Swiss watches are regarded the best in the watch-making industry for their design, perfection and durability. The ever changing innovative designs, constant efforts to deliver maximum level of perfection, and durability in sky, land or sea sustainable for generations are the salient features that make a watch “Swiss made” apart from its geographical location of genesis.
In January, 2017 The Swiss Federal Court issued an ordinance according to which at least 60 per cent of the costs of manufacturing a complete watch (as an end product) must be generated in Switzerland. At least half of the value of the watch movement must consist of components made in Switzerland, and at least 60 per cent of the costs to manufacture it must be generated in Switzerland. In addition, the technical development of a “Swiss Made” watch and a “Swiss Made” movement must also take place in Switzerland. The definition of ‘watch’ in the “Swiss Made” Ordinance has also been extended to include smart watches in light of recent technological developments. In the light of the ordinance too, hence, the title of the topic becomes more relevant.
The earliest prototypes of clock can be traced in the 15TH century Europe where later in about a century it took the shape of watches developing through almost 400 hundred years. The 19TH and 20TH centuries could witness a lot changes in terms of the technology used in the movement alone. Germen clockmaker of the 15th century Peter Henlein (or Henle or Hele) is said to be the inventor of the watch though the evidences in his favor are not sound enough. It had been the age of clock-watches followed by the pocket watches for men with the introduction of waistcoat by Charles II of England in the 16th century. The balance spring system was invented during the second half of the same century and minute hand was introduced in England by the end of it. The beginning of the 17TH century brought the use of rubies in watch movements and in 1780 self-winding technology was invented by Abraham Louis Perrelet. In 1848 Louis Brandt opens his own shop at La Chaux-de-Fonds which eventually became Omega by the beginning of the next century. In 1904 wrist watches became popular especially for military maneuvering and strategic warfare. Electric watches first appeared during 1950s and paved the way for quartz watch to be seen in few years. Radio controlled wrist watches came to existence following which atomic clocks appeared in 2013 with the highest level of precision in the long term accuracy.
A trademark, in a broad sense, is a recognizable sign, design or symbol identifying a product or service of a specific source from those of others though there is service mark. A trademark also identifies the owner of the product. Trademark can be used by others only under licensing agreement. Apart from its stringent legal perspective and according to Collins dictionary and Cambridge dictionary as well trademark also means a distinctive characteristic. Trade names are like pseudonyms often used by companies for conducting their business and the names may not be the same as registered in the book of government. When the meaning taken as a distinctive characteristic a particular trademark, it often associates itself with a trade name if the unique characteristic of the product under the specific trade name becomes a matter of unparalleled quality. In the watch-making industry Omega, Tag Heuer, Longiness, Breitling, Rolex are considered the greatest of trademarks which both allure and assure their potential customers for the features, performance, reliability offered by them.
Why should you choose to buy swiss watches?
The reasons for choosing a Swiss watch is manifold. Right from the long tradition of making watches with different designs, materials, of technologies the Swiss watch making industries show most efficiencies accepted globally. The Swiss watches are so reliable in terms of authenticity, perfection and reliability. The Japanese too make great watch but the Swiss holds the title of being the best for centuries. The ordinance issued last year by the Swiss Federal Court goes in conformity with the fact that the Swiss made watches are globally regarded with highest level of respect and also that the court cannot go silent should there be the slightest possibility of stigma in their reputation.
How to choose good swiss watch?
Some can choose Swiss watches for luxury and status quo while others may go for features. The third kind are expected to find a gentle combination of both. Most people belong to the third category with demand more for features than for luxury as budget becomes a big deal for the larger part of the group. So, the search should start with finding the maximum number of features available with the investment of almost the same amount of money. One thing is better to keep in mind that one should first be sure of his purpose of going for features or the activities one is going to take participation. The best features a Swiss watch offers apart from luxury and status quo are discussed as follows-
If someone has to spend a considerable amount of his time in water especially with scuba diving one must look for a watch with at least moderate level of water resisting capability e.g. 100 meter. For others a water resistance of 30 meter is sufficient.
The sapphire crystals could prove to be the best in a hostile environment with potential threats of scratch. Those who has to work in such environments or has to face risk of crash and thereby causing scratch are better look for watches with sapphire crystal. Others may opt for mineral crystal.
Durability of band:
The stainless steel made band is considered to be the best when it comes to any possibility of durability of the band itself. The bands are better be stain resistant, impact resistant and strong enough to withstand tear and wear of everyday use.
Product Reviews of Top Swiss Watches for Men:
1) Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick Watch
The Swiss made 43 mm stainless watch comes with bracelet and double-locking deployant safety clasp of the same material. It has a blue dial with luminescent hands and a combination of stick hour markers, Roman numerals, Date panel and the brand logo. At the 3 O’clock and the 6 O’clock positions Roman numeral are there while the 6 O’clock position bears the date panel. The 12 O’clock position shows the logo. The triple coated sapphire crystal along with hypoallergenic stainless steel combines the water resistance to 100 meters underwater. The Swiss quartz movement and the unidirectional rotating bezel with count-up scale make it successfully serve its purpose. A 3-year limited warranty applicable for all Victorinox Swiss Army timepieces gives the users peace of mind.
2) Victorinox Swiss Army Classic Infantry Vintage Automatic Men’s Watch 241524
The watch with a 38 mm case diameter, 12 mm thickness, 7.5 inches long band with 20 mm width made of stainless steel is a hot cake in the market. The stainless steel gives it the look of masculinity. The watch has a blue dial has numerical hour markers with date panel at 3 O’clock position and the trademark being at 12 O’clock position. The hour markers and the hands with silver-tone in color, are all luminous. The hands have a close resemblance with lance in their shape. The analog watch comes with an automatic movement and the crystal is an anti-reflective sapphire. The watch shows its water resistance ability even to a depth of 100 meters underwater.
3) Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s ‘I.N.O.X.’ Swiss Quartz Stainless Steel Casual Watch
An amazing combination of art and technology is what describes the watch best. The specialty of the watch starts with its larger diameter in size- a 45 mm diameter is a perfect one for the masculine hands with strength and muscular in shape. Made of hypoallergenic stainless steel the watch case has a bracelet with fold over clasp that ensures the integrity of the entire watch while put on. The scratch resistant triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal, and luminescent hands set against the background of its blue dial finds the elegance it requires to accompany its strength. Water resistance up to 200 meter makes it a great choice for scuba diving, swimming, and snorkeling and many such activities to be performed in water. Its defined bezel position and a magnifying property for enhanced legibility is well executed with the introduction of a jelly fish bumper.
4) Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s Watch
Those willing to make a change in their watch with a greater one in diameter they may walk towards buying Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s Watch for it has a 45 mm case and a bracelet with push-button deployant safety clasp all forged in stainless steel. The blue dial with chronograph and silver shaded luminescent hands and numerical hour markers surrounded with minute markers makes it undeniably the one to be in love at first look. The tachymeter takes its appeal to a greater level including features like hypoallergenic stainless steel, scratch resistant triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal, the date calendar at 6 O’clock position and water resistance capability up to 100 meter below the surface of water. The coverage of warranty for 3 years is what makes it the apple of eye.
5) TissotT035.617.16.051.00 Men’s Couturier Black Leather Swiss Quartz Watch with Black Dial
The 41 mm diameter case of the analog watch comes in a stainless steel case while the band is made of leather and 7 inches in length. The synthetic sapphire crystal with chronograph fitted against a black dial around which stick hour markers and minute markers are positioned is brought into symphony with the introduction of tachometric features and date panel at 4 O’clock position. It trusts the Swiss quartz movement for its pulse that adds to its elegance and unhindered performance even 100 meter below water level. The watch is capable enough to give a man an enhanced masculine look in terms of required performance and elegance in his taste.
6) Tissot Mens Tradition Chronograph – T0636173603700
The feature of chronograph becomes handier in its classic look as the very name of the product suggests. The watch gives a three dial chronograph functionality adding to better precision for the measurement of time. The white dialed stainless steel watch case undergoes PVD treatment with rose gold for its serenity of looks. The baton hands and hour markers are encircled by minute track at dial perimeter. The scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, water resistant up to 30 meters make it safe from rough surfaces and water as well. The analog watch with black leather band paired with deployant clasp with buckle, stationary bezel made of stainless steel has a calendar between 4 and 5 O’clock. It continues on a quartz movement for a very high level of precision.
7) Wenger Men’s ‘Urban Classic Chrono’ Swiss Quartz Steel-Two-Tone and Leather Casual
The Swiss made 44 mm round shaped stainless watch is accompanied by a black band. The band is made of calfskin leather with buckle clasp for safety. The analog watch has a black dial with chronograph and hour markers surrounded by minute markers. It has tachymeter and the date calendar is at 6 O’clock position. Mineral has been used in forging its dial window on a stainless steel made fixed bezel. It has a water resistance of 10 meter below the surface of water to ensure the continuous performance of its Swiss-quartz movement.
8) Wenger Men’s ‘Attitude Chrono’ Swiss Quartz Stainless Steel and Leather Casual Watch
The stainless steel made case with a diameter of 43 mm, a standard sized man’s band linked with fold-over-clasp-with-safety shows the stubbornness of integrity. The blue color used in the dial goes hand in gloves with the silver tone hands and band. The dial has a 12 hour chronograph mechanism dependent on Swiss-made quartz. The luminescent hands are at the center of the dial and while the hour markers are in numerals except 3, 6 and 9 O’clock. The outer rim shows the minute markers in numeral. The date panel is at 4 O’clock. The mineral made crystal on top of stainless steel made bezel, Swiss quartz movement and a splash resistance feature functional up to a depth of 100 meter underwater fulfil some of the popular demands after chronograph.
9) Luxury Swiss Crown REP Cosmos Daytona Ultimate Chronograph High End Automatic Watch 904L Steel Cal.4130 Movement
The high quality, high precision cal.4130 chronograph movement gives the watch a status quo among its contemporaries imported from Noob Factory. The 38.6 mm diameter watch is an analog one with a black dial making the reading of chronograph easier even in a hostile environment. The crystal is a sapphire letting an enhanced view of the dial with luminescent hands and stick hour markers. The 12 O’clock shows the brand logo while the minute markers encircle them. The band material is 904L stainless steel and the product has a water resistance of 100 meters. The dial labeled with “Swiss made” can be taken as another reason to be trusted with.
10) Tissot Men’s T0954171105700 Analog Display Swiss Quartz Silver Watch
Another exquisite presentation as experienced in this watch comes from Tissot which believes in technological supremacy with the most possible logical expenditure of money- delivering more value for the amount of money spent. The case and the band with a fold-over-push-button clasp both are made of stainless steel. This trendy 42 mm watch has an analog display with black dial. The stick hour markers encircle the silver-tone luminescent hands and a very efficient chronograph functionality can be noticed on the dial. The fixed bezel has a tachymeter. The date display feature is available at 4 O’clock position. The synthetic sapphire, quartz movement and 330 meter water resistance make it worth enough to buy for.
11) Invicta Men’s 14702 Pro Diver Analog Display Swiss Quartz Silver Watch
Invicta Watch Company is a Swiss watch watch company known for TechnoMarine, S. Coifman, Glycine Watch Group, and Imperious apart from Invicta itself. The unidirectional bezel and carbon fiber color of the dial look splendid in the combination of a 47 mm watch case made of stainless steel and a befitting band of the same material. The hour markers are triangular, rectangular and circular in shape except 3 O’clock position that reflects the date. The hands and hour markers are silver in color with luminescent properties surrounded by minute markers. The imported watch has a mineral crystal and a fold-over-clasp-with-safety fitted with its band. Apart from hour and minute hands there is a second hand and water resistance of 200 meters serving as a special feature. The watch uses quartz movement technology for precise determination of time.
12) Alpina Horological Smartwatch Mens Fitness Watch – 44mm Silver Face Swiss Quartz 2 Year Battery Life Running Watch – Black Leather Band Water Resistant Sleep Monitor Activity Tracker Watch AL-285S5AQ6
The first thing to assert while writing about the phone is surely its smartness that transcends it from a mere timekeeping device to more of a personal assistant in executing many of the duties expected to be performed by one such. Its specialty starts with the tracking mechanism- it can track the sleep time of the user or if kept under the pillow. The sleep track mechanism provides details on how much time one spent in deep sleep, light sleep, or awake. Smart sleep alarms- enables one with optimal duration of sleep after which the alarm wakes up one leaving no glitch of tiredness. Motinox Cloud Backup & Restore helps erasing personal data if the watch is lost, Always On Time & Date proves great during travel while crossing the International Date Line without bothering for adjusting date and time and Dynamic Coaching sends tips and suggestions based on one’s activities including sleep pattern. The watch comes in a 44 mm brushed stainless steel cased Swiss quartz watch comes in black calf leather band, date calendar, scratch resistance sapphire crystal and water resistance of 100 meter.
13) Davosa Swiss Made Men Watch, Automatic Analog Ternos Professional, Stainless Steel Wrist Band, Premium Ceramic Bezel
The watch has a very high degree of water resistance- as high as 50 ATM which makes it capable of taking hardest of challenges with divers. The 42 mm case is made of stainless steel and the band too is no exception to that while the bezel is made of ceramic. The blue dial shows an analog display of time through anti-reflective-sapphire used in dial window. The hands are silver-tone in color set in the middle of the dial and surrounded by hour markers. The hour markers show three basic geometrical shapes. The hands and the hour markers are luminescent and increases the legibility. The water resistance of 500 meter is astoundingly great for water activities including that of the divers.
The list may be populated with more watches, features offered by them, discussing deeper on various features for a perpetual time. Hence, it is wise to stop here and let you choose one of your choice. I cannot tell you which one to go for as there are other things which act like variables and turning the answer into a wrong one. Each man has his individual taste, built, necessity and obviously budget. So the watch has to be chosen keeping them all in mind. Moreover, choosing a watch for ownself is always a fun for it has an excitement which once decided by someone else is sure to ruin all the excitement and joy. I just showed you the horizons, which way to proceed- the decision is all yours. Good luck and happy buying.