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Father’s Day and Watches – A Perfect Combination

Posted on 09 June 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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OK, in the words of Douglas Adams, Don’t Panic.  You still have a few days to get the dad(s) in your life a gift, thanks to WWW and fast shipping.  But what do you get, and is it going to break the bank?  Mmmm, maybe…  Here are a few ideas for last minute Father’s Day gifts based on things we have reviewed, or that we own or covet.  We’ll try not to go too deep down our fantasy wish list.

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The First thing we would throw out there as a gift for a dad with multiple automatic watches would be a watch winder.  Last year, Patrick reviewed the Kubik Winder, a Swiss-made watch winder that starts at about $460.  While very cool, most wouldn’t expect that as a gift.  Instead, Matt likes (and owns) an Accuratic Expandable Winder that was a holiday gift via Amazon from last year.  It is reliable, fairly quite, adjustable and large enough to hold modern watches easily.  At $69.95, it is reasonable, and it is also expandable if you want to add more down the line.

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Since we are a watch site, I would be remiss in not mentioning a few watch options, and we will do our best to keep them ‘reasonable.’  First, Patrick recently wrote up a very attractive Torgoen T5 GMT Swiss quartz watch.  He summed up his review by saying “…Torgoen did a good job here. Coming in at a price of $238, this isn’t a watch that feels cheap, and it’s a solid option for someone looking for an affordable GMT watch.”  You can of course check out the options on Amazon.  If you’d prefer to order directly from the brand, it looks like they’ve got a promotion going where you can get a free pair of Aviator glasses (a $59 value) if you place your order prior to June 16.

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If you have a SCUBA diver in the house, then the Orange Monster might be a perfect pick-up.  Available in more than just Orange, the monster is considered a “must have” for a lot of automatic watch collectors.  It is rugged, well made, bold, and a true divers watch.  It is also very affordable,  with a typical web price of around $200 (Amazon).

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If dad has a bit of the nerd residing in him, a digital watch from TokyoFlash might be a great option.  With this one, just be careful with the shipping, to ensure it’ll arrive on time.  We have reviewed quite a few of their watches, so you can see impressions regarding specific models, or check out their web site.  Their watches are very unique and quite reasonably priced.

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If geek is not the right tone for the day, how about a dress watch?  Christopher Ward (looks like the Father’s Day sale is over) is a favorite here, producing stylish and well made Swiss watches which are sold directly over the internet.  The C5 Malvern Slimline is a brand new watch, and since it is not shipping until the end of the month, you have a perfect excuse to slip dad a card and let him know that he is getting in on the ground floor of a new launch.  If that’s the case, you may also want to consider the new C65 Trident.

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Maybe dad has a number of watches already, or just one that he loves.  How about a new strap?  Changing the strap can really change the characteristics of a watch, making it more rugged, or dressier, going from modern to vintage, or even changing the wardrobe options available when you change colors.  Crown & Buckle is a well regarded manufacturer of high quality aftermarket straps.  Check out all the options on their web site.  If you’d prefer something a bit more custom made, check out Cloudy Sky Leather – we’ve been impressed with their quality and service.

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So what if you REALLY want to make his day special?  Well, there are lots of high end watches out there to choose from.  The one out of Matt’s reviews that he would most like to own is the Bremont MBII or MBIII.  We would say the MBI,but since I have never ejected from a fighter jet, let alone using a Martin Baker ejection seat, I am not qualified to own the MBI.

So there you have a few ideas from us.  I would love to hear from the readers to see what they get, or wish they would have received.  After all, just because you may not get it for Father’s Day, there are a few more gifting holidays.  Drop hints early and often.

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Happy Memorial Day

Posted on 26 May 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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Today in the United States, of course, it’s a day known as Memorial Day.  While military watches come and go (and we’ve reviewed quite a few here in the past), I’m still of a mind to focus in on a particular type of watch that spent a lot of time on the battlefield in the days gone by.  That watch is, of course, the trench watch.  While you won’t find them being carried in our military today, they were definitely in heavy use in the past.  For more on this topic (as well as some new ones being made today), check out our post from a year ago.

While the styling is certainly unique, and not for everyone these days, they certainly do have an interesting appeal – especially if you’ve had one handed down to you from your dad or grandfather.  For the rest of us, you’ll be looking for a “new” trenchwatch.  For those, you can see what Doughboy has on offer right here.

Once you’re done with your reading, get out and enjoy the day – and be thankful for our freedoms that so many have sacrificed for.

 

 

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Hands-On With The Devon Tread 2 “Shiny” Edition

Posted on 20 May 2014 by John Biggs

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Ohhh… shiny! The Devon Tread has been an object of much fascination over the years and the launch of the Tread 2 has proven that the company can actually deliver on their promises. I’m pleased to say that the $10,000 Tread 2 is the coolest watch I’ve worn in a long time and I’m even willing to overlook the quartz motors and built-in computers and say “Yeah, buy this thing if you can.”

That’s saying a lot. First off, this guy is about $10,000 for a rechargeable quartz watch that is actually more of a computer. The motors are controlled by a built-in chip and the sole button and two-way actuator are the only way to control the time and features. The watch only has a chronograph and seconds display for those who want a bit more meat. That said, the watch is a feast for the eyes and arguably a conversation-starter.
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Yo Ho Ho and a Wristwatch

Posted on 08 May 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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Do you celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day?  Should you?  Do you need a watch for it?  Well, Ballast has you covered, along with anyone else who has a bit of the Pirate in them, with the Jolly Roger Watch.  Adorned with the skull and crossbones of the Jolly Roger made famous by movie pirates everywhere, the watch adds a little edge, or playfulness, to your daily wear.

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Mytro Is Here!

Posted on 03 May 2014 by John Biggs

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I’m pleased to announce that Mytro is now available on Amazon.com. It’s available as an ebook now but will be available as a paperback shortly.

It’s been a long road and it’s been a great deal of fun building a book and learning about self-publishing. I’m glad I got to share it with you.

I’ll be offering a few things in the next few weeks to sweeten the pot for buyers but anything you can do to help out in these crucial first few says would be amazing. I appreciate your support and look forward to your thoughts on the book!

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Bathys Goes Atomic

Posted on 14 April 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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Do you want an accurate watch?  Is a certified automatic too inaccurate and a quartz too, well, uninteresting?  How about an atomic clock.  Not a quartz watch that uses the atomic clock broadcasts, but an honest to goodness atomic clock that you can wear on your wrist?  Well Bathys has the Kickstarter project for you, the World’s 1st Atomic Wristwatch. Continue Reading

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Mondaine Announces Helvetica Line Of Font-Inspired Watches

Posted on 27 March 2014 by John Biggs

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Mondaine, popping off the Swiss Rail tracks for a bit, has announced what they’re calling the Helvetic Series, a simple, three-handed wristwatch that features – you guessed it – Helvetica writing on the face. It’s not robotic signing bird, but damn if that isn’t a good idea.
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The Artya “Self Defense” Buckle

Posted on 25 March 2014 by John Biggs

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