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The legendary Seiko 5 SNK80X series provides some of the cheapest mechanical watches on the market. For less than $100 you get a great military-style field watch with one of the following dial colors:
The watch is protected by a lens made of hardlex. These timepieces are rugged, functional and very easy to read thanks to their eye-catching design. They are powered by the Seiko 7S26 automatic movement featuring a day-date complication with 41 hours of power reserve. It can be admired through the transparent case back.
The Seagull 1963 is a reissue of a watch that was used by the Chinese Air Force pilots. This chronograph is very much vintage looking and comes in a 38mm diameter case, making it very comfortable to wear, it is however 14.5mm thick, so it wears bigger than what the diameter suggests. The lug width is 18mm, making it easy for you to find other NATO straps.
Protected by an acrylic crystal, the dial looks very elegant and is well complemented by the blue hands, the contrast played by the markers makes it very legible. Water resistance is pretty limited, so it will only be able to handle ... Read full article
The SKX007/SKX009 is a very respectable diving watch that many people have in their collection. It is very affordable and easily found around $250 on eBay. It is very solid and is comfortable to wear.
The water resistance is 200m. It sports the Seiko 7S26 automatic movement which is a reliable workhorse and offers 40 hours of power reserve. Although this movement does not have handwinding and hacking capabilities, unlike the 4R36.
The first automatic chronograph in space is the 6139 from Seiko, which was worn in 1973 by the American astronaut William R. Pogue, the pilot of Skylab 4. Pogue spent 84 days on the Skylab Orbital workshop and returned in February 1974.
While training, Pogue needed a chronograph, but the Omega Speedmasters would be provided only near the date of the launch, so he bought himself a Seiko 6139-6002 in order time his exercises and tests.
The Seiko SARG009 is a Japanese domestic market (JDM) model. Despite its rather large diameter of 40.3mm, it can be considered as a great Rolex Explorer alternative. It definitely carries the essence of what its Swiss counterpart is about while keeping its own identity. The case is 12.4mm thick and it measures 47mm lug to lug. Between the lugs, you will find a classic looking stainless steel bracelet that is 20mm wide.
The Seiko SARG009 has a date function and is powered by a reliable 6R15 automatic movement which can be seen through the case back. The 6R15 is a premium caliber offering 50hours of power reserve that can be usually found in higher-end Seiko models (e.g. Seiko Prospex).
This German-made homage to the Rolex Submariner is particularly well made and is providing amazing value for money in the world of mechanical watches.
The dimensions of the Ocean One are slightly bigger than its luxury counterpart: 42mm diameter, 13mm thick, 22mm lug width.
However, a 39mm version is available on some models, notably the Ocean One 39 black ceramic (103-0981) which is a serious affordable alternative to the Rolex Submariner. Those 39mm models are perfect for smaller wrists, although they have a similar thickness to the 42mm ones, they have a lug width of 20mm.
Steinhart is quite famous for its homage models of the modern Rolex Submariner, but it also issued some watches inspired by some vintage Rolex Submariner watches, that have their own identity:
The OCEAN One VINTAGE Red (ref 103-0657)
The dimensions of these vintage-looking models are: 42mm diameter, 13mm thick, 22mm lug width.
It is also worth noting that a limited edition with a 39mm of the OVM was launched by Gnomon watches, limited to 500 pieces. They are sold out but you can find some on the used market, with a little bit of patience and research.
The Tudor Black Bay GMT is more affordable than the GMT from Rolex. First announced at the Baselworld 2018, the Black Bay GMT has a "Pepsi" aluminium bezel that will definitely remind you of the GMT-Master II. This time keeper has a domed sapphire crystal, through which you can the black dial and vivid red hand to track the second time zone.
As usual with other Black Bay models, the snowflake hour hand is present. The 41mm diameter case protects the in-house and COSC certified calibre MT5652 which is based on the movement already present in the Heritage Black Bay Bronze. Thickness is 14.8mm. This watch can be purchased with a NATO, a leather strap or a steel bracelet.
The Omega Speedmaster is a legendary watch. It's a masterpiece that all watch enthusiasts want to have in their collection. The Speedmaster Professional was created in 1957 and ...
During the cold war, the USSR and USA competed fiercely in the Space Race to get to the Moon. This competition resulted in historic events achieved on both sides. On the Russian ...
The Rolex Submariner is an icon in the marine watch world and is one of the most famous Rolex models. It was produced in 1953, and was the first watch with a 100m water ...
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