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  2. Omega Speedmaster Reduced: The Ultimate Guide to the Affordable Classic

    Omega Speedmaster Reduced: The Ultimate Guide to the Affordable Classic

    Ah, the Speedmaster — Omega’s crowning glory, the first watch to reach the surface of the moon, the Moonwatch. Generations after its conception, the Omega Speedmaster remains a truly historic timepiece and an incredibly popular name in the industry. That is why it has inspired so many other iterations, made not only for the moon, but also for Earth and its many faces. That said, forget about the Speedmaster X-33 Regatta, the Speedmaster Racing, and the Speedmaster Moonphase. Today, we will be taking a close-up look at none other than the Omega Speedmaster Reduced. Omega Speedmaster Reduced: Quick Specs Case Diameter: 39 mmCase Material: Stainless steelBezel: Tachymetric scaleDial: Black with luminous hour markersMovement: Automatic caliberFunctions: Central running seconds; 12-hour chronographBracelet: Steel or leather strap What is the Omega Speedmaster Reduced? The Omega Speedmaster Reduced has been gaining popularity in the past few years, and rightfully so. One interesting thing about this Omega watch is that it often gets mistaken for the brand’s more popular flagship model, the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch. It is an easy mistake to make. Though there are differences between the two models, which we will go through in greater detail later, they do also share a few similarities. For instance, both Speedmaster pieces have the same jet-black dial with three chronograph counters located at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. Their bezels are also similar, with both having tachymeters marked on the black scales. In fact, a lot of online sellers even bait those looking for an affordable Speedmaster Professional with a photo of what is actually a Speedmaster Reduced. What makes matters even more confusing is that some people might know the Omega Speedmaster Reduced by the “Moonwatch” nickname too. This confusion stems from the fact that Omega now refers to all Speedmaster watches as Moonwatches, thanks to the original Speedmaster’s legendary feat of being the first watch on the moon. But the matter is not that simple. Most professionals actually agree that while the Omega Speedmaster Reduced is an extremely nice Speedmaster model, it does not, strictly speaking, qualify as a Moonwatch. This is because, unlike the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, the Omega Speedmaster Reduced is not suited for the lunar surface, or for space at all. Despite Omega’s recent naming conventions, not all Speedmaster timepieces can truly be considered “Moonwatches”, and that applies to the Omega Speedmaster Reduced too. History of the Omega Speedmaster Reduced Omega released the Speedmaster Reduced in 1988. The Swiss company marketed this watch as a smaller and much more affordable version of its flagship Speedmaster Professional model. It is just one of the pieces that Omega launched as part of a bigger Speedmaster collection. As mentioned, the Omega Speedmaster Reduced is smaller than the Speedmaster Professional. As befitting its “Reduced” name, this watch has a case that measures just 39mm in diameter, slimmer than the Speedmaster Professional’s 42mm case. In fact, the Omega Speedmaster Reduced is one of the smallest watches in the Speedmaster collection. For comparison, the Speedmaster X-33 watches have oversized 45mm cases, while the Speedmaster Racing and Moonphase both come in 42.25mm cases. Notable Omega Speedmaster Reduced Models Omega Speedmaster Reduced DA 175.0032 1988The Omega Speedmaster Reduced was in production for 20 years. Those two decades inspired a variety of models. Firstly, you have the Omega Speedmaster Reduced Ref. 3510.50.00. This model, which comes in a stainless steel case and either a matching stainless steel bracelet or a leather strap, is the one that most closely resembles the Speedmaster Professional. It also showcases a stark black dial, bezel, and no date aperture. You can also find models in solid yellow gold as well as a two-tone model, the Omega Speedmaster Reduced Ref. DA175.0032. The Omega Speedmaster Reduced DA175.0032 is made from a gorgeous blend of yellow gold and stainless steel. Bracelets are also indicative of the different iterations you can get for this watch. As you might have guessed from above, the brand offers the Speedmaster Reduced with either steel bracelets or leather straps. In addition to all those, you can find Omega Speedmaster Reduced models with different dial colors. Some of the most daring designs for this watch show off brightly-colored dials in hues of yellow, blue, and green with racing details and aesthetics. Panda dials also exist in the Speedmaster Reduced universe, although they are not common. Some Omega Speedmaster Reduced pieces also feature dials with racing checkers. You can also expect to find Omega Speedmaster Reduced watches with a variety of different complications, such as date apertures, perpetual calendars, day-date windows, and even a moon phase version. That said, when it comes to the overall design of the Speedmaster Reduced, Omega’s hands are tied. The concept of the Omega Speedmaster Reduced demands that it mirrors the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, just on a smaller scale. As such, most Omega Speedmaster Reduced watches have the same chronograph layout with three-subdials, which you can also find on the Speedmaster Professional. In later years, Omega also made a small but very significant improvement to the Speedmaster Reduced. Previous Omega Speedmaster Reduced watches were equipped with Hesalite crystals. From the Omega Speedmaster Reduced Ref. 3539.50.00 onwards, however, the brand decided to upgrade to a sapphire crystal, which is more scratch-resistant. The dial was also slightly redesigned. The Automatic Omega Speedmaster Reduced Omega Speedmaster Reduced Ref. 3802.72.55 and 3534.72.00If there is one thing that sets the Omega Speedmaster Reduced apart from the Speedmaster Professional, it would be the movement that powers it. Traditionally, the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch has a manually-wound caliber. This means it needs to be wound every once in a while to keep it running. Omega turned this around by giving the Speedmaster Reduced an automatic movement. An automatic caliber winds itself using the kinetic energy from the movement of the wearer’s hand. This is the reason why many people also call the Speedmaster Reduced the Speedmaster Automatic. The Omega Speedmaster Reduced found itself in the spotlight with a number of different automatic movements. When it was first introduced in 1988, it carried the Caliber 1140. Then, in 1996, Omega changed the movement that powered the watch to the Caliber 1141. In the same year, this movement was replaced by the Caliber 1143, and finally, in 2000, Omega upgraded to the Caliber 3220. That said, regardless of all the different movement names, these are all virtually identical calibers, based on the time-only ETA 2892-A2 base movement. Only the most advanced Omega Caliber 3220 stands out for having a extended 40-hour power reserve. Omega also upgraded each of these movements with the Debois Dépraz 2020 chronograph module, to facilitate chronograph functions in the Omega Speedmaster Reduced. The use of this automatic movement gave the Omega Speedmaster Reduced a rather different look. On the dial, you will notice that the three sub-dials are spread out quite far apart from each other. These registers are set so distantly from each other that they are almost touching the minute track on the outer rim of the dial. This is yet another distinction between the Reduced and Professional watches. Since the Speedmaster Professional uses a different, manual-winding caliber, its sub-dials are placed much closer together, at the center of the dial. On the dial of the Omega Speedmaster Reduced is the inscription of the word “AUTOMATIC”, while the word “PROFESSIONAL” sits on the Speedmaster Professional. This denotes the difference in the movement that powers each watch. We will discuss more differences between the two models in a moment. Discontinuing the Omega Speedmaster Reduced Omega Speedmaster Reduced Racing 3518.50.00Omega created the Speedmaster Reduced to give people the experience of wearing a Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch for a lot less. This niche made Speedmaster Reduced quite popular in the market. It also gained much praise for its practicality and convenience, as evidenced by the self-winding movement that powers the Omega Speedmaster Reduced. In 2009, Omega announced that it would be discontinuing the production of the Speedmaster Reduced. However, this does not mean that Omega no longer created smaller Speedmaster watches. For instance, the brand started to offer the modern-day Speedmaster 38 Co-Axial Chronograph after the Speedmaster Reduced stopped production. Regardless, the discontinuation of the Omega Speedmaster Reduced led to it becoming a staple in the second-hand market. It is especially popular amongst women and men who do not want oversized 45mm Speedmaster watches. Omega Speedmaster Professional vs Speedmaster Reduced Omega Speedmaster Reduced and ProfessionalAs mentioned, there are a few stark differences between the Speedmaster Professional and the Speedmaster Reduced. Firstly, at 38.5mm, the Omega Speedmaster Reduced is a lot smaller and easier on the wrist than the 42mm Speedmaster Professional. Despite its slender build, the Omega Speedmaster Reduced is still quite a good fit for many men, since many vintage-inspired watches also carry this size. For instances, you frequently see men donning military watches that measure between 38mm to 40mm in size. Aside from the movement of the watches being different, there is also a noticeable increase in the number of jewels on the Speedmaster Reduced. The Speedmaster Reduced has a total of 47 jewels, thanks to the add-on chronograph model on the Omega Caliber 3220, compared to the 26 jewels on the Speedmaster Professional’s Omega Caliber 3861. If you are looking for a more visible difference, direct your eyes to the flanks of the two watches. Because of the larger size of the automatic movement, looking at the Omega Speedmaster Reduced from the side will show that the pushers and crown are not aligned. The pushers sit high, near the top of the watch, while the crown sits much lower and is closer to the case back. In contrast, the Speedmaster Professional’s crown and pushers are all located near the top of the watch. Omega Speedmaster Reduced AC‑MILAN ST 175.0039The comparisons between the two models have led even tiny details to become points of discussion amongst avid watch collectors. Some people even obsess over characteristics such as the look of the lugs, which makes up yet another difference between the two models. The Speedmaster Professional boasts sharp and refined lugs that just exude luxury. The Speedmaster Reduced’s lugs, on the other hand, are not quite as sharp or defined, with a less gleaming polish. Despite their poorer lustre, however, the lugs of the Omega Speedmaster Reduced work just fine, especially for its price range. There are also more differences to be found in the dials of the two models. As mentioned, the sub-dials in the Omega Speedmaster Reduced are located very far apart, almost touching the minute indices, as opposed to the Speedmaster Professional which has its dials clustered together. In addition, the running seconds counter sits on the right side of the Omega Speedmaster Reduced, as opposed to sitting on the left of the Speedmaster Professional’s dial. Pricing of the Omega Speedmaster Professional vs Speedmaster Reduced Finally, the price is the main difference between the two models. If you are offered an Omega Speedmaster Professional for a lot less than its usual retail or pre-owned market price, then you might want to check the model more carefully. You will probably end up receiving an Omega Speedmaster Reduced in the mail instead of a true Professional Moonwatch. As such, keep in mind the following price points and make sure you are not getting ripped off. An Omega Speedmaster Professional with a Hesalite crystal retails at approximately $5,350 USD. You can get this for $3,500 to $4,000 USD if pre-owned. Meanwhile, the Omega Speedmaster Reduced used to retail at $2,550 USD. Since it has been discontinued, it is now only available on the second-hand market. You can bring pre-owned versions of the Omega Speedmaster Reduced home for around $1,500 USD to $2,000 USD. Which Speedmaster Watch to Buy? At the end of the day, it all depends on your goal and budget. A new collector would typically start with the Omega Speedmaster Reduced because it is a lot more affordable. However, if you have the budget for a luxurious Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, then let nothing stop you. Ultimately, both watches have their merits and each is a worthy option for collection. Make a smart choice and think about the practicality of owning one or both. The Moonwatch Within Reach The Omega Speedmaster Reduced is a watch that will never be forgotten. This watch carries history on its back with its iconic Speedmaster name, while also achieving its goal of making the Speedmaster more accessible for everyone. It might not be a Moonwatch but it certainly is a step closer to one. Learn more about Omega and its watches. Check out our feature articles on the Omega Aqua Terra, De Ville, and Seamaster. All photos courtesy of Omega.

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  3. Oris Aquis Date: A Look at the Brand’s Iconic Dive Watch

    Oris Aquis Date: A Look at the Brand’s Iconic Dive Watch

    Oris is a coveted Swiss watch brand that offers a plethora of highly-functional and stylish timepieces. More specifically, the Oris Aquis is one of the most popular collections in the brand’s extensive catalog. This is a series of expertly designed diver’s watches equipped with state-of-the-art practical features.  One highly regarded range from the Aquis collection is the Oris Aquis Date. This iconic diver watch possesses a modern design, high-performance specifications, and a budget-friendly price, making it a go-to timekeeper for many divers and watch enthusiasts. Built to withstand the harshest conditions underwater with its 300-meter depth rating and dressy enough to up your formal wear, the Oris Aquis Date is a highly versatile timepiece you can bring to nearly any occasion. In this article, let us take a closer look at the Oris Aquis Date, its history, and the excellent features it offers. History of Oris Aquis Date  The release of the Rolex Submariner in 1954 was a game-changer for the watch industry as a whole. The Submariner hit the ground running with explosive popularity, giving dive watches a reputation for prestige, class, and luxury. As a result, by the 1960s, the entire horology industry had started shifting towards a trend of creating classy dive pieces. This led to Oris releasing its first 100-meter diver’s watch, popularly known as the Oris Divers Sixty-Five, in 1965. Oris’s entrance into the dive watch market was a success, as the Oris Divers Sixty-Five became a crowd favorite, especially amongst divers and watch enthusiasts. 46 years down the line, Oris released a new collection dedicated to divers — the Oris Aquis. This is a series of high-end diving models that boast a more contemporary style. Oris equipped the Aquis with an improved 300-meter water resistance capacity, giving it a competitive edge against many of its other dive watch counterparts in the market. Among the many Aquis watches, the Oris Aquis Date is one of the most highly-regarded variants, thanks to its distinctive and modern style. Versions of the Oris Aquis Date Throughout the Years Oris Aquis Date 43.5mm Version In 2017, Oris launched an Aquis Date model in a 43.5mm size. It has a quintessential stainless steel case and a unidirectional bezel with a black elapsed time scale insert made of ceramic. This watch is instantly recognizable, thanks to the detailed engravings of the Oris shield emblem and logo on the caseback and folding clasp respectively. One great thing about this 43.5mm version is the diversity of dial colorways offered. You are given a choice between three options. The first dial features a dark blue sunburst design with contrasting silvery-white indices and hands, while the second has similar elements against a classy black backdrop instead. The third dial is more vibrant and sporty, consisting of bright orange pointers and hour markers against a black surface. All three dials are generously treated with Super-LumiNova pigments to provide optimal readability in any sort of lighting condition. Oris also offers you three different strap options to choose from with the Oris Aquis Date 43.5mm. You can opt between a stainless steel bracelet, a rubber strap, or a leather band. The models with the black rubber strap or brown leather band retail at just $1,531 USD. The blue rubber strap variant, on the other hand, has a price tag of around $1,637 USD. Finally, the stainless steel version is priced slightly higher at $1,649 USD. Oris Aquis Date 39.5mm & 41.5mm The smallest version of the Oris Aquis Date available is the Oris Aquis Date 39.5mm, which, as you might expect from its name, has a 39.5mm stainless steel case and matching bracelet of the same material. Rather than using the typical ceramic bezel, the brand utilizes a black tungsten bezel — a rare material known for being highly resistant to scratches. This bezel is engraved with white numerals and markers for the elapsed time scale and comes in a variety of colorways including black, dark green, silver, and more. In February 2020, Oris released a new model of the Aquis Date 39.5mm. This sophisticated piece came with a striking ocean blue sunray dial, paired with a gleaming black tungsten bezel. It is adorned with thick luminous hands and hour indices, along with a rectangular date window at 6 o’clock. This Oris Aquis Date piece is driven by a self-winding movement with a 38-hour power reserve. Like other Aquis Date models, this watch comes with an impressive 300-meter water resistance rating, making it a reliable option on diving excursions. In 2020, Oris also released a 41.5mm version of the Oris Aquis Date, which has similar features to its smaller counterpart. Apart from its size, the main difference between the two models is that the 41.5mm model is offered with either a rubber strap or a stainless steel bracelet. It also has a slightly different dial, boasting a darker blue sunray finish. You can purchase the 39.5mm model for around $2,000 USD, while the 41.5mm costs more, at around $2,200 USD. Oris Aquis Date 45.5mm Version Photo from Watchshopping The largest model of the Oris Aquis Date available is the Aquis Date 45.5mm. This model has similar specifications to the smaller variants of the Oris Aquis Date, but it comes with larger angular crown protectors and wider lugs, giving this watch more of a spiral balanced look. It also comes with a black dial furnished with sword hands, luminous indices, a day-date aperture, and a broken-up orange or yellow second scale around the rim, adding a burst of vibrant color to the otherwise dark watch face. This Oris Aquis Date 45.5mm comes in either a stainless steel bracelet or a rubber strap. The rubber strap is also available in three hues, which you can pick based on your preference: yellow, black, and orange. Depending on the specific model and materials chosen, the price of this watch ranges from between $1,450 USD to $ 1,755 USD. Best Selections of the Oris Aquis Date  1. Oris Aquis Date Ref. 01 733 7730 4153-07 4 24 63EB Movement: Automatic Oris Caliber 733 Jewels: 26Power Reserve: 38 hoursWater Resistance: 300 metersRight off the bat, this Oris Aquis Date Ref. 01 733 7730 4153-07 4 24 63EB looks incredibly classic and sophisticated. It is housed in a 43.5mm stainless steel case, which perfectly complements the striking sunburst grey dial and matching grey rubber strap. Its dial comes with luminous sword hands, hour indices, and a vibrant red seconds hand that adds a burst of vibrancy to the watch face. Priced at $1,799 USD, this diver’s watch is a great choice, not just as a companion on your underwater adventures, but also for your everyday look. 2. Oris Aquis Date Ref. 01 733 7731 4151-07 8 18 05P Photo from Watchshopping Oris Aquis Date Ref. 01 733 7731 4151-07 8 18 05PMovement: Automatic Oris Caliber 733Jewels: 26Power Reserve: 38 hoursWater resistance: 300 metersThe next watch on our list is an ideal time-telling tool for all the ladies out there who enjoy minimalist designs. The Oris Aquis Date Ref. 01 733 7731 4151-07 8 18 05P is encased in a slender 36.4mm stainless steel case and a matching stainless steel bracelet. This is paired with an exclusive, snow-white dial and a stainless steel bezel with a white elapsed time scale insert. The white dial of this watch is decorated with luminous sword-shaped hands and silver-white indices that maintain the watch’s quiet silver-and-white aesthetic. If you are looking for a classic ladies’ piece, then this $1,549 USD Oris Aquis Date model is a worthy grab. 3. Oris Aquis Date Ref.01 733 7730 4152-07 5 24 12EB Movement: Automatic Oris Caliber 733Jewels: 26Power Reserve:  38 hoursWater Resistance: 300 metersIf you are looking for a dressier dive watch that is sure to draw everyone’s eyes at your next dinner party, then you should definitely consider the Oris Aquis Date Ref.01 733 7730 4152-07 5 24 12EB. This watch has a 43.5mm stainless steel with squarish, angular lugs and an aged brown leather strap. Its dial showcases a gorgeous sunburst brown finish which pairs surprisingly well with the gleaming maroon-colored elapsed time scale bezel. On the underside of the watch, you can find a transparent caseback, which provides wearers with a clear view of the watch’s Oris 733 Caliber. You can get your hands on this watch for approximately $1,399 USD. 4. Oris Aquis Date Ref. 01 733 7732 4157-07 4 21 64FC Movement: Automatic Oris Calibre 733Jewels: 26 Power Reserve: 38 hoursWater Resistance: 300 metersFor another stylish, masculine Oris Aquis Date option, take a look at the Oris Aquis Date Ref. 01 733 7766 4157-07 4 22 64FC. Presented in a 41.5mm stainless steel case, this watch shows off a glamorous green dial, a stainless steel bezel with a metallic, royal green elapsed time scale insert, and a comfortable black rubber strap. It also has a layer of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal fitted on top of the case front, providing greater security to the dial. Retailing at $1,580 USD, this timepiece is a wonderful partner for both your diving adventures and your everyday routines. 5. Oris Aquis Date Automatic Ref. 01 733 7730 4134-07 8 24 05PEB Photo from Watchshopping.com Movement: Automatic Oris Calibre 733Jewels: 26Power Reserve: 38 hoursWater Resistance: 300 metersLast but not least, we have the Oris Aquis Ref. 01 733 7730 4134-07 8 24 05PEB — a handsome timepiece with a quintessential black and silver build. This watch is housed in a 43.5mm stainless steel case and bracelet, serving a classic contrast against the grandiose black dial and metallic black elapsed time scale bezel. Like other Oris Aquis Date models, this timepiece is outfitted with a sapphire crystal that protects the dial from any external threats. For an estimated price of $1,799 USD, you can get this durable and stylish Aquis Date watch. Alternatives to Oris Aquis Date The Oris Aquis Date is one of the most classic and reliable divers watches on the market. However, although it is packed with all the essential features of a good diving timepiece, not everyone might be able to get their hands on it. As such, we have collated a list of the best alternative models to Oris Aquis Date that you should consider checking out. 1. Seiko Prospex Ref. SNE573P1 Photo from Watchshopping.com The first watch on the list is from another iconic Japanese brand, Seiko. The Seiko Prospex Ref. SNE573P1, like the Oris Aquis Ref. 01 733 7730 4134-07 8 24 05PEB, is a lovely classic option with its 38.5mm stainless steel case, striking black dial, matte black elapsed time scale bezel, and black silicone strap. Its watch face is decorated with luminous arrowhead hands and geometric hour indices for easy reading even in low-light conditions, along with a compact date window at 3 o’clock. This Seiko Prospex piece has a 200-meter depth rating, which ensures it can withstand some harsh underwater conditions, although it is not quite as impressive as the Oris Aquis Date’s 300-meter water resistance capacity. In addition, it is driven by an in-house quartz Caliber V147, which has an outstanding 10-month power reserve when fully charged. If you are looking for a reliable, practical, and durable diving piece, you should opt for this Seiko Prospex piece, retailing at just $509 USD. 2. Omega Seamaster Ref. 231.10.44.50.09.001 Photo from Watchshopping.com If you are into more understated styles, the Omega Seamaster Ref. 231.10.44.50.09.001 might be just the right choice with its quiet all-silver aesthetic. This watch is presented in a 44mm stainless steel case and matching three-link bracelet of the same material, which go well with the soft white dial. This dial, which features a pattern of fine vertical lines running across it, is adorned with luminous arrowhead hands, triangular hour markers, and a date window placed between 4 and 5 o’clock. Its chronograph layout consists of three sub-dials, which function as the small seconds, 30-minute, and 12-hour counters. This Omega Seamaster piece runs on a top-notch in-house Caliber 3313 movement, which offers a 52-hour power reserve and a solid 150-meter water resistance capacity. You can purchase this Omega watch for approximately $5,429 USD. 3. Citizen Promaster Ref. NB6004-83E Photo from Watchshopping.com The last watch on our list of Oris Aquis Date alternatives is the Citizen Promaster Ref. NB6004-83E — a reliable, high-quality diver that should definitely be on your radar. It comes in a 46mm titanium case and a three-link bracelet made of the same material. The use of titanium gives this watch a lightweight build, ensuring that it is easy to tote around during your long dives in spite of its larger size and robust profile. Fitted on top of the case is a chunky, heavily textured bezel, which bears a pattern of pyramid-shaped studs and raised numerals for the elapsed time scale. The face of this Citizen Promaster watch showcases the same pyramid pattern as the bezel, except in a black hue. It is also furnished with luminous geometric indices, silver and red hands that add a burst of vibrant color, and a small date aperture at 3 o’clock. Citizen also made sure to equip this timepiece with a 200-meter water resistance rating, so it can fulfill all your underwater needs. Powered by an in-house Caliber 9051 with a 42-hour power reserve, you have to be prepared to shell out around $869 USD for this rugged diving watch. Final Thoughts Oris is a distinguished Swiss watch brand that caters to the needs of both men and women looking for stylish, highly-functional timekeepers. The brand’s Oris Aquis Date fits perfectly into its catalog. With its handsome modern design, high-performing specifications, relatively accessible price, and outstanding 300-meter depth rating, you can never go wrong with this dressy diver’s watch. Featured image courtesy to Kyle Wasinger on Flickr All images from Oris’s official website unless otherwise stated. Still looking for other options of the best diving watches in the horology market? Why not take some time to read our article on the Top Dive Watches Under 1000 to get more familiar with other top-notch diving watches that come at a very budget-friendly price.

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  4. 15 Best Altimeter Watches For The Passionate Outdoorsman

    15 Best Altimeter Watches For The Passionate Outdoorsman

    Many of the watches we have today are more than mere time-telling accessories. Over the decades, advances in watchmaking technology have allowed watchmakers to design timepieces with more specific, varied purposes. For example, we now have dive watches for seafaring adventurers, sports watches for outdoor enthusiasts, digital watches for those who love greater convenience, and many more. In this article, we will be focusing on a specific type of timepiece made just for the explorers out there: the altimeter watch. Read on to find out more about what an altimeter watch is and some of the best altimeter watches in the market today. What Is An Altimeter Watch?  First and foremost, altimeter watches are essentially timepieces that can measure altitude above a fixed level. Altimeter watches are equipped with barometric altimeters which use changes in air pressure to calculate the altitude the wearer is currently at. In analog timepieces, you can find different scales for altitude (in feet) and air pressure, with indicators that will illustrate the exact measurements. These scales can usually be found on the dial or bezel of the watch. Smartwatches and digital timepieces, on the other hand, have in-built altimeter functions which can quickly calculate your current altitude for you. These watches are perfect for all the tech-savvy explorers out there. 15 Best Altimeter Watches Without further ado, let us take look at some of the best altimeter watches you can get right now. 1. Oris Big Crown ProPilot Ref. 01 733 7705 423 First up on our list, we have the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Ref. 01 733 7705 423 with its robust and powerfully-built exterior. Just one glance at its rugged all-black profile, and you can already tell that this Oris watch is made to withstand the harsh conditions of the great outdoors.  Housed in a 47mm black-plated stainless steel case, this Oris Big Crown ProPilot piece showcases a complex watch face in black and a grey textile strap that perfectly complement each other. Accentuated by indicators in white, yellow, and red, the black dial consists of luminescent white hands and Arabic numerals, a small rectangular date window, an air pressure scale, and an altitude scale (in feet). Powering all these functions is an automatic Oris 733 Caliber, which is based on an SW 200-1 movement. This caliber comes with a solid 38-hour power reserve. You can get the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Ref. 01 733 7705 423 for approximately $4,340 USD. 2. Citizen Promaster Altichron Ref. BN5055-05E The next watch on this list, the Citizen Promaster Altichron Ref. BN5055-05E serves as the perfect timepiece for those in the beginning stages of their adventurer lifestyle. It has a very sporty and rugged build, but with an added hint of a cool, vintage vibe.  This Citizen watch is presented in a 47mm black stainless steel case, paired with a black and brown Cordura strap. Fitted on top of the case is a rustic bronze-tone rotating bezel that adds to the watch’s old-school aesthetic. This bezel is marked with white indicators for the electronic compass function, which you can use to navigate yourself out of any tight spots. The busy-looking watch face is also made up of a black dial with the following components: an analog time display, a square date window, a skeletal, arrow-shaped hand for the compass, and an altimeter function with a range of up to 32,000 feet. In addition, this Citizen Promaster timepiece is equipped with Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology, so it can be charged using various light sources. Retailing at just $595 USD, this is one of the best altimeter watches you can get at such an affordable price. 3. Casio Pro Trek Ref. PRW-60T-7AJF Next up, we have the Casio Pro Trek Ref. PRW-60T-7AJF which boasts a very quintessential sports watch vibe. As part of the brand’s renowned Pro Trek collection, this watch was designed to be a multi-functional, rugged outdoor timepiece through and through.  This Casio watch comes in a 47mm stainless steel case and bezel paired with a lightweight titanium bracelet, so it does not feel too heavy on your wrist despite its sizable build. This bezel, which is engraved with the names of 29 different cities, can be used to track 29 different time zones. The dial shows off a hybrid digital-analog display with luminescent sword hands, thick hour indices, and an LCD window on the lower half of the watch face. This model is also equipped with triple sensor technology, which means it comes with an altimeter-barometer, a compass, and a thermometer. On top of that, it also has a chronograph, a perpetual calendar, and a power reserve indicator. This watch is driven by a quartz movement that runs on solar energy. If you want an altimeter watch jampacked with a bunch of other functions, you can get the Casio Pro Trek Ref. PRW-60T-7AJF for just $609 USD. 4. Suunto 9 Baro Ref. SS050149000 The Suunto 9 Baro Ref. SS050149000 serves as the perfect companion for adventurers and those with active lifestyles. It is a multi-functional smartwatch that is built to last, regardless of whatever may come its way. Aside from the impressive features offered, this Suunto 9 watch is also highly regarded for its aesthetics, having been awarded the iF Design Award in 2019.  The Suunto 9 Baro Ref. SS050149000 is presented in a glass-fiber-reinforced polyamide case with a hardy titanium bezel and a comfortable silicone strap. The dial has a fully digital display with touchscreen capabilities and an LED backlight for optimal legibility even in poor lighting conditions. As mentioned, this watch comes with a multitude of functions, including 24/7 activity tracking, a GPS, an altimeter, a weather indicator, a variety of sports modes, and more. Powering this Suunto model is a rechargeable lithium battery with a lifespan of up to 14 days in time mode, so you need not worry about having to change this watch’s batteries. Retailing at $669 USD, this is one of the best all-around altimeter watches for explorers of any level.  5. Apple Watch Series 7  Another great watch option for those who want a timepiece with more handy features than just an altimeter is the Apple Watch Series 7. This is a great choice for novice adventurers who are not really looking for a professional outdoor watch, as it can be used for both active and casual days. The Apple Watch Series 7 comes in either a 41mm or 45mm case and is made from materials that you can customize to your liking. You can choose between titanium, aluminum, or stainless steel for the case and silicone, leather, stainless steel, or fluoroelastomer for the strap. In addition, on the rectangular retina dial display, you get access to the following: detailed health functions including blood oxygen tracking and ECG apps, music players, activity tracking, map functions, an altimeter, and lots more. Priced at $799 USD, this is recommended for those who want a customizable lifestyle watch that makes for a good companion outdoors as well. 6. Alpina AlpinerX Black/Orange For something that caters more to younger audiences, take a look at the Alpina AlpinerX Black/Orange. Our favorite thing about this piece is that it is something new from such a well-established Swiss brand, with its robust and highly modern design. With this timekeeper, Alpina has proven that Swiss watchmaking remains as resilient and innovative as ever. The AlpinerX is presented in a 45mm black-tone case and bi-directional compass bezel, both made out of stainless steel. This is paired with a vibrant orange strap of your choice, which can be made from either leather, rubber, or fabric. The dial has a hybrid display that showcases an analog layout, with luminous orange hands, white indices and hour markers, and a digital screen on the lower half of the dial. The outer rim of the dial is also colored bright orange, matching the AlpinerX Black/Orange’s strap and adding to its quirky, playful vibe. This watch also boasts a multitude of features, such as an altimeter-barometer, a compass, a connected GPS, a UV indicator, alarms, timers, and the like. It runs on a Horological Smartwatch MMT-283-1 movement, which has an impressive battery life of a little over 2 years. If you want a contemporary, Swiss-made altimeter watch to accompany you on your next adventure, you can get this piece for approximately $895 USD. 7. Garmin Fenix 6 Ref. 010-02410-23 The Garmin Fenix 6 Ref. 010-02410-23 is the go-to timepiece of many individuals who love staying fit both indoors and outdoors. It shows off a very cool, robust, and monochromatic design that is sure to complement virtually any type of attire.  This Garmin watch comes in a 47mm black case made of durable carbon fiber and is paired with either a silicone or titanium band. The dial has a touchscreen memory-in-pixel display with a resolution of 260 x 260 pixels. Performance-wise, it comes with excellent functions, from health monitoring and fitness tracking to environmental sensors and outdoor recreation. Of course, it would not be on this list if it did not have a barometric altimeter as well. This Garmin Fenix 6 timepiece is powered by a lithium-ion battery that you can charge using either electricity or solar energy. The Garmin Fenix 6 Ref. 010-02410-23 retails at around $729 USD. 8. Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar Ref. T121.420.47.051.04 Another great watch for the contemporary explorer is the Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar Ref. T121.420.47.051.04. This is yet another top-notch Swiss watch made for any and every kind of outdoor adventure. The best thing about this model is that it is the perfect combination of classic, sleek, and stylish. This Tissot T-Touch watch comes in a 47mm lightweight titanium case with anti-magnetic properties, a scratch-resistant black ceramic bezel, and a smooth rubber strap. Its compass bezel and dial are peppered with bright white and orange indicators, contrasting delightfully against the black exterior of the watch and enhancing its stylishness. The dial also shows off a hybrid digital-analog display, with luminous hands and a touchscreen feature. Outside of its time-telling capabilities, this watch is equipped with a perpetual calendar, an altimeter, a compass, a barometer, mobile connectivity, and more. This Tissot watch is powered by a quartz solar tactile movement that boasts Swiss craftsmanship. If you are interested, you can get this suave altimeter watch for $1,150 USD. 9. Casio Pro Trek Camper Line Ref. PRG-30-5  Next, we have another model from the iconic Casio Pro Trek collection, in the form of the Casio Pro Trek Camper Line Ref. PRG-30-5. As part of a selection of timepieces specially designed for camping, this is a truly quintessential outdoor watch. This particular Casio model comes in an oversized 51mm black resin case along with a silicon band in brown. It has a fully digital dial, with bold black fonts against a white backdrop and an LED backlight for better readability. Since this watch is optimized for the wilderness, it comes with numerous features designed to make the outdoors an easier experience, such as an altimeter, a barometer, a digital compass, a sunrise/sunset display, and low-temperature specifications. Inside its tough yet casual exterior, you can find a solar-powered battery driving this whole timepiece. The Casio Pro Trek Camper Line Ref. PRG-30-5 retails at just $370 USD. 10. Polar Grit X  The Polar Grit X is another digital sports watch made for outdoorsy folks who enjoy active lifestyles. It is known to be an incredibly tough timepiece that comes with loads of features meant to guide and help its wearer in every type of situation.  This Polar watch has a 47mm stainless steel case along with a reinforced polymer caseback and a durable silicone strap. The watch face showcases an always-on touchscreen display with anti-fingerprint coating, which ensures the dial will remain clean, highly legible, and not get smudged up just from touching. This timepiece has a multitude of functions all geared towards making your outdoor excursions smoother and more enjoyable, including swimming metrics, a running guide, weather information, GPS, compass, an altimeter in training mode, and the like. Just like most of the smartwatches on this list, the Polar Grit X runs on a rechargeable battery with up to 40 hours of battery life in training mode. The best part is that you do not have to spend thousands of dollars on this powerfully-built altimeter watch. The Polar Grit X has a price tag of approximately $499 USD. 11. Suunto 7 Ref. SS050382000 Another outstanding altimeter watch from Suunto is the Suunto 7 Ref. SS050382000. Despite being one of the predecessors to the aforementioned Suunto 9 Baro, this watch has its fair share of differences compared to the previous Suunto model we recommended. One important example of this would be their battery lives, as the Suunto 7 has a 2-day lifespan when fully charged, while the Suunto 9 Baro can run for up to 14 days. The Suunto 7 Ref. SS050382000 comes in a large 50mm glass-fiber-reinforced polyamide case with a rose gold-tone stainless steel bezel and a silicone strap. The dial features an AMOLED touch display with a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels. This watch comes with a barometric altimeter, GPS tracking & navigation, sports mode, a 24/7 activity tracker, and more. It is also driven by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery which has a 48-hour battery life in smartwatch mode.  If you felt like the Suunto 9 was a bit too complex for you, this Suunto 7 timepiece makes for a great alternative at just $429 USD.   12. Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 The Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 is another altimeter watch that boasts masterful Swiss craftsmanship. Unlike most of the altimeter watches mentioned on this list, this timepiece pulls off a fully analog display that pairs well with its bold, sporty design.  This Favre-Leuba watch stands out with its tonneau-shaped lightweight titanium case, paired with a bi-directional rotating bezel in black and an antelope grey leather strap. Its black dial consists of luminous silver hands and hour indices, a third hand in vibrant red for the altimeter function, a sub-dial for air pressure and altitude, a small seconds counter, a date window, and a power reserve indicator. All of these components are powered by an impressive, hand-wound FL311 caliber with a substantial 65-hour power reserve. Retailing at around $8,205 USD, this is one of the best altimeter watches that does not have a digital or touchscreen display.  13. Garmin Instinct Tundra Ref. 010-02064-01 For something a little different, check out the Garmin Instinct Tundra Ref. 010-02064-01, with its distinctive, light-colored exterior inspired by the vast tundra biome. This is one of the most highly recommended models from Garmin, a top brand for high-quality outdoor watches. The Garmin Instinct Tundra shows off a 45mm fiber case paired with a matching white silicone strap. The dial has a touchscreen display through which you can access the following features: a built-in compass and barometric altimeter, a heart rate monitor, smartphone notifications, and many sports/training functions. All these are made possible, thanks to the watch’s powerful battery which has a 14-day lifespan in smartwatch mode.  Priced at only $309 USD, this is one of the best value-for-money altimeter watches on the market. 14. Coros Apex 46mm The Coros Apex 46mm is a highly-regarded timepiece among those who love going on outdoor adventures. Whether you are on a leisure walk in the woods or a serious hiking expedition up a mountain, this watch is one of the best companions to take with you because of its multi-functionality.  This Coros Apex watch is presented in a 46mm black-tone aluminum case with a titanium bezel and a silicone strap of the same hue. The dial has an always-on memory LCD screen with a display size of 240 x 240 pixels. Rather than just being an altimeter watch, the Coros Apex 46mm ups the ante by incorporating features such as training and sports guides, health monitors (heart rate, blood oxygen, etc), and environmental sensors (GPS, compass, a barometric altimeter, etc). Lastly, it boasts a reliable battery life of up to 100 hours in UltraMax GPS mode and 30 days in regular use mode.   You can get your hands on the Coros Apex 46mm for around $350 USD. 15. Suunto Traverse Alpha Ref. SS022469000 Lastly, we have the Suunto Traverse Alpha Ref. SS022469000, which is a consistent recommendation when talking about tactile, outdoor altimeter watches. Right off the bat, it has a very cool and sleek design that will surely appeal to any explorer.  This Suunto Traverse Alpha piece is quite bulky, coming in a 50mm black composite case paired with a stocky stainless steel bezel and a textile strap in black. Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, it possesses a matrix display with an LED backlight for optimal legibility, no matter the circumstances. On top of that, this Suunto watch also incorporates a multitude of capabilities uniquely suited to the fervent adventurer: outdoor modes (for hiking, fishing, and hunting), sunrise/sunset time alerts, speed and distance trackers, an altimeter function through FusedAlti™, a compass, alarms, and more.  Priced at $580 USD, this is one of the most reliable companions you can bring on your different outdoor excursions.  Final Thoughts From the list above, you can tell that there is quite a wide variety available when it comes to altimeter watches in the market. Whether you want an analog piece or a highly versatile digital model, you are bound to find what you want and need. You also do not have to worry about spending thousands of dollars, since there are many outstanding models that come at affordable prices. That said, all the recommended altimeter watches listed above are indeed worth checking out!  Photo Credits: Official Watch Sites and WatchShopping  Interested in watch lists? 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  5. Timex Q Reissue: The Return of the Splendid 1970s GMT Watch

    Timex Q Reissue: The Return of the Splendid 1970s GMT Watch

    Timex is one of those brands that has been in the horology industry for as long as we remember. This American brand has always catered to the needs of both men and women looking for durable, stylish timepieces at accessible prices. Timex was also behind the existence of the legendary Timex Q watch, which was released in the 1970s as a popular and more budget-friendly alternative to the iconic Rolex GMT-Master II.  Given the Timex Q’s success, it is no surprise that the brand chose to bring it back today in the form of the Timex Q Reissue. Bearing classic aesthetics inspired by its predecessors, the Timex Q Reissue continues to be a sleek, affordable option for watch enthusiasts who enjoy vintage looks. But is it worth the hype? Let us take a closer look at everything the Timex Q Reissue has to offer to find out. First Impressions Even at first glance, the Timex Q Reissue has a quintessential vibe that instantly reminds you of the 70s. This timepiece has a neo-vintage aesthetic, with its angular, beveled case and stainless steel bracelet. Like its 1970s predecessor, it also comes with a dark red and blue Pepsi GMT bezel, an innovation first developed by the trailblazing Swiss watchmaker Rolex. The watch’s muted blue dial also contrasts well against the beige hour markers, enhancing the watch’s retro yet classy look. Anatomy of the Timex Q Reissue Case and Bezel The case of the Timex Q Reissue is both elegant and extremely satisfying to look at, with its cleanly brushed surfaces. Made of stainless steel, this case measures 38mm in diameter and 11.5mm in height, making this quite a slender watch that is very easy to tote around all day. In addition, its sharply beveled edges give the impression of the Timex Q Reissue being even smaller than it really is. As a result, this watch is great for those with small-to-average size wrists and those who simply love wearing slimmer watches. Like the original Timex Q, this watch has solid hooded lugs, which is quite uncommon in modern watches, further emphasizing this watch’s vintage style. The Timex Q Reissue also inherits the original’s beautiful red-and-blue Pepsi GMT dial, an iconic watch design that makes it even more appealing. This stainless steel bezel is highly scratch-resistant and can be smoothly rotated in both directions. It also comes with silver Arabic numeral indicators that allow you to keep track of a second time zone and blunted teeth-edges so wearers can grip and turn it more easily. Fixed on top of the bezel is a domed acrylic crystal that serves to protect the Timex Q Reissue’s dial. Dial The beguiling dial of the Timex Q Reissue shows off a muted navy blue hue, which pairs perfectly with its Pepsi bezel. This dial incorporates a classic, retro-inspired layout, making it a real favorite with vintage watch fans. It has large geometric hour indices and silver-outlined lollipop hands, along with a sizable day-date window located at 3 o’clock. The hour indices and hands are all coated in beige-white luminous material, giving them a bright green glow in the dark that satisfyingly contrasts its navy blue backdrop. The brand also added a faux patina to the watch to add a bit of nostalgia to the whole piece. On the whole, Timex did a great job re-capturing the same 70s vibe of the original timepiece. Movement One thing that might be a little lackluster about the Timex Q Reissue is the movement that powers it. Just like its predecessor, the Timex Q Reissue is equipped with a quartz movement, the Seiko SII Epson PC33. It is a little disappointing that Timex did not see fit to upgrade the movement with the Timex Q’s modern release and this Seiko caliber definitely shows its age. This is a relatively cheap and basic movement, so you have to manually set the day function by moving the hands past midnight instead of having the watch automatically set the date for you. This can be quite a downside for fans who prefer watches that offer greater convenience. Caseback On the underside of the Timex Q Reissue, you can find a caseback that is also remarkably similar to its 1970s version. This screwed-in stainless steel caseback has a brushed finish and provides a water resistance capacity of around 50 meters. It has a very minimalistic, simple look, with just the brand name, reference code, and other such information stamped on the back and no flowery designs or engravings that you might find on other watches. The small opening on the upper left side of the caseback allows you to change the battery of the Timex Q Reissue on your own. All you have to do is stick a coin into the slot, turn it until it opens and you will be able to change the watch’s battery. Bracelet/Strap The Timex Q Reissue comes with a bracelet also made from stainless steel. It adds to the watch’s quintessential look, perfectly complementing its overall design, and feels extremely comfortable on the wrist as well. This strap also has a buckle that keeps the watch firmly secured on your wrist. Price Aside from its heritage and classic design, the most exciting part of this Timex Q Reissue is its affordable price. Retailing at just $179 USD, the Timex Q Reissue is quite a value-for-money option. It should be noted that the Timex Q Reissue was hugely popular and sold out quite rapidly. This has led to its price being marked up slightly on the second-hand market, although this problem has been marginally alleviated by the release of new 2020 models of the Timex Q Reissue. Today, you can probably get the Timex Q Reissue second-hand for under $250 USD. Ultimately, if you are looking for the best, most accessible vintage-inspired timepiece, this is one you should definitely check out. Brief History of Timex Q Watch During the quartz crisis in the 1970s, watch industries all over the world were impacted. Numerous American watchmakers were driven into bankruptcy and were compelled to sell off their brands to various foreign corporations. At that time, only Timex and Bulova continued to operate in America. However, in order to survive the financial difficulties caused by the quartz crisis, these two brands decided to venture out by entering the quartz watch industry themselves. It was this saga that led to Timex launching the very first version of the Timex Q in 1979. The Timex Q was a very popular and in-demand model, right from the outset. Timex utilized elements that were trendy in the 1970s in the making of this watch, leading to the Timex Q being recognized by many watch enthusiasts worldwide. Some of these elements included the angular-shaped case, the stylish Pepsi bezel, and the mesh bracelet. As a quartz watch, the Timex Q was far more affordable and accessible than most of its mechanical watch peers. Thanks to its highly recognizable Pepsi bezel, the Timex Q became the go-to alternative for those who wanted but could not afford the Rolex GMT-Master. This association with Rolex’s GMT-Master raised the Timex Q’s profile even further, making this watch a cornerstone in Timex’s history. 2020 Timex Q Reissue Models Photo from Professional WatchesAs previously mentioned, the Timex Q Reissue was a huge hit upon its release and was quickly sold out. In 2020, to accommodate continued demand, Timex launched three new color variations of the sought-after Timex Q Reissue. These three variants share nearly identical specifications as the original Pepsi version of the Timex Q Reissue, including 38mm cases, robust quartz movements, and teeth-edged rotating GMT bezels with bi-color designs. The only difference between the Pepsi Timex Q Reissue and these 2020 models is that their dials and bezels come in different colorways. The 2020 Timex Q Reissue variations include the Ref. TW2U60900ZV (black dial with a black and green bezel), the Ref. TW2U61100ZV (navy blue dial with an orange and navy blue bezel), and the Ref. TW2U61200 (white dial with a red and navy blue bezel). The price of these versions remains the same, costing around $179 USD each. Alternatives to the Timex Q Reissue The Timex Q Reissue is an excellent and very affordable vintage watch with a truly classic design. That said, despite its great qualities and features, not all are that fond of wearing a retro-inspired quartz watch. Whether it is because you prefer mechanical pieces or you want something that looks a little more contemporary, fear not. We have collated a list of some of the best alternatives to the Timex Q Reissue that you should consider checking out. 1. Rolex GMT Master II Ref. 1670 Blue Red Photo from Watchshopping.com Ever since it was first launched, both the original and modern editions of the Timex Q have been closely linked to the Rolex GMT-Master due to their rather similar appearances. As such, the first option on our list of best Timex Q Reissue alternatives has to be the Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 16710, which is perfect for those seeking a fancier, more prestigious GMT watch. This Rolex GMT-Master II piece is a classic luxury icon. It comes in a 40mm case and bracelet crafted from the brand’s proprietary Oystersteel material, which is exceptionally resistant to scratches and corrosion. The lustrous silver case and bracelet cast a satisfying contrast against the watch’s jet-black dial, which is adorned with geometric hour markers, Mercedes hands, and a magnified date window at 3 o’clock. The dial is protected by a layer of luxurious sapphire crystal, which is the hardest watch crystal available. This Rolex watch also features a two-toned Pepsi bezel made out of highly scratch-resistant Cerachrom. Unlike the Timex Q Reissue, the Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 16710 is powered by an in-house automatic Caliber 3185. This exquisite, hand-crafted movement has a substantial 50-hour power reserve and comes with a water resistance rating of around 100 meters. You can purchase this Rolex Pepsi watch for around $24,899 USD. 2. Seiko Prospex Ref. SRPB09K1 Photo from Watchshopping.com Next up, we have the Seiko Prospex Ref. SRPB09K1, commonly known as part of the brand’s Seiko Samurai range. Named as such for its luminous sword-shaped minute hand, this watch stands out with its Pepsi bezel and its textured black dial that bears a subtle pattern of waves. This is quite a big watch, with a 43.8mm stainless steel case paired with a matching three-link steel bracelet. Like other Seiko Prospex watches, it is also equipped with a scratch-resistant Hardlex crystal, adding an extra layer of protection to the watch face. Aside from the “samurai” minute hand, the dial of this Seiko watch is also decorated with thick luminous hour indices, an arrow-shaped hour hand, a thin red seconds hand, and a compact date window at 3 o’clock. This watch is driven by the brand’s automatic 4R35 Caliber which offers a solid 41-hour power reserve. In addition, it has an impressive depth rating of 200 meters, so this watch can easily act as a companion on all your fun water activities, such as diving or water skiing. The Seiko Prospex Ref. SRPB09K1 is priced at approximately $509 USD, which is quite a worthy bargain considering its exceptional features. 3. Bulova Classic Ref. 98B348 Photo from Watchshopping.com Last but not least, we have the Bulova Classic Ref. 98B348, which is another quartz watch packed with excellent features. It boasts a large 44mm stainless steel case, which is complemented by a stylish grey sector dial and a black silicone strap. This Bulova Classic watch also has a two-tone bezel. However, unlike the Timex Q Reissue and the Rolex GMT-Master, the Bulova Classic Ref. 98B348 is actually classified as a dive watch. As such, its sophisticated red and grey bezel is actually marked with an elapsed time scale in white indicators instead. The watch face is also protected by a layer of mineral crystal. The dial of this Bulova watch is also very straightforward, adorned with luminous arrow hands, hour indices, and a small date window at 3 o’clock. As mentioned, the Bulova Classic Ref. 98B348 is a quartz watch, so it runs on a powerful quartz movement that offers a 100-meter water resistance capacity. With a price tag of just $249 USD, this Bulova timepiece is closest in price to the Timex Q Reissue while also bearing a more contemporary style. It is the best alternative to the Timex Q Reissue for modern audiences. Final Thoughts The Timex Q Reissue watch is an exquisite retro-inspired model that definitely deserves to be on your radar. With excellent features, a memorable design, and an affordable price tag, the only downside to the Timex Q Reissue is really its movement, which could really use a more advanced upgrade. That said, if you are seeking an accessible 70s-inspired timepiece and do not mind the subpar movement, then the Timex Q Reissue is the perfect, nostalgia-inducing choice. Photos credit to Timex’s official website unless otherwise stated. Featured image courtesy to u/Kevin-Benjamin on Reddit. Curious what makes Grand Seiko distinctive from the Seiko watches? Check out our article about The Differences Between Seiko and Grand Seiko Watches.

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  6. Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue: A Review

    Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue: A Review

    When thinking about Tudor watches, most often than not, the one model that usually comes to mind is the emblematic Tudor Black Bay. As one of the brand’s most coveted and recognized collections, the Tudor Black Bay is home to numerous magnificent luxury dive watches that many would say are on par with the quality of a Rolex Submariner. One particular Black Bay piece that has been gaining the attention of many enthusiasts and collectors is the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue. With its vintage design and compact structure, the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue pays tribute to the brand’s first-ever dive watch, the Tudor Submariner. In this article, we will be taking a closer look at this modern interpretation of the classic Tudor dive watch, along with its detailed specifications, its price, and some possible alternatives. Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue (79030B-0001) Image By: Watch Shopping Stainless Steel Case Starting with its case dimensions, the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue has a case diameter of 39mm and a case height of 12.1mm, making it slimmer than most Black Bay models, which tend to come in 41mm and 43mm cases. With its toned-down size, wearers can easily and inconspicuously slide this watch under their cuffs, so it is not too bulky and obtrusive to wear. In addition, the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue has a standard lug-to-lug measurement of 47.8mm and a lug width of 20mm, which makes it very convenient for wearers to swap out the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue’s strap for some alternative options that better fit their tastes. The case of the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue is made out of high-quality stainless steel. It showcases finely polished sides and satin-finished lug hoods, providing an attractive combination of both duller and gleaming surfaces. Fixed on the right side of the watch is a screw-down crown bearing a raised image of the brand’s iconic rose emblem, which serves to enhance the watch’s aura of prestige. On the underside of the Black Bay 58 Blue is a solid steel rear case that is also securely screwed down, preventing any moisture or dust from leaking in and damaging the watch’s inner mechanisms. With its screw-down crown and rear case, this timepiece has a total depth rating of 200m. As such, you can easily bring the Tudor Black Bay 58 with you into the shower, to the pool, or even to the beach. Plan to go scuba diving with the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue? You are sure to find its stainless steel unidirectional rotating bezel useful, in that case. Fitted on top of the bezel is a matte blue anodized aluminum insert, with silver gilded numerals and markers for the elapsed time scale. A luminescent pearl is positioned at the 12 o’clock marker, providing better legibility in deep waters. The micro-knurling of this bezel is also quite nice, as it has fine tooth-like edges that provide wearers with a better grip compared to the Rolex Submariner. As such, you can easily pinch and turn the bezel, even if you are wearing a diving suit. When rotated, the bezel rings out with loud and chunky click noises, giving the timepiece more of a mechanical feel and ensuring that you will never lose track of the elapsed time. Matte Blue Dial As the source of the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue’s name, the dial of this watch shows off a handsome matte blue surface with a silver-white chapter ring. The layout of this dial is both elegant and straightforward, with applique markers that take the form of large geometric shapes and the Black Bay collection’s signature snowflake hands. Much like the other Black Bay 58 models, the lume quality of the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue is excellent. Its hour markers and handset are all generously applied with lume that allows it to glow bright green in the darkest environments, ensuring optimal legibility. The Tudor signature, along with its depth rating and the COSC-certification of its movement, is also labeled on this dial in a neat white typeface that contrasts satisfyingly against the blue backdrop. When viewed in its entirety, this watch face evokes a memory of the similar-looking dials on the classic Tudor Submariner timepieces. Domed Sapphire Crystal Image By: Watch Shopping Fitted on top of the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue’s dial is a layer of domed sapphire glass. Known for its luxurious feel and unparalleled scratch resistance, the sapphire crystal is the most sought-after watch crystal for high-end timepieces. For context, sapphire crystals measure a “9” on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. It is virtually impossible to scratch this watch glass and the only thing that could possibly damage it is diamond. That said, there are some downsides to the use of sapphire crystal as well. Although sapphire crystal is incredibly scratch-resistant, it is more vulnerable to shocks and can be shattered by hard impacts, so be careful not to go knocking your Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue around. Sapphire crystal is also highly reflective, which could cause visual distortions when looking at the timepiece from certain angles. Unfortunately, much like Rolex, Tudor does not treat their watch crystals with anti-reflective coatings, so you might have some trouble reading your watch under very bright daylight. Tudor Manufacture Caliber MT5402 The Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue is powered by the brand’s in-house Caliber MT5402. This is a self-winding mechanical movement with a bidirectional rotor system, allowing it to re-energize its own power supply as the wearer walks through kinetic energy. Held by 27 jewels, this Tudor caliber has a beat frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and a lengthy power reserve that can last up to 70 hours when fully wound. The Tudor MT5402 is also COSC-certified, providing an excellent accuracy rate of -4/+6 seconds per day. As long as this movement is kept in good condition, rest assured that you will not be having any reliability issues with the Tudor Caliber MT5402. Stainless Steel Bracelet Image By: Watch Shopping Coupled with the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue is a three-link stainless steel bracelet with beautifully polished sides and a satin-finished top surface. Its design replicates the riveted stainless steel bracelets seen on vintage Rolex and Tudor models. This bracelet is also equipped with a folding clasp and safety catch, along with removable links that allow wearers to size the bracelet to their preferred fit, so it will rest more comfortably and securely on their wrists. From a quality standpoint, the strap of the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue is expertly done and easily matches the stainless steel bracelets used in Rolex timepieces. Price As Rolex’s little sister, Tudor is known for offering timepieces with Rolex-level quality and aesthetics at much more affordable prices, and the same goes for the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue. Typically, a brand-new Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue will cost you around $4,000 USD. A pre-owned version can be slightly cheaper, ranging between $2,800 USD to $3,800 USD in price depending on the seller and the condition of the watch. Alternatives to the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue Whether you think it is too small, too expensive, or simply just not your cup of tea, the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue may not be the exact diver that everyone is looking for. If you are not quite satisfied with this Black Bay piece, not to worry, for there are several other timepieces like the Black Bay 58 Blue that could be more to your liking. Why not take a look at some of these gorgeous alternative watches and see if they suit you more than the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue? 1. Seiko Prospex Japan 2020 Sumo (SBDC113) Image By: Watch Shopping First up is the limited edition Seiko Prospex Sumo (SBDC113) from the brand’s Japan Collection of 2020. Although it is much more affordable than the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue, the design and quality of this Seiko diver does not deviate too far from it.  This Seiko Prospex watch comes in a sturdy 45mm stainless steel case, which makes it a lot larger than the 39mm Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue. As you examine the timepiece from its sides, you will notice that its case has a nicely executed three-dimensional build. With its mirror-polished surfaces, this watch almost mimics the lustrous Zaratsu finishing that can be seen on Grand Seiko models. The screw-down crown positioned at 4 o’clock is also relatively large, with grooved edges so wearers will have an easier time turning and winding the crown. Like the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue, this watch has a stainless steel unidirectional bezel fitted with a glossy blue elapsed time scale insert that will come in handy when diving. This timepiece is also water-resistant up to depths of 200m, making it an excellent watch to use for anything from swimming to leisure diving activities. Turning the Seiko Prospex Sumo (SBDC113) around, you can find a solid steel caseback that is engraved with the Seiko Japan Collection 2020 logo. Protected by a layer of sapphire glass, the dial of this Seiko watch boasts a gorgeous sunburst blue surface with a metallic finish. It is adorned with geometric hour markers and broad sword-shaped hands. In addition, the seconds hand is painted a bright yellow-green, which symbolizes the vitality of the ocean and adds a touch of vibrancy to this watch. Taking the place of the 3 o’clock marker is a rectangular date complication that is outlined with silver. Both the hands and markers of this dial are coated with Seiko LumiBrite. As many watch enthusiasts know, the lume quality of LumiBrite is impressive, even matching the grade of luminescence found in higher-end Swiss timepieces. Underneath the blue Seiko dial is the brand’s automatic Caliber 6R35. Held together by 24 jewels, the 6R35 runs at a beat frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3Hz), which is notably slower than the 28,800 vibrations per hour on the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue’s MT5402. Fully wound, this Seiko movement can last for approximately 70 hours. This limited edition Seiko timepiece is worth approximately $1,160 USD. If your interest is piqued by this watch, make sure to get your hands on it as quickly as possible as its production was capped at just 1,000 pieces. 2. Oris Aquis Date (01 400 7769 4135-07 8 22 09 PEB) Image By: Watch Shopping The Aquis series is one of Oris’s most popular and largest collections. It consists of numerous Swiss dive watches that come in a variety of colors, styles, sizes, materials, and movements. Among the diversity of timepieces in the selection, one model that really stands out is the Oris Aquis Date (01 400 7769 4135-07 8 22 09 PEB). With its robust build, handsome looks, and reliable caliber, this Oris Aquis Date is, without question, an excellent alternative to the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue. The Oris Aquis Date utilizes a 41.5mm stainless steel case accompanied by a brushed stainless steel bracelet. Its unidirectional rotating bezel holds a blue elapsed time scale made of ceramic, which is quite rare in this price range. Compared to anodized aluminum, ceramic is much more scratch-resistant and shatterproof. On top of the dial is a domed sapphire crystal treated with anti-reflective coatings on both sides, allowing for optimal readability. The Oris Aquis Date also has an impressive depth rating of 300m, which is 100m more than the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue.  The sunburst blue dial of this watch features rhodium-plated hands and indices applied with Swiss Super-LumiNova. The 6 o’clock marker is replaced with a submerged date window, which blends into the blue dial nicely with its black background. Using the well-sized screw-down crown on the right of the case, wearers can adjust the seconds and date functions as they please. This Oris Aquis watch is powered by an Oris Caliber 400. As an automatic movement, it beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and has an extended power supply that can run for up to a whopping 120 hours. Displaying an accuracy rate of -3/+5 seconds per day, the Oris Caliber 400 is more precise than a chronometer-rated movement and can be adjusted to five positions. The Oris Aquis Date (01 400 7769 4135-07 8 22 09 PEB) retails at around $2,900 USD. 3. Tissot T-Sport Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 (T120.407.11.041.02) Image By: Watch Shopping The last watch on this list is the Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 (T120.407.11.041.02). This particular Tissot watch uses a 43mm stainless steel case topped by a layer of sapphire crystal. It also has a unidirectional rotating bezel, with a black ceramic bezel ring for optimal scratch resistance. As with all dive watches, this bezel ring is marked with an elapsed time scale in bold silver indicators. With a screw-down crown and a transparent screw-down caseback, this T-Sport watch has a remarkable depth rating of 300m. Furthermore, its stainless steel mesh strap has a diver’s extension, which will allow owners to wear the watch comfortably over a wetsuit. The dial of this Tissot Seastar piece shows off a metallic blue finish and is decorated with applique hour markers in the form of geometric shapes, large sword hands, and a round date complication at 3 o’clock. Underneath the watch face is Tissot’s signature Powermatic 80 movement. It produces a beat frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3Hz) and is equipped with the lengthy 80-hour power reserve that this automatic Tissot movement is widely known for. The Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 (T120.407.11.041.02) sells for approximately $860 USD, making it the most accessible timepiece on this list. With its quintessential dive watch aesthetics, this is a highly versatile piece that will not look out of place whether you are diving, on a casual outing, or in an important meeting. Final Thoughts With its durable build, sleek design, and COSC-certified movement, what’s not to love about the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue? In its entirety, the Black Bay 58 Blue truly looks and feels like a Rolex Submariner, albeit with a few distinctive Black Bay characteristics, such as slimmer lugs and the iconic snowflake hands. Considering its much more accessible price, it is no surprise why many would be perfectly happy going for a Black Bay 58 Blue rather than a Rolex Submariner. If you are searching for a prestigious luxury blue-dial dive watch that you can bring anywhere you go, the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue is the ideal timepiece for you. Featured Image By: Tudor Watch Thinking about sprucing up your beloved timekeeper? Have a look at this Guide on Polishing Watches and see if you should or should not polish your watch.

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  7. 15 Best Limited Edition Watches in the World

    15 Best Limited Edition Watches in the World

    Just like in the fashion industry, the watchmaking world also has its fair share of limited edition releases. Most, if not all, of the brands we know and love have released such special models at least once or twice. As such, there are plenty of timepieces out there whose productions were capped off at a certain number to make them more exclusive and appealing to watch enthusiasts and collectors. If you are the type of person who enjoys collecting limited edition watches, then you have come to the right place. In this article, we have curated a list of the best limited edition watches in the industry for your perusal.  15 Best Limited Edition Watches  1. Vacheron Constantin Métiers D’Art Year Of The Tiger  Starting off with a must-have limited edition watch released this year, we have the Vacheron Constantin Métiers D’Art Year Of The Tiger Ref. 86073/000R-B901. As part of its Legend of the Chinese Zodiac series, Vacheron Constantin has released 12 limited edition models, each representing one animal in the Chinese zodiac. As its name suggests, the Métiers D’Art Year Of The Tiger Ref. 86073/000R-B901 celebrates the upcoming Year of the Tiger in 2022 by showcasing a beautifully intricate Tiger dial design. Each watch in this festive collection has only 12 pieces available, which ups the Ref. 86073/000R-B901’s value as a true collector’s piece. The Ref. 86073/000R-B901 is presented in a 40mm exquisite rose gold case paired with a handsome alligator leather strap in black. The highlight of this watch is, of course, its 18K gold dial, which boasts a hand-engraved Tiger in enamel surrounded by detailed vegetal patterns. Powered by an automatic 2460 G4 caliber, this fierce watch face also contains 4 apertures that each correspond to the following functions: hour, minutes, day of the week, and date. With a price tag of around $111,426 USD, this is a great luxury model for those who enjoy traditional, artistic limited edition watches.  2. Breitling Superocean Heritage B01 Chronograph 44 Limited Edition Next up, we have the Breitling Superocean Heritage B01 Chronograph 44 Limited Edition Ref. UB01622A1L1S1, with its sophisticated yet sporty aesthetic. This watch was inspired by the original Superocean, which was launched back in the 1950s, but is equipped with modern-day elements and innovations. As a limited edition watch, only 500 pieces of this model were ever produced.  This Breitling Superocean piece has a 44mm stainless steel case paired with a mesh-style rubber strap and a unidirectional rotating bezel made of rose gold, with a gleaming black insert on top. The dial comes in a beautiful shade of sunburst green and consists of luminous arrow hands, rose gold hour indices, a chronograph display with 3 counters, and a date window. All these impressive functions are made possible through the self-winding Breitling 01 Caliber which has a 70-hour power reserve. Unlike many other limited edition watches which have very distinctive, one-of-a-kind designs, the Breitling Superocean Heritage B01 Chronograph 44 Limited Edition Ref. UB01622A1L1S1 serves as a more dressy, quintessential option. You can get your hands on this Breitling watch for around $10,545 USD. 3. Seiko Presage SPB223J1 Looking for a classy watch you can bring to your next office meeting? Check out the Seiko Presage SPB223J1. This watch was released back in July 2021, as part of Seiko’s 140th Anniversary Limited Edition series. As part of the Seiko Presage collection of dress watches, this timepiece simply radiates class, flaunting a more professional, modern aesthetic that would look great in the office or at a nice dinner party. Since this is a limited edition watch, only 3,500 pieces of the SPB223J1 were ever created. The Seiko Presage SPB223J1 comes in a 42mm stainless steel case and three-link bracelet paired with a striking GMT bezel in metallic blue. The clean white dial boasts a hemp leaf pattern and is adorned with luminous dauphine hands, silver hour indices, a date counter, and a power reserve indicator. On the underside of this watch, you can find a see-through caseback that allows you to observe the automatic 6R64 caliber driving this whole watch. This Seiko watch has a price tag of around $1,345 USD, making it one of the cheapest limited edition watches on this list. 4. Bvlgari Bvlgari Aluminum Ref. 103539  The Bvlgari Bvlgari Aluminum Ref. 103539 is a special edition model created in collaboration with one of the most popular DJs in the world, Steve Aoki. It boasts a quirky yet simple watch face with Aoki’s logo placed right at the center, identifying the creative genius of this watch. The most interesting thing about this Bvlgari piece is that the entire dial is coated with green Super-LumiNova pigment. When you look at the watch face in the dark, this creates a cool effect, reminiscent of the bright feature lighting in nightclubs, that emphasizes Aoki’s symbol. Indeed, the Bvlgari Bvlgari Aluminum Ref. 103539 deserves a spot on this list because of its unique and eccentric design that even non-fans would surely appreciate.  In terms of its specifications, this Bvlgari Bvlgari model has a 40mm aluminum and lightweight titanium case paired with a comfortable rubber strap in black. Aside from the aforementioned Super-LumiNova design, the dial also has blunt hour markers, luminous black stick hands, and a date window at 3 o’clock, all of which are powered by an automatic movement. If you turn the watch around, you can also find a solid steel caseback with Aoki’s name engraved on it. Retailing at around $3,450 USD, the Bvlgari Bvlgari Aluminum Ref. 103539 is a great option for both Steve Aoki fans and those who like unique dial designs in general. 5. OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond Our next limited edition watch is the OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond. This piece was created in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which features the legendary spy James Bond as the protagonist. With only 7,007 pieces in existence, OMEGA made sure to include both overt and secret elements related to our favorite double agent.   This OMEGA Seamaster watch is presented in a 42mm stainless steel case, with a rubber strap in black and a stainless steel rotating bezel. The bezel is also fitted with a black insert that is marked with an elapsed time scale in bold indicators. The dial has a mesmerizing gun-barrel pattern and is furnished with yellow gold hands, hour markers, and Bond’s symbol, all of which are coated with luminescent pigment. When you look at the watch in the dark, you can see the number 50 on the 10 o’clock marker, marking the aforementioned film’s 50th anniversary. On the side of the case, there is also a limited edition plate in luxurious yellow gold. Powered by OMEGA’s Co-Axial Calibre 8800 with a 55-hour power reserve, this $6,500 USD limited edition watch is a must-have for all 007 fans. 6. TAG Heuer Carrera Tiger Ref. WBN2050.FC6506 The TAG Heuer Carrera Tiger Ref. WBN2050.FC6506 is another model that pays tribute to 2022’s Chinese Year of the Tiger, albeit in a more understated way. Our favorite thing about this watch is that, although it is also based on the Chinese Tiger zodiac, it portrays its inspiration much more subtly so that it can be worn anytime, anywhere. You do not have to be a fan of the Chinese zodiac to get this watch because its simple and classy aesthetics are versatile enough to be appreciated by virtually everyone. That said, only 300 pieces of the TAG Heuer Carrera Tiger Ref. WBN2050.FC6506 were produced, so you might have some difficulty getting your hands on this watch. This TAG Heuer Carrera watch comes in a 41mm stainless steel case paired with a handsome blue leather strap and a matching blue dial. This dial bears a pattern of alternating blue and dark blue stripes and is reminiscent of the patterned pelt of a tiger. In addition, it is also adorned with luminous stick hands, rose gold-plated hour indices, and a day-date display outlined in rose gold at 3 o’clock. Beneath the watch face is a semi-open caseback with a tiger decal, offering a view of the watch’s high-performing Caliber 5 automatic movement. You can purchase this TAG Heuer limited edition watch for approximately $3,750 USD. 7. IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Spitfire Ref. IW503601  The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Spitfire Ref. IW503601 is a limited edition watch that draws its inspiration from a plane called the Supermarine Spitfire. This aircraft was used by the Royal Air Force during World War II and is very highly-regarded in the aviation world. As a tribute to this aircraft, IWC took all the positive aspects of the Supermarine Spitfire and transposed them into this striking pilot watch. As a limited edition piece, there are only 250 pieces of the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Spitfire available. This IWC Big Pilot watch has an oversized 46mm bronze case, along with a brown calfskin leather strap with white stitching and a dark green watch face. The busy dial is peppered with luminescent sword hands, white Arabic numerals in a highly legible typeface, and 4 submerged sub-dials. These sub-dials include a perpetual calendar, day of the week and day of the month displays, a small seconds sub-dial, a month counter, and even a year indicator. If you turn the watch around, you can find a see-through caseback. It offers a full view of the watch’s self-winding 52615 caliber, which has an incredible 168-hour power reserve. The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Spitfire Ref. IW503601 retails at around $33,125 USD. It is the perfect limited edition piece for those who want something multi-functional and vintage-inspired. 8. Zenith Defy Zero G Ref. 04.9000.8812/00.R920  Are you a fan of outer space? Then take a look at the Zenith Defy Zero G Ref. 04.9000.8812/00.R920, which is a space-inspired, limited edition watch with only 10 pieces in existence. With its highly-detailed watch face that is crafted entirely by hand, this is the perfect choice for those who want something truly sophisticated and unique. This Zenith Defy model comes in an unusual 46mm case made of transparent, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a textured rubber strap in blue. The dial shows off a galaxy-themed mosaic pattern and an open-work display through which you can see the watch’s iconic El Primero caliber. In addition, it is adorned with luminous silver hands and small hour indices, along with a power reserve indicator and a small seconds function on the right and left of the main dial. This Zenith limited edition piece sells at a price of $159,700 USD. 9. A.Lange & Sohne 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold Ref. 425.050 The next entry on this list of best limited edition watches is the A.Lange & Sohne 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold Ref. 425.050, which was launched back in 2020. This is actually one of three exclusive timepieces that perfectly reflect the legacy of Friedrich Albert Lange and pay tribute to all that he has done for horology. The production of this particular model was limited to only 100 pieces and it can only be purchased directly at the brand’s boutiques. This A.Lange & Sohne 1815 timepiece comes in a 41mm honey gold case and a gorgeous alligator leather strap in brown. This is complemented by a black dial featuring rose gold dauphine hands and stylized Arabic numeral markers, along with a tachymeter scale on the rim of the dial and a chronograph display with 2 counters. Underneath this elegant exterior is an L101.2 caliber which you can look at through the watch’s sapphire crystal caseback.  This A.Lange & Sohne timepiece is priced at around $147,050 USD. 10. Grand Seiko SBGW263  The Grand Seiko SBGW263 is a beautifully-crafted timepiece that was made in celebration of the brand’s 60th year anniversary. This dressy watch was inspired by Shizukuishi, which is a small town in Iwate, Japan, where Grand Seiko’s headquarters are located. Only 20 pieces of the Grand Seiko SBGW263 were ever produced, with each piece being carefully hand-crafted and engraved by a prolific team of master watchmakers. Indeed, this watch stands out as one of the best limited edition watches ever made, with its timeless design and intricate details. The Grand Seiko SBGW263 is encased in a 39mm platinum case that shows off brushed and Zaratsu-polished surfaces, giving it an unmistakable Grand Seiko luster. This is paired with a high-quality crocodile leather strap in black. The dial, which is made entirely out of luxurious 18K white gold, features engraved hour markers, silver dauphine hands, and a blued steel seconds hand that adds a touch of handsome color to this otherwise monochrome watch. Underneath all this is a 9S64 Caliber with a 72-hour power reserve. This movement is kept safely behind a solid caseback with an 18K yellow gold disc. As the pinnacle of Japanese craftsmanship, this watch is priced at around $97,000 USD. 11. Hamilton American Classic PSR MTX Ref. H52434130 The next watch on this list is also the most unconventional one: the Hamilton American Classic PSR MTX Ref. H52434130. This piece is a reinvention of one of Hamilton’s most iconic watches, the Hamilton Pulsar, and was made to celebrate the release of the film The Matrix Resurrections. The production of this Hamilton American Classic watch was limited to just 1,999 pieces. The Hamilton American Classic PSR MTX Ref. H52434130 is a sleek all-black timepiece, with a black-plated stainless steel case and three-link bracelet. Powered by a quartz movement, the dial of this watch has a digital display that flashes large numerals in a green typeface. On the underside of the watch, there is a solid stainless steel caseback with inscriptions of a digital rain pattern that is attributed to the movie. Retailing at around $1,080 USD, this is a must-have piece for both Matrix fans and those who want a cool, vintage-inspired digital watch. 12. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Knife Ref. 1152520 The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Knife Ref. 1152520 is one of the most quintessential-looking timepieces on this list. Just like the previous model, this Jaeger-LeCoultre watch was also made in collaboration with a film, in this case, Kingsman. Everything about this piece exudes elegance and sophistication, which explains why it has dress watch enthusiasts simply drooling at the sight of this. As a limited edition watch, there were only 100 pieces of this model made. This Jaeger-LeCoultre Master watch comes in a 40mm pink gold case and a leather strap in brown. Its white dial follows a straightforward layout, bearing nothing but blued steel hands and painted hour indices. Despite its simple exterior, this watch is powered by an impressive, ultra-thin mechanical Caliber 849 with a thickness of just 1.85mm. Priced at approximately $31,740 USD, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Knife Ref. 1152520 can make anyone look sophisticated and dapper.  13. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar China Ref. 26609TI.OO.1220TI.01 The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar China Ref. 26609TI.OO.1220TI.01 is an interesting special edition piece. It is limited not just in terms of how many pieces were produced, but also in terms of where it was released. As you might have guessed from its name, this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch is exclusive to the Chinese market. Furthermore, Audemars Piguet produced only 88 pieces of this model, since 8 is considered an auspicious number in Chinese culture. Indeed, if you do not live in China, or don’t have connections, the chances of you getting your hands on this timepiece are quite slim. This watch possesses a full titanium exterior, giving it a very lightweight and highly scratch-resistant profile. Measuring 41mm in diameter, this is an average-sized timepiece that can fit comfortably around all sorts of wrists. It also bears the iconic Royal Oak octagonal bezel and Grande Tapisserie dial in slate grey. The watch face is furnished with applied hour indices, luminescent stick hands, and 4 black sub-dials for the month, day, date, and day/night functions. Driving all this is a self-winding Caliber 5134 which boasts a 40-hour power reserve and contains 38 jewels. If you are set on trying to get this sleek, multi-functional watch, be prepared to shell out at least $92,500 USD.   14. Bell & Ross 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic Ref. BR0392-RRDR-CE/SRB The Bell & Ross 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic Ref. BR0392-RRDR-CE/SRB is a very distinct and powerful-looking timepiece cleverly inspired by flight control instruments. This watch’s distinct, avant-garde design is one that truly cannot be compared to any other. As a limited edition watch, only 999 pieces of the Bell & Ross 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic Ref. BR0392-RRDR-CE/SRB were ever produced. This Bell & Ross piece is presented in a 42mm ceramic case with superb scratch-resistance and can be paired with either a rubber strap or a synthetic fabric band, both in black. Protected by a red sapphire crystal, the striking sector dial resembles the radar of a plane, with an outer disc for the hours and an inner disc for the minutes. The hour and minute “hands” innovatively take the shape of small airplane markers, while the seconds “hand” is presented as a straight red line that sweeps across the dial. All of these functions are powered by the watch’s self-winding BR-CAL.302 movement. If you are a fan of robust and eccentric timepieces, you can get the Bell & Ross 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic Ref. BR0392-RRDR-CE/SRB for around $4,350 USD. 15. Glashutte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar Ref. 1-36-02-03-04-30 Lastly, we have the Glashutte Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar Ref. 1-36-02-03-04-30, which is another sophisticated, intricately-crafted limited edition watch. The production of this model was capped off at just 100 pieces, making it a rather hard-to-get luxury timepiece. This is one of the best limited edition watches in the market because of its detailed, masterfully crafted dial that makes it look like a true work of art. This Glashutte Original piece comes in a 42mm white gold case paired with a Louisiana alligator leather strap in blue. Its sleek anthracite dial features a skeletonized display that allows you to peek through the movement below. Aside from that, it is also decorated with applied hour indices, blued steel hands, a small seconds sub-dial, day-date-month windows, and an elegant moon phase indicator. This watch is driven by a self-winding Caliber 36-02, which boasts an impressive power reserve of up to 100 hours. Priced at around $35,600 USD, this Glashutte Original Senator would make a lovely addition to any person’s watch collection. Final Thoughts  The concept of limited edition watches is a prominent concept in the luxury watchmaking industry. This is primarily because it places emphasis on the exclusivity and rarity of certain models, which are things that are highly valued by watch collectors and enthusiasts. Although the vast majority of limited edition watches are produced by famous luxury watch brands, there are some mass-marketed brands that also release special models and exclusive collections at more affordable prices. Indeed, the list we have provided above really only scratches the surface of what limited edition watches have to offer. So, if you have the means to get a limited edition timepiece that you like, then you should definitely do your research and go for it. Photo Credits: Official Watch Sites Want to read more listicles? Check out our piece on the 10 Best Two-Tone Watches!

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  8. Tissot Visodate: The Best Swiss Entry-Level Dress Watch

    Tissot Visodate: The Best Swiss Entry-Level Dress Watch

    Tissot is a brand known for producing well-crafted and versatile timepieces that both men and women enjoy. Hailing from Switzerland, you can expect that its products are made with passion for pure and incomparable workmanship. One particular standout among the brand’s offerings is the classy and versatile Tissot Visodate dress watch. As part of the brand’s prestigious and incomparable Heritage line, this model packs great features and cutting-edge technology that goes beyond the standard. Its sleek, quintessential style effortlessly embodies modernity and refinement. Read on to learn more about the Tissot Visodate, its detailed specifications, and its price range. The Original Tissot Visodate A lot of watch enthusiasts are fond of collecting dress watches. This is largely because, aside from being visually appealing and sleek, they also have the ability to elevate any style and outfit. Since dress watches are a staple of any experienced watchmaker, Tissot also wanted to release their own take on a dress watch that would leave anyone speechless. The company aimed to come up with a timeless product that would remain relevant even in the upcoming decades. Instead of going for a standard time-only layout you usually see in most dress timekeepers, the company chose to incorporate a simple yet very useful complication to their invention: the date window. Tissot Visodate | Photo from Image Maison on Flickr The Tissot Visodate was first released in 1954, in celebration of the brand’s centennial year anniversary. Aside from its pristine look and attractive aura, the watch is also notable for being the first-ever automatic watch to have a date display that changes quickly at 12AM in the morning. While Rolex was the first company in the world to produce an automatic watch with a date aperture, it did not come with an instant change feature. Tissot’s ability to innovate even with such a quintessential timepiece proves its status as one of the most inventive watchmakers in the industry today. Designed to make heads turn, the early Tissot Visodate pieces sport a lovely image, all thanks to their neutral-colored dials, with hues that range between black, white, and champagne. They also came with oversized winding crowns and sturdy cases made of either gold or stainless steel. While there are a lot of vintage Visodate models that come with hands that match the hues of their exteriors, there are some that also possess two-tone aesthetics. Present Day Tissot Visodate To commemorate its 150th year in the industry, Tissot released the fabulous Heritage collection in 2003. It comprised reimaginings of famous retro Tissot models, with modern tweaks to fit the standards of contemporary times. It houses sophisticated, updated versions of signature mid-century collections like the Memphis, Bana, Porto, Navigator, Prince, and Visodate. The release of the Heritage collection revitalized the Tissot Visodate, allowing it to attain massive worldwide recognition. Sticking to its roots, the new Tissot Heritage Visodate pays direct homage to the original model, with its gorgeous date display at the 3 o’clock position. While early Tissot Visodate models were only equipped with automatic movements, some current Visodate models come with quartz calibers, making the whole Tissot Visodate collection more accessible and versatile. Anatomy of the Tissot Visodate Now that we know how Tissot Visodate came to life, let us dig a little deeper into the design, functions, and other notable features of a present-day Tissot Visodate model, the Tissot Heritage Visodate Ref. T019.430.16.051.01. Case material: Stainless steelCase dimension: 40mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: 38 hoursWater resistance: 30m Case Dress watches for men during the ’50s usually sported small cases, ranging from 36mm to 38mm, to ensure a nice and slim fit on the wrist. However, the modern Tissot Visodate Ref. T019.430.16.051.01 comes with a 40mm case, so it can fit on thicker and bigger wrists too. With its larger appearance, you might think it’s a bit too heavy and burdensome, like other bulky sports watches in the market. However, with its thin yet sturdy 20mm lugs and exact proportions, you will find that the Tissot Visodate is actually quite easy to tote around. As a luxury brand, Tissot uses a layer of luxurious sapphire crystal as the dial’s protective barrier. It gives this Tissot Visodate piece an extra layer of security, as it has extreme resistance to both scratches and impacts. In addition, Tissot added a layer of anti-reflective coating to its sapphire crystal, so that it has an optimal level of readability. On the underside of the watch, you can also find a stainless steel caseback fitted with another layer of sapphire crystal, allowing you to view the watch’s movement at work. Just like the other members of the Heritage collection, this Tissot Visodate’s case and 20mm lugs are both made out of refined and polished 316L stainless steel. Although it is heavier than lightweight titanium, nothing can beat stainless steel when it comes to durability and hardness. Crown Another thing worth emphasizing about the Tissot Visodate Ref. T019.430.16.051.01 is its sizable and detailed crown. It is securely screwed-down, so it prevents moisture from getting into the inner components of the watch and contributes to its solid 30m water resistance capacity. In addition, the sides of the crown have grooved, teeth-like patterns, which allows you to firmly grip and turn the watch whenever you want to adjust the time. In addition, on top of the crown, you can find a delicate “T” engraving in a fancy typeface, representing the name of the brand. These details might be small and maybe not even that important for some consumers out there, but it gives the Tissot Visodate an undeniable aura of elegance — a testament to the brand’s attention to detail. Dial The Tissot Visodate Ref. T019.430.16.051.01’s dial layout is inspired by the vintage Visodate and is therefore quite similar to it. However, it comes with sleeker, more contemporary design cues and some added functionalities. With this, the new Tissot Visodate can simplify the modern consumer’s way of life and give them greater convenience. While first-generation Visodate models only come with a date display, the new Tissot Visodate comes with a day-date indicator, which is great for those who like to keep things organized. Aside from bearing a cool jet-black background, the dial is adorned with silver dauphine hands and baton-style hour indices, with double indices at the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock positions. This is one major change that was made from the original Visodate models, which had Arabic numeral markers at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock instead of numberless indices — giving them a more retro feel. The use of numberless indices throughout the modern Visodate’s dial gives it a more cohesive, unified look. Movement Powering the Tissot Visodate Ref. T019.430.16.051.01 is an automatic movement called the ETA 2836-2, also commonly known as the Caliber 11 1/2”’. Aside from boasting a solid power reserve of approximately 38 hours, it is held by 25 jewels and beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph. Proving its durability and reliability, the ETA 2836-2 is equipped with a Novodiac Shock System. This helps in maintaining the precision of watches and avoiding engine failures, in addition to protecting the movement from any shocks or impacts. Do not be fooled into thinking the beauty of this movement stops at its performance alone. The ETA 2836-2 is equipped with an exquisite gold winding rotor that perfectly contrasts the smaller silver-toned gears, giving the whole caliber more definition. On the rotor, you can find texts reading “25 Jewels” and “Swiss Made”, along with a bold Tissot signature that identifies the brand the Visodate belongs to. You can admire this beautiful caliber through the Tissot Visodate’s transparent caseback. Strap The Tissot Visodate Ref. T019.430.16.051.01 is equipped with an aged cow leather strap that bears a quintessential alligator leather pattern. This leather band helps to enhance the watch’s vintage vibe, identifying it as being inspired by a retro Visodate pice. It comes with a stainless steel butterfly clasp that is again engraved with the elegant Tissot logo, and which helps keep the watch securely on your wrist. This leather strap is designed with pads, so you will not have any trouble wearing this watch throughout the day. Price of Tissot Visodate watches Modern Tissot Visodate watches cost around $300 USD to $750 USD, depending on what version you prefer. If you enjoy the wonders of a highly precise quartz movement, you can opt for the Tissot Heritage Visodate Quartz EOL watches. Quartz movements can be mass-produced and are generally more cost-effective to make. As such, the quartz Tissot Visodate pieces fall on the lower end of the price range. However, if you prefer something similar to the original ’50s Visodate watch, which comes with a painstakingly hand-crafted, elegant automatic movement, you will have to shell out around double the price. Tissot Visodate watches with automatic movements typically retail at around $600 USD to $750 USD. Should you get a Tissot Visodate? The answer to this question ultimately depends on your lifestyle, preferences, and the way you resonate with Tissot. If you are looking for a no-frills dress watch that is fashionable yet heavy-duty, then you should not hesitate to get a Tissot Heritage Visodate piece. The fact that it is very reasonably priced makes it even more attractive, given that a lot of luxury dress watches today come with hefty price tags. A Tissot Visodate piece is the perfect partner to bring to any dressy event, as it is straightforward and versatile enough to upgrade virtually any outfit. On the other hand, if you want something more robust that does more than tell the time, day, and date, then the Tissot Visodate might not be the best idea. Simplicity is the Visodate’s trademark, so you should not expect it to come with aesthetic or complex complications like a GMT function or a moon phase indicator. If you want a more multifunctional Tissot piece that you can bring with you on adventures, then the T-Touch or T-Sport collections would be a better bet. Final Notes Although often underappreciated by the general public, Tissot is one of the best watch brands today, with its passion for making pieces that prioritize both form and function. The release of the original Tissot Visodate allowed the brand to solidify its reputation in the contemporary market, with its quintessential design and innovative features. Today, the modern Tissot Visodate recreates the original’s classic and impactful aesthetics and is an exceptional dress watch that you will not regret owning. Featured image from Phamarus on Flickr Other photos from Tissot’s website unless stated otherwise Interested in knowing more about Tissot and its amazing line-up of products you should also pay close attention to? Make sure to check out our articles on the 16 Best Tissot Watches For Men, Tissot Powermatic 80, and the 20 Best Travel Watches for Globetrotters and Frequent Flyers.

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  9. 10 Best Two-Tone Watches Worth Your Attention

    10 Best Two-Tone Watches Worth Your Attention

    One of the very first things people notice when choosing a wristwatch is the color and design. Whether you are a casual wearer or an experienced watch connoisseur, most people will often opt for timepieces that sport a single colorway, as they are more quintessential and timeless. Indeed, a watch with a sleek and understated construction is truly pleasing to look at. However, not everyone is satisfied with a simple-looking and straightforward watch. In order to really make a statement, many watch enthusiasts prefer wearing more unique, eye-catching pieces such as two-tone watches. Bearing a luxurious, stylish appeal, these two-tone watches can easily upgrade any outfit. With their solid builds and pristine finishes, they can also leave a great impression and make you stand out in the most interesting way possible. If you have been wanting to take the plunge into this long-standing trend, we have got you covered. We curated a list of some of the best two-tone watches that should be on your radar. Given the many manufacturers that offer them and the various styles available in the market today, you are bound to find a two-tone piece that perfectly suits your budget and fashion. What is a Two-Tone Watch? Offering the best of both worlds, a two-tone or bi-color watch refers to a timekeeper made out of stainless steel and solid gold. The gold in this instance be either luxurious yellow gold or the more elegant rose gold. Although it may seem like “two-tone” refers to pieces crafted out of materials in two different colors, the term is actually more often associated with the above-mentioned metals. In most cases, luxury watch brands like Rolex and Omega tend to use stainless steel to craft the case, while gold is mainly reserved for decorative purposes. The gold is typically incorporated into the watches’ bezel, hands, crown, and center links. These two-tone watches are lavish, dressy, and are perfect for those who prioritise looks and function equally. The Rise of Two-Tone Watches The roots of two-tone watches can be traced back to the early 1920s when the popularity of pocket watches was at its peak. A lot of two-toned pocket timepieces back then had stainless steel cases paired with gold dials, hands, and necklaces. In the early 1930s, Rolex rolled out its own glorious, patented two-tone watches called the Rolesor. Exquisite and very well-made, these pieces usually had stainless steel cases and bracelets, with the bezel, crown, and center links made from 18K gold. One of the first two-tone offerings of this famous Swiss brand was the Rolex Prince, which has been discontinued since 2015. In 1948, the brand’s signature Rolesor style made its first appearance in the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust collection. Today, it is nearly impossible not to think of this iconic model when talking about two-tone watches. Growing Popularity Bi-metal watches continued to thrive in the next 40 years. Aside from Rolex, other prominent brands like Vacheron Constantin also started to produce their own handsome pieces crafted from a blend of steel and gold. While Rolex focused on delivering gorgeous Rolesor dress watches, Vacheron Constantin produced artistic bi-color chronographs that were multifunctional and attractive. Two-tone watches suddenly became incredibly in-demand and famous during the 1980s — the era of materialism and consumerism. Often associated with the rise of cable networks, technology, and blockbuster films like American Psycho and Wolf on Wall Street, this decade is also considered as the golden era for bi-color timepieces. These watches were the top choice of many enthusiasts and traders, with their unique and lavish looks. In fact, the Rolex Datejust, with its signature Rolesor aesthetic, was the go-to watch of many young urban professionals, or “yuppies”, back then. Indeed, Rolex played a huge role in the proliferation and popularity of two-tone watches. Although the trend of two-tone watches declined briefly in the 1990s, today, they are starting to receive appreciation from watch enthusiasts again, especially from younger audiences. These timepieces are ideal for those who have a larger budget and are looking for something stylish and flashy. With so many brands producing a variety of excellent two-tone watches today, there is little doubt that these iconic mixed-metal timekeepers will only continue to rise. Two-Tone Watches: Our 10 Best Picks 1. Rolex Explorer Ref. 124273-0001 It seems only fair to begin this list with a sophisticated piece from the brand that started the trend of two-tone wristwatches. Sporting the signature Rolesor design, the Rolex Explorer Ref. 124273-0001 is one of the chicest and most lustrous two-tone watches out there. Exuding an aura of sheer class, this Rolex Explorer model comes in a 36mm case made of yellow gold and the brand’s proprietary Oystersteel material, which is a type of steel that is exceptionally resistant to scratches and corrosion. This is paired with a fixed bezel also made of solid gold, and a three-link bracelet with Oystersteel outer links and gold inner links. The jet-black analog dial has a straightforward layout, with baton indices, sizeable Arabic numeral markers, and Mercedes hands — all coated with luminous elements. A sapphire crystal is also fitted on top of the case to protect the dial from any scratches and impacts. With a decent water resistance capacity of 100 meters, this two-tone watch can accompany you on your swims and snorkeling endeavors. It is powered by a COSC-certified Caliber 3230 movement that beats at 28,000 vibrations per hour. You can purchase this striking watch for approximately $11,550 USD. 2. Tissot T-Gold Gentleman Powermatic 80 Ref. 927.407.41.031.00 Next up, we have a piece from Tissot, another reputable luxury Swiss watchmaker that offers timepieces in a wide variety of styles, colorways, sizes, and finishes. Although this brand has tons of two-tone watches for men under its belt, nothing beats the Tissot T-Gold Gentleman Powermatic 80 Ref. 927.407.41.031.00, which stands out with its pristine finish, simple dial, and exquisite rose gold-and-silver combination. This Tissot T-Gold watch has a brushed 40mm 316L stainless steel case and a bezel made from 18K rose gold. It boasts a standard thickness of 10.6mm and a lug width of 20mm, which makes it ideal for everyday wear. The stainless steel crown on the right of the watch sports teeth-like edges for an easier grip. This Tissot model flaunts a silver dial with a beautiful sunburst finish, which is adorned with rose gold baton indices, luminous dauphine hands, and a small date window outlined in rose gold. This watch can also withstand water pressures of up to 50 meters. It runs on a self-winding Caliber 80.811 movement, which has a whopping power reserve of 80 hours. If you prefer two-tone watches with a softer appearance, then this Tissot piece is a solid choice. It costs around $1,495 USD only. 3. Tudor Black Bay Chrono S&G Ref. M79363N-0003 Lauded for its dark but dapper appearance, the Tudor Black Bay Chrono S&G Ref. M79363N-0003 will look good with any outfit. With its bold, sporty look, this is one of the most impressive Black Bay pieces to date. Reliable in every way, this Tudor watch runs on a COSC-certified Caliber MT5813 automatic movement with an impressive 70-hour power reserve. It is water-resistant up to depths of 200 meters, which makes it the perfect diving companion to boot. It comes in a 41mm stainless steel case, with wide, brushed lugs made of the same material and a comfortable black fabric strap. This is paired with a fixed yellow gold bezel which has a matte black aluminium insert marked with a tachymetric scale in yellow gold. The dial is equally masculine, coming in a black hue with a cool matte finish. It gorgeously contrast the luminous geometric hour markers, signature large snowflake hands, and submerged gold sub-dials. Aside from that, the face of this Tudor Black Bay watch also bears a thin red seconds hand with a vibrant red tip for easier time-telling, and a small date display at 6 o’clock. This fully-functional, bi-color watch retails at $5,740 USD. 4. Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Ref. 210.20.42.20.01.001 Currently scouting for a watch ideal not only during formal events but also for everyday wear? The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Ref. 210.20.42.20.01.001 might be the answer to your prayers. This two-tone watch is an actual stunner, thanks to its exceptional proportions and organized dial layout. This model’s gorgeous rose gold and silver composition add a lavish, modern spin to the brand’s legendary Seamaster diving watch. This Omega watch boasts a 42mm stainless steel case and a matching bracelet largely made of the same material. This is paired with an exquisite rose gold bezel, which is fitted with a black, scratch-resistant ceramic insert. The insert is decorated with huge Ceragold™ markers for the watch’s elapsed time scale, and this goes perfectly with the matching rose gold crowns on the right and left sides of the case. One interesting thing about the bracelet is that, unlike other brands which choose to have their center links all in gold, Omega has instead opted to integrate rose gold into just the outer edges of the strap connector, giving it a more understated look. The dial of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Ref. 210.20.42.20.01.001 also comes in a posh black hue, with a pattern of laser-engraved waves that suits this watch’s classification as a dive watch. The dial is adorned with luminous dot and baton indices and large skeleton hands. This watch is powered by an automatic caliber 8800, with 55 hours of power reserve and an anti-magnetic resistance rating of 15,000 Gauss. This same mechanism is also METAS-certified, so you do not have to worry about its longevity or precision. You can purchase this two-tone watch for approximately $10,500 USD. 5. Cartier Santos De Cartier Ref. W2SA0009 Oozing with class, this next piece from the watch and jewelry giant, Cartier, is one of the most recognizable two-tone watches in the market. The Cartier Santos De Cartier Ref. W2SA0009 deviates from the usual norm with its distinctive square-shaped case. As a part of the brand’s prestigious Santos de Cartier collection, which first launched in 1904, this two-tone piece is a testament to the brand’s creativity and passion for French craftsmanship. This particular Cartier men’s watch comes in a well-polished, slender 35mm stainless steel case and a fixed bezel made out of 18K yellow gold. This is paired with a shiny steel bracelet equipped with gold screws. With the watch’s QuickSwitch system, you can quickly and easily change the strap into a leather one based on your mood. The bracelet also comes with a SmartLink system, which allows you to adjust the band’s length to fit your wrist comfortably without needing any extra tools. Its straightforward dial is the true stand-out here, boasting a clean white hue and embellished with railroad-like patterns in the shape of a square at the center. Giving off a vintage feel, this dial also features large Roman numeral indices in black, in addition to the sleek blued steel hands. This Santos de Cartier watch relies on a 23-jewel Caliber 1847 automatic movement. It has a frequency of 28,800 vph and an average 42-hour power reserve. Priced at $11,300 USD, this bi-color timekeeper is also water-resistant up to depths of 100 meters. 6. Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5980/1AR For those who prefer two-tone watches with a riveting twist, then the Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5980/1AR is the best choice. With its extraordinary shape, clean lines, and visually appealing design, this timepiece is sure to turn heads. Hailing from Patek Philippe’s most famous collection, the Nautilus, this masculine bi-color timepiece sports a 40.5mm rose gold and stainless steel case and the iconic octagonal-shaped bezel, which also comes in rose gold. On the case, you can find a large screw-down crown, two elongated pushers, and long crown guards, all of which are crafted from rose gold too. This is paired with a thick steel and rose gold bracelet with a fold-over clasp. The watch’s gradient blue dial boasts a striking layout, with embossed horizontal lines that give this Nautilus model more edge. It is furnished with gold applied baton hour markers, luminous Obelisque hands, and a date aperture at 3 o’clock that is outlined with rose gold. Taking up the lower half of the dial is a chronograph sub-dial separated into two layers, which consists of the 12-hour, 30-minute, and 60-second counters. Aside from bearing a 120-meter depth rating, this Patek Philippe piece runs on a 35-jewel Caliber CH 28-520 C automatic movement. This engine has a maximum power reserve of 55 hours and beats at 28,800 vph. You can even witness it at work through the watch’s sapphire crystal caseback. Priced at around $71,350 USD, this is the most expensive option on this list. 7. Bvlgari Bvlgari Ref. 102930 Here we have another outstanding contender in the best two-tone watches category. This timepiece from Bvlgari has a simple yet luxurious appeal, like many of the brand’s other offerings. It might not come with any overly complex complications, but the Bvlgari Bvlgari Ref. 102930 makes a bold statement with its straightforward and clean dial layout and solid build. This Bvlgari Bvlgari men’s watch has a 41mm round stainless steel case with a neat brushed finish and a wide bracelet that holds intricate 18K rose gold links. This metal strap also has a folding clasp, so you can securely and tightly keep it on your wrist. But what is really attention-grabbing about this watch is its large and detailed bezel. To match the aesthetic of the bracelet, Bvlgari crafted this bezel using solid 18K rose gold. Sporting a brushed finish, it has two large, engraved “Bvlgari” logos on its top and bottom. Contrasting the subtler hues of the watch’s exterior is its cool black dial, which comes in a matte finish. It is furnished with slim rose gold baton indices, Arabic numeral markers, sword hands, and a black date window at 3 o’clock that blends in with the black backdrop of the dial. With a water resistance capacity of 50 meters, this men’s watch runs on a Caliber BVL 191 automatic movement. It has 42 hours’ worth of power reserve and a frequency of 28,800 vph. You can take this Bvlgari Bvlgari watch home by shelling out at least $12,000 USD. 8. Longines HydroConquest Ref. L3.742.3.56.7 Longines is yet another premier watchmaker from Switzerland. They create excellent purpose-built timepieces that truly exceed expectations. One exceptional two-tone watch from this classic brand is the Longines HydroConquest Ref. L3.742.3.56.7. This watch looks a little like the aforementioned Rolex Explorer Ref. 124273-0001 model, but differs in being a dive watch with a more complex look. It comes in a 41mm brushed stainless steel case and a matching stainless steel bezel that is coated in yellow gold PVD. The fact that this watch does not use solid gold serves to explain why it is relatively cheaper than the other two-tone watches included on this list. This Longines timepiece also has a unidirectional bezel with a black insert that is marked with an elapsed time scale in gold and a large screw-in crown at 3 o’clock. The dial of this watch is rather busy-looking, exhibiting luminous hour indices and geometric markers, large Arabic numerals, thick diamond hands, a minute track in white near the rim of the dial, and a date window at 3 o’clock. Driven by a Caliber L888 self-winding movement, this watch beats at 25,200 vph and has an impressive power reserve of 72 hours. It is also water-resistant up to depths of 300 meters, so you can easily bring this bi-color timepiece for a deep dive. This Longines HydroConquest watch retails at just $1,410 USD. 9. Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Ref. UB0121211F1P1 Breitling is best known for creating rugged, heavy-duty aviator watches. And with the Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Ref. UB0121211F1P1, the brand has one-upped itself, creating a robust, powerful pilot watch that is even dressy enough to be worn to a dinner party too. This watch boasts a commanding appeal that would surely tickle any man’s fancy. This Navitimer model boasts a 43mm stainless steel case, large steel pushers, and thick lugs, all paired with a black alligator leather strap that is secured with a stainless steel tang buckle. The most arresting thing about this watch is its bezel, which comes in solid 18K rose gold, with gear-like edges that make it easier to grip while also giving it a more functional look. On top of this bezel, you can find a huge insert that is separated into two different sections, with a slide rule in white and a tachymeter marked on the black portion. The dial of this watch is also quite busy-looking. It bears a masculine sunburst grey finish and features elegant rose gold-tone baton indices and sword hands, along with a chronograph display that has three black sub-dials and rose gold hands, and a date window at 4 o’clock. Powered by an in-house Breitling 01 caliber, this watch has a solid power reserve of 70 hours. Sumptuous and well-made, this Breitling model retails at $10,300 USD. 10. Rolex Datejust 36 Ref. 126231-0013 For all the ladies reading this article, do not worry, as we have something for you too. One of the most desirable two-tone watches in the market is the classic Rolex Datejust, which is simply a sight to behold. The Datejust 36 Ref. 126231-0013 serves as a contemporary interpretation of the original models from the mid-1940s, with some modern updates and improved performance. This watch comes in a slim 36mm Oystersteel case with an elegant, fluted bezel made from Everose gold. It has wide lugs, a mid-sized crown made of rose gold, and a Jubilee bracelet in the Rolesor style, with rose gold center links and Oystersteel outer links. The dial of this watch comes in a stronger, slate grey hue. It has a clean and simple layout, with luminous baton hour indices and simple stick hands, a date window at 3 o’clock protected by a Cyclops lens, and a Chromalight display that allows for greater legibility in the dark. This mixed-metal watch is driven by a Caliber 3235 automatic movement with a 70-hour power reserve and an impeccable accuracy rating of -2/+2 seconds per day. You can score this exquisite timepiece for around $12,835 USD. Final Thoughts All in all, two-tone watches will make you recognise that wearing pieces with bolder styles is not a bad idea after all. Although some may treat them as cheap and tacky, these bi-color pieces will surely make you the center of any conversation. Indeed, many brands have been plunging head-first into this trend in the hopes of reviving the glory of two-tone watches. While it can be difficult to determine which piece might suit you best, given the numerous options in the market, the sheer variety available also means that you will certainly be able to find a two-tone watch that perfectly suits your lifestyle and budget. As long as you know what you need, you will be able to cop a good piece equipped with reliable mechanisms and compelling features. We hope you have found some great options to add to your collection through this list. If you are looking for other robust and attractive timepieces, to add to your growing collection, then make sure to check out our comprehensive guides on Gorilla Watches, Glycine Airman, and Seiko Credor. Photos from the brands’ official websites, unless stated otherwise.

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  10. ETA 2824-2 Movement: A Comprehensive Guide

    ETA 2824-2 Movement: A Comprehensive Guide

    ETA calibers are some of the most ubiquitous movements in all of the watchmaking industry. They are durable, reliable, and easy to produce, making them ideal for mass production. There are numerous ETA calibers to talk about, but for this article, we will be focusing on the popular ETA 2824-2. Known by the watchmaking community as an absolute workhorse, the ETA 2824-2 is an exceptional caliber that, if regulated correctly, can keep time just as well as the ETA 2892 movement. Join us in learning more about the ETA 2824-2 and what it has to offer. If your interest is piqued, we have also curated a list of some of the best watches that use an ETA 2824-2 movement. ETA 2824-2: What is It? Released in 1982, the ETA 2824-2 is a second-generation Swiss automatic movement based on Eterna’s 1427 Caliber. It has fairly standard dimensions, with a diameter of 25.6mm and a thickness of 4.6mm. This ETA 2824-2 provides a watch with its central hours, minutes, and seconds functions. It also has a date complication that can be located on varying areas of the dial, depending on where the window cutout is. Equipped with an Etachron regulator, the ETA 2824-2 movement has a beat frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). This Swiss caliber also uses a ball-bearing rotor which rotates bidirectionally and produces more energy for its power reserve. As a result, when fully wound, the ETA 2824-2 can stay powered for up to 38 hours. Although this caliber is self-winding, it also possesses manual-winding and hacking seconds capabilities. The movement’s Novodiac or Incabloc anti-shock system, which each consists of 25 jewels, helps keep every component of the ETA 2824-2 in place while also reducing wear and tear. Like most ETA calibers, the ETA 2824-2 comes in different grades: Standard, Elaborated, Top, and Chronometer. The standard variant has adjustments in two positions and uses an anti-magnetic nickel-plated balance wheel, a Nivarox hairspring, and a Novodiac anti-shock system with 25 polyruby jewels. This standard ETA 2824-2 variant has a precision rate of +/- 12 seconds to +/- 30 seconds per day. The elaborated model uses the same components as the standard ETA 2824-2, but is adjusted in three positions and has an improved accuracy rating of +/- 7 seconds to +/- 20 seconds per day.  Moving on, a top-grade ETA 2824-2 movement is adjusted in five positions and uses a Glucydur balance wheel, an Anachron hairspring, and an Incabloc anti-shock device with red rubies for its pallet jewels. These upgrades allow the top grade ETA 2824-2 caliber to produce an accuracy rating of +/- 4 seconds to +/- 15 seconds a day. Finally, chronometer-level variants of the ETA 2824-2 also contain the same components of the top-grade versions. However, they feature precision and reliability that match the criteria of the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).  A manual-winding version of the ETA 2824-2 also exists, known as the ETA 2804-2. This caliber is less thick and features seventeen jewels and a 42-hour power reserve. ETA 2824-2 vs. Clones In 2003, ETA’s rights to the design of the 2824-2 caliber reached their expiration date. As a result, some other watch manufacturers have created their own versions of the caliber. The Sellita SW200, one of the most recognized clones, is considered by many as the main rival movement to the ETA 2824-2. Since Sellita used to work hand-in-hand with ETA in the 1980s, it knows its way around ETA movements. In fact, both the Sellita SW200 and the ETA 2824-2 are quite similar in appearance. This does not mean, however, that the ETA 2824-2 and Sellita SW200 are completely the same. The main differences between these two movements can be seen from the design of their rotors and the number of jewels they each have. While the ETA 2824-2 contains twenty-five jewels, the Sellita SW200 has twenty-six. Operationally, the ETA 2824-2 and Sellita SW200 produce similar accuracy rates, even with their varying grades. Other examples of ETA 2824-2 clone calibers include the Seagull ST21, the Hangzhou 6300, the STP-11, and the Valanvron VAL-24. For the most part, each clone movement produces a comparable performance and precision rate as the ETA 2824-2. 10 Great Watches with the ETA 2824-2 Movement The ETA 2824-2 comes in many forms. If you have been a watch enthusiast for a while now, you will know that many watches use the ETA 2824-2. In fact, there are so many of them that it would be an arduous task to go through each one. So, instead of doing that, we have created a list of the ten best timepieces in the market that use an ETA 2824-2 movement. 1. Tissot T-Classic Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium (T127.407.11.051.00) Image By: Watch Shopping The Tissot T-Classic Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium stands as the ideal everyday watch. With its blend of sporty yet dressy looks, sleek and durable 40mm stainless steel case, and 100m depth rating, this Tissot T-Classic timepiece can accompany you anywhere, whether it is for a casual stroll, a dip in the pool, or a lavish occasion.  On its dial are silver sword hands and triangular hour markers applied with lume, which wonderfully contrasts the darker hue of the round jet-black dial. Next to the 3 o’clock marker is an outlined date window with a black background and white text. At 6 o’clock, the word “Silicium” is engraved on the dial, referring to the silicon balance spring used in the watch’s Powermatic 80 caliber. The Powermatic 80 is based on the ETA 2824-2 and comes with an improved 80-hour power reserve. Those who want to see the Powermatic 80 and its finely engraved rotor can view the movement through the see-through caseback.  You can purchase this Tissot timepiece for approximately $775 USD. 2. Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Auto (H32515555) Image By: Watch Shopping Sophisticated and elegant are the two words that come to mind when looking at the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Auto. Sheltered by layers of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal on the front and back of its stainless steel case, wearers can admire the charming looks of this Hamilton watch’s modern silver guilloche dial as well as its reliable ETA 2824-2-based H-10 movement.  Accompanied by an aged brown calf leather strap, the 40mm stainless steel case of the Jazzmaster comes with polished surfaces with brushed lugs and 50m of water resistance. Its sector dial has a smooth outer ring, which holds the silver hour markers and outlined date complication, and is contrasted against the guilloche-style inner dial on which you can find luminous dauphine hands. Like the Tissot Powermatic 80, the H-10 automatic caliber that powers this watch is both based on the ETA 2824-2 movement and possesses a power reserve that can run for up to 80 hours. The Hamilton Jazzmaster costs around $725 USD. 3. Longines Legend Diver Date (L36744500) Image By: Watch Shopping Coming from the Longines Heritage series, the Legend Diver Date is a modern dive watch boasting a rich heritage along with some updated technical features. This Longines timepiece has a case made of polished stainless steel and is water-resistant up to depths of 300m. On the side of its 42mm case, you can find two crowns: one for adjusting the L888 movement and the other for controlling the internal bidirectional rotating dive bezel. The dial of the Legend Diver shows off a black-lacquered, polished surface with painted Arabic numerals and indices in white, and silver hands applied with a generous coating of Super-LumiNova. The L888 movement powering this watch is an ETA 2824-2 caliber that has been modified to produce only 25,500 vibrations per hour. This allows its power reserve to last up to 72 hours. It is protected by a solid steel rear case that is skilfully engraved with the logo of the Legend Diver. The Longines Legend Diver Date fetches a price of $2,300 USD. 4. Tudor 1926 Automatic (91450-0002) Image By: Watch Shopping The Tudor 1926 is a line of watches that pays tribute to Tudor’s early history as a watchmaker. Each piece from this collection carries a timelessness and elegance that sets it apart from other watches. One of the best models in this range that truly captures the essence of the Tudor brand is the 1926 Automatic 91450-0002. The 1926 Automatic comes in a 36mm polished stainless steel case. Its stationary bezel has a polished finish that adds nicely to the watch’s overall sleekness. With a secure screw-down crown on its right side, this timepiece has a water resistance rating of 100m. It is also topped with a layer of sapphire glass, which allows wearers to have a clear view of its embossed black dial. Adorning this dark surface are rhodium-plated hour markers and hands, along with a date complication at 3 o’clock. Below the watch face is an ETA 2824-2-based T601 self-winding caliber, complete with its twenty-five jewels and 38-hour power reserve.  This particular Tudor 1926 model is worth around $2,880 USD. 5. MeisterSinger New Vintage Neo Plus (NE408) Image By: Watch Shopping With a perfect balance of modern looks and a classy aesthetic, the MeisterSinger New Vintage Neo Plus is a minimalistic timepiece that hits all the marks of a Bauhaus-inspired watch. Its thin 40mm stainless steel case is expertly beveled and places the spotlight on the watch’s gorgeous blue dial. The hardened acrylic glass fitted on top of the case protects the watch face from scratches and impacts while also giving it a somewhat vintage aesthetic. The dial of this MeisterSinger New Vintage piece is very minimalist. It bears just the timekeeping essentials, with only double-digit hour markers, slim indices, a singular hour hand, and a circular date complication at 6 o’clock. It is powered by an ETA 2824-2 movement with twenty-five jewels and a water resistance capacity of 30m. This depth rating is not fantastic, but it is good enough for this MeisterSinger watch to survive splashes, rain, and a trip to the shower. The New Vintage Neo Plus retails at $1,370 USD. 6. Tag Heuer Aquaracer (WBD2110.BA0928) Image By: Watch Shopping If you are looking for a luxury diver watch, you cannot go wrong with the Tag Heuer Aquaracer Ref. WBD2110.BA0928. With its fine-brushed and polished stainless steel case, 300m water resistance capacity, and the iconic ETA 2824-2-based Caliber 5, this 41mm Aquaracer piece is a must-have for those who want something sophisticated and reliable, both on land and below it. When viewing this Tag Heuer timepiece as a whole, nothing else catches your eyes quite like its black sunray-brushed dial with a pattern of horizontal lines. Protected by a layer of sapphire glass, this watch features prominent silver hour markers, large pencil hands, a yellow-tipped seconds hand, and a magnified date complication. All of these components come together to make a watch face with a distinct and highly legible design. Underneath the dial is a Tag Heuer Caliber 5, which provides the same precision and reliability as the ETA 2824-2 movement it is based on.  You can purchase the Tag Heuer Aquaracer Ref. WBD2110.BA0928 for approximately $2,250 USD. 7. Junghans Max Bill Automatic (027/4701.02) Image By: Watch Shopping Like MeisterSinger, Junghans is another German brand known for its minimalist timepieces. As part of the brand’s outstanding Max Bill collection, the Junghans Max Bill Automatic is a watch that showcases modernity, refinement, and elegance. With its convex AR-coated sapphire crystal, its beauty remains timeless and unharmed by the outside world. The Junghans Max Bill Automatic utilizes a slim 38mm stainless steel case with thin lugs and an unguarded crown on its right. Its dial has a gorgeous dark blue surface with slender indices, applied silver sword hands, a date display, and luminescent pips on at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock. The J800.1 movement that runs the watch is based on the ETA 2824-2, with its twenty-five jewels and 38-hour power reserve. To complete the Max Bill Automatic’s smart and minimalistic look, Junghans pairs the watch with a simple black leather strap. The Junghans Max Bill costs just $1,280 USD. 8. Ball Engineer Master II Automatic (DM3108A-SCJ-BK) Image By: Watch Shopping Ball is a watchmaker known for making exceptional railroad timekeepers, but they also have a hand in making great dive watches too. For instance, take a look at the Ball Engineer Master II Automatic. The RR1103-C movement that operates inside this watch is not just any standard ETA 2824-2 caliber. It is based on a superb COSC-rated ETA 2824-2 movement with an accuracy rating of -4/+6 seconds per day.  Encasing the watch is a 43mm stainless steel case with a mix of polished and brushed surfaces. At the back of this Ball Engineer Master II timepiece is a solid stainless steel caseback that carries a detailed engraving of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Its matte black dial is rather simple, with indentations on its outer rim to provide space for the tritium gas tube hour indices. Adorned with thick syringe hands and a date window, this dial is incredibly clean and legible, as you would expect of a dive watch. In addition, it has a depth rating of 500m or 1,650ft. You can get your hands on this durable Ball dive watch for $2,280 USD. 9. Breitling Superocean Automatic 48 (V17369161C1S1) Image By: Watch Shopping A daring and bulky watch that can handle all the waves and currents of the Atlantic Ocean, the Breitling Superocean Automatic is the one timepiece you would always want to have when exploring the underwater world. With its robust 48mm DLC-coated titanium case, blue ceramic bezel with a tachymetric bezel, glare-proof sapphire crystal, and 300m depth rating, there are not many luxury dive watches that are as durable as this. Apart from being very resilient, this Breitling Superocean timepiece enjoys a striking ocean-inspired design. Its deep blue dial contains luminous applied hour markers and sword-shaped hands, with a vibrant red-tipped seconds hand for optimal legibility. The Breitling B17 Calibre that runs the watch is based on an ETA 2824-2 movement. Like its base model, the B17 produces 28,800 vibrations per second, has twenty-five jewels, and can last up to 38 hours when fully wound. As the most expensive ETA-powered timepiece on this list, the Breitling Superocean Automatic is worth approximately $4,320 USD. 10. Hamilton Ventura (H24655331) Image By: Watch Shopping To cap off our list, we have another timepiece from Hamilton known as the Hamilton Ventura Ref. H24655331. Based on the original Ventura model launched in 1957, the modern Hamilton Ventura is an intriguing timepiece that represents the bold and daring nature of the Hamilton brand. Its looks are definitely unconventional, but that is one of the main factors that adds to its mystique.  Its 46mm case is made from stainless steel and is wonderfully beveled to create a unique arrowhead-shaped build. The sapphire crystal fitted on top ensures that this exclusive dial remains protected from impacts and scratches. On the dial are applied dauphine hands and three luminous silver-tone hour markers that light up the watch in the dark. The upper corner of the dial and the second hand is coated in red to add a degree of stylish flair to the watch’s black and silver surface. Operating underneath is an ETA 2824-2 based H-10 movement. Its 80-hour power reserve mimics the lengthy power supply that the original Ventura was known to have. The Hamilton Ventura Ref. H24655331 fetches an estimated price of $1,345 USD. Why do many brands use ETA movements? Over the years, ETA movements have proven to be extremely reliable and accurate. In some instances, ETA movements have also been shown to outperform even in-house movements. For watchmakers that do not produce their own movements, ETA is a top choice too, especially since ETA movements are rather easy to modify. With their quality, affordability, and versatility, it is no wonder why many watchmakers choose to base their calibers on ETA movements. Furthermore, since most ETA calibers come in various grades, there are numerous options for watch brands to consider when choosing the perfect movement for their timepiece. Final Thoughts The ETA 2824-2 is arguably one of the most iconic automatic calibers in the entire watchmaking industry. Regarded as a “workhorse movement” by collectors, enthusiasts, and watchmakers alike, the ETA 2824-2 is a tried-and-tested caliber that is highly reliable and efficient despite its affordability and generic nature. And even when it does experience wear and tear, the ETA 2824-2 movement is cheap and easy to service, so you do not have much to worry about. Whether it is in its base form or a modified variant, the ETA 2824-2 can be found in many wristwatches worldwide. Of those models, the ten timepieces mentioned above are some of the best watches that house the ETA 2824-2 caliber. That said, it is by no means an exhaustive list, and there are plenty of other great timekeepers that utilize the ETA 2824-2. So, make sure you do your own research and select the perfect ETA 2824-2 watch that fits all your tastes and preferences. Featured Image By: Tag HeuerNeed another watch with an ETA 2824-2? Check out the Certina DS Action Diver and see if it has what it takes!

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  11. A Complete Guide to the Zenith El Primero Movement

    A Complete Guide to the Zenith El Primero Movement

    As many of us already know, an exceptional watch is always accompanied by a dependable movement. After all, there is nothing that makes your life easier than a trusty timekeeper that looks gorgeous and provides a consistently reliable performance. There are many brands out there with watches that possess stunning designs and highly capable movements. However, you might be surprised to find out that many of these watches actually contain the same age-defining Swiss caliber that packs a whole lot of history: the Zenith El Primero caliber. Hailing from a brand known for supplying top-notch movements to the rest of the industry, the Zenith El Primero is a revolutionary, highly versatile movement that many watchmakers have chosen to rely on, serving as a testimony to its quality. For today’s article, let us take a closer look at this iconic watch movement. Introducing the Zenith El Primero Movement Currently, the Zenith El Primero caliber comes in several forms. Today, we will be focusing on the El Primero Caliber 4000SC commonly found in Zenith Defy watches. The El Primero 4000SC is a modern automatic chronograph movement based on the original Zenith El Primero Caliber 400 that was released in 1969. Much like the original caliber, the Zenith El Primero 4000SC features a power reserve that can last up to 50 hours and an impressive beat frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour (5Hz). Held in place by thirty-one jewels, this movement has a total of 278 components, including a ball-bearing rotor made entirely out of tungsten. Apart from telling the time, the El Primero 4000SC also has chronograph, date, 30-minute, and 12-hour functions. Sticking true to the size of the first El Primero caliber, the Zenith El Primero 4000SC has a diameter of 30mm and is only 6.5mm thick. In general, there are quite a lot of similarities between the Zenith El Primero 4000SC and the original 1969 El Primero caliber. However, one thing that Zenith has improved upon considerably is the construction of the modern El Primero caliber. Zenith constructed the El Primero 4000SC with Zenithium. This is a durable, lightweight metal alloy that consists of aluminum, niobium, and titanium. Zenith utilized Zenithium on the El Primero 4000SC to bolster the caliber’s shock resistance, as well as strengthen its balance and chronograph bridge. While the incorporation of Zenithium is an excellent advancement, the contemporary Zenith El Primero 4000SC really does not stray too far from the qualities of the original El Primero 400. This just goes to show that Zenith truly knows how to make an automatic chronograph caliber that barely needs any improvement, even after decades. Brief History of the Zenith El Primero Movement While it is one of the most celebrated watch calibers, the El Primero actually had a rather bumpy and underwhelming start. In 1969, Zenith unveiled the El Primero as the world’s first high frequency, fully integrated automatic chronograph movement. Additionally, it was only 6.5mm thick. While the Zenith El Primero was not the thinnest caliber ever, it was definitely impressively slender. With such specifications and technical prowess, you would have expected the Zenith El Primero’s launch to make the headlines of the watchmaking industry. Unfortunately, it was nowhere near that. During the El Primero’s release, only a handful of local and regional journalists were able to attend Zenith’s press conference. The bad luck did not stop there. A year after the El Primero’s release, the dreaded quartz crisis took the Swiss watchmaking industry by storm. Since they were more accurate and much cheaper to produce and sell than mechanical watches, quartz-operated watches quickly became all the rage. Ultimately, the ensuing fall of mechanical watches meant that the Zenith El Primero was more neglected than ever. In 1971, the Zenith brand was sold to the Zenith Radio Corporation, a Chicago-based conglomerate that originally manufactured radios and televisions. Between 1969 to 1975, Zenith produced a total of 32,000 El Primero movements – both the model and the movement. However, in 1975, the new owners of Zenith decided to focus on making quartz watches.  As part of the brand’s new business direction, the owners ordered all previous Zenith blueprints, presses, and tools to be scrapped or sold. At first, this seemed like the end of the Zenith El Primero movement. However, Zenith watchmaker and chronograph specialist Charles Vermot, along with his brother and another Zenith employee, was able to secretly hide 150 presses, along with some blueprints, tools, and cams, including those of the Zenith El Primero. Zenith’s attempt to join in the quartz watch craze was largely unsuccessful, and the brand had little to no profit during that time. In 1978, Zenith Radio Corporation sold Zenith Watches SA. In the 1980s, mechanical watches began to undergo a resurgence. This improved situation opened an avenue for Zenith to bounce back and recover from the decade of quartz. After a few years, the brand was able to produce the Zenith El Primero movement once more. The unexpected return of the El Primero caliber was significant, as it was quickly implemented into the famous sports chronograph, the Rolex Daytona. Rolex’s use of the Zenith El Primero was a strong vote of confidence. Soon after, Zenith also started equipping the El Primero in their own watch models. Wearers were able to witness the Zenith El Primero in action for the first time through the Zenith Chronomaster see-through sapphire caseback. Today, the Zenith El Primero stands as one of the most popular movements in the industry. Now available in several variations from its base form to versions with flyback hands and tourbillons, this Swiss caliber can be found in numerous Zenith models as well as watches from renowned brands such as Hublot, Bulgari, Tag Heuer, and Panerai. At the Baselworld 2019, the original Zenith El Primero 400 was given a modern revival. The difference was that this time, it was in front of a great audience with all the media coverage a watchmaker could want. Truly, this is the breakthrough that the El Primero caliber rightfully deserves. After decades of passion and dedication, the Zenith El Primero has risen through the ranks and has become a hallmark of exceptional watchmaking. 10 Watches with the Zenith El Primero Movement Various models in the market utilize the Zenith El Primero. While this caliber can typically be found in a slew of Zenith watches, there are few models from other brands that also use the coveted El Primero movement. Listing down every timepiece with the Zenith movement would be quite a chore. So instead, we will be narrowing down this list to the top 10 best watches equipped with the iconic Zenith El Primero movement. 1. Zenith Chronomaster Revival El Primero A384 (03.A384.400/21.C815) Image By: Watch Shopping There is no better watch to start this list with than the Zenith Chronomaster Revival El Primero A384. This 50th Anniversary special edition watch is a contemporary version of the first Zenith watch to ever be equipped with the El Primero movement. It is the recreation of a timeless classic, updated with modern innovations. Housed in a tonneau-shaped stainless steel case, the Zenith Chronomaster Revival El Primero A384 features 50m of water resistance and a gorgeous panda dial recreated from the blueprints of the original El Primero A384. It comes with three black chronograph sub-dials, luminous silver hands and hour indices, and a bezel in black that is also marked with a tachymetric scale. Operating underneath the watch face is the one and only Zenith El Primero 400 caliber, complete with its 36,000 vph frequency and 50-hour power reserve. This Zenith El Primero Anniversary timepiece is worth $6,469 USD. 2. Zenith Chronomaster Revival Shadow (97.T384.4061/21.C822) Image By: Watch Shopping A recreation of a Zenith chronograph prototype that dates back to the 1970s, the Zenith Chronomaster Revival Shadow is a handsome watch that blends both vintage elements and contemporary design. Made of high-quality micro-blasted titanium, its matte-finished case is as durable as it is lightweight. Its black dial showcases applied silver indices and hands, along with grey subdials for the 12-hour, 30-minute, and small seconds chronograph functions. Below the dial of the Zenith Chronomaster Revival Shadow is an El Primero movement that wearers can view through the watch’s see-through sapphire caseback. To finish off the watch’s suave the look, Zenith pairs the Chronomaster Revival Shadow with a black cordura effect rubber strap. This watch sells for approximately $6,599 USD. 3. Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Rescue (03.2434.4069/20.I010) Image By: Watch Shopping If you are looking for a military-inspired Zenith pilot watch unparalleled reliability, check out the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Rescue. Accompanied by a calfskin leather strap in black, this timepiece features a 45mm polished stainless steel case topped with a layer of anti-reflective sapphire glass. The dial of this Zenith Pilot watch boasts a black sunray dial with vibrant yellow accents from its small second markers, seconds hand, and Pilot signature. The dial’s hour numerals are bold and pronounced and are coated in Super-LumiNova to provide improved legibility in the dark. Running the timepiece is a Zenith El Primero 4069 movement, with 254 components, a 5Hz beat frequency, and a 50-hour power supply.  This Zenith Pilot piece costs around $5,619 USD. 4. Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Titanium (601.NX.7170.LR) Image By: Watch Shopping Hublot is a brand that many enthusiasts and collectors associate with bold and unique-looking watches. Now, with this Spirit of Big Bang Titanium Ref. 601.NX.7170.LR, wearers can enjoy a luxury timepiece with the looks of a sophisticated Hublot and the reliable performance of a Zenith. This Hublot Spirit of Big Bang watch comes in a sleek, polished tonneau-shaped titanium case that holds and protects the Zenith El Primero-based HUB4700 automatic movement. Its complex skeletonized dial gives the timepiece a distinct appeal while also providing a great view of the caliber at work. For those who want to see this Zenith-Hublot movement from another point of view, you can turn the wristwatch over and look at it through its exhibition-style sapphire caseback. This Hublot watch is worth approximately $17,269 USD. 5. Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Open (03.2040.4061/69.C496) Image By: Watch Shopping Another model from the Chronomaster series, the Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Open is a distinct and stylish watch that displays an open-heart silver sunburst dial. Aside from the aperture that allows you to view the emblematic Zenith El Primero movement, this watch’s dial also has sub-dials bearing the signature tri-colors that the line is known for. This watch comes in a 42mm stainless steel case equipped with a layer of sapphire glass to protect the dial and an exhibition-style sapphire caseback. You will not have to worry about this timepiece getting wet either as it is water-resistant up to depths of 100m. The watch also comes with a black semi-gloss alligator leather strap. You can purchase this Zenith piece for around $6,439 USD. 6. Zenith Defy Extreme (95.9100.9004/01.I001) Image By: Watch Shopping With an additional escapement that runs its seconds chronograph function at a whopping 50Hz, the Zenith Defy Extreme is a sleek watch that can measure time up to 1/100th of a second. Its case is made out of robust, lightweight titanium, making the timepiece both durable and comfortable to wear. Its beveled surfaces feature a mix of polished and satin-brushed finishes that go very well with the Zenith Defy Extreme’s transparent titanium dial and titanium bracelet. Below the dial is a Zenith El Primero 9004 caliber, which is fitted with 53 jewels and has an impressive depth rating of 200m. This watch fetches an approximate price of $17,499 USD. 7. Zenith Chronomaster El Primero A385 (03.A384.400/385.C855) Image By: Watch Shopping A vintage-inspired design that is also inspired by the Zenith El Primero A384, this Zenith Chronomaster El Primero A385 features a very different colorway. Its tonneau-shaped stainless steel case is paired with a rustic gradient brown dial that darkens towards the rim. Adorned with applied hands and hour indices, the watch face has submerged chronograph sub-dials in white and a white date window that contrasts nicely against the warm hues of the brown backdrop. Running this watch is none other than the wondrous Zenith El Primero caliber. Wearers who want to see this movement, along with its customized Zenith rotor, can view it through the see-through sapphire caseback. The El Primero A385 comes in a slender 37mm case coupled with a light brown calfskin leather strap. This timepiece will cost you around $6,679 USD. 8. Hublot Spirit of Big Bang White Ceramic (601.HX.0173.LR) Image By: Watch Shopping Whether you are a fan of Hublot or not, this is a striking watch that is bound to get the attention of everyone looking at it. The Hublot Spirit of Big Bang White Ceramic uses a 44m white ceramic case covered by a layer of sapphire glass. This fashionable yet durable composition ensures that the timepiece looks distinct and is highly scratch-resistant throughout its structure. The dial of this Hublot watch is skeletonized, allowing you to see the El Primero-based HUB4700 caliber in all its glory. Above the movement are luminous hour indices and sword-shaped hands, chronograph subdials of varying sizes, and a date display at the 4:30 position. Paired with a white alligator leather strap, the Hublot White Ceramic is both a reliable timekeeper and a bold fashion statement. You can get your hands on this particular Hublot piece for $21,649 USD. 9. Zenith Defy El Primero (95.9005.9004/01.R582) Image By: Watch Shopping Encased in a 44mm tonneau-shaped titanium case, the Zenith Defy El Primero is a robust and rugged timepiece that provides its with wearers style, convenience, and elegance. The Zenith Defy El Primero showcases a fixed black ceramic bezel and a polished silver dial with black chronograph subdials and luminous hands and hour markers. Layers of anti-reflective sapphire glass protect the front and rear case of the watch while also offering a clear view of the watch face and its El Primero movement. Zenith pairs the Defy El Primero with an alligator leather-patterned black rubber strap. This Zenith watch retails at around $8,000 USD 10. Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Sport (03.2280.400/01.C713) Image By: Watch Shopping The Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Sport is a highly-capable wristwatch that merges sporty looks with classy aesthetics. Its silver-tone stainless steel case stands out beautifully when matched with the watch’s dark brown alligator leather strap. The matching polished silver dial contains applied indices and hands and a date window at 6 o’clock, along with chronograph sub-dials that blend in perfectly with the silver backdrop. A touch of color is added to the timepiece with its bold red seconds hand. This watch is powered by the Zenith El Primero 400B, which differs from the original El Primero 400 in terms of the positioning of its date window. The El Primero Sport is worth approximately $7,599 USD. Importance of Beat Frequency in Telling Time The frequency of a watch is measured using two different terms: Hertz (Hz) and Vibrations per Hour (VpH). Hertz typically refers to the number of oscillations or “swings” the movement’s balance wheel makes in a single second. Each time the balance wheel does half a swing or completes half an oscillation, it is considered a vibration. As such, two vibrations can occur per oscillation. For example, if a Seiko Caliber 6R64 produces 4Hz, which is four oscillations per second, that would amount to eight vibrations a second. In an hour, 4Hz will amount to a total of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Now, why would knowing this be important? The role of beat frequency when telling time lies in the caliber’s ability to generate oscillations. The higher the rate, the more accurate time-telling will be. Most mechanical wristwatches nowadays possess a beat frequency between 18,000 vibrations per hour (2.5Hz) to 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). While those numbers are considered quite reliable, a lot of work still needs to be done for mechanical calibers to match the accuracy of quartz movements. The reason why quartz movements are so immensely accurate is that quartz crystals vibrate at an astronomical rate of 32,768 Hertz. Even the most capable high-beat Zenith mechanical watch can only generate 18 Hertz (129,600 vibrations per hour). Increased beat frequencies are an interest amongst watch collectors because it determines how precise their watches are. With regards to the Zenith El Primero, its 36,000 vibrations per hour (5Hz) allow it to measure time more accurately, all the way down to 1/10th of a second. However, the rate at which a movement beats also affects its power supply. That is why mechanical watches with lower beat frequencies tend to last longer than those that produce higher. It is certainly incredible that Zenith was able to create a large number of models that operate at 5Hz, while also having ample power supplies of around 50 hours. Final Thoughts To this day, the Zenith El Primero stands as one of the most coveted and recognizable automatic movements ever created. With its impressive beat frequency, lengthy power reserve, and unyielding reliability, the El Primero continues to amaze watch enthusiasts everywhere. The Zenith El Primero has made a home in many brilliant models. However, the ten timepieces mentioned above have proven to be some of the best El Primero watches that any brand has to offer. Though there really is no such thing as a bad El Primero watch, make sure to do your own bit of research so that you can land a high-quality and high-performance timepiece that perfectly suits your tastes. Featured Image By: Zenith Watches If you’re looking for more unique watches, have a go at this article of the top 15 Russian Watches.

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