Vostok Watches Review: Is This Russian Brand Any Good?

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Microbrands excite me because they offer a wide range of watches that are not just high-quality but feature unique designs as well. As of late, I’ve been getting into microbrands and some of the best microbrand watches I’ve seen are truly stellar.

Vostok isn’t exactly your typical microbrand since it has been around since the 1940s. Based on their track record, their watches have every right to be called classics.

 

Today, we have a Vostok watches review for you. We’ll talk about the history of the brand, its pros and cons, and the best watch models.

The History of Vostok Watches

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The Vostok Watch Makers, Inc. was founded back in 1942. This was made possible when one of the Moscow watch-making plants of the First Moscow Watch Factory was transferred to a small town called Chistopol. It’s interesting to note that the plants only made defense equipment during the war. However, once the war as ended, the company moved on to make mechanical watches.

However, the brand name “Vostok” was only used by the company in the 1960s. It was presumed that the name “Vostok” was derived from the Vostok space program. This is interesting because other soviet watches such as Poljot and Raketa are also named after space programs.

In 1965, the company was commissioned to be the official supplier of the Ministry of Defence of the Soviet Union. It was also the same year when the famous Komandirskie (“Commander’s”) watch was released. It wasn’t long before the creation of Amphibia, a stainless steel diving watch.

By the year 1980, the Vostok Watch Makers company was putting out 4.5 million watches a year.

At the turn of the 21st century, Vostok has tried its hand in making luxury watches for the more affluent customers. In the year 2004, they began supplying movements to the Koliz Company of Lithuania, the makers of the Vostok Europe brand.

In 2010, Vostok filed for bankruptcy and their official site became inaccessible. However, the company was restructured and resumed making watches and movements.

Vostok Watches Review: Pros and Cons

Are Vostok watches worth your time and money? We outline what we love and don’t love about this timepiece brand.

What We Love

Great Colorful History

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For a relatively unknown brand (at least in the U.S.), Vostok boasts a rich history. It’s not a brand that’s born out of a crowd-funding campaign (not a dig to crowd-funded watch brands), these watchmakers have a proper history and wartime heritage.

The company’s heyday was back in the 1960s and ’70s. Back in the days of the USSR, Vostok watches are some of the best timepieces that you can get.

Considering its rich history and being one of the most notable Russian brands, it’s a shame that it’s not more popular. But I guess that it’s good that they are still producing watches up to this day.

Original Designs

While the brand didn’t exactly spark a watch revolution, some of Vostok’s original designs are still respected.

A good example of this is the venerable Vostok Amphibia. The traditional way to build a dive watch is to manufacture the case, crown, and crystal – all with a static water resistance rating. The Amphibia’s design is different because the watch’s resistance actually improves as the pressure around it increases.

Central to this innovative design is Vostok’s caseback. Instead of the usual screw down caseback, Vostok utilizes a bayonet-style caseback with a threaded locking ring. Along with the large gasket, the watch can handle greater pressures as the depth increases.

For a more comprehensive explanation of Vostok’s design methodology, I highly recommend that you check out this post.

Daily Beater

Upon closer inspection, you can see that Vostok watches’ construction is different. The most obvious indicator of this is the crown. However, Vostok watches boast a solid feel that is comparable to some of the toughest G-Shock watches.

With that said, Vostok watches are excellent for daily wear. These are timepieces that you can wear without a care in the world – respectable beater watches indeed.

This brings us to the next point.

Budget-Friendly

When it comes to value for money, Vostok watches are hard to beat. Many people are calling them the G-shock of automatic watches.

And I tend to agree.

As I’ve mentioned earlier in this Vostok watches review, these timepieces are tough and rugged. For instance, my Amphibia has been with me for a long while and it’s still alive and kicking. Sure, it has plenty of wear-and-tear signs but it never stopped working.

It’s a good thing that Vostok timepieces won’t cost you an arm and leg. They’re not the best-looking watches out there but they’re high-performance and comfortable. Good value proposition.

What We Don’t Love

Quality Control Issues

When you purchase a Vostok watch and expect Rolex-esque quality control, you’re bound to be disappointed.

Despite the solid construction, many users are reporting about quality issues. For instance, one unit had a malfunctioning movement or downright inaccurate. Thus, you end up with a paperweight unless you have it serviced.

These inconsistencies seem to be quite common with all models of Vostok watches. If you can get a unit with a functioning movement, you’re in for a treat.

Not So Intuitive Design Elements

While Vostok had some pretty interesting design choices, not all of them is a home run.

One thing that I noted was the winding mechanism. I guess I was just spoiled with luxury watches but the winding mechanism of Vostok seems unintuitive and awkward. The crown is not that better too because it feels wobbly at times. Again, this can be attributed to the fact that Vostok watches have different construction than conventional watches.

Some of the design and construction elements do take a lot of getting used to.

Lack of Variety

If you love a brand that offers a wide range of watch models and designs, Vostok is not the brand for you.

At the top of my head, I can only name the Amphibian and Komandirskie when it comes to Vostok watches. Although both models offer many different iterations, the level of variety that I am looking for is just not there. I just wish that Vostok made more watches since they do cater to an interesting niche.

However, one can argue that having only a few models is a boon since choice paralysis becomes a non-issue. Coupled with Vostok watches’ affordable price tag, the level of entry for the brand is fairly low.

Best Vostok Watches

1. Vostok Amphibia Zissou

Movie and pop culture enthusiasts will recognize the Vostok Amphibia Zissou because it was worn by Bill Murray and the rest of Team Zissou in the quirky 2004 movie, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. For the uninitiated, the movie follows the story of the washed-up oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray).

Like the character Zissou, the Vostok Amphibia Zissou is a wonderfully quirky and budget-friendly dive watch. When I pulled it out of the box, I was pleasantly surprised at how good-looking it is. However, I was also taken aback at how small it is.

The nautical-themed dial is a winner in my book. The dial features a playful look without looking tacky. However, it does look flat and lacking in texture but that’s to be expected for a budget dive watch. The dial also features luminous markings but frankly, they’re quite poor.

The Vostok Amphibia Zissou is an excellent starting watch if you want to get your first mechanical model. I replaced mine with a NATO strap and it looks amazing.

2. Vostok Komandirskie

The Vostok Komandirskie (Командирские = “Commander”) is the shy big brother of the Vostok Amphibian. While it’s not as popular as the Amphibian, the Vostok Komandirskie boasts an interesting history and is well-loved by Russian watch collectors.

One of the first things you’ll notice about the Komandirskie is its 24h dial. Instead of the usual 1-12 Arabic numerals, the dial features 2-24 numerals which is a unique design choice. In fact, this is the only watch I’ve seen that comes with a 24-hour dial.

Needless to say, it takes a lot of getting used to.

If you can get past the 24-hour dial, you have a pretty rugged and functional wristwatch. It does have some weird or downright unintuitive quirks like the bezel. Instead of the usual clicking action like with most watch bezels, the Komandirskie’s bezel rotates freely. I am just so used to the tactile feel of conventional bezels. Plus, it’s easy to adjust the bezel by accident.

Again, the Vostok Komandirskie is an excellent beater watch. Mine looks properly used with scratches and dings but still looks great.

3. Vostok Amphibia “Scuba Dude”

 

The Vostok Amphibia Scuba Dude is not exactly a new model for this list. However, it’s also different from the other Amphibia model featured earlier.

The main selling point of the Vostok Amphibia Scuba Dude is that it’s available in many different case designs. I got mine in Amphibia Blue and it came with the “420” case. It’s basically a round polished steel case with shortened lugs but no crown-guards. There’s also other case variants like the 090, 710, and the 110.

There’s quite a bit of thickness to the case and some may find it a bit tall as well. This seems to be the case if you opt for the NATO strap.

In addition, the design of the dial is also quirky but less so when compared to the Amphibia Zissou. The off-beat, retro-infused aesthetic is certainly something that many collectors will appreciate.

Being a dive watch, the Amphibia Scuba Dude can perform in depths of over 200 meters. With a sub $100 price, this watch is a steal.

Vostok Watches Review: Are They Any Good?

We end this Vostok watches review with our recommendation.

If you are looking for a luxury watch that nails every aspect of the design and features, then Vostok watches isn’t up your alley. However, if you’re in the market for a cheap but durable watch with an interesting history, you should check out what Vostok has to offer.

Ultimately, Vostok is just a solid watch brand and their watches should be worthy additions to any collection.

Glycine Airman Review: Modern Classic Watches

Review of the Glycine Airman Watches

Based on our research, the Glycine Airman is a fascinating modern classic watch with a rich history. The brand offers excellent watches with a perfect wearing experience, especially for anyone who loves the vintage design.

 

Compared with other European watch brands, Glycine is not one that will often come up in conversations. Today, even only hardcore watch enthusiasts may remember this brand. But Glycine has been building quality timepieces since Eugene Meylan founded it in 1914. Debuted in 1953, Glycine’s Airman is one of the earliest GMT watches. It may perhaps be the most recognizable watch in the brand’s collection.

From the beginning, the mindset was to make the Glycine Airman specifically for professional airline pilots to have both GMT and local time while they fly. After the many improvement and re-issuing of the Airman, Glycine has populated the market with lots of successful pilot watches. We can’t be surprised how Airman functions as a choice for sport, fashion, and military use.

Pros – Glycine Airman

  • Excellent wearability
  • Special features
  • Easy to read dial
  • Great value for money
  • Reliable functions

Cons – Glycine Airman

  • Small Date window
  • Poor water resistivity
  • No extra watch feature

Benefits/Drawbacks – Glycine Airman

With the continuous reissuing and population in the market today, the Airman collection encompasses models that express both early and later designs. But we will keep our focus on the design iteration that the Airman series is best known by.

Excellent Wearability

 

Characterized by a thick case, large-diameter, long steel lug, and large dials, the Airman sub-series are certainly appealing to the masculine. Each sub-series come in a variety of styles and sizes for different writs. Focusing on this, they have some funky colorways that make lasting impressions.

If you take a good view of them, the dial colors are either white or black. The original Airman has a stainless steel case sizing of 36mmm. Moreover, the ones made after have their stainless case size ranges from 42mm to 46mm. The acrylic crystal glass keeps the timepiece durable to support the standing protection of the case. Its build quality secures the glass from shattering even when dropped.

The dial may seem bulky, but in comparison to other contemporary aviators, it’s relatively small. These days, a size like this as well as the authentic vintage look and feel is hard to come by. The Airman comes with long lugs and wide 20mm strap, which is perfect for keeping the watch on both small and medium-sized wrists. In case this sounds too minuscule, there are other similar Airman Watch sizes to suit larger wrist sizes.

Options of the GMT-hand variations and purist version which opts for a 24-hour dial are available. Glycine describes the purist watches as vintage pieces that stay true to its essence. Also, there are options with and without a GMT, of both 12-hour and 24-hour versions.

Easy to read dial

 

Like we have mentioned, the Airman sub-series come with either white or black colored dials. For ease of use, the original Airman has large numerals of a 24-hours clock on oversized dials. Some sub-models have large numerals for minute and seconds index laid across the rail track design instead.

The vintage Airman is best known for two outer rings marked with Arabic numerals, with inner minute rings, a tipped and tailed arrow 24 hour hand. The syringe style hand tells the time in local minutes, while a small lollipop indicates the second time zone tipped hand. For every five minutes, it has differentiated circles and rectangles, separated by Arabic numerals. The watch has a simple white date window on the 3 o’clock position, but for easy reading even while in flight the date is displayed in red color.

Special features

 

The revolution of Aviation watches can attest to the importance of the Glycine Airman. It’s managed to thread a path where only a selected few dares to venture. Between the vintage Airman and the modern re-editions, most of the designs and features are the same.

Beyond these contemporary details of the looks and features, it comes with a 24-hour dial, and 24-hour GMT function, with two distinct crowns. One is on the 3 o’clock and the other on the 4 o’clock position to adjust both local and GMT times.

All Glycine Airman Watches have a date window on the 3 o’clock position. The new models have the Cyclops window to display the scripted date in red, as different from the vintage in black. It also features two outer rings engraved on a rotating bezel, thick lumed hands, and 24-hour markings to ease readability in certain situations.

The water resistivity of the Airman watches is quite low – only 10m. Anyway, the timepieces already describe themselves as one to stay above the ground. If you want a dive watch from this brand, go for the Glycine combat sub. You might find all these features as basic since you can attribute them to other high-end watches. But for a modern classic piece like this one, it’s unique.

Value for money

 

Today, the Rolex GMT-Master II is arguably the most recognizable GMT watch, but it’s frequently inaccessible to the mass market because of the price tag. On the contrary, the Glycine Airman Vintage is way more accessible when you consider both price and features.

This doesn’t mean the Airman is better by any extent, but from the standpoint of price and quality, Glycine airman has pretty good value – no matter the sub-model you like. In fact, It has distinguishing features from the Rolex and much easier to add to a growing collection.

The price tag on each one genuinely proves the fantastic value of the watch. It’s probably what kept the series in the market for so long, regardless of the decades of market and technological competitions.

Reliable Movements

 

In its first few years, the brand developed with market demands as the series transitioned further from automatic into quartz driven movements. Although most contemporary Airman Watches still utilizes the base Sellita SW330-1 Swiss movement, otherwise known as the Glycine’s GL293.

It’s an automatic movement based on a reliable ETA 2893-2, operating at 28,800 vibrations per hour and capable of 42-hour power reserve. This power is good enough to keep the watch accurate for over a week, whether it’s on the wrist or off.

Outstanding functions

 

As a pure necessity for pilots, Glycine worked on the Airman to appeal both professionals and amateur aviators. This Glycine hosts some iconic feature; you wouldn’t find on most watches from that time. Like the 24-hour dial, 24-hour rotating and lockable bezels, and the double crowns. The Vintage Airman was known for a hacking mechanism, but it’s no longer available for the newer movements.

Glycine produces remarkable pieces to stand the test of time where all interiors are hidden and protected with a stainless steel or mineral glass back and a domed plexiglass crystal on the front, which is more charming than the sapphire crystal.

The new Glycine Airman Watches are hackable – as in, the ability to stop the second’s hand by pulling out the crown. The vintage ones had an old fashion solution that’s similar to the locking bezel where the pull pops up a small pin through a hole in the dial and stops the second’s hand at 12:00.

Reputable Brand

 

The Glycine Airman Watch series encompasses one of the most unappreciated and overlooked aspects of the pilot watch history. With the tasteful reissues and well-designed versions that Glycine continue to releasing, it’s obvious that they are eager to keep their story alive for their fans and watch collectors out there.

Glycine Airman Watches are pure classic pieces — each one with some sense of sentimental attribute – hence the popularity. For instance, the Glycine named the DC-4 after a propeller-driven plane from 1942.  The aircraft was reliable for military use in World War II and still useful today to private airlines and operators. As pertaining to this ability, despite not having any distinct features of the DC-4 plane in its design, you can expect the same reliability from this watch as well as the other Glycine Airman watches.

Should you get the Glycine Airman watches?

Unlike most modern watches you find on the market today, every aspect of the Airman stands for quality. The case is of polished steel, with sleek and slender lugs which is typical for a 1950s vintage style. If you are not in league with the original’s 36mm case, you can try out the ones with 42mm – seems like a more appropriate and modern size.

The build quality of the recent Glycine stays faithful to the original with beautiful plexiglass crystal that won’t shatter when smashed into or dropped. What’s more, the small lume pips at every five-minute mark illuminates the dials at night with luminescence rather than the Superluminovas on new model watches.

Even though the Airman subseries have designs that looks so similar to each other, there are specific changes within them. Of the differences, you can find few new sub-series without the brand’s logo on the dial, as well as the PM/AM indicators on the 3 and 9 o’clock positions of some. Whereas the original shows no extra.

The cases are of stainless steel with the back screwed on. Again, some sub-models have a see-through mineral glass on the back. All these qualities are why you shouldn’t pass on the Airman.

Conclusion

If you have interests in historical relics, Glycine alongside a small list of alternatives is a reasonable choice. The sub-series have managed to release a diverse collection of Airman Watches in various sizes, styles, colors, and prices. Each one competing for the modern market. You just have to love these. Check out more reviews on the Glycine watches.

Glycine Combat Sub Review: Top-Rated Dive watches

Review of the Glycine Combat Sub

After serving in the market as one of the most sturdy and captivating watches, the Glycine Combat Sub has qualities made for extracting conditions of wear and use.

Far back in 1914 during World War I, the brand was developed by Eugene Meylan creating extremely precise, small movements for ladies at its factory in Bienne, Switzerland.

In 1953, the brand developed some sort of underground reputation with the Airman watch, which is being part of the Glycine range ever since. But from a humble foundation in the early 20th century, Glycine has built up a watch brand capable of doing things differently to keep their fans proud. The company was however recently acquired by Invicta, which questioned the brand’s future in terms of quality and design.

Regardless, the all-round brand continues to find ways to make forward-thinking and distinctive designs. One of which is the Combat Sub. Even after all these glory years, the Combat Sub is arguably Glycine’s most popular watch. Making up a line of excellent world time watches established through solid aviation links.

 

Glycine Combat Sub Review

Pros

  • Outstanding build quality
  • Perfect dimensions to suit both large and small wrists
  • High accuracy
  • Classic and timeless good looks
  • Excellent value for money

Cons

  • Small Date window
  • No drilled lugs
  • Large crown

Benefits/Drawbacks

In a world full of Rolex Submariner homages and a lot of copycats, you might be asking if we still need another one. Well, in spite of the name, the Combat Sub may not make the first choice for an exact submariner. It’s entirely a different spec with its unique trademarks for sure. Continue reading to see some of its features.

Outstanding Build Quality

 

Over the years, the Combat Sub has created a stand for enduring strength and reliability so much that they have become popular among military and sports circles. Equipped with both automatic and chronograph movement housed in rugged construction high-grade steel case, this line of watches should be boasted about.

The Combat Sub doesn’t feel heavy or out of balance. Still, it’s exceptionally built to give an impression as a tough, robust and professional type of watch. The stainless steel case and sapphire crystal ensure the watch’s durability.

It’s very much the same kind of bezel you expect to see on a stylish diver. But the green bezel on GL0091, red on GL0092, brown on GL0093 and GL0094’s blue seem to be a step up from the regular black and silver bezels we see around other dive watches in the market place.

The bezels are positively grippy. Instead of 120 clicks like you find in more expensive watches, this one has only 60 for added confidence and at the same time saving a little on the inners. Better than the usual screw tube, the screw-down crown is large, easy to grip and able to screw in and out without any roughness in the screw thread.

Depending on what you are wearing, you can have the two-tone steel, golden GL0082, black carbon fiber strapped GL0244 and lots more that look the part. But one sure thing is that any of these watches will have a refined look ideal to dress up many outfits. There’s undoubtedly one fashionable enough for your watch collection.

General Style Dial

 

The dials on the Combat Subs tend to show similar features to the homage – well, except for some slight differences. For starters, the hour markers are a lot smaller with very prominent minute makers in between them. The Arabic numbers included on the dial, including the 24-hour indication, gives an entirely new look to the Combat Sub. Especially if work on a 24 hour time or travel to places where it’s standard.

In terms of simplicity, the dial has a lot going on, but considering the function of each addition – it’s convenient. The hands partially have a Mercedes style, as you will find on the Rolex. However, to be different, it seems a little small, without the three-armed symbols in the middle of the hour hand, and a large rectangle on the end of the seconds’ hand. At least, it’s unique and decent, I suppose!

There are only a few variations within the dials on sub-models of the Combat Subs. Obviously, the design team was having too much fun. The dials come in different colors, but the majority of them have finished matte black, white, and blue colors.

Depending on the hand, some use blocks for indexes and Arabic numbers, others use dots. The date feature on the three o’clock of the dial is small enough and well placed. One good thing is the triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal covering the dial, that’s tough enough to withstand knocks and scratch-resistant. Also, the coasting on the underside adds clarity under different lighting conditions.

Water-resistant

 

Backed by more than enough years of expertise, the glycine combat sub is water-resistant to 200 meters. Most Glycine Combat Subs have the rotating bezel to help keep track of elapsed time when underwater. The build-up of the solid case back and sapphire glass reinforces the watch’s ability to withstand high pressure underwater.

The 200 meters dive freedom feels like a good bargain. But unfortunately, that’s if you plan to spend only a few minutes down there. It won’t be useful after 15 minutes. Well, unless you’re wearing it only for decoration or as a lucky charm.

The markers provided by Glycine are quite standard with numbers every 5 minutes and 10 minutes markers. These markers are more relevant to avoid running out of air during a dive.

Great Lume Brightness

 

The Combat Subs uses Superluminova on the hands, and marker – which is as good as it gets. Even the frame around the date window that replaces the three o’clock pointer is no different.

The generously applied lume effectively glows like a torch in the dark. After only a very short exposure to sunlight, you can expect the Glycine Combat Sub to emit a bright glow that lasts long. Good looks are nothing without performance, so on the brighter side, this may just be the best lume watch on the market.

The finishing on the dials is in such a way that the hands, markers, and date wheel will be either darker or brighter to blend appropriately – in the right color combination and can be easily read.

Perfect Dimensions

 

The diameter of the combat subs measures around 42mm or 44mm, which is the daily camp wear watch requirement of most people. It ranges are 10.6mm thick and 49mm lug to lug, and micro-adjustable flip-lock push-button clasps to be appropriate for many wrist sizes. The slimness, or if you prefer the lack of thickness of the range of watches from Combat Sub, make it comfortably wearable under a shirt cuff.

The Glycine Combat Sub offers several models to choose from. Some are very subtle, while others are dressier. Some come with stainless steel bracelets, leather or rubber straps, and a selection of color combos, straps, styles, and finishes.

High Accuracy

 

Nothing too spectacular! These days, most Swiss watchmakers do not produce their movement; Glycine is not any different. The robust divers designed Combat Sub features the ETA 2824, also known to the brand as Glycine’s GL224 Swiss-made automatic movement. Combat Sub offers a 38-hour power reserve and a sweeping seconds hand vibrating at 28,800 beats per hour.

As expected, it’s a reliable workhorse, with bidirectional winding, quickest date change, 25 jewels, and hack features. Put together, it’s not overhyped with anything too special, but it’s quite impressive at this price range.

Classic and Timeless Good Looks

 

Though the glycine watches are absolute stunners, the Combat Sub is a little bit more special. With new versions released seemingly every year, each model comes with some variation, including the barely readable contrast of the recent stealth models. But you can easily spot any of them having a solid stainless steel case, excellent legible dial and sapphire crystal.

As expected from a Glycine product, the finishing is of high-quality, brushed on top and polished to the sides to a very high standard. There’s the leather, rubber, or stainless steel bracelets. It’s all based on your choice. For the casing, there are no extremely distinguishing characteristics. Just the regular well-finished stainless steel that you’ve seen several times.

With the busy design and color schemes, a lot is happening on each Combat Sub. The “modern classic” model with the signature Glycine logo (looking like Aston Martin’s) on the case back can’t be ignored.

After a look at any one of these watch brand, the seductive line of beauty will instantly take any watch enthusiast or diver. It works out as an astonishing diver piece.

Excellent Value for Money

 

The Glycine is a decent timepiece suitable for anyone requiring quality with excellent value for money. Plus, it’s easily affordable. You might not need to refer to this line as ultra-affordable, but for the price, it offers a lot.

With the Combat Sub, which they seem to re-invent now and again, they have offered various high-quality timepieces into the market. This perception of value already explains why the watch is so popular amidst most categories.

Best to include this beauty to your watch collection as it doesn’t stop as a dive watch. It’s also suitable for other non-related uses.

Conclusion

The entire Combat Subs passes with flying colors. There are variations on each sub-model. However, they look so closely related. Showing quality on every piece.

The look, the ruggedness, reliability, accuracy, perfect dimensions meets up to the expected standards. It feels comfortable and works with all outfits from shorts to T-shirts to cooperate suit and tie. If you need a mid-range diver’s watch that fits your budget, the Combat Sub is your best option for now. Check out the glycine watches review for more on the brand.

Best Automatic Dive Watch Under 1000

Review of the best automatic dive watch under 1000

From our extensive research on the best automatic dive watch under 1000, Seiko Prospex SBDC029 is our favorite. It’s accurate, attractively designed and endures extreme conditions underwater such as pressure or leaks.

To most people, the thrilling excitements of exploring the depths on a dive is one of the best experiences in life. Now having a gadget you can rely on to tell time while taking the plunge is where the automatic dive watch comes in. As a virtual necessity for great water sports, the importance of the automatic dive watch cannot stay ignored.

Although the automatic dive watches can cost quite a bit, but considering that there are other occasions with bills asides from diving, we will prefer to spend our money wisely. Thankfully, the market has segments to match the consumer’s budget and preference.

Seiko Prospex SBDC029 (Best Automatic Dive watch Under 1000)

 

As the best automatic dive watch under 1000; Seiko Prospex SBDC029 is probably the most popular across all price categories. Also known as “Seiko Shogun,” it’s as an introduction to a new dimension in the dive watch world. The Prospex serves as a solid piece for dive neophytes. Initially debuted in 1965 as 6217 – it’s a reissue of Seiko’s first dive watch. This iteration measures 44mm in diameter, which is certainly bigger than the 38mm of the original.

The Seiko Prospex packs an R615 automatic movement for power with manual winding capacity. In addition, it has 41 power reserve with water-resistant of up to 200 meters. The watch makes up the entire needs of sea enthusiasts.

Benefits / Drawbacks – Seiko Men’s SBDC029

Tough build-up

Made of pure titanium, which is one of the lightest and toughest materials on earth, the Prospex SBDC029 is suitable to confront both water and pressure. The case, the crown, and the interior parts are well protected. It includes 23 jewels and automatic movement oscillating at six beats per second.

Although the accuracy falls within 15 seconds per day, the value at the price point isn’t bad at all. You may only need to adjust the time after three weeks. Don’t worry; it takes only a few seconds to complete.

Luminous hands and markers

Besides the stylish design, Prospex also emphasizes on reliability. In cases of underwater and less light conditions, the black matte dial gives the best readability and functionality. The oversized hands and index also add to the efficiency of the Seiko Prospex underwater. With the Lumbrite feature of both the hands and makers, it’s a complete dive piece.

Extra Features

The substantial buildup and water-resistant level of the Seiko Prospex SBDC029 already qualify it to be the best automatic dive watch under 1000. Besides the titanium case and band, it also comes with a three-fold clasp, push release button, and an extender to securely lock the watch on the wrist. You never have to bother about it falling off from a dive. The addition features can’t remain overlooked. It’s got stop-seconds hand, date display and unidirectional rotating bezel for diving.

Seiko Men’s SKX007K Automatic

 

Another Seiko again? Of course, the Seiko Men’s SKYX007K has earned it. This timepiece is the best choice and first watch that should be on your mind when you consider a house-made automatic dive watch. If you want a superb dive watch model that combines, the classic Japanese standards of quality with Western passion; then this SKX007K suits great.

It costs only a couple hundred dollars, making the watch one of the perfect automatic dive watch with better value for the money. In our opinion, despite being rather affordable, the watch looks incredible with impeccable quality.

Benefits / Drawbacks – Seiko Men’s SKX007

Sleek design

Concerning the appearance, SKX007 stands trustworthy. As expected from a Seiko watch, the SKX007K is well-made, sturdy, and robust. Starting from the black dial, the stainless steel case to the tough rubber straps, it would make you feel as if you have won the lottery.

Reliable movement

To match the incredible diver design, it’s got excellent utility. Powered by an automatic mechanical movement, there’s no need for batteries to keep it operating. The watch recharges with the sway of the arm, which may be more precise and reliable than the ones powered by batteries.

As an automatic dive watch, its accuracy and lack of hacking leave the timepiece trailing a bit behind other more capable movements. But it offers the day/date display in addition to reliably telling time. The SKX007K won’t let you down when it counts.

Standard water resistance

For good reasons, it’s earned a global acceptance as the typically affordable dive watch. Its 42mm case is resistant to 200 meters or 660 ft. in water plus ISO certified to be capable for swimming, snorkeling and lots of water sports. The Hardlex crystal reinforcement of the watch is tough enough to withstand wear and tears. Also, to last long while in water depths. For one of the best value proposition you expect from a dive watch, it’s got almost everything.

Davosa Ternos Professional

 

With 200 years of experience in watchmaking, Davosa has earned its prestige as one of the durable and reliable Swiss watches throughout the world. The Ternos Professional is a reflection of their aim to preserve this reputation.

Just like the names, the Ternos watch serves not only recreational divers, but also the professional ones who enjoy deep diving. It remains fully functional and readable even in deep waters. Although most users tend to compare the Davosa Ternos to the iconic Rolex Submariner, it’s a successful brand on its own and a trusted companion for any diver.

Benefits / Drawbacks – Davosa Ternos Professional

Elegant, Smart-looking timepiece

The luxury and flawless design of the watch naturally draws attention to its details. The stainless steel strap and two-tone ceramic bezel of the Ternos Professional reflect their utmost attempt for outstanding flexibility. Also for the watch to be suitable for any occasion – formal or casual.

What’s more, this watch has the best features. Depending on individual taste, some prefer larger crowns for ease of use. Ternos Professional has got it!

Best Underwater Companion

Underwater, most high-end watches lose their validity. But for automatic diver like this one, you’re sure to have an excellent and reliable experience with each diving session.

With ISO 6425 certification, the Ternos Professional offers an exceptional level of water resistance. It tells time even at 1650 ft. depth underwater. Both the case back, crown and internal mechanisms are secured and protected from water and pressure.

Unmatched quality

The entire watch is Swiss-made, and if you know about watches, you know that it’s a byword for quality. The scratchproof sapphire crystal, the stainless case, luminous hands and markers with super luminova pigment shows enough evidence. It’s both practical and fashionable.

At 42mm, the whole Davosa watch is of great value. You may think of as quite large, but it’s also not so massive to fit anyone with smaller wrists. Asides from the price, there are no real downsides to this Davosa. It all comes down to your preference.

Marathon WW194026

 

Marathon is another legendary watch-making brand with over 100 years’ experience. Through a reputation of paying utmost attention to quality control and customer service, they have lived up to the expectations of their loyal customers. Making the Marathon WW194026 – one of the best automatic dive watch under 1000 is proof.

The build includes a balance wheel to regulate the time and a mainstream serving as an energy source. Such that it wounds as the wearer moves. It’s a heavy watch and undoubtedly a good one for you.

Benefits / Drawbacks – Marathon WW194026

Classic style design

This time tracker has a sense of vintage for watch enthusiasts and old-style lume watch lovers. While other watches prime on looking flashy, this model seems better for those who don’t target showy accessories.

Marathon offers different colors of rubber wristbands for you to make your preferred choice. If you prefer to modify your piece, the bands are replaceable. You can use leather or fabric to give it a different look.

High level of water resistance

Up to a depth of 1000 feet, it’s able to withstand water pressure. It adopts the International Standard for divers’ watches – the ISO 6425. Meaning the model WW194026 can compete anywhere for the highest reliability underwater.

As expected from the making of a typical dive timepiece, it has a thick and impenetrable glass, ideal to withstand scratches and pressure. Plus, rubber bands and a well-matched stainless steel casing material, typical for underwater expenditures.

Well-built for all purposes

The Marathon WW194026 uses a Swiss Sellita SW200 Automatic movement with 26 Jewels to offer accuracy with less frequent adjustment. Included in the process of making the dial is the Tritium gas so that the diver can tell time even when it’s dark.

The entire features of the Marathon WW194026 in so many ways makes it compatible with diving equipment. But it’s not limited to that alone, Marathon WW194026 suits various occasions.

Wrap-Up

Not only for activities where you find yourself getting wet, dive watches also make fantastic daily wears. If they can handle lots of atmospheric pressure, of course your day-to-day life wouldn’t be that challenging.

Getting the best automatic dive watch under 1000 from the unending models of timepieces on the market requires careful considerations. Starting from the affordability, quality, and level of water resistance. From our research, Seiko Prospex SBDC029 tops our preferences. We hope this review helps you make the right decision. Based on your budget, you can also check out the best automatic watch under 300.

Stuhrling Watch Review: An In-Depth Look at the Stuhrling Regatta Champion

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Stuhrling is a brand that I have always been interested in. The brand offers a wide range of timepieces and many of them are unique or interesting to look at, to say the least. However, I tend to gravitate towards traditional-looking timepieces which is why for this Stuhrling watch review, I’ve decided to take an in-depth look at the Regatta Champion.

The Stuhrling Original Regatta Champion is a marine-themed dive watch which is something that I tend to like. Many dive watches just try too hard so they end up having too many elements with their designs.

The Stuhrling Original Regatta Champion begs to differ which is a breath of fresh air. Is this dive watch worth adding to your collection?

Let’s find out!

Stuhrling Watch Review: The Regatta Champion at a Glance

Model:

Regatta Champion 395 Quartz 42mm Diver

Reference #:

395.33U16

Collection:

Aquadiver

Case material:

316L Surgical Grade Steel Case

Case diameter:

42 mm

Case height:

11.47 mm

Crystal:

Krysterna Crystal

Crown:

Screw Down Fluted Crown

Water resistance:

20 ATM Water Resistant (200 meters/660 feet)

Dial:

Deep-Sea Royal Blue Dial

Movement:

Swiss Quartz Movement, Ronda 515

Bracelet:

Stainless Steel Link Bracelet

Bracelet width:

22 mm

Features:

Skeletonized Luminous Sword Hands

Individually Applied Luminous Arabic Numerals – 3,6,9, and 12; and Stick

Indices at All Other Points

Stainless Steel Unidirectional Ratcheting Bezel

Screw Down Case Back with Stührling Wings Logo

Push Button Deployant with Safety Clasp

First Impressions

The Stuhrling Original Regatta Champion came in a glossy white box with a printed Stuhrling logo in gold. This is not exactly a luxury watch, so I was expecting the packaging to be in the so-so category but its surprisingly well-done.

Inside the packaging box is the actual watch box in orange. The orange box contains the watch, manual, certificate card, and an orange micro-fiber cloth. The micro-fiber cloth is a nice touch for cleaning the watch. As for the watch, it was covered with a shrink-wrapped clear plastic.

As for the look of the actual watch, the Regatta Champion certainly looks better than the pictures. The blue dial looks great with a couple of noteworthy high-quality design elements. One of the first things I’ve noticed about the dial is that the Arabic numerals are a bit too large.

The polished steel case looks fairly standard but the reflective polish does throw me off. The shape of the case is simple but with a highly angular shape. Despite the good-looking design, it’s fairly obvious that the manufacturers had to cut some corners with materials and construction.

Overall, my first impressions of the Regatta Champion lean on the positive side.

The Case

As mentioned, the case of the Regatta Champion looks decent enough. However, the almost mirror-like polish is something that I don’t enjoy. But it’s worth noting that other parts of the case such as the top of the lugs are less reflective.

On the right side of the case, you’ll see two short crown guard. The guards slope slightly downwards and the ends are smoothly rounded. The lugs from the top and bottom of the case also slope downwards, with some sharp corners. This enables the Stuhrling Original Regatta Champion to provide a comfortable fit even on smaller wrists.

The bracelet bars that hold the bracelet feels a bit flimsy and frankly, low-quality. I was worried that they might break while trying to change the bracelet. I thought about changing the bars but there’s not enough clearance between the case and the bar which makes it difficult to install thick bars.

The case back is also disappointing. The case back design looks to be printed instead of being engraved. It feels like the design will come off with continued use. So far, the case back design holds up but my confidence for it to last is low.

The actual design is also uninspired and needlessly busy.

The Crown

As far as watch operation goes, you only have the stainless steel screw-down crown.

The crown is just the right size and it’s easy to grip. The crown guards are positioned just right and it makes it easier to grasp and operate the crown. The engraved coin edge also provides good friction for the fingers. The end of the crown has a small “S” engraving which adds a much-needed detail to the watch.

The crown has two positions of operation. The first pull is used to set the date of the watch. The second pull is used for adjusting the hands.

The Dial

The main selling point of the watch for me is the marine dial. With how the dial looks alone, it’s easy to think that the Regatta Champion costs more than it is.

The minimalistic design of the dial certainly does the watch plenty of favors. At the 12 o’clock position is the “STUHRLING ORIGINAL” text while at the center button, you’ll see the ‘PROFESSIONAL DIVER 200 METERS’ text. I have always been a fan of watches with minimal texts, so plus points for the Regatta Champion.

The markers are applied which adds a good deal of texture to the dial. The markers are also outlined with chrome around the edges. The 12, 3, 6, and 9 hour markers are printed in Arabic numbers while the other markers are represented by trapezoids.

The hands are lumed which comes in handy if you’re going to use this watch for diving. But the seconds hand is not lumed which is a weird design flaw for a dive watch. The lumed hands are decent but I just wish the illumination is brighter.

There’s also the date window located between the 4 and 5 markers. However, the date window is very small which makes it hard to read the numbers inside.

Overall, the dial’s design is very impressive (with the exception of the date window) and does a great job of making the watch look high-end.

The Bracelet

The next stop for this Stuhrling watch review is the bracelet.

The bracelet is also polished stainless steel in the center link which I don’t really care for. It looks like your standard three-link bracelet in most watches. Unfortunately, I gave up trying to make the bracelet fit since I was unable to find the right tools to adjust it.

Therefore, I opted to swap the three-link steel bracelet with NATO and leather straps. And oh boy, it made the Regatta Champion experience a lot better for me.

By swapping the bracelet with something else, the Regatta Champion gained a whole lot more personality. The quality of the steel bracelet is really not that great which is acceptable for a budget timepiece. Luckily, I decided to change things up by swapping the bracelet.

On a side note, swapping the bracelet was not easy especially when there’s not much space between the bars and the case. My advice, choose a thinner strap like the AUTULET NATO Watch Band.

The Movement

Stuhrling Watch Review Ronda 515 Movement

The Stuhrling Original Regatta Champion is powered by the Swiss Quartz Movement Ronda 515. Being a cost-effective dive watch, Stuhrling would have just slapped a generic quartz movement here and I would have been fine.

It’s a good thing that Stuhrling opted to include a fairly reliable movement, the Ronda 515. The 515 is truly a workhorse movement and based on past experiences, I have nothing to worry about. In addition, on top of being reliable, the Ronda 515 also boasts decent accuracy for daily timekeeping.

The only downside is that the durability and battery life of the 515 is lesser when compared to a newer movement like the 715.

The Regatta Champion’s timekeeping is solid and reliable, thanks to the Ronda 515 movement.

Pricing

One can argue that the best part about the Stuhrling Regatta Champion is the price. By all accounts, the Regatta Champion is a slightly above average dive watch that excels in design more than anything.

Performance-wise, I haven’t tested the Regatta Champion for diving so I can’t really comment on that. However, it does offer a 20 ATM Water Resistant rating which should be more than enough for most divers. As for the timekeeping aspect, the watch delivers the accuracy and reliability aspect which all I ever need for a budget watch such as this.

For less than $100, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a dive watch this good-looking. On the flip side, if you’re going to use this for diving, even the sub-$100 price might not be worth it.

There are plenty of durability, construction, and quality issues with this watch, making it hard to recommend for heavy-duty activities such as diving. Plus, the lume is lacking in brightness which is a problem when you’re underwater.

For a beater watch, on the other hand, I highly recommend it for the price.

Should You Get the Stuhrling Regatta Champion Dive Watch?

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As per usual, we conclude this Stuhrling watch review with our verdict. Is the Stuhrling Regatta Champion Dive Watch worth buying?

Well, it really depends on you.

If you are planning to dive with this watch, then I struggle to recommend this diving watch. Although it has the waterproof factor, it has some issues that could affect your diving experience. For instance, the quality of the watch is not that great. Second, the lumed hands and markers are not bright enough for underwater excursions.

On the flip side, I highly recommend the Stuhrling Regatta Champion Dive Watch for casual use. The dial is bold, clean, and minimalistic – just the way I like my watches. The blue dial is stunning and is joined with some very exciting design elements.

If you can get past the quality issues, the Stuhrling Regatta Champion is worth looking into.

Best Invicta Watch: For Economical Elegance

Review of the best Invicta watch

From the vast number of models from this watch brand, Invicta 8928OB Pro Diver is our top choice for the best Invicta watch. Besides being stylish and eye-catching, it’s also water-resistant and durable.

Living up to the remarkable reputation the Invicta brand has been building on the market the last few years, they’ve got you covered with so many great watches. The company specialises in producing high-quality and affordable timepieces.

 

Offering some of the best watches you can buy under $50, Invicta is a perfect choice for people on a tight budget. They’re known for making well-crafted lasting watches of different price range to ensure there is one for everyone.

From models suitable for formal occasions to everyday wears and adventurous use, there is always a choice for you. To keep you more informed so you can find the right Invicta watch model for you, we will review our top pick – Invicta 8928OB.  Plus, a few others like the Invicta 6981 Pro Divers watch, and the Invicta Men’s 28896 Aviator watch.

Invicta 8928OB Pro Divers Watch

If you are one of us that can’t decide between a gold or silver watch, the Invicta 8928OB solves the problem. It seems to be the flashiest watch in the entire Invicta pro dive series. The 8928OB looks great and functions even better. It’s one of the best choices for those who love to spend time in and on the water.

The dependable 40mm 8928OB Invicta Pro Driver has an incredibly attractive design with magnified date window, an exhibition case back, and luminescent hands and markers to allow easy display of the time and date in dim environments. With the Swiss automatic movement running this chronometer, you never have to worry about losing time.

Benefits / Drawbacks

It’s safe to say this company meant the Invicta 8928OB when they set out with their Latin name that means “invisible.” Let’s look at some of the features as we proceed.

Super-stylish timepiece

Although Invicta regard to this watch as a pro driver, in our opinion it seems to be more of a dress watch. It has all the makings of one. Such as the royal blue dial, matched with a striking gold-plated stainless steel bracelet and a prominent Invicta logo on the clasp. From a glance, you can tell the date from the magnified date window on the stunning royal blue face.

The watch styling is glossy, vintage-inspired, and guaranteed to make people stare. But for a more formal look, the flashy dial is a bit reduced with the anti-reflective mineral crystal. Exposing the blue dial to a strong light source creates an appealing appearance of a purple fringe.

Sleek and affordable watch

We think Invicta intentionally made the 8928OB Pro Diver Automatic watch to look so similar to the Rolex Submariner 116613. Well, it makes a great deal if you want a “budget Rolex” with acceptable quality.

Setting up the date and time is made simple with the textured unidirectional bezel that’s easy to grip and turn. Also, under the transparent display is the time, date, marker, hand and the Invicta logo. Invicta 8926OB looks much more expensive than the actual cost; it can serve as the next best gift.

Water-resistant and durable

Even as a good looking dress watch, it’s rated for up to 200 Meters depth in water, so you have one of the best inexpensive dive watch models right here. With the great sense of functionality, the 8928OB is the type of watch you want on your wrist when you are out on the ocean.

To avoid losing the watch in the water, the Invicta 8928OB has an impressive safety latch to keep it confined to the wrist until you intend to take it off. Also, for durability during deep-diving activities, it has a screw-down crown.

Invicta 6981 Pro Divers Watch – 2ND Choice

The Invicta 6981 is arguably the most attractive watch from the brand. It has a modern and futuristic look. All the features put together at this price is hard to beat. Some of them include a 48mm stainless steel case, 240mm polyurethane band, a trio of subdial, luminescent hands and markers, and a stunning unidirectional bezel. Others include an authentic Japanese quartz movement on an analog display with a hardened mineral dial window to shield it.

In fact, this Invicta watch is the exact one you want to think of when you’re looking for a dive-ready chronograph. Even though it functions effectively underwater, it’s still beneficial as a fashion watch to those who don’t swim.

Benefits / Drawbacks

Obviously, a considerable deal of engineering work makes up this watch. Continue reading to see some of the features.

Eye-catching design

Most Pro Diver watch from Invicta look great, but the 6981 one has a more modern twist that makes it hard to replicate. The striking bold black and gold-tone of the case and bezel nicely blended with the gold-coated stainless steel links present it as an exceptional luxurious timepiece. In terms of aesthetic values, this watch stands out. The 6981 Invicta has a luxurious and stylish look that’s sure to get you lots of positive comments.

Reliable Swiss Movement

Asides from the fantastic look that is hard to go unnoticed, the movement is another reason for the popularity of this particular timepiece. Supported by Tritnite technology, you can also check the time in low light conditions. The Swiss quartz movement alone is already enough proof of the Invicta 6981’s excellent functionality.

Balanced weight and Water-resistant

Invicta 6981 stands out as an all-round appealing timepiece. It’s water-resistant up to 100 meters making the watch suitable for snorkelling and swimming. But not waterproof enough for heavy water sports or deep diving. The sizes of most watches determine the level of comfort.

For the 17mm thick 6981, it feels big and bulky, which in turn balances the weight on the wrist. Being an oversized watch, small wrists will most likely feel uncomfortable in it. But overall, it’s the ideal watch for anyone looking for a masculine and big sports watch.

Invicta Men’s 28896 Aviator Watch – 3rd Choice

The Invicta 28896 Activator is another aesthetically pleasing watch. It comes with unique values that accomplish a pleasant combination of style and functionality. Some of the watch features include an attractive blue dial, luminous hands, three subdials for 24 hour, 60 minutes, and 60 seconds. Also, it features a Flame Fusion crystal and push-pull crown.

It’s identified with the slide rule on the rim of the dial, crown, pushers, stainless steel link bracelet, fold-over clasp, and a beautiful blue dial secured with a hardened and scratch-resistant window.

Benefits / Drawbacks

Usually, Invictas have a great blend of style and quality. The 28896 Aviator is no different. Check out what qualifies them to be one of the best Invicta watch options.

Solid Build-up

Right from a glace, you can already see the solid build and sophistication of the watch. This conversation starter is a must-have and a great addition to your collection. Just like 6981, it’s also on the big and heavy size with a thick case.

Parts of the makeup includes a 48mm stainless steel case, the 225mm two-tone band, 18K gold ion-plated bezel and a sapphire crystal. To ensure you’re well informed, it also has luminous hands, and three chronograph subdials. But no date window.

Accurate timekeeping mechanism

Powered by a long-lasting quartz movement, you can always trust the Invicta 28896 Activator watch to be correct at all times. It’s another functional piece with a Japanese quartz movement, an analog display, and a tachymeter addition.

It’s got high-tech values, yet looking so classic making this piece perfect for just about anyone. Really, it’s fair to think of it as the best of both worlds.

Designed for surface watersports

Beyond the glamour, this watch may be for you if you need a good watch to wear in and out of water. Like most Invicta watches, it can resist water up to 100 meters, which is perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Although this waterproof quality is good enough for boating, it’s not quite what you want for scuba diving.

It has an exciting mix of features to admirably keep accurate time and stand up to intense use without any problem – That’s how durable the 28896 Invicta is.

General Criteria in Selecting the Best Invicta watch

Because there are so many Invicta models, we have presented Invicta 8928OB as our choice for the best Invicta watch. It’s wise to know how we came about this decision. This is for you also to understand what makes a good watch.

For the best Invicta watch, besides the quality, price and overall features, you also need to consider factors like the movement, looks, comfort, and ability to resist water. This review on the best Invicta watch should get you started on finding the one that suits your taste.

Bottom Line

The Invicta watches continue to be popular and loved for their quality homage and especially the affordable price tag. Surely, you won’t regret getting one for yourself. Also, you should know that searching for an authentic and suitable model can be quite challenging. You shouldn’t ignore proper research as there’s a possibility of being tricked with fake imitations. So you should be careful when selecting your desired model.

If our article on the best Invicta watch is giving you an interest in this brand, let’s delight you with more reviews on the Invicta Pro Diver.

Frederique Constant Review – A Timepiece for People to Enjoy Luxury

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You find them on the wrist of entrepreneurs or the arm of luxury lovers. They exhibit a sense of class and achievement. It complements any outfits. Here in this article, I am talking about Frederique Constant timepieces review.

 

For decades, Frederique Constant has shown how traditional Swiss watchmaker combines classic finishes. Presently, they have even added modern touches such as the silicon escapement wheel and smart technology. This brand has shown all the marks consistent with the most expensive brands on the market.

But the selling point of Frederique Constant watch brand is its budget-friendly nature. It comes as a surprise, especially as it offers an in-house caliber and original designs.

Are you interested to get a timepiece in this Swiss brand? Are its watches worth the hype? Let’s take you through a brief history and tell you more about this watchmaker in our Frederique Constant review. 

Frederique Constant – From a Humble Start to World-Class Brand

This watch brand is the brainchild of a Swiss couple, Alexa and Peter Stas. The company got its name from the combination of their middle names. Furthermore, Frederique Constant represents a younger set of Swiss watchmakers as it was officially launched in 1988.

The company owners planned to focus on people looking for affordable mechanical watches that can compete with expensive options in the market. Fortunately, they recorded success and has even acquired other young watch companies such as Alpina. And since the famous watchmaker ‘’Citizen’’ has purchased the Frederique Constant, there are plans for further expansion.

This Frederique Constant targets budget consumers, although it has watches that cost thousands of dollars. But if you want a timeless Swiss watch, the company has automatic, and quartz watches that cost even less. Here are some of the collections offered by this impressive brand.

The Manufacture

The Manufacture offers three versions which include the FC-9xx, Tourbillion, and FC-7xx collections. It also provides 15 in-house movements at a price lesser than similar products from other brands. The Frederique Constant manufacture has a build that promises elegance and functionality in a small package.

Let’s reveal to you one of the popular Frederique constant manufacture watches on the market, the Classic Manufacture.

The Classic Manufacture – Automatic Powered Dress Watch

This luxury watch has an elegant dial that allows easy reading. It consists of hand-polished black hands with evenly spaced Roman numeral markers surrounding them.

I find the alligator band also attractive. Since it is black, it goes with every outfit. The watch is also comfortable to wear for long periods without feeling any pressure on the wrist.

The Classic Manufacture runs on an in-house system that promises 42-power reserve, thereby offering hours of readings. For this reason, you can use the watch for long periods without worrying about battery replacements.

The Silicone Escapement wheel

Watches with silicone components were not in existence until Patek Philippe introduced this innovation in 2005. One of the companies to follow this trend was Frederique Constant which launched the Heart Beat Calibre FC 935 Silicium in October 2007. Since then, the Swiss watchmaker has continued to use this technology with its timepieces.

Silicone escapement wheels are light and created via reactive ion etching. Due to its lightweight features, they are easy to wear and comfortable enough on the wrist than metal parts. Furthermore, they are frictionless and not easily affected by other harsh conditions.

The downside about the silicone escapement wheels is that it breaks easily. However, a carbon coat makes it stronger than it was in the original state.

The Runabout Inspired by the Timeless Riva Boats

Frederique constant never fails to keep up a defined history of the 1920s with their Runabout timepiece product line. This timepiece is one of the main collections of Frederique constant designed to give a mark of respect to the runabout gentlemen’s sports boats.

 

During the Helice Classique Geneve and Lake Tahoe Concours D’Elegance boating Events, the company took part in the sponsorship. And up to date, the company has continued to support and maintain the annals of these classic yachts.

Since the introduction of the Runabout automatic collection, there has been colossal sale recorded every year. As of today, there are even two new automatic models of the Runabout range – one with a stainless steel case while the other features a rose gold plated case.

The two models cases are well-polished, giving a gleaming appearance of the vintage Riva boats. They have convex sapphire crystal which protects a navy blue dial that bears luminous numerals, indexes, and hands.

The Worldtimer – Multiple Time Zone Watch with Attractive Dial

The Frederique Constant watch brand also has offered another great timepiece known as the Worldtimer. Released in 2012, this watch as a limited edition with two models with different dials. One has the popular world map design while the other featured a stamped motif on the sub-dial and main dial.

Since the first launch of the Frederique Constant Worldtimer, the watch has maintained the map design on its dial. However, there have been several changes in the color scheme in 2015 (navy blue) and 2017 (light brown).

 

You can read the time in any of the featured 24 cities on its dial by placing any of them at the 12 o’ marker. A pair of discs also show if it’s nighttime or daylight in these locations.

If you aren’t a Frederique constant watch snob, you will love its in-house FC-718 caliber movement. This option offers 26 jewels with a 42-hour power reserve. You can adjust the watch time via its 2-O-Rings crown at the upper part of its case, which makes the Worldtimer watch an easy timepiece to operate.

The Portable Moonphase Watch with Slim Profile

This timepiece was launched in 2013, and it comes as one of the most affordable moon-phase watches. It also features the brand’s traditional in-house movement and its slim look reminds us of the kind of Frederique constant watch women will love to own.

The Frederique Constant watch moon phase is attractive, and it features a well-designed dial that overshadows its pocket-friendly price. The dial also has a willow-shaped nickel hour and minute hands, and a beautiful moon-phase and a date window that gives the watch a classic look.

The Slimline Moonphase screams minimalism as it controlled via the onion-shaped crown. Since the watch is not bulky, it is comfortable enough on any wrist.

The Horological Smartwatch – Conventional Approach to Modern-day Technology

Here, Frederique Constant combines traditional timepiece design with modern-day technology. In other words, this regular dress watch has the impressive features of a smartwatch. In 2015, Frederique Constant and Alpina launched this timepiece in partnership with MMT.

Before its release, MMT was providing a solution for extended battery life as well as a dial that supported smartwatch wearable technology. Besides, the Swiss watchmaker was facing the challenges of maintaining the traditional look of the watch that consists of polished cases, hour indexes, and sleek hands.

This smart timepiece does not require daily charging as it uses a quartz movement. Overall, the battery can last for as much as two years.

It also has an analog display dial which uses its hour and minute dials to display your activity stats. If you want to have detailed information on your activity goals, pair the watch with its MotionX-365 app.

The Heartbeat of Frederique Constant

The “heartbeat” design includes a dial aperture that shows the balance wheel at the 6 o’clock index. In 2016, Frederique Constant released two models of the “heartbeat watch” or Heart Beat Manufacture watch. However, these models are the upgraded versions of the model launched in 2019.

 

The new models were released because of imitations from other brands plagued the sales of the first version. Also, Frederique Constant planned to prove that they were the first firm to feature the “heartbeat” design.

Other features on the new version include a blue or white dial with sub-dials at the 12 o’clock position. The watches also offer 42mm cases that house their engines.

The Hybrid Manufacture

Many Swiss watch lovers have been excited since the introduction of Frederique Constant Hybrid manufacture in 2018. The watch combines mechanical movement with smart technology all in one piece. It is a simple definition of what can be produced when traditional Swiss watchmaker employs enhance technology and superior quality in its existing old design.

It may not be as other smartwatches on the market with LCD screen, WIFI or Intel processor. But the Hybrid Manufacture by Frederique Constant is a blend of traditional design and modern technology using balance wheel, rechargeable battery, and step counting. What’s more, it is durable and can withstand knocks and falls.

Well, you may not be able to receive notification alerts or play your music with this watch. However, the Hybrid Smartwatch is an excellent watch for mechanical Swiss fan to have a taste of smartwatch while enjoying a simple analog display and chronograph dial.

The Ladies Choice for Automatic Movement Watches

To all the ladies out there, Frederique Constant has beautiful watch collections for you. Admittedly, the FC men’s watches aren’t familiar with beautiful Open-heart design. But, the Ladies Automatic gets all the Open-heart fun.

For Frederique constant ladies automatic, they have the “Double heart Beat” design. In this model, there is a beautiful aperture design that looks more like a pair of heart overlapping each other. The watch face has a beautiful burgundy dial with sunray decoration, which gives it a subtle feminine appeal.

However, for those that might not like the heartbeat design, there is also a full dial version of the ladies automatic. No double overlapping heartbeat motif at the 12:00 clock, you only get to see beautiful eight diamond markers and Roman numerals at the 12, 6, 9 o’clock position.

Why Should You Look Out For The Frederique Constant

The watch collections in this Frederique Constant review offer elegance and functionality with their innovative designs and precise movements. For instance, the Manufacture Classic comes with an in-house movement while the Worldtimer dazzles with its blue dial. Furthermore, the Heart Beat Manufacture sports a cutout that correctly exposes the balance wheel and the Slimline Moonphase and has a build that can rest entirely under any cuff.

Another exciting part of this brand is its cost. The average Frederique Constant watch price falls below the price of similar items from older brands. However, some Frederique Constant timepieces can compete with other expensive watches.

Simply put, the watches from this family-based brand offer great features at affordable prices.  Thus, we recommend that you consider the brand.

Best Garmin for Triathlon: Get The Most Out of Your Triathlon Training

Best Garmin for Triathlon

When you are training to be a triathlete, staying on top of your performance is a must. If you are only guesstimating the number of laps or miles you’ve covered, it will be hard to tell if you’re progressing or not. So for today, we’ve made a roundup of the best Garmin for triathlon.

Garmin made some of the best GPS watches money can buy. For a triathlete like yourself, it’s hard to go wrong with a Garmin triathlon watch. A good multi-sport watch can accurately monitor your running, cycling, and swimming metrics.

Let’s get to it!

Best Garmin for Triathlon

Key Features

Our Rating

Garmin Forerunner 935 Advanced running and multisport features, Built-in barometer, altimeter and electronic compass, Advanced dynamics for running, cycling and swimming, Built-in activity profiles ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Built-in mapping and navigation features, TOPO mapping, Advanced performance metrics, Wrist-based heart rate, Garmin Pay, Easily store and play up to 500 songs, Smart notifications ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Garmin Forerunner 35 Built in GPS, 5 ATM water rating, 24/7 heart rate monitoring, Vibration alerts, Activity tracking milestones, Virtual pacing progress, Step counter ★ ★ ★ ★
Garmin Forerunner 735XT 24/7 Heart rate monitoring, Built-in activities, Smart notifications, Multisport mode, Step Counter, Advanced Running Dynamics. Move Bar, Recovery Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★
Garmin Instinct Military standard 810G, 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter, heart rate, activity and stress monitor, smart notifications, TracBack feature ★ ★ ★ ★
Garmin Vivoactive 3 15 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps, VO2 Max feature, Smart notifications, 14 days of activity tracking data, Garmin Pay, Heart rate monitor ★ ★ ★ ½

Best Garmin for Triathlon

1. Garmin Forerunner 935

The Garmin Forerunner 935 is a certified beast when it comes to multi-sport watches. I’ve checked out the newest version of Forerunner, the Forerunner 945, and I think it’s not worth the upgrade yet. This is still the reigning king of Garmin GPS watches.

Takes Your Performance to Another Level

The Garmin Forerunner 935 has been my go-to device for running.

Perhaps one of the best selling points of the Forerunner 935 is the excellent battery life. With every charge, I could squeeze in plenty of workouts before it needs to be charged again. With watch mode, it can last as long as 14 days in a single charge.

Furthermore, the Training Status is a godsend feature that will automatically evaluate your recent workouts. There are even performance indicators to let you know if you did have a productive workout or not. This is a key feature for triathletes who are looking to optimize their training sessions.

Of course, the Forerunner 935 offers some built-in activity profiles for running, cycling, swimming, and plenty of other activities. The watch can provide advanced metrics with just a press of a button. With the information at hand, you can tweak your performance to help you achieve a better lap time.

Ultimately, the Forerunner 935 is one of the best GPS watches that you can get in the market.

2. Garmin Fenix 5 Plus

The Garmin Fenix 5 is one of the more popular watches from Garmin’s collection. The Garmin Fenix 5 Plus is a worthy upgrade to the original, thanks to its numerous impressive features.

A Worthy Upgrade

For starters, the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus is a rugged watch. It’s clearly designed for more rugged activities and is appropriately referred to as a multi-sport adventure watch. Despite being a hard-wearing GPS watch, the design looks sleek and very high-quality.

There’s a bit of bulk to the watch but you won’t have a hard time wearing it all day with plain clothes. It’s utilitarian but sensible at the same time.

As expected, the Fenix 5 Plus offers a wide range of built-in sport modes. However, the watch does let you easily tweak the information that displays on the watch during workouts. The intuitiveness of operating the features is very much appreciated.

For triathlon, the running, cycling, and swimming metrics are all here and come with a rich feature set. For instance, you get advanced swimming metrics such as drill logging, stroke detection, and swim efficiency scoring. Most, if not all, of the monitored metrics are highly accurate.

It’s also worth mentioning that the watch can store up to 500 songs that you can listen to while training.

On a negative note, the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus commands a hefty price tag which is hard to ignore. However, I have to say that it’s a worthy investment.

3. Garmin Forerunner 35

If you are looking for the best Garmin for triathlon that won’t break the bank, the Garmin Forerunner 35 is worth checking out. It’s a great option for triathlon beginners or those who simply run for fitness and fun.

Covers the Basic

As the budget option on this list, the Garmin Forerunner 35 doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of other, more expensive Garmin GPS watches. However, it’s still a very good activity tracker for all fitness levels.

The Garmin Forerunner 35 provides the expected features and functionalities without dialing it to 11. With this GPS watch, you get the usual features like intervals, auto-laps, daily alarm, notifications, and heart rate monitor. Again, nothing too crazy here but it gets the job done beautifully.

The wrist heart rate (Garmin Elevate) works great and I’ve had no issues with accuracy. The display is easy to read but the quality of the screen could be better. But that’s to be expected from a budget-friendly Garmin watch. The vibrating alarm is also another feature that works well and is a welcome addition to the watch.

Style-wise, the Forerunner 35 looks like your typical smartwatch. The square face reminds of the Apple watch which is not a bad thing at all.

If price or simplicity is your thing, the Forerunner 35 offers a tremendous value.

4. Garmin Forerunner 735XT

Another candidate for the best Garmin for triathlon is the popular, Garmin Forerunner 735XT. This multi-sport watch is very comparable to the Forerunner 935 with some key differences. This is a good watch to consider if you think the 935 is too expensive.

A Great Multi-Sport Watch With a Learning Curve

For starters, the Garmin Forerunner 735XT is a great option if you’re looking for a thin and lightweight triathlon watch. Whether you’re in the track or the gym, you’ll forget that it’s even there.

Although it’s light in weight, not so when it comes to features.

The Forerunner 735XT comes with built-in sports profiles. It supports a wide variety of activities such as running, cycling, swimming, hiking, skiing, weightlifting, and cardio. A neat feature is the ability to track multiple activities as one which is obviously great for triathletes. All you need to do is to press the lap button so enable the feature.

As mentioned, there’ a bit of a learning curve to use the Forerunner 735XT. There are five buttons to operate which can be confusing for first-time users. However, if you have used other Garmin GPS watches before, operating the watch shouldn’t be that hard.

Once you get the hang of it, the Garmin Forerunner 735XT should cover most of your triathlon needs.

5. Garmin Instinct

The Garmin Instinct is your watch of choice if you are a triathlete who also loves to explore the great outdoors. Although it’s mainly a hiking watch, the superior GPS and mapping features are useful for triathlon training.

Tough Watch With Superior Navigation

When it comes to looks, the Garmin Instinct can be a bit polarizing – you either love or hate the look of the watch. If you are a fan of Casio G-Shocks, there’s a good chance that you’ll love the Instinct’s design.

With that said, the main draw of this watch is the navigation features.

The Instinct features a built-in 3-axis compass so you won’t need to guess your bearings while training. The TracBack feature is a great addition especially when you like running on a less-traversed trail. Basically, it allows you to easily backtrack to your starting point.

Also, there’s the ULTRATRAC battery mode which gives the watch a battery life of 40 hours. It’s a neat power-saving feature especially when I don’t like charging watches every so often.

Customization is excellent when it comes to setting workouts. You can choose to follow a predefined workout or create one using Garmin Connect – all of which can be done on-the-fly.

Wrapping up, there’s so much to unpack with the Garmin Instinct. It’s not your typical triathlon watch but it gets the job done and more.

6. Garmin Vívoactive 3

Hardcore ironman athletes will likely find the Garmin Vívoactive 3 to be a bit inadequate. It’s not specifically designed for triathlon but its a pretty good multi-sport watch for orienting yourself with training concepts.

Feature-Packed Multi-Sport Watch

Unlike watches that are designed for triathlon, the Vívoactive 3 lacks a way to transition from one activity to the next. However, the watch does support various sports profiles and you can even set custom workouts. For triathlon, it comes with unique tracking features for running, cycling, and swimming.

Furthermore, the Vívoactive 3 is not only waterproof but also comes with a compass, barometric altimeter, and accelerometer. Whether you’re working out indoor or outdoor, this watch has got you covered.

In terms of accuracy, the GPS and heart rate monitor are both fairly accurate. However, for serious triathletes, the gold-standard accuracy is simply not here. For steadier pacing, the watch is accurate. On the flip side, accuracy becomes erratic at higher intensities.

Overall, the Vívoactive 3 is more of a fitness tool but it packs enough features to be a reliable triathlon training companion.

Garmin Knows Triathlon Watches

This concludes our buyer’s guide for the best Garmin for triathlon. Garmin makes excellent GPS watches, so it’s hard to go wrong with any of our selection. Here’s hoping we have helped you find the best triathlon watch to help with your training.

Best Seiko Automatic Watches: Rounding Up Seiko’s Top Automatic Watches

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When it comes to brands that helped shaped the watch industry, one brand that comes into mind is Seiko. After all, the Japanese company Seiko put out the very first quartz movement in history. Over the years, Seiko remained a powerhouse brand and will likely stay that way for the years to come.

So for today’s round-up, we highlight some of the best Seiko automatic watches that you can get from the market. This is going to be a particularly tough list especially when there are so many great Seiko timepieces out there.

Best Seiko Automatic Watches

Key Features

Our Rating

Seiko SARBO33 Automatic Automatic Movement with 50-hour power reserve, Sapphire Crystal, Case Diameter: 38.4 mm, Water resistant to 100m (330ft), Seiko 6R15 caliber ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Seiko 5 Automatic 37 mm stainless steel case, Hardlex mineral dial window, Precise 21-jewel automatic movement with analog display, Water resistant at 30 meters / 100 feet, Seiko Caliber 7S26 automatic movement with about 40 hours of power reserve, Luminescent hands ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Seiko SRP777 Prospex Turtle Automatic Automatic, Self-winding capability w/ 21,600 vibrations per hour, Water-resistant to 200M, 3 fold push closure w/secure lock with extension, Screw down crown and caseback ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Seiko Presage SRPB41 Blue Moon Seiko 23 Jewels Self-Winding Automatic Movement, Hackable Second Hand (Calibre 4R35B), Stainless steel case, Hardlex crystal, Push Button Deployment Clasp, 5 ATM water resistance ★ ★ ★ ★
Seiko SSA231K1 Analog Automatic Gents leather analogue, Open-heart design, White dial and brown strap or bracelet, 50-meter water resistance, Scratch Resistant Hardlex, Stainless steel ★ ★ ★ ★
Seiko SRPC07 Prospex Automatic One Way Rotating Elapsed Timing Bezel, Automatic-self-wind Movement, 44 mm diameter, 200m (660ft) water resistance, Hardlex crystal, Fold-Over Clasp with Single Push-Button Safety ★ ★ ★ ★

Best Seiko Automatic Watches

1. Seiko SARBO33 Automatic

Seiko watches come in a variety of types and styles. However, it’s really hard to beat the classic styling of the Seiko SARBO33 Automatic. Dubbed as the “Baby Grand Seiko”, the SARBO33 is truly a special automatic timepiece.

Best Valued Seiko Watch Around

For starters, the Seiko SARBO33 Automatic is a 38 mm watch, so many of you may be shocked at just how small it is. I have a medium-sized wrist so I didn’t mind the size. However, in just a few days, I got used to the 38 mm and the size even grew on me. With that said, it’s no wonder that many women opt for this watch.

One of the main standouts for me is the deep inky black dial. It looks elegant and even sports a minor reflective quality. The hour indices are applied and work well with the black dial – this is especially true when the indices catch direct sunlight. The date aperture is located in the 3 o’clock position and I must say that it’s framed rather nicely.

Overall, all the elements in the dial are laid out beautifully and feels perfectly balanced.

The watch is powered by the Seiko 6R15 movement which provides the watch with a great deal of value. It has a stated accuracy of +25/-15 sec a day and a power reserve of 50 hours.

The Seiko SARBO33 Automatic ticks all the right boxes and is one of the best Seiko automatic watches that you can buy.

2. Seiko 5 Automatic

The Seiko 5 Automatic line is one of the most popular collections from the Japanese company. This comes as a no surprise especially when it’s a well-made automatic watch that won’t break the bank. This model is a great gift for newcomers in the watch game.

For People Who Don’t Wear Watches

The Seiko 5 Automatic is considered to be a modern classic. One look at it and you’ll notice its simple profile and design but it’s the good kind of simple.

Initially, the monochromatic dial is what drove me to check out the Seiko 5. The white printed Arabic numbers for the hour hands and inner circle along with the minutes for the outer circle are all placed beautifully. While the dial looks fairly flat, the 5-minute markers have bumps to keep it interesting.

With that said, the dial looks crisp and very legible. It even features luminous hands to ensure that you can read time during low-light conditions.

Another thing that I like about the watch is the brushed stainless steel finish. The case almost looks like it has a matte finish which is a nice bonus. However, the strap could be better though.

The Seiko 5 Automatic doesn’t break any new ground but it’s stylish, functional, and comes at a great price.

3. Seiko SRP777 Prospex Turtle Automatic

The Seiko SRP777 Prospex Turtle Automatic is one of the best Seiko dive watches that you can buy. However, the main draw of the piece, in my opinion, is its unique design profile.

Bulky, Unique Dive Watch

At first, you will likely think “that is one bulky watch”, and you would be correct. From the bulky profile to the oversized lugs, this is one chunky timepiece and makes no apologies about it. This model is a redesign of the old dive watch, the 6309-7040.

If you can get past the bulky profile, it’s an excellent dive watch on its own.

For starters, I like the integration of the drilled lugs which add a lot of character to the Seiko SRP777. The dial is protected with Hardlex crystal and I must say that it has done a great job over the years. While it’s a dive watch through and through, the Seiko SRP777 is also well-suited to outdoor environments.

Another noteworthy upgrade over the original is the addition of the LumiBrite technology which provides excellent illumination.

Also, the SRP777’s dial has got all the elements in without looking too busy. Seiko did a great job of squeezing in the essentials without cramping up the dial too much. With that said, the dial looks clean and legible, even when underwater.

Overall, the Seiko SRP777 is a model that you should get if you’re interested in a Seiko dive watch.

4. Seiko Presage SRPB41 Blue Moon

Now, we bring you something from the classier side of Seiko. The Seiko Presage SRPB41 Blue Moon is a beautiful timepiece that oozes elegance. However, it’s a watch that won’t have you scrambling for your checkbook.

Luxury Watch Without the Luxury Price

The Seiko Presage SRPB41 Blue Moon comes in a 40 mm case which is a bit too big for a dressy watch. However, since I opted for the Blue Moon dial, the Seiko Presage looks a bit more playful and sporty even. This is an excellent watch for a wedding or business casual events. Despite the size, the watch fits nicely and is comfortable and not too heavy.

As for the dial, I have to agree that it’s indeed that central element of the watch. The blue dial just looks stunning with a great deal of polish usually seen in higher-priced timepieces. I actually enjoy wearing this watch since I’ve been getting a lot of compliments. The crystal is not sapphire but it’s hard to complain about that in a sub $500 watch.

The metal bracelet is serviceable but it could be a lot better. The bracelet is the typical OEM bracelet that you can find in many Japanese watches. Fortunately, you can easily swap out the bracelet with a strap if you choose to.

Ultimately, the Seiko Presage SRPB41 Blue Moon comes with a firm recommendation. Great-looking watch at a great price.

5. Seiko SSA231K1 Analog Automatic

The Seiko SSA231K1 Analog Automatic is a unique entry to this list of the best Seiko automatic watches due to its open heart design. I am normally not a fan of open heart watches but the Seiko SSA231K1 has more than won me over with its excellent design and functionality.

Open Heart Excellence

As expected, the main selling point of the Seiko SSA231K1 is its open heart design. As mentioned, I was never a fan of open heart watches since I think they belong to a steampunk convention. However, I am quite surprised that I liked the Seiko SSA231K1.

The white dial features the open-heart feature at 9:00. On top of the open heart window is the 24-hour subdial. I hate to say it but the open-heart design does a great job of making the watch look interesting and unique. The 24-hour subdial is a nice addition as well but it’s a bit too small for my taste.

Regardless if you like open-heart watches or not, the SSA231K1 is a fine-looking watch and even so while I am wearing it. The watch looks like a classic pocket watch right on your wrist.

6. Seiko SRPC07 Prospex Automatic

Also referred to as the “Orange Samurai”, the Seiko SRPC07 Prospex Automatic is a must for collectors who don’t shy away from bold and colorful pieces.

Dive Watch With a Helping of Color

It’s hard to talk about the Seiko SRPC07 Prospex without noticing the bright orange dial. The watch’s bold and vibrant design ensures that it will be getting plenty of looks. Furthermore, orange is also safety-oriented color which means that it’s a perfectly capable dive watch due to its marginally better legibility.

The orange dial is a design element that has to be seen in person.

Furthermore, the watch comes with chunky but wearable dimensions. There’s a bit of bulk to it but nothing too bothersome. In fact, I was fairly surprised by its manageable weight. In terms of durability, the watch also delivers and can easily handle a few nicks and bumps.

Overall, the Seiko SRPC07 Prospex looks unique but familiar as well. It’s just a great dive watch with a bold design.

Hard to Go Wrong with a Seiko

At last, you’ve come to the end of the list of the best Seiko automatic watches. Again, this was a hard list to make since Seiko offers many outstanding pieces. Hopefully, this guide has helped you choose your next Seiko timepiece.

Best G-Shock Watch for Police: Tough Watches for Law Enforcement

Best G-Shock Watch for Police

A career in law enforcement is one of the most unpredictable jobs out there. It’s a tough job being a policeman or policewoman thus, you need a watch that can withstand the rough and tumble nature of your profession.

When it comes to tough watches for law enforcement, it’s hard to go wrong with a G-Shock. Besides offering unparalleled value, Casio G-Shocks and legendary for their toughness.

So today, we’ll round up some of the best G-Shock watch for police and other law enforcement professionals. We have been testing several G-Shock models for many weeks now and here are the best ones we’ve come up with.

Best Police Watch

Key Features

Our Rating

Casio G-Shock Black Out Basic Series DW6900BB Shock Resistant, 200 Meter Water Resistant, 12 and 24 Hour ( Military Time) Formats, EL Backlight with Afterglow, 1/100 Second Stopwatch ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400 Solar powered, Quartz movement, Protective mineral crystal dial window, Mb6 atomic timekeeping, auto LED, 5 Daily Alarms, Water resistant to 660 feet ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Casio G-Shock GA 100-1A1 Military Series Stopwatch, Countdown timer, Full auto-calendar, Features both analog and digital movement, Shock resistant, 10-year battery life ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GG-1000-1A5 Shock Resistant, Neobrite, Mineral Glass, Mud Resistant, 200-Meter Water Resistance, Led Backlight (super Illuminator), Digital Compass, Thermometer, World Time, Stopwatch, Quartz ★ ★ ★ ★
Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GA-1100 Bidirectional calibration digital compass with magnetic declination correction, Neobrite and Super Illuminator LED backlight, Shock resistant and water resistant to 200 meters, Hand-Shift feature ★ ★ ★ ★
Casio G-Shock Quartz Resin GA-700-7ACR Resin, Shock Resistant, 200m Water Resistance, Led Light (super Illuminator), World Time, Stopwatch, Countdown Timer, 5 Daily Alarms, Hourly Time Signal, Hand Shift Feature ★ ★ ★ ★

Best G-Shock Watch for Police

1. Casio G-Shock Black Out Basic Series DW6900BB

G-Shock watches are quite popular with members of law enforcement and this is far from surprising. G-Shocks deliver in terms of durability, reliability, and value proposition. The Casio G-Shock Black Out Basic Series DW6900BB is a watch that embodies such virtues.

Black Out Excellence

One of the first things you’ll notice about the Casio G-Shock Black Out Basic Series DW6900BB is the successful fusion of analog and digital displays. It’s not anything mindblowing but it works and highly functional.

The main reason why it’s such a hit with police officers is its top-notch shock resistance. Casio did a great job of creating a watch that suits the day-to-day activities of police. After many weeks, the watch received a great deal of exposure to moisture and impacts. However, it still has to show signs of visible damage. The face also wards off scratches rather well.

The negative display is the main concern for many users which is understandable. However, the main purpose of the watch is to be tactical and stealthy – the black out design fulfills that promise wonderfully. In a pitch dark situation, you won’t be able to read the watch at all. Fortunately, the electroluminescent (EL) backlighting is excellent.

It’s a highly recommended timepiece for officers and it will serve you well day or night.

2. Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400

The Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400 is one of our top picks for the best military watches. Naturally, it’s no surprise that it will find its way on this list.

Unparalleled Toughness and Feature-Packed

The Rangeman GW-9400 is perhaps the most popular model in Casio’s Master of G Series, and it’s more than well-deserved.

While this watch isn’t nearly as stealthy as the previous model, the Rangeman GW-9400 more than makes up for its toughness. It features an aggressively bulky performance but that’s quite expected from a tough watch like this. From law enforcement duties to outdoor activities, this G-Shock has got you covered. Thanks to its superior construction and top-notch durability.

Seriously, mine is still going strong after many years.

However, it’s more than just a watch that can take a beating. The Rangeman GW-9400 is packed with features as well. The most noteworthy one is the Tripe Sensor feature which is essentially a trio of features: compass, thermometer, and altimeter-barometer. If you’re the outdoorsy type, you’ll find a lot to love about this watch.

Also, the watch is solar-powered so as long as you are wearing it regularly, you don’t have to worry about replacing the batteries.

The GW-9400 is an excellent tough watch with plenty of features to offer.

3. Casio G-Shock GA 100-1A1 Military Series

From the name, you can easily tell that the Casio G-Shock GA 100-1A1 Military Series is a watch that’s made for the toughest of jobs and activities. It’s doesn’t hurt that it looks great as well.

Rugged, Functional, and Tactical

The GA 100-1A1 Military Series comes in an all-black color scheme and I must say that I’m a fan. The watched is designed for military and outdoors-oriented activities which mean that it’s a great fit for members of law enforcement.

The watch boasts a clever mix of digital and analog displays. Due to its color scheme, the main concern for this watch has got to be its legibility. That is, in fact, a valid concern since it’s quite hard to read the watch under low-light conditions. Luckily, it does have a LED light that illuminates the top part of the face.

Many said that the illumination is weak but for me, it’s the perfect solution for a timepiece geared towards tactical activities. It provides enough illumination so you can read the display while still being discreet.

On top of being a tough and tactical watch, the GA 100-1A1 offers other timekeeping features such as daily alarms, world time, stopwatch, countdown, and many more. The water resistance rating of 200 meters is also a nice touch.

Ultimately, it’s a perfectly capable tactical watch that comes at a great watch.

4. Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GG-1000-1A5

The Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GG-1000-1A5 is a premium pick for this list of the best G-Shock watch for police. The price is more than warranted because it’s a highly utilitarian watch that will please even the most jaded extreme outdoorsman.

More Than Just For a Muddy Situation

For starters, you don’t have to wear or feel the Mudmaster GG-1000-1A5 to know that it’s a tough as nails timepiece. It’s exactly as tough as it looks. The purpose-built design resulted in a bulky profile which is quite expected from G-Shock models.

The sizable bulky is surprisingly soft but don’t think that it will dent or peel easily. The rugged construction and overall aesthetic make it seem like a military watch but it’s more than capable to meet the needs of a police officer. For instance, the shock resistance of the Mudmaster is second to none and yes, it is mud-resistant as well.

The watch is equipped with Casio’s Twin Sensor which means a digital compass and thermometer. The dial features analog timekeeping and a digital day/date panel. This enables you to easily check the time easily, especially when the legibility is on-point.

Navigating the menu and features is a breeze, even for a new G-Shock user. The layout of the buttons are excellent and you can operate them with confidence.

The Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GG-1000-1A5 commands a higher price tag but it’s more than worth it.

5. Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GA-1100

The Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GA-1100 is an aviation watch. However, its set of features and toughness make it a good candidate for the best G-Shock watch for police.

Looks the Part

The Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GA-1100 is more of a fun pick. I was looking for a watch with a color scheme similar to a police siren and I ended up with this timepiece.

The blue and red color scheme is certainly not for everyone but I think the design is well-done and not cheesy. The combination of blue and red works so well and it resulted in a good-looking watch.

Aside from the police siren color scheme, I was very impressed with the legibility of the watch. Despite the fairly busy dial, I had no trouble reading the face and accessing the features. Additionally, the Gravitymaster GA-1100 is equipped with an impressive backlight. This thing just comes alive at night.

As mentioned, the Gravitymaster GA-1100 is a pilot watch and it comes with a bidirectional calibration digital compass with magnetic declination correction. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to test the said feature properly.

The Gravitymaster GA-1100 might be a fun pick but it’s tough and reliable like the best of them.

6. Casio G-Shock Quartz Resin GA-700-7ACR

Last but not least, we have the Casio G-Shock Quartz Resin GA-700-7ACR. If you want a subtle or stealthy timepiece, this watch is not for you. This timepiece is all about bold designs and standing out – and I’m all for it.

For Those Who Want to Stand Out

Not every police officer wants to keep things on the low. For those who just want to stand out, the GA-700-7ACR is a no-brainer.

First, it hard to miss the bold approach to the dial. The dial features both analog and digital displays which I’m a big fan of. The lighting feature is referred to as “super illuminator” which I’m inclined to agree. Even the darkest of nights don’t stand a chance against the GA-700-7ACR’s illumination.

However, the boldest aspect of this timepiece is the strap. I’ve opted for the white colorway strap since it reminded me of my first G-Shock. Needless to say, the strap just makes the watch a true head-turner. While wearing it casually, I usually get compliments from people.

It’s not the most stealthy G-Shock out there but who says police officers can’t be bold and stylish?

Best G-Shocks for Law Enforcement

This wraps up our list of the best G-Shock watch for police officers and other members of law enforcement. I had a difficult time putting up this list since there are so many great G-Shocks in the market. Hopefully, this list has helped you out.