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Watching the Web for July 5, 2014

Posted on 05 July 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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Welcome back to our weekly installment, Watching the Web, where we have a quick look at some interesting watches and articles that have popped up over the last week, as well as taking a second look at what some of our more popular articles this week were. Today, we’ve got a potential new challenger to the Valjoux 7750, an infographic on James Bond’s watches, and a new set of watches with USA on the dial. After those, we’ll highlight (as usual) some of our more popular posts from the last week. Read on to see what we’ve got in store for you. Continue Reading

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Father’s Day and Watches – A Perfect Combination

Posted on 09 June 2014 by Matt Himmelstein

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OK, in the words of Douglas Adams, Don’t Panic.  You still have a few days to get the dad(s) in your life a gift, thanks to WWW and fast shipping.  But what do you get, and is it going to break the bank?  Mmmm, maybe…  Here are a few ideas for last minute Father’s Day gifts based on things we have reviewed, or that we own or covet.  We’ll try not to go too deep down our fantasy wish list.

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The First thing we would throw out there as a gift for a dad with multiple automatic watches would be a watch winder.  Last year, Patrick reviewed the Kubik Winder, a Swiss-made watch winder that starts at about $460.  While very cool, most wouldn’t expect that as a gift.  Instead, Matt likes (and owns) an Accuratic Expandable Winder that was a holiday gift via Amazon from last year.  It is reliable, fairly quite, adjustable and large enough to hold modern watches easily.  At $69.95, it is reasonable, and it is also expandable if you want to add more down the line.

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Since we are a watch site, I would be remiss in not mentioning a few watch options, and we will do our best to keep them ‘reasonable.’  First, Patrick recently wrote up a very attractive Torgoen T5 GMT Swiss quartz watch.  He summed up his review by saying “…Torgoen did a good job here. Coming in at a price of $238, this isn’t a watch that feels cheap, and it’s a solid option for someone looking for an affordable GMT watch.”  You can of course check out the options on Amazon.  If you’d prefer to order directly from the brand, it looks like they’ve got a promotion going where you can get a free pair of Aviator glasses (a $59 value) if you place your order prior to June 16.

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If you have a SCUBA diver in the house, then the Orange Monster might be a perfect pick-up.  Available in more than just Orange, the monster is considered a “must have” for a lot of automatic watch collectors.  It is rugged, well made, bold, and a true divers watch.  It is also very affordable,  with a typical web price of around $200 (Amazon).

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If dad has a bit of the nerd residing in him, a digital watch from TokyoFlash might be a great option.  With this one, just be careful with the shipping, to ensure it’ll arrive on time.  We have reviewed quite a few of their watches, so you can see impressions regarding specific models, or check out their web site.  Their watches are very unique and quite reasonably priced.

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If geek is not the right tone for the day, how about a dress watch?  Christopher Ward (looks like the Father’s Day sale is over) is a favorite here, producing stylish and well made Swiss watches which are sold directly over the internet.  The C5 Malvern Slimline is a brand new watch, and since it is not shipping until the end of the month, you have a perfect excuse to slip dad a card and let him know that he is getting in on the ground floor of a new launch.  If that’s the case, you may also want to consider the new C65 Trident.

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Maybe dad has a number of watches already, or just one that he loves.  How about a new strap?  Changing the strap can really change the characteristics of a watch, making it more rugged, or dressier, going from modern to vintage, or even changing the wardrobe options available when you change colors.  Crown & Buckle is a well regarded manufacturer of high quality aftermarket straps.  Check out all the options on their web site.  If you’d prefer something a bit more custom made, check out Cloudy Sky Leather – we’ve been impressed with their quality and service.

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So what if you REALLY want to make his day special?  Well, there are lots of high end watches out there to choose from.  The one out of Matt’s reviews that he would most like to own is the Bremont MBII or MBIII.  We would say the MBI,but since I have never ejected from a fighter jet, let alone using a Martin Baker ejection seat, I am not qualified to own the MBI.

So there you have a few ideas from us.  I would love to hear from the readers to see what they get, or wish they would have received.  After all, just because you may not get it for Father’s Day, there are a few more gifting holidays.  Drop hints early and often.

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Watching the Web for April 19, 2014

Posted on 19 April 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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Welcome back to our weekly installment, where we have a quick look at some interesting watches and articles that have popped up over the last week, as well as taking a second look at what some of our more popular articles this week were. Today, we’ve got a dive into the history of the Seiko 5, and one very intriguing (perhaps groundbreaking) watch. After those, we’ll highlight (as usual) some of our more popular posts from the last week. Read on to see what we’ve got in store for you. Continue Reading

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Watching The Web for December 28, 2013

Posted on 28 December 2013 by Patrick Kansa

 

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Welcome back to our weekly installment, where we have a quick look at some interesting watches and articles that have popped up over the last week, as well as taking a second look at what some of our more popular articles this week year were.  Yes, that’s right – since this is our last edition of the year, I thought I’d cast a little wider net.

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Great Gifts For The Watch Lover In Your Life: The Orange Monster (Seiko SKX781)

Posted on 18 November 2013 by John Biggs

Welcome to the WWR Gift Guide, our annual run-down of some of our favorite watches. Today let’s look at the famed Orange Monster AKA Seiko SKX781 Automatic Dive Watch. This is my absolute favorite beginning collector’s watch and, at about $200, it is very reasonably priced.
No sub $200 watch holds so much cachet and rapt attention as the Orange Monster. It is hefty, colorful, beefy, and cool. It is extremely solid, extremely reliable, and water resistant to 200 meters. Why is the Orange Monster so popular? It’s inexpensive, it’s fun, and it’s a Seiko. It’s a beater, but it’s a beater that will get you compliments.
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Historical Horology: From Springs to Batteries to Springs

Posted on 10 November 2013 by Patrick Kansa

 

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Most of us are aware of the “quartz crisis” that happened back in the 1970s. For those who aren’t familiar with it, here’s a nutshell summary: it was in the 1970s that mass production of quartz movements took off – and suddenly the shine was off of mechanical watches, which were much less accurate and reliable than these new-fangled quartz watches. Continue Reading

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Chasing High Beat Rates

Posted on 03 October 2013 by Patrick Kansa

 

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If you’ve been following any watch blog for some time, you’ve noticed that the beat rate of a movement will be referenced as part of the article. Or, if a specific rate isn’t mentioned, you might have the phrase “high beat” or “slow beat” as a point of reference. Have you ever wondered why we watch writers seem to obsess over watches that contain high-beat movements? Continue Reading

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A Quick Survey Of Watches Around $500

Posted on 21 May 2013 by Patrick Kansa

 

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Yesterday, Matt let us in on his quest for a sub-$500 automatic chronograph via a new watch he found on Kickstarter.  While he was underwhelmed, it did make him think about what else is in there in that segment.  While this listing is by no means exhaustive, it is a nice,  Continue Reading

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