This is my first Magrette and I am very excited to review the brand that I heard a lot about from the watch community. I have networked with many new watch startups and Magrette is the gold standard for running a business. They offer great value, amazing quality timepieces and superb customer service to all it’s customers. Magrette is well known for it’s legendary professional diver series Moan Pacific Professional and now branching out to some unique and innovative. The Leoncino aka Little Lion was inspired by 1960’s. This was a time you can find inspiration in design from cars, motorcycles, films and architecture. Magrette founder Dion McAsey wanted to explore new designs and the squarish case design offers something different from the other models in Magrette’s catalog.

Movement: 9015 Miyota with hacking seconds
Case diameter: 42mm excluding the crown
Case finish: 316L Stainless Steel (polished top and brushed sides with bead blasted back)
Crown: Screw down crown.
Crystal: Sapphire (double domed), AR coating.
Dial and hands: old radium color Super Luminova
CASE BACK: See-through (sapphire) case back , DLC with anti finger-print coating
Water-resistance: 200m/20ATM Water resistance
Strap: Leather tan strap with white stitching, remborde edge, lorica linning
Price: $625.00 plus $30.00 USD shipping worldwide.
Movement: Miyota 9015

Magrette includes its new signature case with the Leoncino watch. The signature case securely stores your watch in a leather style zipper case that is perfect for travel. The case has room to fit an extra strap and a spring tool. The removable leather envelope pouch can be used for your checkbook, cash or documentation for the watch.

The Magrette Leoncino features a 42mm cushion style case, Miyota 9015 movement, Sapphire double domes and AR coated crystal, 200m water resistance and premium leather tan strap with white stitching. The cushion style case gives it a unique look with a polished metal face and brushed steel sides. The buckle also features the high polished finish with the side profile featuring brushed steel. The mirror finish of the Leoncino gives it a great look from all angles. The white dial is beautiful with rose gold hands/blue seconds and chapter ring with Magrette etch into it. The dial and hands are lumed with old radium color Super Luminova and makes reading the dial at night a breeze. The back features a PVD caseback with the display window.

Magrette has switch to the new Citizen Miyota 9015 to power it’s watches and this is a solid movement that falls between the ETA 2824 and 2892. The 42mm case is the perfect size for me as 45mm is too big and 40mm is too small. The leather strap by Magrette feels of premium leather and one I would buy separately as it’s that good. The 200M water resistance provides ample ability to use this to the pool, water sports or any other water related activity. I personally prefer no date as it’s too much hassle setting the correct date over and over again on an automatic watch. The Little Lion is a watch that makes an impression each time you wear it.

Leoncino is a limited edition piece that only 667 will be produced and will be highly sought after by collectors. The watch looks great dressed up or in casual attire as well. The $625USD price tag is more than reasonable for a watch that feels like it cost several thousand dollars. Magrette has delivered a watch with retro appeal with unique case and solid movement for a reasonable price. The Magrette Leoncino is my current favorite of all the watches I have reviewed.

9.8 Out of 10

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Ferro Watches is now on it’s second watch release on Kickstarter. After successfully funded the one handed watch, Ferro returns with the Airborne Titanium Watches. The Mecha-Quartz version will be Chronograph with sub-dials while the automatic will not. The new watch was inspired by vintage airplanes. The design of the watch combines a vintage look and feel with a bold design. The 44 mm watch case gives the watch a modern masculine feel. The Ferro Airborne Titanium Pilot will feature Genuine leather straps with stainless steel embossed logo on the buckle. A stretch goal when funded $85,000 includes a free zulu strap.

Ferro will use two movements for the release, a Japan Made Seiko VK64 hybrid mechanism and Automatic Japan Miyota 8215 21 Jewel. The watch case will be either Titanium or Copper case. The watch dials colors of your choosing can be black, gray, green and white.

Specs (Hybrid Mechanical Quartz Movement)
Case: 44mm diameter with 22 mm lugs
Case height: 11.1 mm
Crystal: Sapphire (durable and scratch resistant)
Strap: 22 mm / genuine leather
Material: Titanium Case and buckle OR Copper Case and Buckle
Movements: Japan Made Seiko VK64 hybrid mechanism
Water Resistance: 100 meter (10 BAR)
Engraved logo on crown, buckle and back case

Automatic Japan Miyota 8215
Case: 44mm diameter with 22 mm lugs + See through glass back
Case height: 12 mm
Crystal: Sapphire (durable and scratch resistant)
Strap: 22 mm / genuine leather
Material: Titanium Case and buckle OR Copper Case and Buckle
Movements: Automatic Japan Miyota 8215 21 Jewel
Water Resistance: 100 meter (10 BAR)
Engraved logo on crown, buckle and back case

Check out the Kickstarter project HERE

I am always on the lookout for an affordable diver that is easy on the pocket yet features advance technology. A good quality automatic diver watch for under a grand is hard to come by. I believe I found a good one in the DETOMASO San Marino. DETOMASO watches is a combination of the power of motorsport and the passion of Italy.

Detomaso designs their watches in Germany and make the watches in Asia. This allows the company to offer great prices while still maintaining quality control. The watch features Sapphire glass to protect against scratches, Glass case back, 45mm case, 22mm band width, 200m water resistance and a stainless steel bracelet.

The Citizen Miyota 9120 is a new movement that features a few more complications than the popular 9015 movement. The watch features weekday, month and date display as well as a separate 24-hour display. The 2120 features 26 jewels and 28800 vibrations per hour.

The orange dial gives the watch personality and the addition of month, weekday and 24-hour displays, integrated into the dial, enhances versatility and adds a sense of style. The lume of the dial is very good when you need to read the time in the dark. The bracelet is high quality and the overall feeling of the watch is very solid.

At just under $300, the DETOMASO San Marino is one of the best values for an automatic dive watch that rivals many entry level Swiss timepieces. The San Marino is a nice chunky dive watch that would make a great daily watch to the office or during your active lifestyle. I have yet to find another watch at this price range offer the same amount of advance features.

9.5 Out of 10.

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Obris Morgan is finishing up quality control on the new Explorer II timepieces and will pack the watches August 25th with a shipping date of August 26th.

Dear Customers,

Till today, 95% of Assemble and QC works are finished.
We will begin packing at 25th when screw driver arrive at our office
and begin the shipment at 26th.

Big Thanks to All of You!

Calvin Jr Watches recently sent prototypes of the Velocita watch that was just funded on Kickstarter with 12 hours to go. The first thing you will notice about Calvin Jr. Velocita is that its not like anything else on the market. While lots of Kickstarter projects use off the shelf cases, Calvin Jr. Velocita is a one of kind watch.

Calvin Jr. Velocita offers a bold design with case and dial purposely positioned at a 30 degree upper angle at the 12 hour position for an ergonomically time reading. The curve case wraps around your wrist and it’s 22mm thickness works without looking too big. The crocodile embossed leather strap adds another touch of class to the watch. The case is 42mm and has excellent wrist presence. The chronograph watch has the crown on top of the watch with pushers to the side of it. The CJR logo(also featured on the end of the second hand) is on the dial with Calvin Jr. printed below it. Then below that you will find Velocita and “1/5 Sec. Chrono. The watch features a deployment clasp that perfectly compliments the watch.

The Velocita comes with 6 watch designs based on architecture and motorcycles chassis. The flagship watch will feature an ETA 775 automatic and with the other watches featuring Ronda 3520.D quartz movement. The six watches include the automatic C3PO-1, Carbon, and quartz Fire Red, USO, Army, and Spacecraft.

The Kickstarter projects that catch my eye are ones that are innovative with their design and offer real value. Calvin Jr. Velocita checks all the marks that I want in a bold new watch in a market with so many copycats. Calvin Jr. Velocita is an affordable watch with bold designs cues and features that matter to watch enthusiasts.

Pledge now to the Kickstarter project HERE

Helgray has updated its site with a new customer review module. They want reviews of the previous released watches from Helgray. Those loyal customers will get a chance to win a Helgray Hornet.

To leave a review, follow the steps below:

Browse the website to find the watch you want to review
Scroll down to the ‘Customer Reviews’ section
Click on ‘Write a review’
Enter your name and a valid email address (I need this to contact you if you’re the winner!)
Rate the watch, and write your review
Click the ‘Submit Review’ button

the winner by email on Sept. 15th, 2015.

AVI-8 and Worn & Wound have collaborated on a new watch. The watch will be made by AVI-8 and designed by Worn & Wound. The WANDW1 was inspired by military watches, pilots, and fields from the mid-twentieth century. The watch will feature domed sapphire, a Miyota 8245 automatic movement, bright C3 lume, a selection of straps and a custom carrying case.

Case: Two-tone, black PVD/brushed steel
Movement: Miyota 8245 Automatic
Dial: Matte Black
Lume: C3 SuperLuminova
Lens: Domed Sapphire crystal
Straps: 2 x nylon Mil-Strap, 1 x w&w Olive Model 2
Water Res.: 50m
Dimensions: 42 x 48 mm
Thickness: 13.5 mm
Lug Width: 22 mm
Crown: 4 x 6 mm
Case: Padded Cordura Watch Wallet
Warranty: 2 years through AVI-8
Price: $399 (free shipping within US)

More details HERE
Field watches are a great choice for an everyday watch that is rugged and can take the wear and tear of everyday use. Bertucci watches offers performance field watches that can wear in all elements of life. Bertucci has a complete line of field watches that fit everybody’s personal style and performance requirements.

The Bertucci A-5P Illuminated Watch is fully loaded with premium features. The watch features a U.S. patented Durability Certified™ carbon fiber reinforced 45 mm case, tritium illuminating tubes, and several strap options. The back features Black ION finish stainless steel screw down case back. The A-5P also features Hardened scratch-resistant mineral glass crystal, Swiss made all-metal quartz movement and 3.5 year battery life.

I love the tritium illuminating tubes that continuously glow and makes telling the time an easy task even in the dark. Bertucci offers high tech straps that include survival leather strap, Tridura™ Ultra-Duty™ band, DX3® Nylon band, and 2-Ply Camo Band. The band provides water resistance and are super durable to weather the elements.

Bertucci A-5P Illuminated watch is the perfect field watch for the everyday man. The swapping of the straps is an easy task and the watch wears nicely on the wrist. I love the grab and go appeal of the Bertucci A-5P Illuminated watch. Bertucci continues to churn out rugged field watches for every adventure.

9.5 Out of 10

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Bertucci Men’s 13505 A-5P Illuminated Black Dial Black Tridura Band Field Watch

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