You might not have heard of Phoibos just yet, but don’t count on that lasting much longer. Since launching in 2018, the family-owned business has grown exponentially, fueled by its reputation for producing affordable watches that might skimp on the price, but do nothing of the kind when it comes to quality. If you’re in the market for a watch that’ll withstand any challenge you throw at it, look great, and cost peanuts, you’re in the right place. Here’s our roundup of the ten very best Phoibos watches on the market.
10. Phoibos Men's PX005B 1000M Dive Watch
If you were expecting all the best watches in Phoibos’s collection to come with a mighty price tag, think again. This is a brand that prides itself on delivering high-quality timepieces at affordable prices, and nowhere is this more evident than with the Phoibos Men's PX005B 1000M Dive Watch. At just $180, it’s a budget buy with some very sweet features, not least its 1000M(3300ft) water resistance, and superbly comfortable fit. It’s not let down by its appearance either, with a robust, masculine aesthetic that can’t help but appeal.
9. Phoibos Eagle Ray PY017A 300M Automatic Dive Watch
It’s big, it’s bold, and it’s a steal at just $359.00… for anyone looking to grab a watch with great looks and equally outstanding functionality, the Phoibos Eagle Ray PY017A 300M Automatic Dive Watch is worthy of more than just a second glance. The 20mm wide genuine leather strap is about as comfortable as it gets, while the overall weight is the perfect balance of lightweight and robust. Hardwearing and with 300M(1000ft) water resistance, this is a great buy for those who want an affordable option that doesn’t skip on quality.
8. Phoibos Sea Nymph 300M Lady Diver Watch PX021D
The Phoibos Sea Nymph 300M Lady Diver Watch PX021D may only be $180, but don’t for a second think the low price indicates low quality. Its eye-catching design is bold enough to stand out in a crowd, but not so overstated as to seem garish. The functionality, meanwhile, is second to none: the bold, easily legible face is encased in double domed sapphire crystal with 3 layers of anti-reflective undercoating; the hands, indices and bezel markings are coated in 15 layers of Super-LumiNova BGW9 to make it as easy to tell the time in the dark as it is in the day, while the 300M(1000ft) water resistance makes it eminently suitable for any water sports enthusiasts. Add to that a lightweight but robust feel and a superbly comfortable leather wrist band, and you can understand why this little number is flying off the shelves.
7. Phoibos Sentinel PY019C Automatic Watch
As automatic timepieces go, the Phoibos Sentinel PY019C Automatic Watch is a little beauty. The big, easy-to-read face comes with the benefit of Super-LumiNova C3 on the indexes and hour marks, while the 22mm wide, genuine leather strap is the height of comfort. If you want a high-end watch at a fraction of the usual price, this $349 Phoibos classic is a must-buy.
6. Phoibos Reef Master PY015B DLC 300M Automatic Diver Watch
Super comfortable, well designed, and, as Watch Report notes, replete with a score of great features, the Phoibos Reef Master PY015B DLC 300M Automatic Diver Watch Blue makes a great choice for those looking for a first-class watch that doesn’t blow a hole in the budget. Lightweight but sturdy, it’s built to withstand the pressures of outdoor adventure, but designed to look elegant enough to fit in with the boardroom. Key to its superb robustness is the 16L stainless steel case with DLC coating, a type of carbon material that has all the strength and wear resistance of diamond, but at a fraction of its price.
5. Phoibos Wave Master 300M Automatic Dive Watch MOP
If you’re looking for a dive watch that’s as attractive as it is functional, you’ll struggle to beat the Phoibos Wave Master 300M Automatic Dive Watch MOP. Its beautiful MOP dial is encased in a tough, 42.0mm diameter case complete with anti-reflective undercoating. Robust, but not chunky, it offers superb comfort and fit, while the exquisite aesthetics look a darn sight more impressive than the $275.00 price tag suggests. Best of all, if Trek Bible is right, you can expect around a 3-year battery life.
4. Phoibos Ocean Master PY005B 1000M Automatic Diver Watch
An elegant appearance, superb functionality, and a ridiculously reasonable price of just $299…sound attractive? Then you might want to consider the Phoibos Ocean Master PY005B 1000M Automatic Diver Watch, a classic combination of good looks and masterful design. Features worth a special mention are the 120-click unidirectional bezel, the Super-LumiNova C3 coating on hands and indices, and water resistance of up to 1000m.
3. Phoibos PY007C 300M Automatic Diver Watch
Well-built and possessed of the kind of classic good looks lesser watches can only dream of, the Phoibos PY007C 300M Automatic Diver Watch is a confident, masculine piece that demands the same from its wearer. Stand out features include Hi-beat movement and 12 layers of Super-Luminova BGW9 on the hands, indices, and bezel marking.
2. Phoibos Eagle Ray Bronze PY018E 500M Automatic Diver Watch Blue Meteorite Limited Edition
If you’re happy to hand over the $520 it takes to get your hands on a Phoibos Eagle Ray Bronze PY018E 500M Automatic Diver Watch Meteorite Limited Edition, you’ll be one very happy customer indeed. Marrying ageless good lucks (expect a slim 20mm black leather band and an eye-catching deep blue and bronze face) with very 21st century functionally, it’s a must for any serious collector.
1. Phoibos Great Wall 500M Automatic Diver Watch PY022C Black Limited Edition
If you’re in the market for a comfortable, high-quality watch that manages to be eye-catching without ostentatious, the Phoibos Great Wall 500M Automatic Diver Watch PY022C Black Limited Edition makes a fine option. With a chunky, 22mm wide 316L stainless steel band (complete with diver's extension clasp) and a bold, black dial embellished with an octopus logo, it’s the kind of watch that’ll carry you straight from the great outdoors to the boardroom with ease. Other key features to watch out for include 3 layers of anti-reflective undercoating and water resistance of up to 500M(1650ft).
Written by Garrett Parker
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