We’ve posted several gift buying guides, one for $200 or lower and one for below-$300. Our two newest models, the Stingray (EM7K) and the Starfish (EM7J) would probably be the utmost top picks in the under $200 category. We’re very proud to introduce these two: they are fantastic watches for the money, and to be honest, one of the best (if not THE best) gift pick-ups if you’re in a pinch and have really no idea what to get for someone (because we’ve all been there!).
Though the Stingray (EM7K00CB) was first released a couple of months ago, we have now received three new models. While the EM7K0CB features Arabic numerals, the new models have bar indices. Each of the indices (including hands) features lumination markers. In the new models, the day is at the 9 o’clock and the date is at the 3 o’clock which may seem like an unconventional design; however, along with the numbered chapter ring, this design choice allows for easier reading. The case is all stainless steel with a nice polished bezel and contrasting brushed side wall. This gives the case dimension and a subtle glean. You’ll find the push-out crown at the four o’clock position (which is neat), and the date pusher at the three. The watch comes at a great size, about 42mm wide and 12mm thick. It has great presence on the wrist, but is thin enough to be tucked under the cuff. There is an exhibition case back and behind the green-tinted crystal is the famous 46943 caliber movement. All Stingrays come on a rubber strap that is comfortable, which is especially important if you’re the type that wears your watch all day. The rubber definitely makes this a sporty piece which is perfect for everyday wear.
The Starfish is a great alternative to the Stingray. Similar in size, thickness, and movement caliber, the distinguishing difference is seen in the case design. Three out of the four feature Arabic twelve and six at the top and bottom of the dial, while the rest are stainless steel bars. And contrary to the Stingray, the lumination is only seen to the hands and the tips of the indices. While this may seem as a negative, the lumination is still very bright and the dial is legible. The bezel is not polished, but brushed like the rest of the case. While the Stingray comes in only white and black dials, there is more of a variety with the starfish. The Starfish comes with a well-made leather band that serves to dress the watch up. The white model (AW) features a nice dark brown band. Paired with the white dial, this could certainly pass as a dressier watch that could be worn with dressy-casual attire.
In all, you can’t go wrong with either the Stingray or the Starfish. As mentioned earlier, these watches are great gifts when you’re stuck. We recommend the Stingray if you’re looking for a sportier look and the Starfish for a dressier approach. After our current 30% off discount, certain models come to only about $150 and $168 respectively (before applicable tax). An automatic watch of this caliber makes the Stingray and Starfish a lot of watch for the money.