The purple brings a touch of luxury but the polished gunmetal grey ensures spontaneity and urban style that Nixon does so well

Nixon was founded in 1997 by two Californian dudes Chad and Andy, who sought a watch to suit their active lifestyle.  A brand, started out of frustration at the lack of quality watches that do the talking for you and deliver exactly what you need, Nixon is made of ‘stuff that isn’t noticed first, but can’t be ignored’. The perfect choice for skate, snowboard and surf lovers AND the cool style-conscious female who likes her timepiece to stand out from the crowd!


At first glance

From the get go I can tell this brand knows its audience – friendly banter and one liners fill the instruction manual and I already feel like I’ve made a new friend before the watch is even on my wrist.

I adore the purple marbled concave dial ring set against the gold markers. The purple brings a touch of luxury but the polished gunmetal grey ensures spontaneity and urban style that Nixon does so well. A single diamond at 6 hour brings a little glamour, which is sometimes needed on a  female watch! The dial ring is a little sharp round the edges however and makes me feel like I need to grab a nail file and smooth off the edges.

Up close and personal

The watch features a day date display at the 3 hour marker, particularly handy if like me you are terrible at remembering the day of the week, let alone the date – you even have the option of displaying it in English or French – et voilà! The Miyota Japanese quartz movement keeps the three hands ticking along just fine – I just wish it was Swiss Made!

On the wrist


I first notice its weight. Chunky but not so heavy I feel I might get arm ache! I am actually pretty surprised considering the watch is solid stainless steel and has an oversized case measuring 42mm.  The strap is a 20mm, 3 link solid stainless steel bracelet featuring a double locking clasp and micro-adjust. The case spec reiterates the brand’s ethos – durable and quality watches that last with hardened mineral crystal, triple gasket stainless steel crown, stainless steel screw down case back and screw pin lugs – no wonder it’s water resistant to 100 metres!

All-in-all, the watch definitely brings power, style, enthusiasm and a bit of oomph behind it. It makes me feel confident, edgy and not only ready to take on the slopes of Tignes but also the Black Velvet in my all-inclusive chalet hot tub.

  • Quality
  • Polished gunmetal and purple dial ring
  • Case size
  • Brand ethos
  • Japanese movement
  • Sharp edges on the dial ring

RRP: £245.00

Available from: Nixon, Watch Shop


Style: Fashion
Colour:       Gunmetal / Purple
Watch Movement:  Miyota Quartz
Functions:    Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case shape:         Round
Case material:      Stainless steel
Case width:  42mm
Glass:        Mineral crystal
Dial colour:               Black
Strap type:   Stainless steel bracelet
Clasp: Double locking clasp with micro-adjust
Water resistance:     100 metres
Manufacturer warranty:   2 years limited
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