Monday, April 11, 2016

The Best Men's Japanese Watches Under...Part 1

These national posts are not meant to be discriminatory in any way.  I think it is important, though to see what watches come from what country and what watches are the best from that said country.  Today, for the first edition of the country series I plant to run, we will be covering Japanese watch makers.  We have already covered most of these companies on the best men's watches under blog.  I don't believe it would be any secret if I said I am a fan of Japanese watches.  There are some really good companies making watches in Japan.

Seiko, Citizen, Orient and Casio are all Japanese, and for the most part, I believe we are all well aware of all of those companies.  They will more than likely all make an appearance on the best men's Japanese watches under list, and maybe we can find a surprise company, we will have to wait and see...

The Best Men's Japanese Watches Under...

The best men's Japanese watch under 50 dollars

G-Shock Multi-Function
Model: DW9052-1BCG
Case: Hardside/ABS Plastic
Functions: HH, MM, SS, Day, Date, Stopwatch, Alarm
Battery: Lithium metal battery
Water resistance: 200M/600 ft.

The G-Shock watch line has been around for quite a long time now, and, although I am not a big fan of digital watches, I had to look past it, when it came to the G-Shock watches.  They are tough and versatile, and offer so many features for the price, you have to consider them contenders.  This watch made an appearance on the 5 best men's watches for under 50 dollars, mostly because of all it has to offer its wearer.

The watch has multiple digital displays and 4 buttons, set at the 2, 4 8 and 10 o’clock positions, it is made of black ABS, and the band is a black resin with a buckle clasp.  It looks like it could be run over and still keep working.  Toughness is an important feature for a watch that will cost less than 50 dollars, and this one should deliver in that department.

The G-Shock has a ton of features on it.  It is shock resistant of course, it is water resistant up to 200M. It has a backlight with afterglow.  It has a daily alarm and a countdown timer that can be set for up to 24 hours.  It has an auto repeat function and a 1/100 second stopwatch.  It has an hourly time signal and a calendar that is pre-programed until the year 2039.  Like I said, a lot of available features.

The watch has a quartz movement, which I believe to be the case for all Casio watches, and can usually be had for around 45 dollars, through the online retailers.  I cannot say enough, how much bang for the buck you will get with this watch.

The best men's Japanese watch for under 100 dollars

Series 5
Case: 37mm, stainless steel
Band: 18mm, black canvas
Movement: Seiko Automatic 7S26A
Functions: HH, MM, SS, Date, Day
Battery: N/A
Water resistance: 30M/100ft

The Seiko Series 5 line is my guilty pleasure.  I love these watches.  Ever since I first saw one, and after really reading up on them I realized there was a lot to like.  This watch is an inexpensive watch, when speaking in terms of quality watches, at least.  It first made its appearance on my list of the 5 best men's watches for under 100 dollars.  It was also on the best men's Seiko watches under.  And, I will probably find a way to put it on another list.  This watch, in my personal opinion, is dollar for dollar, one of the best values on the market.

The Seiko 5 has a common, field watch look to it.  It has a 37mm, stainless steel case, with the crown located at the 4 o'clock position.  It has a Hardlex crystal on both the front and the back of the watch, allowing you to look in on the movement.  The face is black, with white Arabic numerals at the 5 minute marks for the outer ring, and Arabic numerals marking the hours for an inner ring.  The hands are polished steel, and there is a day/date window located at the 3 o'clock position.  The band is black nylon, with a buckle style clasp.

The movement for the watch is an automatic, Seiko 7S26A movement.  It has 21 jewels and runs at 21,600 BPH.  It has been in use for some time now.

This watch can be had for as little as 60 dollars through online retailers.  It is well below the 100 dollar price point for this part of the list, and is one of the major reasons it beat out both a Citizen and Orient watch for this position.  That, and of course, my fascination of the watch.

The best men's Japanese watch for under 200 dollars

Model: BM7251-53L
Case: 41 mm, Stainless Steel
Band Width:
Movement: Eco-Drive E111
Functions: HH, MM, SS, Date
Battery: N/A
Water resistance: 333 ft

Best men's watches under 200The Eco-Drive line of watches are very nice watches, and even though they are quartz movements, I give a whole lot of credit to the quality and versatility of these watches.  This watch, of course, has made an appearance on the best men's watches under blog before.  It made the 5 best men's watches under 200 dollars list, and was perhaps my favorite of that list.

This Eco-drive has a very classic look to it, it sports a 41mm stainless steel case, with the crown located at the 3 o'clock position.  It has a thin, smooth bezel and a sapphire crystal lens covering the dial face.  The dial face itself is a pearl blue color, with hour markers coming in the form of indexes.  There is also a smaller, outer ring that gives in Arabic numerals, the 10 minute marks.  It has a date window located at the 3 o'clock position and the hands of the watch are polished steel.  The band of the watch is a 5 link stainless steel type, with a folding style clasp.

The Eco-drive movement is a quartz style movement, it has a battery, but the face of the watch acts as a solar panel, charging the watch, meaning, virtually no routine maintenance for this watch.

The Eco-drive can usually be found for around 170 dollar through the online retailers, and, in my book, is a great watch, and one that can be wore as an everyday watch.  I believe you would not be disappointed with the Eco-drive line of watches.

The best men's Japanese watch for under 500 dollars


Model: FDH00001W0
Case: 44.5 mm, Stainless steel
Band width: 22 mm, Leather
Movement: Automatic hacking 48K40
Functions: HH, MM, SS, Date, Dual Time
Battery: N/A
Water resistance: 50M/165 ft

Best men's watches under 500The Orient Explorer is a whole lot of great watch.  In many ways, it resembles a small Breitling watch, to me at least.  It has a busy face, giving the wearer a whole lot of information.  It has a very contrasting color pattern, being all stainless steel, black and white.  And it is an automatic, which is made in house.

The watch has a 44.5mm, stainless steel case, with the crown located at the 3 o'clock position.  It has a second button for the internal bezel, and the outer bezel is smooth and polished steel, with a sapphire lens covering the watch face, and the back as well.  The face itself is black and white, with Arabic numerals marking every 5 minutes, It has a power gauge, and dual time zones, as well as a date dial.  The bezel is a slide rule calculator.  the hands are white, outlined in black and the sub dial hands are all black.  The band is leather with a buckle style clasp, with a push button release.

The movement is an Orient 48K40 automatic movement with hacking.  It has a 40 hour power reserve.  It is a 21 jewel movement and runs at 21,600 bph.

The Explorer can usually be found through the online retailers for around 485, so it will push you to the limits of your budget, but it is a wonderful watch.  Something that will get lots of looks, and a watch that offers some rather useful features.

The best men's Japanese watch for under 1000 dollars

PremierModel: SRX013
Case: 42mm, Stainless steel
Band: Stainless steel
Movement: Quartz Kinetic, Calibre 5D88
Functions: HH, MM, SS, Day/Date, 24 hour, Moon Phase
Battery: N/A 
Water resistance: 100M

Best men's Seiko watch under 1000The Seiko Premier is a high end Seiko watch with some unique features, it uses a Quartz Kinetic movement, making it more like an automatic watch, with the accuracy of a Quartz movement.  It is not an overly large watch, but, in general, that is a Japanese tendency.  Their watches are for the ages, where some of the designer watches will lose a lot of their appeal if the large faced watches go out of style.  This watch also made a previous list.  The best men's Seiko watches Under, and for many good reasons.

The Premier is a 42mm stainless steel watch with the crown located at the 3 o'clock position.  It has a minor crown guard.  It has a smooth bezel and a sapphire lens to protect the face of the watch.  The dial face itself is black with an outer ring of Roman numerals, marking the hours.  At the 12 o'clock position, there is a moon phase dial, there are two sub dials, located at the 3 & 6 o'clock positions, and there is a power gauge located at the 9 o'clock position.  The hands of the watch are polished steel, and the band is a linked stainless steel type, with a folding clasp.

The quartz movement is a Seiko Caliber 5D88.  It is powered by movement, much like an automatic watch.  Meaning you will not need to replace batteries, which is, of course, good for both the user of the watch and the environment.

The Seiko Premier can usually be had for around 750 dollars through the online retailers.  It is a unique and well built watch that has a lot to offer its wearer.  Something that can be treasured for a lifetime and beyond.

Wrap Up

When considering Japanese watchmakers, I look at what I would call the big three, most often.  That would be Seiko, Citizen, and Orient watches.  They make some of the best men's watches, pound for pound, in the world.  They, in a lot of ways can compete with their Swiss counter parts, and would be companies I would consider, in almost all circumstances, when searching for a new watch.  That is not to discount Casio.  Although, they are not one of my more favored watch makers, their G-Shock line of watches has proven for generations, that they are durable, and functional watches for almost any situation.  

Thank you for reading the best men's watches under blog.


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