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Countdown to Christmas

22 Dec 2011, 3:18 PM
Rolex Explorer IITHE COUNT DOWN TO CHRISTMAS.When it comes to gifts, for most people there’s always that extra special gift for him or her that either they ask for/dream of or that you give to convey how much they mean to you.Budget permitting what better gift is there than the gift of time! Most people are acutely aware of Brands such as Chanel, Rolex, Tag Heuer etc but not maybe of other brands that are well established, also a lot of people buy these great gifts with the best intentions but without much thought for what they maybe used for, other than telling the time as many watches are built to meet a certain criteria.There are two main ways one can purchase a watch, either buying brand new from a retailer at full price or Pre-owned from a good well established company either on line or in person. To buy new for most people means your budget will be pretty much gone or that watch is a little more expensive than you had planned on it being, but all is not lost as if you went down the pre-owned route not only would you be saving money but your choice of watches to pick from greatly widens. For the gents it can be a minefield so sticking with the well known brands usually is best.Rolex is a great choice as there’s many models to choose from, steel, gold, bi-colour, some fancy some sporty and some discreet in both ladies and gents ranges.For the man who wants something he can wear in the office and on the beach then the Rolex Submariner is one of the best and is steeped in history also. Highly water resistant and robustly made this is one of the best and long produced sports watches out there! It looks great worn with a tux or a suit and equally good worn with a polo shirts and jeans, for someone who wants a watch to just tell the time and look good this is the one.The Submariner can be found in the following style combinations.All steel date modelSteel non date modelBi-colour date modelAll 18ct yellow or white gold modelSteel green bezel 50th anniversary modelThe models will vary in size depending on its age as will the dial combinations; also on the newer models the bezel will now be ceramic unlike earlier references and the bracelets and clasps will be different also to fall in line with the bigger cases. For the ladies one of the best loved Rolex’s is the Ladies Datejust model.  This comes in a wide range of styles from all steel models to bi-colour and full 18ct gold with two bracelets to choose from, the oyster or the jubilee. If that wasn’t enough the dial options can be quite and eye opener as well, not to mention the option of adding diamonds to the dial, bezel and even the case or bracelet.Whatever the choice one goes for in the ladies range, there is no compromising in the build quality, its is a watch that offers great looks, time keeping and durability combined with a water resistance of 100 meters, more than enough for the office, school run or basking in the sun by the pool.  Models vary form the following-Lady Oyster PerpetualLady DatejustLady Datejust PearlmasterYacht Master (sports model)Other good brands for him and her are things like-Tag HeuerThe gents 2000 model all steel quartz date watch starting at around £595 or something a bit more classic like the gents Carrera chronograph automatic in steel with a price of £1595.For the ladies the all steel quartz Alter Ego with a blue dial for £695 is a great little sports watch or maybe the Ladies Tag formula 1 all steel quartz watch with diamond set bezel for £1195 for that extra sparkle.BreitlingBreitling offer a good range of gents and ladies watches if you are looking for something sporty and functional.The Aerospace is a great watch for the man who travels and likes a watch with lots of features; the watch comes in titanium with a analogue and digital dial which can display when set the date, day, a second time zone as well as a alarm and stop watch just to mention a few … what more does the man on the move need!!Aerospace prices start from £1295 upwards depending on age and condition.If it’s a lady who you wish to buy a watch for then the Breitling Starliner is a great choice of watch. This model comes in all steel on a steel bracelet with a mother of pearl diamond dot dial for that extra bit of sparkle and date aperture located a 3 on the dial. The watch has a super quartz movement for super accurate time keeping and is also water resistant to a depth of 100 metersPrices start at £1850 depending on model and conditionOmegaThe gents Seamaster Diver Professional watch comes in all steel with the Co-Axial movement which is one of the most accurate time keeping movements to date, the watch has a black dial and bezel with a date window located at the 3 o’clock position. This is a good all round watch that looks good and feels great, it can be worn with a suit or black tie attire but equally is at home being worn with more of a casual look. This is referred to as a sports elegance style as the watch delivers both for the wearer.  Prices can start from around £1695 depending on age, condition and box and papers.The Ladies Omega Constellation come is a wide array of options to choose from, all steel, mixed metal or all gold added to that you can choose to have a standard dial or mother of pearl and for the extra sparkle you can have diamonds too. Whatever one you choose its going to put the biggest smile on the face of the lucky lady who it’s for. Prices can start from around £995 depending on age, model and of course condition.PaneraiThis is a brand of watch that you either know or you don’t, but for those who do its one of the all time great sports military watches you can get. The watches oozes style and was first adorned by members of the Italian Navy.The Luminor Marina is a super watch to wear and to look at, weather it be in the office or when out for lunch with friends. The watch comes in an all steel case set on a leather pin buckle strap just like the original, powered by a manual wind movement which is set underneath a black sandwich dial.CartierLadies Tank Francaise.  The Tank Frank as its known is one if the nicest ladies watches by Cartier, very simple to look at and very elegant on the wrist! The watch its self comes in either all steel, mixed metal or precious metal with variant in dial options. The case is square and the watch comes on a bracelet, the prices for this model can vary depending on its age, condition and if it’s got a box and papers.Prices can start from £1695 depending on the model.Buy and sell Swiss Watches. Rolex, Panerai, Tag Heuer, Breitling, Jaeger LeCoultre, IWC, Audemars Piguet & More

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