Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Watches A to Z: Armitron

Armitron History

If you are looking for quality watches at an affordable price point, you really can't go wrong with Armitron.  Armitron is one of the top 10 U.S. watch brands.  The company is a subsidiary of E. Gluck Corporation which was founded in 1956 by holocaust survivor Eugen Gluck. Armitron was established as a subsidiary company in 1975.  They are known for quartz watches, digital watches, and mechanical watches.

Famous Armitron Digital Watches

Armitron was founded just as quartz movements and digital watches were shaking up the world of watches. Casio had just released LCD digital watches in 1974 and Armitron sooned followed with similar digital watches that were arguably even better.
Armitron Retro Watch - Rogue

One of the famous LCD watches was the Rogue which was basically identical to the current retro version pictured here (above).

Another one of their most famous early digital watches was the Armitron Rubik.  Amazingly, the watch or a very similar version of it is still sold as part of Armitron's vintage collection (shown below).
Armitron Retro Watch - Rubrik

If you have a Pong console or an Atari 2600 for the sake of nostalgia, you might want to add one of these watches to your collection.

Fortunately, you can easily find both of these watches.  The Armitron Rogue can be found here on Amazon and the famed Armitron Rubik is here on Amazon.  

If you'd like to read more on these fantastic retro watches, check out the Digital Armitron Reviews at Ben's Watch Club.

My Favorite Armitron Watches

Armitron Diamond Watch
Over the years, I've owned a few Armitron analog and digital watches and I've always thought they represented a great value for the money.  I first wrote of Armitron watches as potential Christmas gifts back in 2013.  One of my first was the simple Armitron Diamond analog watch.  Mine had a simple brown dial and had gold and silver tones.  I wonder if I still have it tucked away in a watch case somewhere.  It had the tiniest dot of a "diamond" at the 12 o'clock position.

Armitron Stainless Steel Quartz Watch

Perhaps, the Armitron that I am most enamored with is my Armitron Silver tone on Silver tone stainless steel watch.  You can read a full review of it here.

Are Armitron Watches Any Good?

Yes, Armitron watches are good. Armitron watches offer good, solid, reliable performance at low price points. Armitron watches don't usually have high price tags. Instead, the brand offers attractive products that provide good values at very attainable price points.  I've found that Armitron watches compare favorably to inexpensive watches from Timex and Casio. Brand and history are worth something. To me, Armitron watches stand above random cheap off-brand watches and excel at price points in the $20 to $75 range.


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