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Newmark 71 on Kickstarter: how do you do vintage?

The Newmark 71 continues the revival of an old British watch brand, bringing back style like we haven’t seen since the late 1970s.

It happens a lot. People get into watches, and get attracted to a vintage watch. But then, you have to worry about servicing a vintage watch, lack of parts, and just the frequently mediocre level of parts finishing and choice of materials that were used.

Normalzeit Vienna cube clock on my wrist!

Back in the early 1900’s when the people of Vienna Austria needed to set their watches, they would set them to the time on the public clocks. There was some issues with doing this however. The public clocks were not that accurate and there were different time zones within the city districts. In 1907 the first electronic Normalzeit, or normal time clock was erected. In 1910, Vienna started following Greenwich Mean Time, which meant an end to the multiple time zones. More and more of these Normalzeit clocks were erected and now people all over the city of Vienna could accurately check the time and set their watches anywhere in the city.

Hands on with the Meccaniche Veneziane Nereide

I have been following Meccaniche Veneziane since they started and really like the look of their watches. When I found out that after January 2018 all of their watches were going to be Swiss made, I got pretty excited. The folks at Meccaniche Veneziane were kind enough to send me out a Meccaniche Veneziane Nereide to review, and I like what I see. So what does Meccaniche Veneziane mean, and what is a Neriede?

Hands on with the EPOS Sportive Diver

While spending some time on Instagram, a watch popped up on my feed that really caught my eye: the EPOS Sportive Diver. To be honest I really didn’t know anything about EPOS. It looked very cool, and it was Swiss-made, so I had to check it out. Fortunately, EPOS was able to send me out a loaner and here we are now.

Hamilton Jazzmaster Face 2 Face II: The Dual Personality Watch

Do you hate it when a complete stranger stops you to ask about the watch you’re wearing? Are you a watch introvert and afraid to divulge your strange passion for wrist watches? If either of these applies to you, please do not buy the Hamilton Jazzmaster Face 2 Face II! If, like me, you’re a sick and twisted wrist voyeur and see every social situation as an opportunity to geek out on watches, read on. This may just be the perfect watch for you.

Label Noir’s Daytona Rolex Tourbillon: I mean, come on guys

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“It is difficult to measure the level of madness that sometimes prevails in the world of collectors,” write the freak shows at Label Noir. “The most affected, satiated to possess all forms of rarities or treasures among the most in demand, venture into the limitless path of personalization. They would even be ready to require the modification of a legend caliber. Thus they can associate their name with mythical models to which they bring a touch of their personality, as was the practice at the origins of watchmaking.”

BRAAAAP!

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 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

Introducing the Marc and Sons Bronze GMT

Marc and Sons puts out some pretty nice dive watches, and some avaition models too. Back in January of 2018 I reviewed their 500M Diver. That was a fantastic timepiece. Well made, and offered at a good price. It’s been awhile since I checked out what Marc and Sons has been doing. Turns out they have been putting out some cool new stuff, including this Bronze GMT. Right away I liked the look of this thing and had to check it out.

Hands on with the Twelf-X 1908 Deep Wave

Twelf-X is a newer company that, right now, has two watch models available. They have the Twelf-X Sky 1914 Auto flyer (which I reviewed back in October). They also have the Twelf-X 1908 Deep Wave diver. Since I am a diver this was a natural one for me to review, and we were able to get a loaner in.