5 Best Nixon Watches Reviewed & Rated
Nixon has a great reputation for building unique timepieces that speaks to today’s generation: outlandish, brash, and in-your-face. Nixon “makes things a little better”, by standing out from the crowd and going against conformity.
Case in point: The Rotolog. We at Gracious Watch will always remember the first time we laid eyes on that watch: the rectangular design, a unique viewing window for hours and minutes, and the link configuration was nothing we’ve ever seen before.
Since then, Nixon has produced great examples and here are 5 that you should add on your wrist.
Our Top 5 Nixon Watches
|1.||Nixon Diplomat||$$$||5/5||Buy Now|
|2.||Nixon Monopoly||$$||5/5||Buy Now|
|3.||Nixon ‘The Unit’||$$||4.5/5||Buy Now|
|4.||Nixon ‘The Chronicle’||$$||4.5/5||Buy Now|
|5.||Nixon Baja||$$||4/5||Buy Now|
In-depth look at all the best Nixon watches
Nixon has a great variety of watches available for both men and women. Our Nixon watch reviews below are models that use quartz and automatic Japanese and Swiss movements. Like Seiko their styles range from the simple and elegant looking ones to items with a sophisticated appeal, with atypical and intricate faces. Our series of reviews on Nixon pieces present five of the most popular watches available namely, Nixon Diplomat, Monopoly, The Unit, The Chronicle, and Nixon Baja. These are watches designed for male and unisex use.
If you are looking for the best Nixon watches for men, these are some of the best options you can consider. Aside from their stunning looks, these watches are also attractive because of their prices. Their prices are at the $100 to $300 range. They are not luxury watches but affordable practical options that are great for everyday use. They can be considered as some of the more affordable, great deal Nixon watches for sale.
Nixon Diplomat Review
Released in 2013, the Diplomat is an analog type watch with a stainless steel case. It features a unidirectional rotating steel bezel and a men’s standard 23-millimeter band in leather. The case has a diameter of 45 millimeters and a thickness of around 14 millimeters. The glass protecting it’s face is scratch-resistant so you can expect it to stay free from the ugly scratches incurred in everyday use. The dominant color for this particular watch is black, which covers the band and dial. The Diplomat operates with a Swiss Quartz movement. It is also water-resistant for depths of up to 200 meters.
Overall, the Diplomat exudes a nice retro look and feel. It may not be the best Nixon watch but it certainly isn’t the worst you can find. It is not difficult to give a positive review of the Diplomat watch based on the looks and feel of this item alone. It looks sophisticated and powerful. Because of the contrasting black face with white numbers and hands, it is very easy to read dial. The color combination creates an appealing look without being gaudy or too attention grabbing. Also, the anti-glare treatment on the domed hardened mineral crystal covering the face is effective in making it even more legible.
It is comfortable to wear. The buckle clasped leather strap, along with the steel accents, looks nice and feels good to the touch. The band is made of NATO style Horween leather with a custom solid steel buckle, which feels good or decent to say the least. It is water-resistant but it is not advisable to make it into a sports watch to be worn while doing outdoor and water-based adventures because of the leather strap. The water protection is always great to have but drying the leather strap wouldn’t be quick and water would most likely quickly wear it out.
This review of the Nixon Diplomat specifically evaluates the Diplomat with the model number A269019-00 and part number A269-240. We don’t hesitate giving it a 5/5 rating for its appearance, solid comfortable feel, water-resistance, and great price.
Nixon Monopoly Watch Review
The unisex Nixon Monopoly is an interesting watch with a gunmetal dial stainless steel band. It is analog type with a mineral dial window material, which is unfortunately not scratch-resistant.
It has a round face with gold-colored numbers and hands as well as a gold-colored bezel. It has a date indicator in white (black text, white background), which would seem to detract from the homogeneity of the colors. It would have looked better in some shade of gold or something not so bright color.
Overall, the Monopoly’s aesthetics, the gold-in-dark-grey color combination in particular, would appeal to some and may not be that attractive to others. It certainly isn’t bad looking, though.
We feel it’s worth pointing out that the Nixon Monopoly’s black color in most photos of it online is not really black but a darker kind of grey. It looks formal and does not create that stark contrast of gold-in-black that would probably be more appealing to younger potential buyers.
The Nixon Monopoly’s steel case is 40mm in diameter and 10mm thick. The grey band is also made of steel and has a men’s standard 22mm length. The bezel is likewise of steel make but is fixed in place.
It weighs 9.60 ounces, which is comfortable enough even for female wearers. Moreover, it is water-resistant up to 100 meters or 330 feet. It feels solid on the wrist just like every other good steel watch on the market, but it’s relatively light so wearing it over long periods wouldn’t feel cumbersome.
This review of the Monopoly watch grants a 5/5 rating, specifically for the model number A3251228-00, part number a3251228. It’s a nice-looking watch featuring a great build and mostly attractive design. We just wish it had a scratch-resistant dial window material.
Nixon “The Unit” Review
Fancy buying an all-gold watch featuring the Nixon branding and price? The Unit watch could be the one you are looking for. It has an imposing all-gold case and strap made of stainless steel. However, it is actually a digital watch. It tends to not look like one from a distance because of the stainless steel material and flashy gold color. The overall appearance of this piece can be somewhat polarizing. It’s a unisex watch, by the way, so the target buyers may not be the typical males.
This mostly steel watch has a case diameter and thickness of 50 and 15mm respectively. It features a double-locking clasp with micro adjustment. It has a mineral glass display window material. Strap length, on the other hand, is 24mm. The general feel of the watch is comparable to other steel watches. It could make use of some weight reduction but it’s not really that uncomfortable to wear.
Because this watch is a digital type, it comes with a stopwatch feature. It also sports the standard background illumination to facilitate viewing in the dark. Legibility is not a problem in many cases but it can be challenging under the sun. The display is not like e-ink that becomes more visible with sunlight illumination. It relies on red LEDs that drown away under bright lights.
The Unit watch is different from other Nixon Unit models obviously because of its color. However, the internals and type of materials used are mostly similar to other Nixon Units. Durability and longevity can be expectedly similar.
Overall performance is not going to be different from other Nixon Unit watches, obviously, as this golden digital watch only differentiates itself from others with its looks. You can check out other Nixon unit reviews and expect the conclusion to be similarly applicable to this unit.
For this ‘The Unit’ review, we think a 4.5/5 score would sound just right. “The Unit” with the model number A360502-00 and part number A360 502 will surely find some interested buyers despite its nontraditional appearance. The water-resistance is always a welcome feature although it is somewhat heavy at 16 ounces. Moreover, the display of this piece makes it appear to be intended for mostly indoor use since it’s not that legible under the sun.