Let’s leave Basel for the moment and travel back to the warmer climes of our home country – Australia.
It may be known for beaches, scary poisonous creatures and mineral riches, but Australia isn’t exactly known as the home of watch-making.
In fact, looking at our own Watch Manufacturers list we only have four Australian based brands listed.
One of those is Bausele.
Let’s give them some local support :-)
Relatively cheap and cheerful – $300 to $500 or thereabouts – one interesting aspect of their range is the inclusion of a small sample of the aforementioned Australian minerals, tucked away inside an extended crown.
There are three model variants: surf (40mm), yachting (43mm) and – most bizarrely – ‘wine bar’ (36mm – for the ladies).
You can pick them up with either sand, coal or some iconic Aussie red dirt inside.
Perhaps future ranges could include beer, iron ore and uranium? ;-)
Powered by a Swiss quartz ISA movement, you do get a bit more tech than just the time – moon phase, yacht timer, tide movement and countdown timers.
Water resistance across the range is a credible 200m. Perfectly fine for most Wine Bars.
Maybe not so good for a Dive Bar (*boom tish*).
Various strap material and colour options are available.
You can buy them online, but the possibly bad news for those of you who’d like to see one in person is that you’ll have to make your way to one of Australia’s main international airports to do so.
Check out their website for more.