Vintage Military Watches

December 30, 2009

A Brief History of Military Watches

Military watches, as their name suggests, were developed for use in the armed forces. The first military watches were naval pieces, chronometers that worked well for their purposes, but as other branches of the military – aviation in particular – made major technological advances around the time of the Second World War, precise seconds became critical. As the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention,” and Navigator (also known as “Pilot”) watches were born.

In Navigator watch design, the seconds bezel allowed the pilot to synchronize the seconds hand with correct reference time before takeoff, and to make manual corrections to radio time signals while in flight, thus eliminating any “chronometer error” and the navigational errors that could result.

Great War, Great Technological Advances

Seconds continued to be of the essence in both military technology and military watches. “Center-seconds” hands, (also called a “hack seconds feature”) – the feature that allowed for synchronization between two timepieces – continued to improve and advance.

The definitive Navigator “hack” watches feature a black dial and white Arabic numerals and indices, hour, minute, and center-seconds hands. Sizing is all over the board; historically, such notable companies as Elgin, Waltham, and Bulova Watches crafted watches (for the renamed Army Air Force in 1941), as small as 31mm in diameter. The German army tended toward larger faces, often in the 55mm range. These watches were worn on the outside of a flight jacket or on the navigator’s thigh. The Germans also added antimagnetic protection to their chronometers.

Within another major Axis power, Seiko produced a staggering number of military watches for the Japanese Imperial Army and Navy. These watches averaged around 49mm in diameter.

Navigating The Cold War

As the days of WWII faded into memory and the strained peace of the “Cold War” became reality, military budgets and military technology boomed. In the era of nuclear bombs the airplane ascended to its most powerful military and political role in history. Watchmakers rose to the call by designing an instrument worthy of going into battle with humankind’s most powerful weapon. Those were the Glory Days of the military watch, although no one design house can claim full credit for the strides made in the industry during that time.

Cold War-era military watches were much larger in size than the average American navigators before them. Averaging 36mm in diameter, the crafting of these timepieces was moved to Switzerland and Swiss military watch companies with centuries’ old reputations for precision. Like those before them, these Navigators also featured a matte black dial marked with white Arabic numerals 1-12, and with white indices. The new designs did not have white numerals at cardinal 3, 6, 9, and 12. Another new addition was a shatterproof Perspex acrylic crystal, which protected its large 12 ligne movement from magnetic fields. These hand-wound watches were expected to be water-resistant to 20 feet, including water-resistance under low-pressure at operational altitudes.

Own A Piece of History – At A Reasonable Price

While several of the top-tier watchmakers are reviving this classic style, vintage quality does not have to break the bank. Seiko watches established a reputation for the brand, recognized by watch collectors. You can buy watches from Seiko for reasonable prices, classic Navigator-style watches can be enjoyed by all.

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History of Croton Watches

December 29, 2009

Early Watch Manufacturing:

In the history, 1524 is known to be the earliest watch manufacturing year, however early manufacturing begins in France and in the year 1574 a watchmaker named as Charles Cousin shifted to Geneva in Switzerland from France and settled there and got citizenship after thirteen year. During that period, the watch was being used a jewel and became available for masses much later.

Charles Cousin founded a watch guild in Geneva and during the period Switzerland watches became famous. There were various watchmakers in Switzerland before Charles Cousin, but the commitment of Charles Cousin to organize the sector has given boost to the quality manufacturing and propagating the quality to the world. The timepieces made during the period were not perfect as of today. These first timepieces were inaccurate and most of the watches have only hour hand and had to be wound twice a day.

During the period 1600 to 1700, the watches remain a jewelry pieces and the period also saw technical innovation. Two types of watches pendulum and pocket watch were made available during the period. During 1675, a spiral balance spring was used, which improved the accuracy of timekeeping from a fraction of hour earlier to a fraction of minute. Till 1675, the pendulum type were used in the neck, Charles II of England introduced long waistcoats and men used the pockets of these waistcoats to put the watches.

By 1715, English watch makers started using diamond as bearings. By the ends of century the upper bearing of the balance shaft were likely to have the diamonds. During the early 1800’s, the machines for manufacturing watches were developed and clock parts were being manufacturers and subsequently the cost of various watches came down. In late 1800’s many well-known watch companies came and croton watch is one of them.

Croton Watch Company:

Croton Watch Company Inc. was established in the year 1878 and since then the family is continuously running business. Croton Watch Company Inc. is operated from New Jersey, USA. More than 128 years old company is known worldwide for the classical watches. Since the inception of the business, the family is fostering the business in not only United States, but throughout the globe.

Croton wristwatches are classically designed to keep the trends and advances in trend setting for the future generation. The various models of Croton watches have been featured in various magazines including Harpers Bazaar magazine. The models available with Croton are sometimes better than the costlier models supplied by other companies. Croton watch comes with a lifetime warranty.

Classical Models of Croton Wrist watches:

Some of the classical watch models of croton includes RC 307335 wrist watch for male, RC 211069 wrist watch for female, Croton ladies watch model 207758 RHMP, Croton men’s stainless steel limited edition Swiss automatic multifunction diamond bracelet watch, Croton men’s nicolet sport stainless steel bracelet watch, croton skeleton dial watch. All these watches are available from a range of $ 70 to $ 700 in the market.

Hamilton Pocket WatchIf you enjoy antiques there is not doubt that somehow you are looking for the vintage pocket watch. But finding and purchasing it truly challenges you. The first step that you need to do is to get familiar with the different styles and manufacturers of vintage watches. It is important that you now how to maximize your investment and assure that the watch you buy will have the best value.

The most reputable and dependable watches is the one created by the Waltham watch company. Located at Waltham Massachusetts, the company has been manufacturing watches way back 1800. During this time watches are very collectable and worth a lot of money to the perfect investor. It includes some of the famous vintage pocket watch including the 1853 Barlett watch. Originally this watch is sold for $40 quiet large amount of money at that time. If you happened to encounter one, don’t hesitate to purchase it without hesitation. Some watches such as the Bostom Watch Company this is the older name for Waltham are also collectable. The watches are marked Dennison, Davis and Howard.

Again if you happened to find one grab the opportunity while you can because they are in demand. Waltham Company has gone through many changes throughout the 1800 and with every change it usually comes up with more unique watches. However, the most collectable vintage watches come from the time before the century turn. Waltham was able to change the name and continued to create some of the best examples of vintage pocket watch the world has ever created. Because of lack of demand the company was forced to close out in the middle of 1950’s.

Elgin National Watch Company which is founded in 184 has produced watches until the middle of 1960’s and is another example of the finest technology of watches prior to 1900. The company began to produce watches in the city of Illinois which is highly desirable in the watch antique market. The image of the father time holding a pocket watch is the company logo.

Over the century many companies has created the best watch ever created in the century. Vintage watches became very expensive as the time pass by. Each model are remodelled and revolutionized to create the best watches ever. Waltham and the rest of the companies that manufactures pocket watches has made clock making in the history. Even the new name in clock making has making a big leap in clock making. Rolex which is known for its distinct design has able to produce the most expensive and most desirable clock ever. If before it was Waltham not it is Rolex time to prove that they are among the best maker of pocket watches in the world.

DKNY Womens Chronograph Crystal WatchThere are many different watch companies in the UK so many in fact that to name them would be very difficult. There are a few that do spring to mind however, and DKNY is certainly one of these. DKNY has been selling watches for both men and women for many years.

The demand for DKNY watches for men and women is very high. This is because DKNY watches are fantastic and any consumer, male or female, deciding to buy one of these watches will be extremely happy. DKNY is also known as Donna Karan New York and is the label of fashion designer Donna Karan. Donna Karan is the head designer of the company and founded DKNY in 1985. Her initial aim was to provide both comfort and luxury in all her clothing lines. There was definitely a market for comfort and luxury together and DKNY developed very quickly indeed. In fact, the company developed quicker than anyone expected. As a result, the company has become a hit sensation with the public and has expanded into many other areas.

One of the areas DKNY has expanded into is that of watches. These watches can be found at many of the top retailers and all these retailers are very happy to stock this product. This is because both men and women can buy DKNY watches and feel happy wearing them. In fact, DKNY watches are a very popular choice in the UK and are bought frequently across the country.

Many men seem to like DKNY watches because they feel comfortable wearing them and feel like they are wearing a luxury brand. Men also feel that these watches are very elegant and stylish and would be suitable for many different occasions. Women similarly, also feel that they can be worn for many different occasions. They like the watches because it is a lifestyle brand and the watches offer quality whilst also being very fashionable. DKNY watches are also suitable for many different occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and for other festive occasions throughout the year.

Both men and women have bought DKNY watches frequently for many years. This past trend is likely to be something that will occur in the future too as this product offers so much to both men and women. DKNY watches really are a great buy and will be popular for both men and women for many years to come.

DKNY Mens Watches

December 25, 2009

Buying a watch can be a very hard decision. This is because there are so many watches on the market that knowing which watch to buy can be difficult. Retailers do their best to provide each and every consumer with enough information to cause them a problem when choosing which watch to buy and consumers have so much choice that their decision making process can take a while. One option consumers can pursue is to buy a DKNY mens watch.

There are many different DKNY mens watches on the market. This is because the demand is so large. In the past, fashion accessories such as watches were far more popular with women. This was mainly because fashion accessories such as watches were largely associated with women. Now in the modern day however, men are just as likely to buy a watch as women. Retailers have cottoned on to this and therefore now promote far more watches for men.

Knowing which watch to buy can be a tough choice. However buying a DKNY mens watch is really rather simple. This is because DKNY mens watches have many characteristics about them that make them a good choice for people to buy. Firstly, they have all been designed to an excellent standard. This means that when men are wearing these watches they can appreciate how they look at the time. Secondly, DKNY mens watches are all extremely reliable. This is a big selling point when buying a watch as watches are meant to last a very long time. If people are going to part with their money they will need to know they are buying into a good brand that is reliable.

DKNY mens watches are also suitable for many different events. These include work events such as a business strategy meeting or a conference, social events such as a dinner party or a strictlycomedancing live show and also for family events such as an engagement or a wedding. Suitable for many events, they can be given as a present for many occasions too.

DKNY mens watches are very popular. This is because the watch itself is very reliable and looks nice too. They are also popular because they are suitable for so many occasions and can be given as presents too. They are therefore likely to be very popular for many years to come.

The gift market in the UK is massive. More and more companies are emerging as this market becomes increasingly more competitive. The main reason for this is because people like to give other people gifts. This may be because it is a person’s birthday, it may be for a festive occasion such as Christmas or it may be a present for someone at the office. Whatever the occasion, there are now so many opportunities to buy people gifts. The big decision of course is what to buy.

There are many alternatives people can give to other people. Watches are a big part of the gift market. This is because nearly everyone wears a watch and therefore nearly everyone wants one too. There are many different types of watches people can buy but one brand that is very popular is DKNY.

A DKNY watch is a very special item as the watch is both trendy and fashionable and looks as if someone has taken a lot of care in choosing the watch. A DKNY watch can be selected for just about any occasion. A DKNY watch can be for a birthday, it can be given as a Christmas present, or it can be given as a gift for a colleague at work.

A DKNY watch is a very good choice to give someone as a gift as it has so many qualities associated with it. DKNY watches all look very fashionable, trendy and stylish whilst also remaining both fun and professional.

A watch can be bought at almost every jewellery shop and watch store in the UK. This is because retailers know that DKNY watches are very popular and therefore make it readily available for people looking to buy a DKNY watch as a gift.

DKNY watches can also be bought as a self-purchase buy. This is because so many people in the UK want a DKNY watch. Reasons for this include the fact that DKNY watches are both trendy and fashionable and people just simply want to wear a watch that has these features associated with it.

It may also be the case that when a customer enters a jewellery shop to buy a DKNY watch for someone else, that having seen the watch, they decided to buy it for themselves. This is because DKNY watches are extremely appealing that consumers can find it very difficult to shy away.

Whatever the reason a person buys a DKNY watch, these watches are bought regularly in the UK and are cherished enormously. Anyone who receives a watch will certainly be very happy indeed and DKNY watches will be popular for many years to come.

DKNY Ladies Watches

December 25, 2009

There are thousands of watches woman can buy and DKNY ladies watches are a good choice. They are a good choice for many reasons and this article will discuss what those reasons are.

The first reason why DKNY ladies watches are a good choice for woman to buy is because they are seen to be very fashionable. Many women nowadays want to look as nice as possible and like to keep themselves up to date with the latest fashion trends. Something so simple like buying a pint of milk from the local newsagent means going outside and women always want to present themselves in the best way they can. They therefore try to look as fashionable as possible. There are many ways woman can do this but wearing a DKNY ladies watch is certainly a great stepping stone to looking fashionable.

The second reason why these watches are a good choice for woman to buy is because the DKNY brand is extremely well liked and highly regarded. This ties in with a previous point about women wanting to look fashionable, but the actual brand has a lot do with this. This brand is one that is highly sought after and woman across the world want to buy into this brand, especially when it comes to DKNY ladies watches.

The third reason why women like to buy these watches is simply because they can be worn for almost any occasion. For many years women have attended many social activities. This is because the choice of what social activity to attend is so varied. From ten-pin bowling to a fancy dress party, from a night out at the opera to a night in watching Casablanca, the choice is endless. Whatever the occasion is, women like to look the part and therefore opt for whatever they feel suits the occasion best. DKNY ladies watches are therefore so useful because they really can be worn for just about any occasion.

The fourth reason why women like to buy these watches is because they make great presents for friends and family. As previously discussed, they are also suitable for just about any occasion so giving another woman a watch can only be a good thing. If a woman was to receive a DKNY ladies watch they would be very happy indeed.

There are many reasons why women buy these watches and four of the main ones have beeen discussed. DKNY ladies watches really are a great buy for any woman and also a present. They are suitable for just about any occasion and are also fashionable and highly regarded too. DKNY ladies watches will therefore be sought after for many years to come.