Archive for December, 2011
I recognize that not everyone has hundreds or thousands of dollars to spend on a watch, and that’s why this week’s selection is a more frugal one: the Seiko SNK375K. This watch features a stainless steel case and band and a black and red analog dial and face. It’s rather menacing-looking for a watch that can be had for under $100 if you know where to look.
The Seiko brand name is just starting to get the respect it deserves in the watch world. They aren’t Rolexes, but for entry-level watches they are exceptional in their quality and craftsmanship. The SNK375K has a 21 jewel Japanese automatic movement, and is likely the first automatic watch for most of its buyers. The scratch resistant crystal isn’t just durable, it also looks amazing and doesn’t have that glare found on many cheap watches like some I’ve seen sold on QVC.
It’s Wednesday once again, so that means it’s time for our Watch of the Week. This week’s choice is the Steinhart Aviation GMT Automatic. It’s one of the finest watches to be found in the $400-$600 price range, and it features very aggressive styling. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend this watch to anyone who doesn’t ride a motorcycle or at least owns a sports car.
The domed sapphire glass with anti-reflective coating, along with a multiple height dial make this watch very easy to read in all light settings. The strap is leather calf brown (match this to your belt and shoes) while the casing is brushed stainless steel (match this to your belt buckle and your DeLorean). I think this combination is a very masculine look, and the squareness of the casing only adds to that.
Each Wednesday, I’m going to highlight a special watch and give a little background about it. The first featured watch is the Breitling Transocean. Unlike many other Breitlings, the Transocean does not have a busy face with all sorts of distracting complications originally intended for pilots. Instead, it’s understated with its elegance and simplicity.
Available with a black or white face and with leather or steel bracelets, this selfwinding movement watch retails in the $6,000 to $7,500 range. At that price, I’d take it over any of those “busy” Breitlings. Don’t get me wrong, they’re an incredible watch brand, but I’m not a pilot, and I would hope and respectable pilot would know better than to rely on a wristwatch during an emergency. This is one of the few Breitlings that will look good anywhere.