All articles by the The Watch Collectors' Club

All articles by the The Watch Collectors' Club
A Large white gold watch with blue dial with silver accents with large numbers showing the time ina d igital display with the small seconds on a dial at six 0'clock, with chiming gongs at the bottom and a power reserve at the top
An Introduction to Jump Hour Watches

May 26 · 3 min read

We explain the jump hour complication and look at unsual watch designs that use it.

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A shiny white gold Rolex Daytona with dark blue dial with red highlights in the subdials and white gold hands on a white gold bracelet.
An Introduction to Watch Design

May 12 · 4 min read

We explore how watches are designed and how designers get started

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A gold and blue Rolex Submariner on a wrist, with gold bracelet and shiny blue dial, white lume blots and clear gold writing on the blue bezel.
A few fun stories about the Rolex Submariner

Apr 28 · 3 min read

To celebrate our Rolex Submariner Event, we bring you a few interesting examples of the Submariner's many uses.

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A large grey Oris ProPilot watch with black dial white numbers and hands, altimeter around the dial perimeter and accompanying scales in black and yellow, with two crowns on the right hand side of the case and a grey strap.
Unusual Watch Funtions

Apr 14 · 4 min read

We explore rare and unusal functions found in mechanical watches.

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Watches and Wonders Text logo with four circles of dots surrounding it all in a shade of bronze on a backgound showing the fountain in Lake Geneva with buildings behind it
The History of Watches and Wonders

Mar 31 · 4 min read

We look into the world's most important watch show, where it came form, what it is and why people go.

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A Purple and bronze watch from william wood with striking colurs and an unusualy single number five on the dial, with a dark blue rubber strap.
What are Anniversary Watches?

Mar 17 · 3 min read

We explore the watches brand use to celebrate significant historic anniversaries.

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The Different Finishes On Watch Movements

Mar 3 · 2 min read

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A bimetal steel and gold AP Rpyal Oak watch on a wrist with a grey dial and gold hands and indices, three subdials and a white shirt cuff visible
Buying Certified Pre-Owned Watches

Feb 17 · 4 min read

We explain what it means to buy a Certified Pre-Owned Watch

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Rolex Factory in Geneva, featuring two office buildings one light green and one dark black with rolex logo on top and trees and grass in the foreground with grey sky above
Modern Watch Manufacturing

Feb 3 · 4 min read

We explore how modern watches are made

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A Black and White Engraving of showing a watch factory as it looked in 1888, a long four story building with two towers and a large chimney belching smoke.
A Short History of How Watches are Made

Jan 20 · 4 min read

We explore the early histroy of watch manufacturing.

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World-Timers: 24 Time-Zones, One Watch

Jan 6 · 3 min read

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Why does a watch need Shock Protection?

Dec 16 · 3 min read

We explore what shock protection means for your watch

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Four dark metal magnets on a table covered in various screws attracted to them by the magnetism
What makes a watch Anti-Magnetic?

Dec 2 · 3 min read

We explore how magetism affects and watch and how watchmakers prevent it.

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Steel Breitling Duograph split seconds chrongoraph with blue hands and two subdials with white dial and black strap.
Breitling Chronographs - a short History

Nov 18 · 4 min read

We explore a few of the historic Breitling chronographs and their modern reissues.

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Large black and white banner from WatchPro Salon 2021
What to expect at a Watch Show

Nov 4 · 4 min read

We explain what happens at a watch show and how to enjoy it

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Small rectangular wristwatch on a wrist with silver and white dial and black hands and numerals on a black strap
Women's Watches through History

Oct 21 · 4 min read

A Short history of Women's Watches

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Black and Grey Omega Seamaster Professional No Time to Die James bond Edition
What's Special about Titanium Watch cases?

Oct 7 · 3 min read

We explore the benefits of Titanium for watch cases and bracelets

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Group of watch collectors at a watch store, 5 mena nd one woman standing arounf a bar talking about watches, wearing different coloured jackets.
Upcoming Events and Club Plans

Sep 30 · 3 min read

What to look our for from The Watch Collectors' Club

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Dark grey watch with black dial and large luminous numbers on dark grey strap.
Adventure Watches for Any Activity

Sep 23 · 3 min read

We explore watches that can take a beating.

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A black and white photo of queen Eliabeth ii standing in white dress diadem with watch bracelet clearly visibile on her left wrist
The watches of Queen Elizabeth II

Sep 16 · 2 min read

We explore some of the watches in Her Makesty's Collection

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Large Blue dive watch with blue bezel and three silver subdials with red GMT hand and long thim lumed main hands, on a blue rubber strap.
What makes a watch Waterproof?

Sep 9 · 3 min read

We explain how waterproof your watch is and what activities are safe to do while wearing it.

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A Pocket watch hanging from a brooch, both in gold with blue enamel and diamonds set in a floral pattern.
What makes a good Watch Case?

Sep 2 · 4 min read

A history and guide to different watch case designs, including some historic lots of examples and different styles.

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Squqare steel watch with aged white dial with Roman numerals and small Black Breguet style hands and sapphire on crown on black strap
A Short History of Pilot's Watches

Aug 26 · 4 min read

We look at Pilot's watches from 1904 up to the present day.

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Patek Philippe Beta 21 Watch with blue shiny dial and white gold case and bracelet, dagger hands and an elliptical case
The Most Difficult Decade

Aug 12 · 4 min read

An explanation of why the Swiss Watch Industry collapsed in the 1970s.

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Advertisement showing Red Swatch watch in blue water with black text introudcing Swatch
Swatch - The making of an Icon

Aug 5 · 3 min read

How Swatch watches came to be and why they were so successful

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Six watches made by Jaeger LeCoultre sitting on a table with different case colours, dials and straps
How To Start a Watch Collection

Jul 29 · 3 min read

We explain how starting a small watch collectioncan be very easy

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4 Of The Best Watch Strap Styles For Summer 

Jul 22 · 2 min read

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Grey and orange Breitling watch with large white numbers and white hands
What is a Sports Watch?

Jul 15 · 3 min read

We consider sports watches of all types.

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Steel silver Ball Corp. watch shown from the rear showing the engraved and decorated Rotor and movement
What is an Automatic Watch? - in Under 500 words.

Jul 8 · 2 min read

We explain exactly what an automatic watch is.

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Rafa Nadal and Richard Mille: A Match Made in Heaven 

Jul 1 · 4 min read

Extreme Luxury Watches

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Patek Philippe calatrava watch with white dial and white gold case and hands, on red cloth background
Why are some time-only watches so expensive?

Jun 24 · 4 min read

We explore the range of watches that simply tell the time.

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Two Rolex steel watches lying on a table with black faces and polished bezels
June Meetup Highlights and Club Plans

Jun 17 · 2 min read

A selection of fantastic watches from our Meetup earlier this week.

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Astronaut floating in space with connecting air hoses with earth in background
The Story of the Speedmaster "Ed White"

Jun 10 · 4 min read

Exploring the origins of this classy vintage and modern Speedmaster

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What is High Horology?

Jun 3 · 4 min read

We explore which watches are counted as High Horology, or Haute Horologie

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How To Sell A Watch

May 27 · 3 min read

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Bregeut Classique in gold case with white gold dial with dark blue hands on wrist
Was Abraham-Louis Breguet the most innovative Watchmaker of all?

May 20 · 4 min read

A Short Introduction to Louis Breguet

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Introduction: A Guide to Calendar Watches 

May 13 · 4 min read

What are they, and how do they work?

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Black adn gold logo on white background for The Watch Collectors' Club
What is a Watch Club?

May 6 · 4 min read

We explore what happens with a watch Club, and mention some established places to go.

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A watch collection lined up on a bookshelf with books behind it
What makes a Watch Collector?

Apr 29 · 4 min read

We explore the different kinds of watch collector, and how many watches make a collection.

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Gold rectangular wristwatch with silver dial and gold hands
How to Buy a Dress Watch

Apr 22 · 3 min read

Introducing Dress watches and a guide to choosing one

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CLose up of chrongraph Breitling Chronomat watch with cream dial and gold case
Willy Breitling and Inventing the Modern Chronograph

Apr 15 · 3 min read

The innovative leadership of Willy Breitling

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A Short History of the Chronograph 

Apr 8 · 4 min read

From the 1800's to the modern day

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How To Buy A Watch In A Store

Apr 1 · 3 min read

All you need to know

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Rolex Explorer with steel case and white dial and 3 6 9 numerals
The Rolex Explorer Everest Controversy

Mar 25 · 4 min read

Rolex Myth-making and the birth of the Rolex Explorer

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tool Watch Bimetal in Rose gold and Steel with second time zone and power reserve
What is a Tool Watch?

Mar 18 · 3 min read

Introducing Tool Watches and their many functions

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two mena dn two women at a Watch Meetup talk and look at a watch
What happens at a Watch Meetup?

Mar 11 · 3 min read

We explain what to expect at a watch meetup

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White gold Rolex Daytona Wristwatch with Blue dial.
Introducing The Rolex Daytona

Mar 4 · 3 min read

A Short introduction to a puzzlingly popular watch

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Google Seach Home Page
How to Research a Vintage Watch

Feb 18 · 4 min read

A Step by step guide to finding out more about your watch

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Event Round-up - The Watches We Saw

Feb 11 · 3 min read

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The Rise of Hype Watches – and What It Means for You

Feb 4 · 5 min read

Why are some watches are so over-hyped? We explore thehype behind the Patek Philippe Nautilus.

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Over fifteen watches lined up on a bookshbelf, comprising a watch collection, with multiple types and straps.
My Watch Collecting Journey - a hobby that's become a business

Jan 28 · 4 min read

How a watch collection became a full-time business, from Founder and CEO Hamish Robertson of The WCC

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Two watches side by side on a table at a watch meetup event, one yellow G-Shock, one Black Gorilla Fastback.
January In-Person Meetup Highlights

Jan 21 · 4 min read

Interesting watches brought seen at our January Meetup

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My Collection in 2022

Jan 14 · 3 min read

A Word From Our Co-Founder

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Club plans for 2022

Jan 7 · 3 min read

What to expect from The Watch Collectors' Club in 2022

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A Quick Guide To Annual and Perpetual Calendar Watches

Dec 31 · 3 min read

What's the difference?

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Patek Philippe: 4 Men, 4 Watches, and 4 Little Numbers

Dec 23 · 4 min read

What Makes Patek so Special?

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Steel Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700 with Blue Dial and silver hands
The Patek Philippe Nautilus - the most surprising icon in the Watch World

Dec 17 · 4 min read

How did such a simple steel watch become the most coveted timepiece on earth?

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Engraved caseback of gold watch showing Tifffany and Patek Philippe storefront on T150 watch
Patek Philippe and Tiffany - the oldest Authorised Dealership in the world

Dec 10 · 4 min read

A Short history of the Relationship between Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co.

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Independent Watchmakers – The Modern Trailblazers

Dec 3 · 5 min read

The weird and wonderful world of modern independents

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An Introduction to High-End Independent Watchmaking – The Original Independents

Nov 26 · 4 min read

We explain who the original high-end independent watchmakers are and why they got so famous.

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A Return to Regular Events – The Watches We Saw

Nov 19 · 3 min read

Our Second Event In Central London

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The IWC Big Pilot Pop-Up - an easy way to learn about watches

Nov 12 · 3 min read

A short introduction to IWC and the benefits of visiting watch brand pop-ups

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Introducing Showcases and Meetups

Nov 5 · 2 min read

An explanation of what to expect at a Virtual Showcase or In-Person Meetup

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Large Hamilton Air Race watch with black dial on wrist
Rolex and the Prisoner of War Watches

Oct 29 · 3 min read

An Amazing Story of Rolex in World War II

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Our First In-Person Event 

Oct 22 · 3 min read

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An Introduction to the Chronograph

Oct 22 · 4 min read

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Hamilton Ventura in Steel with Black Dial
Is the Hamilton Ventura the most featured watch at the movies?

Oct 15 · 3 min read

An introduction to the Hamilton Ventura and Movies it has featured in

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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer watch in steel with blue dial and map of the world in the centre
A Short History of the Omega Seamaster

Oct 8 · 5 min read

Short History of the Omega Seamaster and No Time to Die James Bond Watch

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A Brief Introduction to James Bond’s Watches

Oct 1 · 5 min read

What Does The World's Greatest Spy Wear On His Wrist?

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Large Watch Group Brands Showcase Event Round-Up

Sep 24 · 3 min read

A huge variety of watches from the world's largest brands

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Lange 1 Gold watch with Brown engraved dial
Glashütte, the home of German Watchmaking

Sep 17 · 4 min read

A Short History of Glashütte and the watch companies based there

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Men's Art Deco Style Reverso watch with gold hands and indices from 1946
The World's First Sports Watch - The Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso

Sep 10 · 4 min read

A Short History of the Reverso

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An Update on Club Progress September 2021

Sep 3 · 1 min read

Club plans and a return to in person events!

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Seiko Prospex wristwatch wtih black dial brown bezel and steel case and bracelet
A Short Exploration of The World’s Largest Watch Groups - Seiko

Aug 27 · 4 min read

Seiko and Their Brands

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Citizen Calibre 0100 White Gold White Dial Watch
A Short Exploration of The World's Largest Watch Groups - Citizen Watch

Aug 20 · 5 min read

Citizen Watch and their brands

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The interior of a Louis Vuitton brand store with tables, trunks, cases and artwork
The World’s Largest Watch Groups – LVMH

Aug 13 · 4 min read

The third largest Swiss watch group

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Longines Legend Diver Bronze Watch with Green Dial
A Short Exploration of the World’s Largest Watch Groups – The Swiss Giants

Aug 6 · 5 min read

Introducing The Swatch Group and Richemont

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Grid of Four Fears Brunswick Watches
British Watchmakers - A Short History of Fears Watches

Jul 30 · 5 min read

An introduction to modern British Microbrands and a Short History of Fears Watches of Bristol

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Watch Microbrand Showcase Event Round-Up

Jul 23

What We Learned

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Microbrands Everywhere

Jul 16 · 5 min read

Microbrands from Surprising Places

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Microbrands in the Shadows

Jul 9 · 3 min read

Highlighting Microbrands From Countries Famous for the Big Brands

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A Guide To The Types of Watches Made By Microbrands. Part 2

Jun 25 · 2 min read

Dress, racing, explorer and pilots watches that are made by microbrands

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A Unimatic military style watch wtih dull grey case and bezel and black dial with large yellow luminous marketrs and hands on a green strap
A Guide To The Types of Watches Made By Microbrands. Part 1

Jun 18 · 3 min read

An Exploration of Dive, Military and Homage Watches from Microbrands

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A square cased steel watch with sharp pink dial from Fears watches with black skeleton style hands and crisp art deco numerals on a black strap.
A Beginners Guide To Watch Microbrands

Jun 11 · 3 min read

Small watch brands that are interesting, varied and affordable

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A Guide To Holiday Watches and Our Showcase Event

Jun 4 · 2 min read

A Great Variety of Fun, Practical Watches

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What Are Holiday Watches?

May 28 · 2 min read

Probably the Most Practical Watch You Will Buy

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What Makes Vintage Watch Dials Interesting?

May 21 · 3 min read

Why Do Collectors Obsess Over Them?

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Close up of a mystery dial watch from JaegerLeCoulre with white dial diamond indices and steel case
Watch Dials - What Gets Added?

May 13 · 3 min read

Numerals, Indices, Words and Gems

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Diverse Watch Dials Showcase Event

May 7 · 2 min read

Lots to See and Learn

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Fun Dial Features of Tool Watches

May 7 · 7 min read

Over the past few weeks, we’ve explored a variety of topics relating to the part of a watch that most people notice first: the dial.

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The Watch Dials - What are the most common dial features

Apr 29 · 5 min read

Over the last few weeks we have looked at how watch dials are made or finished, what features make them useful, and then some of

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Close up of breguet weistwatch with white gold dial and blue steel hands and gold case
Watch Dials – How Are They Made, and Why Do They Look So Different?

Apr 23 · 3 min read

How do you make an enamel, Guilloché, lacquered and printed watch dial? Read this blog to find out.

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Reissues, Recreations and Reimagining

Apr 16 · 4 min read

Breitling Revisits History

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Sports Watch Showcase

Apr 9 · 2 min read

Some Of The Stories

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Why Are Steel Sports Watches So Popular?

Apr 2 · 4 min read

Why Do Collectors Love The Submariner, Nautilus and Royal Oak?

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Why Are Steel Sports Watches So Popular?

Apr 2 · 6 min read

We at The Watch Collectors’ Club embrace all kinds of watch. One dominates the world of luxury watches like no other. That is the sports

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How to Take Pictures of Watches

Mar 26

Taking watch pictures is difficult. They are made of reflective materials, they have lots of different angles, and very small details.

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Omega Showcase Stories

Mar 20 · 4 min read

Last night we held our first virtual event: a showcase of Omega watches. It was a great talk, attended by watch lovers from around the UK. We wanted to share some of the great stories that we heard from the attendees with you.

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Racing, Heuer, and the Ever-Present Tachymeter

Mar 5 · 5 min read

What is a Tachymeter, and Why Does it Matter?

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What Is A Chronometer

Feb 19 · 4 min read

The Mysteries of Certification Explained

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Omega and the Race to the North Pole

Feb 12 · 5 min read

Ralph Plaisted and his Speedmaster

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Finally, A Use For A Moonphase Watch

Feb 5 · 3 min read

Know your waxing and waning gibbous and crescent

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The Zenith El Primero Story

Jan 28 · 3 min read

A Legend Rescued From The Attic

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What Are Watch Crystals Made Of

Jan 22 · 5 min read

Plastic, Acryllic, Plexiglass or Hexalite. What's the difference?

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A Brief Overview of Time-Zone Watches

Jan 15 · 3 min read

What's the Difference Between Dual-Time, GMT or World Timer Watches?

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Dress Watches

Dec 17 · 3 min read

Not Just For Christmas

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A Beginners Guide To Buying Vintage Watches

Dec 11 · 4 min read

Why you should consider buying a vintage watch, and what to look out for if you do

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How Do You Know If Your Watch Needs A Service?

Dec 4 · 3 min read

How regularly should you service your watch? Why does it need a service?

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How To Buy A Watch At Auction

Nov 27 · 5 min read

How To Spot A Bargain At Auction, and How to Avoid Mistakes

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Watches Without Crowns

Nov 20 · 4 min read

How Do They Work?

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The Watch Collectors Club Guide to Buying A Watch Online

Nov 6 · 3 min read

What To Look Out For and How to Make the Most of Your Money

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How To Choose a Watch

Oct 30 · 4 min read

Choosing a Good Watch Brand

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How To Change A Watch Bracelet

Oct 16 · 5 min read

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How To Change A Watch Strap

Oct 9 · 2 min read

A Quick And East-To-Use Guide

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How To Wind A Watch

Oct 2 · 3 min read

How to keep your manual and self-winding watch working

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9 Reasons Why Rolexes Are Expensive

Sep 25 · 3 min read

Is the cost of a Rolex justified?

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Unbreakable Watches: From G-Shock To Richard Mille

Sep 18 · 4 min read

Watches are often tools used by explorers. For many activities, watches need to be able to withstand things that should break them.

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No Batteries Required: Is the Citizen Eco-Drive the Best Watch Movement out there?

Sep 11 · 6 min read

The world of watches can be complicated given the huge number of watches out there. Some people love the variety, some people find it confusing

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I'm a female and I like watches

Sep 4 · 5 min read

I first became interested in watches through my Dad and his extensive collection. Then extended my watch knowledge through my partner. It’s pretty uncommon for

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Explorer Watches

Aug 14 · 4 min read

What to Take With You To The Ends Of The Earth

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Steel Panerai Dive watch with black dial large hands and numerals and a brown leather strap
11 Facts That Explain Why Dive Watches Are So Popular

Aug 8 · 6 min read

One family of watches that is very popular is dive watches.

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Why Rolex?

Jul 24

Is Rolex a good brand? Rolex is the world’s biggest watch brand. Some people think the brand is a bit-showy, whilst others think it is

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How to Look at a Watch

Jul 17 · 6 min read

First, pick up the watch. Look at the front of the watch. This is where the hands are, if it has any. There may be many hands. Look at what shape they are, what

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What to Look for When Buying a Watch

Jul 5

Buying a watch is a deeply personal experience. Whether it is your first watch, or your hundredth, it will make you feel something. It’s easy(ish)

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Introducing: The Watch Collectors Club

Jul 4

A club for anyone who loves watches

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Omega consteallation watches with cream dial steel hands and case and day date windows at 3 o'clock position
A Brief Overview of Day-Date Watches

Jan 1 · 4 min read

Two Useful Functions Combined - the Day and Date

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