic numeral hour markers. Features include small-second and 30-minute registers.

Additional features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and quality Swiss-made quartz movement inside. Gucci G-Chrono is 38mm in diameter, 12mm thick and is water-resistant to 50 meters.

Complimentary shipping and returns are included on all domestic purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com.

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Fun In The Sun With TechnoMarine!

When it comes to fun in the sun timepieces, TechnoMarine watches have captivated both women and men for close to two decades, since the brand was founded in 1997. With bright and colorful Swiss-made chronographs for men and women featuring interchangeable gel straps and case covers, along with water-resistance to 200 meters, TechnoMarine revolutionized the watch industry in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.

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TechnoMarine TechnoMillennium

Inspired by the carefree luxury and effervescence of  St. Tropez, TechnoMarine’s Techno Diamond, Cruise and Raft collections were widely popular when they debuted during this era and were heralded for their whimsical, colorful appeal, not to mention excellent water-resistance…making them great fashion choices for summer beach getaway.

TechnoMarine watches today still feature the premium quality, vibrant characteristics and water-resistance the brand is renowned for. Whether you’re sailing across the French or Mexican Riviera this summer, deep-sea diving in the Caribbean waters of Belize or strolling along the white sandy beaches of Maui, Hawaii, you’ll want a TechnoMarine watch by your side.

The brand is prominently featured this week at TheWatchery.com with our TechnoMarine Time Favorites Event. Close to 90 popular men’s and women’s watches are featured in the promotion, including styles from the Cruise, Manta, Reef, Blue Manta, Sea Manta and TechnoMillennium collections.

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TechnoMarine Black Reef

The TechnoMarine TechnoMillennium chronograph is an ultra-chic and fashionable choice. This trend-setting Swiss-made women’s watch features a generously oversized case and matching multi-link bracelet in lustrous high-tech black ceramic. The unidirectional rotating bezel with v-notched detail in premium grade stainless steel and a screened black ceramic top ring surrounds the black chronograph dial with three sub-dials, luminous sword hands and stylized Arabic numeral hour markers.

Features include a date window, 1/10th of second, small-second and 30-minute registers. Additional features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, locking screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 200 meters or 660 feet. Women’s chronograph is 39mm in diameter, 14mm thick and has precision quartz movement inside.

The TechnoMarine Black Reef chronograph is an excellent deep-sea diving choice with water-resistance to 500 meters or 1,650 feet. This high-performance, Swiss-made men’s chronograph features the robust rose-gold tone stainless steel case with black plastic trim is presented on the attractive, highly durable black silicone strap.

The black ion-plated stainless steel bezel with engraved markers surrounds the black and brown dial with three sub-dials, luminous sword hands and hour markers. Features include an automatic date window, 1/10th of a second, small-second and 30-minute registers.

Additional features include a locking screw-down crown and case back, along with premium Swiss-made quartz movement inside. Men’s Black Reef chronograph is 45mm in diameter, 14mm thick and comes with an additional black silicone strap.

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TechnoMarine Cruise Dream

The TechnoMarine Cruise Dream women’s watch captures the spirit of the brands’ early models with a  graceful, highly polished case in premium grade stainless steel and attractive white silicone strap.

The unidirectional rotating bezel with raised markers surrounds the Mother-of-Pearl dial with a sparkling cubic zirconia inlaid Sea Horse design on one side, along with luminous silver-colored, outlined hands.

A locking screw-down crown and case back provide water-resistance to 200 meters. Cruise Dream women’s watch is 30mm in diameter, 13mm thick and features highly accurate Swiss-made quartz movement inside.

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TechnoMarine Manta Neo Classic

The TechnoMarine Manta Neo Classic men’s chronograph is sleek and appealing two-tone stainless steel. The round contoured case in lustrous stainless steel is presented on the handsome multi-link bracelet in highly-polished stainless steel. The perfectly round, polished yellow gold-tone bezel, matching crown and push-pieces provide stylish contrast.

The silver colored patterned dial shines with three sub-dials, gold tone hands and five inlaid crystal hour markers. Features include an automatic date calendar, small-second, 30-minute and day-of-the-week registers. Additional features include a locking screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 200 meters. Manta Neo Classic men’s chronograph is 43mm in diameter, 13mm thick and features precise Swiss-made quartz movement inside.

Complimentary shipping and returns are included on all domestic purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com.

St. Tropez beachside resort image courtesy of Wiki Commons.

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