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Martin's Top 5 Swiss Sports Watches

Posted by Martin O’Brien on Feb 2, 2018 10:39:57 AM

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Of all the watch styles around today, the sports watch has undoubtedly seen the most significant growth. There have been many exciting new launches over the last couple of years, and with so much choice, this can make finding the right model a real challenge.

So, whether you’re interested in a sports watch based just on the look, or if you’re in need of a model that suits your active lifestyle and can withstand the elements, here I've done the research for you and rounded up my top 5 favourite robust and reliable sports watches.

 

What is a Sports Watch?

I thought it would be a good idea to cover exactly what a sports watch is before we get underway with my five favourites.

With a rugged, yet stylish and modern appearance, a sports watch should feature at least one and preferably more of the following – water resistance to a depth of 100 meters, a screw down crown, uni-directional bezel (for the divers), chronograph, tachymeter and sapphire crystal.

Digital sports watches may also include delights such as an alarm, stopwatch, heart rate monitor, and compass.

Let’s get into it; read on to find out which five sports watches are at the top of my list.

 

Bremont Supermarine S300

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Overview

The Bremont Supermarine S300 is a relatively new kid on the block, as indeed is Bremont itself. The watch is named after the 1930’s aircraft company, Supermarine, whose first ever Spitfire prototype – the Type 300 – went on to become Britain’s most iconic aircraft.

The 40mm case (small by Bremont’s usual standards), makes this model ideal for those who are looking for a more compact sports watch or if you have a slimmer wrist. For me, the real beauty of the Supermarine 300 is in its simplistic design. The sharp, clean and easy-to-read dial gives it a stunning look.

 

Highlights

  • Reference number: S300
  • Movement:  BE-92AE automatic chronometer, 38 hour power reserve
  • Certification: COSC chronometer
  • Case: Hardened stainless steel Bremont Trip-Tick case, 40mm, with DLC treated case barrel
  • Back: Screw down
  • Water resistance: 300m
  • Bezel: Laser engraved ceramic uni-directional rotating bezel with Super-LumiNova®
  • Crown: Screw down
  • Crystal: Domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
  • Dial colour options: Black or blue
  • Strap options: Stainless steel bracelet, calf leather or NATO
  • Price: £3395.00

 

The Breitling Colt Quartz

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Overview

The Breitling Colt Quartz has been a vital part of the Breitling range for many years now. Regularly updated and always growing in size, the current Colt is easily the best yet.

With an eight-year battery life and the incredibly accurate SuperQuartz movement, the Colt is a low maintenance watch. I think it’s an excellent introduction into the Breitling range. It has all the brand's iconic heritage, practicality and style, for a surprisingly accessible price.

 

Highlights

  • Reference number: A7438811 
  • Movement: SuperQuartz, thermocompensated quartz electronic, EOL indicator
  • Certification: COSC quartz chronometer
  • Case: 44mm steel
  • Back: Screw down
  • Battery type/life: CR2016/8 years
  • Water resistance: 200m
  • Bezel: Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel
  • Crown: Screw-locked, two gaskets
  • Glass: Sapphire, treated on both sides with an anti-reflective coating
  • Dial colour options: Black, blue or silver
  • Strap options: Leather (available in five colours), Diver Pro (rubber), Ocean Racer (rubber) or Professional III (stainless steel).
  • Price: £2450.00 

 

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chronograph

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Overview

The Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chronograph got a tremendous amount of attention when it first launched at Baselworld in 2017. Its design has an understated appeal, with a style that’s both sporty and vintage.

There is nothing understated when it comes to the superb movement that lies inside, however. The watch features the Breitling 01 Chronograph movement, with the addition of Tudor’s silicon balance spring and escapement.

A 70-hour power reserve adds to the impressive nature of this movement. I find the rugged look of this watch very appealing. One for my wish list.  

 

Highlights

  • Reference number: M79350-0001
  • Movement: Modified Breitling 01 automatic chronograph movement - Calibre MT5813 with silicon balance spring. Approx. 70 hours power reserve.
  • Certification: COSC chronometer certified
  • Case: 41mm steel case
  • Back: Steel screw down
  • Water resistance: 200m
  • Bezel: Fixed steel bezel with engraved tachymetric scale lacquered in black
  • Crown: Steel screw-down winding crown
  • Glass: Sapphire crystal
  • Dial colour options: Black
  • Strap options: Stainless steel bracelet or aged brown leather strap. Additional fabric strap with buckle included in the box.
  • Price: £3610.00

 

TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300m Calibre 5

 

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Overview

TAG Heuer has always had a strong link with the world of sport, and this heritage is very evident in the styling of this Aquaracer Calibre 5. The black titanium case and lined dial give this watch a modern and sleek appearance. The yellow stitching on the strap adds a hint of colour and enhances the sporty look.

This watch doesn’t just impress in the style stakes, the automatic calibre 5 movement (with its 38-hour power reserve and balance frequency of 28800 vibrations per hour) makes this a highly accurate timepiece, which is happy in and out of the water.

There are many styling options available for this particular TAG Heuer model. You can view our selection here.

 

Highlights

  • Reference number: WAY218A.FC6362
  • Movement: Automatic Calibre 5
  • Notable features: 
  • Case: 41mm sandblasted grade 2 titanium, coated with black PVD
  • Back: Sandblasted black titanium carbide coated titanium screw-in caseback with diving bell engraving
  • Water resistance: 300m
  • Bezel: Unidirectional turning bezel with black faceted ceramic
  • Crown: Sandblasted black titanium carbide coated screw-in crown
  • Glass: Anti-reflective scratch resistant sapphire crystal
  • Dial colour: Black dial with horizontal streak effect
  • Strap: Black nylon strap with yellow stitching and lining
  • Price: £2350.00

 

OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300m

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Overview

Ok, I admit it, I have a lot of love for this watch. I have owned a Seamaster for around twenty years, and it is still my favourite watch to wear. The movement on the current model is superb; the Co-Axial Escapement has lifted the watch to new heights.

The bracelet is for me one of the most comfortable on the market. You have a choice of two colours when it comes to the dial – both the blue and the black are exceptionally vivid with an amazing depth of colour. The watch also makes a statement when the lights go down thanks to luminous hour markers and hands.

Whether you’re suiting up in the week, wearing a casual look at the weekend, or jumping into a wetsuit on holiday, the Seamaster Diver 300m always looks fantastic (as proved by James Bond, who’s worn the watch since 1995).

Don’t let this Seamaster’s good looks fool you into thinking it’s all style, no substance though; this model has impressive technical credentials too. I have sold many a Seamaster to Royal Navy divers looking for something other than the (much more expensive) Rolex Submariner.

Taking everything into account; movement, looks, build quality, clarity and comfort, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300m is in my humble opinion one of the most desirable sports watches on the market today.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reference number: 212.30.41.20.01.003 (black dial version)
  • Movement: Automatic co-axial COSC rated Chronometer
  • Notable features: Helium escape valve
  • Case: 41mm steel, with screw down helium escape valve
  • Back: Steel engraved screw down
  • Water resistance: 300m
  • Bezel: Unidirectional rotating bezel
  • Crown: screw-in crown
  • Glass: Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
  • Dial colour options: Black or blue
  • Price: £2920.00

 

Thank you for Reading

There are a huge number of sports watches out there, and to do the genre justice I would need to write a book not a blog! So, I hope you’ve enjoyed my streamlined selection. If you have any questions about sports watches and any models in particular, please contact me on martino'brien@burrells.co.uk or 01892 618618.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

 

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