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  2. The Best Gift Watches for Women

    Why a Watch Is a Perfect Gift for That Special Woman Mom, sister, girlfriend, wife… There are many special women in our lives and what better way to show how much we appreciate them than to give them a special gift. One that is as hardworking, endearing, reliable, and beautiful as they are. In short, a watch, but not just any watch. The perfect watches for women. Don’t they deserve a watch as wonderful as they are? Like any other piece of fine jewelry, a luxury watch is a timeless gift that will retain its value even as it gives years of pleasure. Best Watches to Gift  Rolex  These iconic watches for women are as sophisticated and beautiful as they are durable and hardworking. What better way to say “I love you” than an elegant rose gold Rolex with a diamond-encrusted bezel? That may just be the best watch to gift your wife! Bvlgari  This brand is treasured around the world for the depth and quality of their luxury goods collection. That includes their wonderfully stylish watches. A Bvlgari is probably the best watch to gift a girlfriend who is enamored with fashion! Hublot These carefully designed watches combine innovative and quality design with aesthetic appeal. Many of their lady’s watches feature eye-catching color and bejeweled cases. Omega With more than a century of precision watchmaking backing them, you know Omega watches are wonderfully functional and reliable. What you may not know is how many stylish lady’s watches they offer. Panerai  These luxurious Italian watches are well-known for their many innovative design features, such as the very first luminescent watch dials. Seiko This Japanese watch brand is well recognized for its many popular watch innovations. What isn’t as well-known is its venture into cosmopolitan style with the sophisticated Cocktail Time watch. TAG Heuer   TAG Heuer is well-known in the world of sports. Their lady’s watches are just as reliable in a fashionable, moderated priced, yet luxurious way. A watch from this iconic racing brand is one of the best watches to gift your mom. It will help her live every second to the maximum! Tudor A more moderately priced version of the Rolex, the Tudor carries much of the same quality that makes its sibling brand so world-renowned. Tudors are known for their functionality, thoughtful design, and contemporary style. Give Her the Gift of Luxury from WatchShopping.com  Watches for women may seem like a small accessory but the right watch makes a huge fashion statement. Treat that special woman in your life to a luxury watch and enjoy her delight. Our customer service team will help you select a luxury watch that perfectly balances her desires and your budget. After all, fine watches have been high on a lady’s wish list ever since Patek Philippe created the first one for Countess Koscowicz of Hungary in 1868!

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  4. The Best Gift Watches for Men

    Why a Watch is a Perfect Gift for the Man in Your Life Any man will appreciate the gift of a fine watch. Choosing a luxury watch that looks great on his wrist and works superbly well is a wonderful way to show how much you care. An additional benefit of a luxury watch is how well it will hold its value through the years. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving, even through generations. And luxury watches are definitely the best gifts for watch lovers! To that end, the list below includes the best watches for men to gift. Rolex Rolex watches are world-renowned for their exquisite craftsmanship and elegant, refined style. So of course we had to include Rolex on this best watches for men list. However, these are also extremely durable and reliable watches that adventurers and explorers rely upon for their functionality in extreme environments. Bvlgari  The Italian brand Bvlgari is well-known for its superb catalog of luxury goods. This celebrated brand’s watches have a distinctive look that practically oozes luxury and sophistication. Hublot  A relatively new brand on the luxury watch market, this intricately detailed Italian brand combines elegant style with cutting-edge technology. Omega  What do men on the moon, the Olympic games, and James Bond have in common? Why, Omega watches, of course! Omegas have timed Olympic athletes since 1932, flown to the moon with the astronauts, and appeared in many of the 007 movies! Panerai  This luxury watch company was founded in Italy in 1860. It’s well-known for innovations like establishing the first watchmaking school in Florence and supplying watches for the earliest Italian Navy frogmen. It also created the first luminescent dials. Seiko  This Japanese company is well-respected for its long history of watchmaking innovations. Today, Seiko watches are the perfect combination of function, style, and fashion. TAG Heuer  This Swiss luxury watchmaker produces beautiful and affordable timepieces that are also highly functional. In fact, its chronographs are very popular among members of the motor racing world. Tudor This company is a more affordable sister brand to the iconic Rolex. Like Rolex, Tudor watches are reliable, durable, and stylish. Because they feature the same oyster case as the Rolex, Tudors also make excellent dive watches. Why Shop for Gifts at WatchShopping.com? If you’re looking for the best gift watches for men, you can’t do better than browse our extensive collection of 100% authentic luxury watches. We offer convenience, superb customer service, and unbelievably discounted prices when shopping online with us.

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  5. A Closer Look at the Grand Seiko Godzilla Watch

    We’ve got some Godzilla news — the Grand Seiko Godzilla watches are out and available for purchase! Seiko and Grand Seiko outlets are currently selling a 650-piece run of the individually numbered Grand Seiko Godzilla 65th Anniversary Limited Editions. Let’s take a look at this truly unique offering. It Started with Destruction Some serious destruction. And with this watch, Grand Seiko brings us a city-destroying monster tale that’s more than six decades in the making. Avid fans of creature features know that Godzilla first stomped onto the silver screen in 1954. In that fateful year, the raging beast tore through the streets of Tokyo and toppled one of the city’s famed landmarks. The Seiko Clock Tower that rises above its flagship Wako store. The Japanese watchmakers would never forget the carnage. No one would! To commemorate that pivotal silver-screen moment, Grand Seiko unleashes its homage to the cinema’s most-famous prehistoric sea monster (no, he’s not a mutated dinosaur!). Echoes of the Atomic Age  – Grand Seiko Godzilla The watch delves deep into Japanese culture in some subtle ways. It embodies the spirit of “kaiju,” loosely translated to mean “strange monster.” It’s a theme we’ve seen repeated in almost innumerable ways in Japanese art and cinema. One with a dark history that harkens back to Japan’s weathering of devastating nuclear attacks during World War 2. While Godzilla was the first “kaiju,” he was followed by equally destructive beasts such as Mothra, Rodan, and Gamera. Grand Seiko captures this monster madness with a watch that’s big and bold. It measures at 44.5mm and made of high-grade titanium. Titanium that might just be able to withstand Godzilla’s famed atomic breath. Short faceted lugs and a trim sapphire bezel keep the case design sporty. View this post on Instagram GODZILLA! Article coming soon to barkandjack.com. In the mean time, jump over and check out the new posts. We are doing 3 posts a week now. ?? ____ A post shared by Bark & Jack (@barkandjack) on Oct 15, 2019 at 12:54pm PDT A Field of Fiery Crimson The red theme is immediately eye-catching. Dark red. A deep-hued crimson with echoes of bold burgundy to capture the essence of Godzilla’s fiery rage. A vivid red counterweight on the seconds hand pops with blood-red vibrancy. The Grand Seiko Godzilla dial is also an ode to the monster’s power. It’s a deep burgundy with a sunray finish that mimics the destructive heat rays that fly from the creature’s mouth. Twist the dial in the light and watch shades of dark go light. And vice versa, creating a moveable color palette that gives the watch a real feel of fluidity. The hour markers, hands and bezel numbers are coated with Seiko’s signature Lumibriute that positively glows in low light. Protecting the face from any unwanted glare, an anti-reflective dual-curved sapphire crystal stands guard over the dial. Monster Mayhem on the Back While the dial offers a somewhat subtle homage to Godzilla, the back is more in-your-face with monster-movie lore. It’s here we see an illustration of Godzilla wreaking havoc on the Wako building just as he did in the 1954 film. The artwork comes from an esteemed member of the Godzilla movie world, Japanese artist and special effects master Shinji Higuchi. He’s been an integral part of the Godzilla Movie Universe since the 1990s and most recently created movie magic for the 2016 film Shin Godzilla. Grand Seiko aficionados will undoubtedly draw a connection to the traditional Grand Seiko Lion. It’s an iconic and longtime image that’s emblazoned many a case back of Grand Seiko watches. Here, Godzilla strikes a fierce pose that’s similar to that of Grand Seiko’s usual King of the Jungle. Of course, Godzilla would win in a battle between the two. Strap on Some Monster Skin The sharkskin strap is arguably the most striking aspect of the watch. Undoubtedly the mind conjures up images of Godzilla’s rippled hide. And a field of asymmetrical shapes that calls to mind the craggy husk that protects Godzilla from the bullets, bombs, and missiles armed forces throw his way. But in fairness, we should note that these military assaults may be a bit much. After all, Godzilla is an omnivore who doesn’t eat people. If you think about it, he’s at heart a good guy who has actually fought to save humanity from other beasts in a few of the films. View this post on Instagram Godzilla Rising – To mark the 65th anniversary of Japan's most famous monster and pop culture phenomenon, @grandseikoofficial unveils a limited edition sports model Ref. SBGA405. Hit the WEBSITE for all the details. LINK IN BIO⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ A post shared by WatchTime Middle East (@watchtime_middleeast) on Oct 2, 2019 at 3:39am PDT Getting Inside the Grand Seiko Godzilla Beyond celebrating its 65 years with Godzilla, Seiko is also marking 20 years with its revolutionary Spring Drive. While the movement was conceived in 1977, it wasn’t until 1999 that Seiko mass-produced the quartz-signal movement that’s accurate up to ten seconds a month. On the limited-edition Godzilla offering, the 72-hour power reserve is gauged by a small indicator at the dial’s eight-o’clock position. With more than 30 feature films spanning over six decades, plus TV, video games, and comics, Godzilla has racked up legions of fans over the years. So surely these limited edition watches will go quickly. But if you are one of the lucky few, maybe you can snag a Grand Seiko Godzilla watch and wear a piece of monster-movie history on your wrist.

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  6. Japanese Watches: Best Brands

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

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  7. Closer Look at the Seiko Cocktail Time Watch

    Seiko watches are not the first things that come to mind when you think of dressy showpieces. One is more likely to think of their solar-powered utility selections or durable dive watches. But the Seiko Cocktail Time flips that preconceived notion on its end. We take an up-close look at the elegant offering that has roots in the fashionable Tokyo nightlife scene.    Inspired by an Influential Mixologist Cocktails anyone? Shaken, stirred or on the rocks? However you like your libation served, it’s always better with a stylish timepiece on your wrist. And the name “Cocktail Time” is more than just branding. Bowing in 2010, the watch was developed in conjunction with Shinobu Ishigaki. Shinobu was a renowned cocktail guru who mixed custom creations at the famed Ishinohana Bar in Tokyo. Shinobu’s original and elaborate cocktails have been featured on the late Anthony Bourdain’s show No Reservations and on Ishigaki’s own popular cocktail series Calpico Bartime. Beyond the high-end Japanese scene, he’s mixed for notables and represented luxury brands across the world. The first Seiko Cocktail Time models gained notice for their color-splashed guilloche dials. They mirrored his signature drinks in Cool, Dry and Sweet tones. For years the watch was only available on the Japanese market. You can probably understand why. To some, a Seiko may be something relatively inexpensive you can pick up online and not worry so much about it getting banged around. But the Cocktail Time stands apart from the Seiko pack. Back in 2017, the Japanese watchmakers let it loose on the world stage. The more recent Cocktail Times are somewhat more subdued, but still retain that bespoke mixology spirit.   Prestige at a Nice Price Who says an upscale dress watch needs to cost a fortune? Well, actually not many people who know watches. There are quite a few options out there if you want a fine dress watch for under $1,000. There’s the Victorinox Alliance with its refined military-inspired looks. Tissot’s Heritage line always has  something sleek at a fair price. And the Hamilton Intra-matic makes a nice minimalist match with a well-tailored suit. But the Cocktail Time is in strong competition with these dressy offerings. The Seiko Cocktail Time does so with a slightly flashier (yet somehow still subdued) show of cosmopolitan style. Drilling Down on the Seiko Cocktail Time Dial The Cocktail Time’s iconic dial is the thing that’s most likely to catch your eye. It’s one of the most delicious ingredients in the watch’s recipe for success. The different styles across the line are inspired by hand-crafted cocktails and bear their likenesses. Such as the cream-hued Margarita, the deep-brown Manhattan and silver-blue Martini, which shimmers on a sunray pattern like a freshly poured drink. Or you can keep it simple with a snowscape-inspired dial of textured white. Up the sophistication with a powder-blue or deep-cobalt sunray dial. However your cocktail comes, the guilloche dial oozes sophistication. The Overall Look and Feel The textured dial is the physical and spiritual centerpiece of the watch. But the components that seamlessly complement the face are equally worthy of consideration. Sharp and beveled with cutting-edge assertiveness, hands and hour indices match the dial aesthetic and tell the world you are ready for a well-coiffed night on the town. The three-hand design personifies the original definition of elegance, an ode to understated simplicity. Those looking for a sporty bezel won’t make it past the velvet ropes of the dream lounge that spawned the watch. The Cocktail Time’s sloped and slender bezel effortlessly blends into the box-style crystal that has just the hint of a dome over the objet d’art dial.   As bulk never belongs on a dress watch, the case has a modest 40.5-mm diameter and keeps things elemental with a polished steel finish. A flourish of elegance is added by a grooved crown, reminding us that this is a watch for those mixing and mingling on the well-heeled social scene. Being a Seiko, the Cocktail Time has to toss in some serious durability. While we doubt you’ll go diving with this exquisite timepiece it’s nice to know that it’s water resistant up to 50 meters.      The Inner Workings Historically, what Seiko may have lacked in prestige it more than made up for with functionality. They were the first Japanese watchmakers to use mechanical-only movements and offered them at a low price. It’s this movement that’s inspired generation after generation of “Seikoholics,” watch enthusiasts who totally geek out over all things Seiko. Two separate movements are used across the Seiko Cocktail Time line, a caliber 4R35 movement for time-and-date models and caliber 4R57 for others. When fully wound, they both offer about 40 hours of reserve power. While not unusual for Seiko, the movement offers solid utility and the added bonus of being able to see the gears at work through a transparent case back.    A Full Menu of Classic Concoctions You can almost wear your favorite craft cocktail with Seiko’s carte du jour approach. Immerse in azure with a Blue Moon-inspired model or go with gold in an homage to the Gimlet. A charming grey dial draws influence from a classic Side Car while the dark-gray Cocktail Time is an unapologetic nod to an Espresso Martini. However you like your libations (or even if you just like the appearance of a cocktail-hour vibe) there’s a Seiko dress watch to match your tastes. So break out that little black dress or cool mid-gray suit. Make sure you’re on the VIP list and take your Seiko Cocktail Time out on the town.

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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.

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  10. Affordable Sports Watches for Men

    Some time ago, a quote was in trend, “Boys tell time by looking at their cell phones, whereas, men tell time by their wristwatch.” It is common knowledge that in this age and time, the fashion of wearing a wristwatch is fading away when it comes to the millennial. The last decade that was the early 2000’s proved to be rather disastrous for watchmakers; however, as the years pass on, the style is slowly creeping back into action. Just like sports watches for men are. Top sports watches With the rise in fame of wristwatches, gentlemen have been sporting wristwatches everywhere they can – even the sports arena. In recent years, there has been a humongous rise in the sports wrist wear industry because of the high demand. With such an increase in demand, people have had a nice amount of variety to cherry pick from. If you are new in the market and want to have a complete knowledge before finalizing a deal, have a look at some of the best of the best sports wristwatches you can opt for and their key features: 1: Samsung Gear S3 In today’s day and age where everything is digitized, and there is a certain demand to stay connected 24/7, Samsung gear S3 is there to save the problem of long-distance communication. This particular sportswear is a gem when it comes to inbuilt functions, as it helps you to stay in touch with your loved ones even when you are out on a run or are practicing for a marathon. The built-in GPS helps your friends or loved one keep track of you, and it is highly compatible with your average day-to-day smartphone as well. With the presence of Bluetooth connectivity, one can make payments via Samsung Pay, make or receive calls, and send texts – all through a sports wrist watch. The sportswear, which comes with a wireless charger, has high resistance to environmental conditions and long-lasting battery life. The adequately-sized wristwatch is a big surprise in a small package; the timepiece has an inbuilt microphone and receiver which allows you to receive calls, send texts, make payments, and receive notifications while on the go. The wristwatch is as close as one can get to a military-grade performance wristwatch as it is severely resistant to dust, water, and other environmental elements; therefore, one can be sure that it is there to stand the test of time. 2: Seiko Men’s Solar Sportswear Stepping into the future – Seiko has gone solar. This particular wristwatch promises long-lasting battery because it takes its power from the sun. So during those morning or late in the evening, you will never have to worry about the wristwatch running out of juice, unable to keep track of your performance until you charge in next. The most durable time piece remains waterproof at 100 m, so as a professional swimmer, you can let this watch track your performance. The durability is confirmed because of the presence of Hardlex dial window which protects the dial and ensures the longevity of the time piece. Not to mention, the presence of chronograph details inside makes it a stunning watch that will complement any wrist elegantly. 3: Timex Ironman Classic This little piece of machinery is for the night owls. Ideal for runners who love to enjoy the peace and serenity of the calm night while on a run. At the same time, they can stay in touch with the time and functions because of the indigo-colored lit center dial. Runners for which each second is crucial, the athletes who want to keep a count of their runs and laps can store and save up to thirty laps in this little timepiece. Timex Ironman Classic has a countdown and a timer for excellent functionality. The buckle closure of Timex protects the dial and the resin strap ensures that the watch does not fall off. To make things more interesting, indigo light up dial keeps the runner aware of the time even in the dark. The wrist watch has water resistance technology, which keeps the wristwatch working and ticking even under water which proves useful for swimmers. 4: Tissot Men’s T-Race Thanks to the luminescent dial and water resistance, the wearer can easily go underwater. They’ll still be able to check the time or enjoy the wristwatch’s other available features. Including the luminescent hands and numerals help the wearer check the time even in the dark or underwater. Also, the time piece remaining royally water resistant is perfect for divers and swimmers. Tissot men’s T-Race watch comes from a long line of wristwatches which are crafted with great care; much thought is put into its design and features, and a whole lot of hard work goes into it. The addition of chronograph on top of the timepiece telling the date is a fresh little surprise. In addition, the presence of a rubber strap gives the timepiece a sturdy and sporty look. It provides a high-quality quartz movement to its long line of features as well. The material of the timepiece is stainless steel which provides extra robustness and resistance. The rubber strap adds to the durability and robustness. The robust looking time piece will definitely not look out of place, e the wearer in office or gym.

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  11. Reviewing the Grand Seiko Spring Drive

    Grand Seiko Spring Drive watches are some of the most impressive in the luxury market. The primary reasons why are general craftsmanship, one exceptional dial component, and the famous Spring Drive movement. Today, I will explain each of these aspects, as well as a few others. Before we begin though, I must give my full endorsement of this brand and the Spring Drive models they make. You really can’t do much better at this price range, making these pieces excellent choices for luxury enthusiasts. Anyways, let’s get on with the review. Brand Grand Seiko is part of the larger Seiko brand, which is most famous for delivering affordable watches with a ton of value. They created Grand Seiko because it is odd for a company to sell pieces at $75 and $10,000. Creating a whole new entity was the correct move, as you can now search for a specific brand name when you’re looking for a luxury option. Ultimately, Seiko and Grand Seiko both have excellent reputations in the watch world and rich histories to back them up. History of the Spring Drive Many of the watches I review are old and iconic. In this section of those reviews, we frequently discuss pieces that were created decades ago. This is not the case with the Spring Drive, as its movement technology is brand new. What’s cool about them, though, is that the Seiko started trying to make them 1977. It took them a full 30 years to complete the task, but it was well worth the wait. While these models don’t have roots that go back 50+ years, they are still a few decades in the making. Appearance Grand Seiko keeps its design very simple and minimalist for these watches. All you’ll see on the dial is a date, power reserve, subtle branding, and metal hour markers. The one feature that jumps out at you is the second hand, which is often a deep blue. Overall, though, these timepieces are not going to catch your eye. Many collectors consider that to be a very good thing. The area where you can inject your personal style is the color scheme, as Grand Seiko offers black, white, and silver dials. Materials The Spring Drive models over deliver in the domain of materials. That comes down to their titanium cases and sapphire crystal. While the latter is standard among luxury options, titanium usually costs quite a bit more than what Grand Seiko sells these watches for. These excellent materials contribute to the sturdiness of the Spring Drive models, which is one of their top selling points. Movement Now, onto the most exciting part of these watches. Their movements are unlike any other on the market because they incorporate mechanical and electronic component. The former is standard among luxury timepieces, and Grand Seiko builds a masterful bit of machinery into these pieces. The electronic aspect is what makes them so unique. It regulates the movement, making it incredibly accurate and rarely losing or gaining seconds. One especially interesting way in which it does so is through applying brakes to the second hand. It is such a smart device that it can detect when your watch is ticking too fast and take the necessary action to slow it down. General Craftsmanship As I’ve mentioned throughout this article, these watches are clearly very well made. You can feel their quality when you have them in your hands, spin the crown, and wear them on your wrist. They also give you 100m water resistance, which is nice for rain, spills, and accidental dips into water. The entire Seiko family is famous for delivering craftsmanship above their price range, and the Spring Drive line is no different. Niche These watches definitely aren’t sporty. Instead, they are best used as dress watches. Their simple design and elegant energy lend themselves to formal events, and you can wear them day to day as well. The only time I wouldn’t put on a Spring Drive is during a rugged task like playing sports or doing yard work. Other than that, you have a timepiece that will give you a lot of mileage. Overall Impression To be honest, I can’t recommend this watch enough. You see its appeal the second you get your hands on it, as it is shiny, sturdy, and has a nice weight to it. Once you give it a wear, it becomes an even better deal, as it just feels great on your wrist. The icing on the cake is the Spring Drive movement on the inside and the power reserve marker on your dial. These are two components that no other timepieces have, making your Grand Seiko genuinely unique. If you have enough money to make one of these watches yours, then don’t hesitate. Get yourself a Spring Drive and never look back.

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