The story of Ebel

Stories are what make the world tick, and love stories have a particularly universal appeal. In this regard, EBEL has an enduringly romantis tale to tell. Based on the union of its fouders, Eugene Blumand Alice Levy (EBEL isan acronym of the initials “Eugene Blum Et Levy”), and built from ots 1911 beginnings on the twin pillars of masculine and feminine values and qualities, EBEL has unfailingly benn united by the most powerful force in the world – love.

Heritage

From the very beginning of its history, the complementary talents and interests of this couple have shaped the heritage and corporate spirit of EBEL,and have inspired all those who have followed.

Building on the historical cornerstones of luxury,elegance,and sensuality,EBEL has instilled the highest watch industry standarts to ensure the functioning of its timepieces is as smooth as their inimitable look and feel.The end result is a range of models imbued with a unique blend of soft lines,suave textures and flowing curves.

Since 1911, EBEL has consistently dedicated the talents,passion and creativity of its people to desiging and crafting distinctive watches that evoke an enduring fascination.Each and every EBEL watch merges the brand’s visionary inspiration with … Continue reading...

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Definitions and terminology for watches part 1

Acrylic: This usually refers to the plastic crystals that were found on vintage pieces.

Adjusters: Some wristwatches have recesses on the side of the case to adjust the date or other functions with a special pointy instrument or a toothpick.

Adjustment: Most high-grade wristwatches may be adjusted or regulated by a watchmaker for better timekeeping.

Alarm: A complication on a wristwatch that allows the user to set an alarm sound generated by a tiny hammer that vibrates inside the case on mechanical pieces.

The LeCoultre Memovex alarm wristwatch is considered one of the most collectible vintage pieces on the market. The bottom crown controls the time and the upper one sets the mechanical alarm.

Amplitude: The maximum angle achieved by a swinging balance in the movement. This angle, measured in degrees is influenced by the available power from the Mainspring and the overall movement design and quality.

Analog: The term “analog” in horology refers to a wristwatch with hour and minute hands.

Antique: This refers to watches that are roughly 100 years or older (1920s or prior).

Aperture: AKA “Window” or an opening in the dial to reveal some information such as the day or date.

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What Should You Look for In Men’s Watches?

It’s the unfortunate truth that there are more watches for men than women. As there are so many available, you might be overwhelmed. There are many things to consider when trying to choose the best one. To help, we ran through a list of 8 points. They’d not only result in the best-looking men’s piece but the handiest.

Durability

When looking for a men’s piece, you’ll realize that they’re more durable than counterparts. This is as they come with bigger bodies. Along with size, something else that helps would be the material on their case. Surgical grade stainless steel can handle scratches and is very waterproof. G-shocks are known to be the most resistant watches around. They don’t make use of the metal but tough resin. When they hit the ground, it makes them bounce.

Size

You should probably look for a watch that’s over 1.65 inches (42 mm). When it comes to the devices, bigger is better. Because they’d look more prestigious. You should make note of how big its case is, not its dial. Just don’t take things to the extreme. Although men have larger wrists, and people with smaller arms can still wear larger watches, you could … Continue reading...

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How to easily clean the watch bracelet at home

We all know that in the summer the skin of the hands sweats a lot. As a result, the sweat pollutes and oxidizes the bracelets and necklaces, so it is very important that they are cleaned at least once a week. Sweat oxidizes both steel bracelets (any metal chain) and those made of gold and pla!num, changes the color of the metal and thus it looks old and worn. The bracelet and necklaces (any jewelry metal) can be cleaned at home, in which case you can use special cleaning agents such as Shinezy # 1 clean spray. Or you can simply use warm water, soap and brush (must be so% not to damage the metal).

Method of cleaning:

1. Shinezy # 1 clean spray is a strong non-toxic spray that is sprayed all over the bracelet and le% for about 1-2 minutes. A%er that, you can use a so% brush for hard-to-reach cleaning areas or wash the bracelet thoroughly with warm water. Dry the bracelet with a dry cloth, then you can use a metal polishing cloth for a perfect shine.

2. Preheat water and add a few drops of liquid an!bacterial soap to it. Then, ONLY immerse the … Continue reading...

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How many dial makers were used by Rolex for the series 16500?

Rolex employed four different manufacturers: Singer at La Chau-de-Fonds for lacquered and galvanised classical models, Beveler in Geneva for lacquered and galvanized dials and also some short series of jewelry models; Stem in Geneva for their creations in semi-precious stones, mother of pearl and pave brilliants, Lemrich in La Chau-de-Fonds,

On the dials of the series 16500, the 12 is replaced by the logo and is surmounted by the inscription giving the specifics of the watch. The Rolex logo is identical for all dials even though they were produced by four different manufactures. The rings of the totalizers are available in the least two sizes, narrow or wide fonts and writing position changes.

At the end of the 1980s the process for affixing the name Rolex and the technical characteristics change. The transferring plate is no longer hand-engraved, instead an acid process is used with allows a better quality even in the slightest details.

For the Cosmograph (series 16500), Rolex offered a vast choice of colors and iconography.

The inscriptions appear in a variety of ways since Rolex always looked for ways vary their position so as to obtain a graphically perfect dial.

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Different types of buttons in Rolex Daytona

In this short article, we want to show you the different button models of Rolex Daytona. They are divided into four generations, the first of which is the simplest for the model.

References 6239, 6241,6262 and 6264 have pump 24-P3 push buttons. For these references, one sometimes also finds replacement pressure-proof screw-down push buttons, possibly fitted during a maintenance service in order to improve the water-tightness of the case.

References 6240, 6263, 6265, 6269 and 6270 have pressure-proof screw-down buttons (1964 Rolex patent). There are three generations of pressure-proof screw-down push buttons: the first with knurled buttons, nicknamed “Milerighe” by collectors, fitted on reference 6240 and only initially on the references 6263 and 6265: the second and third with fluted buttons of the 24-P301 and 24-P302 type for references 6263, 6265, 6269 and 6270.

It is important to note that during maintenance services, Rolex often used to replace knurled “Millerghe” buttons by factory-mode spare-part fluted buttons, which were more user-friendly. Rolex uses the expression “pressure-proof screw-down push buttons” to refer to its water-resistant screw-down push buttons.

Rolex Daytona parts – You can found dials, bezels, buttons, crystals, crowns and etc.

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Steel Watches A 20th-Century Phenomenon

Of all the materials used to make watches, steel is unique in its ability repeatedly transcend its lowly status.Watches made from gold, platinum, ceramic, carbon composites and titanium fetch higher prices new, yet new steel watches from high-end brands remain impossible to get, while vintage steel watches continue to top auction house records.It’s downright counterintuitive. Understanding why vintage steel watches have become so valuable is a bit easier than grasping why new ones command prices well above list on the secondary market, but, as we will see, the two phenomena are intertwined.

Stainless steel didn’t become a commercially viable material until early in the 20th century. Europeans led the way, eventually developing corrosion-proof steel alloys. How ever, few watch manufacturers had the tools to effectively machine this incredibly hard material, and finishing steel was still a nascent artform. Even into the early 1960s, less expensive watches were typically made from bass and then plated in chrome. Steel watches remained the thing of military contracts and highly specific tool watches, like divers, pilots’ chronographs and GMTs, as well as waterproof expedition-ready timepieces. Furthermore, most of the steel watches made before the 1970s were not fashionable. The mid-20th century was a time … Continue reading...

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A very British story

The Double Impulse Chronometer, the first wristwatch completely made in England in more than half a century, has thrust the old firm Charles Frodsham & Co. into the spotlight.

-Charles Frodsham & Co. makes the most interesting chronometer wrtistwatch you have never heard of. The above statement is anachronistic, especially at a time when social media has given every brand a pulpit to preach to the choir. But then Frodsham, which can claim to be the oldest continuously trading firm of marine chronometers in the world today, has never really believed in putting itself out there. “We are not a brand, we don’t do social media. We have no PR and marketing. We let other people do the talking on our behalf,” says Richard Stenning, who along with his partner Philip Whyte run the firm today after having bought it in the mid-1990s. While you can appreciate the discrete manner in which they go about their business, as soon as their first wristwatch – the Double Impulse Chronometer – broke cover last year, literally anyone who had more than a passing interest in fine watchmaking and horological history was talking about it. “We didn’t quite realize the impact that it … Continue reading...

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