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Hands-On: Casio G-Shock Metal GM110 & GM5600 Watches

Some of the coolest and most affordable Casio G-Shock watches today are in the “G-Shock Metal Covered Series” which have two primary reasons for holding your interest right now. The first is the use of high-quality, solid steel case housings, a contrast to the popular resin cases that come in a universe of colors. Second is how the metal is finished, as well as the overall style-element that Casio is injecting into its core collection. Hands-on today, we look at the Casio G-Shock GM110B-1A with the black-coated steel case and iridescent dial, the GM110SCM-1A with its camouflage decoration over both the metal case and the mostly transparent strap. I am also looking at a sister model to the GM110SCM-1A that has the same camo/clear theme but is based on the GM5600 case family with the G-Shock reference GM5600SCM-1.
The latter of these watches is priced at $210, while the other two come in at $230 USD — making their price points very similar. The formula at play in these watches is Casio ..

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aBlogtoWatch Editors’ Picks: Top Watches From 2020 If Money Were No Object

Money no object, huh? An interesting thing about this segment to note is how far we saw the luxury watch industry drift from halo products in favor of ultra-high-end versions of series-produced watches. Halo watches were those highly limited, often unique, products that featured concept-grade materials and engineering solutions with the primary function of elevating the status of their creator brand. Cartier used to be a leader in incredibly amazing and, in truth, sometimes rather pointless exercises in fine watchmaking, but the mid-2000s to mid-2010s saw them coming thick and threefold.
Very expensively developed unique pieces that were fascinating to look at but nobody could buy have largely become a thing of the past as brands have re-focused their efforts to develop and manufacture more feasible marketable creations — which, mind you, still cost an arm and a leg. With that in mind, here’s the ABTW team’s selection of top watches from 2020 if money were no object. – DAVID BREDAN.
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aBlogtoWatch Editors’ Picks: Top Affordable Watches Under $1,000 From 2020

Naturally, the chaos of 2020 and the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on both the watch industry and its consumers. With the uncertainty of the virus and an economic downturn, many enthusiasts have changed their buying habits and acted more conservatively than usual this year. Couple that with the steady increase of new interest in the hobby, and the $1,000 and under segment of the watch market has taken on special importance in 2020. Competition in this entry-level space is fiercer than ever, with established juggernauts like Seiko, Citizen, and Hamilton squaring off against a continually improving field of microbrands and startups, leading to some truly spectacular watches in this price range. Whatever your watch budget, there’s something to enjoy in these more affordable offerings, and the aBlogtoWatch editorial team has taken this chance to highlight some of our favorite picks. – SEAN LORENTZEN
ARIEL ADAMS Some of the best offerings in the under-$1,000 price segme..

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aBlogtoWatch 2020 Editors Picks: Top All-New Watches Of 2020

Even before the destruction caused by the pandemic really settled in, 2020 was looking like a wobbly, transitional year for the watch industry. Baselworld was suffering from a seemingly endless drip-drip-drip of brands and groups dropping out, SIHH had rebranded as Watches & Wonders, and both moved their dates to within a week of each other in mid-April. There was so much shuffling, rescheduling, backing out, and ultimately, cancellations that things looked like a cluster before we really even learned how bad COVID-19 would be. Honestly, I lost track of it all, at a certain point. (Who else totally forgot that Rolex, Tudor, Patek Philippe, Chopard, and Chanel left Baselworld and were planning their own show with the FHH adjacent to Watches & Wonders?)
This recapping of the chaos is just to say that hopes for new watches released in 2020 were not particularly high. But as we all adapted and adjusted to a new reality, so did the watch brands and major groups. Watches & Wonders went digi..

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aBlogtoWatch 2020 Editors’ Picks: Top All-New Watches Of 2020

Even before the destruction caused by the pandemic really settled in, 2020 was looking like a wobbly, transitional year for the watch industry. Baselworld was suffering from a seemingly endless drip-drip-drip of brands and groups dropping out, SIHH had rebranded as Watches & Wonders, and both moved their dates to within a week of each other in mid-April. There was so much shuffling, rescheduling, backing out, and ultimately, cancellations that things looked like a cluster before we really even learned how bad COVID-19 would be. Honestly, I lost track of it all, at a certain point. (Who else totally forgot that Rolex, Tudor, Patek Philippe, Chopard, and Chanel left Baselworld and were planning their own show with the FHH adjacent to Watches & Wonders?)
This recapping of the chaos is just to say that hopes for new watches released in 2020 were not particularly high. But as we all adapted and adjusted to a new reality, so did the watch brands and major groups. Watches & Wonders went digi..

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The Watches Team aBlogtoWatch Wore Most In 2020

2020 is nearly over (pause for cheering), and it’s time for the aBlogtoWatch team to once again memorialize those timepieces that received the most wrist time this year. Only 2020 wasn’t like most years, and that certainly had an interesting impact on the timepieces we donned. What seems to define ALL watch lovers is that remaining isolated from social interaction during the pandemic did not have a serious chilling effect on our interest in wearing watches. Of course, people wore status-symbol and bling high-luxury watches less often than before, but everyone seems to have kept a watch on their wrist in 2020. The enduring popularity of wristwatches during COVID-19 beat a lot of analyst forecasts, who felt that luxury watch purchases would nearly disappear if social celebrations and leisure travel became mostly unavailable.
No doubt, the luxury industry has shrunk in a proportionate manner to the rest of the economy, but a lot of wristwatch buying activity remained very strong. Fueled ..

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Watch Angels Connects Consumers With 100% Swiss Made, Original Watches At Cost Or Wholesale Prices

Watch Angels is a new 100% Swiss Made solution for getting enthusiast-grade crowd manufacturing watch projects from the idea phase to final, wearable wristwatches. Traditionally, wristwatch manufacturing projects require expensive middlemen or unreliable relationships with suppliers. Effective operations and logistics are also crucial in getting any wristwatch project done on time, on budget, and with the expected quality and guarantees.
Then, above all, in the traditional space, price is set by using “the factor,” which is a multiplier of all costs — and all the margins — in the supply chain. This pricing style leads to many of the inflated margins consumers complain about today. Watch Angels does not incur these costs because it produces in-house — and because the community itself provides the marketing. The model works by setting a fair price for all.
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Video Celebrating 80 Years Of Purpose-Built Military Watches By Marathon

Marathon Watch Company has been making military watches for 80 years. The Toronto-based company has been on the aBlogtoWatch radar for a few years now, and our team visited its headquarters in Canada, as well as its wholly-owned watchmaking facility in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland to produce the film below. Deeply impressed with the brand’s gear, aBlogtoWatch editorial has covered a lot of the core Marathon watches on aBlogtoWatch, while members of our team find ourselves wearing Marathon watches regularly due to the enduring focus on quality, performance, and value. Marathon knows what they are doing, and, as a result, has been applying their particular style of making watches for 80 years now.
Today, Marathon can claim that they are the last official military supplier of military watches to several important countries, including the U.S., UK, and Canada. Until the early 2000s, anyone who had a Marathon military watch received one while “in the service.” It was only more recently t..

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Watches Review: Doxa SUB 300 & SUB 300T

Doxa has always been one of those interesting “cult favorite” watch brands even though it has a traditional Swiss watch brand history and a product legacy peppered with a number of watches — including a lot of dress models. The “cult status” of Doxa has specifically made its diver’s-style watches popular, and for many good reasons. Doxa watches receive more than their fair share of enthusiast support, and today on aBlogtoWatch, I review the Doxa SUB 300, as well as the very similar SUB 300T. As of 2020, the Doxa SUB 300/300T comes in a total of six dial colors, each with a unique product name and available strap in addition to the iconic “beads of rice” style diver’s bracelet.
Before talking about some Doxa dive watch history, let me first explain why this watch review actually covers two product families. Currently, Doxa produces two watches that are inspired by its original late 1960s diver’s watches. This includes the Doxa SUB 300 and the SUB 300T. Both watches are solid options, b..

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Exclusive $500 Voucher For Watches Sold By This eBay Store

Sponsored post presented on aBlogtoWatch by advertiser It is the gifting season and for many of us that means browsing for our favorite products on major online platforms such as eBay. Savvy consumers quickly realize that the variety of quality timepieces on eBay is entirely unrivaled. The heroes that make buying watches great on eBay include individuals with personal timepieces to sell, as well as a formidable group of dedicated dealers who for years have relied on eBay to connect their watches with consumers all over the world.
To further help eBay sellers connect with potential buyers, eBay allows sellers the ability to offer coupon vouchers for their eBay stores — which is exactly what aBlogtoWatch audience members can take advantage of from Manhattan-based seller CHRONOSTORE. This exclusive voucher for $500 off watches over $2,000 is available from 5am PST on December 7 until 11:59pm on December 13, 2020. See more details below on how to use the offer. CHRONOSTORE is one of the m..