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We Know Who They’re Talking About, Why Not Name Names?

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I was on a short flight the othe day and picked up Southwest’s Spirit magazine. The September 2005 issue features USC quarterback Matt Leinart on the cover and short piece in the Style section called Wrist Watching. This one page round up mentions what we’ve known for some time now, that “watches are no longer a singular piece designed to be worn day in and day out, year after year. They are accessories to be bought and changed often, depending on your mood.” The article contains pictures of several watches, some we might question, including a $275 Emporio Armani piece, a $2,490 Concord Saratoga, a $85 EOS Speedway, a $4,300 Tutima F2 Power Reserve Limited Edition Chronograph, a $1,150 Movado Museum Automatic Cushion, and the $486 G Unit MP3 Watch.

What’s weird is that the article attributes the watch craze. After pointing out that watches can be changed depending on your mood, the piece states “leave it to Hollywood to be at the forefront of this trend. Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger have been collectors for years.” Now, you know, and I know, and the Paneristi damn sure know, exactly what Sly and Arnold have been collecting for years, but why doesn’t the article state the name?

Amazing Collection, Great Pics

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A couple of weeks ago, FratelloWatches picked up a fantastic collection of watches posted on TimeZone. It seems like Kelly M. Rayburn has one helluva watch collection and a fine talent for photography as well. It’s a good thing that John is off enjoying the bosom of the motherland, because he would surely be drooling over the Omegas in this collection. Although I’m most enamored by this exquisite Eberhard. Check out the entire collection here.

Kobold Auction to Benefit Hurricane Relief

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You might remember our great interview with Michael Kobold of Kobold Watches. From WatchReport, I leaned about this charity auction to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims. Endorsed by the Red Cross, the auction includes a Kobold SEAL Avantgarde with both a NATO strap and a hand-stitched alligator strap, a wooden collector’s box signed by Kobold and celebrity endorser James Gandolfini, a promotional poster signed by Gandolfini, and a DVD set of The Sopranos signed by Gandolfini. For more details on this fantastic opportunity to get a great watch and help the hurricane victims, please check out the Kobold website here.

High Frequency by Equalizer

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Cutting edge! Equalizer! Watch! After receiving the first samples of this watch, our staff here, were in shock. We all stood looking at this watches, and said to each other things like, “It should sell for well over 20,000 Yen” or “This is the most futuristic watch I have ever seen” or “People are going to go crazy over this watch” or “Will we have enough stock?”. Zoom! Zip!
Cool. Very cool.

High Frequency by Equalizer

Vacation

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Ok. I’m off to Poland for a week with the wife and child-to-be. Got to settle my head a bit so I’ll be enjoying lots of fine sausage and good beer.

Seiko Worldwide Atomic Solar Watch

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WatchReport checks out another nice atomic Seiko.

If you’re a regular Watch Report reader, you know how much I love the combination of atomic and solar, which usually means Casio. It looks like Seiko is getting serious about their atomic solar collections, however, and has announced the first atomic watch which works worldwide. Of course, “worldwide” means wherever there is an atomic clock, which is Japan (Fukushima and Kyushu), Germany (Frankfurt), and the US (Fort Collins, Colorado). In contrast, the atomic Casios I have only work in Japan and the US (and unfortunately, Casio makes plenty that only work in Japan).

Read the rest here.

Mr.Gadget 1GB USB Watch

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Dumb name, acceptable styling. I’m generally agin’ USB watches, but this one has a citizen chrono movement and looks pretty.

Check it out here.

Hurricane Relief

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Please drop by the Red Cross or NVOAD and find out how to help the folks caught in that horrible storm.

24-Hour Watch World

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I love the 24-hour complication recently. Don’t know why. Maybe I’m growing. Anyway, great website all about 24-hour stuff. Love the Breitlings.

Check it out here

Cage Match – Rolex Explorer II vs. Rolex GMT Master II

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An excellent comparison between the Rolex Exporer and the GMT. Kind of like watching two terriers fight to the death.

The Explorer II is created for cave-dwellers, when working under the surface over longer periods of time they can loose the sense for day-and-night orientation, and therefore Rolex created a watch which always displays the 24-hour notation of time as an extra feature. They introduced the white dial lateron on the ref.16550 so they can see the watch better in difficult and dim light-conditions. The Explorer II used the inhouse 1575 caliber when the watch initially was introduced. The Explorer II also came with the cal.3075 and the cal.3175. The bezel is fixed and it is engraved with the 24-hour track and made from solid stainless steel.

Cave-dwellers?

TimeZone: Watch Reviews: Comparison: Rolex Explorer II vs. Rolex GMT Master II