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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.

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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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Breitling Navitimer: A History

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The Navitimer wrist watch was launched by Breitling in 1952 and to this day has accumulated a worldwide following for both the newer and older models.

How did this particular model become so popular as to be worn by Raquel Welch as a skydiving spy in the film Fathom (1967) and by Sean Connery as James Bond in Thunderball (1965)? It all started in 1884 when Leon Breitling established a factory in the watchmaking town of Saint-Imier in the Swiss Jura mountains. Breitling at the time had the intention of turning out timepieces that would be equipped to perform functions well beyond merely imparting the time of day. To start with, he made pocket chronographs – event stopwatches for all kinds of occasions – and they were robust in their manufacture.

As World War I broke out Leon’s son Gaston took over the running of the company. To meet wartime requirements, Breitling manufactured wristwatches with luminous dials and hands, and a chronograph mechanism. After Gaston’s death, it wasn’t until 1932 that his son Willy assumed control over the company. Not long after, Willy was overseeing the production of over forty chronograph models, as well as the first one with two buttons. By this time Breitling had identified the aviation industry as a major growth area. This notion was correct as it was confirmed with a large contract from Britain’s Royal Air Force in 1936 for the supply of chronographs and cockpit clocks.

In 1952 when Breitling launched its Navitimer model, it was quickly adopted by the international Aircraft Owners’ and Pilots’ Association as its official timepiece. The Navitimer was favored for its chronograph timing in hours, minutes, and seconds, and also a slide rule around the outside of the face. This consisted of a mobile outer scale, engraved with numeric scales, actioned by rotating the bezel, for use with a fixed scale marked around the rim.  Such a feature allowed pilots to make in-flight calculations to gauge how much fuel remained in relation to miles already travelled, or at what speed, related to the total journey time, the plane should be flying.

During this period in the 1950s, Breitling was also supplying cockpit clocks to aeroplane manufacturers such as Boeing, Douglas and Lockheed.  At this time, the first civilian jet aircraft  (De Havilland Comet) flew from London to Johannesburg with a Breitling clock on board for guidance.

Eventually, Breitling created a spacegoing version of the Navitimer, the Cosmonaute, which featured 24-hour markers because notions of day and night off the Earth were meaningless. This particular model was used by astronaut Scott Carpenter.

In 1969 Breitling released the first-ever automatic chronograph (the Calibre II, renamed to Calibre 12). This chronograph was the inspiration for the Navitimer Chrono-Matic. In 1976 an LED version of the Navitimer appeared, and this was eventually followed by an LCD model. Both are now collector’s pieces.

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Breitling Watch Repair

Breitling watch repair should be left to an expert in Breitling watch repair. A lot of the Breitling chronograph‘s use the 7750 movement. Only expert watchmakers are qualified to work on the Valjoux 7750 movement. Raymond Lee Jewelers watchmakers is a CW21 watchmaker. Which means he is up to date with his training. When working on a Breitling that needs service we use a movement holder specific to the Valjoux 7750. We fully evaluate the issues you may be having with you Breitling chronograph. Raymond Lee Jewelers has most Breitling parts in stock. We work on all Breitling watches that need service. Raymond Lee Jewelers has the latest in watch repair equipment on site. If you are looking to repair a Breitling that is running slow, running fast, not running, sometimes running and any other problems Raymond Lee Jewelers can help you. All watches that need repair are taken in for an estimate. In one to two days we will call with an estimate and at that time give you a time frame for the repair. We also service all swiss made watches on site. Raymond Lee Jewelers does watch batteries and seals on site to insure your watch remains water-resistant to factory specs. Please call 561-750-7808 for more info on Breitling repair or any other watch repair. Visit Raymond Lee Jewelers, your Florida jewelry solution, at 22191 powerline rd suite 12b, Boca Raton, Florida 33433.

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