Luminescent Watches: How Watches Like Rolex, Tudor Get Their Glow

 |  December 21st, 2016

Today in history, in 1898, to be precise, husband-and-wife scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered radium. It was a discovery that would change lives forever, as the substance made its way into all walks life ranging from medical to watchmaking. Radium was the true start of the luminescent watch and the leader (albeit a killer one) of the pack of “glowing” watches hands and markers. Over the years, the way watches get their glow has changed significantly, but here is a look at how watches get their glow. Essentially, watches that glow in the dark are designed to make nighttime or underwater reading of the time and functions easier. However, the century-plus journey to get to where we are today was not an easy…

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Ball Watch USA Named Official Watch of Revived St. Petersburg-Habana Regatta in February 2017

 |  October 21st, 2016

In February 2017, one of the finest sailing races in American/Cuban history will be re-launched: the St. Petersburg-Havana Regatta. There to time the event and act as official watch is Ball Watch USA. THE company will also be the watch sponsor and timing partner of The St. Petersburg Yacht Club – the Club responsible for renewing this historic race. A race of legendary history, the regatta’s first seeds of concept   lay in the late 1920’s, when St. Petersburg, Florida, was experiencing the effects of the Great Depression ad Prohibition. But just a sail away in Havana, Cuba, rum was flowing and nightlife flourishing. A yachtsman by the name of George S. Gandy, Jr. (Gidge Gandy) approached the commodore of the…

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4 Things to Look for when Buying a Dive Watch

 |  August 27th, 2016

Planning your last hurrah of the summer? Maybe a Labor-Day-Weekend Dive trip? If so, you may want to think about having the right watch to accompany you on your dive into the deep blue seas. Today’s watch brands have pulled out all the stops, offering highly technical precision timepieces that easily withstand the elements. Here we bring you four important things to look for in a dive watch. 1) Water resistance Dive watches are not a new category, though they have gained in popularity for wear both in and out of the water. Often watch brands seek outside help from experts in the dive world as they build their professional timepieces. Dive watches have to meet certain diving standards to be considered true dive…

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Las Vegas Watch and Jewelry Week Reveals a Roster of Well-Crafted Sports Watches

 |  June 11th, 2015

By Marie A. Picon Versatile, attractive and typically feature-packed, sport watches have been edging out dress watches as wardrobe essentials for years now. If your go-to daily wearer is more “garage” than “gala,” more “cockpit” than “conservatory,” then watchmakers had consumers like you in mind as they prepared for this year’s Couture and JCK trade shows in Las Vegas, where we found lots of interesting new sports watches. Among the most notable exhibitors was Bremont, which showed two new models produced as part of its continuing partnership with aircraft giant Boeing. Like the hardened stainless steel that Bremont uses in other models, a prime feature of the Bremont Boeing Model 1 TI-GMT and the Bremont Boeing Model 247 TI-GMT chronograph…

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Seeking Affordable Watches as Holiday Gifts? Look at the Ball Engineer Master Pilot II GMT

 |  December 8th, 2014

By Gordon Henderson With a strong focus on precision and function, Ball Watch Company has been a leader in certain important categories—including pilot watches. Now, the brand revisits its Engineer Master Pilot watch and makes a few   changes to it in an effort to pay tribute to aviation heroes. The new 43.5 mm stainless steel Ball Engineer Master Pilot II GMT combines vintage elements with modern styling. In fact, the watch is all about luminosity and readability—two very important factors in the world of pilot watches. The indexes and hands are filled with luminescent micro tubes of H3 gas, which requires no external light to be charged (this differs from most luminous materials in the industry that have to be…

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