What Watch is Right for You? The Dress-y Watch


We think the buying a new watch is quite possibly the most exciting thing anyone can ever do.  Serious, at eRelyx, we are big time watch aficionados, so lets just say we own more than 1 watch.  The more watches you own, the more “occasion specific” they become.  So rather than bore you with another write up that describes how steel bracelets are different than leather ones, let’s focus on what matters; where will you wear this watch and how will the watch make you feel?

So here goes the first installment in our blog series designed to help you find the best watch to fit your lifestyle. Kicking it all off for us today is…

The Dress-Up Watch

OK, you’ve got that special event looming, a friend’s wedding, the fundraiser for your bosses charity, or…. cocktails with the in-laws to ask permission to marry their daughter…  Get the picture? We’re talking some serious suit & tie (cue: Justin Timberlake) occasions here, people.

Zac Efron works the black tie look in an IWC dress watch

At eRelyx, we are not afraid of being a bit of an elitist when it comes to dressy watches.   The bottom line is that you want to give the impression that you are established, confident and have refined taste (doesn’t hurt to highlight that you’re a good looking, in-it-for-the-long-term, rock solid kind of guy).

Show off your discerning taste by steering clear of the the market share leaders on this one.  Don’t let great taste be mistaken for an appreciation of big advertising budgets.

3 great choices for you are:

Dress-y Watch Options for Blog

{1} Longines Grand Classique

{2} Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

{3} IWC Portuguese

Alternate Option for the “Real Big Spender”: If you’re really swimming in it (we’re talking, Scrooge McDuck-style), and a true watch enthusiast, then we recommend investing in a Patek Philippe as your quintessential black-tie watch. Patek is the ultimate high-brow piece for a fancy pants occasion, or just to hold onto for your future dress-y watch wearing offspring.


Tiger Woods’ Rolex Commercial

While Tiger’s playing at the US Open this weekend was certainly subpar, his featured advertisement for Rolex certainly “turned heads” (see what we did there?) among the team here at eRelyx. Did you see Woods’ Rolex commercial during the Open? What did you think? If you missed it, fear not, we’ve included the 30 second ad for you below!



Golf & Watches- Rolex Sponsors USGA

For those of you watching the US Open Golf tournament held at Merion this weekend- keep your eye out for the crown. We’re, of course, referring to Rolex, who recently expanded their relationship with the USGA, will be the official timekeeper on the course this weekend. Not a surprising fact considering the fact that luxury watch brands have a longstanding history of sponsoring these “country club sports”- ie. golf, tennis, polo, sailing, etc.

But, as we just discovered, the Rolex + Golf relationship is an extra special one considering it “began in 1967 when the company presented Arnold Palmer with a gold Oyster Perpetual to honor his achievements.” (this fun fact is brought to you by the USGA’s website)

So, if you don’t yet have plans for the weekend, may we suggest mixing up some Iced Tea & Lemonade, donning your finest Rolex Watch and pulling up a comfy chair to watch some of our favorites (like Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and, Phil Mickelson) compete for the championship title.


2013 Graduation Gift Guide: Watches

May marks the season of graduations, and be it from High School, College, or Graduate School, it’s an important moment in many young person’s life. Graduation gifts serve to be both practical, as well as personal commemorations of a milestone and a period in our lives. The luxury watch certainly achieves both objectives and has, therefore, become the ultimate in graduation gift-giving, with good reason.

So check-out our eRelyx Grad Gift Guide for our hand-picked selections and a few favorites that are sure to please any grad in your life!

Graduation Gifts, Graduation Watches, eRelyx Graduation Luxury Watch Gift Guide





A Rolex for Every Mom.

Mother’s Day is almost here! Still in need of a gift? Not to worry! We’ve curated a selection of four amazing pre-owned Rolex watches that are sure to appeal to any mom’s style:

A Rolex for Every Mom

 Shop our four favorite picks NOW +Take $100 OFF when you order by Friday May 10thPromo Code: 13MOM100


Watch Stories: Vintage Heuer Monaco

We’ve been lusting after a genuine vintage Tag Heuer Monaco Chronograph (or Heuer Monaco, if we’re being accurate) watch for many moons now. Not only is it an awesome-looking watch, the Heuer Monaco is also a hot collector’s item, and makes for a real conversational piece.

So this got us to thinking-  what’s the story with this watch that makes it so desirable (and so darn hard to find)?!?

Tag Heuer Monaco Chronograph Racing Watches - preowned / used luxury watches at eRelyx.com

Back in 1969, the Heuer Monaco debuted as the first chronograph watch to feature an automatic movement. Additionally the Monaco was the first SQUARE chronograph watch available on the market.

Tag Heuer Monaco Chronograph Racing Watches - preowned / used luxury watches at eRelyx.com

Beyond its technical innovations, the Heuer Monaco (another fun fact- the TAG Heuer brand we know today did not exist prior to the 1985 TAG Group’s acquisition of the Heuer brand), has a culturally rich past. It was originally conceived in honor of the 1969 Monaco Grand Prix (hence the name), and came to notable fame when actor Steve McQueen wore the watch in the 1971 film Le Mans (a cult favorite among racing fans). The watch has since become synonymous with McQueen and in 2003 Tag Heuer reintroduced the watch in response to McQueen’s popularity.

steve mcqueen heuer monaco in 1971 film Le Mans

If you are looking to purchase one of the original Heuer Monaco Chronographs, it is important to keep in mind that the original Monaco was discontinued in the mid-70s. Tag reissued the watch with a new design in 1998, and many of the “Steve McQueen” models you see out there are the reissued, modern version of the original Monaco.

Vintage Heuer Monaco Chronograph watch

With such a (comparatively) small window of production with the original Monaco watches, there is certainly a very limited pool of original vintage models out on the market today. So if you find one, or have one to sell, let us know! After writing this article, we’re itching for one of these legendary watches even more.

(photos c/o google image search: calibre11.com & watchanish)


10 Reasons We Love Breitling

10. In 1936 Breitling became the official watch supplier to the Royal Air Force. Royalty + Planes = Things that are really cool.

9. John Travolta (aka our childhood crush, Danny Zuko) is a Breitling spokesperson.

8. The Breitling colors are black & yellow. The Boston Bruins colors are black & yellow. Gotta love that. #BostonPride

7. The Madison Avenue Flagship Breitling store. It’s just SO cool.

6. Justin Timberlake (our current crush- swoon) wore a Breitling Chronomat B01 while filming the 2011 comedy, Friends with Benefits, w/ actress Mila Kunis (also, swoon).

5. A partnership with elite car manufacturer, Bentley Motors. You know the saying- Two luxury brands are always better than one!

4. Outer. Friggin. Space. Need I say more? In 1961, astronaut Scott Carpenter wore his Breitling Navitimer while making “Space Race” history as the 2nd American to orbit the Earth.

3. In 2010 Breitling introduced their very first in-house movement, the Caliber B01. With so few luxury watch brands manufacturing their own movements, this can only add value to the Breitling brand.

2. Consistent ranking among “Top Watch” lists- see here, and here.

1. They make good-looking watches. Need proof? See below:

Want your own Breitling watch to love? Well, you’re in luck! We currently have 3 amazing Breitling SuperOcean Steelfish currently for sale on eRelyx!

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PGA Darling, Rory McIlroy, Switches Watch Sponsorships

Pro golfer, Rory McIlroy, has left his sponsorship deal with Audemars Piguet in favor of a new contract with Omega watches. The 23 year-old from Northern Ireland is in good company with the Omega brand, whose impressive roster of sponsors includes such golf legends as Greg Norman, Davis Love III and Sergio Garcia, among others.

The sponsorship swap comes just in time for this weekend’s Masters’ Tournament at Georgia’s famed Augusta National, where McIlroy is the front-runner to contend with Tiger Woods for that coveted green jacket.

Click here to read the official press release from Omega announcing McIlroy as their latest ambassador.


eBay Raises its Fees

Wow!!!  eBay is getting expensive.  As of April 16th, eBay’s fees are set to skyrocket.  Let’s take a look at an example.  In the past, if you sold a $2500 watch on eBay, your fees would be $81.50 (fixed price listing).  As of April 16th, it will cost you $250 to sell a $2500 watch!!!  Doesn’t take a mathematician to realize that eBay is tripling your fees.

And don’t forget about the PayPal fees!!!  You need to pay those as well.  On a $2500 watch, the PayPal fees are about $55.

Keep in mind that you need to do all the work – clean the watch, take the pictures, post the watch, answer customer questions, research the buyer to make sure that they’re legit, etc.  Might as well sell your watch through eRelyx!  Our fees are 12-15% AND we do almost all of the work for you!!  Click here to visit our SELL PAGE.

Ebay Fees, skyrocketing fees