TAG Heuer Monaco

The TAG Heuer Monaco (originally Heuer Monaco ) is a model of automatic mechanical wrist chronograph produced by the Swiss watch brand Heuer in 1969 in reference to the Grand Prix automobile of Monaco .

The watch

When it was launched in 1969, the Monaco is a watch that combines blue, white, red, particularly innovative with its square design and angles, while the fashion is with round, flat, gold-plated watches with a white dial. Monaco is the first waterproof square case and the world’s first self-winding mechanical chronograph with the 11-gauge Chronomatic micromotor caliber (12 gauge ) developed with Dubois-Depraz and Hamilton-Buren 1 (more…)

Seiko Astron

The Seiko Quartz Astron-35SQ watch is the first quartz watch in the world, using a quartz oscillator.
It is on the list of the IEEE Milestones grouping together the major advances in electronic engineering.


The Astron was unveiled on In Tokyo after ten years of research and development in Suwa Seikosha (currently Seiko Epson), a Seiko group company . In less than a week 100 gold watches were sold at a retail price of 450,000 yen ( 1,250 US $ ) which at the time represented the equivalent of the price of an average car 1 .

Essential elements include a quartz (more…)

Seiko 5

Seiko 5 or Seiko Five is a series of low-cost watches manufactured by the Japanese watch company Seiko . Although they are official Seiko watches, the manufacturer does not present them on its website. The identification of these watches is easy: they have on their dial a badge “5” just below the inscription Seiko.

This range of watches was born in the 1970s from a simple idea that gave it its name: to provide the five essential functions expected of a timepiece. Thus, the Seiko 5:

  1. Give the time;
  2. Display the date;
  3. Are waterproof;
  4. Are anti-shock;
  5. Have a self-winding mechanism.

The current form (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Gear

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a smartwatch developed by Samsung Electronics and unveiled at the Unpacked 2013 event at the Tempodrom in Berlin . It is intended to be used with a compatible device, essentially the devices of the range Samsung Galaxy turning at least under Android 4.3 .

This one-centimeter and 73.8-gram watch , equipped with a single-core processor running at 800 MHz (the autonomy is 25 hours) is made of solid stainless steel and has a Super AMOLED screen of 320 X 320 pixels (ie 278 dpi) and 1.63 inch (ie 4.14 cm ). Its telephony equipment, is composed of (more…)

Rolex Submariner

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner is an automatic movement watch manufactured by Rolex . It is designed for diving and is known for its resistance to water. The first Submariner was presented to the public in 1953 1 at the Swiss Watch Fair. It is the first waterproof watch at 100 meters . Today, it is designed to withstand the pressure exerted at 300 meters depth 1 . The Rolex Submariner is part of the Oyster professional collection within the Rolex range.

Current Models

Rolex Submariner Blue Bezel – 116613 LB 2

Rolex Submariner Green Bezel – 116610 LV 3

Model Number Name of the model material Dial Glasses Movement Production
116610LN Submariner (more…)

Rolex Oyster

The Rolex Oyster is a mythical model of automatic movement watch manufactured by Rolex . It is one of the earliest water resistant wrist watches, manufactured in 1927 1 .


After solving the problem of reliability, Hans Wilsdorf began to work on the second major defect of the watches of the time: dust and moisture infiltrated under the dial and the crown, damaging the movement. To remedy this situation, the brand develops and, The Rolex Oyster , the first waterproof watch with a revolutionary crown.

The consumers of the time remain however skeptical as to the faculty of a watch to (more…)

Rolex GMT-Master

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master is an automatic movement watch manufactured by Rolex . The first GMT-Master was presented to the public in 1954 . Originally developed as a result of a request from the Pan Am 1 who wanted a watch for its pilots on transcontinental flights. The special feature of the GMT is to indicate an additional time zone by means of a 24- hour hand (in green on the image). The Rolex GMT-Master is part of the Oyster Perpetual collection within the Rolex range.

This watch was worn by Chuck Yeager onWhen he established the first passage (more…)

Rolex Daytona

Rolex Daytona is a series of watches created in 1963 by the company Rolex 1 . The Rolex Daytona is part of the Oyster professional collection within the Rolex range.

Related articles

  • Rolex Submariner
  • Rolex GMT-Master


  1. ↑ Cosmograph Daytona  [ archive ]

Rolex Datejust

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust , more simply known as the Datejust is a watch model mechanical with automatic winding manufactured by the watch brand Rolex . When it was launched in 1945, this model was the first wrist watch to offer the date as function 1 , 2 .

The prices of the used Datejust shows an upward trend: the average price increased by 182% in ten years for a yellow gold model 3 .

See Also

  • Rolex Oyster
  • Rolex Submariner
  • Rolex GMT-Master
  • Rolex Daytona


  1. ↑ ( in ) Frank Edwards , Wristwatches: A Connoisseur’s Guide , New York, Firefly, ( ISBN (more…)

Omega Speedmaster

The Speedmaster is a chronograph model of the Swiss watch brand Omega . She is known to have been the only watch officially worn on the moon . It is also the only watch to be approved for all NASA 1 manned flights . The Speedmaster is still part of all the missions planned by NASA.



The name Speedmaster comes from the tachymeter bezel of the chronograph. The brand hesitated between Chronomaster , Flightmaster , Speedmaster . The first version of the Speedmaster appeared in 1957 , it was part of a trio of innovations sharing a little the same aesthetics and (more…)

Omega Seamaster

The Omega Seamaster is a range of mechanical or quartz wristwatches produced by the Swiss watchmaker Omega and having as a common point a good waterproofness. The Seamaster introduced in 1948 is based on an evolution of waterproof watches that Omega supplied to English soldiers during the Second World War. It quickly conquers a public attracted by the sporty and elegant aspect of the range. In 1957, the “professional” version with a stainless steel case and bracelet, a 3-hour crown, a rotating bezel and a screwed and engraved bottom of the hippocampus, symbolized by Omega , An immersion resistance ranging from (more…)

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

The Reverso is an emblematic watch of the Swiss watchmaking brand Jaeger-LeCoultre created in 1931.



The concept that gave birth to the Reverso was born in 1931 in a British polo club in colonial India. César de Trey, a Swiss citizen, luxury watch distributor and close friend of Jacques-David LeCoultre, then crossing the country for business 1 . At the end of a polo match, one of the players – a British army officer – shows Trey his timepiece with broken ice and challenges him to develop a model that is robust enough to withstand the shocks caused by the practice of (more…)


The HP-01 , code-named “Cricket” 1 , was the first watch / calculator from HP and the first small calculator algebraic. This watch, priced at $ 750 for the gold-plated version and $ 650 for the stainless steel version, was produced from 1977 to 1980 2 .


It is a digital electronic wristwatch , a personal calculator, an alarm clock, a stopwatch, a timer, a calendar of two hundred years, and so on. The HP-01 offers the possibility of combining time and calculation functions 3 .


The watch dial has 28 lowercase keys 2 , four of which are raised for faster access: (more…)


Gyromatic ( Greek word γύρος gyros , rotation ‘and automatic’ ) refers to a series of Girard-Perregaux watches produced between 1957 and 1979.


The Gyromatic are self- winding watches . The first models contained 21 or 22 series calibres , with a defined pendulum frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour. From 1962 onwards, the Gyromatic were fitted with 32 series gauges and their frequency was increased to 21 600 rpm (with the exception of the 32.7 and 32A gauges). The calibers of the 32 and 42 series are based on Anton Schild ‘s AS 1687/1688 calibres . The automatic winding was developed (more…)


G-Shock ( Japaneseジ ー ョ ッ ク ク) is a Japanese watch brand founded in 1983 and belongs to the group Casio . The name G-Shock is the diminutive of Gravitational Shock . These watches are mainly designed for military use 1 , 2 , professional or extreme sports 3 . They are exclusively quartz watches with digital , analog or mixed display , the quartz movement being more precise than mechanical movement .

The first G-Shock was designed by Kikuo Ibe Yuichi Masuda and to equip the workers of the building at a time when the resistance of the watch was (more…)

Cartier Tank

Cartier Tank is a series of watches of the brand Cartier .


A Renault FT tank.

The first model was designed by Louis Cartier in 1916 1 or 1917 2 . In 1918 , after the First World War , Cartier offered the first copy to General Pershing 3 , then the watch was marketed from 1919 .

This is a square wrist watch , like the Cartier Santos created in 1904 . Its shape, along with the “stretchers” (the horns) in the prolongation of the casing, bring it closer to the appearance of a tank of assault of the time, and in particular (more…)

Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is a connected watch unveiled onBy Apple .

It is unveiled at the press conference corresponding traditionally to the launch of new range of iPhone . It has been available for pre-order since April 10, 2015 3 and is marketed since April 24, 2015 4 , 5 . It can be paired with an iPhone . It can be recharged with a new induction connector or a base (not supplied).

In September 2016, Apple launched the release of a new generation of Apple Watch (Series 2).

Genesis and Presentation

The Apple Watch project would have started in 2008 in the (more…)


Futurematic is the name of a series of watches with automatic winding of Jaeger-LeCoultre , produced between 1951 and 1958.


The Futurematic was the first automatic watch without a winding crown . There was only a flat crown at the bottom of the case to adjust the time. The Futurematic was presented in two iterations of the dial and movement , the E501 and E502 . The first model E501 had two small indications with needles to display the power reserve and seconds. The model E501 keeps the calibres K497 , K497 / 1 or KP827 . The E502 version had two (more…)

Delirium (watch)

The “Delirium” is the Swiss watch still holding today the world record of thinness [ref. Necessary] with less than 2 mm total thickness. Designed in 1978, it was marketed from 1979 by only 4 duly selected watch brands.


In 1978, at the height of the Japanese offensive in quartz watches, the Swiss watch industry was still far behind (ref. Required] . It was therefore necessary to react quickly, especially in the competition of then towards thinness, a certain advantage of quartz on mechanical movements. ETA Manufacture Horlogère launched a search for a solution to beat the Japanese on their own ground: to (more…)

Breitling Navitimer

The Breitling Navitimer is an automatic movement watch manufactured by Breitling , originally designed for pilots and aviation professionals.

It has a telescope slide rule circular to solve current transactions relating to air navigation : average speed, distance traveled, fuel consumption, rate of climb or descent, converting miles to kilometers or miles nautical for example.

The first Navitimer was presented to the public in 1952 1 .

External link

  • 2 ( en ) http://www.breitling.com/en/models/navitimer/navitimer-01/presentation/index.php#  [ archive ]

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms

The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is one of the most famous models of the Swiss watchmaking company Blancpain .

It is considered the first military diving watch 1 . It was founded in 1953 at the request of Captain Robert Maloubier and Vessel Marshal Claude Riffaud who, a year earlier, created the Combat Swimmers’ Corps, the first French unit of combat swimmers, Then in search of a robust and reliable dive watch, adapted to military requirements 2 . This is how the Fifty Fathoms was born , waterproof to a depth of 50 fathoms, as the name suggests.

One can see it on the (more…)

A. Lange & Sohne 1815

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 or more simply, the 1815 , is a watch of the prestigious German watch manufacturer A. Lange & Söhne . Its name pays tribute to the birth year of the founder of the factory, Ferdinand Adolph Lange, born on In Dresden.

When this model was released in 1995, it was the fifth model of the new era of the company Lange 1 .


  1. ↑ ” A. Lange and Söhne 1815: a classic watch and class … simply [ archive ] , montres-de-luxe.com, (Accessed in April 2013 )