In the United States and most other Western countries, owning and wearing a watch is one of the most common accessories for men to have. While women typically can choose from a variety of rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings, most men tend to wear one piece of jewelry: their watch. Because of this, watches have become a primary status symbol for men everywhere. Although watches were originally worn many decades ago for their practical functionality, they are now primarily used as the final piece in a man’s wardrobe. While there are many high quality and popular watches on the market, there are a few that stand above the rest as the most popular and best looking watches around. Here are a few highlights:
Omega is already recognized as one of the premier watch brands worldwide. They specialize in high quality watches that are (for the most part) affordable for middle class Americans. While Omega has a number of very successful models currently being sold, the Omega Speedmaster stands tall above the rest.
The Speedmaster is a luxury timepiece that features a dark bezel and black ceramic. It is highly polished and encased in durable steel. Best of all, unlike many other watches of its size and caliber, the Omega Speedmaster is surprisingly light on the wrist, and fits very comfortably. The Speedmaster, like every other Omega watch, is made of the highest quality materials and features a modern and stylish but timeless design.
Breitling is another contender for one of the absolute best watch makers in the world. Their brand is synonymous with quality, and their industrial process is the envy of many other watch makers. Breitling is also known to be the timepiece of choice for airline pilots and other that need to keep track of multiple time segments simultaneously. Their focus on quality has led their watches to be considered one of the best manufactured products in the world.
Currently, one of their most popular models is the classic and iconic Chronomat. This model was originally released in 1940, and was the specific Breitling model that became so popular with pilots. Since its original release, the Chronomat has undergone some noticeable changes, but it still remains at its core the same watch that made it so popular decades ago. The Chronomat features a proprietary chronograph movement (hence the name), which makes it particularly accurate over extended periods of time. It is also worth noting that the Chronomat was the watch of choice for Jerry Seinfeld during his hit sitcom.
Hublot Big Bang:
While Hublot does not have quite the same name recognition as Breitling and Omega, it is still a well-established company with a penchant for edgy and high quality timepieces. Hublot was founded in 1980, and was the first company to really develop the concept of “fusion” watches. Fusion watches combine gold and rubber in their design to create a unique style.
The Hublot Big Bang was released in 2005 and became the flagship model for the rapidly growing company. The Hublot Big Bang features a striking black and red design that will be sure to give the wearer many glances and double takes. Although the Big Bang is without a doubt a premium watch, it does not look like anything else on the market in its class. Hublot has capitalized on their success, and has continued to grow their company in the 8 years since the Big Bang’s release.
1942 Rolex Chronograph
Rolex is arguably the absolute top of the watch industry. Everyone in the world knows the company name, and their watches sell for large sums of money on the secondhand market every day. In fact, Rolexes are known for their ability to retain their value over many years, and in many cases their value goes up, much like a piece of artwork. Although there are a number Rolex watches that could be considered very popular right now, there is one model that simply stands above the rest.
The 1942 Rolex Chronograph is a unique piece of art. It is simply incorrect to call it anything but that. Created in 1942 and with only 12 made, this Rolex is among the most desirable watches on the face of the planet. Although it is out of the reach of most watch buyers, it is still noteworthy for its history and beauty. The 1942 Rolex Chronograph has a nickel finish with the dials made out of a matte silver finish. It uses pink gold for the numerals, and has 17 jewels around the bezel. If you are thinking about getting this watch for yourself or for a significant other, don’t hold your breath. The most recent sale occurred at a Christie’s auction in New York City with a selling price of $1.16 million. Fortunately, there are a number of more affordable Rolex models available on the market.
Although buying a watch can be a fun and exciting experience, sometimes it makes more sense to sell the one that you have. However, when selling a watch, it is important to do your research ahead of time and find out exactly how much your watch is worth. Unfortunately, there are a number of disreputable stores that will take advantage of a customer’s ignorance about the true value of your watch.
One great way to protect yourself from getting ripped off is to find a reputable and trusted jeweler. There are certainly a number to choose from depending on where you live. Raymond Lee Jewelers is the most trusted jewelry sales and service centers in Southern Florida. Located in Boca Raton, Raymond Lee has made their business successful by creating a long term reputation for offering fair prices for whatever jewelry you choose to sell. They also offer a number of additional services if you aren’t looking to sell your watch, and instead would just like to get it in prime working condition. Before selling your watch to anyone else, be sure to call or visit their store to get a fair and honest appraisal of the value of your watch.