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A NIXON WATCH REVIEW
BEAUTIFUL, DIVERSE & SOMEWHAT COSTLY [2020 UPDATE]

If you’re looking for a good-looking watch, a timepiece by Nixon should be at the top of your list. The brand’s especially known for its fashion pieces. 

They have quite the range to look at. We’ve run through some of their best while taking a look at who they are. If you want the best Nixon watch review, isn’t it obvious we’re the place to be?

Who Is Nixon?

They are a very popular American brand in the industry. Their history goes back to 1998. Nixon has grown over the years, and they now have over 90 models in their line-up. When they first started, it was a measly 7. 

They are known for their good-looking pieces. They’re experts at fashion watches, with an especially diverse range of products. You’ll even see some very expensive timepieces in their collection. Nixon watches can sometimes cost over $1000.

Since these products belong to the world of fashion watches, some buyers may not be too impressed. Certain watch enthusiasts use “fashion watches” as a derogatory term. However, these timepieces are not just fashionable but perform well too.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at some of their best, and then answer a couple of questions you may have. 

The Watches - At A Glance

We could dive right in, but before we get to the good stuff, let’s run through our favourites from the assortment below.
Preview
Our Pick
Nixon Men's A486632 48-20 Chrono Watch
The Best Looking
Nixon Time Teller Rose Gold/Gunmetal/Brown Unisex Watch (37mm. Rose Gold/Gunmetal Face/Brown Leather...
The Most Durable
NIXON Regulus A1180 - All Black - 100m Water Resistant Men's Digital Sport Watch (46mm Watch Face,...
Water Resistance
660 feet (200 meters)
330 feet (100 meters)
330 feet (100 meters)
Crystal
Mineral
Mineral
Mineral
Case
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Resin
Bezel
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Resin
Strap
Stainless steel
Leather
Silicone
Movement
Japanese quartz
Japanese quartz
Japanese quartz
Our Pick
Preview
Nixon Men's A486632 48-20 Chrono Watch
Water Resistance
660 feet (200 meters)
Crystal
Mineral
Case
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
Strap
Stainless steel
Movement
Japanese quartz
More Information
The Best Looking
Preview
Nixon Time Teller Rose Gold/Gunmetal/Brown Unisex Watch (37mm. Rose Gold/Gunmetal Face/Brown Leather...
Water Resistance
330 feet (100 meters)
Crystal
Mineral
Case
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
Strap
Leather
Movement
Japanese quartz
More Information
The Most Durable
Preview
NIXON Regulus A1180 - All Black - 100m Water Resistant Men's Digital Sport Watch (46mm Watch Face,...
Water Resistance
330 feet (100 meters)
Crystal
Mineral
Case
Resin
Bezel
Resin
Strap
Silicone
Movement
Japanese quartz
More Information

Nixon Watches - A Review

Nixon Men's A486632

Our Pick
It’s a rather strange looking watch. With one look at it, you’ll see what we mean. Its buttons and crown are on the left side. We don’t know why Nixon did this. It makes the timepiece harder to wear due to the pieces poking at your arm. 

Other than this, you’ll see that it rocks a full gold body. It’s made from brushed stainless steel that not only makes it chic but harder to scratch. Speaking of the gold, its sharp-blue dial is the perfect contrast.

It looks exquisite, but the A486632 is massive. It’s 1.88 inches (48 mm), so it won’t look the best on you if you have smaller wrists.

You’ll notice three sub-dials on its display. They host the A4866’s chronographs. If you don’t know what a chronograph is, it’s a stop-watch.

There are large Arabic numerals on its dial. They’re gold too. They read from 1 o’clock to 12 o’clock, making things a breeze for you. The numerals being luminous would’ve made them extra easy to read, but unfortunately, we don’t always get what we want.

This is a shame as the watch is quite water-resistant. It can handle a 200 m (660 foot) dip underwater. You can’t dive with it on, though. 

Nixon says it’s suitable for serious surface activities if it’s any consolation.

There are engravings on its bezel. They read the minutes in an hour, which is a nice touch. Do you know what else is a nice touch? The watch’s hands. They look completely different from each other; one having a skeleton design while the other looking like a normal clock-hand.

The device doesn’t have the strongest window. It’s regular mineral glass, so scratching it up might be an issue.

As you know, the brand is known for its fashion watches. This isn’t a bad thing, however, fashion watches usually don’t come with complex mechanisms. No surprise, the A48 has Japanese quartz inside it.

What makes it special: 

Its buttons on the left side.

Nixon Men’s A277-1421

We have a gun-metal beauty on our list. The timepiece is made from brushed stainless steel. This keeps it looking fashionable as well as durable. 

It’s smaller than the A486632. If you have smaller wrists, its 1.77 inches (45 mm) case won’t look that awkward on you.

It’s quite water-resistant. You can take the watch 660 feet (200 meters) underwater. If you’re wondering if you can dive with it on, the answer is no again. Just like its sibling, it can handle serious surface activity instead.

When snorkeling, you’ll appreciate its bezel. It rotates, basically acting as a timer. It helps you get out of the water before you run out of oxygen. Of course, the rotating bezel helps with a range of other things.

The A277 doesn’t come with a whole lot of buttons. It only has a crown on its side. Thankfully, it’s not on the left side, so you’ll not be poking your arm.

Although you’re purchasing another quartz device, the A277 is a swiss-quartz timepiece. This means a lot of craftsmanship has gone into its design.

There’s a calendar feature in place. We’re fans of it as it helps watches keep you on schedule better. The calendar on the watch is towards the 6 o’clock position. It isn’t the biggest, so get ready to squint a bit.

Its navy-blue dial contrasts against its grey body. This makes reading it easier. The large, Arabic numerals help as well. Unfortunately, they’re not luminous.

You’ll see an emerald-like dot that replaces the 12 numeral. It’s neat, don’t you think?

Mineral glass protects its insides. You already know how we feel about it.

What makes it special:

Its calendar.

Nixon Time-Teller A0452001

The Best Looking
The 2 watches we discussed so far were men’s. It’s refreshing to see a unisex watch on our list. The whole Time-Teller line is made for men and women. 

The piece looks expensive. It feels premium too. This is primarily due to its strap. You’re getting hold of quality leather. We’re not sure what kind of leather it is, but if we had to guess, we’d say calf-skin.

The A04 is dainty. However, it’s not too small. Its case stretches 1.49 inches (38 mm) across.

It’s warm-toned. Its case is rose gold while its strap is brown leather, so we advise you to match it with outfits carefully.

Watches that look like it are not known to be water-resistant. Nixon decided to surprise us. You can get 330 feet (100 meters) of resistance out of the timepiece. Before you think about hitting the pool, remember that its strap is leather. Once wet, you’ll find it hard to dry.

If you’re a fan of numerals being on a dial, you won’t be too pleased by the A0452’s minimalistic display. There are slim markers instead. 

Although unfortunate, it helps the timepiece look sleeker.

What’s great about its dial is the texturing on it. It looks almost gravel-like, which takes it to a whole other level.

We’re met with another quartz device. The timepiece rocks a Japanese quartz movement. But unlike the rest, we know the specific mechanism it has. It’s a Miyota, which is known for its accuracy. The same craftsmanship that goes into a swiss-quartz is not present, though.

There is also a mineral display again. As you know, mineral isn’t the toughest crystal out there. You don’t have to get too rough with it for it to break.

What makes it special:

Its quality leather strap.

Nixon Men’s Corporal A243019

You’ll be able to spot the A243 from a mile away. Seriously, look at its dial. Its display is pitch-black with Arabic numerals that are an almost neon yellow. Since it’s so in-your-face, you’ll never have to squint to read the time again. 

Although the numerals are not luminous, their brightness makes them easy to read in dim settings.

Move over A045, we’ve got another leather watch on our list. The A24 rocks a quality leather strap. Once again, we have no idea what leather it is. However, it feels great and our bets are on calf-skin.

The timepiece is huge. By this point, it’s clear that Nixon’s got a thing for large watches. The Corporal stretches 1.88 inches (48 mm) across – so keep in mind how small your wrists are.

Although the numerals don’t have any luminous paint, the watch’s hands do. They get pretty bright, which we’re fans of.

We’re also fans of how water-resistant Nixon’s watches are. The A243019 is another timepiece that can handle considerable depths underwater. It’s resistant up to 330 feet (100 meters). Just like its brothers, you sadly can’t dive with it on.

Getting it wet it won’t be a good move. Remember that leather takes a long time to dry.

Unfortunately, its bezel does not move. It’s made from stainless steel, which isn’t a surprise.

What’s also not a surprise is the movement that the A24 rocks. You’re getting a hold of a Japanese quartz device. Nixon hasn’t made public if a Miyota mechanism is inside it or not.

What do you think the glass on its window is? If you guessed anything but mineral, we’ve got some bad news for you.

What makes it special:

Its luminous display.

Nixon Regulus A1180-001

The Most Durable
To wrap things up, we thought we’d go out with a bang. When we said Nixon’s watch collection is diverse, we weren’t kidding. The A1180 is a digital timepiece

It’s a digital watch on the smaller side of things. Its case only stretches 1.45 inches (37 mm) across. It’s rectangular, which isn’t something you see that often in analog pieces. The case shape makes the A1180 look retro.

It’s the most durable watch on our list. It comes with a silicone and resin body, so it can handle some beatings. If you’re wondering why it’s because the materials are shock-resistant. This isn’t a surprise as the Regulus was made for outdoor use.

It is also the most luminous entry we’ve reviewed. It doesn’t come with any luminous paint, but has a strong backlight. Even without the backlight, the display is easy to read. It’s LED, so it’s bright.

Being a digital watch, the A118 comes with a range of features. This includes an alarm, world-time, a silent mode, and stopwatch.

Being made for the outdoors, it’s no surprise that it can handle considerable depths underwater. It’s resistant up to 330 feet (100 meters). As it’s a mix of resin and silicone, it’s more than fit for a dip in the pool. The materials are very water-proof. With the flick of a wrist, you’ll get water off.

As they’re so waterproof, the two make the Regulus even better for out-door use – dirt all over your watch will never be an issue.

Many digital timepieces made for the outdoors are solar-powered. Unfortunately, the A1180 doesn’t offer this luxury. You’ll have to change its batteries regularly.

Unfortunately, it has another mineral window. All 5 watches on our list have the glass as their crystal.

What makes it special:

It’s a digital device.

Things You Should Know

By this point, you should have an opinion on Nixon products. If you’d like to learn more about the brand, we’ve answered some questions you may have below.

Is Nixon a Good Watch Brand?

Of course, they are! They’ve regularly been putting out amazing-looking pieces. Their collections only keep getting bigger, and the quality of their products is not bad at all. Nixon’s a leading name in the world of fashion watches for a reason. 

Watch brands like Nixon would have to be MVMT and Daniel Wellington. The American-power house can’t be compared to luxury names. However, they outdo their competitors easily.

How Much Does a Nixon Watch Cost?

You won’t be spending an arm and a leg on a Nixon timepiece. However, their watches can be above average. Hear me out. They’re an acclaimed brand. Compared to their competitors, you’ll be spending more. This isn’t a bad thing as they know what they’re doing. 

Let’s not forget that they have a range of devices. So, whatever your budget is, you’ll likely find something.

How Much Is a Nixon Watch Worth?

Remember how we said they have watches that are over $1000? Due to the price, you might think they’re investments. Unfortunately, the brand’s pieces aren’t known to hold their value. As mentioned, they’re not up-to-par with names like Rolex or Omega. 

Where Are Nixon Watches Made?

Good question – China. Their more expensive devices are probably made in Japan. In terms of their Swiss watches, they’re not made in Switzerland but are likely assembled there.

Conclusion

It’s clear that if you’re looking for a fashion watch, Nixon is where you should be spending your money. They’re known for their quality pieces.

Compared to alternative brands, their watches can be pricey. However, they’re known for their diverse range of products, so something within your budget can likely be found.

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