This month’s round-up features watches from Rolex, Casio, and Patek Philippe. From Rolex, we ask the question of which watch to get, the Submariner or the Explorer II. We also take a closer look at a fan favorite, the Ref. 114300 Oyster Perpetual – now available with a classic white or black dial. From Casio, we have the full-metal G-Shock GMW-B 5000 D-1. And finally, from Patek Philippe, we have the ever-popular Nautilus Ref. 5711. And if you like top 10 lists, we have a couple for you this month. We take a look at the top 10 affordable watches that will get a nod from watch snobs, our top 10 favorite watches from Baselworld, and the top 10 dive watches from Baselworld.
1. WHICH ROLEX TO BUY? THE SUBMARINER VS. EXPLORER II WATCH COMPARISON REVIEW
Ah, which Rolex sports watch to buy? This is a question that has been on the mind of many watch lovers. Do I play it safe and go for the versatile and bulletproof Submariner? Or do I pick the somewhat quirky, but arguably more functional Explorer II? Decisions, decisions. In this article, our Managing Editor Bilal talks about his thought process when pondering over the Submariner and Explorer II. Care to guess which Rolex he bought in the end? Hit the link below to find out if you are right.
2. TOP 10 AFFORDABLE WATCHES THAT GET A NOD FROM SNOBS IN 2018
There is a widespread misconception that good watches need to be wildly expensive and that if you are aren’t dropping four or five figure sums on a watch, it is a piece of junk. Truth is, there are plenty of good watches that can be had for just a couple hundred dollars. Good watches aren’t just about the price, materials, movement, design, or complication – it is a matter of execution and taste. Here are 10 affordable watches that we think even watch snobs can get behind.
3. ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL 39 114300 BLACK OR WHITE DIAL WATCHES HANDS-ON
I thought Rolex really hit it out of the park in 2015 when they launched the new Reference 114300 Oyster Perpetual. The size, the design, and the various dial colors were extremely refreshing. The grape dial variant, in particular, was my favorite. Three years later, Rolex has introduced two more models to the lineup and they come in more conventional black and white dial finishes. These are easily more conservative watches, but they are also more versatile. More importantly, however, they still represent tremendously good value and should be highly sought after. Have a closer look at them here.
4. HANDS-ON WITH THE CASIO G-SHOCK GMW-B 5000 D-1 ‘FULL METAL’
Casio really nailed it with the new G-Shock GMW-B 5000 D-1. Essentially, this is a full-metal version of the immensely popular G-Shock 5000-series. Why is this such a big deal? To begin, this is the first full-metal 5000-series G-Shock. Secondly, the 5000-series is so loved because it closely resembles the timeless DW-5000C from 1983. This is a potent combination that G-Shock fans will find hard to resist.
5. TOP 10 WATCHES OF BASELWORLD 2018 & AN INDUSTRY IN EXCITING TRANSITION
Baselworld has come and gone. Now is the time for reflection. This year’s Baselworld was a bit different because it was one of the smallest in recent history. The number of exhibitors this year was said to be only about half of last year’s, as brands looked elsewhere for numerous reasons that are too long to be penned here. However, the takeaway is this: the future of Baselworld is shaky and it is a sign that the watch industry is ready for a great change. Nevertheless, Baselworld still witnessed a good number of interesting new watches and here are 10 of the best that we saw this year.
6. PATEK PHILIPPE NAUTILUS 5711/1A-010 WATCH REVIEW
This is a biggie. The Nautilus Reference 5711 might not be the priciest Patek, but it is sure as hell one of the most desirable and quite hard to acquire. It is almost never in stock and the waiting list is said to be years long. So what exactly is it about the Nautilus 5711 that makes it so popular and sought after? Is it because it was designed by the great Genta? Whatever it may be, here’s an in-depth look at what is easily one of the most popular sports watches in the world.