Sunday, June 1, 2014

Homage Watches anyone?

The Omega Seamaster vs. Structure Diver-Style Watch

Have you ever noticed that the inexpensive quartz watches you see in Sears, Target, Kohl's and Walmart often look like iconic watch designs?  Here's a comparison of the venerable Omega Seamaster and a diver-style Structure watch from Sears.

Omega Seamaster:  By Naklig (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

They're not exactly the same, but the bezel detail looks similar.  The numerals and use of dots rather than batons to mark hours is the big difference.  The Structure is simply a fashion watch, but I thought it looked cool.  I won't be SCUBA diving any time soon!

Bell & Ross vs. Structure and Mossimo Instrument Panel Watches

 I've long admired the boxy instrument panel look of Bell & Ross watches like this BR01-94.  It is a creative look to be sure, but at the same time this watch has a very masculine and business-like demeanor.

Bell & Ross photo by Rama, Creative Commons CeCIL license, on Wikimedia Commons
Unfortunately, a fantastic timepiece like this is out of my budget.  But, the instrument panel look is captured well by Structure in this humble $30 quartz timepiece.

Target also got in on the act with their Mossimo line of inexpensive watches.  This one is an ana-digital.

Diesel Watches vs. Merona

The Diesel brand has brought a big, bold, look to the world of watches.  I often see that look imitated by watches at Target.  For example,  the Merona watch below mimics the look of popular Diesel watches.

It looks like the name-brand watches really do set the agenda for style.

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