Thank you all for stopping by and checking out our weekly watching the Web feature, where we take a little time to highlight articles we find of interest on other sites, as well as point you back toward our most popular articles of the last week or so. This week, I wanted to direct you to a review of a sharp looking dive watch, a sharp looking budget chrono, and a razor sharp high end watch from Cvstos. Looking internally, we have another appearance by Torgoen, a fresh review of one of our most popular articles of all time, and a diver for your perusing pleasure.
Ocean Time is a web site devoted exclusively to divers, and when I say the images of the TWCO Technical Diver, I was totally smitten. Unfortunately, Ocean Time’s post about the watch is light on details, as in they don’t give any details on the watch, just a series of images. So I will point you toward TWCO’s web site for details on the Miyota 9015 driven, black PVD cased technical diver.
Do you want me to like a watch? Here is an easy checklist (though by no means it is all inclusive): sandwich dial, a bit of bold color, very readable design, mechanical movement. Well, 3 out of 4 isn’t bad, especially when this quartz chrono is coming in at $159. The Time Bum reviews the Kickstarter watch ,and it looks pretty cool to me as well.
Remember just a few lines ago when I said readable was a requirement for me to like a watch. Well, that one gets stretched from time to time, like with the Cvstos Challenge Chrono on ABTW. I am digging the colorful carbon fiber case, in either red of orange, but the line also comes with a more traditional metal case. Now, they are not cheap, but they are also not crazy expensive for a higher end boutique brand
For the 3rd week in a row, Ken’s review of the Torgoen T32 sits in the top 3 of our articles. The modern automatic pilots watch is very attractive and readable, with a bit of color (again 3 out of 4 on my tick list), and it is reasonable priced for a Swiss automatic.
Which dual time zone watch pops up as one of the most read articles on our site, of all time? Not some crazy cool and steal of a bargain Swill automatic GMT, but the dual movement quartz Oulm, a sub $15 timepiece. Patrick had a chance to check one out hands on, and he didn’t dislike it, in a large part because of the crazy low price point. Check out the post, and then follow the links there to enter in the drawing to win this watch, and make all your friends jealous.
Finally, there is John’s updated look at the Deep Blue automatic Day/Night Rescue diver with a (now) Swiss movement. It still comes in at under $1,000, you get a very nice build quality with a ceramic bezel, and it is not a tool watch you are going to see on a lot of people’s wrists.
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We’re just about midway through the month, which means you still have plenty of time to get in on our current giveaway, the Gavox Squadron. Patrick originally reviewed it for A Blog To watch, but there is a nice summary on the contest page. There is a two-part entry process, so follow the directions and enter for a chance at this cool military themed chono.
We also want to put the call out for wrist shots of our reader’s favorite (or at least favorite of the moment) watches. Put together an email of your wrist shot and tell us a little about the watch and why you love it. If you happened to be introduced to it through our site (or won it through a give-away), even better. Just make sure the image is a JPEG and at least 800 pixels wide. And as always, if there’s something you think we should be covering, feel free to drop us a line. If you bring something up that we end up writing about, we’ll be sure to tip our hats (electronically, if not literally) in your general direction.
Finally (honestly), thanks to the four of you who read through to the end of the Watching the Web two weeks ago and wished me a happy birthday. I drew a winner and contacted him, and I will work with him to figure out what watch to send his way.
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