The last time I’ve made a purchased a watch was well over two years ago. It was the Seiko SBDX013 marine master professional 1000 meter Emperor Tuna, which I wear on a daily basis and still love every bit of it to this day. As I suddenly have the urge into looking for a new watch to purchase first thing in the year 2021. I was considering other than Seiko, another watch as an alternative to my Tuna since I am looking for something different and of course a budget of 500.00USD due to the pandemic COVID-19 crisis.
Rubber Black : FKM Rubber Quick Release Watch Band on Rose Citizen Gold NY0083-14X-RG, Navy Blue on Citizen Blue NY0081-10L
CITIZEN PROMASTER Fugu Limited Edition 999pcs
Citizen NY0083-14X & NY0081-10L, these watches are often described as Citizen’s version of the Seiko SKX007, where they are not only affordable, but also reliable, and an overall versatile watch.
Citizen movement caliber 8203 automatic, made in Japan
Date at the 3 o’clock hour reveals the automatic day calendar
This Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster dive watch is powered by light (or solar power). The watches accuracy is powered by quartz without the hassle to replace a battery (important for a dive watch). The Power reserve is stored up to six months when fully charged. It features a 44 mm diameter rose gold tone case, a silicone-rubber dive strap, luminous hands and hour markers, 60-minute marked black uni-directional bezel (with luminous PIP), and a date window at the 3:00 position on the dial.
PROMASTER Diver collection
Powered by light, never needs batteries
Black dial with silver – luminous hands and luminous markers
Citizen NK0002-14W Classical Line Mechanical Watch
Simple and yet elegant is best used to describe this beautiful timepiece. The emerald green used on this dial has caught every bit of my attention. To be able to get a 60 hour power reserve at a price range under 500.00 US, it doesn’t really get any better than that.
Release Date : 5 September 2019
Movement : Mechanical 8310
Driving time: 60 hours (at maximum winding)
Automatic winding + manual winding
Frequency: 21,600 times / hour
Number of stones: 21
Second hand stop function
Early date correction function
Accuracy : -20~+40 seconds per day
Waterproof : Water for life performance (5 ATM water resistant performance)
Case Material : Stainless steel
Band Material : Calf
Glass Material : Box type crystal glass.
Size : H49mm x W40mm x D8mm.
Weight : 72g
Made in Japan
Citizen Kuroshio 64
The Kuroshio 64 is a reissued watch model which was inspired from one of Citizen’s finest production, the Parawater back in 1959. This reissued collection is available in five different models with distinctive dial colors, on bracelet and leather straps. The one I set my eye on is of course the dark forest green dial with silver markers all around.
Caliber No. : 8310
Movement : Automatic
Signal Reception : Without Radio Reception Function
The Hamilton Khaki H70455733 watch is yet another appealing time piece that is being considered to be added into my personal collection. First off, to be able to pick up a Swiss made automatic watch for less 500.00 is already attractive as it is. Another tempting factor about the Hamilton Khaki H70455733 are also able to fit on our curved end bracelets for the Seiko SARB017 watch collections.
Stainless steel case with a black leather strap
Black dial with silver-tone hands and Arabic numeral hour markers.
Minute markers around the outer rim.
24 hour (GMT) markers. Dial Type: Analog.
Luminescent hands and dial markers.
Date display at the 3 o’clock position.
Hamilton calibre H-10 automatic movement with an 80-hour power reserve.
Scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
Pull / push crown
Case size: 38 mm.
Case thickness: 11 mm.
Band width: 20 mm.
Water resistant at 100 meters / 330 feet.
Functions: date, hour, minute, second
Item Variations: H70455733.
Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic Mens Watch H70455733.
With the number of options of watch that I have filtered through, its down to the two green models, NK0002-14W and the Kuroshio 64 (Green Dial).
Left : Super-J Louis Stainless Steel Watch Band on Steinhart Sub. Black; Right : 22mm Grey Quick Release Italian Suede Leather Watch Strapon Steinhart Ocean Vintage Military 39
Steinhart Ocean One Vintage Red
An affordable Swiss brand who produces watches that greatly resembles from the RX brand. Many are surprised that this brand give you this level of finishing and attention to detail at the very affordable price.
Stainless 316 L steel satined and polished
Diameter 42 mm
Height 13 mm
Lug width 22 mm screwed
Sapphire glass medium domed, with double anti-reflecting coatings on the interior side
Bezel Stainless Steel, Inlay black aluminum
Back Stainless steel 316 L screwed
Waterproof to 30 ATM
Steinhart Ocean Vintage Military 39
A perfect replacement for the Ocean One Vintage Red if you find 42 mm a little too big. A professional grade of 300 m water resistance at an affordable price.
Movement. Swiss ETA2824-2/SW200 Automatic Movement, (elabore, top e COSC)
Deep Matte Black with hour markers.
Markers, hour, minute, second hands.
Case. Satin brushed top and polished sides. Stainless steel.
Bezel. 120 clicks. Polished. Stainless steel.
Crown type. Screwdown Steinhart signed crown.
Lug width. 20mm.
With a budget of 500.00USD to shop for a watch, there’s a ton of options out there in the market. To help narrow down your options, write down or take note of what you are looking for with your next watch. Whether it is down to the color of the dial, the size of the watch case, a dress watch, a diver, with an automatic or mechanical movement, or perhaps the depth of water resistance the watch can withstand, you’ll find that it’s a lot easier to help choose your next purchase if you go through the process of knowing what you want with your next watch.