The Tuesday Steal: The Shinola Detrola Watch is One of the Best Men’s Watches Under $400

Best men's watches under $400.

It’s hard not to love what the ever-stylish folks at Detroit-based Shinola are doing when it comes to making the best men’s watches — and plenty more — is it not? The brand, now a decade-plus old and specializing in stylish home goods, audio gear and an entire lifestyle collection, hasn’t taken its eye off the prize when it comes to crafting some of the best watches for men, as we’ve discussed on the blog time and time again. There’s a wide variety available, from one of the best versatile everyday leather watches to a durable dive watch for inclement weather, but today’s Tuesday Steal goes deep with a real winner: One of the best watches under $400, the fun, poppy and yet easily wearable Shinola Detrola No. 2 Watch.

The entire Shinola Detrola Collection was launched as a more affordable, casual and vibrant alternative to the brand’s elegant, Art Deco-inspired and classically designed timepieces, like the fan favorite Shinola Runwell Watch, and it sure does hit plenty of the right marks in terms of stylish design and agreeable pricing. The Shinola Detrola No. 2 Watch in particular shines through as the most versatile of the bunch, blending a lighweight resin case with a stainless steel core and a bright vibrant yellow-orange color. If you favor shades of olive, indigo, grey or black in your daily style moves, the Shinola Detrola No. 2 Watch is a standout new offering — all for under $400.

Best casual everyday watch for men.

The best watches under $400 tend to lean more casual and less dressy (thanks to the more simple design and simple yet high-accuracy quartz movement), and the Shinola Detrola No. 2 Watch is no different there. Note the black silicone rubber strap, which is less refined and more rugged than a leather watch strap. Quick-release pins make it easy to swap out the strap on the Shinola Detrola No. 2 Watch, though, giving you two watches for the price of one sub-$400 watch (naturally, Shinola also stocks some of the best watch straps on the market for watches of all sizes, too).

Unlike other Shinola models, the Shinola Detrola No. 2 Watch clocks in at 43mm, which is larger and more bold than the Shinola Runwell (available in the classic 41mm case diameter). Any which way you decide to rock your new Shinola Detrola No. 2 Watch — be it with your favorite thermal henley and jeans on breezy days, or with a soft cotton tee, chino shorts and canvas sneakers, it’s a downright steal at under $400. Get it on your wrist today.

The Thursday Buy: The New Shinola Runwell Grey Watch is one of the Coolest Timepieces on the Market

Best leather watch for men.

For as important as it is to stock your full rotation of menswear essentials for spring — like the best rain jacket, for instance — it’s also crucial to make sure your accessories are on-point, like seeking out one of the best leather watches for men. No outfit is complete without the little details (word on the street is that folks notice both the watch on your wrist and your shoes first), so why not invest in the best with a rugged new Shinola men’s watch? Sounds pretty ideal, right? Don’t you and I both know it. I’ve talked plenty on the blog about the rugged appeal and timeless style points of the Shinola Runwell and other styles — like the hard-wearing, weather-ready Shinola Duck Watch, too — but there’s something a bit different about the Shinola Runwell 47mm in Matte Gray.

The 47mm case diameter, for starters, is a bold and tough Shinola favorite, the kind that might be too big on some wrists but sits nicely on others (remember, they also make the Shinola Runwell 41mm). This new edition of the Shinola Runwell can certainly take a few dings, but it’s the gunmetal PVD brushed case finish that takes it to the next level in terms of durability and eye-catching style. Trust me, your watch collection needs both, and the Shinola Runwell 47mm in Matte Gray delivers.

Best everyday leather watch for men.

The Shinola Runwell 47mm in Matte Gray features other useful, Shinola-esque details, like a handsome bit of contrast between the black dial, crisp white markings and the vibrant Shinola logo detailing (again, it’s the little things that make a big difference). There’s a helpful sub-dial and within that tough watch case, the Shinola Runwell 47mm in Matte Gray is powered by the brand’s Argonite 1609 quartz movement. Quartz is a less expensive movement in the watch world, but that’s what helps make the Shinola Runwell 47mm in Matte Gray such a steal anyways — it looks like a much more expensive watch, but is priced reasonably at $675. That’s part of who Shinola is as a brand: Making some of the best men’s watches at agreeable prices, packed with plenty of style details. Yes indeed, the Shinola Runwell 47mm in Matte Gray is next on my wish list when it comes to the best watches for men.

To finish things off, the brand places the Shinola Runwell 47mm in Matte Gray on a remarkable whiskey cordovan leather strap. That contrast between black and brown just works handsomely, giving you the option to wear your new favorite watch with rugged, durable leather boots, indigo blue jeans and one of the best men’s henleys, or with stretch washed chinos and a classic Oxford shirt back at the office. Any way you wear the Shinola Runwell 47mm in Matte Gray, it’s going to come through in matters of both style and precise timekeeping. Go forth and add it to your collection, my friends.

The Thursday Buy: The Shinola Runwell Automatic Is the Most Versatile Everyday Watch on the Market

Make no mistake, there are any number of the best men’s watches you could select and wear essentially on the daily from Detroit-based Shinola, as many a Shinola review will tell you. For your Brooklyn style writer and Michigan native, they consistently craft some of the best watches for men on the market in a range of accessible styles, be it a rugged dive watch or an investment-level dress watch. But what about if you want a watch that’s a little more toned down, a bit more easygoing and yet still just as ready for everyday wear? That’s when you should consider the Shinola Runwell Automatic 39.5mm, a sized-down version of its Shinola Runwell made for slightly smaller wrists and featuring a refined look and feel, to say the least.

What’s the key with the Shinola Runwell Automatic 39.5mm and why should you make it work for you? It’s got everything going for it that you might expect in one of the best everyday watches, starting with a crisp, retro-yet-modern dial design that wears just as well with a wool winter suit as it does with a pocket tee and your favorite pair of blue jeans come spring. Of course, the automatic movement is a big step forward for the brand, one that makes the Shinola Runwell Automatic 39.5mm noteworthy in its own right.

Best Shinola watch for men.

As you very well might have guessed, the specs on the investment-level Shinola Runwell Automatic 39.5mm (it clocks in at $1,095 at Shinola) are befitting of a handsome, elegant, and next-level everyday watch. The handsome leather strap and sharp black dial make the Shinola Runwell Automatic 39.5mm a true keeper in form as well as function, with a Swiss automatic movement (I.E. A stellar movement) to keep things ticking along in fine fashion. The Shinola Runwell Automatic 39.5mm looks timeless and sharp, ready to wear to the office with the sleeves of your Oxford shirt rolled up, and then just as at ease on the weekend alongside a rugged shawl cardigan.

If you want versatility on the daily with your watch rotation, you want the Shinola Runwell Automatic 39.5mm in your collection ASAP. A watch that can do it all can be hard to find these days, but you can rest assured you’re in great hands with Shinola’s latest and greatest innovation. Now, the only thing you need to do is get it on your wrist.

See Now, Buy Now: The Shinola Duck Watch Is the Toughest Watch You Can Buy For Winter (And Beyond)

SuperLumi-Nova glow-in-the-dark numbers and hands

There comes a time in every season (like right now, in the depths of winter) when even your accessories, right on down to one of the best men’s watches, start to take a beating. No matter if you’re bundled up with a pair of the best gloves for men or if you’re wearing some of the toughest winter pants, again, yes, even your accessories need to stand up to winter, and that’s where the Shinola Duck Watch comes in mighty handy in your collection of the best watches for men. You hopefully already know Shinola from this very blog and as makers of one of the best dive watches on the market, not to mention a stunning, stylish brown leather watch.

And the remarkably tough and well-designed Shinola Duck Watch is but the latest and greatest purchase you need to add to your wrist game when the going gets tough. It’s as if the lauded, Detroit-based brand had both winter adventures and coastal summer days (on or off Michigan’s Great Lakes) in mind when they designed the Shinola Duck Watch, complete with more than 660 feet of water resistance. It only gets better from there, to say the least. Before we go any further, note that this exceptional timepiece is priced just right at $650.

The Shinola Duck Series: Blue Bay Watch

The key with the Shinola Duck Watch is its toughness and durability, combined with a surprisingly elegant design. Yes, the Shinola Duck Watch is a surf-rated watch, but it should also prove mighty tough and legible when trying to navigate your way through a winter storm. SuperLumi-Nova dial and hand markings amp up the visibility, while the durable rubber strap will brush off water (and sleet, and snow) with ease). The Shinola Duck Watch clocks in at an agreeable 42mm in terms of case diameter, making this a watch built for work or play. You can snag this handsome dive watch in a range of colors to suit every palette, including Bay Blue, Canary Yellow and Gunmetal, plus a Stainless Steel Gift Set that could just be one of the best gifts for the watch fan.

And again, this watch is built for work or play: Wear it right now with a chambray shirt and a shawl cardigan, plus your favorite pair of blue jeans, alongside tough-as-heck leather boots for winter weekend (or casual work day) pursuits. When the time comes to step into some of the best lined pants to shovel the drive, throw on the hard-wearing, hard-working Shinola Duck Watch to stay on time throughout the day. If there’s one watch that can do it all for winter and beyond, it’s the Shinola Duck Watch — shop accordingly.

The Friday Read: Buck Mason’s Rare Winter Sale, The Best Men’s Hair Spray & a New Shinola Watch

Buck Mason Early Access—The Gettin's Good Sale (Up to 60% off) :  r/frugalmalefashion

Folks, welcome to Friday and another edition of the Friday Read, which’ll have you outfitted and ready for the weekend in no time. Speaking of getting outfitted for the weekend, well, that photo above says it all. Buck Mason, one of my favorite brands and purveyors of some of the best winter menswear around, is holding a very, very rare sale, featuring up to 60 percent off some of the company’s essential gear via the recently launched Buck Mason Gettin’s Good Sale (get it while you can, my friends). It’s even better than the well-stocked Buck Mason Last Chance Section, since these are deep discounts on a wide array of menswear. If you’ve had your eye on, say, one of the best men’s cardigans via the lauded retailer, now’s the time to shop. The Buck Mason Gettin’s Good Sale is a must-shop for your weekend — I’ll leave you to it, but please do keep on scrolling to kick off your weekend the right way.

For those of you who aren’t quite dropping everything to shop Buck Mason just yet, well, I’m with you — at least in spirit. That’s because this weekend, I’m heading somewhere extra layers aren’t really needed: I’m trekking down to breezy, sunny Florida to kick off my 30th birthday week (weekend?) and spend some time at Disney World with my family! I couldn’t be more excited to safely trek down there, and if you’d like to keep up with all the fun (and get some style tips in the process), you can — and should go follow me on Instagram. For now, I’ve got a few more stories to tidy up before the weekend, so I’ll leave you with some more reading and shopping tips below. Cheers to Friday, folks!

  • If you’ve been keeping up with the blog as of late, then you’re well aware that I’m a big fan of Detroit-based Shinola and its full array of some of the best men’s watches. That includes the remarkable new Shinola Bronze Monster (as I wrote about here), as well as the stunning, recently launched Shinola Forged Carbon Monster Automatic. This watch is truly a sight to behold, featuring light yet tough construction. What’s more, you can head to Maxim to read my full dispatch on this stunning watch.
  • Looking for a way to revamp your hair this winter, all the while avoiding hat hair on cold days? Then you’re in luck — if you read my latest AskMen guide on the best men’s hair sprays. Yes, that’s right: Hair spray for men is very much available, with the quick and easy potential to revamp your ‘do the right way. Check out that guide and let me know what you think.
  • Here’s one in case you missed out on the fun on the blog this week. It’s always wise to shop the latest and greatest Billy Reid menswear, especially when those layers are both rugged and refined, like this Billy Reid shirt jacket I covered just yesterday. It’s time to layer up in style, my friends.

So, that’ll wrap things up in fine form as we head into the weekend. There’s lots to read and shop if you peruse the pages of this blog and my other bylines, but I’d urge you — more than anything — to shop the exceptional Buck Mason Gettin’s Good Sale for the best deals on the best winter menswear and much more. If you do end up picking anything up, let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and cheers to the weekend! 

Style Pick of the Week: Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic Watch – The Best Investment-Level Watch to Shop Now

I’d wager that if you’re reading this blog, you’re willing to do your research when it comes to investing in, for example, one of the best men’s watches from a brand like Shinola, right? In fact, I’d bet you’re willing to dig in and do the work when it comes to tracking plenty of the best gear for men, be it finding the best leather boots for men or layering up with a best-selling men’s shirt jacket. This approach will certainly serve you well when it comes to finding and selecting the perfect watch to wear on your wrist every day, with just about every single ensemble you can dream up. Allow me, then, in that case, to introduce you to the iconic, expertly crafted, dressy-yet-rugged Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic, an exceptional watch with a price tag to match (it retails for $1,650 at Shinola, as it were).

Now, if you’ve read the blog, you know that I’ve shared a Shinola review or two singing the praises of the Detroit-based brand. That trend isn’t going to let up any time soon. The Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic, like all Shinola men’s watches, is made with exacting attention to detail and incredible materials befitting of the higher price tag (most Shinola watches for men retail for under $1,000).

While with some luxury watches, you’re really paying for the designer name as much as the watch itself, the Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic defies convention and packs in a whole lot of excellent technical specs to go along with the now-iconic Shinola name. Designed as an homage to the 1920s and Michigan rumrunners during Prohibition, it’s an elegant yet hard-wearing watch that looks incredible and performs just as nicely. The Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic features an intricate 26-jewel automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve. This is a very good thing: The power reserve allows the watch to keep running accurately even when you’re not wearing it, because an automatic watch like this one winds according to the wearer’s wrist movement. In short. the Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic, without getting overly technical, is carefully designed, hard-working and supremely stylish.

About those style points, though. The Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic features a handsome brushed bronze case and a visually striking, slightly larger 43mm case diameter. That means it stands out more on your wrist and is less of a dress watch, and more of a watch to wear with rugged menswear like one of the best men’s chambray shirts, dark blue denim and brown leather boots. Of course, the Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic looks great with just about anything you pair it up with (even a worsted wool suit!, That’s true whether you rock it with the additional leather strap (shown here) or the khaki nylon field watch strap. In either iteration, the Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic is a wearable work of art befitting of the heftier price tag. It’s one of the best watches for men and one of the best investment-level timepieces to consider adding to your collection.

The Friday Read: Tommy Stinson, The Best Non-Alcoholic Beers & New Gear from Myles Apparel

My friends, let’s jump on into a new year and into another winter weekend, one which technically happens to be the first full weekend of 2022. If you’ve got fitness resolutions aplenty on your list right now, then the latest performance gear from Myles Apparel should set you on the path to a happy and healthy start to 2022. Specifically, the brand dropped the Myles Apparel Momentum Active Track Pants earlier this week, with all the right specs to bolster any training sessions on your to-do list. Made with a quick-drying blend of nylon and spandex, they look and feel great, and they’re more than ready for whatever workouts you throw their way. How’s that for starting 2022 with some of the best workout gear for a new year, right? Not bad at all, if you ask me. Oh, and just remember: You get free U.S. shipping on orders of more than $100. Stock up ASAP, folks.

Now that you’ve conquered the gear you need for weekend workouts, how about some music and relaxation? Of course, you very well might know that I also write about indie music for Atwood Magazine, and I run a music and menswear newsletter. It’s with both of those pursuits in mind that I’m so excited to head down to Norfolk, Virginia as we speak to see legendary rock n’roller Tommy Stinson (of The Replacements fame) play a small show in the famed Virginia city! I previously wrote about Stinson’s career in The Replacements, and my love of the band, over at InsideHook. Now, I won’t be covering the show, but I’ll be enjoying tunes safely all the same, and I’ll be packing some of my favorite travel menswear and gear, too. To keep up with all of the action, be sure to follow me on Instagram. In the meantime, let’s get to the rest of today’s Friday Read!

  • If you’re undertaking Dry January, then my congrats and best wishes to you, as moderation is crucial these days. It’s with that approach in mind that I wrote about the best non-alcoholic beers for Dry January, packing plenty of sudsy flavor into a low-cal, no-booze can. Head to SPY to check out my picks, folks.
  • We’re not quite out of the woods yet in terms of reacquainting ourselves with how to get dressed in style for the office. The next time you need to suit up, be it for date night, a meeting or a winter wedding, refer to my handy guide to the best winter suits for men over at Fatherly. It’s got everything you need, and then some.

I talked above about one of the best men’s weekender bags from Shinola, so in the spirit of winter travel and the best gear on the market, here’s another blog post to get your mindset squared away. Keep it tuned here to The Style Guide to read about the best Shinola duffel bag for men. It’s going to get you from point A to point B in style, and after all, shouldn’t that be the goal of every weekend? Happy shopping, safe travels and thanks for reading, folks!

The Thursday Buy: The Shinola Vinton Watch is the Classic Timepiece You Need Now

There are some men’s accessories that are so timeless and sharp, it’d almost be foolish not to invest in them. That’s the case, at least, with the best watches for men as produced by Shinola, a full lineup from the Detroit-based watchmaker and luxury goods brand, and that especially applies to the seriously cool, super-sharp Shinola Vinton Watch. If you’re a fan of the brand (new or old!), then you know that Shinola can do it all, from making one of the best weekender bags on the market to delivering one of the coolest dress watches for your wrist. It’s with that blend of classic and modern style that they’ve added the Shinola Vinton Watch to the brand’s ever-expanding and yet carefully curated lineup of watches. The Shinola Vinton Watch hits on all the right notes if you want a watch (particularly heading into the holiday season) that you can wear to the office and to holiday gatherings without missing a beat.

It features classic stainless steel construction found in durable dive watches, but the Shinola Vinton Watch really stands apart (quietly, of course) thanks to its crisp dial design and a nice, dressy 38mm case diameter. It’s a solid change of pace from the ever-so-slightly more rugged Shinola Runwell Collection, which boasts options with case diameter measurements of up to 47mm. Yes indeed, the Shinola Vinton Watch just gets the details (big and small) correct.

The specs on the Shinola Vinton Watch, of course, hold up to scrutiny, and they do so at a price that’s lower than expected ($550 at Shinola, to be exact). The dial is both crisp, timeless and refreshing, as all Shinola watch dials tend to be, and the option to get something as sharp as a blue dial against a smooth stainless steel case makes the Shinola Vinton Watch just the right blend of tailored and laidback. The Shinola Vinton Watch is the kind of watch to pair with casual staples (like a thermal crewneck and dark blue denim) as well as more business casual offerings, like tailored chinos and your favorite cardigan.

Other watch design options include a visually striking Midnight Blue paired with handsome PVD gold hardware, right down to the bracelet itself. It’s a worthwhile option to consider the most versatile offering for your own wardrobe with the Shinola Vinton Watch, but it’s almost hard to go wrong with any option (this is Shinola we’re talking about, after all). The best men’s watches also beat the rest of the field with small touches, like a date window at 3 o’clock, set against that well-done dial design you only get at Shinola. When you want to upgrade what’s on your wrist, the choice is clear: Make it Shinola, and make your next purchase the Shinola Vinton Watch.

See Now, Buy Now: Gift this Shinola Leather Wallet to the Stylish Man In Your Life (Or Yourself)

If you’ve got a stylish guy on your Christmas list this year (or if you’re building out your own style wish list), it’s hard to go wrong with something as covetable and, well, stylish as one of the best men’s leather watches. That goes for just about anything you’re apt to find at Detroit-based Shinola, which just so happens to be stocking plenty of the best leather gifts for men this season. It’s an impressive assortment, and one that includes the Shinola Pocket Bifold, a handsome and refined leather wallet made for the modern man. And if the gentleman on your list happens to be in need of a new leather wallet, well, that’s really all the better. Yes indeed, the time is right now to upgrade his everyday carry and perhaps, to add a few covetable items from Shinola to your own list. After all, Shinola does so much more than just craft some of the best watches for men. They also happen to make one of the best men’s weekender bags and a throwback-inspired dress watch that any guy would be very happy to find under tree this season. But back to the Shinola Pocket Bifold — it’s an easy choice as far as a seriously upgraded leather wallet is concerned.

The Shinola Pocket Bifold isn’t any old wallet you might find made from cheap materials — far from it, in fact. It’s worth every bit of its $250 price tag, a true marker of quality and not just of a brand name. And the specs on the Shinola Pocket Bifold? I’m glad you asked, friends. It’s made from smooth, rich Vachetta leather, the kind that gets better with age the more you use it (and trust me, he’ll want to use the Shinola Pocket Bifold every single day). It’s neither too bulky nor too flimsy, made with six lined card pockets and an unlined bill pocket, plus a handy receipt pocket. It’s small touches like those that set the Shinola Pocket Bifold apart from others you can buy this season, make no mistake about that.

And it’s all the better to pick up one of the best wallets for men if the stylish guy in your life is already familiar with the esteemed maker of some of the best watches for men. It’s also stamped with the Shinola logo and sewn in the U.S.A. — again, the Shinola Pocket Bifold lives up to the brand’s reputation in every way you’d expect. If the guy in your life expects the best (which I’m sure he does), then the Shinola Pocket Bifold is one way to deliver that, right down to his accessories. Happy holidays, folks!

See Now, Buy Now: This Shinola Weekender Bag is the Perfect Everyday Carry for Holiday Travel

You’re no doubt familiar with Detroit-based Shinola as the brand behind some of the best men’s watches on the market, from the perfect watch for dressy occasions to one of the best men’s everyday watches, period. But if you’ve kept a close eye on the brand in recent years, you’ll know they’re so much more than that: They’ve grown into a brand that makes the best everyday carry goods, leather accessories and more, including one of the coolest weekender bags for holiday getaways (and of course, more occasions beyond just this season). Without a doubt, the Shinola Canfield Classic Holdall shakes up the traditional weekender bag formula in a way that only Shinola can, and this is a very, very good thing indeed. Named for the West Detroit neighborhood lined with stylish Victorian homes, the Shinola Canfield Classic Holdall is a bag you don’t have to think too much about buying, or about packing up when the occasion calls for hitting the road in style. It delivers in much the same way as a stylish Shinola men’s watch — reliable, refined-yet-versatile, and rugged at the same time.

The Shinola Canfield Classic Holdall is at its best in the edition featuring durable canvas and handsome Italian Vachetta leather trim, all the better to blend durability and style points. It retails for $895 at Shinola, certainly an investment but one that’ll pay off from the very first time you pack up this bag to hit the road this holiday season. After all, if the Shinola Canfield Classic Holdall becomes the only weekender bag you use, then opportunities are plentiful to get your money’s worth, right? No doubt about it.

Because it’s Shinola we’re talking about, all the details of this stylish men’s weekender bag have been taken care of, so you needn’t worry about them. Take the brass hardware, delivered with a matte nickel finish that’s not too loud or ostentatious. Then, consider the interior zip pocket (perfect for holding a classic, crisp Shinola men’s watch), not to mention the fact that the pocket itself within the Shinola Canfield Classic Holdall features space for up to a 15-inch laptop. The durable canvas can withstand long days of travel, and the Italian leather is actually going to get better and more supple the more you use this handsome weekender bag.

Now, this weekender bag might not work all that well if you’ve planned out a ton of outfits — remember though, versatility is king — or if need to pack up a suit or a blazer. Shinola has you covered there with a garment bag-duffel hybrid, but for traveling on the fly in style, the Shinola Canfield Classic Holdall delivers the goods and looks great doing it. Like any Shinola product, it’ll stand the test of time and look great all the while. If that sounds like the sort of bag to bring with you throughout holiday travel, then act accordingly now — and book tickets for that next trip! Happy shopping and safe travels, folks.