Robert-Jan Broer

Robert-Jan Broer
Aug 02, 2018

The Patek Philippe Nautilus was introduced in 1976 and based on a design by Gérald Genta. It is one of the most sought-after stainless-steel watches in the world. Be very patient if you want to buy one, as it has a waiting list of 7 years. This watch was never cheap to start with, but in recent years we see quite a steep price increase for the first reference (3700/1).

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Robert-Jan Broer
Jun 19, 2018

While the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak dates back to 1972, the bolder Royal Oak Offshore first saw daylight 21 years later in 1993. The 42-mm Offshore was designed by Emmanuel Gueit. It is said that Stephen Urquhart, then a manager at Audemars Piguet and later CEO of Omega, asked Gueit to come up with something special for the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak. Not everyone was happy with the daring and large design of the Royal Oak Offshore, but in 1993 it was finally introduced to the public.

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Robert-Jan Broer
Apr 10, 2018

If you haven’t been into watches for a long time, you’ll soon discover that all the innovations and new releases presented each year only mark marginal changes. Let’s see what trends this year’s Baselworld brought us.

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Robert-Jan Broer
Mar 09, 2018

Did you know that Seiko produces tourbillons, minute repeaters, and other watches that can compete with Patek Philippe and Rolex? Or that their watches have an impressive history of space travel? Discover ten things you probably didn’t know about Seiko in our infographic.

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Robert-Jan Broer
Mar 05, 2018

I don’t like to praise a brand at the cost of other brands, but Seiko and Grand Seiko almost lure me into doing this. When asked to choose between a famous Swiss brand from the Valley or Grand Seiko, my answer is different today than it would have been before 2015. In 2015, I visited the Grand Seiko manufactories in Japan. It was an eye-opener, as they say.

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Robert-Jan Broer
Feb 02, 2018

Last Saturday, Chrono24 held the very first watch collectors’ get-together at our headquarters in Karlsruhe, Germany. Since 2003, Chrono24 has grown into the world’s largest online watch market. However, to show that we actually love watches ourselves, we decided to host a collectors’ event where people could meet like-minded watch enthusiasts and see that there’s more to Chrono24 than just a website.

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Robert-Jan Broer
Jan 05, 2018

Both brands belong to the Swatch Group and both carry dress watches as well as sports watches. Union Glashütte is one of the brands from the German watch “mile“ in the Glashütte village, near Dresden. Tissot is Swiss and has its headquarters in Bienne, where you’ll also find other Swatch Group brands and Rolex production plants. Let’s take a closer look at these watches.

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Robert-Jan Broer
Dec 29, 2017

When Rolex brought their Submariner (in three different versions) to the market in 1954 (launched in 1953!), Omega had already had their Seamaster collection for about six years. However, the Submariner was a real divers watch, whereas the Seamaster was a waterproof and dust-free watch that showed a lot of similarities to the more expensive Constellation dress watch. It would take until 1957 for Omega to introduce their "answer" to the Rolex Submariner.

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Robert-Jan Broer
Dec 15, 2017

One of the most impressive counterparts of Swiss and German watchmaking is definitely Japanese watchmaking.

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Robert-Jan Broer
Nov 29, 2017

Lewis Hamilton just won the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship, his 4th to date. It is a very impressive accomplishment for both him and the Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport team. The current record holder is driver Michael Schumacher, who won 7 Formula 1 World Championships. But what about their watches?

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