Category: Hands-On Reviews

Hands-On Review – Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph

The Skinny 40mm x 13.6mm ETA-based Calibre L895 with proprietary chronograph module $3000 Some Context Longines makes around 1.2-million watches a year, and the Heritage Collection from which this chrono derives makes up only a small percentage of that annual output. And yet, for the past ten years or so Longines has been re-issuing (and… Read more »

Collector Guide – Breitling Navitimer Slide Rule Instructions

By Gary Bedrosian and Greg Bedrosian Beyond The Dial is pleased to welcome mathematician, aerospace enthusiast, and physicist, Gary Bedrosian, PhD to assist the watch enthusiast community with a deep dive into the slide rule instructions for the Breitling Navaitimer. Gary also happens to be my father and it was truly special to collaborate with… Read more »

Hands-on Review-King Seiko KSK Re-creation (SJE083)

The Skinny Diameter: 38.1 mm Thickness: 11.4 mm Accuracy: +15 to -10 seconds per day Lug to Lug: 44.7 mm Water Resistance: 50 M Movement: Caliber 6L35 (automatic with 45 hour power reserve, hand winding, hacking seconds, date, 26 jewels, 28,800 vph) Price: $3,300 Limited to: 3,000 As An Owner… King Seiko needs no introduction… Read more »

Hands-on Review: Breitling Navitimer B01

The Skinny Dimensions: 43 x 14.2 x 49.1mm Material: Stainless Steel Water Resistance: 30m Movement: B01, In-house Self-winding Mechanical Chronograph Strap: Bracelet or Leather Strap 22/20mm Price: $9,350 (Bracelet) / $8,650 (Strap folding clasp) / $8,350 (Strap Tang-style) It’s iconic. It’s complicated. It’s the Breitling Navitimer. Without a doubt, the Navitimer is Breitling’s flagship model…. Read more »

Hands-On Review – Christopher Ward C65 Divetimer

The C65 Divetimer is a new, limited edition, manually-wound dive watch from Christopher Ward. Limited to 150 pieces, the watch was announced on the 1st of July and sold out within 24 hours. So let’s take a closer look at Christopher Ward’s latest limited release.

Hands-on Review – Longines Heritage Classic Sector Dial

The Longines Heritage Classic Sector Dial is the dark-dialed variant of the 2019 Heritage Classic release which had a silver and white dial copied from a 1934 model. The original Heritage Classic was very well-received at the time by press and consumers alike and was proof that re-issues could be made relevant today rather than being simple pastiches of historic models. This latest version of the Heritage Classic makes minimal changes to that very successful recipe.

Hands-On Review – Cheap Trills with the Citizen Alarm Date

The Skinny  Diameter: 37.5 mm Thickness: 13.7 mm Lug to lug: 46 mm Water Resistance: Movement: Citizen Caliber 3102 Price Paid: $230 The Dilemma of Unaffordable Vintage Watches In today’s world where information is shared and transmitted instantly by social media, bargains in the vintage watch world are hard to find. Fortunately for bargain seekers,… Read more »

Hands-On Review – Breitling Superocean Automatic 42

Breitling might not be the first brand that you would consider when shopping for a sports watch with aquatic competence. Retailing at a price point that is similar to the Tudor Black Bay ($3,800 bracelet) and the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M ($4,400 bracelet), the Breitling Superocean Automatic 42 has some serious competition. The often overlooked, the Superocean Automatic is worthy to be included in the conversation. Here’s why:

Hands-On Review – G-Shock NASA DW5600NASA20 & DW5600NASA21

The Casio G-Shock DW5600 is a simple an inexpensive watch that has become a quintessential non-essential accessory for tech-minded folks with a frugal streak, such as yours truly. In its purist form, the G-Shock DW5600 is tough as nails, its utilitarian function leaving a drab aesthetic that some consider a true classic. Others may say… Read more »

Hands-On Review – 38mm Bronze Oris Divers 65 “Cotton Candy” Pink

The Skinny 38mm bronze with bronze braceletOris 733 (base Selitta SW 200-1) with date$2750 US The Two Big Questions Is the new Oris Divers 65 Cotton Candy 38mm in bronze going to stain your wrist, and is it a watch for men or women? As an owner, I can attest that Oris’ bronze tarnishes gently…. Read more »