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What are some amazing facts of luxury

watches?
The worlds most prestigious watch Rolex once helped to solve a murder mystery. This true
story is about Albert Johnson Walker who was Canada's most wanted man and the second
most wanted man by the Interpol.

Walker returned to England after a brief stay in Canada and while living in North Yorkshire
he started a business of TV repairing with his business partner Ronald Joseph Platt.

Platt raised in Canada wished to return to his home country. Walker sponsored his trip to
Canada however Walker claimed in return Platt's driving license, stamp signature and birth
certificate with the intention of doing the business. As soon as Platt left for Canada in 1992 ,
Walker assumed his identity.

Platt ran out of money and returned to England in 1995. One day, Walker took out Platt to a
fishing trip in 1996, where he murdered Platt, tied his body with an anchor and dumped it
into the Sea.

Two weeks later the body was discovered in the English Channel by a fisherman with the
Rolex watch as the only object identifiable on the body. Using the serial number on the
Rolex watch, the police were able to determine the owner's identity and the victim of the
murder. Which led the police to another man with the name Robert Joseph Platt : Albert
Johnson Walker. Walker was apprehended shortly thereafter.

In addition British police were able to determine the date of death by examining the date on
the watch calendar and since the Rolex movement had a reserve of two to three days of
operation when inactive and it was fully waterproof, they were able to determine the time of
death within a small margin of error.

The fact that a watch can cost over $1 million is already amazing alone :-)
If the main character of Wilkie Collins “The Moonstone” novel saw this watch she would
probably suspect the watchmakers of stealing her treasure.

Louis Moinet is the first and the only brand in the world that made a watch using a fragment
of a real moon. Watchmakers profess that when creating a chronograph that displays lunar
phases, two plates were "borrowed" from the meteorite that fell from the moon two millennia
ago! This 2000-year-old lunar meteorite is used to display the lunar phases in an extremely
complex mechanism Magistralis with complications such as minute repeater, perpetual
calendar and mono-pusher column-wheel chronograph. 5N- pink gold "frame" perfectly suits
this rarity.

To my personal taste Vacheron Constantin stands out remarkably for its long history with
interesting facts. In 1979 Vacheron Constantin made Kallista, one of the most expensive
wristwatches. Its initial price was $5 million. The owner preferred to remain anonymous and
the company gave the word never to create the same model. Kallista had 118 emerald-cut

Modern watches have nothing to do with the initial developments but they are the direct consequences of that work and the many stories and anecdotes that came with . The first watches were leveraging the movement of the sun. The most famous examples of this line were: -the model. This watch. It took about 6. almost all the models of this line were produced in a single copy. water or sand and even the consumption of candles.This unique model has become the forbearer of the family of Lady Kalla. which include :  sunrise and sunset times  perpetual calendar  a celestial map of New York as seen from Henry Graves' New York apartment  phases of the moon It consists of 900 parts. and is the most complicated watch built without the help of computers. is the watch with the most complications ever. and still works! There is a piece of history that always accompanies us – the watch! What is on your wrist (if you have one) is the result of thousands of years of research and development - Sumer and Egyptians are among the first to have developed and used watches. Each holder of such specimens is a representative of the elite.diamonds. It has 24. created especially for Princess Diana wedding (1981). -Model Kallania. which received the highest award at the most important Swiss watch competition (2002).luxwatch. -the model. These timepieces determine the high status even more than an expensive car or ultra-modern phone.com/brands/vacheron-constantin Each feature on a watch that does something other than tell the time is called a complication. You can have a look at the oldest watch company’s collections here https://www. Since then every single culture or population in any geography started developing systems and deviced to measure the passage of time. It was last wound in 1969. presented during the Geneva Watch Salon (2009).000 hours for the watch masters to make this watch and about 20 months for jewelers to enrich the watch. the Henry Graves Supercomplication.

Hamilton at that time had already . Matt Damon wears a TAG Heuer watch. anecdotes and even simple technical information. Then the ancient Greeks started using the so called clepsydrae that were measuring time with the passage of sand from one container to another.Khaki Pilot Day Date. the self-claimed watch brand of the movies is Hamilton – they seems to appear in 151 movies from The Frogmen in 1951 (Robert Wagner – Frogman) to Interstellar in 2014 (Matthew McConaughey .Custom Murph Watch) 2. You might expect that only scientist and “technical” people influenced the watch development but you might discover that even movies had an impact.it. In the Bourne Ultimatum.e. numeral system with sixty as base) relates to about 2’000 BC with the Sumer. We could write an encyclopedia with those many stories but we wanted to bring to you only our top 25 interesting facts – from historical facts to curiosities. The Egyptian divided the day in two cycles of twelve hours and measured the time with sundials (measuring changes on shadows position over time) for day time and water clocks for night time. The Hamilton design team provided him with a wristwatch and a desk clock. In the following section you can find our top 25 most interesting facts about watches: 1. Stanley Kubrick approached the American brand Hamilton in 1966 to ask them to make unique timepieces for his new. However. 3. In the James Bond movies Sean Connery wears a Rolex Submariner while Daniel Craig wears an Omega watch. Jessica Chastain and Mackenzie Foy . futuristic film “2001: A Space Odyssey”. The earliest known example of humans measuring the passage of time via the current sexagesimal system (i.

It seems that one of the first “arm watch” was made for Elizabeth I of England by Robert Dudley in 1571 while other claims that the very first “wristwatch” was made for Countess Koscowicz of Hungary by Swiss watch manufacturer Patek Philippe (about 1868) or by Breguet for Caroline Murat (about 1810) 7.g. Notably also the quartz watches are not 100% accurate and might be impacted by other factors like temperatures and battery life.introduced the first electric watch (1957. In fact despite their beauty and complexity. The first wristwatches were intended for women while men were using the pocket watch. Mechanical watches are generally less accurate than those with quartz movements (introduced in 1969). François I spent a fortune on two watches set in daggers. The pocket watch started to be known in 15th century but really became popular during Tudor times in the 16th century (as seen also in a portrait of King Henry VIII). The first pocket watches had one single hand showing the hours – minute hand started being used only in 17th century. gravity) and some complications (e. 6. Since then watchmakers competed to produce smaller and smaller watches that could be easily carried and in 1518. 5. VENTURA) and in 1970 it leveraged the association with the movie by producing a functional wristwatch. the mechanical parts of those watches tend to gain or lose a few seconds over a period of time.g. tourbillon about 1930) might help mitigating this impact but cannot remove completely all the different factors. This is because they are impacted by many forces (e. the Odyssee 2001 and then the Pulsar with an LED display. 4. The Omega Speedmaster was a favorite accessory in .

In 1844 Adolphe Nicole's updated version of the chronograph was the first to include a re-setting feature which now allowed successive measurements. The first known wristwatch with a perpetual calendar was manufactured using a pendant watch movement by Patek Philippe (about 1925).space! NASA astronauts wore the watch on their mission to the Moon (7 Apollo astronauts). At about the same time the first series- production of wristwatch with alarm was done by Eterna. Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997) is credited with part of the success of Rolex Submariner watches via bringing them to the attention of mass audiences in a 1954 documentary ‘The Silent World’. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner debuted at the Basel watch fair the year that ‘The Silent World’ came out. didn’t become popular and used by men until during the First World War. 9. and both American and Russian astronauts wore it for the first craft meeting of Apollo-Soyuz. Modern wristwatches. The first modern chronograph was invented by Louis Moinet in 1816. For the first time in history. 11. Interestingly the first watch with water-resistant (screwed) case seems to be due to François Borgel (about 1880). 10. 8. In the film he is seen wearing a Rolex Submariner. About 1930 Emile Borer made the first self-winding wristwatch whose unidirectional rotor . Tissot introduced the first mass-produced pocket watch as well as the first pocket watch with two time zones in 1853 and the first anti-magnetic watch in 1929–30. unlike the constantly moving needle in the original chronograph. men (soldiers) wore watches around their wrists which allowed them more freedom of movement. the first precision wristwatch developed for use undersea.

The Patek Philippe Caliber 89 was the world’s most complicated pocket mechanical watch (till Sep 2015). . the most complicated mechanical watch is made by Vacheron Constantin (model 57260). Boasting 57 complications and a wide array of functions. today. the Centre Electronique Horloger (CEH) was established in Neuchâtel to develop a Swiss-made quartz wristwatch. The concept was conceived of in the early 1950s and often. Some yacht timers offer a different color for the 10-minute countdown and the final five-minute countdown. in 1957 the first battery-driven watch in production was the American-made Hamilton 500. while simultaneously in Japan.728 components in total and 33 special features. However. 12. Seiko was also working on an electric watch and developing quartz technology. Although the Lip-Elgin enterprise produced only prototypes of battery operated watches. 14.swung in a complete circle: the Rolex Perpetual. including a thermometer and a star chart. 15. 1. each one hand-decorated by one Master Watchmaker using traditional techniques. In the early 1950s a joint venture between the Elgin Watch Company in the United States and Lip of France laid the groundwork for the quartz watch. Crafted in 1989 it’s made from 18-carat gold. Also known as a magnifying lens. In 1962. A yacht timer (also referred to as sailing watches) is a watch specially designed for sailing races. the Cyclops eye is incorporated into the watch crystal and lies above the date window to make viewing the date easier.800 components. 13. has 24 hands. is used to magnify other information on a watch. This watch features a 10-minute countdown to be used for preparing for the start of a yacht race. it contains over 2.

This helps to subconsciously raise the customer’s mood. 20. 18. The one-way bezels turn counterclockwise only so that if the watch is accidentally banged in a dive. where he was the first to reach the peaks of Mount Everest. The uni-directional bezel found on top-notch dive watches is there as a safety feature.16. Rolex received the very first wristwatch Chronometer awards from the School of Horology in Bienne (1910). In this context worth also mentioning the Sinn UX which has a case that can withstand dives down to 12.000 meters and temperatures between -45°c and +80°c. Seven years later in 1960. which subliminally encourages them to make a purchase. The G-Shock by Casio was the first watch developed and tested to survive a drop from a fourth floor men’s bathroom (ten meter drop). without losing accuracy by even a second. and the Class “A” Certificate of Precision from the Kew . 19. when displayed in shops. An accidental clockwise move would mean that elapsed dive time indicated on the watch would be less than the actual elapsed time. the US Navy sent a submarine 35. The Rolex watch was attached to the outside of the vessel and survived intact. 17. As a consequence of its success many other brands then developed many more watches that resist “extreme” adventures and conditions. are often pre-set to show the time at ten minutes past ten o’clock or sometimes ten minutes to two o’clock (“Happy Time”). When displayed at that time the hands on the watch face resemble a smiley face. the bezel will not move clockwise. Watches.798 feet below sea level. Sir Edmund Hillary famously wore a Rolex during the British Himalaya Expedition of 1953. which could cause the diver to think he has more oxygen than he actually has.

for frequent flyers. 21. Rolex watches consistently receive more Chronometer Certificates from the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC). To this day. Calculator watches were first introduced in the 1970s and continue to be produced. though watches made by Timex were . The most notable brand is the Casio Databank series. Automatic Atomic Time Synchronization from GPS Satellites is one of the best features of this device which have an ultra-Low Power GPS Receiver. than every other watch company in the world.Observatory in England (1914). This watch is accurate to ±15 Seconds / Month when not automatically synchronizing with the satellites. combined.g. 23. The Rolex Milgauss and Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra have been designed to remain reliable and precise in environments with extremely high magnetic fields – environments that a “normal” person would not generally experience but might be useful to certain scientists (e. The Airplane mode is also present to disable automatic synchronization while flying. 24. His solution revolutionized navigation and greatly increased the safety of long-distance sea travel. and a perpetual calendar. despite enjoying a heyday during the 1980s. world time functions that recognize 39 time zones via satellite. people who work at the CERN). John Harrison (1693 – 1776) was a self-educated English carpenter and clockmaker who invented the marine chronometer. The Astron features GPS controlled time zone adjustment. 22. The Seiko Astron is a solar-powered watch and it is the world’s first GPS Solar Watch. a long-sought after device for solving the problem of calculating longitude while at sea.

One of the most inexpensive mass produced watch has been introduced by Swiss watchmakers (knows for their precision and expensive watches) – this was the Swatch. released for the first time in 1983. As modern as your mobile phone can be. it still exists because the work started long time ago… let’s say you have a modern piece of history with you… discover more at Todd & Marlon Home Source of Information: v WIKIPEDIA v History of watchmaking v 12 things you probably didn't know about watches v Did You Know…? 9 Fun Facts About Watches v Top 10 Watch Facts v 8 Fun Facts About Watches v Matter of Time: Fun Facts About Watches v Here Are 5 Fun Facts About Watches to Lift Your Spirits During the Dog Days of Summer . Always remember the many people that have contributed over thousands of years to the development of the watch that is on your own wrist (or pocket). We hope you found the above facts and curiosities interesting and insightful… and we are sure that as of today you will start looking at your watch with a different eye or mindset.also popular. It could be the most expensive watch or the cheapest one but it stills owes its existence to the history… You are not wearing a watch? Using the watch on your mobile phone? Don’t worry … also that one owes its existence to the thousands of years of development. 25.

I have bought one from luxehues.3 million dollars. Written 30 Nov 2015 Daniel Loe. Now Swisstek watches.S. Each watch takes about a year to make and they can cost up to 2. as well as stores in Singapore. Based in Phoenix. It has a remarkable 96 bright diamonds. rare pink diamonds and sparkling red rubies on it. are sold in about 50 stores in the U. Apart from that it is available on many other online websites. The fastest way to be poor is to look rich. It comes with an eye- catching strap that is easily changeable without the use of any special tools..com Luxury & Designer Fashion for Men & Women and my Swisstek watch has a regular face. one of those things that people notice and that's fun.unknown 231 Views There is a watch company in Switzerland that has a clean room and an air filtration system in the rooms that they make the watches. it has moved forward to expand its business in other countries as well. Brillier. Working in a Digital Agency 155 Views Some amazing facts about Swisstek luxury watch brand are it has 15 years of experience. It's a cool- looking watch. they can be worn as a jewellery. and their less expensive brand. . Swisstek watches are the most adorable ones. Hong Kong and the Middle East. and outside of that is a ring you can see through and on it are Roman numerals. and about 50 stores across Europe.v Vacheron Constantin creates world's most complicated watch v Interesting facts about wristwatches v Top 10 Technologically Advanced Wrist Watches Written 19 Jan • View Upvotes Sandeep Kumar.