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    15 Best Russian Watches

    Normally, when people think about watches, the brands that first come to mind are either Swiss or Japanese. However, there are other watch brands from different countries that also provide highly capable timepieces too. Brands like Skagen and Seagull are great examples of Danish and Chinese watchmaking, and they both showcase exceptional timepieces at rather affordable prices.  Many countries have their own unique take on watches. But for this article, we will focus on what Russian watchmaking has to offer. Stick around as we look at 15 of the best Russian watches available in the market. Maybe you might even see some underrated Russian brands that you are already familiar with. 15 Best Russian Watches 1. Vostok Amphibia Automatic (2415B/120509) Image By: Vostok Amphibia   Starting off our list is a Russian timepiece known for being one of the best affordable automatic diver’s watches out there. Worn by members of the Russian Navy, the Vostok Amphibia is a stainless steel watch that boasts great resilience and reliability. This iconic Russian timepiece dates back to the 1960s and is water-resistant up to depths of 200m. Today, the modern version of the Vostok Amphibia is still being manufactured, with strong shock and water-resistant properties. On top of this Vostok watch is a bold and large stainless steel rotating bezel, which wearers can use to keep track of elapsed time underwater. The Amphibia also has an analog watch face, which contains a mix of hour indices and numerals, arrow hands, and a deep red seconds hand, all applied with luminescence. This is all protected by a layer of scratch-resistant and impact-resistant mineral glass. Finally, this Russian watch is powered by an automatic Vostok 2415B caliber. You can purchase this watch for just $115 USD. 2. Sturmanskie Gagarin Classic Automatic (9015-1279600) Image By: Sturmanskie Based on the legendary Sturmanskie watch that Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin brought to space, the Sturmanskie Gagarin Classic Automatic features a vintage design with a whole lot of history. The watch comes in a stainless steel case coated with rose gold PVD and is paired with a brown alligator leather strap. It is fitted with a layer of mineral glass and has a water resistance capacity of 50m. Though this watch is not ideal for deepwater activities like diving, it is good enough to withstand the rain and even a shower. The dial of the Sturmanski Gagarin showcases a unique waffle-like pattern. This is adorned with rose gold-tone hour markers and hands and a small date complication at 3 o’clock. At the top half of the watch face, you can also find the Sturmanskie signature and company emblem printed on the dial. This Russian timepiece runs on a self-winding 9015 movement, which wearers can view through the watch’s transparent case back. It retails at a price of $455 USD. 3. Raketa Classic Big Zero (0219) Image By: Raketa Watch Club Originally designed in the 1970s, the Raketa Classic Big Zero is the brand’s most iconic timepiece. Word has it that Russian Premier Mikhael Gorbachev once wore a Raketa Big Zero piece during his official visit to Italy. This Raketa watch utilizes a 38mm stainless steel case accompanied by a sporty black leather strap with red stitching. Its well-sized crown, which can be found on the left of the case, features a groove pattern for an easier grip. While the watch’s dial is protected by a layer of sapphire glass, its see-through case back is made from mineral glass. Its dial of the Raketa Classic Big Zero features pronounced triangle hour markers and numerals, with a “0” in place of the 12 o’clock marker. As the story goes, while in Italy, Mikhael Gorbachev used the watch’s design, particularly the “0” marker, to explain the new beginnings of Russia. Ever since then, Raketa has made Big Zero’s design a trademark of the brand. The black waffle-like pattern of the dial brings out the silver in its hands and indices. Underneath its watch face is a Raketa 2615 movement, equipped with a power reserve that can last up to 40 hours when fully wound. This Premier watch has a retail price of $955 USD. 4. Nesterov Russian Strategic Aviation (H0513B02-74DB)  Image By: Nesterov The brand Nesterov acquired its name from Peter Nesterov, a famed Russian ace pilot and founder of aerial acrobatics. Nesterov’s catalog is home to numerous aviation watches with distinct designs and colorways. Among all its timepieces, the Nesterov Russian Strategic Aviation is a particular standout. Encased inside 47mm of stainless steel, this oversized watch is equipped with a polygonal bezel that has a tachymetric scale for wearers to calculate their speed. Protected by a layer of mineral glass, its deep blue dial consists of applied hour markers and hands, along with unusual cushion-like chronograph subdials. A date window between 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock. The movement that operates below its watch face is a quartz caliber sealed shut by a solid steel case back. Coupled with a classic stainless steel strap, this Russian watch has a water resistance rating of 100m. You can purchase this watch for $290 USD. 5. Denissov Barracuda (3133.1026.R.B28) Image By: Denissov A military-inspired timepiece with stylish and exclusive looks, the Denissov Barracuda is a robust and versatile timepiece that you can bring anywhere. Its case is crafted out of stainless steel, with a polished and matte finish to give this Russian watch an exceptional luster. On the right side of the Barracuda’s case are two pushers and a screw-down crown to ensure waterproofness even at depths reaching 100m.  The Barracuda’s segregated dial is definitely something to behold. Its handsome interplay of brown and sunburst blue colors makes this an incredibly fun watch to wear. It features a blue outer ring that contains applied hour numerals and a brown inner section that features chronograph subdials and skeletal watch hands. Placed between the 6 o’clock marker and the Barracuda logo is a small outlined date window. This watch is powered by a manual-winding Poljot 3133 along with its 42-hour power reserve. This Barracuda watch costs around $870 USD. 6. Vostok Komandirskie K-20 Automatic (2416/020716) Image By: Vostok Amphibia While Vostok is mostly known for the Amphibia, its Komandirskie collection also has quite the following. With its affordable price, powerful automatic movement, and 200m of water resistance, the Vostok Komandirskie K-20 Automatic is one of the best value-for-money Russian watches on the market. This watch uses a stainless steel case topped with a black elapsed time bezel. Its teeth-edged crown is quite sizable to ensure an easy grip both on land and underwater.  Its white dial features black hour indices, applied hands, and a date aperture between 4 and 5 o’clock. You can find a small red star sitting nicely under the luminous hands, and it adds a splash of color to the black and white watch face. This watch is powered by a Vostok 2416 caliber, which is fitted with thirty-one jewels. To complete its sleek, professional look, Vostok pairs the Komandirskie K-20 with a three-link stainless steel bracelet. You can purchase this affordable Russian watch for around $100 USD. 7. Raketa Amphibia (0252) Image By: Raketa Watch Club The Vostok brand is not the only one with an Amphibia. With its depth-defying, 400m water resistance capacity, the Raketa Amphibia is a solid Russian diver watch that showcases incredible durability and strength. This watch comes in a cushion-shaped stainless steel case, with a layer of protective sapphire glass and a comfortable black silicone strap. Looking at the Raketa Amphibia in its entirety, it somewhat resembles the sporty looks of the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean.  The dial of this watch features a sequence of luminous numerals and orange hour indices. Paired with luminous silver hands, the Raketa Amphibia is simple but also highly legible. Like most Raketa watches, its 12 o’clock marker is replaced with the brand’s trademark “0.” Operating underneath the watch face is an automatic Calibre 2615, which features an accuracy rate of -10/+20 seconds per day and a 40-hour power supply. This watch retails at approximately $1,130 USD. 8. Denissov Number One (955.112.001.4.N1M) Image By: Denissov Denissov’s selection of consists of a diverse catalog of watches, spanning from sporty models to dressy ones. An example of Denissov’s take on a classic timepiece is Denissov Number One. It comes in a polished stainless steel case with a unique crown that resembles the ones seen on Cartier Santos-Dumont models. This Russian watch is water-resistant up to depths of 50m and comes coupled with a black stingray leather strap. Exclusively-designed minute and hour hands swivel round the pearl dial adorned with refined silver Roman numeral hour markers and a small date window at 6 o’clock. On the dial’s inner section, you can find the brand signature and the model name written in fine cursive print. Hidden below the watch face is an ETA 955.112 quartz movement that you can also find in certain watches from Certina and Tag Heuer. You can purchase this watch for around $235 USD. 9. Sturmanskie Arktika Day-Night (2432-6821355) Image By: Sturmanskie Worn by seasoned polar explorers and travelers, the Sturmanskie Arktika Day-Night is a reliable timepiece that will not back down from any challenge. Made out of stainless steel and paired with a black leather strap, the watch is not only sleek but also very comfortable to wear. Fitted on top of the case is a durable and lightweight acrylic glass resistant to all kinds of hard impacts and scratches. On this watch’s black dial are vintage hour numerals applied with Swiss Super-LumiNova. Placed at the center of the watch is a beautifully designed 24-hour time scale for wearers to keep track of another time zone. The red second hand and central time zone pointer add a bit of colorful flair to this watch’s black and steel aesthetic. This $280 USD watch is powered by a Vostok 2432 automatic caliber with a 33-hour power reserve. 10. Nesterov LI-2D (H0984A02-45B) Image By: Nesterov The Nesterov LI-2D is a Russian stainless steel watch featuring a blue dial and an ever-reliable quartz movement. It has a case size of 45mm, making it a great timepiece for those who love oversized watches or have larger wrists. The royal sunblue dial is protected by a layer of scratch-resistant mineral crystal. The brand pairs this with a matching blue leather strap with white stitching.  Arranged on its blue dial are pointed hour indices, Arabic numerals, and outlined minute and hour hands. At each quarter of the dial are rounded green triangles that add a bit of variety to the watch’s design. This watch has a fairly simple style, but it appeals with its straightforward elegance. Underneath the watch face is a quartz movement that is covered by a solid steel case back. This watch has a budget-friendly price tag of $155 USD. 11. Raketa Copernicus (0231) Image By: Raketa Watch Club Inspired by the original Soviet Copernicus watch, the Raketa Copernicus pays tribute to the science of astronomy with its bold and planet-inspired design. With a water-resistant stainless steel case and top-notch, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, the Russian watch is not just unique but also very durable. The push-pull crown on the right side of its case is also relatively large, allowing for an easy grip. With its standard 40mm diameter, the watch fits well on wrists of any size. The highlight of this watch, without a doubt, is its innovative watch face which allows you to tell the time in an unusual way. It features a blue dial with three planet-like structures occupying the surface and only a single red seconds hand. The two smaller circles, with red markers on their rims, are the hour and minute displays. The smaller “planet” is the hour hand, while the mid-sized ring represents the minute hand. The back of the timepiece has a neat partial display that gives you a view of the Raketa 2615 movement inside. You can get this watch for $1,290 USD. 12. Vostok Aviator Airacobra Quartz (V.1.11.0.034.4) Image By: Vostok Amphibia A handsome aviation timepiece with no frills, the Vostok Aviator Airacobra is a wonderful quartz watch with an appealing, minimalistic design. It comes in a perfectly round, lustrous stainless steel case with long, protruding lugs and an unguarded crown. Equipped with a water resistance capacity of 100m, this Russian watch’s quintessential aesthetic is complemented by a brown alligator leather strap. The dial of the Aviator Airacobra contains light-colored Arabic numerals and hour indices that blend nicely with its black backdrop. Its hands have been coated in luminescence to provide legibility even in dark environments. On top of the 6 o’clock marker, you can find a curved and elongated date window that shows the current date, as well as the previous and next dates. Beneath the dial is a Ronda 6003B movement with a battery life that can last up to 40 months. This watch costs $500 USD. 13. Sturmanskie Ocean 3133 (3133/1981599) Image By: Sturmanskie Showcasing accuracy, practicality, and reliability, the Ocean 3133 is a modern recreation of the iconic Sturmanskie watch with the same name. It comes in a stainless steel case coupled with a sporty blue leather strap with red stitching. The crystal protecting the watch’s face is made of mineral and gives a clear and unhindered view of the Ocean 3133’s nautical dial.  The dial of this watch, with its applied indices and hands, also contains a stopwatch and a telemeter scale. Wearers can control these features using the watch’s extra crown, on the left side of the watch, and two pushers. Located at the lower section of the dial is an outlined date window which takes the place of the 6 o’clock index. This $950 USD watch is powered by a reliable Poljot 3133 movement, which is equipped with a 42-hour power reserve and sealed by an engraved solid steel caseback. 14. Nesterov I-190 (H0983B02-14D) Image By: Nesterov Accompanied by a brown leather bund strap, the Nesterov I-190 is a stylish timepiece that boasts 100m of water resistance and an attractive copper-colored dial. This Russian wristwatch utilizes a 46mm stainless steel case topped with a layer of mineral glass. Its substantial 15mm thickness gives the Nesterow I-190 a bit of heft and presence on the wrist. The exquisite copper dial consists of inner and outer sections, each with different surface textures and designs. The smooth and brushed outer ring contains black hour markers and numerals that add more personality to the watch’s overall look. The inner circle with a guilloche engraving resembling the pattern of a clamshell holds the minute and hour hands, as well as the circular date aperture. Powered by a quartz movement, this affordable $130 USD Russian watch is definitely worth adding to your collection. 15. Denissov Free Rider (9015.1015.3B.B3) Image By: Denissov Our final timepiece is a model from Denissov that boasts an exceptionally sporty look. Housed inside a stainless steel case coated with black PVD, the Denissov Free Rider is a striking watch and rugged watch. Its water resistance capacity of 100m ensures that the Free Rider still looks good and works well even after a splash in the pool. Dark but somewhat flashy, this timepiece’s suave looks are completed by its black leather strap with orange stitching. Separated into an inner and outer section, the watch’s black dial sports an attractive design. Its outer ring holds a mix of orange-and-white hour markers and Arabic numerals that contrast sharply against their black backdrop. The inner section has a raised, tire-like texture, along with syringe hands that are applied with Super-LumiNova and a date window between 4 and 5 o’clock. This watch is powered by a Japanese Miyota 9015 automatic movement, complete with its twenty-four jewels and 42-hour power supply. This watch retails at $410 USD. A Brief History of Russian Watches While European and American watch manufacturers were already producing watches on a massive scale in the 1800s, Russia did not have its first watchmaker until 1927. In 1930, the Russian Labor and Defence Council founded the Moscow Watch Factory, which produced watches for the Soviet Government and the Red Army. One of their most popular timepieces was the Commander — a watch commonly used by officers of the Red Army. In 1941, the Moscow Watch Factory had to evacuate to the city of Zlatoust after an attempted invasion. A year later, the Chistopol Watch Factory, known today as Vostok, was established. In 1946, the Moscow Watch Factory started creating Pobeda watches. These watches had specifications specially approved by the leaders of the Soviet Union. During this time, most Russian watches were only being produced for the Russian Army. It was only in the 1950s that watches started to be manufactured for the general public. When the first Soviet satellite was launched in 1957, the Sputnik watch was made to commemorate this event. By the 1960s, the Russian watch industry had grown at an excellent rate, developing some stunning and rare timepieces. In the same year, the Moscow Watch Factory introduced the country to Poljot’s first watch. Russian watches also have quite a bit of history with space travel. In 1960, a Russian cosmonaut named Yuri Gagarin became the first person to traverse into outer space. Back then, there were no specific Russian watches produced for cosmonauts. Gagarin simply wore his own Sturmanskie watch for the flight. Later on, other cosmonauts started wearing Poljot and Strela watches to their space travels too. As such, from those days onward, Poljot, Sturmanskie, and Strela watches were inseparably linked with space. The Moscow Watch Factory later created the 3133 model — a versatile timepiece officially developed for the Russian army, navy, and Russian cosmonauts. Image By: Sturmanskie By 1965, watches manufactured by the Moscow Watch Factory were already being exported outside the Soviet Union. These timepieces were sent to 70 different countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States. Through their crucial role in developing the Russian watch industry, the Moscow Watch Factory was given the highest Soviet award in 1966. Four years after that, products from the Chistopol Watch Factory, whose timepieces were already being developed under the Vostok name, were exported to 54 different countries across the globe. Fast forward to this day, and the Russian watch industry has continued to thrive and grow. Some early Soviet brands such as Vostok and Sturmanskie are still creating watches to this day and have become some of the most well-known representatives of Russian watchmaking. In recent years, many other Russian watch brands have started to appear. Some of these brands source their movements from Vostok, while others use Swiss calibers in their watches. Whether it is a historical watch brand or a modern Russian watchmaker like Denissov, Moscow-Classic, Nesterov, or Raketa, these manufacturers are maintaining the tradition and soul of Russian watch history. Final Thoughts From this list, it is evident that Russian watches are highly underrated and deserve to be more under the spotlight. They are affordable, reliable, and quite easy to service. Additionally, they carry unique designs that make them stand out from their competitors. Although the Russian watch industry is rather young compared to the Swiss, Japanese, and German watch industries, their audience continues to grow steadily every day. No longer just a niche, Russian watches have become a beautiful part of the collections of many watch enthusiasts.  If you are looking to get your own Russian timepiece, you should definitely obtain one of the Russian watches listed above. That said, make sure to do some research and diligent inspection before finalizing your purchase. Cheap imitations of Russian watches, along with swapped-out parts and aftermarket modifications, are relatively prevalent. Featured Image By: Sturmanskie Looking for a great pilot’s watch? Have a look at this Guide on finding the perfect Glycine Airman

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    Ask any watch connoisseur about a piece they treasure the most in their respective collections and there is a high chance that retro watches will come up in the conversation. Vintage timekeepers are often treated as valuable and desirable accessories given the rich history behind them. Most retro watches are also hand-crafted and are intricately built to last for a very long time. This is why they serve as testaments to many watch brands’ craftsmanship, attention to detail, and passion for top-notch watchmaking. Nostalgic, functional, and appealing—retro watches are simply must-have items in any watch collection. If you have been wanting to anchor your collection with a dependable vintage timepiece, this article is just for you! Retro Watches: Our Top Picks From famous brands like Casio to underrated classics like Zodiac, there are many labels that offer trustworthy retro watches at different price points. Thus, it can be quite difficult and determine which ones best suit your lifestyle and budget the most. To help you choose the right piece, we have gathered 15 of the best retro watches in the market. Take a look below and see which one of these retro watches is most to your tastes! 1. Seiko 6139-6005 Photo by borgsauce_wis on Instagram Case material: Stainless steelCase dimension: 40mmMovement: Mechanical, AutomaticWater resistance: 70 meters Kicking off our list is a piece from one of the most highly-acclaimed names in Japanese horology. Seiko has been impressing everyone with its magnificent lineup of timekeepers since its establishment 140 years ago. From simple time-only quartz pieces to robust divers made specifically for conquering vast depths of waters, name what type of watch you desire and the brand probably has it in its arsenal. One famous vintage Seiko timepiece is the Seiko 6139-6005, popularly known as the “True Pogue”. Created in the 1960s, this watch got its iconic nickname after NASA astronaut and United States Air Force (USAF) pilot Colonel William Pogue wore it during the Skylab Mission 4 in 1973. This Seiko retro watch comes in a 40mm stainless steel case and has a caseback made out of the same material. It bears the famous Pepsi bezel first seen in Rolex GMT-Master, adding some stylish flair to this Seiko watch. The dial comes in a bright yellow shade and is protected by a layer of the brand’s proprietary Hardlex crystal. Since this is a chronograph watch, it has a 30-minute sub-dial as well as two pushers adjacent to the 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock markers. The Seiko 6139-6005 is powered by the Caliber 6139B automatic movement which beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour (vph). In addition, this durable retro watch is equipped with Seiko’s Diashock technology, which allows it to maintain its accuracy even after taking some hard knocks and impacts. All things considered, the Seiko 6139-6005 is a conversational piece worth checking out. It costs around $300 USD to $700 USD depending on the condition the piece is in. Indeed, this is one of those retro watches that can definitely help you stand out in a crowd. 2. Casio CA53W-1 Case material: ResinCase dimension: 35mmMovement: Japanese QuartzBattery Life: approximately 5 yearsWater-resistance: No depth rating available Perhaps one of the most trailblazing watch inventions of all time, the Casio CA53W-1 is one of the first retro digital watches ever. This calculator watch was the most stylish and unique accessory back in the day. In fact, its popularity among kids, teens, and adults of all genders back then can be compared to the fame Apple watches enjoy today. Having it on your wrist was equated to being cool and trendy, especially since it appeared in several blockbuster films and tv shows such as Back to the Future Part II and III, Breaking Bad, and Mr. Bean. Bearing a straightforward appearance, this Casio watch has a lightweight exterior that consists of a 35mm octagonal black case and a strap, both made out of resin. The face of this retro Casio watch seems quite intimidating at first due to its stocky 4-grid keypad. That said, once you get to know how it works, you will realize how helpful it is in making your daily routines easier. The buttons on the calculator keypad have markings that come in white, yellow, and red shades that allow for better readability even in dim lighting conditions. When it comes to performance, this Casio digital watch will surely give you the best bang for your buck. Apart from having dual time features, it also has a stopwatch that measures 1/100th of a second in either elapsed, spilt, or 1st-2nd place modes, an hourly time signal, a full auto-calendar of up to 2009, and a 12 or 24-hour layout. With an accuracy rating of +/- 30 seconds per month, its 3-volt lithium CR2016 battery can last up to 5 years. Of course, as a calculator watch, you can also use it to perform 8-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The Casio CA53W-1 is still available in most Casio stores, under the Databank division. It retails at just $25 USD, making it not one of the cheapest retro watches available today. 3. Bulova Computron Case material: Stainless Steel Case dimension: 31mmMovement: QuartzBattery Life: approximately 5 yearsWater-resistance: 30 meters Next up, we have another extraordinary retro digital watch, oozing with elegance and sophistication. The Bulova Computron Chrome edition was first introduced in 1976. It was the first light-emitting diode (“LED”) watch released by the American brand. Back then, watchmakers were still struggling with the quartz crisis. As a response, Bulova came up with the Bulova Computron as an innovative response to people’s growing demand for quartz watches. The Bulova Computron was hugely successful and allowed the brand to become widely known in both the quartz and digital watch markets. In 2019, Bulova released a reissue of the Bulova Computron, which serves as a direct ode to its predecessor. This new edition retains the original vintage spirit of its forerunner while also incorporating updated attributes and modern technology. Adventurous and creative are the perfect words to describe the new Bulova Computron watch. Its 31mm stainless steel trapezoidal case gives off a strong vintage feel and is paired with a uniquely-shaped steel bracelet with patterned links. Unusually enough, the blue LED display where you can see the time and date only occupies the bottom part of the long dial. The focal point of this vintage Bulova watch is that almost every function it has can be controlled with just a push of a button, which can be found on the right side of the case. Pressing this button once will turn on the watch and doing so a few more times will show you the time and date. Bulova also added a dual time zone feature to the 2019 reissue as a way of fitting the watch to the current modern landscape. Finally, this watch has a decent 30-meter water resistance rating and is powered by a quartz movement that has two-year battery life. Retailing at a reasonable price of $300 USD, this is one of those cool retro watches you definitely do not want to miss out on. 4. Grand Seiko First Case material: 18ct GoldCase dimension: 35mmMovement: Mechanical, Manual-windPower reserve: approximately 45 hoursWater-resistance: No depth rating available Grand Seiko is another Japanese brand that has been in the market for over 60 years. It is a subsidiary of Seiko dedicated to producing high-end, high-quality luxury watches on par with the top Swiss timepieces. Among its notable and rave-worthy products is, of course, the first-ever Grand Seiko watch, also known as the Grand Seiko 3180. This vintage Grand Seiko piece is the perfect epitome of a classic dress watch. Compared to the aforementioned watches, the Grand Seiko 3180 has a more modest and subtle look. The dial has a straightforward analog layout, with a lovely off-white dial containing luxurious gold-plated dauphine hands and baton indices. The dial is inscribed with elegant cursive black texts that spell out the watch’s technical information while also helping to enhance its vintage vibe. This is paired with a 35mm stainless steel case in gold and a handsome dark brown leather strap. In terms of its technical specification, this retro watch relies on a chronometer-grade Caliber 3180 movement that has an accuracy rating of +12/-3 seconds a day. Priced at around $1,700 USD to $3,000 USD, this is a limited edition retro piece that watch enthusiasts are sure to go crazy for. 5. Timex Marlin Photo by carolina_timex_machine on Instagram Case material: Stainless steelCase dimension: 33mmMovement: Mechanical, manual-windWater-resistance: No depth rating available Here, we have another fantastic dress watch from the American brand Timex. Founded in 1984, Timex has always been more inclined to create quartz-powered pieces. That being said, the brand’s old yet tough mechanical Timex Marlin is surely one for the books. Just like most retro watches, the Timex Marlin has had numerous reissues. However, the original models hailing from the ’60s remain unmatched when it comes to their movements and overall build. The aesthetic of the Timex Marlin leans towards the minimalist side. It comes in a gold-colored stainless steel case paired with a black leather strap. The beautiful champagne sunburst dial is decorated with matching gold Arabic numerals and hour markers. In terms of functionality, this gold retro watch runs on a hand-wound mechanical movement. It is also water-proof so bringing this watch on your occasional trips to the pool would not be any problem. You just need to shell out around $60 USD to $300 USD to be able to purchase a Timex Marlin on legitimate secondhand markets. 6. Seiko TV Watch Photo by WAI’s Watch Museum on Flickr Case dimension: 40mmWeight: 190 gramsBattery life: 5 hoursWater-resistance: No depth rating available The Seiko T001, better known as the Seiko TV Watch, is perhaps the most awe-inspiring piece in this entire rundown. Considered the inspiration for all present-day smartwatches, it serves as Seiko’s grand leap into the future. Right off the bat, you will notice that the watch has a trailblazing design that goes beyond the norm. It comes in a square-shaped steel case with a sturdy strap of the same material. This monochromatic color combination goes really well with its two liquid crystal displays. These displays are dedicated to the television and time-calendar functions. This Seiko wristwatch is meant to function with four other necessary components, namely the headphones, headphone cord, video, receiver, video connector. In order for the watch’s television to work, you just have to connect the receiver and the headphones to the watch body itself. In addition, this retro watch also comes with a stopwatch and an alarm feature, giving you the ultimate timekeeping experience. If you want a stunning timepiece that reminds you of how much watchmaking has evolved throughout the years, you should definitely go for this Seiko TV watch. It goes for around $800 USD to $1,200 USD on secondhand markets. 7. Tissot Visodate Seastar Seven Photo by David Broglin on Flickr Case material: Stainless SteelCase dimension: 34mmMovement: Mechanical, AutomaticPower reserve 45 hoursWater-resistance: No depth rating available Here we have a Swiss entry that boasts regality and sophistication. Coming from the brand Tissot, whose philosophy revolves around the constant pursuit of innovation, the Tissot Visodate Seastar Seven is one of those models that certainly deserves more recognition. This retro Tissot watch from the 1960s comes in a thin 34mm stainless steel case with a silver mesh strap. It has a large crown placed next to the 3 o’clock mark, with teeth edges for an easier grip. Meanwhile, the faded silver sunburst dial contrasts well with its applied black and gold indices and hands. A domed crystal protects the face of this vintage watch from any external threats and impacts, while a screw-down steel caseback ensures that the watch is safe from water damage. This is a dressy retro watch that breaks barriers by deviating from the usual bulky and fierce appearance of most diver watches. The Tissot Visodate Seastar Seven runs on a 21-jewel self-winding movement called the Caliber 784-2. Bearing a price tag that ranges between $100 USD and $1,000 USD, this retro watch is sure to last you a long time. 8. Casio F-91W-1 Case material: ResinCase dimension: 33mmMovement: Japanese QuartzBattery Life: approximately 7 yearsWater-resistance: 50 meters Another cool retro watch you should look out for is the Casio F-91W. It is best known for being the first mass-produced digital watch, with approximately 3 million units sold every year. While it does not have the same exclusivity as watches produced by Swiss giants like Rolex and Patek Philippe, this retro digital watch from the late ’80s is definitely a steal, especially considering its affordable price tag. The Casio F-91W comes in a 33mm black resin case and a matching strap with a buckle closure that ensures it will fit nicely on your wrist. Its rectangular digital display is protected by a layer of heavy-duty acrylic glass and is rimmed with red, blue, and yellow elements that give this timepiece a fun and quirky touch. This retro watch also has a microlight on the side that illuminates the screen effortlessly when needed. Apart from telling the time, this retro men’s watch also features an automatic calendar, a daily alarm, a 1/100th-second stopwatch feature, and a 12/24 hour time format. Above all these, what is great about this Casio vintage watch is that it comes in many chic colorways such as gold and black, blue and silver, and black and silver, to name a few. It can be purchased for just $20 USD. 9. IWC Mark XI Photo by Timur Gromov on Flickr Case material: Stainless steelCase dimension: 36mmMovement: Mechanical, manual-windPower reserve 44 hoursWater-resistance: 20 feet For those of you who are craving for a true military watch that can endure all sorts of challenges, the IWC Mark XI is the right piece for you. Launched in 1949, the field watch was made for the members of the British Royal Air Force (RAF). Like other field watches, the IWC Mark XI has a simple yet impactful design. It features a black time-only dial that serves as a great backdrop to the white Arabic numerals and the silver hands. Luminous symbols are placed at the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock markers to provide better legibility in dark conditions. When it comes to this retro military watch’s build, it has a slim case size of 36mm. The stainless steel case has a polished finish which gives the watch a more professional luster. This IWC watch is also anti-magnetic and water-resistant up to 20 feet. It also has an oversized crown, so that wearers can grip and turn it more easily. Equipped with one of the most accurate three-hand movements ever made the Caliber 89, this retro watch costs around $2,000 USD to $8,000 USD. 10. Zodiac Sea Wolf Photo by verge_escapement on Instagram Case material: Stainless SteelCase dimension: 35mmMovement: Mechanical, AutomaticWater-Resistance: 200 meters The Zodiac Sea Wolf is often underappreciated, but it is notable for being one of the first few divers to ever grace the market. Considered a true classic, this watch should definitely be on every watch enthusiasts’ radar. This Zodiac retro watch is enclosed in a well-brushed 35mm stainless steel case and a brass-plated bezel. This is paired with a striking black dial that features broad luminous hands and triangle hour markers at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock. In addition, this timepiece uses an automatic movement made by ETA and A. Schild. It has a hacking feature and comes with a substantial 200-meter water resistance rating. That said, one downside to this retro watch is that its teeth-edged bezel is quite sensitive to wear and tear, so you should be careful not to knock it around. For that same reason, while this watch only costs around $1,000 USD, it’s pretty hard to get a piece in good condition nowadays. 11. Seiko 6105-8110 Photo from Tommyzeta on Flickr Case material: Stainless SteelCase dimension: 44mmMovement: Mechanical, AutomaticPower reserve: Approximately 32 hoursWater-Resistance: 159 meters Often called the Seiko Captain Willard by watch fanatics because of its appearance in the 1979 film Apocalypse Now, the 6105-8110 is a remarkable vintage piece. This retro watch comes with a sizable 44mm stainless steel cushion case. It also has an extremely legible dial — thanks to its thick, luminous geometric-shaped hour markers and baton hands. Embodying a utilitarian appeal, its black dial perfectly complements the silver case and appliques. This retro Seiko watch runs on a premium automatic 6105B caliber. It has 17 jewels and beats at a frequency of 26,600 vph. Apart from having a power reserve of 32 hours, the movement also comes with a quick-set date and hacking seconds functions that allow you to set the time accurately. It can also withstand water pressures of up to 150 meters. Paired with a rubber strap with a waffle-like pattern, the price of this watch ranges from between $1,000 USD to a little over $1,500 USD. 12. Omega Seamaster DeVille Chronograph Photo by Davidt on www.omegaforums.net Case material: Stainless SteelCase dimension: 35mmMovement: Mechanical, Manual-windWater-resistance: No depth rating available The Omega Seamaster DeVille Chronograph, also known as the Omega Seamaster 321, is yet another lustrous and desirable retro watch. It was released during the 1960s—the same era in which the iconic Omega Speedmaster started gracing the market. Considered an underrated creation by the brand, this vintage chronograph watch certainly packs a punch. This retro watch comes in a 35mm stainless steel case and a fine brown leather strap. The muted white dial contains sleek baton indices, elongated sword hands, and three chronograph sub-dials. As its name suggests, this watch is powered by the manual-winding Caliber 321, which is the same mechanism used in early Speedmaster models. If you want to experience the wonders of Omega watches, then the Omega Seamaster DeVille Chronograph is a great option to start with. You can get this vintage piece for around $4,000 USD to $6,000 USD. 13. Bulova Oceanographer Snorkel 666 Photo by Mick McMahon on Flickr Case material: Stainless SteelCase dimension: 41mmMovement: Mechanical, AutomaticWater-Resistance: 203 meters If you are looking for a trustworthy retro diver that does not stick to the norm, then the Bulova Oceanographer Snorkel 666 is a great option. In terms of design, it has a very cool and straightforward look. The unusual black-and-red unidirectional bezel gives the watch a sporty vibe. The watch comes in a 41mm asymmetrical stainless steel case and a huge crown that goes well with its black rubber strap. This retro watch’s black dial comes with luminous indices in small circle shapes. This also serves as its main selling point, since the tubes used to illuminate the watch make them almost resemble those precious stones you typically see in watches made by famous jewelers or luxury brand. In addition, this Bulova watch also comes with a large double-digit date display on the right, which is very handy to have. This vintage piece can withstand water pressures of up to 200 meters. This was pretty much a huge deal during that era since most of its close competitors only had water-resistance capacities of less than 200m. Powered by the Caliber 11 BLACD, this retro watch has a price tag ranging between $500 USD to $700 USD. 14. Gruen Precision Day-Date Case material: Stainless SteelCase dimension: 34mmMovement: Mechanical, AutomaticWater-Resistance: No depth rating available Stylish, dependable, and precise, the Gruen Precision Day-Date is another retro dress watch you certainly do not want to miss out on. Unlike the previous dress watches we have discussed above, this Gruen piece shows off a date window at 3 o’clock and an elongated day aperture above the 6 o’clock marker. It also comes in a 34mm gold-plated steel case and a luscious brown leather strap. The champagne dial, which has baton indices and luminous dauphine hands, adds a suave flair to this retro watch. Under the hood of this vintage dress watch is an in-house 512CB movement with 17 jewels. For a price of just $500 USD, you can get this no-frills retro timepiece that prioritizes both form and function. 15. Hamilton Ventura Photo by txinkman on Flickr Case material: Comes in various materialsCase dimension: Comes in various sizesMovement: Comes in various movementsWater resistance: Comes in various ratings Known as the world’s first electric timepiece, the Hamilton Ventura is a must-have for the vintage watch junkies because of the rich history it carries. It was created shortly after World War II, all thanks to industrial designer Richard Arbib’s creativity and thirst for peculiar concepts. The Ventura became even more popular after its appearance in some of Elvis Presley’s blockbuster films. With its boomerang-shaped case and minimalistic dial layout, this cutting-edge retro watch is a total stunner. The early Hamilton Ventura watches came in a 14K yellow gold or white gold case paired with a silver or black dial respectively. Each piece also boasted an electricity-like pattern at the center of its dial, running under the gold-plated hands of the watch. These retro watches were equipped with Hamilton’s iconic in-house Caliber 500, which was the product of decades worth of exploration and research. Today, the Hamilton Ventura comes in numerous iterations, but all of them stay loyal to most of the design cues of the original, particularly in terms of case shape. You can get modern pieces with skeleton dials or models that come with ETA-based automatic movements. There are also special editions specially crafted to commemorate Elvis Presley’s legacy. Bearing a price range of $700 USD to $2,000 USD, this is the perfect retro watch for you if you want a splash of quirkiness in your life.  Final Thoughts All in all, retro watches have withstood the test of time largely because of their contributions to the growth of the horological realm as well as their timeless aesthetics. Even with all the newfangled innovations in watchmaking today, no one can deny the exclusivity and heritage that retro watches can bring. Whether you prefer old dive watches with great stories, a robust digital watch, or an elegant dress piece you can wear to any occasion, there are many retro watches out there that will tickle your fancy. Indeed, the list of best retro watches we have collated here really is just the tip of the iceberg. Just make sure you do your research and pick a piece that best fits your needs and budget. Interested in knowing more about other types of watches you can score and eventually add to your growing collection? Then make sure to check out our articles on the 6 Best Seiko Kinetic Watches and the Top 5 Japanese Dress Watches. Featured image by affordablewristtime from Instagram Other photos from official watch websites unless noted otherwise

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  5. 20 Best Hiking Watches in 2021

    20 Best Hiking Watches in 2021

    A good and reliable hiking watch is an important tool for every outdoorsy adventurer. It provides you with the exact time and date, and delivers all the necessary information for your outdoor adventures, such as location, sunrise/sunset time, altitude, and more. In addition, a good hiking watch should have many more practical features than a regular timepiece. For instance, it should be equipped with ABC, or altimeter, barometer, and compass features, that can keep up with your outdoor escapades.  These days, there are a lot of watch brands that utilize state-of-the-art technology to craft top-notch hiking watches. As such, it can be hard to narrow down on the very best hiking piece just for you. Worry not because in this list, we have compiled some of the best hiking watches worth grabbing! 20 Hiking Watches: Our Best Picks 1. Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar Edition Ref. 010-02410-23 Photo from Watchshopping.com Considered the upgraded version of the best-selling Garmin Fenix 5, the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar Edition Ref. 010-02410-23 is a must-buy hiking watch. This is a smartwatch designed to withstand harsh outdoor conditions. It has a high-resolution display and is equipped with GPS to help you automatically determine your location. It also comes with features such as an altimeter, a barometer, a 3-axis compass, and a thermometer. Performance-wise, the Garmin watch has been proven to deliver all the best practical functions essential for outdoor adventures. The watch’s sleek case is made from stainless steel and titanium, to ensure its durability and resistance to abrasions and impacts. The touchscreen lens, on the other hand, is made from high-quality, scratch-resistant sapphire glass which adds a layer of security to the dial. This is a stylish and versatile watch that is suitable not only for your hiking adventures but can also accompany you on your daily routine. This top-tier hiking watch retails at just $1,169 USD. 2. Casio Pro Trek Ref. PRW-7000FC-1JF  Photo from Watchshopping.com If there is one brand home to some of the most robust and toughest watches in the market, it is definitely Casio. In particular, the Casio Pro Trek Ref. PRW-7000FC-1JF is our recommended hiking watch for your outdoor adventures. This watch has functions including an altimeter, a barometer, a digital compass, and a thermometer. It also comes with a pressure change indicator that automatically warns you if there is any significant environmental change. Aside from that, the Casio watch utilizes a solar-rechargeable battery which has a life span of up to 5 months, even without exposure to any light. It is also equipped with basic features such as a calendar, a stopwatch, alarms, and a countdown timer. All in all, this Casio Pro Trek model is a long-lasting, highly functional hiking watch that will satisfy every hiker during their outdoor escapades. Retailing at just $729 USD, this high-end hiking watch can easily keep up with any outdoor activities you enjoy. 3. Suunto 9 Baro Ref. SS050088000 Photo from Watchshopping.com Next up, the Suunto 9 Baro Ref. SS050088000 is a high-end timepiece equipped with a color touch screen feature. Designed exclusively for hiker’s needs, it has an altimeter, a barometer, a compass, a thermometer, and a GPS feature. It is also furnished with a stainless steel bezel and a scratch-resistant sapphire glass. What is fascinating about this Suunto watch is that it allows you to track distances during your walks, shows your current speed, and can find routes back to your starting point. It also comes with a wrist-based heart rate monitor, so you do not have to buy a heart rate belt just to monitor your stats while hiking. This Suunto 9 watch is an incredible hiking watch that retails at just $618. 4. Citizen Attesa Ref. CC4004-58E Photo from Watchshopping.com If you are an adventure-seeker looking for a long-lasting hiking watch with Eco-Drive technology features, look no further. This Citizen Attesa Ref. CC4004-58E is a top-notch, eco-friendly timepiece equipped with such solar-charging technology and does not require you to use a battery.  This Citizen timepiece also comes with an electronic compass and an altimeter which measures from 1,000 feet up to 32,000 feet. In addition, this Attesa watch, with its hardy titanium case, has a lightweight build which is very practical for a hiking timekeeper. It features a stylish black dial furnished with orange accents and a black polyurethane strap that ensures comfort. Just expect to spend at least $1,949 USD before you can finally wear this one-of-a-kind hiking watch. 5. Timex Expedition Grid Shock Ref. TW4B02500 Photo from Amazon If you are seeking a timepiece that could challenge the title of best hiking watch, this gilt-edged Timex Expedition Grid Shock Ref. TW4B02500 is right here for you. This watch is designed to accompany every hiker on any outdoor adventure. It has a lot of practical features, such as three time zones, a 24-hour military time zone, a month, a day and date calendar, and a hydration timer. It is also equipped with a shock-resistance feature and a water resistance rating of up to 50 meters, making it quite a hardy timepiece. When it comes to performance, this Timex watch is equipped with a battery lifespan of up to 10 years. The case is made from hardened resin, while the striking gray digital dial is equipped with an Indiglo backlight that allows for improved readability in poor lighting conditions. It also comes with a black rubber strap that offers comfort. This Timex Expedition Grid Shock watch will give every hiker the freedom to explore the outdoors freely. This hiking timekeeper has an affordable price tag of just $70 USD. 6. Seiko Prospex Alpinist Ref. SBDC091 Seiko launched the Alpinist line back in 1961, which consisted of durable and highly functional timepieces meant to meet the needs of Japanese mountain climbers. Today, one of the best models from this range is this Seiko Prospex Alpinist Ref. SBDC091, which retails at $959 USD. This timepiece is equipped with practical features such as an inner-rotating compass and a magnetic resistance of 4,800 A/m. Moving to its aesthetics, this Seiko Prospex is an exquisite watch boasting a striking green sunburst dial. Its 39.5mm case is made out of stainless steel, perfectly matching the comfortable brown leather strap. This watch is powered by a caliber 6R35 automatic movement, which has 70 hours of power reserve. It also has a 200-meter water resistance rating. If you are looking for a vintage-inspired hiking watch jam-packed with useful features, you should opt for this Seiko watch. 7. Suunto Traverse Alpha Ref. SS022292000 Photo from Amazon Another top-notch timepiece from Suunto that can keep up with any of your outdoor activities is the durable Suunto Traverse Alpha Ref. SS022292000. This watch is handmade, all the way from Finland, and can withstand temperatures from 5°F up to 140°F. It has a GPS feature, a moon phase calendar, a barometric pressure graph, storm alarms, a sunrise alert, and a weather trend alert. It is also equipped with a red backlight that lets you use the watch efficiently even at night, and a water resistance rating of up to 100 meters. The battery life of this watch can also last up to 14 days, so you can bring it to long expeditions as well. The case of this Suunto Traverse watch is made out of glass fiber composite with a stainless steel coat that guarantees its toughness. The strap is made out of water-repellent nylon textile, which is quite comfortable on the wrist. If you are searching for the best versatile timepiece that can accompany you during your hiking, hunting, or even fishing activities, this Suunto watch is indeed a must-buy timekeeper. It retails at just $470 USD, a very reasonable price considering its extraordinary features. 8. Casio Pathfinder Multifunction Watch Ref. PAG240 Photo from Amazon If you are a hiker and a traveler at the same time, the Casio Pathfinder Ref. PAG240  is the right timepiece for you. This Casio watch features a whopping 39 time zones and can track time in 48 different cities. It also comes with a barometer that displays weather-change charts and a sensor that automatically detects altitude, temperature, and direction. On top of all that, this Casio Pathfinder piece is equipped with a powerful solar-powered battery that has a lifespan of up to six months. The only downside to this watch is that it can only operate in and withstand temperatures higher than 14°F. As such, if you love hiking during winter, then this hiking watch might not be the best choice out there. That said, in higher temperatures, the Casio Pathfinder Ref. PAG240 is still a highly practical and multifunctional watch that can make your hikes easier. Ultimately, this Casio Pathfinder is the best hiking buddy you could ever have, retailing at just $280 USD. 9. Suunto Core Outdoor Watch Ref. SS014279010 Photo from Amazon The third Suunto watch on the list is also equipped with the standard ABC, or altimeter, barometer, and compass features that all good hiking watches should have. This Suunto Core Outdoor Watch Ref. SS014279010 is a great timepiece that can help you easily track direction, performance, and weather while hiking. The barometric altimeter functions well in terms of recording your hikes, giving you the opportunity to check how you performed later on.  This watch has an average battery of up to 365 days and a depth meter button that you can utilize underwater to measure how deep you are. It also comes with a weather alarm that automatically sounds and flashes if bad weather is on the way. On the whole, the Suunto Core watch is a functional hiking watch that will provide you all the information you need on a hike. Retailing at $299 USD, this high-caliber hiking watch definitely deserves to be on your radar. 10. Garmin Instinct Ref. 010-02293-13 Photo from Garmin If ruggedness and durability are the key features you are looking for in hiking watches, this Garmin Instinct Ref. 010-02293-13 is an excellent choice. This Garmin Instinct piece is designed and created based on the US Military standards for shock and thermal resistance, and thus proves highly durable. It has a barometric altimeter, a 3-axis compass, a GPS, and a TrackBack feature. It also comes with a substantial water resistance rating of up to 100 meters. In terms of longevity, this Garmin watch has up to 16 hours of battery life on the GPS mode, up to 40  hours of battery in battery saver mode, and up to 14 days in smartwatch mode. You can also monitor your estimated heart rate and track your activities while on hikes with this hiking piece. The Garmin Instinct Ref. 010-02293-13 is available on a 1.2-inch display and is the perfect companion for your adventures. For just $400 USD, you can purchase this top-tier hiking timepiece.  11. Luminox Bear Grylls Ref. XB.3729.NGU If you are looking for the toughest hiking watch in the market, this Luminox Bear Grylls Ref. XB.3729.NGU is a great option. This watch boasts a 42mm Carbonox case, with a solid caseback. Its striking black dial is protected by an anti-glare sapphire crystal. The vibrant orange rubber strap also feels very comfortable on your wrist.  This Luminox watch is made for the wilderness, so it can withstand the harshest conditions. If you prefer to use a physical map to keep track of your location while hiking, simply use the watch’s built-in secondary traditional compass. Furthermore, it is also equipped with Luminox’s always-on illumination system to make reading the time much easier. Retailing at just $449 USD, this Luminox Bear Grylls watch is a great hiking piece that can keep up with all your outdoor adventures. 12.  Casio G-Shock Rangeman Ref. GW-9400J-1JF This Casio G-Shock Ref. GW-9400J-1JF is a rugged and highly reliable hiking watch that is worth paying attention to. It comes with a world time feature that displays 31 time zones, a stopwatch, a calendar, a backlight, an alarm, and a low-battery alert. In addition, this Casio G-Shock watch is equipped with a useful triple sensor function that can automatically provide you with information on direction and temperature. It is both shock-resistant and mud-resistant and comes with a 200-meter water resistance rating. Simply put, this Casio watch is a multifunctional hiking timekeeper that can withstand even the toughest conditions. Retailing at just $449 USD, you should definitely take a look at this robust hiking watch. 13. Polar Grit X Ref. 90081735 Photo from Amazon Although the Grit X was the first outdoor watch made by Polar, this timekeeper is still equipped with some seriously fine, state-of-the-art features. It has an impressive battery life that can deliver up to 40 hours of service in GPS mode and up to 100 hours power-saving mode. Since Polar watches focus on endurance and recovery, expect the majority of the features to be useful and highly practical such as a sleep cycle tracker and a Serene breathing exercise app. If you are looking for a simple but highly functional hiking watch that can keep up with your adventures, the $427 USD Polar Grit X Ref. 90081735 is the best choice on the market. 14. Coros Vertix 2 Ref. B09CLR9V32 Photo from Amazon Known as one of the top-end hiking watches that provides an impressive 140-hour battery life in full GPS mode, the Coros Vertix 2 Ref. B09CLR9V32 is a worthy grab. This watch has many useful features and a colossal battery life that can keep up with any outdoor adventures you enjoy. It also comes with dual-system GPS functionality, a compass, a barometric altimeter, a thermometer, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, and many more.  Furthermore, this Coros watch might be the closest you can get to a luxury hiking watch. It is a handsome timepiece, made out of high-quality materials. It boasts a titanium alloy bezel and casing, which is three times more scratch-resistant than steel. This hiking watch is also equipped with a layer of DLC sapphire crystal to protect its digital dial. It is a multi-sport timekeeper that provides all the data you need. Considering its incredible features, it is no surprise why this oversized 50.3mm Coros Vertix watch retails around $700 USD. 15. Garmin Instinct Tundra Smartwatch Ref. 010-02064-01 If you desire a timepiece that can bring the best hiking experience, the Garmin Instinct Tundra Smartwatch Ref.  010-02064-01 is your best choice. Equipped with a barometric altimeter, multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, Glonass, and Galileo), and a 3-axis compass, it is considered the perfect adventure companion. It also comes with a trackback feature for easier navigation. In addition, this Garmin watch looks rugged yet elegant at the same time. It has an impressively clean dial with sub-dials that perfectly match the white silicone strap. It is also equipped with numerous connectivity features. To sum up, this is an incredible hiking watch that can accompany you on any outdoor adventure, retailing at just $318 USD. 16. Timex Men’s Expedition Field Chronograph Ref. T49905 Photo from Amazon If you are looking for a rugged and aesthetically pleasing hiking watch, this Timex Men’s Expedition Field Chronograph Ref. T49905 is the ideal choice. It boasts an exquisite outdoorsy design and comes with features like a 30-minute chronograph, a date window, and an Indiglo light-up dial. When it comes to performance, this Timex watch is powered by a top-notch quartz movement. It also comes with a 100-meter water resistance rating, which means it is suitable for swimming and even snorkelling. If you are looking for a hiking watch that can be worn on both your outdoor adventures and during your daily commitments, then this watch is a great option. It retails at just $55 USD, which is a very budget-friendly price indeed. 17. Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster Ref. GWR-B1000-1AJF When going for a hike in rugged terrains, this Casio G-shock Gravitymaster Ref. GWR-B1000-1AJF is the perfect watch you could bring. It is equipped with practical features such as an alarm, a countdown timer, a stopwatch, a full auto calendar, and a night light function. It also comes with shock resistance and has a 200-meter water resistance rating. Moving on to its aesthetics, this Casio watch boasts a 46.4mm carbon monocoque case and strap. These perfectly match the striking black dial, which is also equipped with a set of subdials. There is also a non-reflective sapphire glass that protects the dial from any scratches. This hiking watch retails at $899 USD. 18. LAD Weather Watch Ref. LAD004 Photo from Amazon The LAD Weather Watch Ref. LAD004 is another multi-sport hiking watch equipped with outstanding capabilities. It has the important features you need in a hiking watch such as an altimeter, a barometer, and a compass. This watch comes in a 45mm black plastic case and has a legible digital dial and a black polyurethane strap. Like other LAD watches, this model is also equipped with a layer of acrylic glass to protect the digital dial from any external threats. In addition, this LAD Weather hiking watch also comes with a pedometer, a timer, live weather forecasting, and a thermometer. Retailing at just $45 USD, this top-notch timekeeper is a perfect companion not just for hiking but also for sports like cycling, camping, and the like. 19. Citizen Men’s Altichron Eco-Drive Ref. BN5030-06E Photo from Amazon For an avid hiker looking for a stylish hiking watch, the Citizen Men’s Altichron Eco-Drive Ref. BN5030-06E is the best option. This watch is equipped with an altimeter and electronic compass. It also runs on a top-notch Eco-drive movement, so it is powered through light instead of having to use batteries. Its case is made of titanium, which perfectly complements the striking black dial that boasts orange-and-yellow accents and silver-tone hands. The black polyurethane strap also offers constant comfort on your wrist. On the whole, this Citizen watch is a classy and durable hiking timepiece that can keep up with your outdoor adventures. It retails at $850 USD, a fair price considering the exceptional features it offers. 20. Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II Ref. T110.420.44.051.00 To complete our list of the best hiking watches, we have the Tissot Touch Expert Solar II Ref. T110.420.44.051.00. This watch has a contemporary and rugged design, boasting a sturdy 45mm titanium case and bracelet. The striking digital dial comes with Super-Luminova finishes, so it is easier to read the time even in low-light environments.  Like the previous hiking watches, this Tissot T-Touch watch is equipped with an altimeter, barometer, and compass. It also comes with a perpetual calendar, countdown timer, day/date display, alarm, and dual time zone. It is powered by a top-notch ETA Caliber E84.301 quartz movement and has a 100-meter water resistance rating. If you are looking for a reliable and practical watch that can keep up with all your outdoor adventures, this $929 USD Tissot Touch Expert Solar II Ref. T110.420.44.051.00 is a great option. What Is a Hiking Watch? A hiking watch has a lot of useful features that are far superior to those of ordinary watches. Most hiking watches look like smartwatches, but they are designed exclusively for outdoor activities. They are also built to handle extremely harsh conditions and possess certain primary features including GPS and ABC sensors. For those not in the know, ABC  stands for altimeter (used to measure elevation), barometer (used to monitor both weather changes and air pressure), and a digital compass (used to track the right direction). This is perhaps why you have often heard other people talking about hiking watches and referring to them as ABC watches. Some versions of hiking watches are also equipped with maps for easy navigation and a heart-rate monitor to keep track of your heart rate 24/7. Final Thoughts  When looking for reliable hiking watches in the market, make sure you go for the ones equipped with GPS and ABC sensor features. After all, these are the truly essential features necessary for any good hiking watch. Since many brands offer good options, it is sometimes a bit overwhelming to choose what might fit your needs well. That is why this list features the 20 best hiking watches that can keep up with your hiking adventure. Not only do these hiking watches all come with GPS and ABC functions, but many of them also have a litany of other handy features such as alarms, heart-rate monitors, and more. Interested to know about the best surf watches in the market today? Why not spare some time to read our article about the 15 Best Surf Watches for Riding Mighty Waves. Photos from Amazon and Watchshopping.com

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  6. A Collector’s Guide to Mondaine Watches

    A Collector’s Guide to Mondaine Watches

    Mondaine made a name for itself as a manufacturer of watches inspired by clocks in train stations. In 1986, the company expanded by producing timepieces inspired by Swiss Railways. This brand has created a truly iconic look, and a mechanism that is widely regarded to this day, making Mondaine watches a true collector’s must-have. Want to know more before purchasing your very first Mondaine watch? Let us take a deep dive into the brand’s history and prominent collections, as well as everything else you need to know as a buyer. History of Mondaine Watches The company’s beginnings date back to 1951, when former tailor Erwin Bernheim founded the company in Switzerland. At the time, Mondaine became quite popular for the wristwatches it produced. Not only did they produce high-quality watches, but these timepieces were also pretty easy and cost-efficient to repair. With Mondaine’s success in the watch industry, Bernheim took the company’s creations to the next level. Bernheim was not just someone who funded a company. Rather, he himself was a creative genius who came up with some of the company’s most innovative models. One of Mondaine’s most popular timepieces ever is an LCD watch. Bernheim designed and invented Mondaine’s first LCD watch. At the time, this was one of the first few timekeepers in the industry that had a digital layout. He created this timepiece in collaboration with American business magnate and engineer, Howard Hughes. This LCD timepiece ultimately became another milestone for the brand. Mondaine was met with much fanfare with the release of this watch, but they put it to rest 15 years later, allowing the company to concentrate on other innovations. Although Mondaine first made a name for itself with this LCD watch, its subsequent designs are what really left a mark. Swiss Railway Clocks Today, Mondaine watches are synonymous with Swiss Railway Clocks. To understand this, we have to go back to 1944, when Swiss engineer and designer Hans Hilfiker created a clock for the Swiss railways. At the time, Hilfiker was also an employee of the Federal Swiss Railways. He designed the Official Swiss Railways Clock. This timepiece utilized a synchronized beat for departures and arrivals in the main Swiss Railway station. The Official Swiss Railway Clock has an electric motor that controls the clock’s rounds. Instead of a full 60 seconds, this clock completes a minute rotation in just 58.5 seconds. It also has a distinctive ball-tipped red hand that pauses for 1.5 seconds and thens jump on ahead to catch up with the minute hand. This mechanism syncs up all Official Swiss Railway Clocks with a master clock situated in a signal box. Erwin Bernheim’s sons, Andre and Ronnie, took this Swiss Railway clock as an inspiration and applied it to Mondaine watches. The Swiss watchmaking industry is saturated with brands that all want to stand out. With this in mind, the brand took the Official Swiss Railway Clock design, using it to bring Mondaine watches to the next level. This became the first-ever collection of railway clock-inspired wristwatches. So, in 1986, Mondaine launched its first watch collection, carefully licensed by the Federal Swiss Railways. As part of its iconic design, you will notice the signature ball-tipped red hand in all Mondaine watches. This design is taken from the train conductors at Swiss Railway stations, who held up red signs that indicated if a train was leaving or arriving at a station. We will discuss Mondaine watches and their designs in even greater detail in a moment. Mondaine Watch Collections Mondaine watches are perfect for the everyday professional. It has all the best features necessary for a day’s worth of work and more. You can even take them to more formal events or, even better, to a weekend trip. Even with such versatility, Mondaine watches embrace the idea of utilitarian design. These watches are easy on the eyes and, as much as possible, simple and uncomplicated. Let us take a look at the watch collections Mondaine has in its catalog today. Classic Collections Mondaine’s Classic Collection is a true work of art. Its design is what really put Mondaine on the map as a top watch manufacturer. The timepieces in this collection all carry the classic Official Swiss Railways look that we all know and love, in sizes that range from 30mm to 40mm. The straps used in this watch also range widely, from a simple black leather band to other colorful iterations that were later made available for people to choose from. As a result, this watch has quite a bit of range when it comes to price points. In retail, Mondaine watches from this collection can cost anywhere between $195 USD to $850 USD. These are the very watches officially licensed by the Federal Swiss Railways, making them true collector’s gems. Related to this collection is Mondaine’s Evo series. As its name suggests, it is an evolution of the Classics collection. Essence Collection Mondaine has a solid sustainability track. In fact, in 2020, the company declared itself 100% carbon neutral. Some of the efforts that led to this include switching production to solar power. Moreover, the company also launched the Essence collection in support of green initiatives. The Essence collection consists of unique and eco-friendly Mondaine watches that take sustainability to the next level. This collection boasts natural materials used in its cases. 70% of the Essence watches’ cases are consist of natural materials such as Rizinus, castor oil, and glass powder. Moreover, the straps of these watches are made from wondertree oil. If you prefer, you can also purchase these watches with bands made out of recycled PET bottles with a cork lining. To take things even further, the packaging of the Essence watches is also made from recycled PET bottles. Watches in the Essence range come in two sizes — 32mm and 41mm. If you prefer this collection, it would cost you between $195 USD to $220 USD for a watch. Sets are also available in retail for just $235 USD. Simply Elegant Collection This collection is exactly as it sounds. The Simply Elegant line boasts understated elegance in the flesh. Inspired by the brand’s Classic collection, it bears the iconic Mondaine design with the ball-tipped red seconds hand. You can get a watch from this collection in either a 36mm or 41mm stainless steel case, with various options for bracelets. The Mondaine watches from the Simply Elegant range are priced between $325 USD and $390 USD, depending on the size and materials used. This is the perfect timepiece for a daily watch. Helvetica Collection Everybody has heard of or at least come across the Helvetica® font. This Mondaine collection takes Max Miedinger’s Helvetica font design and places it right onto a timepiece. The Swiss designer’s creation is popular for how it embraces the simplicity and harmonious balance in lines. Inspired by the font itself, Mondaine took it into its hands to create a watch that is as simple as it is powerfully elegant. The Mondaine Helvetica collection comes in a wide range of sizes that fit everyone — 26mm, 33mm, 38mm, 40mm, and 43mm. You can find the words “Mondaine Helvetica Swiss Made” engraved on the stainless steel cases of this collection’s watches. Mondaine watches from this range also come in either a mesh stainless steel bracelet or a genuine leather strap. Some models also have plating to give them different, more vibrant colors. Aside from variations in color and sizes, the collection has special models. These include an iteration with a second time zone named Helvetic No. 1 Regular. There is also a sleek model with a gold-plated case and white dial, as well as a Milanese strap. This piece is known as the Mondaine Helvetica No. 1 Light Holiday Edition. For a more casual everyday piece, Mondaine also released a smartwatch iteration of the Helvetica known as the 1 Regular Hybrid. It is compatible with Android 4.4, iOS 8, and newer versions of these systems. Just like any smartwatch, this timepiece has neat features like mobile notifications, activity and sleep tracking, as well as world time. All these, you can get with the sleek Mondaine design in a supple leather strap. Aside from all these, the Mondaine Helvetica smartwatches have also been updated with Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities. NFC is a contactless payment technology. With this, a number of other Mondaine watches have also become imbued with the Mondaine PayChip™. This technology makes paying for transactions much more efficient, giving you a great deal of convenience in your everyday life. A Mondaine Helvetica watch can cost anywhere north of $699 USD. Stop2Go Collection The original movement used by Mondaine watches ceased production sometime in 2001. However, in 2013, Mondaine relaunched the movement with a redesign under the collection Stop2Go. Mondaine watches in the Stop2Go collection still possess the famous ball-tipped red second hand. According to the brand, the Stop2Go watches embody the philosophy behind the stuttering red second hand found in many Mondaine watches. As mentioned, this red second hand in Mondaine watches completes a rotation at 58 seconds, then waits at 12 o’clock for the minute hand to catch up. Only then does the red hand begin a new rotation. These two seconds prove to be a fascinating unique trait for Mondaine watches. They represent time standing still. While you might see this as just an illusion that serves as a metaphor for time and its mysterious movements, it is also a great way to reminds wearers that every second spent catches up on us. The Stop2Go collection is also notable for incorporating backlight technology. You can easily ready time on Stop2Go watches, no matter where you are — even in dimly lit places. Powered by Super-LumiNova, the backlight of Stop2Go watches provide visibility for up to four hours when fully charged. A Stop2Go clock costs around $295 USD in retail while Stop2Go watches range from between $550 USD to $650 USD. Mondaine Clocks Clocks are the foundation of Mondaine as a brand. It is a modern classic and in 2020, the company updated its Swiss Railways clock collection. It now includes more modern designs such as cases in metallic monochrome. This helps give a luxurious feel to the Mondaine clock, which is already popular for its utilitarian style. The catalog of Mondaine clocks also contains classics, with black, red, and grey casing. These clocks cost anywhere between $235 USD to $295 USD. Getting to Know Mondaine, the Company The headquarters of Mondaine sits in Switzerland. This is where the company is situated at the moment and where its facilities sit. From our walkthrough above, it should be clear to you by now that Mondaine is not a luxury watch brand. It is an everyday watch brand, but its price points remain true to its Swiss nature. Watches can cost anywhere between $175 USD to $850 USD. Mondaine watch prices also continue to appreciate through the years. As such, Mondaine watches can serve as for the future. That being said, Mondaine watches are also very high-quality timepieces. They boast superb accuracy and legibility that is needed by everyday professionals. They also carry an iconic design that makes them truly stylish, especially in the modern urban world. People who are looking for a great entry-level watch should look into Mondaine. It is not as expensive as brands like Omega or Rolex but it provides reliable watches that can last just as long. If you are just starting out your journey into the Swiss watchmaking industry, then Mondaine watches are the perfect choice to go with. Mondaine Watches, a Swiss Icon We have all heard and seen the word “icon” used by various brands. We know that the Rolex Submariner is an icon, as is the Omega Speedmaster. However, not all icons can be a Mondaine watch. Mondaine watches are icons not just for their historical value, but also for their unique design. After all, it is not everyday that you can find railway clock-inspired watches. Not to mention, the mechanism behind Mondaine watches, with their 58-second rotation, is truly a marvel to behold. Mondaine is a brand that deserves a lot more recognition than it gets. If you want a watch that will stand out without having the price tag of a luxury piece, this is the brand for you. Swiss excellence need not be expensive. Check out our review of the Oris Aquis watch, or our comparison of Tissot and Hamilton watches. All photos courtesy of Mondaine.

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  7. A Complete Guide To The ETA 2892 Movement

    A Complete Guide To The ETA 2892 Movement

    Behind every beautiful timepiece is a well-oiled mechanism that allows everything to properly function. This mechanism, known as the movement or the caliber, is what serves as the power source of the whole watch. Those familiar with horology, especially manufacturers and patrons, know just how important an excellent caliber is. This is why numerous companies have taken it upon themselves to create various movements that all exhibit unique and appealing features. With that, let us talk about one of the most recognizable calibers to ever exist — the ETA 2892. What Is a Watch Movement?  Just so we are all on the same page, let us briefly go over what a watch movement is. In order for a timepiece to actually perform its purpose, which is to display the time at the very least, there has to be something that powers it. That something is the movement. A watch movement can be categorized into two kinds: quartz and mechanical. A quartz movement relies on a battery to work. A mechanical caliber, on the other hand, involves a spring with either manual or automatic winding. In the watchmaking world, brands can either buy calibers from third-party companies or produce in-house movements of their own. ETA: Through The Years The ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse, commonly referred to as ETA, is a company that specializes in watch technology. Officially founded in 1856 by Eterna, ETA SA served as a division that focused on creating movements for the aforementioned watch firm. In 1926, they established the Ébauches Ltd, which was created in partnership with Fabriques d’Horlogerie de Fontainemelon (FHF). However, over 50 years later, ETA would eventually take over both FHF and Ébauches Ltd.  This occurred through a series of unfortunate events. Back then, the entire world was experiencing the aftermath of historic tragedies which led to the downfall of many economies. With the watchmaking industry being affected as well, companies started filing for bankruptcy left and right. In an attempt to cope with everything, certain horology-focused groups were created. These included the Société Suisse pour l’Industrie Horlogère (SSIH) and Allgemeine Schweizerische Uhrenindustrie AG (ASUAG). While this was a good effort, it was still not enough. As such, these two organizations eventually had to merge to form the Société de Microélectronique et d’Horlogerie (SMH).  At present, ETA is one of the many companies under the Swatch Group, which is the modern-day SMH. ETA mostly offers a vast selection of products that are categorized into either quartz or mechanical movements. Given their long history and numerous connections with watch brands, it is no surprise that ETA has become one of the most well-established suppliers of Swiss movements in the market.  History of the ETA 2892 Movement  ETA has produced many movements since its foundation, but the ETA 2892 caliber remains one of its finest creations. It was officially launched back in the 1970s, along with other excellent mechanical movements such as the ETA 2824, the Valjoux 7750, and many more. The ETA 2892 was marketed as the flattest self-winding caliber to ever be mass-produced back then. This makes sense as it was also a part of ETA’s Flatline family. As such, the ETA 2892 caliber boasted a thickness of less than 4mm.  Another interesting thing about the ETA 2892 is how resilient it is despite many external challenges. If you pay attention to the dates, you will note that the ETA 2892 caliber was actually launched around the same period as the quartz revolution. During that time, there was constant turmoil surrounding the two types of movement. Eventually, however, quartz technology took over. This caused a massive shift in the watchmaking world, with manufacturers deviating away from mechanical calibers. Amidst all that, the ETA 2892 is notable for being one of the lucky non-quartz movements that survived the purge.  Come the 1980s, and many new watch designs and structures were emerging, which led ETA to adapt to the times. They did so by modifying and updating a number of their products, including the ETA 2982 caliber. Since then, there has been a couple of contemporary interpretations of the ETA 2892 that are still being used today.  Anatomy and Features of the ETA-2892 Movement The ETA 2892 is a renowned movement in the world of horology. It is considered a robust and stable caliber that showcases a very thin structure. It has a diameter of around 28mm with a thickness of approximately 3.6mm. In addition, the ETA 2892 movement has a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. This is a drastic improvement from the standard at the time, which was around 18,800 vph. ETA achieved this impressive result by replacing the mainspring of the ETA 2892 caliber with a sturdier version. Lastly, this movement boasts a power reserve range of around 40 to 50 hours. Ultimately, the ETA 2892 was an impressive feat back then, especially since it boasted even better quality and accuracy than its predecessors. The fact that it is still being used even today shows how great this caliber actually is. Truly, the ETA 2892 is a movement that was ahead of its time. Other Iterations of the ETA-2892 Contrary to popular belief, the ETA 2892 was neither the start nor the end. It draws inspiration from another famous ETA movement and it also has its own descendants as well. Here is a quick overview of some of the other ETA 2892 iterations.  Caliber 2824 The ETA 2824 is the known predecessor of the ETA 2892. It is one of the many movements from ETA that has a solid reputation in the industry. This caliber measures 25.6mm in diameter with a thickness of around 5 mm. Lastly, its other features include a 28,800 vph frequency, 25 jewels, and a power reserve of up to 38 hours.  Caliber 2892-2 The ETA 2892-2 came out around the 1980s, as an improved version of the ETA 2892. This movement was meant to be even thinner in order to cater to a more diverse set of case designs. The Swiss company also decided to reduce the size of the main plate and rotor. This gave the ETA 2982-2 an impressive 25.60mm diameter, which was considerably smaller than the ETA 2892’s 28mm diameter. Caliber 2892-A2 The caliber 2892-A2 is the most recent version of the ETA 2892. It falls under the Swiss brand’s Mecaline Specialties range. Its approximate measurements are the following: a diameter of 25.60mm and a thickness of 3.60mm. This automatic movement also has a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, 21 jewels, and an improved 50-hour power reserve. The caliber 2892-A2 is probably the version that is most utilized by many watch brands today.  10 Outstanding Watches with an ETA-2892 Caliber  Now, let us take a look at some of the best timepieces powered by this iconic ETA 2892 movement.  1. Bell & Ross BR-X1 Military Bell & Ross is a brand that is best known for its unique design elements. They offer a gorgeous selection of timepieces inspired by aviation and the military. An interesting thing about this Swiss company is how they consistently uphold four basic principles in their watchmaking: legibility, functionality, precision, and reliability. With that being said, it is no surprise that some of their products are equipped with the reliable and steady ETA 2892 caliber.  The Bell & Ross BR-XI Military, for example, comes in a navy green square case paired with a rubber strap in black. It also features a skeletonized dial, which gives us a glimpse of the movement that typically operates behind the scenes. Lastly, this watch is equipped with a BR-CAL.313 caliber. This is essentially a modified version of the ETA 2892, with an extra Dubois-Depraz chronograph component.  2. Omega Seamaster 300 Omega’s Seamaster is one of the most popular collections in the watchmaking community. It was first introduced back in 1948, which makes it the oldest range the brand still currently offers. At present, most of the pieces in this line are equipped with the Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber. However, prior to this development, the Seamaster 300 watches were actually driven by the ETA 2892 movement. It is also said that the Swiss company heavily referenced the ETA 2892 for its Co-Axial calibers. As such, the ETA 2892 can be seen as the base unit of many of Omega’s current movements. 3. Hermès Arceau Grande Lune Hermès is a widely recognized name in the luxury fashion industry. While it is definitely more popular for its exclusive bags, the brand also offers a variety of other products, including timepieces as well. In 2020, Hermès came out with the Arceau Grande Lune, a beautiful watch that boasts a calendar display and a moon phase indicator. Just like the Bell & Ross piece, this watch is powered by an ETA-2892 caliber, with additional modules for the calendar and moon phase features by Dubois-Depraz. This is one of the most recently released timepieces to be equipped with the iconic ETA 2892 movement.  4. Raymond Weil Parsifal The Raymond Weil Parsifal line first came out in the 1990s, featuring very classic and elegant timepieces. 20 years later, in 2010, the brand released a line of modern-day interpretations of its vintage watches, with even more refined aesthetics and functions. This Parsifal Chronograph model, for example, offers a sleek and elegant exterior. It also has a straightforward chronograph layout along with a date component. This watch is powered by an automatic movement that uses the ETA 2892-2 caliber as a base. It has a 42-hour power reserve and a modified Dubois Dubois chronograph module. 5. Tissot Excellence Automatic Tissot is another well-known brand that offers a wide selection of excellent timepieces. They have been an enduring and impactful presence in Swiss watchmaking since 1853. Currently, they are one of the many companies under the Swatch Group. As such, it is no surprise that some of their timepieces are powered by ETA movements as well. The Tissot Excellence Automatic (18K Gold) serves as a simple and classic example. Behind its refined aesthetics and straightforward analog display, this watch is equipped with an ETA 2892-A2 movement, with 21 jewels and a power reserve of up to 42 hours.   6. Baume & Mercier Clifton Club 10500 Baume & Mercier is a Swiss luxury watch manufacturer that has been in the industry since 1830. They have a long and rich heritage which is reflected in every timepiece they make. For such an established brand to consistently rely on ETA for its movements just shows how reliable ETA is when it comes to watch technology. For example, one of their current models, the Clifton Club 10500, is a stylish and casual piece that is equipped with the ETA 2892 A2 caliber.  7. Sinn 836  Sinn is a brand that originated from Germany and specializes in aviation watches. That being said, the core of its timepieces revolves around precision and reliability, which is why the brand source all its movements from trusted manufacturers like ETA. An example of this would be the Sinn 836. This is a straightforward, anti-magnetic model that is powered by the ETA 2892 caliber. In addition, it follows a self-winding, mechanical movement with around 21 jewels and a frequency of 28,800 vph.  8. Breitling Bentley Chronograph Steel  Breitling is another Swiss brand with a pristine reputation in the watchmaking world. They have a long partnership with Bentley, which is quite evident even today. With that, one of the previous watches born out of their collaboration was the Breitling Bentley Chronograph Steel. This 2000s model, with its distinct and striking aesthetics, is driven by an ETA 2892-A2 caliber that has an additional chronograph module. At present, some of the calibers used by Breitling actually also take inspiration from other ETA movements.  9. IWC Pilot’s Mark XVIII  IWC is a Swiss brand that is highly regarded for its excellent craftsmanship in watchmaking. They offer a vast selection of timepieces that boasts unparalleled quality and features. While they produce their own movements, they sometimes also refer to third-party firms like ETA for some components. The IWC Pilot’s Mark XVIII, for example, is a watch with quintessential and straightforward aesthetics. Beyond its beautiful exterior is a self-winding 30110 caliber that has the ETA 2892-A2 as its base. Just like the aforementioned ETA movement, it has 21 jewels, a 41-hour power reserve, and a frequency of 28,800 vph.  10. Hamilton American Classic H38755731 Last on our list is a timepiece from Hamilton, which is another brand under the Swatch Group. Since Hamilton and ETA are sister companies under the Swatch Group, it is no surprise that Hamilton watches are frequently equipped with ETA movements. The Hamilton American Classic H38755731 is a prime example of this. Everything about this model, from its round stainless steel case to its black sunburst dial and leather strap, screams simple yet classy. It is equipped with an ETA 2892-2 caliber, which follows an automatic movement and has a power reserve of up to 50 hours. Final Thoughts  The ETA 2892 will remain one of the most iconic movements to ever exist. The fact that many brands still use and reference this caliber today just shows how reliable and impactful it actually is. The best thing about the ETA 2892 movement is that there is always a possibility for further developments in the future because it is such a resilient and versatile creation.  If you’re interested in more watch guides, check out this piece on the Orient Kamasu. Photo Credits: ETA, Official Brand Websites, and Amazon

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  8. 30 Best Men’s Watch Gift Guide

    30 Best Men’s Watch Gift Guide

    Whether the hard-working and important man in your life is a seasoned collector, a newbie to the field or just a casual wearer who likes completing his looks with quality accessories, a high-performing and stylish timepiece is an item he will appreciate for the rest of his life. Apart from bearing great functionalities that could significantly improve your daily life, watches are timeless accessories, which is why they are often considered the most ideal gifts for men. To help you get your shopping list done, we have curated a gift guide of some of the best men’s watches that would serve as the perfect presents. From funky, digital, and classy dress pieces to budget-friendly and sporty watches, read on to learn more about the gift-worthy men’s watches you can find on the market today. Our Top Picks: 30 Best Gift-Worthy Watches For Men 1. Seiko 5 Sports Ref. SRPG27K1  It would only be right to start this gift guide with a classic watch from a well-established, highly popular brand from the Land of the Rising Sun: Seiko. Coming straight from their premier Seiko 5 Sports collection, which houses high-performing and stylish mechanical pieces suitable for daily wear, the Seiko 5 Sports Ref. SRPG27K1 is definitely an excellent choice. This handsome men’s watch comes in a 39.4mm stainless steel case with nicely shaped lugs and a matching stainless steel bracelet. With great functionality, it also has 12/24-hour and stop seconds hand functions that are all quite useful to any user. Priced at around $329 USD, this Seiko 5 piece is the perfect men’s watch gift for those who are just starting out with their collection. 2. Casio G-Shock Ref. GMWB5000GD-1 If you are on the hunt for an incredibly unique yet versatile watch gift, the fantastic Casio G-Shock line is a great place to start. The Casio G-Shock Ref. GMWB5000GD-1 has a 49.3mm black resin case paired with a brushed stainless steel bezel that gives off a dapper feel. While it is true that you can never go wrong with round watches, it is still fun to switch things up a bit from time to time. Square-faced watches like this one are a great bit of variety in the horological world. True to its name, this Casio watch is shock-resistant and can even withstand water pressures up to 200 meters. Packed with a ton of amazing features, this tough men’s watch has a 1/100-second stopwatch, a countdown timer, a multi-function alarm, a full-auto calendar, a 12/24-hour format, and an hourly time signal. This Casio watch retails at just $600 USD, giving you the best value for your money.  3. Emporio Armani Ref. AR1126  If his personality revolves around simplicity and practicality, then this next men’s watch would probably suit his tastes. This leather watch from the high-end label Emporio Armani bears a sophisticated appeal, making it worth the purchase. Coming from a well-known Italian fashion house, it is no surprise why this watch’s lines and form are all striking, just like the brand’s other products. Visually appealing in every way, this designer timepiece steals everyone’s attention in a subtle yet impactful manner. The Emporio Armani Men’s Chronograph Ref. AR1126 comes in a 43mm stainless steel case and a fixed bezel made out of the same material. The crown on the right of the watch sports a triangular shape and has teeth-like edges for an easier grip. To match the cushiony dark blue leather strap, this men’s watch has a vibrant blue dial with a beautiful sunburst finish. You can purchase this fashionable timekeeper on the brand’s official website and stores for just $322 USD. 4. Orient Star Ref. RK-AM0001S Next up, we have another highly dependable piece, but this time from a brand called Orient. The Orient Star Ref. RK-AM0001S is one of its most popular offerings. This dress watch is pretty far from usual, as you can tell from the riveting and fully functional details on its dial. With its vintage-inspired appeal, beautiful color combination, and exceptional quality, this would definitely make a great gift for any man in your life. This Orient Sun & Moon men’s watch has a slim 41mm stainless steel case that matches well with its black crocodile leather strap. The watch boasts a milky white sunburst dial that serves as a great backdrop to the black Roman numeral indices and blued dauphine hands. However, what makes this timepiece truly remarkable is its semi-skeleton sub-dial and the moon phase indication found above the 6 o’clock marker. Coming in beautiful shades of blue and yellow, the moon phase function is a lovely sight to behold. Meanwhile, the partially skeletonized sub-dial allows wearers to admire the beauty of the movement at work. Equipped with a 30-meter water resistance rating and a power reserve display, this Orient timepiece retails at $1,299 USD.  5. Invicta Pro Diver Men Ref. 36280 For those who love glamorous watches, let us move on to a gold-colored timepiece that comes with a twist. Oozing regality and sophistication, this men’s watch from Invicta can effortlessly capture the hearts of many with its vibrant and loud appeal. Deviating from the usual concepts, this dive watch is the ideal gift for men who love water sports activities and want their accessories to be on the flamboyant side. Bearing a classy aesthetic similar to watches produced by Rolex, Tudor, and Tag Heuer, the Invicta Pro Diver Men Ref. 36280 comes in a 48mm stainless steel case and a 24mm bracelet sporting the same gold hue. Its gold bezel features solid and humongous black markings for better legibility. However, the true star of this men’s watch is its blue abalone dial, which is adorned with luminous pencil-style indices and hands. As a true diver watch, this timepiece has a water resistance rating of 100 meters, so you can bring it to your dips in the pool and at the beach. Bound to steal the attention of many, this watch retails at around $995 USD. 6. Victorinox I.N.O.X. Ref. 241737 When choosing a timekeeper as a gift, it is best to look out for ones that are timelessly stylish and effortlessly reliable. One such example is the Victorinox I.N.O.X. Ref. 241737. Other than the fact that it will not easily go out of style, this robust, hardy tool watch will surely last any user for decades. Possessing design cues from the brand’s proprietary Swiss Army knives, this Victorinox watch would make a great addition to any man’s collection. The Victorinox I.N.O.X Ref 241737 runs on a Caliber Ronda 715, which has 60 months’ worth of battery life and is held by 5 jewels. Although its glorious appearance might suggest otherwise, this men’s watch is highly resilient, as it has a water resistance rating of 200 meters. Like most other luxury brands in the market, Victorinox also added a sapphire crystal to protect the watch face from any external damage. With a price tag of around $495 USD, this is one of the most affordable Victorinox I.N.O.X watches available.  7. Shinola Runwell 47mm White Dial Every man needs a dashing leather watch in their wardrobe like this Shinola Runwell 47mm. This Shinola men’s watch, priced at around $595 USD, comes in a classic 47mm stainless steel case, which complements the luscious tan-colored leather strap with white hand-sewn stitchings on both sides. The polished screw-down crown is responsible for ensuring its 50-meter water-resistance rating, while the double-domed sapphire crystal protects the dial from any scratches or impacts. Design-wise, this watch has an aesthetic reminiscent of those vintage timekeepers that came out during the postwar era. Apart from bearing Super-Luminova-coated hands and jet black Arabic numeral indices, the crisp white-colored dial in a matte velvet finish also has a small seconds counter just above the 6 o’clock position. The addition of soft orange accents also adds a youthful touch. On the whole, this is a watch gift that any man would be thrilled to unwrap on a special day. 8. Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar Ref. T121.420.47.051.02 Looking for a gift watch to complement his love for techie stuff? Well, fret not because this next watch might be the answer to your prayers. The Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar Ref. T121.420.47.051.02 sports an elegant black and rose gold aesthetic that any man would surely find attractive. It may look simple at first glance but its capabilities are far more advanced than you could imagine. This riveting Tissot watch for men comes in an ultra lightweight 47.5mm titanium case and a sleek ceramic bezel adorned with white-colored direction and number markings. If durability is the most important thing to him, fear not, as the timepiece is also built to withstand intense magnetism and water pressures of up to 100 meters. Packed with tons of amazing features, the Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar Ref. T121.420.47.051.0 has an alarm, altimeter, automatic daylight saving time, azimuth barometer, compass, perpetual calendar and a temperature indicator. For just $1,150 USD, you will be able to take this gem home to its rightful owner.  9. Timex Weekender 38mm Nylon Strap If he is a fun type who likes adding a splash of color to his basic attire, then this cool and comfortable watch from Timex is the right present. Fueled by its dedication to making tough and versatile everyday timepieces, the brand decided to release the Timex Weekender 38mm Nylon Strap, which comes with customizable aspects to fit every consumer’s tastes. Its overall aesthetic falls on the muted side but this men’s watch is still compelling enough to turn heads. This men’s timepiece has a brass and LLB case that measures 38mm in size, and a fixed bezel and crown made of the same material. It also bears a heat-tempered mineral glass that provides optimal shielding abilities. Serving as a backdrop to the silver hands and Arabic numeral indices, we also have a stunning gray-colored dial. This dial is adorned with the INDIGLO® Night-Light technology that endorses unmatched legibility. Priced at just $35 USD, this is one of the cheapest and most reliable gift watch options on this list.  10. Swatch Sistem51 Pilote Ref. YIB404 If he is a fan of all-black items and commanding aesthetics, then he will undoubtedly love this monochromatic Swatch analog timepiece. Hailing from the brand’s popular Sistem51 collection, which houses some of the most chic and affordable men’s automatic watches available today, the Swatch Sistem Pilote Ref. YIB404 has a very striking design, making it a piece worth getting and gifting. Apart from bearing a black 42mm stainless steel case, this watch has a two-layered fixed bezel and a large crown placed at the 3 o’clock mark. Continuing with the dark theme, its dial comes in black, with a sunburst finish that gives off an elegant feel. Adorned with baton indices and dauphine hour-markers, the analog display also includes a circular date window as well as a half-moon aperture that exposes the charm of the watch’s automatic mechanism. With a water resistance rating of 30 meters, this Swatch timepiece costs only $245 USD.  11. Original Grain Burlwood Silver With its insanely compelling appearance and construction, the Original Grain Burlwood Silver is possibly the most unique watch on this list that you could give as a gift. Intricately designed to accompany wearers to any adventures and endeavors, this watch is perfect for those who have exquisite tastes and prefer watch faces with larger blueprints. What makes the Original Grain Burlwood Silver interesting is that it comes in a 44mm stainless steel case with a bezel made out of pure inlaid burlwood. The bracelet also boasts unusual inlaid burlwood links. Exhibiting a rugged yet graceful vibe, the dial is made out of a cool black-colored brushed steel, with an inlaid wood piece at the top. As a true chronograph piece, this watch is water-resistant up to depths of 100 meters and has two counters that follow a congruous layout. This striking and elegant men’s piece will only set you back by $386 USD.  12. Citizen Promaster Skyhawk A-T Ref. JY8078-01L For a rugged and foolproof option, the Citizen Promaster Skyhawk A-T Ref. JY8078-01L is your best bet. With its cutting-edge features, this men’s piece redefines the essence of a pilot watch. Although it can look intimidating at first glance, especially with the abundance of digital windows and texts, you can tell that this watch was carefully crafted to withstand even the harshest situations.  The 45mm stainless steel case of this Citizen men’s watch features a bulky rotating slide rule bezel, two round-shaped pushers, and a large crown with engraved patterns for a swift grip. Apart from numerous yellow accents, the face also features two digital displays and a power reserve indicator. When it comes to features, this one packs a lot, including an atomic timekeeping feature, a chronograph that measures up to 24 hours, a perpetual calendar, dual time and several alarms. Lastly, this watch is equipped with Citizen’s Eco-Drive system, which does not require frequent battery replacement. As such, it has an expensive price tag of around $520 USD.  13. Garmin Venu 2 Ref. 010-02430-71 Those who like to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle will appreciate a chic and uncomplicated fitness watch like the Garmin Venu 2 Ref. 010-02430-71 as a present. He will be able to easily track his health goals like a pro while donning this advanced timekeeper. This 45.4mm Garmin smartwatch watch has a black-tone fiber-reinforced polymer case, a stainless steel bezel, and an adjustable silicone strap. Besides being water-resistant up to depths of 50 meters, it can also store 200 hours’ worth of activity data in its memory. This timepiece has a lot of functionalities in store for its wearers, including the stopwatch, sunrise and sunset times, automatic daylight saving time, and GPS time sync. When it comes to health-related features, this men’s watch can tell you your daily resting heart rate, respiration rate, all-day stress level, pulse ox blood oxygen saturation, and even your fitness age. Talk about convenience! It retails at just $461 USD, which is quite reasonable for a timepiece loaded with so many cool attributes. 14. Baume et Mercier Baume Ref. 10599 Men who are into fashion can upgrade their get-ups with the Baume et Mercier Baume Ref. 10599. Bearing a clean and authoritative look, this classic men’s watch is a sight to behold, and a gift that any man would be happy to receive. This Baume et Mercier watch boasts a 41mm sleek black case and a matching leather strap with a polished pin buckle. Instead of bearing the usual 12-hour layout, the slate-gray dial with a sunburst finish features Arabic numeral minute markers, written in five-minute increments for easier time tracking. In addition, it also has black rhodium-plated baton hands that blend well with its minimalistic backdrop and a small round date window just above the 6 o’clock position. The hand in the small seconds sub-dial sports the same muted green hue as the main dial’s outer rim, adding a splash of sophisticated color to this understated timepiece. Powered by a Swiss-made Ronda 6004 D quartz movement, this gorgeous men’s watch costs $577 USD.  15. MVMT Chrono Ceramic Who says that you have to go over your budget to buy a trendy watch gift for your loved ones? The underrated yet talented brand MVMT proves that consumers do not have to break the bank to own a lustrous men’s dress watch that can easily handle extreme wear and tear. Equipped with a sporty and versatile appearance, and a fail-safe mechanism underneath its core, the MVMT Chrono Ceramic is a lovely, minimalistic treat. With a structure similar to the Baume et Mercier Baume Ref. 10599, this MVMT men’s watch has a 44mm white ceramic case that fits well on any type of wrist. Its bracelet is also made out of the same material, but has stainless steel components for greater resilience against all sorts of external threats. To maximize its utility, MVMT added three sub-dials for 24-hours, 30-minutes, and 60-seconds, just below the location of the hands. This men’s timepiece also comes with a small date window between 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock. Priced at only $312 USD, the MVMT Chrono Ceramic is a sleek, durable watch that performs well, all thanks to its powerful quartz movement. 16. Tag Heuer Monaco Ref. CBL2111.FC6453 From timekeepers with round-shaped cases, we now go to an iconic piece that is edgy yet sophisticated at the same time. First launched in 1969, all Tag Heuer Monaco models, including the Tag Heuer Monaco Ref. CBL2111.FC6453, are instantly recognizable because of their square-shaped bodies and racing-inspired designs. Characterized by groundbreaking features and a superior mechanism, this Tag Heuer watch redefines what chronographs are all about.  Exhibiting a timeless feel, this men’s watch comes in a 39mm brushed stainless steel case that looks good with a blue alligator leather strap. Its blue sunray dial has an unconventional yet strategic layout that will catch the eyes of every spectator. The two white square-shaped sub-dials take the place of the 3 and 9 o’clock positions, creating a harmonious and unique balance. There is also a date window at the bottom of the dial, replacing the 6 o’clock marker entirely. Inside this $9,200 USD watch beats an automatic HEUER02 chronograph movement. This movement vibrates at 28,800 vph and has 80 hours’ worth of power reserve.  17. Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical 42MM Ref. H69529933 If he is the old school type, then it is impossible for him not to fall in love with the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical 42MM Ref. H69529933. Hailing from the brand’s premium Khaki Field collection, this men’s watch inherits details from the military watches produced by Hamilton during the 1960s, but in a bigger blueprint. Its rugged and authoritative look is what makes this piece an appealing watch gift.  Like its name suggests, this men’s watch has a 42mm stainless steel case and a matching stainless steel fixed bezel. With its 22mm lug width, it can fit well on any wrist type, making it one of the best daily watches you could ever find. This classic watch also has a simple matte black dial adorned with timeless details such as white Arabic numeral indices, syringe-style hour and minute hands and an arrow-shaped seconds hand. It runs on a Caliber H-50 mechanical movement with 80 hours’ worth of power reserve. With a price of $638 USD, this is a perfect watch gift for someone who loves all things vintage and is looking for a low-maintenance companion.  18. Fossil Retro Pilot Chronograph Leather Watch Here we have another retro-inspired watch for men that is worthy of the hype. The Fossil Retro Pilot Chronograph Leather Watch bears a similar look to the previously-mentioned model but differs in being a chronograph piece with a more elegant, professional image.  Extremely dashing, this men’s watch comes in a 44mm stainless steel case and a classy dark brown leather strap. It boasts a silver dial decorated with a mix of geometric and Arabic numeral hour markers, pencil-style hands, and a minute track on the rim. The counters for the chronograph are swept to the left half of the dial, while the brand’s signature sits nicely on the right. Priced at only $140 USD, the straightforwardness and chicness that come with this Fossil men’s piece make it an exceptional and affordable watch gift. 19. Raymond Weil Maestro Moonphase Ref. 2240-STC-00655 If you are searching for something that could complement his geeky personality, then the Raymond Weil Maestro Moonphase Ref. 2240-STC-00655 is a great choice.  It deviates from the usual timepiece concepts with an extremely intricate dial and complex features that a man full of curiosity will find fascinating. As a part of the brand’s Maestro collection, this men’s watch also serves as a testament to Raymond Weil’s passion for pure Swiss craftsmanship. One of the best things about the brand’s Maestro collection is that it offers fully functional pieces that come with multiple color schemes and a variety of useful features. As such, you can definitely find the perfect Maestro timepiece to fit your specific tastes. This particular Raymond Weil men’s watch, costing around $1,300 USD, comes in a 40mm stainless steel case that is well polished. The dial is the true standout here, boasting a fancy silver hue embellished with wave-like patterns at the center and simple lines on the outer portion. In addition, it sports a gorgeous moon phase indicator and an aperture that allows you to peek into the watch’s movement. This is the perfect dress watch gift for those who like refined pieces that could easily serve as conversation starters. 20. Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Bronze Ref. 79012M-0001 High-class and stunning are two of the words that best describe the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Bronze Ref. 79012M-0001. Right off the bat, you can immediately tell that this is a piece that will age incredibly well. It is the perfect watch for guys who are seeking a long-lasting watch with an amazing style.  Equipped with a 5-year guarantee, this Tudor men’s watch has a 39mm satin-brushed bronze case. This is paired with a mocha brown unidirectional bezel, which is adorned with flawless 60-minute markings. The luxurious look of this watch is completed by its bronze bracelet equipped with a T-fit clasp, thick lugs, and an accessible screw-down crown made of the same material. For those who are not a fan of metal bracelets, you can also switch to a jacquard fabric strap to achieve the perfect casual look. Powered by a COSC-certified automatic movement with 70 hours of power reserve, this Tudor watch retails at $7,180 USD.  21. Tiffany & Co. Atlas 2-Hand 37.5mm Watch The Atlas 2-Hand 37.5mm Watch from the famous luxury jewelry brand Tiffany & Co. is the type of luxury watch that can catch onlookers’ eye in an instant with its radiant tone. Its appearance may not be every man’s cup of tea but it will surely suit those who have a unique fashion sense and want a pop of color in their collection. Bearing a price tag of $3,000 USD, this Swiss men’s watch features a slim 37.5mm stainless steel body and a thick set of lugs that gives the case more definition. When it comes to the dial, this piece boasts the signature Blue® azure hue of the brand, along with huge Roman numeral indices and simple baton hands. Though slightly more expensive than some of the models mentioned above, this Tiffany & Co. watch does not disappoint on any count. 22. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial Chronometer GMT Ref. 232.32.44.22.01.001 The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial Chronometer GMT Ref. 232.32.44.22.01.001 is yet another graceful timekeeper suitable for gentlemen who love traveling and who truly appreciate Swiss engineering and precision. Embodying sleek and stunning dial attributes, this robust Omega men’s watch puts a striking and modern twist to a timeless classic. Handsome and lavish in all ways, this one comes in a 43.5mm case made out of stainless steel, a bi-directional rotating bezel, a screw-in crown and a black rubber strap with fine stitchings. Large arrow-shaped hands swivel round the matte black dial accented with orange to add a pop of color to the monochrome watch. What’s more, it even features a date display at 3 o’clock, 24-hour markers on the bezel and a thin GMT hand that rotates once every 24 hours. Priced at around $4,880 USD, this Seamaster men’s watch is truly worth checking out if you’re looking for a gift that gives equal priority to form and function. It even relies on a COSC-certified movement which will bring efficiency and satisfaction to any wearer. 23. Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition If you want to treat him with something a bit more exclusive, why not indulge in the Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition? Released in collaboration with Bentley Motors, this men’s watch celebrates the legacy of the latter’s iconic product, the Continental GT Convertible Mulliner.  This Breitling watch sports a 42mm case in stainless steel that matches well with its blue alligator leather strap. Exhibiting details reminiscent of the Continental GT Convertible Mulliner’s interiors, this watch has a muted silver dial with Arabic numeral indices, silver baton hands, and red accents all over its face. You will also find two blue-colored and dashboard-inspired counters, dedicated to the chronograph feature. With only 1,000 pieces produced, it is no wonder why this Breitling men’s watch costs $8,650 USD. 24. Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711 Perhaps the most sought-after sports watch today, the Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-014 is mainly reserved for men who like their timekeepers beefy yet elegant. Its signature shape, polished finish, and delicate dial are what make this luxurious watch highly desirable. If you have the budget and you want him to feel really special, then this is the ideal watch gift to get.  A true cult-favorite in all ways, this Nautilus comes in a 40mm case, an octagonal bezel with rounded edges, and a bracelet made out of stainless steel. Aside from bearing horizontal patterns and a sunburst finish, the dial is in a pretty olive green hue, which is extremely pleasing to the eye from every angle. Adorned with luminous silver indices and hands, it also features a date component at 3 o’clock. Retailing at about $35,000 USD, the wearer can experience Patek Philippe’s exceptional watchmaking traditions with this versatile men’s sports watch. 25. Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Magic If you want to go big on a special day, this daring piece from Hublot is the way to go. With a price of $26,200 USD, it is the perfect statement watch to get if you want him to stand out effortlessly and be the center of any conversation. With a water resistance rating of up to 100 meters, the Big Bang Unico Red Magic has a 45mm dark red ceramic case protected by a sapphire crystal and a structured black and red rubber strap. Featuring an open-heart layout, the skeletonized dial comes with a mix of baton and Arabic numeral indices, two counters in different sizes, and thick pencil-style hour and minute hands for added charm. 26. A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Ref. 191.021 Want to treat him to something understated yet extremely luxurious? Then take a look at the Lange 1 Ref. 191.021 watch from the acclaimed German brand A. Lange & Söhne.  Striking and cultivated, the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Ref. 191.021 comes in a 38.5mm yellow gold case as well as a fixed bezel of the same material. Its solid silver dial and champagne sub-dials boast yellow gold hands and Roman numeral hour markers. However, what makes this watch so distinct is the placement of the main dial. Instead of occupying the entire face, the brand has placed it on the left side for greater variety. The overlapping small seconds counter sits nicely below the main dial, while the power reserve indicator is on the right. With a hefty price tag of around $40,000 USD, this A. Lange & Söhne men’s watch is one of the most expensive watch gift options on this list. 27. Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech™ – 44mm Ref. PAM00661 This next piece, from the company that specializes in creating superb men’s watches, will surely level up his look in an instant. Just like what its name suggests, the Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech™ – 44mm Ref. PAM00661 has a 44mm case and a bezel both made out of Carbotech, which is a composite material based on carbon fiber. Secured by a Calf Ponte Vecchio brown leather strap with beige stitching, the watch also has a screw-down titanium caseback coated in black. This watch is powered by the P.9010 automatic movement, which has 31 jewels, 200 components, and 3 days’ worth of power reserve. This Panerai men’s watch will set you back by around $14,000 USD. 28. Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Self-Winding Ultra-Thin Nothing completes any man’s ensemble more than some versatile black-and-gold accessories. For instance, the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Self-Winding Ultra-Thin men’s watch has an opulent 18K 5N pink cold case that looks extremely good with its black Mississippiensis alligator leather strap. Continuing the chic theme, the dial is also in a cool black shade with dauphine hands, hour markers, and the brand’s emblem, all crafted from pink gold. This Vacheron Constantin men’s watch relies on one of the most sophisticated in-house movements in the horological realm today, the Caliber 1120, which has 36 jewels and 144 components. With its classy look, this luxury men’s watch with a retail price of $34,600 USD would pair perfectly with a suit and tie. 29. Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Mariner Memovox For our next watch gift, we have this streamlined and sensible piece from the famed watch company Jaeger-LeCoultre. Packed with numerous features useful for land and water use, this men’s watch can truly impress everyone who gives equal priority to aesthetics and performance.  The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Mariner Memovox has a round stainless steel case, a large crown for adjusting the time, and two tow pushers that add to the watch’s sporty vibe. Its dark blue dial with a stunning finish is pretty straightforward. With a water resistance capacity of 30 meters, this watch can easily survive occasional splashes. Apart from housing an automatic movement with a frequency of 28,800 vph, this men’s watch also has a built-in alarm, which can alert divers when it is time for them to return to the surface of the water. With a total of 6 years warranty, this Jaeger Le-Coultre diver costs around $16,000 USD.  30. Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono For our final gift-worthy men’s watch, we have the Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono. Inspired directly from the brand’s first-ever sports watch, the St. Moritz, this 44mm timepiece is crafted using Chopard’s proprietary Lucent Steel A223 and uses a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Sporting a cool blue hue, the dial is characterized by a rhodium-plated, Super-LumiNova coated Roman numeral at the 12 o’clock position. This men’s watch also has sub-dials for 30-minutes, 12-hours, and small seconds, as well as a date window sitting nicely between 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock. Priced at around $20,700 USD, this timekeeper will make any man feel smart. 4 Reasons Why Watches Are the Perfect Gifts For Men They make incredible accessories. Typically, men do not have as many jewellery options compared to women. This is why watches are often considered their ultimate daily companions. Gifting a good timepiece to your male friends would probably be one of the best decisions you will ever make since watches are generally stylish and can go well with any outfit. They are fully-functional. Gone are the days where watches were mainly reserved for time and date-telling. Most of them now come with numerous complications, such as a chronograph, a GMT feature, a moon phase indicator and much more. Without a doubt, timepieces are very useful to every man’s life. They serve as a direct reflection of the wearer’s style and personality. When you give a watch to your loved ones as a gift, you are also giving them the opportunity to express themselves freely. This is why it is important to carefully weigh down your options. Make sure to take the receiver’s fashion sense into consideration before actually making a decision.They serve as a reminder of time and relationships. A watch is the perfect gift if you want the receiver to instantly remember you and all the moments you have shared together. Aside from being valuable, it is an extremely meaningful accessory.  Factors To Consider When Buying A Watch As A Gift Price One of the first things you need to look at when buying a gift watch is the price. Once you have finally determined a price range that fits your budget, you will be able to significantly narrow down your choices. This makes it easier for you to purchase the right timepiece. Listed below are the common price ranges of men’s watches, and what you can potentially get for them: Under $100 USD: Reliable timepieces that rely on a quartz movement and are made from conventional materials$100 USD to $500 USD:  Well-designed quartz watches equipped with a few advanced features$500 USD to $2,000 USD: High-quality automatic and Swiss quartz watches$2,000 USD to $10,000 USD: Luxurious automatic timekeepers with impeccable craftsmanship$10,000 USD or more: Top-notch timetelling accessories made by renowned and well-respected luxury companies. These are crafted using the best materials and have characteristics that go way beyond expectations Ultimately, the decision will be all up to you. Whether you want to stick to an affordable men’s watch or splurge on a grandiose piece, it will surely be appreciated as long as you make an effort to choose wisely. You just have to trust your tastes and determine what piece will make the most sense for your budget.  Even if you opt for a less expensive timepiece as your present, it does not mean that it is of low quality. Low-cost materials, movements, and crystals are some of the reasons why certain timepieces are cheaper. Indeed, many brands excel in their craft despite working with such budget-friendly components.  Movements Speaking of movements, the next thing you should do is to pick out what mechanism will work best with the receiver’s lifestyle. There are a lot of types available in the market today. In fact, some movements are produced exclusively by certain brands, as part of their move towards innovation. This includes the Spring Drive by Grand Seiko, the Kinetic Auto Relay by Seiko, and the Eco-Drive by Citizen. However, we will just focus on the three primary types of movements that are frequently used by manufacturers:  Manual – Perhaps the least common type of movement, a manual movement is utilized by many long-standing luxury brands. Often seen in vintage timekeepers including pocket watches, it is extremely similar to the automatic movement. However, you must wind it up by hand for it to work. Watches equipped with such mechanisms have intricate and complicated parts. This is why they are considered ultimate collector’s items and even works of art. The only downside about them is that winding the crown often requires patience and attention. If he is always on the go, mechanical watches may not be suitable for him.Quartz – First released in the 1960s, this particular movement relies on a tiny quartz crystal and a battery for its power. Watches that run on it are generally the most affordable ones on the market. They are also less favored by many watch enthusiasts due to their simple and low-cost parts. Despite this, quartz mechanisms are easy to maintain and are the most accurate of the lot. Automatic – Bearing components similar to manual pieces, this mechanism is powered by energy from the movement of the wearer’s wrist. This is what gives it the name “automatic.”  Personality and Features Watches come with numerous functions. They can be water-resistant up to hundreds of meters, tell you the date and day of the week, track the altimeter or temperature of a certain area, and so much more. When choosing a gift, it is important to think about the person you are buying for. Assess his personality, then determine what kind of lifestyle he maintains. If he is the outdoorsy type, a rugged altimeter watch would be the best choice. For someone who travels frequently, you should consider gifting them a GMT watch. Size and Shape Determining the shape and size of your gift watch is an important factor as well. Round, square, rectangle and oval cases are the most common ones. If the receiver likes keeping things plain, you probably want to stick with watches with round cases since they are the most accessible.  When it comes to size, you should consider the wrist dimensions and the personal style of the potential wearer. Slender wrists and formal events often call for smaller pieces with thin straps, while the sportier lifestyles call for chunkier watches. Strap There are four kinds of materials you can choose from for the strap: metal, leather, rubber, and nylon. Metal and leather work in almost all situations, while rubber and nylon bands are often reserved for harsh conditions and extreme adventures. They are also for people who have daring and unique fashion sense.  If you are still quite confused with the numerous options available, you can buy a piece that has removable straps. This way, the receiver can change his watch strap according to his mood.  Final Thoughts All in all, there are endless options for men’s watches out there that you could give as gifts on special occasions. What’s more, they come with different price points, so scoring a piece that best fits your budget will not be a problem. While the list can be quite overwhelming, remember that whichever choice you land on, your loved one will surely cherish whatever you give them. We hope that this gift guide can help you find the perfect present for the most important men in your life. Want to know more about other watches that you could give out as gifts? Check out our comprehensive guides on the IWC Portofino and Seiko Alpinist. Photos credited to official brand websites.

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  9. Finding the Perfect Glycine Airman

    Finding the Perfect Glycine Airman

    Glycine is a brand known by watch enthusiasts for making highly capable pilot watches. Among all of Glycine’s aircraft-inspired collections, no watch series has made such an impact on the brand as the Glycine Airman. Over the years, the Airman has stood at the forefront of Glycine as their most popular timepiece. Unique in design and robust in performance, this high-flying Glycine timepiece does not disappoint.  In this article, we will be looking at a few select representatives from the Airman collection to see which model is made specifically for your preferences. We will also be taking a look at the story and tumultuous history of the Glycine Airman. Knowing the Flight Crew of the Glycine Airman The Glycine Airman collection provides a wide array of pilot watches. Their catalog consists of contemporary timepieces, vintage models, and an exclusive Airwoman series for ladies. Due to the variety available, finding the right Airman may prove to be a challenge. Instead of going through every model, we will take a closer look at a few select members that showcase the innovation and genius of the Airman crew. Prices for the Glycine Airman range between $1,200 USD and $2,400 USD, depending on the model, the features offered, and the materials used. For a pilot watch, the Airman can be considered relatively affordable.  1. Glycine Airman Contemporary The Airman Contemporary is one of the most diverse and colorful selections in the Airman series. From wonderful single and double tones to the Double Twelve and Bronze variants, the Airman Contemporary offers a whole lot of watches that are well worth your investment. Airman 42 (GL0070) The Airman 42 GL0070 boasts a striking dark and edgy composition. Worth approximately $1,400 USD, the GL0070 sports a 42mm stainless steel case treated with PVD coating. The case is paired with a carbon-style calf leather strap, and has a water resistance capacity of 100 meters. Inserted on top of the case is a PVD-coated bidirectional rotating bezel that bears a 12-hour time scale. At the center of the watch is an understated, pitch-black dial. The syringe hands, numeral hour markers, and indices are all coated with Super-LumiNova, giving them a bright glow in the dark. Powering the watch is an automatic GL224 movement with a 38-hour power reserve, which is protected by a see-through mineral glass.  Airman 44 (GL0156) For a more sizable Glycine Airman, check out the catalog of Airman 44 watches. The GL0156 comes in a 44mm case made of polished and satin-finished stainless steel. It has two crowns to the right of the case and a 24-hour bidirectional bezel on top. Sheltered by a layer of sapphire glass coated with anti-reflective material, the dial of the GL0156 boasts a gradient blue hue. It also features luminescent hands, Arabic numeral hour markers, and geometric indices. Towards the right of the dial is a square-shaped date window. This watch runs on Glycine’s favorite GL293 automatic caliber. With a water resistance rating of 100 meters, the GL0156 costs approximately $2,250 USD. Airman 44 Bronze (GL0166) Moving on to the Contemporary series’ special edition watches, we have the Airman 44 Bronze GL0166. What makes this model different from the others in its category is its beguiling bronze case. Both stylish and robust, bronze adds a different touch to the 44mm Airman. The coffee-brown color of the dial is also a delight to look at. With rose gold hands and applied indices, the dial perfectly complements the exterior of the Airman. Other than its color scheme, the GL0166 is quite similar to the other Airman 44 models. It uses a GL293 automatic movement, a see-through caseback, and a protective sapphire crystal. The Airman 44 Bronze costs around $2,380 USD and is paired with a coffee-brown calf leather strap. Airman 42 “Double Twelve” (GL0061) The Airman 42 Double Twelve GL0061 perfectly blends a 12-hour stainless steel bidirectional bezel with a silver-white dial featuring luminescent syringe hands, numerals, indices, and a date window. The Double Twelve uses a GL224 automatic movement with a 48-hour power reserve. Protected by a see-through mineral rear case, it utilizes 42mm of polished and satin-finished stainless steel as its case. Furthermore, the watch has a water resistance rating of 100 meters. Glycine matches the model with a classy brown calf leather strap. The Double Twelve has an approximate market value of $1,220 USD, making this one of the more affordable Airman models. 2. Glycine Airman Vintage The Airman Vintage selection is essentially a modern take on classic Airman models from the 1950s. It features iconic old-school Glycine designs with present-day innovations. The models in this sub-collection are aimed at watch and travel enthusiasts who are fond of the vintage Airman look. Airman “DC-4” (GL0071) Retailing at approximately $2,130 USD, the Glycine Airman Vintage DC-4 GL0071 comes in a 42mm stainless steel case paired with a black pilot strap. On top of its case is a white bidirectional 24-hour bezel that allows users to keep track of a second time zone. The dial of the DC-4 GL0071 features a smooth black surface with luminescent dauphine hands and indices. It has a date aperture at 3 o’clock, and a white tachymetric scale on the outer rim. The black dial is protected by a domed sapphire crystal which has been treated with three layers of anti-reflective coating. Below the dial is a Swiss GL293 automatic movement. It features a Glycine Airman-decorated rotor and has a power reserve that can last up to 42 hours. For wearers who want to see the caliber GL293 in action, Glycine has equipped the watch with a see-through mineral caseback. With two screwed-in crowns on the right of the case, the DC-4 GL0071 is water-resistant up to depths of 200 meters. Airman 36 NO1 Limited Edition (GL0160) The Airman 36 NO1 Limited Edition utilizes a stainless steel case that measures 36mm in diameter. Sheltered by a layer of domed plexiglass, its dial is silver-white and contains four luminescent hands to tell the hours, minutes, seconds, and the GMT. The GL0160 uses a GL293 self-winding caliber, complete with a 42-hour power reserve and the signature Airman rotor. One weakness of this timepiece is that, even though it has a stainless steel case back, it only has a water resistance rating of 10 meters. As such, this watch can only withstand some light splashes and maybe a trip to the shower. This limited edition Airman is paired with a classic black leather strap and retails at approximately $2,250 USD. Airman Vintage “The Chief” (GL0245) This one is a gripping piece. The 40mm stainless steel case of the Airman Vintage “The Chief” GL0245 has a coating that resembles the texture of gunmetal. The bidirectional 24-hour bezel on top also possesses the same finish. This finish produces an almost rust-like look and gives the watch a unique and rugged aesthetic. Under the domed plexiglass is a silver-white dial bearing the hours, minutes, seconds, and GMT functions that you see in many Airman references. Its hands and hour indices are also coated in Super-LumiNova to provide greater visibility in the dark. Powered by the brand’s GL293 self-winding movement, The Chief can last up to 42 hours. Like the GL0160, The Chief can only withstand up to 10 meters of water pressure. Accompanied by a vintage-style brown leather strap, The Chief GL0245 is worth approximately $2,130 USD. 3. Glycine Airwoman Giving the collection a dainty flair, the Airwoman is just as capable as it is pleasing to the eye. Bearing exclusive colors and an original design, the Airwoman is a unique line of ladies’ watches and is the perfect co-pilot to the Airman. Airwoman 36 (GL0181) Starting with the GL0181, the beautiful Airwoman comes in a 36mm stainless steel case that has a water resistance rating of 100 meters. Its bidirectional bezel uses a 12-hour scale rather than the usual 24-hour variant we usually see on standard Airman watches. Below its sapphire crystal is an exquisite mother-of-pearl dial featuring a syringe handset, modest Arabic numbers, and a date window. The timepiece uses a GL224 automatic movement, which comes with Glycine’s customized rotor and a 38-hour power reserve. For those who want to see the caliber GL224 in action, Glycine provided the watch with an exhibition-style mineral crystal rear case. Worth approximately $1,280 USD, this elegant timepiece comes with a blue calf leather strap. Airwoman 36 (GL0172) With its PVD-coated stainless steel case and yellow gold sunray dial, the GL0172 comes off as a very luxurious Airwoman. Other than its lavish hues, the GL0172 performs quite similarly to the other Airwoman models in Glycine’s catalog. It has the same functions, the same GL224 caliber, the same mineral case back, and the same 100m water resistance. Glycine pairs the GL0172 with a matching yellow gold PVD-coated bracelet. All in all, this extravagant pilot watch costs approximately $1,580 USD. This model also comes in different colors, like bronze and silver. History of the Glycine Airman During the 1950s, international air travel was slowly becoming a more common occurrence. For Glycine, there was no better time to create a new pilot watch. Glycine released the first line of Airman wristwatches in 1953. Aside from the usual features seen in traditional timepieces, Glycine’s Airman also had the ability to tell world time. With the rise of jet-setters and travel enthusiasts worldwide, the Airman became a commercial success. It was not long before pilots also started wearing Airman watches for their flights. Ever since its debut, the Airman collection has never left Glycine and is currently one of the brand’s most tremendous accomplishments. Over a decade, the Airman has enjoyed a steady reputation among enthusiasts. However, Glycine started to notice that their customers were finding the Airman’s design too mundane. In order to retain the interest of their audience, they had to come up with something different. In 1967, Glycine unveiled a new member to the Airman family, the Airman SuperSonic Transport (SST). The Airman SST was a pilot chronograph that featured a brand new design. It had a black and grey 24-hour dial and an orange 24-hour internal bezel cased inside 42mm of stainless steel. Underneath its dial was an A.Schild 2063 self-winding caliber. Equipped with the brand’s latest technologies, the Airman SST was able to reinvigorate the collection.  In the 1970s, Glycine was one of the many Swiss watchmakers affected by the revolutionary quartz crisis. Although they suffered severely, the company was able to survive. That said, Glycine had to think of something to recuperate from their losses. As a response to the market’s new demand for quartz watches, Glycine developed two Airman wristwatches that utilized quartz movements. The new models worked in Glycine’s favor as they garnered success in both the Japanese and American markets. 1998 was another eventful year for the Swiss watchmaking brand. By using the ETA 2893-2 Caliber, Glycine was able to unveil the Airman 2000. The Airman 2000 was unlike any other. It was a unique timepiece with the ability to tell the time of three different time zones. A year after its release, Glycine started fitting the Airman watches, including the Airman 2000, with jumbo-sized 46mm cases. Even in the 21st century, Glycine continues to be a pioneer of aviation watches. For instance, in 2002, the Swiss watch brand released the Airman 7. The Airman 7 houses three mechanical movements. Such a design allows it to provide four different time zones simultaneously, making it another in Glycine’s long list of innovative aviation watches. Alternatives to the Glycine Airman So, maybe the Glycine Airman or Airwoman are not the timepieces you are looking for. Fear not, however, for we have two alternative collections that are just as good as the Glycine Airman, and that you might find more to your liking. Sinn Instrument Chronographs Founded in 1961, Sinn first made a name for itself by manufacturing instrument watches and panel chronometers for aviation. As one of Sinn’s pioneering collections, the Instrument Chronographs is a selection that boasts quality, heritage, and innovation at its core. Sinn also has the Instrument Watches collection, but if you want something that offers more utility and practicality, then the Instrument Chronographs range is the way to go. With its high-grade durability, reliable movements, and varying designs, the Sinn Instrument Chronograph is a must-have for pilots and all kinds of professionals. Some of their most recognized models include the award-winning Bicompax Chronograph 936, the EZM 12, and the Hunting Watch 3006. Like the Glycine Airman collection, the Instrument Chronographs also has a line of watches that cater to the ladies. IWC Pilot’s Watches Another brand known for making aviation timepieces, IWC has been creating and developing its Pilot’s watches since the 1930s. Their Pilot range showcases five sub-collections: Classic, Top Gun, Spitfire, Le Petit Prince, and Antoine Saint de Exupery. Each family has a wide assortment of stylish and versatile models. As such, you do not have to worry about running out of options. Aside from their unique and beautiful looks, each IWC Pilot’s watch comes with a high-quality in-house mechanical movement and a legacy spanning more than 80 years. Whether you want something vintage or modern, classy or casual, the IWC Pilot’s selection is sure to have a model for you. Recently, IWC released the latest addition to the Pilot’s watch collection, the Big Pilot’s Watch Shock Absorber XPL. This timepiece features one of the industry’s most advanced anti-shock systems to date. Final Thoughts For decades, the Airman has brought the brand to new heights as an innovator of pilot watches. Since its release, the Airman continues to dish out brilliant timepieces that vary from conventional models, complex references, and one-of-a-kind collector’s items. Unique, durable, and reliable, the Airman is everything a pilot needs, and it can match up against other renowned contenders such as Sinn, Hamilton, IWC, and many more. Need a different Flieger watch? Check out the Sinn 356 Chronograph and see if it’s the timepiece for you. All Glycine Airman and Airwoman Images By Glycine-Watch

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  10. Top 25 Best Automatic Watches

    Top 25 Best Automatic Watches

    If you are new to the world of watches, you will know that familiarizing yourself with the different terms can be quite a difficult task, especially since there is a certain jargon used in horology. Regardless, one of the first things you need to learn is the difference between automatic and quartz timepieces. Quartz timepieces are powered by batteries while automatic watches are equipped with self-winding springs. Being able to differentiate between these two types of timekeepers will allow you to better understand the anatomy of a watch and how it works. While quartz models are unparalleled when it comes to accuracy, a good percentage of the best watches out there are actually driven by automatic movements. With that being said, we have curated a list of the best automatic watches that are worth your while!  25 Best Automatic Watches Here’s our list of the best automatic watches available right now.  1. Seiko 5  Though this collection from Seiko cannot quite compete when you put it head to head with the others on this list, that is also not the only way we grade watches. Instead, we also often look at whether a watch is a “bang for your buck”, or how much value that piece has. When you take that approach, the Seiko 5 immediately reveals itself to be an exceptional timepiece. This collection breaks the mould by delivering high-quality and durable automatic watches at surprisingly low prices, making it a fantastic choice for budget shoppers. 2. Tissot Powermatic  The Tissot Powermatic is an automatic watch that we have a soft spot for. It has a minimalist style, makes use of luxurious and expensive materials, and is just a joy to wear. As an added bonus, it sports an impressive 80-hour power reserve, which beats out many of the pricier options on this list. That feature makes this timepiece easy to use, as you can put it down for a couple of days and not have to reset it when you decide to wear it again. 3. Oris Aquis If you want to get an automatic watch that is a bit more expensive, then Oris is a natural step up. This Swiss manufacturer has an excellent reputation in the watch world and will not let you down. The Oris Aquis is an automatic dive watch collection that gives you a ton of options to choose from. Whether you like your timepieces big, small, minimalistic, or complex, this collection will be able to meet your needs. We especially love the Oris Aquis Date Ref. 01 733 7732 4157-07 8 21 05PEB, a charming green dial and bezel model which looks quite a bit like the famous Rolex “Hulk” Submariner. 4. Longines Master The Longines Master is another collection that we have a special affinity for. If you want to buy an automatic watch that comes with serious craftsmanship and an elegant aesthetic, then look no further. While this collection is very diverse, we recommend you take a look at the moon phase options first. There is just something so attractive and alluring about these automatic timepieces. Minimalist shoppers will also be happy to find that many of the automatic models in this collection sport clean, uncluttered dials. 5. Tudor Black Bay One of the most sought-after watches in the world is the Rolex Submariner. While that piece is certainly fantastic, buyers often have to wait years to get one or pay for them at a premium. If you want a luxury automatic diver, but do not want to jump through hoops, the Tudor Black Bay is a great option. Tudor is a sister company of Rolex, and they have created some truly amazing products over the years, with this model being their best seller. 6. Omega Speedmaster  The Omega Speedmaster is often called the “Moon Watch”, as it was on the wrists of the first astronauts that went to the moon. Trivia aside, this automatic watch is a fantastic deal and one of the premier icons in the horology world today. It is one of those products that you can order without any stress or fear, given its reputation and its tendency to appreciate in value. 7. IWC Pilot’s Watch IWC is quietly one of the top watch brands in the world, and the IWC Pilot collection is a bestseller of theirs. Consumers especially love the quality and the sturdiness of the materials used in IWC watches, along with everything else that IWC has to offer. Another advantage is that they come at multiple price ranges. Those of you who want to spend a little less can get an entry-level automatic Pilot, while big spenders can go for the more expensive IWC Big Pilot. 8. Rolex Submariner  You know this watch is truly iconic when we mention it twice in the article before it even comes up as an entry. That is the power of the Rolex Submariner, which may be the most in-demand timepiece on the market. It is not just hype, though, as this automatic model has top-tier Swiss craftsmanship and aesthetics that impress. Simply put, you cannot go wrong with the Submariner. 9. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-Winding Flying Tourbillon  Audemars Piguet is one of the most well-established luxury brands in the watchmaking industry. With over a century of experience, they have managed to gain a stellar reputation — thanks to the high-level craftsmanship shown in each timepiece they release. Considering their status, it is only expected that they offer their own range of quality automatic watches. In fact, their iconic Royal Oak collection is actually home to some of the best self-winding models out there. The AP Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon boasts both a gorgeous design and impressive specifications, such as a flying tourbillon function and a 65-hour power reserve. On the whole, it serves as an elegant automatic watch for all luxury watch enthusiasts. 10. Bell & Ross 03-92 Heritage  If we are talking about classy and avant-garde timepieces, Bell & Ross should definitely be one of the first brands you check out. They have a wide selection of unique models that come with excellent functions. The best thing about this brand is how they make sure that both the technical and creative aspects of watchmaking are always aligned and consistent, which is something clearly evident in all their models. The BR 03-92 Heritage, for example, is a great automatic watch with such a distinct design. The model’s robust exterior is complemented by its first-class features like a time-setting with hacking function and a 40-hour power reserve. It is the perfect self-winding watch for those who like sophisticated yet tough-looking pieces. 11. Seiko Presage SRPG05J1  Even if you are not exactly familiar with the watchmaking world, you have probably heard of Seiko at least once in your life. They are one of the most popular and respected brands in the market — thanks to their expertise in Japanese craftsmanship. Seiko is also home to numerous collections with excellent automatic watches. Their Presage collection has its fair share of quality self-winding models, with the SRPG05J1 being one of many outstanding automatic pieces. It is equipped with a caliber 4R35 and has a power reserve of up to 41 hours. If you want a well-crafted automatic watch, then make sure to check out the Seiko Presage line as well!  12. Hamilton Khaki Field Murph Auto Many of us know Hamilton as the brand loved by the big screen because of the countless appearances of their watches in films. There is just something about their timepieces that make for perfect companions to protagonists and other characters. While this proves their creativity and striking looks, Hamilton watches are not just about aesthetics. In fact, their current catalogue consists of pieces with impressive specifications, functions, and features. One of their best automatic watches is the Khaki Field Murph Auto, which was actually featured in the film Interstellar. It is equipped with an H-10 caliber that follows a three-hand movement and has a whopping 80-hour power reserve. This timepiece is a must-have for those who like self-winding models with classic exteriors.  13. Breitling Superocean Automatic 36 Breitling is another highly-regarded manufacturer with over a century of experience under its belt. They are known as pioneers in the industry especially given their expertise in crafting certain watch complications. While their claim to fame may be their chronographs, the brand also has an exceptional portfolio of automatic watches such as the Breitling Superocean collection, which primarily consists of diving models. The Superocean Automatic 36, for example, is driven by an automatic Breitling 17 caliber which boasts an excellent power reserve of approximately 38 hours. If you’re looking for a solid automatic diving watch, then do not miss out on the Superocean Automatic!  14. Bulgari Octo Finissimo Bulgari is a well-respected jeweler and watch manufacturer in the luxury world. While all their products are of the utmost quality and elegance, the timepieces they offer are on another level of stunning and technical. Through their knowledge of stones and jewels, they are able to create statement pieces that boast high performance as well. For example, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo is one of their most popular timepieces. This particular model is an automatic watch, equipped with their BVL138 Finissimo caliber, with a power reserve of 60 hours. However, the most interesting part about it is that the aforementioned calibre is actually known as the thinnest automatic movement in the world. If you want a gorgeous and equally complex self-winding watch, then the Bulgari Octo Finissimo is just the right one for you!  15. Timex Waterbury Traditional Automatic While most of the recommendations on this list are from luxury manufacturers, some mass-market brands out there also offer excellent automatic watches. Timex, for one, is a company best known for its affordable and accessible timepieces. They are a popular go-to for many, especially the youthful audiences, because of the easygoing aesthetics their watches possess. One of their best self-winding models is the Waterbury Traditional Automatic which serves as a tribute to the first few Timex timepieces ever made. Since the brand had already been utilizing automatic calibers way back then, they opted to go with an improved version of said movements for the Waterbury Traditional Automatic. This automatic watch is perfect for those who want a casual, vintage-inspired piece that will not break the bank.  16. Patek Philippe Nautilus 7118/1A  When it comes to Haute Horlogerie, one name that will surely pop up is Patek Philippe. They are home to many of the most sought-after and expensive timepieces in the market. Patek Philippe has a rather untouchable reputation — thanks to its rich history and mastery of the watchmaking craft. With all that being said, it is no surprise that they also have some of the best automatic watches out there. For example, the Patek Philippe Nautilus 7118/1A, also known as the Ladies Automatic Nautilus, is driven by a powerful self-winding movement with a 45-hour power reserve and 29 jewels. With its sophisticated aesthetics and well-crafted caliber, this automatic timepiece is a great investment for all the ladies who enjoy luxury watches.  17. Victorinox Alliance Mechanical  Victorinox is known for offering high-quality products that boast excellent Swiss craftsmanship. Despite being late bloomers in the watchmaking industry, their expertise in metals and mechanics has allowed them to create outstanding timepieces. When it comes to automatic watches, a lesser-known but still great model is the Victorinox Alliance Mechanical. This Victorinox Alliance timepiece is a very classic-looking watch with contemporary features. It is equipped with an automatic ETA 2892 caliber and has a power reserve of up to 42 hours. If you are looking for something quintessential yet robust, then you should definitely check out the Alliance Mechanical.  18. Mido Ocean Star 200C Mido is a Swiss brand best known for its pieces inspired by architecture. In fact, the iconic Mido Multifort is a mechanical watch based on famous structures, namely the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Roman Colosseum. This is also one of the few watch manufacturers that can balance design and functionality perfectly. Aside from the Multifort, another renowned line they have is the Ocean Star, which came out in the 1950s. It is one of their flagship collections at present and it consists mostly of automatic watches. The Ocean Star 200C, in particular, is equipped with the Automatic Mido Caliber 80 which has date-day functions and an impressive 80-hour power reserve. If you’re looking for a self-winding timepiece that is perfect for underwater activities, then the Mido Ocean Star is a great option!  19. Bulova 96A246 Men’s Classic Bulova is an American watch company with a very colorful and rich heritage. Since their founding in 1875, they have accumulated numerous milestones which have cemented their reputation as a premium brand. They also offer a vast selection of timepieces with different designs, functions, and specifications. One of the best automatic watches they have is the 96A246 Men’s Classic, also known as the Hack Watch. It is a vintage-inspired model based on the brand’s history with the military. Moreover, it is driven by a three-hand, automatic movement with 21 jewels and a 42-hour power reserve. This automatic timepiece is definitely recommended to those who want a self-winding watch with retro aesthetics.  20. Certina DS Action GMT Certina is a Swiss watch brand best known for its DS Concept technology. Its name stands for “double security”, which essentially means that they make use of especially sturdy and robust components for their timepieces. This shows how much the brand upholds reliability and precision which is clearly reflected in their current catalogue as well. While they have a lot of great automatic watches, the DS Action GMT serves as one of the best models they offer and is definitely worth the price. It is driven by a Powermatic 80.661 calibre with a multiple timezone mechanism and an impressive power reserve of 80 hours. This is perfect for those who want a casual yet multi-functional self-winding watch.   21. Panerai Luminor Marina  Panerai is a watch brand known for its genius fusion of Italian aesthetics, Swiss craftsmanship, and enthusiasm for the ocean. These serve as the main foundation of the brand, which they are able to execute well with every piece. Panerai also makes their own in-house movements, which boast different, avant-garde complications. This particular Luminor Marina, for example, is an automatic watch powered by their P.9010 caliber. It is made of 200 components and 31 jewels, with a power reserve of up to 72  hours. If you are looking for a sophisticated, distinct, and robust self-winding watch, then this model should definitely be on your list.  22. TAG Heuer Monaco Automatic  TAG Heuer is one of the most established luxury watch brands in the industry. They have a rich heritage involving automotive sports, which is evident in many of their collections. Aside from that, they are also known for showcasing highly precise and excellent Swiss craftsmanship. In fact, they offer some of the best automatic watches out there, such as the TAG Heuer Monaco. This is a very modern and distinct piece that is powered by their Caliber 02 automatic chronograph movement, with an 80-hour power reserve. If you want a sporty and striking self-winding watch, then do not miss out on the TAG Heuer Monaco!  23. Longines Heritage Classic  Longines is another brand with an established history behind them. Since the very beginning, they have been known for creating impressive time-telling instruments primarily used in competitions. This helped in cementing their reputation as a trusted partner of different figures in the world of sports, which has also become the backbone of their company’s name. As expected from a manufacturer driven by the desire to innovate, their current catalogue consists of well-crafted timepieces that boast high levels of accuracy and functionality. Of course, they also offer their fair share of excellent automatic watches. Their Longines Heritage collection, for example, consists of self-winding models with quintessential aesthetics. Each timepiece in this collection is driven by the brand’s automatic L893 movement and has an impressive power reserve of 72 hours. This is definitely a must-have for those who want a classic, vintage-inspired automatic watch!  24. Rado Captain Cook Automatic  Rado is another Swiss brand that has mastered the art of balancing creativity and functionality. They have a lot of innovative designs with impressive specifications, thanks to their expertise in watch technology. Rado currently offers a gorgeous selection of automatic watches, such as the Captain Cook Automatic, which gives off a very vintage aesthetic. Following a self-winding movement, it also boasts a whopping 80-hour power reserve.  25. Orient Mechanical Contemporary  Lastly, we have Orient, which is a Japanese company best known for its selection of classic and traditional timepieces. Their goal is to provide timeless models that are bound to last a long time, which is very on-brand for them. An example of this would be their Mechanical Contemporary Watch which is a perfect mix of classy and dependable. It is powered by a Japan-made automatic movement with 21 jewels and 221600 vph. On the whole, Orient is probably a go-to brand if you are looking for quintessential automatic watches that come at relatively affordable prices. Why Go For An Automatic Watch? No Battery Required Since automatic watches are designed to wind themselves automatically, it follows that they do not need a battery to operate. You will not wake up one day to find the watch battery drained on the morning of an important business meeting. Basically, you do not have to worry at all about having to replace the batteries every now and then with an automatic watch, which makes them very convenient indeed. Fairly Accurate Automatic timepieces fare well where accuracy is concerned. A standard automatic watch will clock in at plus or minus 25 seconds with respect to the actual time, which you will agree is not too bad. Of course, this will depend on who is wearing it, or rather, what you want to use the watch for. If you are in the medical, marine, or military sector, then naturally every second counts. In such cases, rather than an automatic watch, you would probably need a timepiece that is extremely accurate, such as a chronometer from Ulysse Nardin. No Hand Winding Necessary if Worn Regularly If you wear your automatic watch all the time, you will never have to manually wind it, which makes it very convenient. Your automatic piece will simply wind itself with the motion of your hand as you go about your daily routine. Stellar Aesthetics Just the craftsmanship alone incorporated in automatic watches is sheer genius, not to mention the engineering. This makes them some of the most aesthetically pleasing watches on the market. A simple look at the Rolex GMT Master II confirms this. Smooth Movement To add to the stunning aesthetics, these automatic watches boast smooth and suave hand movements. The smooth movement of the hands is even more pronounced if you pick an automatic watch with high beats per second (BPH). A high BPH can also increase the reliability of an automatic timepiece. This is something you will appreciate if your taste in watches goes beyond the aesthetic appeal. High Power Reserve Automatic watches have a high power reserve—particularly if they are fully wound. An automatic model can have up to 42 hours of power stored before you need to wind it up again. Depending on the brand you pick, some automatic watches can even store up to 10 days of power. Low Maintenance Automatic watches are generally easy to maintain. By using a soft cloth to wipe your watch every night, you will have it looking as good as new for years. But this does not eliminate the need to handle it with caution. Like any other watch, avoid showering or bathing with your automatic timepiece, even if it is waterproof. Exposing your automatic watch to water will result in the gasket expanding, which reduces the watch’s accuracy and overall lifespan. Final Thoughts  While quartz, mechanical, and automatic watches all have their fair share of pros and cons, self-winding timepieces remain a staple for many. There are countless options available and this list is merely a glimpse at some of the best automatic watches in the market. With the diversity of options available, regardless of your personal preferences, you are bound to find the right automatic watch just for you!   If this got you interested in watches, make sure to check out our article on the Iconic Seiko SARB017!  Photo Credits: Official Watch Websites

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  11. A Little Bit About Seiko’s Hardlex Crystal

    A Little Bit About Seiko’s Hardlex Crystal

    While Seiko is known for creating an immense variety of high-quality and affordable watches, the brand is famous for its invention of the Hardlex crystal. As many enthusiasts know, Hardlex is Seiko’s patented glass material, which they use to protect the dials of many of their models. Although some people appreciate and admire Hardlex for doing its job, others prefer to replace it with something else. In this article, we will be comparing Seiko’s Hardlex glass with the other kinds of crystals currently present in the market. For those who are sold on this bit of Seiko technology, we will also be providing a list of the best timepieces that use Hardlex crystals in their cases. Seiko’s Hardlex Crystal Hardlex is a type of crystal glass Seiko produces by heating a mixture of barium and silicon. According to Seiko, this material comes in several grades and is more scratch-resistant than run-of-the-mill mineral glass. Customers can typically find Hardlex in some of Seiko’s more affordable collections, such as the Seiko 5 series. Depending on the model you choose, the crystal may come with a treatment of AR (anti-reflective) coating. Hardlex vs. The World of Watch Crystals Image By: WayTru (Flickr) Just to be clear, none of these materials are minerals dug straight out of the mines. These are crystals synthetically made from compounds and mixtures that are tempered in blistering heat to boost the overall resistances of the material. That said, here are the matchups against Seiko’s Hardlex crystal. Hardlex vs. Acrylic (Plexiglass) Acrylic crystal, otherwise known as plexiglass, is probably the weakest material in this category. The product is made from plastic, is cheap to produce, and is very easy to replace. Although you usually see this type of acrylic glass on lower-priced watches from brands like Timex and Lorus, some high-end timepieces, like the Rolex Datejust, can also sport acrylic glass on their cases. In a comparison of the two types of glass, Hardlex easily comes out on top, as the harder and more scratch-resistant material. That said, acrylic has its own strengths. For instance, it is actually easier to buff out the scratches on acrylic glass. In addition, acrylic tends to be more shatterproof than the other types of watch crystals out there. Hardlex vs. Mineral Mineral glass is the most common kind of crystal found in entry-level watches. This material is moderately durable and provides a neat and clear lens through which the wearer can view their timepiece. Although Seiko states that their Hardlex crystal is more resistant to scratches than mineral glass, there have not been many demonstrations that prove that claim. In most cases, Hardlex and mineral crystals tend to offer similar results. Both materials have limited resistances and can be polished to remove light scratches. Hardlex vs. Sapphire On the Mohs scale of hardness, sapphire crystal measures at a hardness level of 9, just one point below diamond, which is famously hardy and resistant to scratches. Sapphire glass is the most commonly used material for high-end watches. Virtually scratch-proof, sapphire stands above Hardlex as the more capable watch crystal. Though that may be the case for scratch resistance, there are some other things that Hardlex can do better. For one, sapphire glass is quite brittle and can crack or shatter after a tremendous impact. Hardlex crystal, on the other hand, is not as fragile and is less likely to break even after an impressive blow. Another aspect to consider is the price. Since scratch resistance is a crucial factor for watch crystals, sapphire tends to be a lot more expensive than Hardlex due to the pricey tools needed to process it. As a result, replacing a sapphire crystal would cost you a lot more than replacing a Hardlex one. Furthermore, since sapphire is highly reflective, watchmakers typically treat the glass with a layer of AR coating, which adds to its cost. Lastly, in terms of aesthetics, there is actually not much difference between the two watch crystals. Hardlex vs. Sapphlex Besides their Hardlex glass, Seiko has also manufactured another trademark crystal known as Sapphlex. Essentially, Sapphlex is a mineral crystal coated in sapphire. By adopting the best qualities of both mineral and sapphire glass, Sapphlex manages to be both scratch-proof and shatter-resistant. On the whole, Sapphlex outshines Hardlex in scratch resistance, quality, and durability. However, it is also a bit more costly to replace. When to go for Hardlex? Budget When you’re on a tight budget, going for the more affordable option is a no-brainer. Despite being relatively cheap, Hardlex is still a reliable watch glass that can withstand a good amount of impacts and light scratching. Furthermore, if your Hardlex glass starts garnering too many deep scratches, it won’t be that expensive to replace it either. Seiko also states that their Hardlex crystal is indeed more scratch-resistant than mineral crystals. Indeed, it will not do you any harm to test this claim out for yourself. Purpose While some people use watches to add a little class to their get-up, others need a timepiece to fulfill a specific purpose. If you are looking for an affordable wristwatch that you can bring to various expeditions, picking a model that has a Hardlex glass would be a terrific option. As previously stated, Hardlex is a material that will not shatter easily, which is good for tight spots and bumpy adventures. Watches That Sport A Hardlex Crystal 1. Seiko Presage Cocktail Time Automatic (SRPF39J1) The Presage collection is one of Seiko’s most recent successes. With the series came this wristwatch — the Seiko Presage Cocktail Time Automatic Ref. SRPF39J1. Worth approximately $500 USD, this automatic timepiece stands as an affordable dress watch with an exquisite and unique aesthetics inspired by a cocktail beverage — the margarita. The watch has a 38.5mm stainless steel case paired with a Milanese mesh bracelet. What truly makes this model stand out is its patterned mocha dial. With its pronounced indices and minimalist look, this mocha dial has an alluring face that is also easily legible to the eyes. The dial is protected by a Hardlex crystal, while the watch itself is powered by Seiko’s Caliber 4R35. The 4R35 is an automatic movement that features manual winding and a 41-hour power reserve. Thanks to the Ref. SRPF39J1’s exhibition-style caseback, wearers can view the 4R35 and its many components at work.  Overall, the Seiko Presage Cocktail Time Ref. SRPF39J1 is an astounding watch in many aspects, including its price. Of course, its affordability is related to its use of inexpensive but durable Hardlex crystal. Altogether, you really cannot go wrong with an affordable luxury like this. 2. Seiko Mechanical Cocktail Time (SARB065) The Cocktail Time is a line of hefty and elegant dress watches inspired by cocktail beverages that showcase incredible Japanese watchmaking techniques. For those who are fond of more sizable watches, have a look at the Seiko Mechanical Cocktail Time Ref. SARB065. The wristwatch measures 40mm in diameter and is 13mm thick. Like most Seiko Cocktail Time models, all the attention goes to the unique dial. Protected by a domed Hardlex crystal, the dial has a blue sunburst surface with pointed hour indices and a date window at 3 o’clock. Because of its reflective surface, the Hardlex glass complements the dial and makes it look even glossier. Powering the watch is the Seiko 6R15d caliber movement. The caliber is an automatic movement with manual winding and hacking capabilities. Sheltered by a see-through caseback, the 6R15d has a power reserve that can last up to 50 hours.  The SARB065 comes at an affordable price of approximately $480 USD. Without a doubt, this Seiko Mechanical Cocktail Time is a gorgeous watch. Accompanied by a black semi-gloss leather strap, this timepiece highlights the brilliance of Japanese artistry, craftsmanship, heritage, and expertise. 3. Seiko Prospex PADI Diver Samurai (SRPB99K1) The Seiko Samurai is an iconic watch. It is a timepiece that has received a lot of love and admiration, not only for its marvelous design but also for its top-notch quality and affordable price. Several factors contribute to making the Seiko Samurai so exceptional. Possessing a water resistance rating of up to 200 meters, the Seiko Samurai is fully capable of traversing both shallow and deep waters.  The Seiko Samurai also comes in a sturdy stainless steel case coupled with a bracelet of the same material. On top of its steel exterior are a Hardlex crystal and a unidirectional rotating bezel which sports the highly recognizable Pepsi colors that watch enthusiasts love. Its black dial features a pleasing wave pattern accompanied by thick, outlined hands and indices for optimal legibility. In addition, Seiko equipped the watch with the LumiBrite technology. LumiBrite is another one of Seiko’s trademarks. Aside from providing ample luminescence in dark environments, LumiBrite is also 100% eco-friendly. Operating the Seiko Samurai’s mechanisms is a 4R35 automatic caliber. This movement features manual hacking and winding capabilities and can last up to 41 hours.  The Seiko Samurai is everything a sports enthusiast could ever want. It is the perfect timekeeping companion for you to bring to your different adventures. With its impeccable looks, polished exterior, and sturdy Hardlex glass, this honored timepiece can take on all kinds of hardships, just like an actual Samurai. The Seiko Prospex PADI Diver Samurai costs $490 USD and is one of the best affordable divers watches out there. 4. Pulsar Gents Accelerator Solar Chronograph (PX5019X1) Image By: Pulsar Watches Aside from Seiko watches, Hardlex is also used to protect the dials of Lorus and Pulsar timepieces. One distinguished Pulsar watch that comes to mind is the Pulsar Gents Accelerator PX5019X1. First of all, this watch costs only around $150 USD, which is quite surprising, given its sleek and urban looks. Encased in stainless steel, this wristwatch features a black tachymeter perched on top and is water-resistant up to depths of 10 bars (100 meters). The Pulsar PX6019X1 is also equipped with a pretty intriguing movement. While it is a quartz caliber, the movement is also solar-powered. As a result, its power reserve can last up to an astronomical 4,380 hours — equivalent to 6 months. The dial on top of the movement has a sporty black surface with luminescent hands and indices that provide legibility in the dark.  If you want a multi-faceted watch that is not as expensive as it looks, then the Pulsar Gents Accelerator PX5019X1 is the timepiece for you. Coupled with its protective Hardlex crystal, this model offers functionality, style, and convenience, all for a very affordable price. 5. Lorus Gents Titanium Watch (RXD425L8) As previously mentioned, other brands also equip their watches with Hardlex crystals. For Lorus, they have created a notably affordable and reliable timepiece known as the Gents Titanium Watch RXD425L8. Lorus forged the model with hypoallergenic titanium, allowing wearers with sensitive skin to sport the 35mm RXD425L8 without developing any allergic reactions. Its dial boasts a delightful cream face that has a 24-hour inner chapter ring and a date window at 3 o’clock. Protected by a layer of Hardlex glass, this watch is water-resistant up to depths of 100 meters. Lorus pairs this watch with a military green fabric strap and a reliable quartz movement. What makes titanium such an astounding material is its ability to replicate the sturdiness of steel while weighing much less. With the addition of a Hardlex crystal, the Lorus Gents Titanium proves to be an acutely sturdy and dependable watch that easily aligns itself with other more mainstream military models. Worth approximately $80 USD, this Lorus timepiece is exceedingly budget-friendly. 6. Seiko 5 Sports (SRPD59K1) Seiko 5 Sports is home to a far-reaching variety of sports watches. A distinct model that catches our attention is the SRPD59K1. Retailing at approximately $340 USD, this Seiko 5 Sports timepiece showcases a 42.5mm stainless steel exterior accompanied by a stunning orange dial. Protected by a Hardlex crystal and a unidirectional rotating bezel, the orange dial bears a vibrant aesthetic with geometric indices and thick hands. In the dark, the watch is capable of illuminating itself with Seiko’s LumiBrite technology, offering users a light source to help them read the time efficiently. Below the watch face is a 4R36 movement equipped with a 41-hour power reserve. Sealed by a screwed-down see-through caseback, the Seiko 5 SRPD59K1 possesses a water resistance rating of 100 meters. As watch fanatics would say, the Seiko 5 SRPD59K1 is not a “true” divers watch, as its water resistance capacity is fairly standard. However, if you want a splendid, good-looking timepiece that you can bring for a swim, then this Seiko model will not disappoint. With its stainless steel case, Hardlex glass, and bright orange dial, this watch is affordable, robust, and eye-catching. 7. Seiko 5 Sports (SRPE65K1) Yet another representative from the Seiko 5 Sports collection is the Seiko SRPD65K1, a timepiece with a simple yet handsome black and dark grey design. While the two-tone dial is impressive, to say the least, its hard-coated stainless steel case and bracelet also give the timepiece a PVD-esque look. The SRPD65K1 uses the same automatic movement as the SRPD59K1, listed above. As such, it also has manual hacking and winding capabilities and runs on a power reserve that can last up to 41 hours. The SRPD65K1 bears a water resistance capacity of 100 meters and has LumiBrite technology applied on its hour markers and hands. Sealed off by Hardlex crystals on its front and rear, this Seiko timepiece is approximately worth $400 USD.  There is no going wrong with selecting a watch from the Seiko 5 Sports line. With its affordability and widely recognized looks, the Seiko SRPD65K1 will surely grab the attention of anyone who sees it. The sleek Hardlex glass embedded on top of it not only provides ample protection but also matches the watch’s overall understated looks. Final Thoughts Despite being the go-to watch crystal for lower-priced timepieces, the fact remains that Seiko’s Hardlex is a reliable and sturdy watch glass. While offering wearers a good view of their watch, it can also easily take on a few good hits and some light scratches — making it an excellent and budget-friendly choice. Looking for a REALLY good divers watch? Have a look at Orient’s Mako II. Featured Image By: Shane Lin (from Flickr)

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