WATCHSPOTTING: Which tennis player wears what in 2017?

Editor’s note: Whether they know it or not, anyone in a highly visible profession is likely to have their wristwear critiqued by a cadre of hardcore watch geeks. Politicans, actors and athletes are all fair game. Today in a special guest post, Paxton Wong casts his ever-watchful eye over the watch choices of some of the world’s best tennis players, just as the Australian Open heats up in week two.

They say tennis is all in the wrist. Perhaps here is where the secret lies? Looking a little closer, players appear to be balancing the weight of the racquet in hand with a timepiece on the other wrist. Should make sense – right?

Back in the day it was fashionable for a tennis player to wear a watch on court. Tennis was a gentleman’s game. Funnily enough, John McEnroe was associated with Omega’s titanium watches at a time. Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg wore Ebel, and they wore them when they played. Boris even wore a TAG Heuer Kirium, though these days he’s more often seen wearing IWC and the Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver. For whatever reason, there’s always been a close relationship between watches and tennis. Perhaps it’s because they have some of the most watched wrists in the world. Over the period of January to February the world turns to Melbourne for the Australian Open to watch these players compete. As week two commences, there is a wealth of watchspotting to be had. Use your high definition displays wisely:

Roger Federer – Replica Rolex Datejust

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Federer famously has a serious number of Rolexes to choose from. He’s keeping it low key with a Rolex Datejust at the Australian Open.

Serena Williams- Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offhsore Chronograph

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Long time AP-devotee Serena is wearing an iced-up rose gold ROO here (ref.26231OR.ZZ.D010CA.01. for those playing at home).

Kei Nishikori – TAG Heuer Golf Watch

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Japan’s Kei Nishikori hits a shot during a practice session at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 15, 2016. The Australian Open tennis tournament starts January 18. REUTERS/David Gray

An interesting choice for a tennis player. This lightweight number has a clasp built into the watch and a titanium construction. Initially it was made for Tiger Woods.

Novak Djokavic – Seiko Astron

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Novak Djokovic’s Seiko Astron is pretty recognisable (thanks to these ads). He’s recently been wearing the limited edition with his name on it.

David Ferrer – Bovet Tourbillon Ottanta

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The Spanish player is endorsed by Bovet, and wears an Ottanta. Interesting choice, David.

Alexander Zverev – Richard Mille RM27-01

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Zverev was snapped at the Hopman Cup wearing a Richard Mille RM27-01 that weighs 18.83g. Practical.

Rafael Nadal – Richard Mille RM 27-02

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Rafa’s still wearing Richard Mille, but has moved up to the orange-accented RM 27-02

Sir Andy Murray – Rado no more

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Recently knighted Andy Murray is no longer a Rado ambassador. There’s a slim to zero chance that’s a consequence of having his HyperChrome XXL set to the wrong time when he won Wimbledon in 2013. Or for momentarily misplacing his Rado D-Star 200 after winning the US Open in 2012.

Grigor Dimitrov – Rolex Explorer II

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The winner of the Brisbane International 2017 wore an cheap fake Rolex Explorer II (black dial). Nice one Grigor.

Borna Ćorić – Hublot Big Bang Unico

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Croatian young gun Borna is affiliated with Hublot (as you can guess from this picture), and wears a Big Bang Unico in titanium.

HANDS-ON: 6 decades on and still going strong – the Replica Piaget Altiplano 60th anniversary

Though Piaget has made a lot of noise in the past 12 months with the sporty steel Polo S, the undeniable heart of the collection is the ultra-slim and ultra-sexy Altiplano. Born in 1957 and named for the flat South American high plains, the Altiplano and the legendary caliber 9P that powered it, have become synonymous with thin.

This year marks the collection’s 60th anniversary, and to celebrate cheap replica Piaget has released two limited editions in white gold that speak to the model’s rich heritage. Today we’re looking at the larger 43mm automatic version, though there’s also a manually wound 38mm option.

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For a watch that slides under the cuff at a mere 5.25mm thin (and a movement that’s less than half that, at 2.35mm), this Altiplano has ample presence on the wrist. Basically, that’s because this watch is all dial. It’s a blue sunburst, which – as you can see from these pictures – shifts from cool grey to far richer tones, depending on the light. Aside from the colour, the dial is an exercise in pure design, with fake Piaget long white gold indices and matching hands. Somehow the elegant printed dial text and pale blue cross hair (another nice nod to the watch’s mid-century roots) only add to the refined look and feel.

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I found this a particularly pleasing watch to wear. A lot of brands preach a message of timeless design, but for me the Altiplano – and with it Piaget’s continued commitment to slender watchmaking – is a timepiece that genuinely lives up to the marketing hype.

Top Piaget Altiplano 60th Anniversary Australian pricing and availability

Piaget Altiplano 60th Anniversary, automatic in white gold, limited to 360 pieces, $33,200

Overlooked Vintage Replica Rolex References

In the world of vintage watches, it goes without saying that some of the most coveted, storied, and documented pieces were originally produced by Rolex. Their iconic and historically significant collections have undisputedly transcended the watch collecting community, and have now surely become household names. Now, while watches like the 6263 Daytona, 5513 Submariner, and 1675 GMT Master may be laudable, beautiful works of functional and durable art, they often overshadow some seriously intriguing and downright gorgeous references. For this edition of Face Off, we’re shedding light on the unsung and underappreciated vintage Rolex references, that you really ought to take a closer look at.

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First up is a watch that’ll have you checking your glasses, and second guessing yourself: the Rolex Turn-O-Graph (also released in smaller quantities as the “Monometer”), reference 6202. Although it may at first appear to be an early no-crown guard Submariner with a funky looking aftermarket bezel, the truth of the matter is that the 6202 precedes the Sub, and ultimately had a large influence on the dive watch we know and love today. Rolex originally introduced the 6202 in 1953 at Basel World as their first watch to use a rotary chronometer bezel, which was aimed at businessmen wanting something a little more on the sporty side. It would then be overshadowed by the first Submariner Ref. 6204 later on, which was for the most part identical.

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Assessment: It’s an overall more interesting piece than a Submariner, and while it doesn’t share the Sub’s rich history, it’s influence on what is now arguably the most iconic dive watch ever made is astonishing. Today, examples can be had for far less than shockingly similar Submariners, with beautiful details like honeycomb dials. Pictured above is an excellent example from Rolex Passion Market: sale fake Rolex Turn-O-Graph.

Rolex Explorer Ref. 6610

The Rolex Explorer is without a doubt the king of all field watches. With it’s perfect proportions, extreme legibility, and impressive history, you’ve got a recipe for success. When looking into vintage Explorer references, the 1016 (the most well known Explorer reference produced for the longest amount of time) will always surface. It’s a terrific choice, but if you’re after something that little bit rarer and more unique, the 6610 is the one for you.

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Assessment: The 6610 introduced what is now the most recognizable form of the Explorer, and while slightly pricier than a 1016, you’ll getting a much more interesting reference, that you’ll be sure to see less of in the wild. Just be careful if on the hunt for one, as redials and frankens are abundant — stick with the most trusted dealers.

Best Replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 6028

Lastly, the popularity of early model Datejusts and Bubblebacks have significantly increased over the past 10 years. Collectors have taken a particular liking to “Ovettone” (Italian for big egg) variants, and have been paying in excess of $20,000 for especially exceptional examples. One reference that is often overlooked is the 6028, and being a no-date reference, it wears extremely well on the wrist, with symmetry, simplicity, and legibility galore.

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Assessment: It may not be as popular as it’s date-bearing cousins, but we here at Wound For Life can definitely see it’s desirability and value increasing down the road. Plus, it’s a watch that will play nicely in nearly any situation, from daily wear to special occasions.

NEW Replica Watches Rolex Exhibition in Singapore: Dates and venue

Rolex introduced the new generation of the Replica Watches Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40 which features a 40mm case with a new mechanical movement Caliber 3255 in BaselWorld 2015. This updates the Day-Date collection which was first launched in 1956. A special exhibition is now launched to celebrate its history and to showcase the collection.

Held in two instalments this January and February, visitors are invited to discover the history of the Day-Date and the new collection models, at the following locations:

The Hour Glass, ION Orchard
11 January to 24 January 2016

Emperor Watch & Jewellery, Wisma Atria
26 January to 10 February 2016

There will be informational displays showing the history of the luxury replica Rolex Day-Date and 3D videos, stories, archive photographs and an exploded view of a movement, several of the new collection’s models are on display.

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Replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40 in platinum with an ice blue dial with diagonal motif on sunray finish.

The Oyster Perpetual Day-Date was the first waterproof and automatic chronometer wristwatch with an instantaneous day and date on the dial.

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In yellow gold, the Day-Date 40 comes with a champagne dial with sunray finish.

The watch is known as “presidents’ watch”. In 1956,Replica Rolex watches reportedly gave one to the President of the United States Dwight Eisenhower. Some sources say that Eisenhower was actually given a Datejust (not Day-Date) with the presidential style bracelet. Several other US presidents are also known to wear Day-Date, for example Roosevelt, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Reagan.

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The Day-Date 40 in Everose…a special pink gold created by Rolex. Dial is stardust with stripe motif on sunray finish.

The new caliber 3255 is a new movement created in-house by Rolex.

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It is COSC certified, and Rolex claims that its precision is twice as great as the COSC requirements. Power reserve is 50% more than the caliber 3155 it replaces, and is now 70 hours. More than 90% of the components are new, and a total of 14 patents have been filed for technological solutions relating to component design, new manufacturing and production technology.

The latest series is now available in platinum, exact fake Rolex Day Date 18k Everose gold, 18k yellow gold and 18k white gold.

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Miles’s Cheap Replica Rolex GMT Master II

Your name:
Miles Wharton (AKA the impeccably dressed gent behind Men’s Fashion Blogger).

Your watch:
Cheap replica watches Rolex GMT Master II in steel and yellow gold.

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What’s the story behind it?
I bought it as a present to myself on my birthday after the success of a business I launched. Originally I’m from the UK so the GMT feature meant I was easily able to know the time back home.

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Where has this watch been?
Everywhere. I can’t live without a watch and tend to always bring this luxury replica Rolex watches with me so much that I sold a couple of other watches I had because I wasn’t wearing them anymore. It’s travelled to around 10 different countries with me so far and I’m sure it’ll be my travel companion for plenty more.

Why do you love this watch?
It’s so versatile – it goes with everything. Perfect with a suit, casual wear or even swim shorts on the beach.

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What does it say about who you are?
That I’ve got simple tastes – classic with a little flair.

If you could buy any watch tomorrow, what would it be?
So hard to choose! Either an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph exact replica Rolex in pink gold, which has always been one of my favourites, or a Patek Philippe Nautilus in stainless steel and on leather, please – it’s the ultimate understated watch.

Navigating by Replica Watches Rolex and Sextant

Just when I thought there weren’t anymore crazy stories involving cheap replica Rolex watches, another one pops up. A few weeks ago, a steamship sunk by the Germans during WWII was salvaged, resulting in the discovery of 100 tons of silver. While the haul is truly impressive – especially considering the sunken ship’s depth of 17,000 feet – what got our attention was the story behind the sinking itself.

The SS City of Cairo was a large steamship that had been in service for almost 30 years when it made its last voyage in 1942. Like many other civilian ships during WWII, it was called upon by the military to help out with the war effort. Starting from Bombay, the City of Cairo was on its way to South Africa and Brazil before reaching its final destination of the UK. Just prior to setting sail, the SS City of Cairo was tasked with transporting 100 tons of silver, as well as some miscellaneous military equipment and crewmen in addition to its regular load of civilian passengers and cargo.

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As the SS City of Cairo was about halfway across the South Atlantic, on course for Brazil, it was torpedoed by Kapitän Karl-Friedrich Merten of U-68. Knowing the boat was slowly taking on water, SS City of Cairo captain, William Rogerson, ordered the passengers and crew to the lifeboats. After distress signals and callsigns were exchanged between City of Cairo and U-68, Kapitän Merten sent the second torpedo. Six people aboard the ship died from the second torpedo, but the remaining 296 had divided themselves up amongst the six available lifeboats.

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Captain Rogerson on board the City of Cairo — note the watch on his left wrist

Kapitän Merten gave the lifeboats their potential courses for reaching land, none of which were very promising. Brazil, where the SS City of Cairo had been heading, was still 2,000 miles west, Africa was 1,000 miles east, and the small South Atlantic island of St. Helena was 500 miles northeast. Before leaving the stranded survivors to their navigational decisions, Merten spoke his now famous phrase, “Goodnight, and sorry for sinking you.”

Captain Rogerson chose St. Helena as their new destination, and so the six boats set off. Each boat was outfitted with a compass; however, only one boat had a sextant. A compass is really only useful if you know where you are, which is where the sextant plays its part. The third piece of the navigational puzzle is knowing the correct time. Celestial navigation relies on correctly understanding the time of day, which, combined with the sextant reading and celestial tables, can determine current latitude and longitude. Luckily for the lifeboat passengers, Captain Rogerson was wearing his trusty sale fake Rolex Oyster watches online. Accurate readings would be vital for navigating 500 miles to a small island in a large ocean – literally every second off could mean sending the lifeboats on the wrong heading.

Over the next two weeks, several of the lifeboats would disperse and lose contact with the rest of the group. Finally, 13 days after sinking, the SS Clan Alpine found Captain Rogerson’s lifeboat, along with two others. Heading to port at St. Helena, the Clan Alpine continued searching – albeit, with no luck – for the remaining lifeboats. The rest of the lifeboats were eventually found, with the last one having been at sea for an incredible 51 days.

Of the roughly 300 passengers who began the SS City of Cairo’s fateful journey, 107 perished. The 200 survivors had nautical knowhow, a reliable cheap fake Rolex watches, and sheer will to thank for making it safely back to land. Several of the members were recognized by the British government, including an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), given to Captain Rogerson.

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Rolex ref 3131 — quite possibly the same type of watch worn by Capt Rogerson (in steel, of course).

I’d like to quickly thank Taylor Zajonc of Expedition Writer, and Hugh McLean of SS City of Cairo for working with me on this story. This is truly the kind of story that drives our love of watches at Wound For Life. We are currently trying to track down more info on the specific luxury replica Rolex watches onilne reference worn by Captain Rogerson, and will update the article if it leads to anything solid.

Replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watches New For 2015 Hands-On

If you can imagine Rolex as Ben and Jerry’s, then the Oyster Perpetual is vanilla ice cream. It’s the building block from which models like the Rolex Submariner and Rolex Daytona have evolved. For 2015, Rolex has created a new 39mm version of the cheap replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches, offering a slightly larger iteration of one of their entry-level models.

The new 39mm Rolex Oyster Perpetual joins the 26, 31 and 34mm versions that were announced last year. Being the same size as the Rolex Explorer, the 39mm Rolex Oyster Perpetual uses the same movement, Rolex’s calibre 3132. It’s a simple but robust automatic movement offering three hands, no date, and COSC certification.

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The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is a faithful but modern take on the Rolex Oyster model that Rolex launched in 1926. The Rolex Oyster was, quite famously, the first waterproof watch in the world. That lineage can be seen in the Rolex Oyster Perpetual’s straightforward and practical design. Legibility is strong and the dial design offers nothing more than is necessary to display the time.

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The Rolex Oyster Perpetual (reference 114300) can be had in your choice of three dial colors – dark rhodium, red grape, or blue. If it weren’t for the cheap fake Rolex watches red grape and blue options, we would forgive you if you were less than enthused by the Rolex Oyster Perpetual. While I’d assume that the grey dial will be popular, it doesn’t have the same character or presence offered by its more lively and colorful siblings. For my tastes, the blue version is the one to have, with a excellent mix of everyday wearability with a certain added charm. It’s still vanilla, but maybe with a few sprinkles on top.

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Each dial color has its own accent color that flanks the markers with blue accents on the grey dial, red accents on the red grape dial, and green accents on the luxury replica Rolex watches blue dial. For a watch with such a reserved and non-embellished overall design, this pop of color is a welcome addition.

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All three versions come on a solid 904L steel bracelet with a folding Oysterclasp and are priced from 5,400 CHF. In many ways, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual line is the most Rolex model in the modern Rolex line up. Just as there is something appealing in the pure and simple nature of vanilla ice cream, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual’s design is basic, almost elemental. For someone who wants a remarkably well-made but entirely unassuming Rolex, the new fake Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches online offers something its more complicated and embellished siblings cannot – pure everyday Rolex.