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On Labor Day, An American Classic

Posted on 05 September 2011 by Patrick Kansa

As today is Labor Day, I thought we could take a look at a former American powerhouse of watch manufacture – the Elgin Watch Company.

(And before I go to0 far, credit needs to be given to ElginWatches and the large auction site for the info I was able to find.)  Elgin started manufacturing pocket watches right after the Civil War ended, and their very first model was most definitely a working watch – it was certified for railroad use.

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DPHMI Black Stealth Knowledge Skeez

Posted on 20 January 2007 by John Biggs

dphmi_blackstealth-thumb.jpgAhem… excuse me, is that a Panerai? Hell no, it’s a hunk of crap, my good man.

Check out this limited edition wristwatch from DPHMI called the Black Stealth Knowledge. It looks like an Officine Panerai wristwatch. The case has an almost identical look to that of Panerai watches. It looks pretty good to me. It allows less affluent buyers to have the look of a Panerai without the price tag. In fact the price tag is only $199 US and it is not a knockoff. It even has an automatic movement like the real thing.

DPHMI Black Stealth Knowledge Watch [PROFESSIONAL WATCHES]

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eBay Scam Alert

Posted on 05 October 2006 by John Biggs

An interesting WatchUSeek post that can help us all on the ‘Bay:

I am currently selling a fairly expensive watch (>$1000) on eBay as a Buy It Now item. Here is an email I received from a potential buyer with zero feedback:

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It seems very suspicious. But I do not want to alienate a genuine customer. What kind of questions might I ask to make sure this is not a scam? Is a confirmed Paypal account enough?

(I should specify that in my listing I state that I ship CONUS/Canada only)

Umm…. yes. That’s a massive scam and it’s why I seriously doubt I’ll be using eBay anymore. I tried to sell a phone last month and I got four separate winning bidders from Nigeria and one from Canada when I said I’d only ship to the US. eBay, I’m afraid to say, is now useless.

Is this an eBay scam? [Watchuseek Watch Forums]

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Aeromatic Sale

Posted on 01 June 2006 by John Biggs


I hate myself for doing this, but people are silly and they’ll do anything, so here’s a link to the Tauchmeister sale page. Are these watches any good? Not specifically, but they’re cheap and they’re all on sale so you don’t have to fight a bunch of n00bs on Ebay. Purchase with the caveat that you’re buying for looks, not build quality, and be happy.

Prodcut Page [Tauchmeister]

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Review – Tauchmeister 1937 Diver

Posted on 10 April 2006 by John Biggs


Ah, Aeromatic 1912. You enthrall us all with your magical timepieces. Many an eBay newbie has been drawn to your bold lines and unusual styling, as well they should. You’re taking chances, I suppose, and the only thing folks can say bad about you is that you’re not really a German watch.

That said, please welcome the Tauchmeister 1937 – Diver Craft 1000M Helium-Safe GMT Retrograde. Wow, that was a mouthful.

A diver, to be sure. A big diver—46mm with a 270 mm strap. It has a Citizen GP01 quartz movement and a unique, if unfortunately designed, retrograde GMT hand.

But what lies behind that handsome diver logo and bold orange? Nothing we haven’t seen before and won’t see again.

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It Begins – The Attack of the Hublot Knock-Offs

Posted on 01 April 2006 by John Biggs


Say what you want about this watch, but don’t buy it. Astute reader Einars found this cruddy Big Bang knock off on the ‘Bay. This means that some Chinese factory has geared up enough to pump these out en masse in less than, say, 9 months. Astounding.

Some pertinent specs? Sure!

3 registers are adjustable

date window

leather strap

automatic mov.

meansurement: about 45mm in dimaeter

Works in good order.

Registers are adjustable! Sign me up!

eBay: GREAT 3 REGISTERS SILVER AUTO MEN’S WATCH – 45MM DIAL (item 8920345202 end time Apr-03-06 20:43:07 PDT)

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Review: Sorna Bullhead Chronograph

Posted on 18 January 2006 by John Biggs


In an effort to find an inexpensive, vintage chronograph, I’ve been hunting on Ebay for Sorna watches. The Sorna brand, which was once a relatively powerful figure in the mechanical industry – laid to waste, obviously, by the flood of cheap quartz pieces in the 1980s – is now being used to flog those selfsame cheap quartz pieces that I had no interest in. The only other Sorna piece I could find, then, was a nasty world time watch that looked like Captain America had just gotten over some constipation. Therefore, I was stuck with considering Jacky Ickx bullhead chronos. Instead of a Jacky Ickx, however, I just picked up just an “Icky” Sorna chronograph that has a certain, if dubious, charm.
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Review: Trias Automatic Massive Diver

Posted on 12 December 2005 by John Biggs

Why do I always do this to myself? Every few weeks, I’ll get tanked on a Friday and pick up an Ebay brand watch just to see what it looks like. I’ve played with Apogaum and a few other watches of dubious heredity in the past, and I keep coming back for more. This time, we’re going to take a look at the Trias Automatic Diver, a 53mm monstrosity that, if it weren’t so hilarious looking, would be the largest hunk of timekeeping ridiculousness ever to traverse the globe.

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