The Aragon watch company began in the Fall of 1991 under the name Android USA and just recently changed its brand name. The Florida based company embraces the motto "building into the future by respecting our past," in their unique aesthetics and high quality commitment to watchmaking. Although the brand is not as well known as some other more prolific watch companies that have been in operation for a hundred years or better, they offer a variety of quality watches with moderate pricing. Here are the best five Aragon watches on the market today.
Aragon Parma T100
The Parma T100 was launched on a kickstarter campaign and offered the timepiece complete with a box to store spare straps and other accessories. It was the major campaign to kick off the official introduction and to raise money for production of the prototype. Lucky early birds could buy it for a pledge of just $200, in exchange for waiting while production churned them out. The kickstarter editions were sold with two spare straps included, with a stainless steel bracelet and a chunky brown leather strap. A strap changing tool is a part of the package deal. This watch is a heavy duty example weighing 10.8 ounces with a high quality strap burnishing the Aragon logo on the buckle. Even the screw down crown is embossed with a small version of the logo.
The watch features a textured dial with the date/day window placed in the 9 o'clock position. It is illuminated by tritium tubes that light up each index. Unlike some other luminary treatments, it does not require exposure to light to charge. It lights up in low light conditions and the unique system is good for producing a glow for up to 25 years. The Parma T-100 is powered with a Seiko SII 24 jewel movement with a 40 hour power reserve. The case is a 47 mm in diameter.
Aragon Sea Charger Automatic 50mm
The Sea Charger Automatic is another of Aragon's best selling watches with a 50 mm x 17 mm case, and a blue dial. This example features a screw down crown and a unidirectional rotating bezel. It's a robust watch weighing 11.7 ounces. The bracelet is made of stainless steel material with a push button deployant style clasp. It is powered by a 24 jewel SII NH35 automatic movement, manufactured in Japan. The crystal is made of K1 hardened mineral and the watch is water resistant up to 660 feet. The average selling price of this dive watch is $400.
Aragon Antigravity Automatic 50mm
The Aragon Antigravity Automatic features a 50 mm case diameter in 19 mm thickness with a K-1 custom cut curved crystal lens. The dial is a highly ornate mother of pearl and the crown is a screw down style. The bracelet is made of IP Black stainless steel wit a push button deployant with safety style clasp. It is powered with a 24 jewel SII NH35 automatic movement, with water resistance up to 660 feet. The retail selling price is $450.00
Aragon Silverjet Skeleton Automatic
The second most popular model of Aragon watch is the Silverjet Skeleton Automatic. This example features a 47 mm x 19 mm case with a gold color dial and a unidirectional rotating bezel. The crown is a screw down type and the watch is powered by a Miyota 8N24 Skeleton Automatic caliber. The bracelet is a stainless steel with a flip-lock push button deployant style clasp. This watch weights 9.8 ounces and is water resistant for up to 660 feet. This high quality dive watch is offered for an affordable price of $360.
Aragon Divemaster EVO
The best Aragon watch on the market today is the Divemaster Evo. It is available in your choice of a 45 mm or 50 mm case made of IP Black or a stainless steel case. This popular model comes in a variety of dial colors, including a top selling IP Black abalone color and a limited edition pink dial. A total of 50 pieces were made in this limited production series. It's a unique example of Aragon watchmaking with a turbine style bezel that shares a lume with the hands and hour markers. The crown is aligned at the 4 o'clock position and a serial number is imprinted on the case back. The date is located in line with the crown. It is capped with a K1 crystal with high scratch resistance, but care must still be taken because it's not immune to breakage. The dial tapers downwards from the bezel, which is a uni-directional type that fits tightly to avoid accidental rotation. It is powered with a Seiko NH movement that is reliable. The bracelet is made of stainless steel with a push button clasp in a fold over style. This watch is water resistant up to 660 feet. The average retail price is $400.00
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