Archive | September, 2011

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Would A Woodchuck Chuck It?

Posted on 30 September 2011 by Patrick Kansa

Well, I certainly can’t answer to the watch-wearing habits of woodland mammals.  So, let’s stick with whether or not we’d strap this watch from the WeWood company on or not.  What we have here is the DATE model, and I want to address the name of the model right away.

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And A Pilot Gives His Thoughts On His Archer Watch

Posted on 30 September 2011 by Patrick Kansa

Our post from two days ago on the Archer Aero II garnered a lot of comments, but there’s one in particular I’d like to draw your attention to.  Most of the pilot watches we see are simply inspired by designs used by pilots.  However, reader Flingwing DID actually use the Aero II in combat situations, so I thought it would be worthwhile to highlight his comments:

I’m one of the Pilots who has flown with this watch in Afghanistan. Loved it. The display is the right size for great visibility in the Cockpit without being obtrusive on the wrist. Hit the face with a flashlight beam for 10-15 seconds and it illuminates brilliantly throughout night missions without being distracting. The minute hand on the outside is what I have come to love from an operational standpoint as well as asthetically (sp?). About 90% of the flying was based on the Minute and this watch allowed an easy crosscheck to what had been planned and what the current actual was. For those missions that required landing times to the second I would use the Helicopters onboard GPS.

It held up very well. Did not lose any appreciatable time. Only point would be to make sure you tighten the wrist screws on the band with maybe a little loctite. Lost two of them but Al was kind enough to replace with a couple spares he had. Last, it is a great looking watch and have more comments about it than any other I’ve owned and one must love when someone picks up on the watch amongst the sea of Breitlings and Tissots at an Air Show.

As a Pilot in the RCAF it is nice to fly with a Canadian built watch.

So, you’re not just getting a good looking watch – you’re getting one that’s been flight-tested and mission approved!

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Swatch Announces Touchscreen Watches

Posted on 29 September 2011 by John Biggs


Ugly though they may be, these Swatch watches have a trick up their sleeves. Using the same technology found in the Tissot T-Touch line, these Swatch Touch watches are touch-sensitive and allow you to swipe through different functions and control most of the watch features with a simple finger tap.
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Captain Kangaroo’s Vulcain Cricket

Posted on 29 September 2011 by John Biggs

Hodinkee found an auction for Captain Kangroo’s original gold Vulcain Cricket. The $1,100 buy it now price seems like a great deal for a watch with quite a bit of provenance.

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Episode 81 – 5+ Watches. 30 Minutes

Posted on 29 September 2011 by John Biggs

Welcome to the HourTime show, the best 30 minute (+/-) hour podcast on the web


In today’s robust podcast, we go retro with the Click DIP Switch & Turn Switch, Circuit Board Style Watch, take a quick look to the stars with the Citizen Astrodea Stargazing Watch Collection, do drive by of the Porsche Design P’6620 Dashboard Chronograph Watch, go ‘shark jumping’ with theOmega Ploprof commercialand jump again at the Christopher Ward C9 Harrison Jumping Hour Watch

All that and a bag of chips in 30 minutes.  By the way, it’s your turn to bring the chips.

 

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How About A Seriously Relaxful Diver?

Posted on 29 September 2011 by Patrick Kansa

Today’s watch is something I stumbled on completely by accident – and boy oh boy, what a happy accident it was!  The watch is the GMT Diver offered up by The BaliHa’i Project.  Now, before you go and write this of as “just another diver”, let’s take a closer look at the company, and what they’re producing.

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Targeting Our Neighbors To The North

Posted on 28 September 2011 by Patrick Kansa

It seems that there are no shortage of companies today turning out flieger-inspired watches – but I believe this is the first time that I’ve come across a Canadian company making them.  Today’s example is brought to us by Archer Watches.

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Whoa, Whoa, Slow Down Gallet: Screw Lock WHAT Now?

Posted on 27 September 2011 by John Biggs

If you know me you know that I love this new Gallet Chronograph but I also love this helpful infographic complete with about 500 arrows, seventy labels, and a paragraph of text. This thing has a rattrapante chrono (split seconds), a timezone bezel, and big date and looks like a cross between a Jaeger-LeCoultre and a watch one of the Thunderbirds would wear.
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