The Longio Automatic SG3824E watch comes on a nice reptile embossed black leather strap with a nice butterfly fold over clasp. For what you get, the price is reasonable at 0. Longio is serious about their watches, and I am not the only person I know that likes their stuff. It even comes in a nice box. If you are looking for a nice quality Chinese watch, with region character, and years of know-how to understand what goes into watch making, a Longio watch is a good choice.
I would have liked the bezel on the watch to rotate. This might have been hard with the design. As it is, the bezel is screwed in. A lot of the character of the watch comes in on the caseback. Without this piece, the watch wouldn't be what it is. The engravings on the caseback really make the watch what it is, by reminding you of who the watch is named for. It also makes you smile in a smirky, "I have a kick-ass watch" sort of way. On the back you first see a nicely rendered machine gun. This was apparently Marcinko's gun of choice in Vietnam. There is then a patriotic "United States Of America," reminding you where the watch comes from, and finally you get an interesting acronym. I'll tell you what the letters mean, even though you won't see the explanation on the Rogue Warrior Watches website. W.G.M.A.T.A.T.S. was the unofficial motto of Marcinko's military unit, and stood for "we get more ass than a toilet seat."
The Shabaka watch starts with a specially made Christophe Claret Calibre CLA88QPRM manually-wound movement. Complications are plentiful including a perpetual calendar three cylinder displays. The dial shows the time, day, date, month, leap year, and moon phase. This might be the first appearance of the cylinder style information window. This has been used on several watches since, most notably for the top and bottom displays on the Maitres du Temps Chapter One and Two watch. The Chapter One movement is also made by Christophe Claret. In addition to all this dial information, the Jean Dunand Shabaka is also a minute repeater. You can see the lever on the left side of the case. There is also a power reserve indicator, but you'll have to look at the rear of the watch for that information (power reserve is open mainspring barrel with indicator bar). The movement is extremely complex, which is easy to tell by viewing the case back. I mean the thing has 721 parts. An incredible amount of pieces to shove into the 44mm wide x 17.65mm thick case. The movement plate itself is 29.5mm wide. The watch is not exactly a sport timepiece so you want to treat it well (you'll be convinced of that if you are among the select few who can afford to acquire the watch). It has 30 meters of water resistance - meaning you can basically wash your hands with the watch.
What I am trying to indicate is that many watch companies are already behind the times, and need to catch up before venturing into the creation of an iPhone application. Brands who embrace current media technology will have a hard time deciding how to make us of the many available programs and communication tools. The best results will be from examining what words for other more established luxury brands, not necessarily watch brands. Remember, that working simplicity is more important failed ambition, and that watch companies need to embrace what makes sense, not just what looks cool.
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The Anniversary Heart watch is actually a really fine timepiece. It uses a manually wound Cricket calibre movement, employs some nice dial skeletonization, and has a really handsome look to it. Even the movement in the rear of the steel watch looks beautiful. The company does make some beautiful timepieces that are of a high quality, and in the scheme of Swiss watches... they aren't THAT expensive. Still, I would venture to say that most of you haven't even heard of Vulcain - a sad fact. Which goes back to one of my truisms about watch companies; "watch makers make good watches, and are inept at pretty much everything else" (including marketing and customer outreach). Like when they spend a lot of money to sponsor some event that 50 people will show up at, when they could instead spend that money on getting thousands of people information about their watches.
Linde Werdelin experimented with DLC coating on the first round of Hard Black watches and these were a great success, all selling out. They are back with the Linde Werdelin Hard Black II that brings an even hardier version of the popular DLC (diamond like carbon) coating that is now ever harder. Like the image below implies DLC coated watches are truly built like a truck. The coating is just that tough (also scratch resistant). The watch is based on the Linde Werdelin "The One" dial and uses the standard Linde Werdelin watch case that will accept the The Rock of The Reef Instruments for land or sea exploration. Inside the watch is the high-grade automatic ETA 2892-2 mechanical movement.
Reading the chronograph is pretty easy as well because Mondaine kept the chronograph used hands all red, while the time hands are all black. The seconds for the watch is at the subsidiary dial at 3 o'clock. You know how most Mondaine watches to have a seconds hand with a large red tip? Here they sort of did the opposite with the chronograph seconds hand. They moved the red orb that would normally be the tip to the end of the hand making it the counterweight. This makes more sense, and I like how they kept the "spirit" of the original Swiss Railways watch in this timepiece. Another "improvement" over other Mondaine watches is the addition of tritium gas tubes in the hour and minute hand. These tubes light up in the dark with out needing to be "charged" with light. Mondaine is sort of connected to Luminox, which prides themselves on basically always using tritium gas tubes. Having the gas tubes in the hands adds another layer of smart functionality to the watch that is very nice to have. While it would have been interesting to have each of the hour markers use tritium gas tubes as well (as there is clearly space) it is not a detriment that they are simple applied black markers.
Price is on the higher side in my opinion, though it is competitive in comparable European diving watch. These custom models with the mother of pearl dials may carry a slight premium, but the standard models are about ,500 for the watch with the strap, and about ,200 for the 300 Pro Diver with the metal bracelet.
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In addition to choosing the case material, there are a number of hand and dial options available. This means you can choose colors the style of indicators, etc... Of course you choose the proper alligator strap as well. Really a ton of options at your disposal from one of the hottest independent watch makers today. The whole watch is hand made by Pita in Spain (Barcelona).
The Olympics connection is not evident on all watches (at least on the face). Though I do suspect the casebacks will have some clear engraving with details on this. The models with the 3313 movement have colorful Olympics rings as the counterweight on the seconds hand. I've always thought this logo makes a very attractive touch on the dials. But remember that they will only be moving if you operated the chronograph. It would be neat to see them on a non-chronograph watch, as the centrally placed seconds hand to see the rings sweeping around the dial all the time.
Movement has 49 jewels and almost 400 parts. All lovingly made and assembled by hand (I can attest to that having seen it with my own eyes). Size of the watches were large and in charge at between 47-51mm wide. Simply stunning and most certainly a crowd pleaser. Find one if you can, retail price was around ,000 bucks.
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On the dial you'll see the iconic belt and knot from the activity that the watch is meant to honor. The "Black Belt" logo on the dial does look a bit cheesy, you have to admit. At the same time you get the idea. The hands of the watch emulate the look of Shinai, which are wooden swords used during sparring practice in the Japanese art of Kendo fighting. Inside the watch is an automatic mechanical Swiss movement. Which brings up another important point, the entire watch and movement are made and assembled in Switzerland.
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As an entry level watch, this is still a hell of a timepiece from Bathys Hawaii. You get the great looking case done in a specially hardened metal, the iconic dial, a Swiss movement with a big date complication, and the durability you've come to expect from all the hype. Plus, you get all the brand persona that Bathys has worked hard and deservingly, to get. At 0 you start with this Bathys 100 Fathoms watch and can easily work your way up.
Everyone's favorite metal working watch makers Gustafsson & Sjögren (GoS) are back with two new watch models. The line continues to evolve in a conservative manner (aside from the Damascus steel that is). Patrik Sjögren and Johan Gustafsson have found that their customers prefer more classically styled watches - who'd have thought? It is actually true though. There is a tendency for us watch lovers to enjoy reading about wild timepieces, but when it comes down to it we want to wear something more conservative. Does this observation fit with your habits?
This is a European case that isn't applying US law. But let me give it to you as I understanding. After 5 years, and at least one appeal, Swiss watch maker F.P. Journe has been ordered to pay damages to Jaquet Droz and the Swatch Group (owner of Jaquet Droz) in the amount of tens of thousands of euros for infringement of Jaquet Droz's intellectual property rights for legal cost damages. It looks like Jaquet Droz was accused by FP Journe to have copied designs that FP Journe allegedly has created. This this would have been a copyright infringement case . Let me explain (not a hardcore legal discussion, don't worry).
As I said, Marcinko wanted a very specific type of watch, and according to Michael Gee, the man behind Rogue Warrior Watches, no other watch maker was able to do it. Gee used to be part of MTM, designing watches for them. MTM is another maker of military style/purpose watches. In at least one season of the popular show 24, "Jack Bauer" wears an MTM watch. Gee branched off to create what he considered to be a more pure and functional military watch. Until now, Rogue Warrior Watches were mainly sold to military personnel, special forces bad-asses, and law enforcement (I was told that the Chief of Police in LA now owns a Rogue Warrior Watch). Now we too, are lucky enough to get our hands on Rogue Warrior Watches through their website.