Sunday, April 24, 2016

Watch Sighting: Versace Men's Stainless Steel Watch

I recently got a glimpse of this handsome Versace watch.  It features Roman numerals, a handsome bezel, and the famed Versace Medusa logo.  The watch has a sensibly size 41 millimeter diameter case.


At the heart of this quartz watch, the venerable Ronda 515 movement provides accurate timekeeping.   A date window at 3 o'clock provides a readable date.


I wasn't sure what the logo at 12 o'clock represented.  Initially, I thought that Versace must have had wild hair.  However, the logo actually represents Medusa.  The beautiful woman who offended Athena and was cursed with the snakes for hair, fangs, and who turned men to stone with her looks.  According to the Versace site, the Medusa logo actually represents Medusa pre-snake when she was at the height of her feminine beauty.


It's an interesting bit of trivia about an iconic fashion brand.  Now you can find this and other famed Versace watches on Amazon.


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Dream Watches - TAG Heuer Carrera

One of the luxury watch brands that taunts me as drive around town is TAG Heuer.  They seem to have bill boards all over with the area with their ubiquitous #DontCrackUnderPressure hash tag.  It's a cool hashtag for a cool watch brand.  The famed Swiss watch company was founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer.  It started making automobile dashboard clocks in 1911.  It has also been associated with racing since the early 1950s.  It's no wonder that I like their classic race-inspired Carrera Tachymeter watch.


While I'm sure that the local jeweler that taunts me with billboards offers fine service and a great selection.  There are also many TAG Heuer options to choose from on Amazon.  That makes it easy to browse and dream without any pressure at all.


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Three Affordable Diver Style Watches

Every man has an inner James Bond. That James Bond is evoked every time a man takes a glance at the dial of a dive or dive-style watch. While we all can't afford a Rolex Submariner on a NATO strap, there are plenty of other dive style watches that do fit our budgets. 

Photo By Mieremet, Rob / Anefo [CC BY-SA 3.0 nl (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/nl/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

Caravelle by Bulova Diver-Style Watch

The first dive-style watch that I added to my collection was this Caravelle by Bulova.  It's an awesome looking watch with the simple dial and rotating bezel that everyone likes.  Unfortunately, the rubber band used tends to deteriorate quickly and finding a replacement that doesn't cost more than the watch is a real challenge.

Caravelle by Bulova Diver-Style Watch

Fortunately, this watch (or one just like it), is available with a stainless steel band.  It makes perfect sense to have the dive look in a rugged package.



Pulsar Diver-Style Watch


If  you like a dive style watch with a black rubber strap, you might check out this Pulsar dive watch.  It gives you the classic look, a reputable watch manufacturer, and a strap in a standard size that you can easily replace when it gets worn out.


This black and business-like watch is Pulsar Model PXH227.  It offers 100 meters of water resistance so that you can actually get it wet and go snorkeling or swimming.

photo By Wusel007 (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Casio Dive Watch 


If you want a great looking dive watch with 200 meters of water resistance and a great low price, you absolutely have to check out this Casio.


It features a Marlin on the dial and it looks great.  It also gets phenomenal ratings with 4 1/2 stars on Amazon.  Plus, it's priced lower than most of its competition!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Watch Sighting: Technomarine Cruise

I ran across an interesting watch in a North Carolina CostCo a few few weeks ago.  It is called the Technomarine Cruise.  It's a quartz commando diver-style watch and it looked really cool.  It has 200 meter water resistance which is good for swimming, but not for SCUBA diving.

Techno Marine Cruise Watch

The dial of this design is very masculine and it really has the commando style that I like.  At the CostCo, it retailed for a very reasonable price.  I checked out the Technomarine website, but found most of the other watches to be more colorful and more luxury lifestyle oriented.  While all of the other Technomarine watches look great, this is the only one that jumps out of the water in the middle of the night to slit throats and make the world safe for democracy.

The CostCo Price
According to Wikipedia, Technomarine was founded in 1997 by French entrepreneur and diving enthusiast Franck Dubarry.  In 2001, the brand moved its offices to Miami.  There were some reports that the watch brand was bought by Invicta in 2015.  It appears to be connected to Invicta and S. Coifman brand watches.  At least, their websites are all linked together.  The brand also sued CostCo for being a gray market retailer of their watches. 

All of this is intriguing and mysterious to me.  Perhaps, if you like Technomarine watches, you might want to buy them here: