Sold back in 2014 for roughly $2.6 million, the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175 is a highly-collectible wristwatch, with just seven of them ever made. This behind the scenes footage takes us inside their factory for a look at the craftsmanship that went into each of these rare and incredibly complicated timepieces.
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Xeric’s limited edition watch is inspired by analog automotive gauges. It features twin time zone displays that can be viewed from its side while your hand is on the wheel, and a half-moon Soloscope display. It’s powered by a premium Miyota 9130 automatic movement, and its power reserve is modeled after a car’s fuel gauge.
It might not feel like it, but it’s the end of the school year, and graduates deserve something extra special in a year when they couldn’t attend their ceremonies and celebrations in person. Everyday Carry shares 10 great gifts for grads that are sure to be cherished and remembered for years.
The crisp, fineline typeface and tick marks on Timex’s Waterbury Classic give it a refined, modern look. The chronograph times up to 30 minutes in 1/20th second increments, and there’s a date window as well. It has an Indiglo light-up dial for nighttime reading, and its 40mm stainless steel case is water resistant to 30m.
This super-deluxe housing for your Apple Watch features an mechanically-textured titanium case with one of four finishes: Raw Titanium, Black PVD, Gold PVD, or Aurora – a hand-torched design that shimmers with color as the light catches it. Each comes with a durable FKM rubber strap. Fits the 44mm Apple Watch Series 5.
Mil-Tec’s vintage style wristwatch features a aeronautically-inspired dial, with second indicators on its outer edge, and hours inside. The German-made watch has luminous hands and hour markers, and its background is distressed with an oil-stained look. Available in brown or black.
Undone’s formidable black watch is inspired by the world of Superman. It has a sandblasted, PVD-coated gunmetal case, and its dial has a meteorite texture. Around its bezel is a secret message decoder ring, based on the 1943 Secret Superman Code, which is also engraved on its case back. Limited time pre-order price.
adidas‘ retro-modern wristwatches have a sleek, angular style with dual LCD screens, one showing the date, and the other showing the time. They feature brushed stainless steel cases, with matching metal link bracelets, and come in black, silver, gunmetal, navy, and rose gold color schemes.
While there’s something to be said for pricey limited-edition watches, Timex has a reputation for producing high quality time pieces that are still affordable. Go inside the Timex factory in Cebu, Philippines for a look at how they crank out so many watches, while still producing them with quality.
Inspired by classic analog watches from the Soviet Union, the CCCP Watch Company makes timepieces which reflect the mid-century styling and functions of these cold war relics. They feature a Slava automatic mechanism, a stainless steel case, and an exposed date wheel. Available for a limited time from Drop.
These models from Casio’s Edifice collection have an octagonal case and bezel design that’s really eye-catching. They feature a hybrid analog-digital face, stopwatch and countdown timers, five daily alarms, date/month display, automatic time-zone setting via smartphone, and bright dual-LED lighting.
The Kisai Quasar has a deceptively easy to read display. Despite the geometric patterns covering its face, its digits are actually hiding in plain sight at the center of its hexagonal quadrants. It offers date, stopwatch, and alarm functions, along with electroluminescent backlighting, and 12-hour and 24-hour modes.
Diesel’s well-priced Rasp series features a face with just a single digit in the “9” position, giving it a bold and asymmetric look. The analog wristwatches come in a wide variety of styles from a cool blue with a stainless steel band, to a black with vibrant red accents and a silicone strap.
The DWISS RW1 has an unusual “wandering hour” mechanism which displays the current hour on a pair of odd/even spinning wheels, while its connecting bar points to the minutes on its outer edge. It features a real Swiss movement, a domed sapphire crystal, and bright Super-LumiNova markers for nighttime reading.
This unique watch has no hands or digital display. Instead, it tells time through haptic pulses when you put your finger on its glass face. It’s intentionally vague, telling time in 15 minute increments, each pulse representing one-quarter of the hour. LEDs around its face can be used when you need to know the exact minute.
There are lots of great casual men’s watches out there, but they tend to be on the bigger side. If you prefer something a little more subtle, then check out Everyday Carry’s selection of 15 wristwatches for guys, all in sub-40mm sizes. They’ve got some great analog and digital styles, including the classic Timex Weekender.
This unique analog wristwatch looks like something that you might find inside of a bomb you’re attempting to diffuse. It’s got a 45mm carbon composite wrapped stainless case, and to the left of its display is a bundle of colorful wiring. Now do we cut the blue wire with the white stripe, or the white wire with the blue stripe?
Offering athletes powerful fitness features at a reasonable price, the IRONMAN R300 has fast and accurate GPS tracking, wrist-based heart rate monitoring, a sunlight-readable display, guided coaching, and is water resistant to 30 meters. Plus its battery runs for up to 25 days in smart mode and 20 hours with the GPS active.
TUK’s sleek and sophisticated wristwatch has a stainless steel case with a shiny gold ion plating, and a deep blue leather strap. The skinny bezel, pointy hands, and minimal face give it a nice lightweight look. It’s got a sapphire glass front, a Swiss-made movement, and is waterproof to 5ATM too. Save 34% in The Awesomer Shop.
Featuring a chunky case inspired by the armored shell of a turtle, this bold wristwatch packs a Seiko automatic movement with a 41-hour power reserve, and luminescent markers. It looks great in either stainless steel or black PVD finishes, and is waterproof to 300m. Available for a limited time only from Drop.
An oversize version of Timex’s classic Weekender wristwatch. This model is set into a large 43mm case, and comes on a leather strap that’s big enough for an 8-inch wrist. It features bright Indiglo lighting, and is water-resistant to 30m. It’s a great value for everyday wear.
Nixon’s bold-faced analog wristwatches feature easy-to-read high-contrast numerals and markers. They come in a variety of styles, from a showy goldtone with metal band to a sophisticated gunmetal with a leather strap. Each watch has a stainless steel 42mm case with a 100m waterproof rating.
Swiss watch maker Wrsyt offers a collection of boldly-styled timepieces for athletes, adventurers, and gearheads. Each one features a stainless steel case with a trademark curved and perforated bezel, and a high-contrast rubber sports strap. We particularly like the blue and white Sports Force chrono, which reminds us of R2-D2.
Casio’s classic calculator watch gets a new look at a bargain price. In addition to performing basic math, these retro-modern wristwatches feature an inverted LCD screen, dual time, alarm, and calendar functions. They come wrapped in a durable resin case with a color-matched strap. Available in beige, army green, or blue.
While Antiques Roadshow was visiting West Fargo, ND’s Bonanzaville, a U.S. Air Force veteran stopped by with a Rolex Oyster Cosmograph watch he purchased in the 1970s for about $350. While that was a lot of money back then, his investment truly paid off, especially since he never wore it, and saved all of the original paperwork.
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