Hager Aquamariner: Better down where it’s wetter

March 14, 2017 . by Victor Marks

Hager makes a small, but tight-knit assortment of diver-based watches. Whether it’s the Commando Professional, a milsub-homage, or the new GMT Traveler, you can be sure of one thing – the watches are well-made interpretations of the watches they pay homage to… like the Hager Aquamariner. Aquamariner is a pretty faithful interpretation of one recent…



Introducing the Obris Morgan Aegis II

March 9, 2017 . by Patrick Kansa

Much as with another small brand I wrote about recently, we had a bit of a drought when it came to coverage regarding Obris Morgan.  When news came out about their latest release – the Obris Morgan Aegis II – I knew it was something we would definitely be covering.



Hands on with Gruppo Gamma Vanguard Automatic

March 7, 2017 . by Neal Goodacre

Starting out in 2013 Singapore based Gruppo Gamma has made some pretty cool vintage inspired watches. Gruppo Gamma currently has three models: The Chronnaut, the Vanguard, and the Divemaster (which I reviewed here).  Today, we’re looking at the Gruppo Gamma Vanguard, which takes inspiration from the Rolex 6152 that was made for Panerai.



Hands on with TC-9 Bronze Diver

February 28, 2017 . by Neal Goodacre

One day while browsing the web to find bronze watches, I ran across a brand that I had never heard of, but with one attention-grabbing watch – the TC-9 Bronze Diver.  Before we get to the watch, a quick history lesson on what TC-9 signifies.  The Tropical Cyclone (TC) rating system is for measuring how…



Hands on with Borealis Cascais Diver

February 22, 2017 . by Neal Goodacre

There have been several reviews on Borealis watches on this site and all have shown that Borealis has proven themselves by make good quality affordable dive watches. From classic style divers like the Sea Hawk, to vintage inspired divers like the Porto Santo, Borealis offers a nice selection. The newest watch in their lineup is the Borealis Cascais diver…



Hands-on with the NTH Antilles and Azores – Take it to the limit one more time

February 18, 2017 . by Victor Marks

The NTH Tropics were inspired by the compressor-case diving watches which proliferated from the late ’50’s to mid ’70’s – marvels of engineering which established an iconic design language. Fortunately for us, the Tropics are made by Chris ‘Doc’ Vail, a man who isn’t afraid to push a good design to the limits, and push…



Hands on with the Pantor Sea Lion Diver

February 17, 2017 . by Neal Goodacre

Pantor is a watch company based in Hong Kong and – up till now – they only had one model, the Sea Horse. After success with that model, they have released their next model, the Sea Lion.  While not as “extreme” a name as some other brands may use, I personally love the “Sea Lion” name. In my…