1. Newest Posts About citizen

  2. What Are the Best Citizen Automatic Watches?

    Citizen has always been the favorite watch brand for those who are in search of classy and elegant watches. They are well-known for their affordable range of watches along with featuring the eco-drive system. In fact, the company is known for creating the first model of the Eco-drive series of watches in 2011. People usually prefer to buy watches that they can wear on an everyday basis, specifically those that last for a lifetime. Citizen watches are extremely reliable and available at affordable prices. Let’s look at some of the best Citizen automatic watches! 1: Citizen Classic Automatic Blue Sunray Dial This Citizen Classic Automatic watch features a blue dial with the Citizen brand name in the center. The band is of silver color and is made up of stainless steel. It is a great choice for both casual and evening wear. This watch also features the date and day on the blue dial. It features a Swiss automatic movement, and the price is also quite affordable. All in all, this is one of the best choices when it comes to Citizen watches! 2: Citizen Men’s Quartz Watch with Day/Date This is a must-have watch for those men who love the golden color. It is pretty impressive of Citizen to feature watches of all sizes, designs, and colors. It features the day and date on the front dial, and the base color of the dial is black, which complements the golden color of the band. The diameter of the case is 39.55 mm, and this watch is also water-resistant for up to 99 feet, which means you don’t have to worry about removing it underwater. This is one of the best Citizen automatic watches which feature the Japanese quartz movement. 3: Citizen Avion Eco-Drive The Citizen Avion watch is from the vintage collection of watches back in the year 1950. The rich brown leather strap is made up of great quality and authentic leather, which gives a great look to the watch. The best thing about this Citizen Avion watch is that it features the Eco-drive technology, which means it gets its power from light. So it means that this watch does not require any kind of battery; it can perform all its functions with light. For someone in need of a great and classy watch, this Citizen automatic watch would be a great choice. 4: Citizen Axiom Eco-Drive One of the best Citizen watches for men, this is truly a great masterpiece. It has a great, modern-day sleek design, and the best thing about it is that it can be an equal trendsetter for both day as well as nightwear. The dial is pure black in color, and the band is silver-colored and features a stainless steel case. It also features the Eco-drive technology, which means it gets its power from the light. This Citizen watch is also water-resistant, so you need not worry about removing it underwater. For someone who has been in search of a very sleek and stylish watch that has all the nice features, this would be the best choice ever. 5: Citizen Brycen Eco-Drive This is one of the greatest collections from the Citizen automatic watches and it has amazing features that stand out when you wear it on your wrist. It is a very stylish watch that is blue in color, which gives it a very good look. Made up of stainless steel case along with an indigo blue colored dial along with the bezel, it is considered to be one of the best Citizen watches for men. This is also one more from their amazing collection of the Eco-drive technology feature. You no longer need to worry about the battery as it would never need one. Light would be only enough for this watch. The size of the case is 43 mm, and the strap is made up of genuine leather, which gives it a great look. It is also water-resistant, which means you do not have to remove it while showering, swimming, or snorkeling. Conclusion So, these were the best Citizen Automatic watches of all time. All these watches are available and made up of good quality materials. These Citizen watches for men feature the Eco-drive technology system of charging, which is yet another great milestone. If you are in search of good quality watches that are not only affordable but also stylish and elegant, then these Citizen Automatic watches are surely worth buying, and they will probably last for a lifetime.

    read more
    0
  3. Related Post
  4. Citizen Watches Releases Marvel’s 80th Anniversary Watch

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

    read more
    0
  5. Japanese Watches: Best Brands

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

    read more
    0
  6. Diving Deeper with the Citizen Promaster Diver

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

    read more
    0
  7. Top 6 Japanese Dive Watches

    Before we get into the list, let’s discuss a crucial question: Why are dive watches so popular? My opinion is that it comes down to two factors. The first is aesthetics, as most divers have great looking designs, bright bezels, and an overall charming look to them. The second is toughness. Dive watches are designed to withstand the pressure and stresses of going underwater, which makes them very versatile in day to day use. Now that we’ve gone over that point, it’s time to get into the best Japanese divers on the market. Below, you’ll find Seiko dive watches, pieces from Orient, an unconventional Casio, and more. 1: Seiko SKX Of all the Seiko dive watches in their catalog, the SKX has achieved cult status like no other. In my opinion, this popularity comes from its no-frills design, sturdy construction, and the immensely popular brand that manufactures it. What you get as a result is one of the best deals in the entire watch world. When you purchase your SKX, you’ll have two major choices. They are the color scheme and strap. The former comes down to a brighter two-tone vs. all black, while the latter is between a typical bracelet and a rubber strap. 2: Orient Mako In many ways, Orient is like Seiko’s younger brother. It is also Japanese, has an exceptional level of quality, and is even owned by Seiko’s parent company. That being said, they retain their own unique identity, and many consumers prefer them to the larger brand. One of their most popular watches is the Mako, which is a diver that you can usually find for under $200. While it isn’t the toughest watch in the world, it is incredibly impressive at its price point. Even better, it has a clean design that is hard to beat. 3: Seiko Prospex The second of our Seiko dive watches is the Prospex line, which many prefer over any other Japanese dive watch. While the SKX gets much of the publicity, this collection actually has an even higher level of craftsmanship, and it has the reputation to match. There is a factor that makes it a bit polarizing, though, which is its size. Just about every Prospex watch is over 45mm, and some of them get into the 50s. That kind of diameter will not sit well on some people’s wrists and doesn’t match everyone’s style. 4: Citizen Promaster Diver You rarely talk about Seiko and Orient watches without mentioning Citizen too. They are another Japanese powerhouse with an excellent reputation among experts, and their divers are perfect examples of their manufacturing prowess. The best of them all is the Promaster Diver, which looks quite a bit like the SKX. It has a reliable automatic movement, date complication, and high level of quality all around. 5: Casio Frogman Of all the watches on this list, the Casio Frogman is the most unique. The reason is that it doesn’t look like your typical diver. Instead, it has the bulky build of a G-Shock, while simultaneously being built with dive capabilities in mind. What you get as a result is an ultra-tough watch with a solar powered movement, 200m water resistance, and atomic timekeeping. Overall, the Frogman is a fantastic pick for anyone that wants a more rugged look for their dive watch. 6: Orient Kamasu Our last watch is the Orient Kamasu, which is a luxury alternative to the Mako and Ray. It is very similar to those two other models, but its quality is turned up a notch in every way. You can see that in its sapphire crystal, better movement, and even higher level of overall craftsmanship. If you fall in love with Orient but want to purchase something a bit nicer than their most popular offerings, then the Kamasu is perfect for you. I hope that this article has achieved two goals. The first was answering the question, “why dive watches are so popular.” The second was showing you some of the best affordable options out there, including Seiko dive watches, Orient collections, a Citizen, and a Casio. I personally endorse each of the watches on this list and doing a bit of research on them will show you that just about everyone in the timepiece community agrees. As a result, you can shop from these picks with confidence.

    read more
    0
  8. Good Watch Brands for Casual Wearers

    The watch world is filled with expensive products, complicated language, and honestly, somewhat snobby people. That being said, these factors have a lesser effect on the culture surrounding more affordable brands. The good news for casual wearers is that there are a variety of good watch brands out there that have rich histories and sell awesome watches. I go through my six favorites in the sections below. Seiko Seiko has become synonymous with value because they deliver quality that is well above their price range. Whether you want an ultra-cheap quartz watch, an entry-level mechanical piece, or something a bit pricier, this brand can surely meet your needs. Another great thing about them is the number of styles they offer, including dress, dive, field, and much more. This isn’t some new company that sells soulless watches, either. Seiko has played a big part in the story that is the watch industry, with perhaps their crowning achievement being the proliferation of the quartz movement. Even in recent times, they continue to innovate with advancements like inventing spring drive technology. Ultimately, Seiko has an excellent reputation and would be a great choice for your casual watch purchase. Tissot The good news for casual wearers is that you can still get a piece of Swiss manufacturing at a lower price point. Perhaps the best of them all is Tissot, who like many brands, has an alluring history of over 100 years. To this day, they create some of the best affordable products on the market. You can enjoy racing watches, dress pieces, divers, and everything in between when you choose this exceptional brand. If you don’t know where to start in Tissot’s catalog, I suggest checking out the Powermatic 80 and Seastar lines. The former has really good looking, dressy watches with long power reserves, while the latter contains some of the best dive watches under $1000. No matter which you pick, you’ll end up with a fantastic timepiece. Casio This brand is an icon in the watch world, but what makes them unique is that they have three types of timepieces that they make: Affordable Digital – One thing I love about Casio is how many watches they sell for under $50. Simple and sleek digital pieces make up most of those products. G-Shock – While also digital, the G-Shock deserves its own category. These watches are tough, insanely popular, and offer some of the best value on the market. Analog – Casio is most famous for their digital pieces, but they also make some really great analog watches for people who prefer a classic look. Casio is the perfect brand for casual wearers who don’t want to break the bank. Timex What I like best about Timex is that they don’t try to be anything they’re not. Unlike some other brands, they don’t market their watches as luxury products. Instead, they call them what they are, which is affordable workhorse timepieces. A perfect representation of this idea is their iconic Weekender, which many thousands of casual wearers own around the world. One more attractive aspect of this brand is that they’re one of the few brands that is based in the United States. While almost every other company operates out of Japan, Switzerland, or Germany, Timex was founded and has continued to manufacture in the USA. Swatch The name “Swatch” comes from the marriage of two words, second watch, that define the personality of this company. What the founders set out to do was be a complement to the titans of the watch industry, not a competitor to them. The result of this ethos was affordable, eye-catching, quartz movement watches. While some of you won’t like how strange they look, others will be drawn to them instantly. If you’re not familiar with their offerings, you’ll have to browse their catalog and find out for yourself. It is also worth noting that they now offer mechanical movements as well as quartz, so their appeal is a bit wider than it once was. Citizen Anyone who has watched television in that last 20 years has heard of the famous Citizen Eco-Drive watches. These are quartz timepieces that harvest the energy of the sun to power themselves. Don’t think that having a solar powered movement is some gimmick, though. Citizen is actually one of the best affordable watchmakers in the world. Even better, they offer a variety of styles, so you should find one that works for you no matter what. I would personally check out their field watches and chronographs first, but it’s worth taking a look at their full catalog. You can find great Citizen watch options from online watch stores like Watchshopping.com. Though portions of the timepiece industry are stuffy and expensive, there are still good watch brands for casual wearers. If you fit into that category, sticking with the six companies on this list is a smart bet. Not only will you not break the bank, but you’ll also end up with a well-made product that has some real history behind it. In my opinion, that’s the best of both worlds.

    read more
    0
  9. Illuminating Watch Brands for After Hours

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

    read more
    0
  10. What is a Solar Watch?

    Even if you’re not much of a watch person, you have likely heard of solar watch. The reason is that companies love to advertise them all around the internet and on television. Perhaps the most common example is the company Citizen, who’s Eco-Drive watches are quite famous after years of showing commercials during sporting events. Despite how well known this technology is, though, there are a significant number of people out there that don’t know exactly how it. I clear up that confusion in the sections below. Quartz Movements The first thing you need to do is differentiate between two types of movement. To get very basic, a movement is the machinery that makes your watch keep time. The two types are mechanical and quartz. Mechanical – A tiny and complex machine that manufacturers build to turn your second hand at the desired rate. You power this apparatus through kinetic energy, which comes in the form of winding it or simply wearing it during your day to day activities. Quartz – A much simpler machine that relies on a battery to power itself and a quartz crystal to regulate how often it ticks. Solar watches fall into the latter category, but they have two crucial differences. What Makes a Solar Watch Different A standard quartz piece has simple machinery, a quartz crystal, and a typical battery. That power source makes the watch tick, usually for about 2-5 years, and then needs to be replaced. Solar watches are different in two ways. Battery – Typical watch batteries need a replacement after a few years. The energy inside of them only goes one way: From full to empty. In a solar piece, the battery can gain energy, rather than just lose it. This extends the lifespan of the watch and makes it less likely to suddenly lose function. Solar Cells – The battery we just discussed gets its energy from the sun, with tiny solar cells being the intermediary between them. I will explain this further in the next passage. How Exactly Do They Work? Let’s jump into the science behind these watches. It’s not too complicated. The following is the process that they go through to power themselves. Collection – Watch manufacturers install tiny solar panels on the faces of their products. They are made of two layers of silicon, a material that is especially good at harnessing the energy of the sun. Transportation – That energy flows from the first layer of the silicon, to the second, and then down a wire to the battery. It passes through the system in tiny electrons, which get reused over and over again as transportation vessels. Function – With its battery filled, the watch starts to function like any other quartz timepiece. Though the in-depth mechanism is a bit complex for someone untrained in science, it isn’t too difficult to conceptualize the process. To put it into one sentence, these watches collect solar energy through panels, then transport it to the battery through a wire. Their Appeal Many people prefer quartz over mechanical, with the two most common reasons being lack of maintenance and lowered price. The drawback of that choice, though, is replacing batteries every few years. Solar watches give these people the ability to have a low maintenance and reliable watch, while also having one that powers itself for a very long time. It is also just flat out cool to have a piece of machinery that is powered by the sun. I personally have a solar-powered Casio G-Shock that has been running strong for about 4 years now. It should continue to do so for another 4-6 before the battery loses its effectiveness. The Best Companies Producing Them Though many brands produce solar powered watches, there are three that do so more than the rest.Casio – First, we have Casio, who makes the acclaimed G-Shock and a ton of other models. Their solar capabilities fit right into Casio’s rugged reputation, making this company is another great option. Citizen – Another famous of the bunch is Citizen, who installs a solar movement in almost every one of their watches. They have advertised their Eco-Drive technology into being a household name, and its reliability backs that fame up. They put these engines in all types of timepieces, so you should be able to find one that suits your style. Seiko – Though they are less committed than Citizen, Seiko is another Japanese brand that has a respectable number of solar-powered pieces. They are also famous for delivering a ton of value in every watch, making them a very smart pick. So, there you have it. You now know what a solar watch is, how it works, and where you can go to get one. I can tell you from experience that purchasing one of these pieces is a lot of fun. I recommend one as a low maintenance option for anyone’s collection. All you have to do is buy it, wear it, and enjoy it. What could be better than that?

    read more
    0
  11. Best Budget-Friendly Watch Brands

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

    read more
    0
To Top