Sunday, May 26, 2024

Wristwatch Review: Men's LaCoste 12.12 Water Resistant Quartz Watch

When my wife finds a cool watch on her shopping adventures, she often gets it for me.  On a recent shopping adventure at Ross, she struck gold with this Men's LaCoste 12.12 quartz watch.  It's an attractive casual watch, that's perfect for wear as a weekender watch or in a business casual environment.

LaCoste 12.12 Quartz Watch

Watch Features and Construction

The LaCoste 12.12 is a minimalist watch with an hour, minute, and second hand, in a 42mm composite (plastic) material case with a silicone rubber strap.  It has a stainless steel caseback, a mineral crystal, and water resistance to 5 BAR (50 meters).  You can shower, watch dishes, and potentially go swimming, but it's not made for protracted activity in the water.

The case is made of TR90 a plastic composite material.  It's a thermoplastic that is hypo-allergenic.  Commonly used in eye-glass frames, it is known for having a little flexibility and resisting damage.  In a watch case, it doesn't seem bendable.

The LaCoste 12.12 has an etched stainless steel caseback.  Typically the caseback design offers an image of a folded LaCoste shirt or their iconic Alligator logo.

The Stainless Steel Caseback of the LaCoste 12.12 watch

Watch Dimensions

The LaCoste 12.12 has a case diameter that comes in at 42mm and a case thickness of 9.8mm.  The strap is about 20mm wide.  The silicone strap fit me snugly and could probably be just a tad longer.

The LaCoste 12.12

Overall Impression

The LaCoste 12.12 is very different from my LaCoste Club Watch.  It has a more sporty, compact, design.  It's a bang around watch for people who like to bang around fashionably.  The LaCoste brand gives the watch a positive connotation of quality.  As a Florida alumnus, I also love the little alligator of the LaCoste logo.  Overall, I like this watch and can see myself wearing it regularly.

A close of of the LaCoste 12.12 dial and LaCoste Alligator Logo

If you'd like to get a LaCoste 12.12 for your own wrist, you can get one here on

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