Best Supporting Timekeepers

8 Iconic Movie Watches

Watches generally hold two positions in movies: they’re either part of the story, or part of the character. In either case, given the right circumstances, movie watches can reach icon status for watch enthusiasts and movie buffs alike.

Sophisticated city slicker

NOMOS Metro Datum Gangreserve

The NOMOS Metro Datum Gangreserve is a major milestone for the small German watch brand, which has striven for watchmaking independence with the Swing System escapement for the better part of a decade.

Return of the Ranger

Tudor Heritage Ranger

After the Heritage Chronograph Blue’s release last year, no one would have been surprised if they had taken a break in 2014, but sure enough, Tudor kept up the intensity with the new Tudor Ranger, an updated take on their classic Ranger that takes cues from watches of the past for an authentic vintage style.

A fresh breath of Swiss air

Zeitwinkel Unwinds the Swiss In-House Watch Movement

By adopting an open, honest method of utilizing reliable local partners for their movements, Swiss brand Zeitwinkel is delivering original in-house designs while maintaining quality.

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Two Horological North Stars

Want This, Get This: Bremont Terra Nova or Alpina Alpinist GMT 4

A good expedition watch must be a jack of all trades, with water, shock, and magnetic field resistance plus a compass bezel. For explorers, both the Bremont Terra Nova and Alpina Alpiner GMT 4 fit the bill; one is just significantly less expensive than the other.

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The Good, the Bad, and the sometimes Knockoff

Rethinking Watches and Movements “Made in China”

From the Archives: The phrase “Made in China” conjures up thoughts of inexpensive, low quality, and even knockoff products. While there is some fact behind these connotations, there isn't an absolute truth.

Best Supporting Timekeepers

Screen Time: 10 of Cinema’s Coolest Watches

Watches generally hold two positions in movies: they’re either part of the story, or part of the character. In either case, given the right circumstances, movie watches can reach icon status for watch enthusiasts and movie buffs alike. These are our eight favorite silver screen timepieces that have made a huge impact on both cinema and the watch world.

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Daring design for (kind of) modest means

Avant-Garde Watches on a Budget

Avant-garde watch design is best designed by what isn’t, rather than what it is: Understand classics like dress, dive, and aviator watches and you'll know avant-garde when you see it. The problem with breaking the mold is that these watches often come with an equally unbelievable and impressive price tags, leaving mere mortals' bank accounts wanting. But more recently, a handful of watchmakers have taken a shot at inspired and unique design, without the insane price tags. These are our favorites that at least won't bankrupt you.

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And they said the West was wild

Civilian’s Guide to Military Watches: Best of the East

From the Archives: Issued timepieces are some of the most collectible in the watch world, and the rabbit hole of military watches and their history delves very deeply, very quickly. We’ve broken our overview into two parts: those countries from the West with influential and interesting military timekeeping history, and those from the East. These are the best from Japan, China, Russia, India and Australia.

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A Compendium of Wearable History

Civilian’s Guide to Military Watches: Best of the West

From the Archives: Issued timepieces are some of the most collectible in the watch world, and the rabbit hole of military watches and their history delves very deeply, very quickly. We've broken our overview into two parts: those countries from the West with influential and interesting military timekeeping history, and those from the East. This week, the West -- America, Britain, Germany, France, and the unlikely Brazil, Argentina and Peru -- flexes its stuff.

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Give Pops Some Time Back

Best Watches for Any Dad

A hint for Father's Day gift seekers: He doesn't need another screwdriver set. What he needs is something with more thought, more personality, something he'll use. A watch checks all those boxes. It's even a bit of a reversal: remember how long dad spent wiping your butt, teaching you to throw a football, or picking you up at 2 a.m. because you were drunk and didn't have a ride? Now you can give him some time back. These five great options should cover pretty much any old man's wrist.

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High Fliers

Buying Guide: Flieger Watches

What started as a batch of 1,200 watches made in 1941 for the German Luftwaffe has since become one of the most iconic watch designs in history. Today Fliegers are made by both household-name German brands and a set of potent up-and-comers, in both classic styling and with an artistic license, at bank-breaking prices and for only a couple hundred bucks. Here are our favorites.

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To Protect and Serve

6 Great Anti-Magnetic Watches

From the Archives: In recent years, watchmaking materials have improved to the point where many Swiss-made mechanical watches meet minimum anti-magnetic standards. But that’s not good enough for us; we’re bringing you six of the most badass anti-magnetic watches on the market. Each has the same magnetic field resistance, 80,000 A/m (well above the minimum standard), except for Omega's offering, which...well, it puts the other timepieces' resistances to shame. Now, go forth and fear no refrigerator magnets.

And they said the West was wild

A Civilian’s Guide to Military Watches, Part Two: The East

As it goes for just about anything “military”, issued timepieces are some of the most collectible in the watch world. Between enthusiasts looking for a rugged watch to go on adventures with, fashionable folks pulling off military-inspired looks, and history buffs bolstering their military regalia collection, the military watch market faces the perfect storm of demand. Couple that demand with a fixed number of issued timepieces, and you start to see the whole picture. The rabbit hole of military watches and their history delves very deeply, very quickly, so we've broken our overview into two parts: those countries from the West with influential and interesting military timekeeping history, and those from the East. This week, the East -- Japan, China, Russia, India and Australia -- flexes its stuff.

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A Compendium of Wearable History

A Civilian’s Guide to Military Watches, Part One: The West

As it goes for just about anything “military”, issued timepieces are some of the most collectible in the watch world. Between enthusiasts looking for a rugged watch to go on adventures with, fashionable folks pulling off military-inspired looks, and history buffs bolstering their military regalia collection, the military watch market faces the perfect storm of demand. Couple that demand with a fixed number of issued timepieces, and you start to see the whole picture. The rabbit hole of military watches and their history delves very deeply, very quickly, so we've broken our overview into two parts: those countries from the West with influential and interesting military timekeeping history, and those from the East. This week, the West -- America, Britain, Germany, France, and the unlikely Brazil, Argentina and Peru -- flexes its stuff.

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Low Overhead, Low Prices, Powerful Watches

13 Boutique Watch Brands to Know

A handful of small, independent, online watch retailers are doing incredible things.

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Like Jacques Cousteau, Wearing A Tux

Time on Our Hands: Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver

Last fall, we featured the Pontos S, a sleek dive chronograph. While the chronograph's design could likely dress up with the best of them, the busy dial gives off more of a sporty feeling. The Pontos S Diver ($3,400) loses the chronograph function, creating a cleaner and classier diver. Though not without minor faults, the Pontos S Diver is a great example of a dive watch that earns its place, whether over a wetsuit or under a cuff.

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Standard Issue

Icon: Rolex Military Submariner

If the Rolex Submariner is the most famous dive watch, then the Rolex Military Submariner, or MilSub, is the most famous military-issued dive watch. What is now a highly sought after piece of watch history -- and one of the rarest collector's watches ever -- was once merely Ministry of Defense (MOD) standard issue equipment.

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Old School Cool

Want This Get This: Tudor Heritage Chronograph Blue or Steinhart Racetimer

One of the hottest trends in the watch world is vintage-inspired style, particularly from the colorful chronographs of the 1970s. Instead of bucking the trend with modernism, many brands have been going with the retro flow, releasing altogether new watches with vintage looks, and reviving some of their old references. Today we take a look at two eye-catching chronographs -- in two very different price brackets -- that could have very well made it here by way of a time-traveling DeLorean.

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Up or Down, it's high art

Face Value: MB&F LM1 Xia Hang

The LM1 Xia Hang, which gains its surname from Xia Hang, a Chinese artist known for his “comma men”, is a high-art version of an already high-art watch: the MB&F LM1, a beautiful timepiece that takes classic pocket watch characteristics and adds 21st century -- hell, even 22nd century -- twists.

Modern. Art.

Breakdown: De Bethune DB28 Digitale

The award-winning De Bethune DB28 has seen over a dozen variations added to its family tree -- and this year at Basel, the DB28 Digitale will be yet another. It’s essentially the ultimate combination of minimalist appearance and jam-packed innovation.

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Come on, Eilean!

Face Value: Panerai Navigation Instruments

If you've yet to install navigational instruments on your restored 1930s luxe sailboat, Officine Panerai has you covered. Inspired by the Eilean, a beautiful restored 22-meter Bermudian ketch owned by Panerai, the watch brand has developed a set of sleek, robust and beautiful navigation instruments that includes a clock, thermometer, barometer, and hygrometer.

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Showdown at High Tea

Want This, Get This: Bremont ALT1-B or Christopher Ward C1000 Typhoon

The modern pilot's watch resembles those of the 1940s and '50s as little as an F22 Raptor resembles a P-51 Mustang. Nowadays, it's all about materials, ruggedness and functionality. Modern pilot's watches are also getting as stealthy as the planes they're modeled after, all blacked out for night maneuvers and flying under the radar. Today we look at two stealth fighters from England, both high flyers, but one that won't dive bomb your budget.

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The Good, the Bad, and the sometimes Knockoff

Opinion: Rethinking “Made in China”

The phrase “Made in China” conjures up thoughts of inexpensive, low quality, and even knockoff products. While there is some fact behind these connotations, there isn't an absolute truth. The Chinese watch industry is no different; quality is all over the map. But in recent years, Chinese watchmakers have started taking quality more seriously. Putting aside the ever-present knockoffs and replicas, “Made in China” watches have the ability to fit low-priced niches that Swiss watchmakers can’t or won’t touch.

Asian Watch Issue
Thank Mao

Want This, Get This: Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer or Seagull 1963 Chronograph

If you’re like us, you have a long list of watches you’d love to own. But reality (almost) always steps in, and your desires remain unfulfilled. Gear Patrol’s series Want This, Get This presents a lust-worthy timepiece along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch. Today we present two vintage style, military-inspired chronographs, one that gets it right and the other that goes one better -- for one tenth the price.

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From Fighter Pilot to Armchair Pilot

Want This, Get This: Bell & Ross BR 03 or Christopher Ward C11

For those of us stuck in an office instead of a fighter jet cockpit, a watch inspired by aircraft instruments can be the perfect way to scratch the cool readout itch. While Bell & Ross was arguably the first brand to introduce this genre, their price tags are of the type to bloat the defense budget; we've found an alternative that can help you decrease your own personal deficit.

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Deep and Deeper

Want This, Get This: IWC Aquatimer or Steinhart Ocean Two

If you’re like us, you have a long list of watches you’d love to own. But reality (almost) always steps in, and your desires remain unfulfilled. Gear Patrol’s series Want This, Get This presents a lust-worthy timepiece along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch. With IWC's Aquatimer due for a refresh at January's SIHH, we bid it farewell alongside a lookalike, the Steinhart Ocean Two, which costs a tenth of the price.

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Easy to Fathom

Want This, Get This: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms or Halios Tropik SS

Gear Patrol’s series “Want This, Get This” presents a lust-worthy timepiece along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch. This week, we feature the forebear of all modern dive watches and a young upstart that still holds its own.

Arguably First, Undeniably Great

Icon: Zenith El Primero

Imagine a time before quartz watches, when the technology of timekeeping was still springs and gears made in workshops in the Swiss mountains. While the Americans and Russians were racing to put men into space, a different sort of race was going on between watch companies sprinting toward the milestone of the first self-winding, or automatic, chronograph. No matter how you frame the discussion, the debate over who created the first automatic chronograph is a heated one. One path to clearing confusion is to say that Zenith produced the very first Swiss-made, fully integrated automatic chronograph -- the El Primero.

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Nothing short of impervious

To Protect and Serve: 6 Great Anti-Magnetic Watches

In recent years, watchmaking materials have improved to the point where many Swiss-made mechanical watches meet minimum anti-magnetic standards. But that’s not good enough for us; we’re bringing you six of the most badass anti-magnetic watches on the market. Each has the same magnetic field resistance, 80,000 A/m (well above the minimum standard), except for Omega's offering, which...well, it puts the other timepieces' resistances to shame. Now, go forth and fear no refrigerator magnets.

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Guide to Life

How to Easily Remove Scratches from Your Watch Crystal

For watch lovers, a fresh scratch on an otherwise flawless crystal is a devastating sight. The feeling can be even worse on a brand new watch, or one that just returned from servicing. But before you send your tainted timepiece back for a crystal replacement, you may want to consider a home remedy. First you need to determine what can be done -- and that depends on the type of crystal you've scratched. Read on for our full guide.

Bauhaus and In-house

Want This, Get This: NOMOS Tangente or Stowa Antea KS

If you’re like us, you have a long list of watches you’d love to own. But reality (almost) always steps in, and your desires remain unfulfilled. Gear Patrol’s series "Want This, Get This" presents a lust-worthy timepiece along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch. This week, we’re celebrating German reunification and the Bauhaus design movement with two Teutonic tickers: the NOMOS Tangente and the Stowa Antea KS.

Timekeeping

Want This, Get This: Heuer Bundeswehr or Guinand Series 40

If you’re like us, you have a long list of watches you’d love to own. But reality (almost) always steps in, and your desires remain unfulfilled. Gear Patrol’s series "Want This, Get This" presents a lust-worthy timepiece along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch. This week, we’ve found a vintage Cold War-era military chronograph and a modern one that has the same milspec look.

Timekeeping
A Lesson in Trickle-Down Mechanomics

Opinion: The Swatch Sistem51 is a Horological Model T

Just over 30 years after saving the Swiss Watch industry, Swatch has once again broken trail into uncharted territory. Revealed at BaselWorld earlier this year, the Swatch Sistem51, today’s watch version of the Model T, is set to be released this month.

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