The Classroom

The Classroom

From watchmaking basics to in-depth brand history, The Classroom brings you a breakdown of a wide range of topics. Designed for both newcomers to the watch world and horological veterans, the series has a wide range of subjects looking at all sides of the industry. So sit back and see if you learn a thing or two with WatchBox's premiere education series!

The Classroom
  • The Rivalry of Rolex vs. Omega

    Rolex and Omega go head to head as C’Q the Watch Guy breaks down the similarities and differences between the two brands. Tune in to The Classroom to learn more about the nuances.

    There’s no secret that Rolex and Omega are two of the biggest if not the biggest, brands in the watch industry. Alt...

  • The Pivotal Points of Patek Philippe's History

    Today's episode is a history of one of the most storied and prominent brands in the industry, Patek Philippe. C'Q walks us through some of the most pivotal points of Patek's history attributed to making it the brand that we know it as today!

  • Watches In Marvel, Mad Men, Mission: Impossible and More!

    Is that a JLC Amvox Tourbillon on Tony Stark's wrist? Spotting your favorite Rolex, Tudor, Omega, Bremont, or Audemars Piguet (just to name a few) in a movie or on television is always a satisfying experience. CQ the Watch Guy is here to break down some examples of movies that were spot on with t...

  • Different Types of Chronographs Explained

    Chronographs are an interesting and useful yet polarizing complication. Today, C'Q breaks down everything chronographs including the different types of chronograph complications, the history of the monopusher, and the different situations where a chronograph may be necessary. The humble stopwatch...

  • In-House Watch Movements Explained

    CQ the Watch Guy brings clarity to a common question when it comes to the crafting and manufacturing of watches and their movements. Historically, many brands used ETA or Valjoux movements for their watches, but with the Swatch Group limiting access to ETA movements, there is a strong trend towar...

  • What Makes Watches Lose Value?

    The pre-owned market is tricky, price fluctuations happen all the time and isn't always easy to predict. But what makes watches trend downwards in value between the retail and pre-owned market? Is there a way to tell what is going to decrease in value versus hot watches that only gain?

    Well we b...

  • Watches at War: Military Influence on the Industry

    War impacts everything around it and the watch industry is no different. From the popularization of men's wrist watches to the increased durability of tool watches, movements in the industry started during war time more often than one might think.

    Well CQ is here to help walk you through the hi...

  • Are Tourbillons Useful?

    The tourbillon has a long history in watchmaking, tracking its roots all the way back to 1801 when Abraham Louis-Breguet invented it to help regulate timekeeping. From there, the tourbillon escapement became increasingly popular with even Omega in the 1940s developing their own.

    But are tourbil...

  • Straps & Bracelets In-Depth

    Ever wonder what the best strap to go swimming with is? How about what the future of bracelets are? No one best to explain these concepts than our master watchmaker, Mike Michaels!

    Mike is taking a deep dive into the subject and tries to break down the purpose and reasoning behind different type...

  • How to Spot Fake Watches

    While more people are buying and trading watches, there's also more people trying to trick watch enthusiasts into purchasing fraudulent watches. But how good are fake watches? Are there methods or ways to identify the timepiece you're looking at isn't the real deal? And how difficult is it to spo...

  • The Evolution of the Pilot's Watch

    Who invented the first pilot's watch? In fact, what exactly qualifies a timepiece as a "pilot's watch" and how were they popularized? Well from the Cartier Santos to the Breitling Navitimer, there's a lot of history to get through about just that!

    Well, Armand is here to help walk you through th...

  • How Watch Finishing Works

    There's some watch finishes that adorn most luxury watches like the Côtes de Genève that people recognize. But what about other finishes like perlage or anglage? Also things like blued screws require special techniques, but how is it done?

    Master watchmaker Michael Michaels is here to fill you ...

  • Bezels Explained

    What exactly is a bezel? What's the use for it on a watch? And what are all those meters on them do? We tackle these questions and many more on this week's episode of The Classroom!

    Our master watchmaker and WatchBox Studios favorite Michael Michaels is here to breakdown all there is to know ab...

  • Top 10 Innovative Watches

    Today, Armand breaks down his picks for Top 10 Innovations in the watch industry ranging from classical to modern innovations from case innovations to material innovations. Tune in for another episode of the classroom.

  • The History of Jaeger-LeCoultre

    From an inventor of watch parts to the industrialization of the watch industry to the invention of the Reverso, Jaeger-LeCoultre has one of the longest and most interesting histories of watch brands out there.

    CQ is here to try to breakdown the whole history of the company from start to finish ...

  • Breaking Down Independence in the Watch Industry

    How do independent brands fit within the watch industry? We all know there's some giant independent brands out there like Patek Philippe and Rolex, but there's also plenty of smaller independent watchmakers like Kari Voutilainen, R.W. Smith, Laurent Ferrier, and many more!

    Jon Callahan is sittin...

  • Who Are the Most Impactful Figures in the Watch Industry?

    There are many contributing factors that qualify guys like Jean Claude Biver, Franck Muller, and Gerald Genta (just to name a few) as some of the most impactful figures in the history of the watch industry.

    Their innovative design work, fearless business endeavors, and ability to step out of th...

  • Luxury Watch Prices Explained

    Pre-owned watch prices are kind of a difficult thing to understand. What causes stainless steel Rolex's to sell for almost double while other large brands immediately take a hit on the market? How does the original retail price of the watch effect it's pre-owned market value?

    Well, Josh is defin...

  • How Nicolas Hayek Saved the Swiss Watch Industry

    How did Nicolas Hayek save the watch industry? Hayek is considered to be one of the most impactful individuals in the industry in the past 30 years. His creation of the Swatch group helped the revival of the Swiss Watch Industry therefore changing the direction forever. Tune in to hear the full s...

  • What's the Point of Watch Trade Shows & Auctions?

    We know that sometimes watches like Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona and other rare watches go for crazy prices on auctions, but exactly how do they work and what else can you buy there? How do trade shows like SIHH and Baselworld fit into the watch industry?

    Well Jon Callahan is here to try and help...

  • Where Should I Buy My Watch?

    Should you try to buy that brand new watch from a boutique or an authorized dealer? When is it appropriate to look into the pre-owned side of the industry? And just what exactly is the grey market?

    Well don't worry, Josh is stepping into the Classroom this week to talk about the newest topic: w...

  • The Holy Trinity of Watches

    Are the "Holy Trinity" the most important watch brands on the market? C'Q the Watch Guy is here to explain why these brands are so "holy" and break down a little bit of their history.

    Stay tuned to the end to learn what C'Q would put in his Holy Trinity of Watch Brands.

  • Watch Dials Explained: Enamel, Meteorite, and More!

    Did you know all meteorite dials are made from the same meteor? Or that enamel finishing requires hand painting and firing? Throughout history, watchmakers have made dials from all sorts of things like Rolex's mother-of-pearl dials to Hublot's denim jeans dial. But how exactly do you make these d...

  • How Do Watches Gain Value?

    On the pre-owned market, watches sometimes gain value way beyond their original retail price, but what factors contribute to appreciation? Some watches out there have appreciated significantly, such as the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 or Rolex Daytona.

    Well, Josh Thanos presents us another episo...