While the name of this Swiss-based company isn’t immediately recognisable, it’s responsible for the first ever digital watch—a fact that will come as a shock to most considering their parent brand is best known for its analogue watches. Now, renamed Seiko, the brand continues to innovate with solar-powered watches that can be charged in a number of ways.
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From the modern NanaDC, sleek lines of this black and silver timepiece to the classic brushed stainless steel case and bracelet, this is one of the most understated yet stylish watches on our list. This piece is also available with a date display—a helpful feature if you’re always on the go and need to know exactly what the time is without glancing at your watch.
If you’re in need of a durable and versatile watch that will stand up to the rigors of everyday life, this is the one for you. It’s water resistant to 100 meters so you can take it swimming or snorkeling, but it’s also a comfortable option for everyday wear.
This solar-powered chronograph watch is another crowd-pleasing option from Seiko. It has a VS75 solar quartz movement that uses light energy to recharge the battery—so you can keep it on your wrist all day long and never have to worry about losing power.
We don’t usually cover quartz watches on MONOCHROME—but this is one that deserves an exception. Based on the 1972 Hamilton P1, this watch is the coolest and most historically significant of its kind. Roger Moore wore it in the opening scene of James Bond’s Live and Let Die, and celebrities like Keith Richards and Joe Frazier all own this iconic timepiece.