1. Fitbit Vera Lite
- Versa lite is that it continues with the same design as the Versa. This means you get the same 1.34-inch size colour touchscreen with a metal body. It has a resolution of 300 x 300 pixels which means everything is crisp most of the times.
- Another good thing with the Versa Lite is that its available in multiple color options some of which are not even available on the Versa. The two new colors give the Versa Lite a less-premium feel as well, even though they use the same aluminum frame as the more-subdued silver model.
- The Versa Lite’s single button has just three functions: turning the screen on, turning it off when on the clock, and going back on any other screen. Elsewhere, the Fitbit Versa Lite is just as capable as the Versa.
- The Versa itself coming at 3–4k more money is also an amazing smartwatch and is surely recommended, nitoring, as well sleep, female health, and automatic activity tracking. Among the budget smartwatches, I feel the Fitbit Versa Lite is the most sensible and affordable one, coming at INR 15k. The Versa itself coming at 3–4k more money is also an amazing smartwatch and is surely recommended.
2. Orient Bambino
- The Bambino’s style is clean looking without being bare. It goes well with a variety of looks and can be dressed up or down, depending on your needs. Orient is owned by Seiko and makes the most affordable, beautiful dress watches. The Bambino has always been an absolute delight to look at and its parent house guarantees great quality.
- The Bambino is powered by the Japanese made Orient Caliber 48743, which is a 21-jewel automatic that is not hacking or hand winding, but does feature a date. The frequency of the movement is 21,600 bph, which translates to 6 beats per second. The Bambino comes mounted on a 21mm leather strap with a faux croc finish.
- It’s straight cut, with slight padding and fine thread along the edges for an overall dress design. The particular movement powering the Bambino is the Orient F6724. It has all the specs you’d expect: hand and automatic winding, hacking seconds, beat rate of 21.6k bph (6 ticks per second), approx 40 hours power reserve, and 22 jewels. Available at under INR 10k, the Orient watch brand deserves some notice and the Bambino is surely recommended.
3. Oris Carl Brashear
- Oris is well known in the watch world for making high quality timepieces that offer serious value. While less expensive than many of their competitors, Oris still uses top-notch materials like ceramic bezels and also now incorporates in-house calibers. The Oris Carl Brashear Cal. 401 Limited Edition case is 40mm in diameter and completely made from bronze.
- The Oris Carl Brashear Cal. 401 Limited Edition is 100 metres water resistant with a bronze screw-down crown. The crown is a great size, and the knurling on its perimeter will make it much easier to screw open or down when needed.
- Inside ticks an automatic-winding movement, the Oris calibre 733. This is based on the Sellita SW200, and features a date function, that is visible through a small square aperture at 6 o’clock, and the movement packs approx. 40 hours of power reserve.
- The watch has grown ever-so-slightly from 42 mm to 43 mm and measures in at a hair thicker thanks to the more complicated movement. Two benefits of wearing a diver’s watch on dry land are, firstly, that they invariably offer incredible legibility and, secondly, they exhibit an impressive degree of robustness. Both of these qualities can be found with this Oris.
- If you have a bit more money to play with, Seiko gives you plenty of options in the casual and dress segments. Seiko produces some pretty incredible watches for the price and their Sportura line is no different Seiko’s technology is equally diverse, with movements ranging from old-school mechanical calibers GPS – enabled powdered quartz units that set themselves when crossing time zones.
- From bottom to top, Seiko manufactures all of their movements themselves. All the watches share the same calibre 4R36, an automatic, in-house movement that has long proved its reliability and sturdiness. It ticks at 3 Hertz and has a 41-hour power reserve.
- As always with the Seiko 5, the calibre can be seen through a transparent caseback. Its magnetic resistance is a class 2, which means it can withstand magnetic fields created by everyday gadgets and home appliances within a proximity of 5 centimetres.
- Until recently, a watch impermeable to helium, which causes watches to fail at great depths, was essentially unheard of. This changed when Seiko released the Professional Diver’s 1000m series. This line features a case that was vastly more impervious to helium than any other dive watch available at the time.
- Steinhart is a brand known for its Swiss-made timepieces with great price-to-quality ratio. Since Steinhart put so much effort into the design of their timepieces, they don’t have time to make their own in-house movements.
- It does feature an ETA 2824 elabore movement, a nicely finished stainless steel case, a domed sapphire crystal, bright superluminova on the hands and dial, and striking good looks. The case of the Steinhart Ocean 1 is made from 316L stainless steel, featuring a satin brushed finish on the top of the lugs and polished sides of the case, repeated through the stainless steel bracelet.
- . Now, the Ocean series consist of more than 20 variations, most of them made out of 316L stainless steel that features a 300m water resistant, sapphire crystal and pairs with a metal bracelet. The price range starts from 450USD onwards.
6. Baltic Aquascaphe
- Baltic has built a pretty nice reputation for itself over the last couple of years, but the brand’s best model is far and away the Aquascaphe. The Baltic Aquascaphe is a watch with a true respect of the vintage codes, without compromises, within the modern quality standards.
- The Baltic Aquascaphe GMT is a rather compact watch compared to market standards. The diameter is 38mm at the case and 39mm with the bezel, with 47mm lug to lug and 12mm of thickness.
- Regarding technical specifications, the water-resistance is now 100m, instead of the 200m on the Aquascaphe Diver.The Aquascaphe is available in three iterations: black dial with white markers, as well as black or blue dials with “gilt” print and faux vintage ivory Super-Luminova. Note that the Baltic Aquascaphe GMT is also available on a black tropic-like rubber strap, with a steel pin buckle.
- To complete the retro styling, the Aquascaphe is fitted to a “beads-of-rice” bracelet with an integrated quick-release mechanism (two tabs retract the spring bars that hold it in place), or a Tropic-style rubber strap. For a good chunk less than $700, the Aquascaphe is a winner.
- The watch Hamilton tweaked to Crowley’s specifications was a standard Khaki Navy Below Zero (you may remember seeing one on Matt Damon’s wrist in 2015’s The Martian), chosen not only because the design looked right, but also because its 46mm dial was large enough to accommodate the timer’s tech.
- The Hamilton Pan Europe is equipped with a simple but reliable movement that provides an indication of hours, minutes, seconds, day of the week and date.The brand now releases a modern take on the Hamilton Pulsar P2, upgraded with modern technology: the Hamilton PSR.
- The rounded cushion-shape case comes in the same dimensions as the original, meaning 40.8mm x 34.7mm. The innovative display is the subject of a patent application. It has been developed with Asulab, the Swatch Group corporate research and development laboratory. It is manufactured with another Swatch Group company, EM Microelectronic in Marin.