The year 2015 is almost at a close, and we’d like to help wrap it up with an aBlogtoWatch watch buying gift guide – done, once again, a little bit differently. As a publication that tends to help consumers make choices about watches they want to purchase, we dislike the idea of arbitrarily limiting your buying options to a few timepieces that we feel just narrowly beat out others in any given list. So for that reason, we try to stay away from more randomly assorted gift guides that, frankly, also bore us to create.
What we’ve done for this holiday season’s gift guide idea was to ask various members of the aBlogtoWatch team to mention the first watch that comes to mind when presented with a particular question. For example, we asked the question, “What watch would you wear to impress Vladimir Putin?” (a known watch buff and all-around leader of Russia). Each of the questions we asked called for a different type of watch, and we included some of our favorite responses from the aBlogtoWatch team. It’s just a little way of getting into our watch nerd heads and having fun during the holiday season (where, apparently, rest and relaxation is but a myth).
Whether your budget for watch buying is modest or prodigious, you’ll find some interesting timepieces here in each (perhaps unexpected) category that the aBlogtoWatch team feels are worth mentioning – from those suitable for very ordinary occasions to those which might only occur in our fantasies. Please offer your own choices in the comments below if you feel you have some watch choice responses to compliment our own.
Beater Watch Worth Wearing
Let’s start with the trusty everyday watch, something you can knock around and not worry too much about because it isn’t that expensive. With that in mind, it’s also got to be designed well, reliable, and say something about the wearer. Here are our top picks for the “beater watch” category.
Ariel Adams: Magrette Manoa Pacific Professional (Reviewed here)
Matt Smith-Johnson: Seiko Spirit Smart SCED035 ‘Aliens Ripley’ Watch (Reviewed here)
Victor Marks: Orient Symphony (Feature article “Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option?” Hands-on here)
David Bredan: Casio G-Shock Rangeman Camo
Watch That Would Impress Vladimir Putin
Moving on from an everyday beater watch, we take a look at 4 picks for watches that even a massively wealthy oligarch would give a second look. Vlad’s a well-known watch collector, and we think he would happily add these to his shiny, fabulously ornate watch safe.
Obviously, having it on the instrument would produce the case difficult to watertight. The black dongle includes two electrodes that connect together with the instrument at two vulnerable metal hinges that are utilized to control the Linde Werdelin Norge Replica Reef. I found the Linde Werdelin Reef charges relatively fast in about two to three hours. Once fully charged, the tool lasted for the entire time I was on holiday and also for my six rebounds, which were probably five-and-a-half hours, total. The battery indication of this instrument was about 1/4 charge staying when I had been done.Like many other digital dip machines, the Linde Werdelin Reef is water-activated. What this means is that after turned on, your device will automatically trigger and begin logging a new dive only when submerged. On soil or on boat, the display you see has present time and indication of battery degree, the present temperature, the percent of oxygen from the atmosphere, and the maximum operating depth (MOD) for the supposed gas mixture you’re using. At the base of the screen, the three buttons may be used to do additional installation, see the compass screen, or review a log in your dives.Pressing the installation option is used to adjust the computer’s settings. As an example, one can place the current date, time, and year, as well as customize the pc to the owner, pick color pallets, units, and some of the information shown on each display. Other more interesting settings are linked to diving, such as water kind, dive-mode, security stop, the O2 level of this combination you are planning to dive with, the altimeter level where you’re diving (0 inches for sea level), and a planner to your next dives – which is mostly letting you define surface intervals, average depth, and no-stop moment.
Ariel Adams: Jacob & Co. Astronomia (Hands-on here)
James Stacey: MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual Calendar Watch (Hands-on here)
Patrick Kansa: Greubel Forsey GMT Watch In Platinum (Hands-on here)
David Bredan: Montblanc Collection Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco Da Gama Watch (Hands-on here)
Flamboyantly Designed “Grandly Complicated” Timepiece
There is no shortage of flashy watches and there’s no shortage of highly complicated watches out there. What if you want both, though? Well, we decided to think up 4 watches that we think will get you both attention and horological admiration.
Ariel Adams: HYT H3 (Hands-on here)
David Bredan: Richard Mille RM 26-02 Evil Eye (Hands-on here)
Bilal Khan: Antoine Preziuso “Tourbillon of Tourbillons” Triple Tourbillon (Hands-on here)
Mark Carson: Ulysse Nardin Freaklab (Hands-on here)