Classic. Versatile. Quality. These are the first three words that come to mind whenever watch aficionados talk about the Fossil Men’s FS4925 Grant Chronograph Watch. The best part is that you get a watch that delivers on all these points for less than $200. Of course, all this isn’t surprising considering the fact that we’re dealing with a Fossil watch here.
Fossil has made quite a name for itself in the global timepiece market (known for its fickleness and often unforgiving discrimination against any perceived shortfalls in quality and value) for its ability to resurrect quality designs and time honored design elements in the form of budget-conscious packages. The Fossil Men’s FS4925 Grant Chronograph Watch, I am happy to report, is no exception.
FS4925 Design: Classic men’s watch with chronograph
With its calfskin band and buckle enclosure and mineral dial window, this watch’s analog look and Roman numerals project a classy overall look. But this model packs a twist. What makes the Fossil FS4925 Grant Chronograph stand out from the rest of Fossil’s collection is its tasteful pairing of the classic analog Grant’s dress watch design face with a 3 dial chronograph design. Usually, chronograph trios are seen in activewear or sportswatches not dress watches with an air of quiet luxury. One would think that Fossil is recklessly pushing the envelope with this pairing. Thankfully, not only does Fossil pull the design off but it does so in style. In fact, just looking at the quiet elegance and overall perception of calm confidence and elegance this watch gives off, you are almost tempted to ask why other watchmakers haven’t used the same approach across a wide range of their watch lines.
This model’s chronograph trio combination and overall impression is quite a feat. It is so easy to push the envelope in the world of watch design and end up making an impression that is very different from the impression you originally wished to create. Thankfully, that’s not the case here. In fact, the elegance, sophistication, yet technologically-savvy impression you get from this Fossil model is simply missing from many other watch models made by other more recognizable or more ‘serious’ timepiece labels.
Grant Movement Type: Quartz
Given the features this watch brings to the table and its overall design impact, it would be quite unrealistic to ask for its movement to be fully automatic and manual. Since this model ships at less than $116, its quartz movement makes perfect sense. After all, a watch’s movement feature tends to have a disproportionate impact on its overall pricing. While there are some notable exceptions where a watch with fully automatic manual movement is priced very reasonably, for the most part quartz movements lower pricing while automatic movements increase pricing.
Taken as a whole (and given the context set by its price), the Fossil Men’s FS4925’s quartz movement doesn’t take away from its overall value impression. If anything, this is a very small concession to make for an otherwise great looking watch.
FS4925 Special Features: Chronograph
Fossil has made a name for itself for turning to classic clock designs and updating them in very value-conscious yet quality packages. You get the best of both worlds. You get a timepiece that you can wear to a wide range of social events and settings, chronograph functionalities, and understated design without having to rush to the bank for a fat loan.
What makes the Fossil Men’s FS4925 Grant Chronograph Watch stand out from the standard model, is it’s three subdials. Quite a welcome break if you ask me.
If you’re on the fence regarding your next dress watch and you have a tight budget, you need to take a long hard look at this model. You might just be in for a surprise. At the very least, your expectation of the Fossil watch brand might be taken to another level.