Fratello Watches – the magazine dedicated to watches https://www.fratellowatches.com/ The watch magazine for watch reviews, watch stories, and industry news Fri, 02 Dec 2022 11:12:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://static.fratello.com/2019/03/cropped-fratello_watches-2-32x32.png Fratello Watches – the magazine dedicated to watches https://www.fratellowatches.com/ 32 32 109461866 Buyer’s Guide: The Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 — Making Sense Of The Different Versions https://www.fratellowatches.com/buying_guide_different_versions_rolex_explorer_ii_16570/ https://www.fratellowatches.com/buying_guide_different_versions_rolex_explorer_ii_16570/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2022 10:00:34 +0000 https://www.fratellowatches.com/?p=240575

The Rolex Explorer II is a bit of a fan favorite. This is especially true of the reference 16570, which is part of the popular five-digit generation of Rolex sports watches. Many — including me — admire it for its honest, tool-like qualities. It is from a time before everything went maxi and shiny. But […]

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Pre-Owned Spotlight: Buy A Breguet Before It’s Too Late https://www.fratellowatches.com/pre-owned-spotlight-breguet-regulator-classique-tradition/ https://www.fratellowatches.com/pre-owned-spotlight-breguet-regulator-classique-tradition/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2022 06:00:05 +0000 https://www.fratellowatches.com/?p=241037

Last week, I visited a watch get-together organized by the team from a Dutch watch podcast (Mannen van de Tijd). It was at a private location with a poker table, on which the guests put their watches (some even brought their entire collections). One of the watches that caught my eye was a beautiful 37mm […]

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#TBT The Blackest Black On A Citizen Alarm Date ALDS 51301a-Y https://www.fratellowatches.com/tbt-the-blackest-black-on-a-citizen-alarm-date-alds-51301a-y/ https://www.fratellowatches.com/tbt-the-blackest-black-on-a-citizen-alarm-date-alds-51301a-y/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2022 14:30:22 +0000 https://www.fratellowatches.com/?p=240899

The black dial on the Citizen Alarm Date is so suggestive that you feel like you want to drown in it.   I wouldn’t have expected Citizen to become one of my top-of-mind brands when someone asks me about vintage alarm watches. Well, watch collecting can be surprising sometimes. Now, of course, the champion spot […]

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Rolex Is Going Certified Pre-Owned https://www.fratellowatches.com/rolex-is-going-certified-pre-owned/ https://www.fratellowatches.com/rolex-is-going-certified-pre-owned/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2022 12:30:43 +0000 https://www.fratellowatches.com/?p=240977

From today onwards, Rolex has a Certified Pre-Owned program in place. To start with, there will be Rolex CPO watches in Bucherer boutiques in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. But what does it mean, and how will it work? Let me explain. The market for Rolex is very hot despite the […]

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Breitling And Deus Team Up For Another Top Time Motorcycle Chronograph https://www.fratellowatches.com/breitling-and-deus-team-up-for-another-top-time-motorcycle-chronograph/ https://www.fratellowatches.com/breitling-and-deus-team-up-for-another-top-time-motorcycle-chronograph/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2022 12:15:00 +0000 https://www.fratellowatches.com/?p=240934

Breitling has renewed its partnership with rebellious Australian surf-style brand and motorcycle customizer Deus Ex Machina. To celebrate, Breitling unveils the new Top Time watch with design input from Deus. The base of the new watch follows the familiar pattern of the 2021 Top Time Deus edition with some design tweaks. On the dial, black […]

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Introducing The Seiko Prospex SNJ039P1 and SRPJ35K1 Special Editions — The “Arnie” And The “Turtle” Get A Fresh, Aquatic Look https://www.fratellowatches.com/introducing-the-seiko-prospex-snj039p1-and-srpj35k1-special-editions-the-arnie-and-the-turtle-get-a-fresh-aquatic-look/ https://www.fratellowatches.com/introducing-the-seiko-prospex-snj039p1-and-srpj35k1-special-editions-the-arnie-and-the-turtle-get-a-fresh-aquatic-look/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2022 08:00:49 +0000 https://www.fratellowatches.com/?p=240770

Seiko is taking the #throwbackthursday theme very literally today. The brand is revisiting two beloved models, each with decades of history, and freshening them up a bit. Both the special-edition “Arnie” (SNJ039P1) and “Turtle” (SRPJ35K1) get a blue-and-green bezel insert. And they’re also each fitted with a minute hand in seafoam green so you can […]

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Fratello Favorites: The Best Watches Released In 2022 — RJ’s Picks From Audemars Piguet, Omega, Rolex, Longines, And More https://www.fratellowatches.com/fratello-favorites-the-best-watches-released-in-2022-rjs-picks/ https://www.fratellowatches.com/fratello-favorites-the-best-watches-released-in-2022-rjs-picks/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2022 06:00:05 +0000 https://www.fratellowatches.com/?p=240758

Compared to the previous years, 2022 flew by. And thinking about all the releases in 2022, we’ve had a great, full year packed with exciting new watches. There have been so many great new watches this year that it is difficult to compile a short list, so I won’t. Instead, I will touch upon all […]

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Fratello Talks: First Luxury Watches — Our Major Debut Watch Purchases From Omega And Vacheron Constantin https://www.fratellowatches.com/fratello-talks-first-luxury-watches/ https://www.fratellowatches.com/fratello-talks-first-luxury-watches/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2022 05:00:12 +0000 https://www.fratellowatches.com/?p=240853

This week, Fratello Talks first luxury watches. Nacho, Fratello’s managing editor, is joined in the studio by marketing manager Sofia and social media manager Sinara. Together, they discuss their experience in purchasing each of their first “proper”/luxury watches. As young collectors, it’s an experience they do not have to look back far to remember, yet […]

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Gérald Genta Returns With A New Arena Bi-Retrograde Mickey Mouse Limited Edition https://www.fratellowatches.com/gerald-genta-returns-with-a-new-arena-bi-retrograde-mickey-mouse-limited-edition/ https://www.fratellowatches.com/gerald-genta-returns-with-a-new-arena-bi-retrograde-mickey-mouse-limited-edition/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2022 23:01:52 +0000 https://www.fratellowatches.com/?p=240918

Gérald Genta, the now Bvlgari-owned watch brand of the late designer, is back at it with Disney’s most famous character. The legendary creator’s Mickey Mouse designs have been such iconic offerings that they are instantly recognizable and sought-after collectibles today. The latest Arena Bi-Retrograde model depicts a football-kicking Mickey and comes in a limited edition […]

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Introducing: The Oris Big Crown Waldenburgerbahn Limited Edition — My Kind Of Suave https://www.fratellowatches.com/introducing-the-oris-big-crown-waldenburgerbahn-limited-edition/ https://www.fratellowatches.com/introducing-the-oris-big-crown-waldenburgerbahn-limited-edition/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2022 23:01:05 +0000 https://www.fratellowatches.com/?p=240816

Oris has a distinct lineup of contemporary sports cool with the Aquis and Pro Pilot lines, but my heart lies with the vintage-inspired divers and OG Big Crown range. The latter is pitch-perfect vintage at heart, yet is versatile enough to take on a more modern look in its more minimal Calibre 400 and 403 […]

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