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History of Rolex Oyster Professional Wristwatches

4 Oct

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Rolex Oyster Professional watches were introduced with the original Rolex Oyster watch from 1926. You will e find in thesReplica Rolex Reviews about the History of Rolex Oyster Professional watches. Majority of Rolex watches that are produced today use the brand’s Oyster case. With the introduction of Rolex Oyster watch in 1926, Rolex also pioneered the very first watch case that featured screw down crown, caseback and bezel which offered dust protection and water resistance. But the Professional collection was born in 1953.

The idea of the Rolex Oyster Professional today is the preservation of watch models that were initially made for professional use. That included timepiece for people engaged in flying, diving, automotive and sport racing, industrial and science work and also general planetary exploration. Rolex Oyster professional timepieces are more durable and utilitarian design in nature and also they have in various instances additional production or test procedure added to the manufacturing before they came out of the Rolex and reach to the consumer. In simple words, Royal Oyster Professional watch today are based on a historic model meant for professional usage and are manufactured with extra reliability and safety features as compared to Rolex’s more dress or casual models. In 1953 tow of the Rolex’s basic Oyster Professional timepiece were produced which were the Submariner and Explorer. The very same year Rolex experienced one of the most significant social achievements that marked how the brand would be perceived in future. Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary were the part of British expedition to successfully climb the Mount Everest for the very first time in history. No doubt it was one of the most amazing feats of human endurance and both leader Norgay and Edmund wore the Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch. The model is now familiar as iconic Rolex Explorer which was released in 1953. It was a message to the public was simply that the new Rolex Explorer was a special wristwatch for those people who are adventure lovers or involved in extreme lengths activities.

In 1953, Rolex also introduced the very first Submariner wristwatch which was the first ever timepiece in the world with water resistance up to 100 meters (330 feet). The Rolex Submariner was the evolution of the Rolex Oyster case in many ways and additionally it was further refined for water resistance. However the Oyster Professional term was not present in 1953 and the Explorer and Submariner were two watch designed for and mostly used by professional versus merely the common public. In-fact it was a golden age in the world of modern exploration as the pre-space race reign was about to explore extreme heights and great depths. After the release of models for deep diving and scientific exploration, Rolex decided to focus on wristwatches for physicist and pilots too. Aviations professionals are always lucky enough to enjoy the special attention of watch developers since the beginning of the fight in early twentieth century. However Rolex was late in this game with the introduction of first aviation themed watch in 1955 named Rolex GMT-Master. Rolex worked hard with commercial Pan American World Airways to produce a watch for their professional pilots. Rolex worked out on a successful formula in various ways. The reason for which many Rolex Oyster Professional watches look alike is that Rolex never tried to reinvent the wheel with every new timepiece but added new additional or different feature to their earlier generation wheel. Also this was the prime reason that GMT Master was very similar to the Submariner which was produce two years before it. Interestingly Submariner itself adopted the hands for the legendary Explorer. 24 hour scale bezel and 24 hour GMT hand made it different from other Rolex watches. The two tone blue and red bezel was also another unique feature of Rolex GMT-Master meant for AM/PM indicator. The feature was then known as the “Pepsi bezel” due the similarity of colors tones with the soft drink brand. Though there were some minor but significant changes, the Rolex GMT Master was similar to the Submariner in many ways. The situation was not so different in 1956 when Rolex produced its first scientific watch the Rolex Milgauss with the collaboration of CERN laboratory in Switzerland. The physicists desperately needed a magnetically shielded watch that was not exposed to the magnetic fields created around the particle accelerators. Rolex produced a timepiece for professional scientists the Milgauss with the resistance up to 1,000 Gauss due to the soft iron core which secured the movement. Rolex Tried something slightly more refined, yet still a professional timepiece. Though Milgauss had more or less existing Oyster case but the dial was mostly inspired from the original Rolex Oyster Perpetual models along with a lightning bolt seconds hand.

In 1963 Rolex introduced the Oyster Cosmograph which then became popular as Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Daytona. Though Rolex had been successfully producing the chronograph models for more than 30 years but this was the first genuine racing world-inspired chronograph timepiece. In-fact no one knows from where the name “Cosmograph” came from. Rolex added Daytona for more serious involvement in racing world and named the watch family after the popular racing in Florida. Daytona is different from other Rolex Oyster Perpetual collection due to the adoption of partially different case design of chronograph pushers. Screw-down pushers were not present in the original Daytona models but the collection became famous after the addition of features by Rolex like increased durability and water and dust resistance. In 1960 Rolex introduced the Deep Sea Special with a non-commercial concept specially for extreme diving. The watch had an extreme thick steel case with almost comical bulbous crystal. This was very useful for Rolex because it brought them most valuable knowledge about intense water resistance and the watch successfully travelled to 37, 800 feet. The production of Rolex Deep Sea Special allowed the Swiss Master to develop even more reliable version of the Rolex Submariner known as Sea-Dweller released in 1967. The watch was water resistant to 630 meter which was increased after sometime. In-fact it was Rolex Sea-Dweller that help Rolex to produce modern Deep-Sea and Submariner watches of today. In 1960s, Rolex had successfully released many prime models that would fall under the modern Rolex Oyster Professional umbrella. Though additional models would come later but each of these existed to build on timepieces and concepts that were released by Rolex from between 1953 and 1967. Rolex Yacht-Master released in 1992 and the Sky-Dweller from 2012 is the most recent models of Rolex Oyster Professional. GMT-Master ll and Explorer ll are pretty much the updated versions of existing collection.

In 1971, Explorer ll was released by Rolex with combination of allure from original Explorer with the GMT-Master. The watch featured a fixes bezel rather than a rotating 24 hour bezel but with an advantage of second time zone. This feature was not only meant for the explorer’s timepiece but also for the more reliable explorer’s watch meant for tough conditions like underground or polar exploration. The purpose of 24 hour hand on timepiece was to gave ability to explorers to differentiate between day and night rather than GMT hand which was meant for second time-zone. This feature was very hand especially in places where sun didn’t go down or deep caves where sunlight was unable to reach. Rolex Yacht-Master is probably the oddest one of all timepieces as it was not meant for strictly professional use. You can call it the child of times because in 1990s the mechanical watch industry was seriously investing in moving up-market. Sports watches were popular at that time so Rolex intended to produce a high quality and durable sports watch which can be used in sailing sports or pleasure. Yacht-Master models today have platinum or gold bezel rather than a steel one. In 2007 Yacht Master ll was released and was not in large number but the watch had more complicated movements than the previous one. The new version features a programmable countdown timer chronograph which is slightly adjusted by turning the bezel. Rolex Professional watches today are more or less known as their sports models. Both men and women wear most models but the Yacht-Master has only specific version for women with smaller-sized cases. There is no special list of production techniques, features or any tests that apply to the Rolex Oyster Professional watches according to Rolex but the cases used and tests performed are more rigorous than other timepieces produced by Rolex. The production of Rolex Oyster Professional watches can be more complicated than that or Rolex Oyster Daydate/just. For instance Milgauss has a case surrounded by magnetic field and Dea Sea has additional features like the Ringlock system for massive level of water resistance. Talking about the design of Rolex Oyster Professional sports timepieces, they have beefier cases and functions like crown guard for the protection of crown. All professionals do not use mechanical watches today but Rolex has invested in manufacturing the top quality professional use wristwatch possible. All Rolex Oyster Professional watches are highly tested in terms of water resistance. First the Rolex dive watches are tested in air chamber and then in actual compression chamber full of water. Interestingly Rolex indicates that their dive timepieces are tested to be able of withstanding 25% more than their mentioned water resistance level. The Rolex Deep Sea watches has its own special water testing chamber which is developed by Rolex with Comex. It is due to the reason that it tests such immense water pressure the test takes almost over an hour to complete.

Top Things To Look For In A Luxury Watch Part- Entry Level Luxury Watches

11 Apr

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There are number of luxury watch brands out in the market with distinguishing features and high class material. In order to know about these watches, you must read the Replica Watches Reviews to probe into such watches. There is a huge difference between online shopping and shopping in market. It is easy to find authentic products in nearby markets because physical appearance can help you to pick the best one. But the world of internet is full of scammers and most people are deprived from their money by them. Reviews are very useful in this regards because to can read the views of all the customers of the particular product. In this article, we will share the basic features of an entry level luxury watch. These watches are placed in $300 or above price point.

For $300 and up watches

There are varieties of watches included in this category. $300 may be a big amount for some while for others the money may not worth so much. If you belong to the first category then you need to be care as they are important things to look for. But this is just a single list and there are many other things that should be considered in a decent watch.

1.    Sapphire Crystal

A watch crystal is a transparent cover present on the face of the watch. Crystals are made from the different materials for over years, but only few are the most used ones. There are mainly two types of crystal found in watches that are synthetic sapphire crystals or mineral glass. Mineral crystal is cheaper and also offers one benefit over sapphire crystal that they don’t shatter when struck hard. It means that they may crack but they will not shatter in worst cases. On the other hand sapphire crystal is rare and also occurs with a very harsh impact. The watch with thick sapphire crystal refers to the potency of the timepiece. Sapphire crystal is a serious scratch resistant one. You can see the elegant watches with beat-up cases and flawless crystal. Sapphire crystal is thus more desirable over mineral crystals and must be preferred in majority of times.

2.    Solid Metal Construction

Everyone wants to get a timepiece out of a solid metal but do you know how cheaper watches cut costs. Grade 316L stainless steel should be used in making steel watches. Also the bracelet links and watch case should be made of solid pieces of metal because many manufacturers have folded metal or other hollow material. You can easily tell if the bracelet is solid or not by inspecting its side and if it looks as one solid piece. In entry level luxury watches, cases are mostly made from the fewer number of pieces and also most metal is used. It means that other materials like plastic or others are rarely used in watch making.

3.    Swiss Movement Or Japanese Movement

No other watches manufacturer can compete with Swiss made movements but only Japan is known for making decent watch movements. Indeed all watch movements are not created equally. Swiss movements come from Ronda or ETA especially the quartz movements. Japanese quartz movements come from makers like Casio, Citizen and Seiko. But these countries are not the only manufacturers of movements; you can find other movements at such price points. If you are not interested in Japanese watch then try to find the watch with Swiss movement. Though there are Chinese movements available but they are not reliable like the above two movements. One thin more, never go with mechanical movements at this price point, just stay with quartz movements.

4.    Solid Feeling Construction

In order to get a solid watch, you need to check the strap or bracelet fitting to the case. Put the wristwatch on your wrist and check the clasp or buckle operations, they should be smooth along with nice action. The buckle or clasp should not feel poorly or flimsy sized. If the watch features a rotating diver’s bezel, just twist it around and observe the movement it gives in a resting position. A decent watch should not any noise after being shifted around briskly on the wrist. For the very same reasons, Swiss manufacturers make best metal bracelets as compared to other ones such as Japan.

5.    Designed by True Watch Manufacturers

Just imagine about two people designing the watches. One is carefully managing the watch features as timepiece, while other is only concerned about the appearance of the watch. The elegant watches are always designed by using fundamental watch design principles. The alternative is the fashion watches with fabulous appearance but they have vestigial design cues. In a worst condition, the watch with poor function and poor design. The watches may have missing chronograph sub-dials, fake inoperable measuring scales, erroneous markers on dial and too short or wrong size hands. You may want your good looking watch to function as a move prop. In order to have best watch, you need to carefully look at the dial and all other features of it. This is one of the serious problems in the watch world nowadays but believe me, you will be proud that you find the watch by taking sometime which was actually designed to be a quality functioning instrument.

6.    Locking Deployant (Metal Bracelet)

Cheap watches with metal bracelet have a single locking clasp. This is a type of bracelet that just clicks into place. The perfect metal bracelet has the “double or triple locking clasps.” The triple lock has a push button in the mix. The double locking clasp are also available with a push button rather than of a fold over flap. In short, a good watch has a reliable bracelet which can survive in all conditions.

7.    Weight

Watch weight is one of the prime aspects. Some people love to wear heavy watches while others want to have light ones. In expensive watches, people want materials like titanium which is light weight than steel but in entry level luxury watches, weight is a sign of quality. Though titanium is also available in this category but with this price level, you will only get the watch with nice crisp quality appearance with steel. As we mentioned above, often times weight signifies the solid construction using a reliable quality steel. So, it is necessary to feel the weight of the bracelet and case to justify your investment.

8.    Signed Crown and Clasp or Buckle

A good watch maker carefully design the watch with perfectness. You can find the watch makers name on four places which are face of the watch, crown, case back and strap buckle or deployant clasp. They are also popular as “signed crowns or buckle clasps”. In the entry level luxury watch category, there are various types of light laser engraving. Expensive priced watches have graphics and logos done in relief. Cheap watches have deployants and bare crowns which indicate that such parts are taken from a parts bin and are far away from personal touch.

9.    Good Dial Lumination

All watches don’t have illuminating dials that glows in the dark. The feature is commonly found in classic or formal watches. However, all sports and casual wristwatches have some type of luminant applied on the dial and also on the hands. There are various qualities of luminant. Some are so impractical that should not be used. There are luminant that charges comfortably when exposed to sunlight or room and glows for hours. Japanese have the ability to make quality luminant. Watches with tritium gas tubes are best alternative for luminant. The timepieces are made by only one Swiss company and glows automatically for about 25-30 years. It is not hard to find tritium gas tubes as many known brands use them. But most watches you find will feature luminant. Try to find watch with large surface areas of luminant applied richly.

10.     Consistent Pricing

There are discount offers available on many watches to draw the attention from quality to quantity. Prices are often below retail which leads you to pay the actual “consistent street price”. For instance a $500 watches is available with $400 price at many watch points. An authorized dealer tags a price of $400 while unauthorized deal charges the same one for $250. The situation is alarming for many people with the value of the watch. This is known as “inconsistent pricing”. If you want to look for the consistency, don’t vary wildly from one seller to another.

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Breitling Watch For Men

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