Timi Jacobs

Timi Jacobs

First Published: September 28, 2018
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  2. Seiko Watches vs. Citizen Watches

    Seiko Watches vs. Citizen Watches

    Although Seiko and Citizen may have similarities on the surface, they make very different watches. Having mentioned that, this article is a comparison of both brands. We’ll take you through their particular highlights and characteristics to see if anyone beats the other. Otherwise, it’s a draw. Note: Keep in mind that this article is purely educational and will let you decide which manufacturer to go for. Seiko Watches Seiko, unlike its competition in this category, doesn’t only make quartz watches. Their range of watches with automatic movements is known to rival the best in the industry when it comes to complications and craftsmanship. However, the manufacturer’s selling point is their cost-friendly price that doesn’t sacrifice either performance (power, movement, etc.) or aesthetics. Below, we’ll go through the brand’s highlights. Features of Seiko Timepieces: Uses an extensive variety of movement typesExcellent build quality, with a professional finishBudget-friendly price (the Seiko 5 costs $75, and it uses an automatic movement)Combination of GPS function with movements (solar in most cases) for precisionOverall Performance Over the years, Seiko has come up with movements of all sorts. Unlike most of the competition, the watchmaker doesn’t allow itself limitations from Swiss tradition, or even misconception on what should be. It’s like the Samsung of the industry, with the Citizen a lower-tiered iPhone (at least when compared to Rolex). They have made watches with quartz, automatic, solar, kinetic, and spring movements. Their quartz movements include both the standard types and high-precision ones in the case of the 9F Quartz. As for automatic, you’ll find movements that can rival the best in the watchmaking world. A highlight is the Grand Seiko SBGR253 with up to 72 hours in power reserve. On the part of solar watches, six months of use upon full charge is the new milestone. The kinetic and spring movements, on the other hand, are entirely different. In the case of the first one, it refers to a collection of watches that uses a battery that’s charged through winding, whether self-winding or modern, where it self-winds. Also, keep in mind that the ‘old-school’ method comes with two power indicator functions, so you feel the transfer of power. The second, which is the Spring Drive movement is like a brother to the kinetic movement. Both are proof of Seiko’s innovations as a master of both electronic and mechanical watchmaking. Back to Spring Drive, it combines tradition with precision. The movement charges like any mechanical watch, but then includes the use of an electronic regulator for higher accuracy (±10s per year). Pricing The price of Seiko watches can go from as low as $100 to as high as $50,000. But most times, the Seiko lineup is less than $1,000 (exceptions are the Seiko Presage, Seiko Prospex, and Seiko Astron collections) while the Grand Seiko collection starts from there. For the innovative Spring Drive, only the Grand Seiko uses it. You’ll find every other type of movement Seiko makes in the sub-$1,000. Good dive watches start at $300Sleek dress watches start at $400GPS models start from $1,000Street-styled series start at $400Casual/outdoor and military-styled watches start around $150Aesthetics Seiko watches always come with a high level of finish, durability, and sophisticated design. Sadly though, Seiko doesn’t complement all three with precious metals like we usually see in watches made by Rolex, Patek Philippe, and others. The one exception to this norm is the Grand Seiko 130th Anniversary Limited Edition SBGW252. Citizen Watches Citizen is a watch brand that formed in 1918. The manufacturer purely focuses on in-house quartz movements which are all made in Japan. Also, most of their watches are assembled in automated factories, though their high-end models (assembled by Meisters and Super Meisters) are an exception to that rule. That said, as we mentioned above with Seiko watches, Citizen watches are known for their high prices, too. And that’s with no adverse effect on the performance. Here’s a breakdown of the features of a Citizen watch on the market. Features of Citizen Timepieces: Ultra-accurate quartz movementsLight-powered quartz movementsDainty form factorUse of perpetual calendar in all watches with a date displayAtomic timekeeping for precise time transmission from unique radio towersBattery span of up to 20 years, before power storage capacity, dropped by 20%Overall Performance With Citizen, their central movement revolves all-around their Eco-Drive technology. The technology can generate light from any source. Whether that be natural, artificial, or even dim (regardless of which one), the battery gets charged. What’s more, a full charge means 5-12+ months of operation in pitch darkness. Other than that, their HAQ (High-Accuracy Quartz) technology is the next best, and it’s the industry standard. Citizen watches with this technology usually have a staggering time accuracy of ± five seconds per year. It’s one of the best we’ve seen so far. In contrast to Seiko, Citizen doesn’t have a variety of movements. But the ones they do have (namely, the Eco-drive movements) are the best that you can find in the market, especially with the updates to the tech itself. Note: Citizen has an automatic movement called the Miyota movement. It’s not as popular as its counterpart; and even when compared to the ones found in the Seiko, it’s no competition. Pricing Pricing in the case of Citizen watches can go from $100 to $20,000. The latter is a bit underwhelming when compared to Seiko’s, but keep in mind that Citizen only makes quartz watches. They never want to compromise on time accuracy by using mechanical watches. At the same time, durability and features are never too far away from their collections. Dive and dress watches cost below $400Eco-drive watches start from as low as the minimum $100Atomic timekeeping watches start at $350Seiko Watches Aesthetics Citizen is like Seiko in this regard. Neither of them uses precious metals (gold, platinum, diamonds, etc.), but both their watches do offer impeccable finish, high durability (use of stainless steel), and exceptional aesthetic appeal overall. Seiko Watches Final Thought If you don’t mind quartz watches and the extra accuracy the tech brings, Citizen watches might be your best bet. Alternatively, if you prefer the tradition of mechanical watches, with a cost-friendly price, then Seiko watches should be your choice! Either way, it’ll be a win.

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  3. 6 Reasons To Love TAG Heuer Watches

    6 Reasons To Love TAG Heuer Watches

    TAG Heuer watches may not be as popular in the watch community as brands like Rolex or Patek Philippe. But that’s perfectly fine as they all have different types of audiences. Rolex sells their watches to the general audience while Patek Philippe (PP) takes the high-class route by putting huge price tags on their watches. So, just like those two, TAG Heuer sells their watches to another audience entirely — one who has their reasons to respect them. Now, what we’ve done is that we’ve compiled a couple of facts. You should allow yourself to see it from the perspective of someone who wears TAG Heuer watches all the time. Tip: You can also think of this post as a compilation of the reasons why TAG Heuer watches are even worn at all. Seeing as most people go for either of the aforementioned brands (Rolex and PP). 1: Reached the Totem Pole of the Sports World Tag Heuer watches have always been a favorite in sports because of a single advantage. They simply have the ability to keep time extremely well due to their movements. So, it was only a matter of time before Heuer watches started ruling the Olympics at the time (pun not intended). Charles-Auguste Heuer noticed that the Olympics needed a stopwatch for their timing races to work as intended. Hence, the brand introduced to them the TAG Heuer Mikrograph. It started being used in the 1920 Olympics and was the first stopwatch that could measure 1/100th of a second. Since then, it was used in the next consecutive Olympics in 1924 and 1928. 2: TAG Heuer Dedicated an Entire Line of Watches to Racecar Drivers The Carrera Panamericana auto race was a border-to-border race that was 2,096 miles long. It also lasted for 5 years (from 1950-1954) and was one of the most dangerous car races in sports history due to the number of lives lost during the event’s duration. So, for a watch brand that’s clearly as invested in racing and sports as TAG Heuer have been, Jack Heuer decided to create the popular TAG Heuer Carrera. It’s a chronograph watch that acts as both an icon (meaning behind its creation) and a performance watch to race car drivers. If you were planning on owning a Carrera piece before, you now know that the watches weren’t only built for the looks and performance alone. 3: Edouard Heuer Made Building a Chronograph Easier The original founder, Edouard, released TAG Heuer’s first chronograph in 1882. He felt both the full brunt of the production costs and the issue of time itself. To avoid these things, he started working on a solution, that is, the rocking pinion (also known as oscillating pinion). The goal was to make building a chronograph cheaper and simpler. At the same time, side goals like making the watches easier to adjust and repair were present as well, all without any reduction in performance. In 1887, the pinion was released and he consequently cut down on both cost and time and even completed the side goals. 4: First Swiss Watch to Visit Space Despite the large prestige, most watch enthusiasts associate with the Rolex and Audemars Piguet brands. But you’ll be surprised to find that the two Swiss brands weren’t the first to enter space. Instead, that honor solely belongs to the Heuer 2915A. The watch was used by John Glenn in 1962 to orbit the earth 3 times. Round the globe, John went with a Heuer 2915A acting as a backup timer throughout the mission. 5: ‘The King of Cool’ – Steven McQueen If you had enough time to watch any movie in the 1960s and 1970s, Steve McQueen should be on the TV. His “anti-hero” persona was the publicly accepted norm in filmmaking and acting at the time. So, when the King of Cool was needed for a role in a sport/indie film, he chose the best statement watch for that field: the TAG Heuer Monaco. The fact is that the watch was an instant hit since that’s not news to the brand’s enthusiasts. What’s new here is that McQueen’s decision recognized TAG Heuer as the predominant owner of the automobile department. Specifically when it concerns making watches that make both a profession (driving) and the acting of that profession easier. 6: Chronomatic Caliber 11 was the First Water-resistant Automatic Chronograph Not a lot of people that know the first automatic chronograph to be water-resistant was created by TAG Heuer. The development of the chronograph started in 1965 and it was released in Basel in 1969. That means it took watchmakers at the company 4 years to create a watch that could function as both a display and also as a timer. This was one of the earlier problems of a chronograph that the company personally solved. Why? Because if the company is ever known for anything other than its association with sports, it’s about the quality of their chronographs.

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  4. Watch Series: Omega Watches for Men

    Watch Series: Omega Watches for Men

    Omega Watches for Men In 1848, Omega’s primary founder created a company in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. A few years later (1877), his sons Louis-Paul and César joined the family business, so the name promptly changed to Louis Brandt & Fils. In 1903, the company’s name finally changed to Omega Watch Co. This was because of the invention of the Omega caliber (where the company gets its name). At the time, it offered their watches improved accuracy and reparability. Let’s take a look at some Omega watches for men. Omega Watches for Men Introduction Omega is one of the best luxury brands in the world, having played a part in different categories and setting milestones. From NASA and the Olympics to the British military and a James Bond movie—the watch, like any other in its class, has penetrated most high societies. Below, we’ll show you the Omega watches for men that are worth spending on. General features of Omega include a lot of things. The watch company is known for having an impressive build quality. They use in-house movements and have used modified ETA movements in the past. They’re cost friendly, compared to brands like Rolex. The Omega Seamaster, Speedmaster and as well as the Constellation are their most popular collections. 1: Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch The Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch is number one on our list for a reason. You can’t talk about Omega watches for men without getting to this one first. It’s one of those watches with solid social proof and also, the critics’ approval. Back in 1969, Buzz Aldrin wore a Speedmaster Professional Chronograph on the first lunar landing, the reason being the great list of features the watch has. It is precision, highly readable, and comes with perfect build quality. Latest models come updated with the Caliber Omega 1861, which is manually wound to fill up the 48-hour power reserve. After, the watch comes in a 42 mm case, and a blacked-out dial with three sub-dials for the seconds, a 30-minute recorder, and a 12-hour recorder. Get this if the tradition of vintage pieces appeals to you. Price starts from $5,200. Fun Fact: There are models of the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch that feature a moon phase complication. 2: Omega Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean If you’re looking into a professional dive watch, the three features you must look for are water resistance, helium-escape valve, and alveol screw-in caseback. All 3 encompass the Omega Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean. The watch was initially released in 2005, though it’s an upgrade over the Omega Seamaster 300. Its features include indexes, minute hand, and 12 o’clock dot coated in Super-LumiNova, an automatic Co-Axial caliber 8500 COSC-certified chronometer movement, water resistance up to 2,000 feet, and a price tag starting from about $6,200. 3: Omega Constellation Co-Axial The Omega Constellation collection launched in 1952 and has been a fan favorite since. The watch’s major selling point is the vintage appeal that it drives. From the segmented bracelet to the stylish bezel and dial, the customizations that you can make doesn’t reduce the vintage vibe you get. Today’s updated versions include self-winding Co-Axial calibers with up to 50 hours in the power reserve. Also, the Constellation collection is water resistant up to a depth of 330 feet. It’s rather low when compared to the Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean, but keep in mind that this is a dress watch, with plenty of style to spare. The Omega Constellation Co-Axial starts from $4,400. 4: Omega De Ville Prestige  The Omega De Ville Prestige is a simple looking watch, with a clean dial free from the usual cluster. Instead, a rather clear date display sits at the 3 o’clock mark while Roman numerals slightly decorate the index. That is an all-purpose watch that you wear to both formal and informal occasions. The clock hangs on a leather strap and Omega’s new in-house movements. Prices start at $3,600. Fun Fact: You can get models in the Prestige collection with a power reserve indicator of ones with a chronograph complication. 5: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial As one of Omega’s most significant collections, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial combines sea-themed luxury and performance rather well. The watch is made from stainless steel and comes inside a 41.5 mm case. At the center, Omega’s self-winding Co-Axial caliber 8500 beats with a power reserve of up to 60 hours. One of our favorite models offers water resistance up to a depth of 150 m. The white, sun-brushed and lacquered dial is insert with 18k gold seconds hand and deep blue hour and minute hands. Price starts from $7,300.

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  5. Illuminating Watch Brands for After Hours

    Illuminating Watch Brands for After Hours

    While we could build a compilation that covers watches and watch brands for business people or even celebrities alike, let’s do something different. In this list, we cover watches that are fit for one of the night missions that go down in any of the Mission Impossible films. Who is the watch for? Well, that depends on where your interests lie. If you’re someone who: Works late into the nightHas a love of hiking/traveling or diving?Or even prefer taking walks in the evening Citizen’s Entire Military Collection The choice of Citizen in illuminating paint is called the Natulite. Now, while it’s used in most of their high-quality watches, the collection we recommend is the one with military-style offerings. The Lume in these collection lasts for a minimum of about 7 hours, which is one of the best records in the industry. This is despite the fact that Lume and even the movements use Citizen’s Eco-drive technology to charge up. LumiBrite Makes Seiko Watches Perfect Night Companions Seiko’s apparent answer to other brands with luminous watches comes in the form of the LumiBrite technology. The tech charges in just around 10 minutes when exposed to sunlight or artificial light and lasts for around 5 hours in the dark. Now, the best thing about this tech (other than it’s safe, of course) is that it’s used in most Seiko watches nowadays. From their dive watches to their military-grade ones, Seiko gives a bit of variety. Timex Indigo Watches Make Up the Cream Unlike other watches, Timex doesn’t concern itself much with mechanical movements. Instead, they stick strictly to the use of quartz watches. This way, they can cram in as many features as their followers can want into a watch. One of their best is the Indiglo Back-lit technology  Literally, you can go for a vintage-looking (though slightly chunky) timepiece like the Timex Weekender or you can go for something modern and a bit militaristic like a field watch, in particular, the Timex Expedition Rugged Core Analog Field watch. It all depends on your taste when it comes to Timex. The only issue you have to worry about with Timex watches though, is that somewhat disappointing resale value of theirs. But at the same time, you shouldn’t ignore the fact that their watches are budget-friendly. Casio’s Neo-Brite Tech is Your Best Bang for Buck Most, if not all of Casio watches, have the Neo-brite technology included. Better yet, you can either go with Casio’s analog watches in the form of their Sports line-up if you want something budget-friendly. Otherwise, go for their Casio G-shock collection. You’ll find anything from bulky, but performance-type timepieces to Illuminators with square, bold faces. Nevertheless, the one thing that remains the norm with this collection is that most high-quality models are rugged. Expect watches here to last a comfortable 5-8 hours, for eyes well-adjusted to the dark. It’s not the best on the list, but for the price, we doubt anyone will complain much. The Luminox Brand With Luminox, they clearly draw their inspirations from their name. The watchmaker creates watches made for the military, or to be more specific, their field operations. As a result of that, their collections; Sea, Air, and Land (following the different environments that field missions are staged) are filled with watches that glow brightly at night. All due to the company’s Luminox illumination glass tubes called LLT (LLT = Luminox Light Technology). The tubes are made up of borosilicate glass capsules, which are known for lighting up at night, with no impact on the power reserve. This all equals 25 years of use. We recommend the collection that best fits your travel choice. It’s in the best position to meet your preferences after all. Other features to expect from the five above: 1: Except the luminous watches from Seiko, other watchmakers use a quartz movement. So, expect: 2: Efficient timekeeping (even the Seiko models due to their powerful movements) 3: Long power reserves (more than 10 years for quartz watches and 55+ hours for Seiko watches) 4: No manual winding 5: “Beater Watch” sizes Our Final Thoughts There are other mentions like the PRC 200 models from Tissot and even timepieces from lesser-known companies like Mondaine (the watches that use Tritium). Nonetheless, the difference between these ones and the ones on our list is that they offer much more than just illumination at night. The watches’ lume is just another part of the package that the manufacturers behind the watches above got right.

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  6. Top 5 Watch Brands That Will Hold Their Value

    Top 5 Watch Brands That Will Hold Their Value

    There are two types of watch enthusiasts that we’ve seen over the years. We have those who only want a watch that does its job remarkably well — regardless if it’s quartz, mechanical, or otherwise. On the other hand, we have the watch collectors who consider timepieces to be investments. Either way, you’re going to want to look into watch brands that’ll hold it’s value. So, just after this short intro, we’ve listed five watch brands that retain their value incredibly well. A few years down the lane, inflation should have reared its head again, and prices should be flying through the roof. 1: Rolex They’re the undisputed champions when it comes to brands that hold their value well—almost like real estate. The reason for this is simple: this Swiss brand has a lot of rich history backing it up. They were the first watch to be on Mount Everest on the wrists of both Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Likewise, they are well known to be the first watchmaker to engineer a dive watch. With these kinds of achievements and more, they’ve become the world’s most renowned and sought-after watch brand. Recommended models include: Go for the Deepsea and Submariner models due to their demand. Oyster Perpetual has always been a great choice too! 2: Patek Philippe Other than their tradition which has lasted for 177 years now, exclusivity, power, and class are Patek Philippe’s keywords. They once made a statement that goes along the lines of “You don’t own a Patek Philippe watch, you keep it for the next generation.” The brand’s watches are mechanical masterpieces with materials, parts, and movements all manufactured and assembled in-house by their artisans. Still, despite the fantastic resale value they have, the only issue is getting even one copy in good condition. Recommended models include: Nautilus, Chronograph, and Aquanaut are models you should consider. 3: Jaeger-LeCoultre While Jaeger-LeCoultre might not have the same fame that the two brands mentioned above have, but they have the same ingredients those two have. The watchmaker has a tradition (founded way back in 1833) in the art of making mechanical movements. They take this art to the extent that they have commissioned movements for other watch brands, including Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet. Their watches range from the usual classic/dress watches to sports models. Recommended models include: The Reverso, Master Ultra-Thin, Master Compressor, Master Control, Geophysic, and Duomètre are our recommendations. 4: Omega While these watches don’t come with the price tag of all the brands we’ve mentioned, they still hold their value remarkably well. The clock has numerous achievements. For one, the Speedmaster Professional Chronograph was the watch worn to the first lunar landing by Buzz Aldrin in 1969. Likewise, this Swiss company is now making their movements (the Co-Axial) in-house, rather than buying and modifying ETA movements as they did before. This trend is gratifying (with a positive effect on the resale value) for any watchmaker that calls itself a luxury brand. Recommended models include: You should get any one between the Seamaster, Speedmaster, or the Constellation. 5: TAG Heuer TAG Heuer didn’t start late in the game. The watchmaker formed in 1860, and since then, has been making luxury watches for people with diverse preferences. Nevertheless, the brand’s winning-formula is their marketing. TAG Heuer has appeared on the wrists of famous people such as Elvis Presley and Chris Hemsworth as a marketing strategy that works. The fact that their watches keep the vintage, but functional design, while upgrading the internals makes it all the more enjoyable to use. Recommended models include: Any collection of their flagship models will never be complete without the presence of the Carrera, Monza, and Monaco. Why are They Considered Great Investments? It’s not because they make rare, limited copies. The reason is just that the watch community usually reveres most watchmakers that engineer mechanical timepieces with innovative movements done in-house as great brands. Quartz watches use IC (integrated circuits) which function as the clock, timer, alarm, GPS tracker, etc. On the other hand, all of these functions are created from scratch by moving mechanisms called complications in a mechanical watch. Aside from that, we all look at the heritage. The fact that the brands themselves have tradition, thus social proof creates a demand for them. Watch investors are just the ones who supply them, at a future date. Final Thought Keep in mind that we consider only the iconic timepieces in the various collections of these brands the real investment. Anything that’s not well-loved and wanted typically won’t be valued well. So, be very careful.

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  7. Military Watches: Best 5 Affordable Choices

    Military Watches: Best 5 Affordable Choices

    While military watches may imply the obvious, we try not to place that limitation on it. Military watches are mainly for field enthusiasts like security agents, extreme athletes, hunters, survivalists and others similar. If you push the boundaries of life, or to be more specific, mother nature, you’ll want to have a tactical watch like a military watch! In that regard, we have compiled a list of affordable (under $500) timepieces that come with a unique set of attributes to brave the outdoors. The characteristics of military watches generally include: Military Watches Robust Design:Even in the most extreme of conditions, a military watch is expected to perform without any hitch. And that’s with its form generally unscathed. Unambiguous Dial/Display (in the Case of Quartz Watches):Tactical watches and clean dials are a match made in heaven, at least for the enthusiasts. Waterproof Capabilities:In the case you want to get your timepiece wet, the watchmakers expect it. So, a watch in this category is water resistant to an acceptable level. Backlight Attribute for the Dark:Night time is a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts, so a timepiece that lacks night vision shouldn’t even be regarded as tactical. Solid Battery Life with Military Watches:It doesn’t make much sense for the piece to run for a measly 24 hours. So, these watches have battery life good enough to impress in even the strictest circles of outdoor fans. GPS in Some Cases is Required with Miltary Watches:For tracking your movements outdoor and also for providing time with better precision. Military Watches 1: Timex Expedition Trial (ET) Series The basic unit of the ET series is a quartz watch with a nifty 16-point compass for map tracking. On the outside, it has a thick and textured resin band that does its job comfortably enough. Thus, it makes the watch pleasant to wear while being super durable. However, on the low, the hour/second figures were what we noticed right away on the negative display. They offer great readability, which is further complemented by the Indiglo backlight. Other features include vibrating alarms, a stopwatch, and a countdown timer. The Timex watch costs about $70. Features:– Water resistant up to 660 feet– Shock resistance meets the I.S.O. standards– Indiglo night-light– Digital Compass 2: Casio Rangeman Series The Casio Rangeman GW9400 is about $300, but it’s one of the most feature-packed outdoor gear we’ve seen. We won’t recommend it to soldiers or people in the security business, but anyone who’s outdoor most time (hikers, extreme athletes, and professional marine personnel) should get this. It comes with a compass and also Casio’s Triple Sensor. The first one helps you track your surroundings and your directions, while the second provides you with information on the weather. Other than those two, the watch’s other major highlight is that it’s virtually indestructible (by the elements, improper use, and other extremes). Features:– Water resistant up to 660 feet– Solar-powered watch– Quartz movement with analog display– Tech: has an auto LED, five daily alarms, altimeter, barometer and thermometer– Completely made from resin 3: Timex Expedition Scout Series Starting from the inexpensive Timex Expedition series, expect timepieces with unique designs. The Field Chronograph is one of the collection’s top watches and its variations feature a practical design. That is, you can choose either a brown fabric or leather strap, while the dial remains a dusty black. The dial is also very informative, with the presence of three sub-dials that track minutes, seconds, & 1/20 of a second, up to 30 minutes. Additionally, there’s a date display at the 4 o’clock mark to complete the whole, functional vibe the watch gives off. Features:– Water resistant up to 330 feet– Quartz battery comes with a lifespan of above 10-year– Scratch-resistant mineral crystal– Indiglo backlight 4: Luminox Evo Navy Seal Line If your work or your preference compels you to go for watches that offer pure functionality, get the Evo Navy Seal Blacked-out from Luminox (a quartz-type watch). It comes with a clean, blacked-out dial, scratch-resistance crystal, and luminous clock hands and hour markers. Having said these things, don’t think the form factor should be scoffed out. The case is black polyester-made (carbon reinforced) and then matched with a black silicon rubber band to create a striking but accommodating look. Features:– Water resistant up to a depth of 660 feet– Detailed bezel (Minute markers sit along the outer rim index of the bezel)– Swiss quartz movement– Unidirectional ratcheting black polymer bezel 5: Garmin Tactix Bravo Tactical The Garmin Tactix Bravo is a digital watch that costs around $600, and we think it’s worth it. It features a 1.2-inch non-reflective LED display that’s capable of switching between day and night vision (binocular-compatible). In addition, there’s the durable nylon strap and omnidirectional stainless-steel EXO antenna that allows you superior tracking outdoors. Still, despite the above, the highlight is the experience. The watch’s intuitive user interface is a joy to use. Especially with the presence of a barometer, altimeter, compass, and ‘Smart Notifications’ from your device. Features:– Water resistant up to a depth of 330 feet– Jumpmaster– Night Vision and GPS for outdoor navigation– Smart Notifications from your smartphone– Battery life of up to 50 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode, 20 hours in GPS mode and up to 3 weeks in smartwatch mode Military Watches Conclusion  All of these military watches are the best when it comes to tactical pieces for wandering outdoor. It’s up to you to decide on which one appeals to you the most. Is it the all-purpose Garmin Tactix Bravo Tactical (mind the battery lifespan though)? Or maybe the Timex Expedition Scout piece is preferable? Whichever one, put your needs first!

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  8. G-Shock Watches: A Guide for Beginners

    G-Shock Watches: A Guide for Beginners

    While G-shock is just another line of product from Casio, nobody can say the collection numbers in the ‘little’ range. As a matter of fact, the number of shock-absorbing time-keepers is dizzying! And you, as the wearer, have options in the classes: SportsMilitaryOutdoor-oriented activitiesSo, for most beginners looking to pick one, the Japanese brand’s cream-of-the-crop collection isn’t that easy to navigate. To that, we’ll be going through some of the variants (exotic and otherwise) of this robust collection that you should consider buying first. Features to Expect from G-Shock Watches All Watches: 200M Water Resistance, 12/24 Hour Formats for Digital Display Models, Shock Resistance, Alarm, Full Auto Calendar, Stopwatch or Chronograph. Most Watches: World Time, Backlight (electro-luminescent or LED), Multiple Daily Alarms with Snooze Alarm (digital and analog-digital models), Countdown Timer. For a Few Watches: Tough Solar power, Multi-Band 6 (automatic time calibration), Triple Sensor (including compass and thermometer for high-end models), and Bluetooth capability for mid to high-end models.  DW-9052 Digital Watch Series The DW series is filled with the cheapest watches that you can buy from this collection. Better yet, let’s call it the introductory series to other more advanced timepieces that Casio offers. Having said that, we shouldn’t digress too much. The DW-9052 is the military’s choice around the world due to its extra-rugged build and functions. For the latter, it has standard features like a countdown timer, daily alarm, stopwatch, and 200M water-resistance capability. The con if you want to choose this option though, is that its durability makes it bulky, and somewhat underwhelming in terms of appeal. GA-800 Analog-digital Watch Series Notice the “Analog-digital” tag? With this GA-800s, the time can be displayed in both analog and digital layouts. Other functions like a stopwatch capability are limited to the small digital display at the bottom of the dial. Still, the highlight of these models isn’t the long list of features. Instead, it’s the fact that they have a Seconds hand (reserved for pricier models), and their build is more compact. You can get the GA-800-1A around $100, which is still rather modest. Tip: Get this bold timepiece in red with a black dial. GA-700 Analog-digital Watch Series The GA-700s’ price hangs around the $80-$120 range. For the low to mid rangers, G-Shock enthusiasts love them because they have the longest battery life outside of the solar-powered models that the company makes. Other than that, most GA-700 models have the same features as the rest of the collection, though in the case of the GA-700UC (a favorite), a few of the colors used are quite different. You can get it in militaristic olive green and dark gray. The only gripe here is that this line has weak low light capabilities, which is a let-down considering their convenient positioning of the LED light button. GX-56BB Blackout Models The GX-56BB Blackout models are solar-powered and according to Casio, extra-rugged as well. With that, it’s only normal that the watches turn to be a bit chunky, though with the square case (despite being 55 mm), being called bold would be better. They also come with all of the usual features such as a stopwatch, daily alarm, and the likes. Now, with all of these features mentioned, the GX-56BB’s con is due to its large size. It’s more or less meant for large people, who want extra durability for their watches in the case of extra shocks and vibrations. The brand does this well enough to an extent that the GX-56BB is regarded as one of the toughest watches in the collection. It has a cult following at this point in time. G-SQUAD GBD-800 Step Tracking Watch Series With the G-SQUAD GBD-800 series, you should be someone who’s very concerned about his or her fitness. The watch, unlike the ones before it, supports Bluetooth connectivity and a pedometer. Other notable essential functions that this watch has include the timer and stopwatch features, which have been tweaked to fit the tastes of fitness enthusiasts. Other than these, the watch has a Step Tracker that monitors your steps, smartly uses the Bluetooth feature to sync the time, and also doesn’t cost much. In fact, it’s the introductory timepiece of the collection with Bluetooth. So, it’s quite cheap at just around $100. GWG-1000 Mudmaster Solar Analog-Digital Watch Series The GWG-1000 Mudmaster is the successor to the Mudman model. It’s one of the higher-end models of the collection that’s created for the brave adventurers. Or in some case, perfect for extreme environments and large wrists. Watches in this series have functions like Tough Solar, and Multi-Band 6, Triple Sensor. If you travel a lot and you like the functions, it’s an ideal buy. Our Final Thoughts These are just four options that you can consider. And through most of them, maybe you would have noticed the trend. The more features you want from your G-Shock, the higher the cost. Still, regardless of which one you choose, most models from this collection are always more functional than most mechanical watches out there. At least when it concerns time, not value.

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  9. Best Budget-Friendly Watch Brands

    Best Budget-Friendly Watch Brands

    You want the best watches you can get, right? Just with the condition that it fits your chosen price point of course. In other words, you want the best bang for your buck! Hello budget-friendly watch brands. Just because they’re budget-friendly watch brands do not mean they’re not good watches by any means. (Now before we dive into it, these “budget-friendly” watch brands aren’t cheap necessarily, but the quality and what you get for it – it’s a steal almost!) To that, we have collated some brands that we feel are the best for the job. They’ll be divided into two: mechanical/automatic watches and quartz watches. Both have their pros and cons, and we have their summaries written below. On a final note, skip ahead if you prefer quartz watches. Mechanical/Automatic Watches An advantage that mechanical/automatic watches have is that buying a good one is generally considered an investment. Seiko  The best thing about Seiko as a brand is that they have watches covering everything within a reasonable budget! For example, you can go for a Seiko 5 which is just around $100, a Seiko ‘Turtle’ Prospex SRP777 Diver which sells for $495. Both budget-friendly watches are examples in each one of their categories. Evidence is the use of automatic movements in both watches that we mentioned above. Orient While Orient is a subsidiary to Seiko, they’re actually not the little one when it comes to designing a watch. Orient watches have been known for their diverse use of materials when it comes to how their watches look. They can go from plain and simple like the Orient Bambino Small Seconds or something as eye-catching as the Orient Esteem Open Heart which gives you a peek into the watch’s movement. Both of these watches cost around $300 and $130 respectively. And they both feature automatic movements. Quartz Timepieces On the other hand, quartz watches, when compared to their counterpart, are cheap and keep the time better. But buying one isn’t only an investment, it’s for keeps! Tissot So far (as at 2018), Tissot has been making watches for the past 165 years. And that includes both quartz and automatic watches. Between the two, we prefer their quartz watches since Seiko does a better job when you compare prices and movements. At the same time, the value of quartz watches shouldn’t be ignored. So, the Tissot Men’s Traditional Watch or the Men’s T-race Chronograph are options that we personally recommend you try out. The former costs about $200 while the second sells at around $400. Citizen Citizen has been known for its mechanical watches at cost-friendly prices, but nowadays, they’ve converted all of their watches to run on their Eco-Drive technology. The tech charges their timepieces through the conversion of any type of light into energy. And on a single charge, you can expect a few months of use. If the idea of winding (whether manual or self-winding) doesn’t appeal to you, this is an alternative to consider. In most cases, it’s even better than a quartz watch since there’s no need for a battery change even after decades. Sounds far-fetched, doesn’t it? Especially as the brand is supposed to produce budget-friendly timepieces. Nonetheless, evidence comes in the form of the Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Axiom ($140) or the $500 Men’s Promaster. Casio In the Japanese watch-making industry, Casio is one of the Big 3. The other being Citizen and Seiko. Like the other two, they’ve made their own mark in the industry by mostly making quartz watches. Or in the case of their G-shocks, solar-powered ones. Great examples in their collections are the Casio G-SHOCK GW-9400 RANGEMAN (roughly $200), Casio AMW320B-1A (around $100), and the Casio Edifice EF503D. The first one is solar-powered, while the other two are quartz. Our Final Thoughts for Budget-Friendly Watches There are countless watches under each brand that we mentioned above. Most of the watches recommended above have their own different models too! So be careful that you stick with the right category. Finding parts, information, and even tips are always easier if you have a watch that’s relatable. The budget-friendly watch brands that we’ve mentioned in this article are only a few options when it comes to the watch world.

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  10. Watch Buying Guide: Mid-Range Rolex Watches

    Watch Buying Guide: Mid-Range Rolex Watches

    Rolex is one of the few luxury watch brands in the market that does not need any introduction. Even casual wearers are aware of just how prestigious the label is. As the supreme symbol of luxury and status, it is only natural to assume that all of their offerings carry hefty and overwhelming price tags. However, that is not the case at all.  Although most Rolex pieces fall on the expensive side of the spectrum, there are also mid-range pieces that exude just as much elegance and class. These watches are exactly what we will discuss today. Rolex mid-range watches may not exactly be cheap either, but they are more affordable options that also make for great items to collect and invest in.  Without further ado, here are the best mid-range Rolex watches to consider for your collection. Our Top Picks: 6 Best Mid-Range Rolex Watches 1. Rolex Oyster Perpetual  Case material: OystersteelCase dimension: Available in many sizes (28mm, 31mm, 34mm, 36mm, and 41mm)Movement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 55 hours to 70 hours Water-resistance: 100 metersFor a dose of the best that Rolex can offer you, go for the iconic Oyster Perpetual. First launched in 1931, it is a gorgeous watch that truly defines what the brand is all about. The Oyster Perpetual series does not get as much recognition today due to the astounding popularity of Rolex’s professional watches. Nevertheless, all Oyster Perpetual timekeepers are extremely collectible and make great additions to any ensemble. One of the best members of the collection is the Oyster Perpetual Ref. 126000-0001, which comes in an Oystersteel case and a matching bracelet with three flat links and a folding clasp. Aside from a polished fixed bezel and thick lugs, the watch also has a medium-sized crown with teeth-like edges for easier grip. Its lavish sunray silver dial features only luminescent baton hour markers and hands. Rolex also added a Chromalight display for greater visibility in low-light conditions.  Powered by the Caliber 3230 perpetual automatic movement, this Oyster Perpetual watch has a 70-hour power reserve and accuracy rating of -2/+2 seconds per day. It is also shock-resistant and water-resistant up to depths of 100 meters.  Priced at around $6,000 USD, this Rolex watch can be tailored to all purposes.  2. Rolex Milgauss Case material: OystersteelCase dimension: 40mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 48 hoursWater-resistance: 100 metersThe Rolex Milgauss is created for anyone with an interest in technology and engineering. Originally released in 1956, the Rolex Milgauss was developed to aid scientists and engineers in their work. It is a perfect balance of style and functionality, boasting great resistance to magnetic fields of over 1,000 gausses along with powerful and recognizable aesthetics that anyone would appreciate. Rolex also incorporates a strong magnetic shield made out of alloy into the Milgauss’ movement, which explains why it is always accurate and reliable. With its cutting-edge functionalities and visual appeal, the Rolex Milgauss definitely deserves a spot in your collection. There are only two versions of Milgauss available in the market today. One of them is the Rolex Milgauss Ref. 116400GV, which comes in a 40mm Oystersteel case and a polished bracelet of the same material. Its cool black dial showcases luminescent baton hour markers and hands that all glow vibrantly in poor lighting conditions. All of the indices sport a beautiful white hue, except for the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock markers that come in a muted yellow color. In addition, the second hand takes the form of an orange thunderbolt. These pair well with the Rolex signature at 12 o’clock and the orange Arabic numerals, in five-minute increments, found around the outer rim of the dial.  Moving on to the technicalities, this Rolex watch runs on a COSC-certified in-house Caliber 3131 automatic movement. This caliber has 48 hours worth of power reserve. It is also water-resistant up to depths of 100 meters, which means that it is suitable for snorkeling and casual swimming.  Perfectly redefining the essence of a contemporary tool watch, this mid-range Rolex timepiece retails at around $8,800 USD.  3. Rolex Air King Case material: OystersteelCase dimension: 40mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 48 hoursWater-resistance: 100 metersReleased shortly after the Second World War, the Rolex Air King pays homage to the members of the British Royal Air Force and their sacrifices in the Battle of Britain. Boasting retro aesthetics, the Air-King is the only model from the brand’s renowned “Air Series” that remains in production today. Intricately designed with pilots in mind, it has a bulky build, a simple yet legible dial, and a high-performing caliber at its core.  With its boyish design and fine construction, the Rolex Air-King Ref. 116900 suits men who prefer timepieces that steal attention in the most subtle way possible. It has a 40mm Oystersteel case paired with a shiny three-link bracelet. Much like other models from the brand, its bracelet is easily adjustable. You can reposition the links without needing any tools to achieve a better fit. This timepiece has a black dial that serves as a great backdrop to the large silver Arabic numeral indices, luminous hour and minute hands, and elongated bright green seconds hand. The dial also displays the hour markers in 5-minute increments, except for the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock markers. This adds some playful variety to the watch.  Inside, this Rolex Air-King runs on a Caliber 3131 self-winding movement. It has an accuracy rating of -2/+2 sec per day and an outstanding 48-hour power reserve. This watch is also water-resistant up to depths of 100 meters, which is good news if you like doing casual water sports activities.  Retailing at around $7,700 USD, this piece is the ideal mid-range Rolex choice for anyone seeking a good, accessible Rolex experience. 4. Rolex Datejust Case material: Available in various materials (Oystersteel, Yellow gold, Everose gold, White gold, Yellow Rolesor, Everose Rolesor and White Rolesor)Case dimension: Available in many sizes (28mm, 31mm, 34mm, 36mm, and 41mm)Movement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 70 hoursWater-resistance: 100 metersOriginally introduced in 1945, the Rolex Datejust was the first self-winding and waterproof watch to have a date display. Exuding elegance and lavishness, the Datejust goes well with just about any ensemble. It may look like a plain, classic watch at first glance, but its features, particularly its engine, are far more advanced than you could imagine. Available in many sizes and stunning colorways, this Rolex watch best suits those looking for a timeless accessory they could proudly parade around. One of the best variations you can get is the Rolex Datejust Ref. 126200-0006. Exhibiting a traditional and refined look, it has an Oystersteel case, which measures 36mm in diameter. The case is topped with a sapphire crystal that is both scratch-resistant and anti-reflective, allowing you to accurately track the time even while under direct sunlight. Adorned with luminous baton hour markers and hands with silver outlines, the gorgeous sunburst blue dial also features a large date window with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock.  Powered by a Caliber 3235 automatic movement, this Rolex Datejust model has 70 hours worth of power reserve and an accuracy rating of -2/+2 sec per day.  Priced at around $7,500 USD, this is a great mid-range Rolex watch.  5. Rolex Explorer Case material: Available in Oystersteel and Yellow Rolesor variationsCase dimension: 36mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 70 hoursWater-resistance: 100 metersFor those with a more adventurous side, the Rolex Explorer might be the answer to your prayers. Launched in 1953 to commemorate the success of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s expedition up Mount Everest, it is a fully-functional and well-designed tool watch that can withstand even the harshest conditions. This mid-range Rolex does not have any additional complications like date windows or chronographs Instead, this ruggedly handsome Rolex watch focuses on minimalistic timekeeping, and can effortlessly make you stand out with its sturdy build, stunning colorways and strategic dial layout.  Although the yellow Rolesor version Rolex Explorer is undeniably pleasing to the eye, nothing beats the quintessential stainless steel model equipped with a minimalist dial. The Rolex Explorer Ref. 124270-0001 comes in a 36mm Oystersteel case paired with a polished link bracelet made out of the same material. The jet-black dial displays bold 3, 6, and 9 o’clock hour markers, which is the signature look of all Explorer models. It also features large baton indices, luminous hands, and Rolex’s signature in white.  In terms of performance, this Rolex Explorer model relies on a Caliber 3230 automatic movement with 70 hours of power reserve. The same mechanism is also COSC-certified, so you do not have to worry about the watch’s longevity.  With a price of $10,399 USD, this is the mid-range Rolex watch to check out if you are looking for a dependable and robust tool watch that can last you a lifetime. 6. Rolex Submariner Case material: Available in various materials (Oystersteel, Yellow gold, White gold and Yellow Rolesor)Case dimension: Available in many sizes (28mm, 31mm, 34mm, 36mm, and 41mm)Movement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 70 hoursWater-resistance: 300 metersThis rundown would not be complete without mentioning the wonders of the Rolex Submariner. This is one of the most recognizable pieces from the brand, all thanks to its stylish appeal, impressive water resistance capacities, and exceptional quality. Introduced in 1953, this watch is a great performer, both as a diver watch and for casual use. Expect to get tons of compliments while donning this robust and long-lasting piece on your wrist.  The Rolex Submariner Ref. 126613LB-0002, commonly known as the modern Bluesy, deserves to be on your radar because of its bold yet attractive looks. It comes in a 41mm Oystersteel and yellow gold case, and a bracelet made out of the same material. As a true luxury sports watch, it has a handy unidirectional bezel. This bezel is adorned with gold Arabic numeral and baton markings, a Cerachrom insert in blue, and a luminous triangle at the 12 o’clock position. This allows wearers to efficiently monitor their diving time. Boasting a strategic layout, the royal blue dial consists of thick geometric hour markers, luminous Mercedes-style hands, and a date display at 3 o’clock. Its face also has a Chromalight display that gives off a bright blue-colored luminescence. Powered by a Caliber 3235 perpetual automatic movement, this Rolex Submariner has a power reserve of 70 hours and a whopping 300-meter water resistance rating.  Those of you who are looking for a beautiful and no-frills timepiece can cop this mid-range Rolex watch at $14,700 USD. There are also other variations that come with just Oystersteel parts, which you can get at around $8,000 USD only.  Final Thoughts The definition of mid-range differs from one individual to the other. That is why the watches we discussed above cover a relatively wide price range, although we have ensured that they are all accessible and not too exorbitant. While the price tags of all Rolex watches are certainly not a joke, this list proves that you can still get a high-quality and reliable piece from the brand without having to empty your pockets. You just have to conduct careful research on Rolex’s catalog, and then decide on the features and style that will greatly suit your way of life. We hope that you have found some exquisite mid-range Rolex options for yourself on this list. If you are looking for other high-quality and chic Swiss watches to add on your shopping list and eventually into your collection, make sure to check out our comprehensive guides on the 30 Best Men’s Watch, Certina DS Action Diver, Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar, IWC Portofino, and the Patek Philippe Aquanaut.  Photos from Rolex’s official website

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  11. Watch Guide: Answers to Common IWC Watch Questions

    Watch Guide: Answers to Common IWC Watch Questions

    IWC Schaffhausen makes watches for people who love simplicity. Or better yet, let’s say the word “inconspicuous” sums up the entire collections of IWC watches. An IWC watch gives you everything a luxury watch has, without all the loud-luxurious physical appeal that most others are known for. It’s a nice twist—but then IWC watches navigates it with in-house technical innovations that reflect in their watches. An example is their detailed movements (whether mechanical, automatic, or quartz), scratch-resistant/durable cases, and options in the form of various bracelets. If all of these things are the reasons why you love the brand, then you’re in the right place. We have answered some questions that will either make or break your decision at the end. What’s the common agreement on watches made by IWC watches? IWC Schaffhausen is a luxury Swiss watch manufacturer that was founded in 1868. And concerning its judgment, people generally (including us) think of their watches as a healthy mix of functionality, price, and looks. If we were to give those 3 stats numbers (out of 10), it would be in the order 9-8-7.  It can increase or reduce a bit, depending on the person you’re talking to. But in the end, the brand makes watches that are almost perfect timekeepers, somewhat pricey, and seemingly subdued in terms of looks. Do IWC Schaffhausen manufacture watches for women? If you care to take a look underneath the general consensus, you’ll notice that IWC Schaffhausen has a made available a myriad of beautiful watches for women. With this fact, one has to ask this question: Why do people still believe that the brand only makes watches for men? To that, IWC Schaffhausen changed their marketing strategy in the year 2000. The company decided to promote their collections of watches for men, instead of running promotions for both. The cost of this is that you won’t find a lot of women wearing the brand. The Swiss company’s watches for women on the market dates to the 20th century down to the 1980s and 90s. In their watches in question, you’ll find materials (diamonds for example) that you’ll never find in the counterparts for a male. Why do people buy IWC watches despite the price tag? While IWC watches tell the time, their price tags are individually heavy, so there should be another reason why people buy it. In regard to that, we would have loved to say IWC watches are well-loved by people because they’re good investments. Instead, the opposite is the case. Most people buy IWC watches because of 2 reasons. The first is the amount of time and thus, people that had a hand in making the watches. The second is the company’s history. Both, when combined, deserve respect, especially since we can all see the result of their union. As a matter of fact, even the IWC North American president, Edouard D’Arbaumont said the same thing. So, if you’re interested in buying watches from IWC Schaffhausen, you’re essentially buying pure functionality/performance. They make watches that last indefinitely—which in turn gives the entire line up an “heirloom” kind of vibe. Who are the different models for? Over the years (since the founding), IWC watches have created different watches to fit different tastes. For men specifically, we’ll be going through some of the models and what they were invented for. Let us know which one you prefer to wear. IWC Pilot’s Watches Like the name implies, this collection of watches is strictly for people who’re always on the move. In other words, watches that fall here usually rank high on the toughness scale and are good looking, so you can wear them with different outfits. IWC Aquatimer Automatic Watches The Aquatimer line is specifically built for sports lovers. Their collection is built for diving, wherein one of the notable features is the external/internal rotating bezel with the brand’s SafeDive system. It allows divers to easily read the elapsed time when underwater. IWC Portofino Watches The Portofino collection is home to dress watches. That includes the iconic round face and soft looks. IWC Ingenieur Automatic Watches The IWC Ingenieur Automatic features bold looking watches. They’re the epitome of ruggedness which is right up there amongst the loved characteristics of the average male. IWC Portugieser Watches If you’re the type interested in only the most sophisticated of watches in terms of movement, and thus, features, choose any that suits your taste in the IWC Portugieser line. Our Final Thoughts on IWC Watches You might have never thought about any of these questions. But at the least, at the end of everything, you know enough about IWC watches to either choose to buy one of their watches or not. Even the question of whether or not there are ladies’ watches from the brand opens up some opportunities. You might want to buy a pair (one for yourself, the other for your partner), or it can be the next gift or recommendation to anyone who prefers being inconspicuous. So, if you later choose to give the brand a try, know that, as we said, you’re buying to keep.

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