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Fossil Dean FS4721
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Dean FS4721
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We love the Dean's deep charcoal gray appearance and versatility as a casual or dress watch. Great gift for men who appreciate a genuine Fossil watch at an entry-level price point.

Pros

Suitable for formal and casual wear. Very masculine design and unusual smoky stainless-steel finish. Water-resistant up to 165 feet. Oversized face and analog chronograph dials.

Cons

Date window is small and hard to read. Bracelet can be difficult to adjust. Minute hand may break.

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Fossil Coachman CH2565
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Coachman CH2565
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Some Fossil watch owners prefer a leather bracelet to metal; Cuff's band is very comfortable calfskin.

Pros

Wide, comfortable leather band. Same chronograph elements as higher-end models. Stylish brushed stainless-steel. Easy to read chronograph. Simple clock-face graphic for minimalist appearance.

Cons

Band may be too small for larger wrists. Dial isn't illuminated. Knockoffs are reportedly common.

Fossil Machine FS4487
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Machine FS4487
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With its deep black color scheme, the Machine is definitely a man's watch. We like the chronograph functions, and engraved bezel. Good work watch, with the option of going formal.

Pros

Very soft, flexible silicone wristband. Oversize dial, but watch is lightweight. Durable enough for outdoor or work wear.

Cons

Not as water-resistant as other models. No contrast means chronograph displays can be difficult to read.

Fossil Nate JR1487
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Nate JR1487
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A popular choice for a first Fossil watch. Features all the highlights, from oversized face to chronograph functionality. Straddles the line between casual and dress. Bold, masculine design.

Pros

Fluorescent dial numbers and hands. Water-resistant up to 300 feet. Exceptionally large dial face. Very masculine design.

Cons

Battery may need to be replaced upon arrival. Some reports of wristband breakage. Hour hand is difficult to read.

Fossil Grant FS5268
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Grant FS5268
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Combines a gold bezel with a sophisticated deep-blue face. Interchangeable leather bracelet and metal bands. Sturdy as well as dressy.

Pros

Large Roman numerals are easy to read. Blue and gold color scheme really pops. Sturdy enough for work, but really shines as a dress watch.

Cons

Instructions aren't included, making setting the date and time difficult. Some customers do not like gold finish.

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Fossil watches have an adventurous, classic style and can help to tie an outfit together. Fossil offers mechanical, automatic, and quartz twist movement watches. Many of their simpler models are ideal for formal wear while still having a distinct look from their oversized faces and rugged design. For something more active, their more rugged watches sport durable designs and easy-to-read faces. Their chronograph watches have clean designs and are easy to use. Easily interchangeable bands are a feature of most of their watches, making it easy to swap out for a different look. For a formal timepiece or a more adventurous gadget, Fossil has a wide selection of masculine styles.

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