The History of Rolex And Their Watches

The History of Rolex And Their Watches

When speaking about luxury watch brands, the name Rolex is always one of the first to be mentioned. However, what is really known about this watch aside from the mystique that surrounds it? In this guide I will go over a little of the history of the Rolex, the various types, prices and more.

The Rolex Company was started by the German born Hans Wilsdorf and his brother in law in 1908. During this time, frame watches were not very reliable, accurate or compact in size. Rolex’s innovations have raised the bar as to how watches are to look and perform. Just a few years later Rolex got the presages Official Chronometer Certification in 1910. This is Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute that certifies the accuracy and precision of wristwatches.

Through the years Rolex has continued to contribute to the way we view time. In 1931 the Rolex Oyster Perpetual was developed which prevented water from leaking into the timepiece. We take that sort of thing for granted these days since most watches are made to be waterproof. However, back before Rolex came along, this was a common problem. Each Oyster produced today stays waterproof to at least 300 feet. Today, the price for a authentic Rolex Oyster Perpetual ranges from a few thousand dollars to over sixty thousand dollars each. One of the reasons the price is justified aside from the quality the Rolex brand offers is the limited availability. Rolex only produces a few hundred thousand watches a year. This has lead to a huge amount of replica and counterfeit Rolex watches being sold. For many, a second hand Rolex is the best option.

Types of Rolex Watches
Oyster Perpetual Submariner
This unique watch offers a rotatable bezel so divers’ can check to see how long they have been underwater. This feature works in addition to the standard time function.

Men’s Explorer II Rolex
Key benefits include; self-winding, stainless steel and sweep second hand.

Rolex Sea-Dweller
The Sea Dweller is a new watch for divers that stays waterproof up to a depth of 3,900m.

Ladies Datejust Rolex
This 18kt white gold bezel watch displays the date at the three o’clock position. It is water resistant up to thirty meters and features thirty one jewel chronometer automatic movement.

Rolex Models
Mens Datejust Rolex
Mens Presidential Rolex
Mens Submariner Rolex
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Mens Yacht-Master Rolex
Ladies Date/Datejust
Explorer II
Oyster Perpetual
Sea Dweller

Authorized Dealers
Since the price of Rolex watches are steep and fakes are common, it is best to find authorized dealers who order directly from Rolex if you plan on buying one. This is the safest way to ensure against fraud. Many people get drawn into buying fake Rolex watches each year thinking they are getting a deal. In reality they are being ripped off. Buying expensive watches online can be a very costly mistake. It’s easy to pass off replica Rolex’s to unsuspecting customers because they can’t actually see the watch for themselves.

Style, elegance, sophistication and even expensive could all be used to describe the many varieties of Rolex watches. One thing that can’t be said is that these watches are not unique, innovative or world renowned. Whether it be a watch for sports or fine dining, Rolex makes a watch for every occasion.

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The Origins And History Of The Japanese Watch Industry

The Origins And History Of The Japanese Watch Industry

Since the ancient times, the concept of time has been existent in one way or another. It is a fact that clocks and watches were developed much later, but the people in the ancient times have always used some phenomenon to measure and keep track of time. In ancient times, there has been everything from hourglasses and water clocks to fire clocks and sundials.

Before watch making became an industry, watches were made in Japan in various different forms. Stated in the Chronicles of Japan, it was in 671 that the Emperor Tenchi formed a water clock. As far as the watch industry in Japan is concerned, it goes back to the advent of Christianity. This occurred around the mid sixteenth century.

It was during the year of 1551 when the very first mechanical clock was believed to be made in Japan. This clock was given as a present to the feudal lord of Japan from a Spanish missionary; it is believed to be the first ever clock to be made on the face of this planet. Production of many more clocks followed this remarkable invention. The evolvement of these watches went on to gain a bigger scale, and this is how the development of the watch manufacturing industry came into existence in Japan.

This was called as the Pre-Edo period, in which the Japanese learnt from the Christian missionaries not only the art of making watches and clocks, but also organs as well as astronomical equipment. The Edo Era followed the Pre-Edo era, and in this period, the Japanese produced many unique ornamental clocks.

This period continued from 1603 to 1868. Incorporating the traditional Japanese time system, the clocks in this period were considered truly Japanese. In the Japanese time system, the day was divided into night-time and daytime, and each of these was further divided into six equal segments.

During the times of the Edo Era, a lot of manufacturing was done for the development of master clocks. This era generated some of the true masterpieces of clocks that consisted of wall clocks as well as spring driven clocks, which could easily be set up in the cabinets or shelves. Besides the development of master clocks, many clocks related to multifunction also started developing during this era. These multifunctional clocks had special features like calendars, chimes and alarms.

1868 to 1945 was the period of the birth as well as growth of the modern watch and clock making industry. This era is known in history as the Early Meiji Era. The start of this modern era was when the manufacture of wall clocks started in 1875. It was in 1894 that Osaka, which was a Japanese company, started making pocket watches, with the assistance of equipment and engineers from the US.

By the twilight of this era, there were more than twenty factories in Japan that were churning out more than 3.8 million timepieces on an annual basis. From then till the end of the World War II, pocket watches were manufactured by Japan and were widely used and respected.

The Japanese watch industry had support from the government, and a private sector institute was established that constantly worked on the improvement of domestic watches. In the 1920s, the manufacture of wristwatches was started by the Japanese; and, instead of a necessity, wristwatches became a symbol of fashion and still remain to be so.

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A Brief History Of Spring Drive Watches At Seiko

A Brief History Of Spring Drive Watches At Seiko

Seiko, a Japanese company, has been a trademark watch manufacturing company for a long time. It started in the year 1881 under the name Seikosha. In the beginning, Seikosha produced wall clocks and made its first pocket watch in 1895. However, the name of the company was changed to Seiko in the year 1929.

Spring Drive is the latest modernization of Seiko in the watch manufacturing arena. The design of Spring Drive watch was originally conceived in the year 1977 by a Japanese engineer at the Suwa plant of SEIKO EPSON. It took the Seiko Corporation roughly about 28 years to produce the very first Spring Drive watch. All the expertise of SEIKO in the mechatronics of timekeeping have been employed in both the conventional and electronic showgrounds in the Spring Drive version.

There is no doubt that Spring Drive Seiko watch is in fact a state-of- art mechanical watch. The internal mechanism and working of Spring Drive is extremely unique, novel and different from all the mechanical watches, which use spring as a source of power. A 300 years old technique of a mechanical escapement for the regulation of time is used to manufacture it. As a result, they have succeeded in producing a watch which has eliminated the age-old problems associated with mechanical escapements such as hairsprings, delicate balance wheels, pallet forks, and escape wheels.

Seiko Spring Drive watch is a true mechanical and does not need any battery replacement or recharge. It is an auto-wind mechanical watch that uses modern technology to regulate and measure time. Like other mechanical watches to store energy, it uses mainspring, barrel, automatic winder and stem winding mechanism. A high-tech system is used to regulate the time measurement in this watch.

The watch has a Tri-synchro Regulator, which is used for unwinding of the main spring. This regulator is used to control three forms of energy that are the mechanical power of the mainspring, the electrical energy generated from this mechanical power, and the electromagnetic energy that governs the rotation of the glide wheel. These three forms of energy are basis of Spring Drive mechanism.

To drive a control circuit and quartz crystal oscillator, the energy produced by the rotation of glide wheel is used. This results in the regulation of the electro-mechanical braking of the glide wheel. The glide wheel completes 8 revolutions around the regulator per second. The frequency of a glide wheel is continuously regulated by applying a variable braking force. This delicate watch was first exhibited in 2005 Baselworld Exhibition, and was commercially released for sale on stores in September 2005 in the USA, Europe and other places in the world.

Some of the salient features of a spring drive watch are as follows:

* Spring Drive Sonnerie caliber, 7R06 * Hour striking function: Three selectable modes, chiming every hour on the hour/chiming every three hours/silent * Hour repeating function * Power reserve indicators: Two, one each for the watch mechanism and the bell mechanism * Wind-up method: Manual-winding 12 o-clock direction for watch / 6 o-clock direction for the bell * Time accuracy: Monthly rate within 15 sec (equivalent to a daily rate of 1 sec) * Power reserve (watch mechanism): Approx. 48 hours * Power reserve (bell mechanism): More than 40 hours * Number of jewels: 88 * Movement diameter: 37.0 mm * Movement thickness: 7.05 mm * 617 components

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History and Stages of Development of the Seiko Watches

History and Stages of Development of the Seiko Watches

A wrist watch is an important accessory for an individual. It always lives in harmony with the user. There is an invisible bond that the wearer and the watch shares. This is exactly why Seiko strives to product the best quality wrist watches. The sale of Seiko watches has seen a rise because they build technologies based on the emotional bond between the owner and the product.

History of Seiko watches

The history of Seiko watches date back to 1881 when K. Hattori opened a clock repair store in Tokyo. In 1895, they made their first watch. Later the company made railroad watches for use by train drivers. In 1960, the Grand Seiko was made by Suva Seikosha. A second generation model of this watch was made in 1964.

In 1967 and 1968, the company made self winding and automatic models of the watch. The first Seiko watch for women was also made during these years. In 1988, the Grand Seiko quartz watch was made and in 1992 the quartz watch for women was launched in the market. Today Seiko has two studios that make watches with the qualified craftsmanship of 240 craftsmen who are motivated to do their work with high precision.

Seiko spring watches

There have been numerous advancements in technology that has resulted in the watch that the modern day world knows. Online stores have some of the best Seiko women’s watches for sale. In 1977, an engineer by name Akahane wanted to make an everlasting watch. After 28 years of innovative work and research, the Seiko spring drive watches came into being. It is very accurate to one second per day. The hands move in a glide motion. The watch is durable and corrosion free. Further it has an inbuilt alloy that increases power reserve for up to 72 hours.

Kinetic and mechanical watches

In 1986, Seiko developed the first kinetic auto relay watch that could convert kinetic energy into electrical energy. In 1999 and 2003, Kinetic chronograph watches were made. In 2005, the Kinetic perpetual was launched which combines features like the kinetic prototype with a calendar that is accurate up to the year 2100. In 2007, the Kinetic Direct Drive was introduced. It gained large popularity in the watch industry.

The mechanical watch called 6R20 has movements that are highly accurate and has a power reserve of more than 45 hours. There is a power reserve indicator in addition to 29 jewels, an engraved rotor and 208 parts. The modern day Seiko watches on sale are intricately deigned and can easily lure the hearts.

Seiko quartz watch

The Seiko quartz watch has a crystal oscillator that produces vibrations when voltage is applied to it. This is the basic concept of the watch. However it took many years for this idea to be implemented and the watch world to accept this idea of running a watch. The oscillating crystal had to be in the shape of a tuning fork. Moreover the development of an IC and a motor to run the oscillator were not easily accepted.

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A History of Watch Wearing

A History of Watch Wearing

I’ve never been much of a watch wearer. I love having the time close, but always end up loosing my wrist watches before I can really get used to wearing them. What follows is a history of my watch-wearing and as thrilling as that may sound, you may be surprised at how similar it may sound to your life.

When I was a pretty young kid, my mom bought me my first wrist watch. I loved the large numbers and ticking second hand. The only major problem with this watch was that it was not water proof. As a child I spent more time in our swimming pool then on dry land. Needless to say, this first watch did not stand the test of my aquatic life-style. After a while the minute hand stopped rotating, then the hour, and then the whole thing just stopped ticking.

In high school, I was gifted another, more shiny and expensive watch for my sixteenth birthday. Again, I tried valiantly to keep it on my wrist and never take it off. I did pretty well for about a year. Then I took ceramics. I had to take my watch off every day as I emerged my hands and arms in wet clay. It only took about two weeks for me to leave it in a ceramics apron, never to see it again.

When I moved out of my parents house and moved up to Seattle, I thought I’d give it another go with the old wrist watch. I found a good watch, and while it was no Rolex, I wouldn’t have to pay for Rolex repair if it stopped working. I liked the watch-it had a green canvas band and a nautical looking face. This watch lasted the longest on my wrist-surviving a total of two years of use before I eventually took it off in a hotel, never to see it again.

With the advent of cell phones and my increased dependency on them, I’ve not missed the ticking time on the end of my arm. The only major inconvenience I can tell about being cell phone reliant for the time is that I don’t always have my phone on me all the time. This proves a problem in the car, because for whatever reason my Nissan did not come equipped with a dash clock. In that case if I really need to know the time I have to tune into a radio station until they give the time.

So that’s the incredibly interesting history of my and my watches. I’d be curious to know if cell phones have cut wrist watch sales any, or if dedicate “watchers” won’t give up their hand-sized time tellers for more modern and often less accessible clock on their cell phones. Good watchmakers still hone their craft and pass it on to their apprentices. I think I’d be sad to see wrist watches die out all together. If nothing else, this next generation needs to know how to tell the time with something other than digital numbers.

Homefront Technologies, LLC. ( Rolex repair. Art Gib is a freelance writer.