Vostok Watches Review: Is This Russian Brand Any Good?

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

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

 

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

The History of Vostok Watches

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vostok Watches Review: Pros and Cons

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

What We Love

Great Colorful History

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

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

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

Original Designs

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

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

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

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

Daily Beater

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

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

This brings us to the next point.

Budget-Friendly

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

And I tend to agree.

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

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

What We Don’t Love

Quality Control Issues

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

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

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

Not So Intuitive Design Elements

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

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

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

Lack of Variety

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

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

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

Best Vostok Watches

1. Vostok Amphibia Zissou

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

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

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

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

2. Vostok Komandirskie

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

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

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

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

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

3. Vostok Amphibia “Scuba Dude”

 

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

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

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

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

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

Vostok Watches Review: Are They Any Good?

We end this Vostok watches review with our recommendation.

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

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

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

Best women's dive watch under 500

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

 

Top 5 Best Women’s Dive Watch under 500

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

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

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

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

1. Invicta Women’s 8943 Pro Diver Watch

 

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

Elegant Design

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

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

Extremely Durable and Comfortable

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

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

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

 Water Resistance

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

Opinion and Drawbacks

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

2. Victorinox Dive Master 500

 

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

Robust and Attractive Design

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

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

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

High Level of Water Resistance

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

Tough Dial Window

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

Opinion and Drawbacks

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

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

 

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

Ideal Water Resistance

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

Standard Dial

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

Dependable and Durable Build

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

Opinion and Drawbacks

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

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

4. Luminox Steel Colormark Ladies Watch

 

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

Simple and Practical Design

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

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

Ideal Water Resistance

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

Impressive Watch Face

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

Opinion and Drawbacks

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

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

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

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

 

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

Sturdy Build

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

Easy to Read

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

Extra Features

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

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

Opinion and Drawbacks

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

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

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

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

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

Best Watch for EMT: Rugged Timepieces for EMT Workers

Best Watch for EMT

A paramedic’s or EMT’s job is downright hectic and unpredictable. As an emergency care provider, you are constantly put in high-pressure situations which means you need all the help that you can get. In the field, one of the most important tools that you can have is a watch.

But not just any watch.

You’ll be constantly moving around, so you need a watch that can take the abuse. At some point, you’ll be measuring someone’s pulse, so you need an accurate timepiece. Essentially, you want a rugged, durable, and accurate watch.

To help you out, we have made a list of the best watch for EMT that can stand up to the specific challenges of the profession.

Best Watch for EMT

Key Features

Our Rating

Casio G-Shock GW6900-1 Tough Solar Shock resistant construction, 20-bar water resistance, EL Backlight, Atomic timekeeping, Solar powered ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Garmin Tactix Charlie 1.2” high-resolution, sunlight-readable display, Preloaded TOPO mapping, Black diamond-like carbon (DLC) coated titanium bezel, Built-in navigation sensors include GPS and GLONASS, Up to 12 days battery life ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Casio G-Shock Rescue Concept Shock-resistant, Chronograph with 12 and 24-hour formats, 50 mm resin case with mineral dial window, Red resin band with buckle closure, Water resistant to 200 m (660 ft) ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Citizen BM8180-03E Eco-Drive Stainless steel, Japanese-quartz movement, Mineral crystal dial window, Luminosity, Textured crown, Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M) ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Speidel Original Scrub Watch Designed for medical professionals, Easy to read white dial, Easy to clean 100% Silicone band, Available in a variety of scrub matching colors ★ ★ ★ ★
Timex Expedition Scout 40 Water Resistant, Adjustable green 20 millimeter nylon strap, Black dial with date window at 3 o’clock, Gray 40 millimeter brass case, Water resistant to 50 meter (165 feet) ★ ★ ★ ★

Best Watch for EMT

1. Casio G-Shock GW6900-1 Tough Solar

The Casio G-Shock has always been my go-to for watches that can deliver in terms of durability, legibility, and functionality. The Casio G-Shock GW6900-1 Tough Solar is exactly that and more.

Won’t Let You Down in the Field

The Casio G-Shock GW6900-1 is about as basic as you can get as far as tough watches go. However, it does offer a number of other functionalities that make it a worthy pickup.

Obviously, the main draw of this watch is its toughness. It features a shock-resistant construction which makes it highly resilient against vibration and impact. Just by feeling the watch alone, you can see that it can withstand the rough nature of an EMT’s job.

On top of the excellent durability and toughness, the watch also features 20-bar water resistance. From the shower to emergency water rescues, your watch will not give in just because it came in contact with water.

The GW6900-1 is also solar-powered which means that as long as you are wearing it, replacing the battery is a non-issue. The watch can still work even after 5-23 months of not receiving any light.

Best of all, the GW6900-1 is an affordable timepiece that’s currently on-sale for less than $100.

2. Garmin Tactix Charlie

The Garmin Tactix Charlie is somewhat of a premium pick. It’s not the most affordable in this best watch for EMT list but it’s an easy recommendation for those who are looking for a watch with a ton of features.

One Tool Watch to Rule Them All

The Garmin Tactix Charlie is described as a premium GPS watch – you can expect no less than Garmin.

Is it tough enough to handle an EMT’s job?

Well, the case of the Tactix Charlie is reinforced polymer with a titanium back plate. Plus, the bezel is DLC coated titanium while the watch is protected by sapphire crystal. As you can see, the Tactix Charlie is not playing around as far as durability goes.

After all, it’s a watch that’s designed for tactical purposes.

The main selling point of the watch is the navigation features. The watch comes with GPS/GLONASS along with pre-loaded topo maps. Many Garmin GPS staple features are here such as the ability to set project waypoints. You can also easily save your location in a hurry. The navigation features should come in handy if you are responding to a rural or unfamiliar location.

And one thing, it’s also an excellent activity tracker and fitness tool.

The Garmin Tactix Charlie is by no means a cheap watch but it offers a mind-blowing number of features that many EMTs should appreciate.

3. Casio G-Shock Rescue Concept

If you want the best watch for EMT with a thematic twist, the Casio G-Shock Rescue Concept is worth looking into. Don’t get me wrong, it’s more than just a watch with eye-popping red color.

Thematic Twist to a Tough Watch

One look at the Casio G-Shock Rescue Concept and your eyes will be drawn to the beautiful red color. When mine arrived, I was so pleased that it looks even better in person. This is a colorful alternative for EMTs who are tired of the same old black watches.

Since this is a G-Shock model, there’s no surprise (or rather a shock) here when it comes to inherent toughness. Casio’s construction is always on-point. The watch feels appropriately weighty and it just provides a solid feel overall. You just know that it’s a watch that won’t fail you in the field.

The G-Shock Rescue Concept comes with a decent list of features such as moon/tide graphs, auto EL backlight, low temp LCD, flash alert, world time, and daily alarm. It’s no Tactix Charlie or the Suunto Traverse Alpha but it’s hard to go wrong with the price.

In conclusion, the Casio G-Shock Rescue Concept is an excellent rugged watch with a color scheme that fits the EMT theme.

4. Citizen BM8180-03E Eco-Drive

Citizen’s Eco-Drive collection has always impressed me. They’re some of the most robust and well-respected watches in the industry. The Citizen BM8180-03E Eco-Drive is no exception.

Quality EMT Watch for a Great Price

The Citizen BM8180-03E Eco-Drive is one of the best-selling watches on Amazon, and it’s not surprising at all.

The BM8180-03E is a military-inspired watch and a stylish one at that. While it’s indeed a rugged military watch, it features a nice and clean design. The army green color scheme of the strap contrasts rather well with the stainless steel case and black dial.

Speaking of the dial, I love the BM8180-03E’s black dial. It’s just so clean and immediately readable. The red second hand adds an interesting contrast against the black dial face. Plus, you can easily use the seconds from timing a patient’s pulse and the like. When things get dark, the hands and numerals are lumed and it’s is pretty good.

Being an Eco-Drive model, the BM8180-03E is solar powered and it’s one of the better solar-powered watches available. It can be charged both in sunlight and artificial light sources like lamps. In case you run out of solar power, the watch also comes with a reserve battery which is a nice bonus.

All in all, this is a great-looking watch with sufficient ruggedness and functionality to offer for a great price.

5. Speidel Original Scrub Watch

The Speidel Original Scrub Watch is a watch specifically designed for doctors, nurses, surgeons, and of course EMT workers. This watch is simple, durable, and easy to read – sometimes, that’s all you ever need from a watch.

A Medical Professional’s Watch

I’ll be frank: the Speidel Original Scrub Watch is simply a basic analog watch. Don’t expect it to sync with your smartphone or count your steps. The idea here is to keep the basic timekeeping needs of medical professionals.

With that said, the dial features large Arabic numbers and a bright red second hand, emphasizing “at a glance” readability. True enough, the Speidel Scrub Watch boasts excellent readability regardless of the lighting conditions. The bright red second hand comes in handy when counting a patients pulse or breathing.

The watch is available in many different colored wristbands which you can match with your scrub uniforms, hence the name. The silicone band takes a bit of getting used to. However, it does provide a good bit of comfort and doesn’t make my wrist itch which is a plus. The silicone band is very easy to clean as well.

Overall, the Speidel Scrub Watch gets the job done and does it well. It’s a basic watch every step of the way and it doesn’t pretend otherwise. Luckily, the watch is available for a good price.

6. Timex Expedition Scout 40

Timex is a brand known for its budget-friendly and durable watches. The Expedition collection is more of a field watch and it’s perfect for an EMT’s everyday wear. The Timex Expedition Scout 40 is one the best entries in that particular collection.

Affordable and Durable Choice for EMTs

Like the Citizen Eco-Drive model earlier, the Timex Expedition Scout 40 is easy to read with clear white Arabic numbers on a black dial. The numerals and hands just pop out and you can easily tell the time at first glance. The numerals are bold and large which is always a plus for readability.

The Expedition Scout 40 also features the Indiglo illumination technology which I am a big fan of. When it comes to timekeeping in the dark, you won’t have a problem with this watch. The Japanese Quartz movement is always reliable and offers enough practicality for the timekeeping needs of emergency responders.

The Timex Expedition Scout 40 is a watch that EMT workers can buy with confidence. Plus, it’s hard to go wrong with the sub-$50 price tag.

Found Your Next EMT Watch Yet?

This wraps up our roundup of the best watch for EMT professionals. Hopefully, we have helped you find a watch that can serve you well while on the field.

Should you wish to get a specific review of the best watches for firefighter EMT, click here.

Best Smartwatches for Teenage Girl [Reviews]

best smartwatches for teenage girl

We researched for hours and tested a large selection of smartwatches, but we deduced that Marc Jacobs Women’s Riley stands as the best smartwatch for teenage girl. We recommend this watch because of its high level of water resistance (5 ATM) compared to others on the list. Also, the Women’s Riley smartwatch comes with impressive features and a decent warranty.

Best Smartwatch for Teenage Girl

Most teenagers love smartwatches for many reasons. Some like it for its design while others want to enjoy its multiple features that support healthy living, message notification, and personal training, etc.

However, getting a good smartwatch can be a daunting task when it comes to a teenage girl. Sometimes, this confusion is as a result of the numerous options available on the market.

Ultimately, you might have had to spend hours looking for the best smartwatch for teenage girl. And even if you choose the ideal option, your teen might get bored with this option. The reason is that aside from durability and features, most young girls want something more girlish and beautiful.  

Fortunately, we have put together a sincere list of the best smartwatches for teenage girls. These smartwatches are highly durable, come with impressive features, looks elegant, and can serve as a personal trainer to your teens. In other words, whether in school or at home, these devices offer various functions that will fit the daily lives of young girls.

So what are you waiting? Read on as we bring to you great insight into the list of best smartwatches for teenage girls. We are sure that getting any of them for your girl will make them happy.

Marc Jacobs Women’s Riley Hybrid Smartwatch

 

First on our list of the best smartwatch for teenage girl is the Marc Jacobs Riley Hybrid Smartwatch. We love this watch because of its stylish design and smart features which every teenage girl will love.

Attractive but Durable Design

Unlike most smartwatches, this watch has a stylish look that will fit any occasion or outfit. It even has a robust build that can withstand knocks at school or play.

The design includes a 42mm stainless case with rose gold buttons on one side while a sheet of mineral glass covers its display. With these parts, the watch can handle the numerous uses without looking worn out.

For added durability, a comfortable 20mm rubber band secures the watch to your wrist. If you are a physically active teen girl, you will love this strap as it can withstand sweat from gym sports or general workouts.

Replaceable Battery

Usually, young people hardly have time to charge their devices, including smartwatches. However, the Riley watch uses a non-rechargeable battery that can last for 6 months before you think of getting a replacement.

Numerous Selections of Smart Features

Another feature of the best smartwatch for teen girls is its multiple functions that can assist their daily lives. First, it offers goal tracking, which enables you to fulfill your daily objectives at school or work. Next, it includes activity tracking that will excite the active teen while its onboard music player lets you play your favorite songs.

Opinion and Drawbacks

If you are looking for a stylish alternative to the geeky smartwatches on sale, consider sticking with the Riley watch as it’s fashionable and practical. Although it has durable components, its face tends to scratch easily.

Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch

 

Samsung presents you with a Smartwatch with elegant curves and premium finishes. When it comes to watches, the Gear S2 is one of the most popular smartwatches on the market with impressive features. From battery performance, construction to wearability, this watch never fails to top the marks on this end. Surely, if you’re looking for the best smartwatch for boys and girls, this is the best bet due to its unisex build.

Durable Design

Many teenage girls will always want something that looks more stylish and beautiful before thinking of durability. For this reason, the Samsung Gear 2 offers elegance and sturdy built.

The Gear S2 is made of durable stainless steel material that can withstand knocks and falls, and prolong use. For more durability, a gorilla glass protects the watch face, and the best part is that it is resistant to scratches and dust.

 Water-Resistant

Surely, you won’t be happy if the watch you just bought for a teenage girl gets damaged due to a little splash. Well, with the Gear S2 you don’t have to worry. The Gear S2 is IP68 rated, which means it can withstand splashes or excessive sweat. But it is advisable not to wear this watch when swimming or bathing.

Effortless Operation

It is always best to get a smartwatch that is easy to operate, so the user doesn’t find the device useless on the wrist. For this reason, the Gear S2 features a rotating bezel that allows you to locate and navigate its favorite app and widget easily. It also has a circular display watch face with 360 x 360 pixel AMOLED touchscreen. With such feature, teenage girls will find it more comfortable to use anytime.

Built-in Health Features

The Gear 2 features a dietary tracker that can provide useful data on the amount of caffeine and water taken. Also, teen girls will get to enjoy health apps that can monitor their heart rate and count the calories burned during a workout.

Opinion and drawbacks

Considering its smart features, elegant look, and durability, it is certain many teen girls will love this watch. However, the battery is a big downside to this smartwatch because it does not last long after a full charge. Hence, the user has to recharge it more often to keep it running.

Overall, this watch works independently without a smartphone which makes it the best standalone smartwatch for teenager.

Michael Kors Access Sofie Pavé Silver-Tone Smartwatch

 

This Michael kors Access Sofle Pave offers elegance and impressive smart features in a small package. Ultimately, this item stands as an accessory for people looking for the best budget ladies because of its pocket-friendly price.

Stylish and Comfortable Design

This item does not take the traditional smartwatch look; instead, it comes in a silver-colored steel case while gemstones are set on the bezel. With such features, you can use the watch for either hangouts or formal occasions. You can even personalize the watch by swapping its steel bracelet for leather or mesh stainless steel strap.

Ideal Battery

On a full charge, the Sofie can run for up to 24 hours. Having said this, you can head to the mall or class without worrying about a recharge. But if the battery becomes low, you can use its magnetic charger to restore it to its full strength quickly.

Clear Display

Another reason why I love the Sofie watch is that it has a completely circular display. This watch face measures 42mm and boasts of a top-end 1.19 inch AMOLED screen that provides crisp graphics. Any teen would love this watch because it is easy to read in bright light or dark environments.

Opinion and Drawbacks

This watch has some features that present it as one of the best smartwatches for teenage girl. After all, its flashy appearance makes it ideal for the fashion-conscious teenager.

However, Micheal Kors focused more on the physical design of the watch than its smartwatch features. In summary, if you want a watch with more functionality, consider other options such as a Samsung smartwatch.

Furthermore, its case might not be a durable as the type found on most smartwatches. Besides, the battery life on this device might make it a poor choice to take on a long school trip.

Kate Spade Ladies Scallop Touchscreen Smartwatch

 

Kate Spade Scallop smartwatch top the list of best smartwatches for teenage girl when it comes to elegance and stylishness. Not only does it look beautiful at first glance, but it also comes with impressive features that teenager will find useful. Surely, the watch is great for teen, but sincerely if you’re also looking for the best ladies smartwatch as well, this is a perfect choice for you.

Comfortable and Durable material

Teenage girls will surely want a watch that will last longer and comfortable enough on the wrist. Hence, we selected the Kate spade because it comes with either a beautiful Vachetta leather or stainless steel band. The band has a strap length of 16mm x 175mm that can fit and stay secured on any wrist size.

This smartwatch has a lightweight design measuring 8-ounce, which makes it a comfortable device to wear throughout the day.

Efficient Personal Assistant

As a teen, having a personal trainer is essential at home or in school. For this reason, the watch features a Google Assistant voice commands. With such features, they can get a clear answer and information on any important questions asked right from the wrist. 

Elegant Design

The Kate spade has a 42mm scallop patterned case and iconic spade detailing on the pusher. This design makes the watch look beautiful on the wrist of the wearer.

Also, since teenage girl also loves fashion, the Spade Scallop comes in five different stylish colors. These trendy colors include Rosegold tone, black and gold, silver and gold-tone, and black with two-tone.

Wide Variety of Apps & Fitness Features

More fun with this device as it comes with impressive apps. With this watch, users can check the current weather; easily keep track of their activity, and make a list of their daily goals. The best part is that with this watch you can set a different time zone.

Opinion and drawbacks

One thing that is certain about this watch is its beautiful design and flexible settings. It also includes smart and easy to use features.

However, if battery life is your main concern when shopping for the best teenage smartwatch, then this isn’t the best option. The battery doesn’t last up to 24 hours as advertised, which means you will need to charge it more often.

Overall, Kate Spade is a perfect choice for a teenage girl that loves everything fashion and stylish.

Fossil Q Women’s Virginia Hybrid Smartwatch

 

This timepiece from Fossil comes as possibly one of the best standalone smartwatches for women and teenage girls. It pairs premium smart features and durability in an elegant package for a practical but stylish look.

Classic Design

Glitz is a major feature on this item as it has gemstones set into its steel bezels while sporting a 14mm steel bracelet. If the latter does not suit your look, you can adjust its size or swap it for another strap. As a result, you won’t feel out of place at your high school dance or formal occasions with the item on your wrist.

Although the watch looks luxurious, it offers water resistance up to 30m. With such a feature, this smartwatch can endure a walk in the rain. However, we do not recommend that you use it at the pool.

Sturdy Watch Face

As an active teen, your watch will be exposed to occasional or frequent knocks and bumps. However, this hybrid smartwatch has a mineral crystal that protects its watch face from damage.

Excellent Connectivity and Activity Tracking

You can pair this smartwatch with either an Android or IOS devices thus there’s no need to spend your allowance on a new phone. Furthermore, the watch offers Bluetooth technology that uses low energy.

Since the phone supports activity tracking, it can help you achieve your fitness goals by offering details such as the steps taken or calories burnt.

Opinion and Drawbacks

Finding the best smartwatch for teenagers without a phone might be hard, but you can meet that need with this Fossil watch. At first glance, this timepiece offers a unique look for teens that love fashion.

However, it offers limited activity tracking while its watch face is too large. Also, using this watch might be difficult, as it does not come with a manual.

Final Words For The Best Smartwatch for Teenage Girl 

Surely, you have seen some of the premium models to invest in when looking for the best smartwatch for teenage girls. Before you select you to make the final decision, look at the features, style, and design that best fit the teenager’s specific needs and lifestyle. 

However, you still stuck on which one to choose, it’s best to consider buying the Samsung Gear 2 or  Fossil Q Virginia. We choose these smartwatches because they are affordable, have a wide range of apps, and decent activity tracking. But if you’re on a high budget, the other models on our list will serve as perfect alternatives.

Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner: In-depth Comparison

Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex submariner

Having looked at the durability, features, and design offered by both timepieces, the Rolex Submariner edge out on the Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner contest. First, it gives an accurate reading compared to the other. Also, it is elegant, durable, and has a higher resale value than the Seamaster 300.

Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner

If you plan to get an ideal dive watch on your wrist, then Rolex and Omega come as the two best options you should be thinking of.

Over the years, both watchmakers have offered products that have graced the collection of professional divers. As expected, these timepieces have features that can fit marine activities as well as casual use. So the question is which watch stands as the best between both models?

Getting the answer to such a question might be difficult as both timepieces provide accurate readings under most conditions. Also, they boast of designs and materials that will endure a prolonged use on land or at sea.

Luckily, we’ve carried out thorough research and put together in-depth analysis between Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner. We will also share their various downsides and advantages.

So what are you waiting for? Read on as we reveal to you an in-depth comparison on both timepieces. First, let’s start with the Omega Seamaster 300 review.

Head to Head Comparison 

Here is a side by side of the key specifications of Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner collection

 

  Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex submariner
Brand Name Omega Seamaster 300 Rolex Submariner collection
Model 212.30.36.20.01.002 114060
Case Diameter 41mm 40mm
Case Material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Case thickness 13mm 13 mm
Band Material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Clasp Push Button Folding Clasp Deployment buckle
Crystal Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal
Dial Color Black Black
Bezel Material Brushed Steel with Black Ceramic Fill

Satin finished steel numbers and indexes. Uni-Directional / Rotating

Polished Steel with a Highly Durable Black “Cerachrom” Bezel insert.
Movement Self-Winding Automatic Co-Axial Chronometer Movement

Omega Caliber 2500 Movement

Co-Axial escapement

Self-Winding Automatic Movement

The Rolex Caliber 3130 is a Superlative Chronometer.

Power Reserve Up to 50 hours 48 hours
Water Resistance 300 Meters / 1000 Feet Water Resistant 300 Meters / 1000 Feet Water Resistant

 

In-depth Comparison between Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner

Omega Seamaster 300

 

This watch stands as one of the best dive watches in the market. It has impressive features that make it a worthy mention on Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner article.

Although both watchmakers offer times with accurate movements and sturdy build, some divers believe it’s easier to read the Seamaster in water. However, others feel that the Submariner has a larger power reserve than the Omega brand.

Before finding the winner in the new Omega Seamaster 300m vs Rolex submariner contests, let’s see what this classy dive watch has to offer.

Design

 

This watch has a size and looks that will fit activities on land and at sea. The reason is that this timepiece features a 41mm stainless steel case with a 21mm lugs on both sides. But when compared to the latest model, the older variant is smaller while having the same level of water resistance.

Another great feature of this brand is the use of luminous paint color on its outer part. However, the paint used on the Seamaster is not as effective as the type found on the Pro-series. Also, the green and blue colored lume cannot hold a charge for long periods.

Dive watches like the Seamaster 300 come with helium release valves on their cases. However, if you are a Pro-diver, there is no need to bother about this feature. You might enjoy more functionality with the automatic version, which is useful in a decompression chamber.

The new Seamaster 300 has a 10 o’clock crown which might look out of place. However, it makes the watch unique and easy to identify when placed beside similar watches from other brands.

Like its first models, the Seamaster 300 has horizontal wave patterns on its black ceramic dial. This style enables you to enjoy the neat laser etching on the dial. However, some versions from the brand collection did not include this feature in their design.

Build and Comfort

Omega Seamaster 300 review

Although the watch looks bulky with its stainless steel bracelet, it does not exert too much pressure on your wrist. Hence, it offers a degree of comfort than most bulky watches. Furthermore, a tapered helium release valve helps you differentiate between the older and the latest Seamaster 300M variants.

If you are looking for a luxury dive watch for smaller wrists, try getting this timepiece as it measures 48mm from lug to lug. Since it has a thickness of 13mm, it can fit perfectly into your cuff. Also, It’s elegant built will also complement your outfit for any occasion.

As mentioned earlier, the watch boasts of a sandblast ceramic dial that has a slightly grey look. Apart from housing the markers and hands, this laser-cut component gives the watch an attractive look.

Since the release of this timepiece, the latest versions of the Seamaster 300 have maintained the Speedmaster inspired bracelet. However, this part of the watch uses an updated micro-adjust clasp.

Overall, the bracelet is moderate in terms of comfort and look. If you want to enhance the look of the watch and feel of the Seamaster, swap the stainless steel for a rubber strap that promises comfort and elegance.

Movement and Functionality

Omega seamaster 300 review

Under this part of the Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex submariner 2019 comparison, Omega serves as the best option. The cause of this victory is its use of the co-axial escapement that comes with an 8800 caliber that can resist magnetism while offering a power reserve of at least 50 hours.

Value

Another thing to look out for in this model is its value in the market. Compared to the Submariner, this watch is a budget-friendly timepiece to have on your wrist. Generally, the Seamaster 300 is sold at a price under $5000, which is far lesser than the cost of its rival. Also, there are other similar models for less the price, so there is no need to splurge thousands of dollars on a practical dive watch.

Opinion and Drawbacks

It can even be seen as one of the best dive watches due to its low price and accurate timekeeping. However, it has offered less precision than the Rolex model.

Moreover, its AR coating scratches off easily as it is placed on the outer part of the crystal. Finally, if you put up your Seamaster for a resale, you might be offered a price lesser than its main value.

Rolex Submariner

 

This watch comes as a sturdy but handsome watch that fits any activity or outfit. Another reason to love this timepiece is its rich heritage. Indeed, the Rolex submariner design inspired most diver watch flooding the market.

Rolex submariner first model was launched in 1954. It has a great history, and up to date, it is one of the top timepieces in the watch game. Admittedly, this is also a vintage Submariner watch, which cost more than regular dive timepieces due to its features.

Design

Since its first model, watch lovers have seen various design upgrades of the Rolex Submariner. Although these are minor changes, the watch has become one of the flagship models in the top dive timepieces.

If you need a watch that shows dates, the older Rolex Submariner isn’t the best option, as this product does not have a date aperture. However, there are other versions of the Rolex Submariner that comes with a large date window.

Older versions worked with aluminum bezels but this model standout with its ceramic variant. Fortunately, the latter material can withstand knocks and scratches than its aluminum rival. You will also love the classy engravings on the watch that gives it an overall elegant look.

Apart from its rugged bezel, the watch has a dial that will interest any pro-diver. This bezel of the watch consists of 18k white gold markers that add to the unique look of this timepiece. Next, its indices contain Rolex traditional Chromalight that allows easy reading in the darkest conditions.

Build and Comfort

Rolex submariner review

The Submariner has a sturdy build that can withstand water pressure at a depth of up to 300m. For one, its crown is fitted with a Triplock waterproof system that keeps moisture from its inner parts. It even has a timeless steel case that can handle rust when exposed to seawater.

During a dive or causal use, there is no need to worry about this timepiece slipping from your wrist. The reason is that it has a sturdy Oyster bracelet that offers security with its safety clasp. Although this part of the watch is solid, it does not exert any pressure on your wrist.

Do you feel that this item might not fit on your wrist? , adjust the bracelet’s glide lock system (without taking it to a jeweler) by 2mmm to meet your sizing needs.

Movement and Functionality

Rolex submariner review

Anyone will love the flawless timekeeping offered by the Rolex Calibre 3130 automatic movement on this diving timepiece. Having tested it to the highest standards, it’s certain that the movement supports a 48-hour power reserve. Also, since it’s a self-winding watch, there’s no need to spend extra cash on battery.

There might be nothing too special about its movement, but the Rolex has used this feature to maintain its flagship status. You will also love this simple movement, as it will keep the watch running after a minor fall, bump, or a prolong use.

Value

Unlike the Omega Seamaster, the Rolex Submariner will look attractive after years of multiple wears. The reason is that its beautiful outer parts can cope with wear and tear as well as repeated falls under any condition. Overall, it comes with a hefty price tag than the Seamaster 300, which goes up in value as the years go by.

Opinion and Drawbacks

After looking at the features offered by the first timepiece on our Omega Seamaster 300m ceramic vs Rolex submariner review, you might want to go for this model. For one, it combines durability, elegance, accuracy, and value in a simple package. However, it has some issues that might make you want to go for the other option.

First, when compared to the Omega Seamaster, the watch has fewer style options, thereby making you stick to a particular look. Apart from its limited fashion, its hefty price tag can scare you from investing in this timepiece. However, if it meets your budget, it is an ideal device for diving and everyday use.

Final Recommendation on Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner review

After a close look at the Omega vs Rolex quality, it is obvious that both timepieces are worthy investments. After all, both watches are stylish, rugged, and accurate for as long as you wish.

Since you would like to know the winner in the Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner contest, choose the latter. I’d recommend the Rolex because it has a design that is simple but classic.

Unlike the Seamaster that has a flashy look, this watch shows elegance with fewer design elements. Moreover, it has a beautiful appearance that can complement your outfit.

As mentioned earlier, both luxury dive watches are ideal timepieces. Thus, your choice depends on either the occasion or the function. If you wish to mark an important event like a career move, stick with the Rolex while the Seamaster comes as the ultimate choice for divers because of its valve and movement features.

Finally, keep in mind that the Submariner comes with a hefty price tag. Hence, if it exceeds your budget, the Seamaster 300 comes as the best affordable option.

Best Automatic Dive Watch Under 1000

Review of the best automatic dive watch under 1000

From our extensive research on the best automatic dive watch under 1000, Seiko Prospex SBDC029 is our favorite. It’s accurate, attractively designed and endures extreme conditions underwater such as pressure or leaks.

To most people, the thrilling excitements of exploring the depths on a dive is one of the best experiences in life. Now having a gadget you can rely on to tell time while taking the plunge is where the automatic dive watch comes in. As a virtual necessity for great water sports, the importance of the automatic dive watch cannot stay ignored.

Although the automatic dive watches can cost quite a bit, but considering that there are other occasions with bills asides from diving, we will prefer to spend our money wisely. Thankfully, the market has segments to match the consumer’s budget and preference.

Seiko Prospex SBDC029 (Best Automatic Dive watch Under 1000)

 

As the best automatic dive watch under 1000; Seiko Prospex SBDC029 is probably the most popular across all price categories. Also known as “Seiko Shogun,” it’s as an introduction to a new dimension in the dive watch world. The Prospex serves as a solid piece for dive neophytes. Initially debuted in 1965 as 6217 – it’s a reissue of Seiko’s first dive watch. This iteration measures 44mm in diameter, which is certainly bigger than the 38mm of the original.

The Seiko Prospex packs an R615 automatic movement for power with manual winding capacity. In addition, it has 41 power reserve with water-resistant of up to 200 meters. The watch makes up the entire needs of sea enthusiasts.

Benefits / Drawbacks – Seiko Men’s SBDC029

Tough build-up

Made of pure titanium, which is one of the lightest and toughest materials on earth, the Prospex SBDC029 is suitable to confront both water and pressure. The case, the crown, and the interior parts are well protected. It includes 23 jewels and automatic movement oscillating at six beats per second.

Although the accuracy falls within 15 seconds per day, the value at the price point isn’t bad at all. You may only need to adjust the time after three weeks. Don’t worry; it takes only a few seconds to complete.

Luminous hands and markers

Besides the stylish design, Prospex also emphasizes on reliability. In cases of underwater and less light conditions, the black matte dial gives the best readability and functionality. The oversized hands and index also add to the efficiency of the Seiko Prospex underwater. With the Lumbrite feature of both the hands and makers, it’s a complete dive piece.

Extra Features

The substantial buildup and water-resistant level of the Seiko Prospex SBDC029 already qualify it to be the best automatic dive watch under 1000. Besides the titanium case and band, it also comes with a three-fold clasp, push release button, and an extender to securely lock the watch on the wrist. You never have to bother about it falling off from a dive. The addition features can’t remain overlooked. It’s got stop-seconds hand, date display and unidirectional rotating bezel for diving.

Seiko Men’s SKX007K Automatic

 

Another Seiko again? Of course, the Seiko Men’s SKYX007K has earned it. This timepiece is the best choice and first watch that should be on your mind when you consider a house-made automatic dive watch. If you want a superb dive watch model that combines, the classic Japanese standards of quality with Western passion; then this SKX007K suits great.

It costs only a couple hundred dollars, making the watch one of the perfect automatic dive watch with better value for the money. In our opinion, despite being rather affordable, the watch looks incredible with impeccable quality.

Benefits / Drawbacks – Seiko Men’s SKX007

Sleek design

Concerning the appearance, SKX007 stands trustworthy. As expected from a Seiko watch, the SKX007K is well-made, sturdy, and robust. Starting from the black dial, the stainless steel case to the tough rubber straps, it would make you feel as if you have won the lottery.

Reliable movement

To match the incredible diver design, it’s got excellent utility. Powered by an automatic mechanical movement, there’s no need for batteries to keep it operating. The watch recharges with the sway of the arm, which may be more precise and reliable than the ones powered by batteries.

As an automatic dive watch, its accuracy and lack of hacking leave the timepiece trailing a bit behind other more capable movements. But it offers the day/date display in addition to reliably telling time. The SKX007K won’t let you down when it counts.

Standard water resistance

For good reasons, it’s earned a global acceptance as the typically affordable dive watch. Its 42mm case is resistant to 200 meters or 660 ft. in water plus ISO certified to be capable for swimming, snorkeling and lots of water sports. The Hardlex crystal reinforcement of the watch is tough enough to withstand wear and tears. Also, to last long while in water depths. For one of the best value proposition you expect from a dive watch, it’s got almost everything.

Davosa Ternos Professional

 

With 200 years of experience in watchmaking, Davosa has earned its prestige as one of the durable and reliable Swiss watches throughout the world. The Ternos Professional is a reflection of their aim to preserve this reputation.

Just like the names, the Ternos watch serves not only recreational divers, but also the professional ones who enjoy deep diving. It remains fully functional and readable even in deep waters. Although most users tend to compare the Davosa Ternos to the iconic Rolex Submariner, it’s a successful brand on its own and a trusted companion for any diver.

Benefits / Drawbacks – Davosa Ternos Professional

Elegant, Smart-looking timepiece

The luxury and flawless design of the watch naturally draws attention to its details. The stainless steel strap and two-tone ceramic bezel of the Ternos Professional reflect their utmost attempt for outstanding flexibility. Also for the watch to be suitable for any occasion – formal or casual.

What’s more, this watch has the best features. Depending on individual taste, some prefer larger crowns for ease of use. Ternos Professional has got it!

Best Underwater Companion

Underwater, most high-end watches lose their validity. But for automatic diver like this one, you’re sure to have an excellent and reliable experience with each diving session.

With ISO 6425 certification, the Ternos Professional offers an exceptional level of water resistance. It tells time even at 1650 ft. depth underwater. Both the case back, crown and internal mechanisms are secured and protected from water and pressure.

Unmatched quality

The entire watch is Swiss-made, and if you know about watches, you know that it’s a byword for quality. The scratchproof sapphire crystal, the stainless case, luminous hands and markers with super luminova pigment shows enough evidence. It’s both practical and fashionable.

At 42mm, the whole Davosa watch is of great value. You may think of as quite large, but it’s also not so massive to fit anyone with smaller wrists. Asides from the price, there are no real downsides to this Davosa. It all comes down to your preference.

Marathon WW194026

 

Marathon is another legendary watch-making brand with over 100 years’ experience. Through a reputation of paying utmost attention to quality control and customer service, they have lived up to the expectations of their loyal customers. Making the Marathon WW194026 – one of the best automatic dive watch under 1000 is proof.

The build includes a balance wheel to regulate the time and a mainstream serving as an energy source. Such that it wounds as the wearer moves. It’s a heavy watch and undoubtedly a good one for you.

Benefits / Drawbacks – Marathon WW194026

Classic style design

This time tracker has a sense of vintage for watch enthusiasts and old-style lume watch lovers. While other watches prime on looking flashy, this model seems better for those who don’t target showy accessories.

Marathon offers different colors of rubber wristbands for you to make your preferred choice. If you prefer to modify your piece, the bands are replaceable. You can use leather or fabric to give it a different look.

High level of water resistance

Up to a depth of 1000 feet, it’s able to withstand water pressure. It adopts the International Standard for divers’ watches – the ISO 6425. Meaning the model WW194026 can compete anywhere for the highest reliability underwater.

As expected from the making of a typical dive timepiece, it has a thick and impenetrable glass, ideal to withstand scratches and pressure. Plus, rubber bands and a well-matched stainless steel casing material, typical for underwater expenditures.

Well-built for all purposes

The Marathon WW194026 uses a Swiss Sellita SW200 Automatic movement with 26 Jewels to offer accuracy with less frequent adjustment. Included in the process of making the dial is the Tritium gas so that the diver can tell time even when it’s dark.

The entire features of the Marathon WW194026 in so many ways makes it compatible with diving equipment. But it’s not limited to that alone, Marathon WW194026 suits various occasions.

Wrap-Up

Not only for activities where you find yourself getting wet, dive watches also make fantastic daily wears. If they can handle lots of atmospheric pressure, of course your day-to-day life wouldn’t be that challenging.

Getting the best automatic dive watch under 1000 from the unending models of timepieces on the market requires careful considerations. Starting from the affordability, quality, and level of water resistance. From our research, Seiko Prospex SBDC029 tops our preferences. We hope this review helps you make the right decision. Based on your budget, you can also check out the best automatic watch under 300.

Stuhrling Watch Review: An In-Depth Look at the Stuhrling Regatta Champion

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Stuhrling is a brand that I have always been interested in. The brand offers a wide range of timepieces and many of them are unique or interesting to look at, to say the least. However, I tend to gravitate towards traditional-looking timepieces which is why for this Stuhrling watch review, I’ve decided to take an in-depth look at the Regatta Champion.

The Stuhrling Original Regatta Champion is a marine-themed dive watch which is something that I tend to like. Many dive watches just try too hard so they end up having too many elements with their designs.

The Stuhrling Original Regatta Champion begs to differ which is a breath of fresh air. Is this dive watch worth adding to your collection?

Let’s find out!

Stuhrling Watch Review: The Regatta Champion at a Glance

Model:

Regatta Champion 395 Quartz 42mm Diver

Reference #:

395.33U16

Collection:

Aquadiver

Case material:

316L Surgical Grade Steel Case

Case diameter:

42 mm

Case height:

11.47 mm

Crystal:

Krysterna Crystal

Crown:

Screw Down Fluted Crown

Water resistance:

20 ATM Water Resistant (200 meters/660 feet)

Dial:

Deep-Sea Royal Blue Dial

Movement:

Swiss Quartz Movement, Ronda 515

Bracelet:

Stainless Steel Link Bracelet

Bracelet width:

22 mm

Features:

Skeletonized Luminous Sword Hands

Individually Applied Luminous Arabic Numerals – 3,6,9, and 12; and Stick

Indices at All Other Points

Stainless Steel Unidirectional Ratcheting Bezel

Screw Down Case Back with Stührling Wings Logo

Push Button Deployant with Safety Clasp

First Impressions

The Stuhrling Original Regatta Champion came in a glossy white box with a printed Stuhrling logo in gold. This is not exactly a luxury watch, so I was expecting the packaging to be in the so-so category but its surprisingly well-done.

Inside the packaging box is the actual watch box in orange. The orange box contains the watch, manual, certificate card, and an orange micro-fiber cloth. The micro-fiber cloth is a nice touch for cleaning the watch. As for the watch, it was covered with a shrink-wrapped clear plastic.

As for the look of the actual watch, the Regatta Champion certainly looks better than the pictures. The blue dial looks great with a couple of noteworthy high-quality design elements. One of the first things I’ve noticed about the dial is that the Arabic numerals are a bit too large.

The polished steel case looks fairly standard but the reflective polish does throw me off. The shape of the case is simple but with a highly angular shape. Despite the good-looking design, it’s fairly obvious that the manufacturers had to cut some corners with materials and construction.

Overall, my first impressions of the Regatta Champion lean on the positive side.

The Case

As mentioned, the case of the Regatta Champion looks decent enough. However, the almost mirror-like polish is something that I don’t enjoy. But it’s worth noting that other parts of the case such as the top of the lugs are less reflective.

On the right side of the case, you’ll see two short crown guard. The guards slope slightly downwards and the ends are smoothly rounded. The lugs from the top and bottom of the case also slope downwards, with some sharp corners. This enables the Stuhrling Original Regatta Champion to provide a comfortable fit even on smaller wrists.

The bracelet bars that hold the bracelet feels a bit flimsy and frankly, low-quality. I was worried that they might break while trying to change the bracelet. I thought about changing the bars but there’s not enough clearance between the case and the bar which makes it difficult to install thick bars.

The case back is also disappointing. The case back design looks to be printed instead of being engraved. It feels like the design will come off with continued use. So far, the case back design holds up but my confidence for it to last is low.

The actual design is also uninspired and needlessly busy.

The Crown

As far as watch operation goes, you only have the stainless steel screw-down crown.

The crown is just the right size and it’s easy to grip. The crown guards are positioned just right and it makes it easier to grasp and operate the crown. The engraved coin edge also provides good friction for the fingers. The end of the crown has a small “S” engraving which adds a much-needed detail to the watch.

The crown has two positions of operation. The first pull is used to set the date of the watch. The second pull is used for adjusting the hands.

The Dial

The main selling point of the watch for me is the marine dial. With how the dial looks alone, it’s easy to think that the Regatta Champion costs more than it is.

The minimalistic design of the dial certainly does the watch plenty of favors. At the 12 o’clock position is the “STUHRLING ORIGINAL” text while at the center button, you’ll see the ‘PROFESSIONAL DIVER 200 METERS’ text. I have always been a fan of watches with minimal texts, so plus points for the Regatta Champion.

The markers are applied which adds a good deal of texture to the dial. The markers are also outlined with chrome around the edges. The 12, 3, 6, and 9 hour markers are printed in Arabic numbers while the other markers are represented by trapezoids.

The hands are lumed which comes in handy if you’re going to use this watch for diving. But the seconds hand is not lumed which is a weird design flaw for a dive watch. The lumed hands are decent but I just wish the illumination is brighter.

There’s also the date window located between the 4 and 5 markers. However, the date window is very small which makes it hard to read the numbers inside.

Overall, the dial’s design is very impressive (with the exception of the date window) and does a great job of making the watch look high-end.

The Bracelet

The next stop for this Stuhrling watch review is the bracelet.

The bracelet is also polished stainless steel in the center link which I don’t really care for. It looks like your standard three-link bracelet in most watches. Unfortunately, I gave up trying to make the bracelet fit since I was unable to find the right tools to adjust it.

Therefore, I opted to swap the three-link steel bracelet with NATO and leather straps. And oh boy, it made the Regatta Champion experience a lot better for me.

By swapping the bracelet with something else, the Regatta Champion gained a whole lot more personality. The quality of the steel bracelet is really not that great which is acceptable for a budget timepiece. Luckily, I decided to change things up by swapping the bracelet.

On a side note, swapping the bracelet was not easy especially when there’s not much space between the bars and the case. My advice, choose a thinner strap like the AUTULET NATO Watch Band.

The Movement

Stuhrling Watch Review Ronda 515 Movement

The Stuhrling Original Regatta Champion is powered by the Swiss Quartz Movement Ronda 515. Being a cost-effective dive watch, Stuhrling would have just slapped a generic quartz movement here and I would have been fine.

It’s a good thing that Stuhrling opted to include a fairly reliable movement, the Ronda 515. The 515 is truly a workhorse movement and based on past experiences, I have nothing to worry about. In addition, on top of being reliable, the Ronda 515 also boasts decent accuracy for daily timekeeping.

The only downside is that the durability and battery life of the 515 is lesser when compared to a newer movement like the 715.

The Regatta Champion’s timekeeping is solid and reliable, thanks to the Ronda 515 movement.

Pricing

One can argue that the best part about the Stuhrling Regatta Champion is the price. By all accounts, the Regatta Champion is a slightly above average dive watch that excels in design more than anything.

Performance-wise, I haven’t tested the Regatta Champion for diving so I can’t really comment on that. However, it does offer a 20 ATM Water Resistant rating which should be more than enough for most divers. As for the timekeeping aspect, the watch delivers the accuracy and reliability aspect which all I ever need for a budget watch such as this.

For less than $100, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a dive watch this good-looking. On the flip side, if you’re going to use this for diving, even the sub-$100 price might not be worth it.

There are plenty of durability, construction, and quality issues with this watch, making it hard to recommend for heavy-duty activities such as diving. Plus, the lume is lacking in brightness which is a problem when you’re underwater.

For a beater watch, on the other hand, I highly recommend it for the price.

Should You Get the Stuhrling Regatta Champion Dive Watch?

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As per usual, we conclude this Stuhrling watch review with our verdict. Is the Stuhrling Regatta Champion Dive Watch worth buying?

Well, it really depends on you.

If you are planning to dive with this watch, then I struggle to recommend this diving watch. Although it has the waterproof factor, it has some issues that could affect your diving experience. For instance, the quality of the watch is not that great. Second, the lumed hands and markers are not bright enough for underwater excursions.

On the flip side, I highly recommend the Stuhrling Regatta Champion Dive Watch for casual use. The dial is bold, clean, and minimalistic – just the way I like my watches. The blue dial is stunning and is joined with some very exciting design elements.

If you can get past the quality issues, the Stuhrling Regatta Champion is worth looking into.

Best Automatic Watch Under 300: Affordable Watches with Impressive Features

Best Automatic watch under 300

We carried out a lot of research on a large selection of budget-friendly watches and picked the Invicta 89280B as the best automatic watch under 300.

We recommend this unique timepiece because it has a high level of water resistance and elegant dial. The Invicta 89280B also boasts of luminous hands and markers that allow you to read the watch in low-light condition. It also comes with a durable stainless steel bracelet.

 

Best Automatic Watch under 300

Many people find automatic watches attractive as they bring more than basic timekeeping. Yes, it offers accuracy, elegance, water-resistance, and extra features. It also reduces the stress that comes with using battery-powered timepieces.

Unfortunately, most automatic watches might exceed the budget of the average consumer. As a result, you might have to manage with a cheap knockoff that will probably last for a short period.

The good news is that you can grab a high-quality timepiece for a budget as low as $300. Also, these affordable watches offer features that can rival most flagship timepieces on the market. Now, let’s reveal to you the best automatic watch under $300.

Orient Ray II 

 

If you consider durability and elegance in an automatic watch, then the Orient Ray II is just the right option for you. This classic looking watch has been upgraded to rival many durable watches on the market. Also, it stands out as one of the best luminous watches due to its fantastic lume features on its indices.

Benefit

Easy to Read

Many might find it hard to read a watch in low light condition, but that’s quite different for Orient II. It has a classy blue dial which is well-designed for easy read off. The best part is that it offers luminous hands and markers, thus making it easy to read in low-light condition.

Magnified Calendar window

Unlike other watches, this watch does not only display the date, but it also shows the exact day of the week. Having said this, it an ideal watch for casual workers that needs a watch to enable them to plan the week. You can adjust the day and date by moving the crown clockwise and anti-clockwise, respectively.

Highly Waterproofed

Orient II is a decent dive watch with an attractive design that meets the need of pro-divers, casual workers, and other marine activities. From its case, bracelet, and to the watch face, it maintains a highly waterproofed standard that can withstand up to 200m underwater.

Robust Bezel

Unlike other timepieces on our list of the best automatic watch under 300, the orient II feature a more robust 120-click bezel. The bezel blends in a classy manner with the dial, thus adding a more appealing look to the watch.

Opinion and Drawbacks

Admittedly, this watch is no doubt attractive and made of high quality. However, one annoying part is that you have to unscrew the timepiece more often to wind and adjust the time. Another downside is that the rotating bezel and crown is very stiff, thus making it hard to operate.

Seiko SNZG15

 

Are you planning to invest in an automatic watch under $300? If this is the case, you should consider Seiko SNZG15. Even if it stands as simple and affordable timepiece, it sports a cutting edge design that complements your outfit for any big occasion.

Benefits

Classic Design

This men’s watch sports a design that fits most wrist sizes. It also has offered comfort and easy readability for regular use.

It’s boasts of Hardlex crystal that protect its dial from knocks or impact from elements such as stone. The glass is surrounded by a stationary bezel that offers added security.

A 42mm stainless steel case protects its internal parts while a 22mm nylon strap secures the timepiece to your wrist. Overall, the watch promises resistance against wear and tear that comes with repeated use.

Water Resistance

When it comes to the best automatic watch under 300 in 2019, the Seiko SNZG15 can compete against flagship brands because of its water resistance rating. There is no need to take it off when you want to swim or snorkel because it is water-resistant to a depth of 100m. However, do not use this watch for scuba diving.

Simple Dial

Arabic numeral indices surround the black dial while luminous hands sweep on top of this setup. With such features, you can read the watch in either direct sunlight or dark environments. What’s even better is that you can check the current date via its bold date and day windows.

Automatic Movement

Since this is an automatic watch, it depends on your arm movements for power. Having said this, it helps you save money which you would have used to get battery replacements.

Opinion and Drawbacks

This Seiko watch has features that make it a worthy investment on a low budget. However, its Hardlex display window cannot handle scratches and knocks as well as sapphire crystal.

Bulova 96A135 BVA-SERIES 120

 

Another ideal watch that claims the spot of the best automatic watch under 300 is the Bulova 96A135 timepiece. It deserves a place on our list because it combines elegance and precise timekeeping.’

Benefits

 Water Resistance

This item boasts of the 30m water resistance. Such rating allows you to use the timepiece in the rain without damage, but it cannot endure prolonged exposure to water.

Self-Winding Movements

If you have issues with replacing batteries, this timepiece is an ideal option because it offers a 21 jewel automatic movements. This feature enables the watch to run continuously due to your arm movement.

Fashionable Dial

Most dials on this list are simple without extra features. However, the Bulova offers a skeleton dial that allows you to see its movements. It also has luminous hands and markers that point at its markers while sweeping across its black and gray dial. There are also a sub-dials on this part of the watch.

Opinion and Drawbacks

This watch offers features which are found on more expensive models. However, it has some downsides which include its cheap materials and weak display window. Another drawback is that it is more expensive than the others on our list.

Orient Bambino 2nd Gen Ver. 2

 

Unlike its military-inspired sibling on this list, the Orient Bambino Ver 2 was designed as a simple dress watch for special occasions. It also comes as a successor to the first Bambino.

Benefits

Ideal Water Resistance

Compared to the best automatic dive watches under $300, this timepiece has a low capacity for handling exposure to water. However, it can withstand raindrops or splashes from a tap but not bathing and swimming.

Slim and Lightweight Profile

If you need a watch that will fit perfectly with your cuffs, you should try the Orient Bambino Ver 2 because it has portable and slim built. This watch features a 40.5mm stainless steel case with polished lugs that hold a leather strap.

Unique Crystal Design with Vintage Dial

One of the striking features of this product is its domed crystal design that covers its equally domed dial. It is made from mineral crystal which can hold its own against scratches and knock linked with everyday use.

The glass covers a dial that boasts of a polished hour and second hands that do not contain luminous paint. A date window lies at the 3 o’clock position while the Orient logo remains at the 12 o’ clock marker.

Japanese Automatic Movement

The watch delivers a Japanese Automatic movement which allows it to run without bothering about manual winding. It even offers a high degree of accuracy that is not common with timepieces that fall within this price range.

Opinion and Drawbacks

There are many reasons to love this watch. For instance, it has an elegant vintage look that combines precise movement and an acceptable degree of water resistance. But if you are fond of using watches in poorly lit areas, especially at night, it’s best to consider other options.

Invicta Men’s 8928OB Pro Diver Automatic Watch

 

Since the release of Invicta Men 89280B, it has continued to rank as one of the best affordable automatic watches. This is because of its impressive features, high-quality, and low price.

The Invicta 89280B combines classic styling, high performance, and durability all in one timepiece. It is a reliable option for casual workers and pro-divers looking for a budget-friendly automatic dive watch under $300.

Benefits

Elegant Case

The Invicta 89280B has a well-designed built with a beautiful case that can complement your casual outfit. It features a 40mm gold plated stainless steel case that looks great, and comfortable enough on the wrist. The case houses a beautiful mineral dial window that catches the eye from afar glance.

Attractive Dial and Bezel

One thing you will love about this watch is its dial and bezel. Unlike the other watches on our list with a fixed bezel, the Invicta 89280B features a blue unidirectional rotating steel bezel. This bezel is significant for divers as it helps account for an elapsed time underwater.

As for the dial, this makes the watch look more attractive. This timepiece features a blue dial window which houses a luminous gold-tone hand and markers — the gold-tone Invicta logo at the 12 o’clock position adds more beauty to the dial. There is also a date window at the three o’clock position to keep you informed on the current day of the month.

Water Resistance

When it comes to the best automatic dive watch under 300, the Invicta 8928OB is a perfect choice for professional marine activities. This Invicta Pro-diver automatic watch can go a depth of 200 meters underwater without it getting damaged.

Having said this, you don’t need to take it off when bathing or swimming. But not suitable for scuba diving.

Durable and Comfortable Strap

The Invicta never fails to keep durability in mind as it features a gold stainless steel stone bracelet on this watch. One exciting part is that the bracelet comes with a foldable clasp which allows you to wear or take it off easily. Furthermore, the clasp features a safety closure, which makes the timepiece stay secure and comfortable on the wrist.

Opinion and Drawbacks

Considering its features and benefits, it is certain the Invicta is undoubtedly a top choice for automatic watch lovers. It is also one of the best choices for professionals who engage in marine activities. However, one thing we don’t like is that it needs regular winding to make it stay up and running.

Final Word on The Best Automatic Watch 

In this article, we have listed some of the best automatic watches under $300. So if you don’t want to break the bank to get a top-quality automatic watch, you should consider the models mentioned above.

However, to make your decision a lot easier, we will like to offer you some great tip.

Well, if you feel we missed some superior quality models from other brands, kindly leave a comment below.

Best Waterproof Android Smartwatch: Top Models in 2019

Best Android waterproof Smartwatch

After spending hours checking the quality and features on various smartwatches, we recommend the Garmin Fenix 5 as the best android waterproof smartwatch.

We selected this timepiece because it has a sturdy build and water resistance to great depth. It is also GPS enabled and has impressive battery life. Overall, the watch can withstand damage from moisture while offering features that meet our daily needs.

 

Best Android Waterproof Smartwatch

Are you’re looking for the best Android waterproof smartwatch that can track your health rate, navigate any terrain, and carryout other exciting things? Here in this article, we’ve great models for you.

Every year, Android smartwatches marker keeps flooding the market with advance waterproof models. Some of these smartwatches have an IP68 protection rating, which means they can withstand splashes and brief immersion in water up to 1.5 meters. But watches with this waterproof rating are not suitable underwater or water-based activities.

Furthermore, there are also more advanced models with water-resistant to 50 meters and beyond. With this smartwatch on your wrist, you do not need to take it off when showering or having a short swim. However, you should avoid using them for snorkeling or scuba diving.

One exciting part about this android smartwatches is that they come with impressive features for daily use. These features include heart rate monitor, barometer, WIFI, sleep tracker, GPS function and more.

With all these mentioned above, you certainly want the best android waterproof smartwatch that can withstand moisture, and serve your specific need, right? Hence, before you buy a waterproof smartwatch with untrue claims and regret your money spent, we’ve compiled some of the best models on the market. This smartwatches on our list are durable, packed with great features, and doesn’t get damaged easily when submerged in water.

So, what are you waiting for? Read on as we reveal to you the best waterproof smartwatches that standout on the market?

Garmin Vívoactive 3

 

Are you looking for the best waterproof smartwatch for fitness? Then you should consider purchasing this watch from Garmin Vivoactive 3. Like most watches on our list, this product supports people with active lives and encourages a healthy lifestyle.

Dedicated App Store

Garmin offers a download store that has numerous apps for this smartwatch. From this app store, you can download and install watch faces that suit your taste. Some apps focus on various fitness-based activities such as running, hiking, stretching, and cycling.

 Durable Build for Regular Use

Its screen has a diameter of 1.2 inches while boasting of 240 × 240 pixels which are ideal for both large and small wrist sizes. It also allows you to read any information without effort under any conditions. The watch face of the smartwatch is protected by sturdy Gorilla glass that is topped by a stainless steel bezel.

The internal parts of the Vivoactive 3 are housed in a fiber-reinforced polymer case which has a stainless steel cover. Also, it has a silicone strap that can withstand sweat and other forms of moisture.

Water Resistance

You can shower or swim without taking this smartwatch off because it is water-resistant to 50m. However, we do not recommend you swim for long periods or dive with the timepiece on your wrist.

Ideal Battery Life

In smartwatch mode, its battery can run for seven days while it lasts for 13 hours in GPS mode. You can recharge the battery with the assigned charger that comes with the smart timepiece.

Opinion and Drawbacks

This smartwatch is a worthy investment as it encourages fitness and healthy living. Unfortunately, it does not have onboard storage for music files. Hence, you will have to take your smartphone along during workouts.

Samsung Gear S3

 

The Samsung Gear S3 is one of the popular rivals of Apple smartwatch. It comes with impressive features that make it stand out in the best android waterproof smartwatch list. Gear S3 has specs for daily activities like running, messaging, and calls. As expected from a possible best waterproof watch for Andriod devices, it can withstand damage from moisture and splashes.

Durable Design

This product is a round face device with a bulky look that will fit people with bigger wrists. But the Gear S3 also has a design that offers comfort and allows ease of use in all conditions.

A Gorilla glass that can resist cracks due to falls from distances as much as 5 feet covers its display face. Furthermore, a movable steel bezel tops the crystal and allows you to access notifications and apps quickly.

Its internal parts are housed in a durable case while a replaceable 22m silicone strap holds the watch to your wrist.

Extended Battery Life

When it comes to the best smartwatch under 300, the Gear S3 rival many brands on the market due to its long battery life. On a single charge, the product can run for more than 3 days. However, it lasts for lesser time on GPS mode. You can recharge the battery wirelessly with a charging dock that comes with the smartwatch.

 Crisp Display

A 1.3 inch AMOLED screen graces the front panel of this smartwatch. With its resolution of 360 × 360 pixels, you will find it easy to use and read under direct sunlight or at poorly lit rooms.

Easy to Use Interface

The interface on this smartwatch allows you to access your notifications and apps quickly. You can also reply to messages and trace out letters with this UI.

Opinions and Drawbacks

From the features mentioned above, this smartwatch can certainly withstand splashes, raindrops and light swimming. However, the product supports limited apps and might be bulky for users with smaller wrists.

Garmin Fenix 5

 

The Garmin Fenix 5 multisport timepiece stands as the best smartwatch under $500 on our list because it has features that can rival most expensive models. It also withstands harsh conditions and moisture than other smartwatches with the same price.

Accurate Sensors

The watch has a massive selection of sensors that provide vital information. These sensors include a barometer that detects weather changes while a 3D compass coupled with GPS helps with navigation. You can also view your heart rate data when using this watch.

Durable and Rugged Design

The watch weighs 85g and has a width that looks bulky on the wrist than other watches. It also has a case made from fiber-reinforced polymer with a stainless steel cover. A sapphire glass protects the display from scratches and knocks that occur during outdoor activities. Likewise, it has a replaceable elastomer band that feels comfortable on the skin.

Ideal Water Resistance

The Garmin Fenix 5 has a water resistance of 100m, thus making it a rival to the best android waterproof smartwatch. You can use the watch for swimming, bathing, and showering. However, it is not suitable for diving or snorkeling.

Reliable Power Source

The watch runs on a rechargeable battery that offers power for extended periods. For instance, the timepiece can run for two weeks in basic mode. However, if you activate its GPS option, the battery lasts for 24 hours while the UltraTrac mode offers 60 hours of battery life.

Opinion and Drawbacks

Adding this product to your watch collection is an excellent idea as it comes with features that can withstand moisture and offer accurate readings. But its poor Bluetooth connectivity might make you consider other options.

Casio Men’s “Pro Trek”  Sports Watch WSD-F20A

 

The Casio Men’s Pro Trek is a smartwatch that focuses on outdoor activities at any location. It’s rugged and waterproof exterior enable the Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 to withstand wet and rough conditions. In summary, this timepiece has specs that can be found on the best Andriod waterproof smartwatch in the market.

Dependable GPS tracking

The smartwatch supports GPS and GLONASS features for easy navigation in any environment. With these features, you can also view your previous and current locations. What’s even better is that if the GPS option is disabled, you can still navigate any terrain with the aid of offline color maps on the smartwatches display.

Activities such as trekking, swimming, canoeing, and fishing can be tracked with the smartwatch. The timepiece also allows you to tweak the GPS settings, especially if you want to extend the battery life.

Tough Build for Rugged Conditions

Like most outdoor watches, this watch has a bulky build with components that can handle knocks and moisture. For instance, it features a steel case and a sapphire crystal that can withstand knocks and scratches from numerous uses. It also has a resin bracelet that works against all forms of moisture, including sweat.

Water Resistance

Its ability to handle moisture comes as one of the selling points of this smartwatch. With this in mind, the Pro-Trek WSD-F20A offers water resistance at a maximum depth of 165ft. For this reason, there is no need to take the watch off before a short swim or bath, but not for diving.

Ideal Battery Life

This Casio watch runs on a lithium battery that offers more than three days of use on a single charge. However, on GPS mode, it runs for less than a day, which is reasonable for a watch of this nature. When the battery is low, a plug-in charger can restore it to full capacity within two hours.

Opinion and Drawbacks

The Casio men’s watch stands out as of the best waterproof smartwatch with GPS due to its navigation accuracy. However, the watch looks bulky on smaller wrists while its operating system lags and doesn’t respond to commands quickly.

Suunto Traverse Alpha

 

The Sunnto Traverse Alpha is an outdoor watch that works great for hunting and fishing. It also has features that can withstand moisture and wet conditions, thereby making it a durable waterproof smartwatch for android. It even comes with specs for everyday use.

Sturdy Design for Everyday Use

The Traverse Alpha is a round-faced watch with a robust look. Fortunately, it is lightweight and does not add pressure to the wrist.

The smartwatch face has a sapphire crystal that can resist scratches while its stainless steel bezel offers added security. Next, it comes with a comfortable nylon strap that secures the watch firmly to the wrist. Overall, the timepiece promises water-resistant up to a maximum depth of 100m.

Powerful Battery

The battery life on this watch depends on the features activated. For instance, the battery can run for 14 days, but if you enable the GPS mode, the watch can last for 100 hours.

Immediately the battery is low, a battery icon on display blinks. Hence, you can quickly recharge the cell with a compatible USB compatible charger.

Dependable GPS

One of the exciting features of the Suunto Traverse Alpha is its GPS /GLONASS functions. You can use these options to navigate any terrain without getting lost. It also allows you to save points of interest along the way.

Dedicated Activity Tracker

For those loves to keep fit, this watch comes with impressive tracking features. With this said, you can use it to measure your daily steps and calories throughout the day.

Opinion and Drawbacks

This model stands one of the best android waterproof smartwatches because it has a durable body and battery. But you might want to consider other options because it does not have a color touch screen display. This makes the watch a bit difficult to read in low light condition.

Fitbit Versa Smart Watch

 

If you want the best affordable waterproof smartwatch, then you should consider adding the Fitbit Versa smartwatch to your shopping list. This slim and attractive timepiece offers an impressive selection of features like built-in storage and extended battery life.

Portable and Simple Design

Unlike most smartwatches on our list, the Fitbit Versa is ultra-slim and lightweight. It also perfectly fits both large and small wrist sizes.

It has a round face with square edges that give it a unique look while its replaceable bracelet promises comfort and durability. All internal parts are housed in an anodized aluminum case which also holds a GPS antenna.

Massive Space for Music Files

The Fitbit Versa comes with storage that can hold up to 300+ songs which you can play during workouts or everyday use. If you want more music, you can use the Deezer app to stream any track of your choice. However, it requires a monthly fee to access this service. The watch also pairs easily with Airpods.

 Fitness Tracker and Water Resistance

The watch is water-resistant to a depth of 50m. This feature makes the timepiece ideal for a short swim or bathing.  However, it not advisable to take this item on a diving or snorkeling trip.

Fit Versa also comes with many essentials feature, which includes heart rate monitor, step counting, sleep tracker and other sports function. Hence, for those looking for the best waterproof smartwatch fitness tracker, this is the best bet for you.

Impressive Battery Life

On a single charge, the Fitbit Versa can run for up to 3-4 days. However, depending on the number of workouts or sleep tracked, the battery life might be lesser than that.

The watch does not use a regular micro USB charger. Instead, it works with a model that has a clip-in dock for quick power-up.

Opinion and Drawbacks

Compared to most watches on this list, the Fitbit Versa has features that make it a worthy investment. For instance, it weighs less and fits most wrist sizes. However, it does not support GPS functions and some music streaming services such as Spotify.

Wrap Up on the Best Android Waterproof Smartwatch

The six models on our list are the perfect choices for those looking for durable smartwatches that can withstand splashes, raindrops, and short swimming. They also come with high functionality, health monitor and fitness tracker, GPS and other essential features.

However, when it comes to the preferred choice, this depends on your specific needs and budget. If we are to select our top pick, then the Garmin Fenix 5 stands as the best option. But if you’re looking for a budget-friendly waterproof smartwatch, then the Garmin Vivoactive 3 is the best.

For those that engage in fitness and other basic training, the best value for your money will be the Fitbit versa smartwatch. As for outdoor enthusiast looking for a durable smartwatch with excellent features that will suit their specific needs, we recommend the Suunto Traverse Alpha.

Best Women’s Watches Under 500: Luxury and Durable Affordable Watches

Best Women's Watches Under 500

Are you looking for one of the best women’s watches under 500 to gift to your mother, fiancée, friend or to own for yourself? Then you should consider the Michael Kors Darci Women’s Watch. This timepiece has a luxurious look with an elegant crystal set bezel. Furthermore, the watch offers water resistant to an acceptable depth.

 

Everyone loves a good women’s watch because it brings more than regular timekeeping. Yes, it offers elegance, sophistication, and water resistance wrapped in a durable package.

However, an impressive women’s timepiece might exceed the budget of the average consumer. As a result, the market is flooded with cheap knockoffs by watchmakers trying to profit from the lesser availability of affordable women’s watches. Having said this, it has become difficult to find a low priced watch with great features and durability.

Fortunately, we have done all the hard work for you and provided a sincere list of the best women’s watches under 500. Read on to get more details about these fantastic timepieces.

Best Affordable Women’s Watches Under $500

Michael Kors Darci Women’s Three Hand Wrist Watch

 

The popular luxury brand, Micheal Kors, makes an appearance on our list with its Darci Women’s Three Hand wristwatch. Combining elegance and durability all in one piece, this makes the watch an excellent investment for women. It also offers a price that can meet a $200 budget.

Affordable Elegant Timepiece

Like most amazing watches, the MK3298 has a slim profile while sporting lightweight features. With this in mind, you can wear the timepiece to work or at night without worrying about undue pressure on your wrist.

The MK3298 displays minimalism as it has a simple silver dial with raised gold-tone stick markers. A crystal set bezel surrounds the round watch face, thereby giving it a classic elegant look.

Sporting a 26mm gold-tone stainless steel case with mineral crystal, it can withstand the stress of regular use. Also, the watch has a gold-tone stainless steel bracelet that ends in a robust gold fold over clasp.

You can use the Darci Women’s watch in the shower or at the pool as it is water resistant up to 165ft. But it cannot be used for diving or snorkeling trips.

Opinions and Drawbacks

If you are looking for one of the best women’s watches under 500, the MK3298 should be on your shopping list. This timepiece will make a great accessory with any formal or casual outfit.

However, it has a battery that runs out within a short period. Also, the crystals on the bezel fall off in the long run, leaving behind a copper toned hole that makes the watch less attractive.

Citizen Women’s Eco-Drive Watch with Date, EW1544-53A

 

The Citizen Women’s two-tone Eco-Drive watch looks simple at first glance. This watch is durable and highly suitable for women in need of a timepiece that can handle tough conditions. It also has an impressive feature that keeps it running without a battery. What‘s even better is that it is one of the best women’s watches for aquatic activities like short dive and snorkeling.

Simple Durable Timepiece

Most Citizen Watches with great features comes at a high price above $500, but in this case, it is a lot different. No need to break the bank because, with a budget below $300, you can get this sturdy women’s watch. It has a stainless steel case of 26mm diameter that can fit any wrist size.

This simple design watch features a white dial with easy to read black hour markers. Its dial lies under a scratch resistant mineral crystals that protect it from dust. The calendar window at the 3.0 clock hand keeps you informed on the current date.

Its gold-tone bezel gives the watch an added beauty to complement your wears. It has a two-tone stainless steel bracelet that makes the watch looks beautiful on the wrist. Also, with its fold-over clasp, the Citizen Eco-drive is comfortable enough for women with a small or large wrist.

Like other Eco-drive watches, the Japanese quartz movement is fueled by any light to keep it running every day. This means there is no battery replacement required, thereby saving you more money in the long run.

 

Opinion & Drawbacks

This is a durable timepiece for women in need watches under $500.  The design is not too complex like most ladies watch, which makes it very easy to read and use. You can take your bath or a swim with this watch on your wrist without worries.

However, if you’re concern about dates, then this watch is not for you. The calendar window is too small to read, and you have to adjust the date settings more often for it to work correctly. Overall, it offers a simple style and high functionality for everyday use.

Seiko Women’s SUT068 Watch

 

Traditionally, Seiko has launched timepieces that impress consumers worldwide. One of such products is the Seiko Women’s SUTO68 watch that looks good on the feminine wrist.

Solar Powered Watch with Impressive Features

Like most watches on our list, the SUTO68 has a petite look which promises less weight than other models. Because of these features, this timepiece is comfortable to wear.

Although SEIKO offers a three-year warranty on the watch, the SUTO68 has a build that can outlive years of wear and tear. For instance, its Hardlex dial window is exceptionally resistant to knocks and scratches while its two-tone steel case back can withstand rust.

Seiko displays elegance on this watch by giving it a mother of Pearl dial surrounded with a diamond accented bezel. Also, the watch has gold-toned hands and hour markers.

If you purchase this dress watch, there is no need to get extra batteries. This is because the watch has a rechargeable battery that runs on solar power. You can top up the cell with either natural or artificial light.

Opinion and Drawbacks

It’s no surprise that the SUTO68 poses as one of the best women’s watches under 500. After all, its elegant dial looks dazzling while the solar powered battery prevents you from spending extra cash on extra batteries.

But the SUTO68 has some minor downsides. For instance, its diamonds are hardly noticeable while the bracelet is weaker than most Seiko models on the market.

Ladies’ Swarovski Crystal Crystalline Oval Rose Watch

 

For women that love everything fashion and beauty, the Ladies’ Swarovski Oval Rose watch is the perfect choice for you. On your wrist, this will make you look like a million bucks. Luxury at its peak as it looks beautiful and eye-catching even from a far distance. You won’t regret buying and wearing this timepiece to any big occasion such as weddings, cocktail and dinner parties.

Luxury and Beautiful Timepiece

The unique oval shape design makes it look stunning. Also, combined with its inner ring filled with over 1000 crystals, this watch is the ideal piece to add a touch of sparkle to your wrist. For added beauty, it has a rose gold plated stainless steel bracelet that secures the watch on your wrist comfortably.

The Ladies Oval Rose is built with rose gold stainless steel case, and it features a Swiss quartz movement.  Your eye will be drawn more often to the inner ring silver-tone dial with gold hands, and the swan logo at the 12-o’clock marker. Also, it boasts of applied index markers and rose gold accents on the 3, 9, and 6-hour marker.

Opinion and Drawbacks

This is a perfect fashion accessory for women who appreciate subtle elegance. With a sturdy build and water-resistant to a depth of 100-feet, you will certainly enjoy this watch for a more extended period.

The biggest drawback is that it is pricier than others on our list. It does not also feature a calendar window. And most importantly, you need to handle the watch with care because it is a bit dainty and delicate.

Overall, It is one of the best women’s watches under 500 with an incredibly beautiful design on our list.

Bulova Women’s 98P121 Highbridge Watch

 

Do you still feel that you can’t find the best women’s watch under 500? Then you should check out this exceptional item from Bulova which offers excellent features at a budget-friendly price.

Mother of Pearl Watch

Looking at this item, it’s certain that the fixed stainless steel bezel with a ceramic top will draw many compliments. A piece of mineral crystal protects its mother of pearl dial from damage and moisture while its hardened stainless steel and ceramic bracelet ensure secure placement. Overall, the Bulova Highbridge promises durability over an extended period.

One of the most beautiful parts of this timepiece is its mother of pearl dial. This feature houses silver toned luminous hands that sweep across eight diamond hour markers. At the three o-clock position lies a date display window.

Like most luxury women’s watches, this timepiece has a slim profile with lightweight features. With this being said, this timepiece is comfortable to wear on any occasion.

It offers water resistant up to a depth of 90-feet, meaning you can use it during light swimming. But we suggest that you leave the watch behind before you go for a dive in the ocean.

Opinion and Drawbacks

Bulova has always offered great watches and one example of such impressive products is the Bulova’s Women’s Highbridge Watch.

However, the ceramic plates on this watch usually chip easily, meaning the material cannot handle knocks. Furthermore, you might encounter some difficulty while setting the date because the knob is hard to pull out.

Victorinox Swiss Army Women’s Alliance Sport Watch

 

Although it’s a sport watch, this item from the Swiss brand has the look and specs that will rival most luxury timepieces. Luckily, it comes at an affordable price that makes it one of the best women’s watches under 500.

Sleek Sports Watch

Unlike most watches on our list, the Women’s Alliance Sport watch looks slightly bulky. However, it feels light and comfortable on the wrist.

The attractive black dial boasts of luminous silver-toned hands which allow you to read the watch in low lighting. Also, scratch resistant sapphire glass covers the dial while a black plated stainless steel bezel surrounds the crystal.

Its sturdy case back promises water resistant up to 330-feet while a polished steel bracelet offers added security. Overall, the watch can withstand swimming strokes without falling from your wrist or exhibiting rust.

Opinion and Drawbacks

The bracelet darkens the skin on the wrist, thereby making it a less than perfect timepiece for women. Also, you cannot see the hour markers in the dark because they do not contain luminous paint.

Nixon Kensington’ Women’s Watch

 

With its Japanese quartz movement coupled with an analog display, this timepiece will offer accurate timekeeping and luxury with ease. It even provides better features than most female watches within the same price range.

Bold Watch with Sturdy Build

Also known as the Kensingston A099, this item is not a regular sized women’s watch. It has a case back that measures at 37mm and a bright white dial which gives it a minimalistic look. Its engraved and printed markers bring additional charm.

A mineral crystal covers the impressive dial and protects it from damage. The glass is also scratch resistant. Under the rain, the A099 works perfectly. This comes as no surprise as it boasts of water resistant up to 165-feet.

Opinion and Drawbacks

The Nixon Kensington has some issues which might make you consider other options. First, the material is too light, raising questions of the durability of the metal. Next, the gold plating on the watch fades after prolonged use.

Final Thought on the Best Women’s Watches Under 500

A woman’s watch can be an additional accessory to complement every day’s wears, but we shouldn’t break the bank to get it. Hence, we believe our selected best women’s watches under 500 will serve your specific needs and meet your budget. Whether you need a fashion, luxury, or a short dive watch, we’ve got you covered.

Most Career women will surely love the Citizen Women’s two-tone Eco-Drive watch watch due to its classic and simple design. But if you want a luxury watch with extreme beauty, we suggest you opt for the Ladies’ Swarovski Oval Rose watch. Again, if both timepieces don’t match your style, you can check out other watches on the list that does.