Most Wanted: Four for $1,000 or less
The TX 650 GT Flyback chronograph is one of TX watch's new 2010 timepieces, it is just starting to hit stores in the US this month. The version shown is features a PVD treated stainless steel case, with rose gold accents. The quartz movements are designed by TX, and feature 6 motors, which run the time, 2nd time zone a flyback chronograph and a date wheel. The quality to value ratio on this watch is excellent. Previously published TX 650 article. Retail $725.
The Magrette Moana Pacific Diver is powered by a reliable Japanese Miyota 8215 automatic mechanical movement, and is capable of diving 500 meters (1650 ft). It comes with a nice 24 mm wide strap made of black leather, with a red colored backing and red contrast stitching. It even comes with an additional rubber strap. It looks a lot like a Panerai, without the high price. The date function (available on the Miyota 8215) has been purposely omitted, to make the dial more clean, a great design element in my opinion. Previously published Magrette article. Retail $515.
The Reactor Trident Never Dark timepiece is a very rugged watch. It features a stainless case coated with a hard black Nitride coating, which resists scratches. The bracelet or strap, in this case a strap, are screwed directly into the lugs, for what Reactor claims to be a 500% to 800% stronger setup, than a the traditional spring bar attached configuration. Retail is $399.
The Xetum Stinson automatic timepiece is all about the basics. A sweep second hand powered by an ETA Swiss automatic watch movement glides effortlessly around the minimalist dial. For those who appreciate uncluttered functionality and design, the Stinson represents timekeeping at its most fundamental level. Retail $995.