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!

Rado Watch Review

Rado Watch Review

Rado watches are made well and have been consistently innovative since the brand’s origins over a hundred years ago. That being said, are they worth their generally high cost? Looking through some of the more historic, innovative, and appealing designs, we see that they are certainly worth it to those who can truly appreciate Rado’s aesthetic and novelty.

Rado Watch Review

Making Strides

The DiaStar

Among their innovations is the creation of the first scratch-resistant watch. This watch was revolutionary and a great treasure. Called the DiaStar, this watch used hard metal and sapphire crystal—common now but not  at the time. Overall, it was a flawless, scratch-less piece that could be worn for years and still look brand new.

Currently, you can still purchase a version of the DiaStar, a classic piece that provides the protected and retro feeling you’d want from a classic Rado design.

This DiaStar watch is almost all silver with a stainless-steel case and strap. The analog dial, however, is black with silvery, luminescent hands and diamond hour markers that provide the subtle class that makes Rado the brand it is.

At the 6-o’clock position, you can find the date and day. The 35mm oval case is eye-catching and unique. The window, of course, is sapphire crystal. Last, but not least, the watch is water resistant to approximately 100-feet.

While the face is a bit smaller than what some may prefer, this watch is a classic and it will last. The great thing about Rado is that quality is pretty much a guarantee.

Rado V10K

Do you know what’s even better than being known for creating a scratchless watch? Creating the hardest watch.

Many feel that other watch brands have surpassed Rado in relevance in recent years, matching in quality and better in price than this Swiss brand. However, very few argue that Rado was at the forefront of creating watches as close to impermeable as possible. One of the best examples of this is the Rado V10K watch, which was known as the hardest watch available.

The V10K has an incredibly unique and striking design. The band is rubber and the watch has quartz movement. But what makes it unique is how Rado made it so hard. The case is coated in high-tech diamond…. some of the hardest material on earth. It is an innovative design that made people’s jaws drop.

While the price is high, this piece is unique and a conversation starter. For those who love the design and appreciate its technology, this watch is a great investment. However, there are some who genuinely dislike the design and do not feel it adds much to their experience. Others love the fact that they can feel comfortable wearing such an expensive and high-end watch while playing their favorite sports, hiking, and just about anything else. Generally, with a purchase of a watch of a bigger brand at such a high cost, the buyer wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing the watch except to work or on special occasions. This watch, however, is made for anything you throw at it.

Entering the World of Ceramic

Rado R5.5 in Black

A truly signature part of Rado’s history is its use of high-tech ceramic. Rado perfected the use of ceramic in watches as both a way to make their products more durable and fashionable. Blowing up in the nineties, Rado began to make many watches using this material. Why? Ceramic is ten times harder and much lighter than gold. It’s also hypoallergenic.

One great example of Rado’s continued ceramic production is the Rado R5.5. With a distinctive square design, this watch is simple yet flawlessly chic. The ceramic case is 36mm and the quartz movement is protected with the sapphire crystal dial window. The hands are luminous, and a date window sits at the 3 o’clock marker.

While ceramic is so much harder than most other materials, it is not quite as waterproof as some. The watch can be resistant to water up to 99-feet but it’s advised that the wearer avoids submerging in water or showering with it.

Esenza Touch

With continued success in innovative technology, Rado kept its pattern into the 2000s. This time, they created the first portable and ceramic touch device through the Rado Esenza Touch.

This watch is elegant and fit for a lady…literally. This watch is designed for women and seeps elegance. With a simple swipe, this watch can be set easily. This version of the Esenza (the Jubile) is even more glamorous with over 60 diamonds framing the black dial. The diamonds aren’t so large that they immediately draw attention in a gaudy way, in fact, quite the opposite. The detail is magnificent.

The oval case is quite distinctive with sapphire crystal integrated for protection and to make it more beautiful. The bracelet closes with a titanium double-folding clasp that has a push button.

Again, the ceramic of this watch adds a level of protection and durability that many other fashionable watches don’t have.

Beauty and Brains

Original Golden Dial Watch

While many of Rado’s watches are on the more understated, classy side, Rado also has some very flashy pieces that will have all eyes on you. One such watch is one of Rado’s highest-rated watches, the Original Gold Dial. This may not be the most innovative watch of Rado’s, but it is certainly one of their best. With a lot of features in a compact space, The Golden Dial is a gorgeous piece.

The 43mm golden-plated stainless-steel case surrounds a classic circular face. It’s protected by sapphire crystal. Movement is Swiss automatic and the hour markers are diamond. At the 6 o’clock marker are the day and date display. This watch is water resistant up to 100-feet of water but discretion is advised!

With glowing reviews about this watch everywhere, there is little doubt it is a fan favorite. The gold is luminous and extremely eye-catching. Along with the looks, there is a lot of information fit compactly.

There are a lot of watch options that Rado provides. While this brand has a pretty distinct aesthetic, like this Gold Dial Watch, you can find a lot of different styles for a lot of different occasions.

Watches That Show What Rado is All About

Rado has been at the forefront of new watch technology for decades. If you want to own a watch from a brand that certainly has a strong footprint in the history of watchmaking, Rado is a good option. Again, its high price does set it apart from other brands. Currently, there are many watches of great quality and modern, innovative styles that are cheaper. However, Rado’s brand has stood the test of time and, to many, would be a proud piece to own.

History of Rado

Rado’s origins date back over a hundred years. Always known for their style and innovative designs, this brand has seen many landmarks in its long life. Rado began as a collaboration among three brothers in 1917. Working inside their Swiss home at first, the Schlup & Co. watchmaking factory, which would soon start the Rado brand, began very small but grew quickly. In the 1940s, Schlup and Co. was one of the largest manufacturers of watch movements.

Rado was born in the fifties when Schlup & Co. started to sell watches under that brand name. Rado quickly gained traction. Recognized across the world, Rado started its innovative pattern with water-resistant models.

For the next few decades, Rado produced quality watches known distinctly for its classy, unique designs. Along with Rado’s unique aesthetic, it was also known for consistently producing innovative designs that changed watch expectations.

Overall, there is a lot to say positively about Rado. Their watches are gorgeous, to say the least. They have a long and intriguing history full of innovation. They are also relatively rare. You’re not going to see many Rado watches on the street. In fact, they only manufacture 500,000 a year.

Final Thoughts

Rado has incredible watches that are stylish, modern, and in some cases, retro. Their strong history in innovation makes it a brand that anyone would be proud to own. However, the question of whether the price is worth it, all depends.

From reviews and research, the worth of Rado seems to come down to whether or not you identify with the style and aesthetic that makes Rado so distinct. One watch that someone absolutely adored, another found “cheap.” Are they high quality? Absolutely. They are also fashionable. However, they may just not be your “cup-of-tea.”

In order to be sure that this watch will be worth it to you, make sure that you love the style and functions of the watch. Do you love the movement provided, the material it is made out of, and everything else? Another rewarding quality of owning a Rado is knowing that you are not going to be seeing them everywhere. They are comparably rare to other brands. Buying a Rado is an investment, and since they are expensive, make sure the investment is worth it to you. Regardless, down the line this brand will still be likely worth quite a bit of money. It may be smart to buy one of their better watches now as they’ll be worth more in the future.

The Best Watches to Buy Under $3,000 (2018)

best watch under $3000

Today, we will be reviewing the best watches in 2018, that you can purchase NOW for under 3,000 dollars.  Let’s face it, watches can be extremely expensive. Our job today is to find our readers not only some good watches under 3,000; but the BEST watches under this price point, period.

How the Review Works

First of all, the term best is a relative term to most. However, when it comes to watches, the term may hold more truth. Watches come in all designs, sizes, shapes, movements, and functions. What typically makes a watch “better” is the design, movement, value, and durability. These will all be accounted for in today’s review to give everyone the VERY best choices for 2018.

Continue on to find out what are the best watches under 3,000 dollars in 2018. We will give you a hint on which one is the best; the Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 5!

Best Watches Under $3000

Best Watches Under 3,000 What Makes it Great Overall Ranking
Tag Heuer Carrera -Skeleton case back, formal and polished stainless steel design, automatic movement ★★★★★

 

Breitling Superocean II 42

-Beautiful Mariner Blue Dial, Reliable 25-Jewel Movement, Polished Stainless steel case ★★★★★
Omega Mens Seamaster Black Dial Comfortable and slim design, durability, water resistance up to 300M ★★★★
Tudor Heritage Ranger Classic design, comfortable leather strap, perfect dress watch ★★★★
Henry Jay Limited Edition “Aquamaster” Silver and gold two-toned bracelet, 120 Click Unidirectional Rotating Coin Edge Bezel, 316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel Case ★★★★

Tag Heuer Carrera 

The Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre definitely deserves a top spot for today’s review. It is a handsome and flawless dress watch that pops on the wrist.

Where the Carrera Calibre really shines (literally), lies in the design. At first glance, it is a pretty classic dress style watch. But further investigation it is not hard to see how precious and unique this watch is.

A 39 mm stainless steel case, with a bright, light silver dial and a hand applied Tag Heuer symbol greet those who dare to glance at this masterpiece. The sapphire crystal protecting the dial is not only shiny but keeps the dial from acquiring scratches and smudges.

It’s all in the design

Behind the beautiful case, you will find a skeleton view of the precise movement. Although the case back is not visible at all times, it is a great feature to be able to take off your watch and see the movement in action.

Other highlights of the Carrera Calibre 5 include (but are not limited to): water resistance up to 100M, 38-hour power reserve, automatic movement and the polished link bracelet with a deployment clasp.

Top Features

  • Magnificent silver dial
  • A reliable movement that keeps time extremely well
  • Amazing value for a Tag Heuer Timepiece

With all that said. This is hands down one of the best choices in this price range. Tag Heuer’s are known as one of the top watch brands on the market. And it is easy to see how they outdid themselves with the Carrera Calibre 5!

Breitling Superocean II 42

Now to be completely honest, the Breitling Superocean II 42 may have been chosen for the number one spot if it wasn’t for one factor. It is slightly over the 3,000 dollar mark.

This one has many relating it to one of the most classic dive watches of all time: The Rolex Submariner. What makes the Breitling SO MUCH better, in this case, is it is A LOT more affordable (That was hard to say, I am a Rolex FANATIC)!

The Breitling Superocean II has a perfect sized 42mm case, that is not as big as it sounds. It is on the smaller size compared to many Breitling models, which makes it more desirable for those who were not blessed with bodybuilder sized wrists (Aka: have baby wrists like me). Sitting very low on the wrist, the watch has a nice comfort to it and not a bulky feel like many other watches with cases over 40mm.

One of the most noticeable (and awesome) features of the Superocean II, has to be the mariner blue dial. Blue dials are highly sought after, since they are not as common as black and white, and give watches more contrast.

Blue Dial For the WIN

What is better than a watch with some contrast? Nothing at all! The blue dial and blue bezel go perfectly with the high polished, stainless steel dial, to give buyers a watch that is versatile yet classic.

Some of the other qualities of the Superocean include water resistance up to 300M, a Caliber 17 movement ETA 2824 (Which is one of the toughest movements on the market), Mariner blue, bi-directional bezel.

Top Features

  • Mariner Blue Dial with large white numbers
  • High Polished stainless steel; all around the watch
  • Impeccable, 25 Jewel Swiss Chronometer movement

If you are willing to go slightly over the price point of 3,000. This is the watch for you!

Omega Men’s Seamaster Black Dial

Omega is another watchmaker who creates some great timepieces, that can be very pricey. Take the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra for example, which costs way more than the Omega Men’s Seamaster Black Dial.

Let it be known, this Seamaster model has one of the most enduring looks in the Seamaster family. This watch is easily a favorite among Omega fanatics.

The watch has a case diameter of 41mm, with a rotating, low-profile ceramic bezel insert as well as a handsome black dial, are some of the top qualities of the Omega Seamaster.

A Modern Classic

As previously mentioned, the Rolex Submariner is a known powerhouse in the dive watch category for Rolex; as is the Seamaster for Omega. You simply cannot beat the durability, design, and versatility of this timepiece. Just as it can be worn for a sporty dive in the sea, it can also be worn in the most formal of events. This is a watch for a professional who also enjoys vacations and being adventurous!

Some other qualities that make the Omega Seamaster a unique and distinguished piece are the skeleton second and minute hands, charming 5-link bracelet and the impeccable durability.

Top Features

  • Upgraded, “looser”, Ceramic Bezel insert
  • 48-Hour Power Reserve
  • Extremely Tough and durable

Omega made a watch that is as formal and elegant, as is tough and sporty. The Omega Superocean literally hits on all cylinders.

Tudor Heritage Ranger Automatic

It was very necessary to add an “outlier” to today’s list. The Tudor Heritage Ranger Automatic is a watch that is not as well known, but functions well, is very durable, and makes a great dress watch.

Interesting enough, all the materials used to create the 41 mm stainless steel case, come from the same place as Rolex!  So for the price, you know you are getting insanely great quality. The Tudor Heritage has a military style look, combined with some features that usually identify a “dress watch”.  Simply oput, it is as rugged as is handsome.

The Tudor Heritage Ranger is in no way a flashy watch. It has a minimal look, with MAXIMUM features. Some favorite features of Heritage owners include; luminous hands, automatic movement with 38-hour power reserve, brown leather strap and the folding, slip through clasp.

Simple Design, with Amazing Quality

It’s not every day you see a watch in this price range using Rolex materials. With the Tudor Heritage, you can go to sleep at night knowing you have a durable and high-grade watch that goes beyond its name.

The Tudor Heritage is a perfect pick for those who enjoy watches that are simple. If durability is important, again, the Tudor is a great pick. Lastly, if you are looking for a true “Dress watch“, then look no further.

Top Features

  • Reliable, rotor, self-winding movement
  •  Rolex grade stainless steel case (don’t believe me, look it up)
  • High quality, brown leather strap, with extra green toned camouflage strap

Don’t count out Rolex’s sister brand. This is definitely a brand that many should do more research into, because they create some great watches, with accurate and reliable movements.

Henry Jay “Limited Edition” Specialty Aquamaster

One of the most attractive pieces is the last watch for the review today- the Henry Jay Aquamaster. Talk about last but not least.

Henry Jay is not one of the top contenders in the watch world. But don’t think that means they don’t create some legit timepieces. The two-toned specialty Aquamaster is a true beauty. 23K gold plating center link goes perfectly with the high polished stainless steel band and deep blue ceramic bezel with gold tick marks.

The Aquamaster has a handsome 42mm blue dial with gold hands and gold tick marks. A date window with a magnifying cyclops gives the Aquamaster a Rolex look to it. Overall, this LOOKS like a very expensive watch.

Owners swear by the quality of this watch. There are some complaints about the movement, that does not seem to keep time the best. It is equipped with an automatic, self-winding movement. But it is on the lower end of the spectrum in the review for reliability.

A Great Look, Affordable Price

Overall the Aquamaster is a good deal. You do not see many watches as beautiful as this, at such an affordable price point. If resetting the time quite often is not a huge deal, then this is a good pick.

A perfect watch for business, formal or casual environments. You will always find a reason to pull out the flashy Aquamaster. It will definitely be a conversation starter!

Top Features

  • Two-toned, 23K gold links
  • Luminescent, detailed hands
  • Attractive, blue dial

The Final Verdict

At the end of the day, the final decision is up to you, the beautiful reader. Our review is meant to guide you, to find top valued watches that fit certain criteria. ANY choice that you decide is a great one and you should not be disappointed!

When it comes down to value, durability, reliability, and attractiveness; the Tag Heuer Carrera is the ultimate winner. But really, every watch is a winner!

Shop From a Reliable Source

The last thing to leave you all with today is to remember one thing. When shopping for watches, make sure you are purchasing from a reliable source, like Amazon. There are many fakes on the market, so please do not fall victim to any scams!

Thank you for reading the review today. Hopefully, we made your watch shopping experience easier and provided more clarity. Happy shopping!

 

Rolex Datejust vs. Submariner: Comparing Apples and Oranges

Today, we’re going to have another head-to-head between two of the widely-considered best timepieces in Rolex’s stable.

It’s the Rolex Datejust vs. Submariner.

The Datejust is a long-standing, self-winding waterproof chronometer watch that is designed to display the date in a 3 o’clock window. Its design is classic and elegant and makes a strong, yet subtle statement.

On the other hand, we have the Submariner, which is definitely a classic piece and a timeless timekeeping icon.

If you are stuck choosing between the Datejust and Submariner, I have to say that it’s a good problem to have.

One is widely regarded as the perfect dress timepiece while the other is the quintessential dive watch. If you have to ask me, I prefer the Rolex Submariner. It’s one of my favorite watches ever for its classic design and reliability. However, if you really want to compare these two Rolexes, you’ll find that it’s like comparing apples and oranges.

Let’s take a closer look.

Rolex Datejust Review

For this head-to-head, we’re going to focus on the popular Rolex Datejust 41. Let’s first take a look at the key specifications of this Rolex model:

Model Rolex Datejust 41
Model case Oyster, 41 mm, Oystersteel and white gold
Oyster architecture Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
Diameter 41 mm
Material White Rolesor
Bezel Fluted
Winding Crown Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system
Crystal Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Water-resistance Waterproof to 100 meters / 330 feet
Movement Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding
Calibre 3235
Precision -2/+2 sec/day, after casing
Functions Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Oscillator Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers
Winding Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Power reserve Approx. 70 hours
Bracelet Oyster, five-piece links
Bracelet material Oystersteel
Clasp Folding Oysterclasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link
Dial Dark rhodium
Details Highly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence
Certification Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)

Design

The Rolex Datejust 41 features design elements that made the Rolex brand an iconic name. The fluted bezel, Oyster bracelet, and the Cyclops magnifying lens above the date window are all here and share the same elements with other Rolex models.

One of the most striking elements of the Datejust is the blue dial. When I first saw the blue rhodium dial, it was love at first sight. The color of the dial makes the Datejust a very versatile men’s dress watch. Along with the fluted bezel, you got yourself a watch that’s oozing with elegance. It’s worth noting that the Datejust 41 is also available in a smooth bezel.

For the most part, I love the form factor of the Datejust 41. In my opinion, it just features a much better shape and proportions than the previous iteration of the model. I was never a fan of the previous versions of the Datejust because they look quite small in my wrist. The 41mm-wide size has vastly improved the Datejust over the Rolex Datejust II.

Compared to the Datejust II, the 41 looks a bit slimmer with a larger dial aperture and complemented with a thinner bezel. It’s also worth noting that the hour markers are a bit thinner.

The date on the Datejust 41 is displayed in a window at 3 o’clock which changes instantly at midnight in a few thousandths of a second. The Cyclops lens on the crystal makes it easy to read the date because of the magnification.

Construction and Wearability

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My Rolex Datejust 41 comes with the signature Oystersteel bracelet which is just the way I like it. The piece is also available in Jubilee. Both models feature the new concealed attachment system underneath the bracelet. This enables the bracelet to connect easily to the case. The Datejust 41 uses the same folding Oysterclasp for closing the bracelet.

Adjustability is also never a problem due to the patented Easylink rapid extension system, which allows you to adjust the bracelet length by up to 5mm. This is such a good system for those hot summer days when you need to roll up your sleeves.

In terms of durability, the watch is made from Rolesor material which is essentially a combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct white gold. So when it comes to toughness, I don’t think there’s anything to be worried about when it comes to Rolexes. The crystal is made from scratch-resistant sapphire and the watch is waterproof up to 100 meters.

Timekeeping

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The Datejust 41 is equipped with the new-gen 3235 Movement. This self-winding mechanical movement boasts about 14 patents including the new Chronergy escapement. This escapement system helps with combining high energy efficiency and dependability. Precision is -2/+2 sec/day after casing which is pretty much standard Rolex precision.

The movement is also certified by COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) and has received the Rolex certification after casing. Nothing much can be said here except it’s Rolex, so expect state-of-the-line accurate timekeeping.

Rolex Submariner Review

For this section, we will focus on the Rolex Submariner Ref. 114060. First, let’s take a look at some of the key specs of this iconic watch:

Model Rolex Submariner Ref. 114060
Model case Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel
Oyster architecture Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
Diameter 40 mm
Material Oystersteel
Bezel Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated bezel
Winding Crown Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system
Crystal Scratch-resistant sapphire
Water-resistance Waterproof to 300 metres / 1,000 feet
Movement Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding
Calibre 3130
Precision -2/+2 sec/day, after casing
Functions Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Oscillator Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Winding Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Power reserve Approx. 48 hours
Bracelet Oyster, flat three-piece links
Bracelet material Oystersteel
Clasp Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system
Dial Black
Details Highly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence
Certification Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)

Design

The Rolex Submariner Ref. 114060 has gone through several design changes.

First, the 40mm stainless steel case features a slightly different shape. The overall shape is rather square-ish with thicker lugs. This makes the watch looks more imposing. I have always liked this design as it looks more robust and tougher-looking.

The unidirectional bezel is equipped with a ceramic bezel insert. If anyone can recall, previous Submariner models had aluminum inserts. The new bezel looks shinier, especially under certain lighting conditions. The new bezel is much more scratch-resistant and the engraving really adds to the depth and texture of the watch.

The Submariner features the iconic black dial which makes it an excellent watch for all occasions. The indices are now larger and laced with Chromalight illumination. All of the markers are lined with an 18K white gold frame which adds to its overall sleekness. Legibility is top-notch which is a must if somehow you want to use it as a dive watch.

In terms of looks, you can’t go wrong with the Submariner.

Construction and Wearability

Being a dive watch, the Submariner is waterproof to 300 meters or 1,000 feet. The winding crown is outfitted with the Rolex signature TRIPLOCK triple waterproofness system.

The middle case is made from super high-quality 904L corrosive resistant steel. What I enjoy about the Submariner’s stainless steel case is that it’s highly polishable which means that it gets more beautiful as the years go by.

The bracelet is fitted with the solid-link OYSTER bracelet in 904L steel. It’s also worth noting that it comes with the new OYSTERLOCK safety clasp and glidelock extension system. This allows you to adjust the length of the bracelet in 2 mm increments up to 20 mm – without needing any tools. This makes the watch highly adjustable for achieving the best comfort.

Timekeeping

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The Submariner Ref. 114060 is powered by Rolex’s Calibre 3130 – a self-winding movement that is about as basic as you can get when it comes to timekeeping. The movement features a 48-hour power reserve and it is also Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified.

Compared to the previous versions, the movement has gone through some changes as well. Perhaps the most obvious one is its oscillator which is now fitted with Blue Parachrom hairspring. This makes the movement less vulnerable to magnetic forces and shocks.

The 3130 is not really mindblowingly spectacular but that’s fine since it’s meant to be a tool watch. However, it’s hard not to be impressed with the movement when it comes to robustness and reliability. Mine is still in tip-top shape despite the occasional knocks and rough treatment.

The Verdict

So which timepiece wins this head to head?

Well, this one is a tough call. If I can have my way, I will get both since they are both excellent Rolexes. Both watches can be worn with just about anything, have excellent water resistance, and they both have a killer aesthetic. The prices of both watches are quite comparable as well.

However, we know that’s not exactly a cheap option so if you have to choose one, I will recommend the Submariner.

The Submariner is not very flashy, which makes it more ideal for everyday wear. The Datejust brings the “bling” into the table and is more appropriate for formal and dressy events. If a date feature is an absolute must-have for you, then the Datejust becomes a no-brainer.

Again, it’s like comparing apples and oranges.

Wrapping Up

Both the Datejust and Submariner are top-notch high-end watches. I say, go to your local AD and give these watches a try. It’s probably the only way for you to tell for sure.

Enjoy the free coffee and the amazing experience of buying a lovely new watch!

Best Affordable Seiko Watches 2018

We know that watches are important. Perhaps looking at them every few minutes makes the work day drag a bit faster? However, good watches can also be quite expensive. You don’t want to purchase a Rolex if it means spending your life savings. Likewise, you don’t want to buy a cheap, unreliable watch that somehow never seems to tick!

I am here to solve this problem. Today, this watch lover will be looking into the best SEIKO watches that are under $200! My goal is to find you a Seiko that meets your criteria for design and style, durability and of course, price!

The Best Watch Overall

Instead of having you read every single word that I have typed up (although it would be great for you to do so), I am going to make it easy for you and let in you on the best watch you can buy! The Seiko 5 SNK793 is a GREAT automatic watch, with a sleek, formal, and simple design, and it just happens to be EXTREMELY affordable! Read on to find all of the other great watches by Seiko!

Top Affordable Seiko Watch Why It’s Awesome Affordability Rating
Seiko 5 SNK793 Automatic Corrosion-resistant stainless steel build, beautiful design, BEST value ★★★★★

 

Seiko 5 “Diver Style” Dive Watch design, 100m water resistance, very durable ★★★★
Seiko 5 Field Watch Rugged, durable design, automatic movement, military grade ★★★★
Seiko SNKN01 Unique design, brown leather strap, large 43.5mm dial ★★★★
Seiko SGF204 Two-Toned Two-toned, gold bracelet, crisp white dial, large date window ★★★

Best Affordable Seiko Watch

Seiko 5 SNK793 Automatic

This is a great looking, comfortable and automatic timepiece. What looks even better? The price tag!

The reason this watch is ranked number one today lies deep within, hidden under the dial. Yep, I’m talking about the movement. It is not every day that you can find an automatic, 21-jewel timepiece for such a great price. Current owners boast that “nothing in the price range can compete with this watch!” And I second that statement. As an avid watch collector, I am exposed to watches with expertly crafted movements all the time. In no way is the Seiko 5 SNK793 movement spectacular, but for the affordability of this timepiece, it gets the job done and continues to function throughout continued use. Just make sure to wind your movement every few days, to keep the watch functioning properly!

A True “Steal”

When accounting for the simplistic, yet attractive design, the amazing movement, and the durability of this piece, it is easy to see why I say it’s a “steal!” Just know you cannot go wrong with the look: stainless steel bracelet, dark blue dial with a 36mm case, and a large date window that displays the day of the week and number.

Top Features

  • 21 Jewel, automatic movement
  • Dark blue dial
  • Polished, stainless steel bracelet

Seiko 5 “Diver Style”

Those who love the look of dive watches will appreciate this piece!

A great watch by Seiko that is as nice looking as it is durable. It is considered a diver style watch- it has the aesthetics of a diver watch, but not the workings. It has a water resistance of up to 100m. True divers are at least 200m.

Despite not being a true diver, the watch is still great! It features a 42mm case, with a dark black dial. It also has an aluminum unidirectional bezel and a hardlex crystal for increased durability.

A Dive Look, With a Low Price

Ironically, many dive watch prices are flying over many watch seekers’ price points. Well, you almost have what you need here. The Seiko 5 “Diver Style” is definitely suitable for swimming and light snorkeling. Just please, don’t go pull out the wetsuit!

Top Features

  • Beautiful dial and case
  • Push button deploy clasp and safety lock
  • Water resistance up to 100m

Seiko 5 Field Watch SNZG15

Field watches are great for everyday wear, due to the rugged design meant for durability. And you can bet that the Seiko field watch is a great choice!

The Seiko SNZG15 is a great choice for those on a budget and those who put their watches through more than just “wear and tear.” Field watches are known for being durable. This watch features a tough nylon band with a strong hardlex crystal protecting the dial. Not to mention the 42mm stainless steel case that is built to handle drops, bumps, bangs, and anything in between.

A Watch Curated for The Hulk

We all know good old Bruce Banner was on a tight budget. Also, any clothes he wore got destroyed whenever he was angry. Seems counterintuitive. Oh well. If the Hulk truly did exist, this would probably be his go-to. Not only is it very affordable, but it is the definition of durable. I just told you all the durable features of this watch, but WAIT! There’s more! You can also go swimming in this watch because it has a water resistance up to 100m! I think we all know which watch takes the gold in the durability category.

Top Features

  • Robust, nylon bracelet
  • Automatic movement
  • Luminescent dial (VERY bright in the dark)

Seiko SNKN01

The Seiko SNKNO1 was added to this review because of it’s unique look. And the great price of course!

With the Seiko SNKN01, you are getting a watch that is a bit different than the others reviewed today. For one, the squared, cushion shape adds a unique, but luxurious look. The case is large, at 43.5mm, and features a sunray blue dial protected by a hardlex dial window.  The distressed leather band is also durable, but also gives the watch more of a fashionable look.

Now like I mentioned-this watch is large. It is more suitable for someone with a large wrist. But once you own it, you will never want to take it off. It is comfortable enough to wear every day, and stylish enough to wear to formal events or business meetings.

Out of The Ordinary

Who really needs a round shaped watch anymore? Cushioned shaped watches are all the rage! While that statement may not be completely true, it is to some degree. To those who want a different look, one that stands out: this is your watch.  The large display makes it so this watch is easily seen by anyone who glances your way. Anyways, don’t just listen to me. You can find many happy owners who rave about this watch on Amazon.

Top Features

  • Cushion-shaped, large, stainless steel case
  • Beautiful sunburst blue dial
  • Automatic, self-winding movement

Seiko SGF204 Two-Toned

I am in love with the design and look of this watch. I know it is “copying” the two-tonedRolex Datejust, but not everyone can afford a Rolex.

Seiko did a great job when designing this watch. It truly looks like a high-grade, expensive watch at a more than affordable price.  The great-sized stainless steel 35mm case perfectly complements the two-toned silver and gold link bracelet. What enhances the look is definitely the gold coin-edged bezel that exemplifies what a luxury watch looks like.

What I am not so happy about in regards to this watch is the movement. This is the only watch on today’s review that is a quartz movement. Not that quartz watches are terrible, but if you want to appreciate the skill it takes to create a mechanical movement, you’ll see why battery powered quartz cannot compete.

A Rolex Look at a Low Price

Some people will be upset that this watch looks similar to a Rolex. Others will be extremely happy that this watch looks like a Rolex because it is much more affordable.

Overall the Seiko SGF204 is nothing short of beautiful. Everything from the light, shiny silver dial, to the polished two-toned bracelet. Even the Seiko name looks great on this watch. It is beautifully etched into the top of the dial and proudly displays the Seiko brand name.

Top Features

  • Gold, coin edged bezel
  • Two-toned, silver and gold link bracelet with fold over clasp
  • THE PRICE

The Final Word

I apologize in advance if my review led you to purchase every watch that I mentioned. That was not on my agenda; I’m trying to save you money!

The review was created to display Seiko watches, under $200, that are actually worth it. This means that the timepieces are durable, accurate, and have good-looking designs.  Although I have a love for every watch on this review, I have to pick a best watch. When accounting for value, price, durability, comfort, design, and movement, there is no question that the Seiko 5 SNK793 Automatic is the best decision.

The Decision Is Yours

So which watch is it going to be? Are you going for the classic look? Is the dive style watch a must buy in your opinion? No matter what you choose, I am sure you will be happy with any watch that you decide to purchase. All of these watches have been approved by myself (the watch master) as well as MANY happy customers on Amazon.

Keep in mind, when purchasing a watch at any price point, make sure you buy from a reliable source. You do not want to risk getting scammed or purchasing a watch with no warranty. Use a reliable marketplace like Amazon so you don’t have to worry about any issues.

As always everyone, happy watch shopping! I hope I can help you pick the perfect watch that is in your budget!

Best Rolex For Everyday Wear: Top Watch Review

There are so many watches on the market nowadays. Dive watches, sports watches and even watches made for the military. Not all of these are attractive timepieces. My job today is to pick the BEST Rolex watch for everyday wear. As an avid Rolex watch owner and Rolex fanatic, I am more than fit for this review. The basis of a great “everyday” watch accounts for a few key aspects.

For one, a watch must be comfortable. It must also be durable, so it can handle everyday wear and tear. Lastly, if you are buying a Rolex, you want a stylish and reliable watch.

So, rather than keeping you at the edge of your seat throughout this whole review, I am going to outright tell you the best watch. (Sorry for the spoiler).

The ultimate winner for best everyday Rolex watch in 2018 is the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 114300!

Read on to find out why the Oyster Perpetual is the best for everyday wear!

Top Rolex Watches What Makes it Great Rating
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 114300 Comfortable Bracelet, Color-Neutral (can be worn with anything),  Very Reliable ★★★★★

 

Rolex Air-King 116900 Bold-Black Dial, Exreme Durability, Immense History ★★★★
Rolex Submariner A True Classic, Signature Rolex “Cyclops”, Very Durable, Holds Value ★★★★
Rolex GMT-Master II 24 hour rotable bezel, very precise 3186 mechanical movement, strong build ★★★
Rolex Daytona Very Reliable, Unique/Beautiful Design, Not a Common Watch ★★★

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 114300

The Oyster Perpetual Reference number 114300, is a sleek and simple watch by Rolex.

What makes the Rolex Oyster Perpetual so great, is ironically the simplicity of the timepiece. It is in every way, an everyday watch. It is a good size, very comfortable, durable, reasonably priced and matches with LITERALLY ANYTHING!

The case is a perfect size, 39 mm, to fit a wrist of any size. You also get a fully adjustable, oyster steel bracelet, that is very comfortable to wear and stays snug on the wrist. These oyster bracelets do not loosen up like Jubilee bracelets tend to do.

Certified “Everyday” Watch

You can rest assure that the Oyster Perpetual will look good with ANY outfit you choose; casual or formal. This is because of the beautiful dark rhodium dial paired with the stainless steel, silver case and bracelet. The movement is excellent; a 31 jewel, house-made Swiss automatic movement with a 48-hour power reserve. So not only will your watch have a clean look, but it will be very reliable as well.

Top Features

  • Classic design, dark rhodium dial
  • Great value; low price for a Rolex watch
  • Comfortability

Rolex Air-King 116900

The Air King is a true king in the watch game.  This is a watch for those who like a bit of history, good style, and durability.

Back in 1945, Rolex gifted the world with the fabulous Air series of watches. The Air King quickly became one of the top models and would later become a collector’s item for watch connoisseurs.  While the newer models do not have the same collectors value as the originals; the 116900 is still considered a top-notch watch.

Other than wearing a collectible item on your wrist (which seems to contradict what an “everyday watch” really is) let me give you some reasons why the Air-King is in fact, a great watch for everyday wear.

A 40mm case, 19mm band with and a fold over clasp keep the watch looking good and makes for a great fit for most wrists. The bold black dial features the classic Air-King name (so you can show off)  and is surrounded by a polished stainless steel bezel. Like the Oyster Perpetual, the Air-King features a full stainless steel, Rolex Oyster bracelet.  Why the design does not steer away from the classic look of the 1950’s, a bit of color was added to the crown in the dial and the second hand. Giving the watch a bit of contrast, to really add more to your look.

A Piece Of History On Your Wrist

It is easy to tell why the Air-King is a great everyday watch. The watch can be worn with anything. It has a casual feel but can definitely be worn with a suit as well. The timepiece if comfortable, durable and reliable. Think of the Oyster Perpetual, just add a bit more history and you pretty much have the same watch! Which is why the history factor of this watch makes it a notable mention for today’s review!

Top Features

  • History of the Air-King (A collector’s item)
  • The contrast of colors in the dial
  • Reliability (This watch was and is still used by pilots for long flights)

Rolex Submariner

Would this really be a true Rolex review if the classic Submariner was not included?

When many people think of Rolex. They immediately envision the classic dive watch, the Submariner (No, I’m not a mind reader, but ask anybody, this holds true). And for a very good reason. The Submariner is a beautiful watch by Rolex that is a great functional dive watch that is also worn for everyday wear. The flexibility of this watch is insane! Not many watches do you seen be worn in the ocean, to the mall, or even at an important business meeting.

The Submariner is fit with a 40 mm, stainless steel case. The case looks larger and shiny, because of the black ceramic, bi-directional bezel. You also get the signature Rolex Cyclops to magnify the date. This is one of my personal favorite features on a Rolex because the 2.5 magnification really stands out and exemplifies what it is to be a Rolex.

A Durable Dive Watch

The final say on the Submariner is it is probably the most durable everyday watch that you can buy. Otherwise, you have a dark and bold black dial and shiny polished silver bracelet and case, that can fit any style that you choose. Since the Submariner is larger than some of the other watches today, it stands out and looks GREAT on the wrist of any big executive or businessman waiting to close a deal.

Top Features

  • Signature Rolex Cyclops (2.5 date magnification)
  • Extreme Durability (300m water resistance, shockproof, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal)
  • Beautiful black dial

Rolex GMT-Master II

The GMT-Master II is yet another great watch for everyday wear.

With the Rolex GMT-Master II, you get a combination of great technology, durability, and unique design. This is a GREAT watch; quite frankly one of my favorites. But when accounting for price relative to the other watches being reviewed today, it is a bit higher. Now if you are Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos, I would say this is the everyday watch for you. But not all of us can be as interesting (and rich) as Mr. Musk.

At first glance, the Master II is almost overwhelming. The large 40mm black dial is perfectly fitted with the black and blue ceramic bezel, the anti-reflective sapphire crystal and beautifully polished stainless steel bracelet.

A Watch With Some Special Features

The GMT-Master is not only attractive, it has some great features hidden inside. With the GMT, you can display multiple timezones on your watch while traveling abroad. A 3186 MOVEMENT keeps this watch running strong. This is one of the most robust and reliable mechanical movements that Rolex has created. The Bidirectional rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel is as beautiful as it is important. This is how you will switch between timezones easily and effectively.

Top Features

  • Black and Blue, 24 Hour Uni-directional, ceramic bezel
  • Rolex Calibre 3186 Self-Winding Movement
  • Multiple Timezones for Travel

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

Definitely a notable mention for our review today. The beautiful, the classy and the high valued Daytona had to have a place in today’s review. Although it is one of the most sought-after Rolex watches, due to price and mere pricelessness, the Daytona comes in LAST place today.

Some Rolex fanatics may call me insane for ranking the Daytona in last place. But please remember, this is an everyday wear review. The Daytona is not only priced on the higher side but also because the value behind the watch, it may be hard to pull it out of the box every single day.

The aesthetics on the Daytona are mind-bogglingly amazing. The shiny stainless steel matches perfectly with the clean, white dial. The three subdials give the watch a complex look and make it the perfect watch for any formal occasion. A wedding may be one of the best times to pull out your Daytona. But because of the Cosmograph functionality and durability of the watch, it also makes a good piece to match with casual outfits (just take care of your watch)!

The “High-Class” Everyday Watch

There is no doubt that the Daytona is a good watch for everyday wear. It is reliable, durable and has unique functions that make the watch one of a kind in the Rolex class. But the price can make some stray away from pulling it out every day. Let me say this now, if the price was not an issue, this watch may be listed as NUMBER ONE! Unfortunately, like many, I have bills to pay, so the Daytona will probably only be worn on special occasions for me. Don’t be surprised if you start to notice this watch, or any variation of the Rolex Daytona Platinum Watch Ice Blue Ceramic 116506 UnwornDaytona, being worn by wealthy, top-tier executives.

Top Features

  • 3 subdials with Chronograph features (stopwatch, timer)
  • Beautiful white dial with silver hour markers
  • Bulky Silver Ceramic Bezel

The Final Say

Like I mentioned in the beginning of the article. I am a Rolex FANATIC. I own many variations of Rolex and even have some vintage pieces passed down from my family. So this review was easy, but difficult at the same time. There are so many watches by Rolex that I love and there are plenty that was not mentioned today.

My results for the review today were based on price, comfortability, durability, value and neutral design that can match with any outfit. Because of this, I chose the Rolex Oyster Perpetual as the ultimate winner! It is very comfortable, easy to wear and read and a durable timepiece that can withstand everyday wear.

The Choice is Yours

At the end of the day, the choice is ALL YOURS! Every watch today is an EXCELLENT timepiece. There is no watch that I reviewed that I would not recommend to my best friend. So please, choose to your likeing and I hope I made your watch shopping experience easier. Happy shopping my friends!

The Best Pocket Watches of 2018: A Watch Review

image of the best pocket watch to carry

Today we will be reviewing the best pocket watches for 2018. Pocketwatches are like mini time machines that bring you back to the past. In fact, the first ever watches were designed as pocket watches dating as far back as 1524!

Unlike typical wristwatches, pocket watches are meant to be worn in your, well, pocket of course! ( Where else were you thinking)?

Important features of pocket watches include, but are not limited to, design, innovative features, movement, and style. Today, you will find out why ultimately chose the Avalon Skeleton Pocket Watch as the BEST POCKET WATCH of 2018.

This review was not easy. Many pocket watches are GREAT due to the insane detail and quality pieces pit into them. So at the end of the day, YOU will decide which watch is best for you!

Top Pocket Watches Why It Is Best Pocket Rating
Avalon Skeleton Sleek design, 17 Jewel mechanical movement, VERY AFFORDABLE, Great materials used ★★★★★

 

Armourlite Tritium Full stainless steel design, innovative tritium lights, 60-month battery life, sapphire crystal ★★★★
Tissot Bridgeport Very accurate, high-quality movement, beautiful and clean design, classic look, large case ★★★★
ALPS Pocket Watch Unique design, reliable movement, GREAT PRICE, skeleton dial ★★★
Bulova Stainless Steel Pocket Watch Shiny, polished design, durable calendar (date) feature ★★★

Avalon Skeleton

You can never go wrong with a skeleton dial design. This type of design shows off the true beauty of a timepiece; the movement. And Avalon does a great job with the Avalon Skeleton!

Everything about the Avalon Skeleton is just great. From the beautifully polished brass case to the bright white dial with bold cobalt blue hour, minute and second hands.

 

It is Reliable

The 17 jewel mechanical movement runs this bad boy. It is sure to keep on ticking and staying accurate for years and years. In fact, there is a LIFETIME warranty for the Avalon Skelton.

It is affordable: With such a great movement you would think that this watch would be double, or even TRIPLE the price that it is going for. It is not easy at all to find a watch of this caliber for this price point.

Top Features

  • 17-Jewel Movement: For reliability and pinpoint accuracy
  • Skeleton Dial: To display the complex movement inside
  • Sapphire Crystal: To keep the dial from acquiring nasty scratches

Armourlite Tritium

The Armourlite Tritium has a nice and simple, classic design; with certain features that are innovative and unique to this specific timepiece.

Where this watch shines (no pun intended) is within the markers on the dial. They are fitted with tritium lights, which make it so the watch is able to light up in the dark. So no worrying about not being able to see the time, it will shine in any type of darkness.

Isn’t that awesome!  It is not every day that you see a watch that “glows” on its own. There is plenty of LED light watches in the market today, but not so many tritium light watches. The watch is built with a thick and strong stainless steel case and an anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

Follow the Light 

Everything about this watches design is pretty classic. There is no doubt that it is well made and built for durability. It is NOT a mechanical movement, however, the battery life can last up to 60 months! What truly makes it unique is the tritium lights. You literally have a little science project going on in your watch; what a perfect conversation starter!

Top Features

  • Tritium lights: These lights do not use battery power, and light up your watch in the dark
  • Thick and sturdy case: The case is a whopping 12.8mm thickness!
  • Battery life: The battery can last up to 60 MONTHS!

Tissot Bridgeport

The Tissot Bridgeport is the most expensive watch being reviewed today but at the same time the most reliable timepiece created by a top watchmaker on the market.

You can just tell this is a high-quality watch at first glance. The case shines in the light, showing off the deep polish and handsome stainless steel that was used in creating this beauty. Everything is steel and polished on this timepiece, making it a true attention grabber. Overall, it is an easy and simple design, built with top quality pieces from the all mighty Tissot watchmakers.

Pricey, but High Quality 

Tissot is a watchmaker that is highly regarded. Almost as much as the TOP names like RolexThe mechanical movement is extremely accurate and you can watch this precious piece at work through the skeleton dial. Any search for the Tissot name will come back with some great feedback. Not only is this a long time brand, but a TOP brand that will probably be prevalent in the watch world FOREVER!

Top Features

  • Top Quality: Everything from the stainless steel case, to the chain is just amazing
  • Tissot Movement: This movement offers unreal accuracy
  • Classic Design: The Roman Numerals really make this watch look like an old timepiece. But it just looks to perfect to be from the past!

ALPS Pocketwatch

ALPS Pocketwatch

Here to the most interesting pocket watch on today’s review. Is it from a movie? how old is it? Does it unleash a genie? These are all valid questions to ask when looking at this masterpiece.

What do you think, pretty unique, right!?

When looking at this watch you may think that you need to sell your car, take out a second mortgage and move into a studio apartment. Well, not today! The ALPS is actually VERY MUCH affordable. And for the looks and unique features, is definitely worth a purchase, or heck maybe even five purchases.

The awesome stainless steel engraved case is a great first look before opening it up and seeing the classic dial with the gold movement within. The case is a bronze color, which really goes with the overall look of this timepiece. It has the classic and librarian feel, but the engraving makes the watch look like it belongs to a wizard! Unlike some of the others watches being reviewed, this one is even waterproof. So no big deal if you hop into the pool!

A STEAL 

I can truly say that this watch is what defines a steal. A mechanical movement, engraved design, skeleton dial, and durability. You can not ask for a better bang for your buck!

Top Features

  • PRICE: This is the TOP feature about this watch that does not relate to the aesthetics
  • Engraved Case: Exquisite engraving gives the watch a unique look that can do not look like any other watch you have seen (unless you are a sorcerer)
  • Mechanical movement: May not be as accurate as the Tissot, but then again it is 1/100th of the price! It comes with very easy to understand instructions on how to get the most out of your movement
  • Skeleton Dial: So you can be hypnotized watching the mechanical movement at work

Bulova Stainless Steel

Bulova Stainless Steel

Bulova outdid themselves with this gorgeous timepiece.

Yes, it may be pretty simple. Stainless steel with a white dial. But everything about it just looks great! The piece shines brighter than the sun. You can truly tell that the Bulova is made of high-quality material. It is large, with a 50mm case and offers a date feature on the dial. Current owners are very happy with their watch, and you can see from all the great reviews on the Amazon page.

Beautiful Look 

It is an easy pick to say what makes this watch great. All around it really is a solid timepiece. But it just looks so clean and professional. Although this is the last watch to be reviewed, does not mean it is a bad watch! The stainless steel case and chain, perfectly compliment the BRIGHT white dial. It is definitely a classic look but looks new school because it is just so shiny.

Top Features

  • Polished Stainless Steel: For a crisp look that makes the timepiece shine like no other
  • Water Resistance: Up to 30 meters of water resistance
  • Large Case: A 50mm case makes it so the watch is easy to read

Final Recommendation

None of the watches reviewed today are “bad watches.” There is a certain feature that landed any one of these watches on the review board for the day, which makes each watch special in its own way. Some watches definitely have more reviews than others, some are VERY low priced, and others are somewhat expensive.

If it is up to me, rating a watch by design, movement, unique features, and durability; I would tell you to purchase the Avalon Skeleton. Overall, this watch simply kills every area that I reviewed. It has a SUPERIOR MOVEMENT, robust design with a classic look and can take some bangs and bruises.

The beauty of watch reviews is everyone has a different taste. So what I chose, may not be your favorite. My goal is to guide watch buyers to purchase top watches and steer them toward some good names. I truly hope I made your choice in watch a breeze! Happy POCKETWATCH shopping my friends!

Let Us Know Your Thoughts

Is there a watch you feel is missing? Have you purchased one of these pocket watches and LOVE it! Let us know, it would be great to hear feedback from watch connoisseurs!

Cartier Vs Rolex Watch Reviews

cartier men's w710056 dive watch

Ah, what a review we have today! Two brands that are highly regarded, and are some of the most well known in the watch and jewelry industry today. I am talking about the powerhouse watch brand Rolex and the jewelry turned to watch company, Cartier. Although Cartier is becoming more and more known for their high priced, luxury quartz watches; they still do not compare to Rolex.

The Rolex brand is one that will always be one of the tops in the watch community. Due to all of the history and great pride that Rolex puts into their watchmaking, it is the ultimate winner for today’s review.

Rolex is not the most expensive watchmaker to exist, and it is not the best. But the name in itself is popular amongst watch fanatics, rappers and really, anybody. The same can not be said for Cartier. Besides just popularity wise, Rolex is also A LOT more complex than Cartier. Rolex watchmakers produce masterpieces that are extremely accurate and beautiful. Cartier focuses on the luxury side of watchmaking and pretty much stops there…

Today, I will review the top watches by each brand, highlighting the best features and aesthetics of the particular watches. From there, I will show why Rolex is a better choice for ANY type of watch! (P.S: I am an extreme Rolex fan, not being biased or anything 😏) . So instead of saving the best for last, lets dive right into why Rolex is your golden ticket to watch paradise!

Rolex Submariner

Easily one of the most classic watches by Rolex. The beautiful, durable and simply designed Rolex Submariner.

The Rolex Submariner was one of the first dive watches to ever hit the market. Whether you decide to purchase a vintage or a newer model (pictured above), you are sure to be happy with your timepiece.

The Submariner features a beautiful black dial with a perfect sized 40 mm case diameter. A ceramic, uni-directional bezel insert gives a great touch to match the black dial and compliment the polished stainless steel Oyster bracelet. To ensure you are never missing out on time, Rolex created a reliable 3135 caliber self-winding movement for the Submariner. If you do opt for the Submariner, remember, there is no classic Rolex cyclops to display the date. And if you go for the model 114060, there is no date in the dial.

Features that make this watch so durable include a water resistance up to 300 Meters, a strong screw down crown to prevent water from entering the watch and a deployment buckle clasp on the bracelet, which keeps the watch secure on the wrist.

A Classic Dive Watch

If simply designed, but somehow very handsome dive watches are your thing. Then I can not recommend a better watch for you. The Submariner is reliable, VERY durable and goes well with any attire that you decide to wear (casual or fancy). If there was any other dive watch that I would recommend, it would be the Rolex Sea Dweller!  But for sake of my review, go with the Submariner! 😉

Rolex Milgauss

The Milgauss is a favorite amongst Rolex fans. Most of the design is classic and similar to a Rolex Datejust, with an exception within the dial…

The Milgauss looks like your average Datejust at first glance. Even the specs are pretty similar; the Scratch resistant sapphire crystal, handcrafted screw down crown, 40 mm stainless steel case and a black dial.

Two features that differentiate the Milgauss from other Rolex watches. The second hand is a bright orange lightning bolt. The watch was originally made for scientists in mind. So a signature lightning bolt was a must-have addition to this timepiece! Another innovative addition to the Milgauss is the anti-magnetic abilities within. The movement is not affected by magnetic pull due to advanced roadblocks put in to keep this from happening. The reason for this is because many scientists work around magnetic fields. So keeping accurate time while creating new inventions was something that was very important!

Innovation

The technology that is used on the Milgauss is not a common piece in watches. This is a factor that makes it so unique and so it holds its value over time. So even if you are not an awesome scientist, this watch is definitely a conversation starter. (“Hey is your watch protected against magnetic fields? No, well mine is)!

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

The Daytona is the highest priced out of the Rolex watches that I have reviewed today. But for a very good reason, and it is ABSOLUTELY worth the price. (I wish I had one).

Within this masterpiece is an amazing 4130 Rolex caliber automatic movement. It is run with 44 Jewel movement and a VPH (vibrations per hour) of 28,800. A 72-hour power reserve that keeps the watch running longer. Other physical specs include a 40 mm stainless steel case, stainless steel adjustable bracelet, a beautiful black, ceramic dial and luminescent hands & hour markers.

Incredible Accuracy

The polishing of the DAYTONA is literally out of this world. But what truly makes it amazing is the precise accuracy of the movement that runs the Daytona. The Parachrom hairspring has exceptional qualities that make the watch extremely accurate. It is said to be ten times more accurate than a traditional hairspring.

Cartier Ballon Bleu Stainless Steel Watch

Now it’s time to go over top watches by Cartier. The Ballon Bleu is a great watch to start with; due to the classic design and perfectly polished look.

The stainless steel case measures 41.5 mm, so a great size for any wrist. It is slightly larger than most Rolex classic pieces, (40mm), but it’s still a great look. Inside the white dial holds the Roman Numerals that give the timepiece a vintage look. A nice automatic piece keeps this watch ticking strong. Long time owners are content with the movement on the Cartier Ballon Bleu. The movement is not as regarded as any Rolex movement, but it definitely gets the job done.

A Classic Look

If you are into watches that are nice and simple, this may be a great fit. The stainless steel and white dial go great with the large, bold Roman Numerals. This is a watch that can go with any outfit from casual to the most formal business attire.

Cartier Men’s W7100056 Dive Watch 

Now for a dive watch by Cartier.

42mm large case, up to 998 feet of water resistance and a clean, dark black dial are some differentiating features on the Cartier Dive Watch. The watch also comes stock with a black rubber band. That being said, this is one of the more durable watches by Cartier and is a great choice if durability is important to you.

Many other features resemble the Ballon Bleu. Which is why this watch is known and regarded for its diving abilities.

A Durable Dive Watch

Although I would personally refer any Rolex Dive Watch over the Cartier Dive, this is still a good watch (Rolex is just amazing).  But there is no doubt that this watch is strong. You can be sure that it will last through any wear and tear, heck even a few drops in the toilet will be fine.

Cartier Tank Solo “Quartz”

The Tank Solo by Cartier is probably one of the most popular watches by the brand.

Cartier is known for their square-shaped timepieces. I personally am not a huge fan of how the squared watches look on wrists, but everyone is entitled to their opinion. Many people DO LOVE these styles of watches (hence why they are one of the most popular watches by Cartier). The stainless steel case is 27.4 mm with a synthetic sapphire crystal. The Tank Solo is run on a quartz movement but is known to be pretty accurate. For the most part, the watch is a simple look. A white dial with large, black Roman numerals and a stainless steel case and band.

For Those Who Like Things Different

Most men’s watches come in the generic round case shape. So having the squared design is a unique touch to stand out from other watches. This is a great dress watch that can be worn with business casual or very formal attire. It is sure to get people talking and asking you about where you got your watch. Remeber, people are drawn to things that stand out. And the Tank Solo by Cartier does just that.

Final Verdict

Hopefully, I made it clear today that both watchmakers are great brands who create reliable, and luxurious timepieces. When it comes down to what brand is MORE reliable, MORE durable and MORE luxurious; the ultimate winner is Rolex. Rolex is one of those household names that will always be known and regarded as one of the BEST watchmakers in the world! Cartier is more known for their fine jewelry rather than their timepieces.

If you opt for a Rolex, know that your watch will hold its value (if kept in good condition) and maintain its reliablilty throughout the duration of its watch life. The same can’t be said for Cartier. Why it may run for a long time, they are not built to last as long as a Rolex, and will not hold value like a Rolex. So if you need any more clarification than what I have said throughout this review, here you go for the last time. Rolex watches are a BETTER choice for prospective watch owners. They are around the same price and built with better materials.

At the end of the day, the choice is up to you. If you are truly in LOVE with the Tank Solo, go ahead and purchase it! Just make sure when you purchase a you buy it from a reliable source, like Amazon!

Happy shopping my watch friends!

 

 

 

 

Review of the Jiusko Watch Brand

Top watch by Jiusko

When you think of quality watchmakers, what regions come to mind? My first guess would be Swiss. And it is true that the Swiss create some excellent watches. What about China? This leads us to today’s brand review of Jiusko watches. These Chinese made watches vary in design and style. Overall, most of the watches by Jiusko are very affordable!

Today, I will be reviewing the highest regarded watches by Jiusko and recommend what I think are some of the best-valued watches by the brand. Before diving into this review, I must let everyone know my favorite. The Jiusko Tourbillion.

Jiusko makes a great looking, extremely affordable and comfortable tourbillion and truly exemplifies what it means to be a GREAT Chinese tourbillion watchmaker. Let me get this out of the way quick. In no way are Jiusko watches top contenders in the watch world. There is no doubt that some are handsome, stylish and affordable. The handmade element of watchmaking, however, is lacking for the brand. My reviews of each model today will be based on how the watches compare to other Chinese made watches and how the design of some Jiusko watches are very unique. Let’s jump right in!

Jiusko Automatic Dress Watch

Here we have a very attractive timepiece by Jiusko.   A dress watch has one purpose. Well, two actually. One is to look great on the wrist for any formal event. And two is to tell the time (obviously). The Jiusko dress looks FANTASTIC and runs off of a reliable 21 jewel, automatic movement. The watch has a nice sized, 40mm stainless steel case, with a white dial within. A sturdy and durable sapphire crystal protects the dial within. A rose gold bezel as well as rose gold tick marks perfectly compliment the white dial and the dark brown leather strap. Add the favorable skeleton view on the dial, up to 100m of water resistance and the 24-hour subdial on the face, and you got yourself a great pick up.

Watch for ANY Special Occasion

Jiusko created a beautiful watch with this one. The bright rose gold, and stainless steel coloring definitely can go well with any dress attire.  Wear this watch anytime you want to look good and feel good about what you have on your wrist.

Jiusko “His and Her” Watches

How can I exclude this fabulous combination? I know we don’t all have a special someone, but for those of us who do, this is a great buy! The male watch is fitted with a 38mm case, while the ladies timepiece has a 25mm case. Both are extremely thin and comfortable to wear on the wrist. I love the simple design of this model,  making it easy to wear with ANYTHING you can think of! The classic white dial, stainless steel case and gold “two-toned” contrast go together so well. Think of these as your new everyday couples watches (while single people gag with disgust). But don’t mind those single people, they probably don’t even own a nice watch!

A Perfect Gift

This combination makes for an amazing gift for any couple, newlyweds or as an anniversary present. The simplicity, yet luxurious look of these watches make them a top choice when it comes to matching “couples” watches. So instead of buying a cringeworthy gift (matching t-shirts), opt for the Jiusko watches. Especially for the affordable price. Make sure to flaunt your new his and her watches at all social gatherings! It will be a great conversation starter.

Jiusko Tachymeter Chronograph

Sports watch lovers everywhere should peep this watch. At almost half the price of popular sports watches, you have a great looking and very durable piece right here. A 43mm case is matched with a Tachymeter, unidirectional bezel and a bold, black dial, with small, etched designs within. The chronograph features a Japanese quartz movement. For a quartz movement, it is actually quite reliable. Jiusko claims to have up to three years of battery life with this movement. So reliability is definitely not an issue!

Extreme Durability

Look to purchase this watch if durability is a top priority. The already durable stainless steel case is teamed up with a hard shell storage case, to make the watch insanely strong. Not only is this watch attractive and functional, but it can withstand anything that comes its way.

Jiusko Skeleton Watch

The Chinese sure love their skeleton watches. Skeleton watches are a great addition to any collection. They look so interesting and give you a look at the complex movement that is running your watch. The Jiusko skeleton is a great choice if you are on the market for a skeleton watch. At first glance, you are intrigued by the beautiful polished silver bracelet. The case is 43mm and features a rounded silver bezel. Highlights include the 36-hour power reserve, 20 jewels automatic movement and the breathtaking, layered bezel.

Unique Design

Although all skeleton watches give you a peek inside of the watch, something about Jiuskos’ is different. The Jiusko has some quality parts and is able to maintain a dressy look, despite seeing the “soul” of the watch. I also love the comfortable butterfly clasp, to ensure a great fit on any wrist. Overall, the Jiusko skeleton has a futuristic, complex design but somehow pulls off a formal look. I suggest pairing this watch with your favorite business attire or that nice fitted suit you pull out on special occasions.

Jiusko Dive Watch

Dive watches are always a great addition to a review. One thing I must say is I am not in love with the design of this dive watch. To be quite frank it almost looks like a toy. But on the bright side, it has some good specs and a decent price for a dive watch. One thing that must be mentioned is the impressive movement on this watch. A Japenese, 24-jewel, automatic movement (Seiko NH36 to be exact), a 40-hour power reserve and an analog display. Another great highlight is the durability of this watch. The watch is built with a titanium case, that is designed to be strong. The silicone band is obviously durable; scratches and dents are not a worry. Although the silicone band adds to the durability, it is not the best-looking addition.

Dive Watch Designed Differently

A few features on this dive watch that are worthy mentions have to be the date sub-dial window. The date sub-dial displays each day of the week on the bottom left of the dial. This is an addition that is not usually on dive watches; so it is definitely an interesting feature of the Jiusko Dive watch.

Jiusko Tourbillion Timepiece

This is hands down my favorite watch by Jiusko. No, it is NOWHERE as cheap as the other watches listed above. But, it is a tourbillion watch. Tourbillions usually cost upwards of 50K!  So in comparison to OTHER tourbillion watches; you can say that the Jiusko is an AMAZING value!

The Tourbillion by Jiusko is a true gem. It is a beautiful timepiece that is crafted with excellent materials. Let it be known, the Jiusko is not HANDCRAFTED and the watchmakers do not pay as much attention to detail as other tourbillions. Not to say the watch is full of flaws. But under a magnifying glass, you can see some minor defects, that would never make it out of the Rolex factory! Moral of this story; do not wear your watch around friends who enjoy using magnifying glasses…

Now for some of the best parts of the watch. So for those who do not know, tourbillion is Chinese,  I mean French for “whirlwind.” The whole point of a tourbillion watch is to utilize a movement that is constantly moving, to be able to prevent gravity from interfering with accuracy. Meaning it is an INSANELY difficult movement to create. The Jiusko is no exception, it has a top-notch movement inside.

Surprisingly Great Value

 

The Jiusko Tourbillion is such a great value because of all the great materials used on this timepiece.  A genuine Alligator strap enhances the look of your wrist. Paired with an 18k rose gold bezel, large screw-in crown, and hands within the dial. The rose gold goes perfectly with the white dial and the small, black Roman numeral hour markers. The watch has such a classic look and looks absolutely great on the wrist.  An anti-reflective sapphire crystal keeps the dial looking clear and prevents you from blinding yourself, or others, when staring at this beauty. All together Jiusko did a great job adding some quality accessories on this watch.

You CAN NOT find a better Tourbillion watch for the price. Cheaper pieces lack the high-grade materials that were used for the Jiusko. If you do end up purchasing, please take good care of your beauty and never feel ashamed that you are not wearing a 6 figure watch. Not all of us can blow two-year salary on a single watch..

Jiusko Brand Overall

Although the brand has been around since 1990, there is not a lot of buzz regarding Jiusko watches. Mainly because many watch buyers prefer Japanese made watches over Chinese watches. Do not sleep on Jiusko though. It is hard to find watches with nice designs and durable materials for the price point of Jiusko watches.

So is it a yay or nay on the Jiusko brand. I say if you do not have loads of green paper stuffed under your mattress, then yay to Jiusko.

If, on the other hand, you have “money to blow” like my good friend Elon Musk. Go ahead and purchase a watch that cost the same as a Tesla! 😆

Happy watch shopping everyone!