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.
First up, that Squale watch. When I first saw the images of these watches on my screen, I thought the gang over at W&W had stumbled across a vintage cache somewhere, because these watches really have that feeling. Of course, that’s in large part due to the styling, but the usage of true NOS (new old stock) bezels from the era that these designs are in homage to really helps things along. For more on these watches, check out the review over at Worn & Wound.
Next up, we’ve got a great article from The Time Bum. When it comes to watches, at some point you’ll invariably get bitten by the vintage bug, and want to find something old to add to your collection. While this can be a fun pursuit, it can also be quite an expensive one, depending on your tastes. In this article, the focus in on an era (Vietnam War timeframe) and style of watch (true milspec pieces) that keep things firmly in the affordable range. I frankly think it’s a great way to tiptoe into vintage watches without breaking the bank.
Turning back to our own pages, we’ve got some great new watches that resonated with you. First up, we’ve got one of the most refined-looking tritium watches I’ve ever seen – the Ball Fireman Stormchaser Pro. If you’re at all familiar with Ball Watches, you know that they create some amazing works of art with tritium, often creating miniature light shows on your wrist. With the Stormchaser, they kept things restrained, resulting in a rather elegant chronograph.
Next up is another chronograph, but it’s one that takes things in a different direction – the Gavox Squadron. We’ve really liked what Gavox has been doing with their watches, creating affordable pieces. With the Squadron, they really look to have upped their game. Starting off with a watch they designed for (and with) the Belgian Air Force, they turned around and made variants of that design available to the public. For those looking for a milspec watch, and not wanting to go vintage (as we touched on above), this could be a great option.
Last, but not least, don’t forget that we’re now in a new month, so we’ve started up a new giveaway. Appropriate for the month of July, we’ve got the American-built Smith & Bradley Sans-13 up for grabs. Head on over here to get your entries in.
With that, we’ll wrap things up. As always, if there’s something you think we should be covering, feel free to drop us a line. If you bring something up that we end up writing about, we’ll be sure to tip our hats (electronically, if not literally) in your general direction.
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