AN ECONOMICAL TAKE ON TIME
A list of the top 10 watches that are affordable yet acutely classy to fill the gap between you old Dora The Explorer watch and that Audemar you’ve always dreamed about
By: Aditya M Rodrigues
1. Fossil Men's 'Nate'
At number 1 on this list is this hardy looking timekeeper. Looking like an urban version of a watch a War veteran would wear. This stainless steel military inspired watch looks extremely masculine and exudes gallantness. The brown leather goes perfect with a casual outfit and the beige dials give it a bit of pop. Although it may be rather high up the price list, this handsome watch is definitely worth a couple of extra hours slaving away at starbucks.
2. Adidas Men's Stockholm
This sophisticated Adidas watch is elegant as it is unassuming. The all black exterior is stylish an unpretentious and the white hands accent the overall look. The black rubber strap makes sure your wrist is extremely comfortable and also makes the watch last longer as opposed to a cheap steel strap. It’s water resistant up to 50 meters so the only thing you have to worry about taking off while skinny-dipping is your undies ayeeee. At a decent price this watch isn’t only easy on your wrist but doesn’t take too much weight out of your wallet.
3. Nixon Time Teller P
The Time Teller P by Nixon is an original and minimalistic watch that is extremely popular. This crowd Favorite is available in a myriad of different colours, which means that it would appeal to almost anyone out there who holds an interest in watches. The piece is precise looking and has no frills whatsoever. If you’re looking for a watch that fulfills the basic functions and looks good doing it, The Nixon Time Teller P has your name on it.
4. Casio Edifice Chronograph
The Casio Edifice chronograph is a shiny chic timepiece. With a mainly black face, it has streaks of gold and silver littered on the dials with a partial gold ion plated band. The triple hand chronograph was inspired by the sporting world. It’s a unique blend of sporty and stylish, so you can take it out for a game of tennis and bring it back for a classy dinner. The second hand is a striking red which gives it a touch more character.
5. Tommy Hilfiger
This sporty looking watch from tommy Hilfiger looks like it can be taken to a club for an afternoon of golf. It’s simple and functional, keeping in line with the brands image. It’s rubber black textured strap comfortably sits on your wrist. This watch also features an extremely classy looking white dial with black Arabic numerals and Silverstone cut out luminescent hands. A simple and elegant watch, that you’ll never be afraid of showing off.
6. Stuhrling Original Men's Mistral Automatic Skeleton
Although this watch is slightly higher than the 200 mark, one look at this beauty and you’d think the price is justifiable. This rugged and edgy looking watch is in a class of it’s own. This watches skeletal face is not for the faint hearted as the see through skeletal aspects make sure you can see the body of the watch and the mechanics that make it function. The watch is tied together with a sturdy leather strap, which adds to the overall macho look of it. And as if that wasn’t enough, this piece offers dual time functionality and 60 hours of power so you don’t have to bother yourself with winding it up. Carry a little piece of London with you, with the big ben inspired timepiece.
7. Timex Men's Easy Reader Brown Leather-Strap Quartz Watch
The Timex easy rider is every hipster’s lucid dream. The blacked out hands against the brilliant white face of the watch brings minimalist to the next level. Encapsulated in a highly polished bezel casing, the Arabic numerals speak volumes while maintaining its subtle look. This watch also offers a date and day feature at 3 o’clock, which you can set without turning the crown every 24-hour period. Along with the watch is a ten-year battery life. Part of the reason it lasts so long is because it’s idiglo night light that lights the surface of the watch uses less battery than most other watches, ensuring that your battery stretches to it’s full extent. The textured brown leather strap is hipster friendly, sticking with the earthy theme of most hipster outfits. If you’re headed to your local café or the farmers market, this watch will be an ideal companion.
8. Casio Classic Gold Digital
This classic bright gold timepiece by casio has been around in many forms and variations for decades. When wearing it, you're definitely going to hear comments about the timeless look of the yellow gold exterior. This vintage watch has seen many phases and has lived through them all. If you own one of these you are most definitely fashion conscious and have a great eye for style. This watch offers only basic functions with an alarm and a brilliant luminescent light blue illuminator. But who needs flashy multi purpose functions when you have a bright gold exterior. It catches the eye and draws it in with wonderment. All this for such an affordable price. This watch is a must have in your collection.
9. Timex Unisex Weekender
The Timex Unisex is currently the trendiest watch for casual use that you can buy. The basic looking face is unadulterated by specks or spots and keeps the watch looking clean and crisp. The cream face goes extremely well with the blue nylon strap and the accent of brown and white add that much more finesse. The hands are cream coloured with an outlined black finish, pointing to uncomplicated black numerals. The maritime tones of the straps and the structured design of the face is military inspired and bumps it a step above the rest.
10. G-Shock X HUF
The last item on this list is a legend in the watch industry, perfectly culminating a unique and addictive design with a rock hardy durableness. G-Shock has cornered the market and offered a product that is simply too good to resist. And with their latest collaboration with HUF, it just became even harder to turn down. The two giants of streetwear have collaborated to bring to us a watch that captures all aspects of the street. From the muscular and toned body to the cracked cement texture of the strap, this watch is durable as it is tenacious. The limited edition Timepiece comes equipped with a super illuminator LED, a bold metal face protector, for all the skaters who like to get down in the dirt, and an extra tough lug band attachment. The blacked out piece features many shoutouts to the collaboration. Like the HUF logo popping up when you turn on the LED light. The same logo is also etched on the back of the case back. This G shock still sticks true to its tradition and bring functionality and style together, with a 48 city world time, 5 daily alarms countdown timer stopwatch and a military inspired 24 hour time format. This piece is also shock and water resistant upto 200 metres proving that its bite is worth just as much as its bark. The G Shock HUF encapsulates the ruggedness of the street, and wraps it around your wrist.