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Diving In With The Mühle-Glashütte Kampfschwimmer

Posted on 18 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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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

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The Ball Fireman Storm Chaser Pro: A Refined Tritium Chronograph

Posted on 10 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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When you think tritium-equipped watches, there are likely a few brands that jump immediately to mind. That aside, what sort of watch do you picture in your head when you read the words “tritium watch”? Probably something that’s at least sport-oriented, if not outright “tacti-cool”. As you should be well aware, that’s not the only choice we have. You can definitely have a very refined look, along with tritium illumination, as the Ball Fireman Storm Chaser Pro proves. Continue Reading

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JeanRichard Aeroscope Chronograph Review – Back In Black

Posted on 08 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa

 

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When it comes to the watches that JeanRichard is producing, I’ve been pleasantly surprised, as I noted in my earlier review of the Terrascope. While it might be tempting to think of the lineup as boring due to the similar case designs, I think it instead speaks to a cohesive brand language. With the JeanRichard Aeroscope Chronograph, we’ve got some more variety injected in. Continue Reading

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The Christopher Ward C9 Harrison 5 Day Automatic Goes In-House

Posted on 07 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

Christopher Ward C9 01Christopher Ward is a watchmaker that gets a fair bit of space on our pages.  Not because they pay us, or advertise on the site, but because they make really nice watches and sells them at affordable price points.  I have one, a friend of mine has one, and I am pretty sure Patrick has one.  But all of these have someone else’s watch movement ticking away beneath the attractive design.  Well, CW just changed the equation.  The C9 Harrison 5 Day Automatic houses the brand’s first in-house movement, boasting a (you guessed it) 5 day power reserve. Continue Reading

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Damascus Steel Courtesy of Gustafsson & Sjögren, Times Two!

Posted on 12 June 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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Gustafsson & Sjögren, GoS Watches, is a wee boutique brand out of Scandinavia that is manufacturing some really beautiful watches, most of them featuring Damascus Steel.   Though the original method of making this steel has been lost to history, modern metallurgy has created beautiful and intricate blades by forge welding and twisting iron bars of differing composition.  GoS has been using this material for their watches for some time, and the results are quite striking.  Starting this month, the brand is offering a “gentleman’s folding knife” to complement their watches. Continue Reading

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Romaine Jerome Gets Colorful

Posted on 06 June 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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Romaine Jerome is one of those far out there watch brands that somehow keeps creating crazy watches that I like.  I can’t pinpoint exactly what I like about them, since some of the designs are pretty silly, but I like them none the less.  Just launched is the Steampunk Auto Colours variations, a take on the previous steampunk watch done up in, you guessed it, bright colors. Continue Reading

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Squale Dive Watches on Touch of Modern

Posted on 04 June 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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Touch of Modern, a web site that I like to browse and where we point readers from time to time is running a limited time sale of Swiss dive watches from Squale Watches.  The watches range from the basic diver, the Atmos (below), to a vintage Tiger (above) from the 70s/80s that has been rebuilt housing an ETA 2892 movement, new hands, new gaskets, and a new rubber strap.

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All the watches house Swiss automatic movements, either the ETA 2824-2, the Valjoux 7750 in the two chronographs offered, or the custom built Swiss movement in the Master Steel watch (below) with a 600M depth rating and power reserve indicator, along with a unique locking bi-directional bezel.

Prices range from $649 for the Atmos with 50oM of water resistance to $999 from the chronographs with screw down pushes are 200M of water resistance to $1,999.99 for the Master Steel, limited to a production of 600 pieces.  Check out their web site if you want more information on Squale Watches.  From some quick research, the ToM deal gives a discount of at least a couple $100 over internet retailers.  The sale ends at noon, Pacific, on Saturday, June 8, and less than 12 hours in there are already a few watches with fewer than 5 available.  touchofmodern.com

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The Steinhart Marine Chronograph – Blue as the Sea

Posted on 03 June 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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Steinhart is a brand that gets a lot of mention when one is looking for a value brand in Swiss watches.  Most of their offerings are well made and attractive, and come at price points that are reachable for the average beginning collector, or someone looking to step up from a quartz watch.  A new watch from the firm, the Marine Chronograh, fits nicely in that mold. Continue Reading

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