Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Wristwatch Review: The Relic "Wet" Multifunction Men's Watch

A Simple, Rugged and Affordable Watch

The Relic "Wet" Multifunction man's watch (model zr15466) offers rugged good looks, substantial construction, and styling that evokes far more expensive watches. Yet, the Relic "Wet" watch comes in at an attractive price (about $60) that makes it practical for everyday wear. In my opinion, the Relic "Wet" wristwatch is rugged enough for weekends and dressy enough for the office.

How did I get started with all of these watches?  Here's the first watch in my "watch collecting phase!"  I published this review a couple of years ago on Yahoo.


The main thing that attracted me to the Relic "Wet" Multifunction Men's Wristwatch is the styling. It is functional, no nonsense, traditional diver's watch styling. The Model ZR-15466 has a functional bezel that can be used to track elapsed time. I find that the bezel turns easily and has legible numbers printed in five minute intervals, separated by one minute hashes. The numbers on the watch face are at the 12, 3, and 9 o'clock positions and are also very large and legible. The watch hands, numbers, and blocks at 5 minute intervals glow in the dark for a short period of time if the watch is first exposed to strong light.

The Relic "Wet" Multifunction Watch is constructed of all stainless steel with a little bit of black plastic armor to protect the winding stem and watch body. The watch is also water resistant down to 165 feet. Theoretically, a diver could align the 60 on the bezel with the minute hand on the watch. Then, as a dive progress, a glance at the watch would reveal how many minutes have passed. Could the Relic "Wet" Multifunction Men's Wristwatch be used for diving and action adventures? Perhaps, but for those of us in cubicle farms around the world, the Relic will allow us to daydream about such adventures.

The Relic "Wet" Multifunction man's watch looks great, is substantially constructed and has attractive styling.

The watch also has three additional hands that operate in distinct circles on the watch face. These show the day, date, and military time in analog fashion. Unfortunately, the print on these dials are tiny and, in some light, it is nearly impossible to read. However, these extra functions work and add to the style and sophistication of the watch.

In nearly two years of daily wear, my Relic "Wet" Multi-function watch has held up well. I've put the ruggedness to the test in adventures that include retrieving food and drink from vending machines, opening car doors with my hands full, washing my hands, and rooting around in desk drawers. I've scratched the clasp and the crystal on the face of the watch. But, the Relic "Wet" watch still looks good and still works. I'm not surprised. Relic is a brand marketed by the Fossil Watch Company. The Relic brand has many different models and style of wristwatch. While you may not be able to find this exact model, Relic still markets many similar watches.

Overall, I would recommend the Relic "Wet" Multifunction Watch. In my opinion a Relic watch like this would make a good man's gift. It would be perfectly appropriate for birthdays, Christmas, or Father's Day.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Elgin Oyster-Style Womens Watch

This is a blog about men's watches.  So, women's watches rarely see the light of day here.  Nevertheless, I did run across an interesting women's watch at a thrift store.  Here is an Elgin Oyster-style women's watch.  I saw it in a north Georgia thrift store priced at $15.

Vintage Elgin Ladies Watch

At first, I thought it might be valuable, but a quick internet search revealed that it wasn't from the venerable watchmaker's better days.  By the seventies and eighties, the Elgin name had been sold off to the purveyors of Asian-sourced watches.

Back of Vintage Elgin Ladies watch

Nevertheless, this Elgin is a nice looking watch.  I like the "cyclops" magnifier over the date.  With a new battery, a watch like this might serve someone's mother, wife, or girlfriend well. If you can't find one in a thrift store, similar watches are still available today under the Elgin name.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Back To School Watches for Boys and Young Men

For many American families, it's back to school time.  Many kids are getting new wardrobes and for some that will include a new watch or two.  While most kids are probably relying on cell phones for timekeeping, there are lots of cool watches to choose from.

If your kid is into comic book heroes like Captain America or Batman, I've seen good choices in those genres at Target and Kohls.

Younger kids might benefit from a "time teacher" watch that has clearly marked hour and minute hands.  This inexpensive Batman watch from Amazon is a great example.

If Star Wars is your kid's thing, I've recently seen these inexpensive Star Wars Storm Trooper digital watches at Walmart.

Finally, if your kid is into survival shows like Bear Grylls' Man vs. Wild or Les Stroud's Survivor Man, Casio makes several rugged watches that are adventure ready.  Of course, one of the most affordable and practical is the venerable Casio Forester.  It has a velcro band, backlighting, and a very affordable price tag.  Casio Forester watches make great dog walking watches!

Casio Forester - Ready for Adventure

I also like my Casio Tough Solar Ana-digital watch.  The strap has a practically  unlimited number of perforations which will allow the watch to fit any sized wrist.  It's my current "go to" bang around watch!

Casio Tough Solar
If your kid is going back to school, a watch is one way to tell time without pulling out the super distracting cell phone.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Wristwatch Review: Men's Merona Round Dial Analog Dress Watch

A Dress Watch that Looks Great for Less A review of a sharp looking Merona men's round dial analog dress watch from Target. This quartz movement watch offers a polished professional look but fits into the tightest budget. (This is a reprint of my review originally published on Yahoo.)
If you are looking for a professional-looking dress watch to wear for work or special occasions, you should peruse the men's watches at Target. The big box department store's Merona watch brand offers some sophisticated wristwatch options. The Merona Men's Analog Round Dial Dress Watch (Model FMDM219-99) offers a very upscale look for only about $15.
Merona Analog Watch
What's the Merona secret? The quartz watch movement is a mature technology. This means that there are a wide variety of accurate timepieces to choose from regardless of brand. As a consumer, the key differentiators between quartz watches are style and extra features. Off brand and house brand watches can often provide the style and appearance of high end brands at a fraction of the cost. Marketing expenses are much reduced for a house brand.

One major way Merona cuts cost is by having non-functional, decorative, sub-dials on some watches. I've avoided many Merona watches for a long time because I personally like everything on any watch I buy to have a functional purpose. However, I recently found a pure dress watch by Merona that I really like. The watch has a dark graphite gray band and case and a smooth two-tone black face. The face has an outer bezel-like ring of pure black around a lighter black face with a slightly bluish cast. It mimics a high end Movado by placing a single bright crystal at 12 o'clock and having simple hash marks at five minute intervals. The ultimate effect is one of smooth simple elegance.

Surprisingly for a watch of this price, the Merona has a Japanese movement and a nicely etched stainless case back. The case back reveals the brand, the replacement battery needed, and that the watch has a base metal bezel. The band is metal and incorporates links divided by circles. It adds to the upscale look of this inexpensive watch. Of course, if you look at every surface very, very, closely, you'll notice that the "diamond" at 12 o'clock is just a small glass chip surrounded by a foil reflector. You'll also notice that the fit and finish of this watch not as perfect as a fine Swiss time keeping machine. However, this Merona is a $15 watch and it certainly competes with brands like Armitron, Casio, and Timex. From any distance, this watch will look great to the casual observer.

Overall, this Merona is a store brand watch that the wearer can be proud to wear and would be perfectly appropriate for a job interview, a date, or any formal occasion.