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Rolex GMT-Master – The Cosmopolitan Watch

Rolex GMT-Master, the name is self-explanatory. For the uninitiated, GMT is the acronym for good old Greenwich Mean Time, and the watch is made to show the time in two different time zones simultaneously. Introduced in 1955, the GMT-Master was designed with functionality in mind. A navigation instrument for professionals travelling the globe, this pilot watch with its now emblematic dual color was considered quite the innovation at the time. Revamped in 1982 as the GMT Master-II, the new movement and upgrades to functionality instantly made it a hit with a large section of travelers.
The Rolex GMT Master’s calling card has always been aesthetic. Its two-color bezel is iconic and goes down in horogical history as one of the most recognizable parts of any watch from around the world. It is fascinating in itself, the material having been developed exclusively by Rolex in a pioneering process. The bezel shows off the 24-hour graduated Cerachrom insert, which is an extremely hard ceramic material, in a single piece. It is scratchproof, has anti-corrosion properties and preserves the vibrant palette over time. The beauty of the insert is further enhanced by molded numerals and graduations coated in gold or platinum and then finished off with a final lustrous polish. The original colors of the Cerachrom insert were red and blue, with one signifying daytime and the other representing night. But the GMT-Master has come a long way and many combination pairings since the red and blue – a recent model even boasts a dial made from a piece of iron meteorite. Here, Rolex has redefined exclusivity as only Rolex can, given that the pattern on each meteorite dial is natural and unique. Returning to its functionality, travelers wearing the GMT-Master are able to read the time in two different time zones at the same time. Along with the three traditional hands, there is an additional arrow tipped 24-hour hand. This one, combined with the bi-directional, rotatable bezel and the 24-hour graduated Cerachrom insert, helps display two different times. Also exclusive is the caliber 3285 movement which allows you to adjust the local time through the winding crown without stopping the watch.

The Rolex GMT-Master features prominently on NorthLadder’s list of popular pre-owned luxury watches. There is a significant difference between the average dealer price and maximum price you can get if you sell your luxury watch on NorthLadder. How do we manage to give you a good price deal? The devil is in the details – NorthLadder has set up a platform of dealers from across the globe who participate in an auction for your watch. What you get is the highest bid from this auction. There are no hidden costs and no surprises. In addition to just selling your watch, you can also avail an option of buyback. If you want to raise short term funding, you can sell your watch for instant cash, and reserve the option to buy it back at a pre-agreed price. So, whether you wish to sell your watch or simply raise short term funding against it, our platform will provide the highest price as well as the best options. To understand how exactly we function, visit our website or contact us at support@northladder.com. We will be happy to answer all your queries.

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TAG Heuer Aquaracer – A Bold Luxury Watch

The Aquaracer collection is a labor of love. In essence, the collection has been in the making for decades. From 1895, when TAG Heuer patented its first water resistant case for a pocket watch, to the eventful 1970s when the Heuer Diver Chronograph was launched, through to the 1980s when Heuer’s first watch water resistant to 1000m showed up; the Aquaracer was steadily becoming more tangible. Finally, it was in 2004 that the Aquaracer Collection rose phoenix-like, as the iconic TAG Heuer 2000 Series was being phased out.
Professional, reliable, precise and timeless, it is a bold luxury watch – with emphasis on ‘bold’. The Aquaracer is a standard in diving watches. After all, when a watch that has to be worn under water is the subject, it goes without saying that the mention of the hallowed Rolex Submariner will only be a breath away. (No pressure here, except maybe that of one thousand feet of water!) This makes credentials as important as aesthetics; so here goes – from the full-bodied case produced to unforgiving standards with the help of machines and hand finishes, to a precisely made dial and movement engineered to implement its exact bidding; Aquaracers reflect the expertise of the watchmaker. Made heavier and more substantial than many, the watch is completely unapologetic about its bulk, showing off water resistance up to 1000 ft. The large diameter and thickness is only magnified by the 12-facet bezel, giving it the dependable look and feel of a tool watch that has got your back in the most challenging situations. Built-in riders assist easy turning while the unidirectional bezel prevents accidental movement. Handling with gloves is made simpler with studs on the case, and the screw-in crown is armed with double safety gaskets. Not to be left out, the bracelet has a diving extension that encourages a good fit over gloves. It is even reinforced with a safety clasp to prevent unplanned opening. Talk about added security.

All in all, the Aquaracer features prominently on NorthLadder’s list of popular pre-owned luxury watches. There is a significant difference between the average dealer price and maximum price you can get if you sell your luxury watch on NorthLadder. How do we manage to give you a good price deal? The devil is in the details – NorthLadder has set up a platform of dealers from across the globe who participate in an auction for your watch. What you get is the highest bid from this auction. There are no hidden costs and no surprises. In addition to just selling your watch, you can also avail an option of buyback. If you want to raise short term funding, you can sell your watch for instant cash, and reserve the option to buy it back at a pre-agreed price. So, whether you wish to sell your watch or simply raise short term funding against it, our platform will provide the highest price as well as the best options. To understand precisely how NorthLadder functions, visit our website or get in touch with us at support@northladder.com. We will be happy to answer your questions.

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Patek Philippe Nautilus – Unexplainable Mystique

‘One of the world’s costliest watches is made of steel’. Without getting into the why and the how of this statement, let us accept this is as a fact. The Patek Philippe Nautilus is a luxury watch that has unexplainable mystique, and the desire to own one has always been perplexing, even to the creators. But you ride the wave, as they say, and the wave has been ridden for more than 40 years. Launched in 1976, the Nautilus wasn’t exactly one to toe the line. Oversized, oddly shaped and pricey, and as a watch made of steel, it was drastically different from the traditional Patek Philippe precious metal formula. Nor was it the first luxury sports watch to be made of steel – that honor goes to Audermars Piguet’s Royal Oak. So how did it come to be identified with the tagline above?

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Transcending categories, the Nautilus looks fantastic both with a diving suit as well as peeping out from under the sleeve of formal evening wear. Sports watch it is, but more country club than active, splashy water sport. That’s one explanation. Another explanation demonstrates that it is a simple matter of demand and supply. Production for the most popular Nautilus models is limited, and that leads to shortage; so the chase is due to predictable human behavior. Whatever the reason, the Nautilus is coveted. Versions that drip diamonds from precious metal have been used to announce one’s arrival in a certain set. Buying a Nautilus is in itself an arduous process involving invitations and wait lists. So it is understandable that once procured, the watch is earmarked to be handed down over generations. Simply said, it’s all in the mind, only, in this case, it’s on the wrist.

Coming back to the point about limited production. When limited production leads to scarcity in the primary watch market, it results in a tsunami effect on the pre-owned luxury watch market. It is also a known fact that prices in the pre-owned luxury watch market vary not just over cities, but even countries. When watches such as the Nautilus are concerned, it is even more so. This is where NorthLadder can help. NorthLadder has devised a comprehensive platform bringing together pre-owned luxury watch dealers from across the world. So when you sell your watch through NorthLadder, their attempt to outbid one another results in you getting the highest price for your luxury watch.

The Patek Philippe Nautilus features prominently on NorthLadder’s list of popular pre-owned luxury watches. There is a significant difference between the average dealer price and maximum price you can get if you sell your luxury watch on NorthLadder. How do we manage to give you a good price deal? The devil is in the details – NorthLadder has set up a platform of dealers from across the globe who participate in an auction for your watch. What you get is the highest bid from this auction. There are no hidden costs and no surprises. In addition to just selling your watch, you can also avail an option of buyback. If you want to raise short term funding, you can sell your watch for instant cash, and reserve the option to buy it back at a pre-agreed price. So, whether you wish to sell your watch or simply raise short term funding against it, our platform will provide the highest price as well as the best options. 

For queries about how NorthLadder works, visit our website or get in touch with us at support@northladder.com.

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Vacheron Constantin Overseas – An openness to the world

The Overseas collection, Vacheron Constantin’s interpretation of a luxury sports watch, is a representation of the brand’s original philosophy. The collection is based on ‘an openness to the world’ and is expressed as a spirit to travel. Its origins can be traced to the 1970s, when the Royal Oak and the Nautilus were paving the way for the quintessential luxury sports watch. At the time, the Vacheron Constantin 222 was launched as an anniversary timepiece and is now considered by many as the inspiration for the Overseas collection. The first versions, launched in 1996, were as divisive as subsequent ones, the latest having been reinvented in 2016.

Through its evolution, haters see a ‘saw blade’ where the Maltese Cross takes shape for loyalists; the integrated bracelet is ‘too integrated’ for some, while others hail it as a seamless wonder; and then there’s the whole drama about it having been created only to stand up to the Royal Oak and the Nautilus. Whatever the sentiment, this contentious wonder is here to stay. The finesse, the build quality and the nuances in design tell their own story. It’s when the philosophy of the watch links itself to a story that the romance begins. Here, the brand’s icon which is the Maltese Cross, finds itself represented in various parts of the watch. From the scalloped bezel to the half crosses on the bracelet, the watch seems to pay homage to the symbol. Another fan favorite is the dial, especially the models with the lustrous, lacquered dial. The liquid blue dial shifts to a mysterious black, almost magically, even with the slightest change in lighting. There are also the exciting multiple, interchangeable straps. Easily swapped, and without a tool, you can switch from metal to leather or rubber to suit the occasion.
The 2016 translation, a collection rightly dedicated to travel, has been shorn of all excesses; retaining only what keeps it true to the roots and arming it enough to be the perfect companion. Self-winding mechanical movements, a substantial power reserve, guard against magnetic disturbances, adequate water resistance, reliability and precision – what more could one ask for in a packing list?

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas features prominently on NorthLadder’s list of popular pre-owned luxury watches. There is a significant difference between the average dealer price and maximum price you can get if you sell your luxury watch on NorthLadder. How do we manage to give you a good price deal? The devil is in the details – NorthLadder has set up a platform of dealers from across the globe who participate in an auction for your watch. What you get is the highest bid from this auction. There are no hidden costs and no surprises. In addition to just selling your watch, you can also avail an option of buyback. If you want to raise short term funding, you can sell your watch for instant cash, and reserve the option to buy it back at a pre-agreed price. So, whether you wish to sell your watch or simply raise short term funding against it, our platform will provide the highest price as well as the best options.  To understand how exactly we work, visit our website, or get in touch at support@northladder.com.