Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Store Brand Watches: Ma-Ma-Ma My Merona from Target!

In this era of Far Eastern commodity manufacturing, you can sometimes get amazingly attractive products for incredibly low prices.  My Merona watch from Target is an excellent example of a good product for a very low price.  It's a simple, but incredibly sharp looking, watch that costs $15 or less.

A Merona Wristwatch from Target

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

How do you manage all that time?

You know what time it is!  You've got the wristwatches!  But, how do you make the most of your time?  How do your reclaim the wasted moments in your day?

One thing I do is write down my goals for the day and check them off.

[I barely have time to manage this blog.  I should probably read this book I found on Amazon:  15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management.]

The Face of a Grandfather Clock

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Off Brands on Point: Rumours Quartz Watch

Some of my favorite watches are from off-brands that sell at Department Stores.  For example, my Rumours watch (below) has a very cool monochromatic look.  I bought the watch over a decade ago in a department store.  But, I recently popped in a new battery and it runs great.  When it comes to quartz movement watches, sometimes all you need is a fresh battery.  This watch wasn't expensive, but everytime I wear it, I remember why I bought it.

Vintage Rumours Quartz Watch

If you are looking for a watch battery, there are about 7000 watch battery listings on Amazon.

Friday, August 26, 2011

All-White Mossimo Watch from Target.

I can't get into the all-white watch look at all.  To me, an all-white watch would make a guy look like Liberace.  Of course, if the guy had a piano and lots of diamonds, I guess an all-white watch could be an alright watch.  At any rate, here is an all-white watch from Mossimo.  In some ways, it looks like a very high end, ceramic, watch.  It's an interesting design alternative for only $20 at Target.

[Update:  Looking back from 2024, I can't believe that all-white watches are still a thing.  Don't believe me?  Check out this watch from MVMT on Amazon.]

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A World Class Casio for a Low Price!

I've been sporting my Casio Telememo 30 World Time Ana-Digital Watch for a few months now and I still love it.  I think the design combines modern and retro elements.  Plus it offers useful telememo and world time functions!  You can read a complete review here:

Wristwatch Review:  Casio Telememo 30 World Time Ana-Digital Watch

Monday, August 22, 2011

Timex Weekender at Night

If you are on a budget, you don't need tritium, you need indiglo.  Here's what the Timex Weekender looks like when you press the crown in at night.

Timex Weekender Indiglo Lights Up

Very cool.  Very easy to read!

For a complete review, check out -

Wristwatch Review: Timex Weekender Men's Tachymeter Analog Strap Watch

Saturday, August 20, 2011

A Casual Weekend Watch with Class from Timex

You've seen my newest old Timex; now check out my newest new Timex.  Timex has recently introduced it's Weekender series of men's analog watches.  They have a touch of preppy sophistication that would look right at home in the Hamptons, Cape Cod, Rehobeth, Nags Head, or Destin.  Since Target had them at an attractive price, I couldn't resist.  However, I upped the ante from the canvas straps of most Weekender watches and chose the Timex Weekender Tachymeter watch with a leather band.  I think you'll agree that it is a beautiful watch.

For a complete review (now hosted here on this blog):

Wristwatch Review: Timex Weekender Men's Tachymeter Analog Strap Watch

To peruse current Timex Weekender offerings, look know further than this affiliate link to Amazon.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Brand New . . . Old Timex

Many people assume that collecting vintage watches isn't affordable.  However, I recently bought a brand, new, in the original box, (new old stock), Timex Mercury manual wind wristwatch on eBay for about $40.

A 1970s vintage Timex Mercury watch

It's a simple watch.  But, it is interesting to compare it with today's Timex watches.  I like the no nonsense styling of this 1970s vintage watch.  It looks sharp!

[To read my full review, see this post:

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Professional Look From Pulsar: A simple dress watch

Sometimes a man needs a watch that looks good for an office job.  This Pulsar fits the bill precisely.  It's neither cheap nor pretentious.  It's also a trusted brand from the Seiko company. 

Here's another picture of my Pulsar when I was dressed up and on my way to important business.  It's a great watch when you want a professional look without distraction.

[Update:  You don't see too many Pulsar watches these days and even fewer with the clean lines and simplicity of my original.  This silver Pulsar (Model PS9683X1) comes the closest here on Amazon.]

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Retro Masterpiece Watch from Walmart

Here's another watch that I love from Walmart.  It's so retro that it's almost steampunk and yet it blends old world style and digital technology.

A Walmart "steampunk" Watch

If I could only stop it from beeping on the hour!

ThinkGeek Steampunk-styled Tesla Watch
[Update:  I wonder if I still have this watch.  The leather strap for it is outstanding and would look good on many other watches.  Also, I can't believe I thought this Walmart watch was a steam punk watch.  A simple search on Amazon will reveal some steam punk watches.  Look at this crazy thing!  It's a ThinkGeek Steampunk-styled Tesla Watch and it's available here on Amazon.]

Monday, August 8, 2011

Bring Out Your Dead! Bring Out Your Dead Watches!

If you like inexpensive watches, then you probably have a box full of dead ones that need batteries.  Every once in awhile, it's fun to pull out a box on non-working watches and bring them back to life.  Sometimes all you need is a cheap band or a new battery to have a "like new" watch again.  I've recently revived watches that I haven't worn for over 15 years.  If I get them working, it's fun to wear them again!

To start, you'll want to get yourself a nice watch repair kit.  It will come with the tools you need to hold a watch securely, to replace watch straps, or remove links from a watch band that is too big.  It will also come with tools needed to gently remove watch case backs.

The one pictured is available on Amazon here: Eventronic Watch Repair Kit.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A Big Boxy Watch from a Big Box Store

I know, I know, I'm supposed to want the finest of Swiss Watches.  I do want them.  But, I can't afford them right now.  So, it's much easier to succumb to the allure of the watch shelves in big box stores like Walmart and Target.  Watches in the $10 to $20 range are often interesting and innovatively styled. My favorite watches from the Big Box stores often evoke the style of far pricier watches from high end jewelers.  For example, this big boxy Mossimo watch from Target looks much like a far more expensive Bell & Ross.  Of course, if you have the money for a Bell & Ross Watch, don't let me slow you down.  Here's one of their latest ceramic models on Amazon