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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 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 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.