On Labor Day, An American Classic

September 5, 2011 . by Patrick Kansa

As today is Labor Day, I thought we could take a look at a former American powerhouse of watch manufacture – the Elgin Watch Company. (And before I go to0 far, credit needs to be given to ElginWatches and the large auction site for the info I was able to find.)  Elgin started manufacturing pocket…

DPHMI Black Stealth Knowledge Skeez

January 20, 2007 . by John Biggs

Ahem… excuse me, is that a Panerai? Hell no, it’s a hunk of crap, my good man. Check out this limited edition wristwatch from DPHMI called the Black Stealth Knowledge. It looks like an Officine Panerai wristwatch. The case has an almost identical look to that of Panerai watches. It looks pretty good to me….

eBay Scam Alert

October 5, 2006 . by John Biggs

An interesting WatchUSeek post that can help us all on the ‘Bay: I am currently selling a fairly expensive watch (>$1000) on eBay as a Buy It Now item. Here is an email I received from a potential buyer with zero feedback: < > It seems very suspicious. But I do not want to alienate…

Aeromatic Sale

June 1, 2006 . by John Biggs

I hate myself for doing this, but people are silly and they’ll do anything, so here’s a link to the Tauchmeister sale page. Are these watches any good? Not specifically, but they’re cheap and they’re all on sale so you don’t have to fight a bunch of n00bs on Ebay. Purchase with the caveat that…

Review – Tauchmeister 1937 Diver

April 10, 2006 . by John Biggs

Ah, Aeromatic 1912. You enthrall us all with your magical timepieces. Many an eBay newbie has been drawn to your bold lines and unusual styling, as well they should. You’re taking chances, I suppose, and the only thing folks can say bad about you is that you’re not really a German watch. That said, please…

It Begins – The Attack of the Hublot Knock-Offs

April 1, 2006 . by John Biggs

Say what you want about this watch, but don’t buy it. Astute reader Einars found this cruddy Big Bang knock off on the ‘Bay. This means that some Chinese factory has geared up enough to pump these out en masse in less than, say, 9 months. Astounding. Some pertinent specs? Sure! 3 registers are adjustable…

Review: Sorna Bullhead Chronograph

January 18, 2006 . by John Biggs

In an effort to find an inexpensive, vintage chronograph, I’ve been hunting on Ebay for Sorna watches. The Sorna brand, which was once a relatively powerful figure in the mechanical industry – laid to waste, obviously, by the flood of cheap quartz pieces in the 1980s – is now being used to flog those selfsame…