Baseball great Jackie Robinson made history on April 15, 1947 when be became the first African American to start in the major leagues. Detroit watchmaker Shinola is celebrating the 70th anniversary of this momentous occasion by introducing the Jackie Robinson Limited Edition Timepiece, the fifth installment in their Great Americans Series.
The 42mm stainless steel chronograph features a midnight blue dial and date indicator, with the number 42 etched on the back in honor of Robinson’s retired uniform number. This limited timepiece is sold as part of a gift set packaged in a custom Jackie Robinson gift box, which includes a mini pennant, postcards, and a set of 3 pins. The $1,500 set is limited to just 442 pieces.
Too rich for your blood? Shinola also has a limited-edition New Era baseball cap ($65), a miniature baseball bat ($60), a leather baseball ($40), and a journal and score book set ($35). You can learn more about the watch and accessories at Shinola.com.
The Casio G-SHOCK G-STEEL Watch Delivers Refined Toughness
G-SHOCK is known for their tough, rugged watches, designed for people with active lifestyles. And while that’s still the case today, their latest G-STEEL collection takes that functionality and goes upscale, delivering exceptional timepieces with top-of-the-line craftsmanship and engineering, perfect for wherever the day takes you.
We recently had a chance to check out the stainless-steel G-STEEL model (GSTB100D-1A) you see above, and this might just be my favorite G-SHOCK watch yet. Their latest offering is the first G-STEEL lineup models featuring chronograph performance in analog format, blending performance and style in one seriously refined yet understated package, with a double-layer bezel, hybrid resin and stainless construction with a refined metallic finish.
This collection’s case height is noticeably slimmer than previous G-STEEL watches, while still retaining the seven elements that G-SHOCK watches have long been known for: electric shock resistance, gravity resistance, low temperature resistance, vibration resistance, water resistance, shock and toughness resistance. Clearly, the G-STEEL is ready for whatever comes your way.
As you can see here, the G-STEEL is both handsome and rugged, with a chronograph face and stainless-steel band. Another neat touch is the dial at 9 o’clock, which has a multi-functional rotating disk that looks like the blades of a jet engine. As these blades rotate, the red coloring behind the disk can be seen, and this is used to indicate the battery level and the alarm on/off setting. They also rotate in the Timekeeping and Stopwatch modes with the passage of time.
Another cool feature is a new layer guard structure that houses resin cushioning parts in the case, for a more elegant design and a better fit on the wrist. This line also uses high-density mounting technology to create a module that is smaller and thinner, also ensuring a better fit.
Believe it or not, these watches are also equipped with Bluetooth technology, allowing you to connect them to your smartphone with just the press of a button. This will let you get time information from an Internet time server. Timekeeping doesn’t get more accurate than that. No matter where you are in the world, your watch will have the correct time. It also lets you use Phone Finder and more from their app.
Other G-STEEL functions include Tough Solar along with CASIO power saving technology to ensure you’ve got power, high brightness LED light illumination, and dual dial World Time.
You can see a full list of the G-STEEL specs on their website.
Our opinion is that this watch is likely to go down in history as one of their best models. It will be a classic that endures. That’s why you want one too. And if that’s the case, you should go for it without hesitation because it always stinks when you’re indecisive only to swing back around and find that it’s gone. Don’t let that happen to you.
Father’s Day is also coming up quick, and you know Dad would totally love this. Make his year with a gift that is durable, has amazing style, and will have him thinking about you every time he looks down at his wrist.
Visit www.gshock.com for more information on the G-STEEL collection.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Casio, but all opinions are my own.
Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions Pay Tribute To The Original Classics
If you are in the market for some wrist candy that is both classic and timeless, you have got to check out the Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions. Released to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Seamaster, these watches pay tribute to Omega’s original post-war classics.
A little backstory: Between 1940 and 1945, Omega delivered more than 110,000 timepieces to the British Ministry of Defense, all highly valued by British airmen and sailors for their water-resistance and reliability in combat. After the war, there was demand for a civilian version of the watch. This led to the creation of Omega’s first family of watches in 1948, the Seamaster.
The Seamaster has since become one of the cornerstones of Omega, known for their precision, water-resistance and reliability.
In celebration of the Seamaster’s 70th anniversary, the brand has released two new watches that are clearly inspired by the two 1948 inaugural Seamaster models, with a slight touch of modernity added. “We do not have the same movement from the original 1948 because it would be too complicated,” said Jean-Claude Monachon, vice president at Omega.
Two models are available, one with a central seconds hand, one with a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock and each limited to 1,948 pieces. Other updates from the original include a larger diameter (expanding it from 34mm to 38mm), and water resistance of up to 200 feet.
A stainless steel case, polished bezel, opaline white domed dial and polished crown, embossed with vintage Omega logo are common to both models. The watches are presented in their own special collector’s box made of soft brown leather and are delivered with a spare NATO strap, along with a strap changing tool.
There’s no doubt about it, the Omega Seamaster 1948 Limited Editions deliver the quality and craftsmanship we’ve come to expect from the company, and you will be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful and historical watch anywhere.
It’s perfect for gift giving. To yourself of course.
5 Tips On Matching Watches With Style
Every man has his own style, and finding a men’s watch to fit your style can be tricky if you don’t know what to look for. Don’t get caught wearing something tacky! Instead, follow these expert tips, and you should be good to go.
Choose the Right Watch Size for Your Wrist
Not every man has the same size wrist, so every man will need a differently sized watch to accommodate them. The key to looking stylish with a new watch and not looking like a kid wearing a watch from the cereal box is to find one that perfectly fits you. Measure your wrist circumference and keep it in mind as you start to shop for men’s watches.
If you’re a little bit on the “large and in charge” side of the spectrum, take a look at these big face watches made from geardhardware.com and worn by bodybuilding legends.
Quartz Movement vs. Automatic: Which is Better?
Behind all of the shiny parts on the outside of the watch is the heart of the machine that keeps track of time. You want something that is as reliable as the morning sun without much fuss. There are two primary choices here: quartz or automatic.
Quartz movement watches are fairly reliable but require batteries and the second hand often goes in a tick-tock kind of motion. Automatic watches on the other hand, well, automatically keep track of time! No batteries, only powered by the motion of your wrist. Although if you store the watch for a couple of days, time will catch up and you’ll need to “wind” it up again.
The strap is what keeps time by your side at all times, and it is also one of the ways you can truly express your style. Metal link watches are more versatile for everyday use and hold up well, leather bands look great it a suit, and the NATO, canvas style is more casual and utilitarian. Determine the style you’re going for and strap up accordingly.
Consider Face and Case Size
Some watches have super big faces while others are nestled in a metal case. It all comes down to preference, but traditionally watches with a wider face are for formal events while watches with bulky metal cases are more for everyday wear. You can bend the rules, however—it is your style after all. Think about this when choosing a watch especially if you intend to wear it while you’re at the gym or working on cars and such. You’ll want something tough that can hold up to use and abuse.
Simple or Technical?
What do you want out of your watch? Some people prefer the cleaner aesthetic of a big face watch with only hands with no numbers or bulky crowns and dials. Some people on the other hand like their watches to tell them the time, the temperature, and jokes if it can. It’s all your preference and what you consider most important in a watch.