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The WWR 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

1024x1024 christmas ipad wallpaper 026Earlier 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.

Watching the Web for January 16, 2015

Morning Dew On A Web Desktop BackgroundWelcome back to our weekly Saturday feature, Watching the Web, where we highlight interesting watch related posts that we come across on other sites, as well as take a moment to look back at our own popular recent articles.  From across the vast collection of watch blogs, I thought I would highlight a reworking of the Urwerk UR110, a review of the Steinhart Ocean One Titanium, and a very sporting looking Grönefeld Parallax Tourbillon.  From our own site, we have reviews of the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon, the Moto Koure MK I, and the Deep Blue Master 1000’ Automatic.

Watching the Web for May 23, 2015

Morning Dew On A Web Desktop BackgroundHello and welcome back (I hope) to Watching the Web, our weekly installment where we highlight interesting watches related articles from other sites, and point out own more popular articles over the last week. Today, we have a review of the Borealis Seahawk 1500 from a diver’s perspective, a photo essay from a watchmaking class held by Audemars Piguet, and a tutorial on how to remove scratches from a watch crystal.  From our site, Patrick swept the top spots, with his recent reviews of the Shinola Rambler GMT, the Gavox Aurora, and the Steinhart Military 42.

Jaques de Vos SeahawkBorealis produces high quality dive watches at affordable price points (I frequently wear the Sea Diver, and Patrick reviewed the Seahawk), and the Seahawk takes the brand down deep, with a 1500 meter depth rating.  Yes, it is overkill for almost everyone, but these extreme watches are popular.  Diver Jacques de Vos strapped one on over his wetsuit and took it for a couple of dips, and shares his thoughts here.

APSF-10Over at TimeZone, there is a good blog post from a reader and his wife that were able to attend a watchmaking class held by Audemars Piguet in San Francisco.

tk-how-to-remove-watch-scratches-gear-patrol-lead-fullOver at Gear Patrol, there is a helpful article on how to remove (shallow) scratches from your watch’s sapphire crystal should it get a bit too beat up.

Shinola-Rambler-GMT-09Shinola always gets a lot of interest on our site, and the Rambler GMT was no exception.  Patrick loves a good GMT, and he thought that this one was worth considering.  In the review he compared the Rambler with the Filson GMT (also made by Shinola); I think the Shinola is the sportier looking of the two, and probably my favorite Shinola to date.

Gavox-Aurora-FeaturedGavox is another brand we like here at WWR, and the Aurora steps up the typical world timer functionality with the ability to change time zones in 15 minute increments.  This can be useful in certain parts of the world, where (as an example) Iran and Afghanistan have their clocks 1/2 hour off from the convention, and Nepal is on the quarter hour.

Steinhart-Military-42-05Lastly, we have the Steinhart Military 42, a vintage military inspired modern timepiece.  Patrick and I are split on the small second hand, with it being a deal killer for him, but I kind of like it.

Cognitime1Time is running out to enter our monthly watch give-away contest.  This month, we have a Cognitime Classic watch to give awayI took a look at the watch back in 2014 and it is an interesting hybrid using a digital display to indicate the analog passage of time.

 

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 things up. 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.

Watching the Web for September 26, 2015

web banner sizeThank you for checking in with our weekly feature, Watching the Web, where we take a break from reviews to recap the watch articles that we have found interesting from around the web, and highlight the articles that you have made popular on our own site.  This week, I wanted to point you toward some detective work on a fake Patek Philippe, the launch of the Ophion brand of watches, and a Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver for fans of the America’s Cup.  From our own site, the reviews of the Steinhart Ocean Titanium 500 and the Luminox SXC PC Carbon GMT, as well as the notice of a discount on Xetum watches were our top posts.

Hodinkee Patek FakeOver at Hodenkee, the Bring a Loupe feature turns its eye toward a very rare Patek Philippe on sale on eBay for the sum of over $25,000.  I don’t know if that would be a decent deal or not, but since Hodenkee decided to “not only expose the parts that make this fake the worst buy you could ever make, but also the general attitude that I recommend having when hunting for a watch,” I would recommend not bidding.

Ophion-OPH-960-9I cover a lot of new watchmakers through the crowd funding market, but the folks over at Monochrome are highlighting a new brand, Ophion, out of Germany.  Powering this watch is a hand wound Technotime TT 718 with a 5-day power reserve, a movement pretty enough to makes good use out of the exhibition caseback.  The US price is around $1,500, which makes this especially intriguing.

Ulysse-Nardin-Marine-Diver-Artemis-Racing-Limited-Edition-4-1024x683Finally, over at Wrist Review, they take a look at the Ulysse Nardine Marine Diver Artemis Racing Limited Edition.  While the diver itself is not well suited to the America’s Cup racing (a small second hand is not going to be a big help in timing the start), the color scheme shows the brand’s partnership with Sweden’s Artemis Racing Team, and it is a pretty watch.

Steinhart Ocean Titanium 500 03Our most popular article of the week was the review of the Steinhart Ocean Titanium 500.  I thought it was not only attractive, but also loaded with some cool features (titanium case, domed sapphire, ceramic bezel, and automatic movement) and a good value.

DSC_4148The review of the Luminox SXC PC Carbon GMT was another article that piqued quite a bit of interest on our site.  Patrick found it to be comfortable watch with a well designed GMT complication.

Xetum-Stinson-11Lastly, there is a two-fer on articles about Xetum.  The real hit on our site was the notification of a temporary 20% discount from the brand, but a notification of a discount is only worthwhile if the watches are interesting, as Patrick found out with his review of the Xetum Stinson.

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.

Mr Jones Sun and Moon 03Here we are on the final weekend of the month, so you have a few days left to enter the September giveaway for a Mr. Jones Sun and Moon Miyamoto.  As with last month, we are requiring you to do two things this month to qualify for the drawing.  Enter yourself though the contest widget, and make sure you post of comment on the original post that announced the giveaway.  You have to do both to have a valid entry!

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.  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.

Steinhart dives back in with the Ocean 2

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 Ocean Titanium 500; Champagne Tastes, Beer Budget

Steinhart Ocean Titanium 500 03I 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.

I want this one in my Batcave: the Steinhart Ocean Titanium 500 GMT Premium

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.

Watching the Web for October 3, 2015

Spider WebIs 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.

Roger-Dubuis-Excalibur-Spider-Pocket-Time-Instrument-Watch-1Over 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.

MARTENERO_ASCENT_3At 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.

IWC-Portofino-HW-Monopusher_IW515103_001-773x1024Top 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.

Butler GMT AppFor 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.

IMG_9018Every 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.

 

Steinhart Ocean Titanium 500 01For 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.

edc-20150925-featuredFinally, 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.

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.

Mr-Jones-Chatterbox-01Hopefully 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.”

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.  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.

 

 

 

 

Marching doubletime with the Steinhart Military 47

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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.

Steinhart Marine Officer Blue, The Color of the Moment

Steinhart Marine Officer Blue 03I 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.