The Rolex GMT-Master II is one sharp watch with the power of two time zones. Nowadays, your smartphone updates to the correct time once you turn off airplane mode upon hitting the runway – but for earlier jet-setters it took some serious mechanical advances in watchmaking to account for changes in time. This 4-hand self-winding Rolex pays homage to the those earlier days, and the blue GMT hand keeps 24-hour Greenwhich Mean Time while the standard hand keeps the local hour. The two-toned Cerachrom ceramic bezel is virtually scratchproof and rotates in both directions to quickly read the GMT hand in various time zones. A sophisticated mechanism allows the hour hand to be adjusted in hour increments without disturbing the time keeping of the minute and second hands (whereas in other watches the time would stop and all hands would move at once). While at first glance it may look just like a Rolex Submariner with a black and blue bezel (and to be fair, they are extremely similar in many ways), the complex dual-time movement in the GMT-Master is what sets it apart. Only downside is the $9,895 retail price.
This week at Swiss watch show Baselword, Breitling revealed the new version of their sporty diver, the Superocean. The restyled Superocean II retains the overall feel of its predecessor, with a handsomely refreshed dial featuring large luminescent numerals and the addition of smaller military numerals. Powered by Breitling’s Calibre 17 automatic movement, the Superocean II also slims down the case thickness for added comfort. The new model is available in three case diameters – 36, 42, and 44mm – and with the sizing, the water proofing ranges from 200 to 500 to 1000 meters respectively. The Superocean II looks sharp in black with a steel bracelet, but don’t overlook the blue dial or new Ocean Racer rubber strap either. Pricing also varies with options, but to give you an idea – the 42mm with a steel bracelet has an SRP of $3,900. MORE INFO AT BREITLING.COM
As the name implies, the Nixon Time Teller is a pretty straight forward watch. Water resistant and housed in a 37 mm stainless steel case, the quartz powered Time Teller will handle every day use with ease. While it won’t have the same bling factor as a high-end luxury watch such as Rolex, it’s still tastefully styled and cost you a whole lot less money.
GET IT: $93
Currently on sale, the Timex Expedition Scout is a durable and reliable watch that has a great price to match. Featuring a nylon band and both 12-hour and military time displays the watch is also water resistant for wearing when swimming and showering. Great for the outdoors or around town with casual attire.
GET IT: $35 (38% OFF)
Ditching the chronograph features commonly found on Breitling watches, the Galactic 41 has a simpler face design with large hour markers and a pronounced double-window calendar display. The 41 mm case is topped with glareproofed cambered sapphire crystal and this self-winding automatic watch has 42 hours of power reserve. Waterproof up to 1000 feet, the sporty Galactic is durable enough for everyday use, yet elegant enough to wear to formal affairs. Starting at $5,985 for a steel case, the Galactic 41 is also available in other options including rose gold.
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We got a tip for yet another cool Kickstarter project, the Recon 6 Survival Watch by Ralston. Not only does the rugged watch tell time, but it also contains a compass, signal mirror, can opener, fire starter, whistle, cutting tool, fishing line, and flash light. Essentially, it has all the basic survival items stashed around your wrist. It’s also a cool looking watch for when you’re not braving the elements.
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The TAG Heuer Carrera is a sleek and clean-styled luxury watch that you can wear everyday, and while it doesn’t come cheap, it’s a much more affordable option than say a Rolex. The Calibre 5 Range of the Carrera now offers a bold Day-Date Window at 3. While it still has the same automatic movement as the standard Carrera (which also just received a slight makeover), the new Day-Date version bumps up in size from a 39 mm to 41 mm, and the retail price moves from $2,900 to $3,300.
If you’re looking for a cool watch on a budget, or thinking of a guy gift under $100 – check out these 5 men’s watches under a Benjamin. In no particular order:
Citzen Eco-Drive – $87
G-Shock Red Rescue Watch – $93
Swatch Blue Rebel – $65
Nixon Newton – $95
Timex Weekender – $27 (currently 40% OFF)
Limited to only 500 units, the Breitling Super Avenger II Military Limited Edition is not only bad-ass looking, it’s rare. Being unique doesn’t come cheap and this special Breitling will set you back $7,400 if you can get your hands on one. We’re assuming it’ll retain its value for years to come – but it may be hard to part with that stealthy carbon-based black coating that covers the steel case. Other features of this special automatic chronograph include a glare-proofed sapphire crystal, under which are large white Arabic numerals set in military time, making for easy readings in the heat of battle (or the boardroom).