Expensive Watch – Worth It?

A. Lange & Söhne Lange Lange 1 Time Zone - expensive watch

Something is worth exactly what someone will pay for it. If someone is willing to pay a million dollars for a Timex Marlin, that’s what it’s worth. If someone’s willing to pay $10 for a Richard Mille (my bid) and no one will pay a dime more (which they shouldn’t), it’s worth $10. Of course none of that addresses the key question: is an expensive watch worth it? . . .

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Hacking Seconds Explained

Historiador close-up

Most modern wristwatches offer “hacking seconds.” The term refers to the ability to pull out the crown to stop the second hand, then push the crown back in to restart the second hand. With a watch so equipped you can synchronize your watch to an accurate timekeeping source – to the second or better. Before we explore the why and the precise how, here’s the technical bit . . .

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Seiko 50th Anniversary Astron

Original Seiko Astron (courtesy Deutsches-uhrenmuseum)In 1969, Seiko unveiled the Astron, the world’s first quartz watch. More accurate than any mechanical timepiece, the Astron marked the beginning of the “quartz crisis,” condemning centuries of Swiss mechnical watchmaking into oblivion . . .

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