Rolex 16700 Vs. 16710 GMT Face-off: Will it be Pepsi or Coke?

rolex 16700 vs 16710

Two Rolex GMT models. One winner. Which watch will defeat all odds and take home the gold.

Now that you got your reality television show introduction, you know it is time for another amazing watch review. Both the Rolex GMT 16700 and the Rolex GMT 16710, are fantastic watches. But sadly I have to make the decision between the two so my greedy  amazing readers can be happy and choose one. With that being said, due to the latest design and updates paired with a handsome, yet classic look, I have to recommend the Rolex GMT 16710 for the win. If you want more details as to why, just read below……..

Rolex GMT 16700

Despite the unavoidable loss, this watch should not be looked down upon. It is an expertly crafted model from Rolex, that offers distinct features and unbelievable reliability. It did in fact, last for over ten years (1988-1999). That tells you something for a watch. I would recommend this piece to those who are wanting a top notch watch at a great price!

Design

Rolex always has great designs with their watches. And the same can be said for the GMT 16700. With a well-sized 40mm case and a multicolored bezel that just screams out buy me! This model features an elegant red color on the bottom half of the bezel and a “Pepsi” blue on the top. The colors fit perfectly and actually match very well with the dark black dial and the red second hand. Due to the color scheme, some people may stray away from wearing this watch with dress clothes. But I say, go AHEAD! In my opinion, the tones from the all of the colors present a very strong, elegant, yet fancy aura. One that will grab the attention of anyone surrounding.

Keep it Classic

Even though the watch has innovative, new features that are not native to the original GMT. The timepiece still has an overall classic design.  For one, if the blue and red bezel throw you off, the watch still features a 2.5 magnifying cyclops, sitting atop the domed sapphire crystal and a bi-directional bezel. Familiar, yet different at the same time. A well-deserved rating of 4.5/5 stars goes to the design of this watch.

Movement

We all know by now (I hope) that Rolex always uses top-notch movements inside of their watches. But as time passes, some become more innovative and reliable than others.

The GMT 16700 uses a caliber 3175 automatic movement. It has a hacking and quickset function to set the time. Hacking just means that when the twistable crown is pulled out, the second hand HALTS, to ensure more accurate timekeeping. Quickset, just means that the date can be changed quickly, without the hour hand having to pass 12 am. As for reliability, this watch does not disappoint.

The 31 jewel, 28,000 vibrations per hour, make it so the watch runs smooth and accurate. A slight downfall to the ref. 16700, is the one hour hand, that is independent. Newer models feature an independent hour hand, so three time zones can be accounted for. Important if you are a pilot, not so much if you are anything else. With all of that accounted for, a solid 4/5 rating is given to the movement.

Value

Despite the long run of the GMT 16700, not many models were actually produced. That being said, this is actually a rarer watch, that is harder to find than similarly styled Rolex watches. You can still find these models at cheaper prices than newer models from trustworthy websites, but expect that to change in the future, not that I am a fortune teller or anything. Just due to the rarity of the piece, I can assume that prices will, in fact, raise as the watch becomes more vintage. Vintage + rare = money money money!

Can you find better GMT models around the same price. Certainly. But newer mass produced models do not have as much history as the 16700.  You get a luxurious watch, with precision craftsmanship and features that set it apart from other models. So I give the value rating, a humble 4.5/5. This is definitely on my purchase list in the near future.

Durability

A feature that should be one of the most important when deciding on a watch. You do not want a flimsy watch that will damage very easily. Not that ANY Rolex watches are not durable. This is something Rolex takes seriously. The GMT 16700 is no exception.

Solid, strong stainless steel case, a sapphire, scratch resistant crystal and a water resistance up to 100m (this is great for a non- dive watch). So if you treat the watch well, and don’t drop it from a plane, normal wear and tear should not affect the watch. It should hold its own.

Rolex GMT 16710

What do you know? A bright red and Pepsi blue again!

Now don’t let the same color fool you. There is ALOT of upgrades on this watch as compared to the older 16700. This was one of the FIRST watches by Rolex that was able to account for up to three time zones. As insane as it sounds, it was a very important factor for pilots years ago, who relied solely on watches to tell time.

Design

Are you going with Pepsi, Coke or all black?

If you live in Atlanta like me, you must go COKE….

The design is basically identical to the 16700, with some minor changes. You still have the choice between Pepsi and all black, but the addition of the Coke color scheme, you get another choice (or you can buy them all). Besides the Coke coloring, the watch also features a matte bracelet that really shines and gives the watch a strong, luxurious and wealthy look. Everything else is just about the same when it comes to design, a cyclops, black dial , 40 mm steel case, and oyster bracelet all match the 16700 model. But due to the few upgrades, the GMT 16710 pulls a victory with a 4.7/5.

Are you in love with all the color schemes, and can’t decide on just one? An interesting fact is that you can buy separate bezels, so you can have more than one watch display! This goes for both the 16700 and 16710.

Movement

If you thought the caliber 3175 was good enough, be prepared to be amazed with the caliber 3185! Not many Rolex models use this movement. So it is an unwanted movement that is crafted to perfection, hence why it is not used in every watch.

The caliber 3185 is fitted with a 31 jewel 28,800 vibrations per hour, automatic movement. The addition of the independent hour hand and the 50 power reserve, make it even more unique. Reliability is an understatement when describing this watch.  Who else can tell a friend what time it is in three different time zones on their watch (Smartphones don’t count)!

A 4.8/5 is the rating I give to the movement on this piece. What is even more amazing? Models made after 2005 use a 5186 MOVEMENT! So even more of an upgrade!

Value

Although it may have been produced more than the 16700, the GMT 16710 is a watch that I expect to grow in value as well. A main factor in the battle is all of the upgrades this watch has. So despite the fact that there may be fewer of the 16700’s out there, they are not as advanced as the 16710’s. And you have more colors you can choose from.

This model was discontinued as well. So it will soon be known as a vintage as well. Like all watches, if you have this model, keep it in good condition and you won’t be disappointed with the value. 4.6/5 rating on value.

Durability

The 16710 is just as durable as the previous model. Not really any differences here. Everything pretty much mirrors the 16700. Take care of the piece and it should be looking as good as new for a very long time!

A Win Due to Advancements

As I mentioned throughout the article, there is not a lot of difference between these two models. What you do get is a more advanced piece with the 16710, which may be a selling point for many watch enthusiasts. I tend to live by the motto, if you are purchasing a luxury, high-grade watch, buy the best one. Since these two are so similar, why not go with the upgraded model? Now, if mechanical advancements are not a big deal to you, either watch is a great choice.

Can you even see the difference?

If not, don’t feel bad. The differences are minor. The best advice I can give to anyone purchasing either one of these watches is to buy from a reliable source like Amazon. Too many counterfeits are in circulation, make sure you are purchasing the real thing!

Compare and Contrast

Here is a closer look at what makes the watches different (not much).  Very subtle differences separate the two. The main factor is the movement.

Rolex GMT 16700 Rolex GMT 16710
2.5 mag. cyclops 2.5 mag. cyclops
Stainless steel bracelet Stainless steel bracelet (matte)
40mm case 40mm case
Oyster bracelet Oyster bracelet
Multi-colored bezel (2 choices) Multicolored bezel (3 choices)
Black dial w/ luminescent hands Black dial w/ luminescent hands
31 jewel, 3175 Calibre movement 31 jewel, 3185 or 3186 movement (independent hour hand)

Rolex Yacht-Master vs. Submariner: Which High-End Watch is Right for You?

rolex yacht-master vs submariner

Today, we’re going head-to-head with two of the most popular watches that Rolex has to offer: it’s the Rolex Yacht-Master vs. Rolex Submariner. The Yacht-Master is one most polarizing models for the Rolex community, while the Submariner is an iconic timepiece and a historical dive watch. If you have the dilemma of choosing between these two Rolexes, then let me say that it’s a good problem to have. In reality, you can’t go wrong by choosing one over the other.

However, I know that both watches are hefty investments and you want yours to count. One is a regatta countdown flyback chronograph, and the other is the quintessential dive watch. Personally, I prefer the Rolex Submariner for its classic reliability, design, and durability. But that’s just me. Let’s take a closer look at what each model can offer.

Rolex Yacht-Master Review

The first Rolex Yacht-Master was released as a part of the company’s Professional series with the reference 16628. The watch was released in 1992 and is touted as the sleeker upgrade to the iconic dive watch, the Submariner. However, according to the rumor mill, many Submariner devotees see that the design overhaul is too much and is ready to pounce into the Yacht-Master. Eventually, Rolex decided that the Yacht-Master will be released as an entirely new model instead.

For this review, we’ll be focusing on the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Reference 116622 but many of the features, design, and construction elements are still applicable to the Yacht-Master versions. Try not to confuse this watch with the Rolex Yacht-Master II which is sequel to the original.

Design

The Yacht-Master Ref. 116622 can only be described as cool, calm and collected. The hint of almost-iridescent blue will likely catch the eye of many Rolex enthusiasts. As far as overall aesthetics go, this Rolex is an absolute stunner. This steel and platinum Yacht-Master comes with dark rhodium dial and soft blue highlights. Right off the bat, you can see that there’s a subtle affair going on when compared to its more embellished siblings (see Oysterflex and Rolesor versions). The restrained look can be partly attributed to the dark dial.

The watch features a platinum (Pt950) bi-directional bezel which may seem weird at first but the way it’s configured does make sense. The bi-directional design is utilized for yachting purposes like calculating the sailing time between two buoys. The sand-blasted finish and raised numerals look beautiful and are less direct compared to let’s say, a ceramic. Don’t get me wrong, this Yacht-Master doesn’t look pain at all. The polished bezel and glimmering dial allow the watch to pop where it counts.

And then, there’s the blue highlight. It’s amazing how such a small detail on a line of text and second hand can add so much to the overall look of the watch. The addition of blue highlights to the Yacht-Master gives it so much energy, especially against the dark rhodium dial. This is yet another proof of Rolex’s mastery of attention to detail.

Construction and Wearability

The Rolex Yacht-Master 116622 comes with a stainless steel case with a 40mm platinum bezel. There’s also a 37mm version for the ladies. The case and the bracelet are made from 904L stainless steel while the bezel is made from 950 platinum. This, of course, ensures the highest sense of luxury while keeping the watch tough as nails.

The screw-down crown is equipped with Triplock triple waterproofness system which is great if you’re always around water (like while yachting). Water resistance is up to 100 meters / 330 feet. The crystal is made from scratch-resistant sapphire which gets the job done.

All Yacht-Master 40 features the Oyster Bracelet which provides the much-needed balance of aesthetics, comfort, and function. There’s also the standard Oysterlock folding clasp and the Easylink comfort extension like, features that are proprietary to Rolex. All of these features ensure the best fit and comfort that you can expect from the Rolex brand.

Timekeeping


For the uninitiated, Rolex has ditched the COSC certifications for their movements and replaced it with their new Rolex Superlative Chronometer certification which guarantees accuracy within -2/+2 sec/day after casing. This accuracy is guaranteed for five years. This Rolex Yacht-Master is equipped with the same 3135 movement. In terms of timekeeping features, there’s nothing much to be said here except it’s Rolex – expect top-of-the-line accuracy.

Rolex Submariner Review

Now, let’s move on to an iconic dive watch. Many watch collectors consider the Rolex Submariner as a quintessential timepiece. Introduced in 1954, the Submariner is a cornerstone of Rolex’s stable. Let’s take a look at what this legendary watch can offer. For this review, we’ll be using the No-Date Reference 114060.

Design

The Submariner comes in a 40mm stainless steel case. It is worth noting that the 114060 comes in a slightly squared design, along with thicker lugs. This gives the Submariner a more eye-catching look, although there are still many who prefer the thinner lugs on the older versions. If you prefer a more robust and tougher appearance for your Submariner, this model should not disappoint.

The unidirectional bezel is fitted with ceramic bezel insert. This is quite a notable change since previous models have aluminum ones. However, you’ll be happy to know that the new ceramic bezel makes it more scratch-resistant. I also like the ceramic because it gives off a nice glow under certain lighting conditions. The bezel also has engravings which provide a nice texture and depth.

The Submariner comes in the instantly recognizable black dial. The indices are larger and are fitted with Chromalight (so it glows in the dark). The markers are outlined with 18K white gold frame. Overall, the dial looks very crisp and legible which is never a bad thing if you use this bad boy for diving purposes. As far as looks go, this watch is about as classic as it gets.

Construction and Wearability

The Submariner is water resistant up to 300 meters (1,000 feet). The middle case is made from 904L corrosive resistant steel which is also used in other industries like high technology and aerospace. The 904L steel is also highly polishable so it retains its beauty even after many years of usage. The winding crown is fitted with the proprietary TRIPLOCK triple waterproofness system. The crown is protected by the crown guard that brings the middle case altogether.

The watch is fitted with the familiar solid-link OYSTER bracelet which is also crafted from 904L steel. The clasp features the proprietary Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system. This enables you to adjust the watch by 2mm increments up to 20mm to achieve the best fit and comfort. Personally, the Submariner is just a timepiece that I could wear at all times without needing to take it off.

Timekeeping

For the timekeeping features, the Submariner doesn’t offer much but more than makes up for reliable and accurate timekeeping. The Submariner is powered by 3135 caliber, a self-winding movement for the timekeeping features and allows -2/+2 sec/day accuracy. Like the Yacht-Master, the Submariner 114060 has the Superlative Chronometer certification (COSC + Rolex certification after casing). All of these components make for a robust and reliable timepiece.

Head to Head

So which one do I recommend, the Yacht-Master or Submariner? Well, if it’s up to me, I will get both because both of these watches do complement each other. But if you just have to choose one, you can’t go wrong with the Submariner. However, I do understand that it can be difficult to choose between the two Rolexes since they’re very similar.

If you’re going to compare both watches side-by-side, you’ll see that the Submariner’s movement gives a thicker caseback, compared to the Yacht-Master which is noticeably thinner. In terms of style, I feel that the Yacht-Master is the dressier of the two. While wearing, the Submariner feels heavier than the Yacht-Master.

When it comes to the bezel, I noticed that the Submariner feels more solid while the Yacht-Master doesn’t have much click in comparison. I don’t really like the 0 to 15 minute marker of the Yacht-Master bezel. The platinum bezel of Yacht-Master will likely collect scratches and dings over time. On the other hand, Submariner’s ceramic bezel is tougher and more resistant to scratches. Just avoid slamming your Submariner into a hard surface.

Another thing that I’m not crazy about the Yacht-Master is legibility. It could take about half a second for the eyes to distinguish the hands against the darker dial. It’s a good thing that the blue highlight stands out well against the rhodium background. The Submariner has the better legibility between the two.

Price

Lastly, you can’t really compare these two without mentioning the price. The Yacht-Master is more expensive than the Submariner by approximately several thousand dollars. So is it worth it to get the Yacht-Master with such a huge price difference? I think not but that’s only because both watches are very similar. However, this doesn’t mean that the Yacht-Master is not an excellent watch.

Final Thoughts

As mentioned, both the Submariner and Yacht-Master are excellent high-end timepieces. Honestly, you really can’t go wrong with choosing either one. However, in my opinion, it’s hard to justify the price difference when both watches are very similar. Although the Yacht-Master is the more luxurious of the two, the Submariner wins for being the tougher and more legible piece. If you’re looking to get your first Rolex and budget is an issue, I highly recommend the Rolex Submariner.

Detomaso Milano Chronograph Watch Review

If you are looking for a timepiece that sports a timeless, classic design, then there’s a lot to love about the DETOMASO Milano chronograph. The Milano is about as classic as you can get when it comes to watch designs. It looks sharp and elegant and has benefited from excellent craftsmanship. Going by its classic no-nonsense approach, the watch doesn’t have that much to offer in terms of features. However, this is an excellent watch that you can wear from everyday wear to suited events. Read below as we go in-depth on what the Detomaso Milano Chronograph Watch can offer.

Short Introduction to Detomaso

Detomaso is a watch company founded in 1993 and based in Germany. Detomaso mainly makes watches for men and has an impressive collection that draws its inspiration from the fashion of Italy and the excitement of motorsports world. This is why you’ll see that most of the company’s timepieces are designed around raw masculinity.

The company’s main mission is to create accurate and functional watches for male-dominated areas like the mechanic’s workshop, industrial job sites, and the race track. Detomaso offers watches that cover a wide range of aesthetics from space-age designs to the refined, classic look.

Detomaso is not exactly the most popular brand out there but there are some impressive models offered in their collection.

Packaging

The Detomaso Milano arrived in a rather slick black box with the Detomaso logo emblazoned on the front. Inside the box, you’ll find a gunmetal tin that houses the watch itself. The tin contains a foam insert where the watch is embedded, a standard protective method so the product doesn’t get damaged during shipping. The face of the watch is covered by a see-through cover for scratch protection.

Inside the box, you’ll also find a guarantee card where you can input your personal details and be entitled to a 2-year warranty. Lastly, there’s a handy, multi-lingual instruction booklet which provides information on how to set the watch, general maintenance, and how to change the batteries. Make sure you stash these documentations for safekeeping.

While it’s a perfectly good packaging, I would rather have a travel zipper case or watch roll. This way, there will be more functionality for storing the watch than the standard watch box.

Design Elements

As mentioned, the Detomaso Milano is for men who are looking for a timeless, classically-designed watch. The no-nonsense approach is a perfect match from business meetings to suited events. Let’s take a closer look at the Milano’s design elements.

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Watch Face


Right from the get-go, you’ll be greeted by styling-looking Chronograph timepiece. The Milano is all about the classic look which is further reinforced by the clean lines in the face. The 12-hour clock display doesn’t have actual printed numbers but instead replaced with lines.

The bezel is lined with gold casting which gives it an elegant look. The hour lines, hands, and the three smaller dials are all outlined in gold. However, I’ve been reading that other variants of Milano have different design schemes. The watch face is encased in a tough mineral glass which to my experience, provides a good deal of protection from scratches and hard impacts.

Strap


The watch is all tied up with a calf-skin leather strap and a buckle. The strap’s exterior sports a cracked leather pattern which gives the timepiece a sophisticated, worn look. The interior is colored red which seems to be a common design element present in all Detomaso Milano Chronographs.

The type of leather used in the Milano will surely crease with regular usage. However, I like the type of leather used here as the worn-out look will only add character to the watch and is quite in line with elegant aesthetic that Detomaso is going for.

Comfort and Wearability

Considering that the strap is made of leather, the Milano is surprisingly comfortable to wear. I prefer to wear watches with metal bands especially when it gets very humid. However, the leather strap of the Milano has managed to adequately seal the humidity and sweat which really enhances the overall comfort of the piece. It’s also a good thing If you think that the leather strap is a deal-breaker, you’ll be pleased to know that the watch is also available in steel bands.

The Milano weighs about 58 grams which is just the right weight and didn’t make my wrist feel tired after wearing it for prolonged time periods. The case diameter is 40 mm which for me is just the perfect size although I don’t have the biggest hands. With that size, readability has never been an issue for me.

Timekeeping Features

The watch comes equipped with quartz 8172-220 movement made by Swiss manufacturer ISA. The ISA movement is a very decent one and as far as accuracy goes, I have no complaints. I always prefer quartz movement as it is just a more reliable and accurate way to tell time when compared to mechanical ones.

One feature that I do enjoy is that the main second hand resets. Other movements tend to “snap” the second counter back in place. In case of the ISA 8172, the second hand slowly resets back in position.

As a chronograph, the Milano actually delivers. The stopwatch works as advertised. There’s also the standard date, separate seconds, and weekday display – nothing much I can comment about these features except that they do serve their purpose.

As far as timekeeping features go, the Detomaso Milano is about as bare-bones as you can get. So that’s one way of saying that it doesn’t offer much in terms of features. However, the lack of features just go in-line with the no-nonsense approach of this timepiece.

Durability and Maintenance

For the price, the Detomaso Milano looks and feels like a high-quality piece. The watch face itself still remains pristine despite a few bumps. To be fair, I’ve only used the Milano for casual purposes and not for anything remotely athletic. The strap itself feels secure at first but with repeated use, I found that it has turned quite flimsy over time. I’m afraid I might have to consider getting a replacement band soon.

As an added bonus, the watch is water resistant up to 165 feet and is rated at 5 ATM. Apparently, the Milano is good enough for a swim and showering. However, I would not dare use it while showering or going for a swim due to the leather strap. The water resistance did come in handy during rainy weather (especially that I’m on Pacific Northwest). But feel free to use this watch for swimming, snorkeling, and other water-related activities.

Maintenance is also not a big issue since quartz watches tend to have a longer battery life when compared to mechanical ones. I’ve been doing some research and found that the ISA caliber 8172 movement can be replaced very inexpensively.

Price Point

I have the DT1052-I MILANO model. I wouldn’t be surprised if other models (there’s a total of 17 Milano models available) will command a higher price point but not by much. In my opinion, that is a very good price especially considering what you’ll be getting out of the box. There are some quality issues with regards to the strap which is unfortunate because there’s seems to be no official replacements from Detomaso. Trust me, I’ve looked hard!

At this price, you’re definitely getting the value for your money. Just don’t expect a wide range of features and durability that you can get from higher-end chronographs.

Should You Buy the Detomaso Milano Chronograph Watch?

If I’m going to describe the Detomaso Milano Chronograph in one word, that would be “competent.” The gold casting and leather strap really bring it all together to achieve an antique vintage look. The watch face oozes with refined Italian charm and is accompanied with purposeful functionality. If you are not happy with this design, you have 16 other models to choose with different colors and bands.

The ISA 8172 quartz movement gave the watch the much-needed accuracy and reliability. However, aside from what you can get from a standard chronograph, there’s not much that you can expect here in terms of timekeeping features. With that said, this is a classic straightforward timepiece that you can just wear and forget.

Aside from the lack of features, there are some areas of the Milano where the quality is spotty, particularly with the strap. With repeated use, the strap in my watch has creased and has become quite flimsy. I don’t really mind the overall look but I’m worried that the strap might snap. This would not be a major issue if only Detomaso has released official replacement bands for purchase. However, I imagine this would not be an issue if you buy a model with stainless steel bands like the DETOMASO DT1052-N MILANO Chronograph Watch.

The Bottom Line

The Detomaso Milano doesn’t rank high up there with my favorites. However, there’s definitely a great value to be found here. For a chronograph in this price range, it’s impressive what Detomaso has accomplished with the Milano Chronograph Watch. This timepiece is an easy recommendation for men who are looking for a classic, elegant watch without breaking the bank.

Hamilton Khaki Field Watch Review

image of the Hamilton Khaki Field Watch

Introducing the Hamilton Khaki watch! A great rendering of the Hamilton name, that is one of the top field watches on the market. Field watches may not be as clearly defined as a diver watch or a pilot, there are some qualities that stand out such as the legibility, moderately sized case and hand winding mechanics are main indicators of a “field” watch. The Hamilton Khaki watch is a fantastic timepiece that is durable, functions well and is VERY affordable.

Brief History of Hamilton

Hamilton is one of those brands that has quite a history behind the name. Dating as far back as 1912. The Hamilton watch brand was so popular, that they were actually a supplier to the US Armed Forces. One of the main reasons this was so, was because Hamilton was headquartered in America. These were some of the best automatic watches actually made in the United States.

Hamilton watches continued to be made in the United States until 2003, when they moved their headquarters to Biel, Switzerland. Moving to Switzerland was a great choice for marketing because Swiss watches are known to be the best-made watches in the world. So taking a haul over to Europe may have been one of the best decisions the brand has made.

Design and Innovation

Purchasing a field watch is a great step into the watch collecting crew. These watches are a great “starter” watch, you can say, that feature durable cases and a classic, yet plain design. Since a field watch does not have really any specific purpose, well other than to tell the time of course! But don’t expect to climb Mount Everest or go scuba diving with this watch.

Like previously mentioned, the design of the Khaki is quite plain. The stainless steel case and black,(or green) dial, do give the watch a bold look. It’s definitely a watch with a military presence to it. This is true, especially, if you opt for a green dial with the green canvas strap.

Quality case

The case is a nice size of 38mm. For this type of watch, it is a perfect sized case on any wrist, unless you have any relation to Sasquatch. With a case of this size, the time is very readable, but does not stick out on the wrist and offers a good fit and is quite comfortable. The crown has deep carvings that are very easy to grip and wind when in need. There are some models with a 44mm case. Opt for the larger 44mm case if you have superhero-sized wrists (just kidding), or if you prefer larger cases.

Hamilton uses a slightly domed sapphire crystal to protect the dial. I prefer the sapphire, to cheaper acrylics that are used for most watches around this price point. The sapphire is also scratch resistant, this feature is pretty reliable, but don’t go rubbing your watch on rocky surfaces and jagged edges just to make sure! I’d say it works great for a few falls, but its not the most durable crystal in the world! The watch also has a polished stainless steel bezel just complimenting the case and inner dial perfectly!

Green or Black Dial

Are you going green or are you going black? Or are you just going to get both?

   

If you want to know my opinion (and I know everyone wants to know that), I would go with black. The green watch is a dark, military, tank type color. Since I’m not out on the battlefield, or participating in any activity that involves camouflage or guns, I think black is more suiting for me. The black dial is handsome and goes with anything you decide to wear. Black dial watches just look great to. They create a bold look, and with the Hamilton Khaki, the black dial assists to make the large, white numerals and hands jump out of the watch.

Don’t get me wrong, I love me some green. My goal is to make large sums of it everyday. But on a watch, I can’t say the same. This is not a watch I would wear out with any outfit. Maybe if I got it as a gift I would wear it out for hikes, but thats about it. The black dial, in contrast, can be worn with almost any casual outfit.

Mechanics

Now let it be known that the Khaki has both an automatic movement as well as a mechanical (self-winding) watch model. Both movements by Hamilton offer pretty good reliability. One of the only downsides, to some people, is the process of winding your watch with a mechanical. I, personally, actually find the mechanical to be very interesting and reliable. Just think, you are actually a reason why your watch is functioning properly, you might as well be a watch maker yourself!

Ok, I may have went to far with that one. But, its true. I do enjoy self winding watches.

Mechanical (Manual) Khaki

You can never go wrong with a self winding watch. You own the control. Now, this may be a downside to those who forget to wind their watches. So go for a manual wind if you are the type of person who runs of a to do list.

As for reliability, Hamilton did a good job on this one. At most you may be -4/+6 seconds off a day. So if you run off a schedule that has a meeting every fifth second, you may be late to some meetings. But if your a normal person, a few second difference a day is not drastic. You will notice the time keeping is great and reliable. At this price point you tend to find watches that need to be reset every other day. The Hamilton Khaki, on the other hand, has very precise hands!

The specifications of the inside of the watch are complex. A Swiss made ETA caliber 2804-2. Ranked as a mid-grade movement, I would call it an upper-mid grade piece. Many owners swear by the precision, so the movement is obviously more than a simple mid-grade. I would call most movements on Seiko watches to be mid-grade.

Automatic

Simplicity is almost a must in modern day society. So stop lying to your self and just go with the automatic piece. Just imagine not having to wind a little crown up to 20 times at once! What are we in the Stone age?

All puns aside you do get a bit more precision on the Hamilton automatic pieces. Most of the automatic pieces are newer models, therefore, using more high-grade gear. The ETA caliber 2824-2 is known to many as a high class, top of the line movement.

It is a 25 Jewel movement that runs at 28,800 BPH. A BPH at this caliber is what you expect from an expensive Omega or Rolex, so just know you are getting quite the deal on this one!

 Durability

Field watches are known to be durable, they were used in times of war, keep that in mind. So for everyday wear, expect your watch to be able and take on almost any activity you throw at it!

First off most of the time your Hamilton will a leather or canvas strap. Pros of having these types of bracelets are comfort, no scratches and a classic field watch look. Stainless steel bands are available for these watches, it is just not classic to wear this type of bracelet with your field watch, just know they do exist.

See, I told you.

The case is consistently durable, you have a strong stainless steel case and a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The watch even has up to five meters of water resistance. Don’t expect to go swimming all the time,I would not recommend that. But it will definitely be fine in rain, shower or any other moderate water activities. I personally own a Rolex Submariner, that can withstand much more water, yet I still take it off when I shower. Just respect your watch.

So overall the Hamilton Khaki models are durable. I’d say to purchase a few Hamilton khaki bands, so that your bracelets stay in good condition and you can swap them out on a regular basis.

Why You Should Buy A Hamilton Khaki

In no way is the Hamilton Khaki one of my favorite watches. But thats not saying much because I have expensive taste in watches. However, for the price of Hamilton Khaki models, I do recommend these timepieces. They use great movements inside the watch for spot on reliability, a decent look, a bit plain but with a bold classic feel to it. At the end of the day the Hamilton Khaki models are field watches. Their purpose being to provide users with accurate time, while being able to be worn throughout the day in many causal and extracurricular activities.

When it comes down to which exact model is the best.I’ll leave that to you. In my opinion, the Hamilton Khaki reference H70555533 automatic.

Since the Khaki is so affordable, I may decide to add this watch above to my collection. It can definitely be worn as an everyday watch while I am out biking or hiking.

Whats your favorite Hamilton Khaki model?

JLC Master Chronograph Vs Rolex Cosmograph Daytona: Two Watches On A Race To The Finish Line

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When searching for a watch, you may want something that is not only luxurious but also performs well in a variety of settings. A luxury watch can be the kind of device that you only wear to parties or special occasions, but it can also be the kind of timepiece that has a place in more active, physically demanding settings. You may be the kind of person that often sees themselves going right from a sophisticated gala to a dip in the ocean or someone who often transitions from wanting to turn heads to wanting to go on an adventure. Your day-to-day life will play a crucial role in what kind of watch you end up purchasing, and luckily there are a variety of devices that can easily fit your needs.

We had a chance to take a look at two very high-quality watches and gave each one a comprehensive review to see which was a better choice. First we looked at the Jaeger-Lecoultre Master Chronograph and found it to be a well-made timepiece with a quality integration of comfort, performance, and aesthetics.

In addition to the Jaeger-Lecoultre Master Chronograph we also were able to check out the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. We found the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona to be the better of the two, but only by a small margin. We found the overall design to be both luxurious as well as functional in a way that the Jaeger-Lecoultre Master wasn’t. The Rolex was more durable, had more features and also had a look that was eye-catching and unforgettable.

Each watch was very impressive in its own right. However, when it comes to a large investment like a watch, every little detail counts. While it only prevailed because of a few minor details, the Cosmograph Daytona still surpassed the Master Chronograph, making it our top pick of the two.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

Overview

Originally released in 1963 to aid professional drivers in their timekeeping, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is a versatile, sleek watch that can be worn on just about any occasion. The reliable chronograph lets avid drivers measure time at extremely fast speeds, and its design gives it the appearance of a watch that one might want to wear with a tuxedo or suit. Its bracelet is extremely durable, comfortable and had a powerful feel to it that came as a result of the rare materials in its construction. The face is also elegant, well-equipped, and compliments the overall look of the watch.

Features

Rolesor Construction

The materials that go into a watch’s construction are extremely important. Rolex has traditionally made use of a blend of metals referred to as “Rolesor.” It is also referred to as “two-tone” or “half gold/half steel” in other watch brands. When it comes to Rolex watches, the term “Rolesor” is used to describe the combination of stainless steel and 18 karat gold. You’ll find this blend of metals on the Rolex Daytona in both the 40mm case and the bracelet. We felt that it was the right choice for a timepiece that is designed to not only function under extreme conditions but also look great while the owner has it on.

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Black Dial

The dial on the Rolex Daytona is black and all of the counters are clearly visible with raised yellow Arabic markers. However, the outer-rim of markers is labeled by the chronograph itself. You’ll be able to monitor the 1/8 second with seconds hand, and the two additional counters on the display allow for monitoring elapsed hours and minutes. For drivers looking to monitor their track times, we found the look and functionality of the dial to be essential.

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Oyster Bracelet

The Rolex Daytona also has an Oyster Bracelet which is unique to the Rolex brand. It is a very sturdy, comfortable build that involves the use of three-piece links for extra security and a fit that accommodates the wrist shape of the user. The center links are yellow gold, and the two outer links are stainless steel–a result of the watch’s unique Rolesor blend of metals.

4130 Movement

Last but not least, the Cosmograph Daytona has a built-in 4130, self-winding mechanical chronograph movement. It’s an extremely economical movement, and makes use of significantly fewer parts than some other chronographs on the market. It is a certified Swiss chronometer and has been rigorously tested by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute. It also has a Parachrom hairspring, which promises better resistance to shocks and temperature changes.

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Downsides

We couldn’t really find much we didn’t like about the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, other than that the dial seemed to be a bit overloaded. Considering that it’s the kind of watch designed for those who may want to use it while driving, the face is packed with a lot to just glance at. While the counters are fairly clear, you’ll still have to take a second to figure out where everything is located. It was a minor issue, and would be hard to avoid on any watch, but it was still worth noting.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph

Overview

The Jaeger-LeCoulter Master Chronograph has a stripped down design that, while stylish, left a lot to be desired. The 40 mm case and bezel are both made of stainless steel, the dial is silvered with a glistening sun-ray brush, and the strap is leather with a belt-loop style fastener. It also has additional counters on the face for the date, hour and the minute.

Features

Leather Strap

The strap on the Master Chronograph is leather, and while it is slightly more comfortable than a metal bracelet, it had us worried about wear and tear. The leather is stitched on either side which was aesthetically pleasing, but it seemed like the stitching could fray over time. Considering that the watch has a chronograph and will probably be used more frequently than some other luxury watches, the leather strap seemed like more of a downside even though it did add a unique element of style to the timepiece.

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1000 Hours Control Test

The Master Chronograph has a 1000 Hours Control Seal, which means that it has undergone a rigorous series of tests. These tests check for things like precision in rate, temperature, pressure adaptability, resistance to shocks and magnetism, as well as the waterproof capabilities of the timepiece. Jaeger-LeCoultre also tests the movement of the watch for accuracy and precision before fully sealing it into the watch case.

Movement

You’ll find an automatic, self-winding movement with 277 parts and a 65-hour power reserve. There are also 28800 jewels a 39 barrel. The movement is Swiss-made and requires a single start-up. You’ll have to turn the compression key counterclockwise a few times, and then the watch will be automatically wound whenever you wear it.

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Dial

You’ll be able to choose between two different types of dials, but each of them have very similar color schemes. The first has dual skeletonized baton hands, and the second has a recto hand. Each dial has silvered, black transferred numerals, with blue numerals inside the counters. Also, the hour markers as well as the numbers on the tachymetre are also blue.

Downsides

The biggest downsides to the Master Chronograph were the leather strap, as well as the blue, silver and black color scheme. We felt that the leather strap reduced the watch’s overall durability, and opened it up to unnecessary or otherwise preventable wear and tear. The blue and black color scheme on the dial also gave the watch a much less elegant overall look. It almost, at times, seemed to be reminiscent of cheaper copy or counterfeit devices. We would have liked for the colors to be a bit more consistent to give the watch a classier, more sophisticated look. As far as the bracelet was concerned, leather can certainly be a durable material, but considering the nearly 10,000 dollar price tag of this watch, we felt that a stainless steel band would have been a better, more long-lasting choice.

Racing Watches: A Brief History

One of the original reasons for the development of performance watches was to give drivers something they could rely on during motorsports. Racing depends on extremely accurate timekeeping, making the need for a reliable timepiece very important. If a watch broke down or stopped working at high speeds, a driver would have no way to record lap times, race times or other important information.

Modern professional drivers may not use watches to record their own racing information, but the use of a “racing watch” has become somewhat of a tradition. In fact, many racecar drivers are still sponsored by watchmakers like Timex and Tag Heuer. Wearing a wristwatch while racing is as much practical as it is historic, and it dates back to 1894.

The 1894 Le Petit Journal (Competition for Horseless Carriages) is considered to be one of the world’s first motor races. The lack of a viable timekeeping method caused there to be an inaccurate record of race times, which sparked the need for a solution.

Finally, in the 1930’s wristwatches became commonplace in motorsports. Rolex was one of the first watchmakers to begin manufacturing timepieces designed for racers. In fact, when racer Sir Malcolm Campbell set a new land speed record at Bonneville in 1935, he sent Rolex a letter thanking them for their reliable Oyster model.

Since then, other watchmakers have begun staking their claim in the racing business. Omega, Rolex, Timex and Hublot have all, at one point, been official timekeepers of Formula One racing. Racecar drivers may not be as concerned with the performance of their individual watches as they once were, but the tradition of timekeeping during races still stands. Investing in a timepiece that is built to perform at high speeds is not only useful but also gives each owner a small piece of history.

Final Thoughts

Both of these timepieces are exceptional—there’s no question there. However, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona was simply a better blend of style, elegance, and performance. It did all of the things that the Jaeger-LeCoultre watch did when it came to accurately tracking time, but it did so in a design that, to the untrained eye, seemed like it actually put luxury over performance. We also thought that the movement was more efficient and would require less maintenance over time as a result of the more stripped-down construction.

The Jager-LeCoultre lost some points because of its leather bracelet, its color scheme as well as its overall lack of robustness. If it came at a lower price point it would be just fine, but considering that you’ll pay nearly 10,000 for it, you should be able to expect a little bit more. Make no mistake, the Jager-LeCoultre is still a contender against much other performance watches out there, but in a race between the two, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona reached the finish line first.

Best Vibrating Alarm Watch: Discrete Reminders Right From Your Wrist

Are you that deep of a sleeper that standard alarm clocks are not effective anymore? Perhaps, you are someone who is hard of hearing? Or you just want to be notified in private for things like appointments, medication and more, without disturbing anyone? Well, it looks like you could use the best vibrating alarm watch.

The concept of a vibrating alarm watch can be quite foreign or even downright pointless for many people. When you think about it, it’s actually a pretty neat concept. Deep sleepers can use these timepieces to wake them up without disturbing their companion. Hearing impaired folks will have a reliable way to remind themselves by wearing these alarm watches. Or you just want to be stealthily notified with regards to things like appointments, meetings, deadlines, and even just your favorite TV show.

When looking for the ideal vibrating alarm watches, they need to be well-made, durable, stylish and packed with other relevant features. With that said, our top pick is the Casio Men’s W735H-1AVCF Super Illuminator Watch for its functional features, durability, rugged design and great price. It’s hard to go wrong with this watch but if you are looking for more options, I have handpicked a couple of models just for you.

Best Vibrating Watches

1. Casio Men’s W735H-1AVCF Super Illuminator Watch

The Casio Men’s W735H-1AVCF Super Illuminator Watch is my top pick for the best vibrating alarm watch. This is a tough vibrating watch that delivers in terms of features. Plus, it’s a great option for the budget-conscious.

Why is it the top pick?

Durable and Rugged Design

It’s always best to invest in a timepiece that is both functional and durable. The Casio W735H-1AVCF is made of 44 mm resin case which provides solid durability while keeping things lightweight. The ribbed wristband is quite flexible and is made from resin as well. It also comes with a standard buckle clasp for securing the watch to your wrist. Like most watches of this kind, the band can be easily replaced.

Wrapped around the mineral dial window is the stationery resin bezel. The mineral dial window is fairly scratch-resistant but do not expect that it’s as strong as models with sapphire crystal window. The watch has a fairly large window and the digital display is easy to read. The watch is also water resistant and I didn’t have to take it off when showering.

Overall, in terms of durability and ruggedness, the Casio W735H-1AVCF delivers.

Stylish

Right off the bat, you can see that this the Casio W735H-1AVCF is a stylish watch. The large dial and the masculine lines make it a good choice for daily casual wear and mild sporting activities.

Timekeeping Features

Although it’s not the most feature-packed timepiece available, the W735H-1AVCF Super Illuminator Watch has enough bells and whistles for accurate timekeeping. There’s the second time zone feature that can be added if you’re a traveler. There’s also a stopwatch that provides 1/100 sec through 24-hour functions. Other features include 12/24-hour timekeeping and automatic calendar.

Of course, I have to mention the vibration alarm feature which happens to be my favorite function. It’s a great feature for discretely receiving reminders or any other things that you set an alarm for. The vibration is not the strongest but I have used it for quick naps with good results.

Budget Friendly

At this price, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a durable vibrating alarm watch with a decent list of features. The 10-year battery life could also mean that you’ll have this watch for a long time. With that in mind, this is the main reason why it’s my top pick for the best vibrating alarm watch. The W735H-1AVCF Super Illuminator Watch offers good value for your money.

Drawbacks

As mentioned, the Casio W735H-1AVCF watch doesn’t have the strongest vibration. The watch worked for light naps but I won’t recommend it for waking up in the morning or for deep sleepers. Another downer is that you can only set a single alarm for the day. Other similar watches can set multiple alarms for the day.

The band is also far from the best as they may break sooner than you might expect. For some people, the plastic strap can also be uncomfortable.

2. Timex Men’s T49851 Expedition Vibration Alarm Black Resin Strap Watch

Best if you want a mid-range option:

If you are looking for a vibrating alarm watch with more features and a stronger vibration, the Timex Men’s T49851 Expedition Vibration Alarm Black Resin Strap Watch is a good alternative to the top pick. It has a great list of features and is ideal for outdoor activities.

Features

For a slightly more expensive model, the Timex T49851 Expedition Watch sure comes with great features. It has that classic Timex look with a widely versatile appeal. The rugged design and durable construction makes it an ideal timepiece for everyday wear. The display is clear and easy to read. It looks great and can withstand tough daily wear-and-tear.

The watch comes with timekeeping features such as 100-hour chronograph, 24-hour countdown timer, dual mode alarm, hydration alarm, Indiglo night mode and more. It’s also water-resistant up to 330 ft. As for its key feature, you’ll be pleased to know that the Timex T49851 Expedition Watch features strong vibrations. That’s right, this is perfect for waking up in the morning without disturbing your companion.

For the reasonable price range, the Timex T49851 Expedition Watch is an easy recommendation if you want a model with a wide range of features and strong vibration alarm.

Drawbacks

The resin strap can break in a couple of years. Fortunately, you can easily replace the straps with little to no difficulty. Also, the strap isn’t the most comfortable especially for extended use. Lastly, the user interface is not the most intuitive which makes programming the watch is a bit tricky.

3. VibraLITE 8 – Vibrating Reminder Watch

Best if you want a dedicated alarm watch:

The VibraLITE 8 – Vibrating Reminder Watch with Black Silicone Strap is a good pick if you’re looking for a dedicated for a model that is built around the vibrating alarm feature. It features a slick, sporty aesthetic and an easy to use interface which is great for those who are looking for a dedicated alarm watch.

Features

The VibraLITE 8 Watch is about as straightforward as you can get when it comes to vibrating alarm watches. I love the minimalist look. The oversized, clear, digital display lets you know the information you need at first glance. This timepiece is a breeze to program and I had it running just moments out of the box. I have been wearing the VibraLITE 8 for the longest time and I’ve come to appreciate the no-nonsense approach.

The best thing about the VibraLITE 8 is that you can set up to 8 alarms daily. Each alarm lasts up to 20 seconds and can be easily turned off by pressing any button. This is a great feature and I’ve used it to remind myself of things like taking medications or drinking a glass of water for hydration. You can toggle to use vibrations or sound (beeps). There are also the standard countdown timer and stopwatch features.

Drawbacks

The VibraLITE 8 is not exactly cheap as it retails for more than others on this page. Also, the nightlight doesn’t do a very good job of illuminating the watch. I really struggled using the watch at night and you need to view it from a certain angle. Lastly, it could definitely use a bump in terms of durability because it felt rather flimsy at times.

4. WobL 8 Alarm Vibrating Reminder Watch

Best if you want kid-friendly watch:

The WobL 8 Alarm Vibrating Reminder Watch is a solid timepiece for kids and small adults. Its features allow a great deal of versatility so you can use it for potty reminders, hearing and visually impaired, timed medication, ADHD/ADD, and more.

Features

The WobL Watch is touted to be the smallest vibrating alarm watch and I agree. The watch has a small profile with a sporty look – perfect for kids. The watch features 8 individual alarms which can be toggled to vibrate, sound or both. The vibration is quite strong and the beep is not distracting. The vibration settings are a nice touch but it’s nothing too extensive. The vibrating alarm is a great way to keep your children stay on top of their tasks.

The WobL Watch also features a countdown timer which has a useful auto-reset feature. There is also the stopwatch mode which works as advertised. The lockout feature enables you to lock the settings and make sure that your kid doesn’t make any accidental changes. Lastly, the watch is 3 ATM Water resistant which is good for the occasional accidental splashing but not for prolonged submersion.

Drawbacks

The first thing that comes to mind is that the watch is not easy to program. The interface can be rather unwieldy so make sure you don’t lose the manual. Once you get the hang of it, programming this watch should be a cinch. Battery life is also disappointing as my unit’s battery only lasted about 3 months. That’s not a problem if battery replacement isn’t so tedious which requires you to remove five very small screws.

5. Fitbit Charge HR, Blaze, Iconic and (Fitbit Charge 3)

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The Fitbit watches go well beyond simply vibrating and some do it better than others. They track calories, steps, heart rate and integrates with the Fitbit App to provide amazing reports of your progress.

The Fitbit Charge 3 is the newest of the family and it is unclear how strong the vibration will be. The Fitbit Charge 2 had pretty weak vibrations, generating many complaints from customers that they weren’t being wakened by the watch and sometimes weren’t aware of incoming texts.

The original Fitbit Charge HR has a nice strong vibration.

However, the Fitbit Iconic and Fitbit Blaze both have strong vibration capability. You’ll have to research the other features to actually choose one based on the smart-watch and fitness related capabilities. But that’s the scoop on vibration.

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Blaze

These watches are on our list because the multi-functionality makes for a cost-effective purchase when you can avoid the cost separate health trackers and get a nice watch in the process.

Features

  • The PurePulse feature is always on tracking heart rate to inform your calorie metabolism
  • Integration with calendars and smartphone incoming texts and calls
  • Vibrating alarm
  • Nighttime sleep monitoring
  • GPS to provide accurate location, route and distance data for fitness training and analytics
  • Wireless connection to both iPhone and Android smartphones
  • Many variations of physical activity monitoring like steps, floors climbed and calories burned

Drawbacks

The one primary downside of this watch is the cost. It delivers a great deal of functionality in its price tag and small form, but it is pricey if you really only need a vibrating alarm watch.

6. Timex Expedition Grid Shock Watch

The Timex Expedition Grid Shock Watch is about twice as expensive as the Expedition Classic but has some great additional features.

The watch is built tough and is a work-horse in and out of the elements.

Features

The Expedition Grid Shock watch is first of all, shockproof (technically, shock resistant). It has a stainless steel top plate.

While it does vibrate it also has a stopwatch, countdown timer, and will drop you hydration alerts.

The large screen makes it very easy to read all the numbers, and the characters themselves have very crisp definition.

The time and other settings can be adjusted both forward and backward, so you don’t have to cycle all the way around if you don’t stop on the right number.

Drawback

This watch can be scratched rather easily since the bevel isn’t elevated much above the face of the watch. This can be fixed with a screen protector which doesn’t come with the watch. Better to get the protector on soon after you buy so you don’t regret it later.

7. G-SHOCK Men’s GD 350 Watch

The G-SHOCK Men’s GD 350 Watch is another super tough watch. It is actually rated for more shock resistance than the Expedition Grid watch above and is water resistant to 200 meters depth.

Features

 The G-SHOCK lights up at night and has a large clear viewport for the daytime.

It boasts a world clock which can be set for any of the world’s time zones.

Up to 4 different daily alarms may be set and the alarms can announce themselves in different ways. For example, one might be a vibration alarm, another a specific sound or light.

The watch has a batter life of 5 years so you won’t be changing it any time soon.

Drawbacks

There is very little negative to say about this watch. Some have complained the vibration didn’t wake them up, but most people are very happy with the vibration strength.

If you only need an alarm watch and aren’t going to be taking your wrist into challenging physical environments, then the Casio or Expedition may be for you.

The Bottom Line

The best vibrating alarm watch is a great tool to help you stay on top of your tasks or just make sure you don’t get late for work. For my top recommendation, the Casio Men’s W735H-1AVCF Super Illuminator Watch is definitely worth checking out for its durable and rugged design, a good set of features and budget-friendly price. However, if you find that my top pick doesn’t meet your needs, feel free to consider my other vibrating alarm watch picks.

Akribos XXIV Women’s Watch Review

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Hello ladies, (and gentleman looking to buy your special lady a watch). Today we have a broad review covering the Akribos XXIV brand. Akribos has a long list of watches under the XXIV model for women, all with different attributes and specific features. My goal is to help you narrow the choices down to a few of the cleanest, most beautiful timepieces by Akribos that are sure to win over your heart! (Not every Akribos XXIV watch will do that.)

Overview of the Brand

Long story short, these are fashion watches. Akribos watches are made for luxury design and wear, NOT for reliability and high-grade functions. These watches are perfect for those who love a beautifully curated watch, that does not necessarily have to last for generations. The styles are undeniably great, especially for women since the brand working with the luxury jewelry makers, Swarovski. Akribos creates most of their pieces with basic quartz movements and some decent automatic movements.

The watches are made anywhere from China to Japan and some even in Switzerland. All of their watches are water resistant up to 10 meters or 33 feet. These watches are not at all meant for recreational activities and water sports. So prepare to wear these out to places that involve minor activities like shopping and going out to eat.

Not much information is given about the Akribos brand on their website. For the most part, you can see their sales initiative toward selling fashionable watches. The watches are also quite affordable. But be forewarned, the prices are astonishingly cheaper on Amazon when compared to the company’s website. Keep that in mind when purchasing.

So if you have come to the conclusion that style and beauty are the main aspects you look for in a watch, Akribos XXIV is probably a watch for you.

Glimmer Collection XXIV

The Glimmer Collection by Akribos may be the most beautiful that the brand has released. Boasting models with diamonds, silver and gold bracelets and sexy cases, that stand out to the most materialistic people, excluding the Kardashians..

Unique Features

The watch featured above boasts a great size, a 36mm case with a Swarovski crystal bezel insert. A pure beauty on the wrist to say the least. With the polished stainless steel link bracelet, the watch really does shine bright!

On the face, you have a time, date and month. The inside of the watch hosts an ISA Swiss quartz. Not necessarily a great movement, but it gets the job done. Many people report that the watch works just fine. And quite frankly, thats all you need in a fashion watch. The piece also has large Roman Numerals on the face, keeping the watch looking classy and modern. Akribos created a very wearable watch with the Glimmer collection. There is quite a variety of watches in this model, but the AK872 is by far the prettiest (in my humble opinion). You can get the exact watch above in either silver, yellow gold, silver with gold links or even rose gold. No matter which color scheme you decide to go with, they pair great with any outfit, casual or professional.

When comparing this watch to many other fashion watches, the Akribos is much more affordable. You get similar looks compared to much more expensive brands, with a considerably lower price tag. You really get a bang for the buck with this purchase!

Lumen Collection

Model Ak776

Now, this watch is definitely a neck turner. Not sure if it’s in a good way or not. I personally find this watch to be overly designed. The watch looks like diamonds were just glued on to make the watch look expensive. It’s not expensive, it’s not top quality, so why Akribos, why?  Please do not let my opinion lead you astray, many people seem to love this watch. The flashy yellow gold AK776 has some great reviews on Amazon, so it may be a watch on your radar.

This watch has a larger 40mm alloy case with a yellow gold color all around. It also has the time, day and month on the face, however, instead of Roman Numerals like the Glimmer collection, this watch simply has large gold numbers. I’d say this is definitely a watch to wear with a nice flashy outfit. I am sure it will be a conversation starter.

The inside of the watch is the same on this one. As is almost every feature. The only difference on this one is the design, case size ANNNNNND that’s about it.

Empire Collection

 

One watch is a nice addition to the wrist. But what about two for one! The Empire collection has a deal on Amazon, two watches for the price of one: You can get that here: Akribos XXIV Silver Tone Ladies Watch Set AK677SS

Original is a word that pops into my mind when viewing the Akribos Empire collection. This line of the brand embraces casual watch wear. A feminine look connects with a shiny dial to create a look unlike any other watch by Akribos.

The watches above have a nice size case at 31mm and 1mm thick. A case size around 30-33 is usually a great fit on a women’s wrist; not too small or too bulky. The bracelet is 100% stainless steel and designed in a loopy pattern to just wind ever so gently around the wrist. These type of lugs cling to your wrist, so it doesn’t really stick out like some watches. The watches can slide right under your favorite shirt and feel light and comfortable.

Again, these watches have the same mechanics on the inside. Overall, this is a great collection by Akribos and worth a try if you like watches with a flare!

Ador Collection

I really adore this collection (corny). But honestly, the Ak760 model below is a more classic look by Akribos. I love the sunburst blue dial, it goes well with the gold hands and bracelet of the watch.

A classic watch jointed with a bright sunburst blue and shiny gold really makes this watch one of my favorites by Akribos. A great 42mm case fits perfectly with the 13mm thickness. Slightly large for a women’s watch, but it helps make the face stand out, bursting blue to all those who make eye contact.

On the inside, you will find a Swiss Quartz. A decent movement that will tell the time and do just that. Nothing about this watch is amazing. It is simply a nice looking, stylish timepiece.

Ornate Collection

I just had to add this Akribos AK953 model for all of the ANIMAL and NATURE lover out there. I mean, come on, how cute is this watch. It is really creative how the brand can go from making such stylish and fancy looking watches to the other end of the spectrum; cute and casual! Although it may look like a watch fit for younger teens and young adults, I think a person of any age can pull it off. Wear this watch on a warm sunny day at the beach (don’t wear it in the water), to a family get together, or heck, whenever you want to!

The watch features a 42mm stainless steel case, with a sapphire coated crystal and a triple row bracelet. Having the triple row bracelet makes space for the gold lining going around the band that compliments the bezel and designs inside the face. You still get the Swarovski genuine diamonds inside, with two gold, diamond filled dolphins, and an ocean/sunset background. What is awesome about this watch is that you can also get a butterfly design in the face (AWESOME)!

Although I am not one to usually review a watch with crafted pictures inside. I just thought it was very appropriate when reviewing the Akribos brand. How many adult ladies watches do you see out there with etched patterns inside and still maintain a good look? Let me answer that for you, not many!

Final Verdict on the Brand

Overall, Akribos does create some good looking watches. Like I mentioned a few times in the article, that is what they are for. They create FASHION watches. Do not expect a timepiece at this price and quality to run like a Rolex or even a more comparable Seiko. If style outweighs durability and mechanics then there is no reason not to by an Akribos. Because all of the watches have the same functions, for the most part, and mechanics, I’ll let you decide which model is best. But if your dying to know, I would say my favorite is the Akribos Ak872 under the Glimmer Collection.

Not many watches as beautiful as these come by so affordable. You can purchase multiple Akribos watches for the price of one designer watch like Burberry! So when it comes down to it, you can not go wrong flaunting your brilliant Akribos watches, that come in all styles and designs. You can own many of the models and each one looks like a totally different brand. Another reason why I like Akribos, how they focus on variety.

So to make my long review of the brand very simple.  Yes, the Akribos xxiv ladies watches are worth the price. And remember, you can NOT BEAT the prices on Amazon; Amazon is also a reliable source when it comes to purchasing watches.

Ladies, enjoy your new watch or watches by Akribos. And keep your style changing!

The Panerai Luminor Marina vs The Rolex Submariner: Venturing Into The Deep

Panerai Luminor Marina watch

So, you’ve decided to purchase a diving watch. Maybe you’re planning a vacation where you expect to do a little scuba-diving, or maybe you’re a professional diver, and you need a timepiece that you can rely on. Either way, you’ll want to be very choosy when shopping for a watch that will go with you into the deep blue at any capacity. It’s been said that more men have walked on the moon than have been to the deepest part of our oceans, which gives you an idea of how unpredictable the sea can actually be sometimes. Being able to keep track of time as a diver is extremely important, and could actually mean the difference between life and death at certain levels.

The Panerai Luminor Marina and the Rolex Submariner are both diving watches that are incredibly well-made, have gorgeous designs are designed to be submerged for long periods of time. We checked out each one and gave them both a thorough analysis to determine which could really hold up under pressure—literally. Despite Rolex being the first company to manufacture what is now known as an “oyster case,” we found that the Panerai Luminor Marina had it beat when it came to performance, durability and versatility. The Rolex model is just a bit too robust and clunky for diving, and while it was made of high-quality material, we just felt it wasn’t as suitable for the water as the Panerai.

The Panerai Luminor Marina

Design

The Panerai Luminor Marina is inspired by many watches that were first released over 50 years ago. Its design is similar to watches worn by Italian Navy commandos, while also blending certain elements from the original Panerai watches. The 44mm, polished-steel case contains a black dial, with Arabic numerals and hour markers coated in material that will be visible at depths where the sun’s light won’t reach. That’s right: in layman terms, the markers and hands glow in the dark.

The seconds dial is positioned on the left in the 9 o’clock position and the calendar is on the right side at the 3 o’clock position. Unlike Rolex watches, there is actually a magnifying lens under the sapphire crystal that makes the date more visible, which gave the crystal a smoother surface overall. The most impressive part of the design is that the watch is waterproof up to 300 meters.

Movement

The Panerai Luminor has an automatic, Swiss mechanical movement that contains a custom Panerai OP III caliber. If you don’t know what the caliber refers to, it’s pretty simple; it refers to mechanism of a clock that encloses the movement. It’s sort of like a case within the case, and is very important to keeping the movement safe. The movement also contains 13 ¼ lignes, 21 jewels and a patented Panerai oscillating weight. The movement is also shock-resistant, and contains an Incabloc anti-shock device. It also has a 42 hour power reserve when fully wound.

Strap

The strap is also made of a very unique, water-ready material. We’re not talking about waterproof steel, or leather; the strap on the Panerai Luminor is made of thick, high-quality alligator. It’s black on both sides, has an eye-catching glistening finish, and even though it was stitched together, still felt like it would hold up just fine in the water. To fasten it, you’ll find a Panerai Stainless Steel buckle.

The Rolex Submariner

Design

The Rolex Submariner has a classic Rolex design with a black dial and a black ceramic bezel. The 40mm case has the coveted Rolex Oyster design that makes it waterproof up to 300 meters or 1000 feet. Like the Panerai Luminor, the hands and markers are also luminescent (glow-in-the-dark), and the material is primarily brushed steel.

The dial window is also made of sapphire, and the hour markers consist of both shapes, as well as Arabic numerals positioned on the case itself. We did notice that the dial did not have additional counters for seconds and that the date was magnified by a raised window on the sapphire crystal. It gave the watch a more basic look, that wasn’t quite as stylish as the Panerai. The watch also contains a screw-down crown and caseback.

Movement

The Submariner is fitted with a 3135, self-winding mechanical movement made using only Rolex parts and methods. It is a Swiss chronometer, and has passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing institute’s standards. You’ll also find a Parachrom hairspring that offers shock-resistance and temperature protection. The movement has a 28.5mm diameter, a height of 6mm, 31 jewels and a power reserve of 50 hours. The 3135 movement has become the standard for Rolex watches over the last 20 years, and is found in many of their men’s watches.

Bracelet

The Rolex Submariner has a standard Oyster bracelet, which means that it consists of three rows of links, held together by hidden metal pins. It’s a heavy-duty design, and can shape to the wrist nicely, but feels a little clunky for a diving watch. It seems better suited as a bracelet for luxury watches that you might want to wear to a party or event. It is fastened by a deployment buckle that clasps nicely, and felt secure, but overall, we would have liked to see a bit more variance in the materials that went into the watch’s construction.

The Showdown

So, considering that both of these watches are extremely impressive, you’re probably wondering why we chose the Panerai Luminor Marina over the Rolex Submariner. The main reasons were the more economical, stripped down movement of the Panerai and the alligator strap. These may seem like minor factors, but when it comes to a diving watch, every little bit counts.

We felt that the alligator skin band would lend itself better to the water than the brushed steel of the Rolex, and that the more efficient movement would be more reliable than what was packed into the Rolex. While the 3135 movement has been a staple in many Rolex watches, we just felt that it contained too many parts that could easily malfunction. If diving watches weren’t as important to a user’s safety a complicated movement would be somewhat forgivable, but in the case of the Rolex, it was a major downside.

Last but not least, we felt that the Rolex was a little too bulky to take diving. It was a little clunky and moved around on the wrist a bit more than the Panerai, which took away from its overall wearability. If the bracelet had been made something equally as strong as steel, but more lightweight, the watch might have been more of a worthy contender. There are a number of Rolex watches with bands made of other materials, and we felt that even leather would have been a better choice for the Submariner.

The Verdict

If you aren’t a professional diver, you might be able to get away with a watch like the Rolex Submariner. It’s a perfectly suitable timepiece for someone who might want to go right from scuba diving or swimming to a beach party. In that case, it’s an excellent choice, and when it came to style, was more eye-catching than the Panerai.

However, for a serious diver that can’t afford for their watch to malfunction, the Panerai is a much better choice. It’s somewhat stylish but just performs better overall. While both watches have the same waterproof capabilities, the Panerai seems better suited for the water. Its alligator strap gave it a versatile, almost tactical look, and the lower part count in the movement had us less concerned about maintenance or it being affected by high-pressure. While the Rolex is certainly nothing to sneeze at, we felt that the Panerai Luminor Marina makes for the better timekeeping companion for venturing into the depths of the ocean.

Why Use A Diving Watch?

If you are going to make a significant investment in a diving watch, you almost certainly understand the importance of having an accurate, reliable timepiece. Here is a reminder why:

At certain depths, we have to continue breathing under greater levels of pressure. The air we breathe contains oxygen and nitrogen, and when pressure increases, each of these gases gets absorbed into the bloodstream. The time that a person stays submerged, the more of these gases get dissolved. This is normal and isn’t a problem on its own.

However, the risk comes in when divers ascend back to the surface. Rising too fast will cause bubbles to form in the bloodstream. If it helps, imagine opening up a pressurized container or a plastic bottle of soda. If there is a great amount of pressure in the bottle, opening it too fast will cause bubbles to form and, well, you’ll be drenched in soda.

The same thing applies to divers and the gases that build up in their bloodstream. The faster they rise, the more bubbles form in their bodies. This can cause serious dangers like embolisms in the lungs, tissues or blood vessels. It isn’t always deadly, but is very painful and in severe cases can, in fact, be fatal.

Okay, so what does this all have to do with divers and their watches? Well, to prevent this phenomenon from occurring, divers have to stop at regular intervals when they rise to the surface. This allows the bubbles that form in their bodies to dissolve naturally. A reliable watch is both practical as well as a safety precaution for most divers, because it enables them to make a safe trip back to the surface.

The first diving watch was built by Hans Wilsdorf in 1926, and actually had the original Rolex Oyster case design that is still seen today.

Breitling Superocean II (44) Vs. Rolex Submariner: Dive Watch Review

breitling superocean 44 vs rolex submariner

Dive Watch Faceoff

Today I will be reviewing two of the top dive watches known to man, and every celestial being.  In the left corner, we have a classic in the dive watch game, The Rolex Submariner. And in the right corner, radiating all of the light in the arena, a dive watch that is surely one of the greatest, The Breitling Superocean II 44! Both of these are fantastic timepieces! However, I am going to have to give the belt to the Superocean II on this one. This is hard to say for a Rolex fanatic who is literally a cheerleader for the brand (Gooooo Rolex)! The Submariner is a classic; but the Superocean is an extremely advanced piece, beautifully designed and built for pure durability.

 

Listen up, I will give the Submariner a chance in the ring. You will hear the pros and cons of each watch in this article. Eventually, the reasons why the Superocean is the inevitable winner will be quite clear; just continue reading on.

Major Similarities and Differences

It is easy to notice differences at first glance. Look at the pristine polish of the Superocean. The watch shines bright, blinding everyone who dares to stare at this beauty. As for the Submariner, it does have a sleek polish, yet does not stand out when compared to the Superocean.

Rolex Submariner Breitling Superocean II 
Rolex Swiss 3130 Movement Cailber 17 ETA 2824 Self-winding Movement
Flat Sapphire Crystal Cambered Sapphire Crystal
Stainless steel Oyster Bracelet Stainless steel Bracelet
40mm Case 44mm Case
Unidirectional 60-minute Bezel Bidirectional Bezel
2.5 Magnifying Cyclops No Cyclops
Black dial w/ luminescent hands Blue/black dial w/ luminescent numbers
300m water resistance 1000m water resistance

Breitling Superocean II 44

History

Breitling was originally founded back in 1884;  known for their avian style watches before the 1950’s.  In the early 50’s  dive watches began to gain popularity. Breitling caught onto this trend as fast as it came. In 1957, Breitling released the Superocean, with a water resistance of 200m, which beat out competitors like Rolex and Omega. The design of the watch, with bold Arabic numerals, invented a look that was clean and practical in the realm of dive watches. Breitling continues to release Superoceans every year. Advancing their look and technology as each year passes by.

Unique Style and Design 

Amidst a generation full of dive watches, saturating the watch market, Breitling releases models that are able to attract watch connoisseurs as well as dive watch critics all over.

I would not call the design of the superocean II classic at all. It is a game changer when it comes to style. The large numerals take over the colorful dial. The steel Breitling name attracts the eyes of everyone around. And the bright, glossy stainless steel bracelet shines like no other watch! This is simply a beautiful watch. Whether you decide to purchase the bold black dial or the bright sunburst blue dial, you will not be disappointed!

If you are one who changes your bands often, no problem! You can easily switch out the steel bracelet for a rubber one at any time. The rubber bracelet does not make this watch look cheap. It gives the watch a traditional dive watch look. The large Arabic numerals and numbers give this watch a great look as well. You do not see large numbers on luxury watches often, but Breitling made it work for this watch. The 44mm case, offers a large, but not to large, face that just pulls in the attention of everyone around.

A Watch to wear for ANY occasion

You are not tied down to any one occasion when wearing this beauty. It looks just as great in the ocean as it does in the office, with a sleek suit. Why I love the Superocean II design is because it takes a different approach than all of the other dive watches. It is alluring and handsome, while simultaneously featuring an original and modern look. I give this watch a whopping 5/5 for design!

Durability

Very important for dive watches, well any watch really. You don’t want a watch that will fall apart after a few years. The Superocean is designed to basically deplete the meaning of wear and tear. One of the main aspects of this watch that make it so durable is the screwed down bezel. The bezel is stuck to the case like glue, you can be sure your bezel will be intact at all times. Another great factor is the rubber insert in the bezel. It is a great cobalt blue color.

A rubber insert makes it so that scratches are a thing of the past! The cambered dial is great as well because it is a scratch-proof material. The case is literally meant for durability. Good size, good weight, you can guarantee the case will stay pristine if you take good care of it. A rating of 4.8/5 is my opinion when it comes to durability.

Value

Most dive watches you find from big watch brands hold their value. The same goes for the Breitling Superocean. This is a watch that retails at a great price! Much lower than the Submariner, or any other luxury watch retailer. As time passes the value and demand stay pretty consistent. Just take good care of the watch and you will have nothing to worry about. Know that every penny you spend on this watch is well worth it. 4/5 for VALUE.

 Rolex Submariner

Personally, I am not a huge dive watch collector. Surprising, huh.. But I have always had a love for the Rolex Sea Dweller and the Submariner. The history of the Submariner models is vast dating back to 1954. Honestly, almost ever dive watch you see today has probably been influenced by the Submariner’s design. Vintage Submariner timepieces cost serious dough, and for a reason. When purchasing a Submariner, you get a classic, handsome and durable watch.

The Rolex name has more history when compared to Breitling. So there is also this to account for. Rolex is one of those brands who has remained a TOP DOG in the watch game since their inception.

Classic style and design

 

Picture a painting by the legendary artist Picasso. Now pretend that painting is basically a watch; the product is the Submariner to dive watch enthusiasts. You can’t go wrong when it comes to the design of a Submariner. It is a nice size watch at 40mm, with a bold, black dial. The face is plain but maintains the professional, classic look. The 2.5 magnifying cyclops assists in bringing the date to life, and in my opinion, just a great addition to have on a Rolex.

A fully stainless steel bezel nicely compliments the steel bracelet, giving the watch a uniform look. When you decide to wear this classy timepiece you do not have to fret over your outfit. It goes with ANYTHING. From casual to business, to your wedding day and even suited up in scuba gear. I give the design 4.6/5 stars!

Durability

You break it, you buy it. Luckily this is not easily applied to the Submariner. The case is built for underwater activity and can definitely take a decent fall. Now usually when I review the Submariner, it is going up against a watch of lesser quality. When comparing the Submariner to the Superocean, the Superocean prevails. Rolex added a strong stainless steel bracelet, a scratch-resistant sapphire case and water resistance up to 300m.

Breitling took all of those qualities and strengthened them immensely. At the end of the day, the Submariner is still a durable watch. It is great for swimming, hiking, and similar activities. Sadly, and I hate to say it, but the Superocean just exceeds all of the above-mentioned qualities. The Submariner gets a 4.5/5.

Value

I think it is safe to say that almost all Rolex pieces hold their value over time. Unless you are a terrible watch owner, who just lives to destroy lives of watch lovers around the world and damage your piece. Besides that, the value of Submariners actually can grow DRASTICALLY over time. Like I mentioned earlier, Vintage Submariners are worth money today! Although the price is much higher than the Superocean; the Rolex Submariner is still worth the price point! Value of the Submariner is a respectable 4.8/5 stars.

The Deeper Diver

Both The Rolex Submariner and the Breitling Superocean II are fantastic watches. What set the Superocean apart from the Rolex in this review, is all of the special features that can not be found on many other dive watches. The Superocean is a bright, beautiful, original and durable timepiece that should be on every watch lovers “buy list.”

Because of these features, The Breitling Superocean II is the diving champion of the day!

Squale 20 Atmos Vs. Rolex SubMariner Review

squale 20 atmos vs rolex submariner

If Price Matters

Ahhh, The underdog Squale 20 ATMOS up against one of the most historic watches by Rolex, the Submariner. They may look almost identical at first glance. You may not be able to tell them apart from afar. But the materials and time put into the creation of each watch differ drastically.

Let’s get this out of the way really quick. If you are in the market for a Rolex, more specifically, Rolex dive watches, I am sure you are seeking a watch that is either made by Rolex or similar quality. If you love the style of Rolex dive watches, but can’t seem to find enough money in your wallet, then Squale may open up a new door into the realm of affordable watches. When you are judging a watch based on quality, history, durability, and craftsmanship, there is no doubt that the Rolex Sub Mariner is a better watch than the Squale 20 ATMOS.

This conclusion does not mean that the Squale 20 ATMOS is a bad watch. It is, in fact, a very appealing watch for the price point. To be fair, it is hard to go up against a Goliath brand like Rolex. Now, without further delay, onto the REVIEW!

Feature Comparison

Rolex Submariner  Squale 20 ATMOS 
Rolex Swiss 3130 Movement Swiss ETA 2824-2 Automatic Movement
Flat Sapphire Crystal Flat Sapphire Crystal
Stainless steel Oyster Bracelet

with three piece links

Steel bracelet with Screw Links
40mm Case 40mm Case
Unidirectional 60-minute Bezel 120 click Bezel
2.5 Magnifying Cyclops 2.5 Magnifying Cyclops
Black dial w/ luminescent hands Black dial w/ luminescent hands
300m water resistance 200m water resistance

 

Squale 20 ATMOS

History of the brand

You may not have heard of the Italian watchmakers, Squale. But they have been creating watches since 1959. The founder of Squale, Charles Von Burren, started making watches since 1948 under his own name in Switzerland. At this time in history, dive watches were becoming a popular piece to have. Von Burren took notice of the trend and decided to create a dive watch of his own. He came up with the name Squale, which means shark in Italian. With that, he added the signature shark logo to his dials.

In 1959, Von Burren released the Squale Master. Although the watch was uniquely designed and a great, durable timepiece. It never became as popular as the competition such as Rolex and Omega. Today, Squale is an affordable substitute compared to many watches on the market. But are still widely unknown to those who are not Dive Watch “Enthusiasts.”

Movement and functionality

Squale uses a well-known movement for the timepieces they create, ETA. ETA movements are one of the most widely used movements and definitely known to be reliable. Inside the Squale 20 features an ETA 2824-2 movement.  An ETA 2824-2 has a 25 jewel movement running the watch. This gets the watch going at 28,000 vibrations per hour, offering a pretty smooth running piece. Overall, this is a great movement that is used in many watches today. When compared to Rolex Caliber movements, however, it falls short.

When used for diving, the Squale is a good watch for the price point. Up to 200m of water resistance and a waterproof, screw down crown. Just ENSURE that your crown is screwed down tightly. The luminescent hands offer great lighting to be easily read at depths that start to get dark.

Durability

When it comes to durability, the Squale 20 ATMOS is reliable. I would say compared to other watches around the same price range, the Squale is one of the more durable watches. Contrastly, when up against high-grade models like the Rolex Submariner, it is not as great.

The bracelet on this piece feels light and almost a bit too loose on the wrist. Usually, a dive watch should have a bracelet with a strong and somewhat heavy stainless steel bracelet. The Squale disappoints in this aspect. Besides the bracelet, Squale has a thick Bezel and bigger case that can handle an occasional fall. The crown boasts deep grooves for a better grip, which means more durability when diving so you can ensure your piece if fully screwed down.

Scratches are easier to obtain on this watch. So be wary when you wear the watch out in tough terrains or while participating in labor work. Altogether I would say the Squale 20 ATMOS is solid when it comes to durability. With a rating of 3.5/5.

Design and Style

A very good attribute of Squale watches is that they are very attractive. They basically mimic the Rolex Submariner look, with a few unique differences. The case is a great size at 40mm, my favorite case size for a watch, and looks great on the wrist. Partnered with the rotational thick Bezel insert, the watch provides great size and comfort when worn. Because of the unique traits and a style similar to the Submariner, I give this watch a 4.5/5 style rating.

*Another great watch around this price range is the Seiko USA III added this watch because Amazon is not currently selling any watches by Squale. So I thought I’d add a watch around the same price point for your convenience.

Value

IF YOU ARE IN THE MARKET FOR A MID GRADE WATCH, THIS WATCH IS WORTH IT! I can not stress that enough. Do not buy this watch expecting a Rolex or Omega in quality. You can not get that quality at this price point. But because this watch is so much cheaper; literally insanely cheaper! You are getting a great timepiece for the market price.

Not many watches of this caliber and style are as affordable as Squale, so you can be sure that you a getting a good deal. I am unsure if these watches hold their value over time since they are not as known as other brands. But at the time of purchase, that being right now, you are getting a great value for the price.

Because of all of these factors, I rate the watch a 5/5 for value.

Rolex Submariner

Old legends state that the Flying Dutchmen used to collect Rolex Submariners from the souls of sailors and divers…. Ok, the Submariner doesn’t hold that kind of history, but it does go back quite far in the past. Submariners are one of the original dive watches as is its close counterpart the Rolex Sea Dweller. Submariners are true classics in the dive watch game and continue to hold the title as one of the best!

Movement and Functionality

Rolex is surely known for creating some of the best and most reliable movements of all watch brands. I mean, there are brands out there costing tens of thousands of dollars that may use better movements; but come on, the prices are ridiculous. The submariner uses a 3130 caliber automatic movement with 31 jewels. This offers slightly more vibrations per hour than the Squale, at 28,800 vph! That being said, it runs even smoother than the Squale 20 ATMOS. The 3130 caliber movement is more than reliable. It is reliability and precision merged into one perfect timepiece!

Combined with the 300m of water resistance, waterproof screw down crown and 48-hour power reserve; this is a perfect watch for serious divers!

Durability

It is no question that the Rolex Submariner is durable. In fact, it may be one of the most durable dive watches. I’d say the Rolex Sea Dweller is a bit more trustworthy for diving, but everything about the Submariner is just as reliable. A strong stainless steel bracelet with a good weight keeps the watch secure. The aluminum Bezel is thick and rotational. And the sapphire crystal is scratch resistant, so don’t worry about pesky scratches.

The Submariner can be worn anywhere. You can feel confident that your watch will perform well and stay in great condition whether you are diving in the Pacific or hiking in The Smokies. The Submariner gets an outstanding rating of 4.8/5 durability score.

Design and Style

Pure classic, stylish, yet perfectly casual are words I would use to describe the Submariner. It is definitely a watch that can be worn in such diverse settings. It will look just as great in a business meeting as it will look 500 feet under the sea. The 40mm case looks great on the wrist. And the black dial with expertly crafted wording inside, keeps the watch looking like a work of art. No dive watches, in my opinion, compare to Datejust models or other fashion watches when it comes to looks. Submariners are simply solid, classic looking watches and can be worn anywhere. Style of the Submariner gets a 4.6/5.

Value

The value of Submariner watches is undeniable. These watches are much more pricer than the Squale 20 ATMOS, but for a reason. Historically, Rolex watches keep their value over time. Orginal Submariners will cost you quite a few paychecks; unless you are the CEO of Amazon or something.

You can feel comfortable when purchasing a Submariner, knowing your money is going to a luxury piece. If you are in the market for a high-grade watch, you can not go wrong with the Submariner. It is definitely worth the price you pay and will remain at a high price if kept in good condition. I give the Submariner a rating of 4.5/5 for value.

*The reason this watch does not get a 5 for value, is because there are other dive watches by Rolex that are just as valuable (or more valuable) than the Submariner. 

Which Watch Should I purchase?

As I said earlier, hands down, the gold goes to The Rolex Submariner. But as I also mentioned these are expensive watches. Squale, on the other hand, is an extremely affordable watch. Everything about the Squale is worth its low price point. So if money is not an issue buy the Rolex Submariner. If your pockets are not “fat” as many rappers say today, then stick to your budget and go with a Squale. Please do not spend your life savings on a watch.

As always, be cautious when buying expensive watches online. Make sure you purchase from a reliable source like Amazon!