If ladies and gents go crazy for a sharp dressed man or woman, then a luxury watch under a grand will certainly complete any wardrobe in winning style. We’ll start by listing the most popular entry-level watches that are under $1,000US and as sharp as a razor when it comes to keeping time-
Certina is an exclusive Swiss watchmaker manufacturing a diverse collection of watches with contemporary designs that personify quality and precise timekeeping. Certina also happens to be a member of the renowned Swatch Group. Certina has been successfully attracting both men and women with its edgy yet innovatively styled watches since 1884. Its acclaimed “Double Security” or DS Concept watches provide reinforced cases that withstand scratches under an ultra resistant sapphire crystal, water resistance with O-ring gaskets on the stem and in the crown, and a specific gasket on the case back. It also has a shock resistant reinforced case back. One of Certina’s sporty watches is:
DS Rookie Chronograph (Reference: C016.417.17.057.01) is one of Certina’s striking yet sporty watches that show cases a black high grade steel 40 mm diameter case with three sub-dials for minutes, seconds and hours, it also features a date aperture window at 4 o’clock all against a black dial. It has is adorned with a sporty black rubber strap.
2. Victorinox Swiss Army
If you’re at all familiar with the story of the Victorinox Swiss Army brand then you are aware of the original legendary Swiss Army Knife and many of its multifunctional tool capabilities. Karl Elsener opened a cutlery workshop to provide soldier with a sturdy, yet compact knife. What started out as a specialized cutlery shop evolved into a brand with multi-offerings such as travel gear, fashion, fragrances and yes, watches.
Victorinox Swiss Army designs watches that fashionably appeal to people with active, classic or professional lifestyles.
From the Professional Category – Dive Master 500 Mechanical (Model # 241561) impresses with a masculine round 43 mm diameter case made of PVD. It features a mechanical movement which is protected by a scratch resistant, triple coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal. It is water resistant up to 500m (1650 feet) and has a protected screw-down crown. Available on watchesonnet.com
From the Classic Category – Maverick GS Dual Time (Model #241441) is a polished 316L stainless steel case and bracelet watch with a unidirectional rotating bezel. It features a dramatic black dial with a date aperture window at 12 o’clock and a second time zone sub-dial just above 6 o’clock. It has luminescent hands and hour markers with polished numerals. It also features a Diver extension. It is available on watchesonnet.com
Seiko carries several worlds’ first historical batons, one of which happens to be the world’s first quartz watch. While it is true that the first quartz clock was built by Warren Marrison, Seiko developed the first radio broadcast quartz clock which was the size of
filing-cabinet. Seiko developed a small accurate quartz marine chronometer clock in 1962, it weighed 30 kilos and helped to significantly improve navigational precision out at sea. By 1964 Seiko produced the Crystal Chronometer QC-951 which weighed only 3 kilos. It was the first quartz timepiece to ever be used at the Tokyo Olympic Games. It is around this same time period that many Swiss watchmakers were in a dead heat to develop a quartz watch; and Seiko President, Shoji Hattori commissioned a special project team to do just that within a year’s time in1968. December 25, 1969 Seiko released the worlds’ first quartz watch, Quartz Astron with an 18 karat case.
Seiko watch technology continues to evolve with worlds’ first watches such as its Spring Drive and EPD watches. Seiko’s four watch technologies are the spring drive, kinetic, mechanical and quartz watches.
Seiko Arctura Kinetic Chronograph (Model SNL049P1) has a generous masculine round 45.5 mm stainless steel diameter case accentuated with a sporty silver dial that show cases chronograph functions of 60 second and 45 minutes in 1/5 second movement sub-dials and a round date aperture window at 6 o’clock. It has Seiko’s Japanese Kinetic 7L22 movement which is protected by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. It is adorned with black rubber strap that has a buckle type clasp. Available on watchesonnet.com
Citizen signifies its commitment to the very people it designs its watches for – citizens. Recognized as a worldwide leader in
advanced technology, it has gained worldwide acclaim for its Eco-Drive collection of watches that operate in both natural and artificial light for a lifetime of use. Ambassadors for the enigmatic watchmaker include:
Eli Manning, two-time MVP and Champion Quarterback for the New York Giants, sports the Perpetual Calendar Chronograph (Model BL5405-59E)watch.
Matt Kenseth, two-time Daytona 500 Champion, years 2009 and 2012, drives on and off the track in the Skyhawk A-T (Model JY0000-53E) watch.
Paula Creamer, the youngest US Women’s Open Champion, intently swings her golf clubs wearing Citizen’s Eco-Drive Firenza (Model EP5970-57A) watch.
Victoria Azarenka, two-time Grand Slam Tennis who also ranked as the #1 woman on the pro tour, serves her power ball sporting the Citizen Regent Chronographs Eco Drive (Model FB1220-53D) watch.
These champions represent Citizen’s eclectic brand of watches with sporting sovereignty.
Sharpen your style with one of these amazing watches and you too may soon gain a wealth of admirers!
By Chaz Nash