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Tokyoflash Japan Kisai Kaidoku Wood, For the Readers Out There

Posted on 30 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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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

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Lew & Huey Orthos, Lets Go Diving

Posted on 29 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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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.

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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.

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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 pagelewandhuey.com

Watch Overview

  • 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.

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A Watch Strap Review Roundup

Posted on 28 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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Today, we’ve got something a bit different. While we’ve done reviews of watch straps in the past, they’ve generally been stand-alone affairs. Recently, though, I’ve had a good number of straps come through. Given that people are likely evaluating strap options with the change in weather, I thought it would be handy to have a watch strap roundup of sorts, covering six straps we’ve recently had in. Continue Reading

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CCCP Shchuka Watch Review

Posted on 21 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa

CCCP-Shchuka-13When you first start getting into watches, you find yourself swimming in the waters of familiar brands. Then you venture out into some deeper waters when you find the online forums, and you start running across a wide variety of brands, especially if you’re talking about older, second-hand watches. A large segment of those older watches (at least from when I was on that path) seem to revolve around watches coming from the former Soviet Union. They’ve got their ardent supporters, for sure, and now there’s a new brand playing in that pool. Today, we’ll take a look at the CCCP Shchuka. Continue Reading

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Klaus Kobec Taj Mahal Review

Posted on 14 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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Often when a watch draws inspiration from something in the world – be it a car, plane, or even a city – things are limited to smaller touches, or perhaps something on the caseback. With the Klaus Kobec Taj Mahal, however, you’ve got the namesake inspiration front and center. 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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The Swatch Sistem51 Hands-On Review

Posted on 03 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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It’s not uncommon for there to be great anticipation when a new product is announced, and then we anxiously wait for it to actually hit the market. The watch industry is certainly not immune to this effect, and there’s been one mechanical watch that has been generating a lot of buzz over the past months – the Swatch Sistem51.  The day has finally arrived, and Sistem51 is here on our shores. On July 1 it was unveiled at the flagship store for Swatch in Times Square, and on July 8 a pop-up store hits San Francisco (101 Grant St) for the watch.
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