Category: Hands-On Reviews

Hands-On Review – Grand Seiko SBGK007

The Grand Seiko house style of late has been the post-Tanaka, Grammar of designed influenced, ‘slabby’ sports watch, however the new SBGK models offer something altogether smoother.

Hands-On Review – Oris Aquis Whaleshark Limited Edition

The Skinny 43.5mm wide x 13mm tall Movement: Oris 798 / (Sellita SW330-1)  GMT complication with rotating 24-hour bezel 300m water resistance Limited to 2016 pieces Price: $3200 US The Issue At (and In) Hand The water is warm and full of life. Gentle giants gracefully move though the sea for millions of years. Then homo sapiens flourishes on land,… Read more »

Hands-On Review – Oris Carl Brashear Cal 401 Limited Edition Diver 65 in Bronze

The Skinny 40mm 100m / 10bar Water Resistance Oris In-House Cal 401 automatic winding movement with 5-day power reserve and small seconds $4200 A Symbol of Hope Billed as a “Symbol of Hope,” Oris has dedicated this watch to the incredible African-American Navy Master Diver Carl Brashear. As the first person of color to become… Read more »

Hands-On Review – Vieren Automatic Rectangular Dress Watch

An independent watch brand making a dress watch isn’t entirely rare, but such watches are rarely any good. There is a gaping canyon between big brands making quality pieces and a slew of trashy brands making trashy dress watches, or as some say, “fashion watches.”

Hands-On Review – Zenith Chronomaster Sport (1/10th Second Chronograph)

The resultant CNC’d filigree appeals to my engineer’s eye just as much a haute horology movement does to my artist’s heart. Zenith’s caliber 3600 has that skeletonized-grey look of the Oris Pro-Pilot X and reminds me this is more like a Terminator movie than The Great Gatsby.

Hands-on Review: A Pair of Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converters

The most obvious design feature on these watches is the slide rule bezel. While its layout is identical to the Breitling Navitimer’s, the Hamiltons feature more precise details, like markers to more easily calculate speed, distance and fuel usage.

Hands-On Review – Uncle Seiko SKX Z199 and Super Oyster Bracelets

The stock “jangly jubilee” has become the battle cry for SKX enthusiasts. It’s been glorified and celebrated for what should be unacceptable. Uncle Seiko sells their versions of what they think should be not on the replacement, but the remedy.

Hands-On Review – Uncle Seiko Vintage Straps

Uncle Seiko, aka Larry Bouligny, was motivated to start making replacement rubber straps after having difficulties finding good quality replacements for the vintage Seiko dive watches he was restoring at the time.