It’s Time to Call your Mother (and Gift Her a Watch)

Oh hey, look at that! It’s almost the one day of the year we mothers are even vaguely recognized for the 364 other days of the year that we change dirty diapers, pick up snotty tissues, cook meals, wash the sheets of teenage boys (which, we deserve gold medals for, btw), pick the kids up […] The post It’s Time to Call your Mother (and Gift Her a Watch) appeared first on Bob's Watches.

It’s Time to Call your Mother (and Gift Her a Watch)

Oh hey, look at that! It’s almost the one day of the year we mothers are even vaguely recognized for the 364 other days of the year that we change dirty diapers, pick up snotty tissues, cook meals, wash the sheets of teenage boys (which, we deserve gold medals for, btw), pick the kids up from band, drop the kids off to ballet, arrange the playdates, and clean the house! ONE WHOLE DAY, WE GET! WOO HOO! Thank you, Anna Reeves Jarvis for having the forethought in the 19th century to keep businesses like 1-800-Flowers from going bankrupt, even if their flowers arrive half dead more than half of the time. And thank YOU, Hallmark, for putting Mother’s Day cards in stores shortly after the winter holiday season so that our children and life partners don’t forget that it’s coming (even though, they still usually do). But really, what do Mother’s expect? What is it that we most desire? Recognition, maybe? The occasional, “Thank you” for getting the blood stains out of a hockey jersey? Sure. That would be nice. But you know what would be even nicer?

A watch.

Below are four relatively recent, affordable, and good-looking watches by brands that weren’t a part of Watches & Wonders 2021. I am choosing to highlight these four particular styles because while they’re all quite different in appearance, these are watches that could easily be worn in the day-to-day life of a mom. They’re simple, but stylish; practical, and yet still properly suited for the mom who likes to accessorize now and again. If you have the wherewithal to buy your momma a Rolex, then by all means, do it! But if the size of your bank account is currently the size of Kevin Hart’s inseam, do understand that there *are* other options.

The T-My Lady by Tissot

Tissot has been putting out some really impressive, cost-effective timepieces over the last couple of years and the T-My Lady is no exception. If your mom (or wife, or baby-momma, or stepmom) is in the market for a smaller diameter timepiece that isn’t adorned with an overwhelming amount of bling, this might just be the ideal watch for her.

The 29mm steel case is accentuated with an 18K rose gold bezel, and eight single-cut diamonds at the indexes. The version pictured here has a grayish-brown leather strap and smokey brown dial. It’s an easy piece to wear and an even easier one to gift.

The Rado Captain Cook x Marina Hoermanseder

The Rado Captain Cook x Marina Hoermanseder

The “Captain Cook” collection has been a popular part of the Rado watch line since it was first introduced in 1962. Named after British navigator and explorer James Cook, the collection was Rado’s attempt at offering a dive-style watch; something quite popular for that era. The Captain Cook has continued to be one of the collections most synonymous with the brand, and while styles have been launched in the past that were geared toward women, this latest edition takes the brand’s seriousness about their women collectors to a different level.

Rado has partnered with French-Austrian designer Marina Hoermanseder to launch a new timepiece that a style-maven mom could absolutely get behind. 37mm in diameter, this new version of the Captain Cook featured a polished rose gold colored PVD coated stainless steel case and comes with fashionable three strap choices featuring Marina’s signature “buckle.”

The Futuro Gemini Duet by Bulova

The Futuro Gemini Duet by Bulova 97L164

For the mom that’s keen on the gold tone and black watches of the 80s (because, hello, high waisted pants and crop tops are back in style, people!), Bulova has introduced a new version of their Futuro collection: a “his and hers” set of watches called, Gemini Duets.

Shown here in the “hers” version, the Tonneau shaped case and curved edge of the metalized crystal give the watch a contemporary feel in a price that’s affordable for just about any gift giver.

The Chronomat 32 by Breitling

The Chronomat 32 by Breitling

Technically introduced in October of 2020, the 32mm Chronomat by Breitling became an immediate favorite of women on the go (and c’mon, is there anybody out there more “on the go” than a mom?)

This stainless-steel version features a vivid blue dial and contains the Breitling Caliber 77 movement: a COSC-certified SuperQuartz™ chronometer. One of the most attractive qualities about this Breitling Chronomat 32, however, is the look and comfortability of its “Rouleaux” bracelet; a style of bracelet that has become a Breitling staple. And while this piece is a bit higher in price, the Chronomat 32 is an icon in the making for the brand.

Wishing all you moms, stepmoms, fur moms, adoptive and foster moms, and pretty much any of you out there who have stepped into motherly roles, a happy, safe, and wonderful Mother’s Day!

Now… go call your mother.

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Mercedes Gleitze: The Mother of All Rolex Brand Ambassadors

What better way is there to celebrate Mother’s Day than by highlighting a mother firmly rooted in the history of Rolex history itself? That woman is Mercedes Gleitze, mother of three, accomplished professional swimmer, and Rolex’s very first brand ambassador. Just a few of the many accolades to Gleitze’s name include being the first person […] The post Mercedes Gleitze: The Mother of All Rolex Brand Ambassadors appeared first on Bob's Watches.

Mercedes Gleitze: The Mother of All Rolex Brand Ambassadors

What better way is there to celebrate Mother’s Day than by highlighting a mother firmly rooted in the history of Rolex history itself? That woman is Mercedes Gleitze, mother of three, accomplished professional swimmer, and Rolex’s very first brand ambassador.

Just a few of the many accolades to Gleitze’s name include being the first person to swim the Strait of Gibraltar, the first person to swim from Cape Town to Robben Island and back, and an incredible endurance record of 46 hours. Mercedes Gleitze gained numerous endorsements as well as celebrity status during her swimming career. However, no other connection has endured quite like her partnership with Rolex, which began as she aimed to become the first Englishwoman to swim across the English Channel.

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Mercedes Gleitze Swims Across the English Channel

Mercedes Gleitze made her 8th and successful attempt at swimming the 21-mile stretch between France and Great Britain on October 7, 1927. Before her, only twelve people had ever completed the swim, three of which were women with Gleitze being the first from England.

A few days after her successful 8th attempt, another woman named Mona McLennan claimed to have completed the swim in a faster time than Gleitze. With doubts surrounding the other swimmer’s claim, Mercedes Gleitze agreed to complete the record-breaking feat again to vindicate herself and maintain her title as the first Englishwoman to swim the English Channel.

Her vindication swim took place on October 21st, 1927. Unfortunately, Mercedes Gleitze could not finish the second swim, as it was several weeks later into the fall session and the water in the channel was significantly colder than during her previous successful attempt. After more than 10 hours and nearly 14 miles, she started slipping in and out of consciousness and ultimately needed to be pulled from the water.

However, the determination and endurance that Mercedes Gleitze displayed in the face of freezing waters proved her capabilities to those who doubted her and convinced everyone that her original record should stand. Subsequently, it was agreed that her original record was valid and that she could keep her title as the first Englishwoman to swim across the English Channel.

Vintage Rolex Oyster Watch Screw Down Crown Rose Gold Mothers Day

Rolex Partners with Mercedes Gleitze

Her original successful attempt gained a massive amount of media attention, which ultimately resulted in her partnership with Rolex. Mercedes Gleitze became the first of many accomplished athletes and explorers to proudly wear Rolex watches and demonstrate the brand’s endurance and exceptional quality. During the vindication swim, Mercedes Gleitze wore a gold Rolex Oyster around her neck, which would later become a testament to the toughness and reliability of the brand’s innovative waterproof Oyster case, as it withstood more than ten hours of exposure to cold waters without skipping a beat or letting in a single drop of water.

Rolex kicked off an advertising blitz immediately following the second swim, touting Gleitze’s accomplishment and the presence of its waterproof Oyster case during the swim on the front page of London’s Daily Mail on November 24th, 1927. Rolex still proudly advertises Gleitze’s feat in its marketing materials today and she has become a huge part of the brand’s history.

Just days after finishing the second swim, Mercedes Gleitze penned a glowing testimony of the durability of the Rolex Oyster watch, which read,

“You will like to hear that the Rolex Oyster watch I carried on my Channel swim proved itself a reliable and accurate timekeeping companion even though it was subjected to complete immersion for hours in seawater at a temp of not more than 58 and often as low as 51. This is to say nothing about the sustained buffeting it must have received. Not even the quick change to the high temp of the boat cabin when I was lifted from the water seemed to affect the even tenour of its movement. The newspaper man was astonished and I, of course, am delighted with it…”

Mercedes Gleitze English Swimmer First Rolex Ambassador Mothers Day

The Legendary Waterproof Rolex Oyster Case

The partnership between Mercedes Gleitze and Rolex began when pocket watches were more common than wristwatches. Many individuals opted for pocket watches that could be kept safe from dust and moisture in the confines of their clothing. However, the convenience of a wristwatch was not lost on Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf. He sought to change the notion that wristwatches were delicate items with the invention of the first waterproof case, which came just a year before Mercedes’ triumphant swim across the English Channel.

Rolex appropriately named the “Oyster” case after its reliable, waterproof seal. The concept for its design was built upon Rolex’s first attempt at developing a waterproof case in 1922, which relied on a second outer case that had to be opened every time the watch was wound. This design ultimately proved impractical but it set the wheels in motion for Rolex to pursue a reliable, waterproof case.

Hans Wilsdorf’s dream of creating a wristwatch that anyone could wear every day with confidence became a reality after years of arduous testing and development to perfect its technology. The Oyster achieved the hermetic seal needed to protect the movement from water damage by ditching the second outer case and instead including a screw-down case back and bezel paired with a screw-down winding crown.

Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Pre-Datejust Yellow Gold Mothers Day

The Foundation for Rolex Watches

At last, Rolex had invented its first truly waterproof case, which was vindicated on the world stage by Mercedes Gleitze’s vindication swim in the English Channel. It isn’t known for sure which exact Oyster watch was worn by Gleitze during her second swim. However, Rolex had developed four editions of the Oyster by that time featuring either a gold or silver finish, Arabic or Roman numerals on the dial, and a cushion or octagonal-shaped case. Each watch included the newly-invented screw-down crown and was powered by a 15-jewel, manual-wind movement produced by Aegler in Switzerland.

The release of the Oyster case in 1926 was just the beginning of many innovations developed by Rolex. Not only did it pave the way for Rolex icons as the Submariner, GMT-Master, and Explorer, but today, it serves as the foundation for every single Rolex watch outside of the Cellini collection. Rolex is celebrated throughout the industry for being a pioneer and an innovator. Among all of the brand’s various revolutionary inventions, the waterproof Oyster case is widely considered to be the single most important.

As a company that first built its reputation producing tough and reliable tool watches, Rolex needed a tough case that could venture nearly anywhere on the planet. From high above the clouds to deep below the surface of the ocean, and the Rolex Oyster case is up to the challenge.

Mercedes Gleitze English Professional Swimmer First Rolex Brand Ambassador Mothers Day

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