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15 May

3 Watches That Won’t Break The Bank

Time is the one thing that binds us together; no matter who you are, or where you are in the world, time is constant. Time is how our lives are run and how we keep on track. Time tells us where we need to be and where we are going.

Watches were tools that served a purpose to pilots navigating  the night skies and divers exploring the depths of the sea. The amourous notion of what they once were, possibly explains in part my fondness for them. The world is more competitive and fast-moving than ever before. Reading the time is something that has become invisible to us. In this era where time seems to fly past us, we are constantly glancing at a smartphone and there is almost no need for a watch. Thirty years ago you would have been a bit lost without a watch, it had a very important purpose, so let us take the time to honour these forgotten pieces.


Autodromo group B

Bradley Price is the industrial designer, founder, and owner of Autodromo, a company that makes watches, driving gloves and sunglasses. Autodromo is all things motorsports, a brand inspired by romantic racing eras. With watch faces and aesthetics like classic car instruments of the 1950’s and 1960’s, Autodromo brings exceptional attention to detail and thoughtful design to the table. This is what makes their watches some of the coolest and most desirable watches I’ve seen. Each series the brand launches has limited numbers and boundless value.
  • Price roughly  R15 000 (dependant on exchange rate)
  • Miyota 9015 automatic 24 jewels hacking mechanical movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Titanium and Stainless steel bimetallic case construction
  • Water resistant to 50 Meters (5 ATM)
  • Case diameter: 39mm
  • Case thickness: 9mm
  • Case weight: 52 grams
  • 2 Nylon racing straps included with proprietary buckles
  • Strap width: 20mm
  • Handmade aluminum collectors box

The Seiko SRP 775 Diver

Kintarō Hattori opened and founded a watch and jewelry shop in Tokyo Japan in 1881 called “K. Hattori’. Eleven years later in 1892, he began producing clocks. It wasn’t however until 1924 that the first watches were produced under the Seiko name. Seiko for me is one of the world’s best affordable watch brands. Well made and with well-founded mechanics. The ‘Seiko SPR 775’ is sporting a Seiko in-house/manufacture caliber 4R36. Automatic hand-winding, stop-seconds running in 24 jewels at 21,600 mph, which is a good movement for the price. Being a big fan of the brand, I have owned three Seiko’s in my modest collection.  Having enjoyed them all, the ‘Seiko SRP 775’ is a sure buy for me, with the robust and utilitarian look, throw on a good nato strap for a daily watch.
  • Price roughly R7000 (dependent on exchange rate)
  • Water Resistant to 200m
  • Case diameter: 44.3mm
  • Case thickness: 14mm
  • Stainless steel
  • Hardlex
  • Movement: Seiko in_house/manufacture caliber 4R36, automatic, Hand-winding, stop second running in 24 jewels at 21,600 mph

Images from the Les Tissot’s Website and Swiss Sport Watch

The Tissot Le Locle Chronometre, Tissot’s celebration timekeeper

Tissot was founded in 1853 by Charles Felicia Tissot and Charles-Emile Tissot. Now under the Swatch group, the Tissot brand is aimed at the “mid-range market”. With a line of great watches, none more so than the ‘Le Locle Chronometre’, it’s no wonder this brands popularity has been unwavering for a century and a half. Its 39.9mm case size makes it a good all-rounder for dress watch aesthetics. Small enough to slip under the cuff of a suit and yet simple enough to be worn paired down. What you will find inside the ‘Le Locle Chronometre’, is what makes this a great watch for its price range. Along with its solid build, is a modified ETA 2824-2 movement, the same kind of mechanics found in some of the world’s more prestigious brands. In 2012, the Tissot ‘Le Locle Chronometre’ was announced most accurate mechanical watch of the year, by the Concours International de Chronometre. To celebrate ,Tissot released this commemorative ‘Le Locle Chronometre’.
  • Price roughly R9000 (dependent on exchange rate)
  • Tissot Le Locle Chronometre
  • Stainless steel with rose gold PVD coating
  • Glass material: Sapphire
  • Crystal 
Movement caliber 2824-2
  • Water resistance: 30m
  • Case diameter: 39.3mm
  • Case thickness: 10mm
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