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A Trio of Kickstarter Projects

Posted on 25 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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A trio of watches have popped up on Kickstarter lately, one from a brand we know, one associated with a brand we know, and one from a newcomer.  There is the Portsea by Melbourne Watch Company, a brand who’s previous watch I reviewed, and liked a lot.  Second up is the inaugural model from Throne Watches.  Though it is a new brand, assembly is being outsourced to Smith & Bradley, a brand Patrick has covered.  Finally is the newcomer, Instrmnt Limited, with the Instrmnt 01. Continue Reading

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Weiss Watch Company Standard Issue, Just Your Standard American Issue

Posted on 24 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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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.

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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.

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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

Watch Overview

  • 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.

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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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The TNT SEAHUNTER1 Combat Diver: Recycling a Rare Movement

Posted on 11 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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While I don’t write on this class of watches all that much, I do love running across a watch brand that breathes new life into an older movement that might otherwise be headed for the bin. Then again, if you run across an signed (but older) Blancpain movement, odds are that it’s going to get used in some form. That’s exactly what TNT has done with their Seahunter1 Combat Diver. Continue Reading

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Lew & Huey Cerberus Prototype Review

Posted on 30 June 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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We’re on a bit of a Lew & Huey streak here, coveringquite a few of their watches. We’ve also been fortunate to be in a unique position with the brand, being able to spend time with prototypes (and, eventually, the production version) of their watches. Given that, we’re able to give you a hands-on take on their latest project – the Lew & Huey Cerberus.
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Purpose Driven Watches With Smarts

Posted on 26 June 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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A lot of smart watches I see try to be everything.  Email, facebook posts, texts, weather, and so on and so on.  They are not watches in a traditional sense, but rather wearable computers that display the time.  Today, I wanted to highlight two purpose driven watches that are more “connected” watches than a “do everything” wearable.  The HotBlack by Hoptroff.com and the Withings Activé are connected devices designed to do a single task, with the former connecting you to your favorite football (soccer) team and the latter tracking your daily fitness goals.  Interestingly, both watches are coming out of the UK. Continue Reading

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The Other Watch Company in Detroit

Posted on 24 June 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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Like that Clint Eastwood/Chrysler Commercial from the 2012 Superbowl, Detroit is not done yet.  Shinola has done a good job in marketing their American Made roots with their quartz driven watches, and now the Detroit Watch Company is offering automatic watches made in the Motor City, though of foreign sourced parts. Continue Reading

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The Lew & Huey Acionna, Take III

Posted on 23 June 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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If you think you have seen the Acionna by Lew & Huey on our pages already, you would be correct.  I wrote up the Kickstarter project for the site back when I was still a “friend of the site,”  and Patrick had a chance to spend a little time with a prototype.  Now that they are in production, the company sent over a pair of watches for a final hands-on review. Continue Reading

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