The Swiss watch industry has been booming for the last few years, with more and more people looking to buy luxury watches. Chrono24 is the worldwide leader in luxury watches, catering to both retail buyers and wholesale customers. They offer over 150 brands of high-end timepieces that are sure to fit any style or budget.
When you’re looking for luxury watches, it’s important to know exactly what you want. Whether that means looking at the latest Rolex models or exploring other brands like Audemars Piguet, Hublot, and Panerai. You’ll find all of your favorite watch collections on Chrono24, along with some new names as well. With over 20 years in business, they are experts when it comes to matching their customers to the perfect timepiece. It doesn’t matter if this is your first purchase or if you have a collection already – everyone can benefit from using an online marketplace like this one!
Chrono24’s Best Selling Watches
Patek Philippe Nautilus
The Nautilus is one of the most recognized luxury watches in the world. It’s considered to be one of the major sports watches, not only due to its iconic design but also for its very high build quality and resistance. The Patek Philippe ref. 3700/1A was introduced in 1976 as a sportier version of their famous ref. 3970 (introduced in 1975) with a rotating bezel and chronograph function; the watch used the same case (still used today) but it had an improved movement (the CH 28-520 IRM QA 24), with a quick-set date function rather than having to turn back the hands to set the date & day like on 3970/1. Just like other sportier versions of their watches, it was an instant success. Even today, 42 years after its introduction the Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 3700/1A still looks fresh compared to rival brands which have launched many other sports models since.
The first Nautilus had a black dial with six polished steel hour-markers and dauphine hands encrusted with luminous material (the usual square markers were still present under the chapter ring). The chronograph function is two square pushers on either side of the crown at 2 o’clock position. One very special detail is that both the date & day windows are cut out in semicircles (instead of having the entire background covered like it’s done on all other sports watches).
The dial has a fantastic proportion which makes it look much larger than its 37mm size. To give you an idea of the proportions, this watch measures 10.6mm in height. By comparison, most modern Rolex is usually around 12-13mm high. The 36000/1 model was introduced in 1981 with a white gold bezel (example pictured above) and bracelet refs. 36001 & 36010 were available with 18k yellow or rose gold bracelets, respectively. All Nautilus models have the “water resistance” markings on the dial but they’re not written as “Water Resistant” like on other Rolex watches but rather using Patek Philippe’s wording (“resist water pressure”).
The Omega Speedmaster was made to be the Moon Watch. That’s why it has turned into one of the most successful watches ever, even though it is more than 50 years old. Actually, Omega originally wanted to make a watch for car racing drivers, but NASA saw this watch and decided that it should be worn by their astronauts during all Apollo missions. With this decision, the Omega Speedmaster became known as “the Moonwatch” among space enthusiasts worldwide.
In just 5 short years after its introduction in 1957, each subsequent Apollo mission ended up wearing out several Omega Speedmasters. The first watch to be worn on the moon was actually owned by Buzz Aldrin’s father and since then they have been referred to as either being the Moonwatch or the Moon belonging to Speedmaster.
In the following years, Omega even released a number of special edition watches to commemorate this achievement, which you can find here.
Omega has been on a never-ending quest to make the perfect watch and since 1957 they have made over 30 different versions of the Speedmaster Professional, each with its own subtle differences. Of course, these models do not include all of the limited editions that were released by Omega. Each of these special editions had its own specific anti-counterfeiting marks that turned this into an impossible task for counterfeiters worldwide.
The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, Rolex’s latest addition to its legendary line of chronographs is a watch that has not been without controversy since its announcement. While there are a number of valid complaints about the new Daytona (including spring-locking screws in the chronograph pushers, more patents than on a Kamov Ka-50 [a Russian helicopter], and more winding rules than at an American board meeting), there is one complaint about this watch that seems to be constantly flying under the radar. I am talking about the lack of screw-down pushers.
Rolex’s current no-screw-down policy is nothing new: was first introduced with their GMT Master, the first watch to have a rotatable bezel. A vital tool for any serious pilots of the day, GMT watches are still used by pilots today. However, this was not Rolex’s only reason for removing the screw-down pushers on their new Daytona: there’s another problem that non-Rolex wearers might not realize comes with owning a watch with screw-down pushers…
The Rolex Crown Problem Solution
When a watch with screw-down pushers is exposed to heavy shock or pressure, the positive pressure that the gaskets create inside the case can cause them to pop out of their groove and into a position where they cannot seal up against the case. Depending on how forceful the pressure is, this can result in either a loss of water resistance or a complete penetration of dust and/or dirt into the movement. As you might guess from looking at pictures of the Daytona’s Oyster bracelet with its large flat heads extending over most of its surface, Rolex’s solution to this problem was to simply remove screws with integrated spring-locking mechanisms from behind those heads. This keeps them from being popped outwards during shock or pressure.
If you are a watch aficionado that loves high-end, quality timepieces, Chrono24 is the online marketplace for you!