Tudor Ranger Vs Rolex Explorer [Head-to-Head Comparison]

Tudor Ranger Vs Rolex Explorer

Will you agree that a timepiece that looks and feels like a Rolex but doesn’t have the iconic branding, might as well still be a Rolex? If you answered yes, then you’ll likely appreciate what Tudor has to offer. With that said, you’re in for a treat with this Tudor Ranger VS Rolex Explorer comparison review.

Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf has created Tudor to sell affordable watches that can house 3rd-party movements inside Rolex cases. Tudor used to be not available in the United States but nowadays, it offers a wealth of mid-priced watches for fans and collectors alike.

Today, we have a head-to-head comparison of the Tudor Ranger vs Rolex Explorer. I have decided to highlight both these watches because they’re very similar in looks and feel. If budget is not an issue, I’d say you should go for the Explorer but otherwise, Tudor watches are a solid option for an extensive outdoor wear piece.

Read more below for my actual review.

Tudor Ranger vs Rolex Explorer: At a Glance

For today’s head-to-head comparison, we’re taking a look at the Tudor Heritage Ranger M79910 vs. Rolex Explorer 214270. Check out the quick specs of both watches below:

Tudor Heritage Ranger

Rolex Explorer

Reference:

79910

214270

Materials:

Stainless Steel

Oystersteel (stainless steel)

Size:

41 mm

39 mm

Dial:

Matte black with painted indexes

Gloss black with white gold applied indexes

Luminescence:

Super-LumiNova

Chromalight

Bracelet:

Choice of steel bracelet, fabric strap, leather band, bund strap

Oyster bracelet with Easylink 5mm comfort extension link

Crystal:

Dome sapphire

Flat sapphire

Movement:

Automatic ETA-based Tudor Cal. 2824

Automatic in-house Rolex Cal. 3132

Power reserve:

38 hours

48 hours

Water resistance:

150 meters

100 meters

Style and Design

When it comes to style and design, it’s easy to say that the Ranger and Explorer are very similar at first glance. However, upon closer look, you’ll see that there are some key differences between both timepieces. For instance, the Tudor Ranger looks more modern and rugged while the Rolex Explorer’s design is executed with more elegance.

Firstly, the Tudor Heritage Ranger M79910 gives off the impression that it’s a reliable tool watch. The quality of the case is definitely present and the brushed finish is truly a standout. As mentioned, the watch exudes a modern and relevant feel which is made more apparent with the ability to choose many different strap and bracelet choices. For me, the best bracelet to use is the nato strap and really completes the overall look of this rugged outdoor watch. As for the dial, it certainly fits the tool watch motif of the watch. Looking at both watches, there’s some hint of the Explorer heritage here but the influence is not that significant. Additionally, the dial is extremely clean and uncluttered but I won’t call the watch elegant.

On the other hand, we have the Rolex Explorer 214270 which comes with a timeless design. It’s the design that’s been honed over the years – classic and timeless but it has been updated for modern taste. The Explorer’s dial is very recognizable, thanks to its oversized Arabic hour numerals, the 3, 6, and 9. One of the most interesting or perhaps polarizing design choices is the matte dial. Under a light source, the dial becomes dark grey and gives the iconic logo a bit more character.

In terms of design, it all comes down if you prefer something more rugged or with timeless elegance. Both are good looking timepieces, that’s for sure.

Sizing

For sizing, the Ranger comes in a 41mm case size while the Explorer in a 39mm case. At first, it may seem like the 2mm difference isn’t that of a big deal on paper but it does make a big difference when on the wrist. This is mainly due to the case style.

The modern Rolex Explorer is the reference 214270 which brought about a bigger case size. Until 2010, the Rolex Explorer came in 36mm cases which I think is too small to begin with. Fortunately, Rolex did a good job of updating the Explorer with the leap to the larger 39mm Oystercase. This brought the Explorer to a broader market by appealing to the tastes of modern watch collectors. Rolex could have updated it to 41mm but it seems that they decided to keep the size in check. While 39mm is comparatively undersized in today’s standards, I think the size is just right for the Explorer.

On the other hand, the Tudor Ranger features a 41mm case which is larger than Explorer. Initially, I thought that the case size might be a little big but it’s a better fit than expected. At this size, the Ranger should have no problem fitting a broad range of wrist sizes. In my personal experience, the Ranger case afforded a comfortable fit especially with the right choice of strap or bracelet. Plus, it looks just write while sitting on my wrist, despite the larger size.

Construction

Both watches feature excellent construction and fit, so it’s hard to go wrong with either watch if you’re on the lookout for these categories.

Starting with the Ranger, the case is simple, brushed steel. I’m not the biggest fan of brushed finish but I think the style is growing on me. The satin brushed finish is great for a tool watch like the ranger. The bezel is fixed stainless steel, so there’s nothing too special in that regard. The lugs are drilled and relatively simple as well, with a lug-to-lug width of 48mm. The drilled lugs should come in handy when replacing the strap. The domed sapphire crystal does its job of protecting the watch. As a tough watch, it has a water resistance of 150 meters which is very respectable.

On the other hand, the Rolex Explorer comes with a fully brushed case and bracelet. However, some areas aren’t brushed like the case walls and bezel ring. I kind of like this construction decision because this gives the Explorer some versatility. Meaning, it can work as a full-fledged field watch or a formal-wear timepiece. That’s the Rolex attention to detail for you.

Wearability

Comfort and wearability for both watches are on the high marks as well.

As far as fit and comfort go, the Tudor Ranger is a joy to wear. The watch wears close to the wrist because of the trim height. However, the main highlight of the Ranger is the fact that the strap/bracelet can be swapped. Aside from the stainless steel bracelet, the Tudor Ranger can be used with a leather strap or Nato strap. In this case, my favorite is the Nato strap because it perfectly complements the watch’s rugged nature.

As you might expect, the Explorer just wears excellent on the wrist. At 39mm, the Explorer is the kind of watch that just disappears on your wrist when you’re not looking. The Oystersteel bracelet is comfortable and feeling fresh as ever. The clasp is the patented Oysterlock with a 5mm extension link which means that achieving that great fit shouldn’t be a problem. The Rolex Explorer is obviously a daily wearer but you should be able to get away wearing it with a suit and tie outfit.

Timekeeping

For me, timekeeping comes down to the movement that beats with each of the timepiece. In this case, the clear winner is the Rolex Explorer with its in-house movement versus the Tudor Ranger’s ETA movement.

Rolex 3132 Movement

First, inside the Rolex Explorer 214270 beats the Rolex-built caliber 3132, boasting a COSC-chronometer certification along with other latest timekeeping technology such as Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers. The 3132 movement is built like a tank and features an accuracy of +/- 2 seconds of deviation per day. The caseback is solid, so you can’t view the movement which is a bit of a shame since the 3132 is a solid, tried and true movement.

On the flip side, the Tudor Heritage Ranger M79910 is powered by the modified 2824 movement. It’s Tudor’s spin on the ubiquitous ETA 2824 and I think they did a great job of adding some oomph to it. It’s not an in-house movement but it’s still a very solid timekeeping component. Obviously, using an ETA-based movement is important for keeping the cost down. But there’s nothing to worry about because the 2824 movement is a reliable work horse.

Pricing

Perhaps the most significant difference in this Tudor Ranger vs Rolex Explorer showdown is the price. For most of our readers, this is the main point of contention between these two watches.

The retail price for the Rolex Explorer 214270 is around $6K while the Tudor Heritage Ranger M79910 is available between $2K – $3K. As you can see, the Explorer is twice as expensive as the Ranger which is hardly a surprise. Tudor has always been the less expensive option for people who want a luxury Swiss watch.

Conversely, the Ranger presents a more subdued aesthetic while the Explorer offers more flash. Relative to the price, the Range is a lot of watch for the money. It’s a luxury watch without paying the luxury tax. On the other hand, the Explorer counts as a pinnacle of watchmaking but be prepared to pay more.

Tudor Ranger vs Rolex Explorer: The Verdict

Which timepiece should you go for?

Personally, if budget is not an issue, there’s very little reason to go for the Tudor Ranger. The Rolex Explorer delivers on all fronts including style, reliability, features, and value. Resale value is also high with the Explorer.

On the other hand, the Tudor Ranger presents an attractive and less expensive option for collectors. It might be the less expensive model between the two but the quality, style, and durability are all present. It’s a great watch for day to day wear.

Tissot Watch Review: Swiss-Grade Watches for Less

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When it comes to shopping for watches, two of the most important factors to consider are quality and value. Even the most hardcore watch collectors want to get the most out of their hard-earned money. At the end of the day, you want a good balance of quality and affordability. Today, we have a Tissot watch review for you that we believe demonstrates both factors.

Is Tissot a good watch brand?

Tissot is a Swiss watch brand and is actually a subsidiary brand of the Swatch Group. Personally, I’ve only been introduced to Tissot quite recently but I must say that I love my experience with the brand so far. For this Tissot watch review, we’ll talk about the brand’s history, the pros and cons, and highlight the best Tissot watches.

History of Tissot

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Tissot had its humble beginnings when it was founded by father and son Charles-Felicien Tissot and Charles-Emile Tissot in 1853 – it was named Charles-Felicien Tissot & Son then. The Tissot company started as a small assembly shop in Crêt-Vaillant, Le Locle, Switzerland. The brand started as a comptoird’etablissage which means that each component of the watch was worked independently by a network of craftsmen. Later on, Tissot hired these craftsmen to work under one roof.

Some of the first watches made by Tissot are gold pocket watches which were mainly intended to export to other countries and markets. The company also put out complications or pendant watches. During only the first year, the Tissot company has managed to reach and sell their crafts in the United States. After five years, Tissot has officially reached Russia in 1858. By the early 1920s, Tissot shipped luxury timepieces to Russia and several Russian czars have taken a liking to the brand.

In 1907, Charles Tissot helmed the building of the company’s factory in Chemin de Tourelles, Le Locle. The company has one goal in mind: meet customer demands across the globe. As of this writing, Tissot’s headquarters are still located there. In the same location, Tissot made its in-house movements, turning them into a certified watch manufacturer.

By 1910, Tissot expanded by making wristwatches for women. These timepieces gained a lot of attention because they’re made of gold and platinum, some are even embellished in diamonds. Afterward, Tissot offered men’s wristwatches for sale even before they became a staple trend. Although Tissot isn’t known for groundbreaking watch designs, the company stood out because of technical innovations. For instance in 1930, Tissot produced the very first non-magnetic wristwatch in 1930.

Although Tissot did well to survive for more than a century, it was still affected by the Quartz Revolution. Therefore, eventually in 1998, Tissot joined SMH (later became known The Swatch Group).

In modern times, Tissot continues to develop new concepts for watches. The company is still going strong and has sold an estimated number of 4 million watches so far.

Tissot Watch Review: Pros and Cons

What We Love

Storied Watch Brand

If you care about the history of watchmaking, you’ll find a lot to love about Tissot. The company has been around for more than a century, and it has certainly made its mark on the art of watchmaking.

Tissot isn’t exactly at the forefront of groundbreaking innovation but I have to give them the props for always pushing the boundaries. After all, the slogan of Tissot is “Innovators by Tradition.” The brand is always coming up with innovative watch concepts. For instance, Tissot manufactured the very first non-magnetic wristwatch in the 1930s.

So one can say that Tissot’s history has always been tied to watch innovation. Tissot may not have the same impact as other popular Swiss brands such as Rolex and Omega, it’s still a name that comes to mind whenever watch innovation is in the conversation.

Solid Designs

One of the first things that attracted me to Tissot is the design of their watches. Now, I’m not saying that the designs are mindblowingly amazing but they’re definitely solid. Tissot has numerous collections that are classic and straightforward like the Tissot Everytime and the venerable Tissot Le Locle. These designs are clean, straightforward, and timeless. It helps that Tissot knows how to create high-quality watches with top-notch construction.

However, Tissot also offers several collections of sports watches that are fairly good-looking. Again, the designs won’t exactly have you picking your jaw on the floor but they’re good-looking enough for regular rotation. For instance, the Tissot T-Race Cycling Vuelta 2017 features a sporty design that many sports car enthusiasts should love. Also, the Tissot Seastar is a classic vintage diver that looks even better in person.

In-House Movements

When it comes to watches, I’m always partial to watchmakers who make in-house movements. There’s just something cool about having a watch with a beating heart that’s unique and made by hand. This is such a treat with Tissot because they also offer their watches at competitive prices.

However, just to make it clear, not all Tissot watches have in-house movements, not even the majority of their collections do. But Tissot does use high-quality ETA movements for their watches. In some cases, the movement that they use can even be found in more expensive brands like Omega and Patek Philippe.

Competitive Pricing

Although Tissot is a Swiss watch company, they don’t actually offer “luxury watches” at least not in the traditional sense. With the pricing for most Tissot watches, it’s fair to say that it’s a mid-level brand. And that’s actually a boon for Tissot because they offer plenty of high-quality watches that would give more expensive brands a run for their money.

It’s safe to say that Tissot is an “affordable luxury” brand, and that’s fine by me.

What We Don’t Love

Frustrating Warranty Repair

Although this is not from personal experience, there seem to be a few people who aren’t satisfied with Tissot’s warranty repair policies. Tissot provides a warranty repair period of twenty-four (24) months which seems to pale in comparison with other brands. But then again, Tissot is far from being a luxury brand.

Remember that the warranty card is only valid when it’s filled out and stamped by an authorized dealer.

Beware of Counterfeits

This is not exactly a knock on the quality of Tissot watches but a word of caution. Tissot watches are some of the most widely counterfeited brands in the world. Thus, if you’re looking to purchase a Tissot watch, make sure that you do so from a reputable seller/dealer.

Best Tissot Watches

1. Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80

What’s better than starting with a watch that’s inspired by Tissot’s original factory location?

For starters, the Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80 comes in many different variants. But if you want a classic, vintage look that delivers in reliability, the Le Locle Powermatic 80 presents a solid option. I’ve opted for the silver-tone stainless steel case with a black leather strap and it’s a watch that you can easily wear daily.

The design is fairly elegant but it’s not borderline flashy – very easy on the eyes though. The leather strap isn’t exactly the highest of quality but the dial is quite inspired. The overall feel of the watch is outstanding and it uses the ever-reliable ETA 2824-2 with 28,800 beats per hour. At first, I thought the watch might be too small on my wrist but I think the size is just right.

2. Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph

This won’t be a Tissot watch review without highlighting the brand’s best dive watch. The Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph is a great purchase if you’re in the market for a dive watch under $1000.

Like most Tissot watches, the Seastar 1000 won’t be receiving any awards for design. It’s marketed as “an elegant watch for watersport lovers” but it’s not a piece that I would call as elegant. However, I’ve been wearing this dive watch for weeks and it’s such a treat with how comfortable it is.

The star of the show is certainly the lovely blue tone of the dial and in some angles, it looks purplish which is neat. The dial is very legible even under the harshest lighting conditions – always a good thing for a dive chronograph.

Overall, the Tissot Seastar 1000 is a great sports watch with an equally great price.

3. Tissot Swissmatic Everytime

Tissot has always been a brand that packs a lot of mechanical and technological punch, and for less. The Tissot Swissmatic Everytime is a testament to that.

The Swissmatic Everytime features a very traditional case shape, it’s rather on the thin side but it doesn’t affect its wearability at all. While the dial looks fine at first look, it does look flat and not very high-quality at all. My favorite from the collection is definitely the black dial.

With that said, the strongest point of the Swissmatic Everytime is the price. There are more expensive variants from the collection but expect to pay no more than $500 for these beauties.

Tissot Watch Review: Are These Watches Any Good?

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To conclude this Tissot watch review, we determine if this brand is worth your investment or not.

All things considered, Tissot is a brand that offers tremendous value. Their watches are Swiss-grade and high-quality for the most part but you’ll struggle to find a model that costs more than a grand. Tissot offers plenty of options as well, so there’s a little something for everyone.

If you’re meaning to check out this brand, we highly recommend that you do.

Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 Review: Everything You need To Know

Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 review

In this Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 review, we discuss its design, outlook, build and why it is a perfect choice for all watch lovers. We love this timepiece because of its elegant dial and sturdy build. It is also a self-winding watch, which means you can power it by moving your wrist. What’s more, you can wear it for professional marine activity without worrying about water damage. 

 

 

The Formula 1 Company has its history dated back in 1986. Back then, a better mode of watch mechanism became a problem as the available high-end timepieces were not marketable. This pushed the company to hit the market with a tag Formula 1 analog design.

The watch featured quartz movements with subtle inspirations from popular timepiece designs. Its style, sharp colors, and tasty combination of materials led to the sales success of the watch.

The company’s success has ties to its partnership with Formula 1 racing teams. Its relationship with organizations like the McLaren and Ferrari improved its marketability.

Other improvements, like the ETA movements and fiberglass case, brought about more popularity. Some models of the watch had classical designs with chronographs, hence more users loved them.

Are you looking to get yourself one of the legendary watches? Come on board as we introduce you to the Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 watch. There are many great features to expect from this timepiece. Hence, read on as we bring you in-depth Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 review.

 

Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 Review at a Glance

The Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 has a cutting-edge design that appeals to professional racers and surface water sportsmen.

Performance is the ideal watchword for the users of this watch. The designers focused on both high-end precision and comfort to deliver a timepiece that can fit the user’s wrist comfortably.

The watch boasts of a reliable automatic movement system similar to the Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16. This mechanism improves the performance and shoots up its water resistance quality.

It features a stand out grey dial with hour markers in Arabic numerals at 6 and 12 o’clock. The grey dial also has its luminescent hands, which are rhodium plated. This elegant watch has a stainless steel polished case of about 41mm with a crown made from sapphire crystal.

The best part of the watch is that you can pair it with a stainless steel bracelet to make a sound fashion statement. The combination of its ceramic bezel and stainless steel case gives an immaculate impression. Its elegant, sporty appearance also gives off an exquisite look when you rock the watch with a Jean and shirt.

Detailed Design of the Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 Review

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This Calibre 5 Watch features a stainless steel bracelet to match the stainless steel case. It has a ceramic ring bezel that is golden black and a stainless steel finish that rotates in a unidirectional movement.

The watch’s hour markers and hands have a silver-tone finish with luminous properties. You will surely love its rims, which have lined up minute markers with luminescent properties. With this watch, you don’t have to worry about days numbering as it features a date window at the 3 o’clock position.

It features a 43mm stainless steel casing that can withstand knocks and falls. The watch has a 22mm lug width, 48mm lug to lug dimension, and a lug height of 11mm.

The sturdiness of this watch is second to none as the crown fits tightly into the casing with a screw. Despite its bogus size, it wears well and will not look too big for your wrist.

The Calibre 5 design on the watch looks great, even in the dark. There is also the TH logo design on the second hand and at the back of the watch. The end has little details aside from the screw, which has a screw and a bland flag outlook.

One of the astonishing features of the watch is the sunburst chrome. The chrome matches beautifully with other colors like silver, black, and white color. This color combines with the light to give a brilliant appearance.

More on the impressive feature of the Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 review design is its 38 hours power reserve. This incredible feature allows the watch to run uninterrupted, which means every time you will get precise timekeeping.

Lastly, with the timepiece having a scratch-resistant crystal, you don’t have to bother about it looking ugly.

Functionality

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This Tag Heuer Formula 1 Automatic Men’s watch is functional with the ETA 2824-2 system. You can rock the watch with almost all kinds of fashion styles and still look good. Features like the unidirectional bezel, red-tipped hands, and the anthracite dial make it ideal for prolonged all-day usage.

The steel bracelet is comfortable on the wrist and does not give marks on the skin. Size is perfect as it is not too small or too big. Hence, people would always notice your wrist without feeling intimidated by the size of your watch.

Top-Notch Movement 

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Regardless of the similarities of F1 Quartz and Automatic caliber, some features differentiate them. The major difference between the two watches lies in their mechanism of movement – the quartz and calibers.

The Formula 1 quartz watch features a movement that is powered by a battery and the famed crystal.  However, despite the availability of some quartz models, TAG Heuer F1 has since advanced by adding several mechanical movements. These include the Caliber 16, 5, 6, and 7 variants.

In the 5th series of Tag Heuer F1 watches, the brand introduced the caliber 16, which runs on automatic chronograph movement derived from Valjoux 7750. Aside from using it in the popular Tag Heuer Formula 1 Caliber 16, they featured this movement on other Chronos timepieces, including Carrera models.

Caliber 6 uses an automatic movement but with an additional tiny second hand at the 6 o’clock position. As for Calibre 7, this contains 21 jewels, and it is functional with the use of ETA 2893-2 movements.

However, Caliber 5 is much more modified by the brand as it uses ETA 2824-2 automatic movement with 25 jewels. It has a power reserve of 38 hours, which makes it one of the efficient movements of the Tag Heuer F1 series. The best part is that its accuracy on timekeeping and durability is second to none compared to other calibers. No wonder it is gaining so many remarks on the market.

Strap

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A critical look at the bracelets will reveal the absence of tapers. Although this may not mean much, you should also know that the bracelets use pins instead of screws. The bracelets are big but not too intimidating. The links are foldable and flexible with one more folding piece.

You would find an extension and slim-fit micro-adjustments. These features make the watch secure and comfortable even when you wear it for a long time. The bold, conspicuous bracelets show off the taste and style of the timepiece.

The only drawback to the bracelets is that it feels too soft on the skin. Hence, it is prone to scratches, which means a few months of constant usage, you would notice marks on the bracelets.

Water Sports Features

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Surely, divers and marine workers will love a watch that they can wear for usual activities and casual outing. Hence, this watch offers all that they seek in one piece.

You can wear it to any casual or formal meetings as it has an elegant built that will complement your outfit. This elegant timepiece is water-resistant to a depth of 200 meters. That means you can wear it while you dive into the ocean without worrying about water damage.

Another exciting feature that will be of great importance for marine activities is its unidirectional bezel. With such spec on this watch, any pro-diver will find it easier to account for elapse time underwater.

What’s more, since it features a screw-down crown, this makes the timepiece a highly waterproofed watch to use for professional marine activity. However, you should be mindful of the depth since it can only withstand 200 meters of water pressure.

Pricing

The watch for its features has good pricing. Its sporty features and clean design could sell for a more high-end price. Thus, you are getting a super watch for a reasonable price.

If you are a fan of colorful watches, then Tag Heuer Calibre 5, this is the perfect choice for you. The watch has polished steel finished with blue bezel. The concept behind this design is stealth and high-end fashion.

The designers claim the color is from the Ossi Blue Porsche. The watch features a functional tachymeter scale that helps you keep up with speed on and off the track.

Considering its luminous feature, you will agree that watch pricing is quite logical. With rhodium-plated hands and indexes, you can read the watch comfortably in the dark.

The watch precision system features Swiss Made quartz for cutting-edge precision. You will enjoy accurate timing by the hour to the smallest millisecond.

If you take a detailed look around the watch, you will notice subtle aesthetical finishes that put it apart from other timepieces within its price range. Not only that, but you will also find the red dashes that contrast against the monochrome to give it a more elegant appearance.

Drawbacks

For the price on any Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5, the watch meets all the standards and requirements you would expect. Yet, it has few features that would be better off in a cheaper watch.

Although the bracelets fit fine with useful links, the lack of tapers and clasp make the watch not comfortable on the wist. For some users, The Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 is too expensive. But most users would find the aesthetics, specifications, quality of materials, and build befitting for the price.

If you are on a budget, you may want to check out similar watches with the same specifications and lower costs. But, The Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 shows class and luxury. Hence, you should consider these factors as the determining factor for the price.

Aside from these few drawbacks, The Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 is a fantastic watch. The detailed designs, color combinations, and legible dials make it a functional timepiece. It has a touch of luxury and quality that would make you stand out in the crowd.

The precision is accurate for high-end timing. Although it has a sporty appearance, you can rock the watch and even and still look great. The watch has a big build but would still fit into your cuffs without an unattractive bulge. It is difficult to hate this fantastic timepiece. It is functional, pleasing, and durable.

Does Tag Heuer Formula Calibre 5 Worth the Investment? 

From everything mentioned in this Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 review, you will agree that this timepiece is a perfect option for mid budget watch lovers. The reason is that it has a quality build and elegant design that will make you not resist adding it to your collections.

The Calibre 5 has a stylish analog design with impressive color watch face made with top-notch materials. The best part of it is that it is very affordable compared to other high-end watch brands. No wonder why it has attracted many buyers and watch enthusiasts.

With a striking appearance and boasted fiberglass case, this timepiece stands out from other Tag Heuer Formula 1 series.

The watch suits a gentleman’s everyday lifestyle as it reeks of class. This detailed tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 review will help you make the right choice.

Get this timepiece to set yourself apart when you step out in informal or casual occasions. However, if you still do not like Calibre 5, you could check out the Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16.

Snyper Watches Review: An In-Depth Look At Their Product Line

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We’ve researched the top picks for you, so that you can compare the best watches that Snyper has to offer at a glance. Overall, we think that Snyper is a great buy because of the exceptionally high-quality materials used, plus they look great. But we also weigh the pros and cons of choosing Snyper over other similar brands at the end of this review.

While any wristwatch will make you appear more professional, and outside of work, they’re a fashion accessory that enhances any outfit you’re wearing. Is a Snyper watch right for you?

Snyper Watches Review

Snyper watches are a high-end, Swiss-made watch brand designed and assembled in Geneva. Inspired by the high-budget, ultra-high-tech military-grade equipment used by snipers, these wristwatches claim to embody the physical and mental strength of an elite class of warriors. In fact, the company refers to its lineup of wristwatches as “the Snyper range.’

Like a hybrid crossover between ultra-luxury top brands like Rolex, and the original functional purpose of wristwatches in the first place, Snyper boasts a vast array of wristwatches which look great, and will most likely serve your needs to tell time, or just show off your awesome watch.

What’s The Best Snyper Watch?

While everyone has different needs, Snyper offers a broad range of diverse models for their men’s wristwatches. Some might set you back more than the cost of a new car, while others were designed with the same high-tech functionality but without the bling.

Read on to find out what we think about:

Top Pick:  Men’s Automatic Chronograph Watch with Diamonds

If you’re going to get a high-end wristwatch, it might as well look like you’re making six figures per year. The Snyper Ironclad Men’s Automatic Chronograph Watch with Diamonds is that watch.

The scratch-resistant, anti-reflective crystal face reveals a polished metallic and black palette offset with a royal red that looks like money. Under the silver-toned luminescent hands are an additional second hand, a thirty-minute counter, and a 12-hour counter.

The stainless steel bezel is set with 48 TW VVS diamonds. The brushed stainless steel metal band that supports it is durable, elegant, and sleek.

Runner Up: Snyper ‘Two Steel’ Swiss Made Watch

When you require function over form, and need the extra-rugged durability of a rubber watchband, and water resistance up to 100 meters/330 feet, then the Snyper ‘Two Steel’ Swiss Made Watch is your go-to daily sports and activity watch of choice. This model boasts the same reliability of the Snyper brand, while allowing a little more flexibility with budget by not adding a bunch of diamonds to a watch you’re likely to take on some active excursions involving water sports.

Overall the look is very appealing without screaming for anyone’s attention. One really cool aspect of this watch is that the numbers around the dial are the seconds, which aren’t just broken up into 60 seconds, but so precise that each second has 4 microseconds built in between.

We half expected this watch to include a laser, but it’s still an invaluable asset if you’re going for that James Bond look.

Solid Choice: Snyper ‘Two Navy’ Swiss Made Watch

The Snyper ‘Two Navy’ wristwatch is just the right amount of aquamarine to stand out while scuba diving up to 100 meters, or 330 feet, yet still appear sleek while walking on the street. The rubber wristband allows for non-slip water play without worrying about ruining your investment.

The day and date are clearly displayed at the 3 o’clock, under the scratch-resistant, anti-glare sapphire crystal face. The extra-large 12 and 6 hours allow easy access to telling time at a glance.

Budget Choice: Snyper ‘Two Black’ Swiss Made Watch

Like the younger brother watch, the Snyper ‘Two Black’ foregoes fancy for fun. Mostly black with red highlights, it appears to be in stealth mode at all times.

This watch displays the minutes, not hours, in Arabic numerals around the face. The rubber watch band will endure a sweaty outing, or workout, as well as not pinching any forearm hairs as a metal band will.

You can find the day, and date on the right-hand side of the face, while the far left of the watch has a special pop-up compartment with a flame style lighter module which may be useful for lighting your cigar.

High-End Choice: Snyper Tourbillon F117 Titanium Swiss Made Watch

The most expensive (by far) and second to least aesthetically pleasing watch is the Snyper Tourbillon F117 Titanium. With a font on the dial that resembles comic sans, they decided for two colors – white and red – but only three numbers. The ‘6’ is mysteriously absent here.

The band material is inexplicably rubber, as though you would be wearing the equivalent of a brand new car around on your wrist while you were playing sports. Possibly more mysterious is why the beautifully polished titanium appears broken due to the center display being open so you can see the gears in the lower fourth of the watch face.

While they boast that this F117 watch is inspired by military aviation and is limited to only 25 pieces, we can’t help but wonder if there was any other inspiration source for the limited production.

Seems Decent: Snyper ‘One H’ Swiss Made Watch

The Snyper ‘One H’ model offers that sleek black with white text and red splashes, while offering a number of tiny windows that include: the day, the date, an extra second counter, a thirty-minute counter, as well as a 12-hour counter.

Though the strap is rubber, the hefty dial gives a manly weight to this watch. This seems like the most basic Snyper model in terms of looks, design, and function – yet pricewise it’s not the cheapest. While this would be a fun watch to wear, we can’t justify a higher price tag for the cheaper and even more awesome ‘Two Black.’

Meh: Snyper Ironclad Bicolor Rose Gold Swiss Made Watch

With the Snyper Ironclad Bicolor Rose Gold, leather and Rose Gold clash to create somewhat of an eyesore with too much contrast to look good. While this watch boasts the same engineering and durability of other Snyper watches, we can’t recommend this for any gentlemen who take themselves seriously.

Rose Gold is a cool color for your girlfriend’s iPhone, but not so much for a men’s wristwatch.

Should you get a Snyper watch?

Snyper offers a number of features that are pretty standard in the luxury men’s wristwatch, and some unique selling points that we don’t usually see in other watches. But with their high quality comes a price tag to match, so we’ve created a list of things we loved, and things we felt were lacking.

The pros of Snyper watches:

  • Most of these models look amazing, combining luxury parts with high quality to make an heirloom style wristwatch.
  • The cases are made with steel or titanium machined from the block, with a brushed metal bezel, and the faces are protected by scratch resistant, anti-reflective crystal.
  • You can actually mod your wristwatch with special attachments at the sides. Some models come preloaded with windproof lighters that emit a bright blue flame.
  • The watches themselves resemble sniper rifles with the cross-hairs on the dials, chronograph pushers that look like triggers, clip holder-like metal bars at 9 o’clock, and the crown which bears resemblance to a sight.

Mixed feelings:

  • Designer and co-founder of the Snyper One watch Jean Francois Ruchonnet who was an actual sniper in the military, claims the watches are called “Snyper” because it’s like a man seeking out a woman and taking one shot to get her.
  • One of the watch attachment modules in production is actually a laser, though it can’t cut through metal. So, no pun intended, but what’s the point?

The cons of Snyper watches:

  • The price tag is a bit higher than most midrange watches on the market, though with the precision engineering and high quality of materials used to produce the watches, they are more like inexpensive luxury Swiss watches.
  • The wildly differing models don’t offer a unified theme to the branding of the watches. While most are sleek and cool, like sniper rifles, some are so gaudy it’s hard to tell what they’re supposed to look like.

Bottom Line

Snyper has an awesome range of watches to choose from, with some models that really shine. But if it’s just not your thing, there are plenty of other men’s wristwatches out there.

If you like Snyper’s dive watch capable water resistance, and that beautiful black and blue style like the ‘Two Navy’ model, then you might like Deep Blue’s line of men’s wristwatches.

If Snyper’s luxury look, and Swiss made style is more your thing, then you should check out the Oris line of men’s wristwatches.

And if you want that sleek, simple look like Snyper’s ‘Two Black,’ then click here to find out more about Victorinox’ line of men’s wristwatches.

Thank you for reading our review on Snyper brand men’s wristwatches. We really hope you find the perfect watch for you. If you enjoyed this article, share it on your social media so your friends can enjoy it, too!

Longines HydroConquest Review

Review of Longines HydroConquest

The Longines HydroConquest line of diving watches are top-of-the-line accessories for the modern businessman. They feature a professional style that also works well with casual attire. If you would like to invest in a premium Swiss brand sports watch, you should consider this line of luxury wristwatches.

As a modern entrepreneur, I needed a wristwatch I could wear with my best suit for those important conference meetings, but also wanted an accessory that would work for weekend get-togethers with friends and family.

The HydroConquest line from Longines easily caught my attention. I was aware of their unsurpassed reputation for creating quality watches. And I admired the dressy casual look of their timepieces. Also, the brand’s customer ratings are some of the best I’ve seen for a watch manufacturer in several years.

Who is the Longines HydroConquest Wristwatch Designed For?

The Longines line of HydroConquest watches were not designed for one single target audience. Instead, the manufacturers created a watch design for a much broader range of customers. The look caters to business professionals and watch enthusiasts alike. Especially those interested in a stylish and long-lasting accessory.

This diving sports watch is water-resistant up to 30 bar. However, that doesn’t mean it is strictly for divers. The chronological dial and luxurious look make this impressive sports watch an excellent choice.  The watch is perfect for today’s busy CEOs and top negotiators. It is resistant to both dust and water. This means you can easily wear this sports watch daily without worrying about  damage from the elements.

Watch collectors and enthusiasts love this line. Mainly because it features a classic Swiss watch style with several extras. Those extras make the HydroConquest line unique. The sports watch collection  offered in various designs features gold or silver straps. The watches are also available with straps made from synthetic materials. The variety of designs allows customers to find one watch to match s their inimitable personality and style preference.

Why We Recommend This Line of Diving Watches

When a watch has enough staying power to remain one of the most talked about diving watches for more than a decade, it’s worth looking into. The HydroConquest was first introduced in 2007 and remains one of the best Swiss made watches you can buy.

The specifications for this collection are impressive 10 years after their release. But as a consumer, you shouldn’t rely on technical aspects alone. It’s impossible to tell how nice a watch truly is unless you try it out for yourself.

Even though I’m not a diver, I do consider myself a watch enthusiast. And I have always loved the rugged yet sophisticated look of Longines’ diver watches. Their sleek design makes them stand out just enough to get noticed. But at the same time, they offer just the right amount of flair so that they don’t take the attention away from the rest of your attire.

Like most Swiss watches, those from the Longines HydroConquest line are designed to outlast any other general sports watch available. They are manufactured using only the finest and most durable materials in the industry.

Designing a mechanical watch that will outlast the owner seems impossible. But that is what he Longines brand strives to achieve with every luxury watch they create.

The Longines brand pays attention to detail. And that fact alone makes their watches worth checking into.

The Features You Will Love About The Longines HydroConquest Watch

The Longines HydroConquest diving watch is a work of art in itself. It features a 41mm diameter stainless steel case. That helps ensure that it remains water resistant up to 300 meters. The steel material is heavy, but refined. This makes it a durable piece that is also comfortable to wear. Leaving the wearer with a very solid feel. The durability you can both see and feel with this watch is sure to provide divers with the confidence they need to take this watch deep into the water without concerns.

All watches in the HydroConquest line feature the impressive Longines caliber 633 movement. These timepieces have a unidirectional rotating aluminum bezel with a sapphire crystal and a screw-in crown. The quality indexing on the bezel and face, along with spaced Arabic numbers and markers make this watch easy to glance at and read quickly throughout the day.

The included date feature may not be a one of the most essential features of this watch, but it’s included as a useful reminder and situated at the 3 o’ clock mark. All these specifications combined make this a fine choice for those spending their day at sea or at the office.

Along with the 41mm stainless steel version, there are also smaller models available such as the 39mm watch designed for slimmer wrists and a 30mm Ladies design. The HydroConquest line even features a 25mm quartz version adding more variety to their collection.

The Downside to the Longines HydroConquest Watch

The Longines HydroConquest line of timepieces is a truly elegant collection. These Swiss watches are so well-made they are still talked about as if they are brand new products over a decade after their initial release. But as with any type of product, there are always some features that all customers aren’t going to agree on.

Overall there are very few complaints about this watch collection. But if you look around online you can find a mentions of negative aspects such as the wedges that provide protection to the watch crown. They do their job well, but are also quite sharp, which can be uncomfortable at times. Others have mentioned the solid case back which is a bit unusual for a mechanical watch.

But since the HydroConquest is also a diving watch, the solid back helps to further ensure the optimal amount of water resistance

About The Longines Brand

Longines is a Swiss luxury watchmaker brand that is based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. The company was founded in 1832 and since 1983, it has been a subsidiary of another popular Swiss watch brand, Swatch Group.

The company was founded by a Swiss watchmaker Auguste Agassiz. Their first chronograph movement watch, the 20H, was developed in 1878 and featured all three chronograph functions, start, stop and reset. These functions were all accessible via the crown of the watch.

In 1931 Longines partnered with legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh to create an aviation watch known as the Longines Weems. They later followed up this timepiece with another aviation watch, the Longines Chronocinegines, in 1954.

Today the brand has developed strong relationship switch the sporting industry by creating timepieces ideal for those interested in archery, automobile racing, horse racing and tennis. The brand continues to be one of the most popular Swiss diving watch manufactures across the globe and still considered a wise investment for anyone willing to purchase one of these fine, luxurious watches.

Specifics for the Longines HydroConquest Sports Watch

Here are a few of the specifics for the HydroConquest Sports Watch Line.

Watch Case & Bracelet

  • Case & Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
  • Specifications: Screw-in Crown and Unidirectional rotating bezel.
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • Screw-down case back
  • Water resistant up to 30 bar
  • Case Dimension: Ø 41.00 mm
  • Bracelet Buckle: Double-security folding clasp and integrated diving extension

Movement, Functions, & Dials

  • Caliber: L633 self-winding mechanical movement with 28’800 vibration per hours. 38 hours of power reserve in all.
  • Function: hours, minutes, seconds, and date
  • Arabic numerals and indexes for markers with Super-LumiNova®
  • Silver polished hands also with Super-LumiNova®

Why We Think You Should Consider Buying the Longines HydroConquest Watch

A Longines HydroConquest wristwatch is a smart buy for anyone who loves the beauty and craftmanship of a luxury divers watch, but also wants a timepiece they can wear anywhere at any time. It’s a luxury watch that works like your traditional sports watch. So, you never have to switch out timepieces when going from business to casual.

The HydroConquest line of watches features a high visibility display with a sapphire crystal glass. These watches include the brand’s Super-LumiNova® feature which illuminates the watch face so you can easily see the dial hands and display in dark settings.

The watches have a popular 41mm casing size with the brand’s L633 movement that is based off of ETA 2824. Each watch also includes a diver extension bracelet and has a 300m water resistance rating for peace of mind while diving.

Final Thoughts on the Longines HydroConquest

The HydroConquest line of watches by Longines features timepieces that are a remarkable masterpiece of today’s innovative watch manufacturing. The sweeping automatic movement works similar to a Rolex, which is a testament of the quality of the Longines brand. With that type of comparison, it is easy to see why so many watch enthusiasts are impressed by this line of wristwatches.

Overall, the quality of the HydroConquest diving watches remains to be some of the very best that you can buy, and that’s saying a lot considering these watches have been available for more than ten years. While highly advanced watch models have been developed by other brands in the past decade, the HydroConquest continues to stand its ground and remain a favorite with luxury watch enthusiasts.

If you are interested in investing in a high-quality Swiss timepiece, the Longines brand is a good place to start your search. You can be assured that you are buying a wristwatch that with withstand the test of time and technology. And considering that these watches are around a sixth of the price of a Rolex, a Longines HydroConquest is a smart choice for watch collectors on a budget.

Victorinox Watches Review [In-Depth Brand Review]

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While not as popular as other Swiss watch brands, Victorinox is a brand name that deserves respect. The brand has been around for more than a century but most people know it as the one responsible for creating the trusty Swiss Army knife.

Victorinox is indeed a fairly new watchmaking brand. However, with generations of success, Victorinox is a brand that many watch collectors can’t afford to ignore.

For today’s Victorinox watches review, we’ll take a look at the history, pros and cons, and the best models this watch has to offer.

The History of Victorinox Watches

 

The company Victorinox Swiss Army (abbreviated as VSA) was founded by Karl Elsener in 1884. The name Victorinox was actually derived from Elsener’s mother’s name – Victoria, and the “inox” is the French word for steel. However, it wasn’t until the 1920s that the name materialized.

In 1890, the Swiss Army started buying pocket knives to equip its soldiers. A part of this lucrative government contract was won by Elsener.

Switching over to the United States, the company Charles Forschner & Sons was founded in 1855 in New Britain, Connecticut. The brand was making butcher scales. In 1877, Forschner died and his son Richard changed the name of the company to RH Forschner and moved its operations to New York. The company started supplying butcher knives in 1921.

In the 1930s, RH Forschner started looking for alternative suppliers and eventually started buying knives from Victorinox. This relationship flourished and soon, Forschner gained exclusive rights to sell Victorinox knives in the States.

In the 1989, the wristwatch “Swiss Army” was launched and became a great success in North America. From this point, Victorinox was not just known for its heavy-duty pocket knives but also high-quality Swiss watches.

Fast forward to Victorinox and Swiss Army Brands (SABI), the latter formerly RH Forschner, announced the formation of a new company called Victorinox Swiss Army Watches.

From the Source

The Victorinox Swiss Army has a long and complicated history. If you want to go in-depth, we highly recommend that you check out this post from Victorinox. It’s pretty compelling stuff.

Victorinox Watches Review: Pros and Cons

Are Victorinox watches worth checking out? We break down the things that we love and we don’t love about this Swiss watch brand.

What We Love

Compelling History and Legacy

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Many folks are familiar with the Victorinox brand of watches but are surprised to learn that they’re the makers of the venerable Swiss Army Knife.

Victorinox is not exactly a forefront name when it comes to timepiece innovation. If you are a big fan of horology, Victorinox’s history will not be your cup of tea. However, it’s still interesting to know how a pocket knife maker turned into a respectable watchmaking brand.

After all, Victorinox has been around for more than 120 years. Therefore, history buffs and avid collectors will have a field day when looking at what this Swiss brand can offer, history-wise.

Victorinox Swiss Army is not just a Swiss brand, it’s a watchmaking company with a long and rich history.

Beautiful Rugged Designs

 

Victorinox watches are about as tough as they look (more on the toughness aspect later). Many of my Victorinox timepieces feature a rugged design which resonates well with me. Many of their designs are fairly simple but they do pack a lot of visual punch.

Despite the simple overall design, what really stands out to me is Victorinox’s attention to detail. It’s almost as if every facet of the watch is lovingly crafted. Victorinox timepieces boast great details, adding depth to the overall visual appeal. I love how clean and textured Victorinox watches are.

Plus, these watches really look like they could take a beating.

Excellent Toughness

 

Victorinox timepieces will last you a long time. The construction quality of these watches is on-point. These watches feel tight, robust, and gives off a high-quality feel. Speaking of quality, Victorinox watches generally are made from high-quality materials.

Even the low-end models come with solid stainless steel and coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

With that said, I would highly recommend Victorinox watches if you are looking for a daily beater timekeeping tool. Aside from the fact that they are durable, they also look good enough that you can wear them all the time. They’re not called all-terrain watches for nothing.

Good Value

Apart from a few luxury pieces, the core collections of Victorinox are mostly budget-friendly – at least as far as Swiss watches go. The most popular Victorinox pieces are available for less than $500. You can even find an entry-level model in Amazon that goes below $100.

As a result, getting a Victorinox watch is a good entry-level point into Swiss watches. There’s nothing amazing when it comes to internal features like movement but you’ll get a solid good watch nonetheless. Due to the great price point, Victorinox watches are also excellent gifts for people who don’t wear watches.

I gave my dad a Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick and he loved it.

Good Reputation

While checking out what Victorinox has to offer, the brand is already looking good. Victorinox is already a fairly known brand, even way before their days of manufacturing watches. I’ve owned several Victorinox Swiss knives, so I already know what to expect with their watches.

Having said that, Victorinox is a brand with an established history and legacy. You’re not exactly gambling with an obscure brand if you choose to go with Victorinox Swiss Army.

What We Don’t Love

Pedestrian Timekeeping Features

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If you are looking for pieces with expertly crafted mechanical movements, Victorinox is not the brand for you. Most if not all Victorinox models house a Swiss quartz movement which is about as low-end that you can get as far as movements go.

Don’t get me wrong, Victorinox watches are accurate, thanks to its reliable quartz movement. However, these watches don’t exactly pack advanced features that most modern watches have but that’s fine by me.

Don’t expect these watches to be marvels of horology.

Not Solely a Watch Maker

Although Victorinox has already proven itself in the watch industry, it’s hard to ignore that they’re exclusively a watch company. While it’s not that much of a problem for me, I know some people who won’t give this brand a chance just because they’re not solely a watchmaking company.

On the other hand, some people are also accusing Victorinox of diluting the brand by making other products aside from watches. They are already a respectable knife manufacturer. Many feel that the addition of other products like clothing, fragrance, and luggages diminishes the brand.

Best Victorinox Watches

This Victorinox watches review won’t be complete if we don’t highlight the best models this brand has to offer.

1. Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. Carbon

 

Most people have a Victorinox as their first pocket knife. The Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. Carbon is created in the same spirit as the famous Swiss Army knives.

The “tacticool” design is certainly a stand out, especially with the paracord strap. The strap adds a great deal of personality to the INOX – it looks amazing on-wrist. Whether you’re an outdoor person or the military type, the design of this watch will impress you.

The main draw of this model is the Carbon Composite material. This material makes the INOX highly durable but also hypoallergenic and lightweight. The case does have a “plastic” feel to it but that’s only due to the carbon material.

The Victorinox I.N.O.X. Carbon is one of the best military watches and it has certainly earned that spot.

2. Victorinox 249087 Original XL

 

The Victorinox 249087 Original XL is the perfect entry-level option to this Swiss brand. During its release, it became quite popular which is why it re-imagined and relaunched.

The Victorinox 249087 Original XL is a no-nonsense analog watch with a simple dial and overall design. Sometimes, you just need a watch that works and the Original XL fills that requirement beautifully. The dial looks very readable with lumed hands and markers.

It comes with a nylon band which surprisingly feels comfortable. The durability is on-point, making it an excellent beater watch. Finally, the watch comes at a great price. Tremendous value!

3. Victorinox Maverick Chronograph

Now, for a high-end offering from Victorinox, we have the Victorinox Maverick Chronograph.

This watch stands out due to its classic, sophisticated look. It’s the type of watch that you can wear every day but dressy enough for gala events. Victorinox has managed to strike a balance between function and form. It’s a good-looking timepiece, especially with the beautiful gray dial and subdials.

It comes with a stainless steel bracelet which feels comfortable and secure. However, the entire watch does feel a bit heavy-handed but it’s not much of a big deal. Unfortunately, the snap-in clasp mechanism is flawed. The clasp is a chore to operate.

Lest we forget, the Victorinox Maverick Chronograph is a dive watch with a 10 ATM (100 m./330 ft.) water resistance rating. It’s not exactly one of the best dive watches that you can buy but it’s nevertheless a respectable effort from Victorinox.

Victorinox Watches Review: Are They Any Good?

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Let’s wrap up this Victorinox watches review with our recommendation.

Should you bother with Victorinox watches? Absolutely! The Swiss brand offers plenty of timepieces that are both great looking and functional. Victorinox watches won’t exactly blow anyone’s mind but they’re great entry-level options for the realm of Swiss watches. Ultimately, these watches are excellent value for the money.

Best Automatic Dive Watch Under 1000

Review of the best automatic dive watch under 1000

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

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

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

Seiko Prospex SBDC029 (Best Automatic Dive watch Under 1000)

 

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

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

Benefits / Drawbacks – Seiko Men’s SBDC029

Tough build-up

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

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

Luminous hands and markers

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

Extra Features

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

Seiko Men’s SKX007K Automatic

 

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

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

Benefits / Drawbacks – Seiko Men’s SKX007

Sleek design

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

Reliable movement

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

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

Standard water resistance

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

Davosa Ternos Professional

 

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

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

Benefits / Drawbacks – Davosa Ternos Professional

Elegant, Smart-looking timepiece

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

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

Best Underwater Companion

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

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

Unmatched quality

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

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

Marathon WW194026

 

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

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

Benefits / Drawbacks – Marathon WW194026

Classic style design

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

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

High level of water resistance

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

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

Well-built for all purposes

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

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

Wrap-Up

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

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

Frederique Constant Review – A Timepiece for People to Enjoy Luxury

Frederique Constant Review

You find them on the wrist of entrepreneurs or the arm of luxury lovers. They exhibit a sense of class and achievement. It complements any outfits. Here in this article, I am talking about Frederique Constant timepieces review.

 

For decades, Frederique Constant has shown how traditional Swiss watchmaker combines classic finishes. Presently, they have even added modern touches such as the silicon escapement wheel and smart technology. This brand has shown all the marks consistent with the most expensive brands on the market.

But the selling point of Frederique Constant watch brand is its budget-friendly nature. It comes as a surprise, especially as it offers an in-house caliber and original designs.

Are you interested to get a timepiece in this Swiss brand? Are its watches worth the hype? Let’s take you through a brief history and tell you more about this watchmaker in our Frederique Constant review. 

Frederique Constant – From a Humble Start to World-Class Brand

This watch brand is the brainchild of a Swiss couple, Alexa and Peter Stas. The company got its name from the combination of their middle names. Furthermore, Frederique Constant represents a younger set of Swiss watchmakers as it was officially launched in 1988.

The company owners planned to focus on people looking for affordable mechanical watches that can compete with expensive options in the market. Fortunately, they recorded success and has even acquired other young watch companies such as Alpina. And since the famous watchmaker ‘’Citizen’’ has purchased the Frederique Constant, there are plans for further expansion.

This Frederique Constant targets budget consumers, although it has watches that cost thousands of dollars. But if you want a timeless Swiss watch, the company has automatic, and quartz watches that cost even less. Here are some of the collections offered by this impressive brand.

The Manufacture

The Manufacture offers three versions which include the FC-9xx, Tourbillion, and FC-7xx collections. It also provides 15 in-house movements at a price lesser than similar products from other brands. The Frederique Constant manufacture has a build that promises elegance and functionality in a small package.

Let’s reveal to you one of the popular Frederique constant manufacture watches on the market, the Classic Manufacture.

The Classic Manufacture – Automatic Powered Dress Watch

This luxury watch has an elegant dial that allows easy reading. It consists of hand-polished black hands with evenly spaced Roman numeral markers surrounding them.

I find the alligator band also attractive. Since it is black, it goes with every outfit. The watch is also comfortable to wear for long periods without feeling any pressure on the wrist.

The Classic Manufacture runs on an in-house system that promises 42-power reserve, thereby offering hours of readings. For this reason, you can use the watch for long periods without worrying about battery replacements.

The Silicone Escapement wheel

Watches with silicone components were not in existence until Patek Philippe introduced this innovation in 2005. One of the companies to follow this trend was Frederique Constant which launched the Heart Beat Calibre FC 935 Silicium in October 2007. Since then, the Swiss watchmaker has continued to use this technology with its timepieces.

Silicone escapement wheels are light and created via reactive ion etching. Due to its lightweight features, they are easy to wear and comfortable enough on the wrist than metal parts. Furthermore, they are frictionless and not easily affected by other harsh conditions.

The downside about the silicone escapement wheels is that it breaks easily. However, a carbon coat makes it stronger than it was in the original state.

The Runabout Inspired by the Timeless Riva Boats

Frederique constant never fails to keep up a defined history of the 1920s with their Runabout timepiece product line. This timepiece is one of the main collections of Frederique constant designed to give a mark of respect to the runabout gentlemen’s sports boats.

 

During the Helice Classique Geneve and Lake Tahoe Concours D’Elegance boating Events, the company took part in the sponsorship. And up to date, the company has continued to support and maintain the annals of these classic yachts.

Since the introduction of the Runabout automatic collection, there has been colossal sale recorded every year. As of today, there are even two new automatic models of the Runabout range – one with a stainless steel case while the other features a rose gold plated case.

The two models cases are well-polished, giving a gleaming appearance of the vintage Riva boats. They have convex sapphire crystal which protects a navy blue dial that bears luminous numerals, indexes, and hands.

The Worldtimer – Multiple Time Zone Watch with Attractive Dial

The Frederique Constant watch brand also has offered another great timepiece known as the Worldtimer. Released in 2012, this watch as a limited edition with two models with different dials. One has the popular world map design while the other featured a stamped motif on the sub-dial and main dial.

Since the first launch of the Frederique Constant Worldtimer, the watch has maintained the map design on its dial. However, there have been several changes in the color scheme in 2015 (navy blue) and 2017 (light brown).

 

You can read the time in any of the featured 24 cities on its dial by placing any of them at the 12 o’ marker. A pair of discs also show if it’s nighttime or daylight in these locations.

If you aren’t a Frederique constant watch snob, you will love its in-house FC-718 caliber movement. This option offers 26 jewels with a 42-hour power reserve. You can adjust the watch time via its 2-O-Rings crown at the upper part of its case, which makes the Worldtimer watch an easy timepiece to operate.

The Portable Moonphase Watch with Slim Profile

This timepiece was launched in 2013, and it comes as one of the most affordable moon-phase watches. It also features the brand’s traditional in-house movement and its slim look reminds us of the kind of Frederique constant watch women will love to own.

The Frederique Constant watch moon phase is attractive, and it features a well-designed dial that overshadows its pocket-friendly price. The dial also has a willow-shaped nickel hour and minute hands, and a beautiful moon-phase and a date window that gives the watch a classic look.

The Slimline Moonphase screams minimalism as it controlled via the onion-shaped crown. Since the watch is not bulky, it is comfortable enough on any wrist.

The Horological Smartwatch – Conventional Approach to Modern-day Technology

Here, Frederique Constant combines traditional timepiece design with modern-day technology. In other words, this regular dress watch has the impressive features of a smartwatch. In 2015, Frederique Constant and Alpina launched this timepiece in partnership with MMT.

Before its release, MMT was providing a solution for extended battery life as well as a dial that supported smartwatch wearable technology. Besides, the Swiss watchmaker was facing the challenges of maintaining the traditional look of the watch that consists of polished cases, hour indexes, and sleek hands.

This smart timepiece does not require daily charging as it uses a quartz movement. Overall, the battery can last for as much as two years.

It also has an analog display dial which uses its hour and minute dials to display your activity stats. If you want to have detailed information on your activity goals, pair the watch with its MotionX-365 app.

The Heartbeat of Frederique Constant

The “heartbeat” design includes a dial aperture that shows the balance wheel at the 6 o’clock index. In 2016, Frederique Constant released two models of the “heartbeat watch” or Heart Beat Manufacture watch. However, these models are the upgraded versions of the model launched in 2019.

 

The new models were released because of imitations from other brands plagued the sales of the first version. Also, Frederique Constant planned to prove that they were the first firm to feature the “heartbeat” design.

Other features on the new version include a blue or white dial with sub-dials at the 12 o’clock position. The watches also offer 42mm cases that house their engines.

The Hybrid Manufacture

Many Swiss watch lovers have been excited since the introduction of Frederique Constant Hybrid manufacture in 2018. The watch combines mechanical movement with smart technology all in one piece. It is a simple definition of what can be produced when traditional Swiss watchmaker employs enhance technology and superior quality in its existing old design.

It may not be as other smartwatches on the market with LCD screen, WIFI or Intel processor. But the Hybrid Manufacture by Frederique Constant is a blend of traditional design and modern technology using balance wheel, rechargeable battery, and step counting. What’s more, it is durable and can withstand knocks and falls.

Well, you may not be able to receive notification alerts or play your music with this watch. However, the Hybrid Smartwatch is an excellent watch for mechanical Swiss fan to have a taste of smartwatch while enjoying a simple analog display and chronograph dial.

The Ladies Choice for Automatic Movement Watches

To all the ladies out there, Frederique Constant has beautiful watch collections for you. Admittedly, the FC men’s watches aren’t familiar with beautiful Open-heart design. But, the Ladies Automatic gets all the Open-heart fun.

For Frederique constant ladies automatic, they have the “Double heart Beat” design. In this model, there is a beautiful aperture design that looks more like a pair of heart overlapping each other. The watch face has a beautiful burgundy dial with sunray decoration, which gives it a subtle feminine appeal.

However, for those that might not like the heartbeat design, there is also a full dial version of the ladies automatic. No double overlapping heartbeat motif at the 12:00 clock, you only get to see beautiful eight diamond markers and Roman numerals at the 12, 6, 9 o’clock position.

Why Should You Look Out For The Frederique Constant

The watch collections in this Frederique Constant review offer elegance and functionality with their innovative designs and precise movements. For instance, the Manufacture Classic comes with an in-house movement while the Worldtimer dazzles with its blue dial. Furthermore, the Heart Beat Manufacture sports a cutout that correctly exposes the balance wheel and the Slimline Moonphase and has a build that can rest entirely under any cuff.

Another exciting part of this brand is its cost. The average Frederique Constant watch price falls below the price of similar items from older brands. However, some Frederique Constant timepieces can compete with other expensive watches.

Simply put, the watches from this family-based brand offer great features at affordable prices.  Thus, we recommend that you consider the brand.

Ebel Watches Review

Review of the Ebel Watches

Not everyone will say they have heard of the Ebel watches, but it doesn’t change the fact that they are not a new brand in the game. Ebel is a Swiss watch brand created by a couple, Eugene Blum and Alice Levy in 1911. They coined the company name “Ebel” from “Eugene Blum et Levy”. Since the late 1990s, the company has launched several sports and dress watches.

Certainly, the Ebel watches are not mass produced, nor will you find them in every discounted store. This explains why they are not on par with brands like Omega and Rolex, but their market status has nothing on the quality. As a matter of fact, every other true horological aficionado that comes across these watches can bear witness to their awesome value.

To give you a better idea of the Ebel watches, and also ignite your interest in them, I will discuss Ebel further as a brand. There is more to read about the features, both the good side and the bad ones in the paragraphs below.

Pros – Ebel watches

  • Well-constructed
  • Affordable Luxury
  • Reputable Brand
  • Reliable timepiece

Cons – Ebel Watches

  • Weak resale value
  • Not suitable for dive

Benefits / Drawbacks – Ebel watches

Designed with a balanced point of view, the Ebel watches is given enough focus right from the making to the packaging stage. Still, let’s proceed by discussing further as I offer my opinions on the brand.

Remarkable Construction Quality

Let nothing deceive you, when you want a well constructed watch –  Go for the Ebel watches! They are not limited to having a lifespan of one or two years. Each model is made originally to last for years and can even be passed down from one person to the next.

More than having only a beautiful design, the detail on the watches included in the crown, pushers, and bezel can get you hooked. The bracelets are either made of polished stainless steel or flexible, comfortable leather attached to a buckle or clasp hold. Some Ebel watches have subdial functions, in case you want it all.

In my opinion, seeing the Ebel watches alone is a pure convincing element to appreciating the Brand. The aim is not to exaggerate the quality of the Ebel watches, but you may not have to purchase another watch after this one.

Affordable Luxury

Let’s get right to it – Ebel is not on par with Rolex, Omega, or Breitling. According to the market, the prices reveal a considerable difference. Don’t get it wrong, the Ebel watches are not inexpensive neither are they cheap; but they often fall in the penumbra of luxury timepieces.

If you are looking to move into another quality of watches, other than the regular Timex, you need to look no farther than the Ebel watches. They are designed nicely and totally worth their price. The finishing alone is enough to communicate the watch’s luxury status.

Offering a wide choice ranging from very simple to exotic models; the Ebel watches are the right epitome of cool. The Ebel 1216201 Men’s watch has an attractive, simple dial, for classy minimalists. But if you love your watch with a little bit of complication, you can go for the Ebel Classic Chronograph 1911 or Ebel 1216120.

The watches are not solely for men alone; there are types for women. Ebel X-1 with Uni-directional rotating stainless steel bezel, 18kt rose gold ring, and Ebel wave automatic, pink galvanic diamond dial are fantastic picks for a female watch.

Impressive Dial design

Ebel offers styles with all kinds of dials. One of my favorites is the Ebel Classic Hexagon GMT watch, typified by five screws on the case, faceted hands, and simple dial. I so much like the integration of the second time zone display and the big date window.

It is like having another watch in your watch, especially when you need to keep track of time on a travel in a different time zone. Of course, this is not the first dial made this way, but the Ebel GMT is pleasant and legible – you should try it out.

If you are starting to think all models look the same, think again. Another unique watch, the Ebel 1911 BTR Dial Chronograph watch on the other hands, looks a bit more out there. It features three subdials with a date function. Both designs looks good and appealing.

Reputable Brand

For most of the general public, the main attraction to watches rests on the brand name. From the history of the Ebel watches, it is easy to prove that even back then they have always been extremely cool . Even the Great American Donald Wayne Johnson was wearing the Ebel Classic 100 chronograph in the late 1980s and early 1990s television series Miami Vice.

Well-known brands like TAG, Omega, Rolex and the likes, spark up more interests with their big-budget ad campaigns and celebrity endorsements. The Ebel watches, on the other hand, has never had these resources as much as the previous mentions. But this has nothing on their reputation as classy and exotic timepieces.

Also, Ebel watches celebrated their great history in 2011 with the impressive Special Edition Ebel Classic 100 to marks the 100th Anniversary of the brand. Ebel Classic 100 and some other new exciting watches birth a revitalization period for this Swiss watch after being a bit staid for some years.

However, the good looks of the Ebel timepieces combined with several new exciting models, and some serious marketing efforts have finally helped them get back out.

Reliable timepiece

Recognized for an excellent experience, Ebel watches are durable and wearable both day and night. As sleek as you move, a few banging cannot be avoided. But the sapphire crystal covering the round face ensures that there is no scratching on it at all.

Aside from changing the batteries every few years, most long term users claim that their Ebel watches have served them for over 20 years. Surely, they last and continue to be reliable for a lifetime. Ebel watches have always excelled in terms of their polished bezels and case designs. The cases are available in polished steel with white or black faces. Most importantly, they still maintain their awesome appearance for years to come.

Well, if you are more of a retro, vintage, classic, heritage or original watch kind of person, the Ebel Classic 100 will impress you. It was the simplest Ebel watches with a great deal of historic look to it. Well, that was before the introduction of the 1911 BTR Chronograph with caliber 139 movement.

All Ebel users continue to bear witness to the reliability of the watch and how the sentimental value increases over the years.

Pricing and resale value

Most watch pieces have poor resale value regardless of quality and reliability. The high-end watch brands get the exception since the popularity ratings of the product drive most buyers. You don’t see many places selling the Ebel watches these days, making them quite scarce. Or you can say in other words, stands the wearer out of the crowd.

But one sure thing is that when it comes it monetary value, the Ebel watches exceeds its flashier cousins. You get equal quality at a lesser price instead of paying for a brand name. Ebel did well by balancing the quality and price of each watch alongside decent service.

The Ebel watch serves for several years as a perfect sentimental piece. Although it is quite sad that an innovative company like Ebel is not a good investment in terms of resale. It can result to a huge loss. Once they leave the retail shop, their price can be worth as low as almost quarter the original price.

Regardless, it is quite solid and considered more firmly than any of these other crappy watches.

Water resistance

The best aspect of the Ebel watch is the classy look. Also, the fact that they can go anywhere and match any outfit. Before you go too far, they are suitable for beaching, boating and snorkeling expeditions, depending on the model. They have the capability to resist water to a depth of 50 or 100 meters. However, I don’t suggest them for a dive watch.

Should you get the Ebel watches?

Asides from the drastically reduced resale value, you will probably not find another disadvantage with this watch. But if you have to be a critic, the worst you can say is that some models have aging designs. Looking from a modern perspective, it’s agreeable. Some watch enthusiasts feel the retro aspect needs a more subtle touch.

There can be lots of speculations and talks about innovation and contemporary designs. But it’s not new knowledge that most recently-made watches are based on past inspirations from older watches. Regardless of their types, sizes or brand.

Left to me, they are lovely vintage retro-inspired, and I have nothing against the style. So if you are the type of person that prefers a high-quality watch that is a bit different from what everyone is wearing. Then the Ebel watches are for you.

Bottom Line

To wrap it up, most models have a date feature. So you never have to be concerned with what time it is or wonder about having the correct date of the month.

These treasures sit in the grey area between serious watches and flashy fashion watches. Just to say the least, quality performance at reasonable prices backed with a remarkable construction is something to look out for.

The Ebel watches are far different from most of the others you’re likely to see on the market today. With look great inside and out, they are versatile and easy to use without seasonal boundaries. Now I’m sure you know enough about the Ebel watches!

U Boat Watch Review

Classico U-47 U Boat watch

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

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

A Brief History Of the U-Boat Brand

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

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

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

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

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

Classico U-47

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

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

Minimalistic Display

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

Sturdy Design

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

Lavish Watchface

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

What do we think?

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

Chimera 46 SS Skeleton Limited Edition

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

Extra Protective Casing

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

Multi-Use Display

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

Extra Details

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

What do we think?

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

Doppiotempo 46 Bronze BR

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

Duo-Clock Display

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

Protective Casing

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

What do we think?

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

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

Capsoil Chrono DLC

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

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

Durable Casing

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

Unique Oil Treated Glass

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

What do we think?

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

What Makes U-Boat A Worthy Brand?

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

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

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

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