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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Magrette Maona Pacific Diver - UPCOMING REVIEW

Introduction from the Magrette website:

The Fifties is my favorite era when it come to anything mechanical, that's why it was important for me to do a 1950's style diving watch with a slight modern twist. The case and bezel design reflects the simple classic look from the past while the dial design has the recognized Magrette look and feel. I think the mix integrates very well to give a timeless look and feel in it's own right.

Some features include brushed/polished case finish, thick double domed sapphire crystal, C3 Super Luminova hands and dial, water-resistant to 500m/1650ft.

The engine of this timepiece is a self-winding movement (MIYOTA 8215). It is reliable and accurate and is a very durable movement. The Moana Pacific Diver is finished off with a textured leather strap that has red stitching. We also supply a black rubber strap as an inclusive item.

This is all packaged together in our signature vintage style roll case made from high grade New Zealand canvas. We use our eco pine boxes for shipping which ensures extra protection

Click here view photographs of Moana Pacific Diver


Movement: 21 jewels (Miyota) Automatic
Case diameter: 44mm excluding the crown
Case finish: Brushed sides and back with a polish finish on the top, crown and bezel.
Crown: Screw down
Bezel: 120 clicks unidirectional rotating
Crystal: Sapphire (double domed), AR coating.
Water-resistance: 500m/1650ft Water resistant

Strap: 24mm Leather (black with red stitching) plus rubber.
Buckle: Brushed stainless steel
Vintage Style Roll Case: Canvas
Limited Edition: 500 pieces
Price: $485.00 USD plus $30.00 shipping worldwide.

I am pretty excited about this one!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The NEW Lum-Tec 500m is FINALLY available!

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy....!!!

From Ray Knight's post on the Lum-Tec Forum:

In stock now! Lum Tec, LLC

500M-3 Bead blasted Titanium Carbide dark charcoal PVD hard coating. Black dial.

44mm width excluding crown./18.5mm thick.
24mm lug width.
316L Stainless steel case.
screw lock crown with triple diamond sealing system.
Threaded caseback with double sealing system.
5mm. thick curved sapphire crystal with double side anti-reflective coating.
Full LUM-TEC MDV technology® orange luminous diver bezel (uni-directional rotating).
LUM-TEC MDV technology® orange luminous.
500 meters / 1650 feet water resistance.
Modified Japan Sii NH15 Automatic and Handwinding mechanical movement.
Custom molded anti static rubber strap. 24/22 size.
Lifetime timing adjustments free of charge.
1 year limited warranty.
Numbered series of 150.

Congrays Lum-Tec, this is a sure fire HIT in my books... WOW!!!


NEW colors for TechnoMarine Cruise Sport

From press release:

TechnoMarine is pleased to introduce a new color to the Cruise Sport range of watches—chocolate brown accented with rose gold PVD. Water resistant up to 200m and available in a chronograph or 3-hand style, the Cruise Sport excels on a diving expedition or aboard a speedboat, but, thanks to its sleek profile, can just as smoothly blend with boardroom attire. Available for the first time in brown, this new, warmer look brings some heat to the crisp fall months.

A feature of all Cruise Sports, the soft silicone straps and case-covers are removable and can be interchanged with different colors.

Cruise Sport Chocolate 40mm 3-hands US$425; 40mm chronograph US$525. An additional strap (white) is included.

Not a bad combo, I quite like them!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

NEW Steinhart Triton!

From the Steinhart website:

The sporty exclusiveness of the „TRITON 30ATM" makes it stand out from other diver watches. Its solid design guarantees highest resiliance as well as an outstanding quality. Within the large genre of sports diver watches the „TRITON 30ATM" is one of the few examples in its price range which demonstrates such an excellent cost-performance ratio.

Technical DetailsType: TRITON 30ATM
Item no.: 10205

ETA 2824-2 elabore, automatik Swiss Made

hour and minute hand with SuperLuminova, BGW9
central second hand
date on the ‘6’
screwed-down crown at ‘4’
clockwork ETA 2824-2, elabore.

Case: stainless steel
Back: Stainless steel screwed , engraved
Diameter: 45 mm (1.77 inches)
height: 14 mm
Weight: 158 g
Dial: grey/black
Crystal: Sapphire flat, with double anti-reflecting coatings on the interior side
Bezel: one side rotatable / 120 clicks
Indices and Hands: applied/applique indices silver. Superluminova BGW9
Lug width: 24 mm (0.94 inches)
WaterRes: 300 m (990 feet) waterproof ..
Strap: calf leather with rubber coating ,black.with white stitches..24x24mm
Buckle: Screwed, stainless steel buckle Pre-V 24 mm

Not bad. I really do like this new iteration. CONGRATS STEINHART!


A trip through Rolex Sport Watch History

A Trip Through Rolex Sport Watch History from Hodinkee on Vimeo.

Also, can be found on Roger's Dive into Watches.

How awesome was that?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Gnomon launches New Boutique and Website!

Anders has been busy, check it out!

Gnomon Watches
100 Beach Road,
Shaw Towers, #01-06
Singapore 189702

Tel: +65 63966920 
Fax: +65 63966921
Mobile: +65 90661752
Operating Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11.30am to 7pm
Sat: 12.30pm to 6pm
Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays

Gnomon Watches is an Authorized Dealer for the following:

Archimede  Aristo  Aviation  CX Swiss Military
Damasko  Dievas  Ennebi  MK II
Ollech & Wajs  Steinhart  Think The Earth  Welder

You can click on the following link to visit the new Website:

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Ball Spacemaster Orbital has hit the stores!

Thanks to Rob @ Topper Jewelers, we have spectacular pictures of this new model!

To see more pictures, follow this link to Rob's post on the Topper's Ball Forum on WUS:


Looks like a sure fire hit to me! CONGRATS BALL!!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

NEW Halios Laguna!

Following the tremendous success of the Bluering, Jason is back at it again! This time for the case back, Halios held a design competition and the winner was a gentlemen by the name of Andreas. Congratulations Andreas and Jason, looks like you guys have a winner on your hands!

The pics:

Tale of the tape:
  • Width (3-9): 43mm
  • Lug-to-lug (12-6): 49mm
  • Thickness: 15mm
  • Lug width: 22mm
Other good stuff:
  • ETA 2824-2 movement with Incabloc shock protection
  • Flat sapphire crystal, underside anti-reflective coating
  • The ubiquitous but requisite 316L stainless steel
  • 500M water resistance
  • Soft iron inner case for additional antimagnetic resistance
  • Non-screwdown crown at 2 allows for underwater adjustment of the inner elapsed time bezel
For more info you can visit the following links:

Halios BLOG   ----   Halios

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Prometheus Ocean Diver GMT - 1st IMPRESSIONS!

Two things struck me when I opened the box; the perfect dial symmetry of the dial and the strap. The latter was not very positive, but that all changed when I put it on. This watch actually FEELS like a dive watch. I am not too sure if it is the extreme suppleness of the strap, the extra length or the fact that I can wear it snug, but still feel comfortable. It just feels like a real tool!

Here are some quick pics:

I have to say, the finish is quite spectacular. I have owned both a Sinn U1 and UX, the bead-blasting finish is on par with those watches and the Prometheus is a 1/3 of the price of those two remarkable divers.

Much more when I complete my review, STAY TUNED!!!

NEW Victorinox Swiss Army Airboss Mach 8 Special Edition

I normally would not just repost something Jorge posted on TZ, but this one really strikes my fancy!

Boy have the come a long way. WELL DONE Victorinox!

For all the details follow this link to Jorge's original post on TZ:


Thank you Jorge & TZ for all the hard work you do!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

NEW Super-Compressor - NEW Brand!

I do not know much about it and have not gone through the trouble of translation, but WOW, what a looker!


To find out more about it, click here:


If I am not mistaken, that is a plexi crystal!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ball Aviator GMT - 1st IMPRESSIONS!

What an incredible watch! When I first saw the Master II Aviator series from Ball, I honestly thought they were just redialed Fireman watches. I WAS SO WRONG! Look at the curves on that case! It keeps in line with all the other Master II cases, except it has pilot watch proportions. Excellent execution!

Here are some quick pictures:

And of course, the obligatory LUME SHOT:

Three quick observations. 1) The strap is a lot more refined then I expected and I just love the buckle. 2) The crown action is spectacular and the winding threads are internal, which I prefer. 3) Gained 1 second in the last 30 hours... NOT BAD!


Friday, October 15, 2010

NEW Prometheus GMT video - COOL!

Well done Carlos!!!


NEW LUM-TEC 500m, almost there!

Having had the pleasure first hand to own a LUM-TEC watch, I cannot tell you how excited I am about this new model! Chris Weigand (owner) and I have have gone back in forth over it for at least a year. Now it is just around the corner! WOOHOO!!!

To read my review of their famous LUMzilla, go to my home page and follow the link. To find out more about the 500m, I encourage you to visit the LUM-TEC forum here:

Official LUM-TEC Forum

UPDATE: Chris just told me they should be ready for the end of the month! AWESOME!!!

Failed Dive Watch Project - part DEUX

A week or so ago I introduced you all to my failed Dive Watch Project. Well, a fellow EOT Dive Watch Forum member went and did a little tweaking to my design.

For those who have not seen it, here is my original design:

I like the improvements very much, thanks Cannon!

Who knows, maybe some day this project will be revived... WISH ME LUCK!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

INCOMING! - Ball Aviator GMT

As most fo you know, I have a special relationship with Ball Watch and I have been addicted to them for years! Seriously, if I do not have one in my collection I go nuts! There really is nothing like them. Fit, finish and that LUME!

Anyway, here is my next one, which should be here early next week:

* Pic by besview's post on Watchnet.com, GREAT SHOT!

Much more to come, STAY TUNED!!!