June 15, 2011

Nixon 51-30 Tide Review

Nixon 51-30 Tide Watch Review

  Nixon is sometimes called a “fashion” brand, maybe unfairly.  Since when did being in style and making aesthetically pleasing watches become a bad thing? The Nixon 51-30 Tide watch is certainly a serious watch at 51.25mm and 300m of water resistance. 
  There is something very pleasing about a large white dial, against the stark contrast of the black hour markers. The dial has a unique feature where it lets the wearer know if the tide is high or low. A fast adjust button located at 8 o’clock allows for easy setting of the tide, displayed in the subdial at 4 o’clock. The crown is flipped from it’s usual position and is operated from the 9 o’clock location. The 51-30 is a large watch, no doubt. But do to the smaller bezel profile, this Tide will wear a bit smaller. The same can not be said about the 25mm wide stainless steel bracket! A double locking bracelet clasp will help ensure the 51-30 stays secured on the wrist. 
  W&R are not big fans of mineral crystal, which this Nixon uses to protect the dial face. Mineral crystal will scratch over time and with a such a large watch, it will likely be sooner than later. Sapphire crystal would be the answer here, though, sapphire would add cost to the watch. Overall, the 51-30 Tide has very clean lines and looks fantastic in the white dial. For the money, it is a good value and offers a unique tide telling feature.

Pros - Clean lines, tide feature, double locking bracelet

Consideration - Mineral crystal

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 51.25mm
Case Back: Solid
Crystal: Mineral
Dial: White
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Clasp: Double Locking
Movement: Quartz
Power Reserve: N/A 
Lug Width: 25mm 
Water Resistant: 300m


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