Watches: six timepieces under £300
CITIZEN MEN’S SPORT £199
The problem with a quartz watch is when the battery runs out you stick it in a drawer, never to be seen again. The Sport’s Eco-Drive is powered by the sun, so will just keep on going. With luminous hands and 44mm stainless steel case, water resistant to 100m.
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CASIO G-SHOCK £279
Tough as nails and pretty cool too, G-Shocks started out in no-nonsense black resin. Now there are all kinds of fancy models, but toughness remains
a given. This G-Steel B500 Series has Bluetooth connectivity, so can help find your phone. Water resistant to 200m.
SWATCH PETITE SECONDE BLACK £182
Swatch of course made all those colourful quartz watches in the Eighties. There’s still plenty of colour, but it’s expanded in lots of other directions, like this handsome number with 42mm steel case and automatic movement, visible through the case back.
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TIMEX WATERBURY DIVE AUTO £255
Timex sponsors the UFC, so cage fighting fans are currently being reminded that these watches “take a licking and keep on ticking”. Not flash, but a lot for the cash. Quartz models start below £50. This handsome automatic offers 100m water resistance.
MONDAINE CLASSIC £219
Mondaine sells a range of watches based around a classic Swiss railway clock design from the Forties. Still looks fresh today, with a big red second hand for precise departures. With 40mm steel case and quartz movement and 30m water resistance.
BULOVA COMPUTRON D-CAVE £299
The original Computron was an early digital watch that came out in the Seventies. This tribute brings it up to date, fusing the original design with “elements of the gamer lifestyle”. The black stainless steel case is a slender 31mm across. Splash resistant.