Whether you’re wearing jeans or a suit, the AK622 will polish off your outfit. It’s one of the chicest looking watches we’ve ever seen, and this is reason enough to buy it. Spoiler alert, although it looks jaw-dropping, there are watches equally good looking below.
The timepiece has the easiest-to-use crown
on our list. We even think that it’s one of the easiest crowns we’ve ever dealt with. Alongside the crown, you’ll see two buttons. They aren’t there just to spice things up. They work the watch’s chronographs
. The sub-dials are 60 seconds, 60 minutes, and 24-hour chronographs. How neat is it to see such a feature on a budget device?
There are large Roman numerals. They’re in your face, so reading a watch has never been so easy. That being said, not everyone is a fan of Roman numerals. No need to fret, there’s an inner ring that has a 24-hour clock in Arabic numerals.
Like any good watch, its hands are enormous. They’re covered in luminous paint. There’s paint on the markers too, which as you can imagine, makes the watch even easier to read.
Being so luminous, you might be wondering if you can use it underwater. The answer is, yes. The 622 can handle a 165 foot (50 metre) dip underwater.
Its gunmetal body is stunning, but its body losing its shine is a very real possibility. Akribos promises that high-quality stainless steel was used in the timepiece’s production. For its price, it holds up well, but it certainly can’t handle a thorough beating.
We’re kind of iffy about its calendar, however. Don’t get me wrong, a calendar feature is always useful, but not when you have to turn your head at awkward angles to read it. That’s exactly what you’ll be doing with the AK622. Its calendar is in the 4-o’clock position.
You’re probably wondering what type of movement it has. The gunmetal beauty is a quartz delight. It carries the TMI VX9J movement. Being a TMI, if you haven’t guessed it yet, it’s Japanese.
How could we forget about its display? You get a mineral window in your device. Although this is great, we’re not too excited about this as Sapphire is where it’s at. Then again, you can’t forget the watch’s price.
What makes it special:
Its gun-metal body.
When we said that the watches following the AK622 looked just as good, we weren’t lying. The AK751 is stunning and oozes luxury. This is mainly due to its dial. You don’t usually see emerald green on watches, and let me tell you, it’s something we need more of.
The calfskin strap helps the illusion as well. After all, leather isn’t associated with budget things, but here it is! The fact that the leather has hand-stitched white pattens is the icing on top.
Other than that, you’ll see a chronograph feature. This explains the buttons along with the timepiece’s crown. They’re 60 seconds, 60 minutes, and 24-hour chronographs, similar to the AK622.
Speaking of the AK622, how did you feel about the Roman numerals on it? We loved them, which is why we were disappointed that they’re not on the 751. You get a 24-hour clock instead. Although it’s not as cool looking, truth be told, Arabic numerals are easier to read. You won’t be deciphering anything in your head.
We have some bad news. If you’re looking for a luminous watch, the 751 is not for you. With one look at its dial, you’ll see that its hands are really small. They barely carry any lume.
What type of movement do you think the 751 has? We love Swiss quartz, so we were thrilled to find out that the 751 boasts of a Swiss movement. Then again, the watch is pretty cheap, so is it really Swiss? We’ve answered this in the latter part of our article.
Who wouldn’t want a pretty watch that’s water-resistant? Before you get your hopes up, the Akribos timepiece is not a Submariner. It can’t handle extreme depths, just the basics. It’s resistant up to 33 feet (10.05 meters) underwater.
Did we mention that its dial is mineral? You already know that this doesn’t impress us. It’s still a great crystal though, just don’t slam it into anything.
What makes it special:
Its emerald green dial.
Best Looking AND the Most Durable
So far, we’ve had 2 stunning watches on our list, but the Akribos AK868 takes the cake. You’ll fool anyone into thinking you sold your kidney for it. The funny thing about this is the fact that it’s one of the cheaper watches on our list.
Just to put into perspective how opulent it is, you get a Swarovski crystal-embellished bezel
. Although this sounds great, remember that the watch is insanely cheap. There’s no way that they’re real. They’re a nice touch though.
Its domed crystal helps sell the luxury illusion too. Only the most expensive watches come with such a display. The domed window also makes the watch easy on the eyes. It magnifies its dial, after all.
In terms of reading the timepiece, we’re happy. The AK868 would’ve ruined its luxury feel if it came with Arabic numerals. Instead, you get an assortment of Roman numerals. However, some may find it hard to read. This is especially true as the ones on the 868 have a mix of baton markers in them.
Thankfully, the watch’s hands are thick, making things easier to read. Their thickness makes for a great canvas for the lume. If you’re anticipating the paint to be on the numerals as well, get ready to be disappointed.
We just love the sapphire blue dial. It wraps everything up, and you can never go wrong with a good blue. The stainless-steel bracelet helps as well. Akribos says that high-quality steel was used in the timepiece’s design. You already know what we think about it.
But can it handle a beating? Kind of. It does a better job than the two watches above. Its domed mineral gives it an extra layer of protection. The fact that it’s sapphire coated
just makes things better.
In terms of water resistance, the 868 is swim-ready. It can handle a 100 feet (30 meters) underwater.
Of course, it comes with a chronograph as well, you even get a tachymeter
. We feel spoilt.
That being said:
We found its crown a bit hard to use. It’s not as easy to wind as the AK622.
And before we forget, the AK868 is Swiss quartz.
What makes it special:
It has an embellished bezel.