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Copycat derivative dive and pilot watches are everywhere. It’s also not exactly a breeze to design modern interpretations of either type without looking weird and/or polarizing. UK-based Aera has done a bang-up job of creating its own fresh versions of both of them in the D-1 Diver and the P-1 Pilot. Both timepieces are impeccably crafted with 904L stainless steel (the same kind used for the Rolex Submariner), which is tougher and more scratch-resistant than the typical 316L. The D1 has a 44mm case, while the P-1 is a tad smaller at 43mm. Both watches also include specially-crafted domed sapphire glass, hand-filled Super LumiNova, and a Swiss Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement. We love the unique interpretations of hands, markers, and numerals, while remaining highly legible and attractive. Each model is limited to 300 units, and our guess is that they’ll sell out in a flash.


When it comes to watches that combine quality, design, durability and affordability, there’s no better value proposition than VAER’s C5 Field Watch. As they put it–and we agree–the rugged-yet-refined collection offers a guaranteed waterproof warranty, scratchproof sapphire crystal, USA-built Ameriquartz movement, C1 SuperLuminova, and your choice of two interchangeable straps. We hesitate throwing around the “best ever” moniker when it comes to anything, but it fits in the case of this watch. Even better, pricing starts at only $209 for quartz or $449 for automatic movements, with free US shipping and returns. What are you waiting for? Get your VAER Watch today.