Fascination sports watches 2016

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Fascination sports watches
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E Just like automobiles, watches on the wrist say a lot about their owner: about their lifestyle, their taste, their preferences and, last but not least, their social position - or wishful thinking, that also happens occasionally.

The driver of an elegant Jaguar therefore likes to wear a flat jacket to match his tweed jacket Three-hand watch with gold case, depending on personal age and for the sake of understatement, also made of white gold. Anyone who drives an off-road vehicle, possibly even a serious one such as a Land Rover Defender or a Mercedes G-model, would prefer to strap a sports watch with a steel strap or sturdy leather strap to their arm. After all, you want to be prepared for all eventualities.

Prepared for anything

Because that is of course what cars are all about as with clocks: you could if you wanted to. In the city, the Defender may seem a bit over-the-top, but if need be, its owner could also hum on the Direttissima to Dar es Salaam. And the Ferrari may feel like a predator in a cage in city traffic, but its driver could rush to the Nürburgring at any time and do a few quick laps on the Nordschleife.

IWC
IWC Fliegerchrono Soldat

Sports watches basically promise the same thing - and keep it. Most of them come from a very old model family and were originally developed for exactly one area of ​​application. The wearer, in turn, had to be able to rely on the watches to work under all circumstances, because in case of doubt their life depended on it.

In principle, the history of the sports watch goes back to the time of the First World War when one began, the watches no longer in their pockets, but onWrist wear. The sensitive glasses, which one tried to protect from it with bars, were particularly unsuitable for this. The Jaeger-LeCoultre company came up with an ingenious twist in 1931 with the Reverso, developed for polo players, whose case can be turned 180 degrees to protect the dial and glass from knocks.

Breitling
Breitling Navitimer B01

Four years earlier, Rolex had already proven the water resistance of the first Oyster when the British Mercedes Gleitze swam through the English Channel with it. During the Second World War it was the cult brand of today, Panerai, which developed special watches for combat divers with large cases and noctilucent dials that were easy to read even in cloudy water.

Clear design

If possible The pilot's watches had to be easy to read, especially at night. Their dials were therefore designed very clearly and objectively, and indices and hands were generously provided with luminous material so that the pilot could see the time to the second at a glance. Otherwise, deviations could lead to the bird straying off course.

After the war, Rolex in particular developed the concept of the Tool Watch systematically for a wide variety of areas: the Explorer, the first on Mount Everest in 1953, for explorers and adventurers, the Submariner, the mother of all diving watches, and the GMT for professional pilots.

Today, all sports watches can be divided into the three areas of diving and pilot's watches and sports chronographs, although there are many mixed forms . In contrast to a gold watch, you are well dressed at every opportunity: Since “James Bond, Dr. No “from 1962 we know that even a diving watch goes perfectly with a fine suit.

Panerai
Panerai Submersible

How to recognize a good sports watch

  • Housing made of high-quality steel or, more rarely, tough titanium. Gold is too soft as a case material for a sports watch
  • Generously dimensioned lugs with steel strap or strong leather strap, leather strap ideally screwed
  • Strong crown protection
  • Screw-down crown and screw-down bottom, ideally with full thread
  • water resistance at least 100 meters
  • rotatable, fully locking bezel on diving watches, only rotatable to the left
  • robust, not too flat movement, unrest is best not with a clamp, but with a bridge
  • Tidy, clearly drawn dial, luminous hands and luminous numbers

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