Darlene Santos

Darlene Santos

First Published: September 06, 2021
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  2. A Guide to Gevril Watches And Their Best Models

    A Guide to Gevril Watches And Their Best Models

    Gevril is an underrated watch brand that not a lot of people are aware of. However, while it may not be as a well-known brand as Rolex or Omega to the general public, Gevril watches definitely have a certain renown amongst those knowledgeable about the watchmaking industry. This is primarily because Gevril has a rich heritage that is clearly reflected in the beautiful timepieces it has in its arsenal. Today, Gevril is regarded by watch enthusiasts as one of the best watchmakers to check out if you want something outside of the big names. Without further ado, let us take a look at Gevril, its history, and everything it has to offer. A Brief Background on Gevril Watches The story of Gevril Watches dates back to the mid-18th century with Jacques Gevril, who was a rising watchmaker at that time.  In 1758, Gevril, along with Pierre Jaquet-Droz (known for founding the famous, storied luxury brand Jaquet Droz), presented his creations to King Ferdinand VI of Spain. Ferdinand VI immediately took a liking to their pieces. Shortly after, Gevril chose to stay in Spain, where he became the Royal Watchmaker, in order to further enhance his skills in the craft. This has become a crucial part of the brand’s history, as it has always prided itself on serving the Spanish Crown with distinction. In the 1990s, Gevril was acquired by a Swiss distributor, which prompted the brand’s re-launch at the 1995 BaselFair. This eventually led to the brand being sold to a Swiss businessman who was incredibly passionate about the watchmaking craft and who wanted to see Gevril thrive once more. Today, Gevril continues to operate out of its New York headquarters. Its main factory, however, resides in Switzerland, with every Gevril watch produced passing the strictest of Swiss quality control standards. Overview of Gevril Watches Collections   At present, the Swiss brand has two main collections, known respectively as Gevril and GV2. Both of these watch lines consist of a wide variety of watches that are further categorized into smaller sub-collections.  Gevril Collection The Gevril collection offers a total of 216 watches that are grouped into 18 different sub-series. Each named after a famous neighbourhood in New York, these sub-collections include the Guggenheim, Lenox, Chambers, West Village, Hudson Yards, Five Points, Yorkville, Seacloud, Vanderbilt, Mulberry, Madison, Wall Street, Wall Street Chronograph, Vaughn, Avenues of America, Wallabout, West 30th St, and Canal Street. These sub-series all feature a wide assortment of designs, from sporty and casual to dressy and chic. The Gevril collection also has a rather large price range, with the most affordable model selling at $2,795 USD and the most expensive watch retailing at around $35,000 USD. One interesting thing about the Gevril collection is that all the timepieces in it are designed for men, unlike the GV2 lineup. GV2 Collection The GV2, on the other hand, offers over 400 Gevril watches that are categorized into 34 sub-collections for both men and women. The GV2 Men’s series comprises the Rovescio, Marchese, Squalo, Scuderia, Motorcycle Sport, XO Submarine, Potente, Giromondo, Contasecondi, Liguria, and Triton. Meanwhile, the GV2 Women’s line consists of the sub-collections named after regions in Italy, such as Genoa, Lombardy, Piemonte, Spello, Verona, Turin, Milan, Padova, Astor, Naples, Bari, Rome, Astor II, Berletta, Siena, Venice, Matera, Palmanova, Ravenna, Florence, and Marsala.  The GV2 men’s line consists of mostly sporty and multi-functional watches while the women’s range showcases more artistic and classic-looking timepieces. Unlike the Gevril collection, the GV2 watches actually sell at quite a narrow price range despite how numerous they are. The least expensive GV2 watch is available at $1,895 USD while the most expensive model is priced at just $3,895 USD.  Best Gevril Watch Models Now, let us take a closer look at the best-selling models offered by the brand.  1. Gevril Hudson Yards Diver The Gevril Hudson Yards Diver is a classic and handsome sports watch that is highly reminiscent of the robust Rolex Submariner Date. This model is actually inspired by the well-known upscale gated community on the lower west side of Manhattan, which explains its sophisticated exterior. The Gevril Hudson Yards Diver is presented in a 42mm stainless steel case. This is coupled with a refined stainless steel bracelet that shows off gold-plated centre links, adding to the luxurious look of this timepiece. Fixed on top of the case is a ceramic elapsed time scale bezel in rich blue. With its brilliant gold-rimmed edges, this bezel strongly resembles the classy Rolex Bluesy. On either side of the case, you can also find a gold-plated helium release valve and a screw-down crown at 10 and 3 o’clock respectively, blending well with the blue-gold bezel. The dial of this watch follows a fairly straightforward layout. It showcases a lovely deep blue finish that goes well with the bezel. This dial is adorned with triangular hour markers, a rectangular date window, and large torch-shaped hands. All of these elements are coated in lume and outlined in gold, allowing them to stand out more clearly against the blue backdrop. Powering this timepiece is an automatic Sellita SW200 movement, which you can catch a glimpse of through the transparent case back. It also has an impressive 300-meter water resistance rating, making this watch suitable for most water activities. If you want a robust Gevril watch that looks much more than it costs, you can get your hands on this piece for just $4,495 US. 2. Gevril GV2 XO Submarine 48 Next, we have the Gevril GV2 XO Submarine 48. This is another excellent Gevril diver watch, but this time, from the brand’s GV2 collection. It has a robust yet elegant design that is quite similar to the watches from Bell & Ross. This Gevril piece is a must-have for those who appreciate chunky timepieces. This Gevril G2 watch comes in an oversized 48mm IPYG case in lavish gold, coupled with a dark blue rotating bezel and a matching Italian leather strap. Its dark blue watch face is a little busier than that of the aforementioned timepiece, comprising luminous hour indices, broad sword hands, a small seconds counter, and a handy dual timezone display on its inner bezel. A small red hand can be found in the small seconds sub-dial, adding a hint of vibrancy to this watch face. Unlike the previous model, this Gevril timepiece comes with a solid case back that is engraved with the GV2 emblem. Underneath this case back, you can find an MS05G Caliber. This is a Swiss automatic movement that boasts a solid 100-meter water resistance rating. For $3,295 USD, you can get this rugged yet refined dive watch. 3. Gevril Vaugn Pilot  The Gevril Vaugn Pilot serves as a more casual timepiece for everyday use. Even with just a glance, you can already tell that this is an aviation watch. We would even go as far as to say that it is the perfect alternative for those who love IWC’s iconic pilot models.  This Gevril watch is housed in a 44mm stainless steel case, paired with an Italian leather strap in grey. The matching, serious grey dial features a clever cockpit-inspired layout. It consists of luminescent losange hands, Arabic numeral markers in a neat typeface, and a compact date display at 3 o’clock. On the underside of the watch is an exhibition-style case back, which unveils the Sellita SW200 movement running inside. Finally, you will not have to worry too much about getting this timepiece wet, as it comes with a decent depth rating of 50 meters. This Gevril pilot watch retails at $3,695 USD. 4. Gevril Wall Street  For those who absolutely adore the iconic Rolex GMT-Master II but do not have the budget to afford it, the Gevril Wall Street is the ideal alternative. With its stylish Pepsi bezel, this watch is the perfect representation of a classic sports piece, making it a no-brainer purchase for many. Aside from that, this model actually derives its inspiration from the beautiful New York City skyline, which makes it a great conversation starter as well. This Gevril watch utilizes a 43mm stainless steel case, coupled with a matching five-link bracelet and a two-tone bezel made of ceramic. This GMT bezel comes in striking red and blue hues, strongly recalling the popular Rolex Pepsi. Standing out against this colorful bezel is the watch’s jet-black dial. The design of this dial actually has strong Rolex Submariner influences too, as it looks remarkably like the dial of the Rolex Submariner Ref. 16610 Black. It is furnished with hour markers in various geometric shapes, luminous Mercedes hands, and a magnified date complication at 3 o’clock. An additional GMT hand in bright red is used to indicate the watch’s second timezone. This watch face is also protected by an anti-glare sapphire crystal, which gives wearers a clear and legible view of the dial. The Gevril Wall Street is driven by an automatic SW330 Caliber. This is a Swiss-made movement with a substantial power reserve of 56 hours. In addition, it also boasts a 200-meter water resistance rating, making it a reliable companion for all your water adventures. This high-end Gevril watch is priced at approximately $4,195 USD. 5. Gevril GV2 Triton Automatic  If you are looking for more avant-garde Gevril watches, then the Gevril GV2 Triton Automatic is perfect. This limited-edition model is one of the most unique timepieces in the brand’s entire catalog. It has an unconventional build that feels almost futuristic and out-of-this-world. Without a doubt, it is a great option for those who enjoy eccentric watches. This GV2 timepiece uses a 48mm submarine-inspired gunmetal case and a calfskin leather strap in black. This case has a one-of-a-kind shape, with two spinning rotors mounted on either side of it. A long, handle-like strip of metal is used to attach the bottom half of the watch’s case to its strap, adding to this watch’s bulky look. On the underside of the watch, you can find a solid case back that has been printed with the image of a turbine. Complementing the watch’s case back is its dial, which also showcases a turbine-like design. It is decorated with rectangular hour indices, Arabic numeral markers in a bold white typeface, and arrow-headed hands in bright red which add a splash of colour to this otherwise monochrome watch face. Inside this unusual watch case, you can find a Swiss-made MD3G movement. This automatic caliber has a decent power supply of 40 hours. In addition, this watch can also withstand water pressures of up to 50 meters, allowing it to survive any splashes or showers. If you are a fan of cool and quirky watches, this $3,395 USD model might be just the right one for you. 6. Gevril GV2 Milan Diamond  Next, we have the Gevril GV2 Milan Diamond, which will surely appeal to all the ladies who love the iconic Cartier Santos watch. It is the epitome of luxury and elegance, making it an ideal accessory for all kinds of formal occasions. Furthermore, despite its opulence, this Gevril watch still has an air of simplicity around it, which gives it a rather versatile edge as well.  This GV2 watch is presented in a slender 27.5mm square case in exquisite rose gold, coupled with a genuine black patent leather strap. Sitting atop the case is a fixed which is embellished with gorgeous cut diamonds, while on the right side of the case, you can find a lovely push-pull crown in rose gold with a blue cabochon spinel, contributing greatly to the watch’s luxurious look. The watch’s white dial, on the other hand, exudes a more simple and straightforward appeal. It is furnished with just small black sword hands, bold Roman numerals in a slanting typeface, and eight more diamonds embedded throughout the minute track. The Gevril G2 Milan Diamond is powered by a Ronda 762 movement. This is a Swiss quartz caliber with a 50-meter water resistance capacity and an outstanding ten-year battery life. Selling at just $2,795 USD, this is definitely a lovely women’s watch that boasts truly splendid elements 7. Gevril Vanderbilt Open Heart The Gevril Vanderbilt Open Heart is a stunning watch inspired by Alva Vanderbilt’s grand Manhattan mansion. Just like the iconic residence, the goal was to create a timepiece that would immediately be noticed by all around it. This is why everything about this model screams prestigious and refined.  The Gevril Vanderbilt Open Heart has a very quintessential build, with a 47mm stainless steel case and an Italian calfskin leather strap in black. The silver dial showcases a sophisticated open heart display, giving you a clear view of the lovely, gold-plated movement inside the watch. This dial is also adorned with elegant, blued steel Breguet hands and slim Roman numeral hour markers. The underside of the timepiece is sealed shut by an exhibition case back, which means that you get a glimpse of the watch’s automatic MD3G movement from both sides. Lastly, this model has a solid 50-meter water resistance rating, meaning it can withstand some splashes here and there. With its classic and sophisticated design, it is no wonder that this $2,995 USD Gevril watch is one of the brand’s best-selling pieces. 8. Gevril Five Points Automatic Next, we have the Gevril Five Points Automatic which is a staple watch option for everyone. This watch boasts a very quintessential and minimalistic design, giving it a timeless appeal that is great for both formal and casual occasions. Indeed, you really cannot go wrong with a timepiece as versatile as this one. The Gevril Five Points Automatic utilizes a 43mm stainless steel case and a genuine Italian leather strap in black with white stitching. Complementing its case is a clean, silver-white dial. This dial follows a very straightforward, almost austere layout, comprising rose gold-plated hour indices, carefully-beveled dauphine hands, and a quaint date aperture at 6 o’clock. Flipping the watch over, you will find a see-through case back which gives you a view of the watch’s automatic Sellita SW200 movement. Held together by 26 jewels, this caliber has a respectable 38-hour power supply and an accuracy rate of +/-15 seconds per day. With a price tag of just $2,995 USD, the Gevril Five Points Automatic is a must-have for those who love classic dress watches. 9. Gevril GV2 Scuderia Chronograph The Gevril GV2 Scuderia Chronograph is a gorgeous sports watch that takes inspiration from the wonderful world of Italian racing. Everything about it screams fast and furious, especially with its incredibly robust, masculine exterior. Any racer would be lucky to have this watch as their racing companion.  This GV2 watch shows off a rugged black-tone stainless steel case measuring 45mm in diameter, coupled with a checkered black leather strap. Fixed on top of the case is a tachymeter bezel in metallic red that gleams handsomely under the light. As a racing piece, the dial of this watch has a rather crowded display that is packed full of handy features. It consists of applique hour indices in red, thick silver skeletal hands, a 24-hour layout, a date complication at 4 o’clock, and three sub-dials. The three chronograph sub-dials are easily the most fun part of this watch. They serve as the 60-second, 30-minute, and 12-hour counters. Each sub-counter bears a different design. The 60-second counter, which is outlined in silver, resembles the speedometers found on racecar dashboards. The 12-hour sub-dial, on the other hand, has a checkered finish, recalling the starting lines of racetracks. Finally, the 30-minute counter comes in the red, green, and yellow hues frequently associated with traffic lights. Aside from being plain, quirky fun, these differing sub-dial designs are also a testament to the amount of thought Gevril places into its watches. Driving the Gevril GV2 Scuderia Chronograph is a Ronda Caliber 5130D. This is a multifunctional Swiss quartz chronograph movement. It comes with a battery life of up to two years and an excellent accuracy rate of +20/-10 seconds per month. Finally, it has a depth rating of 100 meters, so you do not have to worry about this watch getting wet. The Gevril GV2 Scuderia Chronograph costs approximately $2,295 USD. 10. Gevril GV2 Marchese Last but not the least, we have the Gevril GV2 Marchese, which marries sophisticated Italian style with excellent watchmaking. This timepiece is equipped with many functions but has all of them displayed in a classic and visually-appealing manner. Patrons of brands like A.Lange & Söhne and Jaquet Droz will surely enjoy this handsome timepiece.  This Gevril watch is housed in a 44mm octagonal case made of stainless steel. This is coupled with a supple leather strap in brown. Complementing the silver case is a matching silver dial. It is adorned with blued steel Breguet hands, slender Roman numeral hour markers, a small seconds counter, and a big date display placed unusually at 1 o’clock. The blued steel hand of the small seconds counter is designed to look like a tiny aeroplane, adding a quirk of personality to this stylish watch face. In addition, this dial also bears a truly unique day indicator. This day display arcs over the upper half of the dial, listing out all seven days of the week. Driving all of these functions is a Ronda 7004.P quartz movement. This caliber has a substantial battery life of two years and a depth rating of 50 meters. Priced at $2,595 USD, the Gevril GV2 Marchese is a great option for those who love classic timepieces with impressive watch complications. Final Thoughts Despite not being a popular brand among the general public, Gevril watches truly have a lot of potential. Its portfolio offers beautiful timepieces that function excellently thanks to its Swiss heritage. The brand also has an incredibly diverse and vast selection of watches, meaning you are bound to find the ideal timekeeper just for you. Indeed, the ten Gevril watches we have listed above are really only scratching the surface. If you want to expand your collection beyond the mainstream luxury brands, then Gevril is definitely one you should check out!  Photo Credits: Gevril Official Website Want to know more about watches? Check out this piece on the Bulova Accutron Watch Collection!

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  3. Seiko Captain Willard: Reviewing One Of Seiko’s Most Unique Vintage Divers

    Seiko Captain Willard: Reviewing One Of Seiko’s Most Unique Vintage Divers

    Those who are familiar with Seiko will know that its extensive catalog has produced some of the best dive watches on the market. Seiko has an amazing reputation amongst enthusiasts and collectors because it is a true master of the horological craft. At present, the brand has hundreds of diving timekeepers in its portfolio, with many, like the Seiko Tuna or Seiko Samurai, even serving as horology icons. One of Seiko’s most popular dive pieces today is the Seiko Captain Willard, which is known as a quintessential diver in the watchmaking world. In fact, the original Seiko Captain Willard is also referred to as the basis for all the Seiko diving watches that came after it because of its impressive, unparalleled qualities that were ahead of its time. With all that said, let us take a closer look at what the Seiko Captain Willard has to offer and figure out what all the hype is truly about. Seiko Captain Willard: A Brief Background The Seiko Captain Willard, also known as the Seiko 6105, was released back in 1968. This was around the same time as the Vietnam War, which is a historical event that is most often associated with the Seiko Captain Willard. However, contrary to popular belief, the Seiko 6105 was not actually used by many soldiers during the conflict. There is no historical evidence that the Seiko 6105 was sold or given to US troops during that time. Instead, it was the Seiko 5 that was a more popular choice amongst soldiers during that period. That said, the Seiko Captain Willard quickly gained fame in another way. Why is it Called the Seiko Captain Willard?  As mentioned, the original name of the Seiko Captain Willard is the Seiko 6105, which is simply just its reference number. The Seiko Captain Willard gained both its popularity and its nickname from a blockbuster film called Apocalypse Now, which came out in 1979. This movie featured a soldier named Captain Willard, played by Martin Sheen, who took part in the Vietnam War. Throughout the film, Captain Willard totes the Seiko 6105, which of course caught the interest of many watch enthusiasts. Apocalypse Now was a defining moment in the history of the Seiko 6105, and since then, people have referred to it as the Seiko Captain Willard. A Closer Look at the Seiko Captain Willard Now that we know the origin story of the Seiko Captain Willard, let us take a closer look at its impressive design and technical specifications.  Case  The Seiko Captain Willard 6105 is presented in a 44mm stainless steel case that boasts a cushion-shaped, asymmetrical structure. This gives it a large, chunky, and brazen look that is bound to catch the eyes of everyone. Despite its size, the Seiko Captain Willard is actually known to be quite easy to wear, thanks to the ergonomic build of its case, which molds itself quite comfortably to the shape of the wrist. Aside from that, this watch also boasts unmatched durability, befitting its robust exterior, as it showcases a superb resistance to scratches, shocks, and impacts. Lastly, protecting this watch’s face from any external damage is Seiko’s trademark Hardlex crystal, which possesses anti-reflective properties that promise the wearer a clear and highly legible view of the dial. Bracelet Moving on to the bracelet, the Seiko Captain Willard 6105 comes with a striking rubber strap in black that perfectly complements its daring exterior. This black rubber strap shows off a bold and intricate waffle pattern, giving the watch a sportier, more outdoorsy aesthetic. Since the Seiko Captain Willard is a vintage timepiece, this unique band is actually now considered quite rare and valuable, so count yourself lucky if you manage to come across one of these. Dial and Bezel The dial of the Seiko Captain Willard 6105 also showcases a dauntless, rugged design that goes well with its case and bracelet. Like most divers out there, this model has a rather straightforward face that optimizes legibility. It comprises large hour indices in the shapes of rectangles and squares and silver-tone blunt hands, all of which are coated in lume for excellent visibility even in the dark. And while the Seiko 6105 does not come with any overly fancy complications, it does include a standard date window at 3 o’clock, outlined in silver, which adds to the watch’s functionality. On top of that, the Seiko Captain Willard also comes with a unidirectional rotating bezel that is fitted with a black ceramic insert. This bezel bears luminous elements and clean, legible white indicators for a handy elapsed time scale, making the Seiko 6105 the ideal diving watch. Movement  In order to match the robustness of its exterior, the brand made sure to equip the Seiko Captain Willard 6105 with an equally impressive interior. The Seiko Captain Willard is powered by an in-house Caliber 6105B. This well-crafted automatic movement consists of 17 jewels and has a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3Hz). It also possesses a decent power reserve of 32 hours, making it quite durable and reliable. Reputation Produced only from 1968 to 1977, the Seiko Captain Willard definitely raised the stakes for future diving watches. It was able to acquire such a unique and highly-regarded reputation because it was built on three main pillars: pop culture, history, and excellent craftsmanship. To this day, the Seiko Captain Willard continues to be known as one of the best vintage divers that one could only dream of adding to their collection. Price Range  According to old Seiko catalogs, the original retail price of the Seiko Captain Willard was around $95 USD. Of course, since it has been out of production for more than 40 years, this watch has become considerably more valuable today. At present, the resale cost of vintage Seiko Captain Willard watches on the secondhand market is set at around $1,000 USD to $2,000 USD, depending on the seller and the condition of the piece. Modern Variations of the Seiko Captain Willard If you are looking for contemporary variations of the Seiko Captain Willard, worry not! We will also be taking a closer look at the modern Seiko Captain Willard options available to you.  1. Seiko Prospex Captain Willard Ref. SPB151J1 First up, we have the Seiko Prospex Captain Willard Ref. SPB151J1, which is an exceptionally robust, professional-looking watch. Compared to the original Seiko 6501, this modern variant looks a lot more polished because of its sleek all-stainless-steel look. This is a great choice for those who want a more subdued, versatile version of the ever-so-famous Seiko Captain Willard. This watch comes in a 42.7mm cushion-shaped case and bracelet, both made out of polished stainless steel. This is sharply contrasted against a rotating bezel with a jet-black elapsed time scale insert. This bezel has jagged, teeth-like edges, which ensure that wearers can grip and turn it easily. The dial also comes in a striking matte black hue, complementing the bezel. This watch face is quite similar to that of the original Seiko 6501; it has the same luminous hour indices in square and rectangle shapes, blunt hands, and a date complication. However, this dial also differs in having slightly thicker hands and doing away with the silver outline around the date display. Powering this Seiko Prospex watch is an automatic 6R35 Caliber. As a modern in-house Seiko movement, this caliber has an outstanding 70-hour power supply, which is a massive improvement from the original Seiko Captain Willard’s 32-hour power reserve. It also possesses a solid 200-metre depth rating, which is quite standard for a good dive watch. Priced at $1,079 USD, this is a fail-safe option for all Seiko Captain Willard enthusiasts. 2. Seiko Prospex Captain Willard Ref. SBDC111 Next, we have the Seiko Prospex Captain Willard Ref. SBDC111, which is actually very similar to the aforementioned model. Just at a glance, you can tell that it shows off the same build and design as the Captain Willard Ref. SPB151J1. However, the Captain Willard Ref. SBDC111 differs in having a different colorway and case finish, which gives it a more casual aesthetic and vibe. The Seiko Captain Willard Ref. SBDC111 is housed in a 42.7mm stainless steel case and bracelet, both of which show off fine, satin-brushed finishes. This is coupled with a rotating, dark blue elapsed time scale bezel. The dial also comes in a handsome dark blue shade that wonderfully matches the bezel. This dial is adorned with thick luminous hour indices in the shapes of squares and rectangles, broad silver-tone blunt hands, and a compact date display at 3 o’clock. It also runs on the self-winding 6R35 Caliber. Held together by 24 jewels, this movement boasts a 70-hour power supply and a 200-metre depth rating. With its suave silver-and-blue color combination, this $1,399 USD Seiko Captain Willard model serves as the ideal everyday timekeeper. 3. Seiko Prospex Captain Willard Ref. SBDC109 Our last modern Captain Willard is the Seiko Prospex Captain Willard Ref. SBDC109, which is definitely the most unique-looking out of the three models mentioned in this shortlist. This is an instant stunner, with its handsomely rugged design and sporty elements. Of the contemporary Seiko Captain Willard models, this variant is arguably the most popular, and for very good reason. This Prospex watch utilizes a 42.7mm satin-brushed stainless steel case, paired with a comfortable black silicone strap, much like the original Seiko 6105. Fitted on top of its case is a unidirectional rotating bezel, which bears a dark green elapsed time scale insert made of ceramic. The dial of this watch, likewise, comes in an alluring dark green hue that stands out strongly against the silver-tone case. It is furnished with pronounced hour indices and broad blunt hands, all of which are generously coated with lume. At 3 o’clock, you can also find a small rectangular date aperture. Underneath this stylish watch face is an automatic 6R35 Caliber. It has a water resistance rating of 200 meters and can last for up to 70 hours when fully wound. If you want a more casual and sporty version of the Seiko Captain Willard, you can get your hands on this model for approximately $1,289 USD. Is it worth it?  If you are still debating whether the Seiko Captain Willard is worth your time, here are some reasons that should further convince you: Rich Heritage. As we have discussed in this article, the Seiko Captain Willard has a very colorful history to back it up. Much of its popularity was the result of it being featured in the movie Apocalypse Now, which even made this watch relevant to the pop culture world. Aside from that, the Seiko Captain Willard is also often associated with the Vietnam War, because its peak coincides with the same period. With such a rich heritage, it is no surprise that people have continued to rave about the Seiko Captain Willard to this day. Excellent Reputation. Having a few minutes of fame is different from being graced with an established reputation, the Seiko Captain Willard definitely has the latter too. While it may have caught the attention of people due to non-horological factors, it would not be such a highly regarded watch to this day if that’s all there was to the Seiko Captain Willard. Fortunately, the Seiko Captain Willard is able to back up its fame with top-notch features and functions that set the bar for future dive pieces. This has led to an untouchable reputation for both the Seiko Captain Willard and even its modern variations. Who should get the Seiko Captain Willard?  Seiko Patrons. This is a no-brainer. While it is a herculean task to acquire every legendary Seiko watch to ever exist (after all, there are many), the Seiko Captain Willard should be pretty high up on any true fan’s list of must-have Seiko timepieces. This well-established model took the world by storm back in the 70s and its popularity has only continued to this day. With its especially unique history, this is a timekeeper that should be on every Seiko patron’s rob list. Film Buffs. As we mentioned, the Seiko Captain Willard has strong ties to blockbuster film Apocalypse Now and that makes it a fantastic piece of merchandise for fans of that movie. Film buffs who love owning unique and exclusive merch will surely salivate at the chance to get their hands on the watch worn by Martin Sheen’s Captain Willard. Diving Professionals. Of course, even those who do not care about the Seiko Captain Willard’s heritage will also surely enjoy this watch. Its modern-day variations come with durable exteriors, superb features, and solid 200-metre water resistance ratings. According to user reviews, the contemporary Seiko Captain Willard models are also very comfortable to wear and exhibit great functionality when used underwater. Final Thoughts Ultimately, the Seiko Captain Willard is one of the best pieces to ever be produced by the Japanese brand. It has a bold and stunning exterior that perfectly complements its robustness and impressive functionality. If you are on the hunt for a gorgeous and reliable diver watch from Seiko, the Seiko Captain Willard should definitely be on your radar!  Photo Credits: Watchshopping Site, eBay, and Google Image Interested in Japanese masterpieces? Check out our article on the Grand Seiko Snowflake!

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  4. A Complete Guide to the Powerful A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus

    A Complete Guide to the Powerful A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus

    A.Lange & Söhne is one of the most highly-regarded brands in the watchmaking industry. It has long been known for offering classic, sophisticated, and complex timepieces that boast unparalleled craftsmanship. However, a few years back, the brand showed the world that it could do more than just excellent traditional watches with the release of the A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus. The A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus was the brand’s first attempt at venturing into the contemporary sports watch market. Indeed, based on the positive critical reception from the public upon the Lange Odysseus’s release, it is safe to say that they managed to more than exceed expectations. With all that said, let us take a closer look at what the Lange Odysseus really has to offer. A Brief Background on the A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus The A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus was introduced to the luxury watchmaking scene just back in 2019. It caused quite a storm among enthusiasts and connoisseurs because of how unique it is compared to other timepieces made by the renowned brand. While A.Lange & Söhne is known for making elegant, classic dress watches, the Lange Odysseus is like a breath of fresh air with its more sophisticated and sporty design.  On top of that, this series is also frequently regarded as the “Everyday Lange” because of its accessibility and versatility overall. It consists of models that are made out of precious metals and stainless steel, allowing for more variety in materials, design, and prices as well. This versatility and range offered by the Lange Odysseus make it a perfect choice for an everyday watch, hence its nickname. Ultimately, the A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus is most notable for being the first sports timepiece to be released by the German watch company, which definitely piqued the curiosity and interest of many. A Closer Look at the A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus Ref. 363117 Now that we know more about the Lange Odysseus, let us take a closer look at the most recent model in the series: the A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus Ref. 363117.  Case and Bracelet  The A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus Ref. 363117 comes in a stunning and robust titanium case that looks incredibly professional. It measures 40.5mm in diameter and has a height of 11.1mm, which is a fairly standard size that allows it to fit almost all wrists quite nicely. This Lange Odysseus piece also does away with the watch lugs, giving it a sleeker, more compact look. Combined with its lightweight titanium build, this makes the Lange Odysseus incredibly easy to tote around. You could wear this watch all day without feeling any discomfort or heft. On the right side of the case, you can find a small, short crown. Its edges are nicely grooved, giving wearers more purchase when they try to grip and turn the crown. On either side of the crown, you can also find nicely tapered buttons, which can be used to control the watch’s day and date functions. These buttons give the watch a lopsided, asymmetrical look, which adds a hint of quirky personality to the Lange Odysseus. Flipping the Lange Odysseus around, an exhibition-style caseback is used to seal the back of the watch shut. The upper half of the caseback is covered by a steel construction that contains four striking blued steel screws and has the word “DATOMATIC” embossed on it. The rest of the caseback, however, gives you a clear and up-close view of the movement that runs inside the Lange Odysseus. The watch’s details are also engraved around the rim of the caseback, including its movement, case material, brand name, and model number. The Lange Odysseus is also notable for being the first-ever water-resistant A.Lange & Söhne watch and this is made possible by its high-quality screw-down crown and caseback. They keep the Lange Odysseus’s case tightly sealed shut, preventing any moisture or dust from getting into the watch and damaging its inner mechanisms. Thanks to these elements, the Lange Odysseus is able to withstand water pressures of up to 100 meters, so you could easily bring this watch into the shower or to the beach for a quick swim. Finishing off the Lange Odysseus’s handsome look is a five-link bracelet also made out of titanium, which adds to the watch’s comfortable and lightweight feel. It features a firm ratchet clasp, which keeps the strap securely fastened to your wrist. This clasp is embossed with the German brand’s signature logo, bolstering the watch’s refined vibe. The entirety of the Lange Odysseus’s exterior, from its bracelet down to its case and crown, is wonderfully polished, giving it a marvelous luster that simply shines under the light. Dial Moving on to the main attraction, the A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus Ref. 363117 shows off a beautiful brass sector dial that is bound to captivate any who sees it. This model boasts two contrasting textures that manage to seamlessly flow together, creating a lovely visual experience. It also has a very neat, well-organized layout, managing to showcase many elements without looking too crowded or complex. The outer circle of the dial comes in a smooth grey finish and is adorned with rectangular applique hour indices made of luxurious white gold. The center of the dial, on the other hand, has a rougher surface. It consists of white gold sword hands that sweep majestically across the dial. The hands and indices are all coated in lume, which allows for optimal legibility even in the dark. The Lange Odysseus also comes with a number of additional complications. Overlapping both sections of the watch is the small seconds counter, along with the big date aperture at 3 o’clock and the day-of-the-week display at 9 o’clock. Both the day and date windows are outlined in silver, allowing them to stand out more clearly against the lovely grey backdrop. Movement Driving the A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus Ref. 363117 is a powerful Caliber L155.1 DATOMATIC. This is a tailor-made automatic movement specially developed by the A.Lange & Söhne team. It comprises 312 parts and 31 rubies, with a diameter of 32.9mm and a height of 6.2mm. This innovative movement incorporates a brand new escapement system, which gives it a high frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and a substantial 50-hour power supply, making it incredibly efficient. This escapement system also enables the movement to be incredibly precise, with wearers reporting an outstanding accuracy rate of +/-1 second per day, matching that of Grand Seiko’s famous Spring Drive movement. Price Range  Aside from being the most recent Lange Odysseus model released, the A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus Ref. 363117 is also a limited edition timepiece, with only 250 units in existence. This makes it both exclusive and quite difficult to get, which means you can expect a high price tag to come with it. Its retail price is set at a hefty $63,300 USD and it can potentially cost more when acquired from resellers. Best A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus Variations  Below are some of the other, best variations of the Lange Odysseus that are available in the market right now: 1. A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus Ref. 363038 First, we have the A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus Ref. 363038, which was just launched back in 2020. As expected from a Lange Odysseus watch, it has a stunning exterior that consists of classic and sophisticated elements. While this Lange Odysseus model is clearly a luxury watch, it is also versatile enough to be used for more casual occasions. The Ref. 363.038 is presented in a luxurious 40.5mm white gold case, coupled with a supple leather strap in dark brown. This is coupled with a brass grey sector dial that wonderfully blends two different textures. The outer ring of the dial shows off an embossed grooved finish and is furnished with applique hour indices. The inner section of the dial is smooth, comprising just luminous sword hands in white gold. This watch also contains a day-of-the-week complication, a big date window, and a small seconds sub-dial, which also bears the same smooth and grooved textures as the main dial itself. Just like the other Lange Odysseus models, this watch runs on the L155.1 DATOMATIC Caliber. This is a well-crafted in-house movement that boasts exceptional accuracy, matching the impressive precision rates offered by the Grand Seiko Spring Drive movement. To top it all off, you can even catch a glimpse of this movement through the watch’s gorgeous exhibition caseback. The A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus Ref. 363038 is priced at approximately $42,500 USD. 2. A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus Ref. 363179 Another variation of the Lange Odysseus comes in the form of the A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus Ref. 363179. While it bears the same robust build as the other Lange Odysseus pieces, the design of this model is tweaked in such a way that it gives off a rather different vibe compared to its peers. The Ref. 363179 showcases a modern, dressier aesthetic that is simply perfect for any formal occasion or dinner party. This Lange Odysseus watch is housed in a sturdy 40.5mm case made of scratch-resistant stainless steel, coupled with a matching five-link bracelet made of the same material. While the case of this watch is carefully polished, its bracelet shows off a sleek, brushed finish. The differing textures offer an appealing dichotomy, giving a bit of an edge to this Lange Odysseus watch. The dial of the Ref. 363179, however, is easily its most stylish element. This sector dial boasts a lovely dark blue hue and, like the other Lange Odysseus watches, it intriguingly bears two different textures. The outer circle of the dial has a lovely, smooth finish and is decorated with silver applique hour indices. The inner section of the dial, which contains the white-gold hands, has a grainier texture which gives the watch a more sophisticated look. This luminous dial also consists of day-date displays and a small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock. Inside this watch, you can find the iconic L155.1 DATOMATIC Caliber, which is known to power all Lange Odysseus watches. It beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and can last for up to 50 hours when fully wound. This stylish model is one of the more affordable Lange Odysseus options. It sells at around $32,300 USD. 3. A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus Ref. 363068 Last but certainly not least, we have the A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus Ref. 363068, which was also launched in 2020. As well-crafted as the other Lange Odysseus models, this watch possesses the most rugged, sporty look out of all the watches in the A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus collection. It gives off a robust and masculine vibe, making it the perfect everyday timekeeper for men. The A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus Ref. 363068 utilizes a 40.5mm case made of luxurious 18K white gold and a chick black rubber strap. Two vertical grooves run down this durable black strap, adding to its outdoorsy style. As with the other Lange Odysseus pieces, the grey sector dial of this watch has two different textures. The outer section of the dial has an embossed, grooved structure, while the center of the dial is smooth and clean. This dial is also adorned with a large date window, a day-of-the-week aperture, and a small seconds counter, along with white gold hands and applique hour indices that are filled with luminescent pigment. Powering all of these functions is a well-crafted L155.1 DATOMATIC. This outstanding movement possesses a beat frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and an outstanding precision rate of +/-1 second per day. With its high-quality materials and stylishly athletic design, it is no surprise that this model comes with a price tag of around $45,500 USD. Is the A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus worth it?  Though it is not exactly the most affordable timepiece out there, the Lange Odysseus features many excellent qualities that make it worth every penny. If you are still not sold, here are some of the top reasons why you should keep the Lange Odysseus on your radar:  Pinnacle of Luxury Watchmaking. The A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus is arguably one of the best luxury watches on the market. Aside from the fact that it comes from such a renowned brand, it is obvious that this timepiece showcases high-level craftsmanship. Every step taken to craft the Lange Odysseus was carefully done in order to ensure optimal performance and design. The brand even developed a new movement to drive this gorgeous sports watch. Ultimately, you are not only paying for the name but also for the superior watchmaking that comes with the Lange Odysseus. Simple Yet Unique. While these two words may seem to contradict each other, the A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus is indeed simple yet unique. Despite its price, there really is nothing too flashy or over-the-top about this watch. However, it is extraordinary in its own way just because it is something quite different from the usual offerings by the German brand. Despite being best known for classy, quintessential timepieces that are great for lavish living, A.Lange & Söhne still managed to release an equally amazing model that offers a new and contemporary sports style. Iconic Timepiece. In relation to the previous point, the A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus was once the talk of the town because of its uniqueness. This piqued the curiosity of many people which, in turn, helped in building the reputation of the watch. Even today, the Lange Odysseus continues to be one of the most popular series from the brand because of its sophisticated design, the excellent craftsmanship behind it, and its interesting background. Who should buy the A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus?  A.Lange & Söhne Patrons. If you are a long-time fan of A.Lange & Söhne, you probably already know just how iconic the Lange Odysseus is. It serves as further testimony that even “traditional” watch companies can compete with contemporary players when it comes to creating modern watches. The Lange Odysseus represents the brand’s versatility and innovation when it comes to the watchmaking craft, making it a really special timepiece for both the A.Lange & Söhne and its loyal patrons. Luxury Sports Watch Collectors. While there are many different forms of sports watches available in the market, the A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus is one every watch collector should consider. It is elegant, beautiful, and versatile in the most subtle yet prestigious way possible. The Lange Odysseus can even be perceived as a representation of quiet luxury, with the exclusivity and class that it exudes. Ultimately, this is a timepiece that guarantees credibility amongst the elite. Final Thoughts Ultimately, what started out as a groundbreaking contemporary timepiece has become a sought-after collection that comprises innovative yet elegant sports watches. The Lange Odysseus showcases the ideal fusion between traditional watchmaking and modern cues, making it stand out among all the A.Lange & Söhne offerings. If you want a durable and elegant sports timekeeper, you really cannot go wrong with the Lange Odysseus.  Photo Credits: A.Lange & Söhne Website & WatchShopping Interested in more watch guides? 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  5. 15 Best Swatch Watches For Everyday Use

    15 Best Swatch Watches For Everyday Use

    If we are talking about affordable, versatile watches for everyday use, Swatch is one of the brands that immediately come to mind. Swatch is known for its vast selection of everyday timepieces, all of which boast unique and diverse designs that cater to the masses. In fact, if you are just starting out in the watchmaking world, Swatch is the perfect company to check out for entry-level, mass-market models.  Considering how extensive Swatch’s catalog is, you might have a little trouble parsing out the models that really interest you. To make things easier for you, we have curated a list of the 15 best Swatch watches you do not want to miss out on. Why Go for Swatch Watches?  Before we get into the list proper, let us look at some of the main reasons why you should consider buying Swatch watches.  Affordable. One of the main reasons why Swatch is so popular today is because of its reputation as a budget-friendly brand. Swatch appeals to the masses by offering reliable, diverse timepieces which they do not have to break the bank for. As Swatch makes horology more accessible to the people, it also proves that there is more to the industry than just premium and luxury watchmakers.Cool Designs. Another reason why people choose to buy Swatch watches is that its portfolio consists of a wide selection of fun and diverse pieces. Swatch does not really stick to just one type of aesthetic. Rather, the brand has a more experimental and avant-garde take on watchmaking, producing varied designs that cater to virtually everyone’s tastes. Whether you want a simple, classic model, or a striking and vibrant piece, Swatch is sure to have the style of watch you want. Well-Crafted. There is this misconception in watchmaking that the cheaper it is, the lower quality it has. While that may be the case for some brands, you do not have to worry about that with Swatch watches. First of all, Swatch is very transparent when it comes to the products it offers, so your expectations will be managed from the start. Furthermore, Swatch is a well-known Swiss brand that has been in the industry for a long time, which means its timepieces are all tried-and-tested. The brand would not be thriving to this today if the watches it offered were not good or reliable. 15 Best Swatch Watches You Should Check Out Now, let us delve into the best Swatch watches out there. 1. Swatch Once Again Ref. GB743  Starting off with a classic and safe option for everyday use, we have the Swatch Once Again Ref. GB743. This watch shows off a simple yet rugged exterior that appeals to those who like straightforward pieces. One of the best things about this model is that it is versatile enough to blend well with virtually any outfit. The Ref. GB743 comes in a 34mm black plastic case and a bracelet made of the same material. The watch’s cool all-black exterior is contrasted against a clean white dial, which is adorned with luminescent blunt hands, Arabic numerals in a neat typeface, and a magnified day-date window at 3 o’clock. On the underside of the watch, you can find a solid plastic caseback, engraved with the watch’s technical details, such as its 30-meter depth rating. It also comes with a view of the quartz battery that powers this watch’s functions. You can get this candid and functional Swatch watch for just $60 USD. 2. Swatch Sir Blue Ref. GN718  Like the Swatch Once Again Ref. Ref. GB743, this Swatch Sir Blue Ref. GN718 is a very simple and straightforward timepiece. However, it comes in a different colorway, giving it a more suave look. This timepiece deserves a spot on this list of Swatch watches because it is both straightforward and laid-back, making it an ideal beater accessory. The Ref. GN718 is presented in a 34mm plastic case in dark blue, paired with a textured silicone strap in the same color. Its blue sunray dial consists of luminous silver hands and painted indices, Arabic numeral markers, and a day-date window at 3 o’clock. The entire exterior of this watch comes in a deep, dark blue hue that simply exudes elegance. This watch also has a plastic caseback, with a slot that shows off the quartz battery driving this timepiece.  The Swatch Sir Blue Ref. GN718 is priced at $77 USD. 3. Swatch Windy Dune Ref. GE709  For a classy, vintage-looking Swatch watch, take a look at the Swatch Windy Dune Ref. GE709. This timepiece is incredibly versatile, as you can wear it in your everyday routines or pair it with some smart-casual attires too. The Ref. GE709 is housed in a 34mm clear plastic case, coupled with a supple leather strap in brown. Its stylish blue sunray dial gives off a slightly retro feel, with its luminous, beige-colored indices and Arabic numeral markers. Aside from that, this dial also bears a day-date display and long blunt hands coated in lume. Since the entire case of this watch is made of transparent plastic, wearers are also given an up-close and personal view of the inner mechanisms and quartz movement that keeps this watch running. If you enjoy vintage-influenced pieces, you can get this watch for around $77 USD. 4. Swatch Big Bold Bioceramic Desert Ref. SB03C101  If you want a more avant-garde timepiece, check out the Swatch Big Bold Bioceramic Desert Ref. SB03C101. Even without knowing its name, you can tell just by the look of this watch that it is inspired by the vast, sandy deserts. This is a minimalistic watch option that fans of Bauhaus watches are sure to enjoy. The Ref. SB03C101 utilizes a bulky 47mm case made of bioceramic along with a beige silicone strap. This bio-ceramic material is actually an eco-friendly alternative, as it is a mix of both ceramic and bio-sourced plastic. As such, those who engage in green initiatives will definitely appreciate this environmentally-friendly swatch watch. The minimalist brown dial consists of just blunt black hands coated in lume, perfectly complementing the lightness of this watch’s exterior. Like the previous Swatch watches, this model is equipped with a reliable quartz movement. Retailing at around $150 USD, this is one of the best sustainable timepieces you get at such an affordable price.  5. Swatch LA Night Ref. GB330  Next up, we have the Swatch LA Night Ref. GB330, which shows off a snazzy, vibrant design that caters especially to younger audiences. This watch is encased in a 34mm black plastic case with a matching black silicone strap. On the underside of this watch is a black plastic caseback, which shows off a glimpse of the quartz movement that keeps this watch running. The star of this watch, by far, is its striking dial, which boasts a solar spectrum effect, showcasing a multitude of pink, green, and blue hues that mimic the light shows in nightclubs. This gorgeous design creates a watch face that is incredibly aesthetic and pleasing to look at. Aside from that, this dial is also decorated with pink Arabic numeral markers in a slender typeface and matching pink blunt hands. If you like truly cool-looking timepieces, you can get the Swatch LA Night Ref. GB330 for $77 USD. 6. Swatch Clearly Gent Ref. SO28K100  The next entry on our list of excellent Swatch watches is the Clearly Gent Ref. SO28K100, which is a more eccentric yet subtle timepiece. Despite its unconventional design, this watch has an understated charm that can blend well with your everyday outfits. It also makes use of eco-friendly materials, so you do not have to worry much about your carbon footprint with this watch. The Clearly Gent Ref. SO28K100 uses a 34mm transparent case made out of 100% bio-sourced plastic, paired with a transparent TPU strap. The dial of this watch manages to be both simple and sophisticated. It consists of just stick indices for the minute track and colorful blue, red, and yellow blunt hands, while also giving wearers a clear view through to the complex mechanisms ticking away inside the watch. This $82 USD Swatch watch is ideal for those who want something different yet still practical. 7. Swatch Love-O-Clock Ref. GW718  If it was not obvious from its design, the Swatch Love-O-Clock Ref. GW718 is a model Swatch made for its Valentine’s Day collection. The great thing about this watch is that it is neither too masculine nor too feminine, so anyone could wear this lovely timepiece. It is a great option for couples seeking the perfect his-and-hers couple watches. This Swatch piece comes in a 34mm white plastic case paired with a smooth white silicone strap. For those with larger wrists, Swatch also offers this watch in a bigger 41mm case. The dial of this watch has a very straightforward design, bearing just blunt black hands, a large heart icon that takes up most of the dial, and a date window that displays different love emoticons. This timepiece is driven by a quartz movement and has a solid depth rating of 30 meters. For around $82 USD, you can celebrate love every day with this cute Swatch watch. 8. Swatch The Starry Night By Vincent Van Gogh The Watch Ref. SUOZ335  Next up, we have the Swatch The Starry Night Ref. SUOZ335 — a gorgeous watch based on Vincent Van Gogh’s famous “The Starry Night” painting. It was made in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), which is known for housing Van Gogh’s legendary artwork. This artsy Swatch piece utilizes a 41mm plastic case with a silicone strap. Every inch of this watch, from the case and dial to the bracelet, is painted over in an artistic recreation of “The Starry Night”. The dial of this watch also contains circular hour markers and luminous blunt hands in neon green that really complement this watch’s array of blue hues. The Ref. SUOZ335 is also driven by a quartz movement and comes with an SR1130SW battery that has an impressive 5-year lifespan. For $110 USD, Van Gogh enthusiasts can have a little piece of him with them through this Swatch watch. 9. Swatch Black Rebel Ref. SUOB702  For those who enjoy minimalistic aesthetics, here is another simple, understated timepiece that is sure to be right up your alley. The Swatch Black Rebel Ref. SUOB702 simply exudes an air of casual elegance, making it a great accessory to wear on both casual and formal days. This watch is housed in a 41mm black plastic case, coupled with a matching black silicone strap. Its all-black look is finished off by the watch’s black dial, which consists of just black stick indices, luminous blunt hands in black, and an inconspicuous day-date window at 3 o’clock. At the heart of this lovely Swatch watch is a quartz movement that is powered by an SR1130SW battery, which can last for up to five years. If you are a fan of monochromatic, minimalist accessories, this $87 USD Swatch watch is definitely worth considering. 10. Swatch Just White Soft Ref. GW1510  The Swatch Just White Soft Ref. GW1510, on the other hand, can only be described as the complete opposite of the previous model. While it also has a mostly monochrome design, the Ref. GW1510 comes in all white and has a different, softer vibe that the ladies are sure to love. This Swatch watch is encased in a 34mm plastic case with a sleek white silicone strap. Its straightforward white dial is furnished with luminous blunt black hands, Arabic numeral markers in a neat typeface, and dot indices for the minute track. The solid plastic caseback also bears a slot, which holds the watch’s quartz SR1130SW battery. The best part is that this casual, feminine timepiece retails at just $60 USD. 11. Swatch XX Rated Black Ref. SUOB402 The Swatch XX Rated Black Ref. SUOB402 is a simple yet extremely cool timepiece. This watch is actually a modern reinterpretation of one of the most popular Swatch watches from the 1980s which also went by the same name. It was also specially designed to appeal to all the punk rock lovers out there. Featuring an all-black exterior, this watch is presented in a 41mm plastic case with a textured silicone strap. This dark exterior is contrasted sharply against a clean white dial, which comprises silver blunt hands, a compact date window at 3 o’clock, and a large X emblem design that covers most of the dial. A highly accurate quartz movement is used to power this watch’s straightforward functions. This $89 USD watch is a must-have for all the edgy kids at heart. 12. Swatch Tiger Power 2022 Ref. SB03Z102 Next up, we have the vibrant Swatch Tiger Power 2022 Ref. SB03Z102, which is a special Chinese New Year model released for 2022. Much like Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers D’Art Year Of The Tiger Ref. 86073/000R-B901, this watch is also based on the 2022 Chinese Zodiac, which, as you may know, is the Year of the Tiger. Aside from that, this is also one of the Swatch watches that use more sustainable materials, making it very eco-friendly as well. This watch uses a 47mm bioceramic case in black, coupled with a black strap made of bio-sourced plastic. On the front of the case, the words “YEAR OF THE TIGER” are printed in bright orange, adding a pop of colorful personality to this watch. Orange accents can also be found all over the watch’s strap, with its orange buckles and the print of the Chinese word 虎, which means tiger, on the underside of the strap. The golden dial of this watch is also quite flashy, featuring a geometric, striking tiger emblem, diamond-shaped hour markers, and hollowed-out hands. Like the other Swatch watches, this timepiece runs on a reliable quartz movement. If you want something to commemorate 2022, then this $175 USD watch should certainly be on your radar. 13. Swatch Checkpoint Black Ref. SB02B400 This list of Swatch watches would not be complete without a nice chronograph model, which is exactly what the Swatch Checkpoint Black Ref. SB02B400 is. This serves as an affordable, multi-functional timepiece with a very stylish design.  The Ref. SB02B400 uses a bulky 47mm plastic case paired with a silicone strap, both in black. Fixed on top of the case is a fixed plastic bezel with six protruding flaps, which provide the case with greater protection against impacts and shocks. The dial of this watch shows off a gorgeous checkered pattern and is adorned with luminous blunt hands, slender hour indices, and a standard chronograph display with three checkered sub-dials. A small round date display can also be found above the 4 o’clock marker. This watch is driven by a quartz movement, which is equipped with an SR936SW battery. When fully charged, this watch can run for up to five years. If you like bold, fashionable chronographs, then this $160 USD Swatch watch might be just what you need. 14. Swatch GRE_MEM L Ref. SO32M102  For a casual, contemporary-looking modern timepiece that is sure to draw some stares, check out the Swatch GRE_MEM L Ref. SO32M102. Despite its unique look, this modern Swatch watch is incredibly versatile and would complement any attire you pair it with. The Ref. SO32M102 comes in a 41mm light grey bioceramic case along with a matching strap made of bio-sourced plastic. Its black dial goes well with this softer exterior and is decorated with a pattern of geometric shapes, funky patterns, and colorful pink and green hands. The overall color scheme blends incredibly well, creating a true visual experience for any who sees this watch. A reliable quartz movement can also be found inside this timepiece. For just $100 USD, you can get this cool and distinctive Swatch watch. 15. Swatch Elementary Ref. SUOB728  Last but not the least, we have the Swatch Elementary Ref. SUOB728. This watch is a bonafide crowd favorite, thanks to its simple yet quirky design. If you are the type of person who enjoys straightforward accessories that show off your spunky personality, then you will surely enjoy this watch.  The Ref. SUOB728 is housed in a 41mm plastic case with a silicone strap in black. The white, unadorned dial consists of just applied Arabic numeral markers, a day-date display at 3 o’clock, and colorful hands in vibrant red, blue, and yellow hues that add a splash of character to this timepiece. This watch also comes with a quartz movement and has a 30-meter water resistance capacity, which is enough to withstand some splashes and showers. This quintessential Swatch piece will cost you around $87 USD. Final Thoughts  After going through that list, hopefully, you now have a better idea of what Swatch can offer. The brand serves up beautiful, fun, affordable, and most importantly, extremely diverse timepieces that were designed to resonate with anyone who encounters them. Ultimately, this list is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Swatch’s extensive catalog, so prepare to be amazed should you continue looking for more Swatch watches.  Photo Credits: Swatch Official Site Want to read more listicles? Check out our piece on the 15 Custom Engraved Men’s Watches. 

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  6. Editor’s Pick: 10 Best Citizen Star Wars Watches That Are Out of This World

    Editor’s Pick: 10 Best Citizen Star Wars Watches That Are Out of This World

    Aside from developing innovative horological technology, Citizen is also known for constantly teaming up with other brands and companies to create amazing new watch lines. From the Citizen Marvel watches adored by fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the brand’s recently released Citizen Nissan Fairlady Z, Citizen has produced a plethora of collaborative watch efforts. One of Citizen’s most popular collaborations to date is a diverse collection especially made for Star Wars fans all around the globe. This series consists of 18 bold timepieces that perfectly capture the essence of the Star Wars franchise. In this article, we will be taking a look at the top 10 Citizen Star Wars watches available right now. So, read on to find the perfect Citizen Star Wars timepiece that is just right for you! Top 10 Citizen Star Wars Watches Below are some of the best watches from the Citizen x Star Wars collaboration.  1. Citizen Star Wars Rebel Pilot Ref. JG2108-52W Let us start with the Citizen Star Wars Rebel Pilot Ref. JG2108-52W, which is a unique analogue-digital (ana-digi) watch that is inspired by an original analog Citizen model from the 1980s. This timepiece showcases a very distinct and futuristic design, based on the Rebel Pilots, who were a fan-favorite group throughout the films. The best thing about this watch is that it is actually quite subtle and versatile, so those who enjoy quiet yet eccentric pieces will surely be drawn to it. This Citizen Star Wars watch comes in a 33mm rectangular stainless steel case, coupled with a bracelet made of the same material. Aside from using a color scheme based on the outfits of the Rebel Pilots, the dial of the watch is also designed to look like the control panels of a starfighter plane, which is an iconic vehicle flown by many Rebel Pilots in the movies. As an ana-digi watch, this highly functional timepiece is packed full of the standard features you can find on a digital watch, such as an alarm function, a date display, a dual timezone function, an LCD screen, and a temperature display. These functions are all powered by an excellent quartz movement with an accuracy of +/-15 seconds per month. For only $350 USD, you can get your hands on this quirky, multi-functional Star Wars watch. 2. Citizen Star Wars Mandalorian Ref. AW1411-05W Next up, we have the Citizen Star Wars Mandalorian Ref. AW1411-05W, which is a completely different watch from the previous model. This is an analog timekeeper with a very robust and outdoorsy exterior. It is inspired by the Mandalorian, a beloved galactic bounty hunter who features as the protagonist in the Star Wars spin-off series, The Mandalorian. This Citizen Star Wars watch is presented in a sturdy 44mm stainless steel case. This is coupled with a comfortable brown bund strap made of leather, which easily elevates the watch’s sporty look. Despite being covered by the bund strap, the watch’s solid caseback also shows off an adorable engraved image of the Mandalorian holding Grogu, the popular character that was fondly nicknamed “baby Yoda” by the Star Wars fandom. The watch’s matte black dial shows off a simple, almost minimalistic image of the iconic Mandalorian helmet, drawn in bold silver lines. This dial also follows a very straightforward layout, consisting of pronounced Arabic numeral markers, luminous sword hands outlined in dark grey, and a compact date window at 3 o’clock. Another cool thing about this Citizen Star Wars watch is that it is equipped with the brand’s impressive Eco-Drive technology. It uses light energy to power the timepiece’s functions, which makes this Mandalorian watch incredibly convenient to use. This watch also possesses an impressive 200-meter water resistance rating, making it suitable for all sorts of water activities. If the Mandalorian is one of your favorite characters in the entire franchise, do not miss out on this $275 USD watch memorabilia. 3. Citizen Star Wars Duel Ref. AW1140-51W The Citizen Star Wars Duel Ref. AW1140-51W is arguably one of the best models in the entire Star Wars x Citizen collaboration. It boasts a very classy, professional exterior that is balanced out by its memorable Star Wars-inspired watch face. In fact, this is definitely a timepiece that will resonate with long-time fans, especially since it depicts one of the most iconic scenes in the entire franchise. In addition, with its quintessential build, this Star Wars watch is quite versatile and can be paired with almost any style. This Citizen Star Wars watch features a 41mm stainless steel case and a matching three-link bracelet, which is a very traditional watch build that is reminiscent of the classic Rolex Oyster Perpetual. It has a black dial that shows off a graphic image of the legendary lightsaber duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Aside from that, the other dial elements also serve as a tribute to Star Wars, from the hour and minute hands that resemble lightsabers, the colorful square indices in significant red and blue hues, and the trapezoidal date display that blends into the Cloud City setting in the background. This dial also contains oversized silver-tone Arabic numeral hour markers. On the underside of the watch, you can find a solid stainless steel caseback. This caseback is engraved with a famous Darth Vader quote: “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” Behind this caseback is the brand’s renowned, light-powered Eco-Drive movement. It possesses a solid depth rating of 200 meters as well. This $295 USD Star Wars watch is perfect for those who love the Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader dynamic. 4. Citizen Star Wars C-3PO Ref. JG2112-55P The Citizen Star Wars C-3PO Ref. JG2112-55P, on the other hand, is a watch that manages to perfectly combine both retro and modern design elements. With just one glance, Star Wars fanatics will immediately know which character this Star Wars watch was based on, thanks to its alluring all-gold hue. This model is inspired by C-3PO, a diligent, polite, and loyal droid built by Anakin Skywalker in the films. One interesting thing about this watch is that, other than its color and caseback, there is actually very little indication that this is a Star Wars watch. This means that even patrons who do not follow the famous franchise can appreciate and enjoy this model, especially those who love the nostalgic 80s digital look. This Citizen Star Wars watch is housed in a slender stainless steel case and bracelet, both of which flaunt a vibrant gold tone. It has the same dial layout as the Rebel Pilots model, with a futuristic-looking ana-digi hybrid display. One fun thing about this layout is the two sub-dials located at the top of the dial, which show off gorgeous champagne finishes and a pattern of horizontal lines. With this design and colorway, the two sub-dials look remarkably similar to the eyes of the actual C-3PO. This watch also comes with a multitude of handy features such as a temperature display, dual timezone, a date function, and an alarm. If you flip this watch over, you will see a solid gold-tone caseback made of stainless steel, which is engraved with a graphic image of C-3PO. Inside this watch, you can find a well-crafted quartz movement that possesses an excellent accuracy rate of +/-15 seconds per month. With a price tag of $375 USD, this Star Wars watch is perfect for both C-3PO fans and retro watch enthusiasts.  5. Citizen Star Wars Darth Vader Ref. CA0765-05W Next on our list is the Citizen Star Wars Darth Vader Ref. CA0765-05W, which has a very different vibe and aesthetic compared to the previous models. This watch makes a statement with a cool, dark exterior that is obviously inspired by none other than the iconic villain, Darth Vador. Much like the Citizen Star Wars C-3PO piece, the Star Wars elements on this watch are also quite understated, to the point that it probably looks like a normal, space-themed timepiece to the untrained eye. This Citizen Star Wars watch utilizes a 44mm black-tone stainless steel case, coupled with a black leather strap. The leather strap is subtly marked with a single red-stitched cord, which serves as a tribute to Darth Vader’s famous red lightsaber. As with most racing watches, this timepiece also bears a handy tachymeter bezel, which is fitted with a scratch-resistant aluminum insert in black. Complementing the watch’s all-black exterior is a matte black dial. This dial boasts an embossed image of the Imperial Window, which represents the Dark Side that Darth Vador belongs to in the Star Wars universe. This dial is adorned with hollow Arabic numeral hour markers, long rectangular hour indices, slim luminous sword hands, and a date complication outlined in red at 3 o’clock. It also has a simple chronograph display, with three sub-dials for the small seconds, 60-seconds, and 60-minute counters. In particular, the small seconds sub-dial is shaped like the foreboding Imperial Crest, while the red hand of the 60-minute sub-dial resembles a small red lightsaber. Keeping the watch’s back sealed is a black-tone stainless steel caseback. This caseback is engraved with another of Darth Vader’s quotes: “You don’t know the power of the dark side”. The caseback protects the watch’s Eco-Drive movement, which runs all of the watch’s functions. It has a 100-meter water resistance rating, making this watch suitable for swimming and snorkeling activities. Retailing at $375 USD, this timepiece is a must-have for Star Wars fans who enjoy multifunctional racing watches. 6. Citizen Star Wars Stormtrooper Ref. AW1650-04W The Citizen Star Wars Stormtrooper Ref. AW1650-04W is another unambiguous model that can pass as just a simple everyday timepiece. With its clean silver-and-black colorway, this watch is inspired by the Stormtroopers, who are the Galactic Empire’s police force in the Star Wars universe. They are also some of the first figures that immediately come to mind when talking about Star Wars, with their iconic white suits and masks. This Star Wars timepiece, which is more subtle in design than the actual Stormtrooper costume, shows off a charming and versatile appeal that can be paired with a multitude of styles. This Citizen Star Wars watch is encased in a 46mm stainless steel case with refined, sharp lugs that remind one of the angular Stormtrooper mask. This is paired with a sporty, perforated black polyurethane strap and a thick, protruding fixed bezel that is also made of polished stainless steel. The dial of this watch also comes in a gorgeous silver tone and features an embossed stamp of the Stormtrooper suit, adding a lot of depth and texture to the watch face. It is decorated with luminous rectangular hour indices, broad sword-shaped hands, a vibrant blue seconds hand that adds a pop of color to this dial, and a small date aperture at 3 o’clock. Replacing the 12 o’clock hour marker is the symbol of the Imperial Crest, while a silver stamp can be found next to the 9 o’clock marker, bearing the same logo that can be found on the back of Stormtrooper outfits. The caseback of this watch is made of stainless steel and bears a large, immediately recognizable image of a Stormtrooper’s mask. Underneath this caseback is a Caliber J810, which uses Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology to drive this watch. Since this movement is powered by different light sources, it means you will never have to worry about replacing this watch’s batteries. This $325 USD watch is another subdued yet stunning option for Star Wars fans. 7. Citizen Star Wars Princess Leia Ref. EW2251-81W Next, we have the Citizen Star Wars Princess Leia Ref. EW2251-81W, which is a limited edition model designed especially for all the ladies. It is based on Princess Leia, played by Carrie Fisher, who is one of the most popular female characters in cinematic history. While Leia is known for her beauty and elegance, true fans see her as a strong and incredibly capable woman as well. It is exactly this image which Citizen was attempting to achieve when it was making this timepiece. This watch flaunts an exquisite, luxurious exterior that is paired with an equally impressive and powerful mechanism.  This Star Wars Citizen watch comes in a slim 32mm cushion-shaped stainless steel case, which is the perfect size for daintier, feminine wrists. This is paired with a three-link stainless steel bracelet that shows off an unusual combination of polished outer links and finely brushed inner links, creating an interplay of textures that simply exudes sophistication. On either side of the watch case, you can also find encrusted stones that add to this watch’s exquisite, refined aesthetic. The dial of this watch also comes in silver, with a simple, almost minimalistic pattern of crisscrossing lines. It also follows a very simple layout, comprising rose gold-tone dot indices, luminous sword-shaped hands, a compact date display, and an image of the Rebel Alliance logo at 12 o’clock. On the caseback, you can also find the words “Princess Leia Organa” inscribed, along with other details about the watch. All in all, if you are a Princess Leia fan, this $475 USD Star Wars watch is certainly a must-have for you. With its lovely, feminine style, this timekeeper makes for a great affordable alternative to a Rolex Lady Datejust. 8. Citizen Star Wars Millennium Falcon Ref. CA4281-00W The Citizen Star Wars Millennium Falcon Ref. CA4281-00W, on the other hand, is a watch that draws inspiration from an object rather than a character. It is based on the iconic Millennium Falcon, which is a starship vehicle commandeered by Han Solo throughout the films. This watch serves as a great option for fans who prefer versatile timepieces with an unusual design.  This Star Wars Citizen watch uses a 44mm stainless steel case along with a handsome crocodile-embossed leather strap in blue. With its black and white streaks, this dial was designed to look like the cockpit windows of the Millennium Falcon, specifically as it jumps into hyperdrive mode. In addition, this dial is adorned with slender sword hands, a deep blue seconds hand, a date display outlined in grey between 4 and 5 o’clock, a minute track, and a chronograph display with three sub-dials for the small seconds, 24-hours, and 60-minutes counters. Lastly, this timepiece also has an image of Han Solo’s silhouette etched on its caseback. As with the other Citizen Star Wars analog watches, this timekeeper is driven by an excellent movement that is equipped with the light-powered Eco-Drive technology. If this Star Wars watch catches your eye, you can purchase it for around $350 USD. 9. Citizen Star Wars R2-D2 Ref. JG2117-51A Next, we have the Citizen Star Wars R2-D2 Ref. JG2117-51A, which is sure to be a popular choice amongst Star Wars fans. This lovely timepiece is inspired by the galaxy’s favorite droid: R2-D2. Despite being essentially voiceless throughout the films, R2-D2 is easily one of the most beloved characters in the franchise because of his bravery and loyalty to the protagonists. This Citizen Star Wars watch is presented in a slender 33mm rectangular case and bracelet, both made out of stainless steel. Its blue and white dial shows off both digital and analog displays that are made to look like R2-D2’s distinctive body plates. In terms of its functions, this watch comes with an alarm, date display, dual timezone, a highly legible LCD screen, and a temperature display. The stainless steel caseback of this watch is also carefully engraved with an image of R2-D2, alongside the watch’s technical details. Finally, powering all of the aforementioned functions is an impressive 8989 quartz movement with an accuracy rate of +/-15 seconds per month. This Star Wars watch sells at an estimated price of $350 USD. 10. Citizen Star Wars Classic Ref. AW1578-51W Last but not least, we have the Citizen Star Wars Classic Ref. AW1578-51W — perfectly encapsulates the essence of Star Wars. The bold design of this watch is not inspired by just one character or object; instead, it combines a multitude of elements from the film. Of all the pieces on this list of Star Wars watches, this particular model definitely has the potential to resonate with most, if not all Star Wars fans. It is neither too subtle nor too loud, making it the perfect piece of Star Wars memorabilia. This Star Wars Citizen watch comes in a 42mm stainless steel case and bracelet in a bold dark grey hue. Like the Citizen Star Wars Princess Leia, the sophisticated bracelet of this watch boasts alternating brushed and polished sides. On the back of the case, you can find a solid caseback with an image of the iconic fight scene between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. The dial, meanwhile, is a true work of art. It perfectly showcases the franchise’s central conflict between good and bad, with the right side of the dial featuring the Rebel Alliance symbol, while the left side bears the Imperial Crest. This dial is also decorated with simple gold-tone indices, a date complication outlined in gold, and luminous hour and minute hands in red and blue hues, like the signature red and blue lightsabers of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. This model is also powered by Citizen’s Eco-Drive movement, which uses light energy instead of traditional batteries. With a price tag of $325 USD, this is a no-brainer purchase for the ultimate Star Wars fans. Bonus: An Oris Star Wars Watch For those who want a more classy and high-end Star Wars watch option, check out the timepiece below: Oris Star Wars Stormtrooper Ref. 01 743 7734 4184-Set MB The Oris Star Wars Stormtrooper Ref. 01 743 7734 4184-Set MB is a limited edition model with a design based on Stormtroopers as well. This is a great option for professionals out there who want to express their love for Star Wars through their timepieces but in a subtle way.  This Oris Star Wars watch comes in a 43.5mm stainless steel case and matching three-link bracelet. Fixed on top of the case is a two-toned rotating bezel with a ceramic elapsed time scale insert, which showcases lovely light blue and black hues. It stands out strongly against the matte black dial, which follows a very straightforward layout, consisting of luminous thick hour indices, pronounced silver-tone sword hands, a rectangular date aperture at 6 o’clock, and a small seconds sub-dial that is shaped like the Imperial Crest. This Oris Aquis model also has a solid stainless steel caseback, with an engraved image of a Stormtrooper decorating this caseback. Driving this watch is the Oris Caliber 743. Based on the standard Sellita SW220-1 movement, this caliber possesses a substantial 38-hour power reserve and beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). Since this is a more upscale alternative, be prepared to shell out around $2,700 USD for this Star Wars watch!  Final Thoughts As mentioned, the models above are only 10 out of the 18 timepieces offered in this extraordinary Citizen x Star Wars line. Each and every model created perfectly captures a specific Star Wars character, object, or scenario. Full of striking designs that are versatile enough for everyday use, these Star Wars watches are great for fans who want o make the most out of their purchase. Ultimately, this is a collection worth checking even for those who are not super into Star Wars. Photo Credits: Citizen Official Site Want to read more listicles? Check out this article on the 20 Best Blue Dial Watches!

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  7. Dive into the Ocean with the Powerful Seiko Tuna

    Dive into the Ocean with the Powerful Seiko Tuna

    Seiko is home to many iconic watches, each with its own very memorable nickname. In fact, one of the brand’s most well-known models is the Seiko Tuna, with its distinctive design and unique heritage. Hailing from the Seiko Prospex collection, the Seiko Tuna is a very popular timepiece amongst watch enthusiasts and continues to be quite relevant today. With all that being said, let us take a look at this renowned Seiko Tuna diving model and see what it has to offer.  Brief Background on the Seiko Tuna Back in the 1970s, Japan was going crazy about both the diving sport and divers watches. It was around this time that the first-ever Seiko Tuna, known today as the Tuna Grandfather, was released to accommodate that hype. Seiko wanted to introduce a unique-looking dive watch that would display impressive functionality under any circumstances, which led to the creation of the Seiko Tuna. The Seiko Tuna was nicknamed such by watch enthusiasts because of its case bore an uncanny resemblance to tuna cans. While not everyone loved the Seiko Tuna’s unconventional design right off the bat, it would eventually become one of the brand’s most popular diving models.  Since it first came out decades ago, Seiko has released numerous variations of the Seiko Tuna. It currently offers 13 different Tuna models in its catalogue. While all of these Seiko Tuna watches share a unique and robust build, each and every piece comes with a different vibe and varying mechanisms as well. We will delve deeper into the different Seiko Tuna models in a moment, but for now, let us focus on the classic Seiko Tuna S23629J1.  A Closer Look at the Seiko Tuna Exterior The Seiko Tuna S23629J1 has a very thick, tough-looking, and distinctive exterior, which is a common denominator for all the Tuna models. As mentioned earlier, its rounded, stout build looks similar to tuna cans, which is why it has been given the Seiko Tuna nickname. Despite its peculiar appearance, you can tell with just one glance that it is a robust timepiece fit for serious divers and professionals as well.  The Seiko Tuna S23629J1 comes in an oversized stainless steel case with a diameter of 47.7mm, a thickness of 14.1mm, and a standard lug width of around 22mm. As a bulkier timepiece made of stainless steel, this Seiko Tuna timepiece has a certain degree of heft to it that makes it feel quite substantial around your wrist. However, Seiko also pairs it with a ridged black silicone strap, making it look sportier while also giving it a lighter profile. This bracelet ensures that wearers will not have too much difficulty toting the Seiko Tuna around, while also providing utmost comfort both on land and in the water. Fitted on top of the Seiko Tuna S23629J1’s case is a unidirectional rotating stainless steel bezel bearing a black ceramic insert. This insert is very scratch-resistant and has large, highly legible white markers for the elapsed time scale, so wearers can track the amount of time they spend underwater. Finally, the watch face is protected by a layer of sapphire crystal that has been treated with anti-reflective coatings. This prevents any light glares from distorting the wearer’s view of the watch face, allowing for optimal readability. On the right side of the case, you can also find a stainless steel crown, placed unusually at 4 o’clock. While the placement of the crown is not quite typical, it is actually more practical, since the angle ensures that the crown will not dig too deeply into the skin of your wrist. This crown is well-sized, with deep grooves that make it easier for wearers to grip and turn the crown. Dial The dial of the Seiko Tuna S23629J1 follows a very straightforward layout and is in keeping with the watch’s generally oversized look. It shows off a jet-black background that is contrasted well against large geometric hour markers and bold arrow hands, all of which are coated in Seiko LumiBrite and outlined in silver, so it is easier to read even in dark environments. At 3 o’clock, you can also find a sizeable day-date window with white text. Technical Specifications When it comes to Seiko Tuna S23629J1’s technical details, this model is equipped with a well-crafted, in-house 7C46 Caliber. This is a quartz movement that has an excellent accuracy rate of ±15 seconds per month and a superb 5-year power reserve. Lastly, as a diving watch, the Seiko Tuna S23629J1 also comes with an excellent 300-meter water resistance rating.  Price Range  The Seiko Tuna S23629J1 retails at around $1,760 USD. However, the average price for the Seiko Tuna series as a whole range from $460 USD to over $4,600 USD, depending on the model you are looking at and the specifications it has. 5 Best Seiko Tuna Models Now, let us take an in-depth look at some of the most outstanding variations of the Seiko Tuna.  Seiko Prospex Professional Diver’s Tuna SLA042J1 Starting off with the Seiko Prospex Professional Diver’s Tuna SLA042J1, this is a larger, bolder, and more luxurious-looking version of the Seiko Tuna. It has rose gold tones scattered all around, which really complements the darker black hues of the watch’s design.  This watch comes in a massive 52.4mm black stainless steel case, along with a black silicone strap and a rose gold rotating bezel with a black elapsed time scale insert. With its size, this Tuna variant is best suited to those who have thicker wrists, or people who love wearing big watches. The dial has a similar layout as the Seiko S23629J1, with a black backdrop against oversized luminous hour markers in geometric shapes and arrow-shaped hands. One difference is that, unlike the Seiko S23629J1, this watch only has a simple date aperture at 3 o’clock. Driven by an 8L35 Caliber, this watch has both automatic and manual-winding capabilities. It also has an improved water resistance rating, which is capped at an incredible 1,000 meters, and a substantial 50-hour power reserve. Retailing at around $4,670 USD, this is the ideal Seiko Tuna piece for those who want a classy dive watch that can truly go the distance. Seiko Prospex Street Series Tuna Safari Edition SRPF81K1  Next, we have the Seiko Prospex Street Series Tuna Safari Edition SRPF81K1, which is just as rugged but also a lot more casual-looking than the previous model. This watch’s two-tone rotating bezel really adds a fun and more laidback vibe to the whole piece, which is great for those who want a dive watch for daily wear.  The Seiko Tuna Safari Edition SRPF81K1 is housed in a smaller 43mm stainless steel case and paired with a silicone strap in dark blue. As mentioned, it has a two-toned rotating bezel that flaunts an attractive combination of dark blue and muted yellow. This watch’s black dial is slightly different from the aforementioned Seiko Tuna model. It consists of thick luminous hour indices and large blunt hands, plus a date window between 4 and 5 o’clock. Running the watch is an automatic 4R35 calibre with a 41-hour power reserve and a solid 200-meter water resistance capacity. If you want a diving timepiece that can double as an everyday watch as well, you should definitely consider this $589 USD Seiko Tuna model. Seiko Prospex Street Series Tuna SNE541P1 Meanwhile, the Seiko Prospex Street Series Tuna SNE541P1 has a very cool and stylish exterior that is especially popular with younger audiences. While it looks just as tough and powerful as the other Seiko Tuna models, this particular piece has a very distinctive, modern-looking design that stands out from the rest.  The Seiko Tuna SNE541P1 is presented in a 46.7mm stainless steel and plastic case, an accordion-style silicone bracelet in black, and a handsomely brushed stainless steel rotating bezel. It also comes with a more contemporary dial. This dial showcases a textured black finish complemented by slimmer luminous hour indices, thick blunt hands, and a rectangular date aperture outlined in white at 4 o’clock. This watch has a 200-meter depth rating and is also powered by a V157 solar quartz movement, which means that it can be handily charged by any light source. For just $460 USD, you can get your hands on this fashionable yet durable Seiko Tuna watch. Seiko Prospex Street Series Tuna SRPE29K1 The Seiko Prospex Street Series Tuna SRPE29K1 is quite similar to the Seiko Tuna Safari Edition SRPF81K1 as they both exude fun and casual vibes. However, this model shows off more rustic-looking elements that are very reminiscent of the outdoors. The Seiko Tuna SRPE29K1 comes in a 43.2mm stainless steel case with a two-tone brown and dark blue rotating bezel, and a dark beige silicone strap. The dial, which has a similar beige shade, possesses a straightforward layout with blunt luminescent hands, rectangular hour indices, and a day-date display. Underneath this watch face, you can find an automatic 4R36 caliber with a 41-hour power reserve and a water resistance rating of 200 meters.  This everyday Seiko Tuna model has a price tag of $569 USD. Seiko Prospex Diver Tuna SBDX035  Lastly, we have the Seiko Prospex Diver Tuna SBDX035, which is easily the most marine-influenced model out of the five listed here. This is primarily because it is a limited edition piece that was created in celebration of the 55 years since Seiko’s first diving watch was released in 1965.  The Seiko Tuna SBDX035 is presented in an oversized 52.4mm titanium case in blue, paired with a matching blue silicone strap and a rotating bezel also made of titanium. Despite its large size, this Seiko Tuna watch is actually quite easy to carry around, thanks to its lightweight titanium profile. The dial showcases a deep blue hue that is consistent with the rest of the watch and has bold hour markers in various geometric shapes, luminous arrow hands, and a date display outlined in white at 3 o’clock. Inside this watch is a self-winding 8L35 Caliber with a 50-hour power reserve. It also gives the watch strong anti-magnetic properties and an impressive 1,000-meter water resistance capacity. If you want a truly reliable and robust diver’s watch, you should definitely get this $4,549 USD Seiko Tuna piece. Alternative Models If you are having a hard time getting your hands on a Seiko Tuna watch, or you are looking for something similar from a different brand, check out these two alternative models that you should definitely consider. 1. OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M Ref. 210.22.42.20.01.002 The OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M Ref. 210.22.42.20.01.002 is a classic and more luxurious alternative to the Seiko Tuna. While it is not as robust-looking as the Seiko Tuna, it is just as cool and reliable. This OMEGA Seamaster watch comes in a 42mm stainless steel and Sedna gold case, making it smaller than any Seiko Tuna piece. This is paired with a sleek black rubber strap and a rose gold rotating bezel. Fitted on top of the bezel is a gleaming, polished black elapsed time scale insert, with painted indicators in a matching shade of rose gold. The black dial features a wavy teak pattern with luminous hour markers in various geometric shapes, large sword-shaped hands, and a compact date window at 6 o’clock. Meanwhile, underneath this elegant watch face is an automatic Omega Caliber 8800 with a 55-hour power reserve and a substantial 300-meter depth rating. If you are looking for a sturdy, high-end alternative to the Seiko Tuna, this $7,200 USD Omega timepiece should definitely be on your radar. 2. Ulysse-Nardin Diver Chronometer Ref. 3203-950 The Ulysse-Nardin Diver Chronometer Ref. 3203-950, on the other hand, is a more casual-looking alternative that would be great for everyday use. While it is also a luxury piece, this diver’s watch is packed with impressive features that will surely make people fall in love.  This Ulysse-Nardin Diver watch is presented in a 42.2mm stainless steel case along with a fabric strap and a rotating bezel that both come in black. The dial is slightly more complex than the other watches on this list, with thick sword hands, luminous geometric hour markers, a retro magnified date window, and a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock. All of these functions run on an automatic Ulysse Nardin Caliber UN-320 with a 48-hour power reserve. This is the perfect, vintage-inspired alternative to the Seiko Tuna, and you can get it for around $9,600 USD. Final Thoughts After seeing the diversity that comes with the Seiko Tuna, there’s no question why it is such a highly-regarded model in the watch community. Not only is it unique in terms of design, but it’s also a reflection of Seiko’s dedication to providing fans with a wide selection of well-crafted, sturdy diver’s watches. If you are just getting into diving or starting your collection of underwater timepieces, the Seiko Tuna is certainly one worth checking out.  Photo Credits: Watch Shopping Site & Official Seiko Site  Want to expand your knowledge about watches? Check out our article on the Tudor Black Bay Chrono. 

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  8. 20 Best Bronze Watches For That Vintage Look

    20 Best Bronze Watches For That Vintage Look

    There are some people in the watchmaking community that would argue bronze watches are either a hit or miss. It has its fair share of pros and cons, but some folks are still likely to gravitate towards stainless steel models or one made out of precious metals like gold or platinum. That said, bronze watches certainly have their appeal too. One of the main reasons why some collectors and enthusiasts prefer bronze watches is because they are guaranteed to age well throughout the years. Bronze watches are capable of developing a patina over time, which allows for an exceptionally beautiful, vintage watch look. If your interest is piqued, just read on as we have curated a list of some of the best bronze watches you can find in the market today! 20 Best Bronze Watches 1. Tudor Black Bay Bronze Ref. 79012M-0001 First on our list is the Tudor Black Bay Bronze Ref. 79012M-0001. This robust, sophisticated timepiece is probably one of the most famous bronze watches of all time. Powerfully built with a sleek, professional style, this watch was designed to catch people’s attention. On top of that, the Tudor Black Bay Bronze is guaranteed to look great even 20 years from now, as it develops an exquisite layer of patina over time. This Tudor watch comes in a 39mm bronze case and bracelet. This is coupled with a unidirectional aluminum bezel in lovely chocolate brown. The dial, which comes in the same rich brown hue, showcases a very straightforward layout for optimal legibility. It comprises just luminescent dot indices, Arabic numeral markers, and the signature Tudor snowflake hands. All of these functions are powered by an automatic Caliber MT5400 with an extended 70-hour power reserve. This dive watch also boasts a 200-meter water resistance rating, making it suitable for all sorts of water activities.  If you are looking for a high-quality bronze watch, this $5,889 USD Tudor Black Bay watch is one you should not miss out on. 2. Zenith Pilot Flyback Bronze Ref. 29.2240.405/18.C801 The Zenith Flyback Bronze Ref. 29.2240.405/18.C801 is another well-crafted bronze watch for those who love luxury timepieces. This model has more of an antique, classy feel compared to the previous one because of its rustic design elements. This is the perfect choice for those who prefer timepieces that have old-fashioned aesthetics.  This Zenith Pilot watch is presented in a 43mm, aged-looking dirty bronze case, paired with a leather strap in brown and a black elapsed time scale bezel. On the right side of the case, you can find a stout screw-down crown and two pushers that control the watch’s chronograph functions. The dial of this watch, which shows off a rough-textured finish, is relatively crowded. It consists of bolded Arabic numeral markers, sweeping luminous sword hands, a minute track, and two sub-dials for the 60-second and 30-minute counters. Driving this Zenith watch is an impressive Zenith El Primero 405B Caliber, which has a 50-hour power supply. With a price tag of around $7,700 USD, this bronze watch is a must-have for all serious collectors out there.  3. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Ref. H76709530 Up next, we have the Hamilton Khaki Aviation Ref. H76709530 — a beautiful model that is inspired by the brand’s affiliation with aviation and the military. Just with that, you know you expect great things from this pilot model.  This Hamilton Khaki Aviation watch is housed in a 43mm bronze case along with a rotating black bezel and a brown leather strap. The black textured dial has a handsome luminescent display that includes fancy Squelette hands, Arabic numeral hour markers, and a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock. If you turn the watch around, you can find a transparent caseback that gives you a clear view of the manual-winding ETA 6498-1 caliber that runs inside. If you are an aviation fan with an affinity for bronze watches, you can get this Hamilton timekeeper for just $1545 USD. 4. Maurice Lacroix Aikon Ref. AI6058-BRZ0B-330-2 This cool and handsome Maurice Lacroix Aikon Ref. AI6058-BRZ0B-330-2 is all about rugged elegance. It can only be described as the perfect city watch, meaning it is a great companion for all your everyday metropolitan adventures.  This Maurice Lacroix Aikon watch utilizes a 43mm satin-brushed bronze case, paired with a rotating black elapsed time scale bezel and a sporty rubber strap in black. Its matching black dial boasts an exquisite, sun-brushed anthracite finish and is adorned with luminous geometric hour indices, sword hands, and a small date display outlined in gold. This model also runs on an automatic ML 115 Caliber. This movement has a 38-hour power supply and a 30-meter depth rating, which is quite standard for a lovely everyday watch. This $2,700 USD Maurice Lacroix watch is the ideal everyday timekeeper for all the city dwellers out there. 5. Rado Captain Cook Bronze Ref. R32504315 Next, we have the Rado Captain Cook Bronze Ref. R32504315, which is an instant stunner with its vivid emerald face. Just like some of the other bronze watches on this list, this piece is a modern interpretation of an older dive watch design from the 1920s. As a result, the Ref. R32504315 shows off a combination of vintage details and contemporary elements.  This Rado Captain Cook watch is encased in a 42mm bronze case, coupled with a supple black leather strap. Fixed on top of the case is a unidirectional elapsed time scale bezel with a gorgeous dark green insert made of ceramic. On the underside of the watch is a solid bronze caseback that bears the distinctive engraving of three seahorses found on most Captain Cook pieces. The dial of this Rado watch showcases an alluring emerald hue that goes wonderfully with the light bronze case. As a dive watch, this dial is also quite straightforward, consisting of bronze hour indices in various geometric shapes, oversized arrow hands, and a small date display with red text at 3 o’clock. Inside this watch, you can find a well-crafted ETA C07.611 movement. This self-winding ETA movement has an outstanding 300-meter water resistance rating and can last for up to an extended 80 hours when fully wound. If you are a fan of vibrant timepieces, this $2,600 USD bronze watch is certainly worth adding to your collection. 6. Yema Yachtingraf Bronze Ref. YYACZ21-AAS The Yema Yachtingraf Bronze Ref. YYACZ21-AAS is a beautiful, complex timepiece made for all the sailors out there. Just with one glance, you can already tell that this bronze sailing watch was designed to be worn and used in all sorts of yachting adventures.  This Yema Yachtingraf watch uses a 40mm bronze case, coupled with a quality vintage leather strap in black and a handy black GMT bezel made of scratch-resistant aluminum. The handsome black dial is packed full of features useful for sailing. These include luminous hour indices, slender sword hands, a small seconds counter, a date aperture outlined in gold at 6 o’clock, and a regatta timer in vibrant red and blue hues that add a pop of color to this mostly black watch face. Driving all of these functions is a Seiko NE86 Caliber. Held together by 34 jewels, this movement has a power supply of 40 hours. If you are a bronze watch enthusiast who also loves sailing, this masterpiece is available for around $1,699 USD.  7. Meistersinger Classic Plus Ref. AM1017BR_SVF02-1 The Meistersinger Classic Plus Ref. AM1017BR_SVF02-1 is a beautiful bronze watch with an exceptionally stylish look. It is a model that perfectly balances both excellent watchmaking and a captivating design, resulting in a great all-rounder timepiece. This Meistersinger Classic Plus watch comes in a 43mm bronze case, paired with a rustic brown leather strap. It has a gorgeous blue dial that is furnished with double-digit Arabic numeral hour markers and the MeisterSinger signature, a singular Old Radium hand, all of which are filled with Super-LumiNova pigment. On top of that, this watch face also showcases a unique date complication that is presented through an open disk around the center of the dial. Flipping this timepiece over, you can find a see-through caseback that gives you a clear view of the Sellita SW200-1 caliber powering this watch. This is a popular automatic movement that comprises 26 jewels and offers a 38-hour power reserve. Priced at around $2,200 USD, this MeisterSinger watch is a must-have for fans of classic, minimalistic timepieces.  8. Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Ref. BRV294-BLU-BR/SCA Next, we have the Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Ref. BRV294-BLU-BR/SCA. This stylish bronze watch boasts a fusion of sporty and classic design elements. It also comes with a tough, robust-looking exterior, so you can expect great durability from this timepiece as well.  This Bell & Ross timepiece is presented in a 41mm bronze case, coupled with a rotating blue count-up bezel and a matching blue leather strap. The fashionable sunray blue dial showcases a straightforward layout, comprising luminous blunt hands and golden stick indices, a circular date window, and a chronograph display with two sub-dials for the 30-minute and 60-second counters. Given all its functions, it is no surprise that this watch is driven by a well-crafted automatic movement and has an impressive 100-meter water resistance rating.  If you are on the lookout for a high-quality bronze watch, this $5600 USD Bell & Ross Vintage model should definitely be on your radar. 9. Bell & Ross Bellytanker Ref. BRV294-BC-BR/SCA The Bell & Ross Bellytanker Ref. BRV294-BC-BR/SCA, on the other hand, is a limited-edition model designed for all the serious racers out there. This model comes with a stylish and handsome exterior that looks like it came straight out of a James Bond film. It also flaunts excellent functionality and robustness, making it even more appealing to collectors and professionals.  This Bell & Ross watch is housed in a 41mm bronze case, along with a black tachymeter bezel and a supple calfskin leather strap in black. The black dial shows off a sleek, sporty display with luminous stick hands and gold-tone hour indices, a small date window between 4 and 5 o’clock, and two sub-dials with bright champagne finishes for the 30-minutes and 60-secound chronographs. This watch runs on an automatic BR-CAL.301 caliber, which guarantees a 42-hour power supply.  For around $5,600 USD, you can experience this masterful Bell & Ross chronograph firsthand!  10. IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Ref. IW501005 Tenth on our list of bronze watches is the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Ref. IW501005. Even with its rather large size, this model is nothing short of sophisticated and classy. It has a versatile appeal, pairing well with both casual and formal styles. This IWC watch utilizes a sizeable 46.2mm bronze case and a rich brown calfskin leather strap. This softer exterior is contrasted against a matte black dial, which is decorated with Arabic numeral hour markers, stylish blued steel hands, a date complication, and an unusual seven-day power reserve display. Underneath this sophisticated watch face, you can find a well-crafted 52110 Caliber. This automatic movement has a whopping 160-hour power reserve. In addition, it is also protected by a soft-iron inner case that possesses anti-magnetic properties. This IWC Pilot watch retails at around $10,500 USD. 11. Omega Seamaster Ref. 234.92.41.21.10.001 Next, we have another luxury bronze watch in the form of the Omega Seamaster Ref. 234.92.41.21.10.001. This is an especially popular model among enthusiasts and collectors because it uses a unique, patented bronze gold material developed by the brand itself. This Omega Seamaster watch is encased in a 41mm case and elapsed time scale bezel made out of luxurious 9K bronze gold, coupled with a dark brown leather strap. As a dive watch, the dial of this timepiece follows an uncomplicated layout, comprising luminous triangular hour markers, muted orange Arabic numeral markers, and pronounced arrow hands. Driving this watch is an OMEGA Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8912, which promises an exceptional accuracy rate of +/-5 seconds per day. This classy Omega timepiece has an estimated price tag of $11,600 USD. 12. Zenith Pilot Type 20 Ref. 29.2430.4069/63.1001 The Zenith Pilot Type 20 Ref. 29.2430.4069/63.1001 serves as the perfect rugged and casual accessory. It is the ideal bronze watch for everyday use because it is both multi-functional and highly durable. On top of that, it flaunts a very laidback aesthetic that would go well with any daily wear.  This Zenith Pilot watch uses a 45mm bronze case, along with a khaki green calfskin leather strap. The luminescent dial, which comes in the same muted color as the strap, contains bold Arabic numeral markers in a stylized typeface, retro-style hands, and two sub-dials for the 60-second and 30-minute chronographs. Underneath this fashionable watch face is a Zenith Caliber 4069. This is an automatic movement with a solid 50-hour power reserve. Priced at $7,700 USD, this Zenith piece makes for a great luxury bronze watch option. 13. Oris Big Crown Ref. 01 754 7741 3166-07 8 20 01 Next up, we have the Oris Big Crown Ref. 01 754 7741 3166-07 8 20 01. Unlike most of the other bronze watches on this list, this Oris Big Crown watch shows off a lovely, monochromatic all-bronze exterior that is sure to catch the eyes of bronze watch fans. This Oris watch is presented in a 40mm bronze case and matching bracelet that exude old money vibes through and through. Its dark brown dial is furnished with luminous Arabic numeral markers, vintage-looking Squelette hands, a 31-day scale on its outer rim, and an additional red-tipped hand for the date indicator. While this dial is quite simple, its unique date display makes this watch even more appealing. This watch runs on the Oris 754 Caliber. Based on the SW200-1 Caliber, this self-winding movement has a 38-hour power supply and beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). This elegant bronze watch is available for just $2,600 USD. 14. Longines Legend Diver Ref. L3.774.1.50.2 The Longines Legend Diver Ref. L3.774.1.50.2 is one of the best-selling bronze watches offered by Longines. As a modern interpretation of one of Longines’ iconic divers from the 1960s, this watch hails from the brand’s nostalgic Heritage collection. It is an undeniably handsome timekeeper that is bound to captivate people.  This Longines watch is housed in a 42mm bronze case, paired with a dark brown leather strap. Its deep green dial stands out nicely against the bronze case and is adorned with luminous arrow hands and stick indices, along with painted Arabic numerals. Performance-wise, this watch is powered by a self-winding mechanical calibre with an extended 72-hour power supply. Retailing for around $3,000 USD, you simply cannot go wrong with this suave bronze watch.  15. Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze Ref. 79250BA-0001 Here, we have another model from Tudor — the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze Ref. 79250BA-0001. This bronze watch gives off a very different vibe compared to the previous Tudor piece mentioned. While it still shows off vintage elements, this watch also has a more casual aesthetic that is perfect for everyday wear. This Tudor Heritage Black Bay watch comes in a 43mm bronze case, alongside a textured black leather strap and a rotating bezel with a ceramic elapsed time scale insert in black. Complementing the strap and bezel is a matte black dial, decorated with oversized geometric hour indices, Arabic numeral markers, and large snowflake hands, all of which are coated in lume. Inside this watch, you can find a Tudor MT5601 Caliber, which is an automatic movement with a substantial 70-hour power supply. It also possesses a 200-meter depth rating, making it a great choice for any of your diving adventures. This bronze watch from Tudor is priced at around $4,250 USD. 16. Hamilton Khaki Field Ref. H69459530 The Hamilton Khaki Field Ref. H69459530 is a military-inspired field watch for bronze watch enthusiasts who love going on outdoor adventures. This watch’s main selling point is its simple, straightforward functionality. What you see is what you get with this sturdy, robust timepiece. This Hamilton watch is encased in a 38mm bronze case, paired with a brown leather strap and a fixed bronze bezel that protects the watch face from any scratches and impacts. The dial, on the other hand, shows off a simple jet-black finish. It follows a very straightforward layout, consisting of white Arabic numeral markers in a neat typeface, luminous triangle hour indices, lume-filled syringe hands, and a 24-hour display. This Hamilton Khaki Field watch runs on a manual-winding H-10 Caliber, which has an outstanding 80-hour power supply. The best part is you can get this affordable bronze watch for just $825 USD. 17. Tag Heuer Autavia Ref. WBE5191.FC8276  The Tag Heuer Autavia Ref. WBE5191.FC8276 serves as another vintage-inspired model that comes with modern-day specifications. Its design was based on retro pilot watches which explains its warm colors and old-school style.   This Tag Heuer watch utilizes a 42mm bronze case, a rotating dark brown ceramic bezel, and a matching brown leather strap. The chocolate dial shows off a luminous display that allows for optimal readability. It contains bolded Arabic numeral markers, a date aperture at 6 o’clock, and large bronze sword hands. Beneath this watch face is a COSC-certified Tag Heuer Caliber 5. This robust automatic movement can last for 38 hours when fully wound. This Tag Heuer Autavia watch sells at around $3,850 USD. 18. Bremont Automatic Ref. BROADSWORD-BZ-SL-R-S The Bremont Automatic Ref. BROADSWORD-BZ-SL-R-S is probably one of the most unique-looking timepieces on this list. Its color palette is made up of contrasting bronze and grey hues that come together to create an unusual, visually appealing timepiece. This Bremont watch comes in a 40mm bronze case and a dark grey leather strap. Its soft bronze case stands out against the light grey dial, which is adorned with Arabic numeral markers in white, luminous sword hands, a date complication at 3 o’clock, and a small seconds sub-dial. Underneath this striking watch face is a modified Caliber 11 1/2″ BE-95-2AV. This automatic movement possesses a decent 38-hour power supply. If you want a more unconventional bronze watch, this Bremont model retails at just $2,880 USD.  19. Ball Engineer III Ref. NM2186C-L3J-BK The Ball Engineer III Ref. NM2186C-L3J-BK, on the other hand, is a more quintessential bronze watch option. Like many bronze watches on this list, it has vintage-inspired elements that give it a refined, elegant vibe.  This Ball Engineer III watch uses a 43mm bronze case coupled with a genuine leather strap in brown. This brown-bronze exterior contrasts sharply against the matte black dial, which is furnished with broad sword-shaped hands, a day-date display, and large Arabic numeral markers that are fitted with luminous tritium gas tubes. At the rim of the dial, you can also find green hour indices, which add a touch of playful color to this otherwise monochrome watch face. This watch runs on an automatic Caliber BALL RR1102-SL. Aside from having a decent water resistance rating of up to 100 meters, this movement also has a 38-hour power supply. If you are into rugged and casual bronze watches, you can get this Ball piece for around $2,700 USD. 20. Panerai Submersible Bronzo Ref. PAM00968 Finally, we have the Panerai Submersible Bronzo Ref. PAM00968 — a chunky bronze watch perfect for those who love larger timepieces. Despite the ruggedness that comes with its size, this watch still manages to achieve an air of robust elegance. This Panerai Submersible watch comes in a 47mm square-shaped bronze case. This is paired with a supple calfskin leather strap in brown and a bronze bezel bearing a dark brown elapsed time scale insert. The matching chocolate brown dial has a simple display that consists of luminous dot and rectangle hour indices, broad skeletal sword hands filled with lume, a compact date complication at 3 o’clock, and a small seconds counter. An automatic P.9010 Caliber powers all of the aforementioned functions. This movement also offers a 72-hour power supply and an excellent 300-meter water resistance rating. If you are a fan of oversized bronze watches, this $18,650 USD Panerai model will prove to be worth every penny.   Final Thoughts  Ultimately, bronze watches are for those who really love vintage-inspired pieces that will age well over time. Each and every model in this list can develop a gorgeous patina, making them the perfect heirloom gifts you can pass on to your future bloodline. Discerning eyes will note that this also means bronze watches have the potential to be valuable investments decades from now.  Photo Credits: WatchShopping and Official Watch Brand Sites Hooked on watch lists? Check out this article on the Top 10 Rolex Movements!

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  9. Seiko King Turtle: A Guide To One of the Brand’s Best Divers

    Seiko King Turtle: A Guide To One of the Brand’s Best Divers

    As one of the most famous Japanese watch brands in the world, Seiko is known to carry some of the most beloved icons in watchmaking history. It has a vast and incredibly diverse portfolio that consists of exquisite timepieces for everyone. The watches Seiko creates have a unique ability to appeal to both the masses and to luxury enthusiasts, giving them an indisputable reputation. One of the most popular Seiko models ever made is the Seiko King Turtle. This is a renowned diver watch with a distinct and sporty design. Read on to find out everything you need to know about the Seiko King Turtle. A Brief Background on the Seiko King Turtle Given its pristine reputation and diverse catalog, it is no surprise that Seiko also has a number of excellent diving watches under its belt. In fact, the brand has well over 50 years of experience in making quality divers, such as the Seiko King Turtle. The Seiko King Turtle was first released in 2020, but its history dates back to as early as the 1970s. That is because the Seiko King Turtle serves as a slightly different variation of the popular Seiko Turtle, which was first launched in 1976. With the famous Seiko Turtle name backing it, it is no surprise that the Seiko King Turtle was a hit right from the start. As of today, there are four known Seiko King Turtle models. We will be taking a closer look at each of these models in a moment. Seiko Turtle vs Seiko King Turtle Since the Seiko Turtle and Seiko King Turtle models both belong to the same family; most of you would probably think that they cannot be that different from each other. And indeed, you would be right. The reality is that most people would not notice the differences between the Turtle and King Turtle unless they look really closely. The most striking contrast between the two is that the Seiko King Turtle is made of more premium materials and elements. From the case and bracelet down to the dial, each component of the Seiko King Turtle was upgraded to be a better version of its predecessor. In fact, the Seiko King Turtle’s superior quality is the very reason behind its well-deserved royal title. A Closer Look at the Seiko King Turtle Ref. SRPE03 In this section, we will be reviewing the most classic variant of the Seiko King Turtle: the Seiko King Turtle Ref. SRPE03. Case  The Seiko King Turtle Ref. SRPE03 is housed in a 45mm stainless steel case. This sturdy case takes the form of a stout cushion shape, which resembles the shell of a turtle, hence its King Turtle name. This case also measures 13.2mm in thickness, which is a pretty standard size for a robust diving watch. Fixed on top of the case is a redesigned bezel with a jet-black ceramic insert, which is highly scratch-resistant and stands out strongly against the watch’s all-silver exterior. The bezel has distinctly ridged edges that look like the sides of a gear. These provide wearers with a better grip, so they can grasp and turn the bezel more easily. On the right side of the case is a sizeable crown, placed unusually at the 4 o’clock position. Like the bezel, this stainless steel crown also has grooved edges, much like the sides of a bottle cap, which allows wearers to grip it more easily. When you flip the watch around, you will find a screwed-in caseback made of solid stainless steel. This caseback is carefully engraved with the Seiko King Turtle’s details, along with Seiko’s iconic diving watch emblem. Dial The Seiko King Turtle has a unique matte black dial that is characterized by its iconic, handsome waffle design. As a dive watch, this dial also has a very straightforward and easy-to-read layout, comprising large geometric hour markers and pronounced arrow-headed hands outlined in silver. These hands and markers are all generously coated with lume, allowing for unparalleled visibility even in poor lighting conditions. You can also find a magnified day-date window at 3 o’clock, with clean black text against a white background. Bracelet Finishing off the Seiko King Turtle Ref. SRPE03’s robust look is a three-link stainless steel bracelet with a sleek, polished finish. This bracelet features a three-fold clasp with a secure lock and a push-button release, which keeps this bracelet securely fastened to your wrist. It is also equipped with an extender, so you can quickly and easily adjust the length of the bracelet to fit your wrist more comfortably. Movement Like the other Seiko Turtle models, the King Turtle belongs to the brand’s Prospex collection. The Seiko Prospex series is chockful of affordable, hardy timekeepers able to withstand all sorts of different adventures. Thus, even though the Seiko King Turtle is a dedicated diver made for the ocean, it is also equipped to tackle challenges on land or in the air too, thanks to its powerful Seiko Caliber 4R36. The Caliber 4R36 is an in-house automatic movement that comes with manual-winding capabilities too. Held together by 24 jewels, this movement boasts a substantial 41-hour power supply. In addition, it provides the Seiko King Turtle with an impressive water resistance rating of 200 meters, or 660 feet. This allows you to bring the King Turtle with you on all your fun watersports or deep-diving trips. Price Range  Seiko has always been known for its budget-friendly watches, and the Seiko King Turtle is no different. Even with its distinctive design, high-quality materials, and sturdy build, the Seiko King Turtle has a price tag of just $625 USD. This is a very reasonable price for such a well-crafted and reliable icon. Other Variations of the Seiko King Turtle Now that we know a little more about the Seiko King Turtle, let us take a look at some other variations of this iconic model. Seiko Prospex King Turtle Ref. SRPE05 First up, we have the Seiko Prospex King Turtle Ref. SRPE05, which was released at the same time as the Ref. SRPE03. While it has a similar build as the Ref. SRPE03, this watch gives off a completely different vibe. With its silver and military green colorway, the Seiko King Turtle Ref. SRPE05 simply exudes casual, masculine ruggedness. This watch is presented in a 45mm cushion-shaped case made of stainless steel, coupled with a dark green silicone strap. Fitted on top of the dial is a stainless steel bezel with a black ceramic insert for the elapsed time scale. The dial, which also comes in military green, showcases a handsome waffle pattern. It comprises large arrow-headed hands, hour markers in various geometric shapes, and a magnified day-date window. Like its sister models, this watch is also driven by an automatic 4R36 caliber that has a 41-hour power reserve and a 200-meter water resistance rating. The Seiko Prospex King Turtle Ref. SRPE05 is slightly cheaper than the Ref. SRPE03, retailing at $595 USD only. Seiko Prospex King Turtle Ref. SRPE07 For a slightly different Seiko King Turtle model, take a look at the Seiko Prospex King Turtle Ref. SRPE07. This watch has a simultaneously sporty and smart-casual aesthetic that goes extremely well with casual or everyday outfits and would look good at a nice dinner party too. It also boasts a robust build and a clever ocean-themed design, which makes it especially appealing to both casual and professional divers. This watch comes in a 45mm cushion-shaped stainless steel case, paired with a ridged black silicone band. Fixed on top of the case is a stainless steel bezel fitted with a ceramic blue insert. This matte blue insert bears pronounced, highly-legible indicators in beige for the elapsed time scale. Unlike the aforementioned King Turtle pieces, this watch showcases a patterned dial that depicts magnificent ocean waves. This sunray blue dial is also adorned with large arrow hands, geometric hour markers, and a magnified day-date display at 3 o’clock. Underneath this sleek watch face, you can find a Seiko Caliber 4R36. This self-winding caliber has a 41-hour power reserve and a water resistance rating of up to 200 meters. With a price tag of $490 USD, the Seiko King Turtle Ref. SRPE07 is easily one of the best, most affordable divers out there. Seiko Prospex King Turtle Ref. SRPG19K1 Lastly, we have the Seiko Prospex King Turtle Ref. SRPG19K1. This is a special edition model crafted in collaboration with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). The overall build of this watch is similar to that of the Ref. SRPE03, but this Seiko King Turtle PADI watch also comes with a more distinct, original design. This watch utilizes a 45mm cushion-shaped stainless steel case, coupled with a matching three-link stainless steel bezel. On top of the case, you can find a stainless steel bezel with a black ceramic insert. The bezel showcases indicators in silver and sky blue for the elapsed time scale. These indicators cast a satisfying contrast against each other, while the light blue accents also help add a pop of color to this otherwise monochrome watch face. Like the Seiko King Turtle Ref. SRPE03, the dial of this watch shows off an embossed waffle design. However, it differs in that this dial’s waffle design is in the shape of a globe. This dial also contains bold luminous hour markers, a magnified date window, and a three-hand system with silver and blue accents that give this dial a more playful edge. This watch is driven by an automatic Seiko Caliber 4R36. Held together by 24 jewels, this movement has a 200-meter depth rating and can last for up to 41 hours when fully wound. Aside from being the newest King Turtle model, it is also the most expensive, selling at around $720 USD. Is the Seiko King Turtle Worth It?  If you are still uncertain about whether the Seiko King Turtle is worth the purchase, here are some reasons to help you make your decision.  Good Reputation. If you are a serious collector, then you know the importance of reputation in the watchmaking world. It may seem like a shallow thing to take into consideration, but a watch’s reputation actually affects many other factors, including its credibility, resale value, and more. That said, you really do not have to worry about this with the Seiko King Turtle, because this watch has a very decent reputation in the watch community. It is a true icon of durability and robustness for all the divers out there who want nothing but the best on their wrists. Reasonably Priced. Whether you are looking for a durable diving timepiece or a sports watch with a well-crafted design, the Seiko King Turtle is a fail-safe option that will not break the bank. The models in this series all fall within the $450 USD to $750 USD price range, which is quite affordable when you consider the Seiko King Turtle’s amazing specs and iconic reputation. You are also guaranteed to get the most out of what you paid for since this is the type of watch that can be passed on from one generation to the next. Reliable Diver. Last but not least, the Seiko King Turtle is worth it simply because it is a reliable and durable diving watch. It is equipped with a well-crafted mechanism that powers all of its excellent functions. Everything about the Seiko King Turtle’s design and build is also purposefully chosen to adapt to the harshest diving conditions. Final Thoughts The Seiko King Turtle is arguably one of the best diver watches out there that will not cost you thousands of dollars. It serves as a good option for those who want a trusted and reliable diving watch that has a reasonable price tag. Ultimately, if you are on the hunt for a good companion to accompany you on your underwater adventures, you will not go wrong with this watch. Photo Credits: Seiko Official Site and WatchShopping  If you want to know more about diving watches, check out our article on the Orient Mako II. 

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  10. Seiko Monster: A Guide To The Brand’s Most Robust Diver

    Seiko Monster: A Guide To The Brand’s Most Robust Diver

    Seiko is home to many excellent divers that are well-loved by both watch enthusiasts and diving professionals. One of their most renowned diver watches is the Seiko Monster — an exceptionally reliable, powerfully-built model that has caught the eye of many. In fact, the Seiko Monster has made such an impact that numerous variations of this timepiece have been released since it first came out. Without further ado, let us find out more about this robust icon, including its history, features, and why it is so highly regarded in the watch community. History of the Seiko Monster First released in the 2000s, the Seiko Monster was officially referred to by the brand as the Seiko SKX779. It belonged under the Seiko 5 Sports line, which means that it had all the features this collection was known for, such as impressive water resistance capacities, excellent automatic calibers, and more. When it was first launched, the Seiko Monster was actually strongly associated with the iconic Seiko Tuna, as both watches came with very robust and bold exteriors. However, as time passed, the Seiko Monster itself started gaining traction, resulting in its own loyal following. Thanks to this popularity, today, there are numerous variants of the Seiko Monster that can be found across the brand’s many collections. Why Is It Called the Seiko Monster?  Honestly, if have seen the Seiko Monster in person, then it is quite clear why it has been nicknamed as such. The Seiko SKX779 has an incredibly thick and bulky frame, combined with a chunky bezel that makes it look bigger than it actually is. On top of that, the Seiko Monster also has quite a distinctive watch face, with hour markers that somewhat resemble the thick teeth of a supernatural monster. Putting all these details together, the Seiko Monster’s nickname should make a lot more sense now. A Closer Look at Seiko Monster Since the original Seiko Monster was first launched a little over 2 decades ago, the brand has released a number of different versions of this watch, each with its own upgrades. In fact, long-time fans of the Seiko Monster have seen this timepiece evolve from a practical, robust watch to something a little more sophisticated. Later, we will be taking a look at some of the different variants of the Seiko Monster that have been released over the years. For now, let us delve a little deeper into the original Seiko Monster SKX779. Case and Bracelet The Seiko Monster SKX779 is housed in a 42mm stainless steel case with a stocky concave bezel. The thick case and bezel contribute a lot to the chunky look of this entire watch. The concave sides of the bezel give you a place for you to place your fingers, so you can easily grip and turn this bezel, even when wearing a diving suit. It also measures 48mm lug-to-lug and has a standard lug width of 20mm, so you can easily pair this watch with different kinds of aftermarket straps. Typically, however, the Seiko Monster is coupled with a stainless steel bracelet with large links, further enhancing the watch’s sporty, robust style. On the underside of the Seiko Monster SKX779, you can find a solid stainless steel caseback that is securely screwed in. This caseback bears the engraving of the ocean logo commonly found on Seiko’s diving watches. There is also a large crown located on the right side of the case, at 4 o’clock. Instead of having it at the standard 3 o’clock position, having the crown at 4 o’clock places it at an angle, preventing it from digging too deeply into the skin of your wrist, making it easier to tote this watch around. It is also tightly screwed-in, preventing any moisture or dust from leaking into the timepiece and damaging its inner mechanisms. Dial At first glance, the dial of the SKX779 seems like any other sports watch out there, with oversized components that are generously coated in lume so that they will glow in the dark. However, when you look at the Seiko Monster’s face long enough, you will notice the small details that really make it unique. As mentioned earlier, a lot of people associate its large, luminous hour markers with werewolf teeth, hence its “Monster” nickname. In particular, the 12 o’clock marker, with its bulky rounded triangular shape, looks like a massive, sharpened fang. As many in the watch community have agreed, this is arguably one of the coolest elements of the Seiko Monster.  Aside from that, this watch face also comprises luminous arrow-headed hands, double-digit Arabic numerals for the minute scale, and a day-date aperture, with the text of the day display standing out in a deep red hue. All of these features were mindfully chosen to exhibit utmost functionality and practicality, regardless of the environment.  Movement The Seiko Monster is powered by an in-house automatic movement, the Seiko 7S26 caliber. Held together by 21 jewels, this movement has a beat frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and a substantial 41-hour power reserve. As a diving watch, this timepiece also comes with an excellent water resistance rating of 200 meters, so it can easily accompany you on all your watersports adventures. Price Range  The original Seiko Monster SKX779 is actually no longer being produced and can no longer be found in retail stores. Fortunately, you can still find it in certain second-hand markets. The resale value of the Seiko Monster SKX779 falls between $250 USD to $350 USD, which is quite reasonable considering its sturdy durability and memorable aesthetics. 5 Best Seiko Monster Models  Moving on, let us take a look five variations of the Seiko Monster that you should definitely check out. 1. Seiko Orange Monster SRP483 First off, we have the Seiko Orange Monster SRP483. This is actually a remake inspired by an early-generation Seiko Monster from 2001 called the Seiko SKX781. The Seiko Orange Monster SRP483 belongs to the 5 Sports line, which speaks to its durability and reliability. On top of that, its quirky, vibrant watch face is sure to draw the eyes of many. The Seiko Orange Monster is presented in a 44mm stainless steel case and matching bracelet, with a heavyset bezel made of the same material. On the bezel, you can find indicators in black and bright orange for the elapsed time scale. These orange indicators complement the watch’s orange dial, which comprises large arrow hands, thick hour markers, and a day-date window at 3 o’clock. These hands and hour indices are all filled with luminous pigment for optimal legibility. On the underside of this watch, you can find a transparent caseback. This gives you an up-close and personal view of the Seiko Caliber 4R36 which drives the watch. This movement, which is held together by 24 jewels, has a solid power supply of 41 hours. Another striking difference between the Seiko Monster SKX779 and the Seiko Orange Monster is that this watch has its crown placed at the standard 3 o’clock position. Instead of grooves, the sides of this crown have a more studded texture. In addition, it comes with protruding crown guards that keep the crown safe from any impacts. If you want something loud and sporty, you can get this Seiko Orange Monster for around $300 USD. 2. Seiko Prospex Monster SRPD25K1 The Seiko Prospex Monster SRPD25K1, on the other hand, is more of a sophisticated yet equally bold timepiece. As part of the brand’s Prospex collection, this watch was created to withstand the harshest environments possible. This is a classy and versatile diver’s watch that can be used both on land and underwater. This Seiko Monster piece utilizes a 42mm stainless steel case and bracelet, with an oversized stainless steel bracelet. Attached on top of this bracelet is a ceramic elapsed time scale insert in dark grey, with pronounced and highly legible white markers. The dial comes in a lovely blue sunray finish and is adorned with large luminous hands and hour markers, along with a magnified day-date window at 3 o’clock. Driving this watch is an in-house automatic 4R36 Caliber, with a 41-hour power reserve and a 200-meter depth rating. To make things even sweeter, this classy Seiko Monster watch has a very reasonable price tag of $480 USD. 3. Seiko Prospex Monster SRPD27 This next entry is probably the most rugged Seiko Monster watch on this list. The Seiko Prospex Monster SRPD27 boasts a dark, masculine design that goes incredibly well with its chunky build, making it look modern and stylish. This watch also proves the diversity that comes with Seiko Monster line, as it has quite a different vibe compared to the other Seiko Monster pieces.  The SRPD27 is housed in a 42mm stainless steel case, with a rotating elapsed time scale bezel and a ridged silicone strap that both come in black. This is complemented by a sunray black dial, which comprises arrow hands, broad hour markers, and a magnified day-date display. Like the original Seiko Monster SKX779, this watch has a sizeable crown placed at 4 o’clock. It is also equipped with an automatic 4R36 Caliber, giving this watch a 200-meter water resistance capacity. This Seiko Monster piece retails at $357 USD. 4. Seiko Snow Monster SRP481K1 The Seiko Snow Monster SRP481K1 is a personal favorite of many because of its evocative nickname and its pretty design. One glance at the watch face and you will instantly understand where it got its nickname from. With its combination of snowy white and sky blue hues, simply looking at this watch will evoke a memory of chilly winter afternoons. The Seiko Snow Monster uses a 44mm stainless steel case with a matching stainless steel bracelet and unidirectional bezel. This stout bezel bears pronounced black and blue indicators for its elapsed time scale. The watch’s all-silver exterior also blends well with the snow-white dial. This dial is decorated with luminous arrow hands, along with a bright blue seconds hand, thick hour markers outlined in blue, and a day-date aperture with the date text also in light blue. On the rim of the watch, you can also find a blue chapter ring marked with white indicators for the minute track. Like the other Seiko Monster watches, this timepiece has a see-through sapphire crystal caseback. Through this movement, you can admire the watch’s automatic Seiko 4R36 Caliber at work. For those who want something that is subdued yet sophisticated, the Seiko Snow Monster sells at just $170 USD, making this the most affordable Seiko Monster piece on this list. 5. Seiko Baby Monster SNZF47 Last but not the least, we have the Seiko Baby Monster SNZF47. This watch comes with a slightly slimmer, rounder exterior, which is why fans have dubbed this a ‘younger’ version of the Seiko Monster. This smaller build, along with its affordable price, has led to his watch being referred to as a ‘Baby’ Seiko Monster. The Seiko Baby Monster is presented in a 42mm stainless steel case and bracelet with a unidirectional bezel. The bold black and red indicators both serve as the bezel’s elapsed time scale while also enhancing the sportiness of this entire watch. The watch’s sleek, all-silver exterior is sharply contrasted against a rugged jet-black dial. This dial is furnished with oversized white arrow hands, broad luminous hour indices, a red seconds hand, and a compact day-date complication at 3 o’clock. Compared to its sibling models, the dial components of the Seiko Baby Monster are more closely clustered together, making the dial look smaller and busier. Finally, this watch runs on the automatic Caliber 7S36, which has a 41-hour power supply and a 100-meter depth rating. If you enjoy this sporty, masculine Seiko Monster piece, you can get your hands on it for just $220 USD. Who should get the Seiko Monster?  Now that we know more about the Seiko Monster, let us consider those who should definitely keep this watch on their radar.  Bold Personalities. Since it was first launched, the Seiko Monster has always been viewed as an acquired taste. It boasts a very unique, almost aggressive exterior that may not be everyone’s cup of tea. However, that very design makes it a perfect option for those who have strong and daring personalities. It is a cool and reliable companion for people who are not afraid to take risks when it comes to styling their time-telling accessories. Outdoor Enthusiasts. Since people tend to focus on the aesthetics of the Seiko Monster, they often forget that it comes with impressive functions and features as well. The original model and its descendants were all designed to be dependable watches that can be maximized both indoors and outside. This makes the Seiko Monster a great timekeeper and tool watch for outdoor enthusiasts and those with active lifestyles. Seiko Patrons. Given the numerous iconic watches that Seiko has to offer, it can be quite difficult for patrons to figure out which models are truly worth buying. That said, the Seiko Monster remains a must-have for enthusiasts of the brand because of its unparalleled boldness. Even though it is often associated with the Seiko Tuna, this watch stands out on its own and is a definite eye-catcher. Robust Watch Collectors. One of the words most frequently used to describe the Seiko Monster is ‘robust’, thanks to its tough and thick exterior. While this might be an acquired taste for many, there are definitely people out there who prefer robust timepieces both in terms of technical and physical specifications. The Seiko Monster serves as a perfect representation of this, which is why it is recommended for those who enjoy collecting powerful watches.  Alternatives to the Seiko Monster For those who want something with a similar vibe to the Seiko Monster, below are some alternative models you can find in the market right now.  1.TAG Heuer Formula 1 Ref. WAZ101A.FC8305 The first alternative watch is the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Ref. WAZ101A.FC8305 which is reminiscent of the iconic Seiko Orange Monster SKX781. While it is not quite as large as the Seiko Monster, it definitely exudes the same bold and sporty vibe. One thing to note, however, is that this TAG Heuer watch is a racing-inspired model rather than a diving piece. This TAG Heuer Formula 1 timepiece comes in a 43mm stainless steel case paired with a lovely fabric strap and a rotating bezel in black. It possesses a textured dial, which showcases a striking orange hue and is adorned with slim luminous hour indices and long black dauphine hands. You can also find a compact date window outlined in black at 3 o’clock. This watch is driven by a well-crafted quartz movement. If you want an equally energetic alternative to the Seiko Monster, this TAG Heuer Formula 1 watch retails at only $1,450 USD.  2. Bell & Ross Instruments BR 03-92 Ref. BR0392-D-BL-ST/SRB The Bell & Ross Instruments BR 03-92 Ref. BR0392-D-BL-ST/SRB, on the other hand, does not really look like any of the Seiko Monster models. However, its chunky and oversized exterior is what makes it a great alternative to the Seiko. It also boasts extreme durability and reliability, which are qualities found in the Seiko Monster watches as well.  This Bell & Ross Instruments piece is housed in a 42mm, square-shaped case coupled with a black rubber strap and a rotating bezel. The black dial follows a straightforward analogue layout with luminescent blunt hands, round geometric hour markers, and a small date window between 4 and 5 o’clock. Underneath this rugged exterior, you will find an impressive, automatic BR-CAL.302 caliber that boasts a 38-hour power reserve and an incredible water resistance rating of up to 300 meters.  If you are a fan of robust and large timepieces, you are likely to enjoy this $3,700 USD Bell & Ross model as well.  3. Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Ref. DM3002A-PC-BK Now, we have the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Ref. DM3002A-PC-BK which is the closest alternative to the Seiko Monster in terms of looks. This is mainly because of its distinctively large round bezel that is an attention-grabber right off the bat. This is a great alternative for those who want a more luxurious and professional timepiece.  This Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon watch comes in a 42mm lightweight titanium case paired with a black rubber strap and a rotating bezel. The simple black dial consists of luminescent indices and thick skeletal hour markers, all of which are fitted with tritium gas tubes that will light up the watch face in the dark. There is also a modest date window at 3 o’clock. Inside this watch is an automatic Ball RR1101-C caliber, which is held together by 21 jewels and has a 42-hour power supply. At $3,249 USD, this Ball watch is a pricey yet reputable alternative to the Seiko Monster.  Final Thoughts The Seiko Monster is one of the most iconic watches from the well-established Japanese brand Seiko. Its playful and inventive nickname is a tribute to the watch’s extremely memorable, standout design. Most, if not all, of the watches in the Seiko Monster series boast bold and distinctive designs that continue to resonate with people even today. Indeed, this selection of timepieces is proof enough that not all ‘monsters’ are bad.  Photo Credits: Seiko Website, Amazon, and WatchShopping Site If you’re on the hunt for a rugged outdoor watch, check out our article on the Polar Grit X. 

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  11. Top 10 Rolex Movements Worth Your Time

    Top 10 Rolex Movements Worth Your Time

    While a watch’s external build is one of the most crucial aspects of a timepiece, true watch connoisseurs know that the interior is just as important. No matter how beautifully crafted your watch might be, it would not be functional without the mechanisms that run inside it. This is precisely why many brands invest in finding or creating the ideal calibers that would fit their timepieces. Rolex, for example, is home to some of the most well-known calibers in watchmaking. Each and every model in its catalog comes with excellent mechanisms that make Rolex watches even more desirable. In fact, Rolex is one of the few brands in the industry that creates every single one of its movements entirely in-house. This is a testament to Rolex’s high quality standards and attention to detail. In this article, we will be taking a look at the ten best Rolex movements out there and some watches that are equipped with them.  Top 10 Rolex Movements  1. Caliber 3155 First up, we have the Rolex Caliber 3155. This is a Rolex movement commonly found in Day-Date models. First launched in 1988, this Rolex movement was in production up until 2019. Because it is used to power the yellow-gold Day-Date watch worn and loved by a handful of US Presidents, the Caliber 3155 is also referred to as the Presidents’ caliber. The Caliber 3155 is held together by 31 jewels and has an iconic day-date disc mechanism. This self-winding movement also boasts a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and a power reserve of 48 hours. As with most modern Rolex movements, the Caliber 3155 is COSC-certified, ensuring impeccable accuracy. Rolex Day-Date Ref. 118135EGCH If you are on the hunt for a stylish watch with the Rolex Caliber 3155, you should definitely check out the Rolex Day-Date Ref. 118135EGCH. This is a gorgeous model that effortlessly draws people’s eyes with its deep, rich colorway. This Rolex Day-Date piece comes in a luxurious 36mm Everose gold case, coupled with an alligator leather strap in dark brown. This watch strap goes well with its chocolate brown dial, which bears an exquisite, metallic sunray finish. This dial is also decorated with luminous hour indices, slender blunt hands, a magnified date window at 3 o’clock, and an arching day aperture, which replaces the 12 o’clock marker. Powered by the Caliber 3155, this model has a solid depth rating of 100 meters. You can purchase this Rolex watch for around $18,960 USD. 2. Caliber 3185 This next Rolex movement on the list is the Caliber 3185, which was only in production from 1988 to 2005. As such, this movement is typically found in older GMT-Master II and Explorer II models. The Caliber 3185 is actually based on an older Rolex movement, the Caliber 3135, which was a lot smaller and simpler in structure. The upgraded Caliber 3185 has a standard 28.5mm diameter and consists of 31 jewels. It possesses a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and an excellent power reserve of 50 hours, making it both accurate and reliable. Aside from the usual time and date functions, this movement also features a GMT complication, which means that it has an additional hour hand for a second timezone display. Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 16710 Coke The Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 16710 Coke is a pretty iconic timepiece, which also comes with an impressive caliber that powers all of its functions. Nicknamed the Rolex Coke for its stylish, two-tone red and black GMT bezel, this is a distinct and incredibly popular model amongst enthusiasts and collectors. This Rolex Coke watch is presented in a 40mm Oystersteel case and three-link bracelet. Fixed on top of the case is a sturdy Oystersteel bezel, fitted with a black and red GMT insert made of scratch-resistant cerachrom. The black dial of this watch gives off a simple yet sporty vibe, thanks to its luminous Mercedes hands, geometric hour markers, and classic magnified date window at 3 o’clock. It also features a vibrant red GMT hand, which facilitates its additional timezone display. Inside this watch, you can find the COSC-certified Rolex Caliber 3185. The Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 16710 Coke is priced at around $13,000 USD at present. 3. Caliber 3235 The Caliber 3235 belongs to a new generation of in-house Rolex movements that are currently in production today. A total of 14 patents went into the making of the Caliber 3235 and it serves as a clear reflection of the Swiss brand’s commitment to innovative watchmaking.  The Rolex Caliber 3235 has a standard 28.5mm diameter. Held together by 31 jewels, this movement has a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). As opposed to older Rolex movements, the Caliber 3235 is made of a nickel-phosphorus compound which gives it anti-magnetic properties, bolstering its durability. This movement is also equipped with a new Chronergy escapement, which translates to greater precision and efficiency, allowing for a whopping 70-hour power supply. Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 126660 The Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 126660 is a lovely timepiece from the brand’s Professional line. Aside from its impressive interior, this dive watch also shows off sleek, ocean-inspired aesthetics. This Sea-Dweller watch uses a 44mm Oystersteel case along with a three-link bracelet made of the same material. Fitted on top of the case is a unidirectional Cerachrom bezel in black, with a raised 60-minute graduation for the elapsed time scale. The watch’s mesmerizing dial shows off an unusual finish, going from sea blue at the top to jet-black at the bottom, mimicking the ocean’s abyssal waters. It also comprises luminous hour indices in various geometric shapes, Mercedes-style hands, and a compact date display at 3 o’clock. Driven by the Rolex Caliber 3235, this dive watch has an outstanding 3,900-meter depth rating. This allows it to brave even the deepest ocean depths. You can purchase this Rolex dive watch for approximately $14,525 USD. 4. Caliber 4130 Next, we have the Caliber 4130, also known as the mechanism that powers the famous Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. This is a self-winding chronograph movement that is fully developed and manufactured by Rolex. Prior to the release of the Caliber 4130, Rolex actually used a modified Zenith El Primero movement for its Daytona models. The launch of the Caliber 4130 was in fact a direct upgrade that resulted in the Daytona watches becoming even more powerful and popular. As a chronograph movement, the Caliber 4130 has a slightly larger diameter of 30.50mm and a height of 6.5mm. This COSC-certified Rolex movement is held together by 44 jewels and has a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). When fully wound, it can last for up to an impressive 72 hours. Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116519LN The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116519LN is one of the most popular models in the Swiss brand’s catalogue. It is highly regarded for its stunning design and impressive functionality. In fact, this racing piece is probably on the top ten list of many watch enthusiasts and collectors simply because of how well-balanced it is. This Cosmograph Daytona watch is housed in a 40mm white gold case, coupled with a comfortable Oysterflex bracelet. Fixed on top of the case is a rotating black Cerachrom bezel, with engraved white indicators for the tachymeter scale. The intriguing dial shows off a unique meteorite-inspired design that you simply cannot take your eyes off. It is also furnished with small hour indices, luminous hollow hands, and three chronograph sub-dials in black that stand out sharply against the silver dial. These functions, which include a small seconds display, a 30-minute counter, and a 12-hour counter, all run on the watch’s Caliber 4130. The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116519LN sells at around $47,200 USD. 5. Caliber 3285 The Caliber 3285 is another relatively new Rolex movement that was only introduced to the world in 2018. This movement actually replaced the Caliber 3186 and is now commonly found in modern GMT-Master II and Explorer II models. As with most Rolex movements today, this caliber is labeled a Superlative Chronometer. This means that it was subjected to even higher standards than the COSC, ensuring unparalleled accuracy. The Caliber 3285 has a diameter of approximately 28.5mm and consists of 31 jewels. It exhibits a standard frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and an excellent power reserve of 70 hours. As an advanced Rolex movement, this self-winding caliber comes with a Chronergy escapement and a Paraflex shock system, which bolsters its efficiency and resistance to shocks. On the whole, the Caliber 3285 is nothing short of durable and dependable. Rolex Explorer II Ref. 226570  The Rolex Explorer II Ref. 226570 is a classic and sporty model that would make for the perfect companion on any type of adventure. With its robust and reliable movement, this watch is built to withstand the most extreme conditions man could face. This Explorer II timepiece is presented in a 42mm Oystersteel case and three-link bracelet. As a GMT watch, it comes with a fixed 24-hour Oystersteel bezel with raised indicators. This bezel also flaunts a smart, brushed finish, contrasting against the polished surfaces of the case and bracelet. This sleek all-silver exterior is complemented by a clean white dial, consisting of geometric hour indices, signature Mercedes hands, a magnified date aperture, and a vibrant orange GMT hand that adds a burst of personality to this watch face. As mentioned, this watch is driven by the Caliber 3285. This movement is known to be resistant to both shock and temperature changes, making it perfect for the outdoors. The Rolex Explorer II Ref. 226570 is priced at just $9,670 USD, making it one of the more affordable Rolex offerings. 6. Caliber 9001 The Caliber 9001 is probably one of the most unique and special Rolex movements out there. First introduced in 2012, this caliber has a rather complex structure that is specially geared towards making the watch easier to use. On top of that, it is also certified as a Swiss Chronometer, which means it exceeds the standards set by the COSC. The Caliber 9001 is a self-winding movement with 40 jewels and a diameter of 33mm. It has a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and an impressive power reserve that can last up to 72 hours. It is equipped with a selector wheel on its outer edge, which is a crucial aspect of the Sky-Dweller’s functions. Rolex Sky-Dweller Ref. 326238 The Rolex Sky-Dweller Ref. 326238 is a classy and remarkably cool-looking watch that is sure to draw your attention. Despite the complexity of its movement, this model is known for being quite straightforward and easy to use. This Rolex Sky-Dweller piece utilizes a 42mm case made of luxurious 18K yellow gold, coupled with a smooth Oysterflex bracelet and a fluted yellow gold bezel. The lustrous case and bezel are strikingly contrasted against a sunray black dial, which is adorned with luminescent blunt hands and baton indices, and a magnified date complication at 3 o’clock. At the center of the dial, you can find a unique 24-hour display in the form of a large sub-dial. Powered by a well-crafted Caliber 9001, this watch boasts the following functions: a second time zone, an annual calendar at 3 o’clock, rapid date-setting, a month display, and stop seconds.  The Rolex Sky-Dweller Ref. 326238 is worth approximately $49,500 USD. 7. Caliber 3195 The Caliber 3195 is yet another impressive Rolex movement, this time used for the Rolex Cellini Moonphase. This is a simple time-date movement with an additional moon phase complication, making it more elegant and appealing. It has a diameter of 28.5mm and is made up of 31 jewels. Aside from that, this COSC-certified caliber also possesses a 48-hour power supply and a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). Rolex Cellini Ref. 50535 The Rolex Cellini Ref. 50535 is one of the most sophisticated watches you can find in Rolex’s catalog, which is really saying something. Compared to the other Rolex movements on this list, this watch’s moonphase complication is what truly sets its mechanism apart. This Rolex Cellini watch comes in a 39mm Everose gold case paired with a suave leather strap in dark brown. Its egg-white dial follows a fairly straightforward layout, comprising beveled dauphine hands, a circular minute track, and a gorgeous moon phase display that is decorated to look like a starry night sky. On the rim of the dial, you can find a date scale, which is indicated by an additional sweeping, crescent-shaped hand. All of these functions run on the Rolex Caliber 3195. You can get your hands on this Rolex watch for around $25,950 USD. 8. Caliber 4161 Like the aforementioned Caliber 4130, this Caliber 4161 is another self-winding chronograph movement from Rolex. It was launched at Baselworld 2013 as the mechanism driving the Rolex Yacht-Master II and it continues to be used for modern Yacht-Master II models today. As a movement designed for a sailing watch, the Caliber 4161 was specially created with regatta timer functions. This is a relatively complex movement, consisting of over 360 components and 44 jewels. Finally, it also has a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and a 72-hour power reserve. Rolex Yacht-Master II Ref. 116688 The Rolex Yacht-Master II Ref. 116688 is one of the most sought-after pieces in this article and for good reason. As a top-notch sailing watch, this timepiece balances a sophisticated interior with a luxurious exterior that manages to be both classy and stylish. This Yacht-Master II watch is housed in a 44mm case and three-link bracelet, both made of exquisite 18K yellow gold. Fixed on top of the case is a scratch-resistant Cerachrom bezel in gleaming blue, with engraved gold indicators for the regatta feature. This is contrasted against a busy white dial, which contains luminous hour markers, Mercedes hands, an arching regatta timer, and a small seconds sub-dial outlined in gold. Driving all these functions is an excellent Caliber 4161 that delivers unparalleled performance. The Rolex Yacht-Master II Ref. 116688 retails at approximately $50,100 USD. 9. Caliber 3131 The Caliber 3131 is an in-house Rolex movement typically found in its Milgauss and Air King models. Since it powers only a handful of Rolex watches, people tend to overlook this simple yet impressive movement. It comes in a standard 28.5mm diameter, with 31 jewels and a Swiss Chronometer rating. Like many other Rolex movements, this caliber has a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and a 48-hour power supply. That said, this movement is also incredibly robust. It features a Parachrom hairspring and a Paraflex shock system for unmatched resistance to strong magnetic fields and shocks. Rolex Milgauss Ref. 116400GV The Rolex Milgauss Ref. 116400GV is an elegant and clean-looking model that definitely stands out, even from other Rolex watches. Aside from having an unusual design, this Milgauss timepiece also comes with an excellently-crafted mechanism, fulfilling its purpose as a timekeeper crafted for the scientific community well. This Rolex watch comes in a 40mm Oystersteel case and three-link bracelet with a sturdy fixed bezel. Its stunning sunray blue dial follows a simple layout, with luminous blunt hands and rectangular hour indices. The circular rim of the dial comes in vibrant green highlights, which perfectly contrast against the orange accents peppered around the watch face. Underneath this stylish watch face is a Rolex Caliber 3131. On top of showcasing utmost precision with an accuracy rate of +/-2 seconds per day, this movement is also strong enough to withstand magnetic fields of up to 1,000 gauss. Indeed, this is the perfect watch for any budding scientists. The Rolex Milgauss Ref. 116400GV is worth around $9,350 USD. 10. Caliber 2236 Last but not least, we have the Rolex Caliber 2236. First launched in 2014, this caliber is often found in Datejust models for the ladies. It is an in-house Rolex Perpetual movement, meaning it was crafted with utmost precision and reliability in mind. One interesting thing about the Caliber 2236 is that it is the first Rolex movement to come with a Syloxi (silicone) hairspring rather than the usual Parachrom one. As a caliber designed for ladies’ watches, this movement has a smaller diameter of 20mm. Held together by 31 jewels, it has a beat frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). Despite its petite size, this movement still manages to pack a punch with its substantial 55-hour power reserve. Rolex Lady-Datejust Ref. 279173 The Rolex Lady-Datejust Ref. 279173 serves as a sophisticated and classic choice for all the ladies out there. This timepiece utilizes a slender 28mm case and a Rolesor bracelet made of Oystersteel and 18K yellow gold. It shows off an exquisite sunray champagne dial, furnished with yellow gold blunt hands, lavish diamond hour markers, and a magnified date display. Underneath this simple yet luxurious watch face, you can find the in-house Rolex Caliber 2236. This Lady-Datejust timepiece has an estimated price tag of $12,150 USD. Final Thoughts  After going through all those movements, you can see that Rolex is truly an innovator in all aspects of watchmaking. The brand has a variety of calibers and mechanisms made to cater to all sorts of different purposes and watches, all of which are well-crafted in their own way. With these Rolex movements, you will never have to worry about precision and reliability. Photo Credits: Watch Base and Official Rolex Website If you’re interested in more listicles, check out our piece on the 15 Best Titanium Watches.

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