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Hands on Davosa Ternos Black 40 Automatic 200m Diver

Davosa is the Swiss watch brand you don’t pronounce with confidence. After some time on the wrist, I have some confidence in the value proposition of the brand’s Ternos Black 40 Automatic Diver with a 200m water resistance rating. It’s a Submariner homage with a sub $1000 price tag, and you may want to give it a look.

Hands on Tissot’s Everytime Swissmatic

Tissot has made a handsome mechanical watch for those watch wearers who want to trade-in their battery powered time-tellers for the more nuanced world of mechanical watches.

UNDONE takes us back to BASECAMP

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Basecamp is where you set up supplies and camp before beginning an ascent. It’s also UNDONE’s latest customizable watch. UNDONE has a history of making watches with online customizer websites, so that you can choose how you’d like your watch to look. This time, UNDONE’s back with BASECAMP, a vintage styled dive watch.

Hands on with the AVI-8 Hawker Harrier II Ace of Spades

AVI-8 is know for making unique aviation inspired watches. I have reviewed their AVI-8 Flyboy Chronograph and their AVI-8 Hawker Hunter Chronograph. Both were very cool, but they were quartz, and I really like automatics. AVI-8 has just come out with the new Hawker Harrier II Ace of Spades, and, would you look at that – it’s an automatic. I was able to get a hold of one for review, and so far, I am liking this.

Hands on with the LIV Rebel – Dare to LIV!

Back in March of 2017 I did the review for this LIV Rebel Kickstarter, which you can see here. Their Kickstarter campaign was one of the most successful watch campaigns ever. LIV brought in over 1.7 million dollars which I must say is a bit more than their $30,000 goal. I have been anxiously awaiting the production of these watches so I could get my hands on one – and finally my day has come.  LIV watches was able to send me out the LIV Rebel A and I am loving what I see.

Carl F. Bucherer drops some lovely “hometown” watches

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If you’re from Bern, Mumbai, or Paris, you’re in luck: Carl F. Bucherer has a watch for you. Their new Carl F. Bucherer Heritage BiCompax Annual Hometown Edition line features five different face colors as well as engraving on the back dedicated to one of 17 cities. The design is based on the Heritage BiCompax Annual, an annual calendar with chrono featuring a month window and big date.

Hands on with Hamilton’s new Jazzmaster Thinline Automatic

The Jassmaster Thinline Auto is a 40mm automatic that offers the ideal size and other watch-wearing essentials like an ETA automatic, sapphire crystal, and display case back. If you want a basic dress watch with super simple and reliable elements, then you may need to have this watch in your arsenal.

Background

Hamilton continues to be a respected player in the Swatch Group’s middle-range market along with sister companies like Tissot, Certina, and Mido. This year, the 38mm Field Mechanical from Hamilton’s Khaki Collection got a lot of attention with its vintage-inspiration.

With less fanfare, the Jazzmaster Collection released this Thinline Auto 40mm.  If you go searching for this Thinline keep an eye out for other models with a similar look. The Slim Auto has a 43mm. There’s also an Intra-Matic Auto that shares a similar dial design but straddles the sizes with a 38mm and a 42mm in their American Classic Collection.

First Impressions

The sample I got from Hamilton had me at “hello.” The polished case was brighter than the images on Instagram and the dial color was striking. The leather strap was soft and easy to size although the crown was a little small for my sausage fingers.

The crown may be small, but the case size is spectacularly perfect. I loved their watches of the 50s and 60s, but always laugh when I see the small size on my wrist. I feel like I’m a giant, even though my wrist is only 7.5” in diameter. Today’s watches at 42mm seem too large and often feel like a fashionable ticking timebomb. Eventually, the size is going to be too big.  The 40mm case size (and varying lug to lug lengths) is my sweet spot.

The size of the dial to case can convey a larger or smaller feel, and this one looks larger since there’s not a lot of case around the dial. The Doxa dive watches are great examples of a what a small dial can do to the overall feel of the watch.

Case size, height, crystal and dial

The case is 9mm slim by my calipers and the sapphire crystal has no meaningful impact on the height. The crown was a little disappointing since it seemed exceptionally small, or because I’m used to my Oris Big Crown Propilot. I guess the crown size is a good thing since the case can still be big for those who like the 38mm case size when crown digs into the wrist. This crown will not do that at all.

The case has a high polish finish and weighs practically nothing. I was a little disappointed in the weight thinking that the heavier a watch means tough, but that’s not completely rational. I know this. The great thing was that the 53 grams had exceptional comfort for the entire day of wear.

Part of the comfort comes from knowing how easy it is to change straps. They used a “EasyClick” system to provide a tool-free means of removing the straps, which come in four colors including the white champagne dial I reviewed and the slate gray, midnight blue, and bronze. The strap also had a polished and signed buckle which was exceptionally easy to size for the wrist.

The luminescence is slight on these dials, but I didn’t mind it too much, because you really want to see these dials in full sun. The light hitting the color is very handsome. The date window at 6 o’clock is small but not deep under the dial making the date easy to read from any view point. There is no seconds hand and I really didn’t miss it. I doubt you will either.

Movement

The ETA 2892-A2 is the standard bearer of automatics in the Swatch Group family and this movement is not a surprise. I was surprised how audible the rotor was as I wore it. I could tell it was delivering on its promise to wind the mainspring, but at times I didn’t want to hear it.

Cost and value

Face it. Everyone needs at least one, thin dress watch that will be an understated time teller when you’re dressed up. This one offers the dial and strap options for any taste, has a basic reliable movement and sapphire crystal, and has the brand that’ll be around for a long time.  It retails for $945 USD on their Web site.

Watch Overview:

  • Brand & Model: Price: Who we think it might be for: This is for the person who loves the vintage simplicity design and modern, hassle free every day dress watch.
  • Would I buy one for myself based on what I’ve seen?: I would buy this watch.
  • If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: I would experiment with crown sizes that are easier to grab and set.
  • What spoke to me the most about this watch: I wanted to wear this watch the minute I saw it. It’s the ideal size with timeless design.

Specifications:

  • Brand Model: Hamilton Jazzmaster Thinline Automatic Reference H38525811
  • Movement: Automatic ETA 2892-A2
  • Size of case diameter: 40mm
  • Lug Width: 20mm
  • Case height: 9mm
  • Weight: 53g
  • Case material: Stainless Steel
  • Case Back: Open Case Back
  • Crown: Stainless Steel
  • Crystal material: Sapphire Crystal
  • Water resistance: 5 bar (50 m)
  • Strap/Bracelet material: Leather

 

 

Hands on with the Aquatico Oyster Blue

Aquatico has some pretty cool models to choose from. So far I have reviewed their Bronze Blue Angels Aviator, Bronze Sea Star, and their Nautilus II Diver. All have been very nice watches but their Oyster model really caught my eye.

The Dial

I really love blue dials and this Aquatico does not disappoint. The dial is a nice blue sunray with applied hour makers. There is a date window at the 3 o’clock position. It is blue and white, with a touch of orange on the minute hand and marker on the bezel. That blue ceramic bezel doesn’t just look great, it’s tough. Powering this watch is an automatic Seiko NH35 movement. Protecting all of this is a double-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

The Case

This is one smooth case. Made from 316L stainless steel this case has a water resistance of 50 ATM or approx. 1695 ft. That’s what you want in a good dive watch. The case is not small at 44mm but does not feel large at all on the wrist. Aquatico puts their logo on both the screw-down crown and the case back. This thing is built very well and looks good also.

The Strap

The strap that comes with this Aquatico Oyster has a carbon fiber pattern and is waterproof. There is thick orange accent stitching which pairs with the little bits of orange on the dial. The strap is thick but feels comfortable on the wrist. If you want to get a bit more into the diving side of things, this watch also comes with a blue rubber dive strap.

The Lume

The lume on this Aquatico Oyster is unreal. The index ring on the dial is painted in a blue Superluminova BG W9 lume while the bezel and hour markers are painted green Superluminova C3 lume. The glow is very bright and vivid and I am really liking the night view on this watch.

I have not been disappointed watches so far and for sure I am not disappointed with this Aquatico Oyster. This is a whole lot of watch for only $329 USD. For that price, you get a serious diver with a ceramic bezel, two straps, and it looks really nice on the wrist. If you like what you see, go check them out at aquaticowatch.com.

REVIEW SUMMARY

  • Brand and model: Aquatico Oyster Blue Dial
  • Price: $329
  • Who’s it for: Divers
  • Would I wear it: For sure
  • What I’d change: Nothing
  • The best thing about it: The lume!

Tech Specs from Aquatico:

  • Movement – Seiko NH35 Japanese made automatic 24 jewels with second stop
  • Functions – Date 3H
  • Crown – Screw down
  • CASE – Stainless 316 L steel satined and polished
  • Diameter 44 mm
  • Lug to Lug 49mm
  • Height 13.50 mm
  • Weight 135 g
  • Lug width 22 mm 
  • Sapphire glass flat, with double anti-reflecting coatings on the interior side
  • Bezel Stainless steel 120 Clicks
  • High Polished Ceramic Bezel Insert Applied Super Luminova C3
  • Back Stainless steel 316 L screwed
  • Waterproof to 50 ATM

The new Aquastar Chronograph takes us back to the 1960s

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The new 2022 Aquastar Deepstar is a $2,790 watch with a long and interesting pedigree. Built by the folks who brought you the original Aquastar Chronograph, this new model features a large minutes register at 3 o’clock and two pushers to control the chrono movement.

Ollech & Wajs announces a left-handed field watch that’s really cool

The OW 350CI is a left-handed mechanical field watch designed to look hearken back to the Condor 350, a Swiss motorcycle known for its rugged styling. The watch is a “command inversées” or reversed controls and features a khaki dial and yellow indexes.