From the 16th century right up to the year 2019 – it’s safe to say that watches have evolved extensively in their time (no pun intended). Nowadays, there are many swanky watches out there on the market. For example, you may have heard of smartwatches… but have you heard of a hybrid watch? As the name suggests, a hybrid watch is a mix between a regular mechanical watch and a smartwatch and they’re currently dominating much of the modern watch market.
What is a hybrid watch and what do hybrid watches do?
Now, you may be wondering how a hybrid watch works. Well, like a smartwatch, a hybrid watch has Bluetooth connectivity built-in and the gadget pairs with your smartphone through an app. Also, as a normal sports watch, a hybrid watch tracks your steps, while the app calculates calorie burn and activity time. However, unlike a smartwatch, most hybrid watches do not have a touchscreen and therefore don’t consume the same amount of energy as a typical smartwatch does. Instead, these pieces of technology are powered with Bluetooth Low Energy and don’t require frequent charging. As well as this, you’ll be pleased to know that almost all hybrid watches are water-resistant.
So, now you know the technology behind hybrid watches, you may want to know about the best ones currently on the market. This is why we have compiled a guide that details the best hybrid watches out there – all you have to do is pick your favourite one!
Withings Steel HR Sport
If you’re on the hunt for the best hybrid sports watch out there, then you have to consider the Withings Steel HR Sport. This piece comes with a whole range of innovative features, including a digital screen for activity tracking and smartphone notifications. What’s better is that this watch comes with a heart rate monitor for use throughout the day as well as during workouts.
Also, regular charging is a thing of the past with this piece, as this 40mm watch also comes with 25-day battery life (20 days on power reserve mode!) Not feeling the black? You’ll be pleased to know that this hybrid sports watch comes in a whole range of colours, as well as materials. Take a closer look at the Withings Steel HR Sport here.
Fossil Q Neeley
Who says that diamonds are a girl’s best friend? Take a look at this stylish Fossil Q Neeley hybrid watch. The 36mm diameter of this watch makes it the perfect fit for those seeking to find a nice slim piece. As well as this, its classic design and rose-coloured appearance make the Fossil Q Neeley a classy addition to any outfit. Also, when it comes to advanced features, this piece certainly doesn’t disappoint. Just have a play with its heart rate tracker, customisable buttons, and interchangeable watch band! Find out more information about the Fossil Q Neeley Hybrid Watch here.
Skagen Unisex Hybrid Smartwatch
Vintage meets the modern with the Skagen Unisex Hybrid Smartwatch. This bold piece is a must-have for those who like to incorporate a sense of practicality with their style. Simply connect this watch to the SKAGEN app to get personalised notifications from your phone. Furthermore, you’ll be pleased to know that this 42mm hybrid watch comes with sleep and activity tracking, time and date auto-update, and many more cutting-edge features. Click here for more details about the Skagen Unisex Hybrid Smartwatch.
Garmin Instinct Tactical Watch
Venturing out in extreme weather conditions? You may want to take the Garmin Instinct Tactical Watch with you. This piece is a warrior against Mother Nature’s toughest of environments – just have a look at its thermal, shock and water resistant material. As well as being highly durable, this hybrid sports watch offers a wide range of advanced features. This includes heart rate monitoring, activity and stress tracking, and connection to smart notifications. Also, this piece has a battery life of up to 14 days in smartwatch mode, up to 16 hours in GPS mode and up to 40 in UltraTrac™ battery saver mode. Interested? Find out more about the Garmin Instinct Tactical Watch here.
Garmin Vivomove HR Hybrid Smartwatch
It’s already caught your eye! Yes, you’re looking at the Garmin Vivomove Hybrid Smartwatch. What makes this particular hybrid so different from the rest is that this piece is equipped with an all-day stress monitoring feature that indicates how your stress levels are doing all day. As well as this, this watch comes with various fitness monitoring tools, such as VO2 max and fitness, to give you a better insight about your current fitness levels. You’ll also be delighted to know that this piece has a 5-day battery life in smart mode and up to 2 weeks in watch mode! Take a closer look at this model here.
Men’s Kronaby Sekel 41 Bluetooth Hybrid Watch
When it comes to smart-looking watches, you can’t go wrong with a Kronaby piece – especially if it is a hybrid one. As well as covering all of the typical hybrid watch features, this particular watch is water-resistant for up to 100 meters and has a battery life of up to two years. What’s better is that this piece does not only deliver in practicality – but it also delivers in quality. Yes, this hybrid watch is crafted using double domed sapphire crystal and has a 316L medical grade stainless steel design. Find out more information about this timeless piece here.
Keeping your hybrid watches safe
Now, the choice is up to you! Whatever hybrid watch you choose to go for, make sure that they are kept safe in a strong watch storage box. At The Case Farm, we pride ourselves on selling watch cases that are made from the most durable materials. Want complete dustproof, waterproof and crush-proof protection for your hybrid watches? We’ve got you covered.
Our Peli 3x watch case is great for beginners who have three or fewer watches, whereas our Peli 10x and Peli 18x watch cases are perfect for all those devoted watch collectors wanting to keep their watches safe from harm.