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Waterproof vs Water Resistant Watches

Water Resistant vs Waterproof Watches – Is there a difference?

The terms “water resistant” and “waterproof” get thrown around a lot in the watch world. But what do they actually mean and is there a difference?

Let’s start with a little mythbusting.

“Waterproof watch” is an oxymoron

Let’s start by just removing “waterproof” from our vocabulary. It’s misleading at best and downright dangerous at worst. Waterproof implies that water cannot enter the watch. This is false. All watches will inevitably give in under enough pressure and let water in.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a Rolex Submariner or another well engineered timepiece made specifically for diving, all watches have their limitations as we can’t avoid the general laws of physics.

Waterproof is just marketing jargon

There is no meaning behind the usage of “waterproof”. If you see a watch manufacturer still using this term, it’s time to become suspicious of their marketing material and potentially question the quality of the watch itself. Don’t be fooled by marketing gimmicks.

Most watch manufacturers selling into English speaking countries switched from using waterproof to water resistant many years ago (around 1970). This was partly due to the misleading nature of the term “waterproof”. Consumer protection legislation in these countries would probably have an issue with the term waterproof too – as it could easily be argued a watch marketed as “water proof” would not be fit for purpose if any water did get inside.

Water resistant is now the standard

Most watch manufacturers have now abandoned waterproof for the more accurate term “water resistant”. This term actually has meaning, as watches claiming to be water resistant to a certain depth need to comply with specific testing of international standards. There are two different standards commonly used by watch manufacturers;

ISO 2281 – Basic standard for watch water resistance

ISO 2281 (now superseded by ISO 22810) is the standard manufacturers need to comply with if they want to legally claim their watch is water resistant. The compliance process is thorough, including tests for the following:

  • Water resistance: Watch is placed in 10cm of water for 1 hour .
  • Moving parts resistance: Buttons are pressed in 10cm of water for 10 mins.
  • Condensation: Watch is heated between 40 °C and 45 °C and a drop of water placed on the glass.
  • Temperature: Watch is placed in water of varying temperatures (40 °C to 20 °C and back to 40 °C)
  • Pressure: Watch is placed in vessel at pressure of rating for 10 mins.

 

ISO 6425 divers’ watches standard

Dive watches are regulated by a more comprehensive standard, the ISO 6425. This standard applies to watches rated at 100m or more water resistance. A big difference in the testing procedure is that each watch certified to ISO 6425 must be tested, not just randomised testing like the ISO 2281. This introduces a significant cost burden to the manufacturers which is ultimately passed onto the consumer. This has resulted in not all manufacturers opting to certify diving watches to ISO 6425.

Tests for ISO 6425 divers’ watch are significantly more thorough than the general 2281. These tests include:

  • Under water reliability Watch is placed in 30cm of water for 50 hours between 18°C to 25°C.
  • Crowns and buttons: Watch is placed under 125% of rated pressure for 10 mins and the crown and buttons are pressed.
  • Condensation: Watch is heated between 40 °C and 45 °C and a drop of water placed on the glass. Condensation tests are applied before and after the above two tests (Reliability + Crowns and Buttons)
  • Thermal shock: Watch is placed in 30cm of water for 10 mins of varying temperatures (40°C to 5°C and back to 40°C)
  • Pressure: Watch is placed in vessel at 125% of pressure rating for for 2 hours. Pressure reduced by 0.3bar and held for 1 hour.

In addition to the above, there are more requirements for mechanical watches covering bezel operation and visibility, readability at 25m, luminosity in total darkness, magnetic resistance, shock resistance, salt water resistance and strap durability. Mixed-gas diving watches also have special provisions.

It’s important to recognise the limitations of these lab tests on real-world diving conditions. Tests done under controlled lab environments face very different challenges when released into the wild world of diving where the watch will be truly tested.

Water resistance classifications – what the rating really means

Think you can go diving with your 50m water resistance watch? Think again. You’ll destroy your watch. The following table shows what each water resistance rating really means:

Water resistance FAQs

Water resistance can be a tricky subject, so we’ve pulled together the following FAQs.

Can I shower with my watch?

You may have noticed that we didn’t recommend showering as an activity for any watch, regardless of its resistance rating. This is because we don’t recommend showering with any watch as it will shorten its lifespan. Water, soap, shampoo and steam are natural enemies of internal watch components.

What stops water from entering my watch?

Rubber seals and gaskets provide the main barrier for water entering a watch. These do get dry over time and can stop providing an effective seal. We generally recommend having your seals checked and lubricated once every year for peace of mind.

Can I push the buttons under water?

Generally, no. Each button requires another seal, introducing another point of failure where water can enter. Using these buttons underwater will significantly increase the chance of failure. This is especially true of chronograph watches as they have more buttons/points of weakness.

There’s fog inside my watch. Is my watch doomed?

Not necessarily. Condensation generally forms when moving from a cold temperature to a warmer temperature. Water creeps in via air particles when it’s cold, and then liquify when it warms up. If it’s just a few little drops, it may very well go away on its own in  few days, but it’s still worth getting your seals checked.

Does age matter?

Absolutely. The older the watch, the greater the chance a seal is weak. Please don’t go diving with a vintage watch you haven’t had checked in a few years. This is likely to end in tears.

What do bar and atmosphere mean?

These are direct measures of pressure used by the watch industry. Bar and atmosphere (atm) are interchangeable.

Can I get my leather strap wet?

Nope. Don’t do this. Leather will stretch and warp when subjected to water, soap and other liquids. If you do get some water on it wipe it off – and don’t stress too much. Just don’t go swimming or showering with it.

Have any other water related watch questions? Please let us know in the comments below and we’ll answer them.

 


 

Bradley Cooper's Watch in Aloha

Bradley Cooper’s Watch in Aloha

Bradley Cooper wears an IWC Big Pilot IW500901 in the 2015 movie Aloha.

Bradley Cooper plays Brian Gilcrest, a military pilot contractor that needs to return to Hawaii to oversee the traditional blessing of a pedestrian gate. This gate is important to billionaire Carson Welch’s (Bill Murray) plans to construct a space centre nearby.

On arrival in Hawaii, Brian finds his ex-girlfriend Tracy (Rachel McAdams) married with two kids. One of which he later finds out is actually his daughter.

Emma Stone plays Captain Allison Ng, a young spritely “quarter Hawaiian” love interest that shares the same fascination with space and exploration as Brian did as a youngster. Brian would eventually turn his affections from Tracy to Allison.

Whilst generally considered a box-office flop (generating $26 million at a cost of $52 million), I really enjoyed seeing Bradley Cooper wear a watch he clearly admires, in a plot line that makes complete sense for him do do so (ie a pilot wearing a pilot watch).

Bradley Cooper’s IWC Big Pilot

Bradley Cooper - IWC Big Pilot (Emma Stone)

Bradley Cooper's IWC Big Pilot in Aloha

Cooper wears the statement watch throughout the movie. There’s actually few scenes where he doesn’t wear it. This wasn’t some prop decision, this is most likely Cooper’s personal watch as he is a long-time fan of IWC.

He’s been spotted wearing the exact same watch multiple times, including to the tennis with Gerrard Butler and to the movie premier of the Guardians of the Galaxy (both below):

Bradley Cooper - IWC Big Pilot - Off screen

In 2018, IWC decided to cement their relationship with Cooper by making him an official brand ambassador saying:

“With his pursuit of quality and creativity, he is a perfect match for IWC”

 

IWC Big Pilot Pros and Cons

Pros

  • At 46mm, this watch WILL make a statement
  • Iconic design stays true to original 1930’s model
  • Whopping 7 day power reserve
  • Luminous hands super easy to read on large black dial

Cons

  • Not very affordable (approx Check on Amazon)
  • This is a BIG watch – will take some getting used to if you haven’t worn a 46mm watch before
  • True pilot watch – emphasis on practicality of telling time, not wearing it day-to-day.

IWC Big Pilot Specs

  • Case size: 46mm
  • Case thickness: 16mm
  • Movement: IWC in-house calibre 5111
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Case: Stainless steel with protection against magnetic fields
  • Band material: Calf leather (Santoni)
  • Band width: 20mm
  • Water resistance: 60m / 200 feet
  • Other features: Date display at 6 o’clock and day display at 3 o’clock
 

The IWC Big Pilot is an impressive watch that incorporates vintage 1930’s design into a practical, well designed iconic timepiece. If you like larger watches and have a good sized budget to spend, this is definitely worth adding to your shortlist.

Check out IWC Big Pilot Prices

 

Citizen Eco-Drive Avion – Cheaper Alternative to the IWC Big Pilot

Want to pull off a similar look to the IWC Big Pilot, but don’t have that sort of cash handy? Then, the Citizen Eco-Drive Avion is a great choice. Featuring a slightly smaller size of 45mm and also in stainless steel, this watch might be the sensible introduction to big watches you need before investing in something more expensive.

Citizen Eco-Drive Avion Watch

 

Citizen Eco-Drive Avion Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Large 45mm size is still a big statement
  • Much more affordable ($139.99)
  • Vintage design inspired by 1950’s
  • Solar powered – no need to change batteries. Ever.

Cons

  • Dial readability is good, but is more crowded than the IWC Big Pilot
  • Doesn’t have the same luxurious feel and finishing touches as the IWC Big Pilot (ie Santoni calf leather strap)
  • Quartz movement, not automatic like the IWC

Citizen Eco-Drive Avion Specs

  • Case size: 45mm
  • Case thickness: 13.5mm
  • Movement: Japanese Quartz with solar powered battery
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Band material: Calf leather
  • Band width: 23mm
  • Water resistance: 100m / 330 feet
  • Other features: Chronograph with 1/5th second and 12/24 hour time. Date display between 4 & 5 o’clock.
 

Check out Citizen Eco-Drive Avion Prices

 

Other Bradley Cooper Movies

 


 

Walter White's watches in breaking bad (2)

Walter White’s Watches in Breaking Bad

Walter wears a Casio CA53W Calculator and a Tag Heuer Monaco in the Breaking Bad TV series.

Walter White is a high school chemistry teacher, turned master crystal meth maker in the wildly popular 5 season AMC series Breaking Bad. Played by Bryan Cranston, Walter turns to drug manufacturing once he learns he has cancer and needs the money to pay for treatment and to provide for his struggling family.

Full of resentment for previous failures such as selling his share in a company he helped found for a measly $5,000 and finding it hard to get ahead and live the American dream, Walter’s morality can be questioned when he starts to make decisions based on pure greed long after he’s successfully fulfilled his original, relatively modest financial goals.

The shift towards the darker side throughout the seasons is part of the reason this series has proven to be so gripping, winning critical acclaim and numerous Emmy awards.

Walter’s Casio CA53W Calculator Watch

Walter White Casio CA53W Calculator Breaking Bad

The Casio CA53W makes an early appearance, featuring prominently in the second episode of the first season in a car scene with Jesse Pinkman (see image above). This is perhaps the exact type of watch you’d expect from a no-frills chemistry teacher that values practicality above all else.

The Casio CA53W is a bit of a cult classic, but given Walter’s straight-forward approach to life at the beginning of the series, it’s pretty clear he wears this watch mainly as a practical tool.

The Casio CA53W Calculator Watch

Pros

  • Very affordable ($22.42)
  • Retro functional calculator
  • Stopwatch and dual time zones
  • Channel your 80’s inner geek

Cons

  • Unlikely to win any style awards
  • Display can be a little hard to read
  • You may end up tucked inside a high school locker

Casio CA53W Specs

  • Calculator features: 8 digits with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Water resistance: 50m / 165 feet
  • Movement: Quartz
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Resin
  • Case size:  35mm
  • Case thickness: 8mm
  • Band width: 20mm
  • Weight: 29g / 1.02 ounces
  • Other features: Stopwatch and alarm
 

Check out Casio CA53W Calculator Prices

 

Walter’s TAG Heuer Monaco

Walter White Tag Heuer Monaco Breaking Bad

Walter is given a Tag Heuer Monaco Chronograph as a gift for his 51st birthday by Jesse during the 4th episode in season 5. Jesse hands the watch to Walter whilst he is in a car, complete with the gift box. Walter later uses the watch as a symbol of trust during a one-sided conversation with a despondent Skyler:

“I want to show you something. See that watch. It was a birthday present. The person who gave me this present wanted me dead too. Not that long ago, he pointed a gun right between my eyes right here and he threatened to kill me. He changed his mind about me Skyler, and so will you.”

The last scene of the episode features Walter taking off the watch and leaving it on the bedside table as he undresses and goes to bed. The scene exits with an extreme close up of one of the dials showing the seconds ticking with a distinct ticking sound. It’s all rather ominous, with the watch playing a key role the sense that time is running out for something…

The TAG Heuer Monaco

The Tag Heuer Monaco is a very iconic watch, with this particular model bearing a close resemblance with the watch worn by actor and racer Steve McQueen in the 1971 film La Mans.

Pros

  • Super iconic square style
  • One of the first automatic chronographs
  • Dazzling blue face
  • Did we mention Steve McQueen!

Cons

  • Distinct style may prevent it from being main watch
  • Quite pricey – potentially paying for Steve McQueen linkage

TAG Heuer Monaco Specs

  • Model No: CAW2111.FC618
  • Water resistance: 100m / 330 feet
  • Movement: Swiss automatic calibre 12
  • Crystal: Scratch resistant sapphire
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size:  39mm
  • Case thickness: 15mm
  • Band width: 22mm
  • Band material: Blue alligator leather
  • Weight: 112g / 3.95 ounces
  • Other features: Blue dial and two subdials (30 mins, 60 sec)

 

Check out Tag Heuer Monaco Prices

 

Best Watch for Law Enforcement Officers

Best watch for law enforcement officers

What makes a great watch for law enforcement officers?

Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) have a super demanding job and need a watch that is up to the task. After speaking with LEOs (police officers and military police) and conducting other online research, we the best watches for LEOs have the following attributes:

    • Durable: Wrestling, bashing down doors and other high impact activities on top of general day-to-day duties require a watch that is capable of taking a real beating in a variety of environmental conditions including resistance to water.
    • Affordable: Until you rise the ranks, it doesn’t really make a lot of sense to outlay a lot of money for a watch that can easily get misplaced, broken or even stolen.
  • Discreet: Something flashy has the potential to go down the wrong way with superiors and colleagues as it can be single you out for thinking you’re better than others and perhaps not a team player. Best to fit in for a few years, earn your reputation then upgrade to something more suited to your personality.
  • Digital over analog: The consensus is that digital is easier to read and more accurate at a quick glance for most LEOs. Every minute can matter, so readability and telling the time quickly are important
  • Illumination: This one is little subjective as rookies doing night and morning shifts may very well need strong illumination and a night light. Others may require a stealth watch if they are in a tactical position.
 

Our 5 best watches for LEOs

Taking the above attributes into account, we’ve reviewed many watches and narrowed our choice down to the following top 5.

1. G-Shock 9052

Casio G-Shock DW9052 Close Up - Police officer watch

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Very tough
  • Popular and unassuming choice. Great for rookies finding their feet.

Cons

  • Not a lot of features at this price
  • Can be bulky for smaller wrists

The entry level G-Shock by Casio has a lot going for it. It’s cheap, super tough, shock resistant and has enough basic features to get the job done.

Given the price, popularity and unassuming nature of this watch, there is very little downside to purchasing one. If you like it, chances are you’ll upgrade models to something like a GWM5610 Solar (also in this list), G-Shock Mudman or Rangeman down the track.

Worst case if you do decide it’s not the right watch for you, at least you haven’t spent much money on it and it hasn’t drawn any unwanted attention. If you’re starting your career as a police officer, we think this is the best G-Shock option.

Check out G-Shock Prices

 

2. Suunto Core All Black Military

Suunto Core All Black Military

Pros

  • Feature packed ABC (altimeter, barometer &
    digital compass)
  • Large, easy to read face
  • Sleek, stealth design is very popular
  • Handy sunrise & sunset functions

Cons

  • Might be a little flashy for some
  • Negative display can be harder to read
  • Battery life can be on the short side if constantly using ABC features

The Suunto Core All Black (or Military) is a popular watch that comes packed with a host of features. An affordable Altitude, Barometer & Compass (ABC) watch that has a good backlight when you need it. Other features include a storm sensing function that recognises a drop in air pressure and sends you a warning. Note, there is no GPS function. If you need GPS you’ll need a Suunto Ambit3 or similar model.

The popularity of this watch has led to it achieving cult status, which has only increased since the release of the popular Equalizer movies where Denzel wears a slightly modified version of the Suunto Core All Black.

The biggest downside to this watch for a LEO is actually its good looks as it has the potential to draw a little too much attention from superiors.

This watch is one to consider if you’re after a feature packed watch with sleek good looks. This could easily be your 24/7 watch, which is certainly something to consider as it means you’ll never have to remember to change watches for duty.

If you’re comfortable wearing a slightly flashy watch, there’s very little stopping this from being the watch for you.

Check out Suunto Core Prices

 

3. G-Shock GWM5610 Solar

Casio G-Shock GWM5610 Solar

Pros

  • Tough as nails
  • Solar means no need to replace the battery
  • Atomic timekeeping – never need to reset the time
  • Small and discrete square form factor can fit on any wrist

Cons

  • Arguably not a super good looking watch. May need an off-duty watch.
  • Backlight can not always be counted on

The G-Shock GWM5610 Solar is about as close to a set and forget watch as you can get. With a solar power source and atomic timekeeping, you really don’t need to worry about anything.

Add in the toughness of a G-Shock watch, water resistance of 200m (660 ft) and a discrete square form factor, you’ve got a watch that many LEOs swear by as their main duty watch.

The downsides are minimal. It’s solar powered, so if you’re using the light for an extended period of time it will reach its limit and stop working until exposed to sunlight again.

Of course looks are subjective. But, I think it’s fair to say this isn’t the sexiest watch on the list. That is great whilst on duty as it won’t draw attention, but the flip side is you may want another watch when off duty.

Bottom line is this is a fantastic watch for the on duty LEO. It is roughly double the cost of the other G-Shock on this list, so whether you choose this will depend on whether you like the convenience of solar power and atomic timekeeping in a discrete package.

Check out G-Shock GWM5610 Prices

 

4. Seiko 5

Seiko 5 SNK809 Automatic

Pros

  • Very durable
  • Low depth profile for automatic
  • Can be dressed up or down
  • Great price for a quality automatic

Cons

  • Analog display is not for everyone
  • 37mm might be too small for some LEOs

The Seiko 5 SNK809 is an entry level automatic timepiece that has packed great build quality, versatile styling and durability into an affordable price.

It is an automatic, which means it is self winding with arm movement. Once fully wound, it has a 40 hour power reserve. You will need to move around 8 hours each day to ensure it maintains power and accuracy, but this should be fine unless you’re an officer normally chained to a desk.

This simple yet stylish stainless steel watch can easily be dressed up for any formal events with a new strap/bracelet. It’s simplicity also means it isn’t overly flashy, so it shouldn’t catch any unwanted attention.

The biggest drawbacks are that it’s an analog which clearly doesn’t have a lot of the digital features and instant readability of the digital watches in this list. This may be a huge issue depending on the requirements of your job.

If you are in the market for an affordable, durable and simple automatic that you can wear 24/7, the Seiko 5 is certainly worth exploring further. Potentially a great option for police officers as they start to move up the ranks.

Check out Seiko 5 Prices

 

5. Luminox Navy Seal

Luminox Navy SEAL Colormark 3051.BO

Pros

  • Tritium provides fantastic luminosity
  • Super lightweight (56 g or 1.98 oz)
  • Easy to read dial

Cons

  • More of a tactical watch
  • No screw down case
  • Most expensive in our list

We are big fans of the Luminox 3051 as it’s easily one of the best tactical watches for LEOs. We’ve previously written about this watch specifically for police officers and whilst it is the most expensive in our list, it is still an affordable option for most.

The readability of this watch under ALL conditions, including darkness and underwater is what really makes this watch stand out (pun intended) from the rest. The tritium in the hands and markers is made from a radioactive isotope that slowly decays over time. This is different from most other watches that use phosphorescent inserts that need to be recharged by an external light source. The Navy Seal pedigree means this watch has top, reliable water resistance too.

If your role involves a lot of water contact you might also want to consider a good dive watch as part of your gear setup.

We’ve feature the black out version here to complete the tactical, military watch feel. But you could easily opt for the regular/non-black out model. The case is made from stainless steel with a Carbonox coating which increases durability and provides the nice black matte finish.

This watch clearly isn’t for all LEOs. And we accept that. We’ve included it here as a good tactical option or those that value luminosity above everything else.

Check out Luminox Navy Seal BO Prices

Are you a LEO with more suggestions we should review? Please feel free to let us know what you’ve been using below and whether you’d buy it again.

The Equalizer Watches - Denzel and Edward

Equalizer Watches – Then and Now

You’re probably familiar with the Denzel Washington film adaptation, and potentially even own a Suunto Core Ultimate Black like that worn in the Equalizer movies. But, have you taken the time to pay tribute to the original 80’s series, also titled, The Equalizer?

There’s a lot of great old school action in the 5 seasons of The Equalizer series. Edward Woodward plays Robert McCall who atones for his past by helping others that find him through his newspaper ads: “Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer. 212 555 4200.

There’s certainly less action and violence in the original TV series, but some have argued the story and plot of the original surpasses anything the first two Equalizer movies have offered.

The watches worn by the main characters in each provides a nice reflection on the different takes the directors have taken. The elegant, simple gold time piece worn by Edward Woodward suits his refined character. Where as the digital military style watch worn by Denzel fits his precise and practical portrayal of Robert McCall.

Equalizer Watches - Then and Now

Who wore it better – Edward or Denzel? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

What Kind of Watch does Stephen Curry Wear

What Kind of Watch Does Stephen Curry Wear?

Stephen Curry, guard for the Golden State Warriors NBA team and two time league MVP,  is actually a bit of a watch collector.

The notoriously under-sized boy from Charlotte sprung out of his father’s (Dell Curry) footprints during the 2012-13 season with a record 272 three pointers made during the regular season. Steph has since shattered this record on several occasions and led the Warriors to NBA glory during the 2015, 2017 and 2018 seasons. He is a phenomenal talent that many now regard as the best shooter in NBA history. However, it wasn’t always this way, as the following short documentary shows his long term struggle to overcome his small stature. Give it a watch, it’s a great story of perseverance.

Steph Curry wears multiple watch brands ranging from high end Rolexes, to the more affordable Movado Museum Classic. With a $35 million salary (2018 Golden State), Steph can clearly afford to wear exclusively super high-end watches if he was so inclined, but we like that the family man mixes up his flashy watches with some simple, elegant and attainable timepieces.

Steph Curry’s Rolexes

Stephen has been spotted wearing various Rolexes. For the big occasions, he appears to prefer his impressive Rolex Deepsea diver. He wore this whilst accepting his MVP trophy in 2016 and when he met President Obama in 2015 through his charity efforts on fighting malaria. His Deepsea is a large 44mm steel oyster model featuring self winding calibre 3135 movement, patented scratch resistance Cerachrom unidirectional bezel with 60 min graduations, and a 70 hour power reserve. Make no mistake, this is a serious dive watch, but obviously also carries the elegance for occasions such as meeting the US President.

Stephen Curry Rolex Deepsea Dweller 666

Steph also owns a 40mm Everose Day-Date President he’s previously sported to some games.

Steph Curry’s Movado Museum Classic

One of Steph’s more attainable, yet elegant timepieces is his Movado Museum Classic that he’s worn to post-game press conferences.

Stephen Curry Movado Museum Classic with Daughter

We find that Steph wearing a watch with a family friendly budget to a press conference where his daughter, Riley, stole the show to be quite fitting. The classy, yet relaxed Movado with a simple numberless blackface is dressed up with the goldtone hands and the signature dot at 12 o’clock. This watch suits Stephen Curry’s image perfectly.

We couldn’t let this opportunity slip to show you the video of Riley taking control of yet another press conference with her effortless charm:

You can grab yourself a Movado Museum Classic from Amazon below. Whilst we can’t guarantee it will help you become the next MVP, you can at least look the part.

 

Grab the Movado Museum Classic on Amazon

 

What Kind of Watch does Warren Buffett Wear

What Kind of Watch Does Warren Buffett Wear?

Warren Buffett, currently worth $90B and 3rd on Forbes rich list behind Jezz Bezos and friend Bill Gates, made his fortune by being an incredibly astute investor in various companies. Known for his frugal and practical nature despite his immense wealth, we’re naturally interested in type of watch the ‘Oracle from Omaha’ chooses to wear.

The following video features some inspirational moments from Buffett, giving a great glimpse into the type of mindset that has allowed him to generate such wealth and provides insight into his core values.


 

Warren Buffet wears a Gold Rolex Day Date

  • Price: $27,947.90
Known for buying hail damaged cars and driving them until they are “embarrassing”, and living in the same modest house he purchased in 1958 for $31,500 – partly because it’s only a 5 minute drive from his office. You’d almost expect Warren to be wearing a hand-me-down Casio.  Well, not quite. He’s actually very proud of his 18K gold Rolex Day Date and is often seen wearing, and even talking about it. Not in a bragging way, but in a way that backs up his investment principles. This is best illustrated by his quote: “Why not invest your assets in the companies you really like? As Mae West said, ‘Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” Word has it that he tried to purchase the Rolex company from the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation. A clear indicator in that he doesn’t just love his watch, but sees significant value in the Rolex brand.

 

Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.

- Warren Buffett

 

The Rolex Day Date in 18K Gold

Certainly not exactly a watch for the masses with a current price tag of $27,947.90, the 18K Rolex Day Date is not overly flashy either. Known for its classic, timeless elegance, the Rolex Day Date is perhaps the most instantly recognizable watch in the world.

The most popular size of the Rolex Day Date is the 36mm, but you can certainly go bigger with a 40mm models. As the name suggests, the Day Date features the full day name on the dial, along with the date at 3 o’clock. Today, the movement is controlled by Rolex’s Calibre 3255, with self-winding mechanical movement offering superb precision, power reserve and resistance to shocks and magnetism.

Given Warren’s appetite for a good deal, perhaps today he’d be looking for a pre-owned watch like this one which retails for Out of stock, significantly less than the retail price of a new Rolex.

Warren Buffett Rolex Day Date Gold

 

Check out the Rolex Day Date Gold on Amazon

 

What Kind of Watch does Bernie Sanders Wear

What Kind of Watch Does Bernie Sanders Wear?

Bernie Sanders, the United States Senator for Vermont raised to fame during the 2016 Presidential election when he eventually lost out to the Democratic nomination for US President to Hillary Clinton.

Known for his strong stance against corporate greed in applying his interpretation of democratic socialism, Sanders rallied a vocal fan-base that continued to find support after the 2016 presidential nomination defeat. Given his strong political views on the influence of corporations and role of social welfare, we thought it would be interesting to find out what watch the Senator chooses to wear.

Bernie Sanders wears a Citizen Eco-Drive

If you were expecting Bernie to wear something super flashy, expensive or exclusive, you’d be rather disappointed as this would definitely run against his public image – which is clearly very important to a politician. Instead, the Citizen Eco-Drive is mostly known for being super practical in that its quartz movement derives its power from the sun (or other light sources), giving it a fantastic power reserve of roughly 6 months after only a couple of days of normal wear.

The stainless steel dress watch is 39mm wide, with a black face, three hand functions, date function at 3 o’clock and water resistance rated to 30m – but certainly don’t take it diving (check out our guide to dive watches for this). Citizen has done a really good job of marketing their watch to the “everyday man” since their founding in 1930’s, something Bernie is no doubt aware of when choosing this watch as it fits his political profile perfectly. The Eco-Drive technology pioneered by Citizen does mean that Bernie can campaign without ever having to worry about changing his watch battery (unlike Donald Trump’s largely ill-received foray into watch manufacturing).

Bernie Sanders Citizen Eco-Drive

The model that Bernie wears (BM0910-57E) is hard to find for retail purchase today. But, that doesn’t really matter as we prefer the style and sleekness of the titanium version of the eco-drive. Both versions of the watch are affordable and stay true to Bernie’s “everyday” appeal.

 

Get your Citizen Eco Drive from Amazon

 

Our Picks for the Best Watch Repair Kits

Best Watch Repair Kits

Watch repair kits have proliferated onto the scene in recent years, allowing home enthusiasts and wannabe watchmakers access to whole new world of tinkering opportunity. But with so many options, the question remains, what is the best watch repair kit for you?

But before diving into some watch kits, it’s important to take a step back and ask yourself whether you really need a fully fledged kit, or whether you really just need one or two pieces first and then start building your own kit.

 

Watch repair kit vs Buying tools as needed

This is generally the first question you should be asking yourself. Are you really just trying to fix the problem you have now, or do you actually want to have that 18+ piece kit handy in case of future emergencies. You might be better off in the long run by slowly building your high quality, bespoke kit if right now you really just want to remove a link or two from your bracelet.

Also, before embarking on a mad scientist type experiment with an expensive watch, ask yourself how much do you care about the watch you are DIY repairing. It will hurt a lot less if your repairs to a $50 Casio don’t got as planned than botching up that antique Rolex Submariner that’s stopped ticking.

The pros and cons of each option are listed below:

Watch repair kits

Many pieces in one kit

cheaper than buying individually

Generally lower quality

Best for light users

Individual Tools

NEED to buy each Tool

Higher cost

Generally higher quality

Best for everyday or heavy use

 

Heck, if you just want to change the battery once every couple of years, you’re most likely better off financially (and with less headache) just going to your local jeweler and have them change it for you. But, you most likely wouldn’t be reading this post if you didn’t want to get your hands dirty and start tinkering with your watch collection.

 

Is your watch still under warranty?

An important point here, as just like jailbreaking your iPhone, opening up your watch will most likely result in voiding your manufacturers warranty. You’ve been warned! Now, with that out of the way, let’s get to the kits.

 

What should your watch repair kit include?

Your budget, short and long term requirements should dictate the quality of kit and how many tools you realistically need. The following tools are common in good quality kits:

  1. Range of small screwdrivers (1.00mm, 1.40mm & 2.00mm)
  2. Spring bar removal tool
  3. Case wrench – for opening cases. The size of the wrench will dictate the size of the case it can open. If you have a large watch case (34mm+), you’ll generally need to make sure the included wrench is large enough.
  4.  Case knife – for opening dust proof cases
  5. Watch link remover tool
  6. Tweezers
  7. Pliers
  8. Polishing cloth
  9. Carrying bag – Easy to overlook, but you’ll definitely loose some of these small tools if you don’t keep them in a dedicated, well organised bag.

 

Our best watch repair kit picks

We’ve chosen the following 3 watch repair kits based on price, quality and user reviews:

Ohuhu Professional 147 PCS Watch Kit

Price 

$16.99


Includes

- Adjustable case opener

- 18x adjustable case opener pins

- Watch case opener knife

- Stainless steel tweezer

- Spring bar tool (& 2 spare tips)

- 108x watch strap spring pins

- Hammer

- Link remover (incl 3 spare pins and 2 spare gold pins)

- Watch case holder (10-45mm)

- 3x screwdrivers

- Carry Case


Best for

This 141 piece entry level kit is great for those that are making their first foray into watch repairing and want a kit with all of the essentials. 

EzTool Professional Watch Repair Kit

Price

$23.87


Includes

 - Extra large (up to 58mm) 3-point jaxa case wrench opener

- Watch link remover tool

- 3x pin-punch

-Hammer

- Pliers

- Spring bar removal tool

- Band holder

- 5x screwdrivers

-Tweezers

- Case pry

- Carry case


Best for

Large watch cases and handy 41 page illustrated guide makes it easy to hit the ground running and make repairs straight away.

Stago Deluxe Watch Repair Tool Kit

Price
$45.97


Includes

Adjustable case opener (up to 38mm)

- 18x adjustable case opener pins

- 3 in 1 screwdriver

- 4x mini pliers

- 90x Watch Strap Spring Pins

- Small Hammer

- Watch Case Knife

- Watch case Holder

- Watch Band Link Remover (incl 3 extra pins)

- 3x Slotted Screwdrivers

- Carry case


Best for

This sturdy 141 piece tool kit offers all the tools you could want as a novice watch repairer in a nicely designed carry bag. 

 

Got some other kit/tool suggestions for tinkering with your watch collection? We’d love to hear your choices in the comments below. Happy repairing!

 

 

What Kind of Watch does Bill Gates Wear

What Kind of Watch Does Bill Gates Wear?

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and the second richest man in the world (behind Jeff Bezos, but still in front of long time friend Warren Buffett) wears a remarkably modest watch.

Gates is also well known for his many philanthropic endeavors. In fact, one of the primary reasons he is no longer the richest man in the world is because he has chosen to give away a substantial part of his fortune. He, along with Warren Buffet, also influenced many other mega-rich celebrities and entrepreneurs to donate at least half of their wealth through “the Giving Pledge”. Well played Mr Gates.

Given Mr Gates’ wealth, you’d possibly expect him to be sporting a super exclusive Rolex, Omega or similar. But no, fitting with Mr Gates’ rather conservative lifestyle, he opts to wear what he calls a “$10 watch”. This $10 watch is actually a Casio Illuminator W214H-1AV, and whilst it is certainly an inexpensive watch, you may have to pay a little more than the $10 quoted by Bill (check Amazon for current price).

Check out the video below by Politico where when asked whether the watch he is wearing is similar to a medical watch he is currently speaking about, Bill responds with “no, this is a $10 watch.”

The Casio Illuminator W214H-1AV

  • Price: Check on Amazon
Certainly a relatively humble watch for a man of Bill’s stature, the Casio Illuminator W214H-1AV is a digital watch with a 45 mm plastic case and silicon band. The Japanese manufactured Casio is water resistant to 50m and has quartz based movement. Digital features include 3 countdown dials, stopwatch and alarm. For a cheaper watch, it’s certainly well built and durable. Given many ultra-rich decide to show off their wealth with flashy, expensive watches, it’s refreshing that all fans of Bill Gates can “be like Bill” with a very affordable Casio.

 

Bill Gates Wears a Casio W214H-1AV

 

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The Casio Quartz Diver 200m WR

  • Price: $41.93
Clearly a Casio fanboy, Bill has also been spotted wearing another affordable timepiece, the Casio Quartz Diver 200m WR. This dive watch features Japanese Quartz movement, unidirectional bezel (a key feature for a quality diving watch), stainless steel case and a resin band. The face has a black background with white display for markers for the hour indices and bezel markers. The date is displayed at 3 o’clock, includes a screw down crown and is rated to 200m water resistance.

This is a homage watch to the much more expensive and iconic Rolex Submariner and is a very practical watch for those on a budget, but still expect to get wet from time to time and want a durable watch that won’t break under the stresses of an active lifestyle. Whilst more than $10, few would argue that this watch is out of character with Bill’s preference for functionality over glamour. An affordable watch for the most active keyboard warriors, this would be our choice when emulating the style and philosophy of a man worth 90+ Billion.

 

Bill Gates Wears a Casio Diver 200m WR

 

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