It’s now officially 2013 (and has been for over a couple of weeks now) and the AZ Fine Time Blog is back to work. For our 1st post of the new year, we wanted to show off our top selling watches of 2012. With many great pieces to choose from, and limited availability on most, it made for many difficult choices, but here they are… AZ Fine Time’s Top 12 Watches of 2012!
1. The Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST001 was expected to be a huge item once we saw it for the 1st time back at the Basel Fair. While the entire series sold incredibly well this year, the SAST001 Limited Edition blew away the competition tremendously. With only 2,500 pieces available to the world, it was hard to believe that we were able to get enough supply to make it #1, but the SAST001 made top rank no question. Aside from being a beautiful timepiece, it is also the worlds 1st solar powered analog watch to sync to GPS satellites and update the time based on your location. See it on our site HERE and see our in depth review HERE. MSRP $3,850
2. The Grand Seiko Spring Drive Snowflake SBGA011 is, without a doubt, one of the most popular items at AZ Fine Time. In fact, it could easily be the best selling model in the entire Grand Seiko line up. While the Astron took 1st place in our top 12, this GS only ranked 2nd due to a slightly thinner availability. While there are not many of them to be had in a years course, we were able to get our hands on enough to bring it to the #2 spot. With Seiko’s amazingly accurate Spring Drive movement, Seiko’s own ultra-light High-Intensity Titanium and one of the coolest dials on the market, you can’t go wrong. See it on our site HERE and see our in depth review HERE. MSRP $7,600
3. The Citizen Proximity Bluetooth Watch AT7035-01E came out late in 2012 and had enough momentum to make it to our #3 spot in that short time. The 1st solar powered fully analog watch to sync with your iPhone (4S or 5) can notify you of incoming calls, emails and if you lose your bluetooth connection. It also has a phone finder, chronograph, perpetual calendar, and will update the time on the watch, based on the time on your phone. The other variation (AT7030-05E) was very close to being our #3 watch, but the AT7035-01E beat it out only by a few pieces. See it on our site HERE and see our in depth review HERE. MSRP $495
4. The Mido Multifort Chronograph PVD Special Edition II M005.614.36.051.22 was easily the top pick of Mido, but making it up to our #4 spot was really impressive. This model was wildly popular in 2012 and I would expect it to be through 2013. While it is not limited to any specific number, they are limited production and fairly difficult to get. As one of the best values on the market for a 7750 movement (not to mention a great looking watch overall), it is not hard to believe that people were loving this Mido. See it on our site HERE and see our in depth review (of the same model on a rubber strap) HERE. MSRP $2,200
5. The Campanola Grand Complication AH4000-01X is one of the top tier products from Citizen Watch Co. The hand made, hand finished and hand lacquered timepiece is not only beautiful to look at, but extremely complicated. With such features as perpetual calendar, chronograph, minute repeater and moon phase this Grand Complication is coveted by collectors and still very affordable. See it on our site HERE and see our in depth review HERE. MSRP $3,400
6. The Glycine Combat Sub Stealth 386.99AT9N8-TB2 took off this year after its debut at the Basel Fair. After spending most of the summer trying to fill back-orders, this new stealthy sub is finally available and still gaining speed. The PVD coated “blacked out” look of the watch along with an olive green NATO strap really gave this piece a stealthy and militant look that appealed to many. See it on our site HERE. An in depth review will be coming soon. MSRP $1,350
7. The Fortis Spacematic 623.22.42 was another great value Swiss automatic that was a huge success here at AZ Fine Time. The cool blue fully luminescent dial of the Spacematic was probably one of our favorite attributes, but all factors of design are very clean and simple, making for a great everyday wear. See it on our site HERE and see our in depth review HERE. MSRP $1,425
8. The Frederique Constant Classics Manufacture FC-710MC4H6 was definitely one of the most popular dress models in our store. With its classic design and incredibly reasonable in-house manufactured movement, it was hard to resist. The quality for the money has always been great from Frederique Constant, but this piece has become one of the best values in its range. See it on our site HERE and see our in depth review HERE. MSRP $2,250
9. The Orient Pro Saturation Diver CFD0C001B is built like a beast and an incredible tool dive watch. With Orient being one of the newest brands at AZ Fine Time, it was hard to guess which piece would be our best selling. In an incredible price range in all realms (but starting around $100), one of the most expensive in their line up has easily earned top rank for the brand in our store. At nearly half the price of its competition, there is no surprise why. See it on our site HERE and see our in depth review HERE. MSRP $2,150
10. The Alpina Heritage Pilot AL-435B4SH6 is the largest piece in our line up. At 50mm wide, this large pilots piece is incredibly legible and has a nice vintage design. The commemorative limited edition has a manual wind movement with a hunter case back to see its beautiful decoration. See it on our site HERE . An in depth review will be coming soon. MSRP $1,595
11. The Casio G-Shock GA100B-7A comes in at the lowest price point on our top 12, but a great watch all the same. With tons of G-Shock to choose from, and many being incredibly popular, this black and blue dialed ana-digi with white resin case and strap just narrowly came in at the top of the G-Shock’s. See it on our site HERE. MSRP $110
12. The Edox WRC Chronorally 36001 3 NIN is the final piece in our top 12. With a 48mm case, very cool rally car inspired design, and over the top functionality, it has been the staple in the Edox collection for us. It’s a movement proprietary to Edox that has hours, minutes, race timing, total time, replay, countdown, and chronograph. See it on our site HERE. An in depth review will be coming soon. MSRP $3,150.
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