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Bigger is Not Always Better!- Watch Sell

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Vintage Patek Philippe

Over the last decade there has been a large shift in the luxury watch market towards timepieces with big and over sized cases. Many luxury brands such as Panerai, Ulysse Nardin, Breitling and Omega have released collections with cases that measured 44mm diameter or larger. Even Rolex who has a history of making mid sized watches embraced the trend; in 2007 they released the Yacht-Master II with a case that measured 44mm. The Yacht-Master II like many large watches has a thick case that really make it’s presence known and can even make the biggest wrist look small. These large sports watches are great attention getter and suit those who don’t mind having their watch get all the limelight.

Now during the past couple of years there has been a steadily growing group of consumers who are pushing for a return to form. This growing segment of  the market is purchasing timepieces that mirror the trends of the past, when watches rarely exceeded 37mm. The timepieces of the 50’s and 60’s traded flash for a more subdued beauty; these watches were made to compliment an outfit rather than outshine it. A great example of a classically created watch is the Patek Philippe Calatrava with a 37mm case, a stark, cream colored dial and only a small second sub dial. These type of watches tend to be attached to beautiful brown/black crocodile straps or had a small stainless steel bands. This new trend is so strong that consumers who can’t find a more modern interpretation of the classic wristwatch are actually going out and buying vintage pieces. We here at Raymond Lee Jewelers have a wide verity of vintage timepieces at amazing prices. Watch Sell.

Whether you prefer a large or a midsized watch, your watch collection in all honesty should have one of each. I know my last statement will sound like heresy to consumers who are steadfast in their adhere to a certain watch size but it is true. Watches are more than just a reliable way to tell time; they are silent and unique way of expressing something about ourselves to the world. Both watches have their time and place for example a large watch should be worn with a more casual outfit to spice it up. If you are dressing for a date or important social event, large wristwatches are a great option as they tend to attract attention and stands you out from the crowd. A midsized watch on the other hand should be worn at the office especially if you are wearing a suit. These watches lay low on the wrist and tend to only peek from underneath a dress shirt; giving those you work with a brief glimpse of luxury and often leave your coworkers wondering about whats on your wrist. These watches were created to enhance a great suit or tux not overpower it. If you are looking for a watch that is in-between perhaps purchasing a midsized watch that has a rose gold case, this is a great compromise as it catches a lot of attention but still radiates a timeless presence.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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The Rise of Digital in Swiss Watches- Watch Repair

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The reign of the digital watch started in the early 80’s, after technology improved and lowered the cost for a digital display watch. These low priced LED or LCD watches became so popular that many luxury Swiss timepiece brands saw sales decline dramatically and even a few brands went out of business. It was not until the late 80’s that digital watches lost much of their popularity and Swiss retook the throne. It is no wonder many Swiss brands have shunned digital and rarely incorporate digital display into their watches. (It is important to note that these high end luxury brands will likely not have full digital displays, instead they will only have small digital displays with classic displays.) Watch Repair.

Lately it seems some Swiss brands have buried the hatchet and are starting to warm to digital displays. Breitling one of the top Swiss brands has really embraced digital and has many models that incorporate some form of digital into their displays. Some of Breitling’s most popular collections feature watches with digital dials such as: Breitling Aerospace Avantage, Breitling Airwolf, Breitling Emergency and Breitling Co-pilot.

TAG Heuer also has partial digital displays and even has one watch collection that has an all digital dial (TAG Heuer Microtimer). Having an all digital dial may not seem like such a big deal but it is quite rare for a high end Swiss watchmaker to have a watch with a full digital dial. TAG Heuer has quite a few partially digital dial watches: TAG Heuer F1 Chronotimer, TAG Heuer Monaco Sixty Nine and the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Chronotimer. My favorite would have to be the TAG Heuer Monaco Sixty Nine that has a really unique look with its large rectangle swivel case, mechanical and quartz movement.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

manufactures the following watch collections where watches have digital dials: TAG Heuer F1

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Chronotimer, TAG Heuer Microtimer, TAG Heuer Monaco Sixty Nine and TAG Heuer Aquaracer Chronotimer

Breitling Super Avenger: Preowned Luxury Watches

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As we approach Christmas in the preowned luxury watches market we have seen an increase in sales of oversized watches.  The past couple of years has seen watches like the Breitling Super Avenger sell like crazy.  Measuring in at a whopping 48.4 mm, the case puts any gents watch to shame with its size.  As an industry standard, 36-40mm is correct for a gents watch.  The Super Avenger is 21% larger than the normal gents watch.

The Breitling Super Avenger is what Breitling is all about.  As far as preowned luxury watches go Breitling represents a large, hefty, and sturdy watch.  A watch that can withstand any environment.  To get the true feeling of a Super Avenger you must have it on your wrist.  Its massive size will make a statement no matter where it is worn.

It has a chronograph feature that can measure elapsed seconds and up to 30 minutes on two different dials.  It also has a date window.  Because it is automatic it is incredibly reliable especially for people who travel a lot and to not have time to leave it for a new battery.

The Breitling Super Avenger is an substantial watch built to last.

by, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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John Travolta’s Watch of Choice The Breitling Navitimer- Watch Repair

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We have covered the interesting history behind Breitling‘s Navitimer in the past. This amazing timepiece with its unique sliding rule bezel was released in 1952. It became an immediate hit with pilots and aviation enthusiasts, so much so that the International Aircraft Owners’ and Pilots’ Association chose it as their official timepiece. It was famously worn by Raquel Welch as a skydiving spy in the film Fathom (1967) and by Sean Connery as James Bond in Thunderball (1965). This watch has become a favorite of many pilots who have turned to Breitling for their watch needs. Watch Repair.

With this in mind it is no wonder why John Travolta eagerly agreed to become the official Breitling brand ambassador and is featured in many of their advertisements. John Travolta is a well known and experienced pilot, he has spent more than 5,000 hours in the air and is certified to fly several types of planes. He owns five plans: a customized Boeing 707, three Gulfstream jets and a Lear jet and even has his own 1.4 mile  runway at his home in Florida. Mr. Travolta famously flew his Boeing 707 to Haiti in 2010 with disaster relief supplies, volunteers and doctors. The actor/pilot has been a Breitling ambassador since 2005 and often wears these watches on a daily basis.

Raymond Lee Jewelers has many Breitling watches on sale for amazingly low prices.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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The Extremely Rare Patek Philippe Advanced Research- Watch Sell

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I have done many posts regarding luxury watches in the past; many of the watches I cover such as the Rolex Submariner, Omega Speedmaster or Breitling Chronomat cost $5,500 to $10,000 new. One type of watch that I have only touched upon but really have not covered are the super-luxury watches which often start at $75,000 and can climb up to $200,000. These tend to derive their high price from their extremely precise movements, which are seen by some as works of art. These type of super-luxury watches are crafted painstakingly by hand, have impeccable craftsmanship and many times are not adorned with diamonds or gems.

One such super-luxury watch is the Patek Philippe Advanced Research 5250, this is truly a work of art. Blending spectacular artistry and technical innovation, this watch was a very limited production with only 100 ever being made. In 2005 Patek Philippe was testing out a revolutionary escape wheel (the part of a watch’s movement where the timekeeping element is derived from) that was made from Silicium, the first time this material was placed in a watch. Silicium is anti-magnetic, super-smooth, nearly twice as hard as steel, three times lighter and highly corrosion resistant. What makes this material even more amazing is the fact that the faces of the Silicium wheel never need to be lubricated. This was a very experimental watch for Patek Philippe and an internal decision was made to only release a “test run” of 100 pieces. Watch Sell.

Patek Philippe has released newer models that have incorporated and refined this technology, such as Ref. 5350 and Ref. 5450. But for collectors those 100 originals are highly sought after pieces and part of watch history. The Advanced Research 5250 is currently estimated to be worth $120,000.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Wild Watch of the Week Award!- watch sell

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Breitling Superavenger

As a Gemologist I ordinarily do not write about watches but sometimes something so insane comes into our store that I cant help but talk about it.  What I am talking about is the Super Avenger (model #
A13370)  from Breitling.   Breitling is known for watches that make a statement and this one is no exception.  In fact if Super Avengers were a group of people this particular version would be the leader of the pack.-watch sell

What makes this model so special is that it has been decked out to the point at which there is no mistaking it for anything but amazing.  First it has been treated with a PVD coating to make it pitch black.  Then it has been completely encrusted in black diamonds all around the case and bracelet.  To top it off the bezel also has larger black diamonds channel set all around the dial.  The total carat weight is 40ctw.  This piece is suited for the guy who has everything.  Someone who lives life and lives it well.  If you party like a rockstar and have an extreme sense of style then this watch is for you.  Feel free to call me, Richard, your South Florida Jewelry Guru, if you have any questions or you want me to send this bad boy out to you right away.

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Gucci Watches: A History- Watch Sell

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Gucci G Watch

Founded in 1921 by Guccio Gucci, Gucci has become one of the best known and oldest fashion names in the world. Gucci first product was high quality saddelery and leather goods that proved popular with consumers.  Later employing years of expert leather craftsmanship Gucci began to create luxury deluxe suitcases. These suitcases were of such high caliber that demand soared allowing Gucci to branch off into other luxury goods. In 1953 Gucci opened a store in New York City and a London store in 1961. The company headquarters today is located in Amsterdam and the administrative center in London.

It was not until 1972 that Gucci entered the luxury watch market. Italy’s economy began to soar creating more jobs and a high level of disposable income. At first Gucci only sold these watches in Italy and had few designs. One of the earliest designs was a bangle watch with interchangeable dials in different colors.  Soon demand for Gucci branded watches spread across Europe  and to the United States. Like its purses, suitcases and perfume, Gucci has spared no expense in the creation of its watches while pricing the timepieces well below other luxury brands such as Rolex, Patek Philippe and Breitling. Modern Gucci watches without diamonds or sapphires normally retail for $1,900 to $600, which is quite affordable and allows Gucci access to a considerably larger segment of the market.

Possibly the most famous of all the Gucci watches is that of the letter G. This is the symbol of Gucci, and has remained one of their most successful time pieces to this day. For many years little was done to this forward thinking design and sales peaked in the mid 90’s. Today the G has many models for both men and women, the more popular models incorporate the simple band and bezel of the past with a modern dial often with choreographic features. Raymond Lee Jewelers is one of South Florida’s most trusted watch sell.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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2010 Fall Watch Trends- Watch Sell

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Increasingly men  are staring to view watches as a fashion statement rather than just an instrument of telling time.  A simple brown leather band watch can make a navy blue suit look great or a white watch with a colorful nylon strap can dress up a pair of khakis. Here are some of the falls 2010 most popular watch trends.

The Military Watch: The military watch is based on designs from simple and effective watches created during War World II. These watches were mass produced for pilots and GI s who needed a watch with little to no glare and easy to read dial. Today’s military watches incorporate these qualities and tend to have  matte bezels, rugged nylon or leather straps and simple illuminated dials. Military watches go great with heavy materials such as tweed, flannel or corduroy.

Ceramic Watch: If you want to stand out from the crowd and make your presence known try a ceramic watch this fall. Top luxury watch makers have seen their ceramic watch collections soar as men hope to differentiate themselves in a business world filled with enormous heavy metallic watches. If you are in the market for quality ceramic watch expect to pay close to $1,000, Raymond Lee Jewelers sells pre-owned ceramic watches at deep discounts.

Ultra Modern Watch: Ultra modern watches with unique LED and digital dials are very popular among young professionals. Many of these watches break free from tradition and tell time with dials that only the wearer can interpret. For example one popular watch has bacteria shaped holes on its dial that light up with red, yellow and green LEDs, mimicking  an infection spreading across the dial. Each color represents a unit of time, red equals hours, yellow equals minutes and green equals seconds. Gucci is planning a whole collection based on this trend. Watch Sell

Blacked-Out Watch: These watches are for those looking for a more traditional watch that is both discreet and masculine. Blacked-out watches stray far from the flashy or elaborate timepieces that have become popular over the years. Of all the trends this fall this type of watch is my favorite. Brera Orologi has a great black matte stainless steel watch with rugged crowns for $650 and Breitling has released a blacked-out diving chrono on a rubber strap for $6,785. For those of you who are like me and are looking for something a bit cheaper, Nixon has a limited edition matte black watch with a rich black dial and gray matte markers on a black nylon strap for $120.

Whatever trend you are seeking Raymond Lee Jewelers will have it at a great price.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Breitling Chronomat: A History- Watch Repair

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Breitling is a name that has as much to do with aviation as it does with watches. The watchmaker was founded in 1884 and for years has produced watches of exquisite quality but it was not until 1940 that Breitling became world renowned for its watches. It was in this year that Breitling patented a wristwatch that contained a circular slide rule in its bezel. Released in 1941 during the height of War World II, the Breitling Chronomat became wildly popular with aircraft pilots who needed the best tools to help them survive the dangerous sky’s of Europe. It was during this tumultuous time in our history that the quality and superb function of the Breitling Chronomat became legend. Pilots all over the world would seek out Breitling watches for years to come, knowing that their planes may fail them but their watch would not.

Breitling continued to create versions of the Chronomat well into the late 1970’s until the rise of the electric watch forced Breitling to cease production and close its doors. In 1979 Breitling was purchased by a new owner;  new models were being released but the Chronomat would lay dormant for five years.

During the Chronomat’s hiatus the watch market had been saturated with LCD, LED and quartz watches which had become a staple of the 80’s. Behind all the consumers that craved flashing red numbers there was a small but growing market seeking the quality mechanical watches of old. Breitling took a bold step by reintroducing the Chronomat in 1984 specifically designed for pilots.

The new Chronomat had a mechanical Valjoux 7750 movement that was so successful that it’s still used today. The pushers and crowns were made more prominent and the old type 42 slide rule was replaced with a rotating timing bezel with four projecting “rider tabs,” allowing pilots who often wore gloves in the cockpit  to manipulate the watch easier. The new Chronomat had been tested to withstand the accelerated pressure of 20G, which no pilot could endure.

As the years ticked on the Breitling Chronomat would become a top seller and its popularity would go well beyond the aviation world. Many versions of the Chronomat would be introduced and would eventually be marketed towards yachtsmen and other luxury watch buyers. Raymond Lee Jewelers has many Breitling watches and we carry beautiful modern and vintage Chronomats. We also have a CW21 watchmaker on hand to do all types of watch repair.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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The Breitling Emergency: Able To Send A Real Distress Signal!- Watch Sell

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The Breitling Emergency is a quite frankly one of the most unique watches I have ever come across here at Raymond Lee Jewelers. With a though titanium case, coral dial and titanium Professional bracelet or a rubber sporty bracelet, the Breitling Emergency screams luxury while maintaining a rugged look. This is exactly what Breitling intended when they designed the Emergency, a watch sell that could survive the highest depths, the thickest jungles or the hottest deserts. and not look out of place at the opera. Legendary survivalist Bear Grylls from the show Man Vs. Wild wears a Breitling Emergency with a yellow face and rubber strap. We here at Raymond Lee Jewelers have the same exact watch for sale.

One of the most amazing features of the Breitling Emergency is its ability to send out a 121.5 MHz distress frequency for aviation or a 243.0 MHz distress frequency for military users. To activate the micro-transmitter one only has to unscrew a protective cap and pull out the antenna fully and activate the signal. This signal can be picked up by search plains flying at 20,000 feet and has a range of 90 nautical miles in normal flat terrain or calm seas. This astounding watch can be a life saver in the event of a flood, plane crash or if your lost at sea.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Jewelers& Watch Makers Dive Into the Digital Age.- Loans on Jewelry

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Jewelers  and luxury watch makers are starting to look for new ways to advertise their products. The days of relying solely on radio, print or television for advertisement are long gone. Brands such as Bell & Ross, Panerai and even Tiffany & Co. are turning to the digital world to bring in new clients.  They have each opened a new app on the  I Phone’s App Store. These apps are more then just ways to preview existing products, many brands offer users exclusive information about new collections, current and upcoming events, and official boutique locations.

Bell & Ross was the first luxury watch maker to open an app on the I Ph0ne’s wildly popular App Store.  Their app offers users the ability to digitally customize Bell & Ross’s watches, with a wide variety of colors and designs literally at consumers finger tips. Panerai offers a more robust app, allowing users to play a trivia game and download high resolution images and wallpapers. Their app even provides the location and contact numbers for product service experts throughout the world. Brietling and Piaget both have decided to take a simpler approach. Each app focuses solely on a single watch rather than the whole brand. The Breitling’s app features its newest watch, the Chronomat BO1, and Piaget features the beautiful Polo FortyFive Chronograph GMT.

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s has taken things one step further and has included in their app the ability for users to take six online classes and learn how Jaeger creates some of its watches. Users are able to practice certain techniques such as assembling a mechanism, decorating a movement and gem-setting the case of one of their watches.

Not to be left out, some of the most well known jewelery makers are following suit and have opened their own apps as well. Tiffany & Co. has created a mobile and user friendly app that allows users to create their perfect engagement ring. Once downloaded clients can view the range of styles and learn about the quality of Tiffany diamonds. Also included is the first of its kind, an accurate Ring Sizer, users can place their ring on the screen and align it with the correct circle to determine the size of their ring. Rings are shown true-to-size and can be zoomed, rotated and can even be paired with wedding bands. Tiffany & Co.’s app has set the bar quite high for other jewelry makers.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Breitling Chronomat B01

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Breitling Chronomat B01

For the first time in 126 years Breitling created their very own chronograph movement.  The Chronomat B01 will be the first watch to use it.  To have an in-house chronograph movement is to be among only a few luxury watch companies with such capabilities.  Even companies like Rolex have used other watch manufactures for their chronograph movements.  For years the Daytona was made with a Zenith movement.  Because a chronograph is so complicated it is common for companies to turn to cheaper, mass produced chronographs for their watches.  Breitling has finally decided to create their own, thus introducing the Caliber B01 automatic chronograph movement.

The Chronomat B01, like most Breitlings, combines impeccable design with improved functionality.  Things like the rotating bezel add beautiful craftsmanship along with real life uses.  As you can see from the picture above, if you look hard enough you will notice a square on the dial.  This just adds to the already noticeable expertise that went into designing this watch.  Even the sub dials are separated into sections for easier reading.

With a 43.5 mm case the Breitling Chronomat B01 makes a statement.  It is not too big or too flashy but it will draw attention.  This watch is a perfect size for a generation who is obsessed with large watches.  Also added to the watch is a shock-absorbing escape wheel.  This ensures accuracy in case of turbulence or physical blows.

According to the April 2010 edition of Watch Time magazine, the Breitling Chronomat B01 beat out the new IWC Big Ingenieur Chronograph 89 – 86 with all areas of watchmaking being considered.  Scoring basically identical scores in each category the difference came down to overall value.  The Breitling on rubber retails for $6,800 while the IWC is selling for $13,500 with a crocodile strap.

Only time will tell if switching to an in-house chronograph movement will pay off for Breitling.  But what we do know is Breitling has made drastic efforts to compete with the likes of luxury watch companies such as Rolex and Patek Philippe.  Making their own chronograph will add to a long list of credibility backed by over 125 years of experience.  The Chronomat B01 combines flawless design with remarkable accuracy to create one handsome watch.

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