History of Watches: From Sundials to Smartwatches

History of Watches - Sundial

When you think about it, watches have come a long way.

While watches are a common accessory and fashion statement nowadays, the same thing can’t be said around 100 years ago. Today, we go back in history and highlight the history of watches and how this invention became an integral part of modern life.

A Brief History of Watches – From Sundials to Smartwatches

1. Circa 3,500 B.C.

History of Watches - Sundial

  • The first sundial was invented. After observing the daylight and dark’s natural rhythm civilizations around the world devised a method to measure the flow of time. At first, calendars are used which then became instruments with increased precision.

2. 1400 – 1500

History of Watches - Fusee Clock
Da Vinci’s sketch of a fusee clock.
  • In 1485, Leonardo da Vinci sketched a fusee for a clock.
  • In 1504 to 1508, the clockmaker Peter Henlein has invented the first modern pocket watch. He is also known as the father of the modern clock and the entire watchmaking industry.
  • In the 1500s, early clock watches became popular and were fastened to clothing or worn around the neck like a necklace. The clock watches only had hour hands and they’re not very good for keeping the time. Therefore, they were more like a status symbol for the rich.

3. 1600 – 1700

History of Watches - Balance Spring

  • In 1657, the balance spring was invented by either Christiaan Huygens or Robert Hooke (it’s a long-running dispute). The balance spring significantly improved the accuracy of watches.
  • In 1675, King Charles II of England introduced the waistcoat. During this time, watches have been reformed to the pocket style in order to fit the waistcoat’s pockets.
  • Around 1680, English clockmaker Daniel Quare invented a repeating mechanism for watches. The mechanism repeats a ringing bell sound every quarter hour.
  • In 1680, the minute hand is introduced in Britain and in France in 1700. It’s worth noting that the minute hand was invented by Jost Burgi back in 1577.

4. 1700 – 1800

History of Watches - Lever Escapement
Lever escapement
  • In 1704, Jacob and Peter Debaufre along with Nicolas Facio pioneered the use of rubies for their watch movements.
  • The year 1759 saw the invention of the lever escapement, courtesy of Thomas Mudge. Then in 1785, the escapement was improved by Josiah Emery which is now used in modern watches.
  • Swiss watchmaker and one of the fathers of precision watchmaking Abraham Louis Perrelet invented the self-winding movement in 1780.

5. 1800 – 1900

History of Watches - Patek Philippe First Wristwatch
First Patek Philippe Wristwatch (1868)
  • The year 1848 became a landmark year because it was the year when Louis Brandt opened his own workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds. This Swiss city becomes the ground zero for a little-known watch company, Omega.
  • The year 1868 marks another historical milestone for the watchmaking industry. Of course, this is when Patek Philippe of Patek Philippe & Co. made the very first wristwatch. On top of that, the company also pioneered the chronograph, split-seconds hand, perpetual calendar, and minute repeater.
  • In 1876, the introduction of cheaper materials and industrialized manufacturing enabled watches to be mass-produced. This allowed regular workers to own watches as a practical possession than as a status symbol.
  • In 1880, Constant Girard of the Girard-Perregaux fame has developed a wristwatch concept for German naval officers. The order came directly from Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany which amounted to 2,000 units. This marks the first notable commercialization of wristwatches.
  • The year 1884 marked the time when Greenwich, England was officially declared as the zero meridian (GMT +0). This became the worldwide standard of time zones.

6. 1900 – 2000

History of Watches - Cartier Santos
The Cartier Santos
  • During the 1900s, a type of wristwatch called Wristlet was introduced. This product was geared towards women.  It is more of a passing fad than an actual, serious timepiece. The gentlemen, who typically carried pocket watches, dismissed this fad and was quoted that they would “sooner wear a skirt than wear a wristwatch.

Milestones

  • In 1904, aviation pioneer and Brazilian inventor Alberto Santos-Dumont worked with his friend Louis Cartier to devise a timepiece that will allow the former to time his flight performance while keeping both hands on the control. Cartier worked with his master watchmaker, Edmond Jaeger to create a prototype for the Santos wristwatch. This was the advent of the very first pilot watch, the Cartier Santos-Dumont.
  • In 1905, Visionary Hans Wilsdorf founded the Wilsdorf and Davis in London. Three years later, Wilsdorf opened an office in Switzerland which then started the Swiss luxury watch company, Rolex.
  • During the WWI, the importance of watches was highlighted. Delays must be avoided therefore, watches must be synchronized. Soldiers were given wristwatches called “trench watches” and housed pocket watch movements. These watches were large and bulky, and the crown is positioned at 12 o’clock. It looks pretty much like a pocket watch.
  • On January 3, 1957, the Hamilton Electric wristwatch by the Hamilton Watch Company has made its debut. It is the first ever battery-operated electric wristwatch and also the first model to never require winding.
  • In 1969, Seiko released the Seiko Quartz Astron (ref. 35SQ) which is the world’s first quartz movement powered watch. This kickstarted the rise of the quartz movement.
  • In 1972, Hamilton introduced the very first commercial electronic digital wristwatch, Pulsar. It first retailed for the pricey sum of $2,100 (roughly $12,000 today). However, as the 70s come to an end, digital watches were sold for $10 a piece.

7. 2000 – Present

History of Watches - Timex Data Link 150

  • In 1994, the Timex Data Link 150 was released and it’s one of the many watches with built-in database functionality. However, other watches had no useful way to transfer data to a more permanent medium like a computer. The Data Link 150 solved this by allowing the user to transfer information to and fro a computer via an optical sensor.
  • The year 2002 saw the introduction of the very first wristwatch with a built-in camera. That was the Casio Wrist Camera, which is capable of capturing 120-by-120-pixel photos in grayscale.
  • The Seiko E-Ink Watch, released in 2005, is another milestone for digital watches. It’s the first timepiece to utilize an e-ink display. Five years later, a new and improved model was released with an active matrix e-ink display. This allowed better clarity and added four shades of gray.
  • Many people thought that digital watches are going obsolete. since they can always check the time with their smartphones. However, Cupertino tech giant Apple proved them wrong with the release of the Apple Watch Series 1. The watch successfully merged fashion and function. It had the ability to sync the watch with an iOS device to send messages, display call information, monitor health statistics, and more. Since then, digital wristwatches have become more popular with consumers.

How Switzerland Came to Dominate Watchmaking?

History of Watches - Swiss Watch Industry

Many watch enthusiasts agree that nothing runs quite like a Swiss-made watch. You can’t really talk about the history of watches without touching upon Swiss watches. How did this small country become such a dominating force in the global watch industry?

Switzerland facts

  • The art of watchmaking is not even present in Switzerland until the 14th century. It was when the Huguenot refugees had set up shop in Geneva that started the whole thing. Records show that by the year 1554, there were watchmakers working in Geneva.
  • In 1601, the very first watchmaking guild was established in Geneva. At this point, Geneva watchmakers have established a reputation for making high-quality timepieces.
  • During the 19th century, the Swiss watchmaking industry grew considerably. By the year 1850, the Swiss were making over two million watches per year. England, the country’s main competitor, can only manage 200,000 watches annually.
  • Although American watches posed a threat to the Swiss, the country turned it around with the release of the Rolex Oyster, the world’s first waterproof watch. On top of the trademark Swiss innovation, the country managed to tip on the winning side.
  • During the 1970s, the Swiss watchmaking industry faced another threat in the form of the Japanese quartz watches. The quartz-powered watches were more accurate and not to mention, cheaper. The Swiss watchmaking industry crumbled under this pressure. However, over time, Nicolas Hayek founded Swatch and released their own quartz models.
  • Today, the Swiss watchmaking industry is once again feeling the pressure against tech giants like Apple. Apple managed to outsold Swiss watches with their own Apple Watch.

Top 10 Historically Significant Watches of All Time

1. Cartier Santos

Cartier Santos

The Cartier Santos is one of the first-ever wristwatches. Prior to the Santos, people have been pulling a pocket watch for checking the time. The Cartier Santos solved this problem and it ultimately revolutionized the world of watchmaking.

2. Rolex Submariner

Rolex SubMariner

When Rolex released “The Sub”, the watch industry hasn’t been the same since.

The Submariner was not released as a luxury item, it was intended to be a tool watch for professional divers. However, it became so popular that it earned cult status as a top-tier sports watch. The Submariner is the most popular model in Rolex’s lineup and for good reason.

3. Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

The Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is the first perpetual calendar chronograph. This watch was historically significant. It not only did track the date but also managed to measure small increments of time.

3. Omega Speedmaster

Omega Speedmaster

Also referred to as the “Moonwatch” or “Speedy”, the Omega Speedmaster took over the world by storm. It remains as one of the most famous watches in the world. It was originally designed to be used by race car drivers but it underwent rigorous NASA testing and became the first official timepiece of the agency. It’s the first timepiece ever to be worn on the surface of the moon.

4. Tissot Antimagnetique

Tissot Antimagnetique

The balance spring of a watch is very vulnerable to a magnetic field. Once it came in contact with magnets, the spring sticks to the watch and the timepiece runs faster than normal. Consequently, in 1930, Tissot introduced the Antimagnetique which earned the distinction as the world’s first mass-produced watch that’s protected from magnetic fields.

5. Cartier Tank

Cartier Tank

Introduced in 1918, the Cartier Tank is supposedly inspired by the silhouette of a World War I tank.

The Tank saw a very limited release back in 1919 with only a grand total of six units made. However, today it’s more accessible and remains a target for bootleggers.

6. Seiko Astron

Seiko Astron

Formerly known as the Seiko Quartz-Astron 35SQ, the Astron Wristwatch was the world’s first watch that comes with quartz movement. Seiko pulled up the curtains of Astron in Tokyo on December 25, 1969. This marked the beginning of the Quartz crisis and revolution.

7. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was everything a luxury timepiece was not supposed to be. Released in 1972, it was the very first luxury watch that’s made from stainless steel. The octagonal form and exposed crews have remained unchanged over the years.

8. Zenith El Primero

Zenith El Primero

When it comes to precision, the Zenith El Primero is certainly one of the top contenders.

The makers of the El Primero worked on the watch’s movement for a full seven years which is an incredible feat by itself. The movement is very complex and it beats at an impressive 36,000 vibrations per hour. This made it possible to have an accuracy of 1/10th of a second. The El Primero is still in production today.

9. Casio G-Shock

Casio G-Shock

The original Casio G-Shock was invented by Japanese engineer Kikuo Ibe out of the frustration from the fragility of most mechanical and quartz watches. He knew he had to make a watch that can withstand a great deal of punishment. The G-Shock is not a watch that you’ll hear from the mouth of a diehard mechanical watch enthusiast. But it’s a groundbreaking model nonetheless.

10. Swatch Quartz

Swatch

While it used to be an industry giant, the Swiss watch industry was in a bad shape during the 80s. Swiss watches were losing out to quartz watches in a big way.

In response, the Swiss responded with the Swatch. It is a relatively simple but innovative timepiece with only 51 parts. Consequently, the Swatch was a commercial success and it allowed the Swiss watch industry to catch a second wind.

Watches Have Come a Long Way

The art of watchmaking has a long and rich history. The legacy of timepieces will continue to become an integral part of our lives.

Hopefully, this article has helped you understand some aspects of the history of watches.

Best Citizen Watches – [Buyers Guide]

Best Citizen Watch

Watches come in all shapes, sizes, designs and price points. Many think that an attractive watch has to cost an arm and a leg (literally). Well, fortunately, that statement does not hold true when you are talking about Citizen watches.

Citizen has become a household name in the world of wrist watches, and for a good reason! They are stylish, affordable and have been around for over 100 years! That has to mean something right?

So what is your best choice for purchasing a Citizen watch? There are definitely many great choices. But to make things easier for you, the eager buyer. I give you the best Citizen watch, the Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium Perpetual. The Eco-Drive Titanium gives you the “best of breed” when it comes to all of the features and details: design, durability, comfort, special features and of course, the movement.

Continue on to find out the other four watches that are worth a purchase for watch fanatics.

Best Citizen Watches What Makes it Great Overall Ranking
Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium Perpetual – Atomic timekeeping, titanium link bracelet, high-grade Japanese quartz movement ★★★★★

Citizen Promaster Diver

-Classic and durable dive watch case with unidirectional bezel, water resistance, Extremely comfortable on the wrist ★★★★
Citizen Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Axiom

-Sleek & modern design, Eco-Drive technology, Great size case (40mm) perfect for any wrist size ★★★★
Citizen Eco-Drive Stainless Steel –  A two-toned watch with dark blue dial (Rolex design), Excellent timekeeping ability, Eco-Drive technology ★★★★

Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Silvertone And Black World Time A-T Watch

– Anti-reflective sapphire crystal, radio controlled world time, Luminous Dial ★★★

Best Citizen Watch Criteria

There are many aspects and features if a watch that makes the particular timepiece attractive to the buyer. BUT, then there are functions and features that make the watch great overall; those being durability, design, movement, and special features. Today, we hope to assist in your Citizen watch buying journey, breaking down each watch into multiple sections, to help you choose the number one best watch for yourself or a loved one!

Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium Perpetual

Everything about this watch is great. For context, the Eco-Drive Titanium Perpetual is definitely a “Wow, I am sure glad I bought this!” watch.

The Titanium Perpetual pulls in the attention of any eyes that dare lie in its path, with a bold, large 42mm titanium case and a complex guilloche dial with three chronograph subdials. It is truly a masterpiece! 

Durability

Things do not get much more durable than this. Have you heard of titanium?

Really though, the timepiece is very durable. Top durability perks include up to 200 Meters of water resistance, titanium link bracelet, strong & anti-reflective sapphire crystal, and a blue ion plating to ensure the watch does not rust or degrade.

Design & Movement

A chronograph design is not easy to perfect. There are so many moving parts that can make a chronograph watch seem to complex. The Titanium Perpetual is a perfect median of complexity and clean design.

The tachymeter top-ring around the bezel gives the watch character. This is the type of feature you typically see on a much higher priced timepiece. So although it seems simple, it is not…. Other aesthetics of the watch include the 42mm stainless steel case, which gives the watch a bold and strong look. And also a titanium link bracelet with fold over clasp, for comfort and style.

A high-quality Japanese quartz movement is the engine behind the titanium perpetual. Partnered with the Eco-Drive technology, you can have faith that your timepiece will continuously tick for years. In fact, Citizen claims that the watch should last 1.5 years on a full charge! That is absolutely nuts for a quartz movement.

The Everyday Citizen’s Watch

If you are looking for an everyday watch that is as stylish as it is functional than you are making the right decision with the Citizen Titanium Perpetual. Built for everyday use, this timepiece is sure to keep you happy & aware of the exact time, in any timezone.

Citizen Pro-Master Diver

A dive watch for a great value! It really does not get much better than that!

The Citizen Pro-Master Diver is an excellent choice for the dive watch fanatic, who does not necessarily want to see their bank account take a plunge (no pun intended). With a classic unidirectional, aluminum bezel and a strong and sturdy 48mm case, there is no doubting the durability of this particular model.

Durability

Effortlessly dive up to 660 ft with the Pro-Master without having to worry. This is in fact, a certified dive watch, so it was made to take on the pressure! The molded polyurethane band offers owners a comfortable, yet an extremely rugged piece of the watch that is near impossible to harm.

Design & Movement

A revolutionary feature was added to the Pro-Master Dive to ensure it is able to operate without ever having to change the battery. Typically, quartz movements need to be replaced every few years; and the Citizen Pro-Diver does have a Japanese quartz movement inside. However, the Eco-Drive feature ensures the watch can continue to run with natural or artificial lighting.

Dive watches that come with quartz movements are usually looked down upon. But having the Eco-Drive ability makes the Citizen Pro-Master compete with some other type dive watch brands!

A True Dive Watch

When you go under a certain price point, it is hard to find a decent dive watch that is as attractive as is functional. Luckily, with the Citizen Pro-Master Diver, you get the best of both worlds. The watch is 100% ISO compliant and is built to withstand years of diving. It really is a true dive watch.

Citizen Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Axiom

The innovative and contemporary design of the Stainless Steel Axiom makes it the perfect timepiece for your modern day millennial in 2019.

The futuristic silver-tone watch with a black top ring and a blank black dial featuring a date window make this watch a simplistic addition to the wrist. It is a great watch to wear with any outfit and is comfortable to wear as well.

Durability

The Steel Axiom may not be as tough and rugged as the other watches that are being reviewed today. But it still is quite durable. The watch features a mineral date window, that tends to not get scratched up. A stainless steel case and bracelet. It is also a water “resistant” watch. So it can take a few splashes and some walks in the rain. I would not recommend swimming or dropping it in the toilet.

Design and Movement

As mentioned previously, this watch has a simple design, but something about it that makes it so much more. The futuristic look, with a large, 40mm stainless steel case, make the timepiece truly stand out on the wrist.

As for the movement, just as good as the other Citizen watches. A Japanese quartz, with Eco-drive technology. So no need to change up the battery.

Simple, yet Stylish

Its high-fashion nowadays to be considered simplistic, or a minimalist. With the Citizen Stainless Steel Axiom, you can now follow the crowd. Not only will you be styling, but also saving some hard earned cash along the way. This watch is a steal!

Bottom Line

Are you ready to choose the best Citizen watch in the market?

Citizen produces amazing affordable watches for all tastes and needs, however, we can recommend the Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium Perpetual as the best Citizen Watch in the market today.

We certainly hope that this article has given you some more insight. We have carefully selected all of these watches and tried some of them as well. Finally, we would love to see some of your comment on these watches. Let us know which ones you like and if we might have missed any of your favorites.

Best Smartwatch For Nurses

Best Smartwatch for Nurses

We’ve taken days to research the best smartwatch for nurses and have come up with four that we’d highly recommend working around the clock. Each of these smartwatches are durable, long-lasting, and come with some of the best tools to help nurses along the way.

For our top pick, we’ve chosen the Apple Watch Series Four

 

A nurse is one of the vital roles in a hospital as they pave the way for patients to get better. Helping is in their job description which is why they deserve all the tools they need to work throughout their day. One vital element is to educate them with the best smartwatches for nurses.

Smartwatches go beyond the bounds of a standard or luxury watch, as they are designed with multiple features that come in handy throughout the workday. Investing in a smartwatch can help with task management, help keep a schedule, and give you access to multiple apps. So, without further hesitation, let’s get into the best smartwatch for nurses review.

Best Smartwatch for Nurses: Apple Watch Series Four

Everyone loves a good Apple product, and these smartwatches are no exception. They’re immaculately detailed but still boast a simplistic design helping aid throughout the tasks in everyday life.

Besides that, they feature a slim design, durable body, and added water resistance coating. Plus, the Series Four comes with either a 40mm or 44mm watch face size. On top of that, there are three different colors; Gold Aluminum, Silver Aluminum, and Space Gray Aluminum.

Large & Easy to Read Display

The Apple Watch Series Four features one of the largest Apple Watch display on the market. Why? Because it’s designed to be easily readable without feeling congested or cluttered. There are various apps that you can use with the device, and having a larger display can help you navigate and ready and is a hassle-free design.

Optical Heart Sensors

With an active ECG right on your wristband, you’ll be able to monitor heart rate and track any irregularities. Being on the job doesn’t mean you just need to monitor patients, but also your own health. To ensure that you’re protected, there’s fall detection and emergency SOS programs.

The Ultimate Workout Partner

The smartwatch includes various activity trackers to help you log your fitness during the day. Whether it’s yoga, hiking, runners, or more you’ll have multiple tools to help accurately track your progress. The watch includes cadence and pace alerts and actively tracks the time, rolling mile, SPM, BPM, and miles.

Besides this, it includes it’s patented Head-to-head competitions which can help you connect with your friends or coworkers. Use that, and it’s personalized coaching which can be purchased through the app, active challenges, and rewards for meeting specific goals. Get everything you need to motivate and keep you on track.

Durable Design

The smartwatch comes with an ultra slim but durable wristband that can be switched out for a different color. On top of that, the watch face features built-in illumination with multiple applications and information. Use the dial to control your apps.

The Durable Straps come in multiple colors and add to the durability of the phone with scratch prevention, breaks, or water damage.

What do we think?

Besides the fact that the watch features a durable build, it also includes all the extras you’d need to live a healthy lifestyle. As a nurse, you have to take care of yourself first before you can treat your patients. Pair this with a slim yet durable design, and you have yourself a very efficient smartwatch perfect for the hospital.

Although, through other reviews, we’ve seen that this smartwatch does have a quick draining battery. You’ll need to charge it every few days or else you may find that it will give out in the middle of your shift. However, an easy fix to that is to bring a charging cord with you to work when you’re at a desk or between shifts.

Best Garmin Smartwatch for Nurses: The Garmin Vivomove HR

The Garmin Vivomove HR is a stylish hybrid smartwatch designed with a discreet touchscreen display. If you’re looking for a refined design, you can’t go wrong with this watch. It consists of precision tracking to help nurses keep accurate timing. Plus, it includes a touchscreen that displays messaging, detects heart rate, counting calories, and so much more.

Enhanced Stress Tracking

To help you balance out your work life and relaxation, the Garmin features a stress measurement system that helps you know when you’re calm, balanced, or beyond stressed. Thanks to this, you can keep track of your health and use it to benefit a quick break and de-stress.

If you’re prone to stress on the job, this can help you pinpoint aspects of the job that tend to trouble you, such as monitoring a headache, physical stress, or muscle tension. Besides this, the relaxation timer can help you plan stress-free moments through deep breaths, exercise breaks, or a quick meditation.

Fitness Tracking & Monitoring

Another feature that many nurses enjoy is fitness monitoring. It features tools that help you track your current daily fitness, including a heart rate monitor, VO2 max estimate, and the ability to gauge your fitness age.

Smart and Sophisticated Design

Smartwatches are notorious for being able to keep you up to date on all the latest information. The Garmin features multiple notifications that are displayed on the digital display. Use the sensitive touchpad to help switch between notifications, apps, and other wellness tracking applications.

There’s one main app that helps track all your data, which is called the Garmin Connect. You’ll need wifi access, and then you’ll be given access to the Garmin Connect online community. Use it to control everything from the tip of your wrist.

Fashion Meets Heart

One of the key factors for any human is making sure that their heart rate is functioning at normal BPM. Working as a nurse can be stressful, so there’s plenty of use for monitoring your heart. When the case back lays flat on your wrist, the ECG measures and tracks your heart rate.

Plus, other features include counting steps using an accelerometer, monitoring hours of sleep with the SleepWatch app, estimating calories burned through your age, height, weight, and BPM. Plus, it tracks gauging your fitness activities once you input them into the system.

What do we think?

As for our best smartwatch for nurses, we recommend this for the stressful parts of working in a clinic it would be of great benefit of using the relaxation feature. Track when you need to take a few minutes to yourself and take a much-needed break.

Besides this, the fitness tracking app can help you stay fit while on the job. Lastly, we do think that the exterior is attractive and can blend in with most scrubs.

However, there have been reports that it’s hard to read the digital display while in the sun. If you’re constantly going outdoors or working in an ambulance or as a first responder, it may be challenging to read throughout the day. Therefore, we only recommend this version for those working indoors.

Best Fitbit for Nurses: Fitbit Ionic

Our last pick is the Fitbit Ionic which is designed to be your own dynamic personal coach. The device is equipped with a large on-screen display which is meant to help guide you throughout the day. It’s one of the best on the market and comes with numerous accessories and features multiple colors and designs.

Dynamic Personalized Coaching

The dynamic personalized coaching is a specialized system that helps you plan your workouts and give you encouragement and tracking. Each step of the way the online coach will provide you with detailed information to help track your workouts and progress.

Built-in GPS/GLONASS

The built-in GPS is more than just good for tracking your current location. It’s built with GLONASS software which helps track your walking/running pace, clock in total distance, and help map your routes. If you’re looking for an all in one device, this is one of the best in terms of fitness.

Multiple Sized Bands & Comfortable

The Fitbit Ionic comes with multiple band sizes enabling you to fit it to your wrist securely. With so many on the job duties that require you to move around, the last thing you want is your smartwatch flying off your wrist.

Plus, you’ll be able to find multiple designs, colors, and sizes available on the market if you don’t like the ones that come with the package. Match it to your scrubs or choose one to be monotone and stick out less.

Multiple App Support

The Fitbit includes access to all of your favorite iTunes apps which include sports, weather, etc. One of the best apps is the NFC chip which enables you to make payments on the go without any debit or credit card.

As a bonus, you can load music from your computer and put it onto your device and listen while you’re working. It makes the day go by much quicker and can help if there’s not much going on for your shift.

Durable Protective Glass

Lastly, the screen of the display is encased in a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which is designed to be shatterproof. As a nurse, you’ll be in multiple situations where your smartwatch may be put in danger. With the strong encasing glass, you’ll be able to prevent scratches, cracks, and broken glass. Plus, the whole watch is water resistant, which prevents it from getting damaged.

What do we think?

Overall for our best smartwatch for nurses review, the Fitbit Ionic is one of the top smartwatches if you’re looking to use it as a fitness tracker. It features a durable design that’s able to keep up with the hustle and bustle of a nursing job.

The added goals and coaching features keep you motivated throughout your day. The only major drawback we’ve found is that the music needs to be loaded on via computer connection plus it’s a bit laggy.

Verdict

As a nurse, it’s essential to keep up with the job while also staying focused on your own health. Healthcare professionals need to take care of themselves first before they can take care of their patients. Plus, if you have any illnesses or health risks, it’s good to monitor them with a smartwatch.

The best smartwatch for nurses is the Apple Watch Series Four because of its broad range of features. However, if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly and discreet touch screen display watch The Garmin Vivomove HR may be more your fit. Lastly, the Fitbit Ionic is perfect for those looking to keep active and healthy while on the job.

Overall, the best smartwatch for nurses must be crafted from durable materials, withstand any possible damage, and come with a water-resistant coating. If these smartwatches aren’t up your alley or don’t fit your specific needs, you might find the best watches for nursing students,  smartwatches for paramedics or physical therapists useful. Hopefully, we’ve helped you find what you need to benefit you in your daily life.

Glycine Watches Review

Glycine Watches Review

We’ve spent countless hours researching the various watches available from the Glycine brand and reviewed each collection carefully. For our verdict, we’ve concluded with our Glycine watches review that they are definitely worth the investment for those who mainly rely on their watches as they travel. One of our top picks is the KMU GL0133 as part of the KMU48 collection.

Glycine watches are crafted to be sturdy, accurate and easy to read at just a glance. These incorporated elements make it ideal for those who travel for a living. Whether you’re a businessman, pilot, or in the military, you’ll enjoy the ease and style of the Glycine watches.

However, the brand itself isn’t cheap, which means you should be receiving a sturdy watch. Most of their collections range from mid-tier pricing all the way to luxury. Although, it depends on which collection you’re looking at. For example, the Airman and Combat are high end and features multiple clocks, measurements, and more. On the other hand, the  KMU 48 and Incursore are more affordable and features a simplistic but sturdy design.

Overall, the Glycine brand has our approval as they have created a number of watches that has satisfied pilots since 1914. As for which watch we’d recommend is the KMU GL0131.

A Glimpse into the History of Glycine Watches

Glycine was founded by Eugene Meylan in Bienne, Switzerland in 1914. Eugene was an outstanding craftsman who specialized in watch engineering and wanted to change the game with his new designs. He believed in striving for perfection and set out to craft watches that were more accurate and technologically advanced for the era.

Over 100 years later, the brand continued to thrive through Eugene’s base designs. Their goal was to craft distinctive watches that had a classic design that is unique to the time. Each watch is meant to be timeless but also hold true to the modern era without latching onto mainstream ideas.

Today, the brand continues to incorporate Swiss aspects and are crafted for pilots, travelers, and pioneers in aviation. Besides these, travelers alike flock to the Glycine brand because they craft accurate and reliable watches designed to be read at just a glance. This makes them one of the top picks for military personnel and travelers.

KMU GL0131

The KMU GL0131 is renowned for its big size and large watch face, perfect for those who want to tell time at just a quick glance. It’s a remake of the classic Glycine collection that came out in 1999. However, this version is adapted with enhanced engineering and refined style – perfect for military personnel.

All watches in this collection feature precise automatic movements which help keep accurate time while traveling. Plus, the extra large casing is made from durable materials such as high-grade stainless steel and a non-scratch surface. Lastly, it uses a PVD coating, making it both stylish, sleek, and durable.

Elegant & Modern Design

Do you want a watch that feels more sleek and modern? Well, the KMU 48 collection features watches that have an updated look compared to others. The surrounding metal is painted with a matte black PVD coating to help give it a more sophisticated look. Plus, the PVD prevents the paint from flaking off or scratching over time.

On top of that, this version comes with a light brown leather strap that’s waterproof and durable. There’s a belt buckle is adjustable to your wrist size. Luckily, if you don’t enjoy the light brown color, you can swap the band out for another or purchase a matte black leather strap from them.

 Luminous Watchface

The colors on the watch face are each painted on, using bright orange and white. Why is this useful? If you’re traveling, you may not have the best lighting conditions to read your watch. Using this type of paint enables the person to be able to read the watch in dim lit conditions. Plus, each number is big and noticeable, making it easier to read at just a glance.

Durable Structure

The casing features high-grade stainless steel which is approximately 48 mm in diameter. For extra protection, there’s a waterproof coating which can protect up to 10 atm, enabling it to last through a bit of rain or a quick dunk.

From there, the back is secured through multiple screws and includes durable mineral glass. The glass that’s on top of the watch face is crafted from flat sapphire and includes three different anti-reflection layers. Overall, this provides enhanced sturdiness and durability – perfect for those on the go.

What do we think?

So, what’s our Glycine watches review verdict for the KMU 48? We’d say that this watch tends to provide excellent visibility and protection – which is good for travel. Although, it does lack on other features a mid-tier priced watch may have such as digital screens or additional timezones.

If you’re looking for a classic watch that’s easy to read and features a simplistic yet rustic design, and then it’s well worth it. However, if you’re expecting more features, then you may be disappointed. The battery only lasts around 38 hours, and the watch face only counts hours, minutes, seconds, and the date.

Incursore GL0044

The Incursore GL0044 is another oversized watch that’s designed to be simplistic and sturdy. It’s a newer collection that’s been crafted for the modern era. We’d say that it’s the perfect fit for military personnel or civilian use due to its durable and simplistic design.

Giant Crowns & Dials

Visibility is a growing issue with newer watch faces, as the dials tend to over-congest the screen.  If you look closely, the face includes giant numbering and big dials to help make telling the time easier. It’s great for those in need of a watch for glancing at the time throughout their day. This includes the three different dials which are different lengths and widths.

Military & Civil Use

Design wise, and the Incursore is one of the best for rustic and classic looks. Because it was initially designed for military personnel, it features a simplistic design. The lack of extra coloring and details make it blend well with most attire.  If you’re looking for an all-around daily watch, then you’ll be satisfied with the design of this one.

Sturdy Exterior

The Incursore’s outer casing is made from high-grade stainless steel, which adds to its durability. Besides this, it includes see-through mineral glass that is crack and scratch resistant. Lastly, the flat sapphire glass has three different layers of anti-reflective coating which make it easier to read throughout the day.

What do we think?

For our Glycine watches review, we believe that the Incursore is only worth the price if you’re expecting a durable and simplistic readable watch. Other than that, it doesn’t include any other elements and lacks extra features. It’s a good everyday watch to blend with uniforms or other casual attire. The time is accurate, which is good for those traveling, but besides that, it doesn’t have much going for it.

Airman 42 GL0069

The Airman 42 Collection is another fan favorite, but it includes high-tier watches. It’s known as being the ultimate travel watch because of its precision and unique ability to have multiple timezones displayed on the watch. These qualities combined with its stunning craftsmanship and smaller details make it one of the best in their line – but also the highest priced.

Multiple Functions

If you’re looking for a watch where you can pull it out and have all the information literally on your wrist, then you can’t go wrong with the Airman. It lists hours, minutes, seconds, date, GMT, and even a third-time zone. Essentially, you’ll have every bit of information needed with just one glance.

Stunning Watch Face

As for the watch face, you’ll see that there’s a domed sapphire crystal which features three layers of anti-reflective coating. This includes on the underside as well. Besides this, there’s a polished yellow-green Super-LumiNova that helps you see in dark lighting. As a nice bonus, each number is hand painted onto the watch face, which makes it a bit unique compared to other models.

Durable Exterior

The last feature we have to discuss is the exterior. It is similarly designed as the previously reviewed watches and includes high-grade stainless steel. The Airman 42 includes a black PVD coating, satin polishing, and smoked glass. Other than that, it comes with a durable black pilot strap.

What do we think?

So, for our Glycine watches review, we believe the Airman 42 is one of the more expensive watches in their collection. Besides the fact that it comes with useful information, we’d have to say the drawback comes with the fact that you’re not getting better quality materials.

The watch uses similar materials in their low and mid-tier collections, which ultimately is not worth the extra money. Other brands tend to give you more information as well. So, is it really worth the investment? Luckily, their Airman Collection features a wide range of watches at different price points.

Would We Recommend Glycine Watches?

Overall we’ve concluded for our Glycine watches review that if you’re looking for a classic design and reliable reading on time, then you’ll be happy with their brand. Their low and mid-tier collections feature numerous choices – all in different styles. It’s honestly hard to go wrong with choosing a watch from their selection.

However, their high-tier luxury watches just don’t make the cut. They don’t really include much information, even if you get ones that list more than the date and time. Pair this with the fact that the watch face tends to get congested, which makes it harder to read.

As for our conclusion, it’s really up to you whether you find this brand worth it or not. Their watches are okay, but other brands like Bulova and U Boat tend to create better modern watches. If you’re looking for casual, rustic, day to day watches that will withstand everyday use – then they’ll work. But if you’re looking for a luxury or high-end watch we’d say look elsewhere.

Best Longines Watch: High Quality Time Pieces

Best Longines Watch: Top Longines watches for Men and Women

We consulted a worldwide renowned horologist and spent over 36 hours researching the different collections from Longines and concluded that the Longines Black Dial Hydro Conquest Automatic L3.640.4.56.6 is the best Longines watch. The reason is that it’s water resistant, dependable and comes at a reasonable price.

Longines watches offer great designs, craftsmanship at a great price. They even work well under all conditions and various activities. Such features are the result of great watchmaking experience of over a century.

In summary, the brand creates products that have met the demands of consumers across the world.

 

Now let’s get into our best Longines watch reviews.

 

The Story Behind the Longines Watches Brand

Founded in 1832 in Switzerland by Auguste Agassiz, Longines stands as the oldest registered watchmaker in the world. After its birth, its founder and two watch dealers opened up a watch shop which offered a range of additional services. Due to the brand’s sporty and elegant flair, Longines recorded immense success and became popular with watch snobs.

Some years later, Agassiz had an agreement with Lindbergh in Amerca to create a new watch – the Hour Angle. Presently, Longines stands as the official timekeeper for the French Open. It even has icons such as Andre Agassi, Kate Winslet and Simon Baker as its ambassadors.

The watchmaker has the legacy of developing the Longines chronograph movement 13.33ZZ and 13ZN which the watch industry has adopted as a standard caliber.

Longines Master Collection L2.673.4.78.3

 

First on our review is the Longines Master Collection.It features fashionable designs and durable materials which make it price reasonable. If you are looking for a watch that will make the perfect gift for loved ones, you should consider this product.

Polished Stainless Steel Case

This item includes a polished 40mm case which allows the watch to withstand wear and tear. With such material, you can use it during various activities without fear of damage.

Extra Detailed Display

The case back features a display which might look complicated for some users. However, it has beautiful features. First, it includes an hour and minutes hands of blue steel and a long central second’s hand.

The watch also has a moon phase display, 24-hour indicator, and a day and month display. Although it looks cluttered, you can use the watch easily.

Non Luminous Hands

Surprisingly, this item does not come with luminous dials. This means you cannot use the watch in dark places or low light environments. Considering the cost of the watch, the absence of this feature comes as a surprise.

Stiff Bracelet

Although the strap is made from leather, it might be stiff for some wearers especially if they are used to softer materials. But the thick strap will last longer than watch bands made from more elastic materials.

Opinion and drawbacks

This Master Collection is a great watch to add to your collection as it offers more information at a glance than most watches. However, it has the drawback of providing non-luminous dials and a display which some wearers might find confusing. Overall, it presents itself as one of the best Longines watch for men.

Longines Sports Legends Black Dial L3.674.4.50.0

 

An elegant watch with a stainless steel case, the Longines Sport Legends Black Dial watch offers flawless features. Although it’s a men’s watch, it still fits the wrist of all sexes perfectly.

Its case measures at 42mm and it offers automatic movement display. Combined with black synthetic nylon bracelet and double crowns, this Longine item comes as a stylish watch that is fit for diving.

Minimalistic Display

This diving watch displays the hours, minutes, seconds as Arabic numerals. It also shows the current date. You can also find Super Lumi Nova hour dials which let you use the watch in low light condition.

With such simple design, the Sports Legends Black Dial avoids features from other flagship watches. Such features include numerous clocks, touch screens, and LCDs. This means you will have no distractions as you check the time.

Water Resistant

This watch has a “Super Compressor” case which consists of a screw down case back. Such a feature allows the watch to withstand water pressure at 300 meters or 1,000 feet. Overall, the product is an excellent fit for scuba diving.

Strap Quality

Although it stands as possibly the best Longines watch to buy, it has a weak strap. Within a short period, the material begins to fall apart. So we advise that you use this watch on selected occasions to make the band last longer. You can also a stand-alone band to replace the original strap.

Overall Opinion and drawbacks

The Sports Legend Black Dial has features that make it one of the top 5 Longines Watches. However, its weak strap might put some buyers off.

Longines Flagship Automatic L4.774.4.57.6

 

Another great men’s watch on this list is the Longines Flagship Automatic. This watch offers an executive look with an elegant edge. If you want a classic watch that will fit any outfit in your closet, you should consider this product.

Clean Exterior

The watch has a simple design that does not include numerals, extra dials, and displays. Instead, it has a single black dial with silver coated minute and hour hands alongside twelve diamonds indicate the hour mark indexes. We love this look because it allows us to read the time and date on the watch with ease especially on a busy day.

Stainless Steel Bracelet

Unlike most watches on this best Longines watch 2019 list, the Flagship Automatic has a strong band made from polished steel. This helps the watch withstand the rigors of everyday use.

Scratch Resistant Crystal

Apart from a long-lasting band, the watch also has a sapphire crystal finish glass coating over its case window. This keeps your watch free from scratches which might occur during your daily activities.

Non Luminous Hands and Markers

Although it has great features and an elegant look, it does not include hands and markers with Super Lumi Nova pigments. This means you cannot read the time in the dark.

Our Opinion

Possibly the best Longines watch to buy; the Flagship Automatic is a perfect accessory for any outfit or occasion. However, if you need to use a watch in the dark, you should consider other options.

Longines Black Dial Hydro  Automatic L3.640.4.56.6 – Best Longines Watch

 

This is a premium stainless steel watch that has notable highlights. For one, it includes materials that ensure it lasts for many years. On this list, we see this watch as one of the best Longines watch under $1000.

Water Resistant

A water-resistant watch is an excellent accessory especially if you have an active lifestyle. With this in mind, the Longines Black Dial Hydro Conquest Automatic L3.640.4.56.6 can handle depths of 300m or 1000 ft- thanks to its solid 41mm screw-down case back. This makes it ideal for swimming and diving.

Practical Display

To ensure you can read the time the dark; the Black Dial Hydro Automatic Conquest has made some features to support this task. For instance, it offers luminous hands and three large Arabic hour markers painted with Super Luminova- on its black dial

Also, the dial houses an automatic date counter at the 3’o clock position. Overall the display is clean and comfortable to read at a glance. With such features, you can see why it stands in the list of our top 5 best Longines watch.

High-Level Performance

Standing as the best Longines watch under $1000, the Black Dial Hydro Automatic Conquest has a high level of accuracy. For instance, it supports a caliber that moves at 28,800 alterations per hour. Also, the caliber has 25 jewels which provide 38 hours of extra power.

Clasp

On the problems of the product is its weak clasp. Although it feels strong at first, it tends to loosen over time. However, this can be fixed by changing the band.

Our Opinion

The Black Dial Hydro Conquest Automatic has a design which includes a simple dial with elegant hands and markers. With these features, we believe this watch can match any outfit or activity. It also comes at a reasonable price. So if you are on a budget, we recommend the Black Dial Hydro Automatic Conquest.

Longines La Grande Classique Presence White Dial  L7.490.6.11.0

 

Next, on our list is the Longines La Grande Classique Presence. This comes as the best Longines watch for women on our list. It has a solid 18K gold case with a black leather strap with a crocodile pattern.

Scratch Resistant Case Window

On the case window, it has a coating of sapphire crystal which can withstand scratches while maintaining the clarity of the watch face. Beneath the glass lies a white dial with luminous hands and Roman numeral hour indexes.

Water Resistant

The watch has a 24.5mm pressure case back which offers protection at a maximum of 30 meters or 100 feet. This makes it a non-diving watch; however, it can survive small amounts of water or raindrops.

Stiff Band

As explained earlier, the watch has a strap made from black leather. Although the material is durable, you might need to break it in before it fits well.

Our Opinion

We believe the watch will become one of the best-selling Longines watches. For one it has a solid build and elegant design. Are you looking for a watch that defines style? Then you should consider this product.

Longines Heritage Avigation Mens Watch L2.779.4.53.2

 

Best Longines watch : Longines Heritage Avigation Mens Watch L2.779.4.53.2

The Last on our list of the “Longines watches men should own” is the Heritage Avigation Watch.  This item combines luxury with a sporty edge to make your outfit pop at work or a night out.

Durable Case

The watch has a case made from stainless steel. With this material, you can use the watch regularly without worrying about corrosive damage.

Detailed Display

The display includes a matte black dial with painted Arabic numerals as the hour markers. You will also find steel and sub steel hands on this dial. Finally, the date window lies at the 6 o’clock mark.

Massive Reserve Capacity

One of the special features of this watch is its massive power reserve which lasts for 54 hours. This means you have ample power to use your watch, especially during trips.

Bulky Design

Although the product has impressive specs, it has a bully look. Some reviews see the watch as a pocket watch with a strap. However, the awkward, bulky feeling tends to go away after a few days.

Our Opinion

If you don’t mind the various hands, the watch stands as a chance to perfect choice for you. It even has a high power reserve.

Final thought and Recommendation

Our best Longines watch review shows that the products come as an ideal choice for those looking for luxury watches with a playful edge. The selected Longines watches on our list look trendy and solid. This makes them the perfect pieces to wear during various activities.

However, some of the best Longines watches have weak parts. Such parts include the straps and clasps. Also, some of the watches do not have luminous dials which make them poor options, especially at night.

In summary, the Longines brand has excellent designs, reserve power and can withstand different water depths But you must be ready to spend a considerable amount before you can adorn any of the watches mentioned above.

Bulova Watches Review

Bulova Watches Review

We spend over 24 hours researching the Bulova Watches to assess the collections offered by the brand. We can recommend Bulova Watches as an affordable and diverse option for the watch lovers.

Bulova watches are some of the most stunning in terms of variable designs, craftsmanship, and price range. If you’re looking for an affordable watch, you can find many high to mid-tier uni-sex watches that boast different styles and designs. Without further hesitation, let’s get into the Bulova Watches Review.

While the prices aren’t that high, you’re still paying a hefty amount compared to your generic wristwatch you’d find at a department store. However, the brand is known for crafting multiple collections that each have a unique modern style, upgraded systems, and intricate details. They’re similar to the IWC brand watches.

Overall, the brand itself crafts well-constructed watches that have satisfied customers worldwide. As for which we recommend, we’ve discovered The Precisionist is one of their new watches which has changed the playing field.

The History Behind Bulova Watches

Bulova was started by Joseph Bulova back in 1875 when luxury watches just begun to hit the market. As the world progressed, he advanced his designs to fit the current era by using new-coming iconic movements that were powered by high efficiency and precision derived clockwork. Pair this with his love for high quality and handmade craftsmanship, and his watches are a fantastic piece of work.

Taking his company into the modern-day, he founded a small shop in New York that ultimately grew the business and extended it to be the legacy it is today. All of their watches produced are timeless pieces that consistently change in design with the time. Because of this, Joseph and his business have paved the way for some inspiring innovations including electronic watches that are equipped with tuning-fork-based technology.

Bulova got the chance to have exclusive deals which collaborated with Lindbergh on the 46 NASA mission, which demonstrates their precision with craftsmanship. Amongst recent changes, the company crafted a Precisionist collection in 2010 and recently produced their Curv collection. The Curv was a multi-record breaking design and featured the first curved chronograph movements. Ultimately, Joseph has grown his company to be a reliable and affordable watch producer.

Precisionist Chronograph in Gunmetal Grey Watch

The Precisionist Chronograph is a stylish matte black watch that features impeccable details. While the design of this version is for men, there’s still plenty of options in the Precisionist line that are available for women – here.

The stainless steel casing is 17.9 mm and comes with a Japanese quartz movement display. Pair this with the fold-over clasp and double push-button, and you’ve got yourself a nice and adjustable multi-time zone watch that has refined style.

Accuracy You Can Count On

The Precisionist collection boasts about their enhanced accuracy and with no failed attempt the Precisionist meets these expectations. Each watch features similar watch movement with the hands being within 1/1000th accuracy of a second at all times.

Its energy source is using a three-prong quartz crystal with a 262k Hz frequency. With these specs, the watch is operating at least eight times than other standard watches, which assures you that all the watches and dials are accurate on the watch.

If you’re looking for an accurate watch due to work, changing time zones, or just cross about your watches going too fast or slow and having to readjust, then the Precisionist is an excellent pick.

Durable Stainless Steel Exterior

Precisionist uses stainless steel which makes the watch durable and long-lasting. You won’t have to worry about where you’re taking it, as it can keep up with most daily activities.

Extra Detailed Watch Face

Where it gets a bit confusing is the watch face. You’ll see five different clocks to look at which can be a hassle if you only want to glance down quickly. However, this also is a benefit for those who need extra information.

The information includes a chronograph and calendar function, which displays the hours, minutes, meters, and tachymeter.

What do we think?

For our Bulova watches review, we believe that the Perfectionist Chronograph is one of the best in terms of accuracy and information. However, it does tend to be congested on the watch face which is distracting and makes it harder to use. If your goal is to get as much information as possible off your watch at a glance, then you’ll enjoy Bulova watch face dials.

Classic Collection Stainless Steel Watch

Another fantastic men’s watch is the Classic Collection Stainless steel watch. It features a simplified and refined look with a slim body. If you’re looking for a classic watch that matches any style of clothing, then you’ll enjoy this watch.

Simplistic Exterior

Overall, the watch boats about a simple design that is free from numbers, dials, and additional features that may overcloud the simplistic design. We quite enjoy this because the watch displays the time and date, which is all the information you need if you’re going throughout your workday.

Slim Design

A slim design also results in a lighter watch that’s manageable to wear and is easy on the wrists. The total length of the clock itself is 37 mm and is encased in stainless steel material. This ensures that the watch is sturdy even though the whole body is thin.

Water-Resistant Coating

To ensure that the watch doesn’t break, there’s a water-resistant coating. The top, back, and wristband are all waterproof and prevent any liquids from leaking into the device and ruining it.

Although, it’s only water-resistant up to 30m, which enables it to withstand small exposure to water or brief situations. It isn’t good for swimming, diving, or submersion.

Croc Textured Band

Now this section is where there’s a lot of debate. The Croc-textured calfskin band and the buckle has a decent appearance. However, there are two main problems which consist of size and quality. The band tends to run on the smaller side, which may not fit all wrist sizes or lengths. On top of that, the quality of the band is mediocre. The best advice we can give is to replace it with another band.

What do we think?

For our Bulova Watches Review, the Classic is a timeless piece that for those with minimalistic senses of style. The majority of features are pretty good, but the durability of the band and lack of precision may get to some.

Although, the price point is very reasonable and the style of the watch face is higher quality than those you’d find in a department store. We’d recommend this only if you’re looking for a light use everyday watch.

Sutton Collection in Two-tone

The Sutton is a beautifully crafted automatic watch that’s complemented by rose and silver tones. If you’re a woman looking for a luxurious piece that doesn’t break the bank, then you’ll enjoy this. Its classy design is the perfect complement to business attire for fancy events.

Stunning Luxury Design

Every watch has its own style, and the Sutton features rose gold-tone detailing which include five diamonds. Each of these are carved and handset to create a refined and classy look.

As for the watch face, it includes a white mother of pearl dial which also adds to its unique design. If you’re looking for a watch has embellishments with extra details, then you’ll surely enjoy the Sutton.

High Powered Reserve

One of the more unique features is the high power reserve that can last over forty hours. It’s a hassle if your watch stops, especially if you’re traveling. If you’re not in a place where you’ll have easy access to replacements, it’s good to know that there’s a backup set that can tide you over.

Water Resistance

Similar to the rest of the brand, the Sutton includes a waterproof coating. To ensure that the internal components are protected, the device features a double-press deployment closure. This prevents any dirt, dust, or liquid from seeping in. On top of that, the water-resistance level is set to 30 meters, which is just a bit under their other models.

Self Wind

One of the drawbacks of the device is that it’s a self-winding watch. However, multiple reviews have stated that the time tends to be inaccurate after a few weeks. One common fix to this is to just auto adjust the watch yourself using the dials.

What do we think?

For the Bulova Watches Review, the Sutton has impeccable detailing such as Roman Numeral numbers, handset diamonds, and small rose-toned stainless steel detailing. The design alone is enough to make us want to recommend it to you.

Besides that, the durable build, affordable pricing, and water resistance makes it suitable for everyday use and ensures that it can’t break. If you’re looking for a watch to start a conversation with, you can’t go wrong sporting the Sutton.

Crystal Collections Swarovski

The Crystal Swarovski is a women’s watch looks like a bracelet but function as a clock. It features a pure stainless steel design which has 123 crystals added around the exterior of the diamond. Each crystal is from Swarovski, making it an amazingly lucky catch for its affordable price.

All Hand Set

There’s nothing more intriguing than knowing each set of crystals are individually set. This gives a bit of style to the watch and makes it a fascinating topic piece. However, it’s not just the handset crystals on the watch. The company went further and created a crystal band. If you enjoy watches that look similar to jewelry, then you’ll enjoy the Crystal.

Weak Glass Surface

An issue we’ve seen before is that the glass tends to get scratches and need to replacing and repairs. While it’s a beautiful watch, it’s not designed to put up to everyday use. Think of it as a fancy bracelet, and it’s not meant to be worn every day, only special nights. Keep that in mind when thinking about the Crystal.

Water Resistance

Water-resistance is essential to those who are out and about every day. The Crystal can be submerged 30m but can’t be used for swimming or other water type activities. Yes, it will survive a dunk if you fall into a pool or fall in a puddle. However, anything more and the watch will malfunction.

Durable Quality

Needless to say, durability is one of the must-haves in a watch. The Crystal features a stainless steel exterior with quartz movement analog displays and a stainless steel band. Overall, these elements make it pretty sturdy and durable. Although, the steel band may get a bit uncomfortable throughout the day.

What do we think?

For our Bulova watches review, we believe that the Crystal is only worth it if you’re looking for aesthetics and style. Otherwise, it does lack some durability and probably isn’t the most comfortable to wear throughout your day.

Would We Recommend Bulova Watches?

Our Bulova Watches Review concludes that they are an excellent choice for those looking for an affordable wristwatch. Their products are often modern, stylish, and vary from collection to collection. This, in turn, gives you plenty of options to find one that’s your style.

However, not all of them are very durable. As you can see from the bands and casing, they often lack in strength and may be uncomfortable to wear for extended periods.

What do we praise the Bulova brand for? Their designs, their innovative clock faces, and use of high-end stainless steel. If you’re looking for a luxury looking watch at a more affordable price point, then we’d say that these watches will meet your expectations.

Alpina Watch Review

Alpina Watch

Alpina has been making watches for over a hundred years. With great style along with quality product, they have a lot going for them. If you are looking for a great luxury sports watch, there’s a good chance you’ll find something you like with Alpina.

Their watches—though not greatly ranged in style design—they are sleek, durable and can double as sports and dress watch. One such watch is Alpiner 4, a sports watch that can blend in with a lot of different settings—making it a favorite of ours. Read more about that watch and a few others to gain a better understanding of Alpina through this Alpina Watch Review.

Alpina Watch Review

Alpina Watch Review 2019

King of sports

Alpina is undoubtedly known best for its sports watches. Beginning all the way back in 1938, Alpina started producing its “4” sports watches collection. With leading technology for its time, they’ve only improved, continually bringing sports to the forefront of their luxury watch brand. Their wristwatches have given wearers quality and durable products—not only for men but also for women. For land, air or water, Alpina has shown itself to be versatile and never straying from its classic, sporty roots. The Alpina Alpiner 4 is a perfect example and should be included in any Alpina Watch review.

Alpina Alpiner 4

An Alpina sportswatch, like the Alpiner 4, proves itself by having the “4” sports properties incorporated into it. It must be 1. Antimagnetic, 2. Antishock, 3. Water-resistant, and 4. Stainless. Additionally, a great quality that Alpina sportswatches have is that they are beautiful to look at and many of them can just about pass for a dress watch, like this Alpiner 4.

The blue dial is an attention-getter and is the most eye-catching part of the watch. The markers and hands are all large and easy to read against the blue. The case is 44-mm in diameter and is stainless steel, the dial window material Is antireflective sapphire and the brown band is made of genuine leather. A barely noticeably date window sits by the 3 o’clock marker.

This watch is antimagnetic, antishock, water resistant (up to 330-feet) and it’s stainless—a perfect example of a sports watch. This piece is also extremely attractive, showing how adaptable Alpina’s watches can be. If someone were wanting something showing its sturdiness sporty qualities, there are great options for those styles as which is well.

A good example would be the Alpina Seastrong Diver watch, which shares a lot of features with the Alpiner 4 but is less flashy. It’s darker with a black rubber band and a stainless-steel case that provides a bit of color with its sharp red. The water resistance is much deeper at 984-feet. Overall, Alpina has a lot of great sports watch options that suit many styles.

Smart ‘n stylish

The Alpina brand—known for sports and quality—also provide style and technology. With modern technology improving greatly, it’s not usually desirable to purchase anything expensive that isn’t also innovative. The same goes for watches. Why spend considerable money and not get anything newfangled? That’s the feeling many people have who lean towards the smartwatch options. While some love the classic analog timepieces that provide old fashioned style only, smartwatches are growing in popularity. Alpina has certainly joined the smartwatch party and one such piece is the Alpina Men’s Horological Smartwatch.

Seastrong Horological Smartwatch

The Seastrong Horological Smartwatch looks like the ultimate sports watch but there’s a lot more to it than just being a detailed and accurate timepiece.

The two main colors: orange and black, blend well—looking stylish and vibrant. Additionally, there are slight white and silver accents, making the markers and hands easier to see and read. It is a larger watch with a stainless-steel case that has a diameter of 45mm. It is important to be aware of the size and how it will feel on your wrist before purchasing, to make sure it’ll be comfortable. The watch has quartz movement with a synthetic sapphire dial window to protect it. The black band is made of rubber and has a buckle for a clasp.

While the vibrant colors of the watch are a great draw, the true heart of this watch is the smart technology. This watch can be a great companion to your everyday life. It can keep you up to date with what is happening in the world around you as well as internally with your health. If you download its app—available for Android and iOS, it’ll sync and provide fun functions that include activity and sleep tracking. It also provides notifications for when you receive a text or call. The battery is supposed to last for about four years as well.

Apple and many other smartwatches may have a more “smartphone-like” screen. The horological smartwatches use a secondary dial rather than a screen, to maintain the classic look. That could be less appealing to those wanting a miniature smartphone on their wrist. However, the Seastrong Smartwatch is also a stellar and high-class sports watch—providing an aesthetic and quality an Apple smartwatch simply wouldn’t be able to provide.

Not just an ornament

Since wristwatches grew in popularity through the early 20th century, they’ve been seen on the wrists of women more and more. However, watches are still not as marketed to women as they are to men. Additionally, it is difficult to find high-quality wristwatches that are durable and sporty and…for women. Usually, women’s timepieces are focused on being a prime accessory, to compliment an outfit, or to even blend in as jewelry. But women need high-quality watches to take on adventures just the same as any man.

Alpina watches usually look ready for anything. If you are wanting a luxury watch that doesn’t quite show it’s durability as visibly as Alpina Watches do, you may want to look elsewhere for your new timepiece. Rado could be a better fit. Alpina Watches are incredible and strong and they show it, especially through their women’s watches. An Alpina Watch review must include Alpina’s women’s watches because they ready for adventure—just like the Alpina Women’s Extreme Diver.

Women’s Extreme Diver

Alpina Women’s Extreme Diver watch is a prime example of a sporty watch for women. Known for their sports watches, no Alpina watch review would be complete without referencing how the brand extends its trademark to both men and women. And it extends it well. This watch is strong, durable and perfect for the land and sea. The stainless-steel case is brushed and polished. The movement is Swiss quartz and the black dial is protected by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The hands and the hour markers are of a luminescent silver-tone. There is also a date window at the 3 o’clock marker. With a sturdy black rubber strap, this watch looks and feels ready for anything thrown at it.

As promised by the title, this watch is made for diving. It is water resistant up to 984-feet.

This is the watch to beat if you are looking for a beautiful women’s watch that has quality and an ability to handle the water.

History of Alpina

Alpina has a long and rich history as a producer of quality watches. Alpina began with Gottlieb Hauser of Switzerland, who wanted  to make the perfect watches to aid “sportsmen, engineers, technicians, and adventurers.” He began to make his dream work with the concept of the “Alpina 4,” developed in 1938.

A true sports watch must be 1. Antimagnetic, 2. Antishock, 3. Water-resistant, and 4. Stainless steel. With that standard in place, the Alpina sports watches became the brand to beat. Those working on land, at sea, and in the air began choosing Alpina as a result. The company saw success until the Quartz Crisis when quartz became massively popular and Alpina would not stop focusing on its mechanical watches. Alpina suffered greatly during this time.

In 2002, Alpina made its comeback and began to grow. In 2014, Alpina produced the “4” in the Alpiner collection in reference to the four sports properties. They also invented the Horological Smartwatch in 2015. Alpiner seems to continually keep its head above water with new pieces and even inventions focused on their goal of quality sports watches. We’ll see if they continue to grow in the future but as of now, they seem to be producing great things.

Conclusion

Alpina watches are relevant because of their focus on sports. It’s encouraging to see them maintaining standards they’d set for themselves almost a century ago. After reviewing these Alpina watches, it appears they are of a good, luxurious quality that will serve the most active wearer. Additionally, some of the watches are adaptable so that they can be worn on adventures or in the office. Alpina is keeping up technologically while staying true to their aesthetic. Their women’s watches are also perfect for any great adventure, as they should be. Stylistically, these watches may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But, for someone searching for a quality sports watch, Alpina is the place to look.

Best Triathlon Watch: Tools for the Elite Athlete

Best Triathalon Watches

If you are planning on participating in a future triathlon event, it’s safe to say that you are serious about making the most out of your performance. This means that you are determined to stay on top of your performance by keeping track of your swimming, running, and biking metrics.

If this is the case, you definitely need to invest in the best triathlon watch.

Obviously, you can’t just pick a regular sports watch or smartwatch and be done with it. You need a timepiece that can withstand the toughest activities and at the same time, enables you to accurately track your metrics.

Today, we will take a look at some of the best watches that can be used by serious triathletes. For this list, our favorite is the Garmin Forerunner 935 for its lightweight but tough construction, impressive battery life, and a wide range of smart features.

If you’ll keep reading, we have other recommended picks just for you.

Best Triathlon Watch

Key Features

Our Rating

Garmin Forerunner 935 Advanced running and multisport features, Built-in barometer, altimeter and electronic compass, Advanced dynamics for running, cycling and swimming, Built-in activity profiles ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Polar Vantage V Up to 40 hours, Running Power function, Optical heart rate monitor, Training Load Pro, Recovery Pro ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Garmin Fenix 5 Elevate wrist heart rate technology, Fiber-reinforced polymer, GPS and GLONASS satellite reception, 3-axis compass, smart notifications ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Suunto 9 Intelligent battery modes, Smart reminders, Supports 80+ sports and multisport events, FusedTrack Sensor, 100m water resistance, Average HR during sleep ★ ★ ★ ★
Garmin Forerunner 735XT 24/7 Heart rate monitoring, Built-in activities, Smart notifications, Multisport mode, Step Counter, Advanced Running Dynamics ★ ★ ★ ★
Polar Vantage M Polar Precision Prime heart rate monitor, Changeable wristband, Training Load Pro, Sleep tracking, 100+ sports profiles ★ ★ ★ ★
Suunto Spartan Ultra HR 80 Sport modes, Includes built in altimeter, barometer, compass, GPS, 100 meter water resistance, 26H battery life ★ ★ ★ ★
Polar V800 Built-in GPS, Sport profiles, 30 meter water resistance, Integrated barometer, Smart notifications, Inactivity alerts, 24/7 activity tracking ★ ★ ★ ½

Best Triathlon Watches

1. Garmin Forerunner 935

 

When it comes to GPS watches, Garmin is a brand that’s high on most people’s list – including ours. The Garmin Forerunner 935 is one of the best, if not the best, GPS watches that Garmin has released.

It’s far from an affordable option but it’s definitely a worthy investment for any serious athlete.

An Ironman’s Best Friend

The Forerunner 935 is a premium GPS through and through. The GPS and other navigation features are spot on.

However, the wealth of running and multisport features is what makes the Forerunner 935 a great investment. The watch provides you with the right tools to monitor your performance, training, and recovery. It actually monitors your training and will let you know if you are training productively, peaking or pushing yourself too hard.

 

The 935 also lets you set built-in activity profiles for different activities like running, cycling, hiking, strength training, swimming, and more. For triathletes, switching to another sports profile is as easy as pressing a button. Like all good smartwatches, the 935 syncs with your compatible smartphone that will let you access more training and social features.

If you are a serious athlete, the Forerunner 935 will easily become your best friend. It’s a feature-packed and comfortable triathlon watch that’s definitely worth the price tag.

2. Polar Vantage V

 

The Polar Vantage V is a great looking watch with enough features to impress even the most hardcore athletes.

It looks like the previous Vantage M model but it’s a little bit heavier, and for good reason. The Vantage V comes highly recommended for those who are trying to train at the highest level.

A Fully-Featured Training Tool on Your Wrist

The Polar Vantage V managed to catch my attention because it’s a good-looking, well-designed watch.

Unlike other smartwatches, the Vantage V comes with a circular watch face which means that I can wear them casually without telling the world that you are wearing a fitness device. The buttons are also fairly low-profile so the watch doesn’t look bulky and it doesn’t get caught on pockets, sleeves, etc.

 

One of the best features of the Vantage V is definitely the Running Power function. This gives the user to have another data point which comes in handy for a more accurate training session. I also love the fact that the touchscreen feature can be disabled during training mode. Touch screens are great but they can get rather touchy when training due to factors like sweat, moisture, inadvertent contact, and more.

Overall, the Vantage V is a high-quality fitness watch with amazing features for training at the highest level.

3. Garmin Fenix 5

 

You can’t really make a list of the best triathlon watch without including multiple products from Garmin. The next watch that we have for you is the Garmin Fenix 5.

The Fenix 5 is actually very similar to the Forerunner 935 in terms of features. However, the Fenix 5 has proven to be the tougher watch between the two.

For Athletes of All Levels

The Fenix 5 actually comes in three different versions: 5S, 5, and 5X. Each model comes in a wide range of color options, lens types, and strap options. Aside from the size and weight, the three versions are almost identical except for the 5X (the most expensive model) having the mapping feature.

The Fenix 5 is a top-notch watch and that’s mainly attributed to its wealth of great features. Activity tracking with this watch is a breeze and very accurate. This a full-featured triathlon watch which means that you can use it for swimming both in the pool and open water locations.

 

The watch can be programmed with multiple profiles and you are allowed to switch profiles on the fly. If you have the HRM-Run heart rate monitor (the chest strap add-on), you can track metrics like ground contact time and vertical oscillation.

As mentioned, it’s a heavier, tougher alternative to the Forerunner 935 which makes it more suitable for tougher activities.

4. Suunto 9

 

I am a big fan of the Suunto brand. In fact, one of my favorite pickups lately is the Suunto Traverse Alpha. The brand has a great handle when it comes to sports watches, so it’s not surprising that the Suunto 9 GPS watch has made the list.

Beefy Features with the Bulk

The Suunto 9 is quite similar to Garmin’s Fenix series in the sense that it’s a rather hefty watch that boasts a lot of features. Throw any outdoor activity at it and it will track it. This watch can track over 80+ sports.

The Suunto 9 stands out for having an impressive battery life. Depending on your settings, the watch can last from 25 up to 120 hours between charging. Even when the battery starts to run out during your training, the watch will suggest that you can change settings easily in order to conserve battery.

 

For running, the watch utilizes motion sensor information with GPS technology. This enables the device to conserve battery without sacrificing quality. Swimmers will have no problem wearing this as it can be used for pool and open water swims. Switching between activities is as easy as pressing a button.

If you mind the weight and bulk, this watch might not be for you. This watch definitely has a weight to it. However, the number of great features and impressive battery life make this a solid triathlon watch.

5. Garmin Forerunner 735XT

 

We have yet another candidate from Garmin and it’s the Garmin Forerunner 735XT.

The Forerunner 735XT is very comparable to the 935 except for some key features like the barometric altimeter sensor and golf tracking support. However, it’s a very competent triathlon watch and presents a good alternative if you think that the 935 is too expensive.

A Reliable Multisport Watch With a Learning Curve

Triathlon athletes will surely appreciate the 735XT’s thin and lightweight profile. Whether you are running, cycling, or swimming, the watch feels like it’s barely there.

However, it comes with advanced features that will satisfy any serious athlete.

The Forerunner 735XT is preloaded with profiles for many different activities. It has data support for running, cycling, swimming, hiking, skiing, strength training, paddle sports and cardio. The 735XT features a multisport mode which allows you to track different sports as one activity. You just need to press the lap button to switch to next sport. Battery life is a decent 14 hour with GPS enabled.

 

As stated, there’s a bit of a learning curve to use the 735XT. Working with the five watch buttons can be confusing and learning how to use the watch properly will take some time. I highly recommend you spend some time reading the manual first.

Once you get past the learning curve, the watch offers plenty in terms of customization.

6. Polar Vantage M

 

The Polar Vantage M is highly recommended for athletes who are looking for a mid-range triathlon watch.

The Vantage M looks quite similar to the V but it’s definitely the cheaper option between the two. However, this doesn’t mean that you should skip on the Vantage M as it offers plenty of features for the hardcore athlete.

The Mid-Range Option for Elite Athletes

The Polar M400 and M430 were very popular multisport devices which is why the Vantage M had a lot to live up to. Fortunately, this follow-up by Polar was not a disappointment.

What I love about Polar watches is the comfortable design. The Vantage M is very comfortable and lightweight – you can wear this 24/7 because unlike the heavier Vantage V, you’ll never feel the need to take it off. The Vantage M doesn’t have touchscreen features but has physical buttons instead. Using the physical buttons is fairly straightforward.

 

As for the sports tracking, you can expect the same tracking experience with the Vantage V. The watch supports up to 130 sports profiles and you can load 20 to the watch at any given time. Triathletes will have a lot to love with this watch as it offers the most insightful metrics for running, cycling, and swimming.

However, the Vantage M is strictly for sports tracking and training insights. If you are thinking that this is a potential alternative to the Apple Watch, we have to stop you right there. As far as syncing goes, you are only limited to notification support.

All in all, the Vantage M is an exciting multisport tool that won’t break the bank.

7. Suunto Spartan Ultra HR

 

The Suunto Spartan Ultra HR is a solid go-to option if you think that the Suunto 9 has a crazy price tag.

Despite being the more affordable option to most of the watches on this list, it’s far from a stripped down training tool. In fact, this is one of the best watches for any Ironman participant.

Great Versatility in One Package

As its most basic, the Spartan Ultra HR supports over 80 different activities. Plus, it comes with built-in ABC features and a GPS. For each sport, you can track metrics such as time, distance, pace, and elevation. You are also provided with in-depth data such as peak training effect and workout recovery time.

Since it comes with a GPS, the Spartan Ultra HR will let you map out your paths for a run. For this, you can use Suunto’s Movescount app which enables you to import routes and import a GPS file. There’s even a neat “heat maps” feature where popular routes are shared. With this feature, you may even discover a new or better path for your runs.

 

The Spartan Ultra HR earns decent marks when it comes to accuracy. Recording metrics such as distance and time are often on point. However, the GPS can be slightly spotty at times but nothing major that it becomes unusable. The GPS does considerably drain the battery.

The Spartan Ultra HR is a high-end activity tracker that offers plenty of versatility.

8. Polar V800

The Polar V800 is not exactly a new and shiny model. In fact, it’s certainly the oldest triathlon watch on this list. However, don’t let that discourage you because this watch packs enough oomph that makes it a top choice for athletes.

A Great Watch for Multisport/Endurance Events

When compared against the newer, sleeker models, the V800 is starting to look outdated. The chunky stainless body with rubber straps certainly doesn’t do the watch any favor. However, it more than makes up for its build quality. This is clearly a watch that can take a good deal of punishment.

Although it’s an older model, we’re happy to report that the V800’s GPS is still as zippy as ever and can deliver mapping with good accuracy. One of the best features is the new Running Program. This feature creates programs based on the watch’s coaching features.

This gives you the ability to create more personalized routines.

 

To get the most out of the V800, it’s highly recommended that you use it with the Polar Flow app. However, weirdly enough, you can’t create programs using the mobile app and it must be done using the web app.

Battery life will get you 13 hours of training with GPS enabled and about 50 hours in low power mode.

The V800 is definitely starting to show its age as far as design goes but if you care more about accurate stat tracking and a zippy GPS, it’s a solid all-around choice.

How to Choose the Best Triathlon Watch?

 

Triathlon Watches

As stated earlier, you can’t just choose a sports watch and use it for triathlon training. That’s a surefire way to ruin a perfectly good watch.

Here are the factors that you should consider when buying a triathlon watch.

Multisport

Multisport Watches1

Of course, you want a watch that features a multisport function.

Multisport watches can switch from one sports profile to the next with just a press of a button. For instance, you can easily switch from running to cycling by simply pressing a button. By switching to another sports profile, the information displayed on the screen will be related to that specific sport.

Without a multisport feature, the user will have to manually stop the activity, tinker with the settings, and start a new profile. As you can imagine, this is hardly ideal especially when you’re trying to shave seconds off your performance.

Water Resistance

Since you will be swimming during a triathlon event, it goes without that you need a water resistant watch. However, that might not be enough.

It certainly won’t hurt to get a triathlon watch that can track swimming metrics such as distance, pool laps, stroke count, and more. Swimming watches will typically work in both pools and open-water swims.

Battery Life

Suunto Battery Life

Nothing is more frustrating than running out of battery while you’re in the middle of your triathlon training.

Therefore, you should consider getting a watch with sufficient battery life. Preferably a model that will last longer than your daily exercise routine.

Fortunately, most smartwatches and activity trackers these days have decent battery life at the minimum. It’s still worth considering what sort of event that you are participating in. If you are competing in Ironman, you need a watch that can go for hours without being charged. On the other hand, shorter events like sprint triathlons will only require a watch with decent battery life.

Data Transfer and Connectivity

Suunto Sync

Any serious athlete will review their metrics after every training session.

In this case, you need a watch that can transfer data easily. The watch should feature a painless way to transfer data to a smartphone or computer. This enables you to review your metrics and analyze which areas you need to improve. Or perhaps, you can even share your results via social media.

In terms of connectivity, most smartwatches use Bluetooth or even Wi-Fi. However, there are also models that can only be connected using a physical wire.

Price

Do you go for a watch that’s cheaper but doesn’t have to offer in terms of features? Or do you break the bank and get a deluxe smartwatch with all the bells and whistles? Or maybe, you could settle on a mid-range model that strikes a good balance between the two?

This will all depend on your allocated budget and needs.

If you are a long-time triathlete, you probably have a certain price point in mind. However, for beginners, it might be a good idea to invest in an entry-level to mid-range model and upgrade later.

Frequently Asked Questions

Triathlon Photo

1. How much waterproofing do I need?

When it comes to sports watches, there are varying degrees of “waterproofing.”

For a triathlon, make sure that you get a model with an ATM of 5 or more. However, waterproof capability is not enough. Try finding a watch that measures swimming metrics such as swimming speed and efficiency. Also, watches with swimming features indicate whether they can be used in open water, pool or both.

2. How long should the battery last?

This will depend on the type of activity that you will be doing and how long your usual training session lasts.

Multisport watches with many different features such as GPS will likely run out of juice faster. Fortunately, most modern smartwatches can last from 10 to 20 hours even when in training mode. When checking for battery life, make sure that you read customer reviews and see if the battery life does hold up.

3. Do I need to have a touchscreen watch?

While it’s certainly cool to have, I don’t touchscreen features are a must when it comes to the best triathlon watch.

Don’t get me wrong, touchscreen navigation makes it a breeze to use and navigate the watch. Plus, it’s a bit of a future-proof function since most gadgets are touch-enabled these days. However, touch input can also be a nuisance since you can inadvertently swipe the device during training and stop whatever it is you are tracking.

Final Thoughts

We’ve tried and tested the top triathlon watches in the market and the definite top pick is the Garmin Forerunner 935. It commands a high price tag but it’s definitely worth the investment for any serious athlete.

If you have any questions about triathlon watches in general, feel free to comment down below.

Best Tide Watch for Fishing: Get the Perfect Catch With These Fishing Watches

Best Tide Watch for Fishing

Fishing is always a nice, relaxing way to spend any day. However, the experience is even better if you manage to get a catch.

A great tide watch is a vital part of any serious fisherman’s repertoire, and real fishing pros would never head out into the water without one. You could spend hours monitoring wind conditions and tidal cycles for the best shot at a successful fishing outing, or you could simply let your tide watch do the work for you.

For this post, we have made a list of the best tide watch for fishing.

For our top pick, we went with the Casio G7900-1 G-Shock Rescue Watch for its near unbreakable ruggedness, accurate tide chart and moon phase features, and ease of use. If you want a high-performance tide watch that won’t break the bank, this watch will not disappoint.

Read on to read the rest of our recommended picks.

Best Tide Watches

Key Features

Our Rating

Casio G7900-1 G-Shock Rescue Tide and moon-phase data, 50 mm resin case, digital display, water resistant to 200 m (660 ft), auto EL backlight, flash alert, world time ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
SUUNTO Traverse Alpha Stainless steel bezel, water repellent nylon strap, automatic shot detection technology, location-based moon Phase calendar, GPS/GLONASS navigation ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Rip Curl Rifles Polyurethane tide watch, quartz movement, water resistant to 330 feet, 500 pre-programmed tide locations, countdown timer, alarm, stopwatch ★ ★ ★ ★
Casio AQW101-1AV Water resistant to 200m, EL backlight with afterglow, thermometer, fishing mode, 30 time zones, countdown timer ★ ★ ★ ★
Sunroad FR830 Tidal data, 50m water resistance, altimeter, barometer, electronic compass, pedometer, world time, log record, stopwatch, thermometer ★ ★ ★ ★

Best Tide Watches for Fishing

1. Casio G7900-1 G-Shock Rescue

 

The Casio G7900-1 G-Shock Rescue Watch is a solid option for fishermen who don’t want to spend a fortune on a tide watch.

Being a G-Shock model, this watch boasts a ruggedness that you can expect from G-Shocks. It doesn’t offer that many in terms of features but what it brings into the table are more than enough for even the most jaded fishermen.

A Tough Tide Watch

The main draw of the Casio G7900-1 G-Shock is definitely its tough as a rock design and construction. If you’re planning to use a watch anywhere near bodies of water, you need a timepiece that will get the job done without breaking down.

The 50mm case is made from the standard G-Shock resin which is a bit large even for G-Shock standards. Thus, this watch will likely look bigger on smaller wrists. However, the watch is surprisingly lightweight and is actually comfortable even after wearing it for hours. The enlarged buttons are a nice touch since it makes the watch a lot easier to use.

The watch is water resistant to 660 ft or 200 m. Of course, the watch features a moon phase (8 segments) and a tide graph (6 segments) – these are the features that you need for the best fishing experience. It utilizes the Japanese Quartz movement which is rather disappointing. I would have preferred atomic timekeeping.

Overall, this is a great outdoor timepiece and is a good place to start your search for the best tide watch.

2. Suunto Traverse Alpha

 

The Suunto Traverse Alpha is one my favorite watches to use to brave the great outdoors.

Using the Suunto Traverse Alpha is like having an assistant that feeds you with information that’s vital to your fishing trips. It is mainly an outdoor GPS watch but it offers some amazing features that will be useful for any fishing enthusiast.

It boasts great accuracy that you can expect from a high-end smartwatch.

High-End Accuracy

While there are certainly issues with the Traverse Alpha, you can’t really fault the watch in terms of accuracy. The Moon Phase calendar feature is location based so you can easily determine the best time to go fishing. This is obviously a plus if you wish to go fishing at night.

 

The watch also lets you set specific points of interests to mark trails and the best fishing spots you’ll find. The sunrise/sunset alerts do a great job of helping you plan your fishing day. The watch also comes with a barometric pressure graph that will alert you if there’s an incoming storm or any other weather changes.

Of course, the built-in GPS and GLONASS systems will make navigation a breeze.

On top of its great outdoor features, the Traverse Alpha comes in a scratch-resistant display and bacteria-resistant straps. So you can take this bad boy out while fishing and not worry about a thing.

3. Rip Curl Rifles

 

The Rip Curl Rifles Waterproof Digital Tide Watch was designed to be used for aquatic sports such as canoeing and surfing. However, it comes with features that make it a must for any fishing trip.

Basically, it’s a great watch for just about any water person.

Don’t Expect Fireworks

Just to be clear, the Rifles is not a smartwatch so don’t expect smart features on it. Despite that, it works the way it should. It has your standard alarm, stopwatch, and countdown features.

However, what makes the Rip Curl Rifles a solid tide watch is that it provides tide data at a glance.

 

There are two modes for displaying tide information: Graph and Detailed. For the Graph view, it provides the user with “at a glance” tide display which is unique for each location. The actual tide heights are displayed 8 hours into the future and 2 hours before. The Detailed view shows the current tide height and direction which also include the numeric time and height of the tide.

The watch is very stylish too and I won’t have a qualm wearing this as a fashion statement. It is rugged but still manages to be comfortable. This watch comes highly recommended for anyone who likes spending their time near bodies of water.

4. Casio AQW101-1AV

 

I struggled not to include another Casio product on this list. But alas, there’s just so many Casio watches out there that could make a case for being the best tide watch.

The Casio AQW101-1AV is definitely a good contender.

Dedicated Fishing Mode

This is yet another budget-friendly tide watch but it offers enough features that elevate it from just being a cheap piece. For starters, the AQW101-1AV is water resistant to 200 meters. So if you are anywhere near water, you don’t have to worry about splashing water onto the watch.

What makes this watch a good fishing option is the dedicated Fishing Mode. Instead of learning the Lunar calendar and the feeding schedule of the fishes, you can simply check your watch and see what it says. If you can see fish on your watch, there’s a good chance that you’re in for a bountiful fishing session. There’s also the moon data which comes in handy if you’re fishing at night.

Outside of its fishing features, the AQW101-1AV is pretty much a standard watch complete with timekeeping features like 30 time zones (50 cities), city code display, daylight saving, countdown timer and more.

The watch does have a bit of a learning curve so make sure that you spend some time reading the manual before taking it out for a spin.

5. Sunroad FR830

 

In terms of usability and features, the Sunroad FR830 Tide Watch won’t exactly blow your mind. The other watches from this list have significantly more features than this Sunroad watch.

However, when strictly talking about fishing, this timepiece is an easy recommendation to even the most jaded anglers.

Multi-function Tide Fishing Watch

The Sunroad Tide Watch is an ABC smartwatch that provides a list of decent features. Being an ABC watch, it comes with an altimeter, barometer, and an electronic compass. I’ve been trying this tide watch for quite some time and I must that that it’s fairly accurate. The compass feature can be a little spotty at times but overall, the ABC features work great.

The watch is clearly designed for sea anglers. It displays tidal data and moon’s age and phase charts for 400 city ports. The watch can also warn anglers for any change in weather or barometric pressure which is invaluable if you’re out in the sea.

 

The Sunroad FR830 is also a very stylish timepiece. I am a fan of the all-black design and legibility is never an issue since it’s completely backlit. The only downside that I do mind is that it’s only waterproof to 50 meters. Thus, it’s only good for handwashing and showering. Don’t even think about diving with this watch.

Overall, the Sunroad FR830 is not just a solid tide fishing watch, it’s a great outdoor companion as a whole.

Final Thoughts

It wasn’t easy but we’ve just handpicked some of the best tide watches that you can buy in the market.

We stand by our top pick which is the Casio G7900-1 G-Shock Rescue. However, it’s certainly hard to go wrong with any of these tide watches and they are worth the investment.

Have fun with your fishing adventures!

Suunto vs G-Shock: Which Watch Should You Purchase?

Suunto vs G-Shock

G-Shock watches have disrupted the military watch market for years. The large, durable and unique designs are popular among watch fanatics who have a main interest in “tactical” or military watches. (Tactical watches are built for durability and are sometimes used in the American Military). Today I’m having Suunto vs. G-Shock face off.

Overview

Suunto is another military watch brand that is gaining popularity.  The company began in Finland over 80 years ago and specialized in making liquid filled compasses. Today, the brand is a top leader in military watches, competing closely with the powerhouse Casio!

So which brand is better? Hmmmm, I guess that is my job today. Well, instead of keeping my audience on the edge of their seats for today’s review, let me just flat out say that CASIO REIGNS SUPREME.  Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of great watches by Suunto. The reason I say Casio is the go-to is that of three main factors. Price, durability, and design.

Many Suunto watches are much more pricey than any G-Shock. The durability of G-Shocks cannot be compared to Suunto. G-Shocks are built for durability, whereas Suuntos are built more for technology. Lastly, the designs of G-Shocks are complex and interesting. So much so that G-Shocks are worn with almost any attire; even formal at times! Suunto’s on the other hand, are pretty plain and look like your average smartwatches.

Below, I will review top watches by each watchmaker and conclude why G-Shock is the better choice. At the end of the day, the decision is ultimately yours; I’m just here to make your decision easier! 😉

Casio G-Shock GA100-1A1

The model GA100-1A1 is definitely a top watch by Casio. Not only is it very durable, nice looking and comfortable; but reasonably priced!  No matter where you are in the world, this watch has got your back!  The world time has up to 29 time zones and has the ability to set on/off daylight savings. Durability is also a strong suit. This watch can handle up to 200 METERS of water depth! And yes, it is VERY shock resistant. I honestly believe this watch can make it through a Hulk transformation…

Other highlights include full loaded auto-calendar, programmed until 2099 (hopefully you make it until then),  a large 37mm case, auto LED light within the dial and a 1/1000th Second Stopwatch with Speed Indicator.

All in The Price

It is easy to see why this is a highly regarded watch by Casio. But the true deal breaker is the price. All of the aesthetics of this watch can definitely be priced at a higher point. When accounting for the design, unique features and durability, this watch is probably the best choice. So keep this watch in mind if you are looking for great, yet affordable!

Casio G-Shock GW-9400BJ-1JF G-Shock Master of G Rangeman

This watch really is something. The Rangeman is a favorite among Casio fanatics. And you will soon find out why!

Now, in my opinion, G-Shocks are not the nicest of watches. They are still trending as an everyday watch and no doubt, they can be worn with most casual attire. But what makes this watch so great is because of what’s inside this masterpiece.

This G-Shock is running off of a Japanese automatic movement.  It is not every day that you see a G-Shock with an automatic movement; which is why this watch is so impressive. Besides the movement, this watch also features a triple sensor “engine” with an altimeter/barometer, thermometer, and a compass. I guess you can say this is the ultimate military watch! 

Other specs also include a carbon fiber band, a LARGE 54 mm case and a water resistance up to 200 M. You simply can not go wrong with the Master of G Rangeman.

An “All Around” Watch

The Rangeman is sure to keep any buyer satisfied. The durability is ridiculously great. Not many watches are SOLAR PROOF and shock resistant. Yeah, no sun is burning up this bad boy. Swimming is never an issue, this watch is sure to hold its own no matter how strong the current!

With an all-black design, the watch can be worn with almost anything; making it a perfect “go to” watch for any occasion. Lastly, and most importantly, the Rangeman is an AUTOMATIC TIMEPIECE! A whole lot of G-Shocks are made with quartz movements, but if you opt for the Rangeman, your getting an automatic movement my friends! To me, this is an extremely important feature when deciding on a watch to purchase. The complexity and effort put into designing and creating an automatic movement cannot be compared to a battery powered quartz.

G-Shock Extra Large Display

Everythings better when it’s bigger….. Right? The military series G-Shock offers owners a 55mm case! So readability should never be an issue with this timepiece. The watch also has the ability to change the time between 29 time zones. The watch also has a full auto calendar pre-programmed until 2099. You don’t have to worry about time with the military series, because the watch has four daily alarms and even has a snooze button (lay off the snooze)! Accuracy is also a great feature of this piece. Expect +/- fifteen seconds per month; which is actually VERY good for an affordable Casio watch.

Size Matters

Ultimately what sets this watch apart from the rest is a large size. If you have a big wrist, or like big faced watches, then this watch is for you! With large size comes easy readability, heavyweight materials, and extreme durability. So, if you do in fact like large watches, the military series is a MUST.

If the large size keeps you from choosing this watch, I recommend that you look further into it. Although it is large, the design of the watch makes it so it does not look too large on the wrist.

Suunto Core Ultimate Black

The Suunto Core is considered a military watch, but at first glance, may be confused with a smartwatch or Fitbit. But the Suunto Core is nothing like either watch. It is definitely a unique timepiece itself. Core features (no pun intended) include an altimeter, barometer, and a compass. The Core also has a built-in thermometer, storm alarm and tracks the sunrise and sunset. A must-have watch for a first date! 

Innovation

What makes this watch worthy to be reviewed by myself, has to be all of the innovative features that were added to this piece. This is a MUST HAVE watch for any outdoor adventure and the all-black design make it easy to pair with any outfit you choose. It can be a bit hard to rid at times in dim lighting and is not as durable as a G-Shock; but then again, it is not as bulky and large as a G-Shock.

Suunto Traverse Alpha

I’d say the Traverse is much more on par with the durability standards of a G-Shock. The Suunto Traverse has a bold stainless steel bezel with a water repellant nylon strap. For extra durability, the watch also features a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal; which is usually found on top-notch watches! In short, the Traverse is a hunter and fishers gold mine. The watch has a built-in GPS, automatic shot detection, and a location-based moon phase calendar.

A Watch Made For a Hunter

Although I concluded that the G-Shock is the ultimate winner; there is an exception if you are a hunter. You can not beat all of the features added to this watch, it is literally made for a hunter. Hunting and fishing have never been easier and more fun than with the Suunto Traverse. No more worrying about getting lost in the middle of the woods.

Suunto 9 Watch

Fitness will never be the same…. (What’s a Fitbit)?

The Suunto 9 is more expensive compared to all of the other watches reviewed today. However, it is justified. This is a smartwatch that is more focused on fitness than other smartwatches on the market.  One of the coolest features is the sports expertise tracker. This little watch gives support for over 80 sports. The Suunto 9 also has an adjustable battery mode, which you can curate to make your battery life last as long as you need to. You have access to the Suunto app, so you can track all of your activity and log it for the future.

Smart-Sports Watch

The Suunto 9 is a great choice if sports are an important part of your life. It is also a watch that will always be reliable. You have up to 120 hours of battery life, Bluetooth connection, GPS built in, storm tracker. Basically, everything the last two Suunto watches have, but fused into a smartwatch. It is not as durable as the Traverse, but it does offer up to 100 meters of water resistance. Other than that, should be handled with a little more care.

Final Verdict

Casio and Suunto are two brands that are not usually compared with one another. Both are considered Military watches, due to military testing. Although I have no idea what they mean by that.

Anyway, when it comes down to it, G-Shock is a much more affordable, durable and traditional watch. Which is why I chose the brand as the ultimate winner. Suunto is more of a technologically advanced timepiece, rather than a watch. If the price is a deciding factor, G-Shock is your best option. If durability is a very important factor than once again, G-Shock is for you. But if innovation and technology is something that you are looking for in a watch, go for Suunto.

All of the watches reviewed above are highly regarded watches by each brand. If you do decide to purchase, make sure you buy from a reliable marketplace like Amazon!