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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

NEW - UTS Adventure GMT

I love it when a brand uses BIG movements in their BIG watches!


From the UTS website:

THE Adventure GMT:
Expanding on our line of GMT Watches The GMT version of our Adventure Automatic. Our German made watch features  a diameter of 45mm (bezel) 46mm middle case.  The Adventure Automatic is one of the stars of the UTS range. In short, it is designed and manufactured by a genuine engineer, and you’ll feel it every day.

Features a deep black galvanic dial with Sunray pattern. Red GMT scale and a red GMT hand. The new Adventure GMT uses a Valgranges swiss movement with GMT complication. this German masterpiece is 45mm in diameter with 500m water resistance. Using the best quality surgical stainless steel grade 1.4404. The dial sports super bright Super-Luminova glowing in bright blue. 6 torx screws connect through front-middle into the back watch case.

The Adventure rating is typical conservative rating of an engineer. Each watch is tested well beyond the printed specifications. All of our watches feature our in-house case construction. A typical “no compromises” set of specifications by Mechanical Engineer Nicolaus Spinner such as double industrial grade Viton gaskets. Thick sapphire crystals front and back with A/R coating on underside to insure scratch-proof viewing of the highly legible dial with signature super Luminova glowing in bright blue during dark diving conditions. Featuring a Swiss Automatic movement; the Valgranges GMT  further adjusted to 5 positions by Nicolaus Spinner who also makes the watch case himself in Munich, Germany.

Specifications:
German Stainless Steel 1.4404
Brushed finish
Diameter: 46MM Bezel
15,5mm height
160gram weight
ETA Valgranges A07.171 GMT
Swiss Automatic Movement,
42 hour power reserve
Super-Luminova applied markers
Super-Luminova applied hands
multiple industrial grade seals
Screw down crown
Sapphire crystal front
Sapphire crystal back
Anti Reflective (underside coating)
500M / 50 bar rated
Limited to 200 total
Solid case back affixed by hex screws through top bezel
Milled steel lugs affixed by hex screws
22MM Bracelet / Strap
Case made in-house Munich Germany
Assembled in-house Munich Germany

UTS has always had a soft spot in my heart and in my humble opinion, this is another winner! Congratulations and continued success Herr Spinner!!!

UTS Watches

Sunday, November 28, 2010

CRUX CX1 - 1st IMPRESSSIONS

I know there is a lot of controversy surrounding the CRUX line of watches. Seeing as the SAS is yet again plagued by further delays, I figured why not see what all the fuss is about first hand! Here are my quick & dirty pics of my latest arrival:








Now, I know Graeme refused this case, as it did not meet his expectations, which leads me to believe his expectations must be QUITE HIGH. I really, really, like it! The case finish is quite superb! The closeness of the lug bars to the case, allows for the band to come straight out and then curve around the wrist. (You can see what I mean in the wrist shot above)

I chose the CX1 version, as the dial is just so nicely executed and I have always been a fan of applied numerals on deep black dials. This combo is among the nicest I have ever come across, though I was not sure if I could live without a minute track. GUESS I CAN! J

Also, after examining some of the new pictures posted by SAS on WUS, I have noticed quite a few differences. Are there enough now to just move on and enjoy both brands? Only time will tell... 

STAY TUNED... Much more to follow, when I complete my review!!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

NEW - Armand Nicolet S05 line-up!

I have always liked these and now, they have made them even more impressive!

TIME ONLY:

 

COMPLETE CALANDER:

 

TRIPLE-DATE CHRONOGRAPH:

  

There are MANY more different versions on their site, though I am just a little puzzled over the NY Yankees symbol on the rubber strap... lol...

Armand Nicolet

10th Anniversary models from Anonimo

I have never been a fan of this brand, but I can certainly live with a couple of these!






Not sure how old these models are, as I have never seen them before...
Anonimo

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

PREVIEW: LUM-TEC 2011 V Series

HOLY COW!!!




Looks like yet another HOME RUN! Congrats Chris!!!

For more details and hot news about LUM-TEC watches, keep track of them on their Official Forum:

LUM-TEC FORUM

INTRODUCING - The NauticFish PRO 500 Chrono

Thanks to the boys on the EOT Dive Watch Forum, I discovered this cool Dive Chrono!


Not sure how new it is, but it is VERY rare that a new divers goes under my radar like this. Especially one this sweet! Here are the specs from their website:

The NauticFish Chronograph Waterwall Pro 500 .....Premium workmanship combined with a functional and unique  design which represents the  characteristics of the WATERWALL (in German “die Wassermauer”) chronograph. The basic concept was to create a chronograph which can even master the most difficult use, but also the typical everyday situations. The WATERWALL chronograph is a reliable companion… a friend with whom you can go through thick and thin.

Mono safe: the 500m waterproof casing has a 4.00 mm screwed sapphire crystal. Cause of this complex method it is not required to use the accident-sensitive helium valves. The certified watertightness test for the Waterwall chronograph can be made by NauticFish themselves.  The test certificate is added to each watch. Crown and push piece, both  are equipped with  the multiplex-watertightness system of the MSC series. The 120 click diver bezel as well as the three-dimensional dial  and the hands are processed with C3 Luminova phosphorescent pigments. With the quick-change-system, accessible from outside, it is comfortable to change the watch band at any time. The basic version is provided with a complex and retro style Buffalo band. As a matter of course, the reliable waterproof and resistant to impact NauticFish  Outdoor box is a must-have. The fixture scope of delivery included this box and the silicone diver band as well .

Description:
Case: steel 316L,
Diameter 43.00 mm, height 17.00 mm
50 BAR / 500M / 50 ATM / 1650 FEET
Stainless steel screw-down crown
Stainless steel screw-down button
MSC monfo-safe-cabin
Scratch resistant sapphire-crystal, 4.00 mm
Antiflex coating
Sapphire-crystal pressed and screwed (MSC)
Bezel with Luminova point 12
Dial & hands: Luminova
Band quickly change-system

Including base:
24.00 mm retro style buffolo band
24.00 mm rubber band
Certificate waterproof tests
Watch pass and instruction book
Outdoor case (waterresistant)
NauticFish traveller bag

Movement:
Mechanical
Automatic winding
SW50 A / SWISS MADE
Incabloc shock protection
Power reserve 42 hours
A/h 28.000

MSRP = 1680 Euro

I honetly feel this is their very best effort to date. Well done Nauticfish!!!

Nauticfish

Monday, November 22, 2010

NEW - Seiko SKZ327K1 - 200m Diver

I REALLY LIKE THIS ONE!



Launched for the Asian Market, this retro styled diver shares a lot of design cues from past successes. I for one cannot wait to find out more about this one!

Pictures and my source:

New Seiko on Yeoman's BLOG

The original source:

http://detikduabelas.blogspot.com/2010/11/jentera-selam-baru-seiko-dipasaran.html

And a WUS member already seems to have one:

Lunasonata on WUS

p.s. After looking over one of the macro shots, it looks like it houses the 7S36 movement.

New Remora PICS and VIDEO

The latest from the house of Benarus:



More details from the Benarus website:

"The Benarus Remora is a dive watch with a vintage style case that has water resistance of 500 meters. The Remora is packed with the highest quality components including: The Miyota 9015 Mechanical automatic movement, thick sapphire crystal, ceramic unidirectional bezel, superluminova paint for the hands and dial marks, 500 meters water resistance, screw down crown and case back, 42mm 316L stainless steel case, 22mm lugs, 22mm 316L stainless steel mesh bracelet with removable oyster links. The case finish for all of the dials below will be available in brushed, bead blasted (matte), and PVD (black)."

And a really cool video from the Benarus NEWS blog:



Looking good Stephen!!!

There are only a few left, so if I were you, I would jump on them NOW!!!

Benarus

Yet another iteration of my FAVORITE G-Shock!


Get 'em while they are hot boys! Chino is already sold out!!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

FINALLY real life SAS shots!


After all this time, it looks like Graeme is getting closer to his goal!

For more pics, click here:

http://forums.watchuseek.com/f74/sas-watch-photos-few-more-added-473113.html

Schaumburg AQMII - 1st IMPRESSIONS!

Due to the huge success of the AQMIII and the resulting lack of availability, I received the AQMII to review. Here are some quick pictures:








Make no mistake, this is a LARGE watch at 45mm in diameter, but it wears quite nicely, despite being top heavy. I have not had the chance to weigh it, but I am pretty sure it is +250g.

The one thing that really stands out for me is the Lume. IT IS SIMPLY SPECTACULAR!

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

Schaumburg Watch

Friday, November 19, 2010

NEW - Seiko 5 diver - SNZJ21K

WOW! Talk about POP!


For more on this watch, click the following link:

On Yeoman's BLOG

SNEAK-PEAK - moVas new diver!

Sean @ moVas sent me these:





And this note to go along with them:

"I have been banging my head against the wall for a good month and a half. The watch is driving me crazy. There are SO MANY mistakes!!! bezel design is not correct, lugs and crown protector are not rounded but you get an idea how the watch is developing. Let me know what you think. At least the size and general shape turned out the way I wanted it. It's gonna be physically imposing for sure."

Physically imposing is an UNDERSTATEMENT!

As you see there is a lot involved in developping new models and quite a bit of frustration. Especially when you are creating a new case from scratch. Keep up the good work and keep us posted Sean!!!

moVas

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

NEW - Enzo Mechana GMT Project

Looks like Enzo has been busy!



From Enzo's website:

The GMT by Enzo Mechana (Under Development), as well as other models we are working on now. the new models are much more bespoke pieces, very limited series, all handcrafted, not cnc., as well, no eta movements will be used, instead, high grade vintage calibers, with limited models made in 18k rose gold. to stay up to date, click the forum link and join.

That is pretty much all I could find after a cursory search on his website. You are more than welcome to look for yourself, maybe you will get lucky and find more details. I for one, cannot wait to see more!

Enzo Mechana

NEW - Steinhart WUS L.E. Proteus

Per CzechMate's post on the WUS DWF:




Our project started in September 2009 with following goals:
1. create LE watch for WUS community manufactured by Steinhart
2. target price around 500EUR
3. design as a result of collaborative effort of WUS members and Steinharts designer Triton

The watch is described as a Tool watch, it is not a dive watch, but I believe it could appeal to you divers anyway. It is built like a tank:
titanium case
saphire crystal
exchangable bezels (two included with purchase)
solid case back with Proteus engraving
strong BGW9 lume (yes, we all are lume freaks)
bullet proof rock solid ETA 2893 GMT, date, hacking movement
300m water resistant


For more details, follow these links:

The forum:
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f379/

The project overview:
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f379/wusse-proteus-summary-thread-modem-melter-441673.html

The prototype:
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f379/wusse-proteus-prototype-were-almost-there-449326.html

LOOKING REAL GOOD!!!!!

In Greek mythology, Proteus (Πρωτεύς) is an early sea-god, one of several deities whom Homer calls the "Old Man of the Sea"[1], whose name suggests the "first" (from Greek "πρῶτος" - protos, "first"), as protogonos (πρωτόγονος) is the "primordial" or the "firstborn". He became the son of Poseidon in the Olympian theogony (Odyssey iv. 432), or of Nereus and Doris, or of Oceanus and a Naiad, and was made the herdsman of Poseidon's seals, the great bull seal at the center of the harem. He can foretell the future, but, in a mytheme familiar from several cultures, will change his shape to avoid having to; he will answer only to someone who is capable of capturing him. From this feature of Proteus comes the adjective protean, with the general meaning of "versatile", "mutable", "capable of assuming many forms". "Protean" has positive connotations of flexibility, versatility and adaptability. The earliest attested form of the name is the Mycenaean Greek 𐀡𐀫𐀳𐀄 po-ro-te-u, written in Linear B syllabic script.[2]

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

NEW - Breguet Type XX Anniversaire

When researching the below post, I noticed the Breguet on the WT website, clicked on the link, then went a little weak in the knees.... HOLY SMOKES that watch is SICK!

Check it out:



How about that bezel?!?!?!

For more details and Mike's article on WT, follow this link:

Mike's Breguet article