New Models, Pre-Orders, Under $1000

Weiss Watch Company Standard Issue, Just Your Standard American Issue

Posted on 24 July 2014

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American watches have been popping up more and more on the site, some by design and some by accident.  The Weiss Watch Standard Issue is one of those accidental finds, something I came across while checking out site dedicated to cool toys for guys.  The fact that is it is assembles in Los Angeles, a few miles from where I write this and the city where I grew up, is a bonus in my eyes.  I am a fan of clean, readable designs with interesting touches, so this watch really ticks off the right boxes for me.

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Off the bat, the watch is driven by an ETA Unitas 6497, a hand wound movement, decorated by Weiss prior to assembly.  The brand describes the movement as based on the 6497 and “finished and assembled in Los Angeles, California from Swiss parts.”  The brand is calling it Weiss Watch Company Caliber 1001, but I like the Swiss pedigree of the movement.  The decoration is fairly simple but attractive, and the exhibition caseback shows it off nicely.  The 4 hex screws are used to secure the caseback, lending another small by distinctive touch to the watch.

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Up front, there is a sword style handset that harkens to a Flieger style, which is reinforced by the markings, giving it the distinctive military feel without really putting it in the pilot watch category.  A sub-dial for seconds is at 9:00, very readable, and there is no date, which I like more and more.  Two options are offered, a white and a black dial version, both a green canvass strap (options are available for leather or other colors of canvass).

The two models are otherwise identical, with 42mm diameter cases, 12.8 mm tall.  The front and caseback crystals are sapphire, with the front crystal double domed, another nice touch that gives a vintage feel in a modern watch.  Weiss is taking pre-orders now with anticipated delivery at the end of July, so you may not have to wait long for yours.  weisswatchcompany.com

Watch Overview

  • Brand & Model: Weiss Watch Company Standard Issue
  • Price: $950
  • Who we think it might be for: Anyone looking for a clean military inspired design.
  • Would I buy or recommend it just on the photos?:  Yes, I think it really works well.
  • If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: I like it as is.
  • What spoke to me the most about this watch:  The clean design and the hand wound movement.

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New Models, Under $500

Areion Watches Now Available

Posted on 23 July 2014

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Hey, so remember when we brought you word of a new brand starting up in the UK, Areion Watches? Continue Reading

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Crowd Funded

The Ralston Recon 6 is a Survival Kit on Your Wrist

Posted on 23 July 2014

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Today, we’ve got a bit of a last-minute Kickstarter notice for you. I know normally we bring these to your attention with plenty of advance notice, but this one fell into my backlog, and, well, I’d rather pop this one up there than ignore it, as it’s bringing something to the table that I’ve not seen in a watch before. If you’re looking to have a survival kit built into a watch, the Ralston Recon 6 is your device. Continue Reading

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Crowd Funded, General, New Models, Under $500

Brigade 7 Scope – Taking Aim at a Budget Automatic

Posted on 22 July 2014

Brigade 7 Scope 01 I like finding good values in a watch, without resorting to too many compromises.  There are values to be had at all different price points, but at the entry level point, I find that you have to sacrifice more of what you would want to get a good value.  Enter a Kickstarter campaign for the Brigade 7 Scope watch, an automatic with a lot of features for a very low introductory price. Continue Reading

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Reviews, Under $1000, Under $500

CCCP Shchuka Watch Review

Posted on 21 July 2014

CCCP-Shchuka-13When you first start getting into watches, you find yourself swimming in the waters of familiar brands. Then you venture out into some deeper waters when you find the online forums, and you start running across a wide variety of brands, especially if you’re talking about older, second-hand watches. A large segment of those older watches (at least from when I was on that path) seem to revolve around watches coming from the former Soviet Union. They’ve got their ardent supporters, for sure, and now there’s a new brand playing in that pool. Today, we’ll take a look at the CCCP Shchuka. Continue Reading

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Watching The Web

Watching The Web For July 19, 2014

Posted on 19 July 2014

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Welcome back to our weekly installment, Watching the Web, where we have a quick look at some interesting watches and articles that have popped up over the last week, as well as taking a second look at what some of our more popular articles this week were. Today, we’ve got a review on a Squale watch that features a NOS bezel, and a buying guide of sorts, that focus on vintage watches from the Vietnam war era.  After those, we’ll highlight (as usual) some of our more popular posts from the last week. Read on to see what we’ve got in store for you. Continue Reading

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New Models, Over $1000

Diving In With The Mühle-Glashütte Kampfschwimmer

Posted on 18 July 2014

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Time and again, dive watches prove themselves to be a popular style of watch, as do military watches. While there are some brands that can tie themselves at some point in their heritage to a military diving unit, finding a current production watch that’s in use by a naval unit is a decidedly rarer thing. That is, until the Mühle-Glashütte Kampfschwimmer became available. Continue Reading

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General

Timex Weekender Deal at Amazon

Posted on 17 July 2014

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I just caught word of this Timex Weekender Deal over at Amazon, so I thought it was worth it to pass it along.  At $20 apiece (there are currently five varieties available), this is practically a no-thought purchase, especially if you’re looking for a weekend beater, or something affordable for a friend or family member.

You can see some of our Weekender reviews right here.

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