All Watch Reviews
While I’ve seen Thomas Earnshaw on Amazon and other watch stores, I’ve never had one on my wrist or in front of my camera. Until today, that is. Thomas Earnshaw sent me this Precisto Bauer Fumée for review, and review it I have. Check it out!read more
Priced at $229 USD as of the time of this review, the Essential Four Gent affords its wearer versatility via sapphire glass, a clean and minimal face (surprise!), and a quick-release leather strap. Style is conscious and reserved, boasting a good degree of attractiveness. Also worth noting is the use of the Swiss-made ETA 955.412 quartz movement, which alone allows the Essential to stand out compared to other microbrand watches following a similar formula.
So, while the Essential Four Gent is similar in nature to others, it stands above the majority due to its attainable price, excellent construction, and affordability. Let’s dive in and check it out in more detail.read more
Not long ago I reviewed the Overboard, a 1000m overbuilt dive watch that can go deeper than you’d ever take it. At the same time I received the Overboard I also took delivery of the Bradner, a casual-wear moderately sized automatic watch that carries a 150m / 500ft water resistance rating. Not bad.
I like the Bradner’s casual style and wrist presence. Let’s take a closer look.read more
Timex is one of my favorite watch brands and it’s with that context that I write this review of the Command, a 54mm wrist-dominating plastic and camo digital watch from the American king of digital watches.
Long guarding its pervasive position as the “tough watch” segment leader, Casio now finds itself directly in the crosshairs of Timex. The Command is Timex’s answer to the G-Shock, and there’s no mistaking that Timex clearly has the G-Shock in its sights.read more
Here’s an automatic from James McCabe with the same case and similar aesthetics as the Heritage Retrograde. While the dial loses a few complications, the watch itself gains a Miyota automatic that is nicely decorated and shown off via a mineral exhibition caseback.
Despite an entry-level movement, the Heritage Automatic is a solid watch to consider if you’re wanting something distinctly styled and still 100% watch. If you want to add an inexpensive automatic to your collection, and you want that watch to be something special, well, you’ll want to keep reading…read more
I’ve been checking out a lot of dive watches lately as research for an upcoming dive watch article, so when Spinnaker reached out to us and asked if we wanted to review one, the timing couldn’t have been better. I received the Overboard early August and have given it plenty of wrist time since.
Compared to some of the other divers I’ve been wearing lately (the Scurfa Diver One and Hamilton Navy Sub Auto, for example), the Overboard is bigger and heavier at 46mm. The Overboard boasts 300m of water resistance, a sapphire-coated mineral crystal, and a helium escape valve.read more
Avi-8 is one of my favorite little/big watch brands because of how on-point their watches are thematically. Avi-8 embodies the aviation watch in fun and sometimes over the top ways. Their latest – the Flyboy Centenary edition – is a great example of that.
Both the 1960s and 1980s versions are fitted with three color schemes. Here I’ve got the blue dial 1960s (model AV-4060-02), which I think is the best looking. Let’s take a closer look.read more
Several weeks back a reader emailed me asking if I’d ever seen a watch from Scurfa Watches hands-on. Scurfa, a microbrand based out of the UK, is owned by Paul Scurfield. A North Sea pressure diver, Paul created Scurfa in order to build dive watches that gave divers high-end capability… but at an affordable price.
Scurfa is a two-person brand – my favorite kind of company – and so I decided to buy a Diver One Blue and get my feet wet. Let’s dive in.read more
UNDONE is an independent brand that has taken a unique approach to their watches: customers can customize their watch – changing cases, dials, casebacks, and even engraving initials – via UNDONE’s website watch builder. Fans of customization rejoice!
Priced at $345, the Urban Tropical Sahara is within the scope of what most would consider a “nice watch”. This is the first UNDONE I’ve seen hands-on, so let’s not waste any time in having a closer look.read more
Powered by an Eco-Drive quartz movement, and with styling only an underwater welder could love, the Promaster BJ8050-08E is one of the few watches I’ve come across where the photos do not at all demonstrate the entirety of it.
Votum as a brand has an interesting legacy that spans the course of over five decades, and its new iteration promises to retain the personality and quality the brand has historically been known for. When they reached out to me approximately two months ago about reviewing one of their pieces, I was eager to accept.read more
I have talked about Hamilton watches quite a lot on WYCA over the years because their mid-range price point puts them right in the upper-end of affordable for most people. “Watch people” might spend north of $1,500 on a watch without hesitation, but for most that’s simply a bit too much. $500 or $600, though? That’s more manageable.
Priced on the grey market in the $490 – $525 range, the Sub Auto is an affordable Swiss-made dive watch with an ETA 2824-2 in it. This is my favorite price range to shop in, and so I definitely appreciated a chance to assess the Sub Auto hands-on. Let’s check it out.read more
Invicta’s reputation is as polarizing as it gets in the watch world. I make a point of not being interested in popular opinion when assessing a brand as I’d rather see their watches hands-on and form my own opinion. It was in that spirit that I plopped down $80 to purchase this specialty and give it a fair shake
Given its low price, many will find the Specialty attractive, and there’s no denying that the Skeleton dial is atypical compared to the usual $80 watch. After several mixed experiences with similar watches from other brands, I was genuinely curious to see how the ultra-affordable Specialty would be.read more
As of the time of this review, the MSRP of the Monarch is $335 (though I bought this one off of Amazon for $160). The Monarch is a classy dress watch that is rather conservatively styled (once you look past the serif hour markers). This model comes with a leather strap, stainless steel buckle, and an exhibition caseback.
Like the Bambino, which I still maintain is the best automatic watch you can buy for under $250, the Monarch hits that sweet spot where what it brings to the table greatly exceeds what it costs to eat there. You won’t find another quality mechanical – let alone with a power reserve complication – at this price point until you start looking at no-name Chinese-manufactured movements.read more
The Marine Klassik is one of Stowa’s best-selling timepieces, and for good reason. A semi-customizable watch, the Marine Klassik 40 gives its owners choice with respect to which movement powers it. The base model, coming in at roughly $650 USD, is powered by an ETA 2824-2; opting to upgrade introduces both the top-finish ETA 2824-2 (+$130), a limited-edition model with an ETA 2892, or a hand-wound ETA 2804-2 (+300). All versions are made by hand and come with fine finishing- traits Stowa is known for.read more
Those looking for historical horological significance will likely overlook DuFa. Deutsche Uhrenfrabrik – aka, DuFa – is a brand that has flown underneath the radar, as they compete in a sea microbrands and Kickstarter success stories. In today’s environment, it’s difficult to differentiate yourself and there are a lot of up and coming indie brands out there. But DuFa stands out, and so do their watches.
Take, for example, the Aalto Regulator I have here. The German roots of its style are undeniable – clean shapes, a bold face, and minimal distractions – and the mechanical heartbeat, care of the Miyota 8217 automatic ticking within, is found in hundreds of watch models the world over. A blend of sophisticated style and practical engineering- very German.read more
Six weeks back I received an e-mail from Drew Meyer, who represents several watch brands. Among them is James McCabe, a highly-stylized microbrand that is doing what brands like Lucien Piccard should have done. Not long after that e-mail, the Heritage Retrograde arrived at my doorstep – courtesy of Drew – and it has commanded my interest ever since.
As the photos within this review will undoubtedly show, the Heritage Retrograde – a sub-$300 quartz casual watch – is among the most excellently styled (and stylized) watches I have come across in a good long time (if not ever). The real question is: is it a good watch? I suppose you’ll have to read on to find out.read more
The Waterbury collection is Timex’s dressier line of affordables, with timeless styling and a multitude of options in terms of sizes, straps/bracelets, and color schemes. On my wrist here is the is the Classic 36mm in rose gold and brown crocodile-grain leather (model: TW2R72500VQ), which is a unisex dress suitable for most occasions.
With an MSRP just north of $100, the Waterbury Classic is an affordable and upscale looking watch that fits in most circumstances. Thanks to its size, it’s also a unisex watch that is equally comfortable on the wrist of a man or a woman (as Melissa and Don demonstrate here).read more
The 5600E is the definition of what I wanted to find when I started WYCA. It’s a great value, with excellent water resistance, enduring battery life, unparalleled visibility, and rugged build quality. It also managed to remain aesthetically relevant more than 22 years after its introduction. These types of qualities are what I appreciate most in a watch. Let’s check it out.read more
A fine chronograph but could be better, the Intelligent Quartz Flyback Chrono feels crowded and misses the mark in how its complications are displayed. I wanted to wear an IQ for a while and I’m glad I did, but this is one Timex that won’t remain a member of my collection. How about you- is the IQ a good fit for your collection?read more
The MDV106-1AV is handsome for a diver, and it’s absolutely as capable as its deep-water aesthetic suggests. I had to do a double-take on it, actually, as I’d have no idea this wasn’t a $200+ watch if I hadn’t bought it myself on Amazon and paid $45 for it. With that in mind, let’s make some waves with the Casio’s most affordable and ubiquitous diver.read more
In 2010, Seiko released the SARB065 Cocktail Time. A classic watch, and one that will enjoy decades of relevance, is a hard design to pen. Of course, the Cocktail Time is among those that get it right.
In my hands, I have the SARB065, aka the “Cocktail Time Cool”. Before I move on to the updated Presage Cocktail Time next month, I wanted to get hands-on with the aging SARB065 so that I had an accurate basis for comparison when I get hands-on with the new one.read more
The Freelancer collection, released in 2007, is one of their mainstay lineups. With an MSRP just north of $3,000, the Freelancer Chronograph is more expensive than other chrono’s I’ve tested from Swiss brands.
In any case, as always, I was more than happy to get this chronograph around my wrist. Let’s check it out.read more
The Around the Clock – newly released in 2017 – takes a similar approach to its appearance the Irony, displaying its quartz movement visible through its open heart dial. Not quite a skeleton, but satisfying nonetheless.
It’s somewhat rare for quartz-powered watches to show off the movement, and that’s a shame: a quartz might have fewer gears to look at, but they’re still interesting in their own right. Clearly, the Around the Clock agrees with my sentiment
It’s true, though: you either love it or you hate it. More than one person that I asked about the AtC found its intensity off-putting, but just as many thought it was awesome. I suspect by now that you already know which camp you’re a part of.read more
In December, I had the unbelievable luxury of being able to pick any watch I wanted to photograph and review. So, I thought it’d be nice to check out another Frederique Constant and picked the FC-270SW4P5 Business Timer. This upscale quartz is packed with the usual trimmings (sappphire/etc.) and three subdials: day/date, and moonphase.read more
If your New Year’s resolution involves travel plans, you’re going to want a watch to come along for the ride. Frequent fliers will especially appreciate this Seiko Prospex World Time, both for its functionality (more on that below) and its build quality. Currently listed for just under $300 on Certified Watch Store ($278 actually), the Prospex Solar World Time is price competitive with most Citizens (in fact, it’s priced much better than most Citizen world time’s) and offers its wearer an assortment of functions/complications (including an alarm and chronograph function).read more
The Easy Reader series from Timex is quite popular. According to SEMRush, the keyword “Timex easy reader” is searched nearly 2,000 times per month in the USA on its own– nevermind all the permutations of it. When considering Canada and the UK, as well as variations of “Timex Easy Reader”, monthly search volume climbs to north of 12,000 searches per month. Suffice to say, it’s a popular piece.
Why it took me so long to order one off of Amazon (this one is a gift for my father in law) I don’t know, but here we are: Timex Easy Reader on the wrist, and with great things to say. Let’s check it out.read more
Check out this modular/interchangeable watch from Egard! On my wrist is the Vader, which is the name of the collection of parts used to build the watch as opposed to that of the watch itself. The dial is named the Dillishaw, and the other components (case, bezel, strap/bracelet) are given no name at all, so Vader it is (rolls off the tongue easier than Dillishaw).read more
The Luno I have here is the first Movado I’ve actually reviewed and worn hands-on. It’s funny how 100+ watches have come across my desk, and yet none from Movado. As one of the few Swiss watchmakers that is known and appreciated by “non watch people”, it’s about time I wore one and checked them out.read more
The Commander II is quite typical of an entry-level luxury watch from a Swatch-group manufacturer: it’s an automatic, made with upper-end materials, priced in the $600 range in the grey market ($1,000ish MSRP – like most of the Hamilton’s and Tissot’s of a similar caliber I’ve reviewed).
In any case, I was excited to get some hands-on time with the Mido Commander II (in gold, of course).read more
The Multifort Day/Date I have here is my first hands-on experience with Mido; it’s also one of the better-looking versions of the Multifort collection (though all of them are attractive). I prefer clean, purposeful design, and the gold/white dial/brown leather combination I have here is well-styled by such definition.
This watch scratches all the right aesthetic itches.read more
I’ve wanted to spend more time with some of Casio’s other lines, such as the G-Shock and, yes, Edifice, for a while now. Back in September Don posted a great piece on Casio watches, and since then I’ve been actively looking for a way to get some wrist time with an upscale Casio.
I’ve wanted to spend more time with some of Casio’s other lines, such as the G-Shock and, yes, Edifice, for a while now. Back in September Don posted a great piece on Casio watches, and since then I’ve been actively looking for a way to get some wrist time with an upscale Casio.read more
The Slimline Classics is the first Frederique Constant I’ve reviewed on WYCA, and when I received it I was quite excited to get some wrist time. At this price point, Frederique Constant competes directly against brands I’ve gotten plenty of hands-on experience with (Hamilton, Tissot, and Seiko) and I was curious to see how it compared.
The model I have here is among the lease complicated in the collection, featuring a guilloche dial and a date display at 6 o’clock. Other models in the range feature small seconds, moonphase complications, and an assortment of styles. Regular readers know that my style is conservative, and the one I have here is my preferred version.read more
Ahh, that new watch smell- gotta love it! Here on my desk is the Mileneal Classic Rose Gold White, which is – you guessed it – a classically-designed watch in rose gold and white. Smartly dressed, affordably priced, and available for pre-order now on Kickstarter, you may be asking yourself: is this micro worth my money? Is it it a smart buy? Why should I buy it? All good questions, and ones I hope to answer in this hands-on review.read more
Every watch geek goes through a “skeleton” phase. If you’re there now, the Swatch “Body & Soul” YAS100G is a pretty affordable pick. But is it any good? That’s the question we’re looking to answer today!
The MSRP on the Body and Soul is just north of $175, but astute Amazon shoppers will see it for around $150. For $150, you can get a lot of mechanical or automatic skeletons. So, is the Swatch better, and if so, why?read more
In a price point dominated by the Weekender, Seiko 5, and other affordable heavyweights, it’s easy to overlook the microbrands out there offering something different for the same money. You’d be forgiven for doing so, but the omission can be a real shame. Take this Oath, for example: currently on sale for $50 (shipping included, $110 regular), it’s an ultra-affordable quartz that’s definitely worth your eye.
In true WYCA fashion, I warmed up the Tamron macro and got to shooting. Let’s check it out.read more
This Svarntai hit my desk at a great time- wifey was looking for a larger rose gold piece to wear on the daily. Something that would keep looking good week after week, wear after wear. This ivory and rose gold beauty, equipped with sapphire (of course), fits the bill nicely.read more
Movado: An Underrated Brand Well, hello everyone! FIrstly, let me introduce to you something special and in my opinion, does not get enough recognition or respect within the watch community: Movado. Established in 1881 in Switzerland, a small watchmaker named Achille...read more
The Audaz Scuba Master, a sub-$400 dive watch with a Seiko automatic inside, is a gigantic piece that’s built like a tank and rated to travel with you into the depths. This is a satisfying diver from an up and coming microbrand- check it out!read more
Maybe you and your man have reached a milestone. Nothing says “I love you” like a nice timepiece. Here are the best watches to gift your boyfriend.read more
Outdoorsmen and weekend warriors rejoice! There are even a gaggle of adventure watches built to resist the rough off road terrain, weather the rigors of your BMX adventure or even resist the ravages of in-climate weather. These outdoor timepieces are built for you:...read more
Updated July 7, 2018
A common question we get on our Facebook and YouTube channels is “what are the best mechanical/automatic watches under $X”. The $X changes, but the sentiment in the question does not. It’s a good question, too, as there’s never been a broader selection of mechanically-powered watches than what’s available today.
In this list, I’ve called out my favorite automatic or mechanical watches priced under $1,500. A notable caveat: if the watch is an automatic, the movement must be able to be hand-wound like a non-automatic mechanical movement.read more
If You're Keen on Having a Direct Line to The Entrepreneurs & Watchmakers Behind Your Latest Wrist Addition... Take a Look at the Nick Harris Orion This watch is the real deal, and I mean that in every sense of the word. The Orion is a microbrand at its most...read more
We’ve curated a list of the top 5 digital watches under $500. The digital revolution starts for less than 5 Benjamin Franklins.read more
Tangramatic's Quasi-Minimalist Nereid Argo Brings Excellent Value At Its Sub-$350 Price Point I participate in some Facebook microbrand watch groups and came across a post from someone showing off a nice classically-styled chronograph. Tangramatic - formed in 2014 -...read more
Here are the top 5 stylish watches floating under the $500 limit. Style is far from compromised. If nothing else, that leaves more bank in your wallet to add more to your watch collection.read more
The limited edition 1970 by Dan Henry is a surprising piece. While it has some minor quality control items (I must stress that they are minor), the rest of the watch is composed and well executed. I’m a big fan of its looks, and I love how the theme has touched every part of the watch in a subtle, classy way. It’s a stand-out piece, especially when you consider its $250 price tag. This is as great watch that’s worth your consideration.read more
Tusenö’s first watch, aptly called the “First 42”, is a polished and well-presented watch. It’s classic styling is contrasted radically against an unconventional Seiko meca-quartz movement. It’s made of all the right stuff to be great. Is it great for you? Have a look!read more
If this is your first encounter with an “interchangeable watch”, it’s pretty simple: you can swap out the face, or case, or straps easy and without having to use tools. Popping out the dial is as simple as unscrewing the bezel and switching it out, and changing straps is easy thanks to the quick-release spring bars. If you’re someone who likes to tinker or customize, this is your watch.read more
It may not be a real “dive watch”, but the Mako Rubber definitely looks the part. With 200m of water resistance, it can get plenty wet and look great doing it. Otherwise, the Mako is an affordable and capable watch, powered by a house-made automatic movement, and looks that match. I’m a big fan.read more
The Shark Tawny is big, loud, and looks like it just came off the set of a cyberpunk movie. Anyone who considers themselves a watch person isn’t going to like the Tawny, but people looking for a stylized fashion watch will find that there’s a lot in its design to like. Found for well under its $89 MSRP, the Tawny is a bold watch from a growing microbrand.read more
The Seiko SNK807 is just as good as the SNK809 (pretty good), only blue! Check out Auke’s take on the blue Seiko 5!read more
The same great style and design of the Heritage 40, now appropriately sized for a woman’s wrist! If you’re looking for a great ladies-sized dress watch, the Corniche Heritage 36 might be the watch for you!read more
The Nixon Sentry Leather, powered by what is likely a Miyota quartz movement, is a great looking watch that embraces its fashion status without making structural or mechanical compromises. It’s affordability and overall look make it a great daily wearer, though if you’re looking for something more mechanical, the Sentry isn’t for you. It’s a fashion watch, yes, but a pretty good one.read more
The Citizen Skyhawk Blue Angels is a full-on tool watch that seems to be able to do anything. It’s atomic-synced time is the standard that I set all my other watches to, and it feels tough enough to withstand a bomb blast. If your watch needs to do everything, the Skyhawk Blue Angels is a great choice. I’m a big fan.read more
The Seiko Flightmaster is a genuinely useful watch. The chronograph and date display are standard complications, but the integration of a slide-rule is what gives the Flightmaster its utility. It’s made well and looks good (in my opinion). There isn’t anything I dislike: the Flightmaster is a good watch overall.read more
The Grayton is a great choice for someone that wants an automatic watch without the uncertainty associated with using a movement from an unknown or less reputable manufacturer. The Seiko NH35A is a great movement that does the Grayton justice. The watch looks good and is comfortable to wear. It’s got the right stuff to be a good watch.read more
This Bulova is a little too big for my wrist so I thought I’d spend a bit more time showing off its detail & build using macro photography. It’s a great watch so long as you’ve got the wrists for it.read more
This not-exactly inexpensive quartz is made of the right stuff, with rose gold and sapphire giving it good looks and great durability. The Ronda 704 quartz movement isn’t commonly found on watches released from microbrands, either. It competes directly with the Corniche Heritage 40, and in my opinion, it gives the Corniche a solid run for its money. The JR001R is a well styled, well made dress watch with little in the way of drawbacks.read more
I’m currently sitting in my hotel room at the Linq Hotel in Las Vegas, and the SNKM97 is the perfect companion. It looks totally at home on the strip, and its green and gold color scheme practically screams “high roller”. While this budget timepiece may not really be a high roller, it looks the part and feels great on the wrist. Check it out!read more
When we talk about affordable mechanical diving watches, we usually think of the usual suspects: the Seiko SKX007, the Orient Mako or the Orient Ray. Today, however, we’re taking a look at the Steinhart Ocean One Vintage Military, a ~$400 diving watch that offers a lot for a little.read more
Ahh yes, the Casio F-91W. The most inexpensive watch on WYCA (as of today), and one of my favorites. I decided to do a deep dive into the history of this watch and to learn more about what makes this little digital great.read more
My first watch was a Casio CA-53W Databank calculator watch. This tiny quartz digital watch got me through grade 4 math, & for that I remember it fondly.read more
The SNKN01 is a great looking watch that is powered by the legendary 7S26 automatic movement. For someone looking for an affordable automatic, the SNKN01 – and the Recraft series of watches – offer a lot of value. I’ve seen this watch for as low as $110 on Amazon, and at that price it’s an obvious choice. It doesn’t get much better than that.read more
I really enjoy this watch in every objective and subjective way. I think it’s beautiful to look at, and I love how well incorporated the big date and dual time complications are. I also love the domed crystal, which is easily my favorite part of the watch. If you’ve got $300 to spend on a new watch, have a look at this one.read more
Priced at under $175, the Bonvier Classic offers a variety of attractive styles to choose from. It’s made using good materials and a quality Miyota movement, meaning that it should keep ticking for years to come. I wish they’d have used sapphire instead of mineral glass, but it’s not unreasonable for the price point. I like the Classic 40mm overall.read more
A remake of the original Partitio from the 30’s, it has now found its way into their core line-up, but it often overlooked in favour of the well known Stowa Flieger Klassik. Which is unfortunate, because the Partitio represents an incredible value for money.read more
The fighter plane theme is a hit, and I’m not the only one that thinks so. Everyone into aircraft that I showed this watch to were smitten, and I can see why: the Hawker Hurricane looks fantastic and carries a real personality. It’s plucky, like the aircraft it commemorates, and I love that about it. If AVI-8 tossed a sapphire crystal on it, the Hawker Hurricane would be an obvious sub-$250 addition to the “our picks” collection.read more
This Bulova has as lot of things going for it. First, it’s a great looking open heart that isn’t over styled; It’s competitively priced, clocking in somewhere around $300 – $350; it’s built well, like every other Bulova I’ve reviewed to date. It’s a great watch and has earned a great recommendation from me. Check it out!read more
In October 2013 I picked up an automatic Delphi Acheron from Stuhrling Original. How has it help up in the nearly 3 years since? Only one way to find out!read more
The two-handed dial is unique and presented beautifully, as is the rose gold case and the laser-etched backplate. In every respect, the Heritage 40 demonstrates the care that went into its design and build. Priced alongside comparable quartz watches from Swiss and Japanese watchmakers, the Heritage 40 absolutely deserves your consideration if you’re wanting a dress watch that’s different but still classic.read more
The Accutron II Alpha is a unique watch. Already rare to see a skeletonized dial on a quartz timepiece, Bulova takes it even further with a distinctive case to match. This version is arguably the youngest, with its black on black color scheme managing to be both quieter and louder than some of the more conventionally-styled versions. Regardless, it’s an excellent watch and a definite conversation piece. Recommended.read more
The Alpinist came as a true shock: a great looking, well-spec’d automatic from a world-class manufacturer. It’s comfortable to wear, durable, reliable, and accurate. In the USA and Canada, it’s also an uncommon watch to find. The best part of all of this is its price, coming in well under $400. Great work, Seiko.read more
If the Bambino is the proverbial bulls eye, the Symphony lands just short of the inner circle. It’s powered by the same Caliber 48743 automatic that Orient fits in the Bambino, and it’s built just as well, but it doesn’t quite hit the mark aesthetically. Because of this, it always seems to sit in its better-looking cousins shadow. It’s not a bad watch by any technical means, just make sure you’ve checked the Bambino out before you pull the trigger on the Symphony.read more
The P2/01 is definitely a statement watch, but wow- what a statement it makes! I’ve never seen a watch get people interested in it like this SEVENFRIDAY does. Even if they aren’t “watch people”, almost everyone who sees the P2/01 thinks that it’s good looking. At 47mm it’s among the largest I’ve worn, but I don’t think that’d keep me from buying it. It’s a very cool watch all around.read more
Orient hit the nail on the head with the Bambino V2. This is a great looking watch, and of the three versions of the Bambino, I think that the V2 is the best looking. The quality of its build is evident all over, with no corners cut in its construction. Overall, the Bambino is an excellent watch. I recommend it.read more
You can find the Visodate Heritage in a few flavors, though this model (T019.430.16.031.01) is easily the best looking. The steel on brown color scheme is understated and fits into any ensemble. It’s comfortable to wear, durable, and built to last. This is another great watch from Tissot.read more
The Symphony Eclipse Horizon, as it’s dramatically called, is a ridiculous watch. The 47mm case is monstrous, and the translucent sections of the dial give it even more wrist space. The sparse use of color makes the watch feel more techno-punk than world traveler, but I think that’s kind of the point… which is odd, given that it’s got two separate movements for each dial. Like all Stuhrling’s, you’ll find it’s street price is around $120 as opposed to its $595 “MSRP”.read more
The Holst is an attractive minimalist timepiece, monotone in color and free from anything that would detract from its spartan aesthetic. I quite like it. It’s affordable and keeps good time, and despite being frustrating to set the date, it’s a pretty straightforward watch to use. It’s sleek, thin, and looks good with just about everything. I wear mine all the time.read more
Castle Watch Co. is a small growing brand with a lot of potential. They’ve done some nice things with the Corbel; from a reliable quartz movement and unique details on the case. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to start or build his or her collection with this understated, affordable piece.read more
In my mind, the Tissot T-Complication Squelette sets the standard for how affordable skeleton watches should be done. Its dramatic design and consistent attention to detail create something that captures the interest of anyone – be they a “watch person” or not. More than good looks, it is an example of Swiss watch making at its best. Of all the watches I’ve reviewed to date, this one is my favorite.read more
For the money these nato straps are excellent. They’re comfortable, durable, made well, and look great. The variety is significant and makes it easy to find a new look for your favorite timepiece.read more
Timex’s all-new Fairfield is a good addition to the Weekender line, though it’s considerably more expensive than other versions of the Weekender. If you live in the USA, where you can easily find the Fairfield for under $60, it’s a good buy. If you live in Canada, where it’s $95 and up, you have to really like the Fairfield for the value proposition to make sense- as a Canadian, I don’t know if I think it does.read more
The Decker CH2573 is pretty good, though it is on the expensive side for what it is. It is comfortable to wear thanks in no small part to the silicon strap. It feels good on the wrist and offers excellent night visibility. It’s a perfectly average watch in basically every respect.read more
The Expedition Field Chronograph is a good watch, even if the quirks of the watch make it a little clunky to use. If you’re picky or particular, the chronograph movement might drive you a little bonkers. Other than that, it’s proven itself durable and if you like its military-inspired looks – as I do – it’s a great watch to wear. I recommend it.read more
I’ll stop rating Hamilton’s so high when Hamilton stops making watches this good. The modern Pan-Europ is every bit the homage is strives to be, while simultaneously having its own charms and soul.read more
There will be some notable changes between the production version and the one reviewed here, though they don’t change what the Heritage Edition is: a tremendous value, where you can factually have your cake and eat it too. It’s made of everything it should be to be good, and its sub-$500 price makes it excellent.read more
I’ve been wearing the Heritage Edition from Hastings & Co. for eight hours now, and I have to say that I’m quite enjoying it.read more
The Legacy Executive is loud. The blue hands brightly contrast with the skeleton face and white dial, and the flash continues down to the highly decorated movement ticking away inside. The movement is fairly accurate, and there’s definite novelty to watching the movement tick away. It’s a showpiece, that’s for sure. It’s posted MSRP of $588 is misleading- you’ll easily find it for less than a third of that.read more
The Skagen Ancher is a fantastic looking timepiece. It’s lightweight, thin, and comfortable to wear thanks to the surprisingly soft saddle-brown leather band. It offers fair value for its price. For an everyday wearable and versatile quartz watch, the Skagen Ancher fits the bill nicelyread more
The Timex Weekender series is a minimalist exercise in affordable timekeeping. This Chronograph (model: TW2P62300) is another great example of the things that make a Weekender great: simplicity, ease of use, and timeless style. I really love that you can get a great watch for well under $75.read more
The Timex Weekender series are my favorite watches for their price points. I don’t believe you can get a better value or a better looking watch for the same money. The Weekender 40 (model: T2P4959J) comes with no complications and it doesn’t need any- it’s already the best bang for your buck out there.read more
This is a case of a watch that looks far more valuable than it is. The Breytenbach BB7745BE isn’t necessarily bad- its automatic movement seemed to be fairly accurate (losing only 18 seconds per day), the leather strap is pretty good quality, and the beautifully decorated movement is almost a showpiece. However, don’t be confused into thinking this watch is good value. You very much get what you pay for.read more
I’ve never been a fan of dive watches, but the looks of this Tissot are bested only by the automatic movement’s immense power reserve and accuracy. With this Seastar on your wrist you’ll enjoy 300m of water resistance, a screw down crown to keep everything air tight, and the usual appointments you’ve come to expect from a Tissot of this calibre.read more
The Jazzmaster Regulator is definitely one of the most unique watches you can get for its $1,275 MSRP. Powered by Hamilton’s own H-12 automatic movement, the Regulator comes with the specs you can expect from a four-figure Hamilton: sapphire front/rear crystals, stainless steel all around, an excellent leather strap, and a deployment clasp. I think it’s a great looking watch, too. If you want something mechanical and decidedly different from what most will have in their collection, the Regulator Automatic is worth your consideration.read more
I really like this Citizen. The orange and black color scheme is a great combination. At night, the lume is so bright that you will have no problems easily telling time. The Eco-Drive movement inside is rock solid. This watch is a great buy, especially if you can find it for anything under $175. The BM8475-26E is a regular part of my watch rotation.read more
With date display, a day/night indicator, and a power reserve display, the T2M979 is a complicated automatic at a low price point. Be aware that the automatic movement is of unknown origin, but is likely a Chinese-manufactured DG28. If you’re specifically looking for an inexpensive, complicated auto, consider this Timex. Otherwise, there are better watches worth considering at this price point.read more
This is a watch that combines some of the best elements of an automatic movement with the timekeeping accuracy and reliability of a quartz movement. Once charged, the SKA553’s kinetic movement keeps a six month power reserve. If this watch will be a daily wearer, I recommend it wholeheartedly; if this watch will be part of a larger collection, perhaps consider whether or not you want a kinetic movement at all…read more
I think that the Orient Leo is a great looking watch in any of its color options, but particularly the combination reviewed here. Unfortunately, no matter how I tried to adjust the bracelet I was unable to get it to sit flush with my wrist- an annoyance that taints an otherwise good entry-level automatic watch.read more
As a photographer, I’ve failed to truly showcase how attractive the M02 is. Guilloche and steel contrast, drawing your eye toward a finely decorated prize. Yes, it looks better in person than it does in photo, but there’s more to the M02 than looks. It’s heavy, built to last, and uses a high-regrade and retouched ETA movement. Then there’s the tie-in with Armand Nicolet’s other pursuits, and to me, that’s worth the cost of entry on its own.read more
It’s hard not to appreciate what Seiko offers in the 5 series. The SNK809 is a good looking, basic automatic watch that offers little frills… and has a diminutive price point to match. Whenever anyone starts getting into watches, the most popular recommendation for a first automatic is – by far – a Seiko 5. Buy a couple of complimentary straps and you can wear it just about anywhere, anytime. This is such a great watch.read more
Proving that some stereotypes are well earned, the KC2508 is a disposable ladies automatic. Even with a bargain-basement price of $125, the entire watch is a total let down. It takes relatively attractive packaging, fills it with an unknown automatic movement, and then puts little care into anything else. Total junk.read more
There’s a lot of competition in the $500 to $1,000 price bracket, and the Hamilton Jazzmaster is a bit of a heavyweight in the segment. As a daily wearer, the Jazzmaster Day/Date is a great watch- it’s good looks, reliable ETA movement, and sapphire/stainless steel combination make for a watch that will look and run great for years. I like it’s somewhat understated styling, its weight and balance, and the quality of its build. Recommended.read more
The Cookoo is far from the smartest smartwatch you can buy. Offerings from Apple, Samsung, LG, Pebble, and a host of competing brands keep the smartwatch market fresh. But, they are all much more expensive and much more elaborate than the Cookoo. Ultimately, the value of the Cookoo depends on how much you value quick connectivity to your social circle. If you’re in love with Facebook and the like, the Cookoo will be a good fit for you.read more
The Sea Gull ST16 movement used inside the T2N289 is pretty good and well-known in the affordable watch world. Timex did a good job styling the T2N289, though the build quality is average at best. If you can find it priced around $150 or less it’s good value, too. I’ve seen it as high as $250, and frankly, it isn’t worth anything close to that.read more
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in my opinion the Buccaneer really doesn’t deliver on that. Where it does do well is function, rated for 500m of depth (with the screw-down crown secured). If you want an inexpensive and capable dive watch, the Buccaneer is a pretty good choice.read more
The Stuhrling Original Delphi Acheron, assuming that it follows the standard the brand now sets, is not a bad purchase when acquired for its $150 street price. It’s absolutely an attractive automatic that gets attention, and it’s built pretty well. Time will tell about longevity, but my experience with it so far has been positive.read more
I’m in love with the Auto Chrono. Of course it’s beautiful, but it’s the fine details Hamilton put into this version of the Jazzmaster, along with the new H21 automatic movement, that created something genuinely brilliant. I can’t think of a single watch that retails for under $2,000 that I’d recommend before the Hamilton Jazzmaster Auto Chrono.read more
The Winston is a completely adequate watch for its $40 price tag. Powered by a Miyota quartz movement, the Winston is a simple and minimalist timepiece. The stainless steel case/bracelet are ultra-lightweight.read more
Thee unique Jazzmaster Open heart is designed to let the exposed movement do the talking. Lacking any complications, the Open Heart is an attractive and understated watch despite the open heart dial. It’s built well and uses an ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. Recommended.read more
The Infantry Vintage Chronograph is designed to do its job and do it well. Excellent visibility – day or night – and solid build means that you can confidently wear this watch almost anywhere. This is an excellent watch for someone that wants a chronograph and wants something that will work and look like new for many years.read more
I quite enjoy the Valiant Auto for being an overall elegant and affordable timepiece. Its $645 price tag buys you higher-grade ETA automatic movement, good quality of build, and a sapphire crystal. It’s comfortable to wear, compliments just about any outfit, and won’t break the bank. Recommended.read more
My experience with the Citizen CA0427-08E is mixed. I’m not a big fan of how it looks overall- they tried a little too hard to be techno-sporty. With an MSRP of $295, they are also on the expensive side of entry-level quartz chronograph, and the fact is that I’m not sure I’d spend $300 on this watch. Technically it’s a good watch, and if you like how it looks, I suppose that’s all that matters.read more
If you want a low-cost sport watch that comes with all the functions you need (chrono, alarm, timer, etc) the Cadence Wrist Rocket WT2 is a solid choice. We picked this one up for less than $20 and have nothing but good things to say about the watch and Cadence’s customer service.read more
My experience with the Tissot Couturier Automatic has been wonderful. For nearly three years it has been a reliable and accurate automatic that has held up quite well aesthetically. I like the C01.211 chronograph movement- it’s given me no reason not to. As a result of the C01.211, you can get a mechanical chronograph from a Swiss manufacturer for under $1,000- and I like that, too.read more
There are just a few small quibbles that kept the T-Touch Classic from scoring perfect. It’s the quartz watch that can be dressed up or down easily, looks great with just about anything, and has great functionality built in. I refer to it as the Grown Up’s Timex because it packs a ton of great features (and backlighting) into an attractive and distinctly adult timepiece.read more
Hamilton has priced the Khaki Field right. At $500 it offers a sapphire crystal, a Swiss-made ETA 2824-2 movement, and a date display. Hamilton is known for quality of craft, and the Khaki Field is another example of that. I’m not a fan of the strap it ships with, but that’s an easy fix and doesn’t sour my opinion of an otherwise fine watch.read more
Review Summary Lacking any complications, save for the date feature, the Tissot Le Locle is a classic no-nonsense watch. Its Roman numeral hour markers and sculpted hour and minute hands provide a small amount of flair to an otherwise subtle timepiece. At $625 it...read more
About Fossil Fossil watches tend to focus more on fashion than on function, though in recent years they have made investments in manufacturing facilities in Switzerland. In 2013 Fossil began offering the Fossil Swiss line of watches that are an upscale Swiss-made...read more
Where do I start with this one? From eighteen months into ownership, the day display hand came out of alignment, lining up just below the actual indication. One of the diamonds has a very obvious occlusion visible to the naked eye. It’s big, bulky, and has no idea what it wants to be. It’s horribly inaccurate. It’s not a good buy, period.read more
Seiko is known for producing watches with a lot of value built in, and in that way the SSB039 is true to form. It’s a fairly attractive watch as the vibrancy of the blue face is quite eye catching. It’s let down by the bracelet, which feels flimsy and cheap. Despite that, I wear it often because it pairs well with a variety of styles and is inexpensive enough that it’s not upsetting when it shows the signs of wear.read more
The dial on the 96A101 is a little polarizing, but that’s the only fault I can really find in this Bulova. The open heart display gives you a constant reminder of what lies beneath the surface, and the fact that this watch is built as well as it is means you’ll probably be looking at it a lot. Found for under $400… it’s a good buy. Found under $300 and it’s a great buy.read more
Of the three Citizens I own, this one is my favorite. It’s got a sleek, sporty look that appears futuristic without being overdone. It’s comfortable to wear and feels secure when worn. It is accurate, and the utility of never having to charge it, change a battery, or worry about it going dead is very appealing. This is a great watch.read more
Great looks, excellent build quality, and a quality movement make this classic by Victorinox a good buy. Priced at $875, the Infantry Vintage Mechanical comes with a reliable ETA movement and plenty of value built in. Recommended for those willing to spend a bit more for something unique.read more
Despite its plastic construction, the Pebble is an excellent smartwatch in both build and function. It’s a fine example of what can happen when Kickstarter campaigns go according to plan. As a companion to your iOS or Android device, the Pebble integrates and enhances seamlessly. Recent price drops have made it a great value.read more
Summary: The Mumford MicroSet watch timer is available in several versions. I purchased the "all-singing-and-dancing" MicroSet Pro kit but, as it turns out, I could have saved some money. I discovered that I really don't need the advanced features (and...read more
Summary: The Casio G-Shock GLX-150 and the Nixon Lodown take two different approaches to tracking time and tides. Both have advantages and disadvantages and one common feature: poor displays. Background Summer brings short-sleeve...read more
Summary: The Glycine Combat Sub is a modern classic, with perfect dimensions and outstanding build quality. It's also one of the most popular wristwatches Glycine makes and it's available in several different color combinations and variants....read more
Summary: This Volmax Sturmanskie chronograph (3133-1615654) is a massive watch powered by the famous 3133 Maktime movement. It has some plastic external parts that detract from the overall look and feel. This one had a few quality issues and a curious run...read more
Summary: The DSW G.A.3 dive watch is a paradox. It has a serious 1,000 meter depth rating but it seems more suited to sport or casual wear. It looks good on the wrist, however, and for many owners that may be all that matters. ...read more
Summary: Mühle-Glashütte is probably one of the lesser-known German watch manufacturers but their watches have a unique look and style that can't be mistaken for any other brand. It's not easy to choose a favorite Mühle-Glashütte wristwatch, but the 29er...read more
Summary: The Alpha 24-Hour watch costs less than $75.00 and mine is very accurate. But my suggestion to Alpha would be to spend a bit more on upgrading the quality; this one has a few problems that cloud the overall owner experience and reduce enjoyment....read more
Summary: The Vostok 1967 Amphibia is a beautiful and superbly made wristwatch that commemorates 40 years of the original Amphibia. Don't confuse this watch with the Vostok Amphibia (review); the basic $60.00 Amphibia is a nice watch, but there's no...read more
Summary: The Casio G-Shock needs no introduction. With millions of G-Shock fans worldwide and hundreds of different designs, shapes and colors to choose from, the G-Shock (and Casio wristwatches in general) are among the most popular in the world. Here's...read more
Summary: Stolas is a new watch company and the Gennaker is one of three watches in the Harbormaster series. It is a stylish timepiece with dive watch specifications and a hacking, quick-set date movement. The Harbormaster Gennaker sailboat theme lends...read more
Summary: The Vostok Komandirskie is one of the best wristwatch values on the planet. It's a solid, highly regarded and very collectible watch that's nearing its 50-year anniversary. Available in more than 70 versions, with manual or automatic winding, the...read more
Summary: The Traser Black Storm Pro is a "Limited Edition" wristwatch from the company noted for its use of "H3" tritium self-illuminating light tubes. This wristwatch is heavy on the military/stealth look and it is rated to 200 meters water resistance....read more
Summary: An interesting and somewhat obscure book that covers the history of the famous Glycine Airman 24-hour watch. The translation to English is somewhat flawed however and it could use one more trip through the editor. Some of the sections need more...read more
Summary: Dress up your Vostok Amphibia with a machined bezel and your choice of insert for a custom look! UPDATE: Video added below: How to replace the bezel on a Vostok Amphibia! Background Only a Vostok Amphibia owner would think...read more
Summary: The Glycine Lagunare 1000 is another large "style diver" by Glycine, but this watch is a more reasonable size than the big Glycine Lagunare 1000 and it's also relatively thin for its width. The rubber watch strap supplied with the 1000 could be...read more
Summary: Beautiful combination of retro and modern with a nod to the venerated founder of Glycine Watch. Background Bulova is an old name in watch manufacturing, at least in the United States. The company traces its roots back to...read more
Summary: Beautiful combination of retro and modern with a nod to the venerated founder of Glycine Watch. Background Eugène Meylan founded Glycine Watch SA, located in Bienne, Switzerland, in 1914. The Glycine Eugène Meylan...read more
Summary: Cheap and fun way to learn about 24-hour timekeeping with a variety of wristwatches and 24-hour pocket watches.. Background Pocket watches are as rare as spats these days, but a 24-hour pocket watch? Is there such a thing?...read more
Summary: A beautiful and rare Omega Seamaster, this 25013100, purchased brand new in 1997, is unique and feels as solid as a rock! It's the perfect blend of dress and sporty and will fit under any sleeve cuff, unlike the monster dive watches of today....read more
Summary: A flieger-style watch with an easy-to-read face, classic proportions and the workhorse ETA 2824-2 movement for reliability and accuracy. Background The Glycine Observer is a difficult-to-find wristwatch. It is made in...read more
Summary: NATO and Zulu watch straps are fun, inexpensive and easy to use. A NATO strap may even prevent loss if a springbar breaks. But not all NATO straps are created equal; here's what to look out for and some tips on where to find the higher quality...read more
Summary: The Glycine Lagunare 3000 is one of the largest, thickest divers available that is still usable (barely) out of the water. Only comfortable on a very big wrist, the watch is easy to read but is lacking minute hash marks; a strange feature for a...read more
Summary: The A5 version of the Lüm-Tec Bull45 is a solid and very cool-looking wristwatch that has become my favorite all-around quartz timepiece. The numbers are as easy to read in daylight as they are at night when the special glossy Lüm-Tec MDV GX3...read more
Summary: The Sea-Gull M222s has outstanding quality in this price range and many surprising features. It features an easy-to-read, no-nonsense dial that is a perfect blend of modern and retro styling. Background A "Watch Idiot...read more
Summary: Highly detailed book that describes the tools and techniques needed to maintain mechanical watches of all types. Although there is way too much information and complexity for the average collector, it's a fascinating look at what's inside a watch...read more
Summary: Interesting inexpensive Chinese watch is very accurate and has a few unusual features. Not easy to find and the price has risen over 600% since its introduction, but it is very accurate nicely finished. Background The mCa...read more
Summary: With the right tools, anyone with basic mechanical skills can replace a watch battery. But first, you'll have to know how to remove and replace the case back, which is the trickiest part of a battery replacement. This article describes one...read more
Summary: Progeny of the famous and beloved Zodiac Seawolf of the 1960's, the Zodiac Oceanaire is worthy of continuing the legacy. But will it be the last of a long and storied line? Let's hope not! Background Let me start right off...read more
Summary: All watch boxes are not created equal! This article will explain what to look for and why cheaper is not always better! Background When you own more than one watch, you're a collector. And once the collecting bug bites,...read more
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Now that you bought that beautiful new watch, how about customizing it to your tastes with a new strap or bracelet? Removing the old strap or bracelet and installing a new one isn't very difficult; see our video (below) for more information. I'll cover the...read more
Summary: Call it the Amphibia (correctly); call it the Amphibian or call it the Восток Амфибия. This beloved automatic is an inexpensive workhorse and a favorite of collectors world-wide. Background The story of the Vostok Amphibia...read more
Summary: It's a Timex and it's not quartz! Relatively expensive for a Timex with an automatic Seagull movement. Slightly top-heavy, cheap-feeling bracelet and hard-to-read dial make it an iffy purchase. Are there better deals to be had? Read on......read more