Tissot is well known as the middle range brand of the Swatch Group. But then, they have truly outperform themselves by producing high quality watches, that could easily worth more than what it is selling.
Diameter: 42 mm Thickness: 11.25 mm Case: Polished stainless steel Band: 20 mm wide stainless steel bracelet with push button deployment clasp closure Dial: Black dial Dial Window: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal Hour Markers: Rectangular index with luminescent Hands: Rectangular index with luminescent for hour and minute hands, red needle for seconds hand Bezel: Minute marking on stationary bezel. Black in color Movement: Swiss ETA Caliber 2836-2 Movement’s Features: 25 Jewels, 38 hours power reserve, hacking feature, 28,800 vibrations per minute or 8 beats per second, +-15 seconds accuracy per day Other Features: Exhibition caseback with sapphire crystal, non-screw down crown, day and date display at 3 o’clock Water Resistance: 100 m / 330 feet / 10 bar Best Price: On Amazon
Tissot PRS 516 series is made reflecting the brand’s involvement in motorsport a few decades ago. It was a sponsor for many racing teams such as Lotus, Renault and Sauber.
This series is essentially a sports watch. But the thing that make me really love the Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 is that it is very stylish (and less sporty) compared to its siblings in the PRS 516 stable.
If you glance through the Tissot PRS 516 catalogue of offering (you can see it at their website here), most of the watches have chronograph. It is a handy feature for sure, but only if you really use it to time something (sports event, etc.).
For normal watch users like me, chronograph have little value. But don’t get mistaken. I adore the technological prowess of a chronograph in an automatic watch, but it’s just not my cup of tea as I don’t really find the need for it.
The Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 here is another story. Its a totally stylish sports watch, with its clear and fully black dial and bezel. It’s 42 mm diameter and 11.25 mm thickness is just perfect for a normal wrist.
The black dial is simply stunning. It only has index markers and some signatures (Tissot, 1853 established year, water resistance marking, etc) on it.
You will get a gorgeous black dial, coupled with a black bezel. The stationary bezel is flushed with the edge of the watch.
A wonderful review of the Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00. You can see how stylish, elegant and well constructed the watch is.
Sapphire Crystal Dial And Exhibition Caseback
On the watch is an anti-reflective sapphire dial window, a much loved feature for all watch lovers. The sapphire is scratch resistant and will undoubtedly lasts very long.
It is something that I really wish Seiko and Invicta will use in their middle range watches, but well, money talks. On the watch’s back, there is an exhibition caseback – also made from sapphire crystal (horray!).
From the back you can see the movement that powers this watch (ETA 2836-2). Tissot also has designed a neat treat for us, the caseback is shaped like a steering wheel (you can see clearly from the video above) – a homage to their racing days.
The band is something that is quite controversial. Tissot has opted for a stainless steel bracelet with deployment clasp closure.
The issue is the bracelet is hard to be adjusted. On a normal bracelet, there is an adjustment holes that we can use. But there is none on this bracelet.
What we have on this watch is a half link that can be taken out to make any adjustment, which is really a bother.
But apart from that, I like the design of this bracelet as it is different from normal. You can see the clasp is made to look just like another link, a really ingenious design.
The Reliable Swiss ETA 2836-2 Movement
Inside Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 is a Swiss ETA 2836-2 movement. Since both ETA and Tissot are under the Swatch Group, ETA movements are always used in Tissot’s watches, and other brands under Swatch.
This movement boasts a 28,800 vibration per hour, or 8 beats per second (4 Hz) and not really considered a hi-beat movement.
But you can definitely see the difference in the smoothness of the sweeping seconds hand compared to a lower 6 beats movement. But a higher beat movement will require servicing more frequently as its internal parts moves lots more.
The ETA 2836-2 movement used 25 jewels in its parts. It has an accuracy of +-15 seconds per day, though I believe constant manual winding (rotating the crown) of the watch will definitely improve on that. It also has hacking feature, meaning you can stop the watch completely including its seconds hand.
The watch also comes with 100 m or 330 feet water resistance. It is a sports watch after all right. With this water resistance rating, you can always bring it out for a swim. Just make sure not to operate the crown.
To conclude, Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 is a very stylish sports watch. You can use it anywhere – go to gym, sports, wear with suits, etc. It will just looks good on any time and occasion.
The fully black dial and bezel just adds on to the elegance of this watch. The build quality of Tissot is very well known, and this watch is not an exception. Rest assured that this watch will never go out of style even after some time.
Where To Get This Tissot PRS Automatic Watch?
If you want to buy this stylish sports watch, you can check out Amazon for the best price of Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00. Amazon also lists many Tissot watches on it site, all for attractive discounts, from the original MSRP of $600.
Click the link below to check out the best deals of Tissot PRS 516 T044.430.21.051.00 on Amazon.
Before we get to the detail review, let’s have a quick look at what is the SARB lineup all about.
Seiko SARB Line – Middle Range Dress Watch
The SARB line is Seiko’s middle range dress watch and one of the most popular watch line among Seiko fans.
The reason for its huge popularity?
It’s downright beautiful, with great craftsmanship but at an affordable price. Some of the most popular watches in this line is the SARB065 (the watch I’m reviewing here), the simple yet elegant SARB033, and the unique SARB017 Alpinist with grean and gold dial).
This SARB065 watch is a collaboration done by Seiko and Shinobu Ishigaki, one of Japan’s top bartender. They teamed up together and released a couple of watches and the most popular is this (which is why it’s nickname is “Cocktail Time“).
For some reason unbeknownst to most people, Seiko only released this watch for JDM or Japan Domestic Market which means it is not available outside of their country. I’m guessing they really like to keep the best watches for themselves.
Now that’s downright selfish! Non-Japanese (like you and me) also have the right to own these gorgeous watches. Fortunately, people outside of Japan can buy this watch through many online merchants, of which Amazon.com is one of them.
Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time Specification
Diameter:40 mm Thickness:13 mm Case: Stainless steel Band: 20 mm leather band with clasp
Dial:Guilloche sunburst dial Watch Crystal: Seiko’s Hardlex crystal Markers:Sword shape markers Hands:Dauphine minute and hour hands. Black color with blue tip for seconds hand
Movement: Seiko’s Caliber 6R15 with 23 Jewels. 21,600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second Power Reserve: 50 hours Accuracy:+25;-15 seconds per day
Water Resistance:50 m Other Features: Date display at 3 o’clock, Exhibition caseback, Non-screwdown crown at 3 o’clock
Where to Buy: Amazon (Click the link below to check its latest price)
The first thing that you are going to notice is the gorgeous sunburst guilloche dial. The silver dial is designed with lots of fine silver lines from the center of the watch to the edge, a feat that need exquisite craftsmanship to make.
The watch then will just took reflection of lights beautifully and will change it’s appearance under different light points.
Even though the picture above shows it to have a blue dial, the actual dial is white in color. You need to see it in person to really understand the magnificence of it.
I’ve embedded a youtube review of this watch down below that you can see to look at how pretty it really is in person.
Can you see how stunning the SARB065’s dial is.. It’s truly marvelous to look at
Small Stylish Signatures
On the Seiko SARB065 dial, you will find the “Seiko”, “Automatic” in italic and “23 Jewels” signatures on the dial. The signatures are beautifully put on top of the dial, and does not obstruct it in any way.
There are also the small words “Japan” and “6R15” on the bottom of the watch, signalling it is made in Japan for JDM and the movement caliber that it has.
Seiko uses wedge shaped hour markers with silver stainless steel color which perfectly complement the sunburst dial.
Same goes for the silver dauphine hands. Only the second hand is different, black hand with a blue tip, a very nice detail.
There is no luminous on the hands and markers, but then again, who needs them on a dress watch? Save those lumes for when you are getting a sporty dive watch.
The design of the watch face is truly beautiful. It’s sort of captivates you to keep looking at it. The attention to detail on the seconds hand tip really blow me away. Only the Japanese are able to give so much detail, at such an amazingly affordable price for a watch.
Above is a great video review of the Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time. Notice how beautiful the sunburst dial is. I really love how it catches lights from different angles.
To complement the shining sunburst dial, Seiko opted for all around polished stainless steel case. The case is 40 mm in diameter, and 47 mm lug to lug width (overall length of the watch from top to bottom). In my opinion, it is a good size for a man’s wrist.
One thing that puzzles me is the thickness of 13 mm. 13 mm is a common thickness for many diver’s watch which is why I’m astounded on why a dress watch would have to be this thick.
Since a dress watch does not need to have that much water resistance, it can be thinner, which will give it a sleeker look. But nevertheless this watch still look amazing on wrist.
It can also be paired with different strap colors and will still look gorgeous.
The watch comes with shiny leather band, which have a butterfly clasp on it. So you never need to worry about damaging and replacing your leather band, as is the case with normal pin and buckle.
Some people do not like the shining band (me included) but I understand that Seiko wants to make the Cocktail Time a “shining watch” but the shining leather band is just a bit over the top.
Not to mention it looks like a cheap vinyl band. But luckily, a replacement leather band is just $20-$30 away =).
Exhibition Caseback To Peek At The Auto Movement
The crown is located at 3 o’clock, the same with the date display. An engraving of “S” can be seen on the crown to denote “Seiko” which is a nice detail.
The watch features an exhibition caseback, a favorite feature of mine. You can see the back of the Caliber 6R15 movement that powers the watch.
But don’t expect too much from Seiko’s exhibition casebacks (at least at this price point). They never did put much effort to beautify the back of the movement for our eye’s pleasure like Swiss manufacturers.
The gears are all the same color, the jewels are not really easy to spot, and the engravings are just minimal.
This is not really a deal breaker for me though. For one, there is absolutely no problem with the movement’s performance (more on that later on).
But then again, the aesthetics of the exhibition caseback is not really prominent, compared to their Swiss competitors.
Luckily, Seiko more than doubled their effort on the other aspects of the watch, namely the gorgeous dial, markers, hands and casing.
These other aspects of the watch are more than enough to cover the little lacking in their exhibition caseback. Besides, how much time do we look at the movement compared to the dial and case right?
Caliber 6R15 – Seiko’s Answer To ETA 2824
Powering the Cocktail Time is Seiko’s own in-houseCaliber 6R15 automatic movement, Seiko’s equivalent to ETA 2824 movement. This movement is usually used in many Seiko’s mid range watches.
It is essentially a workhouse, and is even used in many diving watches by Seiko (especially the mid-range Perspex line).
That shows just how good the movement is. It has 23 jewels and is automatic and hand winding mechanism, the best of both worlds.
The usage of automatic movement will free its owner of having to change the battery (like in normal quartz watch).
It also has hacking feature that stops the seconds hand when you are adjusting the time. This will enable you to set the time perfectly to the seconds.
The Caliber 6R15 has a 21,600 vibrations per hour, or 6 beats per seconds. The beats will indicate how smooth the movement of the sweeping second hand will be: a higher beat per second will give a more fluid sweeping motion.
With 6 beats per second, this movement is not that fluid to be honest. ETA 2824 with 8 beats per second will have a more fluid motion albeit slightly.
But there are two major advantages of having a lower beat rate. First, the service interval of the watch will be longer as the parts are not moving as much as a higher beat rate movement.
Secondly, the lower beat rate will have more power reserve. The 6R15 has a whopping 50 hours (2 full days!), compared to ETA 2824 with 38 hours (1 and a half day).
Caliber 6R15 – An Accurate Movement
The advertised accuracy of this movement is +25 and -15 seconds per day, meaning the watch could gain 25 seconds or lose 15 seconds per day.
But from my experience with my SBDC003 (or Sumo) that uses the same exact movement, the highest deviation that I got is +-5 seconds per day. This is consistent with many reviews by other owners around the world.
The main reason why this is happening is that most movements are designed to be very good at accuracy when dial is being used and also facing up.
When the dial is facing other directions (down, inclined left, etc.) gravity effect of the movement will kick in and reduce the efficiency and accuracy of the watches’ parts.
Not only that, magnetism and lack of power reserve (such as after not using the watch for a day and half) will reduce its accuracy too. Which is why a +-5 seconds in normal usage is a good standard for any automatic watch.
Side by side comparison of the Tissot Le Locle and the Seiko Cocktail Time. Which one do you prefer? Let me know in the comments section below =)
Tissot Le Locle T41.1.423.33 Vs Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time
A few weeks back I have reviewed another gorgeous watch, the Tissot Le Locle T41.1.423.33. These two watches are dress watch, both cost less than $500 and this match up is basically a Japan vs Swiss battle.
Both have gorgeous guilloche dial, but one has a subtle dauphine shape hands and markers while the other has black sword hands and roman numeral markers.
It’s also the battle between Cal. 6R15 and Cal. ETA 2824. Both of these two watches are great watches in their own right, but which one is more gorgeous?
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But for me, the Seiko Cocktail Time triumphed over its Swiss challenger.
The sunburst dial design of the Cocktail Time is more beautiful than the Le Locle. I love how the guilloche lines of the Cocktail Time covers the whole dial, as compared to the Le Locle, where the guilloche is only present at the center of the dial.
The simple silver sword hands and markers complements the sunburst dial and pretty much complete the watch’s look. It is without a doubt the Cocktail Time wins hands down.
Mesmerized By The Gorgeous Sunburst Dial? Where Can I Get One?
Where to buy Seiko Cocktail Time since it’s not sold officially outside of Japan? Don’t worry as the watch is readily available on many online retailers.
If you’re a fan of Amazon, you’re in luck as Amazon also have this watch listed on its website. Check the latest price of the watch by clicking the link below.
Swiss Military Watch Heritage – A Hamilton Khaki King Review
Hamilton is an old legendary American watch company and today’s post is about Hamilton Khaki King review.
The Khaki king (Model No. H64455533) is made as a homage to Hamilton’s Military watch (the company made military watches for American Army during World War II) but with some modern twist in it.
It’s very beautiful to look at, very rugged and tough (and also manly!) – as expected of a military watch, and last but not least (though could mean the world to some of us) it’s Swiss Made. Let’s get on to the Hamilton Khaki King review for a closer look at this watch.
Movement:ETA Cal. 2834-2 Swiss Automatic self-wind movement with 25 jewels Accuracy:up to +-15 seconds per day Power Reserve:38 hours
Water Resistance:50 m or 165 feet. Not suitable for swimming or diving. Other Features:Crown at 3 o’clock, crown guard, day and date display at 12 o’clock, exhibition caseback showing decorated movement
Where To Buy:Amazon where we can get it for a cheaper price than its MSRP.
A Homage To Hamilton’s Military Watch History
Hamiltonwatch company was founded in the US around 1900s in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It began by making and selling pocket watches, and later wrist watches to the public. The company was famous for being assigned with producing accurate and durable timepieces for the American army during World War II.
Around the 1980s, the brand was sold to the Swatch Group, and later it was moved entirely to the Swiss. It’s quite sad to know that a once popular American watch manufacturer was sold to another country. But hey, look at the good part. Now all Hamilton’s watches are Swiss Made =)
The Hamilton Khaki King is a homage to their military watches, but with some modern styling twist. Hamilton still preserved the big and very readable hour markers. The watch was made using heavy duty stainless steel, an absolute must for the maximum protection and durability for any military watch.
It’s slightly bigger than it’s older brother, at 40 mm diameter and 11 mm thickness – though that’s actually just the right size with the current trend right now for men’s watches. With the size, it will look balanced on any wrist.
Traditional military watches used Nato straps, but Hamilton opted for a 20 mm leather strap on this watch. A good move I would say as the leather strap with contrast stitching make the watch look much elegant and manly, not to mention very comfortable to wear too.
Look at how gorgeous the watch is. The usage of polished finish on some parts of the watch make it less rugged but still a tough watch nonetheless =p
As mentioned earlier, the Hamilton Khaki King took some design cues from it’s older brother. The dial is black, with combination of 12-hour markers at the outer dial and 24-hour markers at the inner dial – classic design of military watches.
There are minute markers around the edge of the dial. Day and date display are at located 12 o’clock, a quite unique position as most watches would put it at 3 o’clock.
But then the day is displayed in full e.g “Saturday” instead of just “Sat” like normal watches as they have more space. It depends on the people really, but I found it quite interesting and like it.
The hands are simple sword style luminous hands. The dial window is anti-reflective sapphire crystal, normal for watches at this price range. It’s scratch resistant and a must for a durable military watch.
The watch also has an sapphire crystal exhibition caseback, where we can see its ETA 2834-2 movement. The movement has been engraved with the Hamilton signature and shows some of the 25 jewels it has.
Check out this awesome review of the Hamilton Khaki King
On the dial, we can see the signatures “Hamilton”, “Khaki” and “Automatic” on it. The crown is positioned at 3 o’clock, with crown guards.
There is an H emblem on it signifying Hamilton. The bezel is not decorated, and fixed in its position.
The finish of the casing is a combination of polished and brushed surfaces that makes it looks totally gorgeous and yet still look as a military watch.
Overall, the watch is very rugged and tough looking watch. I certainly love its manly feeling. It’s made of high quality material and craftsmanship.
Some people would say the watch can be wore with dress shirts, but I beg to differ. It’s a handsome watch for sure, but it’s just too rugged to be used with a dress shirt. For me, this watch fits perfectly when I’m going out in my casual wear, jeans and all.
The back of the watch is an open caseback so that its lucky owner can see the ETA 2834-2 movement. Open caseback has always been a favorite watch element to me. There is something satisfying to see the wheel balance oscillates in swift manner as if the watch itself is alive =)
Swiss ETA 2834-2 Movement
Underneath the brushed stainless steel casing of the watch, there is a Swiss ETA Caliber 2834-2 automatic movement, a powerhouse and commonly used in many watches under the Swatch Group brand. The movement has 25 jewels with some of them can be seen from the exhibition caseback.
The rotor has also been engraved with Hamilton’s signature and can be seen from the case back. This movement is accurate up to +-15 seconds per day, though most watch owners out there report that it has a much higher accuracy, only +-5 seconds per day. The movement has 38 hours power reserve, pretty standard for automatic watches.
The watch is water resistant up to 50 m or 165 feet. This means that it is not suitable for diving, snorkeling or swimming. Though some splash of water here and there would be fine.
Where To Buy Hamilton Khaki King Automatic?
If you are looking to buy the Hamilton Khaki King, check out Amazon as the online company usually has discounts for the watch, reducing its price from an MSRP of $545! Click the link below to go to Amazon to check on this amazing deal.
Hamilton Khaki King is a tough and rugged watch, taking its cue from Hamilton’s American military watches during the World War II.
But even then, the design is stylishand handsome. Combined with the tough look of the military watch, it’s definitely a “manly”watch =)
It has a sturdy construction and build that will guarantee you this watch will be able to take any beating. As a made in Swiss watch, you can also rest assured that it has the highest quality and technology the Swiss has to offer.
“American spirit, Swiss precision“ – that is the tagline from Hamilton, and this watch fully embodies that tagline truthfully.
I hope this article on the Hamilton Khaki King review is beneficial to you guys. Should you have any comments or questions, feel free to ask me about it.
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Welcome to the Invicta 9937 review, a model from the Pro Diver line up. Invicta is a brand that is well know for making good watches (automatics and quartz) at affordable prices. For those that don’t know, Invicta means “invincible” in Latin.
The company is founded in the Swiss around 1800s on the belief that fine timepieces can be sold at a modest price to the masses, and they still do that today.
The company is currently based in the US, but still outsourced most of their parts from the Swiss and assemble it somewhere in China.
So if you heard somebody says that Invicta is “Swiss Made”, don’t give much attention to it lol. For all we know, it could just be a marketing ploy.
Invicta 9937 OB
Here, I’m going to review the Invicta 9937 Pro Diver (or 9937OB. The OB stands for “Old Bezel” that is the coin edge bezel this unit has. Some newer Invicta has the scallop edge).
Let’s check out the Invicta 9937 review shall we.
Homage Or Knock Off?
This particular Invicta Pro Diver 9937 is a homage to a very popular diving watch, the Rolex Submariner.
Though many (actually most) of diving watches out there looks like the iconic sub, the Invicta Pro Diver 9937 is very very similar to the Rolex.
It’s something that’s well know of the brand. They like to copy well known watches blatantly.
The overall watch casing, bezel, font of the numeral on the bezel, hour markers, date display with cyclops, and the minute and hour hands are 99% the same.
With these, it is very hard to not say Invicta copied the Submariner’s design (though some people is more forgiving to term it as “homage”).
Invicta did impart their own design on the dial and some inscribing on the watch’s sides and back to give the watch their own brand. In this regard, Invicta is a step above cheap China knock-offs.
But unless you see it up close, it’s very hard to tell if you are wearing a Rolex or an Invicta which can be what Submariner’s fans might want – a much cheaper alternative to the Sub.
Nevertheless, a watch’s worth is not just on the design itself. Even though it is a copy, the Invicta Pro Diver 9937 is a tough and solid watch on its own right.
And it’s definitely much friendlier to our wallet than the Submariner too!
Invicta Pro Diver 9937 Specification
Diameter: 40 mm Thickness: 12 mm Weight: 5.6 oz or 159 gram Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: 20 mm width Stainless Steel with fold over clasp and safety Dial: Black metal dial Dial Window: Flame Fusion Window (Mineral crystal with sapphire coating) Bezel: Unidirectional black bezel. Made from stainless steel Movement: Swiss Automatic – Sellita SW200 Power Reserve: 38 hours Jewels: 26 Jewels Accuracy: up to 30 seconds per day Winding: Automatic and manual winding with hacking feature Water Resistance: 660 feet or 200 m Other Features: Exhibition caseback,Screw down crown, Date display with cyclops, luminescent hands and markers Warranty: 1 Year Warranty
The Invicta Pro Diver 9937 has a 40 mm diameter, not too big and not too small and can suit most people’s wrist.
It has a thickness of 12 mm and weigh 5.6 oz or 159 grams and is comfortable to be worn and used.
Though you might want to look for another watch to go with your suit as it is quite thick and might have problem to fit into your sleeves.
It is made from stainless steel, and have a water resistance of up to 660 feet or 200 m.
The crown is screw down crown, a compulsory element to be considered a serious diving watch. The screw down means the crown has to be turned to operate/change the time and date.
This is to prevent water infiltration during diving.
The band is made from stainless steel too and comes with fold over clasp with safety. It is a sturdy and solid band, looking from the thickness of the steel.
Invicta Pro Diver 9937: A Rolex Submariner Look Alike?
As mentioned earlier, this Invicta 9937 watch is a spitting image of the Rolex Submariner.
A lot of diving watches today takes their design cues from the Sub such as markers, bezel design, crown and crown guard, hands, and also the cyclops to magnify the date.
The Sub has become hugely popular, that it is just unimaginable for any diving watch to have its iconic look.
Invicta also apparently did it with this watch, but they had took it further. The bezel, markers, hands, and the date are just too identical to the Sub.
Even the “mercedes” hour hand is the same! Luckily the dial signature is totally different as it bears the Invicta logo signatures. There is also an Invicta scribe on the right side of the watch and on the back case.
The dial comes with black in color and made from metal. The previous version of this watch comes with sapphire window (lucky them!) while the latest version dial window is made of flame fusion, a mineral crystal that has sapphire coating on top of it.
This material is not as scratch resistant as sapphire though it really depends on how you use the watch.
On the back, Invicta put an exhibition caseback to show the movement which is quite strange for a 200 m diving watch to have this.
It is always a pleasure to be able to see the movement. By looking at it, you will be able to appreciate the design and meticulous effort taken to assemble the hundreds parts of the watch.
But some few years back, Swatch Group (parent company of ETA) made the decision to restrict the selling of ETA movement to its competitors.
Because of that, Invicta had to purchase the movement from Sellita, and currently this watch comes with Sellita SW200 movement.
Sellita is a fellow Swiss company that had a history of being a subcontractor for ETA to assemble its movements.
It is only currently the company has grown to produce their own movements and the SW200 is actually a copy of the 2824-2.
They are allowed to do this as the 2824-2 is an old movement (more than 20 years I think) and is not covered under copyright anymore.
The Sellita SW200 movement has 38 hours power reserve and made of 26 jewels (as opposed to ETA 2824-2’s 25 jewels). It is automatically winded and can also be manually winded by rotating the crown 25 times for a full charge.
The posted accuracy from Sellita is around 30 seconds gain or lose per day. But most people that owned this watch report higher accuracy, of only +-5 seconds per day which is a really great accuracy.
Watch this awesome review of the Invicta Pro Diver 9937. You can see how the watch fits perfectly on his hand and how stunning it looks.
Invicta Pro Diver 9937 is a really great watch with solid build. It really looks like Rolex Submariner but with a much lower price. Since it’s not too expensive, you are really going to use it for a whole bunch of activities.
Activities that you won’t even dream of using the Submariner at all such as diving, camping, skiing, travelling and so on. Even though the Submariner is made for diving, I bet none of those that spent thousands of dollars to buy it will actually use it for anything too extreme.
With this watch, you will get a daily beater that is just as gorgeous and solidly built like the Rolex. And with it’s price around $280, it is a killer deal for a watch!
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I admit I’m a sucker for watches with classic and simple design. Don’t get me wrong. I still love complications very much and found them very very fascinating. Just thinking about a the common chronograph function can make me wonder in excitement. But sometimes, a simply designed watch without all those fancy complications is just what you need.
Here comes Citizen NB0040-53E The Grand Classic Automatic from The Signature Collection line. A simply gorgeous high quality watch, handcrafted by the folks at Citizen. If you are looking for a classic dress watch, with a high quality finish and movement then this watch is definitely for you.
Citizen Signature Collection Grand Classic NB0040-58E Specification
Diameter: 42 mm Thickness: 12.5 mm Weight: 5.62 oz / 159 gram Movement: Citizen caliber 9010 with 24 jewels. Japanese movement with 42 hours power reserve. Automatic and manual winding with hacking feature Case Material: Silver tone stainless steel Dial: Black metal dial with exquisite textured design Dial Window: Dual coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal (same material is used for caseback) Band: Silver tone stainless steel with fold over clasp and push button Band Width: 22 mm Water Resistant: 330 feet / 100 m / 10 bar Other Features: Date display, Non-rotated bezel, Exhibition caseback, Hand crafted mechanical parts that can be seen from back, Luminous hands and hour markers.
Beautiful Classic Design
The Grand Classic NB0040-58E is so pretty to look at. The picture above will not do it justice. You have to look at it in the flesh to really “see” its true beauty. The thing about watches is they are rarely photogenic. A gorgeous watch will not be very pretty in photos. I’ve embedded this video below to show you how beautiful the Grand Classic NB0040-58E truly is.
Citizen Signature Collection Grand Classic Automatic NB0040-58E On Wrist Video
As you can see, the designer uses a lot of reflective elements such as the stainless steel case, black metal dial, the dial window and stainless steel hands and hour markers to create this watch. This is why the picture of the watch can look not so enticing, but the real thing can be a great pleasure to look at. As you can see, the watch dial is very simple, only the hands, hour markers, date display and signatures of “Citizen” and “Automatic” are there. The dial itself is black in color, without fancy decorations but some delicate designs on its face. At the end of the day, you are getting a simple watch that is just so nice to look at. The quality of finish of this watch is simply stunning, and can rival those Swiss made watches.
The watch is 42 mm in diameter and has a thickness of 12.5 mm. It is not too big or too small. It’s just 5.62 oz or 159 gram. A bit heavy but that is to be expected of a stainless steel case watch. In return, the watch has a 10 bar water resistance or equal to 330 feet/100 m water resistance. This means you can use this watch for swimming or showering. Just make sure you do not operate the crown while in water. The band is 22 mm width, and also made of stainless steel.
The dial window is made of dual coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal. his means the dial will not get any scratch on it (unless you are using this watch in a harsh environment). Citizen has opted for single lines as its hand markers, instead of the normal numbers. The only indication is the “Citizen” signature and date display that will give hints of the 12 and 3 o’clock positions. This just further enhanced the classical and simple design of the watch. It also features a non-rotated bezel that have single lines as minute markers. Since it’s non-rotating, the edge of the watch from the bezel can be made to continuously sloping down to the case, creating a sleek look from the sides.
Stunning Exhibition Caseback
The hand and hour markers contain luminous materials that will give off blue citizen lume in dark. An exhibition caseback made of sapphire crystal can be found at its back. This back window will show you the back part of the movement as well as the rotor. The exposed parts are beautifully hand crafted and you can even see some of the 24 jewels used in this watch.
Promotional Video of the Grand Classic NB0040-58E by Citizen
Citizen Caliber 9010 – A High Quality Movement
This watch is powered by Caliber 9010, a movement by Citizen. It features a high beat rate, with 42 hours power reserve, typical for automatic watches. It uses 24 jewels in its movement parts. The movement is a high quality one as can be seen from the very smooth seconds hand movement. The good thing about this movement is that besides being an automatic, it also can be manually wound. By rotating the crown clockwise 40 times, you can fully wound the mainspring. It’s very convenient for those with many watches and don’t want their watches to sit idly for days. Citizen cite this watch as having -10 to +30 seconds accuracy per day but other reviews I’ve found on the internet give better results. Most of them report a +-4 seconds per day accuracy. Now that’s a huge feat for a non-chronometer watch.
Grand Classic NB0040-58E is a beautifully designed watch. It’s made of the highest quality craftsmanship by Citizen, the 8 decades old watch company. Comes with a high quality movement in the Caliber 9010, this is a watch that you will look forward to wear and look at.
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In this post, I’m going to write about Tissot Le Locle review, one of Tissot men’s watches. The Swiss brand is one of my favorite brands due to a number of reasons. It produces mainly middle range watches.
It is affordable, and yet produced lots of beautifully crafted watches with high quality of craftsmanship.
One of my favorite lines of watch is their T-Classic line of which the Le Locle is one of them. The Le Locle line have several models and styles: there are the men’s watches (or Gent Watch from Tissot’s website), chronometer models, seconds subdial, regulator models, chronograph model and lastly the power reserve model.
Yes, the Le Locle line is quite broad but for this specific review, I’m going to be focusing on the men’s watch design, the simplest model with gorgeous guilloche dial. It is one of Tissot men’s watches and is just a stunning little piece of steel to look at.
It looks just as expensive and elegant as any other top of the line Swiss watches, but will only costs you not more $400. Without further ado, let’s get on to Tissot Le Locle review.
Shown above is the Tissot Le Locle T41.1.423.33 Automatic Men’s Watch
Tissot Le Locle Men’s Watch Specification
Diameter: 39 mm Thickness: 9.75 mm Weight: 2.4 ounces / 70 gram Band:Black leather strap with butterfly clasp
Dial Window Material:Scratch resistant sapphire crystal Dial: Silver guilloche pattern Water Resistant: 100 feet / 30 m
Movement: Swiss Automatic Movement – ETA 2824-2 with 25 jewels. Has 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second) Power Reserve:38 hours Accuracy: +- 20 seconds per day
Special Features:Skeleton back case, gold plated rotor, silver tone hands, roman numeral hour markers, date display at 3 o’clock
Tissot has produced not less than 6 variations of styles for the Le Locle Men’s Automatic Watch. All of them has a different combination of dial color (black or silver), case color (silver stainless steel, gold PVD, etc), strap (black leather, brown leather, stainless steel bracelet), and different hand and markers colors.
I really like how they wants to appeal to everyone with their various offering of styles for a particular model. It’s one thing that you have to love about the Swiss. They will always try to give you many styles for any particular model. On the other hand, Japanese watchmakers will give you only maximum of 3 variations.
You can see the variations of the watch below. In case you are wondering, the dimensions and mechanism inside the watches are totally same.
Variations of styles in the Le Locle Automatic Men’s Watch model. All features the same movement inside (ETA 2824-2), guilloche pattern dial, and have the same diameter and thickness. Simply click the picture to go to the Amazon sale page for that particular watch for more pictures.
Simple And Elegant Dial Design
This is truly a simple classic watch, with little decoration. Looking at the dial, it only has the interwoven hatching design (or guilloche, to use a fancy word to describe it), and contrasting hour markers, hands and “Tissot” and “Le Locle” marking. Simple is more.
That’s the philosophy that the designer of this watch uses. It does not have any flashy colors or decorations (though the guilloche is considered flashy by some people), but you just cannot resist the simplicity and elegance the watch shows.
There is the brand’s signature “Tissot” and “1853” – the year they were founded in the Jura Mountains of Switzerland – at the center top of the dial. The lower part of the dial is signed with “Le Locle” and “Automatic” signatures. I really like the italicized font of the “Le Locle”, giving it a very vintage classical look.
The guilloche pattern is a perfect addition to the dial. It is not totally visible in photos but you can see that it is actually very noticeable due to its reflective nature (you can see it in the unboxing video below). The back of the watch is skeleton case, where you will be able to see the movement and also the gold plated rotor.
The roman numeral hour markers are big and easy to read. Minute markings are provided at the outer edge of the dial for more accurate time reading. There is also a date display at 3 o’clock, which also just seems to blend in with the dial.
Honestly speaking, I would have prefer a small black box around the date display to make it stand out more. The date display is a very important aspect as it provides more functionality to a watch. Being able to tell the date at a glance is a huge advantage, but the design of this watch that “blends in” the date and the white dial make it harder to notice it.
All in all, the dial is truly classic and simple, yet such a pleasure to look at and wear. The biggest attraction? The guilloche dial of course. Wear this and don’t be surprised that many people will start a conversation on how gorgeous the Le Locle is (and how good your taste is).
The skeleton case of the Tissot Le Locle Automatic Men’s Watch. Shown above is the T41.1.423.33 model. Notice the gold plated rotor and how beautiful the engraving on the skeleton case back of it – something that is rare these days.
Beautifully Crafted Timepiece
The watch is 39 mm in diameter with 9.75 mm thickness. With such thinness, it can slip into any sleeves of dress shirts, as expected of any dress watch. It is also only 2.4 ounces or 70 gram, making it not too heavy on your hand.
The watch comes with either a leather band or bracelet, depending on the model. I can say that the black leather band will make it looks good with a tux, or your weekend’s casual attire. All leather strap also comes with a butterfly clasp. It looks to be very secure.
One thing I really like about it is that it will not damage the leather strap like any normal buckle. You will be able to use this leather strap for a long time.
The dial window is made of sapphire crystal, which is well known for its high scratch resistance. You can use the watch for years and not even a scratch will be on it (read more about watch crystal types here).
It’s water resistance is rated to 3 bar, or 100 feet/ 30 m water depth. Though you should be cautious about exposing the watch to any rain or water splash as the crown is the push pull type (aka normal watch crown).
Since it’s not the screw type, water can easily seep into the watch, causing fogging or worse, rust. Swimming wearing the watch is definitely out of the picture. For that purpose, you are better served with a diving watch instead.
The back of the watch is another sight to behold. It is a semi-open caseback as only some parts of the back is shown. I would have prefer a totally open caseback as I can see the whole movement. But Tissot certainly knows their stuff. Instead of an open caseback, they provided a skeleton caseback with beautiful engravings on it (see the picture above) – which is something quite rare nowadays. This is a very nice element.
With the engravings, they have totally make this watch a special among their other watches. The watch is manufactured with such a high level of craftsmanship. It is really a wonder that Tissot can produce a high quality watch with such an affordable price.
Unboxing Video of the Tissot T41.1.423.33 Le Locle Automatic Watch
Le Locle – A Homage To Tissot’s Birthplace
Perhaps some of you are wondering about the why Tissot put “Le Locle” on this watch. Le Locle is a place in Swiss’ Jura Mountain, the birthplace of Tissot. Tissot was founded in 1853 by the father and son pair of Charles-Félicien Tissot and Charles-Emile Tissot. From their humble beginnings in the Swiss, the company has grown by leaps and bounds.
During the 1970s, Tissot was one of the few Swiss watchmakers that survived the “Quartz Crisis”. The crisis was the aftermath of the quartz watch invented by Seiko. Quartz watches, with it’s lower price and superior accuracy flooded the market and nearly destroyed the Swiss automatic watch industry.
During the crisis mode, Swiss watchmakers grouped together. The Swatch Group of which Tissot is in is one of the big watch groups that was founded due to this.
It is only appropriate that Tissot named the line after Le Locle, as a homage to Tissot’s home and heritage. For me, the classical look of this watch seems to reflect the intention of Tissot to make the watch a reflection of their origin, a maker of exclusive and beautiful watches but with a touch of classical elegance.
Swiss ETA Automatic Movement
The watch is powered by an ETA 2824-2 movement with 25 jewels. It’s not Tissot’s own movement, but made by ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse (or just ETA), their brother in the big Swatch group. . The practice of using a movement by different makers is common nowadays in Swiss watches, especially for low to middle range automatic watches. Only few top of the line Swiss watchmakers (e.g Rolex) still produce their own in-house movement.
Development of in-house movements are very costly, not to mention the production will costs a bomb too. A solution devised from the Quartz crisis 4 decades ago is to segregate movement making to a company (ETA, and recently Sellita), while the watchmakers can just concentrate on making the watch.
This by no means make the ETA 2824-2 a substandard movement. The movement has been used by many different watch brands and can even be tweaked to get to COSC Chronometer accuracy standard.
It has been around for quite some time and thousands of watch owners have been happy with its performance. The ETA 2824-2 has 38 hours power reserve and accurate to 20 seconds per day though it is normally reported to gain/loss about +-5 seconds per day.
Tissot Le Locle Automatic Men’s Watch Advantages And Disadvantages
I’ve summarised the advantages and disadvantages of the Tissot Le Locle for easy reference.
1- Beautiful guilloche dial pattern
2- Simple, sleek and elegant design
3- Many different styles and color pattern to choose from
4- Solid construction and high quality craftsmanship
5- ETA 2824-2 movement is reliable and accurate
6- Has a skeleton caseback with beautiful engravings on it.
1- Does not have exhibition caseback.
2- 30 m water resistance is very low. A 50 m water resistance is much better for peace of mind
If you are looking for a good looking watch that is automatic, looks good with anything you wear, and does not break your bank, Tissot Le Locle Automatic Men’s Watch is the one you should go for. It is a subtle simple watch, without any flashy colors, decorations or complications.
But in its simplicity lies an elegance that will rival even the top Swiss’ watches. It’s craftsmanship is of high quality that won’t make you regret buying it.
I hope you enjoy reading this Tissot Le Locle review. If you have any questions or comments regarding the watch, feel free to put it down below. I will be more than happy to answer.
The Tissot Le Locle Automatic Men’s Watch is usually listed for around $500 but currently (as of the time of the writing of this review) Amazon has an amazing discount offer against buying from the retailers. Click the link below to check the best deal on Amazon.
How can it be different from the watch you are using?
Automatic watch is defined as a watch that does not use battery, but instead rely on mechanical movement by our wrist inside it to store potential energy for it to function.
The term automatic comes from the fact that the watch will self recharge through movement of your wrist while wearing it. In other words, a watch that does not need to change battery in its lifetime.
But do you know there are other types of watches out there? Here I’ll try to explain the types of watch based on 1) its movement and 2) its function or design. Let get on with it.
1) Types Of Watch Movement
Watch movement or caliber is the engine of the watch. Its purpose is to move all the different parts of the watch to function together.
These parts can be its main timekeeping parts, or its other complications (or functions) such as chronograph (stopwatch), calendar, dual time zone, moon phase and others.
Watch movement can be divided into two main groups; Mechanical and Quartz.
A good animation on how a basic mechanical watch works. Take note that automatic and other complications will make it much much more complex that this is….
Mechanical Movement, The Original Watch Movement
Originally, watch makers combined hundreds of small mechanical parts to make a fully functioning watch.
This happened a few centuries ago, when electricity has not been discovered yet. Due to that, watch makers have to design mainsprings to store potential energy that is supplied by winding the crown (manual watch) or wrist movement (automatic watch).
These energy will be used by the mainspring to rotate a succession of gear wheels that will move the watch’s hands.
The energy transfer through the wheels has to be regulated by an escapement and balance wheel formation so that the energy in the mainspring will not be used very fast.
The original watch is very big, but as demand for timekeeping pieces that can be carried around increase, watch makers were being more and more innovative in order to compress the huge watch to be able to carry around.
The hundreds of different minuscule parts of mechanical watch are what made it so sought after by watch connoisseurs.
There is something about the elegance of mechanical watch that just can’t be compared to the cheaper and more robust quartz watch.
Manual And Automatic Mechanical Movement
There are two main category of mechanical movement, Manual and Automatic watch. Manual watch is the most original form of watch dated from centuries back.
This watch needs to be manually wound by hand by turning the crown. This will wind the mainspring and store energy in it.
Automatic watch on the other hand, uses a metal weight called rotor. This rotor will be spun by the movement of the wrist, and thus automatically winding the mainspring as you wear and use it. It can also be called self-winding movement.
The power reserve capacity for mechanical watch can lasts from 24 hours to a few days.
A simple explanation on quartz watch
The Simple And Accurate Quartz Movement
Compared to mechanical watch, quartz watch has a much simpler movement and lack the technical difficulty and craftsmanship.
Quartz is actually a tiny grain of sand. It is piezoelectric material, meaning it will deform when supplied electricity, and vice versa. This phenomenon is what enables it to power the watch.
When electricity from a battery runs through quartz, it will deform and vibrate.
This vibration will then power a chip in the watch and will send a signal to a motor to run the hands. Due to this, the seconds hand will run at a tick-tock rhythm at one second interval.
Quartz’s watch beauty is in its accuracy and it’s usage of electricity. It can be up to 5 seconds accurate for a month, a very huge difference compared to mechanical watch.
Not only that, it’s very cheap to mass produced and enabled many people to own a watch. It is also very light compared to mechanical watch due to the absence of various gear wheels and escapement device.
The only disadvantage of it is the battery need to be replaced once in a few years.
Latest innovation in the watch world uses solar and also kinetic movement of hand to recharge the battery, thus striking out the only disadvantage of quartz watch.
2) Types Of Watch Function And Design
In addition to the watch movement types above, watch can also be divided into its functions and designs. The watch is created and marketed according to the specific need and market it is intended to.
Sports Watch – Watches designed for sports use. Usually made of lightweight material such as rubber. It also uses quartz movement in order to make it light. G-Shock line of watches by Casio is a very popular brand of this type of watch.
Diving Watch – Water resistant and certified for diving usage by ISO standard. A high quality watch that will function even deep underwater is a must so that divers can keep track of their time underwater. Big and heavy are the main characteristics of this watch.
Aviator Watch – For pilot use. The watch has many functions a pilot need such as barometer and altitude meter.
Chronograph Watch – Multi function watch with stopwatch function.
Luxury Watch – Watch crafted with the highest quality material (such as gold and platinum) and precious gems embedded in it.
Very high quality and expensive watch for collectors and connoisseurs. These watches are commonly hand manufactured by the Swiss.
The watch can also have rare complications that will drive up it’s price such as chronometer (the highest accuracy standard a mechanical watch will have), moon phase, minute repeater, perpetual calendar, tourbillon and others.
Fashion Watch – Beautiful watch for everyday use.
Hope this will help you to understand more on the types of watches available out there. Feel free to drop your comments below. Thanks for reading!