1. Watch Buying Guides

  2. The 5 Best Watches Under 40mm

    The two trends that are taking over the mainstream watch community are larger diameters and minimalist aesthetics. If you love these two looks, then feel free to purchase watches that incorporate them. Of course, a significant portion of horology enthusiasts does not, and instead want to downsize to maybe watches under 40mm. There are three fundamental reasons why you might want a smaller watch: Formal Style – Those that want to pair their watches with formal wear often go for smaller pieces. The primary reason why is that these watches are seen as classier because they blend in with outfits, rather than being the centerpiece of them. Small Wrist – Simply put, large watches usually don’t look good on smaller wrists. Many people who have them opt for watches under 40mm. Personal Taste – Some people just like the look of a smaller piece more, regardless of the clothes they wear and the size of their wrists. This is a perfectly reasonable preference. Anyway, let’s get on with the list! I’ve included a variety of brands at a few different price points. That way, a wide range of customers can find the perfect piece. 1: Tudor Heritage Black Bay Fifty-Eight – 39mm The Tudor Heritage Black Bay is one of my favorite Swiss watches on the market right now, and this smaller size suits it perfectly. It has gorgeous aesthetics, is made of excellent materials, and has a high level of wear ability. As a bonus, the one big knock on the Tudor brand is not a thing of the past, as they produce this watch’s movement in-house now. Overall, this timepiece is a great deal at its price point and is about as beautiful as any product you’ll find. 2: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Chronometer – 38mm Many consider this Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra watch to be Omega’s response to the Oyster Perpetual, which we’ll discuss later. I believe its charm primarily comes from its minimalism and elegance. It doesn’t have unnecessary complications or extraneous information on its dial. Instead, it has the time, date, and an eye-catching, deep blue dial. As far as is movement and materials, they are as fantastic as you would expect from Omega, which is a brand with an excellent reputation. 3: Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic – 38mm Though many consider Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic to be a premier brand, others were put off by their shift towards, larger and flashier pieces. One thing that their new CEO, George Kerns, decided to do when he took over was bring back some of the smaller and more elegant watches from the brand’s history. The Navitimer 1 Automatic represents this desire, as it is smaller and doesn’t demand so much attention. The dial might be too crowded for some, but most of you will love this watch. 4: Grand Seiko SBGH263 – 39.5mm Grand Seiko is one of the hottest luxury brands in the modern horological community. The reason is that their products have the quality and class of much more expensive pieces. You can clearly see this trend in the SBGH263, which has an amazing amount of polish and holds an impressive movement on the inside. Perhaps my favorite aspect of this watch, though, is its looks. It combines a white dial, gold hands, gold numbers, a silver case, and a brown leather strap. Put that color palette together, and you have one of the most beautiful timepieces out there. 5: Rolex Oyster Perpetual – 39mm What can I say about Rolex that hasn’t already been said? You don’t have to be an expert to understand that this brand produces excellent watches from the top of their catalog to the bottom. What makes the Oyster Perpetual unique is that it does not have any sort of theme to it. It isn’t a racing watch or a diver, nor does it incorporate a significant amount of design features or dazzling colors. Instead, it is incredibly simple and elegant, two things that you want out of a smaller piece. This aesthetic makes it very versatile, too, as it can fit in casual and dressy situations. The icing on the cake is that it incorporates a perpetual calendar, which is a convenient and impressive complication. Whether you are looking for a dress watch, have smaller wrists, or simply love the look of a petite timepiece, choosing one of the options on this list is an excellent bet. Though there isn’t a bad pick on this list, my favorite is likely to Rolex Oyster Perpetual, as its craftsmanship is unmatched for pieces below $10,000. The unfortunate truth about this list, though, is that these watches are all quite expensive. As far as affordable options, both the Seiko and Citizen are fantastic choices for small products of any style. All you need to do is assess your needs and preferences, then go forward with the purchase. In the end, you should have a new watch that is the perfect size for you.

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  3. The 3 Most Popular TAG Heuer Watch Collections

    One of the brands people often ask me about is TAG Heuer. What they want to know is whether this brand is a dependable manufacturer or one that inflates its prices with celebrity endorsements. This question is a fair one, as TAG Heuer watches is one of the most aggressive companies out there when it comes to marketing with ambassadors. Luckily for you, this brand also makes a variety of excellent timepieces! And it is not just a name brand with little to back it up. The next topic worth delving into is which of their collections are the most popular among watch enthusiasts. I go over three of them in the sections below. TAG Heuer Watches: Carrera In my experience, the Carrera is by far the most popular in TAG’s catalog. It has an incredibly interesting history to back it up, too. It starts in 1962 when Jack Heuer attended a racing event. His company was a participant in the race, as they provided stopwatches to the event staff. Further research led him to the infamous Carrera Panamericana race, a grueling contest that spanned large swaths of the Mexican desert. In fact, this race was so dangerous that 27 drivers died during it in just 5 years. Those dark origins did produce one thing of beauty, though. It was the Carrera collection. Heuer sought to make the Carrera the ultimate racing watch. A few features that went into doing so were water resistance, unmatched durability, and shock resistance. In addition to a chronograph and a highly useful bezel. TAG combined all that craftsmanship with a clean, attractive design, and this watch was an instant hit. That popularity has only grown over time, as the Carrera outsells every other collection. The good news for you is that are over 130 models in it, so you should be able to find one that fits your taste and needs. TAG Heuer Watches: Aquaracer TAG is known as a racing watch brand, they also venture into the diver market with their Aquaracer collection. Divers are not exactly their specialty, but these pieces have a cult following among horology enthusiasts, and many consider them to be just as good as brands like Omega. The capabilities of the top models back that claim up. The Aquaracer 500 might be the best representation of that assertion, as it can function as deep as 500m into the ocean. That is a feat that many brands do not come close to achieving. What is so nice about these watches is that you can take them anywhere. Dive pieces are notoriously tough. The Aquaracers are no exception. I especially enjoy these products because you can wear them in a broad range of environments. You can sport one for a day out on the lake, then keep it on for a luxury event that night. As an added benefit, you can buy yourself an Aquaracer for just over $1,000. Though that price might be high for many, it’s quite low when compared to other Swiss manufacturers. TAG Heuer Watches: Formula 1 The Formula 1 is yet another collection that pays its respects to racing culture. The models of old looked quite different than they do today, though. In fact, many consider them to be a response to the quartz crisis of the 70s, where plastic watches and digital displays were the norm. This model had a synthetic case and bright colors. As time went by, though, these playful pieces turned more conventional and less eye-catching. Some like this development, while others miss the former aesthetic. In its current form, the Formula 1 is quite a bit like the Carrera in that most models incorporate a useful bezel, chronograph, and other racing functions. It also combines a classic aesthetic that is both luxurious and sporty. While the models of old were edgy and innovative, I quite like the direction they’ve gone in lately. These watches look good and perform well. Their price point is about as low as Swiss brands go. The result is a TAG piece that more consumers can enjoy. The truth is that there are many excellent watch brands that specialize in the entry-level luxury price range. I’m not going to say that TAG Heuer watches blows away the likes of Omega and Tudor, but still, this company manufactures fantastic timepieces. Most of the collectors that I know either own one or hope to someday. The three collections I presented above are the most popular of TAG’s catalog. So if you decide to go with this brand, perhaps a piece in one of those three is a smart idea. No matter which you choose, I am confident that you will fall in love with your new luxury timepiece.

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  4. G-Shock Watches: A Guide for Beginners

    While G-shock is just another line of product from Casio, nobody can say the collection numbers in the ‘little’ range. As a matter of fact, the number of shock-absorbing time-keepers is dizzying! And you, as the wearer, have options in the classes: Sports Military Outdoor-oriented activities So for most beginners looking to pick one, Casio’s cream-of-the-crop collection isn’t that easy to navigate. To that, we’ll be going through some of the variants (exotic and otherwise) of G-shock that you should consider buying first. Features to Expect from G-shock Watches All G-Shock Watches: 200M Water Resistance, 12/24 Hour Formats for Digital Display Models, Shock Resistance, Alarm, Full Auto Calendar, Stopwatch or Chronograph. Most G-Shock Watches: World Time, Backlight (electro-luminescent or LED), Multiple Daily Alarms with Snooze Alarm (digital and analog-digital models), Countdown Timer. For a Few G-Shock Watches: Tough Solar power, Multi-Band 6 (automatic time calibration), Triple Sensor (including compass and thermometer for high-end models), and Bluetooth capability for mid to high-end models.  G-Shock DW-9052 Digital Watch Series The G-Shock DW series is filled with the cheapest G-shock watches that you can buy. Better yet, let’s call it the introductory series to other more advanced ones that Casio offers. Having said that, we shouldn’t digress too much. The DW-9052 is the military’s choice around the world due to its extra-rugged build and functions. For the latter, it only has the usual G-shock features like a countdown timer, daily alarm, stopwatch, and 200M water-resistance capability. The con if you want to choose this option though, is that its durability makes it bulky, and somewhat underwhelming in terms of appeal. G-Shock GA-800 Analog-digital Watch Series Notice the “Analog-digital” tag? With the G-shock GA-800s, the time can be displayed in both analog and digital. Other functions like a stopwatch capability and the others are limited to the small digital display at the bottom of the dial. Still, the highlight of these models isn’t the long list of features. Instead, it’s the fact that they have a Seconds hand (reserved for pricier models), and their build is more compact. You can get the GA-800-1A around $100, which is still rather modest. Tip: Get this in red with a black dial. G-Shock GA-700 Analog-digital Watch Series The G-Shock GA-700s’ price hangs around the $80-$120 range. For the low to mid rangers, G-Shock enthusiasts love them because they have the longest battery life outside of the solar-powered models that the company makes. Other than that, most watches in this series have the same features as all G-shocks, though in the case of the GA-700UC (a favorite), a few of the colors used are quite different. You can get it in militaristic olive green and dark gray. The only gripe here is that this line has weak low light capabilities, which is a let-down considering their convenient positioning of the LED light button. G-Shock GX-56BB Blackout Models The G-Shock GX-56BB Blackout models are solar-powered and according to Casio, extra rugged as well. With that, it’s only normal that the watches turn to be a bit chunky, though with the square case (despite being 55 mm), being called bold would be better. They also come with all of the usual G-shock features such as a stopwatch, daily alarm, and the likes. Now, with all of these features mentioned, the GX-56BB’s con is due to its large size. It’s more or less meant for large people, who want extra durability for their watches in the case of extra shocks and vibrations. Casio does this well enough to an extent that the GX-56BB is regarded as one of the toughest watches in the G-Shock collection. It has a cult following at this point in time. G-Shock G-SQUAD GBD-800 Step Tracking Watch Series With the G-Shock G-SQUAD GBD-800 series, you should be someone who’s very concerned about his or her fitness. The watch, unlike the ones before it, supports Bluetooth connectivity and a pedometer. For other basic G-Shock functions, the notable ones are the timer and stopwatch functions which have been tweaked to fit the tastes of fitness enthusiasts. Other than these, the watch has a Step Tracker that monitors your steps, smartly uses the Bluetooth feature to sync the time, and also doesn’t cost much. In fact, it’s the introductory G-Shock watch of the collection with Bluetooth. So, it’s quite cheap at just around $100. G-Shock GWG-1000 Mudmaster Solar Analog-Digital Watch Series The Mudmaster is the successor to the Mudman model. It’s one of the higher-end models of the G-shock collection that’s created for the brave adventurers. Or in some case, perfect for extreme environments and large wrists. Watches in this series have functions like Tough Solar, and Multi-Band 6, Triple Sensor. If you travel a lot and you like the functions, it’s an ideal buy. Our Final Thoughts These are just four options that you can consider. And through most of them, maybe you would have noticed the trend. The more features you want from your G-Shock, the higher the cost. Still, regardless of which one you choose, most G-Shocks are always more functional than most mechanical watches out there. At least when it concerns time, not value.

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  5. Top 5 Best Selling Men’s Watches of All Time

    Did you know a watch can say a lot about your sense of fashion? If you want to make a bold style statement, then your look might be incomplete without a trendy watch. Watches are multifunctional – they act as useful gadgets as well as accessories. The watch industry has grown tremendously over the years due to its dedicated customers. There is a variety of watches available from luxury to sports to daily wear when it comes to best selling men’s watches. Picking out a watch that fits your personality can be difficult but it a process worth going through! You’ll find a range of prizes to choose from. Watches are timeless and can upgrade your appearance instantly. One watch can fit with almost every look. Hence, let that antique watch stay a part of your wardrobe. Here are a few types that are making waves among men: 1: Tag Heuer Kirium F1 Tag Heuer has a history of selling the most distinguished luxury timepieces that can be used in this era. Started in 1997, they replaced the mid 4000 series. The Kirium F1 is made from stainless less steel and has a soft leather band underneath. It is great for social events, sports, business meetings, and other occasions. Its numerous features include a perpetual calendar, sapphire crystal covering, striking backlighting and analog as well as digital displays. It has been worn by celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Colin Ferrell. Kirium has water resistance, an inbuilt alarm, and accuracy of 1/100th of a second. 2: Rolex President Also known as the Rolex Day-Date line, it is among the company’s most iconic and sought-after models. The name ‘President’ was coined when General Eisenhower wore the watch in 1953. It includes a range of finishes. The watch has transformed with the passage of time since it has historical significance. Gleaming gold is a reflection of ultimate luxury. Stainless steel is more subtle and sleek. The Rolex President is a symbol of sophistication and success. It is also available in 18-karat gold or platinum. This one is a classic embodiment of class and status. The President model even features days of the week, the date and has a self-winding mechanism. The glass is scratch proof and made of glistening sapphire crystal. Plus it is light on the wrist, highly comfortable and exudes modern grace. 3: Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso The Jaeger LeCoulture Reverso takes its inspiration from the art deco movement. The sport of Polo has also influenced this line of watches. The Reverso model has developed with time. It has mainly characterized by geometric shapes and simplistic design. It is manufactured in stainless steel or even platinum. The Reverso is an epitome of luxury and drop-dead elegance. Reverso has sold successfully for years and continues to impress its buyers. The watch is particularly famous for its streamlined look. Jaeger LeCoultre even collaborated with Christian Louboutin to produce a unique avant-garde version of these watches. 4: Alpina X Launched by Alpina, this is surely the collection of the season. The features include a barometer, temperature gauge, ultraviolet sensor, connected GPS and a compass. Powered by quintuple sensor technology, the Alpina X is a combination of beauty and practicality at its very best. This particular model has gained a tremendous amount of popularity within a very short span of time. Available in orange, blue and black, it is most definitely an innovative piece of technology. It even has a smart sleep alarm to record, monitor and analyze your sleep cycle. 5: Cartier Santos de Cartier A legendary timepiece with bold aesthetics, the Cartier Santos de Cartier has gained a lot of fame. With actors such as Jake Gyllenhaal endorsing the model, the watch stays true to its design philosophy. Besides that, it’s most definitely one of a kind and is perfect for those who love to take fashion-risks. Santos combines vintage with modernity. From its introduction in 1904, the Santos model has come a long way. The watch was named after Alberto Santos Dumont, a Brazilian aviator. It serves as a true symbol of masculinity and a fearless attitude. Released in 2018, the latest style takes you back to the groovy 1970s. Its features include screw-accented bracelet, flat-style crown, attached outer bezel and sword style hands. Which of these five best selling men’s watches do you like best?

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  6. Craving Chocolate: 6 Luxury Brown Dial Watches

    The “chocolate” style has definitely grown larger in the jewelry space. One of the most typical examples of this trend is brown dial watches, which have increasingly gotten more popular over the years. Personally, I love the look of it, as it creates a warm aesthetic that exudes class and luxury. Below, you’ll find my six favorite brown dial watches! 1: Tudor Black Bay This gorgeous Tudor Black Bay timepiece is an aesthetic masterpiece. There are four elements to its look: The brown dial, brown bezel, bronze case, and aged leather strap. Combine them, and you have a gorgeous watch that is about as visually pleasing as any piece on the market. When you delve into the craftsmanship of it, you’ll be impressed yet again. The movement inside this watch is very reliable for its price point and has a seventy-hour power reserve. The one thing that people used to not like about Tudor watches were their generic movements, but they now build the ones that go into the Black Bay in-house. All these reasons combined make this piece an excellent choice. 2: Moser & Cie. Venturer Big Date When I call these watches “chocolate,” that is generally just an indication that they have brown elements. This Moser & Cie. Venturer Big Date piece takes that concept a bit further by having one of the most amazing textures I have seen on brown dial watches. Combine that with the brown aesthetic, and you have a gorgeous looking watch. An added benefit of purchasing this timepiece is that the brand behind it is a bit smaller than the biggest Swiss names. As a result, you can have a more original style than someone with a watch that everyone else has too. 3: Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph Though Vacheron Constantin is an established brand in the horology community, their Overseas model was launched as recently as 2016. It being somewhat new hasn’t kept collectors from purchasing it, though, as this watch has sold quite a few units since it came out. My favorite thing about it is the view you get on both sides of the case. On the front, you get a warm brown dial with three sub-dials incorporated in it. On the back, you have a view of the gorgeous automatic movement that Vacheron Constantin builds into this piece. 4: Patek Philippe Nautilus The Nautilus from Patek Philippe has always been a somewhat contentious watch due to its shape. While some think it is clunky looking, others absolutely love it. Where you end up on that spectrum is a matter of personal taste. What isn’t is the craftsmanship and quality of this piece, which lives up to the Patek Philippe name and reputation. My favorite color scheme is the rose gold case with the golden-brown dial. Watch out for the price tag on this piece though, as it might exceed $50,000. 5: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Rolex needs no introduction, and their Oyster Perpetual Day-Date is a favorite even within this esteemed brand. The aesthetics of this watch are similar to many others on this list, as it combines a brown dial with a gold case. Your strap choice is up to you, but this piece is most commonly paired with one made of brown leather. Looks aside, you also get the top tier engineering that comes in every Rolex watch and a perpetual calendar that never needs to be adjusted. 6: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona When you purchase a watch from Rolex, you can always depend on an incredibly high level of quality. The reason is that they produce almost every material and part in-house, with numerous quality checks for function and reliability. The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is no exception, and it might be the most attractive racing watch in the world. The brown dial version of it also has a black bezel and strap, which makes for a very sleek aesthetic to go with the quality movement that comes inside. After reading the above, does brown dial watches intrigue you? While many prefer more conventional styles, there is a significant market for brown dials. My personal favorite of the bunch is the Tudor Black Bay on a leather strap, but you might find another that speaks to you more. No matter what, purchasing a watch with a brown dial is an excellent way to round out your collection and bring something a bit different to your timepiece rotation.

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  7. Best Smartwatches to Add to Your Collection

    The market of horology is one big fat bundle of surprises and a pleasant source of amazement for watch enthusiasts. The industry, due to horology tycoons and their application, has taken a new turn. Hello, smartwatches. For watch enthusiasts, Switzerland is heaven, not for its scenic natural beauty but for its massive horology market and timepiece assortment with innumerable choices ranging from basic to smartwatches and luxury timepieces. The number of watch giants is increasing day after day, and so is confusion among enthusiastic buyers. Indeed, it is very tough to decide on which smartwatches are best without a competitor. But, we want to dig deeper into the most enticing timepieces to decide on one that stands out. 1: Samsung Galaxy Watch One of the most stylish timepieces is Samsung Galaxy watch. Galaxy is a beautiful combination of grey and black. It’s a very masculine timepiece, so to speak. There’s a band which is usually a rubber piece with a square-shaped case made of metal. The case is black while the rubber strap is grey. There are black watch markers and white hands inside the black dial. There’s also a bezel which functions really well. It has good battery life and needs charging after a couple of days. This watch is a perfect accessory to flaunt a jagged look. It can be worn on a cafe-meet up, a concert, or any other similar occasion. 2: Motorolla Moto 360 Sport This Motorolla Moto 360 Sport is a unisex watch, which means that it would look equally good on men and women. It has a moderate-size leather strap; therefore, it bends towards both wrists. It’s an excellent choice if you’re going for the sporty look too. It possesses a simple and unembellished look yet it is a very elegant amalgamation of a black round case and a white strap. The piece is water-resistant, and there’s no crown attached beside the case to help the user fix timekeeping, unlike luxury watches. Although it is a sports product, nothing keeps an average watch lover from buying it. Its battery life is not that reliable though. It has a short span and needs to be charged frequently. The screen tech is amazing. The screen of the piece is quite well-built. It depicts some technical creativity of sheer class. Under an average light, it gives the result of a standard LCD display. It has some colorful indications inside the dial with white hands and a completely black surface. It doesn’t have a sports tracker like some other watches, although, it has several other incredible features. 3: Apple Watch 4 Here comes a masterpiece of the same fall. Apple is one the most celebrated brands manufacturing and selling smart timepieces around the world. Given that they have a history of marvel and excellence, this Apple Watch 4 product is not expected to disappoint the smartwatch enthusiasts. Your collection would be incomplete without this timepiece. This timepiece is a wonderful combination of black and silver. It has a silver case and a black band with a buckle. The band is made of rubber hence you can elasticize it. Two push buttons are attached beside the screen. The large display of this watch is a source of drawing people’s attention toward it. It is as light as air. The look is worth dying for. It is inch-perfect for those who are stalwarts of a sports club or simply have a likelihood for sports. 4: Fitbit Versa The Fitbit Versa is a class apart from the rest in many ways. The look is ridiculously good, beyond a shadow of a doubt. It is an all-black watch with no contrasts. Since the brand is not among the top-tier brands, the price is comparatively lesser. You can get almost the same features in a relatively less amount. Therefore, it’s an economic choice. The band and case both are black. Battery life is amazing and can last up for 3-4 days on one-time charging. Water resistance is really bad; it is up to 50m which means that you cannot wear it while taking part in watersports. It has one of the finest fitness tracking systems. The storage for music and battery is up to 3.5 GB. There are tons of reasons why you might be looking into purchasing a smartwatch, but whatever your reason – we hope you make the right choice for you!

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  8. 6 Excellent Watches for Young Professionals

    Let’s start by discussing what I define as excellent watches for young professionals. I assumed two things when I put this list together: First, that you have a bit of money in your pocket. While you might not have a massive salary at this point in your career, you’re also no longer a student with almost no income. The second assumption I made was that you wouldn’t want to spend too much on a timepiece, as you might want to put your excess money toward a bright future. With those two thoughts in mind, I found seven fantastic watches that achieve three goals: They cost under $1,000 They are the highest quality possible at this price point They are appropriate in a professional setting So, without further discussion, here are the picks. 1: Citizen BM7100 The cheapest option in this list is the Citizen BM7100. Don’t think that it sacrifices quality to reach its price point, though. Instead, this piece comes with a variety of features that are characteristic of much more expensive options. For starters, it is made of excellent materials, with a high grade of stainless steel and a sapphire crystal. Next, it has Citizen’s signature solar powered quartz movement and up to 100M water resistance. Combine all that with a luxurious appearance, and you have a watch that can fit in just about anywhere. 2: Orient Bambino Many watch experts call the watches in the Orient Bambino collection the ultimate minimalist watch. The reason is that it not only has that signature aesthetic that so many brands are after at the moment, but it has real history and quality to back it up. First, you have its versatile design, which features only the brand name, a bit of text, and a date complication. Next, you have what is on the inside, which is one of the best Japanese movements available at this price. Put it all together, and you have a watch that is perfect for the young professional. There are a variety of options from different versions of the watch. 3: Timex Marlin One of the things that makes the Timex Marlin so enticing is its novelty. As you might know, Timex almost exclusively makes ultra-affordable quartz pieces. This watch breaks out of that orthodoxy by being their only modern mechanical movement. As an added bonus, it is a reissue of a historic model of theirs, meaning it has some heritage behind it. As far as the watch itself, it sports a minimalist aesthetic, a reliable movement, and quality that you can feel the second you get your hands on it. As an added benefit, you have a ton of options for case color and strap style, so you can get the look just right. 4: Tissot Everytime Swissmatic Tissot is one of the few Swiss brands that produces watches at reasonable price points. The Everytime Swissmatic is perhaps the best examples of this trend. My favorite thing about it is how versatile its minimalist design is. What it allows you to do is dress it up and down depending on the occasion. For a casual day out at the beach, you can throw on a colorful NATO strap and give it a playful aesthetic. Then, later that night, you can put it on leather and take it out to a luxury restaurant. That kind of adaptability is rare in the timepiece world. 5: Seiko Alpinist SARB017 What is unique about this Seiko Alpinist is that it is technically a field watch. You can see that when you take a close look at its dial, which is light green and has a compass on an internal bezel. When you back up a bit, though, it looks like a classy dress watch that you’d wear to a luxury event. The inside is just as good, too, as it sports one of Seiko’s best movements. One issue with this piece is that it has recently been discontinued, so prices are a bit inflated. Still, it is a fantastic choice and still has a lot of value. 6: Hamilton American Classic Like Tissot, Hamilton is another one of the very few Swiss brands that sell at affordable prices. The Hamilton American Classic is especially enticing because of its vintage, minimalist aesthetic. As far as quality, you won’t be disappointed in this watch, given that its materials and movement are some of the best for a watch under $1,000. The icing on the cake is that it has a window on the back of its dial, so you can take a look at the beautiful machinery inside whenever you want. If you’ve joined the professional world, you might want to treat yourself to one of these excellent timepieces. The first thing to note is that there is no wrong choice on this list. Each of these picks is fantastic, meaning you just need to choose which works best for you. The second is that every brand I’ve presented is highly respected, so feel free to check out the rest of their catalogs if these particular models don’t inspire you. No matter what, congratulations on starting your career, and enjoy the new watch that celebrates it!

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  9. Best Budget-Friendly Watch Brands

    You want the best watches you can get, right? Just with the condition that it fits your chosen price point of course. In other words, you want the best bang for your buck! Hello budget-friendly watch brands. Just because they’re budget-friendly watch brands do not mean they’re not good watches by any means. (Now before we dive into it, these “budget-friendly” watch brands aren’t cheap necessarily, but the quality and what you get for it – it’s a steal almost!) To that, we have collated some brands that we feel are the best for the job. They’ll be divided into two: mechanical/automatic watches and quartz watches. Both have their pros and cons, and we have their summaries written below. On a final note, skip ahead if you prefer quartz watches. Mechanical/Automatic Watches An advantage that mechanical/automatic watches have is that buying a good one is generally considered an investment. Seiko  The best thing about Seiko as a brand is that they have watches covering everything within a reasonable budget! For example, you can go for a Seiko 5 which is just around $100, a Seiko ‘Turtle’ Prospex SRP777 Diver which sells for $495. Both budget-friendly watches are examples in each one of their categories. Evidence is the use of automatic movements in both watches that we mentioned above. Orient While Orient is a subsidiary to Seiko, they’re actually not the little one when it comes to designing a watch. Orient watches have been known for their diverse use of materials when it comes to how their watches look. They can go from plain and simple like the Orient Bambino Small Seconds or something as eye-catching as the Orient Esteem Open Heart which gives you a peek into the watch’s movement. Both of these watches cost around $300 and $130 respectively. And they both feature automatic movements. Quartz Timepieces On the other hand, quartz watches, when compared to their counterpart, are cheap and keep the time better. But buying one isn’t only an investment, it’s for keeps! Tissot So far (as at 2018), Tissot has been making watches for the past 165 years. And that includes both quartz and automatic watches. Between the two, we prefer their quartz watches since Seiko does a better job when you compare prices and movements. At the same time, the value of quartz watches shouldn’t be ignored. So, the Tissot Men’s Traditional Watch or the Men’s T-race Chronograph are options that we personally recommend you try out. The former costs about $200 while the second sells at around $400. Citizen Citizen has been known for its mechanical watches at cost-friendly prices, but nowadays, they’ve converted all of their watches to run on their Eco-Drive technology. The tech charges their timepieces through the conversion of any type of light into energy. And on a single charge, you can expect a few months of use. If the idea of winding (whether manual or self-winding) doesn’t appeal to you, this is an alternative to consider. In most cases, it’s even better than a quartz watch since there’s no need for a battery change even after decades. Sounds far-fetched, doesn’t it? Especially as the brand is supposed to produce budget-friendly timepieces. Nonetheless, evidence comes in the form of the Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Axiom ($140) or the $500 Men’s Promaster. Casio In the Japanese watch-making industry, Casio is one of the Big 3. The other being Citizen and Seiko. Like the other two, they’ve made their own mark in the industry by mostly making quartz watches. Or in the case of their G-shocks, solar-powered ones. Great examples in their collections are the Casio G-SHOCK GW-9400 RANGEMAN (roughly $200), Casio AMW320B-1A (around $100), and the Casio Edifice EF503D. The first one is solar-powered, while the other two are quartz. Our Final Thoughts There are countless watches under each brand that we mentioned above. Most of the watches recommended above have their own different models too! So be careful that you stick with the right category. Finding parts, information, and even tips are always easier if you have a watch that’s relatable. The budget-friendly watch brands that we’ve mentioned in this article are only a few options when it comes to the watch world.

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  10. 7 Chronograph Watches That Don’t Break the Bank

    One of the things horology enthusiasts love most about timepieces is complications. What this term refers to is extra features built into the watch’s machinery. While people love having access to the date or a different time zone, the most popular complication might be the chronograph. Aside from its utility, there is just something so alluring about a piece that manages to incorporate a tiny stopwatch into such a small space. My love for chronographs has motivated me to create the list you’ll find below: Seven chronograph watches that don’t break the bank. Timex Weekender Chronograph The Timex Weekender is a legendary watch in the horology community. The reason is that it has an incredible amount of class and quality while also costing less than a trip to a sit-down restaurant. Luckily for us chronograph lovers, Timex has a version of the Weekender that incorporates this complication. It has a moderate 40mm case, reliable quartz movement, and is water resistant up to 30m. My favorite thing about this piece, though, is how customizable its look is. Not only does it come in many dial colors, but you can choose the perfect strap for your taste too. Whether that means classy brown leather or a bright NATO strap, you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for. Seiko Men’s SNDC31 Jumping up a level in quality, we have the Seiko SNDC31. One thing I love about this watch is that you can wear it in any setting. If you’re going out to the woods for a camping trip, you can throw on a water-resistant strap and this piece will keep up with the most rugged watches out there. When you get back and go to attend a luxurious dinner party, you can put on a leather strap and this Seiko will still fit right in. Aesthetics aside, this watch is also incredibly well built and should last many years before needing repair or replacement. Citizen Brycen Eco-Drive One of the reasons why I own so many Citizen watches is their commitment to the Eco-Drive movement. This term refers to their quartz machinery that is powered by sunlight. In practice, that means never having to change out your battery, which is both convenient and impressive. This specific watch lives up to that spirit of excellence, as nearly no customer out there has a bad thing to say about it. One word of warning is that this piece has a 49mm case. For many people out there, that will be too large for their taste, so make sure that size is what you want before purchasing. Casio Men’s MCW-100H-1AVCF One thing you learn in the horological world is that the typical Casio aesthetic is incredibly divisive. While some love the chunky, sporty look of their pieces, others find them distasteful. If you are in the former group, purchasing a Casio chronograph watch is an excellent decision. Not only will it not break the bank, but that resilient piece of machinery should keep ticking through the most extreme conditions. Victorinox 241432 Maverick GS People outside of the horology community often double take when they see the brand Victorinox. The reason is that this company is incredibly famous for making Swiss Army knives. What most do not know is that they also produce excellent timepieces at reasonable prices. This model is an embodiment of that assertion, with is Swiss quartz movement, chronograph, and dive capabilities. Citizen AT0200-05E Our second Citizen watch is a personal favorite of mine because it has the quintessential military aesthetic. It’s green strap, large dial numbers, and uncluttered look make it a classic piece that almost anyone would love. As I explained previously, most Citizen pieces have a solar-powered quartz movement, and this model is no exception. The fact that is has three sub dials and chronograph capabilities is icing on the cake. Timex Men’s Expedition Field Chronograph Watch Lastly, we revisit Timex, this time for their Expedition field watch. This piece is a favorite for frugal outdoors enthusiasts around the world for three reasons. First, this captures the rugged aesthetic that this group of people loves. Second, it has a remarkably low price for the number of features it contains. Lastly, it is insanely reliable, making it a piece that you can own for many years without servicing. Combine all of those factors with a chronograph and you have a can’t-miss pick. When talking about affordable chronograph watches, you really can’t go wrong with the likes of Timex, Citizen, Casio, Victorinox and Seiko. Of course, more expensive brands use chronographs as well. If you have a larger budget, check out Omega, Rolex and all of the other esteemed Swiss brands out there. With such diversity in brands and aesthetics, you’re sure to find something that you love no matter what price point you shop at.

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  11. How to Spot a Fake Rolex Watch

    Rolex watches are the epitome of luxury and a coveted status symbol. More than 700,000 of them are produced for the global market every year. However, they are also one of the most counterfeited watches in the world. If the price sounds too good to be true, it probably is. To shoppers in the know, spotting a fake Rolex can be easy. Look for the following characteristics before making a deal that sounds ridiculously too good to be true. Things to Double Check:  1. Check the metal: Rolex uses only stainless steel, platinum, and 18K gold. A Rolex is never 14K gold or any other metal or glass. It also does not have any engraving on the back. However, a used Rolex may have a personal engraving. Faded gold or metal showing through the metal marks, especially on the bracelet, helps you spot a fake Rolex. 2. Check the date magnification: Rolex watches have a magnification glass called a “Cyclops” above the date. The date should be magnified 2.5 times, making the date jump out and take up the entire magnification bubble. Most counterfeit Rolex watches omit the Cyclops or include a less effective lens. They may have a magnification of 1.5 times or lower. If the date through the Cyclops or from the side looks the same size or is difficult to see, it makes it easy to spot a fake Rolex. 3. Check the model case number: Rolex watches have sealed back cases, so it will be difficult to look inside. Rolex etches the model (case) number between the lugs at 12 o’clock, and the serial number is between the lugs at 6 o’clock. Many fake Rolex watches have a model and serial number in the correction positions, however, Rolex’s real models and serial numbers can be found with a quick Google search. Now Look Closely:  1. Hold the watch. Due to the choice of fine metals used by the manufacturer, Rolex watches are heavier than their lightweight counterfeits. 2. Observe the second hand. It should move smoothly. Fakes have stuttering second hands. 3. Listen to the watch. Rolex watches never make ticking noises. 4. Inspect the winding crown: Fake watches have basic winders, or crowns, that move the hour and minute hands, possibly accompanied by large crown guards surrounding it and winding sounds that appear cheap. A Rolex has a finely crafted crown that is engineered with high quality giving it a crisp sound as you wind the crown and includes a thick gasket for water tightness. The engravings and grooves of a true Rolex are as intricate and symmetric as a work of art. Asymmetry is a tell-tale sign when trying to spot a fake Rolex watch. Rolex watches are crafted with precision, quality materials, and a refined finish. With this basic knowledge of how to spot a fake Rolex, you will not be fooled by counterfeits of a Rolex replica offered along with ridiculously low prices. While this list covers some of the most common features of a counterfeit, some fake renditions turn out to be realistic since the counterfeiters’ tactics can change over time. If you are asked to pay decent money or more and your inspection makes you believe it is the real thing, be sure to take it to a jeweler for verification!

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