When it comes to watches, we all have our own varying tastes. Sure, we can appreciate merits of certain watches, but it’s rare – at least in my experience – to run into another person who has as visceral of a reaction to a watch as I do. Take my buddy (and fellow WWR editor) Victor Marks. We can appreciate what the other likes, but our tastes are a bit divergent. At least, until I ran across the Steinhart Ocean Titanium 500 GMT Premium. It immediately became a synchronized chant of “DO WANT” in our messages back and forth.
I have never owned a Steinhart, nor have I had the chance to check one out in person, but the general reputation of the brand is that they produce well made timepieces that are affordable. Based on what I am seeing with the Steinhart Ocean Titanium 500, you can add a host of premium features to the mix of quality and affordability. Clocking in at just over $550 (based on exchange rates and no VAT), this is a classic diver that will not break the bank.
If you are in the market for a bronze watch these days, you are certainly spoiled for choice. The material has shown up across numerous brands, often with an eye towards what the eventual patina is going to make the watch look like. Now, I am not saying that the Steinhart OCEAN 1 Bronze won’t develop a patina (as it likely will). It’s just that, at first glance, it really seems to playing up a higher-end look, with the bronze (and the bezel insert) giving things more of the look of a gold watch.
Steinhart is a brand that we are sure many of you are familiar with (and if you’re not, well, consider this your introduction). The German brand has been making some very compelling watches at affordable price points for some time now. While we’ve not had any in for an on-the-wrist review (and we’ve tried, believe us), they do seem to have ardent supporters. So, with that preamble out of the way, let’s see what the just-announced Steinhart Ocean 2 has on offer.
Steinhart is one of those brands that generally do not need much of an introduction for most folks paying attention to what is going on in the watch world. The brand has steadily been pumping out quality, affordable watches with interesting designs. The latest that they have on offer, the Steinhart Military 42, is one of the latest entries from the brand.
When it comes to new watch releases, there are a handful of features that always seem to grab my eye. First amongst those is a GMT complication, as it has quickly become my favorite one to have in a watch. Throw in some vintage styling (especially with a white or off-white dial), and you can consider my interest to be fully piqued. Needless to say, when I saw the photos of the Steinhart Ocean One Vintage Dual Time, I knew it was a watch I would be writing about.
I don’t know when blue dials went from being a relative rarity to being very popular, but I am not complaining. Maybe we should be wondering why blue dials were never as well represented as they are now. Regardless, the Steinhart Marine Officer Blue is another watch option if you like the blue dial, and it represents a pretty decent bargain to boot.
You know who we haven’t talked about in quite a while? Germany-based Steinhart, that’s who! They just recently announced the Steinhart Military 47, which ticks off a lot of the checkboxes you might be considering for a vintage-style military watch.
Is it October already? My how the year goes by. Thank you for stopping in to check out our regular Saturday column, Watching the Web. Here, we take a few moments to point you toward interesting watch reviews and watch related articles we see on other sites, and take a moment to highlight the posts on our own site that were popular over the last week or so. Today, I have an amazing pocket watch, a pair of affordable (and customizable) watches with American roots, a new chronograph in the IWC Portofino line, and a cool looking GMT app for your iOS device (no Android yet). From our own site, the most popular recent posts were reviews of the Bomberg Maven and the Steinhart Ocean Titanium 500, and our cross post with EDC.
Over at A Blog to Watch, Ariel takes a look at the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pocket Time Instrument. This 60mm pocket watch boasts four balance wheels. At first Ariel though of this as excess solely for the sake of excess, but by the end of the review, he turns around on his opinion on this half-million dollar watch.
At the other end of the price spectrum, both Worn&Wound and Hodenkee take a look at the new watches from Martenero. Normally at under $600, we would also be covering the brand, and we very well may, but these two takes make for a pretty complete look at the watches, and your ability to customize the look of them.
Top to bottom, I think the IWC Portofino line is beautiful, and I would love to own just about any of them (OK, not the 37s, but I still think they are beautiful). This week, Wrist Review looked at the IWC Protofino Hand Wound Monopusher Chronograph. The crown has an integrated pusher to start, stop, and reset the watch with each click, really cleaning up look of the watch.
For the princely sum of $0.99, Butler Watch Company has developed the Time Flies app, a cool looking GMT smartphone watch program. Unfortunately for me, it only works on iOS devices for the moment, but if you have an iPhone, maybe you want to check it out for travel.
Every once in a while, one of our old reviews pops up at the top of the traffic stats, as was the case with this review from 2013 on the Bomberg Maven. I can’t figure out why this suddenly leaped up in popularity, but it is cool looking tactical watch. It is not in the current line-up for the brand, but I think that the brand is worth a look.
For the second week in a row, the Steinhart Ocean Titanium 500 was one of our top articles. It ticks off a whole lot of the right boxes for me, and apparently it appeals to a lot of you as well.
Finally, we have last week’s cross post with EDC featuring an attractive chronograph, the Harding Jetstream. The 46.5mm quartz pilot’s watch may just need its own post.
Hopefully you have this figured out by now, but it is a new month, so we have a new giveaway. This month, we are sticking with Mr. Jones, but switching models to the Mr. Jones Chatterbox. Patrick managed to spend a bit of time with it in hand, and he thought that “as a more art-oriented piece, the $260 watch meets it’s goal.”
We 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. The last two weeks have had reader wrist shots, so keep it guys (and gals).
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.
Earlier this year I was attending an alumni event and the conversation subject matter turned to watches (how I turned it there I don’t recall). One of the group asked what I would recommend for her to get her boyfriend as a gift. My first question was how much money she wanted to spend. When she said roughly $1,000, I immediately recommended a Weiss. This question got me thinking about how I could organize the 2015 holiday gift guide. So for this iteration, I will recommend my favorite watch (or watch related gift) in each of several price ranges. Chances are, if I like it, especially if it under about $1,500, we have covered it in the past, since that is the kind of people we are; but there may be watches here (especially at the higher end) that have not graced our pages.