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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tahiti heat: Surfer watches for the average urban male

Have you ever had the urge to give it all up and just emigrate to Tahiti? The painter Paul Gauguin did so 120 years ago and it didn’t do his career any harm. But since that time it’s become a millionaire’s paradise, and a hotel club sandwich is equal to the price of just about any of these cool surfer watches.

So this trip is likely to always remain a dream for most. Besides, even if you did make it to the big surf, your ageing office-bound body couldn’t handle the intense battering of ten thousand ton waves bearing down upon it. But that doesn’t stop you from being an urban surfer dude, and these watches will certainly put you in the mood to seek out a beach and dream of catching a wave.

Animal Zepher Watch

Animal make some of the coolest surfer gear available, and that extends to watches. Surprisingly the brand originates from Poole in Dorset, not a place noted for being cool or having big surf, but head back to the M5 and there is Cornwall where you can reliably freeze your nuts off surfing the grey high rollers any time of the year. This watch comes in a stainless steel case with a Velcro strap.  It has a screw down crown for great water protection and it’s water resistant to 200m. The indices and hour and minute hands are coated in Luminova for ease of visibility when the wave comes crashing down and you don’t know which way is up. Comes with a two year international guarantee $92.00.

Ripcurl Bronx Leather Watch

Victoria Australia is where this well known surfer gear brand was founded in 1969. The Ripcurl Bronx has a jewelled movement and is water resistant to 100 metres, but the engraved leatherwork on the strap might take a severe punishment in the surf. Very cool for the beach though if you don't mind the mother of all watch strap tan marks. $92.00

Quiksilver Random Watch

Quiksilver is a hugely popular surfer brand from Huntington Beach in California. The Random watch is made of stainless steel and has an expandable bracelet.  It tells the time, gives you the date, has a countdown timer for your ride through the surf, an alarm to catch the early wave and dual time so you know what time it is back in the real world, and of course water resistant, in this instance to 5atm. $139.99


Nixon The Outsider Tide Digital Watch - Indigo

A great digital watch for any water sportsman, enabling the tracking of tides alongside the benefits of digital dual time, chrono and timer display. Nixon is another cool American brand which combines world-class design with creative individuality. $139.99

Billabong Maverick

Billabong is yet another funky and well established surfer brand, this time from the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. But you can’t give up your day job just yet. This stainless steel chronograph, which includes full stopwatch capabilities from seconds to minutes to hours and splits, date, luminous hands, screw down crown, and tachymetre is going to set you back $600.00

TechnoMarine Ceramic Chrono
This is how the currently cool and suave take to the surf. TechnoMarine is a South of France brand that oozes confidence and style in a wide variety of sleek and cool looking watches. This 45mm Ceramic Chrono runs on a Swiss (probably ETA) automatic movement with a two tone titanium bezel. It’s water resistant to 200m and before it touches so much as a drop of the salty stuff, it’s going to set you back over $1,500.00.

Reef Leather Fanning Flip Flops
These Mick Fanning signature sandals were developed in association with the big Australian champion surfer dude himself. Features include a hidden bottle opener and a huge heel airbag. This is an incredibly comfortable sandal for the active layabout and a must have for your imaginary surfer sojourn. $75.00

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