Which watch?

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Which watch?

Life is all about time – I’m out of time, I need more time, it’s time… Time dictates our lives every single day and year on year. This is possibly the reason that watches, due to their necessity, have become an item of fashion, status and class. But on the other hand, watches are simply a tool which helps us to organise our lives and keep track of time. So how much would you spend on your favourite watch? We take a look at our top 5

5. Casio

A few years ago everyone and their mothers had a Casio watch. Well those same old designs we saw in the 80’s and 90’s are still available from Casio. Nowadays they are called the retro vintage range, but they’re the perfect back-to-basic watches that don’t cost an arm and a leg. From R500 upwards you can pick up a classic piece of Casio history or a more modern, yet functional watch from their standard collection. Casio also has a range of rugged watches they call the G-Shock series, which as you can imagine are versatile and ready for anything. They are available as digital or analogue watches and range from R2 000 to R28 000.

4. Nixon

Nixon watches are trendy pieces designed for anyone and everyone. Their watches fall into categories like surf, digital, chronograph, classic and automatic. With ranges like Sentry, Time-Teller, Ranger, Ultratide, Corporal, Descender, Anthem, Banks, Diplomat, Moon Raider and Passport, their watches are designed for surfers, street smart individuals, businessmen, travellers, and adventurers. Ranging from R1 000 to R25 000, Nixon watches look great and will suit just about any guy out there, no matter what your lifestyle.

3. Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer offers the ultimate in accessible, fashionable, high-end watches and has been in the watch making business for more than 150 years. Tag Heuer has, almost since its inception, been a big part of the international sporting scene and favoured amongst Hollywood celebrities. In 1895, Edouard Heuer patented water-resistant cases and since the Aquaracer range (their underwater range) was launched in 1982, these time pieces have gone from strength to strength by setting the standard in water resistance qualities. Tag Heuer also produce a very handsome Formula One range, as well the Carrera range, a favourite of Leonardo Dicaprio. The prices for a Tag Heuer range from a few thousand to nearly R100 000.

2. Omega

Omega is the official time-keeper of the Olympic Games, which says a lot for this stylish and luxurious watch brand. Omega is by far one of the most influential watch brands in the world with a heritage dating back to the 1800s. You can be sure of a timeless piece of sought after art when you purchase an Omega. The Omega watch series include the Seamaster, Constellation, Speedmaster, De Ville and other specialty watches. You may need to take out a bond just to buy one though, as the prices range from between R45000 and R200 000 or more for their watches.

1. Rolex

Rolex is undeniably one of the world’s most sought after timepieces. Since 1905, Rolex has been manufacturing quality watches with an air of sophistication and class. They revolutionised the watch making industry with their rotor self-winding mechanism and claim to have built the first ever waterproof watch. Rolex manufacture all of the components, and manage the full assembly of its watches in-house, with classic watch ranges like the Oyster Perpetual, Submariner, Cellini and more. The most expensive Rolex ever sold was a 1942 Rolex Chronograph which was sold at an auction for $1.16 million. There were only 12 of these watches ever made.

Since the 16th Century, watches have been a functional fashion item worn by men and women alike. They get passed down through generations; they’re given as gifts and are sometimes considered a status symbol. Perhaps it is not such a bad idea to invest in a watch afterall.