Fossil watches are a highly popular, global, fashion brand that manufactures good watches for less. The watches they create – in a word – are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G in their quality and are bound to amaze with their lasting and performance. These affordable pieces – ranging from classic to utilitarian – are to be found in every upper-class watch shops and malls and you don’t need to go miles before you can put your hand upon one (or the other way round). So, what’s not to love about the Grant-s and the Nate-s; the Riley-s and the Coachman?
The large variety of Fossil watches is easily accessible and every model easily replaceable, which makes them largely ubiquitous and to an extent, bit overwhelming. By following the sections presented underneath, you’ll be able to pick your exact choice from the sheer variety of the brand’s offerings. Use the table below for accessing easily the different sections of this article.
|I||A crash-course on Fossil watches|
|II||Who are the Fossils watch for?|
|III||A quick look at the Top 10 Fossil watches|
|IV||A detailed study of mentioned models/lines|
Only a lack of proper information would keep you aloof from the wonderful fossils watch repertoire, which has come a long way since its nascent years. Fossil has become a lot more relevant than before to be in conversations due to today’s Fossil women’s watches and Fossil men’s watches that are high-end; technically superior and aesthetically far ahead than their peers, generating much of the Fossil Group’s $2 billion of annual revenue.
Fossil holds the rights to manufacture and distribute watches for top-end fashion brands like Emporio Armani and intellectual property giants like Disney, which makes their range of watches a lot more varied; the expansion made them tear out the stigma of fashion watches and journey into the domains of Swiss finery and hybrid smart watches during the modern times. An appropriate weekend gear or a masculine essential, Fossil has it all that you might need! The newer, timeless designs of Fossil meet their technical prowess to present watch lovers with some of the most exotic pieces in affordable luxury.
Fossil offers a multitude of choices today in analog quartz, digital and mechanical platforms, their forms stretching from traditional to outdoor and smart-watches. This is the outcome of Fossil departing with its midcentury design concepts in 2003 and bringing in more exotic ones; like the traditional hour and minute hands placed above a digital display of seconds on the dial or the Fossil Wrist PDA (the pre-smart watch) that ran Palm OS. While rebuilding the brand to become the juggernaut it is today, the Fossil headquarters at Richardson, TX engaged suppliers and manufacturing facilities and combined them with state-of-the-art warehousing, distribution and retail strategies. The Fossil Group, instead of becoming a part of the Swiss giant Swatch; took over a fully integrated supply chain under the name of Swiss Technology Production or STP, which currently assembles the movements as well as the watches right down to the bands. This allowed Fossil to avoid depending upon similar other Swiss movement manufacturers and be self-sufficient with their independent watch design studio in Biel, Switzerland; which is also the hometown of Rolex. Here, STP procures components from the different component-manufacturers in the Jura region and assembles them at their own facility. The Fossil Group also makes cases for its Swiss-made watches in a factory – Swiss Technology Components or STC – they have set up in Glovelier, in the Jura.
Irrespective of fossil women’s watches or the fossil men’s watches, they are quintessentially meant for the modern urban dwellers who are also unabashed fashionistas with playful, adventurous spirits with personalities that are heavily experimental with the latest in technology and concepts. Below we present the top 10 models from Fossil watches that represent outstanding quality and were created using state-of-the-art assembly lines; some developed by STP itself. To learn more about STP, click here.
|Model||Watch type||Movement details||Check Price|
|Fossil Townsman Automatic||Dress watch||Hand-wind, automatic, mechanical Japanese movement with up to 40 hours of power reserve.||Shop Now|
|Fossil FB-Line||Quartz/Mechanical, diver-styled sports/ dress watches||Japanese, automatic quartz & mechanical movements||Shop Now|
|Neutra Skeleton||Dress watch||Hand-wind, automatic, mechanical Japanese movement with up to 40 hours of power reserve.||Shop Now|
|Fossil Bronson Twist Semi Skeleton||Dress watch||Hand-wind, automatic, mechanical Japanese movement with up to 40 hours of power reserve.||Shop Now|
|Fossil Tailor Semi Skeleton||Dress watch for women||Hand-wind, automatic, mechanical Japanese movement with up to 40 hours of power reserve.||Shop Now|
|Fossil Q Commuter||Smart/Hybrid||Battery –driven Quartz needing annual battery replacement; Android OS 5.0+ and iOS 9.0+ compatible, Bluetooth connectivity.|
|Gen 5E||Smart watch||Quartz, rechargeable, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Processor, Wear 3100 / Wear OS by Google; Android™ 6.0+ or iOS 12.0+ compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity.|
|Gen 5||Smart watch||Quartz, rechargeable, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Processor, Wear 3100 / Wear OS by Google; Android™ 6.0+ or iOS 12.0+ compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity & Heart Rate monitor.|
|Neutra||Hybrid Smart watch||Compatible with Android OS 5. 0+ and iOS 9. 0+ devices; low-energy Bluetooth connectivity.|
|Fossil Swiss Automatics||Mechanical, dress watches||STP caliber 1-11
Before that, a little about the Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform.
It is a ‘Next Generation’ smart watch platform. Its privileges are an ultra-low power using Hierarchical System Architecture. Its hierarchical architecture comprises three components working in conjunction with each other. They are:
I. Q Commuter Hybrid: It’s a smart watch in an analog disguise, offering notifications and fitness tracking using your smart phone through Bluetooth Connectivity. It has a stylish design that’s both subtle and smart and a battery life of 1 year. Features traditional lugs and accepts regular 22mm straps that can be easily changed through a quick-release system. It’s attractive and traditional to look at and a bit on the larger side. The Q Commuter’s smartness is in appearing as a regular watch at the first glance while a little closer look brings the smart clues come into focus. The sub-dial and the crown are means through which you control your phone. The watch’s time is adjusted automatically through Bluetooth synchronization. The smart face makes it clear and easy to read.
The sub-dial denotes notifications, alarms and a second time zone by connecting to your phone through Bluetooth. You can wear it amidst every atmosphere except for a battle field and at depths more than 150 feet underwater, means there’s no need to take it off while playing low to medium intensity recreational sports, both on land and in water.
The Q Commuter helps with fitness and automatic sleep tracking but it doesn’t plot data against time; neither does it break data down into running and walking. For sleep monitoring, set a target number of hours to sleep and the app tells you the next day how much of this you achieved, the data split into ‘light’, ‘restful’ and ‘awake’ as per the number of hours each phase has been achieved, but that doesn’t plot this against time to let you know when in the night you slept deeply and when you were disturbed.
There’s no heart rate monitor also but through the app, you can set a target for steps taken each day, with a max count of 10,000 steps a day. It also shows the percentage you achieved of the total step count through the sub-dial. You’ll need a smart phone running Android 5.0 or above or an iPhone 5 to utilize the watch.
Other things the watch can do:
II. Gen 5E: The ‘Lite’ version of the Fossil Gen 5 (see the next entry) with 4 GB of storage, this one doesn’t have an inbuilt GPS but relies upon your smart phone for GPS connectivity. Instead of a rotating crown, it has a side button. But it definitely looks better than its successor and also gives you two options in its sizes; one specifically designed for thinner wrists. The 5E is also slightly more affordable than the Gen 5, but at the cost of an inbuilt GPS; an altimeter, a compass, an ambient light sensor and of course, an inbuilt memory cut down to half compared to its successor.
But, there’s one advantage the Fossil Gen 5E has over its next models – the two case sizes of 44mm and 42mm and a wide variety of interchangeable Fossil watch bands for the Gen 5E.
III. Gen 5: If you want to go BIG on your smart watch experience, the Fossil Gen 5 is where it’s at. It’s nearly identical to the Fossil Gen 5E, with a few exceptions. On this model, you get built-in GPS, additional storage, and a rotating crown. It only comes in one size, though; but has numerous faces built-in for display, they personalize your look and connects to hundreds of apps (assistant, fitness, payments, music, social, news, games to name a few); its swim-proof design and fast-charging (less than an hour) makes it a perfect accessory for all your activities, a list of which is provided below.
a. Health: Apps automatically tracks activity goals, steps, sleep, heart rate and cardio level through advanced sensors. Activity modes with GPS keep you on track with distances and routes.
b. Utility: Lets you stay connected always with your calls, texts, apps and automatic time and time zone updates and syncs your calendar as per your mobile service provider. Smart Battery Modes optimize your watch’s battery life.
c. Preloaded Apps: Agenda, Alarm, Battery-Optimized Activity Mode, Calendar, Cardio Level Tracking, Cardiogram, Contacts, Enhanced Phone Dialer App, Facer, Google Assistant, Google Fit (Workout, Heart Rate, Goals, Breathe), Google Pay™, Google Play Store, Nike Run Club, Noonlight, Smart Battery Modes, Spotify, Stopwatch, Timer, Translate, Wellness Apps with Sleep Tracking.
The Gen 5 runs on the Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 3100 and Wear OS Operating System by Google and will work with any phone running the latest version of Android™ (excluding Go edition and phones without Google Play Store) or iOS. It has an inbuilt memory of 8GB and 1GB RAM. Input is through 2 Additional Push buttons fully configurable, a rotating Home button, Touch-screen and Voice. Other plus-points are:
IV. Neutra: Stay in touch with your cell phone without keeping your hands occupied with it. Receive texts, calls and social messages straight to your wrist. Also get the calendar, camera and the commute time icons; pick your presets and even ring your phone in case you are not finding it around. You may also assign a different function to each button! It relieves you from the burden of charging it every day. You’ll have to replace the battery once every year. It keeps you connected 365/24 with your smart phone. The pushers control your music volume; also help you choose a track.
Track your activities by keeping count of steps, distance covered and calories burned. Change Time Zones and you’ll be automatically updated to your current locations date and time.
V. Fossil Swiss Automatics: A brand that was popular all these days flooding America with affordable, quartz powered watches suddenly emerged with new shape and style shocking the world and shaking it up a bit. The watch world received most of the impact. Whatever trends that were happening across fashion and watches came to a grinding halt momentarily; it gained back the momentum with the Fossil Swiss Automatics increasing it further. Their current line-up is Swiss from its every aspect, emulating mid-to-large Swiss brands into the business for quite some time. Their early reputation for typically using Chinese quartz movements in their earlier products to keep production
costs down and to maintain affordability. Their entry into both Swiss and automatic domains are marked by the Fossil Swiss Automatic.
Their overall design falls into the dress watch category. The simple dial and modest case sizes housing a centrally-mounted, three-hand timekeeping function with a date window at a side is an improvement from earlier Fossil classic-styled watches, so it’s not that they are trying to sell an old wine brand in a new bottle. The “automatic”, “Swiss Made” and “WR 50M” ensure their suitability for activities like swimming, fishing and relaxed swimming but they are not for extended periods of submersion. The dial is topped by an AR coated sapphire crystal.
Inside every Swiss Fossil Automatic is a Swiss made STP caliber 1-11 movement. It has 26 jewels and beats at 28,800 bph. It stores 46-hours of running power on a fully wound mainspring. It is almost identical to the ETA 2824 in its working. They are presented in gold and stainless steel versions.
Note: There are also Ronda 5030.D- and Ronda 517-powered Swiss quartz chronographs that come under the Swiss Fossil, but it’s a different story altogether.
VI. Fossil FB-Line: These full metal, dive-inspired watches comprise three different types – FB-01, FB-02, and FB-03. These are not meant for serious deepwater expeditions, but for giving the appearance of a genuine diver’s watch while you engage in light, recreational water sports not exceeding 300 feet in depth. It makes them perfect for swimming, showering and snorkeling in water and for moderately vigorous land sports.
Their array of styles is also an extensive one, including a Pepsi bezel. The bezel adds to visual enhancement while its glowing hands and indices make time reading a breeze in the dark.
VII. Fossil Townsman: An affordable yet high-quality line of watches, it is one of the most recognized and popular Fossil classic-styled watches that reflects the history of Fossil as an American watch maker. It is not something you’d flaunt as a status symbol but exhibit how frugal one can be without sacrificing upon a good taste. The Townsmen are affordable watches are high-quality and are designed well; these dress watches mix high-quality standard into the beauty of an automatic watch.
The Fossil Townsman watches know how much to conceal and only give some small, circular port holes, which reveals but also keep the classical and expensive look maintained. They’re little modern, nothing steam-punk, more classic in their impression. The rigid, solid build hides well under this, including that of the automatic, Japanese, 20 jewels movements’ inside. You’ll find ‘Fossil’ and ‘Japan’ written on the skeleton rotor.
These are nice and classy watch for every purpose, not just limited to attending balls and banquets or highly formal official meetings.
These are not meant for rugged activities on fields, beaches or mountains. Suits well young to middle-aged professionals as classic options for everyday office wear. They are for places where the smart watch wouldn’t match despite their versatile range of functions.
VIII. Neutra Skeleton: Gorgeous inside and out, this new Neutra Automatic series watch from the house of Fossil reveals its inner-working mechanism when worn on your wrist. A clear window into the mechanical gears gives an ‘Art Deco’ touch to this Fossil automatic watch. Giving you up-to-the-minute innovation, this chic watch features a refined black case, housing a see-through matching skeleton dial, three-hand movement, roman numeral-stick indices and a black stainless steel bracelet, which holds the whole piece together.
IX. Fossil Bronson Twist Semi Skeleton: All dark stainless steel, the Fossil Bronson Twist Semi Skeleton is simplistic yet sturdy in its design, tailor made for tough guys always on the go! Driven by hand-wound, automatic, mechanical Japanese movement with up to 40 hours of power reserve, this is a watch with which you won’t hesitate to get down into a game of baseball on your way to the office or a wedding. An added attraction to the watch is its separate seconds-denoting disc, derived from the traditional small-seconds minute repeaters.
X. Fossil Tailor Semi Skeleton: The slim stainless-steel bracelet watch elegantly reveals its components underneath the dial through a cutout at the center of the dial. Fossil takes pride about not only the precision of this timepiece but also about its impeccable construction, both inside and out. The semi-skeleton construction shows off an intricate craft and adds a unique element to the Tailor’s design, turning it into a luxury timepiece on one hand to an everyday option on the other. Powered by a hand-wind, automatic, mechanical Japanese movement with up to 40 hours of power reserve, it frees you from the risks of a sudden stop due to an exhausted battery. Besides, the case back will not require to be opened anytime soon as long as you don’t allow the watch coming to a complete halt. Keep it winded and it will run for years.
Fossil, considered to enjoy a King-like status in the Asian-made quartz market, the once fashion watches have now come a long way and they are trying to get better every passing day. Apart from multiple contracts with Chinese manufacturers for their low-end, very inexpensive but fashionable daily-wear, Fossil; for their mid- to upper range of product lines incorporates Japanese and Swiss collaborations; for the latter, their own facilities at Biel and Glovelier – both in Switzerland – under cantons Bern and Jura (district: Delémont) shows their dedication towards betterment. They have even acquired the Swiss brand Zodiac Watches (2001), now establishing a Swiss presence and an improved build quality.
Fossil has a completely different side to it, which equally pertains to style and technology. The smart and hybrid-smart watches bring cutting-edge technology within good aesthetics and let you start a smart, new relationship with yourself.
In Fossil’s own words – “Smart technology styled into watches that stay in tune with your essentials”.
Both types are compatible with Android and iOS operating systems while staying true to their core design beliefs. The vintage design inspirations of the smart hybrids given form in beautiful materials and rebooted with cutting-edge smart technology lets you stay in touch even at the most formal of events without breaking dress codes.
The smart watches – with their amazing touch-screen display faces and display choices – always stay connected to update your essentials about hourly, daily, weekly or monthly goals. They are flashy yet functional; a great alternative to tech-minded people who dislike wearing digital monstrosities to formal surroundings but hates staying disconnected even more! They’re an excellent way to let style stay the way it is without sacrificing upon cutting-edge features. Classic timepieces packing a mean tech-punch!
The extensive variety of styles and materials for all the Fossil watches reshapes your style statement while also portraying your take on the current technological field.
i. Are Fossil watches any good?
A. An answer to this question will vary from person to person. While it’s a fact that a certain percentage of earlier, low-end Fossil watches didn’t perform as expected and gave away sooner than expected, today’s Fossil has turned their QC stricter, which has contributed in becoming the most popular brand of fashion watches in the Asian subcontinent, offering a good balance of affordable prices and quality components, elegant constructions and clean designs that stand out from the rest in the price and style segment.
ii. When did Fossil Watches start?
A. The Fossil Group, Inc was founded in 1984 by Tom Kartsotis at Richardson, Texas in the United States. Fossil Watches are a brand under it, just like Relic, Skagen Denmark, Misfit, BMW and the Swiss Zodiac. The Fossil Group, Inc also manufactures for Michael Kors, Puma, Chaps and Emporio Armani under licenses from the brands.
iii. Are Fossil smart watches a good choice?
A. Watch brand Fossil is a serious player in the smart-watch world. They have been there since the beginning, since 2004. It started with the Wrist Net, working with the MSN Direct network – an information service you could access over the FM radio network. It didn’t depend upon cellular network. You could access everything from stock prices and news; set calendar alarms and use Windows Live to text between compatible devices. But FM radio waves aren’t as efficient as a modern cellular network and blocked access from certain places, so the idea didn’t stick. Nevertheless, it was an evolution that initiated the development of modern smart watches. It was priced at $180. Currently, Fossil makes the Wear OS smart watches, with a partnership with Citizen to build smart watches soon and also for BMW.
iv. Are limited edition Fossil timepieces really Limited Edition?
A. By limited editions, Fossil means particular standouts – gorgeous watches depicting an additional something or two that do not accompany other models. For example, the Fossil Star Wars collectors’ series. These limited-edition watches from Fossil were released over a 7 month span, so a Limited Edition Fossil is not always a ‘come-and-go’ thing.
v. How expensive are Fossil watches?
A. Fossil has expanded its selection with many different styles to suit different wearers with different mindsets and outlook towards life. This has allowed Fossil to set a wide limit; from a mere $50 to $1,000, which are Swiss-made, at STP – Fossil’s own facility at Bienne/Biel, Switzerland. These put Fossil watches in the mid-tier Swiss luxury; competing well against the longstanding name in this particular arena. Still, prices compared, Fossil watches are way lower than the rest.
vi. Who Wears Fossil Watches?
A. A wide range of people wears Fossil watches, both men and women. The company has a variety of watches with unique designs focused towards the fashion conscious segment to whom product quality, performance and lasting are as important as a low – or comparatively lower – price. Fossil watches are a great choice when something a little flashier is needed but at budget prices. A Fossil watch promises luxurious designs for a fraction of the cost of high-end luxury. You can wear a Fossil watch almost anywhere; under any social circumstance or amidst harsh outdoor conditions. However, unless specifically mentioned, it is recommended not to expose your Fossil watch to extreme outdoors.
vii. What are the advantages of owning Fossil watches?
A. Fossil watches offer many advantages for anyone looking for a new timepiece.
viii. What are the disadvantages of owning Fossil watches?
A. Fossil watches are good for them who do not like to sport the same look for too long. But apart from the limited number of sub-$100 watch, rest are hard to dispose off – firstly, because they would still be functioning well and next, the shine would still, probably hold. The warranties are often limited for most of their watches and should have extended over the stated two years.
ix. What does the Wear OS do in the Fossil smart watches?
The Wear OS by Google virtual experience Wear OS by Google works with phones running the latest versions of Android and iOS. It doesn’t support Go! Edition or if your phone doesn’t have Google Play Store. Supported features (e.g. Google Assistant) may vary between platforms and countries with varying compatibility with allowed features. You’ll require an internet connection for the Wear OS to work.
The Wear OS brings you tech that suits a real life, both urban and rural. It helps your smart watch to get everything done for you without you having to move a bit.
If you have left the phone behind, it makes your watch find it out by calling your number; it helps you track your morning runs with an un-tethered GPS connectivity. You don’t need your phone any more to answer calls, your Wear OS based smart watch will do it on your behalf. There’s a built in speaker in the watch that will let you speak. Plus, it will notify you about every text you receive; from social media or through texting apps. Receive or reply to them with a tap; the Wear OS makes it easy for you.
You can make contact less payments through your Wear OS-based smart watch, among many other things. Plus, it helps you save the battery with smart, power saving modes.
The GUI the Wear OS offers presents a rotating arc of custom dials that will always be on display on the watch face; it brings thousands of watch faces to suit your every mood and dressing pattern. Similarly, it displays the various health and wellness app screens that track your progress with activity goals, as recommended by American Heart Association and World Health Organization.
x. What a Fossil Hybrid smart watch does apart from telling time?
A. Receive notifications from assigned people and apps. The watch will let you know its arrival through a discreet vibration. Its customizable buttons let you command your corner of the digital world from your wrist. Assign the functions you use the most to your watch buttons, including playing music.
Despite their simple faces, Fossil hybrid smart watches allow ACTIVITY TRACKING. That includes tracking steps, distances covered and calories burnt. You may also track your sleep pattern and check if your personal goals are being reached. The data is available for viewing anytime in the companion app running on your smart phone. You may also set the alarm to aid you further in keeping up your daily activity and targets. It allows setting a more discreet reminder than your phone; it will send gentle vibration alerts when it’s time.
The Fossil hybrid smart watches don’t need you to charge them every day, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity until the battery runs down in a year’s time.
xi. What a Fossil digital smart watch does apart from telling time?
A. The Fossil Gen 5 – the most popular digital smart watch among their Wear OS-based smart is largely flawless, but if its battery could have been more than just decent, it would keep every Wear OS fans happy with its range of functions and features.
This specific smart watch lets you pay and receive money through Google Pay instantly, any time of the day. There’s a built-in GPS to track your position; you can respond to your phone calls through a built-in speaker and track your fitness activities through its built-in optical heart rate sensor. However, unlike the Apple Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Active 2, it doesn’t offer ECG features, so you can’t detect if you got any cardiac issues. However, with this watch, you can pick up signs of undiagnosed high blood sugar levels, hypertension, sleep apnea and Atrial Fibrillation, which is, muscular twitching involving individual muscle fibers of the atria of the heart, acting without coordination.
The decent amount of water resistance makes these smart watches swim-proof and shower-proof; however, you are discouraged from going diving or snorkeling wearing the Fossil Smart Watches. They are not meant for extreme adventures.
The same speaker that allows you to take calls also helps when you talk back to Google Assistant.
For best compatibility over phone calls through the watch, choose Android over iOS for the Fossil Wear OS watch. Else, you have to use Fossil’s own app to allow iOS users shut the Wear OS app running in the background. With the Fossil app running, iMessage will be deactivated.
The watch will help you track fitness through the Google Fit app for iOS in a much improved manner for occasional fitness fans, budding gym rats or outdoor enthusiasts alike. With aid from the heart rate monitor, you can track your heart beat rate not just during workouts but through the day! It will keep a regular track of your heart rate once you activate it manually via Google Fit. There is this tad bit of difference in monitoring than in the Apple Watch 4, but given it’s not offered with a chest strap monitor, that wee bit difference is acceptable.
As for the compatibility between Google Fit and Android, it makes you utilize fully the Move Minutes and Heart Points to track your performance to the minutest details. Those who are easily bogged down by technical details may avoid these and may install a third-party app to track the finer stats that not only detects but also provides ready analysis of the recorded data..
With the built-in GPS that is effective and consistent throughout, you don’t need to be lost for directions or your own position on the world again.
xii. Where is the best place to buy a Fossil watch from?
A. It is always best to buy from the manufacturer but you can’t expect too much of a discount on every piece. For the best Fossil watches at best discounted prices, try out Creation Watches.
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