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Masculine Monday: It’s About Time (Pieces)

Time Pieces Today

Today it’s all about men’s time pieces. Refinery 29 features Nic Screws, Esquire‘s Fashion Market Editor dishing her picks for Fall’s hottest watches for women and men. The top watch picks for gents this fall range from the fashion forward Tag Heuer Aquaracer 500M Calibre 16′ Auto Chronograph to the forever classic Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date.

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Tag Heuer Aquaracer 500M Calibre 16' Auto Chronograph, $3,550, available at Aol Shopping.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34mm Steel

GQ has also been bitten by the Rolex bug, as Ted Stafford names the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Watch of the Week at GQ.com’s Style headquarters. His take:

“What do I love about this watch most (aside from the fact that Mark Sanchez makes it look so damn good on our September cover)? Its precision-brushed steel bracelet with that edgy green bezel. It’s straight up sophisticated luxury. Jets fan or not I say go for the green, folks.”

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner, Price upon request

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A similar style, the Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner Green Bezel 16610 in the Raymond Lee Jewelers Ebay store for $US $6,995.00

Esquire, meanwhile, is all about black ceramic this season, featuring luxury watch brands carried by Raymond Lee Jewelers like Longines, Bell & Ross, Ralph Lauren, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Hublot, and – of course – Rolex.

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GMT Master II ($7,900) by Rolex


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The Rolex GMT Master II, $7,495.00 at Raymond Lee Jewelers

Whichever of fall’s trends you choose to indulge in, you can rest assured that Raymond Lee Jewelers remains South Florida’s number one source for luxury watches both classic and contemporary. And gents, we’re curious – would you prefer to don a watch with a rich, colored face, try the ceramic trend, or stay the classic course with a Rolex? Discuss in the comments below.

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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President Obama’s Watches: Part 2- Jewelry Appraisal

Jewelry Appraisal

Jewelry Appraisal

This is part two of a series of posts on President Obama’s watches, click here if you want to be directed to part one.

In late 2007 while on the tail end of his campaign for Presidency of the United States, Obama’s Secret Service Service detail presented him with a watch for his 46th birthday. This special watch was purchased by the agents in the Secret Service employee’s store which is unavailable to the public. This watch replaced Obama’s TAG which he wore daily. For his inauguration many suspected Obama would either wear the TAG Heur or a new higher end watch, instead he proudly wore his Secret Service watch and honored the men that continually put their lives on the line for him. Jewelry Appraisal.

The watch is made by Jorg Gray and features a very large,  stainless steel and 47mm case. The dial is a rich black with three chronograph features and a date window. Interestingly the watch is made in China with the movement made in Japan. The watch sells in the employee store for $210. You are able to get this same watch straight from Jorg Gray with the model number JGC6500 but without the Secret Service insignia. Although some watches with the insignia are floating around online for much higher prices.

Jorg Gray has capitalized on this free publicity and has released the JGC6500 commemorative edition with a special engraving on the back of the case. The engraving stats, “The 44th President of the United States Barack H. Obama” and has the date of his inauguration. The watch is so popular that Jorg Gray has been able to open 60 authorized dealers and is enjoying brisk sales.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Tag Heuer Carrera Featured In Inception!- Jewelry Appraisal

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Christopher Nolan’s Inception is one of this summers biggest blockbusters, successfully incorporating visual, emotional and intellectual elements to create a masterpiece.  As I was watching Inception I was struck by the sleek style of the characters and could not help but notice the amazing timepieces strapped to their wrists. During one of the opening scenes we see  a close up of Leonardo DiCaprio’s watch, the Tag Heuer Carrera model number WV211B.BA0787. This beautiful watch with a stainless steel band, black dial and diamond shaped hands has many close up shots where you can see the Tag Heuer logo and “automatic” on the rich black dial.

The Tag Heuer Carrera was introduced in 1963 and designed by Jack Heuer. The Carrera was meant to have a simple yet elegant design, with only the registers and applied markers on the dial. These early Carreras were available with a variety of dials but the most popular were all-white or all-black.  Many of today’s Carreras have chronograph features and have sacrificed simplicity for a more modern industrial look. The model featured in Inception is a return to the vintage Carreras  of the past and complements DiCaprio’s style in the movie. Jewelry appraisal.

Leonardo DiCaprio is one of Tag Heuer’s brand ambassadors and this is the reason for the Carrera making an appearance on the big screen.  You don’t have to be a movie star to have the movie star look, just take a look at our website for the latest watches at the lowest prices.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Tag Heuer Cell Phone: The Meridiist GMT

 

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Tag Heuer Meridiist

In the world of preowned luxury watches it is rare to come across a company who also makes cell phones.  But in this case Tag Heuer is introducing the Meridiist.  It is an exclusive cell phone that is only available in select cities around the country.

It is made from 316L stainless steel making it incredibly durable.  The fact that it is being made by Tag Heuer speaks to its sleek and sport design.  It is the coolest phone I have seen on the market.

The screen, like other preowned luxury watches, is made out of scratch resistant sapphire.  I know because I own a Rolex that a scratch resistant sapphire crystal really does work.  I have worn mine every day for years and have no scratches.  While the screen has a bright 1.9 inch QVGA, the coolest part about the phone is the leather back.  It comes in white, black, or brown leather.  There is even an option for a black rubber back.

As of today the release date is unknown.  According to Tag Heuer’s website you can expect the retail to start at over 4,000 Euro.  While the phone does not have all of the up-to-date technology specs it is a gorgeous conversation starter, and if you can afford it, it is worth it.

by, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway: Week 2 Results

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Was that an exciting Monday Night Football game or what?  For those of you who missed it the Saints won in thrilling fashion.  The 49ers started the game about as poorly as an NFL team could.  They started with the ball backed up on their side of the field and ran the ball twice with little result.  Then on the third play of the game Alex Smith came out in the shotgun and said “hike”.  The snapper proceeded to hike the ball 30 feet over his head and Smith had to punch the ball out of the back of the end zone for a safety.  The only positive thing to take from the play is Smith had the smarts to hit it out instead of letting New Orleans recover in the end zone for a touchdown.

After that horrific start and allowing the Saints to score a touchdown on their opening possession, the 49ers defense settled in.  Going up against the defending champion Saints prolific offense is no easy task but they handled themselves well.

With just over two minutes left in the game, Alex Smith and the underachieving 49ers offense had the ball on their own 17.  They were down 14-22 and needed a touchdown and two point conversion to force overtime.  Adding to their troubles, they had no time outs.  Alex Smith has always been the question mark for their offense and this could be a career changing drive for him and the team.  Smith kept his poise and drove down the field in just over a minute, handing the ball off to Frank Gore for the touchdown; but they still needed the two point conversion.  It took a challenge by the replay booth to decide that they converted on a short pass to Vernon Davis.  The fans went crazy.  The only problem was there was still over a minute left on the clock, and the Saints had two time outs; and Drew Brees.  The Saints drove down into 49ers territory and kicked a game winning field goal as time expired to end one of the most thrilling games I’ve ever seen.

It was also exciting for our pool as only one person had San Fransisco winning the game.  If they won “firehose” would have been the weekly winner.  Since they didn’t, “Stevenb010” wins the Tag Heuer this week after going 12-4 this week in picks.

Also, the overall standings after week 2 have “trauma228” and “busdriver” tied for first with 75 points.  This is important because at the end of the season someone will win a Rolex!

I’ll have my week 3 preview for you guys on Thursday along with my picks.  Keep checking raymondleejewelers.net and the blog for info on the contest.  Remember to tell everyone you know to join the “Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway” and make sure to specify it’s free!

by, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway: Contest Information

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***Just a reminder, the “Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway” is now open to the public.  You DO NOT have to sign up in person; you can sign up online here.***

What is it?
The “Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway” is a free contest hosted by Raymond Lee Jewelers for football fanatics and jewelry and watch connoisseurs.  It is a weekly pick’em contest for NFL games.  Every week for the 17 game football season Raymond Lee Jewelers is giving you the chance to win a Tag Heuer sports watch; FOR FREE!  Again there is no entry fee and the retail value of the Tag Heuer sports watch is almost $1,000.

How it works?
The pool is run on Raymondleejewelers.net.  If you are familiar with a “pick’em” league then you already know how it works, although we have a few tweaks.  For those who don’t know, here are the rules:  Every week you must pick who you think will win each game that week.  There are anywhere from 12-16 games per week.  You get 1 point for every game you pick correctly and 20 points if you pick the Monday Night Football game correctly.  In order to be eligible to win the Tag Heuer you have to pick the MNF game right.  For example, in week 1, bus driver won with 48 points.  There were two MNF games in the first week and she picked both correctly adding up to 40 points.  She also picked 8 other games correctly totaling 48 points.  So, whoever has the most points each week, plus picks the MNF game correctly, wins a Tag Heuer.

At the end of the season we are giving away a Rolex to the person with the highest point total for the whole season!

What is the entry fee?  How do I sign up?
There is none!  It is absolutely free!  You do not even need to come in to the store to register.  You can register right here.  Just click the join tab, enter a few details about yourself, and you are free to participate.

Good luck to everyone participating and hopefully we’ll see you soon to pick up your prize!

by, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Sports Watch Weekly Giveaway!

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It’s that time of year again.  The National Football League kicks off tonight with the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints against Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings.  There are huge story lines on both sides of the ball that make up what should be a great opening game.  The 2010 season looks like there are at least 20 teams that are Super Bowl worthy.  The uncertainty leading into a season has never been so high, which most likely gives you hope for your hometown team.

With every start of an NFL season, people all over the country get their fantasy teams ready and place their final bets for the week.  Money is going to be lost and won in huge denominations all around.  The games are so much more fun to watch when you have a little riding on them.

But what if I told you you could have the chance to win a Tag Heuer watch or even a Rolex absolutely free?  No entry fee, no subscription, no strings!  Raymond Lee Jewelers is hosting an online Pick ‘Em pool for not only its customers, but the general public too.  All you have to do is visit the website, sign up and get ready to win some great prizes!

Every week there will be a weekly winner who’s prize will be a Tag Heuer watch.  The person who accumulates the most points throughout the duration of the season gets a Rolex!  That’s it, no entry fee, everything is free.  It will give you something to watch for on Sundays with the chance to win great prizes

Once again, visit Raymond Lee Jewelers website and sign up as soon as you can!

by, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Water Resistance in Watches

No doubt you are familiar with watches that have the additional benefit of being water resistant.  This resistance can vary all the way from 50 meters to 1,000 meters depending on the type of watch. There are several features that make a watch water-resistant. The gaskets are the most important, gaskets are basically o rings made of rubber, nylon or Teflon which form a watertight seal at the joints where the crystal, case back and crown meet the watch case. If a water-resistant watch has chronograph features these chronographs will have their own gaskets as well. Secondly, water-resistant watch cases are lined with a sealant which keeps water and moisture out.

Other features that contributed to water-resistance is the thickness and material of the case. Steel or titanium cases can resist the high pressure of deep waters. Solid gold cases can be water resistant if they are thick but likely will not be much use if you are looking to go deeper then the depth of your standard pool. Also, a case back that screws-in rather than one that pushes in contributes to a watch’s water resistance. Many divers’ watches have a screw-in crown that help prevent water from getting into the case through the watch-stem hole. When it is screwed down it forms a water tight seal.
One thing to keep in mind when purchasing a water-resistant watch is the manufacturer’s recommended depth is theoretical. For example a watch that is labeled “water-resistant to 50 meters,” will keep water out at 50 meters if both watch and water are perfectly motionless. Of course these conditions are never met in real life because the movement of the wearer’s arm through the water and the movement of the water increases the pressure on the watch dramatically. Don’t let this keep you from enjoying the pool or shower though, a watch labeled resistant to water for up to 50 meters is plenty safe for these activities.

Now if you are looking for a watch that can go into deeper depths without any damage you would seek out watches labeled with water-resistance of 100, 200 and even 1000 meters. A 100 meter watch can be used for snorkeling. A 200 meter watch is able to be worn while scuba diving and a 1,000  meter watch can go to depths of roughly three-fourths of a mile! 1,000 meter watches can endure the pressure of deep-sea diving easily. Some even have valves that allow the wearer to release gases that have seeped into the watch so the case is not damaged as the diver ascends to normal atmospheric conditions.

One vital piece of information to remember is that water resistance is not permanent. Gaskets can be damaged or misshapen, cases can be dented through normal use or crystals loosened or cracked. In order to preserve the water resistance of a watch you must be sure to do preventive maintenance. At least once a year you should take your watch in for service, so that it can be tested and ensure that their are no leaks.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

One of South Florida’s leading watch sellers.

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TAG Heuer Repair

TAG Heuer Repair

TAG Heuer Repair

TAG Heuer repair is like any other luxury Swiss watch repair.  It should taken care of every few years to make sure it is working up to factory standards.  Cars are the same way.  You buy a car and always take it back to be serviced.  If you want your car to run well for its entire life you must make sure you keep it updated with repairs.  Same goes for a luxury watch.

In an automatic watch the gears need continue to be lubricated every so often.  This ensures the gears wont rust and chip against each other.  Moving parts are much more vulnerable and should be checked periodically.

TAG Heuer watch repair also includes quartz watches.  When batteries die they need to be replaced, just like in a car.  However, sometimes when a quartz watch stops working it isn’t always the battery.  Sometimes maintenance on the movement is necessary.

There are two options with regard to Tag Heuer repair.  First, you can send it to TAG Heuer.  As I have found out, this is a timely and costly process.  It can take months to get the watch back.  A second and better alternative is sending it to a local jeweler with a certified watchmaker for the 21st century.  If he or she is certified, he or she can work on TAG Heuer watch repairs.  It takes half the time and is half the price.

Always take care of your luxury Swiss watch to ensure it works to its maximum potential.  Protect your investment by periodically maintaining your watch.

by, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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How to Fix Your Luxury Watch

Investing in a luxury watch requires a large initial investment. Most luxury watches can cost well into the thousands of dollars. Along with a large initial investment, owning a luxury watch requires care. Like anything that you want to keep running smoothly, repairs and restorations are necessary, especially in automatic winding watches. Most luxury watches, such as Rolex, Cartier, or Patek Philippe come with an automatic or manual winding movement; meaning there is no battery. One might think because they do not have batteries they will run forever. This is not true. Automatic and manual winding watches need a lot of cleaning inside to keep the gears running smoothly and to keep them from rusting. But where do you fix and repair your luxury watch?

First, you can always send your watch back to the company who manufactured it. For example, Rolex has a great service department that can fix most any problem. You can call them and ask for their service department to get the number to send your watch. While Rolex does have a great reputation for having the worlds best watchmakers, the turn around time on servicing one is lengthy, not to mention how much it costs.

You can also fix your luxury watch by bringing it to a store such as Tourneau. These are retail stores that specialize in selling luxury watches. Most of them have their own watchmaker on premises to help repair your watch. You don’t have to deal with the hassle of sending your watch overseas. While the turn around time is much better, the price can still be costly.

Finally, many people do not know that a lot of local jewelry stores that employ their own watchmakers too. As I am writing on behalf of Raymond Lee Jewelers I have to mention that we too employ our own watch maker. This really benefits the customer. Instead of sending your watch halfway across the world to get some lubrication into the gears, you can leave it with your local jeweler and have it back within a couple of weeks. These small local stores are usually competing against the bigger stores their prices are much better.

Wherever you decide to go to fix your luxury watch make sure that the people working on it are certified to do so. The most important part of a watch is its movement. Without a proper movement a luxury watch just becomes a piece of metal. Of course if you decide to send it to Rolex you do not need to do any investigating, but if you bring it to a local jewelry store make sure to ask if the watchmaker is Rolex certified. Just like you wouldn’t bring your car to someone who only works on trucks, you don’t want to bring your Rolex to someone who only works with TAG Heuer. Make sure they have a good track record of repairs and that they are qualified to fix your watch.

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