Cheapo originally started as a clothing brand in 1997 that eventually branched off into designing and producing watches as well. Its mission was to produce wardrobes and accessories that anyone could wear, even those who had no attachment to the fashion industry.
Appealing to everyone meant having price points well below even the three-digit sales tag. And Cheapo did just that. In fact, all of the nearly two dozen styles we carry from Cheapo are each priced at $79.95. For less than $80, you can actually own a high-quality watch with a Japanese quartz movement, mineral glass crystal and genuine leather strap. Take it from a guy who works full time in the industry–that is rare.
Note the genuine leather strap with the multiple steel buckles, giving it sort of a NATO strap look. The case is simple enough, but you can’t tell me that this watch would not be a huge hit at a party. I mean, where else would you see something like this Fisherman watch?
Here’s another shot of it below, this time in action:
Cheapo truly offers something for everyone. For instance, it’ll be November soon, and you’ll need to start your holiday shopping with some gift ideas. So what do you get for that darn Devil-worshiping, cat-loving nephew of yours? Problem solved:
Or perhaps black and bling is more your style. How about this diamond watch (for $79.95)? Cheapo doesn’t have a “hip hop” collection per se, but if it did, this bad boy would be the headliner:
All seriousness aside (kidding ), Cheapo does make some more (conventionally) fun watches as well. I think we all know that person in our lives who not only wears this watch but also has adapted the lifestyle it promotes:
So if you’re looking for something new, give Cheapo a try. There are a lot of different dials and straps to choose from, and that $80 in your pocket isn’t exactly going to spend itself. The metal is all stainless steel, and each watch comes with Cheapo’s two-year warranty, too, giving you a minimum of 730 days to show off to your friends.
After that, you’re on your own. Or just pick up another Cheapo–they’re not too pricey.
So is the Apple watch going to be the only watch that anyone who is anyone will wear going forward? Absolutely! (If you believe everything Twitter and the rest of the Internet has to say.) But being the horophile that you are, you can already see through the hype and know that one singular watch will never become the end-all, be-all timepiece for any self-respecting watch wearer.
Researching the Apple watch at an even rudimentary level, you can see that while it truly is a fantastic product, it does have its share of shortcomings (10 by my count so far). So without further adieu, let’s look at 10 of the watch aspects that you can’t get from the Apple watch.
1. You must own another Apple device to use the Apple watch properly.
Forget for a second that you’ll be paying several hundred dollars at a minimum for the Apple watch. If you want to take full advantage of the fitness and music apps, you’ll have to purchase an iPhone, iPad, iPod, iCashSuck or some other Apple device first. So if you are an Android or any other phone user, you’ll have to swing down to your local phone store (I’m sure you won’t be sitting there all day), hope you can get an iPhone with the current state of your contract and then re-download all your apps. (My wife watched an entire season of Sex and the City in the time it took me to get all my apps reset last time I converted.)
If you really are serious about wanting a fully functioning smart watch without investing the better part of a grand, then check out the Meta collection we have, specifically the M1 Color Bluetooth 4.0 watch. You’ll get a ton of functionality at a much lower price.
2. The Apple watch restricts you to only two size choices.
Are you a 38mm or 42mm person? Those are the two categories Apple sees its customers within. Want a tiny watch for your delicate wrist, ladies? Sorry, you’ll have to get the chunky “small” 38mm one. What about you, fellas? Apparently Apple has not got the memo from literally every other fashion watch company that big is (and has been) in for years. For you guys, Apple has the “large” 42mm watch–a case diameter that measures smaller than dozens of women’s watches we carry.
3. The Apple watch can’t charge itself on its own.
I don’t know about you, but I’m annoyed enough having to charge my phone. Every. Single. Day. I don’t really need the headache of charging something else daily. And while Apple has been coy about how long a charge lasts thus far, it will be nearly impossible to build a power cell that will be longer-lasting than one day, if iPhones are any sort of guide.
If you NEVER want to have to worry about your watch dying you, just get one that is powered by something that is always wireless attached–your wrist. Automatic watches like this Bulova BVA Dual Aperture is powered by your movement. That’s a lot cheaper and more convenient than electricity.
4. You can’t get an Apple watch made with a titanium case.
Long held as the most durable watch case material for watches, military personnel, law enforcement, first responders, divers and anyone who requires their watches to be tough in their field, titanium is the one metal that seems to hold up through anything. However, the Apple watch is only made in steel (like most other watches), aluminum (the same material as those soda cans your one-year old can crunch in her fist) and gold (Donald Trump would need a loan to afford that model).
Unless you plan on wearing kid gloves with your Apple watch, look another direction for your timepiece. David Guetta and Sia would undoubtedly agree that something like a Bertucci A-2T Vintage (for him) or an M-1T ProColor (for her) would both be more suitable when considering the durability of titanium.
5. Your security can never be guaranteed with an Apple watch.
You have enough going on in your life without giving cyber-criminals another venue to steal your identity, don’t you? After all, why buy an Apple watch when all of your banking information, credit reports and access to email and social media accounts are on your phone. Sure, Apple tells you it’s secure. But as Jennifer Lawrence can attest to, we’ve all heard that before.
So why take the chance, ladies? You surely don’t need to; not when there are many stylish alternatives out there that ARE GUARANTEED to never surrender any personal information to the public. Hackers can try to crack the Ice-Watch Pink Sili all they want. Nothing except an exquisite movement is hidden inside.
6. The Apple watch is essentially disposable.
iPhone users can already attest to this: A new iPhone is released, and you throw out your still-functioning iPhone just to get the new one that is (allegedly) better. With this first-gen Apple watch, how long will it be before it too is rendered obsolete? Two years? A year? Six months? And then you’ll be back in line waiting to throw the better part of a thousand of your hard-earned dollars at a tech giant that thrives on convincing you what they sold you 8 months ago is now garbage.
Don’t let them play you. You’ll always be chasing trends. You’re too smart for that. So invest your money in something that will last. Not just years, but generations. A Victorinox Swiss Army Night Vision watch is something that your grandchild can pass down to his grandchild. That’s quality that lasts and certainly something to be valued, especially in our current “throw-away” culture.
7. The Apple watch won’t slide underneath your shirt cuff easily.
Both sizes of the Apple watch measure in at an extremely clunky 12.6mm. For reference’s sake, the new iPad Air 2 is 6.1mm thick. That means the Apple watch is more than twice as thick as its new tablet. And considering today’s fashion is all about form fitting clothing, the Apple watch doesn’t stand a chance at easily sliding under your button down work shirts.
Thin is in. So you have a wide variety of choices of watches that are both sleek and stylish. One of them happens to be the Obaku Harmony Ultra-Slim model that is perfect for men and women. Do yourself a favor, and pick one of these up. You should enjoy your day without futzing with your wrist every couple minutes.
8. An Apple watch cannot say anything about you.
At first look at the different styles the Apple watch comes in, you can see that there are a few different dials and colors. But look closer. Each has a rectangular case. Each has the crown at the same spot. Each has the same-shaped strap. Are all of these models really that different?
What if you want a mesh band? Or a cherry red dial? Or a forest green strap? Or a round case? Simply put, it’s impossible to express your individuality when you’re wearing a watch that for all intents and purposes looks like a watch that every other hipster or tech geek is wearing. Honestly, where’s the fun in that?
9. The Apple watch cannot be a for-sure fashion hit.
Remember Google Glass? And Bluetooth headsets? They were supposed to be the next big thing in 2009 and 2013 respectively. And they never hit. Granted, the Apple watch is not as noticeable because it’s on the wrist rather than the head. But if you decide to get an Apple watch, you might always be remembered as “Bluetooth Johnson” and Randall Meeks are today.
In our world of increased connectivity through our e-mail, our phones, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others, many of us who are on-the-go have the added pressure to always stay connected 24/7. But is that healthy? Can we become too connected? Do we really need yet another device that will chime in our ear, buzz our wrists or alert our minds to something that will wreck our current train of thought?
The answer to the last question is no. Enough is enough. We have enough things going on in our lives without something else interrupting it. You know that annoying family member or co-worker that is always tapping you on the shoulder and keeping you from being efficient and/or enjoying life? That’s the Apple watch. It never knows when to just let you be.
If you’re reading this post, chances are you’re probably already a fantastic lover. (Congratulations!) So I apologize in advance if this entry doesn’t pertain to you. I promise I’ll make it up to you down the road.
After all, who needs a few extra hints to please his or her significant other in the bedroom (or wherever)? Who could really use some tips on making each other more satisfied. Certainly not you!
But if you want to read this so you’ll have something to talk about when you meet the guys at the bar or be able to make conversation on the next ladies’ night out, keep reading. You like helping your friends out, right?
The biggest thing that couples are missing out on in the bedroom? It’s watches! Both men’s watches and ladies’ watches–no discrimination here. While there are seemingly infinite ways that watches can improve your love life, there are three significant ones that I will focus on here:
1. A good watch will make you very confident.
Ask anyone–confidence is key in the bedroom. Even if you don’t know what you’re doing, if you believe you do–that’s good enough:
And–let’s face it–if you’re doing it right, you probably won’t have much on except for your trusty watch–the good friend right on your wrist encouraging you silently as you go. Pillows and sheets can’t do that people! Nor can they tell time, like this sexy unisex watch below:
When it comes to today’s trends, wood is in. And wood is also hip in watch materials, too. (See what I did there? ) The Silvano Gracieux series blends polished stainless steel with a luxurious cherry wood blend for a modern look. The Black & Cherry model above also has an offset date and a 365-day manufacturer’s warranty. That’s one full year of having a whoopie squire at your bidding–how can you go wrong?
2. Wearing a watch in the sack will actually increase your focus.
Think about it: When you have the knowledge that you could look at the time whenever you’d like, that’s enough for it to be an afterthought. So when you’re wondering how long you’ve been doing something, a flick of the wrist will tell you. You don’t need to waste concentration on being curious.–you have enough to be concerned with. So focus is actually increased by having the knowledge of not knowing the time or duration of a certain act. I know it’s confusing, but read this paragraph again, and you’ll understand.
So when you’re focused on the task at hand, you don’t need to be doing several things at once (unless you’re a professional, or something). But just in case you want to have the option of optimizing your time efficiency, men’s Skagen watches have the perfect piece:
When you’re timing how long it is before you have to shower before work while weighing the possibility of getting any sleep at all, this Skagen Klassik Men’s Multifunction watch can actually do the work for you. You’re busy enough. Don’t neglect the task at hand. Skagen can help you prioritize for as long as you live with its lifetime warranty.
3. Watches can be quite the aphrodisiac.
Guys, what’s the first thing you look at when you’re checking out a new lady? Eyes? Hair? OK–so maybe her wrist doesn’t make the top three (or five), but it’s still up there. You want to be with someone who enjoys the finer things in life. After all, a lady with a touch of class is better than a lady with a killer…
…smile. (I’m on fire right now.)
And ladies, when you’re scanning for bling on the ring finger, you know your eyes will wander to his wrist to see what he’s rocking. You think Beyonce would have married Jay-Z if his wrist was naked? No way. In fact, her eyes are already wandering to another luxury watch connoisseur (and Tha Carter is none to happy about it, either).
So maybe you don’t have as much money in your Gucci bag as Kim Kardashian does, but you can still look the part with a watch from one of the most underrated brands we carry:
But you’ve got brains and beauty, so you would never fall for that, would you? Trust me, I speak from experience when I say that the right watch will center your aura, give you the confidence you need and sexify yourself beyond belief. Want proof? This photo was taken of me yesterday:
(Ed. note: This may or may not be the author. We can’t find any evidence the photo was doctored. He just REALLY found the right watch.)
I’ve wasted enough of your time. Strap on your new timepiece and start living life.
Very seldom in our business do we get a product that has buzzing with excitement for weeks. But this Bertucci Para-Cord Titanium #12080 is one of truly great exceptions to the rule. Here’s a few reasons why:
1. This para-cord strap is one of the strongest watch bands we’ve ever seen.
While I’ve been prone to hyperbole in the past, this is simply not an example of that, especially compared to our other nylon strap watches. At all. This braided para-cord olive drab band will not break despite our best efforts. Soldiers and astronauts have used para-cord in the field before because of its toughness and resistance to almost, well, anything really. Several individual strands of rope are inside each braid of this strap.
To put it bluntly–although perhaps a bit grotesquely–if one of these Bertucci watch bands were to get caught on something, your wrist or arm would rip off of your body long before this watch would separate from the unbreakable titanium band retention lug bars that attach it to the case of the watch. So if you are rather, ahem, “attached” to those limbs, make sure you are aware of this timepiece’s shear power before you go willy-nilly into the great outdoors.
2. Its Swiss Ronda 700 movement will keep you on time forever.
The only thing that will slow this watch down is the battery–not the movement. Swiss watches are already known for being the best, and more specifically the Swiss Ronda 700 is one of the most precise movements available in the watch industry. It’s usually found in much more luxury-styled watches that sell for well over $10,000. But Bertucci watches went all out when it designed this model, putting such an exquisite movement in a field watch.
Since the movement is so intricate, in addition to being hyper-accurate to the second, it will hardly drain the battery in the process. At a minimum, you can expect six to seven years of life from the 12080, while a decade without the battery needing changing is probably more realistic.
3. The sapphire crystal makes it nearly scratch-proof.
Instead of run-of-the-mill mineral glass, this men’s watch uses sapphire for the crystal material. Sapphire is a much stronger material, obviously, so you’d have to really do a number on this crystal over many, many years for you to ever see any kind of marking on it.
And while sapphire crystals are more prone to shattering than mineral glass ones, this Bertucci men’s watch has recessed the crystal deeper into the case. Even if you were to go out of your way to try and break this crystal, you would not have much luck. (Trust me, we tried this. For a half-hour straight.)
4. The titanium watch case and screw-down crown will withstand the toughest test.
Because of the density of the strap, the watch would be slightly heavier than standard Bertucci Vintage series watches. However, replacing the stainless steel case with a U.S. patented titanium one actually makes the case about a third of the normal weight. So this watch, even though it is quite a bit lighter (1.9 ounces total weight) than the regular Bertucci A-2 watches, is actually exponentially stronger and will probably outlive its wearer.
The screw-down crown keeps moisture, dust and everything else that could seep in and damage the movement. It was easier for Ocean’s 12 to break in and steal the Fabergé egg than it would be for any harmful materials to get inside this watch.
5. The superluminova hands make it easy to read no matter your environment.
Whether you’re defending a country or playing a super-intense game of late-night paintball, you’ll be able to accurately synchronize operations. Make sure you have a sleeve that will cover up this bad boy when you are covertly assembling. The hands and markers are so bright that they could give away your location from thousands of yards away.
OK, so THAT’S hyperbole, but I had to use it somewhere in this review. Frankly, this watch is so awesome, it’s pretty difficult to exaggerate how fantastic a tactical watch it is. The biggest aspect that I thought would slow our sales on it was going to be what I thought would easily be a $400-500 price tag at a minimum. Not so, as we currently have a sale on this model for $259.99.
So, what are you waiting for? You’ll get the Bertucci warranty since we are an authorized dealer of the brand, and we can’t afford to offer this deal forever. (Even though that’s exactly the length of time this Para-Cord Titanium Bertucci watch will probably last you.)
Oh, and rent Tropic Thunder if you haven’t seen it yet. I promise you, you’re in for a treat. Stop people from looking at you like this guy when you tell them you haven’t seen it:
Spring is upon us already, watch fans. And for the WatchCo headquarters in Northeast Wisconsin, it could not have come early enough. Obviously with spring comes warmer temperatures. And with warmer temperatures comes America’s national pastime: baseball.
So what do watches have to do with baseball you ask? Well, nothing on the surface. Baseball is not a timed sport. A game could last two hours or eight hours. If rain holds up a game, it’s not postponed to a later time, it starts when the rain stops. And if you’re watching a good game, how often do you really look at your watch.
Well, sports fans, I’m here to tell you that you’d better not leave for the ballpark without your sports watch for many reasons. But don’t bring any old timepiece laying in the bottom of your drawer. Make sure you wear a watch that has benefits on it that are more than just giving you the time.
Without further adieu, here are our watches that are perfect for sporting at the stadium:
With the money being pumped into Major League Baseball (MLB) today, it’s no shock that many teams are tearing down their old fields and building up new ones with domes or retractable roofs to eliminate rainouts. (Although, for what it’s worth, the teams with the two largest payrolls in MLB–the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees both have open air stadiums. Guess that’s just in case the money piles up too high.)
So even in baseball’s biggest markets, fans still need to be wary of rainouts before they leave for the game. But strap on this computer, and you won’t be one of those poor saps. The Tech Gear has both an altimeter and barometer so you can know if weather is shaping up to be warm and sunny or cloudy and rainy before you lock your front door. Don’t be one of the sheep–be the shepherd.
While this watch may be better served for fans of the San Diego Padres or Miami Marlins, it still has a big benefit for fans everywhere. The Graviton will calculate tide charts and times for its wearer to 275 locations world wide. So whether you want to sneak out to catch a few tasty waves after the Angels afternoon game or know what time you have to be out fishing the morning after you watch your beloved Red Sox at Fenway, the Graviton will definitely make your life easier. Right, Jeff?
Don’t worry, ladies. I haven’t forgot about you. I know you dig baseball, and that’s cool. Up in Milwaukee, we have Front Row Amy smiling behind home plate of every Brewers game, so females are huge part of baseball’s fan base. But just because you want to take in a game played by scruffy, smelly, dirty men, it doesn’t mean you can’t show off your style.
This chronograph watch times out everything to 0.05 seconds. Impress the misogynistic heckler behind you when you tell him it takes Felix Hernandez 0.85 seconds to get rid of the ball to home plate. Or time out how long the umpire is letting the opposing team’s pitching coach visit the mound. You can be the one who signals the start of 50,000 boos with this stunning wristwatch.
Yeah, yeah–it’s a winter watch. So what? I’ll take Carlos Casio (Ed. note: There is no Carlos Casio) on myself and tell him he misnamed this model because everything about it screams summer baseball.
First off, it looks like a baseball on your wrist–mostly white with red trim and a round-shaped case are as close to the pill as you can get. This baby is shock resistant as well, so in case you misjudge that home run ball and it hits your wrist instead of your mitt, you won’t have to worry about it shattering.
With the breathable resin strap, you won’t even notice it on your wrist, even if it’s adjacent to your foam finger, baseball glove or beer (Ed. note: Please drink responsibly.) Hopefully you won’t be sitting front row with this piece on because everyone will have their eyes glued to your wrist, bottom of the ninth or not.
So there you have it sports fans. All of these are in stock at WatchCo now, so get yours while you can. And then some peanuts and Cracker Jack for your kid for pete’s sake–especially if he or she has to spend nine innings sitting next to this woman:
Oh, yeah! We all pretend to hate them, but when we walk by Cinnabon in the mall, we always make an excuse to break away from our friends to steal a taste or at least a sinful whiff. Cinnabon cinnamon rolls are one of the rare foods on earth that magically go from devilishly delicious to dreadfully disgusting in the span of a few bites.
So with a dessert this addicting, how could watches actually be more tempting than the sweet, sticky Cinnabon? Well, in most respects, watches are not more tempting. But there are three distinct reasons that make Cinnabons much easier to resist than a tasty new timepiece:
1. You know you’ll look a lot sexier with a watch draped on your wrist than a cinnamon roll smashed all over your face.
We all want to look good. And if you’re looking for a ladies watch on our site, clearly you want to look your best. So you be the judge–which would you rather be?
Yeah, I know–tough choice, ladies. Clearly you want to look your best and not wear your last meal all over your face.
2. Watches will make you feel better and make your clothes fit properly.
Again, this one seems obvious. But then you think about that sugar doing a sultry tango with your tongue, and you need some reassurance that giving into your watch temptation is the correct call. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’m just going to show you what happened to one guy after chowing down an entire roll with extra icing:
Nasty, isn’t it? If you look close, you can actually see the individual roll textures on his belly. So instead of taking the next step toward type-2 diabetes, take the next step towards high fashion with this MTM Special Ops Black Warrior:
It’s got a sapphire crystal. It’s black. It’s sexy. And it’s one of the best watches we carry for less than $800. And while a Cinnabon is going to drastically cut down your survival time when you’re out exploring the world, the MTM Warrior will help extend your life in the same situation. So what’s more tempting to you–continuing to live? Or dying of an overdose of sugary dough?
I think you look good. You think you look good. Everyone thinks you look good. Why? Because you’re probably already wearing one of the awesome pure white watches from WatchCo.com like the Mondaine Evo Bold:
Watches like that give you the confidence to flirt, ask for a promotion or do both at the same time. I mean, has anyone ever really been confident stuffing their face with a 3,500-calorie behemoth? (Well, maybe one guy…)
This thing is sweetly unique. It has a new slate gray-colored dial from Projects and also features a braided steel bezel. Ladies, you’ll definitely be more tempted to show off this timeless gem for at least a decade at a minimum than to dread all of the treadmill time you’re going to have to put in to work off that early-death-in-a-box.
Remember, a moment on the lips, forever on the hips!
Okay, so maybe you’re aren’t as bad of a gift-giver as Frannie Freakshow above, but you can probably stand to improve on your Valentine’s gift to your boyfriend/husband (or both) this year. Stay away from cologne, sensible slacks, and back waxes–those are all things that you selfishly want. And he doesn’t need the latest Sons of Anarchy DVDs (ever hear of Netflix?), baseball tickets or a night out with his boys at BW3s. After all, that stuff just takes away time from you and him together!
So this year, get him a watch that he will love strapping on. Get him a watch that will make him look like the stand-up guy you want him to be. Get him a watch that makes you smile with pride every time you look at his wrist for the time during the new Kevin Costner movie he dragged you to.
And fear not, ladies–I have four watches below that are perfect for him no matter what type of a guy he is. Take for instance the big, burly man. Is your man tall, dark and handsome? Not afraid to mix it up like the guy below?
Then look no further, girl. This ArmourLite Caliber will toughen up even the strongest, thickest wrist:
This monstrosity has it all. A Swiss movement. An ultra-durable nylon strap. A sapphire crystal. And a two-year warranty to boot. So even if your guy likes getting in scrapes with his buddies after buckets of beer, works extremely back-breaking construction. Or does anything else our Director of Vibe here can only dream of doing, this watch won’t break. it doesn’t know how to.
But not all ladies like their men like they like their pro wrestlers. Is your guy a dreamboat who you thank your lucky stars to be with every day. Do other women stop and stare loving him and hating you? If your special Valentine is like these heartthrobs, perhaps something a little bit ahead of the trends would be better:
Look, I’m not saying that my boys George and Brad rock Citizen Eco-Drive chronographs. But if they had a fantastic lady like you in their lives, they would be sporting something like this:
You don’t often see a chronograph with only two subdials. Especially one with a pumpkin strap. Or one that is a black square. And you never see one that doesn’t need a battery. Ever. This trend won’t hit the coasts until this fall. Which means everyone in the country can stay ahead of it. We’ve only got three left, so strike while the iron is hot!
Speaking of hot…how about this hunk of boyfriend material:
I guess ever since Jim Parsons busted out his first BAZINGA, ladies go crazy for these guys. And far be it from me to judge. I’m sure if my wife was asked to match up the guy on this post that best represents me, it would be Donnie Dorko here. But geeks need to know the time, too. And they prefer something like this:
This Tsovet analog lacks in creativity. But it makes up for it in minimalism. Let’s face it: if your boy is a geek, this could be the one thing that keeps him this side of splitting the atom and willing to watch Nashville and Scandal with you. It’s clean. It’s sharp. It tells time. (And it’s something you could easily rock for a day at work, too.) He won’t mind. Unless he’s one of those super, a-little-too-into himself…
…metrosexuals. Nothing wrong with a guy like this, ladies. He takes good care of himself and loves being seen–with or without you. You will always be the hot couple no matter what party you show up to. So what do you get the guy that has everything? This:
You could make Jay-Z happy and blow five figures on a Hublot. Or you could get the uber-trendy Meister Prodigy to wrap around your man’s wrist. These metros love the gold on white look, and this model is sporty enough to wear with any of the 800 outfits he has in any of his seven walk-in closets. Trust me–this would be the home run of watch gifts here.
Chances are your man falls into one of the above categories. If he doesn’t, make an exception. Or check out any of the other thousands of watches we have at WatchCo. With any luck, you’ll be getting this gift for Valentine’s Day 2015:
Here at WatchCo, we understand your predicament. When it came time to pull that family member’s name out of the hat, you hoped against hope that you’d get Jimmy, your all All-American nephew who is always happy with a new pair of kicks, an indoor/outdoor basketball or even a (insert local NFL team here) football jersey.
But even if you didn’t get Jimmy, you’d settle for cousin Jane. A gift certificate to New York & Company would make her just as giddy as if you were tossing her the keys to a new Fiat.
And if worse came to worst, you’d just draw out your sister and brother-in-law’s baby Gavin’s name. You could trip in the doorway of Babies “R” Us and fall into something his parents either want or need. But, alas, fate was cruel to you this year. From said hat, you withdrew the name of your withdrawn alternative, quasi-emo niece Simone:
Fear not, culturally-sheltered one! I’ve put together a short list of four watches that Simone (or Simon if you drew your nephew’s name instead) will absolutely love to wrap around her (or his) wrist this year. Take it from a guy who works with a bunch of hipsters: You will NOT go wrong with any of these four selections:
1. The Casio Purple Baby-G
Contrary to popular belief, hipsters aren’t allow about drab earth-tones in their fashion choices. They do like a fair amount of color to express their non-conformity. And a purple digital watch absolutely screams non-conformity. This royalty-colored model for her features a back light (so she can read it at that Arcade Fire concert), a chronograph stopwatch (so she can time how long Arcade Fire can drag out their already lengthy Reflektor songs) and a shockproof case (so it won’t get damaged when she is rocking out at the Arcade Fire show). Oh, did I mention hipsters LOVE Arcade Fire?
You can pick that Baby-G up for less than $100 right now, so it’s a solid buy knowing that she’s going to love it. But if digital watches are sooooo yesterday, then Simone might like this futuristic timepiece instead:
2. The Ziiiro Milky White Proton
When shopping for hipsters, the most important thing to remember is that they set the trends. Once they see anyone else doing,wearing, listening to, speaking about etc. something, they drop it like a bad habit. Hipsters were wearing bell bottoms in the ’50s. They were playing Pac-Man in the ’60s. And they were on Instagram before Bill Clinton ever became President. So hipster, meet the Ziiiro Proton.
This watch tells time by using two overlapping gradient discs. The blue represents the hour, the yellow the minutes. The cool part is that as the day goes on, the overlapping discs create an array of yellows,blues and greens. But let’s face it–with a watch as cool looking as this, who cares what time it is? The wearer is always living in the moment, eating only organic foods while smoking packs upon packs of cigarettes.
But this post isn’t just limited to women’s watches. I have a couple choices for the politically minded, unemployed man who always carries with him a hint of a hummus scent. You know–this guy:
I might be coming off as anti-hipster here, but it’s only because I wish I could live the lifestyle they do. Free-wheeling. Flying by the seat of their skinny jeans. Spending more time pontificating on life than they do shaving. That’s where it’s at. But does the Joaquin Phoenix wannabe above have the watch below? Probably not. Check this out:
3. The Vestal Observer
Seriously. I cannot look at this watch and not see it as the missing accessory for our bearded friend. Those massive steel studs on the band cement this piece as a must-have for hipsters. The Observer has a huge 46 mm case diameter, and big watches still aren’t mainstream enough for hipsters to abandon them. Bearded Simon would get more than a half decade of use out of this watch at a minimum before middle America caught up to the coasts. Pick it up now while it’s in stock and in sale–like what this guy below did with his alcohol of choice:
Clearly this guy is an outdoorsman. Or just lovse the outdoors. Or at a minimum is a fan of formfitting sweatshirts. No matter, what, he’d love this woodsy gauntlet:
4. The WeWOOD Army Alpha
That’s right–a watch made entirely of wood. Who else but a guy wearing a shirt with a huge buck on it would love this watch more. The Alpha from WeWOOD has a wooden case, bezel and bracelet. It’s extremely lightweight AND a big head-turner. That’s a pretty good combo for a guy who is looking to share the 12-pack of PBR he’s lugging around. These watches are just in, so get one while you can.
(Ed. note: No hipsters were harmed in the making of this blog post.)
When you meet up with your extended family this Thanksgiving around a table full of food that could feed several extended families, you want to stand out among your family as the one they should all strive to be. No one ever wants to be this guy. So what’s the best way to stand out? With a killer timepiece on your wrist.
Here’s the top four watches we have flying off the shelves at WatchCo this month. Whether you’re a guy or gal, one of these watches will be turning your family’s heads away from the turkey and towards your forearm. Take for instance this massive beast here:
This Diesel Men’s SBA XXL Chronograph is the picturesque definition of “monster”. A 48-millimeter square case is needed to house all three time zones on this bad boy. A massively wide 28-millimeter genuine leather strap really makes the case pop on your wrist as well. Your grandfather will dig the army green color on the stainless steel case as well.
So if you don’t like being regaled with old military stories and aren’t a fan of big watches, this isn’t for you. But if something more sporty is up your alley, this could be the watch for you:
A Casio G-Shock Mirror is not for the faint of heart. It’s bright red and orange colors are more striking than Katniss Everdeen’s new dress in Catching Fire. This baby also has a flashing buzzer option for hourly chimes, alarms and timers. So if you are popping antacid pills after dinner, you can set your watch to it and the buzz and/or flash will be powerful and/or bright enough, even if you’re in a tryptophan-induced food coma.
Don’t worry, ladies. We haven’t forgot about you. And neither has Vestal. Check out this unique time-teller:
The Plastic Set from Vestal is worn by women who love jewelry and other accessories–this watch isn’t really a watch at all. It’s a fashion choice. You can wear some of the pieces, all or none. How you assemble it is up to you. Complete with Vestal’s three-year manufacturer’s warranty, it is one of out top-five best-selling watches for under $50.
It’s not Black Friday yet, but you could do a lot worse for a holiday gift this year than this Vestal set. It’s a watch, it’s bracelets, it’s got it all. Pick one up before there’s none left. And speaking of almost none left…
The Obi from TOKYObay is one of the newest and top-selling series of watches we’ve had in 2013. The elongated leather strap wraps around your wrist for an added casual look of a leather bracelet. This style comes in many colors and is perfect for Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July or even Boxing Day.
And if you don’t think that any of these four watches are enough of an attention-getter at your family’s Thanksgiving dinner table, don;t worry. There are plenty more to choose from at WatchCo. Thanks for reading, for all of your business and for all that you do to keep our company in business. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here to you everyone!
Before you get too upset at me for this blog’s title (I have a journalism degree–I know how to get readers to scroll down.), let me first inform you that the watch in question never belonged to President John F Kennedy. He never admired it. In fact, he never even saw it.
The vintage Patek Philippe timepiece actually belonged to a doctor named Kemp Clark. But he wasn’t just any ordinary doctor. He was the doctor that happened to be standing over President Kennedy’s body at Dallas Parkland Memorial Hospital 50 years ago. And he (according to some) used his watch to declare the President’s official time of death. The authentication documents and watch itself are below:
Christie’s Auction House in New York will have the item available for bidding until December 17th, so be sure you don’t miss out. The catch is that if you want to successfully become the new owner of this watch, it’s going to cost you six figures. That’s right–a watch that may or may have been an integral part of American history will cost slightly less than a 2014 Maserati Quattroporte. You probably can’t afford both. That is, unless of course you’re this guy:
While no one can actually say for certain whether Clark used the clock in the emergency room or his watch, it was confirmed that he was in fact wearing the Patek Philippe when he declared the 35th President dead at 1 p.m. on 50 years ago on November 22, according to witnesses and historians. Clark was also the doctor who filled out and signed Kennedy’s death certificate.
The watch was purchased by Clark’s mother and given to him as a gift in 1949. The original purchase price was 1290 Swiss Francs, or about $1400. Adjusted for inflation, that would come out to be about $14,000 today. And that’s a far cry from $100,000–the price of Americana has apparently skyrocketed as much as its inflation rate.
The watch itself is indeed striking. It has a rich gold case, a stylish brown crocodile strap along with a chronograph function as well. Clark’s name is also engraves on the case back, too. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross, so you can feel good about your money helping others as well.
Interesting fact: You can actually check out the new movie Parkland that was released on October 2 of this year. The actor Gary Grubbs plays Kemp Clark in the movie–which is interesting given that he also had a role in Oliver Stone’s 1991 conspiracy flick JFK. (I’m not his agent or anything, but he does seem to be getting typecast.)
But if you don’t have a spare $100,000 to throw around, but still would like something similar to it, check out what we have here at WatchCo. Take this Citizen Eco-Drive for instance:
It will never need a battery, and you can pick it up for a holiday gift for someone (or yourself) for less than $250, and it will come with Citizen’s manufacturer’s warranty on it as well. But if you wanted something a little less formal, we have this Nautica as well:
This is one of the more stately pieces from the boating watch manufacturer. The genuine leather strap is thick and smooth, and the mineral glass is also scratch-resistant. I also personally like the offset date between the four and the five marker as well.
These last two watches weren’t exactly used to find out the exact minute President Kennedy died, but they won’t cost you $100,000 either. So save your money for a bigger turkey or better or holiday gifts for your family and pick up one of these beauties from WatchCo…
…or go a different way and drive the Maserati to Thanksgiving dinner. No matter which way you go, you’ll have a great holiday.