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Best Breitling Navitimer Homage Watches

Our Top Breitling Navitimer Homage Watches

Best Choice

Casio Edifice EF527D-1AV - Breitling Navitimer Homage

Casio 

Edifice EF527D-1AV 

I recall seeing my first Breitling Navitimer. I was instantly blown away by its grandeur and a little intimidated by the details on the bezel. I didn’t know the purpose of the bezel slide rule, but it didn’t matter. I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. 

But, starting at around $7K, Navitimers are not really an option for many buyers. The solution? Many opt to first purchase a Breitling Navitimer homage watch. 

Also, the size and weight of a pilot’s watch can be hard to get a feel for. So, it can be much more forgiving to buy a cheaper Navitimer alternative if you later decide they are not for you.

Why Breitling Navitimers are so popular

Like all great watches, the Navitimer arouses emotion in its wearers. This emotion can come straight from the design to less obvious factors such as the historical significance of the watch. 

Celebrities have long appreciated the Navitimer - from Formula 1 legend Jim Clark to car enthusiast (and comedian) Jerry Seinfeld. Although it’s safe to say Jerry’s intimate affair with Breitling goes beyond the Navitimer

Navitimer’s influence on pilots

The first Navitimer was produced in 1952 with the explicit intention of helping pilots navigate and time their movements. Hence the name ‘navi’ and ‘timer’. 

The ability for pilots to quickly and accurately use a watch for their calculations was a very big deal. 

The chronograph allowed pilots to navigate based on the principles of dead reckoning, which required pilots to keep a record of elapsed time. 

Computers were not an option, so having a slide rule embedded into the bezel of their watch allowed for essential calculations such as airspeed, rate of ascent/descent, fuel consumption and more. 

Consider how demanding it was to be a pilot. Mentally performing these calculations on the fly in addition to manually operating an aircraft. It gives me a mild panic attack just thinking about it. The Navitimer helped turn a cockpit from a pressure cooker to an oasis of calm. Okay, not quite, but it certainly made the pilot’s job easier.

Modern-day Navitimers

Sadly, the original Breitling company did not survive the quartz onslaught of the 1970’s with the company being sold in 1979 (and again in 2017). 

The Navitimer was relaunched during the 1980’s, which coincided with renewed consumer interest in mechanical watches. This clearly lives on to this day with the popularity of the modern Navitimer showing no signs of slowing. 

What we look for in a good Breitling Navitimer homage

Given the popularity of the Navitimer, it’s not surprising that many watchmakers have offered their own alternatives to the icon. 

We’ve included our top Navitimer homages based on the following:

Slide rule bezel

My preference is for a Navitimer homage to include a slide rule bezel. The inclusion of a ‘whiz wheel’ or E6B flight computer is so synonymous with the Navitimer that when the new CEO released the Navitimer 8 B01 in 2018 without it, many collectors and enthusiasts were outraged or at least confused

Chronograph

The other major feature that should be included in a Navitimer homage is a chronograph. Ideally, the buttons will be big enough to allow for easy pressing if the pilot is wearing gloves. 

Design (incl sub-dials)

How close you want your homage to pay tribute to the original comes down to personal preference. Our preference is for homage watches to take design cues from the original, but fall short of blatantly copying. 

So, our ideal design is one where you can see the Navitimer influence, but that doesn’t mean it’s a direct replica in every way.

Price

We’ve tried to incorporate picks from all ends of the price spectrum to ensure there’s something for everyone. The more affordable, the better. 

Quality

There is an unavoidable trade off between quality and price. But, this shouldn’t mean you’re bombarded with a bunch of cheap replicas that will not last.

Enough on the process, here's our favorite Breitling Navitimer homages:

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Best Choice

Casio Edifice EF527D-1AV - Breitling Navitimer Homage

Packed with aviation functionality, balanced good looks and Casio level quality.

  • Flight computer (slide rule bezel)
  • Chronograph
  • 3 sub dials

Casio has been taking design cues from iconic watch manufacturers for a long time and refining them into their own quality offerings. They’ve several worthy pilots watches in their collection, but our favorite Navitimer homage is the Casio Edifice EF527-1AV.

There are many design and functional nods to the Navitimer. The slide rule pilot's computer, chronograph with large buttons, dark black face, busy main dial, 3 sub dials and polished metal hour markers combine to give it a strong Navitimer presence.

It’s not a blatant replica though. The slide rule on the Edifice EF527D-1AV operates differently. It’s a fixed bezel with the internal ring controlled by the dial at 8 o’clock. This inner rotating slide ruler allows the same flight calculations to be made.

Also includes 3 sub-dials, but positioned at 6, 9 & 12 rather than the traditional 3, 6, 9 of Navitimers. In chronograph mode, the sub-dials of the Edifice feature minutes at 12, hours at 9 and 1/20 seconds at 6.

So, the maximum time duration that can be recorded is 11 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. This should be more than sufficient for most day-to-day applications.

We also like the inclusion of a date window at 3 o’clock. It’s also slightly different from the Navitimer’s window position at 4:30.

The Edifice’s screw down crown is a welcome addition as it creates a tighter seal and prevents water damage. The Navitimer achieves the same locking result, but they use a non-screw locked, two gasket mechanism for the crown.

Casio has used a fairly standard, yet accurate, quartz movement with a battery that generally lasts 2+ years.

At 45.5 mm wide, it’s not super-large like some pilots watches. You get the feeling the watch actually needs to be this size to include all of the markings and features. Any smaller and readability may become an issue.

The main potential downside of this watch is for right-handed owners. We love the inclusion of the slide rule, but the screw to control it at 8 o’clock can be awkward. If you’re wearing it on the left hand, you need to move the right hand over the watch to operate the screw.

Overall, there is so much to like in this watch for the price. Casio has managed to squeeze a lot of functionality into the Edifice EF527D-1AV.

But, what really impresses us about this watch is the attention to detail up close. It looks and feels like a more expensive timepiece. Something that is quite rare at this price point. 

Pros

  • Many Navitimer-like features
  • Casio level quality
  • Great value

Cons

  • Vertical sub dial layout differs from Navitimer
  • Lume could be better

Specifications

  • Movement: Japanese quartz 
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 45.5mm
  • Band material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 100m (330ft)
  • Bezel: Yes, non-rotating
  • Flight computer: Yes, inner rotating slide rule
  • Chronograph sub dials: 3 - hours, minutes, seconds
  • Crown: Screw down

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Casio Edifice EF527D-1AV

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Best Value

Invicta 6621 II - Breitling Navitimer Homage

Numerous aviation features at a very affordable price

  • 3 sub dials 
  • Tachymeter on inner bezel
  • Deep cobalt blue face

The Invicta 6621 II gets our nod for the best affordable Breitling Navitimer homage. This is specifically for those looking in the sub $100 range.

Now, it’s hard to pack all of the features of a Navitimer into a watch that costs less than a bill. So there does need to be some concessions. The biggest is the lack of a flight computer or slide rule.

However, the bezel does rotate and there is a tachymeter scale on the inner bezel. So no, you won’t be able to use it for flying calculations like a Navitimer. But, were you actually going to?

The 3 sub-dials are set in the same symmetrical way as a traditional Navitimer at 3, 6 and 9. But, at 6 o’clock there is a day of the week sub-dial instead of the hour sub-dial of a Navitimer. This may actually make it more useful to some buyers.

The date window is positioned at the 4 o’clock, but can be a little difficult to read. Not a deal breaker, but it would be nice to see some more thought go into this complication or remove it altogether.

The deep blue cobalt face of the Invicta 6621 II is enticing. It works well with the large white Arabic numerals and hatched minute markers.

At less than $100, you’re going to find it difficult to get more features at a level of quality that makes it truly wearable. We think the Invicta 6621 II achieves this.

Does it live up to Breitling’s quality? No. But at 1/100th of the price, you’re getting some nice Navitimer-like features in a watch that won’t fall apart the moment you leave the store. 

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Chronograph
  • 3 sub-dials (seconds, minutes and day of the week)

Cons

  • No slide rule
  • Date window is a little small

Specifications

  • Movement: Quartz
  • Crystal: Flame fusion
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 44 mm
  • Band material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 100m (330 ft)
  • Bezel: Yes, unidirectional rotating
  • Flight computer: No
  • Chronograph: Yes
  • Sub dials: 3 - minutes, seconds & day of the week
  •  Crown: No screw down

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Invicta 6621 II Chronograph

Hamilton Khaki X-Wind - Breitling Navitimer Homage

Slide rule too boring? Here's an internal rotating bezel to calculate cross wind. Oh, and it's stunning.  

  • Cross wind calculator 
  • 3 sub dials
  • Bold, balanced design

The Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind H77912535 is a quality Navitimer alternative in the sub $1,000 range.

We’ve awarded it our best premium homage because it has all of the right features: bezel flight instrument, chronograph & 3 sub dials. And, aesthetically it has a very balanced, pleasing design that demands attention. I can’t look away from it.

Let’s talk about the X-Wind function. Rather than include a slide rule flight calculator like the Navitimer, Hamilton has included a complication that allows pilots to calculate the cross-wind.

The screw down crown at the top left rotates the inner bezel, whilst the bottom left controls the measurements within the window. Here’s a more detailed explanation on calculating cross wind.

Now, are most wearers of the Hamilton X-Wind going to use it to calculate the cross-wind? Of course not. The same as most Navitimer owners have no idea how to use the slide-rule, nevermind the calculations required for flying a plane. I honestly don’t care. I love these complications because they draw upon my childhood fascination with pilots. They are aspirational more than practical.

Practicality does matter for the chronograph and sub-dials as wearers use these features. The sub-dial at 6 o’clock is for seconds and the 10 o’clock sub dial is 24 hour time for a 2nd timezone. These work in regular (ie non-chronograph) mode. The other sub dial at 2 o’clock labelled ‘chrono’ needs to be operated in chronograph mode and this counts the minutes.

The stainless steel bezel rotates, opening up more practical applications. This is what you want in a true tool watch.

All the crowns are screw-down, providing water resistance to 100m. I wouldn’t consider this a dive watch, but you certainly don’t need to worry about getting it wet.

There’s really not a lot to dislike about the Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind. If you had your heart set on a mechanical watch, then the quartz movement may not be for your liking.

Overall, we recommend this watch for those that want to respectfully pay tribute to the Navitimer, but aren’t looking for a direct replica. This is a watch that is comfortable holding its own place in aviation history. 

Pros

  • Unique crosswind calculator
  • 3 sub dials
  • Chronograph
  • Real head turner

Cons

  • Not the most affordable in our list

Specifications

  • Movement: Quartz 
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 46mm
  • Band material: Leather
  • Water resistance: 100m (330ft)
  • Bezel: Yes, unidirectional rotating
  • Flight computer: Yes, crosswind calculator
  • Chronograph: Yes, second hand and minutes
  • Sub dials: 3 - hours for 2nd time zone, seconds and minutes
  • Crown: 3 screw down

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Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind H77912535

Sinn 903 - Breitling Navitimer Homage

Is that a Navitimer? No, it's a Sinn 903. 

  • Looks almost identical to a Navitimer
  • Internal slide rule bezel
  • 3 sub dials

I’m going to just come out and say it. If you’re looking for a Navitimer alternative at around half the price the original, then you should get a Sinn 903 St.

Referred to as the ‘Navigation Chronograph’, the Sinn 903 looks almost identical to a Navitimer for very good reason. Helmut Sinn purchased the rights to produce a model very similar to the Navitimer in the late 1970s and has been doing so since.

So you could say the Sinn 903 St is the OG homage to the Navitimer. The main similarities are pretty obvious. There’s the slide rule bezel with a logarithmic scale, chronograph functions, vintage pushers, 3 sub-dials, high contrast dial (dark middle and white outside) and angled lugs.

But, there are subtle differences that allow the Sinn 903 St to form its own personality. The slide rule is internal, controlled by the additional screw-down crown at 10 o’clock.

The other big differentiator is size. At 41 mm it’s considerably smaller than the more common Navitimer sizes of 43 and 46mm. This can be very welcome, especially for those that have medium-sized wrists and are afraid they can’t pull off a hefty 43mm+ watch.

At around $3.5K the Sinn 903 St does not fit into the affordable category. It’s still an expensive watch. But, at around half the price of a Navitimer, it’s definitely worth considering if you’re after a watch with very similar design and quality of a Navitimer, but with a story of its own.

Pros

  • Any closer and it would be a Navitimer
  • Smaller size will be welcome for some
  • Internal rotating bezel slide rule

Cons

  • Still a considerable investment at around $3.5K

Specifications

  • Movement: Automatic 
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 41mm
  • Band material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 100m (330ft)
  • Bezel: Yes, fixed.
  • Flight computer: Yes, internal bezel slide rule
  • Chronograph: Yes
  • Sub dials: 3 - hours, minutes & seconds
  • Crown: Screw down

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Sinn 903 St

Gute Classic - Breitling Navitimer Homage

Entry level pilot's watch with flight computer slide rule

  • Slide rule bezel
  • 2 sub dials
  • Cheapest in our list

The most affordable Breitling Navitimer homage that made our list is a Gute Classic Automatic, with a Jaguar branding.

Let’s be honest, this is one of the many different Chinese brands that has come into the lower end of the market. You are not going to get close to Breitling quality here, but at this price you really shouldn’t expect it.

What you can expect is to pay a very small amount to test whether a large, heavy aviation inspired watch is really for you. Worst case scenario, you’ve outlayed less than $50 and you’ve learned that maybe they are not for you. The best case is you really enjoy wearing the Gute Classic and either continue wearing it or decide to upgrade to something you may enjoy even more.

A key feature of the Gute is the rotating slide rule bezel. This may be the cheapest watch with a slide rule bezel on the market. If you’re on the fence on whether you’ll use it or like the look of it, then this is your chance to try it out.

There’s also 2 sub-dials. One at 3 for the month and the other at 9 for the day of the week. There is a skeleton window at 6 instead of a 3rd sub-dial.

This is an automatic, so you won’t need a battery. However, the lack of a quality power reserve may mean you need to wind it if you skip a day or are not that active during the day.

Overall, if you’re very budget conscious, then the Gute Classic might be your best option. But, if your budget allows, you’ll get more enjoyment out of the feature-packed, yet still very affordable Casio Edifice EF527D-1AV

Pros

  • Slide rule bezel
  • 2 sub dials (date and day of the week)
  • Affordable automatic

Cons

  • Band quality could be better
  • May need occasional hand winding 

Specifications

  • Movement: Automatic
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 46 mm
  • Band material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 30m (100ft)
  • Bezel: Yes, unidirectional rotating
  • Flight computer: Yes, slide rule bezel
  • Chronograph: No
  • Sub dials: 2 - date and day of the week
  • Crowns: No screw down

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Gute Classic

Verdict - Which Navitimer Look-Alike Should You Buy?

If money is no object, I'm looking directly at the Sinn 903 St. Even if I had the money for a Navitimer, I may even prefer to buy the Sinn 903 as it represents better value. 

But, for most of us, the sweet spot between features, value and quality can be found in the Casio Edifice EF527D-1AV. It's well below $200, so it's not a sizeable investment. But, it still allows you to get a good feel for owning a large, quality pilots chronograph watch with a flight computer.

If you're after something slightly more unique, then the Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind delivers with style. 

What Watch Does Bill Gates Wear

What Watch Does Bill Gates Wear?

The "$10 Watch"

Bill Gates Watch Casio Illuminator

Casio

Illuminator

The Casio Marlin Diver

Bill Gates Casio Marlin

Casio

Duro Marlin

One of our favorite tech tycoons turned philanthropists, Bill Gates, has an eye for value.

The founder of Microsoft and the second richest man in the world (behind Jeff Bezos, but still in front of long time friend Warren Buffett) wears modest Casio watches.

Bill Gates is well known for his many philanthropic endeavors. In fact, one of the primary reasons he is no longer the richest man in the world is because he's generously given away a substantial part of his fortune.

He, along with Warren Buffet, also influenced other mega-rich celebrities and entrepreneurs to donate at least half of their wealth through "the Giving Pledge". Well played Mr Gates.

For a man that could easily buy any luxury watch company, never mind a few Rolexes, it's quite refreshing to see him continually sport watches that anyone can afford.

We've featured two of Bill Gates' watches he wears the most below. We also touch on a story that has surfaced about a watch he gifted to an employee that exemplifies Bill's generous character.

Bill Gates' Casio Marlin

Bill Gates has been spotted several times wearing his trusted Casio Duro diver - commonly known as the Casio Marlin because of the marlin logo on the face. 

One if these public appearances was on the Stephen Colbert show whilst he and wife Melinda gave their views on taxing the wealthy.

The Casio Duro Marlin MDV106-1AV can be seen throughout the interview popping out from Bill's lavender sweater: 

Bill Gates Casio Duro Marlin Colbert Show

Images: NBC

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The Casio Marlin Diver

Bill Gates Casio Marlin

Casio Duro "Marlin"

A homage to the classic Rolex Submariner, there are few other watches that can deliver these features at this price.

  • Japanese quartz movement
  • Unidirectional diver's bezel
  • 200m (660ft) water resistance

The minimalist design of the Casio Duro MDV106-1AV "Marlin" has allowed this watch to maintain it's place as a popular, affordable alternative to more expensive dive watches.


Like any quality dive watch, the Marlin includes a unidirectional rotating bezel to allow divers to track their time submerged underwater.


The 200m water resistance is a great feature at this price. Whilst I've no proof that Bill Gates has ever worn his Marlin diving, I would be happy to take a bet that he's submerged it a few times at his Lake Washington house.

The movement is Japanese quartz and comes with a battery that lasts 3 years. What? You expected a mechanical diver at this price? No chance.

Other features include a black face with white luminous markers for the hour indices and bezel markers. The hands are also covered in lume, making for impressive visibility at night and underwater.

Like the Submariner, the Casio Duro features an easy to read date window at 3 o'clock and a sturdy screw down crown to keep water out. 

All in all, for around $50 there is little to dislike about this affordable diver. If a man with the disposable income of Bill Gates is happy with a Submariner homage over the real deal, that's good enough reason for me to add one to my everyday collection.

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Clean, minimalist design
  • Japanese quality
  • 200m water resistance

Cons

  • Resin band is a little boring and sweats during summer

Specifications

  • Movement: Japanese Quartz
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 44mm
  • Band material: Resin
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)
  • Crown: Screw down
  • Bezel: Unidirectional diver’s 

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Casio Marlin MDV106-1AV

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose..

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Bill Gates' "$10 Casio"

Given the net worth of Bill Gates, you'd possibly expect his wrist wardrobe to include super exclusive Rolexes, Omegas or similar. But no, fitting with his rather conservative lifestyle, he often opts to wear what he calls a "$10 watch". 

This $10 watch is actually a Casio Illuminator W214H-1AV, and whilst it is certainly an inexpensive watch, you may have to pay slightly more than the $10 quoted by Bill. 

Check out the video below by Politico where when asked whether the watch he is wearing is similar to a medical watch he is currently speaking about, Bill responds with, "no, this is a $10 watch."

Bill Gates Casio Illuminator $10

Images: Politico 

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The "$10 Casio"

Bill Gates Watch Casio Illuminator

Practical and affordable above all else. The entry-level Casio screams, "I've got nothing to prove."

  • Doesn't get much cheaper
  • Easy to use with large display
  • 50m water resistance

Certainly a relatively humble watch for a man of Bill's stature, the Casio Illuminator W214H-1AV is digital with a 45 mm plastic case and silicon band.

The Japanese manufactured Casio is water resistant to 50m and has quartz based movement.

Digital features include 3 countdown dials, stopwatch and alarm.

For a cheap watch, it's certainly well built and durable.

Given many ultra-rich decide to show off their wealth with flashy, expensive watches, it's refreshing that all Bill Gates fans can emulate his style with a very affordable Casio.  

Pros

  • Very, very affordable
  • Simple to use
  • Basically a risk free investment

Cons

  • Kinda basic
  • Design isn't for everyone

Specifications

  • Movement: Quartz
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Plastic
  • Case size: 45mm
  • Band material: Silicon
  • Water resistance: 50m (150 ft)

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Casio Illuminator W214H-1AV

Bill Gates' TAG Heuer Gift Watch

You can't help but feel that Bill Gates has put considerable thought into the message he's sending with his watch selection.

For many of us, buying a luxury watch comes with the side benefit that it signals success and prestige. But, for a man that carries both in abundance, choosing a cheap watch sends the message that wealth alone doesn't impress him. Rather, it's what you do with that wealth that matters. 

Perhaps this was the message he was sending when he gifted a TAG Heuer Professional 2000 to a conference attendee in the Philippines. As told by watch collector Johann Espiritu in an interview with Fratello, Bill gave the watch off his wrist to the conference attendee who most closely guessed the value of his watch. 

Everyone predicted that such a successful business man would be wearing a luxurious high-end watch. All except Johann's father. His guess of a seemingly paltry amount of $600 was the closest and he was rewarded with the TAG Heuer Professional 2000. 

To be clear, there is no visual proof of Bill Gates wearing the TAG. But, I've no reason to doubt it and it fits his philanthropic MO. The images below are of the exact watch gifted to Johann's father. While you're at it, check out some of Johann's other sweet watches.

Bill Gates Tag Heuer Professional 2000

Images: @watchyouwearin, Fratello Watches

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The Gift

Bill Gates Watch Tag Heuer Professional 2000

Popular and iconic TAG Heuer diver from the late 90's and early 2000's that holds up well today. 

  • Quartz dive watch
  • Bold blue face
  • 200m water resistance

The TAG Heuer 2000 Professional range was a commercial success and is still well regarded by watch collectors today. The last 2000's were built in 2005 when TAG Heuer transitioned to the Aquaracer models. 

Because they were successful, they were also widely produced. So, you can still find a good quality used TH 2000 for around $500-$1,000

This is the second Rolex Submariner inspired homage worn by Bill Gates. Heuer, and later TAG Heuer after their merger in 1985, never tried to compete head to head with the Submariner.

Instead, they opted to take several of the popular design features from the Submariner, rework them and then repackage at a more economical price point. 

This strategy worked very well, with the 2000 range greatly assisting TAG Heuer navigate through the 1990s. 

The model worn and gifted by Bill Gates appears to be a 3rd generation TAG Heuer 2000 that went into production in 1998. In particular, it is the blue 'Classic' model variation that is the most common, meaning that you still have a great chance of finding one for yourself at a reasonable price. 

If you aren't accustomed to divers from this earlier era, you should know about the size difference before purchasing. This TAG Heuer 2000 is only 38mm, considerably smaller than the 43mm divers that are popular today. 

Whilst Bill's TAG Heuer was more expensive than the two Seikos, I think you'd agree it's still an affordable watch that prioritises function above prestige. 

Pros

  • Dive watch with history
  • Can still find pre-owned for less than $1K
  • 200m water resistance

Cons

  • Smaller size may not suit all

Specifications

  • Movement: Quartz 
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Case: Stainless steel (brushed)
  • Case size: 38mm
  • Band material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)
  • Bezel: Rotating 

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TAG Heuer 2000 Professional

What watch does Chris D'Elia Wear

What Watch Does Chris D’Elia Wear?

Comedian and podcaster Chris D'Elia sports a classic dive watch as his daily wear.  

If you've ever seen clips of his podcast, 'Congratulations' or his Netflix special 'No Pain', you've probably seen it sitting prominently on his wrist. 

Chris D'Elia started stand-up comedy in 2006 and has also appeared in several sitcoms and other TV appearances. 

Despite his wired appearance, Chris has never drunk alcohol or taken recreational drugs. 

Fun Fact


I enjoy Chris's sarcastic comedy on his Netflix specials and his podcast. Whilst critics might suggest his comedy is a little lowbrow and juvenile, Chris's no-holds barred attitude towards censorship is to be applauded. 

Here's a clip of Chris's Neflix special, No Pain. You get some very nice glimpses of his watch too. Can you guess what it is? 

Here's an episode of his podcast, Congratulations. You also get some up close views of his watch throughout the episode:

Chris D'Elia wears a Rolex Submariner ND (ref 114060)

Chris D'Elia Rolex Submariner No Date

Images: Portraits of Progress, Netflix & Congratulations with Chris D'Elia

Chris D'Elia religiously wears his Rolex Submariner no date 114060. The Rolex Submariner is a classic that doesn't need much of an introduction. It's iconic as it is beautiful. Chris's model, the 114060, is a well known variant that has the date function removed (ie 'no date'). This adds a level of simplicity and understated appeal. 


It's still a Rolex, so it's an expensive watch. But, it's not a watch that screams "I've got something to prove" like many newly rich or famous tend to flash about. Chris wears it with an air of authenticity that matches his comedy, and he wears it well. At 40mm diameter and 13mm case thickness, the Submariner 114040 can look oversized on some wrists, but not on Chris.


The Rolex Submariner 114060

The Rolex Submariner ref: 114060 is very similar to the Rolex Submariner ref 116610. The only difference is the addition of the date feature on the 116610. The first Rolex Submariners showcased by Rolex in 1954 did not have the date complication. It wasn't until the introduction of the 1680 model in the late 1960's that Rolex the date function was introduced.

So, whilst the Submariner Date (116610) is currently the more popular model, it could be argued that the no-date version is closer to Rolex's original vision for the submariner range.

Either way, it comes down to personal preference. Do you like the date function and the cyclops magnifying eye, or don't you? 

I personally like the symmetry of the no-date. And honestly, I'm a little lazy when it comes to changing the date. Sometimes I'll be in week 2 of the new month and I'll only just realize that the date is wrong. If you're like me, then changing the date may feel more like a chore than a feature. 

There is also price incentive to opt for the no-date version, as the date function adds another $1K to an already expensive watch. 

You can get an idea of prices for the 114060 no-date (pre-owned and new) and 116610 date (pre-owned and new). We've also covered submariner homage watches if the you aren't financially ready to shell out for a Rolex.

Rolex Submariner 114060 No Date

The iconic oyster Submariner loved by many, simplified by the removal of the date complication 

  • Rolex calibre 3130 automatic movement
  • Simplified, symmetrical design
  • 300m water resistance

The Rolex Submariner ref: 114060 is very similar to the Rolex Submariner ref 116610. The only difference is the addition of the date feature on the 116610. The first Rolex Submariners showcased by Rolex in 1954 did not have the date complication. It wasn't until the introduction of the 1680 model in the late 1960's that Rolex the date function was introduced.

So, whilst the Submariner Date (116610) is currently the more popular model, it could be argued that the no-date version is closer to Rolex's original vision for the submariner range.

Either way, it comes down to personal preference. Do you like the date function and the cyclops magnifying eye, or don't you? 

I personally like the symmetry of the no-date. And honestly, I'm a little lazy when it comes to changing the date. Sometimes I'll be in week 2 of the new month and I'll only just realize that the date is wrong. If you're like me, then changing the date may feel more like a chore than a feature. 

There is also price incentive to opt for the no-date version, as the date function adds another $1K to an already expensive watch. 

You can get an idea of prices for the 114060 no-date (pre-owned and new) and 116610 date (pre-owned and new). We've also covered submariner homage watches if the you aren't financially ready to shell out for a Rolex.

Pros

  • Rolex brand and quality
  • $1K cheaper than 'Date' model
  • True dive watch with 300m water resistance

Cons

  • Not a budget-friendly watch

Specifications

  • Movement: Automatic (Rolex calibre 3130)
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 40mm
  • Band material: Stainless steel
  • Bezel: Unidirectional 
  • Water resistance: 300 m (1,000 ft)

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Rolex Submariner 114060 'no date'

Best Watch For EMTs & Paramedics (1)

Best Watches for EMTs & Paramedics – Reviews with Comparison

Best Choice

G-Shock Tough Solar GWM5610 - EMT Watch

G-Shock Tough Solar

Best Value

Marathon Timex - EMT Watch

Timex Marathon

EMTs and Paramedics have super demanding jobs and need a tough watch to match. Now, there are two schools of thought on what makes the best EMT watch:

1) A lot of features and you're happy to pay for watch that will last, or  

2) Something cheap and basic that you can throw away should it become too gross.

Either way, we've got something for you in our EMT watch picks below. We also have a buyers guide at the end to help you decide which EMT watch is best for you. 

Note: This guide focuses on EMTs, but our recommendations are also suitable for paramedics and EMS in general. We've also covered our favorite watches for nurses here

EMT watch reviews

4.5

Best Choice

G-Shock Tough Solar GWM5610 - EMT Watch

Super tough with solar power and atomic timekeeping. As maintenance-free as you can get.

  • Solar powered 
  • Auto-light feature to keep hands free
  • 200m (660ft) water resistance

G-Shocks are clear favorites amongst EMTs because they are super practical. Renowned for being extremely tough, and packed with great features at an affordable price.


They are easy to read, water resistant (200m) and the silicon band is simple to clean with minimal risk of patient contamination.


The good
We like the GWM5610 G-Shock because it's relatively small (compared to other G-Shocks), has an EL backlight powered auto-light feature so you can turn it on and still keep your hands free. And is solar powered so there's no risk of the battery dying when you need it most.


Add in the atomic timekeeping function that automatically syncs the time every night and you've got yourself a super reliable set and forget watch.

The bad
The retro square design is not exactly loved by everyone. But we don't really mind as the practical benefits of this watch make up for its rather bland design.


If you're a deep sleeper, we'd recommend using a different alarm such as a cell phone or alarm clock as the alarm on the G-Shock GWM5610 may not be loud enough to wake you.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Auto-light
  • Solar powered
  • Tough as nails

Cons

  • Retro square design not for everyone
  • Alarm sound can be too soft
  • Atomic timekeeping signal strength depends on where you live

Specifications

  • Movement: Solar Powered Digital 
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Plastic
  • Case size: 47mm
  • Band material: Plastic
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)
  • 24 hr time: Yes
  • Seconds display: Yes

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G-Shock Tough Solar GWM5610

4.0

Best Value

Marathon Timex - EMT Watch

The entry-level model from Timex is functional, cheap and will get the job done. 

  • Super affordable
  • Large, easy to read display
  • 24 hour time

Sometimes you just need a watch to be just that; a watch. Easily read the time, a few functions (including 24hr time) and you're set. 

This basic Timex watch is just that. The cheapest watch in this list, it's ideal for those that just need a basic watch whilst on duty. 

The good

At this pricepoint, the Timex Marathon is considered a 'throw away' watch. With such a small investment, you don't really need to think about the purchase. You can buy one and if it doesn't live up to expectations, you can buy another one after a month or two of usage and give this one to your kid brother or relative. 

The durability is good, but it is not a G-Shock. It's plastic case does protrude and offers protection from bumps and scratches, but don't be surprised if a solid knock causes damage to it. 

With supersized numbers, readability at a quick glance is great. This includes easy-to-read seconds. 

If you need a cheap watch that just functions well as a watch, there's little risk in trying a Timex Marathon as your first EMT watch. 

The bad

The numerous nooks and crannies in the Marathon can trap organic matter more than some other watches in this list. So, you'll need to take a little more care cleaning and washing this watch.

Some buyers haven't been impressed with the size of the band. Suggesting it's on the skinny side if you're an adult male.

Pros

  • Super affordable
  • Great readability
  • Simple to use

Cons

  • Basic functionality
  • Not as durable as others in this list

Specifications

  • Movement: Quartz
  • Crystal: Acrylic
  • Case: Plastic
  • Case size: 43mm
  • Band material: Plastic
  • Water resistance: 50m (150 ft)
  • 24 hr time: Yes
  • Count seconds: Yes

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Marathon by Timex

Best Low Light

Luminox Evo 3051 Navy Seal - EMTs

When luminosity counts, the Navy Seal delivers with a punch. 

  • Fantastic luminescence
  • Rugged and durable 
  • Bold design

Designed by the Swiss for super challenging low light conditions faced by navy seals, the Luminox Navy Seal is a popular alternative for EMTs. 

There's a lot to like about the practicality of this watch, but I personally really enjoy the bold, striking design and readability of the numbers. It screams, "I'm here to work, but I will look good doing it".

We've also recommended the blackout version as one of our favorite watches for law enforcement officers

The good

Boasting lume that is 100x brighter than it's competitors, the tritium lume makes it unbeatable for low-light situations where every second counts.

The tough polyurethane case is designed to weather all sorts of bumps and scratches. With sleek crown guards to prevent any damage to the crown.

As it's designed for navy seals, there's no surprise that it comes with 200m water resistance. Water is the natural state for the Luminox Navy Seal. 

The striking design allows this watch to transcend the work/life boundary, so it will not look out of place if you decide to wear it off-duty too. 

The bad

The plastic band may need to be replaced after a year or two of solid use. But, given the accumulation of fluids and other organic matter that builds up on any EMT watch, it's probably not a bad idea to replace the band semi-regularly anyway. 

Whilst still affordable, the Luminox Navy Seal is more expensive than the other watches on this list. Making it more of an investment than a cheap throw away watch. So, if you're a new EMT and not exactly sure whether it's for you, then this may not be the best watch for you.

Pros

  • 100x brigher lume than competitors
  • Rugged and durable
  • Striking design
  • 200m water resistance

Cons

  • Band may need replacing
  • Most expensive in list

Specifications

  • Movement: Japanese quartz 
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Polyurethane
  • Case size: 44mm
  • Band material: Polyurethane
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)
  • Count seconds: Yes

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Luminox Navy Seal Evo 3051

Seiko 5 SNK809 - EMTs

This automatic from Seiko combines classic simplicity and affordability into an impressive package. 

  • Automatic
  • Easy to read
  • Affordable

Seiko 5’s have a fantastic reputation for packing higher-end features into an affordable, durable and classicaly designed watch.

There are numerous Seiko 5’s to choose from, but we’ve gone with the SNK809 model because of its easy to read color scheme, mainstream appeal and affordability.

The good
The military inspired Seiko 5 SNK809 is born from the Seiko 5 range that first hit shelves in 1963. The “5” references the 5 features that were introduced for this series, which are still relevant today.

These are:

  1. In-house automatic movement 
  2. Day-date complication at 3 o’clock (this was rare in 1963)
  3. Water resistance
  4. Recessed crown at 4 o’clock
  5. Super tough mainspring inside a durable case

They’ve had a lot of time to make alterations and improvements since they launched, which has allowed them to continue to increase quality, whilst advancements in Japanese mass production efficiencies have allowed them to keep costs very affordable.

The 37mm size suits a wide variety of tastes and doesn’t pose any issue to wear underneath jackets or other work clothes. The luminosity is provided by Seiko’s own Lumibrite and displays luminous dots every five minutes for easy reading.

The bad
One of the reasons we like this watch is that it’s hard to find real faults with it. This is especially true considering its sub $100 price point and Seiko automatic movement. If we were being super hard to please, we’d push for slightly more functionality from the automatic movement such as hand winding and hacking (so we can re-sync the time easier).

Whilst the strap is durable, we’d probably opt for a non-canvas option to help avoid nasty pathogens from accumulating.


Finally, the simple and flat design is not to everyone’s taste -- but we think the understated, flat design looks great and is super practical for EMTs.

Pros

  • Automatic movement
  • Recessed crown at 4 o’clock is less likely to hinder a bent wrist
  • Durable case, mainspring and strap
  • Affordable, especially for an automatic

Cons

  • No hand winding or hacking functions
  • Canvas strap is tough, but can trap pathogens
  • 37mm size might be on the small side if you have larger wrists.

Specifications

  • Movement: Japanese automatic 
  • Crystal: Hardlex
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 37mm
  • Band material: Nylon
  • Water resistance: 30m (100ft)
  • Count seconds: Yes

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Seiko 5 SNK809

G-Shock DW 9052 - Paramedic Watch

Affordable. Durable. Simple. A great entry-level choice for EMTs. 

  • Affordable G-Shock
  • Comfortable strap design
  • 200m water resistance

The second G-Shock in our list of best EMT watches is the DW 9052. I consider it the entry-level G-Shock for EMTs. You can find slightly cheaper G-Shocks, but this comes at an unacceptable performance trade off. 

The good

The tough case can withstand everything thrown at an EMT (and then some). The lugs are also designed with durability and comfort in mind, as the straps can move freely inside the lugs. This allows the straps to better hug the wrist and provides a more comfortable wearing experience. 

No, you won't get the same functions like solar power or atomic timekeeping that you'll get with the GWM5610 G-Shock, but you'll also pay about half the price. Making this a very affordable watch, perfect for those that aren't looking for a lot of additional functions. 

Water resistance of 200m is a great addition at this price point. You don't need to worry about the elements or other liquids your day. 

The dial layout is easy to read, with two separate displays for the time and the date, separate by the middle section that counts every 10 seconds. 

The bad

Whilst the dial readability is good, I don't really like the middle section that allows to keep track of 10s increments. I find it of limited use and this space could have been used to make the time and date displays bigger. The middle 10s count display also makes the watch look a little busy. 

Like all G-Shocks the DW 9052 is a bulky watch at 47mm in diameter and 15mm thick. Whilst the thickness is great for absorbing shocks,it becomes an issue for catching on things and if you need to wear it underneath a jacket in winter. 

The mineral crystal display offers substantial scratch resistance, but it will get scratched over time. The scratch resistance could be improved with a sapphire crystal but that would certainly increase the price.

Pros

  • Affordable G-Shock
  • Super durable
  • 200m water resistance

Cons

  • Dial can be busy until you get used to it
  • Basic model - so no advanced features. 

Specifications

  • Movement: Quartz
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Plastic
  • Case size: 47 mm
  • Band material: Plastic
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)
  • 24hr time: Yes
  • Count seconds: Yes

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G-Shock DW 9052

EMT Watch Buyers Guide

We’ve consulted with some paramedic friends and scoured the watch and EMT forums to determine the features that matter for EMTs. Naturally, some of these factors will be more important to you than others.

Easily cleaned

Any watch worn by an EMT is going to need to be cleaned. A lot. An unavoidable part of being an EMT is that you are going to get all sorts of bodily fluids splattered across your wrists and hands. Don’t just think about the face, but the rear casing, band, buttons and even the bezel (if it has one) will need to be routinely washed with soap and/or alcohol.

Water resistant

Internal watch components hate water, soap, alcohol (rubbing and EtOH) and other fluids, so a watch that has good water resistance (please don’t say waterproof -- there is no such thing) should be high on your list of must-haves.

Count seconds

Either a digital watch that displays seconds or an analog with a second hand will generally be required for taking a patient’s pulse etc. Some work environments may even stipulate specific requirements such as an analog with a second hand MUST be worn. Obviously you need to adopt this guide to your own circumstances.

Dial color

Dial readability in an instant is a must. A dark background with contrasting hands is a great option. Black dials are very popular amongst EMT’s for this reason.

Luminosity

This is particularly critical for night shift duties. Standard practice is to use a non-radioactive photoluminescent material to provide the luminosity. However, this means that the watch needs to be exposed to a light source to “recharge”, which may not be possible on a long night shift with the end result being a watch with poor luminosity and difficult to read at night.

If luminosity is important to you, then your best bet is to get a watch with tritium gas inserts or a back-lit LED. An auto light feature is the next best option which automatically turns on the light if the watch is tilted towards you to read it. The lights up if you turn your wrist.

Band type

The band needs to be easily washable as it should really be washed whenever you wash your hands. It should also be easily replaceable as chances are you’ll go through a few.

Band material is also an important consideration as they can be a hotbed for bacteria and other threats to patients. Metal links can trap a whole range of nasties, while leather and nylon can also absorb hazardous pathogens. So, the best choice is a plastic/silicone band.

Durability

Wondering whether your watch is going to be able to withstand all the small bumps, scrapes, dings and scratches that it will inevitably receive whilst on EMT duty is not really something you want to be worrying about. A watch with a proven track history of absorbing shocks and abuse should be an important consideration if you're thinking of the watch as anything more than a throw away investment. 

Size

Whilst watch size generally comes down to personal preference, there are a couple of additional points an EMT needs to factor in which may lead to a smaller size being preferred. The first is a bulky watch is more difficult to wear underneath a sweater or jacket. Secondly, a larger watch may impede your wrist movement during important procedures such as giving CPR.

If you have any doubt, start with a smaller watch. 

Price vs Features

Price is clearly going to be a factor. We’ve left it last because there are two different schools of thought when it comes to how much an EMT should spend on a watch.

The first says that just use a very basic watch that fulfils most of the above criteria and replace the watch whenever it breaks or gets too dirty. This is also a great strategy for those that are a little unsure about what watch they should be wearing on duty as a paramedic, especially new recruits.

The second school of thought suggests that it’s worthwhile going for something a little more expensive that you shouldn’t have to replace as often. This will give you a watch that has more features and should fulfil all of your requirements.

Whatever path you decide to go down, leave room in your budget for some replacement bands as these will most likely get pretty gross quickly.

Popular culture

Popular culture has caught onto the fact that G-Shock are the unofficial choice of EMTs, with numerous shows featuring G-Shocks on the wrist of characters employed as EMTs.


My favorite is Shameless, where several G-Shocks can be spotted such as this one:

Shameless EMT Watch G-Shock

If you're looking for a watch that will help you 'fit in', then G-Shocks are an obvious choice.

Final verdict

Don’t overthink the decision to find the best watch for your job as an EMT.

Do you just want something to get the job done with a minimum of fuss? If this is you, then go for the cheapest option in our list, the Marathon by Timex.

If you are after something that quenches your thirst for features without breaking the bank, the G-Shock Tough Solar is best for you.

What Watch Does Chris Hemsworth wear in Extraction

What Watch Does Chris Hemsworth Wear in Extraction?

Chris Hemsworth stars as an Australian black ops mercenary, Tyler Rake, in the Netflix action thriller Extraction

The plot involves Chris Hemsworth's character killing a bunch of bad guys during his mission to rescue the kidnapped son of an Indian drug lord. 

Is the plot original? Maybe not. Is it entertaining watching Chris Hemsworth run through Dhaka, Bangladesh reducing the entire Bangladeshi police force into a bloody mess? You bet ya!

Haven't watched in on Netflix yet? Check out the trailer below to get up to speed. You get some nice glimpses of Chris's watch too...

The action scenes are very well choreographed, even if the body count can be a little over the top at times. Check out the Tweet from the writer Joe Russo for a behind-the-scenes view of how the fight scenes were choreographed:  

SPOILERS BELOW

The theme of redemption runs strong throughout Extraction. The loss of Tyler's son plays a large role in many of the choices he makes throughout the film, but particularly towards the climactic end.

Extraction  is based on the graphic novel 'Ciudad', which was originally set in Paraguay, South America. They moved locations to Dhaka, Bangladesh, because it was a 'fresh' location. I think this was a good move because Extraction already has a strong Man on Fire feel to it.    

Fun Fact

I watched Extraction last night on Netflix, and I'm still not entirely sure what to think about the ending. Was that Tyler watching over Ovi in the pool at the end of the movie? Or does this person represent Tyler's spirit looking after Ovi? Or was that just a random person, or worse, one of Amir's gangbangers sent to finish the job? I don't know!

Probably the most meaningful question is whether Tyler survived his barrage of bullets and fall off the bridge into the water, setting up for a possible Extraction 2?

Time will tell.

But, what is clear is that there was a lot of incredible stunt action that went into Extraction. Check out this quick video from Chris showing one of the biggest falls in the movie:

Chris Hemsworth's Watch

Given Chris' character is a black ops mercenary, his watch of choice is hardly a surprise. Chris Hemsworth wears a G-Shock Rangeman 9400 in Extraction. You get plenty of good views of the army green Rangeman throughout the movie:

Chris Hemsworth G

Images:Netflix

Chris Hemsworth Extraction G-Shock Rangeman

Images:Netflix

The G-Shock Rangeman 9400

G-Shocks are clear favorites amongst law enforcement officers and military personnel because they are incredibly tough. As the name suggests, they can withstand considerable shocks and Casio actually drops them 10m to test this.

G Shock Rangeman 9400

The Master of G is a super tough watch armed with many features to keep military personnel and weekend hikers happy for years. 

  • Solar powered quartz movement
  • Withstand everything you can throw at it
  • 200m water resistance

The Rangeman 9400 Master of G comes with a range of features including solar power, compass, altimeter and thermometer.

The compass feature would have certainly come in handy for Tyler Rake when he was making his way around Dhaka in a hurry. But, I don't think he would have made much use of the altimeter or thermometer. 

The large buttons on the Rangeman 9400 make it easy to switch between functions and the negative display means that Tyler was less likely to give his position away in those critical moments leading up to fight. 

Also handy is the sunrise/sunset feature which tells you when the sun will rise or fall given your location. Obviously a much needed tool for someone in Tyler's position when it might be important to move at night (or day) for safety. 

Water is no issue for the Rangeman, with care taken on the seals to ensure water, dirt and mud cannot enter the watch. Clearly needed during that awful sewer scene where they spend more then enough time for nasties to potentially infiltrate and destroy a lesser watch. 

With 200m water resistance, the watch would most likely have survived Tyler's dramatic fall from the bridge into the water. But did Tyler survive? Hmmm.

Bottom line is we think the G-Shock Rangeman was the perfect choice for Chris Hemsworth to wear in Extraction: It's incredibly durable, a little bulky, will keep on going and comes with many features. 

Given the affordability of the Rangeman 9400, you don't need to be a highly paid mercenary to buy one. 

Pros

  • Super durable
  • Compass, Temperature, Barometer
  • 200m water resistance

Cons

  • Too many features?
  • Maybe chunky on smaller wrists

Specifications

  • Movement: Solared powered quartz
  • Display: Digital with negative colors
  • Case: Plastic mud proof
  • Case size: 54mm
  • Band material: Plastic
  • Alarms: 5
  • Water resistance: 200m (660ft)

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G Shock Rangeman 9400


Panerai Homage Watches

Our Top 5 Panerai Homage Watches

There are a multitude of exquisite Italian watches on the market, the Panerai being undoubtedly one of the must-haves. It has a long pedigree, dating from the 18th century - 1860, bringing a perfect fusion of Italian design and Swiss technology.

The two Panerai homage watches we’re covering below are the Panerai Luminor and the Panerai Radiomir. Both classics with a rich and interesting history with the Italian army. 

Not sure how to tell the difference between the Luminor & Radiomir? This video from Time + Tide should help:


Why Panerai homage watches are so popular

Many of us love luxury watches. They add style, make a statement and allow us to admire their mechanical beauty.

Even if we can’t afford them - we still like to learn about them in the hope that one day we’ll have the funds to purchase them. Until then, we may have to rely on homage watches to satisfy our desire to build out our watch collection.

Enter Panerai homage watches.

I understand homage watches are not for everyone. I really do. Some will argue that there is no substitute for the original. Period. Others will argue that so long as the homage watch is sufficiently different from the original, that is ok. Others are fine wearing a watch that is as close to the original as possible.

Wherever you sit on this spectrum, it is not for me to sensor you. I think the watches below cover every type of homage watch buyer.

With that out of the way, here are my picks for the top 5 watches that pay homage to Panerai.

4.5

Best Choice

Parnis Marina Militaire - Panerai Luminor Homage

The Parnis Marina Militare features a distinctive crown guard - revered by collectors.

  • 44mm 
  • Automatic movement
  • Crown guard

The Parnis Marina Militare 44mm is your first choice if you’re after a homage watch that takes many design cues from the original Panerai Luminor.

The oversized crown guard in particular is something that many Luminor fans are instantly drawn to. It has a classic look that distinguishes it from similar watches, whilst its price makes it an affordable choice for the masses.

Parnis has maintained reinforced mineral glass on the dial, something that matches Panerai's style from every angle. The stainless-steel body with matte finish offers the finesse that many watches at this price-point lack. Moreover, the Italian leather strap holds the two ends of the dial firmly, also making it hard for the band to come off easily.

Lack of wide-scale marketing and a limited collection are a few of the reasons why Parnis is still an underrated brand. However, collectors are slowly understanding their value as a homage watch manufacturer.

The Parnis Marina Militare Panerai homage features a 44mm case, similar in design to the Luminor, accurate timing, and date function. It comes with Japanese Seiko original quartz movement.

Grab this watch if you want the iconic features of a Luminor at a price that you can afford. 

Pros

  • Automatic movement
  • Iconic design 
  • Stainless steel

Cons

  • 30m water resistance could be better

Specifications

  • Movement: Automatic 
  • Crystal: Tempered mineral
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size: 44mm
  • Band material: Leather
  • Water resistance: 30m (100ft)

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Parnis Marina Militare

4.0

Best Value

Megir Low Fly Chrono - Panerai Luminor Homage

Casio's Duro packs many Submariner features into a mind-boggling price.

  • Very affordable
  • 200m water resistance
  • Quartz movement

Do you like watches with matte-finish dials? If so, the Megir Low Fly Chrono, economically priced at around US$40, may serve you well. It's also one of the most lightweight in this list, helping to nail form & function requirements. 

The genuine Nubuck leather strap adds an understated look, which keeps focus on the face and crown guard. Which is really what you want from a Panerai Luminor homage.

The Megir Low Fly Chrono features the iconic clasp-type crown guard. You can adjust the date and time of this watch by opening the guard. It has a simple, elegant face that is a little angular but with some nice contrast.

Those who tend to hit their watches on the sides of furniture and fixtures may find good protection with this watch. This is the ultimate tribute to Panerai watches as they also have a similar clasp style crown guard. Plus, the Megir makes use of Hardlex mineral glass to protect the face. The glass looks crystal-clear from all angles. 

Megir has also paid attention to the size of this watch's diameter. Unlike other larger, chunky models, the 44mm size is a good size for many wannabe owners.