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Mark II Watches New Faces

Very cool new faces from Mark II Watches. For example, the Bund I:
This dial is patterned after the diver manufactured by Blancpain in the 1960s for issue to German combat divers of the Bundeswehr (???Bund???).

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Epson and Seiko Create Radio-Controlled Movement

As far as I know, the current crop of radio-controlled movements can only pick up one station at a time. Epson’s new movement can pick up three stations and is only 3.5 mm think, a welcome change from the bulking movements of the past.

The solar-charged radio-controlled analog watches available in Japan at present are only capable of receiving standard radio signals from two transmitters in Japan (Fukushima and Kyushu). These watches are unable to handle different radio frequencies and time codes2 from other countries, so they cannot receive radio signals from other areas including those outside Japan. The new radio-controlled watch movement developed jointly with Junghans is capable of receiving radio signals transmitted from Frankfurt, Germany, and Colorado, U.S.A., in addition to the two locations in Japan. By selecting the preferred time zone using the world time function and receiving radio signals from Japan, Europe, or the United States, users can enjoy using a watch that boasts superior accuracy of approximately 1 second in 100,000 years.

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Review – Zinom

The Zinom, a small quartz dress piece, is as dotty, charming, and unique as your Great Uncle.

Reviews: IWC Aquatimer Cousteau Diver

An excellent review of a beautiful watch. Very Steve Zissou.

In terms of functions and technology, the Aquatimer Automatic is virtually identical to the titanium IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000. One of the few differences is its pressure resistance, which is designed to withstand up to 100 bar or the pressure encountered 1000 m below the surface. As a result, the case is only 12.8 mm thick, rather than 14.8 mm. Another distinctive feature is the fact that this one is available exclusively in stainless steel with a blue rubber strap.

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Review – Omega Speedmaster Pro

I love my Speedy Auto, but I still pee a little when I see a Speedy Pro. Les Zetlein writes a very cute review of the Pro and mentions that Buzz Aldrain actually hated his Speedy. This, however, is a GREAT exchange:

“Yes,” said Carretta, “I’m looking for a high-quality, accurate but sturdy chronograph that can time events up to 12 hours.”
“Hmmmm. Manual wind or automatic?”
“Doesn’t matter, as long as it can be wound by hand as well.”

Twelve 5-9

Hmm… I love watches and the people who sell them, but perhaps this isn’t quite the sales pitch they were going for:

You could impress your Grandmother with this watch!

Generally, its another TokyoFlash beast with a crazy time telling system. Very 70s LED.

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Nixon Rotolog

Well, I’m trying to get back on the saddle so I’ll start small. The Nixon Rotolog has wood inlay, which I believe is the next gloss black. Nice styling. It’s quartz, but we can’t have everything.

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Review – Davosa Pares Chronograph

Like a good torch song sung by an unknown pro, the Davosa Pares Chronograph reminds you that a good thing done well can make you feel warm and tingly even if it???s not a genuine Billie Holiday opus.

Review – Davosa Outback Automatic

Good news for manufacturers of pocket watch movements ??? the big watch craze is still alive and kicking, as evidenced by the Davosa Outback Automatic. Running a 2824-2 ETA movement with Glucydur balance and Incabloc schock absorber, this 48mm beast seems big enough to replace a hubcap on a Hummer.
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The Outback, sold in the US by David McCready of d.freemont watches, has a standard date at 3 o???clock, large non-illuminated numerals at 6, 9, and 12 and brightly lumed hands. Initial impressions are good and upon close inspection this sapphire be-crystaled diver stands up to scrutiny.

This watch is rated to 100M, a claim we wouldn???t suggest testing with the standard black leather band. Clearly Davosa is trying to keep costs, and price, down on these pieces, so we???ll give them the benefit of the doubt. However, a metal band or nylon band option would be nice, which I???m sure Mr. McCready could supply in a pinch. One nice, if odd feature ??? a screw down bezel lock. Upon taking this thing out of the box, I figured the roughly knurled knob at 9 o???clock was designed to all for helium escape or some such nonsense. After turning the bezel a bit, I discovered it was a bit tight. Finally, I realized that the knob acted as a bezel parking break and I was essentially burning out the pads thanks to my effusive turning. Mea culpa.

The movement is nothing spectacular, although the second hand, the tip dipped in blaze orange paint, moves smoothly and the watch lost only 5-10 seconds per day. The styling is extremely sparse, with Davosa???s starburst logo below the twelve and AUTOMATIC at 6 o???clock. The watch, which is assembled in Switzerland, is sourced from a number of places, including Germany, but the high gloss inner seconds ring and attractive hour pips points to a careful hand and a unique stylist.

The Outback is no beater. It is large, it is clunky, and it is heavy. The crowns are carefully protected by two sloped case lugs and the unsigned band is attractive in an Indiana Jones sort of way.

One slight issue with the minute hand lume appeared after careful examination. There was a slight unevenness to the lume, leading to a marbled effect in the middle of the second hand. Was this a limited error? No telling. However, that was the only point of contention.

This watch, made for mens??? men, or ladies??? ladies, for that matter, who don???t want to rock a Panerai. For a starter piece to a big and tall collection, this 14mm thick monster with the almost 50mm width is a great choice.

Quality: 3/5
Style: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

??? John

Review – Davosa Mecanique

We???ve thus far been pleased with the small selection of Davosa pieces we received here at the Watch Cave. Unfortunately, and, in a way, fortunately, the Davosa 160.394.56 aka the Mecanique, was the weakest piece of the bunch, which says a lot about Davosa as a whole.