Until I can afford a fully scratch-proof, crush-proof, nuclear-holocaust-proof watch that is ALSO a fancy mechanical piece of horological kit, I have to settle for a little less. The good news is, a little less is still pretty darn good, if not better, when it comes to dive watches. The Freestyle Hammerhead is THE dive/water watch. I use it every time I go in the water. I use it in the pool, scuba diving, boating - you name it. The size is generous and easy to read without looking like a dinner plate. The metal is solid, with a good heft and excellent durability. It's got a top-notch timer bezel (for timing dives or the roast in the oven), super luminescent hands and numeral markers (so you can tell the time in darkest depths), a date window, and, to top it all off, a little dive flag printed on the dial. Oh, and did I mention it's waterproof to 660 feet? Best of all, it's got a backlight! A really good one, that lights up the entire face. It provides this indispensable benefit of a digital watch without the lack of, shall we say, élan. It comes in white and black dial versions. I got mine years ago (still works!) and it has a neoprene strap - super comfy! Sadly, they abandoned this in favor of PVC plastic. But the watch still rocks. A great dive/boating/water sports/beat it up watch at a great price (about $70). For those so inclined, here are the specs: Case material: stainless-steel Case diameter: 42 millimeters Case Thickness: 12 millimeters UniDirectional Bezel Date window Quartz (battery) movement Water resistant to 660 Feet (200 M)
Wow. This is on ThinkGeek.com?? A classic yet modern watch. Besides the separate and unconventional seconds, hours and minute hands, the middle dial of the watch (which appears black in the photo) actually conceals a regular, c... Wow. This is on ThinkGeek.com?? A classic yet modern watch. Besides the separate and unconventional seconds, hours and minute hands, the middle dial of the watch (which appears black in the photo) actually conceals a regular, clean, hour dot-markers dial. As the second hand rotates, it turns a top, clear plastic piece that's polarized (like your sunglasses). This makes the dial fade from crystal clear, to a darker, darker, twilight shade (hence the name) until it is night-black. Then, 20 seconds (and rotations later) it goes in reverse - from complete darkness to perfect clarity. This goes on and on, dark to light, light to dark. It's jewelry in motion. While how it works might be geeky, it's a modern and surprisingly cool looking watch. The leather band has no visible lugs, so it meets the watch case seamlessly, like a bracelet. The case is made with a sleek, matte aluminum finish. All the marker hands are different shapes. And it's an understated 36 mm in size, letting the watch itself shine without shouting. To truly appreciate the watch in motion, watch the video on their site. $120. UPDATE: Figures this isn't a ThinkGeek exclusive. It's from the Projects Watch Co., by designer Daniel Will-Harris - maker of the also modern and cool 'Reveal' Watch, among others. Check out the included pics for close ups of each phase.