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  2. 10 Fun Watch Complications to Spice Up Your Next Timepiece

    10 Fun Watch Complications to Spice Up Your Next Timepiece

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

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  3. Omega Speedmaster Reduced: The Ultimate Guide to the Affordable Classic

    Omega Speedmaster Reduced: The Ultimate Guide to the Affordable Classic

    Ah, the Speedmaster — Omega’s crowning glory, the first watch to reach the surface of the moon, the Moonwatch. Generations after its conception, the Omega Speedmaster remains a truly historic timepiece and an incredibly popular name in the industry. That is why it has inspired so many other iterations, made not only for the moon, but also for Earth and its many faces. That said, forget about the Speedmaster X-33 Regatta, the Speedmaster Racing, and the Speedmaster Moonphase. Today, we will be taking a close-up look at none other than the Omega Speedmaster Reduced. Omega Speedmaster Reduced: Quick Specs Case Diameter: 39 mmCase Material: Stainless steelBezel: Tachymetric scaleDial: Black with luminous hour markersMovement: Automatic caliberFunctions: Central running seconds; 12-hour chronographBracelet: Steel or leather strap What is the Omega Speedmaster Reduced? The Omega Speedmaster Reduced has been gaining popularity in the past few years, and rightfully so. One interesting thing about this Omega watch is that it often gets mistaken for the brand’s more popular flagship model, the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch. It is an easy mistake to make. Though there are differences between the two models, which we will go through in greater detail later, they do also share a few similarities. For instance, both Speedmaster pieces have the same jet-black dial with three chronograph counters located at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. Their bezels are also similar, with both having tachymeters marked on the black scales. In fact, a lot of online sellers even bait those looking for an affordable Speedmaster Professional with a photo of what is actually a Speedmaster Reduced. What makes matters even more confusing is that some people might know the Omega Speedmaster Reduced by the “Moonwatch” nickname too. This confusion stems from the fact that Omega now refers to all Speedmaster watches as Moonwatches, thanks to the original Speedmaster’s legendary feat of being the first watch on the moon. But the matter is not that simple. Most professionals actually agree that while the Omega Speedmaster Reduced is an extremely nice Speedmaster model, it does not, strictly speaking, qualify as a Moonwatch. This is because, unlike the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, the Omega Speedmaster Reduced is not suited for the lunar surface, or for space at all. Despite Omega’s recent naming conventions, not all Speedmaster timepieces can truly be considered “Moonwatches”, and that applies to the Omega Speedmaster Reduced too. History of the Omega Speedmaster Reduced Omega released the Speedmaster Reduced in 1988. The Swiss company marketed this watch as a smaller and much more affordable version of its flagship Speedmaster Professional model. It is just one of the pieces that Omega launched as part of a bigger Speedmaster collection. As mentioned, the Omega Speedmaster Reduced is smaller than the Speedmaster Professional. As befitting its “Reduced” name, this watch has a case that measures just 39mm in diameter, slimmer than the Speedmaster Professional’s 42mm case. In fact, the Omega Speedmaster Reduced is one of the smallest watches in the Speedmaster collection. For comparison, the Speedmaster X-33 watches have oversized 45mm cases, while the Speedmaster Racing and Moonphase both come in 42.25mm cases. Notable Omega Speedmaster Reduced Models Omega Speedmaster Reduced DA 175.0032 1988The Omega Speedmaster Reduced was in production for 20 years. Those two decades inspired a variety of models. Firstly, you have the Omega Speedmaster Reduced Ref. 3510.50.00. This model, which comes in a stainless steel case and either a matching stainless steel bracelet or a leather strap, is the one that most closely resembles the Speedmaster Professional. It also showcases a stark black dial, bezel, and no date aperture. You can also find models in solid yellow gold as well as a two-tone model, the Omega Speedmaster Reduced Ref. DA175.0032. The Omega Speedmaster Reduced DA175.0032 is made from a gorgeous blend of yellow gold and stainless steel. Bracelets are also indicative of the different iterations you can get for this watch. As you might have guessed from above, the brand offers the Speedmaster Reduced with either steel bracelets or leather straps. In addition to all those, you can find Omega Speedmaster Reduced models with different dial colors. Some of the most daring designs for this watch show off brightly-colored dials in hues of yellow, blue, and green with racing details and aesthetics. Panda dials also exist in the Speedmaster Reduced universe, although they are not common. Some Omega Speedmaster Reduced pieces also feature dials with racing checkers. You can also expect to find Omega Speedmaster Reduced watches with a variety of different complications, such as date apertures, perpetual calendars, day-date windows, and even a moon phase version. That said, when it comes to the overall design of the Speedmaster Reduced, Omega’s hands are tied. The concept of the Omega Speedmaster Reduced demands that it mirrors the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, just on a smaller scale. As such, most Omega Speedmaster Reduced watches have the same chronograph layout with three-subdials, which you can also find on the Speedmaster Professional. In later years, Omega also made a small but very significant improvement to the Speedmaster Reduced. Previous Omega Speedmaster Reduced watches were equipped with Hesalite crystals. From the Omega Speedmaster Reduced Ref. 3539.50.00 onwards, however, the brand decided to upgrade to a sapphire crystal, which is more scratch-resistant. The dial was also slightly redesigned. The Automatic Omega Speedmaster Reduced Omega Speedmaster Reduced Ref. 3802.72.55 and 3534.72.00If there is one thing that sets the Omega Speedmaster Reduced apart from the Speedmaster Professional, it would be the movement that powers it. Traditionally, the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch has a manually-wound caliber. This means it needs to be wound every once in a while to keep it running. Omega turned this around by giving the Speedmaster Reduced an automatic movement. An automatic caliber winds itself using the kinetic energy from the movement of the wearer’s hand. This is the reason why many people also call the Speedmaster Reduced the Speedmaster Automatic. The Omega Speedmaster Reduced found itself in the spotlight with a number of different automatic movements. When it was first introduced in 1988, it carried the Caliber 1140. Then, in 1996, Omega changed the movement that powered the watch to the Caliber 1141. In the same year, this movement was replaced by the Caliber 1143, and finally, in 2000, Omega upgraded to the Caliber 3220. That said, regardless of all the different movement names, these are all virtually identical calibers, based on the time-only ETA 2892-A2 base movement. Only the most advanced Omega Caliber 3220 stands out for having a extended 40-hour power reserve. Omega also upgraded each of these movements with the Debois Dépraz 2020 chronograph module, to facilitate chronograph functions in the Omega Speedmaster Reduced. The use of this automatic movement gave the Omega Speedmaster Reduced a rather different look. On the dial, you will notice that the three sub-dials are spread out quite far apart from each other. These registers are set so distantly from each other that they are almost touching the minute track on the outer rim of the dial. This is yet another distinction between the Reduced and Professional watches. Since the Speedmaster Professional uses a different, manual-winding caliber, its sub-dials are placed much closer together, at the center of the dial. On the dial of the Omega Speedmaster Reduced is the inscription of the word “AUTOMATIC”, while the word “PROFESSIONAL” sits on the Speedmaster Professional. This denotes the difference in the movement that powers each watch. We will discuss more differences between the two models in a moment. Discontinuing the Omega Speedmaster Reduced Omega Speedmaster Reduced Racing 3518.50.00Omega created the Speedmaster Reduced to give people the experience of wearing a Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch for a lot less. This niche made Speedmaster Reduced quite popular in the market. It also gained much praise for its practicality and convenience, as evidenced by the self-winding movement that powers the Omega Speedmaster Reduced. In 2009, Omega announced that it would be discontinuing the production of the Speedmaster Reduced. However, this does not mean that Omega no longer created smaller Speedmaster watches. For instance, the brand started to offer the modern-day Speedmaster 38 Co-Axial Chronograph after the Speedmaster Reduced stopped production. Regardless, the discontinuation of the Omega Speedmaster Reduced led to it becoming a staple in the second-hand market. It is especially popular amongst women and men who do not want oversized 45mm Speedmaster watches. Omega Speedmaster Professional vs Speedmaster Reduced Omega Speedmaster Reduced and ProfessionalAs mentioned, there are a few stark differences between the Speedmaster Professional and the Speedmaster Reduced. Firstly, at 38.5mm, the Omega Speedmaster Reduced is a lot smaller and easier on the wrist than the 42mm Speedmaster Professional. Despite its slender build, the Omega Speedmaster Reduced is still quite a good fit for many men, since many vintage-inspired watches also carry this size. For instances, you frequently see men donning military watches that measure between 38mm to 40mm in size. Aside from the movement of the watches being different, there is also a noticeable increase in the number of jewels on the Speedmaster Reduced. The Speedmaster Reduced has a total of 47 jewels, thanks to the add-on chronograph model on the Omega Caliber 3220, compared to the 26 jewels on the Speedmaster Professional’s Omega Caliber 3861. If you are looking for a more visible difference, direct your eyes to the flanks of the two watches. Because of the larger size of the automatic movement, looking at the Omega Speedmaster Reduced from the side will show that the pushers and crown are not aligned. The pushers sit high, near the top of the watch, while the crown sits much lower and is closer to the case back. In contrast, the Speedmaster Professional’s crown and pushers are all located near the top of the watch. Omega Speedmaster Reduced AC‑MILAN ST 175.0039The comparisons between the two models have led even tiny details to become points of discussion amongst avid watch collectors. Some people even obsess over characteristics such as the look of the lugs, which makes up yet another difference between the two models. The Speedmaster Professional boasts sharp and refined lugs that just exude luxury. The Speedmaster Reduced’s lugs, on the other hand, are not quite as sharp or defined, with a less gleaming polish. Despite their poorer lustre, however, the lugs of the Omega Speedmaster Reduced work just fine, especially for its price range. There are also more differences to be found in the dials of the two models. As mentioned, the sub-dials in the Omega Speedmaster Reduced are located very far apart, almost touching the minute indices, as opposed to the Speedmaster Professional which has its dials clustered together. In addition, the running seconds counter sits on the right side of the Omega Speedmaster Reduced, as opposed to sitting on the left of the Speedmaster Professional’s dial. Pricing of the Omega Speedmaster Professional vs Speedmaster Reduced Finally, the price is the main difference between the two models. If you are offered an Omega Speedmaster Professional for a lot less than its usual retail or pre-owned market price, then you might want to check the model more carefully. You will probably end up receiving an Omega Speedmaster Reduced in the mail instead of a true Professional Moonwatch. As such, keep in mind the following price points and make sure you are not getting ripped off. An Omega Speedmaster Professional with a Hesalite crystal retails at approximately $5,350 USD. You can get this for $3,500 to $4,000 USD if pre-owned. Meanwhile, the Omega Speedmaster Reduced used to retail at $2,550 USD. Since it has been discontinued, it is now only available on the second-hand market. You can bring pre-owned versions of the Omega Speedmaster Reduced home for around $1,500 USD to $2,000 USD. Which Speedmaster Watch to Buy? At the end of the day, it all depends on your goal and budget. A new collector would typically start with the Omega Speedmaster Reduced because it is a lot more affordable. However, if you have the budget for a luxurious Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, then let nothing stop you. Ultimately, both watches have their merits and each is a worthy option for collection. Make a smart choice and think about the practicality of owning one or both. The Moonwatch Within Reach The Omega Speedmaster Reduced is a watch that will never be forgotten. This watch carries history on its back with its iconic Speedmaster name, while also achieving its goal of making the Speedmaster more accessible for everyone. It might not be a Moonwatch but it certainly is a step closer to one. Learn more about Omega and its watches. Check out our feature articles on the Omega Aqua Terra, De Ville, and Seamaster. All photos courtesy of Omega.

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  4. Oris Aquis Date: A Look at the Brand’s Iconic Dive Watch

    Oris Aquis Date: A Look at the Brand’s Iconic Dive Watch

    Oris is a coveted Swiss watch brand that offers a plethora of highly-functional and stylish timepieces. More specifically, the Oris Aquis is one of the most popular collections in the brand’s extensive catalog. This is a series of expertly designed diver’s watches equipped with state-of-the-art practical features.  One highly regarded range from the Aquis collection is the Oris Aquis Date. This iconic diver watch possesses a modern design, high-performance specifications, and a budget-friendly price, making it a go-to timekeeper for many divers and watch enthusiasts. Built to withstand the harshest conditions underwater with its 300-meter depth rating and dressy enough to up your formal wear, the Oris Aquis Date is a highly versatile timepiece you can bring to nearly any occasion. In this article, let us take a closer look at the Oris Aquis Date, its history, and the excellent features it offers. History of Oris Aquis Date  The release of the Rolex Submariner in 1954 was a game-changer for the watch industry as a whole. The Submariner hit the ground running with explosive popularity, giving dive watches a reputation for prestige, class, and luxury. As a result, by the 1960s, the entire horology industry had started shifting towards a trend of creating classy dive pieces. This led to Oris releasing its first 100-meter diver’s watch, popularly known as the Oris Divers Sixty-Five, in 1965. Oris’s entrance into the dive watch market was a success, as the Oris Divers Sixty-Five became a crowd favorite, especially amongst divers and watch enthusiasts. 46 years down the line, Oris released a new collection dedicated to divers — the Oris Aquis. This is a series of high-end diving models that boast a more contemporary style. Oris equipped the Aquis with an improved 300-meter water resistance capacity, giving it a competitive edge against many of its other dive watch counterparts in the market. Among the many Aquis watches, the Oris Aquis Date is one of the most highly-regarded variants, thanks to its distinctive and modern style. Versions of the Oris Aquis Date Throughout the Years Oris Aquis Date 43.5mm Version In 2017, Oris launched an Aquis Date model in a 43.5mm size. It has a quintessential stainless steel case and a unidirectional bezel with a black elapsed time scale insert made of ceramic. This watch is instantly recognizable, thanks to the detailed engravings of the Oris shield emblem and logo on the caseback and folding clasp respectively. One great thing about this 43.5mm version is the diversity of dial colorways offered. You are given a choice between three options. The first dial features a dark blue sunburst design with contrasting silvery-white indices and hands, while the second has similar elements against a classy black backdrop instead. The third dial is more vibrant and sporty, consisting of bright orange pointers and hour markers against a black surface. All three dials are generously treated with Super-LumiNova pigments to provide optimal readability in any sort of lighting condition. Oris also offers you three different strap options to choose from with the Oris Aquis Date 43.5mm. You can opt between a stainless steel bracelet, a rubber strap, or a leather band. The models with the black rubber strap or brown leather band retail at just $1,531 USD. The blue rubber strap variant, on the other hand, has a price tag of around $1,637 USD. Finally, the stainless steel version is priced slightly higher at $1,649 USD. Oris Aquis Date 39.5mm & 41.5mm The smallest version of the Oris Aquis Date available is the Oris Aquis Date 39.5mm, which, as you might expect from its name, has a 39.5mm stainless steel case and matching bracelet of the same material. Rather than using the typical ceramic bezel, the brand utilizes a black tungsten bezel — a rare material known for being highly resistant to scratches. This bezel is engraved with white numerals and markers for the elapsed time scale and comes in a variety of colorways including black, dark green, silver, and more. In February 2020, Oris released a new model of the Aquis Date 39.5mm. This sophisticated piece came with a striking ocean blue sunray dial, paired with a gleaming black tungsten bezel. It is adorned with thick luminous hands and hour indices, along with a rectangular date window at 6 o’clock. This Oris Aquis Date piece is driven by a self-winding movement with a 38-hour power reserve. Like other Aquis Date models, this watch comes with an impressive 300-meter water resistance rating, making it a reliable option on diving excursions. In 2020, Oris also released a 41.5mm version of the Oris Aquis Date, which has similar features to its smaller counterpart. Apart from its size, the main difference between the two models is that the 41.5mm model is offered with either a rubber strap or a stainless steel bracelet. It also has a slightly different dial, boasting a darker blue sunray finish. You can purchase the 39.5mm model for around $2,000 USD, while the 41.5mm costs more, at around $2,200 USD. Oris Aquis Date 45.5mm Version Photo from Watchshopping The largest model of the Oris Aquis Date available is the Aquis Date 45.5mm. This model has similar specifications to the smaller variants of the Oris Aquis Date, but it comes with larger angular crown protectors and wider lugs, giving this watch more of a spiral balanced look. It also comes with a black dial furnished with sword hands, luminous indices, a day-date aperture, and a broken-up orange or yellow second scale around the rim, adding a burst of vibrant color to the otherwise dark watch face. This Oris Aquis Date 45.5mm comes in either a stainless steel bracelet or a rubber strap. The rubber strap is also available in three hues, which you can pick based on your preference: yellow, black, and orange. Depending on the specific model and materials chosen, the price of this watch ranges from between $1,450 USD to $ 1,755 USD. Best Selections of the Oris Aquis Date  1. Oris Aquis Date Ref. 01 733 7730 4153-07 4 24 63EB Movement: Automatic Oris Caliber 733 Jewels: 26Power Reserve: 38 hoursWater Resistance: 300 metersRight off the bat, this Oris Aquis Date Ref. 01 733 7730 4153-07 4 24 63EB looks incredibly classic and sophisticated. It is housed in a 43.5mm stainless steel case, which perfectly complements the striking sunburst grey dial and matching grey rubber strap. Its dial comes with luminous sword hands, hour indices, and a vibrant red seconds hand that adds a burst of vibrancy to the watch face. Priced at $1,799 USD, this diver’s watch is a great choice, not just as a companion on your underwater adventures, but also for your everyday look. 2. Oris Aquis Date Ref. 01 733 7731 4151-07 8 18 05P Photo from Watchshopping Oris Aquis Date Ref. 01 733 7731 4151-07 8 18 05PMovement: Automatic Oris Caliber 733Jewels: 26Power Reserve: 38 hoursWater resistance: 300 metersThe next watch on our list is an ideal time-telling tool for all the ladies out there who enjoy minimalist designs. The Oris Aquis Date Ref. 01 733 7731 4151-07 8 18 05P is encased in a slender 36.4mm stainless steel case and a matching stainless steel bracelet. This is paired with an exclusive, snow-white dial and a stainless steel bezel with a white elapsed time scale insert. The white dial of this watch is decorated with luminous sword-shaped hands and silver-white indices that maintain the watch’s quiet silver-and-white aesthetic. If you are looking for a classic ladies’ piece, then this $1,549 USD Oris Aquis Date model is a worthy grab. 3. Oris Aquis Date Ref.01 733 7730 4152-07 5 24 12EB Movement: Automatic Oris Caliber 733Jewels: 26Power Reserve:  38 hoursWater Resistance: 300 metersIf you are looking for a dressier dive watch that is sure to draw everyone’s eyes at your next dinner party, then you should definitely consider the Oris Aquis Date Ref.01 733 7730 4152-07 5 24 12EB. This watch has a 43.5mm stainless steel with squarish, angular lugs and an aged brown leather strap. Its dial showcases a gorgeous sunburst brown finish which pairs surprisingly well with the gleaming maroon-colored elapsed time scale bezel. On the underside of the watch, you can find a transparent caseback, which provides wearers with a clear view of the watch’s Oris 733 Caliber. You can get your hands on this watch for approximately $1,399 USD. 4. Oris Aquis Date Ref. 01 733 7732 4157-07 4 21 64FC Movement: Automatic Oris Calibre 733Jewels: 26 Power Reserve: 38 hoursWater Resistance: 300 metersFor another stylish, masculine Oris Aquis Date option, take a look at the Oris Aquis Date Ref. 01 733 7766 4157-07 4 22 64FC. Presented in a 41.5mm stainless steel case, this watch shows off a glamorous green dial, a stainless steel bezel with a metallic, royal green elapsed time scale insert, and a comfortable black rubber strap. It also has a layer of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal fitted on top of the case front, providing greater security to the dial. Retailing at $1,580 USD, this timepiece is a wonderful partner for both your diving adventures and your everyday routines. 5. Oris Aquis Date Automatic Ref. 01 733 7730 4134-07 8 24 05PEB Photo from Watchshopping.com Movement: Automatic Oris Calibre 733Jewels: 26Power Reserve: 38 hoursWater Resistance: 300 metersLast but not least, we have the Oris Aquis Ref. 01 733 7730 4134-07 8 24 05PEB — a handsome timepiece with a quintessential black and silver build. This watch is housed in a 43.5mm stainless steel case and bracelet, serving a classic contrast against the grandiose black dial and metallic black elapsed time scale bezel. Like other Oris Aquis Date models, this timepiece is outfitted with a sapphire crystal that protects the dial from any external threats. For an estimated price of $1,799 USD, you can get this durable and stylish Aquis Date watch. Alternatives to Oris Aquis Date The Oris Aquis Date is one of the most classic and reliable divers watches on the market. However, although it is packed with all the essential features of a good diving timepiece, not everyone might be able to get their hands on it. As such, we have collated a list of the best alternative models to Oris Aquis Date that you should consider checking out. 1. Seiko Prospex Ref. SNE573P1 Photo from Watchshopping.com The first watch on the list is from another iconic Japanese brand, Seiko. The Seiko Prospex Ref. SNE573P1, like the Oris Aquis Ref. 01 733 7730 4134-07 8 24 05PEB, is a lovely classic option with its 38.5mm stainless steel case, striking black dial, matte black elapsed time scale bezel, and black silicone strap. Its watch face is decorated with luminous arrowhead hands and geometric hour indices for easy reading even in low-light conditions, along with a compact date window at 3 o’clock. This Seiko Prospex piece has a 200-meter depth rating, which ensures it can withstand some harsh underwater conditions, although it is not quite as impressive as the Oris Aquis Date’s 300-meter water resistance capacity. In addition, it is driven by an in-house quartz Caliber V147, which has an outstanding 10-month power reserve when fully charged. If you are looking for a reliable, practical, and durable diving piece, you should opt for this Seiko Prospex piece, retailing at just $509 USD. 2. Omega Seamaster Ref. 231.10.44.50.09.001 Photo from Watchshopping.com If you are into more understated styles, the Omega Seamaster Ref. 231.10.44.50.09.001 might be just the right choice with its quiet all-silver aesthetic. This watch is presented in a 44mm stainless steel case and matching three-link bracelet of the same material, which go well with the soft white dial. This dial, which features a pattern of fine vertical lines running across it, is adorned with luminous arrowhead hands, triangular hour markers, and a date window placed between 4 and 5 o’clock. Its chronograph layout consists of three sub-dials, which function as the small seconds, 30-minute, and 12-hour counters. This Omega Seamaster piece runs on a top-notch in-house Caliber 3313 movement, which offers a 52-hour power reserve and a solid 150-meter water resistance capacity. You can purchase this Omega watch for approximately $5,429 USD. 3. Citizen Promaster Ref. NB6004-83E Photo from Watchshopping.com The last watch on our list of Oris Aquis Date alternatives is the Citizen Promaster Ref. NB6004-83E — a reliable, high-quality diver that should definitely be on your radar. It comes in a 46mm titanium case and a three-link bracelet made of the same material. The use of titanium gives this watch a lightweight build, ensuring that it is easy to tote around during your long dives in spite of its larger size and robust profile. Fitted on top of the case is a chunky, heavily textured bezel, which bears a pattern of pyramid-shaped studs and raised numerals for the elapsed time scale. The face of this Citizen Promaster watch showcases the same pyramid pattern as the bezel, except in a black hue. It is also furnished with luminous geometric indices, silver and red hands that add a burst of vibrant color, and a small date aperture at 3 o’clock. Citizen also made sure to equip this timepiece with a 200-meter water resistance rating, so it can fulfill all your underwater needs. Powered by an in-house Caliber 9051 with a 42-hour power reserve, you have to be prepared to shell out around $869 USD for this rugged diving watch. Final Thoughts Oris is a distinguished Swiss watch brand that caters to the needs of both men and women looking for stylish, highly-functional timekeepers. The brand’s Oris Aquis Date fits perfectly into its catalog. With its handsome modern design, high-performing specifications, relatively accessible price, and outstanding 300-meter depth rating, you can never go wrong with this dressy diver’s watch. Featured image courtesy to Kyle Wasinger on Flickr All images from Oris’s official website unless otherwise stated. Still looking for other options of the best diving watches in the horology market? Why not take some time to read our article on the Top Dive Watches Under 1000 to get more familiar with other top-notch diving watches that come at a very budget-friendly price.

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  5. 15 Best Altimeter Watches For The Passionate Outdoorsman

    15 Best Altimeter Watches For The Passionate Outdoorsman

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

    Tudor Black Bay Chrono: A Closer Look at Tudor’s Steely Chronograph

    The Tudor Black Bay collection is undoubtedly one of the most popular collections from Tudor. In terms of watches that offer both stylish designs and incredible utility, the Tudor Black Bay definitely stands at the top of the market. The Black Bay collection is best known for its line of luxurious dive watches, but one stand-out piece that breaks the norm is the Tudor Black Bay Chrono. Classy and incredibly functional, the Tudor Black Bay Chrono is an exceptional chronograph watch effort despite being outside of the Black Bay collection’s typical wheelhouse. As a pseudo dress/chronograph watch, the Tudor Black Bay Chrono is extremely versatile, enough to be used for both fun recreational activities and formal dinner events. This is the perfect timekeeper for those seeking something that offers a more balanced bravado. Without further ado, let us closely examine the Tudor Black Bay Chrono, its specifications, history, and just what makes it so popular with modern audiences. First Impressions A first look at the Tudor Black Bay Chrono might make you think that it could not possibly be a part of the Black Bay collection. It stands out against the standard Black Bay dive watch designs, lacking the simple dial and the elapsed time scale bezel. However, this was actually an intentional choice by Tudor, as part of their attempt to branch out and introduce more diversity into the Black Bay collection, starting with the Tudor Black Bay Chrono. The Tudor Black Bay Chrono is a powerful utility watch that prioritizes both style and function, deviating from the usual bulky exteriors of the Black Bay collection. This is an excellent watch that upholds Tudor’s passion for watchmaking, showing off impressive features that exemplify utility and durability both on land and underwater. Specifications Case, Bezel, and Caseback The Tudor Black Bay Chrono Ref. 79360N-0002 is presented in an average-sized 41mm stainless steel case, which is highly resistant to scratches, shocks, and rust, making this a very durable timepiece indeed. The case also has a velvety satin finish which gives it a very luxurious sheen. Fitted on top of the case is a fixed bezel made of 316L stainless steel, with a matte black anodized disc bearing a handy tachymeter scale in white indicators. This is quite different from most Tudor Black Bay watches, which typically have unidirectional rotating bezels marked with elapsed time scales. The quintessential combination of the silver case and black aluminum bezel adds to the watch’s dignified vibe, reinforcing the Tudor Black Bay Chrono’s status as a handsome dress watch. On the right side of the case is a stout crown surrounded by two pushers. The crown is thick and comes with grooved edges to provide wearers with a better grip, while the stainless steel pushers can be used to control the watch’s chronograph functions. On the underside of the watch, you can find a securely screwed-down stainless steel caseback. This caseback prevents any moisture or dust from penetrating and damaging the watch’s inner mechanisms. In addition, it provides the Tudor Black Bay Chrono with a 200-meter depth rating, which is very impressive for a non-dive chronograph watch. Dial Image courtesy of Tudor For the Black Bay Chrono Ref. 79360N-0002, Tudor opted for the appealing, easy-to-read “panda” dial layout, which consists of two black chronograph sub-dials against a clean white dial, resembling the face of an adorable panda. This is a simple yet chic design scheme commonly found in many modern chronographs, as it is extremely popular with younger audiences. The use of the panda dial enhances the Tudor Black Bay Chrono’s refined and effortless stylishness, making it a great piece for a fancy dinner party. The two black chronograph sub-dials are located across from each other, at the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions, like the eyes of a panda. The compact date aperture can be found at 6 o’clock, providing a clear view of the date that is not hindered by other indicators or markers. In addition, the dial also consists of luminous round hour markers and the iconic Black Bay snowflake hands, distinguishing this watch as a member of the Black Bay collection. The handset is also generously coated in lume, providing the watch face with a vivid green glow in the dark. Movement The Tudor Black Bay Chrono Ref. 79360N-0002 is powered by the brand’s in-house Manufacture Caliber MT5813. This is a COSC-certified automatic movement, offering excellent timekeeping precision. It also has an impressive power reserve that can last for over 70 hours, so you could easily leave this watch aside for a weekend and come back to it without having to waste time manually winding it again. Price As a collection of dressy luxury watches, the Black Bay collection generally does not come cheap, and the same is true of the Tudor Black Bay Chrono. The price of the Tudor Black Bay Chrono Ref. 79360N-0002, in particular, starts at $7,279 USD. Considering its top-notch durability, versatile multifunctionality, and its status as a groundbreaking chronograph watch in the Black Bay collection, we think that the Tudor Black Bay Chrono is certainly worth the price. Brief History on the Tudor Black Bay The Tudor Black Bay collection was initially released in 2012 as a way to reintroduce the brand’s heritage dive watches to the world, especially to newer generations. The Black Bay collection is based on a vintage Tudor diver, the Tudor Submariner, boasting the same old-school designs with modernized features and technology. It was an immediate hit upon release, and Tudor has since rapidly expanded the line. Today, the Tudor Black Bay collection offers a wide variety of divers with different looks and colorways, such as the Tudor Black Bay Blue, the Tudor Black Bay Bronze, and much more. One of the most notable watches in this range is the Tudor Black Bay Chrono. Instead of going for the standard diver route, Tudor decided to diversify the Black Bay collection even more, taking their designs to a whole new level with a Black Bay chronograph watch instead. Chronograph pieces are incredibly popular amongst all ages of men and women, which in turn allows Tudor to be more creative and establish its own take on chronographs. This prompted the birth of the Tudor Black Bay Chrono, a versatile, uniquely Black Bay creation that provides style and utility all at once. Alternatives 1. Sinn Chronograph 936 Ref. 936.010-Leather-CIVS-Blk-DSR When it comes to utility chronographs, Sinn is definitely a go-to brand. Sinn watches are popular for championing durability and longevity by using traditional German watchmaking expertise. One prime example of what the brand has achieved over the years is the Sinn Chronograph 936 Ref. 936.010-Leather-CIVS-Blk-DSR. This Sinn Instruments Chronograph piece comes in a mid-sized 43mm stainless steel case paired with a comfortable grey leather strap. Like the Tudor Black Bay Chrono, its textured black dial is straightforward and easy to read. It is adorned with two jet-black chronograph sub-dials, a date window at 6 o’clock, thick hour indices, luminous sword hands, and vibrant red seconds hands that add a splash of color to the watch face. The watch is powered by the DIN 8309 caliber, an automatic movement that vibrates at 28,800 vibrations per hour. It offers strong anti-magnetic properties and a solid 100-meter water resistance capacity. The Sinn Chronograph 936 Ref. 936.010-Leather-CIVS-Blk-DSR retails at just $3,299 USD. 2. Longines Heritage Chronograph Ref. L28144760 For those who find the Tudor Black Bay Chrono a little out of their budget, another dressy and elegant chronograph watch you could opt for is the Longines Heritage Chronograph Ref. L28144760. This watch is simple and robust without compromising its style. The Longines Heritage Chronograph Ref. L28144760 has a 41mm stainless steel case, making it the same size as the Tudor Black Bay Chrono. This is paired with a black alligator leather strap and a fixed stainless steel bezel. The white dial is incredibly simple and understated, with two white chronograph sub-dials, gold-tone dot indices, Arabic numeral markers, and slender stick hands. However, one downside to this Longines Heritage piece is that it is not quite as durable or functional as its aforementioned chronograph peers. Unlike the Tudor Black Bay Chrono, it lacks the handy tachymeter scale and date display. In addition, it is only water-resistant up to depths of 30 meters, so it can survive some heavy showers, but you will not be able to bring this watch with you to all your fun watersports activities. This Longines watch is currently priced at $2,950 USD, making it the most affordable watch on this list. 3. Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Ref. MB119952 Another watch that is worth looking at is the Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Ref. MB119952. This is a gorgeous and versatile watch, doubling as a chronograph watch and a dress piece at the same time. The watch also stands out for its use of the innovative “Monopusher” design. This Montblanc Heritage watch has a 41mm stainless steel case, with a matching steel Milanese bracelet completing its refined and professional exterior. On the right side of the case, you can find the “Monopusher”, an interesting design that combines the watch’s crown and chronograph pushers into one. This monopusher comes with some pros and cons. On one hand, it is extremely convenient, ensuring that you do not have to reach around for multiple buttons in order to turn the crown or control the chronograph functions. However, the monopusher is also quite long and can dig into the skin of your wrist, so this watch is not ideal for those with thick wrists. The dial of this Montblanc watch comes in a silvery-white hue which blends well with the stainless steel exterior. It is decorated with silver dot indices, Arabic numeral markers, and a stylish combination of silver and blued steel hands that contrast delightfully against each other. This watch runs on the brand’s in-house MB 25.12 automatic caliber, which has a good 48-hour power reserve. The Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Ref. MB119952 retails at approximately $3,099 USD. Final Thoughts The Tudor Black Bay Chrono is surely one of the best and most stylish chronographs in the market right now. It is very durable, possesses a hardy exterior and a water resistance capacity that rivals actual dive watches, and has a unique status in the Black Bay series. As a versatile dress/chronograph watch, the Tudor Black Bay Chrono is sure to satisfy your every need, so you should definitely consider adding this watch to your collection. All images courtesy of WatchShopping, unless stated otherwise. Featured image courtesy of Tudor If you are still left undecided, check out our choices for the 15 Best Sailing Watches for the Avid Sailor—it might be your best chance to find the right watch for you!

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  7. Suunto Core: A Review of the Best Companion for an Active Sportsman

    Suunto Core: A Review of the Best Companion for an Active Sportsman

    Many athletes could not stress enough about the convenience of having a reliable, high-tech sports watch. Apart from telling you the time, sports watches are designed with numerous helpful applications to aid you during your activities and workout routines. On top of that, they are designed to be strong and stylish, so that you can bring them to all sorts of occasions, whether it is the wild outdoors or a casual party. Today, there are loads of sports watches being offered in the market, with many showcasing a wide variety of functions and sports modes. However, if you are looking for a simple and affordable timepiece that is not jampacked with too many overwhelming features, there aren’t many that can do the job as well as the Suunto Core. Join us as we familiarize ourselves with this practical and well-known Suunto sports wristwatch. Suunto Core All Black Since its release in 2007, the Suunto Core has been one of the brand’s most iconic timepieces. Officially, it is categorized as an ABC watch; this means that it features altimeter, barometer, and compass functions. As such, the Suunto Core is a brilliant digital timepiece to bring with you when you are exploring the outdoors. Presently, the brand offers the Suunto Core in a variety of sleek designs — around 30, to be exact. However, the main focus of our article today will be on the classic Suunto Core in all black. We will be taking a detailed look at all the different qualities and characteristics of the Suunto Core, from its composite case and elastomer strap to its multiple handy outdoor functions. Image By: Suunto Black Composite Case and Caseback With a case diameter of 49.1mm and a thickness of 14.5mm, the Suunto Core is a pretty sizable watch, weighing it around the size of most Suunto 7 smartwatches. With its large composition, the Suunto Core is ideal for wearers who have larger wrist sizes. Of course, that should not stop anyone who is fond of wearing oversized watches, either. When strapped to the wrist, the Suunto timepiece stands out prominently, thanks to its size and its eye-catching all-black build. Despite its substantial size, the Suunto Core weighs only 64g. For the sake of comparison, 64g is equivalent to nearly two slices of bread, which is not very heavy at all. As such, wearers will not find it too cumbersome to tote the Suunto Core around on their wrists all day. The case of the Suunto Core is made entirely out of a black carbon composite. This material is what gives the Suunto Core its lightweight profile, while also providing it with exceptional durability and resistance to scratches and impacts. In addition, the Suunto Core also has a depth rating of 30m. This is somewhat lackluster for a sports timepiece, but it is enough to protect the Suunto Core from raindrops and light water splashes. Located on the left and right sides of the cases are pushers that give wearers easy access to the Suunto Core’s different functions. The pushers are designed with jagged textures, so wearers can easily feel for and locate them, without even looking at the watch. On the underside of the watch, you can find a stainless steel caseback that protects the CR2032 battery of the Suunto Core. When used regularly, this battery can last for up to an incredible 12 months. Fitted on top of the front case is a black aluminum compass bezel. This bezel is marked with navigational directions and degrees, printed in white to provide wearers with optimal readability and contrast against the black background. Though this bezel is designed for practical purposes, it also serves to enhance the Suunto Core’s masculine and robust look. Mineral Glass Suunto uses a flat layer of mineral glass to protect the digital dial of the Suunto Core. Considering its very budget-friendly price range, it is within expectations that the Suunto Core would use a mineral crystal rather than a hardier sapphire crystal. When measured using the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, mineral crystals typically have a hardness rating of “5” or “6.” Although it is not as scratch-resistant as sapphire, mineral crystal is still able to fend off scratches better than acrylic glass. In addition, mineral glass is also less susceptible to impacts or shattering than sapphire. If you notice your Suunto Core’s mineral crystal has accumulated a noticeable amount of scratch marks, it is easy enough to have the crystal buffed to clear out its surface. Digital Suunto Dial The watch face of the Suunto Core shows off a simple negative display with a black background and lighter gray text. As an ABC watch, the Suunto Core gathers data with built-in triple sensors that detect and analyze the local environment. Its highly-legible dial is split into two sections to present different data at once, so you can get all the information you need with just a quick glance at the Suunto Core. Printed on the lower half of the dial are labels that indicate which mode the Suunto Core is currently in so that even new users will not get confused. By pressing and holding the center pusher on the right side of the Suunto Core, its dial will redirect you back to the main menu. When using this timepiece in the dark, the Suunto Core has an electro-luminescent backlight that brightly illuminates its digital dial. As an all-around outdoors watch, the Suunto Core is also equipped with numerous features that are very convenient to have when out in the wilderness. Apart from the traditional timekeeping functions, this watch also has an altimeter, a barometer, a digital compass, a temperature reader, a storm alarm, and more. When using its altimeter and barometer modes, the Suunto displays the air pressure and altitude level of the wearer’s current position. It also shows a graph that keeps track of the different altitude levels the watch has gone through. Before using the altimeter and barometer functions, it is crucial to set a reference level for the air pressure and altitude so that the watch will be less susceptible to gathering the wrong data. The temperature data is also presented on the lower half screen. Some wearers recommend keeping the timepiece on a pack strap while trekking for more accurate temperature readings. When in compass mode, the Suunto Core’s digital compass displays the directional degrees on its main screen while indicating the cardinal direction the watch is facing on the lower screen. Wearers can calibrate the compass to ensure its navigation is precise.  Going back to the main menu, wearers can access the time and date functions to set alarms, a countdown timer, the time, dual time, and the date. The watch also has a sunrise and sunset alarm, which can be customized by inputting your general location as well as the region and city you are nearest to. One of the Suunto Core’s most unique features is its exclusive and handy storm alarm feature. With this, you will be able to keep track of whether a storm is approaching your area, making it an indispensable application for wearers camping, trekking, and mountaineering. Lastly, the Suunto Core also features a stopwatch, which can be useful for various purposes. For wearers who want to keep track of all the data gathered above, you can access it through the Suunto Core’s extensive logbook. The Suunto timepiece supports four different languages, namely English, Spanish, French, and Danish. Black Elastomer Strap The Suunto Core is usually paired with an exclusive black elastomer strap, completing its rugged all-black look. With its unusual dimensions and elongated adjustment holes, the design of this watch bracelet is quite unique, and it fits comfortably on the wrist. However, some users have complained about this elastomer strap breaking after a few years. While the strap quality is not the best, Suunto does provide wearers with a selection of replacement straps. Each band is made from either elastomer, rubber, or silicone and comes in a variety of different colors and styles. Having so many options for your watch strap allows you to choose one that matches your specific design tastes and preferences. Each new strap can cost between $50 USD to $61 USD. Price of the Suunto Core You can purchase a brand-new Suunto Core at a very accessible price of $220 USD. If you plan to buy a pre-owned version from the second-hand market, it can cost you between $125 USD to $145 USD, depending on the seller and the condition the watch is in. Other Popular Versions of the Suunto Core As stated previously, the Suunto Core comes in multiple variants. Let us take a look at some of the brand’s other takes on its coveted outdoor ABC watch. 1. Suunto Core in Brushed Steel Image By: Suunto This model of the Suunto Core showcases a 49.1mm stainless steel case topped with a stainless steel bezel. The case and bezel are both masterfully brushed, giving the watch’s exterior a gleaming, luxurious luster. In addition to that, this edition of the Suunto Core replaces its protective mineral crystal with sapphire glass. As most watch enthusiasts know, sapphire tends to be the favored material for watch crystals due to its luxury and unparalleled scratch resistance. As such, aside from looking sleeker and more professional, this Suunto Core design is also more durable. Due to the upgrades on its case and watch glass, this version of the Suunto Core fetches a higher price of approximately $530 USD. 2. Suunto Core Dusk Gray Image By: Suunto Not a fan of the Suunto Core in all black? How about something a tad bit lighter? The Suunto Core Dusk Gray shows off the same capabilities as the standard black Suunto Core but comes in a 49.1mm muted gray composite case instead. Complemented by a gray aluminum bezel and a matching silicone strap, its all-gray design is quite appealing and gives the watch a very unified appearance. This version of the Suunto Core also costs around $220 USD. 3. Suunto Core Lime Crush Image By: Suunto Another attractive edition of the Suunto Core, this particular variant showcases a 49.1mm composite black case with a blackened steel top ring. Suunto pairs the Core Lime Crush with a supple lime silicone watch strap, which gives the timepiece a more perky aesthetic. Because of the thick steel bezel, the watch weighs slightly more than the original black Suunto Core, but it is still quite easy to carry around. You can get your hands on this playful Suunto Core piece for an estimated price of $220 USD. Alternatives to the Suunto Core Now, if you are a tech-savvy sports enthusiast who loves having a multitude of sports modes, GPS navigation, and fitness tracking, then the Suunto Core might not be the best option for you. Not to worry, however, for there are other sports watch manufacturers out there who might just have what you’ve been searching for. Take a look at some of these state-of-the-art timepieces that work as great, high-tech alternatives to the Suunto Core. 1. Suunto 9 G1 Baro (SS050087000) Image By: Watch Shopping If you want a more advanced timekeeper that possesses greater technological capabilities than the Suunto Core, then you might want to consider the Suunto 9 G1 Baro. Hailing from the brand’s Suunto 9 collection, the G1 Baro features a diverse set of innovations that is sure to astound any modern sports enthusiast. Coupled with a black silicone strap, the Suunto G1 Baro is housed in a 50mm glass-fiber-reinforced polyamide case. With its thickness of 16.8mm, the Suunto 9 G1 Baro is even larger and has more presence than the Suunto Core. The G1 Baro is topped with a layer of sapphire glass and a black-tone stainless steel bezel, both of which serve to protect the dial from any scratches while also giving the watch a smarter look. Located at the back of the G1 Baro is a wrist-based heart monitor that logs in data every second. The case is water-resistant up to depths of 100m, so the watch can function efficiently even in harsh stormy weather or in the pool.  The dial of the Suunto 9 features handy touchscreen capabilities, allowing wearers to access all its functions through the touch of a finger. Apart from having all the digital applications of the Suunto Core, the G1 Baro is also equipped with GPS tracking and navigation, fitness and health monitoring, and a wide selection of sports modes that cater to running, cycling, swimming, and more. As you wear this watch, it quietly gathers information about your calories burnt, sleep quality, daily resource levels, and stress and recovery statistics, making the G1 Baro both an excellent sports watch and the perfect health tracker. The Suunto G1 Baro has a battery life that can last between 25 to 170 hours, depending on its usage and the modes it is in. This timepiece uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, so you will not have to worry about changing its batteries. Furthermore, it has four intelligent battery modes, which you can use to keep the watch up and running for longer. The Suunto 9 G1 Baro supports a total of 22 languages. This intuitive and multifunctional sports watch is available on our website for $659 USD. 2. Garmin Fenix 6S Pro Solar (010-02158-17) Image By: Watch Shopping Much like the Rolex vs. Omega subject, many sports watch aficionados love to compare Suunto models with Garmin timepieces, and rightfully so. Garmin has been manufacturing watches since late-1989 and has provided many athletes with top-of-the-line sports watches since then. One especially popular model from Garmin is the Garmin Fenix 6S Pro Solar. This gorgeous Garmin smartwatch simply breathes elegance, ruggedness, and a sense of luxury. It comes in a 42mm gold-tone fiber-reinforced polymer case fitted with a matching gold stainless steel bezel, making it slimmer and easier to wear than the Suunto Core. It is also typically paired with a silicone band, but wearers can also opt for a suede, fabric, or metal strap. The Garmin Fenix 6S Pro Solar has a depth rating of 100m, so you can bring it with you to numerous water-based outdoor adventures like swimming or water skiing. Like the Suunto 9 G1 Baro, the Fenix 6S Pro Solar also has a wrist-based heart rate monitor that tracks data every second. In addition to that, this timepiece is also capable of monitoring blood oxygen saturation levels and alerts the wearer if it detects an irregular heart rate.  The Garmin Fenix 6S Pro Solar is loaded with several outdoor features to help you in all sorts of circumstances. It has a barometric altimeter, a compass, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, a thermometer, and access to GPS, GLONASS, and GALILEO satellite navigation systems. This high-tech timepiece is built to ensure that you always know what is going on. But that is not all, either. The Fenix 6S Pro Solar is also Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and ANT+ compatible, allowing wearers to connect their watches to their smartphones. For fitness enthusiasts who love exercising with a workout playlist, this watch has a memory capacity that can fit up to a whopping 2,000 songs. The Fenix 6S Pro incorporates multiple sports and fitness modes for running, cycling, swimming, golfing, the gym, and outdoor recreational activities. Powering the Garmin Fenix 6S Pro Solar is a solar-chargeable battery that energizes itself through the Power Glass lens on top of the front case. When on battery saver mode, this timepiece can run for up to 59 days. You can purchase this Garmin timepiece for around $819 USD. Final Thoughts Without overwhelming its wearers with too many complex functions, the Suunto Core is easily one of the best value-for-money sports watches in the market. Weather functions, temperature indicators, and a digital compass — it pretty much has everything you need to survive the great outdoors, although it is a little lacking in terms of the sports modes it offers. Ultimately, the Suunto Core is affordable, reliable, robust, and very easy to use. It even comes in a variety of attractive colors and case designs that are sure to appeal to everyone’s preferences. Featured Image By: Suunto Need a reliable yet affordable dive watch to stick by your side? Have a look at the Orient Mako II and see if it’s the watch you’re looking for.

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  8. Get to Know the Seiko SKX007: The Legendary Affordable Diver

    Get to Know the Seiko SKX007: The Legendary Affordable Diver

    Dive watches have always been at the top of the watchmaking scene. These watches are often luxurious, high-utility, and exceptionally well-made, which contributes to their reputation as one of the best types of watches in the industry. Because of their exorbitant prices, most dive watches tend to be quite inaccessible and hard to get for the average, casual watch user. However, there are a number of dive pieces that are worth considering, especially since they have more affordable price tags while still being incredibly reliable and classy. The Seiko SKX007 is a great example of a dive watch that is offered at a very budget-friendly price. It may not have the same exceptional dive watch features compared to other dive pieces like Rolex’s Submariner or Sea-Dweller, but you are bound to be surprised at how versatile the Seiko SKX007 is in terms of function and style. Indeed, this is a watch that embodies how Seiko manufactures its watches with undying passion and creativity. Without further ado, let us take a closer look at the Seiko SKX007, its specifications, and everything it has to offer. Specifications Case, Bezel, and Crown The Seiko SKX007 comes in a 42mm stainless steel case, which is the perfect average size to fit wrists of all sizes. This is paired with a stainless steel unidirectional bezel which is fitted with a black elapsed time scale that allows wearers to carefully track the amount of time spent underwater. In addition, the edges of this bezel are gear-shaped, providing wearers with a better grip so they can turn the bezel easily even if they are in a diving suit. The bezel is also attached to a layer of Hardlex crystal, which protects the dial from scratches, impacts, and light glares, ensuring that you will have a clean, unimpeded view of the watch face. Another unique thing about the Seiko SKX007 is the positioning of its crown. Instead of placing it at the standard 3 o’clock position, Seiko chooses to place the crown of the SKX007 slightly further down, at 4 o’clock instead. Not only does this give the Seiko SKX007 a more unique style, but it is also more comfortable on the wrist. Placing the crown at an angle ensures that the well-sized crown will not dig into the wearer’s wrist and allows for more freedom in terms of wrist movement. This crown is also carefully screwed down, keeping the watch’s inner mechanisms safe from any moisture or dust and giving it a substantial 200-meter depth rating. Dial The Seiko SKX007 boasts a straightforward black dial that emphasizes simplicity and legibility. Having a clear and precise dial is important for dive watches due to the nature of the tasks these watches are typically involved in, and this is true of the Seiko SKX007 as well. For instance, it is very easy to read the time on the Seiko SKX007 with just a glance, thanks to its bold geometric hour markers and large syringe hands. At the 3 o’clock position, you can also find a rectangular day-date aperture. The hands and hour markers are also coated with Seiko’s LumiBrite, giving them a bright blue glow that illuminates the watch face well both in the dark and underwater. Movement This Seiko SKX007 is equipped with the brand’s in-house Caliber 7S26 automatic movement. This is an entry-level watch movement that was manufactured for and frequently used in Seiko divers. Although the Caliber 7S26 has since been discontinued, it proves to be just as effective as other newer movements from Seiko. The Caliber 7S26 has a 41-hour power reserve and comes with Seiko’s innovative Diashock technology, which protects the watch from violent impacts or shocks and ensures the watch stays precise, adding to the Seiko SKX007’s durability. Bracelet Dive watches are typically paired with either an anti-corrosive stainless steel bracelet or a rubber band, to better withstand the trips underwater. The Seiko SKX007 offers a variety of bracelet choices that you can consider, including the standard choices of a professional stainless steel bracelet or a rubber strap in black which provides optimal comfort underwater. That said, Seiko also offers the SKX007 with black fabric or polyester straps, which gives the watch a more casual aesthetic and greater freedom in style. Price As mentioned before, the Seiko SKX007 is an affordable timepiece that functions seamlessly as a reliable, sturdy dive watch. For just $369 USD, you can get your hands on this comfortable, reliable, and versatile dive watch. Alternatives to the Seiko SKX007 1. Seiko Prospex Tuna Safari Ref. SRPF81K1 Another excellent model from the Seiko Prospex collection is the Seiko Prospex Tuna Safari Ref. SRPF81K1, which is reminiscent of another Seiko dive watch, the Seiko Prospex Tuna. Both timepieces possess cases that are said to resemble cans of tuna, hence the “Seiko Tuna” nicknames. The Seiko Prospex Tuna Safari, in particular, has an oversized 46.3mm hard-coated stainless steel case which promises incredible durability both on land and underwater. This is paired with a comfortable black silicone dial and a unidirectional rotating bezel in black and muted yellow with an elapsed time scale, so wearers can time their dives and decompressions. As a dive watch, this Seiko piece has a very straightforward dial that facilitates optimal legibility, which is extremely important for divers underwater. Its black dial is adorned with blunt stick hands and large hour indices, all of which are generously coated in luminous material, and a small date window placed unusually between the 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock markers. To make things sweeter, the watch has a 200m water resistance capacity, so you could easily bring this as your companion on your next scuba diving adventure. The Seiko Prospex Tuna Safari Ref. SRPF81K1 is priced at approximately $489 USD. It is a great alternative to the Seiko SKX007 for those who want something similar to the SKX007, but with a slightly different style and colorway. 2. Tudor Black Bay Ref. 79030B-0003 Yet another viable alternative to the Seiko SKX007 is the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Ref. 79030B-0003. Simple, compact, and very durable, this watch is considered on par with dive watches from the likes of Sinn and Panerai. It hails from the Tudor Black Bay collection, which consists of a range of luxury dive watches that caters to professional scuba divers. This is an excellent choice for those who want a more prestigious dive watch that they can bring to their next dinner party too. The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Ref. 79030B-0003 comes in a slim 39mm stainless steel case with a gleaming satin finish that gives the watch an unmistakable luster. This is paired with a comfortable black and white fabric strap and a stainless steel unidirectional bezel, fitted with a metallic blue elapsed time scale insert. This bezel goes perfectly with the watch’s matte blue dial, which is decorated with bold geometric hour indices and large snowflake hands. These indices and hands are coated with white luminous material, providing a satisfying contrast against the blue backdrop. This Tudor watch is powered by an in-house Caliber MT5402. Since the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Ref. 79030B-0003 is a luxury watch, it is only to be expected that it has a higher price tag. You can get your hands on this watch for approximately $3,699 USD. 3. Gucci Dive Ref. YA136204 As far as quartz watches go, the Gucci Dive Ref. YA136204 takes the cake in terms of being a durable and trendy dive watch. What makes this timepiece even more remarkable is that it is a deviation from Gucci’s usual focus on stylish designer watches. So, the fact that the Gucci Dive Ref. YA136204 is able to maintain such impressive reliability is an admirable feat. This Gucci Dive watch has a sizeable 45mm stainless steel case paired with a black rubber strap. This meshes well with the black dial and ceramic rotating bezel with an elapsed time scale, which completes the watch’s sleek and classy style. The dial is decorated with rectangular hour indices, thick Breguet hands, and an elongated date window that replaces the 6 o’clock marker. As a dive watch, this piece has a solid 200m depth rating. The Gucci Dive Ref. YA136204 retails at approximately $999 USD. Final Thoughts To this day, dive watches are known to be luxury status symbols and are frequently associated with people of high standing. As such, the budget-friendly price point of the Seiko SKX007 has led to some skepticism from casual watch fans, who assume its affordable price also equates to poor or cheap quality. However, this could not be further from the truth. In reality, Seiko saw through this problem of luxury dive watches being sold at remarkably inaccessible prices and designed the hardy yet inexpensive Seiko SKX007 specifically as a solution to this problem. Despite not being as pricey, the Seiko SKX007 is just as durable and reliable as many of its dive watch peers, offering excellent features to match them. Although the Seiko SKX007 has been discontinued, it is still possible to get your hands on this watch through the second-hand market. As long as you keep a careful eye out for any counterfeits or fakes, you will surely have no problem getting your hands on Seiko’s legendary affordable diver. Images courtesy of WatchShopping, unless stated otherwise. Featured image courtesy of Seiko Official If you are still left undecided, have a look at our Certina DS Action Diver review—it might be right up your alley! 

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  9. Timex Q Reissue: The Return of the Splendid 1970s GMT Watch

    Timex Q Reissue: The Return of the Splendid 1970s GMT Watch

    Timex is one of those brands that has been in the horology industry for as long as we remember. This American brand has always catered to the needs of both men and women looking for durable, stylish timepieces at accessible prices. Timex was also behind the existence of the legendary Timex Q watch, which was released in the 1970s as a popular and more budget-friendly alternative to the iconic Rolex GMT-Master II.  Given the Timex Q’s success, it is no surprise that the brand chose to bring it back today in the form of the Timex Q Reissue. Bearing classic aesthetics inspired by its predecessors, the Timex Q Reissue continues to be a sleek, affordable option for watch enthusiasts who enjoy vintage looks. But is it worth the hype? Let us take a closer look at everything the Timex Q Reissue has to offer to find out. First Impressions Even at first glance, the Timex Q Reissue has a quintessential vibe that instantly reminds you of the 70s. This timepiece has a neo-vintage aesthetic, with its angular, beveled case and stainless steel bracelet. Like its 1970s predecessor, it also comes with a dark red and blue Pepsi GMT bezel, an innovation first developed by the trailblazing Swiss watchmaker Rolex. The watch’s muted blue dial also contrasts well against the beige hour markers, enhancing the watch’s retro yet classy look. Anatomy of the Timex Q Reissue Case and Bezel The case of the Timex Q Reissue is both elegant and extremely satisfying to look at, with its cleanly brushed surfaces. Made of stainless steel, this case measures 38mm in diameter and 11.5mm in height, making this quite a slender watch that is very easy to tote around all day. In addition, its sharply beveled edges give the impression of the Timex Q Reissue being even smaller than it really is. As a result, this watch is great for those with small-to-average size wrists and those who simply love wearing slimmer watches. Like the original Timex Q, this watch has solid hooded lugs, which is quite uncommon in modern watches, further emphasizing this watch’s vintage style. The Timex Q Reissue also inherits the original’s beautiful red-and-blue Pepsi GMT dial, an iconic watch design that makes it even more appealing. This stainless steel bezel is highly scratch-resistant and can be smoothly rotated in both directions. It also comes with silver Arabic numeral indicators that allow you to keep track of a second time zone and blunted teeth-edges so wearers can grip and turn it more easily. Fixed on top of the bezel is a domed acrylic crystal that serves to protect the Timex Q Reissue’s dial. Dial The beguiling dial of the Timex Q Reissue shows off a muted navy blue hue, which pairs perfectly with its Pepsi bezel. This dial incorporates a classic, retro-inspired layout, making it a real favorite with vintage watch fans. It has large geometric hour indices and silver-outlined lollipop hands, along with a sizable day-date window located at 3 o’clock. The hour indices and hands are all coated in beige-white luminous material, giving them a bright green glow in the dark that satisfyingly contrasts its navy blue backdrop. The brand also added a faux patina to the watch to add a bit of nostalgia to the whole piece. On the whole, Timex did a great job re-capturing the same 70s vibe of the original timepiece. Movement One thing that might be a little lackluster about the Timex Q Reissue is the movement that powers it. Just like its predecessor, the Timex Q Reissue is equipped with a quartz movement, the Seiko SII Epson PC33. It is a little disappointing that Timex did not see fit to upgrade the movement with the Timex Q’s modern release and this Seiko caliber definitely shows its age. This is a relatively cheap and basic movement, so you have to manually set the day function by moving the hands past midnight instead of having the watch automatically set the date for you. This can be quite a downside for fans who prefer watches that offer greater convenience. Caseback On the underside of the Timex Q Reissue, you can find a caseback that is also remarkably similar to its 1970s version. This screwed-in stainless steel caseback has a brushed finish and provides a water resistance capacity of around 50 meters. It has a very minimalistic, simple look, with just the brand name, reference code, and other such information stamped on the back and no flowery designs or engravings that you might find on other watches. The small opening on the upper left side of the caseback allows you to change the battery of the Timex Q Reissue on your own. All you have to do is stick a coin into the slot, turn it until it opens and you will be able to change the watch’s battery. Bracelet/Strap The Timex Q Reissue comes with a bracelet also made from stainless steel. It adds to the watch’s quintessential look, perfectly complementing its overall design, and feels extremely comfortable on the wrist as well. This strap also has a buckle that keeps the watch firmly secured on your wrist. Price Aside from its heritage and classic design, the most exciting part of this Timex Q Reissue is its affordable price. Retailing at just $179 USD, the Timex Q Reissue is quite a value-for-money option. It should be noted that the Timex Q Reissue was hugely popular and sold out quite rapidly. This has led to its price being marked up slightly on the second-hand market, although this problem has been marginally alleviated by the release of new 2020 models of the Timex Q Reissue. Today, you can probably get the Timex Q Reissue second-hand for under $250 USD. Ultimately, if you are looking for the best, most accessible vintage-inspired timepiece, this is one you should definitely check out. Brief History of Timex Q Watch During the quartz crisis in the 1970s, watch industries all over the world were impacted. Numerous American watchmakers were driven into bankruptcy and were compelled to sell off their brands to various foreign corporations. At that time, only Timex and Bulova continued to operate in America. However, in order to survive the financial difficulties caused by the quartz crisis, these two brands decided to venture out by entering the quartz watch industry themselves. It was this saga that led to Timex launching the very first version of the Timex Q in 1979. The Timex Q was a very popular and in-demand model, right from the outset. Timex utilized elements that were trendy in the 1970s in the making of this watch, leading to the Timex Q being recognized by many watch enthusiasts worldwide. Some of these elements included the angular-shaped case, the stylish Pepsi bezel, and the mesh bracelet. As a quartz watch, the Timex Q was far more affordable and accessible than most of its mechanical watch peers. Thanks to its highly recognizable Pepsi bezel, the Timex Q became the go-to alternative for those who wanted but could not afford the Rolex GMT-Master. This association with Rolex’s GMT-Master raised the Timex Q’s profile even further, making this watch a cornerstone in Timex’s history. 2020 Timex Q Reissue Models Photo from Professional WatchesAs previously mentioned, the Timex Q Reissue was a huge hit upon its release and was quickly sold out. In 2020, to accommodate continued demand, Timex launched three new color variations of the sought-after Timex Q Reissue. These three variants share nearly identical specifications as the original Pepsi version of the Timex Q Reissue, including 38mm cases, robust quartz movements, and teeth-edged rotating GMT bezels with bi-color designs. The only difference between the Pepsi Timex Q Reissue and these 2020 models is that their dials and bezels come in different colorways. The 2020 Timex Q Reissue variations include the Ref. TW2U60900ZV (black dial with a black and green bezel), the Ref. TW2U61100ZV (navy blue dial with an orange and navy blue bezel), and the Ref. TW2U61200 (white dial with a red and navy blue bezel). The price of these versions remains the same, costing around $179 USD each. Alternatives to the Timex Q Reissue The Timex Q Reissue is an excellent and very affordable vintage watch with a truly classic design. That said, despite its great qualities and features, not all are that fond of wearing a retro-inspired quartz watch. Whether it is because you prefer mechanical pieces or you want something that looks a little more contemporary, fear not. We have collated a list of some of the best alternatives to the Timex Q Reissue that you should consider checking out. 1. Rolex GMT Master II Ref. 1670 Blue Red Photo from Watchshopping.com Ever since it was first launched, both the original and modern editions of the Timex Q have been closely linked to the Rolex GMT-Master due to their rather similar appearances. As such, the first option on our list of best Timex Q Reissue alternatives has to be the Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 16710, which is perfect for those seeking a fancier, more prestigious GMT watch. This Rolex GMT-Master II piece is a classic luxury icon. It comes in a 40mm case and bracelet crafted from the brand’s proprietary Oystersteel material, which is exceptionally resistant to scratches and corrosion. The lustrous silver case and bracelet cast a satisfying contrast against the watch’s jet-black dial, which is adorned with geometric hour markers, Mercedes hands, and a magnified date window at 3 o’clock. The dial is protected by a layer of luxurious sapphire crystal, which is the hardest watch crystal available. This Rolex watch also features a two-toned Pepsi bezel made out of highly scratch-resistant Cerachrom. Unlike the Timex Q Reissue, the Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 16710 is powered by an in-house automatic Caliber 3185. This exquisite, hand-crafted movement has a substantial 50-hour power reserve and comes with a water resistance rating of around 100 meters. You can purchase this Rolex Pepsi watch for around $24,899 USD. 2. Seiko Prospex Ref. SRPB09K1 Photo from Watchshopping.com Next up, we have the Seiko Prospex Ref. SRPB09K1, commonly known as part of the brand’s Seiko Samurai range. Named as such for its luminous sword-shaped minute hand, this watch stands out with its Pepsi bezel and its textured black dial that bears a subtle pattern of waves. This is quite a big watch, with a 43.8mm stainless steel case paired with a matching three-link steel bracelet. Like other Seiko Prospex watches, it is also equipped with a scratch-resistant Hardlex crystal, adding an extra layer of protection to the watch face. Aside from the “samurai” minute hand, the dial of this Seiko watch is also decorated with thick luminous hour indices, an arrow-shaped hour hand, a thin red seconds hand, and a compact date window at 3 o’clock. This watch is driven by the brand’s automatic 4R35 Caliber which offers a solid 41-hour power reserve. In addition, it has an impressive depth rating of 200 meters, so this watch can easily act as a companion on all your fun water activities, such as diving or water skiing. The Seiko Prospex Ref. SRPB09K1 is priced at approximately $509 USD, which is quite a worthy bargain considering its exceptional features. 3. Bulova Classic Ref. 98B348 Photo from Watchshopping.com Last but not least, we have the Bulova Classic Ref. 98B348, which is another quartz watch packed with excellent features. It boasts a large 44mm stainless steel case, which is complemented by a stylish grey sector dial and a black silicone strap. This Bulova Classic watch also has a two-tone bezel. However, unlike the Timex Q Reissue and the Rolex GMT-Master, the Bulova Classic Ref. 98B348 is actually classified as a dive watch. As such, its sophisticated red and grey bezel is actually marked with an elapsed time scale in white indicators instead. The watch face is also protected by a layer of mineral crystal. The dial of this Bulova watch is also very straightforward, adorned with luminous arrow hands, hour indices, and a small date window at 3 o’clock. As mentioned, the Bulova Classic Ref. 98B348 is a quartz watch, so it runs on a powerful quartz movement that offers a 100-meter water resistance capacity. With a price tag of just $249 USD, this Bulova timepiece is closest in price to the Timex Q Reissue while also bearing a more contemporary style. It is the best alternative to the Timex Q Reissue for modern audiences. Final Thoughts The Timex Q Reissue watch is an exquisite retro-inspired model that definitely deserves to be on your radar. With excellent features, a memorable design, and an affordable price tag, the only downside to the Timex Q Reissue is really its movement, which could really use a more advanced upgrade. That said, if you are seeking an accessible 70s-inspired timepiece and do not mind the subpar movement, then the Timex Q Reissue is the perfect, nostalgia-inducing choice. Photos credit to Timex’s official website unless otherwise stated. Featured image courtesy to u/Kevin-Benjamin on Reddit. Curious what makes Grand Seiko distinctive from the Seiko watches? Check out our article about The Differences Between Seiko and Grand Seiko Watches.

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  10. Casio Rangeman: A Review of the Brand’s Toughest Watch

    Casio Rangeman: A Review of the Brand’s Toughest Watch

    Casio is widely regarded as being home to some of the toughest watches in the world. While this Japanese brand has numerous refined collections that have greatly contributed to horology, it only truly made a name for itself with its legendary Casio G-Shock collection. This is a line of exceptionally rugged tactical timepieces designed to survive any sort of harsh conditions. One particular high-caliber watch in this collection is the Casio Rangeman GW-9400. Equipped with G-Shock’s famous triple sensor technology and a robust build that is virtually unmatched in the watchmaking world, the Casio Rangeman has become the perfect companion to professionals and adventurers working in extreme conditions. In this article, we will be taking an in-depth look at the Casio Rangeman GW-9400, including its specifications, price, and just what makes it so popular. Brief History of Casio G-Shock Rangeman  In 2013, Casio launched a new series of modern G-Shock watches. Known as the Master of G line-up, these new additions to the G-Shock collection were notable as they came with Casio’s newest, state-of-the-art triple sensor technology. Among these watches was, of course, the Casio Rangeman GW-9400. Today, the Casio Rangeman has become the most coveted model out of the many G-Shock watches in existence. It is the number one pick amongst outdoorsmen and sportsmen of all categories. With its superb features, rugged, combat-ready profile, and accessible price, the Casio Rangeman’s popularity is truly no surprise. Anatomy of the Casio GW-9400 Rangeman Case and Bezel Photo from Watchshopping.com All of the Casio Rangeman GW-9400 watches are built using solid resin cases. The Casio Rangeman’s case is incredibly thick, which provides greater protection against shocks and impacts. They also tend to be large, measuring around 53mm to 55mm in diameter. However, despite their robust sizes, the use of resin means that the Casio Rangeman is actually very light, weighing around 93g, so you can still wear the watch comfortably for extended periods of time. The Rangeman’s thick case is also constructed to have a more three-dimensional profile, with the dial being submerged and surrounded by layers of resin so that the screen of the dial is always protected. As a digital watch, the Casio Rangeman comes packed with an array of useful functions. As a result, the case is also crowded with pushers and buttons that allow you to control these features. For instance, a larger, protruding pusher located at the 3 o’clock position allows you to access the triple sensors’ different modes. Other pushbuttons can be used for the watch’s chronograph functions, to change between different time zones, and so on. You also don’t need to fear being confused by all these buttons and features. The pushers on the Casio Rangeman are all carefully labeled in clean grey and white typefaces, allowing you to get the hang of this watch very quickly. Dial As previously mentioned, the Casio Rangeman has a digital dial that is filled with useful features. It consists of a layer of scratch-resistant mineral glass, with a gray backdrop text in a highly legible, typical black font. Casio opted for a digital dial instead of an analog one because they wanted to optimize this watch in terms of readability and ease of use, so as to better serve the adventurers and hikers that were the main target audience of the Casio Rangeman. With a segmented digital dial, wearers could take one quick glance at the watch face and immediately see all the information they needed. In order to accommodate all of the functions the Casio Rangeman has, the dial is split into four different screens. When in the default modes, the screens each display the time, day of the week, the month and day, and a chronograph display. By pressing the different pushers on the side of the case, you can change the modes of the watch to bring up different types of information such as the compass, the barometric pressure readings, and so on. Movement The Casio Rangeman’s impressive functions are all driven by a high-performing quartz movement. As a quartz caliber, it offers a superlative accuracy rate of ±1 second per day, or ±15 seconds per month. It is also equipped with an incredible 8-month long battery. If necessary, you can also turn on the watch’s power save function, which allows the Casio Rangeman to last up to 23 months when fully charged. Furthermore, this is a solar movement, so you can charge it with solar power, simply by exposing it to light. Bracelet Photo from Watchshopping.com The Casio Rangeman GW-9400 also comes with an integrated resin band, which completes the watch’s sporty and rugged aesthetic. This strap is ergonomic and feels comfortable against your wrist even after hours of use. A stainless steel buckle keeps the strap securely wrapped around your wrist. Resistance The Casio Rangeman GW-9400 is not called one of the toughest watches in the world for nothing. With its sturdy resin case, Casio designed this watch to have water, mud, and shock-resistant properties. It can withstand low temperatures of up to -10°C or 14°F and is water-resistant up to depths of 200 meters. Whether you are diving, swimming, hiking, or doing any other outdoor adventure, this timepiece is the best partner you could have, since it can take a beating and still remain functional no matter what you put it through. That said, make sure to give your Casio Rangeman a good rinse afterward so it always looks clean and pristine. Functions First off, the Casio GW-9400 Rangeman is one of the first timepieces to ever feature the brand’s triple sensor technology, which means that it is equipped with a barometer, altimeter, and compass functions. These are essential to those who are out and about in their adventures. Aside from this, the watch also contains sunrise and sunset data, a thermometer, and Casio’s MultiBand 6 technology, which allows the watch to keep precise time by staying calibrated to surrounding radio waves. This watch also comes with features that are incredibly useful in everyday life. These include a chronograph stopwatch that can measure up to 1000 hours, 31 different time zones, a countdown timer, 5 daily alarms, a full auto-calendar, and much more. With everything that it can do, the Casio Rangeman is a watch that is truly meant to serve you and make your life easier. Best Casio Rangeman GW-9400 Models Now that we have established the Casio Rangeman’s impressive specifications and everything it can do, let us take a look at some of the best GW-9400 models available right now:  1. Casio Rangeman GW-9400J-1JF Photo from Watchshopping.com The Casio Rangeman GW-9400J-1JF is an instantly recognizable G-Shock model with its rugged, mostly grey build, which is complemented by some vibrant red accents. This is one of the most sought-after models of the Casio Rangeman for the power and practicality it boasts. The Casio Rangeman GW-9400J-1JF comes in a 53mm case and strap, primarily crafted from resin, rubber, and silicone. These are materials renowned for being highly flexible, hypoallergenic, and having excellent water-resistant capacities. Its digital screen displays the hour, minutes, seconds, date, and day of the week and is filled with grey hues of varying shades. This is complemented by bright red accents dotted around the watch, in the form of red texts and a red stripe around the stainless steel pusher, which serve to brighten up this Casio Rangeman and enhance its sporty look. The Casio Rangeman GW-9400J-1JF is equipped with an in-house quartz Caliber 3410. This powerful movement ensures top-notch accuracy, with a precision rate of ±15 seconds per month. It also offers Multiband Atomic Timekeeping and a 200-meter water resistance capacity, making it an ideal piece for your next water adventure. This Casio Rangeman retails at around $449 USD, which is a very budget-friendly price for such a tough watch. 2. Casio Rangeman GW-9400DCJ-1JF The next watch on this list is of the best Casio Rangeman models is the GW-9400DCJ-1JF, also known as the Rangeman Desert Camouflage. This is another powerfully-built Casio Rangeman with a design that is based on the camouflage uniforms of military units assigned to work in the desert. As the newest member of the Master of G sub-collection, this Casio Rangeman piece was crafted with desert adventurers and military soldiers in mind. The Casio Rangeman GW-9400DCJ-1JF comes with the standard black resin case with some carbon fiber inserts to better reinforce the case’s sturdiness and resistance to shocks and impacts. Its strap is different from other Rangeman models, coming in a light brown camouflage pattern that blends into its desert surroundings. This Rangeman piece has a stunning digital dial with sharp black text and a lighter-colored background than the Rangeman GW-9400J-1JF. This dial is protected by a flat layer of scratch-resistant mineral crystal. In addition, you can find gold and beige-toned markings all over the thick resin bezel, complementing the softer hues of the dial and the resin strap. The Rangeman Desert Camo GW-9400DCJ-1JF comes at a slightly more expensive price tag of $770 USD. 3. Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400-3DR Last but certainly not least, we have the all-green Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400-3DR. This watch bears the standard Rangeman build but stands out with its unique, forest-themed colorway. It is a tough-looking watch equipped with innovative features that correspond to its price. The Casio Rangeman GW-9400-3DR features a case and strap both made out of dark green-coated plastic resin, paired with a mineral crystal that provides the digital dial with greater protection. This watch is slightly larger than the aforementioned models, coming in at around 55.2mm in diameter. It is a rugged, sturdy timepiece that can withstand shocks, mud, low temperatures, scratches, and even has a water resistance rating of 200m. As with other versions of the Rangeman, the GW-9400-3DR is equipped with a solar-powered quartz movement and the brand’s famous triple sensor technology. You can purchase this watch for approximately $300 USD, making this the most affordable Rangeman piece in this guide. Final Thoughts  While there are other durable and rugged watches out there, there is still no timepiece that can be as tough and reliable as the Casio Rangeman. Equipped with the G-Shock’s impressive technological innovations and signature robust build, this is the best survival watch to use in any and every adventure. Furthermore, with its very accessible price range, virtually anyone can own a Rangeman of their own.   Featured image from Casio Official Website. All images courtesy to Casio’s Official Website unless stated. Want to know more about other toughest watches from the Casio collections you should never miss paying attention to? Check our guide about the Best Casio Dive Watches.

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  11. Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue: A Review

    Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue: A Review

    When thinking about Tudor watches, most often than not, the one model that usually comes to mind is the emblematic Tudor Black Bay. As one of the brand’s most coveted and recognized collections, the Tudor Black Bay is home to numerous magnificent luxury dive watches that many would say are on par with the quality of a Rolex Submariner. One particular Black Bay piece that has been gaining the attention of many enthusiasts and collectors is the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue. With its vintage design and compact structure, the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue pays tribute to the brand’s first-ever dive watch, the Tudor Submariner. In this article, we will be taking a closer look at this modern interpretation of the classic Tudor dive watch, along with its detailed specifications, its price, and some possible alternatives. Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue (79030B-0001) Image By: Watch Shopping Stainless Steel Case Starting with its case dimensions, the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue has a case diameter of 39mm and a case height of 12.1mm, making it slimmer than most Black Bay models, which tend to come in 41mm and 43mm cases. With its toned-down size, wearers can easily and inconspicuously slide this watch under their cuffs, so it is not too bulky and obtrusive to wear. In addition, the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue has a standard lug-to-lug measurement of 47.8mm and a lug width of 20mm, which makes it very convenient for wearers to swap out the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue’s strap for some alternative options that better fit their tastes. The case of the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue is made out of high-quality stainless steel. It showcases finely polished sides and satin-finished lug hoods, providing an attractive combination of both duller and gleaming surfaces. Fixed on the right side of the watch is a screw-down crown bearing a raised image of the brand’s iconic rose emblem, which serves to enhance the watch’s aura of prestige. On the underside of the Black Bay 58 Blue is a solid steel rear case that is also securely screwed down, preventing any moisture or dust from leaking in and damaging the watch’s inner mechanisms. With its screw-down crown and rear case, this timepiece has a total depth rating of 200m. As such, you can easily bring the Tudor Black Bay 58 with you into the shower, to the pool, or even to the beach. Plan to go scuba diving with the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue? You are sure to find its stainless steel unidirectional rotating bezel useful, in that case. Fitted on top of the bezel is a matte blue anodized aluminum insert, with silver gilded numerals and markers for the elapsed time scale. A luminescent pearl is positioned at the 12 o’clock marker, providing better legibility in deep waters. The micro-knurling of this bezel is also quite nice, as it has fine tooth-like edges that provide wearers with a better grip compared to the Rolex Submariner. As such, you can easily pinch and turn the bezel, even if you are wearing a diving suit. When rotated, the bezel rings out with loud and chunky click noises, giving the timepiece more of a mechanical feel and ensuring that you will never lose track of the elapsed time. Matte Blue Dial As the source of the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue’s name, the dial of this watch shows off a handsome matte blue surface with a silver-white chapter ring. The layout of this dial is both elegant and straightforward, with applique markers that take the form of large geometric shapes and the Black Bay collection’s signature snowflake hands. Much like the other Black Bay 58 models, the lume quality of the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue is excellent. Its hour markers and handset are all generously applied with lume that allows it to glow bright green in the darkest environments, ensuring optimal legibility. The Tudor signature, along with its depth rating and the COSC-certification of its movement, is also labeled on this dial in a neat white typeface that contrasts satisfyingly against the blue backdrop. When viewed in its entirety, this watch face evokes a memory of the similar-looking dials on the classic Tudor Submariner timepieces. Domed Sapphire Crystal Image By: Watch Shopping Fitted on top of the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue’s dial is a layer of domed sapphire glass. Known for its luxurious feel and unparalleled scratch resistance, the sapphire crystal is the most sought-after watch crystal for high-end timepieces. For context, sapphire crystals measure a “9” on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. It is virtually impossible to scratch this watch glass and the only thing that could possibly damage it is diamond. That said, there are some downsides to the use of sapphire crystal as well. Although sapphire crystal is incredibly scratch-resistant, it is more vulnerable to shocks and can be shattered by hard impacts, so be careful not to go knocking your Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue around. Sapphire crystal is also highly reflective, which could cause visual distortions when looking at the timepiece from certain angles. Unfortunately, much like Rolex, Tudor does not treat their watch crystals with anti-reflective coatings, so you might have some trouble reading your watch under very bright daylight. Tudor Manufacture Caliber MT5402 The Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue is powered by the brand’s in-house Caliber MT5402. This is a self-winding mechanical movement with a bidirectional rotor system, allowing it to re-energize its own power supply as the wearer walks through kinetic energy. Held by 27 jewels, this Tudor caliber has a beat frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and a lengthy power reserve that can last up to 70 hours when fully wound. The Tudor MT5402 is also COSC-certified, providing an excellent accuracy rate of -4/+6 seconds per day. As long as this movement is kept in good condition, rest assured that you will not be having any reliability issues with the Tudor Caliber MT5402. Stainless Steel Bracelet Image By: Watch Shopping Coupled with the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue is a three-link stainless steel bracelet with beautifully polished sides and a satin-finished top surface. Its design replicates the riveted stainless steel bracelets seen on vintage Rolex and Tudor models. This bracelet is also equipped with a folding clasp and safety catch, along with removable links that allow wearers to size the bracelet to their preferred fit, so it will rest more comfortably and securely on their wrists. From a quality standpoint, the strap of the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue is expertly done and easily matches the stainless steel bracelets used in Rolex timepieces. Price As Rolex’s little sister, Tudor is known for offering timepieces with Rolex-level quality and aesthetics at much more affordable prices, and the same goes for the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue. Typically, a brand-new Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue will cost you around $4,000 USD. A pre-owned version can be slightly cheaper, ranging between $2,800 USD to $3,800 USD in price depending on the seller and the condition of the watch. Alternatives to the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue Whether you think it is too small, too expensive, or simply just not your cup of tea, the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue may not be the exact diver that everyone is looking for. If you are not quite satisfied with this Black Bay piece, not to worry, for there are several other timepieces like the Black Bay 58 Blue that could be more to your liking. Why not take a look at some of these gorgeous alternative watches and see if they suit you more than the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue? 1. Seiko Prospex Japan 2020 Sumo (SBDC113) Image By: Watch Shopping First up is the limited edition Seiko Prospex Sumo (SBDC113) from the brand’s Japan Collection of 2020. Although it is much more affordable than the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue, the design and quality of this Seiko diver does not deviate too far from it.  This Seiko Prospex watch comes in a sturdy 45mm stainless steel case, which makes it a lot larger than the 39mm Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue. As you examine the timepiece from its sides, you will notice that its case has a nicely executed three-dimensional build. With its mirror-polished surfaces, this watch almost mimics the lustrous Zaratsu finishing that can be seen on Grand Seiko models. The screw-down crown positioned at 4 o’clock is also relatively large, with grooved edges so wearers will have an easier time turning and winding the crown. Like the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue, this watch has a stainless steel unidirectional bezel fitted with a glossy blue elapsed time scale insert that will come in handy when diving. This timepiece is also water-resistant up to depths of 200m, making it an excellent watch to use for anything from swimming to leisure diving activities. Turning the Seiko Prospex Sumo (SBDC113) around, you can find a solid steel caseback that is engraved with the Seiko Japan Collection 2020 logo. Protected by a layer of sapphire glass, the dial of this Seiko watch boasts a gorgeous sunburst blue surface with a metallic finish. It is adorned with geometric hour markers and broad sword-shaped hands. In addition, the seconds hand is painted a bright yellow-green, which symbolizes the vitality of the ocean and adds a touch of vibrancy to this watch. Taking the place of the 3 o’clock marker is a rectangular date complication that is outlined with silver. Both the hands and markers of this dial are coated with Seiko LumiBrite. As many watch enthusiasts know, the lume quality of LumiBrite is impressive, even matching the grade of luminescence found in higher-end Swiss timepieces. Underneath the blue Seiko dial is the brand’s automatic Caliber 6R35. Held together by 24 jewels, the 6R35 runs at a beat frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3Hz), which is notably slower than the 28,800 vibrations per hour on the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue’s MT5402. Fully wound, this Seiko movement can last for approximately 70 hours. This limited edition Seiko timepiece is worth approximately $1,160 USD. If your interest is piqued by this watch, make sure to get your hands on it as quickly as possible as its production was capped at just 1,000 pieces. 2. Oris Aquis Date (01 400 7769 4135-07 8 22 09 PEB) Image By: Watch Shopping The Aquis series is one of Oris’s most popular and largest collections. It consists of numerous Swiss dive watches that come in a variety of colors, styles, sizes, materials, and movements. Among the diversity of timepieces in the selection, one model that really stands out is the Oris Aquis Date (01 400 7769 4135-07 8 22 09 PEB). With its robust build, handsome looks, and reliable caliber, this Oris Aquis Date is, without question, an excellent alternative to the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue. The Oris Aquis Date utilizes a 41.5mm stainless steel case accompanied by a brushed stainless steel bracelet. Its unidirectional rotating bezel holds a blue elapsed time scale made of ceramic, which is quite rare in this price range. Compared to anodized aluminum, ceramic is much more scratch-resistant and shatterproof. On top of the dial is a domed sapphire crystal treated with anti-reflective coatings on both sides, allowing for optimal readability. The Oris Aquis Date also has an impressive depth rating of 300m, which is 100m more than the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue.  The sunburst blue dial of this watch features rhodium-plated hands and indices applied with Swiss Super-LumiNova. The 6 o’clock marker is replaced with a submerged date window, which blends into the blue dial nicely with its black background. Using the well-sized screw-down crown on the right of the case, wearers can adjust the seconds and date functions as they please. This Oris Aquis watch is powered by an Oris Caliber 400. As an automatic movement, it beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and has an extended power supply that can run for up to a whopping 120 hours. Displaying an accuracy rate of -3/+5 seconds per day, the Oris Caliber 400 is more precise than a chronometer-rated movement and can be adjusted to five positions. The Oris Aquis Date (01 400 7769 4135-07 8 22 09 PEB) retails at around $2,900 USD. 3. Tissot T-Sport Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 (T120.407.11.041.02) Image By: Watch Shopping The last watch on this list is the Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 (T120.407.11.041.02). This particular Tissot watch uses a 43mm stainless steel case topped by a layer of sapphire crystal. It also has a unidirectional rotating bezel, with a black ceramic bezel ring for optimal scratch resistance. As with all dive watches, this bezel ring is marked with an elapsed time scale in bold silver indicators. With a screw-down crown and a transparent screw-down caseback, this T-Sport watch has a remarkable depth rating of 300m. Furthermore, its stainless steel mesh strap has a diver’s extension, which will allow owners to wear the watch comfortably over a wetsuit. The dial of this Tissot Seastar piece shows off a metallic blue finish and is decorated with applique hour markers in the form of geometric shapes, large sword hands, and a round date complication at 3 o’clock. Underneath the watch face is Tissot’s signature Powermatic 80 movement. It produces a beat frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3Hz) and is equipped with the lengthy 80-hour power reserve that this automatic Tissot movement is widely known for. The Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 (T120.407.11.041.02) sells for approximately $860 USD, making it the most accessible timepiece on this list. With its quintessential dive watch aesthetics, this is a highly versatile piece that will not look out of place whether you are diving, on a casual outing, or in an important meeting. Final Thoughts With its durable build, sleek design, and COSC-certified movement, what’s not to love about the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue? In its entirety, the Black Bay 58 Blue truly looks and feels like a Rolex Submariner, albeit with a few distinctive Black Bay characteristics, such as slimmer lugs and the iconic snowflake hands. Considering its much more accessible price, it is no surprise why many would be perfectly happy going for a Black Bay 58 Blue rather than a Rolex Submariner. If you are searching for a prestigious luxury blue-dial dive watch that you can bring anywhere you go, the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue is the ideal timepiece for you. Featured Image By: Tudor Watch Thinking about sprucing up your beloved timekeeper? Have a look at this Guide on Polishing Watches and see if you should or should not polish your watch.

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