So right now, straight outta Hong Kong comes this splendid number that needs your love. That's right folks, this immaculately made high end Japanese watch is looking for a new owner, that could be you. If you've never had the opportunity to experience a high end Japanese watch, they are very different from their European counterparts. For example, to get the fit and finish you see on Japanese high end watches, you'd need to spend roughly 3-4 times (and up) for a comparably finished European watch in most instances. Look at the images of the Credor closely and tell me you aren't impressed by the details.Read more ›
So Lexus loving Americans are brand snobs. Here is a very high-end Seiko, from the "Grand Seiko" line. Stare at the pristine simplicity to realize how ergonomically perfect this watch is. The Grand Seiko Spring Drive model SBGC0001 includes a chronograph, date, GMT hand, and power reserve, as well as the time. It also has the now legendary Seiko Spring Drive 9R86 movement with a column wheel 12 hour chronograph! The quality of this watch as well as the finish is the best that Japan can do, which is pretty good. This isn't supposed to be a mimicry of European watches, but rather something a bit different. You aren't going to get the fashionista vibe from this watch. Rather, you'll get something that is made to be super easy to live with. The layout of the dials makes it extremely clear to read the information, especially for the chronograph. The faceted hands and indicators as so well done and hand polished. This watch just oozes cool and quality to me.
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Today's mod is another Seiko SKX013 made to look like a Seiko Orange Monster Ref. SKX781K3. The Orange Monster is a bit of a cult watch for Seiko being adored by many for its looks and low price. It is also very popular due its lume. Seiko has a special proprietary lume that is licensed by many Swiss watch firms. The Orange Monster Diver is known as one of the brightest night watches. However it is 45mm wide, and for some people it is just too big. The SKX013 however is 38mm wide, which is considered medium (or small to many of you). In this instance, the idea of not being able to wear an Orange Monster because it was too large did not seem like a good enough excuse to not enjoy the style. So a smaller SKX013 was used as a base for this modification. The dial, hands, and other minor cosmetic changes needed to be made, and the result is really nice looking believeable watch. There are a number of minor technical considerations to take into consideration when modding a watch, so this is a skill as much as an art, so it's often a good idea to consult with an experienced modder if you have a complex project in mind.
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No watch is a clear winner as they are each good at different things, even though they have a lot in common. I'd suggest that the Temption is a better value even though it costs more given its construction quality and details. The Square is going to be a lot easier to find given the higher volume output of Fortis watches and is about ,20o given the street price, while the Temption hovers nearer to 00). Further, while I am a fan of both designs, I am partial to the Temption for being outstandingly unique, and attractive, while serving admirably in ease of use. Neither of these watches is a bad choice though.
Notable is the hidden crown used to adjust the watch. Turn the watch around and you'll find a flip out arch used to adjust the watch. This is a great little touch very rarely seen on watches. The battery compartment is blissfully easy to open, and while the original batteries are no longer available (mercury based), modern batteries will work just fine (you just need to get the right size).
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This is not going to be one of those articles that is seeped in watch movement technicalities. This is going to be about the visual appreciation of thorough watch decoration. Sometime you want a watch that is just stunning to look at. You gaze deeply in its rich complexity noticing minute details bearing the attention of the engraving tools, and you consider again, that luxury has a face.
Swiss and German watch makers are a bit more protective of their craft and will mostly rely on "local" suppliers for everything. As such, there is a price to be deemed "Swiss Made." And that is really where you see the niche industries blossom. You have companies that just make watch cases, or hands, or do special engraving, or dials, or bezels. Then you get to the movements themselves. The "brand" typically puts the movements together and places them in the watches (the assembly phase), but the pieces that go inside the movements come from all over the place. Even if a movement "kit" is purchased from ETA, many of the smaller elements come from specialized industries. Parts like the mainspring, shock absorption elements, rotor, and others are sometimes sourced from highly specialized companies. If all you make is automatic mechanical watch rotors, you likely do it very well, and you'll be in high demand.
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I am not trying to pick on Concord. I like a lot of their older watches a lot. I am merely using them as an example of a practice that is painfully annoying in the watch industry. Maybe it is successful? It is entirely possible that those people who are a good mix of wealthy, image conscious, and unsophisticated will receive the "message" and buy into these products from Concord. For me, the informed watch lover, I just roll my eyes.
There are at least three functional models in the Seiko Galante line; a three hand, a GMT, and a chronograph. As is the case with the Spring Drive movement, each model features a power reserve (which is a healthy 72 hours for this movement). The models also vary in style - a lot. I am more taken by the Gothic font styled models, versus the roman numeral styled versions. However all are very nice. The Galante watches are on the large side at 43mm which is becoming increasingly common in high end Japanese watches, especially as most of the round dialed Citizen Campanola watches are 45mm wide. On both sides of the Galante watches are sapphire crystals, of course. These purely luxury watches even though they have a sportiness to them in design. You might be unsure of how to assess these watches because the design combines so many styles. Consider this, Japanese design is very different than the American and European designs you might be used to.
Do you really like Kobold watches, but can't quite stomach the prices? More than one person has realized that their impressive designs are popular enough to invest in some 'similar-look' brands. These aren't mere copy-cats, but rather totally respectable watch companies that are simply forming the look of their impressive watches to look like something for which there is a market Compare the Korsbek Ocean Explorer and Kobold Soarway Seal watches. Pretty similar right? Neither is "better looking," it is just a matter of taste.Read more ›
The PAM 63 GMT is no longer being made. An updated model is the PAM 88 (which does have a subdial). Though you can still get PAM 63 watches from time to time. There was a limited edition PAM 63C model, but to be honest, I am not sure how it differed from the standard PAM 63 model. The prices I have seen for a Panerai PAM 63 GMT are in the ,000 - ,000 range. This is by far the nicest watch I noticed in the movie. Other watches displayed look to be sell interesting or vintage style military watches (I think I saw a Marathon in there a few times). You'll like the movie, I promise. And if you don't well at least you get to see Tom Cruise in a (somewhat) fat suit with a bald head.Read more ›
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The T-Touch Expert has a few notable improvements over the original T-Touch. It is bigger, has a slightly refined case and face, a larger LCD screen, and adds some extra functionality while smoothing out operation overall. I’ll start with look at the watch first.
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These watches might have Corum skull watches beat. They at least match them! These two watches are part of Angular Momentum's Artisan collection Eerie Timepiece line and have illustrative names such as "A Heap of Luminous Skulls" and "Juicy Skulls." I really love these watches, and am just awestruck at the variety of wonderful watch art pieces coming out of Angular Momentum. The most important aspect of these two watches is the luminant, and it is the basis of the "Eerie" theme. It is done using a proprietary compound known as Ãˆmail Lumineuse, that will glow for roughly 30 hours if charged for about 10 minutes. You can see from the images how rich the imagery is in the dark.Read more ›
A lot of the time people ask me for advice on buying a watch. Be it for themselves, a loved one, or maybe even a child. I do my best to counsel the, but it is hard to instill the passion I have for watches to someone who is just getting their feet wet in the area of horological enthusiasm. The best approach is to get a watch that is affordable, and allows you to appreciate the complexities and refinement of traditional watch making. Enter this original German Nivrel Grand Guilloche watch. I say 'original' because this watch has subsequently been updated a bit, and this is the original model, but I would argue it is nicer than the update (which is pictured below). The retail on a watch like this is 0-0. This particular model can be had for 0 or less (with some bargaining) on eBay right now. So only one lucky person will get to have this specific watch.
I swear, this watch has no real name, just "model m220.127.116.11." That looks almost like an IP address. Marvin refers to it as part of the M109 collection. So for the purposes of this article, I will just call it the Marvin watch or M109 (even though there are other M109 watches in various colors and styles). They should have called it something cool like the "Squaropolis." Yea, I just made that name up. The company shares the story of many current watch companies: it started a long time ago (1850). Died, then came back via a name purchase. This was about a year ago, and the company was wise enough to have a wide enough range of prices to make them accessible. Their watches are prices from about 0 - 00, and they offer both men's and women's watches with mechanical or quartz movements.Read more ›