Category Archives: Modern Quartz

Coke Themed Timex Editions On The Way

Timex have some Coca-Cola themed watches in the pipeline. The pics on the Timex site suggest that there’sa  classic 80s retro digital model, an automatic featuring a 70s Peace graphic, plus a basic quartz with an onion crown and pocket watch style case, in the range.

All have Coke branding on the dials. Soon as we get more info we shall let you know. As you were.

New Lazuli GMT From Torgoen

Torgoen are well known for making stand out designs and the new Lazuli GMT is in that ballpark. Big numbers on the dial, vivid colours, decent price. It’s all you could want in a fashion quartz watch and you have the bonus of a mineral crystal, Swiss Ronda movement plus a good choice of Italian leather straps too.

At £146 it’s in the same price bracket as many Indie meca-quartz GMT watches, or some entry level Citizen, Seiko or Armani/Boss brands. Worth a look we think.

More here.

 

Save The Planet: Go Wood & Fibre

Skagen has launched the Aren range, watches featuring dials made from wood, plus they utilise fibre straps rather than leather and a 50% recycled steel buckle.

As someone who once had to endure cork bathroom tiles back in the 80s, I won’t be buying a cork strap watch. But you may love it.

It all adds value for those who wish to tick that sustainable consumer box. The Aren recycled watches cost £119 RRP, so yeah, virtue isn’t cheap. Find out more here. 

Cheap Watches: What’s Your Price Limit?

By that we mean how little will you spend for an everyday quartz watch that tells the time and looks half decent?

We say about £20. There are some basic Casio models that retail for around £15 and of course Amazon and Ali Express are packed with 15 quid watches with oddball names and basic packaging.

But Time Products in the UK, who sell Accurist and Sekonda, have an even cheaper brand called Limit in their portfolio. It’s an old Swiss brand, famously the maker of good automatics and mechanical models back in the 50s and 60s, but then like many Swiss brands, the quartz attack from Japan in the 80s finished them off.

We love this Limit digital with its Wire Guard logo and chunky design. Yep, it’s £30 but watch out for regular Limit deals and offers online.  Nice digital display plus a backlight button for checking the time if you wake up in the night.

Let’s be honest a water resistance of 100m at this price level is pretty fair. Most fashion watches have just 50m, some less. The orange digital model at the top of ther page has a reasonable spec and we think it looks kinda sporty too.

You can’t really fault this red digital, with an alarm, stop watch and a plastic strap. So yeah you can swim in it. £25 is alright we think and although we aren’t saying disposable watches are a good thing, you ain’t gonna shed a tear when the strap splits and that’s the end of the watch.

It’s easy to get snobby about watches, but if you work in a rough job and your watch gets damaged, or you want to buy a teenager a watch and you just know they will hammer it to destruction, then brands like Limit offer the working person a chance to buy something with a guarantee that looks modern, and tells the time, for the sort of money that MPs spend on coffee n a vegan snack bar.

Limit watches start at about £20 RRP. More here.

Timex American Documents: MadeWorn Remix

Timex has a new collab model in its American Documents range, which has been produced by MadeWorn

It has a real vintage, Speed Shop or Vice Grip Garage feel to it – hey there’s an idea, VGG watches, rescued as dead Timex, Hamilton or Bulova models and refurbished with new or salvaged parts.

Anyhoo, we digress. The MadeWorn Docs model has a parchment sort of dial, kinda ying and yang colours too. That represents day plus night says Timex but we prefer to think of it as a more Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance vibe.

The whole watch is a hand-crafted, aged product, even the leather strap has a patina. The watch box too. So you get that unique, one-off flavour for a cool 800 bucks or so – plus UK import duty, VAT, shipping etc.

Verdict; we want to see more collab stuff from Timex, like a Bear Grylls Indigo Adventurer, or maybe a Roland Sands of Time watch – yeah, see what we did there?

More at Timex UK, who don’t retail the MadeWorn special by the way, but do have some very nice new Timex watches like the original American Documents model, the Navi Automatic, or the retro 80 digital models.

 

Skagen’s Solar is an Eco-Friendly Choice

Skagen has sent us info on the Henrickson solar powered watch, which retails at £169.

They claim it can last for six months on just a few hours solar charge, plus it has a steel case which is 50% recycled metal.

For lovers of all things woke, the strap is made from eco leather too, which is not leather at all. It’s bits of bark n plants etc. So that’s brill, you are helping the planet and a solar cell should last ten years, rather than the typical 2 year button cell battery lifespan.

It’s a decent looking, slimline, modernist watch too. 40mm case size should fit most wrists nicely.

More here.

Timex Continues With Retro Groove

Timex is staying on the retro path with new colour choices for the Q Reissue series, including a deep blue dial/bezel combo that we love.  It has a 38mm case, steel bracelet, easy-change battery compartment on the caseback – all that good stuff from the past, with a modern quartz movement inside.

It is a great looker although £175 is expensive for a basic fashion watch. Rivals from Sekonda, Accurist, even a Seiko 5, can be had for about £110. Just saying.

Now if you rock the Pride month then the Timex Malibu models will be right up your alley. Featuring Miami art deco colours, these watches have a 36mm case width, quartz movt, acrylic crystal and gold tone painted bracelets, which are the expandable type.

Good news for older customers who often miss these expanding links, although taking the pins out to remove links can be a bit of a faff, even for jewellers and watch shops.

Bizarrely, they feature a rotating bezel, which seems pointless on a fashion watch but still. Price is £175.

More info on  the UK Timex site here.

Timex Q 1978 is Pure Starsky & Hutch

Timex is reviving the 1970s in fine style with the Q 1978 quartz model. Featuring the handy coin-operated battery cover on the caseback, this baby has that tonneau case design that denoted the 70s for many watch fans.

You get a 37mm case diameter plus a vintage style acrylic crystal too, which may not be super resistant to scratches, but it is a piece of cake to replace it with the right watch tool and new high dome crystal. It’s a functional watch with a day/date feature and silver coloured dial, plus a retro style plain black leather strap. We love what Timex are doing in terms of tapping into its rich heritage right now and a gold plated case version of this 1978 model would be a welcome addition we rekcon.

There is a little Starsky & Hutch style video to promote the watch which retails at £155 in the UK. Just slightly too pricey for us and may we suggest a Seiko 5 for £100 or therabouts, or an Accurist retro racer at £129 as alternative choices?

LIV GX Type-D Alarm is A Sporty All-Rounder

LIV have just launched a new variation on their GX range, with a Type-D quartz alarm model, in orange, grey, black or blue.

As you would expect they are striking, vivid designs with a big crown and another decent sized button activating the alarm function. At 43mm wide the case is chunky and a range of sporty synthetic straps are available too. Water resistant to 200m, with a sapphire crystal they are a cut above many other fashion watches that feature a dive ability, plus you get the alarm as a bonus feature.

Do you like that twin date window detail? We reckon it adds a little touch extra and overall LIV are producing modern watches that really stand out from so many other Indie brands – you kind of recognise a LIV watch even without the logo, if you catch our drift. That’s a good thing.

Swiss Ronda quartz movements and you get a 5 year guarantee too by the way.

Price is £321, more details at the LIV website. 

Can The Skagen Hybrid Be All You Can Be?

The old Army advert used to read, Be All You Can Be and modern fitness gurus are are all over the internet encouraging people to stay fit – especially as Covid lockdowns can really get you down mentally, as well as physically. So can the Skagen Jorn hybrid watch offer the right blend of health features, and convntional timekeeping?

Yes, probably. It looks the part, with moody black case and strap, so very milspec. Then there’s the chrono function buttons, which actually change the smartwatch functions. You can count steps, check heart rate, track your sleep pattern and set notifications too. It syncs via Bluetooth and has GPS, plus accelerometer, for those cycle rides or long distance hikes. You can set workout routes and then set PBs once we are allowed out properly. All good.

Syncs to Android or iPhones too, so you can link notifications and data sharing.

You can change the straps, plus it mild water resistance at 30m, not bad for the occasional dip in a hotel pool although we wouldn’t go wild swimming with Bear Grylls with this Skagen. Actually, wouldn’t dare try to keep up with Bear anywhere, except on a Ducati track day.

This 42mm watch costs £189 on the Skagen website and it needs charinging about once a fortnight, depending on use. Charging time is around 60-80 mins.