If you recall, it was just last month I reviewed a watch that I took to calling the Armitron Explorer. This is not, of course, what the brand calls it, but it’s what it made me think of when I had the watch in, so it’s what stuck. Now, it’s your turn to have a chance to win it, and form your own opinion!
Armitron is likely a brand most folks don’t pay too much attention to, at least, those who read watch blogs. Right or wrong, it’s just not a brand that attracts attention. That said, they have such a varied catalog it would be all but impossible to find a watch that fits your tastes. One of the nicer-looking pieces I’ve had in from them is the subject of today’s review – the Armitron Explorer.
Armitron has been making affordable watches since the 1960’s. Recently, they’ve come out with their “Adventure” line, including a few solar powered pieces. They look good, and sport OK specs – but how great are they really? Do they hold their own as a reliable adventure watch? Are they worth their salt for an every day wearer? A special occasioner? I tried out the Armitron Adventure “AD/1000BKTI Solar-Powered Analog Watch with Black Stainless Steel Bracelet- 46MM”
Short answer? Not really – the Armitron Adventure Solar AD/1000BKTI looks good in photos, but its hollow links, misaligned second hand, fair/not great water resistance, and overall less quality feel don’t live up to the $150 pricetag. By my account, if you’re in the market for a solar powered basic adventure watch that can handle a long life of every day wear, give you quartz accuracy, and deliver a solid fit and finish, go with a basic Seiko Solar like the SNE331 (more outdoorsy, soft strap) or SNE325 (less outdoorsy, metal bracelet).
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- The box isn’t the highest quality – strictly budget here. But the watch in the case looks pretty darn good, actually.
- Love the red accents on the dial, and overall outdoorsy look.
- The watch started right up as soon as I exposed it to the sun. It has a nice “low battery” feature and ticks once every other second when the battery is low.
- This thing is big! 46mm is a bit big for my wrist. I suppose I should have considered that before ordering.
- Those hollow links – immediate impression when picking it up is that it’s lightweight – not necessarily a bad thing.
Fit and Finish
The color is consistent, the dial is printed well, the logos and nice and crisp, and overall fit and finish is great. HOWEVER, the main issue here is the second hand is misaligned – it ticks between marks on the dial. So it never ticks directly on 12 or any other markets. To me, that misalignment is a deal killer, and getting close to a defective product. I reached out to Armitron, and never heard back on if there’s a way to micro-adjust the hands to fix this. After realizing this misaligned second hand, things kinda came to a stop.
On The Wrist
It’s light, but that’s not necessarily bad. I think the pinging of the hollow links is really what got me. And glancing at that misaligned second hand killed me every time. However at a distance, it looks handsome enough on the wrist. So, it looks good enough to get you a date, but not good enough to turn that date into something more. 🙂
I love the solar quartz movements. In my mind, with solar tech far enough along nowadays, there’s really no reason to do a battery operated movement for quarts – go solar all the way and never change your battery. Unless of course you have some crazy dial.
The Armitron Adventure line seems promising, and I certainly appreciate the brand heritage. But the sample I received had a few quality issues that prevent me from recommending it, especially at a $150 price point.
Here’s a video of that misaligned second hand. You can see the ticks go from accurate to inaccurate at various points.
- Case Diameter: 46mm
- Case Material: Ionic plated stainless steel case and bezel
- Dial: matte black dial with Arabic numerals
- Stainless Steel Bracelet
- Black ionic plated stainless steel adjustable bracelet with a one-touch, one button fold-over buckle
- Movement: Solar Quartz
- Features a calendar window, luminous hands and a solar cell to convert light into electrical energy
- Water Resistant up to 165 feet
Next up in our traversals of the most recent additions to the Armitron catalog, we’re heading into the world of digital. Specifically, those that the brand identifies as part of their Adventure lineup. When I was going through, one that looked particularly fitting to the outdoors caught my eye. Given the specced case size, I figured might as well go for the most boldly colored one, right? Let’s see what the Armitron Adventure AD/1011YLW has in store.
It’s been some time since we’ve had a spate of Armitron watches on our pages, but now we’re getting into the latest batch from the brand. While they may not be the first name that comes to mind, there’s no denying their watches are firmly in the affordable territory. Price isn’t the only thing that us watch folks care about though, is it? Let’s see how the Armitron Visible247 fared in our hands-on review.
Coordinating things with your significant other can sometimes be a tricky thing to do, if that’s what you’re shooting for. When it comes to watches, you can occasionally find particular models that are presented in both a men’s size (say, 36mm+ case) and a women’s size (in the lower 30’s for the case diameter). What about if you’re looking for something that presents a similar style, but aren’t identical watches? Well, then, you’re in luck, as today we’ve got the first of two upcoming articles (and hands-on reviews) that cover this exact scenario. Today’s examples come to us courtesy of Armitron.
It’s been quite some time since we’ve shown you some Armitron watches on these pages (see here). Today and tomorrow, we’ll have a look at two of their newer models. First up, we have the 20/4838BSRV.
This month, we’ve got you chance to win one of three different watches (plus one more). That’s right, folks, we’re going to have three different winners. With the variety of things coming up with the warmer weather, we thought that one of these three should fit for your summertime activities.
With this article, we’ll be wrapping up our current excursion through the Armitron catalog. We’ve reviewed a variety of pieces – solar powered, glowy, and outdoors focused – and now we’ll dip our toes in the waters of the dress watch. In, in actuality, we’ll be covering off on two different watches in this review that are more or less the same, aside from their strap. With that, let’s have ourselves a look at the Armitron Tank Watch.