Best Men’s Chronograph Watches Under $500 For 2020


Buying a new watch is often a daunting task because of the sheer number of brands and makes available.

If you’re looking for the best chronograph watches for men under $500 dollars because you’re on a budget but would still like to end up with a good-looking watch that can rock it out like the most expensive watch brands, here’s our informative rundown of five watches you shouldn’t miss this year.

We’ll be focusing on these watches: Burberry Men’s Swiss 42mm BU9365 Vs Victorinox Men’s ‘Alliance’ Vs Bulova Men’s ‘Curv’ Watch 98A160 Vs Viceroy Men’s 47617-55 Vs Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s Maverick.

1. Burberry Men’s Swiss Chronograph 42mm BU9365

The Burberry brand is known for its check-patterns straps and bracelets that are often copied by other watchmakers. Elegant and with a long traditional of quality, the Burberry company continues to make excellent lines of men’s watches.

The Burberry Men’s Swiss Chronograph 42 mm BU9365 is a youthful and exuberant model, with stout symmetrical lines, a perfect matte gray finish and a clear watch face with a classic analog mechanism. Equipped with the Burberry Chronograph feature, you can easily keep track of time increments with a push of a button.

Burberry watches are designed with Swiss quartz movement and are dependable for long years of continuous use. Its most attractive feature is it can be used in both formal and casual occasions. The blue dial is casual and even sporty to a point, while the bracelet and outer ring of the ideal is beautifully formal, perfect for business meetings and other professional events.

2. Victorinox Men’s ‘Alliance’ Stainless Steel Casual Watch

Victorinox is a Swiss watchmaker and is known for its highly dependable and durable products that cross over from casual fashion to military ware. The Victorinox ‘Alliance’ Casual Watch features a mature, matte black leather strap, clean lines and and a modern dial fitted with three chronographs and a modern analog design.

Suitable for everyday wear, choose the Alliance if you want a lightweight watch that won’t be too heavy on the wrist but is still highly sophisticated and expressive. The stout finish of the inner ring of the dial perfectly complements the matte bracelet.

Made in Switzerland, the home of true Swiss watches, the ‘Alliance’ has a stainless steel case, screw-in caseback and can be safely submerged to 330 feet. Highly recommended for swimming and snorkeling, but not deep sea diving. The hands of the dial are luminescent in the dark and the watch has day & date calendar capabilities. The front cover is sapphire crystal that greatly reduces reflection – perfect for use in bright environs.

3. Bulova Men’s ‘Curv’ Stainless Steel Casual Watch 98A160

Curv is the latest Bulova collection, featuring watches that are unbelievably slim and run on what Bulova says is the ‘world’s first curved chronograph movement.’ These new watches aren’t just beautiful: they are also mechanically ergonomic and efficient.

The Curv collection is divided into two categories: dress and sport. The Curv Casual Watch 98A160 is one of the more recent additions to this collection, bearing the signature five-hand dial design with rose gold-toned bezel.

This watch has a distinctive flair that hovers between serious sporty and sharply elegant. The bracelet lines and colorations are stout and loud, bringing people’s eyes quickly to the perfectly designed dial with dark grey hands, matte black dial and rose gold details.

The bracelet has been made more secure with double-press deployant closure (instead of the usual clasp-type lock). The watch can be safely submerged to a depth of 100 feet. Not suitable for swimming or bathing, but will withstand splashes and brief immersions in liquids.

4. Viceroy Men’s 47617-55 Black IP Chronograph Rubber Watch

Viceroy Watches & Jewelry is a Spanish company that manufactures a wide range of fashion products from button pints to bracelets to watches. The pride of the company are the luxury watch lines that are youthful, elegant and built ruggedly for long life.

If you are the sporty type who is constantly outdoors and are looking for a watch that can take as much damage as you during stressful or physically demanding situations, then you need a chronograph that’s been built for stress and impact.

The Viceroy 47617-55 Black IP Chronograph is the perfect solution with its large dial, thick rubber bracelet and water tolerance of up to 165 feet. It even comes with a limited two year warranty from the manufacturer. Tired of wearing office watches and other formal timepieces when you’re out doing the things you love? As the company says, maybe it’ Viceroy time.

5. Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s Maverick Chronograph Watch

Another worthy contender from Victorinox, the home of the genuine Swiss knife and other Swiss-branded wares is the Maverick Chronograph Watch that comes in whopping seven colors: black/rubber, blue/rubber, brown/gold-tone stainless, green/two-tone stainless, black/stainless, blue/stainless and brown/rubber.

Aptly sized at 43 mm, the Maverick Chronograph features a beautiful and bright blue dial and stainless steel finish that’s remarkably Victorinox at first sight. The outer ring of the dial is adjustable and was designed with clear lines and a shiny black finish that highlights sharply the dial from the bracelet.

Large numbers make it easier for anyone to measure increments of time. Also equipped with a five-hand system for various time increments, the three-button configuration of the Maverick Chronograph would be appreciated by classic watch enthusiasts who prefer only genuine Swiss watch designs and craftsmanship.

The bracelet is secured by a double-clasp system that’s even more secure than the classic clasp and deploys immediately without a hitch. The watch cover isn’t plastic nor glass – it’s actual, triple-coated sapphire crystal that reduces the sun’s glare and light reflection, making it easier for the user to tell the time when the sun is high in the sky. Is the Maverick Chronograph submersible?

Yes, but only to a depth of 165 feet. Fortunately, this beautiful, elegant watch is suitable for swimming and even snorkeling. However, with its current limitation of 165 feet it’s not suitable for deep-sea diving. Comes with a rotating bezel, count-up scale and three additional dials. Victorinox offers a limited, 3-year warranty on all its Swiss timepieces.

Best Underwater Metal Detector 2020

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Here’s a look at the best underwater metal detectors to use scuba diving or snorkeling in 2018.

Buying a metal detector for the first time can be nerve-wracking, especially if you have no idea what to actually expect from this type of machine.

It becomes more even more complicated when your goal is to hunt for valuables and possible treasures underwater.

If snorkel-hunting or scuba hunting is your goal, you will definitely need an underwater metal detector. Here’s what you should be looking for:

1. Depth Capacity

Depth capacity is the ability of an underwater metal detector to resist water damage. Not all water detectors can be submerged safely to whatever depth on pleases. There are limits, depending on what type of machine is available.

The Fisher CZ21-8 underwater metal detector is one such detector that can submerged to a maximum of 250 feet.

In case you don’t need a metal detector that can go all the way down to hundreds of feet, you have the option of using detectors like the Whites MX Sport waterproof metal detector, which has a 10” DD search coil (ideal for clear sands and terrain) and even comes with its very own waterproof headphones.

Headphones are definitely tricky when you’re going underwater. Many underwater metal detectors have their headphones built into the unit itself to prevent any leakage and subsequent water damage from being submerged.

Be sure to check how the metal detector is made or at least, how it was designed to resist water. Saltwater hunts are different from land and freshwater hunts. If your goal is to hunt in a saltwater environment, check if the metal detector can withstand saltwater.

Another unit worth looking at is the Tesoro Sand Shark that has been rated safe for submersion up to 200 feet and was designed to produce accurate hits when used in deep seawater environments.

2. Sensitivity, Controls and User-Friendliness

When it comes right down to it, a metal detector is most useful when it can actually be set to the right sensitivity level and it can deliver the correct signals to the user. Each underwater metal detector has its strengths and weaknesses when it comes to bridging the technical aspects of the machine and the user, who isn’t always an expert on metal detecting. How do the manufacturers make it easier for people to use metal detectors?

In the case of the Fisher CZ21-8 underwater metal detector, it was equipped with dual-frequency Fourier domain signal analysis and a touch button interface that makes it easier to shift from one search mode to another. “Search mode” is a term that refers to frequency ranges when the machine is sending out waves to the environment.

The higher the sensitivity, the more likely you’ll get ‘false hits’ or pings from anything that is remotely metallic in the sand or soil. This metal detector also uses 3 Tone technology for easier identification of ‘hits’ during a hunt.

The handle is fully extensible, though you may want to collapse the length of the handle when you’re using it underwater as it can be difficult to metal detect when the arm is fully extended.

The Tesoro Sand Shark on the other hand, features an advanced Digital Pulse Induction Technology.

This simply means that this metal detector relies heavily on micro processing technology to deliver results.

One upside of using this model is that Digital Pulse Induction Technology was designed for saltwater environment and wet beaches. Salty environments have an impact on the accuracy of metal detecting and it’s always a good decision to buy a unit designed to detect metal in salty environs.

The Whites MX Sport waterproof metal detector on the other hand, features “search modes” that makes it easier for the user to move from one environment to the other.

Available search modes are: Relic Mode, Coin/Jewelry Mode and Salt & Freshwater Target.

Let’s discuss each of these modes.

In ‘relic mode’ the metal detector will use a frequency range that will detect the most common metals used for old and historical items, like iron.

Coin/jewelry mode will raise the sensitivity of the metal detector to its highest range because you need maximum sensitivity for gold and other precious metals.

The third search mode, “salt and freshwater target” will enable the metal detector to pick up signals in a submerged environment, where signal interference can be a real problem.

The Garrett AT Pro metal detector features a slightly smaller search coil at 8.5 x 11” (compared to the usual 10” coils found in other brands) and is ideal for both freshwater hunts and saltwater hunts.

This is the essential distinction of the AT Pro – it was designed for two kinds of environments.

Many other brands adjust the settings of their metal detectors to work with seawater specifically. But what about rivers, ponds and lakes? These are all freshwater bodies (well, some lakes are freshwater and salty at the same time).

The Garrett AT Pro is ideal for catching relics, coins and jewelry. However, the downside is it cannot be submerged to more than 3 meters of waters.

So despite the attractive price point and features, remember that this cannot be used if you are shipwreck hunting or just scuba hunting in general.

And as we end our discussion, let’s talk about batteries. Metal detectors run on different kinds of batteries. The question is: which one is most economical?

In our experience, those that run on higher voltages tend to have higher capacities. However, smaller batteries like AA batteries are generally cheaper to replace when the batteries are worn out.

Our advice would be to find rechargeable batteries as these tend to be built more robustly and are cheaper in the long term than disposable batteries.

Yes, you are going to spend a little amount of money on the charger and the number of batteries needed for your metal detector but in the long term you are going to be happier with the results.

The downside to this is you have to charge your batteries of course, but this is far easier and more environmentally friendly than disposing of six or eight AA batteries every time you run out of juice.

How To Start Doing Underwater Treasure Hunting Guide 2020

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Treasure hunting is something that we’ve all dreamed of, one time or another. Past amazing stories of swashbuckling pirates and treasure chests, did you know that you can actually find things of value underwater?

If you have a passion for diving, are comfortable underwater and would like to try real treasure hunting, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve written down all the things you need to know for how to start underwater treasure hunting begin this new hobby.

And unlike other hobbies, this particular hobby actually pays!

I. Timing is Essential

The best time to scour shallow waters or deep waters for valuables is during the summer season. Why? Because we want those beaches full of people. The higher the volume of people, the better the chances of finding valuables left behind in the sand and the water.

In addition to underwater treasure hunting, you should also try metal-detecting on beaches as there are likely a lot of valuables on land, too. Jewelry, cellphones and other valuables are often left in the sand and a regular metal detector will be able to easily pick up signals coming from these items.

If it’s your first time to try metal-detecting underwater, you will need a lightweight but rugged device that works well underwater as it does on land. The Fisher CZ21-8 underwater metal detector is a good choice as its default setting is a ‘short arm’ that is preferable when you are detecting objects underwater.

The Fisher CZ21-8’s reach can easily be extended it is used on dry land. If your target area is no more than 250 feet in depth, this is the perfect tool for you. Built for both freshwater and saltwater locations, use this metal detector if you are beach hunting or if you’re planning to dive into shallow saltwater or lakes.

II. Keep a Sharp Eye on Likely Spots

The secret to effective underwater treasure hunting is keeping a close watch on the submerged terrain. Water is the main force that changes the location and depth of hidden treasures.

The general direction of the current will give you a clue as to where possible treasures are buried in the sand/mud/silt.

Irregularities in the substrate are often telling – if a watch or a waterproof camera is down there, the objects will change the appearance of the sand/mud even if they are buried.

Should you hunt in the daytime or at night?

We highly recommend daytime treasure hunting for obvious reasons: visibility is higher underwater and it is easier to navigate if you’re going to treasure-hunt a few miles from shore.

Obviously visibility will go down the deeper you go into the water. If it’s your first time to try underwater treasure hunting then obviously, you need to try out your physical capability and tools in shallower waters first.

Metal-detecting and digging up potential finds underwater is challenging if you’re not used to swimming and diving.

The body is also less agile underwater unless you’ve been doing this your whole life. It’s possible that you’ll lose tools and equipment underwater.

We do not recommend diving alone – bring someone else who can help you underwater if you encounter difficulties.

III. Master the Art of Treasure Hunting on Dry Land First

Treasure hunting is an art and admittedly, everyone starts on land before attempting it underwater. If you have zero experience with treasure hunting, trying it out on dry land first would be the logical first step.

It will take some time before you are able to master your new metal detector. Yes, underwater metal detectors can be used on land, too. You have the added bonus of being able to adjust the arm length easily as underwater metal detectors have easily adjustable telescoping arms.

The next important advice we can give you when hunting on dry land and underwater is to be patient. Yes – it’s possible that you first few hunts will yield nothing. This is normal.

Actually finding something of value will depend on your experience in adjusting the settings of your metal detector, the amount of area you can cover in one day, your persistence in checking out signals (even the faint ones) and yes, your willingness to dig.

When you do find something, be sure to have a container with you for safekeeping. On dry land, an empty tin is alright. Underwater however, you may want to use a sealable bag that you can attach to your waist with a short cord so you can easily reach for it when you place something inside.

Beginning treasure hunters would do well with less expensive metal detectors like the Tesoro Sand Shark Underwater Metal Detector. This unit features an amply-sized 10.5” coil and uses pulse induction circuits, an advanced form of metal detecting technology controlled by microprocessors.

This metal detector is designed for wet salt beaches, specifically. The environment plays a crucial role in determining the accuracy of metal detectors. Be sure to use a metal detector designed for the type of environment you are planning to visit.

IV. Preparation is Key

Never go treasure hunting without adequate preparation. This includes knowing your site well and doing your research.

Also, you may want to familiarize yourself with current maritime law in your area – for instance, in the event that you do find something of high value like a substantial amount of jewelry, would it be legal for you to just carry it off?

Understanding local and state laws that may affect your treasure hunting activities is a no-brainer. You wouldn’t want to end up in trouble after spending all that time and effort, right?

Second, it would also be considered a ‘best practice’ if you took full stock of all the tools and equipment needed on your trip.

If you’re going into the water, obviously you’re going to need your diving gear, a trowel, your re-sealable container for treasures, your underwater metal detector and most importantly – spare batteries!

Not carrying any spares with you can be disastrous especially if you’re going to spend some time in the water and the rest of your time on the beach. The more hours you spend outside, the higher the likelihood of running out of juice.

Third, be prepared for false positives. A false positive is a ‘hit’ or ‘ping’ on the metal detector that yields garbage and other non-valuable stuff. The obvious upside of going for even the faintest signals is you get to practice actual treasure hunting!

Admittedly, much of the training you actually need is familiarizing yourself with the signals being given off by your metal detector and finding out which signals are likely hits. So in the beginning it would really be a good idea to investigate even weak signals.

Third – let’s talk about your metal detector’s coil size. If you want a more sensitive coil for higher sensitivity, you need a large coil that is at least ten inches in size.

If however, you are searching in an area with lots of visible junk, a smaller coil would suffice (six inch coils are ideal). For beginners however, a ten-inch coil is recommended so you can really scan the area for possible finds.

The Whites MX Sport Waterproof Metal Detector is another ideal unit for beginners as it has a properly sized coil and free headphones, too! You can purchase additional coils if you want, but the default coil is sufficient for most beginners’ hunts.

V. The Three Kinds of Underwater Hunts

The simplest form of treasure hunting underwater is snorkel hunting. If you know how to dive and have moderate swimming skills, this one is best for you.

Short dives with your metal detector can yield stuff like lost jewelry (bracelets and rings) and even watches. You never know what people have lost on the beach or while on boats. Your metal detector will guide you where the sea has buried the goodies.

Technically, snorkeling is diving to an average depth of six feet. You can snorkel both at sea and in freshwater bodies. However, make sure that your metal detectors was designed to resist saltwater before surf wading! Metal detectors that were built for land use only or for freshwater bodies will take damage at sea, guaranteed.

Scuba hunting is going down to a depth of more than six feet with the proper breathing gear. For this type of hunt you will have to invest in the following: double valve snorkel, snorkel mask, fins, a snorkeling vest, a trowel, a multi-utility and multi-pocket belt, a mesh bag and of course, a wet suit.

Scuba hunting is definitely more expensive than your average snorkeling hunt because you need to be able to breathe and swim adequately in deeper water. And while it’s true that some people can manage to go down to hundreds of feet of water with just an oxygen hose (don’t try this!), it’s still a best practice to go down there with complete gear.

 Once you complete the basic requirements for scuba detecting, you can also go shipwreck diving. Take note that you do not have to go inside shipwrecks to find treasures or things of value. Many scuba detectorists target the areas around abandoned shipwrecks.

Why? Because water has a tendency to carry away light material and items. If you have ever lost anything to the sea, you’ll get what we mean immediately. Light objects are carried away instantly and are eventually deposited in sand some paces away. This applies most especially to objects carried away by water underwater.

Different regions will yield different results and experiences to would-be underwater detectorists. Water current, sand conditions, water temperature, water clarity- all these factors have a final impact on your dive. But don’t be disheartened!

If you have had training underwater and have passion for finding valuable and/or potentially historical things, then this is one hobby that you will not regret starting!

VI. Recovery Techniques for Underwater Treasure Hunting

Treasuring hunting in the water can be disorienting in the beginning because, well, being underwater means you’re in another world. Everything changes, from the visibility of everything around you to how your body interacts with the water and the equipment you are carrying with you. Here are some tips to make it easier, even if it is you first time to dive with a metal detector:

1. Follow a line! This can be an imaginary line marked visually or a real line marked with a rope or anything else you’d like to use to make sure you are following a straight path. In addition to inspecting what is directly in front of you, you have to explore six feet to the left and to the right of this line.

2. Move your metal detector in a circular motion when inspecting the sand. The shallower the sand, the smaller the ‘circles’ you should be making with your metal detector. Also, remember our guideline on ‘trashy’ areas. If there is a lot of junk around, use a smaller coil (no more than six inches).

3. If you’re in the water to find gold, you need to increase the sensitivity and discrimination of your metal detector to maximum.

Yes, this will greatly increase the chances of false positives, but gold is gold. Luckily, you will be able to dig more deeply into sand underwater because everything is already submerged. Your small trowel will be much more effective in wet sand than it ever will be in gravel or loamy soil.

4. Learn to ‘fan’ the sand and use the water current to your advantage. Do not overexert underwater (you’re going to use up more oxygen, more quickly at that, too) and there’s no need for ‘heavy muscle’ underwater (unless you’re lifting logs away from a shipwreck).

A long screwdriver can be used to pry out or at least reveal hidden stuff under the sand. A long-handled trowel is best for deeper digs. Use your screwdriver to maintain your depth in the sand when the water is just dumping sand you’ve just swept away faster than you can dig the target spot again.

Negative Pushups Exercise: What Are They & How To Do Them

What Muscles Does Negative Pushups Workout?

Primary Muscle: Chest

Secondary Muscles: Shoulders/Abs/Triceps/Middle & Lower Back

What Equipment Is Needed To Do Negative Pushups?

Zero equipment is needed to do these.

How To Do Negative Pushups?

Here is a video detailing how to go about doing a proper negative pushup.

A key difference with these from a regular push up is the time it takes to do each one.

Instead of just rushing through each rep, you want to do it at a slower pace.

4-5 seconds is a good amount of time to lower yourself down for each rep.

Eccentric Chinups Exercise: What Are They & How To Do Them

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What Muscles Does Eccentric Chin-Ups Workout?

Primary Muscle: Middle Back/Lats

Secondary Muscles: Biceps/Shoulders

What Equipment Is Needed To Do Eccentric Chin-Up?

You will need a pullup bar & a box or a chair. Something sturdy that you can stand on.

How To Do Eccentric Chin-Ups?

Eccentric Chin-Ups are basically an easier version of regular chin ups.

Instead of having to pull yourself back up and down, you just focus on the going back down part.

This helps with building up the muscles needed to get you to where you can do regular chin-ups in the future.

Here is a good video of someone doing eccentric chin-ups to give you a visual idea.

Regular Pushups Exercise: What Are They & How to Do Them

What Muscles Does Regular Pushups Workout?

Primary Muscle: Chest

Secondary Muscles: Triceps/Shoulders

What Equipment Is Needed To Do Regular Pushups?

No Equipment is needed to do regular pushups.

How To Properly Do A Regular Pushup

Here is a good video detailing on how to go about doing a regular push up in the correct form.