Top 14 Pilot Watches – Everything You Need To Know Before Buying

Watches developed for use while flying date back to the early 1900s when Louis Cartier created the “Santos” for his friend and Brazilian aviation pioneer, Alberto Santos Dumont. In addition to being the first pilot’s watch, the Cartier Santos also holds the very coveted title as one of the first wristwatches. Before the release of the Santos, early aviators relied on inconvenient pocket watches to tell time while flying. Pilot watch history is extensive, with the Cartier Santos paving the way for such icons as the Rolex GMT-Master series, Breitling…

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Famous Movie Watches: The Most Iconic Timepieces in Cinema

Watches featured in films aren’t just handsome accessories, they tie into the storyline and add depth to characters. Back in the old days, watches featured in the movies often became incidental icons – the right watch being strapped on the right (handsome) wrist. Later on, the watches in films became well-placed brand sponsorships orchestrated by the studio. But no matter how they got there, some of the watches that have graced the wrists of Hollywood’s biggest actors have become stars of their own. What we particularly love about luxury watches…

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A 1949 Rolex Datejust ‘Ovettone’ from a Friend of the Wright Brothers 

One of the best things about buying and selling luxury watches is that we get to become part of the story behind each timepiece that passes through our hands. While some of the watches we purchase are essentially unworn models whose owners decided they wanted something different, others are vintage pieces that have been part of a family’s history for multiple generations. Recently, we purchased a Rolex Datejust reference 5030 directly from the grandson of the original owner. In truth, to call the watch a “Datejust” is slightly misleading, as…

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Watch Collecting Tips from Our Interview with Kelly Klee

We obviously talk a lot about watches here at Bob’s – everything from what the celebrities are wearing to what to buy and how to care for your watch. But our friends at Kelly Klee are focused on a different aspect of watches: how to insure them. As a private client insurance brokerage, Kelly Klee helps clients insure their valuables, such as art collections, vintage cars, vacation homes, and luxury watches. Recently, we spoke to the folks at Kelly Klee to talk all about watches. We discuss everything from getting…

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Rolex GMT-Master Bezel Reference Guide

Of all the design details of the Rolex GMT-Master, it is the watch’s bezel that is the most distinguishing. Characterized by 24-hour markings and the ability to rotate in both directions, the GMT-Master’s bezel is an integral part of how the watch indicates multiple time zones. However, aside from its functionality, the design of the bezel also contributes significantly to the style of the Rolex GMT-Master – particularly when it is in a two-tone colorway. While the fundamental look of the GMT-Master bezel has remained relatively unchanged over the last…

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New OMEGA Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon ALINGHI

The Omega Speedmaster is truly a watch that needs no introduction. Celebrated around the world for being the first watch worn on the moon and the only timepiece that is certified by NASA for both spaceflight and EVA (spacewalks), the Omega Speedmaster is a bonafide industry icon and one of the most famous wristwatches of all time. Since its initial release in 1957, the Speedmaster collection has been used as a platform for a wide variety of different Omega watches with chronograph complications, including a number of limited and special…

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The Most Popular Watches from the 1960s

The watch on your wrist can say a lot about your style and even your taste level. When it comes to luxury timepieces, it’s easy to get a little carried away. If a watch dripping in diamonds or boasting a robust 45mm case isn’t your thing, take a trip back in time and consider the elegance and class of 1960s horology. The 1960s produced some of the most collectible and desired luxury watches in the world. Rolex had just developed the Submariner, GMT Master, Milgauss, and Day-Date in the 1950s…

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Racing Watches – Everything You Need To Know Before Buying

While racing watches are commonly associated with motorsports, the concept of the race watch pre-dates the invention of the automobile by over six decades. But what exactly is a racing watch and how does it differ from a chronograph? Perhaps more importantly, what are the best racing chronographs out there? Here’s everything you need to know about racing watches before you buy.  What is a Racing Watch?  As its name suggests, a racing watch is a purpose-built timepiece used to measure race times – whether car, motorbike, horse, or yachting races.…

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The Best Men’s Dress Watches: Top Picks from Rolex, Omega, Tissot & More

Wearing a watch with your tux used to be a total faux pas; but today, you’re almost expected to be wearing one at any black-tie event. That’s because over the decades, as the wristwatch has transitioned from functional timepiece to status symbol, it’s become the ultimate accessory to show off and express your unique personality. Now, you probably already have a watch for every other occasion – from work to play. So, it’s only sensible that you have a couple of dress watches too for those special occasions that require something a…

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Bob’s Watches ‘Fresh Finds’ Vintage Auction – 1960s Sports Watch Edition

Bob’s Watches is proud to present the latest installment of our ‘Fresh Finds’ series of buyer’s premium-free auctions. Showcasing a curated selection of 4 incredibly rare vintage timepieces that have all been purchased directly from their original owners, this month’s ‘Fresh Finds’ vintage auction is all about 1960s sports watches! Quartz timekeeping technology was not invented until 1969, meaning that the 1960s is often considered the final decade from the golden era of mechanical wristwatches. Prior to the advent of quartz movements, mechanical watches were at the forefront of timekeeping…

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