Do you remember your first watch? Chances are it’s a basic Casio or Timex, or maybe a Texas Instruments with the sweet calculator. There was something special about getting your own watch, digital or analog, back when smartphones didn’t take over timing. Now, wearing a watch is more of a fashion statement or status symbol than a necessity for speeding up appointments or simply telling time. Guys who are serious about watches gravitate towards analog watches when starting (or completing) a collection. Analog watches — automatic powered by quartz and movement or mechanical requiring winding — have the classic look, feel, and build that most budding watchmakers prefer. But digital watches, which hit the market in droves in the mid-70s, can now be almost as desirable. They generate a lot of nostalgia for people who grew up in the 80s and 90s. Also, with these decades coming back into fashion, recent retro digital releases are gaining new appreciation.
So don’t overlook digital watches, even though the smartphone has tried to send all wristwatches to pasture – like the recent resurgence of vinyl records, these topical watches refuse to die. We’ve rounded up a bunch of the latest and coolest digital watches to buy now.
When it’s time to go back to the future, there’s no better way to do it than with a vintage Casio watch. This thing of beauty comes in multiple hues and strap options, like rose gold with a stainless steel mesh strap and adjustable clasp, but we like the more understated black-on-black version for everyday wear. It’s water resistant, so you don’t need to worry about being on a boat or at the poolside cabana with this vintage-looking baby on your wrist. Features include a stopwatch, alarm, calendar and internal LED light to check the time on dark nights in dark clubs.
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