Breitling Superocean 44 Special Review

Breitling Superocean 44 Special Review

Breitling is a brand known for some of the best pilot watches in the industry.

However, the Grenchen-based Swiss luxury watchmaker has made a splash with their own line of dive timepieces. Breitling’s dive watch lineup is called Superocean which is basically a collection of professional-grade divers’ timepieces which was first introduced in 1957.

Today, we’re going to take an in-depth look at the Breitling Superocean 44 Special which is touted to have extreme water resistance and more.

Is this Swiss luxury dive watch worth looking into? Let’s find out.

Breitling Superocean 44 Special Review: At a Glance

The Superocean 44 Special is the second Breitling model that features a ceramic bezel. Before we proceed with the Breitling Superocean 44 Special review, let’s first check out the watch’s key specs and features:

Model:

Breitling Superocean 44 Special

Movement:

Breitling 17 Caliber, Self-winding mechanical, 25 jewels

Crystal:

Cambered sapphire, glareproofed both sides

Vibration:

28,800 v.p.h

Calendar:

Dial aperture

Case material

Steel/ceramic, black steel/ceramic

Bezel:

Unidirectional, ratcheted

Crown:

Screw-locked, two gaskets
Case diameter: 44 mm

Thickness:

14.20 mm

Weight (without strap):

116.10 g

Dials:

Volcano black, Mariner blue

Water resistance:

1,000 m (3,300 ft)

Power reserve:

38 hours

Lug:

22/20 mm

Bracelet material:

Rubber, steel

First Impression

The Breitling Superocean 44 Special collection is available in two different models, the “Mariner” blue and “Volcano” black ceramic bezel. I’ve had the pleasure of using both and I really can’t decide which colorway is my favorite.

Breitling refers to the Superocean 44 Special as its new “ocean pilot.” I assume this is because the brand is looking to combine the durability of a dive watch with the legibility of an aviation timepiece.

I’ve been comparing the 44 Special with the Superocean and Superocean II series and there are some clear differences. Breitling did a great job marrying their classic aviation aesthetic with traditional diving watch elements. If you are familiar with Breitling’s Avenger series, you’ll that it shares the same design DNA as Superocean 44 Special.

Like its namesake, the watch is housed on a 44mm steel case with a beautiful satin finish top and polished sides and crown. The case is secured with a twin-gasket screw-locked crown which provides the watch with incredible water resistance (more on that later).

At 44mm, this is certainly not a small watch. In fact, it’s a fairly bulky sports watch but far from being too heavy. It has a great weighty feel to it which is expected from such a heavy-duty watch.

The ceramic bezel completes the overall look of the timepiece as a sporty dive watch.

Let’s Talk About That Bezel

Breitling Superocean 44 Special Bezel

I can’t write this Breitling Superocean 44 Special review without highlighting its bezel.

As mentioned, the watch features a ceramic bezel which is crafted from a single block. In comparison, other manufacturers use a ceramic insert within the bezel. I find it interesting that Breitling used a single block ceramic construction which is certainly a nod to the company’s luxury brand origins.

For the uninitiated, ceramic is a good component for bezels since it’s more resistant to scratches. However, ceramic is also quite brittle which means that I won’t be wearing the watch when out camping or playing sports.

Aesthetically, the ceramic bezel gives off a rich, glossy sheen that’s more evident whenever light strikes the bezel. The polished ceramic bezel harmonizes with the rest of the dial due to its high-contrast theme.

The unidirectional bezel is designed to be easy to grip and operate which is handy for divers who are wearing gloves. However, the bezel can be a bit stiff to turn. The ratcheting action feels great and tactile which can’t be said with most dive watches I’ve worn as of late.

The Dial, is It a Hit or Miss?

Perhaps the most controversial design element of the Breitling Superocean 44 Special is the dial. When it was released, the Superocean Special received mixed reactions from enthusiasts. Many people online were not thrilled with Breitling’s decision to marry the pilot and dive genres.

However, nothing has drawn more flak than the dial. As you can see, the Arabic numerals on the 24-hour ring (at 3 o’clock) are obscured by the date window. To be quite honest, this particular design “flaw” was not obvious to me until it was pointed out by people online.

Personally, this didn’t bother me a bit. I think this type of imperfection adds a great deal of personality to the watch. Needless to say, I love it since it gives me the impression that actual humans made this watch and not just a machine.

Looking past the so-called gaffe, the dial looks beautiful with its bold and large luminescent hour markers. It’s topped off with a triangle marker at 12 o’clock. Legibility is not an issue here and it’s further enhanced by the extra-large hour and minute hands. I’m not a diver myself but anyone who’s underwater will have no trouble reading the watch at a glance.

The beautiful dial is protected by a curved sapphire crystal with an anti-glare treatment.

Water Resistance and Timekeeping

Breitling included enough bells and whistles to make the Superocean 44 Special an authentic professional diving watch. With a water resistance of a depth of 1,000 m (3,300 ft), it’s certainly one of the most hardworking dive watches I’ve used. In terms of waterproof level, there’s a lot to love here even if you’re a professional diver.

B17 Movement

The Superocean 44 is powered by the automatic Breitling Caliber 17 – it’s one of the few calibers that still utilizes a base with outsourced movement. With that said, it’s really hard to go wrong with the tested and proven ETA 2824-2.

As you might expect from a luxury Swiss watch, the caliber is COSC-certified as a chronometer. The power reserve is at 38 hours, a high frequency of 28,800 vph, and 25 jewels. Precision and reliability are on-point.

Wearing the Superocean 44

Overall, I’ve had a delightful time wearing the Superocean 44.

While it’s a 44mm model, for some reason the watch didn’t wear too large. The dark color theme has played a hand in minimizing the overall volume of the watch, visually speaking. The addition of the bright markers really helps in pulling away your eyes from the size of the watch.

As expected, the Superocean 44 nailed the legibility aspect and it can compete with some of the best pilot watches when it comes to ease of reading.

Breitling Ocean Racer Strap

The Volcano version comes with Breitling’s Ocean Racer or Diver Pro strap. On the other hand, the Mariner model comes with the traditional rugged steel bracelet. Mine came with the Ocean Racer strap and to be honest, it might be one of the most favorite strap designs ever.

Basically, the Ocean Racer is like the lovechild of classic rubber dive strap and a racing-inspired strap. The addition of holes is a nice touch as it adds ruggedness to the overall look. However, I must say that the Superocean 44 looks more like a military watch that’s more at home in an aircraft carrier than in thousands of feet under the sea.

Pricing

The Ocean Racer II strap and Driver Pro III models are offered in the same price. The Steel Mariner Blue model is more expensive by about $500. The most expensive variation is the Black steel – Volcano Black which features the Diver Pro III strap with a pushbutton folding clasp.

Although the Superocean 44 is a new addition to the Superocean line, it’s very much similar with the previous models from this selection. For instance, the Superocean 44 looks to be just the updated of the previous Superocean II 44 model.

For a luxury dive watch, I think that it’s a bit too expensive. However, it’s a fairly versatile high-end sports watch and a great utility for diving. It’s also in the same price range as the previous models, so the pricing was rather expected.

So is it a good upgrade if you already have the previous Superocean models? In my opinion, there’s not much going on to warrant an upgrade. Don’t get me wrong, the Superocean 44 Special hits all the right notes for a good dive watch. However, it didn’t really do anything special to vault itself higher than the previous models.

Should You Get the Breitling Superocean 44 Special?

The Breitling Superocean 44 Special is a dive watch that I had the pleasure of wearing. It sneakily found itself in my daily sports watch rotation. Breitling succeeded in making a timepiece that combines their signature aviation DNA with dive watch design elements.

The result is a gorgeous dive watch that’s altogether modern and masculine. Legibility is also off the charts, thanks to some thoughtful design decisions by the manufacturer.

However, this won’t be a Breitling Superocean 44 Special review without its problems. Perhaps the biggest drawback of the watch is the price. I know that it’s a Swiss watch and it’s a luxury brand but I think that the price is a little bit inflated.

There’s also the issue with the dial’s design flaw.

For the obsessive-compulsive collector, the clipped Arabic numerals is a deal breaker. The use of the single block ceramic is an interesting choice but it’s also a point of contention for the enthusiasts. Personally, I love the use of ceramic in this watch but I’m bummed that I can’t wear it for rougher activities. This is a watch that you can’t afford to drop or knock.

If you’re in the market for a fairly distinguished dive watch or you’re a big fan of the Superocean series, the Breitling Superocean 44 Special is worth the look.

Glycine Watches Review

Glycine Watches Review

We’ve spent countless hours researching the various watches available from the Glycine brand and reviewed each collection carefully. For our verdict, we’ve concluded with our Glycine watches review that they are definitely worth the investment for those who mainly rely on their watches as they travel. One of our top picks is the KMU GL0133 as part of the KMU48 collection.

Glycine watches are crafted to be sturdy, accurate and easy to read at just a glance. These incorporated elements make it ideal for those who travel for a living. Whether you’re a businessman, pilot, or in the military, you’ll enjoy the ease and style of the Glycine watches.

However, the brand itself isn’t cheap, which means you should be receiving a sturdy watch. Most of their collections range from mid-tier pricing all the way to luxury. Although, it depends on which collection you’re looking at. For example, the Airman and Combat are high end and features multiple clocks, measurements, and more. On the other hand, the  KMU 48 and Incursore are more affordable and features a simplistic but sturdy design.

Overall, the Glycine brand has our approval as they have created a number of watches that has satisfied pilots since 1914. As for which watch we’d recommend is the KMU GL0131.

A Glimpse into the History of Glycine Watches

Glycine was founded by Eugene Meylan in Bienne, Switzerland in 1914. Eugene was an outstanding craftsman who specialized in watch engineering and wanted to change the game with his new designs. He believed in striving for perfection and set out to craft watches that were more accurate and technologically advanced for the era.

Over 100 years later, the brand continued to thrive through Eugene’s base designs. Their goal was to craft distinctive watches that had a classic design that is unique to the time. Each watch is meant to be timeless but also hold true to the modern era without latching onto mainstream ideas.

Today, the brand continues to incorporate Swiss aspects and are crafted for pilots, travelers, and pioneers in aviation. Besides these, travelers alike flock to the Glycine brand because they craft accurate and reliable watches designed to be read at just a glance. This makes them one of the top picks for military personnel and travelers.

KMU GL0131

The KMU GL0131 is renowned for its big size and large watch face, perfect for those who want to tell time at just a quick glance. It’s a remake of the classic Glycine collection that came out in 1999. However, this version is adapted with enhanced engineering and refined style – perfect for military personnel.

All watches in this collection feature precise automatic movements which help keep accurate time while traveling. Plus, the extra large casing is made from durable materials such as high-grade stainless steel and a non-scratch surface. Lastly, it uses a PVD coating, making it both stylish, sleek, and durable.

Elegant & Modern Design

Do you want a watch that feels more sleek and modern? Well, the KMU 48 collection features watches that have an updated look compared to others. The surrounding metal is painted with a matte black PVD coating to help give it a more sophisticated look. Plus, the PVD prevents the paint from flaking off or scratching over time.

On top of that, this version comes with a light brown leather strap that’s waterproof and durable. There’s a belt buckle is adjustable to your wrist size. Luckily, if you don’t enjoy the light brown color, you can swap the band out for another or purchase a matte black leather strap from them.

 Luminous Watchface

The colors on the watch face are each painted on, using bright orange and white. Why is this useful? If you’re traveling, you may not have the best lighting conditions to read your watch. Using this type of paint enables the person to be able to read the watch in dim lit conditions. Plus, each number is big and noticeable, making it easier to read at just a glance.

Durable Structure

The casing features high-grade stainless steel which is approximately 48 mm in diameter. For extra protection, there’s a waterproof coating which can protect up to 10 atm, enabling it to last through a bit of rain or a quick dunk.

From there, the back is secured through multiple screws and includes durable mineral glass. The glass that’s on top of the watch face is crafted from flat sapphire and includes three different anti-reflection layers. Overall, this provides enhanced sturdiness and durability – perfect for those on the go.

What do we think?

So, what’s our Glycine watches review verdict for the KMU 48? We’d say that this watch tends to provide excellent visibility and protection – which is good for travel. Although, it does lack on other features a mid-tier priced watch may have such as digital screens or additional timezones.

If you’re looking for a classic watch that’s easy to read and features a simplistic yet rustic design, and then it’s well worth it. However, if you’re expecting more features, then you may be disappointed. The battery only lasts around 38 hours, and the watch face only counts hours, minutes, seconds, and the date.

Incursore GL0044

The Incursore GL0044 is another oversized watch that’s designed to be simplistic and sturdy. It’s a newer collection that’s been crafted for the modern era. We’d say that it’s the perfect fit for military personnel or civilian use due to its durable and simplistic design.

Giant Crowns & Dials

Visibility is a growing issue with newer watch faces, as the dials tend to over-congest the screen.  If you look closely, the face includes giant numbering and big dials to help make telling the time easier. It’s great for those in need of a watch for glancing at the time throughout their day. This includes the three different dials which are different lengths and widths.

Military & Civil Use

Design wise, and the Incursore is one of the best for rustic and classic looks. Because it was initially designed for military personnel, it features a simplistic design. The lack of extra coloring and details make it blend well with most attire.  If you’re looking for an all-around daily watch, then you’ll be satisfied with the design of this one.

Sturdy Exterior

The Incursore’s outer casing is made from high-grade stainless steel, which adds to its durability. Besides this, it includes see-through mineral glass that is crack and scratch resistant. Lastly, the flat sapphire glass has three different layers of anti-reflective coating which make it easier to read throughout the day.

What do we think?

For our Glycine watches review, we believe that the Incursore is only worth the price if you’re expecting a durable and simplistic readable watch. Other than that, it doesn’t include any other elements and lacks extra features. It’s a good everyday watch to blend with uniforms or other casual attire. The time is accurate, which is good for those traveling, but besides that, it doesn’t have much going for it.

Airman 42 GL0069

The Airman 42 Collection is another fan favorite, but it includes high-tier watches. It’s known as being the ultimate travel watch because of its precision and unique ability to have multiple timezones displayed on the watch. These qualities combined with its stunning craftsmanship and smaller details make it one of the best in their line – but also the highest priced.

Multiple Functions

If you’re looking for a watch where you can pull it out and have all the information literally on your wrist, then you can’t go wrong with the Airman. It lists hours, minutes, seconds, date, GMT, and even a third-time zone. Essentially, you’ll have every bit of information needed with just one glance.

Stunning Watch Face

As for the watch face, you’ll see that there’s a domed sapphire crystal which features three layers of anti-reflective coating. This includes on the underside as well. Besides this, there’s a polished yellow-green Super-LumiNova that helps you see in dark lighting. As a nice bonus, each number is hand painted onto the watch face, which makes it a bit unique compared to other models.

Durable Exterior

The last feature we have to discuss is the exterior. It is similarly designed as the previously reviewed watches and includes high-grade stainless steel. The Airman 42 includes a black PVD coating, satin polishing, and smoked glass. Other than that, it comes with a durable black pilot strap.

What do we think?

So, for our Glycine watches review, we believe the Airman 42 is one of the more expensive watches in their collection. Besides the fact that it comes with useful information, we’d have to say the drawback comes with the fact that you’re not getting better quality materials.

The watch uses similar materials in their low and mid-tier collections, which ultimately is not worth the extra money. Other brands tend to give you more information as well. So, is it really worth the investment? Luckily, their Airman Collection features a wide range of watches at different price points.

Would We Recommend Glycine Watches?

Overall we’ve concluded for our Glycine watches review that if you’re looking for a classic design and reliable reading on time, then you’ll be happy with their brand. Their low and mid-tier collections feature numerous choices – all in different styles. It’s honestly hard to go wrong with choosing a watch from their selection.

However, their high-tier luxury watches just don’t make the cut. They don’t really include much information, even if you get ones that list more than the date and time. Pair this with the fact that the watch face tends to get congested, which makes it harder to read.

As for our conclusion, it’s really up to you whether you find this brand worth it or not. Their watches are okay, but other brands like Bulova and U Boat tend to create better modern watches. If you’re looking for casual, rustic, day to day watches that will withstand everyday use – then they’ll work. But if you’re looking for a luxury or high-end watch we’d say look elsewhere.

Best Longines Watch: High Quality Time Pieces

Best Longines Watch: Top Longines watches for Men and Women

We consulted a worldwide renowned horologist and spent over 36 hours researching the different collections from Longines and concluded that the Longines Black Dial Hydro Conquest Automatic L3.640.4.56.6 is the best Longines watch. The reason is that it’s water resistant, dependable and comes at a reasonable price.

Longines watches offer great designs, craftsmanship at a great price. They even work well under all conditions and various activities. Such features are the result of great watchmaking experience of over a century.

In summary, the brand creates products that have met the demands of consumers across the world.

 

Now let’s get into our best Longines watch reviews.

 

The Story Behind the Longines Watches Brand

Founded in 1832 in Switzerland by Auguste Agassiz, Longines stands as the oldest registered watchmaker in the world. After its birth, its founder and two watch dealers opened up a watch shop which offered a range of additional services. Due to the brand’s sporty and elegant flair, Longines recorded immense success and became popular with watch snobs.

Some years later, Agassiz had an agreement with Lindbergh in Amerca to create a new watch – the Hour Angle. Presently, Longines stands as the official timekeeper for the French Open. It even has icons such as Andre Agassi, Kate Winslet and Simon Baker as its ambassadors.

The watchmaker has the legacy of developing the Longines chronograph movement 13.33ZZ and 13ZN which the watch industry has adopted as a standard caliber.

Longines Master Collection L2.673.4.78.3

 

First on our review is the Longines Master Collection.It features fashionable designs and durable materials which make it price reasonable. If you are looking for a watch that will make the perfect gift for loved ones, you should consider this product.

Polished Stainless Steel Case

This item includes a polished 40mm case which allows the watch to withstand wear and tear. With such material, you can use it during various activities without fear of damage.

Extra Detailed Display

The case back features a display which might look complicated for some users. However, it has beautiful features. First, it includes an hour and minutes hands of blue steel and a long central second’s hand.

The watch also has a moon phase display, 24-hour indicator, and a day and month display. Although it looks cluttered, you can use the watch easily.

Non Luminous Hands

Surprisingly, this item does not come with luminous dials. This means you cannot use the watch in dark places or low light environments. Considering the cost of the watch, the absence of this feature comes as a surprise.

Stiff Bracelet

Although the strap is made from leather, it might be stiff for some wearers especially if they are used to softer materials. But the thick strap will last longer than watch bands made from more elastic materials.

Opinion and drawbacks

This Master Collection is a great watch to add to your collection as it offers more information at a glance than most watches. However, it has the drawback of providing non-luminous dials and a display which some wearers might find confusing. Overall, it presents itself as one of the best Longines watch for men.

Longines Sports Legends Black Dial L3.674.4.50.0

 

An elegant watch with a stainless steel case, the Longines Sport Legends Black Dial watch offers flawless features. Although it’s a men’s watch, it still fits the wrist of all sexes perfectly.

Its case measures at 42mm and it offers automatic movement display. Combined with black synthetic nylon bracelet and double crowns, this Longine item comes as a stylish watch that is fit for diving.

Minimalistic Display

This diving watch displays the hours, minutes, seconds as Arabic numerals. It also shows the current date. You can also find Super Lumi Nova hour dials which let you use the watch in low light condition.

With such simple design, the Sports Legends Black Dial avoids features from other flagship watches. Such features include numerous clocks, touch screens, and LCDs. This means you will have no distractions as you check the time.

Water Resistant

This watch has a “Super Compressor” case which consists of a screw down case back. Such a feature allows the watch to withstand water pressure at 300 meters or 1,000 feet. Overall, the product is an excellent fit for scuba diving.

Strap Quality

Although it stands as possibly the best Longines watch to buy, it has a weak strap. Within a short period, the material begins to fall apart. So we advise that you use this watch on selected occasions to make the band last longer. You can also a stand-alone band to replace the original strap.

Overall Opinion and drawbacks

The Sports Legend Black Dial has features that make it one of the top 5 Longines Watches. However, its weak strap might put some buyers off.

Longines Flagship Automatic L4.774.4.57.6

 

Another great men’s watch on this list is the Longines Flagship Automatic. This watch offers an executive look with an elegant edge. If you want a classic watch that will fit any outfit in your closet, you should consider this product.

Clean Exterior

The watch has a simple design that does not include numerals, extra dials, and displays. Instead, it has a single black dial with silver coated minute and hour hands alongside twelve diamonds indicate the hour mark indexes. We love this look because it allows us to read the time and date on the watch with ease especially on a busy day.

Stainless Steel Bracelet

Unlike most watches on this best Longines watch 2019 list, the Flagship Automatic has a strong band made from polished steel. This helps the watch withstand the rigors of everyday use.

Scratch Resistant Crystal

Apart from a long-lasting band, the watch also has a sapphire crystal finish glass coating over its case window. This keeps your watch free from scratches which might occur during your daily activities.

Non Luminous Hands and Markers

Although it has great features and an elegant look, it does not include hands and markers with Super Lumi Nova pigments. This means you cannot read the time in the dark.

Our Opinion

Possibly the best Longines watch to buy; the Flagship Automatic is a perfect accessory for any outfit or occasion. However, if you need to use a watch in the dark, you should consider other options.

Longines Black Dial Hydro  Automatic L3.640.4.56.6 – Best Longines Watch

 

This is a premium stainless steel watch that has notable highlights. For one, it includes materials that ensure it lasts for many years. On this list, we see this watch as one of the best Longines watch under $1000.

Water Resistant

A water-resistant watch is an excellent accessory especially if you have an active lifestyle. With this in mind, the Longines Black Dial Hydro Conquest Automatic L3.640.4.56.6 can handle depths of 300m or 1000 ft- thanks to its solid 41mm screw-down case back. This makes it ideal for swimming and diving.

Practical Display

To ensure you can read the time the dark; the Black Dial Hydro Automatic Conquest has made some features to support this task. For instance, it offers luminous hands and three large Arabic hour markers painted with Super Luminova- on its black dial

Also, the dial houses an automatic date counter at the 3’o clock position. Overall the display is clean and comfortable to read at a glance. With such features, you can see why it stands in the list of our top 5 best Longines watch.

High-Level Performance

Standing as the best Longines watch under $1000, the Black Dial Hydro Automatic Conquest has a high level of accuracy. For instance, it supports a caliber that moves at 28,800 alterations per hour. Also, the caliber has 25 jewels which provide 38 hours of extra power.

Clasp

On the problems of the product is its weak clasp. Although it feels strong at first, it tends to loosen over time. However, this can be fixed by changing the band.

Our Opinion

The Black Dial Hydro Conquest Automatic has a design which includes a simple dial with elegant hands and markers. With these features, we believe this watch can match any outfit or activity. It also comes at a reasonable price. So if you are on a budget, we recommend the Black Dial Hydro Automatic Conquest.

Longines La Grande Classique Presence White Dial  L7.490.6.11.0

 

Next, on our list is the Longines La Grande Classique Presence. This comes as the best Longines watch for women on our list. It has a solid 18K gold case with a black leather strap with a crocodile pattern.

Scratch Resistant Case Window

On the case window, it has a coating of sapphire crystal which can withstand scratches while maintaining the clarity of the watch face. Beneath the glass lies a white dial with luminous hands and Roman numeral hour indexes.

Water Resistant

The watch has a 24.5mm pressure case back which offers protection at a maximum of 30 meters or 100 feet. This makes it a non-diving watch; however, it can survive small amounts of water or raindrops.

Stiff Band

As explained earlier, the watch has a strap made from black leather. Although the material is durable, you might need to break it in before it fits well.

Our Opinion

We believe the watch will become one of the best-selling Longines watches. For one it has a solid build and elegant design. Are you looking for a watch that defines style? Then you should consider this product.

Longines Heritage Avigation Mens Watch L2.779.4.53.2

 

Best Longines watch : Longines Heritage Avigation Mens Watch L2.779.4.53.2

The Last on our list of the “Longines watches men should own” is the Heritage Avigation Watch.  This item combines luxury with a sporty edge to make your outfit pop at work or a night out.

Durable Case

The watch has a case made from stainless steel. With this material, you can use the watch regularly without worrying about corrosive damage.

Detailed Display

The display includes a matte black dial with painted Arabic numerals as the hour markers. You will also find steel and sub steel hands on this dial. Finally, the date window lies at the 6 o’clock mark.

Massive Reserve Capacity

One of the special features of this watch is its massive power reserve which lasts for 54 hours. This means you have ample power to use your watch, especially during trips.

Bulky Design

Although the product has impressive specs, it has a bully look. Some reviews see the watch as a pocket watch with a strap. However, the awkward, bulky feeling tends to go away after a few days.

Our Opinion

If you don’t mind the various hands, the watch stands as a chance to perfect choice for you. It even has a high power reserve.

Final thought and Recommendation

Our best Longines watch review shows that the products come as an ideal choice for those looking for luxury watches with a playful edge. The selected Longines watches on our list look trendy and solid. This makes them the perfect pieces to wear during various activities.

However, some of the best Longines watches have weak parts. Such parts include the straps and clasps. Also, some of the watches do not have luminous dials which make them poor options, especially at night.

In summary, the Longines brand has excellent designs, reserve power and can withstand different water depths But you must be ready to spend a considerable amount before you can adorn any of the watches mentioned above.

Tag Heuer Formular 1 Calibre Review: Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16 Chronograph

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16 Chronograph

Over many years, Formula 1 serves as one of TAG Heuer’s pocket-friendly items. This fantastic product features quartz movements which keeps the price at a comfortable spectrum. Now, the company has launched its first men’s mechanical model that depends on automatic motion, the Formula 1 Calibre 16 chronograph. Continue reading “Tag Heuer Formular 1 Calibre Review: Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16 Chronograph”

U Boat Watch Review

Classico U-47 U Boat watch

Are you looking for boldly designed wristwatches that can withstand climatic conditions, be reliable, and readable at just a glance? If so, the U Boat Watch Review is where you should start.

In this review, we want to get to the bottom of if the brand is worth the investment. U Boat watches don’t come with a cheap price tag, which means you should be receiving a product that lives up to your investment. The Classico U-47 is just one of the ones we think you’d be interested in.

A Brief History Of the U-Boat Brand

Every brand of wristwatch has a stand out signature style that sets them apart from the rest. The inspiration behind U-Boat Watches is found in their roots. Starting in 1942, IIvo Fontana got a request from the Italian navy to design wrist watches for soldiers.

While he did end up drafting the designs, the deal did not go through. It was only years later in 2000 that his grandson Italo Fontana discovered his designs and reinvented them.

Since then, the U Boat brand has expanded its reach to crafting high-end wristwatches that stand out. The U Boat Company focuses on embellishing their watches using unique metals such as stainless steel, titanium, and gold and silver. This provides you with a large selection from multiple collections.

Pair that with the brand’s high attention to detail with their handcrafted quality that uses only the finest of materials. These features contribute to a reliable and stylish Italian wristwatch that lasts through everyday wear and tear.

All of U Boat’s watches are crafted in their headquarters in Lucca, Tuscany, and the attention to detail is astonishing. Each craftsman uses enhanced techniques such as acid bathing, carbon fibers, and swiss movements to create each stunning piece.

Classico U-47

The Classico U-47 features a bold black and gold look that matches strong personalities – men and women alike. Other than that, it features a military-inspired design which includes a large dial, a metal plate fixed strap, and big logo located on the side. If you’re looking for a stunning simple uni-sex watch, then the Classico collection may be more up your alley.

The casing around the watch is 47 mm in diameter using stainless steel. As for the strap, it’s black leather installed with rubber and uses Kodiak water repellent which is water resistant. This makes it ideal for those who spent the majority of their time outdoors.

Minimalistic Display

The Classico is a general watch and only displays the hours, minutes, seconds, and the current date. Besides this, it does lack on quite a few other features that other high-end model watches may include. This includes touch screens, digital displays, and multiple clocks. However, the design itself is simplistic so that you can reliably read the time without numerous distractions.

Sturdy Design

For durability, the stainless steel casing is scratch resistant and comes with a satin finish. The finishing is handcrafted, thus giving it a rustic charm. There’s a distinguished crown located on the left of the casing which enables you to see the engravement of the serial number for verification of an authentic watch.

Lavish Watchface

If you’re looking for standout features, the dial is where all the small details are. There are Arabic numerals located around the watch with multiple markers making it easier to tell the time. The layers also feature black, gold, and small embellishments of visible ruby. The hands of the clock are thin and precise and run to the edge of the casing.

What do we think?

For our U Boat watch review, the U-Boat Classico is a fantastic piece that boldly stands out amongst other simplistic watches. It makes a perfect gift for both men and women, as it comes with a stylish and protective box that includes an extra calf leather strap.

Chimera 46 SS Skeleton Limited Edition

The Chimera 46 SS Skeleton is another simplified bold statement piece designed to last through any climatic situation. The casing is a bit smaller than other versions and clocks in at 46 mm. The lining features black stainless steel that also includes the trademark of the U-Boat brand.

Extra Protective Casing

To ensure that the device is securely locked and encased, the back and bezel of the watch are secured together using a unique exterior tubing which prevents water from getting into the components. This ensures that the clock can be used on a rainy day and withstand most other weather conditions.

Multi-Use Display

As for the display, it does include a bit more information than your standard watch. On the screen, you’ll see the hours, minutes, and seconds displayed. However, the watch also includes a chronograph and 24-hour indicator which can be useful if you’re traveling using military time or want a more accurate detailing of time.

Extra Details

Other specifications include a handcrafted black calf leather strap which adds to the style. Finish it off with a blacked stainless steel rim and buckle, and you’ve got yourself a sophisticated and interesting statement piece that’s reliable and fashionable.

What do we think?

For our U Boat watch review, the Chimera 46 SS Skeleton stands out as the dials look like rotating clockwork. If you’re looking for an amazing watch that can not only be useful but also admired, then you’re on the right track. Many customers are satisfied with the look, especially the blackened stainless steel because it’s much different from other linings.

Doppiotempo 46 Bronze BR

The next on our list that’s definitely worth the mention not only because of its unique aged bronze exterior but also because of its two timezone feature is the Doppio Tempo 46 Bronze BR. This watch is one of the more recent creations to be released by the brand and includes a bi-directional rotating bezel to help enable those to set two separate time zones at a time.

Duo-Clock Display

As for the functions, the wristwatch includes multiple levels of information. Included in this version, you’ll see the house, minutes, and seconds displayed. The watch includes a 24-hour indicator and a bidirectional bezel. We find that multiple timezones work well for people who are traveling or expect to be in different timezones within a short period. Plus, you can keep track of your hometown’s time as well as where you’re traveling.

Protective Casing

Besides these features, the watch includes a backing that’s sealed with seven screws, ensuring that the casing protects the main components of the watch. The outside of the wristwatch is water-resistant of 100 mt or 10 ATM. This ensures that you’ll be able to use it in wet or rainy climates.

What do we think?

For our U Boat watch review, the Doppio Tempo 46 Bronze BR also includes a well-crafted bronze buckle and is tied together with a hand finished calf leather to perfectly match. Pair this with the high-quality sapphire, anti-reflective coating, and multiple dials. This watch tends to impress those who like intricate work, as the many small details draw attention towards the watch face.

Lastly, the numbering is in Arabic numerals, and features bronze brushed framing as well as bronzed hands. Overall, we enjoy that this watch’s design is much different from others you’d see on the market. Although, we do think the price point is pretty steep for what you’re getting. However, U Boat does use pure materials, and each watch is handcrafted by a professional, so you know you’re receiving a uniquely crafted wristwatch.

Capsoil Chrono DLC

The next one on our list comes from their Capsoil line which is the Capsoil Chrono DLC a simple watch with an amplified display. Using a newly crafted method, the Chrono is bathed in an oil bath which surrounds the dial and creates a three-dimensional bubble. This fluid enables the dial to move within the casing and amplifies the hours, minutes, seconds, and a chronograph.

We find that this design tends to draw people in because the crafted details and design aren’t like any other watch on the market. It’s simplistic design, and colors fit most styles which can match with business attire or casual clothing.

Durable Casing

Other unique features include handcrafted calf leather strap and water-resistant lining with a tongue buckle. The crystal is high quality and made with curved sapphire, and the back features screws that lace into a fume mineral glass lining. This protects the watch and makes it water resistant of up to 100 mt or 10 ATM.

Unique Oil Treated Glass

The dial’s details are where it’s a bit unique. There are two superimposed layers which are black and features beige color treated with superluminova. This accentuates the coloring and enables it to stand out amongst the super black backing. The casing comes with a diameter of 45 mm, but the oil treatment that’s used makes the glass look like it’s essentially not there.

What do we think?

For our U Boat watch review, if you’re looking for a stunning lightweight and manageable wristwatch that stands out from the others, then you can’t go wrong with the Capsoil Chrono  DLC.

What Makes U-Boat A Worthy Brand?

While we’d like to believe that U Boat provides the best wristwatches out there, we simply cannot justify some of the prices. Obviously, the design and authenticity of handcrafted materials is the deciding factor, as they all feature sturdy designs which come with protective coatings and water-resistant properties.

However, the worthiness depends on what you value as a consumer. If you’re looking for a stylish high-end watch to compliment your business attire, you may be drawn towards U Boat’s Precious collections or their Chimera line.

So, what’s our verdict? Well, we recommend investing in one of the watches such as the Capsoil or the Classico.

These are both high-end watches that have classic designs that are made with durable materials that have been handcrafted. If we’ve piqued your curiosity, head to the U Boat official website for more information about the brand.

 

Best Cartier Watch: For Making a Big Day Last a Lifetime

Cartier-ballon-bleu

Cartier is a French jeweler company that has enjoyed worldwide popularity. Cartier is world-renowned for its ever luxurious collection of pieces of jewelry.

However, over the years, Cartier is also now a major player in the watch industry. In fact, it seems that the French company has been focusing more on making watches these days. While Cartier is a very popular women’s watch brand, today we’ll be focusing on gentlemen watches.

Below, we have made a list of the best Cartier watch for men. If you have been looking to check what Cartier has to offer, it’s hard to go wrong with the watches we’ve rounded up below.

Best Cartier Watch

Key Features

Our Rating

Ballon Bleu de Cartier 36mm, Steel case, Silvered guilloché opaline dial, Fluted crown decorated with a synthetic spinel cabochon, Blued-steel sword-shaped hands, Mechanical movement with automatic winding ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Santos de Cartier Mechanical movement with automatic winding, 1847 MC, Case in steel, Silvered opaline dial, Steel bracelet with “SmartLink” resizing system, “QuickSwitch” interchangeability system ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Drive de Cartier Manufacture self-winding mechanical movement, Caliber 1904-PS MC, Octagonal steel crown set with a faceted synthetic spinel, Blued-steel sword-shaped hour and minute hands, Sapphire crystal ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Cartier Tank Solo Quartz movement, Steel case, Beaded crown set with a synthetic spinel cabochon, Clear silvered opaline dial, Sapphire crystal, Water-resistant to 30 meters/100 feet ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Ronde Louis Cartier Manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding caliber 430 MC, 18K pink gold case, Beaded crown set with a sapphire cabochon, Matte silver-grained dial, Blued-steel apple-shaped hands ★ ★ ★ ★
Clé de Cartier Manufacture mechanical movement with automatic winding, caliber 1847 MC, Steel case, Key set with a synthetic spinel, sapphire crystal and case back, Silvered flinqué dial with sunray effect ★ ★ ★ ★

Best Cartier Watch

1. Ballon Bleu de Cartier

I don’t know about you but when I think about Cartier, the Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch comes to mind. The Ballon Bleu is such a distinctive watch in terms of design that it has managed to elevate itself into iconic status. If you’re planning to get a single Cartier watch, make it the Ballon Bleu.

Highly Distinguished Timepiece

Many luxury watch companies pride themselves on tradition. This is why brands such as Rolex and Patek Philippe are still as popular even after a century. They have watch collections that have existed for decades. Customers have high expectations when it comes to these watchmakers.

As a result, many classic designs have remained unchanged over the years.

What I’m saying is that it’s difficult to create a stunning and unique watch design but still adheres to the essence of the brand. However, Cartier has successfully done it with the Ballon Bleu de Cartier Watch.

The Ballon Bleu’s crown is possibly its most recognizable feature. The fluted crown looks as if it’s floating due to the recessed large blue cabochon. The arch that extends at the 3-o’clock position demonstrates a serious fluidity in design.

The guilloche dial forms this unique C-shape that creates a truly original aesthetic. Cartier really did a tremendous job of making the Ballon Bleu a modern unisex watch.

The Ballon Bleu is a truly unique timepiece yet it’s also strangely familiar.

2. Santos de Cartier

I know I might be sounding repetitive but the Santos de Cartier Watch is yet another timepiece that deserves its iconic status – legendary even.

In case you don’t know, the Santos de Cartier Watch is generally accepted as the very first watch that’s designed to be worn on the wrist. This was when people were still carrying pocket watches.

Effervescent Icon of Watchmaking

Cartier has made over a hundred variations of the classic Santos de Cartier. In 2018, Cartier launched a new line of Cartier Santos watches. There are actually two size versions of the 2018 release: medium and large. Both versions are fitted with the in-house Cartier caliber 1847 MC movement which has a power reserve of 42 hours.

Now, it’s available for a decent men’s size.

Once you have the Santos on your wrist, you’ll be likely smitten by it. The 2018 version combines hallmark features with new ones. The iconic squared case with round edges are still present and looks great with the polished bezel that’s littered with 8 screws.

Whether it’s for casual or dressier events, the Santos will look amazing.

Overall, the new Santos looks great on the wrist with a thinner profile when compared to previous versions. The case is fairly large but it’s offset by shorter and curved lugs. Comfort is never an issue here.

The Santos looks and feels good, and comes with new ideas.

3. Drive de Cartier

Unlike many of the timepieces in this list of the best Cartier watch, the Drive de Cartier is a fairly new release. While the watch doesn’t have any heritage or tradition behind it, the Drive hits a home run from a design standpoint.

For the Most Driven Men

The Drive is most notable because the shape is actually a new design for Cartier. It looks like a cushion shape watch with a rather defined dial. The soft corners almost make the dial look circular. While this may seem like out of the norm for Cartier, I must say that it works wonderfully.

The design elements of the dial provide a much-needed depth to the watch. The overall look of the watch looks for be vintage-inspired. However, the watch gives a timeless look similar to an elegant men’s sports watch.

While most luxury watches only see ample wrist time during important events, the Drive is reliable enough to be used as a daily timekeeping tool. The design does a great job of standing up to daily use. However, that’s not saying that the Drive is a slouch as a dressier watch.

Fortunately, Cartier has put enough attention to detail to the Drive that it more than qualifies to be a dress watch. From the guilloché pattern on the dial to the arrangement of dial elements, the Drive is simply a design harmony in a case. The brushed and polished surfaces give the watch an unusual geometry which adds more points to its uniqueness.

The Drive is a fun watch that really embodies the pleasure of wearing a Cartier.

4. Cartier Tank Solo

 

The Cartier Tank Solo has been called the most iconic timepiece on the planet. The Tank Solo is a sleek, pristine piece of machinery that has just recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. With that said, you can’t really make a list of the best Cartier watch without listing the Tank Solo in it.

Ultimate in Classic Watches

The Tank Solo is a modern redesign of Cartier’s iconic Tank model. With the 100th anniversary, the design of the Tank Solo is actually the nearest to the original iteration released more than a century ago. The message is clear, the Tank Solo is all about streamlined and clean elegance.

The Tank Solo comes with an in-house movement which adds more value in terms of collectability. The watch features the standard antireflective sapphire crystal which protects the dial. There’s also the synthetic spinel cabochon which is basically identical to the one found from the earliest versions of Tank.

The silvered opaline dial creates a satiny backdrop for the black Roman numerals which is excellent for legibility. However, it’s not exactly the most durable model despite its namesake. Plus, it’s only water-resistant to 30 meters.

If you are looking to get into Cartier but don’t have a sky-is-the-limit budget, the Cartier Tank Solo is an excellent watch for its affordable price.

5. Ronde Louis Cartier

The best Cartier watch is all about the perfect amalgamation of both form and function. The Ronde Louis Cartier demonstrates the brand’s expertise in manufacturing elegant watches with innovative features.

Luxurious Elegance and Sophistication

The Ronde Louis Cartier was introduced back in 1937 and is created by the maestro himself. In a sea of square and rectangle Cartier watches, the Ronde Louis Cartier stands out as a round men’s dress watch.

Not to be confused with the ‘Rotonde de Cartier’ which was released in 2006, the Ronde Louis is undoubtedly the better watch when it comes to style, elegance, and sophistication. The watch features a very discrete look that oozes a lot of charm.

The Ronde Louis Cartier, when worn with a pair of cufflinks, will allow you to go anywhere you want. Although the watch certainly leans more on the dressier side, it’s versatile enough to be a reliable daily companion.

The Ronde Louis Cartier is a classic winner and presents a great luxurious option if budget is not an issue.

6. Clé de Cartier

For a company like Cartier who prides itself for its heritage and an eye for innovation, it can be difficult to put out a new line of watch. The release of Clé de Cartier removes any doubt that the company is deadset on moving forward.

Evolution in Concept and Functional Design

At first glance, the Clé de Cartier is far from a unique timepiece. In fact, it looks like a watch straight from the 60s and 70s. However, a quick glance is certainly doing the watch a massive disservice.

One of the details that I really love about the Clé de Cartier is the elegant and fluid contours along the lugs and case back. The ovoid shape of the case allows the watch to sit comfortably against the wrist.

The dial itself features the familiar Cartier design with its guilloché center section with bold Roman numerals in blue. The dial’s design does a good job of taking the center stage with its perfect circle shape and rounded bezel.

Like most of Cartier’s best watches, the Clé de Cartier is an excellent unisex watch.

Wrapping Up

That concludes our list of the best Cartier watch that your money can buy. Do you have a favorite Cartier watch? Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Best IWC Watch: Top Picks from the Dark Horse of Swiss Watches

Best IWC Watch

If you have been keeping up with your high-end luxury watches, it’s likely that you have come across the International Watch Company or IWC. If not, then you don’t have to feel bad because the brand is indeed not as mega-popular as let’s say, Rolex or Omega.

However, if you consider yourself to be a collector or simply a fan of well-made watches, the best time to pay attention to IWC is now.

The IWC is widely considered to be the dark horse of Swiss watches. With the company’s bold approach and emphasis on the engineering aspect rather than the artisanal, it has positioned itself to be one of the top contenders.

Today, we have made a list of the best IWC watch that’s currently available. Whether you’re looking for a top-quality Swiss watch or simply curious about the brand, it’s hard to go wrong with these IWC watches.

Best IWC Watch

Key Features

Our Rating

IWC Portugieser Chronograph 3714 Stainless steel, 42 millimeters case size, Railway track style chapter ring, Large pocket watch movements ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
IWC Pilot Chronograph Le Petit Prince Stainless steel case, Brown calfskin leather strap, Fixed stainless steel bezel, Midnight blue dial, Luminous silver-tone hands, Arabic numeral hour markers ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
IWC Ingenieur Automatic Self-winding, Stainless steel case, 42 hours Power Reserve, Diameter 40.0 mm, Screw in crown, Water resistance 12 bar, Silver-plated dial with luminescence, Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
IWC Pilot’s Top Gun Automatic Chronograph Black ceramic case, Black fabric bracelet, Black dial with luminous hands, 68-hour power reserve, Water resistance 6 bar, Automatic, self-winding ★ ★ ★ ★
IWC Portofino Automatic Stainless steel case, Water resistance 3 bar, 42 hours Power Reserve, Automatic, self-winding, Black alligator leather strap, 163 Components ★ ★ ★ ★
IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Titanium case, Screw in crown, Water resistance 200 bar, Black dial with luminescence, 42 hours Power Reserve, Black rubber strap with IWC-patented quick-change system ★ ★ ★ ★

Best IWC Watch

1. IWC Portugieser Chronograph 3714

The IWC Portugieser Chronograph is one of the most popular, if not the most popular watch from IWC. It’s well-considered to be a classic and it remains practically unaltered since its introduction more than 20 years ago. Over the years, the watch has acquired cult status and for good reason.

A Modern Icon

The Portugieser Chronograph is a timepiece that needs to be worn to be appreciated. At the surface, it’s easy to think that it looks plain, simple, and not very original. However, once you see the watch in person, you’ll appreciate the rigidity and discretion of the design.

The base concept of the Portugieser is to have a pocket watch movement fitted into a rather large case. You’ll notice that the bezel is quite slim which in turn makes the dial window massive. I must say that IWC did a good job of providing the comfort of a small watch with the feeling of having a large one on your wrist.

The 3714 version of the Portugieser pays tribute to the previous generation models with leaf-shaped hands and Arabic numerals. Despite the addition of the two subdials, I have to say that the overall look of the dial is well done. On the wrist, the Portugieser looks stunning.

The IWC Portugieser Chronograph 3714 is a watch that deserves a slot in anyone’s collection.

2. IWC Pilot Chronograph Le Petit Prince

The IWC Pilot Chronograph Le Petit Prince is an honorary tribute to France’s literary extraordinaire and the country’s pioneer aviator, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. As you might have guessed, this blue dialed chronograph is inspired by Antoine’s most famous book, the Little Price

A Pilot Watch Worthy of Its Namesake

Blue dials can be a hit or miss for me but the IWC Pilot Chronograph Le Petit Prince is clearly a massive hit for me. One of the main reasons why this model works so well is the excellent combination of size, style, and beautiful execution.

Say what you want about IWC but the company arguably provides the best-in-class set of dial textures and materials. As a result, many of their watches have some of the best-looking faces in the market. Try comparing IWC pilot watches with the competition and you’ll see that IWC watches have their own brand of style.

The Le Petit Prince Chronograph is no exception.

On the wrist, the Le Petit Prince demonstrates a good deal of versatility. The watch looks great whether you’re using it for purely casual or formal attire. It has a bit of a daring aesthetic but if you’re up for it, this blue-dialed wonder might just be up your alley.

The IWC Pilot Chronograph Le Petit Prince is an aviation-inspired timepiece that collectors don’t want to miss.

3. IWC Ingenieur Automatic

The IWC Ingenieur Automatic is a watch for people who prefer a no-nonsense approach to their watches. The Ingenieur is another iconic IWC model that features traditional design cues. That’s one way of saying that it’s an absolute classic.

Classic Ingenious Design

The Ingenieur is available in many different models but for some reason, I am drawn to the Ingenieur Automatic.

At 40 mm x 10 mm, the Automatic model sits rather nicely on the wrist. When compared to the other Ingenieur models, the Automatic will look slightly smaller. However, the Automatic excels when it comes to offering excellent fit and comfort.

In terms of aesthetics, the Ingenieur Automatic pays homage to the family’s traditional design cues. The famous Gérald Genta designed the bores in the bezel which makes the Ingenieur instantly recognizable. Interestingly enough, the bores provide the watch with that unmistakable tough look. To further bolster the watch’s toughness, a sapphire crystal and screw-in crown have been added.

The watch features an automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve and neat hacking seconds. There’s an inner case that protects the movement from magnetism. There’s not much here in terms of timekeeping but everything is decidedly well-done.

The IWC Ingenieur Automatic is one of the best entry-level models from IWC. However, in the case of IWC, entry-level is by no means low-end.

4. IWC Pilot’s Top Gun Automatic Chronograph

In a previous article, we have highlighted the IWC Pilot’s Top Gun Automatic Chronograph as one of the best pilot watches available. I am a big fan of black dials, so I was instantly attracted to the Top Gun. Plus, Top Gun is a cult-classic movie that I severely enjoyed and this watch succeeds as a tribute.

Maverick Will Be Proud

One of the first things you’ll notice about the Top Gun Automatic is its high-contrast color design. The black dial and white hands provide a great contrast which makes the watch very readable under any circumstances. True to its namesake, the watch looks like a counter in a jet fighter plane’s cockpit. It looks nice and expensive on the wrist.

Another aspect that stands out is the case which is made of ceramic that’s beautifully designed and finished. The case is also finished in black for that complete fighter jet look. Black cases are not doing it for me but for some reason, the Top Gun pulls it off rather well.

The watch comes in a soft black strap that doesn’t just feel high-quality but comfortable as well. There are also variations of the Top Gun that offered in stainless steel bracelets. However, a tool watch such as the Top Gun Automatic feels just right with a soft bracelet.

From the legibility to the finish of the parts, the IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun is impressive.

5. IWC Portofino Automatic

The Portofino collection is another long-standing offering from IWC which was first introduced in the early 1980s. Up to this day, the ref. 5251 remains as one of the most collectible timepieces from IWC. In 2011, the Portofino line got a refresh including the base model, the IWC Portofino Automatic.

Classic But Versatile

Much like the Portugieser Chronograph, the idea behind the IWC Portofino Automatic is to hide the complex internal workings of a pocket watch behind a simple face. Wearing the Portofino is like having a miniature pocket watch on your wrist.

Clean, no fuss execution is the name of the game when it comes to the Portofino. The elements of the dial – hands, markers, and date display – are masterfully executed. The hands have this rounded elegance that complements the curve of the case.

There’s really no advanced functions or design elements here but that’s where the Portofino shines. It’s just an honest and simple wristwatch. Due to the simplicity, the watch fills all sorts of wardrobe voids, whether it’s a formal event or a casual Friday.

The IWC Portofino Automatic embodies understated luxury.

6. IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000

IWC is widely known for its pilot watches which is why many people tend to forget that they make serious dive watches as well. The IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 is a dive watch that’s worth looking into if you’re in the market for a tool watch that doesn’t mess around.

A Tank of a Dive Watch

IWC wants you to have no doubt when it comes to the Aquatimer Automatic 2000. It’s a rather sizable watch at 46mm x 20.5mm and it’s equipped with the SafeDive bezel system. Basically, it’s a system that provides protection against water, dust, and other elements.

The caseback shape allows the watch to comfortably low on the wrist. Because of this, the Aquatimer Automatic 2000 feels secure and doesn’t flop around when worn. The titanium case does a good job of protecting the watch but kept the weight to a minimum.

The Aquatimer is available in many different color versions, and some are Chronographs. Hands down, it’s a terrific dive watch.

Closing Thoughts

That concludes our list of the best IWC watch that you can get your hands on. If you are looking to give IWC a well-deserved try, it’s hard to go wrong with the watches in this round-up.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Review

Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph Featured

Before we begin this Omega Speedmaster Professional review, I have a confession to make: I am not the biggest fan of Omega. Well, to be accurate, I’m rather indifferent to the popular luxury watch brand.

I quite like the Omega Aqua Terra but it’s not exactly what I would consider a must-have.

However, I’d be foolish to say that Omega doesn’t have absolute masterpieces. For today, we’re going to take an in-depth look at one of the most iconic and historic watches from Omega, the Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph. It’s fair to say that it’s one of the most famous Chronographs of all time.

 

For this Omega Speedmaster Professional review, we find out if this watch is actually a practical chronograph or it’s just simply just a timepiece with lots of history.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Review: At a Glance

 

Buzz Aldrin wore the Omega Speedmaster when he first stepped out of the lunar module and onto the moon. In 1965, the watch was certified by NASA. This makes the Omega Speedmaster the only watch certified for manned space missions.

Before we get into the good stuff of this Omega Speedmaster Professional review, we first take a look at its key specs and features:

Model:

Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph 42MM
Reference: 311.30.42.30.01.005

Movement:

Caliber: Omega 1861

Glass material:

Hesalite Crystal

Case material:

Steel

Case diameter:

42 mm

Case height:

13.8 mm

Water resistance:

5 bar (50 metres / 167 feet)

Dial color:

Black

Power reserve:

48 hours

Features:

Chronograph

Small seconds

Special box & accessories

Tachymeter

Omega Speedmaster Professional Review

First Impressions

 

The Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph is now actually referred to as the “Moonwatch.” At this point, you probably know why this is the case. The package comes in a special Moonwatch presentation box which contains the watch along with other accessories and goodies.

If you have been following my watch reviews, you’ll know that I am a big fan of black dials. That in itself has made a positive impression on me. The design of the face is so well thought-out and classic. While examining the Speedmaster, another cool detail that stood out to me were the lugs. They seem to have different polishes from matter to mirror finish. If you hold them out, they look like they play with light rather well. Neat!

After checking out the lugs, I moved on to the Hesalite crystal. The crystal that rises proudly to protect the case provides excellent legibility. The center of the crystal looks slightly curved and provides an interesting reflection when viewing from the side. I found that in some cases, the crystal reflects too much light. Overall, the visibility provided by the crystal is excellent and I will be talking about it more in the following section.

Design and Looks

Since I figured that we common folks won’t be going to space anytime soon, the main reason one would buy the Speedmaster Moonwatch is for daily wear. With that said, many of us want an everyday-use watch that looks great.

In that regard, the Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph doesn’t disappoint. Regardless of your outfit, the Speedmaster will look good on you. To add to its versatility, the Speedmaster can be dressed up or down by simply switching the straps.

Omega Speedster Professional Chronograph

This is about as classic as you can get when it comes to Chronograph designs. Any watch enthusiast who’s worth their salt will have a lot to appreciate with the design. For instance, I implore you to appreciate the design and proportions that are used throughout the dial. There’s the tri-compax formation of the subdials which is expertly offset by the Omega logo. Stare at the logo long enough and it will start morphing into the fourth subdial.

The logo even demonstrates incredible harmony as each word differs in size and style, forming a pyramid. Even with the logo and subdials, at no point did the hands obscure the subdials. Although the Chronograph looks busy at first glance, legibility is top-notch.

As mentioned, the Speedmaster utilizes Hesalite crystal which seems like a bizarre decision by Omega, considering that most luxury watches use scratch-proof synthetic sapphire. In this case, the use of Hesalite seems justified since it looks better than sapphire. Plus, Hesalite is a breeze to polish in case the scratches start to bother you.

The Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph is a masterclass in design.

Timekeeping Features

The Speedmaster features the 1861 caliber chronograph movement. At this price point, the mechanical caliber 1861 provides a good value for the money. In case you don’t know, the 1861 caliber is a manual-winding movement which makes it a lot more interesting than your usual self-winding movement.

The 1861 movement that’s used in the modern Speedmaster is rhodium-plated and also contains a plastic piece that you won’t find in the caliber 1863 – the luxury version of the 1861 movement.

While it may seem like busywork for some people, manually winding the movement has become a part of my morning ritual. In fact, the constant need to manually wind the watch adds more personality to it. It’s like you get to be a part of the watch and the watch becomes you. Plus, it only takes 10-20 turns to get it going which turned into a favorite routine of mine.

In the spirit of keeping things simple, the Speedmaster doesn’t offer the usual features like a day/moon phase, GMT hands or even a date window. Although this may seem like a negative, the lack of standard timekeeping features says more about the watch’s simple design and robustness.

The watch does come with a Tachymeter which allows you to calculate how fast you are going. It’s a nice feature to have which gives the watch more utility.

The 1861 movement has changed very little over time which is good since if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Comfort and Fit

At 42mm, I was concerned that the Speedmaster might be too big on my wrist. However, that was not the case when I tried it on. The watch demonstrates great wrist presence without being comically too big. The slim bezel gives the impression that the face is much larger than it is.

The back part of the case is surprisingly comfortable which is not my usual experience with most steel watches. The lugs are slightly curved downwards which helps in securing the watch in place.

NATO Strap

The Speedmaster’s steel bracelet is certainly one of the best ones that Omega has put out. It offers plenty of customization options to ensure that you get the right fit. The bracelet links are secured with a pin system that’s a cinch to size. This is my first experience with the Speedmaster bracelet and I have to say that I’m a fan. The package also includes an OEM NATO strap which is easily the best NATO I’ve ever worn.

The fact that you can easily swap the bracelet/strap adds a great deal of versatility to the Speedmaster. For instance, I can use the steel bracelet for a dressier vibe while I can put on the NATO strap when doing outdoor activities.

When wearing the bracelet, the watch feels very even in terms of balance. However, with the NATO strap, you can definitely feel the weight of the watch head but it’s nothing very distracting. Overall, the Speedmaster offers a good balance of comfort, weight, and wrist presence.

Durability

The decision by Omega to use Hesalite crystal to protect the watch is a potential drawback for some people.

Unlike sapphire crystal, Hesalite is not as scratch-resistant. However, Hesalite happens to be the more durable crystal when compared to sapphire. Historically, Hesalite was used by Omega because it doesn’t break easily which is safer when you’re in space.

The Speedmaster also has a water resistance of 5 bar (50 metres / 167 feet) which is definitely lacking. If you’re a diver or swimmer and you like wearing your watch in the water, the Speedmaster is an easy pass for you. On the other hand, the 50-meter water-resistance should be able to handle a bit of moisture, rain or even the occasional shower.

The fact that you can easily swap to a different bracelet or strap adds another layer of durability and longevity to the watch.

Pricing

When you are buying the Speedmaster Professional, you are also buying into its heritage. This watch is an iconic watch that oozes with classic style. However, the watch doesn’t use an in-house movement, unlike your favorite Rolex. Despite that, the 1861 is a movement that’s filled with stories to tell.

Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it keeps time well.

For the amount of watch and history that you’ll get, the price is more than justified. This is the kind of watch that you can wear every day, and probably the rest of your life. Its versatility pretty much gives you the permission to make the Speedmaster the last watch you’ll ever own.

Seriously, it even gives some of my luxury watches a run for their money, for a fraction of the price.

Should You Buy the Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph?

The Omega Speedmaster Pro offers plenty in terms of fun factor. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and the space history behind it is just delightful. It features a timeless design that will never ever be out of place. The versatile nature of the watch gives you a lot of wiggle room as to when and where you can wear it. In fact, I’m looking to invest in more Speedster straps to take advantage of its versatility.

It’s more than just a watch with a history. The Speedster might have just turned me into an Omega fan.

Hopefully, this Omega Speedster Professional review has helped you decide if this timepiece is right for you.

Best Pilot Watch: Superior Watches for Your Aviation Needs

Best Pilot Watch

More than a century ago, Brazilian pilot Alberto Santos-Dumont, known for his significant contribution to aircraft design, worked with Louis Cartier to design a watch specifically for aviation purposes.

The watch features an easy-to-read design with large dial, bold numbers, and a clean design. This marks the debut of the very first pilot watch.

Ever since, pilot watches have evolved and are known for their refined, sleek, and stylish aesthetic. However, the best pilot watch won’t just complete the snazziest of outfits, it’s still tough and feature-rich, making it practical for aviation.

If you are looking to add an aviation watch to your daily accessories or formal wear, be sure to check out our list of the best pilot watch.

Best Pilot Watch

Key Features

Our Rating

Breitling Chronospace Evo Night Mission

Scratch resistant sapphire crystal glareproofed, Matte black titanium case, Unidirectional rotating bezel, superquartz chronometer movement, Black Diver Pro III rubber strap, Fast Time Zone Adjustment System

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

AVI-8 AV-4011 Hawker Hurricane

Stainless Steel With Tachymeter Bezel, Japanese quartz movement, Water resistant to 50m, 42mm Case Diameter

★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Citizen JY0010-50E Eco-Drive Skyhawk A-T

Titanium band, 99-minute countdown timer, Rotating slide-rule bezel, Perpetual calendar, Mineral dial window, Atomic Timekeeping

★ ★ ★ ★

Hamilton ‘Khaki Aviation’ Swiss Automatic

Luminous hands, 42 mm stainless steel case, Anti-reflective sapphire dial window, Swiss automatic movement, Water resistant to 100 m

★ ★ ★ ★

Garmin D2 Pilot Watch

Direct-to and Nearest buttons, Altimeter with adjustable baro setting and compass, Displays multiple time zones, Inflight task reminders, High-sensitivity WAAS GPS receiver

★ ★ ★ ★

IWC Pilot’s Top Gun Automatic Chronograph

Black ceramic case, Black fabric bracelet, Black dial with luminous hands, 68-hour power reserve

★ ★ ★ ★

Best Pilot Watch

1. Breitling Chronospace Evo Night Mission

Breitling has a strong and proud history of aviation. The Breitling Chronospace Evo Night Mission is another fine addition to Breitling’s brilliant aviation line. If you want the best pilot watch and budget is not an issue, this is THE watch for you.

Truly Masculine and Eye-Catching

One of the best details that I love about the Evo Night Mission is the superb combination of black and blue on the dial. This gives the watch a striking masculine look that’s perfect even for the dressiest of outfits. It truly looks the part as an instrument for professionals.

In terms of toughness, the watch features a sapphire crystal glass, a screw locked crown, and a unidirectional bezel. The watch’s size is just right with the comfortable 43mm and it’s complemented with SuperQuartz movement that features a split-seconds function and an extra central hand for measuring intermediate times.

Another noteworthy timekeeping feature of the Evo Night Mission is the fast time zone adjustment system which ensures reliable precision of both the minutes and seconds display. Like all of Breitling’s movements, the movement is certified by the Swiss testing agency COSC.

Expect nothing less than stellar performance from this high-end pilot watch.

2. AVI-8 AV-4011 Hawker Hurricane

AVI-8 is a brand that has always piqued my interest. With the AVI-8 AV-4011 Hawker Hurricane, I sure have a positive first impression of the brand. The AV-4011 Hawker Hurricane is a solid watch for those who are in the market for a budget aviation timepiece.

Excellent Pilot Watch at an Inexpensive Price Point

The AVI-8 AV-4011 Hawker Hurricane is a terrific aviation watch for those who are in a budget. The watch boasts a bold, clean design, good durability, and at a price that won’t break the bank.

The watch’s design breaks away from the usual aviation watch but instead goes for all-out on the fighter plane aesthetic. Looking at the watch feels like you’re inside a fighter plane’s cockpit. While the face looks quite busy, the design is actually well thought out.

The strap looks and feels great. I’ve opted for the black/brown strap and it feels soft and comfortable to wear. However, the strap is a bit on the thicker side which might be a problem for folks who prefer a thinner and more discrete strap.

The watch features a Japanese quartz chronograph movement. It was not specified which specific movement is used but I did some digging around and found that it might be a Miyota or TMI.

The build quality is better than what you can expect from a budget model. Overall, the AVI-8 AV-4011 Hawker Hurricane is a hit.

3. Citizen JY0010-50E Eco-Drive Skyhawk A-T

We’ve mentioned that the best pilot watch features a bold but simple design. The Citizen JY0010-50E Eco-Drive Skyhawk A-T watch goes against the grain by offering an intricate design and perfect accuracy.

Feature-Rich and Superior Accuracy

The Eco-Drive technology is definitely one of the main draws of the JY0010-50E Eco-Drive Skyhawk A-T. This solar charging technology is a patented feature by Citizen and it has only improved over time. You can pretty much forget about replacing the batteries.

The watch also features atomic timekeeping which means that you only need to configure the watch once and never have to worry about accuracy. The HF Radio time sync seems to be working as advertised. However, it can be a little tricky when you want to sync the watch from a room. TIP: the watch syncs better at night, so leave it by the window and the watch should be synced in the morning.

The watch comes in a titanium case which provides the much-needed toughness. The materials used really does give the impression that you are handling a high-quality product. However, I wished they used sapphire instead of mineral crystal for face protection. I imagine this was done to keep the price down. The overcrowded dial might also not be for everyone.

All in all, the Citizen JY0010 Skyhawk is a great tool for aviators and comes at a great price.

4. Hamilton ‘Khaki Aviation’ Swiss Automatic

Hamilton is known for its designs that are safe and borderline classic. With that said, the Hamilton Khaki Aviation Swiss Automatic is a good example of Hamilton’s design philosophy, and it’s the best pilot watch that you can get.

Classic, Yet Not Dated

The Khaki Aviation is a sleek aviation-style watch that boasts a classic design but it’s somehow nowhere near dated. The watch features a gorgeous face with impressive attention to detail. The numerals are bold and crisply printed. The oversized lumed dials and indices really do wrap up the bold look of the watch.

It’s just a clean and uncomplicated design that pops.

The case is entirely brushed which can throw some people off. Many watch manufacturers polish some areas of the watch to give it more depth and contrast. With that said, the brushing quality is good along with the signed crown.

Even at 42mm, the watch wears large. One of my main complaints about the watch is the bracelet which can get a little unwieldy. The clasp has three micro adjustments and the bracelet itself has half-links. You can easily get a comfortable fit using the watch’s adjustment system but the bracelet tends to rattle with lateral movements.

Overall, this is a very attractive Swiss watch with a classic aviation style.

5. Garmin D2 Pilot Watch

Garmin does more than just car GPS devices and outdoor watches. The Garmin D2 Pilot Watch makes perfect sense for the functionally-minded aviator.

High in the Sky Features

The Garmin D2 is the best pilot watch to consider if you’re looking for smart features. Garmin is known for their feature-rich devices and the Garmin D2 Pilot Watch is no exception.

For starters, it comes with the adjustable altimeter and barometer. As you might expect, the watch also features a compass, making the D2 a legitimate ABC watch. On top of that, the D2 is equipped with a high-sensitivity WAAS GPS receiver. Seriously, it’s one of the better GPS watches I’ve used.

The D2 also can connect to a worldwide airport database, time zones, and Zulu references. The altitude and flight plans work as advertised and both very accurate as well.

Other bells and whistles include the ability to set inflight task reminders with vibrating alerts and profiles for many different activities. That’s right, the D2 works as an activity tracker as well. It doesn’t hurt that it looks great as well.

For the money, you’ll be hard-pressed to find an aviation GPS watch with as many features as the D2.

6. IWC Pilot’s Top Gun Automatic Chronograph

Last but not least, we wrap up this list of the best pilot watch with a premium pick. The IWC Pilot’s Top Gun Automatic Chronograph will have the hearts of watch connoisseurs racing.

Top Gun Inspired

As you might have guessed, the IWC Pilot’s Top Gun Automatic Chronograph is inspired by the movie Top Gun. It’s easy to see with the watch’s stealthy, dark aesthetic that resembles a fighter jet.

However, it’s more than just a homage to the cult-classic aviation movie.

IWC is known for its premium quality timepieces, and this watch is no exception. If you are familiar with IWC’s pilot watches, you’ll see some similarities with the Top Gun. In general, I’m not big into black cases but I’d be happy to make an exception for this model, especially when it comes in a ceramic case. Ceramic cases have a certain allure to them that just can’t be matched with any other coating.

Looking at the dial, the watch features a straightforward aesthetic which is how many people like it. It’s just simple, clean, and very legible. However, no one can argue that this elegant beast is a thing of beauty.

It’s a premium masterpiece that warrants the price.

Conquer the Air

That wraps up our list of the best pilot watch that you can buy. Hopefully, this guide has helped you buy the right timepiece for your aviation needs.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Review: The Ultra-Luxurious Modern Sports Watch

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Review

When you’ve been in the luxury watch business as long as I have, you understand that not all luxury watches play in the same field. There are powerhouse brands, such as Rolex, Omega, and Cartier that make excellent watches. And then there are high horology houses, like Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet, and Patek Philippe that make grail-worthy timepieces. However, just because these top-tier brands have histories that stretch back centuries, it does not mean that they cannot make fresh and contemporary sports watches. Case in point is the Patek Philippe Aquanaut watchPatek’s youngest watch model geared towards a modern audience.

 

 

The Flagship Patek Philippe Aquanaut

When Patek Philippe launched the Aquanaut in 1997, it was clear that the watch took some design cues from its older brother, the famous Nautilus watch. Yet, the Aquanaut offered an even fresher approach to a modern luxury sports watch, complete with a rubber strap—a first for Patek.

While Patek has made a whole host of different versions of the Aquanaut since its debut, the flagship model within the collection is the Patek Philippe Aquanaut ref. 5167A-001. This is the modern version of the inaugural Aquanaut watch from the late 1990s.

The 5167A sports a 40 mm rounded octagonal case in stainless steel, a black embossed dial, and a black “Tropical” rubber strap. Although the Aquanaut is no doubt a robust sports watch, it wears super comfortably thanks to its slender 8.1 mm thickness. This Patek watch can easily slip under a shirt cuff if need be.

The face of the watch is a simple affair with large luminous Arabic numerals, luminous center hands, and a discreet date window at 3 o’clock. There are also the luminescent squares adjacent to the hour markers for even better readability in the dark. Clean, straightforward, and perfectly legible.

Flip the watch around and you’ll be treated to a view of the intricately decorated mechanical movement powering the Aquanaut. The Patek Philippe Aquanaut ref. 5167A-001 runs on the automatic Caliber 324 S C with a power reserve of 35 – 45 hours.

The Tropical Rubber Strap of the Aquanaut

The black rubber strap (which Patek refers to as a “Tropical” strap) on the ref. 5167A features a checkered pattern, which complements the dial texture nicely. And because Patek encourages you to take the 120-meter water resistant Aquanaut with you on weekend adventures, the durable composite strap is resistant to salt water and UV rays.

What’s more, the underside of the strap includes plenty of grooves to promote airflow in order to keep stickiness at bay. The strap of the Patek Aquanaut ref. 5167A is fitted with a stainless steel double deployant clasp with a twin-trigger release system. In true Patek form, the clasp is engraved with the company’s Calatrava cross emblem.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut With A Steel Bracelet

 

While the rubber “Tropic” strap is a defining feature of the Aquanaut, Patek does make a gorgeous variation with a bracelet. The Patek Philippe Aquanaut ref. 5167/1A is identical to the model I detailed above, except for its stainless steel bracelet.

As expected, the addition of the steel bracelet adds quite a bit of heft to the Aquanaut, further emphasizing the luxuriousness of the watch. The expertly crafted bracelet also lends a dressier touch to the sporty Patek Aquanaut.

The center links of the bracelet are satin finished while the outer links are high-polished. This play in contrasts works beautifully on the bracelet and this particular Aquanaut seamlessly goes from workday to weekend. It’s also worth mentioning that the steel bracelet edition of the Aquanaut is a much rarer find than its rubber strap counterpart.

The Rose Gold Patek Philippe Aquanaut

If you’re a fan of rose gold men’s watches, then feast your eyes on the Patek Philippe Aquanaut ref. 5167R-001. This lavish version of the Aquanaut flaunts a 40 mm case in solid 18k rose gold. To complement the warmth of the gold, the grid-decorated dial is in rich brown. On that dial sits rose gold applied Arabic numerals along with rose gold center hands—all coated with luminescence for a bright blue glow in low light.

Completing the look of the rose Aquanaut ref. 5167R watch is the chocolate brown rubber strap, equipped with an 18k rose gold deployant clasp.

There is something truly appealing about the combination of a sporty silhouette and precious gold. And the opulent, yet modern, Aquanaut hits all the right notes.

Ladies Patek Philippe Aquanaut

Fantastic news for the ladies who love the Aquanaut watches—Patek makes a range of women’s versions too. While similar in looks to the men’s versions, the ladies’ Patek Philippe Aquanaut watches sport smaller 35.6 mm cases.

Plus, the ladies’ watches shine bright thanks to the 46 diamonds set into the bezel. This explains the watches’ official name, Aquanaut Luce, where “Luce” is Latin for “light.”

The stainless steel versions of the Patek Philippe Aquanaut watches for women come in a few different colorways. For instance, there’s the black Aquanaut ref. 5067A-001 and the  white Aquanaut ref. 5067A-024. These are quartz watches, which is not my favorite choice—especially for a brand as revered as Patek Philippe. Yet, it is typical for ladies’ watches (even from the best watch brands) to run on battery-powered movements.

The Automatic Ladies’ Patek Philippe Aquanaut Watches

 

Conversely, the gold Aquanaut watches for women are automatic. Just like the men’s Aquanaut watches, the women’s self-winding Aquanauts house Caliber 324 S C with a power reserve of 35 – 45 hours.

Design-wise, you can opt for the crisp rose gold and white Patek Philippe Aquanaut ref. 5068R-010 or the richer rose gold and chocolate brown Aquanaut ref. 5068R-001. Both set with diamonds, fitted with rubber straps, and simply stunning.

Is The Aquanaut Worth It?

It’s no secret that Patek Philippe watches are very expensive. After all, you have to pay the required entrance fee to be a part of the exclusive Patek Philippe watch owners club. Most watch enthusiasts agree that Patek is the very pinnacle of high-end Swiss watchmaking.

But, given that the Aquanaut is not as famous as the sought-after Nautilus or the elegant Calatrava, is it still worth the hefty price tag to own one? Yes. Yes, it is. The Patek Philippe Aquanaut occupies that great space between a bold sports watch and an everyday top timepiece.

And if it’s good enough for Paul McCartney as his daily wearer, then it’s certainly good enough for me!