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  2. 20 Best Affordable Field Watches

    20 Best Affordable Field Watches

    Field watches are often very affordable pieces. This is because they are basically designed to do one thing: tell time, even while withstanding the blows of the battlefield. Steeped in over a century of military history, field watches carry a certain heritage with them. While the aforementioned things remain true, it should be noted that field watches have also evolved throughout the decades. Quintessential field watches are definitely still preferred. That said, there are some contemporary field watches out there that have incorporated new aesthetics and complications. This is why we have curated a list consisting of a variety of the best field watches that boast different styles and functions.  20 Field Watches 1. Timex Expedition Scout The Timex Expedition Collection is a great place to start if you are on the hunt for an affordable field watch. The prices of the timepieces in this collection range from between $50 USD to $100 USD. The brand has proven itself over more than a century. Timex’s famed slogan of “takes a licking and keeps on ticking” certainly applies to their field watches. The Expedition Ranger and Expedition Pioneer lines both have solid offerings. That said, one outstanding timepiece is the Expedition Scout 40. It distinguishes itself with a no-nonsense design that embodies the true essence of a military watch, without trying to do anything else. On a leather strap, this could easily be your go-to watch to pair with any everyday attire. 2. Seiko 5 Automatic Field Watch Timex and Seiko have been battling each other for dominance in the entry-level market for over a century. The competition has yielded some amazing watches at surprisingly low prices. So, it is no wonder that the Seiko 5 field watch is a strong competitor to the Timex Expedition Scout. In fact, the Japanese offering might just edge out its American counterpart if you prefer automatic movements over quartz ones. While the Seiko 5 takes the same no-frills approach to a military watch design, it does so with a little more subtlety. This can be seen most clearly in the Seiko SNK809. This Seiko timepiece, which measures 37mm in diameter, offers a low profile with a strikingly casual coolness. 3. Citizen BM8180 True, automatic purists might not approve, but the incredible quartz movement on this Citizen field watch is solar powered! Beyond the classic military design with a black-and-white color scheme and round stainless steel case, the Citizen BM8180 adds extra toughness with its 100-meter water resistance rating. It will never be a true “dress watch,” but it is understated enough to dress up somewhat on a leather strap. However, this rough-and-ready field watch really belongs on a thick-woven canvas band in military green. 4. Orient Defender Orient has long been the brand that many look to for low-cost dress watches. The Orient Bambino, in particular, is legendary for its affordable sophistication. The same holds true for the Orient Defender, an automatic field watch that almost defies definition. It is firmly rooted in military style, with black-and-white or olive-green motifs in a round stainless steel case. But the Defender takes a big swerve away from usual field watch style with asymmetric subdials on its face. This gives the watch plenty of unique personality. Much more than other field watches, the Defender is versatile, and wears as well on a link bracelet as it does on a canvas band. 5. Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic There is no surprise that this one makes the list. Ask any aficionado about a field watch and almost inevitably, they will point you towards the Hamilton Khaki Field. This applies to both the old-school mechanical version or the precision-crafted automatic variant. The Hamilton watch sticks to the standard military script. It features an olive green or black face, white numerals and indices, and a stainless steel case. That said, it also exudes a cosmopolitan vibe that makes it feel exquisitely modern. It is powered by a 25-jewel Swiss automatic movement with 80 hours of reserve power. This movement can be observed via the exhibition case at the back of the watch.  6. Luminox Atacama Field Day 1925 Luminox makes another bold statement with its Atacama 1925 field watch, which is full of swagger with its 45mm case size. Yet it does not wear with brash arrogance, largely thanks to its traditional style, which takes its cues from military watches of the 1920s. Like others in the Atacama Field collection, such as 1927, the Atacama Field Day 1925 is a departure from the usual field watch style. Instead of the traditional polished stainless steel, this Luminox timepiece goes with a gunmetal PVD case instead. It also features a vintage-inspired black dial, which boasts big brown hour markers and numerals that feel lifted right out of the trench warfare of old. This watch’s throwback vibe is continued with a brown leather strap and its ivory contrast stitching.  7. Vaer C3 Korean Field USA Quartz Vaer is an independent brand known for offering straightforward watches inspired by history. For example, the Vaer C3 Korean Field USA Quartz is based on timepieces used during the Korean War. While it definitely gives off vintage aesthetics, it also has a very versatile exterior. This is great, since field watches tend to look quite rugged, so this watch presents something of a switch-up from the norm.  This Vaer C3, priced at around $289 USD, is presented in a 36mm steel case and bracelet, with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Its black dial consists of luminescent hands and hour markers, Arabic numerals, and a minute track on the outer rim. Lastly, it is equipped with a quartz movement assembled in the US, and has a water resistance rating of 100 meters. This timepiece is a must-have for those who want a robust field watch that draws inspiration from a historic icon.  8. Casio G-Shock Burton Collaboration GG-1000BTN-1AJR When talking about field watches, the Casio G-Shock serves as a more modern and complex-looking option. It does not follow the typical style of most military timepieces in the market, but it has multi-functional elements which are very useful outdoors. This particular model, the GG-1000BTN-1AJR, has robust and powerful aesthetics that make it quite intimidating.  This Casio field watch comes in a stainless steel case with a strap and bezel made of resin. The dial is a mix of analog and digital displays. Due to the watch’s many functions, the dial area can look quite complicated. Priced at around $435 USD, some of its additional features include an LED backlight, a digital compass, a thermometer, a stopwatch, an alarm, 200-meter water resistance, and many more. If you are looking for a sturdy, multi-functional field watch under $500 USD, then this piece may just be the right one for you!  9. Hamilton Khaki Field King Auto You are probably wondering: why is there another Hamilton watch from the same collection on this list? What is the difference between the two Hamilton pieces we have listed? Well, one of the best things about the Hamilton Khaki Field line is the diversity that it comes with. As mentioned, most of the time, field watches tend to look very similar to each other. This is why it is important to incorporate different styles every now and then. In comparison to the aforementioned Hamilton model, this Khaki Field King Auto has a more vintage, military-inspired look.  It comes in a stainless steel case paired with a cow leather strap in brown. The beige dial includes Arabic numerals, luminescent hands, a minute track, a 24-hour display, and unique day-date windows. Lastly, this timepiece is powered by an automatic movement with an 80-hour power reserve, and has water resistance up to depths of 50 meters. If you like retro field watches, then you can get your hands on this for just $580 USD.  10. Marathon Sage Green (General Purpose Mechanical)  Marathon is a North American company whose roots are deeply entangled with Swiss-made military timepieces. They have a rich military heritage, which gives them the expertise necessary to provide authentic and high-quality field watches. Not only does its products boast great functionality, but the designs are also a perfect balance between the past and the present. This is clearly seen with the Sage Green General Purpose Mechanical which has a very straightforward and contemporary exterior.  Priced at around $385 USD, this Marathon timepiece is presented in a 34mm composite case. This is paired with a solid stainless steel case back and a defense standard nylon strap. The black dial consists of luminous indices and hands, Arabic numerals, and a 24-hour time display. This watch is also equipped with a self-winding mechanical movement and has a 30-meter water resistance rating. If you are looking for an authentic field watch that will not break the bank, then Marathon is one of the best brands to check out!  11. Victorinox I.N.O.X. Carbon Victorinox should be a pretty familiar name to most, since they are known for offering a variety of quality Swiss products. When it comes to watches, Victorinox’s claim-to-fame is its expertise in handling steel, and its impressive technological innovations. This is evident in their I.N.O.X. range. This collection consists of timepieces made of extremely durable materials, making them perfect for harsh outdoor environments.  For example, the I.N.O.X. Carbon comes in a 43mm carbon case paired with a textile strap in green/grey. Its dial follows a straightforward analog layout with Arabic numerals and a date window. One of the reasons why this makes for a great field watch is because of its superior readability, especially in the dark, thanks to its Super-LumiNova coatings. Lastly, this field watch is driven by a quartz movement and has a water resistance capacity of up to 200 meters. If you want a reliable outdoor watch from a trusted brand, then you can get this piece for around $789 USD.  12. Casio Pro Trek PRW-6600YBE-5JR Next up, we have another model by Casio. This time, the model in question is from their ever-so-popular Pro-Trek collection. The Pro-Trek line is best known for having timepieces with superior reliability and functionality. It is marketed as a range dedicated to those who love to explore and live actively. This is precisely why Pro-Trek watches serve as great field watches as well. The PRW-7000FC-1JF, for example, has quite a robust yet still refined overall design. The primary materials used for the case, bezel, and strap are resin and stainless steel which allow for extra durability. The dial, which follows both a digital and analog layout, comes with luminescent hands and hour markers, a day-date-month display, and tachymeter markings. Some of its additional features include a thermometer, a stopwatch, a digital compass, a tide graph, and many more. Retailing at around $729 USD, this piece makes for a great multi-functional companion for any outdoor activity.  13. Luminox Bear Grylls Survival Land Series  At this point, we have already established that Luminox is a go-to brand for many when it comes to field watches. In fact, they have a specific category, the Land series, which consists of timepieces specially designed to withstand the harsh circumstances of land adventures. One of the newer collections under that series is the Luminox Bear Grylls Survival, which is a collaboration with the British adventurer Bear Grylls. In particular, the Bear Grylls Survival 3798 serves as a more modern option, with more vibrant looks and other additional complications. It is presented in a 45mm CARBONOX case paired with a sturdy paracord strap in black. The navy green dial features bold orange hands and hour markers coated in luminescent material, Arabic numerals, a date window, and two subdials. This field piece is equipped with a RONDA 5021.D chronograph movement and has a water resistance rating of 200 meters. If you want a more contemporary field watch for your outdoor adventures, you can get this model for just $695 USD.  14. Seiko SSC295P1 Here we have a lovely piece from one of the most famous Japanese watch manufacturers, Seiko. Most of us know Seiko for its sporty and classic models, so it might be a surprise to some that the brand also has timepieces that can pass for field watches. For example, the Seiko SSC295P1, which falls under their Prospex collection, has sophisticated aesthetics and impressive multi-functionality.  The Seiko SSC295P1 comes in a stainless steel case paired with a nylon strap in green. The black dial has luminescent hands and hour markers, Arabic numerals, a date window, a rotating compass, and two sub-dials. This watch is equipped with a solar movement and has a 100-meter water resistance capacity. With a price tag of around $300 USD, make sure to check this piece out if you are after a well-crafted, robust field watch. 15. Suunto 5 While some may say that smartwatches should not be included in this list, I think it is important to give diverse options, especially ones that are relevant today. One of the best brands to prove that is Suunto, since it offers a selection of impressive modern timepieces that are loved by many. People who live active lifestyles and love going on outdoor adventures swear by Suunto. Each and every smartwatch the brand offers is incredibly reliable and multi-functional, making them perfect companions when exploring.  The Suunto 5, for example, comes in a glass fiber-reinforced polycarbonate case paired with a silicone strap. The dial has a classy digital display which can show the following features: fitness level tracking, wrist heart rate, sports modes, GPS, and lots more. If you are up for a more modern outdoor watch, then you can get this field timepiece for around $640 USD!  16. Vostok Expedition 6S21-595C644 Next up, we have a piece from a European brand called Vostok. They have a collection called the Vostok Expedition which consists of timepieces inspired by historic polar explorers and their experiences. While this collection does not have a military heritage, its pieces still make for great field watches due to their straightforwardness and reliability. The Vostok Expedition 6S21-595C644, for example, is a simple yet rugged model that has a vintage air around it.  This Vostok watch is presented in a stainless steel case paired with a genuine leather strap in brown. The beige dial consists of rectangular indices, luminous hands, a minute track, a date window, and 2 subdials. Lastly, this field piece is equipped with a Miyota 6S21 quartz movement and has a water resistance capacity of up to 200 meters. The best part is that you can get this suave, masculine piece for just $350 USD!  17. Timex X Nigel Cabourn Naval Officers Watch   Timex is another familiar brand to many of us, especially those who like casual and affordable watches. While this particular piece is inspired by the navy, it still follows the same aesthetics as most field watches out there. The Timex Nigel Cabourn Naval Officers Watch is probably as simple and straightforward as a field watch can get.  This Timex piece is presented in a 36mm stainless steel case paired with a leather strap in black. The white dial features Arabic numerals in black and red, luminescent hands, and a 24-hour time display. It is powered by a quartz movement and has a 50-meter water resistance rating. Priced at around $195 USD, get this watch if you like timeless military-inspired pieces!  18. Garmin Instinct Solar  Here we have Garmin, which is another brand that has the same potential as Suunto. One of their most outstanding models is the Garmin Instinct Solar – Camo Edition. This timepiece is notable for actually meeting the US military 810G standards for thermal, shock, and water resistances. This watch serves as more proof that modern pieces can make for great field watches as well.  With a camouflage-patterned exterior, this Garmin watch consists of a 45mm fiber-reinforced polymer case and silicone strap. It comes with a multitude of functions, including GPS, an alarm, a compass, a thermometer, a stopwatch, a timer, and the like. For just $510 USD, you can get this impressive watch, which comes with a whole bunch of fun complications!  19. Citizen Promaster Nighthawk  Citizen is yet another Japanese brand that offers incredibly well-crafted timepieces. Citizen has certain collections inspired by the military, which means that it has its own selection of field watches. The Promaster Nighthawk, for example, is a very tough and complex-looking model based on military stealth helicopters. This Promaster watch comes in a stainless steel case paired with a leather strap in black. The matching black dial features luminescent hands, bold Arabic numerals, a date window, and dual time zones. This timepiece is also equipped with Citizen’s signature Eco-Drive technology, which means it is mainly powered by light. Lastly, you can get this sustainable and rugged-looking field watch for around $400 USD! 20. Luminox ICE-SAR Arctic 1002 Last but not the least, we have another watch by Luminox from their ICE-SAR Arctic series. Much like the Bear Grylls range, this collection was created in collaboration with the Icelandic Association for Search And Rescue. Indeed, this says a lot about the reliability of this particular collection. The ICE-SAR Arctic 1002, for example, serves as a robust and unique field watch with a very strong masculine vibe.  This Luminox timepiece comes in a 46mm CARBONOX case paired with a genuine rubber strap in black. The textured dial consists of red and black Arabic numerals, luminescent hands, a date window, and a 24-hour time display. This rugged field watch is equipped with the RONDA 515 HF 6 movement and boasts a water resistance rating of 200 meters. With a price tag of around $545 USD, this is definitely one of the best field watches out there!  What is a Field Watch? The quintessential field watch is a straightforward timepiece specially-made for soldiers to use during war. While many models today have additional features and functions, the main purpose of a field watch back then was simply to tell time in the most accurate and reliable way possible. Aside from that, these field watches were also designed to be incredibly durable, which is why they are typically robust and tough-looking.  Anatomy of a Field Watch  While the traditional field watch is still very much relevant today, manufacturers have also created contemporary versions that are just as great. That being said, I do not think there is just one formula that makes up a field watch. Rather, there are certain important elements that are typically present in these different types of field watches. We have listed these elements below, so you know what to keep an eye out for when selecting your own ideal field timepiece. Durable Material  Since field watches were originally used in battle, it was important to create timepieces that could withstand those circumstances. This is something that has stayed crucial to the design of field watches throughout the decades. It is the reason why many outdoor models today are made of hardwearing materials like steel. If a timepiece cannot handle some roughhousing and harsh environments, then it is not worthy of being called a field watch.  High Precision  The most essential aspect of a watch is its ability to tell time. When it comes to these military-inspired pieces, that purpose becomes even more important. This is because utmost accuracy was crucial in life or death situations. This is why, even though the world is not at war anymore, superior precision is still a quality found in many field watches.  Multi-Functionality  This element is something more evident in contemporary field watches. Nowadays, field, military, survival, and outdoor timepieces are often used synonymously. As such, manufacturers have also started incorporating different functions to encompass said terminologies. Aside from telling time, many field watches today have other features like a tachymeter scale, a compass, a chronograph display, and lots more.  Final Thoughts  Field watches are not exactly the same as they were back in the early 1900s. That said, the concept of being able to withstand the harshest circumstances possible while also being a helpful tool for survival has definitely stuck, up until the present day. The list above is a combination of both modern and traditional field watches, showcasing just how much these timepieces have evolved over the years. Ultimately, the best thing is that you now know there is a vast range of excellent field watches out there that you can choose from!  If this got you interested in watch lists, check out our article on the 6 Best Seiko Kinetic Watches!  Photo Credits: Official Watch Websites 

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  3. 10 Best Beginner Rolex Watches

    10 Best Beginner Rolex Watches

    People have various reasons for buying a Rolex. Some of you may buy it just for its chic design, history or name-value, while others simply find it durable and want it to be an extension to their formal attire.  Unfortunately, those of you who are not watch experts might have some difficulty in making the right call for your very first Rolex timepiece. With so many models to choose from, it can be quite difficult to determine which will fit your lifestyle and needs the most. Lucky for you, we have curated a list of some of the most acclaimed entry-level watches from the brand. Luxurious and premium, these beginner Rolex pieces will surely satisfy you one way or another. Entry-Level‌ Rolex Watches: Our 10 Best Picks 1. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 124300-0003  Case material: OystersteelCase dimension: 34mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: Approximately 55 hours Water-resistance: 100 metersIf you are looking for a sophisticated and quintessential luxury watch, it cannot get any better than the Oyster Perpetual. The Oyster Perpetual is considered the direct successor of Rolex’s iconic Oyster timepiece, which was released in the 1920s and is recognized as the world’s first waterproof watch. All contemporary Oyster Perpetual models have clean looks, timeless appeals and pristine finishes. They are also some of the label’s most understated models in terms of its design and function. As such,  they make a great addition to any outfit or collection. With so many sizes and colorways to choose from, it is impossible not to fall in love with the Oyster Perpetual’s  charms and features. One of the variations in the current market is the Oyster Perpetual Ref. 124300-0003. Versatile and dapper, this men’s watch looks good with a suit and tie, but would also not feel out of place with casual get ups. It sports a 41mm Oystersteel case, a bracelet made out of the same material, and a polished fixed bezel. The dial boasts a lovely sunray blue finish and a legible Chromalight display, and is protected by a sturdy sapphire crystal. Furthermore, it has applied baton indices and hands, all coated with luminous elements that provide excellent legibility in low-light conditions. Priced at around $6,200 USD, this timepiece also has a water resistance capacity of up to 100 meters.  2. Rolex Air-King Ref. 116900 Case material: OystersteelCase dimension: 40mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 48 hoursWater-resistance: 100 metersExtremely tough and highly legible, modern pilot watches have really come a long way. From just helping pilots make quick flight decisions, they now serve as stylish and classic accessories for both the gents and the ladies. This makes them even more worth the purchase. One of the best sources of aviator watches is Rolex. They provide not just dependability and function, but also gorgeous aesthetics with their pilot watches. Rolex’s Air King serves as an ode to the industry of aviation. First unveiled during the late 1940s, it gives off a vintage feel while embodying modern elements that both newbies and seasoned enthusiasts today will appreciate. With a rich history and a foolproof blueprint under its belt, it is no wonder why many experts consider the Air King one of the best Rolex beginner watches.  The Air-King Ref. 116900, which was unveiled in 2016, is the latest member of the line. It boasts a simple yet impactful design. While its predecessors had larger case sizes and numerous style and color options for the dial, Rolex decided to tone the details down on the Ref. 116900. Its exterior includes a 40mm Oystersteel case paired with a matching link bracelet. The matte black dial displays Arabic numeral markers in 5-minute increments, a luminous silver triangle at 12 o’clock, and 3, 6, and 9 o’clock hour markers., On top of that, it also boasts a signature that stays true to the original inscription found on the very first Air-King model. This watch is powered by a 3131 automatic mechanical movement with an astonishing 48-hour power reserve. Retailing at around $7,700 USD, this is the perfect choice if you are into refined pieces that come with a bold twist. 3. Rolex Explorer Ref. 124273 Case material: Oystersteel and yellow goldCase dimension: 36mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 70 hoursWater-resistance: 100 metersThe Rolex Explorer lineup has been a cult favorite since 1953. That was the year Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary became the first people to climb Mount Everest’s summit. This was a huge milestone for Rolex  because both of them wore an Explorer model on their journey to the mountains, much like the version we have today.  Functional, promising, and creatively rugged are the right words to describe the Explorer Ref. 124273 watch. Right off the bat, you will notice that it is a long-lasting tool watch made to withstand any sorts of wear and tear. It comes in a 36mm case made out of Oystersteel and 18K yellow gold and a matching bracelet made of the same material. Design-wise, it boasts a black dial with geometric hour markers and Arabic numeral markers at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions.  Its handset and hour markers are all coated in luminous material that gives off a gorgeous blue glow in the dark. When it comes to performance, this Explorer watch runs on an automatic Caliber 3230 movement which has a power reserve of 70 hours. This mechanism also includes Paraflex shock absorbers and a Parachrom handspring, all of which help in maintaining the watch’s accuracy even in extreme fluctuating temperatures.. This piece retails at $13,000 USD, and is the best Rolex beginner watch for the adventurous and fashionable at heart.  4. Rolex Explorer II Ref. 226570 Case material: OystersteelCase dimension: 42mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 70 hoursWater-resistance: 100 metersNext up, we have a dashing timepiece that is similar to the aforementioned model. The Rolex Explorer II was first released in 1971 as a direct upgrade to its predecessor, the Explorer. Compared to the Rolex Explorer,, the Rolex Explorer II gives off a more chic feel and has some new features that are extremely useful to any wearer. With its sleek design and organized layout, this watch is a must-have for all collectors out there. Priced at a whopping $10,135 USD, the Explorer II Ref. 226570 features 24-hour markings on its bezel and a fun orange 24-hour hand. This is an exceptionally useful feature for adventure-seekers who cannot tell day and night apart when they are on an expedition. In terms of its build, the Explorer II Ref. 226570 comes in a 42mm Oystersteel case and matching three-piece link bracelet with a folding Oysterlock safety clasp. The clean white dial boasts luminous geometric indices and stylish hands, all with stark black outlines. Adding a splash of vibrancy to the watch is the GMT hand, which sports a bright orange hue that matches the “Explorer II” signature. You can also see a large date window replacing the 3 o’clock marker. Just like the previous models, this Explorer II watch can resist water pressures up to depths of 100 meters. It also  has a screw-down winding crown, which provides greater protection from any kinds of moisture-related threats. On the whole, this is a true tool timepiece specifically made to handle extreme situations. It is the ultimate beginner Rolex watch option for men who value durability the most. 5. Rolex Datejust Ref. 126331 Case material: Oystersteel and Everose goldCase dimension: 41mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 70 hoursWater-resistance: 100 metersThe Datejust is an iconic, high-caliber dress watch that is as clean as it is majestic. Officially launched  in 1945, it has visually-appealing and versatile details, which makes it perfect for just about any occasion. The Datejust is really worth the investment, as it will serve you well for the decades to come.  One of the best models in the collection’s current lineup is the Datejust Ref. 126331. It comes in a 41mm Oystersteel and Everose gold case and bracelet, both of which are proprietary metals of the brand. Its chocolate-colored dial boasts a sunray finish with diamond hour markers in 18K gold settings. This model also features a date window with a cyclops lens at 3 o’clock, and baton hands with luminous coatings. As if that is not eye-catching enough, the polished case is also secured with a fluted bezel that highlights Rolex’s dedication to incredible craftsmanship. Powered by a perpetual self-winding movement called the Caliber 3235, this gorgeous piece boasts a power reserve of up to 70 hours and a handy stop-seconds feature. This piece retails at around $29,000 USD, making it one of the most expensive watches among Rolex’s offerings. If this is outside of your budget, you can always opt for vintage Datejust pieces hailing from the 1960s or the 1970s. Those timepieces typically cost around $3,000 USD, depending on the model.  6. Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 126600-0001 Case material: OystersteelCase dimension: 43mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 70 hoursWater-resistance: 1,220 metersThe Sea-Dweller Ref. 126600-0001 makes the best beginner Rolex watches not just for its bulky and rugged design but also for its astounding capabilities. Just like the Submariner, this watch is meant for extreme underwater pursuits and activities. Everything about this Sea-Dweller watch screams luxe, from the bezel construction down to the polished finish of the Oyster bracelet. Designed for professional divers, this piece is perfect for those who want to effortlessly stand out and be the center of conversation.  This Sea-Dweller model comes in an Oystersteel case that measures 43mm in diameter, which is the usual size of men’s sports watches. It also has a bracelet made of the same material with an Oysterlock clasp and an extension system to make sure it fits securely on any wrist. Sporting a cool black hue, its dial boasts thick baton, triangle, and circular indices, and the signature Rolex hands. On the right of the dial, you can also find a date window protected by a Cyclops lens, which provides improved legibility. Equipped with the Caliber 3235 which has 70 hours worth of power reserve, this watch will set you back by  $12,400 USD. 7. Rolex Milgauss Ref. 116400GV Case material: OystersteelCase dimension: 40mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 48 hoursWater-resistance: 100 metersIconic and extremely advanced, the Milgauss is highly renowned for its ability to withstand magnetic fields of over 1,000 gausses. That is why this timepiece is revered by people from the Genevan European Organization for Nuclear  Research ‌ (CERN). Uniquely designed to assist people in the science field, this piece boasts graceful aesthetics and cutting-edge functionalities  One of the most appealing versions of the Milgauss is the Milgauss Ref. 116400GV. It comes in a corrosion-resistant Oystersteel case that measures 40mm in size and a three-piece link bracelet made of the same material. Its jet-black dial consists of baton-style indices and hands, all of which glow well in the night thanks to their luminous coatings. All of the hour markers come in a white hue, except for the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock markers that boast a beautiful yellow tone. The watch also features a vibrant orange lightning-bolt-shaped second hand, which adds to its desirability. On top of that, its scratch-proof, anti-reflective sapphire crystal has green-colored accents that provide great legibility during low-light conditions. On the whole, all of the features of this model come together to create an appealing watch face that is sure to captivate your eyes.  With a price of around $8,800 USD, this piece is definitely a must-have for newbies. This is especially true since it houses the high-performing Caliber 3131 in-house movement with a 48 hour-power reserve. 8. Rolex Day-Date Ref. 228239 Case material: OystersteelCase dimension: 40mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 70 hoursWater-resistance: 100 metersNext up, we have a Day-Date piece that perfectly redefines what sophistication and minimalism is all about. One look at this watch and you will immediately realize why all this collection has carried such prestige since the late 1950s. This watch is perfect for those who want a Rolex piece you can use and abuse for the rest of your life. While it bears a hefty price tag of around $47,251 USD, everything about the Day-Date Ref. 228239 is worth experiencing.  The Rolex Day-Date Ref. 228239 comes in a 40mm Oystersteel and white gold case. This is paired with a President bracelet made of high-quality 18K white gold, with a crown clasp to ensure it fits on any type of wrist. Boasting a flawless black shade, the dial includes baton-style hands and hour markers, a magnified date window at 3 o’clock, and an oversized day of the week indication in place of the 12 o’clock marker. Apart from having a screw-down crown, the Day-Date Ref. 228239 also relies on a Caliber 3255 automatic movement and has shock absorbers for optimal performance. This is the perfect beginner Rolex piece for those who seek to look cool and professional at the same time. 9. Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 126719BLRO Case material: White goldCase dimension: 40mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 70 hoursWater-resistance: 100 metersFirst released in 1954 under the moniker Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master, the GMT-Master II has a 24-hour rotating bezel, which serves as its focal point. First created for the pilots of the Pan American World Airways, its eye-catching color combinations and handsome appeal led to its astounding popularity among the general public. Secured with an 18K white gold Oyster bracelet with flat links and a safety clasp, the GMT-Master II Ref. 126719BLRO also features a matching 40mm white gold case.  The highlight of this watch is its bidirectional Pepsi-style bezel made out of ceramic, with huge moulded 24-hour and circle markings in silver. What’s more, this sports watch is also equipped with a screw-down crown and a sapphire crystal that protects the face from any kinds of external threats. Adorned with luminous geometric hour markers and nicely-shaped hands, its dial follows a striking meteorite pattern. It also has a stark white signature that details the watch’s specifications. When it comes to features, this Rolex timepiece packs quite a lot.  It has GMT hand reserved mainly for the second time zone functionality, instantaneous date, and stop-seconds for accurate setting of time. This watch is powered by a  perpetual automatic Caliber 3285 running underneath its surface. You can get this GMT-Master II model for around $36,000 USD. 10. Rolex Submariner Ref. 124060 Case material: OystersteelCase dimension: 41mmMovement: Automatic, MechanicalPower reserve: approximately 70 hoursWater-resistance: 300 metersLast on our list is one of the most well-respected lineups in the history of Rolex, the Submariner.  First introduced in 1953, this iconic diver has a simple yet bold look to it that will stay in style for many years to come. With its impressive 100-meter to 300-meter water resistance capacities, it is no surprise why the Submariner is adored by the watch community and celebrities alike. In fact, famous personalities such as Diego Maradona, Steve McQueen, Al Pacino, and Sean Connery have enjoyed the Submariner so much,they even wore it in many of their films. Extremely recognizable and versatile, the Submariner Ref. 124060 is priced at $8,540 USD. It has a 41mm Oystersteel case that sits comfortably on any wrist type, whether slender or wide. Just like the current GMT-Master II models, this watch has a rotating bezel made out of ceramic. The only difference is that this bezel is unidirectional and has 60-minute markings in platinum as opposed to 24-hour ones. What’s more, the Submariner model in question comes with a sapphire crystal and a bracelet made out of Oystersteel to match the commanding aesthetic of the case.  Matching the color scheme of the bezel is a fierce yet stunning black dial with humongous geometric hour markers and hands. If readability is important to you, then this watch is a fantastic option, since the dial elements are all coated in blue-colored luminescence. There are also small dash marks on the outer rim of the dial for easier tracking of the time. This Submariner model is highly functional, with its 300-meter water resistance rating and its COSC-certified Caliber 3230 movement.  Final Thoughts At the end of the day, the choice of which Rolex beginner watch to buy will be up to you. Indeed, while resale value can be considered an important factor, there is nothing wrong with getting one that you really desire as your very first timekeeper from the brand.  Rolex’s beginner watches may not be exactly cheap for a newbie but they are certainly worth investing in, given how high quality and well-made they are. This list proves that there are indeed Rolex pieces out there that would not require you to spend a fortune and are perfect for those who are new to the niche. If you are looking for other great watches to buy and eventually add into your collection, make sure to check out our detailed guides on the Seiko Hardlex, Certina DS Action Diver and Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar.  Photos from Rolex’s official website and WatchShopping.com

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  4. Best Affordable Quartz Watches for Men

    Best Affordable Quartz Watches for Men

    At the risk of offending horology snobs (you know who you are), let’s just accept that some of the best watches for men are quartz watches. Yes, purists will always argue in favor of mechanical watches. But for accuracy, longevity, and, maybe most importantly, affordability, it’s hard to top quartz watches. So, let’s look at some quartz watches for men that are priced within the reach of almost everyone. Timex Weekender Chronograph Quartz Watches Simplicity is at the heart of the Timex Weekender. The no-nonsense watch serves as a call to take things easy on the weekend. Exuding the sense that slipping on this minimalist charmer invites you to relax in classic style. With a round steel case, large Arabic numerals, and a few chronograph subdials. On a basic leather strap, it’s aptly named for a break from the workweek and offers the quality of Timex craftsmanship for under $100! Timex Official Website Shop Quartz Movement Watches Fossil Grant Chronograph Quartz Watches Another great chronograph at another great price, the Fossil Grant Chronograph also comes in at under 100 bucks but wears like a watch with a heftier price tag. True elegance is found in the Roman numerals on its face, gracefully accented by skeleton hour and minute hands. At 44mm in diameter, the case is big and bold but kept a classy look with rounded stainless steel. Japanese quartz movement powers this dressy (if not entirely a “dress”) timepiece that goes impeccably with smart-casual ensembles. Fossil Official WebsiteSkagen Hagen Steel-Mesh Rounding out the top offerings for under $100, the Skagen Hagen might seem to wear on the larger side with a 40mm diameter. But its bare-bones minimalist style seriously tones things down, with a sandblasted dial adding to the understated balance. Sleek, contemporary, and looking pitch-perfect on a Milanese mesh strap, this stainless steel quartz watch is right at home in the modern workplace and adds a dressy touch to your dressed-down times. Skagen Official WebsiteBraun Gents Classic Chronograph There’s nothing wrong with stating exactly what this watch is: a classic chronograph for gents. Modern gents, specifically. Gents who like minimalist design, a utilitarian vibe, and a Bauhaus-inspired feel to their contemporary timepieces. You can call it cold, and you wouldn’t be wrong, but that’s what makes the clean aesthetics and raw functionality of the Braun Gents BN0035 so appealing. And it’s versatile, working as easily with jeans and a t-shirt as it does slip under a jacket on dress-casual outings. And all for under $300? Yeah, lots of gents like that too. Citizen Promaster Nighthawk The Citizen Nighthawk has gotten a lot of attention over the years. And deservedly so. It’s one of the world’s most-popular mass-produced quartz watches for lots of good reasons, probably the first being that it just looks really cool. Add in features like a slide-rule bezel, a GMT hand, various complications, solid water resistance, solar power, and more. And most models cost under $250! So yeah, we know why it’s popular. The Citizen Promaster Nighthawk is a particularly fine entry in the line. With a perpetual calendar and the ability to track 26 time zones across the globe with a glance at the dial. With this watch on a sturdy leather strap, you’ll look like you’re ready to fly off and visit every one of those far-flung lands! Citizen Official WebsiteHamilton Khaki Field Men’s Quartz Watches At the opposite end of the spectrum from the Nighthawk, Hamilton probably isn’t the first name you think of when on the hunt for affordable quartz watches. But maybe it should be. While Hamilton excels at mechanical watches, they have also carved out a nice spot in the quartz world. Notably with the quartz versions of the classic Khaki Fields. The same traditional military style that’s on display with the automatic Khakis is found on the PVD-coated Field Quartz. This one goes into full stealth mode with the black-and-grey design scheme of its 40mm stainless steel case. It’s also topped with a high-quality sapphire crystal. But you don’t need to be Billionaire Bruce Wayne to afford this one, as it costs less than $350. Shop Hamilton Khaki Field Watches Quartz Watches Conclusion The world of watch lovers isn’t exactly divided into two camps: mechanical and quartz watches. Most collectors have both types of timepieces and recognize them for their strengths and weaknesses. So, don’t turn your back on mechanical watches just yet. Know that if you want to pick up a fine affordable timepiece, there are lots of quartz watches out there waiting.

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  5. 30 Best Dress Watches

    30 Best Dress Watches

    Searching for the ideal dress watch is like finding the perfect suit. You will need to choose the one that best captures your personality and elevates your overall appeal. Dress watches are the kind of timepieces that will have people taking you more seriously. They are especially essential during important business meetings, board presentations, and other types of glamorous or formal occasions. Dress watches do not necessarily come with dozens of features or the bulky builds of sportier models. Instead, they tend to be slimmer, more refined, and classier in design. Dress watches carry a certain level of prestige and a luxurious aura that sets them apart from any other timepiece. 30 Best Dress Watches Like a suit, it is crucial that you do your research before properly making your dress watch purchase. Fortunately, we went ahead and rounded up thirty of the most popular dress watches available on the market. Keep in mind that the list comes in no particular order, and each dress model recorded here is an excellent option in its own right. We also provided each watch with its approximate price range. Additionally, we have also tried to avoid repeating brands, so as to ensure that every great watchmaker has a chance in the spotlight. 1. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso – $5,090 USD to $79,090 USD The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is easily one of the most fascinating and innovative dress watches ever made. Its iconic reversible case allows wearers to turn the watch around to keep the dial safe from external impacts. Over the years, Jaeger-LeCoultre has brought all sorts of new designs to their Reverso lineup. From classic models with no-frills to sophisticated chronographs and tourbillons, the Reverso selection is immense and diverse. Quite frankly, no other collection has made the same impact on Jaeger-LeCoultre like the Reverso has. What was once a timepiece catered to polo matches has become one of the most talked-about dress watches in existence.  2. Patek Philippe Calatrava – $18,100 USD to $203,350 USD Introduced in 1932, the Patek Philippe Calatrava stands as the brand’s flagship model. With its timeless design and impeccable features, many enthusiasts and collectors would consider the Calatrava to be the personification of top-notch Swiss watchmaking. Patek Philippe drew inspiration from the Bauhaus art movement when designing this flagship watch. Like many other exquisite dress watches, the Calatrava is a timepiece that showcases precious minerals and sophisticated watchmaking craftsmanship. One particularly outstanding model, illustrated above, is the Calatrava 5296G-010. It comes in a 38mm gorgeous white gold case with a lacquered cream dial and a black alligator leather strap. On the surface of its dial are applied white-gold hour markers and dauphine hands.  3. Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono – $2,305 USD to $2,390 USD Powered by a Hamilton Calibre H-31, this Intra-Matic Auto Chrono is essentially a follow-up to the brand’s vintage Thin-O-Matic. Right off the bat, what truly makes this timepiece stand out is the execution of its watch face. With its color contrasts, legibility, and proportions, the dial boasts a panda-like appearance that is both stunning and pleasing to the eyes. Protecting this dress timepiece is a polished stainless steel case accompanied by elegant faceted lugs. The case also has a large crown with two pump pushers and a solid steel case back delicately engraved with Hamilton’s favorite letter, the letter “H.” 4. Timex Metropolitan+ Activity Tracker – $100 USD Image By: eBay The Metropolitan+ is an excellent Timex dress watch for wearers on a relatively tight budget. One of the most intriguing things about this timepiece is that it can act as both a smartwatch and a personal fitness trainer. It carries a classic design similar to that of the Timex Weekender, and comes with great fitness-tracking capabilities. On the whole, this watch is the complete package. Its sleek and professional exterior is fit for even the most formal of occasions, it can connect to your phone via Bluetooth, and it even tracks your steps. In addition, the Timex Metropolitan+ is also pretty reliable and sturdy with its all-stainless steel exterior. As the saying goes, a Timex can take a licking and still keep ticking.  5. Hermes Slim d’Hermes – $7,050 to $7,375 Image By: Hermes After undergoing a dramatic 21st-century facelift, the new and improved Slim d’Hermes is chic yet modest in appearance. For Hermes to achieve this slender new look, the creative director of La Montre Hermes implemented two elements into the watch: an ultra-thin automatic movement and an original dial. The brand also assigned famed Parisian graphic designer Philippe Apeloig to recreate the typography of the Slim d’Hermes, giving it slimmed-down numerals with even spaces in between for a clean and easy-to-read dial. On the whole, the Slim d’Hermes is a nicely balanced wristwatch and a gorgeous fashion statement. 6. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ultra-Thin – $150,000 USD Image By: Audemars Piguet It takes a whole lot of expertise and quality craftsmanship to make an ultra-thin watch. With spacings between each component almost non-existent, only the most skilled and seasoned watchmakers can create such a delicate and technical piece. For the next timepiece on this list of best dress watches, we have one of the world’s slimmest automatic perpetual calendars ever made, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ultra-Thin. Its exterior is made entirely from titanium and platinum, which makes it ultra-precious and ultra-light as well. Equipped with the signature Audemars Piguet octagonal bezel and a delightful royal blue dial, the Ultra-Thin brings us everything we love about the Royal Oak in an incredible 6.3mm-thick case.  7. Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGA211 “Snowflake” – $5,800 USD Arguably the most recognizable Grand Seiko model ever, the Snowflake is a top-of-the-line dress watch like no other. Just a single look at the watch face, and just like everyone else, you will find yourself unable to take your eyes off that beguiling pure-white snowflake dial. That said, the true elegance of the Seiko SBGA211 only starts to reveal itself once you go from simply looking at it to really observing it and its functions. The sleek “Zaratsu” finishing on the case and bracelet, and the way it plays with the light; the ease with which its blue seconds-hand smoothly glides around the dial – these are but a few details that make this dress watch so stunning. The Spring Drive collection has come a long way, and the Snowflake has proven itself to be a game-changer, not just for the collection but also for Grand Seiko itself. 8. IWC Portofino Automatic – $5,300 USD to $14,000 USD The IWC Portofino is a collection that started in 1984. Ever since then, it has grown into a diverse assembly of sophisticated and versatile dress watches. Although there are numerous unique timepieces to choose from in this lineup, the IWC Portofino Automatic remains a staple dress watch and a true fan-favorite. Its uncluttered dial holds an uncluttered and minimalistic design that matches perfectly with its sleek case. The prices of IWC Portofino Automatic can range between $5,300 USD and $14,000 USD. Located on the back of more expensive Portofino Automatic timepieces are engravings of the Portofino coast in all its timelessness and majesty. 9. Nomos Glashutte Orion Neomatik Date – $3,140 USD to $4,350 USD Many watch enthusiasts associate Nomos Glashutte with striking yet minimalistic designs. Their pursuit of such a concept is eminently evident in one of their best dress watches, the Orion Neomatik Date. Each Neomatik Date features a look based on the Bauhaus Art movement, which was first designed in the cutting-edge heart of Berlin and then hand-crafted by experts in the watchmaking town of Glashutte. The Orion Neomatik Date is everything a modern dress watch aims to be. With its clean watch face, thin and lightweight stainless steel case, and domed sapphire glass, the Orion Neomatik is pleasing to both the eyes and the wrist.  10. Nordgreen Native – $129 USD to $312 USD Image By: Nordgreen If you ever needed an appropriate reason to buy a dress watch, Nordgreen can give you one. Once you purchase this dazzling and eco-friendly dress timepiece, you not only get a beautiful timekeeper, but your purchase will also have a positive impact on our natural environment. The Nordgreen Native, along with its packaging, is made entirely out of high-quality, environmentally-friendly vegan materials. Additionally, for every Nordgreen Native sold, the brand allocates a portion of its income to a noble cause of your choosing. Using the serial and identification numbers in your watch, you can keep track of where the profits from your purchase go. 11. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Self-Winding – $15,720 USD to $41,850 USD As the oldest Swiss luxury watch manufacturer in the industry, Vacheron Constantin possesses a heritage and expertise that is relatively unmatched. Among the slew of brilliant and prestigious timepieces they have, the Patrimony emerges as the ideal dress watch. Inspired by Vacheron Constantin’s 1950s dress watches, the Patrimony collection blends minimalistic vintage designs with modern innovations and luxury. Deciding on the best Patrimony dress watch may prove to be quite a challenge as the collection is home to many different kinds of gorgeous timepieces. From classic manual-winding and self-winding models to perpetual calendars and retrogrades, you can find it all in the Patrimony collection.  12. Rolex Datejust – $7,100 USD to $38,500 USD Worn by celebrities and historical figures such as Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, Christian Bale, and Jennifer Aniston, the Rolex Datejust is as iconic as a dress watch can ever get. Like any other Rolex, the watch face is done brilliantly. Its dial plays with the light magically, and features all the essential components you need for timekeeping on its surface. Powering the watch is the Rolex 3235 movement, which boasts an accuracy of +/- 2 seconds per day. Protected by Rolex’s patented Oystersteel, the Datejust is as durable as it is lustrous. Just like an oyster, this timepiece is also pretty resilient underwater, having a water resistance rating of 100m. 13. Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Automatic 39mm – $2,550 USD Image By: Tag Heuer As the name suggests, the Tag Heuer Carrera is a selection inspired by high-speed racing. And while the Carrera timepieces cater primarily to professional driving, their versatility and elegance also make for top-notch dress watches. Compared to the other timepieces in this lineup, the Tag Heuer Carrera Automatic has a neater-looking dial. As a result, the model looks less sporty and more refined, making it perfect for wearers to bring to momentous occasions. Its simplicity and somewhat retro feel are certainly some of its most attractive selling points. 14. Omega Constellation Globemaster – $5,900 USD to $11,900 USD The Omega Globemaster holds the title of being the brand’s first METAS-approved chronometer movement. Like the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony, the Globemaster draws inspiration from vintage models, specifically Omega’s 1950s Constellation timepieces. Each Globemaster features a pie-pan dial which originated from the first 1952 Constellation model. Equipped with the brand’s latest innovations, the Globemaster represents a piece of Omega’s past and continues to carry the legacy of an iconic selection. While this watch is exceptionally stylish, the Globemaster is also very reliable as it comes with magnetic resistance of 15,000 gauss and a 60-hour power reserve. 15. Junghans Meister Handaufzug – $1,490 USD  Image By: Junghans Junghans is another brand that is known for its particular approach to minimalistic designs, and their Meister Handaufzug is a perfect encapsulation of that. With its oversized dial, slim stainless steel casing, SICRALAN-coated plexiglass crystal, J815.1 hand-wound caliber, and dark brown horse leather strap, the Meister Handaufzug accurately replicates the elegance of a classic vintage dress watch. This Junghans timepiece is worth approximately $1,400 USD, which is relatively affordable considering what it offers. It is truly a testament to the fact that buying a well-made dress watch does not have to mean breaking the bank. 16. Breguet Classique Ref. 5177 – $23,700 USD Truthfully, every model in the Classique collection is an outstanding timepiece. But the one watch that hits all the marks of a traditional dress timekeeper has got to be the Classique Ref. 5177. Its timeless looks, slim profile, and refined build represent the level of sophistication and experienced craftsmanship that only Breguet can achieve. The Classique Ref. 5177 has several variations. Some models use a Grand Feu enamel dial, while others have dials hand-engraved by Breguet’s rose engine. Whichever model you end up choosing, Breguet assures you that you get a top-quality dress watch.  17. Piaget Altiplano Meteorite – $41,600 USD Image By: Piaget Like the Breguet Classique, there are numerous unique dress watches in the Piaget Altiplano line, but the Meteorite stands out as the collection’s most fascinating-looking dress model. Its slender case is around 6.5mm thin and is made entirely from rose gold. Like with many other wristwatches, the dial of the Meteorite is the star of the show. The dial features a unique texture of grey meteorite coupled with rose gold markers and slim rose gold hands. Beneath the watch face is a 1203P caliber movement, which wearers can view through the transparent sapphire case back. The Altiplano Meteorite is a limited edition timepiece. As such, you would definitely want to make up your mind about a purchase before Piaget runs out of it. 18. Cartier Santos Dumont – $3,800 USD to $20,800 USD In 1904, Louis Cartier created a timepiece for his Brazilian friend, Alberto Santos Dumont. Ever since then, his creation has been immortalized as one of the first wristwatches ever conceived. Fast-forward to this day, and the Santos Dumont is now one of Cartier’s most popular collections. Most Santos Dumont timepieces have a few things in common: A square profile, a polished bezel with screws, slender Roman numerals, and a cabochon-shaped crown. These intricate details are what make the timepiece and collection the icons they are today. The Santos Dumont comes in many variants with different sizes and can be powered by either a quartz caliber or a hand-wound movement.  19. Girard-Perregaux 1966 – $8,300 USD to $18,700 USD Underrated and underappreciated, Girard-Perregaux is one of the oldest Swiss watch manufacturers in the world. For 277 years, the brand has dedicated itself to studying and mastering Haute Horlogerie. The Girard-Perregaux 1966 reflects just how far the brand has come in its journey. It boasts a sleek and sophisticated case with a gorgeous dial that can contain many different complications, depending on the model chosen. The Girard-Perregaux 1966 also comes with a transparent sapphire case back to show off its complex movement in all its glory. With so many versions of the 1966 to choose from, you certainly will not be running out of options anytime soon. 20. Oris Artelier Date – $1,820 USD to $1,930 USD Oris is yet another underrated watchmaker capable of dishing out all sorts of intriguing timepieces. In terms of dress watches specifically, Oris has the charismatic Artelier Date. Made in the lovely picturesque village of Holstein, the Artelier Date comes in a multi-piece stainless steel case paired with sapphire glass on top and a transparent mineral crystal as the case back. This timepiece has a lovely blue-guilloche dial and makes use of an Oris 733 automatic movement with a power reserve of 38 hours. If you want a more extravagant version of this dress watch, Oris offers the Artelier Date Diamonds, which has a silver-guilloche dial embellished with 12 luxurious diamonds. 21. Glashuette Original Sixties Panorama Date – $12,870 USD Image By: Glashuette-Original Glashuette Original first introduced the Sixties Panorama Date with a striking green watch face. Today, its dial comes in a variety of intriguing hues, including black, white, blue, and amber orange. There are many captivating dress watches in this series, but the Ref. 1-39-52-02-01-04 is what impresses us the most. Its blend of a lustrous rose gold case, galvanized black dial, slender rose gold hour markers, and Louisiana alligator leather strap just seamlessly capture a sense of unparalleled luxury. It also comes with a highly reliable automatic 39-47 caliber that can run for up to 40 hours before having to be rewound. For those who want some extra complications, Glashuette Original also provides chronograph models of the Sixties Panorama Date. 22. Zenith Elite Classic – $3,500 USD to $7,900 USD With its entirely redesigned case and dial, the new Zenith Elite Classic has redefined itself with a more modern and eye-catching composition. As Zenith’s new icon, the Elite Classic 03.3100.670/02.C922 is made using the highest standards of Zenith watchmaking. Its ultra-thin Elite movement houses a total of 144 components and ticks at a beat frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The Elite Classic also has a water resistance rating of 50m and a power reserve of 50 hours. 23. Chopard L.U.C. XPS 1860 – $23,275 USD Image By: Chopard For those looking to buy a new dress watch while also reducing their carbon footprint, look no further. Chopard is known for being a manufacturer that mines its gold ethically. Certified to meet international environmental and social standards, Chopard showcases their Fairmined gold in the L.U.C. XPS 1860. With its unmatched elegance, superb quality, and brilliant craftsmanship, the L.U.C. XPS 1860 is the perfect dress model for all the sophisticated and modern gentlemen out there. Its self-winding L.U.C. 96.01-L caliber is also a spectacle of its own, and wearers can view the movement through the watch’s sapphire crystal rear case.  24. Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time – $480 USD This Seiko timepiece was created in collaboration with the famed Japanese bartender Shinobu Ishigaki. Powered by the 6R15 automatic movement, this watch has the convenience of being manually hackable and windable. Compared to the other dress watches on this list, the SARB065 is pretty thick, especially with its domed Hardlex crystal. Its black leather strap is also well-made and lined with blue thread. But the star of this dress timepiece is its gorgeous and highly reflective blue dial. The way it shimmers in the light and how it looks overall is something you would not expect from a watch of this price. Then again, Seiko has been turning heads with their affordable models for a long time now. 25. Blancpain Villeret Ultraplate – $9,870 USD to $38,930 USD Image By: Blancpain The Blancpain Villeret Ultraplate highlights simplicity and minimalism at its finest. With only rose gold Roman numerals and slim hands on its opaline dial, you get to admire the beauty and pure aesthetics of a bonafide traditional dress watch with this timepiece. The beauty does not just stop there. Inside this technical magnum opus is an automatic Caliber 1151. It is only 3.25mm thick, but it contains a total of 210 components. Equipped with a 100-hour power reserve, wearers can view this in-house Blancpain movement at work through an exhibition-style sapphire case back. 26. Baume & Mercier Classima 10597 – $2,750 USD Image By: Baume et Mercier Sporting a polished 18K rose gold and titanium case, the Classima 10597 displays a classic design with contemporary sophistication. Its silver-colored opaline dial features slender rose gold indices accompanied by a thin rose gold handset. With only a small date complication as an extra function, the dial comes together neatly and exudes luxury and timelessness. Altogether, this Baume & Mercier dress watch is lightweight, stylish, and a delight to wear at any given time. 27. Vincero Icon Automatic – $290 USD to $315 USD Image By: Vincero Collective One glance at the Vincero Icon Automatic, and your attention immediately, goes to the striking black dial with its skeleton hands and baton-like rose gold hour markers. The Vincero Icon Automatic is another dress watch that will not cost you an arm. Its casing is made of surgical-grade stainless steel and it comes with a top-grain Italian leather strap. The Icon Automatic relies on a Seiko automatic movement to run its multiple mechanisms. Water-resistant up to depths of 100m, you can use this timepiece to up your style on dressy occasions or you can bring it with you for a quick dive in the pool.  28. SINN 1739 St I S – $2,170 USD It is not easy to make a minimalist dress watch that really stands out. While some can pull it off well, others end up making the watch look too simple and generic. SINN’s 1739 St, however, is an example of minimalism done right. Protected by a high-quality scratch-resistant sapphire glass, the 1739 St’s black sunburst dial has a timeless and quintessential appearance that you simply cannot take your eyes off it. Accompanied by extended slim hour markers, sleek silver hands, and a polished stainless steel exterior, this SINN timepiece is a pleasure to look at, and its glamor speaks for itself.  29. Montblanc Heritage Chronometrie Automatic – $3,370 USD to $5,700 USD As an understated luxury dress watch, Montblanc’s Heritage Chronometrie Automatic is a timepiece that exemplifies Swiss watchmaking at its finest. This dress watch utilizes a 38mm case made from expertly polished stainless steel. With its glossy silver-white dial, rose gold-plated applique indices, and sword-like minute and hour hands, the Heritage Chronometrie Automatic is a dress piece that can make anyone look great. 30. MVMT Atlas – $175 USD Image By: MVMT Three words can best describe the MVMT Atlas: affordable, elegant, and minimalistic. It has a smooth black dial surface accented by gold-colored skeletal hands and indices and a matching brown leather strap. Based on its aesthetics alone, you can tell that the MVMT Atlas is the kind of dress watch fit for the modern everyday gentleman. This watch has a 41mm case diameter and runs on a battery-powered Miyota quartz movement. The durability of the Atlas is quite good, considering its status as a dress piece and its affordable price tag. It uses hardened mineral glass to protect its dial and has a water resistance capacity of 50m. Final Thoughts Exceptional dress watches usually have one thing in common – a design that manages to be simple in details but sophisticated in appearance at the same time. And while the timepieces listed above do provide numerous excellent options for you to consider, they are but a horological drop of water in the vast lake of dress watches available in the market.

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  6. Top Tudor Watches for Men

    Top Tudor Watches for Men

    Most talk about Tudor watches begins with their association to Rolex, as Tudor has always had to live somewhat in the shadows of the legendary brand from which it was born nearly a century ago. And Tudor’s ties to Rolex are notable, even to this day, perhaps most visible in the Black Bay GMT owing its heritage to the Rolex GMT Master. But Tudor has also staked out its own ground when it comes to luxury watches, and here we delve into a few of their finer offerings for men. Tudor Black Bay Bronze Following blue-dial and brown-dial versions of the Tudor Black Bay Bronze, the third incarnation is the charm with the slate grey fumé dial we met in 2019. And what a dial it is, with lume-filled bronze indices on a design that echoes those of classic Rolex Explorers and Submariners. Also, adding a traditional touch, the Black Bay Bronze has Tudor’s signature snowflake hour hand. It comes with either a striped nylon strap or black leather with contrast stitching; the latter giving the formidable timepiece a more formal look. Chronometer certified with water-resistance up to 200 meters and a power reserve of about 70 hours, it’s built as tough as it looks.   Tudor Pelagos 25600 TB We had to include the Pelagos on this top Tudor watches list. Bold blue, brilliant blue, eye-catching, and vibrant: these are just a few of the ways the Pelagos Ref. M25600TB-0001 is inevitably described. The blue-and-white design is stunning, it’s guaranteed to grab attention. Though, its anti-reflective sapphire crystal tones things down a tad.   While other Tudor dive watches are made plenty tough, this is the most rugged with a titanium case. It has a depth rating of 500 meters, and a helium escape system protecting its in-house self-winding mechanical movement. It also comes with a striking titanium bracelet. Although, this tough timepiece just loves getting fitted with its sturdy rubber strap in matching blue. Tudor North Flag Ref. M91210N-0002 The Black Bay may be the first watch that comes to mind when you think of Tudor watches. And the Pelagos gets understandable attention for its toughness. But the lesser-known North Flag collection deserves more recognition than it gets. We met the first North Flag at Baselworld 2015, but its design roots go much deeper. It is modeled (and thus named) after the Tudor Oyster Prince that went on the rugged British North Greenland Expedition in 1952. Today’s North Flags have vintage-inspired designs that are more reminiscent of watches from the 1970s, notably the Tudor Ranger II. At 40mm in diameter, the North Flag Ref. 91210N-0002 is smaller than other luxury sports watches. And quite sporty it is with a black, white, and yellow color scheme that’s bold and basic in the best possible sense. While it doesn’t grab attention like Tudor’s flagship models, wearers of this retro watch come to love its unique charm.   Tudor Glamour Double Date Ref. M57103-0021 The “Double Date” part refers to a two-window date complication at the 12 o’clock position. Here, Tudor watches turn away from the sports watch styles that gained so much fame for dressier timepieces in the Glamour line. There are a lot of options among the Double Date model, such as dials in silver, black, and opaline white, all either with or without diamonds. The champagne dial of the 57103 reference is particularly appealing. While all measure 42mm in diameter, you can select stainless steel or steel with yellow gold and complementing steel bracelets or leather straps. As this is a watch that loves to dress up, a fine black leather strap is hard to top with a Double Date.   Tudor Fastrider Black Shield Ref. M42000CN-0018 When we first encountered the Black Shield Fastrider in 2013, most of the hype was about its ceramic case. And the buzz was understandable, as the black monobloc ceramic case is an impressive engineering feat. The Fastrider’s association with Italian motorcycle legend Ducati is also no small thing. The watch’s tachymeter scale and chronograph complications brazenly pronouncing that this watch is steeped in the world of racing. With high contrast in its black-and-white design scheme, the watch presents itself boldly. Perhaps more boldly than anything else Tudor produces. And while its look does have odes of vintage flair and notes that recall great racing watches of the past, this one feels altogether contemporary. Tudor 1926 Ref. M91651-0003 Tudor’s 1926 collection goes seriously retro, harkening back to the Roaring 1920s and an Art Deco world. Influenced by flappers who ruled jazz clubs and when fine suits were essential to any well-dressed man’s wardrobe. Through this prism, we get classic dress watches that embrace the elegance of traditional style. The most notable aspect of this throwback style is the lack of a crown guard. That gives the case the formal look of watches from days gone by. There are a lot of options to choose from in this line of Tudor watches. There are choices in silver, black, and opaline to sizes that include 28, 36, 39, and 41mm.   The M91651-0003 is particularly striking, as its black dial embraces the collection’s sense of sophistication arguably better than any other. Rose gold presents the perfect complement, on arrow-shaped indices, slim hour hands, and the bezel on the classic round case. Slip this stylish watch on with a tuxedo and you’re ready to sip martinis with the Great Gatsby. Whether you’re looking for a sporty style, vintage charm, or something more contemporary and cosmopolitan, look nowhere than Tudor watches.

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  7. Top 20 Durable Watches that Can Last You Decades

    Top 20 Durable Watches that Can Last You Decades

    Throughout the years, watches have been exposed to a wide variety of different elements and environments, whether it is on land or in water. Once upon a time, watches were made for the sole purpose of telling the time—nothing more, nothing less. They were vastly different and somewhat flimsy and disposable compared to the watches that are made today. With each and every year, the durability of watches is increasingly tried and tested, to see how much force or pressure a single watch can withstand. Manufacturing durable watches has become crucial to the future of watchmaking due to the many arising new activities that wearers often take part in. Watch wearers now prefer timepieces that have longevity and can last them years rather than a few months. This is understandable, especially considering the price hikes most watch brands have had, to the point where a single watch can cost you more than a thousand dollars, compared to the prices back in the day. Today, watch brands are careful to emphasize durability when crafting a timepiece, promising balanced, well-rounded timekeepers that are both sturdy and highly functional, and can go the distance.  That being said, just what kind of watch are you looking for? Is it an affordable watch with maximum durability? Or are you looking for an exquisite timepiece that boasts a sturdy exterior whilst simultaneously exemplifying elegance? In this write-up, we will be going over some of the 20 best durable watches that have been produced over the years. These are all unique watches that each have their own strengths. Nevertheless, what every one of these timepieces has in common is that they all possess remarkable durability that is sure to last you for years.  Top 20 Durable Watches That Can Last for Years 1. Casio G-Shock Mudmaster Ref. GWG-100GB-1AJF The Casio G-Shock Mudmaster Ref. GWG-100GB-1AJF is Casio’s way of stylizing their trademark G-Shock watch, with a beguiling black and gold colour scheme. At first glance, this watch might seem like it leans more towards being eye candy rather than a durable utility watch—but that is not the case at all. Casio has always prided itself on providing high functionality rather than focusing more on design, but this Casio G-Shock Mudmaster manages to capably blend both qualities in a highly resilient package. This is a pretty sizable watch, with dimensions that measure 56.2 x 54.9 x 17.3 mm. It is a heavy-duty timepiece that is perfect for extreme adventures and jobs that mostly involve heavy lifting. It has a distinct and eye-catching design, especially with its gold ion-plated screws and bezel. This watch boasts 200m water resistance, low-temperature resistance, shock resistance, and its unusual signature feature—mud resistance. It is a very sturdy watch that can withstand all sorts of outdoor environments and damage and is highly recommended for both casual wearers and thrill-seekers alike. The Casio G-Shock Mudmaster Ref. GWG-100FB-1AJF retails at only $399 USD. It is an affordable watch that does more than what it costs. 2. Garmin Marq Driver Titanium Ref. 010-02006-01 Professional drivers, particularly in the racing scene, are frequently exposed to dangerous situations like car crashes and other vehicular accidents. With that in mind, professionals are typically equipped with sturdy protective gear to ensure a higher rate of survivability whenever an accident ensues—and this applies to the watches they wear, too. The Garmin Marq Driver Titanium Ref. 010-02006-01 is the perfect watch for such scenarios due to its reliability and tough exterior. Plus, even though its functions are more focused on time measurement and recording time, this watch can also be used for other sports-related activities like swimming, running, and even skiing. It has a water resistance of 100m, which is more than enough for a racing watch. The price for this watch starts at $2,999 USD. 3. Marathon Jumbo Diver/Pilot Automatic Chronograph Ref. WW194014 Image courtesy of Marathon Marathon is known as one of the top watch brands in terms of creating durable watches, offering resilient military timepieces that can survive even a warzone. The Marathon Jumbo Diver/Pilot Automatic Chronograph Ref. WW194014 is a prime example of Marathon’s top-of-the-line durable watches. It is an aviation watch that is quite hefty in size, with a 46mm stainless steel case. Although it is primarily intended for pilots, this timepiece can also be used as a dive watch since it has a water resistance rating of 300m. This military-grade watch is perfect for extreme situations like a rescue mission or an extensive hike in the mountains. It retails starting at $4,750 USD. 4. Luminox Master Carbon Quartz Ref. XS.3813.L Speaking of military-grade watches, the Luminox Master Carbon Quartz Ref. XS.3813.L is also a strong contender, especially with the brand’s close ties with the US Navy Seals. This watch features a sturdy 46mm case made from Luminox’s signature carbon material, known as “Carbonox”. It is also fitted with a luminescent technology that ensures the watch is able to glow in poor lighting conditions for over 25 years. This watch is not just a utility watch, as it also offers a nice, fresh design that is perfect for casual wear. It has a water resistance capacity of 300m, which adds more to its durability. The price for the Luminox Master Carbon Quartz Ref. XS.3813.L is currently at $679 USD. 5. Suunto 9 G1 ZH Baro Titanium Ref. SS050149000 If you are interested in extremely stylish and durable watches, then look no further, since the Suunto 9 G1 ZH Baro Titanium Ref. SS050149000 might be just the one for you. It offers a sleek design that exudes modernity, much like the Garmin Marq Driver series. It offers a wide variety of features, including over 80 sports modes that you can choose from. Even though it is a touchscreen watch, it still possesses great durability, to accommodate its sporty nature. It has 100m of water resistance, which is more than enough, especially for a smartwatch. It also features shock-resistant and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, so the Suunto 9 Ref. SS050149000 will not easily shatter when dropped or damaged by other external elements. This watch is easily one of the best smartwatches for sports available due to its advanced features that cater to almost all sports enthusiasts. It retails at an affordable $929 USD. 6. Luminox Navy Seal 3500 Series Ref. XS.3501.F The Luminox Navy Seal 3500 Series Ref. XS.3501.F may not be the most neatly designed watch on this list, but its durability is truly something to look forward to. This watch has a rugged exterior that perfectly encapsulates its sturdiness. It has a 45mm carbon compound case and matching bezel which possess a toughness comparable to that of titanium and stainless steel. Furthermore, since this carbon compound is both durable and lightweight, it gives the watch a comfortably weightless profile that is easy to carry on your wrist. Plus, it has a substantial water-resistance of 200m, which is just right for a watch primarily made for the US Navy Seals. It also comes with illumination technology to provide better readability in the dark and underwater. This watch has a retail price of $395 USD, which is quite affordable for anyone looking for a durable watch that offers both utility and legibility.   7. Casio G-Shock Full Metal Black Ref. GMW-B5000GD-1JF Casio has long been considered one of the pioneering brands for durable watches since they created the Casio G-Shock. The original Casio G-Shock DW-5000C is a popular classic watch, which has led Casio to introduce the Casio G-Shock Full Metal Black Ref. GMW-B5000GD-1JF, a modern, updated version of its predecessor. It has new and improved features that transcend the first G-Shock, while still maintaining its quintessential design. This model now uses a full stainless steel metal case with the same dimensions as its predecessor, which are 49.3 x 43.2 x 13mm. It boasts a handy 200m water resistance along with Casio’s signature shock resistance. The price of this watch is $539 USD. It is affordable, stylish, and useful while staying true to its roots. 8. Casio G-Shock Rangeman Ref. GW-9400J-1JF Another notable entry from Casio is the Casio G-Shock Rangeman Ref. GW-9400J-1JF. This is an incredibly tough watch with a rugged shock-resistant 53.5mm resin case. The materials used may not be the standard, but the durability of this watch has been tried and tested many times before it was released on the market. In fact, the Casio G-Shock Rangeman Ref. GW-9400J-1JF is part of the Master of G series, which is designed to withstand extreme environments that the average watch cannot. It employs a wide variety of features that are necessary to endure harsh surroundings such as barometer, temperature, and altitude readings. It also has a water resistance of 200m, which allows the wearer to bring their watch with them for a swim or a casual dive. Both this watch and the Mudmaster Ref. GWG-100FB-1AJF are on equal footing in terms of durability, with the only difference between these two being their purposes. The price of the Casio G-Shock Rangeman Ref. GW-9400J-1JF starts at $449 USD. 9. Victorinox I.N.O.X Professional Diver Titanium Ref. 241812 Out of all the watches on this list, the Victorinox I.N.O.X Professional Diver Titanium Ref. 241812 is probably the most stylish and elegant one. It is a dive watch that boasts a 45mm titanium case that not only offers a sleek, lightweight profile but also provides a certain level of durability that allows the watch to compete with other highly durable watches on the market. It has a 200m water-resistance capacity as well as a scratch-proof, triple-coated sapphire crystal to ensure maximal readability at all times. Since it is a dive watch, the I.N.O.X Ref. 241812 offers functions that are primarily devoted to diving, unlike other versatile watches such as the Casio Rangeman or the Marathon Jumbo Diver/Pilot Chronograph. That said, each watch has its own strengths and the Victorinox I.N.O.X Professional Diver Titanium Ref. 241812 is a powerhouse underwater. The price for this watch starts at $729 USD, which is quite affordable for a diver watch that is as stylish as this one. 10. Sinn Diving Watches UX EZM 2B Ref. 403.030-Solid-2LSS-BB Another impressive watch on this list is the Sinn Diving Watches UX EZM 2B Ref. 403.030-Solid-2LSS-BB. It is the only watch on this list that uses a 44mm German submarine steel case, which goes hand in hand with its impressive diving capability. It is an undoubtedly tough watch that can withstand water pressures up to depths of a whopping 5,000m. In more ways than one, this watch can be considered one of the ultimate dive watches produced by the watchmaking industry. Indeed, it is quite uncommon, even for dive watches, to have such extensive water resistance capacities, enduring pressures that even a human being would not be able to withstand. This is all thanks to the impeccable German submarine steel which Sinn uses for this timepiece’s case. This watch currently retails at $2,469 USD, a fitting price for such a powerful dive watch with maximal durability and protection from the elements. 11. Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Ref. DG2018C-P12C-BK The Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon series offers superior durability compared to the other Ball watch collections. The Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Ref. DG2018C-P12C-BK, for example, promotes superior legibility, style, and toughness. It has a strong 42mm stainless steel case with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal to bolster its sturdy exterior. It also comes with a black and brown rotating bezel which can be used for timing purposes. With its 100m water resistance, the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Ref. DG2018C-P12C-BK is an impressively durable watch that can be used for various sports and other outdoor activities. You can purchase this watch for $3,199 USD. 12. Panerai Luminor Submersible Ref. 1950 PAM01389 The Panerai Luminor Submersible Ref. 1950 PAM01389 is a luxury watch that inhibits a level of durability quite uncommon for luxury watches. That said, the design of the Panerai Luminor Submersible Ref. 1950 PAM01389 is a little exotic, to say the least. It has a 47mm cushion-shaped titanium case, which is equipped with an oddly designed yet secure oversized crown. It comes with 300m of water resistance, which is to be expected of luxury dive watches. This watch is also equipped with Incabloc, which is a shock-resistant technology that protects the watch from any impacts or jolts. As of right now, the Panerai Luminor Submersible Ref. 1950 PAM01389 retails at $11,000 USD. It cannot be denied that this watch is quite expensive, but its exquisite features, design, and high-quality engineering is something you do not want to miss. 13. Seiko Prospex Padi Ref. SNE499P1 Seiko may not be as well known for durable watches as its fellow Japanese watch brand, Casio, but it still has a few tricks up its sleeve. Notably, the Seiko Prospex Padi Ref. SNE499P1 is a thick and hefty watch that can easily endure shocks and damage from other external elements. It boasts a 46.7mm stainless steel case with a thickness of 12.4mm, giving it a bold and rugged look. This $449 USD timepiece also comes with a water resistance rating of 200m, making it an affordable dive watch that has all the necessary features for comfortable and safe diving. 14. Tudor Pelagos Titanium Ref. 25600TB-0001 The Tudor Pelagos Titanium Ref. 25600TB-0001 offers a simplistic design while taking into consideration the durability of the watch. Most highly durable watches tend to be larger in size, using their heft to ensure reliable protection from the environment. The Tudor Pelagos Titanium Ref. 25600TB-0001, however, breaks the norm by going with a sleeker, minimalist design instead of the usual bulky exterior. The 42mm titanium case is what gives this watch the toughness it needs. Not only that, but it also has a water resistance of 500m, which is very impressive for a watch with such stature. The Tudor Pelagos Titanium Ref. 25600TB-0001 is currently priced at $4,575 USD. 15. TAG Heuer Formula 1 Ref. CAZ101AF.BA0637 The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Ref. CAZ101AF.BA0637 is yet another race-centric watch that maximizes its durability with excellent shock resistance. This particular watch is a limited edition chronograph and is a tribute to the Senna racing team. It boasts a 43mm stainless steel case with a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel. Much like the Garmin Marq Driver, this watch is made for race car driving. This means that it is equipped with the requisite toughness necessary to endure the sudden blunt force from crashes and to absorb a certain amount of shock. Not only that, but this timepiece also comes with a fairly stylish design, so that it can be used as a dress watch or as a casual everyday watch. This $2,200 USD watch is also equipped with a respectable water resistance rating of 200m. 16. Omega Speedmaster GMT Ref. 321.92.44.52.01.001 The Omega Speedmaster GMT Ref. 321.92.44.52.01.001 is yet another watch whose purpose revolves around racing. It features a 44.25mm titanium case with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. It also has a 100m water resistance. This might look like a heavy watch at first glance, especially since its titanium case has a considerable thickness of 14mm, but its lightweight titanium material and smooth rubber strap promise a comfortable profile that does not hinder the wearer in any way. This watch has a retail price of $9,100 USD, which some might consider expensive, but is still quite reasonable for such a powerful automatic watch  17. Casio Pro Trek Ref. PRG-330-1JF The Casio Pro Trek Triple Sensor Ref. PRW-7000FC-1JF is probably one of the best outdoor watches that you can buy for under $1000 USD. It is neat, sleek, and incredibly useful for outdoor activities like camping, hiking, trekking, and even fishing. This watch has a sizable 52mm black resin and stainless steel case which offers the necessary resistances against low temperatures and shock—much like the technology used in the G-Shock. It has a water resistance capacity of 200m. As such even though this is not a dive watch, it is still possible to go for a quick dive while wearing this timekeeper. All in all, it is a high-functioning utility watch that offers great comfort and ease when worn during outdoor activities. This particular watch costs $729 USD. 18. Citizen Promaster Ref. CB5007-51H Citizen is also home to a few durable watches that are quite underrated in the market. The Citizen Promaster Ref. CB5007-51H, in particular, uses a 46mm grey stainless steel case that ensures maximal durability. It also boasts a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal to protect its dial from any external damage. Not only that, but it also has a 200m water resistance rating, which adds to the versatility of this aviation watch. It boasts a professional, classy design that goes perfectly well with a suit and tie. This striking watch can be purchased for a mere $469 USD. 19. Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Ref. 010-02157-24 The Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar Edition Ref. 010-02157-24 is another smartwatch that offers great utility with many useful functions. It is a digital watch that focuses more on accommodating outdoor activities without neglecting its duty as a timekeeper. This watch boasts a gleaming 51mm titanium case that provides a high level of durability despite its tactile glass screen. Since it is also a smartwatch like the Garmin Marq Ref. 010-02006-01, it is equipped with the same features that make it well-equipped for outdoor activities, be it extreme or recreational sports. This Garmin Fenix 6X Pro retails at $1,049 USD. 20. Luminox Bear Grylls Survival Land Series Ref. XB.3782.MI Since Bear Grylls is a well-known survivalist, there is no doubt that his collaborative watch with Luminox promotes durability unlike any other. The Luminox Bear Grylls Survival Land Series Ref. XB.3782.MI is a close candidate in terms of being the best survival/adventurer watch on the market. It uses a 42mm Carbonox case and bezel as well as scratch-resistant sapphire glass. The screwed-in case back, however, employs the strength of 316L stainless steel. The rubber strap is used to ensure comfort and maintain its weight while also accommodating the compass loop accessory that comes with the watch. To make things sweeter, this watch comes with a water resistance rating of 200m, which expands its usage outdoors. It is a useful watch that removes the worry of damage from external elements such as low temperatures and impacts. You can purchase this rugged and durable timepiece for just $655 USD. The Pioneers of Durable Watches In terms of the durability of watches, the difference between newer models and older ones is a vast one. While durability has always been a consideration when crafting watches, new innovations and technologies in horology over the years, such as the application of stronger materials, has allowed watch brands to make huge strides in terms of creating more durable watches. When talking about durable watches, it is hard not to mention Casio, due to their extensive contributions in manufacturing the “toughest” watches available in the market. Rolex, Seiko, Tag Heuer, and several more brands are also famous for their highly durable watches, both in the past and today. But truly, nothing can compare to the sturdiness and reliability that the G-Shock offered during its release in 1983. The Casio G-Shock DW-5000C took the market by storm with its fresh digital design that championed toughness above all else. Today, Casio has developed several variations of the Casio G-Shock DW-5000C, as well as other new G-Shock models that have upheld the vision of Kikuo Ibe, a renowned engineer in Casio who went against the laws of nature to create the toughest watch in the world—at least, during that time.  With such a declaration, several watchmakers followed suit to try and beat Casio for the aforementioned title. Despite all efforts, of course, Casio reigned supreme, with their distinct design blueprint as well as their never-ending passion for creating watches that will truly go the distance.  Aside from Casio, Marathon has become another leading brand in terms of creating tough, durable watches. By combining the durability of military watches with innovative Swiss expertise, Marathon has managed to create some of the most heavy-duty watches in the industry since 1941. In addition, Marathon timepieces also come with Swiss automatic movements, deviating from the wide use of quartz movements in many other durable watches. Of course, that does not mean that one is better than the other. The choice of quartz versus automatic movement is just a matter of preferences in timekeeping.  There are indeed more brands that champion durability in their watches, but it would take us quite a while to finish listing all of them. The models that we have listed above are some of the best durable watches that have been produced in the past few years, but it is not an exhaustive list. Nevertheless, they are all sure-fire hits amongst thrill-seeking adventurers, military personnel, outdoor enthusiasts and athletes. These watches offer the best possible experience due to their handy functions and reliable durability, making them truly worthy of the title of the best durable watches in 2021.  Final Thoughts Durability is a must-have property for watches if you want to avoid losing your money’s worth. That is why, when choosing a watch, you should always check if it can withstand at least being dropped on the floor. It is perfectly fine to spend a few more dollars for a legitimate, tough watch that can last. Plus, there are a handful of watches on the list that are very affordable and versatile in terms of usage, offering a certain level of flexibility that allows them to be worn for any occasion or activity.  There is no question that these durable watches will last for years, rather than just months, as flimsier timepieces are wont to do. Some could even last you a lifetime with the right care and are capably able to endure all sorts of challenging environments and extremities—which is especially useful for hardcore survivalists and adventurers. Each watch on this list has its own strengths, with models that cater towards outdoor sports, diving, racing, and more, but what ultimately ties all of these timepieces together is their durability and toughness, making these some of the best durable watches in the world.  Interested in reading more about watch materials and what makes a watch strong? Check out our Watch Guide to Different Types of Watch Materials! All images courtesy of WatchShopping, unless stated otherwise. Featured image courtesy of puuikibeach on Flickr.

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  8. Top 3 Grand Seiko Watches

    Top 3 Grand Seiko Watches

    Despite being in business since 1960, the world wasn’t properly introduced to the Grand Seiko watches until 2010. Before that, the watch was made available either by flying over to Japan or by browsing around Japanese online retailers. The aim of Grand Seiko was that the world could see the beauty of Japanese watchmaking. And ever since then, this brand has become one of the most sought-after and quality-driven timepieces and existence. Before we list our favorite Grand Seiko watches, we feel that you should know why this watch is so special. Why Grand Seiko Watches Are So Special Besides the luxury that comes with it, Grand Seiko features several aspects that put it ahead of other timepieces. Some of these features include the quality of its craftsmanship, it’s finishing as well as its history. Craftsmanship One of Grand Seiko watches’ best features is, without a doubt, its craftsmanship. This watch series has remained true to the conventional means of watch adjustment, assembly, and polishing.   The watchmakers of Grand Seiko watches use a technique known as “zaratsu.” This is an ancient sword-making technique to polish swords and is now used to polish every part of the Grand Seiko wristwatch. The watch is assembled by professional wrist watchmakers. The testing and adjustment of the watch are required by COSC on all 5 positions, including a sixth for gravity effects. It’s a process that takes 17 days to complete. Movement Another one of Grand Seiko’s strengths is their consistent spring drive movement. The movement utilizes the mechanical assembly from the 60s, along with a high-tech tri synchro regulator. This results in a kind of technology that prevents the use of batteries. Instead, the watch gets its power from a mainspring, and with better accuracy at that than many quartz wristwatches. What we’re trying to say is that Grand Seiko’s quartz and mechanical movements are the best in the world. The quartz movements also referred to as 9F, are surprisingly accurate. The least accurate movements read 10 seconds a year and the most accurate 5 Seconds. This only serves to indicate that the Grand Seiko 9F is not to be taken for granted. All this tells us that the mechanical movements of Grand Seiko watches are reliable, accurate and simple. Even the oldest division of the brand doesn’t misrepresent what it stands for in terms of technology and tradition.   Grand Seiko Watches History Grand Seiko was brought to this world due to the brand’s inability to make a mark in the luxury watch market at the time. One of the brand’s divisions, Suwa, was tasked with literally producing the greatest wristwatch possible. The classic model Grand Seiko was a three-handed model that was widely renowned. After that, Grand Seiko has been consistently improving on the quality of its watches. Time and again, the brand has come up with a new standard in the luxury watch market. Then in 1964, the brand entered the international Neufchatel chronometer testing. Although it didn’t do well at first, they managed to still rank in the top ten before the competition was axed. Now, let’s have a look at some of the best Grand Seiko watches that you can get your hands on today. Best Grand Seiko Watches of Today 1: The Calibre 9S – SBGR311 Starting off our list is the Calibre 9S SGBR311. This model was introduced to celebrate the caliber’s 20-year anniversary since it was introduced in 1998. Source : Grand Seiko official websiteMost of the grand Seiko models of today are built from the acclaimed caliber 9S. The SBGR311 comes with a lavish dark wooden brown dial in an enchanting radial pattern. It’s both pleasing to the eyes and effective in telling us the time. The caliber 9S is special in a number of ways. Firstly, it utilizes state-of-the-art technologies such as MEMS, which stands for microelectromechanical systems. This is the kind of technology that provides extreme precision and tolerates inaccuracies of a thousandth of a millimetre. Secondly, this technology is combined with conventional craftsmanship in which each gear is meticulously hand-polished. This way, less friction is guaranteed for more appropriate timekeeping and that the lifespan of each component is increased. 2: Grand Seiko SBGA129 AJHH Limited Edition Next up is the SBGA129, otherwise known as snowflake due to the color of its dial.  It has an automatic Calibre of 9R65 movement, which is Grand Seiko’s most well-known Spring Drive movement. The silver-colored second hand operates at a slow but smooth hypnotic movement that is different from other movements like Hi-Beat. The model’s case diameter is 13 mm thick and 39 mm wide. It also features a 72-hour power reserve with a 10-bar water-resistance level. The purpose behind the creation of the watch was so that it offered durability, precision and beauty. It’s also what helped launch the career of Grand Seiko. And there’s not another watch that best represents those characteristics than the Snowflake. It’s only really precise, thanks to its Spring Drive movement. With it, the watch has a mechanical watch’s soul and a quartz watch’s accuracy. Along with its beautiful dial and excellent finishes, Snowflake’s titanium case is extremely durable. 3: The Hi-Beat – SBGH267 Another watch to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Calibre 9S is the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat SBGH267. This model also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Grand Seiko Hi-Beat. The first model, the 61GS, was the brand’s first 36000 vph movement that was launched in 1968. It was also this model that gave the Japanese brand recognition as one of the most accurate watches on the planet. And now, there are several Hi-Beat models available in the GS lineup Source : Grand Seiko official websiteThe SBGH267 is the most affordable of all Calibre 9S models that were introduced. Despite the low-price, it is no way inferior to its gold and platinum brethren. The SBGH267 Hi-Beat boasts the same features as the metal models. Some of them include the dial motive and the Zaratsu polished case. However, the steel model’s dial comes in a deep blue color. The dial also introduces a new 39.5 mm case size to the series.

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  9. Sports Watches: Best Nike Watches on the Market

    Sports Watches: Best Nike Watches on the Market

    For quite some time now, sports and watches have been intricately laced together like a pair of sports sneakers. It seems that every type of athlete appreciates beautiful sports watches, from NFL stars to baseball players and every athlete in between. But beyond a celebrity accessory, sport watches can aid you in your fitness journey and help you become a better athlete. The sports watch market is flooded with different options from different brands. One such brand is the one we all know and adore: Nike. We all know that Nike has long been producing essential sports gear. But did you know that the brand also produces sports watches? Granted, they haven’t made many nor is this likely to become something the brand focuses on in the future. But here’s a look at the very best of them because one of these may be your dream watch? A Bit About the Brand Just in case you aren’t familiar with Nike as a brand, here’s what you need to know. Nike was established in Oregon, United States, by Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman at the beginning of 1964 under the name of Blue Ribbon Sports. In 1971, it adopted the name Nike in reference to the Greek Goddess of Victory and the rest is history. Along the way, it bought many other companies and employs over 73,100 employees. Today, Nike sponsors some of the biggest sports stars on the planet and is the world’s largest supplier of athletic shoes & apparel. So, what do they know about making sports watches? Let’s find out. Nike Sports Watches The Apple Watch Nike Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) Nike teamed up with Apple to create the ultimate fitness wearable. The Apple Watch Nike Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) is incredibly smart and enables users to track their workout data. They can also stream music or listen to Nike Run Club’s Audio Guided Runs. Source from NikeIt features a silver aluminum case as well as a 40mm case with Nike watch band. It also has an Always-On Retina display, swim-proof properties and elevation detection. This watch is filled with safety features including electrical and optical heart sensors, fall detection, internal emergency calling, an ECG app, a built-in compass & even an emergency SOS feature. The Apple Watch Nike Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) is available in two color options being anthracite and black or pure platinum & black as pictured below. There is also a GPS only watch that retails for slightly less than the GPS and Cellular combo. The Apple Watch Nike Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) Though this watch came long before the Series 5 just discussed, and even though there have been two other watches in between, the Apple Watch Nike Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) remains a firm favorite amongst fans of Nike watches. Source from NikeThe Apple Watch Nike Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) has built-in GPS and GLONASS, a barometric altimeter, a heart rate sensor, accelerometer and gyroscope & is water-resistant up to 50 meters. It is built to last as it has a ceramic black build, includes Ion-X strengthened glass and boasts an 18-hour battery life. The Apple Watch Nike Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) comes in the anthracite black design as pictured below and features a space gray aluminum case. You can pick between a black Nike band or a bright crimson Nike band. The Nike+ Sport Watch The next Nike watch is powered by TomTom GPS. While it’s not as impressive as the results of Nike’s collaboration with Apple the Nike+ Sport Watch, it does have quite a lot going for it. Perhaps its most impressive feature is that the band of the watch doubles as a USB plug for easy charging and data viewing. Source from AmazonThis nifty device has been created with runners in mind. The watch tracks your pace, distance, calories burned, and heart rate. It also has extensive data tracking capabilities such as elevation detection and routes ran. It’s waterproof for up to 50 meters so swimmers can also wear this watch without worry. On top of the black and volt color combo, the Nike+ Sport Watch is available in: A white & silver color combo Black & anthracite Black & blue Final Thoughts on Nike Sports Watches As you can see, though they be few, Nike sports watches sure do bring a lot to the party. They might not be dominating the world of sports watches just yet, but they sure are giving their competitors a run for their money. Are you thinking of buying any of the Nike watches we introduced you to today? Our advice to you would be this: just do it!

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  10. Top Affordable Mechanical Watches for Men

    Top Affordable Mechanical Watches for Men

    When looking for an affordable timepiece, many people do not usually consider a mechanical watch. At least, they do not do so at first. More often than not, people would opt for a quartz wristwatch due to its price, which tends to be cheaper. To be sure, there are many high-quality quartz watches out there with great prices, but there are also numerous outstanding mechanical timepieces in the market that come with similar, affordable price tags. Despite being quite economical, each mechanical model is packed with complications and quality that you can trust. For this article, we will be taking a look at some of the best affordable mechanical watches available for the dashing enthusiast. 20 of the Best Affordable Mechanical Watches in the Market Affordable mechanical watches are not the easiest things to come by. But do not fear, for we have you covered. Listed below are 20 of the best affordable mechanical watches in the market. Keep in mind that the models are listed in no particular order and each piece is an excellent choice in its own right.  1. Seiko 5 SNK805 Image by: Ebay Our list starts with the military-inspired Seiko SNK805 from the Seiko 5 line, which features a no-nonsense matte-finish green dial that keeps things simple, with an inner ring for hour markers. Its outer ring contains numerals for the minutes and seconds, and a day-and-date complication at 3 o’clock. The 38mm stainless steel case is modest, lightweight, and unassuming in the best possible sense. Inside the watch is a reliable 7S26C mechanical movement that performs beyond the watch’s approximate price point of $100 USD. Combined with a green nylon strap, this affordable Seiko mechanical watch is homey and constantly ready to go. 2. Orient TriStar  Image by: Ebay When people ask about an affordable mechanical watch from Orient, the response is usually the Bambino. And without a doubt, the Bambino is great. Its elegance and affordability are undeniable. But Orient also has another affordable mechanical timepiece, which many people argue is actually better than the Bambino: the Orient TriStar. Marked by the three stars applied on its watch face, the TriStar has a history that dates back to the 1970s. The brand states that the TriStar was originally meant to be an option for countries with less access to replaceable quartz watch batteries. Weighing in at 40mm in diameter, the TriStar possesses a timeless look with its stainless steel case and classy light brown nylon strap. While some TriStar models can reach up to $200 USD, other pieces will only cost you around $100 USD. 3. Invicta Pro Diver 8926 Image by: Invicta Watch The Invicta Pro Diver is renowned in the watch community as one of the best affordable alternatives to the Rolex Submariner. In many respects, that statement does hold. First of all, an Invicta Pro Diver is worth around $100 USD. That affordability in itself should already be a point for consideration. The watch comes in a 40mm stainless steel case that has a water resistance capacity of 200m, and a matching, sleek stainless steel bracelet. Working behind the black dial is an NH35A mechanical movement, and you can view the caliber at work through an exhibition-style case back. In terms of looks and functionality, the Invicta Pro Diver is quite the selection. Sure, it’s not an actual Rolex, but it is definitely a great option as a mechanical watch, especially if you are working with a budget.  4. Citizen Promaster NY0040 While the Invicta Pro Diver is a great bargain, you can take a serious step up forward in terms of diver’s watches by shelling out a little more moolah for a Citizen Promaster. The Citizen NY0040 is an ISO-certified diver’s watch with a depth rating of 200m and a high-visibility black dial. Its 46mm stainless steel case features a blend of brushed and polished surfaces, giving it a rugged and super sporty appearance. Inside the case is an in-house 21-jewel Miyota 8200 movement. Truthfully, this is a watch that wants the attention, and if its specs are not enough to get yours, then maybe the under-$300 USD price tag will. 5. Timex Marlin Automatic California Dial Image By: Timex Timex describes the Marlin Automatic California as a watch inspired by vintage models during the 1930s to 1940s. With its classic looks and hand-wound movement, the Marlin Automatic California exudes sophistication and never fails to catch the eyes of on-lookers. Its rose gold-colored case is sleek in every sense of the word and gives the watch a luxurious feel. Beneath its alluring black dial is a tried-and-tested automatic movement equipped with 21 jewels and a 40-hour power reserve. Taking everything into account, it does come as quite the shocker that something this beautiful and reliable only costs around $250 USD. 6. Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical Hamilton is always a great choice when it comes to affordable automatic watches. The Khaki Field Mechanical is a piece of American watchmaking that pays homage to Hamilton’s rich heritage. Though the case leans towards the small side, measuring only 38mm in diameter, its brushed case, simple dial layout, and hacking capabilities allow this Hamilton to stand as a genuine American military field watch. Usually supplied with an ETA 2801-2 automatic movement, the Khaki Field Mechanical boasts a vintage military aesthetic and retails at under $500 USD.  7. Tissot Everytime Swissmatic Coming in at around $400 USD, the Tissot Everytime Swissmatic is a stylish yet affordable piece from the T-Classic collection, and is one of Tissot’s best entry-level mechanical watches. This watch offers the best of Swiss watchmaking, with its clean and minimalistic aesthetics. Its stark black dial contrasts delightfully against its silver-toned indices, long hands, and slim stainless steel case. This elegant look is topped off with a classy black leather strap. Apart from its dressy looks, another impressive aspect of the Everytime Swissmatic is its movement. Its automatic movement boasts a power reserve that can last up to 70 hours and has an accuracy of +/- 10 seconds per day. For such an affordable price, it would prove quite a challenge to find a mechanical caliber as capable as this one. 8. Bulova Aerojet 98A187 While tourbillon watches are beyond the budgets of many, Bulova has a budget-friendly open-heart timepiece that almost anyone can afford. Covered by a 41mm stainless steel case, the Aerojet 98A187 showcases a grey dial with rose gold-colored indices, dauphine hands, and a circular window at 6 o’clock to give the dial a faux-tourbillon aesthetic. The window puts the spotlight on the Miyota movement’s balance wheel, where you can see it oscillate back and forth. You can also view the Miyota in its entirety through the Aerojet’s exhibition-style case back. The Bulova Aerojet 98A187 can be purchased at just only $299 USD. 9. Seiko Prospex “Save the Ocean” Samurai SBDY019 The “Save the Ocean” Samurai is a Seiko timepiece that needs no introduction. Several aspects make this Prospex diver iconic, including its design, heritage, reliability, and its price. To be exact, the Seiko SBDY019, also known as the SRPC93, is priced around $500 USD. Made in collaboration with Fabien Cousteau, grandson of world-renowned marine biologist Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the enigmatic SBDY019 comes in a 43.8mm stainless steel case paired with a dark matching sleek silver bracelet of the same material. Of course, the real star of the show is the watch’s dial. Its uneven blue gradient emulates the imagery of ocean waters, which is thematic on-point, considering this Seiko Samurai is a diver’s watch. The 4R35 movement that powers this mechanical watch is reliable and has manual winding and hacking capabilities.  10. Orient Kamasu Image By: StufflerMike (Watchuseek) It is pretty hard to find a mechanical watch under $300 USD. It is even more challenging to find one that also comes with protective sapphire glass, which is typically the most expensive of watch crystals. Fortunately, you can get all this and more with the Orient Kamasu. The Kamasu, formerly known as the Mako 3, is a diver’s watch that boasts a sturdy stainless steel case, 200m of water resistance, a layer of sapphire glass, and a cool blue rotating bezel. Inside the casing is a mesmerizing blue sunburst dial with outlined indices, hands, and a day-and-date window. This watch is powered by an automatic Orient Caliber F6922, which many say is able to match the reliability and accuracy of Seiko’s movements. Overall, this watch offers so much for so little, and is one of the best value-for-money mechanical timepieces you can get. 11. Vostok Amphibia Automatic Image By: Vostok Amphibia People who know about Vostok watches will definitely vouch for how great the Amphibia really is. As a brand, Vostok is the watch supplier for the Russian army. The Amphibia, in particular, is an affordable and robust watch made to withstand different environments. Costing around $90 USD, this Russian stainless steel mechanical watch with 200m of water resistance and a reliable Vostok automatic movement. This watch comes in a variety of colors and designs, meaning you certainly will not be limited by your options, and will easily be able to find a Vostok Amphibia that suits your specific tastes. Each Amphibia timepiece also has a power reserve that lasts for 31 hours when fully wound.  12. Nodus Sector Field Image By: Nodus Watches Sold at approximately $425 USD, the Nodus Sector Field is a mechanical field watch that comes with a variety of functions for your everyday needs. Its stainless steel case features a mix of bead-blasted and polished surfaces, a sapphire crystal, and a water resistance rating of 100m. The brown sunburst sector dial is beguiling, to say the least, and it comes with a sword-shaped handset that matches well with the overall design scheme of the watch. Underneath the watch face is a Seiko NH35 automatic movement, which Nodus regulated in four positions to achieve a precision rate of +/- 10 seconds per day.  13. Fossil Inscription Automatic Image By: Fossil Oftentimes, wearers like to be able to see their watch’s movements in action. However, not all wristwatches come with a display case or skeleton dial. In this case, we have found an affordable watch with a suave skeleton dial that allows you to view its intricate mechanical movement at work. The Fossil Inscription can come in a smoke or gold-tone case and boasts an octagonal curvature with screws unusually placed at each end of its bezel. It has a case size of 42mm, but its short lugs make it look much slimmer. This watch only has a water resistance capacity of 50m, which is not surprising considering its beautiful skeleton dial. Still, the Fossil piece is attractive and makes for a trusty $250 USD timekeeper. 14. Swatch Sistem51 Irony Sistem Boreal Image By: Swatch Even after years, the Swatch Sistem51 remains a fresh and modern take on mechanical watches. Assembled by an army of robots, each Sistem51 watch comes with an automatic movement equipped with 51 components, a central screw, and a 90-hour power reserve. There are many Sistem 51 timepieces to choose from, and they are all superb options. But one model that instantly catches our attention is the $215 USD Sistem51 Boreal. With its one-of-a-kind celestial dial, this Swatch watch comes in a finely-polished stainless steel case coupled with a matching stainless steel bracelet. Its beauty is magnificent and it is an affordable mechanical model that belongs in anybody’s collection. 15. Victorinox Swiss Army Alliance Mechanical Image By: Victorinox Retailing at approximately $650 USD, the Victorinox Swiss Army Alliance Mechanical stands as the highest-priced affordable mechanical watch on our list. From its looks alone, you can understand why this Victorinox timepiece fetches such a price. It is both classy and sporty, and fits snugly thanks to its 40mm diameter and 9.9mm height. Located underneath the gorgeous asphalt-like watch face is an authentic Swiss ETA 2892 automatic movement, which you can view clearly through the exhibition-style rear case. Equipped with triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire glass, 100m water resistance, and adequate lume, the Alliance Mechanical is an exceptional mechanical timepiece that instantly ups your class once you wear it. 16. Hamilton Khaki Field King Auto Image By: Hamilton Watch Its moniker of “King” is not just for show. With its handsome looks, military heritage, sturdy structure, and 80-hour power reserve, the Hamilton Khaki Field King Auto rightfully earns its title as the king. If you have been looking for an affordable mechanical watch for a while now, you should know that it is not easy finding something this capable, worth around just $575 USD. This Hamilton Khaki Field watch boasts a 50m water-resistant stainless steel case that uses an anti-reflective sapphire crystal on top. Its H-40 movement has a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and can be viewed through the open case back. 17. Marathon General Purpose Mechanical Image By: Marathon Watch The Marathon General Purpose Mechanical is a watch that leans on the small side, both in size and price. Worth around $360 USD, the General Purpose Mechanical sports a slender 34mm Fibershell case. Though the watch is quite slim in structure, its automatic movement packs a sizable punch. The timepiece uses a Seiko NH35 self-winding caliber, a kind of mechanical movement that winds itself through the natural motion of your wrist. After being fully wound, this Marathon wristwatch can last up to 41 hours. Sheltered by scratch-resistant sapphire glass, General Purpose Mechanical is dust-proof and water-resistant up to depths of 30m. 18. Laco Augsburg Image By: Laco Available in both 39mm and 42mm sizes, the Laco Augsburg boasts a highly legible dial with leaf-style hands and a generous amount of lume. Its Laco 21 automatic movement features manual hacking, which is a nice benefit to have on a $400 USD watch. Its case has some incredible profiling for an entry-level Flieger timepiece, and its case back provides a nice view of the mechanical movement in motion. 19. Tissot T-Classic Le Locle Powermatic 80 Another member of the T-Classic series, the Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80 is an opulent yet luxurious mechanical watch that you will certainly want to try. Like the Khaki Field King Auto, the Le Locle Powermatic 80 costs around $575 USD. The model we have for this list is the Le Locle T006.407.16.053.00. This Powermatic 80 timepiece features a 39mm stainless steel case and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Its sector dial sports a vintage design with a patterned black surface, silver-toned Roman numerals, and leaf-shaped hands. Running the watch is the Powermatic 80 movement renowned for its 80-hour power reserve. 20. Seiko Presage Cocktail Time “Blue Moon” SRPB41J1 The last watch on this list is this stunning Presage piece Seiko made in collaboration with renowned Japanese bartender Ishigaki Shinobu. Commonly known as the Blue Moon, the SRPB41J1 is a prime example of exceptional Japanese watchmaking. Without a doubt, the best part about this watch is its dark blue sunburst dial. Its overall design and how it plays with light makes the watch an outstanding yet affordable work of art. Protected by a 40.5mm stainless steel case, the Blue Moon utilizes an automatic 4R35 movement. Tried and tested, this movement exhibits reliable accuracy and a 41-hour power reserve. If you want a mechanical watch that looks captivating while only costing you around $440 USD, look no further than the SRPB41J1. What is a Mechanical Watch? Essentially, a mechanical watch is a timepiece that utilizes a clockwork mechanism to tell the passage of time. This differs from a quartz model, which functions electronically with the help of a small battery. There are two kinds of mechanical watches: hand-wound and automatic. Hand-wound models get their power from being manually wound on a regular basis. Automatic movements, on the other hand, can supply power to itself through a self-winding apparatus. Mechanical watches, both hand-wound and automatic, typically have five main components: a mainspring, a gear train or wheel train, a balance wheel, an escapement mechanism, and, of course, a dial.  The mainspring is a spiral torsion spring that acts as the power source of the timepiece. Generally, the mainspring must be wound regularly, either by hand or by a self-winding apparatus, to keep the watch functioning. The energy received from the mainspring transfers via the gear train to the balance wheel. As the balance wheel oscillates back and forth from the force, the escapement mechanism releases the gear train to move forward with each swing of the balance wheel. This, in turn, moves the watch hands forward at a steady rate, making the watch “tick”.  Now, when you buy a mechanical watch, you need to bear a few things in mind. These models are very different from the regular quartz watches you see every day. If you are new to the concept of mechanical timepieces or have never invested in one, doing a bit of research will save you from a lot of unwarranted stress and will ensure that you are ready for your first mechanical timekeeper. Why Are Mechanical Watches So Expensive? Most mechanical timepieces tend to be more expensive than their quartz counterparts. While not all mechanical watches come at prices that break the bank – hence the point of this guide – there are several reasons why mechanical watches tend to be pricey in general. Quality First and foremost is the quality. Compared to quartz movements, watchmakers craft their mechanical movements with materials of the highest quality. As a result, the parts in a mechanical watch tend to be more durable, reliable, and resilient. When put together expertly by a skillful watchmaker, each component makes up a clockwork mechanism movement that is built to last for a lifetime. Craftsmanship Next, we have the craftsmanship of the watchmaker. It is not easy to forge a mechanical movement. It takes years of experience and practice to master the art. There are hundreds of parts that form an intricate structure inside a timepiece. How a watchmaker puts them all together, without any component misaligning, is a testament to the watchmaker’s craft. Heritage The third reason for the elevated prices of mechanical watches involves the watchmaker’s heritage. While there is a universal standard to making watches, each brand has its own method of creating a mechanical timepiece. A mechanical watch that is handmade traditionally is unique, as it highlights authenticity and exclusivity. Although the industry continues to dish out innovation after innovation, what remains true to every brand is the traditional values they personally imbue in their timepieces. Value All things put together, a mechanical watch comes out as a horological work of art. And just like a work of art, its value increases as time passes. In general, mechanical watches always appreciate and have a higher value over time, and this is especially true of models from the most recognized brands such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet. Final Thoughts These mechanical watches are always fascinating to look at, especially when they come with a transparent case back that allows you to see their mechanical movements in all their glory. Seeing every component at work reminds you of the effort and expertise a watchmaker invests into their craft. Now, nobody is saying you should not splurge on a brand like Rolex or Omega, if you are able to. After all, luxury watches, including mechanical ones, come at a much more exorbitant cost due to their overall elevated value. That said, our list today is a reminder that you can still acquire an exceptional mechanical wristwatch without ever having to break the bank. Looking for fine additions to your Classic Watch collection? Have a look at this article on 20 Classic Watches that also act as collectible pieces Photo credits to WatchShopping.com unless otherwise stated.

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  11. 4 Best Watches for Nurses and Doctors

    4 Best Watches for Nurses and Doctors

    It’s no secret that time is of the essence in the medical field. Nurses and doctors work around the clock in their quest to save lives. A few seconds could very well determine whether a patient lives or dies. For this reason, it’s imperative that nurses and doctors have accurate timepieces. They need to have the best watches for medical practitioners. But while the watches are needed for their functionality, you can’t disregard comfort, quality and durability. And yes, you can pick a watch with all of the above that still looks great too. Nurses and doctors need watches that are easy to read and can be worn for long hours. Plus, they should in no way distract staff and patients. Do you need a watch for working in this unique environment? Take your pick from our best watches for nurses and doctors list below. 1: Speidel Original Scrub Watch First up we have this Speidel unisex Original Scrub Watch especially designed for both nurses and doctors. This watch comes in various scrub matching colors including pink, white, blue and black. It’s easy for you to pick one that matches your uniform to avoid distracting yourself or the patient. Photo from speidel officialThe minimalistic design comprising of a large white dial makes it super easy to read. It features both 12 and 24-hour markers. Simply read time in the format that’s easier for you. The highly visible red second hand makes it easy to take accurate pulse readings. If you’re a surgeon conducting an operation, you’ll also find this feature useful. After all, every second counts on the operating table. The watch is designed with your comfort in mind and the soft silicon band is testament to this. You can wear it during your long shifts without experiencing any discomfort. If quality is high up on your priority list, you won’t be disappointed. We love that the watch’s durable exterior is water-resistant. 2: Timex Easy Reader Watch For nurses looking for a modest but practical watch, this Timex watch is worth considering. We’re drawn to the simplistic design of this piece. Photo from Timex officialFirstly, the dial is clean and legible. The watch is designed for utmost comfort, thanks to the stainless steel expansion bracelet. It’s bound to fit well on most people. Aesthetics and comfort aside, the design is pretty sturdy. The crystal dial window is designed to prevent scratches that can interfere with your readings. Plus, it’s also water-resistant. When you wash your hands as you prep for surgery, accidental splashes of water aren’t likely to damage it. You can easily read time in the dark with this watch because of its backlight feature. When not in use, keep your watch safe by placing it in the sleek brass case included. 3: Casio MRW200H-1B2V Casio is known for designing quality but affordable watches. This Casio MRW200H-1B2V is no exception. One thing that doctors will love about this piece is that it combines style, durability and simplicity. Photo from Casio officialThe black and white dial is as much stylish as it is easy to read. This piece is made of water-resistant material and comes in a tough case. You can keep it protected even when it’s not in use. If comfort is your major concern, you’ll appreciate the resin strap designed to fit comfortably as you perform your medical duties. 4: Swatch White Bishop Quartz Watch We round up our list of best watches with this super durable but chic Swatch White Bishop watch. Nothing screams CLEAN like a white watch. We love the minimalistic design that compliments the watch’s clean look. The white and gold dial not only makes the watch appealing to the eye but easy to read too. Photo from swatch officialIts straps are made from durable silicon. Plus, because the watch is also water-resistant, it’s not likely to be damaged by accidental splashes when you wash your hands. We love that it’s super easy to clean. No need to feel intimidated by the white color, you’ll have no trouble keeping your watch looking as good as new. It’s clear that nurses and doctors are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a watch for work. Whether you want one that has a simplistic design or laden with many features, there’s something for you. Which brand from our best watches for nurses and doctors list are you buying?

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