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Best Men’s Watches Under £200 You Can Buy In 2020

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Prestige costs, we’re so often told. And they’re so often right. Or, at least watchy types are. For big banner brands have HQs still located in their home country of Switzerland (expensive) and pride themselves on hand-assembled craftsmanship that ensures there’s a long shelf life of your trophy watch (which is even more expensive). But what if we told you that some great watches could be secured for sub-200 pounds?

You’d scoff, wouldn’t you? You’d say “don’t be so ridiculous” and laugh us out of the place. But it’s true. Several no-lesser marques pride themselves on being a little more accessible, just with a whole lot of watch.

You just need to look beyond the Jura. Some watches may not tick away with a minute repeater/tourbillon/platinum-plated movement, but they look just as classic. Others lean into their distance from the old guard, riffing on novel aesthetics that’d make a Neuchatel-based watchmaker wince (plastic cases, for instance, or even the retro appeal of *whispers* digital). And others are just best-suited to everyday watches that can take a few bruises on the commute without invoking an insurance claim.

Yes, we’ve a lot of time for the big horological greats. Though do consider more affordable options – of which we’ve collated the best below.

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Seiko

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There’s a reason Seiko reset the entire watch industry. That’s because they’re very good at making them, with the Conceptual melding several different sports-led functions together in the shell of a very un-sporty classic watch.

Conceptual Stainless Steel, £139, ernestjones.co.uk

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G-Shock

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For all the emphasis on sleek, slight minimalism, Casio G-Shock has long bucked the trend for a bulked up watch. And, with a skeleton design, you can see brawny, showboaty watchery on full display.

GA-700SK-1AER Series Watch, £129, endclothing.com

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Timex

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Simple and understated: two characteristics often indicative of the best Swiss watches, but something Timex does just as well in the Marlin stainless steel model. What’s more, it’s managed to do the same in digital, channelling retromania in a stainless steel shell.

T80 34mm Digital Watch, £22, mrporter.com

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Accurist

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Accurist does more than sponsor robotic voices that wax lyrical about the time on your landline. It also makes standout watches at affordable price tags, much like this square-faced, gold tone vintage watch.

MB955B Watch, £60, watchshop.com

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Rotary

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You’ll struggle to find a better price for a Swiss-made watch than Rotary. And, with a clean dial and versatile stainless steel bracelet, it’s the sort of piece that can flit between your suit and your weekend and your wedding and your divorce and, well, everything really.

GB05092/53, £199, watchshop.com

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Hugo Boss

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Though ‘The Governor’ is a fitting name for every Vinnie Jones character ever, Hugo Boss’s iteration is a far classier affair. And for that, we can thank a classic stainless steel design and a versatile leather strap. This watch wears you now, sweetheart.

Governor Watch, £136, watchshop.com

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Swatch

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A minimalist effort from the Swiss watchmakers, the ultra-slim Skinnor boasts a silicone strap, meaning you can add durability to the affordability.

Skinnoir Watch, £93, swatch.com

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MVMT

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As a homegrown brand that went global, MVMT has become something of a ‘thing’. And with good reason. Pieces like the Opar channel a strain of minimalism rarely seen in horological circles, with a sizeable diameter and a domed sapphire crystal shell.

Opar, £139, mvmtwatches.com

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Daniel Wellington

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In 2006, a Swedish entrepreneur met an English chap while backpacking in Australia, who wore his Rolex on a battered nylon “NATO” strap. Three years later, Daniel Wellington watches, named after that very Brit, was launched to instant fandom and made the easily switchable strap a sensation.

Warwick Watch, £139, watchshop.com

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Best watches under £200: time is not very much money

Watches are statements of intent, a fashion piece that can make the drabbest of outfits drip with style and swagger. That is, if you could afford a good watch. As much as you’d love to buy watches advertised by smirking Formula One drivers and tennis players, the price tags meant they were the preserve of the mega-rich.

And, while that’s still true of proper mechanical timepieces, you can still pick up a respectable, fashionable Quartz watch without breaking the bank. 

Here are some amazing watches you can pick up for less than £200.

If you’re looking for slightly more expensive watches, you can read our best watches under £1000 and best watches for men guide.

If you’re really looking to spend big bucks, you can read our guide to the 5 best watches to invest in right now.

The best watches under £200 watches to buy today

1. Mondaine Classic

A genuine Swiss-made bargain

Reasons to buy

+Swiss-made+Iconic design+Easy to read

Who said you can’t get a Swiss-made watch for under £200? It’s no compromises as well, because this affordable Swiss watch is actually attractive as well.  Based on the iconic design of the Swiss Railway Station clock, it’s easy to read and stylish. The polished stainless steel case is waterproof to three bar, and the crystal glass covering the face is domed for a magnifying effect.

2. Casio DW-5600BBN-1ER

The ultimate beater watch

Reasons to buy

+All black colourway+Durable+Classic design

Reasons to avoid

-Not the smartest

This Casio G-Shock really is the ultimate beater watch. You can strap it on a completely forget about it, whatever you’re doing. It’s sets the standard when it comes to toughness, and we love this understated ‘Black Out’ colourway. It comes with a Cordura nylon fabric band that is stronger than nylon, whist also providing extremely high resistance to stretching, wear, and tearing. 

3. Tissot Everytime Mens Watch

An ideal ‘first watch’

Reasons to buy

+Classic design+Great brand+Swiss-made+Interesting bracelet

If you’re just getting into photography (or you’re trying to get someone into photography), this could be the ideal watch. It’s a stylish quartz piece from legendary Swiss brand, Tissot. It features a timeless design, with a sleep, clean, classic face. We adore the interesting ‘beads of rice’ bracelet it comes on.

4. Rotary Oxford Black Stainless Steel Quartz Watch

A sophisticated dress watch from Rotary

Reasons to buy

+Black and Steel combination+Elegant+British(ish) brand+Classic design

This Oxford watch from Rotary is ideal if you’re looking for a classic, everyday dress watch. The  perfectly balanced black dial is complemented by a soft calf leather strap. Want to know how else wears a Rotary watch? You’ll see one strapped to the wrist of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes

5. G-Shock GD-100MS-3ER

Unbelievable ruggedness for extreme adventurous types

Reasons to buy

+Durable+Lots of functions+Understated colour

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If you need something that can take a bashing – look no further than G Shock. This affordable model is looks great, with both the case and strap made from matt green resin, and the lens featuring protective mineral glass. This surmounts to a watch which is submersible to 200 metres and is pretty much explosion proof. 

If you have desires to join the SAS, or become a survival expert like Bear Grylls, buying this watch is the first step on that journey. Just slipping it on will make you feel more extreme. The piece also packs in number features, including multiple timezones, a stopwatch, timer and five alarms – so you can wake up in time for your mission, then time how long it takes to take out a terrorist cell. 

6. Timex Expedition Scout

Heritage outdoorsy watch from Timex

Reasons to buy

+Rugged looking design+INDIGLO night-light+Cool heritage

Reasons to avoid

-Not suitable for dressier situations

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The Timex Expedition Scout is an attractive, lightweight piece which has a rugged, outdoorsy aesthetic to it. The easy-to-read face features Timex’s brilliant Indiglo night-light. The model range is derived from the virtually indestructible 1960s infantry watches and adapted to meet the explosive growth of outdoor activities in the 1990s.

7. Citizen Divers EcoDrive Watch (BN0151-09L)

A true diver’s companion, on a budget

Reasons to buy

+Attractive+EcoDrive tech+Practical strap

Reasons to avoid

-Odd crown placement

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Looking for a budget watch with plenty o’ tech? The Citizen EcoDrive Dive watch is for you. It’s powered by Citizen brilliant EcoDrive technology, which harnesses power from any light source (even artificial lighting) to keep ticking all day long (with a 7 year power reserve). 

Honestly, you’ll never need to change a watch battery again. This is a functional piece as well, with features including a screw-down crown and screw-back case, luminous markers, one-way rotating slide rule bezel and highly-legible dials, it’s a true Divers watch.  

8. Fossil Mens Watch JR1354

This Fossil isn’t ancient

Reasons to buy

+Good brand+Chunky, bold design+Chronograph function

Reasons to avoid

-All black design not for everyone

This large Fossil watch features a bold, all-black design, with black case, matt black dial, and, black indices. The large 43mm stainless steel case certainly makes a statement, and is water resistant to 5 ATM. It’s finished with a black waxed-leather strap.

9. Paul Smith Tempo Mens Watch

A classic piece with colourful touches

Reasons to buy

+Colourful design+Cool brand+Case design

Reasons to avoid

-Blue may be tricky to match with all outfits

Paul Smith, one of Britain’s most well-known designers, is renowned for his colourful aesthetic which is evident in this stunning, Blue ‘Tempo’ watch. The dial is housed in an attractive 41mm stainless steel case, and finished with a black leather strap with pin buckle clasp, and mineral crystal glass.

10. Swatch YIS404

From the iconic Swiss budget brand

Reasons to buy

+Great brand+Automatic movement+Classic style

Reasons to avoid

-Brown strap not for everyone

Think budget watch and the first brand than comes to mind is probably Swatch. It’s one of the biggest watch brands out there. The Sistem Fly from the iconic Swiss brand isn’t your typical plastic affair either, it’s made from stainless steel and fitted with a brown leather strap. Hidden underneath the beautiful blue dial isn’t your typical Quartz movement, the Sistem is fitted with an analogue automatic movement with date function. That’s very impressive for a watch that costs less than £200.

11. Braun Quartz Watch

Iconic minimalist watch from Braun

Reasons to buy

+Iconic design+Timeless+Minimal

Reasons to avoid

-Some might want more bling

If you’re looking for something iconic, look no further than this timepiece from Braun. The company’s minimalist, clean aesthetic, was introduced by renowned German designer Dieter Rams, was built around the brand ethos – less, but better. 

Rams and his colleague Dietrich Lubs launched a range of functional timepieces based on the established visual language that made Braun products iconic. In recent years this range has been re-established and revived, so you can now buy a piece of design history for under £200.

12. Michael Kors Mens Watch MK8659

This sub-£200 watch is reminiscent of a Patek

Reasons to buy

+Sporty, modern design+Great colour scheme

Reasons to avoid

-Fashion brand

The Michael Kors Mens Bryson watch showcases a beautiful 42mm stainless steel case with scratch resistant mineral glass and a stunning dial featuring baton hour markers and protected by a fixed set bezel. Other features include an elegant Leather strap, a reliable movement, and a secure pin-buckle clasp for added protection.

13.

Skagen Connected Hybrid SKT1103

Impossibly cool Danish piece

Reasons to buy

+Empty List

Reasons to avoid

-Empty List

The Connected hybrid smartwatch boasts a range of smart features in the body of a classic watch. By connecting to your Android or iPhone and the Skagen app, the watch sends discreet, filtered by you smartphone notifications when you receive a text, email or call. It automatically updates to the correct time and date, and runs on a standard replaceable CR2430 coin cell battery. Additional features include: activity and sleep tracking, phone finder, music control and more. The strap can be easily interchanged with other 20mm straps.

Skagen is a Danish watch company. It’s worth mentioning that Skagen is Danish (in case the name didn’t give it away) because their watches have all the hallmarks of Scandinavian design – minimal aesthetics, a streak of retro, and a cool font. 

It doesn’t look like it costs a million dollars but this watch proves that they don’t have to have premium looks to leave a lasting impression. The slick design does all the work here and will ensure you keep running your hands through your hair/yawning and stretching your arms out/waving your wrist around to make sure your present company gets a good look at your time piece. 

This analogue timepiece is even capable of counting your steps and sycning with your phone. Not bad, eh?

14. Seiko Grey SNDG57P1

The iconic Japanese watch brand

Reasons to buy

+Sporty face+100m water resistance

Reasons to avoid

-Face could to too fussy

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Seiko has been known for precision, reliability and excellence since 1881, so just because this piece is inexpensive, don’t think it’s not a well-made watch. It’s the everyman’s Rolex, if you will. This particular model features a sporty face and chronograph movement. The bezel rotates, and most importantly of all, it’s waterproof to 100 metres.

15. Kartel Scotland Unisex Sinclair 38mm Watch

Something a little different from this Scottish watch brand

Reasons to buy

+Different brand+Small, unisex size+Unusual design

Reasons to avoid

-Could be too small for some

If you like to stand out, this square(ish) watch from Kartel will help you do it. We love the combination of the black dial and stainless steel case. The piece measures 38mm, so it suited to both male and female wrists. It’s made from stainless steel, and is fitted with a reliable quartz movement.

16. Casio Edifice

A sporty chrono from Casio Ediface

Reasons to buy

+Sporty design+Reliable brand+Chrono function

Reasons to avoid

-To sporty for some

his Mens Casio timepiece from the Edifice collection epitomises true Casio inspired aesthetics. It’s an outstanding analogue watch for its price, part of the Edifice collection, which is engineered by Casio. This wrist watch features a sporty stainless steel case and bracelet, and it combined with a black carbon fibre effect dial and reliable Quartz movement.

17. Hugo Boss Mens Jackson Watch

A classic dress watch which will work with any suit

Reasons to buy

+Understated design+Classy+Black goes with a number of suits

Reasons to avoid

-Not an everyday watch

If you’re looking for a classic, understated watch to wear with a suit, look no further than this classy dress watch from Hugo Boss. The sleek black dial features roman numerals and is powered by a Quartz movement. It’s worn on a black leather pin buckle strap.

(Image credit: Guess)

18. Guess Hendrix

A sleek chronograph from Guess

Reasons to buy

+Sleek, monotone design+Day and date function

If you thought Guess only make jeans, you’d be wrong – they also make stylish watches – such as this stunning Hendrix model. It’s a sleek and sophisticated timepiece with a monochrome design and a 44mm polished case. The silver multi-function dial features bold roman numeral markers, guilloche subdials with super-useful day, date and 24hr displays. A coordinating stainless steel bracelet completes the look. 

19. Michael Kors MK8184

Hublot on a Swatch budget

Reasons to buy

+Striking design+Very distinct

Reasons to avoid

-Too blingy for some

If you want something big and show-off-y, but don’t have several grand to blow on a Hublot, this piece from designer Michael Kors should do the trick.  The luxury watch not only looks good, but also provides maximum functionality with a clear chronograph movement and date window at 6 o’clock. The chunky 48mm rose gold case is water resistant to 10 ATM, and attaches to a comfortable black silicon strap.

20. Casio F-91W-1YER

Iconic doesn’t have to be expensive

Reasons to buy

+Durable and iconic+CHEAP

Reasons to avoid

-Lacks sophistication-Almost disposable?

Today’s best Casio F-91W-1YER deals

And finally, if you’re looking for a budget timepiece, there really is nothing more affordable than the Casio digital watch. Sure, it’s not the last word in sophistication, but the design is iconic and perfect if you’re going for a retro/hipster vibe. As well as telling the time, the Casio features an alarm, calendar and stopwatch. 

It’s pretty much an Apple Watch. There’s a backlight, for telling time in the dark, and the acrylic window is shatter-resistant, so it’ll probably last longer than you will. All for under £10? That’s a steal, and everyone should have one, quite frankly. 

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The best cheap running watches 2021: cheap GPS watches

The best cheap running watch is one that doesn’t compromise on sports tracking tools, practicality or comfort. That’s why we’ve put the most affordable running watches to the test in real-world conditions to help you pick the right one.

While there are lots of cheap fitness trackers around, these running watches do a lot more, including tracking your location using GPS, helping you monitor your progress, and analyzing factors like your heart rate, sleep quality. These types of features were previously only available on high-end watches, but they’ve now become commonplace on cheaper models making training easier than ever – whether you’re just getting into running, or aiming for a new personal best.

We’ve limited our choices to running watches that cost around $150 / £170 / AU$230 or less at the time of writing. Prices can fluctuate though, and older models often get a significant discount when a newer version is released, so check back regularly.

The Garmin Forerunner 55 is our pick for the best cheap running watch of 2021 (Image credit: Garmin)

1. Garmin Forerunner 55

Thoughtfully designed for beginners, the best cheap running watch

Specifications

GPS: Yes

Connectivity: Bluetooth, ANT+

Battery: Up to two weeks

Waterproof: Yes, to 50 meters

Reasons to buy

+Suggested workouts give structure+Recovery time suggestions+Well designed controls

Reasons to avoid

-No on-watch sleep widget

The Garmin Forerunner 55 takes TechRadar’s award for the best cheap running watch of 2021 thanks to its smart, beginner-friendly design and thoughtful training features. The Forerunner 55 looks almost identical to its predecessor, the Forerunner 55, but that’s no bad thing. Offering separate buttons for opening menus, navigating back, starting activities etc means that there’s no need for new runners to remember how to use multi-function controls, and the watch can be operated easily while wearing gloves.

The Forerunner 55 benefits from Garmin’s signature GPS accuracy, and in our tests was able to track our pre-measured route to within a couple of meters (a margin of error easily accounted for by running on footpaths rather than a track). Heart rate monitoring is also excellent, and like all modern Garmin watches, the Forerunner 55 also has a ‘body battery’ feature that helps you manage your daily rest and exertion. It’s just a shame that it’s not possible to see your nightly sleep score on the watch; it does track sleep stages, but the data is only accessible in the Garmin Connect app.

We were particularly impressed by the way the Forerunner 55 helps new runners structure their training, offering workout suggestions based on their past activities and fitness level so they don’t end up running the same distance and intensity every time. The watch also suggests a rest period after each session, so new runners know how long to leave between workouts to avoid risk of injury.

All in all, it’s an excellent watch for new runners, or anyone looking to make the step up from a Fitbit to something more specialized.

The Polar M200 gives you a whole lot of fitness features for your money (Image credit: Polar)

2. Polar M200

A cheap running watch that tracks almost everything

Specifications

GPS: Yes

Connectivity: Bluetooth

Battery: One week

Waterproof: Yes, to 30 meters

Reasons to buy

+Good value+Good app

Reasons to avoid

-Plain design-GPS can be slow to lock on

The Polar M200 is a super affordable option, especially when you consider everything that’s crammed into this cheap running watch.

You get (take a deep breath) wrist-based heart rate tracking, built-in GPS, smartphone notifications, all day activity tracking, personalized training programs via the app, varying color options, and battery life for a week of use with an hour’s run per day.

The round face is designed to be attractive enough for daily wear, while the water-resistant build should mean you don’t need to take it off much. The Polar Flow app plays nice with other fitness services like Training Peaks and Strava, so you should be able to transition across painlessly – well, apart from the pain of a tough training session, of course.

The Amazfit Bip is a super cheap GPS smartwatch that serves runners particularly well (Image credit: Amazfit)

2. Amazfit Bip

The Bip is all about battery life and value

Specifications

GPS: Yes

Connectivity: Bluetooth

Battery: Up to 15 days

Waterproof: IP68-rated

Reasons to buy

+Stylish design+Excellent companion app

Reasons to avoid

-Auto-pause feature doesn’t work-Finicky UI

Yes, the Amazfit Bip is a very cheap running watch, but you get a lot of tech for your money. There’s the near-obligatory GPS and heart rate monitor of course, making it a capable run-tracker, aided by an app that provides plenty of post-run stats.

But the Amazfit Bip also has brilliant battery life, so it can be your daily fitness companion for weeks on end without being put on charge.

Add to that stylish, Apple Watch-like looks, and it’s easy to see why we’re such big fans. Just be aware that it’s not as good with notifications as some pricier smartwatches, and like many cheap running watches it’s less impressive for other types of exercise.

The Amazfit GTS 2 is a particularly good choice if you’re looking for a cheap GPS running watch with music streaming (Image credit: Amazfit)

3. Amazfit GTS 2

A cheap running watch that’s slim, attractive and easy to use

Specifications

GPS: Yes

Connectivity: Bluetooth

Battery: Up to 20 days

Waterproof: Yes to 50 meters

Reasons to buy

+Vivid AMOLED display+On-board music player

Reasons to avoid

-Shorter battery life than GTS-PAI score not helpful

Another excellent cheap running watch the Amazfit GTS 2 offers very impressive specs for the price. Not only does it feature on-board GPS for tracking your training sessions, the on-board music player means you can simply connect your headphones via Bluetooth and enjoy your favorite running playlist without your phone.

The striking always-on AMOLED display means your workout stats are always available at a glance, with good visibility even in bright daylight.

Although its battery life isn’t quite as impressive as the original GTS, it can still keep running for up to 20 days in basic mode, or 25 hours with GPS enabled. That’s not shabby at all, particularly at this price point.

Amazfit’s app is pretty good as well, with clear maps of your routes, and graphs of current and historic data to browse through. It’s no Apple Watch, but you get an awful lot for your money.

The Polar M430 has all the essential tools a runner needs, including a very useful feature for finding your way back home on an out-and-back run (Image credit: Polar)

4. Polar M430

A cheap running watch that’s simple, smart and effective

Specifications

GPS: Yes

Connectivity: Bluetooth

Battery: Eight hours with GPS

Waterproof: Yes, to 30 meters

Reasons to buy

+Great for goal-based runners+Good battery life

Reasons to avoid

-Annoying charging lead-Some smartphone syncing issues

A significant upgrade on the best-selling M400, the Polar M430 adds improved heart-rate tracking, pin-point accurate GPS and the addition of sleep tracking.  

This cheap running watch delivers enough to cater for couch-to-5Kers and serious marathon runners alike. The M430 boasts all the usual run-tracking, but also offers additional features such as sleep tracking, a simple Fitness Test to chart your progress, and recommended recovery times. An update also added a find-your-way-home feature, giving you the freedom to run off the beaten track.

The design is a little retro, the screen is basic, and you won’t get all of the elite features you get with the Polar V800 or a top-end Forerunner. Still, at this price, there’s more than enough to satisfy most runners.

The Fitbit Charge 4 was one of the first Fitbits to feature on-board GPS, making it a viable option as a cheap running watch (Image credit: Fitbit)

5. Fitbit Charge 4

An affordable but feature-packed watch with on-board GPS

Specifications

GPS: Yes

Connectivity: Bluetooth

Battery: Up to seven days

Waterproof: Yes, to 50 meters

Reasons to buy

+Built-in GPS+Heart rate zone tracking+No price increase from Charge 3

Reasons to avoid

-Monochrome display

The Fitbit Charge 4 might look very similar to the Fitbit Charge 3, but it’s had some serious upgrades under the hood that make it an excellent cheap running watch. The most important of these is the addition of on-board GPS, so you can track outdoor cardio sessions without carrying a bulky phone. Once you’re done, a full report on your workout will be available in the Fitbit app, which can also upload it to Strava automatically. 

The Charge 4 offers all-day heart rate tracking, and will track how much time you spend in each heart rate zone during workouts to help you achieve the World Health Organization’s recommended weekly activity targets.

If you enjoy running for fun and fitness, but don’t need the torrent of data provided by a high-end Garmin or Polar device, the Charge 4 is a great affordable option.

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Which is the Cheapest Country to Buy Luxury Watches in?

Cheapest Country to Buy Luxury Watches in

This is a question that is often asked among people who are looking to buy a luxury watch, whether it be Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe, or something completely different.

There’s no question about the fact that the prices of luxury watches vary a lot, and you obviously want the best deal possible, but at the same time, the best service and an experience as good as possible. Why pay more for the same product, right.

The prices of luxury watches varies between countries, and there are some countries that are iconically known for being the cheapest countries to buy luxury watches, however, this can vary a lot, because of the currency exchange rate, current prices, and other factors that play a role in how much the luxury watch cost.

Cheapest country to buy luxury watches?

There’s not really a fixed answer for this other than the fact that it depends on a number of factors.

What plays a major role in how cheap or expensive a country is for buying luxury watches is the currency of the country you plan to buy the luxury watch and the currency of your own country. This often has a major role in how cheap or expensive your luxury watch is, and since the currency constantly changes, it’s impossible to say which country is the cheapest for luxury watches. One idea is to take a look at the countries where the currency has dropped in valuation compared to your own currency recently and then see how much the timepiece costs there.

Furthermore, Rolex occasionally increase the prices of its watches, which is something that also affects pricing. And as a matter of fact, it’s not always that Rolex increase its prices worldwide. In some cases, Rolex maskes a “currency correction” price increase, if a country’s currency has become weaker. What’s more, if Rolex makes a worldwide price increase, it won’t be increased by equally much worldwide. This has to do with the currency the country uses.

The two most important factors are VAT, taxes, and currency.

These are often the most important variables of where the cheapest countries to buy luxury watches. As such, these are factors you want to look at when you’re looking for countries which are cheaper to buy watches in. Look at the percentage of VAT they have, what taxes they have, and how strong their currency is.

Switzerland

One of the countries which are known for being one of the cheapest countries to buy luxury watches in is Switzerland. Again, this isn’t necessarily a general rule, so don’t believe that all luxury watches in Switzerland is cheaper at all times, because a thing such as a stronger Euro can affect the price of the watch negatively. However, it would make sense that luxury watches are cheaper in Switzerland due to the fact that the majority of them are manufactured there. This requires minimal transports and no customs which can drive up the prices.

The Scandinavian Countries

The Scandinavian countries – Norway, Sweden, Denmark generally have cheaper prices on luxury watches compared to other countries. This is partly due to the fact that the currency in these countries are generally “weaker”/”lower” than, let’s say the dollar and Euro – for obvious reasons, and this can give you an advantage if you’re buying from these countries.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong may be the country that is most known for its cheaper prices when it comes to the cheapest countries to buy luxury watches.

It is the number one market for Swiss watch exports, and in theory, this bulk purchasing power can provide some discounts. However, this does not mean that you as a customer get cheaper prices, especially not if the currency is strong compared to yours.

Middle East

The middle east, especially Dubai’s airport is often spoken about when it comes to the cheapest country to buy luxury watches in. 

It is especially considered to be a good place for new Rolex watches since they have no VAT.

Now, with that said, it’s not really recommended that you go to the countries just for the sake of buying cheaper watches, because normally, when we’re talking about ”cheapest country to buy luxury watches”, it’s generally just cheaper with a few hundred dollars at max, and this is often what a flight ticket costs. However, if you’re in any of these countries, or just pass by, why not stop at one of the watch shops there and take a look at the prices they have.

The UK

Now, you might be thinking “UK is not a cheap country”, and that’s a good thought, but with Brexit, the UK has actually become a great place to buy luxury watches from. With the decline of the pound as a result of the Brexit process, the UK has become a cheaper country to buy luxury watches from thanks to the exchange rate against the pound.

In fact, the New York Times reported that “sales of watches priced at more than 10,000 pounds were up 67 percent in the British capital” in September 2016. Furthermore, in June 2017, the “Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry saw an increase of +35.6% of exports to the UK, compared to June 2016 which was the month of the Brexit vote which ultimately caused the pound to decrease in value.

In the UK, London is obviously THE place to go to buy luxury watches. There are countless luxury watch stores, including the popular stores inside Harrod’s.

Buy online

Many people have the perception that the only way to find the cheapest country to buy luxury watches, you have to actually go there and buy it, but with the internet, that’s not the case anymore.

Now, there are plenty of online shops for luxury watches from which you can buy from the comfort of your own home. The best part is that these online shops allow you to compare and look at prices in order to then making up your mind.

There are online luxury shops based all around the world, and the best part about this is that by comparing these online luxury watch shops, you can find the cheapest country to buy luxury watches online. Millenary Watches is one of them.

Conclusion

It’s difficult to say which the cheapest country to buy luxury watches in is, because it depends on a number of different factors, and what was cheap last year may not be cheap this year. Obviously, you cannot go to retailers or grey dealers across the globe for the sole purpose of seeing if the prices are cheaper, and so this is why, over the years, more and more people have leaned towards buying luxury watches online. Doing so has allowed hem to buy luxury watches more comfortably and effortlessly, but more importantly, it allows price comparisons and finding watches for a good deal.

Bear in mind that the cheapest countries to buy Rolex watches in always changes dependng on a number of different factors.

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11 of the Most Notable British Watch Brands Today

In terms of established modern watchmaking nations, Switzerland, of course, but also Germany and Japan tend to dominate the watch industry. With the help of the internet and globalization in finding suppliers and sourcing parts, however, more independent brands than ever before have popped up all over the world. In the United States and France, for instance, the countries’ watchmaking histories have been rediscovered and capitalized upon. Among the most notable countries with prominent and growing watchmaking industries of their own, the UK is one of the most energetic.

London was the center of the watchmaking industry from the 16th to the 19th centuries, and many of the most important horological innovations came from British watchmakers — and those of other nationalities that congregated and were active in and around London. The most notable horological developments came from England during this time, from clockmaker John Harrison’s world-changing marine chronometer to incremental innovations and spectacular craftsmanship by notable names in the watchmaking world. The British watch industry slowed in the 20th century as Switzerland and the United States became prevalent and it all but ceased to exist by the Quartz Crisis of the 1970s and 1980s.

Now, however, there are not only more British-based watch companies, but a healthy variety of them. This includes brands that emphasize British design but produce their watches elsewhere, those that assemble their watches from sourced parts, and those that have a mission to actually produce as much as possible domestically — then, of course, there is the exceptional Roger Smith, but more on him later. Some of these are young contemporary brands with affordable, minimalist designs, for example, while others are classical and high-end, claiming heritage from famous watchmakers of past centuries. Not every British watchmaker would fit on this list, but below are some of the most notable and interesting companies we know of.

Christopher Ward

Christopher Ward is a fascinating British watchmaking success story. Beginning small with a focus on affordability, the brand has maintained that mission but grown to produce a much higher volume than what can be considered of a “microbrand.” Further, it acquired Swiss watchmaking facilities and produces its own in-house movements, a dream for brands of various sizes. With a compelling design and relatively accessible price, the recent C1 Moonglow shown here demonstrates well what the brand stands for.

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Vertex

Vertex is best known for the watches it produced for the British military, including an iconic favorite of vintage collectors. While it closed its doors in 1972, along with many other watch companies unable to compete during the Quartz Crisis around the same time, it was reestablished in 2016 by the founder’s great-grandson. Referencing their history of field watches and chronographs designed for the armed forces, the company today produces luxury watches with Swiss movements and a generally badass demeanor.

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Bremont

Bremont is a relatively young brand, but a remarkably successful one — and particularly notable as the only modern British brand to rank among established and well-known luxury watch makers in terms of its target audience. Founded by the appropriately named English brothers, Giles and Nick, Bremont has watchmaking facilities in England and endeavors to increasingly use in-house and domestic production. While the brand was founded with an overall aviation theme, it has a well-rounded range with dive watches, pilot watches, and military watches that tend to display a conservative British design sensibility.

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Pinion

Even many watch enthusiasts might not have Pinion on their radar, but the brand emphasizes its Britishness (with London on its dials) and is making handsome watches with a lot of the right specs. Pinion represents the microbrand world, founded by a designer, sourcing quality movements and parts, and using a direct-to-consumer online sales model. While the brand takes some inspiration from historical British military watches, a contemporary feel and hip design characterize the brand’s approach.

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Mr Jones

Mr Jones Watches may not have been conceived for enthusiasts, but it has become known even among the often snobby watch community for its creative, artistic approach and affordable prices. Created by designer Crispin Jones, the brand makes watches that as much wearable as they are time-telling devices. These range from artistic dials to concepts and statement pieces, but they are always fun and relatively inexpensive. Many of Mr Jones watches are quartz, but the brand has also begun adding mechanical options.

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Dent

Dent traces its foundation to the clockmaker Edward John Dent in 1814, but the brand has had a number of notable achievements through the centuries. These include manufacturing the Standard Clock at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and the symbol of London itself, the clock tower known as Big Ben. The company later provided watches and clocks for a number of notable figures, as well as for the British military in WW2. Following the Quartz Crisis, Dent downsized and continued with clock repairs and occasional commissions, but its modern incarnation began making new watches in 2008 with the help of British investors. Dent today makes high-end watches using precious metals, some of which are based on its well-known clocks like Big Ben. They also continue to make “architectural clocks” as bespoke installations.

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Farer

Farer is another young British company offering a mix of quality, affordability, and often a colorful design ethos that helps them stand out. With reasonable prices for specifications like sapphire crystal and Swiss movements, the brand has earned enthusiasm and respect from its audience, and was even included in our favorite boutique watch companies you should know about. Though heavily influenced by vintage watches of the the 1960s and 1970s, Farer has cultivated a fresh and youthful aesthetic combining vibrant dial designs and moderate sizes.

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Garrick

Garrick has a distinctive personality combining a strong sense of its Britishness, a laudable effort to bring its production in-house, and an often quirky design sense. The brand’s dedication to a “stereotypically British” aesthetic extends even to the look of its movements. Beyond finishing and assembling its movements in-house, the brand uses techniques like engine-turned guilloché decoration at its Norfolk, England, facilities. Garrick’s prices also seem quite reasonable for the level of personality and craftsmanship they seem to be offering.

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CWC

Like Vertex, mentioned above, CWC has built a company around a history of military watches. CWC, however, focuses on relatively contemporary military watches with wide range of styles and movements — though many vintage-styled options are also available. All have a no-nonsense approach as any purpose-built military watch should. These are available directly from the brand online and are notably affordable, even for models with Swiss movements and other specs that tend to be associated with higher prices.

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Loomes

Robert Loomes claims to have an entirely in-house designed and built movement, even the jewels being locally sourced. This is an exceedingly rare feat in the watch industry and a substantial investment, but Loomes remains relatively obscure as it quietly produces horologically interesting, high-end British-made watches in precious metals. With a lineage of watchmakers traced back to 1600s, this family-run company is one of the brands doing more to bring genuine watchmaking back to the UK.

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Roger Smith

Roger W. Smith is one of the most important names in high-end independent horology, and he is not just exceptional among the brands on this list but within all the watch industry. Protegé of the legendary British watchmaker George Daniels, Smith takes boutique watchmaking to the extreme. Following in his teacher’s footsteps, he is one of the only people today making every piece of every watch literally by hand, including the tools to make the components, using only traditional methods. Unsurprisingly, he makes only around 10 watches per year, they are stratospherically expensive, and a favorite of elite collectors.

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90,000 10 ideas of where to go from London for 1 day | A trip to London

London is undeniably always attractive. However, if you are bored in the capital and want to go to a neighboring city or any other tempting place, then we recommend that you pay attention to the 10 popular locations presented by us that you can visit in one day.

Stonehenge

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Stonehenge, a stone megalithic structure in Wiltshire, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located about 130 km southwest of London.A bus tour to one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites costs around £ 53 per person, including entrance fee (see details here) and will last around 6 hours.

Oxford

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The city of Oxford (Oxford) gained its fame thanks to the oldest institution of higher education in English-speaking countries and throughout Europe – Oxford University. Leading rankings of educational institutions in the UK call it the best in the country.In addition, he has given the world about 50 Nobel laureates. There are many interesting places in the city connected with the life of great scientists, artists, politicians who studied at one of the Oxford colleges, which is an hour away from the capital by train. Tickets for the bus tour with audio guide in Russian and sightseeing start at £ 16. Detailed information about him is available at the following link.

Cambridge

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Like Oxford, Cambridge is one of the oldest university centers in Europe, having existed for over 800 years and has trained 120 Nobel laureates.Since the Middle Ages, this town has had a regular geometric layout and architectural ensembles of colleges, grouped around rectangular blocks. It contains: the Romanesque round church, the late Gothic chapel of King’s College built in the 15th century and other attractive attractions. The train journey from London takes just over an hour, and the ticket costs £ 17.70 one way. We recommend taking part in an exciting bus tour with an audio guide in Russian.The cost of the trip is from £ 16.50 per person. Follow the link to book your seats in advance.

Brighton

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Brighton is located in East Sussex, on the shores of the English Channel. If you go by rail, then it is 80 km away from London. Beautiful beaches, amazing architecture and all kinds of entertainment centers attract a large number of tourists. The train from Victoria Station reaches the destination in 1 hour 13 minutes.A one-way ticket will cost about £ 30. It is much more profitable to travel by bus: such a trip will cost 11 pounds.

Baht

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Located west of London on the River Avon, Bath is the seat of the bishop. Tourists are attracted by the monuments of the classicism era, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Since ancient times, Bath has been known as a balneological resort thanks to its healing springs (in fact, its name is translated from English as “bathhouse”).The hot springs, to which the city owes its existence, beat even before the 60s of our era. There are 4 of them, the average temperature is 46 ° C. A train ticket to Bath costs around £ 36 one way. Travel time is 1.5 hours. By bus, it takes longer (almost 3 hours), but cheaper: the cost of the trip is 14 pounds.

Windsor Castle

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The residence of the British monarchs – Windsor Castle – is located in Windsor, Berkshire.For over 900 years, the castle has stood as an unshakable symbol of the monarchy, perched on a hill in the river Thames valley. The Queen and other members of the noble family continue to spend most of their free time here. To this day, the castle remains an important place for meetings and solemn visits of heads of foreign states. Its lavish interiors are adorned with paintings by prominent statesmen and works of art from the royal collection. A one-way train ticket costs around £ 11 and the journey will last less than an hour.Follow this link for a bus tour of Windsor, which includes a Russian audio guide and sightseeing tour. Cost – from 15 pounds per person.

Birmingham

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The English city with a population of one million Birmingham (Birmingham) is the second largest in the country in terms of population after London. On its territory is the Anglican Cathedral, built in 1710-1725. The city has many attractive attractions such as St. Paul’s Church, the Birmingham Museum with its own art gallery, the Museum of Transport and Underwater World and Jewelry.The City Council building is crowned with a tall Big Brum clock tower. The most convenient way to get to Birmingham is by train: tickets start at £ 14, travel time is about 2 hours.

Stratford-upon-Avon

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Located on the River Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon is 35 kilometers from Birmingham and is known as the birthplace of the outstanding playwright William Shakespeare. Built in 1879, the Royal Shakespeare Theater burned down in 1926, but a new building was erected on the same site by architect Elizabeth Scott and still exists today.The opening of the theater in 1932 was attended by Prince Edward of Wales. In addition to the Royal Theater, there are two more theaters in Stratford – the Swan Theater and the Waterside Theater. We advise you to go here by bus, as the trip will cost less than the train (12 and 55 pounds, respectively). Travel time is 2.5 hours.

Liverpool

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The city of Liverpool is made famous by the legendary Beatles and their football team.In the 1960s, Liverpool became one of the most popular centers for youth culture. As for the sights, there are a lot of them here. The list is headed by the architectural ensemble of the administrative buildings of the port of Liverpool, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Also known are the Town Hall – a grandiose public building of the Victorian era in the neo-Greek style of St. George’s Hall, Wellington’s Column – erected in memory of the British victory at Waterloo, Super Lamb Banana – a sculpture in the form of a lamb stylized as a banana, and more many interesting places.We recommend visiting The Beatles Story Museum, which is popular with tourists. You can find detailed information about visiting it and tickets here. The train journey to Liverpool will take more than 3 hours, tickets will cost between 25 and 40 pounds. As for the bus trip, it will last 6 hours, but it will cost much less – from 7 pounds per person.

Manchester

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A major cultural, industrial, financial, commercial and transport center of the country – the city of Manchester (Manchester) in the past was one of the centers of the Industrial Revolution along with Birmingham, Liverpool and London.Among the monuments of architecture deserve close attention: the Gothic cathedral of the 15th century, the building of the stock exchange, built in the style of classicism in the 19th century. Fine art lovers can visit the Art Gallery, which contains a rich collection of English art from the 17th-19th centuries (read more in a special article). Well, football fans will be able to walk through the Old Trafford or Etihad stadiums, and, possibly, meet famous players. The train journey to Manchester will take approximately 2 hours and ticket prices start at £ 24.

Thus, we have presented the 10 most popular places where you can go for one day from the bustling London. To travel around the country with comfort, we suggest you use the service of renting a personal car at attractive prices. It will be much easier and more economical to explore the outskirts of the capital by car. And remember that the cost of all trips presented above depends on the month and day of the planned trip.

Have a nice trip!

How to come to the sky and become a pilot / Habr

Hello! Today I will talk about how you can come to heaven, what you need to do for this, how much it all costs.I will also share my experience of training as a private pilot in the UK and dispel some myths related to aviation. There is a lot of text and photos under the cut 🙂

First flight

First, let’s figure out how to get behind the wheel. Although I study in London, I try to fly in every country I visit. In all countries, this is done in approximately the same way.

San Francisco from 3000 feet, sunset

First things first, you need to find the nearest airfield.For Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan, it makes sense to open maps.aopa.ru and look at the airfields there. In Europe / USA, you can just google airports. We need small (Heathrow won’t do!) Airfields as close to the city as possible. If your search fails, you can install the ForeFlight / Garmin Pilot / SkyDemon trial and view the aerodromes on a map. In the end, you can ask the opinion of familiar pilots (if any) or search for aviation chats in Telegram.

Here is a list of airfields known to me for some cities:

  • Moscow
    • Aerograd Mozhaiskiy
    • Vatulino airfield
  • St. Petersburg
    • Gostilitsy airfield
  • Kiev
    • Chaika airfield
    • Borodyanka airfield
    • Gogolev Airfield
  • London
    • Elstree Aerodrome
    • Biggin Hill Airport
    • Stapleford Aerodrome
    • Rochester Airport
  • Paris
  • Cannes, Nice
    • Aéroport Cannes Mandelieu
  • Rome
  • New York
  • San Francisco, Oakland Valley
    • Hayward Executive Airport

After we have found the airfield, we need to search its website for information about flight schools.In principle, you can google the flight school right away. If you could not find a flight school – look for some “airplane flights to St. Petersburg”. Our task now is to find someone who is ready to show us the world of aviation.

Now all that remains is to contact the one we found. We are calling, asking for the opportunity to take a plane ride at the helm (in English it is trial or gift flight ), we book a convenient day for us, and that’s it. You don’t need to do anything else.

Only one call separates you from a real flight on a real plane.Contrary to common myths and stereotypes, you do not need to pass VLEK (flight medical examination) or theory exams for this. Works even when you are just a tourist. Even if you have no idea how to fly an airplane at all.

Such pleasure will cost approximately $ 220 per hour. This figure includes: fuel cost, scheduled maintenance fee, your instructor’s salary, and airport take-off and landing fees. The cost may vary slightly depending on the country (a little more expensive in England, a little cheaper in Russia).Yes, this is not the cheapest pleasure, but at the same time it is not cosmically expensive. You don’t have to be a millionaire to rent a private jet. Also, you are usually allowed to take passengers with you, and they can also share the cost of the flight with you.

Let me emphasize separately: it’s very easy to come to heaven, you only need one call . And it’s worth it. No words, photos or videos will convey the sensations that open up during the flight . Each person has their own.It is a feeling of freedom, inspiration and new horizons. Keeping your own life in your own hands is a little scary at first, even with an instructor nearby. However, after the first flight, the realization comes that you still have to try to start taking risks. Flying is no more difficult than driving a car, just a safe flight requires a lot of knowledge. Safety is monitored by an instructor.

Be prepared to be prevented from taking off and landing on your first flight.Usually airfields for private aviation are not very large and have a number of local features (trees at the end of the strip, short strip, unpaved strip, “humped” strip). Exceptions for those who like to fly in the simulator and pilots are almost never made. However, the amount of new information will be overflowing anyway, so you won’t be bored 🙂

Curious body of water near Rome

Pilot’s licenses

Ok, let’s say you are in flight and you want to have your license now.Is it difficult to pull it off? The answer depends on what kind of license you want. There are three main types of licenses.

PPL (Private Pilot License)

Capabilities:

  • Non-commercial aircraft flights. In other words, you have no right to make money on this
  • However, in some countries you can share the cost of fuel with passengers (yes, you can take passengers on board)
  • You can fly a huge range of aircraft, ranging from piston to some jet aircraft
  • You cannot fly aircraft that are certified under a commercial license (such as Boeing or Airbus)
  • You can rent planes from a bunch of flight clubs or buy your own (and it’s much cheaper than it seems)
  • The license is valid all over the world, the only restriction is that you can fly only on aircraft registered in the country that issued you the license (in America you can fly with a Russian license on a Russian aircraft)
  • You can come with a foreign license to Russia and get a Russian license practically without training (thereby unblocking all Russian aircraft).This process is called validation
  • Can cross international borders

Requirements :

  • Medical certificate of airworthiness. Quite loyal requirements, including vision
  • Completed theory course, the easiest. More details just below
  • The presence of a small amount of plaque (42 hours in Russia / 45 in Europe / 40 in the States)
  • Passed practice exam

Lakhta Center, St. Petersburg

Commercial licenses hidden under the spoiler

CPL (Commercial Pilot License)

Features :

  • Same as for PPL
  • Work in airlines or business aviation
  • Flights on passenger liners

Requirements :

  • Availability of PPL
  • About 200 hours of flight time at PPL
  • Stricter medical examination
  • Stricter exams

ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot License)

Capabilities :

  • Same as CPL
  • Ability to work as an aircraft commander on airliners

Requirements :

  • Availability of CPL
  • Availability of about 1500 flight hours by CPL
  • Usually nominated for this license by the airline

As you can see, each next license level requires the previous one.This means that, having received a private pilot’s license, you will unblock the opportunity for yourself to obtain a commercial license, and in the potential future – to go to work in an airline ( does not work in Russia, they also want a college diploma ).

In addition to licenses, it is worth mentioning the so-called ratings , which open up additional opportunities for each type of license:

  • Night Rating – night flights
  • Instrument Rating – flights in instrumental conditions (for example, in fog).Also allows you to fly on airways
  • Multi-Engine Rating – flying on airplanes with two or more engines
  • Type Rating – flights on a specific aircraft model. Usually these are complex aircraft, such as Airbus or Boeing
  • .

  • And a bunch of others, for your taste and imagination

Hereinafter, we will consider the peculiarities of training at PPL – in the absence of everything else from the author 🙂

Landing in London

Before training

There are many organizations abroad that standardize licenses, but highlight while there are two:

  • FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) – US licenses
  • EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) – licenses for the whole of Europe (i.e. you can fly a French aircraft with an Italian pilot’s license)

To obtain FAA licenses usually fly to Florida.There are good weather conditions and a large selection of schools, but prices are not the cheapest. Alternatively, you can study in the central part of the United States (for example, in Texas), where prices will be slightly lower.

EASA are obtained in Spain, the Czech Republic or the Baltic countries. They have a good balance between weather and training costs. After completing the training, both licenses can be easily validated in Russia.

Of course, no one bothers you to learn to fly in Russia. However, it should be noted that in Russia there were situations when flight schools were closed, and their graduates’ licenses were revoked.A well-chosen flight school protects you from such situations in many ways, but no one can give guarantees.

Good schools put a lot of emphasis on flight safety, psychology and the development of good commanding character. You will be taught to meticulously check checklists, analyze the weather very carefully, avoid absolutely any risks in all situations and make the right decisions. Accident statistics show that it really works.

Pay also attention to the format of the training.Some flight schools offer to immediately pay for all the necessary flight hours, some – to buy 10-hour packages in portions, some simply offer to pay separately for each hour of the flight. Choose a training format that is convenient for you. If, for example, you permanently live nearby, the most convenient format would be hourly wages. Keep in mind that there is no requirement dictating that you complete training on time – you can fly for at least an hour a month until you get the required number of hours.

Theory is sometimes taught locally, sometimes given by distance learning from books. The States may also offer instructional videos.

Look closely at the condition of the aircraft, pay attention to how well the instructor “coaches” you to the procedures during the trial lesson. A good instructor should teach you to read checklists thoughtfully and not ask you to skip them, especially when you have enough time.

Finally, it makes sense to get a medical check before starting the training.The European certificate is given very loyally, practically nothing is required from you. The Russian VLEK, which everyone loves to scare, is also very simplified for private pilots. Nevertheless, there is a risk of not passing, and it is better to know about it before you start spending money on training. In Russia, this is generally a legislative requirement.

Manhattan, New York

Theory

From here on, I will talk directly about training for an EASA license.In other countries, details will vary.

The theory is not as terrible as it is painted. You will need to read several books and prepare for 9 theory exams.

  • Air Law – air law. Learn about the types of airspaces, flight rules, border crossing, requirements for aircraft and pilots.
  • Operation Procedures – Explain some procedures, such as extinguishing a fire in flight, landing on wet lanes, dealing with wind shears and turbulent wake from other aircraft.
  • Human Performance and Limitations . Optical, auditory and spatial illusions, effects of sleep on flights, aviation psychology, decision making, first aid.
  • Navigation – navigation in the sky. Navigation calculation, wind accounting, correct recognition of landmarks, correction of errors during navigation, fuel calculation, basics of radio navigation.
  • Communication . Communication with dispatchers, flight procedures in airspaces of different classes, sending urgency and distress signals, crossing airspaces and militarized zones.
  • Meteorology . How clouds and wind are formed, which clouds should not be flown into, what dangers await at the borders of weather fronts, how to read aviation weather reports (METAR and TAF).
  • Principles of Flight . Where does the lift come from, how does the keel and stabilizer work, how the plane is controlled along three axes, why does the stall occur.
  • Aircraft General Knowledge . How the plane itself, its systems, how the engine and all the instruments work.
  • Flight Performance and Planning . Calculation of the aircraft balancing, its loading, required for the run length

Yes, the list looks impressive, but the questions on the exams are pretty simple. Some people just memorize the answers corny. However, I would not advise doing this – each of these items is necessary and can save your life.

Flights in the Moscow region, the vicinity of Vatulino

Practice

Practice often begins in parallel with theory, and sometimes even before.
You will start with the basics – how control surfaces and engine thrust affect the behavior of the aircraft. You will then be taught to steer on the ground and maintain a level and straight flight in the air. After that, you have to master the correct climbing and descent techniques. In the next lesson, you will be shown how to correctly make turns, including in a set or decline.

Then a little extreme will begin. You will start performing slow flights, with a sounding stall alarm, then the stall itself and, possibly, a spin (yes, almost all training aircraft can do this).There and then you can be taught how to perform turns with a large roll and take the plane out of the spiral – another very insidious thing. As you can imagine, this is necessary to develop the ability to avoid such situations, and in cases of the situations themselves – to safely get out of them.

Then, finally, the so-called conveyors at the airfield will begin. You will fly a rectangular pattern around the airfield, along the way learning how to take off and, yes, landing. After you learn to confidently land an airplane, including in a crosswind, without an engine and flaps, you will be entrusted with the holy of holies of any cadet – the first independent flight.It will be scary even if you feel like a bird in the air.

From now on you will be given more opportunities to fly on your own. The sky does not forgive uncorrected mistakes, and you have to realize this alone, without an instructor guiding you. You will learn the most important skill of a commander, the decision-making skill. Of course, at the same time they will be very closely watching you from the ground (and in which case they will definitely help).

Then the flights on the route will begin. You will start flying to other airfields, getting out of situations when you are lost, planning route changes right in the air, trying to intercept radials from radio beacons.You have to fly to a certain point and turn back, then fly to another airfield and in the end, perhaps, fly to a large controlled international airport. And all this, first with an instructor, then independently.

Then they will start preparing you for the exam. To begin with, you will have to make a large and difficult flight along the route, with several stops at the airports. On one’s own. This is called a cross country solo. Then you will repeat some of the exercises from the beginning to make sure you can pass the exam.

Well, the exam itself. Consists of several sections, takes several hours. Its job is to make sure you don’t fly perfectly, but safely.

In Europe, you will still need to pass a practical radio exam and possibly a separate English proficiency exam. The latter won’t pose much of a problem after reading books and the hands-on radio communication that you will learn in flight 🙂

Flying at sunset is amazing, but there is nothing to do without sunglasses

Inspiration

Aviation is not just flying.This is an opportunity to realize much more than is available to us. This is an opportunity to learn to be responsible, deal with mistakes correctly, listen to other people and inspire them. This is an opportunity to learn the right decisions, the right team management, the right assessment of your own resources, risk management and security assessment. This is an opportunity to be anywhere and see the cities we are used to from completely different angles.

This is an opportunity to get acquainted with one of the most curious communities, where the guys almost always try to help each other.The opportunity to meet many interesting people and make new friends in almost every corner of the world.

I will repeat once again that not a single text, video or photo will convey the sensations even from the minute of the flight. You need to come and try everything yourself. And it’s not that hard at all. Come to the sky, try yourself in it! Here’s some inspiration for you:

Taking this opportunity, I want to express my deep gratitude to all those people who reviewed the article before publication.

The one you meet on takeoff, and maybe we will still hear each other on the frequency!

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UK government listing system update

UK residents fully vaccinated against coronavirus and children under the age of 18 will no longer be forced to self-isolate when returning to England from yellow-listed destinations other than France.More information can be found on the UK government website. Remember, it is your responsibility to check and comply with all the latest health and travel requirements that apply to your travel prior to traveling.

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Find out which COVID-19 tests are required at each stage of your trip and see a selection of COVID-19 test providers offering exclusive UK discounts.

Leaving England

You must check the travel requirements for the country of destination and, if necessary, provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

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Before entering England

You must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to board your flight and enter England.

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Testing upon arrival in England

Upon arrival in England, you must follow the rules and pass the necessary tests depending on whether you are from a country on the red, yellow or green list.

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Leaving England

Before leaving England for your destination, check the UK government website to see if you need a COVID-19 test or proof of full vaccination at least 14 days prior to arrival. See rules for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you require a negative COVID-19 test to enter your destination, you must choose a private UK test provider.NHS tests cannot be used for pre-departure testing.

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Proof of vaccination

If you need proof of vaccination, you can do so if you:

  • completed the full course of COVID-19 vaccinations (full course currently includes 2 doses of any approved vaccine)
  • have been vaccinated in England
  • at least 16 years old

You must receive your second dose of vaccine at least 14 days before travel.

You can find your vaccination status on the NHS app, on the NHS website, or by requesting a paper letter (if using the NHS app, download a pdf file to use as proof of your vaccination status).

Even if you have been vaccinated, you may still need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test and self-quarantine upon arrival – check the travel requirements for your destination country.

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Before entering England

All passengers entering or returning to the UK will be required to provide proof at the airport of a negative COVID-19 test performed within 3 days of boarding.The test must comply with the rules and standards set by the UK government.

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Upon arrival in England, you must follow the rules for testing on arrival.

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To make testing easier outside the UK, we offer a discounted antigen test kit – just take it with you and use it wherever you go.Tests are only available for delivery within the UK.

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Testing upon arrival in England

You must show a negative test result for COVID-19 to enter England.

The UK government has introduced a new system for classifying countries by exposure to risk of infection: red, yellow or green lists. You must comply with the rules for the country or territory with the highest risk that you have been in or through during the previous 10 days, even in transit.Learn more about the rules for green, yellow and red listed countries. You must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated.

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Testing Rules

If you follow the green list rules, you should:

  • Take a PCR test for COVID-19 upon arrival or 2 days after arrival – you must book a test before arriving in England

If you comply with the yellow list rules (other than France) and are fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination program or are under 18, you must:

  • Take a PCR test for COVID-19 upon arrival or 2 days after arrival – you must book a test before arriving in England

If you are following the yellow list and have not been fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination program or are following the rules for France, you must:

  • Take a PCR test for COVID-19 upon arrival or 2 days after arrival, as well as 8 days after arrival – you must book the test before arriving in England
  • Go through self-quarantine at the chosen location within 10 days
  • Optional: You can register for the Test to Release program and pay for a COVID-19 test for 5 days to shorten the quarantine period – you will still need to take tests 2 and 8 days after arrival.

If you follow the rules of the red list, you must:

Test to Release program does not apply to those arriving in England from Red List countries

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Collinson 90,096 ££ Airport tests BA20OFF
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VeriFLY is a third party travel preparation app provided by Daon. The use of this third party product is optional. You will also be able to present your test certificate and other documentation upon registration. Remember, it is your responsibility to check and comply with all the latest health and travel requirements that apply to your travel prior to traveling.

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