A small history of watches and some tips for purchasing the perfect watch. Heritage BiCompax Annual, 41mm stainless steel and 18k rose gold case, cognac brown calfskin leather strap. The resurgent independent watchmakerâ€™s latest model ticks off a number of current trends. The 41mm Heritage Bicompax Annual is based on a Fiftiesâ€™ archive piece with a â€œbicompaxâ€ two-counter dial, giving it a mid-century feel (tick); itâ€™s available in two-tone steel and rose gold (tick); and itâ€™s also limited (tick). Thereâ€™ll be 888 of both the two-tone and steel models, determined by the companyâ€™s founding year of 1888, rather than out of deference to gamblers. Itâ€™s decent value, too. Behind that balanced dial, thereâ€™s a clever movement fuelling a chronograph and an annual calendar with date and month indications that only need adjusting on 1 March. The steel is a touch over Â£5k, with a premium for the solid gold detailing in the two-tone. Modest by the industryâ€™s lengthy yardstick.
Let’s move on to the under 1000 USD category. Though any number of great Timexes couldâ€™ve made this list, weâ€™re particualrly enamored with the newly reissued MK1 â€” a recreation (of sorts) of a short-lived 1980s military-issue watch. While the original was meant to be disposable and had a mechanical movement inside and a plastic case protecting it, this version swaps both with a more reliable quartz engine and a higher-quality case made from anodized aluminum. A direct descendant of the original G-Shock from 1983, the modern G5600 version and similar watches are as tough as ever. For under $100 you get some nearly indestructible wrist gear that is more accurate than any luxury mechanical watch, and no need for battery changes with solar power. Just make sure you get one that says â€œTough Solarâ€ on it, and has a positive display for the best legibility. Further, G-Shocks are just fun, unpretentious, hassle-free, and extremely comfortable to wear.
TAG Heuer, founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer in St-Imier, Switzerland, and long a favorite of motorsports enthusiasts, is a name that commands instant respect in every watch-loving quarter. Only occasionally are any of their pieces attainable under the Â£1K mark â€” and when they are, you should definitely drop the coin. With a rubber strap and stainless steel case, this watch is ideal for rugged adventures. While it is not suited for scuba diving, it is capable of withstanding up to 660 ft of water. In addition, the iconic Formula 1 model has the distinction of having been worn by actual Formula 1 drivers. An updated pilot watch is a sharp style that adds something interesting to any watch collection, thanks to its intricate looking chronographs and large numbers you can read at the quickest of glances. Alpina is known for its pilot watches and movements, so if you are looking for one under Â£1,000, this is the brand to beat. This clean timepiece on a stainless steel bracelet also looks great with a T-shirt and jeans since it has been designed with the modern manâ€™s movements in mind.
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