The Armitron Ridgemont: Another Great Retro Watch

Armitron Ridgemont

Dimensions: 33mm wide, 11mm thick, 42mm lug-to-lug, 18mm lug width

Case: stainless steel

Case Back: stainless steel

Strap: stainless steel

Crystal: mineral crystal

Movement: quartz with dual analog and digital display

Water Resistance: 50m

After having good experiences with my Griffy and Rubik, I decided to check out some other Armitron models. I remember an Armitron analog/digital watch my father had in the late 1970’s that he really liked, so I decided to get a Ridgemont. This watch is offered in a stainless-steel version with a navy-blue dial and a gold tone version with a cream dial. I went with the navy-blue stainless-steel variant, as I have a vintage analog/digital Armitron in gold tone from the 1970’s already in my collection.

Again, it is amazing to me that you get a stainless-steel case and bracelet for the price of a Casio analog/digital watch with a resin case. It lists on Armitron’s website for $70, but I found it for $40 at Walmart. One big difference between the Ridgemont and other analog/digital watches from Casio and Seiko in my collection is that the analog dial is separate from the digital display and can be set to a different time, making this able to function as a GMT watch. However, this also makes it difficult to get the second hand to perfectly match the digital seconds. I cannot say if this is the case for all other brands, or even all other Casio and Seiko analog/digital watches, as I only have experience with a few Casio and Seiko analog/digital watches, but it is an interesting variation. It has a list of features close to a Casio or Seiko analog/digital watch and includes hour, minute, seconds, date, calendar, alarm, hourly chime, stopwatch, second time zone (using the analog dial), and EL backlight, which is much better than the backlight in the Rubik and close to Indiglo or Illuminator quality. The hourly chime and alarm are also louder than the same features on the Rubik.

The bracelet on this watch is actually pretty good, does not pull the hair on my arm, and is better than the bracelet on the Griffy and most of the Casio and Timex stainless-steel bracelets. This is another great watch in the Armitron Retro series that I can recommend to anyone looking for a nice dress analog/digital watch.

The Armitron Ridgemont: Another Great Retro Watch

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  • Good retro vibe
  • Stainless steel case
  • Price and value
  • Long alarm
  • Hassle matching second hand and digital seconds

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I bought my son this same colorway and was really admiring its feel and functions as I was setting it for him. Regarding the analog/digital sync, I always set the digital first, then hack the second hand at 12. When the digital seconds hit zero, I push in the crown. For me it syncs perfectly every time and is quite effortless. Besides...the real bonus is that when you're hunting Water Buffalo in the Congo and need dual time...you've got it on the Ridgemont! 

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I got the Ridgemont on a great clearance and was suprised how good it was. In fact i was so impressed I picked up an all blacked out pro sport model. It's on my wrist right now!! This one seems cool too. Big but lightweight.

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I got the Ridgemont on a great clearance and was suprised how good it was. In fact i was so impressed I picked up an all blacked out pro sport model. It's on my wrist right now!! This one seems cool too. Big but lightweight.

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Oh...very nice!