Posted on 29 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
For a lot of guys, a diver is the default tool watch. The cases are usually fairly beefy, and that translates to masculine, the watches themselves are rugged, they serve a purpose, and they broadcast to the world that you are a man of action. So you might as well inject a little style into the watch as well. That is where the Lew & Huey Orthos comes in with their latest Kickstarter campaign. These ‘friends of the site’ have put their fifth model up for sale, and the first true diver of the bunch.
Like the previous watches from the brand, this one is an automatic, powered by a Seiko Calibre 4r36 (NH35), which is both haking and hand winding, with a 41 hour power reserve. The 42mm case and bracelet are done in brushed stainless, and there is a slightly domed sapphire crystal up front. The watch offers 30 ATM (990 feet) or water resistance and a 120 click uni-directional bezel, so yes, this is a true diver’s watch. Not that you have to wear it diving. Visually, the dial is very attractive with both a color fade and a sunburst pattern. After reviewing their Acionna, I can attest that they make interesting dials that really pop in the sunlight.
With this as their fifth model debuting on Kickstarter, I have to commend the brand for doing things right on the site. This is a new model, and the prototypes do not always match the final product. The project page does a very good job in laying out how the watch is going to change from prototype to final project, something I think all watch makers looking to move to crowd funding should understand and emulate. The price for a watch is $400, and there are a number of other types of rewards offered. There are two versions a red and a blue face. I like the looks of the red face, but I also really like the orange bezel on the blue watch. And no, I would not suggest pairing them, as I think it would be too much. The lume on the watch also looks to be well done and appropriate for this type of watch. If you are looking for a budget minded diver, check out the project page. lewandhuey.com
- Brand & Model: Lew & Huey Orthos
- Price: $400
- Who we think it might be for: Everyone needs a diver.
- Would I buy or recommend it just on the photos?: Yes, the brand delivers on their watches.
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Expansion built into the clasp.
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: I like the color fade in the dial.
Posted on 28 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa
Today, we’ve got something a bit different. While we’ve done reviews of watch straps in the past, they’ve generally been stand-alone affairs. Recently, though, I’ve had a good number of straps come through. Given that people are likely evaluating strap options with the change in weather, I thought it would be handy to have a watch strap roundup of sorts, covering six straps we’ve recently had in. Continue Reading
Posted on 27 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa
It’s Sunday, so that means it’s time for some lazy morning watching, courtesy of the Watch Video Rewind. While past installments of this series have had a handful of videos in them. Today, I’ve only got one video for you – but what a doozy it is! Continue Reading
Posted on 26 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa
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 an adventure in making your own watch, and a watch that honors the Wright Brothers. 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
Posted on 25 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
A trio of watches have popped up on Kickstarter lately, one from a brand we know, one associated with a brand we know, and one from a newcomer. There is the Portsea by Melbourne Watch Company, a brand who’s previous watch I reviewed, and liked a lot. Second up is the inaugural model from Throne Watches. Though it is a new brand, assembly is being outsourced to Smith & Bradley, a brand Patrick has covered. Finally is the newcomer, Instrmnt Limited, with the Instrmnt 01. Continue Reading
Posted on 25 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa
Just a quick reminder that we’ve only got a few days left in our July giveaway for the Smith & Bradley Sans-13. If you’ve not yet entered, head on over here and follow the steps in the widget.
Posted on 24 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
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.
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.
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
- 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.
Posted on 23 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa
Hey, so remember when we brought you word of a new brand starting up in the UK, Areion Watches? Continue Reading