aBlogtoWatch has been producing some buying guides for eBay, and we’ve got a fresh new batch to share. Now, we know that many “watch people” know the ins and outs of how to buy, sell, and trade watches online. However, more casual or beginning people who don’t have the confidence of experience can find themselves overwhelmed, intimidated, and plain stressed out about the process. We hope our guides, which are designed to answer broader questions about watch buying as well as provide watch brand- and model-specific guides, provide a good frame of reference for anyone on the hunt for a timepiece. Click on the images to view the articles on eBay
On the heels of Baselworld, we know a lot of you guys saw some drool-worthy pieces. But what if your grail is out of reach and you need an attainable alternative that manages to hold some muster? Take a look at our alternatives to grail watches from Baselworld 2016 Part 1 where we look at the new Rolex Daytona and Patek Philippe 5930 World Time, and then check out Part 2, where we look at some options for those lusting after the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T Tourbillon and Chanel Monsier de Chanel. There’s nothing like getting your hands on your grail watch, but at least there are decent options to hold you over until you do.
Moving on from Baselworld, last time we focused on dive watches like the Rolex Submariner, so we thought we’d take a look at chronograph watches this time. We’ve already looked at the Rolex Daytona and the Omega Speedmaster Professional, but there’s no way leaving out the Zenith El Primero was an option, since it is properly iconic, arguably being the first automatic chronograph watch.
Sometimes the watches we discuss can be out of reach for many watch fans, so we thought this would be a good time as any to introduce our “What’s The Deal?” in which we explore affordable, more accessible models of popular yet costly watches. With that in mind, make sure to check out “What’s The Deal? The Omega Speedmaster Automatic” for Speedmaster lovers who just can’t quite go for the Moonwatch. In the same vein we look at watches that are surprisingly more affordable than a lot of people might guess for a range of budgets. Suggestions? Leave ’em in the comments!
Moving on, we attempt to help prospective watch buyers with questions like “What watch is appropriate to wear to the office?” where we go through office hierarchy and discuss things like how an intern’s watch shouldn’t be nicer than the boss’s. On opposite ends of the spectrum, we take a look at buying gold watches on eBay and also at some of the toughest analog watches you can buy.
And finally, for the aspiring Paneristi, we have our quick introduction to buying Panerai watches on eBay. Finally, make sure to check out all of our guides here.
Popular among hipsters who prefer to modernize vintage watches as well as sport watch guys who want to add some color and potential relaxation to their game watches, NATO straps seldom say “luxury.” That is until Chanel chose to adopt the concept of a NATO strap to get their own high-end fashion purposes.Will Chanel do to the NATO strap exactly what they did with ceramic? Rado is less or more credited with being the watch company that made the best seminal utilization of ceramic as a watch case material in the 1980s. It was not, however, before the early 2000s that ceramic exploded as a watch case material when Chanel’s J12 collection began to become popular. Chanel’s smart and highly fashionable remedy of both black and white ceramic catapulted it into the customer limelight in a manner that Rado was never able to do. Will Chanel have the same magical touch on NATO-style straps when it has been eagerly adopted by the planet’s finicky inhabitants of fashionistas?Maybe, but with prices beginning at roughly $20,000 it isn’t terribly probable that the introduction crop of Chanel J12 G10 watches will probably hit a stride by customers. At $3,000 – $5,000 the typical J12 was and is considerably more accessible than those more luxurious models that focus on diamonds and gold.The J12 collection was segmented into a range of styles, sizes, and motion types through the years. Models top out at roughly 42mm broad and return to below 30mm wide, I believe. For 2014, there is a single mechanical version of the Chanel J12 G10, and it is 42mm wide in a completely 18k white gold case with a complete pavé dial and diamond decorated instance. Limited to only five bits total, it seems sensible that Chanel says it’s “price on request” Many J12 watch owners don’t even understand about those exclusive high-luxury creations.