Are the Amazon.com gift cards you received for the holidays still burning a hole in your inbox? If you’re like me, then probably not, but if you haven’t depleted your balance yet then here are 3 affordable watch lover’s favorites to apply your store credit toward that you’ll be glad to have in your collection:
Citizen Nighthawk Eco-Drive (BJ7000-52E)
I reviewed the Citizen Nighthawk before and I still think it’s a best buy in the quartz department for the price. For just under $250, you’re getting a solid stainless steel case and bracelet, a reliable and no-fuss movement, and a functional GMT complication in a package that looks handsome and bold on the wrist. Throw in the rotating inner slide rule bezel and you’ve got a real flight watch. Plus, along with the Skyhawk, you’ll commonly see the Nighthawk on the wrists of commercial airline pilots, so that adds to the legitimacy of the whole pilot watch thing. As of today, it’s going for $241 on Amazon.
Seiko Sportura (SNAE67)
I love a black chronograph with a yellow stopwatch seconds hand. It’s an appropriate amount of yellow; enough to be interesting and not too much to be clownish. The Seiko Sportura is an excellent and sportier alternative to the Tissot PRC200. What’s most attractive about this Seiko is the racing style leather band with the yellow stitching to match the seconds hand and curved ends to fit flush against the stainless steel case. And what’s unusual about a Seiko in this price range is that instead of the typical Hardlex mineral crystal the watch has an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. This means you’re getting a serious bargain on a watch with impeccable fit and finish, plus an alarm and dual-time capability to boot. As of right now, this watch sells on Amazon for $221.
Orient Mako Automatic Diver (CEM65001B)
The Orient Mako is a forum favorite and a frequently recommended first-time mechanical watch for newcomers to the hobby. I wrote about the Orient Mako before, and to this day I can’t find an automatic watch that gives you so much in exchange for so little money. The stainless steel case holds an in-house automatic movement and the solid steel oyster-style bracelet will blow your mind. The entire package is a clean and classic design that will last on the wrist for years and years. At the time of writing this, you can pick one up in black, blue or orange for $142 on Amazon.