Posted on 30 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
If you have read the site for a while, you should be aware of TokyoFlash Japan, a watch maker that specialized in… alternative displays built into digital watches. We have reviewed a number of their watches to date, and they just reached out to us for a launch deal on the new TokyoFlash Japan Kisai Kaidoku Wood. Through around 7:00 Pacific on July 30, you can get this watch for the introductory price of $109 (I don’t know what it goes up to after that). Continue Reading
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 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
Posted on 22 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
I like finding good values in a watch, without resorting to too many compromises. There are values to be had at all different price points, but at the entry level point, I find that you have to sacrifice more of what you would want to get a good value. Enter a Kickstarter campaign for the Brigade 7 Scope watch, an automatic with a lot of features for a very low introductory price. Continue Reading
Posted on 18 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa
Time and again, dive watches prove themselves to be a popular style of watch, as do military watches. While there are some brands that can tie themselves at some point in their heritage to a military diving unit, finding a current production watch that’s in use by a naval unit is a decidedly rarer thing. That is, until the Mühle-Glashütte Kampfschwimmer became available. Continue Reading
Posted on 17 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
There are a lot of kickstarter watch projects where the creator has a dream of designing a watch, and then connects with a manufacturer in China to produce the watch. Well, element watches adds a twist to that formula, in that the watch manufacturer back in China is owned by the designer’s father. The Orbital by element watch is the company’s second bite at the kickstarter apple, and in my opinion it is a more attractive watch than the (unsuccessful) first project. Continue Reading
Posted on 15 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa
When it comes to military-inspired watches, we really don’t have a shortage of options. When it comes to watches that have actually been issued to a military force, and then made available to the general public, well, that’s a much smaller pool of companies. One of the latest to join those ranks is the Gavox Squadron. Continue Reading