William McCleary

William McCleary

First Published: Sep 12, 2018
Following a lengthy stint as an Entertainment Reporter in Hollywood, William focuses on writing for the travel and lifestyle sectors. His clients include Google, Hotels.com, and AccorHotels, specializing in website content, SEO-friendly blog posts and product-marketing copy. He also pens a wide range of feature articles, microcopy and a slew of social media content.
  1. Articles by William McCleary
  2. Richard Mille to Daniel Wellington, Odell Beckham Jr’s Watch Collection

    We should really talk about Odell Beckham Jr., Richard Mille, and Daniel Wellington, because… well, it’s a little complicated. So let’s delve into what the football superstar and these watch brands have gotten themselves into. Richard Mille Gets Time on the Field  Earlier this year, the never-shy Cleveland Browns wide receiver took to the field against the Tennessee Titans wearing an eye-catching orange-and-black Richard Mille RM 11-03 McLaren. A few things were odd about that move. First, it’s a violation of NFL rules and Beckham surely knew he’d be looking at a fine. Okay, he’s got a $16.75 million salary deal so he’s probably not going to sweat a few bucks over some uniform violation. And the bright orange timepiece matched the colors of his uniform, so maybe the choice made sense. What follows didn’t make as much sense…at least not at first glance. That Richard Mille RM 11-03 has a price tag of just under $200,000. It’s an automatic fly back chronograph and it made a big impression when it was unveiled at last year’s Geneva Auto Show. But Odell made a seemingly offhand, and somewhat derogatory, comment that the watch was just “plastic.” But it’s not. It’s made of a highly durable mix of Orange Quartz TPT and Carbon TPT. Unless this longtime watch lover suddenly can’t tell the difference between plastic and a high-end carbon composite, this is a little weird. View this post on Instagram “My haters cant even get subliminal attention…” A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on Jul 6, 2019 at 3:32pm PDT It Gets Better for Odell Beckham Jr. Then Beckham went even bigger with a Richard Mille in a high-profile setting. This time it was during warm-ups against the New York Jets. He was spotted wearing a Richard Mille RM 56-01. That skeletonize tourbillon with a sapphire case costs almost two million bucks! It was one of only five that were produced in 2013, when Beckham was a college player. But, as keen observers were quick to point out, he was wearing a fake. Reporters asked about the watch after the game and he oddly replied, “I think Daniel Wellington might be a better watch than these.” Okay, more curious still. A few days later, things started to make more sense when Daniel Wellington announced on Instagram that Odell was their latest brand ambassador, joining such stars as Hailey Bieber, Chinese singer Lay Zhang, soccer star Paulo Dybala and Bollywood actors Radhika Apte and Ayushmann Khurrana. So we can guess one of two things happened: 1) Beckham used Richard Mille to covertly drum up publicity for his new gig at Daniel Wellington, or 2) Wellington saw the publicity as their chance to move in and nab him as their ambassador. Either way, Richard Mille seems left out on the sideline. Blinged-Out with Breitling and Rolex There was a time, and not too long ago, that Odell Beckham Jr.’s love of luxury watches wasn’t so complicated. Soon after he signed on to play for the New York Giants in 2014 he treated himself to a custom-made Breitling chronograph. He’s one of the most fashion-forward players in the league. So it’s no wonder his luxury timepiece had a diamond-encrusted bezel and a nearly blinding diamond-studded dial. He celebrated the watch on his Instagram account with the quote, “We all have the same 24 hrs in a day. It’s how we use them that makes all the difference… #blessed.” View this post on Instagram On ? A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on Jul 18, 2016 at 5:39am PDT Diamonds seem to be a thing with Beckham, who got attention at last year’s Vanity Fair Oscar party for wearing a heap of diamond chains over his designer suit. He’s partial to sporting Louis Vuitton suits with sneakers and almost always flashes some ice. So it’s no surprise that his go-to Rolex Day-Date is also a diamond-encrusted gem. Odell Beckham Jr. has been spotted on red carpets wearing the glittering timepiece and has also shared images of this fave on Instagram. What’s Next for Odell Beckham Jr. and Wellington? It seems that Odell is all in on his burgeoning love affair with Daniel Wellington watches. He’s joined forces with fellow ambassadors Paulo Dybala and Hailey Bieber to spearhead the Swedish watchmaker’s launch of its first-ever linked bracelet timepieces. Until recently, Wellington’s minimalist offerings only came on fabric, leather or mesh straps. Under the Iconic Link banner, they’re offering the same no-nonsense style with the watch faces but have beefed up the bracelets with three-piece solid stainless steel links. Their rose-gold offering mixes copper with 23-carat gold bar and represents a monumental first for the upstart watchmakers. View this post on Instagram It’s time for y’all to stop watchin me so close…. @danielwellington A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on Sep 24, 2019 at 10:34am PDT Let’s be honest. You may not get your hands on a diamond-encrusted Breitlings or Rolexes like Odell. You probably don’t have an extra 200 grand lying around to sport an exclusive and authentic Richard Mille. But Daniel Wellingtons are well within the reach of the average consumer and a great way to put some of Odell’s unique style on your wrist!

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  3. What Is a Ring Clock?

    Call it a ring clock, call it a watch ring, either way, it’s an amazing way to tell time on your finger. Let’s take a look at this unique type of timepiece and why you just might want to slip one on your hand. The Future? Some say we are looking at the natural evolution of timepieces with a ring clock. What started with pocket watches later went to the wrist and now we’re simply progressing to a more natural state with a ring clock. But will they ever replace wristwatches? Well, many thought watches would go the way of the dinosaurs with the invention of cellphones. Some asked, “Who needs a watch when you already carry a device that tells time?” Of course, that didn’t happen. That’s because watches are much more than simple time-telling devices. They’re expressions of personal style, homages to engineering marvels and, at their best, stunning works of art. Are Ring Clocks Jewelry? That depends on how you look at it. Watches face the same quandary. For many, antique pocket watches are considered jewelry. So are high-end wristwatches, especially if they’re adorned with precious stones. But most don’t put entry-level watches into the category of jewelry. Just try ensuring your Casio calculator watch as jewelry and see how long your insurance broker laughs! But it’s hard to argue that a ring is anything but jewelry, a few exceptions aside, say Batman’s Lantern ring or that pesky One Ring from Lord of the Rings. But for mere mortals and non-caped crusaders, if you slip a ring on your finger, you’re wearing jewelry. So, in that sense, yes, a ring watch is a piece of jewelry, albeit one with a function. How Do They Work? That problem took some serious sorting out. In an unusual way. Nearly a decade ago a proposition was posed by CGSociety.org, a group that seeks to “inspire, empower, and engage artists.” The challenge, dubbed Moving Innovation, was to create a new visualization for an existing product that didn’t exist presently but likely would in the next ten years. Hungarian inventor Gusztav Szikszai accepted the challenge and set his mind on marrying a ring and a watch. The result is a (yes, admittedly clunky) stainless steel loop with inner and outer rings. The outer ring is split into three bands: one with dots that count seconds, one with minute markers and one with 24-hour markers. View this post on Instagram El anillo futurista que da la hora, #ringclock no se pierdan mi vídeo, link en mi biografía A post shared by Tecnofanatico (@tecnofanatico) on May 4, 2018 at 6:49am PDT Slip on a Light Show! So we have all of the ingredients of time telling, but no hands to point to the hour and minute markers. Well, just pop that ring onto your finger, give it a spin, and watch that thing light up like the dashboard of the Millennium Falcon! LED lights, in blue, white, red or orange, are positioned at the markers and illuminate to signify the hour, minute and the ticking away of seconds. But don’t worry that you’ll be stuck with this glowing thing on your finger all day, which might get you some odd looks at the office or on the street. Instead, the light show only lasts for fifteen seconds and you’ll have to re-spin to show the time again. What seems like a simple function, lights at the minute and hour markers, is actually a small wonder (pun intended) of microelectronic engineering. Szikszai teamed with Hungarian engineers to create a curved ultrathin rechargeable lithium-polymer battery and likewise rounded circuitry that could fit inside the narrow stainless steel casing. View this post on Instagram Native #ringclock on #thumb with #pipe A post shared by Ring Clock (@ringclock_official) on Feb 15, 2019 at 1:24am PST How Does it Hold Up in Use? Pretty darn good by most accounts! When it comes to battery life, a two-hour charge should last a week, that’s if you are lighting it up 50 times a day. As for constant use, it’ll run for about two hours before needing a refresh on the wireless charger pad. Though the 8mAh battery does lean to the more delicate side, so letting the ring charge continuously for days on end will drain the life out of the little guy. However, with responsible two-hour charging sessions, the battery should last for three years. Drawback alert: the battery isn’t replaceable. The casing is made of sturdier stuff. High-grade surgical stainless steel is designed to take any bumps, bruises and scratch-causing punishment your hands may see out there in the world. Don’t worry about getting the ring watch wet as it’s water-resistant up to 30 meters, so showering, swimming, and unexpected rainfall are just fine. View this post on Instagram Repairing is GREAT!!!! #ringclock #repairing A post shared by J.Seokcheon [Cadiz] (@seokcheon_cadiz) on Nov 8, 2018 at 6:01pm PST As one size never fits all when it comes to rings, the ring clock is available in a variety of sizes, 18 to be exact, ranging from an inside circumference of 53.1mm for those with delicate digits to 74.8mm for some big meaty hands. Not sure of your ring size? No worries. After you order, Ringclock.net will send you plastic sizers to test out and know what size is best for you before shipping the real deal. The ring clock also comes in ten different styles, including silver, Black PVD, Gold PVD, and Rose Gold. And what about the price? To be honest, it’s not the cheapest gadget out there. Putting one of these things on your finger will cost you about $350. That’s about what a new Orient Bambino or a good Casio G-Shock might set you back. Ring Clock Conclusion So, are you convinced yet? Are you ready to put your watch on the shelf and start sporting a ring clock? Maybe you’ll want to wear both. Maybe you’ll just wait to see how this whole ring clock thing plays out before getting on board. Just know that when you’re ready to put a timepiece on your finger, there’s a ring watch waiting to light up just for you. View this post on Instagram Minimal Rose Gold model and the snowy nature #ringclock #jewelry #fashion #ring A post shared by Ring Clock (@ringclock_official) on Feb 28, 2019 at 3:04am PST

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  4. Rolex Yacht-Master Close Up

    Both the Rolex Yacht-Master and its successor the Rolex Yacht-Master ii have captured the untamed spirit of the sea and the imaginations of watch lovers across the globe. Let’s take a deep dive into what makes these exclusive timepieces such enduring successes. First, a look back. Not too far. We just need to ease the time-machine shifter into reverse for a quick trip back to 1992. Bill Clinton was elected U.S. President; Wayne’s World was a box-office smash and a little-known band named Nirvana swerved the music scene away from 80s hair bands to something called “grunge.” It was in this same year that Rolex dropped the very first Yacht-Master. Rolex Needed a New Groove The watch was a big deal at the time (as it is today). Rolex hadn’t much altered the design of its Sea-Dweller, the Yacht-Master’s nautical-themed predecessor, in more than two decades. Unsurprisingly, the shift came along when Patrick Heiniger took the helm of the company from his father. The new boss was intent on making some changes that would keep Rolex current. So the best parts of their tried-and-true Submariners and Rolex Daytona’s were combined with a few new cutting-edge design elements and the Yacht-Master was born. The first model, offered in the Oyster Perpetual line, was somewhat similar to the Submariner with 3135 movement. But it had an 18 karat gold case, etched bezel inserts, large indices and hands, and, perhaps most fittingly, was water-resistant up to 100 meters. At 40mm, this freshman Yacht-Master was big, bold and an instant success. Just two years later Rolex scaled back the Yacht-Master’s size with a 35mm edition for men with slimmer wrists and a 29mm offering aimed at women, along with an updated version of the 40mm watch. These new editions featured striking blue sunray dials that would go on to be regarded as hallmarks in the line. As we neared the end of the 20th century Rolex looked to change with the times. And change was in the air in 1999. Maybe it was Y2K fears, maybe because the global population passed six billion or possibly because Ricky Martin was daring us to start “Livin’ la Vida Loca.” We may never know what inspired Rolex to move from gold to a new mix of platinum and steel called “Rolesium.” We do know it was a somewhat controversial move, with both lovers and detractors of the rare-metal mix. Yacht-Master Spawns a Sequel 2007 was a big year for sequels (and threequels!). Hollywood gave us Hostel 2, Spider-Man 3, Rush Hour 3, Shrek the Third, Ocean’s 13 and Halloween 9. So it seems only fitting that Rolex would drop the Yacht-Master ii amid this retread mania. The watch was (and is!) bold in many ways, from its hefty 44mm size to its striking blue bezel, set against the meeting of two metals known as “Rolesor,” mixing steel with yellow and white gold. It’s an eye-catching combo that’s made the timepiece instantly recognizable and a favorite of watch aficionados worldwide. Today’s Yacht-Masters run the gamut of variations. Go dressy with a link bracelet or sporty with a rubber strap. Dials span from midnight black and slate grey to powder white and shimmering bronze. Feel like bringing some bling with diamond accents? No problem, Rolex has a Yacht-Master for that too! These variations, the Yacht-Master’s timeless elegance, and the quality of fine Swiss watchmaking have put the timepiece in the spotlight and on some seriously trendy wrists. Celebrities Sport the Yacht-Masters Ellen DeGeneres. Demonstrating that big luxe watches aren’t just for men, Ellen has been spotted wearing an 18k Everose gold Yacht-Master. Her classic model has a Cerachrom bezel, matte black dial and she likes the watch best on a sporty black rubber strap. View this post on Instagram #EllenDeGeneres spotted wearing a Rolex YACHT-MASTER 40 – (Ref 116655 ) DIAL Diamond-paved on Today’s show ? ••••••••••••••• Follow this hashtag #ellenwatches if you are interested in Ellen’s watches or visit: https://vk.com/album-172895908_258255132 ••••••••••••••• #ellen #theellenshow #ellenshow #ellen16 #watch #watches #celebrities #celebrity #fashion #patek #rolex #rolexgang #instawatch #richlife #rich #wealth #money #SUBMARINER #vintagerolex #vintagewatches #YACHTMASTER A post shared by Ellen World (@ellend_world) on Jun 10, 2019 at 1:25pm PDT Conor McGregor. Never shy about flashing some seriously nice watches, UFC champ McGregor’s go-to Yacht-Master ii is a brazen 44mm yellow-gold model with that ever-popular Ring Command bezel in vibrant blue. David Beckham. You can say the same for David Beckham and his yellow-gold Yacht-Master ii. But McGregor and Beckham don’t really have the same watch. With Rolex’s unique use of natural materials, none of their signature mother-of-pearl dials is exactly the same. View this post on Instagram Brand New Rolex Yatch-Master II 18k Yellow Gold worn by David Beckham @davidbeckham A post shared by Queen Of Watches (@queenofrolex) on Apr 21, 2018 at 1:23am PDT Mark Wahlberg. The movie star takes a different tact with his 40mm Yacht-Master in Everose Rolesor with a mix of Oystersteel and rose gold. While the precious metals give it a dressed-up feel, the cool chocolate dial creates a more casual vibe that makes the watch quite versatile. Roger Federer. Of course, the “James Bond” of tennis keeps things cool and sophisticated with his Yacht-Master ii, a Rolesium model with a rotatable platinum bezel and an 18k white gold case. You may not be a tennis star, movie star or have the ability to take down a UFC fighter with a roundhouse kick (or maybe you do). Either way, you can still sport some star style with a nautical lean by slipping on a fine Rolex Yacht-Master.

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  5. Grand Seiko Heritage Collection Limited Edition’s New Colors

    Grand Seiko, the luxury arm of Seiko watches, always strives to add hints of art and poetry in their timepieces. From Snowflake and Urushi dials on subtle models to the sharp lugs of their more in-your-face sporty offerings, there’s always something a little special when you go with a Grand Seiko. Arguably, that’s never been truer than with the new model in the Grand Seiko Heritage Collection. Let’s take a closer look at the watch that offers an unabashed homage to fall in Japan. All Limited Editions Are Not Equal For a true watch collector (maybe even a casual wearer), the phrase “limited edition” has lost some of its import. Most major watch brands offer limited editions all the time. Sure, the runs may have small quantities, but the exclusivity of a limited-run watch can get lost in the overload. If you didn’t get in on one limited-edition watch just wait, surely another (and another) limited-edition watch will come along. But the Grand Seiko Heritage Collection SBGH269 stands apart from its limited-edition peers in several interesting ways. The first is thematically. This watch is an ode to the seasonal colors of Japan, a fairly specific time and place that’s captured almost exclusively through the use of color. Patterns and textures also add to the overall evocation of autumn in Japan. Are You Ready for Red? Buying a watch with a red face is a bold choice and one that you will not likely make lightly. A red face is a real attention-getter and maybe you don’t want to bring that much scrutiny to your wrist. Popular watches like the Invicta Grand Diver, Bulova 98M119 and Rolex Oyster Perpetual have stunned with cutting-edge red dials. But each of these can be a bit much, not lending themselves to office wear or dress-casual ensembles. View this post on Instagram The Grand Seiko SBGH269. Inspired by the autumnal colour changing of leaves. More specifically the colour and reflection on Japanese wooden flooring. It's very red. #grandseiko #sbgh269 #grandseikohibeat #hibeat #seiko #autumn #redleaves #seasons #seasonschange #9s85 #calibre9s85 #reddial #zaratsu #limitededition #watchesofinstagram #hodinkee #barkandjack #womw #wristporn #mapleleaf #watchesandcoffee A post shared by Matt (@mattraffan) on Oct 13, 2019 at 11:46am PDT However, this Grand Seiko Heritage takes the red theme into more subdued territory. It has echoes of burnt umber and soft yellow hues that seem to rise from under a multi-layered mix of reds. These are the shades you’ll see on a trek through the rugged mountains of Japan. Delving into Design Details This is a timepiece that leans to the sporty side. But it doesn’t go overboard with size as many a sports watch does. Instead it’s housed in a stainless steel case measuring 39.5mm × 13mm. With that striking dial, it doesn’t need to wear so hefty to garner attention. Handcrafted like the rest in the Grand Seiko line, the Heritage features the brand’s signature Zaratsu polishing. It also has a noticeable gleam on the edges of the hand-finished lugs. The three-link stainless steel bracelet adds to the sporty vibe. It’s also 100-meter water resistance, which means you can actually get active in the water. A Look Under the Hood In keeping with the rest of the offerings in the Heritage collection, this is a 36000 Hi-Beat timepiece, with an oscillation rate of ten beats per second. Years in development, the Caliber 9S85 automatic movement has 55 hours of reserve power. Grand Seiko says it has an accuracy of minus-three to plus-five seconds per day. But that seems a conservative estimate and it may be that Seiko is wishing to under promise and over deliver as higher rates of accuracy have been reported with the Hi-Beat movement. View this post on Instagram The #GrandSeiko #autumninjapan #hibeat #sbgh269 #limitededition has arrived!! Very few made! Hurry before they are gone! Call or text 813.875.3935 or 727.637.3394. Darren A post shared by gemgeek (@gemgeek) on Oct 7, 2019 at 11:25am PDT To get a good look at the inner workings, flip the watch over and take a gander at the sapphire display case back. It’s an eye-catching show with a brilliant green oscillating weight that recalls verdant leaves that will transform into fall colors, evoking a feeling of change as one season closes, and another begins. The Enchanting Feel of Fall Autumn colors are celebrated in many places and in many ways. It’s no surprise. The seasonal mix of reds across an amazing spectrum, plus likewise yellows, oranges and magentas have inspired romance and wonder through the ages. Almost nowhere are these fall colors more celebrated than in Japan. Some might say it’s a national obsession. Or international as each fall Japan welcomes hordes of visitors who descend on the island nation to take in its fall foliage. From Japan’s northernmost isle of Hokkaido to its southernmost shores, locals engage in gathering Momiji (red leaves) and looking out across landscapes that are on fire with deep crimson, golden yellow and popping patches of orange. Japan’s shrines and temples take on a drastic shift as their summer-green trees put on stunning shows from mid-October to mid-December. Grand Seiko captures this ephemeral color collage in one truly remarkable watch. View this post on Instagram Accuracy after 2 WEEKS …."Spring" #sbga413 at +1 second and "Autumn" #sbgh269 at +2…Amazing!#GrandSeiko . #notarolex #madmen #madmenstyle #zaratsu #watchoftheday #watchgeek #federicotalkswatches #Seiko #monochromewatches #topperjewelers #wristshot#wristporn #dailywatch #luxurylife #watchporn #watchesofinstagram #watchaddict #finewatches #watchaddiction #hodinkee #wus #wornandwound #madeinjapan #springdrive #pink #thisisgrandseiko A post shared by Tony Abbate (@t.abbate) on Oct 19, 2019 at 7:51am PDT Grand Seiko, A Celebration of Japanese Culture But the artistic design isn’t limited to Japan’s much-celebrated natural landscapes. One glance and you’ll notice that there are unique vertical lines down the face of the watch. The more astute of us will immediately make the connection to the floors of traditional Japanese homes, or “minka.” A style in use for centuries, these timber floors are most often crafted from cryptomeria and cypress. It’s finished with rich red and soft brown lacquer. Careful detail is given to flooring as floors are considered furniture from the traditional Japanese perspective. This same attention to detail and tradition are reflected in the dial. There’s a chance you’re not ready for a watch with a bold red face. Perhaps you’re looking for something more versatile, something that can go from boardroom to bistro without raising an eyebrow. But for uncommon colors, a celebration of culture and the reliability of a Seiko, perhaps this limited-edition Heritage is the perfect way to capture the changing of the seasons. Will you be one of the lucky few who get one of the 900 that Grand Seiko has produced?

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  6. Watch Sizes: How to Choose the Right One

    Finding the right fit with a fine timepiece goes well beyond watch band sizes or even overall watch sizes. It’s more complicated and subjective than that. So how do you choose? What factors do you need to consider? Are there some watches you should just avoid? Let’s answer some of these questions and more. I Found the Perfect Watch… Maybe First, it should be conceded that there are no real rules, nothing in cement, no strict regulations you need to follow in finding the right size watch. If you think a watch looks good on you, that’s probably enough. And while there are some general guidelines when it comes to size, these have grey areas and personal aspects to consider. One size watch may be great for one person and totally wrong for another even if the wrist and hand proportions of the wearers are nearly identical. So let’s start with wrist size. Measure Your Wrist Risking statement of the obvious, your wrist size will likely be a determining factor in the size of the watch you wear (but not always!). Knowing your wrist size is especially important if you are shopping online and won’t have the opportunity to “try before you buy.” The best way to do this is to use a tailor’s tape to measure where your watch will sit, generally below the wrist bone. If you don’t have a measuring tape, you can use a dollar bill, which measures about 16mm in length. So measure away! Now that you know your number, where does it fall in the scale? We can place your wrist size into: 1: Thin, from 14mm to 16mm 2: Slim, from 16mm to 17mm 3: Medium, from 17mm to 18mm 4: Large, 18mm and above Matching Your Wrist to the Case Diameter After you know the size of your wrist, finding the right watch is just a matter of matching case proportions, right? Well, sort of, maybe, but not always. While matching the case of a watch to the proportions of your wrist can be a good way to select your right size, it could also create a clash with your personal sense of style. So this is by no means etched in stone, but we can generally find that case size best corresponds to wrist size as: 1: Thin wrist, 38mm case or less 2: Slim wrist, 38mm case to 40mm 3: Medium wrist, 42mm case to 44mm 4: Large wrist, 46mm case and above How Thick Should Your Watch Be? Personal style and how you’ll wear the watch come into play here. So does the type of watch you want. For example, dress watches are usually on the thinner side and serve more formal purposes (as they are slim enough to fit under shirt sleeves). Dive watches and pilot watches are thicker and for sportier occasions. In general, it’s a good idea if the case thickness and diameter are proportional, each increasing or decreasing in size with the other. If you are looking at a thin watch with a 38mm to 40mm diameter, chances are it will have a proportional thickness of 7mm. A big face watch with a diameter of 44mm will often have a thickness of 9mm or over. Choosing Your Band Width and Material Physical comfort is a factor here. If you like your watch a little loose, you are going to want to select something thinner that more easily moves up and down your wrist. Usually, watch bands are proportional to the case and about 50% of the diameter. So a case with a diameter of, say, 40mm would fit well on a band of 20mm. This only goes so far as you don’t want a band that’s too skinny, or the reverse, many watch wearers like a hefty band that might be slightly outside the half proportion to the case. And as with case diameters, large bands usually work best on large wrists and the same for thinner bands and smaller wrists. If you are going for a slim look, a leather strap is an optimal choice. Even if they’re the same width as leather, a metal band is bulkier and will always wear heavier. There are exceptions, including an ultra-thin Milanese metal band. Leather and fabric straps have the added advantage of easy adjustment, as all you need do is find the right hole for the right fit. With metal bands, you’ll likely have to go to the jeweler to have links added or removed when sizing for the right fit. Details of the Dial One aspect you might not think to consider when sizing up a watch is the dial. While, of course, the elements of a dial don’t change the diameter they can give that appearance. The more subdials, hands, and indices a watch has the bigger it will feel. Conversely, more minimalist watches feel smaller simply because their faces are less busy. Again personal taste comes into play here, but usually, a busier dial looks better on a larger wrist and smaller wrists are better suited to watches with fewer features. But after all of that measuring, you still may decide that your perfect timepiece conforms to none of these size guidelines! And that’s just fine. Put a big statement watch on a dainty wrist or adorn a massive wrist with something small and subtle. Your watch is your declaration of personal style and you may wish to tell the world you don’t care about size.

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  7. Citizen Watches Releases Marvel’s 80th Anniversary Watch

    Citizen watches gives us a unique timepiece that’s sure to satisfy both fans of Marvel movies and the comic books on which they’re based. Meet the Marvel 80th Anniversary watch. Citizen Watches and Marvel Join Forces But first, a quick glance back in time, as this is not Citizen’s first go-around with Marvel. At Baselworld 2018 Citizen unveiled its partnership with the comic titan and introduced a bold new collection that honors Spider-Man, Captain America, the Black Panther and the Avengers. Then, at Comic-Con 2019 in New York City, Citizen watches unveiled the watch that pays tribute to Marvel’s 80-year history. Featuring a vibrant blue sunray dial imprinted with Marvel logos from across the decades, the 80th Anniversary offering is a stunning entry in the line. In a nod to the year Marvel began, 1,939 pieces were made in the limited-edition run that’s available in November 2019. Diving Deeper into the 80th Anniversary Taking a closer look at the commemorative watch we see a striking dial with Arabic numerals in an animation font that’s similar to those found in the pages of Marvel comic books. Adding to the high-contrast colors we’ve grown to love in the comics, the minute track positively pops in yellow and white. Red accents and a black bezel keep things in true comic-color mode. View this post on Instagram A true collector’s keepsake: the new Limited Edition Marvel 80th Anniversary timepiece by Citizen pays homage to Marvel’s signature stylization and logos, and is built with Super Titantium™—making it five times harder than stainless steel. #MyCitizen #CitizenMarvel #Marvel #Avengers #superhero A post shared by Citizen Watch Company (@citizenwatchus) on Oct 6, 2019 at 3:10pm PDT But beyond its eye-catching looks, this watch was built for the rough-and-tumble action our Marvel superheroes are apt to encounter. It’s constructed of Super Titanium, which is forty percent lighter and five times harder than stainless steel. The watch’s hands are coated by luminescence that glows brightly in low light, powerful enough to guide any Avenger through the dark of night. Flip it over to find a case back that honors Marvel’s longevity with an engagement marking 80 years of super-hero adventures.  A complementing silver-tone titanium bracelet completes the classic look of the watch. It’s also got some serious operational power, functioning with Citizen’s signature Eco-Drive, powered by any light source and never in need of a battery. While your wear may vary, you can count on the watch going strong for about ten years before you’ll need to replace the depleted solar cells. View this post on Instagram #marvelcitizen #marvel #citizen #captainmarvel #lovethiswatch #thankyoubae A post shared by welcome to me and my own (@melizabeth84) on May 25, 2019 at 11:58am PDT A New Homage to Spider-Man In conjunction with the 80th Anniversary watch, Citizen is releasing another timepiece. This one honors one of the Marvel Universe’s favorite sons. The new limited-edition Spider-Man watch goes for a really retro vibe with black-and-white comics across the dial, giving the watch an overall casual and even somewhat whimsical feel. They’re not just random images, but rather greyscale versions of classic comic book covers. A full-color Spider-Man in action jumps out from the face, the red from his famous Spidey suit matched by robust red hands. There are also notes of Spider-Man’s signature red with the contrast stitching on its black leather strap. Citizen only produced a run of 1,962 pieces, which (you guessed it) marks the year that the friendly neighborhood crimefighter made his debut on the pages of Marvel comics. View this post on Instagram Commemorate everyone’s favorite web-slinger with a Limited Edition Marvel Spider-Man watch by Citizen celebrating the superhero in his vintage, black-and-white comic form on the dial. #MyCitizen #CitizenMarvel #Marvel #Spiderman #superhero A post shared by Citizen Watch Company (@citizenwatchus) on Oct 6, 2019 at 1:44pm PDT Watches in the Marvel World The Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t limited to Citizen watches. With stars of the film franchise sporting a variety of luxury timepieces both on and off-screen. Let’s take a look at their amazing watches. Robert Downey, Jr. We met Robert’s alter ego, billionaire “Tony Stark,” in Spider-Man Homecoming when he was brandishing a big, flashy Urwerk UR-110 RG. Tony exuded vintage style in his first Iron Man with a BVLGARI Retrograde Day-Date Moonphase and next strapped on a Jaeger LeCoultre AMVOX III Tourbillon GMT for his second outing as the man in the high-tech suit of armor. Mark Ruffalo. Of course Bruce Banner can’t wear a watch. Not even the strongest titanium bracelet would withstand the pressure when Bruce balloons up into the Hulk. (We’re amazed the pants stay on — maybe they’re some kind of super-stretchy pants?). But star Mark Ruffalo isn’t shy about celebrating his Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture offscreen. To be fair, with Swiss movement and smartphone features, the Hybrid Manufacture more than deserves the gushing praise. View this post on Instagram Twice as sweet as sugar… #flashback #sciencebros promoting #avengersageofultron (? @jimmy_rich ) #happylaborday #hair @davynewkirk #style @jeanneyangstyle #OG #avengers #TeamStark #nofilter #bts A post shared by Robert Downey Jr. Official (@robertdowneyjr) on Sep 3, 2018 at 11:32pm PDT Chris Hemsworth. As a TAG Heuer ambassador, the Australian actor who plays Thor has had some seriously nice watches on his wrist. A favorite we’ve seen him wear more than once is a TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01. Benedict Cumberbatch. In the movie Doctor Strange, Cumberbatch’s cherished timepiece is a white-gold Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual. Chris Evans. Offscreen the star of Captain America wears an IWC Portugieser Chronograph. Don Cheadle. The man who plays War Machine has been spotted wearing a Patek Philippe Nautilus Reference 5711, and an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore. Chris Pratt. The Guardians of the Galaxy star favors Cartier, flashing a Cartier Calibre de Cartier Chronograph, Calibre de Cartier Diver and a Santos de Cartier. Citizen Watches and Marvel Conclusion  Spider-Man continually ranks as one of the favorites when it comes to Marvel movies. So chances are you’ll want to put the web-slinger on your wrist. But perhaps you champion the entire universe, from Wolverine and Captain America to Iron Man and, yes, even Ant-Man. If you want to celebrate all things Marvel, there may be no better way than with an 80th Anniversary timepiece.

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  8. Japanese Watches: Best Brands

    If you’re in the market for Japanese watches, there are probably a few watch brands you will look to first. Seiko, Citizen, and Casio are likely on your radar, as they have a combined watchmaking history of more than two centuries. But these established brands are being challenged by some notable up-and-comers. So let’s take a look at the best Japanese watch brands and what they offer. Seiko Founded in 1881, Seiko is Japan’s oldest watchmaker and generally one of the most respected. It’s well-earned respect, based on more than a century of fine quality at prices that are notably affordable in comparison to their Swiss counterparts. It’s hard to encapsulate all they have done through the decades, but we can look to a few benchmarks. They made Japan’s first dive watch in 1965, and Seiko Prospex divers remain incredibly popular to this day. They turned the watch world on its end in 1969 with the first mass-produced quartz watch. For quality and heritage, Seiko is the Japanese watchmaker to beat. Grand Seiko  Each of these sub-brands of Seiko probably merits a lot more discussion than we have time for. Grand Seiko goes for luxury and can cost considerably more than their parent company’s offerings, but the quality shows. One of their most notable entries is the Snowflake, a titanium gem with Spring Drive movement. Orient Orient takes the Seiko tradition in a different direction. Unlike Grand Seiko, Orient watches are exceedingly affordable. But don’t worry that you’re getting a cheap watch with Orient. Rather, they perform well beyond their price tags. One of the most-popular Orients is the Bambino, a low-cost dress watch that can hold its own with some of the best Swiss offerings. Citizen If we’re talking about tech with Japanese watches, Citizen is the go-to brand. They famously pioneered light-powered timepieces with their signature Eco-Drive. They’ve also been at the forefront of GPS technology, notably with models such as the Red Arrows World Time Chronograph. Are they affordable? Yes and no. Spanning a wide range of prices, you can pick up a Citizen for as low as $100 and as high as $2,000 and more. Casio Casio started out as something of a joke. Well, at least somebody probably laughed at you when you sported your first calculator watch back in the day. Today those same watches are brandished by hipsters for their retro charm (and cheap prices). But Casio grew in leaps from its humble start, and nobody is laughing at the G-Shock. Casio’s near-indestructible flagship watches have become a staple and nearly every serious watch collector in the world has one in their collection. 3 Japanese Watches You Probably Don’t Know (But Really Should!) 1: Knot  One of the hottest new brands out of Japan is Knot. Since its debut in 2014, the small Tokyo-based outfit has gotten an overload of media attention that should make the big brands a little nervous. Two aspects make these watches desirable alternatives to the more-established watchmakers: price and customization. When it comes to cost, you can pick up a nice Knot for some unusually low prices given the high quality of the timepieces. A quartz movement watch will set you back about $200 while mechanical movement is in the $500 price range. From straps to movements and cases, all components are made in Japan and hand-assembled at Knot’s workshop in a bustling section of the capital city. And every Knot watch is completely customizable. Choose from a sea of straps that honor Japanese crafts and culture, such as the braided Kyoto’s kumihimo, a Yamanashi’s umbrella strap or the tatami-beri band that mirrors the design of a traditional Japanese tatami floor mat. View this post on Instagram 人気のレディースソーラーウォッチ。季節感あふれる新カラー追加! 秋のファッションにぴったりなブラウンフェイス。 落ち着いた雰囲気がコーディネートの締め役に。 #knotwatch#knot#wristwear#wristwatch#madeinjapan #ノット#腕時計#時計#日本製#カスタムオーダー A post shared by Maker's Watch Knot (@makers_watch_knot) on Aug 29, 2019 at 1:48am PDT 2: Minase Another recent brand that’s been upending the long-established watch world in Japan, Minase made its debut in 2005. But unlike urban Knot, Minase crafts its timepieces in a small factory in the company’s namesake village in the north of Japan. High-end quality has put Minase on the map. Prior to its foray into fine watches, the company produced precision tools and has since brought that fine metalwork expertise to each of the 500 watches Minase produces each year. 3: Frank Miura Okay, so this is a weird one. Frank Miura is a parody brand that openly mimics Franck Muller watches (both names are pronounced nearly the same in Japanese). Of course, the latter Swiss luxury brand Franck Muller makes instantly recognizable watches under the audacious banner “Master of Complications.” We’ve seen their bold designs on the wrists of 50 Cent, Elton John and a slew of other celebrities, and prices for a nice Franck Muller can go north of ten grand. Japan’s Frank Miura, on the other hand, offers similar designs at a fraction of the price. And although it’s a blatant rip-off of the Swiss watches, the Japanese quality is pretty good, and the designs are really cool. Franck Muller sued Frank Miura to stop making watches, but the legal action backfired. A Japanese court ruled that Frank Miura has the right to produce parodies and the publicity has made the low-end Japanese brand a cult hit. View this post on Instagram 嗚呼、ついに禁断の一本を手に入れてしまった…。 #フランク三浦 #fashionbloger #blog #腕時計 #ristwatch #watch #mensfashion #frankmiura A post shared by Yuji Mizutani (@butsuyoku_m) on Feb 8, 2019 at 6:38pm PST So you can stick with the tried and trusted brands, it’s hard to go wrong with that kind of longevity and tradition. Or choose one of the upstarts and slip something a little more eclectic on your wrist. However you select, the small island of Japan has a huge selection of amazing watches waiting for you.

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  9. Affordable Rolex Watches: Top Picks and Alternatives

    Does the desire to have an affordable Rolex mean you’re in the market for fake Rolex watches? Maybe, but most likely not. Let’s look at our options when being budget-conscious about real Rolex watches. So, you want to wear a Rolex, but you don’t want to pay Rolex prices. That’s a tough one. If you want to wear one of the world’s most exclusive watch brands you are going to have to pay for that luxury. But affordable Rolex watches do exist. Affordable Rolex Watches Not all Rolexes are made the same and not all carry the same price tag. It’s going to cost you to wear Rolex, yes, but some pre-owned and entry-level offerings are more within reach for many. 1: The Rolex Datejust is an amazing gem from the Rolex line. Take us back to the 70s as the Studio 54 disco scene peaked in New York City and Rolex went funky with quartz. Purists will scoff at a Rolex without mechanical movement, but this model has become a true classic. Best of all, you can find a pre-owned Rolex for a few thousand dollars. Brand new Datejust watches can be found starting around the $6,000-$7,000 range. 2: The Rolex Air-King is also a good option if you’re looking to pick up an affordable Rolex in the lower end of the high price scale. Pre-owned you can find them in the $3,000 to $5,000 range. The Air-King is also a great choice for non-collectors and first-time Rolex owners. With a modest 40mm case and a classic black dial, the aviator watch honors the designs of the 1950s with go-anywhere elegance. Going the Replica Route We should talk about the legality here. In the United States and elsewhere it is quite legal to buy a fake watch, even if you know it’s counterfeit. Oddly, selling the fake watch can cross legal lines in the U.S., but the buyer is well within his or her right. That said, you can find self-described fakes all over the Internet. But before you click to buy, perhaps consider the emotional aspect. You are trying to fool people when you go out with a fake Rolex on your wrist. Though the replica market sometimes does a really good job and there’s some really good stuff out there that can fool even the experts. 4 Great Rolex Alternatives So you said no to a fake. Even pre-owned, you just can’t fork over Rolex kind of cash. No problem, there are options! Lots of watches try to copy Rolex’s style, some even going as far as to outright rip it off. So you look for a reputable brand that has some history for assurance of quality, and a design that has the same feel of a Rolex without a curve-for-curve copy of the design. 1: The Longines HydroConquest This one makes a great alternative to the Rolex Submariner. You have a similar rotating bezel, like oversized Arabic numerals and cases of stainless steel that appear almost identical to the passing eye. The Longines HydroConquest  comes in many colors, like a black dial with dot hour markers that also bear resemblance to the Submariner. While the cost of a Submariner can cross $13,000, a Longines HydroConquest can be found online from a price range around $800-$1,200. 2: Seiko Prospex  Seiko has long mirrored the design of the famed dive watches that came out of Europe over the past century. The Japanese watchmakers are not ashamed of mimicking design, and with the long tradition of Seiko quality, they probably feel they’ve improved upon the field. So it’s no surprise that the Seiko Prospex dive watch looks and functions like a Rolex GMT Master II. While the proportions are different, there is a color scheme option on the bezel that’s the same as the Batman theme Rolex has proudly assumed as the design’s moniker. Prospex’s circle markers, luminous hands and case shape are also notably similar to the GMT Master II. And Seiko does it with solar power! 3: Davosa Vintage Diver  If you think Seiko borrowed a bit from the Batman theme, your jaw may drop when you see what Davosa took from the Rolex Pepsi theme. Perhaps the best-known color scheme for Rolex, the red and blue bezel bears resemblance to the refreshment logo. And Davosa said “why not me too” for its Vintage Diver. Davosa is a nice Swiss brand with a good reputation for quality and a Davosa dive watch can be found for well under $1,000. View this post on Instagram Watch Check: Weds evening, Team huddle with my Davosa Vintage GMT. Have a great evening! #davosa #davosawatches #davosagmt #davosavintagediver #affordablewristwatch #vintagewatches #watchcollector #watchseller #aviationwatch #watchoftheday #wristwatchcheck #watchcheck #affordable watches #militarywatch #mensdailywatch A post shared by The Watch Depot (@the_watch_depot) on May 23, 2019 at 6:29am PDT 4: Citizen Eco-Drive  Citizen is another great watchmaker to look to when you want to do an end-run around Rolex prices. The Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium Perpetual has some serious likeness to a Rolex Daytona, which we know can reach prices that put them out of the reach of the majority of consumers. But for about $500 you can wear a Titanium Perpetual that has a similar three-sub-dial face, like bezel with tachometer and kinship with the overall design. So you have some nice options. Ideally, a real affordable Rolex will be in reach and you get the brand you want. Less ideal, you fake it with a knock-off. And in the middle, you pay what you can to get a really nice Rolex-ish watch. However you go, there’s an affordable way for you to roll with some Rolex style!

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  10. A Closer Look at the Omega Seamaster

    When we think of an Omega Seamaster these days the mind probably goes to the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean or the Aqua Terra. But the Seamaster had a life before these popular entries. Let’s take a closer look at how this classic watch came into being and what it eventually became. Born from Battles Shortly after World War 2, the Swiss watchmakers Omega took a design for the British Royal Navy, featuring a waterproof gasket, and turned it into a dive watch that would soon set world depth-diving records. While there have been changes over the years, some things have remained consistent, such as wave patterns across blue or black dials and screw-down crowns. It’s 300M’s World, We Just Wind in It While there are disagreements on the “best” Seamaster, the 300M Professional is unarguably one of the best-selling around the world. Omega unveiled the super-water-resistant 300M in 1957 and it quickly became standard on the wrists of professional divers. There have been quite a few variations with the 300M over the decades, but the model has almost always featured lugs on a symmetrical case, big hands, big numbers and a dark dial. The secret of 300M’s success is also partly due to its association with James Bond. And yes, we all know that James Bond began with Rolex and stayed loyal for decades. But then the 90s came along and we had cell phones, the Internet, grunge and goth. Things were changing and 007 fell for an Omega, with Pierce Brosnan sporting an Omega Seamaster in 1995’s Goldeneye. View this post on Instagram Introducing a New Omega Seamaster 300M Diver ‘007’. The 50th Anniversary of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). Details on Fratello (?? link in bio ??) #omega A post shared by FratelloWatches (@fratellowatches) on Sep 24, 2019 at 3:03am PDT Getting Back with James Bond And Omega shows no sign of jealousy over Bond in his Rolex days, celebrating an earlier Bond film with the limited-edition run of the 42mm Seamaster Diver 300M. It’s to coincide with this year’s 50th anniversary of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Omega goes full-Bond with the run of 7,007 pieces. The dial is an unashamed homage with the signature gun-barrel graphics that open the franchise’s credits, with the number seven in the distinct font from the films. Diehard Bond fans will recognize the crest at the twelve o’clock position – it’s the Bond family coat of arms. Plunging into Planet Ocean Let’s set the Wayback Machine just a little, two clicks back to 2005. We were awash in trucker hats, skinny jeans, and yes, Uggs. Cargo pants even made a resurgence. It was a pretty rough dressed-down time. But not for Omega. The Seamaster stepped in with some James Bond-style, as the Planet Ocean would accompany Daniel Craig on his first run at 007 in the 2006 film Casino Royale. In the years since there have been lots of variations in the line, from case sizes and bracelet options to bezel colors and chronograph or non-chronograph movements. Consistent throughout each reference in the line are unidirectional rotating bezels, prominent hands with luminescence, a screw-down crown and analog display. Flip any Planet Ocean over and you’ll find a screw-in case back that’s engraved with the Omega Seahorse symbol. The image, known as a hippocampus in Greek mythology, has some serious history and significance. View this post on Instagram Big Seahorse on seamaster calendar #watch #vintagewatch #omega #omegawatch #omegaseamaster #omegaseahorse #watchesofinstagram #instawatch #watchgeek #watchporn #watchme #watching #watchmania #watchoftheday #watchfam #watchcollector A post shared by matthias de pauw (@matthias.watches) on Jul 13, 2019 at 1:07pm PDT Tale of the Seahorse So set the time machine to leap back and we’re in ancient Greece, where you’re likely to hear tales of massive half-fish half-horse creatures roaming the sea. These mighty ocean steeds pulled Poseidon’s chariot. Today in the canals of Venice you still see their influence, with pairs of forged seahorses attached to both the starboard and port sides of gondolas, meant to protect all in the vessel. These guardians of the ancient waterways inspired an engraver at Omega to invoke their image of protection against watery danger. In 1958 the first hippocampus was engraved on an Omega Seamaster. Today, nearly nothing in the Omega line personifies that connection to the sea and all of its creatures more than the Planet Ocean. Keeping Aqua Terra Time Many a watch lover has noted that the Aqua Terra comes as close to the original design of the first Seamaster as anything in the collection. That’s kind of ironic in that the Aqua Terra isn’t as serious a dive watch as others in both form and function. It’s not designed for deep dives like the 300M or the Planet Ocean. And it just looks better on land, feeling more comfortable at an elegant candlelit dinner than off the coast of Bali. When it debuted in 2002, the Aqua Terra had a smooth face, but the watch has since come to be easily recognized for its teak pattern on the dial. With simple, no-nonsense looks, the Aqua Terra is equally at ease on a stainless steel bracelet or fine leather. Dressed up or down, it’s about as versatile as you can get with the Seamaster and that likely adds to its popularity. Look, we all know you’ve never been diving. Heck, you haven’t even seen Finding Dory. But that doesn’t mean you can’t put some maritime heritage on your wrist, and there’s probably no better way to do it than with the timeless design of an Omega Seamaster.

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  11. Diving Deeper with the Citizen Promaster Diver

    Over the past three decades, the Citizen Promaster has proven itself as one of the best dive watches on the market. It earned its place with innovative tech, sure-fire dependability and an unusually accessible cost. Let’s delve into the details of how this popular watch became a legend.  Over 30 Years of Citizen Promasters  The Citizen Promaster series officially debuted back in 1989, when Janet Jackson’s “Miss You Much” topped the U.S. music charts, Michael Keaton’s Batman broke box office records and the Berlin Wall came tumbling down on live TV. Or, to be more accurate, three Citizen Promasters debuted that year: the Aqualand, the Altichron and the Promaster Sky. The trio hit the world stage as the Titanium Professional collection.  The Aqualand has remained nearly unaltered over the past three decades. It was actually a reboot of a standalone model that was first produced in 1985. It got some serious attention at the time as the world’s only dive watch with a digital depth gauge. The first Altichron was notable for an altimeter that was capable of registering 10,000 meters above sea level and 300 meters below. The Promaster Sky was the forefather of Citizen’s satellite and radio-controlled watches that were to follow.  Today, the collection still sticks to the thematic trinity that’s made it a success: Land, Air and Sea. The message is simple. If you’re taking off in flight or diving deep in the ocean, this is the timepiece you want along for the adventure. But of course, we can’t all be so daring in everyday life. So the watches also exude a casual cool or a bold expedition to brunch. The Citizen Promaster Diver emerged as the line’s best seller. All About the Citizen Eco-Drive You can’t really talk about Citizen watches without first mentioning the Eco-Drive. Citizen impressed the watch world when it first introduced light-powered timepieces in the 1970s. They perfected the technology for the mass market by the 1990s. Say goodbye to batteries! Today’s ultra-efficient Eco-Drive watches absorb both natural and artificial light through a solar panel under the dial, storing the energy in a lithium-ion cell that can charge a watch for anywhere from a few months to an astonishing few years! While Citizen Promaster watches were popular in their pre-Eco-Drive days, this amazing power capacity is surely an important ingredient to their popularity.   Basic Black is Always in Style There are a variety of Citizen Promaster Divers to choose from, but let’s first look at the most popular model, the BN0150-28E. This analog quartz timepiece is solar powered with a stainless steel case, available with a sturdy polyurethane strap or stainless-steel bracelet. It’s quite basic — but in the best of ways! The black dial has simple all-white markings. The three hands are equally simple, albeit wide to complement the somewhat hefty design. The hour, minute and second hand each have generous applications of lume. The minute hand is the watch’s most eye-catching aspect, an orange-edged arrow that provides a pop of color on the otherwise black-and-white palette.  Most people who buy dive watches don’t actually do deep ocean dives. But it’s nice to know this watch is water resistant up to 200 meters. That gives you a peace of mind for the pool, shower or unintended water hazards. The lume also shines quite brightly and is easily chargeable with any light source. Speaking of power, the reserve is staggering and you can go months on a single charge!     Bring on the Blue Another popular model, and a visually pleasing one at that, is the BN0151-09L. It’s pretty much the same watch as the BN0150-28E but sheds the black motif for an eye-catching blue design. Both pieces lean to the hefty side, with a 43-mm case diameter that really expands to 48-mm if you include the crown. But they wear lighter on the wrist than their dimensions suggest. Aided by a slim 12-mm profile that makes them lightweight in the world of dive watches and perfect for everyday use. The bezel is quite simple, with painted markings on the aluminum. While the standard blue silicone strap is popular, the accessible size and understated look of the dive watch makes it easy to swap out straps for different looks. Pair it with a leather strap for a dressier, yet still sporty, look that goes well with dress-casual attire. Or go more rugged with a nylon NATO strap that’s more fitting for weekend adventuring. Versatility is one of the things that’s kept the Promaster Diver in vogue for so many years.     Make Way for the EcoZilla! People are bound to notice if you strap on a Citizen Promaster Diver BJ8050-08E. With a case width of 48-mm and weighty thickness of 18.6-mm it’s hard not to take note. But, like all in the line, its simple styling makes it wear slimmer than its actual size. Unlike other models in the collection, this one is a lefty. Detractors would point out that a crown at the nine o’clock position can dig into the wrist on an active outing. True to its nickname, the watch has a monster 60-click bezel with polished scallops. It comes with a rubber strap but this ready-for-action watch always wears well on nylon.    While these are the most popular, they’re just a few of the choices in the Citizen Promaster Diver line. You can get totally blacked out with a BN0195-54E, go with a touch of green on the CA0715-03E or take things up a notch with the pricier BN7020-17E, a seriously pro dive watch that’s water resistant up to 1,000 meters. However you like your Promaster Diver, you can enjoy knowing you’re part of over 30 years of history.

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