Best Dive Watches for 2019 Revealed

Best Dive Watches for 2019

Scuba diving is testament to mankind’s ingenuity in overcoming natural barriers, and dive watches are one of the best examples this. Combining precise engineering and looks into an accessory for an activity that humans shouldn’t really be doing is why dive watches have a soft spot in our hearts here at WKOW. So, if you’re thinking about purchasing a dive watch for that 2019 holiday, or potentially saving for that splurge watch, this guide will definitely point you in the right direction without getting your feet wet.

The main functions of a high-quality dive watch is to allow scuba divers to keep a record on the dive time, under pressure, by using a rotating (or analog) bezel that allows the wearer to pre-select a period of time up to 60 minutes. This allows the wearer to understand their dive time, and then calculate maximum dive time before hazardous gases build up in their blood system. Diving is by its a nature a risky sport, so the last thing you want to be worrying about is whether your dive watch is going to give way mid-dive, leaving you more vulnerable than is necessary. This is where technical specifications and user reviews come into play.

The robustness of a watch will be tested underwater. Yes, you’ve got additional pressure from water above, but watches also get banged around a lot whilst diving. This can be from rocks, coral, your own tank/gear and even fine sea particles such as sand and seaweed can play havoc to the durability of a dive watch.

We all love a sexy design, but don’t just base your decision on looks. Instead, make sure the watch has the features you’re going to use the most. This doesn’t mean you need to go for the highest-price watch simply because it has the most features. If you aren’t going to use the feature, you’re basically adding extra expense for no benefit.

I personally perform a simple design when I’m diving because I don’t want to be wasting my dive time playing around with features, dials and buttons. This is time I can spend hanging out with my dorsal appendaged friends. That said, we’ve included a range of watches for different budgets, styles and preferences in the round up of our 7 favorite dive watches below:

Seiko Prospex Padi Solar

Depth Rating: 656 ft

Price: $480.70
Best for: Value conscious without compromising on quality

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

Depth Rating: 2000 ft
Price: $5,145.00

Best for: Sticklers for precise chronometer movement and classic designs

Rolex Submariner

Depth Rating: 1000 ft
Price: $8,394.00

Best for: Wearers of iconic, durable and timeless dive accessories

 

1. Seiko Prospex Padi Solar

Depth Rating

656 ft

Case diameter

44 mm

Price

$

Overall rating

4.9

This is one of the most affordable watches on our list, but this doesn’t come at a big compromise on style or performance. The lower price point and more casual look of this watch has allowed it to attract the eye of many divers. The solar quartz movement with a long power reserve means this watch will keep you under the water with a minimum of maintenance and stress.

These Padi licensed watches are water resistant up to 200m (656 ft), made of stainless steel and the overall look of the watch is quite appealing with a smaller form factor than some of the more bulkier dive watches on the market.

The word Prospex implies professional specifications and these watches don’t disappoint the budget conscious diver that also needs precise engineering. With a lower price point, you’d be forgiven for splurging a little more on that new Go Pro you’ve been eyeing…

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2. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

Depth Rating

2000 ft

Case diameter

42 mm

Price

$$

Overall rating

4.8

The Omega Seamaster has experienced a resurgence in popularity ever since Pierce Brosnan wore a Seamaster Professional in Goldeneye . But even before this, the Omega Seamaster has been a long time favorite of water sport aficionados, with the rivalry between Omega and Rolex pushing advancements in underwater watch technology and design. The following video shows a detailed history of the Seamaster Planet Ocean, featuring the old and newer designs – it’s beautifully shot too!

Where this watch really departs from its predecessors is the technology and associated attention to detail. They’ve removed the satin aluminium bezel inserts and replaced with scratch resistant ceramic inserts. And, perhaps the biggest improvement to design is the use of liquid metal, rather than traditional casting and subsequent machining. This produces a very precise, strong and corrosion resistant watch.

This level of engineering finds it’s way throughout the entire watch, including the movement system.  Powered by the Omega 8500 caliber Co-Axial based automatic movement which has been widely regarded as a robust and precise movement system. This watch is a true competitor and alternative to the Rolex Submariner.

One of the main drawbacks of the new Planet Ocean’s technology is that they are a few millimeters thicker. This has left some enthusiasts shaking their head as one of the Seamaster’s long running standout trait’s has been it’s slim, elegant design. This watch has been known to actually feel thicker than it is.

The bold design with broad arrow hands and gloss dials, works effortlessly with the well proportioned, precise engineering contained within this iconic and practical watch that James Bond still wears to this day. This watch is definitely one to consider if you have the budget and want a stylish, practical and superbly engineered dive watch.

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3. Tudor Pelagos Blue

Depth Rating

1650 ft

Case diameter

42 mm

Price

$$

Overall rating

4.8

Next on our list of best dive watches for 2019 is the Tudor Pelagos Titanium dive watch. Tudor is a sister company to Rolex – both are owned by the Hans Wildorf Foundation, so it’s no surprise that this watch follows in the footsteps of the Rolex Submariner. We’ve chosen to feature the blue version of the watch, as we’ve fallen in love with the vibrancy and deepness of this blue backing. Check out the brilliant blue color in the video below:

This Swiss made watch with automatic hand movement has been gaining in popularity with divers since the Pelagos’ rebirth in 2012. Because this watch is made of titanium, it is lighter than it’s stainless steel counterparts, which is a great feature if you plan on this watch being your everyday watch too. The titanium watch and bracelet have a brushed finished, which makes it stand out from a traditionally high-polished finish of a stainless steel and tends to hide scratches very well.

In 2015, Tudor introduced it’s own revamped movement system, the MT56 12 with a 70 hour power reserve. The saphire crystal is completely flat, eliminating any distortion that a raised crystal provides, which is a handy underwater feature. The build quality can be felt and heard in the click of the bezel as you move it.

The Tudor Pelagos is much more than a “cheaper” version of it’s big brother, Rolex. The titanium build provides a sophisticated , lightweight alternative to a Submariner or Planet Ocean and is very worthy of at least adding to your shortlist. At least try and check out the brilliant blue version of this watch as we’ve found it to be very striking, whilst remaining elegant for those dinner occasions.

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4. Rolex Submariner

Depth Rating

1000 ft

Case diameter

40 mm

Price

$$$

Overall rating

4.6

Rolex has followed diving technology ever since aqua lungs were invented and revolutionized the depths humans could explore. The Submariner was invented shortly after, with it’s iconic status cemented by Sean Connery wearing one in the first Bond film, Dr No.

There are two main versions of the Submariner; with and without a date plus magnifier. The non-date version costs about $1,000 less and is arguably the more popular of the two. It was also the original as the date version only came in later.

Featuring a 40mm wide case crafted from a single block of a corrosive-resistant 904L steel, and a turning bezel made from Cerachom (a type of ceramic) which makes it extremely resistant to scratching, fading and corrosion. The movement is controlled by the in-house Rolex Calibre 3130. An important visual and functional feature is the winding crown, which closes much like a submarine latch.

This video shows the beauty of the Submariner close up in all it’s beauty:

The Submariner isn’t just renowned by divers, or for precise engineering. It redefined what it meant to own a prestige watch. You certainly do pay a premium for the Rolex brand, but in return, you know you’re getting an incredibly engineered watch that will last for many years, is universally loved and admired. Indeed, a significant factor for many in purchasing this watch is for the status, announcing to the world that you’ve made it. Don’t let this fool you though, the Submariner is a serious dive watch and definitely worth considering.

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5. TAG Heuer Aquaracer

Depth Rating

1000 ft

Case diameter

41 mm

Price

$$

Overall rating

4.4

The TAG Heuer Aquaracer is another diving watch with an interesting history. The Aquaracer has evolved from the  Heuer 2000 which came out in 1982. Tag Heuer have used this time to add various features, whilst retaining the original elegance and style.

The 41 mm case features alternating polished and brushed stainless steel, bringing a casual elegance to this watch. The biggest change in recent years has been the addition of the ceramic bezel. Similar to Rolex’s Submariner and Omega’s Planet Ocean, the ceramic bezel allows the watch to take an absolute beating without scratching, fading or corroding. This is a massive feature for dive watches given that it’s very common to bang your hands on all sorts of rocks, corals, sand and other general underwater hazards whilst diving. But, the Aquaracer is considerably more affordable than a Submariner or Planet Ocean, making it a great entry-level dive watch for collectors and wearers.

The Aquaracer comes in both chronograph (three-counter calibre 16 movement) and automatic (Calibre 5) models. The chronograph models are generally around $1,000 more than the automatic models. Both models are quality, durable dive watches.

Check out this detailed review on the Aquaracer below – FWIW, I don’t think this watch deserves any hate!

What I like a lot about the Aquaracer is that it doesn’t try and be a Submariner clone. It is bold and unique in its own right. Go elsewhere for a Submariner clone. Choose a Tag Heuer Aquaracer if you want an extremely durable Swiss-engineered dive watch that has many of the features that rival its more expensive counterparts.

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6. Oris Titanium Divers

Depth Rating

3280 ft

Case diameter

49 mm

Price

$$

Overall rating

4.5

Oris, a Swiss watchmaker that was once more widely known for it’s alarm clocks than watches has been producing high quality dive watches since the 2006 Carlos Coste Limited Edition Chronograph. We’ve chosen the titanium version of the Oris Diver collection because the watch is on the chunky side and we love how lightweight this watch is. It’s actually a little deceiving when you first pick it up – as given it’s size you’d expect it to be heavier.

The 49mm case is the largest in our roundup of favorite watches for 2019, so it’s definitely one you’d want to put on your wrist before buying. Other notable features are the ceramic unidirectional bezel which is great for resisting scratches and bumps, anti-reflective sapphire window and a date window at 6 O’clock. Aesthetically, the subtle waves behind the dial give it a smooth look against black face and the luminous indicators work well at night.

This watch definitely makes a statement, and whilst it may not have the same branding appeal as a Rolex or Omega, it is definitely one to look out for if you prefer slightly larger watches that won’t weigh you down. We’ve seen some good deals on these watches too, so don’t be afraid to shop around.

 

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7. Victorinox Dive Master 500

Depth Rating

1640 ft

Case diameter

43 mm

Price

$

Overall rating

4.4

Victorinox’s move into higher end watches has given consumers the option of a well engineered, durable, sporty watch at a price point which is more affordable to most of us. Indeed, this is one of the least expensive quartz based dive watches that is rated to 500m water resistance.

The simple, practical design performs very well under low light conditions, with bold, luminous hands, hour markers and graduations on the unidirectional stainless steel bezel. Bezel movement is met with solid, deep clicks – something that is often missing in less expensive dive watches. The date function features a magnified display for easy reading.

This watch should be on your radar if you want a practical dive watch rated to 500m, but aren’t prepared to fork out thousands more for brand or prestige appeal. It is a very good watch for the price and worthy of consideration.

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What’s your pick for dive watches to consider for 2019? Feel like we’ve left out some worthy tool watches? Let us know in the comments below. Happy diving!

 
Kit Harington Jaeger LeCoultre Master Watch

Kit Harington (aka Jon Snow) wears Jaeger LeCoultr

The very popular and talented actor Kit Harington has displayed his style by wearing Jaeger LeCoultre Automatic Stainless Steel Men’s Watch Q1338421.

Christopher Catesby Harington, famously known to the world as Kit Harington, is an English actor from London. Kit graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London in 2008. His career had a fantabulous beginning through the smash hit television series, Game of Thrones in 2011. His name may be Kit Harington, but almost everyone knows him as Jon Snow, the role that he portrays in the show.

Jon Snow is a fictional character with a powerful story line. Game of Thrones continues to receive near universal appreciation and highly positive reviews because of its thrilling, entertaining and tense plot line.

One of my favorite Jon Snow scenes is below  – this “King of the North” speech drives shivers up my spine and almost makes me want to to pick up a sword and join the Night’s Watch myself!

Ever since its premiered, GOT has had a successful run with each of its seasons providing unique and captivating story twists. Kit Harington has received many accolades for his performance in the series. The show has also helped him to earn critical acclaim and a massive fan base across the world. He is the proud recipient of the Gold Derby TV awards for Best Drama Supporting Actor for his performance in Game of Thrones. He became one of the highest paid actors in a television series in 2017. He has also featured in several films – you can find more about Kit Harington at IMDB.

Kit Harington prefers Jaeger LeCoultre Master Automatic Stainless Steel Mens Watch

 Jaeger LeCoultre Master Automatic Stainless Steel Mens Watch Q1338421 is a watch worth considering for its regal styling and comfortable fitting. It encompasses many noteworthy features that redefine style and fashion. This beautiful watch has a classy alligator patterned black leather strap with a silver sunray dial. It reflects royalty with a scratch resistant Sapphire crystal embedded in the watch. The dial has polished rhodium-plated appliques and within the dial, there are silver tone hands with stick hour markers and minute markers around the outer rim. The dial is round in shape and the fixed bezel is made with stainless steel.

Not Just Looks

Looks aside, this watch packs a strong feature set to provide serious performance. It is water resistant up to 50 meters, and very light weight at just 1.1 lbs. The Swiss made watch flaunts a 43-hour power reserve. It is stylish and sleek with a case diameter of 41mm, case thickness of 7.5 mm and bandwidth of 18 mm. The watch has an automatic movement and ialso contains a deployment buckle.

Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Automatic Stainless Steel Mens Watch Q1338421 comes with an ultra sleek design combined with an aesthetically pleasing appearance that captures the attention of admirers. It’s authentically elegant, with high-quality alligator patterned leather for the strap, silver sunray dial, fixed stainless steel bezel, and a scratch resistant sapphire crystal make the watch worth considering even if you’re not the Prince of Dragonstone.

Summary

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Selena Gomez G-Shock

Selena Gomez wears a CASIO

Selena Gomez is a famous singer, actress, role model and one of the most inspiring celebrities I’ve seen perform live. Her style is a unique mix of sexy, sporty, chic and sweet. Her fighting spirit is as tough as the CASIO G-Shock Watch she wore in the song “Hands to Myself” and the elegant classy spirit is reflected in the Rolex Day-Date II Oyster 41mm.

Selena is inspired by the work she does as a UNICEF campaign she does to raise money for children and inspires everyone to be beautiful on the inside and the outside every day of their life.

Selena wears a Black G-Shock S Series Women’s watch

Selena Gomez wears a CASIO Black G-Shock S Series Women’s Resin Watch GMDS6900-1 in her third chart topping hit “Hands to Myself” from her second studio album Revival, where she comes out with a badass, gothic, sexy vibe wearing some sexy lingerie and smokey eyes. The whole ensemble represents the sporty, sexy and sensual side of Selena, and plays on playful and vivid imaginations. The song features Selena as a stalker to a famous Hollywood actor, enacting her desires and fantasies. In the music video, Selena breaks into the house after checking the watch, that contrasts beautifully with the lace that looks like a tattoo on her skin. Check out the video for yourself:

The watch complements and contrasts the sexy black lingerie by Giorgio Armani and adds to the finesse of Selena’s style in the music video.

We love the understated smouldering look that she sports in the video and the concept that she represents in the video resonates with every woman’s fantasies on celebrity crushes.

Check out Selena Gomez for more details on her work.

Why we like the G-Shock S Series Women’s watch

The watch is designed especially for a woman’s small wrists. It is not excessively bulky and fits easily onto my wrists. The watch comes with a 2-year warranty which I like. It holds up pretty well after all the rough treatment it has gone through with the clumsy handling that has happened often enough. The watch would be a good choice if you have a tendency to have an active lifestyle. I knocked it into a wall by mistake once, and not a scratch on it. It is embarrassing to admit but an analog watch takes too much time for me to read. This digital watch has a perfect size dial and display.

Summary

At first glance, the watch may look masculine, especially on pictures available on various websites. But we don’t think these do the watch justice as you can’t fully appreciate the beautiful glitter effect embedded into the black that pairs well with the silver buckle and makes it look feminine. This beauty is gorgeous on the outside and tough on the inside. Just like Selena Gomez.

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How To Spot A Fake Watch

So you’ve decided to buy a luxury watch (or maybe even just a really nice watch, like an Omega). You’ve immediately got a problem. That problem is that the watch market is absolutely flooded with counterfeits. When you’re spending pocket change on a cheap timepiece, getting burned by a fake Timex isn’t such a big deal. When you’re instead spending several large denominations on a classy, pricey watch, you’re going to feel a deep ache in your wallet when you end up with a cheaply made clone.

So how do you buy a nice watch, something that’s going to set you back by more money than you’re comfortable just throwing away, without getting ripped off? Is the guy at the pawn shop giving you a deal that’s too good to be true? Is there any reason to believe that street vendor is offering the genuine article? Obviously, common sense plays a part, but there are a few general ideas to keep in mind when you’re evaluating a prospective purchase. While following these tips by no means guarantees that you’ll go home with a quality Rolex or Omega, they at least increase your odds of passing up an obvious scam.

1. Weight

It’s difficult to know how heavy a good watch should feel if you’ve never handled one. By comparison, though, a well-made, high-end watch will be heavy compared not just to less expensive watches, but particularly compared to copies of the same timepiece. Counterfeits are cheaply made of cheap materials. What those cheap materials have in common is that they weigh less. When comparing a copy to the genuine article, a real timepiece will be heavy. It will feel solid. A cheaply made counterfeit will break in normal use (and sometimes even when sitting unused). Counterfeits will often feel flimsy and light.

2. Watch Material

Again, it’s difficult to know what the watch should be made of if you’ve never seen or handled the genuine article. Don’t buy a Rolex from a guy on the sidewalk if you’ve never looked at or felt the real thing. How difficult is it, after all, to stop by your jeweler and handle some examples of the watch you’re interested in buying? Armed with a good feel for how such a watch is made, examine your prospective purchase and see how it is built. Is it stainless steel or gold where it should be? Are plastics and lesser metals substituted to produce a cheaper overall product?

3. Engravings

Little details like engravings are one of the hardest things to get right because they require extremely fine attention to nuance. Counterfeits typically will omit those details, or get them wrong outright. Sometimes this is because the watch has been produced quickly and cheaply. Other times it is because the counterfeiter lacks the precision equipment used by the genuine manufacturer. Examine your prospective purchase with an eye for these small touches. Are the proper brand engravings in the right places? Do they look clean and sharp? A well made watch will not just exhibit good fit and finish; it will also have engravings that are properly executed and exactly positioned.

4. Sound.

Not all watches produce sound, obviously, but a mechanical or self-winding watch definitely will. You should be able to hear these mechanisms. The sound of the watch should be clear, distinct, and regular. The expression, “like clockwork” exists for a reason. If your watch sounds irregular, if the sound of the movement is not crisp and clear, there’s a problem. A cheap counterfeit may sound weak or muffled. Some counterfeits produce no sound at all because they contain a powered quartz movement, rather than the self-winding or mechanical movement expected.

5. Paperwork

Does your watch come with documentation? Real high-end watches come with paperwork. These include, but are not necessarily limited to, certificates of authenticity. Now anyone can produce a document that proclaims a watch authentic, but examine the document carefully. Does the paperwork contain a serial number? Does that serial number match the one on your watch? Does the paperwork itself appear to have been printed professionally? Cheaply photocopied documentation, sometimes reproduced from the genuine article, will be included with fakes.

6. Price

The issue of pricing is complicated. Genuine high-end watches are genuinely expensive, but pricing is also a method of establishing value from a marketing perspective. It may be possible to secure a high-end watch for less than the retail price you’d pay at, say, a jewelry store. This is not, in itself, an indication you are buying a fake. If the price is too low, however — if the deal simply is too good to be true — there are only two explanations. One is that the watch is genuine, but stolen. The other and far more common reason is that the watch is fake and cost nothing near the asking price to produce. You aren’t going to buy a $10,000 Rolex for $300 bucks unless the watch is fake — or unless it’s hotter than the deal.

7. Lack Of Functions

On real watches, space is at a premium. Everything has a purpose. There is no room on a high-end watch for pushers that do nothing. Counterfeit watches may have features that are purely cosmetic — features the manufacturer of the fake was too cheap, or too poorly skilled, to reproduce. In those cases the counterfeiter simply crafts something that looks right but does nothing. This is a clear indication that the watch you’re examining is not real.

8. Typographical Errors

We mentioned Bolex and Rolox before. Typographical error are sometimes deliberate and sometimes “honest” mistakes. Broken spellings are not at all uncommon among counterfeiters, who often don’t understand the language they are reproducing. (Deliberately creating a lookalike watch with an almost-but-not-quite name is one way to work around laws against counterfeiting. You aren’t counterfeiting Omegas if your company’s brand is Trimega, after all, but you’re hoping someone will be fooled nonetheless.) Unintended typos are a dead giveaway. It’s doubtful that the nice folks at Patek Philippe will misspell their company’s name.

9. Pressed and Stamped Logos

A high-end watch will be manufactured to stand the test of time. They will be well-made and durable. This extends to the logos included on the watch. Are they simply glued on? Or are they pressed into the watch with an eye for quality? How accurately are the logos pressed or stamped? They will never be crooked. If the logo on your watch is muddy, held on with adhesive, crooked, or otherwise detracts from the quality of the watch, the timepiece is counterfeit.

10. Sapphire Crystal Tint

Sapphire is used as a watch crystal because it is strong and beautiful. It is the second strongest jewel on the Mohs mineral hardness scale (after diamond, it is ranked “9,” tying with rubies). Prized for its aesthetics as well as its durability, a fine watch typically has a sapphire crystal rather than one made of Plexiglas or ordinary glass (in watch parlance, “mineral glass”). Some crystals are synthetic sapphire (the result of using high temperatures to crystalize aluminum oxide). Others are composites, such as mineral glass with synthetic sapphire coating. Mineral glass and synthetic sapphires aren’t tinted. Real sapphire crystals have a very specific tint to them.

11. Complications

Complications are any feature on the watch that does not include the time. This includes things like the date window as well as any of the other fancy features a watch might include, such moon phase and so on. When shopping for a name-brand, high-end watch, familiarize yourself with the complications offered. Does your prospective purchase have all of the correct complications in the correct locations? The Rolex Datejust, for example, has exactly one complication at the 3 o’clock. A seller trying to pass off a counterfeit might not know that. The copy might have other complications that should not be on the watch, or the watch might be lacking the complication it is supposed to have.

12. Band Details

The band is often overlooked by shoppers who are focused on the watch itself. A counterfeit might be close to perfect, cosmetically, until you examine the band. That inspection might point to something very much amiss. Take a look at the band compared to what the genuine manufacturer offers. Is the logo correct? Is the name right? Are these in the right places? Does anything look “off” or otherwise cheap? A well-made counterfeit might almost pass muster until the counterfeiter “cheaps out” on the band, assuming that any band that looks vaguely correct is good enough.

13. Serial Numbers

This is an important factor because the serial number traces back to the manufacturer. Do all of the serial numbers, inside and out, match? Do they match the certificate of authenticity? Even if all these numbers match each other, are the numbers plausibly interpretable as serial numbers for that specific manufacturer? How are the serial numbers placed on the watch? Genuine Rolexes have serial numbers that are engraved, not acid-etched, as acid-etching is much cheaper. Does the seller offer more than one of the same watch? Check to make sure the serial numbers on each watch are not identical. Counterfeiters frequently don’t bother to vary the numbers from watch to watch, producing instead identical copies.

14. Fingerprints Inside

A fine watchmaker would never release a watch that has fingerprints inside the casing or on the engine. A counterfeiter is much less meticulous. If you see evidence of fingerprints inside the watch, this means the watch is either counterfeit or has been tampered with. Either way, you don’t want to risk paying premium watch prices for something that exhibits this level of disregard for the product.

15. Winding Crown

Check the winding crown. Is it functional? Is it in the right place? If it should have a logo, does it? If the answer to any of these questions is no, you are probably dealing with a counterfeit. Especially if the watch has a simple quartz movement instead of the mechanical mechanism it is supposed to have, the winding crown won’t function as it is supposed to.

16. Source

This may be the best indicator of a possible counterfeit, regardless of the condition of the watch itself. High-end watches typically will be offered by legitimate, reputable sellers who can afford the cost of buying and selling premium timepieces. Where, exactly, are you buying your watch? The fellow at the flea market probably isn’t offering a genuine Audemars Piguet, even if the price is on par with what you would expect to pay. (We’ve already discussed the fact that an astonishingly low price probably points to a fake.) Sketchy Internet sellers, especially those already known for purveying fakes, should be avoided at all costs, and not just because you can’t handle the watch ahead of time. The pictures they show you could be of a perfectly genuine watch, for which a fake is substituted when your order ships.

Price isn’t everything

You don’t need to buy an expensive watch. There are plenty of perfectly serviceable watches at lower prices. Once you have experienced a quality, name-brand watch, however, you will have trouble turning back. Premium watches are compelling in a way that few personal accessories are. They are constant companions, worn on your wrist and awaiting your gaze throughout the day and into the night. A watch is probably the accessory you will use most once you don it. This makes it unique among the pantheon of gadgets and gear that human beings choose to carry with them.

In modern society, each of us has a smartphone in our pockets. It can be argued that wristwatches are an affectation, unnecessary to modern life. But what is personal style if not affected? There is a joy, a genuine enjoyment, that can be taken in a quality timepiece. The feel of a high-end watch, the fit and finish, the pleasure it gives when one reads its face… these are abstract benefits, yes. To the discerning watch owner, however, they are also undeniable. For those who wear watches, choosing finally to buy a high-end timepiece is the inevitable — and inevitably correct — choice.

What kind of watch do police officers wear?

Police Officers often have very tough and demanding jobs that require a lot of physical activity and need a watch that can stand up to the challenge.

I would think that something like a G-Shock would be a great watch for a police officer because of the way it is built, but after consulting with some friends of mine who are cops, I actually got a different answer.

Not only does a police officer’s watch need to be durable and waterproof, it needs to be comfortable and very easy to read quickly. Enter Luminox’s Navy Seal Colormark 3050 Series.

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When the United States’ Department of The Navy was looking for a new watch to outfit their special warfighters, they turned to Luminox to create a watch that was durable, comfortable, light weight, and – most importantly – able to be read easily in any condition, including under water and in low light.

Luminox answered the call with their Navy Seal Colormark 3050 Series, a watch famous for using tritium inserts, instead of phosphorescent inserts. The difference being tritium is a radioactive isotope that slowly decays over time.

As the tritium decays, it releases electrons that interact with the phosphorus coating of the inserts, exciting them on a molecular level and causing a bright luminescence.

“This is my choice.” – Police Officers like the Luminox for it’s durability and readability.

This enables the watch to be easily read in a number of circumstances including under water and in total darkness. And the luminescence of the watch is not predicated on it “charging” in the sunlight, absorbing natural radiation to re-release, because it has its own radiation source.

The watch also has other features that a police officer may find useful, such as an easy to spot date display at the 3 o’clock position and large Arabic numerals for easy reading, and a unidirectional rotating bezel.

The Luminox Navy Seal Colormark has a protected winding crown and runs on a quartz movement – so it does require a battery to operate the engine of the watch.

It is waterproof to 200 meters (660 feet, 20 BAR) so it is safe for swimming and diving despite the screw-on case back (which is sealed with durable gaskets. The case of the watch is a unique carbon compound that is 44mm in diameter, making it both light and durable.

The watch’s strap is a thick silicone rubber – comfortable strap for the wearer that can also stand up to some abuse. The crystal is a tough mineral compound to strike a balance between durability and affordability.

If you’re in the market for a great watch that can stand up to some serious work and not let you down, then the Luminox Navy Seal Colormark is for you! And coming in at $199.15, it’s an affordable option as well!

What kind of watch does Arnold Schwarzenegger wear

 Arnold Schwarzenegger has been talking about creating his own line of watches for some time, but has yet to deliver. In the mean time, Schwarzenegger wears the Panerai Luminor most frequently.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian born actor, writer, body builder, and politician. He is most famous for his roles in the Terminator series, in which he played the titular Terminator, a machine sent back in time to kill the leader of a human uprising.

Arnold is known around the world for achieving his goal of being the greatest body builder in history. While this may seem to be a subjective title, Arnold definitely has some achievements here to his credit: He still holds the record for being the youngest person to ever win the Mr. Olympia title – first achieving the title in 1970 at the age of 23. He won Mr. Olympia another 5 times in a row after that, and then again in 1980 when his entry was a last minute surprise with only two months of training for the event.

Added to his already impressive resume, Schwarzenegger ran for – and won – the governor’s race in California, officially making him an accomplished politician. He was the chief executive of the state of California for 8 years.

The Panerai Luminor

Arnold is a watch fanatic and avid watch collector. His favorite seems to be his Panerai Luminor, which is frequently photographed wearing.  The Panerai Luminor features a stainless steel case with a black croco-embossed genuine leather strap.

The watch itself is 44 millimeters in diameter and 15.5 millimeters thick. The case back is stainless steel and features the engraved Panerai logo to certify authenticity.

The face of the watch is marked with Arabic numerals. The dial is black which helps the luminescent hands and hour ticks to stand out during low light use. The Luminor features two complications: The date at the 3 o’clock position, and a second counting sub-dial at the 9 o’clock position.

The crystal is sapphire with a specialized coating to cut down on glare. Being sapphire, the face is also scratch resistant.  A unique feature of Panerai watches, the crown itself is protected by a unique lever. This makes the watch easy to identify and adds a certain elegance to it.

The watch runs on an automatic C.O.S.C. tested engine developed by Panerai and is water resistant to 30 BAR, or 300 Meters / 1,000 Feet. The Luminor is suitable for swimming, snorkeling, and amateur diving. Coming in at a price of $5,197.01, this watch is not for everyone. But it is worth every penny for those that do buy it.

What kind of watch does Jason Bourne wear?

Jason Bourne (Played by Matt Damon) wears a TAG Heuer Link Chronograph in The Bourne Quadrilogy.

Jason Bourne is the main protagonist in a series of novels written originally by Robert Ludlum, and then continued on Eric Van Lustbader on the event of Mr. Ludlum’s death.

In 2002 the first of the Jason Bourne novels – The Bourne Identity – was adapted to a featured film bearing the same name and staring Matt Damon as the titular anti-hero Jason Bourne. Bourne is the pseudonym of secret Treadstone agent David Webb, who suffers from a bout of amnesia and must work quickly to piece his life together.

After falling off the grid and losing his memory, Agent Webb loses contact with the CIA and his handler in the Treadstone program. They – incorrectly – assume that he has betrayed his country and send men after him. Webb himself thinks he is his cover identity – Jason Bourne – and doesn’t understand why people are after him.

Once he learns of his real identity and the massive overreach of the Treadstone program and the CIA, Bourne spends the rest of the series attempting to dismantle the agency, who in turn tries to destroy him.

Starting in that film and moving through the original trilogy (The Bourne Identity, Supremacy, & Ultimatum) and the latest fifth installment (Jason Bourne), Damon is seen wearing the same TAG Heuer Link Chronograph.

Bourne Wearing the TAG Heuer Link Chronograph

The TAG Heuer Link Chronograph is a clean, professional watch put out by the TAG Heuer company that looks to stack up against watches like the Omega Seamaster. The Link Chronograph features a 41mm stainless steel case and stainless band with a uniquely molded link, giving the watch a signature look.

The entire watch is stainless steel silver with a black face and silver lettering. The TAG Heuer logo is located at the twelve o’clock position. As the name states, it is a chronograph watch with chronograph functions. The chronographic complications include a twelve hour, sixty second, and 1/10th of a second hands located at the 10 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 2 o’clock positions, respectively.

The watch also features an easy to read date complication between the 4 and 5 positions. All of the hour markers are silver ticks with luminescent dots above them, and smaller luminescent ticks that serve as minute markers. The bezel is unidirectional with a luminescent dot at the top position.

The Link Chronograph has a sapphire crystal that is glare and scratch resistant for easy reading and runs on a swiss quartz engine – so it will require a battery, but won’t lose time like an automatic watch.

The TAG Heuer Link Chronograph that Jason Bourne wears is rated water resistance at a depth of 20 BAR/200Meters – or 660 feet. It is rated for recreational scuba use and should be just fine to take swimming.

All in all, the TAG Heuer Link Chronograph is an impressive watch fit for use by impressive individuals such as Jason Bourne – and you! And coming in at $2,485.00 it is about a third of the price you’d pay for a Bond watch!

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What kind of watch does John Wick wear?

Keanu Reeves wore a Carl F. Bucherer Manero AutoDate in John Wick and John Wick Chapter 2. If you don’t know, John Wick (and its sequel) are break out action noir flicks featuring Keanu Reeves as the film’s eponymous hero – John Wick.

The films center around retired assassin John Wick – who just wants to be left alone after his wife dies, but keeps getting drawn back into the seedy underworld of assassins. The films take places within 4 days of each other, according to the writers and directors, and really tell one long story.

After Wick’s wife dies, he is given a puppy to keep him company. Between that and his car, he has enough to at least keep him occupied. That is, until some thugs steal his car and kill his dog. Wick goes on a rampage destroying a Russian mob boss and his entire family in revenge. In Chapter 2, word of John’s rampage gets around and causes some folks to come knocking, forcing him to pick up his guns again and shoot his way back to retirement.

In the movies, Wick is seen wearing a $8,695.00 . Carl F. Bucherer is a Swiss watch maker that is based in Lucerne and was founded in 1888. The Manero AutoDate is a beautiful brushed 18 karat rose gold watch with a 42mm case and a sapphire crystal.

This luxurious watch features the Carl F. Bucherer logo at the 12 o’clock position, and a date complication at the 3 o’clock position. The hands and indices are all made out of rose gold, with the hands having the distinction of being luminescent. The watch also features luminescent dot markers at each of the hour spaces.

Because the watch features a self winding automatic engine, the second hand sweeps the face instead of ticking. The watch is able to carry a reserve power of 38 hours, and is water resistant to 3 atmospheres (about 30 meters, or 100 feet).

Because the crystal is sapphire, it will be scratch resistant. It also comes with an anti-reflective coating on both sides to help cut out the glare during day use, making the watch easy and comfortable to read.

The strap is brown alligator leather with a rose gold pin and buckle. This beautiful watch is classy, stylish, and perfect for any assassin looking to leave an impression. This watch can be purchased on Amazon for only $8,695.00 , and shipped directly to you!

What watch did Ernest Hemingway wear?

When it comes to Ernest Hemingway, the average person will only see him as the writer of, “The Old Man and The Sea”. However, he was an incredibly complex person that traveled all around the world, went to parties, was an amateur boxer, and an alcohol connoisseur.

As is true with many artists and honest story tellers, Hemingway was a bit of a tortured soul. So many of his writings are incredibly interesting because they tell the stories that reflect the complicated and difficult nature of being human. He was a heavy drinker and lived a life of chaos much of the time. As he is also known for tragically ending his own life, it is easy to see that there were not many stable things in his life.

There were two things that were very consistent for Ernest Hemingway. The first was waking up and writing. He was known to write every morning as soon as he could. The other thing that was incredibly steady was his Rolex Oyster Perpetual. This was the watch that he wore almost every day. It was a classy steel watch that was the steady timekeeper for the man with a life that was all over the place. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is a beautiful steel watch with a stainless-steel band. However, Hemingway’s Rolex Oyster that he was often pictured with is from the 1950s and is 18 carat gold and has a leather band.

While this was the most common watch that Hemingway wore, he was also had several interesting pocket watches. This seems even more incredibly fitting for Hemingway, the cigar smoking, rum sipping, bull fighter. Nothing says, “intellectual writer”, like the Hamilton pocket watch that he was given by Ava Gardner for his 55th birthday. Obviously, there is no need to constantly check the time if you are in the depths of writing for the first half of the day and chasing experiences in the evening. That is why a classy old pocket watch would be perfect.

There are so many different things about Hemingway that you could dissect and try to understand. The complications are what made his work great, but also lead to his unfortunate end and his misery. One thing that he could count on was his steady Rolex Oyster Perpetual, but even that could not calm the tides for this old man and his internal sea.

What watch does Ryan Gosling (The Driver) wear in Drive?

Ryan Gosling wears a custom Patek Philipe in Drive.

It is not very often that a watch takes on such a big role in a movie. However, the character that Ryan Gosling plays in Drive is based on a very particular book character. The character is not someone that owns a lot, but he was passed down a great watch from his father that he treasured. Obviously, that means that the watch really needs to stand out in the film. The classic Patek Phillipe watch that Gosling is wearing in the film is absolutely the perfect choice.

This is not a watch that you can go out and buy, because it is not an actual model for sale. The actual watch is a very simple model, with a classic look and a brown leather strap. Gosling does not actually wear the original watch that much in the film because the intensity of the stunts would have broken it. There were a few replicas built to handle the stunts. The reason the watch stands out so much in the film is because it is very different from the big driving watches that are normally worn by stunt drivers. This is a simple looking, classic style watch that is very believable as something that would be passed from father to son.

This watch is small, which helps it complement the personality of the character because of his desire to keep things simple. There are very few features on the watch, though it does have a sub-dial with a seconds hand. The character in the movie has to keep track of five-minute time periods before criminals return to his car, which would make a chronograph function extremely useful for the work that he is doing.

Overall this is a watch that is focused on looking great and not being too flashy. Since it is a rather expensive timepiece, it is perfect to imagine it being a family heirloom and the character’s one truly prized possession. Since it is so crucial to Gosling’s character in the film, the watch truly takes on a shining role, which is incredible for such an understated piece of technology.

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