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Black Friday: "10 Under $500" Gift Guide

November 28, 2014

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The Seiko Prospex Air Dive “Monster” is a great value. It comes in a nice looking 42.5 mm steel case, with rotating bezel, Luminbrite hands and markers, and is water-resistant to 200 meters. It is powered by a reliable 24-jewel Japanese automatic movement and comes on a rubber Seiko accordion strap. $475


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Yamazaki 12-Year Single Malt is one of the best tasting, smooth single-malt whiskys on the market. In fact, a Yamazaki Cherry Cask 2013 won the World Whisky Bible’s 2015 “Whisky of the Year” award. A first for a Japanese whisky. We even wrote about it earlier this year. It is also available in 18 and 21-year but the 12-year is the best value. $65


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The Davek Solo is one of the best compact umbrellas on the market. It features a sturdy windproof frame, ultra-tightly woven 190-thread count fabric and a high-quality handle that looks like the shift knob from an Audi. Best of all, there is a lifetime warranty against breakage. $99


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The Beats Pill 2.0 has loud, clear sound, reliable Bluetooth wireless, and compact design that offers excellent portability and looks great too. It comes in a variety of colors, and for more sound, you can connect two together. Try listening to one of these, conveniently controlled by your iPhone, and you will never go back to cables. $200


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The Sistem 51 was launched in 2013 and continues to get buzz because it is one of the most affordable mechanical timepieces on the market. It is 100% Swiss made and only has 51 parts. The case is 41.5 mm by 13.48 mm, and it is only 30.8 grams. $150


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Randolph Engineering Aviator sunglasses are American made and come in a variety of sizes and styles. What sets them apart from some of the competition is that they are mil-spec and are more rugged than typical aviators. $179


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Beats by Dre has focused heavily on wireless audio and the result is their latest Beats Studio Wireless headphones which work via Bluetooth, look great and have a wired back-up should the batteries run out. $379


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The Campagnolo “Il Cavatappi” BIG Corkscrew is an oversized (520g) wine corkscrew with a 1966 patented design that features a self-centering telescopic bell-shaped cover that always places the screw in the central part of the cork. Interestingly, the guy that invented it, Tullio Campagnolo, also invented the quick-release mechanism for bicycle wheels (early 1930’s) and produced the first reliable cable-operated parallelogram derailleur (circa 1949). $200+


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The Caran d’Ache 849 Original Ball Point pen comes in a variety of colors and can vary in price. This is the original, in an aluminum hexagonal body with an electrostatic powered coating, flexible clip, push button. Swiss made. $35


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Worn&wound Horween Model 2 leather watch straps are designed in Brooklyn and manufactured by hand in NYC. They are made from the same premium Horween leather most companies charge 2-3 times more for. Pretty much the best deal on leather watch straps, ever. $59

Check out our “15 Timepieces with In-House Calibers” from last year HERE.

$1,000 or less, Featured, Lifestyle


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