One of the coolest affordable new watches of 2020 for women, Casio A1000MPG-9EF at £122.37 from Amazon U.K.
Charming premium grade all metal construction watch new from Casio in 2020. Beautiful attention to detail in every aspect of the watch and bracelet, one of nicest feeling of quality Milanaise bracelets of any watch I've experienced. Brushing to the stainless steel case and polished sides is beautifully done. A wonderful premium feeling of a beautifully designed watch when worn at formal and casual occasions. Excellent simple to use functions of alarm and stop watch. Highly recommended as the perfect gift watch this holiday season (Christmas), birthdays or anniversaries.
I live for exploring history in nature, my Sunday's tend to be made up of visiting remote areas of natural beauty in the mountainous areas of Cyprus. The following items are my favourite grab and go EDC essential partners for adventures into the unknown. Tried and tested over many years of hard use in the elements of the rugged outdoors.
Links are to Amazon U.K. as that's where I purchase most of my BlueWatch.Life items.
One of the world's most incredible ocean blue colour watches for men, absolutely stunning design with looks that appear far more expensive than the actual price of $389.
Not just a pretty face, check out these amazing specs offering fantastic value.
Premium Japanese automatic automatic Miyota high beat 9039
Case size 40mm
Case thickness 11.5
Lug width 20mm
Lug to lug 46mm
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
200m water resistant
Stunning blue dial, incredible specs that are hard to beat at this price. Buy direct from Richard LeGrand official website
Spinnaker Spence. I'm loving the designs coming from Spinnaker. Exceptional quality materials and fantastic value.
Is it a keeper for me? No
My reasons why
1. Mercedes hands, I just don't think it was the right choice for this watch. But that's all! Apart from this, I think the watch is really cool and I would certainly recommend it as a rugged tool blue divers watch.
Japanese Seiko NH35 automatic movement
Solid marine grade stainless steel 42mm case
Lug to lug 46.5 (very wearable comfort!)
Lug width 22mm (my favourite for rugged outdoor adventures)
Hardened Mineral crystal (caution, not so scratch resistant as Sapphire, but less prone to shatter so maybe it was the right crystal for this proper tool diver watch)
200m water resistant
Price £250 with Amazon
Ps. Spinnaker Spence could also be considered as a quality budget alternative to the Tag Heuer Autavia.
Image credit: Long Island Watches
A new range of watches from Long Island Watches. I'm loving this blue dial automatic, a genuine value packed alternative to the outdated Seiko SKX007.
Compare for yourself, this Islander watch is just $299, compare to Seiko SKX007 at around $475 on Amazon
Islander Watches offer incredible value. Ok it's a new brand and doesn't have the heritage of the Seiko SKX007 and SKX009, but if you are looking for the most bang for your buck, the Islander Watches are hard to beat as a modern and BETTER alternative to the SKX007.
Islander Watches, blue dial automatic watch specs.
Image credit: Invicta watches Europe
Invicta Pro Diver blue dial automatic watch. A great value dive watch from a big brand.
Seiko NH35 automatic movement
Open display case back with mineral crystal
Stainless steel case, size 40mm
Case thickness 14mm
Lug width 20mm
200m water resistance
Priced at just £77.43, this watch offers amazing value from a big brand name. You can see why it's an "Amazon Choice" listing.
Ok so it's a Rolex DateJust homage, but if that doesn't bother you, Pagani Design PD-1645 offers incredible value for a beautiful watch design (thanks to Rolex).
Seiko Japanese legendary automatic movement NH35
Watch case size 42mm
Lug width 20mm
Water resistant 100m
Absolutely astonishing specs for just $74.99! Buy direct from Pagani Design official store on AliExpress.
World's best "Daytona" affordable budget chronograph? That's a big claim, but just check out the specs for the price of the new 2020 chronograph from Pagani Design.
Solid stainless steel case
Case size 40mm
Case thickness 12mm
Lug width 20mm
Japanese Seiko Vk63 chronograph quartz movement
Silicone rubber strap with integrated solid end links
100m water resistant
Priced at an incredible £89.99, available on Amazon UK. Do your own research and compare with other Daytona style watches, there is nothing else that offers such specs for your money.
Ps, an original Rolex Daytona sells for $20,000 and upwards.
SkyFall and SPECTRE Omega Aqua Terra, best budget alternatives
In the 2012 SkyFall movie, James Bond played by Daniel Craig wears a Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Chronometer. And in the 2015 SPECTRE, again starring Daniel Craig, James Bond can be seen wearing a Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Master Co-Axial. I believe from marketing shots that I've seen, the Omega Aqua Terra will also be making an appearance in No Time To Die due for release in 2021.
James Bond watch on a budget...Omega Aqua Terra alternative from Sturhling Original available on Amazon UK for just £69.99, compared to the Omega costing around $4k to $5k, it's a tempting beautiful watch for the price.
Sturhling Forte 3953, quartz classic watch specs
The blue dial from Sturhling is more in keeping with the original James Bond Omega watches, but also check out the black dial and white dial versions available on Amazon.
Love the look but prefer an automatic movement?
Check out the CORGEUT with a self-winding automatic movement, note the hands are also more true to the original Omega Aqua Terra compared to the Sturhling above. The CORGEUT is available on Amazon UK for £105. It's a little cheaper direct from the manufacture in China on AliExpress but delivery is slower.
No Time To Die watch, affordable alternatives
Image credit: Omega Watches James Bond watch, No Time To Die, 2020
What do you think about this all new special edition 007 Omega Seamaster? This will be the main watch worn by Daniel Craig in No Time To Die, personally I LOVE IT, I don't think the images online do it justice, I've experienced the watch in person and adore the unique faux patina and broad arrow on the dial, a symbol used by British Armed Forces since 1553. There is just one small problem with this watch beautiful James Bond watch, the $10k price tag!
Good news, there's some really fun affordable cheap versions of this watch design. So if you want to feel like Bond from No Time To Die, check out this homage for just $75.
Japanese Miyota Automatic movement
3 ATM water resistant
Available direct from manufacturer in Chia via AliExpress, price around $77. At this price with such reasonable watch specs, it offers a fun purchase for any Bond fan on a budget.
Not keen on homage watches? Check out the new watches that could be considered an affordable alternative to the Omega Seamaster 300M 007 edition.
SPECTRE, 2015 starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, Omega Seamaster 300 SPECTRE limited edition.
The original watch Omega Seamaster 300 SPECTRE edition was only produced in a very limited number, 7007 and no longer available from Omega. So even more so I'm loving this fun and affordable budget alternative from Corgeut, reliable Japanese Miyota automatic movement, 41mm stainless steel case and sapphire crystal.
Available from Amazon for just £98.00, there's also a blue version and two bezel options.
Cheapest price is buying direct from China with AliExpress and you get a much nicer sterile dial.
Piers Brosnan James Bond era, Omega Seamaster blue dial
James Bond played by Piers Brosnan is Golden Eye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (1992) put Omega on the map as the watch of James Bond with the stunning blue dial Omega Seamaster.
For me this watch represents perfection in beauty and design, the blue dial plays a big part in the name of my blog and YouTube channel name Blue Watch Life. A perfect blue dial watch that you can wear everyday and to all occasions. As with all the James Bond Omega watches you will need several thousand Euros, Dollars or Great British Ponds to own one.
Best budget and homage alternatives to the Omega Seamaster blue dial James Bond watch, Bliger, available with sterile blue dial and fairly decent specs and for very little money, around $88 on AliExpress.
20mm lug width
Japanese Miyota automatic movement
3 ATM water resistance
Unidirectional rotating bezel
Various dial colours are also available, I also like the grey dial with blue hands.
Notable budget alternatives from Invicta and Pagani Design
Sean Connery From Russia with love, 1963. Rolex 6538 big crown, now an extremely rare timepiece.
James Bond, Sean Connery - From Russia with love. Rolex 6538
Image credit and link to website, Phillips Auctions
Not just for women, for men too. This is the running watch I've been using daily since 2018.
This mighty little watch is super light and comfortable on the wrist, it has a soft rubber strap that's breathable and sweat resistant. The heart rate monitor is built into the watch, so no need for wearing a irritating chest strap and the watch is waterproof too.
In my personal experience of running many hundreds of miles in this very watch since 2018, it has never let me down. The battery life is excellent, lasting several days of running without charging, the GPS and heart rate monitor works flawlessly on every run in all temperatures and conditions. Yes this blog article is 'best women's running watch' but this stylish watch perfectly suited for men as well.
Stock is getting harder to find as this model is being replaced with more expensive versions, you can still get the best deal of £104 from Amazon UK
Wrist heart rate monitor, yes,
Lug to lug 41mm
Strap width 22mm
Water resistance 5ATM (surface swimming is ok)
Newer version and next model up from the Forerunner 35, Forerunner 45 with a round dial and two size options, 39mm and 42mm case size.
There are thousands of amazing and wonderful G-Shock watches to choose from as everyday beta watches, but there is just one model for me, the Casio G-Shock G-7900 series.
What I love about the Casio G-7900.
So far you might be thinking so what, many G-Shocks also have the attributes listed above, so why G-7900? For me it's all in the module specs, you see the G-7900 has one function that no other G-Shock offers, two separate and independent stop watches. Please correct if I'm wrong? But from my now 9 years of owning many Casio G-Shock G-7900, I've yet to learn of another G-Shock that has two independent stop watches, I find this function invaluable for my work (outdoor fitness trainer).
Casio G-Shock G-7900 dimensions:
Case size 50mm
Case thickness 17.7mm
Lug to lug 52.5mm
Band width 23mm, tapers down to 17.7mm
Big watch? Yes, but don't be put off by the dimensions, it wears small, light and very comfortable.
In closing, Casio G-Shock G-7900 is an indestructible and cool looking G-Shock, light on the wrist and super comfortable as an all day wear beta watch for a Blue Watch Life adventure.
Available on Amazon U.K
Also on Amazon DE
This is my custom modified G-7900, it has a blue display module, blue strap comfort wings and blue light button.
Casio G-Shock G-7000 worn by John Kransinski in the Hollywood movie 13 hours: The secret soldiers of Benghazi.
Some images of the two Casio G-Shock G7900's that I own. I've swopped some of the accessories between the two watches G7900A and G7900 to create my own Blue Watch Life modification and look. What do you think? Instagram @bluewatchlife
My wrist size is 7.67 inches or 19.5cm.
My favourite 'affordable' blue dial Swiss quartz chronograph watches. The simplicity of the uncluttered dial and reference to racing cars of the 1960's makes for a very special watch.
42.5mm case and 22mm lug with is my dream watch dimensions in a chronograph and with it's beautiful blue dial, I just love this watch from Tissot. There is also a black dial version available.
316L stainless steel case
Case width 42.5mm
Case thickness 11.2mm
Swiss quartz ETA G10.212
Water resistant 10 bar 100m
Available on Amazon U.K.
Available on Amazon DE