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

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

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

Best Seiko Automatic Watches

Key Features

Our Rating

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

Best Seiko Automatic Watches

1. Seiko SARBO33 Automatic

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

Best Valued Seiko Watch Around

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

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

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

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

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

2. Seiko 5 Automatic

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

For People Who Don’t Wear Watches

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

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

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

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

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

3. Seiko SRP777 Prospex Turtle Automatic

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

Bulky, Unique Dive Watch

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

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

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

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

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

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

4. Seiko Presage SRPB41 Blue Moon

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

Luxury Watch Without the Luxury Price

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

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

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

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

5. Seiko SSA231K1 Analog Automatic

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

Open Heart Excellence

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

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

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

6. Seiko SRPC07 Prospex Automatic

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

Dive Watch With a Helping of Color

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

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

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

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

Hard to Go Wrong with a Seiko

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

IWC Aquatimer Review: Does This Diver Live Up To Its Iconic Reputation?

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Despite being an iconic brand, it was not until recently that I’ve come to appreciate what IWC has to offer. To remedy that, I will be doing an IWC Aquatimer review.

The Aquatimer Ref. 812AD was the very first dive watch released by IWC. The watch debuted with a bang and featured a timeless design – which is why it’s still being made today.

Is the Aquatimer Automatic still a worthy purchase today? Let’s find out!

IWC Aquatimer Review: At a Glance

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For this IWC Aquatimer review, we will focus on the IWC Aquatimer Automatic Ref. 3290 which is the base model. As with most of my watch reviews, let’s first take a look at the key specs and features of the IWC Aquatimer:

Model:

IWC Aquatimer Automatic

Reference #:

392001

Case material:

Stainless Steel

Case diameter:

42 mm

Case height:

14.2 mm

Crown:

Screw In
Water resistance: 30 bar

Dial:

Black dial with luminescence

Movement:

30120 Calibre, Automatic, self-winding
Power reserve: 42 hours

Frequency:

Frequency 28800.0 vph (4.0 hz)

Strap:

Black rubber strap with IWC-patented quick-change system

Strap width:

22 mm

Features:

Mechanical external/internal rotating bezel with SafeDive system

Date display

Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides

IWC bracelet quick-change system

Central hacking seconds

It’s worth mentioning that there’s another model of this watch which is the IWC Aquatimer 329002. It’s virtually the same watch but with a stainless steel bracelet.

First Impressions

I’ve been interested in IWC as a brand for quite some time now. The best IWC watches are some of the most beautiful and functional timepieces available. So I didn’t pass up the chance to check out the iconic IWC Aquatimer.

When the watch arrived, I was pleased that it’s so much better than expected. The dial features a simple design but you can tell that a great deal of craftsmanship has gone into it. The black matte dial just screams elegance.

I am not a diver myself but I appreciate just how legible the dial is. Many people seem to have a problem with the minimal seconds hand but it doesn’t bother me that much.

One of my initial concerns about the Aquatimer is its rubber strap. However, I shortly realized that my concerns were unfounded. I opted for the rubber strap because I intend to add the Aquatimer to my casual day-to-day rotation, so the rubber strap is the obvious choice for its lightness. Fortunately, the quality of the strap is on-point.

The Aquatimer seems to have a bit of heft to it but it’s far from a bulky profile. My first impression is that I made the right choice with the Aquatimer, despite my initial concerns.

The Case

My Aquatimer Automatic came in a 42 mm stainless steel case and it’s about 14 mm tall. While the watch is marketed towards men, I do believe that the Aquatimer has the style and size that would look great when worn by some ladies.

After all, this Aquatimer model is the smallest watch in the IWC dive watch lineup.

Moving on, there’s not much to say about the stainless steel case except that it feels solid and robust. This is a fairly high-end dive watch and the case very well represents the luxury feel of IWC watches. One interesting design element of the case is the notched bezel (more on that later). These subtle notches are a plus for me and show IWC’s attention to detail.

The crown, crystal, and caseback are properly secured with gaskets – hardly a surprise when it’s a dive watch. The screw-in crown ensures that the watch can provide reliable water resistance. The Aquatimer has a water resistance rating of 300 meters (approx. 1,000 feet) which is nothing short of impressive.

The domed sapphire crystal protects the dial and has an anti-reflective coating on both sides. This ensures that the watch is legible at all times.

The Dial

I have always been a big fan of black dials, so opting for the black dial Aquatimer is a no-brainer. However, there are other variants of the 392001 such as the limited edition, Aquatimer Automatic Edition “Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau”.

The Aquatimer’s dial can only be described as clean and elegant. It still pretty much looks like the early IWC divers and you know what they say about things that aren’t broke.

Perhaps one of the first things you’ll notice about the dial are the oversized hour and minute baton hands. This gives an interesting contrast against the thin and minimal seconds hand. The markers for every 5 minutes are applied which gives an almost 3D-like effect. The date aperture is found at the 3 o’clock marker – pretty standard stuff.

The hour markers, bezel, and the hands are all coated with luminescent coating. I’ve tested the lume and I must say that it looks great even under total darkness. The glow of the dial is simply mesmerizing. I only hope that the glow lasts for a long while.

The Bezel

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Undoubtedly, the most interesting part of the Aquatimer for me is the bezel.

All the Aquatimer timepieces are fitted with the patented “SafeDive” rotating bezel. As mentioned, the Aquatimer’s bezel is subtly notched which is a deliberate design decision. The notched design makes it easier to rotate the external bezel which works like a standard dive watch.

However, there’s another internal bezel or flange which showcases the diving scale. The internal bezel can only be rotated in counterclockwise direction. According to IWC, this ensures that even when the outer bezel is inadvertently rotated, the dive time will not be adjusted.

The 60-click bezel operation is utterly satisfying. Moreover, the clicky rotation adds a great deal to the adjustment accuracy. IWC has nailed its proprietary bezel design – very functional and easy to use.

The Movement

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You can’t have an IWC Aquatimer review without talking about its movement.

The IWC Aquatimer Automatic is powered by the caliber 30120, a self-winding movement. It features 21-jewels, a date display, a central hacking feature, 28,800 vph (4Hz) frequency, and a 42-hour power reserve.

I must admit that I was slightly disappointed to find out that the Aquatimer doesn’t come with an in-house movement. Interestingly, the caliber 30120 is derived from ETA 2892. IWC gets the 2892 in kit form and performs the assembly themselves with some modifications/additions of their own.

However, I am not one to complain especially when the 2892 is a durable and easily serviceable movement. SO far, I have no problems with the accuracy but I intend to test it some more. Other than that, there’s not much to talk about as far as the movement goes.

Overall, despite the lack of an in-house movement, the Aquatimer has more than earned its worth through its other components.

The Strap

First and foremost, don’t knock the Aquatimer just because it comes with a rubber strap. The quality and design of the Aquatimer strap is about what you can expect from a luxury dive watch.

For starters, the rubber strap didn’t have any vanilla or rubber smell. The strap was manufactured to smell neutral which is something that I can get behind. This means that the rubber strap was well manufactured.

Furthermore, the strap features seven buckle holes and finding the right fit was a breeze. Once strapped i, the watch feels very comfortable and the rubber strap didn’t cause any irritation which I can’t say with other rubber straps.

Perhaps the best part of the strap is the quick change system. The interior end of the strap is outfitted with custom steel that snaps into the case. Attaching and re-attaching the strap is quick and convenient. However, this also means that you can only use IWC brand rubber straps.

Pricing

The price of the Aquatimer Automatic dive watch is just about right for the base model. If you choose to get the version with a steel bracelet, expect to pay about $1,000 more.

This IWC dive watch also comes in many other variants like the Aquatimer Chronograph and the super luxurious Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “50 Years Aquatimer”.

The lack of a real in-house movement is disappointing at first but after wearing it for weeks, it felt like the asking price is more than justified. Other aspects of the Aquatimer is just so well done that you can easily forget its other flaws.

For professional divers, the Aquatimer might just be one of the best diving timepieces around. It doesn’t offer a whole lot when it comes to diving features, like a dive computer, but it does very well with what it can offer. Ease of use and legibility are top-notch. The luminescent coating should also serve you well when underwater.

Ultimately, the Aquatimer is more than worth it for the price.

Should You Get the IWC Aquatimer Automatic?

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We wrap up this IWC Aquatimer review with my verdict. Is the IWC Aquatimer worth the investment?

Whether it’s for everyday wear or diving, the Aquatimer should serve you well. The watch boasts high-quality construction and excellent durability, making it ideal even for regular rotations. Also, numerous unique design elements make the Aquatimer stand out from other divers. The bezel and strap are my favorite parts.

It’s also a great-looking watch despite the fairly simplistic appearance. The overall look is clean, elegant, and iconic. The IWC Aquatimer Automatic is a worthy addition to any dive watch collection.

Vincero Watch Review: The Chrono S is a Luxury Watch Sans the Luxury Price

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While I am always excited to check out new watch brands, I tend to be quite wary when suddenly a brand is everywhere.

That’s how I feel with Vincero.

However, I’ve been checking out their website and it looks elegant and professional. I’ve decided to give this brand a chance since I’ve been eyeing a good chronograph that won’t break the bank. So I pulled the trigger on one of the most popular timepieces by Vincero – the Chrono S Chronograph.

 

For this Vincero watch review, I am going to take an in-depth look at the Vincero Chrono S Chronograph. Let’s get to it!

Vincero Watch Review: The Chrono S at a Glance

It’s worth noting that the Vincero Chrono S Chronograph comes in about 20 variant. I’ve opted for the Chrono S with brown leather straps and blue dial.

First, let’s check out the key specs and features of the Chrono S.

Model:

Vincero Chrono S Chronograph

Color:

Blue / Brown

Face diameter:

43 mm

Thickness:

11 mm (top of glass to bottom caseback)

Strap size:

22 mm

Case material:

Silver 316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel

Dial:

Blue Sunray

Movement:

Citizen Miyota Quartz
Interchangeable strap: Top-Grain Italian Leather (Brown Croc)

Water resistance:

5 ATM

Glass:

Sapphire Coated Crystal (Scratch Resistant)

Caseback:

Italian Marble Showcase

First Impressions

To start this Vincero watch review, let’s first talk about the packaging.

The Chrono S shipped in a black rectangular box and cardboard sleeve. The packaging is fairly simplistic but still elegant. The box itself is quite sturdy and boasts a nice Vincero logo engraving on top. At the side of the sleeve, you’ll find a very noticeable barcode which, in my opinion, detracts from the elegance that they are going for.

Inside the box, you’ll be greeted with Vincero’s main tagline “Live Your Legacy” along with a small instruction booklet and the thank you card. The thank you card is a nice touch and the instruction booklet is very well-made.

I’ve seen higher quality packaging from other microbrands but it gets the job done.

As for the watch itself, it had a plastic covering for protection. Out of the box, I must say that the Chrono S has surpassed my expectation. The dial looks vibrant and crisp through the sapphire crystal. The timepiece also has a nice weight to it while the leather strap feels middle of the road. Additionally, the watch is 43 mm which is substantial.

Interestingly, the caseback has an engraving of the famous Italian quote “Veni. Vidi. Vici” which means “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Another interesting addition to the caseback is the inclusion of the Italian marble. It doesn’t serve any worthwhile purpose but it does give the watch a unique look.

Overall, my first impression is a huge positive.

Design

 

The dial is certainly one of the most standout qualities of the Chrono S. The dial offers just the right amount of elegance but it’s quite leaning to the casual side as well. The clean, sunray blue color just pulls your eyes in. Sure, there’s nothing groundbreaking here but you’ll be hard-pressed to say the dial doesn’t look good.

Nothing about the Chrono S’ dial is subtle but the design elements are not overdone at all. As a chronograph, the watch features three sub-dials for the seconds, hours, and minutes. The sub-dials are appropriately textured so they don’t look flat. The date window is located between the 4 and 5 hour markers. I found myself liking the playful placement of the date aperture as it gives the watch a good deal of personality.

 

At the 3 o’clock location, you can find the Vincero logo that looks rather average. A more textured and high-quality logo would have vastly improved the overall look of the dial. Despite these elements, the dial doesn’t feel too crowded and I must commend Vincero for their placement.

In terms of legibility, the Chrono S is a mixed bag.

Under the sun, the dial reads very easily. However, under dark conditions, the dial brought in the disappointment. Supposedly, there’s a lume to the hands and indices but it’s quite poor. Overall, the watch performs quite poorly in low-light conditions which is a shame.

If the blue dial doesn’t quite tickle your fancy, Vincero offers more than 20 different color options for

Construction and Wearability

 

For starters, the case is made from silver 316L surgical grade stainless steel which provides the much-needed solid feel to the watch. Keep in mind that this is quite a sizable watch with a good deal of thickness. On a small wrist, the Chrono S will look very out of place. However, for medium to large wrists, wearing the watch feels just right.

The chunkiness adds a bit of character in combination with the well-designed dial.

 

Another point that’s worth discussing is the lugs. The lugs are fairly large and often press against my wrist but it’s not too severe that it becomes uncomfortable. The face is protected by a sapphire coated crystal and does a great job of keeping dents and scratches at bay.

Next, we move on to the Chrono S’ leather strap.

The quality of the leather strap is pretty much what you can expect from a sub $200 watch. With that said, the leather strap is textured, attractive, and will likely develop a good-looking patina over time. However, just don’t expect full-grain leather here.

On a negative note, the leather strap seems to be quite short which is a problem if you have a larger wrist. In mt case, it fits rather well and comfortable enough but I won’t be surprised if it fits short for other people. The watch offers 5 ATM of water resistance which should be good enough to withstand the occasional splash and a quick shower.

In case the strap breaks down, you always have the option of getting a Vincero replacement strap.

Timekeeping

 

For starters, the watch features the ever-reliable Citizen Miyota Quartz. Now, the quartz movement will likely turn up the collective noses of watch snobs but this movement is accurate and reliable. I’ve yet to experience any issues with timekeeping and I believe that it will stay that way long into the future.

Additionally, the sub-dials are all working as designed and resetting the watch is oddly satisfying. I’ve used the subdials as timers and they work wonderfully. On the other hand, the date aperture takes a bit of getting used due to the playful angle placement but there’s no issue with it as well.

The Chrono S doesn’t offer much to the table in terms of timekeeping features. With that said, the Vincero Chrono S is not exactly a timekeeping marvel but it works, and it works well. Sometimes, for a watch like this, that’s all that matters.

Pricing

This Vincero watch review was inspired by the company itself.

Vincero aims to marry luxury with a bang for your buck value. It’s not exactly a novel idea but I must say that the company has succeeded – to some extent.

The main goal of Vincero is to focus on quality by sourcing the components themselves and producing timepieces in small batches. Also, the company refrains from outsourcing their processes which means everything happens in-house.

This gives Vincero the freedom to control the quality of their watches across the board.

With the Vincero Chrono S Chronograph, the company has certainly met its goal. Out of the box, the Chrono S looks and feels like a luxury watch. It feels solid and the comfort level is certainly there. However, with a closer look, I found some blemishes in quality.

For instance, the markers, hands, and indices are not properly lumed. This translates to poor readability during low-light conditions. Moreover, some design elements on the dial could certainly be improved such as the logo. The strap, also, can be quite short for those who have larger wrists.

However, that’s just me nitpicking.

The Vincero Chrono S Chronograph is priced under $200 which is an excellent price point. For your money, you get a good-looking, versatile watch that’s sure to garner compliments – I know I did. I’ve worn it during weekend getaways and business meetings, and it never felt out of place.

Despite several issues, Vincero has nailed the balance between luxurious elegance and value with the Chrono S.

Should You Get the Vincero Chrono S Chronograph?

To end this Vincero Watch review, we have some final words if the Chrono S is worth your money or not.

Is the Vincero Chrono S Chronograph worth the purchase? The short answer is yes!

The main selling point of the Chrono S is its price point. For a watch that costs less than $200, there’s just a good deal of watch to be had here.

Right off the bat, the Chrono S impresses with its overall quality. The dial is very well-done and that can be said about many of its variations. In my case, the blue dial delivers in terms of looks and readability. However, the watch did suffer in performance under low-light conditions. The strap could also use some improvements.

The Chrono S is a budget luxury watch but it certainly doesn’t look and feel like a “budget” timepiece. Vincero did a great job of putting out an elegant timepiece with minimal compromises.

The Vincero Chrono S Chronograph is quiet and confident – an excellent daily beater of a watch.

Ebel Watches Review

Review of the Ebel Watches

Not everyone will say they have heard of the Ebel watches, but it doesn’t change the fact that they are not a new brand in the game. Ebel is a Swiss watch brand created by a couple, Eugene Blum and Alice Levy in 1911. They coined the company name “Ebel” from “Eugene Blum et Levy”. Since the late 1990s, the company has launched several sports and dress watches.

Certainly, the Ebel watches are not mass produced, nor will you find them in every discounted store. This explains why they are not on par with brands like Omega and Rolex, but their market status has nothing on the quality. As a matter of fact, every other true horological aficionado that comes across these watches can bear witness to their awesome value.

To give you a better idea of the Ebel watches, and also ignite your interest in them, I will discuss Ebel further as a brand. There is more to read about the features, both the good side and the bad ones in the paragraphs below.

Pros – Ebel watches

  • Well-constructed
  • Affordable Luxury
  • Reputable Brand
  • Reliable timepiece

Cons – Ebel Watches

  • Weak resale value
  • Not suitable for dive

Benefits / Drawbacks – Ebel watches

Designed with a balanced point of view, the Ebel watches is given enough focus right from the making to the packaging stage. Still, let’s proceed by discussing further as I offer my opinions on the brand.

Remarkable Construction Quality

Let nothing deceive you, when you want a well constructed watch –  Go for the Ebel watches! They are not limited to having a lifespan of one or two years. Each model is made originally to last for years and can even be passed down from one person to the next.

More than having only a beautiful design, the detail on the watches included in the crown, pushers, and bezel can get you hooked. The bracelets are either made of polished stainless steel or flexible, comfortable leather attached to a buckle or clasp hold. Some Ebel watches have subdial functions, in case you want it all.

In my opinion, seeing the Ebel watches alone is a pure convincing element to appreciating the Brand. The aim is not to exaggerate the quality of the Ebel watches, but you may not have to purchase another watch after this one.

Affordable Luxury

Let’s get right to it – Ebel is not on par with Rolex, Omega, or Breitling. According to the market, the prices reveal a considerable difference. Don’t get it wrong, the Ebel watches are not inexpensive neither are they cheap; but they often fall in the penumbra of luxury timepieces.

If you are looking to move into another quality of watches, other than the regular Timex, you need to look no farther than the Ebel watches. They are designed nicely and totally worth their price. The finishing alone is enough to communicate the watch’s luxury status.

Offering a wide choice ranging from very simple to exotic models; the Ebel watches are the right epitome of cool. The Ebel 1216201 Men’s watch has an attractive, simple dial, for classy minimalists. But if you love your watch with a little bit of complication, you can go for the Ebel Classic Chronograph 1911 or Ebel 1216120.

The watches are not solely for men alone; there are types for women. Ebel X-1 with Uni-directional rotating stainless steel bezel, 18kt rose gold ring, and Ebel wave automatic, pink galvanic diamond dial are fantastic picks for a female watch.

Impressive Dial design

Ebel offers styles with all kinds of dials. One of my favorites is the Ebel Classic Hexagon GMT watch, typified by five screws on the case, faceted hands, and simple dial. I so much like the integration of the second time zone display and the big date window.

It is like having another watch in your watch, especially when you need to keep track of time on a travel in a different time zone. Of course, this is not the first dial made this way, but the Ebel GMT is pleasant and legible – you should try it out.

If you are starting to think all models look the same, think again. Another unique watch, the Ebel 1911 BTR Dial Chronograph watch on the other hands, looks a bit more out there. It features three subdials with a date function. Both designs looks good and appealing.

Reputable Brand

For most of the general public, the main attraction to watches rests on the brand name. From the history of the Ebel watches, it is easy to prove that even back then they have always been extremely cool . Even the Great American Donald Wayne Johnson was wearing the Ebel Classic 100 chronograph in the late 1980s and early 1990s television series Miami Vice.

Well-known brands like TAG, Omega, Rolex and the likes, spark up more interests with their big-budget ad campaigns and celebrity endorsements. The Ebel watches, on the other hand, has never had these resources as much as the previous mentions. But this has nothing on their reputation as classy and exotic timepieces.

Also, Ebel watches celebrated their great history in 2011 with the impressive Special Edition Ebel Classic 100 to marks the 100th Anniversary of the brand. Ebel Classic 100 and some other new exciting watches birth a revitalization period for this Swiss watch after being a bit staid for some years.

However, the good looks of the Ebel timepieces combined with several new exciting models, and some serious marketing efforts have finally helped them get back out.

Reliable timepiece

Recognized for an excellent experience, Ebel watches are durable and wearable both day and night. As sleek as you move, a few banging cannot be avoided. But the sapphire crystal covering the round face ensures that there is no scratching on it at all.

Aside from changing the batteries every few years, most long term users claim that their Ebel watches have served them for over 20 years. Surely, they last and continue to be reliable for a lifetime. Ebel watches have always excelled in terms of their polished bezels and case designs. The cases are available in polished steel with white or black faces. Most importantly, they still maintain their awesome appearance for years to come.

Well, if you are more of a retro, vintage, classic, heritage or original watch kind of person, the Ebel Classic 100 will impress you. It was the simplest Ebel watches with a great deal of historic look to it. Well, that was before the introduction of the 1911 BTR Chronograph with caliber 139 movement.

All Ebel users continue to bear witness to the reliability of the watch and how the sentimental value increases over the years.

Pricing and resale value

Most watch pieces have poor resale value regardless of quality and reliability. The high-end watch brands get the exception since the popularity ratings of the product drive most buyers. You don’t see many places selling the Ebel watches these days, making them quite scarce. Or you can say in other words, stands the wearer out of the crowd.

But one sure thing is that when it comes it monetary value, the Ebel watches exceeds its flashier cousins. You get equal quality at a lesser price instead of paying for a brand name. Ebel did well by balancing the quality and price of each watch alongside decent service.

The Ebel watch serves for several years as a perfect sentimental piece. Although it is quite sad that an innovative company like Ebel is not a good investment in terms of resale. It can result to a huge loss. Once they leave the retail shop, their price can be worth as low as almost quarter the original price.

Regardless, it is quite solid and considered more firmly than any of these other crappy watches.

Water resistance

The best aspect of the Ebel watch is the classy look. Also, the fact that they can go anywhere and match any outfit. Before you go too far, they are suitable for beaching, boating and snorkeling expeditions, depending on the model. They have the capability to resist water to a depth of 50 or 100 meters. However, I don’t suggest them for a dive watch.

Should you get the Ebel watches?

Asides from the drastically reduced resale value, you will probably not find another disadvantage with this watch. But if you have to be a critic, the worst you can say is that some models have aging designs. Looking from a modern perspective, it’s agreeable. Some watch enthusiasts feel the retro aspect needs a more subtle touch.

There can be lots of speculations and talks about innovation and contemporary designs. But it’s not new knowledge that most recently-made watches are based on past inspirations from older watches. Regardless of their types, sizes or brand.

Left to me, they are lovely vintage retro-inspired, and I have nothing against the style. So if you are the type of person that prefers a high-quality watch that is a bit different from what everyone is wearing. Then the Ebel watches are for you.

Bottom Line

To wrap it up, most models have a date feature. So you never have to be concerned with what time it is or wonder about having the correct date of the month.

These treasures sit in the grey area between serious watches and flashy fashion watches. Just to say the least, quality performance at reasonable prices backed with a remarkable construction is something to look out for.

The Ebel watches are far different from most of the others you’re likely to see on the market today. With look great inside and out, they are versatile and easy to use without seasonal boundaries. Now I’m sure you know enough about the Ebel watches!

Best Microbrand Watches: Fantastic Timepieces from Smaller Brands

These days, you’ll see a lot of smaller brands or “microbrands” put out by people who are passionate about the art of watchmaking.

These brands are not run by massive companies but instead by a single individual or a small team. If you want to learn more about microbrands, it’s highly recommended to check out our previous writeup about the best microbrand dive watches.

For today’s post, we take a look at the best microbrand watches that you can find in the market today.

Best Microbrand Watches

Key Features

Our Rating

Halios Seaforth 41mm steel-cased watch, 200m water resistance, Domed sapphire crystal, C3 SuperLuminova, GMT bezel, Miyota 90S5 movement, Beveled lugs ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Aevig Corvid Bauhaus influence, Bold mono spaced numbers, Swiss STP 1-11 movement, Water resistance up to 200 meters, Swiss Luminova, Pullup oiled leather strap ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Pantor Seahorse Miyota 9015 Japanese automatic movement, 316L stainless steel with brushed finish, Sapphire crystal, Swiss C3 SuperLumiNova, 24mm with 15pcs links separately and 6 step micro adjustment, 40 hours power reserve ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Farer Cobb 316L high grade stainless steel, Brushed bezel with polished edge, Matte night-sky blue dial, Super-LumiNova infill, Solid bronze straight crown, Anti-reflective domed sapphire crystal, 10ATM water resistance ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Marchand Legacy High quality Japan Miyota 9015 movement, Carbon fiber dial, High grade stainless steel, 42mm diameter, 10 ATM (100M) water resistant ★ ★ ★ ★
Oak & Oscar Humboldt 40mm diameter, Stainless steel, Super-LumiNova BGW9 lume, Multiple bracelet options, Double-domed sapphire crystal with AR coating, Comes with a waxed canvas travel wallet ★ ★ ★ ★

Best Microbrand Watches

1. Halios Seaforth

Best Microbrand Watches Halios Seaforth

Halios is a brand that I have recently discovered and I must say that I am very impressed. This microbrand is known for its dive watches and its most famous offering is the Halios Seaforth.

Big Value Dive Watch

Halios and its flagship Seaforth diver watch have risen to fame on the internet. The brand is basically a one-man operation of Jason Lim out of Vancouver, Canada. It’s a passion project that attracted a lot of attention from the watch community.

It’s a good thing that Lim had an impeccable taste.

The Seaforth is a 41mm steel-cased watch that offers 200m of water resistance and protected with a domed sapphire crystal. If you are a fan of svelte minimal aesthetic, the Halios Seaforth warrants a well-deserved look from you.

Most of the heavy lifting is done by the dial and bezel. The combination of the brushed finish and expanding polished bevel on the lug adds up to an elegant but somehow still casual timepiece. The dial is a bit on the low-key side but that depends on your choice of dial.

The baton indices and matching hands are fitted with C3 SuperLuminova and are outlined in bold black. The dial really does have an undeniable charm that just puts a smile on my face.

The Halios Seaforth is an excellent dive watch that’s under $1,000. It’s a big value proposition that dive watch fans can’t afford to miss.

2. Aevig Corvid

Best Microbrand Watches Aevig Corvid

Aevig Corvid is another brand that recently came to my attention. If you are looking for a rugged field watch that offers no fuss, the Aevig Corvid comes highly recommended.

A Field Watch for Urban Warriors

Aevig has plenty of eye-catching timepieces in their stable but it’s the Aevig Corvid that really drawn my attention. Aevig describes the Corvid as a “no nonsense easy to read field watch” and I can only nod in agreement.

The Corvid is housed in a 40mm case which can be quite small by current standards. However, the watch has plenty of heft and its combined dimensions give the watch a substantial feel. The case is made from 316L stainless steel and it gets the job done of providing a solid feel to the watch.

I was not expecting much from the caseback but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a basic caseback but it has a block design which adds a great deal of character to the piece.

Of course, you can’t talk about this watch without mentioning the face. The dial reminds me of a vintage instrument panel found in early fighter planes. The dial features a metallic champagne color which adds more to the vintage look.

Moreover, the indices are all straight lines and topped with yellow orange circles for the hour hands. The dial looks clean and legible, and reminds me the best pilot watches out there. However, I was really thrown off with how the numbers are oriented.

Overall, the Aevig Corvid is elegant, simple, and offers good functionality.

3. Pantor Seahorse

Pantor is perhaps the oldest microbrand in this list. However, their track record continues to impress. The Pantor Seahorse is one of the best microband watches for the savvy diver.

A Dive Watch That Won’t Break the Bank

The Seahorse was released back in 2013 by the Hong Kong-based Pantor brand.

Just by looking at it, it’s quite clear that the Seahorse looks are inspired by the legendary Rolex Submariner. The watch’s face is in matte and is populated with circular and shield-shaped hour markers. The dial stands out for its simplicity and legibility. The overall design looks like it’s the illegitimate child of the Seiko Turtle.

The case is made from 316L surgical grade stainless steel with a brushed finish. One of the best design elements of the Seahorse is the recessed crown. This reminds me of the Girard-Perregaux Seahawk but with a less exaggerated approach.

Pro divers who are looking for an affordable dive watch that simply works will have a lot to like about the Seahorse. It is waterproof up to 1,000 meters and it even has extras like the automatic helium valve at 9H. The dial markers are lumed and they are sufficiently illuminated even when you are underwater.

The watch is powered by the reliable Miyota 9015 automatic movement which also helps in keeping the cost down. It’s hard to go wrong with a dive watch that offers great value and functionality.

4. Farer Cobb

Best Microbrand Watches Farer Cobb

Farer is a British microbrand company that offers Swiss-made timepieces. Even the most jaded watch snob has found it difficult to ignore what Farer has to offer. When it comes to the Farer lineup, the Farer Cobb mechanical watch is one of the standouts.

Microbrand Watch Luxury

Without a doubt, the Farer Cobb caught my eye because of its colorful aesthetic. When it comes to luxury watches, a healthy dose of colors would be viewed as experimental or avant-garde. It’s really not the case with Farer – a brand that doesn’t shy away from colors.

The Cobb is a watch with a striking blue dial. The shade is somewhat of a midnight blue which simply looks elegant. Then, your eyes move on to the subdials which are now aqua. Afterward, you notice the other colors like the yellow, red, and burnt orange.

Initially, this sounds like a mess on paper but Farer managed to nail all the design elements and colors without looking too garish. The execution is simply on-point.

The Cobb is a mechanical timepiece which happens to be a big step for the brand. The watch is powered with the ETA caliber 2894-2 movement which is more than a competent addition.

Lately, Farer has been knocking it out of the park with their offerings and the Cobb might just be my absolute favorite.

5. Marchand Legacy

Previously, microbrands mostly turned to crowdfunding platforms in order to have the money to get their passion project going. Most microbrands were funded via Kickstarter and that applies to the Marchand Watch Company. The Marchand Legacy is one of the many babies of crowdfunding.

Designed by Racers for Racers

Just by looking at the Marchand Legacy, you’ll know that it’s a racing-inspired watch. As if the iconic racing checkered flag on its face is not the biggest tell.

For starters, the case is made from high-grade stainless steel and the bezel is knurled but can’t be adjusted. It comes with a screw-down crown which is quite a surprise. The Legacy has a waterproof rating of 10ATM – not exactly a dive watch but it should be fine against the occasional splash.

The watch is powered by the Miyota 9015 movement which provides reliable timekeeping. In addition, the strap is also very high-quality and reminds me of a svelte leather racing car seat.

Last but not the least, the dial is obviously the star here and it’s interesting to note that it’s constructed with layers. The skeletonized minute hand is one of the most unique design elements of the Legacy. Of course, you can see that the center of the dial features a checkered flag in various colors.

To put it simply, the Marchand Legacy will have your hearts racing.

6. Oak & Oscar Humboldt

Best Microbrand Watches Oak & Oscar Humboldt

During the explosion of the microbrands, Chicago-based Oak & Oscar is one of the companies that made the watch folks stop and notice. The Oak & Oscar Humboldt is perhaps the best timepiece from the company and is worth including in this list of the best microbrand watches.

A Daily-Driver With a Story to Tell

Firstly, the Oak & Oscar Humboldt is a 40mm millimeter piece which means that it has medium thickness. I prefer to go with 42mm but for some reason, the Humboldt felt just right on the wrist.

The watch has a 20ATM water resistance rating which is a nice touch considering that it’s not even a dive watch. The rotating bezel is bi-directional and comes in handy for tracking an additional timezone. The dial is protected by a double-domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.

The dial is actually a two-layer sandwich design which is an Oak & Oscar thing. Whether you get the watch in a blue or grey dial, you’ll end up with great-looking watch that you can wear almost everywhere. Night time use becomes possible with the Super-LumiNova BGW9 illumination. Also, the date window is located at the 6H which is another signature design element by the company.

Overall, the Humboldt is a distinct yet familiar effort from Oak & Oscar.

Microbrands Are Here to Stay

Thus, we’ve come to the end of our roundup of the best microbrand watches in the market.

Ultimately, the rise of microbrands excites many watch lovers.

As you can see, even independent companies can put out timepieces that are mind-blowingly good. Now, we’re not stuck with popular brands for our watch-collecting needs. After all, having more options is always a good thing.

Movado Watch Sale: Durable and High Quality Timepieces

Best Movado watch sale

Movado has an impressive selection of watches that fit any lifestyle or budget. On our list of the best Movado watch sale options on the market, we choose the Movado Men’s Swizz-Quartz watch as our top pick. We recommend this watch because it has a beautiful dial window and solid steel case. It even costs less than most gold watches on the market.

Movado Watch Sale Options on the Market

Do you need a timepiece that looks elegant and offers excellent features? Or maybe you like a classic and luxury looking watch. Then you should consider  Movado watch sale options on the market.

Most Movado watches are sleek, luxurious, and well-known for its iconic dot. Also, the brand offers watches that match any casual or formal look.

Overall, the brand offers a wide selection of models that have met the taste of stylish people across the world. With this in mind, finding a suitable timepiece on Movado watch sale options on the market might be confusing. However, we’ve decided to make things easy by selecting the best Movado watches for you.

Short History Behind Movado watches

Originally, Movado was launched as LAI Ditescheim & Freres SA in 1881 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, by Léopold Achille Isidore Ditesheim. In 1905, the name was changed to Movado which means “always in motion” in Esperanto. Furthermore, the brand launched the legendary Museum, which featured its signature metallic dot in 1947.

In 1983, the brand was purchased by North American Watch Corp founded by Gedalio Grinberg, a Cuban born Jew. Today, his son Efraim Grinberg heads the company while Alan Chinich is the President of the brand in North America.

Here are some of the Movado watch sales to look out for in 2019.

Movado Men’s BOLD Metals Two-Tone Watch –3600431

 

Here comes an elegant watch on the list known for its modern and monochromatic design. The Movado 3600431 has a sleek built with superior craftsmanship. This is the kind of watch you should buy if you’re looking for a timepiece that requires minimal maintenance. It is also a reliable option for those that need a watch that can spice up their outfit, including office wear, wedding dress, and other occasions.

Superior Quality Materials

Movado never stops to produce high-quality watches and no doubt the built and materials on this watch say it all. Movado 3600258 has 42mm yellow-gold ion-plated stainless steel case and a beautifully crafted silver-tone link bracelet. With such case size, this watch looks pleasant and comfortable enough on any wrist size. Also, the bracelet has a double clasp that secures the timepiece on your wrist.

Timekeeping Accuracy at its Peak

This Movado watch boasts about accuracy when it comes to timekeeping. It uses a Swiss-quartz movement to provide you with precise timekeeping you can count on anytime and any day. Since it is a quartz movement watch, it only requires minimal upkeep.

Simple Watch Face

Most people might find Movado timepiece hard to read, but the Bold 3600258 is a little different. It has a silver-tone dial and hand. And unlike other Movado watches, there is stamped hours and minute index on the dial that makes it easier to tell the time.

On this watch, the Movado still present its traditional style of matching sunray dot at the 12 o’clock position.

Durable and Water-resistant coating

It is made of high-quality materials to ensure the watch last longer. First, a K1 mineral crystal protects the watch face from knocks and falls. The crystal is also more scratch-resistant when compared to the popular sapphire and mineral crystal.

For more added durability, the watch is water-resistant to 30 meters. Hence, you don’t need to take it off when you want to shower or wash your hands. Not a good idea to take a dive or short swim with it.

Opinion and Drawbacks

With all mentioned above, this watch will make a beautiful gift for men. There isn’t much downside to this watch; the only thing we noticed is that it has two stretches on the bracelet left-hand side. We believe this might have occurred when it was shipped. Hence, you might not see this defect when you buy yours.

Overall, its entire gold (dial, bracelet, and bezel) gives a bold statement to complement your outfit.

Movado Women’s BOLD Thin Yellow Gold Watch

 

For women out there, this is one of the best reliable Movado watch sale options for you. This Movado Women bold watch boast of refined aesthetic beauty all-round the body built. It has a sturdy watch body that can withstand harsh conditions. Also, the traditional Movado sunray dial and dot at the 12 o’clock position gives the watch more beauty to complement your outfit.

Sturdy Exterior body Built

This watch features a yellow gold ion-plated stainless steel case measuring 44mm in size.  Every watch has its own style, and the Movado comes with a well-designed removable mesh-textured link bracelet. With such a bracelet, you can adjust the timepiece to fit any wrist size perfectly.  On the watch face, it has a scratch-resistant K1 mineral crystal that does not break or crack easily.

Luxury Design

Movado watches stand out when it comes to luxury look, and this model is no exception. It has a beautiful gold-toned hand and dial with a matching sunray dot at the 12 o’clock position. At first glance, this watch looks extremely elegant due to its ring gold tone metallization with stamped hour index.

Water Resistance

Water-resistance is significant to those who head out every day with their watches. Hence Movado ensures that the top, wristband, and case are all waterproofed. Although it is water-resistant to 30 meters, it can withstand small exposure to water like rain droplets and splashes.

Guaranteed satisfaction

Since defects and damages are bound to happen, Movado offers a decent 2-years warranty on this watch. The warranty covers defect on all material parts of the timepiece. Hence, if you notice any scratches or malfunction under normal use, you can kindly alert there customer service for replacement.

Opinion and Drawbacks

For this watch, we believe the watch is extremely durable and elegant at a comfortable price point. It also offers accurate timekeeping and requires minimal upkeep. Otherwise, the size of the watch is much too large compared to other models. For this reason, the watch might look a bit awkward on those with small wrist.

Movado Connect PVD Smartwatch

 

Since wearable technology is increasingly popular, we have decided to add a Movado Connect smartwatch to this review. Like its analog watch face siblings, the Movado PVD Smartwatch comes with enough features that make it an ideal accessory for timepiece lovers.

Durable Build

Durability is one of its attractive features. For one, it has a display face covered with synthetic sapphire while its bracelet is made from silicone. All parts are attached to a 46.5mm dark grey ion-plated stainless steel case.

Clear and Customizable Display

Since the Movado Connect has an AMOLED display, you can easily read any information on the screen. The watch even allows you to change the watch face with over 100 variations.

Ideal Battery Life

With regular use, the watch promises a battery life of 24 hours. However, when the battery is low, you use its dedicated charger to power up the watch.

Impressive OS

The Connect features the Andriod 2.0 OS that supports a wide range of functional specs. For instance, you can respond to notifications by either voice input (talk to your watch), emoji scribble, smart replies, or keyboard.

You can also have access to the Google Play Store and Google Assistant without taking out your phone. Finally, the watch helps you track your fitness, such as the number of steps taken and active minutes.

Opinion and Drawbacks

Although the Movado Connect is a watch that looks too good to be left out on the list, it has some downsides. First, it is only water-resistant to a depth of 1 meter. Hence, keep the watch away from the rain, pool, and shower. Also, it does not include GPS and a heart rate monitor like most smartwatches on the market.

Movado SE Pilot Men’s Watch 0606809

Movado SE Pilot Black With Arabic Index Mens Watch 0606809

Another timepiece to look out for on Movado watch sale options is the SE Pilot Black Watch. Simple and easy to read, this item can match your casual or formal wear. It also has a build that draws inspiration from vintage aviation timepieces.

Simple Dial

Any watch enthusiast will fall in love with the black dial of the Movado 0606809. On the dial face, it features luminescent hands with Arabic numeral markers. It also sports the iconic Sunray dot at the twelve o’ clock position.

Sturdy Case

As expected, this aviator watch can handle long periods of use without showing any signs of wear and tear. This sturdiness comes as no surprise since it has a polished stainless steel case covered with corrosion-free PVD coating.

Water Resistance

Like most Movado watches on our list, this item offers a reasonable level of water-resistant to 30m. So you can wear it in the rain however we recommend you avoid using the timepiece during a swim or shower.

Rust Free and Adjustable Links Bracelet

Like its case, the black bracelet on the watch is also coated with PVD. This material keeps the watch safe from rust caused by moisture. Also, the PVD stainless bracelet can fit most wrist sizes. However, if it is too big on your wrist, you can easily make it comfortable enough by removing any of the links.

Opinion and Drawbacks

People looking for the best deals on Movado watches should choose the Movado SE Pilot 0606809. It is durable and easy to use. But since it’s not a good watch for swimming, you might consider other watches on this list.

Movado Men’s Swiss-Quartz Watch

 

The Movado Men’s Swizz-Quartz is an affordable timepiece to include to your watch collection. Surprisingly, they can rival timepieces from high fashion brands and make any outfit stand out.

Eye-Catching Steel Case

A 42.5mm gold plated stainless steel case houses the internal parts of the 3600374. The case has lugs that attach it to a 22m thick gold plated bracelet. With such features, you can walk in the rain with this timepiece without worries. However, you shouldn’t wear when swimming pool or taking a  shower.

Luxurious Dial

An eye-catching gold dial graces this Movado timepiece. The dial has gold hands with 11 crystal markers that offer added elegance and it is surrounded by a fixed bezel.

Reliable Clasp

When you wear this watch, there is no need to worry about unexpected openings, especially when you swing your arms.  It has a push-button clasp that secures the bracelet on your wrist.

Durable Mineral Crystal

This timepiece features K1 mineral crystal. Unlike regular mineral glass, this material has a higher resistance to scratches and it does not break easily when compared to sapphire glass.

Opinion and Drawbacks

If you are on the lookout for a budget gold watch, you should try the 3600374. After all, it perfectly combines minimalism with luxury. But the timepiece is expensive.

The Final Rundown: Why Does Movado Watch Sale Worth it?

Many things make Movado watch sale on the market a big hit.  These include its craftsmanship, comfort, style, movement, uniqueness, and many other characters.

Movado watch stands out when it comes to modern design and quality innovation. The watch brand has gained over 200 awards worldwide and one exciting part is that Movado watches come at a more affordable price point.

However, many might find it hard to tell the time on Movado watches. Most of their timepieces do not have hours and minute markers. Many don’t also feature a calendar window to keep you updated on the current date.

Overall, our selected models have a luxury look with a beautiful build. If you’re looking for a Movado smartwatch, Men’s or women timepiece, we got you covered in this review.

Rolex GMT vs Submariner: A Showdown of Two Very Similar Rolexes

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When it comes to Rolex luxury sports watches, the Rolex GMT and Submariner are two of the most well-known models from Rolex’s lineup.

Many friends and loved ones have asked me about which Rolex timepieces to buy and many inquiries are about the Rolex GMT vs Submariner. At first glance, it’s easy to think that the GMT Master and Submariner is basically the same watch.

However, the devil is always in the details.

So for today’s head-to-head comparison, we are taking a closer look at the Rolex Submariner and the Rolex GMT Master II, and how they stack up against each other.

Rolex GMT vs Submariner: Specs Comparison

For this head-to-head comparison, we’ll review the Rolex GMT Master II reference 116710 and the Rolex Submariner reference 116610.

But first, let us take a look at the key specs for both the GMT Master II and Submariner.

Model: Rolex GMT Master II Rolex Submariner
Reference #: 116710 116610
Model case: Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel
Dial color: Black Black
Oyster architecture: Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
Material: Oystersteel Oystersteel
Bezel: Bidirectional rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel. Two-colour brown and black Cerachrom insert in ceramic, engraved numerals and graduations Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, scratch-resistant Cerachrom insert in ceramic, numerals and graduations coated in platinum
Winding crown: Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Water Resistance: 100 meters / 330 feet 300 meters / 1,000 feet
Movement: Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding
Caliber: 3285, Manufacture Rolex 3135, Manufacture Rolex
Functions: Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. 24-hour display. Second time zone with independent rapid-setting of the hour hand. Instantaneous date. Stop-seconds for precise time setting Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Oscillator: Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Power reserve: 70 hours 48 hours
Bracelet: Oyster, flat three-piece links Oystersteel
Clasp: Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system

Rolex GMT vs Submariner: Head-to-Head Review

Design

In terms of design, no one will blame you if you think that both watches look very similar.

Both timepieces are housed in the 40mm diameter which is often referred to as the “super case.” The case features thicker lugs and crown guards which give off a bolder and chunkier appearance. Of course, both cases are done in 904L stainless steel (with the GMT receiving it a year later than the Submariner).

Both watches also come with the signature Oyster bracelet. However, the style of clasp and the polish are done differently on each of the watches. If you look closely, the GMT Master II bracelet’s center link features a high-gloss polish while the Submariner received a brushed satin finish for its bracelet.

Being a dive watch, Submariner gets the folding Oysterlock safety clasp with the proprietary Glidelock extension system. On the other hand, the GMT’s Oyster bracelet comes with a simple folding Oysterlock safety clasp with the Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link.

The bezel design is one of the key differences between the GMT Master II and Submariner. The Submariner is fitted with a 60-minute scale bezel which is used as a dive timer. On the flip side, the GMT Master features a 24-hour bezel for use in combination with the GMT hand.

Other models of the GMT also adds a splash of color which makes it more interesting for more people. I particularly enjoy the GMT model with the iconic Pepsi bezel. The Submariner has retained its iconic black dial over the years. However, the Submariner does have other color options like the vibrant green “The Hulk” Submariner.

Movement

Aside from a number of cosmetic differences, one of the most major differences between the GMT Master II and Submariner are their movements.

Rolex 3135 Movement

The reference 116610 Submariner is powered by the venerable Caliber 3135 movement which remained unchanged since 1988. The Caliber 3135 is a standard 3-hand automatic movement (hours, minutes, and seconds) with a date complication. Nothing much to say here but it’s a workhorse movement that gets the job done.

Rolex 3186 Movement

On the other hand, the reference 116710 GMT-Master II is fitted with the in-house Caliber 3186 movement. It also comes with a date complication and the hour hand can be adjusted independently. Like with all GMT Master models, the GMT Master II has a 4th GMT hand. This allows you to adjust the hour hand separately from the GMT hand.

As a result, GMT owners can simultaneously reference three time zones when used in combination with the watch’s rotating 24-hour bezel.

Both movements are COSC certified and run at +/- 2 seconds per day. In addition, both movements are equipped with Parachrom Bleu hairspring which protects the movement from magnetic fields and shocks. It’s also worth noting that the aesthetic of both movements is also fairly similar.

The power reserve of the GMT is far superior to the Submariner. The former boasts a 70-hour power reserve while the latter offers 48 hours of power reserve. This should not be an issue for most people but should you go on a weekend without wearing a watch, the difference in power reserve should show itself.

Functionality

When it comes to buying Rolex watches, you’re not really looking at your options with functionality in mind. As you can see, both the GMT and Submariner have their own uses.

However, just how do they stack up when it comes to day to day use?

For overall functionality, I reckon that the GMT Master II has the upper hand over the Submariner. The GMT function is just so robust and flexible that I can see myself using it more in daily life. From timing something while on the kitchen to deciding whether it’s time to call a loved one from another country, the GMT Master II can handle these tasks with little to no problem.

Sure, a smartphone is good enough for such tasks but there’s just something satisfying about looking down on your wrist to tell the time. With that said, jet-lagged travelers and jet-setters will have a lot to love about the GMT functions of the GMT Master II.

As for the Rolex Submariner, I can also time things but that’s about it. If I am a professional diver or someone who’s always near the water, the possibilities for the Submariner certainly do open up. After all, the Sub can handle depths to 300 meters. The Submariner’s water-resistance does add a great deal of ruggedness to the watch.

But alas, I’ll never come close to 300 meters of depth which means that the Submariner’s greatest asset is now moot. However, you really can’t underestimate the ruggedness and reliability of the Submariner for everyday use.

This feels like I’m grasping for straws here but the GMT Master II certainly has the upper hand when it comes to pure timepiece functionality.

Pricing

Looking at the price of the Submariner Date and the GMT Master II, they are about in the same price range. The GMT Master II is the pricier between the two but the price difference won’t be much of an issue – at least to an avid Rolex collector.

However, if the budget is tight and every dollar matters, the Submariner Date is the no-brainer option. It might be the less expensive watch between the two, it’s certainly not the inferior model. You will be getting your hands on a legendary timepiece that’s literally timeless. If you want, you may even opt for the more affordable standard Rolex Submariner, if you think you won’t miss the date aperture.

There’s more watch here than you can shake a stick at.

However, for pure functionality alone, the Rolex GMT Master II is hands down the better value for the money. This is especially true if you are always traveling abroad or simply want a watch with a GMT feature.

Rolex GMT vs Submariner: The Verdict

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This concludes our Rolex GMT vs Submariner head-to-head review, so what’s the verdict?

From the design to the specs and features, you could swear that the Rolex GMT Master II and Rolex Submariner are essentially the same watch. However, as you can see, there are numerous key differences that set apart one from the other.

If you are giving me the choice between the Rolex Submariner or GMT Master II, I’ll have to give it to the GMT. Give me the Pepsi-bezeled GMT and all bets are off.

Don’t get me wrong though.

If you are an avid reader of WatchIdeas, you’ll know that I am the biggest fan of the Submariner. However, in this particular head-to-head comparison, the GMT edges out the black-dialed Rolex classic.

It is just that I think I’ll be able to use the GMT Master II in the spirit it was intended when compared to the Submariner. There’s just more watch that the GMT can offer more than the Sub. However, when it comes to the price, it’s really hard to go wrong with the Submariner and you won’t be missing much.

If you’re someone who’s having this conundrum, I’d say that it’s a good problem to have – but it’s also a very tricky choice. One has a GMT feature and a more complex movement while the other offers superior water resistance and ruggedness.

It’s really up to you to decide where you think your money is worth.

Frederique Constant Worldtimer Review: A Serious World Time Watch for the Money

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When it comes to luxury watches, people tend to stick with the usual suspects like Rolex and Omega. However, if you are such a collector, you are missing out on some of the best high-quality luxury watches out there. This is exactly why I have decided to write this Frederique Constant Worldtimer review.

Personally, I really like the Frederique Constant brand because they are quite great at offering high-quality timepieces with in-house movements at fairly reasonable prices. Many luxury brands still demand absurd prices for their watches while using classic ETA movements.

For me, the brand name alone just won’t cut it.

Frederique Constant is a brand close to my heart since they have brought unique watches to the table for reasonable. Is this the case with the Frederique Constant Worldtimer?

Let’s take a closer look!

Frederique Constant Worldtimer Review: At a Glance

As you can see, the Frederique Constant Worldtimer is a true worldtimer, it’s not just a GMT watch with cities ring. Before we get into the nitty-gritty details, let us first take a look at the key specs and features of the watch:

Model:

Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture

Reference no.

FC-718NWM4H6

Movement:

FC-718 Automatic movement. 26 jewels, 28’800 alt/h with Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date, Worldtimer

Power reserve:

42 hours

Case material:

Stainless steel

Case diameter:

42 mm

Crown:

2-O-Rings crown

Crystal:

Convex Sapphire
Water-resistance: Water-resistant to 5 ATM

Height:

12.1 mm

Dial:

Navy, world map, applied white luminous indexes.

Strap:

Alligator Strap

First Impression

 

Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at the Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture, reference FC-718NWM4H6.

As I held the watch in my hands, my eyes are immediately drawn to the worldtimer dial. I am too fond of dials that are way too busy but it seems Frederique Constant knows how to pull it off well. If you like your information with an in your face approach, this watch might just be for you.

With that said, Frederique Constant did a great job with this stunning dial. It certainly sports a very unique look and it’s how you pull off a dressier traveler’s watch. Despite the sheer complexity of the dial, I can see traditional watchmaking design elements such as the elegant alpha hands and the beautiful sunburst finish.

But surely, this watch would be difficult to use, right? Despite its busy profile, the Frederique Constant Worldtimer features one of the easiest world time complication I’ve used.

The predominant navy blue works rather well with the multi-layered approach of the design. While it does feed you information that you probably don’t need each and every time, pulling out the info that you need becomes a non-issue once you get used to the watch.

Also, I’ve been getting compliments and “where did you buy that” questions while wearing the watch.

The Worldtimer Dial

Fredrique Constant Worldtimer Review Dial

The Worldtimer dial is easily the star of this timepiece.

The dial’s centerpiece is the gray anthracite world map with illuminated applied hour markers. The innermost ring is the bi-color 24-hour ring, the white refers to the traditional day hours and blue for the traditional dark hours.

The outermost ring is the city-ring which can be operated via the crown. The different cities correspond to each major time zones. The city ring is aligned with the 24-hour ring and is used to display the corresponding time.

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Now, this may seem to be confusing but the watch is actually quite simple to use. Basically, you simply have to set the city that represents your home timezone to the 12 o’clock position. This is done by rotating the crown counterclockwise at the first stop. Once the ring is set to your home time in the city ring, you can then look at any other time zone to know the time. The rest of the work is left to the movement.

It’s a really elegant solution without complicating things so much.

As for the actual design of the dial, it is fairly stylish with an upmarket look. While there’s a lot going on in the dial, it’s wonderfully legible including the names of the cities.

If there’s one thing I’m not sure of is the large date sub-dial at 6 o’clock. On one hand, I appreciate that they made the date dial large enough for legibility but it annoyingly obscures five of the twenty time zones and a considerable part of the world map. A simple date window or even an “oversized” date window is a much better solution.

Regardless of the date dial, the Frederique Constant Worldtimer’s dial is a resounding success.

Construction and Wearability

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The Worldtimer is 42 mm in diameter and 12.1 mm in thickness. The three-piece case is made with polished stainless steel and the case back is sapphire. The 42 mm might seem a bit too large for many people but it’s actually the perfect size for this watch.

The complexity of the dial alone warrants a larger diameter, any less would negatively impact the Worldtimer’s legibility. Even with the larger diameter, the Frederique Constant Worldtimer doesn’t feel like a 42 mm watch. This can be attributed to the designer’s decision to include a domed case. As a result, the watch looks and feels smaller than it is.

Comfort is also a non-issue which is a way of saying that it wears comfortably. It never felt too heavy and sits nicely on the wrist. The curve of the lugs is rather smooth unlike in other watches that are sharp. I don’t know about you but I don’t like the feel of lugs poking against my skin.

The Worldtimer comes with a navy alligator strap with off-white stitching. Along with the polished case, the inclusion of the alligator strap adds up to a rather sharp-looking timepiece. Imagine yourself wearing a dressier travel watch as you jaunt from one country to the next.

The watch oozes with traditional elegance but with a contemporary twist as well.

The other brown dial version (ref: FC-718WM4H6B) comes with a light brown leather strap with white stitches.

Timekeeping

You can’t have a Frederique Constant Worldtimer review without talking about its in-house movement. The entire Worldtimer collection is powered by the in-house FC-718 caliber movement. Other watchmakers could have thrown in a standard GMT movement and called it a day.

However, that’s not the case with Frederique Constant’s world time watch.

The FC-718 Manufacture automatic caliber features 26 jewels and a 42-hour power reserve. World times generally need at least one additional pusher for advancing things but not so much here. With the FC-718 movement, everything is done via the crown and that’s a design decision that I can get behind.

Frederique Constant not only made an in-house movement but they also made it in a way that everything can be adjusted via the crown – no additional pushers or buttons here. This makes the watch a breeze to operate despite looking complicated in the surface.

Fredrique Constant Worldtimer Review Movement

The movement is a thing of beauty as well and thanks to the transparent crystal case back, viewing the movement is made possible. The movement is designed to be clean and simple from the ground up. Timekeeping works great and I have yet to encounter any issues.

For this price point, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a timepiece with a stunning in-house movement.

Pricing

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Watch folks are a tough crowd and they will turn up their noses just with the price alone. This is quite a shame since many collectors would probably shy away from Frederique Constant Worldtimer just because of the accessible price.

True enough, the Frederique Constant Worldtimer is offered at a rather unexpected price. With a high-quality, polished design and an in-house movement, many of you are probably asking: “what’s the catch?”

Honestly, there is none!

What we have here is a full-featured World Time watch that delivers in quality and features. There are also some smart design decisions here which make the watch a cinch to use. Even if you are not familiar with using world time models, the Worldtimer is a good model to get you started.

Seriously, one of the most attractive aspects of the watch is its price point. This package offers great value for the dollar.

Should You Get the Frederique Constant Worldtimer?

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This Frederique Constant Worldtimer review won’t be complete without our final verdict.

So should you bother looking in the direction of the Frederique Constant Worldtimer? Absolutely!

If you are looking for this style of world timer, the Frederique Constant Worldtimer offers a value unlike anything you’ve seen before. While the complex dial makes it seem like a tough piece to use, operating the watch is actually very intuitive. Everything is done via the crown so you don’t have fiddle around with pushers or buttons for setting the watch.

The Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture is highly recommended for buyers who are looking to get into the realm of world time watches. It’s also a great option for jet setters who prefer a classier and dressier watch than the sportier GMTs on the market. Overall, it’s a unique timepiece that offers excellent versatility.

On the other hand, this watch is not for you if you like your dials plain and simple. There’s really a lot going on with the watch and there’s a bit of a learning curve to it. The date dial obscuring many of the dial elements can also be a deal-breaker for many collectors.

The Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer looks great, inside and out. Plus, it’s versatile and very easy to use with a low entry barrier in terms of price.

Rolex Air King Review: A Design Departure or a Fresh Take on a Classic?

One of the most common criticisms about Rolex is that their watches tend to look the same. To some extent, there’s a truth to this sentiment and it applies to both Rolex’s historical timepieces and contemporary models. However, Rolex’s meticulous consistency is what made it one of the largest luxury brands in the world.

Therefore, many people are caught off-guard when they see something as unorthodox as the Rolex Air King.

Today, we’ll take a long hard look at the Rolex Air King. The Air King is widely considered to be the Swiss luxury brand’s entry-level pilot watch but is it worth the entry-level price tag?

Let’s take a look.

Rolex Air King Review: At a Glance

As mentioned, the Air King is the least expensive model in the Rolex line. For this review, we’ll focus on the Rolex Air-King ref. 116900 model. But first, let’s see the key specs and features.

Model:

Rolex Air King

Reference no.

116900

Model case:

Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel

Oyster architecture:

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

Material:

Oystersteel

Bezel:

Smooth

Winding crown:

Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system

Crystal:

Scratch-resistant sapphire

Crown:

Screw-locked, two gaskets
Water-resistance: Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet

Movement:

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding, with a magnetic shield to protect the movement

Caliber:

3131, Manufacture Rolex

Precision:

-2/+2 sec/day, after casing

Functions:

Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Stop-seconds for precise time setting

Oscillator:

Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring

Winding:

Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor

Power reserve:

48 hours

Bracelet:

Oyster, flat three-piece links

Clasp:

Folding Oysterclasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link

Dial:

Black, Highly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence

First Impression

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The Rolex Air King is perhaps the most confusing Rolex I’ve ever owned.

It’s worth noting that the original design of the Air King was very simple and in some ways, a very purist Rolex. I mean it has no date aperture, it comes with a water-resistant case, chronometer, and a screw-down crown. It had the most essential Rolex elements without the distractions.

However in 2016, Rolex released an Air King version (reference 116900) which was a significant departure from the original design.

If you are familiar with the old Air King design, you’ll find the new design to be quite extroverted. The rather unorthodox design is mainly seen on the dial. The new Air King’s dial is uncharacteristically colorful and is somewhat busy when compared to other iconic Rolex models such as the Submariner and Datejust.

I must admit that the 116900’s overall look takes a bit of getting used to. The old Air King’s popularity was mainly attributed to its simplicity and robustness. I have to say that Air King still has those qualities with an extra touch of personality.

However, as with any drastic changes to time-tested Rolex designs, to say that the latest Air King is polarizing to timepiece collectors would be a severe understatement.

The Polarizing Black Dial

It’s hard not to agree that most of the confusion about the Air King lies with its satin black dial. The new Air King retains the black dial but with some strange design elements introduced.

First off, the dial features applied, Arabic numeral markers with the familiar Rolex Explorer layout. The Arabic 3, 6 and 9’clock markers are fitted in polished white gold, and the 12 o’clock marker is an inverted triangle which is also fashioned in white gold. The rest of the dial’s layout takes a strange turn as the rest of the hour markers go from ‘5’ to ’55’, only interrupted by the Explorer layout.

While this is a layout that divided many fans, I personally like this design as it reminds me of a cockpit indicator. Some people may not like the layout but it certainly looks like a pilot watch for the most part. With that said, legibility is excellent with its bold and unapologetic dial. The addition of the Chromalight lume makes readability a non-issue even in dark environments.

Another noteworthy departure is that the Rolex name is printed in green font and the familiar Crown logo is printed in yellow. Above the 6 o’clock sits the stylized Air King text with the Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified text below. I have to admit that I was taken aback by the logo designs but they certainly grew on me.

Like it or not, this enigma of a dial is what gave the Air King its distinct identity.

The Milgauss Case

If you think the shape of the Air King’s case is familiar, it’s probably because it reminds you of the Rolex Milgauss case. Well, the Rolex Air King 116900 uses the same Milgauss case which means that the watch is protected from magnetic fields.

Both the case and the bracelet is made from the signature 904L grade stainless steel and boasts a stunning satin finish. However, it’s worth noting that the Milgauss’ bracelet features a PCL (polished center link) bracelet while the Air King is all satin.

The Air King case has a thickness of about 13mm which is roughly the same thickness as the Omega Speedmaster. While it might be a bit too thick for some people, the Air-King never felt bulky or unwieldy. It’s safe to assume that the thickness is due to the anti-magnetic shielding.

As you might expect from a Rolex timepiece, the Oyster bracelet and folding Oyster clasp provide the much-needed ease of use. The bracelet is noiselessly smooth and operates reliably. I have no issue with comfort as well and it’s like wearing silk instead of steel. It’s a fairly hefty watch but Rolex did a good job with weight distribution. The signature Easylink adjustable extension links go a long way to ensure an excellent fit.

It never felt that the Air King is weighing me down.

The Air-King Movement

Rolex Air King Review 3131 Movement

This isn’t a Rolex Air King Review without talking about the movement. With that said, the Air-King is powered by the self-winding mechanical movement, the Caliber 3131. Again, this is the same exact movement used not just for the Rolex Milgauss but for the Rolex Explorer as well.

The movement operates at a frequency of 28.800 vph with a 48-hour power reserve. As mentioned, the movement is protected from electromagnetic fields. The inclusion of the blue paramagnetic Parachrom hairspring adds further magnetic protection and toughness to the watch. This pretty much ensures that the watch will be precise and reliable even when you’re on a flight.

Like with most Rolex models, the Air-King promises -2/+2 sec/day precision. The Caliber 3131 movement may not have the same fanfare as with the new Chronergy escapement, it’s a solid movement that offers good precision and some nice features.

Pricing

As I have mentioned earlier, the Rolex Air King is the brand’s less expensive model. It just edges out the updated 39mm Explorer in terms of affordability.

So is the Air King worth the entry-level asking price?

In my opinion, the Air King is as close as you can get to a proper Rolex sports watch. If you are looking for a darn good pilot watch with the signature Rolex polish, then this watch is more than worthy of its price tag. Would I go as far as recommending this for would-be first-time Rolex owners?

Well, that’s a bit of a tricky question.

While the old Air-King is considered a classic, the Air King 116900 looks nothing like the original design. For all extents and purposes, the Air-King is a handsome watch. However, it doesn’t really scream Rolex. I imagine that most people who are looking to own their first Rolex is aiming to buy into its heritage.

With its enigmatic design, the Air-King looks nothing like your classic Rolex. However, it does have the iconic Rolex polish and reliability.

In its current price point, the Air King is not worth the entry-level price if you’re looking to own a traditionally designed Rolex. On the other hand, those who are looking for a Rolex watch with plenty of personality, I highly recommend this watch – it’s practically a steal.

Should You Get the Rolex Air King?

We conclude this Rolex Air King review with our verdict.

To be quite honest, the Rolex Air-King Reference 116900 didn’t really make me excited at first. However, the more I look into it, the more endearing it gets. It’s a watch that’s all about risk-taking and needs to catch your attention. While we celebrate Rolex for the brand’s reliability and consistency, the Air King reminds us that it can still venture far from its comfort zone.

The Air King is also a fairly versatile piece that can cater to a wide range of needs. I have worn this watch from sportier activities to dressier events. It looks great, wears comfortably, and offers excellent reliability. Legibility is also on-point and remains true to the spirit of the best pilot watches.

The Air King is clearly targeted towards younger users who are turned off by the classicism of the Oyster or the omnipresence of the Submariner.

Many collectors have turned up their noses with the idiosyncrasies of the Air-King but I think its polarizing aspects are its greatest strength. This is a Rolex that dares to stand out from the rest of the crowd.

Is the Air King too much of a departure from a classic? Or is it a fresh take on a classic? Regardless of what we think, you really can’t fault the Air King for being dull and boring.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36mm Review

Review of Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 mm

With the rise of luxury-grade smartwatches, some watch-wearing aficionados have left behind decades of quintessential quality for smartphone compatibility. You won’t see those digital watches on my wrist, however, because I remain committed to the enhanced reliability and industry-leading durability built into my Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36. Here’s my Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36mm review.

 

I fully recommend this watch, secure in the knowledge that Rolex has decades of innovation that have gone into this model, starting back in 1926 with the first-ever water-proof watch. Those innovations carry on today with a heightened sense of aesthetic refinement, as exemplified by its simplified glow-in-the-dark watch face.

I wouldn’t make such a strong recommendation on brand alone. Over the years, I’ve always done my research before investing in such a mainstay of luxury fashion. Now, I’m passing on my research for the outstanding Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 to you so that you can fully appreciate what it feels like to receive a watch recommendation from a consummate expert.

There may be many fish in the sea, but when it comes to luxury watches, take my word for it: there is only one Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36.

Customer Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36mm Review

 “A classic starter watch” – Hodinkee, a leading online high-quality watch publication

“…a benchmark to which many others in the watch industry are measured.” – Business Insider

“…the very essence of a Rolex watch.” – The Jewelry Editor

Pros

  • Every model in collection built with durable, proprietary Oystersteel
  • An exceptionally reliable winding mechanism, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute
  • Classic visual appeal mixed with modern innovations like glowing numerals
  • Waterproof up to 330 feet

Cons

  • Requires winding every two days (48 hours)
  • Lacks traditional Arabic numerals
  • Limited dial plate color selection palette

Enhanced Reliability

Even among luxury watches, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 places reliability at its core and works its essential functionality into every minute detail of the prime time-keeping mechanism. With a top-quality hairspring and an enhanced self-winding mechanism, I will gladly count on this watch when it comes to keeping precise time down to the second.

Its new and improved central time keeper is the reason for the model’s reliability. Equipped with a 3130 caliber self-winding mechanism, this Rolex Oyster is capable of keeping steady time well beyond the 48 hour power reserve if properly attended to.

Another key component to ensuring this model’s reliability is its Parachrom hairspring. This hairspring enhances the Perpetual 36’s ability to withstand shocks and significant temperature changes by serving as a kind of turtle shell for each precision cog within the timekeeper. This watch can handle all of those unexpected dangers and still ensure that you always have the time of day at hand (or at wrist, as the case may be).

Rolex’s long-standing commitment shines through at the heart of the Oyster Perpetual 36 as well, given that the 3130 caliber mechanism and Parachrom hairspring were developed and implemented in-house.

All of this tinkering in-house has paid off, with this model earning the COSC’s (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) “superlative chronometer” rating based upon its core functionality alone. The COSC hardly ever hands out this certification, so its presence on this model should stand as a testament to its reliability.

All of this attention to detail results in a precision rating of -2/+2 sec/day. By any measure, that is an exceptional amount of precision for a luxury watch. Among many other factors, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36’s enhanced reliability stands out as one of its top qualities.

Industry-leading Durability

As noted with the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36’s newly reinforced hairspring mechanism, this watch is surprisingly durable beyond the bounds of most fragile luxury watches. In fact, it’s almost become the norm that a luxury watch wearer must always move with caution for fear of damaging their wrist-bound jewelry. This Rolex watch really gives you a chance to break from that normative trepidation.

 

While gold and silver are traditionally known as the precious metals, this Rolex Oyster might give watch experts reason to add a new specialized metal to that list. Using Rolex’s own proprietary steel alloy – Oystersteel – this model is able to provide a scratch-resistant, tarnish-resistant body that won’t take on dents and nicks.

Though other Rolex watches offer Oystersteel as a material component, only the Perpetual 36 has truly mastered its implementation. And speaking of implementation, Oystersteel’s metallic cousins have seen implementations in a variety of pursuits beyond luxury goods. Aerospace and chemical industries are just two fields that have appreciated this steel family’s long-term ability to remain maximally resilient.

As might be expected, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36’s steel alloy construction brings with it a weighty drawback. Compared to more diminutive luxury watches, this model adds some noticeable weight to your wrist.

But as Cara Barrett at Hodinkee points out, this watch is “heavy without weighing your arm down.” Essentially, this watch’s weight can be considered the optimal middle point between a burden and a presence-less Walmart watch – weighty, but just enough to remind you that you are wearing a fine product made of high-grade steel and crystal.

A Sight to See – Even in the Dark

As with so many Rolex watches before it, the Oyster Perpetual 36 is a sight to behold. This model in particular finds a great middle point between minimalism and wearable contrast. Though the dial plate color selection options are limited, those available create perfect visual harmony with the refined silver color of the watch’s Oystersteel body.

Speaking of the watch body, the Perpetual 36 features a classic oyster-style bracelet band that many watch owners have come to appreciate for its style and comfort. Each 3-piece link – known as an Oyesterclasp – in the bracelet is set together to allow them to move seamlessly, which empowers you to wear this watch for days without discomfort.

In contemporary terms, I’ve been tempted to move away from analog watches many times in order to find a modern watch that can be read while out on a dark night in the city. That’s why when I learned that the Oyster Perpetual 36 features glow-in-the-dark index numerals, I simply knew it would be a quick favorite.

This faint glow isn’t a distraction either, more comparable to the (formerly radioactive) glow seen on watches worn by World War II pilots. Even now, my friends and associates are amazed to see an analog luxury watch that glows in this manner. As such, I never leave home for an evening out without my Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 on my wrist.

Minimalist Indexes – A Concern?

One concern some watch shoppers often profess is a dislike for minimalist Roman numeral indexes, as used on this watch. I cannot help but agree with these concerns, as I – a life-long glasses wearer – need all the extra visibility I can get when it comes to checking my watch. In truth, I believe that the addition of Arabic numerals would be the only thing that improves this watch in my eyes.

Altogether, this Rolex watch preserves what is effective and sporty about its core brand while still creating a contemporary niche for itself, thanks to its standout innovations. If performance and durability alone don’t sell you on the Perpetual 36, then I really believe its aesthetic appeal will do so.

A Luxury Price Tag

Perhaps the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36’s only considerable drawback is its price. For those accustomed to shopping in the luxury market, this will come as no surprise. But because of all of the innovation, performance, and durability described above, this model runs a steep price tag.

On the other side of the coin, though, this watch represents a worthwhile investment that may never need to be replaced. In fact, with its long-term reliability and resistance to degradation taken into account, you’ll very likely pass this watch down one day, to a son, daughter, or grandchild.

Also, price need not always be a distraction. In fact, some observers may even consider it an attraction. I won’t lie, I have at least once bragged about how much I’ve paid for a watch simply to demonstrate how I am personally committed to owning fine goods. Though being a braggart is not necessary with the Oyster Perpetual 36, you’ll certainly have good cause to point it out to companions when you wear it.

If price is an issue for you, though, you should definitely consider shopping around for the best available price. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is carried widely by many watch dealers, as well as by some local jewelers. If you have a favorite dealer, you should definitely give them a call in order to find the best possible price point for this must-have watch.

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36mm Review Bottom Line

In total, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 is a fantastically-built, fantastically-performing luxury watch that I fully recommend. While I don’t often go out of my way to profess my precise watch preferences online, I really do believe that this watch, in particular, is worth the cost and the time needed to procure it.

While I do have many watches in my collection, I don’t expect them to stay with me forever. More importantly, my children aren’t expecting to keep my collection when I’m gone. But I hope to impress upon them how well I expect this Rolex watch to last, perhaps enough for one of them to one day wear it proudly.

This is all to say, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 is a watch worth wearing, time and again. From its classic oyster shell band to its precision internal components, you will be glad to add this watch to your wardrobe. I hope this Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36mm review has helped you learn about this terrific watch.