Discounts Watch Store Top 5 Watches This Christmas
It’s that time of year again and if you’re anything like me it’s the time of year your mind turns to treating yourself to something nice. With this in mind, wanted to share my thoughts on my top 5 Christmas ‘gifts to self’ for Christmas 2017.
If I’m right, you are reading this because you love timepieces and like to get your hands on some nice piece at a great price. That is, you have good taste and an eye for a bargain. As we all know there is a certain amount of snobbery in the wristwatch space and while it can be argued that the top end brands like Rolex are better than the more moderately priced pieces, but the fact is; paying less for a lesser brand does not equal poor quality. It simply means you’re not paying for the back story and lifestyle aspect of the product, but instead the quality of the product itself.
With this in mind, I am going to offer you my thoughts on 5 pieces that strike me as luxury items without the impossible prices demanded by the likes of Rolex or Hublot. The list is something of a mix of brands and prices from Swiss, Japanese, Netherlands, to the USA, but the one thing they have in common is their quality of design and build making them affordable classics.
Classic Cosmonauts P.M. Chronograph Automatic Men’s Watch
Just pipping the Citizen to the number one slot, is the Fortis Classic Cosmonauts in production Russia’s space program since 1994. Difficult if not impossible credentials to better in my view, but not only that, just look at the design. This is a truly handsome watch that would look cool just about anywhere but also boasts a fine pedigree together with a feature-rich offering of automatic, shock resistant, Chronograph movement.
The case is a 42 mm stainless steel housing the Swiss Made automatic movement offering Day and Date display at the 3 o’clock, Chronograph on three sub-dials displaying: 60 seconds, 30 minutes, and 12 hours. The fixed black ceramic bezel shows the tachymeter markings with the black dial and luminous silver-tone hands against Arabic numeral hour markers reads well at a glance and topped with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal giving a water resistant at 100 meters. The finishing touch is the black leather strap and transparent viewing window on the case back.
$1,825.00 (63% off)
Promaster Navihawk GPS Chronograph Perpetual Men’s Watch
If you’ve read my posts before you know I will always sing the praises of the Japanese timepieces simply due to their consistent high quality and rich offering of features for great prices before discounts are applied. The Promaster Navihawk GPS is an amazing piece of kit offering more features you can shake a stick at, and with a user manual of 118 pages, it could be a heavy read. But hey, who reads manuals, right?
This is a mans’ watch and no argument, featuring the coolest technologies that only a man can fully appreciate (apologies to any women reading, but you know I’m right) like the atomic chronograph. This piece is super accurate as it receives Universal Coordinated Time radio signals anywhere in the world, for 43 cities across the globe! How cool is that?!
Moreover, this piece runs on the famous Citizen Eco-Drive meaning it’s powered by the sun, so no winding, no batteries, and it recharges in low and artificial light meaning it’s always ready for action.
There are some options to take into account, for example, you could buy this workhorse is rose gold if you like. More expensive and totally inappropriate for this muscle watch in my view.
This beast is a 47mm grey titanium case and bracelet with a black analog dial with silver-tone luminescent hands and index hour markers, topped with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and screw down crown offering 200 meters water resistance. Inside the piece is powered by the Eco-Drive F900 quartz movement offering chronograph, date, hour, minute, second, perpetual calendar, alarm, power reserve. The date display between 4 and 5 o’clock and the three displays: 1/20 second chronograph measures 24 hours, dual time, functions sub-dials. For the money, there’s nothing better.
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$1,049.00 (50% off)
Canteen Mother of Pearl Dial Rose Gold-plated Men’s Watch
The TW Steel Canteen Mother of Pearl Dial Rose Gold-plated Men’s Watch is a change of pace from the previous. This is more a case of ‘blinging’ your wrist with the suitability stylish Mother of Pearl against Rose Gold assemble finished beautifully on a Rose Gold plated bracelet, with the signature oversized crown.
Normally I would say this is too much bling, I mean check out the fixed rose gold-plated bezel set with crystals, but I have warmed to this watch as a party piece and would wear it myself. It’s certainly ‘in your face’ but at the same time, it’s also a really well realized and put together piece that would compliment any outfit.
The case is a sensible 40 mm housing the famous Miyota 2115 Quartz movement offering Date display at the 3 o’clock and glorious Arabic numerals mark the 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions with markers around the outer rim, against the Mother of pearl dial. It’s topped with scratch resistant reinforced mineral crystal and the crown is a pull/push type with additional screw down canteen crown. This beauty gives you date, hour, minute, second and 100 meters water resistance so no worries about spilling your Champaign.
$183.71 (67% off)
Victorinox Swiss Army Mens
Chrono XLS – Blue Dial – Steel
The Chrono XLS is another well priced and beautiful piece that wouldn’t look out of place where ever you go. It’s a mix of bold functionality encased in a conservative offering. The Stainless steel case and bracelet give an air of conservatism while the bold design of the busy blue dial and markers really makes a statement.
So what do you get? The 45mm Stainless steel case houses the Swiss Made quartz chronograph movement (ETA G10.211) offering Date window at 6 o’clock and three subdials displaying the chronograph features. The dial, in blue, offers luminescent hands and applied numerals in luminescent white, while the out circumference the bezel offers the tachymeter function. This is all topped with scratch-resistant, triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal giving a water-resistance to 100m.
All in all, this piece is well presented and self-complementary by using a rich blue dial with luminescent hands and silver-toned accents.
Swiss Army 241652 | Retail Price: $ 825.00
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NST 12 Chronograph Blue Dial Men’s Watch
Now to my last and most affordable option, but not necessarily the ‘poor cousin’ to anyone. As I have always maintained, the price points in this market can differ wildly but it doesn’t always follow that cheap is bad. Certainly, in some cases this is true and the saying “you get what you pay for” really does make sense.
However, this piece has received good overall reviews from Amazon although some report issues with the durability of the polyurethane band.
That aside, I think this is a seriously lovely watch and at the price, there are no complaints from me. So, what do you get?
Right away I have to say I am biased because I like boats and this Nautical themed piece has really caught my imagination, with every hour maker pointing to different international maritime signal flag it’s just lovely to look at.
A stainless steel case of 46 mm housing Quartz Analog movement featuring Date display between the 4 and 5 o’clock, and Chronograph with three sub-dials displaying: 60 second, 30 minute and 24 hours. The bright dial is luminous and features luminous silver-tone hands and nautical flag hour markers and luminescent hands, with minute markers around the outer rim. The crown is screw down and the glass scratch resistant mineral crystal to offer 100 meters water resistance that good for swimming and snorkeling. To finish off the piece is fitted with a Uni-directional rotating stainless steel bezel with a blue top ring.
$59.99 (64% off)
So, if you’re looking for the perfect Watch at the perfect price, from a trusted source, you know it can be a stressful experience, with the right help and advice, you too can find your dream timepiece. As I’m considered an expert in my field and I write for other publications like Wrist Review I know you’ll benefit from my experience and avoid the pitfalls.
If you are considering buying online you may be interested in reading the “How to choose a watch for your wrist size” article here.
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