Watches

I have a love for many different types of watches. My collection tends to hover at around 50 watches, so I thought I'd list them out here. As I buy and sell watches, I'll try to keep this page updated.

Here's a rough guide on what the star ratings for all these watches mean:

★☆☆☆☆ (1 star) - A bad watch, I should probably sell it
★★☆☆☆ (2 stars) - It's okay, but I don't wear it often
★★★☆☆ (3 stars) - It's a good watch that I wear regularly
★★★★☆ (4 stars) - A great watch that I wear often
★★★★★ (5 stars) - Pretty much the perfect watch

For reference, I have a 7.25" (18.4cm) wrist.

I now have a watch wearing log, so if you wanna see which watches I've been wearing, take a look here. You can also subscribe via RSS.

If you want to jump direct to a specific brand, use the list below:

Casio

Casio F-91W

Case size: 34mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 30m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Digital
Price: £15 ($19)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

The F-91W is a fantastic watch - it's cheap, works well and has the basic functions that most people would need. It loses a couple stars for the poor backlight and only 30m of water resistance. I like these watches so much, that I actually have six of them.

Read more about the Casio F-91W

Casio F-84W

Case size: 33mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 30m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Digital
Price: £25 ($30)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

The F-84W is very similar to the F-91W, except it was made for the Japanese market. Personally, I prefer the look of the 84 vs the 91 as it has a more 80's aesthetic. The internals are exactly the same as the 91, so it suffers from the same poor backlight and 30m of water resistance.

Casio F-94W

Case size: 33mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 30m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Digital
Price: £25 ($30)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

I love the yellow accent of the F94-W. I have it on a yellow and grey NATO strap, which (I think) works great. The F-94W has an updated module to the 91 and 84, but it's pretty much the same in terms of features. The backlight is improved, slightly, but the water resistance remains the same.

Casio W-86

Casio W-86

Case size: 33.5mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 50m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Digital
Price: £25 ($30)
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

A natural upgrade from the F-series of watches that improves the water resistance and the backlight (it's a proper illuminator) for not much more money. The design is a little more modern and will work on most people's wrists. It's a great digital watch.

Casio CA-53W

Case size: 34mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 30m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Digital
Price: £30 ($40)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

I love the CA-53W purely for it's nostalgia as the watch Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future. It's useless as calculator though, thanks to the tiny buttons. And because of all those buttons, the screens is tiny too. Weirdly, there's also no 24hr time on this watch, which is a shame. If it wasn't for the nostalgia factor, I'd be giving this 2 stars.

Casio A100WE

Case size: 32.7mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 30m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Digital
Price: £50 ($63)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

Very similar to the CA-53W, the A100 has huge nostalgia factor as it's the watch Ripley wore in the Alien films. I love the design of this watch, but I always forget which button does what function, as the labels are (stupidly) on the back. I also think it's expensive for what it is. Still cool though.

Casio A700WE

Case size: 35.5mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 30m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Digital
Price: £45 ($57)
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

I love the A700. It's a classic looking watch that can be worn anywhere. While walking the dog, while out with friends, or even to a wedding. It's so slim that it fits perfectly under a shirt cuff. The screen is also really legible - I love this watch.

Casio AE-1200

Case size: 42mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 100m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Digital
Price: £35 ($45)
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

The AE-1200 (AKA the Royale) is a fantastic watch with a TONNE of features, all for £35. It also has 100m of water resistance and a really good backlight. The only reason I haven't given this 5 stars is because I personally think it has too much going on with the screen. I have an SKXMOD metal case, strap and sapphire crystal on this watch.

Casio W-218H

Case size: 43.2mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 50m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Digital
Price: £25 ($31)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

A great alternative to the G-SHOCK DW-5600 if you don't want to pay the extra money. It's obviously not as robust as the G-SHOCK, but it's a great beater watch. This is actually the first watch that got me back into Casio a few years ago.

Casio W-800H

Case size: 36.8mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 100m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Digital
Price: £30 ($38)
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

The W-800H is pretty much the perfect digital watch, in my opinion. It's cheap, super clear with a massive screen and it looks great. With 100m water resistance, you can go swimming in this thing too. I wear this one all the time.

Casio W-217H

Case size: 42.2mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 50m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Digital
Price: £23 ($30)
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

Imagine the F-91W and the W-800H had a beautiful baby. The W-217H would be the result. I love this watch. If you're after a cheap beater that's as clear as the W-800H, but a little smaller, this is the watch you should buy. I have this on a custom 20mm silicone strap.

Casio A1000

Case size: 38mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 30m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Digital
Price: £100 ($127)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

This is a slightly more upmarket version of the A700. With a metal case and higher quality strap, albeit a bit of a hair puller. It's a nice watch, especially with the copper border around the edge, but I think it's a little overpriced for what it is. Also, for £100, I'd expect to see more than 30m of water resistance.

Casio MWD-110H

Case size: 47.2mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 100m
Strap size: 24mm
Category: Digital
Price: £35 ($45)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

This is a big old watch, so probably not for everyone. But if you want a watch that's 90% G-SHOCK for 30% of the price, you should look at the MWD-110H. I don't really wear this watch as often as I should. It's good.

Read more about the Casio MWD-110H

Casio DW-290

Case size: 46.8mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 200m
Strap size: 19mm
Category: Digital
Price: £45 ($55)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

Another big watch that's similar, in looks, to the G-SHOCK line up. And, like G-SHOCKs, the DW-290 has 200m water resist. It also has some nostalgic props, being the watch that Tom Cruise wore in the original Mission Impossible film.

Casio MDV-106 (Duro)

Case size: 44mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 200m
Strap size: 22mm
Category: Diver
Price: £60 ($75)
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

Finally a non-digital watch, eh? Like with most divers, this is a BIG watch, at 44mm. It's heavy too - you really feel this one on your wrist. It's at the upper limit of what I can pull off on my wrist, but it's such great value for money. I have it on a grey and blue NATO strap.

Casio MRW-200H

Case size: 44mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 100m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Diver
Price: £23.50 ($30)
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

I absolutely love the MRW-200H. The white dial with black numerals and hands just works so well; I love the really high contrast. Although it's 44mm, it doesn't feel (or wear) like one. And being resin, it's really light. Great watch for such a small amount of money.

Casio MTP-V005L

Case size: 40mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 30m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Dress
Price: £30 ($38)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

This is one of 2 dress watches in my collection. It's slim and looks WAY more expensive than it actually is with the beautiful sunburst effect on the dial. If I'm ever putting on a suit, I'll usually be wearing this or my PRX. I have it on an aftermarket brown leather strap.

Casio Forester

Case size: 41mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 100m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Field
Price: £32 ($40)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

Another great beater watch that can do anything, pretty much. It's a great field watch that's Casio's answer to the Timex Expedition.

Casio B640W

Case size: 35mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 50m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Digital
Price: £40 ($50)
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 stars)

I really don't wear this watch as much as I should. I like it, I just like my other watches more. It has a real 90s vintage vibe to it. It only cost me £15 (second hand) from eBay, so I keep it around, otherwise I'd probably sell it.

Casio F-201WA

Casio F-201WA

Case size: 34mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 30m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Digital
Price: £18 ($22)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

Very similar in looks to the W-800H, but it's a little smaller. Large, clear display and the 5 alarms would probably be useful to many people. Wish it had better WR, but not the end of the world.

Casio AE1500

Casio AE1500

Case size: 55mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 100m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Digital
Price: £32 ($40)
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

The AE-1500 is a HUGE watch at 55mm, but it doesn't wear quite that big. If you can pull off a 44mm diver, you can pull this off. Because it's so big, the legibility on the screen is ridiculously good, and that's why I bought this watch. At around £30, it's the perfect beater.

G-SHOCK

G-SHOCK GA-2100BWP

Case size: 45.4mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 200m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Analogue
Price: £139 ($177)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

This is a really good watch. Many of the GA2100 range (or CasiOak as they're better known) have poor contrast on the dial, but not this one. I also think the unique marbling on the resin is interesting.

G-SHOCK G-9000

Case size: 46.3mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 200m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Digital
Price: £80 ($100)
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

The "Mudman" is probably my favourite watch in the collection. It think it's beautiful in its ruggedness and it fits my wrist perfectly. I love this one and I wear it all the time.

G-SHOCK DW-6640RE

Case size: 50mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 200m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Digital
Price: £129 ($164)
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 stars)

This is part of the G-SHOCK 40th Anniversary collection, and has a unique strap listing some of the more popular models from the G-SHOCK lineup over the years. This is a nice watch, but it's a bit too big for me, I think, so I don't wear it often.

G-SHOCK DWE-5657RE

Case size: 44mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 200m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Digital
Price: £159 ($202)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

Another watch from the 40th Anniversary lineup, and sporting the same strap at the DW-6640RE. This is a take on the venerable DW5600 though. Difference here is that this edition of the watch comes with interchangeable bezels, so it's practically 2 watches in 1.

G-SHOCK GW-M5610U

Case size: 43.2mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 200m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Digital
Price: £135 ($172)
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

Probably the most versatile G-SHOCK in existence. The GW-M5610U takes the DW-5600 and makes it's better. With solar power and automatic time setting, this thing is brilliant. I use it to set the time on all my other watches.

G-SHOCK GM-5600MF

Case size: 43.2mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 200m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Digital
Price: £189 ($240)
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

This is a posh DW-5600. It's basically the exact same watch as the 5600, except in a metal case instead of a resin one. I really like this watch - it's super robust and looks great in grey.

G-SHOCK GA-2100MNG-2AER

Case size: 45.4mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 200m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Analogue
Price: £135 ($171)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

I already have a GA-2100 in my collection, but when I saw this limited edition one, I thought it was really cool and had to have it. It would have got 4 stars if it didn't have the negative LCD display, but hey, you can't have everything. 🙃

Seiko

Seiko SRPD71K1

Case size: 42mm
Movement: Automatic
Water resist: 100m
Strap size: 22mm
Category: Diver
Price: £300 (£382)
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

When I first saw this watch, I knew I had to have it. It's absolutely gorgeous. I love the deep blue of the face, coupled with the off-white of the applied numerals and hands. This is the watch that garners the most comments from people, especially on the aftermarket suede strap.

Seiko SNK805K2

Case size: 37mm
Movement: Automatic
Water resist: 30m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Field
Price: £140 ($178)
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

This is a fantastic little field watch that I wear all the time. I do like smaller watches, so being 37mm works really well. I don't think it looks too small on my wrist, either. These are cheap automatics, but the Seiko 5 series are really well built.

Seiko SNZG11K1

Case size: 42mm
Movement: Automatic
Water resist: 100m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Field
Price: £185 ($235)
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

The big brother of the SNK805K2. I love how clear this watch is to read and how good the lume is on it. The brushed steel case is also really nice. I personally have this on an aftermarket blue leather strap.

Seiko SSB403P1

Case size: 41mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 100m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Chronograph
Price: £209 ($266)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

My only quartz Seiko, and the only chronograph in my collection too. There's a lot going on with the design of this watch, which can make it hard to read. I love the NATO strap this thing comes on though.

Timex

Q Timex Reissue

Case size: 38mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 50m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Diver
Price: £159 ($202)
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

I absolutely love this watch. It's gorgeous, fits my wrist perfectly and is really old school. It just looks the business, especially with the blue face and Pepsi bezel. The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars is because the strap is a real hair puller.

Timex Waterbury Ocean

Case size: 42mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 30m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Analogue
Price: £90 ($115)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

The Waterbury Ocean is made out of recycled ocean plastic. Because of that, it has this mottled effect to the plastic, which I think looks really cool. The strap is really comfortable on this watch, and because it's all plastic, it's really light.

Timex Weekender

Case size: 38mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 30m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Field
Price: £50 ($63)
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

I absolutely love this little watch. It's cheap, looks great, is super clear to read and has a fantastic backlight that's powered by pressing down the crown. I also think the blue and grey NATO this thing comes on is lovely too.

Timex Expedition

Case size: 39mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 50m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Field
Price: £35 ($44)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

This is the Camper version of the Expedition, and it's another good watch that I wear regularly. Super cheap, relatively clear to read and a good backlight. It would have got 4 stars except for the fact that the standard strap on this thing is horrible. I swapped it for a NATO that matches the colours of the watch.

Others

Vostok Amphibia 420656 (AKA Scuba Dude)

Vostok Amphibia 420656

Case size: 39mm
Movement: Automatic
Water resist: 200m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Diver
Price: £75 ($95)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

Vostok is a Russian watchmaker who specialise in churning out very cheap mechanical watches, mostly for the Russian military. This is an Amphibia which is part of their vast range of divers. I've customised this by removing the rotating bezel and replacing it with a plain one.

Vostok Amphibia 100843

Case size: 40mm
Movement: Automatic
Water resist: 200m
Strap size: 22mm
Category: Diver
Price: £114 ($145)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

Another Vostok from the Amphibia line up. This one is again a customised version where I've replaced the default bezel with a Vostok aftermarket yellow bezel that matches the yellow accents on the dial. I've also added a custom black and yellow silicone strap.

Citizen AW5005-12X

Case size: 43mm
Movement: Quartz (EcoDrive)
Water resist: 100m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Field
Price: £140 ($178)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

I received this as a Christmas gift from my kids last year. It's a really nice looking watch and the EcoDrive is solar powered, so should never need a new battery. It would have got 4 stars, but because the watch face is 43mm, it makes the 20mm strap look a bit...pathetic.

Tissot Quickster

Case size: 40mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 100m
Strap size: 22mm
Category: Sports
Price: £240 ($305)
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

This watch is probably the best looking watch I have in my collection (specifically, this is model number T0954101703701). I love the blue on the dial and bezel, as well as the pearlescent effect on the face. It's swiss made, has a sapphire crystal, and will probably last me forever. I love this thing.

Tissot PRX 80

Case size: 40mm
Movement: Automatic
Water resist: 100m
Strap size: 12mm
Category: Vintage
Price: £610 ($777)
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

This is the most expensive watch in my collection, and it really shows. I love the vintage look and the waffle effeect on the dial. The brushed strap is a thing of pure beauty too. Only reason I've given this 4 stars instead of 5, is because of the custom straps you need for it. I bought the blue leather Tissot strap for this and it cost me nearly £50!

Berny AM7091M

Case size: 42mm
Movement: Automatic
Water resist: 200m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Diver
Price: £75 ($95)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

Berny are a Chinese microbrand that create some great watches for not a lot of money. This thing is a big heavy beast of a watch, so certainly not for everyone. The orange face is really unique, and is covered with a sapphire crystal. It's running the tried and tested Miyota 8205 movement. Overall it's a lot of watch for the money. I'm running this on a custom silicone strap.

Berny 2694m-B

Berny 2694M-B

Case size: 38mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 30m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Dress
Price: £31 ($38)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

The second dress watch in my collection, this is a cheap little quartz that looks way more expensive than it actually is. Especially on the gorgeous after-market grey strap.

Vario 1918 Trench

Case size: 37mm
Movement: Automatic
Water resist: 100m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Field
Price: £312 ($400)
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

You simply can't appreciate how gorgeous this watch is until you see it in the flesh. A modern take on the classic tranch watches of the First World War, this thing is gobsmackingly beautiful. Coupled with the really high quality bund strap, a sapphire crystal and a Myota movement, it's great.

CWC G10

Case size: 38mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 50m
Strap size: 19mm
Category: Field
Price: £300 ($382)
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

The CWC G10 is a true field watch in every sense of the word. This particular watch is very special to my heart, as it's the watch I was issued in the British Army, back in 2005. So this watch is nearly 20 years old, it survived both Iraq and Afghanistan and is still going strong. I absolutely adore this watch.

Baltany S182025B

Case size: 36mm
Movement: Automatic
Water resist: 100m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Field
Price: £146 ($186)
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

It's a close call between this watch and the MudMan as my favourite watch in my collection. It's a twist on the Dirty Dozen watches of the Second World War. I love everything about this watch - the dial, the case, the size, the hands. It's just beautiful. I have this on an aftermarket leather strap, which I think sets off the watch perfectly.

Seagull 1963 (bronze)

Seagull 1963 Bronze

Case size: 40mm
Movement: Mechanical
Water resist: 50m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Chronograph
Price: £160 ($195)
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

This old school military chronograph is gorgeous. I especially like the bronze case and the patina it has developed. Unfortunately it's manual wind, not automatic. That's why I gave it 4 stars.

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G-SHOCK DW-5600BB

Case size: 42.8mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 200m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Digital
Price: £100 ($125)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

This is a good watch. I particularly like the minimalist bezel, which is a break from convention for Casio. I don't wear this all that often though, mainly because of the negative display - it makes telling the time difficult, especially in direct sunlight.

Timex Navi Ocean

Case size: 38mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 100m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Diver
Price: £90 ($115)
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ (1 star)

I hate this watch. It's almost impossible to see the hands against the face. The most annoying thing is that it looked more beige on the website, not this grey colour. I should have sent it back really. Anyone interested in buying it? 😂

Timex Ironman Triathlon

Case size: 42mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 100m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Digital
Price: £50 ($63)
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ (1 star)

I cannot quantify in words how epically bad this watch is. It tries to be a G-SHOCK and just fails. The screen is ok when you look at it directly, but as soon as there's any angle, you can't see shit. The plastic casing and buttons feel cheaper than the £15 F91-W, but it's 3x the price. Also, the strap has this stupid clip thing on the end that makes it almost impossible to remove. Don't waste £50 on this thing, get a DW-5600 instead for around the same money.

Berny AM138M

Case size: 40mm
Movement: Automatic
Water resist: 50m
Strap size: 22mm
Category: Sports
Price: £70 ($90)
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 stars)

This is another nice watch from Berny, although not as nice as the AM7091M in my opinion. The dial is super legible thanks to the high contrast and large size. I'm not a huge fan of the lollipop second hand, but I can live with that. Like the other Berny it has sapphire crystal and Myota movement, so should last a lifetime.

Vostok Komandirskie 280681

Vostok Komandirskie

Case size: 42mm
Movement: Automatic
Water resist: 200m
Strap size: 20mm
Category: Diver
Price: £80 ($102)
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 stars)

This is a Vostok Komandirskie, reference number 280681. It's a 42mm dive watch that has a really nice face. But for me, it was a bit too utilitarian, so I decided to sell it.

F-91W Green

Casio F-91W Green

Case size: 34mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 30m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Digital
Price: £15 ($19)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

The F-91W is a fantastic watch - it's cheap, works well and has the basic functions that most people would need. It loses a couple stars for the poor backlight and only 30m of water resistance. I like these watches so much, that I actually have six of them.

F-91W Gold

Casio F-91W Gold

Case size: 34mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 30m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Digital
Price: £15 ($19)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

The F-91W is a fantastic watch - it's cheap, works well and has the basic functions that most people would need. It loses a couple stars for the poor backlight and only 30m of water resistance. I like these watches so much, that I actually have six of them.

F-91W Khaki

Casio F-91W Khaki

Case size: 34mm
Movement: Quartz
Water resist: 30m
Strap size: 18mm
Category: Digital
Price: £15 ($19)
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

The F-91W is a fantastic watch - it's cheap, works well and has the basic functions that most people would need. It loses a couple stars for the poor backlight and only 30m of water resistance. I like these watches so much, that I actually have six of them.