Virata Watches will debut it’s first line this summer with a preorder starting May 1st ,2016. The new line was created by Engineer Patrick Wacks from Canton, Ohio who was inspired by race cars. The watches feature an innovative edgy design that you normally won’t see from other MicroBrand watch companies.

The Virata watches VRT Series will come in six different configurations that include different dials and case finishes. The watches share features such as 44mm case, 22mm lugs, leather strap, Miyota 9015 automatic movement, Sapphire Crystal, and 100m water resistance.



VRT 1.1

44mm width case excluding crown
22mm lug width
316L Stainless steel
Leather, perforated strap
Miyota 9015 Movement, 28,800VPH
Sapphire Crystal with AR coating
See-through Sapphire Crystal caseback
100M Water Resistance
One Year Limited International Warranty
Date function at 4:30
Bead Blast Case
Black Dial, White Numbers
Super-Luminova Numbers, Hour markers
Retail price $645 Preorder price $545



VRT1.2

44mm width case excluding crown
22mm lug width
316L Stainless steel
Leather, perforated strap
Miyota 9015 Movement, 28,800VPH
Sapphire Crystal with AR coating
See-through Sapphire Crystal caseback
100M Water Resistance
One Year Limited International Warranty
Date function at 4:30
Bead Blast Case
Silver Dial, Black Numbers
Super-Luminova Numbers, Hour markers
Retail price $645 Preorder price $545



VRT1.3

44mm width case excluding crown
22mm lug width
316L Stainless steel
Leather, perforated strap
Miyota 9015 Movement, 28,800VPH
Sapphire Crystal with AR coating
See-through Sapphire Crystal caseback
100M Water Resistance
One Year Limited International Warranty
Date function at 4:30
Bead Blast, Black PVD Case
Black Dial, Yellow Numbers
Super-Luminova Numbers, Hour markers
Retail price $695 Preorder price $595



VRT1.4

44mm width case excluding crown
22mm lug width
316L Stainless steel
Leather, perforated strap
Miyota 9015 Movement, 28,800VPH
Sapphire Crystal with AR coating
See-through Sapphire Crystal caseback
100M Water Resistance
One Year Limited International Warranty
Date function at 4:30
Bead Blast, Black PVD Case
Black Dial, Orange Numbers
Super-Luminova Numbers, Hour markers
Retail price $695 Preorder price $595



VRT1.5

44mm width case excluding crown
22mm lug width
316L Stainless steel
Leather, perforated strap
Miyota 9015 Movement, 28,800VPH
Sapphire Crystal with AR coating
See-through Sapphire Crystal caseback
100M Water Resistance
One Year Limited International Warranty
Date function at 4:30
Bead Blast, Black PVD Case
Black Dial, Grey Numbers
Super-Luminova Numbers, Hour markers
Retail price $695 Preoder price $595



VRT1.6

44mm width case excluding crown
22mm lug width
316L Stainless steel
Leather, perforated strap
Miyota 9015 Movement, 28,800VPH
Sapphire Crystal with AR coating
See-through Sapphire Crystal caseback
100M Water Resistance
One Year Limited International Warranty
Date function at 4:30
Mirror-polished Case
Silver Dial, Black Numbers
Super-Luminova Numbers, Hour markers
Retail price $709 Preorder price $609

Check out the official site HERE
and Facebook page HERE





http://en.benson-watchwinders.com/
$375 €399/$440 Retail price
Dutch Brand Benson Watch winders released a new high end watch winder line by the name of the Black Series Collection. The models come in black, white and carbon. The watch winder is 24cmx24cmx26cm in size perfect to put on a desk or shelf. The attractive glossy paint finish will fit into any home decor. I was fortunate to review the Benson Black Series 2.16.W in white and here are my thoughts.

Benson black series high gloss white finish.
Wood constructions.
Wind and maintain all brands of automatic watches.
Automatic timed winding cycle prevents over winding.
Quiet winding operation.
Independent individually programmable winding heads.
Winding heads rotate clockwise only, counterclockwise only or bi-directionally.
Adjustable turns per day. 600, 900, 1200, 1500, 1800 and 2100.
Hinged door with push button latch and glass viewing window.
Easy to use touch screen control panel.
White LED interior lighting with on / off function.
Programmed winding cycle repeats automatically.
Speed winding feature.
USB port to charge and device.
Operates on the included AC wall adapter.
Self-adjusting watch holders are suitable for both mens and ladies watches.
Winder dimensions: 10.25″ wide, 9.5″ deep and stands 9.5″ tall. Weight: 12 pounds.
2 year parts and labor warranty through Ohio based H&H Enterprises – WatchWinderPlace.




The Benson Black Series Watch winder that I received can wind up to two automatic watches at one time. Also there is three watch holders on top to put three automatic watches. So you can rotate the automatic watches. The watch winder is made with 12 layers of white paint over wood that creates a glossy finish. The white paint is perfectly coated and gives the watch winder a luxurious feel.






The motors used in this watch winder are reliable Japanese motors compared to cheaper Chinese motors found in other watch winders. Each rotor is individually adjustable in terms of direction of rotation and TPD (turns per day: number of rotations per day). The winder has adjustable turns in six different settings from 600, 900, 1200, 1500, 1800 and 2100. You can choose to set one watch at 600 turns per day and the other watch 2100 turns per day. Winding heads rotate clockwise only, counterclockwise only or bi-directionally. The winder has a nice glass window to view your watches as they turn. The watch winder also has a USB port to charge your electronic devices into such as Smartphone, tablet, camera and more. The watch winder is almost silent and you can barely here the watch winder in a silent room. The company will include an AC Adapter based on your country of location.





Benson Black Series watch winder is the new standard in high quality watch winder for your luxury watches. If spend thousands of dollars on your automatic watches then you would want a high end watch winder to pair with it. Benson Black Series Watch Winders are well made, feature Japanese motors Mabuchi Motors that are silent, perfect glossy paint finish, three watch holders on top and two separate winders on the bottom. I have such a large collection of automatic watches that it is difficult to wear each one so a winder is a must to keep my watches wound and ready to go.

10 Out of 10

Buy it now HERE if you are in the USA

or check out the official site HERE to find your local dealer from the country you reside.

The company is working on distributors in the U.S., Canada and Hong Kong to distribute the Black Series and their other watch winders. In Canada the company watch winders are sold by several jewelers which sell the premium watch brands as Rolex, Patek, Omega, Breitling, and IWC. In three months Benson Watch winders plans to release a new single watch winder in black, white and carbon.

Disclosure: Review unit


Minuteman Watch Co. has announced a new watch that is now available for preorder on Indiegogo. The Independence Watch is inspired by patriotic American heroes both past and present. Minuteman has a large following former and or active duty military. And that made them decide to create an updated version of a classic Hamilton W10 military watch circa 1970’s. The new series is available in a black canvas strap with black dial and natural stainless steel case finish or in a black canvas strap with black dial and military grade black PVD finish.

Watch Specifications

Assembled in the United States of America.
40mm case width without crown.
Sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating on the inside.
Ronda 515 Swiss Quartz movement.
Water resistant to 100 meters.
316L Stainless Steel case. Black PVD finish optional.
Individually serial numbered.
Free lifetime battery replacement.
5 year limited warranty.
Luminous hands and markers.


Lum-Tec founder Chris Wiegand through his team at Wiegand Custom Watch LLC will assemble the watch. The Minuteman watch co Independence Watch will be assembled in the United States of America In Mentor Ohio by Chris Wiegand. Lum-Tec has always been a favorite of watch collectors and we can expect the same quality to transfer over to the Independence line of watches.

Minuteman Watch Co. raises funds for great causes such as The Gary Sinise Foundation, Special Operations Warrior Foundation and now Fisher House. The company is offer a Independence watch in Stainless steel for $250 or one in PVD for $275. This is great prices for a quality watch that will likely cost more once it is release at retail price.

Check out the Indiegogo watch HERE



Reviewed by K.C. Kim
http://helmwatches.com/vanuatu.html
$295 with free world wide shipping(through December)
Helm Watches appeared to come out of nowhere and release it’s first watch to the market. The company is based out of Hong Kong and released the Vanuatu fairly quickly for a new startup. Although it may seem to be rushed to the market this watch was years in the making. And the company worked hard to create a watch that would be well received by the watch community. Helm Watches skipped Kickstarter and other crowdfunding routes to sell directly to the consumer through preorder. When I first heard about the watch, there was already a buzz on internet watch forums like WatchUSeek about the Vanuatu. I had a chance to go hands on with this new budget diver watch and here are my thoughts.

SPECIFICATIONS:

WHAT YOU GET:

Vanuatu 300m Automatic Watch
Stainless Steel Bracelet
NS1 Nylon Strap (your choice of 4 colors)

CASE:

Brushed 316L Stainless Steel
Integrated Crown Guards
Screw Down Caseback
Diameter (12H to 6H): 42 mm
Diameter (9H to 3H, with crown): 45.75 mm
Lug to Lug: 50 mm
Lug Width: 22 mm
Height: 14 mm

CROWN:

Brushed 316L Stainless Steel
Screw Down
Position: 3 o’clock
Diameter: 8 mm

MOVEMENT:

Seiko Instruments NH35 (Automatic Mechanical)
Hacking and Manual Winding Functions
Accuracy: -25 ~ +35 seconds/day
Beats Per Hour: 21,600
24 Jewels
Power Reserve: 40 Hours

DIAL & HANDS:

Dial: Matte Black with Luminescent Hour Markers (off-white body color with blue afterglow)
Hands: Luminescent Hour, Minute & Second Hands (off-white body color with blue afterglow)
Date Window: 6 o’clock

BEZEL:

316L Stainless Steel
Diameter: 43 mm
Stainless Steel Insert with Black PVD Coating
Markings: White Oil + Luminescent (at 5 minute marks)
120-Click, Unidirectional Rotation

CRYSTAL:

Flat Sapphire with Internal Anti-Reflective Coating

BAND:

Stainless Steel Bracelet and Folding Clasp with Brushed Finish (22 mm Bracelet Tapers to 20 mm at Clasp)
NS1 Nylon Strap with Brushed Stainless Steel Buckle and Keeper Rings

WATER RESISTANCE:

300 m / 30 atm / 990 ft
Tested in accordance with ISO 6425:1996

WEIGHT:

With Stainless Bracelet (full length): 225 grams
With NS1 Nylon Strap: 120 grams







Helm Watches is considered a budget diver as it’s price is under $500 and this is where good value comes in Microbrands as they sell direct to the consumer and cut the middle man out of the equation. The first thought I had when opening the box was the quality of the timepiece as it had a nice heft and solid build quality. I believe at the price that this is selling at it can’t be beat. The Helm Watch comes with both a bracelet and Nato strap with options for a leather strap options sold separately HERE. I had no problems swapping out the Nato strap and attaching the bracelet onto the watch. You can purchase a spring bar tool from the company for $10 with the watch or $18 by itself HERE.





Named for the South Pacific island nation famous for its coral reefs and a WWII shipwreck, the HELM Vanuatu epitomizes rugged functionality. The Vanuatu features 43mm case, 300M Water Resistance, Sapphire Crystal, Seiko NH35 movement, and each was is tested according with ISO 6425:1996. The 43mm case is a good size for a watch without being too over-sized. The Seiko NH35 is a workhorse movement that keeps the price of the watch lower than other movements. I like the fact that each and every watch is tested for water resistance under strict standards. Some MicroBrands have started selling bracelets separately from their watch, yet Helm Watches includes the bracelet for free plus a Nato strap. I know there was some talk about a loose bezel but the bezel on my Vanuatu had zero issues and had very little play when rotating the bezel.



I believe the Helm Watches Vanuatu offers great value and rivals higher end divers. The Sinn-like style of the hands and the overall look of the watch makes this a perfect tool watch. If you like a diver with German styling and rugged no nonsense look then the Helm Watches should be on the top of your search list. The current holiday special that makes this watch only $295 with free worldwide shipping takes this watch to the next level. At $295 shipped you are not going to find a better diver watch anywhere.

Positives
Great price
Solid build quality
300M water resistance
Every watch tested for WR
Styling
Includes both bracelet and Nato strap

Negatives
bezel spring ring causes a slight backward movement that some have reported as loose bezel

Helm watches is currently offering a special $55 discount and free worldwide shipping making this watch only $295 with free shipping. If your looking for a Christmas gift for yourself or someone else do take a look at the Helm Watch Vanuatu which you can buy HERE

Disclosure: Review unit


Vescari Watch Co. is a young watch brand based in The Netherlands. Vescari Watch Co. after several years working in luxury retail is set to release their first timepiece.

The first model The Heritage Chronograph’ will be powered by the reliable Mecha-Quartz movement provided by Seiko (VK63). The movement has the reliability of Quartz with the sweeping of an automatic. he chronograph sweeps 5 times a second and has an instant snap-back reset. The other benefit this movement has over traditional quartz movements is that it doesn’t needs battery power to reset. This improves the overall energy efficiency. At last it’s also possible to change the time when the chronograph is still running.

The watch case features 316L Stainless Steel with a case size of 41mm and thickness of 10mm. A PVD rose gold plated case will be also available. The watch will also feature Sapphire Crystal for additional durability.

Case Material – 316L Stainless Steel or 316L Stainless Steel with ionic rose gold coating
Case Size – 41mm
Lug To Lug – 46mm
Case Thickness – 10mm
Lug Width – 22-20 mm
Movement – Seiko VK63 mecha-quartz hybrid
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Hands – Hour/Minute, Chrono Hands, 24 hours/ hour and sec. subdial.
Dial – White ceramic or Black
Strap – 22mm leather strap with croco print combined with a butterfly folding clasp
Water Resistance – 10ATM/100m
Warranty – 24 Months

Check out the Kickstarter page HERE


Professional graphic designer Ivan Chua decided to spice up the Nato strap by offering ten different theme Natop watch straps. For only $22 you can own your very own Vario Nato Watch Strap in your choice of style. The campaign currently has $2,613 of it’s 5,000 goal with 16 days remaining.

Help get this campaign over the top by preordering your own VARIO Nato Watch Strap HERE


Enter to win a FREE Minuteman Jester Watch HERE
Proudly assembled in the USA by Minuteman Watch Co.
Individually serial numbered
Stainless Steel case with black PVD coating.
Stainless Steel case back.
42mm width without crown.
Screw down crown.
200 meter water resistant.
Comes with one American made Leather watch strap.
Sapphire crystal.
ETA 955.112 Swiss made movement.
Luminous hands and dial.
Price $399
http://minutemanwatches.com/jester_watch

Minuteman Watch Co. recently released a special limited edition watch that is inspired by American Hactivist The Jester. Jester is a well known Hactivist who in March of 2015 was listed in Time Magazines list of “The 30 Most Influential People on the Internet.” Jester uses his computer skills to attack Anti-American targets using DoS tool known as “XerXeS. The well know Hactivist is a former military man that is acting out of American patriotism. Minuteman Watch Co. is a Microbrand that sells watches and helps assist Veterans and their families. Minuteman Watches and The Jester make American a better place and the their are the perfect match for this special edition watch.




The Minuteman Jester Watch is a limited edition watch in short supply. The watch is made in the United States of America by highly skilled American watchmakers just as our other Minuteman watch models are. Each watch is individually serial numbered. Minuteman Watch Co. will donate 25% of all profits to Fisher House https://www.fisherhouse.org/. Minuteman goes the extra mile to help out military families and a simple purchase will help out many veterans.





The Minuteman Jester Watch features a 42mm width without crown and an easy to read black dial with white numerals. The Black PVD coated Stainless Steel case gives this watch a polished and professional look. The watch is solidly built and is protected against the elements with a screw down crown and 200 meter water resistant. The Luminous hands and dial makes this watch easy to read even at night. Other features include a quality ETA 955.112 Swiss made movement, Sapphire crystal, and American made Leather watch strap. The solid caseback engraved caseback is my favorite caseback design. The artwork alone is worth adding this watch to your collection.



Show your American Patriotism by buying a made in America watch that helps out veterans and their families. Minuteman Jester Watch is a brilliant and well made watch that looks good for both formal and casual settings. I can see myself wearing this watch at the office and out with friends. Minuteman Watch Co. has made great strides in design and function since my last review of their watches last year. I can honestly say I came around impressed by their 2016 Jester Watch offering. Watch collectors and those that want to show their support to veterans will appreciate the Jester watch for it’s design, special meaning, and raising awareness of charities to veterans and their families.

10 Out of 10

Buy it now HERE

Enter to win a FREE Minuteman Jester Watch HERE

Disclosure: Review unit


Benson Watchwinders is releasing a brand new line of watchwinders under the Black Series collection. The watchwinders will come in 2, 4, 6, and 8 size watchwinders for your automatic watch collection. The watchwinders will keep your watch on time at all times and comes in black, white or carbon. The watchwinder is programmable by its touchscreen.





The watchwinders will be made of wood with 12 layers of paint with Stainless steel feet. The watchwinders are powered by Mabuchi motors (individual per rotor). Here are the full specs of the Black Series watchwinders here





Models; for 2, 4, 6 and 8 automatic watches (4 models/sizes)
Colors: black, carbon and white
Storage capacity for other watches
Material: wood (12 layers of paint)
Stainless steel feet
Mabuchi motors (individual per rotor)
Specially developed gearing system
Touchscreen controller
Adjustable TPD (turns per day)
Winding directions; CW, CC and alternate
Adjustable watch holders for big and small wrists (ladies and gents)
LED light
Power winding function
USB connection (to charge mobile phone or other devices)
Soft-close cover
2 year warranty
Manual & official certificate

Price level:

Model 2: 399,00 euro (incl. TAX/VAT)
Model 4: 599,00 euro (incl. TAX/VAT)
Model 6: 799,00 euro (incl. TAX/VAT)
Model 8: 999,00 euro (incl. TAX/VAT)


Prices in the USA, Hong Kong and Canada are a bit lower, as the 21% VAT included in the prices (Dutch VAT). But in other countries the VAT/TAX can be lower). The Black Series of watchwinders will be release in about a month’s time.


Check out Benson Watchwinders for more info www.benson-watchwinders.com