Rolex Yacht-Master vs. Daytona: Wristwatch Comparison

rolex yachtmaster vs daytona

If you’re in the market for a high-end watch and you’ve settled on the Rolex Yacht-Master or the Rolex Daytona, the reality is that you can’t go wrong—both are backed by the trusted Rolex brand, after all. Nevertheless, each series of watches includes select options and unique features that might give you the edge you’re looking for. Today we are comparing the Rolex Yachtmaster vs Daytona.

From reviewing the specifications and highlights of each watch, on the whole, I prefer the Yacht-Master series—specifically the original Yacht-Master collection (we’ll get to that)—to the Daytona line, on account of its slim, sleek contour and (to-be-expected) reliability. That said, there is much to recommend the later Yacht-Master II and the Daytona, and if you are primarily looking to fill a technical, functional need with your watch purchase, then the original Yacht-Master, the simplest of the three, may not be the best choice.

First things first, choosing a watch from the Rolex line means several certainties: you know you’re getting a reliable and durable chronograph, you know you’re adding a stylish piece of apparel to your wardrobe, and you know that every time you put it on, you’ll have wandering eyes fixated in envy on your classic timepiece.

But this isn’t a decision to take lightly. It’s an expensive investment, and not all watches—even high-end ones—are made equally. In this case, it isn’t just a question of “Are you a sailor (Yacht-Master) or a racer (Daytona)?” The Daytona series has a design optimized for measuring high speeds, while the Yacht-Master provides additional timekeeping functions the likes of which you might find handy during a regatta. Let’s take a closer look at all they can do.

rolex yachtmaster vs daytona

The Rolex Yacht-Master: The Watch of the Open Seas

Official Description

The Rolex Yacht-Master and Yacht-Master II models embody the spirit of the sailor. Inspired by the rich heritage that has bound Rolex to the world of sailing since the 1950s, the Yacht-Master blends function and style, while the Yacht-Master II brings together the finest in Rolex technology to create a regatta chronograph built for yachting competition.

Summary

As the description notes, choosing the Yacht-Master series means making another choice: the original Yacht-Master (debuted in 1992), or the Yacht-Master II (first released in 2007).

The Yacht-Master

The headline model of the Yacht-Master series is the Yacht-Master 40, though Rolex also released a slightly smaller option, the Yacht-Master 37. For the purpose of this review, I will focus on the headline model, but both the 40mm and the 37mm options can be configured to the buyer’s preference in terms of material, color, and dial type.

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Specifications

  • Model Case: Oyster, 40mm, 18 ct Everose gold
  • Oyster Architecture: Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
  • Bezel: Bidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated bezel with matt black Cerachrom insert in ceramic, polished raised numerals, and graduations
  • Winding Crown: Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system
  • Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
  • Water-Resistance: Waterproof to 100 meters / 330 feet
  • Movement: Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding
  • Calibre: 3135, Manufacture Rolex
  • Precision: -2/+2 sec/day, after casing
  • Functions: Centre hour, minute, and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
  • Power Reserve: Approximately 48 hours
  • Bracelet: Oysterflex: Flexible metal blades over-molded with high-performance elastomer
  • Clasp: Folding Oysterlock safety clasp
  • Dial: Black, with highly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence

Review

The headline model, reference number 116655, is designed with an Everose gold trim, a black watch-face, and the Rolex patented rubber Oyster strap, the first rubber strap on any model of Rolex watch. The Oysterflex strap, branded as a sporty alternative to the typical metal strap, is also hypoallergenic, so allay any concerns you may have in that regard.

The design, though uncommon, is not unbecoming.  It matches the aesthetic of the chic watch face well, and in fact, the slim style of the rubber strap carries its own elegance that matches the rather svelte original Yacht-Master.  Practically, it has the advantage of the ease of use and even more ease in cleaning, should it get muddy or slimy while you bandy about the wet rigging of your sailboat, as the absence of metal links, eliminates a natural trap for dirt or otherwise.

rolex yachtmaster vs daytona

The primary unique feature of the watch–the bi-directional rotatable bezel for recording time (when sailing between two buoys, for example)–is a distinct advantage to those who intend to put their watch to the practical test beyond merely keeping time.  Whether you’re on the high seas or cooking steak in the backyard, any reason to leave your phone untouched (in this case, for the timer), and to put your new Yacht-Master to use, is a good reason.

The original Yacht-Master is an integral watch in the Rolex collection, and the headliner, Everose gold with black Oyster strap, will set you apart as a connoisseur in the timekeeping world.  Whether the occasion calls for formal business attire, or if you’re stretched out on the boat for the weekend, your Yacht-Master will strike the right tone.

rolex yachtmaster vs daytona

The Yacht-Master II

Don’t take the release of a second series of Yacht-Master watches as an indication that the first series didn’t make the grade.  That said, if you opt for the newer option, you will be rewarded with several new features.  Again, this review will focus on the headline watch, reference number 116680, a 44mm watch with a steel plate, but as always Rolex gives you the option to customize your selection.

Specifications

  • Model Case: Oyster, 44mm, 904L steel
  • Oyster Architecture: Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
  • Bezel: Bidirectional rotatable Ring Command bezel. Blue Cerachrom insert in ceramic, engraved numerals and inscription
  • Winding Crown: Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system
  • Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire
  • Water-Resistance: Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet
  • Movement: Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding, regatta chronograph
  • Calibre: 4161, Manufacture Rolex
  • Precision: -2/+2 sec/day, after casing
  • Functions: Centre hour and minute hands, small seconds hand at 6 o’clock. Programmable countdown with mechanical memory and on-the-fly synchronization. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
  • Power Reserve: Approximately 72 hours
  • Bracelet: Oysterflex, flat three-piece links of 904L steel
  • Clasp: Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Easylink 5mm comfort extension
  • Dial: White, with highly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence

Review

Let’s start with two mechanical/functional differences from the original Yacht-Master, and we’ll consider the stylistic changes second.  Both watches offer a perpetual, self-winding movement, but this newer watch adds to that the regatta chronograph, a programmable counter for up to ten minutes, ideal for timing the starting sequence of a regatta.  Rolex touts this innovation as the product of nearly 35,000 hours of development, resulting in a complex mechanism that uses some 360 parts.

As a result, Rolex produced one of the first watches with a bezel synchronized to the movement of the watch itself.  The timer can be locked into place beforehand, and the wearer simply toggles the knob on the side of the watch to start, or synchronize the timer with the watch. The new Yacht-Master also has a battery life of approximately 72 hours, compared with the 48 hours of the original.

rolex yachtmaster vs daytona

As for the physical appearance of the Yacht-Master II, the most notable difference is its size, which is 44mm across the face rather than 40mm like the original.  This is a minor difference, but when the watch is clasped around your wrist–which, presumably, it will be–the difference is noticeable, as those additional few millimeters more or less cover the skin that otherwise remains exposed with the original watch.

The additional space also allows for a slightly more embellished watch-face on the Yacht-Master II, most notably the inclusion of a small seconds hand at 6 o’clock.  The additional features do give the impression of a bulkier watch, and really it will be a matter of taste if you prefer the larger or small dimensions.  For my taste, I prefer the slimmer cut.

Finally, the newer Yacht-Master is designed with a metal clasp, rather than the innovative rubber strap of the original.  The metal clasp can be extended by 5mm for comfort.  This is a more classic look for high-end watches, though the rubber strap is far from inelegant, and I have already given the reasons why it adds merit to the Yacht-Master, especially for anyone intending to put the watch to its semi-aquatic intended use.  That said, either watch can be adjusted and configured to your preference of a rubber or metal clasp, so neither watch takes advantage in this regard.

rolex yachtmaster vs daytona

The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona: The Ultimate Chronograph

Official Description

The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, introduced in 1963, was designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers. With its highly reliable chronograph and bezel with a tachymetric scale, it allows drivers to perfectly measure average speeds up to 400 kilometers or miles per hour, as they choose. An icon eternally joined in name and function to the high‑performance world of motorsport.

Summary

The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is one of the classic timepieces of the Rolex brand.  Its durability and lasting favor speak for themselves, as does the lifetime endorsement of Paul Newman, who supposedly wore his original Cosmograph Daytona every day from 1972 until his death in 2008.  This review will look at the 116503 model, but, again, the watch components can be configured to the buyer’s demand.

Specifications

  • Model Case: Oyster, 40mm, Yellow Rolesor – combination 904L steel and 18 ct yellow gold
  • Oyster Architecture: Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
  • Bezel: Fixed, with engraved tachymetric scale, in 18 ct yellow gold
  • Winding Crown: Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system
  • Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire
  • Water-Resistance: Waterproof to 100 meters / 330 feet
  • Movement: Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding
  • Caliber: 4130, Manufacture Rolex
  • Precision: -2/+2 sec/day, after casing
  • Functions: Centre hour, minute and seconds hands, small seconds hand at 6 o’clock. Chronograph (center hand) accurate to within 1/8 of a second, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
  • Power Reserve: Approximately 72 hours
  • Bracelet: Oyster, flat three-piece links
  • Clasp: Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Easylink 5mm comfort extension
  • Dial: Black, with snailed small counters

Review

The feature most obvious when observing the Daytona watch is the presence of three small-timers inside the main watch face.  The Daytona is designed for the speedsters of the world, and that means it is precise to the ultimate degree.  The middle counter, positioned at 6 o’clock, is the second hand; the counter on the right records minutes lapsed, and the counter on the left records hours lapsed.  Seconds can be measured to 1/8th of a second.

On the circumference of the watch face, the dials used for the timing mechanisms are designed to screw down into the machine when not in use to ensure the timepiece remains waterproof.  When they are in use, they are designed to be perfectly waited to respond to the wearer’s instantaneous pressure, so as to maximize accuracy in recording matters of great precision, like lap times.

rolex yachtmaster vs daytona

Stylistically, the watch stands up to its reputation.  Despite all the counters and features readily and intuitively available at a glance, the watch face manages to maintain a clean countenance all within a 40mm width.  There are no excess tics or trivialities.  Everything about the watch is designed for maximum efficiency.  And in that delicate push-and-pull between efficiency and style, Rolex settled on the balance you see on the Daytona watch that has enabled it to survive over half a century as a symbol for quality and elegance.  There is little to dislike in this timepiece.

Conclusion – Rolex Yachtmaster vs Daytona

Any time you’re deciding between high-end watches, a large part of the decision will simply come down to personal preference.  Neither the Yacht-Master nor the Cosmographer Daytona will disappoint when it comes to performance, and they’re guaranteed to impress when it comes to style.  With that in mind, if you are looking for a watch that will fulfill a specific function beyond simple timekeeping–that is to say if you are a car enthusiast looking for a watch primed to measure and calculate speeds, or if you need a watch worthy of your own sea legs, or what have you–then your best value will be whichever watch is designed to most closely match your needs.

But sometimes you don’t need a watch suited for high-speed road racing or that can perfect your regatta race.  Sometimes you need a watch that will set you apart at the office and with your clients.  Sometimes you need a watch that will turn heads around town.  Sometimes you just need a watch.  And for my money, if you’ve narrowed your search down to the Yacht-Master and the Daytona: go with the original Yacht-Master.  It’s slim, it’s slick, it’s simple, and in simplicity there is beauty.  The more sober the statement, the bolder the claim.

Rolex Yacht-Master vs. Submariner: Which High-End Watch is Right for You?

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Today, we’re going head-to-head with two of the most popular watches that Rolex has to offer: it’s the Rolex Yacht-Master vs. Submariner. The Yacht-Master is one of the most polarizing models for the Rolex community, while the Submariner is an iconic timepiece and a historical dive watch. If you have the dilemma of choosing between these two Rolexes, then let me say that it’s a good problem to have. In reality, you can’t go wrong by choosing one over the other.

However, I know that both watches are hefty investments and you want yours to count. One is a regatta countdown flyback chronograph, and the other is the quintessential dive watch. Personally, I prefer the Rolex Submariner for its classic reliability, design, and durability. But that’s just me. Let’s take a closer look at what each model can offer.

Rolex Yacht-Master Review

Rolex Yacht-Master vs. Submariner

The first Rolex Yacht-Master was released as a part of the company’s Professional series with the reference 16628. The watch was released in 1992 and is touted as the sleeker upgrade to the iconic dive watch, the Submariner. However, according to the rumor mill, many Submariner devotees see that the design overhaul is too much and is ready to pounce into the Yacht-Master. Eventually, Rolex decided that the Yacht-Master will be released as an entirely new model instead.

For this review, we’ll be focusing on the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Reference 116622 but many of the features, design, and construction elements are still applicable to the Yacht-Master versions. Try not to confuse this watch with the Rolex Yacht-Master II which is sequel to the original.

Design

The Yacht-Master Ref. 116622 can only be described as cool, calm and collected. The hint of almost-iridescent blue will likely catch the eye of many Rolex enthusiasts. As far as overall aesthetics go, this Rolex is an absolute stunner. This steel and platinum Yacht-Master comes with a dark rhodium dial and soft blue highlights. Right off the bat, you can see that there’s a subtle affair going on when compared to its more embellished siblings (see Oysterflex and Rolesor versions). The restrained look can be partly attributed to the dark dial.

The watch features a platinum (Pt950) bi-directional bezel which may seem weird at first but the way it’s configured does make sense. The bi-directional design is utilized for yachting purposes like calculating the sailing time between two buoys. The sand-blasted finish and raised numerals look beautiful and are less direct compared to let’s say, a ceramic. Don’t get me wrong, this Yacht-Master doesn’t look pain at all. The polished bezel and glimmering dial allow the watch to pop where it counts.

Rolex Yacht-Master vs. Submariner

And then, there’s the blue highlight. It’s amazing how such a small detail on a line of text and second hand can add so much to the overall look of the watch. The addition of blue highlights to the Yacht-Master gives it so much energy, especially against the dark rhodium dial. This is yet another proof of Rolex’s mastery of attention to detail.

Construction and Wearability

The Rolex Yacht-Master 116622 comes with a stainless steel case with a 40mm platinum bezel. There’s also a 37mm version for the ladies. The case and the bracelet are made from 904L stainless steel while the bezel is made from 950 platinum. This, of course, ensures the highest sense of luxury while keeping the watch tough as nails.

The screw-down crown is equipped with Triplock triple waterproofness system which is great if you’re always around water (like while yachting). Water-resistance is up to 100 meters / 330 feet. The crystal is made from scratch-resistant sapphire which gets the job done.
Rolex Yacht-Master vs. Submariner

All Yacht-Master 40 features the Oyster Bracelet which provides the much-needed balance of aesthetics, comfort, and function. There’s also the standard Oysterlock folding clasp and the Easylink comfort extension, features that are proprietary to Rolex. All of these features ensure the best fit and comfort that you can expect from the Rolex brand.

Timekeeping

Rolex Yacht-Master vs. Submariner
For the uninitiated, Rolex has ditched the COSC certifications for their movements and replaced it with their new Rolex Superlative Chronometer certification which guarantees accuracy within -2/+2 sec/day after casing. This accuracy is guaranteed for five years. This Rolex Yacht-Master is equipped with the same 3135 movement. In terms of timekeeping features, there’s nothing much to be said here except it’s Rolex – expect top-of-the-line accuracy.

Rolex Submariner Review

Rolex Yacht-Master vs. Submariner

Now, let’s move on to an iconic dive watch. Many watch collectors consider the Rolex Submariner as a quintessential timepiece. Introduced in 1954, the Submariner is a cornerstone of Rolex’s stable. Let’s take a look at what this legendary watch can offer. For this review, we’ll be using the No-Date Reference 114060.

Design

The Submariner comes in a 40mm stainless steel case. It is worth noting that the 114060 comes in a slightly squared design, along with thicker lugs. This gives the Submariner a more eye-catching look, although there are still many who prefer the thinner lugs on the older versions. If you prefer a more robust and tougher appearance for your Submariner, this model should not disappoint.

The unidirectional bezel is fitted with ceramic bezel insert. This is quite a notable change since previous models have aluminum ones. However, you’ll be happy to know that the new ceramic bezel makes it more scratch-resistant. I also like the ceramic because it gives off a nice glow under certain lighting conditions. The bezel also has engravings which provide a nice texture and depth.

Rolex Yacht-Master vs. Submariner

The Submariner comes in the instantly recognizable black dial. The indices are larger and are fitted with Chromalight (so it glows in the dark). The markers are outlined with an 18K white gold frame. Overall, the dial looks very crisp and legible which is never a bad thing if you use this bad boy for diving purposes. As far as looks go, this watch is about as classic as it gets.

Construction and Wearability

The Submariner is water-resistant up to 300 meters (1,000 feet). The middle case is made from 904L corrosive resistant steel which is also used in other industries like high technology and aerospace. The 904L steel is also highly polishable so it retains its beauty even after many years of usage. The winding crown is fitted with the proprietary TRIPLOCK triple waterproofness system. The crown is protected by the crown guard that brings the middle case altogether.

Rolex Yacht-Master vs. Submariner

The watch is fitted with the familiar solid-link OYSTER bracelet which is also crafted from 904L steel. The clasp features the proprietary Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system. This enables you to adjust the watch in 2mm increments up to 20mm to achieve the best fit and comfort. Personally, the Submariner is just a timepiece that I could wear at all times without needing to take it off.

Timekeeping

For the timekeeping features, the Submariner doesn’t offer much but more than makes up for reliable and accurate timekeeping. The Submariner is powered by 3135 caliber, a self-winding movement for the timekeeping features and allows -2/+2 sec/day accuracy. Like the Yacht-Master, the Submariner 114060 has the Superlative Chronometer certification (COSC + Rolex certification after casing). All of these components make for a robust and reliable timepiece.

Head to Head

So which one do I recommend, the Yacht-Master or Submariner? Well, if it’s up to me, I will get both because both of these watches do complement each other. But if you just have to choose one, you can’t go wrong with the Submariner. However, I do understand that it can be difficult to choose between the two Rolexes since they’re very similar.

If you’re going to compare both watches side-by-side, you’ll see that the Submariner’s movement gives a thicker caseback, compared to the Yacht-Master which is noticeably thinner. In terms of style, I feel that the Yacht-Master is the dressier of the two. While wearing, the Submariner feels heavier than the Yacht-Master.

Rolex Yacht-Master vs. Submariner

When it comes to the bezel, I noticed that the Submariner feels more solid while the Yacht-Master doesn’t have many clicks in comparison. I don’t really like the 0 to 15-minute marker of the Yacht-Master bezel. The platinum bezel of Yacht-Master will likely collect scratches and dings over time. On the other hand, Submariner’s ceramic bezel is tougher and more resistant to scratches. Just avoid slamming your Submariner into a hard surface.

Another thing that I’m not crazy about the Yacht-Master is legibility. It could take about half a second for the eyes to distinguish the hands against the darker dial. It’s a good thing that the blue highlight stands out well against the rhodium background. The Submariner has better legibility between the two.

Price

Lastly, you can’t really compare these two without mentioning the price. The Yacht-Master is more expensive than the Submariner by approximately several thousand dollars. So is it worth it to get the Yacht-Master with such a huge price difference? I think not but that’s only because both watches are very similar. However, this doesn’t mean that the Yacht-Master is not an excellent watch.

Final Thoughts – Rolex Yacht-Master vs. Submariner

As mentioned, both the Submariner and Yacht-Master are excellent high-end timepieces. Honestly, you really can’t go wrong with choosing either one. However, in my opinion, it’s hard to justify the price difference when both watches are very similar. Although the Yacht-Master is the more luxurious of the two, the Submariner wins for being the tougher and more legible piece. If you’re looking to get your first Rolex and budget is an issue, I highly recommend the Rolex Submariner.

Squale 20 Atmos Vs. Rolex SubMariner Review

squale 20 atmos vs rolex submariner

Ahhh, The underdog Squale 20 ATMOS up against one of the most historic watches by Rolex, the Submariner. They may look almost identical at first glance. You may not be able to tell them apart from afar. But the materials and time put into the creation of each watch differ drastically. In this article, we are comparing the Squale 20 Atmos vs Rolex Submariner.

Let’s get this out of the way really quick. If you are in the market for a Rolex, more specifically, Rolex dive watches, I am sure you are seeking a watch that is either made by Rolex or of similar quality. If you love the style of Rolex dive watches, but can’t seem to find enough money in your wallet, then Squale may open up a new door into the realm of affordable watches. When you are judging a watch based on quality, history, durability, and craftsmanship, there is no doubt that the Rolex Sub Mariner is a better watch than the Squale 20 ATMOS.

This conclusion does not mean that the Squale 20 ATMOS is a bad watch. It is, in fact, a very appealing watch for the price point. To be fair, it is hard to go up against a Goliath brand like Rolex. Now, without further delay, onto the REVIEW!

Feature Comparison

Rolex Submariner Squale 20 ATMOS 
Rolex Swiss 3130 MovementSwiss ETA 2824-2 Automatic Movement
Flat Sapphire CrystalFlat Sapphire Crystal
Stainless steel Oyster Bracelet

with three piece links

Steel bracelet with Screw Links
40mm Case40mm Case
Unidirectional 60-minute Bezel120 click Bezel
2.5 Magnifying Cyclops2.5 Magnifying Cyclops
Black dial w/ luminescent handsBlack dial w/ luminescent hands
300m water resistance200m water resistance

 

Squale 20 ATMOS

History of the brand

You may not have heard of the Italian watchmakers, Squale. But they have been creating watches since 1959. The founder of Squale, Charles Von Burren, started making watches since 1948 under his own name in Switzerland. At this time in history, dive watches were becoming a popular piece to have. Von Burren took notice of the trend and decided to create a dive watch of his own. He came up with the name Squale, which means shark in Italian. With that, he added the signature shark logo to his dials.

In 1959, Von Burren released the Squale Master. Although the watch was uniquely designed and a great, durable timepiece. It never became as popular as the competition such as Rolex and Omega. Today, Squale is an affordable substitute compared to many watches on the market. But are still widely unknown to those who are not Dive Watch “Enthusiasts.”

Movement and functionality

Squale uses a well-known movement for the timepieces they create, ETA. ETA movements are one of the most widely used movements and definitely known to be reliable. Inside the Squale 20 features an ETA 2824-2 movement.  An ETA 2824-2 has a 25 jewel movement running the watch. This gets the watch going at 28,000 vibrations per hour, offering a pretty smooth running piece. Overall, this is a great movement that is used in many watches today. When compared to Rolex Caliber movements, however, it falls short.

When used for diving, the Squale is a good watch for the price point. Up to 200m of water resistance and a waterproof, screw-down crown. Just ENSURE that your crown is screwed down tightly. The luminescent hands offer great lighting to be easily read at depths that start to get dark.

Durability

When it comes to durability, the Squale 20 ATMOS is reliable. I would say compared to other watches around the same price range, the Squale is one of the more durable watches. Contrastly, when up against high-grade models like the Rolex Submariner, it is not as great.

The bracelet on this piece feels light and almost a bit too loose on the wrist. Usually, a dive watch should have a bracelet with a strong and somewhat heavy stainless steel bracelet. The Squale disappoints in this aspect. Besides the bracelet, Squale has a thick Bezel and a bigger case that can handle an occasional fall. The crown boasts deep grooves for a better grip, which means more durability when diving so you can ensure your piece is fully screwed down.

Scratches are easier to obtain on this watch. So be wary when you wear the watch out in tough terrains or while participating in labor work. Altogether I would say the Squale 20 ATMOS is solid when it comes to durability. With a rating of 3.5/5.

Design and Style

A very good attribute of Squale watches is that they are very attractive. They basically mimic the Rolex Submariner look, with a few unique differences. The case is a great size at 40mm, my favorite case size for a watch, and looks great on the wrist. Partnered with the rotational thick Bezel insert, the watch provides great size and comfort when worn. Because of the unique traits and a style similar to the Submariner, I give this watch a 4.5/5 style rating.

*Another great watch around this price range is the Seiko USA III added this watch because Amazon is not currently selling any watches by Squale. So I thought I’d add a watch around the same price point for your convenience.

Value

IF YOU ARE IN THE MARKET FOR A MID GRADE WATCH, THIS WATCH IS WORTH IT! I can not stress that enough. Do not buy this watch expecting a Rolex or Omega in quality. You can not get that quality at this price point. But because this watch is so much cheaper; literally insanely cheaper! You are getting a great timepiece for the market price.

Not many watches of this caliber and style are as affordable as Squale, so you can be sure that you a getting a good deal. I am unsure if these watches hold their value over time since they are not as known as other brands. But at the time of purchase, that being right now, you are getting a great value for the price.

Because of all of these factors, I rate the watch a 5/5 for value.

Rolex Submariner

squale 20 atmos vs rolex submariner

Old legends state that the Flying Dutchmen used to collect Rolex Submariners from the souls of sailors and divers…. Ok, the Submariner doesn’t hold that kind of history, but it does go back quite far in the past. Submariners are one of the original dive watches as is its close counterpart the Rolex Sea-Dweller. Submariners are true classics in the dive watch game and continue to hold the title as one of the best!

Movement and Functionality

Rolex is surely known for creating some of the best and most reliable movements of all watch brands. I mean, there are brands out there costing tens of thousands of dollars that may use better movements; but come on, the prices are ridiculous. The submariner uses a 3130 caliber automatic movement with 31 jewels. This offers slightly more vibrations per hour than the Squale, at 28,800 vph! That being said, it runs even smoother than the Squale 20 ATMOS. The 3130 caliber movement is more than reliable. It is reliability and precision merged into one perfect timepiece!

Combined with the 300m of water resistance, waterproof screw-down crown and 48-hour power reserve; this is a perfect watch for serious divers!

Durability

It is no question that the Rolex Submariner is durable. In fact, it may be one of the most durable dive watches. I’d say the Rolex Sea-Dweller is a bit more trustworthy for diving, but everything about the Submariner is just as reliable. A strong stainless steel bracelet with a good weight keeps the watch secure. The aluminum Bezel is thick and rotational. And the sapphire crystal is scratch-resistant, so don’t worry about pesky scratches.

The Submariner can be worn anywhere. You can feel confident that your watch will perform well and stay in great condition whether you are diving in the Pacific or hiking in The Smokies. The Submariner gets an outstanding rating of 4.8/5 durability score.

Design and Style

Pure classic, stylish, yet perfectly casual are words I would use to describe the Submariner. It is definitely a watch that can be worn in such diverse settings. It will look just as great in a business meeting as it will look 500 feet under the sea. The 40mm case looks great on the wrist. And the black dial with expertly crafted wording inside, keeps the watch looking like a work of art. No dive watches, in my opinion, compare to Datejust models or other fashion watches when it comes to looks. Submariners are simply solid, classic-looking watches and can be worn anywhere. Style of the Submariner gets a 4.6/5.

Value

The value of Submariner watches is undeniable. These watches are much more pricer than the Squale 20 ATMOS, but for a reason. Historically, Rolex watches keep their value over time. Orginal Submariners will cost you quite a few paychecks; unless you are the CEO of Amazon or something.

You can feel comfortable when purchasing a Submariner, knowing your money is going to a luxury piece. If you are in the market for a high-grade watch, you can not go wrong with the Submariner. It is definitely worth the price you pay and will remain at a high price if kept in good condition. I give the Submariner a rating of 4.5/5 for value.

*The reason this watch does not get a 5 for value, is because there are other dive watches by Rolex that are just as valuable (or more valuable) than the Submariner. 

Which Watch Should I purchase? – Squale 20 Atmos vs Rolex Submariner

As I said earlier, hands down, the gold goes to The Rolex Submariner. But as I also mentioned these are expensive watches. Squale, on the other hand, is an extremely affordable watch. Everything about the Squale is worth its low price point. So if money is not an issue buy the Rolex Submariner. If your pockets are not “fat” as many rappers say today, then stick to your budget and go with a Squale. Please do not spend your life savings on a watch.

As always, be cautious when buying expensive watches online. Make sure you purchase from a reliable source like Amazon!

squale 20 atmos vs rolex submariner

Best Smartwatch for Construction Workers: Tactical Watch for Construction Enthusiasts and Outdoors

Best Smartwatch for Construction workers

After asking many vital questions from construction workers and researching different smartwatches that will suit their needs, we deduced that the Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire stands as the best option. This rugged waterproof smartwatch edge out the others on the list of the best Smartwatch for construction workers.

First, it has a sturdy construction and high impact resistance that can withstand heavy elements including snow and water.  Not only that, but it also comes with great features suitable for construction workers which include a 3-axis compass. altimeter, barometer,  gyroscope, advanced GPS, and GLONASS satellite reception. Unlike other best construction workers’ smartwatch, you can easily interchange their band to match the style that will complement your outfit.

Best Smartwatch for Construction workers

When it comes to the construction of buildings and infrastructures, this involves a lot of work, time, and dangerous risks. Most times construction workers carry out works in accident-prone areas, high height level, and in remote locations.  For this reason, they are required to wear protective gear (PPE) and take other safety measures.

Many might overlook the need for a wristwatch, but there are many durable smartwatches available in the market that can handle the rough nature of the job. These smartwatches have a sturdy construction that can withstand wear and tear and comes with features that will help during building projects.

Most models can even measure the temperature and humidity level of a given area. Some come with features that allow you to keep track of your location and to know the prevailing weather. With this smartwatch, you could also receive calls, notifications, and emails without touching your smartphone.

However, you might find it pretty tricky to choose the right one due to the many smartwatches available in the market. You don’t have to worry because here we’ll provide you with a list of the best smartwatch for construction workers. That way, it’s easier for you to choose the one that will serve your needs.

Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire- Top pick for the Best SmartWatch for Construction workers

 

If you’re still looking for durable watches construction workers will love? Try the Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire, This outdoor sporty watch comes with great features including smart connectivity, GPS, and Glonass capability to keep track in a more challenging environment. Users will also find the smartwatch as a worthy piece to use during building projects as it features an altimeter and barometer.

Luminous Watch Face

It’s easy to use this smartwatch in low light or dark environments as it has a bright, high-resolution Garmin Chroma Display. This watch face also includes technology that lets users read the screen under bright sunlight. You can download multiple watch faces from the Connect IQ store.

Interchangeable Wrist Bands

The watch comes with bands in metal, silicone, and leather material. You can switch to your preferred option to fit any activity or outfit without the help of a jeweler.

Durable Case

Garmin Fenix smartwatch can withstand wear and tear as it includes a PVD coated stainless steel bezel. It also offers water resistance for up to 100m which makes the watch function under rain or other wet conditions.

GPS/GLONASS Support

Navigation with this watch is easy as it supports GPS mapping in full color. This feature enables users to locate landmarks such as lakes and roads. They can even search for gas stations and stores as the watch offers detailed directions to these places.

Opinion and Drawbacks

If you are resident in the USA, it will be difficult to get a replacement especially if you cannot speak any Asian language. The reason is that the smartwatch is registered in Southeast Asia and the customer care service does not support English.

Skagen Connected Hagen Titanium and Leather Hybrid Smartwatch

 

The runner-up on our list is the Skagen Connected Hagen Titanium and Leather Hybrid Smartwatch.. This smartwatch is built with durable materials and has excellent features. At first glance,  it looks more like a regular analog watch.

Titanium Case and Rugged Bracelet

This smartwatch includes a 42 mm grey titanium case which can endure stress as well as wear and tear.  On the item lies a sturdy tan strap made from genuine leather. Also, the bracelet has a buckle that will fit securely on the user’s arm. Thus you don’t have to worry about losing the watch during work.

You can also swap this strap with other 20mm stand-alone straps. This feature makes it stand out from other Skagen models because they don’t support this feature.

Great Battery Life

If you don’t have time to charge devices more often, you should consider this Skagen smartwatch. The reason is that it runs on a coin cell battery that lasts for as long as six months on a full charge.

Multiple Platform Support

The watch works with both IOS and Andriod smartphones. It even supports a wide range of apps such as phone finder, music control, and an activity tracker.

Opinion and Drawbacks

Although the Skagen connected Hagen Titanium and Leather Hybrid smartwatch comes as a great item to invest in, it has a few issues. First, setting up the connection with your phone via this device can be hard. Next, it’s difficult to read the dials in low light. Finally, it does not offer audible alarms and calendar notifications.

Nixon Mission Action Sports Smartwatch A1167

 

Looking at its large, sturdy, and durable features, the Nixon Mission Action Sports Smartwatch has a look familiar with watches for construction workers. Also, includes specs that will suit most physical activities.

Durable Materials

The watch has features that help it withstand conditions on any construction site. First, it includes a 316L steel case back and bezel that can resist wear and tear. Gorilla Glass covers the display while offering protection from scratches. Its display also has a ceramic coating that keeps the smartwatch from rust and water damage.

Multi App Support

Users can use many apps and receive notifications via this device when paired with a smartphone. If you love working out on your off days, you should try this watch since it supports popular fitness apps. The Nixon Mission also offers GPS and Google Camera support.

Opinion and Drawbacks

Although we might see the Nixon Mission as the best smartwatch for the construction workers, the product has some downsides. For instance, it has poor battery life and poor power connection. Furthermore, the charger does not work as expected.

Suunto Core Sports Watch

 

Next on our list for the  best smartwatch for construction workers is the Suunto Core Sports Watch. Although it’s designed for various sporting activities, it works well when used at a construction site.

Detailed Display

Its display offers various information including date and time. You can also measure water depths of up to 30 feet while the Altimeter and Barometer mode tracks vertical movement and air pressure respectively. The watch offers this information in multiple languages such as Spanish, English, German, and French.

Storm Alarm

One of the exciting features of this product is its Storm Alarm. This technology detects changes in the weather and sets off an alarm. With this option, you can prepare for a rainstorm so that your building project will not have any issues meeting deadlines.

Opinion and Drawback

The smartwatch compass and altimeter do not offer accurate readings and it is not as durable as advertised. The reason is that its components are made from cheap plastic. Also, the display is not as bright as the type found on ideal smartwatches for construction workers.

Casio Men’s ‘Pro Trek’ Resin Outdoor Smartwatch

 

This Casio Protek smartwatch comes with a modern and sporty design which makes it a useful item for the construction worker. It also includes features that can withstand all outdoor activities.

GPS Support

You can use the GPS function to navigate various locations as it offers a full-color map. It also measures atmospheric pressure, altitudes, and directions.

Water Resistance

With its durable resin case back, the watch can work at depths of 50m. This means you cannot use it on diving or snorkeling trips; however, it’s ideal for swimming.

Opinion and Drawbacks

if you’re the type that finds it stressful to charge your device more often this smartwatch isn’t the right choice. The reason is that the battery does not last long after a full charge.

Features and Quality Of The Best Smartwatch for Construction Workers 

Before you shop for the best smartwatch for construction workers, there are many important factors to consider. The main focus shouldn’t end at its durability, but it should also include great features and tools. Hence, whether your work is at a higher height level, waterlog area, or at a remote location, these are the essential things you need to keep in mind.

Barometer

This feature is essential since you might end up working at a new location with different atmospheric pressure. With this, you will get to know the pressure level that prevails in an area at a given time. Smartwatch with high accuracy can adjust its display report at any given time depending on the changes in atmospheric pressure.

Compass

For workers in a new site or remote location, they will find these feature a lot useful. It gives excellent direction that will help you stay safe and find your way with ease in any given area. Some models come with a digital compass to make the readings a lot easier. Others might have an analog reading that provides proper direction of the four cardinal points.

Altimeters

As you ought to know, for construction workers, elevation or height is very important. With an altimeter in place, this will provide the users with information about their exact height above sea level. It could also reveal the measured height in meters and feet thus making it easier to read.

Heart Rate Monitor

Since the job involves a lot of dangerous risks that could affect the physical wellbeing. Knowing your heartbeat rate is essential as this allows will help determine when to relax or to seek medical attention in worst cases.

Keep in mind that not all construction smartwatch come with this feature but considering the line of job, this feature will worth It in the long run.

Water-Resistant

Considering the area and weather condition of a place, this stands a great factor to consider. Smartwatch with water-resistant feature lasts longer even when used in an environment with heavy rainfall. Also, with this feature, you could dive deep underwater without the watch getting damaged.

Other Important Thing to Consider Includes

Style: the style of watch that will match your outfit also matters a lot. Most smartwatches for construction works have a bulky and rugged look that might not fit your style.  However, depending on your style you should opt for a smartwatch that goes with your wears. The Skagen Connected Hagen Titanium Smartwatch is perfect for professional construction worker like the Architects of the building since they don’t engage in more strenuous work.

Readings: Smartwatches have either a digital or analog reading. Some come with a low light display that could be pretty difficult to read. The brighter the display screen, the better but if it does not adjust according to low light conditions, this could become pretty awkward to you at night.

Straps: having a watch with metal straps could be pretty itchy when working. Hence it’s best to get one with either leather or rubber straps.

Wrap Up

Our best smartwatch for construction workers review shows that many brands have watches that can fit any terrain or weather condition. They also have features that will help during building projects.

Rolex 16600 vs 16610 Review: Should I Purchase a Rolex Sea-Dweller or Submariner?

Rolex Sea Dweller vs Submariner

Time to dive into a Rolex faceoff, pun intended, featuring two of Rolex’s top dive watches; Rolex 16600 vs 16610. The Rolex Sea-Dweller model 16600 and the Rolex Submariner model 16610.

There is no doubt that both of these are fantastic, expertly made watches. But which one is better? That’s what I am here to answer for you! Before we dive into specifics of each watch (getting old already), let’s go over a brief history of dive watches. Professional divers need watches to keep track of time while they are thousands of feet underwater. Hence, a need for watches that can take immense pressure under the sea.

If a diver does not time their dive properly, things can get pretty ugly. So this created a market for watches that can be a reliable and life-saving device for divers all over. The original dive watch by Rolex is actually a Sea Dweller, made specifically for COMEX DiversThe market for dive watches has expanded exponentially since then.

Dive watches are no longer solely for divers. These watches have become a must-have for watch enthusiasts and business professionals. You need to own at least one to hold the title “watch collector.” That being said, these two watches we are discussing today are true classics in the dive watch game and items you should seriously think about purchasing if you are building a collection.

Rolex Sea-Dweller

Rolex Submariner

Rolex 16600 vs 16610 – Head To Head Comparison

Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600Rolex Submariner 16610
Helium Escape ValveNo Helium Escape Valve
No cyclopsRolex Cyclops
Stainless steel braceletStainless steel bracelet
40mm case40mm case
Oyster lock claspOyster lock clasp
Aluminum Bezel insertAluminum Bezel insert
Black dial w/ luminescent handsBlack dial w/ luminescent hands
31 jewel, 3135 Calibre movement31 jewel, 3135 movement

The Functionality

Movement

If you are a diver, the functionality of a dive watch is DIRE. It can be a life or death situation. If you are not a diver, well, it still matters, if you’re buying a Rolex I assume you want a top-notch watch.

Both of these watches are very similar on the inside. Both feature a Rolex Calibre 3135 movement. No doubt, this is considered one of the best inner devices by Rolex. It is the most widely used movement in all Rolex timepieces. Just look at the complexity of this type of movement, it is insane! The caliber measures 28.50 mm in diameter and 6.00 mm in height, which is pretty large for a watch caliber. This allows the watch to perform extremely well and reliable with a frequency of 28.800 vph (vibrations per hour).  A higher vph means a smoother running timepiece! 

 

 

Diving depth

Again, important if you’re a diver, interesting fact if your not. The Sea-Dweller 16600 can reach depths of 4,000 feet. The Sea-Dwellers are the original dive watches for Rolex, so the diving depth was important on this one. In contrast, the Submariner 16610 can handle water-resistance of only 1,000 feet. I personally am not a diver, so I will let leave this part to you!

Appearance

Now time for the important stuff, the look of the watches. At first glance, you may not be able to tell them apart. But any watch geek can pick out some major differentiators right away!

Rolex Sea-Dweller

Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600

Rolex created a great looking classic with this watch. The Sea-Dweller was the first watch to feature a Helium Escape Valve. Helium escape valves do exactly what they sound like they do. Release helium when at depths of 250 feet or greater. Besides that, it is just a unique looking addition to your watch. 

 

 

One main piece that the Sea-Dweller lacks is the signature cyclops, which magnifies the date. Although this sets this watch apart from the rest and is actually a necessity for the diving depths,(the cyclops can crack, no good for divers) the Rolex brand is not the same without the cyclops in my opinion. What I do love about this watch is the size of the case. It is a 40mm, which is no longer in production. The Sea-Dwellers that are made today are much bulkier, at 43mm in diameter.

The newer model Rolex Sea-Dweller DeepSea  is very heavy and large; better fit for a wrist like Shaquille O’Neal.

Rolex Sea-Dweller

A PERFECT FIT

The Sea-Dweller 16600 is a perfect size and sits nice and comfortably on the wrist. Everything about the case on this watch is pristine. When looking at the face up close, the detail of everything is overwhelmingly noticeable. It is sad to hear when watch newbies compare this watch to a cheap Invicta. Why there may be some similarities from afar, there is no comparison to the detail of the Sea Dweller.

The Sea Dweller also features the sapphire crystal glass, an expensive, scratch proof glass that is a beautiful addition to the watch.

The band is pretty interesting on this one. It has the stainless steel Oyster Bracelet, like many other Rolex watches, but the flip-lock clasp makes it more adored. Add the sturdy solid end link and you have a handsome and unique band. A solid end link makes it easier to fit on the wrist. This piece secures the watch in place and takes away the kinkiness that has your band twisting and shaking compared to the normal clasps.

Now let’s get to the dial. The Sea-Dweller has a Rolex black dial with illuminating markers. The black dial gives this watch the professional look and goes great with the black bezel insert. Black and silver create a look that is very professional. Make this a watch to wear with business attire.

Rolex did a great job keeping the Sea-Dweller a classic while adding some unique features as well. The lack of a cyclops is a bit unappealing to me, but it does make this watch unique. The overall look is clean and professional, I will rate it a 4/5 in appearance.

Rolex Submariner 16610

Not to be unfair to the Submariner, but there are a vast amount of similarities in appearance. I would be repeating myself with almost everything, so I will cut straight to the differences.

Rolex Submariner

For starters, the Submariner DOES come with the Rolex trademarked Cyclops. The classic Rolex look is exemplified when your date is standing out at 2.5 magnification. The Submariner does not have a helium release valve, oh darn it, so be wary of this if you are a diver. For looks though, the lack of a helium escape valve tarnishes the look of a dive watch.

If you are not a diver and own a dive watch, wouldn’t it be neat to have a little piece that has a very important job? To better clarify, I am disappointed with the Submariner model skipping the helium escape. Add it with the Cyclops and the two would go great together!

Everything else about this watch is basically the same. 40mm case diameter, black dial with luminescent hands, stainless steel oyster band, and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The Submariner is also expertly handcrafted like the Sea-Dweller and can be worn with similar attire. One thing to add, although the size is the same, for some reason the Submariner sits higher on the wrist and feels a bit bulkier. I like my watches to have a good weight, but not too much weight.

Overall, when it comes to appearance, I have to say I prefer the Submariner. The cyclops is the main reason behind this decision, I just can’t get over a lack of cyclops, that IS ROLEX. With that being said I’ll give the Submariner a 4.5/5.

Value

Besides the look of a watch, this may be the most important factor when deciding what watch to purchase. Now let it be noted that there is a difference between price and value. The prices vary for both of these watches and you can find different deals everywhere. Generally, I would say they are worth the prices you find online. When buying a Rolex be CAUTIOUS. There are many fakes out nowadays, so be sure you buy from a trusted site like Amazon.

I would say both watches are worth the price tag at the moment. Both are top-grade beautiful watches by Rolex and once you own one of these watches you can treasure the time and effort put into building these fantastic watches. Overall, the winner for value goes to the Sea Dweller 16600. I chose the Sea Dweller for the best value for a few reasons.

The Sea-Dweller model 16600 is a pure classic. It is based on the original Comex model, yet features newer materials and technology. This watch is no longer in production, so it holds more sentimental value. Sub Mariners are continuing to be produced similarly to how they were for years. Only Sea-Dweller Deep Sea watches are made today, and like I mentioned earlier, they are not the same as the Sea-Dweller 16600.

If you purchase the Sea-Dweller, keep this asset in good condition and hold onto it for many years. Do not be surprised if you begin to see the prices skyrocket for this vintage piece.

So Which Is The Winner? Rolex 16600 vs 16610

Time for what everyone has been waiting for. Which watch takes the cake? This took a lot of thought to come up with, because like I said several times, both are OUTSTANDING watches. Without further ado, I give you the winner: The Sea-Dweller Model 16600. It may not have sounded like a clear winner in the article, but due to its immense history, it is the better choice of the two. The Submariner is almost a copy of the Sea-Dweller. You have so much more history and worth in the original Sea-Dweller. Although it does not have a cyclops, I still say to go with this watch.

The Rolex Datejust President 69178 Vs the Rolex Datejust 79178: How To Decide Between Two Gorgeous Timepieces

Rolex 69178 Vs 79178

The decision to purchase a luxury watch is a very important one. In addition to just being a functional device to tell time, a high-end watch can end up staying in your family for generations. Whether you purchase one as a gift for a milestone, a special occasion, or you’re in the market for one as a reward for yourself, watch shopping takes careful consideration.

Given how expensive watches can be, it pays to leave yourself with options and to see which watch suits your individual preferences. You may be more concerned with functionality over aesthetics, or you may be looking for something that you only wear a few times a year. Regardless, a watch is an investment no matter how you look at it.

Rolex is one of the most trusted brands in watches and manufactures a variety of extremely luxurious, cutting-edge timepieces. If you’re in the market for a watch, you’ll certainly want to consider checking out a Rolex. However, we found that not all Rolex watches are created equal. When it comes to the Datejust series of ladies watches, we found that there were really only two that blew us away: the Datejust 26mm President 69178 and the Datejust 26mm 79178.

While each watch was very similar we found that the Datejust President was a much more robust, elegant timepiece that blended style, fashion, and durability into its overall design. That being said, the Datejust 79718 was a worthy contender, but couldn’t quite measure up to the Datejust President when it came to aesthetics and wearability. In this article, we are comparing Rolex 69178 Vs 79178.

The Datejust President 69178 vs the Datejust 79178

Both the 69178 and the 79178 Rolex watches are designed more for luxury and style than they are for use in rugged, everyday settings. You won’t want to wear them unless you’re going to some kind of special occasion where dressing well is a priority. They aren’t the best choice for those who spend a lot of time outdoors, or for those who travel. At 26 mm, they’re both women’s watches with slightly smaller faces than some other available men’s Rolexes.

They are both part of the Rolex Datejust series, which was first introduced in 1945. The main difference of the Datejust series from its predecessor is that the date function is located at the 3 o’clock position. The face is also a little larger than some earlier models as a means of accommodating the newer date wheel, and a sapphire crystal is used to replace the earlier acrylic of the watch’s face, which gives the Datejust series its memorable, signature look.

Last but not least, the Datejust was one of the first watches to have something called a “cyclops” feature, which references the magnified window over the date function that was put in place to enhance clarity.

The Datejust President 69178

The Datejust President 69178 has a round face, a sapphire window and is made entirely of stunning, vibrant 18k yellow gold. The case diameter is 26 mm and the case thickness is 11 mm. It has a champagne-colored dial and a yellow-gold fluted bezel to match the case. It fits comfortably on the wrist by way of a fold-over clasp that locks securely, and the dial is marked with Roman Numerals rather than Arabic hour markers.

Movement and Features

Watch movement is an important feature of any timepiece and is considered to be the driving force of the watch. It is an extremely sensitive set of components and is responsible for moving the hands, chronograph, and calendar (if applicable). The 69178 has an automatic watch movement, which means it operates and winds itself in response to the motion of the wearer’s wrist.

Inside is a metal disc that pivots around a spindle to accomplish this automated feature. As a result, you won’t have to wind Datejust President 69178 if you plan on wearing it every day. For a luxury watch, this seems essential because it minimizes the amount of work you’ll have to do to keep the watch operating.

The 69178 also has a quickset date function, which means the watch will set its day and date mechanisms either forward or backward without the need to adjust the minute hand. Lastly, the face is scratch-resistant, and the crown is held in place by a series of screws that are discreetly placed on the bottom of the timepiece.

Wearability

Overall, the Datejust President is a comfortable watch, but it is a bit clunky due to its heavier weight. You’ll want to have it adjusted so that it doesn’t slide around on your wrist too much, but the thickness and density of the gold design make this hard to avoid. As previously mentioned, this is a luxury watch and is meant to be worn during important occasions, so it’s weight was somewhat justified.

It isn’t a tactical timepiece and thus may feel a little bit larger and more cumbersome to wear for some owners. However, it isn’t so heavy or bulky that it will become a major distraction. What it lacks in comfort, it makes up for in elegance.

The Datejust 79178

The Datejust 79178 is made partially of 18K yellow-gold with a 26mm oyster case. The dial bears the Rolex logo with a gorgeous gold crown above it as well. Like the 69178 it has a sapphire window, but the case is slightly different than the 69178. It’s made of a blend of steel and 18k gold, and the bezel has the same blended composition.

The dial is also has a slightly different look. It comes in white rather than champagne, like its counterpart making it appear brighter and flashier. The watch also has a stylish, hidden clasp that we found to be an excellent addition because it made the overall design seem more polished and streamlined.

Movement and Features

Much like the Datejust President 69178, the Datejust 79178 has a self-winding, automatic movement, an 18k yellow gold fluted bezel, and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal over the dial. It also has the signature Datejust cyclops magnifier for easy viewing of the date as well. The date is located at the 3 o’clock position like all watches in the Datejust series.

The hour markers are also different from the 69178 and are made of gold batons rather than Roman Numerals. This made the dial seem a little bit less regal and high-quality and gave the watch the appearance of something more basic. The crown is also 18k gold and is screwed in from the bottom with 4 hidden screws. Last but not least, as a result of the oyster case, the watch is waterproof up to 100 meters.

Wearability

Despite having a little bit more functionality due to its waterproof design, we found the 79178 to feel a little less well-made than the 69178. As far as robustness, it was at the other end of the spectrum when it came to wearability. It felt too light, and the clasp wasn’t as secure as the Datejust President 69178. It was easy to forget that it was on which, for some timepieces, may be considered a good thing. However, for a luxury watch, we felt that it reduced the overall value.

Why We Chose The Datejust President 69178

One of the main reasons we chose the Datejust 69178 as our winner was the look of it. We also found that it had a much more comfortable fit, despite being on the heavier side. The white dial on the 79178 had a much less aesthetically pleasing appearance. The brighter gold and white dial made the watch look cheaper, tackier, and less sophisticated than its counterpart. We also felt that the baton hour markers were too understated and weren’t as eye-catching as the Roman Numerals on the 69718.

The 79178 may have been waterproof up to 100 meters, but we didn’t feel that this was totally necessary for a luxury watch. We would rather watch not be waterproof but have a more elegant look. Considering that you’ll likely want to wear a watch like this to events like weddings, graduations, or other big celebrations, its waterproof capabilities didn’t seem to add much value.

Again, both of these timepieces were exceptional and would both make great choices, but in the end, the look and feel of the Datejust President 69178 propelled it into the number one spot.

What To Consider When Buying A Watch – Rolex 69178 Vs 79178

Buying a watch is more than just choosing the first one that catches your eye. You wouldn’t buy a new car without checking out what’s going on under the hood, would you? Certainly not. If you’re going to spend a large sum of money, you’ll want to know how well the car runs, as well as what other costs may be associated with owning it. The same thing applies to timepieces, and there are a variety of factors you’ll want to consider when you begin the search for the right one.

Ask About Service Plans

Even the most well-made watches can break down. They are not assembled automatically in factories, and many of the parts are delicately put in place by watchmakers themselves. In fact, the higher quality of the watch, the more fragile it can be. Things, like dropping a watch, or bumping it into a door, could shift the carefully calibrated parts inside, which may throw off the device’s performance. If you’re going to invest in a luxury watch, always ask about a service plan just in case of excessive wear and tear.

Don’t Be Afraid To Negotiate

If you’re buying a used watch, you should always try to get the lowest price possible. You won’t likely be able to negotiate if you buy a watch new directly from the manufacturer, but if you buy from a physical store that deals in used merchandise, you can always compare and contrast prices for the best deal. Do your research on the model you’re looking at, and present your findings to the salesperson. Also, shopping for watches on the internet can be risky, and also may make it more difficult to negotiate. If possible, shop in a physical location and try to get the best price possible.

Learn About Maintenance

Again, in the same way, that cars need regular maintenance, watches may need regular tune-ups to keep functioning at their best. You’ll likely need to take your watch to be cleaned or to have the battery changed. Also, not all watches are water-resistant, and many need to be checked periodically for water damage. Consult the manufacturer to see what the recommended maintenance schedule is for the watch you’re thinking of purchasing. Also, take the cost of maintenance into account. This will play a big factor in the overall price of the watch you choose.

Authenticity

Unfortunately, watches can be counterfeited very easily. Rolex watches are especially subject to counterfeiting, making the need for a keen eye for fakes essential when watch shopping. There is actually an easy way to tell if a Rolex is fake or not. The best way to check if a Rolex is genuine is to search the reference number and the serial number to be sure that the bracelet, bezel, and design are consistent with the model you’re considering. Don’t ever leave your watch’s authenticity up to chance.

Final Thoughts – Rolex 69178 Vs 79178

It may seem nitpicky to choose a watch based on minor differences in the design and wearability, but a Rolex is something you’ll have for years, and aesthetics are actually of the utmost importance. While the Datejust President 69178 and the Datejust 79178 were about equal when it came to features, the 69178 was just a prettier, higher-quality watch overall. From the champagne-colored dial to the solid gold construction, it had us enamored from the first look.

Akribos XXIV Women’s Watch Review

Akribos XXIV Women's Watch Review

Hello ladies, (and gentleman looking to buy your special lady a watch). Today we have a broad review covering the Akribos XXIV brand. Akribos has a long list of watches under the XXIV model for women, all with different attributes and specific features. My goal is to help you narrow the choices down to a few of the cleanest, most beautiful timepieces by Akribos that are sure to win over your heart! (Not every Akribos XXIV watch will do that.). Let me expand on the Akribos XXIV Women’s Watch Review.

Overview of the Brand

Long story short, these are fashion watches. Akribos watches are made for luxury design and wear, NOT for reliability and high-grade functions. These watches are perfect for those who love a beautifully curated watch, that does not necessarily have to last for generations. The styles are undeniably great, especially for women since the brand working with the luxury jewelry makers, Swarovski. Akribos creates most of their pieces with basic quartz movements and some decent automatic movements.

The watches are made anywhere from China to Japan and some even in Switzerland. All of their watches are water-resistant up to 10 meters or 33 feet. These watches are not at all meant for recreational activities and water sports. So prepare to wear these out to places that involve minor activities like shopping and going out to eat.

Not much information is given about the Akribos brand on their website. For the most part, you can see their sales initiative toward selling fashionable watches. The watches are also quite affordable. But be forewarned, the prices are astonishingly cheaper on Amazon when compared to the company’s website. Keep that in mind when purchasing.

So if you have come to the conclusion that style and beauty are the main aspects you look for in a watch, Akribos XXIV is probably a watch for you.

Glimmer Collection XXIV

The Glimmer Collection by Akribos may be the most beautiful that the brand has released. Boasting models with diamonds, silver and gold bracelets, and sexy cases, that stand out to the most materialistic people, excluding the Kardashians.

Unique Features

The watch featured above boasts a great size, a 36mm case with a Swarovski crystal bezel insert. A pure beauty on the wrist to say the least. With the polished stainless steel link bracelet, the watch really does shine bright!

On the face, you have a time, date, and month. The inside of the watch hosts an ISA Swiss quartz. Not necessarily a great movement, but it gets the job done. Many people report that the watch works just fine. And quite frankly, that’s all you need in a fashion watch.

The piece also has large Roman Numerals on the face, keeping the watch looking classy and modern. Akribos created a very wearable watch with the Glimmer collection. There is quite a variety of watches in this model, but the AK872 is by far the prettiest (in my humble opinion). You can get the exact watch above in either silver, yellow gold, silver with gold links, or even rose gold. No matter which color scheme you decide to go with, they pair great with any outfit, casual or professional.

When comparing this watch with many other fashion watches, the Akribos is much more affordable. You get similar looks compared to much more expensive brands, with a considerably lower price tag. You really get a bang for the buck with this purchase!

Lumen Collection

Model Ak776

Now, this watch is definitely a neck turner. Not sure if it’s in a good way or not. I personally find this watch to be overly designed. The watch looks like diamonds were just glued on to make the watch look expensive. It’s not expensive, it’s not top quality, so why Akribos, why?  Please do not let my opinion lead you astray, many people seem to love this watch. The flashy yellow gold AK776 has some great reviews on Amazon, so it may be a watch on your radar.

This watch has a larger 40mm alloy case with a yellow gold color all around. It also has the time, day, and month on the face, however, instead of Roman Numerals like the Glimmer collection, this watch simply has large gold numbers. I’d say this is definitely a watch to wear with a nice flashy outfit. I am sure it will be a conversation starter.

The inside of the watch is the same on this one. As is almost every feature. The only difference on this one is the design, case size ANNNNNND that’s about it.

Empire Collection

 

One watch is a nice addition to the wrist. But what about two for one! The Empire collection has a deal on Amazon, two watches for the price of one: You can get that here: Akribos XXIV Silver-Tone Ladies Watch Set AK677SS

Original is a word that pops into my mind when viewing the Akribos Empire collection. This line of the brand embraces casual watch wear. A feminine look connects with a shiny dial to create a look unlike any other watch by Akribos.

The watches above have a nice size case at 31mm and 1mm thick. A case size around 30-33 is usually a great fit on a women’s wrist; not too small or too bulky. The bracelet is 100% stainless steel and designed in a loopy pattern to just wind ever so gently around the wrist. These types of lugs cling to your wrist, so it doesn’t really stick out like some watches. The watches can slide right under your favorite shirt and feel light and comfortable.

Again, these watches have the same mechanics on the inside. Overall, this is a great collection by Akribos and worth a try if you like watches with a flare!

Ador Collection

I really adore this collection (corny). But honestly, the Ak760 model below is a more classic look by Akribos. I love the sunburst blue dial, it goes well with the gold hands and bracelet of the watch.

A classic watch jointed with a bright sunburst blue and shiny gold really makes this watch one of my favorites by Akribos. A great 42mm case fits perfectly with the 13mm thickness. Slightly large for a women’s watch, but it helps make the face stand out, bursting blue to all those who make eye contact.

On the inside, you will find a Swiss Quartz. A decent movement that will tell the time and do just that. Nothing about this watch is amazing. It is simply a nice looking, stylish timepiece.

Ornate Collection

I just had to add this Akribos AK953 model for all of the ANIMAL and NATURE lovers out there. I mean, come on, how cute is this watch. It is really creative how the brand can go from making such stylish and fancy looking watches to the other end of the spectrum; cute and casual! Although it may look like a watch fit for younger teens and young adults, I think a person of any age can pull it off. Wear this watch on a warm sunny day at the beach (don’t wear it in the water), to a family get together, or heck, whenever you want to!

The watch features a 42mm stainless steel case, with a sapphire coated crystal and a triple row bracelet. Having the triple row bracelet makes space for the gold lining going around the band that compliments the bezel and designs inside the face. You still get the Swarovski genuine diamonds inside, with two gold, diamond filled dolphins, and an ocean/sunset background. What is awesome about this watch is that you can also get a butterfly design in the face (AWESOME)!

Although I am not one to usually review a watch with crafted pictures inside. I just thought it was very appropriate when reviewing the Akribos brand. How many adult ladies’ watches do you see out there with etched patterns inside and still maintain a good look? Let me answer that for you, not many!

Final Verdict on the Akribos XXIV Women’s Watch Review

Overall, Akribos does create some good looking watches. Like I mentioned a few times in the article, that is what they are for. They create FASHION watches. Do not expect a timepiece at this price and quality to run like a Rolex or even a more comparable Seiko.

If style outweighs durability and mechanics then there is no reason not to buy an Akribos. Because all of the watches have the same functions, for the most part, and mechanics, I’ll let you decide which model is best. But if your dying to know, I would say my favorite is the Akribos Ak872 under the Glimmer Collection.

Not many watches as beautiful as these come by so affordable. You can purchase multiple Akribos watches for the price of one designer watch like Burberry! So when it comes down to it, you can not go wrong flaunting your brilliant Akribos watches, that come in all styles and designs. You can own many of the models and each one looks like a totally different brand. Another reason why I like Akribos, how they focus on variety.

So to make my long review of the brand very simple.  Yes, the Akribos xxiv ladies’ watches are worth the price. And remember, you can NOT BEAT the prices on Amazon; Amazon is also a reliable source when it comes to purchasing watches.

Ladies, enjoy your new watch or watches by Akribos. And keep your style changing!

Best Vibrating Alarm Watch: Discrete Reminders Right From Your Wrist

Best Vibrating Alarm Watch

Are you that deep of a sleeper that standard alarm clocks are not effective anymore? Perhaps, you are someone who is hard of hearing? Or you just want to be notified in private for things like appointments, medication, and more, without disturbing anyone? Well, it looks like you could use the best vibrating alarm watch.

The concept of a vibrating alarm watch can be quite foreign or even downright pointless for many people. When you think about it, it’s actually a pretty neat concept. Deep sleepers can use these timepieces to wake them up without disturbing their companion. Hearing-impaired folks will have a reliable way to remind themselves by wearing these alarm watches. Or you just want to be stealthily notified with regards to things like appointments, meetings, deadlines, and even just your favorite TV show.

When looking for the ideal vibrating alarm watches, they need to be well-made, durable, stylish and packed with other relevant features. With that said, our top pick is the Casio Men’s W735H-1AVCF Super Illuminator Watch for its functional features, durability, rugged design, and great price. It’s hard to go wrong with this watch but if you are looking for more options, I have handpicked a couple of models just for you.

Best Vibrating Watches

1. Casio Men’s W735H-1AVCF Super Illuminator Watch

The Casio Men’s W735H-1AVCF Super Illuminator Watch is my top pick for the best vibrating alarm watch. This is a tough vibrating watch that delivers in terms of features. Plus, it’s a great option for the budget-conscious.

Why is it the top pick?

Durable and Rugged Design

It’s always best to invest in a timepiece that is both functional and durable. The Casio W735H-1AVCF is made of a 44 mm resin case which provides solid durability while keeping things lightweight. The ribbed wristband is quite flexible and is made from resin as well. It also comes with a standard buckle clasp for securing the watch to your wrist. Like most watches of this kind, the band can be easily replaced.

Wrapped around the mineral dial window is the stationary resin bezel. The mineral dial window is fairly scratch-resistant but does not expect that it’s as strong as models with sapphire crystal window. The watch has a fairly large window and the digital display is easy to read. The watch is also water-resistant and I didn’t have to take it off when showering.

Overall, in terms of durability and ruggedness, the Casio W735H-1AVCF delivers.

Stylish

Right off the bat, you can see that the Casio W735H-1AVCF is a stylish watch. The large dial and the masculine lines make it a good choice for daily casual wear and mild sporting activities.

Timekeeping Features

Although it’s not the most feature-packed timepiece available, the W735H-1AVCF Super Illuminator Watch has enough bells and whistles for accurate timekeeping. There’s the second time zone feature that can be added if you’re a traveler. There’s also a stopwatch that provides 1/100 sec through 24-hour functions. Other features include 12/24-hour timekeeping and an automatic calendar.

Of course, I have to mention the vibration alarm feature which happens to be my favorite function. It’s a great feature for discretely receiving reminders or any other things that you set an alarm for. The vibration is not the strongest but I have used it for quick naps with good results.

Budget Friendly

At this price, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a durable vibrating alarm watch with a decent list of features. The 10-year battery life could also mean that you’ll have this watch for a long time. With that in mind, this is the main reason why it’s my top pick for the best vibrating alarm watch. The W735H-1AVCF Super Illuminator Watch offers good value for your money.

Drawbacks

As mentioned, the Casio W735H-1AVCF watch doesn’t have the strongest vibration. The watch worked for light naps but I won’t recommend it for waking up in the morning or for deep sleepers. Another downer is that you can only set a single alarm for the day. Other similar watches can set multiple alarms for the day.

The band is also far from the best as they may break sooner than you might expect. For some people, the plastic strap can also be uncomfortable.

2. Timex Men’s T49851 Expedition Vibration Alarm Black Resin Strap Watch

Best if you want a mid-range option:

If you are looking for a vibrating alarm watch with more features and a stronger vibration, the Timex Men’s T49851 Expedition Vibration Alarm Black Resin Strap Watch is a good alternative to the top pick. It has a great list of features and is ideal for outdoor activities.

Features

For a slightly more expensive model, the Timex T49851 Expedition Watch sure comes with great features. It has that classic Timex look with a widely versatile appeal. The rugged design and durable construction make it an ideal timepiece for everyday wear. The display is clear and easy to read. It looks great and can withstand tough daily wear-and-tear.

The watch comes with timekeeping features such as a 100-hour chronograph, 24-hour countdown timer, dual-mode alarm, hydration alarm, Indiglo night mode, and more. It’s also water-resistant up to 330 ft. As for its key feature, you’ll be pleased to know that the Timex T49851 Expedition Watch features strong vibrations. That’s right, this is perfect for waking up in the morning without disturbing your companion.

For a reasonable price range, the Timex T49851 Expedition Watch is an easy recommendation if you want a model with a wide range of features and a strong vibration alarm.

Drawbacks

The resin strap can break in a couple of years. Fortunately, you can easily replace the straps with little to no difficulty. Also, the strap isn’t the most comfortable especially for extended use. Lastly, the user interface is not the most intuitive which makes programming the watch is a bit tricky.

3. VibraLITE 8 – Vibrating Reminder Watch

Best if you want a dedicated alarm watch:

The VibraLITE 8 – Vibrating Reminder Watch with Black Silicone Strap is a good pick if you’re looking for a dedicated model that is built around the vibrating alarm feature. It features a slick, sporty aesthetic and an easy to use interface which is great for those who are looking for a dedicated alarm watch.

Features

The VibraLITE 8 Watch is about as straightforward as you can get when it comes to vibrating alarm watches. I love the minimalist look. The oversized, clear, digital display lets you know the information you need at first glance. This timepiece is a breeze to program and I had it running just moments out of the box. I have been wearing the VibraLITE 8 for the longest time and I’ve come to appreciate the no-nonsense approach.

The best thing about the VibraLITE 8 is that you can set up to 8 alarms daily. Each alarm lasts up to 20 seconds and can be easily turned off by pressing any button. This is a great feature and I’ve used it to remind myself of things like taking medications or drinking a glass of water for hydration. You can toggle to use vibrations or sound (beeps). There are also the standard countdown timer and stopwatch features.

Drawbacks

The VibraLITE 8 is not exactly cheap as it retails for more than others on this page. Also, the nightlight doesn’t do a very good job of illuminating the watch. I really struggled using the watch at night and you need to view it from a certain angle. Lastly, it could definitely use a bump in terms of durability because it felt rather flimsy at times.

4. WobL 8 Alarm Vibrating Reminder Watch

Best if you want a kid-friendly watch:

The WobL 8 Alarm Vibrating Reminder Watch is a solid timepiece for kids and small adults. Its features allow a great deal of versatility so you can use it for potty reminders, hearing and visually impaired, timed medication, ADHD/ADD, and more.

Features

The WobL Watch is touted to be the smallest vibrating alarm watch and I agree. The watch has a small profile with a sporty look – perfect for kids. The watch features 8 individual alarms which can be toggled to vibrate, sound or both. The vibration is quite strong and the beep is not distracting. The vibration settings are a nice touch but it’s nothing too extensive. The vibrating alarm is a great way to keep your children stay on top of their tasks.

The WobL Watch also features a countdown timer that has a useful auto-reset feature. There is also the stopwatch mode which works as advertised. The lockout feature enables you to lock the settings and make sure that your kid doesn’t make any accidental changes. Lastly, the watch is 3 ATM Water-resistant which is good for the occasional accidental splashing but not for prolonged submersion.

Drawbacks

The first thing that comes to mind is that the watch is not easy to program. The interface can be rather unwieldy so make sure you don’t lose the manual. Once you get the hang of it, programming this watch should be a cinch. Battery life is also disappointing as my unit’s battery only lasted about 3 months. That’s not a problem if a battery replacement isn’t so tedious which requires you to remove five very small screws.

5. Fitbit Charge HR, Blaze, Iconic and (Fitbit Charge 3)

Charge 3

Charge 2

The Fitbit watches go well beyond simply vibrating and some do it better than others. They track calories, steps, heart rate, and integrates with the Fitbit App to provide amazing reports of your progress.

The Fitbit Charge 3 is the newest of the family and it is unclear how strong the vibration will be. The Fitbit Charge 2 had pretty weak vibrations, generating many complaints from customers that they weren’t being wakened by the watch and sometimes weren’t aware of incoming texts.

The original Fitbit Charge HR has a nice strong vibration.

However, the Fitbit Iconic and Fitbit Blaze both have strong vibration capability. You’ll have to research the other features to actually choose one based on the smart-watch and fitness related capabilities. But that’s the scoop on vibration.

Iconic

Blaze

These watches are on our list because multi-functionality makes for a cost-effective purchase when you can avoid the cost of separate health trackers and get a nice watch in the process.

Features

  • The PurePulse feature is always on tracking heart rate to inform your calorie metabolism
  • Integration with calendars and smartphone incoming texts and calls
  • Vibrating alarm
  • Nighttime sleep monitoring
  • GPS to provide accurate location, route, and distance data for fitness training and analytics
  • Wireless connection to both iPhone and Android smartphones
  • Many variations of physical activity monitoring like steps, floors climbed and calories burned

Drawbacks

The one primary downside of this watch is the cost. It delivers a great deal of functionality in its price tag and small form, but it is pricey if you really only need a vibrating alarm watch.

6. Timex Expedition Grid Shock Watch

The Timex Expedition Grid Shock Watch is about twice as expensive as the Expedition Classic but has some great additional features.

The watch is built tough and is a work-horse in and out of the elements.

Features

The Expedition Grid Shock watch is first of all, shockproof (technically, shock resistant). It has a stainless steel top plate.

While it does vibrate it also has a stopwatch, countdown timer, and will drop you hydration alerts.

The large screen makes it very easy to read all the numbers, and the characters themselves have a very crisp definition.

The time and other settings can be adjusted both forward and backward, so you don’t have to cycle all the way around if you don’t stop on the right number.

Drawback

This watch can be scratched rather easily since the bevel isn’t elevated much above the face of the watch. This can be fixed with a screen protector that doesn’t come with the watch. Better to get the protector on soon after you buy so you don’t regret it later.

7. G-SHOCK Men’s GD 350 Watch

The G-SHOCK Men’s GD 350 Watch is another super tough watch. It is actually rated for more shock resistance than the Expedition Grid watch above and is water-resistant to 200 meters depth.

Features

 The G-SHOCK lights up at night and has a large clear viewport for the daytime.

It boasts a world clock that can be set for any of the world’s time zones.

Up to 4 different daily alarms may be set and the alarms can announce themselves in different ways. For example, one might be a vibration alarm, another a specific sound or light.

The watch has a battery life of 5 years so you won’t be changing it any time soon.

Drawbacks

There is very little negative to say about this watch. Some have complained the vibration didn’t wake them up, but most people are very happy with the vibration strength.

If you only need an alarm watch and aren’t going to be taking your wrist into challenging physical environments, then the Casio or Expedition may be for you.

The Bottom Line

The best vibrating alarm watch is a great tool to help you stay on top of your tasks or just make sure you don’t get late for work. For my top recommendation, the Casio Men’s W735H-1AVCF Super Illuminator Watch is definitely worth checking out for its durable and rugged design, a good set of features, and budget-friendly price. However, if you find that my top pick doesn’t meet your needs, feel free to consider my other vibrating alarm watch picks.

Gucci Watches Review: Here are Some of Their Best Pieces

Gucci Watches Review

Today we are talking all about Gucci, Gucci, Gucci. And no, handbags and designer clothing are not what will be discussed. We are talking about GUCCI WATCHES Review!

Now, we all know that the name Gucci basically means expensive and luxury in fashion (Yes, fashion is a language). But we don’t typically think of watches, or at least, I don’t think of watches. I must say that I am very surprised by some of the watches Gucci has to offer. So when it comes down to it, if you are in the market for a designer watch that has some great quality pieces. Gucci may be for you.

Gucci Watches Review – Best Gucci Models

Gucci Dive Watch

Yes, you read that correctly. Gucci has a dive watch. And I have to say it looks pretty decent.

If you are a fan of dive watches but can not see yourself dropping thousands on a Rolex or similar brand, then the dive watch by Gucci is probably for you. The design mimics the classic Sea Dweller but with an all-black look.

Design

The Gucci dive watch comes with a stainless steel, 45mm case. A bit larger when compared to most dive watches on the market, so if you are not a fan of large cases, or you have a smaller wrist, than this may not be a great fit.  I really like the large case in this instance. The larger case truly stands out so you can see that Gucci emblem from a mile away.

The dial is a very dark black. With bold, silver writing inside of the face. The rotating black bezel also features the silver color for the numbers and tick marks. This is a great contrast if you decide to purchase the model with a black band (featured above). You can also swap the black stainless steel band for a silver stainless steel band. Either colorway looks great with any outfit you can think of. This is a very professional looking timepiece, that also looks just as well as a casual watch or even underwater (hence its name). I mean, I don’t know about you though, but I’m not going underwater in my Gucci watch.

 

Other Features

Another great feature is the sapphire crystal. It is not a feature that is noticeable but is of higher quality than some other major designer brand watches. Overall, the design of the Gucci Dive watch is classic. Not much is going on inside the dial, simply a dark, intense black with shiny silver coloring inside marking hands and minute marks. Like I mentioned earlier, it is a bit large. But seems to fit well because it just looks like a big, bulky intimidating watch marked with the high-class Gucci name. I think the large size was a STATEMENT by Gucci.

Durability

Not many designer watches (Burberry, Versace, etc) can handle depths up to 200m below the sea. This feature alone is why it is one of my favorite designer watches, even though I made the statement that I would never go underwater with my Gucci watch. Why so? Well, I honestly do not trust it as much as a top-notch Rolex dive watch and why would you risk breaking your Gucci watch? You aren’t going diving with your Gucci shoes, right?

Ok, back to the point. Due to the bold stainless steel bulky case, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and stainless steel bracelet, the Gucci Dive holds its own when it comes to durability.

Movement

The movement is not great on this watch, or really any Gucci watches. You will find it to be able to keep time at a decent rate. Swiss quartz is the only information that Gucci provides. So it can be assumed that this is a pretty basic movement, put inside of a fashion watch.

Why a Designer Dive Watch

So overall, this is not an outstanding watch when compared to other dive watches. However, I must say, being a designer watch you do not expect to see a dive watch in the first place. Which is why the dive watch by Gucci is so unique and definitely a must-have by all dive watch and materialistic people.

Gucci G Timeless Quartz

Wow! Look at this gorgeous timepiece.

Designer Watch

Now, this is what I think of when I hear “designer watch.” A flashy and shiny, two-toned beauty. The colors blend perfectly, giving this watch a great look that can be worn with your favorite business attire. A light-colored rose gold detail looks fantastic with the silver stainless steel band, rose gold bezel, and dark grey dial.

At 38mm, this is more of a “good fit” when compared to the Gucci Dive watch. What makes this watch interesting is the sapphire crystal has an anti-reflective coating inside. Making it easier to see the dial of this beauty, even in the middle of the desert.

The small shapes within the dial make the whole look of this watch. Many top watch brands keep their dials plain inside. Here, you get a unique design that is sure to be an attention grabber while the rose gold hand ticks around the beautiful shapes.

Durability

You should not be disappointed with the strength of this watch. A really great feature is that it can withstand up to 50m of water pressure. Gucci actually says you can go recreational swimming in this watch. I, myself, would not go swimming with such a nice watch on my wrist. And even though the crystal is scratch-resistant, I am not risking damaging this watch.

Overall, you can expect this watch to hold its own. The waterproofing and scratch-resistant crystal make this watch more durable than other watches with similar, smaller styles.

Movement

An analog quartz movement is what you get with this watch. Nothing spectacular, but it will do the job. One thing I must say is when I review designer watches, the movements are not as important to me as when I am reviewing a Rolex or another automatic watch. If I am buying a designer watch, I am purchasing it for looks and, yeah looks!

That being said, no, this is not an AMAZING movement. It is decent quartz that will be able to tell the time.

The Chronograph

You can never go wrong with a nice chronograph watch.

 

The chronograph by Gucci is quite simple for a chronograph. Stainless steel band and bezel with a dark black dial. Slight color contrast is introduced with the red second’s hand as well as a red screw-in crown.

Simple yet Stylish

This chronograph has a 43mm case. It’s actually a very good size for a chronograph and does not look as complex and confusing inside the dial like many chronographs. Gucci made a simple watch, that looks great and functions well.

Look to wear this watch with anything. I would not say it’s as dressy as the G Timeless watch, but it can be worn with a nice dark suit or dark dress shirt. The fashion critic deep inside wants me to say stay with dark colors. But hey, DO YOU!

Durability

Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, Check!

Water-resistance? Yes, up to 30m under the deep blue sea.

A heavy, strong stainless steel band? Of course!

Nothing makes this watch absurdly durable, though it is just as durable as the others I have reviewed.

Gucci G Timeless AUTOMATIC

You have to save the best for last sometimes. This is hands down my favorite watch by Gucci.

Design

Simple, yet elegant. The G Timeless Automatic by Gucci is a breathtaking timepiece that has a movement on par with higher-end watches. Which is why I love it.

38mm stainless steel case, a polished silver bezel, and a diamond-patterned, black textured dial. The gold bar hour markers are a perfect addition to this piece, offering a perfect contrast to make this a VERY wearable and luxury watch.

The link bracelet is a great part of this watch as well. Adding a similar look to models. Although I love Rolex Datejust models, and actually own a few myself, I believe the style of the Gucci G Timeless is more appealing and modern! A perfect watch for the price!

Durability

This watch is not super durable, definitely not like the Gucci Dive, but it still has a few good features going for it. 5ATM water resistance, which basically means it can take a quick drop in the pool, you can have it on in some light rain and hey, it can even take a fall in the toilet. Do NOT go swimming with this watch. It is not suitable for water activities.

The stainless steel has a good weight, 16oz, and it is of good material and polish. Scratches are not as noticeable on this watch, so it can take a few minor bangs.

Movement

A Swiss automatic movement. Not a piece usually found inside designer watches. It is nice to see an automatic mechanical movement in a designer brand’s timepiece.

As for accuracy. It is nothing special. Some reviews on Amazon claim that they have to reset the time every other day. For me, simply watching the second-hand glide around the dial is much more soothing than a slow and steady tick. So although the movement on this piece isn’t fantastic, hey, it’s still an automatic!

Final Verdict on Gucci Brand Watches

Serious watch collectors probably would never think of purchasing a designer watch, let alone a Gucci piece. Do not let this keep you from purchasing a Gucci. Gucci watches are contemporary, well designed, luxury watches, that have a great name in fashion.

The watches they create are attractive and look good with almost any type of outfit. If crazy accurate movements and immense history are not very important to you when buying a watch, Gucci watches are a good choice. Make sure to purchase your watch from a trustworthy website. Happy watch shopping!

Burberry Watches Review: The Designer Watch That’s Worth it!

Review of Burberry Watches

Oh, Burberry! Watches may not be the first thing that comes to mind when speaking of the brand. I tend to imagine fancy trench coats and great smelling cologne. But, like every other designer company, Burberry decided to make watches. Unlike many watches on the market today from big-name companies, Burberry watches are actually worth the price tag! This article will walk you through the Burberry watches review including the brand and the most iconic models.

A brief history of Burberry Watches

 

Burberry began their journey of watch-making in the mid-’90s by designing and manufacturing their watches in-house. This continued until 2000. In 2001, Burberry signed a deal with Fossil, to take over the manufacturing side of the process. Think of it like Lebron James signing with Miami. Lebron is Fossil, in this example, bringing expertise and wisdom to Burberry. Ok, it may not be the best example, but you get the point (I hope)!

Fossil is the mastermind behind many watch brands that you see today, many of these watches you probably never would have imagined were made by Fossil! Michael Kors, Armani Exchange, Kate, and Spade are all made by Fossil. Anyway, the Fossil brand of watches in itself is not anything spectacular. But not all Fossil watches are made equal. So what makes Burberry different?

The difference is not on the inside of the watch. The mechanics work the same as almost every affordable watch on the market; with battery-powered quartz. Not that there is anything wrong with battery-operated timepieces, it is just not as intricate as automatic movement watches. But if you are in the market for an automatic piece, keep in mind that you will be paying top dollar. Quartz watches are cheaper to maintain and in the case of the Burberry models; they are very attractive.

What sets Burberry apart from the rest is the build, look, and sleekness of every watch that they create. Besides simply having the name Burberry on your wrist, which may, in fact, attract women of all ages your way, there is more to it than just the name.

 Top Quality, Long-lasting Watches

Burberry uses high-grade stainless steel for its watches that are extremely durable, rustproof, and even corrosion resistant! This means it is a great watch to wear daily. No need for that wd40, or baking soda treatment to prevent rust. In all seriousness though, they are great watches to wear with any outfit and on a daily basis. The style and complexity of design are nicer than many watches that I see today, so you are sure to receive many compliments every time you wear it. Enough about the brand at large. It is time to dive into some of the most appealing models of Burberry watches.

Top Burberry Watches

Let’s begin with quite possibly my favorite watch by Burberry. Now listen here, I am a watch connoisseur, I have watches dating back to the eighties by Rolex and Tag Heuer. These are watches that you may pull out once in a while, or just stare at in the watch case, avoiding any contact with the real world. In contrast, the Burberry Two-tone “The City” Chronograph watch is a perfect choice to wear for any special occasion or even for a great casual look.

At first glance, you will think you are looking at a very expensive watch. The price is actually very affordable and surprising when comparing it to similar-looking models. The bright white face with sturdy, gold hands inside really invent a high-class look.

image Burberry watch on man's wristAdd the bold, stainless steel band with gold lining wrapped around and you have a perfect watch to pair with a suit of any color for your big, important business meeting. The watch truly stands out on the wrist, with an anti-reflective face, so the name of your watch grabs the attention of everyone around. A true go-to watch for the best of occasions.

A Watch to Wear Every day

Next, on the list, we have another favorite of mine. The Burberry BU9000 and Burberry Bu9001. They are close enough in comparison to group into one genre.

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Burberry BU9000

The Burberry BU9000 is a beautiful watch. So much so that I used this watch as the featured image on the post. An easy attention grabber. The classic designs merge with a futuristic look and a solid, stainless steel band.  What stands out to me the most with this watch, is definitely the unique designs on the face. The deep cut lines create a maze type effect that is as mesmerizing as it is professional. Look at this watch to be your GO TO.

This is a watch to wear every single day, granted, you can wear your Two-tone Chronograph, but If you are in the market for more than one watch, set that one aside for the special nights.

I’m lost for words seeing this watch on the wrist, a very classic and stylish watch that should definitely be showcased. No need to flaunt your wrist around with noticeably movements, the watch is a neck turner by itself. Nothing about this piece goes too far. It is simply a great looking watch.

Burberry BU9001

The newer model, BU9001, is just as nice as its older counterpart but features a black face. Personally, I am not usually a fan of blackface watches, but this is an exception. Consider the blackface if you are into basic colors for outfits. The Bu9001 goes perfectly with a white button-down shirt, some black slacks, and shiny black loafers.

Your wrist becomes one with the outfit, exponentially changing your whole look. You will start to feel naked without this watch on with neutral colors! Words that I would use to describe these models are stunning, creative durable, yet somehow a  noticeable classic.

The Leather Strap

Ready for a curveball. All of the previous watches mentioned have stainless steel straps, my favorite kind of band for a watch. But you do not have a TRUE watch collection until you have a leather strapped watch. So introducing the Burberry Bu9013! When I decide to pull out the mighty leather strap (no kinkiness intended), I tend to wear it with brown shoes. Why brown? Honestly, I really don’t know, I just think the brown strap is the perfect piece to go with the shoes.

You get the same unique look on the face as my previous favorites, and nonetheless, still a great look. But something about the leather band changes the whole game. This piece is here to enlighten your wardrobe. The calfskin band keeps the weight nice and comfortable, with a great feel on the wrist. As I said, wear this with your favorite brown shoes and I guarantee you will feel ten times smoother.

Sapphire

Time for the last, but definitely not least, watch by Burberry. What we have here is a watch sent down from the heavens. A watch made for lovers of all things sapphire. Here we have the Burberry Bu9900.

 

What a beauty we have here. Notice how the colors just go together so well. A light and clean looking watch, with a complex chronograph system inside. The dials go so well with the hand that enchants with every tick. Maybe this is the watch used for trances? This will not disappoint the most materialistic people.

When holding this beauty, you feel as though you are grasping a diamond, that has just been salvaged from the mine. Expect to stand out as well because this is not a watch you will see often. Not that it is rare, but it is just not a common watch to see. You will notice more Bu9000 and 9001’s in public. You can now be the one to change the game. The crystal look will surely win you over when you see it in person. I may have found your new daily watch

The rundown: Burberry Watches Review

Many people are beginning to become watch “know it alls” and downplay quartz watches. This is disappointing and quite aggravating to a person who has owned watches of all qualities. Yeah, a mechanic watch is great if you need to know the exact time at all times. It is really a reliable timekeeper.

Buuuuut, let’s be honest. Very honest. Are you wearing that watch to say, oh hey everyone, it’s lunchtime? Or to let Jim know the time has come to leave the office? Or are you wearing the watch for the style? For an experiment, try shading out the names of watches, and go strictly off looks. Some of the top mechanic brands become over-complex, which in my opinion makes them ugly at times.

If you view Burberry watches, you are starstruck by the beautiful designs. That is what TRULY makes sets this watch apart from every other watch on the market. And like I mentioned at the beginning of the article, you are wearing a Burberry piece.

The luxurious coat making company, that you can only find in the highest class areas in town, is on your wrist. Feel good about it. Share its beauty. And lastly, enjoy whatever Burberry watch you decide to purchase! Overall, if you are in the market for a designer watch. Go with one from Burberry. You can not find this kind of style and detail in any other designer brand watch on the market. I wish the Burberry Watches review may help you in your search for the right luxury brand watch.