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    15 Best Russian Watches

    Normally, when people think about watches, the brands that first come to mind are either Swiss or Japanese. However, there are other watch brands from different countries that also provide highly capable timepieces too. Brands like Skagen and Seagull are great examples of Danish and Chinese watchmaking, and they both showcase exceptional timepieces at rather affordable prices.  Many countries have their own unique take on watches. But for this article, we will focus on what Russian watchmaking has to offer. Stick around as we look at 15 of the best Russian watches available in the market. Maybe you might even see some underrated Russian brands that you are already familiar with. 15 Best Russian Watches 1. Vostok Amphibia Automatic (2415B/120509) – $115 USD 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 a unique design and shock-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 boasts 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. 2. Sturmanskie Gagarin Classic Automatic (9015-1279600) – $455 USD 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 caseback. 3. Raketa Classic Big Zero (0219) – $955 USD  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 caseback 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 dial also boasts a black waffle-like pattern which contrasts nicely with its silver numbers, markers, and hands. Underneath its watch face is a Raketa 2615 movement, equipped with a power reserve that can last up to 40 hours when fully wound. 4. Nesterov Russian Strategic Aviation (H0513B02-74DB) – $290 USD  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 caseback. Coupled with a classic stainless steel strap, this Russian watch has a water resistance rating of 100m. 5. Denissov Barracuda (3133.1026.R.B28) – $870 USD 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 boasts the 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. 6. Vostok Komandirskie K-20 Automatic (2416/020716) – $100 USD 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.  7. Raketa Amphibia (0252) – $1,130 USD 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 boasts 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. 8. Denissov Number One (955.112.001.4.N1M) – $235 USD 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. Its pearl dial boasts a refined look and is adorned with silver Roman numeral hour markers, exclusively-designed minute and hour hands, 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.    9. Sturmanskie Arktika Day-Night (2432-6821355) – $280 USD 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 watch is powered by a Vostok 2432 automatic caliber with a 33-hour power reserve. 10. Nesterov LI-2D (H0984A02-45B) – $155 USD 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 caseback. 11. Raketa Copernicus (0231) – $1,290 USD 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. 12. Vostok Aviator Airacobra Quartz (V.1.11.0.034.4) – $500 USD 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. 13. Sturmanskie Ocean 3133 (3133/1981599) – 950 USD 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 boasts 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 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) – $130 USD 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 boasts 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 guilloche-style inner circle resembles the pattern of a clamshell and holds the minute and hour hands, as well as the circular date aperture. Powered by a quartz movement, this affordable Russian watch is definitely worth adding to your collection. 15. Denissov Free Rider (9015.1015.3B.B3) – $410 USD 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 boasts 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. 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 After looking through the different brands and their collections, Russian watches seem to be highly underrated. 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, I highly suggest obtaining 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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    If you ever dared to think that a watch is nothing more than a time-telling device, this article is here to change the way you think. Today you’re going to discover six ultra-unique watches that make the act of telling time more like the art of time telling. From wrist watches that play classical music to watches without faces, here are six ultra-unique watches that would be as at home on your wrist as they would be in a display case in a museum—and probably will be one day! Ultra-Unique Watches: Our 30 Best Picks Although ultra-unique watches may not be everyone’s cup of tea, many brands, both well-esteemed and underrated, still offer such pieces to showcase their artistry. Below are 30 of our recommended ultra-unique watches full of creativity — in no particular order. 1. Cartier Mechanical Legends Crash Skeleton Photo from @mertaslanfashion on Instagram It would only be right to begin this list with a piece from a brand best known for crafting imaginative and unparalleled watch designs: Cartier. The Cartier Mechanical Legends Crash Skeleton is a very striking timepiece. It looks quite intimidating at first, but is indeed a rare gem when it comes to performance and composition. First unveiled in the 1960s, it comes in a 28.15mm 18K rose gold case with a beautiful brushed finish, paired with a grey alligator leather strap to finish off its elegant but bold look. The idea for this watch’s odd shape emerged when a client brought in his distorted Cartier Baignoire model, which was damaged from a car accident, for repair. Under the hood, the Cartier Mechanical Legends Crash Skeleton with a studded crown relies on a hand-wound mechanism called the Caliber 9818 MC. Solidly built to fit the unusual, asymmetric case shape, the movement beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour. Priced at around $83,300 USD, this Cartier watch may have been controversial when it was first released, but its relevance and timelessness remains celebrated to this day.  2. Swatch Retro-Rosso Ref. GR185 Next up, we have another model with an open-worked dial that exhibits a completely different vibe than the previous one. From the color scheme and materials used to the strap choice, this Swatch unisex model is daring and eye-catching in every way.  Embodying design cues from the 80s, the Swatch Retro-Rosso Ref. GR185 has a 34mm translucent red plastic case and bezel, as well as a matching red silicone strap. The dial sports a vibrant yellow hue and is transparent, allowing wearers to admire the intricate structure of the quartz movement that runs underneath its hood. Apart from bearing neon green baton hands, the watch’s face also features black hour markers on the outer rim of the dial. These hour markers are spelled out in alphabet letters instead of the usual Roman or Arabic numeral formats. Such detail gives this Swatch model in question a hint of quirkiness and character. You do not have to have a sight like a hawk in order to see that this casual Swatch watch is incredibly special. For just $75 USD, you will surely make many heads turn with this distinctive piece. 3. Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Rainbow Ref. 116595RBOW Photo from Tommy B on Flickr Here we have another colorful watch, but this one gives off an air of absolutely sumptuous luxury. The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Rainbow Ref. 116595 carries an air of sportiness and sophistication perfect for urbane men and women. It also demonstrates the Swiss brand’s admirable craftsmanship and expertise in gem-setting. Considered one of the holy grails of Rolex timepieces, you will easily stand out in a crowd with this dazzling and unique luxury watch on your wrist. This Rolex Cosmograph Daytona model has a 40mm 18K Everose gold case paired with a tough sapphire crystal. Extremely fancy and luxe, its bezel features 36-colored gradient sapphires in beautiful baguette cuts. Rolex also used the same precious stones for the hour markers, except for the 12 o’clock marker, which sports the brand’s distinctive crown logo instead. Delving further into the watch’s layout, its dial has a black lacquer backdrop with luminous baton hands that glide smoothly across the surface. You can also find three rose gold sub-dials, all dedicated to chronograph functions, and diamond-studded lugs and crown guards for an added lavish touch. Bright and truly spectacular to look at, this Rolex watch costs around $474,000 USD. It is one of the models on this list that carries a significantly hefty price tag, all to match its lavish aesthetics. 4. Casio Databank DBC-611-1D This list of unique watches will not be complete without a piece from Casio. Hailing from the Land of the Rising Sun, the company manufactures both durable time-telling devices suitable for professional pursuits and cool digital watches like this Casio Databank DBC-611. It is one of the most stylish calculator watches available on the market today, especially with its classy silver-and-black color scheme and peculiar structure. Right off the bat, the Casio Databank DBC-611 gives you a real blast from the past with its familiar nostalgic aesthetics. It comes in a 46.5mm resin case and a sleek stainless steel bracelet with a fully-adjustable clasp. The digital display boasts texts that remind you of video games you used to play in the past, while the watch’s keypad has a flat layout that is very easy to press and play around with. This watch also offers numerous functionalities ranging from dual time, stopwatch and five alarm features, multi-language display, hourly time signal, 25-page Databank, and an 8-digit calculator, among others. Lastly, a Japanese quartz movement with about 3 years of battery life is what keeps the watch running. You can buy this budget-friendly and incredibly innovative Casio watch for just $70 USD. 5. Boegli Grand Opera Ref. M902 At first glance, this watch looks like a regular mechanical timepiece with a slightly busy dial. However, on closer look, you will find that it is far from the usual complicated watches you see around. This timepiece does not just tell you the time—it is actually a watch that possesses musical capabilities! What’s more, it also mimics the abilities of highly-expensive minute repeater watches, but at a much more accessible price. As one of the prettiest music box watches out there, this Boegli Grand Opera watch emits the tune of Chopin’s Tristesse through a round module with a 17-teeth cylinder. The user can start and stop the music by pressing the pusher at 4 o’clock. Aesthetics-wise, the graceful exterior of this timepiece is emphasized by a 47mm brushed stainless steel case, a fixed bezel, and a black leather strap with a butterfly buckle. The silver dial has a vibrant blue time display on the left, with white Arabic numerals and hands. On the right, you can find a window for the drums and pins, signifying that Boegli gives equal importance to both the musical and horological aspects of the watch. If you are looking for a beautiful companion that tells time like a dream, then this $4,200 USD timepiece should be at the top of your must-have list.  6. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie Speaking of minute repeater watches, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie Ref. 26577TI.OO.D002CA.01 remains unrivaled in this department. Apart from bearing a sophisticated and futuristic look, its unique shape and dial layout are all crafted to steal the attention of those on the hunt for fully-functional statement pieces. This complex watch is widely considered one of the most impressive releases by Audemars Piguet. This Swiss-made watch, priced at $597,000 USD, comes in a 44mm case made out of titanium that perfectly complements its simple black rubber strap. The octagonal outer bezel makes it more recognizable as an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak piece, while the black ceramic crown and titanium pushers on the side add more texture to its dapper look. Apart from sporting an open-worked layout, the dial has satin-brushed components, black counters, and an black inner bezel with white markings for greater legibility. It also has white gold skeleton hands with yellow accents, adding a splash of color to this steely timepiece. Compared to other minute-repeaters out there, this unique watch probably has the best acoustic performance.  7. MB&F Horological Machine N°7 Aquapod TI Blue Crafted to make many heads turn, the MB&F Horological Machine N°7 Aquapod TI Blue comes in a 53.8mm grade 5 titanium sphere-shaped case. Its striking case shape is inspired directly by organic jellyfishes found in the deep waters of the ocean. To balance its look, the company added a floating blue unidirectional bezel and a black aircraft-grade rubber strap with intricate engravings and a matte finish. Its dial includes white hour and minute markers that can be seen through two titanium spherical rings rotating on central bearings. Just like a jellyfish, the winding rotor and some segments of the Aquapod’s movement glow effortlessly in dark environments, thanks to their Super-Luminova coatings.  This unique watch is powered by a sphere-shaped automatic movement with 303 components and 35 jewels. To top it all off, it boasts a 72-hour power reserve and a 60-second flying tourbillon at the center to achieve optimal performance. If you have been seeking a piece that showcases Haute Horlogerie at its finest, then this MB&F watch, priced at around $98,000 USD, is your best bet. 8. Anura Rafael Write Time Like what its name suggests, the Anura Rafael Write Time combines the capabilities of a tourbillon watch and a fountain pen into one. It comes in a 42mm pink gold case and runs on a 472-component linear Caliber ARS001/T movement. Its horological capsule comes in a flawless rose gold tone, with a tough sapphire crystal serving as its main protection. Inside, there are three hour and minute discs adorned with large hand-engraved and hand-painted Arabic numerals that tell the time accurately. In order to convert the watch into a writing tool, you just need to release the rotating ring, remove the module, and then attach it to the pen’s body. The actual pen is also made out of the same pink gold material and is decorated with the same alligator leather material found in the strap. Carrying a price tag of $267,000 USD, this is a flamboyant and unique watch that will surely bring out the personality of its wearer. 9. Ora Unica Photo by @watchyouwear_th on Instagram Let us take a break from costly, lavish timepieces and take a look at this minimalist designer beauty. The Ora Unica is a very straightforward and streamlined piece that could effortlessly match any outfit you choose to pair it with. It is the perfect unique dress watch for those of you who like keeping things simple and neat.  Delving into its capabilities, this watch runs on a three-hand quartz movement and is water-resistant up to depths of 30 meters. The star of this timepiece, without a doubt, is its dial. Exuding an almost all-black appearance, the Ora Unica’s dial boasts a crisp matte black backdrop and a mini circle at the center. It also features two white curved lines that serve as its pointers. One end is for telling the hour, while the other one represents the minute. This graphic drawing of lines turns and changes its form as the time passes, giving wearers a source of quick entertainment. With a price of around $200 USD, this may be one of the cheapest models on this list, but it is definitely a decent timepiece worth checking out. 10. Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Alpine View When it comes to visually-appealing luxury timepieces, the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Alpine View is surely one of the front-runners. Oozing with dignity and splendour, this watch comes in a 47mm 18K white gold case and a handmade black strap made out of alligator leather. What makes this watch so interesting is its intricately-made white mother-of-pearl dial. The dial boasts hand-engraved and painted 18K white gold bird figures on its outer rim, all sporting various colors that are easy on the eyes. The backdrop of the dial is a gorgeously painted mountain range that you simply cannot take your eyes off. Sticking with its regal theme, this timepiece also features hands, printed lugs, and a crown made out of white gold as well. It is powered by an in-house Caliber RMA88 that beats at 18,000 vph. This Jaquet Droz watch, which comes with a minute repeater function, retails at $525,000 USD. That being said, it is unfortunately not water-resistant, so be sure to keep this timepiece dry.  Although it comes with a minute repeater function, this Jaquet Droz watch, which retails for $525,000 USD, is unfortunately not water-resistant, so be sure to keep it dry.   11. Qlocktwo W39 White Collection Have you been wanting a unique timepiece with clean and stylish aesthetics? Well, the W39 White Collection by German brand Qlocktwo might just be for you. This watch has a standard 39mm square-shaped stainless case with a fixed bezel. However, it is the sleek dial that makes this quite an interesting watch. Instead of the typical analog layout with geometric or numeral hour markers and hands, this watch displays the time in full, spelled out words. By pushing the thin button on the right side of the watch, the words spelling the correct time will be lit up with bright white LED lights. This also makes the timepiece very readable even in dim conditions. The watch also has many other useful attributes such as a perpetual calendar, a seconds mode, and a battery level indicator. Priced at around $857 USD, this is definitely the kind of unique watch you can wear on both your dress up and dress down days. 12. Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire Black Striking and incredible, the Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire Black has a sophisticated blueprint that is really pleasing to the eye. It boasts a special 45mm case made out of fine sapphire blocks and a thick translucent rubber strap. Since the case is transparent, any wearer can freely admire the hand-wound 20-jewel Caliber BR-CAL.288 tourbillon movement located at 6 o’clock. The addition of a skeletonized black dial adorned with baton hands and indices also make the watch more commanding than ever. When it comes to durability, you do not have to worry as the surface of this Bell & Ross watch is protected with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal that is great in withstanding impacts, scratches, and bumps. With only 8 pieces produced, it is no surprise that this unique Bell & Ross timepiece has a heavy price tag of around $480,000 USD.  13. De Bethune Maestri’Art DW5 Armilia Next up, we have another artistic watch that truly redefines the world of horology. Right off the bat, the De Bethune Maestri’Art DW5 Armilia looks like it came right out of a science fiction film.  First released in 2019, this special edition watch draws inspiration from artist/cartoonist Francois Schuiten work, Obscure Cities. This is why the watch’s 58mm pink gold case has a graphic representation of the fictional underground city, Armilia, in a hand-drawn and hand-engraved format. To achieve a realistic and pristine look, De Bethune scouted a few talented Swiss engravers to work on the illustrations. They also added a lovely black alligator leather band to add to its elegant aesthetics. Since the piece is still technically considered a Dream Watch, it is only natural that it boasts an odd, spaceship-like build. On the top of the case, you will see a small sapphire window that displays the jumping hours and analog minutes. Carrying a price tag of $207,365 USD, this is truly a unique hand-wound timekeeper like no other. 14. Louis Moinet “8 Marvels of the World” Machu Picchu Immerse yourself in the beauty of one of the greatest wonders of the world with this piece from independent Swiss label Louis Moinet. Released under the 8 Marvels of the World collection, this luxurious watch is an actual charmer which is unparalleled in its breathtaking detail.  The Louis Moinet “8 Marvels of the World” Machu Picchu has an 18K rose gold case with engravings all over its surface. This matches the aesthetic of its elaborate dial which depicts the iconic site of Machu Picchu using numerous hand-engraved and hand-painted techniques. The drawings found on the face of this unisex watch, including the hummingbird, the condor, the golden sun symbol at 12 o’clock, the mountains, and the sky are inspired by works from the Nazca civilization. This Louis Moinet watch runs on a 60-second tourbillon movement called the Caliber LM35. Aside from bearing 19 jewels, the mechanism also beats at 21,600 vph. You can have a proper view of the watch through the dial, all-thanks to its open-heart layout. With its lovely and contemporary look, this $2.7 million USD-watch would look nice with a suit and tie. You can also wear it with your favorite shirt and jeans and still look great. 15. Nixon Dork Too Men All Gold  If you think that timekeepers that come with a writing instrument or a musical ability are crazy inventions, wait until you see this next piece from American brand Nixon. The Nixon Dork Too Men’s watch utilizes a small-sized digital display and a speaker to dictate time. In other words, it is a watch that speaks! How awesome is that? This men’s watch is made out of molded stainless steel, with a matching gold-colored bracelet that completes its classy look. Unlike the aforementioned watches, this one is a bit smaller, with a case size of 34mm. However, it has chunky sides that add a rather vintage feel to the watch. Occupying the majority of the case is the speaker cover, while the bottom part is reserved for the red digital LCD display. This Nixon watch has time and date-telling capabilities, an alarm, and an EL backlight. It also comes with a micro-USB charging port that you can use to recharge the watch’s battery. The only downside of this Nixon Dork Too timepiece is that it is only splash-resistant, so you cannot directly submerge it underwater. This piece retails at around $150 USD and only speaks English for now. But who knows? Considering how much of a hit this unique watch was, Nixon might just add some more languages in the future. 16. Bulova Computron Ref. 97C110 Up next, we have the straightforward yet outstanding Bulova Computron. This vintage-style model first came out in the 1970s, but its influence and reputation among collectors and watch lovers still remains relevant to this day.  This watch has a 30mm trapezoidal stainless steel case with a beautiful gold hue and a delightful polished finish. It also features an Oyster-like bracelet with solid links and a folding clasp. While the build is already a scene-stealer, what makes this watch extremely unique is its small rectangular digital display placed below the patterned case. Apart from bearing vibrant red digits, the LED screen allows any wearer to see the hour, minute, 12/25 hour time, second timezone, day, and date. Every feature of this watch can be controlled by pushing the single button on the side. You can buy this iconic Bulova watch for only $295 USD. 17. Citizen Eco Drive Promaster Navihawk GPS Oftentimes, unique watches are not just about physical attributes. Timepieces can also be considered extraordinary if they are equipped with outstanding technologies that contribute to the watch’s accuracy and overall performance. The Citizen Eco Drive Promaster Navihawk GPS Ref. CC9025-85E is a prime example of that. This Citizen timepiece, priced at $1,295 USD, has an extremely busy dial and a rugged, masculine aesthetic. It measures 47mm in size and has a large black titanium case that matches well with its black case. In keeping with its dark theme, the model in question has a beautiful black dial with white accents and texts. More than all these features, however, the focal point of this Promaster GPS watch is its core. It runs on an advanced movement with Eco-Drive technology, meaning that the model actually relies on sources of light for its power. What’s more, this bold and fierce watch is equipped with satellite GPS timekeeping feature, a date window, a synchronized time adjustment available in 27 cities, and even an alarm. 18. Richard Mille RM 50-03 Richard Mille is one of the few innovative brands in the market today that goes all out with its themes, workmanship, and technologies. The Richard Mille RM 50-03, created in collaboration with the McLaren Formula 1 team, serves as proof of the brand’s dedication to luxurious and advanced watchmaking.  This powerful timekeeper comes in a black tonneau-shaped case made out of graphene, titanium and carbon. Matching the dark aesthetic, we also have a rubber strap injected with a graphene component, which allows for great lightness and elasticity. On the sophisticated dial, you will find a split-second chronograph with a tourbillon, a power reserve indicator, and a torque indicator with green, yellow, and red accents. It also has a function indicator that tells you whether the watch is in neutral configuration or whether you can wind or set it. Finally, this watch is powered by the hand-wound and lightweight Caliber RM50-03, with 70 hours of power reserve. Loaded with jaw-dropping functions and with only 75 pieces ever produced, it is no surprise why this Richard Mille watch costs $1.68 million USD. 19. Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Ref 95.9000.9004/78.R582 The Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Ref 95.9000.9004/78.R582 may look like a simple watch with a skeletonized dial but its mechanism is what makes this watch captivating and unique. It comes in a 44mm titanium case with a brushed finish, and an elegant black rubber strap with alligator leather coating. Its dial follows an openworked layout with two counters reserved for the chronograph function: one is in black while the other sports a blue-toned outline. This Zenith Defy model also features a power-reserve display at 12 o’clock, a small seconds display at 9 o’clock, and rhodium-plated and faceted hands and indices that are coated with Super-LumiNova. Powered by an outstanding El Primero 9004 Certified Chronometer movement, which can measure 1/100th of a second, this men’s watch also has a separate chronograph hand. Retailing at $12,500 USD, this luxurious Zenith watch is one of their best offerings on the market. 20. Projects Terra-Time Grey Designed by James Wines and Alex Donahue, the open landscape concept of the Projects Terra-Time Grey is what makes it a watch worth getting. Bearing an affordable price tag of around $145 USD, it is the ideal choice for those who like neutral tones but want something with an unconventional appearance. This watch has a 40mm stainless steel case, straight lugs, and crown, all with gorgeous brushed finishes. Tying the muted look together, we also have a well-proportioned gray silicone strap. With a water resistance rating of 50m, this watch can withstand occasional splashes and a swim in the pool. However, the highlight of this watch lies in its six-layered dial, which boasts different shades of gray that represent the layers of the earth. Taking inspiration from contour maps and agricultural terraces, the dial consists of simple sword-shaped hands and circular hour markers that add to the watch’s minimalistic aesthetic. 21. Patek Philippe Complications Ref. 5180/1R This Patek Philippe Complications Ref. 5180/1R runs on a hand-engraved 159-component skeleton movement with a 48-hour power reserve. In terms of physical attributes, this Patek Philippe watch comes in a classic 39mm pure rose gold case, and a bracelet with a fold-over clasp in the same material. Like most luxury watches, the front and back of this timekeeper are protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. This is a straightforward time-teller, without any overly complex complications. Instead, its dial simply boasts two sleek black dauphine hands and a skeleton dial that shows off its delicate and luxurious movement at work. Ladies who need a dash of finesse in their lives can cop this piece for around $111,000 USD. While its price certainly is not a joke, this Patek Philippe Coomplications watch will forever remain as a timeless statement piece, making it quite a reasonable purchase. 22. Ziiiro Eon Clear White Chic and minimal—these are the words that best fit the Ziiiro Eon Clear White. Wondering how exactly it works? Well, you can track the time using the red and black baton shapes that serve as the hour and minute hands. Designed to upgrade your timekeeping experience, both parts rotate in an orbital motion, like what regular analog pieces do, just without the presence of elongated pointers. Apart from bearing a 41mm 316L stainless steel case and hardened mineral crystal, the watch has a cool polyamide nylon strap in white. In addition, it has a brushed silver-and-black gradient dial which you simply cannot take your eyes off. Powered by a Miyota 1L-26 quartz movement with an accuracy rating of +/-20 seconds per month, this unique Ziiiro watch retails at around $180 USD. 23. Xeric Halograph II Automatic Green Brown Limited Edition Another watch with a cool and contemporary look is the Xeric Halograph II Automatic Green Brown Limited Edition. The watch has a 46mm 316L stainless steel case with a scratch-resistant sapphire glass. This is paired with a handsome brown leather strap from Horween which has a quick change spring bar system, allowing wearers to easily switch straps according to their preferences. The star of this watch is its green dial, which boasts four halo hands with luminous coatings. These hands float over the inner and outer arcs at the top of the dial, which indicate the hours and the minutes, respectively. Furthermore, you can also find two displays at the bottom, which are directly attached to the movement window. One is for the day/night function, while the other indicates the running seconds. You can purchase this unique quartz-powered watch for just $499 USD. 24. Patek Philippe Grand Complications Ref. 6102R Another enthralling timepiece on this list is the Patek Philippe Ref. 6102R, which is a member of the brand’s most prestigious collection, the Grand Complications. From the material and color choice down to the dial blueprint, it is nothing but an actual stunner. Its dial comes in a pretty black color speckled with silver, and has sapphire crystal disks scattered all over its surface to achieve an aesthetic reminiscent of a realistic night sky. There are also transparent disks dedicated for the sky chart and a Milky Way design at the center of the dial.  Moving on to the technicalities, this watch also showcases the time of meridian passage of Sirius and of the moon, as well as solar time functions, among others. The only downside about this Patek Philippe celestial watch is that it is not too big on water resistance. However, given the delicacy of its components, this is quite understandable. Prepare to shell out about $316,000 USD if you want to get your hands on this ultra-unique timepiece.  25. Casio G-Shock GMWB5000CS Have you been wanting a classic black-and-white watch but with a unique twist? Then the Casio G-Shock GMWB5000CS might be the answer to your prayers. The brand really went all out with the construction of this piece, as it sways from the usual rugged and plain plastic build of G-Shock watches.  With a wide octagonal case and bezel crafted out of stainless steel, the Casio model in question is one of the brand’s full-metal limited edition pieces. This timepiece is often called the “TRON” because of its resemblance to the grid landscape found in the movie of the same name. Its exterior has a black IP finish with laser engravings, resulting in a sharp and stunning Grid Tunnel pattern that all watch enthusiasts will surely appreciate. True to its name, this unisex watch has astonishing shock-resistance and 200m water-resistance capacities. This Casio sports watch is also packed with tons of handy features such as bluetooth connectivity with GPS, multi-band atomic time calibration, and world time with 39 time zones, and more. You can experience these all for just $800 USD. 26. Timex T80 Classic Digital Coke Edition Fun and hip are the words that best describe the Timex T80 Classic Digital Coke Edition. It is a retro-inspired digital watch that bears an aesthetic funky and compelling enough to make you stand out without being too loud. Enclosed in a 34mm silver brass case, the watch has an acrylic protective barrier and four pushers at both sides. You will also see a digital display right at the center of the dial, with black texts and INDIGLO® night-light for greater readability. Surrounding its outer ring are vibrant Coca Cola details in yellow, red, orange, pink, and blue tones. Apart from bearing month, day, and date functions, this unique watch for men and women also has a chronograph that measures 1/100th of a second, and a daily alarm. Priced at only $89 USD, you will be able to elevate your style with this trendy and affordable unique watch. 27. Breguet Marie-Antoinette No.1160 Considered a reproduction of the original piece commissioned for Marie-Antoinette back in the early 1780s, the Breguet Marie-Antoinette No.1160 holds the title of being the fifth most complicated watch in the world. Evoking a regal feel, this luxurious pocket watch runs on a 63-jewel automatic movement, with parts made out of wood-polished pink gold and blued steel. Wearers can admire its extravagant beauty through its skeletonized dial, which is also adorned with Roman numeral indices and aqua blue hands. This unique watch packs a lot of features such as a perpetual calendar, equation of time, hour-repetition, quarters and minutes, and independent seconds. Valued at $30 million USD, this watch exemplifies the art of watchmaking in the most splendid way possible. 28. The Electricianz Carbon Z Black Leather Nato For our next watch, we have the cool, electricity-inspired Carbon Z Black Leather Nato from the brand THE ELECTRICIANZ. With a playful and vibrant design, this watch has a 45mm round stainless steel case and an embroidered strap made out of calfskin leather. The black dial boasts oddly-shaped hands in different color highlights, and rounded baton hour markers that have blue LED backlights. They give this unique men’s watch an extraordinary, rich look during night time. Looking at the left side of the dial, you will also see wires in five different colors that gives the watch a high-tech feel. Priced at around $325 USD, this unique watch for men runs on an exclusive electric module. 29. Truwood Journey Hailing from a relatively young and eco-friendly brand, the Truwood Journey is the ideal watch for adventure seekers and nature lovers. Endorsing sustainability and elegance all at once, it houses a Japanese automatic movement at its core. You can glimpse its sleek and polished beauty through the open-heart dial. Aside from sporting a nude-colored outer dial and a mixture of baton and Roman numeral indices in silver, the face of this men’s watch also consists of sleek hands that glide smoothly. What makes this Truwood timepiece distinct is that both its case and bracelet are made out of genuine, high-quality olive wood and zebrawood. You just have to be careful while wearing it as this unique watch for men is only water-resistant up to depths of 30m. For just $379 USD, you will be able to take this unique piece home. Plus, you will also be able to help the environment, since Truwood plants 10 trees for every purchase made from their site. 30. Vacheron Constantin Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 Ending this list with a bang, we have another astronomical watch called the Vacheron Constantin Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600. This watch has an 18K white gold 45mm case and a matching black Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with fine stitchings and a saddle finish. The matte black dial boasts stick hands and baton-style hour markers, all in a shiny silver hue. However, what makes this watch truly stand out are its impressive technical features. Designed to stun, it comes with 23 complications and numerous astronomical functions for a trailblazing and ultra-unique watch. Showcasing top-tier workmanship, it even has a tourbillon, a power reserve indicator, and a hand-wound movement with 64 jewels and 514 parts that truly exceed expectations. This Vacheron Constantin piece costs around $1 million USD, which is not surprising, considering this is the brand’s most complicated wristwatch to date. Final Thoughts Picking out a creative watch worth donning on your wrist can be quite challenging knowing that there are many brands that excel in creating them. Some timekeepers can give you a glimpse of the celestial sky’s current condition, while some embody unusual shapes and hand-engraved dial designs that may even pass as works of art. As long as you know what you need and what instances you are planning to use such special watches for, you will surely be able to covet a good and long-lasting one with top-notch quality and features. Whatever piece you end up choosing, it is always a good idea to have at least one ultra unique watch in your closet. Want to know more about other watch brands and their lovely offerings? Check out our articles on the Seiko Kinetic, Patek Philippe Aquanaut and the Most Expensive Rolex Watches. Photos from official brand websites, unless stated otherwise

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  5. History of the Omega Speedmaster

    History of the Omega Speedmaster

    For decades the Omega Speedmaster has embodied the essence of auto racing and held a coveted spot at the forefront of racing-inspired watches. But, what makes it so special? Let’s trace the evolution of this quintessential racing watch. Omega Speedmaster, It Was Part of a Trilogy When we first met the Omega Speedmaster in 1957, it was not alone; it was launched in conjunction with the Seamaster 300 CK 2913 dive watch, and the Railmaster CK 2914, which had antimagnetic properties for train travel. In the 1950s, Omega was the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games and so stopwatch chronograph functions were high on their list of priorities. It was only natural that the very first Speedmaster (ref. CK2915) had a triple-register chronograph design that’s remarkably similar to the Speedmasters produced today. Dubbed the “Broad Arrow” for its hour hand, this ode to classic Italian auto racing was only in production for three years, making it popular with collectors today. Omega Speedmaster Moon Madness Takes Hold in the 60s We got a few more similar versions of the Speedmaster in the late 1950s and early 60s. Omega started putting “Professional” on the dials in the summer of 1965, during one of the watch’s most notable periods in the midst of the Space Race. So much has been said about the Omega Speedmaster and its association with space missions. A Speedmaster, famously called the “Moonwatch,” was worn by astronaut Walter Schirra on the Sigma 7 launch in 1962 and one went along for the first lunar landing in 1969. The watch continued its association with NASA during the decades that followed. Mark II Ushers in the 70s As Omega peered over the edge of a new decade, they sought designs that would take them from the 60s into the 70s. Enter the Omega Mark II, with a striking barrel-shaped case that was unconventional at the time. The original Mark II that debuted in 1969 came in two versions, one with a black-and-white design scheme, and a special racing edition with orange elements. We only got a few years of Mark IIs, as Omega soon moved on to Mark IIIs. But in 2014, Omega gave us an updated edition of the Mark II with all the trademarks of the original. Mark III Takes the Reins The Speedmaster Mark III had an eye-catching design when it was unveiled in 1971, and praise for its modern lines continues to this day. With its signature Flightmaster case, this first of the automatic Speedmasters was also the very first to have a date function, a day-night indicator, and sub-dial features that match today’s modern Speedmasters. Available with blue, silver, and black dials, the Mark III is an atypical entry, which makes watch aficionados love them even more. Things Get Funky in the 70s Cultural norms were upended in the 1970s. Music and fashion were breaking barriers like never before. Revolution was in the air. Omega had to shake things up and deliver some designs that fit with the times. One such example is the Speedmaster 125 that debuted in 1973. One look and you can see why the watch might have its detractors. It’s big, bulky, and the dial looks like something you might find on an old Russian submarine. But the watch has its throwback charms and some historical significance as it was released to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Omega’s founding. Digital Days With the X-33 Here’s one from the late 90s that’s for the quirkier of collectors. The “Mars Watch” didn’t go as Omega had wished. Hoping to build on their “moon” success, the watchmakers went for the next step of Mars exploration, but the campaign never generated excitement. Still, the Mars move gave us one of the more unusual members of the Omega Speedmaster family, the Speedmaster X-33. Your eyes do not deceive you. That is a digital display on a Speedmaster, which functions like both a digital watch and a mechanical chronograph. While this hybrid never made it to Mars, it was involved in several space missions and used by astronauts on the International Space Station. Omega Speedmaster Celebrating 50 Years in 2007 Many recall the recent 60th anniversary Speedmaster in 2017. And that’s an impressive addition to the catalog, with a design that mirrors the very first Speedmaster from 1957. But discerning collectors have taken more note of the 50th anniversary Speedmaster we met in 2007. The 2007 watch broke a few norms on its Golden Jubilee birthday. While most Speedmasters have matte dials, this one went with a lustrous enamel dial. The usual 50 meters of water resistance was doubled to a depth of 100 meters. And on the inside, Omega placed the much-praised caliber 3201 movement. Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon to Today In 2013, we got a tribute to the lunar-landing days of the Speedmaster with the now-classic Dark Side of the Moon. This ceramic “Moonwatch” is aptly named with its stark black design. And it is ceramic through and through, from its case and chronograph pushers to the caseback and dial, made from black zirconium oxide ceramic. While the watch does harken back to the long-over Space Race, it’s a decidedly modern timepiece. Omega streamlined the design by taking three subdials down to two, and beefing up the size of the case, to boldly go into the contemporary world. Conclusion So, where do you fall? Are you a modern watch wearer who prefers a sleek ceramic Speedmaster? Maybe you take to vintage charm from the 70s or perhaps lean more to one-off oddities from the 90s. With over eight decades of Speedmasters to choose from, surely there’s one that suits your style.

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  6. Top 5 Swiss Watch Brands

    Top 5 Swiss Watch Brands

    Which luxury company produces the finest Swiss watch brands? Let’s run through the top five Swiss watch brands and look at why they enjoy enviable places in the upper echelon of the watchmaking world. Swiss Watch Brands  1: Rolex Are They Really That Good? They’ve got the world’s best-known name in luxury watches and Swiss watch brands, but what do you get when you buy a Rolex? Well, you get a watch like no other because Rolex is a company like no other. They’re privately owned, for one, and the freedom to operate independently can’t be overstated. While most other high-end watchmakers use 316L stainless steel, Rolex exclusively uses 904L steel. They retooled their production facilities to handle the super durable alloy that looks different from your usual stainless steel. The benefits of Rolex operating on its own includes an on-site foundry for smelting gold, in-house manufacturing of all movements, and their own science labs to examine everything from oil viscosity to metallurgy on a microscopic level. And as for variety, with nearly a century of history, the choices are almost innumerable. Among the most-popular Rolexes ever made are the Submariner dive watches, the Cosmograph Daytona racing watches, and the Yacht-Master and Yacht-Master II. The Yacht-Masters came decades after the debuts of the Daytona and the Submariner. So they lack history. But their versatility and adaptability put them in contention for the all-time favorite Rolexes. 2: Omega for Swiss Heritage If you’re interested in Swiss watch brands, and you’re talking about a Rolex, then you’re probably going to be talking about an Omega, too. It’s the age-old question: Which is better, a Rolex or an Omega? We may never be able to find a quantifiable answer, but we can look at a few reasons why one might lean to Omega. Omega has been around for longer than Rolex. That’s usually a surprise to many as Rolex is synonymous with watch heritage. But Omega is older by over half a century, tracing its roots to a Swiss workshop that opened in 1848. Perhaps Omega isn’t perceived so much as an “older” brand because it’s often seen in popular culture, on the wrists of the current James Bond and a host of celebs, including brand ambassadors such as George Clooney, Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman, and Michael Phelps, to name a few. The undisputed champ when it comes to popularity is the Omega Speedmaster Professional, or “Moonwatch,” a classic timepiece made for space flight that’s taken well to terrestrial life. But, perhaps nearly as known and loved, are the Omega Seamasters. In particular, Planet Ocean Seamasters are some of the best dive watches you can buy that complement nearly any wardrobe on land. 3: Patek Philippe with Dress and Dive Classics Folks have long joked that Patek Philippe is a “Rich Man’s Rolex.” While that may not be literally true, there is truth in the sense that you are looking at a different level when considering a Patek Philippe dress watch. Patek Philippe is a go-to brand for people who want to ascend to that rare air without being too flashy about it. Bling is for other brands. Patek Philippe’s best-known and most-iconic watch is, without doubt, the Calatrava. The legendary dress watch bowed in 1932 and today remains an ever-popular flagship model for the brand. The Calatrava set the standard for what a good dress watch should be — simple and elegant with moderate proportions. While it has less time in the spotlight than the Calatrava, the Patek Philippe Nautilus comes a close second in terms of popularity. People were slow to embrace the dive watch, which debuted in 1976 to little fanfare. But in 2006, the 30th-anniversary edition was an enormous hit, and popularity hasn’t waned to this day. 4: TAG Heuer Has Auto Racing History Any look at TAG Heuer watches should first peer past 1985, when the company Techniques d’Avant-Garde (TAG) bought a big part of Heuer Watches. Heuer’s tale actually begins in 1860, when Edouard Heuer set up his watchmaking shop in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. He was soon known for making chronographs, especially for airplanes and cars, and in 1914, Heuer made a chronograph for the wrist. The Heuer racing watch was born! The watchmaker would be synonymous with auto racing to this day, producing the famed Monaco’s and Carrera’s. Other than its race-inspired offerings, TAG Heuer excels at dive watches, which they didn’t get into until the 1980s. The late start doesn’t seem to have done any harm as the Aquaracer competes with some of the best dive offerings from Omega and Rolex. 5: IWC for Big, Bold Statements The International Watch Company (IWC) makes some really nice dive watches, such as the Aquatimer. But IWC will probably never outdo Omega dive watches. And the IWC chronographs, specifically the Portugieser, are wonderful. But they may never beat Rolex chronographs, at least in the minds of many. What IWC can lay claim to, perhaps more than any other Swiss luxury brand, is pilot watches. This Swiss watch brand’s reputation earned with sweat, and blood. Literally, as IWC watches went into combat in both World War One and World War Two. There are a vast number of models under their five categories of pilot watches. That includes Top Gun, Spitfire, Classic, Le Petit Prince, and a category for Le Petit Prince author Antoine De Saint-Exupéry. But the pilot watch most everyone knows and loves is the IWC Big Pilot, the brand’s most-iconic watch with its huge dial and signature onion crown. Swiss Watch Brands We should give honorable mentions to Audemars Piguet, Tissot, and Longines, who all trace their histories back to Switzerland more than a century ago. With that kind of heritage, it’s hard to find a fine Swiss watchmaker you wouldn’t welcome into the Top 5!

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  7. Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Top Watch Picks This Year

    Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Top Watch Picks This Year

    A good-looking, functional timepiece is one of the best gifts for tired, hard-working dads for Father’s Day. Fortunately, there are dozens of options available in terms of luxury, design, and function in this very article. Whether your dad is looking for the fanciest watch on the market or the most budget-friendly, you’ll find what you want here. We’ve even got a watch for those types of dads who aren’t that into watches as well. So, without further ado, here are some of the best watches that would make for a great Father’s Day gift: 1. Seiko 5 SNK809 Even with the explosion of the watch culture in the last couple of years, not every dad is essentially watch-crazy. But if you want to get them onboard the trend, there’s nothing better than the Seiko 5 SNK809. Despite its affordable price tag, this watch from Seiko is anything but cheap. The case is gorgeously handsome and features a wide-sloping bezel and short-broad lugs. The 4 o’clock window shows the brand’s trademark recessed crown. The dial is styled in classic type-B Flieger, mixed with efficient readability and excellent vintage pilot looks. The display case back features Seiko’s proprietary 7S26 automatic movement, which is impressive for this model’s price range. Being both cheap and versatile makes the SNK809 a wonderful gift for first-time watch owners. 2. Emporio Armani Leather Strap‌ ‌Watch‌ When it comes to buying watches for dads on Father’s Day, practicality is the main keyword. This leather strap watch from Emporio Armani is an ideal keep for dads for their short getaways or weekend brunches. If you want your dad to stand out from the crowd, then be sure to get him a model with a unique green strap. 3. Grant Chronograph‌ ‌Leather‌ ‌Watch‌ Fossil is a name that resonates with ingenuity and creativity. They’re always focused on making fashionable, quality watches that are both accessible and exciting. For those reasons, this would make a great Father’s Day gift. This is exemplified with the brand’s Grant watch, thanks to its classic-clock-inspired Roman numerals. Its unique identity is forged by its bright blue dial, light brown leather, and silver steel case. The straps are made of silicon which is very comfortable to wear and waterproof. 4. Casio World Time Digital‌ ‌Watch‌ This affordably-priced retro-futuristic-looking timepiece would make one of the nicest Father’s Day gift ideas. It features a multi-functional dial with a 12/24-hour format, a world time indicator, a world map, a countdown timer, and more. The watch is encased in fine plastic with a slick stainless-steel case back. Over five alarms can be configured as a one-time or daily alarm and can be automatically disabled. It comes with a 100-meter water-resistance capability. This means that the watch is ideal for snorkeling and swimming, although not sub-aqua diving or high-board diving. The watch also features a battery with a 10-year power-reserve without even changing them once in between. 5. Raymond Weil Maestro This luxurious lineup is responsible for introducing the Skeleton Swiss and Moon‌ ‌Phase‌ watches to the market. The designs are the personification of Raymond Weil’s unorthodox craftsmanship and the value that the brand represents. It may be simple looking, but it is stylish in its design and that too at a very reasonable price range. It comes with a sapphire crystal dial window that doesn’t reflect in broad daylight. It’s also water-resistant to 165 feet, making it suitable for showering and swimming. All in all, it’s a fine choice for fathers who appreciate impeccable design and quality along with the value it provides. 6. G-Steel‌ ‌Watch‌ Shop Casio Watches Another excellent choice for Father’s Day! The G steel watch is a collaborative effort from the Casio G-Shock along with jazz label Blue‌ ‌Note‌ ‌Records‌. This model was especially inspired by vinyl records. This inspiration is seen in the model’s case back, offering a commendable classic vibe in a modern setup. One of the G-Steel’s coolest features is that it can hook up to your smartphone through Bluetooth. With this, you can accurately tell the time, change settings like alarms, as well as the world clock with ease. This is an ideal watch for fathers who are always on the go. 7. Hamilton Khaki‌ ‌Field‌ Shop Hamilton Khaki Field Watches If your dad’s the old school type, then you can’t go wrong with the classic Hamilton Khaki‌ ‌Field‌. The simple feel-style dial, along with the straight-lug bead-blasted case, syringe hands, and Arabic numerals make this timepiece a true classic. Much of these creative features are inspired by the 1940s Hamilton military watches. It is functional, simple and will also make the Hamilton identical in another 70 years. This is the perfect Father’s Day gift for someone who isn’t looking for too much attention. 8. Seiko 5 Sports Shop Seiko Watches For the outgoing, sporty type dads, the Seiko 5 Sports is a must-own timepiece. They’re available in a variety of configurations both in terms of bracelets and straps. They come in 42.5 mm steel cases and feature automatic day-date movements without having to worry about changing batteries. Besides that, they’re also 100-meter water-resistant, making them excellent for outgoing adventures. 9. Nomos Metro Shop Nomos Glashutte Metro Watches The Nomos Metro is the type of luxury watch that is fit for fathers who appreciate precision German engineering and craftsmanship. It features a Metro date power reserve built by a brilliant young engineer named Mark Braun. Not only does the power reserve indicator remind wearers when they should rewind but it is also one of its design features. Its other features include hands with quill tips that are finely crafted along with its colorful hour indexes. The Metro is powered by the brand new DUW 4401 movement that features the date, sub-seconds, as well as the brand’s patented power-reserve indicator.

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  8. Zelos Watches: Top 3 Collections

    Zelos Watches: Top 3 Collections

    Some great affordable watch brands have had humble beginnings, and that’s certainly the case with Zelos Watches. A 2014 Kickstarter campaign took the Singapore-based brand’s assets from near zero to around $80,000. This allowed founder Elshan Tang to break into the microbrand market. In the years since Zelos watches shown serious staying power with stunning designs and solid workmanship at reasonable prices. Most models featuring sapphire crystals, automatic movements, and high-grade materials such as 316L stainless steel. Zelos watches proved that high quality can come at a low cost. At least low when compared to more upscale brands such as Rolex and Omega, as the Zelos prices run the gamut from about $300 to $1,300. So, what do we have in this price range that’s well within the reach of most watch lovers? Let’s take a look at three of their top collections. Relish Retro Style with the Hammerhead Drawing inspiration from cherished cushion-shaped dive watches from the 1960s and 1970s, the Hammerhead combines a vintage design with the technology of today. Hammerhead sharks are stealthy and strong. They’re often found stalking prey along the pressure-heavy ocean floor and using their namesake heads as weapons when they come across a quarry. So too the Zelos Hammerhead is one tough timepiece, with cases of either 316L steel or marine-grade bronze. For maximum protection, a double-domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal tops the dial, while the display caseback is similarly made of sapphire. Photo from zeloswatchesThe Hammerhead’s bezel continues the commitment to toughness with the option of zirconium-oxide ceramic. It is incredibly resistant to scratches, abrasions, and corrosion. The material is gauged several times more durable than stainless steel. It measures at an impressive 1,500 HV on the Vickers hardness test. Water-resistant up to 1,000 meters with a screw-down crown, the Hammerhead was literally built for swimming with sharks. For something truly unique, go with the meteorite version with a dial and bezel made from a meteorite. A meteorite, meteorite? Yup, a big old rock that was formed billions of years ago, hurtled through space for a millennium on end, plummeted to earth in a fiery fall, and then got sourced for a watch. Meteorite models are one of a kind as the patterns of no two space rocks are the same. Chroma for Minimalist Charm While the Hammerhead offers a big dose of bravado, the Chroma Collection comes in with subtle and understated warmth. With 42mm diameters, you might think that Chromas wear large, but the lack of lugs makes them come off considerably smaller than their actual size would suggest. Photo from zeloswatchesChroma watches do share some of the Hammerhead’s attributes in terms of toughness, such as sapphire crystals front and back, 316L stainless steel, bronze, or carbon fiber cases, along with water-resistance up to 50 meters. But they also have finer sides, with versions that mix satin-brushed and polished stainless steel finishes with rose gold plating. Adding an elegant touch, 20mm straps are crafted from waxed crazy horse leather, coveted for the antique look they acquire as they age gracefully. The most affordable timepieces Zelos offers, nearly all of the watches in the Chroma line are priced between $269 and $299, with a few exceptions. One such outlier that’s priced at $499 is a limited edition made of Damascus steel, an alloy often used in making high-end knives that finishes with an eye-catching wood grain pattern. And these are all especially nice given the price, as they’re not quartz but actually automatics with Miyota 821A movements. Skyraider Takes Aviation to a New Era Zelos looked back to World War Two for inspiration in its latest aviation watch, named after the Douglas A-1 Skyraider. The famous fighter plane was revered for its resilience, serving as the last propeller-driven aircraft to fly missions for the United States Air Force. And while the design of the Skyraider Collection takes cues from classic pilot watches, we also get a modern take with meteorite and skeletonized dials among its contemporary notes. Photo from zeloswatchesCases go on the larger side with 42.5mm width and lug-to-lug spans of 50mm. And we go seriously Old School with a classic manual-wind movement. An ETA 6498 caliber with 44 hours of reserve power that originally got its start in pocket watches. The large crown is not screw-down and has no crown guards. That means it gives the watch a truly vintage look of pilot watches from a time gone by. Dials are eye-catching, each unique in their own distinct ways. The titanium and bronze case models offer dial options. Options including skeletonized, meteorite, and “atmosphere blue” with a turbine pattern and a gradient that goes from blue to black. A Muonionalusta meteorite that plummeted to what we today call Sweden about a million years ago offers a one-of-a-kind pattern. The skeletonized version shows us the inner workings, topped by hands with a generous amount to C3-Super-LumiNova that guards against legibility issues we sometimes see with skeletonized watches. Zelos Watches Conclusion Following that first fateful Kickstarter campaign, Elshan Tang did more. Elshan went on to create a series of successful crowd-sourced initiatives. He raised more than a million dollars for his watchmaking enterprises. Most days you can find him hunched over a workbench at his Singapore studio,  as he is busy working on the next great Zelos watches.  

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  9. Richard Mille to Daniel Wellington, Odell Beckham Jr’s Watch Collection

    Richard Mille to Daniel Wellington, Odell Beckham Jr’s Watch Collection

    We should really talk about Odell Beckham Jr., Richard Mille, and Daniel Wellington, because, well, it’s a little complicated. So, let’s delve into what the football superstar and these watch brands have gotten themselves into. Richard Mille Gets Time on the Field  Earlier this year, the never-shy Cleveland Browns wide receiver took to the field against the Tennessee Titans wearing an eye-catching orange-and-black Richard Mille RM 11-03 McLaren. A few things were odd about that move. First, it’s a violation of NFL rules and Beckham surely knew he’d be looking at a fine. Okay, he’s got a $16.75 million salary deal so he’s probably not going to sweat a few bucks over some uniform violation. And the bright orange timepiece matched the colors of his uniform, so maybe the choice made sense. What follows didn’t make as much sense, at least not at first glance. That Richard Mille RM 11-03 has a price tag of just under $200,000. It’s an automatic flyback chronograph and it made a big impression when it was unveiled at last year’s Geneva Auto Show. But Odell made a seemingly offhand, and somewhat derogatory, comment that the watch was just “plastic.” But it’s not. It’s made of a highly durable mix of Orange Quartz TPT and Carbon TPT. Unless this longtime watch lover suddenly can’t tell the difference between plastic and a high-end carbon composite, this is a little weird. View this post on Instagram “My haters cant even get subliminal attention…” A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on Jul 6, 2019 at 3:32pm PDT It Gets Better for Odell Beckham Jr. Then Beckham went even bigger with a Richard Mille in a high-profile setting. This time it was during warm-ups against the New York Jets. He was spotted wearing a Richard Mille RM 56-01. That skeletonize tourbillon with a sapphire case costs almost two million bucks! It was one of only five that were produced in 2013 when Beckham was a college player. But, as keen observers were quick to point out, he was wearing a fake. Reporters asked about the watch after the game and he oddly replied, “I think Daniel Wellington might be a better watch than these.” Okay, more curious still. A few days later, things started to make more sense when Daniel Wellington announced on Instagram that Odell was their latest brand ambassador, joining such stars as Hailey Bieber, Chinese singer Lay Zhang, soccer star Paulo Dybala and Bollywood actors Radhika Apte and Ayushmann Khurrana. So, we can guess one of two things happened: 1) Beckham used Richard Mille to covertly drum up publicity for his new gig at Daniel Wellington, or 2) Wellington saw the publicity as their chance to move in and nab him as their ambassador. Either way, Richard Mille seems left out on the sideline. Blinged-Out with Breitling and Rolex There was a time, and not too long ago, that Odell Beckham Jr.’s love of luxury watches wasn’t so complicated. Soon after he signed on to play for the New York Giants in 2014, he treated himself to a custom-made Breitling chronograph. He’s one of the most fashion-forward players in the league. So, it’s no wonder his luxury timepiece had a diamond-encrusted bezel and a nearly blinding diamond-studded dial. He celebrated the watch on his Instagram account with the quote, “We all have the same 24 hrs in a day. It’s how we use them that makes all the difference… #blessed.” View this post on Instagram On ? A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on Jul 18, 2016 at 5:39am PDT Diamonds seem to be a thing with Beckham, who got attention at last year’s Vanity Fair Oscar party for wearing a heap of diamond chains over his designer suit. He’s partial to sporting Louis Vuitton suits with sneakers and almost always flashes some ice. So, it’s no surprise that his go-to Rolex Day-Date is also a diamond-encrusted gem. Odell Beckham Jr. has been spotted on red carpets wearing the glittering timepiece and has also shared images of this fave on Instagram. What’s Next for Odell Beckham Jr. and Wellington? It seems that Odell is all in on his burgeoning love affair with Daniel Wellington watches. He’s joined forces with fellow ambassadors Paulo Dybala and Hailey Bieber to spearhead the Swedish watchmaker’s launch of its first-ever linked bracelet timepieces. Until recently, Wellington’s minimalist offerings only came on fabric, leather, or mesh straps. Under the Iconic Link banner, they’re offering the same no-nonsense style with the watch faces but have beefed up the bracelets with three-piece solid stainless steel links. Their rose-gold offering mixes copper with a 23-carat gold bar and represents a monumental first for the upstart watchmakers. View this post on Instagram It’s time for y’all to stop watchin me so close…. @danielwellington A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on Sep 24, 2019 at 10:34am PDT Let’s be honest. You may not get your hands on diamond-encrusted Breitlings or Rolexes like Odell. You probably don’t have an extra 200 grand lying around to sport an exclusive and authentic Richard Mille. But Daniel Wellingtons are well within the reach of the average consumer and a great way to put some of Odell’s unique style on your wrist!

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  10. Zenith Watches: Top Choices

    Zenith Watches: Top Choices

    When people ask me for my most underrated watch brands, I always mention Zenith watches. The reason is that they deliver a massive amount of value for their price range. I really think that they could be one of the top watch brands in the world, if not for their shaky advertising strategy. Marketing aside, you can put Zenith watches head to head with any brand in its price range, and it holds up completely. I go through my 5 favorite Zenith watches in the following passages. 1: El Primero Chronograph The El Primero Chronograph is by far Zenith watches most famous watch, and it is for good reason. This collection has an iconic design, robust craftsmanship, and quality that will absolutely wow you. Zenith doesn’t hold back on the materials in this watch, given that it incorporates a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, alligator leather, and sturdy stainless steel. I also really enjoy how creative they get with the sub dial colors. There’s just something so pleasing about the combination of silver, gray, blue, black, and every other scheme that Zenith watches use. The last major perk of this model is that it comes in precious metals, in addition to stainless steel. This option allows you to go with a more luxurious vibe, as long as you have the desire and money to spend. 2: El Primero Chronomaster You can take just about everything I said about the Chronograph and apply it to the Chronomaster. The primary difference is the latter’s skeleton design. Rather than the typical 3 sub dial look, these models replace one of them with a view into the heart of the watch. Those of you who love the skeleton aesthetic should take a long look at this option, as it delivers a significant amount of value. There are two more aspects of this model that I think are incredibly charming. The first is the star logo of Zenith, which you can find on the crown and caseback. The second is the rest of that caseback, which is exceptionally beautiful. Between the small window on the dial and the large window on the back, you’ll develop an intimate relationship with your Chronomaster’s movement. 3: Pilot Changing it up, we have the Pilot, which is impressive in a variety of ways. The first is its general aesthetics, as it is quite minimalistic and doesn’t crowd the dial at all. Zenith still manages to give a nod to the aviation genre, as it has a subtle tachymeter on the outside. I also love the fact that it is so legible. This watch has big, easy to read numbers that you can effortlessly see from a few feet away. Lastly, I have a soft spot for big crowns, and this Zenith has one. There’s just something so aesthetically pleasing about this part of a watch having some bulk and getting your hands on it is even better. If you love pilot watches, then you should definitely consider this model. 4: Elite The Elite is proof that Zenith truly does it all. We’ve already discussed two excellent chronograph watches and one from the pilot genre. Now, we have an elegant and minimalist dress piece to consider. It is a collection that is small, simple, and does the exact job it’s meant to do. My favorite thing about it is how customizable it is. If you like a rich blue over black, you can get that. If you want 42mm over 39, Zenith can meet your needs. This versatility makes it a timepiece that I can recommend to just about anyone. It doesn’t matter how large your wrist is or what colors look best to you. The Zenith Elite will satisfy no matter what. 5: El Primero Defy The Defy is essentially an evolution of the two El Primero collections we’ve already discussed. Rather than being a conventional case or having a skeleton window, its entire dial is see through. Rather than being somewhat of a traditional stainless-steel piece, it is made from titanium or ceramic. Still, it retains the Zenith quality that you expect, despite its many differences. Though the skeleton models are by far the most popular, you can actually get yourself a more traditional looking watch in this collection. You will still get that especially robust craftsmanship and those more unconventional materials, but you can have a dial that isn’t so eye-catching. Zenith Watches Conclusion Many watch enthusiasts feel that a collection is not complete until it has some impressive complication in it. They often choose a chronograph, and in my opinion, the Zenith El Primero collections are some of the best options out there. This brand also creates pieces that delve into other niches and thrive there too, as we see with the Elite and Pilot. All in all, Zenith watches are a fantastic option, and going with any of the 5 choices on this list is a sure bet.

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