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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 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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Areion Watches Now Available

Posted on 23 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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Hey, so remember when we brought you word of a new brand starting up in the UK, Areion Watches? Continue Reading

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Brigade 7 Scope – Taking Aim at a Budget Automatic

Posted on 22 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

Brigade 7 Scope 01 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

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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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Orbital by element watch, A Family Affair

Posted on 17 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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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

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Tsovet SVT-RS40, California Dreaming… In the Space Age

Posted on 16 July 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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You learn something new every day.  I had seen Tsovet watches on-line and in stores, and with the “Swiss Made” designation, I just figured they were a European brand selling their wares on these shores.  Little did I realize that the brand is actually out of Newport Beach, a mere couple of miles from where I sit writing this review.  The Watch Co., an authorized retailer of Tsovet watches was kind enough to send me one a Tsovet SVT-RS40 men’s analog watches for review, and I have really enjoyed wearing it. Continue Reading

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