When looking for affordable everyday analogue watches I always try and find features that make life easier. OK you get a model that tells you the time, but so useful on an everyday basis to be able to see the Day and the Date. Probably nothing else is near as important as these useful features. Here I’ve posted 3 models that caught my eye as fulfilling that day/date function and at an affordable cost.
First up – is the Swatch Black Rebel – a true “designer” watch no less and under £50.00.
A neat sized gents model at 41mm diameter and 12mm depth, rubber strap and a resin case. Day and Date window @3 orange highlighted and the bonus of luminous hour and minute hands and a center seconds. Swiss Quartz movement.
A Casio Collection Quartz model at a very low price follows – also Day and Date window @3, outer bezel with minuted markings, large dot markers and infill hands plus center seconds. Means a nice clear watch to read in most light. Also a god size at 42mm diameter and 12mm depth plus a real bonus of 100m Water Resistance. Price wise I’ve seen this for around £16.00 which is amazing.
Not to be outdone Timex also have this model Quartz analogue Day and date window @3, black hands against white, good contrast and very legible, red center seconds hand. Water Resistance at 30m pretty decent too and at around £30.00 is again really good value.
So it really is possible to get yourself pretty decent quality watches with the added features of Day and Date at very reasonable cost, without going to the extremes of unknown or obscure makes with perhaps less than confident service issues. The main players have it well in hand and can provide a decent priced alternative to the cheap digitals on the market. It’s sometime nice to see a simple clock face and hands, a day and a date – all without pressing buttons – plus these can be seen more easily that most when propped up on the bedside cabinet. And there are quite a few others around if you check them out. The trouble with these guys is that for everyday use it’s difficult to see past them – and for a watch collector that’s bad news!!! Great watches for holidays or indeed for life . . . . . .
Note the Swatch is splash resistant only.