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Rolex Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA sighted in this year’s Best Picture Oscar Winner Argo


Argo, 2013 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, is loosely based on actual events surrounding the rescue of six Americans during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Actor Ben Affleck’s character, Tony Mendez, wears a Rolex Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA in the movie. An amazing star studded feat considering the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA was introduced in 2008. Proving that timing is indeed everything, and that this watch delivers both style and transcendental presence that’s iconically in-depth – sea depth that is.

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Rolex Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA presents with a bold Oyster 43 mm 904L steel case and bracelet along with a titanium alloy case back. It displays a beautiful black ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel with embedded graduations made of platinum.  The black dial features a date aperture window at 3 o’clock, luminescent hour indices, hour/minute hands with a sweeping seconds hand. It has the helium escape valve with a water resistance of 12,800 feet. It has a mechanical self-winding 3135 movement with a paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA is officially certified Swiss chronometer (COSC).  This timepiece has such a rich history that other watch manufacturers envy its time tested beginnings.


Rolex Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA has an impressive historical background that dates back to 1950. Professional divers saw a need for a diving watch that could withstand sea depths of 300 meters while maintaining its water resistance and functional integrity. Rolex answered the challenge and launched the development and experimentation of its watch “Deep Sea Special”. August 1953 Rolex tested Deep Sea Special with rewarding outcomes. Deep Sea Special successfully plunged three times to depths of approximately 3,543 feet, then again to approximately 10,334 feet; and later that same year the watch descended to amazing depth of 10,334 feet. In 1956 Deep Sea Special descended to an astounding depth of 12,138 feet, this dive test set the worldwide deep sea stage for Rolex to establish history in 1960 when US Navy submerged experimental bathyscaphe, the Trieste.

The Trieste    ROLEX Deep Sea Special

Rolex Deep Sea Special was literally strapped to the exterior of US Navy bathyscaphe, the Trieste, and launched into the depth of the Mariana Trench, said to be the deepest depression on the Earth’s surface.  The deep sea dive established records for both the Trieste and Rolex Deep Sea Special, as both emerged from ocean depths of 37,800 feet unscathed and perfectly functional. This amazing dive changed both deep-ocean exploration and established Rolex as the most water resistant and reliable watch manufacturer. Such an amazing beginning for a watch that has managed to evolved from the iconic Sea-Dweller Submariner 2000 (Reference 1665) to the ever illustrious Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA timepiece. This is one transcendental watch connoisseurs will definitely want to add to their watch collection. (Reference 116660)

Top Watches #17-20 < $1000

The final countdown of top watches under a $1000 is a presentation of watchmakers whose designs reach new heights conceptually while innovatively evolving traditional watch making methods to manufacture timepieces made for all lifestyles.

#17 – Timex

Timex, a brand whose origin is none other than the good ole USA, is known for its brand slogan “It takes a licking and keeps on ticking,” as well as the one dollar Ingersoll Yankee pocket watch. Timex continues it legacy of versatile watches made with evolving technologies fit for every lifestyle.

Timex Chronograph Quartz Men’s watch is a stunning timepiece for the guy that’s on the go. This masculine chronograph flexes its appeal with a 44 mm stainless steel case and bracelet complimented by a black dial. The dial showcases stainless steel hour/minute hands with a red seconds hands, three sub-dials outlined in red indicator hand and white Arabic numbers. The movement is quartz which is protected by a mineral crystal. This watch is for the man that is on the go and easily transitions from day to evening attire. (Model 2N159) it is available on




#18 – Fortis

Fortis is a Swiss brand watch manufacture that carries the winning baton for manufacturing the world’s first automatic wrist watch in 1926, its legendary Harwood series. Fortis continues its tradition of manufacturing Swiss automatic and mechanical watches reaching towards the moon.

B-47 Mysterious Planets is an automatic specialty watch created with a jumping hour. Professor Karsten Krebs, an architect and designer, collaborated with the Fortis team to design this timepiece collection. This is a limited edition watch in which the hour numerals jump up unexpectedly in one of five orbits dial windows, symbolized by orbits of planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and Jupiter around the Sun. The watch has a 47 mm stainless steel case with a choice of rubber, leather or stainless steel bracelet. It features and automatic caliber F-2024 movement which is protected by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal on the case back as well. It is of course Swiss made being a limited edition of 500 pieces each (4 model choices) all of which are individually numbered. (Reference 677.20.31 – design blue; Reference 677.20.35 – design black)

 Fortis B-47 Mysterious Planets



#19 – Orient

Orient Watch Co. is a Japanese watch manufacture that continues its 60 year manufacture of automatic and mechanical watches for customers in over 70 countries. The company’s watches are designed to fit the lifestyles of their customers.

Happy Stream Collection – Model DB0100BW is a beautiful women’s watch presenting a gold tone 37 mm stainless steel case with a white dial that exhibits an open crescent moon and star. The dial also features scattered stars (some with diamonds) and a Roman numeral at 12 o’clock. It has ORIENT caliber 46A40 mechanical movement made in Japan. It also has a see-through heart shape case back. This is an elegant watch that is absolutely divine.

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#20 – Mido

Mido is a Swiss brand whose philosophy is to combine timeless design with functionality rather than following fashion trends, as it is their belief that true design outlives all fashion trends. Each of Mido timepieces reflects this philosophy and has established the brand’s mark of distinction within the horology community.

Bellaluna Lady features a beautiful round brushed 316L stainless case with contrasting gold tone bezel ring and inner links within the watch bracelet. The dial features gold tone hour marker accented with diamonds. The dial also features day and date cutouts. Bellaluna Lady has an automatic movement and a transparent case back both of which are protected by sapphire crystals. Bellaluna Lady is available in several models with each just as elegant and beautiful. (Model M001.



Written by Chaz Nash

Top Brands (#13-16) in US < $1,000

The watches featured in this segment is a presentation of watchmakers that design watches using innovation and technology inspired from diverse fields of industry to produce some of the most amazing and infinite timepiece collections.

#13 – Bulova

Joseph Bulova launched his company, J. Bulova, in Lower Manhattan in 1875 quickly gaining notoriety for innovative techniques and quality crafted designs in the manufacture of his watches. Today that evolutionary innovation, technology and craftsmanship remains constant in the diverse collections of Bulova’s brand.

Ladies’ Willits Watch is from the Bulova Willits Watch collection and pays tribute to one of the world’s phenomenal architects to date Frank Lloyd Wright. This virtuoso timepiece features structural lines and arcs renowned of Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative architectural designs. The watch has a rectangular stainless steel case that rests at a delicate arc on the wrist. The white dial features Frank Lloyd Wright’s signature design motif exhibited in black and green lines. The Willits watch has a quartz movement and is adorned with a black leather strap. It is a timeless watch dedicated to the structural artistry of architecture and interior design. (Ref.B96L63)


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#14 – Tissot

Tissot is a vibrant brand that embraced high profile sporting events as early as 1974 when they sponsored the 24 hour Le Mans in France.  The brand remains as an official timekeeper for world championship sports as motorcycling, fencing, ice hockey and cycling; and Tissot is currently the official watch and timekeeper of NASCAR.

Tissot T-Race Lady is watch with its roots at the racetrack. This motorbike-racing-inspired watch was design for light speed designed with white and rose gold PVD coating. It has a stainless steel case, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal shielding three chronograph dials and a date indicator. Features include Swiss quartz ETA movement, and silicone strap with folding clasp with push-buttons. This timepiece is accelerating into the fashion fast lane! (Item number: T0482172701700)




#15 – Glycine

Glycine, a Swiss brand renowned for its passionate to achieve perfection in the manufacture of its watches, continues its legacy of fine craftsmanship with its Airman and diverse collection of precision watches.

Rettangolo is Glycine’s analog rectangle shape dial watch.  This masculine watch features a stylish satin-finish stainless steel 28.5 mm case and bracelet. The dial displays black Arabic numerals, hour/minute and sweeping second hands and a small discreet date aperture window above 6 o’clock. Rettangolo contains a Swiss automatic movement and is available for well under a $1000. (Reference 3809-14-1)


Rettangolo 3809-14-1




#16 – Nomos

Sprechen sie deutsche? (Translation, Do you speak German?) No. No worries, Nomos Glashütte watches do, and quite innovatively through its fine German minimalist watch designs. Nomos Glashütte has received the Good Design Award (respected prize for product design) for two years consecutive; 2012 for Tangente Datum and 2011.

The Nomos Tetra Watch (large, No. 110) presents time in a square stainless steel  bipartite 29.5 X 29.5 mm case that is adorned with a shell cordovan black strap. It showcases a white minimalist dial perfectly contrasted by fine tempered blue steel hour/minute hands and a 60 stop-seconds square sub-dial located at 6 o’clock.  Tetra contains Nomos  1T hand wound movement protected by a sapphire crystal. It is also water resistant to 100 feet. It is simply elegant and is a unisex style timepiece.


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Written by Chaz Nash