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.

Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 Review: A Timeless Diving Tool

Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 Review

The Rolex Submariner is perhaps one of my most favorite watches of all time. As a dive watch, it can’t go toe-to-toe with the most advanced dive models but it gets the job done and in no way an inadequate dive companion.

When the Rolex Sea-Dweller was released back in the late 1960s, the Swiss watch company has a single-minded mission in mind: to reach deeper depths than the Submariner and survive anything underwater. Again, the Submariner was not seen to have flaws, so the release of the Sea-Dweller is more for the extension of the former’s diving utility.

Today, we have an in-depth (pun intended) Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 review for you.

Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 Review: At a Glance

With a water-resistance that can go to thousands of meters underwater, the Rolex Sea-Dweller is a niche offering and is geared towards saturation divers. Let’s first take a look at the key specs and features of the Rolex Sea Dweller 16600.

Model:

Rolex Sea-Dweller

Reference no.

16600

Model case:

Stainless steel w/ helium escape valve (40mm) w/ rotatable timing bezel

Oyster architecture:

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

Material:

Oystersteel

Bezel:

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

Winding crown:

Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system

Crystal:

Scratch-resistant sapphire
Water-resistance: Waterproof to 1,220 m (4,000 ft)

Movement:

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding

Caliber:

3135, Manufacture Rolex

Precision:

-2/+2 sec/day, after casing

Winding:

Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor

Bracelet:

Stainless steel Oyster bracelet, original Rolex

Clasp:

Stainless steel fold-over clasp with divers extension, original Rolex

Dial:

Black w/ luminous hands and hour markers

Certification:

Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)

Reviewing the Rolex Sea Dweller 16600

First Impression

Just to be clear, the Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600 is by no means a new Rolex model. In fact, its production run ended by 2008 and it became a well-sought model as the newer Sea-Dweller was released. This is also the main reason why I’ve taken interest to this particular Sea-Dweller iteration.

As for my first impressions, I’ve quickly warmed up to the Sea-Dweller because it’s the long-lost sibling of the classic Submariner. The Submariner’s black dial design is so iconic and pleasant that the excitement came almost immediately after opening the box many years ago. With that said, the Sea-Dweller looks good and you won’t mind wearing it on a daily basis.

Right out of the box, you can tell that the Sea-Dweller 16600 is a professional tool that can take a beating. The package itself is quite special. The package includes the infamous Rolex anchor, extra dive suit links, the link changing tool for the bracelet, and a Buehlmann diving chart. It’s worth noting that the link-changing tool was exclusive to the Sea-Dweller.

One of the first things I noticed about the Sea-Dweller 16600 is the Helium escape valve (HEV) which is the signature feature of the Sea Dweller series. Other watch manufacturers have copied this system but it’s only Rolex that has done it with great success.

Design

As mentioned, the Sea Dweller 16600’s design is very similar to the Submariner, specifically to the 16610 model. They’re so similar that they might as well be the same watch. The Sea Dweller was designed for diving professionals that need a timepiece that could go a lot deeper and withstand the harshness of saturation diving.

The derivative design of the Sea Dweller is exactly why I enjoyed it the first time. The venerable black dial of the Sea Dweller is one of the main design highlights for me. The Submariner 16610 has knocked it out of the park design-wise. However, I still find myself longing for the 5513 or 14060 because of the no-date dial. The pure, clean lines are just a beauty to behold.

Fortunately, the Sea Dweller 16600 features the best of both worlds. The lack of the Cyclops lens seem a bit strange but I imagine that the lens isn’t that essential for saturation divers. The thicker, bulkier profile of the 16600 gives it an extra wrist presence.

Unfortunately, the Sea Dweller 16600 has stopped its production and its the last of the “old-style” Sea Dweller before the release of the DeepSea 116660. The design of the 16600 is just classic and timeless, but never outdated.

Construction and Wearability

Both the case and bracelet of the 16600 is made of 904L stainless steel. It doesn’t get any simple than this but still delivers in functionality. While the Sea Dweller isn’t the most popular series by Rolex, it featured some innovative construction designs.

Deep sea divers use a helium/oxygen mix in their tanks when going for a dive. Helium pressure can penetrate the crystal of the watch and can accumulate pressure due to decompression. Early deep sea divers literally saw the crystals get blown out of their watches. Rolex has addressed this issue by adding a helium escape valve into the Sea Dweller. This mechanism lets out the helium pressure once it reaches a critical point.

Along with this deep-sea diving innovation, Rolex added more to the depth rating of the watch. This timepiece features a waterproof rating of 1,220 meters (4,000 ft) which should be more than enough for most professional divers. The addition of the Triplock crown adds another layer of water resistance.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the Sea Dweller has an extra thickness and weight to it. While it does have a significant wrist presence, it’s noticeably heavier as well. With that said, wearing the Sea Dweller 16600 isn’t exactly comfortable. This is clearly designed to be a tool watch, so it’s not something that you’ll want to wear daily.

Similar to the Submariner, the 16600 also features the dive suit extension link in the Oyster bracelet clap. This allows divers to adjust the size of the bracelet to make way for the suit.

Timekeeping

Rolex submariner review

You can’t call this a Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 review without talking about its timekeeping capabilities.

At the heart of the Sea Dweller 16600 is the caliber 3135 self-winding movement. For some history, the movement was first introduced in 1988 and it quickly became the main workhorse of the Rolex brand. This venerable movement has been used to power Rolex classics like the Datejust and Submariner Date. Many experts believe that the 3135 is one of the best movements made by Rolex.

The 3135 is a high-beat movement with an oscillation at 28,800 beats per hour (BPH). The movement is based on 31 jewels and comes with a date aperture that immediately changes at exactly midnight. As far as accuracy goes, the 3135 movement is legendary for its accuracy. As expected, the 3135 is also COSC certified. Based on my experience, I didn’t have any accuracy issues with the 16600.

The quality of timekeeping is exactly what you can expect from a Rolex timepiece. There’s really nothing to complain about here.

Pricing

Because the production for the Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 has ceased, you can’t buy this piece anymore, at least not officially from Rolex. Due to the limited nature of the 16600’s availability, expect to pay a little bit higher for a used model. For reference, the Sea Dweller 126600 can be yours for around $11,000.

At this point, the Sea Dweller 16600 has become a well-sought piece for Rolex collectors. When this model was released, it was available for the $4400 retail price tag. These days, you’d be lucky to find a 16600 that doesn’t command a price of below $6000.

With that said, the Sea Dweller 16600 is a definite collector’s item and strikes a good balance between quality and value. The thing I enjoy the most about the 16600 is that it feels like a proper sequel to the Submariner 16610. From the design to overall utility of the watch, I am happy to have gotten the 16600 even at a fairly inflated price.

If you are looking to get the classic-looking Sea Dweller, the best time to act is now. There’s no telling if the price will continue to skyrocket.

Should You Get the Rolex Sea Dweller 16600?

Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 Review

So what’s our verdict for this Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 review?

While the Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 has made a strong first impression, it rarely makes my weekly rotation. However, that’s just me having too many watches to wear. For what it’s worth, the Sea Dweller 16600 is a strong showing for Rolex. It features a timeless, clean design that you can wear almost anywhere at any time. The watch itself is a bit on the bulkier side, so there were some compromises in terms of comfort.

If you are looking for a true dive watch for deep-sea diving, you are probably better off getting a dive computer. But that’s not saying that the Sea Dweller 16600 is not a proper dive watch because it’s actually an amazing one. Its depth rating is very impressive and there are some great dive-related innovations that remains relevant up to this day.

However, the lack of availability means that you’ll be spending more than you have to and you still get a used piece.

Overall, the Sea Dweller 16600 is a hardcore Rolex for the hardcore deep-divers. Yes, the newer version is even more hardcore but visually, I think the 16600 is the superior choice here. I am in no way a diver but there’s a lot to love here even for non-dive watch fans.

Best Women’s Waterproof Watches – Durable Fashion Lady Timepieces

best women's waterproof watches

After thorough research and checks on various timepieces on the market, we have chosen the Invicta Women’s 8939 as the perfect choice for the best women’s waterproof watches.

We chose this watch because it offers a high waterproof rating and has an attractive design that can complement women’s outfits. It also features Eco-Drive technology, which means that it runs without a battery.

 

Best Women’s Waterproof Watches

A good watch is a vital accessory that every woman should own. Apart from measuring time, it should have features that allow it to work under different conditions. Such specs include a durable build that can handle raindrops, a swim at the pool, or a deep-sea dive.

However, waterproof watches might be unattractive, making them unpopular style timepieces. Fortunately, some watches can handle moisture and still look elegant and fashionable for regular wear. You can even get them in prices that will surely meet your budget.

Are you curious about these timepieces? Well, here are the best women’s waterproof watches that you can find at any store.

Invicta Women’s 8939 Pro Diver

 

This Invicta timepiece promises impressive features and a durable build for aquatic use. Unlike most water-resistant watches, it has a design that fits any casual outfit or dive suit. It can also be seen as one of the best women’s waterproof watches in 2019 on the market. Now let’s see all the features of this exciting product.

High Level of Water Resistance 

Do you plan on going on a snorkeling trip with a timepiece on your wrist? Then you should consider the Invicta Pro Diver as it has a water resistance of 200m. This rating is suitable for most levels of aquatic sports except scuba diving.

Apart from its waterproof features, its design allows ease of use, especially when you are underwater. After all, it has a case and bezel with edges that are ideal for gloved hands.

Reliable Steel Bracelet 

The watch is secured to your arm via a 12mm stainless steel band. Furthermore, the bracelet has a fold-over clasp, which will help the watch remain on your wrist during the duration of your swim. It can also withstand any corrosion that might result from the moisture.

Luminous Watch Face

Since it stands as one of the best waterproof watches for womenthe watch has a face that is readable in a rainstorm or during a swim. The watch dial includes luminous markers and hands, while a magnified date window lies at the 3 o’clock position.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

Purchasing an Invicta Pro Diver watch has various benefits. For instance, it has a durable but lightweight build, which will not add pressure to your wrist. It also has a rating that rivals most of the best waterproof watches for ladies on the market.

But if you have a large wrist, you might prefer another timepiece as the Pro Diver has a thin band. It also has a movement that might stop within a few months from the date of purchase.

Citizen Women’s Eco-Drive Watch EW1544-53A

 

If you are in the market for a classic and simple timepiece, the Citizen EW1544-53A watch promises a minimalistic style with ideal features for use on land or in the water. Also, it is a movement provides accurate timekeeping while boasting a build fit for water sports to a certain level.

Efficient and Green Power Source

The watch runs on Eco-Drive technology that uses either natural or artificial light. With this feature, the timepiece can use such energy to power its functions.

Hence, you don’t need to charge or worry about battery replacement before a dive or swim. You will also be protecting the environment as there is no old battery to dump.

Water Resistance 

If you intend to go swimming or diving, you can enjoy any of these activities while wearing this rugged accessory. It has a water resistance that is fit for depths of up to 330ft. It can be used for surface water sports but not for professional scuba diving.

Elegant and Durable Design 

When it comes to design, the watch stands as a worthy investment. Here it includes a stainless steel case and bezel for extra security. You also have an attractive gold accented steel band that can handle moisture.

The dial houses a slim gold-toned hour and minute hands that sweep across bold Arabic hour markers. This part of the watch is covered with a scratch-resistant glass.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

The watch can be recharged with any form of light while boasting of impressive specs which makes it one the best women’s waterproof sports watches on the market. This includes a tough crystal and an ideal level of water resistance.

But the watch face might be small, particularly when compared to other best women’s waterproof watches on our list. This downside might make you want to consider choosing another watch.

M1 Mini Women Quartz Watch 

 

Momentum created this timepiece as an updated version of the older M1 women watch. Here, it places slimmer features while using durable materials that can resist water damage at the pool or sea. With such specs, it deserves a spot on any article that reviews the best women’s waterproof watches.

Waterproof Features 

The M1 has features that can meet the requirements of fishing, canoeing, and other surface aquatic sports. Furthermore, you can use it for swimming and diving at depths of up to 660ft because of its screw-down crown. It also has a body that is resistant to moisture and rust.

Attractive but Rugged Build

As expected from one of the best women’s waterproof watches, this watch has a build that promises years of use. For instance, it has a 31mm steel case that sports a movable bezel.

It also has a steel bracelet that is not chunky, thus not adding any pressure to your hand, especially during a swim. If you don’t like metal, you can swap for a natural rubber band that comes with the product.

Easy to Read Dial

You can read the time on this watch in any wet environment as it has a readable display. With that said, the dial features easy-to-read hands and markers, while a date window is located at the 3 o’clock position of the dial.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

The M1 Dive watch comes as a wise choice as it offers suitable features needed for accurate timekeeping and water resistance. However, it has a small date window which is difficult to read under certain conditions.

Wenger Women’s 0641.102 Sea Force 3H

 

Another option if you’re looking for the best women’s waterproof watches is this incredible timepiece from Wenger. Even if it’s called a men’s watch, it has a build that makes it more attractive than most of the best women dive watches under 500. Apart from giving precise movements, the watch fits a wide range of occasions, outfits, and conditions.

Tough Crystal 

During a dive or swim, it is easy to hit your watch on rocks or other hard materials, thereby damaging the glass on display. But with the Sea Force 3H, you don’t need to worry about a damaged crystal or scratches because it has a scratch-resistant glass.

Decent Water Resistance Rating

With this timepiece, you can perform in a wide range of activities that use water. These include handwashing, bathing canoeing, and fishing. It can also be used for swimming and recreational scuba diving at depths of 660ft.

Durable Band

Since it’s a waterproof watch, the watch does not use a leather bracelet. Instead, it boasts of a band that is made from silicon rubber. With this material, you can expose the accessory to water for long periods.

If you’re looking for the best women watches this is the best bet because it looks attractive and ideal for regular use at work or home. It will also secure well on any wrist size as it features a buckle clasp.

Opinion and drawbacks

Since it has a bulky profile, it might look out of place on smaller wrists. It also has a band that might hurt some skin types. Furthermore, it’s band traps moisture, thereby making you feel uncomfortable.

Victorinox Swiss Army Women’s 241305

 

When you are looking for another timepiece with impressive waterproof features then consider the Victorinox Swiss Army. It also has a slim profile while offering precise timekeeping under any condition or environment. It also uses materials that can withstand moisture.

Attractive and Durable Build 

The watch has a sturdy steel case that houses its internal parts. It also comes with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal that can withstand knocks and falls. The glass is secured with a fixed black-plated bezel. Measuring 32mm in diameter, it has a slim profile that fits small wrist sizes.

Water Resistance

Apart from its elegance, the watch can offer water resistance at 100m. Even if it is not as high as other watches on this list, it is ideal for snorkeling and swimming.

Attractive Display 

You can check the time on its round dial that has bar-shaped hour markers with silver tones. It also comes with luminous hands, which makes it readable in poorly lit environments.

It also has a date display window at the 6 o’clock position while the Swiss Army logo at the 12 o’clock spot makes the watch face eye-catching.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

The watch comes with a face that comes as a perfect fit for smaller wrists. However, it is pretty heavy on the wrist, thus you might not find it comfortable putting it on for a long period.

How to Choose the Right Waterproof Watch for Women

If you plan to get the best women’s waterproof watches, you might be confused by the large selection of such timepieces on the market. Fortunately, you can use this guide to find a suitable fit that will meet your needs and budget.

Design 

Normally, waterproof watches come with a sporty look. However, other styles can fit any outfit or occasion.

So if you need a timepiece that will fit a diving suit or dinner gown, many watches can meet your requirements.

Toughness 

It’s advisable to go for a watch that can withstand repeated wears for an extended period. Also, it should be able to handle moisture from rain, pools and martial. You can choose any of the timepieces on our list as they are sturdy and built with tough materials.

Purpose 

What is your reason for getting a waterproof watch? Do you want to use it as a fashion accessory? Is it an essential item for your diving trip? Such questions are important since these items offer more features than timekeeping. But if you need a simple watch for the sole purpose of measuring time, avoid the fancy models as they might be difficult to use.

Cost 

An expensive watch is not always a good watch. So you should check the features of the timepiece before splurging. If you are working on a budget, there are cheaper brands that have that can rival top-tier watches with a hefty price tag on the market.

Display 

It is common to have a watch with either a digital or analog display. If you want a dial that looks expensive, classy, and luxurious, consider the latter. But if you have poor eyesight, you should choose a digital display.

Wrap Up

Waterproof watches used to be unattractive pieces of accessories that were bulky. But now, various timepieces are stylish and elegant while providing accurate timekeeping. With this article and buying guide, you will find it easier to get the best women’s waterproof watches.

If you have issues with getting a battery replacement, invest in the Citizen EW1544-53A. However, if you’re looking for the best women watches under 500 with impressive waterproofing, then consider the M1 women quartz watch.  

But if any of the watches mentioned on this list does not meet your taste, you can use the other end of this guide to find a suitable choice.

Momentum Watches Review: Solid Timepieces That Just Work

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For many months now, I’ve been dipping my toes into microbrand watches. Some smaller brands, in my opinion, have missed the mark while some have absolutely nailed their vision. Today, we’re going to talk about a microbrand that has hit its mark.

Today, we’re going to talk about Momentum Watches, a Canadian-based company that has made a wide range of timepieces – from dive watches to dress watches.

 

For this Momentum watches review, we’ll talk about the brief history of the brand, break down the things that we love and don’t love, and review some of the best pieces this brand has to offer.

About Momentum Watches

Momentum Watches Review History

Momentum watches have been around since 1980. As mentioned earlier, Momentum watches is based in Vancouver, Canada. Actually, the company that works on the watches itself is called St. Moritz Watch Corp. However, the company designs, assembles, and services the watches under the Momentum.

The company’s main philosophy is to design and manufacture watches with casual and active but straightforward designs. The company claims that its watches feature excellent waterproof performance at a reasonable price. Most, if not all, of their watches are catered towards people with an active lifestyle.

Many of Momentum’s watches have a familiar and classic design – another thing that’s in-line with their design philosophy. This watch company isn’t looking to buck the trend but it’s a slave to trends either. Momentum focuses on making watches that have quality, functionality, and style.

Momentum Watches Review: Pros and Cons

Is it worth adding a Momentum timepiece to your collection? Here are the things that I love and appreciate about Momentum watches and some aspects that I don’t care about.

What We Love

1. No-Nonsense Design Philosophy

Sometimes, you just have to step back and appreciate what a watch company is trying to do. Momentum is not trying to revolutionize the watch industry with advanced timekeeping mechanisms and space-age construction, their main design philosophy is to make watches for the everyday people.

That’s something that I can get behind.

Momentum watches are something that you can wear and just go about your day. Even their best dive watches and high-end field timepieces have relatively traditional designs but reliable ruggedness. The features on the watches are about as basic as you can get but that’s perfectly fine.

If you are looking for a brand with a no-nonsense approach to their watches, it’s worth looking into what Momentum has to offer.

2. Rugged, Durable Timepieces

In light of Momentum’s philosophy of watches that just works, their timepieces are ultra-rugged, durable, and require little to no maintenance.

Despite not being premium, luxury pieces, many Momentum’s products are made from high-quality components like 316L steel, sapphire crystals, AR coating, and other durable materials. These are watches that can take quite a beating which is why it’s used by many professionals.

As of now, Momentum watches can be found on the wrist of law enforcement, firefighters, coast guards, and military personnel.

3. Looking Good

Momentum watches aren’t going to win any awards when it comes to fresh or innovative designs. However, that’s not to say that the watches aren’t good looking.

In fact, Momentum offers plenty of great-looking watches.

The designs of Momentum watches can be quite derivative but I have no problem wearing them on my wrist. For instance, the Momentum 1M-SP00B6B Atlas Titanium is a nice-looking field watch with a bold and legible dial. The Momentum Fieldwalker Adventure Watch is another watch that features a rock-solid design and is frankly very fashionable.

For certain, you won’t have a problem wearing Momentum watches daily.

4. Reasonable Price Tag

Perhaps the main selling point of Momentum watches is their price tags. These watches won’t cost an arm and leg but you still get a quality timekeeping tool.

The price range for Momentum watches ranges from $99-$300 which is great considering their overall quality. Because of this, Momentum is a good brand for up and coming watch collectors or if you’re in the market for a good gift watch.

There’s simply a lot of watch here for the money.

What We Don’t Love

1. Inconsistencies with Quality

While Momentum units have respectable quality, it’s worth noting that it’s still a microbrand. With that said, I found some quality issues with some Momentum watches I’ve checked.

This is especially true with entry-level models.

This is quite understandable with lower-end models because the company has to cut some corners here and there. Perhaps the most obvious solution to keep the cost down is with the movement. While the Miyota movement gets the job done, I just feel that it could be better while still keeping the cost down. There are also strap quality issues with some of the models.

In general, Momentum watches are well-built, there were just a couple of quality issues that are hard to ignore.

2. Derivative Designs

As mentioned earlier, Momentum’s timepieces are good-looking on their own. However, I must say that most of their designs are rather uninspired.

Many of their design elements look to be lifted from other brands like Seiko and Citizen. Now, there’s nothing wrong with this in general but if you’re looking for an inspired timekeeping tool, Momentum might not be the brand for you.

Don’t expect these watches to be the pinnacle of timekeeping design.

Best Momentum Watches

Of course, we can’t have a Momentum watches review without highlighting some of the best units the brand has to offer. Here are watches that best represent Momentum in my opinion.

1. Momentum Steelix Field Watch

The Momentum Steelix Field Watch is perhaps one of the most popular watches by Momentum – for good reason.

Rock-Solid Design

The Momentum Steelix Field Watch has caught my eye because it features a design that’s similar to a vintage Seiko. When I got the watch, it looks and feels like a well-constructed unit.

I also tend to gravitate towards black dialed watches so the Steelix is the first model I’ve checked for writing this Momentum watches review. With that said, the dial looks attractive with the charcoal color, bold numerals, and sword-style hands. Legibility is also excellent for this watch which is a must if you’re planning to wear it on the field.

The Steelix does feel a little bit heavy but it’s not that big of a deal once you get used to it. After several adjustments, the watch sits comfortably on my wrist. The nylon band could be better but it’s durable enough for people with an active lifestyle.

The Steelix Field Watch is one of the more impressive models by Momentum. Plus, it comes with a great price tag and is a great value for money.

2. Momentum M50 Mark II

The Momentum M50 Mark II is yet another popular piece by the brand. The M50 Mark II is touted by the company as their toughest watch, bar none. It’s a dive that’s good enough for deep-sea exploration, so take that as you will.

From Deep-Sea Diving to Beater

The Momentum M50 Mark II is a great option for a dive watch that won’t break the bank. With a water-resistance rating of 500M / 1650FT, this is a diver that you can reliably wear underwater. It’s no wonder that it has become a prime choice for law enforcement, special forces, firefighters, and EMT professionals.

One of the first things that you’ll notice about the M50 Mark II is its airtight construction. It just feels solid and appropriately rugged. Plus, the scratch-proof sapphire crystal does a great job of protecting the dial. Even if you’re not looking for a dive watch that will serve you underwater, this one makes an excellent beater watch.

For timekeeping and power, the M50 Mark II houses the Japanese Quartz Movement and 10-year battery life for precise timekeeping and longevity. The dial is also fully lumed which comes in handy for low-light conditions like under the ocean.

Overall, the M50 Mark II is very impressive as far as affordable dive watches go.

3. Momentum Atlas Titanium

Lastly, the Momentum Atlas Titanium is another successful creation by this Canadian-based watchmaker. It’s another field watch with a restrained look and a very nice feel to it.

Super Luminous Field Watch

First, the thing that I love the most about the Momentum Atlas Titanium is its size. The 38mm case  is a good size for a field watch such as this. The Atlas Titanium sits nicely on the wrist and it doesn’t hurt that it has a striking yet restrained look.

The face just screams “field watch” style and reminds me of some Hamilton watches. The dial is bold, simple, and legible – the oversized numbers made sure of that. The superluminous hands and numbers look quite nice during low-light conditions. However, the white dial version can be particularly bright.

Of course, you can’t talk about the watch without mentioning the Titanium case. The case is gray, matte-finished titanium. While it looks nice on its own, I would have preferred a brushed finish. As is, the case has like a sort of “plasticky” feel to it. However, it’s hard to complain about titanium cases especially at this price point.

Overall, the Momentum Atlas Titanium is a simple, durable, easy to wear and use field watch. It’s another Momentum watch that offers a great value proposition.

Momentum Watches Review: Are They Any Good?

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Finally, we conclude this Momentum watches review with a verdict.

The watches by Momentum comes highly recommended. This particular microbrand doesn’t break any ground but it doesn’t need to. There are some issues with quality but they’re not enough to make me turn away. There’s just so much watch here for your money.

Momentum watches are stylish, functional, and offers great value. Check them out if you’re in the market for a good entry-level to mid-range watch.

Ball Watches Review : In-depth Review of Popular Ball Watches

Ball Watches Review

We consulted different notable horologists and carried out in-depth ball watches review on the best models.  With our findings, we chose the  Ball Engineer Master II Diver as our favorite. The reason is that not only does it look elegant on the wrist, but it also has a high level of water resistance.  What is even better is that it can withstand up to 5000Gs of shock and works great in areas with high magnetic fields.

 

Ball Watches Review

If you are looking for a watch company with an intriguing past, then you should check out the Bell Watch company. In the 19th century, the owner, Webb C. Ball, was the first watchmaker to design timepieces with standard time signals while holding a top post in the railroad industry.

He set up guidelines that many watch companies use to design precision watches. These rules affected several features, including the dial arrangement, power reserve, and anti-magnetism.

Presently, Ball creates watches with unique designs and features that show its railroad roots. With a Ball watch, you can partake in various activities under different conditions. This is because it comes with specs and a build that ensures durability and functionality.

On this Ball watches review, we will be looking closely at some of the brand popular timepieces and their features. We will also see if the features are worth its hefty price tag.

Short Story of Ball Watch

Although the company creates beautiful watches, its history is gloomy. It was born after a fatal train accident that was caused by poor timing from the authorities.

To prevent a similar occurrence, Webster C. Ball, a watchmaker, was appointed as the “Chief Time Inspector.” He created strict timing standards that led to the birth of the company’s logo. During this time, the company created timepieces with movements from Elgin, Waltham, and Hamilton. These watches had the words “Official RR Standard” printed on each of their dials.

In the mid and late 1900s, the company was sold due to low interest among consumers. But today, Ball has risen as an Asian brand that makes Swiss watches with several exciting features. These include its gas tubes for easy reading, sturdy built, and elegant dial.

Currently, a descendant of Webb Ball plays some roles in the company, but I am not sure of his duties. If you want to know more about Ball’s gloomy origins, you can visit its official website for more details.

Let’s get started with a Ball watch Fireman review, where I will tell you more about its impressive features.

Best Ball Watches

 

1. Ball Fireman Storm Chaser Pro

 

This new timepiece designed for storm chasers at all levels came into existence when they partnered with a member of the BALL Explorer club and Ball Ambassador, Dr. Joshua Wurman.

The Fireman Storm Chaser Pro is a sturdy watch that can withstand extreme physical activity. It also stands as a trendy, clean fashion accessory with practical features such as a robust build and luminous gas tubes. While we’re still on the review of ball watches, let’s see other specs Firestorm chaser has to offer.

Case

Ball watches Review- Ball Gents-Watch Fireman Storm Chaser Pro

The Storm Chaser Pro features a 42mm steel case that measures 16mm in height. This size might come as a relief, especially for people who think the current Storm Chaser is too bulky.

The dial inside the case depends on the variant of the Storm Pro. One model offers a white dial while two others have either a black or grey dial. But all dials house glowing microtubes with which you can read the watch in poorly lit environments or at night.

Dial

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Another reason to love the Storm Chaser Pro is its legible and functional display. Here, you have a telemeter scale with which you can measure your distance from a lightning strike. Moreover, the chronograph begins during a lightning strike and ends when thunder rumbles. It has two sub-dial, and at the 3 o’clock marker, a display window shows the day and date.

Movement

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This watch includes the Ball Ball’sBall’s RR1402 automatic chronograph movement. With such a feature, the timepiece promises 25 jewels and a power reserve of 48 hours. Overall, it offers a high level of precise timekeeping.

Bezel

The top of the case has a narrow bezel which makes the watch look bigger. This bezel is made of aluminum and stands as the thinnest on any Ball watch. It also secures anti-reflective sapphire crystal on this timepiece.

Price

Many horologist and watch lovers are always intrigued to get ball timepieces because of its impressive designs. And it is no doubt because they keep on offering new models that are unique in their own way. The best part is that they never fail to make their watch eye-catching and easy to read due to the micro gas illumination feature. With the price of the Firestorm chaser pro below $3000 and its high shock resistance, it worth to be a great investment for anyone looking for the best firefighter watches or elegant timepieces.

Wearability

Like most Ball watches, the Fireman Storm Chaser comes in a calfskin leather strap. Although it has a unique look, it fits with the overall design of this Ball watch. It even feels soft against the skin, thereby making it an ideal item for prolonged use.

If you prefer metal, you can purchase the timepiece with a stainless bracelet, but at a different price. For lovers of other types of straps, you can replace any of the mentioned designs with your preferred bracelet option.

Opinion and Drawbacks

Despite its affordable price, the Storm Chaser Pro can hold its own against expensive watches. After all, it boasts of gas tubes that do not require a recharge while sporting an attractive but durable design. However, it might look out of place on smaller wrists because of its chunky case.

2. Ball Engineer Master II Diver Black Face

 

As expected from a brand with over a century of matchmaking, Ball has created a diving timepiece that maintains a vintage look while offering elegance and durability. This watch – the Ball Engineer Master II Diver, also promises exceptional water resistance, without sacrificing its impressive design.

Fortunately, it costs less than $2,000, which makes it an ideal item for the budget-conscious watch snob. Here are other specs on this timepiece that make it a worthy investment.

Case

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This part of the watch is circular and measures 41.5m with a 14mm thickness, thereby making it comfortable for extended use. It has a stainless steel case that looks attractive on the wrist and can handle the pressures of knocks and moisture. You will also find it easy to clean.

The watch also has a screw-down case back that provides a water-tight seal. With such features, it stays protected from splashes and prevents dust and dirt from entering the watch.

Dial

Ball Engineer Master II Diver Black Face

There are many things to love about the dial of the Ball Engineer Master II Diver. First, it comes in black with white inner bezels, giving it a luxurious and practical feel. It also has micro gas tubes on its markers for easy reading under low light conditions.

A sheet of sapphire glass covers the elegant dial. This crystal can resist scratches while offering improved readability with its anti-reflective coating.

Strap

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A stainless steel bracelet holds the watch to your wrist. For added security, Ball added a folding buckle to the end of the bracelet. Overall, there is no need to worry about losing your watch during physical activities on land or sea.

If you don’t like the feel of metal, you can swap this part for a rubber strap with a standard buckle. Although it looks weaker than steel, it can handle moisture and offer comfort at the same time.

Movement 

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Ball watches have a reputation for accurate timekeeping due to its classic movement. Here, the Ball Engineer Master II Diver uses a Swiss Automatic that offers the same level of accuracy with ease.

Water Resistance 

Unlike other timepieces listed in this ball watches review, the Engineer Master Diver II has a high level of water resistance. It offers a water resistance of 300m. With this said, you can use the watch for various aquatic activities including swimming and scuba diving. It also has a screw-down crown that helps keep moisture and dust out of its internal components.

Anti-Magnetism 

Typically, automatic watches are more precise than manual variants. However, this accuracy can be affected by magnetic fields.

If you are looking for a watch that can perform in areas with high magnetic fields, choose the Ball Engineer Master II Diver. It can withstand magnetism up to 12,000 A/m.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

The watch is an attractive but not an affordable option for the watch enthusiast or professional diver. It also offers a higher level of accuracy because of its anti-magnetic properties. However, it might look bulky on smaller wrists.

3. Ball Gents-Wristwatch Engineer Hydrocarbon AeroGMT II

 

If you are a fan of high-end GMT models, but you are shopping on a budget, then you should add the Engineer Hydrocarbon AeroGMT II to your list. This is because it cost less and has similar specs offered on watches from flagship brands.

These specs include a readable dial and an attractive rotating bezel. It also has a build that can handle knocks, falls without showing signs of wear, and tear. Below are some of the exciting features on the timepiece.

Case 

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Without adding the crown, the case on this item measures at 42mm while having a thickness of 14mm. With such dimensions, the watch will fit various wrist sizes without adding extra weight to them.

This case is made of stainless steel which remains attractive after years of repeated uses. It even has a sapphire crystal that can resist scratches with ease.

Dial

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The design on the watch includes a black dial surrounded by a movable sapphire bezel with luminous markers. On the dial, it features luminous hands, which allow easy readability at night. The anti-reflective coating on the crystal further enhances this legibility.

You can read the date at the position between the 4 and 5 o’clock position. If you want to check the day of the week, you will have to move to the window on 3 o’clock position.

Strap

Ball Gents-Wristwatch Engineer Hydrocarbon AeroGMT II

The watch has a tapered stainless steel bracelet which ends in a folding buckle and extension buckle. Such a feature helps the timepiece remain on your wrist during any physical activity. Moreover, the material used can withstand corrosion with ease.

The watch also comes in a model that includes a rubber strap with a standard buckle. As expected, this strap can also handle corrosion and offer comfort like the metal variant.

Power Reserve 

Apart from offering a reasonable level of accuracy, the movement also supports a power reserve of 42 hours. This reserve ensures you enjoy similar accuracy timekeeping even if the watch is not on your wrist. It also prevents you from winding the watch at regular intervals.

GMT Functions 

Since the watch is designed for the global traveler, it includes a GMT feature with dual time zones. This feature helps you know the time in your home city and destination with relative ease.

Opinion and Drawbacks 

Investing in the Ball Gents-Wristwatch Engineer Hydrocarbon AeroGMT II is not a poor choice. This is true especially as it has features that suit all forms of activity, including air travel. These include a robust build, GMT functions, readable dial, and comfortable strap. Besides, it is more affordable at less than $4,000.

But its 42mm case might look bulky thereby making it unsuitable for smaller wrists. It also has a water resistance of 100m which cannot hold against diving or swimming for long periods.

Ball Watches Review: Do They Worth the Investment

This brings us to the final roundup of the Ball watches review. With origins rooted in railroad history, Ball has designed watches that fit various activities and looks. For instance, Ball Engineer Master II Diver has impressive features for the pro-diver. As for the Engineer Hydrocarbon AeroGMT , it handles the timing needs of international travel while the Storm Chaser Pro is a perfect choice for storm chasing and one of the best watches for Firefighter.

Although they have impressive features, they are high-end watches. Ball watchmaker offers specs that include a durable design, micro gas tubes, Swiss automatic movement, and power reserve. Furthermore, they can rival the options offered by expensive brands.

In summary, you can get an excellent Ball watches for half the price of either a Rolex or Omega timepiece with similar specs. So if you are on the lookout for a vintage watch that combines modern design and specs for a reasonable price, you should consider checking Ball’s line of watches.

Longines HydroConquest Review

Review of Longines HydroConquest

The Longines HydroConquest line of diving watches are top-of-the-line accessories for the modern businessman. They feature a professional style that also works well with casual attire. If you would like to invest in a premium Swiss brand sports watch, you should consider this line of luxury wristwatches.

As a modern entrepreneur, I needed a wristwatch I could wear with my best suit for those important conference meetings, but also wanted an accessory that would work for weekend get-togethers with friends and family.

The HydroConquest line from Longines easily caught my attention. I was aware of their unsurpassed reputation for creating quality watches. And I admired the dressy casual look of their timepieces. Also, the brand’s customer ratings are some of the best I’ve seen for a watch manufacturer in several years.

Who is the Longines HydroConquest Wristwatch Designed For?

The Longines line of HydroConquest watches were not designed for one single target audience. Instead, the manufacturers created a watch design for a much broader range of customers. The look caters to business professionals and watch enthusiasts alike. Especially those interested in a stylish and long-lasting accessory.

This diving sports watch is water-resistant up to 30 bar. However, that doesn’t mean it is strictly for divers. The chronological dial and luxurious look make this impressive sports watch an excellent choice.  The watch is perfect for today’s busy CEOs and top negotiators. It is resistant to both dust and water. This means you can easily wear this sports watch daily without worrying about  damage from the elements.

Watch collectors and enthusiasts love this line. Mainly because it features a classic Swiss watch style with several extras. Those extras make the HydroConquest line unique. The sports watch collection  offered in various designs features gold or silver straps. The watches are also available with straps made from synthetic materials. The variety of designs allows customers to find one watch to match s their inimitable personality and style preference.

Why We Recommend This Line of Diving Watches

When a watch has enough staying power to remain one of the most talked about diving watches for more than a decade, it’s worth looking into. The HydroConquest was first introduced in 2007 and remains one of the best Swiss made watches you can buy.

The specifications for this collection are impressive 10 years after their release. But as a consumer, you shouldn’t rely on technical aspects alone. It’s impossible to tell how nice a watch truly is unless you try it out for yourself.

Even though I’m not a diver, I do consider myself a watch enthusiast. And I have always loved the rugged yet sophisticated look of Longines’ diver watches. Their sleek design makes them stand out just enough to get noticed. But at the same time, they offer just the right amount of flair so that they don’t take the attention away from the rest of your attire.

Like most Swiss watches, those from the Longines HydroConquest line are designed to outlast any other general sports watch available. They are manufactured using only the finest and most durable materials in the industry.

Designing a mechanical watch that will outlast the owner seems impossible. But that is what he Longines brand strives to achieve with every luxury watch they create.

The Longines brand pays attention to detail. And that fact alone makes their watches worth checking into.

The Features You Will Love About The Longines HydroConquest Watch

The Longines HydroConquest diving watch is a work of art in itself. It features a 41mm diameter stainless steel case. That helps ensure that it remains water resistant up to 300 meters. The steel material is heavy, but refined. This makes it a durable piece that is also comfortable to wear. Leaving the wearer with a very solid feel. The durability you can both see and feel with this watch is sure to provide divers with the confidence they need to take this watch deep into the water without concerns.

All watches in the HydroConquest line feature the impressive Longines caliber 633 movement. These timepieces have a unidirectional rotating aluminum bezel with a sapphire crystal and a screw-in crown. The quality indexing on the bezel and face, along with spaced Arabic numbers and markers make this watch easy to glance at and read quickly throughout the day.

The included date feature may not be a one of the most essential features of this watch, but it’s included as a useful reminder and situated at the 3 o’ clock mark. All these specifications combined make this a fine choice for those spending their day at sea or at the office.

Along with the 41mm stainless steel version, there are also smaller models available such as the 39mm watch designed for slimmer wrists and a 30mm Ladies design. The HydroConquest line even features a 25mm quartz version adding more variety to their collection.

The Downside to the Longines HydroConquest Watch

The Longines HydroConquest line of timepieces is a truly elegant collection. These Swiss watches are so well-made they are still talked about as if they are brand new products over a decade after their initial release. But as with any type of product, there are always some features that all customers aren’t going to agree on.

Overall there are very few complaints about this watch collection. But if you look around online you can find a mentions of negative aspects such as the wedges that provide protection to the watch crown. They do their job well, but are also quite sharp, which can be uncomfortable at times. Others have mentioned the solid case back which is a bit unusual for a mechanical watch.

But since the HydroConquest is also a diving watch, the solid back helps to further ensure the optimal amount of water resistance

About The Longines Brand

Longines is a Swiss luxury watchmaker brand that is based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. The company was founded in 1832 and since 1983, it has been a subsidiary of another popular Swiss watch brand, Swatch Group.

The company was founded by a Swiss watchmaker Auguste Agassiz. Their first chronograph movement watch, the 20H, was developed in 1878 and featured all three chronograph functions, start, stop and reset. These functions were all accessible via the crown of the watch.

In 1931 Longines partnered with legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh to create an aviation watch known as the Longines Weems. They later followed up this timepiece with another aviation watch, the Longines Chronocinegines, in 1954.

Today the brand has developed strong relationship switch the sporting industry by creating timepieces ideal for those interested in archery, automobile racing, horse racing and tennis. The brand continues to be one of the most popular Swiss diving watch manufactures across the globe and still considered a wise investment for anyone willing to purchase one of these fine, luxurious watches.

Specifics for the Longines HydroConquest Sports Watch

Here are a few of the specifics for the HydroConquest Sports Watch Line.

Watch Case & Bracelet

  • Case & Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
  • Specifications: Screw-in Crown and Unidirectional rotating bezel.
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • Screw-down case back
  • Water resistant up to 30 bar
  • Case Dimension: Ø 41.00 mm
  • Bracelet Buckle: Double-security folding clasp and integrated diving extension

Movement, Functions, & Dials

  • Caliber: L633 self-winding mechanical movement with 28’800 vibration per hours. 38 hours of power reserve in all.
  • Function: hours, minutes, seconds, and date
  • Arabic numerals and indexes for markers with Super-LumiNova®
  • Silver polished hands also with Super-LumiNova®

Why We Think You Should Consider Buying the Longines HydroConquest Watch

A Longines HydroConquest wristwatch is a smart buy for anyone who loves the beauty and craftmanship of a luxury divers watch, but also wants a timepiece they can wear anywhere at any time. It’s a luxury watch that works like your traditional sports watch. So, you never have to switch out timepieces when going from business to casual.

The HydroConquest line of watches features a high visibility display with a sapphire crystal glass. These watches include the brand’s Super-LumiNova® feature which illuminates the watch face so you can easily see the dial hands and display in dark settings.

The watches have a popular 41mm casing size with the brand’s L633 movement that is based off of ETA 2824. Each watch also includes a diver extension bracelet and has a 300m water resistance rating for peace of mind while diving.

Final Thoughts on the Longines HydroConquest

The HydroConquest line of watches by Longines features timepieces that are a remarkable masterpiece of today’s innovative watch manufacturing. The sweeping automatic movement works similar to a Rolex, which is a testament of the quality of the Longines brand. With that type of comparison, it is easy to see why so many watch enthusiasts are impressed by this line of wristwatches.

Overall, the quality of the HydroConquest diving watches remains to be some of the very best that you can buy, and that’s saying a lot considering these watches have been available for more than ten years. While highly advanced watch models have been developed by other brands in the past decade, the HydroConquest continues to stand its ground and remain a favorite with luxury watch enthusiasts.

If you are interested in investing in a high-quality Swiss timepiece, the Longines brand is a good place to start your search. You can be assured that you are buying a wristwatch that with withstand the test of time and technology. And considering that these watches are around a sixth of the price of a Rolex, a Longines HydroConquest is a smart choice for watch collectors on a budget.

Best Lume Watch

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Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and try to check the time, only to realize that you can’t check the time without switching on the lights? Lume watches can help you. There are many of these illuminated watches on the market today and finding the best one is not easy. To help you, we have compiled this list of the best lume watches you can buy right now. The Luminox Navy Seal is our top pick lume watch.

 

It offers users an excellent combination of style, functionality, and value. If you are in a hurry, you can stop reading here and purchase the Luminox. If you are interested in other high-quality wristwatches on the market, do read on.

Our Top Pick – Luminox Navy Seal

This watch is our top pick because it offers a perfect combination of ruggedness, style, functionality, and value. Luminox designed it for night missions by Navy Seal teams. Luminox is known for the “always visible technology” found in its watches, and the Luminous Navy Seal watch is no exception. It is a military-grade wristwatch that sits comfortably on your wrist, beautifully designed, and importantly, offers readability at night

Impressive Design

The case of the watch is made of carbon-reinforced polymer; which ensures it is not only super-durable but also lightweight. The dial window is shatter-resistant, shock-absorbing, and can take a beating without a single scratch. It comes with a silicon-type 23mm rubber band that serves you whether wet or dry. The low magnetic signature found on the watch, something rarely found in watches of this type or at this price, is excellent for security personnel.

Illumination

Aside from all these features, what you are likely most interested in is the illumination the watch offers. The Luminox Navy Seal features Tritium illumination, which is arguably the best lume method. This feature ensures that the watch will light up non-stop for up to 25 years. We enjoyed using it in the dark as it was straightforward to read.

Opinion and Drawbacks

Overall, you will be hard-pressed to find a lume watch that offers functionality, looks excellent, and provides illumination in low-light conditions all at a reasonably affordable price. The only drawbacks we observed are the bands. The bands are not as durable as the rest of the watch, and it slips out of place.

Runner up – Ball Hydrocarbon AeroGMT

 

If you are looking for a big, bold, fun, and simply stunning timepiece, look no further than the AeroGMT from Ball. This watch comes at a rather hefty price too, indicated in the stunning appearance; there is no doubt that the envious stares it’ll get will make every penny worth it.

Stunning Design

The Ball Hydrocarbon AeroGMT is an exquisitely crafted wristwatch that keeps up to three time zones. The Hydrocarbon line of watches from Ball is often the best offerings from the company. Most of the models in the range come with the crown guard system proprietarily owned by Ball. Hence, the design is unlike anything you’ll see out there. The system ensures that the crown is fully screwed down, and is protected from bumps and damage. Although appearing big and bold, on wearing the wristwatch, you’ll discover it is not an especially big piece. At 42mm by 13.5mm, it is a reasonable size watch. Additionally, from 3 o’clock to 9, the bezel is red while it is black on the other half.

Tritium Illumination

The watch’s black dial features 43 tritium gas tubes that provide illumination even in low-light conditions. There are different colors for different time zones: orange-colored markers for 1-12 hour markers, green on bezel markers, and blue for the 3rd time zone.

Water Resistance

The AeroGMT is waterproof to up to 100 meters. While this is not as impressive as the 200-meter depth of our top pick, it ensures that you can go swimming without fear of ruining your relatively expensive wristwatch.

Opinion and Drawbacks

This wristwatch is a classy watch that screams high end. It looks and feels incredible. The size is comfortable, as well. Ensure your sleeves are not too tight as the watch might get in the way of formal wear.

Best Lume Watch for Women – Victorinox Dive Master 500

 

The Victorinox Dive Master 500 is a beautiful wristwatch that comes in an elegant design perfect for casual occasions or diving activities. If you are concerned about the illumination provided in low-light conditions, the Victorinox allays your fears by liberally applying lume to the dials of the watch.

Splendid Design

The Victorinox comes in a design that will enhance your appearance and complement any outfit in your closet. It features a 43mm stainless steel case complete with a crown at 3 o’clock. The rubber strap measures 18 mm and will hold the watch firmly to your wrist. Whether dry or wet, the strap remains comfortable as it can withstand adverse weather.

Water resistance

The watch displays splendid durability and water resistance. Although it looks dainty, it has some of the best water-resistance you will find on a lume watch. If you are a diver or enjoy engaging in aquatic activities, you will find the watch adequate for your needs. It has a whopping water-resistance of up to 500 meters.

Durable Dial Window

The window of this watch is of sapphire glass which makes it resistant to scratching. You can rest assured that the dial window will remain clear for long, allowing you to read the details on the watch without any hassles.

Illumination

If you are concerned about the lume on this watch, don’t be! The hands, indices, and even the dive bezel of the Victorinox have a liberal amount of Superluminova applied. Hence, whether at night or in the deep sea, you can easily read the face of the watch. Even the minutest amount of light charges the lume and will last for up to a day.

Opinion and Drawbacks

Victorinox is the best lume watch for women. With its stylish design and classy appearance, it is undoubtedly a lovely addition to your casual attire. When it comes to performance and illumination, we have no issues with this watch. The singular drawback is that you might not like the casual appearance and might opt for something a bit more serious-looking.

Best Budget Lume Watch – Citizen Men’s Promaster BN0151-09L

 

If you seek a good-looking watch at an affordable price, or you prefer quartz over an automatic, then our budget option will suit you right to the ground.

Design

The design on the Citizen Promaster is rather simple. The cylinder has lugs, the crown, and the crown guards stuck on. It is a versatile piece that can go well with casual wear. The watch doesn’t have any intricate designs on the body, a reflection of its budget status. Nevertheless, the polishing on the case is neat and consistent. Considering how much it costs, the overall finish is decent.

Comfort

The Citizen Promaster comes with a blue silicone strap that feels comfortable on the skin (at least on ours). Wearing it, we didn’t need any strap extenders or similar mechanisms. If you wish, you can switch the silicone diving band with any other band you sample. Since it comes with 20 mm lugs, you can always find straps to fit it. It is a lightweight watch that you can wear and even forget you are wearing a watch. With the 12mm thick profile, it looks sleek and charming. The 43mm diameter is relatively small, as well. 

Illumination

During our testing, we observed that the watch has all the markers generously filled with lume. Therefore, you can wake up at 3 AM and get a good read of the face of the watch. It requires exposure to sunlight, and we were delighted that after a brief exposure, it lasted for up to six hours.

Opinion and Drawbacks

The watch is an impressive timepiece. The only drawback is that as a budget watch, it doesn’t look as good as the other watches on this list.

Premium Pick – Rolex Submariner

 

This watch almost requires zero introductions. If you want a watch that will last for a long time and you have the cash, this is the watch for you.

Design and Build

The Submariner comes with the high-quality signature craftsmanship, and design Rolex is known for. It looks great no matter what you wear it on. We daresay it elevates your appearance no matter what you wear. Whether to a business meeting or a gala, or even something more casual, there is no place it wouldn’t fit.

Water resistance

The Rolex is a durable watch that can last for a lifetime. With regards to water resistance, it can survive up to 300 meters underwater.

Illumination

In the past, the lume used on Rolex watches was radium-based. While this lasted for a long time, it is dangerous to health. Today, Rolex has shifted to its proprietary lume, dubbed Chromalight. This compound is safe and glows blue rather than green. It provides splendid illumination in low-light conditions and lasts for a long time.

Opinion and Drawbacks

The Rolex Submariner is a splendidly constructed, premium watch that will draw appreciative glances wherever you wear it to. Chromalight is innovative and delivers illumination even in low-light conditions. The only drawback we have is the price of the watch.

Final Words

From this review, you have seen some of the best lume watches available on the market. If you seek an affordable watch choose the Citizen Men’s Promaster.  The Victorinox Dive Master 500 is great for women, and our top pick the Luminox Navy Seal will please even the most critical of watch enthusiasts.

We hope you will use our review to choose the best lume watch for you.

Vostok Watches Review: Is This Russian Brand Any Good?

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

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

 

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

The History of Vostok Watches

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vostok Watches Review: Pros and Cons

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

What We Love

Great Colorful History

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

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

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

Original Designs

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

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

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

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

Daily Beater

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

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

This brings us to the next point.

Budget-Friendly

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

And I tend to agree.

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

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

What We Don’t Love

Quality Control Issues

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

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

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

Not So Intuitive Design Elements

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

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

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

Lack of Variety

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

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

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

Best Vostok Watches

1. Vostok Amphibia Zissou

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

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

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

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

2. Vostok Komandirskie

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

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

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

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

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

3. Vostok Amphibia “Scuba Dude”

 

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

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

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

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

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

Vostok Watches Review: Are They Any Good?

We end this Vostok watches review with our recommendation.

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

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

Best Women’s Dive Watch under 500: Top 5 Affordable Dive Watch For Women

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After carrying out thorough research on the best women’s dive watch under 500, we picked the Victorinox Dive Master 500 as our favorite. This watch is durable, easy to read in low light condition and it offers a higher level of water resistance (500m).

 

Top 5 Best Women’s Dive Watch under 500

For so many years, diver timepieces flooding the market are mainly meant for men, and they come at a high price. For this reason, it has been challenging to find dive watches for women that are below $500. However, since women are beginning to take up this sport as a hobby or profession, they will need to get one handy.

Dive watches are a great fashion accessory and essential gear for any female divers. Also, it ensures safety and provides excellent timekeeping when diving. And what’s more, apart from helping divers account for elapsed time, some can even track tidal patterns and lunar cycles.

Admittedly, this timepiece will be a perfect companion for women that engages in activities like swimming, fishing, and snorkeling. But as earlier said, since finding the best affordable dive watches for women can be hard, we have gone through the stress for you.

Here, we’ve researched and selected the best women’s dive watch under 500 dollars which comes with impressive features and are highly durable to withstand prolonged use. We also provide details about each watch on our list so that you can easily make a perfect choice.

1. Invicta Women’s 8943 Pro Diver Watch

 

When it comes to dive watches the Invicta stand as one of the brands that have made a remarkable mark on the market. Surely, ladies are not left out in their Pro Diver collection as they bring you the Invicta Women’s 8943. This watch is highly durable, and it looks elegant to compliment any ladies outfit. What’s even better is that it’s at a low price range, and it offers great benefits that make it stand out.

Elegant Design

If you’re a woman that loves everything fashion, the Invicta 8943 dive watch is the perfect choice for you. The watch features 23 karats gold-plated stainless steel case that look beautiful on the wrist and can complement your casual outfit.

This watch is not only suitable for female divers, but also an excellent watch for women looking for an elegant timepiece. It comes with a stylish black dial with luminous hands and marker, and a magnified date function. 

Extremely Durable and Comfortable

Unlike most diver watch with large watch face, this timepiece has a small round stainless steel case measuring 26mm wide. With such size, it can fit perfectly into the cuff of your sleeves. It’s also comfortable enough to wear throughout the day.

To provide additional comfort, Invicta 8943 has a gold-tone stainless steel bracelet with a safety fold-over clasp. With such feature, It is more comfortable to wear the watch and take it off.

One thing we love about this watch is its durability. On the watch face, it features a scratch-resistant mineral crystal that can withstand heavy impact from elements. Also, the screen has an anti-reflective coating which makes it easier to read in low light condition.

 Water Resistance

When it comes to a dive watch, you have to consider a timepiece that can withstand high water pressure. With water-resistant to 200m (660 feet), no doubt the Invicta 3943 is a suitable watch for water sports and recreational scuba diving. Although to prevent any water from getting in at any time, you should tighten the crown before diving.

Opinion and Drawbacks

From being affordable, elegant, to offering a high level of water resistance, this watch is surely a perfect choice for women. However, one thing that you might not like about this watch is that the face is small, which makes it challenging to read. It’s also a bit heavy and clunky on the wrist.

2. Victorinox Dive Master 500

 

The Victorinox Dive Master 500 is designed to look attractive for casual and aquatic activities. It also stands a worthy investment because of its numerous features that will make any diving trip safe.

Robust and Attractive Design

Compared to regular dive watches, this timepiece has a look that will complement any outfit in your cabinet. It also has a durable build that can endure long term exposure to seawater.

The build consists of a 43mm stainless steel case with a crown at its 3 o’clock position. With these parts, the watch can resist damage while maintaining its elegance.

Furthermore, an 18mm rubber strap comfortably holds the watch to your wrist. If you are a diver or athlete, you should love this bracelet as it can withstand any form of moisture, including sweat.

High Level of Water Resistance

One of the good qualities of the best dive watches for women is the ability to handle the challenges at various depths under the sea. As expected, the Dive Master 500 offers water resistance to a depth 500m, which is ideal for aquatic activities.

Tough Dial Window

Another exciting feature of this timepiece is its rugged crystal that is made from sapphire glass. Combined with the fixed bezel, this scratch-proof glass offers protection to the stylish dial. With this feature, you can read the details on your watch face without having ugly marks obscure your view.

Opinion and Drawbacks

If you are in the market for a dive watch that doubles as a casual accessory, check out the Divemaster 500 as it offers ease of use and eye-catching design. But if you prefer a more serious-looking dive watch, you might have to consider other options.

3. Momentum Men & Women’s Dive Series Quartz Sports Watch

 

Like the Invicta watch, the Momentum Quartz sports watch timepiece is ideal for the budget-conscious diver. However, if you need an impressive dive watch that pairs functionality with comfort, then this momentum women’s dive watch should top your list.

Ideal Water Resistance

With its screw-down crown, it can handle water pressure up to a depth of 200m, thus making it suitable for swimming; snorkeling and scuba diving. However, avoid engaging in professional dives with this watch.

Standard Dial

The timepiece offers a simple dial design with bold Arabic numerals and a date window at the 3 o’clock position. The dials features allow quick reading so that you can focus on maneuvering reefs or other tasks.

Dependable and Durable Build

Apart from the comfort, the materials offer durability that can rival any ladies dive watches on the market. For instance, the rubber strap can withstand exposure to moisture on land and sea. Next, the case can resist corrosion that comes with its use for marine hobbies.

Opinion and Drawbacks

If you need an affordable alternative to the best women watches under 500 dollars, chose the M1 Splash. We recommend this product because it boasts an easy to read face and maintains accurate time. It is also one of the best Inexpensive dive watches for men and women on the market.

But its rubber strap has a weird smell which you might find distracting. It also has a face that might not fit smaller wrists.

4. Luminox Steel Colormark Ladies Watch

 

The Luminox Colormark dive watch comes from a brand that focuses on delivering ruggedness and other exciting features in a small timepiece. Overall, this timepiece can endure numerous diving trips without sacrificing its attractive look.

Simple and Practical Design

The Steel Colormark does not depend on the flashy build. Instead, it comes in a simple black stainless steel case that promises long term durability. It also has a  sturdy black stainless steel bracelet.

When worn, you would not look out of place at a dive site or weekend hangout. If you discover that its bracelet is large or small for your wrist, you can adjust the size by removing the links.

Ideal Water Resistance

Like any small ladies dive watch, this Luminox watch delivers a standard amount of water resistance. With a waterproof rating of 200m, you can dive with the Steel Colormark at moderate depths for a long period.

Impressive Watch Face

One of the attractions of this item is its circular display. This dial includes grey Arabic numeral markers while a luminous hands sweep across the surface. You will admire this dial as its easy to read in both direct sunlight or dark environments.

Opinion and Drawbacks

This item offers features that will interest either amateur or professional female divers. After all, it has a sporty look that fits the adventurous lady.

It also has a body that can withstand the pressure that comes with regular use on either land or sea. It even comes with extra links to get a perfect fit.

However, its luminous tubes might look dim under certain depths. If you choose to ignore this minor issue, the Luminox Steel Colormax might be considered as the best women’s dive watch under 500 dollars.

5. Momentum Women’s Quartz Watch | M1 Mini by Momentum

 

The Momentum M1 mini is a perfect timepiece for women looking for an elegant and attractive dive watch. Although it might be a Mini model of Momentum Dive watches, it’s packed with impressive features that can rival top tier marine timepieces. It is also comfortable enough on the wrist and can be a great item to gift to a lady whether it’s a birthday or an occasion.

Sturdy Build

For divers, durability is always significant when looking for a dive watch. For this reason, the Momentum comes with sturdy 31mm round stainless steel case with a rotary bezel that can withstand knocks and fall. It also features a natural rubber strap that does not slag or gets damaged even after prolonged use.

Easy to Read

As a diver, you should know that owning a watch with stylish design is not all that matter most. You ought to consider getting a timepiece that is easy to read when diving. Hence, we selected this timepiece because it features a luminous dial, which gives the best readability in low light condition.

Extra Features

Users will find it easier to account for the elapsed time when diving as it features a rotary bezel. On the dial, there is a date window to keep you updated on the current day of the week. Also, for women that love fashion, this watch has a large variety of colors to complement your style and favorite outfit.

What’s even better is that all parts are highly waterproofed and the watch is water-resistant to a depth of 200m. It features a Japanese quartz movement which offers a long-lasting precision.

Opinion and Drawbacks

With all this said about this best women’s dive watch under 500, most ladies will certainly be happy owning this watch. Also, since it’s slim, rugged, and stylish, this makes it a whole lot of fun to use. However, its rubber strap can be itchy on the wrist, and the date window is tiny, making it hard to read.

Final Recommendation on The Best Women’s Dive Watch under 500

On our review, you have come across some of the best women dive watches which will not cost a fortune. You have also seen how these devices will meet the demands of female divers of all classes.

If you are looking for affordable watches that can rival products from top brands, invest in the M1 Splash. Also, for those that love dive watches that can serve as sporty fashion accessories, the Momentum M1 Mini or the Invicta 8943 are great choices.

We hope our selection will help you in finding the best women’s dive watch. But if you are confused, carefully consider your daily activities or check out other best women’s dive watch that will suit your needs.