Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner [Comparison Review]

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner

When it comes to luxury dive watches, Rolex has been at the top of the game due to the legendary Submariner watch. The Rolex Submariner is a watch that needs no introduction. For instance, it’s a top-rated dive watch both in mechanical and aesthetic aspects. Personally, the Submariner is a top 5 watch. However, in today’s Tudor Black Bay Vs Rolex Submariner comparison, a challenger is poised to give the Submariner a run for its money.

Although Tudor is Rolex’s subsidiary brand, it’s not widely considered to be an alternative to Rolex – at least in the past. Times have changed and tables have been turned. With Tudor’s return to the U.S. market, it has made some of the most impressive timepieces that nicely complements its parent company, Rolex. Certainly, one of the best Tudor watches has got to be the Tudor Heritage Black Bay.

For this Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner head-to-head, we take a look at these two amazing timepieces and hopefully help you answer the question, “should I get a Rolex or Tudor?”

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner: At a Glance

For this timepiece comparison, we’ll pit the Rolex Submariner ref. 114060 with the Tudor Heritage Black Bay ref. 79230. Let’s first take a quick look at the specs of both watches:

Model:

Tudor Heritage Black Bay

Rolex Submariner

Reference #:

m79230n-0009

114060

Model case:

41 mm steel case with polished and satin finish

Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel

Dial:

Black with pink index, domed

Black

Material:

Steel

Oystersteel

Bezel:

Steel unidirectional rotatable bezel with disc in matt black anodised aluminium

Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, scratch-resistant Cerachrom insert in ceramic, numerals and graduations coated in platinum

Winding crown:

Screw-down steel winding crown, with the TUDOR rose engraved and black-lacquered, with black anodised aluminium winding crown tube

Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system

Crystal:

Domed sapphire crystal

Scratch-resistant sapphire

Water Resistance:

200 m (660 ft)

300 meters / 1,000 feet

Movement:

Self-winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding

Caliber:

Manufacture Calibre MT5602 (COSC)

3130, Manufacture Rolex

Functions:

Hours, minutes, seconds; 4Hz frequency, Unidirectional rotating bezel, COSC-certified automatic movement

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

Oscillator:

Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring

Power reserve:

70 hours

48 hours

Bracelet:

Steel riveted bracelet / Aged leather / Fabric strap

Oystersteel

Clasp:

Folding buckle and safety clasp

Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner: The Comparison

Size and Design

Based on the specs, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay is bigger both in diameter and height. The 1 millimeter difference in size may not sound like much but once you have both watches on your wrist, you’ll see a considerable difference. If you have a smaller wrist, the difference in size becomes a lot more pronounced. Also, the extra thickness of the Tudor makes it taller than the Submariner. The taller case sides allow the Black Bay to sit closer to the wrist. For the size, I think both watches fairly similar. It’s all down to your personal preference.

When looking at the design, it’s obvious that there’s a shared heritage between the Submariner and Black Bay. The Submariner features a buttoned-down approach to design while the Black Bay has a more laid-back feel. If the Rolex Submariner was designed by men in lab coats, the Tudor Black Bay was designed by bearded men in no-socks boots. The Black Bay feels more relaxed and filled with nostalgic details. A good example of this is Tudor’s gilt dial, the splash of red on the bezel, and the riveted bracelet.

On the flip side, the main thing that goes for the Rolex Submariner is the word “Rolex” itself. The tighter hand stack, more complex ridges, and better finish are just some of the more superior design elements of the Sub. The details on the Rolex are also leagues ahead when compared to the Tudor. It’s a legendary design for a reason.

Build Quality and Construction

When it comes to the build quality, the Submariner and Black Bay don’t disappoint. However, the Sub boasts some finer details and a slightly nicer finish if you care to look. Considering the cost difference between these two watches, it’s not a surprise that the Submariner comes out on top in terms of build quality. Having said that, both watches have excellent quality.

Both watches feel solid and robust, and there’s no rattling or components that are off. Try rotating the bezels from both watches and you’ll never get the impression that it’s made of cheap plastic.

The major difference between the two is the purpose for which these watches are built. The Black Bay is a Tudor Heritage model which means that it uses traditional parts. For instance, the Black Bay makes use of a matte black dial in comparison to the Sub’s ceramic dial.

Another major difference is that the Submariner uses a ceramic insert while the Black Bay has an aluminum bezel insert which is less durable and resistant to scratches. The Tudor’s case looks to be inspired by the vintage dive watches of old while Rolex has abandoned that case design many years ago.

Movement and Timekeeping

Rolex 3130 Movement

The movement is where most of the price difference comes from. The Submariner uses the “No Date” Rolex caliber 3130 which is, of course, an in-house movement. The 3130 movement boasts 48 hours of power reserve, a frequency of 28,800 beats per hour, and a track record of long-term durability. The movement is fitted with a Parachrom hairspring for added durability and it becomes resistant against magnetic fields.

Tudor Caliber MT5602

On the other hand, the 2016 model of the Black Bay comes with a caliber MT5602 which is a COSC certified movement. The MT5602 movement offers an impressive 70 hours power reserve which is almost a day of power compared to the Sub’s power reserve. It’s worth noting that this is the first run of the Black Bay that runs on an in-house movement, not a modified ETA movement like with the previous models.

In terms of accuracy, the Submariner clearly has the upper hand with the unprecedented -2/+2 second per day accuracy. Conversely, the Black Bay’s accuracy comes down to a respectable -4 and +6 seconds per day. At the end of the day, the layman can’t probably tell the difference but purists will likely choose the Submariner.

Comfort and Wearability

The Submariner comes with the signature solid link Oyster bracelet and it’s a strong case for the “if it ain’t broke” mantra. It’s the mainstay of the Rolex brand and it’s definitely one of the best elements of the Submariner. Furthermore, the Oysterlock clasp prevents any accidental opening and the Glidelock system enables you to adjust the watch without tools. This is an important feature for divers who are wearing the Sub over their diving suit.

On the other hand, we have the Tudor Black Bay which boasts an array of bracelet/strap options. I got the riveted stainless steel bracelet model for this review and it’s fitted with folding buckle and safety clasp. The bracelet is actually a redesign of the old Tudor bracelets from the 1950s to 1960s. The riveted bracelet does have a memorable design which adds a lot of personality to the piece.

The key difference between the two bracelets is in the clasp which also affects the overall difference in wearability and comfort. Although the two claps work in virtually the same way, the Submariner’s clasp features a micro-adjust system which is the aforementioned Glidelock system. Making adjustments with the Rolex Submariner 114060 is far easier when compared to the Black Bay since the latter needs an adjustment tool.

Pricing

The pricing is obviously an important factor when deciding between the Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner. Firstly, when you look at the retail price for both watches, you’ll see that the Submariner more or less costs double the Black Bay. Secondly, as a subsidiary brand of Rolex, it’s no surprise that the Tudor Black Bay is much less expensive when compared to the Sub. So if you’re going for the price alone, the Tudor Black Bay is a solid luxury watch.

However, once you look past the actual price, you’ll see that there’s merit to choosing the Submariner over the Black Bay – I’m referring to the resale value. For instance, if you take a glance at the secondhand market, you’ll notice that the Black Bay decreases in value whereas, the Submariner is sold higher than the retail price. If you’re planning to resale the watch down the line, the Submariner is the clear winner.

Overall, collectors who are looking for a dive watch but can’t quite splurge for a Rolex, the Tudor Black Bay is more than a viable alternative. Alternatively, the venerable Submariner is a legendary timepiece with a rich history, so it’s hard to go wrong with a Sub especially for first-time collectors.

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner: The Verdict

Tudor Black Bay VS Rolex Submariner

In this Tudor Black Bay Vs Rolex Submariner comparison, both watches are fairly similar with some key differences. However, there’s no doubt that both of these watches are excellent in their own right. This is one of the many reasons why people are stuck with the Black Bay vs Submariner dilemma.

Ultimately, the main deciding factor for choosing between the two is the price point. The Submariner is almost $8,000 which is within the price expectation for a Rolex. The Submariner commands respect with its build quality and near-flawless design. Overall, it really is one of the most beautiful watches ever made and it’s worth the price tag.

On the other hand, we have the Black Bay which costs less than half of the Submariner. Also, the Tudor goes for a faux vintage vibe but it’s decidedly the more playful and relaxed timepiece, for instance. If you’re into a more youthful and fun watch that’s not going to break the bank, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay gets my highest recommendation.

Oceanaut Watches Review: Big, Bold, and Colorful

Oceanaut Watches Review

When it comes to watches, no two people have the same preference. Some like timepieces that are made of gold, embedded with diamonds, and elegant timeless designs. Others prefer super-tough outdoor watches that can brave the elements and toughest conditions. Some people prefer their watches to have bold designs, bright colors, and oversized faces. If you belong to the last group, this Oceanaut watches review is for you.

Oceanaut is a fairly obscure brand from California. I’ve always enjoyed discovering new manufacturers and microbrand watches, especially when they offer something interesting to the table. Oceanaut watches offer timepieces with unique designs, good build quality, and relatively affordable pricing.

If you’re looking to expand your collection without resorting to big brands, this Oceanaut watches review should be worth your time.

About Oceanaut

Oceanaut Watches Review

Looking into the history of Oceanaut watches, I must admit that I didn’t find anything substantial about the company. I’ve looked into the company’s official website and also didn’t find good information about how the Oceanaut brand came into fruition. I did find out that Oceanaut is based in Los Angeles, California. Again, nothing much to go on from here.

Also, the Contact page offers very barebones information as well. The company even uses a Gmail account for its official email – it’s not giving me a vote of confidence, not gonna lie. The phone number is also available from the Contact page. They do have social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram).

According to the Oceanaut Our Story page, the company makes watches that evoke a lifestyle of luxury and fashion. They specialize in making watches with classic designs but with great details like textured dials, bold colors, oversized faces, and many others. Oceanaut claims that they use high-quality Swiss & Japanese components and I’m not sure as to what extent is that true.

Unfortunately, there’s very little information about Oceanaut on the web. But hey, you came here because of watches, right?

Oceanaut Watches Review: Pros and Cons

Are Oceanaut watches worth your time and money investment? Although Oceanaut is a fairly unknown brand, I did my best to give it a fair shake and here are the things that I love and don’t love about Oceanaut watches.

What We Love

Good Overall Build Quality

Majority of Oceanaut watches I’ve seen come with stainless steel construction. Some models have ceramic materials but most of the models are made of stainless steel. At this price point, it’s hard to complain about the stainless steel construction. Plus, I think Oceanaut did a good job with the construction so most of the watches I’ve worn feel solid and tight.

As for the dial crystal, it seems that Oceanaut has an affinity towards mineral glass. It’s not a bad choice at all as it provides good protection and scratch resistance. However, I wish they used sapphire glass but I guess that would shoot up the price quite a bit. Water resistance is also good with Oceanaut watches, especially the Submersion line which is a dive watch collection. I was half-expecting the watches to feel “budget-friendly” and I was pleasantly surprised.

Bold Designs

Oceanaut watches are all about being bold, loud, and colorful – fans of minimalist designs can look elsewhere. Many of Oceanaut watches have oversized cases and sporting bright colors. Take for example the Oceanaut OC3324 Baltica with a full yellow bezel and dial except for the indices and hands. The Baltica is big, bold, and certainly loud.

Obviously, the big and loud design philosophy is not for everyone. However, in my opinion, Oceanaut’s design is quite well done. What I like is that Oceanaut goes all-in with its colorful designs because the colors are not just limited to the bezel or the strap.

There’s some variety in the model designs as well but it’s nothing too crazy or innovative.

Amazing Selection of Watches

You can criticize Oceanaut watches all you want but you can’t ever accuse them of not offering enough options.

Oceanaut has an impressive lineup of watches across all types. They offer dive watches in the form of the Submersion line. The Actuator collection is a great looking pilot/field watch. In addition, the Magnete collection is comprised of highly stylish semi-formal timepieces.

This is one of the best things about Oceanaut – the sheer variety of watches that they offer.

Good Price Point

While Oceanaut watches do have good designs and build, I hesitate to call them luxury timepieces. However, this means that Oceanaut watches are offered at a good price point. I’ve been looking around and not a single model is sold for more than a thousand dollars.

Conversely, except for a few entry-level watches, Oceanaut pieces aren’t exactly cheap and are priced in the hundreds. You can even find some watches that are priced below $50. Although the price point is a boon for Oceanaut, it also proves to be a drawback (more on that later).

What We Don’t Love

Derivative Designs

While I do like most of Oceanaut’s watch designs, I have to say that many of them don’t inspire innovation and originality. Maybe it’s just me but many watches by Oceanaut remind me of other watch models from other brands.

For example, the Oceanaut Aqua One collection reminds me of some Victorinox watches. Another example is the Oceanaut Actuator line which closely resembles some pilot watches from Seiko.

But don’t get me wrong, many Oceanaut watches look unique and interesting. At the top of my head, the Lexington and Sentinel are two of my top favorites. I just wish that Oceanaut were more consistent with their designs and not derivative.

Competitive Price Point

As mentioned earlier, Oceanaut watches are fairly affordable but I’m not sure if the value proposition is that good – at least when compared to other brands in a similar price range.

To clarify, Oceanaut’s prices seem to compete with Seiko watches, especially with the mid-range models. I don’t know about you but I think most people will most likely go for Seiko watches just because of its long-standing reputation. Plus, Oceanaut pieces don’t come across as very collectible for me. Sure, you can get a watch that you can wear daily and it will serve you well throughout the years. However, as far as collecting goes, the relative obscurity of the brand stops it from being a desirable option for collectors.

Best Oceanaut Watches

1. Oceanaut OC0114 Aviador

The Oceanaut OC0114 Aviador is not exactly mindblowing. In fact, it’s one of the more derivative watch designs by Oceanaut. However, the Aviador is a good example of an aviation-inspired watch done right.

The Aviador line benefits from Oceanaut’s excellent build quality and attention to detail. Despite having a busy dial, everything in the dial is legible and easy to read. Even the subdials boast good layout for the best legibility. There’s also a date window between the 4 and 5 o’clock but it’s a bit too tiny for my taste.

Additionally, the Oceanaut OC0114 Aviador feels a solid and durable watch. The pure stainless steel construction feels appropriately weighty but not too heavy that it becomes uncomfortable. It doesn’t hurt that the watch looks good on the wrist as well. Depending on your color of choice, the dial really stands out but in a good way.

Overall, the Oceanaut OC0114 Aviador is one of the best models that Oceanaut has to offer.

2. Oceanaut OC3320 Baltica

Next, we have the Oceanaut OC3320 Baltica which is a sports watch model from the L.A.-based manufacturer. I’m a bit of a sucker for black-dialed watches, so the Oceanaut OC3320 Baltica caught my attention immediately.

Consistent with Oceanaut’s design philosophy of being big and bold, the Baltica’s oversized dial is simply eye-catching. The size of the dial gives the Baltica an excellent wrist presence and great legibility. I love the thick hands of the watch but they can sometimes obscure the subdials. Also, the 3, 6, 9, and 12 numerals are stylish which gives the watch an interesting look.

Again, the stainless steel construction of the Baltica comes through and it helps the watch to feel solid and secure. It features a water-resistance rating of 330 feet which is fairly decent for this type of watch.

3. Oceanaut OC6115 Biarritz

Lastly, we have the Oceanaut OC6115 Biarritz for you, which is my favorite fashion piece from Oceanaut’s stable.

The Biarritz is notable for having crazy colorful dials and I have to say that it works great. Particularly, I am a fan of the Oceanaut OC6115 Biarritz which sports a cherry red dial with a black case and bracelet. This black-red combination gives the watch a handsome masculine look.

This is the type of watch that you can wear daily or to semi-formal events. Again, this is a fairly large watch at 44mm. If you have a small wrist, the Biarritz might be too small for you. Personally, the Oceanaut OC6115 Biarritz’s size is just right although it does have a bit of heft to it.

Also, the black stainless steel bracelet feels comfortable and solid. In terms of comfort, the Biarritz doesn’t disappoint. Finally, it’s a sports chronograph priced at below $500, so it’s hard to complain at this price point.

Oceanaut Watches Review: Are They Any Good?

As per usual, we wrap up this Oceanaut watches review with our verdict.

Are Oceanaut watches worth checking out? I have to answer with a cautious YES! There are many elements of watchmaking that Oceanaut got right. The first thing that comes to mind is the design. The bold, big, and colorful design philosophy can be hard to pull off but Oceanaut did it. I also like the fact that there are so many options to choose from.

On the other, there’s really nothing too mindblowing about this brand. Many of its designs are derivative and some elements are fairly mediocre.

Ultimately, Oceanaut watches are worth checking out if you love big and colorful timepieces.

Best Smartwatches for Hiking: Top 4 Hiking Smartwatches

Best Smartwatches for Hiking

After carrying out thorough research and testing different outdoor watches on the market, we concluded that the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus is one of the best smartwatches for Hiking among others. For one, this watch has a sturdy build that can withstand harsh outdoor conditions. It also comes with impressive features for hiking which include a barometer, altimeter, compass, GPS function and many more.

 

Hiking is an exciting outdoor activity, and like other adventures, it requires smart and reliable gadgets. You can’t afford to go across unknown terrains without first having the best smartwatch for hiking handy, among other things. Neglecting this will be a big mistake that will leave you wandering across the vast wilderness aimlessly.

Hiking watch is essential because it reveals more than just the time and date of the day. It keeps hikers informed of the location, altitude, and air pressure to enable a more comfortable movement. With the best outdoor watch, hikers can get around difficult and unknown terrains quickly.

If you are a hiker ready to head out into the wild, it’s time to look out for the best smartwatches for hiking. We have compiled a great list and buying guides to make it easy for you to choose.

Top 4 Best Smartwatches for Hiking

1. Garmin Fenix 5 Plus

 

For many years, Garmin has designed excellent watches that fit any outdoor activity. With this in mind, the Fenix 5 Plus stands as one of the best smartwatches for hiking. It comes with a legible screen, color maps, and navigation tracking. Considering all these features mentioned, you should be having this smartwatch on your wrist in the next hiking trip.

Provides Navigational Data via Various Networks

The Fenix 5 helps you track your location via GPS. But for difficult terrain, it combines two networks – GLONASS and Galileo– to provide accurate directions. For checking elevation data, Garmin adds an altimeter function while a compass records your bearing.

Perfect for Any Environment

The Fenix 5 Plus comes with either a titanium or stainless bezel that works well against rocks, moisture, and other natural elements. It also has a domed sapphire crystal that handles knocks and scratches. In the dark, you can read its color screen via an LED backlight.

Tracks Your Performance

Planning to monitor your fitness levels when on hiking trips? Well, the watch has ideal training features that can track your form and measure your progress. If you don’t know how to adjust the function, choose from any of the seven preloaded profiles provided on the smartwatch.

Comes with a Built-in Music Player

Do you have a favorite song that keeps you on the move? The Fenix 5 Plus has space for about 500 songs that you can transfer from your PC. If you need help with creating a great playlist, try out a selection of music streaming services supported by the device.

Opinion and Drawbacks

Apart from the above features, it has a long-lasting battery life and promises accurate data, which makes it one of the best Garmin watches for hiking on the market. However, it tends to unpair from iPhones and loses connections with satellites. But overall, it comes as an excellent investment for any hiker.

2. Suunto 9 GPS Watch 

 

The Suunto 9 Baro comes with features that can rival any of the best smartwatches for hiking. Apart from measuring time, the watch has features that extend its battery life. It also has a build that can withstand strenuous outdoor activities.

Accurate Measurements 

Unlike other products, the 9 Baro has a barometer that offers a better level of accuracy via GPS and barometric data. An inbuilt storm alarm works with this barometer, thereby allowing you to set up camp before a downpour. You can also check other functions powered by the barometer to monitor the sea level and air pressure of your location.

Long-Lasting Battery

Since your hiking destination might not have access to a power outlet, the watch offers three modes of extended battery life. Depending on the settings, the device can run for more than a day. If the battery becomes low, this smartwatch gives a reminder that makes you switch to another mode.

Perfect for Wet Locations

This watch is water-resistant to 100m, which makes it ideal for wading in muddy pools or wet paths. If a river stands in your way, there’s no need to take off the watch as it can withstand water pressure.

Opinion and Drawbacks

This Smartwatch has a great deserving on our list considering its long battery life and management features. Surely, if we are to consider its précised sports tracking features, this makes it the best smartwatch for fitness and hiking. But it has a heart rate monitor and several apps that do not work correctly.

3. Garmin Tactix Bravo


 

Many people think the best smartwatch for hiking and running should cost a fortune. Luckily, you can get the best hiking watch under 500 dollars from Garmin. The Tactix Bravo comes with exciting features at an affordable price. It also presents a design that fits with your work or casual wear.

Legible Watch Face

The smartwatch has a Chroma display that allows easy reading at day or night. If you use night vision goggles, you can still read the screen entirely. Besides, a fall will not crack the screen as it consists of hardened sapphire crystal.

The Perfect Build for the Outdoors

Although it’s the best budget hiking watch on our list, the Tactix Bravo has a build that promises durability. For one, its black diamond coated bezel, screwed case back, and coated buttons can withstand harsh environments.

A durable nylon strap also secures this watch to your arm. If you go on a long trek, the bracelet will feel snug around your wrist. What’s more, it can resist prolonged exposure to sweat, rain, and other sources of moisture.

Ideal for Wet Conditions

Many watches cannot endure any contact with water. But the sturdy case of the Tactix Bravo provides water-resistance to 100m. Combining its sturdy nylon strap, you can wear this watch in a thunderstorm or during a light swim.

Opinion and Drawbacks

Adding the Tactix Bravo to your hiking gear will make you navigate any trail with ease. Fortunately, it has a sturdy build and you can get the watch at an affordable price. Also, you can even wear it for hours and not feel any pressure on your arm.

However, this might not be regarded as a good GPS watch for hiking because its compass and GPS sensor doesn’t give accurate reading most times. Another downside is that it also disconnects quickly from some smartphones.

4. Suunto Traverse Alpha

 

The Traverse Alpha has features that work great for hiking, backpacking, and other outdoor activities. It even comes as an ideal device to add on any fishing or hunting gear list.

However, it has a design that allows you to wear it at home, work, or any occasion. It also comes with impressive features that make it one of the best smartwatches for hikers.

Robust Body for Outdoor Activities

The Traverse Alpha boasts of parts made from materials that can handle any external conditions. For instance, it has a rugged stainless steel bezel that withstands exposure to rain or splashes from puddles. Besides, the watch face features a hardened crystal that can resist scratches from a rock climb or fall.

Since this watch offers 100m water resistance,  which means you can wear it for a quick dip in any water body on your path. It also has a tough strap that deals with moisture entirely.

Offers Navigational Tools

Even with traditional instruments, it’s possible to lose your way, especially in remote locations. But with this watch, you will have access to essential data that will help you navigate any terrain easily.

To stay on the right track, you can use the GPS functions of the device. If you want to get directions in a new hiking spot, try the digital compass on this product. For maps, the Traverse Alpha provides digital versions that you can use to plan your itinerary.

Opinion and Drawbacks

As the watch has a good build and long-lasting battery that charges quickly, it comes as one of the best smartwatches for hiking. It also provides accurate maps and directions via its GPS function. However, the watch does not have a touch screen, while its settings require a stable internet connection.

What to Consider when Looking for the Best Smartwatches Hiking Watch

The more exciting activity, the more need to put safety measures in place. Therefore, a good hiking watch should have the following essential features.

Barometer

With the barometer, you can detect any change in the atmospheric pressure. This feature helps to provide useful information on weather conditions. When the atmospheric pressure rapidly drops, it is a sign of an impending storm.

That’s the reason it is crucial to get the best smartwatch for hiking that can alerts you on even the slightest atmospheric changes. Also, ensure the best smartwatch for hikers you want to buy has storm alert features.

Altimeter

This feature helps you to know your position when measured against sea level. A smartwatch with an efficient GPS altimeter displays more accurate and reliable information than the barometer. The altimeter is an excellent tool for navigation and usually provides data on high above sea level a hiker is.

Compass

The work of a compass is to show the four basic directions, that is, north, south, east, and west. It also provides the hiker with a bearing for navigation across the wild. With the combination of a compass and a good map, it is easy to triangulate to ascertain a current position.

Thermometer

This feature helps you know the temperature inside or outside your tent, especially when you stop to take some rest. It helps you to know when to add some layers of clothing to the body before making the next move. However, the thermometer works well when not on the wrist, as body heat reduces its reliability.

Style and Design

Hiking doesn’t mean you are not going to meet people during the trip. You will meet other hikers and possibly want to spend a good time. Hence, you don’t want to look odd with that crazy looking watch that lacks style and latest design.

So, it is best you step up your game by purchasing a watch that will make you the center of attraction and even spark up a conversation. 

Overall Weight

This factor is one thing that should come first when looking for the best smartwatches for hiking to buy. The more features a watch has, the bulkier and heavier it will be. Of course, there are few watches out there with everything in one place. 

As much as possible, decide what features are important to you for your hiking trips. Then, narrow down your choice until you get the right one. But keep in mind that the lighter the watch, the lesser the features that follow it. 

Budget

Every hiker has other needs apart from spending money on watches and other gadgets for exciting adventures. This measure is understandable, and it is a normal way of thinking. Our list of watches contains the most affordable and best smartwatch for hiking in 2020.  

So while planning the budget, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is the level of response for my preferred GPS function?
  • Do I need an altimeter?
  • Is the weather graph important for the trip?

You are not going to live in the wild forever, and you are certainly going to use the money for other necessities. The ability to plan your budget is as important as the trip itself, if not more. Therefore, assess your needs, plan your budget, and go for the best smartwatches for hiking.  

Other Important Features

Nothing can replace the importance of getting one of the best smartwatches for hiking. It is a way to stay safe while going on a trip. Apart from the essential functions and your budget, you should consider other features. 

GPS Feature

The best buying guide for hiking watches will always try to provide information on the importance of GPS. Many smartwatches out there support GPS while others work well with GLONASS to give information that is more accurate. With that said, GLONASS works great for navigation and tracking and can provide better solutions in these areas. 

GPS provides data on current speed, descent, ascent, and other valuable GPS-based information. Routes imported from GPX into GPS smartwatches are useful for navigation since they give the current position against the GPX route. Furthermore, GPS can record hiking activities and even allow you to export them to an app or mobile device. 

However, using a GPS-enabled smartwatch can drain the battery faster than when not in use. But some watches have rechargeable batteries, and with a solar charger, you can keep it running. 

Heart Rate Monitor

Heart rate monitor is another great feature to look out for in any best smartwatch for fitness and hiking. With this, hikers can record and monitor their heart rate. Some watches require strapping them on the wrist while others are to be around the chest level. 

Overall, this feature helps you maintain a steady and consistent pace. This way, you don’t go beyond safe and healthy limits. 

Strap Quality

Hiking involves long trips, climbing, and a whole lot of rigorous activities. So get a strap that is comfortable on the wrist, and doesn’t irritate.

You cannot do without a good watch, so you need to choose a strap that won’t affect your skin carefully. One of the ways to know the best strap is if you often don’t remember that you are wearing a watch on your writs. That means the smartwatch is comfortable and not causing issues or discomfort during trips. 

Final Word on the Best Smartwatches for Hiking

Finding the best smartwatch for hiking might look challenging. However, with our buying guides and list of the top smart timepieces, you will find it easy to pick the one suitable for you.

All of the timepieces mentioned in this article are the best Hiking watches in 2020. But if you want to splurge, purchase the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus for its design and detailed maps. It also has a long battery life and features an accurate heart rate monitor.

If you prefer to get the best GPS smartwatch for hiking, go for Suunto 9 Baro. But if you are looking for a smartwatch that can withstand tough outdoor adventures and provide the necessary information, the Garmin Tactix Bravo should be on your top list.

Jack Mason Watch Reviews – Top Jack Mason Watches

When it comes to Jack Mason watch reviews, one of the top models to look out for is the Aviator Chronograph series. These timepieces feature an elegant dial with Superluminova coated hands for easy reading in any low-light condition. Also, the strap is quite soft which makes it comfortable on the wrist. Overall, this watch looks beautiful to complement your outfit for any occasion.

 

If you want a good watch, you might consider trying any of the famous brands like Rolex and Omega. But do you know that lesser-known names also offer great products?

Yes, smaller watchmakers sell impressive watches, and Jack Mason stands as one of such brands. Apart from selling elegant pieces for the budget consumer, the brand has a wide selection of watches for every activity. Besides, their watches even have several interesting features and warranties.

Do you want to know more about this timepiece from this American watchmaker? Then read through as we bring you a genuine Jack Mason watch reviews and the best models of the brand.

 

Jack Mason Watches – History of the Brand

This is a Texas-born company launched by a pair a friend with desired goals to produce high-quality budget timepieces. With a combined experience of 25 years in retail and marketing, these individuals decided to establish their brand.

Unlike the more prominent brands, Jack Mason has an exciting vision to sell well-crafted watches at affordable prices. Surely the achieve this because their timepieces blend vintage and modern styles, thereby making them versatile.

The founders of the company have always loved to connect with classic American style. Moreover, the idea of launching the brand came in a vintage airplane that became an essential part of their sales campaign.

After the birth of Jack Mason, it has recorded positive growth as its products have attracted the attention of consumers. As expected, they have also succeeded in offering top-notch pieces to the budget-conscious buyers at an affordable rate.

Watches from the Brand

Even if it’s a young company, Jack Mason has an inspiring collection of top-grade timepieces. This range includes impressive analogs and chronographs. Besides, if you want a great analog, I recommend that you check out the model offered by this watchmaker.

But if you prefer a chronograph watch, Jack Mason has items that can compete with top brands like Citizen and Seiko. Luckily, these items cost less than other similar, well-crafted products.

For lovers of versatile pieces, the Nautical and Aviator timepieces from the brand will meet their needs. With this in mind, they will fit any outfit or occasion.

Now let’s start the next part of the Jack Mason watch reviews by comparing two watches- the Aviator and Nautical pieces.

Jack Mason Watch Reviews – Aviator vs Nautical 

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If you ask or check out any Jack Mason watch review Reddit page, you will find out that both pieces have similar features. For one, they provide accurate timekeeping via a Japanese quartz movement. They even use batteries that last for extended periods while featuring conventional chronographs.

Both watches have well-crafted leather straps. Made from Italian leather, this part of the watch feels comfortable and offers a sturdy build. However, the Aviator strap uses a darker strap of distressed leather that can last long.

As for the Nautical, it boasts of an elegant and snug tan variant. It even blends well with its white watch face.

Best Jack Mason Watches

1. The Jack Mason Nautical Chronograph

 

Looking at the Aviator watch, you will notice that the watch uses a simple design. But on this Jack Mason nautical watch review, I will show you several reasons to love the Nautical watch that comes with either a black or white dial.

Exquisite Dial

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Two elegant hands for measuring hours and minutes grace the dial on this watch. Not only has that, but it also offers a second hand on one of its three sub-dials. It features a small window at the 6 o’clock position where you can check the date of the month.

For a balanced look, the watch offers a single Arabic numeral marker at the 12 o clock position. Other parts of the watch face swabs numerals for circles and batons.

You can use the watch in the dark as it uses Superluminova coating on its markers and hands. Since its popular paint, you can expect a high level of legibility.

Dependable Bezel

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The watch secures the crystal to the case via a unidirectional bezel. Apart from locking the glass, the bezel blends with the general design of this piece. It even matches the unique crown and pushers that lies above it.

Elegant Case and Case Back

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Do you want a watch that does not look bulky but fits any wrist size? Try the Nautical model as it offers a 42mm case. Unlike most watchmakers that prefer large cases to place extra details, Jack Mason manages to squeeze several features on this compact option.

Even if the case looks small, it has a healthy amount of weight. It also has the sturdiness to withstand daily use.

More significant cases tend to remove the balanced feel of some models. However, Jack Mason avoids this scenario by working with the above option. Overall, the watch itself fits any wrist with ease.

The company built this case with stainless steel. To give it an elegant look, the crown and bezel are coated with 24 kt rose gold PVD.

The back of the watch stands as one of the reasons to love this brand. First, it has a detailed engraving that includes a captain’s wheel and some rigging rope. At the lower end of the case, you will find a bold “Jack Mason” signature.

Comfortable Strap

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When worn for the first time, the strap might feel stiff. But as time goes on, it tends to soften and become comfortable. Besides that, it has an attractive look that matches the classic ideals of the brand.

Many consumers might prefer watches that feel comfortable, especially when worn for the first time.  With that said, it features a soft leather strap that you will find comfortable to wear throughout the day. During this period, the strap will become gentler on your skin.

2. Jack Mason Watch Review on Aviator Chronograph Series

 

If you have been looking for Jack Mason Aviator watch 42mm review, here it is at your front. Apart from having such a case size, it has a polished look that blends with any attire. Moreover, the case boasts of an eye-catching dial and an onion-shaped crown.

Elegant Dial

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Like most aviator watches, this Jack Mason Watch provides a bold dial. However, it has a basic but detailed feature that makes it stand out from other timepieces.

On the dial, it has white Arabic hour markers that do not glow. But the watch uses luminous blocks and a triangle that allows easy reading in the dark. Since these features Super-Luminova markings and indices, you can easily read this watch in a low lighting environment.

The dial also has luminous hands that use a diamond shape. If you check the chronograph, it has a second with a white end. Next to this lies a counterweight of three colors – red, white, and blue that stands as a tribute to the brand’s Texan origins.

The subdials lie at the lower end of the dial and use bold markings. You will also find a date window that complements the dial of this accessory.

Durable Strap

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This watch comes with an elegant but durable leather strap. Since it has light hues, it tends to match its dial. Since the strap is quite soft, this makes it also feels snug on your wrist.

Cream stitches lie on both sides of the strap with a tiny groove. With such details, the bracelet makes the watch catch the attention of any onlooker. If you prefer another strap, use the quick release pins to remove the current one.

Accurate Movement

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A Japanese quartz movement powers the options on this timepiece. Furthermore, it ensures accurate timekeeping while providing suitable battery life. It even allows you to adjust the chronometer with ease.

If you want a detailed jack mason aviator watch brand review base on functionality, then I will tell you that this item uses a Miyota OS10 Movement. The exciting part is that it supports a five-year battery life and performs well. For this reason, it is recognized by many watch enthusiasts.

3. The Jack Mason Watch Review – Yacht Timer 

 

 

The Yacht Timer, popularly known as Regatta comes as one of the interesting timepieces of Jack Mason chronograph watch reviews. Here, the company offers features that will fit various marine activities. Such options include ideal water resistance and accurate measurements.

Now, let’s show you what the watch as to offer.

Well Crafted Bezel and Case

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The case has a unique design that will excite any potential buyer. Measuring at 42mm, it has a movable compass bezel that has a flower-like shape. Asides its unique form, it comes in bright blue with white markers on it.

At the left edge lies a screw-down crown and dual-function buttons for adjusting the watch. On each button, the company inscribed its logo.

Elegant Dial & Movement

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A sheet of sapphire crystal protects the dial on this timepiece. Even if it can stand against scratches, it allows you to read the watch with ease.

Bold luminous markers dot the face of the Regatta Timer. When coupled with its massive Superluminova coated hands, the watch becomes legible in the dark or intense sunlight. If you also look at the silver dial, you will admire its use of several other colors such as blue, red, and white.

If you need a timer for any race, the dial offers an inbuilt timer. When active, it chimes as it counts down to the final second. Other options featured on the silver dial include dual chronograph faces that have countdown functionality. As for keeping dates, a bottom-placed window will meet your needs.

Since we aren’t giving a jack mason automatic watch review, you should know that most of the items here (including the Regatta) use a quartz movement. Here, it uses the Cal.8270B model that comes from ISA. The variant might look unfamiliar, but it’s popular with many watch companies

Durable and Functional Strap

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Out of the box, the Reggata or Yacht Timer watch comes with a blue rubber strap that can resist moisture. If you want a steel bracelet, you can swap the original for a 22mm steel band from the brand.

The steel band is lightweight, thus adding no pressure on your wrist. Also, you won’t bother about having the watch slip from your arm since it features a secured clasp.

Jack Mason Watch Reviews? Are they Worth the Investment

Even if Jack Mason stands as a young company, it offers a fantastic collection of timepieces that can rival similar products from older brands.

Looking at this jack mason watch review, you will discover several reasons to add this item to your shopping list. Fortunately, for a few hundred dollars, you can get a Jack Mason watch that boasts of a premium build and excellent movement. You will also enjoy a hardened crystal, snug bracelets, and eye-catching dials.

The brand offers a ten-year warranty, which makes it more attractive to everyone. Overall, a combination of all these Jack Mason watch reviews should make you consider investing in their watches.

Muhle Glashutte Review: Is This Germany-Based Brand Any Good?

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When it comes to the best watches in the world, it’s safe to say that many of them are Swiss built. But what about the Germans? Sure, they’re known for making the best car brands in the automotive world but not many people are familiar with German watch brands.

In reality, Germans have made some of the best tool watches in the world. I’ve been recently looking into German watch brands and my journey took me to Mühle-Glashütte.

If you are looking to get into German watchmaking, I highly recommend that you check out what Mühle-Glashütte has to offer. For this Muhle Glashutte review, we’ll learn about the brand’s history, the pros and cons, and highlight the models that best reflect the brand.

About Mühle-Glashütte

In 2019, German watchmaker Mühle Glashütte turned 150 years old. However, I’m not sure if the company has been consistently in the business since then. Many watch manufacturers like to claim that they have 100+ years of lineage but won’t account for buyouts, production stoppages, or other non-watch related side ventures.

Therefore, there’s really no way to verify the claim that the Mühle-Glashütte brand has been around since 1869. With such a long history in watchmaking, it makes you wonder why they are not more popular.

However, I do know that the Mühle-Glashütte brand is based in Glashütte, Germany. Based on my research, it was during the 90s that the Mühle-Glashütte has made a splash in the watchmaking world. In 1994, the “Mühle-Glashütte GmbH Nautische Instrumente und Feinmechanik” (shortened to Mühle-Glashütte) was founded and headed by Hans-Jürgen. During that time, the demand for precise nautical watches is high and Mühle-Glashütte was there to fulfill the demand.

Although the majority of the Mühle-Glashütte products are watches, the company is also known for making both mechanical and electronic nautical clocks for boats. In the purest, these other products are designed to be useful tools than lifestyle items.

In short, Mühle-Glashütte is a company that specializes in “Nautische Instrumente” – nautical instruments and watch systems for boats and ships. While this lineage may not be as fantastical as other watch companies, this sort of nautical origin and background really separates Mühle-Glashütte from the competition.

It’s worth noting that Glashütte is just a small village in Germany and the place has given birth to some of the best watchmakers. Apart from Mühle-Glashütte, the village has been the ground zero for other beloved German companies such as Moritz Grossmann, Nomos Glashütte, A. Lange & Söhne, and Glashütte Original.

Muhle Glashutte Review: Pros and Cons

Are Muhle Glashutte watches worth checking out? This is my first time working with German watches, and I’ve made some notes about the things that I love and don’t love about this Germany-based brand.

What We Love

Unique and Remarkable Designs

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If you’re a relatively unknown brand, your best bet is to create watches with designs that give your brand a certain identity – looks that will allow you to stand out from the saturated timepiece market.

Just one look at Muhle Glashutte’s collection and the uniqueness of the design will surely spark your interest. Muhle Glashutte watches aren’t just designed to be tools and instruments, they’re made to look the part as well.

Take for instance the Mühle-Glashütte 29er, a watch named after the 29er Sailboat. The watch is classified as “Nautical” and “Sporty Instrument” and it does look like that for the most part. I like that this dive watch doesn’t look like your typical diver but it’s not quite a dress timepiece either.

Another good example of the brand’s unique design is the Muhle Glashutte M29 Einzeiger. The watch features a sophisticated and precision-based design. It does look like a contemporary blend of timepiece engineering. Even among classic watches, the Muhle Glashutte M29 Einzeiger has a unique and impactful look.

If you are getting tired of the usual designs of commercial luxury watches in the market, the Muhle Glashutte brand offers a good sanctuary.

On-Point Durability

When you are making instrument-like watches that are meant for the high seas, you’ll have a collection of watches that can brave the toughest elements. That’s exactly what Mühle-Glashütte has accomplished with its line of watches.

Unlike its neighbors in Glashütte, Mühle-Glashütte has opted to make more utilitarian watches. This has been a point of pride for the founder Mühle who was quoted, “We make watches for people who want to use the watch.”

True enough, Mühle-Glashütte won’t leave you hanging in terms of durability. Take for example the Muhle Glashutte Seebataillon GMT which is the company’s take on a dive watch. It comes with a matte titanium case, sapphire crystal screw-down case-back, and scratch resistant anti-reflective domed sapphire crystal. Sounds round of the mill but you have to see it in person to appreciate the robustness of the piece.

Keeping It Simple

Another thing that I like best about the Mühle-Glashütte brand is that they like to keep things simple. The brand offers a collection of relatively simple, do-it-all watches. If you like your watches straightforward and simple, you’ll definitely want to check out what Mühle-Glashütte has to offer.

Mühle-Glashütte offers a number of collections that simply stick to their theme. For example, with nautical-themed watches, you see models with a soft, blue matte finish and legible dials. The brand has this no-nonsense approach to its design sensibilities and it resonates with people like me who like their watches simple and straightforward.

In-House Movements

Before, Mühle-Glashütte used the Sellita SW 200-01 which is essentially the same movement as the ETA 2824. However in 2003, the company decided to develop its own spin on these movements. While they’re not exactly original in-house movements, Muhle stepped it up a notch by manufacturing their own rotor, finisher, and the most interesting of all, the woodpecker neck regulation. The woodpecker neck regulation makes the movement easy to regulate and more resistant to sharp shocks.

While Muhle isn’t exactly the paragon of innovation by creating original movements, it’s hard not to appreciate the effort of doing their own modifications to existing ones.

What We Don’t Love

Company Doesn’t Offer Much Information

Mühle-Glashütte seems to be in their element when they’re making heavy-duty tool watches. This is fairly apparent with the brand’s marine and diving collections. Unfortunately, it seems that the company doesn’t provide much information about which watches you should choose. This gives me the impression that Muhle is more or less leaving it up to the buyer’s personal taste and preferences.

Unlike lifestyle watches that can sell themselves through design, tool watches could really benefit from telling instead of showing. For a brand like Mühle-Glashütte who’s not exactly the most popular, I feel like they could be a bit more consultative with their customers and put up more explanation.

Pricing Needs Improvement

For the price, I think the Mühle-Glashütte watches offer good value. These are high-quality watches with unique designs. However, I feel like their pricing is a bit misplaced.

Muhle Glashutte watch prices range from $800 to $5,000. While that’s a good range for their watches, it competes with plenty of other more popular brands, and just overall better in general. If you really like instrumental-esque watches, then Muhle Glashutte’s pricing shouldn’t offend you a bit. However, for anything else, Muhle Glashutte watches may not be the best bang for your buck.

Best Muhle Glashutte Watches

You can’t write about a Muhle Glashutte review without highlighting some of the best models the brand has to offer. So here goes…

1. Muhle Glashutte S.A.R. Rescue-Timer

For starters, the Muhle Glashutte S.A.R. Rescue-Timer does cost a pretty penny. However, this is one case where the money goes where it needs to be: into the making of the watch.

The S.A.R. Rescue-Timer isn’t particularly flashy but that okay because it’s a pure utilitarian watch. It’s clearly created because of the need and not the desire. After all, this was a watch that’s designed for the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service.

True to the brand’s commitment to making instrument-like timepieces, the S.A.R. Rescue-Timer doesn’t look like any other watch you’ve seen before. Overall, the S.A.R. Rescue-Timer is a great watch if you’re looking for a heavy-duty option.

2. Mühle Glashütte Seebattailon GMT

The Mühle Glashütte Seebattailon GMT is another collaborative piece with the military/navy. This watch was designed to suit the needs of the German Seebattailon (Marine Battalion).

This is a 300m titanium GMT dive watch and is powered by the dependable ETA 2893-2 movement. It’s a fairly large diver but is quite a lightweight piece. It’s all thanks to the titanium construction. I must say that the titanium plays rather beautifully with the blue and gold dial.

Overall, the Seebattailon GMT is a very sophisticated looking dive watch with a build quality that should make Glashütte proud.

3. Muhle Glashutte Terrasport I Beobachter

The Muhle Glashutte Terrasport I Beobachter is available in two dial variants: the cream and black dial. The former comes with a leather band and the latter with a stainless steel bracelet.

As a pilot watch, the Muhle Glashutte Terrasport I Beobachter has all the makings of a good pilot watch. It has a very legible dial and the pilot-shaped hands are beautifully proportioned and lumed. As for the design, I must say that it’s very comparable to the favorite Hamilton Khaki.

Ultimately, the Terrasport I Beobachter is a solid pilot watch but it’s a bit on the pricey side.

Muhle Glashutte Review: Are They Any Good?

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So we end this Muhle Glashutte review with our verdict.

Is Muhle Glashutte a brand that you should check out? Well, it depends on your preferences. If you’re looking for a straightforward, heavy-duty watch with great utility, then Muhle might have something for you. However, if you want something fancy or a marvel in timekeeping, you might want to take a pass.

Overall, the Muhle Glashutte is a great brand that brings superior German engineering into the art of watchmaking.

Casio vs Seiko: Which Japanese Brand is Better?

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During the 1970s, the Japanese watch manufacturers have shifted the market and dominated in every way possible. This became possible due to the phenomenon called the Quartz Revolution and the industry has never been the same.

If you’re looking for a timepiece that delivers in quality and value, it’s hard to go wrong with Japanese watch brands. When you’re looking into quality Japanese timepieces, your decision will likely come down to Casio vs Seiko. Both brands are very well-respected around the world, thanks to their innovative features, rock-solid reliability and amazing value.

So for this brand showdown, it’s Casio vs Seiko. We break down the highs and lows of both brands as well as highlight some of the best models from both brands.

Casio vs Seiko: Head-to-Head Brand Comparison

Style and Design

If you’re stuck with the choice between Casio vs Seiko, style and design are good factors for choosing. In this case, your choice depends on whether you like traditional vs. modern designs.

Seiko timepieces tend to have traditional styles and designs – the tried and true classic aesthetic. You can see this from popular Seiko models such as the Seiko SARB033 and some Seiko dive watches, especially from the Prospex series. Seiko’s classic style echoes a message that it’s richly-storied and established brand. Seiko knows that they have an established reputation and that’s reflected from their watch designs. The company even has a luxury brand, Grand Seiko, that features timelessly designed models at luxury prices.

On the other hand, Casio specializes in watches with contemporary, industrial designs. Many people think of the G-Shock watches when talking about the Casio brand, and it’s hard to blame them. The G-Shock design is one of the most prolific looks from Casio. However, the Japanese brand is more than just the G-Shock line of watches. One thing that I love about Casio watches is design variety. Their collections such as G-Shock, Edifice, and Wave Ceptor all feature models with varied designs, ranging from rugged to professional.

So, if your main criteria for choosing between Casio vs Seiko is style and design, it’s really an easy choice. If you prefer watches with traditional and elegant designs, Seiko is the obvious choice. On the flip side, if you want a watch with a more modern approach and rugged looks, I recommend checking out Casio’s line.

Construction and Durability

You are probably thinking, “this category is an easy win for Casio, right?” Well, if you’re going for pure durability alone, Casio certainly has this on the bag. However, when you’re looking at the big picture, it’s not as clear-cut as it seems.

Seiko won’t have such a legendary reputation by making unreliable watches. For example, the Seiko Prospex series features some of the best diving watches that money can buy. Many Seiko models, especially the higher-end ones, are comparable to Swiss-made watches that cost twice or more. One of the things that make Seiko watches so durable is the Hardlex crystal which has excellent impact resistance. However, I’ve found out from personal experience that the Hardlex is quite prone to scratches.

Seiko has a history of excellent watchmaking, so its watches are high-quality and durable in general.

On the other hand, we have Casio which has made its name by putting out some of the toughest watches available. Casio developer Kikuo Ibe created the G-Shock line with the vision of ‘creating a watch that never breaks’ – and many of you will agree that Ibe has successfully fulfilled his vision.

Casio is the brand of choice of professionals such as law enforcement and firefighter EMTs. On top of exceptional durability, Casio watches are also packed with innovative features such as Multiband 6 Radio Technology, GPS Hybrid Technology, Tough Solar technology, and many others. The combination of toughness and versatility makes Casio watches a true utilitarian tool.

In terms of durability, Casio is clearly the runaway winner. However, you should know that you’re not losing out on quality and toughness if you choose to go with a Seiko watch.

Features and Technology

When it comes to pure features and technology, Casio has the upper hand over Seiko. Casio is like the nerd/geek of the watchmaking industry as it continues to push the industry innovation-wise. On the other hand, Seiko watches might be light on features but the brand also offers some innovative features that appeal to collectors.

Regardless of your needs, it’s safe to say that there’s a Casio watch for you. For instance, outdoor adventurers can turn to the Casio Pro Trek series for timepieces with advanced navigation functions. The Casio ‘Pro Trek’ Outdoor Smartwatch comes to mind. This Pro Trek model can be synced with your Android smartphone and comes with a compass, altimeter, barometer, activity tracker, and more. Sure, it’s not comparable to something like the Suunto Traverse Alpha but Casio did a good job with this outdoor-friendly watch.

Also, if you’re in the market for a quartz movement watch, Casio gets my recommendation. This is especially true if you check out the Casio Edifice series with its amazing quartz watches. While Seiko also makes quartz watches, Casio is simply better in that regard.

On the other hand, Seiko watches are light on features, especially when compared to the most popular Casio watches. Also, if you’re particularly looking for a mechanical watch, you’ll have slim pickings with Seiko. However, the brand does offer a few mechanical watches whereas, Casio doesn’t make mechanical models.

If automatic watches are your thing, pardon the pun but your automatic choice is Seiko. After all, the brand is known for making the first automatic (self-winding) watch in space. While Seiko watches aren’t as robust as Casio’s offering, it offers extremely fine watches that stood the test of time.

Pricing

Honestly, pricing isn’t much of a factor when it comes to this Casio vs Seiko comparison. Since we’re comparing both brands in the broadest sense, both watches cater to a wide range of budgets. As mentioned, both brands offer tremendous value.

However, if budget isn’t an issue and you want to go for the most expensive watch that you can buy and it’s between Casio vs Seiko, the latter gets your money. After all, Seiko has the Grand Seiko line that features fine watches with luxury-tier prices.

Again, I just feel like the price tag is not the definitive factor when choosing between these two Japanese brands. Both brands will give you a lot of watch for your money.

Best Casio Watches

1. Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400

One of the most popular Casio collections is the Master of G series. This line features some of the toughest and feature-rich timepieces out there. The Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400 happens to be a fan favorite and it’s hard not to see why.

If you’re in the market for a tough-as-nails watch, the G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400 comes highly recommended. As you can see from its looks, the GW-9400 doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a rugged digital watch. It looks aggressive with just the right amount of bulk – it’s a watch that can take a lot of punishment.

Apart from being tough, the GW-9400 is also packed with navigation features such as a compass, thermometer, and altimeter-barometer.

2. Casio Edifice EF527D-1AV

Casio isn’t exactly known for chronograph watches but nevertheless, it’s hard to ignore the company’s attempt with the Edifice line. The Casio Edifice EF527D-1AV is a chronograph that pays homage to early pilot watches.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that it’s a fairly large watch at 45.5mm. The wrist presence of the Edifice EF527D-1AV is certainly off the charts. Typical of the chronograph style, the dial is quite busy and one of its distinctive features is the inner rotating slide ruler. The ruler calculates information such as fuel consumption and flight time.

The Edifice EF527D-1AV is a very competent attempt by Casio at a chronograph and is worth checking out.

3. Casio Wave Ceptor WVA-M640D-1ACR

For starters, the Casio Wave Ceptor WVA-M640D-1ACR is a budget-friendly solar atomic watch. Watches with atomic timekeeping are generally pricey but the Wave Ceptor WVA-M640D-1ACR is one of the few exceptions.

As you can see, the Wave Ceptor WVA-M640D-1ACR is a hybrid of analog and digital. The unique look can be quite polarizing but I think it looks great. It’s a performance-driven timepiece but still found a way to look sophisticated.

Overall, the Wave Ceptor WVA-M640D-1ACR is a unique offering from Casio and certainly worth a look.

Best Seiko Watches

1. Seiko Prospex SRPA21K1 Automatic

The Seiko Prospex SRPA21K1 Automatic is an excellent option if you’re looking for a dive watch under $500. The Prospex line is a respectable line of dive watches and the Prospex SRPA21K1 is a shining example.

This watch can handle depths of 200 meters (660 feet) which is good for general diving. Of course, you can’t talk about this watch without mentioning the classic Pepsi color combination. The Prospex SRPA21K1 is a very polished dive watch with a sophisticated look.

2. Seiko SNE331 Solar Watch

The Seiko SNE331 Solar Watch is a personal favorite of mine. This is a military-inspired that found its way into my regular rotation.

The simple yet bold dial is a standout with its large indices and the stencil-like numerals. This is a black dial watch that should appeal to many collectors. It’s a bit hefty piece but only because it’s rugged and durable.

Ultimately, this is one of the better solar watches that Seiko has to offer.

3. Seiko Radio Sync Solar Coutura

For the atomic timekeeping category, we have the Seiko Radio Sync Solar Coutura – one of the best solar atomic watches that money can buy.

The main point of attraction of this watch is its striking blue dial. The unique dial layout and design really drive the point home. Despite the fairly busy dial, it’s very legible aside from the date window which can be too small.

As an atomic timekeeping watch, the Seiko Radio Sync Solar Coutura will automatically sync every night so you don’t need to adjust it ever.

Casio vs Seiko: Final Thoughts

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Ultimately, this Casio vs Seiko is not as tricky as you might believe. Both Japanese brands offer excellent timepieces but their most popular models are hardly competing with each other. Both Casio and Seiko cater to a wide range of needs and budgets.

As long as you know what you want from a watch, you should have no trouble choosing between a Casio or Seiko watch.

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review [Submariner Date ref. 116613LB]

Rolex is a brand-name that’s synonymous with success. And as far as luxury watches go, there are only a few timepieces that can match the sheer recognizability of the Rolex Submariner. The Submariner is the paragon of iconic and timeless design.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I’m the biggest fan of the Submariner.

For today’s review, we’ll be taking a look at the Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue aka the Submariner Date ref. 116613LB. This Submariner is a luxurious version of the Rolex’s dive watch line. Gold is generally reserved for formal dress watches but this one is certainly an exception. Let’s get on with this Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue review.

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review: At a Glance

As mentioned, this is the review for the Submariner Date ref. 116613LB. Let’s take a look at its specifications:

Model:

Rolex Submariner Date

Reference no.

116613LB

Model case:

Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel and yellow gold

Oyster architecture:

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

Material:

Yellow Rolesor – combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold

Bezel:

Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, scratch-resistant Cerachrom insert in ceramic, numerals and graduations coated in gold

Winding crown:

Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system

Crystal:

Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Water-resistance:Waterproof to 300 metres / 1,000 feet

Movement:

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding

Caliber:

3135, Manufacture Rolex

Precision:

-2/+2 sec/day, after casing

Winding:

Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor

Bracelet:

Oyster, flat three-piece links

Clasp:

Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system

Dial:

Blue

Certification:

Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)

Functions:

Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review

First Impressions

In all honesty, the Rolex 116613LB is not at all on my radar. In general, I’m not very fond of two-toned watches and the Rolex 116613LB looks to me like a bastardization of the iconic black dial Sub. Since then, I’ve been proven wrong.

I had the opportunity to acquire the Rolex Submariner 116613LB and I told myself, “why not?” As a classic Submariner fan, I feel like it’s my obligation to give this timepiece a chance and give it a review.

Of course, the two-tone blue color of the watch is the first thing you’ll notice about it. The 40mm case diameter feels just right and the integration of the watch’s Supercase adds a great deal of wrist presence. Much like the original Submariner, this two-tone blue Rolex succeeds in having a go-anywhere design aesthetic.

Based on the pictures, I previously thought the Rolex 116613LB looks way too flashy. Spending more time on it, I am more than happy to be proven wrong. The Submariner Date 116613LB neither looks too flashy or too utilitarian. Thanks to Rolex’s skillful blending of colors, the Rolex 116613LB can be worn for formal and casual occasions. This is the type of watch that you can wear with a broad spectrum of styles.

So if you have an aversion towards two-toned watches, the Rolex 116613LB might just change your mind. As far as first impressions go, it’s so far, so good.

Design

The first blue Submariner (ref. 16613) was a departure from the iconic black dial of the original. And yet, the Blue Sub became an instant hit for luxury watch collectors. While the black dial was replaced with the blue sunburst one, it still retained its timeless design. I think Rolex did a good job of combining flair and workmanlike with the two-tone blue Submariner.

The exquisite yellow gold next to the rugged 904L stainless steel is a combination that Rolex has gotten right over the years – thanks to the Rolesor name that they coined in the 30s. In terms of design, the Submariner Date 116613LB is an even better version of the two-tone blue Sub with plenty of enhancements.

This new blue Sub kept the age-old 40mm case dimensions which I feel is just right for regular wear. However, it does come with a Supercase which gives the watch a well-muscled look. I have to say, the screen presence of the watch is off the charts. I guess Rolex has succumbed to the large watch trends but doesn’t want to compromise the overall look of the iconic watch.

On top of its beefed-up case, the 116613LB also started using the heavy-duty Cerachrom bezel and a Maxi dial with thicker hands and hour markers. The blue sunburst dial adds a great deal to the sophisticated feel of the watch and even gives off some interesting patterns under certain lighting conditions. Visibility is also not an issue due to the gold-rimmed luminous hour markers and lumen-filled hands. The Cyclops lens is of course here and provides a great view of the date window.

Construction and Wearability

The case of the 116613LB is exactly what you can expect from a high-end luxury dive watch. The Cerachrom ceramic blue bezel doesn’t just look great but it also retains the timeless charm of the original black dial Sub.

As mentioned, the case measures 40mm in diameter and has a thickness of 12.75mm. However, the case actually slims down around the edges which enable the center to sink into the wrist. This subtle construction detail makes a huge difference in wearability especially when it comes to daily wear.

Many avid collectors refer to the case as the “Super Case” which I can agree with.

This version of the submariner is still a diver’s best friend as it features a waterproof rating of 300 meters / 1000 feet which makes is a capable dive watch. Like the original Submariner, this dive watch uses a screw down crown with Rolex’s Triplock locking crown. This means that nothing gets past the watch when underwater. Now, I doubt many people will wear this watch for diving but it’s nice to know that it’s a reliable diving tool.

Furthermore, the bracelet also received a much-needed upgrade. The iconic Oyster bracelet has received a fair bit of modernization. The earlier versions of the Rolesor bracelet were not received well due to durability issues.

Fortunately, the solid end and center links of this watch feel solid and sturdy. The over-engineered Glidelock clasp is also here and does a great job of providing a superior fit. Rolex’s patented extension system also allows you to make quick 2mm changes to the bracelet.

Timekeeping

At the heart of the Rolex Submariner Date ref. 116613LB beats the in-house Rolex Caliber 3135 movement.

 

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Review 3135 Movement

This movement was introduced back in the late 80s and features a higher beat rate of 28,800 bph and even comes with an auto-changing date feature. The power clocks in at a standard 48-hour power reserve and is fitted with the Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring for added durability.

It’s worth noting that the Rolex Caliber 3135 movement is also used for the Rolex Submariner and Rolex Sea Dweller. With that said, the 3135 movement is an absolute workhorse and many experts consider it as one of the most successful movements Rolex has produced.

The movement features 31 jewels and a date aperture that automatically changes itself at midnight. On top of that, the 3135 movement includes other interesting features such as the glucydur balance wheel and the extremely efficient Perpetual winding system.

Furthermore, the 3135 movement is not just mechanically advanced but it’s built to last as well. The movement is fitted with KIF system for shock protection which brings the much-needed durability and impact resistance.

Overall, the Rolex Caliber 3135 movement is one of the best watch movements out there, and you’ll be happy to have it with your Rolex Submariner Date.

Pricing

One of the main things that differentiate the Rolex Submariner Date ref. 116613LB from the other Submariner models is the price.

As mentioned, the Submariner Date ref. 116613LB is the luxury, upscaled version of the Rolex Submariner. Thus, the price of the 116613LB is more or less 1.5 times more expensive than the Regular Submariner and even the Submariner Date.

In general, two-toned Rolex models are more expensive than single-colored ones. Of course, the main culprit for the higher price of the 116613LB is the use of yellow gold for the bracelet center link and the accents. With that said, the Rolex Submariner Date Two-Tone Blue retails at about $14k. However, this is by far, not the most expensive model in the collection. The pure 18 ct gold Submariner Date models (blue and black dial) are more than twice as expensive as the 116613LB.

So for this Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue review, you’re probably asking, “is it worth the price?” Well, it really depends on how deep you are in to watch collecting. In all honesty, the 116613LB is not exactly entry-level, so this one is hard to recommend for beginners.

However, if you’re simply looking to add more to your Rolex collection, it’s hard to go wrong with this two-tone blue beauty. It’s the more affordable model as far as two-tone Rolex watches go.

Should You Get the Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Ref. 116613LB?

So what’s the verdict for this Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue review?

The Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB is certainly a great take on an iconic dive watch. It’s a nearly perfect version of the venerable Sub that perfectly balances utilitarian toughness and timeless design. Whether you’re going to a formal event or a casual gathering, you’ll have no problem wearing this piece.

The biggest hurdle of this watch is the price. If you’re expecting to pay for a regular Sub or even the Submariner Date, you’ll be sorely disappointed. This is a 5-digit purchase which makes it a tough recommendation for beginners.

Overall, the Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB is a worthy addition to any luxury watch collection.

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner [Comparison Review]

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner Review

When it comes to brands of luxury watches, Rolex and Omega are two of the top contenders. For many watch collectors, choosing their first luxury timepiece usually boils down to Rolex and Omega. In this case, most people are usually faced with the Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner dilemma.

The Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner is a debate that’s certainly one for the ages. Time and time again, many watch enthusiasts asked which is the best luxury timepiece between the two. It’s rather perplexing since they don’t even belong in the same category.

Today, we will be comparing the Submariner and Speedmaster. Let’s get to it.

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner: At a Glance

For this head to head comparison, we’ll take a look at the Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph (reference 311.30.42.30.01.005) and the Rolex Submariner (reference 114060).

Here are the specs for both watches:

Model:Omega Speedmaster Professional ChronographRolex Submariner
Reference #:311.30.42.30.01.005114060
Model case:Steel, 42 mmOyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel
Dial color:BlackBlack
Material:SteelOystersteel
Bezel:Fixed Tachymeter ScaleUnidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, scratch-resistant Cerachrom insert in ceramic, numerals and graduations coated in platinum
Winding crown:Pull / Push crownScrew-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system
Crystal:Hesalite crystalScratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Water Resistance:5 bar (50 metres / 167 feet)300 meters / 1,000 feet
Movement:Manual windingPerpetual, mechanical, self-winding
Caliber:Caliber Omega 18613130, Manufacture Rolex
Functions:Chronograph, Hour, Tachymeter, Small Seconds Sub-Dial at 9 O’ClockCentre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Oscillator:Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Power reserve:48 hours48 hours
Bracelet:Silver-ton stainless steelOystersteel
Clasp:DeploymentFolding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system

Size Comparison

One of the main reasons why the Speedmaster and Submariner are often compared with each other, despite not even competing for the same category, is the size.

True enough, the size is similar between the two watches. The Speedmaster has a 42 mm case while the Submariner has a 40 mm case. Although the case diameter of Speedmaster is 2mm bigger than Submariner, the lug-to-lug difference is only 1mm. Thus, as far as on-wrist appearance goes, both watches will look very similar on your wrist.

The 20mm lug width is a given standard for medium-sized models which is true for both Omega and Rolex. However, most people prefer their 22mm lug watches, so the 20mm lug size is a fairly common complaint against both Speedmaster and Submariner.

Overall, the main difference between the Speedmaster and Submariner is the thickness of the case. Omega’s timepiece comes with a 14.3mm thickness, thicker than most watches including the Submariner. The thickness is attributed to the Speedmaster’s Hesalite crystal which definitely adds to the bulk.

With that said, both Speedmaster and Submariner are very similar in size with some key differences.

Design

This category is one of the hardest ones to decide on because frankly, both the Omega Speedmaster and Rolex Submariner are two of the best-looking watches out there. Both watches feature robust and timeless designs.

If you are an avid reader of WatchIdeas, you’ll know that I am a big fan of the Rolex Submariner. It’s my first luxury dive watch and it’s my go-to if I can’t decide which piece to wear. It’s hard to go wrong with Submariner’s classic black dial, making it a very recognizable timepiece. The Submariner features the beloved dive watch look with the hardware to boot.

On the other hand, we have the Omega Speedmaster with its lunar inspired design. Referred to as the Moonwatch, this iconic piece was worn on the moon. It features a classic chronograph look that makes the watch very versatile. Indeed, you can either dress up or down with the Speedmaster.

Both watches feature a black dial but with some key differences. The Submariner’s dial has this sunburst look that glistens when exposed to sunlight. On the flip side, the Speedmaster comes with a matte and grainy dial that tends to soak up light.

At the end of the day, both watches are a masterclass in watch design. For pure looks alone, it’s no wonder that many people are indecisive about these two luxury watches.

Bezel

The bezels on these watches are different in many ways, especially with the material used and the displayed information.

The Rolex Submariner features the heavy-duty Cerachrom (ceramic) bezel insert. This gives the Submariner its legendary durability and excellent scratch resistance. Unfortunately, the bezel is quite prone to shatter. On the bezel, you can see the 60 minutes graduation. It’s also worth noting that the bezel has unidirectional rotation.

On the other hand, the Speedmaster comes with a stainless steel and anodized aluminum bezel. As you can see, the Speedmaster is the less refined between these two watches, at least as far as bezels go. However, the bezel is surprisingly slim especially when the face is much larger than it is. The 500 unit tachymeter is a nice touch but not many users are taking advantage of this feature. Fortunately, the bezel’s pushers have a ‘satisfying’ click to them which I’m a big fan of.

Bracelet / Strap

The Sub and Speedy share a few similarities when it comes to their bracelets. For instance, both watches feature screwed-down links, 20mm width, and the same length. The Sub, however, has slightly curved downward links that help with comfort. On the Omega, the links are straight flat.

The Sub’s Oystersteel bracelet delivers in terms of comfort, fit, and adjustability. The Submariner’s iconic bracelet is here and it will serve you well for a long time. However, when it comes to pure versatility, the Speedmaster has the upper hand.

The Speedmaster bracelet’s strength is that it offers plenty of customization options. Swapping bracelets for the Speedy is a cinch. Therefore, if you want to dress up, you can simply use the stainless steel bracelet. For less dressier and sporty events, the Speedmaster package also includes a NATO strap. Frankly, it’s one of the best NATO straps I’ve used, and that’s saying a lot.

Timekeeping

Perhaps one of the biggest differences between the Submariner and Speedmaster is the movement. Let me start by saying that both watches feature solid timekeeping features and movements. However, one comes with an in-house movement and the other does not.

Rolex 3130 Movement
Rolex 3130 Movement

First, the Sub is powered by the venerable 3130 movement. This movement is your standard 3-hand automatic movement (hours, minutes, and seconds). I’ve had my Sub for as long as I can remember and I’ve yet to experience any issue with timekeeping. Of course, the movement is “Contrôle officiel Suisse des Chronomètres” (COSC) certified with -+2 sec/day precision. It’s a solid and reliable movement and there’s not much to say about it.

Omega 1861 Movement
Omega Speedmaster Professional

On the other corner, the Speedmaster is fitted with Omega’s caliber 1861. It’s a manual winding movement that has its fair share of charm. The 1861 movement is essentially the downgraded version of the caliber 1863, and contains a plastic piece. Since it’s a hand-wound movement, you have to manually wind the watch which can be a chore for some people.

Overall, both the Speedy and Sub keep time very well. These pieces are the cream of the crop when it comes to luxury timekeeping. If you’re more into in-house movements, the Rolex Submariner has the advantage. Alternatively, if you want a classic movement with a storied history, the Speedmaster’s movement is highly recommended.

Pricing and Value

Another big difference between the Speedmaster and Submariner is the price.

The Submariner is the pricier watch and it’s about 40% more expensive than Omega’s Moonwatch. That is if you can even manage to get the Submariner at market price. In reality, the Rolex Submariner is often sold out and authorized dealers put a significant mark-up to the price.

If budget is an issue, then the Omega Speedmaster is the obvious choice here – that is if we’re talking about pure pricing alone. However, when you talk about resell value, it’s not as straightforward as it seems.

For resale value, the Submariner wins hands down. If you buy a Submariner now, especially with this reference number, you can trust that its selling price will only increase in value. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said with the Speedmaster. Despite the rich history of the Speedy, you can easily get it for retail price or at least very close to it.

To sum it up, the Speedmaster is your best bet if you’re in a budget. The amount of watch that you can get for the price is simply staggering. However, if you care about the resell value of the watch, the Submariner is the obvious choice.

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner: The Verdict

Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner Review

Both the Speedmaster and Submariner are both stellar timepieces that you can probably wear forever. They are not at all similar watches except for the size, they’re not even in the same category. However, the Omega Speedmaster vs Rolex Submariner debate is a popular one for good reason.

If you want a less expensive model, the Speedmaster is a hard one to pass. In comparison, the Submariner is nearly twice as expensive. However, the Submariner boasts better resell and many of its elements are leagues better than the Speedmaster.

All in all, it’s hard to go wrong with either watch and I would heartily recommend them to newcomers in watch collecting.

Citizen vs Seiko Dive Watches: Which Dive Watch Brand Should You Get?

Citizen vs Seiko Dive Watches Review

In the 1970s, Japanese watchmakers have taken the world of the watch industry by storm. This was largely in part due to the Quartz Revolution and the world of watches was changed forever. Japan is famous for making some of the best bang-for-the-buck timepieces in the industry.

This is especially true when it comes to dive watches.

If you are in the market for a new dive watch that won’t break the bank, you’ll likely end up choosing watches from Citizen and Seiko. Both are Japanese brands and from the initial look, there’s plenty of similarities between the two dive watch brands.

Today, I have the unenviable job of comparing Citizen vs Seiko dive watches. Which dive watch brand is better? Let’s find out!

Citizen vs Seiko Dive Watches: Head-to-Head Comparison

Citizen vs Seiko Dive Watches Review

Style and Design

When you look at both Citizen and Seiko dive watches, you’ll probably think that both watches look fairly similar. However, once you really observe the divers from both brands, you’ll see the distinct differences.

In general, Seiko divers tend to look more like the classic dive watches. For example, the Seiko Men’s SKX009K2 features the same design aesthetic as the classic Submariner. Many of their dive watches feature a vintage style and design but never looking outdated.

Also, the popular Prospex collection boasts the “land explorer” look with high legibility, sleek smooth design, and congested motion. It’s worth noting that the Prospex collection has many variants that are not limited to dive watches. Seiko also has the Seiko Grand collection for those who are looking for a more high-end watch.

On the other hand, Citizen also offers watches that have that unmistakable vintage design. However, unlike Seiko, Citizen seems to push the envelop more when it comes to its design philosophy. You can find many Citizen pieces that look more creative, experimental even.

When it comes to actual style and design, it’s hard to go wrong with either Citizen or Seiko. Both dive watch brands have models that look stylish and offer strong designs. At the end of the day, it will come down to your personal preference.

Construction and Durability

For construction and durability, Citizen vs Seiko dive watches can definitely go toe-to-toe with each other. For the crystals, Citizen tends to use mineral crystals while Seiko utilizes its patented Hardlex crystals. Both crystals are very impact resistant but I’ve found that both crystals are easily scratched.

For the materials, both dive watch brands don’t use precious metals (gold, platinum, etc.) for making the watches. Both brands use stainless steel for most of their dive watches which is not a problem at all. If you want a piece that uses precious metals, you might want to look into the Seiko Grand line.

Based on our tests, the bracelet of Citizen dive watches is better when compared to Seiko. This is hardly an extensive test but Citizen bracelets were more comfortable and durable than Seiko bracelets.

I’ve been doing some reading online and it seems that there’s an argument that Citizen has the upper hand in terms of production quality. However, there’s no definitive proof of this but I do know that both watches have a history of producing excellent quality watches for less.

Water Resistance

Of course, you can’t talk about dive watches without mentioning their water resistance rating. Which dive watch brand is the better diving tool? On average, I think that the two brands are fairly comparable with regards to water resistance rating. Both brands have models that can handle the standard 200 meters of depth. These dive watches are good for the average diver.

However, if you’re somewhat of a professional diver, Citizen has the leg up versus Seiko. Citizen has the Promaster 1000M Professional Diver which has a rating of 1000M/100Bar and perfect for serious scuba diving. Seiko also has a 1000 meter dive watch in the form of SBDX014G Marinemaster but it’s far more expensive when compared to Citizen’s offering.

Overall, both brands cater to a wide range of diving needs.

Features and Technology

When it comes to the best dive watches, I always check the illuminated hands. After all, you’re hundreds of meters down the ocean, so you want a watch that you can actually read – good illumination helps with that. In that regard, I think Seiko has the advantage over Citizen with the former’s LumiBrite hands/markers. It just works better, even in bright daylight.

In the matters of diving features, Seiko divers come with Kinetic and Spring Drive Technologies. The original Kinetic technology has been a point of success for Seiko but it does have some practical shortcomings. For instance, you need to wear the watch or oscillate in your hands to charge it. On the other hand, the Spring Drive movement melds the benefits of both automatic and quartz movements. It’s a mechanical movement with the accuracy of quartz.

On the flip side, Citizen uses Japanese quartz movement for most of its divers. There’s a couple of Citizen divers that also come with Atomic timekeeping which further enhances accuracy. However, the biggest advantage of Citizen dive watches is Eco-Drive technology. This technology powers watches from any natural/artificial light source and converts light to energy. That’s right, you won’t ever have to replace batteries with Eco-Drive timepieces.

For timekeeping and general features, Seiko has the upper hand when it comes to overall accuracy while Citizen comes out on top if you prefer a solar-powered watch.

Pricing

As mentioned, both Citizen and Seiko are known for affordable, high-quality dive watches. As far as pricing goes, Citizen and Seiko have very similar price ranges and both cater to a wide range of budgets. You can get a reliable dive watch with a $200-$300 price tag from both brands.

The main difference between the two is with the highest-end offering. The Seiko Prospex SBDX014G Marinemaster is available for $3,000+ while the Citizen Promaster 1000M Professional Diver comes with a $2,000+ price tag.

Best Citizen Dive Watches

1. Citizen BN0085 Eco-Drive

The Citizen BN0085 Eco-Drive is one of the best value dive watches that you can get from Citizen. It’s made from stainless steel with a textured dial and unidirectional gear-shaped bezel. The watch comes with a date window and luminous hands/indices.

There’s nothing too fancy here but it’s an Eco-Drive diver which means you don’t have to replace the batteries now and then. The BN0085 is a moderately-sized watch that keeps accurate time and offers some pretty great features.

2. Citizen BN0150-28E Eco-Drive Promaster

For starters, the Citizen BN0150-28E Eco-Drive Promaster is yet another bang-for-your-buck dive watch. It has a very simple design but has the inner workings of an excellent diver. It is water resistant to 660 feet, powered with Japanese quartz movement, and protected by mineral crystal casing. The BN0150-28E is a watch that’s useful in the ocean and the office.

This Promaster watch is a solid option if you’re looking for a dive watch that won’t cost you an arm and leg. It’s also a great gift for the upcoming holidays.

3. Citizen BN2029-01E Eco-Drive Promaster Aqualand

The Citizen BN2029-01E Eco-Drive Promaster Aqualand is highly recommended for those who are looking for a rugged dive tool. The BN2029-01E Eco-Drive Promaster Aqualand comes several great diving features such as the Rapid Descent Alarm, Auto-Start Dive mode, Max Depth Memory, and Depth Display.

Just by looking at it, you know that it’s a heavy-duty dive watch. Plus, it looks great as well although it might be a little too big for some people. The Aqualand is a great diving companion for both amateur and professional divers.

Best Seiko Dive Watches

1. Seiko Prospex SRPA21K1 Automatic

For a good dive watch under $500, the Seiko Prospex SRPA21K1 Automatic comes highly recommended. It really is a lot of watch for the price. You have the classic Pepsi colorway that just looks even better in person. With a depth rating of 200 meters (660 feet), it’s a solid diver for general use.

Seiko did a great job with the polishing on the case and bezel, giving the watch a more sophisticated look. The SRPA21K1 is a dive watch that you won’t mind wearing regularly.

2. Seiko Prospex SNE435P1 PADI Solar

The Seiko Prospex line is officially sanctioned by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Therefore, you know that you have a legitimate timepiece on your wrist. The Seiko Prospex SNE435P1 PADI Solar is a diving watch with serious pedigree and great price.

The SNE435P1 has a water resistance rating of 200 meters, making it a good fit for general diving purposes. This is a solar-powered watch and features a 10-month power reserve once it’s fully charged. It’s a bit on the bigger and thicker side but it’s hard to complain especially at this price point.

3. Seiko Prospex SRPC93 ‘Save The Ocean’ Samurai

Personally, the Seiko Prospex SRPC93 ‘Save The Ocean’ Samurai is one of the shining entries in Seiko’s Prospex line. In terms of comfort and wearability, it’s easily one of my favorite Seiko watches ever. The bracelet is solid and high-quality, and the reduced bulk made way for a better wearing experience.

It’s a good thing that the Prospex SRPC93 is also very stylish with its bright blue dial and knockabout body. The dial is just hypnotizing to look at, and it just begs to be worn in the water. Despite being a special edition Prospex, the SRPC93 can be yours for less than $500.

Citizen vs Seiko Dive Watches: Which One Should You Choose?

Finally, we’ve come to the end of the Citizen vs Seiko dive watches comparison.

So which one should you get?

Well, it depends on what you want from a dive watch. If you care more about watches with a classic vintage look, Seiko’s offerings should be a good starting point. Otherwise, Citizen has more watches with bolder designs.

As for the timekeeping and diving performance, both Seiko and Citizen are almost neck-to-neck. Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology is a big deal since you don’t have to replace the batteries. Seiko dive watches have interesting movement technology but the older ones have practical drawbacks.

Lastly, pricing is almost the same between the two brands unless you go for the higher-end models. In that regard, Citizen edges out Seiko when it comes to high-end model pricing.

At the end of the day, it’s hard to go wrong with either dive watch brands. Both have a history of making high-performance dive watches at budget-friendly prices.

Spinnaker Bradner Review: Vintage-Inspired Dive watch

Review of the Spinnaker Bradner

Based on my experience with dive watches, we’ve come up with this Spinnaker Bradner review. Considering the budget-friendly approach, bold and quirky design, packed with automatic and unique qualities, the Bradner is easily one of the best models produced by Spinnaker to date.

Spinnaker named the watch after Hugh Bradner, an American physicist and diving pioneer who worked in the Manhattan Project, where they created the first Atomic bomb during World War II. Using neoprene wetsuit, he solved the issues with diving in cold water for long periods. As an homage to this great man, every detail on the Spinnaker Bradner reflects his ingenious solution.

Today, Spinnaker is a reputable brand known for making attractive timepieces for enthusiasts or collectors looking for something different. Unlike other watch brands, it uses the wetsuit, and a compressor-style bezel meant for Scuba diving. Although there are some arguments that the Spinnaker Bradner collection only looks and feels like a dive gadget. Regardless, the watch is suitable for snorkeling, swimming, and definitely your fun weekend getaways.

Pros – Spinnaker Bradner Review

  • Quality Build up
  • High water resistant
  • Reliable movement
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Affordable price

Cons – Spinnaker Bradner Review

  • A bit ill-fitted at the lugs
  • Limited dive ability
  • Hard to turn the bezel

Benefits / Drawbacks – Spinnaker Bradner Review

One of Spinnaker Bradner’s charm is the vintage design and yet modern look of the watch. The impression is not to follow the usual style of most dive watches in the market. It has a unique and alluring look that you can easily spot from far away.

While we can always speak about the watch aesthetic value, the dial, case, bezel, strap, and movement contributes to the quality build-up of the timepiece.

Engaging Dial

The colors on the Bradner’s dial are striking and appealing. If you are one of us that enjoys watches with visible and large hands, you are in luck. The first noticeable feature on the dial is the thick and upfront hands. They are sturdy and bulky, especially the hour hand with a rectangular design near its tip. It looks almost like Chevrolet’s logo – a famous car brand. Speaking about logos, the Spinnaker’s name in a cursive font is under 12 o’clock. There is also a date window 3 o’clock on the dial.

As a result of the raised hour markers, when you view the dial from the doom sapphire crystal glass, it gives a textured, three-dimensional look to the timepiece. Instead of the intervals marked on the dial like in most watches, it’s applied to a ring. Also, another mentionable feature that partners well with the black dial is the LumiNova coating. In dark conditions, the light blue on black proves effective. Pointing to the numerals on the dial are sizable square and rectangle markers with enough space to hold the lume. In a way, it adds to the visibility of the watch. The second hand is not left out; it has a little lume dot on end.

Asides this, the outer ring displays the numbers in dark silver color at 5 minutes intervals. The combination of the black dial background, silver outer ring, and yellow polygon index go well together. Every detail has something significantly different to contribute to the good looks as well as the brawniness of the watch.

Comfortable Case

At a diameter of 42mm, Bradner’s compressor-style case is perfect for the watch. It sits well on the curved lugs to keep the timepiece comfortable on your wrist, especially when you have large wrists. Bradner’s 17cm circumference takes quite a lot of space on the wrist. This is barely a disadvantage since it does not create an overwhelming presence. Instead, it exposes the welcoming sight of the dial. The case has brushed finishing on most parts of it with a few polished pieces in some other areas.

The height sits tall at 14mm, elevating the casing from the back, which asides water use, it’s also great for casual wear. There are some arguments on how the height makes the watch look awkward in formal dress situations, especially with long sleeves. The inner-rotating bezel protrudes and requires the crystal glass to have a slightly bigger curve. It gives a unique look and makes the timepiece look as if it is jumping right out at you.

There are two crowns, one at 2 o’clock responsible for turning the bi-directional internal bezel and the other at 4 o’clock for other timekeeping functions. The former custom-made rotor does not wears the Spinnaker logo, and it also doesn’t move so freely and lags a little.

With so many features fitted in the watch, the Bradner has an exhibition case back. Spinnaker didn’t cover up the entire back crystal with branding so that you can get a good look at the Seiko workhorse and other mechanisms powering up this beauty.

Upgraded Bezel

The bezel is another excellent feature, probably even the best on the Bradner. It uses a Uni-directional inner rotating bezel. You can control it with the first crown on the casing that is not marked with the Spinnaker logo.

Again, to keep up with the target of a stocky and brawny look of the watch, the custom molded bezel inner ring has large numbers and solid outward dots. It also displays five-minute markers positioned on a straight horizontal that is parallel to the dial for easy viewing. However, if you prefer watches with manual bezel, you may miss the feel and sound of the bezel turning.

Well-built Strap

Spinnaker deserves to get credit where it’s due. Their strap game is a huge step up on the Bradner. To very well balance the 42mm dial of the watch, Bradner’s strap is 20mm in width. Most notably, the red color goes well with the black dial. At the end of it, there are a couple of line stitches to give it a great look and add more beauty and homemade feel to the watch. From my observation, the spring bar is a little ill-fitted at the lugs, and when bending the wrist, it adds pressure to the strap. Even if it doesn’t affect the comfort of the watch, but it makes a click or grinding sound.

The strap’s making is of thick leather (feels a bit like suede), the top has a soft and plush velvet feel and look to it. The underside, on the other hand, is more of a durable coating than softness. It is superbly comfortable and not irritating. On the clasp, you may spot Spinnaker engraved there, but it’s very subtle. Although, a bit of reflection shows it nicely, which is even preferable than seeing it dead-on.

Beyond this, a good view on the strap reveals the unique coating that keeps the watch waterproof. When the water treated strap comes in contact with water, it bounces off, retaining its shape and color. This is absolutely great to see. Although, I don’t totally recommend you taking the watch with you into hot tubs, steam rooms, pools. But there is no risk wearing the Spinnaker Bradner when you have to wash your hands or even when you get caught in the rain.

Reliable Movement

Inside the Bradner dive watch is a 3-hand Seiko NH35 with 24 Jewels Automatic Self-winding hack movement. Although most people would prefer the timepiece to come with a Miyota 9015, with a better BPH and power reserve. However, the Seiko movement is pretty popular in the world of microband watches. So far, it has proven reliable and worked well for this watch with the time accuracy only around +/-5 seconds per day.

Bradner offers a power reserve of 41 hours beating at 3Hz with 21,600 BPH. To add a bit of character to this, you will notice a charming Spinnaker branded rotor in matte black finishing. All these sit under a slightly domed and curved edge sapphire lens and also is visible through the exhibition see-through case-back.

Price versus Quality

Considering the cost of the watch, Spinnaker Bradner offers a lot. Without too much thinking, it is for anyone who appreciates real value. Of course, you wouldn’t put Bradner on par with high-end watches like the Rolex Submariner. But for a vintage-inspired dive watch offering something a little different, nothing is taken from their bragging rights.

Since the watch that is less than $300, it is hard to complain about the compressor-style case, bi-direction rotating bezel, or the tested and formidable Seiko NH35 automatic movement. It is blatantly obvious that Bradner is one of the favourite pieces from Spinnaker. There are also a lot of other watches that hit very close to this price from brands like Zelos or Marchand Legacy. Just in case you want to grab something else.

Final Thoughts on the Spinnaker Bradner Review

As one of the best microband dive watches, it is exciting to see how far Spinnaker has come. The Bradner watch has a great look with black dial and red strap, which is not something you see on just any watch. Again, the inner unidirectional rotating bezel is a great feature to have.

The Spinnaker Bradner is a culmination of a lot of things that, as it gives some quirky vibes and proves the brand has been doing well lately. So this was our Spinnaker Bradner review, and we hope you’ve enjoyed reading.