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    10 Fun Watch Complications to Spice Up Your Next Timepiece

    Initially, watches were only tasked with one responsibility — to tell the time in hours, minutes, and seconds. But as watchmaking technology advanced, watches became increasingly complex and capable of doing more and more. Nowadays, we see all sorts of models with different types of complications that give these watches other purposes aside from simply telling the time. While they are not an essential part of any timepiece, watch complications are always a treat to have due to their practical benefits and added convenience. Depending on the model, a wristwatch can have just one extra function or an entire set of added watch complications. Individually, each watch complication fulfils a role, and the more complications a timepiece has, the more things it can do. In this modern day and age, the industry has developed all sorts of watch complications for various needs. Tag along with us today as we take a look at and understand some of the most recognizable watch complications that exist today. What is a Watch Complication? In the most basic sense, a complication is an added function on a watch that allows it to do more than show the time. Watch complications can vary from simple everyday features like date displays to extravagant works of Haute Horlogerie that consist of multiple functions, like perpetual calendars. As opposed to installing more applications and programs into a smartwatch, integrating watch complications into a mechanical timepiece is a much more remarkable feat. This is because it incorporating watch complications requires a great degree of proficiency, cleverness, and technical mastery. Today, watch complications are quite prevalent. You can pretty much find any number of them in many timepieces out there. For today, let us look at 10 of the most iconic watch complications ever invented, as well as a few models that bear them. 10 Most Popular Watch Complications in Watches 1. Date Arguably the most basic watch complication, the date complication allows wearers to view the date on their watch. Currently, there are four different versions of the date display: date window, big date, pointer date, and subsidiary date dial. The date window is the most ubiquitous form of the date complication. It is typically represented by a small aperture that contains a colored background and numerals in a contrasting shade. The big date, on the other hand, has a much larger frame compared to the traditional date window. It is made up of two boxes, with the left box presenting the numbers 0-3 and the other showcasing the numbers 0-9. A pointer date works differently from the date window and big date. Instead of using an opening to display the date, a pointer date has numerals printed on the watch’s chapter ring. An additional watch hand is used to pinpoint the current date. The final variant of the date complication is the subsidiary date dial. This version shows off the date in the form of a sub-dial and is often accompanied by other watch complications. All the different types of date complications listed above can be adjusted by winding the watch’s crown. Rolex Submariner Date 41 (126613LN-0002) Image By: Watch Shopping The date window is beautifully showcased in this impeccable Rolex model, the Submariner Date 41 (126613LN-0002). Accompanied by a yellow Rolesor bracelet, this Rolex Submariner piece comes in a 41mm Oystersteel case and a yellow gold unidirectional rotating bezel with a black ceramic insert for its elapsed time scale. Its dial has the classic Submariner design, with a black metallic surface, luminous applied indices in geometric shape, Mercedes hands, and a date aperture at 3 o’clock. Rolex emphasizes the date window with a magnifying cyclops lens fitted on the watch’s scratch-resistant sapphire glass, allowing for greater readability. Powering this watch is the COSC and Superlative Chronometer-rated Rolex Caliber 3235. This automatic Rolex movement has an accuracy rate of -2/+2 seconds per day and a solid 41-hour power reserve. With its screw-down caseback, screw-down crown, and Triplock triple waterproofness system, this Rolex Submariner Date 41 has an impressive depth rating of 300m. You can get this Submariner watch from our website for around $24,399 USD. 2. Day-Date A slight upgrade to the date function, the day-date complication adds the day of the week to the standard date display. Generally, the day and date complications are placed side by side, in small windows on the watch face, usually where the 3 o’clock marker is located. However, modern design innovations have allowed watchmakers to position the day-date complication in other areas of the dial. Like the simple date, the day and date complications can be adjusted using the crown. Winding the knob in one direction sets the day while rotating it the other way sets the date.  Hamilton Khaki Field King Auto (H64455523) Image By: Watch Shopping Boasting modern take on the day-date feature is the Hamilton Khaki Field King Auto (H64455523). Bearing the extensive military heritage that the brand is known for, this Hamilton timepiece utilizes a sturdy 40mm stainless steel case coupled with a brown cow leather strap. It has a see-through caseback that gives wearers a clear view of the movement inside. This Hamilton Khaki Field watch is water-resistant up to depths of 50m, which is more than enough to prevent raindrops and light splashes from entering the timepiece. Protected by a layer of sapphire crystal, the dial of the Hamilton Khaki Field King Auto has a vintage military-inspired design with some modern touches. The sector dial is split into two segments, with a white outer ring and an inner dial that has a metallic silver sunray finish. The outer ring consists of large Arabic numerals from 1 to 12, while the inner dial contains smaller Arabic numerals from 13 to 24, along with luminous syringe hands. Unlike most timepieces, the elongated day and date windows of this watch are located at 12 o’clock instead. This watch runs on the Hamilton H-40, an automatic movement with 25 jewels and an extended 80-hour power supply. The Hamilton Khaki Field King Auto sells for just $689 USD. 3. Moon Phase The moon phase is a conventional and aesthetically-pleasing watch complication that shows wearers the different phases of the moon. Simply put, a moon phase function tells us if there is a new moon, quarter-moon, half-moon, or full moon on a specific day. It was first designed to help keep sailors informed about the tides at sea. In our modern everyday lives, however, they do not serve any real purpose beyond the aesthetic. That being said, moon phase indicators are still very pleasing to look at, so many luxury watchmakers have gone out of their way to design them with exquisite and complex displays. While it can stand alone on a watch, many brands also like to feature the moon phase display alongside a perpetual calendar. Glashutte Original Senator Excellence Panorama Date Moon Phase (1-36-04-04-02-30) Image By: Watch Shopping There are a number of watches in the market that come with moon phase indicators. One model that shows off a truly elegant moon phase display is the Glashutte Original Senator Excellence Panorama Date Moon Phase (1-36-04-04-02-30). Hailing from the brand’s Senator Excellence collection, this Glashutte Original watch comes in a thin 42mm stainless steel case and a suave black alligator leather strap. Its fixed bezel is finely beveled, putting the spotlight on the galvanized blue dial. The deep blue dial is complemented by slender triangular indices, Lancette hands, a panorama date window between the 4 and 5 o’clock markers, and a gorgeous moon phase display in the shape of a silver crescent moon. Underneath this appealing watch face, you can find a Glashutte Original Caliber 36-04. This is an automatic caliber equipped with a silicon balance spring, a skeletonized rotor, and an incredible power reserve that can last up to 100 hours. Without a doubt, this reliable dress watch can up your style and sophistication to a whole new level. The Glashutte Original Moon Phase fetches an approximate price of $8,659 USD. 4. Elapsed Time Scale As opposed to a countdown timer that tells the remaining time left, an elapsed time scale is a watch complication that shows the amount of time that has passed. For professional divers, this function is crucial for keeping track of how much oxygen they have left in their tanks. More often than not, an elapsed time scale is represented by a unidirectional rotating bezel with a time scale either engraved onto or inserted on top of it. This bezel must always turn unidirectionally, as this prevents it from rotating in the wrong direction, minimizing miscalculation while on the field. If a bezel rotates in the wrong direction, it might cause a dive to be inadvertently extended. This could be very dangerous for the diver who would spend too much time underwater as a result. Seiko Prospex PADI Samurai (SRPF09K1) Image By: Watch Shopping Seiko is known for its extensive selection of Japanese dive watches. Despite being very affordable, each Seiko dive piece is made with a high degree of craftsmanship and a keen eye for efficient design. There are numerous watches to choose from, but the one model that unequivocally catches our attention is the Seiko Prospex PADI Samurai (SRPF09K1). Housed in a 43.8mm stainless steel case, this Seiko Prospex model showcases a unidirectional rotating bezel with a memorable two-tone design that mimics the red and blue color scheme of the Pepsi logo. Topped with a layer of Hardlex glass, this timepiece has a depth rating of 200m, so you can easily bring it for water sports like diving or snorkeling. The dial of this Seiko watch has a subtle pattern of textured ocean waves, calling to its identity as a dive watch. It is adorned with thick hour indices and stout arrow hands, all of which are generously applied with Seiko Lumibrite for optimal nighttime visibility. Robust and fashionable, this is a model you can wear for pretty much any occasion. Driving this watch is a Seiko 4R35 automatic movement with a 41-hour power reserve. Get your hands on this Seiko Prospex watch for just $509 USD. 5. GMT A GMT complication is a handy feature for those who often travel the world. It provides wearers with a second, separate time zone that they can freely customize, allowing the watch to display two different time zones instantaneously. A timepiece with a GMT complication typically has an additional watch hand in a different shape and color than the hours, minutes, and seconds hands. Depending on the model, the reference time is located either on the bezel or around the rim of the dial. Ultimately, the GMT complication brings convenience to the traveling wearer, but also adds a flair of uniqueness to the watch as a whole. Rolex GMT Master II (116710 BLNR) Image By: Watch Shopping Commonly known as the “Rolex Batman“, the Rolex GMT Master II (116710 BLNR) is a spectacular dive watch with a striking GMT bezel. Its sleek Oystersteel case measures 40mm in diameter, which is pretty universal in terms of wrist sizes. While the unidirectional rotating bezel is made from stainless steel, the blue GMT scale inserted on top is crafted entirely from scratch-resistant Cerachrom. It shows off a two-tone blue-black hue, the inspiration behind the watch’s Rolex Batman nickname. Coupled with an Oystersteel bracelet, this Rolex GMT-Master II piece has a solid water resistance rating of 100m. This Rolex timepiece bears a matte black dial adorned with applique indices in geometric shapes and Mercedes-style watch hands. Along with a magnified date complication, the dial has a blue arrow-headed GMT hand that stands out prominently against the dark dial surface. Underneath the watch face is a Rolex Caliber 3186. This is a COSC-certified Superlative Chronometer movement with 31 jewels and a 50-hour power supply. This iconic Rolex GMT “Batman” piece retails at around $26,400 USD. 6. Tourbillon Created by Abraham-Louis Breguet, the tourbillon is a unique complication that improves the balance of the timepiece, effectively eliminating any timekeeping errors that might be caused by gravity or changing watch positions. Although the tourbillon does not have any tangible uses besides making a watch more precise, it is still very pleasing to look at. Commonly appreciated as a sign of high horology, the tourbillon is extremely rare and requires an extraordinary amount of skill and patience to craft. Because of this, the tourbillon is typically found on high-end luxury watches. Panerai Luminor Tourbillon GMT 47 (PAM00768) Image By: Panerai As one of the leaders of Italian watchmaking, Panerai is a world-renowned watch brand recognized for its exceptional luxury timepieces. One of their newest projects, the Panerai Luminor Tourbillon GMT 47 (PAM00768), boasts a tourbillon in what might arguably be one of their most complicated timepieces to date. This Panerai Luminor watch comes in a 47mm cushion-shaped titanium case, making it incredibly durable and lightweight. Its front and back are sealed with sapphire glass to provide wearers with a clear view of the watch’s inner workings. On the right side of the case, you can find the brand’s signature semi-circle crown guard with a stout, oversized crown. The brand pairs this watch with a gray alligator leather strap that wonderfully complements its fixed Carbotech bezel. With its skeletonized dial, wearers can view the tourbillon and the entirety of the watch caliber in all of their complexity. This timepiece also has an additional GMT component, which is characterized by a luminous arrow hand outlined in black. Running this timepiece is the P.2005/T Caliber. It is made up of 277 components, including a Glucydur balance spring, and has an impressive 6-day power reserve. This sophisticated timepiece is worth an estimated price of $164,360 USD. 7. Power Reserve Indicator A power reserve indicator is a watch complication used to determine the amount of energy remaining in the watch. It is often represented by a labeled meter and a hand or needle. The zone where the needle travels along indicates how much power is left in the timepiece before it needs rewinding. In some cases, watches can have power supplies that last for days, in which case the power reserve display will show the days instead of the hours. For those curious about the inner workings of the power reserve indicator, this complication actually represents the amount of tension on the watch’s mainspring. The less tension there is, the more the needle moves, and the less time wearers have until they need to rewind the movement. IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days (IW510115) Image By: Watch Shopping With a minimalist design that breathes elegance, luxury, and sophistication like no other, the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days (IW510115) is the brand’s ultimate dress watch. Coupled with a gray suede strap, this IWC Portofino watch is presented in a lustrous, slim 45mm stainless steel case. The case is topped with an arched sapphire crystal that has been treated with anti-reflective coatings from top to bottom. The dial of this IWC watch is beautifully executed, with a slate gray finish decorated with slender stick-like indices and silver leaf-shaped hands. Its complications include a date window, a small hacking seconds display with clean white and red indicators, and an arcing power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock. Since this timepiece can last for up to 192 hours, it keeps track of the power reserve by the day. The fascinating movement operating this chic watch is the IWC-manufactured 59210 Caliber. Wearers who want to see this powerful Swiss caliber at work can look at it through the transparent caseback. You can buy the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days for around $9,700 USD. 8. Chronograph The chronograph feature is one of the most prevalent complications in watchmaking. Essentially, a chronograph is another word for a stopwatch. A timepiece with a chronograph function typically has two to three pushers at the side of the case that works as the chronograph’s start and stop buttons. There are three types of chronographs: Monopoussoir, Retour-En-Vol, and Rattrapante. Monopoussoir, or the one-button chronograph, comes with only one pusher. Unlike contemporary chronographs, this version is not capable of recording interrupted time. The Retour-En-Vol, commonly known as the flyback chronograph, has two pushers. Its first pusher is used to start and stop the timer, while the second pusher is used to reset the counters. The Retour-En-Vol allows for split-second accuracy readings, which is especially convenient for pilots and race car drivers. The last version of the chronograph complication is the Rattrapante. Also known as the split-seconds chronograph, the Rattrapante is equipped with three buttons. It also has two seconds hands to allow wearers to keep track of two events simultaneously. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial Chronometer GMT Chronograph (231.13.43.52.02.001) Image By: Watch Shopping There is always a Seamaster watch for everyone. If you are looking for a dashing timepiece that comes with a chronograph function, check out the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra GMT Chronograph (231.13.43.52.02.001). This classic dive watch comes in a 43mm stainless steel case paired with a dark brown leather strap. With its anti-reflective sapphire glass, screw-in crown, and exhibition-style rear case, the Seamaster Aqua Terra GMT Chronograph has a substantial water resistance capacity of 150m. Located at the side of the case are two elongated pushers that allow wearers to control the chronograph features of this Omega timepiece. The dial showcases a silvery-textured finish with faint vertical lines, reminiscent of the floorboards seen on luxury sailboats. It is furnished with luminous triangular indices, a slender GMT hand, a small seconds sub-dial, 60-minute and 12-hour counters, a date window at 6 o’clock, and a rose-gold plated arrow handset. This watch runs on an Omega Co-Axial Caliber 9605, which is a chronometer-rated self-winding movement with a 60-hour power reserve.  Wearers can purchase this handsome Omega chronograph for approximately $9,350 USD. 9. Tachymeter A tachymeter is a kind of watch complication used especially for measuring speed. Tachymeters work by measuring the miles or kilometers per hour at which something travels. For this complication to work, the wearer must be moving at a constant rate of speed and distance. Traditionally, the tachymeter is placed on the outer or inner bezel of the timepiece. The tachymeter is also commonly found on chronograph watches. TAG Heuer Formula One (CAZ2011.FT8024) Image By: Watch Shopping There are not many brands that can create top-notch racing chronographs like TAG Heuer does. Housed in a 44mm PVD-coated stainless steel case, the TAG Heuer Formula One (CAZ2011.FT8024) stands as a testament to how far the brand has come in its 160 years of unyielding service. Fixed at the top of the case is a black PVD-coated stainless steel bezel marked with a tachymetric scale which wearers can use to measure their speed. Although this Formula One watch is not a dive piece, it has an impressive depth rating of 200m. This watch’s face presents a beautiful canvas decorated with applied silver indices and blunt hands, three chronograph subdials outlined in silver, and a date section at 3 o’clock. Enclosed by a layer of scratch-resistant sapphire glass, this charming dial is preserved from the outside world. Operating this sporty timepiece is the TAG Heuer Caliber 16 Automatic, complete with its 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) balance frequency and 42-hour power reserve. This TAG Heuer watch fetches a price of $3,100 USD. 10. Perpetual Calendar Expensive and exceedingly rare, the perpetual calendar is one of the most elaborate complications that can exist on a watch. Between the perpetual calendar, the triple calendar, and the annual calendar watch complications, the perpetual calendar is by far the most precise out of them all. It is capable of accurately keeping track of the date, the day, the month, the year, and even the leap year. Because of its complex design and functionality, the perpetual calendar is primarily found on high-end luxury watches. Patek Philippe Grand Complications (5320G-001) Image By: Watch Shopping The perpetual calendar can come in various forms. For the Patek Philippe Grand Complication (5320G-001), this sophisticated complication is exhibited in an elegant and somewhat vintage style. The 40mm case of this Patek Philippe watch is crafted from luxurious 18K white gold and is sheltered on its front and back by layers of sapphire glass. Its lacquered cream dial consists of gold-applied Arabic numerals in a neat typeface and syringe hands coated with lume to provide optimal legibility in low light conditions. Apertures on the upper section of the dial show the day and month, while the sub-dial at the bottom presents the date and the moon phase indicator. On the right and left sides of the sub-dial, there are two small circular windows. The one on the right shows the leap year, while the one on the left serves as a day/night indicator. Beneath the dial is the self-winding perpetual calendar movement known as the Caliber 324. The caliber of this Grand Complications timepiece is made up of 367 components, including a 21K gold central rotor, a Spiromax balance spring, and a power reserve that, when fully wound, can last for up to 45 hours. As the most premium timepiece on this list, the Patek Philippe Grand Complication (5320G-001) is worth $92,260 USD. Final Thoughts Whether it is in analog or digital, a date function, or a perpetual calendar, watch complications never fail to give their wearers the greatest conveniences when they need it. Although these extra features are not core functions of the watch, it is hard to imagine our beloved timepieces without them. Apart from giving wearers more utility, watch complications also demonstrate the expertise and technical prowess of the watchmaker. Indeed, it is always neat to have a watch that can do more than tell the time. As the industry steadily grows and technology advances, watchmakers only continue to expand the list of what a wristwatch is capable of doing. Featured Image By: Patek Need a solid luxury dive watch that won’t cost you a fortune? Check out the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue and see if this is the watch you’ve been looking for.

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  3. 15 Best Altimeter Watches For The Passionate Outdoorsman

    15 Best Altimeter Watches For The Passionate Outdoorsman

    Many of the watches we have today are more than mere time-telling accessories. Over the decades, advances in watchmaking technology have allowed watchmakers to design timepieces with more specific, varied purposes. For example, we now have dive watches for seafaring adventurers, sports watches for outdoor enthusiasts, digital watches for those who love greater convenience, and many more. In this article, we will be focusing on a specific type of timepiece made just for the explorers out there: the altimeter watch. Read on to find out more about what an altimeter watch is and some of the best altimeter watches in the market today. What Is An Altimeter Watch?  First and foremost, altimeter watches are essentially timepieces that can measure altitude above a fixed level. Altimeter watches are equipped with barometric altimeters which use changes in air pressure to calculate the altitude the wearer is currently at. In analog timepieces, you can find different scales for altitude (in feet) and air pressure, with indicators that will illustrate the exact measurements. These scales can usually be found on the dial or bezel of the watch. Smartwatches and digital timepieces, on the other hand, have in-built altimeter functions which can quickly calculate your current altitude for you. These watches are perfect for all the tech-savvy explorers out there. 15 Best Altimeter Watches Without further ado, let us take look at some of the best altimeter watches you can get right now. 1. Oris Big Crown ProPilot Ref. 01 733 7705 423 First up on our list, we have the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Ref. 01 733 7705 423 with its robust and powerfully-built exterior. Just one glance at its rugged all-black profile, and you can already tell that this Oris watch is made to withstand the harsh conditions of the great outdoors.  Housed in a 47mm black-plated stainless steel case, this Oris Big Crown ProPilot piece showcases a complex watch face in black and a grey textile strap that perfectly complement each other. Accentuated by indicators in white, yellow, and red, the black dial consists of luminescent white hands and Arabic numerals, a small rectangular date window, an air pressure scale, and an altitude scale (in feet). Powering all these functions is an automatic Oris 733 Caliber, which is based on an SW 200-1 movement. This caliber comes with a solid 38-hour power reserve. You can get the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Ref. 01 733 7705 423 for approximately $4,340 USD. 2. Citizen Promaster Altichron Ref. BN5055-05E The next watch on this list, the Citizen Promaster Altichron Ref. BN5055-05E serves as the perfect timepiece for those in the beginning stages of their adventurer lifestyle. It has a very sporty and rugged build, but with an added hint of a cool, vintage vibe.  This Citizen watch is presented in a 47mm black stainless steel case, paired with a black and brown Cordura strap. Fitted on top of the case is a rustic bronze-tone rotating bezel that adds to the watch’s old-school aesthetic. This bezel is marked with white indicators for the electronic compass function, which you can use to navigate yourself out of any tight spots. The busy-looking watch face is also made up of a black dial with the following components: an analog time display, a square date window, a skeletal, arrow-shaped hand for the compass, and an altimeter function with a range of up to 32,000 feet. In addition, this Citizen Promaster timepiece is equipped with Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology, so it can be charged using various light sources. Retailing at just $595 USD, this is one of the best altimeter watches you can get at such an affordable price. 3. Casio Pro Trek Ref. PRW-60T-7AJF Next up, we have the Casio Pro Trek Ref. PRW-60T-7AJF which boasts a very quintessential sports watch vibe. As part of the brand’s renowned Pro Trek collection, this watch was designed to be a multi-functional, rugged outdoor timepiece through and through.  This Casio watch comes in a 47mm stainless steel case and bezel paired with a lightweight titanium bracelet, so it does not feel too heavy on your wrist despite its sizable build. This bezel, which is engraved with the names of 29 different cities, can be used to track 29 different time zones. The dial shows off a hybrid digital-analog display with luminescent sword hands, thick hour indices, and an LCD window on the lower half of the watch face. This model is also equipped with triple sensor technology, which means it comes with an altimeter-barometer, a compass, and a thermometer. On top of that, it also has a chronograph, a perpetual calendar, and a power reserve indicator. This watch is driven by a quartz movement that runs on solar energy. If you want an altimeter watch jampacked with a bunch of other functions, you can get the Casio Pro Trek Ref. PRW-60T-7AJF for just $609 USD. 4. Suunto 9 Baro Ref. SS050149000 The Suunto 9 Baro Ref. SS050149000 serves as the perfect companion for adventurers and those with active lifestyles. It is a multi-functional smartwatch that is built to last, regardless of whatever may come its way. Aside from the impressive features offered, this Suunto 9 watch is also highly regarded for its aesthetics, having been awarded the iF Design Award in 2019.  The Suunto 9 Baro Ref. SS050149000 is presented in a glass-fiber-reinforced polyamide case with a hardy titanium bezel and a comfortable silicone strap. The dial has a fully digital display with touchscreen capabilities and an LED backlight for optimal legibility even in poor lighting conditions. As mentioned, this watch comes with a multitude of functions, including 24/7 activity tracking, a GPS, an altimeter, a weather indicator, a variety of sports modes, and more. Powering this Suunto model is a rechargeable lithium battery with a lifespan of up to 14 days in time mode, so you need not worry about having to change this watch’s batteries. Retailing at $669 USD, this is one of the best all-around altimeter watches for explorers of any level.  5. Apple Watch Series 7  Another great watch option for those who want a timepiece with more handy features than just an altimeter is the Apple Watch Series 7. This is a great choice for novice adventurers who are not really looking for a professional outdoor watch, as it can be used for both active and casual days. The Apple Watch Series 7 comes in either a 41mm or 45mm case and is made from materials that you can customize to your liking. You can choose between titanium, aluminum, or stainless steel for the case and silicone, leather, stainless steel, or fluoroelastomer for the strap. In addition, on the rectangular retina dial display, you get access to the following: detailed health functions including blood oxygen tracking and ECG apps, music players, activity tracking, map functions, an altimeter, and lots more. Priced at $799 USD, this is recommended for those who want a customizable lifestyle watch that makes for a good companion outdoors as well. 6. Alpina AlpinerX Black/Orange For something that caters more to younger audiences, take a look at the Alpina AlpinerX Black/Orange. Our favorite thing about this piece is that it is something new from such a well-established Swiss brand, with its robust and highly modern design. With this timekeeper, Alpina has proven that Swiss watchmaking remains as resilient and innovative as ever. The AlpinerX is presented in a 45mm black-tone case and bi-directional compass bezel, both made out of stainless steel. This is paired with a vibrant orange strap of your choice, which can be made from either leather, rubber, or fabric. The dial has a hybrid display that showcases an analog layout, with luminous orange hands, white indices and hour markers, and a digital screen on the lower half of the dial. The outer rim of the dial is also colored bright orange, matching the AlpinerX Black/Orange’s strap and adding to its quirky, playful vibe. This watch also boasts a multitude of features, such as an altimeter-barometer, a compass, a connected GPS, a UV indicator, alarms, timers, and the like. It runs on a Horological Smartwatch MMT-283-1 movement, which has an impressive battery life of a little over 2 years. If you want a contemporary, Swiss-made altimeter watch to accompany you on your next adventure, you can get this piece for approximately $895 USD. 7. Garmin Fenix 6 Ref. 010-02410-23 The Garmin Fenix 6 Ref. 010-02410-23 is the go-to timepiece of many individuals who love staying fit both indoors and outdoors. It shows off a very cool, robust, and monochromatic design that is sure to complement virtually any type of attire.  This Garmin watch comes in a 47mm black case made of durable carbon fiber and is paired with either a silicone or titanium band. The dial has a touchscreen memory-in-pixel display with a resolution of 260 x 260 pixels. Performance-wise, it comes with excellent functions, from health monitoring and fitness tracking to environmental sensors and outdoor recreation. Of course, it would not be on this list if it did not have a barometric altimeter as well. This Garmin Fenix 6 timepiece is powered by a lithium-ion battery that you can charge using either electricity or solar energy. The Garmin Fenix 6 Ref. 010-02410-23 retails at around $729 USD. 8. Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar Ref. T121.420.47.051.04 Another great watch for the contemporary explorer is the Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar Ref. T121.420.47.051.04. This is yet another top-notch Swiss watch made for any and every kind of outdoor adventure. The best thing about this model is that it is the perfect combination of classic, sleek, and stylish. This Tissot T-Touch watch comes in a 47mm lightweight titanium case with anti-magnetic properties, a scratch-resistant black ceramic bezel, and a smooth rubber strap. Its compass bezel and dial are peppered with bright white and orange indicators, contrasting delightfully against the black exterior of the watch and enhancing its stylishness. The dial also shows off a hybrid digital-analog display, with luminous hands and a touchscreen feature. Outside of its time-telling capabilities, this watch is equipped with a perpetual calendar, an altimeter, a compass, a barometer, mobile connectivity, and more. This Tissot watch is powered by a quartz solar tactile movement that boasts Swiss craftsmanship. If you are interested, you can get this suave altimeter watch for $1,150 USD. 9. Casio Pro Trek Camper Line Ref. PRG-30-5  Next, we have another model from the iconic Casio Pro Trek collection, in the form of the Casio Pro Trek Camper Line Ref. PRG-30-5. As part of a selection of timepieces specially designed for camping, this is a truly quintessential outdoor watch. This particular Casio model comes in an oversized 51mm black resin case along with a silicon band in brown. It has a fully digital dial, with bold black fonts against a white backdrop and an LED backlight for better readability. Since this watch is optimized for the wilderness, it comes with numerous features designed to make the outdoors an easier experience, such as an altimeter, a barometer, a digital compass, a sunrise/sunset display, and low-temperature specifications. Inside its tough yet casual exterior, you can find a solar-powered battery driving this whole timepiece. The Casio Pro Trek Camper Line Ref. PRG-30-5 retails at just $370 USD. 10. Polar Grit X  The Polar Grit X is another digital sports watch made for outdoorsy folks who enjoy active lifestyles. It is known to be an incredibly tough timepiece that comes with loads of features meant to guide and help its wearer in every type of situation.  This Polar watch has a 47mm stainless steel case along with a reinforced polymer caseback and a durable silicone strap. The watch face showcases an always-on touchscreen display with anti-fingerprint coating, which ensures the dial will remain clean, highly legible, and not get smudged up just from touching. This timepiece has a multitude of functions all geared towards making your outdoor excursions smoother and more enjoyable, including swimming metrics, a running guide, weather information, GPS, compass, an altimeter in training mode, and the like. Just like most of the smartwatches on this list, the Polar Grit X runs on a rechargeable battery with up to 40 hours of battery life in training mode. The best part is that you do not have to spend thousands of dollars on this powerfully-built altimeter watch. The Polar Grit X has a price tag of approximately $499 USD. 11. Suunto 7 Ref. SS050382000 Another outstanding altimeter watch from Suunto is the Suunto 7 Ref. SS050382000. Despite being one of the predecessors to the aforementioned Suunto 9 Baro, this watch has its fair share of differences compared to the previous Suunto model we recommended. One important example of this would be their battery lives, as the Suunto 7 has a 2-day lifespan when fully charged, while the Suunto 9 Baro can run for up to 14 days. The Suunto 7 Ref. SS050382000 comes in a large 50mm glass-fiber-reinforced polyamide case with a rose gold-tone stainless steel bezel and a silicone strap. The dial features an AMOLED touch display with a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels. This watch comes with a barometric altimeter, GPS tracking & navigation, sports mode, a 24/7 activity tracker, and more. It is also driven by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery which has a 48-hour battery life in smartwatch mode.  If you felt like the Suunto 9 was a bit too complex for you, this Suunto 7 timepiece makes for a great alternative at just $429 USD.   12. Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 The Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 is another altimeter watch that boasts masterful Swiss craftsmanship. Unlike most of the altimeter watches mentioned on this list, this timepiece pulls off a fully analog display that pairs well with its bold, sporty design.  This Favre-Leuba watch stands out with its tonneau-shaped lightweight titanium case, paired with a bi-directional rotating bezel in black and an antelope grey leather strap. Its black dial consists of luminous silver hands and hour indices, a third hand in vibrant red for the altimeter function, a sub-dial for air pressure and altitude, a small seconds counter, a date window, and a power reserve indicator. All of these components are powered by an impressive, hand-wound FL311 caliber with a substantial 65-hour power reserve. Retailing at around $8,205 USD, this is one of the best altimeter watches that does not have a digital or touchscreen display.  13. Garmin Instinct Tundra Ref. 010-02064-01 For something a little different, check out the Garmin Instinct Tundra Ref. 010-02064-01, with its distinctive, light-colored exterior inspired by the vast tundra biome. This is one of the most highly recommended models from Garmin, a top brand for high-quality outdoor watches. The Garmin Instinct Tundra shows off a 45mm fiber case paired with a matching white silicone strap. The dial has a touchscreen display through which you can access the following features: a built-in compass and barometric altimeter, a heart rate monitor, smartphone notifications, and many sports/training functions. All these are made possible, thanks to the watch’s powerful battery which has a 14-day lifespan in smartwatch mode.  Priced at only $309 USD, this is one of the best value-for-money altimeter watches on the market. 14. Coros Apex 46mm The Coros Apex 46mm is a highly-regarded timepiece among those who love going on outdoor adventures. Whether you are on a leisure walk in the woods or a serious hiking expedition up a mountain, this watch is one of the best companions to take with you because of its multi-functionality.  This Coros Apex watch is presented in a 46mm black-tone aluminum case with a titanium bezel and a silicone strap of the same hue. The dial has an always-on memory LCD screen with a display size of 240 x 240 pixels. Rather than just being an altimeter watch, the Coros Apex 46mm ups the ante by incorporating features such as training and sports guides, health monitors (heart rate, blood oxygen, etc), and environmental sensors (GPS, compass, a barometric altimeter, etc). Lastly, it boasts a reliable battery life of up to 100 hours in UltraMax GPS mode and 30 days in regular use mode.   You can get your hands on the Coros Apex 46mm for around $350 USD. 15. Suunto Traverse Alpha Ref. SS022469000 Lastly, we have the Suunto Traverse Alpha Ref. SS022469000, which is a consistent recommendation when talking about tactile, outdoor altimeter watches. Right off the bat, it has a very cool and sleek design that will surely appeal to any explorer.  This Suunto Traverse Alpha piece is quite bulky, coming in a 50mm black composite case paired with a stocky stainless steel bezel and a textile strap in black. Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, it possesses a matrix display with an LED backlight for optimal legibility, no matter the circumstances. On top of that, this Suunto watch also incorporates a multitude of capabilities uniquely suited to the fervent adventurer: outdoor modes (for hiking, fishing, and hunting), sunrise/sunset time alerts, speed and distance trackers, an altimeter function through FusedAlti™, a compass, alarms, and more.  Priced at $580 USD, this is one of the most reliable companions you can bring on your different outdoor excursions.  Final Thoughts From the list above, you can tell that there is quite a wide variety available when it comes to altimeter watches in the market. Whether you want an analog piece or a highly versatile digital model, you are bound to find what you want and need. You also do not have to worry about spending thousands of dollars, since there are many outstanding models that come at affordable prices. That said, all the recommended altimeter watches listed above are indeed worth checking out!  Photo Credits: Official Watch Sites and WatchShopping  Interested in watch lists? 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  4. 15 Best Limited Edition Watches in the World

    15 Best Limited Edition Watches in the World

    Just like in the fashion industry, the watchmaking world also has its fair share of limited edition releases. Most, if not all, of the brands we know and love have released such special models at least once or twice. As such, there are plenty of timepieces out there whose productions were capped off at a certain number to make them more exclusive and appealing to watch enthusiasts and collectors. If you are the type of person who enjoys collecting limited edition watches, then you have come to the right place. In this article, we have curated a list of the best limited edition watches in the industry for your perusal.  15 Best Limited Edition Watches  1. Vacheron Constantin Métiers D’Art Year Of The Tiger  Starting off with a must-have limited edition watch released this year, we have the Vacheron Constantin Métiers D’Art Year Of The Tiger Ref. 86073/000R-B901. As part of its Legend of the Chinese Zodiac series, Vacheron Constantin has released 12 limited edition models, each representing one animal in the Chinese zodiac. As its name suggests, the Métiers D’Art Year Of The Tiger Ref. 86073/000R-B901 celebrates the upcoming Year of the Tiger in 2022 by showcasing a beautifully intricate Tiger dial design. Each watch in this festive collection has only 12 pieces available, which ups the Ref. 86073/000R-B901’s value as a true collector’s piece. The Ref. 86073/000R-B901 is presented in a 40mm exquisite rose gold case paired with a handsome alligator leather strap in black. The highlight of this watch is, of course, its 18K gold dial, which boasts a hand-engraved Tiger in enamel surrounded by detailed vegetal patterns. Powered by an automatic 2460 G4 caliber, this fierce watch face also contains 4 apertures that each correspond to the following functions: hour, minutes, day of the week, and date. With a price tag of around $111,426 USD, this is a great luxury model for those who enjoy traditional, artistic limited edition watches.  2. Breitling Superocean Heritage B01 Chronograph 44 Limited Edition Next up, we have the Breitling Superocean Heritage B01 Chronograph 44 Limited Edition Ref. UB01622A1L1S1, with its sophisticated yet sporty aesthetic. This watch was inspired by the original Superocean, which was launched back in the 1950s, but is equipped with modern-day elements and innovations. As a limited edition watch, only 500 pieces of this model were ever produced.  This Breitling Superocean piece has a 44mm stainless steel case paired with a mesh-style rubber strap and a unidirectional rotating bezel made of rose gold, with a gleaming black insert on top. The dial comes in a beautiful shade of sunburst green and consists of luminous arrow hands, rose gold hour indices, a chronograph display with 3 counters, and a date window. All these impressive functions are made possible through the self-winding Breitling 01 Caliber which has a 70-hour power reserve. Unlike many other limited edition watches which have very distinctive, one-of-a-kind designs, the Breitling Superocean Heritage B01 Chronograph 44 Limited Edition Ref. UB01622A1L1S1 serves as a more dressy, quintessential option. You can get your hands on this Breitling watch for around $10,545 USD. 3. Seiko Presage SPB223J1 Looking for a classy watch you can bring to your next office meeting? Check out the Seiko Presage SPB223J1. This watch was released back in July 2021, as part of Seiko’s 140th Anniversary Limited Edition series. As part of the Seiko Presage collection of dress watches, this timepiece simply radiates class, flaunting a more professional, modern aesthetic that would look great in the office or at a nice dinner party. Since this is a limited edition watch, only 3,500 pieces of the SPB223J1 were ever created. The Seiko Presage SPB223J1 comes in a 42mm stainless steel case and three-link bracelet paired with a striking GMT bezel in metallic blue. The clean white dial boasts a hemp leaf pattern and is adorned with luminous dauphine hands, silver hour indices, a date counter, and a power reserve indicator. On the underside of this watch, you can find a see-through caseback that allows you to observe the automatic 6R64 caliber driving this whole watch. This Seiko watch has a price tag of around $1,345 USD, making it one of the cheapest limited edition watches on this list. 4. Bvlgari Bvlgari Aluminum Ref. 103539  The Bvlgari Bvlgari Aluminum Ref. 103539 is a special edition model created in collaboration with one of the most popular DJs in the world, Steve Aoki. It boasts a quirky yet simple watch face with Aoki’s logo placed right at the center, identifying the creative genius of this watch. The most interesting thing about this Bvlgari piece is that the entire dial is coated with green Super-LumiNova pigment. When you look at the watch face in the dark, this creates a cool effect, reminiscent of the bright feature lighting in nightclubs, that emphasizes Aoki’s symbol. Indeed, the Bvlgari Bvlgari Aluminum Ref. 103539 deserves a spot on this list because of its unique and eccentric design that even non-fans would surely appreciate.  In terms of its specifications, this Bvlgari Bvlgari model has a 40mm aluminum and lightweight titanium case paired with a comfortable rubber strap in black. Aside from the aforementioned Super-LumiNova design, the dial also has blunt hour markers, luminous black stick hands, and a date window at 3 o’clock, all of which are powered by an automatic movement. If you turn the watch around, you can also find a solid steel caseback with Aoki’s name engraved on it. Retailing at around $3,450 USD, the Bvlgari Bvlgari Aluminum Ref. 103539 is a great option for both Steve Aoki fans and those who like unique dial designs in general. 5. OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond Our next limited edition watch is the OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond. This piece was created in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which features the legendary spy James Bond as the protagonist. With only 7,007 pieces in existence, OMEGA made sure to include both overt and secret elements related to our favorite double agent.   This OMEGA Seamaster watch is presented in a 42mm stainless steel case, with a rubber strap in black and a stainless steel rotating bezel. The bezel is also fitted with a black insert that is marked with an elapsed time scale in bold indicators. The dial has a mesmerizing gun-barrel pattern and is furnished with yellow gold hands, hour markers, and Bond’s symbol, all of which are coated with luminescent pigment. When you look at the watch in the dark, you can see the number 50 on the 10 o’clock marker, marking the aforementioned film’s 50th anniversary. On the side of the case, there is also a limited edition plate in luxurious yellow gold. Powered by OMEGA’s Co-Axial Calibre 8800 with a 55-hour power reserve, this $6,500 USD limited edition watch is a must-have for all 007 fans. 6. TAG Heuer Carrera Tiger Ref. WBN2050.FC6506 The TAG Heuer Carrera Tiger Ref. WBN2050.FC6506 is another model that pays tribute to 2022’s Chinese Year of the Tiger, albeit in a more understated way. Our favorite thing about this watch is that, although it is also based on the Chinese Tiger zodiac, it portrays its inspiration much more subtly so that it can be worn anytime, anywhere. You do not have to be a fan of the Chinese zodiac to get this watch because its simple and classy aesthetics are versatile enough to be appreciated by virtually everyone. That said, only 300 pieces of the TAG Heuer Carrera Tiger Ref. WBN2050.FC6506 were produced, so you might have some difficulty getting your hands on this watch. This TAG Heuer Carrera watch comes in a 41mm stainless steel case paired with a handsome blue leather strap and a matching blue dial. This dial bears a pattern of alternating blue and dark blue stripes and is reminiscent of the patterned pelt of a tiger. In addition, it is also adorned with luminous stick hands, rose gold-plated hour indices, and a day-date display outlined in rose gold at 3 o’clock. Beneath the watch face is a semi-open caseback with a tiger decal, offering a view of the watch’s high-performing Caliber 5 automatic movement. You can purchase this TAG Heuer limited edition watch for approximately $3,750 USD. 7. IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Spitfire Ref. IW503601  The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Spitfire Ref. IW503601 is a limited edition watch that draws its inspiration from a plane called the Supermarine Spitfire. This aircraft was used by the Royal Air Force during World War II and is very highly-regarded in the aviation world. As a tribute to this aircraft, IWC took all the positive aspects of the Supermarine Spitfire and transposed them into this striking pilot watch. As a limited edition piece, there are only 250 pieces of the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Spitfire available. This IWC Big Pilot watch has an oversized 46mm bronze case, along with a brown calfskin leather strap with white stitching and a dark green watch face. The busy dial is peppered with luminescent sword hands, white Arabic numerals in a highly legible typeface, and 4 submerged sub-dials. These sub-dials include a perpetual calendar, day of the week and day of the month displays, a small seconds sub-dial, a month counter, and even a year indicator. If you turn the watch around, you can find a see-through caseback. It offers a full view of the watch’s self-winding 52615 caliber, which has an incredible 168-hour power reserve. The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Spitfire Ref. IW503601 retails at around $33,125 USD. It is the perfect limited edition piece for those who want something multi-functional and vintage-inspired. 8. Zenith Defy Zero G Ref. 04.9000.8812/00.R920  Are you a fan of outer space? Then take a look at the Zenith Defy Zero G Ref. 04.9000.8812/00.R920, which is a space-inspired, limited edition watch with only 10 pieces in existence. With its highly-detailed watch face that is crafted entirely by hand, this is the perfect choice for those who want something truly sophisticated and unique. This Zenith Defy model comes in an unusual 46mm case made of transparent, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a textured rubber strap in blue. The dial shows off a galaxy-themed mosaic pattern and an open-work display through which you can see the watch’s iconic El Primero caliber. In addition, it is adorned with luminous silver hands and small hour indices, along with a power reserve indicator and a small seconds function on the right and left of the main dial. This Zenith limited edition piece sells at a price of $159,700 USD. 9. A.Lange & Sohne 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold Ref. 425.050 The next entry on this list of best limited edition watches is the A.Lange & Sohne 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold Ref. 425.050, which was launched back in 2020. This is actually one of three exclusive timepieces that perfectly reflect the legacy of Friedrich Albert Lange and pay tribute to all that he has done for horology. The production of this particular model was limited to only 100 pieces and it can only be purchased directly at the brand’s boutiques. This A.Lange & Sohne 1815 timepiece comes in a 41mm honey gold case and a gorgeous alligator leather strap in brown. This is complemented by a black dial featuring rose gold dauphine hands and stylized Arabic numeral markers, along with a tachymeter scale on the rim of the dial and a chronograph display with 2 counters. Underneath this elegant exterior is an L101.2 caliber which you can look at through the watch’s sapphire crystal caseback.  This A.Lange & Sohne timepiece is priced at around $147,050 USD. 10. Grand Seiko SBGW263  The Grand Seiko SBGW263 is a beautifully-crafted timepiece that was made in celebration of the brand’s 60th year anniversary. This dressy watch was inspired by Shizukuishi, which is a small town in Iwate, Japan, where Grand Seiko’s headquarters are located. Only 20 pieces of the Grand Seiko SBGW263 were ever produced, with each piece being carefully hand-crafted and engraved by a prolific team of master watchmakers. Indeed, this watch stands out as one of the best limited edition watches ever made, with its timeless design and intricate details. The Grand Seiko SBGW263 is encased in a 39mm platinum case that shows off brushed and Zaratsu-polished surfaces, giving it an unmistakable Grand Seiko luster. This is paired with a high-quality crocodile leather strap in black. The dial, which is made entirely out of luxurious 18K white gold, features engraved hour markers, silver dauphine hands, and a blued steel seconds hand that adds a touch of handsome color to this otherwise monochrome watch. Underneath all this is a 9S64 Caliber with a 72-hour power reserve. This movement is kept safely behind a solid caseback with an 18K yellow gold disc. As the pinnacle of Japanese craftsmanship, this watch is priced at around $97,000 USD. 11. Hamilton American Classic PSR MTX Ref. H52434130 The next watch on this list is also the most unconventional one: the Hamilton American Classic PSR MTX Ref. H52434130. This piece is a reinvention of one of Hamilton’s most iconic watches, the Hamilton Pulsar, and was made to celebrate the release of the film The Matrix Resurrections. The production of this Hamilton American Classic watch was limited to just 1,999 pieces. The Hamilton American Classic PSR MTX Ref. H52434130 is a sleek all-black timepiece, with a black-plated stainless steel case and three-link bracelet. Powered by a quartz movement, the dial of this watch has a digital display that flashes large numerals in a green typeface. On the underside of the watch, there is a solid stainless steel caseback with inscriptions of a digital rain pattern that is attributed to the movie. Retailing at around $1,080 USD, this is a must-have piece for both Matrix fans and those who want a cool, vintage-inspired digital watch. 12. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Knife Ref. 1152520 The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Knife Ref. 1152520 is one of the most quintessential-looking timepieces on this list. Just like the previous model, this Jaeger-LeCoultre watch was also made in collaboration with a film, in this case, Kingsman. Everything about this piece exudes elegance and sophistication, which explains why it has dress watch enthusiasts simply drooling at the sight of this. As a limited edition watch, there were only 100 pieces of this model made. This Jaeger-LeCoultre Master watch comes in a 40mm pink gold case and a leather strap in brown. Its white dial follows a straightforward layout, bearing nothing but blued steel hands and painted hour indices. Despite its simple exterior, this watch is powered by an impressive, ultra-thin mechanical Caliber 849 with a thickness of just 1.85mm. Priced at approximately $31,740 USD, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Knife Ref. 1152520 can make anyone look sophisticated and dapper.  13. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar China Ref. 26609TI.OO.1220TI.01 The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar China Ref. 26609TI.OO.1220TI.01 is an interesting special edition piece. It is limited not just in terms of how many pieces were produced, but also in terms of where it was released. As you might have guessed from its name, this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch is exclusive to the Chinese market. Furthermore, Audemars Piguet produced only 88 pieces of this model, since 8 is considered an auspicious number in Chinese culture. Indeed, if you do not live in China, or don’t have connections, the chances of you getting your hands on this timepiece are quite slim. This watch possesses a full titanium exterior, giving it a very lightweight and highly scratch-resistant profile. Measuring 41mm in diameter, this is an average-sized timepiece that can fit comfortably around all sorts of wrists. It also bears the iconic Royal Oak octagonal bezel and Grande Tapisserie dial in slate grey. The watch face is furnished with applied hour indices, luminescent stick hands, and 4 black sub-dials for the month, day, date, and day/night functions. Driving all this is a self-winding Caliber 5134 which boasts a 40-hour power reserve and contains 38 jewels. If you are set on trying to get this sleek, multi-functional watch, be prepared to shell out at least $92,500 USD.   14. Bell & Ross 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic Ref. BR0392-RRDR-CE/SRB The Bell & Ross 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic Ref. BR0392-RRDR-CE/SRB is a very distinct and powerful-looking timepiece cleverly inspired by flight control instruments. This watch’s distinct, avant-garde design is one that truly cannot be compared to any other. As a limited edition watch, only 999 pieces of the Bell & Ross 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic Ref. BR0392-RRDR-CE/SRB were ever produced. This Bell & Ross piece is presented in a 42mm ceramic case with superb scratch-resistance and can be paired with either a rubber strap or a synthetic fabric band, both in black. Protected by a red sapphire crystal, the striking sector dial resembles the radar of a plane, with an outer disc for the hours and an inner disc for the minutes. The hour and minute “hands” innovatively take the shape of small airplane markers, while the seconds “hand” is presented as a straight red line that sweeps across the dial. All of these functions are powered by the watch’s self-winding BR-CAL.302 movement. If you are a fan of robust and eccentric timepieces, you can get the Bell & Ross 03-92 Red Radar Ceramic Ref. BR0392-RRDR-CE/SRB for around $4,350 USD. 15. Glashutte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar Ref. 1-36-02-03-04-30 Lastly, we have the Glashutte Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar Ref. 1-36-02-03-04-30, which is another sophisticated, intricately-crafted limited edition watch. The production of this model was capped off at just 100 pieces, making it a rather hard-to-get luxury timepiece. This is one of the best limited edition watches in the market because of its detailed, masterfully crafted dial that makes it look like a true work of art. This Glashutte Original piece comes in a 42mm white gold case paired with a Louisiana alligator leather strap in blue. Its sleek anthracite dial features a skeletonized display that allows you to peek through the movement below. Aside from that, it is also decorated with applied hour indices, blued steel hands, a small seconds sub-dial, day-date-month windows, and an elegant moon phase indicator. This watch is driven by a self-winding Caliber 36-02, which boasts an impressive power reserve of up to 100 hours. Priced at around $35,600 USD, this Glashutte Original Senator would make a lovely addition to any person’s watch collection. Final Thoughts  The concept of limited edition watches is a prominent concept in the luxury watchmaking industry. This is primarily because it places emphasis on the exclusivity and rarity of certain models, which are things that are highly valued by watch collectors and enthusiasts. Although the vast majority of limited edition watches are produced by famous luxury watch brands, there are some mass-marketed brands that also release special models and exclusive collections at more affordable prices. Indeed, the list we have provided above really only scratches the surface of what limited edition watches have to offer. So, if you have the means to get a limited edition timepiece that you like, then you should definitely do your research and go for it. Photo Credits: Official Watch Sites Want to read more listicles? Check out our piece on the 10 Best Two-Tone Watches!

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  5. 10 Best Two-Tone Watches Worth Your Attention

    10 Best Two-Tone Watches Worth Your Attention

    One of the very first things people notice when choosing a wristwatch is the color and design. Whether you are a casual wearer or an experienced watch connoisseur, most people will often opt for timepieces that sport a single colorway, as they are more quintessential and timeless. Indeed, a watch with a sleek and understated construction is truly pleasing to look at. However, not everyone is satisfied with a simple-looking and straightforward watch. In order to really make a statement, many watch enthusiasts prefer wearing more unique, eye-catching pieces such as two-tone watches. Bearing a luxurious, stylish appeal, these two-tone watches can easily upgrade any outfit. With their solid builds and pristine finishes, they can also leave a great impression and make you stand out in the most interesting way possible. If you have been wanting to take the plunge into this long-standing trend, we have got you covered. We curated a list of some of the best two-tone watches that should be on your radar. Given the many manufacturers that offer them and the various styles available in the market today, you are bound to find a two-tone piece that perfectly suits your budget and fashion. What is a Two-Tone Watch? Offering the best of both worlds, a two-tone or bi-color watch refers to a timekeeper made out of stainless steel and solid gold. The gold in this instance be either luxurious yellow gold or the more elegant rose gold. Although it may seem like “two-tone” refers to pieces crafted out of materials in two different colors, the term is actually more often associated with the above-mentioned metals. In most cases, luxury watch brands like Rolex and Omega tend to use stainless steel to craft the case, while gold is mainly reserved for decorative purposes. The gold is typically incorporated into the watches’ bezel, hands, crown, and center links. These two-tone watches are lavish, dressy, and are perfect for those who prioritise looks and function equally. The Rise of Two-Tone Watches The roots of two-tone watches can be traced back to the early 1920s when the popularity of pocket watches was at its peak. A lot of two-toned pocket timepieces back then had stainless steel cases paired with gold dials, hands, and necklaces. In the early 1930s, Rolex rolled out its own glorious, patented two-tone watches called the Rolesor. Exquisite and very well-made, these pieces usually had stainless steel cases and bracelets, with the bezel, crown, and center links made from 18K gold. One of the first two-tone offerings of this famous Swiss brand was the Rolex Prince, which has been discontinued since 2015. In 1948, the brand’s signature Rolesor style made its first appearance in the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust collection. Today, it is nearly impossible not to think of this iconic model when talking about two-tone watches. Growing Popularity Bi-metal watches continued to thrive in the next 40 years. Aside from Rolex, other prominent brands like Vacheron Constantin also started to produce their own handsome pieces crafted from a blend of steel and gold. While Rolex focused on delivering gorgeous Rolesor dress watches, Vacheron Constantin produced artistic bi-color chronographs that were multifunctional and attractive. Two-tone watches suddenly became incredibly in-demand and famous during the 1980s — the era of materialism and consumerism. Often associated with the rise of cable networks, technology, and blockbuster films like American Psycho and Wolf on Wall Street, this decade is also considered as the golden era for bi-color timepieces. These watches were the top choice of many enthusiasts and traders, with their unique and lavish looks. In fact, the Rolex Datejust, with its signature Rolesor aesthetic, was the go-to watch of many young urban professionals, or “yuppies”, back then. Indeed, Rolex played a huge role in the proliferation and popularity of two-tone watches. Although the trend of two-tone watches declined briefly in the 1990s, today, they are starting to receive appreciation from watch enthusiasts again, especially from younger audiences. These timepieces are ideal for those who have a larger budget and are looking for something stylish and flashy. With so many brands producing a variety of excellent two-tone watches today, there is little doubt that these iconic mixed-metal timekeepers will only continue to rise. Two-Tone Watches: Our 10 Best Picks 1. Rolex Explorer Ref. 124273-0001 It seems only fair to begin this list with a sophisticated piece from the brand that started the trend of two-tone wristwatches. Sporting the signature Rolesor design, the Rolex Explorer Ref. 124273-0001 is one of the chicest and most lustrous two-tone watches out there. Exuding an aura of sheer class, this Rolex Explorer model comes in a 36mm case made of yellow gold and the brand’s proprietary Oystersteel material, which is a type of steel that is exceptionally resistant to scratches and corrosion. This is paired with a fixed bezel also made of solid gold, and a three-link bracelet with Oystersteel outer links and gold inner links. The jet-black analog dial has a straightforward layout, with baton indices, sizeable Arabic numeral markers, and Mercedes hands — all coated with luminous elements. A sapphire crystal is also fitted on top of the case to protect the dial from any scratches and impacts. With a decent water resistance capacity of 100 meters, this two-tone watch can accompany you on your swims and snorkeling endeavors. It is powered by a COSC-certified Caliber 3230 movement that beats at 28,000 vibrations per hour. You can purchase this striking watch for approximately $11,550 USD. 2. Tissot T-Gold Gentleman Powermatic 80 Ref. 927.407.41.031.00 Next up, we have a piece from Tissot, another reputable luxury Swiss watchmaker that offers timepieces in a wide variety of styles, colorways, sizes, and finishes. Although this brand has tons of two-tone watches for men under its belt, nothing beats the Tissot T-Gold Gentleman Powermatic 80 Ref. 927.407.41.031.00, which stands out with its pristine finish, simple dial, and exquisite rose gold-and-silver combination. This Tissot T-Gold watch has a brushed 40mm 316L stainless steel case and a bezel made from 18K rose gold. It boasts a standard thickness of 10.6mm and a lug width of 20mm, which makes it ideal for everyday wear. The stainless steel crown on the right of the watch sports teeth-like edges for an easier grip. This Tissot model flaunts a silver dial with a beautiful sunburst finish, which is adorned with rose gold baton indices, luminous dauphine hands, and a small date window outlined in rose gold. This watch can also withstand water pressures of up to 50 meters. It runs on a self-winding Caliber 80.811 movement, which has a whopping power reserve of 80 hours. If you prefer two-tone watches with a softer appearance, then this Tissot piece is a solid choice. It costs around $1,495 USD only. 3. Tudor Black Bay Chrono S&G Ref. M79363N-0003 Lauded for its dark but dapper appearance, the Tudor Black Bay Chrono S&G Ref. M79363N-0003 will look good with any outfit. With its bold, sporty look, this is one of the most impressive Black Bay pieces to date. Reliable in every way, this Tudor watch runs on a COSC-certified Caliber MT5813 automatic movement with an impressive 70-hour power reserve. It is water-resistant up to depths of 200 meters, which makes it the perfect diving companion to boot. It comes in a 41mm stainless steel case, with wide, brushed lugs made of the same material and a comfortable black fabric strap. This is paired with a fixed yellow gold bezel which has a matte black aluminium insert marked with a tachymetric scale in yellow gold. The dial is equally masculine, coming in a black hue with a cool matte finish. It gorgeously contrast the luminous geometric hour markers, signature large snowflake hands, and submerged gold sub-dials. Aside from that, the face of this Tudor Black Bay watch also bears a thin red seconds hand with a vibrant red tip for easier time-telling, and a small date display at 6 o’clock. This fully-functional, bi-color watch retails at $5,740 USD. 4. Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Ref. 210.20.42.20.01.001 Currently scouting for a watch ideal not only during formal events but also for everyday wear? The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Ref. 210.20.42.20.01.001 might be the answer to your prayers. This two-tone watch is an actual stunner, thanks to its exceptional proportions and organized dial layout. This model’s gorgeous rose gold and silver composition add a lavish, modern spin to the brand’s legendary Seamaster diving watch. This Omega watch boasts a 42mm stainless steel case and a matching bracelet largely made of the same material. This is paired with an exquisite rose gold bezel, which is fitted with a black, scratch-resistant ceramic insert. The insert is decorated with huge Ceragold™ markers for the watch’s elapsed time scale, and this goes perfectly with the matching rose gold crowns on the right and left sides of the case. One interesting thing about the bracelet is that, unlike other brands which choose to have their center links all in gold, Omega has instead opted to integrate rose gold into just the outer edges of the strap connector, giving it a more understated look. The dial of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Ref. 210.20.42.20.01.001 also comes in a posh black hue, with a pattern of laser-engraved waves that suits this watch’s classification as a dive watch. The dial is adorned with luminous dot and baton indices and large skeleton hands. This watch is powered by an automatic caliber 8800, with 55 hours of power reserve and an anti-magnetic resistance rating of 15,000 Gauss. This same mechanism is also METAS-certified, so you do not have to worry about its longevity or precision. You can purchase this two-tone watch for approximately $10,500 USD. 5. Cartier Santos De Cartier Ref. W2SA0009 Oozing with class, this next piece from the watch and jewelry giant, Cartier, is one of the most recognizable two-tone watches in the market. The Cartier Santos De Cartier Ref. W2SA0009 deviates from the usual norm with its distinctive square-shaped case. As a part of the brand’s prestigious Santos de Cartier collection, which first launched in 1904, this two-tone piece is a testament to the brand’s creativity and passion for French craftsmanship. This particular Cartier men’s watch comes in a well-polished, slender 35mm stainless steel case and a fixed bezel made out of 18K yellow gold. This is paired with a shiny steel bracelet equipped with gold screws. With the watch’s QuickSwitch system, you can quickly and easily change the strap into a leather one based on your mood. The bracelet also comes with a SmartLink system, which allows you to adjust the band’s length to fit your wrist comfortably without needing any extra tools. Its straightforward dial is the true stand-out here, boasting a clean white hue and embellished with railroad-like patterns in the shape of a square at the center. Giving off a vintage feel, this dial also features large Roman numeral indices in black, in addition to the sleek blued steel hands. This Santos de Cartier watch relies on a 23-jewel Caliber 1847 automatic movement. It has a frequency of 28,800 vph and an average 42-hour power reserve. Priced at $11,300 USD, this bi-color timekeeper is also water-resistant up to depths of 100 meters. 6. Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5980/1AR For those who prefer two-tone watches with a riveting twist, then the Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5980/1AR is the best choice. With its extraordinary shape, clean lines, and visually appealing design, this timepiece is sure to turn heads. Hailing from Patek Philippe’s most famous collection, the Nautilus, this masculine bi-color timepiece sports a 40.5mm rose gold and stainless steel case and the iconic octagonal-shaped bezel, which also comes in rose gold. On the case, you can find a large screw-down crown, two elongated pushers, and long crown guards, all of which are crafted from rose gold too. This is paired with a thick steel and rose gold bracelet with a fold-over clasp. The watch’s gradient blue dial boasts a striking layout, with embossed horizontal lines that give this Nautilus model more edge. It is furnished with gold applied baton hour markers, luminous Obelisque hands, and a date aperture at 3 o’clock that is outlined with rose gold. Taking up the lower half of the dial is a chronograph sub-dial separated into two layers, which consists of the 12-hour, 30-minute, and 60-second counters. Aside from bearing a 120-meter depth rating, this Patek Philippe piece runs on a 35-jewel Caliber CH 28-520 C automatic movement. This engine has a maximum power reserve of 55 hours and beats at 28,800 vph. You can even witness it at work through the watch’s sapphire crystal caseback. Priced at around $71,350 USD, this is the most expensive option on this list. 7. Bvlgari Bvlgari Ref. 102930 Here we have another outstanding contender in the best two-tone watches category. This timepiece from Bvlgari has a simple yet luxurious appeal, like many of the brand’s other offerings. It might not come with any overly complex complications, but the Bvlgari Bvlgari Ref. 102930 makes a bold statement with its straightforward and clean dial layout and solid build. This Bvlgari Bvlgari men’s watch has a 41mm round stainless steel case with a neat brushed finish and a wide bracelet that holds intricate 18K rose gold links. This metal strap also has a folding clasp, so you can securely and tightly keep it on your wrist. But what is really attention-grabbing about this watch is its large and detailed bezel. To match the aesthetic of the bracelet, Bvlgari crafted this bezel using solid 18K rose gold. Sporting a brushed finish, it has two large, engraved “Bvlgari” logos on its top and bottom. Contrasting the subtler hues of the watch’s exterior is its cool black dial, which comes in a matte finish. It is furnished with slim rose gold baton indices, Arabic numeral markers, sword hands, and a black date window at 3 o’clock that blends in with the black backdrop of the dial. With a water resistance capacity of 50 meters, this men’s watch runs on a Caliber BVL 191 automatic movement. It has 42 hours’ worth of power reserve and a frequency of 28,800 vph. You can take this Bvlgari Bvlgari watch home by shelling out at least $12,000 USD. 8. Longines HydroConquest Ref. L3.742.3.56.7 Longines is yet another premier watchmaker from Switzerland. They create excellent purpose-built timepieces that truly exceed expectations. One exceptional two-tone watch from this classic brand is the Longines HydroConquest Ref. L3.742.3.56.7. This watch looks a little like the aforementioned Rolex Explorer Ref. 124273-0001 model, but differs in being a dive watch with a more complex look. It comes in a 41mm brushed stainless steel case and a matching stainless steel bezel that is coated in yellow gold PVD. The fact that this watch does not use solid gold serves to explain why it is relatively cheaper than the other two-tone watches included on this list. This Longines timepiece also has a unidirectional bezel with a black insert that is marked with an elapsed time scale in gold and a large screw-in crown at 3 o’clock. The dial of this watch is rather busy-looking, exhibiting luminous hour indices and geometric markers, large Arabic numerals, thick diamond hands, a minute track in white near the rim of the dial, and a date window at 3 o’clock. Driven by a Caliber L888 self-winding movement, this watch beats at 25,200 vph and has an impressive power reserve of 72 hours. It is also water-resistant up to depths of 300 meters, so you can easily bring this bi-color timepiece for a deep dive. This Longines HydroConquest watch retails at just $1,410 USD. 9. Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Ref. UB0121211F1P1 Breitling is best known for creating rugged, heavy-duty aviator watches. And with the Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Ref. UB0121211F1P1, the brand has one-upped itself, creating a robust, powerful pilot watch that is even dressy enough to be worn to a dinner party too. This watch boasts a commanding appeal that would surely tickle any man’s fancy. This Navitimer model boasts a 43mm stainless steel case, large steel pushers, and thick lugs, all paired with a black alligator leather strap that is secured with a stainless steel tang buckle. The most arresting thing about this watch is its bezel, which comes in solid 18K rose gold, with gear-like edges that make it easier to grip while also giving it a more functional look. On top of this bezel, you can find a huge insert that is separated into two different sections, with a slide rule in white and a tachymeter marked on the black portion. The dial of this watch is also quite busy-looking. It bears a masculine sunburst grey finish and features elegant rose gold-tone baton indices and sword hands, along with a chronograph display that has three black sub-dials and rose gold hands, and a date window at 4 o’clock. Powered by an in-house Breitling 01 caliber, this watch has a solid power reserve of 70 hours. Sumptuous and well-made, this Breitling model retails at $10,300 USD. 10. Rolex Datejust 36 Ref. 126231-0013 For all the ladies reading this article, do not worry, as we have something for you too. One of the most desirable two-tone watches in the market is the classic Rolex Datejust, which is simply a sight to behold. The Datejust 36 Ref. 126231-0013 serves as a contemporary interpretation of the original models from the mid-1940s, with some modern updates and improved performance. This watch comes in a slim 36mm Oystersteel case with an elegant, fluted bezel made from Everose gold. It has wide lugs, a mid-sized crown made of rose gold, and a Jubilee bracelet in the Rolesor style, with rose gold center links and Oystersteel outer links. The dial of this watch comes in a stronger, slate grey hue. It has a clean and simple layout, with luminous baton hour indices and simple stick hands, a date window at 3 o’clock protected by a Cyclops lens, and a Chromalight display that allows for greater legibility in the dark. This mixed-metal watch is driven by a Caliber 3235 automatic movement with a 70-hour power reserve and an impeccable accuracy rating of -2/+2 seconds per day. You can score this exquisite timepiece for around $12,835 USD. Final Thoughts All in all, two-tone watches will make you recognise that wearing pieces with bolder styles is not a bad idea after all. Although some may treat them as cheap and tacky, these bi-color pieces will surely make you the center of any conversation. Indeed, many brands have been plunging head-first into this trend in the hopes of reviving the glory of two-tone watches. While it can be difficult to determine which piece might suit you best, given the numerous options in the market, the sheer variety available also means that you will certainly be able to find a two-tone watch that perfectly suits your lifestyle and budget. As long as you know what you need, you will be able to cop a good piece equipped with reliable mechanisms and compelling features. We hope you have found some great options to add to your collection through this list. If you are looking for other robust and attractive timepieces, to add to your growing collection, then make sure to check out our comprehensive guides on Gorilla Watches, Glycine Airman, and Seiko Credor. Photos from the brands’ official websites, unless stated otherwise.

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  6. 15 Bauhaus Watches Worth Checking Out

    15 Bauhaus Watches Worth Checking Out

    One of the greatest things about watchmaking is how greatly it has evolved over the years. With the advent of industrialization and modern tech, this is especially true of the last century. While traditional, classic-style timepieces are still loved and used today, innovations in designs and technology have opened new doors for watchmakers. Today, collectors and enthusiasts have countless watch options to choose from, all with different aesthetics and specifications. A perfect example of this would be the rise of Bauhaus watches. These Bauhaus models do not necessarily follow the same stylistic codes as older, quintessential timekeepers, yet the Bauhaus watch style has been consistently gaining popularity and leverage in horology in the past few decades. Today, we will be focusing on this particular design phenomenon and everything you need to know about it. For those whose interests are piqued, we have also curated a list of the top 15 Bauhaus watches you should definitely consider adding to your collection. All About the Bauhaus Movement  The term “Bauhaus” can be used to refer to a number of different, but related, things. First of all, Bauhaus is both a design movement that originated from Germany back in the early 1900s and the name of the school that started this movement. It started out as a school dedicated to art, with the main goal being to bring together different forms of art whilst eradicating the social distinctions attached to them as well. Bauhaus designs are characterized by abstract elements like simple geometric shapes and contrasting colors. Today, Bauhaus in watchmaking is used to refer to a simple, minimalistic design that is highly influenced by the original design movement. One of the greatest things about Bauhaus watches is their ability to balance contemporary style with practicality. Bauhaus watches focus a lot on essential, abstract design elements instead of traditional ornamentations, stripping down models to the bare minimum in order to achieve a more elegant aesthetic and functional layout. Bauhaus watches have become increasingly popular today, especially with the recent rise of minimalism in art, lifestyle, and the like. Elements of Bauhaus Watches Before we get into the list of best Bauhaus watches proper, let us take a look at some common elements and characteristics typically found in these watches. Only the Bare Necessities  The beauty of the Bauhaus design lies in its balance of functionality and art. As such, one of the main characteristics of Bauhaus watches is that they use only what is deemed absolutely essential. This means that the watch face of a Bauhaus watch is very simple and typically has little to no ornamentations or complex complications. Instead of diamond-set bezels and heavily patterned dials, the dials of Bauhaus watches have straightforward, minimalist layouts with modern details instead. Slim Cases  This element is not something that applies to all Bauhaus watches, but it is definitely quite common. Oftentimes, Bauhaus watchmakers opt for relatively slim cases because that is what goes well with the simple and minimalist aesthetic of the Bauhaus watch’s dial. A slender case allows the already stripped-down watch face to still stand out and not be overpowered by the other components of the watch. In addition, it also adds a certain elegance and modernity to the entire timepiece.  Contemporary Dial Components  Finally, Bauhaus watches tend to possess more contemporary dial components. In a lot of watches today, you can find Roman or Arabic numerals in classic typefaces, oversized hour markers, and quintessential-looking hands with luminescent coatings. These are all traditional watch elements that have been used for centuries now. Bauhaus watches, however, favor a shift towards more modern, organic design codes. Slim fonts, simple and minimalist shapes, and subdued colors are some of the more prominent details found in Bauhaus watches. 15 Best Bauhaus Watches 1. Junghans Max Bill Ref. 027/3702.04 Let us start off this list with the Junghans Max Bill Ref. 027/3702.04, which serves as a classic representation of a Bauhaus watch. Thanks to its monochromatic overall design, it boasts a very sleek and contemporary look. This model comes in a 34mm stainless steel case paired with a quintessential black leather strap. The black dial features slim sword-shaped hands, Arabic numerals in a simple geometric typeface, and stick indices that make up the minute track on the rim of the dial. Underneath this straightforward exterior, you will find the J805.1 caliber, a manual-winding movement with a 42-hour power reserve.  If you are looking for a truly authentic Bauhaus watch, this Junghans Max Bill piece might just be what you need. Even better, it retails at an affordable price of just $729 USD. 2. Nomos Glashuette Tangente 38 Ref. 165.S4 Next, we have a striking model from one of the best brands for Bauhaus watches, Nomos Glashuette. The Nomos Glashuette Tangente 38 Ref. 165.S4 is a simple and lovely option for those who enjoy quieter timepieces. This watch comes in a 37.5mm stainless steel case and a leather bracelet in black. Its dial has a lovely pastel beige hue, with the minute track, in particular, having a pastel red backdrop. It is furnished with thin black hands, elongated Arabic numerals in a modern font, stick indices, and a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock. This Nomos Glashuette Tangente watch is powered by a manual-winding, Alpha manual caliber with a 43-hour power reserve. For $1,749 USD, you get this versatile and casual watch which makes for a great everyday accessory. 3. Skagen Melbye Ref. SKW6007  Even though Skagen is a Danish brand that draws inspiration from its Scandinavian roots and lifestyle, a lot of its models can pass as Bauhaus watches. The Skagen Melbye Ref. SKW6007, for example, is a rather minimalist timepiece that makes use of essential timekeeping elements in a creative way. This Skagen Melbye piece has a 40mm stainless steel case along with a sophisticated mesh bracelet of the same material. The grey dial features luminescent silver hands, slim indices, Arabic numerals, and an inner minute track in vibrant orange. You can also find a three-hand system and a day-date display, outlined in silver, both of which are driven by a quartz movement.  If you prefer unique, Bauhaus-inspired watches, you simply have to fork out $175 to get your hands on this lovely timepiece.   4. Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope Ref. 027/4008.04 The Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope Ref. 027/4008.04 is a more multifunctional and understated approach to Bauhaus watches. Since it makes use of just the bare essentials, the design of its watch face truly stands out. This Junghans Max Bill model has a 40mm stainless steel case and a calf leather strap in suave grey. The stark white dial showcases slim hands, Arabic numerals in a contemporary, compact font, stick indices, a day-date display, and two sub-dials. All these are powered by a self-winding, J880.2 caliber that boasts an excellent power reserve of 42 hours.  With a price tag of $2,059, this Junghans watch is a worthy and reliable investment for all true Bauhaus enthusiasts out there.  5. Nomos Glashuette Tetra Neomatik 39 Ref. 422 The Nomos Glashuette Tetra Neomatik 39 Ref. 422 serves as a distinct and more unconventional Bauhaus watch. Even at a single glance, it is bound to make an impression since it does not follow the build of a traditional timepiece. This Nomos Glashuette Tetra watch comes in a 46mm square-shaped, stainless steel case paired with a black leather strap. Its midnight blue dial consists of thin silver hands, slim indices, trendy Arabic numerals, and a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock, with a vibrant red hand that adds a striking contrast to the watch face. Underneath this stylish, modern watch face, you can find a DUW 3001 automatic caliber with a power reserve of up to 42 hours.  While Bauhaus watches are already considered somewhat unorthodox, this model takes it to a whole new level — thanks to its distinct shape and sharper colors. If you want a creative, unique accessory, you can purchase this watch for around $3,980 USD!  6. Sinn Classic Timepieces 1739 Ref. 1739.012 In comparison to the other models on this list, the Sinn Classic 1739 is probably the closest to a traditional analogue timepiece. It does not utilize typical modern-day elements, such as unique fonts or subtle pops of color, yet it fulfills the most important criteria of Bauhaus watches: using only the bare essentials for optimal functionality. This Sinn piece is presented in a 39mm stainless steel case along with a black calfskin leather bracelet. The matching black dial is furnished very simply, with just slim stick-shaped hands and hour markers in silver. This watch is powered by a self-winding DIN 8309 caliber. If you cannot decide whether to go for a traditional watch or for a Bauhaus model, the Sinn Classic 1739 serves as the ideal in-between. You can get it for around $2,329 USD!  7. Nomos Glashuette Metro 1112 Here we have another piece from Nomos Glashuette, but this time, in the form of the Metro 1112 model. This watch is the perfect combination of fun, casual, and straightforward. It boasts a stylish and versatile aesthetic that is easy to pair with any style and is sure to pop against any outfit. This Bauhaus watch comes in a sleek, silver 38.5mm stainless steel case with a quintessential black leather strap. Its dial has a dark grey hue. It is wonderfully contrasted against ultra-thin silver hands, pastel green geometric circles in lieu of hour markers, green Arabic numerals for the minute track, and a small seconds counter with a sharp red seconds hand. Underneath this handsome watch face, you can find an in-house Alpha caliber that follows a manual-winding movement. For around $1,825 USD, you can get this laid-back and well-crafted Bauhaus watch. 8. MeisterSinger New Vintage Ref. NE903N_SV12 The MeisterSinger New Vintage Ref. NE903N_SV12 serves as a vintage-inspired take on Bauhaus watches. This MeisterSinger New Vintage watch has a 36mm stainless steel case and a textured leather strap in dark brown that enhances its old-school look. The nostalgia-influenced ivory dial also stands out, with its Arabic numerals in a basic font, a minute track made up of stick indices, a circular date window at 6 o’clock, and the signature MeisterSinger singular hand. This model is equipped with an automatic ETA 2824-2 movement with a 38-hour power reserve. If you are a fan of both Bauhaus designs and vintage aesthetics, this watch is a perfect blend of both. You can get it for around $1,295 USD!   9. Sternglas Chrono White  Next up, we have the Sternglas Chrono White which is basically a Bauhaus version of the ever-so-popular panda dial. This watch has a slightly more sophisticated look, with a masculine vibe that is not often seen in Bauhaus watches. This model comes in a 43mm stainless steel case paired with a cattle leather strap in mahogany. The white dial consists of luminescent hands, boxy Arabic numerals, a subtle minute track on the outer rim, a square date window at 6 o’clock, and a chronograph display with two black sub-dials. All of these functions are driven by a quartz chronograph movement, the Miyota 0S21 caliber. Retailing at just $285 USD, this is a great option for those who want a Bauhaus watch with a robust and slightly sportier feel. 10. Stowa Antea Back to Bauhaus 365 Limited Silver The Stowa Antea Back to Bauhaus 365 Limited Silver is another retro-inspired Bauhaus piece. This is a simple and versatile addition to one of Stowa’s longest-running collections. It comes in a 36.5mm polished stainless steel case and a hand-stitched leather strap in grey. This is paired with a quintessential, solid silver dial adorned with Arabic numerals in a modern typeface, circular black minute markers, and sleek blued steel hands. On the underside of the watch, you can find a half-transparent caseback which gives you a glimpse of its automatic ETA 2824-2 caliber. With a price tag of approximately $1,300 USD, this is definitely one of the most authentic Bauhaus watches you should not miss out.  11. Defakto Kinetik Standard The Defakto Kinetik Standard is a very robust and powerfully-built Bauhaus watch. It stands out with its dark exterior, giving it a suave, masculine look. This model is presented in a 39mm stainless steel case, paired with a black leather bracelet. This is paired with a rugged black dial which consists of an hour and a minute track, both in the form of stick indices, along with skeletal bar-shaped hands coated in Super-LumiNova for improved visibility in the dark. A red seconds hand helps add a splash of vibrant color to this Defakto piece. The underside of the watch is comprised of a see-through caseback, allowing you to observe the watch’s automatic ETA 2824-2 caliber. If you want a cool and robust Bauhaus watch, you can get this piece for just $835 USD.  12. Uniform Wares M37 PreciDrive Next up, we have the Uniform Wares M37 PreciDrive, which is bound to be a hit with anyone who prefers customizable Bauhaus watches. It has a rather bare and simple watch face, so it can easily go with many different straps, For this particular model, you have 17 options to choose from like straps in grey, blue, black, tan, etc. This Uniform Wares watch comes in a 37mm stainless steel case with an interchangeable bracelet of your choosing. Moreover, its white dial is adorned with diamond-cut hands, slim applied hour markers, and a minute track with stick indices on the outer rim. This watch is driven by a powerful ETA F03.401 Precidrive movement. If you want a versatile Bauhaus piece that you can play around with, make sure to check out this piece for around $600 USD. 13. Junkers 9.11.01.03 Series 100 Years Bauhaus This Junkers 9.11.01.03 Series 100 Years Bauhaus watch is possibly the most complex-looking model on this list. What makes it a great Bauhaus model is that it showcases a perfect balance between multi-functionality and a minimalistic design which shows that you can have additional complications without your watch looking too busy. This Junkers piece has a 41mm stainless steel case paired with a leather band in brown and a scratch-resistant Hesalite crystal. The rustic silver dial has Arabic numerals in a modern typeface, long stick indices, luminous silver hands, a 24-hour counter, a power reserve indicator, and a date window. These impressive functions are powered by an automatic Miyota 9132 caliber with a power reserve of 40 hours.  This watch retails at approximately $575 USD. 14. Braun Gents BN0265 Classic Chronograph  Yet another highly functional Bauhaus watch is the Braun Gents BN0265 Classic Chronograph. This model has received critical acclaim for its excellent design, with actual awards like the iF Design Award in 2019 and Red Dot Design Award in 2020 to prove it. This Braun watch features a 40mm matte stainless steel case paired with a sporty leather strap in black. The matching matte grey dial comes with black stick hands, slim hour markers, a unique date window at 6 o’clock, and a chronograph display with two submerged sub-dials. It is equipped with a hybrid mesa-quartz movement which enables it to utilize both a quartz crystal movement and mechanical chronograph caliber in order to power the watch.  The best part is that you can get this award-winning watch for just $370 USD. 15. A.Lange & Sohne 1815 Thin Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange” Last but certainly not least, we have a gorgeous piece from A.Lange & Sohne, the 1815 Thin Honeygold “Homage to F. A. Lange”. This watch has a slightly more quintessential look, but it is a must-have inclusion on this list considering the German brand’s role as a key figure in bringing together Bauhaus designs and watchmaking. This particular model features a 38mm honey gold case paired with an aged alligator leather strap in brown. The white dial has copper hands and Arabic numerals in a fancy typeface. Underneath this elegant exterior, you can find a well-oiled Caliber L093.1 that keeps the watch running. This lavish Bauhaus-inspired piece retails at around $38,000 USD. Final Thoughts  Hopefully, the article has given you a better perspective of the true essence of Bauhaus watches. Even though classic timepieces are still the go-to option of many people, Bauhaus watches have been consistently gaining ground, especially with the modern shift towards minimalism. Indeed, the rise of Bauhaus timepieces is a strong example of the diversity and growth that the watch industry has undergone over the years. Photo Credits: WatchShopping and Official Brand Sites Want to read more listicles? Check out our piece on the 20 Best Hiking Watches in 2021!

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  7. ETA 2824-2 Movement: A Comprehensive Guide

    ETA 2824-2 Movement: A Comprehensive Guide

    ETA calibers are some of the most ubiquitous movements in all of the watchmaking industry. They are durable, reliable, and easy to produce, making them ideal for mass production. There are numerous ETA calibers to talk about, but for this article, we will be focusing on the popular ETA 2824-2. Known by the watchmaking community as an absolute workhorse, the ETA 2824-2 is an exceptional caliber that, if regulated correctly, can keep time just as well as the ETA 2892 movement. Join us in learning more about the ETA 2824-2 and what it has to offer. If your interest is piqued, we have also curated a list of some of the best watches that use an ETA 2824-2 movement. ETA 2824-2: What is It? Released in 1982, the ETA 2824-2 is a second-generation Swiss automatic movement based on Eterna’s 1427 Caliber. It has fairly standard dimensions, with a diameter of 25.6mm and a thickness of 4.6mm. This ETA 2824-2 provides a watch with its central hours, minutes, and seconds functions. It also has a date complication that can be located on varying areas of the dial, depending on where the window cutout is. Equipped with an Etachron regulator, the ETA 2824-2 movement has a beat frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). This Swiss caliber also uses a ball-bearing rotor which rotates bidirectionally and produces more energy for its power reserve. As a result, when fully wound, the ETA 2824-2 can stay powered for up to 38 hours. Although this caliber is self-winding, it also possesses manual-winding and hacking seconds capabilities. The movement’s Novodiac or Incabloc anti-shock system, which each consists of 25 jewels, helps keep every component of the ETA 2824-2 in place while also reducing wear and tear. Like most ETA calibers, the ETA 2824-2 comes in different grades: Standard, Elaborated, Top, and Chronometer. The standard variant has adjustments in two positions and uses an anti-magnetic nickel-plated balance wheel, a Nivarox hairspring, and a Novodiac anti-shock system with 25 polyruby jewels. This standard ETA 2824-2 variant has a precision rate of +/- 12 seconds to +/- 30 seconds per day. The elaborated model uses the same components as the standard ETA 2824-2, but is adjusted in three positions and has an improved accuracy rating of +/- 7 seconds to +/- 20 seconds per day.  Moving on, a top-grade ETA 2824-2 movement is adjusted in five positions and uses a Glucydur balance wheel, an Anachron hairspring, and an Incabloc anti-shock device with red rubies for its pallet jewels. These upgrades allow the top grade ETA 2824-2 caliber to produce an accuracy rating of +/- 4 seconds to +/- 15 seconds a day. Finally, chronometer-level variants of the ETA 2824-2 also contain the same components of the top-grade versions. However, they feature precision and reliability that match the criteria of the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).  A manual-winding version of the ETA 2824-2 also exists, known as the ETA 2804-2. This caliber is less thick and features seventeen jewels and a 42-hour power reserve. ETA 2824-2 vs. Clones In 2003, ETA’s rights to the design of the 2824-2 caliber reached their expiration date. As a result, some other watch manufacturers have created their own versions of the caliber. The Sellita SW200, one of the most recognized clones, is considered by many as the main rival movement to the ETA 2824-2. Since Sellita used to work hand-in-hand with ETA in the 1980s, it knows its way around ETA movements. In fact, both the Sellita SW200 and the ETA 2824-2 are quite similar in appearance. This does not mean, however, that the ETA 2824-2 and Sellita SW200 are completely the same. The main differences between these two movements can be seen from the design of their rotors and the number of jewels they each have. While the ETA 2824-2 contains twenty-five jewels, the Sellita SW200 has twenty-six. Operationally, the ETA 2824-2 and Sellita SW200 produce similar accuracy rates, even with their varying grades. Other examples of ETA 2824-2 clone calibers include the Seagull ST21, the Hangzhou 6300, the STP-11, and the Valanvron VAL-24. For the most part, each clone movement produces a comparable performance and precision rate as the ETA 2824-2. 10 Great Watches with the ETA 2824-2 Movement The ETA 2824-2 comes in many forms. If you have been a watch enthusiast for a while now, you will know that many watches use the ETA 2824-2. In fact, there are so many of them that it would be an arduous task to go through each one. So, instead of doing that, we have created a list of the ten best timepieces in the market that use an ETA 2824-2 movement. 1. Tissot T-Classic Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium (T127.407.11.051.00) Image By: Watch Shopping The Tissot T-Classic Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium stands as the ideal everyday watch. With its blend of sporty yet dressy looks, sleek and durable 40mm stainless steel case, and 100m depth rating, this Tissot T-Classic timepiece can accompany you anywhere, whether it is for a casual stroll, a dip in the pool, or a lavish occasion.  On its dial are silver sword hands and triangular hour markers applied with lume, which wonderfully contrasts the darker hue of the round jet-black dial. Next to the 3 o’clock marker is an outlined date window with a black background and white text. At 6 o’clock, the word “Silicium” is engraved on the dial, referring to the silicon balance spring used in the watch’s Powermatic 80 caliber. The Powermatic 80 is based on the ETA 2824-2 and comes with an improved 80-hour power reserve. Those who want to see the Powermatic 80 and its finely engraved rotor can view the movement through the see-through caseback.  You can purchase this Tissot timepiece for approximately $775 USD. 2. Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Auto (H32515555) Image By: Watch Shopping Sophisticated and elegant are the two words that come to mind when looking at the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic Auto. Sheltered by layers of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal on the front and back of its stainless steel case, wearers can admire the charming looks of this Hamilton watch’s modern silver guilloche dial as well as its reliable ETA 2824-2-based H-10 movement.  Accompanied by an aged brown calf leather strap, the 40mm stainless steel case of the Jazzmaster comes with polished surfaces with brushed lugs and 50m of water resistance. Its sector dial has a smooth outer ring, which holds the silver hour markers and outlined date complication, and is contrasted against the guilloche-style inner dial on which you can find luminous dauphine hands. Like the Tissot Powermatic 80, the H-10 automatic caliber that powers this watch is both based on the ETA 2824-2 movement and possesses a power reserve that can run for up to 80 hours. The Hamilton Jazzmaster costs around $725 USD. 3. Longines Legend Diver Date (L36744500) Image By: Watch Shopping Coming from the Longines Heritage series, the Legend Diver Date is a modern dive watch boasting a rich heritage along with some updated technical features. This Longines timepiece has a case made of polished stainless steel and is water-resistant up to depths of 300m. On the side of its 42mm case, you can find two crowns: one for adjusting the L888 movement and the other for controlling the internal bidirectional rotating dive bezel. The dial of the Legend Diver shows off a black-lacquered, polished surface with painted Arabic numerals and indices in white, and silver hands applied with a generous coating of Super-LumiNova. The L888 movement powering this watch is an ETA 2824-2 caliber that has been modified to produce only 25,500 vibrations per hour. This allows its power reserve to last up to 72 hours. It is protected by a solid steel rear case that is skilfully engraved with the logo of the Legend Diver. The Longines Legend Diver Date fetches a price of $2,300 USD. 4. Tudor 1926 Automatic (91450-0002) Image By: Watch Shopping The Tudor 1926 is a line of watches that pays tribute to Tudor’s early history as a watchmaker. Each piece from this collection carries a timelessness and elegance that sets it apart from other watches. One of the best models in this range that truly captures the essence of the Tudor brand is the 1926 Automatic 91450-0002. The 1926 Automatic comes in a 36mm polished stainless steel case. Its stationary bezel has a polished finish that adds nicely to the watch’s overall sleekness. With a secure screw-down crown on its right side, this timepiece has a water resistance rating of 100m. It is also topped with a layer of sapphire glass, which allows wearers to have a clear view of its embossed black dial. Adorning this dark surface are rhodium-plated hour markers and hands, along with a date complication at 3 o’clock. Below the watch face is an ETA 2824-2-based T601 self-winding caliber, complete with its twenty-five jewels and 38-hour power reserve.  This particular Tudor 1926 model is worth around $2,880 USD. 5. MeisterSinger New Vintage Neo Plus (NE408) Image By: Watch Shopping With a perfect balance of modern looks and a classy aesthetic, the MeisterSinger New Vintage Neo Plus is a minimalistic timepiece that hits all the marks of a Bauhaus-inspired watch. Its thin 40mm stainless steel case is expertly beveled and places the spotlight on the watch’s gorgeous blue dial. The hardened acrylic glass fitted on top of the case protects the watch face from scratches and impacts while also giving it a somewhat vintage aesthetic. The dial of this MeisterSinger New Vintage piece is very minimalist. It bears just the timekeeping essentials, with only double-digit hour markers, slim indices, a singular hour hand, and a circular date complication at 6 o’clock. It is powered by an ETA 2824-2 movement with twenty-five jewels and a water resistance capacity of 30m. This depth rating is not fantastic, but it is good enough for this MeisterSinger watch to survive splashes, rain, and a trip to the shower. The New Vintage Neo Plus retails at $1,370 USD. 6. Tag Heuer Aquaracer (WBD2110.BA0928) Image By: Watch Shopping If you are looking for a luxury diver watch, you cannot go wrong with the Tag Heuer Aquaracer Ref. WBD2110.BA0928. With its fine-brushed and polished stainless steel case, 300m water resistance capacity, and the iconic ETA 2824-2-based Caliber 5, this 41mm Aquaracer piece is a must-have for those who want something sophisticated and reliable, both on land and below it. When viewing this Tag Heuer timepiece as a whole, nothing else catches your eyes quite like its black sunray-brushed dial with a pattern of horizontal lines. Protected by a layer of sapphire glass, this watch features prominent silver hour markers, large pencil hands, a yellow-tipped seconds hand, and a magnified date complication. All of these components come together to make a watch face with a distinct and highly legible design. Underneath the dial is a Tag Heuer Caliber 5, which provides the same precision and reliability as the ETA 2824-2 movement it is based on.  You can purchase the Tag Heuer Aquaracer Ref. WBD2110.BA0928 for approximately $2,250 USD. 7. Junghans Max Bill Automatic (027/4701.02) Image By: Watch Shopping Like MeisterSinger, Junghans is another German brand known for its minimalist timepieces. As part of the brand’s outstanding Max Bill collection, the Junghans Max Bill Automatic is a watch that showcases modernity, refinement, and elegance. With its convex AR-coated sapphire crystal, its beauty remains timeless and unharmed by the outside world. The Junghans Max Bill Automatic utilizes a slim 38mm stainless steel case with thin lugs and an unguarded crown on its right. Its dial has a gorgeous dark blue surface with slender indices, applied silver sword hands, a date display, and luminescent pips on at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock. The J800.1 movement that runs the watch is based on the ETA 2824-2, with its twenty-five jewels and 38-hour power reserve. To complete the Max Bill Automatic’s smart and minimalistic look, Junghans pairs the watch with a simple black leather strap. The Junghans Max Bill costs just $1,280 USD. 8. Ball Engineer Master II Automatic (DM3108A-SCJ-BK) Image By: Watch Shopping Ball is a watchmaker known for making exceptional railroad timekeepers, but they also have a hand in making great dive watches too. For instance, take a look at the Ball Engineer Master II Automatic. The RR1103-C movement that operates inside this watch is not just any standard ETA 2824-2 caliber. It is based on a superb COSC-rated ETA 2824-2 movement with an accuracy rating of -4/+6 seconds per day.  Encasing the watch is a 43mm stainless steel case with a mix of polished and brushed surfaces. At the back of this Ball Engineer Master II timepiece is a solid stainless steel caseback that carries a detailed engraving of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Its matte black dial is rather simple, with indentations on its outer rim to provide space for the tritium gas tube hour indices. Adorned with thick syringe hands and a date window, this dial is incredibly clean and legible, as you would expect of a dive watch. In addition, it has a depth rating of 500m or 1,650ft. You can get your hands on this durable Ball dive watch for $2,280 USD. 9. Breitling Superocean Automatic 48 (V17369161C1S1) Image By: Watch Shopping A daring and bulky watch that can handle all the waves and currents of the Atlantic Ocean, the Breitling Superocean Automatic is the one timepiece you would always want to have when exploring the underwater world. With its robust 48mm DLC-coated titanium case, blue ceramic bezel with a tachymetric bezel, glare-proof sapphire crystal, and 300m depth rating, there are not many luxury dive watches that are as durable as this. Apart from being very resilient, this Breitling Superocean timepiece enjoys a striking ocean-inspired design. Its deep blue dial contains luminous applied hour markers and sword-shaped hands, with a vibrant red-tipped seconds hand for optimal legibility. The Breitling B17 Calibre that runs the watch is based on an ETA 2824-2 movement. Like its base model, the B17 produces 28,800 vibrations per second, has twenty-five jewels, and can last up to 38 hours when fully wound. As the most expensive ETA-powered timepiece on this list, the Breitling Superocean Automatic is worth approximately $4,320 USD. 10. Hamilton Ventura (H24655331) Image By: Watch Shopping To cap off our list, we have another timepiece from Hamilton known as the Hamilton Ventura Ref. H24655331. Based on the original Ventura model launched in 1957, the modern Hamilton Ventura is an intriguing timepiece that represents the bold and daring nature of the Hamilton brand. Its looks are definitely unconventional, but that is one of the main factors that adds to its mystique.  Its 46mm case is made from stainless steel and is wonderfully beveled to create a unique arrowhead-shaped build. The sapphire crystal fitted on top ensures that this exclusive dial remains protected from impacts and scratches. On the dial are applied dauphine hands and three luminous silver-tone hour markers that light up the watch in the dark. The upper corner of the dial and the second hand is coated in red to add a degree of stylish flair to the watch’s black and silver surface. Operating underneath is an ETA 2824-2 based H-10 movement. Its 80-hour power reserve mimics the lengthy power supply that the original Ventura was known to have. The Hamilton Ventura Ref. H24655331 fetches an estimated price of $1,345 USD. Why do many brands use ETA movements? Over the years, ETA movements have proven to be extremely reliable and accurate. In some instances, ETA movements have also been shown to outperform even in-house movements. For watchmakers that do not produce their own movements, ETA is a top choice too, especially since ETA movements are rather easy to modify. With their quality, affordability, and versatility, it is no wonder why many watchmakers choose to base their calibers on ETA movements. Furthermore, since most ETA calibers come in various grades, there are numerous options for watch brands to consider when choosing the perfect movement for their timepiece. Final Thoughts The ETA 2824-2 is arguably one of the most iconic automatic calibers in the entire watchmaking industry. Regarded as a “workhorse movement” by collectors, enthusiasts, and watchmakers alike, the ETA 2824-2 is a tried-and-tested caliber that is highly reliable and efficient despite its affordability and generic nature. And even when it does experience wear and tear, the ETA 2824-2 movement is cheap and easy to service, so you do not have much to worry about. Whether it is in its base form or a modified variant, the ETA 2824-2 can be found in many wristwatches worldwide. Of those models, the ten timepieces mentioned above are some of the best watches that house the ETA 2824-2 caliber. That said, it is by no means an exhaustive list, and there are plenty of other great timekeepers that utilize the ETA 2824-2. So, make sure you do your own research and select the perfect ETA 2824-2 watch that fits all your tastes and preferences. Featured Image By: Tag HeuerNeed another watch with an ETA 2824-2? Check out the Certina DS Action Diver and see if it has what it takes!

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  8. 15 Best Sailing Watches for the Avid Sailor

    15 Best Sailing Watches for the Avid Sailor

    For most of us, watches are more than just mere accessories that tell time. Today, timepieces are also frequently used as tools to guide people through various activities in their daily lives. This is largely because, over the decades, technological innovations have introduced countless functions and features into the watchmaking world. This has allowed the purpose of watches to broaden and branch out as well. A perfect representation of this would be the existence of watches specifically used in industries and activities such as aviation, motorsports, diving, and even sailing. In fact, the last of those industries is actually related to our main topic for today. In this article, we will delve into what sailing watches are, how they can help us carry out nautical activities and some of the best sailing watches that are worth checking out today. What is a Sailing Watch?  Sailing watches, also referred to as yachting watches, are a specific type of timepiece best suited for maritime-related conditions. For a timekeeper to be considered a sailing watch, it needs to have certain specifications, like high accuracy and an impressive water resistance rating. There are also some models with additional functions meant to aid seafarers and yachtsmen in their tasks. That being said, when it comes to aesthetics and design, sailing watches are not necessarily limited to a typical nautical style. While some sailing pieces are specifically marine-inspired, the majority of these models simply boast sporty-looking exteriors.  15 Best Sailing Watches  Without further ado, here are some of the best sailing watches available in the market right now.  1. Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta Chronograph Starting off this list with a bang is the Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta Chronograph, which is one of the best models for professional sailors out there. Just with a single glance at its robust build, you can tell that it is a powerful timepiece packed with impressive capabilities. This Omega Speedmaster watch is presented in a 45mm lightweight, scratch-resistant titanium case along with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal and a black nylon fabric strap with blue stitching. The black watch face has a hybrid layout, featuring both digital and analog displays. This includes a bezel with a minute track scale, luminous hands and hour indices, three LED windows, and cool blue, red, and white accents. Driven by a quartz OMEGA 5620 caliber, this limited edition model also comes with the following: an alarm, a date function, a countdown timer, a race timer, a logbook, and more.  You can get this watch for approximately $5,900 USD. 2. Garmin quatix® 6 The Garmin quatix® 6 is one of the best digital sailing watches you can invest in. It is a must-have for all the tech-savvy folks out there who enjoy timepieces with utmost functionality both on land and at sea. This Garmin model has a fiber-reinforced polymer case paired with a comfortable silicone strap in blue. The watch face consists of a screwed-in stainless steel bezel and a transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display. Aside from the usual timekeeping abilities, some of its other main functions include health monitoring, GPS tracking, smartphone connectivity, various sports modes, boat data streaming, a built-in barometer, tide tables, and lots more. Lastly, it has a battery life of around 14 days, so you do not have to worry about bringing this timepiece with you on long boat trips. With a substantial depth rating of around 100 meters, this smartwatch retails at just $699 USD and is an ideal companion for all your ocean adventures. 3. Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph 44 Ref. A13313161C1S1  Next up, we have the Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph 44 Ref. A13313161C1S1, with its sporty and highly-functional exterior. Everything about this model screams nautical-inspired, which makes sense because it belongs to Breitling’s iconic diving collection. This Breitling Superocean piece comes in a 44mm stainless steel case paired with a mesh-patterned rubber bracelet and a unidirectional rotating bezel in blue. The matching sunray blue dial follows a classic analog layout featuring oversized arrow hands, applied indices, day-date windows, and a chronograph display with 3 sub-dials. Lastly, this watch is powered by a COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 13, which has a 48-hour power reserve and a water resistance rating of 200 meters.  This is one of the more classic sailing watches on this list and is priced at around $6,100 USD. 4. Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Chrono Flyback Ref. PAM00526  The Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Chrono Flyback is one of those sailing watches made especially for professional seafarers out there. It has a distinct and robust exterior — thanks to its unusual, bulky cushion-shaped case and durable titanium build. This is paired with an oversized crown and semi-circle crown guard, and caoutchouc strap in black. The dial of this Panerai Luminor 1950 piece features a black backdrop, with thin sword-shaped hands, luminous hour indices and Arabic numerals, and a chronograph layout with 2 sub-dials for the small seconds and flyback counters. As per its name, this watch also comes with a regatta countdown function and is powered by an automatic P.9100/R caliber. It has an impressive 72 hour-power reserve and a water resistance capacity of 100 meters. This is a great sailing watch for all the serious regatta racers out there and you can purchase it for around $17,200 USD.  5. Bulova Marine Star Chronograph Ref. 98B301  The Bulova Marine Star Chronograph Ref. 98B301 is yet another nautical-inspired piece with a stunning blue dial and bezel that is reminiscent of the ocean. The case, bezel, bracelet, and crown guards of this Bulova Marine Star watch are all made of scratch-resistant stainless steel. The rotating bezel, however, has a blue insert marked with an elapsed time scale in rose gold that blends perfectly with the watch’s rose gold pushers and crown. Like the bezel, the dial of this Bulova piece also comes in deep blue. It is furnished with bold luminous indices, sword-shaped hands, a date window at 6 o’clock, and a chronograph layout with 3 sub-dials. In addition, this 6-hand model is powered by a quartz movement and has a 200-meter depth rating. This is one of the more affordable sailing watches on the market with a price tag of just $575 USD. 6. Alpina Sailing Yachttimer Countdown The Alpina Sailing Yachttimer Countdown is one of the most rugged, sporty sailing watches on this list. It has a 44mm stainless steel case paired with a robust black rubber strap and a handy rotating compass bezel in black. The matching black dial is furnished with countdown windows for the regatta timer, along with luminous hands and hour markers in red and white for greater contrast and legibility. This watch is powered by a self-winding movement and has an impressive 300-meter water resistance rating. This Alpina watch is no longer part of the brand’s current catalogue. However, you can still find it going for around $3,060 USD on the second-hand market, depending on the seller and the condition of the watch. 7. Rolex Yacht-Master 2 Ref. 116680  Of course, this list of best sailing watches would not be complete without a model from the Rolex Yacht-Master 2 collection. The Yacht-Master 2 Ref. 116680 is one of the most popular sailing watches ever released. It has a classic, sporty exterior that goes really well with the complexity of its watch face. This Rolex model comes in a 44mm case and bracelet made from Oystersteel, which is a robust, shock- and corrosion-resistant material developed by the Swiss brand. Fitted on top of the case is a matching Oystersteel bezel with a bright blue insert. The white dial of this watch follows a unique layout with thin luminous hands and compact hour markers, a stop-seconds sub-dial, and a regatta countdown timer in the form of an elongated arch. All of these features are powered by the brand’s in-house, self-winding Caliber 4161. If you are a sailing professional, this is a great luxury sailing watch to invest in for around $23,600 USD. 8. Seiko Prospex Marine Master Ref. SBEX005  The Seiko Prospex Marine Master Ref. SBEX005 is a beautiful timepiece that draws inspiration from the ocean. It is the perfect sailing watch for those who are completely enamored with both the marine sport and the sea itself. This Seiko Prospex watch is presented in a hardy 48mm titanium case and bracelet with a rotating bezel in metallic blue. With its larger build, this piece is best suited for those with average-to-big wrists. Its exquisite wave-patterned blue dial consists of large luminous markers, sword-shaped hands, and a small date window between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions. Powered by a Japanese automatic movement, this Seiko watch packs a punch with its incredible 1000-meter water resistance rating. The Seiko Prospex Marine Master Ref. SBEX005 retails at approximately $5,089 USD. 9. Panerai Luminor Marina Ref. PAM00778  The Panerai Luminor Marina Ref. PAM00778 is one of the most versatile and classy sailing watches you can get. Although it is frequently used for nautical activities, this watch does not have a marine-inspired design or super sporty exterior. Thus, you can pair it with just about any attire and bring it with you to all sorts of events, including dinner parties and even the office. This Panerai watch has a cushion-shaped stainless steel case paired with a leather strap in light brown. Like the other Panerai Luminor models, it has an oversized crown that is easy to grip and turn and the signature semi-circle crown guard. Meanwhile, its exquisite white dial is adorned with luminous sword-shaped hands, small circular hour markers, neat Arabic numerals, and a small-seconds counter. This three-hand watch is equipped with a hand-wound P.6000 caliber and has a 100-meter water resistance capacity. If you want a versatile, classy sailing watch that you can use every day, you simply have to fork out around $5,400 USD for this Panerai Luminor Marina Ref. PAM00778. 10. Bremont Regatta AC Next up, we have the Bremont Regatta AC, which is one of the best models from the brand’s selection of sailing and nautical-inspired watches. It comes with impressive functions that will surely appeal to both casual and professional sailors out there. This Bremont timepiece is presented in a 43mm lightweight titanium case along with a Temple Island rubber strap in black and a sleek rotating bezel. The white dial has luminescent hands and indices, a date window, and a chronograph display with three sub-dials, including a countdown timer. This dial is also peppered with red and blue accents, giving it a more colorful, vibrant look. Powering the watch is an in-house Bremont self-winding movement with a 42-hour power reserve and a 100-meter water resistance rating.   Retailing at around $15,900 USD, this is a must-have timepiece for yachtsmen who prefer complex yet playful timepieces.  11. Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta Ref. 1553-155-3/43 The Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta Ref. 1553-155-3/43 is a model with very modern, nautical-inspired aesthetics and an array of handy abilities. This Ulysse Nardin Marine watch has an exceptionally advanced-looking design, with its gear-like bezel, patterned sector dial, and sleek metallic blue and silver accents. The Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta Ref. 1553-155-3/43 comes in a 44mm stainless steel case paired with a sporty rubber strap in blue. The sunray blue sector dial consists of a smooth outer ring, a chapter ring marked with a bright yellow regatta countdown timer, and a patterned inner dial. On the outer ring, you can find silver hour indices, stylized Roman numeral markers, and a date window, while the inner dial is furnished with luminous lozenge hands. A small seconds counter straddles all three sections of the dial, enhancing its sophisticated, high-tech look. These complications are all driven by a UN-155 Manufacture movement with a 60-hour power reserve.  With a price tag of approximately $19,420 USD, this is the perfect modern watch to wear on your open water sails. 12. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Ref. 220.10.41.21.03.001 Next up, we have another model from Omega, but one from its iconic Seamaster Aqua Terra collection instead. The sporty and professional Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Ref. 220.10.41.21.03.001 is a watch that can complete any nautical task, both above and underwater. This Seamaster watch comes in a 41mm stainless steel case paired with a bracelet made of the same material. Its striking blue dial features a horizontal teak pattern, inspired by the look of luxury sailing boats. It is also furnished with luminous triangular indices, hands, a date window at 6 o’clock, and a minute track scale on the rim of the dial. The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Ref. 220.10.41.21.03.001 is powered by a self-winding Caliber 8900 movement, which is certified by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology. It possesses impressive technical specifications, including a 150-meter depth rating, a 60-hour power reserve, and a resistance to magnetic fields of up to 15,000 Gauss. You can get your hands on this Aqua Terra model for around $5,700 USD. 13. Frederique Constant Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown Ref. FC-380GT4H6B The Frederique Constant Yacht Timer Regatta Countdown is probably one of the most elegant modern sailing watches you can purchase. Everything about its design screams simple sophistication, making it a great accessory to wear to lavish yacht parties or high-profile regatta races. This Frederique Constant model comes in a 42mm brushed stainless steel case and three-link bracelet that gives off a chic, professional vibe. Its suave dark grey dial boasts a guilloché pattern, luminous dauphine hands, silver indices, and 5 circular windows at the 10 to 12 o’clock position for the countdown timer. Underneath this refined exterior, you can find an automatic FC-380 caliber with a 48-hour power reserve and a 100-meter depth rating.   If you are willing to shell out around $4,025 USD, you should definitely consider getting this watch for your next yacht race!  14. Yema Navygraf Marine Nationale Ref. YMNGMT39-GMS The Yema Navygraf Marine Nationale Ref. YMNGMT39-GMS is the only model on this list that was designed by a professional from the French Navy. It is a military-grade sailing watch that is built to survive the harshest circumstances. This Yema sailing watch is presented in a slim 39mm stainless steel case paired with a blue and yellow fabric strap and a rotating GMT bezel. The matching blue dial features large hands and hour indices that are coated in Super-LumiNova for improved visibility even on dark stormy sailing trips, and a date window in white next to the 3 o’clock marker. Aside from that, it also has an impressive 300-meter water resistance capacity and is equipped with an in-house YEMA3000 caliber. If you are looking for a tried and tested sailing watch, make sure to check this piece for around $1,049 USD.  15. Tissot Sailing-Touch Ref. T056.420.27.051.01 Lastly, we have the Tissot Sailing-Touch Ref. T056.420.27.051.01, which is another digital sailing watch packed with countless useful features. One of the best things about this particular Tissot model is that it caters specifically to those who enjoy sailing, be it casually or professionally. The Tissot Sailing-Touch Ref. T056.420.27.051.01 comes in an anti-magnetic 45mm stainless steel case paired with a bi-material bracelet in black made of rubber and steel. The dial has a sleek hybrid layout with luminous indices and a touch-screen tactile display that cleverly mimics the radar system of a boat. Some of its functions include a compass, alarms, a perpetual calendar, a tide indicator, a regatta timer, multiple time zones, and more — all of which are powered by a powerful Renata CR 2032-N quartz movement.  With a price tag of just $1,220 USD, this is one of the best multi-functional watches you can invest in, especially for serious sailors. Features of a Sailing Watch  The list of 15 sailing watches we have curated above are some of the best models in the market, but it is by no means an exhaustive list. There are plenty of other excellent sailing watches out there, and you simply have to do the research to find out which is best suited to your taste. To help you along the way, here are some of the key characteristics that you can find in sailing watches, although it should be noted that these are not necessarily present in every single sailing watch. Superior Water Resistance  Even though yachtsmen do not necessarily go swimming or diving when sailing, having a watch with an excellent depth rating is still very important, given the nature of the environment they are in. The ocean is known to be a volatile, unstable domain so there is always a possibility of you and your watch getting dunked into water, whether you like it or not. While there are no official criteria, a water resistance capacity of at least 100 meters should suffice.  Excellent Durability  Another essential characteristic of a sailing watch is its excellent durability. Due to the changes in the environment that may occur, sailors need a well-built timepiece made from quality materials that can take any kind of damage, be it scratches, hard impacts, or corrosion. With that in mind, it is best to look for timepieces made of materials with scratch, shock, and corrosion-resistant properties, like stainless steel steel, aluminum, copper, soft rubber, and more.  Utmost Functionality Telling time is the bare minimum when it comes to sailing watches. While not all nautical-inspired models come with additional complications, multi-functionality is always a welcomed bonus. Some of these features may include a compass, a barometer, a GMT display, and many more. Many sailing watches today are also equipped with a regatta timer, which is a crucial complication in yacht racing. A regatta timer allows the wearer to track how much time is left before the competitors in the regatta can start the cross line. This function is essential in sailing competitions because boats and yachts are in constant motion, which means the countdown is necessary as sailors maneuver the waters before the official start of the race. Ultimately, all these complications help make the sailing process easier to handle for wearers, which is the essence of a true sailing watch. Final Thoughts We hope that this list of 15 sailing watches has helped you to get more familiar with some of the numerous sailing watches out there. Each and every piece has its own share of strengths and weaknesses, so it is understandable if you are a little confused about which model to get. At the end of the day, it all depends on your personal criteria and preferences but rest assured that you will find the perfect watch for your sailing adventures.  Photo Credits: WatchShopping and Official Watch Sites If you are hooked on listless, check out our piece on the 15 Best Retro Watches Worth Your Time!

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  9. A Complete Guide to the Zenith El Primero Movement

    A Complete Guide to the Zenith El Primero Movement

    As many of us already know, an exceptional watch is always accompanied by a dependable movement. After all, there is nothing that makes your life easier than a trusty timekeeper that looks gorgeous and provides a consistently reliable performance. There are many brands out there with watches that possess stunning designs and highly capable movements. However, you might be surprised to find out that many of these watches actually contain the same age-defining Swiss caliber that packs a whole lot of history: the Zenith El Primero caliber. Hailing from a brand known for supplying top-notch movements to the rest of the industry, the Zenith El Primero is a revolutionary, highly versatile movement that many watchmakers have chosen to rely on, serving as a testimony to its quality. For today’s article, let us take a closer look at this iconic watch movement. Introducing the Zenith El Primero Movement Currently, the Zenith El Primero caliber comes in several forms. Today, we will be focusing on the El Primero Caliber 4000SC commonly found in Zenith Defy watches. The El Primero 4000SC is a modern automatic chronograph movement based on the original Zenith El Primero Caliber 400 that was released in 1969. Much like the original caliber, the Zenith El Primero 4000SC features a power reserve that can last up to 50 hours and an impressive beat frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour (5Hz). Held in place by thirty-one jewels, this movement has a total of 278 components, including a ball-bearing rotor made entirely out of tungsten. Apart from telling the time, the El Primero 4000SC also has chronograph, date, 30-minute, and 12-hour functions. Sticking true to the size of the first El Primero caliber, the Zenith El Primero 4000SC has a diameter of 30mm and is only 6.5mm thick. In general, there are quite a lot of similarities between the Zenith El Primero 4000SC and the original 1969 El Primero caliber. However, one thing that Zenith has improved upon considerably is the construction of the modern El Primero caliber. Zenith constructed the El Primero 4000SC with Zenithium. This is a durable, lightweight metal alloy that consists of aluminum, niobium, and titanium. Zenith utilized Zenithium on the El Primero 4000SC to bolster the caliber’s shock resistance, as well as strengthen its balance and chronograph bridge. While the incorporation of Zenithium is an excellent advancement, the contemporary Zenith El Primero 4000SC really does not stray too far from the qualities of the original El Primero 400. This just goes to show that Zenith truly knows how to make an automatic chronograph caliber that barely needs any improvement, even after decades. Brief History of the Zenith El Primero Movement While it is one of the most celebrated watch calibers, the El Primero actually had a rather bumpy and underwhelming start. In 1969, Zenith unveiled the El Primero as the world’s first high frequency, fully integrated automatic chronograph movement. Additionally, it was only 6.5mm thick. While the Zenith El Primero was not the thinnest caliber ever, it was definitely impressively slender. With such specifications and technical prowess, you would have expected the Zenith El Primero’s launch to make the headlines of the watchmaking industry. Unfortunately, it was nowhere near that. During the El Primero’s release, only a handful of local and regional journalists were able to attend Zenith’s press conference. The bad luck did not stop there. A year after the El Primero’s release, the dreaded quartz crisis took the Swiss watchmaking industry by storm. Since they were more accurate and much cheaper to produce and sell than mechanical watches, quartz-operated watches quickly became all the rage. Ultimately, the ensuing fall of mechanical watches meant that the Zenith El Primero was more neglected than ever. In 1971, the Zenith brand was sold to the Zenith Radio Corporation, a Chicago-based conglomerate that originally manufactured radios and televisions. Between 1969 to 1975, Zenith produced a total of 32,000 El Primero movements – both the model and the movement. However, in 1975, the new owners of Zenith decided to focus on making quartz watches.  As part of the brand’s new business direction, the owners ordered all previous Zenith blueprints, presses, and tools to be scrapped or sold. At first, this seemed like the end of the Zenith El Primero movement. However, Zenith watchmaker and chronograph specialist Charles Vermot, along with his brother and another Zenith employee, was able to secretly hide 150 presses, along with some blueprints, tools, and cams, including those of the Zenith El Primero. Zenith’s attempt to join in the quartz watch craze was largely unsuccessful, and the brand had little to no profit during that time. In 1978, Zenith Radio Corporation sold Zenith Watches SA. In the 1980s, mechanical watches began to undergo a resurgence. This improved situation opened an avenue for Zenith to bounce back and recover from the decade of quartz. After a few years, the brand was able to produce the Zenith El Primero movement once more. The unexpected return of the El Primero caliber was significant, as it was quickly implemented into the famous sports chronograph, the Rolex Daytona. Rolex’s use of the Zenith El Primero was a strong vote of confidence. Soon after, Zenith also started equipping the El Primero in their own watch models. Wearers were able to witness the Zenith El Primero in action for the first time through the Zenith Chronomaster see-through sapphire caseback. Today, the Zenith El Primero stands as one of the most popular movements in the industry. Now available in several variations from its base form to versions with flyback hands and tourbillons, this Swiss caliber can be found in numerous Zenith models as well as watches from renowned brands such as Hublot, Bulgari, Tag Heuer, and Panerai. At the Baselworld 2019, the original Zenith El Primero 400 was given a modern revival. The difference was that this time, it was in front of a great audience with all the media coverage a watchmaker could want. Truly, this is the breakthrough that the El Primero caliber rightfully deserves. After decades of passion and dedication, the Zenith El Primero has risen through the ranks and has become a hallmark of exceptional watchmaking. 10 Watches with the Zenith El Primero Movement Various models in the market utilize the Zenith El Primero. While this caliber can typically be found in a slew of Zenith watches, there are few models from other brands that also use the coveted El Primero movement. Listing down every timepiece with the Zenith movement would be quite a chore. So instead, we will be narrowing down this list to the top 10 best watches equipped with the iconic Zenith El Primero movement. 1. Zenith Chronomaster Revival El Primero A384 (03.A384.400/21.C815) Image By: Watch Shopping There is no better watch to start this list with than the Zenith Chronomaster Revival El Primero A384. This 50th Anniversary special edition watch is a contemporary version of the first Zenith watch to ever be equipped with the El Primero movement. It is the recreation of a timeless classic, updated with modern innovations. Housed in a tonneau-shaped stainless steel case, the Zenith Chronomaster Revival El Primero A384 features 50m of water resistance and a gorgeous panda dial recreated from the blueprints of the original El Primero A384. It comes with three black chronograph sub-dials, luminous silver hands and hour indices, and a bezel in black that is also marked with a tachymetric scale. Operating underneath the watch face is the one and only Zenith El Primero 400 caliber, complete with its 36,000 vph frequency and 50-hour power reserve. This Zenith El Primero Anniversary timepiece is worth $6,469 USD. 2. Zenith Chronomaster Revival Shadow (97.T384.4061/21.C822) Image By: Watch Shopping A recreation of a Zenith chronograph prototype that dates back to the 1970s, the Zenith Chronomaster Revival Shadow is a handsome watch that blends both vintage elements and contemporary design. Made of high-quality micro-blasted titanium, its matte-finished case is as durable as it is lightweight. Its black dial showcases applied silver indices and hands, along with grey subdials for the 12-hour, 30-minute, and small seconds chronograph functions. Below the dial of the Zenith Chronomaster Revival Shadow is an El Primero movement that wearers can view through the watch’s see-through sapphire caseback. To finish off the watch’s suave the look, Zenith pairs the Chronomaster Revival Shadow with a black cordura effect rubber strap. This watch sells for approximately $6,599 USD. 3. Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Rescue (03.2434.4069/20.I010) Image By: Watch Shopping If you are looking for a military-inspired Zenith pilot watch unparalleled reliability, check out the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Rescue. Accompanied by a calfskin leather strap in black, this timepiece features a 45mm polished stainless steel case topped with a layer of anti-reflective sapphire glass. The dial of this Zenith Pilot watch boasts a black sunray dial with vibrant yellow accents from its small second markers, seconds hand, and Pilot signature. The dial’s hour numerals are bold and pronounced and are coated in Super-LumiNova to provide improved legibility in the dark. Running the timepiece is a Zenith El Primero 4069 movement, with 254 components, a 5Hz beat frequency, and a 50-hour power supply.  This Zenith Pilot piece costs around $5,619 USD. 4. Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Titanium (601.NX.7170.LR) Image By: Watch Shopping Hublot is a brand that many enthusiasts and collectors associate with bold and unique-looking watches. Now, with this Spirit of Big Bang Titanium Ref. 601.NX.7170.LR, wearers can enjoy a luxury timepiece with the looks of a sophisticated Hublot and the reliable performance of a Zenith. This Hublot Spirit of Big Bang watch comes in a sleek, polished tonneau-shaped titanium case that holds and protects the Zenith El Primero-based HUB4700 automatic movement. Its complex skeletonized dial gives the timepiece a distinct appeal while also providing a great view of the caliber at work. For those who want to see this Zenith-Hublot movement from another point of view, you can turn the wristwatch over and look at it through its exhibition-style sapphire caseback. This Hublot watch is worth approximately $17,269 USD. 5. Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Open (03.2040.4061/69.C496) Image By: Watch Shopping Another model from the Chronomaster series, the Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Open is a distinct and stylish watch that displays an open-heart silver sunburst dial. Aside from the aperture that allows you to view the emblematic Zenith El Primero movement, this watch’s dial also has sub-dials bearing the signature tri-colors that the line is known for. This watch comes in a 42mm stainless steel case equipped with a layer of sapphire glass to protect the dial and an exhibition-style sapphire caseback. You will not have to worry about this timepiece getting wet either as it is water-resistant up to depths of 100m. The watch also comes with a black semi-gloss alligator leather strap. You can purchase this Zenith piece for around $6,439 USD. 6. Zenith Defy Extreme (95.9100.9004/01.I001) Image By: Watch Shopping With an additional escapement that runs its seconds chronograph function at a whopping 50Hz, the Zenith Defy Extreme is a sleek watch that can measure time up to 1/100th of a second. Its case is made out of robust, lightweight titanium, making the timepiece both durable and comfortable to wear. Its beveled surfaces feature a mix of polished and satin-brushed finishes that go very well with the Zenith Defy Extreme’s transparent titanium dial and titanium bracelet. Below the dial is a Zenith El Primero 9004 caliber, which is fitted with 53 jewels and has an impressive depth rating of 200m. This watch fetches an approximate price of $17,499 USD. 7. Zenith Chronomaster El Primero A385 (03.A384.400/385.C855) Image By: Watch Shopping A vintage-inspired design that is also inspired by the Zenith El Primero A384, this Zenith Chronomaster El Primero A385 features a very different colorway. Its tonneau-shaped stainless steel case is paired with a rustic gradient brown dial that darkens towards the rim. Adorned with applied hands and hour indices, the watch face has submerged chronograph sub-dials in white and a white date window that contrasts nicely against the warm hues of the brown backdrop. Running this watch is none other than the wondrous Zenith El Primero caliber. Wearers who want to see this movement, along with its customized Zenith rotor, can view it through the see-through sapphire caseback. The El Primero A385 comes in a slender 37mm case coupled with a light brown calfskin leather strap. This timepiece will cost you around $6,679 USD. 8. Hublot Spirit of Big Bang White Ceramic (601.HX.0173.LR) Image By: Watch Shopping Whether you are a fan of Hublot or not, this is a striking watch that is bound to get the attention of everyone looking at it. The Hublot Spirit of Big Bang White Ceramic uses a 44m white ceramic case covered by a layer of sapphire glass. This fashionable yet durable composition ensures that the timepiece looks distinct and is highly scratch-resistant throughout its structure. The dial of this Hublot watch is skeletonized, allowing you to see the El Primero-based HUB4700 caliber in all its glory. Above the movement are luminous hour indices and sword-shaped hands, chronograph subdials of varying sizes, and a date display at the 4:30 position. Paired with a white alligator leather strap, the Hublot White Ceramic is both a reliable timekeeper and a bold fashion statement. You can get your hands on this particular Hublot piece for $21,649 USD. 9. Zenith Defy El Primero (95.9005.9004/01.R582) Image By: Watch Shopping Encased in a 44mm tonneau-shaped titanium case, the Zenith Defy El Primero is a robust and rugged timepiece that provides its with wearers style, convenience, and elegance. The Zenith Defy El Primero showcases a fixed black ceramic bezel and a polished silver dial with black chronograph subdials and luminous hands and hour markers. Layers of anti-reflective sapphire glass protect the front and rear case of the watch while also offering a clear view of the watch face and its El Primero movement. Zenith pairs the Defy El Primero with an alligator leather-patterned black rubber strap. This Zenith watch retails at around $8,000 USD 10. Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Sport (03.2280.400/01.C713) Image By: Watch Shopping The Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Sport is a highly-capable wristwatch that merges sporty looks with classy aesthetics. Its silver-tone stainless steel case stands out beautifully when matched with the watch’s dark brown alligator leather strap. The matching polished silver dial contains applied indices and hands and a date window at 6 o’clock, along with chronograph sub-dials that blend in perfectly with the silver backdrop. A touch of color is added to the timepiece with its bold red seconds hand. This watch is powered by the Zenith El Primero 400B, which differs from the original El Primero 400 in terms of the positioning of its date window. The El Primero Sport is worth approximately $7,599 USD. Importance of Beat Frequency in Telling Time The frequency of a watch is measured using two different terms: Hertz (Hz) and Vibrations per Hour (VpH). Hertz typically refers to the number of oscillations or “swings” the movement’s balance wheel makes in a single second. Each time the balance wheel does half a swing or completes half an oscillation, it is considered a vibration. As such, two vibrations can occur per oscillation. For example, if a Seiko Caliber 6R64 produces 4Hz, which is four oscillations per second, that would amount to eight vibrations a second. In an hour, 4Hz will amount to a total of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Now, why would knowing this be important? The role of beat frequency when telling time lies in the caliber’s ability to generate oscillations. The higher the rate, the more accurate time-telling will be. Most mechanical wristwatches nowadays possess a beat frequency between 18,000 vibrations per hour (2.5Hz) to 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). While those numbers are considered quite reliable, a lot of work still needs to be done for mechanical calibers to match the accuracy of quartz movements. The reason why quartz movements are so immensely accurate is that quartz crystals vibrate at an astronomical rate of 32,768 Hertz. Even the most capable high-beat Zenith mechanical watch can only generate 18 Hertz (129,600 vibrations per hour). Increased beat frequencies are an interest amongst watch collectors because it determines how precise their watches are. With regards to the Zenith El Primero, its 36,000 vibrations per hour (5Hz) allow it to measure time more accurately, all the way down to 1/10th of a second. However, the rate at which a movement beats also affects its power supply. That is why mechanical watches with lower beat frequencies tend to last longer than those that produce higher. It is certainly incredible that Zenith was able to create a large number of models that operate at 5Hz, while also having ample power supplies of around 50 hours. Final Thoughts To this day, the Zenith El Primero stands as one of the most coveted and recognizable automatic movements ever created. With its impressive beat frequency, lengthy power reserve, and unyielding reliability, the El Primero continues to amaze watch enthusiasts everywhere. The Zenith El Primero has made a home in many brilliant models. However, the ten timepieces mentioned above have proven to be some of the best El Primero watches that any brand has to offer. Though there really is no such thing as a bad El Primero watch, make sure to do your own bit of research so that you can land a high-quality and high-performance timepiece that perfectly suits your tastes. Featured Image By: Zenith Watches If you’re looking for more unique watches, have a go at this article of the top 15 Russian Watches.

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  10. 10 Best Seiko Chronograph Watches for Your Different Needs

    10 Best Seiko Chronograph Watches for Your Different Needs

    Did you know that Seiko was responsible for the creation of the world’s first-ever quartz chronograph? That very timepiece, the Seiko Astron, contributed greatly to the brand’s success as a renowned Japanese watchmaker today. There is no doubt that Seiko’s century of experience in watchmaking has made them one of the top watch brands alongside names such as Casio and Omega. Over the years, Seiko has become a well-established company that makes some of the best and most affordable chronographs in the market. The brand is also known for its prolificness, and it has a very diverse range of chronograph offerings, catering to all sorts of needs such as diving, formal events, aviation, and more. As such, we have gone over Seiko’s catalog and curated a list of 10 of the best Seiko Chronograph watches available today. Here is a quick overview of what you can expect in this article: Best Seiko Chronograph for Everyday Use: Seiko Brightz SAGA197Best Seiko Chronograph for a Formal Event: Seiko Presage Chronograph 55th Anniversary Limited EditionBest Seiko Chronograph for Diving: Seiko Prospex SBDL065 Diver Solar Chronograph & Seiko Prospex SSC807J1 Chronograph DiverBest Seiko Chronograph for Pilots: Seiko SNA411 FlightmasterBest Vintage Seiko Chronograph: Seiko Prospex SSC739P1Best Seiko Chronographs for Traveling: Seiko Astron 8X Series SBXB009 & Seiko Astron GPS Solar SSH001J1Best Affordable Seiko Chronographs: Seiko Prospex Chronograph SC741P1 & Seiko Alarm Chronograph SSC141Top 10 Best Seiko Chronographs for Your Needs Best Seiko Chronograph for Everyday Use: Seiko Brightz Wave Solar Radio SAGA197 Photo by Watchshopping The Seiko Brightz chronograph watches are some of the best models for everyday wear and we have picked one that is sure to meet your daily needs. The Seiko Brightz Ref. SAGA197 is a robust and professional-looking timekeeper. Despite its standard 43.6mm build, this Seiko chronograph does not feel heavy on your wrist at all, with its lightweight Diashock-coated titanium casing and bracelet. Its exterior is sleek and well brushed, with polished and trimmed central links. This Seiko Chronograph model features a bold black dial that is versatile enough to match any style, whether it is a suit and tie or a casual shirt and shorts. The majority of the dial is taken up by three chronograph sub-dials at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, which can be controlled by the pushers on the left and right side of the case. At the very rim of the dial, you can see markings indicating 25 different cities, which allows the wearer to track 25 different time zones. The watch’s bezel also comes with a rotary slide rule, which you can use to do calculations such as addition, division, multiplication, and conversions. Powered by the Caliber 8B92, a solar quartz movement developed by Seiko itself, this Seiko Brightz Chronograph for your everyday needs retails at a price of $819 USD. Best Seiko Dress Chronograph for Formal Events: Seiko Presage Chronograph 55th Anniversary Limited Edition Photo by Watchshopping Seiko’s Presage collection is designed to be the brand’s line of fashionable and elegant dress watches. The quintessential Seiko Chronograph representative from this collection has to be the Presage Chronograph Ref. SARK015. It is a limited edition piece inspired by the brand’s Crown watches from the 1960s. This model stands out from the rest with its sleek, modern looks and high-tech features. This Seiko Chronograph comes in a 42.3mm stainless steel case with well-shaped lugs paired with a black Cordovan strap. It boasts an ivory tint dial, featuring double-ridged hour markers and luminous sword-shaped hands. This is contrasted with a bold and striking matte black bidirectional bezel, with rugged teeth-like edges that provide wearers with a better grip. This Seiko Presage watch is powered by an automatic Caliber 8R48, which allows the column wheel and vertical clutch to accurately function. Finally, it bears an exquisite Zaratsu polished finish, commonly found in the luxurious Grand Seiko pieces, which adds to this watch’s dressy and sharp aesthetics. You can purchase this Seiko Chronograph for approximately $3,679 USD. Best Seiko Chronographs for Diving: Seiko Prospex SBDL065 Diver Solar Chronograph & Seiko Prospex SSC807J1 Chronograph Diver Photo by Watchshopping For this section, we offer two excellent Seiko Chronograph dive watches that will make excellent underwater companions. First up is the Seiko Prospex SBDL065 Diver Solar Chronograph, which belongs to the limited edition Prospex Black sub-collection of dive watches from Seiko. This Seiko Chronograph dive watch is highly durable, with its 44.5 stainless steel case that is coated in a hard black layer, designed to support safe and convenient diving in the deep seas. This Seiko Prospex model is a solar chronograph, with a dial designed to display maximum legibility during deep-sea diving. Its hour markers come in large geometric shapes that are generously filled with LumiBrite, allowing the watch to stay brightly lit up even when underwater. Its luminous hands also come in silver and vibrant orange to better contrast against the watch’s black dial, so that wearers can read the watch face more easily and quickly. As a top-notch dive watch, this Seiko Chronograph has a secure screw-down crown and caseback, which contribute to its substantial 200-meter water resistance capacity. This Seiko Chronograph diver has a price tag of $929 USD. Photo by Watchshopping The next dive chronograph from Seiko we are looking at is the Seiko Prospex SSC807J1 Chronograph Diver. This is yet another limited edition piece that is inspired by Japan’s famous Iriomote Island. Most professional divers have probably heard of this island before, as it is home to an abundance of marine life and is a popular destination for diving. The watch’s island green dial is representative of the island’s scenic greenery and ocean depths. This Seiko Chronograph watch has a bulky stainless steel case that measures 13.7mm in thickness and 44.5 mm in diameter, so it will feel quite substantial on your wrist. Its green Sunday dial has large sword-shaped hands and bold hour markers in the form of geometric shapes, all of which are coated in LumiBrite. At the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock markers, you can find three small chronograph sub-dials in grey that blend in well with the vibrant green backdrop. This Seiko Prospex watch typically comes with a stainless steel bracelet, but you can also opt for a green silicone strap that is highly resistant to saltwater and does not retain moisture instead. Powered by a Caliber V192, a solar quartz movement with an accuracy of +/-15 seconds per month, this Seiko Chronograph dive watch has a solid 200-meter water resistance capacity. It retails at a fairly affordable price of $789 USD. Best Seiko Chronograph for Pilots: Seiko SNA411 Flightmaster Photo by Seiko The Seiko SNA411 Flightmaster is one of the best chronographs for pilots in the market. Reliable, masculine, and very affordable, the Flightmaster has almost everything you need in a pilot’s watch. This Seiko Chronograph pilot watch has an exterior made entirely of stainless steel, with a sturdy stainless steel case that measures 42mm in diameter and 13mm in thickness. The watch’s black dial is busy and jam-packed with features, as it comes with three chronograph sub-dials, a tachymetric scale, luminous hour indices and sword-shaped hands, and a date display at 3 o’clock. A bright yellow seconds hand also helps add a splash of quirkiness to this otherwise monochrome watch. It is also equipped with a slide rule bezel which works as a handy navigational tool for calculating speed, distance, and height. This Seiko Chronograph pilot watch runs on the brand’s Caliber 7T62, which is a quartz movement that gives excellent precision and a water resistance capacity of 200 meters. You can purchase this aviation watch for a very budget-friendly price of $255 USD. Best Vintage-Style Seiko Chronograph: Seiko Prospex SSC739P1 Photo by Watchshopping If you are a fan of quintessential looks, check out the vintage-inspired Seiko Prospex SSC739P1. This solar-powered Seiko Chronograph has an old-school and timeless look that is sure to elevate your style, no matter what you are wearing. This Seiko Prospex watch boasts a 44mm stainless steel case with a layer of hard black coating, improving the case’s durability and allows for less visible scratches. Its vintage vibe is enhanced by a brown calfskin leather band, which is one of the most comfortable strap materials for watches. This watch also boasts a dark green dial that blends well with its three light grey chronograph sub-dials. Its white sword-shaped hands and organised Arabic numeral hour markers are heavily reminiscent of old-school military dial layouts, adding to the watch’s classic aesthetic. These indices and hands are also coated in LumiBrite paint for improved visibility at night. The Seiko Prospex SSC739P1 is powered by the Caliber V176, which is a solar-charging quartz movement that has an accuracy of +/-15 seconds per month. You also do not have to worry about using this vintage-influenced piece outdoors, as it has a handy 200-meter water resistance rating, and its battery can last up to 6 months without being charged. You can purchase this Seiko chronograph watch for approximately $429 USD. Best Seiko Chronographs for Travelling: Seiko Astron 8X Series SBXB009 & Seiko Astron GPS Solar SSH001J1 Photo by Watchshopping With regards to the best Seiko chronograph watches for travelers, there are two great options available. The first is the Seiko Astron 8X Series SBXB009, which was picked because its features and build are all extremely helpful for travelers. This model has a sleek black titanium case with fairly large size of 44.6mm. This is paired with a smooth three-link bracelet with no sharp edges, so it will fit comfortably on your wrist. Like the case, the bracelet is made of lightweight titanium, so this watch will not feel too heavy despite its larger size. Keeping the watch’s all-black theme consistent, the Seiko Astron 8X also comes with a sunburst black dial with silver accents on the luminous indices and hands. This model features automatic time adjustment, depending on which time zone you are in. It also has an in-flight mode if you need to avoid any interruptions from electronic devices during your travel. On the bezel, you can find a litany of airport codes marked. These indicators guide you in setting the time for 39 different time zones, making this the perfect Seiko chronograph for frequent travelers. All these functions are made possible by the watch’s GPS Solar 8X82 movement. This multifunctional Seiko Astron watch retails at around $2,229 USD. Photo by Watchshopping Another chronograph that is great for traveling is the Seiko Astron GPS Solar SSH001J1. With this watch, your international travel experience is guaranteed to be hassle-free. This titanium chronograph watch actually bears very similar specifications and functions to the previous Seiko Astron model, but this is an upgraded piece that belongs to Seiko’s 5X Series. It has a smaller case size of 42mm and is powered by a Caliber 5X52 GPS solar movement instead. As such, it has unique functions including a perpetual calendar (up to February 28, 2100), power save function, and a reception result display. You can purchase this Seiko chronograph for $1,999 USD. Best Affordable Seiko Chronographs: Seiko Prospex Chronograph SC741P1 Photo by Watchshopping If you are working with a limited budget, here’s a high-quality yet affordable Seiko Chronograph option for you. The Seiko Prospex Chronograph SC741P1 is a 2019 Special Edition model that was released for the brand’s “Save the Ocean” campaign, an environmentally-friendly initiative aimed towards promoting marine conservation. This Seiko Prospex watch comes in a 43,5mm stainless steel case and a matching three-link bracelet. In keeping with the campaign’s theme, this watch features an ocean-inspired blue dial and a two-toned blue-and-grey bezel. Its gradient blue dial is a reflection of the seas, with a pattern of thick wavy lines that resemble ocean waves. The handset of this watch is also designed to look like the shape of the caudal fin and dorsal fin of a shark. On the dial, you can find three contrasting black chronograph sub-dials, along with bold hour markers in the form of white geometric shapes. On top of its stylishness, the affordable Seiko Chronograph is also the perfect companion for outdoor adventures. It is equipped with a 200-meter depth rating, a Hardlex mineral glass for greater dial protection, and LumiBrite coatings on the hands and indices for improved visibility. Powering this timepiece is the V175 quartz calibre which is a solar-powered movement that can go for six months without recharging. You can purchase this useful and budget-friendly Seiko Chronograph timepiece for $489 USD. Photo by Seiko Another affordable chronograph option is the Seiko Alarm Chronograph SSC141. This model comes in a 42.5 mm stainless steel case with a deep blue dial, featuring luminous silver indices and sword-shaped hands. On the very edge of the dial, there is a tachymetric scale, which allows you to easily keep track of elapsed time. The bulk of the dial is taken up by three sub-dials, which can be found at the 6, 9, and 12 o’clock markers. These include the 60-minute counter, a split time measurement, and a 12-hour alarm. This solar-powered watch is run by the Caliber V172T and has a price tag of approximately $375 USD. Seiko’s Innovation with Chronographs The 1940s–1960s Photo by Seiko Along with many other brands in the industry, Seiko started creating chronographs equipped with Japanese technology. The brand’s first chronograph was developed in the 1940s with a pocket watch design. In 1969, Seiko chronograph watches surpassed Swiss-made pieces when the brand released the Caliber 6139, which is the first-ever automatic chronograph movement. This caliber was equipped with a column wheel and a vertical clutch, which was a huge improvement for tool watches since it allowed for more accurate time measurements. In fact, the column wheel and vertical clutch are still essential components in high-end chronograph pieces today. Seiko’s 6139 series, also known as the Speed-Timer, was considered the brand’s quintessential vintage watch. It was designed with a chunky 40mm case, with an aluminum tachymeter bezel, a winding crown, and chronograph pushers located on the right of the case. It was offered in various dial colourways, such as blue, yellow, and silver. Its watch face also featured a day and date display, along with a 30-minute sub-dial at 6 o’clock. The 1970s–1980s Photo by Seiko In the following decade, Seiko launched the 0634, which has the distinction of being the world’s first digital quartz watch with a chronograph. The 0634 watch is essentially a multi-functional digital piece with an internal light for luminescence in poor lighting conditions. This milestone led other brands to start developing their own quartz digital chronograph watches as well. In 1982, Seiko also created the world’s first portable television watch with a chronograph complication. Aside from its chronograph feature, this watch was also fitted with a tuner, headphone jack, alarm, and calendar. This unique creation was quite an achievement, not just for Seiko but also for Japan, as a country of advanced technology. A year later, the Japanese brand released yet another quartz chronograph, but with more innovations. This was the world’s first analog quartz watch with a chronograph function, designed by the famous Italian car designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro. This groundbreaking piece was a result of Seiko’s expertise in quartz technology and mechanical chronograph watchmaking. The 2000s–present Photo by Seiko In the early 2000s, Seiko showed their mastery in making chronographs yet again when they released the Spring Drive Chronograph collection. This was a selection of watches with the ability to display elapsed time more accurately, with a precision rate of +/-1 second a day. Since then, Seiko has only continued to enlarge their catalog of chronograph offerings, equipping them with more state-of-the-art technology and stylish designs. Seiko Chronographs: Multi-Function Timepieces for Everyone With over 100 years of experience in watchmaking, Seiko has gained credibility as a brand and as an international watchmaker. Ever since the invention of quartz watches, Japanese watches have been dominating the market with their advanced technology and keen attention to detail. The same, of course, applies to the chronograph watch market. Seiko chronograph watches prove that you do not need to spend thousands of dollars just to satisfy your desire for a well-crafted, reliable chronograph piece. Featured image by Lucas D. of Unsplash.com Can’t get enough of chronographs? Check our full list of chronographs watches and see which one suits you best. 

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  11. 15 Best Russian Watches

    15 Best Russian Watches

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

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