If you enjoy high tech wristwatches, then the following 4 should get your attention.
Citizen Eco Drive Proximity Bluetooth SmartWatch:
The Eco Drive Proximity combines high tech and high class. Its multi dial, translucent analog watch face is a very interesting mix of both very futuristic and retro stylings. The Proximity isn’t just a pretty face (much pun intended). Its case, bezel, back, lugs, crown, and back are all made from fairly thick stainless steel. It also has a very durable mineral crystal (glass) face. You won’t need to ever worry about replacing batteries in this watch since it has its own solar panel built into the dial that recharges its internal battery from any light source.
The biggest feature of the Proximity is the ability for it to link to your iPhone via Bluetooth 4.0. This allows you to receive notifications on the watch such as incoming calls, text messages, email, reminders, and alerts. All you need to do is download the free app and link the watch to your iPhone. The interface is a bit tricky, but once you get the hang of it, it’s no big deal. The Eco Drive Proximity from Citizen is definitely a watch that’s built to last. I definitely recommend it if you want to have a Bluetooth watch but don’t want to sacrifice durability and waterproofness, and especially if you don’t like the idea of a bright distracting screen on your wrist that keeps flashing all the time.
Price: $357 – $525
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Tech4o Discover GPS Heart Rate Watch:
The Discover GPS heart rate watch from Tech4o does exactly what it sounds like it does. It’s a watch, it’s a GPS, and it comes with a wireless chest heart rate monitor. Sounds simple enough right? Well, unlike most GPS watches out there, this one has some features that only exist in a few watches. Most GPS watches really just do one thing: track your run/ride and then let you look at your stats either on the watch or on your computer/smartphone after you finish. Most don’t let you actually use their GPS for any navigation. The Tech4o Discover, on the other hand, allows you to save your own waypoints and navigate to them. This means that you could use the Discover GPS watch for more than just plotting your runs and bike rides. You can navigate with it! This opens up all kinds of uses such as backpacking, camping, kayaking, geocaching and more. The one downside is that it only syncs with Windows computers. It doesn’t sync with smartphones or Mac computers (unless you run Windows on your Mac). Another cool feature is that it’s USB rechargeable, so you don’t have to ever replace the batteries. It just recharges each time you plug it into your PC to sync your GPS data. If you are looking for a GPS watch and heart rate monitor for jogging, cycling, and navigating that won’t break the bank, then the Discover from Tech4o is definitely a great option.
Price: $118 – $199
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Martian Passport Bluetooth SmartWatch:
There are plenty of Bluetooth Smartwatches out on the market today. Many of these either have tons of features and little style, or they are very stylish with limited features and difficult to use. The Martian Passport is a perfect mix of both. At first glance, it looks like a very stylish yet simple dress watch. On closer inspection, you will notice that there is a lot more going on below the surface than just accurate timekeeping. Set into the lower part of the watch face is a small single line side scrolling OLED display where you can read your incoming messages and notifications. What really makes this watch stand out when compared to many others on the market is that it has a built-in speaker/microphone, which allows you to utilize Siri from your wrist without having to buy an Apple Watch! Another big plus that the Martian Passport has over the Apple Watch is battery life. The Apple Watch battery needs to be recharged each and every day. The Martian Passport, on the other hand, only needs to be recharged about once a week. The downside is that the Passport is not even close to being water resistant, so keep this watch away from sinks, showers and definitely out of the pool.
Price: $250 – $299
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SleepTracker Elite Watch:
The SleepTracker Elite Watch has an internal accelerometer that allows it to track your movements while you sleep. Thus, it allows you to better understand how you sleep and possibly how various external stimuli from that day affected your REM cycle. Data from each night is uploaded to the SleepTracker app on your computer via a USB cable where you can view all your sleep data and your sleep score in a nice graph. Sorry, folks, no WiFi or Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone here. All that sleep tracking and graph viewing is all fine and dandy, but the feature that really makes this watch a winner is its ability to help you wake up feeling less groggy. Since it is already monitoring your sleep, it simply waits to set off its vibrating alarm until you are in less of a deep sleep within a set window of time (so you don’t show up late to work). Quite brilliant if you ask me. Oh, and if you didn’t figure it out already, this watch also tells you the time!
Price: $149 – $210
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