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Up Close With Chase-Durer

In a recent publication, it was said of a particular brand of watches known for its aviation and extreme sport timepieces “if you can die doing it, this company makes a watch for it.” That statement, and company, is a topic of conversation for another story. But to riff on that line a bit, if you can kill someone doing it, then Chase-Durer makes a watch for it. The fine folks at Chase-Durer will probably cringe at such a crass statement, but looking at their inventory, one thing cannot be denied: these are serious pieces of equipment for people involved in serious missions. Jet fighter aces, Special Forces demolition experts, and bomber pilots are just some of the serious professionals who wear Chase-Durer timepieces.

Review – MTM Special Ops Watch

I guess someone had to do it. WatchReport looks at the flashlight/watch that apparently is used by the military to flag down passing blimps.

The fist thing you will notice about the MTM Special Ops watch is its weight. If you prefer light-weight, inconspicuous timepieces, the Special Ops is not for you. If you like your watches substantial and solid, keep reading. The watch isn’t so heavy that you will eventually lose the use of your left arm, but the Special Ops is a dense and solid piece of stainless steel.

Check out the review here.

Getting back to basics with the Stowa Flieger Verus 40

When it comes to certain styles of watches, you can be very spoiled for choice.  Take dive watches, for instance – you have all manner of styles, both old and new, homage and original, across a variety of price points.  With other styles, you can still have a lot of choice, but when it comes to the design itself, they can all look very much the same – such as with Flieger-style watches.  What sets them apart?  Well, let’s see if we can’t answer that question with a closer look at the Stowa Flieger Verus 40.

Flying High with the Oris Big Crown ProPilot GMT

As you may have noticed, I have been working specifically to focus in on reviewing GMT watches lately.  This has been my favorite complication for some time now, and I am of course aware of some of the “big” models that are out there, the ones everyone thinks of from Switzerland.  That said, there are plenty of implementations of the GMT movements, both Swiss and otherwise.  Today, we’ll be having a look at the Oris Big Crown ProPilot GMT.

Review – Bell & Ross BR 01-92

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To quote David St. Hubbins, it’s such a fine line between stupid, and clever. Luckily – very luckily – Bell & Ross is far, far away from the stupid side of that line and has produced one of the most memorable and largest watches I’ve seen to date. Panerai, step aside, because you are in danger of being crushed by an aviator watch so big that it can be used as a desk clock.

Review: Chase-Durer Special Forces Underwater Demolition Team Chronograph

Special Forces 1000 UDT Chronograph

This is a serious piece of timekeeping machinery. Yeah, it’s quartz, but the Rambo factor of the watch earns the term “serious” in my book.

Flying High with Panzera Flieger 47 Mechanica

Panzera is an Australian watch brand that was established in 2009, with  models that cover land, sea, and air. They currently offer the Aquamarine 45 diver, the Breuer 44 and 47 dress, and the Flieger 47 pilot. After reaching out to them, they were kind enough to loan us a Panzera Flieger 47 Mechanica for review. So what is a Flieger 47? Well, Fleiger is the German word for pilot and 47 is the case size.  Yeah, this is one large aviator watch- lets check it out!

Sinn Chrono… Mmmmm…

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Man, I’m really liking this new Sinn chrono.

The 757 is 43mm and considered a Pilot´s watch. The bezel can be turned clockwise and anti-clockwise which is not typical for divers watches due to safety regulations. Case and bezel are tegimented. The bracelet for the 757 will be tegimented, too. The watch is water resistant up to 20 bar (200 meters) and the price of this watch is approx 1270 Euro. (Thanks to U Turn).

Sinn Factory Tour [Fratellowatches.com]

The May WWR Giveaway: Gavox Squadron

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It’s a new month, so that means that it’s time for us to spin up a new giveaway. This time around, we have something pretty unique for you, a Gavox Squadron.

Review – Aeromatic 1912 GMT

This, the end of our Poor Man’s GMT round-up, is fraught with horror. The Aeromatic 1912 GMT is a quartz watch. It’s nice, it has a big face, but the ticking hand makes me slightly nauseous. Can I put off my horror long enough to write about it? Sure.