With summer just around the corner, the sea and the sun are beckoning many of us back to the beaches. For watch enthusiasts, it brings up a question:
What’s a good men’s watch for both the sun and the sea?
If a watch harnesses the power of the sun, it allows you to enjoy quartz accuracy without ever having to worry about batteries. As a watch collector with many a dead quartz watch to my name, I find solar power to be an awesome feature.
|Photo by Quinvo – Laser 4.7 naviguant sur l’étang de Thau avec Amandine à la barre. (CC By SA 2.5)|
While a quartz solar watch may never have the collectible cachet of a Swiss-made mechnical watch, it would remove many hassles and open up a whole new world of reliability. That’s why I’ve recently been surfing for solar powered alternatives to traditional quartz or mechanical watches.
|Surfer – By Eric Nelson (Flickr: 2010 US Open of Surfing) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons|
I’ve recently found three watches that might be perfect for the sun and sea. They come from the Seiko family. One is a Seiko and two are Citizens.
The first watch is a Seiko Solar SNE 109 Dive Watch with 200 meter water resistance and a unidirectional rotating bezel. The watch is nicely proportioned with a 42 millimeter diameter case that is a comfortable 12.2 millimeters thick. The polyurethane strap is a well-proportioned 20 millimeters wide. It comes in various dial colors and is a nice looking watch from any angle. It can also be found a great price points on Amazon.
The next watch I like the looks of is the Citizen Eco-Drive Scuba Fin Dive Watch. It gets extra cool points for having an actual name in addition to the requisite series of numbers. This watch has a 46 millimeter diameter case that is 12 millimeters thick. It has a stainless steel band that is a manly 26 millimeters wide.
Of course, to be a real dive watch, you expect a watch to have 300 meter water resistance. That’s the depth you need for a serious SCUBA diving watch. The
Citizen Eco-Drive Professional Dive Watch (shown below) meets that criteria easily. It has a uni-directional rotating bezel, a screw-down crown, and a 48 millimeter diameter case that is 19 millimeters thick.
It’s a big and clunky watch, but it brings a serious set of specifications down to the sea and into the depths below. You never know when a bit of extra stainless steel on your arm could come in handy!
|Diver Meets Giant Travally – Photo By Docjtc (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons|