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Where are the updates? I’m at Fratellowatches!

Where are the updates? I’m at Fratellowatches!

If you wondered why there haven’t been updates at in2watches.com lately, the answer is here. I’ve teamed up as a contributor with Fratellowatches. Fratellowatches is currently the 4th largest blog on wristwatches in the world and I was honored to have the possibility to join long-time watch friend Robert-Jan Broer and photographer Bert Buijsrogge....
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Rolex Explo-Master II

Rolex Explo-Master II

A befriended collector owes both, a GMT-Master II and an Explorer II with white dial. He mentioned that he prefers the white dial of the Explorer-II however found the Pepsi bezel of his GMT-Master II quite useful. Therefor he had a Rolex specialized watchmaker over here in The Netherlands change the movements, complete with...
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Those cheap international on-line watch suppliers, are they really true?

Those cheap international on-line watch suppliers, are they really true?

I’m out on a mission. On-line buying of watches gains extremely in popularity; recent investigations proved that there’s a huge shift from the, in the past regular, brick and mortar jeweler to on-line web shops. And we all saw that coming of course while most smaller brands have their own web shops now, and...
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Is it a watch? The Garmin vívofit is, and more

Is it a watch? The Garmin vívofit is, and more

After publishing about the upcoming introduction of the Garmin vívovit last January we were happy to receive the device for in-depth testing, and tried it it out for three weeks. So the vívofit, is it a watch? Yes, you could use it as a digital watch indeed; it is able to permanently show the...
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Which watch do you wear during Baselworld?

Which watch do you wear during Baselworld?

This week is without doubt the most important week of the entire horological year; the Baselworld week. So ‘Which watch do you wear during Baselworld?’ is a question of utmost importance and one of sleepless nights. Most people choose for the most ‘important’ piece in their collection. Being the most sought after, hard to...
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Step inside, find your nearest boutique!

Step inside, find your nearest boutique!

I copied the following text from a press release, and left out any phrases and relations towards the brand (not the product). What do you think about which product this text handles? “In , opened its first boutique in Hong Kong. The unique design concept has since been reflected in a series of...
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Casio, G-Shock G-Lide GLX-150B

Casio, G-Shock G-Lide GLX-150B

Not something I write about often here, battery operated quartz watches. However probably it’s time to change ;-) So this article is about the readability of two of the Casio G-Shock G-Lide GLX-150B versions. The G-Lide series indicates – except for the common time, date, second time zone, alarms and timer functions – a...
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Unity Discovery test drive

Unity Discovery test drive

Today is the first day of my two weeks test drive of the Unity Discovery. I already had the unpacking fun of course, which was really promising. The watch came in a beautiful metal box with a serious (closed with sealing wax) envelope for the instructions and a warranty card. Anyhow, it’s on my...
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THE Sinn toolwatch, the U1 – ref. 1010.010

THE Sinn toolwatch, the U1 – ref. 1010.010

Even the reference number of this Sinn U1 breaths something of simplicity. Some things are at it’s best if nothing can’t be taken away any more, this watch is one of them. The Sinn U1 diving watch is a real tool watch. It’s heavy, it’s thick (with the right ratio to it’s diameter) and...
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Swatch Group 2012 gross sales

Swatch Group 2012 gross sales

Incredible! The Swatch Group gross sales hit CHF 8.143 million in 2012. That’s a billion Swiss francs (+14%) more than the previous year! I really wonder what they are going to do with all that money. I bet they’re going to invest it in even more sales and production, so that they can grow...
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An F-15 pilot’s Bremont ALT1-Z/DG by SJX

An F-15 pilot’s Bremont ALT1-Z/DG by SJX

Su Jia Xian (SJX) interviewed F-15 pilot Colonel Rich “Nemo” Sweeten, and asked him what makes a good pilot’s watch. What struck me was that the function of the watch at the end of the day at the bar is not to be underestimated. As well as Colonel Rich Sweeten’s statement “Let’s face it,...
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What a difference a glass makes…

What a difference a glass makes…

In the regular execution of all 42 mm models of the Archimede Pilot series a non-anti-reflective flat sapphire crystal is used. However, upon my request, Archimede produced a special version of the Pilot H with a domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal. This resulted in quite an extreme price increase for such a watch (€ 395,=...
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Excellent article on Sinn’s Tegiment technology @ Fratellowatches

Excellent article on Sinn’s Tegiment technology @ Fratellowatches

Ming Thein, one of the authors at the leading watch-blog, www.fratellowatches.com, published an excellent article on the Sinn tegiment hardening technology. Picture by Ming Thein / Fratellowatches He wrote his article on the basis of a long term wearing review of 5 different Sinn watches, which gives very interesting and reliable first-hand information. Make...
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A learning moment on Rolex’ restoration services

A learning moment on Rolex’ restoration services

Last Monday I had a learning moment on Rolex’ restoration services. I traveled to Geneva to bring and discuss the restoration of the below pictured 1962 reference 5508 Rolex Submariner. I’ve done this before; mostly I’ll send modern Rolex models for general service or overhaul to the Rolex BeNeLux service center in Brussels (where...
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Independent Haute Horlogerie

Independent Haute Horlogerie

After discussions with fellow watch nerds Frank Geelen and Beth Doerr, I’ve changed the name of my Haute Horlogerie link list to ‘Independent Haute Horlogerie‘. The original name came forth from an interesting discussion on the LinkedIn group ‘A Passion for Watches‘; the header of that discussion was ‘Ultra Haute Horlogerie’. However opinions were...
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