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  2. Bulova Devil Diver Review: The Cool And Affordable Dive Watch

    Bulova Devil Diver Review: The Cool And Affordable Dive Watch

    One issue faced by many American watch brands is that they tend to be rather underrated and shrugged off by many watch patrons. This is because, globally, whether it is the watch community or just casual folks unfamiliar with watches, people tend to be more familiar with timepieces that are made in European countries like Germany and Switzerland. While German and Swiss watches are certainly deserving of the prestige and recognition they receive, this does not mean American watches should be overlooked either. One top-notch American watch brand that deserves more recognition is Bulova, whose humble beginnings originated in New York City. Bulova is a diverse watch brand, known for catering to younger generations while also showing off a selection of exquisite vintage-influenced pieces. One such vintage watch that Bulova is famous for is the Bulova Oceanographer. More popularly known as the “Bulova Devil Diver”, the Bulova Oceanographer collection is a tribute to the brand’s acclaimed 1970s Oceanographer dive watch, which is highly regarded as a retro classic. With the original Oceanographer being discontinued, the new, upgraded version of the Bulova Devil Diver has become a popular favorite for all those vintage dive watch fans. This article will be taking a closer look at the modern Bulova Devil Diver, including its specifications, price, and everything you need to know about this dive watch. A Brief Background on the Bulova Devil Diver Founded in 1875, Bulova was one of the first brands that helped kickstart the American watch industry. In establishing its reputation as a top-notch watchmaker, Bulova produced a number of classic timepieces that remain quite popular in the market today, particularly in America. One such classic timepiece was the Oceanographer. Introduced in the 1970s, the Oceanographer was Bulova’s attempt at breaking into the dive watch market. As those familiar with the watch industry will know, dive pieces have always been a major part of the industry. Owning an excellent dive watch can be a sign of prestige for the wearer, but being able to craft an outstanding dive watch is a mark of a watchmaker’s expertise and skill. This resulted in many watch brands introducing their own renditions of the dive watch, with the Oceanographer being Bulova’s. While the original Oceanographer was discontinued, it remained a popular icon in the American watch market. Eventually, the brand revived the Oceanographer through its modern Bulova Oceanographer series. Nicknamed the “Bulova Devil Diver”, this is a line of quintessential dive watches that focuses on uniqueness and minimalism, rather than incorporating a multitude of confusing complications. This contributes to their timelessness and is one of the main reasons why the Bulova Devil Diver holds such value as a vintage-influenced classic. With their unusual, bright colourways and straightforward, easy-to-use layouts, the Bulova Devil Diver timepieces all exude a simple, exquisite charm. On top of being engineered with high-quality materials, the bright colour schemes of the Bulova Devil Diver watches also make it easier for divers to read the time underwater, making them more effective, practical, and eye-catching dive pieces. In the next section, we will be reviewing the 2019 Bulova “Devil Diver” Oceanographer 96B322 and everything it has to offer. Specifications Case The Bulova “Devil Diver” Oceanographer 96B322 comes in a 44mm tonneau-shaped stainless steel case, with curved lugs that make the watch look smaller than it is. This 44mm diameter is quite standard, allowing this watch to fit well on wrists of all sizes. Fixed on top of the case is the Bulova Devil Diver’s signature two-toned bezel, made of scratch-resistant stainless steel. This unidirectional rotating bezel also shows off an elapsed time scale insert in handsome black and sea-green hues. Instead of the resin paint used by the original Bulova Oceanographer, the Bulova Devil Diver 96B320’s bezel uses modern acrylic paint, which is less flakey. On the right side of the case, you can find a sizeable unguarded crown. This stainless steel crown has finely grooved edges, which provides wearers with a better grip so they can grasp and turn the crown more easily. The underside of the Bulova Devil Diver is sealed shut with a stainless steel caseback, engraved with the brand’s name. This caseback is also securely screwed down, giving the watch its impressive 200-meter water resistance capacity and keeping its inner mechanisms safe from any moisture or dust. Dial Paired with the black and green bezel is the Bulova Devil Diver’s green dial. This dial looks almost like a shimmering green ocean when viewed under the right light, harkening back to the watch’s status as a dive piece. On top of boasting such a gorgeous shade of sea green, this dial also follows a very simple, clutter-free layout that is easy to read with just a glance. Indeed, this straightforward dial is one of the Bulova Devil Diver’s strengths as a dive watch. It comprises perfectly circular hour markers, thick sword-shaped hands, a rectangular date window outlined in silver, and a minute track with slim indices. As with most dive watches, the hands and hour markers of the Bulova Devil Diver are all generously coated with lume. In dim lighting conditions, the lume in the Bulova Devil Diver glows green, matching the watch’s green dial and allowing for optimal legibility at all times. Fitted on top of this watch face is a box-shaped sapphire crystal. As the hardest type of watch glass available, this sapphire crystal keeps the dial safe from any impacts or scratches. Movement Driving the Bulova “Devil Diver” Oceanographer 96B322 is a Japanese Miyota 821D movement. While it lacks any sort of flashy complications, as a Japanese caliber, this self-winding movement is incredibly reliable. Held together by 21 jewels, this caliber beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3Hz) and has a substantial power reserve of 42 hours. It is also equipped with quick-set date and hacking seconds functions, which ensures more precise timekeeping. Watch Strap Finishing off the Bulova Devil Diver’s sleek look is a robust three-link stainless steel bracelet. This bracelet comes with a double-press fold-over buckle, which keeps it securely fastened to your wrist. In addition, it also has a safety bar and extender, so that those with larger wrists can quickly adjust the length of the bracelet to ensure it fits better. On the whole, this bracelet adds to the professional look of the Bulova Devil Diver, making it a great choice for any formal events you might have. In addition, it is also completely waterproof, so you can even bring the Bulova Devil Diver with you on your deepsea adventures without ever worrying about getting the strap damaged. Price The price for the Bulova Oceanographer Ref. 96B350 starts at around $559 USD in retail. This is a relatively affordable price, especially for such a reliable dive watch. Best Bulova Devil Diver Models 1. Bulova “Devil Diver” Oceanographer 96B350 Image courtesy of Bulova For those who enjoy more unusual, vibrant timepieces, one of the best Bulova Devil Diver models available is the Bulova “Devil Diver” Oceanographer 96B350. Released in 2021, this is one of the most recent versions of the Bulova Devil Diver available. It comes in a 41mm tonneau-shaped case made of stainless steel, with curved lugs and a matching stainless steel bezel. This bezel bears the signature Devil Diver two-toned insert, with the first quarter showing off a bright orange hue and the rest of the bezel coming in jet-black. This handy elapsed time scale insert helps wearers keep track of the amount of time they have spent underwater. The dial of the watch also comes in the same playful shade of orange, perfectly complementing the bezel. Aside from that, this dial is also furnished with dot hour markers, broad sword-shaped hands, a date complication at 3 o’clock, a minute track, and at the center of the dial, a pattern of crossed lines, reminiscent of an archery target. Underneath this lively watch face, you can find a Japanese Miyota 821D caliber. This movement has a power reserve of 42 hours and gives the watch a solid depth rating of 300 meters. This Bulova Devil Diver’s look is completed by a robust, thick polyurethane strap in black. This strap is incredibly robust and virtually impossible to break or snap. This makes it extremely secure and a perfect choice to tackle all sorts of tough challenges underwater, as you can rest assured that your Bulova Devil Diver piece will never come off. That said, one downside to the Bulova Devil Diver’s polyurethane strap is that some wearers have complained of it actually being too thick. This adds to the weight of the strap, making it less than ideal for everyday use or casual wear. In addition, wearing this thick strap while going about your daily routines can also be a little stuffy and sweaty, leading to some discomfort. All in all, frequent divers are sure to appreciate the robustness of the Bulova Devil Diver’s strap. However, those who want to utilize this watch for everyday use might prefer to check out some alternative after-market strap options. You can purchase the Bulova “Devil Diver” Oceanographer 96B350 for around $600 USD. 2. Bulova “Devil Diver” Oceanographer 96B320 Those who enjoy sportier-looking timepieces are sure to enjoy the Bulova “Devil Diver” Oceanographer 96B320. This watch is housed in a 40mm tonneau-shaped stainless steel case, making it the smallest of the Bulova Devil Diver pieces in this article. This is coupled with slender, curved lugs and a matching three-link stainless steel bracelet. As part of the Bulova Devil Diver trademark, this watch also bears a two-toned stainless steel bezel, in colorful blue and yellow hues. Engraved on the bezel are indicators in black and white for the elapsed time scale, which stand out strongly against the contrasting yellow and blue backgrounds, allowing for optimal legibility. The dial of this watch also comes in a rugged matte blue color. It is adorned with luminous hour markers, broad luminous sword hands, a date aperture outlined in silver at 3 o’clock, and a bright yellow lollipop seconds hand. At the center of the dial, you can find two yellow lines in the shape of a target cross, casting a sharp, eye-catching contrast against the blue background. On top of that, the watch’s details are also painted in white on the dial, including its brand name and its 200-meter, or 666-feet water resistance capacity — the source of the watch’s “Devil Diver” nickname. Driving this watch is a Japanese Miyota 821D caliber. Held together by 21 jewels, this self-winding movement can last for up to 42 hours when fully wound. The Bulova “Devil Diver” Oceanographer 96B320 retails at around $559 USD. Alternatives to the Bulova Devil Diver 1. Gucci Dive Ref. YA136209A As far as quartz watches go, the Gucci Dive Ref. YA136209A takes the cake in terms of being a reliable, stylish quartz dive watch. This sporty-looking Gucci watch is presented in a sizeable 45mm stainless steel case, making it larger than any of the Bulova Devil Diver pieces. This is coupled with a rugged red and green nylon strap and a black unidirectional rotating bezel. On this elapsed time scale bezel, you can find indicators in white, muted green, and red, matching the nylon strap and upping this watch’s stylishness factor. The dial of this watch also comes in cool jet-black, blending nicely with the black bezel. It has a rather simple layout, comprising luminous hour markers in various geometric shapes, sizeable arrowhead and lollipop hands, and an elongated date display at 6 o’clock. On the rim of the dial, you can also find a minute track, with stick indices and small Arabic numeral hour markers for easier and quicker time-telling. Powered by a sturdy quartz caliber, this Gucci Dive watch also has a solid depth rating of 200 meters, much like the Bulova Devil Diver. The price of the Gucci Dive Ref. YA136209A starts at $999 USD. While it is a little more exorbitant than the Bulova Devil Diver, this is still a wonderful deal for anyone searching for a dive watch that is versatile, stylish, and dependable. It even carries the famous Gucci name and prestige, which more than makes up for the price of this watch. 2. Seiko Prospex Street Series Ref. SRPF81K1 Another great alternative to the Bulova Devil Diver is the Seiko Prospex Street Series Ref. SRPF81K1. Commonly known as the Seiko Tuna for its stout, tuna can-shaped case, this is a solid, durable watch that many divers have relied on for their underwater adventures. This Seiko Prospex watch is housed in a 46.3mm stainless steel case. This case is hard-coated, bolstering its resistance to scratches and impacts and making this a hardy timepiece that can withstand any challenges on land or underwater. Like the Bulova Devil Diver, this watch is also equipped with a two-tone unidirectional rotating bezel. Its elapsed time scale insert comes in colors of jet-black and muted orange, giving the watch a rugged yet somewhat vintage look. Complementing the black and orange bezel is a matte black dial. The components in this dial are quite large, making this dial look a little more cluttered than it actually is. The plus side of this, of course, is that this makes the dial more readable, which is especially important for divers underwater. It is decorated with thick hour indices and broad blunt hands, all of which are generously coated in lume, improving visibility in poor lighting conditions. Aside from that, you can also find a compact date window located between the 4 and 5 o’clock markers. Underneath this straightforward watch face, you can find an in-house Seiko Caliber 4R35. This self-winding movement is held together by 41 jewels and can last for up to 41 hours when fully wound. To make things even sweeter, this Seiko watch is solar-powered, which means it can be charged using any light source, whether natural or artificial. Finally, like the Bulova Devil Diver, this watch also has an excellent 200-meter depth rating. The Seiko Prospex Street Series Ref. SRPF81K1 is worth approximately $589 USD, which is a reasonable price for such a sturdy, reliable dive watch. Final Thoughts The Bulova Devil Diver may not be the best dive watch in the market, but with its affordability and flashy looks, it certainly makes for a fantastic entry-level dive piece. As a remake of the 1970s Bulova Oceanographer, the Bulova Devil Diver carries a long and respected heritage, making it even more desirable. With the Bulova Devil Diver, wearers — both professionals and rookies — are guaranteed stylish visuals and a seamless underwater experience. All images courtesy of WatchShopping, unless stated otherwise.Featured image courtesy of Bulova. If you are still looking for the perfect dive watch to fit your wrists, have a look at our review on the Certina DS Action Diver—it might be the watch you’re looking for!

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  3. Dive into the Ocean with the Powerful Seiko Tuna

    Dive into the Ocean with the Powerful Seiko Tuna

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

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  4. Nixon Regulus: Ultimate Buying Guide in 2022

    Nixon Regulus: Ultimate Buying Guide in 2022

    Throughout watchmaking history, there have been many ties established between the world of horology and the military. From the Navy SEAL-inspired Luminox Navy Seal watches, to the Air Force-endorsed Breitling Navitimer collection, military-influenced timepieces are a staple in the horological realm. Today, we will be looking at another watch with strong connections to the military: the Nixon Regulus. For those who are not familiar with the Nixon brand, the Nixon Regulus was specially designed in collaboration with the U.S. Special Operations Command. As some of the most highly-trained military personnel in the US, everything that the Special Operations Command uses, including the Nixon Regulus, is durable, tough, and functional enough to support all your needs. The Nixon Regulus is designed, first and foremost, to be a tactical watch. However, just like other watches from Nixon, the Regulus can also be used as a survival watch, or as a casual watch to accompany you on all your daily routines. Ultimately, the Nixon Regulus men’s watches are incredibly versatile and built to withstand all sorts of extreme conditions. In this article, we will be taking an in-depth look at the Nixon Regulus, including its specifications, best models, and everything it has to offer. Keep reading to find out more about this highly functional tactical watch. Everything About The Nixon Regulus More than just being a practical tool watch, the best thing about the Nixon Regulus is its ability to take a beating, no matter what extreme outdoor adventures you put it through. Not all timepieces are capable of that, and the durability of the Nixon Regulus is a testament to the detail that Nixon and the U.S. Special Operations Command have put into its design. While there are a number of different Nixon Regulus models available, all Regulus pieces do share certain key features, which we will go through in detail below. Nixon Regulus Key Features Case As digital watches, the Nixon Regulus timepieces are not made with the traditional stainless steel or polyamide cases. Instead, Nixon opts to use a custom injection-molded TR90 material for the Regulus cases. This is a type of thermoplastic material produced used in state-of-the-art Swiss technology. Aside from being used in tactical watches like the Regulus, this TR90 material is also frequently used in eyewear because it is super lightweight, durable, and impact-resistant. It is also flexible to some degree, which ensures that it is even less likely to break when encountering any bumps or shocks. It also makes the Nixon Regulus a great, eco-friendly watch choice, since the TR90 material produces less environmental waste. As such, those who are into green initiatives are sure to love this watch. All Nixon Regulus models are offered in cases that measure 46mm in diameter and 15.5mm in thickness. While this is quite a chunky size for a watch, it is not a problem for wearers — thanks to the TR90 material’s ultra-lightweight build. Despite its larger size, you can easily tote this watch around on your wrist all day without feeling any discomfort. Unlike most other digital watches, which place their push buttons on either side of their cases, the Nixon Regulus has its polycarbonate buttons placed on the left and front of the case. These push buttons can be used to control the plentiful functions of the Nixon Regulus, such as its different modes, night light, chronograph counters, and more. At first, you might be a little intimidated by all the different features of this watch, but you have nothing to worry about. The use of each push button on the Regulus is carefully labeled, so you will be able to get used to this watch in no time at all. Dial Like the brand’s Re-Run series, the Regulus collection of watches all come in square-shaped dials. This type of dial is common for sports, military, and tactical watches since it sits better on the wrists and aligns with the straps more than rounded ones. In addition, square-shaped dials provide greater surface area, allowing for more functions to be displayed more legibly. The dial of the Nixon Regulus is equipped with a custom high-contrast black LCD screen, which is highly readable from any angle. Wearers are also given the choice of adjusting the screen’s contrast according to their preferences, so the dial remains legible even when under bright light glares. It also comes with an LED backlight to provide better visibility in dimly lit environments, especially at night. On this dial, you can find the Nixon Regulus’s multitude of functions, including its dual time zone, military time, auto calendar up to 2099, silent mode, three alarms, and customizable time options. Protecting this LCD dial is a layer of hardened mineral crystal, coupled with a hardened stainless steel bezel. This stainless steel bezel is fastened onto the case with four screws, so it keeps the dial and case safe from any impacts or scratches. Strap Depending on the specific Nixon Regulus model you are looking at, it comes with a 24mm to 29mm tapered strap made of custom injection-molded free-swing TPU 80. This is a cost-friendly, high-quality, and very reliable strap material that is processed using injection molding and blow molding technology. Nixon also made sure to design this strap with a water-flow texture on its rear sides. This makes the strap completely waterproof and a very outdoor-friendly choice. This strap is also offered in a variety of colors to match the colorway of the case and bezel, including black, camouflage green, light grey, and more. Nixon recommends that every wearer rinses their strap with soap and freshwater after exposure to sand or saltwater, so as to maintain the strap’s color and quality. Attached to each strap is a stainless steel buckle with a stainless steel screw bar and a locking looper, which ensures the strap stays securely fastened to your wrist. Movement The Nixon Regulus is powered by a custom digital LCD module. On top of being highly reliable, this module is given an added PU jacket and Poron foam padding. This gives the module greater protection against shocks, impacts, and water damage, bolstering its durability. In addition, the module also comes with an extensive five-year battery, so you can use the Nixon Regulus for years without having to worry about changing the battery. The Nixon Regulus’s movement also gives it a substantial 100-meter depth rating. While this is enough to enjoy basic water sports activities such as swimming, surfing, snorkeling, and so on, it is not exactly recommended for professional diving. Professional divers might want to look to watches more equipped to handle deep-sea depths, such as Rolex’s Sea-Dweller series, instead of the Nixon Regulus. Price As with most Nixon timepieces, the Nixon Regulus retails at a fairly affordable price. You can purchase the Nixon Regulus for approximately $175 USD, making it much more budget-friendly than most other tactical watches. With its solid quality and reliable durability, the Nixon Regulus is the best pick for those seeking affordable yet highly-practical tool watches. Top Three Nixon Regulus Watches 1. Nixon Regulus All Black Ref. A1180-001-00 The Nixon Regulus All Black Ref. A1180-001-00 is simple and intuitive. Of all the Nixon Regulus models, this is probably the most classic choice. It is reminiscent of a sturdy G-Shock watch, albeit in a smaller size and at a more affordable price. This watch comes in a stout 46mm black case, coupled with a supple black TPU 80 strap. The watch’s jet-black LCD dial complements its all-black exterior. The data on the dial is presented in the form of bold, highly legible digital numerals in light blue, making for a strong contrast against the black dial. This all-black style is incredibly versatile and fits well with virtually any fashion style and outfit, be it casual or semi-formal. 2. Nixon Regulus Multicam Tropic Ref. A1180-3175-00 The Multicam Tropic Ref. A1180-3175-00 version is the best-selling piece in the Nixon Regulus series. With its combination of a vintage vibe and a modern dial design, this watch is the go-to choice of most adventurers and survivalists. You can easily bring this watch with you to the ocean for surfing or stand-up paddling with its tough and lightweight build. This Multicam Tropic Nixon Regulus piece comes in a 46mm forest green case, coupled with a rugged camo-style strap. It boasts a sporty look that is perfect for the outdoors. The dial of this watch is also equipped with a bright, adjustable LCD backlight, which you can turn on for optimal readability even in dim lighting conditions. As with other Nixon Regulus timepieces, this watch sells at just $175 USD. 3. Nixon Regulus All Sand Ref. A1180-2711-00 Another excellent Nixon Regulus digital watch you can add to your collection is the All Sand Ref. A1180-2711-00. This watch boasts a simple, industrial look with a straightforward yet futuristic digital style. This watch can take on all types of wear and tear, be it exposure to dust, mud, or rain, and still do its job well in displaying accurate time. The Nixon Regulus All Sand is presented in a 46mm light grey case, paired with a matching light grey TPU 80 strap. It stands out nicely against the darker black bezel and stainless steel, making for a pleasing, understated combination. For military, sports, and outdoors folks, the Nixon Regulus All Sand would be a good purchase for you since it offers the basic needs for a watch. In addition, its light gray colorway is practical and quite versatile, so you can easily wear this at any event together with a suit and tie or even just a shirt and shorts. Best Alternatives to the Nixon Regulus While the Nixon Regulus is an excellent digital survival watch, it might not be accessible to everyone. If you are unable to get your hands on a Nixon Regulus piece, fear not. We have prepared a couple of the best alternative watches to the Nixon Regulus for your perusal. All of these watches come with similar functions and features, at affordable prices, so you will not have to break the bank with any of them. 1. Casio G-Shock Solar Full Metal Black Ref. GMW-B5000GD-1JF Photos from Watchshopping One of the best alternatives to the Nixon Regulus is the Casio G-Shock Solar Full Metal Black Ref. GMW-B5000GD-1JF. Although it is slightly more expensive than the Nixon Regulus, it still sells at quite an affordable price and comes with a number of additional complications to boot, making it a highly functional digital piece. This Casio timepiece comes in a 43.2mm stainless steel case, coupled with a matching stainless steel bracelet. Although this square-shaped watch is slightly smaller than the Regulus, its stainless steel build means that it is actually slightly heavier on your wrist. Its dial shows off a black LCD screen with muted green digital numerals. For those who have trouble reading the dial, you can use the watch’s LED backlight for optimal legibility. As a Casio G-Shock piece, this watch also comes with a multitude of useful functions. These include five daily alarms, a snooze alarm, hourly time signal, countdown timer, and stopwatch, all of which can be controlled using the push buttons on the sides of the case. In addition, this watch’s coordinated universal time feature allows it to sync up with time zones for 39 major cities in the world, making it a great choice for frequent travelers. Its Bluetooth smartphone link capabilities also enable you to connect this watch to your smartphone, so you can receive notifications and calls using this watch without having to constantly check your phone. Like other G-Shock models, this watch comes with the brand’s famous Multi-Band 6 technology, which makes use of global radio frequencies to keep more precise time. It is also solar-powered, which means that you can charge this watch using any light source, be it natural or artificial, so you will never have to worry about winding this timepiece or changing its batteries. The Casio G-Shock Solar Full Metal Black Ref. GMW-B5000GD-1JF sells at an estimated price of $539 USD. 2. Suunto 7 All Black Ref. SS050378000 Photo from Watchshopping If you want to have a more versatile sports experience, go for the Suunto 7 All Black Ref. SS050378000. This sleek sports watch comes in a bulky 50mm case made from glass fiber-reinforced polyamide, paired with a black silicone strap. It is powered by Google’s Wear OS system, making it a modern smartwatch that caters to all of your needs. With its smartphone connectivity, you can connect this watch to your phone, all day and night. In addition, it also comes with 3D routes, sleep tracking, offline music, fitness tracking, and downloadable GPS heat maps for when you travel to new areas. Indeed, this smartwatch is dedicated to making your day easier and hassle-free. Furthermore, if you think that smartwatches are fragile, this Suunto 7 piece is sure to prove you wrong. On top of its sturdy, reinforced polyamide case, the dial of this watch is also protected by a strengthened stainless steel bezel and a layer of clear Gorilla glass. This keeps the watch face safe from any scratches or impacts while also giving wearers a clear view of the vibrant, colorful LED dial. Finally, this watch is also water-resistant up to depths of 50 meters, so you can easily bring it with you on your trips to the beach. This Suunto watch retails at approximately $478 USD. Wrap Up The Nixon Regulus is the kind of watch that you can rely on regardless of how you use it. With its affordable price, we can confidently say that this watch is well worth your money, especially since it comes from Nixon, a trustworthy brand known for offering reliable sports and tactical watches. All in all, the ease of use and simple look of the Regulus makes this an outstanding offering by the brand. If you are looking for a tactical watch that you can use as your everyday companion, you should not miss out on the Nixon Regulus. All photos are from Nixon’s official website unless stated.  Are you looking for more tactical watches? Check out the 7 best tactical and military watches for your next watch shopping. 

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  5. 20 Best Bronze Watches For That Vintage Look

    20 Best Bronze Watches For That Vintage Look

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

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

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

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

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  7. Seiko SUP880: A Comprehensive Review

    Seiko SUP880: A Comprehensive Review

    Amongst the Japanese watchmakers, Seiko is one of the most well-respected brands in the market. Since its founding in 1881, Seiko has developed a truly massive catalog of versatile, durable, and high-quality watches. Whether you are looking for the best diver watch, a trusty sports watch, or a dress watch for all your formal events, Seiko has got you covered. Out of Seiko’s extensive, diverse lineup, the Seiko SUP880 is one of the brand’s most well-received dress watches. This timepiece is an instant stunner, packed with practical features and a chic, fancy aesthetic. The Seiko SUP880 is actually a Cartier-inspired dress watch, which explains its classy, fashionable influences. Without further ado, let us explore the Seiko SUP880, including its specifications, price, and everything it has to offer. First Impressions Photo from (user/Dlhick20/) on Reddit Right off the bat, the Seiko SUP880 shows off a handsome and captivating design that simply elevates any sort of formalwear. As mentioned, this watch is inspired by the Cartier Tank timepieces and as such, it bears a strong resemblance to those watches, especially in terms of its unusual square-shaped case and cabochon spinel crown. From its gold-tone stainless steel case and classy, vintage-influenced dial to its suave black leather strap, everything about the Seiko SUP880 simply screams elegance. Anatomy of the Seiko SUP880  Photo from Amazon Case, Caseback, and Crown Inspired by the Cartier Tank, the Seiko SUP880 is one of the fanciest, most exquisite dress watches that Seiko has ever released. It is presented in a slender 28.5mm square-shaped case, with a gorgeous polished gold finish that gives the watch an appealing, gleaming lustre. Its size is perfect for those with smaller wrists, or for anyone who enjoys wearing slimmer dress watches. The lugs of this watch have a thinner, rounder shape, and a fixed bezel is placed on top of the Seiko SUP880’s case, protecting the sides of the dial from any impacts. One way in which the Seiko SUP880 distinguishes itself from the Cartier Tank is in terms of the build of the case. Whereas the Cartier Tank has a flatter shape, the Seiko SUP880 has thicker edges on the left and right that protrude outwards, past the flat surfaces of the watch crystal and caseback. It looks almost like a dial surrounded by four thick walls, giving off an impression of sturdiness and well-built durability. On the right side of the watch, you can find a small crown. This crown is designed the same way the crowns of the Cartier Tank watches are. It comes in a gold-tone, with fine grooved edges that allow wearers to grip and turn the crown more easily. At the tip of the crown is a protruding black cabochon spinel, much like the blue spinels that can be found on the Cartier Tank pieces. Fitted on top of the case is a layer of Hardlex crystal, which protects the dial from scratches and impacts. This is another difference between the Seiko SUP880 and the Cartier Tank, which is equipped with a more expensive sapphire crystal. The underside of the Seiko SUP880 is sealed with a solid gold-tone stainless steel caseback. Engraved on the caseback are the watch’s details, such as its movement, serial number, waterproof rating, and more. This caseback is also firmly screwed-down, preventing any dust and moisture from seeping into the watch and damaging its inner mechanisms. With its screwed-down caseback and crown, this watch has a solid 30-meter depth rating. This water resistance capacity is fairly standard for a dress watch like the Seiko SUP880 and is enough to withstand a few splashes and rain. Dial The dial of the Seiko SUP880 is elegant and stylish. It contains a number of vintage-influenced components that add to the watch’s whole old-school aesthetic. For instance, this dial comprises slender Roman numeral hour markers and thin Feuille hands in a striking black tone, bolstering the classiness of this dial. The dial’s soft white finish is also decorated in a pattern of light grey stripes. This renders the watch more refined and graceful while also making the dial look less boring and plain. Movement Inside the Seiko SUP880 is a robust in-house V115 solar quartz movement. This caliber is equipped with a pack of solar cells, which are used to convert light energy into electrical energy. With this incredibly innovative feature, wearers can charge the Seiko SUP880 using any light source, be it natural or artificial light. As such, you will never have to worry about replacing the battery of the Seiko SUP880. This makes the Seiko SUP880 a very environmentally-friendly watch too since it reduces battery wastage. When fully charged, the V115 solar quartz movement possesses a power reserve that can last for up to 12 months. As a quartz caliber, the V115 movement showcases trademark precision. It has an impressive accuracy rate of +/- 15 seconds per month, so you can definitely rely on the Seiko SUP880 for precise timekeeping. Strap Photo by user/weedNV/ on Reddit The Seiko SUP880 is coupled with a classic alligator leather strap in black, completing the watch’s very quintessential aesthetic. This strap is equipped with a pin buckle made of gold-tone stainless steel, which keeps the watch tightly secured to your wrist. This strap is extremely comfortable against the wrist and is perfect for your next dinner party. Price As with most Seiko watches, the Seiko SUP880 is available at a very reasonable price. In fact, the Seiko SUP880 is famously known as a budget-friendly version of the Cartier Tank watches, which it was inspired by. The Seiko SUP880 is priced at just $110, which is incredibly affordable, considering the watch’s fancy, chic style, and top-notch quartz movement. Alternatives to the Seiko SUP880  The Seiko SUP880 is, without a doubt, a very classy dress watch. It embodies Seiko’s signatures of adept craftsmanship and constant innovation, with its elegant design and powerful solar movement, and its accessible price is just the cherry on top of the cake. Nevertheless, let us not forget that each person has their own tastes and preferences when it comes to wearing a watch. For those who like the Seiko SUP880’s style but want something a little different, we have curated a list of three excellent alternatives that you can check out below. 1. Cartier Tank Solo Ref. W5200004 As we have talked about extensively above, the Seiko SUP880 was inspired by the Cartier Tank collection. As such, the Cartier Tank is simply a natural alternative to the SUP880. In particular, we recommend the striking Cartier Tank Solo Ref. W5200004. With its classic gold and black colourways and high-quality materials, this watch is the best luxury alternative to Seiko SUP880 you can find. This Cartier watch utilizes a 38.4mm square-shaped case made of solid 18K yellow gold, coupled with an aged-looking black alligator leather strap. Compared to the Seiko SUP880, the size of the Ref. W5200004 is considerably larger and it can fit wrists of virtually any size. Wrapped around the dial is a fixed bezel, also made of 18K yellow gold. On the right side of the watch, you can find a yellow gold crown with an inset cabochon spinel. This cabochon spinel comes in a deep blue hue, setting up a satisfying contrast against the luxurious yellow gold case. The dial of this watch is also a little different from that of the Seiko SUP880, but it shows off the same vintage charm. This dial has a handsome, metallic silver finish. It is adorned with thick Roman numeral markers, white and black minute tracks, and blued steel sword hands that add a burst of personality to this watch face. Protecting the dial is a layer of sapphire crystal, which is the most expensive watch glass available. This is because sapphire crystal is exceptionally strong and scratch-resistant, with only diamond being capable of scratching it. Driving this watch is an in-house Caliber 690 quartz movement. This powerful quartz caliber is held together by eight jewels and has outstanding four-year battery life. In addition, it comes with a 30-metre depth rating, enabling the watch to survive some showers and downpours. As a luxury alternative to the Seiko SUP880, you can purchase the Cartier Tank Solo Ref. W5200004 for around $6,749 USD. Its more exorbitant price is well worth it, considering the first-rate materials used to craft this Cartier watch. 2. Tissot Tissot Heritage Ref. T117.509.16.032.00 Next up, we have the Tissot Tissot Heritage Ref. T117.509.16.032.00. This is also a dress watch, albeit with a quirkier design that caters to younger and more modern audiences. It immediately stands out, thanks to its uniquely-shaped case. This watch is housed in a 39mm rectangular stainless steel case, which curves slightly at both ends, conforming nicely to the slopes of your wrist. This Tissot piece is paired with a fashionable alligator leather strap in light brown. The dial of this watch showcases a sleek silver finish. It is decorated with large Arabic numeral markers in a curling, stylized typeface that give this watch face a very playful, Willy Wonka-esque aesthetic. Towards the center of the dial, you can find a black minute and hour indices and Poire Corps renflé watch hands made of blued steel, which add a pop of colour to this black-and-white dial. Powering this Tissot Heritage watch is a first-class caliber ETA 901.001. Held together by three jewels, this is a quartz movement with an extended battery life of 132 months. In addition, this watch also has a 30-metre depth rating, like the Seiko SUP880. If you are looking for a simple yet fun dress watch, then the Tissot Tissot Heritage Ref. T117.509.16.032.00 should definitely be on your radar. It sells at approximately $479 USD. 3. Hermes Heure H Ref. HH1.110 For another classy, opulent alternative to the Seiko SUP880, check out the Hermes Heure H Ref. HH1.110. This timepiece from the prestigious Hermes brand boasts a very unique design that even manages to stand out from the Seiko SUP880 and Cartier Tank watches. Instead of having a simpler square-shaped case, the case of this watch is designed to look like a stylized capital “H”, with the wide, protruding lugs forming the ends of the letter. This timepiece comes in a slender 30.5mm stainless steel case and a warm leather strap in light brown. A layer of sapphire crystal is attached to the case and serves to protect the dial from any external damage. This Hermes Heure H watch also shows off a minimalistic yet attractive white dial. The center of the dial is decorated with a faint grey guilloche finish. It has a very straightforward layout, consisting of black Arabic numeral markers in a wide typeface and silver sword hands. Inside this watch, you can find a reliable quartz movement. It has a battery life of 24 months and a 30-meter water resistance capacity. This Hermes watch is available for around $2,049 USD. Final Thoughts On the whole, the Cartier-inspired Seiko SUP880 is definitely an interesting entry in Seiko’s catalog. It retains the classy, refined nature of its source inspiration while also using simple, more affordable materials to create a more budget-friendly piece. Seiko even managed to upgrade the Seiko SUP880 by incorporating its own innovative solar technology, which makes the Seiko SUP880 a worthy investment indeed. If you want a reliable, hardy dress watch that looks fancier than it costs, you should definitely consider purchasing the Seiko SUP880. All images are credited to Watchshopping.com unless otherwise stated. Featured image courtesy of (/user/TheFoxyGentleman/) on Reddit. If you are searching for a robust, rugged watch that can take on any challenge, then the Casio Rangeman is definitely a watch you should check out.

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  8. 15 Best Durable Watches For Construction Workers

    15 Best Durable Watches For Construction Workers

    There are not as many jobs as physically demanding as being a construction worker. This kind of career requires you to be exposed to extremely hot or cold temperatures for long periods of time while doing various forms of manual labor such as heavy-lifting, masonry, carpentry, and so on. Construction work is not only physically tiring but also very mentally draining.  As with anyone on the job, construction workers will want to know how long they have been working and how close it is to break time. Due to the hazardous nature of construction sites, a smartphone may not be the best timekeeper to bring along. Instead of a phone, it would be better to settle for a traditional, handy wristwatch. However, you cannot just pick any wristwatch either. It has to be a watch strong enough to withstand the harsh environments a construction worker must endure. Join us as we take a look at the 15 best durable watches for construction workers in the market. 15 Best Durable Watches For Construction Workers A genuine construction watch must be exceptionally robust. It should be capable of handling hard impacts and rapid movements while also having a decent amount of water resistance. On top of that, its dial should also be easy to read, even when under low light conditions. To get started with your search, we have prepared a list containing 15 of the best durable watches for construction workers we know. 1. Casio G-Shock Ref. DW-5750E-1JF Image By: Watch Shopping When it comes to rugged timepieces, the first watch that usually comes to mind is a G-Shock. Made to withstand shocks, high water pressures, and extreme lifestyles, Casio’s G-Shock is the ideal piece for anyone who dares to grab life by the horns. Honestly, most G-Shock watches are hardy enough to do the trick. However, one model that especially piques our interest is the iconic Casio G-Shock Ref. DW-5750E-1JF. Based on the sensational 1987 Casio DW-5000C, the G-Shock Ref. DW5750E-1JF utilizes a chunky, dark gray resin case measuring 48.9mm x 45.4mm in diameter. This is coupled with an integrated resin strap that fits comfortably on your wrist. Through the four pushers on the side of the case, wearers can access this watch’s multiple functions, including its stopwatch, countdown timer, alarm, and backlight. With its LCD dial, which is protected by a layer of mineral glass, this Casio watch is powered by a reliable quartz movement. On top of having an impressive 200-meter depth rating, this caliber also has a battery life of approximately two years. This Casio G-Shock watch retails at an affordable price of just $259 USD. 2. Victorinox I.N.O.X. Ref. 241688.1 Image By: Watch Shopping Need a watch that can handle rough terrain and impacts? How about one that can survive getting run over by a 64-ton tank? Secured in a 43mm stainless steel case, the Victorinox I.N.O.X. Ref. 241688.1 is a resilient timekeeper that can survive pretty much anything you throw at it. Hailing from the versatile I.N.O.X. series, this watch goes well with virtually any attire and lifestyle. A 200-meter water resistance capacity ensures that this watch can withstand heavy rain, shower water, and even trips to the pool without breaking a sweat. The dial of this Victorinox watch shows off a simple yet tasteful matte blue finish. It is topped with applique bar-shaped indices and luminous blunt hands, along with a small date window between the 4 and 5 o’clock markers. The 12 o’clock marker is replaced by the Victorinox logo, which adds some flair and exclusivity to this watch face. This timepiece is also run by a Ronda Caliber 715. This is a dependable analog quartz movement, with a powerful battery that can last for up to an incredible five years. This durable timepiece can be purchased for around $480 USD. 3. Luminox Navy SEAL Ref. XS.3503.NSF Image By: Watch Shopping Luminox is a popular watch brand that many enthusiasts associate with the Navy Seals. Its timepieces are made to endure all harsh environments that mother nature can dish out. Although Luminox watches are primarily geared towards military use, these are timepieces that anyone can enjoy. In terms of durable watches for construction workers, one excellent Luminox choice is the Luminox Navy SEAL Ref. XS.3505.NSF. Representing the brand’s signature Navy SEAL collection, this model comes in a 45mm carbon compound case paired with a black polyurethane strap. Fixed on top of the case is a carbon-reinforced unidirectional rotating bezel with an elapsed time scale, along with a layer of mineral crystal that has been tempered to increase its durability. The blue dial of this watch showcases a 24-hour layout, with bold 12-hour markers and Plongeur-style watch hands in white and orange that stand out nicely against the blue backdrop. Tritium gas tubes are also scattered across the watch face, providing a source of illumination in the dark. This watch is driven by a reliable quartz movement. The Luminox Navy SEAL Ref. XS.3505.NSF is sold at around $440 USD. 4. Casio G-Shock G-Steel Solar Ref. GST-W300G-1A9JF Image By: Watch Shopping Casio’s G-Shock series is extremely diverse. Some G-Shock watches fall on the simpler side with only a few extra complications, while others are jam-packed with high-tech features you would not expect a wristwatch to have. However, one thing remains certain: all G-Shock timepieces are impressively shock-resistant and hardy. If you are seeking durable watches for construction workers that are loaded with numerous functions, we highly recommend the G-Shock G-Steel Solar. Ref. GST-W300G-1A9JF. The bulky case of this watch is crafted from a combination of resin and gold-tone stainless steel. With its diameter of 55.9mm x 49.3mm, this timepiece will stand out prominently on your wrist. It also has a solid depth rating of 200 meters. The dial of this watch is very easy to read despite its many components, with thick sword-shaped hands and three different LCD displays that are presented in the form of sub-dials. These LCD displays are also clearly labelled, so you will have no trouble figuring out how to use this watch. Using the pushers on the sides of the case, you can access the watch’s numerous capabilities, including world time, stopwatch, countdown timer, calendar, backlight, battery display, and five alarms. It even has the brand’s Multiband 6 technology, which allows it to calibrate to an atomic clock for precise timekeeping down to the second. In addition, this model also utilizes Casio’s Tough Solar technology, which charges the watch using any light source. With this, you can easily charge your timepiece while wearing it on-site. The Casio G-Steel Solar has an estimated price tag of $460 USD. 5. Hamilton Khaki Field Auto Ref. H70575733 Image By: Watch Shopping Those looking for tough timepieces should consider obtaining a titanium watch. Compared to stainless steel, titanium watches are just as durable while also being much lighter on the wrist, making them very comfortable to wear. There are many titanium models in the market for you to choose from. But one timepiece you definitely should not miss out on is the Hamilton Khaki Field Auto Ref. H70575733. This all-black Khaki Field watch is housed in a 42mm titanium case coated in black PVD, which bolsters its resistance to scratches. It showcases slender curved lugs and a see-through caseback that gives wearers a clear view of the Hamilton H-10 movement inside the watch. The front of the watch is covered with a layer of sapphire glass for optimal readability and scratch resistance. It also shows off a very straightforward, highly legible black sector dial. This dial has a 24-hour layout and contains painted Arabic numeral markers, luminous syringe hands, and a date display at 3 o’clock. Hamilton couples this watch with a rugged black fabric strap. Wearers can get their hands on this versatile Hamilton timepiece for approximately $880 USD. 6. Suunto 9 G1 ZH Baro Ref. SS050149000 Image By: Watch Shopping A hardy sports smartwatch is an excellent timepiece for wearers who live an active lifestyle. These modern timekeepers are typically packed full of features and modes that cater to sports and health. That said, not all smartwatches are durable enough to be used on construction sites. For a model that can handle the toughness of construction work, however, let us head to Suunto and have a look at its sleek, handsome Suunto 9 G1 ZH Baro Ref. SS050149000. This Suunto 9 watch comes in a large 51.5mm polyamide case reinforced with glass fiber. Its case front is topped with a sturdy, scratch-resistant grade 5 titanium bezel and sapphire crystal. This case is designed to meet US Military Standard 810 H and has been put through a battery of tests, proving capable of withstanding shocks, impacts, sand, dust, rain, and extreme temperatures. It comes with a wrist-based heart rate monitor and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can last up to 14 days in regular time mode. Some of the useful functions this watch has include an altimeter, barometer, compass, GPS, activity tracking, speed and distance tracking, and more. You can get this Suunto model for $930 USD. 7. Luminox Leatherback Sea Turtle Giant Ref. XS.0333 Image By: Watch Shopping Aside from stainless steel and titanium, carbon fiber is another innovative material that makes for tough watch cases. When put to the test, carbon fiber is an incredible five times stronger and 70% lighter than steel. There are many brands that offer rugged and well-built carbon fiber watches. One model that we will be putting the spotlight on for today is the Luminox Leatherback Sea Turtle Giant Ref. XS.0333. This Luminox Leatherback watch is presented in a 44mm carbon compound case accompanied by a layer of tempered mineral glass and a soft black textile strap. The matching black dial is furnished with beige-colored hour numerals, luminous syringe watch hands, a date complication at 3 o’clock, and thick beige minute indices. Tritium gas tubes are placed all around the watch face, providing ample brightness when in the dark. Driven by an analog quartz movement, this Luminox watch is simple, reliable, and straight to the point. The Luminox Leatherback Sea Turtle Giant watch retails at $310 USD. 8. Citizen Promaster Super Titanium Ref. NY0107-85L Image By: Watch Shopping Citizen has been in the watchmaking business for almost a hundred years. Since its founding in the 1930s, Citizen has ushered in some of the most innovative timepieces to date. In fact, Citizen was the brand that pioneered the use of titanium for watch cases. Today, Citizen has a vast selection of titanium wristwatches known as the Super Titanium. For the eighth watch on this list, we will be looking at the Citizen Promaster Super Titanium Ref. NY0107-85L. This Promaster model uses a 42mm Super Titanium case coupled with a dark gray Super Titanium bracelet. It also comes with a unidirectional rotating bezel fitted with an elapsed time scale and a luminous pip for better legibility in the dark. Its handsome blue dial follows a very simple layout, consisting of pronounced applique indices, thick luminous hands outlined in red and white, and a day-date window at 3 o’clock. This watch runs on a Miyota Caliber 8204, which has a solid 42-hour power supply. Purchase this Citizen Promaster watch for approximately $660 USD. 9. Victorinox FieldForce Ref. 241848 Image By: Watch Shopping The Victorinox FieldForce is an excellent collection of durable military-inspired field watches. The watches in this line come with sturdy cases, highly precise movements, and simple yet attractive dial designs that are easy to read. These qualities are essential features that any durable watches for construction workers need to have. A particularly standout model from this selection is the Victorinox FieldForce Ref. 241848. This Victorinox piece uses a 42mm stainless steel case and a brown leather strap with white stitching. Fixed on top of its case are a layer of anti-reflective sapphire glass and a stationary blue bezel with double-digit Arabic numeral markers for the minute track. The dial also displays a matching matte blue finish. It is adorned with large hour markers and thick sword hands that have been generously coated with Super-LumiNova for optimal legibility in poor lighting environments. Inside this watch lies a powerful quartz movement with a water resistance capacity of 100m. The Victorinox FieldForce Ref. 241848 is worth $340 USD. 10. Casio ProTrek Ref. PRW-60-7AJF Image By: Watch Shopping While not quite as rugged as a G-Shock, the Casio ProTrek collection definitely offers some superb durable watches for construction workers. Designed to withstand the elements, the Protrek shows off a solid build and a litany of handy functions that help its wearers navigate the wild and unpredictable outdoors. While there is no Protrek model we dislike, one watch that we are especially fond of is the all-white Casio ProTrek Ref. PWR-60-7AJF. This eye-catching Casio watch is housed in a white 47.2mm resin case with an integrated white silicone strap. It is equipped with the brand’s Tough Solar technology, highly accurate Multiband 6 Radio Timekeeping, and the Triple Sensor system, complete with altimeter, barometer, and compass capabilities. Apart from that, it also has 100m of water resistance, a countdown timer, a stopwatch, a battery life indicator, world time, and five alarms.  This Protrek piece sells at around $570 USD. 11. Garmin Fenix 6S Pro Solar Ref. 010-02159-40 Image By: Watch Shopping Garmin is known for creating some of the best sports GPS smartwatches in the market. Its timepieces exhibit sleek and solid designs accompanied by features and modes for different types of sports and outdoor activities. On top of that, all Garmin timepieces have been tested against military standards for shock, thermal, and water resistance. The next entry on this list of best durable watches for construction workers hails from the Garmin Fenix 6S series. Coupled with a shale gray suede leather strap, the Garmin Fenix 6S Pro Solar Ref. 010-02159-40 is a tough smartwatch guaranteed to surpass your expectations. This Garmin watch utilizes a 42mm fiber-reinforced polymer case, along with a gold-tone stainless steel bezel and a layer of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Its black LCD dial has solar-charging capabilities, allowing wearers to charge this watch as they go about their day. It also comes with a wrist-based heart rate monitor and multiple sports modes that are excellent for cycling, golfing, running, swimming, and outdoor recreation. This premium smartwatch fetches a price of $900 USD. 12. Seiko Prospex “Arnie” Ref. SNJ025P1 Image By: Watch Shopping We all know that Seiko is more than capable of making robust watches. Although Seiko watches are very affordable, they are all strong enough to take a beating while still being able to function normally. In fact, Seiko even has a Prospex model that has the approval of celebrity and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger. For our next timepiece, we will be talking about the reissue of the 1982 Seiko H558 Arnie, the Seiko Prospex “Arnie” Ref. SNJ025P1. This Seiko Prospex model comes in a 47.8mm case made from black-tone stainless steel and plastic. This is coupled with a black silicone strap, a unidirectional rotating bezel in black with an elapsed time scale, and Seiko’s patented Hardlex crystal. With its screw-down crown and solid steel caseback, this watch has a depth rating of 200m. The dial of this Seiko Arnie watch also comes in jet-black, with a simple and easy-to-follow hybrid layout. The majority of the dial is taken up by luminous hour markers in various geometric shapes and bold arrow-headed hands. At 12 o’clock, you can find a small, rectangular digital time display. The Seiko Prospex “Arnie” Ref. SNJ025P1 sells at just $450 USD. 13. Victorinox I.N.O.X. Ref. 241759 Image By: Watch Shopping For another sporty and masculine Victorinox I.N.O.X piece for construction workers, check out the Victorinox I.N.O.X.Ref. 241759. Paired with a rugged blue rubber strap, this Victorinox piece is presented in a 43mm dark gray titanium case, with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal on its front. It bears the unique, chunky fixed bezel that the I.N.O.X collection is known for, with smoothly beveled sides. On the right side of the case, you can also find a bulky screw-down crown with grooved edges, protected by thick crown guards. The dial of this watch also comes in a handsome gray finish. It contains luminous applique indices, silver blunt hands, a date window between 4 and 5 o’clock, and a vibrant blue seconds hand that adds a pop of color to the watch face. This watch can also handle water pressures of up to 200m, making it great for swimming as well. The Victorinox I.N.O.X.Ref. 241759 has a price tag of $560 USD. 14. Luminox Bear Grylls “Never Give Up” Ref. XB.3729.NGU Image By: Watch Shopping While Seiko created a wristwatch as a tribute to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Luminox dedicated an entire collection to the famous British adventurer Bear Grylls. The Luminox Bear Grylls series is home to numerous rugged outdoor watches designed to take on everything that mother nature can throw at it. The model we are looking at for this entry is, specifically, the Luminox Bear Grylls “Never Give Up” Ref. XB.3729.NGU. This is an incredibly versatile piece that can easily pass as a dive watch, an everyday timekeeper, and even a durable watch for construction workers. This Luminox watch is encased in a 42mm case made from CARBONOX — Luminox’s signature carbon compound material. Paired with a sporty orange rubber strap, this watch also comes with a hardened mineral crystal and a unidirectional rotating bezel, with an elapsed time scale in black and bright orange hues. The dial of this Bear Grylls watch boasts a distinct black CARBONOX surface. It is also decorated with Arabic numeral markers in a stylized typeface, Plongeur-style hands in white and orange, and a date display a 3o’clock. The words “Never Give Up” are printed on the dial, motivating its wearer to keep pushing forward no matter how difficult the job can get. This bold timepiece retails at around $495 USD. 15. Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster Ref. GWR-B1000-1AJF Image By: Watch Shopping To cap off our list, we turn to another watch from the Casio G-Shock series, the Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster Ref. GWR-B1000-1AJF. This model uses a 46.3mm carbon monocoque case fitted with a layer of anti-reflective sapphire glass and a black resin band. It has a stout screw-down crown on its side, which gives the watch a 200m water-resistance rating. The dial comes in black, keeping with the watch’s understated all-black theme. It comprises rectangular applique hour markers, thick sword hands in silver, a date window at 3 o’clock, and two sub-dials. Furthermore, this dial also has a built-in solar panel, which allows wearers to charge their timepiece as they work in the sun. Like any G-Shock piece, this watch comes with Multiband 6 radio-wave timekeeping technology, which ensures unparalleled precision and accuracy. This Gravitymaster is also equipped with a stopwatch, countdown timer, alarm, battery level indicator, and more. Wearers can get this bulky timepiece for $880 USD. Three Reasons Why You Should Get A Durable Construction Watch As you can see, watches that can handle the life of a construction worker make for great timekeepers. But do their durability and reliability bring about any other useful benefits? To elaborate on this a little more, here are the top three reasons why you should consider getting one of these durable watches for construction workers. 1. Versatile Durability One of the best qualities about these durable watches is that you do not need to be a construction worker to find a purpose for them. While these models are robust enough to withstand anything they encounter on a construction site, they can also hold out against many other challenges. Harsh weather, impacts, extreme temperatures — you name it. These watches can take a beating and keep on ticking, no matter how tough the situation gets. 2. Shock-Resistant Movements It is one thing for a watch to survive a fall. It is another if everything inside the timepiece stays intact. The durable watches for construction workers we have listed above demonstrate impressive durability both inside and outside their cases. This is because all of them possess sturdy movements that can receive hard impacts without misaligning or coming apart. Essentially, these durable watches for construction workers will function reliably even after constant rough handling. Naturally, this advantage is great whether you work for construction or not.  3. Cost-Efficient A superb construction watch will always be worth every penny. That said, another great thing about the watches listed above is that they all come at affordable prices. As you can see, none of the models we have introduced above even reach the $1,000 USD marker. In addition, they all come with a ton of intriguing complications such as countdown timers, stopwatches, alarms, GPS tracking, radio wave compatibility, and more. If you need something durable, versatile, and extremely value for money, then make sure to go for one of these durable watches for construction workers. Final Thoughts Every watch enthusiast knows that you cannot go wrong with buying a rugged wristwatch. Although they may not be as stylish or elegant as a dress watch, a durable watch will always work reliably no matter the circumstances. As you can see from above, there are many brands offering durable watches for construction workers, so there is a decent selection for you to choose from. Of course, the models we have listed above are among the best that the market has to offer. If you are looking for a well-built, hardy timekeeper that provides strength and reliability against the most arduous of tasks, then these watches are sure to impress. Featured Image By: Victorinox Need an affordable sports watch for all your outdoor adventures? Why not check out the Suunto Core and see if this is what you’ve been looking for?

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

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

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

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  10. Editor’s Pick: 20 Blue Dial Watches Worth Buying

    Editor’s Pick: 20 Blue Dial Watches Worth Buying

    If there is any dial color as charming and versatile as black, then, without a doubt, it would have to be the color blue. Blue dial watches are a classic choice that deserves more buzz. These blue dials are incredibly adaptable and can be found in a wide variety of models, ranging from casual everyday watches to dressy timepieces and sporty tool watches. No matter what outfit you pair it with, a blue dial watch will never fail to look good on your wrist. Now, if you are interested in growing your collection of blue dial watches, then you are in luck! We have curated a list of the 20 best blue dial watches in the market worth buying. Stick around and see if some of these offerings might be to your liking. 20 Best Blue Dial Watches in the Market Considering the adaptability of blue dials, it is no surprise that blue dial watches are quite common. They are a popular choice of both watchmakers and watch collectors, and as a result, the market is home to an expansive sea of blue dial watches. Indeed, if we were to go through every single blue dial model ever made, we would be here for quite a while. To make your choice easier, we have narrowed it down to a list of the 20 best blue dial watches we know of. On top of sporting handsome blue dials, the watches shown below are all exceptional in their own rights, made from high-quality materials and with excellent features. 1. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref. 15500ST.OO.1220ST.01 Image By: Watch Shopping Our list starts with one of the most iconic blue dial watches ever created, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. Developed by the watchmaking legend Gerald Genta, the Royal Oak is a true trailblazer, responsible for the popularization of luxury steel sports watches. The Royal Oak is so famous that, to this day, it remains the face of the Audemars Piguet brand. This is one watch that celebrities such as Brad Pitt, John Mayer, and Stephen Curry all love to wear. Over the years, Audemars Piguet has released numerous Royal Oak models. For this section, however, we will be looking at the modern Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref. 15500ST.OO.1220ST.01. This sophisticated timekeeper comes in a 41mm stainless steel case and bears the Royal Oak’s signature octagon-shaped bezel with eight screws. Its dial boasts a charming sunray blue Grand Tapisserie finish and is furnished with applique white gold hour indices, luminescent blunt hands, and a compact date window at 3 o’clock. Underneath this lovely watch face is the Audemars Piguet Caliber 4302. Comprising 257 parts and 32 jewels, this advanced self-winding caliber has a substantial 70-hour power reserve. You can get this Royal Oak watch for around $153,700 USD. 2. Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 Ref. T137.407.11.041.00 Image By: Watch Shopping While the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is an exceptional timepiece, its exorbitant price makes it out of reach for many. If you do not have the budget for a Royal Oak, do not worry, as Tissot has an alternative that will surely pique your interest. The PRX Powermatic 80 Ref. T137.407.11.041.00 is an excellent timekeeper for those who want a stylish yet affordable blue dial watch. This Tissot PRX timepiece is presented in a 40mm tonneau-shaped stainless steel case with an integrated stainless steel bracelet. Like the Royal Oak, this dial shows off an elegant Tapisserie finish, albeit in a darker blue hue. It is also adorned with slim hour indices, blunt hands, and a date window outlined in silver at 3 o’clock. On the underside of this watch is a transparent caseback, which gives you a clear view of the Powermatic 80 caliber inside. This renowned movement comes with a whopping 80-hour power supply. This Tissot PRX watch sells for just $640 USD. 3. Seiko Prospex Ref. SRPC25K1 Image By: Watch Shopping Seiko has a lot of blue dial watches. From its sporty and playful 5 Sports models to its elegant Mechanical timepieces, each collection is sure to hold at least one striking blue dial watch. One timepiece that especially catches our eyes is the Seiko Prospex Ref. SRPC25K1. With its unique dial, 200m water resistance, and affordable price tag, it is pretty hard to go wrong with an enticing dive model model like this one. This Seiko Prospex piece is housed in a 45mm stainless steel case, coupled with a stainless steel strap. It bears a two-tone elapsed time scale bezel in cool blue and black hues, a design which is reminiscent of the famous Rolex Batman. This bezel blends perfectly with the watch’s sunburst dial, which showcases a unique blue finish that fades to black as you veer to the sides. This dial also contains geometric hour markers and broad arrow-shaped hands, along with a day-date aperture at 3 o’clock. This watch is powered by an in-house Seiko Caliber 4R36, with its 41-hour power supply. The Seiko Prospex Ref. SRPC25K1 fetches a price of $480 USD. 4. Rolex “Bluesy” Submariner Date Ref. 126613LB-0002 Image By: Watch Shopping Whether you are a seasoned collector or newcomer to the watch community, you would surely have heard of the Swiss watchmaker Rolex. Worn by the likes of Sean Connery, Jennifer Aniston, and Robert Downey Jr., Rolex watches are the go-to for anyone who wants a recognizable and iconic luxury timekeeper. For those seeking a glossy blue dial Rolex timepiece, let us refer to one of its most sensational models, the Rolex “Bluesy” Submariner Date Ref. 126613LB-0002. Hailing from the coveted Rolex Submariner series, the Rolex Bluesy is probably the most famous of the blue dial watches in the market. It flaunts the lavish Rolesor style, using a 41mm Oystersteel case, a yellow gold unidirectional rotating bezel, and a two-tone bracelet crafted from Oystersteel and yellow gold. Fitted on top of the bezel is a rich blue elapsed time scale insert, which perfectly complements the royal blue dial. This metallic blue dial has a very simple and easy-to-read layout, comprising luminous applique indices, Mercedes-style watch hands, and a magnified date display at 3 o’clock. Powering this watch is the Rolex 3235 Caliber. This is a Superlative Chronometer-rated caliber, with an outstanding accuracy rate of -2/+2 seconds per day and a power reserve that can last up to 70 hours. Wearers can avail the Rolex Bluesy for around $29,500 USD. 5. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Ref. 220.13.38.20.03.001 Image By: Watch Shopping If any timepiece could rival the Rolex Submariner, it would have to be the Seamaster. As one of Omega‘s largest watch collections, the Seamaster series contains a wide and diverse selection of dive pieces. If you want a highly capable dive watch similar to the Submariner, but with a much more attainable price, the Omega Seamaster is your best bet. For a bold blue dial Seamaster model, check out the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Ref. 220.13.38.20.03.001 This Omega Aqua Terra timepiece utilizes a 40mm case crafted from high-quality stainless steel. Its case highlights curved lugs, an unguarded crown, and a sapphire caseback that gives a neat view of the watch’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Omega Caliber 8800. Its sunray blue dial is also quite unusual, bearing a pattern of horizontal teak lines that resembles the wooden decks seen on luxury yachts. It is decorated with triangular hour indices, thick arrow-headed hands, and a trapezoidal date aperture at 6 o’clock. This Omega watch retails at just $5,400 USD. 6. Breitling Superocean Heritage B20 Automatic Ref. AB2030161C1A1 Image By: Watch Shopping Having precise timekeeping is important for divers, as it ensures they do not spend too much time underwater. This could make the difference between life and death. One brand known for offering extremely reliable dive pieces is Breitling. And yes, it offers a model with a stunning blue dial too: the Breitling Superocean Heritage B20 Automatic Ref. AB2030161C1A1 This Breitling Superocean Heritage model is encased in a solid 44mm stainless steel case, coupled with a stylish mesh bracelet made of the same material. Its sunray blue dial shows off a gorgeus brushed finish and comprises applique indices of varying sizes, pronounced arrow hands, and a rectangular date complication at 6 o’clock. This watch is driven by a Breitling B20 self-winding movement. Held together by 26 jewels, this caliber has a 70-hour power supply, a depth rating of 200 meters, and an accuracy rate of -4/+6 seconds per day. Although it does not top Rolex’s Superlative Chronometer, this is still considered extremely precise for a dive watch. You can purchase this Breitling watch for approximately $5,200 USD. 7. Grand Seiko “Shubun” Ref. SBGH273 Image By: Watch Shopping When it comes to designing cases and dial finishes, there are not many brands that do it quite like Grand Seiko. This high-end Japanese brand has built a reputation of crafting absolutely exquisite luxury dress watches. Returning to the realm of blue dial dress watches, we have the Grand Seiko “Shubun” Ref. SBGH273. This is a delightful piece that would elevate just about any formalwear you own. Based on the 1967 Grand Seiko 62GS, the Grand Seiko Shubun shows off a multi-dimensional 40mm stainless steel case, coupled with a box-shaped sapphire crystal and a three-link strap. The case and bracelet have both been treated with Grand Seiko’s signature Zaratsu polish, giving them a glorious, unparalleled luster. The dial of this watch is also exceptional. It flaunts a deep blue finish that replicates the clear night skies of the autumn equinox in Japan. Aside from that, it also contains silver-tone indices, dauphine hands, and a date display outlined in silver at 3 o’clock. Driving this watch is the Grand Seiko 9S85 Caliber, with its 55-hour power reserve. The Grand Seiko Shubun has an estimated price tag of $7,470 USD. 8. Tag Heuer Monaco Ref. CAW211P.FC6356 Image By: Watch Shopping A passionate watch brand dedicated to motorsports, TAG Heuer is a fan-favorite of every racing enthusiast. No matter what type of cool new racing watch you might be looking for, TAG Heuer is sure to have you covered. And yes, the brand also has a racing piece with a bold blue dial: the Tag Heuer Monaco Ref. CAW211P.FC6356. Hailing from the Monaco series, this TAG Heuer watch is presented in a distinctive, square-shaped 39mm case made of stainless steel. It shows off alternatively brushed and polished surfaces, adding to this watch’s sophisticated look. Its dial holds a matte blue finish and consists of two white sub-dials, applique sword hands, and a circular minute track in white indicators. Vibrant red accents are also dotted all around the dial, bolstering its sporty vibe. Inside this watch, you can find the TAG Heuer Caliber 11. This is an automatic movement with a power reserve that can last for approximately 40 hours. This Tag Heuer watch sells at $6,350 USD. 9. Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono Ref H38416541 Image By: Watch Shopping The best thing about wearing a vintage timepiece is that they never go out of style. Unfortunately, genuinely vintage timepieces can be hard to find. Furthermore, they tend to command high prices that could really take a chunk out of your wallet. Thankfully, you could settle for a vintage-inspired timepiece, which is the next best thing. For a retro-influenced watch that will not break your bank, take a look at the Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono Ref. H38416541. This Hamilton timepiece comes in a 40mm stainless steel case, paired with a handsome brown leather strap. Its matte blue dial carries a sporty, vintage-looking design, comprising baton indices, slender sword hands, two white sub-dials, a date display at 6 o’clock, and an internal tachymeter scale on the rim of the dial. Underneath this watch face is a self-winding Hamilton H-31 Caliber, with a solid 60-hour power supply. This Hamilton American Classic watch is worth around $2,195 USD. 10. MeisterSinger New Vintage Neo Plus Pointer Date Ref. NED417_SCF01 Image By: Watch Shopping German watches are highly coveted for their appealing minimalist aesthetics. By applying the principles of the Bauhaus art movement, these timepieces showcase simple designs where form meets functionality. The German brand MeisterSinger is highly-regarded for its Bauhaus watches, having been recognized with numerous awards. In particular, the brand’s MeisterSinger New Vintage Neo Plus Pointer Date Ref. NED417_SCF01 is a standout model. This New Vintage wristwatch utilizes a slim 40mm stainless steel case and a black leather strap. Its metallic sunray blue dial follows a very straightforward layout. It comprises double-digit Arabic numeral markers in a neat typeface, an unusual date display in the shape of a central sub-dial, and the brand’s signature: a single, long hour hand that sweeps across the dial. These functions are all run by a Sellita SW221 movement with a 38-hour power reserve. You can get this MeisterSinger watch for just $1,250 USD. 11. Maurice Lacroix Aikon Ref. AI6007-SS002-430-1 Image By: Watch Shopping Tapisserie dials are always exciting to see. We started off this article with the king of Grand Tapisserie dials, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. However, if you are looking for something that has the same style as the Royal Oak, but is a little more affordable, then the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Ref. AI6007-SS002-430-1 is a great option. Known as one of the best Royal Oak alternatives, this Aikon timepiece uses a 39mm stainless steel case, fitted with a fixed bezel that has claw-like structures seemingly holding it in place. Its blue dial boasts a glossy Tapisserie finish and is decorated with applique hour indices, luminous sword hands, and a date complication at 3 o’clock. Driving this watch is the brand’s in-house ML115 Caliber. This movement is held together by 26 jewels and has a 38-hour power supply. Wearers can buy this Maurice Lacroix watch for $2,000 USD. 12. IWC Portofino Automatic Ref. IW356522 Image By: Watch Shopping If you are set to go on a fancy night out, you would not want to leave home without bringing a dress watch. For a truly luxurious and sophisticated dress watch, take a look at the Portofino Automatic Ref. IW356522. This lustrous Portofino watch uses a 40mm case made of lavish 18K yellow gold, along with an elegant alligator leather strap in dark blue. It bears a refined sunray blue dial with a metallic brushed finish and is furnished with yellow gold stick indices, slim Feuille hands, and a date display at 3 o’clock. Inside this watch, you can find an IWC Caliber 35111, consisting of 163 components and 25 jewels. With its 42-hour power reserve, this movement is sealed behind a yellow gold caseback engraved with an image of the Portofino Harbor. This IWC watch has an estimated price tag of $12,800 USD. 13. Victorinox I.N.O.X. Ref. 241688.1 Image By: Watch Shopping Some people pick watches based on their practicality. They want timekeepers that can work efficiently through thick and thin while still looking good. And one of the best blue dial watches that promises exactly that is the Victorinox I.N.O.X. Ref. 241688.1 This Victorinox piece comes in a 43mm stainless steel case and a ridged rubber strap in sporty blue. Those familiar with the I.N.O.X series will be well aware of the feats of this watch, which include surviving a fall from 10 meters high and getting run over by a 64-ton tank. Indeed, durability is not something this watch lacks. And with its lovely dark blue dial, the Victorinox piece comes out of trouble with style. Powering this watch is an analog quartz movement, which promises top-notch accuracy and reliability. Get this incredible timepiece for just $480 USD. 14. Oris Aquis Date Ref. 01 733 7732 4135-07 4 21 64FC Image By: Watch Shopping With over a century of watchmaking experience, Oris is known for creating some of the best modern dive watches on the market. Oris dive pieces come in a variety of designs, with models that can look sporty, elegant, creative, or a mix of all three. Currently, Oris has three collections dedicated to diving: the Oris Divers, the Oris Prodiver, and the Oris Aquis. Our next featured wristwatch hails from the Aquis series: the Oris Aquis Date Ref. 01 733 7732 4135-07 4 21 64FC. This Oris Aquis Date piece is presented in a 39.5mm stainless steel case. This is paired with a black rubber strap and a matching black elapsed time scale bezel made from ceramic, which is highly scratch-resistant. Its blue dial flaunts an attractive metallic sunburst finish and is adorned with thick hour indices and sword hands, along with a date window at 6 o’clock. Ticking underneath this watch face is the Oris Caliber 733. Based on the Sellita SW200-1 movement, this caliber has a 38-hour power reserve and an impressive 300-meter depth rating. This Oris watch retails at around $2,000 USD. 15. Longines Conquest V.H.P. Ref. L37194969 Image By: Watch Shopping One of the oldest watchmakers in the industry, Longines has been making timepieces since 1832. Innovators at heart, Longines watches are known for their impeccable accuracy. Its most accurate models can be found in its V.H.P. sub-collection, which stands for “Very High Precision”. Luckily, the V.H.P. sub-collection also has a handful of blue dial watches. For this entry, we will be looking at the Longines Conquest V.H.P. Ref. L37194969. Hailing from the Conquest series, this watch utilizes a 41mm stainless steel case and a textured blue rubber strap. Its dial bears a matching matte blue finish and is decorated with baton hour markers, thick sword hands, a date complication at 6 o’clock, and stylish red accents that add a burst of personality to this watch face. The movement that makes this watch so precise is a quartz caliber, hidden behind a solid steel rear case. This Longines watch has an estimated price tag of $1,225 USD. 16. Glashutte Original Senator Sixties Annual Edition Ref. 1-39-52-14-02-04 Image By: Watch Shopping Refinement and elegance are the two things that Glashutte Original takes pride in. With their minimalist looks, reliable movements, and hardy cases, Glashutte Original watches truly speak for themselves. Anyone who needs a dressy timepiece with a bold and tasteful dial should definitely consider this brand. For instance, the Glashutte Original Senator Sixties Annual Edition Ref. 1-39-52-14-02-04, is an excellent timekeeper that makes a fine addition to any watch collection. This Senator model uses a 39mm stainless steel case and an aged grey leather strap. Its exclusive blue dial has an unusually elevated center, topped with stylized Arabic numeral markers, stick indices, and slender blunt hands. On the underside of the watch is a sapphire crystal caseback, which allows wearers to see the Caliber 39-52 in all its mechanical glory. Held together by 25 jewels, this movement can last for up to 40 hours. Purchase this Glashutte Original Senator watch for a price of $5,900 USD. 17. Franck Muller Vanguard Ref. V41 SC DT YACHTING  Image By: Watch Shopping Looking for a watch that can truly make you stand out? Check out the Vanguard Ref. V41 SC DT from the “Master of Complications”, Franck Muller. This Vanguard watch is sheltered in a slender 44mm tonneau-shaped stainless steel case, paired with a stylish blue alligator leather strap. Protected by a layer of sapphire crystal, its unique blue dial shows off pronounced, stylized Arabic numeral markers, a circular date section outlined in silver at 6 o’clock, and luminous stout hands. This watch is operated by a Swiss automatic movement, ensuring quality and reliable timekeeping at all times. This Franck Muller watch sells for about $6,550 USD. 18. Hublot Classic Fusion Ref. 540.NX.7170.NX Image By: Watch Shopping Hublot is another brand that many collectors and enthusiasts associate with adventurous designs. Today, however, we will be turning our attention to a more toned-down Hublot timepiece: the Hublot Classic Fusion Ref. 540.NX.7170.NX. This watch has a very classic, sporty design that goes well with both casual and formal looks. This Classic Fusion timepiece uses a 42mm lightweight titanium case and three-link titanium bracelet, which is just as resistant to scratches and impacts as stainless steel but weighs about 30% less. Its sunray blue dial comprises two large chronograph sub-dials accompanied by applique silver indices, long sword hands, and a square date display at 6 o’clock. Covering the back of the watch is a layer of sapphire crystal, which gives wearers an up-close view of the Caliber HUB1153 inside. Held together by 35 jewels, this movement can last for up to 42 hours. This Hublot Classic Fusion watch fetches an estimated price of $9,400 USD. 19. Sinn Diving Watch U1 B Ref. 1010.0102 Image By: Watch Shopping The brand Sinn is well known for its unparalleled tool watches. Whether you are looking for a handy aviation model or a durable dive piece, Sinn’s tool watches are state-of-the-art and guaranteed to survive all sorts of harsh conditions. For a blue dial Sinn tool watch, one splendid timepiece we would like to recommend is the Sinn Diving Watch U1 B Ref. 1010.0102. This Sinn Diving Watch comes in a 44mm case and three-link bracelet, both made of high-quality German submarine steel, which is highly resistant to impacts and seawater corrosion. Topped with a layer of anti-reflective sapphire crystal, this case is also water-resistant to depths of 1,000 meters, making this an outstanding dive piece that can be worn on all your deep diving adventures. The textured blue dial of this watch also features uniquely shaped, painted hour markers, syringe watch hands, and a date aperture at 3 o’clock. Both the hands and indices are generously coated with lume, allowing for optimal legibility in the dark. You can get the Sinn U1 B for $2,480 USD. 20. Panerai Luminor Due Ref. PAM00927 Image By: Watch Shopping The Panerai Luminor Due is a collection of watches based on the original 1950s Panerai Luminor. Released in 2016, this new selection of Panerai wristwatches showcases a thinner case structure coupled with modern in-house movements. For our final timepiece, we will be checking out the Luminor Due Ref. PAM00927. This Panerai watch is presented in a 42mm cushion-shaped titanium case paired with a blue alligator leather strap. On the right side of the case is the Panerai Luminor’s distinctive large crown, which is protected by a semi-circle crown guard. Its blue sunburst dial is simple but delicate, featuring gold-tone hour indices, pencil hands, a date aperture at 3 o’clock, and a small seconds sub-dial on the left. This watch is equipped with the Panerai Caliber P.900, which possesses an impressive power reserve that can run for three days. This Panerai Luminor watch is worth approximately $7,200 USD. Top Reasons Why You Should Get a Blue Dial Watch As many in the watch community know, watches are more than just a timekeeper you wear on your wrist. They also serve as fashion statements that can level up your style game while expressing your character. As with any timepiece, owning blue dial watches comes with its benefits. To provide you with better insight, here are some of the main reasons why you should consider purchasing blue dial watches. 1. Universal Design Blue is a color that can look good on almost anything. This applies to watches too. A blue dial watch will fit anyone well. On top of that, blue dials themselves have a certain charm that matches any sort of timepiece. You have seen them placed in daily beaters, sophisticated dress watches, and different kinds of sports watches, and they all fit wonderfully. The point here is: blue is a remarkably versatile color that will never go out of style. 2. Diverse Choices, Varying Prices Because of how broad the selection is, there is bound to be a blue dial timepiece just for you. Virtually every watch brand offers blue dial watches. And depending on the brand, the price of their blue dial watches ranges affordable, moderately-priced, entry-level luxury, or extravagant. So, whether you have a tight budget or are willing to invest in a grail piece, you have quite the assortment of blue dial watches to choose from. 3. Built by Brands You Trust Ultimately, all these blue dial watches are built by brands with years of experience. They are skilled watchmakers who pride themselves on their crafts, assuring wearers that the model they purchase is made with absolute quality, craftsmanship, and expertise. Of the blue dial watches listed above, you can rest assured that every single one is incredibly durable and reliable. Final Thoughts Whether it is an affordable quartz model, an automatic sports watch, or a complicated dress watch, it is hard to go wrong with a blue dial timepiece. Stylish and versatile, blue dial watches can be brought to virtually any occasion. The popularity of blue dial watches also means that there is a huge variety available in the market. Indeed, while the blue dial watches we have displayed above are some of the best available, they are only the tip of the iceberg. So, make sure to do your research and select a blue dial watch just for you. Featured Image By: Audemars Piguet Need a sublime green-dialed dress watch that will not cost you an arm or a leg? 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  11. Top 10 Rolex Movements Worth Your Time

    Top 10 Rolex Movements Worth Your Time

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

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