The Budget Lookalike of a Vintage Omega Watch

The Budget Lookalike of a Vintage Omega Watch
Classic style without the vintage price tag.
Nixon Time Teller Chronograph Olive Sunray

If you were to examine new watch designs over the past decade or so one design detail stands out more than any other; go big or go home. Watches have exploded in size, with even normally conservative dress watch styles coming in at dimensions that used to considered big for sports watches. Some sports watches have gotten so big that you look as if you’re wearing a wall clock from grade school on your arm.

Because of the bloated size of many newer watches many people started hunting down smaller, vintage Omega and Bulova models. Not only are you getting a smaller size you’re also getting a bit of history and some retro styling points as well. However, these vintage models are becoming more expensive and harder to find. This is where Nixon’s Time Teller Deluxe comes in. Sporting an olive green face, day/date dials, and a sporty jubilee bracelet this watch exudes a vintage cool at an easy-to-wear 37mm.

Vintage Omega

One advantage to buying a new Nixon over a vintage watch is that you get a modern quartz movement (with a battery that lasts years) and 100m of water resistance in a stainless steel case. This means that the Time Teller can take a bit of a beating. What that 100m of water resistance means is you can swim, bathe, skinny dip, snorkel or damn near whatever the hell you want to do in the water while wearing it. Just don’t take it scuba diving. So whether you’re wearing it to the office or to the beach it’s going to hold up.

The versatility, I think, is one of the strongest points of the Time Teller. On the stainless steel bracelet or a leather strap it’s going to fit in nicely with a suit and tie. If you’re going swimming wear it on a NATO strap or the bracelet and it’s going to be a great summer watch. So if you’re searching for a watch with a vintage look and size, versatile styling and modern features (that won’t put a dent in your wallet) the Time Teller Deluxe is worth a closer look.

Pick up the Time Teller on Zappos for $150.

Nixon Time Teller Chronograph Olive Sunray

Chris Scott is a scuba instructor, photographer, and writer living in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Anthropology and a focus in underwater archaeology. He spends most of his time trying to figure out ways to see the world without having to spend any money. If you have any ideas about how to accomplish that let him know at chris@culturaldispatch.com 

  • Chaim Yaakov Shlomo Chuzpe

    You get a better deal with Timex, Nixon watches are like Diesel, Armani and other competitors just lifestyle products. If you want a honest watch brand then try Orient or Seiko.

  • Greg Edwards

    A modern quartz movement being an advantage is debatable. There are many people like myself who prefer a mechanical/automatic movement, even at the cheaper end of the market (Seiko/Invicta/Alpha/Parnis etc) to quartz movements.

  • albert

    I would hunt down a mechanical before I buy a quartz. Mechanical exudes the mechanic or engineer in u

  • http://mywp.ninja Paden

    At 100m that’s ~330FT so you should be able to do recreational diving (max depth 140ft) just no technical diving.

  • Michael

    Nice idea, but I would lean more for Seiko, or Orient. For quartz, I would recommend Citizen Eco Drive, same idea as a quartz, but you may never need to replace the battery.