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  2. Editor’s Pick: 10 Best Citizen Star Wars Watches That Are Out of This World

    Editor’s Pick: 10 Best Citizen Star Wars Watches That Are Out of This World

    Aside from developing innovative horological technology, Citizen is also known for constantly teaming up with other brands and companies to create amazing new watch lines. From the Citizen Marvel watches adored by fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the brand’s recently released Citizen Nissan Fairlady Z, Citizen has produced a plethora of collaborative watch efforts. One of Citizen’s most popular collaborations to date is a diverse collection especially made for Star Wars fans all around the globe. This series consists of 18 bold timepieces that perfectly capture the essence of the Star Wars franchise. In this article, we will be taking a look at the top 10 Citizen Star Wars watches available right now. So, read on to find the perfect Citizen Star Wars timepiece that is just right for you! Top 10 Citizen Star Wars Watches Below are some of the best watches from the Citizen x Star Wars collaboration.  1. Citizen Star Wars Rebel Pilot Ref. JG2108-52W Let us start with the Citizen Star Wars Rebel Pilot Ref. JG2108-52W, which is a unique analogue-digital (ana-digi) watch that is inspired by an original analog Citizen model from the 1980s. This timepiece showcases a very distinct and futuristic design, based on the Rebel Pilots, who were a fan-favorite group throughout the films. The best thing about this watch is that it is actually quite subtle and versatile, so those who enjoy quiet yet eccentric pieces will surely be drawn to it. This Citizen Star Wars watch comes in a 33mm rectangular stainless steel case, coupled with a bracelet made of the same material. Aside from using a color scheme based on the outfits of the Rebel Pilots, the dial of the watch is also designed to look like the control panels of a starfighter plane, which is an iconic vehicle flown by many Rebel Pilots in the movies. As an ana-digi watch, this highly functional timepiece is packed full of the standard features you can find on a digital watch, such as an alarm function, a date display, a dual timezone function, an LCD screen, and a temperature display. These functions are all powered by an excellent quartz movement with an accuracy of +/-15 seconds per month. For only $350 USD, you can get your hands on this quirky, multi-functional Star Wars watch. 2. Citizen Star Wars Mandalorian Ref. AW1411-05W Next up, we have the Citizen Star Wars Mandalorian Ref. AW1411-05W, which is a completely different watch from the previous model. This is an analog timekeeper with a very robust and outdoorsy exterior. It is inspired by the Mandalorian, a beloved galactic bounty hunter who features as the protagonist in the Star Wars spin-off series, The Mandalorian. This Citizen Star Wars watch is presented in a sturdy 44mm stainless steel case. This is coupled with a comfortable brown bund strap made of leather, which easily elevates the watch’s sporty look. Despite being covered by the bund strap, the watch’s solid caseback also shows off an adorable engraved image of the Mandalorian holding Grogu, the popular character that was fondly nicknamed “baby Yoda” by the Star Wars fandom. The watch’s matte black dial shows off a simple, almost minimalistic image of the iconic Mandalorian helmet, drawn in bold silver lines. This dial also follows a very straightforward layout, consisting of pronounced Arabic numeral markers, luminous sword hands outlined in dark grey, and a compact date window at 3 o’clock. Another cool thing about this Citizen Star Wars watch is that it is equipped with the brand’s impressive Eco-Drive technology. It uses light energy to power the timepiece’s functions, which makes this Mandalorian watch incredibly convenient to use. This watch also possesses an impressive 200-meter water resistance rating, making it suitable for all sorts of water activities. If the Mandalorian is one of your favorite characters in the entire franchise, do not miss out on this $275 USD watch memorabilia. 3. Citizen Star Wars Duel Ref. AW1140-51W The Citizen Star Wars Duel Ref. AW1140-51W is arguably one of the best models in the entire Star Wars x Citizen collaboration. It boasts a very classy, professional exterior that is balanced out by its memorable Star Wars-inspired watch face. In fact, this is definitely a timepiece that will resonate with long-time fans, especially since it depicts one of the most iconic scenes in the entire franchise. In addition, with its quintessential build, this Star Wars watch is quite versatile and can be paired with almost any style. This Citizen Star Wars watch features a 41mm stainless steel case and a matching three-link bracelet, which is a very traditional watch build that is reminiscent of the classic Rolex Oyster Perpetual. It has a black dial that shows off a graphic image of the legendary lightsaber duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Aside from that, the other dial elements also serve as a tribute to Star Wars, from the hour and minute hands that resemble lightsabers, the colorful square indices in significant red and blue hues, and the trapezoidal date display that blends into the Cloud City setting in the background. This dial also contains oversized silver-tone Arabic numeral hour markers. On the underside of the watch, you can find a solid stainless steel caseback. This caseback is engraved with a famous Darth Vader quote: “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” Behind this caseback is the brand’s renowned, light-powered Eco-Drive movement. It possesses a solid depth rating of 200 meters as well. This $295 USD Star Wars watch is perfect for those who love the Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader dynamic. 4. Citizen Star Wars C-3PO Ref. JG2112-55P The Citizen Star Wars C-3PO Ref. JG2112-55P, on the other hand, is a watch that manages to perfectly combine both retro and modern design elements. With just one glance, Star Wars fanatics will immediately know which character this Star Wars watch was based on, thanks to its alluring all-gold hue. This model is inspired by C-3PO, a diligent, polite, and loyal droid built by Anakin Skywalker in the films. One interesting thing about this watch is that, other than its color and caseback, there is actually very little indication that this is a Star Wars watch. This means that even patrons who do not follow the famous franchise can appreciate and enjoy this model, especially those who love the nostalgic 80s digital look. This Citizen Star Wars watch is housed in a slender stainless steel case and bracelet, both of which flaunt a vibrant gold tone. It has the same dial layout as the Rebel Pilots model, with a futuristic-looking ana-digi hybrid display. One fun thing about this layout is the two sub-dials located at the top of the dial, which show off gorgeous champagne finishes and a pattern of horizontal lines. With this design and colorway, the two sub-dials look remarkably similar to the eyes of the actual C-3PO. This watch also comes with a multitude of handy features such as a temperature display, dual timezone, a date function, and an alarm. If you flip this watch over, you will see a solid gold-tone caseback made of stainless steel, which is engraved with a graphic image of C-3PO. Inside this watch, you can find a well-crafted quartz movement that possesses an excellent accuracy rate of +/-15 seconds per month. With a price tag of $375 USD, this Star Wars watch is perfect for both C-3PO fans and retro watch enthusiasts.  5. Citizen Star Wars Darth Vader Ref. CA0765-05W Next on our list is the Citizen Star Wars Darth Vader Ref. CA0765-05W, which has a very different vibe and aesthetic compared to the previous models. This watch makes a statement with a cool, dark exterior that is obviously inspired by none other than the iconic villain, Darth Vador. Much like the Citizen Star Wars C-3PO piece, the Star Wars elements on this watch are also quite understated, to the point that it probably looks like a normal, space-themed timepiece to the untrained eye. This Citizen Star Wars watch utilizes a 44mm black-tone stainless steel case, coupled with a black leather strap. The leather strap is subtly marked with a single red-stitched cord, which serves as a tribute to Darth Vader’s famous red lightsaber. As with most racing watches, this timepiece also bears a handy tachymeter bezel, which is fitted with a scratch-resistant aluminum insert in black. Complementing the watch’s all-black exterior is a matte black dial. This dial boasts an embossed image of the Imperial Window, which represents the Dark Side that Darth Vador belongs to in the Star Wars universe. This dial is adorned with hollow Arabic numeral hour markers, long rectangular hour indices, slim luminous sword hands, and a date complication outlined in red at 3 o’clock. It also has a simple chronograph display, with three sub-dials for the small seconds, 60-seconds, and 60-minute counters. In particular, the small seconds sub-dial is shaped like the foreboding Imperial Crest, while the red hand of the 60-minute sub-dial resembles a small red lightsaber. Keeping the watch’s back sealed is a black-tone stainless steel caseback. This caseback is engraved with another of Darth Vader’s quotes: “You don’t know the power of the dark side”. The caseback protects the watch’s Eco-Drive movement, which runs all of the watch’s functions. It has a 100-meter water resistance rating, making this watch suitable for swimming and snorkeling activities. Retailing at $375 USD, this timepiece is a must-have for Star Wars fans who enjoy multifunctional racing watches. 6. Citizen Star Wars Stormtrooper Ref. AW1650-04W The Citizen Star Wars Stormtrooper Ref. AW1650-04W is another unambiguous model that can pass as just a simple everyday timepiece. With its clean silver-and-black colorway, this watch is inspired by the Stormtroopers, who are the Galactic Empire’s police force in the Star Wars universe. They are also some of the first figures that immediately come to mind when talking about Star Wars, with their iconic white suits and masks. This Star Wars timepiece, which is more subtle in design than the actual Stormtrooper costume, shows off a charming and versatile appeal that can be paired with a multitude of styles. This Citizen Star Wars watch is encased in a 46mm stainless steel case with refined, sharp lugs that remind one of the angular Stormtrooper mask. This is paired with a sporty, perforated black polyurethane strap and a thick, protruding fixed bezel that is also made of polished stainless steel. The dial of this watch also comes in a gorgeous silver tone and features an embossed stamp of the Stormtrooper suit, adding a lot of depth and texture to the watch face. It is decorated with luminous rectangular hour indices, broad sword-shaped hands, a vibrant blue seconds hand that adds a pop of color to this dial, and a small date aperture at 3 o’clock. Replacing the 12 o’clock hour marker is the symbol of the Imperial Crest, while a silver stamp can be found next to the 9 o’clock marker, bearing the same logo that can be found on the back of Stormtrooper outfits. The caseback of this watch is made of stainless steel and bears a large, immediately recognizable image of a Stormtrooper’s mask. Underneath this caseback is a Caliber J810, which uses Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology to drive this watch. Since this movement is powered by different light sources, it means you will never have to worry about replacing this watch’s batteries. This $325 USD watch is another subdued yet stunning option for Star Wars fans. 7. Citizen Star Wars Princess Leia Ref. EW2251-81W Next, we have the Citizen Star Wars Princess Leia Ref. EW2251-81W, which is a limited edition model designed especially for all the ladies. It is based on Princess Leia, played by Carrie Fisher, who is one of the most popular female characters in cinematic history. While Leia is known for her beauty and elegance, true fans see her as a strong and incredibly capable woman as well. It is exactly this image which Citizen was attempting to achieve when it was making this timepiece. This watch flaunts an exquisite, luxurious exterior that is paired with an equally impressive and powerful mechanism.  This Star Wars Citizen watch comes in a slim 32mm cushion-shaped stainless steel case, which is the perfect size for daintier, feminine wrists. This is paired with a three-link stainless steel bracelet that shows off an unusual combination of polished outer links and finely brushed inner links, creating an interplay of textures that simply exudes sophistication. On either side of the watch case, you can also find encrusted stones that add to this watch’s exquisite, refined aesthetic. The dial of this watch also comes in silver, with a simple, almost minimalistic pattern of crisscrossing lines. It also follows a very simple layout, comprising rose gold-tone dot indices, luminous sword-shaped hands, a compact date display, and an image of the Rebel Alliance logo at 12 o’clock. On the caseback, you can also find the words “Princess Leia Organa” inscribed, along with other details about the watch. All in all, if you are a Princess Leia fan, this $475 USD Star Wars watch is certainly a must-have for you. With its lovely, feminine style, this timekeeper makes for a great affordable alternative to a Rolex Lady Datejust. 8. Citizen Star Wars Millennium Falcon Ref. CA4281-00W The Citizen Star Wars Millennium Falcon Ref. CA4281-00W, on the other hand, is a watch that draws inspiration from an object rather than a character. It is based on the iconic Millennium Falcon, which is a starship vehicle commandeered by Han Solo throughout the films. This watch serves as a great option for fans who prefer versatile timepieces with an unusual design.  This Star Wars Citizen watch uses a 44mm stainless steel case along with a handsome crocodile-embossed leather strap in blue. With its black and white streaks, this dial was designed to look like the cockpit windows of the Millennium Falcon, specifically as it jumps into hyperdrive mode. In addition, this dial is adorned with slender sword hands, a deep blue seconds hand, a date display outlined in grey between 4 and 5 o’clock, a minute track, and a chronograph display with three sub-dials for the small seconds, 24-hours, and 60-minutes counters. Lastly, this timepiece also has an image of Han Solo’s silhouette etched on its caseback. As with the other Citizen Star Wars analog watches, this timekeeper is driven by an excellent movement that is equipped with the light-powered Eco-Drive technology. If this Star Wars watch catches your eye, you can purchase it for around $350 USD. 9. Citizen Star Wars R2-D2 Ref. JG2117-51A Next, we have the Citizen Star Wars R2-D2 Ref. JG2117-51A, which is sure to be a popular choice amongst Star Wars fans. This lovely timepiece is inspired by the galaxy’s favorite droid: R2-D2. Despite being essentially voiceless throughout the films, R2-D2 is easily one of the most beloved characters in the franchise because of his bravery and loyalty to the protagonists. This Citizen Star Wars watch is presented in a slender 33mm rectangular case and bracelet, both made out of stainless steel. Its blue and white dial shows off both digital and analog displays that are made to look like R2-D2’s distinctive body plates. In terms of its functions, this watch comes with an alarm, date display, dual timezone, a highly legible LCD screen, and a temperature display. The stainless steel caseback of this watch is also carefully engraved with an image of R2-D2, alongside the watch’s technical details. Finally, powering all of the aforementioned functions is an impressive 8989 quartz movement with an accuracy rate of +/-15 seconds per month. This Star Wars watch sells at an estimated price of $350 USD. 10. Citizen Star Wars Classic Ref. AW1578-51W Last but not least, we have the Citizen Star Wars Classic Ref. AW1578-51W — perfectly encapsulates the essence of Star Wars. The bold design of this watch is not inspired by just one character or object; instead, it combines a multitude of elements from the film. Of all the pieces on this list of Star Wars watches, this particular model definitely has the potential to resonate with most, if not all Star Wars fans. It is neither too subtle nor too loud, making it the perfect piece of Star Wars memorabilia. This Star Wars Citizen watch comes in a 42mm stainless steel case and bracelet in a bold dark grey hue. Like the Citizen Star Wars Princess Leia, the sophisticated bracelet of this watch boasts alternating brushed and polished sides. On the back of the case, you can find a solid caseback with an image of the iconic fight scene between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. The dial, meanwhile, is a true work of art. It perfectly showcases the franchise’s central conflict between good and bad, with the right side of the dial featuring the Rebel Alliance symbol, while the left side bears the Imperial Crest. This dial is also decorated with simple gold-tone indices, a date complication outlined in gold, and luminous hour and minute hands in red and blue hues, like the signature red and blue lightsabers of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. This model is also powered by Citizen’s Eco-Drive movement, which uses light energy instead of traditional batteries. With a price tag of $325 USD, this is a no-brainer purchase for the ultimate Star Wars fans. Bonus: An Oris Star Wars Watch For those who want a more classy and high-end Star Wars watch option, check out the timepiece below: Oris Star Wars Stormtrooper Ref. 01 743 7734 4184-Set MB The Oris Star Wars Stormtrooper Ref. 01 743 7734 4184-Set MB is a limited edition model with a design based on Stormtroopers as well. This is a great option for professionals out there who want to express their love for Star Wars through their timepieces but in a subtle way.  This Oris Star Wars watch comes in a 43.5mm stainless steel case and matching three-link bracelet. Fixed on top of the case is a two-toned rotating bezel with a ceramic elapsed time scale insert, which showcases lovely light blue and black hues. It stands out strongly against the matte black dial, which follows a very straightforward layout, consisting of luminous thick hour indices, pronounced silver-tone sword hands, a rectangular date aperture at 6 o’clock, and a small seconds sub-dial that is shaped like the Imperial Crest. This Oris Aquis model also has a solid stainless steel caseback, with an engraved image of a Stormtrooper decorating this caseback. Driving this watch is the Oris Caliber 743. Based on the standard Sellita SW220-1 movement, this caliber possesses a substantial 38-hour power reserve and beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). Since this is a more upscale alternative, be prepared to shell out around $2,700 USD for this Star Wars watch!  Final Thoughts As mentioned, the models above are only 10 out of the 18 timepieces offered in this extraordinary Citizen x Star Wars line. Each and every model created perfectly captures a specific Star Wars character, object, or scenario. Full of striking designs that are versatile enough for everyday use, these Star Wars watches are great for fans who want o make the most out of their purchase. Ultimately, this is a collection worth checking even for those who are not super into Star Wars. Photo Credits: Citizen Official Site Want to read more listicles? Check out this article on the 20 Best Blue Dial Watches!

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  3. 20 Best Bronze Watches For That Vintage Look

    20 Best Bronze Watches For That Vintage Look

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

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  4. 15 Best Durable Watches For Construction Workers

    15 Best Durable Watches For Construction Workers

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

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

    Editor’s Pick: 20 Blue Dial Watches Worth Buying

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

    Top 10 Rolex Movements Worth Your Time

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

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  7. 20 Best Racing Watches in 2022

    20 Best Racing Watches in 2022

    In motorsports, time is the essence of every race track. Watches have become an unexpectedly essential part of racing, as these timekeepers are crucial in order for you to keep track of your speed and distance. Regardless of what car you drive or the protective gear you wear, one of the most important elements in racing will always be the racing watch. This is why most watchmakers have a sports collection that includes a wide range of automotive-inspired racing watches. Considering the sheer variety of racing watches available in the market, people can often find it difficult to settle on a specific piece. That is why we have curated a list of the 20 best racing watches in 2022. From vintage-inspired models to modern chronographs, you are bound to find a racing watch that is just right for you. What Are Racing Watches? Racing watches have been a popular phenomenon since the 1960s. However, these timepieces actually date back to 1821, when the first racing timepiece was created for King Louis XVIII, an avid horse racer. Nicolas Mathieu Rieussec built a watch with a little ink dot that you could activate using a press button. This button would be pressed each time a horse passed the finish line, effectively using this watch to time the horse races. In the early 1890s, as watch technology advanced, racing watches evolved to incorporate mechanical chronograph complications. TAG Heuer built a reputation for itself and became known as the top brand that produced automotive-inspired racing watches. In 1911, the brand created the Trip of Time, which was the first dashboard chronograph. Up to this point, these so-called “racing watches” that had been produced were all effectively stopwatches that you had to hold in your hands. It was not until 1913 that Longines made history by producing the first-ever chronograph wristwatch, which incorporated both a time display and a chronograph complication in one. Half a century later, another breakthrough in racing watches was made as Hamilton, TAG Heuer, and Breitling worked together to invent the first automatic racing watch with a chronograph complication. Today, racing watches are used to refer to sports watches that can track time remarkably accurately. They are typically used in sports races, including horse, car, or motorbike races. Modern racing watches tend to show off practical, highly legible designs, bulky cases, and high-caliber movements. What Should the Best Racing Watches Have? There are a lot of factors to keep in mind when purchasing a watch. Some consider style and design, some look at the price and the brand, and others go for the specifications. If you are thinking of buying a racing watch, however, here are a few crucial features you should keep in mind: Tachymeter Scale The tachymeter scale is an essential function in racing watches. It helps you estimate your average speed and time over a constant distance, allowing you to calculate the speed you are travelling at. There are three different types of tachymeter scale: circumferential on a fixed bezel, circumferential on a moving bezel, or snail-type. Snail-type tachymeter bezels are typically used for slower speeds, while most racing watches today adopt the circumferential tachymeter on a fixed bezel. Chronograph The chronograph function works like a stopwatch during a race. It usually takes the form of two or three sub-dials. Most of the time, one sub-dial will display the small seconds counter, so wearers can keep track of every split second in a race. The other counters are typically used to track the elapsed minutes or hours, depending on the model you are looking at. Pushers, which are located on the sides of the case, are used to stop, start, and reset the chronograph counters. Angled and High-Contrast Dial All racers want a hassle-free way of checking the time, right? Nobody wants to have to move their arm around while holding the steering wheel just so they can check the time. As such, an angled and high-contrast dial should be a priority when choosing a racing watch. A dial like this would be more legible and easier to read, especially when you are checking the sweep seconds and chronograph displays. Make sure to check if your racing watch’s crystal comes with an anti-reflective coating, too, so you will not get any light glares that hinder your view of the dial. Quality Straps Straps and bracelets that are resistant to sweat, impacts, and corrosion are the best choices for racing watches. Racing is a vigorous sport and you need a watch that can withstand those kinds of extreme situations. The strap should also be comfortable, so it will not distract you while you are on the track. In general, rally-style straps and metal bracelets made of stainless steel or lightweight titanium are the best choices. 20 Best Racing Watches in 2022 1. Jacob & Co. Twin Turbo Bugatti Furious 300+ Photo from Jacob & Co Let us start with the most expensive and elite watch on the list, the Jacob & Co. Twin Turbo Bugatti Furious 300+. This is a limited edition racing watch created in collaboration with the iconic supercar manufacturer, Bugatti. Its exorbitant price is a testament to this watch’s astonishing capabilities, such as the reference time indicator on its chronograph and its two accelerated triple-axis tourbillons, which cannot be found in most racing watches. In addition, this watch is equipped with a decimal repeater and a 300-meter depth rating, which is the highest water resistance capacity of any watch on this list. This Jacob & Co watch also comes in a 57mm case made of forged carbon and black DLC Grade 5 titanium, coupled with a black cordura fabric strap. Although this watch is quite bulky, its use of titanium ensures that it has quite a lightweight build, so you will not have much trouble wearing it all day. With its rugged all-black exterior and sophisticated dial, this watch retails at $580,000 USD. 2. Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116519/4 The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona always ranks high on racing watch lists. This motorsports-inspired piece became especially popular after it was worn by famous car racer Paul Newman, who is known for owning multiple models of the Cosmograph Daytona. This Rolex racing watch is even named after the Daytona Speedway in Florida, which is the world’s first, and arguably most famous, race track. One exceptional model from this collection is the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116519/4. This watch is housed in a 40mm case made of luxurious 18K white gold and a suave leather strap in light brown. On the case, you can find a sizeable screw-down crown, two chronograph pushers, and a robust tachymeter scale bezel, also made of white gold. The watch’s gorgeous white gold exterior is also complemented by its clean white dial. This dial comprises pronounced white gold Arabic numeral markers, slender blunt hands, and three chronograph sub-dials in black and red, which allows them to stand out more strongly against the white dial. Driving this watch is an in-house Rolex Caliber 4130. This is a self-winding mechanical movement that uses a vertical clutch to control its chronograph functions. In addition, it can last for up to an incredible 73 hours when fully charged. The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116519/4 sells at around $53,299 USD. 3. Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT The next watch on our list is the Classic Fusion Ferrari Gran Turismo (GT) Ref. 526.NX.0124.VR, which is the result of a collaboration between Ferrari and Hublot. This is an exceptionally modern watch, with its sophisticated skeleton dial and its 45mm case made of lightweight micro-blasted titanium. A Schedoni leather strap in black and two pushers in contrasting black and bright red shades complete this watch’s sporty aesthetic. The skeleton dial of this watch might look complicated at first glance, but it is actually very legible, thanks to the large Arabic numeral markers printed around the dial. It also contains a small seconds sub-dial, a 30-minute chronograph counter, and a small date window at 3 o’clock. Driving all these functions is an in-house caliber HUB1281 UNICO. This movement has a beat frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and a substantial 72-hour power supply. This Hublot Classic Fusion watch sells at $17,359 USD. 4. IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition Ref. IW380801 In collaboration with another famous car company, Mercedes, IWC was able to create a modern Ingenieur model. The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition Ref. IW380801 draws inspiration from the 1950s Tissot V8 Alpine. It is a striking and elegant model, featuring a gorgeous all-white style with its 42.3mm stainless steel case and matching stainless steel strap. Fixed on top of the case is a layer of protective sapphire crystal, which has been treated with anti-reflective coatings to ensure a clear view of the dial. The white dial of this watch blends in well with its exterior. On the rim of the dial, you can find an internal tachymeter scale, which comes with a stopwatch hand so you can calculate speed more accurately. The dial is also furnished with exquisite gold-tone hour indices, baton hands, three chronograph counters, and a date aperture at 3 o’clock. This watch is driven by an in-house IWC 89361 Caliber. Held together by 38 jewels, this movement has a 68-hour power supply. You can purchase this IWC watch for approximately $9,125 USD. 5. Breitling Bentley Ref. EB043335-BD78 As you can tell by now, many racing watches are the product of a collaboration between a watchmaker and a car company. The Breitling Bentley GMT Ref. EB043335-BD78 is another impressive example of this. This Breitling Bentley watch comes in a 45mm lightweight titanium case. This is coupled with a comfortable black leather strap and a distinctive knurled bezel that resembles the instrument panels of racing cars. The black dial of this watch is simple enough, with a pattern of circles radiating outwards across the dial. It is also decorated with silver hour indices and sword hands, pronounced Arabic numeral markers, three chronograph sub-dials, and a date display. On the rim of the dial, you can find an internal tachymeter bezel, a slide rule, and indicators for 24 different cities, which you can use to access 24 different time zones. This watch is powered by a COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 04 with a 70-hour power reserve. This Breitling watch sells at approximately $7,519 USD. 6. Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Photo from Chopard The Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Ref. 168566-6001 is an interesting race watch. Instead of being inspired by a car company, this Chopard watch draws its inspiration from the famous Italian Mille Miglia Endurance race. It utilizes a 43mm stainless steel case and a handsome brown leather strap. This watch also does away with the chronograph function. Instead, its ruthenium galvanized grey dial is adorned with applique hour indices, bold Arabic numerals, thick sword hands, and a unique signboard-shaped date complication at 3 o’clock. At 9 o’clock, you can also see an intriguing fuel-inspired power reserve indicator. This cleverly-designed Chopard Mille Miglia watch retails at $7,299 USD. 7. Tudor Heritage Black Bay Ref. 79360N-0006 For a top-notch watch with a high-contrast dial, check out the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Ref. 79360N-0006, with its classic black-and-white panda dial. This model is probably one of the most popular racing watches from the brand. It uses a 41mm stainless steel case, paired with a rugged leather bund strap in black and a matching black tachymeter bezel made of anodized aluminum. The dial of this watch comes in white and consists of luminous circular hour indices, the signature Tudor snowflake hands, and a date window at 6 o’clock. The two chronograph counters come in black, standing out against the snow-white dial like the black eyes of a panda. This watch runs on a Tudor Caliber MT5813, which has a solid 70-hour power supply and a 200-meter depth rating. This Tudor Heritage Black Bay watch has an estimated price tag of $6,479 USD. 8. Omega Speedmaster Ref. 310.32.42.50.01.002 The Omega Speedmaster, which was first introduced in 1957, is another collection of incredibly popular racing watches. In particular, we recommend the quintessential Omega Speedmaster Ref. 310.32.42.50.01.002. This watch utilizes a classic combination of a 42mm stainless steel case and a sleek black leather strap. This is complemented by its black anodized aluminum tachymeter bezel and matching matte black dial. The dial of this watch follows a very straightforward layout, with slender sword hands, slim hour indices, and three chronograph counters for the small seconds, 30-minute, and 12-hour displays. The highlight of this watch, however, is definitely its Omega Caliber 3861. This is a Co-Axial Master Chronometer with METAS-certified anti-magnetic components, bolstering this watch’s durability against strong magnetic fields. This Omega watch sells at approximately $6,429 USD. 9. TAG Heuer Monaco  The TAG Heuer Monaco is one of the only square-cased racing watches in existence today. First released in 1969, this stylish range of vintage-inspired racing watches was inspired by the Monaco Grand Prix. One model we recommend is the TAG Heuer Monaco Ref. CBL2113.FC6177. This watch comes in a 39mm square stainless steel case with a classy black alligator leather strap. The dial of this watch is also quite unique: instead of having round sub-dials, the chronograph counters of this watch are square, like the case itself. This dial also comprises slender applique hour indices, luminous sword hands, a compact date display at 6 o’clock, and a printed tachymeter track. This watch is also notable for being the first TAG Heuer model to come with an in-house movement. It runs on the Caliber Heuer 02, which has a whopping 80-hour power supply. You can get your hands on the TAG Heuer Monaco Ref. CBL2113.FC6177 for just $6,049 USD. 10. TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Special Edition Another sleek racing watch from TAG Heuer is the TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Special Edition. Created in collaboration with the car icon, Porsche, this watch is presented in a 44mm stainless steel case with a matching three-link bracelet. Fixed on top of the bezel is a robust black tachymeter bezel. The dial of this TAG Heuer Carrera watch shows off a rugged grey asphalt-like texture, enhancing the industrial aesthetic of this timepiece. It is adorned with double-digit Arabic numeral markers in luminescent silver, luminous hands, three black chronograph sub-dials, and a date window at 6 o’clock. The red accents scattered across the dial add to its handsome, sporty style. Like the aforementioned TAG Heuer model, this watch runs on a Caliber Heuer 02. The TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Special Edition sells at just $5,949 USD. 11. Tudor Fastrider Chrono Unlike the other racing watches that are inspired by cars, the Tudor Fastrider Chrono Ref. 42000CR-BKRS is the result of a collaboration between Tudor and Ducati x Diavel, a famous motorbike manufacturer. This robust timepiece boasts an all-black exterior, from its 42mm stainless steel case and bezel to its rubber strap. The hints of red splashed across the dial and on the rim of the tachymeter bezel add to the watch’s rugged sportiness. The dial of this watch also comes in black and is accented by red applique hour indices, silver and red skeletal hands, and a small date aperture with red text. The hands of the three chronograph counters also come in vibrant red. All of these features are powered by an ETA-Valjoux Caliber 7753, which has a 150-meter depth rating and a 42-hour power supply. This Tudor Fastrider Chrono watch sells at an estimated price of $3,589 USD. 12. Montblanc Timewalker Montblanc watches never fail to give off an impression of dressy elegance, and even their racing watches are no different. The Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph is a vintage-inspired model for auto racing that manages to pull off being sporty and classy at the same time. It comes in a 43mm stainless steel case with a rugged perforated leather strap in black. Fixed on top of the case is a minimalistic tachymeter scale bezel made of lustrous aluminum. The dial of this watch boasts a silvery-white finish that simply screams elegance. It is furnished with Arabic numeral markers in a stylized typeface, simple hour indices, silver dauphine hands, and a small date display at 3 o’clock. You can also find a small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock and two larger chronograph counters at 6 and 12 o’clock. Inside this Montblanc TimeWalker piece, you can find an in-house Caliber MB 25.07, which has a 46-hour power supply. This Montblanc watch has an estimated price of just $3,349 USD. 13. TAG Heuer Formula 1 For a more playful racing watch, take a look at the Formula 1 Ref. CAZ101P.FC8245. This watch comes in a 43mm stainless steel case and a handsome calfskin leather strap in black with vibrant yellow stitching. Its black tachymeter bezel and dial are all highly legible, with pronounced Arabic numeral markers. Aside from that, this Formula 1 watch’s black dial also consists of applique hour indices, luminous sword hands, and three chronograph sub-dials. Yellow accents are peppered all around the dial, on the minute track, sub-dials, and even the watch’s seconds hand. This combination of yellow against black is incredibly stylish and adds a quirky edge to the watch face. Unlike the other racing watches mentioned above, this timepiece uses a quartz chronograph movement. Despite its affordability, the reliability of this Swiss-made quartz caliber is beyond doubt, as it has undergone 60 different quality control tests. This TAG Heuer watch retails at just $1,899 USD. 14. Oris Chronoris November Edition 2019 Looking for a simpler racing watch? Take a peek at the Oris Chronoris November Edition 2019. This handsome Oris watch is housed in a 39mm stainless steel case and a suave brown calfskin leather strap. Its dial follows a very straightforward layout, containing simple rectangular hour indices, luminous blunt hands, and an outlined date window at 3 o’clock. On the rim of the dial, you can also find an internal rotating tachymeter bezel. Driving all of these functions is the Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement, which can last for up 38 hours when fully wound. If the chronograph function is not essential to you, then this Oris Chronoris watch would be a great option. It sells at around $1,539 USD. 15. Citizen Promaster Bullhead Racing Chronograph Photo from Citizen For a solid mid-range racing watch, the Citizen Promaster Bullhead Racing Chronograph is an excellent pick. This limited edition piece utilizes a 45mm stainless steel case paired with a perforated black leather strap. As a bullhead watch, the pushers of this Citizen Promaster timepiece are unusually placed at the top of the case, like the horns of a bull. This Citizen watch also showcases a charming forest green dial that is quite busy. It comprises luminous hour indices, silver sword hands, a square date complication, and four sub-dials, which serve as the chronograph counters and power reserve display. On the rim of the dial is an internal tachymeter bezel in black. These functions are all powered by a handy Citizen Eco-Drive movement, which enables the watch to be charged using any light source. This Citizen watch can be purchased at around $930 USD. 16. Tissot V8 Alpine  For another fun and sporty racing watch piece, consider the Tissot V8 Alpine. Hailing from the brand’s Special Collections line, this watch is inspired by the Team Renault Alpine during the Monte Carlo rally in 1973. It shows off a black carbo-colored dial that recalls vintage race cars from the 70s’. This dial also contains silver dauphine hands, luminous blue indices, three chronograph sub-dials with blue and white highlights, and a date display outlined in blue. The blue accents help the dial components stand out more strongly against the black backdrop, creating a very satisfying contrast. This Tissot watch comes in a 42.5mm stainless steel case and a vibrant, metallic blue tachymeter bezel. This is coupled with a rally-style calfskin leather strap in black which gives wearers an airier, more comfortable feel. Inside this watch, you can find an ETA G10.212 quartz movement with an outstanding three-year lifespan. This watch sells at just $459 USD. 17. Casio Edifice Another affordable racing watch that stands out is the Casio Edifice EQB-800BR-1AJF. This is a highly functional timepiece. Aside from its chronograph capabilities and tachymeter bezel, this watch also comes with a dual timezone display, a world time function for 300 global cities, and even a Bluetooth connectivity feature. This robust Casio timepiece uses a bulky 49mm stainless steel case coupled with a black rubber strap and a black dial with playful neon highlights. It is equipped with a quartz movement that has Tough Solar technology, which allows you to charge the watch using any light source. This Casio Edifice watch costs around $429 USD. 18. Tissot PRC 200 Chronograph One of the best affordable racing watches is the Tissot T-Sport PRC 200 Chronograph. This watch is suitable not just for racing, but also for professional watersports, with its impressive 200-meter depth rating. It is presented in a 42mm stainless steel case and a matching five-link bracelet. Fixed on top of the case is a slimmer fixed bezel, while the watch’s tachymeter scale can be found on the rim of the dial. The contrast of the silver and yellow hour indices, blunt hands, and Arabic numerals also serves as a perfect contrast against the jet-black dial, allowing for better legibility during races. Underneath the watch face is a quartz ETA Caliber G10.211. Held together by four jewels, this movement has a fantastic three-year battery life. You can buy this Tissot T-Sport piece for around $399 USD. 19. Omologato Fiorano Chronograph FIORCH Photo from Omologato For a more vintage racing watch, check out the Omologato Fiorano Chronograph FIORCH. This has been a popular race watch for drivers since the 1950s. It is presented in a 42mm stainless steel case with an Italian grain leather strap. The watch’s striking wine red bezel and dial contrast sharply against its more quintessential exterior. On the dial, you can find rounded Arabic numeral markers, slim luminous sword hands, and a date window at 6 o’clock. There are also two chronograph sub-dials, which are made to resemble race car number roundels. This is one of the few racing watches that is powered by the Japanese Miyota Quartz Chronograph caliber. Despite their affordable prices, Miyota movements are highly respected for their reliability and accuracy. This Omologato watch sells at around $522 USD. 20. Seiko SSB Finally, we have the Seiko SSB Ref. SSB343P1. This sleek Seiko timepiece is encased in a 44mm stainless steel case and matching steel bracelet. Fixed on top of the case is a highly legible ion-plated fixed bezel, with black-printed markers in a neat typeface for the tachymeter scale. Its textured white dial blends well with the all-silver exterior. This dial also showcases dauphine hands, three large chronograph sub-dials, a compact date aperture, and large luminous indices that are painted blue for a clearer time display. This watch stands out for being the only mechaquartz timepiece on this list. It runs on the Seiko Caliber 8T63, which has a solid three-year lifespan. You can get your hands on the Seiko SSB Ref. SSB343P1 for just $299 USD, making this the most affordable racing watch in this article. Wrap Up Watches have always been an essential tool for any activity. Whether you are driving around a race track or just going to the office, it serves as a necessary tool. That is why we made sure that all the racing watches we listed are not just good for sports races but can also make your daily life more convenient. Indeed, every one of the racing watches mentioned above comes with versatile, stylish designs and functions. Simply pick one that best suits your tastes and get to it! 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  8. Grand Seiko Snowflake: The Iconic Spring Drive Watch

    Grand Seiko Snowflake: The Iconic Spring Drive Watch

    Grand Seiko has always been at the top of the watchmaking game when it comes to crafting high-end, reliable luxury watches. In 2005, the Japanese brand introduced the Grand Seiko Snowflake, perhaps one of the most outstanding and quintessential dress watches to ever be produced. The Grand Seiko Snowflake features an exquisite, timeless design with its iconic snowflake dial. With its powerful 9R Spring Drive caliber, this is one of the few Japanese-made timepieces that easily match, and maybe even surpass its Swiss siblings. In this article, we will be taking a closer look at the Grand Seiko Snowflake Ref. SBGA211, including its roots and the excellent attributes it comes with. History of Grand Seiko Snowflake The original Grand Seiko Snowflake Ref. SBGA011 was first launched in 2005. Its case and bracelet were made entirely of titanium, which was quite uncommon at the time. Titanium is highly regarded in the watch community for its superb scratch-resistance, corrosion resistance, and lightweight profile. Many users of the Ref. SBGA011 were impressed by both the watch’s timeless aesthetics and how light and easy it was to carry around. The Ref. SBGA011 also stood out for its so-called “snowflake” dial, which featured a vertically grained texture inspired by snow-covered terrains in Japan. The popularity of the Grand Seiko Snowflake Ref. SBGA011 led the brand to introduce a few more variants of the Snowflake timepiece. These include the Ref. SBGA259, which is furnished with gold hands and hour markers, and other limited edition models. The Ref. SBGA011 itself was reintroduced in 2010 as the Grand Seiko Snowflake Ref. SGBA211, bearing the same classic Snowflake design but with updated features and more advanced technology. In 2019, Grand Seiko also released the Ref. SBGA407, also known as the “Blue Snowflake”, or the “Skyflake”. This was the first Grand Seiko Snowflake version to be offered in a black leather strap instead of the usual titanium bracelet, and it also came in a smaller, more compact case. Anatomy of the Grand Seiko Snowflake Case Although the Grand Seiko Snowflake Ref. SBGA211 is most widely known for its exquisite dial, there is more to it than just its face. Like the original Grand Seiko Snowflake Ref. SBGA011, the Ref. SBGA211 comes in a titanium case that measures 41mm in diameter. This is a fairly standard size, which means the Ref. SBGA211 can fit nicely around wrists of all sizes. Its titanium build makes this Grand Seiko Snowflake around 30% lighter than it would have been if it was made of stainless steel. In addition, the structure of the Grand Seiko Snowflake is carefully designed, featuring a deft geometry with carefully beveled edges and slim lugs that make it look smaller and thinner than its actual size. On the right side of the case is a 6mm screw-down crown with teeth-like edges that provide wearers with a better grip, so they can easily grip and turn the crown. Along with the secure screw-down steel caseback, this crown protects the watch’s internal mechanisms, giving it a solid depth rating of 100m. Fitted on top of the case is a fixed bezel, also made of stainless steel. With its masterful Zaratsu-polished finish, executed by expert Grand Seiko craftsmen, the entirety of the Grand Seiko Snowflake’s exterior has a gleaming lustre that simply cannot be rivaled. Snowflake Dial As previously mentioned, the star of the Grand Seiko Snowflake Ref. SBGA211 is its white dial, which the watch was named after. Nicknamed the “snowflake” dial, this watch face features a simple yet timeless design. It boasts a refined and absolutely unique finish inspired by the snow-covered landscapes during winters in Shiojiri, Japan. Although this dial is made of brass, the chromatic surface, with its vertically grained texture, allows the dial to look as soft as snow. A domed layer of luxurious, anti-reflective sapphire crystal tops the dial, keeping it safe from any scratches or impacts. The snowflake dial is also furnished with applique indices, a date window outlined in silver at 3 o’clock, and silver-tone dauphine hands, along with a blued steel seconds hand that adds a burst of color to this predominantly white dial. Between the 7 and 8 o’clock markers, you can find an elegant power reserve indicator that is designed to resemble a fan, as a visual tribute to this watch’s Japanese heritage. The brand’s use of silver plating allows it to incorporate slight, carefully placed crevices across the dial, creating intriguing shadow illusions that change depending on how light hits the dial. Indeed, this is a dial that you simply cannot take your eyes off. Spring Drive Movement Aside from its admittedly gorgeous aesthetics, the Grand Seiko Snowflake Ref. SBGA211 is also sought-after for the superior accuracy it offers. With its first-class Spring Drive Caliber 9R65, the interior of this watch is just as impressive as its quintessential exterior. Rather than using the standard combination of an escape wheel, lever, and balance inside the caliber, the Spring Drive Caliber 9R65 makes use of the Tri-Synchro Regulator technology. As you might have guessed from its name, this means that the Caliber 9R65’s regulating system ingeniously combines three different classifications of energy: electrical (quartz crystal), magnetic (glide wheel), and mechanical (mainspring). Although the Caliber 9R65 is still a mechanical movement, its different method of regulating energy affords it greater efficiency. This gives the watch an extended power reserve of 72 hours and an impressive accuracy rating of ±1 second day-to-day on average, which is unprecedented for a movement that uses a mainspring. Bracelet Much like the case, the bracelet of Grand Seiko Snowflake Ref. SBGA211 is also made of high-intensity titanium, which is more resistant to corrosion and scratches than regular stainless steel. This three-link bracelet shows off alternately Zaratsu polished and finely brushed surfaces. This interplay of textures is incredible to look at and perfectly complements the overall design of the watch, giving you a truly classic beauty of a dress watch. Price  Considering Grand Seiko’s prestigious reputation and expertise in crafting top-notch luxury watches, it is no surprise why its timepieces tend to retail at higher prices. In particular, the Grand Seiko Snowflake Ref. SBGA211 has a price tag of around $5,679 USD. With its gorgeous aesthetics and state-of-the-art movement, this is quite a reasonable price for the Ref. SBGA211. Other Notable Grand Seiko Snowflake Models 1. Grand Seiko Snowflake Ref. SBGY002 If you are looking for a Grand Seiko Snowflake piece with a more masculine, handsome vibe, the Grand Seiko Snowflake Ref. SBGY002 makes for an excellent choice. Rather than the titanium case that the Grand Seiko Snowflake traditionally comes in, the Ref. SBGY002 is presented in a slim 38.5mm case made of luxurious 18K yellow gold. This yellow gold case, along with the watch’s handsome brown alligator leather strap, set up an alluring contrast against its signature snowflake dial. A layer of dual-curved, anti-reflective sapphire crystal is also used to add an extra layer of protection to the dial. The dial of the Grand Seiko Snowflake Ref. SBGY002 also stands out for being a little unlike its peers. As opposed to most Grand Seiko Snowflake watches which bear silver-tone appliques, the dial of the Ref. SBGY002 is adorned with gorgeous gold and blue accents. These include its slim gold hour indices, gold dauphine hands, and the same blued steel seconds hand that can be found on the Grand Seiko Snowflake Ref. SBGA211. The Ref. SBGY002 also has a simpler and more minimalist layout, as it does away with the power reserve indicator and date aperture that can be found on other Snowflake models. Inside the Grand Seiko Snowflake Ref. SBGY002, you can find the Spring Drive Caliber 9R31 movement, which boasts an impressive 72-hour power reserve. It also has an excellent precision rate of ±1 second per day or ±15 seconds per month on average. The Ref. SBGY002 also has a solid water resistance rating of 30m. This does not match up to the Ref. SBGA211’s 100m depth rating, but is enough to handle some accidental splashes or even a trip into the shower. The Grand Seiko Snowflake Ref. SBGY002 retails at around $25,000 USD. 2. Grand Seiko Snowflake Ref. SBGA407 Another incredible Grand Seiko Snowflake model is the recently released Ref. SBGA407. With its sky-blue dial and black leather strap, the Ref. SBGA407 has a more casual look compared to the original Grand Seiko Snowflake, effortlessly combining dressy elegance with cool sportiness. Its 40.2mm Zaratsu-polished stainless steel case with slim, beveled lugs also adds to its classic appeal. As with other Grand Seiko Snowflake variants, the Ref. SBGA407 comes with an exquisitely textured dial that resembles fresh, soft snow. However, this model sets itself apart with the light blue hue of its dial, which has led to it being nicknamed the “Skyflake” or the “Blue Snowflake”. Aside from its color, the dial of the Ref. SBGA407 comes with all the usual Snowflake trappings, including silver-tone hour indices, dauphine hands, a blued steel seconds hand, a date window outlined in silver, and a fan-shaped power reserve display. The Ref. SBGA407 also runs on the brand’s in-house Caliber 9R65, which gives it a 72-hour power reserve and an accuracy rating of ±1 second per day. In addition, it is equipped with a substantial water resistance capacity of 100m. If you are looking for an elegant luxury watch with subtle details and a powerful movement, you can get this Grand Seiko Snowflake piece for around $5,800 USD. 3. Grand Seiko Snowflake Ref. SBGA283 Photo from Watchshopping.com Last but not least, we have the Grand Seiko Snowflake Ref. SBGA283. This elegant timepiece boasts a soft, understated look that is perfect for all your formal events. This dressy watch comes in a 39mm stainless steel case and matching three-link bracelet, which perfectly complements its metallic, sunray white snowflake dial. This dial is decorated with slender hour indices, beveled dauphine hands, a date aperture outlined in silver, and a fine power display indicator in the shape of a Japanese fan. A domed sapphire crystal is used to protect this watch face. On the underside of the case, you can find a see-through sapphire crystal caseback. This gives you an up close and personal view of the Spring Drive 9R65 Caliber running this watch. This automatic movement has a substantial 72-hour power supply and a solid 100-meter water resistance capacity. Priced at just $3,769 USD, this sleek timepiece is one of the most affordable Grand Seiko Snowflake watches you can get. Alternatives to the Grand Seiko Snowflake If you are unable to get your hands on a Grand Seiko Snowflake piece, or you are not entirely satisfied with its price, here are some great alternatives you can check out. 1. Seiko Presage Ref. SRPG23J1 Photo from Watchshopping.com One of the best budget-friendly alternatives to the Grand Seiko Snowflake is the Seiko Presage Ref. SRPG23J1. Like the Grand Seiko SBGA211, its all-silver look radiates a clean, timeless elegance that goes wonderfully with all your formalwear. This Seiko watch utilizes a 40.5mm stainless steel case and a five-link bracelet. Although its dial is white like the Grand Seiko SBGA211’s, this watch face has a slightly different design. It shows off a gorgeous sunburst dial, with lines radiating out from the center of the watch face. This dial is also furnished with beveled triangular hour indices, slender dauphine hands, and a compact date aperture outlined in silver at 3 o’clock. Inside this watch, you can find an in-house Seiko 4R35 Caliber. This automatic movement has a 41-hour power reserve and a 50-meter water resistance rating, which is quite standard for a dress watch. You can purchase this Seiko Presage timepiece for just $419 USD. 2. Tissot T-Classic Couturier Ref. T035.407.11.031.01 Photo from Watchshopping.com Next up, we have the Tissot T-Classic Couturier Ref. T035.407.11.031.01, which is another sleek and classy all-white timepiece. This watch is presented in a 39mm stainless steel case and bracelet, complementing the graceful silver-white dial. It also has a transparent caseback and a layer of sapphire crystal that keeps the dial safe from scratches and impacts. The dial of this Tissot T-Classic watch has a slightly different, unusual layout. Aside from its applique hour indices and long, silver dauphine hands, this dial also contains an elongated day window at 12 o’clock. At 6 o’clock, you can find a matching silver outline, containing the rectangular date display. Underneath this subtle watch face is the brand’s impressive Powermatic 80 caliber. This outstanding movement has a whopping 80-hour power supply and a depth rating of 100 meters. This Tissot watch sells at around $539 USD. 3. Omega Speedmaster Ref. 231.13.42.21.02.001 Photo from Watchshopping.com For a leather alternative to the Grand Seiko Snowflake, take a look at the Omega Speedmaster Ref. 231.13.42.21.02.001. This sophisticated timepiece shows off a very classic build, with a 41.5mm stainless steel case coupled with a handsome alligator leather strap in brown. Its silver case matches well with the white dial, which bears a pattern of faint vertical lines running across its surface. This dial also comprises triangular hour indices, slender arrow-headed hands, and a trapezoidal date complication at 3 o’clock. Driving this Omega watch is a first-class Omega Caliber 8500. This is an exceptionally accurate movement, offering a precision rate of +/-1.5 seconds a day, which is almost on par with the Grand Seiko Snowflake’s Spring Drive calibers. In addition, it has a 150-meter water resistance capacity, making it the most waterproof watch on this list. This Omega Speedmaster timepiece is the closest in price to the Grand Seiko Snowflake, with an estimated price tag of $5,369 USD. Final Thoughts Ultimately, the Grand Seiko Snowflake is a high-end timepiece with timeless beauty and high precision performance. This watch is designed with classic Japanese style, with its snowflake-inspired dial being a special standout. Furthermore, the top-notch Spring Drive movement that powers the Grand Seiko Snowflake ensures that this watch is the perfect blend of powerful aesthetics and top-notch watch technology. Indeed, if you are looking for a luxurious dress watch for your collection, you will never go wrong with the Grand Seiko Snowflake. Photos are credited to Grand Seiko’s official website unless otherwise stated. Featured image from Grand Seiko’s official website. Looking for the best hiking watches to use on your next hiking adventure? Read our article about the 20 Best Hiking Watches in 2021 to look for a top-tier watch.

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  9. 15 Best Titanium Watches Worth Every Penny

    15 Best Titanium Watches Worth Every Penny

    The best of us sometimes forget that the watchmaking world offers more than just traditional steel or gold timepieces. Indeed, one particular type of watch that has become increasingly popular in the industry recently is titanium watches. Titanium is a surprisingly great choice for watches. It is said that models made from this alloy are easily on par with those crafted from stainless steel or gold because of titanium’s versatility and durability. Without further ado, let us take a look at all the advantages titanium watches offer and some of the best titanium watches on the market that are worth your time. Why Should You Consider Titanium Watches?  1. Lightweight. One of the best things about titanium watches is that they are much lighter compared to watches made from materials such as stainless steel, gold, silver, and the like. This is all thanks to titanium’s lightweight composition, so watchmakers can easily use this material to craft large watches that are still very light and easy to carry. This is an appealing characteristic for those who enjoy wearing big timepieces but are burdened by how heavy they can be. Sometimes, the weight of a hefty stainless steel or gold watch can feel uncomfortable, especially after you have been wearing it all day. This is not really ideal for anyone. Going for lightweight titanium watches, on the other hand, guarantees a certain level of comfort and ergonomic properties. In addition, for all the practical enthusiasts who like to wear the same watch all day long, you get to make the most out of titanium watches. 2. Unique Aesthetic. Another characteristic that makes titanium watches worth considering is that a lot of titanium models boast unique aesthetics. Since most of us are used to how steel and gold timepieces look, titanium models serve as a breath of fresh air with their modern and adaptable style. This type of metal typically comes in a silver tone, with a bright gleam that plays against light well. It has a cool, lustrous look that can pair well with any kind of ensemble. In fact, the list of titanium watches we will be providing later in this article will be a mix of all sorts of different watches, from classic to sporty and more. 3. Non-Allergenic. Unlike many other metals out there, titanium is known to be a hypoallergenic material. This means that people with allergies and sensitive skin are less likely to be negatively affected by timepieces made of titanium. The reason behind this is that, unlike steel, silver, and the like, titanium does not contain any nickel or copper. These are metals known to cause allergic reactions like rashes or itching in those with sensitive skin. This is also why titanium watches make for great outdoor models since you do not have to worry about the sweat irritating your skin, especially around the wrist. 4. Extremely Durable. After reading about the lightweight properties of titanium watches, you might think that this means it is lacking in the durability department. However, this could not be further from the truth. Titanium is just as strong and heavy-duty as stainless steel, an alloy that is highly regarded for its robustness. In fact, depending on the grade of titanium used, it can easily be tougher and more resistant to scratching and bending than other common metals used in watchmaking. In addition, there is more to titanium than just its hardwearing structure. One trait that adds to the durability of titanium watches is the metal’s anti-magnetic properties. Since magnetic fields can cause damage to a timepiece’s inner mechanisms, the anti-magnetic properties of titanium watches ensure that their movements and other inner components will all function smoothly. Titanium watches also come with corrosion-resistant properties, so they are not susceptible to rust formation. This makes titanium watches the ideal heirlooms since they can be passed down from one generation to the next and still be in great form. 5. Highly Versatile. Lastly, titanium is simply an all-around, versatile metal that is perfect for modern-day watchmaking. While titanium has often been used in professional fields like the aviation and medical industries, advancements in watchmaking technology mean that there are just so many more options now. Whether it is used to craft tool watches like pilot and diver timepieces, or just casual and laidback models, watchmakers have a lot more room to play with when it comes to titanium. Titanium also serves as a more sustainable option, since it is much easier to recycle compared to steel and other precious metals. 15 Best Titanium Watches 1. Seiko Astron 8X Series Ref. SBXB085 Let us start off this list of best titanium watches with the Seiko Astron 8X Series Ref. SBXB085, a gorgeous piece that boasts very modern aesthetics. As a solar-powered model equipped with an impressive GPS, this watch belongs to the brand’s innovative Astron collection. It is sophisticated and highly developed in terms of both design and functionality. This Seiko watch comes in a 45mm titanium case and a three-link bracelet made of the same material. Fixed on top of the case is a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel that has different city codes printed on it, allowing wearers to keep track of multiple time zones. The dial, on the other hand, has an analog display decorated with applied silver indices, luminous sword-shaped hands, a compact date window, a world time scale, and an arced power reserve indicator. Powering this state-of-the-art watch is an 8X22 solar quartz movement, which allows wearers to charge this watch using any light source. If you want an innovative, sporty-looking titanium watch, the Seiko Astron 8X Series Ref. SBXB085 goes for just $1,549 USD. 2. Hublot Classic Fusion Ref. 542.NX.1171.RX Next up, we have the Hublot Classic Fusion Ref. 542.NX.1171.RX, which has a completely different vibe compared to the first model. Rather than the Seiko Astron’s sportier look, this titanium watch has a more quintessential and classy design. Its versatile exterior makes it perfect for both casual days and formal affairs. This Hublot Classic Fusion watch is housed in a 42mm titanium case paired with a rubber strap in black. The dial, which matches the color of the band, has a very straightforward layout with only rectangular hour indices, rhodium-plated sword hands, and a small date window at 3 o’clock. This watch is driven by an automatic HUB1110 caliber with a 42-hour power reserve. If you prefer luxury titanium watches for everyday use, you should definitely consider getting this $7,300 USD Hublot model. 3. Maurice Lacroix Aikon Ref. AI6038-TT032-330-1 The Maurice Lacroix Aikon Ref. AI6038-TT032-330-1 is the perfect combination of a classic design and impressive utility. Its silver-tone exterior is matched with a striking watch face with shades of dark grey and blue, giving it a sophisticated yet sporty look. This model is perfect for both bold and casual adventurers out there. One interesting thing about this Maurice Lacroix Aikon watch is that it comes in a blend of metals, with a 44mm stainless steel case and a lovely five-link titanium bracelet. The mix of titanium and stainless steel used ensures that this watch will not feel too hefty against your wrist. The dark grey dial shows off a clean pattern of embossed squares and is decorated with luminous hour indices, slim sword hands, and a day-date window outlined in silver. The dial also has a chronograph display, with three sub-dials in deep blue hues, contrasting boldly against the grey backdrop. This watch runs on an automatic ML112 caliber. If you want something that manages to be both subtle and daring, this titanium Maurice Lacroix watch retails at around $4,300 USD. 4. Panerai Submersible Ref. PAM01162  The Panerai Submersible Ref. PAM01162 is one of the most distinctive and powerful-looking titanium watches on this list. It has a very rugged and robust build, which makes sense given that it belongs to the brand’s renowned diving collection. This is a great option for those who like unique, eye-catching timepieces.  This Panerai Submersible watch is encased in a 47mm cushion-shaped case made from titanium, with a rubber strap in blue. On the right side of the case, you can find Panerai’s signature semi-circle crown guard, with an oversized crown in bright blue, matching the watch’s strap. The dial itself shows off a black background with a very subtle striped blue pattern. It is adorned with sword-shaped hands, circular hour markers, a date window at 3 o’clock, and a small seconds counter with a blue hand. It runs on a self-winding P.4001/S caliber, which beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour. If you are a fan of tough-looking, oversized accessories, then do not miss out on this $13,849 USD Panerai watch. 5. Garmin MARQ Ref. 010-02006-01 The Garmin MARQ Ref. 010-02006-01 serves as a modern and technologically advanced take on titanium watches. Just with a single glance, you will immediately notice its cool and stylish digital face. The versatility that comes with this model is the very reason why Garmin chose to use titanium for its more dynamic watches, like this one. This Garmin MARQ piece is presented in a 46mm titanium case and bracelet, along with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal as the watch screen. The dial boasts a memory-in-pixel display with a resolution of 240 x 240 pixels. As a high-tech digital watch, the multitude of functions that this timepiece comes with is only to be expected. Some of these features include time, date, GPS, alarm, timer, health monitoring, environmental sensors, and many more. These are all made possible through a rechargeable battery, which has a life of up to 12 days in smartwatch mode. If you want a more contemporary, digital titanium alternative, you can get the Garmin MARQ Ref. 010-02006-01 for around $2,400 USD. 6. Bulgari Octo Finissimo Ref. 103137  Next up, we have the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Ref. 103137. This is probably one of the models that come to mind first for those who are already familiar with titanium watches. It boasts the same sophisticated and distinctive design that is often attributed to pieces in the Octo collection. On top of that, this model is known to be quite ergonomic, thanks to its lightweight titanium properties. There really is no wonder why it is a crowd favorite.  This Bulgari watch is housed in a 40mm titanium case paired with a bracelet of the same material, giving it a mostly monochromatic grey hue. The dial follows a very simple layout, consisting of slim hour indices, luminous dauphine hands, large Arabic numerals for the 6 and 12 o’clock markers, and a small seconds counter, all of which are plated in rose gold. On the underside of the watch, you can find a transparent caseback. This gives you a close-up view of the watch’s automatic BVL 138 movement, which has a 60-hour power reserve. Given all its impressive specs, it is no surprise why this iconic timepiece has a more exorbitant price tag of $11,920 USD. 7. OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean Ref. 232.90.38.20.03.001 The OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean Ref. 232.90.38.20.03.001 is another fairly popular model among collectors and enthusiasts. At first glance, you might not even be able to tell that it is a titanium watch since it looks exactly like most steel timepieces out there. It is the ideal option for those who enjoy the aesthetic of steel timepieces but would much prefer the lightness of titanium watches.  This OMEGA Seamaster model showcases a full titanium exterior, with a slim 37.5mm case and a three-link bracelet. The dial and elapsed time scale bezel come in matching deep blue hues, enhancing the watch’s overall sporty vibe. The dial is also furnished with thick hour indices, Arabic numeral markers, bold arrowhead hands, and a small date aperture at 3 o’clock. Though this watch might look simple, it comes with many additional features such as a chronometer, a helium escape valve, and a screw-in crown which give the watch an incredible depth rating of 600m. This watch runs on an OMEGA Co-axial Caliber 8520 with an impressive 50-hour power reserve. Priced at around $8,500 USD, this titanium OMEGA watch is definitely one you should not miss out on. 8. Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Ref. DM3002A-PC-WH The next watch on this list is the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Ref. DM3002A-PC-WH. This is an exceptionally robust and tough-looking timepiece, which is only to be expected of a watch from the Ball Watch Company. In order to balance out its bold exterior, Ball used titanium, with its lightweight properties, to craft this watch. This Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon piece comes in a 42mm titanium case, with a rubber strap in black that adds a more athletic feel to the whole model. Fitted on top of the case is a large rotating bezel, with bold white indicators for the elapsed time scale. This thick bezel also has gear-like edges to provide wearers with a better grip, so they can turn it more easily. The sector dial possesses a clean white hue and contains luminous hour indices, large Arabic numeral markers for the 6 and 12 o’clock positions, thick sword-shaped hands, and a small date window at 3 o’clock. This watch is powered by a self-winding Ball RR1101-C caliber with a 42-hour power reserve.  This $3,600 USD timepiece is one of the sturdiest titanium watches you can add to your collection. 9. Tudor Heritage Advisor Ref. 79620T The Tudor Heritage Advisor Ref. 79620T pairs a quintessential watch build with an unusual and busy dial design. Since it is a titanium watch, the color of its case is a lot lighter than typical steel watches, which is what makes it so striking at first glance.  This Tudor Heritage Advisor watch comes in a 42mm titanium case and a classic leather strap in black. The white sector dial consists of luminous hour markers, Arabic numerals, silver dauphine hands, an on/off indicator for the alarm, and a unique, circular power reserve display in white and red colors. At 6 o’clock, you can find a lovely, vintage-looking date counter in the shape of a sub-dial, with the indicator for 31 marked in bright red. The hints of red scattered across the watch add a bit of personality to this otherwise monochrome watch face. All of its functions are driven by a self-winding Caliber 2892 with a 42-hour power reserve.  This Tudor watch retails at approximately $5,850 USD. 10. Oris Aquis Ref. 01 733 7730 7153-07 4 24 64TEB The Oris Aquis Ref. 01 733 7730 7153-07 4 24 64TEB is another classic, sporty model that somewhat resembles the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean that was previously mentioned. It has a cool and snazzy exterior that would look amazing with either casual wear or smart attires.  This Oris Aquis piece comes in a 43.5mm titanium case, with a gleaming black elapsed time scale bezel made of ceramic and a rubber strap with the brand’s name embossed on it. The dial boasts an exquisite sunray grey finish and is furnished with luminous sword hands and hour markers, and a date window at 6 o’clock. Underneath this lovely watch face, you can find an automatic Oris 733 Caliber with 26 jewels and a 38-hour power reserve.  Retailing for around $2,200 USD, this Oris piece is ideal for those who want a more classic, sporty titanium watch. 11. Skagen Titanium Ref. 233XLTTM The Skagen Titanium Ref. 233XLTTM can be described as a minimalist approach to titanium watches. It has a very understated design that makes it the perfect beater watch for everyday use. Like the aforementioned Maurice Lacroix Aikon Ref. AI6038-TT032-330-1, this watch’s overall structure is made from a combination of two different metals.  This Skagen Titanium watch comes in a slender 37mm titanium case and a mesh bracelet made of stainless steel. The sector dial shows off a gunmetal grey sunray finish and is adorned with luminous blunt hands, Arabic numeral markers in a modern typeface, a 24-hour layout, and a circular date window on the inner dial. While this watch boasts a classic, minimalist Scandinavian aesthetics, it is powered by a trusty Japanese Miyota quartz movement. Priced at just $155 USD, this Skagen watch serves as the most affordable option on this list. 12. Franck Muller Vanguard Ref. V45 SC DT TT NR BR ER The next watch on this list is the Franck Muller Vanguard Ref. V45 SC DT TT NR BR ER, which actually does not look like a titanium watch at first glance. It comes in a unique case shape and color that is rather unusual for a titanium timepiece. Regardless, it serves as a distinctive and striking option for those who like bold, avant-garde titanium watches. This Franck Muller Vanguard watch is presented in a 44x53mm tonneau-shaped titanium case with a layer of matte black coating and an alligator leather strap with red stitching. The rather crowded dial comprises large, stylized Arabic numeral markers, short blunt hands, a circular date window at 6 o’clock, and a compass scale on the outer rim of the dial. The hands and numeral markers are all filled with luminous pigment for better readability in the dark. The numerals, in particular, are outlined in red, offering a stylish contrast against the black dial background. Underneath this unique exterior, you can find an automatic FM0800 caliber with a 42-hour power reserve. If you are a fan of daring timepieces, you should definitely consider this $6,140 USD Franck Muller watch. 13. Hamilton Khaki Field Ref. H70575733 Unlike the Franck Muller piece, the Hamilton Khaki Field Ref. H70575733 is perfect for those seeking titanium watches with military-inspired designs. As mentioned earlier, titanium watches make for great outdoor timekeepers because of how lightweight and durable they are. As such, it is not surprising that Hamilton chose to use titanium to craft a model in their renowned military Khaki Field collection. This particular Hamilton watch is encased in a 42mm titanium case, with a lovely fabric strap in black. Its black sector dial boasts three different compartments. The outer-most ring bears the 60-minute scale, while the middle ring contains large luminous hour markers from 1 to 12 o’clock, and the inner dial consists of the luminous syringe hands and Arabic numeral markers that complete the watch’s 24-hour layout. A rectangular date window located at the 3 o’clock position straddles the middle and inner dials. All of these functions run on Hamilton’s in-house H10 automatic caliber, which has a whopping 80-hour power reserve. Priced at $995 USD, this is a classic titanium military watch you should definitely consider.  14. Longines Longines Spirit Ref. L38111532 The Longines Longines Spirit Ref. L38111532 serves as the perfect titanium watch for those who want a vintage-inspired piece from one of the oldest brands in the industry. It offers a very classic yet casual design that is bound to complement any ensemble. This Longines piece comes in a 42mm titanium case and a textile strap in black. The dial follows a very straightforward layout with small triangular hour markers, sword-shaped hands, and Arabic numerals that are filled with luminescent pigment. On the very rim of the dial, you can also find a 60-minute scale in black indicators. Underneath this retro exterior, you will find an automatic L888.4 caliber with an impressive 72-hour power reserve.  Retailing at around $2,600 USD, this is a quintessential timepiece worth adding to your collection. 15. Mido Ocean Star Ref. M026.430.44.061.00 Lastly, we have the Mido Ocean Star Ref. M026.430.44.061.00 which is arguably one of the best titanium watches for diving available. Mido specifically chose to use titanium to craft this dive watch because of its durability and lightweight properties, making it a truly reliable underwater companion. This Mido Ocean Star piece is encased in a 42mm titanium case, with a matching three-link titanium bezel. Fitted on top of the case is a unidirectional rotating grey bezel, with an elapsed time scale marked in vibrant orange indicators. The dial boasts a matching shade of grain-textured grey and comprises the usual time-telling elements, including thick luminous hands, rectangular hour indices, and a day-date window at 3 o’clock. This watch is equipped with a Mido Caliber Powermatic 80, which is based on the ETA C07.621. It has a substantial 80-hour power reserve and a depth rating of 200m. If you want a trusty accessory to accompany you on your deep-sea adventures, this is one of the best and most affordable titanium watches you could go for, with a price tag of $1,049 USD. Final Thoughts Titanium watches, like any other type of watch, definitely have both advantages and disadvantages. However, the main thing is that it is definitely an option worth considering for those who want something new or different. Titanium watches are just as versatile and durable as other watches, with the added bonus of being much lighter than the average timepiece. And with the increasing popularity of titanium watches in the industry, you do not even have to worry about ever running out of options!  Photo Credits: All photos are from the WatchShopping site.  If you’re getting hooked on watch lists, make sure to check out our article on the 15 Best Limited Edition Watches as well!

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  10. 15 Custom Engraved Men’s Watches As A Perfect Gift

    15 Custom Engraved Men’s Watches As A Perfect Gift

    Gift-giving can be a tedious ordeal for the best of us. It takes a lot of thinking and research before we even get to buy the present. One of the best, fail-safe things you can give someone, however, is a well-crafted timepiece. Stylish and functional, a watch that is properly and thoughtfully picked can say a lot about the recipient. However, given the multitude of options available in the market, finding the perfect watch can be difficult. Luckily for us, there are many companies out there with customizable models that would make for an ideal, personal gift. So, without further ado, let us look at some of the best brands that offer custom engraved men’s watches. Why Consider Getting a Custom Engraved Watch?  Before we get into the list proper, here are some of the main reasons why you should consider getting custom engraved men’s watches for the gentlemen in your life.  1. Memorable and Thoughtful. One big reason why people choose to get personalized gifts is that there can be so much more meaning behind them. The same, of course, goes for custom engraved watches. Giving a timepiece that is tailor-made for the recipient shows how much thought went into that present, making it even more special. This makes it a more memorable gift than one you just pick out of the store.  2. One-of-a-Kind. Another great thing about custom engraved watches is that they are truly one-of-a-kind. Whatever inscription you decide to engrave on a timepiece is unique because it is a reflection of your relationship with the recipient. Whether it is simple initials or a memorable date, having that permanently carved into the watch makes it really special.  3. Tells a Story. While people often opt for names or initial inscriptions, you also have the option of engraving something unique about your relationship with the recipient. You can choose a word, a phrase, or a date that means a lot to both of you, which can tell a story or even unlock a memory for the recipient.  15 Custom Engraved Watches  1. Cartier Santos Dumont Ref. W2SA0011 First off, we have the Cartier Santos Dumont Ref. W2SA0011 — a classic option for those looking for luxury custom engraved men’s watches. Aside from its sophisticated exterior, this model also makes for the perfect gift with its beautiful heritage. Any watch enthusiast would love this timepiece, as it hails from a well-established collection known for being one of the pioneering timepieces in aviation. This Santos de Cartier watch comes in an unusual square-shaped case crafted from stainless steel, measuring 43.5mm x 31.4mm. This is coupled with a lavish square rose gold bezel and an alligator leather strap in black. The dial of this watch also boasts an elegant design with a silver sunray finish, striking blued steel hands, and thin, stylized Roman numerals. Powering its functions is a high-autonomy quartz movement with an impressive battery life of around six years.  If you want to make this gift a little more personal, you can avail yourself of Cartier’s complimentary engraving service. This allows you to inscribe any word on the watch, within a 20-character limit, in either regular or cursive typeface. Priced at $5,900 USD, this dressy present would surely make anyone happy.  2. Timex Weekender 40 Up next, we have the Timex Weekender 40, which is a more casual and affordable alternative in terms of custom engraved men’s watches. Unlike the Cartier Santos Dumont, this watch is a lot more laidback and versatile, making it a good everyday watch. It is a great present for those who are on a budget but still want to give something personal and special. Aside from engraving your watch, you can also fully customize the watch’s design, from its face to its strap. The standard version of this Timex piece comes in a 40mm brass case paired with a grey nylon strap. It has a black dial with a 24-hour layout, containing luminous blunt hands and Arabic numeral markers in a faded brown hue. On the underside of this watch, you can find a solid steel caseback, where the personal inscriptions are placed. Finally, inside this watch is a lovely quartz movement that powers all of its functions. The best part is that this custom engraved men’s watch will only cost you around $80 USD. 3. Undone Type 20 Panda Second on this list of engraved men’s watches is the Type 20 Panda, which is a lovely model from the micro-brand Undone. This is the ideal present for those who like unique, retro-inspired pilot watches and you can even customize it to your liking. For instance, should you choose this model, you have the option of picking different colors for its exterior and adding inscriptions to the dial and caseback as well.  This particular Type 20 Panda watch is presented in a 41.5mm stainless steel case along with a leather strap in brown. It flaunts the popular panda dial design, with a white background and two chronograph counters in black, resembling the eyes of a panda. The dial also comprises luminous, slender sword-shaped hands and Arabic numeral markers in a rounded black typeface. Driving this watch is a Japanese TMI VK64 Mechanical-Quartz Hybrid Flyback Chronograph movement that guarantees top-notch accuracy.  For just $330 USD, you can get your best friend, dad, brother, or significant other this vintage-inspired engraved men’s watch. 4. Vincero The Kairos The Vincero The Kairos serves as another classy and quintessential engraved men’s watch option. It is one of the most versatile models on this list and is great for those who enjoy casual and smart-casual outfits. This is also a pretty neutral watch option, with its understated looks and subtle colorway. Unlike the previous engraved men’s watches mentioned, Vincero charges a $43 USD customization fee for this watch. This will allow you to inscribe words or messages, within the character limit, on the caseback. The Kairos comes in a 42mm ion-plated stainless steel case in grey, along with a top-grain Italian leather strap in brown. The dark grey dial perfectly complements the case and shows off a minimalistic layout, consisting of slender luminous blunt hands, polished hour indices, and a date window at 3 o’clock. This watch is run by a Citizen Miyota Quartz movement that ensures utmost reliability. Retailing at only $160 USD, this watch will surely receive compliments from those who come across it.  5. Breitling Superocean Automatic 44 Ref. A17367021I1A1 5th on our list is the Breitling Superocean Automatic 44 Ref. A17367021I1A1, a bold and quirky luxury watch option that may serve as the perfect gift for a family member or a significant other. This Breitling Superocean watch stands out with its fun and sporty vibe. As a customizable engraved men’s watch, Breitling offers free engraving services that allow you to choose between letters (a maximum of three) or numerical inscriptions. The Ref. A17367021I1A1 is housed in a 44mm stainless steel case, paired with a polished three-link bracelet and a ratcheted rotating bezel bearing a black elapsed time scale insert. The dial showcases a vibrant yellow color that simply draws the eye and is adorned with luminous hour indices, Arabic numeral markers, sword-shaped grey hands, and a date window at 3 o’clock. This watch is powered by a self-winding, in-house Breitling 17 Caliber. Priced at $4,500, this is the ideal luxury gift for that youthful special someone who enjoys athletic styles. 6. Skagen Melbye Three-Hand Date Ref. SKW6785 One of the sleekest customizable engraved men’s watches you can gift someone is the Skagen Melbye Three-Hand Date Ref. SKW6785. This is an affordable timepiece that boasts a rustic Scandanavian aesthetic, perfect for any type of casual ensemble. On top of that, if you want to get a message or word inscribed on the caseback, you can do so free of charge. This model also serves as an eco-friendly gift option as it is made of sustainable materials.  This Skagen watch utilizes a 40mm stainless steel case made of 50% recycled material, along with an eco leather strap in brown. This is contrasted against a subtle grey dial, featuring a unique layout with luminous sword hands, silver hour indices and Arabic numeral markers, a 60-minute chapter ring in light blue, and a month-date display outlined in silver. Inside this watch, you can find a reliable SR621SW battery, which contributes to the watch’s budget-friendly price. If you are on the hunt for a reasonably-priced yet aesthetically pleasing present, you can get this for only $135 USD.   7. Fossil Bronson Chronograph Black Ref. FS5712 The next watch on this list of engraved men’s watches is the robust, powerfully-build Fossil Bronson Chronograph Black Ref. FS5712. This is the ideal watch gift for someone who loves tough, masculine styles. Just like the previous model, you can also get the caseback engraved if you want to add a personal touch to your present, free of charge.  This Fossil watch uses an oversized 50mm ion-plated stainless steel case and bracelet, both of which come in a rugged black hue. On the right side of the case, you can find a stout crown and two pushers, which add to the bulky look of the watch. The black dial of this watch completes its all-black theme and is decorated with thick, luminous sword-shaped hands, pronounced Arabic numeral markers and hour indices, a date window, and a chronograph display with three counters in black. Running this watch is a highly precise SR920SW battery. Priced at $200 USD, this engraved men’s watch is a great choice for that strong, reliable person in your life. 8. OMEGA Seamaster 300 Ref. 233.62.41.21.01.001 The OMEGA Seamaster 300 Ref. 233.62.41.21.01.001 is slightly different compared to the engraved men’s watches we have listed above. Unlike most of the recommended models on this list, you can only get an inscription on the strap of this watch, and not on the case itself. OMEGA offers you the option of putting either a 4-letter word or a date (in numbers) on the timepiece’s free strap loop. This OMEGA Seamaster timepiece is presented in a 41mm yellow gold case, coupled with a novonappa strap and a unidirectional bezel with a black elapsed time scale. It also comes with a sand-blasted black dial, consisting of luminous arrow-headed hands and triangular hour indices made of luxurious 18K yellow gold. On the underside of the watch, you can find a transparent caseback, which gives you a close-up view of the self-winding Caliber OMEGA 8401 inside.  If you want a truly exquisite and jaw-dropping custom gift, you can get this watch for around $20,500 USD. 9. Nomos Glashuette Metro 38 Ref. 1109 Next, we have the Nomos Glashuette Metro 38 Ref. 1109, with its simple and minimalistic Bauhaus-inspired look. This is a lovely option for those who like avant-garde yet highly versatile designs, as it can go well with virtually any type of outfit. If you want to make it more personal, you can also get an engraving on the caseback of up to 4 lines (limited to 22 characters per line) for an additional fee of $60 USD. This Nomos Glashuette watch is housed in a slim 38.5mm stainless steel case, with a Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan strap in black. It shows off a galvanized, white silver-plated dial with thin stick hands, simple blue and black dot hour indices, small Arabic numerals for the 60-minute track, and a small seconds sub-dial with a vibrant red hand at 6 o’clock. Underneath this simple yet subtle exterior is an in-house, manual winding Alpha Caliber. Held together by 17 jewels, this movement has a substantial 43-hour power reserve. You can get this engraved Nomos Glashuette Metro men’s watch for around $2,610 USD. 10. Nixon Regulus Ref. A1180-001-00 Next up on our list of best engraved men’s watches, we have the Nixon Regulus Ref. A1180-001-00. This is a unique and cool gift option as it is a fully digital timepiece, perfect for those who love modernity and robustness above all else. For $15 USD, you can also get the caseback engraved with any message you want, limited to two lines (13 characters per line). This Nixon watch comes in a 46mm black stainless steel case paired with a free swing TPU 80 band. The digital dial displays a custom high-contrast LCD layout that shows the watch’s many functions, such as the time of day, date, alarms, timers, and more. This dial is also equipped with a backlight, which illuminates the watch face for optimal legibility when in the dark. All of these features can be controlled using the push-buttons found on the side and front of the watch’s case. Driving the Nixon Regulus Ref. A1180-001-00 is a custom digital LCD module, which comes with shock-resistant properties, bolstering the watch’s durability. This reliable Nixon Regulus timepiece is one of the most budget-friendly options on this list. It sells at an estimated price of $190 USD. 11. Solios The Solar Black The Solios The Solar Black is yet another minimalist option that serves as a great timepiece for everyday use. If you are looking for engraved men’s watches with simple designs, then this is one of the best models out there. To make it more personal, you can also cough up $20 USD to add an engraving on its caseback.  This Solios watch utilizes a 40mm rose gold-plated stainless steel case coupled with slim lugs and a grey mesh bracelet made of the same material. This is strikingly contrasted against the jet-black dial, which showcases a straightforward layout containing just thin hour indices and slender stick hands in rose gold. Despite the simplicity of this watch’s exterior, inside, it is equipped with an impressive solar-powered caliber. This movement allows you to recharge the watch by exposing it to either natural or artificial light. If the recipient of your gift is someone who loves the environment, they will surely enjoy this sustainable engraved men’s watch. It retails at approximately $300 USD. 12. Suunto 9 Peak For something slightly different, let us look at a custom engraved smartwatch option. The Suunto 9 Peak is a lovely, high-tech smartwatch that you can fully customize based on your recipient’s preferences. You have the option of selecting the case and bracelet for this model and you can even get a custom engraving on it as well. This is one of the best gifts you can get for someone who loves practicality and technology. The default version of this Suunto watch is housed in a 43mm granite blue titanium case and a black microfiber strap, giving it a very lightweight build. The sleek digital dial, which comes with handy touchscreen capabilities, can pull up a multitude of functions, such as 4/7 activity tracking, navigation, weather, sports modes, and more. This Suunto 9 watch runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, with a lifespan of around 14 days when in time mode. For $750 USD, you can get this custom engraved men’s watch that boasts utmost functionality. 13. Swatch SXY New Gent The Swatch SXY New Gent is an affordable and customizable option that caters to those who want something more fun and crazy. Swatch actually offers a diverse variety of personalized watches through its Swatch x You platform. Through this platform, you can pick out a specific design and movement from a predetermined list to make the perfect timepiece, just for you. You will also have the opportunity of engraving a word or message on the watch’s caseback, making it an even more special gift. For instance, the Swatch SXY New Gent model depicted above comes in a 41mm white plastic case and strap, decorated all over with a unique and quirky Street Stories design. The dial is completely transparent, which allows you to fully admire the mechanical movement that runs inside. Aside from that, you can also find simple hour markers and slender silver hands on the dial. If you want a truly unconventional engraved men’s watch, this timepiece has a price tag of around $145 USD. 14. Woodwatch French Oak Wine Barrel  The Woodwatch French Oak Wine Barrel is easily one of the most distinct timepieces on this list of engraved men’s watches. It has a one-of-a-kind exterior that effortlessly appeals to those who lead sustainable lifestyles. If you want to get a custom inscription on it, you can simply fork out an extra $25 USD to get your chosen message, date, or symbol engraved on the caseback.  This Woodwatch is presented in a 41mm stainless steel and natural wood case, paired with a bracelet made of the same materials. The black dial bears a rather straightforward layout with luminous blunt hands, slim hour indices, and legible Arabic numeral markers, along with a compact date window at 3 o’clock. This watch is powered by a reliable Miyota 2115 quartz movement. The Woodwatch French Oak Wine Barrel retails at around $350 USD. 15. Revolo Classic Last but not the least, we have the Revolo Classic, which is another timepiece that you can fully customize to your liking. You have the option to choosing the following: case material, dial color, bracelet type, movement used, handset design, and more. Aside from that, you can also get a personalized engraving on the caseback with either words, numbers, or even an image.  The specific Revolo Classic piece shown above comes in a 43mm stainless steel case paired with a suede leather strap. The jet-black dial follows a simple layout with luminous sword-shaped hands, slim hour markers, rounded Arabic numerals, and a date window at 3 o’clock. This dial design actually looks quite reminiscent of the luxurious, vintage-influenced Panerai Luminor timepieces. Finally, this watch runs on a trusty Miyota 821A Calibe that boasts top-notch Japanese craftsmanship For $450 USD, you can get this straightforward engraved men’s watch. Final Thoughts After going through all these engraved men’s watches, you can see that the watchmaking world is one of the best industries you can check out when it comes to personalized items and gifts. While people’s opinions are split on the value of custom engraved men’s watches, there is no denying that they can make for very meaningful presents. Next time you are in need of a unique gift, simply come back to this article and check the recommended engraved men’s watches out! Photo Credits: Official Watch Websites If you’re still unsure whether to get a custom watch or not, check out this article to hopefully convince you! 

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  11. 30 Best Microbrand Watches

    30 Best Microbrand Watches

    Most of us would agree that the watchmaking industry is mostly dominated by well-established companies with decades of experience under their belt. This is proven by the fact that even those who are not interested in horology have probably heard of big brands like Rolex, TAG Heuer, Seiko, Casio, and more. However, there is so much more to the watch industry than just these famous names. That is why, today, we will be introducing you to some of the best microbrands out there and what they have to offer.  What is a Microbrand Watch?  Before we delve into the list proper, let us first define what microbrand watches are. In layman’s terms, a microbrand is an independent company or business that operates on a significantly smaller scale compared to big corporations in the market. In turn, this means that microbrand watches are simply timepieces that are made by these independent companies, firms, or entities.  30 Best Microbrand Watches 1. Monta Atlas 24-Hour Date  First on our list is a lovely model from an American independent brand called Monta. They are a Missouri-based company that offers timepieces made with quality Swiss craftsmanship. Despite only being founded in 2016, they have already found the perfect balance between tradition and modern technology, which is clearly reflected in their products.  For example, the Monta Atlas 24-Hour Date shows off a classic, sporty aesthetic mixed with a very functional design. This watch comes in a 38.5 mm stainless steel case and matching three-link bracelet with an appealing sunburst charcoal dial. Its dial is adorned with luminous hour indices, large sword hands, and a date window outlined in white at 6 o’clock. All of these are driven by a Swiss-made automatic MONTA Caliber M-23 with a 42-hour power reserve. You can even bring this dressy timepiece to your next watersports date because it has a solid depth rating of 150 meters. If you value both aesthetics and functionality, this is one of the best microbrand watches you can get. It has a price tag of around $1,950 USD.  2. Farer Cobb Monopusher  Up next, we have a model from a fairly popular brand called Farer. It is a small British watch company that wants to make a difference by offering detailed timepieces with a purpose. One of the reasons why this brand has some of the best microbrand watches on the market is because it is driven by the desire to incorporate unique ideas into its craft.   This philosophy is evident in the Farer Cobb Monopusher, with its eye-catching and distinctive design. It has a 40.5mm stainless steel case along with a capped mono-pusher and a St. Venere leather strap. The dial, however, is the true star of this timepiece, with its liberal use of striking blue, yellow, and orange hues, a combination you do not often see on watches. The dial also has a three-hand system, a chronograph display with two sub-dials, and a rectangular date window. These are powered by a self-winding Sellita SW510 MP movement, which has an extended power reserve of 62 hours and a 100-meter depth rating.  Priced at $1,995 USD, this is a must-have for those who enjoy colorful and vibrant timepieces! 3. Eone Bradley Mesh Black Eone is one of the most innovative independent brands on this list. What makes it stand out is that it has a wide selection of watches that boasts unique and inclusive designs. In fact, Eone wants its timepieces to be accessible to as many people as possible. This is why it creates products that can easily be used by persons with disabilities as well.  For example, the Eone Bradley Mesh Black is a gorgeous monochromatic watch that exudes an air of subtle elegance. It is presented in a 40mm lightweight titanium case paired with a stainless steel mesh bracelet in black. The very distinct dial features raised hour markers, recessed tracks, and two magnetized balls in lieu of traditional watch hands. The way this watch works is that one ball will travel around the track on the outer rim of the dial to indicate the hour, while the ball that moves along the inner track shows the minute. Powered by a Ronda quartz movement with Swiss-made components, this one-of-a-kind, three-dimensional dial accommodates those who are visually impaired. Eone’s dedication to offering inclusive timepieces that are still very well-crafted is why we consider it to be one of the best microbrand watches in the industry. Even better, its products come at very affordable prices, with the model above costing just $310 USD. 4. Uniform Wares C-35 Uniform Wares is a London-based watch company that focuses on practical and purposeful designs. Right from the start, Uniform Wares has been keen on being as hands-on as possible throughout its entire watchmaking process, which is undoubtedly a large reason behind its success. Today, it is best known for offering contemporary, minimalist timepieces that are uniquely its own.  A classic model in Uniform Wares’ catalog is the C-35. It features a 35mm stainless steel case that has been coated in a layer of gold PVD, paired with a Nappa leather strap that is offered in a variety of colors. Its white dial follows a straightforward layout with just sleek diamond-cut hands and slender black hour indices. Underneath the simple exterior, you can find a Swiss-made Ronda 1062 movement with an accuracy rate of -10/+20 secs.  With a price tag of just $430 USD, this is the ideal microbrand watch for those who like modern, minimalistic timepieces. 5. Shinola The Middle Child Detrola  Next, we have an American watch company called Shinola, which was founded back in 2011. Its story began with the idea of establishing a brand that manufactures quality products of all kinds, and it was eventually brought to life through a factory in Detroit. At present, Shinola has a wide variety of products in its catalog, from bags and jewelry to well-crafted timepieces.  One of its most distinct models is The Middle Child Detrola. This watch has a mostly monochromatic exterior, with a 43mm case made of resin and stainless steel and a semi-transparent silicone strap in grey. These are tastefully complemented by the watch’s dial, which shows off a translucent design that allows you to admire the Argonite 705 quartz movement beneath. Aside from that, the dial is also adorned with Arabic numerals in a neat white typeface, blunt hands coated in Super-LumiNova, and a date window. Retailing at $395 USD, this is one of the best microbrand watches for those who like timepieces that are fun yet low-key. 6. Oak & Oscar The Jackson Grey Oak & Oscar is a Chicago-based microbrand founded in 2015. One outstanding timepiece in its arsenal is the limited edition model known as The Jackson. This watch showcases a textured grey dial housed in a 40mm stainless steel case, along with a handsome leather strap in brown. This dial is peppered with vibrant orange accents, which gives a lovely contrast against the darker-hued backdrop. The dial is furnished with a variety of useful functions, including a tachymeter scale on its inner bezel, a chronograph display with two sub-counters, a date window, luminous silver and grey hour indices, and a three-hand mechanism. All of this runs on a manual-winding Eterna Caliber 39, which has a 50-meter water resistance capacity and a solid 60-hour power supply. If you are someone who prefers a balance between utility and style, this $2,850 USD piece is a must-have. 7. TRIWA Smoky Nevil TRIWA is a watch brand that focuses on creating pieces that go beyond what is trendy. They believe that watches are more than just tools and accessories, which is why it incorporates symbolic elements related to relevant issues today. Aside from that, TRIWA also aspires to be both innovators and transformers through watchmaking.  The TRIWA Smoky Nevil serves as a reflection of the brand’s philosophy with its timeless aesthetic and multi-functionality. It is presented in a 42mm stainless steel case and matching three-link bracelet, which give a sleek, classy vibe to the whole timepiece. The dark grey dial is decorated with luminous blunt hands, slim applied hour markers, a 60-minute track, and a chronograph display with 2 sub-counters. This watch is driven by a quartz movement in the form of the Miyota OS21 caliber.  You can get your hands on this microbrand watch for around $350 USD. 8. Christophe Claret Baccara Next up, we have a model from a high-end independent watch company called Christophe Claret. This microbrand was established by its namesake back in 1991 and is best known for producing quality timepieces on par with big names in the industry. One of the reasons behind Christophe Claret’s success is the way they incorporate both sophistication and innovation into every watch they make.  The Christophe Claret Baccara is a perfect representation of what the brand’s craft is all about. This model has a luxurious 45mm white gold case, coated in a layer of scratch-resistant black PVD, and a high-quality alligator leather strap in black with red stitching. While this handsome exterior is already impressive, the highlight of this timepiece is by far the intricate design of its watch face. Through a lapis lazuli and rhodium-plated metallization, this dial boasts a complex dragon pattern with red sword hands and playful hour markers that resemble playing cards. Underneath this delicate watch face is a BCR09 hand-wound movement with a power reserve of 72 hours.  If you are a luxury watch enthusiast who has an interest in low-key microbrand watches, you can cop the Christophe Claret Baccara for around $247,938 USD. 9. Votch Aalto Gold & Juniper Votch is a UK-based microbrand that specializes in creating eco-friendly products. Votch is very serious when it comes to the environmentally-friendly values they uphold, especially on the issue of animal welfare, which is what makes it stand out as an independent company. In fact, Votch’s portfolio consists of contemporary watches that are all cruelty-free and sustainable.  One of Votch’s bestsellers is the Aalto Gold & Juniper, which flaunts a combination of green and minimalist aesthetics. It is encased in a 40mm gold-plated case along with a vegan faux leather strap in deep green. The black dial has a very simple yet chic layout, with printed stick and dot indices, thin Feuille hands, and Arabic numerals in a modern, rounded typeface. This watch is powered by a Japanese-made GL20 quartz movement.  For around $179 USD, you can purchase this subtle yet fun microbrand watch without feeling too guilty about your carbon footprint. 10. De Bethune DB26 GMT Starry Varius  De Bethune is another independent watch company that falls on the luxury side of the spectrum. While it is a  relatively small Swiss brand, its catalog consists of watches that would remind you of big names like Vacheron Constantin, Patek Philippe, and the like. De Bethune has also mastered the art of balancing technology and design which is why its pieces are considered some of the best microbrand watches out there.  The model that stood out to us the most was the DB26 GMT Starry Varius, with its multitude of artistic watch complications. The watch’s exterior is comprised of a 42mm lightweight titanium case paired with an extra-supple alligator leather strap in black. It has a beautifully complex dial containing a date ring on the inner-most section, a 24-hour sub-dial, a 12-hour ring, and a minute ring on the rim of the dial. Driven by a hand-wound DB2507 caliber, this watch is also equipped with a one-of-a-kind day/night indicator, a microsphere, and a three-hand mechanism.  If you are a fan of well-engineered masterpieces, the DB26 GMT Starry Varius is the perfect watch to add to your collection. It retails at around $207,073 USD. 11. Baltic Aquascaphe GMT Baltic is a French watch brand founded in 2017 that offers high-quality, timeless pieces that will not break the bank. However, besides its amazing portfolio, one thing that stood out to us was the story behind this independent company. What started out as a mere inheritance of a watch collection eventually blossomed into a passion for the horological craft. To this day, the watch heirlooms left to founder Ettiene Malec remain the driving force behind the brand’s watches. For example, the Baltic Aquascaphe GMT has vintage-inspired aesthetics that resemble iconic models like the Rolex GMT-Master II and the Tudor Black Bay. It is presented in a 39mm stainless steel case with a two-tone blue and grey GMT bezel and a tropic rubber strap. Meanwhile, its black dial comprises a clean and highly legible layout, with luminous sword hands, an arrow-headed GMT hand, hour markers in various geometric shapes, a single Arabic numeral marker at 12 o’clock, and a date window at 6 o’clock. All of these function through a self-winding Swiss movement. Lastly, on the underside of this watch, you can find a caseback with an engraving of different time zones in the world. If you are only at the beginner phase of your microbrand watch collection, you can start with this classic and familiar model, which sells at approximately $1,040 USD. 12. Defakto Struktur Superluminova Next up, we have Defakto, which is a German company that specializes in creating quality Bauhaus watches. Defakto takes pride in selling products that are made entirely in-house, from the conceptualization of the watches’ designs to their actual production. This is the very reason why the brand has numerous awards and titles attached to its name.  One of the best models in Defakto’s arsenal is the Defakto Struktur Superluminova, which is as minimalistic and straightforward as it gets. It comes in a 40mm stainless steel case paired with a black cowhide strap made from Germany. Its black dial follows a simple layout with just stick hour and minute indices of different lengths, blunt hands coated in Super-LumiNova, and a small second counter at 6 o’clock. This microbrand watch is also equipped with a Swiss quartz movement called the Ronda 6004.D.  Retailing at around $335 USD, this model is recommended for all those who like sleek Bauhaus timepieces. 13. Lang & Heyne Friedrich III Lang & Heyne is another independent German watch company that offers quintessential timepieces. This brand upholds artistry and tradition above all else, which can be seen in each watch they make. If you are a fan of the watch manufacturer A.Lange & Sohne, you will most likely fall in love with Lang & Heyne as well.  The Freidrich III is the perfect representation of Lang & Heyne’s craftsmanship with its classic design that simply oozes nostalgia. It is housed in a 39.2mm luxurious white gold case and a high-quality alligator leather strap in black. Its silver dial contains vintage-looking Roman numerals in thin font, cathedral hands in rose gold, and a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock. Within the case is a hand-wound Caliber VI movement with a 55-hour power reserve. For around $22,850 USD, you can get your hands on this traditional luxury timepiece. 14. FP Journe Classique Divine 36MM FP Journe is a standout microbrand that prizes both classic aesthetics and highly-advanced technology. Its portfolio consists of traditional timepieces that are both engineering marvel and artistic feat. FP Journe values innovation, which is why many of its watches are equipped with state-of-the-art, uniquely designed complications. A perfect example of this would be the Divine 36 MM from the brand’s Classique collection. This is a complex timepiece that is encased in a 36mm platinum case and an alligator leather black strap. It features a vintage-looking white gold and silver dial with blued steel hands, Arabic numeral markers in a rounded typeface, a small seconds counter, and a big date window. The most striking components of this watch also serve as the greatest expression of the brand’s innovativeness. These include its arced power reserve display, with quirky indicators that count in multiples of 24, and its gorgeous moon phase function, which depicts a dark, starry night. On the underside of this watch, you can find an open caseback with a Brevet self-winding caliber. This movement has a whopping 120-hour power reserve. This is one of the best microbrand watches you can add to your quintessential collection. It retails at around $52,900 USD. 15. Bravur Geography Automatic Bravur is a Swiss independent brand that was only founded in 2017. It specializes in creating modern timepieces that are meant to be ideal everyday companions. Despite being a small company, Bravur dedicates a lot of time and effort to making its watchmaking process as smooth and streamlined as possible. This ensures that it produces watches that are durable and of high quality.  One of our favorite pieces from Bravur is the Geography Automatic. It has a high-grade 39mm stainless steel case along with a leather strap. One fun thing about this watch is that it is customizable, so you can choose the color of the strap you want, and you even have the option of monogramming it. This watch also flaunts a sparkling white, unusually curved sector dial. The outer rim of the dial has a sleek, silver brushed finish with slim hour indices, Arabic numerals, and a small circular date window. The inner section of the dial has a smooth white hue, with a 24-hour layout in vibrant blue indicators and a four-hand mechanism. As a GMT watch with dual time zones, this watch runs on a self-winding ETA2893-2 caliber with a 42-hour power supply. With a price tag of around $1,450, this serves as a great option for those seeking an everyday watch with versatile aesthetics. 16. Brew Metric Retro Brew Watch Company is a microbrand founded by Jonathan Ferrer. One day, while Ferrer was on his usual coffee break, he realized how much he savored every moment of peace he had with his hot beverage, which made him see the true value of time. Combining his passion for coffee and design, Ferrer now creates distinctive watches that are loosely based on industrial coffee machines.  The Metric Retro is one of the Brew Watch Company’s bestselling watches, and for good reason. It has a unique, retro-inspired design that will surely brighten up any ensemble. This model comes in a square-shaped stainless steel case with a size of 36mmx41.5mm and a bracelet with a black dial that features bright pops of yellow, orange, and green color. The watch face is also decorated with bright luminous hands and rectangular hour indices, a rectangular date window, and a chronograph display with two sub-counters. All of these components function using a hybrid VK68 mecha-quartz chronograph movement.  This is the perfect microbrand watch for those who like colorful, vintage-influenced timepieces. The best part is that you only need $395 USD to get one. 17. Carpenter G2 Brooklyn Gent Carpenter Watches is an American brand based in Brooklyn, New York. It focuses on creating mechanical timepieces that boast a balance between contemporary elements and vintage-inspired aesthetics. This is why most, if not all, of its watches can be considered timeless, versatile accessories.  The G2 Brooklyn Gent perfectly epitomizes this with its sleek and elegant exterior. It has a 38mm darkened stainless steel case and three-link bracelet that go really well with the black dial. The layout of the watch face is rather simple, with only applied hour indices, thin sword-shaped hands that are coated in lume, minute Arabic numerals, and a round date window at 3 o’clock. It also has a sapphire exhibition caseback that gives you a glimpse of the Swiss ETA 2824-2 movement behind the scenes.  Priced at $795 USD, this is one of the best microbrand watches for those who like chic and dapper pieces. 18. Sternglas Naos White Next up, we have Sternglas, which is a German independent company founded by Dustin Fontaine in 2016. Dustin worked at a watch factory when he was young and it introduced him to what would be his lifetime passion: watchmaking. At present, Sternglas is one of the most popular microbrands in the industry with its wide selection of Bauhaus timepieces.  The Naos White is a Sternglas model that definitely deserves a spot on this list because of how straightforward yet classy it is. It is presented in a 38mm stainless steel case along with a calf leather strap in brown. The white dial shows off a very minimalistic layout with thin blue stick hands, painted stick indices, a date window, and Arabic numerals in a neat typeface. This watch is driven by a Ronda 717 caliber, which is an analog quartz movement.  If you want an affordable Bauhaus-inspired timepiece, then this $215 USD model is just for you. 19. MK-II Key West MK-II is an American watch company that was founded back in 2002. It started out as a firm that sold watch components to other manufacturers until it eventually started offering its own timepieces. MK-II’s specialty lies in creating durable, well-crafted tool watches that can be used both casually and professionally.  One eye-catching model from the brand is the Key West with its striking Pepsi bezel. Drawing inspiration from the iconic Rolex Pepsi, this watch comes in a 39.2mm stainless steel case and brushed three-link bracelet with a rotating two-tone GMT bezel in red and blue hues. The white dial includes luminescent Mercedes hands, hour markers in various geometric shapes, and a date window in a bright red font, along with a red arrow-headed seconds hand. A Swiss-made ETA 2893-2 caliber powers all of these functions.  If you are a fan of Pepsi bezels, you can get your hands on this model for around $2,000 USD. 20. Halios Fairwind  20th on our list is Halios, a small independent company founded in 2009. What started out as a mere interest in timepieces resulted in a brand that offers a beautiful selection of watches to the community today. Since the people behind Halios were once consumers and enthusiasts themselves, they apply their own experiences into making Halios one of the best microbrands in the market.  The Fairwind model serves as a testament to Halios’s dedication to watchmaking. It is housed in a 39mm stainless steel case and matching bracelet with a bidirectional bezel in bathyal blue. The dial, which comes in a matching shade of rich blue, has a straightforward display with just luminescent hour markers and blunt hands that run on an automatic SW200-1 caliber. This movement also has a 40-hour power reserve and a solid 200-meter water resistance rating.  For $775 USD, you can cop one of these durable divers for your next underwater adventure. 21. Autodromo Prototipo Chronograph Like IWC, the brand Autodromo is one of the best sources of microbrand watches inspired by motorsports. The entire company was built on the idea of expressing the essence of racing and automotive through well-designed timepieces. A perfect representation of this would be the Prototipo Chronograph, with its retro, motorsports-influenced aesthetics. It comes in a 42mm stainless steel case paired with a genuine leather racing strap. The watch face, meant to look like the dashboard of a sports car, draws inspiration from racer Vic Elford, who owned a Porsche 908/02 with the same color palette. It consists of stick hour markers, luminous blunt hands, a chronograph display with three sub-dials, and vibrant red and blue shades all over. Underneath this sporty watch face is a Seiko VK63 Chronograph caliber, which is actually a hybrid mecha-quartz movement.  If you are an aficionado of motorsports and watches, you can get this cool-looking timepiece for around $775 USD.   22. Vortic The Boston 408 Unlike Autodromo, Vortic is an independent watch company that specializes in providing vintage timepieces that embody the American spirit. Vortic is known for restoring antique pocket watches and turning them into fully functional wristwatches. This makes the brand an ideal source of legitimate retro microbrand watches. The Boston 408 belongs to Vortic’s American Artisan Series. It was originally a pocket watch manufactured by the Waltham Watch Company. This is a fairly large 46mm model with a stainless steel case and a handsome leather strap in brown. The white dial contains large Arabic numerals in a classy typeface, metallic spade-shaped hands, and a small seconds counter. Inside this timepiece, you can find the pocket watch’s original hand-wound movement that dates all the way back to 1908.  If you are a true vintage collector, you should definitely check out this piece, which retails at around $2,895 USD. 23. Traska Venturer Arctic White Next up, we have Traska which is a small and low-key brand created in 2018. It offers a selection of reasonably priced timepieces with classic, robust aesthetics. Just with a single glance, you can tell that its watches are powerfully built and extremely reliable.  The Venturer Arctic White is presented in a 46mm stainless steel case and three-link bracelet, all of which have been treated with scratch-resistant coatings. The white-lacquered dial comprises rectangular applied indices, diamond-cut blunt hands, Arabic numerals in a neat typeface, an internal rotating bezel, and a date display at 6 o’clock. All these, along with the watch’s second time zone function, are driven by an automatic Miyota 9019 movement.  If you are looking for a versatile yet tough-looking timepiece, this $585 USD model might just be the right one for you. 24. Anordain Model 1 Payne’s Grey Fume Anordain is an independent company that focuses on strengthening the intertwined connection between design and manufacture. It believes that, in order to create the best watches, everything should go through a streamlined process under one roof. This allows for a more hands-on experience with each and every timepiece.  One of our favorites from Anordain’s catalog is the Model 1 Payne’s Grey Fume, which is a gorgeous piece that follows contemporary design codes. It has a 38mm case with a black cordovan strap. The main attraction, however, is the watch’s smoky grey dial, with its heat-treated hands and thick, golden Arabic numerals. Inside this watch is an automatic ETA 2824-2 movement.  If you are as in love with this artsy model as we are, you can purchase one for around $2,087 USD. 25. Haven The Chilton (Ref 1031)  Haven is one of the best manufacturers of microbrand watches because it knows its niche. It incorporates traditional watchmaking styles into its manufacture of lively, eye-catching timepieces. The Chilton Chronograph is one of Haven’s best models since its design boasts a perfect balance between fun and functionality. It is a 37.5mm watch in stainless steel with a retro-inspired, colorful watch face. The chronograph display flaunts different hues of red, blue, and black on a metallic-looking champagne dial with a sunray finish. It also comes with thick luminous hands that run on a hand-wound SW510M movement.  Retailing at $1,799 USD, this serves as the perfect model for those who have an affinity towards vibrant accessories. 26. Zelos Great White V2 Zelos is a Singapore-based watch company that offers state-of-the-art timepieces crafted from bronze or carbon fiber. The mere existence of this microbrand is proof that you do not have to pay a huge sum of money to get quality watches that are built to last.  The Great White V2 stands out from the rest of the brand’s catalog — thanks to its tough and sporty exterior. It comes in a 43mm stainless steel case and brushed three-link bracelet, along with a carbon fiber dial and bezel. Thanks to the use of this carbon fiber material, the grey watch face showcases a unique, textured illusory look with luminescent hands, thick hour markers, and a date aperture at 6 o’clock. Underneath this artistic watch face is a Miyota 9015 caliber.  This Zelos watch has a price tag of just $459 USD.   27. The Horse The Resin The Horse is an Australia-based lifestyle brand that was established in 2009. It offers a variety of products such as bags, small leather goods, and timepieces. When it comes to watches, The Horse specializes in minimalist, contemporary designs. One of the best things about this brand is that it has a wide selection available, which means you are bound to find the perfect watch for you.  The Horse has a limited edition model called The Resin, which is noteworthy because of how simple yet distinct it is. It is presented in a 42mm stainless steel case along with a genuine Italian leather strap and a unique tortoiseshell bezel. The plain black dial comprises applied rose gold indices, thin blunt hands coated in luminescent material, and a date display at 3 o’clock. It also possesses a Japanese quartz movement and a 50-meter water resistance capacity.  If you want something simple and affordable, you can get this watch for just $123 USD. 28. Pelton Perseus  Pelton is another microbrand that offers different kinds of products like leather goods, sunglasses, and of course, watches. It markets its models as handcrafted timepieces that possess high precision and quality. In fact, if you check out Pelton’s whole selection, you will find many watches that are comparable to those from popular luxury names in the market.  The Perseus caught our attention immediately because of its resemblance to other iconic watches like the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Bulgari Octo. It showcases a familiar integrated bracelet and a very distinct, rounded bezel shape that harkens back to the signature octagonal bezel of the Royal Oak. Encased in a 39mm all-stainless steel exterior, this watch’s silver sunray dial has slim luminous hour indices, blunt hands, and a compact date window at 3 o’clock. Inside this watch is a self-winding ETA 2824-2 movement. Priced at around $2,999 USD, this watch is recommended for those who love the Royal Oak timepieces but want something a little more accessible!  29. Boldr Field Medic II  Next, we have Boldr which is another Singapore-based company that specializes in adventure gear and watches. Given the nature of the brand, you can already expect its timepieces to be specially made to withstand any type of environment. Boldr crafts its products to be the perfect everyday companions, whether you are out to explore or just on a leisurely walk outside. One of Boldr’s most popular pieces is the Field Medic II, which draws the eye with its appealing panda watch face. This watch comes in a slim 38mm titanium case paired with a nylon NATO strap in black. Its white dial follows a chronograph layout with luminescent syringe hands, a pulsometer, respiratory scale, and two sub-counters in black. Since this is a watch specially made for those in the medical field, it is equipped with an SII VK64 mecha-quartz movement that boasts great accuracy and precision.  Regardless of whether you are a medic or not, this is still a very cool microbrand tool watch to own. You can add this to your collection for just $299 USD. 30. Undone Vintage Killy Lastly, we have Undone, which is a brand that aims to change people’s view of the watchmaking industry. Undone believes that timepieces are unique forms of self-expression, so you do not always have to purchase a trendy or popular model. Instead, you should be seeking the perfect, tailor-made watch that can tell your personal story.  The Vintage Killy is a customizable watch that you can fully personalize, from the dial and hands down to the case and strap. The model in the photo, in particular, has been customized to come in a 40mm stainless steel case paired with a suede textured strap in beige. The dial consists of dark blue Feuille hands, Arabic numerals in a rounded typeface, a telemeter scale, and a chronograph display with 2 counters. Underneath this vintage-looking exterior, you can find a Japanese TMI VK61 Flyback Chronograph caliber, which is a hybrid mecha-quartz movement.  Retailing at around $315 USD, the perfect watch is within your reach and you will not even have to break the bank to get it! Final Thoughts The list above proves that there is more to the watchmaking industry than just the big names we know and love. Whether it is a luxury timepiece or a more casual model, you are bound to be able to find a microbrand that specializes in what you are looking for. Ultimately, the world of horology is one that is full of potential for both watchmakers and consumers.  Photo Credits: Official Watch Sites If you are interested in more watch lists, check out our piece on the 15 Best Russian Watches!

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