Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review [Submariner Date ref. 116613LB]

Rolex is a brand-name that’s synonymous with success. And as far as luxury watches go, there are only a few timepieces that can match the sheer recognizability of the Rolex Submariner. The Submariner is the paragon of iconic and timeless design.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I’m the biggest fan of the Submariner.

For today’s review, we’ll be taking a look at the Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue aka the Submariner Date ref. 116613LB. This Submariner is a luxurious version of the Rolex’s dive watch line. Gold is generally reserved for formal dress watches but this one is certainly an exception. Let’s get on with this Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue review.

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review: At a Glance

As mentioned, this is the review for the Submariner Date ref. 116613LB. Let’s take a look at its specifications:

Model:

Rolex Submariner Date

Reference no.

116613LB

Model case:

Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel and yellow gold

Oyster architecture:

Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown

Material:

Yellow Rolesor – combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold

Bezel:

Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, scratch-resistant Cerachrom insert in ceramic, numerals and graduations coated in gold

Winding crown:

Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system

Crystal:

Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Water-resistance: Waterproof to 300 metres / 1,000 feet

Movement:

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding

Caliber:

3135, Manufacture Rolex

Precision:

-2/+2 sec/day, after casing

Winding:

Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor

Bracelet:

Oyster, flat three-piece links

Clasp:

Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system

Dial:

Blue

Certification:

Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)

Functions:

Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review

First Impressions

In all honesty, the Rolex 116613LB is not at all on my radar. In general, I’m not very fond of two-toned watches and the Rolex 116613LB looks to me like a bastardization of the iconic black dial Sub. Since then, I’ve been proven wrong.

I had the opportunity to acquire the Rolex Submariner 116613LB and I told myself, “why not?” As a classic Submariner fan, I feel like it’s my obligation to give this timepiece a chance and give it a review.

Of course, the two-tone blue color of the watch is the first thing you’ll notice about it. The 40mm case diameter feels just right and the integration of the watch’s Supercase adds a great deal of wrist presence. Much like the original Submariner, this two-tone blue Rolex succeeds in having a go-anywhere design aesthetic.

Based on the pictures, I previously thought the Rolex 116613LB looks way too flashy. Spending more time on it, I am more than happy to be proven wrong. The Submariner Date 116613LB neither looks too flashy or too utilitarian. Thanks to Rolex’s skillful blending of colors, the Rolex 116613LB can be worn for formal and casual occasions. This is the type of watch that you can wear with a broad spectrum of styles.

So if you have an aversion towards two-toned watches, the Rolex 116613LB might just change your mind. As far as first impressions go, it’s so far, so good.

Design

The first blue Submariner (ref. 16613) was a departure from the iconic black dial of the original. And yet, the Blue Sub became an instant hit for luxury watch collectors. While the black dial was replaced with the blue sunburst one, it still retained its timeless design. I think Rolex did a good job of combining flair and workmanlike with the two-tone blue Submariner.

The exquisite yellow gold next to the rugged 904L stainless steel is a combination that Rolex has gotten right over the years – thanks to the Rolesor name that they coined in the 30s. In terms of design, the Submariner Date 116613LB is an even better version of the two-tone blue Sub with plenty of enhancements.

This new blue Sub kept the age-old 40mm case dimensions which I feel is just right for regular wear. However, it does come with a Supercase which gives the watch a well-muscled look. I have to say, the screen presence of the watch is off the charts. I guess Rolex has succumbed to the large watch trends but doesn’t want to compromise the overall look of the iconic watch.

On top of its beefed-up case, the 116613LB also started using the heavy-duty Cerachrom bezel and a Maxi dial with thicker hands and hour markers. The blue sunburst dial adds a great deal to the sophisticated feel of the watch and even gives off some interesting patterns under certain lighting conditions. Visibility is also not an issue due to the gold-rimmed luminous hour markers and lumen-filled hands. The Cyclops lens is of course here and provides a great view of the date window.

Construction and Wearability

The case of the 116613LB is exactly what you can expect from a high-end luxury dive watch. The Cerachrom ceramic blue bezel doesn’t just look great but it also retains the timeless charm of the original black dial Sub.

As mentioned, the case measures 40mm in diameter and has a thickness of 12.75mm. However, the case actually slims down around the edges which enable the center to sink into the wrist. This subtle construction detail makes a huge difference in wearability especially when it comes to daily wear.

Many avid collectors refer to the case as the “Super Case” which I can agree with.

This version of the submariner is still a diver’s best friend as it features a waterproof rating of 300 meters / 1000 feet which makes is a capable dive watch. Like the original Submariner, this dive watch uses a screw down crown with Rolex’s Triplock locking crown. This means that nothing gets past the watch when underwater. Now, I doubt many people will wear this watch for diving but it’s nice to know that it’s a reliable diving tool.

Furthermore, the bracelet also received a much-needed upgrade. The iconic Oyster bracelet has received a fair bit of modernization. The earlier versions of the Rolesor bracelet were not received well due to durability issues.

Fortunately, the solid end and center links of this watch feel solid and sturdy. The over-engineered Glidelock clasp is also here and does a great job of providing a superior fit. Rolex’s patented extension system also allows you to make quick 2mm changes to the bracelet.

Timekeeping

At the heart of the Rolex Submariner Date ref. 116613LB beats the in-house Rolex Caliber 3135 movement.

 

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review 3135 Movement

This movement was introduced back in the late 80s and features a higher beat rate of 28,800 bph and even comes with an auto-changing date feature. The power clocks in at a standard 48-hour power reserve and is fitted with the Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring for added durability.

It’s worth noting that the Rolex Caliber 3135 movement is also used for the Rolex Submariner and Rolex Sea Dweller. With that said, the 3135 movement is an absolute workhorse and many experts consider it as one of the most successful movements Rolex has produced.

The movement features 31 jewels and a date aperture that automatically changes itself at midnight. On top of that, the 3135 movement includes other interesting features such as the glucydur balance wheel and the extremely efficient Perpetual winding system.

Furthermore, the 3135 movement is not just mechanically advanced but it’s built to last as well. The movement is fitted with KIF system for shock protection which brings the much-needed durability and impact resistance.

Overall, the Rolex Caliber 3135 movement is one of the best watch movements out there, and you’ll be happy to have it with your Rolex Submariner Date.

Pricing

One of the main things that differentiate the Rolex Submariner Date ref. 116613LB from the other Submariner models is the price.

As mentioned, the Submariner Date ref. 116613LB is the luxury, upscaled version of the Rolex Submariner. Thus, the price of the 116613LB is more or less 1.5 times more expensive than the Regular Submariner and even the Submariner Date.

In general, two-toned Rolex models are more expensive than single-colored ones. Of course, the main culprit for the higher price of the 116613LB is the use of yellow gold for the bracelet center link and the accents. With that said, the Rolex Submariner Date Two-Tone Blue retails at about $14k. However, this is by far, not the most expensive model in the collection. The pure 18 ct gold Submariner Date models (blue and black dial) are more than twice as expensive as the 116613LB.

So for this Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue review, you’re probably asking, “is it worth the price?” Well, it really depends on how deep you are in to watch collecting. In all honesty, the 116613LB is not exactly entry-level, so this one is hard to recommend for beginners.

However, if you’re simply looking to add more to your Rolex collection, it’s hard to go wrong with this two-tone blue beauty. It’s the more affordable model as far as two-tone Rolex watches go.

Should You Get the Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Ref. 116613LB?

So what’s the verdict for this Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue review?

The Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB is certainly a great take on an iconic dive watch. It’s a nearly perfect version of the venerable Sub that perfectly balances utilitarian toughness and timeless design. Whether you’re going to a formal event or a casual gathering, you’ll have no problem wearing this piece.

The biggest hurdle of this watch is the price. If you’re expecting to pay for a regular Sub or even the Submariner Date, you’ll be sorely disappointed. This is a 5-digit purchase which makes it a tough recommendation for beginners.

Overall, the Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB is a worthy addition to any luxury watch collection.

Casio G Shock Mudman vs Rangeman: Which G-Shock is Better?

G Shock Mudman vs Rangeman Review

Whether you’re looking for an every day carry watch or an outdoor timepiece, it’s hard to go wrong with the Casio G-Shock line. The G-Shock collection of watches are some of the toughest watches out there and are used by heavy-duty professionals such as law enforcement and firemen.

So, you’ve decided to get a G-Shock and mulling over your top selections: G Shock Mudman vs Rangeman. I’d say that it’s a good problem to have and many will agree that’s indeed a tough choice.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help.

For today’s head-to-head review, we have the G Shock Mudman vs Rangeman. Which top-tier G-Shock is right for your needs?

G Shock Mudman vs Rangeman: At a Glance

G Shock Mudman vs Rangeman Review

At first look, you’ll swear that the Rangeman and Mudman are the same watch. However, there are numerous key differences that can influence you from choosing one over the other. Here’s a quick look at the specs of both watches.

Model:

Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400

Casio G-Shock Mudman G9300-1

Case Diameter:

53 mm

53 mm

Case Thickness:

17 mm

19 mm

Weight:

93 grams

68.5 grams

Barometer and Altimeter:

Yes

Yes

Thermometer:

Yes

Yes

Digital Compass:

Yes

Yes

Solar Power:

Yes

Yes

Atomic Time:

Yes

No

Water Resistance Rating:

200 meters

200 meters

Band Material:

Resin

Resin

Band Width:

22 mm

18.2 mm

Dual Time:

Yes

Yes

Moon Phase:

No

Yes

Sunrise/Sunset Times:

Yes

No

G Shock Mudman vs Rangeman: Comparison Review

Design

If your main criteria for choosing your next G-Shock watch is the looks, the Rangeman and Mudman will not make it easy for you. As you can seen, both watches look nearly identical – especially with the color scheme and display.

Both watches consist of roughly three main parts: the day/date display, the time display, and the compass. But as always, the devil is in the details.

Both watches have a case diameter of 53mm, so both models are fairly large timepieces. The thickness of the case between two watches are not that different either with the Rangeman having a thickness of 18.2 millimeters while the Mudman has a thickness of 19 millimeters.

Casio G-Shock Rangeman Display
The Rangeman display

The layout of the display is also very similar between these two G-Shocks. At the top right part, you’ll see the day/date display, the top left sits the compass, and the half bottom display shows the time. On closer look, you may observe that the Rangeman has a busier display but that’s not entirely the case as all. The Rangeman appears busier because the actual display is smaller when compared to the Mudman.

Casio G-Shock Mudman Display
The Mudman display

As far as the design and display layout, both watches look similar with some differences in the detail. These watches are packed with many different functions and sensors, and the true differences will come to light as you learn how to use them.

Case and Bezel

As mentioned, both watches have similar case diameter. However, once you look closely, one of the major differences between the two will be revealed. On the Mudman, the case is made from resin while the bezel is made from aluminum. On the Rangeman, both the case and bezel are resin while the buttons are made from stainless steel.

Because of this, the Rangeman weighs more than the Mudman. The former weighs about 93 grams while the latter weighs only 68.5 grams. So at this point, if you want the more lightweight option, the Mudman is the clear choice.

However, the added weight on the Rangeman comes with benefits. Mainly, the stainless steel button covers make the watch more durable and in my opinion, more visually appealing.

Furthermore, the case of the Rangeman (55.2 × 53.5 × 18.2mm) is taller and wider when compared to the Mudman (53 × 50.8 × 18.2mm). The difference is not that significant but it’s there.

Also, if you look closer, you’ll observe some subtle differences to the shape of the cases from both watches. The Mudman case features a softer, more rounded shape which also applies to the side buttons. In general, the Mudman case looks softer and more approachable. On the other hand, the Rangeman case sports many sharp edges and straight lines. It looks more aggressive and rugged when compared to the Mudman.

Sensors

When it comes to outdoor watches, you want a unit that feature sensors. Three of the most common sensors found in outdoor watches are altimeter, barometer, and thermometer. For this particular yardstick, the Rangeman has the upper hand.

The Casio G-Shock Rangeman boasts the venerable Triple Sensor feature. This means that you have an altimeter, thermometer, and barometer right at your wrist. On the other hand, the Casio G-Shock Mudman only includes a thermometer, not the altimeter or barometer.

For outdoor junkies, the barometer is particularly important because it’s used for predicting rainfall and measuring atmospheric pressure. If you love hiking, you’ll likely need the altimeter for measuring your current altitude in elevated terrains.

For outdoor adventurers, the Rangeman’s Triple Sensor makes it the clear winner.

Durability and Water Resistance

Thanks to the signature G-Shock quality, both the Rangeman and Mudman are tough as nails.

These watches can resist temperatures down to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Furthermore, these watches are built to last a lifetime plus they’re shock and mud resistant. Both watches are also fitted with mineral glass windows that provide excellent scratch resistance and seven times more durable than acrylic.

It’s also worth noting that both the Rangeman and Mudman are Tough Solar watches. This means that you only need to charge these watches once – when you buy it. Basically, you’re powered for life!

In terms of water resistance, both watches have a water resistance rating of 200 meters. While these watches can be used for diving, you have to keep in mind that they are absolutely not designed for diving.

Timekeeping Features

Many collectors prefer watches with an atomic timekeeping feature. If you like atomic watches, the choice is easy because between the two watches, only the Rangeman has atomic timekeeping. This is a popular feature among enthusiasts because it adds another layer of timekeeping accuracy. In addition, during DST, the atomic watch will automatically adjust itself – point goes to the Rangeman.

For other timekeeping features, both the Rangeman and Mudman come with a top-notch 1/100th-second stopwatch. Additionally, both these watches feature World Time that’s useful for knowing the time across multiple time zones. However, since the Mudman doesn’t have atomic timekeeping, the time zones don’t automatically update. You’ll have to manually update the time every couple of months.

To Mudman’s credit, it does have a Moon Phase Calendar feature that the Rangeman lacks. If you’re a fisherman or someone who loves night fishing, the Moon Phase function is a great feature to have.

On the other hand, the Rangeman is equipped with auto sunrise/sunset data. Again, this feature should come in handy for people who love spending time in the great outdoors. Unfortunately, the Mudman doesn’t offer this functionality.

Pricing

For starters, let me outright say that both watches offer tremendous value – true bangs for your hard-earned buck. If you’re choosing based on price alone, the Mudman gets your vote since it’s the less expensive model than the Rangeman.

However, if you believe that price isn’t everything, you may want to consider what the Rangeman has to offer.

The Rangeman is simply the more feature-packed option between the two timepieces, thus it’s more expensive. The G-Shock Rangeman has Triple Sensor, Atomic Timekeeping, Auto Sunrise/Sunset Data, just to name a few. Therefore, if you’re taking features into consideration, the Rangeman is certainly worth the extra dollars.

At the end of the day, the difference between the two models is about $50-$60 which is not much of a difference, really. If you’re on a tight budget, the Mudman is a great choice. However, if you have some financial wiggle room, the Rangeman with its extra features is worth the price.

G Shock Mudman vs Rangeman: The Verdict

G Shock Mudman vs Rangeman Review_1

As per usual, we end this G Shock Mudman vs Rangeman head-to-head comparison with our verdict. Which Casio G-Shock is better?

As it turns out, the answer to this question is not as clear-cut as it seems. At the end of the day, it all comes down to your needs and requirements.

In terms of pure features and versatility, the Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400 wins hands down. With the addition of atomic timekeeping, barometer, and altimeter, all of which that the Mudman lacks, The Rangeman is a functional powerhouse. The Triple Sensor feature is just too good. If you love going outdoors or prefer atomic watches, the Rangeman is the easy choice. However, you have to keep in mind that it’s a bit more expensive than the Mudman.

On the other hand, the Casio G-Shock Mudman G9300-1 is undoubtedly the budget-friendly option. If you’re tight on budget but still want a reliable tough watch, the Mudman won’t fail you. It is a Tough Solar timepiece which means that battery life will never be an issue. Unfortunately, the lower price tag does come with the lack of major features (at least when compared to the Rangeman). It does come with a Moon Phase calendar which the Rangeman doesn’t have.

Overall, both are amazing watches that will serve you well, especially if you’re planning to wear them outdoors. However, if budget is not an issue, I’d say that you should for the Rangeman. The extra features and versatility are certainly worth the extra bucks.

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner [Comparison Review]

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner Review

When it comes to brands of luxury watches, Rolex and Omega are two of the top contenders. For many watch collectors, choosing their first luxury timepiece usually boils down to Rolex and Omega. In this case, most people are usually faced with the Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner dilemma.

The Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner is a debate that’s certainly one for the ages. Time and time again, many watch enthusiasts asked which is the best luxury timepiece between the two. It’s rather perplexing since they don’t even belong in the same category.

Today, we will be comparing the Submariner and Speedmaster. Let’s get to it.

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner: At a Glance

For this head to head comparison, we’ll take a look at the Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph (reference 311.30.42.30.01.005) and the Rolex Submariner (reference 114060).

Here are the specs for both watches:

Model: Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph Rolex Submariner
Reference #: 311.30.42.30.01.005 114060
Model case: Steel, 42 mm Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel
Dial color: Black Black
Material: Steel Oystersteel
Bezel: Fixed Tachymeter Scale Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, scratch-resistant Cerachrom insert in ceramic, numerals and graduations coated in platinum
Winding crown: Pull / Push crown Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system
Crystal: Hesalite crystal Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Water Resistance: 5 bar (50 metres / 167 feet) 300 meters / 1,000 feet
Movement: Manual winding Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding
Caliber: Caliber Omega 1861 3130, Manufacture Rolex
Functions: Chronograph, Hour, Tachymeter, Small Seconds Sub-Dial at 9 O’Clock Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Oscillator: Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Power reserve: 48 hours 48 hours
Bracelet: Silver-ton stainless steel Oystersteel
Clasp: Deployment Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system

Size Comparison

One of the main reasons why the Speedmaster and Submariner are often compared with each other, despite not even competing for the same category, is the size.

True enough, the size is similar between the two watches. The Speedmaster has a 42 mm case while the Submariner has a 40 mm case. Although the case diameter of Speedmaster is 2mm bigger than Submariner, the lug-to-lug difference is only 1mm. Thus, as far as on-wrist appearance goes, both watches will look very similar on your wrist.

The 20mm lug width is a given standard for medium-sized models which is true for both Omega and Rolex. However, most people prefer their 22mm lug watches, so the 20mm lug size is a fairly common complaint against both Speedmaster and Submariner.

Overall, the main difference between the Speedmaster and Submariner is the thickness of the case. Omega’s timepiece comes with a 14.3mm thickness, thicker than most watches including the Submariner. The thickness is attributed to the Speedmaster’s Hesalite crystal which definitely adds to the bulk.

With that said, both Speedmaster and Submariner are very similar in size with some key differences.

Design

This category is one of the hardest ones to decide on because frankly, both the Omega Speedmaster and Rolex Submariner are two of the best-looking watches out there. Both watches feature robust and timeless designs.

If you are an avid reader of WatchIdeas, you’ll know that I am a big fan of the Rolex Submariner. It’s my first luxury dive watch and it’s my go-to if I can’t decide which piece to wear. It’s hard to go wrong with Submariner’s classic black dial, making it a very recognizable timepiece. The Submariner features the beloved dive watch look with the hardware to boot.

On the other hand, we have the Omega Speedmaster with its lunar inspired design. Referred to as the Moonwatch, this iconic piece was worn on the moon. It features a classic chronograph look that makes the watch very versatile. Indeed, you can either dress up or down with the Speedmaster.

Both watches feature a black dial but with some key differences. The Submariner’s dial has this sunburst look that glistens when exposed to sunlight. On the flip side, the Speedmaster comes with a matte and grainy dial that tends to soak up light.

At the end of the day, both watches are a masterclass in watch design. For pure looks alone, it’s no wonder that many people are indecisive about these two luxury watches.

Bezel

The bezels on these watches are different in many ways, especially with the material used and the displayed information.

The Rolex Submariner features the heavy-duty Cerachrom (ceramic) bezel insert. This gives the Submariner its legendary durability and excellent scratch resistance. Unfortunately, the bezel is quite prone to shatter. On the bezel, you can see the 60 minutes graduation. It’s also worth noting that the bezel has unidirectional rotation.

On the other hand, the Speedmaster comes with a stainless steel and anodized aluminum bezel. As you can see, the Speedmaster is the less refined between these two watches, at least as far as bezels go. However, the bezel is surprisingly slim especially when the face is much larger than it is. The 500 unit tachymeter is a nice touch but not many users are taking advantage of this feature. Fortunately, the bezel’s pushers have a ‘satisfying’ click to them which I’m a big fan of.

Bracelet / Strap

The Sub and Speedy share a few similarities when it comes to their bracelets. For instance, both watches feature screwed-down links, 20mm width, and the same length. The Sub, however, has slightly curved downward links that help with comfort. On the Omega, the links are straight flat.

The Sub’s Oystersteel bracelet delivers in terms of comfort, fit, and adjustability. The Submariner’s iconic bracelet is here and it will serve you well for a long time. However, when it comes to pure versatility, the Speedmaster has the upper hand.

The Speedmaster bracelet’s strength is that it offers plenty of customization options. Swapping bracelets for the Speedy is a cinch. Therefore, if you want to dress up, you can simply use the stainless steel bracelet. For less dressier and sporty events, the Speedmaster package also includes a NATO strap. Frankly, it’s one of the best NATO straps I’ve used, and that’s saying a lot.

Timekeeping

Perhaps one of the biggest differences between the Submariner and Speedmaster is the movement. Let me start by saying that both watches feature solid timekeeping features and movements. However, one comes with an in-house movement and the other does not.

Rolex 3130 Movement
Rolex 3130 Movement

First, the Sub is powered by the venerable 3130 movement. This movement is your standard 3-hand automatic movement (hours, minutes, and seconds). I’ve had my Sub for as long as I can remember and I’ve yet to experience any issue with timekeeping. Of course, the movement is “Contrôle officiel Suisse des Chronomètres” (COSC) certified with -+2 sec/day precision. It’s a solid and reliable movement and there’s not much to say about it.

Omega 1861 Movement
Omega Speedmaster Professional

On the other corner, the Speedmaster is fitted with Omega’s caliber 1861. It’s a manual winding movement that has its fair share of charm. The 1861 movement is essentially the downgraded version of the caliber 1863, and contains a plastic piece. Since it’s a hand-wound movement, you have to manually wind the watch which can be a chore for some people.

Overall, both the Speedy and Sub keep time very well. These pieces are the cream of the crop when it comes to luxury timekeeping. If you’re more into in-house movements, the Rolex Submariner has the advantage. Alternatively, if you want a classic movement with a storied history, the Speedmaster’s movement is highly recommended.

Pricing and Value

Another big difference between the Speedmaster and Submariner is the price.

The Submariner is the pricier watch and it’s about 40% more expensive than Omega’s Moonwatch. That is if you can even manage to get the Submariner at market price. In reality, the Rolex Submariner is often sold out and authorized dealers put a significant mark-up to the price.

If budget is an issue, then the Omega Speedmaster is the obvious choice here – that is if we’re talking about pure pricing alone. However, when you talk about resell value, it’s not as straightforward as it seems.

For resale value, the Submariner wins hands down. If you buy a Submariner now, especially with this reference number, you can trust that its selling price will only increase in value. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said with the Speedmaster. Despite the rich history of the Speedy, you can easily get it for retail price or at least very close to it.

To sum it up, the Speedmaster is your best bet if you’re in a budget. The amount of watch that you can get for the price is simply staggering. However, if you care about the resell value of the watch, the Submariner is the obvious choice.

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner: The Verdict

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner Review

Both the Speedmaster and Submariner are both stellar timepieces that you can probably wear forever. They are not at all similar watches except for the size, they’re not even in the same category. However, the Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner debate is a popular one for good reason.

If you want a less expensive model, the Speedmaster is a hard one to pass. In comparison, the Submariner is nearly twice as expensive. However, the Submariner boasts better resell and many of its elements are leagues better than the Speedmaster.

All in all, it’s hard to go wrong with either watch and I would heartily recommend them to newcomers in watch collecting.

Best Solar Atomic Watch [A Quick Buying Guide]

Best Solar Atomic Watch Review

If you don’t like the inconvenience of changing your watch battery every now and then, you should opt to add a solar-powered watch to your collection. If you want to take it up a notch, why not choose a timepiece with atomic timekeeping?

The best thing about atomic watches is that you have access to accurate time at all times. Atomic watches are set to universal time and receive radio calibration signals for accurate timekeeping. This means that an atomic watch never needs to be adjusted as it’s perfectly synchronized with the US atomic clock in Colorado.

For today, we’ve made a list of the best solar atomic watch that you can get from the market. We’ve tested many solar atomic watches and these are the best of the bunch.

Best Solar Atomic Watch

Key Features

Our Rating

Casio G-Shock GW9400 Rangeman

Solar powered, Quartz movement, Protective mineral crystal dial window, Mb6 atomic timekeeping, auto LED, 5 Daily Alarms, Water resistant to 660 feet

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Casio Pro Trek PRW2500T

Tough Solar Power, Multi-Band Atomic Timekeeping, 200M Water Resistant, Tide Graph, Full Auto EL Backlight with Afterglow, Countdown Timer, Battery level indicator, Power saving function

★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium Perpetual Chrono

42 mm titanium case, Antireflective sapphire dial window, Japanese quartz movement with analog display, Titanium link bracelet, Atomic Timekeeping, Perpetual calendar

★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Casio G-Shock GW2310-1 Tough Solar

Multi-Band Atomic Timekeeping, Tough Solar Power, Shock Resistant, 200M Water Resistant, Full Auto EL Backlight with Afterglow, World Time, 31 times zones, Solar rechargeable battery

★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Seiko Radio Sync Solar Coutura

Radio-controlled, World time function, Japanese-quartz Movement, 44.5mm case diameter, Water resistant to 100m (330ft), Push Button Foldover Clasp With Safety

★ ★ ★ ★

Citizen Eco-Drive JY8035-04E Navihawk

Light-powered watch, Multi-function chronographs, 48 millimeter stainless steel case, Anti-Reflective Mineral Crystal, Polyurethane band, Water resistant to 200 m (660 ft)

★ ★ ★ ★

Best Solar Atomic Watch

1. Casio G-Shock GW9400 Rangeman

For many of our regular readers, the Casio G-Shock GW9400 Rangeman is no stranger. After all, it has been featured as one of the best G-Shock models especially for heavy-duty professions like EMT workers. As you can see, it’s also a Solar Atomic watch.

A Masterpiece of an Atomic Watch

The G-Shock GW9400 Rangeman is a fan-favorite as far as Casio’s Master of G Series goes and it’s not hard to see why.

The watch comes with the famous Triple Sensor feature which includes a digital compass, altimeter, barometer, and, thermometer. Combined with the watch’s excellent toughness, you have yourself a timepiece that will help guide yourself in places you’ve never gone before.

In terms of form factor, the GW9400 Rangeman features an irregular shape, even among other G-Shock models. However, it does feel great while wearing and sits nicely on the wrist. I’ve had this watch for the longest time and it only has very minor scuffs with no noticeable scratches. With such a performance, it’s not a surprise if this piece lasts for a good decade.

As far as battery life goes, I can only recall a few times that it needed to be recharged. Even then, I only needed to leave the watch for several hours and it will be charged. Lastly, the atomic timekeeping updates every night so it’s never an issue for me.

2. Casio Pro Trek PRW2500T

A fair warning to those who don’t like Casio watches: this list will feature a lot of them. With that said, the Casio Pro Trek PRW2500T is always a great choice for outdoor enthusiasts and active people. Plus, it’s an amazing solar atomic watch.

Feature-Rich Atomic Solar Watch

People who like their watches that come with everything under the sun will appreciate the Pro Trek PRW2500T. It’s simply packed with features that it can get overwhelming for some. This Pro Trek version is the improved iteration of the plastic PRW2500. The model featured is made from stainless steel and titanium.

The Multi-Band Atomic Timekeeping will ensure that your watch is very precise. It even comes with an auto-calendar feature that’s pre-programmed until 2099. It’s safe to say that you don’t have to worry about the time and date with the Pro Trek PRW2500T.

The Pro Trek PRW2500T is geared towards outdoor use so it also has the famed Triple Sensor feature. From what we have tested, the compass, altimeter, and barometer work at a functional level. The watch display allows you to get multiple information at a glance. However, it can get a little too busy for people.

Overall, the Casio Pro Trek PRW2500T is the best solar atomic watch in the Pro Trek series.

3. Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium Perpetual Chrono

On this list of the best solar atomic watch, the Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium Perpetual Chrono might just be the best-looking. However, it’s way more than just a classy, handsome watch.

High-Specced Atomic Timekeeping

Citizen’s Eco-Drive series features some of the best solar-powered watches money can buy. Among the impressive collection of watches, the Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium Perpetual Chrono stands out by having a great set of features and incredible design.

One of the first things you’ll notice is the lightweight profile of the watch. Thanks to the titanium case and band, the Titanium Perpetual Chrono feels just right despite being a fairly large watch. Besides, the watch is eye-catching but it’s not overdone or flashy. The dial looks cluttered at first but you’ll quickly appreciate just how well-done the layout is.

For some people, the design of the AT4010-50E Titanium is easily the main selling point. However, if you care about superior battery life, the Eco-Drive technology should drive the point home. With Eco-Drive, the watch is powered by light and not necessarily solar energy. Of course, this is an atomic watch which means that it employs radio-controlled function in multiple timezones for max accuracy.

Ultimately, the Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium Perpetual Chrono is not a cheap atomic solar watch but it’s highly recommended for fans of atomic timekeeping.

4. Casio G-Shock GW2310-1 Tough Solar

If you are looking for the best solar atomic watch that won’t make a dent on your budget, the Casio G-Shock GW2310-1 Tough Solar is an easy recommendation.

Best Value Solar Atomic Timepiece

I’ve bought the G-Shock GW2310-1 Tough Solar because I needed an atomic watch for daily use. This watch piece fits the bill due to its low price and that it’s a G-Shock. With that said, the GW2310-1 is impressive right out of the box.

This sub-$100 watch looks the way as you might expect. Its analog display isn’t exactly modern or timeless but it’s more than a functional watch with enough features to offer. However, many people should find the sporty design appealing.

Of course, it’s an atomic watch and I’m happy to report that it delivers in accuracy. The GW2310-1 is radio controlled and syncs daily with Colorado’s Cesium-133 atomic clock. The auto calibration works great, even after many years of use.

In terms of toughness, the GW2310-1 gets the job done. The watch is impact and shock resistant, and even comes with a 200M water resistance rating. Also, the battery life is excellent and can last up to 10 months with a full charge.

Ultimately, the GW2310-1 is a solid atomic solar watch that comes at a good price. Don’t sleep on this one!

5. Seiko Radio Sync Solar Coutura

Seiko is known for its tough and reliable watches plus the craftsmanship is hard to deny. The Seiko Radio Sync Solar Coutura is a fine member of Seiko’s lineup and it’s one of the best solar atomic watches that you can get.

Good-Looking Yet Heavy Watch

For starters, the Seiko Radio Sync Solar Coutura is a beast of a watch – it’s quite large and a bit on the heavy side. Despite the heavy weight, the Coutura feels weighty but not overly so. Also, despite the weighty profile, the watch feels comfortable to wear which is a nice surprise.

One of the best things about this watch is the striking blue dial. For starters, it’s a very eye-catching dial especially with its unique design and layout. Reading the time is easy and the sub-dials are very legible as well. My only complaint about the dial is that the date window is too small.

Of course, this is an atomic watch so accuracy is never an issue. With Radio Sync, the watch will automatically sync every night so you don’t have to set it anymore. The only time that you’ll need to set this watch is when you travel to a different time zone.

In conclusion, the Seiko Radio Sync Solar Coutura is a great atomic solar watch with a unique design.

6. Citizen Eco-Drive JY8035-04E Navihawk

The Citizen Eco-Drive JY8035-04E Navihawk is an atomic solar watch for someone who wants it all. As you can see from the dial, it’s a watch that doesn’t leave anything to the imagination.

A Solid Atomic Watch With a Crazy Dial

The JY8035-04E Navihawk is not for minimalist fans. It’s an unapologetic sports watch that aims to give you all the information you need. In addition, the display is analog but there are digital readouts as well. It’s not the easiest watch to use and there’s a learning curve.

The Atomic Timekeeping feature means that you don’t have to set the watch ever again. I’ve been using this watch for years and the atomic feature works like a charm.

This watch is simply oozing with quality and craftsmanship. However, the band leaves a lot to be desired. In retrospect, I just wish that it’s more durable since mine broke after only months of use.

To sum it up, the JY8035-04E Navihawk is the spy watch that you’ve always wanted. In conclusion, the watch has some flaws but it’s still a solid atomic solar watch.

Atomic Timekeeping Done Right

That wraps up our list of the best solar atomic watch. Hopefully, we have helped you find an atomic watch that best fits your needs.

Best Survival Watch: Timepieces for Dire Situations

Best Survival Watch Traverse Alpha

Aside from the most hardcore bushcrafters and survivalists, most people would rather steer clear of survival situations. Of course, a smart outdoorsman is always prepared for the worst. With that said, one of the most important gear that you should have for dire situations is a survival watch.

Technically, a regular tough analog watch can be used to survive in the wild. However, if you want the best survival watch, you want a model that offers the bells and whistles along with the toughness. Think GPS/GLONASS capabilities, TOPO maps, and ABC features.

Today, we made the best survival watch list to help you choose the best timepiece for survival situations.

Best Survival Watch

Key Features

Our Rating

Casio G-Shock GW9400 Rangeman

Multi-Band Atomic Timekeeping, Receives time calibration radio signals, Manual receive function, Triple Sensor, Solar-Powered Movement, Low Temperature Resistant

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Suunto Traverse Alpha

Rugged, knurled stainless steel bezel, Water repellent nylon strap, Location-based moon Phase calendar, Automatic shot detection technology, Compatible with Suunto Movescount App, GPS & GLONASS via SIRFStarV chip

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Timex Expedition Classic

Adjustable black 18mm resin strap, Integrated mini compass, 100 hour chronograph, Acrylic lens, Indiglo light-up watch dial, Water-resistant to 100m (330 ft), 24-hour countdown timer

★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Garmin Instinct

Constructed to U. S. Military standard, Built in 3 axis compass and barometric altimeter, Smart notifications, TrackBack feature

★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. Carbon

I.N.O.X. Carbon, Black dial, black Para cord strap, Carbon case with triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal, Swiss-quartz Movement, Water resistant 200m (660ft)

★ ★ ★ ★

Casio Pathfinder Triple Sensor

Solar-Powered, ABC features, Triple Sensor, EL Backlit, World Time, 6-Months battery life on full charge, 51-mm stainless steel case, Quartz movement with digital display, Resin band, Water resistant to 100 m (330 ft)

★ ★ ★ ★

Best Survival Watch

1. Casio G-Shock GW9400 Rangeman

Casio’s G-Shock line is legendary for heavy-duty toughness and great value proposition. Literally, any G-Shock can be used for survival situations. However, if you want the best survival watch from the G-Shock line, the Casio G-Shock GW9400 Rangeman is a sure bet.

Survival of the Toughest

The GW9400 Rangeman was tested and designed to withstand even the most challenging conditions.

It comes with the Triple Sensor feature which is basically the compass, altimeter, thermometer and barometer. This enables you to receive real-time feedback and information about your surroundings. There’s also a sunrise/sunset timing which is a plus during dire situations.

As mentioned, the GW9400 Rangeman has set the standard when it comes to toughness. It features insane shock-resistance and respectable water resistance. All of the sensors are properly protected as well to ensure top-notch durability. Plus, it comes with a 10-year battery life which is always a welcome benefit.

The GW9400 Rangeman is also a solar watch which means that battery life will never become an issue down the line. It’s no wonder that this watch is favored not just by survivalists but also outdoorsmen, law enforcement, military personnel, and more.

2. Suunto Traverse Alpha

The Suunto Traverse Alpha isn’t quite a smartwatch but it might as well be. If you are looking for a survival watch with comprehensive features, the Traverse Alpha is more than a solid choice.

Feature-Packed Survival Tool

For starters, the Suunto Traverse Alpha is specially designed for outdoor use. It features a rugged, knurled stainless steel bezel which can take a lot of punishment. The nylon strap is durable and water resistant as well. The premium scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass does a great job of protecting the face.

When you’re in a dicey situation, you’ll appreciate the Traverse Alpha’s GPS/GLONASS navigation. This allows you to keep your bearings and prevent you from losing your way. Another impressive feature is the customizable, night-vision-goggle-compatible red backlight which allows you to read the watch without blowing your cover.

The watch also comes with a barometric pressure graph and storm alarms so you can stay on top of weather changes. In a survival scenario, being able to predict the weather can be a lifesaver. The battery life can only last up to 14 days but it should be more than enough to get you out of a pinch.

Overall, the Traverse Alpha is one of my favorite outdoor gear. It just delivers no all fronts especially with features and durability.

3. Timex Expedition Classic

The best survival watch doesn’t need to have all the bells and whistles. In many cases, you’ll be fine with a timepiece that has excellent reliability. The Timex Expedition Classic definitely fits the bill.

The Budget-Friendly Survival Watch

While the Expedition Classic isn’t as feature-packed as the rest of the selections on this list, it has enough basic features to help you survive in the wild. It features an integrated mini compass which is handy for navigation. It’s not the most advanced compass but it gets the job done.

It comes with an adjustable resin strap which is surprisingly tough enough even for the most rigid applications. For timekeeping, it has 100-hour chronograph, lap and split times, 24-hour countdown timer, month, day & date calendar, 24-hour military time mode, and 2 time zones. The functions are all basic but it’s hard to complain, especially at this price point.

As for the price point, it’s a sub-$50 watch so it’s an excellent choice if budget is an issue. Or perhaps, you can buy multiple units for varying applications. However, don’t expect to replace it soon since this watch is one tough customer.

Overall, the Timex Expedition Classic is tough, super comfortable, lightweight, and highly durable. It’s just a reliable timepiece that won’t break the bank.

4. Garmin Instinct

There’s a big overlap between an outdoor watch and a survival watch. Garmin Instinct is primarily designed for outdoor applications, making it an excellent choice for bushcrafters, preppers, and survivalists.

From Outdoor Adventures to Survival Scenarios

The Garmin Instinct outdoor watch is like a smartwatch for people who don’t like smartwatches. Most smartwatches won’t fair well outdoors but the opposite can be said when Garmin is on the case.

The Instinct is designed to withstand the toughest outdoor conditions. It’s constructed to U. S. Military standard 810G for thermal, shock and water resistance, so this one won’t die on you as you brave the elements. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it features a proper tactical look.

This watch excels in navigation. It supports GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellites and the Instinct can connect to these satellites quite quick. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with built-in TOPO maps but you do get other navigation features such as a compass and the ability to upload routes.

Another excellent survival feature is the TracBack function. It allows you to take the same route back to the starting point. You don’t have to worry about getting lost as you scout locations and collect rations.

Ultimately, the Garmin Instinct isn’t exactly a smartwatch but it’s a highly reliable survival tool.

5. Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. Carbon

Sometimes, the best survival watch just needs to be reliable. Something that will help you keep time reliably as things go south. In this case, the Swiss-made Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. Carbon comes highly recommended.

Unparalleled Toughness and Reliability

When compared to other entries on this list, the I.N.O.X. Carbon looks woefully under-equipped. You won’t find any on-board sensors and navigational features here. However, it’s still an amazing timepiece for surviving dicey situations, and that’s mainly due to its toughness and reliability.

In fact, the watch part is quite basic in itself. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s not a good watch for survival scenarios. The watch features a standard three-hand dial and a date window. Again, fairly standard stuff and this one won’t help you navigate any environment. But it more than makes up for its inherent durability.

This watch is a military-grade unit that will get you through the field with little to no problem. The carbon composite case ensures that this watch won’t break even under pressure. It’s literally tough enough to survive being run over by a truck or tank for that matter. Victorinox claims that it has subjected the watch to over 130 and durability tests.

From military folks to hardcore survivalists, the Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. Carbon is a tough one to pass.

6. Casio Pathfinder Triple Sensor

Casio’s Pathfinder line is another great contender for the best survival watch that money can buy. Personally, you can just fill this list with Casio timepieces and be done with it. The Casio Pathfinder Triple Sensor is reliable, durable, and keeps good time.

Built to Last

Casio’s tough solar units are almost always reliable. The Pathfinder boasts the venerable Triple Sensor feature which means that it comes with a thermometer, barometer, altimeter and compass. With these features, you’ll have more fighting chance when surviving in the wild.

As for the reliability, the Pathfinder Triple Sensor has a water resistance rating of 100 meters (330 feet). Unlike many so-called water-resistant watches, the buttons on this watch will keep working even when submerged underwater. This adds a good deal of longevity to the timepiece.

It’s a digital display that may turn off some people. However, the display is crisp and clean, and you’ll know the information that you need with just a quick glance. This is one of the most important aspects of a survival watch, at-a-glance readability.

Overall, the Pathfinder Triple Sensor is a great watch that you can use for both outdoor and survival applications.

Be Prepared for the Worst

That wraps up our list of the best survival watch that will bail you out of a sticky situation. Just to be clear, these watches won’t directly save your life when facing a survival scenario. However, they are certainly nice to have as additional tools to help keep you level-headed and safe.

Seiko Solar vs Citizen Eco Drive: Which Solar Watch is Superior?

Seiko Solar vs Citizen Eco Drive Matchup

Seiko and Citizen are two of the biggest brands from Asia, and it’s safe to say, even the world. With the rise of battery-powered quartz watches, both brands have been leading the market and these two companies have a lot in common.

Many customers are finding themselves choosing between a Seiko or Citizen watch – and that’s a good problem to have. Both manufacturers have excellent track records.

For this comparison review, we’ll try to answer the question, which is better? Seiko Solar vs Citizen Eco Drive.

Seiko Solar vs Citizen Eco Drive: At a Glance

Seiko Solar vs Citizen Eco Drive Review

This review is essentially a head-to-head between two major watch lines. Here’s a quick specs comparison of Seiko Solar and Citizen Eco-Drive.

Seiko Solar Citizen Eco Drive
Movement Solar, Quartz, Automatic Solar, Quartz, Automatic
Display Analog Analog
Water-Resistance Yes, 330 feet Yes, 660 feet
Power Reserve About 10 years Second battery lasts up to 20 years
GPS Watch Yes Yes
Chronograph (and Tachymeter) watch Yes Yes
Atomic Timekeeping Yes Yes

Seiko vs Citizen: Brand Comparison

As you all know, both brands originated from Japan and have been enjoying a good deal of popularity in the market.

Now, according to our research of the market, Citizen has the upper hand when it comes to reach and sales volume. Citizen has a wider market presence and that can be said with their sales as well.

On the other hand, Seiko is also a popular brand but less so when compared to Citizen. In my experience, Seiko watches are not as widely available as Citizen, even when you’re shopping from major watch retailers. Therefore, many customers have to buy straight from Seiko or from a specialty store.

In comparison, Citizen watches are virtually everywhere. You can find plenty of Citizen models on Amazon and most major retailers. Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology is one of the main reasons for the brand’s popularity. Eco-Drive watches are known for their reliability which resonates well with customers.

As far as the solar watch community goes, Citizen seems to be the more popular brand between the two.

Seiko Solar vs Citizen Eco Drive: Solar Technology

Seiko Solar vs Citizen Eco Drive Solar Technology

Obviously, the appeal of both watch lines lies with their solar-powered technology. Seiko uses the Solar designation while Citizen uses the Eco-Drive technology.

It’s worth noting that Seiko manufactures more mechanical watches than Citizen. Under Seiko’s Quartz collection is where you’ll find the brand’s solar-powered watches with the technology that’s simply called Seiko Solar. On the flip side, Citizen specializes more in quartz timepieces where you can find the Eco-Drive collection. The Eco-Drive technology was well-received and in fact, it has won the Gold prize at the “Eco Mark Award 2014”.

As we look closer, we’ve discovered that the solar technologies from the two brands are fairly similar. We’re trying to find a distinguishing feature between Solar and Eco-Drive to no avail. Some folks even believe that they’re essentially the same solar movements with some subtle differences.

So which solar technology is better? Well, it’s really hard to say.

Seiko uses its Solar technology to quite a handful of models. From the Seiko SNE481 Dress Watch to the Seiko RECRAFT Series, there’s a good selection of Seiko Solar models to choose from. However, it’s not a technology that Seiko uses across its collections.

On the other hand, Citizen outfits a wide range of its watches in Eco-Drive solar technology, even the bestselling ones. Thus, there’s a good chance that you’ll get an Eco-Drive watch if you invest in a Citizen piece. Also, Citizen has the advantage since they’ve been working with solar technology longer than Seiko.

In contrast, Seiko seems to be more committed to developing mechanical watches and their own Kinetic technology. If you want a mechanical/self-winding watch, Seiko is your best bet.

Seiko Solar vs Citizen Eco Drive: Style and Design

Seiko Solar vs Citizen Eco Drive Solar Technology_1

This one is a bit trickier to compare.

However, if you’re going to observe the offerings from both brands, you’ll see that Seiko leans more towards the tried and true classic designs. A good example of this is the Seiko SNE102 Stainless Steel Solar Watch that has all the makings of a classic leather watch. However, Seiko Solar watches have a variety to them as well. Take for instance, the Seiko Solar Chronograph Silvertone Watch which is a nice-looking chronograph.

On the flip side, Citizen seems to push the limits more when it comes to design. One of my favorite Citizen watches is the Citizen BM8180-03E which is slick-looking field watch. However, Citizen Eco-Drive watches have models with bolder designs such as the Citizen AW1148-09E Drive.

Both brands offer stylish and great-looking watches. If you want something more of a classic look, Seiko is the way to go. However, for more design selections, Citizen can offer you more.

Seiko Solar vs Citizen Eco Drive: Construction, Durability and Water Resistance

Again, this is a category that’s difficult to argue concerning both brands. Both brands offer reliable and robust timepieces at a reasonable price. For the most part, both collections use the same type of case which is stainless steel. The cases are either brushed or polished.

On the back side, both watches are fitted with stainless steel as well. Stainless steel is durable and significantly helps with water resistance. Both Citizen and Seiko watches also use the screw-down lock style which improves water resistance even more.

Although Seiko Solar watches are water-resistant, they have some glaring limitations. For the most part, Solar watches have a water resistance rating of 100 meters. This makes Seiko Solar watches to be technically dive-ready. In comparison, some Eco-Drive models can go down to 200 meters underwater or 660 feet.

It’s worth noting that Seiko has a different line of solar watches for divers. Therefore, although some of their watches have water resistance, not all of them can be used for diving. As for the case of Citizen, they have Eco-Drive models that span both dive and outdoor watches.

Best Seiko Solar Watches

1. Seiko SNE331 Solar Watch

As mentioned, this is one of my favorite Seiko watches ever. The Seiko SNE331 Solar Dress Watch is a military-inspired timepiece but still works wonderfully as an all-around watch.

The large indices and the stencil-like numerals really perk up the dial. The thick luminous hands go very well with the handsome black dial. It’s a 43-mm stainless steel watch, so there’s a bit of heft to it. The hardlex crystal does a great job of protecting the dial.

Overall, it’s a stylish and rugged solar-powered watch that will last you a long while.

2. Seiko SNE042 Stainless Steel Solar Watch

The Seiko SNE042 Stainless Steel Solar Watch is a beautiful dress watch with the signature Seiko reliability.

This is one of the more popular Seiko Solar models and for good reason. The two-tone design adds a good deal of class without looking tacky. The combination of gold hands and indices against the shimmering charcoal dial is so well done.

Of course, the best thing about this dress watch is that it’s solar-powered. With a straight 35 hours charge, it’s supposedly going to give you 10 months of battery life – that’s quite amazing. For a dress watch, it’s also tough and robust enough for daily wear.

The Seiko SNE042 is holding up well and a great introduction to Seiko Solar watches.

3. Seiko SSC667 RECRAFT Series

If you want to check out a chronograph Solar from this brand, the Seiko SSC667 RECRAFT Series is an excellent candidate.

One of the first things you’ll notice about the SSC667 is its vintage design which is a throwback to the 70s. Aside from the 70s-inspired design, I applaud Seiko for putting a good effort into creating the dial. There are various layers to the dial which creates depth. The applied markers also add the much-needed texture to the face.

The SSC667 is a utilitarian watch where every design element is deliberate. The NATO strap adds another layer o personality to the timepiece. It’s definitely one of the better Seiko chronographs that you can get.

Best Citizen Eco-Drive Watches

1. Citizen AW1150-07E Eco-DRV AR 2.0

The Citizen AW1150-07E Eco-DRV AR 2.0 is a big, black, and bold timepiece with a modern appeal. Citizen doesn’t shy away from edgier designs and this one is my favorite.

It’s a 44mm stainless steel watch but it never feels too large, even on smaller wrists. The main selling point of the AW1150-07E is its looks. The dial just looks amazing and can be worn pretty much everywhere. I’ve received many compliments wearing it.

Overall, the AW1150-07E is one of the finer Eco-Drive watches available.

2. Citizen BM8180-03E

The Citizen BM8180-03E is a trooper of a watch. It feels very rugged but still lightweight. From the military-inspired design to the quality construction, the Citizen BM8180-03E succeeds in the utilitarian sense.

The dial looks simple and straight to the point – just the way I like it. The lume is fairly decent but I wish it was better since the watch is designed for outdoor applications. The strap is a bit stiff at first but it was eventually broken in and became a lot more flexible.

Ultimately, the BM8180-03E is a fan favorite and it’s easy to see why.

3. Citizen BN0151-09L Promaster Professional Diver

If you’re looking for a heavy-duty diver with a great price, the Citizen BN0151-09L Promaster Professional Diver is an easy recommendation.

The BN0151-09L is an updated version of the classic Citizen dive watch. This dive watch has a water resistance rating of WR200/20Bar/666ft, so it’s something that scuba divers can actually use. Despite being a tool watch, the BN0151-09L Promaster is light and comfortable.

Overall, the BN0151-09L is a rock-solid dive watch and offers amazing value.

Seiko Solar vs Citizen Eco Drive: Final Thoughts

As you can see, this Seiko vs Citizen matchup is a tricky one. This is mainly because both brands are very similar.

If you are looking for a solar-powered watch with a more classic look, Seiko Solar should have something for you. On the other hand, Citizen Eco-Drive watches are more adventurous when it comes to design. When it comes to solar power technology, Citizen edges out Seiko because the former has more watches that have the feature. Plus, Citizen has been working with solar technology far longer than Seiko.

Either way, it’s hard to go wrong with their brand.

Rolex Air King 5500 Review: The Forgotten Vintage King

The Rolex Air King is truly the vintage Rolex for the purists. While the Air King is not as popular as the Submariner, GMT-Master, and Day-Date, it’s one of the older collections of Rolex with a rich history. The history of Rolex Air-King dates back in 1945 during World War II.

What made the Air King such an iconic timepiece is the simplicity of the dial and precise timekeeping.

We have already reviewed the Rolex Air King Ref. 116900 which is the closest you can get to a Rolex sports watch. Today, we’ll take an in-depth look at the Rolex Air King 5500.

For this Rolex Air King 5500 review, we find out if this vintage model is worth adding to your collection.

Rolex Air King 5500 Review: At a Glance

Model:

Rolex Air King

Reference no.

5500

Model case:

Stainless steel w/ polished bezel (34mm)

Material:

Oystersteel

Bezel:

Smooth

Winding crown:

Waterproof screw-down crown

Crystal:

Acrylic crystal

Movement:

Automatic 1520 movement

Water resistance

10 ATM

Power reserve:

40 hours

Bracelet:

Stainless steel Jubilee w/ Fliplock clasp

Clasp:

Fold clasp

Dial:

Silver Index w/ Tritium hands and lume plots

First Impressions

The Air King collection has always fascinated me due to its storied history. The Air King was introduced alongside names like Air Lion, Air Giant, and Air Tiger – all of which have flamed out. Rolex originally made the Air King as another spin to the Oyster Perpetual to honor the RAF Pilots who served during WW2.

The Air King is not exactly a popular model among enthusiasts and collectors but there are still many budding enthusiasts that do want it. Since this timepiece continues to fly under most people’s radar, even the most vintage Air Kings are sold at reasonable prices.

This is what made me decide to give the Air-King a well-deserved spin. It has a great history and good price, it’s hard to pass up on that.

One of the first things I’ve noticed about the Rolex Air King 5500 is the size. Clocking in at 34 mm, the Air King is a petite watch which is fairly common during its era. One look at the Air King and you’ll see that it’s a very vintage piece. It features a very simple and clean look and time-only design.

The design just doesn’t get any more classic than this.

The elegant silver dial is one of the standout design elements here, and the gentle sunburst effect of the dial does a great job of wrapping up the whole look. Aside from the vintage aesthetic, the Air King 5500 is, for the lack of a better word, typical. I know that it’s a classic and it deserves respect but I can’t help but feel merely “whelmed.”

Don’t get me wrong. It’s a very well-made timepiece with a timeless look and provides just what you can expect from Rolex. It just gives me the impression that it’s a piece that’s best for collection purposes.

Design

The Rolex Air King 5500 is the definition of timeless elegance. You can tell that Rolex made a watch exactly how they want it.

The 5500 boasts the hallmark traits of a Rolex without a single overdone feature. The minimalist good looks make the Air King such a versatile timepiece. Regardless of the purpose, whether it’s daily wear or something dressier, this is a watch that will never go out of style.

As mentioned, the main selling point of the watch is its elegant silver dial. The sunburst effect in the middle of the dial sure adds a lot to my enjoyment of the watch. The sharp, applied indices are elegantly detailed and are topped with small lume plots along the edge of the face. This is a common Rolex design element during that era.

The hands aren’t particularly mindblowing and look like your typical baton hands. The half part of the hands is fitted with lume but not all the way through. The lume is cut short before right before the tip, making the end look like a pencil.

The Air King 5500 is available in many different variants and dial colors which is always a good thing.

Construction and Wearability

The Air King 5500 is a stainless steel marvel. Despite being a vintage timepiece, it feels solid and robust which gives me a lot of confidence. After all, this is a watch designed to honor World War II pilots.

For the case, the 5500 utilizes the iconic Oyster case and screw down crown. According to its official specs, the watch can withstand depths of 50 meters which is pretty good for a watch of its age. In addition, a domed, acrylic crystal protects the dial. It’s not exactly sapphire crystal but you have to keep in mind that the Air King is supposedly and entry-level model.

Like with most Rolex timepieces, the Air King 5500 is fitted with the classic Oyster bracelet. However, since Air King’s production spans decades, a few different Oyster bracelets may be used depending on the production date.

With that said, the Rolex Air King 5500 offers a surprising comfort which can only be attributed to Rolex’s excellent construction philosophy. The Oystersteel bracelet and clasp work just as expected. It’s not as fancy as some of the more modern Oyster versions but there’s really nothing to complain here.

If you’re looking to wear the 5500 daily, you’re in a good company. The Air King might be vintage but it’s not fragile.

Timekeeping

Rolex Air King 5500 Review 1520 Movement

Because of past U.S. import laws that are designed to protect domestic watch companies, the movement inside the Air King 5500 varied. There are two caliber movements found inside the 5500: the 1520 and 1530.

The caliber 1530 features 17, 25, or 26 jewels while the caliber 1520 had either 17 or 26 jewels. Unfortunately, the U.S. and Canada markets have the shorter end of the stick with downgraded movements. One notable example of this is that the 1520 came with the “Precision” text in the dial while with the 1530, Rolex used the “Super Precision” labeling.

However, both movements aren’t exactly the cream of the crop. Both are also not COSC certified. While wearing the Air King 5500, you can actually hear the movement rattling around. Despite that, both the 1530 and 1520 movements are robust and easy to service.

On an interesting note, the most sought out version of the 5500 is the one that features the words Air-King and “Super Precision” in red. There’s also the rare Dominos Air-King 5500 which was used to incentivize franchises that have fulfilled their sales goals. It’s a very interesting collaboration for sure.

Pricing

Of course, for this Rolex Air King 5500 review, we find out if this watch is worth the money.

The production of the old Air King was halted back in 2014. The new Air King Reference 116900 is a different kind of timepiece and marketed as an entry-level Rolex. Therefore, if you’re going to buy the old version of the Rolex Air King, you’re stuck with resellers and used models.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the Rolex Air King 5500 isn’t the most popular Rolex watch out there. For this reason, it’s easy to find a relatively affordable Air King 5500 over the web. I’ve had mine for a little bit over $3,000 which is not bad at all for a vintage Rolex.

There are 5500 variants with different bracelets and dial colors that can go a bit higher in price. However, I’ve yet to see an Air King that went over $4,000 except for the Rolex Air King 5500 Dominos version.

For the price, you get a classic Rolex with a rich history. It’s also quite robust and versatile.

Should You Get the Rolex Air King 5500?

We end this Rolex Air King 5500 review with our verdict.

I’ve had the Air King 5500 for quite a while now and I’m honestly very fond of it. Sure, it’s not exactly a watch that goes into my regular rotation but I understand what Rolex is trying to accomplish here. In some parts, the 5500 is outdated and it doesn’t even have a mechanical movement for the avid horologist. However, its classic good looks can hold its own, all things considered.

Obviously, the best aspect of the Air King 5500 is the price. It’s a good Rolex to consider if you want a watch that won’t break the bank. However, I simply can’t recommend the Air King 5500 for new collectors and Rolex first-timers. Rolex has plenty of amazing watches under its belt and the 5500 is not even close to a contender.

If you want an entry-level Rolex, the Air King 116900 might be the better option. Rolex had fun with the 116900 and it has more features. It’s a polarizing watch but it’s a good first watch for any budding collector, as far as entry-level Rolex watches go.

Overall, the Air King 5500 is not without its charm. This collection has some pretty interesting variants that are difficult to find – royal logos, jeweler stamps, and company logos come to mind. The Rolex Air King 5500 offers a solid value proposition for anyone who’s looking to dive into vintage Rolex.

Citizen vs Seiko Dive Watches: Which Dive Watch Brand Should You Get?

Citizen vs Seiko Dive Watches Review

In the 1970s, Japanese watchmakers have taken the world of the watch industry by storm. This was largely in part due to the Quartz Revolution and the world of watches was changed forever. Japan is famous for making some of the best bang-for-the-buck timepieces in the industry.

This is especially true when it comes to dive watches.

If you are in the market for a new dive watch that won’t break the bank, you’ll likely end up choosing watches from Citizen and Seiko. Both are Japanese brands and from the initial look, there’s plenty of similarities between the two dive watch brands.

Today, I have the unenviable job of comparing Citizen vs Seiko dive watches. Which dive watch brand is better? Let’s find out!

Citizen vs Seiko Dive Watches: Head-to-Head Comparison

Citizen vs Seiko Dive Watches Review

Style and Design

When you look at both Citizen and Seiko dive watches, you’ll probably think that both watches look fairly similar. However, once you really observe the divers from both brands, you’ll see the distinct differences.

In general, Seiko divers tend to look more like the classic dive watches. For example, the Seiko Men’s SKX009K2 features the same design aesthetic as the classic Submariner. Many of their dive watches feature a vintage style and design but never looking outdated.

Also, the popular Prospex collection boasts the “land explorer” look with high legibility, sleek smooth design, and congested motion. It’s worth noting that the Prospex collection has many variants that are not limited to dive watches. Seiko also has the Seiko Grand collection for those who are looking for a more high-end watch.

On the other hand, Citizen also offers watches that have that unmistakable vintage design. However, unlike Seiko, Citizen seems to push the envelop more when it comes to its design philosophy. You can find many Citizen pieces that look more creative, experimental even.

When it comes to actual style and design, it’s hard to go wrong with either Citizen or Seiko. Both dive watch brands have models that look stylish and offer strong designs. At the end of the day, it will come down to your personal preference.

Construction and Durability

For construction and durability, Citizen vs Seiko dive watches can definitely go toe-to-toe with each other. For the crystals, Citizen tends to use mineral crystals while Seiko utilizes its patented Hardlex crystals. Both crystals are very impact resistant but I’ve found that both crystals are easily scratched.

For the materials, both dive watch brands don’t use precious metals (gold, platinum, etc.) for making the watches. Both brands use stainless steel for most of their dive watches which is not a problem at all. If you want a piece that uses precious metals, you might want to look into the Seiko Grand line.

Based on our tests, the bracelet of Citizen dive watches is better when compared to Seiko. This is hardly an extensive test but Citizen bracelets were more comfortable and durable than Seiko bracelets.

I’ve been doing some reading online and it seems that there’s an argument that Citizen has the upper hand in terms of production quality. However, there’s no definitive proof of this but I do know that both watches have a history of producing excellent quality watches for less.

Water Resistance

Of course, you can’t talk about dive watches without mentioning their water resistance rating. Which dive watch brand is the better diving tool? On average, I think that the two brands are fairly comparable with regards to water resistance rating. Both brands have models that can handle the standard 200 meters of depth. These dive watches are good for the average diver.

However, if you’re somewhat of a professional diver, Citizen has the leg up versus Seiko. Citizen has the Promaster 1000M Professional Diver which has a rating of 1000M/100Bar and perfect for serious scuba diving. Seiko also has a 1000 meter dive watch in the form of SBDX014G Marinemaster but it’s far more expensive when compared to Citizen’s offering.

Overall, both brands cater to a wide range of diving needs.

Features and Technology

When it comes to the best dive watches, I always check the illuminated hands. After all, you’re hundreds of meters down the ocean, so you want a watch that you can actually read – good illumination helps with that. In that regard, I think Seiko has the advantage over Citizen with the former’s LumiBrite hands/markers. It just works better, even in bright daylight.

In the matters of diving features, Seiko divers come with Kinetic and Spring Drive Technologies. The original Kinetic technology has been a point of success for Seiko but it does have some practical shortcomings. For instance, you need to wear the watch or oscillate in your hands to charge it. On the other hand, the Spring Drive movement melds the benefits of both automatic and quartz movements. It’s a mechanical movement with the accuracy of quartz.

On the flip side, Citizen uses Japanese quartz movement for most of its divers. There’s a couple of Citizen divers that also come with Atomic timekeeping which further enhances accuracy. However, the biggest advantage of Citizen dive watches is Eco-Drive technology. This technology powers watches from any natural/artificial light source and converts light to energy. That’s right, you won’t ever have to replace batteries with Eco-Drive timepieces.

For timekeeping and general features, Seiko has the upper hand when it comes to overall accuracy while Citizen comes out on top if you prefer a solar-powered watch.

Pricing

As mentioned, both Citizen and Seiko are known for affordable, high-quality dive watches. As far as pricing goes, Citizen and Seiko have very similar price ranges and both cater to a wide range of budgets. You can get a reliable dive watch with a $200-$300 price tag from both brands.

The main difference between the two is with the highest-end offering. The Seiko Prospex SBDX014G Marinemaster is available for $3,000+ while the Citizen Promaster 1000M Professional Diver comes with a $2,000+ price tag.

Best Citizen Dive Watches

1. Citizen BN0085 Eco-Drive

The Citizen BN0085 Eco-Drive is one of the best value dive watches that you can get from Citizen. It’s made from stainless steel with a textured dial and unidirectional gear-shaped bezel. The watch comes with a date window and luminous hands/indices.

There’s nothing too fancy here but it’s an Eco-Drive diver which means you don’t have to replace the batteries now and then. The BN0085 is a moderately-sized watch that keeps accurate time and offers some pretty great features.

2. Citizen BN0150-28E Eco-Drive Promaster

For starters, the Citizen BN0150-28E Eco-Drive Promaster is yet another bang-for-your-buck dive watch. It has a very simple design but has the inner workings of an excellent diver. It is water resistant to 660 feet, powered with Japanese quartz movement, and protected by mineral crystal casing. The BN0150-28E is a watch that’s useful in the ocean and the office.

This Promaster watch is a solid option if you’re looking for a dive watch that won’t cost you an arm and leg. It’s also a great gift for the upcoming holidays.

3. Citizen BN2029-01E Eco-Drive Promaster Aqualand

The Citizen BN2029-01E Eco-Drive Promaster Aqualand is highly recommended for those who are looking for a rugged dive tool. The BN2029-01E Eco-Drive Promaster Aqualand comes several great diving features such as the Rapid Descent Alarm, Auto-Start Dive mode, Max Depth Memory, and Depth Display.

Just by looking at it, you know that it’s a heavy-duty dive watch. Plus, it looks great as well although it might be a little too big for some people. The Aqualand is a great diving companion for both amateur and professional divers.

Best Seiko Dive Watches

1. Seiko Prospex SRPA21K1 Automatic

For a good dive watch under $500, the Seiko Prospex SRPA21K1 Automatic comes highly recommended. It really is a lot of watch for the price. You have the classic Pepsi colorway that just looks even better in person. With a depth rating of 200 meters (660 feet), it’s a solid diver for general use.

Seiko did a great job with the polishing on the case and bezel, giving the watch a more sophisticated look. The SRPA21K1 is a dive watch that you won’t mind wearing regularly.

2. Seiko Prospex SNE435P1 PADI Solar

The Seiko Prospex line is officially sanctioned by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Therefore, you know that you have a legitimate timepiece on your wrist. The Seiko Prospex SNE435P1 PADI Solar is a diving watch with serious pedigree and great price.

The SNE435P1 has a water resistance rating of 200 meters, making it a good fit for general diving purposes. This is a solar-powered watch and features a 10-month power reserve once it’s fully charged. It’s a bit on the bigger and thicker side but it’s hard to complain especially at this price point.

3. Seiko Prospex SRPC93 ‘Save The Ocean’ Samurai

Personally, the Seiko Prospex SRPC93 ‘Save The Ocean’ Samurai is one of the shining entries in Seiko’s Prospex line. In terms of comfort and wearability, it’s easily one of my favorite Seiko watches ever. The bracelet is solid and high-quality, and the reduced bulk made way for a better wearing experience.

It’s a good thing that the Prospex SRPC93 is also very stylish with its bright blue dial and knockabout body. The dial is just hypnotizing to look at, and it just begs to be worn in the water. Despite being a special edition Prospex, the SRPC93 can be yours for less than $500.

Citizen vs Seiko Dive Watches: Which One Should You Choose?

Finally, we’ve come to the end of the Citizen vs Seiko dive watches comparison.

So which one should you get?

Well, it depends on what you want from a dive watch. If you care more about watches with a classic vintage look, Seiko’s offerings should be a good starting point. Otherwise, Citizen has more watches with bolder designs.

As for the timekeeping and diving performance, both Seiko and Citizen are almost neck-to-neck. Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology is a big deal since you don’t have to replace the batteries. Seiko dive watches have interesting movement technology but the older ones have practical drawbacks.

Lastly, pricing is almost the same between the two brands unless you go for the higher-end models. In that regard, Citizen edges out Seiko when it comes to high-end model pricing.

At the end of the day, it’s hard to go wrong with either dive watch brands. Both have a history of making high-performance dive watches at budget-friendly prices.

Spinnaker Bradner Review: Vintage-Inspired Dive watch

Review of the Spinnaker Bradner

Based on my experience with dive watches, we’ve come up with this Spinnaker Bradner review. Considering the budget-friendly approach, bold and quirky design, packed with automatic and unique qualities, the Bradner is easily one of the best models produced by Spinnaker to date.

Spinnaker named the watch after Hugh Bradner, an American physicist and diving pioneer who worked in the Manhattan Project, where they created the first Atomic bomb during World War II. Using neoprene wetsuit, he solved the issues with diving in cold water for long periods. As an homage to this great man, every detail on the Spinnaker Bradner reflects his ingenious solution.

Today, Spinnaker is a reputable brand known for making attractive timepieces for enthusiasts or collectors looking for something different. Unlike other watch brands, it uses the wetsuit, and a compressor-style bezel meant for Scuba diving. Although there are some arguments that the Spinnaker Bradner collection only looks and feels like a dive gadget. Regardless, the watch is suitable for snorkeling, swimming, and definitely your fun weekend getaways.

Pros – Spinnaker Bradner Review

  • Quality Build up
  • High water resistant
  • Reliable movement
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Affordable price

Cons – Spinnaker Bradner Review

  • A bit ill-fitted at the lugs
  • Limited dive ability
  • Hard to turn the bezel

Benefits / Drawbacks – Spinnaker Bradner Review

One of Spinnaker Bradner’s charm is the vintage design and yet modern look of the watch. The impression is not to follow the usual style of most dive watches in the market. It has a unique and alluring look that you can easily spot from far away.

While we can always speak about the watch aesthetic value, the dial, case, bezel, strap, and movement contributes to the quality build-up of the timepiece.

Engaging Dial

The colors on the Bradner’s dial are striking and appealing. If you are one of us that enjoys watches with visible and large hands, you are in luck. The first noticeable feature on the dial is the thick and upfront hands. They are sturdy and bulky, especially the hour hand with a rectangular design near its tip. It looks almost like Chevrolet’s logo – a famous car brand. Speaking about logos, the Spinnaker’s name in a cursive font is under 12 o’clock. There is also a date window 3 o’clock on the dial.

As a result of the raised hour markers, when you view the dial from the doom sapphire crystal glass, it gives a textured, three-dimensional look to the timepiece. Instead of the intervals marked on the dial like in most watches, it’s applied to a ring. Also, another mentionable feature that partners well with the black dial is the LumiNova coating. In dark conditions, the light blue on black proves effective. Pointing to the numerals on the dial are sizable square and rectangle markers with enough space to hold the lume. In a way, it adds to the visibility of the watch. The second hand is not left out; it has a little lume dot on end.

Asides this, the outer ring displays the numbers in dark silver color at 5 minutes intervals. The combination of the black dial background, silver outer ring, and yellow polygon index go well together. Every detail has something significantly different to contribute to the good looks as well as the brawniness of the watch.

Comfortable Case

At a diameter of 42mm, Bradner’s compressor-style case is perfect for the watch. It sits well on the curved lugs to keep the timepiece comfortable on your wrist, especially when you have large wrists. Bradner’s 17cm circumference takes quite a lot of space on the wrist. This is barely a disadvantage since it does not create an overwhelming presence. Instead, it exposes the welcoming sight of the dial. The case has brushed finishing on most parts of it with a few polished pieces in some other areas.

The height sits tall at 14mm, elevating the casing from the back, which asides water use, it’s also great for casual wear. There are some arguments on how the height makes the watch look awkward in formal dress situations, especially with long sleeves. The inner-rotating bezel protrudes and requires the crystal glass to have a slightly bigger curve. It gives a unique look and makes the timepiece look as if it is jumping right out at you.

There are two crowns, one at 2 o’clock responsible for turning the bi-directional internal bezel and the other at 4 o’clock for other timekeeping functions. The former custom-made rotor does not wears the Spinnaker logo, and it also doesn’t move so freely and lags a little.

With so many features fitted in the watch, the Bradner has an exhibition case back. Spinnaker didn’t cover up the entire back crystal with branding so that you can get a good look at the Seiko workhorse and other mechanisms powering up this beauty.

Upgraded Bezel

The bezel is another excellent feature, probably even the best on the Bradner. It uses a Uni-directional inner rotating bezel. You can control it with the first crown on the casing that is not marked with the Spinnaker logo.

Again, to keep up with the target of a stocky and brawny look of the watch, the custom molded bezel inner ring has large numbers and solid outward dots. It also displays five-minute markers positioned on a straight horizontal that is parallel to the dial for easy viewing. However, if you prefer watches with manual bezel, you may miss the feel and sound of the bezel turning.

Well-built Strap

Spinnaker deserves to get credit where it’s due. Their strap game is a huge step up on the Bradner. To very well balance the 42mm dial of the watch, Bradner’s strap is 20mm in width. Most notably, the red color goes well with the black dial. At the end of it, there are a couple of line stitches to give it a great look and add more beauty and homemade feel to the watch. From my observation, the spring bar is a little ill-fitted at the lugs, and when bending the wrist, it adds pressure to the strap. Even if it doesn’t affect the comfort of the watch, but it makes a click or grinding sound.

The strap’s making is of thick leather (feels a bit like suede), the top has a soft and plush velvet feel and look to it. The underside, on the other hand, is more of a durable coating than softness. It is superbly comfortable and not irritating. On the clasp, you may spot Spinnaker engraved there, but it’s very subtle. Although, a bit of reflection shows it nicely, which is even preferable than seeing it dead-on.

Beyond this, a good view on the strap reveals the unique coating that keeps the watch waterproof. When the water treated strap comes in contact with water, it bounces off, retaining its shape and color. This is absolutely great to see. Although, I don’t totally recommend you taking the watch with you into hot tubs, steam rooms, pools. But there is no risk wearing the Spinnaker Bradner when you have to wash your hands or even when you get caught in the rain.

Reliable Movement

Inside the Bradner dive watch is a 3-hand Seiko NH35 with 24 Jewels Automatic Self-winding hack movement. Although most people would prefer the timepiece to come with a Miyota 9015, with a better BPH and power reserve. However, the Seiko movement is pretty popular in the world of microband watches. So far, it has proven reliable and worked well for this watch with the time accuracy only around +/-5 seconds per day.

Bradner offers a power reserve of 41 hours beating at 3Hz with 21,600 BPH. To add a bit of character to this, you will notice a charming Spinnaker branded rotor in matte black finishing. All these sit under a slightly domed and curved edge sapphire lens and also is visible through the exhibition see-through case-back.

Price versus Quality

Considering the cost of the watch, Spinnaker Bradner offers a lot. Without too much thinking, it is for anyone who appreciates real value. Of course, you wouldn’t put Bradner on par with high-end watches like the Rolex Submariner. But for a vintage-inspired dive watch offering something a little different, nothing is taken from their bragging rights.

Since the watch that is less than $300, it is hard to complain about the compressor-style case, bi-direction rotating bezel, or the tested and formidable Seiko NH35 automatic movement. It is blatantly obvious that Bradner is one of the favourite pieces from Spinnaker. There are also a lot of other watches that hit very close to this price from brands like Zelos or Marchand Legacy. Just in case you want to grab something else.

Final Thoughts on the Spinnaker Bradner Review

As one of the best microband dive watches, it is exciting to see how far Spinnaker has come. The Bradner watch has a great look with black dial and red strap, which is not something you see on just any watch. Again, the inner unidirectional rotating bezel is a great feature to have.

The Spinnaker Bradner is a culmination of a lot of things that, as it gives some quirky vibes and proves the brand has been doing well lately. So this was our Spinnaker Bradner review, and we hope you’ve enjoyed reading.

Black Friday Deals on Luxury Watches : High-End Timepieces at an Affordable Price

Black Friday Deals on Luxury watches

Surely, not all watches are created equal. But when it comes to Black Friday deals on luxury watches you should keep an eye on, we recommend the Rolex Submariner for men and Raymond Weil women’s watch for women. We chose these two timepieces because of their high durability and elegance. Also, since they are hefty price tag watches, now is the best time to get them at a reduced price.

Black Friday Deals on Luxury Watches               Black Friday Deals on Luxury Watches

Black Friday is here again, and now is the best time to grab those luxury items you wish for at a more affordable price. Admittedly, there are many products on sale, but don’t you think now is the chance to buy that luxury watch like a Rolex, Frederique or other timepieces from Top brands.

Yes, you can get these expensive watches at low prices on Black Friday. What’s even better is that you can use this period to avoid knockoffs and spend the cash on the real luxury watch deals.

Instead of spending hours looking for the right watch to pick, we have selected the best Black Friday Deals on luxury watches to make things easy. So, what are you waiting for? Read on as we reveal to you luxury watches on Black Friday deals.

Black Friday Deals on Luxury Watches

Here are the best luxury watches you should look out for on Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

1. Rolex Submariner Black Dial Stainless Steel Automatic Men’s Watch

 

When it comes to popular timepieces, Rolex Submariner surely outshines many of the best luxury watches on the market. Apart from its high-quality materials, the watch measures time better than most things in the market. It also combines classic design and modern technology, thereby makes it a worthy investment.

An Iconic Dive Watch for All Seasons 

The design on this watch screams flawless as it includes a 40mm stainless steel case with a moveable bezel. Also known as the oyster steel case, the material can withstand dust and water. The exciting part is that you can make it more appealing by polishing the metal.

If you wear this watch, you will become the center of attraction. It has an incredible dial with luminous hands and markers made from 18-carat white gold. Its bezel also has large luminous markers made from the same material.

Have you always wanted to dive with a great watch? Well, you can use the timepiece underwater because of its water-resistance of 1000ft. Thanks to its robust build, which makes it will work great underwater.

The Rolex Submariner also provides accurate measurements via its 3135 caliber automatic movement. The Submariner offers impressive features that can withstand external conditions, such as changes in temperature.

The oyster steel bracelet on this timepiece makes one of the black Friday luxury watches deals you will love for many reasons. For one, it has a polished look that suits the luxurious case. What’s even better is that it has a robust clasp that secures the watch on your wrist.

2. Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic Watch

 

Next on the list of Black Friday deals on luxury watches is this Frederique Constant Automatic timepiece . Looking at this watch, you will notice a rare kind of elegance. It also has a simple build that can handle harsh conditions with ease. Now, here are the reasons why you will love this item.

The Perfect Minimalistic Piece

This watch boasts of an awe-inspiring but straightforward dial. On the dial, silver-toned hands sweep across a polished dial while a date window lies at the 3 o’clock position. Since its hands and markers are luminous, you can use it in a poorly lit room.

Apart from the dial, the watch has an appealing black leather strap. Made from croc calf leather, it fits any outfit while resisting sweat and other forms of moisture. It also has a steel buckle that makes stay secure to the wrist.

Aside from its elegance, the watch can hold its own against the harshest conditions. For one, it has a sturdy steel case that offers durability while the sapphire crystal on the watch face can handle falls. Like most impressive watches, this Frederique Constant watch offers Swiss movements. That means you will get to enjoy accurate timekeeping at your fingertips at all times.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

The watch comes with a rather loud tick. But if you ignore this minor issue, this item will meet your style and timing needs. It has a classy face that is legible while its slim profile will match the cuff of your outfit.

3. Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar with Retrograde Watch

 

There is no way we can talk about luxury watches without mentioning the Patek Philippe brand. Here we reveal to you the Patek Phillipe Perpetual calendar watch, which is one of the top luxury watches on the market. Keep your cash in intact, because the black Friday sale will be the best time to grab this watch at a more discounted price.

More than a Timepiece

For many years, Patek Philippe never fails to depict luxury on their watches, and this timepiece is no exception. With its 38mm 18K White gold case surrounding the silver opaline dial, this watch speaks of luxury, which makes it a timepiece to wear for special occasions. You will never get tired admiring this watch as a gorgeous Roman and Brequet numeral lies on the dial to make it eye-catching.

At first glance, you will love the perpetual calendar moon phase on the white opaline dial. And unlike other expensive luxury watches, it is light on the wrist and features a deployment buckle to keep it well-secured.

If timekeeping is your top-most desire in a watch, then you shouldn’t hesitate to put this timepiece on your Black Friday purchase list. The watch speaks of a high degree of finish and accuracy as it features an automatic Caliber 324 movement, which has a diameter of 28mm. You don’t need to doubt the authenticity of this Patek Philippe because the movement is well engraved and finished with the brand label.

We applaud the Patek Philippe not only on its impressive feature but also the high-quality material and finishes used on the timepiece.

Overall, if you’re on a high-end budget and looking to get this watch at a more discounted price, the Black Friday deals on Luxury watches will be the best time.

4. Longines Men’s L3.674.4.50.0 Sports Legends Watch

 

For over a century, this watchmaker has built various elegant watches. One such item is the Longines Sports Legend watch, which gives precise timekeeping while making your outfit look classy and luxurious.

More than a Regular Sports Watch

This piece offers a simple but timeless design. Here, it has a slim 42mm stainless steel case that includes a rugged bracelet. It also has a unidirectional bezel that secures its sturdy display window. This watch continues to look good as new, especially after years of use.

It also boasts of water resistance of 1000ft, which makes it suitable for various aquatic activities. Since the band consists of synthetic material, it can handle long exposure to multiple forms of moisture.

Even if it has vintage origins, this beautiful watch will fit any modern style. Furthermore, if you add this accessory to your watch collection, you will become the center of attraction. It also has a watch face which you can read with ease.

5. TAG Heuer Men’s CV2A1R.BA0799 Stainless Steel Watch

 

If you like bulky luxurious watches, you can get this incredible accessory from this famous fashion brand. We recommend  this TAG Heuer Men’s  watch due to its durable build, accurate movements, and high water-resistant rating. Let’s tell you more about its interesting features.

A Rugged Dress Watch 

This piece has a bulky profile that does not add extra weight to your wrist. It also has a 43mm stainless steel case that houses a beautiful crown and lugs.

The watch has a steel bracelet that has holds the item on your wrist. Under dusty or wet conditions, the clock will continue to tick. The best part is that its movements also offer precise measurements.

It has a stunning black dial with three sub-dials and a date/day window. The bezel on this watch holds a sheet of reflective sapphire glass. Considering the impressive feature mentioned above, you have numerous reasons to add this piece to your Black Friday wish list.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

On this watch, the brand combines classic and sporty watch styles. As a result, it can fit any attire or occasion. However, the crown tends to fall, especially after years of use.

6. Omega Men’s 42413402001001 Watch

 

The Omega 42413402001001 has a sturdy and elegant build made from high-quality materials. With its build and dial, you will easily fall in love with this timepiece at first glance.

Simple but Iconic Timepiece

The watch has an exquisite black dial that comes with Roman numeral markers. It also has a magnified window at the three o’clock position of this part of the watch. To wear the timepiece, you will have to use the buckle closure at the end of its leather band.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

Comfortable, classy, and high quality are what this watch speaks about when you set your eyes on it. The packaging is impeccable and looks brand new and authentic out of the box. Overall, you get to enjoy a sufficient power reserve and elegance.

7. Raymond Weil Women’s Watch

 

No review is complete without a good women’s watch. The Raymond Weil women’s watch is an ideal item to offer as a wedding gift or birthday gift to ladies. It has a stunning design built that will draw a lot of good compliments when you wear it to special occasions.  Made from high-quality materials that can withstand long years of use and still look new.

An Elegant But Affordable Women’s Watch 

This is a lovely women’s watch with mother of pearl dial that sports gold-toned hands and diamond hour indices. It also has diamonds embedded into its gold-toned bezel.

You can also wear the watch for a long period without feeling any pressure due to its lightweight build.

If you want to go for a swim, you will have to take it off. However, this watch can handle showering or handwashing as it promises a 99ft resistance.

Opinion and drawbacks

The Raymond Weil watch looks beautiful at first glance and very light on the wrist. However, the band length is quite difficult to adjust, and the gold design isn’t on the entire band, as shown in the picture.

Best Affordable Black Friday Deals on Luxury Watches

For those looking for cheaper luxury timepieces, here are watches to look out for Black Friday sale.

1. Citizen Eco-Drive Men’s BY0100-51H Chrono-Time 

 

Do you want to get a practical and elegant men’s watch at a black Friday sale on luxury watches? If yes, this Citizen Eco-Drive Chrono watch has many features that present it as a worthy investment. It even has a sturdy profile that promises durability while its eye-catching design will make your outfit pop.

Solar Powered Watch for the Classic Gentleman 

One of the fantastic features of this item comes from its power source. Unlike most things on this list, it runs on solar power. So if you do not like spending extra cash on batteries, you will love this product.

This luxury watch also has a bold and exciting dial. On this part of the watch, it features three sub-dials and luminous hands move across beautiful hour markers. With that said, this is an ideal option if you’re looking for the best luminous watches on the market.

A Sapphire crystal covers the dial of this piece. As a result, you don’t have to worry about scratches, particularly if the watch hits a hard surface. Apart from sturdy glass, the watch boasts of a robust stainless steel case and caseback.

At work or play, the timepiece will remain on your wrist for as long as you wish. Such secureness comes from a bracelet with a fold-over clasp that has a hidden double push-button.

When combined, the above features promise a water resistance of 660ft. This means that you can shower and swim with this Eco-Drive watch. But it’s not suitable for professional diving trips.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

Overall, these items stand as an impressive dress watch. It also turns your outfit to an elegant mix at a friendly price. But it has non-luminous markers while the glow of the on the dial might below.

2. Seiko Men’s SSC017 Prospex

 

The Seiko SSC017 comes as an addition to Seiko’s dive watch collection. Also known as the Air Diver, this model stands out with an exciting color scheme of black and blue. It also has a design that matches your everyday outfit or diving suit. Considering its impressive feature and affordability, you should put it on your list when looking for the best Black Friday Deals on luxury watches.

An Ideal Watch for the Stylish Diver

Measuring 43mm, the well-crafted case will fit most wrist sizes and outfits. Made from hardened stainless steel, it can handle any water pressure at depths of 200 meters. So if you need a stylish dive watch, consider getting this Seiko piece.

The black bezel on this timepiece will interest any watch snob. It includes an impressive blue mark that indicates the first 15 minutes. Furthermore, the marks blend perfectly with the surrounding black metal. For use in a poor light, it has a luminous marker at the 12 o’clock position.

Seiko extends the elegance on this timepiece to its black dial and new markers on the outer rim. You will also notice three perfectly arranged sub-dials and luminous hands. Overall, it will attract compliments, especially when anyone pots this accessory.

This Luxury watch has a robust steel bracelet which holds the timepiece to your arm. Since it offers an adjustable clasp, you can expand its size without spending on a jeweler.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

What we don’t like is that the date window is quite small, making it hard to read. Also, the bezel looks too silky smooth, which we believe it might scratch with a short period. Overall, if you want an affordable but sophisticated piece to snag at any black Friday sale on luxury watches, consider getting a Seiko SSC017 Prospex.

Final Word and Recommendation of Black Friday Deals on Luxury Watches

Looking for the best picks for black Friday luxury watches? Well, now is the time to get luxury watches and expensive watches at reduced prices.

If you are looking for stylish and affordable luxury watches, go for the Seiko SSC017 or the Citizen Eco-Drive Men’s watch. For watch lovers that want a bulky but elegant timepiece, Tag Heuer Men’s watch will be the best bet.

If a simple and expensive accessory is what you cherish a lot, go for the Frederique Constant watch, Rolex Submariner, or Omega Steel watch. For a sophisticated women’s watch, check out the Raymond Weil Women’s Watch.