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Affordable Watches Experts & Sellers LOVE Ft. Federico Iossa

Affordable Watches Experts & Sellers LOVE Ft. Federico Iossa

Whereas there’s a normal connotation that nice timepieces have nice actions and include a hefty value, there are literally reasonably priced watches that even have nice actions. We’ll talk about choices specialists and sellers love that received’t break the financial institution.

Video Transcript [Lightly Edited for Clarity]:

Nathan Worth: Welcome again to the Gentleman’s Gazette. In right now’s video, we’re going to be speaking about cheap or low cost watches which might be revered and preferred by watch specialists. And hey, we might know as a result of we now have one right here right now.

So, you may need observed that we now have added fairly a number of timepiece movies to our YouTube channel. That has been all due to Federico over at Delray Watch. He has been very gracious in sending us watches that we get to put on and shoot movies of and take excellent care of. We don’t let Raphael and his knife get close to it.

So, it’s my nice pleasure to welcome again Federico to the Gentleman’s Gazette YouTube channel. Hey, Fed, thanks for being right here.

Federico Iossa: Hey, pleasure, Nathan. Thanks a lot for having me, and this can be a riot. I really like taking pictures these movies.

NP: In right now’s video, we’re going to speak about low cost and cheap watches that get a number of respect from collectors and lovers, and we figured that there was nobody else higher to speak about this than somebody who handles dozens of watches on a day-by-day foundation so we introduced Federico alongside.

I’ve a number of watches picked out, and Federico has a number of picked out to speak about, however since he’s our visitor, we’ll let Federico take it from the highest.

Cheap Watches That Specialists Love: 1. Seiko SKX

FI: So, first, I’m going to begin by saying that “cheap” or “low cost” is relative, significantly within the watch sport; or issues will be 1000’s, tens of 1000’s, tons of of 1000’s of {dollars}. So a high quality watch, a high-quality watch to some individuals, you already know, could sound cheap; to some, it’s costly. However it’s all relative.

Seiko SKX close up
Seiko SKX | Picture Credit score: Hodinkee

I’m going to begin with a watch in my private assortment and that’s the Seiko SKX. I completely find it irresistible. It’s my beater watch. Lately discontinued, so you possibly can’t decide one up new anymore however you possibly can actually decide them up used. They’ve gone up in value, although. Three, 300 fifty {dollars}.

Right here you get an computerized, diver-style Seiko that, within the watch group, individuals love. Pepsi bezel choices, black bezel choices. You recognize, it’s sturdy, it’s dependable, and you already know, there’s not a lot else to say. Aside from the truth that a watch geek sees you sporting one, he’ll know precisely what it’s.

Watch enthusiast love diver-style Seiko watches.
Watch lovers love diver-style Seiko watches. [Image Credit: Reddit User Tkilstrom]

NP: Yeah, surprisingly, the SKX will not be one which I’ve ever owned. Though, I actually, you already know, like them and recognize them. I’ll say that there are individuals in my life that I do know of who aren’t into watches or who aren’t watched individuals, but when I see them and I see that they’ve an SKX it’s like, “You really considered shopping for that!”

FI: No! For positive, as a result of it’s simply costly sufficient that the place a non-watch geek, you already know, thinks twice about spending a number of hundred {dollars} on a watch. However as a watch geek, somebody who owns watches which might be 100 occasions that value (much more), it’s nonetheless a pleasure to have on my wrist, and it serves its operate superbly.

NP: Yeah, and I’ve heard you say this earlier than. The place you don’t have to fret about it, you already know if you take it touring. It’s why it’s your journey watch as a result of if it, you already know – I don’t know – will get stuffed with water at a pool someplace, you already know, you aren’t going to cry about shedding a $300, $400 watch.

Seiko SKX Close up
For non-watch geeks, Seiko SKX could also be too costly. [Image Credit: Hodinkee]

FI: So, whereas I might clearly be upset to lose 4 hundred {dollars}, whether or not – you already know, that’s by no means enjoyable – but when I get mugged on my travels or if I lose it at a TSA checkpoint or if it falls off my wrist whereas using a bike in Southeast Asia, you already know, it’s not the top of the world. It’s not, you already know, a Moser. And so, it’s a purpose-made look ahead to me.

It scratches the watch geek itch, however on the identical time, it’s comparatively (and I hate to make use of this phrase, however it’s true), it’s comparatively disposable.

NP: Yeah, yeah, I agree, and I additionally assume it’s kind of… Those that I’ve dealt with, you already know, the SKXs, they appear to be kind of that first watch that you simply type of get that “watch geek” itch. You have got a rotating bezel that you already know clicks a bit bit, and it feels loads higher-end than one thing that you simply’d purchase at a daily previous division retailer.

Seiko Divers watch


Seiko’s SKX

SKX vary lengthy represented a robust worth for dependable timekeeping, sensible, sturdy, traditional, and easy on a regular basis wearability.

FI: Yeah, and on high of that, you already know, truthfully, it’s very snug. Like, the bracelet will not be well-made in any respect, however as a result of it’s so poorly made (within the bracelet, I imply), it makes it very supple to put on.

2. Seagull 1963

NP: So, my first decide is a watch that really our cameraman, Chris, has, and it’s the Seagull 1963 Chronograph. Inform me why watch guys like that watch.

FI: So, really, I believe that’s a improbable decide. There are a number of itches that this scratches. First, it’s a manual-wind chronograph, a column wheel chronograph. So, one thing often present in a lot higher-end watches. It’s classic styling. It’s extraordinarily enticing, and truthfully, this motion, which Seagull copied as a result of they purchased the equipment from an previous Swiss firm, initially was in very high-end chronographs. And I believe this one – someplace round $300 – and also you get loads on your cash.

Seagull 1963 close up
Seagull 1963 | Picture Credit score: Reddit person adrh84

Now, there are a number of negatives, I’ll say. The motion breaks loads. Not as a result of it’s not a great motion, however as a result of it’s a really advanced motion, and at that value level, you possibly can anticipate it to be put collectively significantly properly.

However, when you’ve got a functioning Seagull 1963, then you may have a really high-end, or logically talking, look ahead to a fraction of the value.You recognize, manual-wind, column-wheel chronograph. What’s there to not adore?

NP: For our viewers, might you give like two or three examples of what a column-wheel chronograph motion, just like this one could be? Like a watch instance within the three to 5 thousand greenback vary.

FI: Three to 5 thousand greenback vary for a column wheel is nearly unparalleled. It’s often within the 15 to twenty,000 greenback vary, however a few examples are: Longines makes a column-wheel chronograph, however it’s only a column wheel put onto a base 7750 motion. For you guys that don’t know what that’s: it’s like a Chevy small block within the automotive world. It’s a utilitarian, extraordinarily widespread motion modified with a column wheel.

column-wheel chronograph

column-wheel chronograph

The upright, notched, rotating wheel in a chronograph
that gives extra correct and extra exact operation.

So, you already know, that’s one in that vary. I believe Frederique Fixed makes a column wheel as properly. However, usually, column-wheel chronograph actions, you’re speaking Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet, Rolex Daytona, Zenith El Primero. Zenith might be probably the most well-known, really high-quality, column-wheel chronograph motion for underneath ten thousand {dollars}. 

NP: So, there you may have it. If you wish to get the expertise of proudly owning a manual-wind chronograph, particularly with one which has some high quality elements which might be just like higher-end watches, our cameraman Chris acquired one for about 200 bucks, however they will go as much as 5 – 6. So, I believe that is additionally an important possibility.

3. Casio G-Shock

FI: So, this alternative is one watch geeks love. Doesn’t essentially slot in with a number of the stuff you guys do right here on the Gentleman’s Gazette, however I’m positive you already know what I’m about to say. That’s the Casio G-Shock.

The final word sports activities watch on rubber. Indestructible. Quartz motion. Digital show. They go anyplace from 30 bucks to three,000, relying on what options you get. However, in the event you get like a typical multi-band six, which is the timing operate that makes use of radio indicators to maintain the time basically, you already know, it’s an important, hundred-dollar, beater sports activities watch. I purchased one for myself. 

Casio G-Shock Close up
Casio G-Shock DW5600E-1V Watch

Initially purchased it for the fitness center, however then I spotted I don’t like sporting a watch to the fitness center. So, now I simply put on it once I’m messing round with my automotive or one thing. It’s the antithesis of a chic timepiece, however it’s sturdy, and it simply works. And each watch geek, whether or not they personal a Patek Tourbillon or, you already know, a Royal Oak Offshore, they know what a Casio G-Shock is, and so they recognize them.

NP: Yeah, I imply, I’ve one. It’s only a easy grey one, and I take advantage of it a lot the identical method that you simply do. I take advantage of it when altering the oil, or you already know, I’m shifting you already know shifting my dwelling or mowing the garden. It’s acquired a rubber strap, usually a rubber case as properly. It might, you already know, take a beating. I swear you might nearly run over it with a lawnmower and it could be simply advantageous. I take it, you already know, within the pool with me.

I completely 100% agree with this. I believe, even for our viewers who’re like, “I have to at all times have a gown watch. I’m a gown watch man,” I believe you must permit your self to take pleasure in a G-Shock, and I believe you’ll discover that you simply’ll put on it much more than you may anticipate.

4. Swatch Sistem51

NP: Okay, so staying in that kind of identical realm because the G-Shock, let’s go along with the Swatch Sistem51.

Swatch Sistem51 Close up
Swatch Sistem51 | Picture credit score: Swatch

Now, you will get these in a mess of colours, in rubber, in steel. Completely different supplies, however this can be a watch, I believe, actually you possibly can showcase your character. I believe, for lots of people, the Swatch Sistem51 is one thing they decide up once they’re on a vacation or it’s their first watch as a child.

So, that’s one other decide that I personally like, and you already know, I believe it appears to be like actually cool. What do you assume?

FI: Personally, I really like them, and truly, you nailed it as a result of I purchased two of them and I purchased them at airports. So, you’re proper there.

It’s the primary computerized watch that’s constructed fully by robots in an meeting line. So, not significantly prime quality, although absolutely useful, and never serviceable, so ultimately, when it does break, there’s no approach to open the watch. It’s a disposable watch, however it’s the first computerized watch that’s fully constructed with out the contact of a human hand, which is historic in Swiss watchmaking.

Now, possibly it’s not the stereotypical “high-end watch,” however each watch geek is aware of what a Sistem51 is, and I assure you, each watch geek in the event that they don’t personal a Sistem51, they’ve no less than considered proudly owning one as a result of it’s 100-150 bucks, have a mess of colours, it does a number of what the G-Shock does, and it’s only a ton of enjoyable, and also you get to let your watch geek flag fly with out having to interrupt the financial institution. And you already know what, who says hobbies must be that costly?

NP: Yeah, I plan on getting one for my son’s first watch. I may even say in the event you like to decide on, get an computerized watch or like a primary good watch with a complete bunch of colour choices, this can be a more sensible choice than attempting to pay three or 4 occasions the value of an Omega Moon Swatch. 

5. Orient Bambino

FI: Right here, right here regarding the Moon Swatch. However, now, I picked one particularly on your viewers. However, I do genuinely imagine it’s a improbable watch and that’s the Orient Bambino. It’s a gown watch, a gown look ahead to underneath $200. Inconceivable, you say? Completely not!

Orient Bambino Close up
Orient Bambino

It’s a Japanese-made watch with an in-house motion; a number of dial variations, however I do love that cream dial; in traditional gown watch, time-only proportion.

The one factor I’ll say: at this value level, you may have that fake alligator print strap, which in all honesty, is rubbish throw that instantly in the event you purchase a Bambino. However, put it on a nicer, possibly calf strap or in the event you purchase an alligator strap, it may cost as a lot because the watch, however it’s value it as a result of it’s very, very good-looking.

It’s prime quality, and watch Geeks love them (as soon as once more) for not some huge cash.

You recognize what? If I used to be ever in a pickle, the place like I’m working to a marriage, I’m getting dressed, and I spotted I forgot my gown watch, and I might, you already know, Amazon Prime me an Orient Bambino for the subsequent day, I might be completely proud to put on that to any occasion.

NP: Yeah, I completely agree. I believe in a world the place a number of males assume that, “I’m gonna get my first good watch,” and so they go to Nordstrom and so they purchase a motion, I believe that this can be a a lot better possibility. It reveals that you simply really put some thought into it.

Orient Bambino Watch

Orient Bambino

It’s a Japanese-made watch with an in-house motion. It’s elegantly traditional which you’ll put on for informal to formal go well with tradition.

You didn’t simply go to the division retailer and decide one thing out of the case. It’s additionally a lot greater high quality than a number of simply the Daniel Wellingtons and a budget vogue manufacturers which might be “gown watches.”

FI: Facet observe: in the event you guys ever watch a bit “Watch YouTube” and also you see these advertisements, everytime you see a watch model that “cuts out the middlemen,” do me a favor, simply don’t purchase it. You’re the intermediary. You recognize, in the end, the intermediary between you and the rubbish can.

6. Hamilton Khaki

NP: Okay, for my remaining alternative, I’m gonna decide a watch I believe that may match into most gents’s wardrobes from dressed up to decorate down, and that’s the Hamilton Khaki.

Whether or not it’s the guide wind or the automated, 38-millimeters, 42-millimeters, possibly with a complication, there’s a number of choices right here for numerous gents.

Hamilton Khaki close up
Hamilton Khaki

FI: That is the most costly watch on the checklist – begins roughly at, I believe, about $300 for the guide wind, goes up 5, 600 bucks to the Khaki King. That is additionally owned by Swatch Group that owns Briguet, Blancpain, and different very high-end watch manufacturers. It’s type of like your entry-level, good, Swiss mechanical watch. I completely find it irresistible. 

I personal a Khaki Discipline Mechanical myself. I really like the bead-blasted case and the military inexperienced dial with the inexperienced, canvas strap. Clearly, I personal a lot higher-quality watches, however this simply feels proper. It matches my wrist proper. It’s, you already know, I put on it nearly like once I wish to put on a G-Shock, however I need one thing mechanical.

It’s tough. It’s tumble. It’s vintage-inspired. There’s little or no to not like about this Hamilton, and personally, you already know, I believe it’s a house run in each sense.

Hamilton Khaki with black Dial and leather straps.
Hamilton Khaki with black Dial and leather-based straps.

NP: Yeah, and I’ll say from a method standpoint, in the event you get one with both a black dial or the silver dial, in one of many instances that aren’t bead-blasted, this can be a watch which you can put on with that military inexperienced strap and put on it with an informal outfit or you possibly can take this military inexperienced strap off and placed on a pleasant leather-based or a pleasant suede, and it appears to be like good with a sports activities jacket or a extra informal go well with.

In the event you’re a younger man otherwise you’re a person, you already know, who says, “I wish to get a watch, and I actually don’t know the place to begin,” this can be a nice starter one as a result of it’ll go along with a number of completely different outfits, and it’ll actually show you how to kind of go down the rabbit gap that’s, you already know, watch gathering.


NP: So, these are our picks. These are six reasonably priced watches that watch geeks and watch lovers actually respect.

What do you guys take into consideration our picks? Do you agree? Do you disagree? Is there one thing that we missed? Are we completely off-base? Please tell us within the feedback.

Additionally, keep in mind to stay round for extra movies with Federico. Additionally be certain to take a look at his channel: “Federico Talks Watches on YouTube, and go over to, which is one of the best place for a watch geek to purchase a pre-owned watch.

Outfit Rundown

NP: In right now’s outfit, I’m sporting a mixture of a sports activities jacket and trousers, which is nice for the nice and cozy climate right here in Minneapolis. I’m sporting a blue, micro-houndstooth sports activities jacket. This was made-to-measure for me by Beckett & Robb.

Nathan's Outfit Rundown
Nathan’s Outfit Rundown
Silk Pocket Square in Orange with Green, Pink and Purple Large Paisley Pattern

Fort Belvedere

Silk Pocket Sq. in Orange with Inexperienced, Pink and Purple Giant Paisley Sample

My shirt is a Oxford fabric button down, and it was made-to-measure by Correct Fabric. My trousers are in a cream Huddersfield cotton. They have been made-to-measure by the Singapore on-line model, Collaro.

Because it’s heat out, I’m not sporting socks, however my sneakers are the Yanko and Skolyx journey loafers.

On my wrist, courtesy of, is that this superior grey dial Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra, which is a watch that’s underrated not.

My pocket sq. is from Fort Belvedere. It’s our orange, massive Paisley pocket sq.. It has mild greens and purples, excellent for the nice and cozy climate months.

If you wish to take a look at this pocket sq., some socks, some ties, or anything that you simply want for these heat climate months, take a look at the Fort Belvedere store down within the description under.

Federico wearing a orange sports coat and navy trouser combination.
Federico sporting an orange sports activities coat and navy trouser mixture.
H. Moser Endeaver Perpetual Moon

Frederico’s watch

H. Moser Endeavor Perpetual Moon

FI: As we speak, I’m sporting a sports activities coat and trouser mixture. My sport coat is a linen and cotton combine, made to measure by my tailor in Hong Kong. I’m sporting an Oxford fabric white shirt, additionally made to measure by the identical tailor.

I’m sporting Navy chinos by Brooks Brothers, and a few shell cordovan Allen Edmonds in my measurement 10 and a half, triple-E.

On my wrist is my H Moser, aventurine dial, perpetual moon. My favourite watch, and the toughest watch to get in my assortment.


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