eBay: Investing in trust – Authenticity Guarantee

eBay, one of the largest luxury watch marketplaces in the world (over 2 million watches were sold in 2019, nearly 8 million watches sold over the past three years), has recently launched “Authenticity Guarantee,” a new post-sale authentication service for all watches sold for $2000 or more in the U.S. Watches with the guarantee are inspected and verified by independent experts. eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee aims to provide an extra layer of trust and confidence for shoppers browsing the nearly 80000 new, pre-owned and vintage watches marked with the Authenticity Guarantee badge on eBay.com/LuxuryWatches. All watches verified as authentic come with a guarantee card detailing information such as the brand, model, reference number, movement type, case material, bracelet type and serial number, as applicable.

eBay has also announced new features and experiences, including escrow payment (in partnership with Escrow.com) on watches sold for $10,000 or more, and is unveiling “eBay Channels,” a new app experience.

“For 25 years, watches have been of the top-selling categories on eBay thanks to the marketplace’s unmatched selection of luxury goods,” said Tirath Kamdar, General Manage of Luxury at eBay. “We know trust is paramount among the watch community, and with Authenticity Guarantee and adding … Continue reading...

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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.

Arabic Numerals: Numerals on … 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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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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Tissot: Defeating The Enemies of Chronometry

Unfortunately, watchmaking has numerous enemies that affect the mechanical heart of certain timepieces, or even damage them irremediably. To combat these, Tissot has introduced a new material in its watch collection: silicon.

Shocks, corrosion, friction, damp, magnetic fields, wear and tear – the life of a watch is not always easy. Contrary to what one might think, they are not comfortably installed on a wrist away from all danger, but each day, come across many situations that are dangerous for the watch, the case, and the movement inside it.

Since the 1930s, Tissot has been working to find innovative solutions to produce timepieces that are reliable and accurate at a reasonable price.

Magnetic fields: enemy nº 1

Don’t bother to try looking for culprits: they are everywhere – and they are invisible! In fact, magnetic fields fill our everyday world, from the fridge that you open to grab a bottle of milk to the handbag with a magnetic clasp where you keep your purse, house keys and mobile phone. So many ordinary objects and actions that, despite everything, have an impact on the life of a watch. Why?

Because “strong magnetic fields can affect accuracy, especially in mechanical watches. They … Continue reading...

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Rolex: King Of The Sky

While the Air-King refers to the historical links between Rolex and aviation, this new model makes a modern statement with a 40-mm case, boldly styled dial, and Rolex’s own “Superlative Chronometer” certification.

Take the silhouette of the Milgauss, add a touch of the Explorer, a golden crown-shaped logo on the dial, a few dashes of Rolex green, and the model’s name printed in italics across its face and presto! That’s how the new Air-King appeared, in all its sleek and alluring glory, at its premiere in 2016. Its exterior shows none of the grand history and interesting anecdotes that accompany this watch and make it one of Rolex’s most popular models. Newcomers to the brand frequently choose this watch as their very first Rolex – not only because of its comparatively low price.

Rolex’s historical literature recalls the pioneering English airman Charles Douglas Barnard who took part in record-breaking flights and air races in the 1920s and ’30s, during the golden age of aviation. Because of the Oyster’s unusual qualities, Barnard hailed it as superbly suited for pilots – and he promised to wear it on all of his future long-haul flights.

Another piece of history involves the pilots in … Continue reading...

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Vacheron Constantin History: Pioneers of Precision

Even in the traditional Swiss watchmaking industry, it’s something truly special when, like Vacheron Constantin, a manufacture can look back on more than a quarter of a millennium. Using new sources, we trace Vacheron Constantin’s unique business history.

When Jean-Marc Vacheron founded his business in 1755, the world had not yet begun to feel the icy, metallic touch of the Industrial Revolution, whose dawn lay a few years ahead. The craft of watchmaking still proceeded at its accustomed, leisurely pace.

Approximately 800 horological craftsmen were active in Geneva at this time. Geneva, together with the Neuchâtel – Le Locle region and the Vallée de Joux, were the cradles of the watchmaker’s art. The watchmakers were called cabinotiers in honor of the well-lit “cabinets” on the top floors of the houses in Geneva’s Saint-Gervais neighborhood where they worked. Their tasks were assigned to them by établisseurs, manufacturers who bought and assembled all the parts needed to produce complete watches. Under the steady scrutiny of a master watchmaker, as many as eight cabinotiers labored in each atelier.

According to accounts of the time, a typical cabinotier was an artist, a learned man and a bohemian all rolled into one. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who … Continue reading...

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