Category Archives: Modern Quartz

Storm Pinnacle: Fashion Watch For Shapeshifters

Well, not exactly. But the dial is able to change colours, depending on the light and angle, because this watch has a special crystal. Here’s the word from Storm and it’s available in turqoise and a damask red, as well as this electric blue.

​The STORM Pinnacle is a bold and contemporary watch with photochromic glass which enables the dial to change through a range of intense colours under different lighting.

The large chunky case has an open side design revealing its raised cut glass. The graduated dial is numbered at 3, 6, 9 and 12 with luminous details which glow in the dark enabling you to view the time in low light conditions. The case width is 43mm btw, so pretty chunky on the wrist.

Quartz movement as you would expect.

The Pinnacle has a thick mesh Interchangeable strap with quick release pins, allowing the strap to be changed for a different look.

It retails at £109.99. More here.

Timex T80 Goes Puple Rain

Purple is definitely one of the in colours this year for watches. Now that may not matter a jot to you, as you proudly continue to wear 90s baggy tops and jeans like Bez n Sean are still twisting your melon man..

If you’re baffled, no worries. It’s a Happy Mondays reference and if you haven’t discovered their hits, then give it a listen sometime. I digress again, let’s examine the spec on this Timex T80 which has a cool 80s vibe about it.

You can get a milspec green one, which is more Ukraine $30 billion dollar freedom fighter if you prefer. Both have a night light, timer, alarm, expanding steel bracelet and 30m of water resistance. Retail is £65, which is a bit more than the classic Casio retro digital models, which start at about £30 online and rise to £55-ish for the bigger 36mm case variants.

Entry level on the Casio is about 33mm, but you get the same 30m resistance and a steel strap.

One for sure, buying a new 80s digital watch is way cheaper than trying to get an original example repaired. More at the Timex UK site here.

Watch Picks: Timex New Arrivals

It’s always worth looking at the latest models from Timex.

We love them because yeah, it’s a fashion brand, but they market their heritage with some elan.  OK, the modern ones aren’t going to be truly collectable, but hey, they do the timekeeping job with more panache than many other fashion brands in the same price range.

Yes Daniel Wellington, Kors, MVMT, Boss, Armani, Cluse etc. we are looking at you.

Here’s our picks from the latest new Timex stuff then.

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN?

We have a Midtown model featuring a 38mm case which is kinda in vogue this year after the Rolex releases earlier in the year. Plain, simple dial, bit small on the date window maybe? But overall, a classic design with mineral crystal for £130.

Details like the QR strap and globe logo on the caseback add a little something, but it’s still expensive for what it is. Rivals like the Accurist Classic, (£70) MVMT Classic (£50) offer budget options. We also saw an Orient quartz on Amazon for £120 with a three hand, white dial design.

EXPEDITION SIERRA

We love the blue and white dial variants on the Expedition Sierra models. Again, a tiny date window lets down a classic field watch design and it has the Indiglo push button illuminator for night time.

At £79 this one makes a viable alternative to a Seiko auto field watch, which can be had online for just over £100.

Priced at £80 this is more affordable.

WATERBURY CLASSIC

The 40mm Waterbury Classic has a bold white dial, easy to read numbers and er…a gold tone crown. Nope, we don’t see why you’d fit a gold crown onto a steel case either. On the upside it has the Indiglo night light plus a mineral crystal and QR strap. Practical? Yes indeed.

However, at £100 this one is too spicy for us and we think the retro Sekonda 1960s model offers more style for about £30-£40 less.

More info at the Timex UK website. 

Storm Excepto: Wide, Bold & Two Colours

Storm have a new minmalist design on sale. The Excepto is available with blue or green dials, has a quartz movement and steel bracelet. In the usual fashion it’s pretty chunky at 45mm wide.

Comes with a Milanese mesh bracelet, but the lugs are 20mm so there are a wide range of straps or bracelets that could be better alternatives if you find the Milanese keeps grabbing wrist hairs – hey, it happens.

Got the lazer effect on the dial so it kinda shifts in the light.

Retail is £99, on sale now. 

Storm Cyrex: Quirky, Affordable & Durable

Having sold a few Storm watches and changed the batteries in dozens of them – no easy task usually, the casebacks are always pressed on super tight at the factory – I think they offer great build quality compared to many other fashion brand watches at twice the price.

You know that brand that rhymes with pores? Yeah, avoid. And don’t get me started on Daniel Wellington..

The latest Cyrex range comes with lazer blue, slate grey, or gold coloured dials. The gold one has matching strap and case too. The quirky touch is placing the time-setting crown on the shoulder of the case – some may like it, others not bothered.

The case shape reminds me of the old fashioned radios of the 1930s and 40s, very Radio Ga-Ga. It’s a big watch at 44mm across by the way.

Inside there’s a quartz movement, and the crystal is mineral glass. Retails at £119 n the UK. More here.

No Moonswatch Available? Here’s an Alternative

Hey we couldn’t get a Moonswatch either, but no matter, there are other composite Swiss watches just launched in 2022. Although not as in demand with eBay scalpers.

For example, check out the Tide range from Maurice Lacroix. These colourful watches feature recycled materials salvaged from ocean waste as their case construction, 40mm width, plus quartz movements, plus it comes in a plastic coffee cup type box, not a conventional watch box. Again, recycled ocean waste, so good consumerism. See the promo here;

Here’s the press info from ML;

Beyond its vibrant hues and its case, the dial is adorned with a ‘Vague du Jura’ motif, a stylish reference to the ocean. The case measures 40mm in diameter and features a flat sapphire crystal, augmenting readability.

The AIKON #Tide is endowed with a screwed crown together with a screwed caseback, details that contribute to the model’s impressive water resistance of 100m. The model is also endowed with the Easy Strap Exchange system, allowing the wearer to swap the strap for an alternative without the need for tools.

At the heart of the AIKON #tide is a quartz movement, delivering convenience and precision. As you would expect of a Swiss watch, the AIKON #tide is a quality product, backed by a 5-year warranty. After all, it’s an AIKON.

Early adopters can get er…colourful socks, or more interestingly, the chance to design a one-off, limited edition Aikon Tide model. That sounds cool, we would go for something in reclaimed Russian oligarch gold, tick that woke box y’know..

Prices start at 690 euros. Bit more than the Moonswatch, but then, there’s no waiting list.

More info here.

Timex Midtown is Suave, But Slightly Too Expensive

I’m not gonna lie, there have been too many retro models and reissues from Timex lately. Yes, some great designs are worth a revival, but you always need the fresh, the new, the innovations. Otherwise your brand stagnates.

So the Timex Midtown chrono is both routine and refreshing at the same time. On the one hand it looks remarkably similar to amny other quartz chrono watches from the last 2-3 years, with a clean design, nice deep dish effect on the dial, plus those classic piston type pushers.

It has a 40mm case, mineral crystal and a japan sourced movement inside. Comes in grey or white.  There is a blue dial variant for the US market.

It’s a no nonsense everyday watch and apart from the steep £145 price tag, it has a great deal going for it.

Verdict; Accurist, Sekonda, Lorus, Casio and many more brands have a head start in this niche. Many are well under £100 too.

Solid Gold Seventies Action, By Timex

Timex are still mining that velvet goldmine with their Q Series 1972 edition. Yes, the great days of T.Rex, Kawasaki Z1S and awesome flares can be yours again.

In fact it was exactly 50 years ago that Timex began selling quartz watches so this red dial beauty celebrates a company milestone. The striking gold tone case is also pure 70s, with its wide body, tonneau styling, plus the neat battery compartment cover makes swapping the 377 battery a doddle.

That’s a 70s Brit word btw, it means easy-peasy.

Priced at £155 this isn’t a cheap watch, in fact we have to say there are more appealing retro quartz watches out there for less cash. Like the Sekonda 1957 model which can be found for £50, or the Accurist Racing chronograph at £129.

If you want to go chrono there’s the OSO Orbit from Singapore with a VK Seiko movement for£185 on Kickstarter.

Verdict; Great styling Timex but what happened to watches for the masses?

Skagen Collab: Moonphase Daydream

Skagen has launched a new moonphase quartz watch, which has a collab edge to it.

This one is inspired by Soulland, a Danish fashion design house and dare we say the black version has a touch of the Braun minimalist clocks and watches vibe going on?

We dared.  The steel bracelet variant also has that classic Seiko/Tissot link style so beloved of 60s and 70s watch designers too, closely packed, symmetrical taper.

There is an orange dial option too,.

The trio of new Skagens retail at £159. More here. 

Timex Q Liquid Crystal Model: Bit Cheeky on Price

Timex has another Q series  retro model on the site. The LCA captures those heady days of gold tone, liquid crystal watches of the late 70s and early 80s. A digital readout, plus lots of buttons to push. Including a light.

There’s also a 60 second countdown timer feature, plus an adjustable clasp so you can set the foldover bit in the perfect position.

It comes in steel too, if you prefer a cleaner look.

Price is £135, which is pretty expensive when you compare this to Casio retro digital watches, or just about anything retro on Ali Express.

More here.