I recently read an article on Yahoo! Shopping about eleven classic watches for men. The shopping site now has a ‘watch columnist’ who is supposed to be an expert on all things time pieces. Well he already got one thing wrong. I don’t know many men out there that will spend over $350 on a watch which they’ll most likely forget to take off when they jump in a pool. But let’s be honest you didn’t really jump in…your buddies pushed you in while you’re were at the top of your game talking to that fine young lady.
I decided to check out these classic watches and find some great substitutions. I wouldn’t even consider them substitutes because they’re all made by well known designers and are a great bang for their buck. Another way I made this easier for y’all is that each one of these watches in available on Nordstrom.com. And guess what!?! Nordstrom is having their Anniversary Sale right now so get on it boys!
The Braun: The Analog $220
D&G ‘Large Twin Tip’ $195
The Analog was originally designed in the 1970s and reissued this year. I love the clean lines and how simple it is. Dolce and Gabbana makes a very similar round face watch with a leather wristband. It still has the 70s lines but with a modern twist.
Hamilton: The Khaki Field $550
Lacoste: Santiago $130
DIESEL Gents’ Round Watch $130
The Khaki Field is definitely for that man who thinks boat shoes are dressy. Or for the fourteen year old in you who still wishes you could play Indiana Jones every day with your friends. Choose wisely with the Lacoste or DIESEL field watches and maybe if you’re lucky there will be an Indiana Jones marathon on over the weekend and you can live vicariously through the flicks. Hurry up and get out your bull whip!
IWC: The Pilot $3,900
AX Armani Exchange Leather Strap Round Watch $120
IWC are watch people. They definitely know what they’re doing when it comes to designing watches and they have the price tag to go with. I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong with the AX which looks surprisingly similar. Perfect for your board meeting and the boss will never know you spent less than 5% of the IWC cost.
Omega: The Speedmaster $3,900
Michael Kors ‘Large Layton’ Chronograph Watch $149.90
So we all know Omega makes beautiful watches. They’re so pretty it’s kind of ridiculous. And they’re worn by pretty people like George Clooney. Since most of you are ballers on budgets this Michael Kors watch will make you look like you just robbed a casino with Brad Pitt and Matt Damon with out all the hassle.
Cartier: The Tank $4,500
BOSS Black Rectangular Case Leather Strap Watch $175
This is actually a steal for a Cartier watch made with gold and a real croc wrist band. But what’s even more of a steal is the Hugo Boss watch that looks very similar. It still has that classic time piece feel but a little more practical for every day wear.
Tag Heuer: The Monaco $5,295
Skagen Blue Dial Leather Strap Watch $72.90
Tag Heuer is known for their square watch faces. The thing I like so much about this watch is the blue face which goes seamlessly with the silver frame and black croc band. The Skagen has the same look but a little more casual for day to day wear.
Rolex: The Submariner $7,000
D&G ‘Genteel’ Chronograph Watch $295
You may be 58 years old but you don’t look at day over 20 darling. Who doesn’t want a Rolex in their life? Who can really afford one? For those of you with champagne taste on a beer budget I give you the Genteel.
Jaeger LeCoultre: The Reverso $9,450
Emporio Armani Medium Rectangular Leather Strap Watch $195
The Reverso was originally made for polo matches and who doesn’t love playing a polo match on a Saturday afternoon. Maybe water polo is more up your alley. Although I can’t give you a reversible watch face for under $300 I think this Emporio Armani would look perfect on any polo player. Prince Harry I’m talking to you.
Zenith: El Primero $10,900
Kenneth Cole New York Multifunction Silicone Strap Watch $89.90
With a price tag at over $10,000 it’s still worth it. Zenith still manufactures their watches in house! We can’t say the same about Kenneth Cole but it definitely has the same feel as the El Primero…a whole bunch of dials. Does anyone really know what those are all for??
Panerai: The Luminor $21,100
DIESEL® Stainless Steel Watch $150
The Luminor was first designed for the Italian army in the 1950s. It’s very modern looking for the time period of its creation. The Diesel although not completely similar still has that military-issue feel.
Audemars Piguet: The Royal Oak $21,375
Tommy Bahama ‘Weekender’ Rose Gold Watch $367
I get a great safari vibe from both these watches. I definitely see them riding in a Range Rover over the Serengeti. One is about the price for a family of ten to go on safari while the other leaves you a little extra spending money to actually take the trip. Take your pick or shall I say choose wisely.
So what are you waiting for? Time’s a ticking!