New Watch! • 03 Jan 2017
Fly, Swim Or Drive Into The New Year With These Affordable Sport Watches
Aviation, racing, and diving watches continue to represent the most popular types of sport watches. That means each year dozens of excellent driving, pilot’s, or marine-themed sport watches are launched, and at least some of them are affordable. Here are a few accessible sport watches with a design and heritage you can be proud of, helped by a price tag you’ll be more likely to embrace in 2017.
Rolex last year resurrected the Air-King as a larger, more modern, yet still accessible timepiece for men. In many ways the Air-King is the same watch as the popular Milgauss, as it shares an identical case (complete with a soft iron cage for protection against magnetism), movement, and bracelet with the pricier Milgauss.
What is new (and for some visually controversial) is the aviation cockpit instrument-inspired dial. The Air-King is easily misunderstood, given its distinctive yellow and green looks. But what you have is one of the most direct efforts of Rolex, the first in a long time, which caters to a professional aviator’s community, as opposed to a luxury-lifestyle hungry audience.
Sinn U1 S
Black sport watches are favored by many watch enthusiasts for a number of reasons, including high-contrast design, and simply put, cool looks. In black-coated German submariner steel, the Sinn U1 S is amongst the most interesting, tough – being rated to 1000m – but accessibly priced mechanical dive watches in the world. It’s thoroughly modern, but with at least one leg firmly planted in tradition, being a mechanical wristwatch. And with Sinn’s Tegimented surface hardening technology, the 44mm case is unlikely to show signs of wear, so have no fear of getting this watch dirty.
Cartier Drive de Cartier
With its distinctive cushion-shape and early 20th century styling, the Drive is lifestyle watch for those who appreciate the art form of automotive design and comfortable driving. Cartier is known for being among the few watch brands that male clients appreciate, which isn’t shy about being first a watch, and but also masculine jewelry. The Drive offers a bold, handsome look on the wrist with a few dial options that are further boosted by its elegant and legible visuals.
Junghans Meister Driver Chronoscope
This is a rare find that combines design, quality and value. German watchmaker Junghans delivers a surprisingly versatile retro-themed driver’s watch that is more about the lifestyle of appreciating automobiles than it is racing. That’s important because most driving watches these days celebrate high octane motor sports, while a watch like the elegantly wearable Meister Driver feels more at home along a comfortable cruise on an endless highway. The two-tone look of the dial harks back to two-tone paint jobs on classic cars. Inside the 40.8mm steel case is a Swiss automatic chronograph movement.
Nomos is not typically known for sport watches. If anything, the watchmaker that favours minimalist design is popular for dressier watches with in-house movements. The Ahoi is among the few exceptions to that rule, being the brand’s most durable watch with impressive water resistance and a case that is larger than the smaller sizes typical of the brand. Poignant colors and simple looks make for a calming effect on the wrist in a world that most admit needs to chill out a bit – and perhaps get a little fun and sun at the beach.
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