Top 6 ‘So Cheap The Wife Won’t Notice’ Watches

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A guitarist friend of mine emailed me recently bemoaning the fact that he always had to sneak new guitar strings into the house while his wife was at work to avoid the usual ‘how are we going to get the kids through college if you keep buying guitar strings’ argument.   This is a guitarist with albums to his name, mind you. I consoled him with the fact that it’s the same for many watch collectors. Watches, of course, are essential to life as we know it. Your wife and kids can get by with occasional glances at their cellphone because for them it’s just about knowing the time, but for you, intrigued as you are by the seconds hand and the whirring sub dials, the shiny/ matte/carbon fiber casing, and the reassuring heft on your wrist, well, when you feel a new watch coming on it’s a hard itch not to scratch. Here are 6 watches, admittedly mostly quartz, but none of them trashy, that you can quietly and comfortably acquire without setting off domestic alarm bells. The Longines might be a bit of a squeeze, but you may decide to just break cover on this one. Spec intel is supplied for quick and easy analysis. All watches currently available through Timedate.com. Run silent, run deep.

Bulova 98B166 Precisionist Catamount Quartz Watch

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Stainless steel case with a black polyurethane bracelet. Unidirectional stainless steel bezel with black and red top ring. Black dial with luminous gunmetal hands and index hour markers. Minute markers around the outer rim. The Bulova logo appears at the 12 o’clock position. Dial Type: Analog. Luminescent hands and markers. Date display at the 6 o’clock position. Quartz movement. Scratch resistant mineral crystal. Screw down crown. Solid case back. Case diameter: 48 mm. Case thickness: 13 mm. Round case shape. Band width: 24 mm. Band length: 9.75 inches. Tang clasp. Water resistant at 300 meters / 1000 feet. Functions: date, hour, minute, second. $207.95

Citizen AO9023-01A Eco-Drive Watch

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Rose gold-tone stainless steel case with a brown leather strap. Fixed bezel. Silver dial with rose gold-tone hands and Arabic numeral / index hour markers. Minute markers around the outer rim. Dial Type: Analog. Luminescent hands and markers. Date display at the 3 o’clock position. Two-day, date. Eco-drive movement. Scratch resistant mineral crystal. Solid case back. Case diameter: 43 mm. Case thickness: 11.5 mm. Round case shape. Buckle clasp. Water resistant at 100 meters / 330 feet. Functions: date, day, hour, minute, second. Japan Movt. $138.00

Longines L36884596 HydroConquest Chronograph Quartz Watch

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Stainless steel case with a stainless steel bracelet. Uni-directional rotating stainless steel bezel with an orange top ring. Black dial with luminous silver-toned hands and Arabic numeral hour markers. Minute markers around the outer rim. Dial Type: Analog. Luminescent hands and markers. Date display at the 3 o’clock position. Quartz movement. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Screw down crown. Solid case back. Case diameter: 39 mm. Case thickness: 10.2 mm. Round case shape. Band width: 21 mm. Deployment clasp. Water resistant at 300 meters / 1000 feet. Functions: chronograph, date, hour, minute, second. Sport watch style. Swiss Made. $816.95

Seiko SSC138 Mens Chronograph Quartz Watch

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Stainless steel case with a two-tone (silver and gold-tone) stainless steel bracelet. Fixed two-tone bezel. Grey dial with gold-tone hands and index hour markers. Minute markers around the outer rim. Dial Type: Analog. Luminescent hands and markers. Date display at the 3 o’clock position. Chronograph – three sub-dials displaying: 60 second, 60 minute and 12 hour (alarm). Solar quartz movement. Scratch resistant Hardlex crystal. Solid case back. Case diameter: 44 mm. Case thickness: 12 mm. Oval case shape. Deployment clasp with push button release. Water resistant at 100 meters / 330 feet. Functions: chronograph, date, hour, minute, second. $241.00

 

Tissot T0194303603101 Visodate Automatic Watch

Tissot T0194303603101 Visodate Automatic Watch

Light gold-tone stainless steel case with a brown leather strap. Fixed light gold-tone bezel. White dial with gold-tone hands and index hour markers. Minute markers around the outer rim. Dial Type: Analog. Day of the week and date display at the 3 o’clock position. Automatic movement. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Pull / push crown. Skeleton case back. Case diameter: 40 mm. Round case shape. Band width: 20 mm. Band length: 8.5 inches. Triple folding clasp. Water resistant at 30 meters / 100 feet. Functions: date, day, hour, minute, second. $419.00

Victorinox 241568 Infantry Chronograph Quartz Watch

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Stainless steel case with a brown leather strap with contrast stiching. Fixed stainless steel bezel. White dial with luminous hands and Arabic numeral hour markers. Minute markers around the outer rim. Dial Type: Analog. Luminescent hands and markers. Date display at the o’clock position. Chronograph – three sub-dials displaying: 60 second, 30 minute and 12 hour. Quartz movement. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Protected crown. Solid case back. Case diameter: 40 mm. Round case shape. Tang clasp. Water resistant to 100 meters / 330 feet. Functions: chronograph, date, hour, minute, second. Casual watch style. Swiss Made. $346.00

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