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Best Longines Men's Watches

From the realms of affordability to the pinnacles of opulence, Longines has consistently demonstrated its mastery in marrying design finesse with technical prowess. Each timepiece is an embodiment of the brand’s enduring legacy, dating back to 1832 when Auguste Agassiz set out to craft exceptional watches under the star-studded Swiss skies.

Our horological expedition will traverse through a splendid array of Longines timepieces, showcasing their distinct personalities and encapsulating the very essence of sophistication. From aviation-inspired wonders that harken to the golden age of flight to dive watches that plunge fearlessly into aquatic depths, our list is a symphony of styles and functionalities.

So, fasten your seatbelts, synchronize your chronographs, and prepare to be immersed in the world of Longines horology, where every tick and tock echoes the brand’s commitment to excellence. Let’s jump into the enchanting landscape of time, where Longines stands tall as a sentinel of style, substance, and Swiss watchmaking mastery.

Quality First – About Longines Watches

With roots reaching back to the early 19th century, Longines has ceaselessly orchestrated a symphony of watchmaking mastery. Its heritage is a tapestry woven with threads of innovation and precision, dating back to a time when pocket watches ruled the wrists of gentlemen.

Longines watches are the epitome of refined craftsmanship, a seamless blend of tradition and innovation. From intricately engraved dials to the dance of gears within, each timepiece is a canvas of meticulous artistry. The brand’s dedication to chronometric excellence has earned it coveted titles, including ‘The Watch of Elegance’ and ‘The Watch of Aviators’.

Why choose a Longines watch, you ask? Well, beyond the immaculate aesthetics lies a collection of reasons. It’s the embodiment of a rich legacy, a statement of personal style, and a testament to horological precision. Longines has curated a watch for every wrist and occasion. 

So, whether you’re drawn by the allure of history, the embrace of luxury, or the precision of Swiss craftsmanship, choosing a Longines watch isn’t merely owning a timepiece—it’s possessing a slice of time itself.

Spotting a Swiss Gem – What To Look For In Longines Men’s Watches

In the captivating world of horology, where precision and aesthetics entwine, Longines stands as a venerable titan, consistently crafting timepieces that bridge the gap between style and substance. 

As we embark on a journey through the 15 Best Longines Men’s Watches Across All Categories, let’s first equip ourselves with the art of making the right choice – because every wrist deserves a masterpiece.

Deciphering the Watch Purpose

Before you dive into the ocean of Longines offerings, take a moment to define the purpose your new wrist companion will serve. Are you seeking an elegant dress watch for black-tie affairs, a rugged sports watch for adventurous escapades, or perhaps a versatile daily wearer? The purpose will guide your selection, ensuring your watch resonates with your lifestyle.

Size & Proportions – The Perfect Fit

A harmonious blend of aesthetics and comfort, size matters when it comes to wristwatches. Longines offers diverse sizes across its collections, from contemporary 40mm cases to more substantial 44mm timepieces. Consider the proportions that suit your wrist; a dress watch might demand understated elegance, while a sporty chronograph could embrace a bolder presence.

Unraveling the Movement Type

The heart of every watch, the movement, dictates its performance and functionality. Longines crafts its watches with unparalleled precision, featuring automatic, quartz, and even mechanical chronograph movements. If you appreciate the intricate choreography of gears and springs, a mechanical movement might be your choice. For practicality and convenience, the accuracy of a quartz movement could be your ideal companion.

The Best Longines Men’s Watches

With all that said, here’s a list of the 15 best Longines men’s watches you can buy today:

1. Longines Hydroconquest (ref. L3.741.4.56.6)

I like to think of the Hydroconquest as Longines’ version of the Submariner – it’s an endlessly wearable, dynamic timepiece built for aquatic adventures. Its sleek black ceramic bezel and stainless steel case house the L888, Longines’ own reliable, automatic movement. 

The bold black dial features luminescent markers for clear underwater visibility, and with a water resistance of up to 300 meters, you’ll undoubtedly have every opportunity to make use of that glow. Retailing for a very fair $1,375, the HydroConquest perfectly balances style and functionality and is a great jumping-off point for those interested in exploring Swiss timepieces.

2. Longines Spirit Zulu Time (ref. L3.802.4.63.6)

The Spirit Zulu Time pays homage to aviation history with a distinctive dual-time function. Its robust stainless steel case houses an automatic movement that powers the GMT hand, allowing you to track two timezones effortlessly. The striking black dial and beige Super-LumiNova numerals provide excellent legibility, while the 3-link bracelet plays to the Zulu Time’s lightly sporty appeal.

Priced around $3,150, this watch is a true companion for globetrotters and a slightly more affordable stand-in for timepieces like the universally beloved Tudor Black Bay 58, which it resembles in more ways than one. Its measured contemporary design and sturdy build make this Longines an utterly valuable proposition.

3. Longines Flagship Heritage (ref. L4.795.4.78.2)

The Flagship Heritage is a simple yet sophisticated ticker with a silver dial that exudes elegance thanks in part to its gilt gold hands and applied gold indices. Complemented by a polished stainless steel case and brown leather strap, the Flagship Heritage is about as traditional by design as a modern watch comes.

Its automatic movement ensures precision, while the small seconds sub-dial adds a refined touch that again speaks to an older time. With a price tag of approximately $1,900, the Flagship Heritage captures the essence of Longines’ heritage and style – simple things done well without fixing what isn’t broken. You can’t go wrong with that…

4. Longines Master Collection Moonphase (ref. L2.673.4.78.3)

The Master Collection Moonphase blends artistry and mechanics to arrive at Longines’ busiest dial design of all time. Its moon phase complication adds a touch of celestial allure to the rich blue dial, as well as a dash of color. Housed in a stainless steel case and powered by an automatic movement, this watch offers day, date, and month functions across various sub-dials. 

The brown alligator leather strap completes the look, a balancing act between tradition and modernity. Retailing for $3,550, this timepiece is a lot of watch. Although it may be too numeral-heavy on the dial for some, others will love the Master Collection Moonphase for how informative it is.

5. Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph (ref. L2.830.4.93.0)

A nod to vintage racing, the Heritage Classic Chronograph exudes a suave sportiness, the likes of which are unmatched by other Longines timepieces. The panda-style dial features two contrasting sub-dials at 3 and 9, while the black leather strap adds a rugged charm. 

Blue numerals on the outer ring match up effortlessly with the blue seconds hands (yes, they’re on the sub-dials, too), and a black ring within the face creates a powerful contrast which I think defines this timepiece. Throw on a couple of pushers on either side of the crown, and you’re starting to look very sporty, indeed! 

The L895 self-winding mechanical movement powers the chronograph and functions flawlessly. With an approximate price of $3,425, this watch captures the spirit of motorsport while maintaining Longines’ signature sense of refinement.

6. Longines Conquest Quartz (ref. L3.759.4.58.6)

The Conquest Quartz embodies precision and performance in very similar ways to Rolex’s Explorer. In fact, one would be hard-pressed not to think of the famous Rolex when looking at the Conquest Quartz. Like the baseline Explorer, it’s got a black dial adorned with luminous markers and only a couple of numerals among indices, all enclosed within a stainless steel case. 

Unlike the Rolex, it’s got a date window and is powered by a quartz movement, which ensures affordability and fairly reliable timekeeping, while the stainless steel bracelet provides comfort and durability. Priced at $825, this watch offers unbeatable value for those seeking a blend of style and accuracy or for those who can’t yet afford their grail Rolex!

7. Longines Legend Diver (ref. L3.774.4.50.9)

Explore the depths of nostalgia with the Legend Diver, a reinterpretation of a 1960s icon that epitomizes unorthodox diver design. Lacking a bezel altogether, the Legend Diver has a simple black dial, divided up into two scales by Super-LumiNova markers – minutes on an inner ring and seconds at the edge of the dial. 

Retro hands pay homage to vintage dive watches in a simple yet effective manner, pushed by the automatic movement, which offers a power reserve of up to 64 hours. 

This is all encased in stainless steel and safe up to 300M underwater. The dimpled, black rubber strap completes the vintage aesthetic and grants wearers a world of comfort both above and below the surface. Retailing for $2,500, this watch is a slightly different diver for those who value individuality in the deep.

8. Longines Spirit Titanium (ref. L3.810.1.53.6)

The Spirit Titanium embodies modern resilience, and for Longines, it certainly represents the apex of their ‘everyday’ watches, at least in terms of durability. Its 40mm sandblasted titanium case and bracelet ensure a lightweight and durable experience without compromising on style. 

The black dial with beige numerals inspires a sense of antiquity and has excellent legibility, while the COSC-certified automatic movement guarantees near-absolute precision. With a price of $3,100, the Spirit Titanium is a watch that’s hard to beat. I only wish those stars on the dial didn’t make me think of a Holiday Inn…

9. Longines Master Collection Salmon Dial (ref. L2.843.4.93.2)

For the more discerning gentlemen among us, the Master Collection Salmon Dial offers a familiar kind of warmth and refinement. With a brushed, salmon-colored face as a striking centerpiece, complemented by a stainless steel case and gray alligator leather strap, this timepiece speaks most convincingly to old souls and suit-wears. 

The automatic movement powers the show, including a small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock, and does so with aplomb. The engraved Arabic numerals are a detail not to be overlooked, as they represent the attention paid to each piece and certainly give this watch a unique edge over others on this list. 

Priced around $2,500, this watch is honestly underrated – I reckon we’ll be seeing a lot more of these in high-end collections over the coming years.

10. Longines Ultra-Chron (ref. L2.836.4.52.6)

If you’re a fan of the original Seiko 5 Sports watch (or the original 1968 Ultra-Chron Diver, for that matter), you will love Longines’ new Ultra-Chron, which stands as a testament to Longines’ pioneering legacy in sports timing. The black dial, marked with elegant silver indexes, is housed in a 43mm stainless steel case, the very shape of which evokes the spirit of the ‘60s.

The automatic movement boasts a high-frequency balance for enhanced accuracy, beating at 36,000 vph with a power reserve of 52 hours. It’s not a tech-savvy dive computer. Nor is it a showy Sea-Dweller. It’s a piece of Swiss history, revitalized to compete with modern standards. At $3,600, this is likely the most precise dive watch you’ll find at this price point, and it’s good up to 300 meters underwater, which is a lot more than some more expensive timepieces.

11. Longines Avigation Type A-7 (ref. L2.812.4.53.2)

Paying tribute to aviation history, the Avigation Type A-7 features an unconventional dial orientation (the numerals are rotated two ‘hours’ in the clockwise direction) for easy readability while flying. 

The deep black dial and large, lumed Arabic numerals exude a certain vintage charm, while the brown leather strap, cathedral hands, and embellished pusher crown add some authenticity in this regard. Longines’ automatic L788 movement brings to life 2 subdials – it’s a single-push chronograph mechanism, after all. Priced around $3,900, this watch is a must-have for aviation enthusiasts, history buffs, and those of you who love something a bit different.

12. Longines Conquest 2023 (ref. L3.835.4.52.6)

The Conquest 2023 embraces modern elegance while painting the same spirit that it was imbued with upon the collection’s initial release in 1954. A jet-black dial hosts silver touches, 3 sub-dials, and a date display enclosed in a stainless steel case and bracelet. The watch’s bezel is smooth, black, and altogether unassuming, aside from the red font of the word ‘Tachymeter’ that labels its scale. 

At 42mm, it’s definitely wearable but does feel slightly larger than it should due to the crown and pushers that control the automatic L898 movement. With an approximate price of $3,650, the Conquest 2023 offers a true sports chronograph experience for a very approachable amount of money.

13. Longines Record (ref. L2.921.4.56.6)

Perhaps the most obvious choice for an everyday watch, the Record exemplifies Longines’ commitment to precision timekeeping and leisurely aesthetics. The matte black dial is housed in a stainless steel case, and the automatic movement is COSC-certified for exceptional accuracy. I’m a huge fan of the numerals on even numbers and indices at odd-hour markers and how the gilt gold hands and details on the dial contrast so tastefully with the matte black backdrop. 

This is an ingeniously well-designed timepiece, no doubt. This is exhibited in many ways, least of all by the fact that it takes you a second look to even notice that there are 2 pushers on the Record. Priced around $3,125, the Record, I would argue, does what no other watch on this list can – it succeeds in walking the tightrope between smart and casual effortlessly without sacrificing technical prowess.

14. Longines Hydroconquest Two Tone (ref. L3.742.3.96.7)

If the stainless steel Hydroconquest is a Longines ‘Submariner’, this two-tone version is the 1980s Longines Sub reinvented. The combination of stainless steel and rose gold elements exudes luxury almost to a fault, conjuring up images of ‘Money Never Sleeps’ Wall Street broker types in Gucci suits and 80s Ferraris. 

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – this is definitely an eye-catching watch. The black face and bezel insert do well to taper some of the outward garishness that the two-tone displays in its own right, while splashes of white on the dial make everything feel a bit lighter. More easygoing, if you will. It’s not all flash, though – equipped with a quartz movement, the new Hydroconquest retails for a cool $1,250, making it an astonishingly affordable Swiss timepiece that feels like it’s worth far more.

15. Longines Spirit Flyback Chronograph (ref. L3.821.4.53.6)

The Spirit Flyback Chronograph combines contemporary design with the impressive functionality of a flyback chronograph, or a ‘retour en vol’, as the French call it.  Instead of having to be reset between timings, the flyback chronograph just takes one push, and it restarts immediately. Handy, time-saving watch-geekery at its best! 

The black dial boasts bold Arabic numerals and two sub-dials, while the stainless steel case and bracelet grant the watch a certain sturdiness among contemporary peers. Much like the bezel on the Conquest 2023, this watch’s bezel is unidirectional and very understated, which adds to its impressively ambiguous design.

Powered by the caliber L791, an automatic movement, the flyback chronograph complication is perhaps the coolest complication on this list, even if most people who own this watch rarely use its timer functions. Being the most pricey timepiece on the list is another unique thing about the Spirit Flyback – at $4,550, it’s not cheap, but somebody had to put that flyback movement together, and believe me, it took them a while.

The Swiss Connection – Let Longines Be Your Friend

In the tapestry of horology, where precision meets passion, these watches stand as a symphony of both style and substance. From the Avigation Type A-7 to the timeless elegance of the Flagship Heritage, each timepiece is a testament to Longines’ mastery. 

We explored purpose-driven choices, the dance of size and proportions, and the heartbeats of various movement types. Longines watches aren’t just instruments to measure time; they’re part of the very DNA of horology, so to dismiss them (in the way that so many do) as ‘cheap’ or ‘unimpressive’ is, evidently, a fool’s errand. 

With Swiss craftsmanship coursing through their veins, these watches are more than accessories; they’re guardians of legacy, whispers of innovation, and echoes of elegance. We should all own a Longines, I think. And there are plenty here to choose from!

Best tactical watches

In this comprehensive guide, I’ll unveil the most hardened and practical tactical watches, encompassing a spectrum from budget-friendly options to high-end luxury masterpieces.

Tactical watches, much like seasoned warriors, exude a distinctive combination of strength and intelligence. Crafted to withstand the harshest environments, these timepieces are the veritable companions of adventurers, military personnel, and outdoor enthusiasts alike. 

Dressed in robust cases and fortified with cutting-edge technology, they effortlessly navigate through the perils of modern life with unyielding poise.

This carefully curated list showcases the finest specimens the industry has to offer. Each watch earns its place based on the tenacity of design, technical prowess, and price-to-performance ratio. Whether you seek uncompromising resilience or simply want to flaunt a fancy tool on your wrist, we have got you covered.

Hard To Kill – About Tactical Watches

In the horological world, tactical watches emerge as the unyielding, unapologetic badasses of timekeeping. With a history rooted in military heritage, these timepieces have marched through recent history, transforming from mere tools to iconic wrist companions for the toughest of missions.

Picture this: rugged terrains, intense combat scenarios, and survival challenges – these are the domains where tactical watches earned their stripes. Initially devised to synchronize troop movements and coordinate battlefield strategies, tactical watches evolved into a battle-hardened fusion of durability and intelligence.

Built to endure the harshest elements, the general features of tactical watches read like an adventurer’s wishlist. Robust, shock-resistant cases house precise quartz or automatic movements, keeping time ticking amidst the chaos. Luminescent hands and indices illuminate darkness, empowering night missions without compromise.

But why, in the era of smartphones and smartwatches, do we still seek the companionship of tactical timepieces? Simple – you can’t throw your iPhone off a cliff and expect it to survive the fall. The tenacity with which tactical watches withstand their challenges mirrors the indomitable spirit of their wearers. 

Furthermore, the aura of valor and triumph that surrounds them, stemming from their military lineage, bestows upon the wearer an undeniable sense of empowerment.

What To Look For In A Tactical Watch

In a world where timekeeping meets rugged resilience, tactical watches reign supreme. Whether you’re a thrill-seeking adventurer or simply appreciate the marriage of form and function, finding the perfect tactical timepiece is no mean feat. 

In this buyer’s guide, I’ll equip you with the knowledge to zero in on the ultimate tactical watch. One that embodies the combination of precision and toughness.

Durability – Built Like A Tank

When it comes to tactical watches, fragility is the enemy. A true contender must be as tough as nails, ready to face the onslaught of nature’s wrath and survive the rigors of everyday life. Seek timepieces crafted from high-grade materials like stainless steel, titanium, or reinforced polycarbonate. These rugged cases act as impenetrable armor, shielding the delicate horological mechanisms within from the perils of accidental drops and unforeseen impacts.

Water Resistance – Weathering The Storm

Picture this: torrential downpour, muddy terrains, or unexpected aquatic adventures – the last thing you want is a watch that throws in the towel at the first sign of moisture. Look for a timepiece boasting robust water resistance, ideally rated to at least 100 meters. Whether you’re a diver delving into the depths or a mountaineer scaling towering peaks, a water-resistant tactical watch ensures your chronograph stays dry, just like your wit.

Legibility – Instant Intel On Your Wrist

In the world of tactical watches, a swift glance at your wrist can mean the difference between success and failure. Opt for a timepiece that offers impeccable legibility, even under the cover of darkness. Bold, luminescent hands and markers set against a clear dial backdrop make for an unhindered reading experience, allowing you to decipher the time and critical information at a mere glimpse.

Tactical Features – Mastering The Elements

Go beyond the standard fare and explore tactical watches boasting additional features tailored to your adventures. From built-in compasses to altimeters, chronographs, and even GPS capabilities, these horological sidekicks elevate your readiness for the great unknown. Choose wisely, and these tactical extras will have your back, ensuring you’re always in control of the elements and navigating with unwavering precision.

Finally, remember that a tactical watch is more than just an accessory; it’s an emblem of fortitude and adventure, strapped to your wrist, forever ready to take on the world. Treat it accordingly!

The Best Tactical Watches

With that said, here’s a comprehensive list of the 20 best tactical watches you can buy across different price points:

1. Timex Expedition Shock XL 50mm (ref. TW4B24100)

The Timex Expedition Shock XL boasts an impressive array of features, starting with its quartz movement, which ensures precise timekeeping, first and foremost. With a substantial 50mm case diameter and 17mm height, it commands attention, but with 200m water resistance, the Expedition size is somewhat justified.

Timex’s ‘Indiglo’ backlight illuminates the dial with ease, while the built-in chronograph and vibrating alarm function add extra utility to your daily missions. Need to keep track of different timezones? No problem – this watch has you covered.

Unfailingly reliable thanks to a 10-year battery life and a shock-resistant build that ensures it can withstand whatever gets thrown at it, this Timex punches above its weight in so many ways.

At less than $100, the Timex Expedition Shock XL is staggeringly affordable and proves that tactical excellence doesn’t have to come at a high price. With its unbeatable blend of features and budget-friendly charm, it’s a solid choice for any watch collector’s everyday carry arsenal.

2. Casio G-Shock GW6900-1

This timekeeping titan boasts a sleek and compact all-black case measuring 50mm by 17.7mm and weighs a mere 63 g. Crafted from durable resin, it laughs in the face of shocks, living up to the “Shock Resistant” moniker that Casio has become so well known for.

Like the Timex above, the GW6900-1 has a 200-meter water resistance, which is perfect for aquatic adventurers and rain-chasing landlubbers alike. For travelers, the watch’s multi-band 6 technology ensures precise timekeeping across 31 time zones and 48 cities. How many different timezones have you been to in your entire life? Point made.

Powered by the sun with Casio’s patented Tough Solar tech, this ticker puts other watches to shame, promising up to 9 months of uninterrupted use on a single charge and up to 26 months in total darkness with the Power Save function. Its Electro-luminescent backlight bathes you in a mesmerizing Blue Green glow, while the Full auto-calendar will keep you organized until 2099.

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any cooler, its Energy saving feature intelligently dims the display in the dark, conserving power for when you need it most. The GW6900-1 – where rugged meets intelligent – is packed full of useful features and looks about as ‘off-trail’ as a watch possibly can!

The Casio G-Shock GW6900-1 retails for $140.

3. Timex Command Shock 54mm (ref. TW5M20400)

Timex’s Command Shock epitomizes durability, tailored to withstand the toughest of lifestyles. Dressed in a captivating camo case, harmoniously paired with an olive green strap, it screams, “Get me outdoors!” (in the most manly way possible, of course).

This watch smirks at adversity with its shock-resistant construction, ensuring it remains unscathed amidst life’s unpredictable challenges, even up to 100m underwater.

What sets this horological marvel apart is its hydration alert, keeping you primed for peak performance throughout your adventures. Measuring a commanding 54mm in diameter and 16mm in height, this full-size rectangular case boasts a tantalizing matte finish, which adds a subtly stylish edge to an otherwise garish piece of gear.

The digital negative display on the dial marks its modernity, while the quartz digital movement guarantees impeccable precision. Encased in resilient resin, protected by an acrylic crystal lens, the Command Shock leaves no room for compromise. You can get it for $99.

4. Suunto Core All Black (ref. SS014279010)

This timekeeping powerhouse packs a punch with its key outdoor features; encased in a robust composite case and adorned with an aluminum bezel, it’s well-stylized and hard-wearing.

With the Suunto Core, ascend new heights with the altimeter, measure atmospheric pressure with the barometer, and navigate with unerring precision using the compass. Stay ahead of Mother Nature with real-time weather information and a storm alarm that ensures you’re always one step ahead of turbulent conditions.

This multifaceted timepiece goes above and beyond, displaying sunrise and sunset times, as well as tracking water depth during snorkeling and diving missions. Oh, and of course, multiple watch, date, and time functions ensure you’re the master of every moment. Nestled comfortably on your wrist with its elastomer strap and weighing just 64g, you’ll forget that the Suunto Core is even there – until you need it, that is.

With a mineral crystal lens safeguarding its inner workings, this watch is primed for action, adventure, and more. Plus, with a user-replaceable battery, you’ll have full control over your watch’s power.

The Suunto Core All Black retails for $199.

5. Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-1B

Casio’s Rangeman GW9400-1B masters the delicate balance between toughness and intuitive operation, boasting a design that can withstand the harshest use. 

Its wide face, where the large diameter dial lays out its functional prowess with ease, flaunts a circular motion graphic display and a two-level digital display. With a treasure trove of digital expressions, including altitude and barometric pressure trend graphs, this watch grants you precise measurement values at your fingertips.

What truly sets this horological marvel apart is the Triple Sensor Ver.3, nestled within a shock-resistant structure. In an instant, this mighty watch harnesses the power of three small sensors to measure orientation, altitude, barometric pressure, temperature, and direction with unrivaled accuracy, vital for survival in the most unforgiving conditions. 

The stainless steel buttons, cleverly knurled, ensure steadfast operation even in gloved or rainy conditions. Complemented by a 55mm × 18mm case, this Casio is comfortably big-boned, and its resin case and strap laugh at even the notion of compromise.

With 200-meter water resistance, the Rangeman dares you to test its limits, thriving where other timepieces falter. It’s not the sexiest timepiece on earth, but then again, it’s not the Rangeman’s job to look good.

You can get the G-Shock Rangeman for around $200.

6. Suunto Traverse Alpha Stealth (ref. SS022469000)

Tailor-made for hunters, anglers, and hiking enthusiasts, the SUUNTO Traverse Alpha Stealth is the ultimate companion for your outdoor escapades. With a 50mm case diameter, it exudes an air of authority, built to military standards with a scratch-resistant crystal and stainless steel bezel. Fear not the elements, for this watch is primed for action with its 110M water resistance.

But here’s where it gets interesting – the SUUNTO Traverse Alpha Stealth boasts hunting, fishing, and hiking modes, adapting to your needs like a chameleon. Leave no trace with its breadcrumb trail GPS mode, ensuring you find your way back without a hitch. And hold your breath for this one – it features automatic shot detection, making every hunting expedition a stroke of precision.

This watch is a tactical treasure trove. With sunrise/sunset alerts, an altimeter, and GPS, pinpoint accuracy becomes second nature. Even under the cover of darkness, this watch is compatible with night vision goggles, unlocking a world of possibilities.

And don’t fret about battery life – this timekeeper can last up to two weeks straight, powering through even the most intense trips. The Suunto Traverse Alpha Stealth can be yours for around $500.

7. Seiko Prospex “Arnie” SNJ025

The Arnie is a nod to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s timepiece from the movie Predator and is a coveted watch among cinephiles and outdoor enthusiasts alike. This digital/analog hybrid is equal parts iconic and practical.

Powered by the Seiko H851 Solar Quartz movement, the SNJ025 harnesses the sun’s energy, so it’s never going to run out of power. Charge it up, and it boasts a 6-month power reserve, always ready for action.

Designed for everyday use, the Arnie boasts a plethora of features, making it the perfect companion for any adventure. With a robust 47.8mm case diameter and a remarkable 200M water resistance, it’s a watch that scoffs at limitations.

And let’s not forget about style – the innovative silicone strap design strikes the perfect balance between durability and comfort, making it ideal for both underwater escapades and daily wear. It’s a simple black, white, and steel timepiece that is as good at going unnoticed as it is at turning the right heads.

The “Arnie” can be yours for $525.

8. Casio Pro Trek PRW3500-1

The Casio Pro Trek PRW3500-1 is a tough tactical timepiece that rivals even the renowned G-Shock. Don’t make the mistake of underestimating the Pro Trek line, for this watch is a perfect outdoor companion, brimming with cutting-edge features.

Equipped with the Triple Sensor Version 3, it puts a compass, thermometer, and altimeter right on your wrist, even enabling you to brave the icy grasp of winter, as this watch is resistant to super-low temperatures, boasting functionality at a chilly 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius).

With a solar-powered quartz movement, the PRW3500-1 is a timekeeping powerhouse that laughs at the notion of running out of power. Leave it untouched in a drawer and it will continue ticking for a remarkable 23 months.

This rugged beater is the ultimate companion for hiking, climbing, swimming, and any adventure that beckons you. With a bold 56mm case diameter and a see-it-from-space compass bezel, there’s no way you can mistake it for anything other than a tactical tool.

The Pro Trek PRW3500-1 retails for $330.

9. Luminox Navy Seal Foundation 3503 (ref. XS.3503.NSF)

Luminox’s Navy Seal Foundation 3503 is a paragon of rugged elegance, boasting features that elevate it to the realm of true masterpieces – two-tone lume (blue and green) and large crown guards lend this Luminox a futuristic military edge that other watches on this list lack.

Powered by a Swiss Quartz movement, it combines impeccable precision with self-powered illumination, ensuring the lume shines brightly for up to an astonishing 25 years. 

The hardened, scratch-resistant mineral crystal, complete with an anti-reflective coating, shields the dial from the perils of the outside world, while the 200M water resistance offers plenty of room to play for divers, although this feels distinctly like a land-lovers watch.

Measuring a comfortable 45mm, the case diameter embraces modern design cues, making it all the easy to wear, even when you’re not hiking through endless forests. The navy blue dial, adorned with bright yellow accents on the hands and unidirectional turning bezel, grants effortless legibility with high contrast and readability at a glance.

The Luminox Navy Seal Foundation 3503 is not just a watch; it’s an emblem of unyielding strength and dedication. With its carbon-reinforced bezel, it’s primed for action, as you will be with this on your wrist. And you can get it for just $380.

10. MWC P656 Tactical Series (ref. TP656ND/A2/LI/L22)

Despite measuring just 42mm in diameter, the MWC P656 Tactical Series is a little tank (army, not Cartier) on your wrist, ready to conquer the world without compromising on style.

Powered by the reliable Seiko NH35A automatic movement and encased in all-black titanium, it ensures precise timekeeping without breaking a sweat. And speaking of sweat, with a remarkable water resistance of 300m, this watch is practically begging you to take it as deep as you dare.

The P656’s tritium tubes, which don’t need to be ‘charged’ in light, cast a glow so bright and long-lasting that you’ll never squint at your wrist again. This is the watch’s most obvious superpower.

For those who value simplicity and durability above all else, the MWC P656 Tactical Series is the ultimate choice. With the time and date at your disposal, it’s a rugged survival tool wrapped around your wrist, ready to take on any challenge you throw its way. 

Sure, its bezel is gigantic, and its dial can feel a bit cramped, but it’ll probably survive being thrown off a cliff, which is what you’re really paying around $400 for.

11. Marathon Black Pilot’s Navigator (ref. WW194001BK)

Born from a groundbreaking collaboration with Kelly Air Force Base in 1986, the Marathon Black Pilot’s Navigator has a military history in its DNA. Beyond a mere accessory, this watch is a testament to progress and excellence, built for adventurers and professionals who demand reliability in the great outdoors.

At its core, the ETA High-Torque FØ6 movement, adorned with three jewels, ensures seamless timekeeping, and with two scales, ranging from 1 to 12 and 13 to 24, it grants the wearer a host of insights with effortless readability.

No darkness can stand in its way, thanks to the Tritium Gas Tubes, providing an illuminating experience like no other. Encased in a high-impact composite fibre shell, this watch exudes durability without compromising style. If you’re a minimalist, this is the watch for you.

Finally, a bi-directional bezel with a 12-hour scale reflects its versatility, and measuring a confident 41mm in diameter and 13mm in thickness, the Pilot’s Navigator sits comfortably on your wrist in all its blacked-out glory.

Not the best choice for diving, this ticker only offers 60m water resistance, which is fine for a splash but not for any journeys to the abyss, so keep that in mind if you’re a fan of the deep.

You can get this Marathon watch for around $450.

12. LÜM-TEC B49

Ultra-cool, thanks to its field watch sensibilities, the LÜM-TEC B49 is perhaps the most stylistically-versatile watch on this list. Crafted from 316L surgical-grade stainless steel, it’s got military-grade titanium carbide gunmetal PVD hard coating, which adds a touch of sophistication and hardiness, particularly with its bead-blast finish.

Although I would like it to be thinner, there’s nothing terribly wrong with the dimensions – 43mm in diameter and 13.5mm thick, inclusive of the domed sapphire crystal. This is a pretty standard watch in all of the right ways.

Powered by the Swiss Ronda 515.24H movement in a 24-hour format, the dial is rich in indices, but somehow, it doesn’t feel overcrowded. The anti-shock movement mounting system ensures seamless performance on bumpy terrain, while the curved sapphire, featuring military-grade inner AR coating, grants unparalleled clarity.

With a nylon military-style strap, matched gunmetal PVD hardware, and a matte black dial adorned with X1 grade Super-LumiNova, this watch looks as solid as it feels. A limited and numbered series of 500 worldwide, the LÜM-TEC B49 is not just a watch; it’s a lifetime investment. And a darn good one, for just $495.

13. Traser P99 Q Tactical Black (ref. 110723)

Delighting watch collectors and enthusiasts alike, the Traser brand is no stranger to innovation, being the watchmaking division of the very company responsible for the ubiquitous tritium gas tubes featured in the finest tactical timepieces.

When ‘tactical’ is right there in the name, you know you’re in for a treat. Traser excels in crafting watches tailored to the needs of police and military professionals, and this piece is no exception – a stealthy timepiece that’s undeniably functional.

The P99 Q Tactical Black is the perfect fusion of strength and precision, with 200 meters of water resistance, a 43mm case, and an uncluttered dial. Throw in a day-date function and the standard all-black finish, and you’ve got one heck of a tactical timepiece, even if it feels a bit clunky around the bezel. You can get it for $595.

14. Luminox SureFire 2211 Wristlight Tactical Watch

Designed to cater to savvy EDC enthusiasts and tactical watch geeks alike, Luminox’s SureFire 2211 is a weirdly wonderful addition to any collection, primarily due to its unorthodox, flashlight-centric shape.

At 51mm in case diameter, this Swiss quartz timepiece boasts a rotating bezel for precise event timing up to an hour, and a 3 o’clock date window, adding to its practicality. What sets this watch apart, though, is an extraordinary 300-lumen variable output side light built right into the timepiece, which offers a runtime of 1.5 hours on high output. 

With a runtime of up to 4 hours on medium output or a staggering 13 hours on low, this timepiece guarantees you’ll never have to be afraid of the dark again. And guess what? It’s reprogrammable with multiple settings, ensuring you get the exact brightness you require exactly when you need it. A bonus? The wrist light is USB rechargeable, so it’s battery-bank compatible!

As it’s not rated for water resistance, the SureFire 2211 is probably best kept on dry land, so if you’re looking to light up a shipwreck or coral reef, this might not be the watch for you. You can get the SureFire 2211 for $795.

15. Victorinox I.N.O.X. Carbon (ref. 241859)

Enter the world of tactical prowess with the Victorinox I.N.O.X Carbon – a timepiece that boasts a carbon composite case, ensuring both durability and a lightweight feel. Its distinctive 43mm diameter and 13mm height make it an elegant yet powerful addition to any collection.

The Victorinox I.N.O.X Carbon Limited Edition is not just a pretty face; it’s a master of functionality. The Super-LumiNova lume illuminates the entire dial, offering high visibility in the dark, a feature you’ll be grateful for after sunset.

As for versatility, this ticker comes with three watch strap options: a paracord, a NATO strap, and a black rubber strap, allowing you to tailor your watch to your adventures.

While it may not have a dive bezel, the Victorinox I.N.O.X Carbon Limited Edition boasts an impressive 200M water resistance, ensuring your timepiece stays unfazed by unexpected aquatic encounters, and with a full-camo design, you’ll blend right into the greenery, be it seagrass or savanna. You can get it for $1,150.

16. Garmin Tactix 7 Pro Ballistics Edition

Garmin has really leaned into the multipart smartwatch market, and the Tactix 7 Pro Ballistics Edition truly exemplifies their efforts in that regard.

With its Power Sapphire solar charging lens, the sun provides unlimited endurance in the field. Battery life? A staggering 37 days in smartwatch mode.

Robustly constructed with a premium titanium bezel and fiber-reinforced polymer case, this watch is all about ruggedness, and it sure looks like it. I’ll put it this way: If you’re thinking of joining a SWAT team, this watch will help complete the look.

The Garmin Tactix 7 Pro Ballistics Edition boasts a built-in Applied Ballistics calculator, which allows you to calculate long-range shooting solutions right in the field, similar to the Suunto further up this list.

With multi-GNSS satellite reference and outdoor sensors, you can navigate your world with utmost precision and clarity. There’s nothing hard to understand here, and in fact, your only risk is getting a bit lost in the endless features of the Tactix 7 Pro, which include health and fitness modes, sports training, multiple maps, and lifestyle coaching apps, just to name a few. However, at $1599, your wallet will feel the cost of such capabilities.

17. Hamilton Khaki Navy BeLOWZERO (ref. H78505330)

Hamilton’s Khaki Navy BeLOWZERO is a timepiece that fuses lightweight titanium durability with unparalleled underwater performance. Water-resistant to an astounding 100 bar (1,000m) and armed with a helium escape valve, this watch is your perfect companion for aqueous adventures, and rather than being put to the test by you, it’ll do the pushing.

A stealthy 46mm titanium case treated with black PVD and secured by 4 distinct screws defines this watch as something outwardly tough, which might be why it’s featured in so many action films, such as The Martian, Central Intelligence, and Tenet.

Equipped with the automatic in-house, H-10 calibre movement, the BeLOWZERO delivers precision with every tick, and with a 38-hour reserve, you’ll likely never have to worry about losing track of time.

I love this timepiece not only because Hamilton is a great company but for its unique shape and undeniably sturdy build. It’s on the larger side of things, but for anyone that’s a fan of underwater timepieces, this is a must-own. You can get it for $1,945.

18. Marathon GSAR Large Diver’s Automatic (ref. WW194006BK)

At the heart of the GSAR Large Diver’s Automatic lies the robust ETA 2824-2 movement, a calibre that offers all the guarantees of reliability that one would expect from a Swiss movement. With a diameter of 41mm, this watch strikes the perfect balance between style and substance.

The edgy yet traditional-leaning, adorned with tritium-lumed elements, elevates readability in any lighting condition, providing more brightness than Super-LumiNova, for longer. With its textured bezel and crown, you won’t struggle when handling this thing in wet and slippery conditions. This watch is not just an accessory; it’s a tactical tool that demands to be used.

As with most of the watches on the list, this is an all-black rendering, and although I find the crown to be a tad too big, I can’t fault the design here. It is what it is – an unforgiving tool watch, built to be manhandled in tricky situations. It can be yours for around $1,500.

19. Sinn EZM 12 (ref. 112.010)

Introducing the Sinn EZM 12 – a purpose-built tool watch from the esteemed Frankfurt-based brand, Sinn. As part of the exclusive Einsatzzeitmesser series, this timepiece is a mission timer in its truest sense, designed to meet the unique needs of air rescue professionals.

With a 44mm x 14mm case of hardened steel and a black DLC-coated bi-directional bezel, this watch is a formidable companion, built to withstand the toughest challenges. Its ETA-based automatic movement is shielded from 80,000 A/m of magnetism, while the 200-meter water resistance makes it suitable for both deep-diving and high-flying endeavors.

The EZM 12’s brilliance lies in the specific design features that set it apart from the crowd of so-called ‘tool watches’ – two crowns, orange highlights, and multiple scales on the face and bezel ensure that Sinn’s authenticity shines through. This timepiece is purpose-built, undoubtedly.

Limited to just 300 pieces, the Sinn EZM 12 is a rare testament to Sinn’s dedication to quality and precision. Priced at $3,340, this is a watch that will speak loudly to a very particular buyer.

20. Panerai Submersible Forze Speciali (ref. PAM2239)

Priced at $30,400, the Submersible Forze Speciali is by far the most expensive watch on this list, and for good reason. Driven by the impressive Panerai P.9100/R calibre, this watch houses a complex 328-component movement, with two barrels granting a power reserve of 3 days. The Glucydur balance ensures unparalleled accuracy at 28,800 alternations/hour, complemented by the Incabloc anti-shock device for added resilience.

As you’d expect from Panerai, the case isn’t small – 47mm of solid titanium coated in DLC makes this a freakishly strong timepiece that feels just as big as it should be.

A watch with ‘Submersible’ in its name must mean business in the water. This timepiece is capable of getting you down to 300m, and its black dial, adorned with luminous hour markers and dots, boasts a chronograph hour counter at 3 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock, ensuring the utmost legibility, wet or dry.

To complete this masterpiece, the watch comes with a stylish black Caoutchouc Accordeon strap which is every bit as comfortable as you would expect. This looks, feels, and behaves like the most luxurious watch on this list because it is, and if you can afford to foot the bill, you absolutely should.

Tactical Means Practical, To The Very End

From the rugged resilience of Casio’s G-Shock to the exquisite craftsmanship of Panerai’s Submersible Forze Speciali, we witnessed the artistry of renowned watchmakers dedicated to purpose-built excellence.

Now, armed with the knowledge of the 20 best tactical watches, you’re ready to seize the day with a timepiece that reflects your daring spirit and impeccable taste. Let your wrist become the canvas for horological brilliance, and let your adventures be timed to perfection. Most importantly, don’t get lost!

Best Garmin Golf Watches

These cutting-edge timepieces blend eye-catching design with unrivaled technicality, providing golfers with a digital, caddy-like experience right on their wrists, whether you’re a seasoned pro or just teeing off your golfing journey.

From the sleek and stylish to the rugged and sporty, each watch on this list boasts countless features tailored to your unique needs. Expect precise GPS tracking, swing analysis, hazard mapping, and even smart notifications to keep you connected on and off the green.

We’ll delve into tech specs and pricing aspects to help you make a hole-in-one investment. So, gear up and join me on this tech-driven tour as we tee off to explore the ten best Garmin golf watches!

Tee Time – About Garmin Golf Watches

Fore! Calling all golf aficionados – Garmin golf watches are here to revolutionize your swing! These digital innovations are more than just stylish accessories; they’re a modern golfer’s best-kept secret for unlocking peak performance on the green.

So, what sets Garmin apart in the golf watch arena? Perhaps it’s their winning combination of cutting-edge technology and meticulous design. Maybe it’s their precise GPS tracking, swing analysis, and hazard mapping.

Garmin’s smart notifications feature keeps you in the loop without missing a beat, even during the most intense matches, so you’ll stay connected without losing focus. Gone are the days of guesswork and guesstimates. Garmin golf watches bring virtually complete accuracy to the tee. So, grab your clubs and prepare to experience golf like never before.

Finding a Hole In One – What To Look For In Golf Watches

Teeing off on the green has never been more high-tech, and golf watches have fast become the caddies of the future for discerning players. Let me offer some brief guidance to up your game.

Course Coverage

Like a well-prepared golfer, your watch should have an impressive knowledge of the terrain. Look for a golf watch that offers extensive course coverage, preloaded with thousands of golf courses worldwide. You never know when you might find yourself on a new course.

GPS Accuracy

In golf, precision is the name of the game. The best sports smartwatches provide pinpoint GPS accuracy, offering detailed yardages to the front, back, and middle of the green. Bonus points for watches that account for hazards and doglegs!

Battery Life

The last thing you want is your watch dying on you mid-game, so a solid battery life that can endure multiple rounds on the course is crucial. Remember, you’ll likely be using other features like GPS all through play, so a reliable battery is a must for uninterrupted golfing.

Top 10 Best Garmin Golf Watches

With that said, let’s have a look at which are the best Garmin golf watches for all golf aficionados:

1. Garmin Approach S62

1. Garmin Approach S62

The Approach S62 has a rechargeable battery that provides an impressive 14 days in smartwatch mode and 20 hours in GPS mode – keeping you in play both on and off the course.

Bigger and bolder, the 1.3-inch color touchscreen display is 17% larger than its predecessor, Approach S60, and you can personalize it endlessly on Garmin’s web store. Navigate the green like a pro with PlaysLike Distance and Green View, which lets you visualize each green’s shape. Handy.

Stay ahead of the game with PinPointer, providing directional assistance on blind shots and Hazard View, quickly highlighting critical distances to avoid obstacles. And, with over 41,000 preloaded CourseView maps, your global golfing adventure knows no bounds.

At 47mm, the case sits boldly on any wrist but remains surprisingly unobtrusive when worn, and at $499, it’s a great throughroad between affordability and functionality.

2. Garmin Approach S70

2. Garmin Approach S70

Garmin’s Approach S70 is a top contender in the world of golf watches, thanks in part to its dazzling 1.4-inch AMOLED touch display. With access to over 43,000 (yeah, that many) full-color CourseView maps, it brings the world’s finest golf courses to your wrist, ensuring you’re always a step ahead, no matter where you’re playing. The new and improved Virtual Caddie provides club recommendations based on wind, elevation, swing data, and more. 

You’ll never second-guess your club choice again. Immerse yourself in the details with the Green Contour Data, revealing the slope direction of select greens, enabling you to strategize your approach and sink the perfect putt.

While you’re not conquering the course, take advantage of the sports apps, offering preloaded activity profiles for strength, HIIT, yoga, running, and more. This timekeeping marvel also keeps a keen eye on your health and fitness, featuring wrist-based heart rate monitoring, stress tracking, and HRV status insights. This is truly an all-bases-covered watch, and you can get it for just $699.

3. Garmin MARQ Golfer (Gen 2)

3. Garmin MARQ Golfer (Gen 2)

The MARQ Golfer (Gen 2) is purpose-built for, let’s say, more devoted connoisseurs of the game.

As with the S70, this model has a 1.4″ AMOLED touchscreen display featuring traditional button controls, all encased in a 46mm Grade-5 titanium case for unrivaled durability. Sporting a tritone green jacquard-weave nylon strap, this watch is design-forward, which certainly means something to some of us.

Powered by a rechargeable lithium battery, revel in the freedom of up to 16 days of use (6 days in always-on mode). All of this power enables you to make use of the Virtual Caddie, PlaysLike Distance feature, and Green View without interruption. 

Furthermore, optimize your energy levels with Body Battery energy monitoring, and check your body’s oxygen saturation day or night with the Pulse Ox sensor. Enjoy animated workouts, adaptive training plans with Garmin Coach, and use PacePro technology to master your runs with grade-adjusted guidance.

The Garmin MARQ Golfer (Gen 2) is more than just a golf watch – it’s a digital do-it-all for fitness fiends and green-goers of all persuasions, and it can be yours for $2,300.

4. Garmin Approach S12

4. Garmin Approach S12

With an astounding 30 hours of battery life in GPS mode, the Approach S12 is the perfect wrist companion for long-driving, full-time golf addicts. The new round watch design boasts a high-resolution screen, effortlessly readable even on the sunniest days, guaranteeing a good view of over 42,000 preloaded CourseView maps from around the globe. 

Wireless updates for your favorite courses ensure you stay on top of your game, as does the advanced green-mapping functionality of the Approach S12. Avoid hazards and doglegs with ease, as the course maps meticulously detail their locations, no matter where you stand.

Rendered in full black with a 43.7mm case, the S12 sells for a meager $199, making it an entirely approachable timepiece that is neither stylistically nor compositionally offensive.

5. Garmin Approach S42

5. Garmin Approach S42

With up to 10 days in smartwatch mode and 15 hours in GPS mode, the Approach S42 offers a fitting amount of power for the part-time golfer to really get under the skin of any course. Its 1.2″ color touchscreen display, complemented by a sleek metal bezel, ensures elegance without compromising on weight.

There are over 42,000 CourseView maps preloaded on your watch, allowing you to stay in tune with your game as AutoShot game tracking effortlessly records shot distances. Enhance your tracking capabilities further with the optional Approach CT10 club tracking sensors if you’re really after complete data representation on the green.

Pair your Approach S42 with the Garmin Golf app for strokes gained analysis, leaderboards, tournaments, and in-depth data insights into your game.

Given that life doesn’t stop, even when you’re mid-put, it’s important that the S42 enables you to stay connected with smart notifications, receiving emails, texts, and alerts right on your wrist when paired with a compatible smartphone.

As with other entries on the list, the S42 offers health and fitness tracking, and given its sporty, bright design with a white rubber strap and silver case, it also grants its wearer a stylish representation of a tool watch for just $299.

6. Garmin Fenix 7S Pro Solar

6. Garmin Fenix 7S Pro Solar

As its name may suggest, the Fenix 7S Pro Solar is one of Garmin’s highest-performing outdoor watches, thanks in no small part to its fantastic battery life, fortified by solar charging – 14 days in smartwatch mode with just 3 hours of direct sunlight (50,000 lux) per day, and an incredible 46 hours in GPS mode in fair solar conditions. 

The Fenix 7S is certainly built for the outdoorsman who golfs rather than the golfer who occasionally hikes. It can do uniquely cool things, such as combining training data from your athletic pursuits to provide deeper insight into your overall fitness and tracking your running progress more accurately over time, based on your VO2 max and training history. If you’re serious about sports beyond your swing, only a few timepieces can compete with this Garmin.

Resilient and athletic, the S7 Pro has got a 42mm fiber-reinforced polymer case with a steel bezel and rear cover, all of which grant it stellar shock, thermal, and water resistance. It’s built to be used, rough, and ready, and will serve you more than dutifully on both rugged hikes and mowed greens. And all that for just $799.

7. Garmin Epix Pro (Gen 2) Sapphire Edition

7. Garmin Epix Pro (Gen 2) Sapphire Edition

The Epic Pro 2’s second-generation model is a serious bit of gear built for fitness-minded, fresh-air addicts. Mindful of the fact that, much like the Fenix 7S Pro, this is overtly an ‘outdoorsman’ offering, first and foremost, the Epix Pro does offer 43,000 preloaded maps of courses around the world, so if you’re a hobbyist golfer who travels to play, this degree of insight might be just enough for you. 

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that there’s an astonishing 31-day battery life in smartwatch mode (or up to 58 hours in GPS mode), which is, quite frankly, bonkers. This makes sense when you understand how much the Epix Pro’s battery needs to power; a built-in LED flashlight, a red strobe safety light, full fitness tracking, outdoor mapping, stress tracking, a surf camera, and ski maps, along with so much more.

Built to withstand the elements, the Epix Pro is sturdy and relatively unassuming, despite its brilliant 1.4″ scratch-resistant sapphire AMOLED touchscreen display and 51mm fiber-reinforced polymer case with a titanium bezel and rear cover. Despite its size and heft, after a few minutes on the wrist, you’ll forget all about this watch, I swear. 

And although it may not provide the in-depth analytical power that previous entries on this list can, it’s got more detailed golf maps than you can shake a wedge at. You can get the Epix Pro (Gen 2) Sapphire Edition for $1,099.

8. Garmin Fenix 7X Pro Sapphire Solar Edition

8. Garmin Fenix 7X Pro Sapphire Solar Edition

Garmin’s Fenix 7X Pro Sapphire Solar Edition is a multi-sport GPS watch that is equal parts lifestyle assistant, health tracker, sports coach, and timekeeper. It’s got a 51mm case not dissimilar to that of the Epic Pro, with all of the screen do-dads and button bits that $899 will buy you, plus solar charging. That last bit gets you up to 89 hours on GPS mode.

For the sportsman in you, there’s an abundance of capability in the 7X Pro, from surf camera tracking to ski slope grading and extensive home workout training help. Not to mention the multi-dimensional running performance functions. 

If you jog to the golf course (or from it), this is your dream watch. The same could very easily be said for swimmers, climbers, mountain bikers, and hikers too. 

The jet lag adviser, respiration tracking, hydration tracking, and ‘body battery’ monitoring are but a few of the health monitoring features present on the Garmin (usual suspects included). There’s not much to miss with this on your wrist.

9. Garmin Epix (Gen 2) Standard Edition

9. Garmin Epix (Gen 2) Standard Edition

How is the Epix Standard different from the Epix Pro, I hear you ask. Well, first of all, it’s got a steel bezel instead of a titanium one, and it’s 4mm smaller, but at 47mm is still a sizable watch. 

While it doesn’t offer quite the spread in terms of sports functionality, the Standard edition caters to the average person’s fitness needs just fine, with HIIT workouts, stamina readings, and recovery suggestions, among other functions. 

If you have an outdoor bent, the extensive satellite coverage grants precise positioning to navigate the world with unwavering confidence, thanks to TopoActive mapping options on the Epix.

There’s a very ergonomic blend of button controls and touchscreen interfacing on this watch as well, granting seamless access to selections and map features (courses included). I’d say if you don’t need to spend $1099 on an Epix Pro, the $799 that this model will cost you is well worth it. 

10. Garmin Fenix 7 Standard Edition

10. Garmin Fenix 7 Standard Edition

The Fenix 7 Standard is the Ford Fiesta of the Garmin multi-sport watch range. It’s accessible in more ways than one, being uncomplicated, inexpensive ($649), and visually modest. With much the same functionality as the Epix, minus a few more specialized functions and some battery life, the Fenix 7 is about as reliable and as capable as 90% of the people on this planet would ever need a watch of its kind to be.

The juice is good for 18 days in smartwatch mode, an impressive 57 hours in GPS mode, and an astonishing 57 days in battery-saver mode, making this an excellent watch for long stretches away from the world and, indeed, for traveling. It’s got a 47 mm case, complemented by a 1.3-inch display, which is plenty even when you’re on the move.

Empower your athletic pursuits with preloaded sports apps catering to trail running, swimming, biking, and more, along with advanced metrics like running dynamics, VO2 max, and trail running adjustment. Your home workout plan will be served just fine by the Fenix 7 as well, don’t worry. Interestingly enough, this standard version still has ski and surf features, which is pretty impressive for a watch in this price bracket.

I personally think if you’re on the fence about any of the watches on this list, the Fenix 7 is probably the one you should go for. It’s a great upper-entry-level watch to get you into the swing of things, and if you’re just after golf maps on the go while still requiring the host of lifestyle functions that you’d expect of a smartwatch, this one will never disappoint.

Nothing But Aces

One thing is certain: whether you’re a golf enthusiast or a sports aficionado, Garmin has raised the bar and elevated the game for watches. So, make your choice, and get into it with one of these tech-pioneering and boundary-pushing timepieces. 

With Garmin golf watches, you can achieve so much more with so much less, both on and off the green. The added bonus is, of course, that you’ll likely never have to hire a caddy again.

Best Affordable Swiss Watches

All right, everybody. Here it is – a definitive list of the most appealing entry-level Swiss watches. While Swiss watches have long been synonymous with unparalleled craftsmanship and prestige, I know too well that not all horological enthusiasts possess a vault filled with gold bars and that a Rolex, for many, may as well cost a trillion dollars, let alone $15,000. This curated selection of timepieces combines style, technical prowess, and, of course, affordability.

These watches serve as your gateway into the enchanting realm of Swiss horology, allowing you to find a piece of Swiss artistry for your wrist without breaking the bank. Each watch we’ll look at showcases exquisite design, impressive technical features, a price tag that won’t induce heart palpitations, and, let’s not forget, the allure of renowned Swiss branding.

Inexpensive Excellence – Entry-Level Swiss Brands

When it comes to Swiss timepieces, the pursuit of excellence need not come with a hefty price tag. In the captivating world of entry-level Swiss watches, a surprising array of brands offer buyers a chance to buy into affordable horological splendor. 

These timepieces cater to new collectors yearning for their first ‘nice watch’ and discerning individuals who appreciate a touch of horological brilliance without the burden of excessive spending. As I’m sure many of you know, sleeper hits and ahead-of-the-curve grails often reside in the least gregarious collections.

Among the distinguished brands gracing this list, we encounter stalwarts such as Tissot, a master of affordable luxury renowned for their meticulous craftsmanship and commitment to precision. 

Then there’s Hamilton, effortlessly merging American heritage with Swiss savoir-faire, offering iconic timepieces that evoke a sense of adventure and class. For those seeking a touch of sporty sophistication, Certina is a brand worth exploring, with its rugged yet refined timepieces designed to withstand the wear and tear of everyday life.

There’s a piece for every taste on this list, and if, like me, you’re prone to picking watches that make your wallet sweat, these timepieces should be a breath of fresh air.

Spotting An Affordable Swiss Watch

Swiss watches have long reigned as the epitome of craftsmanship and prestige. However, acquiring a Swiss timepiece has often been associated with a considerable dent in one’s wallet. What few people appreciate is that affordable, reliable Swiss watches exist. 

To help you navigate this vast and somewhat complicated territory, here’s a short buyer’s guide to spotting an affordable Swiss ticker.

Brand Status: The Aura of Prestige

When searching for an affordable Swiss watch, brand status plays a crucial role. Opt for brands that have a well-established reputation for quality and craftsmanship. Look for names like Tissot, Hamilton, Oris, and Certina, known for their uncompromising commitment to excellence.

Watch Purpose: Striking the Perfect Balance

Consider the purpose for which you desire a Swiss timepiece. Are you searching for an elegant dress watch for special occasions or a robust sports watch for everyday adventures? Understanding your desired watch’s purpose will guide you toward brands and models that offer the right blend of functionality and style.

Build Quality & Materials: From Craftsmanship to Durability

Affordable Swiss watches can still be of remarkable build quality, make no mistake. Pay attention to materials such as stainless steel, sapphire crystal, and genuine leather straps, which contribute to aesthetic appeal as well as longevity. Seek out watches with solid construction, precise finishing, and attention to detail. Don’t forego discernment just because you’re not spending thousands of dollars.

Swiss Movements: The Heart of Precision

One of the defining features of a Swiss watch is its movement. Be cognizant of timepieces powered by Swiss movements, such as ETA or Sellita, renowned for their accuracy and reliability. These movements are the core of every Swiss watch, so be sure to understand exactly what’s inside the case before buying.

The Best Affordable Swiss Watches

Taking all the aspects above into account, here are the 20 best affordable Swiss watches you can buy today:

1. Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical (ref. H69439931)

Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical (ref. H69439931)

Hamilton’s Khaki Field Mechanical is a timepiece that pays homage to its iconic 1960s predecessor while embracing Hamilton’s military heritage. This 38mm stainless steel marvel boasts a matte finish, exuding a rugged elegance that captures the essence of a soldier’s watch.

The Khaki Field Mechanical’s dark dial sets the stage for luminescent numerals and indexes, ensuring legibility in any light condition. Its vintage-inspired design transports you back to an era when timekeeping was an art form and functionality was paramount. Protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, this timepiece is built to withstand the rigors of daily wear.

The durable NATO strap adds a touch of military flair, while the 20mm lug width ensures a secure and comfortable fit on your wrist. Hamilton’s H-50 movement is undoubtedly the most impressive part of the watch, exclusively crafted for the brand’s hand-winding timepieces.

With its remarkable 80-hour power reserve, this movement guarantees unwavering reliability, even during periods of non-wear. This Khaki Field Mechanical is a masterpiece that seamlessly blends heritage, craftsmanship, and reliability.

It’s the perfect companion for watch collectors and horologists who appreciate a touch of military-inspired sophistication on their wrists. The watch can be yours for $595.

2. Omega X Swatch Moonswatch Mission to Mars

Omega X Swatch Moonswatch Mission to Mars

Here’s a celestial tribute that captures the fiery spirit of the Red Planet (as well as the attention of every watch nerd on Earth, apparently). Vibrant red hues ignite against the Moonswatch’s radiant white dial and velcro strap, creating a mesmerizing visual contrast that’s as colorful as anyone could imagine a watch being.

This chronograph treat features a captivating interplay of colors and shapes. The red chronograph seconds hand commands attention, while the hours and minutes subdials showcase unique spacecraft-shaped hands in a playful nod to interstellar adventures.

Every dial proudly displays the OMEGA X SWATCH branding, alongside the iconic Speedmaster logo and the new MoonSwatch emblem. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this timepiece boasts a glass construction with a “hidden” S ingeniously integrated into the crystal’s center.

The dial’s outer ring and subdials exhibit a refined circular pattern, while the lugs are unobtrusive and precise by design. A distinctive ‘dot over 90’ detail adorns the tachymeter-scaled bezel – no detail has been overlooked in this collaborative effort. But the magic doesn’t stop there.

The Moonswatch Mission to Mars case is fully (and uniquely) Bioceramic, further elevating its intrinsic value. Additionally, Super-LumiNova coatings grace the hour markers, hours, minutes, and chronograph seconds hands, ensuring a captivating glow in even the darkest of cosmic moments. But, make sure to only purchase it at or close to its original price point of $260.

3. Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 (ref. T137.407.11.351.00)

Tissot’s PRX is a timepiece that combines the unapologetic boldness of modernity with a familiar sense of retro charm. Designed around authentic ’70s visual prompts, this watch is something of a standalone in its price bracket.

With a timeless Tissot case shape from 1978, the PRX Powermatic 80 exudes elegance and sophistication. But don’t be fooled by its retro allure, for this timepiece is equipped with twenty-first-century features that cater to the demands of the modern individual. There’s a reason it became the hottest-trending watch on TikTok this year.

At the heart of this marvel lies the self-winding Powermatic 80 movement, a testament to Tissot’s reliability and precision. With the innovative Nivachron hairspring, this movement ensures exceptional accuracy and unwavering performance bolstered by an impressive 80 hours of power reserve.

The 40mm diameter showcases the watch’s commanding presence on the wrist, while the see-through caseback allows a glimpse into the intricate inner workings of a budget masterpiece. A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, enhanced with an anti-reflective coating, protects the dial, ensuring both durability and pristine visibility.

As a bonus, the PRX Powermatic 80 features an interchangeable quick-release bracelet, allowing you to effortlessly tailor your watch’s fit in an instant. What’s not to like? If you’re looking to get your hands on the Powermatic 80 version, expect to pay around $675.

4. Certina DS Action Diver (ref. C032.607.11.051.00)

4. Certina DS Action Diver (ref. C032.607.11.051.00)

This is a timepiece that delves into new depths of contemporary watchmaking. With exceptional precision, remarkable water resistance, and a dynamic design, this maritime companion is built to explore underwater worlds. Crafted from 316L stainless steel, the robust case of the DS Action Diver is certainly durable.

The bezel, also made from 316L stainless steel, features a ceramic insert adorned with Super-LumiNova, ensuring optimal visibility even in the darkest depths. Protected by an antireflection-treated sapphire crystal, the dial boasts a captivating black hue, further enhanced by the Super-LumiNova’s ambient glow, creating a striking contrast against the oceanic backdrop.

This diver’s watch adheres to the hardline ISO 6425 standards, guaranteeing its reliability underwater. With a diameter of 43mm and a height of 13mm, it commands attention on the wrist while maintaining a balanced presence. Powering the Action Diver is the automatic Powermatic 80.611 movement.

Swiss-made and equipped with Nivachron technology, this movement delivers precise timekeeping by combining the expertise of ETA with Certina’s commitment to excellence. Ultimately, this is a no-frills, bash-about diver that’s not afraid of a challenge. You can get this beautiful watch for around $1,000.

5. Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic (ref. FC-303NS5B6)

5. Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic (ref. FC-303NS5B6)

Introducing the Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic, a timepiece that breathes new life into classic watchmaking while staying true to the brand’s mission of accessibility.

The 40mm stainless steel case showcases a refined matte finish, while the dial, available in pure silver or delicately detailed with guilloché decoration, is adorned with either traditional Roman numerals or modern applied indexes. This fusion of classic and contemporary elements creates a tangible sense of agelessness. Full of verve and fuelled by classical sensibilities, the Classics Index Automatic features a 20mm lug width and a water resistance rating of 5 ATM.

Completing the ensemble is a calf leather strap with nubuck finishing and a captivating crocodile pattern in a rich brown hue. This strap adds a touch of refinement and comfort, making it a pleasure to wear on the wrist in ways that its humble price tag doesn’t at first suggest. The watch comes with an approximate market price of around $950.

6. Victorinox I.N.O.X. Mechanical (ref. 241837)

6. Victorinox I.N.O.X. Mechanical (ref. 241837)

If you’re after a full-metal sports extravaganza, the Victorinox I.N.O.X. Mechanical is worth a look. Crafted with a high-grade stainless steel case, this Swiss-made marvel exudes strength and attitude. The bezel is somewhat angular, and its anti-scratch coating ensures long-lasting pristine beauty.

For added protection, a removable bumper guards this timepiece against any issues presented by everyday wear. The bracelet, crafted from patented stainless steel, is a thing of exceptional resilience and a true testament to Victorinox’s commitment to quality. With dimensions of 43mm in diameter and a height of 14mm, this timepiece isn’t for slender wrists.

The 21mm lug width ensures a secure and comfortable fit, further enhancing the overall experience of wearing such a sturdy watch. At the INOX’s heart lies the Swiss-made Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement, visible through the translucent exhibition case back. It serves the piece faithfully, with a date function to boot.

From the polished-brushed bezel to the guilloché-finished dial, every detail of this timepiece is a testament to meticulous craftsmanship. Luminescent hands ensure optimal legibility in any light condition, while the date function adds practicality to its charm. At just $995, there’s little reason not to consider this Victorinox.

7. Ball Fireman Enterprise (ref. NM2098C-S20J-BK)

7. Ball Fireman Enterprise (ref. NM2098C-S20J-BK)

The Ball Fireman Enterprise is a suave and rigid timepiece in all of the best ways. At the watch’s heart beats the automatic calibre BALL RR1103 movement, built on the tenets of Swiss precision and reliability. With 15 micro gas tubes marking the dial’s track of the hour, minute, second hands, this watch ensures exceptional night reading capability, illuminating the darkness with a mesmerizing glow.

Built to withstand the most demanding conditions, the Fireman Enterprise boasts shock resistance of 5,000Gs, ensuring unwavering performance even in the face of impact. The stainless steel case, which is an utterly approachable 40mm in diameter and 11.3mm in height, exudes strength and style. Protected by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, the dial is a sight to behold, available in either black or white, a no-nonsense palette if ever there was one.

Completing the ensemble is a stainless steel bracelet with a folding buckle. Every detail, from the screwed-in crown to the meticulous crest at the party end of the seconds hand, exemplifies a watch that punches above its weight stylistically. And all that for just $1,080.

8. Zodiac Olympos STP 1-11 (ref. ZO9712)

One of my favorites on this list is the Zodiac Olympos STP 1-11, a timepiece that skirts the boundaries of conventional horology in an altogether pleasing way. The 40mm case, crafted from stainless steel in a sleek silver hue, exudes both strength and timeless appeal.

Complemented by a brown leather strap measuring 20mm in width, this timepiece embraces the perfect fusion of comfort and traditional aesthetics. The automatic three-hand movement powers this horological gem, ensuring precise timekeeping and a touch of mechanical marvel.

With a dial color in a gradated grey and an offset crown, the Zodiac Olympos STP 1-11 is far more appealing than its price point implies. There’s a world of field watch-inspired beauty on the Olympos – I highly suggest trying it on and exploring that world yourself! It won’t even cost you too much, at just $895.

9. Doxa Sub 200 Professional (ref. 799.10.351.10)

9. Doxa Sub 200 Professional (ref. 799.10.351.10)

The Doxa Sub 200 Professional is an extraordinary timepiece that pays homage to the brand’s rich heritage while embracing contemporary innovation. Unveiled at Baselworld 2019, this diver’s watch exudes a captivating blend of style and functionality.

Crafted from the highest-quality 316L stainless steel, the 42mm case speaks for detailed craftsmanship and durability. Topped with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal featuring an anti-reflective coating, it embodies the distinctive curvature of the domed plexiglass reminiscent of yesteryears. With a water resistance rating of 20 ATM (200 meters), it lives up to its ‘professional’ title as far as diving goes, at least.

Driven by a Swiss mechanical automatic movement, the Sub 200 Professional offers a power reserve of 38 hours, operating at a frequency of 28,800 vph (4 Hz). The stainless steel bracelet, styled in the iconic ‘Beads of Rice’ design, ensures a secure and comfortable fit.

Equipped with a folding clasp featuring the exclusive Doxa fish logo, it adds a touch of spice and functionality, including a dive suit extension for underwater adventures when a wetsuit is a must. The Doxa Sub 200 comes with a retail price of $990.

10. Mido Baroncelli Heritage Gent (ref. M027.407.16.010.00)

10. Mido Baroncelli Heritage Gent (ref. M027.407.16.010.00)

Introducing the Mido Baroncelli Heritage Gent, crafted for watch collectors and horologists who appreciate classic design. The round case, measuring 39mm in diameter, exudes a harmonious balance on the wrist, with an average thickness of 7.3mm.

Crafted from stainless steel, this timepiece’s case is nothing extraordinary. However, there’s something very endearing about how the sharp hands and cursive script on the dial lie in contrast to the minimal, round case. The sapphire crystal, enhanced with a double-sided anti-reflection treatment, protects the white dial and ensures pristine visibility from any angle. With a see-through case back option, this starts to feel quite high-end very quickly.

The dial features applied indexes, adding depth and sophistication to its design in a pleasantly reductive manner. The date function offers practicality, while the Mido Automatic ETA movement keeps everything reliably on time. Prices for the Baroncelli hover around the $1,000 mark, but you might be able to get it for slightly less if you shop around.

11. Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro 300

The Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro 300, a watch that takes the iconic Trident template and elevates it to new heights, looks and feels like much more watch than most of its peers. Created based on customer feedback from the Christopher Ward forum, this remarkable timepiece embodies the desires of so many watch enthusiasts.

With a slimmer and lighter design, the C60 Trident Pro 300 offers enhanced wearability without sacrificing practicality. The two-part unidirectional ceramic bezel features a perfectly engineered “click” mechanism. The dial showcases larger indexes with increased luminosity, accompanied by the distinctive twin-flags logo at noon.

Available in three case sizes and four captivating colors, including a military-inspired olive-green option, this watch offers a variety of choices to suit individual styles. The redesigned marine-grade steel bracelet features an extended taper, micro-adjustment, and an enhanced quick-release system, while strap options offer even more versatility.

Powered by the esteemed Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement, this watch delivers good time, on time, every time. There’s a lot to get excited about here, and for just over $1000, you’ve got every reason to pick up a Trident Pro 300!

12. Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Heritage (ref. AL-525BBG4SH6)

12. Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Heritage (ref. AL-525BBG4SH6)

Replete with vintage charm, the Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Heritage is a watch that will appeal to the hipster and old-world tastemaker in each of you.

Powered by the precise AL-525 calibre automatic movement, the Pilot Automatic Heritage showcases 26 jewels and a 38-hour power reserve. The brushed and polished 2-part case, with a diameter of 44mm and a height of 11.55mm, is large but practical, topped by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that protects a black matte dial, featuring beige minutes and seconds on an outer ring and beige 24-hour indices on an inner circle.

The applied silver Arabic numerals, treated with beige luminescence, add a touch of elegance and legibility. The dial also features a date window at 3 o’clock, complemented by the silver hour and minute hands with beige luminescence, as well as a silver seconds hand with a distinctive red triangle. Completing the look is a brown calf leather strap that adds to the overall vintage aesthetic of the watch.

Limited to just 1888 pieces, the Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Heritage is a collector’s dream. Its combination of vintage charm, exceptional craftsmanship, and limited availability make it a true gem for watch enthusiasts. You can get yours today for around $1,500.

13. Longines Hydroconquest 39 (ref. L3.741.4.56.6)

13. Longines Hydroconquest 39 (ref. L3.741.4.56.6)

The HydroConquest 39 almost needs no introduction, given that it’s one of Longines’ most famous watches. It’s a timepiece that combines sporty elegance with exceptional craftsmanship to the long-held pleasure of admiring fans and collectors.

The round stainless steel case, measuring a demure 39mm in diameter and 11.9mm in thickness, is wearable for most wrists. Water-resistant to an impressive 30 bar, to say that the HydroConquest 39 is built for pressure is to state the obvious. The screw-in crown, protected by distinguished and angular crown guards, ensures added security, while the unidirectional rotating bezel allows for precise time tracking.

The sunray black dial is a touch of sophistication, complemented by plump, applied Arabic numerals and indexes that enhance legibility. A great final touch is the stark red hue of the tip of the seconds hand. This particular reference varies in price, but generally, you’ll find it for around $1,000 to $1,500 brand-new.

14. Formex Essence Leggera Forty-One Arctic White

14. Formex Essence Leggera Forty-One Arctic White

Introducing the Formex Essence Leggera Forty One Arctic White, a horological masterpiece that defies conventional boundaries and embodies the epitome of innovation and featherweight aesthetics.

Weighing an astonishingly light 40g (1.4oz), the case is artfully hewn from carbon fiber composite, yielding a harmonious fusion of delicate structure and a sensuously smooth touch. This proprietary in-house creation redefines the pinnacle of modern artisanship. What’s more, the scratch-resistant Zirconium Oxide ceramic bezel and crown are testaments to the understated value of this piece.

Pioneering breakthroughs such as the patented Micro-Adjustment and Case Suspension Systems ensure an unrivaled level of comfort on the wrist, elevating the Essence Leggera to a realm of pure wrist-borne delight.

The Sellita SW-200-1 automatic movement sits at the Leggera’s core, an embodiment of both unwavering accuracy and unyielding dependability. Each movement undergoes the rigorous COSC certification process, attesting to its extraordinary mechanical accuracy and precision.

The updated Leggera collection unveils an array of resplendent dials. Revel in the choice of an ultra-thin forged carbon fiber dial, each boasting a distinctive and exclusive pattern. Alternatively, choose the Arctic White, Mamba Green, Electric Blue, or Cool Grey dials. Either way, the watch will set you back around $1,800.

15. Baume & Mercier Classima 10708 (ref. M0A10708)

15. Baume & Mercier Classima 10708 (ref. M0A10708)

If there were an award for ‘Most Trippy Dial’, it would go to the Baume & Mercier Classima 10708. Their wavy, peacock-blue chevron dial design evokes a sense of motion that greatly compliments the otherwise simplistic, luminous numerical details present on the watch’s face.

Driven by a self-winding movement and boasting an impressive 38-hour power reserve, this watch guarantees exacting precision. The 42mm stainless steel case provides ample space for the dial to flourish, with rhodium-plated leaf hands denoting the time in a classy fashion. The Classima 10708 perfectly balances sophistication and legibility, rendering timekeeping a seamless experience.

As if one iteration of this watch isn’t enough, thanks to its two interchangeable straps (a suave light grey fabric strap embellished with a captivating chevron pattern and a dark brown alligator skin strap), you effectively get two versions of the same ticker. Effortlessly swap between them using the reliable spring bar system, allowing for boundless customization and self-expression. And all of this for just $2,300.

16. Monta Atlas GMT Blue Dial

Monta Atlas GMT Blue Dial

Sporty with a touch of Medieval chic, the Monta Atlas is nothing if it isn’t an interesting timepiece. Powering the Atlas is the MONTA Caliber M-23, a self-winding mechanical movement with a bidirectional rotor. This Swiss-made movement is meticulously manufactured, assembled, and tested in Switzerland, and the rhodium-plated diamond-cut sword-style hands, filled with Super-LumiNova, provide optimal legibility even in low-light conditions. 

What stands out, though, are the pointer ends of the GMT and seconds hands, which hark back to knights of the Middle Ages, for me, at least. Adding to this feel is the company crest, visible on both the dial and crown. The Atlas bracelet features a quick-adjust clasp with three slots for micro-adjustment, allowing for wrist bloat on sweaty summer days.

The exclusive blue dial of the Atlas boasts a multidimensional rehaut and applied indices, making it practically useful and visually pleasing. The lacquer finish adds a wet appearance, while the red text and GMT hand tip infuse a sporty touch that elevates the Atlas to new heights.

Crafted from 316L stainless steel, the Atlas case features a screw-down crown and a sapphire caseback with engravings. It may be one of the more expensive watches on this list, at $1,950, but as a value proposition, it’s impossible to overlook.

17. Oris Big Crown Pointer Date (ref. 01 754 7741 4065-07 5 20 63)

17. Oris Big Crown Pointer Date (ref. 01 754 7741 4065-07 5 20 63)

Revitalizing the essence of the everyday wearer, the 40mm stainless steel encasement of the Oris Big Crown emanates a timeless allure. Its meticulous multi-piece construction guarantees a sense of tangible joy, while the stainless steel screw-in security crown caps off the watch with an air of refinement. There’s nothing complicated about this watch – it’s just a beautiful timepiece that gets that job done.

The Oris 754 automatic winding pointer date movement breathes life into this horological wonder, commanding absolute precision in timekeeping. Crafted in-house and derived from the distinguished SW200-1 foundation, this Swiss-made marvel showcases central hands for hours, minutes, and seconds, accompanied by a date center hand (the coolest thing on this entire list) and instant date functionality. The fine-timing device and stop-second mechanism amplify the Big Crown’s performance considerably.

A captivating blue dial adds a splash of elegance to this timepiece, capturing attention with its charismatic charm. The ensemble finds completion in a distinguished dark brown leather strap, a final nod to traditional watch-craft sensibilities. If you’re only looking to ever own one watch for around $1,950, the Big Crown would (secretly) be an excellent choice!

18. TAG Heuer Formula 1 Automatic (ref. WAZ2011.BA0842)

18. TAG Heuer Formula 1 Automatic (ref. WAZ2011.BA0842)

One of the weightier watches on the list, TAG Heuer’s Formula 1 Automatic is a timepiece that combines precision, functionality, and the spirit of motorsports to deliver a solid mass of chronological drive.

At its heart lies the robust TAG Heuer Calibre 5 movement, a three-counter mechanism that boasts professional-level timekeeping functionality. The F1 Automatic’s anthracite grey dial, a perennial favorite among racing fans, grounds the watch in a level-headed space, allowing the unidirectional 60-minute turning bezel, crafted from unscratchable black ceramic, to provide all the sporty flair that you’d expect from a racer like this. 

The 3-row brushed steel bracelet not only enhances the watch’s aesthetic appeal but also ensures durability. It features a double safety folding clasp, preventing accidental opening, and a ‘Driver’ extension for comfortable wearing over a racing suit.

Although it’s usually at the higher end of any budget watch selection, the F1 Automatic’s build quality, undeniable strength, and hard-won reliability make it more than worth the $2250 that it’ll cost you. Racing suit not included.

19. Tudor 1926 (ref. M91650-0005)

19. Tudor 1926 (ref. M91650-0005)

The Tudor 1926 is an exceptional timepiece that fits the bill of a dress watch and casual daily accessory all at once.

The polished 41mm steel case radiates sophistication and sturdiness, safeguarding the self-winding mechanical movement of calibre T601, an in-house movement renowned for its reliability. The steel screw-down winding crown, adorned with the iconic TUDOR logo in relief, adds a distinctive touch of refinement, and with a water resistance of 100m, this remarkable watch is even cut out for wet terrain.

A smooth steel bezel, polished to perfection, accentuates the 1926’s sleek allure, while an opaline dial, gracefully embossed and gently domed, is colored by striking blue numerals and hands which dance over the patterned face.

The steel bracelet, crafted with meticulous attention to detail, features 7 rows of satin-brushed external links and polished center links, offering both comfort and style. Its folding clasp and safety catch guarantee a secure and worry-free wearing experience.

Backed by a five-year transferable guarantee, the Tudor 1926 brings buyers peace of mind and long-lasting delight without the need for registration or periodic maintenance checks. It’s truly a watch for refined yet adventurous tastes. And it can be yours for just $2,100.

20. Maurice Lacroix AIKON Automatic 42 (ref. AI6008-SS000-630-5)

20. Maurice Lacroix AIKON Automatic 42 (ref. AI6008-SS000-630-5)

Building upon the triumphant legacy of the AIKON quartz, this automatic model is a more appealing alternative for movement geeks such as myself. Enveloped in a 42mm stainless steel case and shielded by a sapphire crystal featuring an anti-reflective coating, the AIKON Automatic emanates an aura of panache.

The captivating blue sun-brushed Clous de Paris dial, adorned with rhodium-plated, white SLN indexes and hands, has unrivaled legibility and a nuanced touch of sophistication. Accompanied by a stainless steel strap featuring an effortless strap exchange mechanism and secured by a butterfly buckle, this timepiece ensures both comfort and confidence.

At the core of the AIKON resides the automatic ML115 movement, which orchestrates impeccable timekeeping, gracefully indicating hours, minutes, seconds, and a date display at the 3 o’clock position with great accuracy.

The AIKON Automatic proudly exhibits meticulous embellishments, including resplendent vertical Côtes de Genève and sun brushing on the rotor, accompanied by the opulence of rhodium plating, perlage, and colimaçon finishing.

This might all sound a bit pretentious, but these exquisite details elevate the watch’s aesthetics overall and bear testament to Maurice Lacroix’s unwavering dedication to crafting timepieces that don’t equate ‘cheap’ with ‘affordable’. All in all, you get an excellent Swiss-made timepiece for around  $2,000.

Don’t Look A Swiss Horse In The Mouth

From the precision of Swiss movements to the allure of elegant designs, I hope that this curated list has provided a glimpse into the world of accessible horological excellence. We explored a diverse range of brands, each with a unique story and approach to watchmaking. 

Whether it’s the heritage-inspired Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical, the sporty and reliable Certina DS Action Diver, or the sophisticated and timeless elegance of the Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic, there’s a timepiece to suit every style and budget.

Remember, owning a Swiss watch doesn’t have to be a distant dream. With the right knowledge and guidance, you can embrace the world of Swiss horology without falling into financial ruin. So, whether you’re a seasoned collector or an aspiring watch enthusiast, venture forth with confidence and find yourself an affordable Swiss timepiece!

Alpina Watches Review

Greetings, horological enthusiasts! Today, I’m embarking on an extraordinary journey to the mountains of Geneva to explore the captivating world of Alpina watches. In this ultimate guide, we’ll traverse the intricate maze of craftsmanship, innovation, and heritage that defines this revered and often underrated Swiss watchmaking brand.

Alpina, a representative of Swiss precision and performance, has been enchanting watch lovers since its inception in 1883. Armed with a legacy steeped in tradition, the brand’s timepieces exude an aura of sophistication and reliability, crafted to withstand the test of time – quite literally.

Within this article, I’ll touch on the four main Alpina collections, from the rugged Alpiner series to the sporty Seastrong line-up, and delve into the remarkable fusion of Swiss artistry and hard-wearing technology that sets Alpina apart.

As I illuminate the brand’s unique features and allure, I hope prospective buyers will discover the essence of Alpina’s appeal and discern why these timekeepers have earned their place on many a wrist.

Geneva’s Own – About Alpina Watches

Renowned for their commitment to quality and for building unstoppable Swiss timepieces that cater to lower-spending brackets without sacrificing quality, Alpina timepieces are veritable companions for adventurers and urban explorers alike. Embodying the perfect marriage of technicality and visual appeal, Alpina’s design ethos harmoniously blends classic elegance with a bold, contemporary flair.

A prime example of Alpina’s artistry lies in their Alpiner collection, a tribute to the brand’s rich heritage. These watches exude timeless charm, characterized by clean dials, intricate detailing, and robust stainless steel cases – ideal for those craving a touch of vintage allure with a modern edge.

If you seek the adrenaline rush of extreme sports, look no further. Unyielding in both performance and style, most of Alpina’s timepieces are crafted to weather the toughest outdoor escapades. 

Robust yet refined, they effortlessly transition from the ocean’s depths to the heights of sartorial excellence. I can think of very few situations that an Alpina couldn’t handle with aplomb, which baffles me when I consider that so many people aren’t hip to Alpina…yet.

With a diverse array of models catering to various tastes and lifestyles, Alpina watches remain steadfast in their pursuit of enduring appeal. These aren’t only watches that perform well – they look good in the process. 

Sure, they feel like you’ve seen them before a lot of the time, but is that really such a bad thing? I want a diver that looks like a diver and a field watch that carries the traits of a field watch, and Alpina sure comes to the table on that front. What you see is what you get, and what you get is (perhaps) unparalleled value for money.

Alpina Through Time – A History Of Alpina Watches

With roots dating back to 1883, Alpina has traversed the horological landscape, leaving an indelible mark on the watchmaking world and crafted out a piece of the Swiss watch market all for themselves. 

A pivotal moment in Alpina’s history was the birth of the Alpina 4 in 1938, setting new standards of durability, precision, anti-magnetism, and water resistance – a quartet of qualities that became the foundation for their future endeavors. This remarkable timepiece marked a turning point, elevating Alpina to a symbol of reliability and resilience in their given field.

Fast forward to the modern era, and the Alpina AlpinerX Alive emerges as a living testament to the brand’s forward-thinking spirit. With its cutting-edge smart technology, this watch seamlessly merges tradition with innovation, catering to the tech savvy adventurer who seeks more than just a time-telling device. Above this, the Alpina 4 was re-released in 2014 to great fanfare and is imbued with the characteristics of its predecessor and then some.

Through trials and innovations, Alpina has remained a steadfast guardian of time, adapting to changing tastes and technology while preserving its signature style. Even with a brief glance into Alpina’s rich history, one bears witness to the evolution of watches that epitomize the essence of modern timekeeping.

Under The Microscope – Are Alpina Watches Any Good?

In the ever-competitive realm of horology, Alpina watches prove their mettle with a resounding yes – they are unequivocally good. Renowned for their Swiss craftsmanship, these timepieces boast build quality that stands the test of time, quite literally. Meticulously crafted with precision and high-quality materials, Alpina watches exude a sense of robustness, making them reliable companions for life’s adventures.

As true stalwarts of the watchmaking world, Alpina’s commitment to precision extends beyond aesthetics. The brand’s timekeeping prowess has been endorsed by countless watch enthusiasts, professionals, and explorers. 

Thanks to their historical Alpiner 4 roots, these watches have come to represent accessible vestiges of durability, reliability, and anti-magnetic properties. This triumvirate ensures they remain steady and accurate amidst the daily hustle and bustle. More than that, they’re built to be relied upon in even the harshest outdoor situations.

Furthermore, Alpina’s dedication to design excellence shines through in its diverse collections, captivating enthusiasts from various walks of life. From the classic elegance of, say, the Alpiner Comtesse to the bold modernity exhibited by the Alpiner Extreme Automatic, Alpina’s portfolio caters to a broad spectrum of tastes, ensuring something affordable and attractive in their collection for everyone.

Alpina watches confidently tick all the boxes of what constitutes a “good” timepiece – impeccable build quality, reliable timekeeping, and captivating design. For those seeking a blend of tradition and innovation, Alpina proves time and time again that they are indeed a force to be reckoned with in the watchmaking cosmos.

Price and Availability

Anyone who knows Alpina knows that they present an enticing value proposition that strikes the perfect chord between functionality, materials, build quality, designs, and heritage. With a Swiss legacy of over 140 years, Alpina timepieces embody the very essence of Swiss excellence – they know what they’re doing, and more specifically, they know how to create the best possible watch for their price range.

In terms of availability, these masterpieces are accessible through an extensive network of authorized dealers and reputable watch retailers, ensuring enthusiasts across the globe can embrace an Alpina on their wrists. From bustling metropolitan centers to remote horological havens, Alpina’s reach spans far and wide, catering to both seasoned collectors and newcomers alike. 

For those of you who’d rather buy a watch without standing up, Alpina’s full range is available online. You barely have to lift a finger to get a Swiss watch delivered to your front door. However, if you’re into vintage stuff, you’ll find it a bit more tricky to land that perfect mid-century Alpina you’re after. Patience, smarts, and a good command of aftermarket buying platforms are the only things that can help with that.

While their prowess may be revered, Alpina watches remain surprisingly attainable, offering a spectrum of price points that accommodate various budgets but never venturing as far into the realms of ‘high-end horology’ in their pricing as other well-known Swiss brands. This affordability does not compromise on quality; instead, it reinforces the brand’s commitment to making exceptional Swiss timepieces more accessible to passionate watch aficionados.

Which Model Should You Choose?

Ah, the delightful conundrum of picking the perfect Alpina watch, especially for those venturing into the realm of Swiss horology for the first time. Fear not, dear horological novices – I’ve got you.

If you’re after something simple yet effective, the Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic should undoubtedly be on your radar. Embracing aviation-inspired design elements and a reliable self-winding movement, this timepiece is a true co-pilot for your daily adventures.

For those with an adventurous and sporty spirit, the Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 presents an alluring option. Built to withstand the ocean’s depths, it combines rugged durability with precision timekeeping, perfect for diving enthusiasts and style aficionados. There’s also a vintage ‘version’ of this watch in the same range that should appeal to the old souls among us.

Now, if you crave a classic dress watch with a twist, the Alpiner Heritage Carrée might just be your soulmate. With its exquisite dial, polished stainless steel case, and an in-house mechanical movement, this beauty embodies timeless elegance, proving itself an ideal companion for formal soirées and everyday splendor.

As you embark on this thrilling journey of discovery, these popular Alpina models serve as compelling starting points, each resonating with a unique blend of design, functionality, and craftsmanship. So, embrace the allure of Alpina and choose the model that speaks to your heart. I’m not sorry if that sounds cheesy. Now let’s look a bit closer at Alpina’s main ranges.

Alpina Seastrong

Designed for intrepid souls who seek adventure both above and below the surface, these timepieces boast an amalgamation of Swiss precision and nautical charm. One standout model within this aquatic lineup is the Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic.

Equipped with a robust stainless steel case, a unidirectional rotating bezel, and 300 meters of water resistance, it fearlessly braves the depths of the ocean while keeping perfect time. But don’t be fooled by its tough exterior; its striking black dial and glowing luminescent hands ensure it remains a head-turner even in the most fashionable circles.

For those craving a touch of vintage flair, the Alpina Seastrong Heritage 36mm proves to be a beacon of classic allure. Paying homage to Alpina’s historical diving timepieces, this beauty charms with its refined 36mm case, bold numerals, and distinctive triangular markers. Rest assured; it’s not just about the looks – with 300 meters of water resistance, this watch stands tall as a reliable diving companion.

Alpina Startimer

Prepare for takeoff into the heights of the Alpina Startimer range. Born from a deep-rooted passion for aviation, these timepieces embrace a harmonious fusion of precision engineering and pilot-inspired design. Designed for those who thirst for adventure and love the open skies, the Alpina Startimer collection is certainly worth a look, even if you don’t have a Cessna in your backyard.

A great example within this aeronautical lineup is the Startimer Pilot Heritage. This timepiece pays homage to the brand’s history, boasting a striking 42mm stainless steel square case, a nostalgic “faux patina” dial, and luminescent hands for enhanced readability during airborne escapades. 

Whether you’re soaring above the clouds or conquering the boardroom, this watch exudes the timeless charm of a true pilot’s companion. Fans of the TAG Monaco might want to take a look at this, in particular.

Another jewel in the Alpina Startimer crown is the Alpina Startimer Pilot Chronograph Big Date. This chronograph merges high-performance functionality with an elegant appearance thanks to its eye-catching bi-compax subdial layout and a distinctive big date aperture at 6 o’clock. 

Engineered to meet the demands of modern aviators, this timepiece confidently takes center stage as a symbol of precision and style. Like the aforementioned models, it’s available in several finishes and styles, so there’s a good chance that at least one iteration will catch any eye.

Alpina Alpiner

As the heartbeat of Alpina’s heritage, this collection speaks for the brand and the spirit of exploration that echoes through the very foundations of Alpina watches. Inspired by the iconic Alpiner 4, these timepieces marry classic aesthetics with modern innovations, resulting in a symphony of style and functionality.

One standout model within this lineup is the Alpina Alpiner Automatic. With its refined 42mm stainless steel case, clear-cut dial, and distinctive arrow-shaped hands, this watch captures the essence of traditional watchmaking craftsmanship. Equipped with a robust automatic movement, it ensures precision timekeeping, whether you’re navigating the urban landscape or venturing into the great outdoors.

For those yearning for a touch of sophistication, the Alpiner Regulator Automatic effortlessly commands attention. Its regulator-style dial, featuring separate hours, minutes, and seconds subdials, showcases both technical prowess, elegance, and something a little different from a conventional watch face. With the AL-650 in-house manufactured movement at its core, this timepiece stands tall as a testament to Alpina’s dedication to horological mastery.

Alpina Comtesse

Elegance meets sophistication in the enchanting world of the Alpina Comtesse range. Designed to grace the wrists of modern ladies, these timepieces celebrate femininity with a touch of brilliance. Embodying Alpina’s commitment to exquisite craftsmanship, the Comtesse collection radiates a sense of class and simplicity devoid of any affectation.

One standout model within this regal lineup is the Alpina Comtesse Glacier Smartwatch. As much as it pains me to add a smartwatch to any list, this one really can’t be overlooked, simply for the fact that it doesn’t look like a smartwatch at all. Blending the art of traditional watchmaking with modern smart technology, this timepiece caters to the discerning woman who seeks both style and substance. 

With its deep blue dial, black bezel, diamond indices, and smart functionalities, it effortlessly balances grace and intelligence. Oh yeah, it’s also a world timer, a heart rate monitor, a weather forecaster, and a breathwork coach. Need I say more? For those who prefer a more conventional approach, the Alpina Comtesse Quartz series enchants with its classical beauty and inward simplicity.

Featuring a delicate 34mm stainless steel case, a captivating selection of brushed and colored dials, and elegant Roman numeral hour markers, this watch embraces traditional watchmaking artistry powered by a reliable automatic movement. It’s a reliable ticker for the most reserved wrists. A timepiece that gets the job done effortlessly without boasting about it.

From the Mountains, With Love

From the rugged charm of the Alpina Seastrong range, the soaring heights of the Alpina Startimer collection, the elegance of the Alpina Alpiner series, to the enchanting grace of the Alpina Comtesse lineup, Alpina has proven its prowess in crafting watches that cater to every taste and lifestyle.

With a nod to their rich history and an eye firmly on the future, Alpina timepieces marry tradition with innovation, ensuring each watch stands as a testament to the brand’s unwavering commitment to quality and precision. 

Whether you’re an adventurer, aviator, connoisseur, or queen, Alpina has a masterpiece that will capture your heart and elevate your style. Are they the best watches money can buy? No. Are they the best watches for the money they’re asking for? Almost certainly, yes. So, if you’re seeking the perfect amalgamation of heritage, functionality, and affordability to adorn your wrist, look no further than Alpina.

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