Five Cool Mens Watches For Christmas 2018
OMG, it’s mid-November already with December speeding towards us at a rapid rate, and I still haven’t finished my Christmas shopping. If you’re like me it could be about time to start panicking, but let me allay your fears because I have compiled a list of five cool men’s watches for Christmas 2018.
If you’re thinking of treating yourself or dropping a few hints to ‘The Wife’, here’s my shortlist 5 cracking watches that could put a smile on your face. It’s a mixed bag with broad price points, but I think there are a couple that pretty much affordable for most of us. Just so you know, I haven’t ordered this list in order of price or alphabetical order, just in order of my own personal preference running from top to bottom, the top being my favorite timepiece.
Citizen Blue Angels Chronograph
First on my list is the sensational Citizen Blue Angels Chronograph. This is one of many different Eco-Drive models available from Citizen, in my view possessing stunning looks and features. The Blue Angels Chronograph has a three-dial chronograph powered by the H800 Eco-Drive movement housed in a 43mm case making it a sizable and supporting water resistance to 200 meters.
Why I love the Citizen is the superb quality and value for money from a company that offers advanced timepieces for a fraction of the cost of a Swiss Made watch while offering the same precision engineering for just over $400. It’s the best deal in town.
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The Omega Seamaster had to be on the list and it had to be sitting on the top of the list, only beaten by the Citizen because of the price point. The Seamaster is one of the most affordable Omegas available while not being the entry-level timepiece from this brand. Not only is it a step above the entry-level model, but it also boasts the fame or infamy as the watch James Bond wore in his recent adventures, albeit the Bond model was the 300 with NATO strap. For around $2995 this is going to leave a whole in your pocket, but isn’t it worth it?
My preference is with the metal bracelet above the NATO strap but that’s just because of personal style but a spare change of strap is always a nice option if you’re in two minds. For more information on the Omega Seamaster, please read my review, and for more links to great Omega Sea Master deals.
TAG Heuer Carrera
TAG Heuer Carrera is another classic that was always going to be on my list. From the early days, first introduced in 1964 aligning itself with motor racing has seen numerous celebrity endorsements over the years, none more famous than the legendary Steve Mcqueen. This is a top quality brand that with a solid history and the feel of a truly luxurious timepiece the envy of any watch lover.
This model is a little pricey at $3095 but if you want to join this club, the entry fee is quite literally the price you have to pay to join. For more models from TAG Heuer follow this link.
I surprised myself when I selected the Stuhrling Aquadiver because I have never really taken time to consider the brand. But if you look at this it is clear to see the similarity to the watch of all watches, the Rolex. The classic design is quite common in terms of ‘homage design’ from Tudor the sister brand to Rolex and at the other end of the market the Invicta.
Given that Rolex and Tudor are expensive and the Invicta very cheap, the Stuhrling Aquadiver offers a mid price range quality product. At around $570 it’s a real chunk of change but the value for money is unquestionable.
For more ideas from the Stuhring brand visit the Stuhrling Aquadiver watches page here
Tissot Classic T
Ok, the Tissot is another brand that is often overlooked, mainly because it’s a Japanese brand in a market obsessed with Swiss Made brands. Like other Japan brands such as Citizen, the Tissot offer amazing precision engineering at a low price through technology. This Classic T is a lovely piece that could be worn as a dress watch provided you’re not too pedantic about what constitutes a ‘Dress Watch’.
This watch is keenly priced at $349 making it an aspirational timepiece but ultimately affordable. For more models from Tissot visit, the Tissot watches page.
My Wild Card
Seiko Astron GPS Solar
It’s true I said this was a list of 5 cool watches for Christmas but I couldn’t let this one go. This is another ‘non-Swiss Made’ watch, but as always with the Japanese steel, the Seiko Astron GPS Solar is a stunning piece of design and engineering.
If you consider other Japanese watch models you’ll no doubt be aware of the price ranges that are usually between $100 to $400. Now consider the price tag on the Seiko Astron GPS Sola of just under $2000, you can start to understand just how good this model is.
The 44.6mm Titanium coated case houses the Solar movement with GPS controlling time, time zone of 40 Time Zones. The GPS signal controls World time function, Daylight Saving Time function, Power save function. Without a GPS signal, the accuracy is still +/-15 seconds per month. For more models in the Seiko range visit the Seiko page.
What can I say? There’s no right or wrong answer, it’s only you who can decide which watch suit you and your purposes. Basically, everyone is different and uses a timepiece for a different reason and in different environments, not to mention different budgets and priorities. In my view, any one of these pieces would make a great purchase and but a lifelong friend.
The main thing to take away from this is to understand that luxury watches do not need to be ‘Swiss Made’. Although it is always the aim of a watch collector to own a Swiss watch, that’s something that can be worked towards in the future. Until that time there are many beautiful timepieces from manufacturers such as Citizen, Seiko, and Christopher Ward offering affordable luxury watches.
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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