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Your Face Here

Posted on 04 December 2013 by Patrick Kansa

Our pal Matt Himmelstein is back with a rather interesting Kickstarter watch that features a titanium dial with a rather interesting feature.  Read on to learn more about the piece.

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Would You Like Wood Or Art?

Posted on 11 April 2013 by Patrick Kansa


Today, friend of WWR is bringing us word of two very different projects on Kickstarter – a wooden variety that brings a Miyota automatic movement to the table, as well as a true “art piece”. 

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Mr. Jones And Me

Posted on 22 December 2012 by Patrick Kansa



Are staring at this watch?  Perhaps if we manipulate that Counting Crows song just a bit.  But I digress.  We looked at a Mr. Jones watch for the first time earlier this week (see here), and today we’ll look at another from their lineup. Continue Reading

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So, Where Are You Going To Store That Watch?

Posted on 08 September 2012 by Patrick Kansa


Once you start getting more than a few watches, you’re very likely not going to want them just sitting out on the dresser or a night stand.  While there are plenty of options (various watch boxes, multi-slot winders, this grab-n-go case), I recently Continue Reading

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REVIEW: Vintager Straps (Part 3)

Posted on 23 June 2012 by Patrick Kansa


The past few days, we’ve been covering the custom straps that are on offer from Vintager Straps.  We’ve gone through the ordering process, some overview of what Micah offers, and looked at the Militare strap.  Today, we’ll wrap things up by taking a look at the other two samples we were provided.

To start with today, we’ve got my surprise favorite of the group, the Mog.  Much like with the Militare, it’s got a bit of a refined look and feel.  With this one, I appreciated the reddish color to the leather (4.5mm thick on this one).  On the Militare, the bulk of the strap, plus the Pre-V buckle, meant things got a little uncomfortable while sitting at a desk, with pressure on the wrist.

However, on our Mog sample, it was actually a longer strap.  This mean that the buckle ended up more to the side of my wrist, rather than directly on the bottom.  Translation?  A much more comfortable wear.  So, my recommendation might be to get a longer strap, or work with Micah to adjust the lengths some to get that buckle moved to a more comfortable position for you.

And now last, but certainly not least, we’ve got the coolest strap we sampled (and indeed, in Micah’s collection, if you ask me) – the Mauser.  These straps are made from actual vintage ammo pouches – which means they truly are one-of-a-kind.  On his site, you can see the actual pouch that the strap will be made from.  I think this is a really great feature, and gives you some more input over the strap you’re getting.

Now, you might think that the old leather would be brittle, but I found it to be just a supple as the other two straps.  I think the age just gives it a very unique patina and feel – not to mention being a great re-use.  Paired with your choice of the stitching and buckle, this will be a great rough-and-ready strap.  While not as polished as the other two, this is a standout piece.

So, how much will these straps set you back?  Some of that depends on your choices of buckle (none, spring bar, or screw in), but most of the straps start at $145 (the exception would be the Mauser, which starts at $200).  Are these cheap straps?  No, they are not.  But based on the quality of what I sampled, it seems like they’re worth every penny.

And hey, you’re supporting a craftsman in the process as well!  With that pricing, though, you want to think carefully what you pair the strap with – not exactly going to pair this with a $30 drugstore special, now are you?  If you’re in the market for something to pair up with the crown of your collection, Vintager Straps should be on your shortlist.

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REVIEW: Vintager Straps (Part 2)

Posted on 22 June 2012 by Patrick Kansa


Yesterday, we started to take a look at the custom straps available from Vintager Straps.  We started off with the ordering process, and some overview of what Micah has on offer.    Today, we’ll wrap up that overview, and get into reviewing the samples we were provided. Continue Reading

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REVIEW: Vintager Straps (Part 1)

Posted on 21 June 2012 by Patrick Kansa


One of the easiest ways to give your watch (new or old) a fresh look is to change out the strap on it.  There are all manner of makers out there, ranging from the more affordable (C&B), to the higher end. And today, we’ll be surfing on the higher-end of the range, taking a look at three straps from Micah over at Vintager Straps. Continue Reading

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Get Your Fingers On A Watch (REVIEW, Part 2)

Posted on 16 June 2012 by Patrick Kansa


Yesterday, I walked you through the background of My Own Fingerprint, as well as the process used to collect the fingerprint to be placed on the watch of your choosing.  Today, we’ll actually cover the watch we received for review. Continue Reading

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