WatchTime E-Special: Starter Watches

3 tests from the pages of WatchTime.


IWC, Panerai, Rolex


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WatchTime E-Special: Starter Watches

This special tablet reprint contains a trio of articles reviewing three watches priced for a beginning watch collector or aficionado. In them, our WatchTime testers report on their experiences wearing and using the watches and evaluate them for ease of use, comfort, legibility and looks. The articles also provide the results of the watches’ timing tests, performed on a timing machine and on the wrist. For each watch, the articles give a bullet-point list of “pros” and “cons” summarizing the tester’s findings. All three articles were published in WatchTime magazine and have been reproduced as they originally appeared.


We test a trio of entry-level timepieces from Rolex, Panerai, and IWC that offer access to the luxury-watch world for a modest price. Our comparative test pits these three reasonably priced watches against each other: Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Air-King, Panerai’s Luminor Base Logo, and IWC’s Portofino Automatic, affordable “base” models around which an up-and-coming watch connoisseur can build his collection. (From the October 2010 issue of WatchTime)

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