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Watching the Web for June 18, 2016


Welcome to Watching the Web, our weekly series of a peek around the internet to find interesting watch related articles. And, we also get to crow out the articles you found most interesting over the last week or so. This week, Hodinkee gives us Shinola’s responds to the FTC, ABTW checks out the Ressence Type 5, and Monochrome brings us the full line of MB&F watches. From our website, you guys found our articles about the Momentum Atlas 38, G. Gerlach Submarine, and TWCO Salvage Diver the most interesting (or at least the most read).

Squaring up with the Shinola Guardian

Once again, I find that Thanksgiving is coming up on the calendar, and I have a new Shinola on my wrist for review.  This is a happy coincidence, as I’m often headed back home for the holiday, which is just up the road a bit from where Shinola is based (you can check out our visit to their factory right here).  This is the first truly square case for the brand, so let’s see what the Shinola Guardian has in store.

Times are different – and the Shinola The Champ Detrola recognizes that

No doubt, we all had different visions in our mind for how 2020 was going to play out. For many, the 2020 Summer Olympics were no doubt going to be a highlight. Shinola had planned a watch to commemorate the Olympics, but those got delayed – as did their watch plans. Until they realized they could honor another amazing contender, our healthcare workers. So, they pivoted, and now the Shinola The Champ Detrola has a new mission.

In Review: Shinola Detrola Sea Creatures


Back in June, we brought you word about the latest entry into the Shinola Detrola lineup, featuring materials made from recycled ocean plastic courtesy of the crew over at #tide. As we talked to the brand about the watch, we realized that the Detrola line was one we’d not actually seen in person. So, in came a loaner of the Shinola Detrola Sea Creatures.

Watching the Web for May 16, 2015

Morning Dew On A Web Desktop BackgroundWelcome one and all to our weekly installment of Watching the Web, where we point you (momentarily) away from our site to some interesting watches related articles from across the net, and we recap some of our own more popular articles. Today, I am going to cover a new Kickstarter project, a watch launch from my hometown of Chicago, and then some more insight about Rolex.  After that, of course, we dig into our own archives to see what was popular this week.

Introducing Filson Watches by Shinola


I have made no secret my affinity for the watches that Shinola produces. Sure, not every single one of them is a home run for me, personally, but in general I like what they’re doing, and in specific, I like how they brought some industry back to Detroit. I have also long admired Filson (and one day hope to add a tin cloth jacket to my closet) as they have produced some amazing, long-lasting gear. Well, these two companies have teamed up to create a new line of Filson watches.

Watching the Web for December 19, 2015

Morning Dew On A Web Desktop BackgroundAs always, thank you for taking the time to join us for our weekly feature, Watching the Web, where we point you to interesting posts we find on other sites, as well as highlight our own popular articles.  The week, from across the web, I have reviews of Nomos and Ressence watches, and a short round-up of independent watchmakers.  From our own site, seeing how this is the penultimate weekend of the year, I would highlight our most popular posts for the last 12 months.

Nomos-Metro_Neomatik-Watch-10I don’t think it will come as a surprise to our regular readers that I really like Nomos, I just wish the watches were a little more… modern in their sizing.  Take the Nomos Metro Neomatik that ABTW covered.  Wow that is pretty.  It is also only 35mm.  These days, anything under 40 seems small to me.  But if you can wear a more traditional case size, you should check it out.

Ressence Type 5When I saw that Ressence came out with the dive watch, the Type 5, I knew I would instantly want one.  Of course, I also instantly knew I could not afford one, but such is reality.  But oh my is it a lovely watch.  Hodenkee has a run down on the watch, and it just looks so darned cool.

Mechanical movementThere are a lot of large and mid-size watch makers who are putting out interesting ind innovative watches, but let us not forget some of the very independent companies that are prized by collectors and almost unknown to the greater public.  Total Watch Reviews ran a short article highlighting 4 such makers.

Tissot-Visodate-Milanais-FeaturedTurning inward, we have our most popular articles from the last year.  I am limiting this to articles that were posts in the last 15 months, since we have a lot of older articles that get listed as top posts, but I wanted to highlight the more recent reviews, and include those from late 2014 that remained popular in 2015.  Like our number one post, the Tissot Visodate Milanais.  Patrick had this watch in for a hands on in October of 2014.  It is a sharp looking Swiss automatic that also represents a good value if you want a dressier watch.

Filson-Journeyman-Shinola-Rambler-GMT-05Sitting just behind the Tissot was Patrick’s look at the watches made for Filson by Shinola.  Given that both of these brands have a large following, it was not surprising that linking the two brands would produce a popular watch.  For me, I think these are the most attractive watches Shinola has made.

Tissot Quickster 03Sitting at number 3 was my look at the Tissot Quickster.  I thought it was a well designed and attractive chronograph, from a reputable Swiss watchmaker at an affordable price point.

Michael Kors Jetmaster Automatic BannerOur number 4 post is sitting right at that 15 month posting limit, and is probably the most surprising and divisive review.  I took a look at the Michael Kors Jetmaster Automatic in October of 2014.  The chrono look-alike (the subdials are day/date/month and 24 hour GMT) isn’t something I would buy, but I thought it was attractive and was appreciative that a fashion designer was putting an automatic watch out on the market.  You can also read what ABTW had to say about it.

Tissot T Touch Expert 02Finally, our fifth most popular post is captured by yet another Tissot, this time the T-Touch Expert Solar.  If you want a non-GPS watch for your outdoor activities, this micro-motor driven, solar powered watch could be the ticket.

Top PostsI also don’t want to forget our top posts of the past week, which were the Steinhart Marine Officer Blue, The Sinn 356 Flieger II, and the Deep Blue Diver Pro.  Overall, a pretty diverse group of posts, and one each from myself, Ken, and Patrick

MAwatch10Did you know that John Biggs’ latest book, Marie Antionette’s Watch, is only 99 cents on the Kindle, or you can buy a paperback from Amazon.  Oh, and even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can always read via their free apps or their cloud read (check those out here).

Benrus-Sky-Chief-02There is a little under 2 weeks left to get into our current giveaway for a Benrus Sky Chief. The entry process requires two steps, first comment on the Give Way page, and then follow the link there to the contest entry page.

Citizen-Ecodrive-06We do also have a bonus giveaway for a Citizen Eco-Drive as well. This another two-parter, with you needing to put your entry in here, and then commenting on the original review.

Wrist ShotWe also want to put the call out for wrist shots of our reader’s favorite (or at least favorite of the moment) watches.  Put together an email of your wrist shot and tell us a little about the watch and why you love it.  If you happened to be introduced to it through our site (or won it through a give-away), even better.  Just make sure the image is a JPEG and at least 800 pixels wide.

With that, I will wrap up this edition of Watching the Web. As always, if there’s something you think we should be covering, feel free to drop us a line. If you bring something up that we end up writing about, we’ll be sure to tip our hats (electronically, if not literally) in your general direction.



Introducing: Shinola Monster GMT


Long-time readers of WWR know that I’ve got a soft spot for watches that come from Shinola. They’ve got a number of nice designs, and their automatic movement Monster line have been very competent divers, and nicely sorted. What if you’re like me, and really enjoy a GMT complication? Well, Shinola has heard us, and just announced the Shinola Monster GMT.

Introducing the Shinola Detrola Silly Putty


There are all sorts of different putties out there for kids to play with – heat-sensitive, magnetic, glowing, and the like. There’s no disputing that the OG of them all is Silly Putty. I mean, can your glitter-filled putty lift ink from a newspaper? To commemorate this durable childhood staple, we’ve got a new watch, the Shinola Detrola Silly Putty.

Recently Released: Shinola Mackinac


Along with calling Detroit home, Shinola has also been developing models that tie into the region. Boating is a big part of Michigan (aside from the Great Lakes, there are all manner of small lakes throughout), and their latest watch, the Shinola Mackinac, leans heavily into that summertime sport.