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

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

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

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

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review: At a Glance

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

Model:

Rolex Submariner Date

Reference no.

116613LB

Model case:

Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel and yellow gold

Oyster architecture:

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

Material:

Yellow Rolesor – combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold

Bezel:

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

Winding crown:

Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system

Crystal:

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

Movement:

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding

Caliber:

3135, Manufacture Rolex

Precision:

-2/+2 sec/day, after casing

Winding:

Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor

Bracelet:

Oyster, flat three-piece links

Clasp:

Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system

Dial:

Blue

Certification:

Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)

Functions:

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

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review

First Impressions

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

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

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

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

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

Design

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

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

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

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

Construction and Wearability

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

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

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

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

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

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

Timekeeping

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

 

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review 3135 Movement

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

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

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

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

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

Pricing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

G Shock Mudman vs Rangeman Review

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

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

Lucky for you, we’re here to help.

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

G Shock Mudman vs Rangeman: At a Glance

G Shock Mudman vs Rangeman Review

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

Model:

Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400

Casio G-Shock Mudman G9300-1

Case Diameter:

53 mm

53 mm

Case Thickness:

17 mm

19 mm

Weight:

93 grams

68.5 grams

Barometer and Altimeter:

Yes

Yes

Thermometer:

Yes

Yes

Digital Compass:

Yes

Yes

Solar Power:

Yes

Yes

Atomic Time:

Yes

No

Water Resistance Rating:

200 meters

200 meters

Band Material:

Resin

Resin

Band Width:

22 mm

18.2 mm

Dual Time:

Yes

Yes

Moon Phase:

No

Yes

Sunrise/Sunset Times:

Yes

No

G Shock Mudman vs Rangeman: Comparison Review

Design

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

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

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

Casio G-Shock Rangeman Display
The Rangeman display

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

Casio G-Shock Mudman Display
The Mudman display

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

Case and Bezel

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

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

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

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

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

Sensors

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

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

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

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

Durability and Water Resistance

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

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

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

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

Timekeeping Features

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

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

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

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

Pricing

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

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

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

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

G Shock Mudman vs Rangeman: The Verdict

G Shock Mudman vs Rangeman Review_1

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

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

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

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

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

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner [Comparison Review]

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner Review

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

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

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

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner: At a Glance

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

Here are the specs for both watches:

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

Size Comparison

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

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

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

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

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

Design

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

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

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

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

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

Bezel

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

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

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

Bracelet / Strap

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

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

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

Timekeeping

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

Rolex 3130 Movement
Rolex 3130 Movement

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

Omega 1861 Movement
Omega Speedmaster Professional

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

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

Pricing and Value

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

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

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

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

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

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner: The Verdict

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner Review

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

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

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

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

Seiko Solar vs Citizen Eco Drive Matchup

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

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

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

Seiko Solar vs Citizen Eco Drive: At a Glance

Seiko Solar vs Citizen Eco Drive Review

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

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

Seiko vs Citizen: Brand Comparison

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

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

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

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

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

Seiko Solar vs Citizen Eco Drive: Solar Technology

Seiko Solar vs Citizen Eco Drive Solar Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seiko Solar vs Citizen Eco Drive: Style and Design

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This one is a bit trickier to compare.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Seiko Solar Watches

1. Seiko SNE331 Solar Watch

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

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

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

2. Seiko SNE042 Stainless Steel Solar Watch

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

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

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

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

3. Seiko SSC667 RECRAFT Series

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

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

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

Best Citizen Eco-Drive Watches

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

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

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

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

2. Citizen BM8180-03E

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

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

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

3. Citizen BN0151-09L Promaster Professional Diver

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

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

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

Seiko Solar vs Citizen Eco Drive: Final Thoughts

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

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

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

Rolex Air King 5500 Review: The Forgotten Vintage King

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

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

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

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

Rolex Air King 5500 Review: At a Glance

Model:

Rolex Air King

Reference no.

5500

Model case:

Stainless steel w/ polished bezel (34mm)

Material:

Oystersteel

Bezel:

Smooth

Winding crown:

Waterproof screw-down crown

Crystal:

Acrylic crystal

Movement:

Automatic 1520 movement

Water resistance

10 ATM

Power reserve:

40 hours

Bracelet:

Stainless steel Jubilee w/ Fliplock clasp

Clasp:

Fold clasp

Dial:

Silver Index w/ Tritium hands and lume plots

First Impressions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Design

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

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

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

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

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

Construction and Wearability

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

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

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

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

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

Timekeeping

Rolex Air King 5500 Review 1520 Movement

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

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

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

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

Pricing

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

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

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

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

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

Should You Get the Rolex Air King 5500?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Citizen vs Seiko Dive Watches Review

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

This is especially true when it comes to dive watches.

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

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

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

Citizen vs Seiko Dive Watches Review

Style and Design

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

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

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

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

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

Construction and Durability

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

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

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

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

Water Resistance

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

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

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

Features and Technology

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

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

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

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

Pricing

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

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

Best Citizen Dive Watches

1. Citizen BN0085 Eco-Drive

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

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

2. Citizen BN0150-28E Eco-Drive Promaster

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

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

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

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

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

Best Seiko Dive Watches

1. Seiko Prospex SRPA21K1 Automatic

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

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

2. Seiko Prospex SNE435P1 PADI Solar

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

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

3. Seiko Prospex SRPC93 ‘Save The Ocean’ Samurai

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

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

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

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

So which one should you get?

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

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

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

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

Spinnaker Bradner Review: Vintage-Inspired Dive watch

Review of the Spinnaker Bradner

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

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

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

Pros – Spinnaker Bradner Review

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

Cons – Spinnaker Bradner Review

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

Benefits / Drawbacks – Spinnaker Bradner Review

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

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

Engaging Dial

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

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

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

Comfortable Case

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

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

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

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

Upgraded Bezel

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

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

Well-built Strap

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

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

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

Reliable Movement

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

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

Price versus Quality

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

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

Final Thoughts on the Spinnaker Bradner Review

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

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

Zelos Watches Review [In-Depth Microbrand Review]

Zelos Watches Review

If you’re a regular reader of Watch Ideas, you’ll know that I’ve been dipping my toes in microbrand watches. Whether it’s the over-fatigue from pricey luxury brands or just looking for something new, microbrand watches are worth checking out due to some very interesting timepieces.

Today, we’ll take a look at the Singaporean-based watch brand, Zelos. This brand has gotten my attention because unlike many microbrands, Zelos is not a brand that only knows how to make Submariner-inspired pieces that are dime a dozen these days.

For this Zelos watches review, we’ll talk about the brand’s origin, the pros and cons, and the best timepieces this brand has to offer.

About Zelos Watches

Zelos Watches Review

Like many humble beginnings of microbrands, Zelos Watches was made possible because of Kickstarter. Zelos launched 3 models on Kickstarter and each model comes with increasing success. The Zelos was founded in 2014 by a former mechanical engineer, Elshan Tang. He’s a watch collector himself and is always fascinated with watch movements and unique designs.

As mentioned, Zelos launched its first three models via Kickstarter. The first model, the Helmsman, has managed to get 273% of the goal funding. Next, the Zelos Chroma garnered 350% of the targeted funding. Lastly, the Abyss managed to acquire 650% of the funding which is nothing short of amazing.

One of the most notable things about Zelos is that it produces watches from non-standard materials such as bronze, titanium, meteorite discs, and more. Zelos also aims to provide timepieces with unique designs and construction with a price that won’t break a bank.

While the onslaught of microbrands might be sudden and prolific, Zelos is one of the few brands that really do stand out.

Zelos Watches Review: Pros and Cons

Are Zelos watches worth the investment? We enumerate the things that we love and we don’t love about this Singaporean-based microbrand.

What We Love

Remarkable Designs

Like I’ve said earlier, Zelos is not a brand that just tries to make Submariner-inspired timepieces. If that’s the case, I’m fairly certain that Zelos will remain a deeply obscured brand.

Zelos’ rise in popularity can be attributed to the brand’s non-traditional designs. For instance, despite the several conventions that a dive watch must adhere to, Zelos has found a way to stay unconventional. Sure, some Zelos watches that look conventional in design but for the most part, the brand did a good job of separating itself from the rest, design-wise.

Zelos’ use of non-traditional materials such as bronze, titanium, and Damascus has significantly cemented the brand’s design identity. For example, the use of a bezel crown made some of Zelos’ dive watches look like a vintage diving helmet. Another example is the Zelos Hammerhead which comes in five colorways that promote the 70’s-inspired diver aesthetic.

Another thing that stands out for me is Zelos’ attention to detail. Some of their models are brimming with intricate details, and a few to the point that it’s almost overdone. From here, you can really appreciate the watchmakers’ passion for horology.

Zelos has managed to shake up the world of microbrands due to its ever-evolving watch designs, and I’m in for the ride.

Diver Durability

When it comes to dive watches, durability comes with the territory. After, a dive watch is designed to withstand the harsh and grueling conditions of deep-sea diving. However, there are watch companies out there thinking that adding water resistance to their products automatically makes them a good dive watch.

Zelos is doing a great job of making dive watches that can actually be worn by professional divers. First, the brand uses high-quality materials for their watches. Thus, even if you’re not planning to dive anytime soon, you still have a watch that will serve you in a long time.

The level of construction in Zelos watches is worth mentioning as well. There are some models with some clunky components but in general, most Zelos watches offer the much-needed ruggedness and durability. The Zelos watches that I own feel weighty and secure. Overall, you just feel like they’re a reliable timekeeping tool.

Excellent Value

Initially, I was interested in Zelos due to their watches’ strong and unique designs. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that their watches are offered at reasonable prices. Many of their popular models are available for less than a grand and some lower-end models are available for about $300 or less.

Considering that many other independent watchmakers put out more expensive models with less quality, I believe that Zelos provides a great bang for any collector’s buck. To keep the price reasonable, Zelos had to cut some corners, most specifically with the watch movements. However, the actual quality of the materials and craftsmanship is definitely up there.

With the amount of quality that goes into Zelos watches, they can easily go into a few thousand when sold by a more prestigious brand. Even the accessories such as leather straps are cost-effective. With Zelos, you just know that you’re getting your money’s worth and more.

Great Selection

Unlike many indie watch brands these days, Zelos offers a healthy number of watch collections.

For the most part, Zelos specializes in making high-quality dive watches. Its dive watch collection is impressive, from the old Helmsman series to the bigger and badder Great White collection, you’ll have no shortage in terms of choices.

As of this writing, there are 12 different collections in Zelos’ active lineup of watches. Each of the collection offers about 7-8 watches on average, with many different colorways and bezel designs. The wide variety of Zelos watches is something all watch collectors can appreciate.

What We Don’t Love

Movements Could Be Better

Zelos mainly uses ETA or Miyota movements for their watches. This is hardly a surprise considering that Zelos watches are less expensive than similar models. If Zelos starts using complex mechanical movements for their watches, the prices will skyrocket.

This isn’t exactly a bad thing but if you’re looking for something intricate and complex, you won’t find it with Zelos watches. They do use some noteworthy ETA movements such as the ETA 6498 but they’re not exactly common.

Zelos Watches are Big

Zelos only makes big watches.

If you’re looking for a 40mm dive watch, Zelos is not the brand for you. The brand aims to provide heavy-duty tool watches and making them big and bulky comes with the territory. Customers with smaller wrists will find these watches too unwieldy.

Fortunately, there’s a smaller dive watch called the Zelos Mako Diver which comes at 40mm with a lug-to-lug length of 46mm. It’s still pretty big but it’s a good option for those who are looking for something smaller.

Availability Issues

Making this Zelos watches review has been a challenge, mainly because their watches are not exactly easily available. Even places like Amazon only sells a few Zelos models. If you like Zelos watches and you want to buy one, you might out of luck.

Aside from brick and mortar stores located in Singapore and Hong Kong, there are only a few dealership websites that sell Zelos watches. Even the official Zelos websites have very limited stocks and most models are sold out. If you’re in the U.S., you can try your luck in places like the TheMicrobrandStore.

Best Zelos Watches

1. Zelos Swordfish

Named as one of the fastest fishes in the ocean, the Zelos Swordfish is a great introductory watch for would-be Zelos enthusiasts. Like many Zelos dive watches, the Swordfish is an intriguing model with robust specs.

For your information, there are two different versions of Swordfish. One comes with the NH35 movement, a proven Seiko movement and the one that comes with the ETA 2892 movement. The only significant difference between the two is that the ETA variant features a date complication.

The Zelos Swordfish impresses with its solid feel, excellent dial details, and ease of wear. The Swordfish dial features amazing details and a brushed surface. It’s just an interesting diver with a high-level presentation.

Most Zelos Swordfish watches are available for around $300+ except for the meteorite versions that can go up to $800.

2. Zelos Abyss 2

Zelos Watches Review Abyss 2

The Zelos Abyss 2 is a tank of a diver. This timepiece is cased in bronze, features a twin-crown, and powered with a Swiss automatic movement. As its namesake implies, the Abyss 2 is a bronze sea-monster that’s capable of going down to 3,000 meters of pressure.

The Abyss 2’s water resistance is completely ridiculous and unnecessary, yet it’s an awesome flagship feature. Under 3,000 meters of depth, you’ll definitely find yourself in the ocean’s dark abyss. You are probably asking, why? Zelos watchmakers will probably answer, “why not?” Zelos engineered the Abyss 2 because they can and it’s a badass thing to do.

As you might expect, the Abyss 2 is a massive solid block of metal at 51.5mm lug to lug length and 19mm thickness. It uses marine-grade CUSN8 bronze and it generates a beautiful patina over time.

It’s a proper sea-monster of a watch.

3. Zelos Skyraider

Zelos Watches Review Skyraider

The Zelos Skyraider is one of the latest offerings from this microbrand. The Skyraider is interesting because it’s a highly legible Flieger watch and is a tribute to the A-1 Skyraider, a propeller plane by the U.S. Air Force during WW2.

The Skyraider comes in two different models: CUSN8 bronze or GR5 titanium. The warm patina of the bronze model elicits a warm feeling while the titanium gives off a contemporary, lightweight feel. I love the Skyraider’s dial with its detailed engravements and beautiful, clean lines. You can also get a version with skeletonized dial that reveals the inner components and the handwound ETA 6498 movement.

Overall, the Skyraider is a fairly unique Flieger watch with a refreshing twist.

Zelos Watches Review: Are They Any Good?

Zelos Watches Review Helmsman

As per usual, we end this Zelos watches review with a verdict.

Are Zelos watches worth checking out? That’s a big yes! Zelos has done a great job of separating itself from other indie watch companies. The brand features some truly interesting and bold designs.

In particular, I love the dive watches from Zelos because they truly look and feel like diving tools but features impeccable style.

In terms of value, Zelos also doesn’t disappoint. The most expensive Zelos will only cost you around $2000 which is not bad at all, considering the actual quality of the watches.

If you’re looking to get into microbrands, Zelos watches are a great starting point.

GUESS Watches Black Friday Deals : Luxury and Affordable Timepiece for Men and Women

Guess watch black Friday deals

Black Friday sale is around the corner and the GUESS brand has excellent watches to offer. We’ve selected the best Guess watches black Friday deals on the market, but we picked the Men’s U12557G1  watch and Gold-Tone Glitz Chain-Link Watch as our favorite. We chose these two watches because they stand as the best choice for both men and women. They are eye-catching and looks more expensive than its price. Since Guess Black Friday sale is coming soon, now is your chance to get these timepieces at a cheaper price. 

                     

If you were to name popular fashion brands that offer luxurious clothing, GUESS would be on your list. Since its launch, the brand has provided top-notch accessories and products, and this year’s Black Friday deals,  Guess watches are no exception.

On November 29th this year, they will be putting up stunning timepieces for the black Friday sale. Many stores, including Amazon, will feature these Guess watches. Hence, you have a great chance to get elegant and quality watches at a more affordable price of 30% to 50% discount. 

Are you curious about getting one of the best timepieces that will be on Guess watches black Friday sale? Read on as we reveal to you this popular brand and the best Guess watches Black Friday deals the company has to offer.

A Short Backstory on Guess Brand

The brand was launched in 1981 by brothers Maurice and Paul Marciano. Guess comes as one of the top fashion brands in America that sell clothing and accessories. It is even popular for creating female designer jeans.

Its first store was located in Beverley Hills. After many years, it has opened stores in all parts of Canada and the USA. Their watches and other items are even selling in more than 484 stores across the world.

Guess is well known for its adverts on various collections of items, including its Home brand line that sells home products.  Now, since the Guess black Friday sale is around the corner, let’s reveal to you the best Guess watches you should buy for the big day.

Best Guess Watches Black Friday Deals

Below are the popular watches that will be offered on sale on Guess watches Black Friday deals. I will also show you the impressive features which come with these items.

1. GUESS Women’s Rigor Quartz Watch

 

Let’s start our review with this elegant but sturdy timepiece that will be featured on this Guess watch saleThis Rigor Quartz watch has a sporty look that promises years of accurate timekeeping. Now here are the reasons why you should grab this watch.

A Tough Watch for the Modern Woman 

This timepiece has a bold design. It is a sporty timepiece that has a 39mm stainless steel case with rose gold tones. The blue-toned bezel offers extra security and adds more elegance to the watch. Overall, it is a watch that looks good and will fit your workplace or a night out.

When wearing this watch, you shouldn’t panic if it hits hard surfaces. After all, it is made from materials that can handle knocks and falls. It also has a mineral crystal that can withstand scratches and scrapes.

It also promises water-resistance of 50m, thereby making it suitable for light water activities like handwashing or showering. A silicone bracelet holds the timepiece to your wrist, and it does not cause a sweaty feeling. 

If you need another reason to buy Guess watches, check out the dial on this timepiece. Here, gold-toned hands sweep across Arabic numeral markers. You will also find three sub-dials on this part of the watch.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

This item stands as a suitable pick on Guess watches Black Friday dealsHowever, it might not be ideal for smaller wrists, while the band might result in sweaty wrists.

2. GUESS Men’s U12557G1  Watch

 

Guess never fails to offer watches with great qualities, and the Men’s U12557G1 Classic timepiece is not an exception. This watch has an attractive look that will draw so many compliments once anyone sets their eyes on your wrist. From black iconic plated case to the diamond accent at the 6 and 12 o’clock position, this is a great watch to purchase on the big day. 

Bold Statement Watch for Everyday Outing

If you’re looking for a beautiful item to gift to your hubby, boyfriend, or a close pal, then consider this timepiece. The watch face has a moderate size of 37mm, which looks great on the wrist. Also, the small diamonds on the dial add a bit of sophistication to the watch. A hardened scratch-resistant glass covers the watch face, protecting the dial from knock and fall.

We recommend this timepiece for those looking for a stylish but classy watch at an affordable price. It feels light and comfortable to wear on the wrist for a whole day. What’s even better is that you can wear it for casual outings, weddings, or formal occasions. 

Another exciting part is that you don’t need to take it off when having a shower or in the rain. The reason is that it is a highly waterproofed watch with a water-resistant rating of 50m. However, it is not suitable to wear when swimming or snorkeling.

Opinion and Drawbacks

This statement watch will complement any outfit, but one thing we don’t find comfortable is that the band is too large. That means, if you have a small wrist size, this watch will be dangling on it. But one exciting part is that you can easily remove a few links to make it fit perfectly to your wrist. 

3. GUESS Gold-Tone Glitz Chain-Link Watch

 

Let’s not beat around the bush, if you’re a lady, or a teenage girl, you will love this Gold-Tone Glitz Chain-Link Watch at first glance. With its unique watch face and crystal-set bezel, surely you will be a center stage attraction when you put it on. It might look too stylish, but this is a statement timepiece for your casual outfit.

Luxury Watch

For ladies or teenage girls looking for the best Guess watches black Friday deals, this is the best bet. The gold-tone and beautiful rectangular dial make it looks expensive, but with just a few bucks, you can get it. Since Guess Black Friday is around the corner, you will get this quality and elegant watch at a more affordable price.

This Gold-Tone Glitz chain-Link watch features a Quartz movement, which means you will enjoy precise timekeeping anytime. You don’t need to worry about the watch face bumping slightly on any element as it is covered with hardened mineral crystal.

It features a jewelry clasp closure, which makes it stay secure to your wrist. Also, there is a clamp at the back of the bracelet, which means you can adjust to fit your wrist perfectly.

One exciting part is that the Guess watch brand provides a decent warranty for this watch. Hence, you don’t need to panic if you notice a sudden defect; simply contact the seller for a replacement.

Opinion and Drawbacks

Beyond doubt, this watch looks beautiful and will complement women’s outfit on any special occasion. One of the downsides is that its bracelet is a little large on the wrist. However, you can remove links easily to make it fit perfectly.

Also, on delivery, you might notice a few scratches on the watch face because it is not well packaged. This makes it look like a used watch. Hence, if you want to buy it as a gift to your loved ones or friend, you might want to consider other options on our list.

4. GUESS Men’s Mesh Bracelet Watch

 

The Guess Men’s Mesh watch has a unique dial and beautiful bracelet that is eye-catching. The watch is of good quality and looks much more expensive than its actual price. 

The Elegant Watch for the Classic Gentleman 

The Guess Mesh watch has a simple but dazzling dial with an elegant crystal at the 12 o’ position. It also replaces Arabian numerals with 4 silver hour markers which make the dial look more attractive. 

Apart from its luxurious look, the watch can handle anything thrown at it. For one, its polished stainless steel case promises durability under any conditions while sturdy glass protects the diamond dial. You can use the watch for a quick shower or light swimming as it offers a water resistance of 50m.

Opinion and Drawbacks

Overall, this watch is the perfect option for any outfit or occasion. However, since it has a black dial and non-luminous hands or markers, you might find it hard to read in low light condition. 

5. GUESS Iconic  Silicone Watch

 

Next on our list is another sporty watch from this American brand. The Guess Iconic Blue watch has a design and features that promise years of accurate timekeeping. It is also built from sturdy materials that can support regular wear.

A Watch for All Seasons 

If you want a watch that doubles as a great casual watch or luxurious timepiece for all sexes, you should consider checking out this piece on Black Friday. It has a design that includes a 43mm case back that looks rugged but attractive.

It also has a blue-toned dial with subdials to check the date, day and military time. It also has hour markers and luminous hands for easy reading in bright or poor light.

Like most Guess watches black Friday deals on the market, this watch comes with a scratch-resistant crystal. It even has a silicone band that is attractive, comfortable, and rugged. For extra security, the band has a silver-coated buckle closure.

There is no need to remove the watch, particularly before jumping into the shower or pool. After all, it offers water resistance to a depth of 100m. With that said, you have a sports watch that can serve as an item for light swimming, fishing, or canoeing.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

Overall, this watch serves as an ideal accessory for all sexes. You will also have the chance to get it at an affordable price on Guess Black Friday. But its sub-dials can be inaccurate while the movement usually fails to keep good time.

6. GUESS Silver-Tone Bracelet Watch

 

As a woman, buying a luxury female watch is a perfect way to spend money on Guess Black Friday Deals.  The GUESS Silver-tone watch offers precise timekeeping while making your outfit look classy and elegant.

Affordable But Luxurious Accessory

The watch has a 34mm polished stainless steel case while sporting dazzling crystals on its bezel. When worn on your wrist, the timepiece will draw admiring glances at any occasion.

For added luxury, this women’s watch has a silver-toned dial that offers luminous hands that glow at night. It also sports a bold date window at the 3 o’clock mark. Overall, it has a design that allows you to check the time and date under any light.

A silver-toned band holds the watch on your arm. Since it has a fold-over clasp with push-button features, it won’t drop off your even if you wiggle your hands.

Are you tired of taking off your watch before going into a pool? Then you should buy this Guess watch for women as it boasts of water resistance at 330 ft. This quality makes it work in the rain, shower, or pool.

Opinion and Drawbacks

It does not add pressure to the wrist and the dial is well designed. However, its crystal does not have a protective film, thereby making it prone to damage especially when the watch falls on rough surfaces.

Some units of this piece do not perform well after long exposure to water. Hence, limit the use when carrying out any water activity with the watch on.

Final Recommendation on Guess Watches Black Friday Deals

Guess offers great menswear and women wear. It also has watches that will interest any watch enthusiast.

And, as a fashion brand, Guess made sure that their watches stand out and can surely complement whatever your fashion style is.

Guess watches are beautiful and functional items to add to your outfit. They also offer the ideal fit for any occasion.

So if you are in the market for a good watch, particularly on Black Friday, a Guess watch will meet your requirements. But if you’re looking for the best women watch under 500 that looks classic, you should consider the GUESS Glitz Chain-Link watch.

For men that love everything fashion but still need an everyday watch, we will recommend you go for U12557G1 Classic.

Ensure you are ready for this year’s Guess watch Black Friday deals. It will begin on the 29th of November at online and offline stores.

Stuhrling Original Watch Review [In-depth Review]

Stuhrling original watch review

In this Stuhrling original watch review, we discuss its history, build, and the best Stuhrling watches on the market. After testing the selected timepieces of this brand, we picked the Stuhrling Original Skeleton watch as our favorite. We love this watch because of its unique dial and elegant build. Also, it is a self-winding watch, which means you can power it by moving your wrist.

 

Most people love or need watches. After all, they tell us the time and date while some serve as elegant accessories. Sadly, many timepieces, especially from popular brands, are expensive, thereby exceeding most budgets.

Luckily, some micro brands have created pieces that are accurate and elegant. You can even get these timepieces at affordable prices. One such brand is Stuhrling.

Stuhrling combines luxury and functionality while offering its watches at budget prices. Now let’s use this Stuhrling original watch review to know more about the company and its range of products. But first, how did Stuhrling start its journey? 

Short Story behind The Stuhrling Original Watch Brand

Stuhrling was named after Max Stuhrling, a 19th-century master watchmaker that lived in Switzerland. Even if it has seemingly European roots, the watch company is based in America. It was officially launched in 1999 by Chaim Fischer in New York.

In 2002, Max Stuhrling IV (Stuhrling’s great-grandson) and George J von Burg created the company’s online store. Here, they sold pieces that were fashionable, precise, and affordable to many customers. Today, the brand continues to maintain the tradition of offering watches that can meet the budget of most people.

Now, let’s head into the Stuhrling watch review in detail and see what the company has to offer.

Stuhrling Original Watch Review: Pros and Cons

Here we are going to tell you about the things that make stuhrling original watch standout and the downsides about the brand.

What We Like About Stuhrling Original Watch

Unique Design

After going through our Stuhrling watch review, you will notice that its watches have impressive designs. Some have details that they might be seen as works of art. They can even be center stage of your overall outfit.

Fortunately, the watches are priced so that you can choose based on the design without worrying about its other features.

Affordable

If you want to own a Stuhrling timepiece, there is no need to spend a fortune. You can even have access to a wide selection of designs and features. For instance, you can go for its dive inspired or skeleton watch for a few dollars.

What’s even better is that you can pick up a real Tourbillon watch at an affordable price. Tourbillion watches are quality timepieces to add to your watch collection. However, the Swiss models cost as much as several thousand dollars, which might wipe out your savings.

A Stuhrling Tourbillon watches costs as low as a few hundred dollars, thereby giving you a chance to enjoy this unique piece. It also comes with a design that can rival similar features on watches from expensive brands.

Replaceable Bracelets

As mentioned earlier on our Stuhrling watch review, these timepieces have durable bands. But do you know that you can replace these bracelets as soon as they wear out or become boring?

What’s even better is that you can swap the current one without the help of a jeweler. You can do this by prying out the existing strap, push in the pins for the latest one.

What We Didn’t Like about Stuhrling Original Watch Review

Questionable Quality

Even if the Stuhrling has incredible designs and affordable price tags, some watch snobs doubt the quality offered by these pieces. Instead, they would prefer choosing timepieces from older brands like Citizen, Seiko, or Casio.

Warranty Does Not Cover International Orders

If you make an order from outside the United States, you will need to pay $40 to have a replacement for a defective watch. Since this warranty claim involves payment, most international consumers might not pay much interest even after reading a good stuhrling original watch review.

Inaccurate Measurements

If you purchase an automatic Stuhrling watch, you might discover that it does not offer accurate timekeeping. Instead, it is a few seconds off the correct time, and most time, you need to reset it regularly, which results in lost time.

These problems are caused by wear and tear. Surprisingly, watches from other brands also have similar issues.

Stuhrling Original Watch Build

Every part of a Stuhrling watch promises years of use under any condition. They also made with materials that are tough but appealing to the eye. Furthermore, they are rigorously tested to check their durability and ability to offer accurate timekeeping.

Stuhrling Original Watch Dials

If you look closely at the dial on a Stuhrling watch, you will notice a mix of traditional watch design and modern technology. In summary, you have a classic watch that stands as an artistic masterpiece.

When Stuhrling creates the dial on its watches, it uses at least 40 separate operations. Here, enhanced machines are used to produce unique effects. In the end, the dial looks polished while having anti-rust features.

Furthermore, its watchmakers coat the hour markers and hands with a luminous finish. Typically, this task is carried out by hand. After this operation, each dial is carefully looked at and tested.

Stuhrling Original Watches Cases

A watch case on any Stuhrling Original has two vital functions. First, it protects the internal parts from potential damage. Next, it makes the watch look attractive and elegant.

The watch cases are made to handle any level of rough use. They are also made from sturdy stainless steel that can even resist magnetism. Some are coated in 23 karats rose gold while other works with 23k worth of yellow gold.

To apply a perfect finish to a watch featured in a Stuhrling watch review, the watchmakers will need to perform 15 separate operations (by hand). Finally, the product passes through a series of tests.

Stuhrling Original Watches Movements

Movements help your watch measure time, thereby making it a vital feature on any timepiece. It is also important that these movements are precise timekeeping. If you own a Stuhrling watch, it probably runs on an automatic movement.

Here, it has at least 30 checkpoints, while at least 150 hands assembled parts make up the self-winding calibers. Apart from automatic movements, some Stuhrling watches have quartz movements. Like the mechanical models, these timepieces measure the time correctly without any problems.

What Are The Prices Of Stuhrling Original Watches? 

After checking this Stuhrling watches review, quality watches should be the next thing on your shopping list. If you want a timepiece from this American brand, you will find a model that fits your budget. You can even get a watch for as low as $70 especially if you shop with a coupon 

If you want to splurge, you can get a Stuhrling Original Tourbillon Limited Edition for around $4500. But if you have less cash (but still want to buy an expensive watch), you can get an automatic watch for as low as $1,000 – $1,500.

Best Stuhrling Original Watches

1. Stuhrling Original Men’s Dive Watch

 

We will begin our Stuhrling original watch review with this sturdy and attractive watch. The Stuhrling Original men’s Dive watch has even attracted the interest of watch enthusiasts, thereby earning a top spot on an Adventure Junkie rating website. Here are the reasons you should have this watch.

A Timeless and Elegant Design 

When you put on the watch on your wrist, you will love its classic but elegant design. This attractive watch comes in two colors and can fit either a formal or casual wear. It can also fit the sleeve of your diving suit with ease.

The watch has a 42mm stainless case that can handle knocks and falls. It also includes a screw-down crown that protects the watch from water damage at 660ft, while sturdy glass lies beneath the steel bezel.

To hold the watch to your arm, you will need to use the tough diver’s clasp at the end of its steel bracelet. You can also get the timepiece in two colors. However, the red and silver bezel costs more than the other model.

Another thing to consider in all Stuhrling original men’s divers watches reviews is its movement. Here the watch records time with a precision Swiss Ronda quartz movement. Since the watch includes high-end materials, the movement can work great underwater.

Overall, it is an ideal watch for diving enthusiasts. It also comes at a price that will not put a hole in your pocket.

Opinion and Drawbacks

When it comes to the Stuhrling men’s Dive watch, we can vouch for its high-quality strap and easy to read makers. But you might find the date hard to read because of its unusual positioning.

Also, the water rating is quite questionable, because it doesn’t withstand water pressure up to a depth of 100 meters. Overall, this perfect dress watch can complement your formal and casual outfits anytime and any day.

2. Stuhrling Original Men’s Skeleton Watch

 

If you are in the market for a unique but affordable men’s watch, consider investing in Stuhrling Original Skeleton watch. With its dual time feature, you can easily read the time on various timezones. It also promises a build that fits regular use for many years.

The ideal Timepiece for the Modern Gentleman

The Skeleton Watch has a polished beveled bezel that looks attractive. It also comes in several color options while securing the crystal to the steel case of the watch. When combined, you have a sturdy timepiece that fits all wrist sizes.

One of the striking features covered under any Stuhrling original skeleton watch review is its dial. Since it uses an open style, you can see the watch’s movements at a glance. 

The dial also has unique markers and hands, sub-dial, and a rotating indicator that helps you read the time.

If you love leather watches, this is your best bet as it boasts of a genuine leather band. To increase its appeal, it comes with a leather band that mimics an original alligator skin. Not only that, but it is also comfortable, durable, and has a sturdy steel buckle.

Another reason to love this item is its automatic movements. The reason is that you can power the watch by moving your arms, thereby erasing the need for batteries.

 Opinion and Drawbacks

We love this watch because of its eye-catching watch face. Surely, this timepiece could attract so much pleasant conversation at first glance due to its unique dial. However, you might not be comfortable with its movement because it is quite noisy.

3. Stuhrling Original Women’s Soiree Watch

 

Moving from a Stuhrling automatic watch review, we will look at this incredible timepiece from its women’s collection. Here, the Soiree watch has an elegant design that features durable materials. It also promises precise movements due to its use of the Japanese Quartz movement.

Elegant Timepiece at an Affordable Price

This item offers a 34mm polished stainless steel case that suits any wrist size. It also has a dazzling bezel with Swarovski crystals.

The silver-toned dial has a date window at the 3 o’clock position. It is also covered with Stuhrling’s in-house Krysterna crystal that can withstand cracks and breaks.

A stainless steel band secures the watch to your wrist. It boasts of a seven link style and ends in a fold-over clasp. So if you are looking for a luxurious piece on a Stuhrling original watch review, you can consider this piece.

Opinion and Drawbacks

This Stuhrling original women’s watch has a vibrant gone-tone color that makes it look attractive. Although the band is quite big, it is a perfect watch for a slim wrist. If you’re a lady looking for the best women’s watch under 500, you should consider this watch because of its affordable price and quality build.

Are Stuhrling Watches Worth Buying?

Stuhrling watches might not have great qualities to rival the most expensive watches, but they have their bright sides. For one, they have impressive designs that are unique to each collection. However, some watch snobs might not like its products because they include cheap Chinese parts and movements.

Fortunately, the brand has watches that work with Swiss movements. Also, if you want a watch that will serve as the ideal accessory, Stuhrling offers watches that will meet your needs. Lastly, if you are looking for a collector’s item, you can try any of its limited-edition watches or go for timepieces from high-end brands like the Patek Philippe or Rolex.