Momentum Watches Review: Solid Timepieces That Just Work

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For many months now, I’ve been dipping my toes into microbrand watches. Some smaller brands, in my opinion, have missed the mark while some have absolutely nailed their vision. Today, we’re going to talk about a microbrand that has hit its mark.

Today, we’re going to talk about Momentum Watches, a Canadian-based company that has made a wide range of timepieces – from dive watches to dress watches.

 

For this Momentum watches review, we’ll talk about the brief history of the brand, break down the things that we love and don’t love, and review some of the best pieces this brand has to offer.

About Momentum Watches

Momentum Watches Review History

Momentum watches have been around since 1980. As mentioned earlier, Momentum watches is based in Vancouver, Canada. Actually, the company that works on the watches itself is called St. Moritz Watch Corp. However, the company designs, assembles, and services the watches under the Momentum.

The company’s main philosophy is to design and manufacture watches with casual and active but straightforward designs. The company claims that its watches feature excellent waterproof performance at a reasonable price. Most, if not all, of their watches are catered towards people with an active lifestyle.

Many of Momentum’s watches have a familiar and classic design – another thing that’s in-line with their design philosophy. This watch company isn’t looking to buck the trend but it’s a slave to trends either. Momentum focuses on making watches that have quality, functionality, and style.

Momentum Watches Review: Pros and Cons

Is it worth adding a Momentum timepiece to your collection? Here are the things that I love and appreciate about Momentum watches and some aspects that I don’t care about.

What We Love

1. No-Nonsense Design Philosophy

Sometimes, you just have to step back and appreciate what a watch company is trying to do. Momentum is not trying to revolutionize the watch industry with advanced timekeeping mechanisms and space-age construction, their main design philosophy is to make watches for the everyday people.

That’s something that I can get behind.

Momentum watches are something that you can wear and just go about your day. Even their best dive watches and high-end field timepieces have relatively traditional designs but reliable ruggedness. The features on the watches are about as basic as you can get but that’s perfectly fine.

If you are looking for a brand with a no-nonsense approach to their watches, it’s worth looking into what Momentum has to offer.

2. Rugged, Durable Timepieces

In light of Momentum’s philosophy of watches that just works, their timepieces are ultra-rugged, durable, and require little to no maintenance.

Despite not being premium, luxury pieces, many Momentum’s products are made from high-quality components like 316L steel, sapphire crystals, AR coating, and other durable materials. These are watches that can take quite a beating which is why it’s used by many professionals.

As of now, Momentum watches can be found on the wrist of law enforcement, firefighters, coast guards, and military personnel.

3. Looking Good

Momentum watches aren’t going to win any awards when it comes to fresh or innovative designs. However, that’s not to say that the watches aren’t good looking.

In fact, Momentum offers plenty of great-looking watches.

The designs of Momentum watches can be quite derivative but I have no problem wearing them on my wrist. For instance, the Momentum 1M-SP00B6B Atlas Titanium is a nice-looking field watch with a bold and legible dial. The Momentum Fieldwalker Adventure Watch is another watch that features a rock-solid design and is frankly very fashionable.

For certain, you won’t have a problem wearing Momentum watches daily.

4. Reasonable Price Tag

Perhaps the main selling point of Momentum watches is their price tags. These watches won’t cost an arm and leg but you still get a quality timekeeping tool.

The price range for Momentum watches ranges from $99-$300 which is great considering their overall quality. Because of this, Momentum is a good brand for up and coming watch collectors or if you’re in the market for a good gift watch.

There’s simply a lot of watch here for the money.

What We Don’t Love

1. Inconsistencies with Quality

While Momentum units have respectable quality, it’s worth noting that it’s still a microbrand. With that said, I found some quality issues with some Momentum watches I’ve checked.

This is especially true with entry-level models.

This is quite understandable with lower-end models because the company has to cut some corners here and there. Perhaps the most obvious solution to keep the cost down is with the movement. While the Miyota movement gets the job done, I just feel that it could be better while still keeping the cost down. There are also strap quality issues with some of the models.

In general, Momentum watches are well-built, there were just a couple of quality issues that are hard to ignore.

2. Derivative Designs

As mentioned earlier, Momentum’s timepieces are good-looking on their own. However, I must say that most of their designs are rather uninspired.

Many of their design elements look to be lifted from other brands like Seiko and Citizen. Now, there’s nothing wrong with this in general but if you’re looking for an inspired timekeeping tool, Momentum might not be the brand for you.

Don’t expect these watches to be the pinnacle of timekeeping design.

Best Momentum Watches

Of course, we can’t have a Momentum watches review without highlighting some of the best units the brand has to offer. Here are watches that best represent Momentum in my opinion.

1. Momentum Steelix Field Watch

The Momentum Steelix Field Watch is perhaps one of the most popular watches by Momentum – for good reason.

Rock-Solid Design

The Momentum Steelix Field Watch has caught my eye because it features a design that’s similar to a vintage Seiko. When I got the watch, it looks and feels like a well-constructed unit.

I also tend to gravitate towards black dialed watches so the Steelix is the first model I’ve checked for writing this Momentum watches review. With that said, the dial looks attractive with the charcoal color, bold numerals, and sword-style hands. Legibility is also excellent for this watch which is a must if you’re planning to wear it on the field.

The Steelix does feel a little bit heavy but it’s not that big of a deal once you get used to it. After several adjustments, the watch sits comfortably on my wrist. The nylon band could be better but it’s durable enough for people with an active lifestyle.

The Steelix Field Watch is one of the more impressive models by Momentum. Plus, it comes with a great price tag and is a great value for money.

2. Momentum M50 Mark II

The Momentum M50 Mark II is yet another popular piece by the brand. The M50 Mark II is touted by the company as their toughest watch, bar none. It’s a dive that’s good enough for deep-sea exploration, so take that as you will.

From Deep-Sea Diving to Beater

The Momentum M50 Mark II is a great option for a dive watch that won’t break the bank. With a water-resistance rating of 500M / 1650FT, this is a diver that you can reliably wear underwater. It’s no wonder that it has become a prime choice for law enforcement, special forces, firefighters, and EMT professionals.

One of the first things that you’ll notice about the M50 Mark II is its airtight construction. It just feels solid and appropriately rugged. Plus, the scratch-proof sapphire crystal does a great job of protecting the dial. Even if you’re not looking for a dive watch that will serve you underwater, this one makes an excellent beater watch.

For timekeeping and power, the M50 Mark II houses the Japanese Quartz Movement and 10-year battery life for precise timekeeping and longevity. The dial is also fully lumed which comes in handy for low-light conditions like under the ocean.

Overall, the M50 Mark II is very impressive as far as affordable dive watches go.

3. Momentum Atlas Titanium

Lastly, the Momentum Atlas Titanium is another successful creation by this Canadian-based watchmaker. It’s another field watch with a restrained look and a very nice feel to it.

Super Luminous Field Watch

First, the thing that I love the most about the Momentum Atlas Titanium is its size. The 38mm case  is a good size for a field watch such as this. The Atlas Titanium sits nicely on the wrist and it doesn’t hurt that it has a striking yet restrained look.

The face just screams “field watch” style and reminds me of some Hamilton watches. The dial is bold, simple, and legible – the oversized numbers made sure of that. The superluminous hands and numbers look quite nice during low-light conditions. However, the white dial version can be particularly bright.

Of course, you can’t talk about the watch without mentioning the Titanium case. The case is gray, matte-finished titanium. While it looks nice on its own, I would have preferred a brushed finish. As is, the case has like a sort of “plasticky” feel to it. However, it’s hard to complain about titanium cases especially at this price point.

Overall, the Momentum Atlas Titanium is a simple, durable, easy to wear and use field watch. It’s another Momentum watch that offers a great value proposition.

Momentum Watches Review: Are They Any Good?

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Finally, we conclude this Momentum watches review with a verdict.

The watches by Momentum comes highly recommended. This particular microbrand doesn’t break any ground but it doesn’t need to. There are some issues with quality but they’re not enough to make me turn away. There’s just so much watch here for your money.

Momentum watches are stylish, functional, and offers great value. Check them out if you’re in the market for a good entry-level to mid-range watch.

Garmin Tactix Charlie vs Fenix 5x Plus: Which Multisport GPS Watch is Right for You?

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If you are looking for a multisport GPS watch, it’s hard to go wrong with Garmin. Some of the best GPS watches and fitness tools I’ve seen came from Garmin.

Serious fitness enthusiasts and outdoorsmen will require a premium GPS timepiece for training and while out on the field respectively. For today, we’ll take a look at two recent premium GPS watches from Garmin.

For this head-to-head review, we’ll compare the Garmin Tactix Charlie vs Fenix 5x Plus. Which premium multisport GPS watch is right for you? Let’s find out.

Garmin Tactix Charlie vs Fenix 5x Plus: Specs Comparison

Model: Garmin Tactix Charlie Garmin Fenix 5x Plus
Lens Material: Domed Sapphire Crystal Domed Chemically Strengthened Glass or Sapphire Crystal
Bezel Material: Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) Coated Titanium Stainless Steel or Titanium
Case Material: Fiber-Reinforced Polymer With Titanium Rear Cover Fiber-Reinforced Polymer with Metal Rear Cover
Strap Material: Silicone Silicone, Leather or Titanium
Physical Size: 51 x 51 x 17.5 mm 47 x 47 x 15.8 mm

Fits wrists with the following circumference:

Silicone band: 163-249 mm

Leather band: 166-229 mm

Metal band: 166-242 mm

Display Size: 1.2” (30.4 mm) diameter 1.2” (30.4 mm) diameter
Display Resolution: 240 x 240 pixels 240 x 240 pixels
Display Type: Sunlight-Visible, Transflective Memory-in-Pixel (MIP) Sunlight-Visible, Transflective MEMORY-In-Pixel (MIP)
Weight: 90 g 86 g

Titanium version: 76 g

Battery Life: Smartwatch mode: Up to 12 days

GPS/HR mode: Up to 20 hours

UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 35 hours

Smartwatch: Up to 12 days
GPS: Up to 18 hours
GPS and Music: Up to 8 hours
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 42 hours
Water Rating: 10 ATM 10 ATM
Memory: 16 GB 16 GB
Connectivity: Bluetooth Smart, ANT+, Wi-Fi Bluetooth Smart, ANT+, Wi-Fi
Smartphone Compatibility: Android, iPhone Android, iPhone

Garmin Tactix Charlie Review

Back in 2018, the Garmin Tactix Charlie was released – a fitness watch that has more features than you will ever need. The Tactix Bravo is a beloved fitness watch and many were looking forward to the Tactix Charlie. Based on my experience, the Tactix Charlie is a worthy update to the Bravo.

Design and Construction

This third generation Tactix watch doesn’t look that much different from the Bravo. The rugged construction is still the primary design selling point of the Tactix Charlie. The Tactix Charlie truly looks like a proper tactical watch that will not look out of place on a SWAT team’s wrists.

Fortunately, the Tactix Charlie doesn’t only look the part, it’s built to be the toughest watch in Garmin’s arsenal.

The main draw of the Charlie is the Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coated titanium material. With the DLC material, the Charlie is more resistant and durable than the Fenix 5X. While the DLC delivers in terms of toughness and robustness, it’s surprisingly a lightweight material.

The Charlie also features stainless-steel buttons, black titanium rear cover, and domed sapphire lens. These top-of-the-line materials help the Tactix Charlie a true outdoors GPS watch. This is the type of watch that you can wear regardless of outside conditions. Well, after all, it’s a GPS watch that’s designed for tactical purposes.

The 1.2-inch display does a great job of making things readable, even under the bright sunlight. This is a fairly large watch with a large display. For a watch that offers a ton of functionality, I won’t have it any other way.

Comfort and Wearability

When it comes to comfort, the Tactix Charlie doesn’t disappoint.

The watch comes with an all-weather black silicone band and is QuickFit™ compatible. The band feels comfortable even when things get a little moist. However, I was disappointed that you can’t swap the band with a NATO strap out of the box. It would be neat if it did come with another type of strap.

Weighing at 90 grams, the Charlie does have a bit of weight to it which is not surprising at all. This is a feature-heavy GPS watch with tons of features, so be aware that it has some bulk and weight. However, Garmin did a great job of keeping things lightweight despite the tactical nature of the Charlie.

As for the battery life, the Charlie offers up to 12 days in Smartwatch mode, 20 hours in GPS/HR mode, and 35 hours in UltraTac mode. This makes the Tactix Charlie equal to Fenix 5x in battery life but slightly less than the Bravo. The addition of the optical Heart Rate Monitor is the likely culprit here.

Just to be clear, the Charlie is not a touchscreen watch. While I do like touchscreen watches, they won’t make sense for an all-weather unit like the Garmin Tactix Charlie. With a 5-button navigation, operating the watch is easy. There’s a bit of a learning curve but if you have used the Bravo before, you’ll know that they are very similar in operation.

Features and Software

This is the meat of the Garmin Tactix Charlie. This is where the majority of your big bucks go.

For navigation, you can use the built-in GPS/GLONASS and the TOPO maps or the compass. Garmin is a world-leading brand in GPS devices, so you can expect the same level of quality as the Charlie. It’s also a proper ABC watch with altimeter, barometer and a 3-axis compass.

The full-color TOPO map is easy to follow and is preloaded into the watch. You can easily map your route and receive at a glance information while you’re training or on the field. The navigation aspect of the Charlie certainly lives up to Garmin’s standard.

As an activity tracker, Charlie offers plenty of options as well. As expected, the Charlie is loaded with advanced performance monitoring capabilities to help maximize your training. The new anaerobic training effect metric is pretty neat as it gets you an in-depth insight into your training and helps pinpoint the areas that need improvement.

Of course, you can’t talk about the features of Charlie without mentioning the Wrist-Based HR. The watch comes with the Elevate wrist heart rate technology. However, the heart rate monitor is perhaps one of the lowest points of the Tactix Charlier. After multiple tests, I find the HR monitor to be quite erratic and sometimes, a bit laggy. It simply can’t compare to HR monitors with chest straps.

Garmin Fenix 5x Plus Review

The Fenix GPS multisport watches are some of the best fitness smartwatches on the market. The Fenix 5x is one of my favorite GPS watches and the Garmin Fenix 5x Plus looks to be an even better iteration.

Design and Construction

The Garmin Fenix watches are known for their big and bulky profile – the Fenix 5x Plus is no exception. Measuring at a whopping 51mm and weighing 86 grams, the Fenix 5x Plus is about 50% larger and twice as heavy as the Apple Watch Series 3.

That’s one way of saying that there’s no discreet way to wear the Fenix 5x Plus. Sure enough, you’ll get plenty of comments about how massive your watch is.

Despite its large profile, the watch still looks stylish. The black stainless steel bezel adds a sleek aesthetic to the watch. It looks good enough for daily wear. The black silicone band complements the rest of the watch and it’s easily interchangeable as well.

One of the highlights is the color sapphire display which does a great job of warding off scratches. Like the Tactix Charlie, the display is easily readable in sunlight. I’ve been wearing the watch during workouts and the display has yet to who signs of scratches.

Comfort and Wearability

The Fenix 5x Plus is about as comfortable as you can expect from a bulky watch. However, the Fenix 5x Plus is lighter than the Tactix Charlie. At 86 grams, the watch is not exactly light but Garmin deserves some props for not getting carried away with the weight.

The included silicone band is surprisingly comfortable, even after long periods of use. While training the band will accumulate moisture but I’m happy to report that comfort is not affected.

The watch does come with a sleep tracking feature but I’m not compelled to use it. While the watch is quite comfortable for a heavy-duty GPS watch, it’s not comfortable enough to sleep with it.

For the battery life, the watch will last you about 7 to 10 days with regular use. Due to the large number of features and functions (like playing music), I got about a week of heavy usage with this watch. If you are using both GPS and music, you will probably need to charge the watch by the end of the day. In this Garmin Tactix Charlie vs Fenix 5x Plus comparison, the former wins in terms of battery life.

Features and Software

If you have used a Garmin multisport watch before, it will be easy for you to pick up the Fenix 5X Plus. The 5-button interface is still here and requires a bit of learning curve for new buyers.

As expected, the GPS on this watch is solid. As long as you’re in a reasonably open area, the GPS lock-on is fast and easy, thanks to the GPS, Glonass, and Galileo satellites. The watch is also loaded to the brim when it comes to metrics. In fact, the watch is packed with so many features that I find myself learning a new metric or dynamic with continued use.

On top of the usual activity tracking and navigation features, the Fenix 5X Plus also comes with GarminPay which allows you to complete purchases just by using your watch. Another highlight is the ability to store offline Spotify so you can listen to music on the go.

If contactless payment and offline music playback are high up on your list, the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus is an easy recommendation.

Garmin Tactix Charlie vs Fenix 5x Plus: The Verdict

We conclude this Garmin Tactix Charlie vs Fenix 5x Plus head-to-head with our verdict.

The Garmin Tactix Charlie and Fenix 5x Plus are very similar watches, even down to the price range. For the base models, the price is similar between the two watches. However, the Fenix 5x Plus comes with a Titanium version which is a lot more expensive.

So which high-end GPS watch is right for you?

Well, if you are looking for a watch with tactical applications, the Garmin Tactix Charlie might be more right up your alley. It’s one of the best military watches available.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more advanced watch in terms of features, the Fenix 5x Plus has the upper hand. The ability to play music offline and contactless payment are winning features in my book.

Regardless of your choice, both watches are durable, versatile, and offer everything but the kitchen sink.

Vostok Watches Review: Is This Russian Brand Any Good?

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

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

 

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

The History of Vostok Watches

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vostok Watches Review: Pros and Cons

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

What We Love

Great Colorful History

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

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

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

Original Designs

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

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

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

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

Daily Beater

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

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

This brings us to the next point.

Budget-Friendly

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

And I tend to agree.

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

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

What We Don’t Love

Quality Control Issues

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

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

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

Not So Intuitive Design Elements

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

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

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

Lack of Variety

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

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

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

Best Vostok Watches

1. Vostok Amphibia Zissou

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

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

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

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

2. Vostok Komandirskie

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

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

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

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

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

3. Vostok Amphibia “Scuba Dude”

 

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

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

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

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

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

Vostok Watches Review: Are They Any Good?

We end this Vostok watches review with our recommendation.

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

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

Best Women’s Dive Watch

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We’ve researched for hours on end to provide you with a few recommendations for the best womens dive watch. When diving, it’s crucial to have information at the tip of your finger.

If you’re wondering whether a womens dive watch is necessary or not, we may be able to give you some insight. Overall, the best women’s dive watch is the Momentum M1 Mini Women’s Dive Watch. Why? Mostly because the price-point is very affordable and isn’t as expensive as other brands. Plus, the company ensures you’re not skipping on quality. Although it is the “mini” version, which may not be suitable for all divers.

As a water sports enthusiast, it’s essential to have a stylish yet reliable wristwatch on hand. Each of the watches on this list are beautiful watches. Not only do they work while you’re diving but can quickly transfer into the workplace or everyday life — no need to purchase a separate dive watch, as you can use it as your everyday wristwatch.

Alternatively, if you’re just looking for a men’s dive watches, then check out this article.

Momentum M1 Mini Women’s Dive Watch

The Momentum M1 Mini Women’s Dive Watch is the best womens dive watch. The attractive and detailed watch face is incredible to look at and is specially designed to fit women’s wrists. It includes a slim  31 mm diameter outer case, which is perfect for diving and other daily activities. Even though it’s a “mini” version, you’re still getting all the enhanced features you’d find in a full-sized watch. Plus, there’s a large variety of colors to choose from, ensuring you’ll find one to your liking.

Elegant Design

The M1 Mini features one of the thinnest watch-faces on the market. The thickness is approximately 31mm and includes various features. Some of the features included is a rotary bezel, date window, luminous dial, and buckle closure. Each element is based on classic diver watch designs, ensuring you’re getting a stylish product. Lastly, the analog display includes marks for minutes, seconds, and the date.

Long-Lasting Precision

As for other features, the long-lasting precision ensures that the watch never lags behind in time. The main watch face includes Japanese quartz movement that’s been powered by a non-standard battery. Each clock consists of a battery length of at least two years at minimum and three at max.

Water-Resistant

All dive watches are waterproof, but this one includes a few enhancements. The dive watch has been rigorously tested to ensure that the device will still work even submerged at 200 m/660 ft. This makes it ideal for scuba diving, boating, or other types of watersports.

This not only makes it suitable for recreational diving but also everyday life. It doesn’t matter if you’re washing your hands, taking a dunk in the pool, or just walking in the rain – this watch can handle it all.

Comfortable

What makes this watch a step above the rest is the unique natural mini rubber band. It’s much smoother and softer than other materials, plus the size is suitable for women’s wrists. The rubber ensures that the watch stays on your wrist at all times, which is designed for all day use.

What Do We Think?

Overall, the dive watch includes many features any diver would be happy with. The watertight sealing helps prevent any accidents by keeping water out of the working parts. Plus, the battery replacements happen every 2-3 years. This helps avoid tinkering with the case to replace the battery and loosening the casing.

As for the watch face, there’s more information than other dive watches including a rotary bezel, luminous dial, and a date window. Plus, the multiple color and design options are what make this version stand out amongst many others. We’d say it’s well worth the investment and would even go as far to say that it’s the best womens dive watch of 2019.

Invicta Mako Pro Diver Women’s Dive Watch

 

The next choice on our womens dive watch list is the Invicta Mako Pro Diver Women’s Dive Watch. If you’re looking for a stunningly detailed watch with all the features you need to succeed it in your dive, you won’t have to look far. The slim band is perfect for dainty wrists, and the case features a small 24.5mm design. These features make it lightweight, manageable and enable you to use it in everyday life.

Classic Nautical Design

When thinking about dive watches,  you don’t exactly imagine a stunning silver and gold peice. Instead, you think of dark bland colors. However, the Invicta Mako Pro is designed to give classic nostalgia to the signature colors you’d find on any diver’s gear. The case itself is only the size of a quarter, or roughly 24.5 mm, which works well for small wrists. Plus, the long bracelet band is around 170 mm, but you can remove and adjust the band as needed.

Sturdy & Stunning Watchface

The watch face features Japanese quartz movements while also boasting an analog display. Beyond that, the screen is coated with an anti-reflective mineral crystal dial window to make it easy to read in all forms of lighting. Plus, the anti-reflective properties ensure that you’ll be able to read it above or below water.

Water Resistance

As with any excellent dive watch, the case must be fully waterproof. Each clock includes different levels of submersible, which can be useful depending on what watersports you’re doing.

The Mako Procan resist water levels of 330 ft, or approximately 100 m. This makes it suitable for recreational scuba diving, watersports, etc. Although, the company does suggest that you tighten the crown every time you set the watch, ensuring water won’t leak in.

What Do We Think?

It’s a stunning womens dive watch that can be used for watersports or other daily activities. When compared to others, it features higher quality materials such as stainless steel and a blue bezel. If you’re looking for a diving watch that’s not only accurate but also stunning, then this is for you.

Orient Automatic Women’s Dive Watch

 

The next on our list is the Orient Automatic Women’s Dive Watch. It’s an affordable priced automatic watch which has been specially crafted for female divers. With the affordable price range, you’re getting a steal with all the beautiful features, inducing the luxurious and stunning design. Plus, the textured wristband is crafted from sturdy urethane rubber, which is goth sporty yet comfortable.

Extremely Durable Case

The case is crafted using sapphire crystal, which is known to have high durability and scratch-resistant properties. Plus, the 32 mm thick stainless steel case can be put through rigorous everyday tasks and still hold its delicate design. If you’re looking for an all-around, watch that not only is water-resistant but can also last through daily life, you can’t go wrong with the Orient.

Automatic Movement

The watch is powered through automatic movement, which uses a self- winding Orient caliber 55742. This means that instead of relying on batteries or other energy sources, your movement will keep it functioning.

Why is this a huge benefit? Other cases require you to replace the battery, which can lead to water leaking in if it’s not placed correctly back together. Plus, the Orient also includes a clear backing, allowing you to watch the intricate mechanical movements.

Beautiful Design

With the fact that it’s been designed for women’s wrists, the watch face includes a beautiful design. Displayed is a luminous dial which includes contrasting hands. Each of these consists of both hour and day markers, along with an easy to read screen. The casing is made using anti-reflective sapphire crystals, which ensures you’ll be able to read it in any lighting conditions.

What Do We Think?

Compared to the others on the list, we believe that the Orient Automatic is an excellent choice for those looking for a more reasonably priced watch. Just because the price point is dropped doesn’t mean you’re skipping out on quality. It includes a very sturdy stainless steel casing. Plus, the rotating bezel is beautiful and provides you with more information than just the time.

Other than that the automatic movement can come in handy for those who don’t want to replace the battery. It ensures that the watch will always be working, plus you won’t have to pay for an excerpt to replace batteries or risk doing it on your own. This ensures that the case stays intact and that no leak ever happens.

What is the Best Womens Dive Watch?

Overall, the best women’s dive watch is the Momentum M1 Mini Women’s Dive Watch.

Purchasing a womens dive watch can be a difficult task, as you want to make sure that the quality is superior. Picking a bad dive watch can not only ruin your scuba diving experience, but also lead to the watch becoming damaged. 

To ensure that you’re getting a reliable watch, we’ve research hours on end to give you the top pics for womens dive watches for 2019. However, if you find that you didn’t find a watch that you like, we recommend checking out our review for the Breitling Superocean 44 or the Seiko Dive Watch.

Just remember, when searching for womens dive watch it’s important to keep a note of two factors. The first factor is that is has a wristband that is designed for dainty wrists. If its a multi-gender or men’s dive watch, it will likely not fit and may fall off.

The second factor to keep in mind the different water-resistant levels. Some watches are suitable for deeper dives, while others are only good for diving on the water’s surface. Check what meter/feet the watch can withstand water to ensure it fits your needs.

Best Waterproof Android Smartwatch: Top Models in 2019

Best Android waterproof Smartwatch

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

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

 

Best Android Waterproof Smartwatch

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

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

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

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

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

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

Garmin Vívoactive 3

 

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

Dedicated App Store

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

 Durable Build for Regular Use

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

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

Water Resistance

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

Ideal Battery Life

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

Opinion and Drawbacks

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

Samsung Gear S3

 

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

Durable Design

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

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

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

Extended Battery Life

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

 Crisp Display

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

Easy to Use Interface

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

Opinions and Drawbacks

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

Garmin Fenix 5

 

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

Accurate Sensors

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

Durable and Rugged Design

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

Ideal Water Resistance

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

Reliable Power Source

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

Opinion and Drawbacks

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

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

 

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

Dependable GPS tracking

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

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

Tough Build for Rugged Conditions

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

Water Resistance

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

Ideal Battery Life

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

Opinion and Drawbacks

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

Suunto Traverse Alpha

 

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

Sturdy Design for Everyday Use

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

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

Powerful Battery

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

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

Dependable GPS

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

Dedicated Activity Tracker

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

Opinion and Drawbacks

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

Fitbit Versa Smart Watch

 

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

Portable and Simple Design

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

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

Massive Space for Music Files

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

 Fitness Tracker and Water Resistance

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

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

Impressive Battery Life

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

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

Opinion and Drawbacks

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

Wrap Up on the Best Android Waterproof Smartwatch

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

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

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

IWC Aquatimer Review: Does This Diver Live Up To Its Iconic Reputation?

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Despite being an iconic brand, it was not until recently that I’ve come to appreciate what IWC has to offer. To remedy that, I will be doing an IWC Aquatimer review.

The Aquatimer Ref. 812AD was the very first dive watch released by IWC. The watch debuted with a bang and featured a timeless design – which is why it’s still being made today.

Is the Aquatimer Automatic still a worthy purchase today? Let’s find out!

IWC Aquatimer Review: At a Glance

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For this IWC Aquatimer review, we will focus on the IWC Aquatimer Automatic Ref. 3290 which is the base model. As with most of my watch reviews, let’s first take a look at the key specs and features of the IWC Aquatimer:

Model:

IWC Aquatimer Automatic

Reference #:

392001

Case material:

Stainless Steel

Case diameter:

42 mm

Case height:

14.2 mm

Crown:

Screw In
Water resistance: 30 bar

Dial:

Black dial with luminescence

Movement:

30120 Calibre, Automatic, self-winding
Power reserve: 42 hours

Frequency:

Frequency 28800.0 vph (4.0 hz)

Strap:

Black rubber strap with IWC-patented quick-change system

Strap width:

22 mm

Features:

Mechanical external/internal rotating bezel with SafeDive system

Date display

Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides

IWC bracelet quick-change system

Central hacking seconds

It’s worth mentioning that there’s another model of this watch which is the IWC Aquatimer 329002. It’s virtually the same watch but with a stainless steel bracelet.

First Impressions

I’ve been interested in IWC as a brand for quite some time now. The best IWC watches are some of the most beautiful and functional timepieces available. So I didn’t pass up the chance to check out the iconic IWC Aquatimer.

When the watch arrived, I was pleased that it’s so much better than expected. The dial features a simple design but you can tell that a great deal of craftsmanship has gone into it. The black matte dial just screams elegance.

I am not a diver myself but I appreciate just how legible the dial is. Many people seem to have a problem with the minimal seconds hand but it doesn’t bother me that much.

One of my initial concerns about the Aquatimer is its rubber strap. However, I shortly realized that my concerns were unfounded. I opted for the rubber strap because I intend to add the Aquatimer to my casual day-to-day rotation, so the rubber strap is the obvious choice for its lightness. Fortunately, the quality of the strap is on-point.

The Aquatimer seems to have a bit of heft to it but it’s far from a bulky profile. My first impression is that I made the right choice with the Aquatimer, despite my initial concerns.

The Case

My Aquatimer Automatic came in a 42 mm stainless steel case and it’s about 14 mm tall. While the watch is marketed towards men, I do believe that the Aquatimer has the style and size that would look great when worn by some ladies.

After all, this Aquatimer model is the smallest watch in the IWC dive watch lineup.

Moving on, there’s not much to say about the stainless steel case except that it feels solid and robust. This is a fairly high-end dive watch and the case very well represents the luxury feel of IWC watches. One interesting design element of the case is the notched bezel (more on that later). These subtle notches are a plus for me and show IWC’s attention to detail.

The crown, crystal, and caseback are properly secured with gaskets – hardly a surprise when it’s a dive watch. The screw-in crown ensures that the watch can provide reliable water resistance. The Aquatimer has a water resistance rating of 300 meters (approx. 1,000 feet) which is nothing short of impressive.

The domed sapphire crystal protects the dial and has an anti-reflective coating on both sides. This ensures that the watch is legible at all times.

The Dial

I have always been a big fan of black dials, so opting for the black dial Aquatimer is a no-brainer. However, there are other variants of the 392001 such as the limited edition, Aquatimer Automatic Edition “Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau”.

The Aquatimer’s dial can only be described as clean and elegant. It still pretty much looks like the early IWC divers and you know what they say about things that aren’t broke.

Perhaps one of the first things you’ll notice about the dial are the oversized hour and minute baton hands. This gives an interesting contrast against the thin and minimal seconds hand. The markers for every 5 minutes are applied which gives an almost 3D-like effect. The date aperture is found at the 3 o’clock marker – pretty standard stuff.

The hour markers, bezel, and the hands are all coated with luminescent coating. I’ve tested the lume and I must say that it looks great even under total darkness. The glow of the dial is simply mesmerizing. I only hope that the glow lasts for a long while.

The Bezel

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Undoubtedly, the most interesting part of the Aquatimer for me is the bezel.

All the Aquatimer timepieces are fitted with the patented “SafeDive” rotating bezel. As mentioned, the Aquatimer’s bezel is subtly notched which is a deliberate design decision. The notched design makes it easier to rotate the external bezel which works like a standard dive watch.

However, there’s another internal bezel or flange which showcases the diving scale. The internal bezel can only be rotated in counterclockwise direction. According to IWC, this ensures that even when the outer bezel is inadvertently rotated, the dive time will not be adjusted.

The 60-click bezel operation is utterly satisfying. Moreover, the clicky rotation adds a great deal to the adjustment accuracy. IWC has nailed its proprietary bezel design – very functional and easy to use.

The Movement

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You can’t have an IWC Aquatimer review without talking about its movement.

The IWC Aquatimer Automatic is powered by the caliber 30120, a self-winding movement. It features 21-jewels, a date display, a central hacking feature, 28,800 vph (4Hz) frequency, and a 42-hour power reserve.

I must admit that I was slightly disappointed to find out that the Aquatimer doesn’t come with an in-house movement. Interestingly, the caliber 30120 is derived from ETA 2892. IWC gets the 2892 in kit form and performs the assembly themselves with some modifications/additions of their own.

However, I am not one to complain especially when the 2892 is a durable and easily serviceable movement. SO far, I have no problems with the accuracy but I intend to test it some more. Other than that, there’s not much to talk about as far as the movement goes.

Overall, despite the lack of an in-house movement, the Aquatimer has more than earned its worth through its other components.

The Strap

First and foremost, don’t knock the Aquatimer just because it comes with a rubber strap. The quality and design of the Aquatimer strap is about what you can expect from a luxury dive watch.

For starters, the rubber strap didn’t have any vanilla or rubber smell. The strap was manufactured to smell neutral which is something that I can get behind. This means that the rubber strap was well manufactured.

Furthermore, the strap features seven buckle holes and finding the right fit was a breeze. Once strapped i, the watch feels very comfortable and the rubber strap didn’t cause any irritation which I can’t say with other rubber straps.

Perhaps the best part of the strap is the quick change system. The interior end of the strap is outfitted with custom steel that snaps into the case. Attaching and re-attaching the strap is quick and convenient. However, this also means that you can only use IWC brand rubber straps.

Pricing

The price of the Aquatimer Automatic dive watch is just about right for the base model. If you choose to get the version with a steel bracelet, expect to pay about $1,000 more.

This IWC dive watch also comes in many other variants like the Aquatimer Chronograph and the super luxurious Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “50 Years Aquatimer”.

The lack of a real in-house movement is disappointing at first but after wearing it for weeks, it felt like the asking price is more than justified. Other aspects of the Aquatimer is just so well done that you can easily forget its other flaws.

For professional divers, the Aquatimer might just be one of the best diving timepieces around. It doesn’t offer a whole lot when it comes to diving features, like a dive computer, but it does very well with what it can offer. Ease of use and legibility are top-notch. The luminescent coating should also serve you well when underwater.

Ultimately, the Aquatimer is more than worth it for the price.

Should You Get the IWC Aquatimer Automatic?

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We wrap up this IWC Aquatimer review with my verdict. Is the IWC Aquatimer worth the investment?

Whether it’s for everyday wear or diving, the Aquatimer should serve you well. The watch boasts high-quality construction and excellent durability, making it ideal even for regular rotations. Also, numerous unique design elements make the Aquatimer stand out from other divers. The bezel and strap are my favorite parts.

It’s also a great-looking watch despite the fairly simplistic appearance. The overall look is clean, elegant, and iconic. The IWC Aquatimer Automatic is a worthy addition to any dive watch collection.

Best Seiko Dive Watch: Rounding Up Seiko’s Top Dive Models

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A dive watch is a timepiece that’s designed to be worn while doing underwater activities like scuba diving. Although dive computers are more sophisticated in terms of features, dive watches are still popularly used as a backup. If you need a good dive watch, we have a roundup of the best Seiko dive watch that you can find in the market.

Seiko has been in the business of making quality watches for 130 years, and the brand has been releasing dive watches since the 1960s. While Seiko is not as popular as other larger luxury brands, they offer watches with excellent craftsmanship and come at a great price.

Seiko dive watches are solid options if you’re looking for a dive watch that won’t break the bank. With that said, let’s proceed to the list.

Best Seiko Dive Watch

Key Features

Our Rating

Seiko SSC017 Prospex 43 mm stainless steel case with Hardlex dial window, Solar-power bracelet, Black dial featuring luminous hands and markers, Water resistant to 200 m (660 ft), Three chronograph subdials ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Seiko SRP777 Prospex Turtle Automatic Automatic, Self-winding capability w/ 21,600 vibrations per hour, Water-resistant to 200M, 3 fold push closure w/secure lock with extension, Screw down crown and caseback ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Seiko SKX007K2 Diver’s Automatic Japanese Automatic movement, Powers automatically with the movement of your arm, Hardlex crystal, Water resistant to 660 feet (200 M) ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Seiko Prospex SRPC93 Save the Ocean Samurai Stainless steel case, Automatic with manual winding mechanism, 200M water resistance, Unidirectional rotating bezel, 23 jewels, Stop second hand function ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Seiko SKX175 Automatic Dive Watch Stainless steel case with Hardlex dial window, Automatic movement with analog display, Stainless steel bracelet with fold-over-clasp-with-safety closure, Water resistant to 200 m (660 ft) ★ ★ ★ ★
Seiko SRP639K1 Prospex 24 Jewels Automatic Movement (Caliber 4R36), Hackable Second Hand with Hand Winding Capability, Stainless Steel Case, Polyurethane Band, Hardlex Mineral Crystal, Water Resistant 200 M ★ ★ ★ ★

Best Seiko Dive Watch

1. Seiko SSC017 Prospex

The Seiko SSC017 Prospex Dive Watch captures the excellent balance of elegance and sportiness. This is why this versatile timepiece is our top pick for the best Seiko dive watch.

Versatile Dive Watch at a Great Price

If you are looking for a green and sustainable dive watch, look no further than the Seiko SSC017 Prospex. The watch is powered by solar energy and its mileage is amazing. With one full charge under the sunlight, the Prospex will run up to six months at a time.

The watch’s 44m case is constructed from stainless steel and comes with a matching bracelet. The bracelet features the standard fold-over clasp and double-push-button safety. At 44m, the watch may be a bit larger than some people would like. Plus, the 14mm height will give the impression that the watch stands too tall.

However, the size and height are never an issue as the watch still provided a comfortable fit.

I also love the black bezel with a splash of blue from 12 to 3 o’clock. This design gives the watch its dive identity and adds a nice sporty element to it. There are also three subdials that show the chronograph features. Seiko did a great job with the placement of the face elements without looking too cramped.

Whether you’re looking to buy a reliable but affordable dive watch or getting into the Seiko brand, the SSC017 Prospex comes highly recommended.

2. Seiko SRP777 Prospex Turtle Automatic

The Seiko SRP777 Prospex Turtle Automatic stands out as one of the most distinguishable dive watches I’ve ever seen. Underneath its unique appearance, it’s a great dive watch at an equally great price.

Eye-Catching Design

I know what you are thinking, “that is one bulky watch.” The Seiko SRP777 Prospex Turtle Automatic is actually a remake of the old dive watch 6309-7040, a super popular dive model a while back in the 70s. It became such a noteworthy model due to its bulky profile, thanks to its oversized lugs.

If you can get past the bulky appearance, there’s a lot of dive watch that’s being offered here.

Those who are familiar with the original will notice the drilled lugs which is a noteworthy improvement. Like the previous model, the SRP777 Prospex Turtle uses the Hardlex crystal to protect the dial. This provides the watch with respectable durability and makes it more suited to outdoor environments. The included LumiBrite technology is also a nice upgrade over the original.

The color combination of white and black looks great and makes the watch easier to read, even underwater. Although it looks rather bulky, it’s still a 4mm watch which is fairly average for some people. Still, users with smaller wrists may find it too big for their taste.

The vintage design and reliability of the SRP777 Prospex Turtle really seal the deal for me.

3. Seiko SKX007K2 Diver’s Automatic Watch

The Seiko SKX007K2 Diver’s Automatic Watch is one of the brand’s best-selling dive watch, and it’s easy to see why. Initially, I was interested in the watch due to the price but its value has definitely won me over.

An Instant Classic

The SKX007K2 earns the distinction of being one of the most affordable models on this list. However, don’t ever think that Seiko skimped in terms of performance or quality.

The watch features a 42mm which should fit just right for the average user. The case is made from stainless steel and comes with a unidirectional bezel. It’s a black dial watch with white numerals which makes it a breeze to read the watch while scuba diving.

The indices are fitted with a luminescent coating which is charged via sunlight. At low light environments, it basically becomes a glow in the dark watch. The watch is powered by the 21 jewel automatic caliber Seiko 7S26 movement which relies on the user’s arm movement.

As for the looks of the watch, this is about as classic as you can get with a Seiko watch. It has just the right amount of ruggedness but it still looks elegant. It’s a good watch to wear whether it’s a casual or casual dressy attire.

It looks and feels good to wear, an amazing value indeed.

4. Seiko Prospex SRPC93 Save the Ocean Samurai

We have another entry from the Prospex collection and I have to say, it’s one very good-looking watch. The Seiko Prospex SRPC93 “Save The Ocean” Samurai dive watch is an insta-buy if you like your dive watches in sea blue.

Cool as the Ocean Automatic Diver

The Seiko “Save the Ocean” collection is a collaboration with Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of the legendary French documentary filmmaker and oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. The colors of the watch are supposed to represent the gradual darkening of the water as divers go deeper.

It’s really impossible to talk about this watch without mentioning the SRPC93’s striking dial. The color and the design of the dial is simply brilliant, and it’s one of those things that you have to see in person to really appreciate.

One cool detail is the wave-shaped striations on the dial. The pattern is not perfectly parallel or symmetrical but it’s more of an organic formation like the ocean. The sword minute hand and the arrow hour hand are also amazing details that really points to the theme of the watch.

If you missed out on the early “Blue Lagoon” collection of Seiko, don’t make the same mistake and pass on the “Save the Ocean” collection.

5. Seiko SKX175 Automatic Dive Watch

Even if you are not a fan of Seiko, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen its iconic “Pepsi” bezel on some of its models. Of course, the Japanese watchmaker won’t pass up the chance to use its classic bezel on one of its dive watches. This time, it’s the Seiko SKX175 Automatic Dive Watch.

Classic Pepsi Bezel on a Solid Dive Watch

The 42mm case is just the right size for a dive watch, nice and compact. As with the majority of Seiko dive watches on this list, the SKX175 comes with a stainless steel case and Seiko’s signature Hardlex crystal dial window.

The Pepsi bezel is unidirectional and it really stands out with its combination of the red and blue color scheme. This is a classic but still interesting bezel design. The dark blue dial provides a pleasant contrast to the red accents of the bezel. However, the numerals and the indices look rather too flat for my taste.

The watch is powered by the Japanese Automatic movement, the 7S26. This particular movement is widely used for Seiko’s lower-end models but it’s fairly rugged and reliable.

Overall, the Seiko SKX175 Automatic Dive Watch is an excellent entry-level dive watch for those who are in a budget.

6. Seiko SRP639K1 Prospex

The Seiko SRP639K1 Prospex is also fondly named as the “Yellow Fin” Baby Tuna. In case you don’t know, Seiko has a popular Tuna line and the SRP639K1 is definitely a worthy addition.

Best Yellow Bezel Dive Watch You’ll Get

This is the best Seiko dive watch for you if you’re in the market for a model with a yellow bezel. Sure enough, the main draw of this watch is the “bumblebee” inspired bezel color scheme.

The stainless steel shroud in combination with the black bezel with the white and yellow accents provide the SRP639K1 Prospex a unique aesthetic.

On top of the eye-catching design, the watch houses the dependable 4R36 Automatic movement. It’s not the best movement I’ll choose for this watch but it’s more than serviceable. However, keep in mind that it wears rather large and sits quite high on the wrist.

Seiko Knows Dive Watch

This concludes our list of the best Seiko dive watch that you can buy. Hopefully, this guide has helped you choose the ideal Seiko dive watch that fits your needs.

Tissot Watches Review

Tissot Watches Review

Popularity spanning well over a century and a half, Tissot watches have adorned the wrists of royalty, actors and sports stars. With a rich history and quality watches, Tissot continues to dominate its industry. We’re going to look at a few of Tissot’s greatest qualities through a few of their watches. That way, you can decide if a Tissot watch should find its home on your wrist.

 

Tissot’s Tech

Tissot has been at the forefront of many great watch revolutions throughout its history. Among the first to follow the path of smartwatches, in 1999 Tissot released its first T-Touch watch. It had a touch screen and a combination of an analog and digital face. Tissot has continued to advance its technology, producing more T-Touches, like this T-Touch Expert Solar—a beautiful example of Tissot’s touch technology.

T-Touch Expert Solar

This Tissot Men’s T-Touch Expert Solar watch has a lot of features in a compact but beautiful package. The case is 45mm in diameter and made with black titanium. The strap is black rubber and movement is Swiss-Quartz. The greatest features, however, revolve around the pioneering aspects of Tissot’s technology.

This watch is not only touch-screen but is also powered through solar energy. The watch has many functions as a chronograph, which include a timer, compass, alarms, and more. It also has a calendar with day, date and month information. The hands and markers are luminescent for easy visibility even in the dark.

Additionally, the watch is durable and will allow the wearer to enjoy it in many conditions. The sapphire crystal window is scratch-resistant and the watch itself is water resistant up to 330-feet, meaning it can be worn while swimming, snorkeling and showering but not while diving.

Users love the durability of this watch, along with the visibility of the dial’s information. One customer also loves that while it may look large, the watch is light and comfortable to wear so that one barely realize its on. Overall, for anyone who likes to have a high-tech watch that will accompany them in many settings, Tissot is a great go-to. Its technology and quality allow for flexibility and reliability. The T-Touch Expert Solar encompasses Tissot’s footprint in watch technology.

Pure Elegance

Along with great technology and quality, Tissot also produces elegant pieces. For both men and women, Tissot’s watch designs can be perfect for everyday tasks, work, and as a luxurious accessory for an elegant night out.

Tissot’s watches allow for luxury in a neat, delicate and stylish way without being overwhelming. One of the best samples of these watches is the Tissot Femini-T Mother of Pearl Dial ladies Cream Leather Watch—a slender, beautiful piece.

Femini-T Mother of Pearl

The Femini-T Mother of Pearl watch is a great example of a dress watch that is adaptable but has many striking features. The dial is mother of pearl and the 22.58mm case is made of PVD stainless steel with a rose gold color. The hands are also of a rose gold-tone. The band is made of white leather. The analog display has quartz movement and the watch is resistant to water up to 30 meters. The watch is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal window.

The real attraction to this watch is in the priceless detail, which includes diamond hour markers at the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock positions. The rose gold tones, mother of pearl dial and the diamond markers all come together in a watch that, from afar seems simple, but up close is pure elegance.

Classic Tissot Watch

Not everyone wants a watch that overwhelms them with a myriad of information on a small dial. Nor do they always want a watch with glints of diamonds. Sometimes, they want a traditional wristwatch with a style that compliments their own, which they can wear through any major events in their lives—be they promotions at work, a party with friends, their wedding, or a fun hike. A traditional wristwatch is a classic addition to many a wardrobe and Tissot has plenty of great options, including the aptly named:Tissot Men’s Tradition.

Tissot Men’s Tradition

The Men’s Tradition watch has a clean and adaptable style. With a large dial that makes it easy to read the stylish face, this watch wants to make its wearer’s life as easy as possible with its simple style.

The stainless-steel case is large with a diameter of 42mm. The band is of leather calfskin. The display is analog with Swiss quartz movement. The dial itself is a beautiful black guilloché and is protected by a scratch-resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal window.

The open and simple dial is the best part of the watch with its chic Roman numeral and stick indexes. There is also a barely-there date display window. Users love the easy-to-read and classic style. Overall, this is a great example of Tissot’s more flexible traditional watch options.

Creating unique watches for over a century

Tissot created many watches that were unique in appearance and also very unique in the ways they were made. Tissot created a RockWatch made of granite in the eighties and it was followed by the Pearl Watch and the Wood Watch. Tissot’s creativity wasn’t limited to the second half of the 20th century, though. Contrary to what many would expect a quality watch of the early 1900s to look like, Tissot produced a funky rectangular watch—later called “banana” because of its long design in 1916. The watch features warped-looking numbers. The watch was very popular in Russia during the pre-revolution time. This popular watch is mimicked in the Heritage Banana Centenary, a reminder of Tissot’s creativity and continued popularity through the decades.

Tissot Heritage Banana Centenary

This Heritage Banana Centenary, a fun homage to a Tissot classic, is great for anyone who wants a watch that draws attention. The rectangular gold-tone stainless steel case is 49mm in diameter. The dial is analog with easy-to-see hands. The strap is brown leather with gold-tone touches that match the case and bezel.

The clear stars of the show are the numbers on the champagne-colored dial. The numbers are of all different sizes but are still clear and easy to read. Fashion doesn’t come in the way of this watch’s purpose. There are also minute markers around an inner ring of the dial. They are small and elegant within the shadow of the bigger-than-life hour markers.

This watch is not for the faint of heart. It draws in the eye and provides a fun way to tell time along with paying respects to Tissot’s continual watch creativity and great overall history.

Tissot History

Tissot was founded in Switzerland by Charles-Félicien Tissot and his son Charles-Émile Tissot in 1853. When the younger Tissot went to Russia, he introduced the brand to the entire empire. Tissot even delivered a watch to the last Czar of Russia, Nicholas II in 1904.

Tissot grew in popularity in the world of sports timekeeping for skiing during the mid-20th century. Its presence in the sports world only grew. Throughout its history, up to modern times, Tissot has been prevalent in the world of spots, timing many world championships like those in cycling and ice hockey.

In 1930, Tissot merged with the company Omega in order to form SSIH, which later merged with ASUAG, evolving into the Swatch Group. Post—World War II, Tissot continued to grow and evolve.

Tissot has had many great landmarks throughout its history. A few of the more notable landmarks include releasing the first pocket watch that had two time zones, the first anti-magnetic watch and Tissot’s first T-Touch watch, which really put Tissot on the map in modern times. Tissot has also been worn by many celebrities and can be seen in major movies in the last few years

Tissot began small, like many great watch companies. But it continued to grow throughout the years, making its mark in modern society, major sports, the movies and even in royal Russian history.

Final Thought

Tissot is a quality brand that has only continued to prove itself through the years. With its adaptable style, almost anyone can find a Tissot watch that will work for them. Throughout its history, Tissot has reliably produced elegant watches for men and women. Additionally, most Tissot watches are reasonably priced. With Tissot, you can find quality, a great history, and a good price. What’s not to like?

 

Best Hiking Watch Under $100: Budget Timepieces for Outdoor Junkies

Best Hiking Watch Under $100

Are you in the market for the best hiking watch under $100 to fit your rugged, outdoor lifestyle?

The right hiking watch must be tough enough for the harsh outdoor conditions. Of course, it also needs to have features such as an altimeter, barometer, compass, GPS, and many others – features that will improve your hiking experience as a whole.

You are probably thinking, “aren’t hiking watches, expensive?”

Sure, there are many high-end outdoor watches like the Suunto Traverse Alpha that can cost several hundred dollars. However, there is no shortage of budget-friendly watches for hikers of all skill levels.

Today, we have a list of the best hiking watch under $100.

Best Hiking Watches Under $100

Key Features

Our Rating

Casio SGW-1000-1ACR Triple Sensor Altimeter, Barometer, Digital Compass, 100m water resistance, LED Backlit, 5 Daily Alarms and 1 Snooze Alarm, Quartz movement, World Time ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Timex T49612 Expedition Shock Shock Resistant to I.S.O. Standards, Digital Compass, Durable Resin Case, Indiglo Light-Up Watch Dial, Water resistant to 200m ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Casio SGW100-1V Twin Sensor Easy-to-read digital display, Digital compass, Protective mineral crystal, Precise quartz movement, Water resistance up to 660 ft, Alarm and stopwatch functions, Thermometer ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Sunroad Outdoor Sports Watch ABC features, Sunrise and Sunset Times, Thermometer, Log Record, Clock, Stopwatch, World Time, 160 Ft/50 M water resistance ★ ★ ★ ★
Timex Expedition Grid Shock Shock resistant to I.S.O. standards, Stainless steel top plate, Stopwatch, Countdown timer, Vibration alarm, Hydration alerts, Water resistant to 100m ★ ★ ★ ★
Lad Weather Outdoor Watch Altimeter, Barometer, Compass, Track Mode, Power Saving Mode, Thermometer, EL Backlight, Stopwatch, Alarm ★ ★ ★ ★

Best Hiking Watches Under $100

1. Casio SGW-1000-1ACR Triple Sensor

 

When it comes to tough as nails outdoor watches, there’s plenty of options from Casio. If you want a durable ABC watch that won’t break the bank, the Casio SGW-1000-1ACR Triple Sensor is an easy recommendation.

A No-Fuss ABC Watch

The Casio SGW-1000-1ACR is an outdoor watch that just works. It’s a triple sensor model so it features an altimeter, barometer, and a digital compass. For the most part, I am happy to report that these main features work well.

The compass is accurate and can go several days without any recalibration. The watch also displays the temperature and barometric pressure with fair accuracy. However, the altimeter could use a bit of work. There’s a bit of a learning curve for operating the ABC features but once you get the hang of it, it becomes rather painless.

This watch boasts the signature Casio ruggedness and dependability. It is waterproof to 100 meters, so you don’t have to worry about the rain when you’re outdoors. The watch face is very easy to read regardless of the lighting conditions. When it’s dark, you can simply toggle the illumination and you’re good to go.

For the price point, this watch offers incredible value.

2. Timex T49612 Expedition Shock

 

I love a good rough and tumble digital watch that can take a beating. The Timex T49612 Expedition Shock is a popular outdoor watch and good reason.

Well, mainly because it’s the best hiking watch under $100 with loads of features.

Take a Licking and Keep on Ticking

Does anyone remember the old Timex advertising slogan? The Timex Expedition Shock embodies that tagline and then some.

The watch is shock resistant to I.S.O. standards and is designed to withstand any outdoor test. Whether you are hiking, camping, or backpacking, this is the type of watch that you would want on your wrist. However, it’s tough and stylish enough that anyone won’t have any problem wearing this as an EDC watch. The durable resin case does a great job of protecting the face.

Just to be clear, this is not an ABC watch but it does come with a digital compass. The compass works well but it does require a good deal of calibration. However, I suggest that you only utilize the compass for direction and orientation. The compass is not accurate enough to be used for navigation.

The face is fairly large with a negative display. There are many complaints about the legibility of the face but for me personally, it’s just right. The only downside that I can think of is that the nylon strap is very prone to breaking off.

Whether you’re looking for a hiking timepiece or simply a tough EDC watch, the Timex Expedition Shock comes highly recommended.

3. Casio SGW100-1V Twin Sensor

 

Casio is truly a contender when it comes to high-utility watches that don’t cost an arm and leg. The Casio SGW100-1V Twin Sensor is a tough hiking watch that cost less than $50. It doesn’t have that many advanced features but it’s a watch that will serve you well during your hiking trips.

Great Looking Watch in a Durable Package

For starters, the Casio SGW100-1V looks great with a standard sports watch design. Thus, many of you will have no problem wearing it on a daily basis. The digital display is big and very easy to read, and shows the day, date, and month.

What makes the Casio SGW100-1V great for hiking is certainly the compass. The compass is very accurate provided that you will spend a bit of time with the calibration. Use the watch in conjunction with a map and you already got your navigation needs covered.

It also comes with a thermometer but I found myself not using it at all. The watch utilizes the back plate for temperature readings which makes it inaccurate if you’re wearing it. If you want accurate temperature readings, you’ll have to strap the watch to your belt loop or backpack.

Despite some glaring drawbacks, the Casio SGW100-1V is a high-performance outdoor watch in a durable package.

4. Sunroad Outdoor Sports Watch

 

The Sunroad Outdoor Sports Watch is the perfect cheapish ABC watch if you don’t have the budget for Suunto Cores. While you certainly can’t expect high-end features and quality from this model, it’s the best hiking watch under $100 that’s worth the look.

Multi-function Timepiece for Hikers

At first glance, you’ll see that the design of the Sunroad Outdoor Sports Watch looks to be lifted from the Suunto Core, especially with the case and the band.

However, the similarities end there.

One of the biggest differences is that the Sunroad watch features separate buttons for accessing the ABC features. I’d say it’s quite similar to the Casio ProTrek series. To switch between the altimeter, barometer, and compass features, you need to press the Mode button.

After calibration, the Compass mode of the Sunroad works quite well. Unlike the Suunto Core, the compass still appears to be working while the backlight is enabled. For the Barometer mode, the watch shows the barometric, graph, and ambient pressure. Much like the compass, the barometer manages to impress. When toggling Altimeter mode, the altitude will be displayed in the middle while the time is displayed on top of the face.

For a budget ABC watch, the build quality of the Sunroad is surprisingly decent. Definitely worth the price if you’re looking for a cheap Suunto Core alternative.

5. Timex Expedition Grid Shock

 

For another best hiking watch under $100, we have another model from Timex. The Timex Expedition Grid Shock is a solid timepiece for those who often well, go off the grid. It’s another Timex model so you can expect legendary reliability from this watch.

Best for Beginner Hikers

The Timex Expedition Grid Shock is a solid option for beginners since it focuses less on navigation and more on the smaller features. Like with the previous Timex watch, the Expedition Grid Shock features a shock resistance that’s in compliant to the I.S.O. standards.

Yes, it’s a watch that can once again take a beating.

Once you get the watch, you’ll be surprised that it’s a little larger than you thought it would. That’s certainly the case with me. If you have smaller hands, the size of the watch might be an issue. I highly recommend that you check the specs and decide if this watch’s size is right for you.

The digital display looks crisp, clear and very readable. The Indiglo backlight provides just the right amount of brightness without blurring the display.

One of the main reasons that I bought this watch is the vibration feature. Once set, the vibrations coming the from the watch is very noticeable. The vibration function works well with the watch’s hydration feature.

Overall, the Expedition Grid Shock is a very basic watch but it’s a reliable, comfortable, and best of all, affordable timepiece.

6. Lad Weather Outdoor Watch

 

The Lad Weather Outdoor Watch is an ABC watch from a rather obscure brand. However, don’t let that scare you because this watch offers incredible value and is an amazing compass watch.

A Budget-Friendly Full-Featured Activity Watch

The Lad Weather Outdoor Watch stands out because it’s more than an outdoor watch since it’s also an activity tracker. Fitbits and Garmins can be expensive, so this watch is a good alternative.

The watch features a negative display which is just the way I like it. The watch is easily readable even under bright lights. For darker lighting conditions, it features a backlight that works great.

As I’ve mentioned, the watch comes with an excellent compass. Once calibrated, I was surprised by its accuracy and it’s easily comparable with a magnetic field compass. The graphic display for the compass is one of the best I’ve seen in an ABC watch. The compass even works at night. Unlike most ABC watches, the compass continues to work even when the light is on.

It’s certainly one of the best budget ABC watches that you can get.

Hike With Confidence

That concludes our list of the best hiking watch under $100. Regardless of your needs, the watches we’ve highlighted boast a good balance of quality and cost-efficiency. With these budget hiking watches, you can now hike with confidence.

In case you are looking for a higher end watches for hiking, you may read our review of the best Garmin watch for hiking.

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

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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

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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.