The 1980s were a fertile decade for menswear, from Giorgio Armani’s billowing suit to Perry Ellis’ thick cable knit to Ralph Lauren’s redux of classic Americana. Not all of the guys who defined ’80s style were designers, though. From 1980 to 1988, a Navy SEAL-turned-private investigator named Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck, at the height of his fame) left an indelible mark on the culture with a wardrobe of aloha shirts and high waisted jeans, along with of course one of the biggest mustaches in TV history. Accented by a Detroit Tigers cap, a pair of white boat shoes and a red Ferrari 308 GTS, Selleck’s appearance defined a specific type of relaxed masculinity for a generation, and remains as unassailably cool in 2023 as it was at the height of cocaine chic era.
In later seasons of the show, Selleck famously wore a Rolex GMT-Master, but for the first few years of the series, the actor swore by a Chronosport Sea Quartz 30, a rugged, unassuming diver’s watch that perfectly complemented his signature mix of sportswear, workwear and military pieces. That GMT champion is well known as one of the most coveted watches on the planet, with a five-figure price tag and a number of potential buyers to rival any Taylor Swift concert. However, the Sea Quartz 30 holds just as much from the early 80s and can (for a limited time) be yours for under $200.
If you haven’t heard of Chronosport, it’s for good reason. Despite being a mainstay in dive shops in the 70s and 80s and one of the first brands to bring an analog quartz dive watch to market, Chronosport is now long gone, one of many watch brands that fell into obscurity after quartz crisis. But the family that owned Chronosport – now renamed Momentum – is still in the watch business and still specializes in the kind of tough, yet affordable quartz diving watches beloved by airline pilots, rescue divers and other types you’ll find sipping long necks at a marina bar.
This month, 43 years later Magnum, PI made stars of both Tom Selleck and Sea Quartz 30, the Momentum brings back the watch and with it a main course to Magnum’s supreme ’80s aesthetic. With a 42mm steel case, screw-down crown and 300m water resistance, as well as a generous layer of C3 Super-LumiNova on the hands and markers, it’s almost the same rugged tool watch it’s always been. Even better, until January 11th you can pre-order one for the original price of $195, over $60 off the regular retail sticker. Not only does that make it a great deal, it’s also the perfect way to get your Thomas Magnum any day of the week, with or without the Hawaiian shirt and well-worn Sebagos.