Most people, when we talk about luxury watches or high-end watches, automatically think of Rolex, Omega or Patek Philippe. But there are many good watch brands that are unknown to the vast majority. Brands that manufacture watches of tremendous quality, and that, if they had the reputation of others, their models would be highly demanded and valued.

For this reason, from WatchesNorte we are going to bring you a series of articles talking about these watch brands, from the best known to the least known.

Today we are going to talk about… Wakmann Watch Company.


Icko Wakmann, of Jewish descent, was born in 1895 in Russia. In 1943 he founded his watch company in Portugal, representing several high-end European watch brands.

Being in the heat of World War II, many American watch companies were left in had to adapt to the situation. Its production switched to products for the army, for war requirements, while Swiss watchmakers continued to produce watches. As a result, the United States government decided to support the American watch industry. The Swiss Watch Import Act was created, and the US Department of Commerce. They began to impose customs duties on high-end Swiss imported watches.

Mr. Wakmann realized that this was the opportunity he was looking for to start creating his own watch brand, so he decided to emigrate to the United States.

US Army

Wakmann was named an official producer and deliveryman for the United States Armed Forces during World War II. This appointment was a recognition of the excellent quality of Wakmann watches. Wakmann began developing professional timekeeping instruments for the aviation industry, such as cockpit clocks for military and commercial aircraft, and professional wristwatches for pilots.

Association with Breitling

In 1947 it became Breitling’s official import partner in the United States. Wakmann would receive unassembled Breitling watches to assemble and sell in the United States. They would also sell Wakmann watches, made in part or mostly with Breitling parts.

They created the Breitling Watch Corporation of America in New York, a joint venture between the Wakmann Watch Company and the Swiss aviation watch manufacturer Breitling Watch Company.

This relationship continued until the 1980s.

Today, a modern company called Wakmann keeps the name alive and produces Swiss-made watches that focus on the use of tritium lighting. Wakmann watches appear on the vintage market here and there, and while the brand is known for some very nice triple calendar watches, it has a varied catalog.


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The “Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show” is an annual international watch and jewelry fair, held in the city of Basel, Switzerland. The fair is held in the Messe Basel building, and brings together more than 2,100 participating brands of approximately 45 different nationalities. The fair usually receives approximately 100,000 visitors annually.


In 1917 the first Schweizer Mustermesse Basel was inaugurated. The first fair was a demonstration of the industrial development of Switzerland, and in which there was a small space for the watch industry. By 1931, the part of the fair dedicated to watches and jewelery had its own pavilion and was renamed Schweizer Uhrenmesse (Swiss Watch Show). In the 1970s the fair invited manufacturers from other countries than Swiss. In 1983 the fair adopted the name of Basel for the first time, and in 2003 it was renamed BaselWorld.

In 2018 BaselWorld announced an agreement with the other great fair in the world of luxury watches, ‘Watches & Wonders’ (formally known as Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, or SIHH). The statement announces an agreement between the fairs to coordinate the dates of their celebrations between 2020 and 2024.

This year 2020 has been the first time that the fair has not been held, due to the global pandemic of Covid 19.

The fall of Baselworld

In 2018, the Swatch Group announced that from 2019 it would not attend Baselworld. The Swatch Group includes brands such as Blancpain, Breguet, Glashütte Original, Harry Winston, Longines, Omegaor Tissot. This same year 2018 had seen how the fair lost more than 600 exhibitors. Other brands later joined the abandonment of the fair, such as Breitlingor Seiko.

Despite this very hard blow, the fair continued to feature the largest brands (Rolex, Patek Philippe, Chopard, …), and although with one day less, the fair continued in 2019.

But as we already know, 2020 is being a difficult year. Covid 19 broke into our lives and in March 2020 the planet was paralyzed. The fair that was to take place in April was canceled.

And that’s when the announcement for Rolex, Patek Philippe, Chopard, Chaneland Tudorarrives. En abril de 2020, anuncian que se retiran de Baselworld y organizarían su propia feria en abril de 2021.

Reasons for the fall

When something like this happens, it is without a doubt for more than one reason. But the main reason for the decline of the most prestigious fair can be summed up in one word: Greed.

Going to the fair has a great cost for exhibitors. The fees to participate in the fair were getting higher and higher. For everything, you had to hire staff from the fair itself, assembly of stands, infrastructures, even the WiFi had to be that of the fair itself. Hotels, restaurants and others increased their rates every year, reaching 500% more than in the days before or after the fair. In addition, more and more, you had the obligation to advance the money and hire the hotel room for the entire duration of the fair.

These details were becoming increasingly difficult to handle, both for exhibitors and visitors, who, in a globalized world and with so much online presence, saw less and less need to attend a fair like this. When a new model is announced, the information is available up to the minute on the internet, so attending launches in person is less and less necessary. And if the cost is so high, all the more reason not to go.

With the cancellation of the fair in 2020, the management of Baselworld makes its final and fateful decision. They unilaterally decide to ‘postpone’ the 2020 fair to January 2021, without consulting the brands.

And here is the problem. They do not cancel the fair, which would mean returning millionaire amounts that exhibitors had already paid, if not they postpone it, so that their intention is not to return the money.

This for small brands trying to break through is a disaster. Therefore, the option of reimbursing the money is proposed, to which the Baselword responds with several options, in which in any case it would reimburse a small amount, leaving the rest for the celebration of the fair in 2021.

These measures to brands like Rolex do not sit well at all, and they let the management of the baselworld know: Either the full rates are returned or this may be the end of the Baselworld. Furthermore, the celebration of the fair in January is not an appropriate date for watch companies and it breaks with the coordination with the “Watches & Wonders” fair of holding both on April dates.

The management of Baselworld does not back down and insists on its decision.

And this is when the statement from Rolex, Patek Philippe and Chopard arrives. Those who had been the biggest defenders of Baselworld, above their own interests and out of historical loyalty to the fair, decide to leave and announce that from 2021 they will show their annual novelties at their own fair, in line with the Watches dates. & Wonders Geneva, at the Palexpo exhibition center.

Will this be the goodbye to the largest watch and jewelry fair of the 20th and 21st century? We will see it in 2021, but of course things are not looking good for Baselworld. And, as we usually say in Spain, greed breaks the bag.

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We finally have here the Rolex news for this 2020. A new 2020 Rolex Submariner (ref. 124060), new 2020 Rolex Sky-Dweller (ref. 326238), new 2020 Rolex Datejust models and new 2020 Rolex Oyster Perpetualmodels.

Every time Rolexreleases new models its effects are noticeable in the watch market. In 2016 it launched the new Daytona (ref. 116500) at a price of € 12,000 P.V.P approximately. Today you can find them for approximately € 26,000. In 2018 it was the new Rolex GMT Master II ‘Pepsi’ in stainless steel that, as soon as it was launched, doubled its retail price in the markets and today they cost even more.

The new models that Rolex launches each year are very difficult to come by, because production is always limited and demand is very high.


Rolex Submariner 2020 and Rolex Submariner Date 2020

Rolex Submariner 2020 and Rolex Submariner Date 2020

New Rolex Submariner 124060 models

This year 2020 Rolex launches a new model of the Submariner. It goes on the market with a price of € 7,700. But considering its new features and the current market situation due to Covid 19, getting the new Submariner will be as difficult as seeing a unicorn. The production of all watch manufacturers has been greatly diminished due to the effects of the pandemic, so the units available will be even more limited. Unless you have a good contact with an official Rolex dealer, it will be very difficult to get one. But, what news does this new Submariner bring?

The first and great novelty is that the case becomes 41mm. In recent decades all Submariners have been 40mm, so this change will already delight collectors. The bracelet has also been modified making it a bit wider. It seems that Rolex wants to adapt to the current tastes of the market, which are looking for watches a little larger. Not only have they made a watch somewhat larger, but they have also modified the shapes of the case and the bracelet, making it fit better on the wrist. The new Submariner comes with the black dial and black Cerachrom rotating bezel and matches the new caliber 3230 which extends the power reserve to 70 hours.

The new Submariner Date (ref. 126610LN), also 41mm, comes equipped with the caliber 3235 for the first time. This change will extend the power reserve to 70 hours. It goes on the market at a P.V.P price of € 8,700.

Rolex has also launched a Submariner Date in yellow gold and steel (ref. 126613LB) with a blue Cerachrom bezel and a blue dial. A Submariner Date (ref. 126610LV) with the black dial and green bezel (there hasn’t been such a combination since the 50th anniversary model introduced in 2003). Finally, a Submariner Date (ref. 126619LB) in white gold, with a black dial and blue bezel.

Rolex has also presented other models for this 2020.

New Rolex Sky-Dweller 2020

New Rolex Sky-Dweller 2020

New Rolex Sky-Dweller 326238 models

The new 42mm Sky-Dweller is made of yellow gold and comes with a black dial and a black rubber strap. There will also be models in rose gold with the brown dial or the white dial. It is one of Rolex’s most complicated watches and the first classic watch to receive the high-performance elastomer strap that Rolex calls Oysterflex. It comes with the caliber 9001 which has the feature of indicating 2 time zones, a date window, a month indicator and an annual calendar.

Rolex Datejust

Rolex has presented 4 new models of the Rolex Datejust. The first will come with a bezel set with 46 brilliant-cut diamonds and an auberginedial with a sun finish and decorated with the Roman numeral VI set with diamonds.

The other three modalities present, respectively, a mint green dial with a sun-type finish, white lacquered or dark gray with a sun-type finish, and are fitted with a fluted bezel made of 18-carat white gold. The hands and the indices or Roman numerals of these four new modalities are also in 18-carat white gold. Light reflections on the lugs and sides of the case highlight the refined shapes of its 31mm diameter Oyster case.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual

Rolex has also unveiled the new generation of its Oyster Perpetual watches. The range is enriched with a new model, the Oyster Perpetual 41, and with versions of the Oyster Perpetual 36 featuring luminous colored dials. Reflections of light on the flanks of the case highlight the shape of its Oyster case, made of Oystersteel steel, respectively 41 mm or 36 mm in diameter and topped with a domed bezel.

You can check the availability of these new Rolex 2020 models on our website.

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Most people, when we talk about luxury watches or high-end watches, automatically think of Rolex, Omega or Patek Philippe. But there are many good watch brands that are unknown to the vast majority. Brands that manufacture watches of tremendous quality, and that, if they had the reputation of others, their models would be highly demanded and valued.

For this reason, from WatchesNorte we are going to bring you a series of articles talking about these watch brands, from the best known to the least known.

Today we are going to talk about … Rebellion Timepieces

The Rebellion Timepieces brand was born in 2008 by its CEO Steve Clerici. Rebellion is based in Lonay, in the canton of Vaud, in the middle of Switzerland.

After working in the watch industry for many years, in 2008 he decided to partner with a lifelong friend who shared his same passions: watches and cars. The idea from the beginning was to create unique, non-conformist watches. Extremely exclusive products, with a clear market niche set in collectors and people with high purchasing power. In Steve Clereci’s own words: “Although we are young, we want to create a brand that lasts.

Rebellion has a character strongly marked by the world of speed. So much so that they have their own racing brand, Rebellion Racing Team, which competes in endurance racing. Founded in 2010, just one year later they won the Le Mans Series team title in the LMP1 category.

Rebellion began to make a name for itself at BaselWorld 2010 by introducing the Rebellion T-1000. An impressive watch with a 1,000 hour power reserve.

In the words of its CEO, “things were not quite right at the beginning.” But they incorporated recognized experts in the design, and in the development of complicated movements. Thanks to these additions, Rebellionhas excelled in recent years creating highly sophisticated watch models that include an amazing regulator, a powerful tourbillon or the Predator chronograph for example. Thanks to this, Rebellionhas found its place in the world of high-end watchmaking.

Since its inception, Rebellionhas collaborated with various automotive and watch groups to create truly unique and intricate watches. Some of the most iconic watch models of the brand would be:

Rebellion T-1000

A watch built for performance, the T-1000 is a fitting tribute to motor racing. Its chassis is precision machined from a single block of titanium. The original and elegant curves of its body completely reveal the elite engine through the sapphire crystal. With a revolutionary patented power distribution system, the T-1000 employs a 1,000-hour power reserve.

This is a special limited edition of only 10 pieces.

Rebellion T-1000

Rebellion T-1000

Rebellion Wep One

Free from traditional form and wear restrictions, Rebellion’s newest watch, the WEAP-ONE, literally breaks the mold. This mechanical work of art, worn on the body or displayed on a board, is not inhibited by existing rules. Suspended between the hour and minute rollers, a 60-second asymmetric flying tourbillon rotates in various axes. This novel and innovative feature allows the tourbillon to challenge the gravitational pull of the earth from all sides. Complete with two wheel nuts, this magnificent piece is truly revolutionary and unique.

This is a special limited edition of only 10 pieces.

Rebellion Weap One

Rebellion Weap One

Rebellion Predator 2.0 Tourbillon

Precision and complexity are at the heart of this movement developed exclusively for Rebellion Timepieces by Telos Watch. The disturbances caused by the gravitational pull of the Earth are compensated for by the tourbillon, displayed at 6 o’clock. Hours and minutes are indicated by two separate counters, while the large hand points to seconds. As for the automatic mechanism, it can achieve a staggering 60-hour power reserve.

This is a special limited edition of only 30 pieces. And at WatchesNorte we have gotten one. You can see the watch for sale on our website or on the Chrono 24 website where we are Trusted Sellers.

Rebellion Predator 2.0 Tourbillon

Rebellion Predator 2.0 Tourbillon (gold version)

Rebellion Wraith Drive

An intensely impressive motorsport-inspired chronograph, the Wraith Drive unashamedly asserts that it is ambitious for victory. His very DNA is built into every detail. A member of the Rebellion racing team, the Wraith Drive is endowed with exemplary endurance: 48 hours of autonomy.

This is a special limited edition of only 100 pieces.

Rebellion Wraith

Rebellion Wraith

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