Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Watch Wearing Wednesday: Accutime Marvel Ghost Rider Superhero Watch

Are you looking for a fun watch?  Follow the arrow. The Marvel Ghost Rider Superhero Watch offers a cool look at a price that you don't have to sell your soul for.

The arrow points to the Marvel Ghost Rider Watch
 
Fortunately, you don't have to be a supernatural motorcyclist collecting the souls of evil people for the devil in order to enjoy this watch.  It's cool enough with a flaming skull motif right on the dial.

After 10 years in my collection, the strap is still comfortable but deteriorating a bit

This watch pairs well with any form of vehicular cool.  I thought it was a great match for this vintage Chevrolet.

If you'd like to get this watch, it's available here on Amazon. If you'd like to read my full review of this watch, you can hit it here.  Finally, if you just want to see an unblurred photo of the car, check it out below.  It's a 1968 Chevy Impala Convertible.  It's an amazing old beast!

1968 Chevy Impala Convertible


Monday, May 20, 2024

Sharp Watch Shout Out: The Bulova Men's Aerojet Automatic Watch

 Bulova has a knack for creating watches that I can aspire to own.  It's a brand I consider a prestige watch.  They simply make some very classy timepieces that reside right on the edge of my budget.  One Bulova that recently caught my eye is the Bulova Aerojet Automatic.  I like this watch because it has the look of 1950s and 1960s technological optimism.  Vintage, yet modern. 

Bulova Aerojet Automatic (Amazon photo)

This Bulova features a 21-jewel Japanese automatic movement and a subdial providing a 24-hour clock for the 24x7 jet set lifestyle.  The stainless steel case features an exhibition caseback and reveals a Miyota movement.
The Bulova Aerojet Exhibition Caseback (Amazon photo)

Bulova has some nice looking automatic watches.  For example, their Sinatra collection is definitely eyecatching. But, the Aerojet brings the 50s and 60s modern jet-era vibe at a somewhat attainable price point. If you love this watch, you can find it on Amazon as the 

As of this writing in May 2024, the Bulova Vintage Aerojet watch was listed at 36% off.  This looks like a great deal to jump on before it flies away. 

The Boeing 707 epitomized the jet era
 (SDASM Archives, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)


Sunday, May 19, 2024

Wristwatch Review: Brigada Men's Business Casual Quartz Wrist Watch

This review is for a Brigada Business Casual Quartz Wrist Watch.  It's a very inexpensive watch that offered some interesting looking features. With a bronze case, a leather band, and a dial that looked like a camouflage pattern, I thought it would be an interesting watch to check out.  I've been watching the Brigada Brand for awhile and they are definitely an up and coming source of inexpensive watches.

The Dial of my Brigada watch.

Brigada Watch Prices

I now own two Brigada brand watches. The first watch was a conventional dress watch that was a very good value for about $30 in 2023 and this second Brigada watch is a more casual watch that I purchased for roughly $16 in 2024.  Both watches have to be viewed as very inexpensive watches that are really competing with no-name quartz watches on the shelves of stores like Walmart.  This watch arrived in a bundle of bubble wrap instead of a traditional box and I found that a little off-putting.


Brigada Watch Dimensions

This watch was a little lighter and thinner than I had expected. The case was 40 mm in diameter and just 7mm thick.  The band was 20mm wide at the lugs.  Unfortunately, the small size rendered watch features that I thought would be manly and rugged as just a bit dainty.

Brigada Watch Features

The watch has individually placed hour markers and batons.  The bezel is non-rotating.  The crown has a Brigada logo and the caseback is quite attractively etched.  The watch has a Japanese quartz movement and 100-feet of water resistance.

The Brigada Caseback Design

The watch has a brushed aged bronze look that looks a little cheap.  (It's a $16 watch.)  The strap is made of comfortable leather and has a generous length and width.

Detail on the Crown of a Brigada Men's Business Casual Watch

From this perspective (below), you can see how thin and light this watch is.  In a dress watch, the thin nature of this watch would be an asset. However, in a watch with a diver-style bezel, it seems too thin to be credible as a man's watch.

The thin 7mm case of this Brigada Watch

Finally, the strap is off a nice width and comfort level, but for me the buckle design is strange and would just look more at home on a woman's watch.

The wide buckle design on the strap of the Brigada watch

OVERALL WATCH REVIEW


This Brigada watch brings together many desirable features at a very low price point. Unfortunately, it just doesn't work for my personal style and old school sensibilities about traditional masculinity.  I need to dig out my Brigada dress watch and give that a review.  It brings everything you need for a dress watch together very nicely.  If you like the style of this watch, check it out on Amazon as the Brigada Men's Business Casual Quartz Wrist Watch for Mature Men. It may not have worked for me, but it does demonstrate the many features that can be brought together on a low cost watch.  If it fits your sense of style, go for it.

Friday, May 17, 2024

TGIF: Forgotten Watchback Gasket O-Rings

So what are these little rubber band looking things?  They are wristwatch back O-ring gaskets.

What's up with this picture?  Well, at least two of my watches won't be quite as waterproof as I think.

Wristwatch Back O-ring Gaskets

 When should I use them?  Ideally, you would replace them on your water resistant watches any time you change the battery.

Gerrit 950-piece Watch Back Gasket Set

 Where can I get them?  You can find this 950-piece kit on Amazon.  They also offer smaller collections on Amazon here.  Another great source of watch parts and tools is a company called Esslinger.  You can find some great deals on esslinger.com They also have video tutorials and other useful items for watch collectors.







Thursday, May 16, 2024

Watch Deal Alert: Timex UFC Men's Icon 45mm Watch

The watch world could use something bad ass.  As the official timekeeping partner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Timex has some bad ass watches in spades.  This attention getting Timex UFC Icon watch literally brings the octagon to your wrist.  I recently found it on Amazon for 57% off which brings the watch down to less than $100.  You can't beat that price with a thrown chair!

Timex UFC Icon 45mm Men's Watch

I don't know if this watch will help you catch the eyes of the ring girls, but it does have chronograph functionality with the crown being flanked by pusher bars to activate the watch's stop watch subdials.  The watch also offers 100 meters of water resistance.  With the UFC lettering on the silicone strap and a gold-tone stainless steel case, the watch simply looks sharp.  You can find it here for a limited time at this special price on Amazon:

Timex UFC Men's Icon 45mm Watch.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Watch Wearing Wednesday: Rumours Men's Quartz Watch with Rotating Bezel

Sometimes wearing a cool watch brings great joy.  The watch doesn't have to be expensive.  It just needs to be cool. One of my coolest and one of my oldest watches is this silver-on-silver quartz watch from Rumours.  If it cost me $20 new, I would be surprised.

Rumours Men's Quartz Watch

Why do I like this watch?

That's a good question.  It just seems to have a certain something, something.  First of all, it has Silver-and-Silver as a color palette and that is almost always good.  Second, it has a unidirectional rotating bezel which is perfect for timing pizzas in the oven and other important elapsed time activities.  I've posted on my criteria for judging cheap watches before.  This watch just hits all the right marks for me.


This Rumor Watch has Silver on Silver in Spades


Watch Size Matters

The other thing that I like about this watch is its size and weight.  It doesn't sit high on the wrist and can fit under any cuff.  It's lightweight and you can wear it comfortably all day.  Finally, it has smooth edges and it doesn't dig into the wrist so it is comfortable.


The metal bracelet for this watch is comfortable


Overall

This isn't a review.  You'd be hard pressed to find this watch on ebay or Etsy.  This is just a cool watch from my collection and a reminder that brand, movement, and pedigree aren't everything.


A Rumours-brand Watch takes a bow on a restaurant table


Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Watches A to Z: Bulova

One of my favorite brands of wristwatch is Bulova. To me the brand brings three important things to the table:  history, luxury, technical innovation, and style. Best of all, Bulova timepieces are accessible to me as a middle class person. On Amazon, you can regularly find Bulova watches at price points between $150 and $4500.  The company also owns the Caravelle brand which offers some really nice watches at lower price points.

My first Bulova Watch

Bulova History

Bulova was established in 1875 and had a long history as an independent American watch company. Since 2008, the company has been a subsidiary of a respected Japanese multinational watch company: Citizen. From humble beginnings as a jewelry shop founded by Joseph Bulova on Maiden Lane in New York City, the company rose to regularly participating in space missions.

Famous Bulova Watches

Perhaps the most famous Bulova watch is the Lunar Pilot.worn by Commander David Scott on the Apollo 15 moon landing.  I've mentioned this famed Bulova before on this blog.  The crystal of his NASA-issued Omega Speedmaster popped off and Commander Scott used his personal Bulova watch on a moonwalk.  In 2006, the original Bulova Lunar Pilot chronograph that went to the moon was auctioned off for $1.625 million at auction.  It's amazing that Bulova offers a new quartz Lunar Pilot that is an homage to the original and that we can actually afford it for our collections.

Astronaut David R. Scott, Apollo 15 commander., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons (Bulova is strapped to his left forewarm).


My Bulova Watches

I feel very lucky to have a few Bulova watches and I'll probably get more in the years to come. I currently have a Bulova dress watch, a vintage Bulova Marine Star watch, and a Bulova Precisionist Stainless Steel Calendar watch.  

Bulova Precisionist Quartz Watch


Sunday, May 12, 2024

Sharp Watch Shout Out: Orient Automatic Hand-winding Watch with Sapphire Crystal

One brand I've always wondered about is Orient.  The company can trace it's lineage back to a watch shop founded in 1901.  They started mass producing watches in 1950.  Today, they are a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seiko-Epson. They have models that appeal to me on many levels from dive watches to classic watches like the Bambino.  

This watch recently caught my eye on Amazon.  It's from their classic collection and is simply known by Model Number RA-AK03.  It's an automatic hand-winding dress watch with a sapphire crystal.

Orient Men's Watch (Model RA-AK03)

To me, it's a great combination of masculinity and practicality and I like the sun and moon complication. If you're dressing sharp for a special occasion, it looks like the perfect watch choice. It has a neat layout, a readable day of the week subdial and a sun/moon subdial.  

Best of all, this is an affordable luxury watch.  If you'd like to check it out on Amazon, you can find it here:  Orient Men's Japanese Automatic/Hand-winding Watch with Sapphire Crystal (Model RA-AK03).





Friday, May 10, 2024

TGIF: "Go To" Weekender Watches

TGIF! Now that the workweek is done, what's your favorite watch for banging around on the weekend?  Do you need something rugged or something casual?  Hard rock or yacht rock? Do you favor casual "weekender" watches from brands like Timex or Citizen?  So many questions.  Don't get stressed.  It's Friday.

Timex Weekender with Tachymeter Markings

This Timex Weekender has been one of my favorites for a long time.  Most Timex Weekenders have plain bezels, but not this one.  It has tachymeter functions.  I found this one at Walmart and, within a few months, the brand must have unified their Weekender standards and all the Timex Weekenders had plain metal bezels.  Sometimes watch models don't last for long.  They get supplanted by new models all the time for unknown reasons.  Sometimes you just have to get when the getting is good.

A display of casual Timex watches for Valentines Day

If you'd like to read a review of this Timex Weekender, check my Timex Weekender Review here on this blog.  Of course, Timex isn't the only watch brand applying the term "Weekender" to its more casual watches.  My Citizen Weekender is also a good choice.


What's your go to Weekender watch?

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Watch Wearing Wednesday: Caribbean Joe Fashion Watch with Subdials

This Caribbean Joe watch is an attractive addition to my collection.  It's just a quartz "fashion watch" and the sub-dials don't work.  But, it looks good.  I like the way the hour batons are outlined in gold and sud-dials are trimmed the same way.  It's a nice classic and cohesive look.  The only drawback to this watch is that the strap is a tad short.  It's wearable, but a little more watch strap length would be nice.

A Caribbean Joe watch atop a circa 1885 book of Tennyson poetry.

This watch came as part of a two-watch set which also included a digital watch.  I'm not much into digital watches lately, but it was a nice combo in a great presentation box for the sub-$20 price.


Monday, May 6, 2024

Sharp Watch Shout Out: Timex Waterbury Traditional GMT watch

Over the years, we've all gotten used to Timex as a purveyor of relatively inexpensive watches that are reliable, practical, and a good value for the money.  But, beneath the surface, there runs a stream of higher quality fine watches that provide good value and a little something more.  A good example of a premium Timex watch is this Timex Waterbury Traditional GMT watch.  It's a nice looking watch that offers a little more style and panache.  Timex was originally founded as the Waterbury Clock Company in 1854.

The Timex Waterbury Traditional GMT Watch

This particular Timex Waterbury Traditional GMT watch has a 39mm diameter case that is 11 mm thick. While the advertising title on Amazon includes the word automatic, it does actually have a quartz movement.  However, this is a great looking watch to consider.  It's certainly a step above the ordinary Timex watch.

Today, Timex is one of the largest watch companies at the world. Some people might scoff at them as a mass production watchmaker.  But, if you check out the company's wikipedia entry, you'll find that Timex also encompasses many respected fashion and luxury watch brands.

If you're looking for other interesting Timex watches, look for Timex Waterbury on Amazon or Timex Q on Amazon.

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Watch Strap Review: Benchmark 18mm NATO Zulu Military-Style Watch Band

My scratched up old Vostok Amphibia is looking just a little spiffier with a new strap.  Old Vladimir Putin might be appalled to see that my Soviet watch has joined NATO.  At least, the NATO watch strap alliance.  The photo below shows the old watch sporting a new Amazon purchase: a Benchmark 18mm NATO Zulu Military-Style Watch Band.

Benchmark 18mm NATO Zulu Watch Band

A co-worker of mine bought this watch for me at a Russian flea market after the Berlin Wall fell and the cold war came to an end.  Political concerns make me hesitant to buy a new one.  I just don't want to fund Russia's bellicose adventures.  But, the Walmart velcro strap that I had installed on the watch was looking really old and gnarly.  As a side note, don't remove the metal watch band on one of these Vostok watches, it is very easy to mess them up.


The Benchmark 18mm Watch Strap looks great and arrived in a flash.  The combo is called "Black and Gray Bond Stripes" and it does evoke memories of a James Bond movie from long ago.


I liked that the strap also came with a spring bar to remove your old watch band and a couple of extra pins to install your new one.  I really like the look of my upgraded watch with the new strap.

If you'd like to get a Benchmark NATO-style Zulu Watch Band, you can buy it here on Amazon.  It was a very affordable upgrade for my old watch.

Friday, May 3, 2024

TGIF: Gen Z is reviving the watch market

 According to a recent article in the Robb Report, Gen Zers Are Spending Like Maniacs on Watches.  I'm not sure how. I guess when Bitcoin investments, Influencer Channel Income, and a half-dozen side hustles come together, it can be a wonderful thing.  All I can say is great for Gen Z!

If you belong to this prosperous part of Gen Z, welcome to The Watch Dude Blog. Perhaps, I can suggest a nice watch with an unusual square shape?  It's the Cartier Santos.  It features an automatic movement, 100 meters of water resistance, and a silvertone case and bezel. I think you'll like it.

A Cartier Santos Watch (Photo from Amazon)

If you are looking for an unusual feature.  This watch has a blue cabachoon crown.  I think that is probably actually cabachon--a blue apatite stone.  It's the kind of feature that makes this watch unique and luxurious.

A profile shot showing the Blue Cabachon crown of the Cartier Santos.

For most readers, an exquisite watch like the Cartier Santos is most likely out of reach.  But, we can gawk and gaze and drool at this fine Cartier watch over on Amazon.  If you do get this watch, let us know in the comments.  We'll want to live vicariously through you!

An alternative watch that offers luxury at a less stratospheric price point is the Bulova Men's Sutton Automatic Watch.  It's powered by a 21 Jewel Miyota movement and offers a peak into the beating heart of the movement.

Bulova Sutton Automatic

 Regardless of watch price, it's great to see that Gen Z is keeping interest in mechanical watches alive!



Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Watch Wearing Wednesday: Men's Citizen Weekender Eco-Drive Sport Watch

Sometimes you just want a cool looking watch without a lot of fuss.  That's what the Citizen Weekender Eco-Drive Sport Watch delivers.  It's a great looking watch that is easy to read and comfortable to wear.  It also has a beautiful blue dial.

Citizen Eco-Drive Weekender

For a casual trip down to the local pizza joint, it's the perfect choice.  If you'd like to read my full review check out this post -- Wristwatch Review: Citizen Weekender Men's Eco-Drive Sport Watch.

Citizen Eco-Drive Weekender

If you like this watch, it is still available on Amazon as Citizen Eco-Drive Men's Weekender Quartz Watch, Stainless Steel, Black (Model AW1585-55SL).

Citizen Eco-Drive Weekender