21) Tissot Watches, $150+
Best Watch Brands: Tissot. The foundation for Tissot was laid in 1853. Today, Tissot is part of Swatch Group, which deals in watches and jewelry.
Tissot’s milestones include several of the world’s first watches such as the first mechanical watch in plastic; first wristwatch to feature a case designed using natural stone.
They also produced the first wristwatch to control seven different operations, including analog and digital display, through a single crown; first Swiss touch-based watch with functions such as compass, barometer, etc., and first touch-based watch to run on solar energy.
The Tissot Touch Collection was launched in 1999. Models feature a sapphire crystal with touchscreen capability. A variety of functions that can help on a daily basis or while outdoors, can be enabled through wearer’s touch.
Touch Collection watches also features Alarm functionality, readings of altimeter, thermometer, barometer, chronograph, and compass, can be obtained from the watch.
The Tissot Touch Collection features a diving range. Models in this range feature a water resistance depth of up to 330 feet, and have a dive feature that gives diving depth and speed readings.
There is also a logbook feature to store and retrieve past diving data. Rubber straps and bracelets are band variations.
Tissot has a range of pocket watches comprising different features including mechanical/ quartz configuration, skeleton models, and music and visual accompaniments. They also have a Classic line featuring mostly Swiss mechanical models, and a Sports line.
22) Hamilton Watches, $200+
Hamilton: Best men’s watch brand for rugged, outdoor watches. Currently headquartered in Switzerland, Hamilton’s foray into watchmaking began in 1892 in Pennsylvania, United States.
The Company produced its first line of pocket watches in 1912 and in 1914 became the official supplier for the U.S. Army.
Hamilton Watch Company also holds the credit for introducing the world to a battery-powered electric watch–the VENTURA, in 1957.The world’s first digital watch with LED technology too came from Hamilton in 1970. In 1974, Hamilton became part of the Swatch Group.
Hamilton’s earlier models made a comeback in the 1980s. The company moved its headquarters and manufacturing facility to Biel, Switzerland, in 2003, post which Swiss technology became part of Hamilton watches.
The VENTURA is still a part of Hamilton’s contemporary catalogue with models sporting their ancestral case design. The asymmetric watch face is a signature feature of the V Hamilton ENTURA collection.
Depending upon the model, the asymmetric face accompanies a leather strap/ stainless steel bracelet; an analog dial; automatic or quartz movement; and chronograph.
If you are a vintage lover, there is the American Classic series that showcases models based on Hamilton’s earlier American style designs. Another vintage is the Hamilton Khaki Field watch series, which is based on the Brand’s 1940s military models.
The Hamilton Khaki Aviation range caters to the needs of aviators and aviation enthusiasts with its design and/or features.
The Khaki Navy collection, with their sturdy design — luminescent dial; screw-down crown; and water resistance measure up to 1000 meters, has been designed to aid wearers underwater.
The Hamilton Jazzmaster collection offers stylish, rugged and innovative theme-based models.