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Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: June 16, 2015

Two auctions, a piece of British aviation history, an IWC that's sailed around the world, a one-handed German, and your perfect summer watch.

A Rose (Gold) By Any Other Name

The Dirty Little Secret of the Rose Gold-Plated Watch? It Makes Sense

Plated and PVD rose gold watches are little discussed, but great examples are out there -- and they cost fractions compared to their solid-gold brethren. Watch expert James Lamdin of analog/shift helps us sort out the glittering mess.

Time Is Money
Looks Good in a Suit. Forget the Rest

5 Classy Dress Watches Under $1,000

Think of a dress watch. Imagining anything you can afford? Truth is, our idea that dress watches need be luxury items is way off. These five fit our new definition: watches that jive with both formal wear and greasy fast food binges.

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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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The Best by Far from the Far East

Japanese Dive Watch Icons

When it comes to dive watches, many immediately think of iconic Swiss watches like the Rolex Submariner and the Blancpain Fifty-Fathoms. Of course, the story doesn’t stop here. In fact, there’s another country that can credibly lay claim to a long and storied history with the dive watch: Japan. If you need evidence of Japan's dive watch prowess (or just a road map to buying yourself one), read on.

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Sashimi-Grade Timepieces

Japanese Dive Watch Shootout

Most Japanese dive watches are the best suited for real-world use. Their simple movements have legendary durability, even if they aren’t the most accurate. Designs that forgo adornment in favor of readability and functionality win out over fancy locking bezels, helium release valves and shiny slim hands. Of course, their affordability makes them not only more accessible to divemasters that live on tip money, but also more bearable should they be lost of broken. In short, if you want a real dive watch, look to Land of the Rising Sun. We recently did just that, procuring three of Japan’s best dive watches representing different brands, styles and price points for a real-world shootout below the waves in the Caribbean.

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