I was looking for a Swiss Automatic movement watch that look good and did not cost a fortune. The Tissot Le Locle was instantly recommend at Watchuseek forums and I picked one up. The Le Locle usually sells for less than $500 online and is widely available.

The Tissot Le Locle comes in your choice of black or white dials and I chose the white dial on SS bracelet. The Le Locle features a 39 mm case and 10mm thickness which makes it a perfect modern dress watch. The clear back allows you to see the quality movement in action. The Le Locle has a flat fixed stainless steel bezel. Other features include silver guilloche dial with steel hands and Roman numeral hour markers. The Le Locle has a textured steel crown that is also signed. The scratch resistant sapphire crystal will keep the watch looking nice for years to come.

The Tissot Le Locle is powered by the ETA Caliber 2824-02 mechanical movement. The 25 jewels mechanism provides excellent accurate time with a Swiss movement that is one of the best. The watch features a deployment clasp and is water resistant to 30 meters.

The Le Locle is highly recommended and one of the best watches you can find for less than $500. The watch is the perfect modern dress watch for special occasions or at the office. Quite simply the Tissot Le Locle is a great value with stylish design and quality Swiss Movement that is hard to beat at this price range.

9.8 Out of 10

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Tissot Men’s T41148333 Le Locle Silver Textured Dial Watch

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I always on the lookout for quality timepieces to add to my expanding watch collection. The Techne GosHawk is one watch that I had my eye on for a while. The Techne GosHawk offers a aviator style paired with the Miyota Automatic movement.

The GosHawk features a Aviator style with Bead Blasted Stainless Steel case. The dial is black with a 41.4mm face. I found that the watch wore perfectly on me as it was not too small or not too big. I am not a big fan of the recent oversize watch craze. The Sapphire with AR coating protects the glass from scratching. It is 12.5mm thick and features C3 Lume. The watch came with a dark brown aged cowhide strap which is stylish and a stainless steel deployment buckle.

The Techne GosHawk features the Japanese Miyota 8217 movment which is a workhorse. I have compared it to my previous Le Locle with ETA movement and the Miyota performs like a champ. And when calibrated the Goshawk can keep time within C.O.S.C. margins.

I love having the Techne GosHawk in my watch collection as it has an original design, reliable, affordable, and you won’t have everyone wearing the same watch. The GosHawk comes in many configuarations so you can buy it with your favorite strap. At under $400 the GosHawk is the perfect next watch to add to your current collection.

9.7 Out of 10

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I love a great watch but I also love a great value. The Bernhardt Binnacle Anchor is a watch that looks great and has a retail price that is unmatched in the watch world. Bernhardt is a brand I found on WatchUSeek like many other watch enthusiasts. The brand is well regarded for its excellent timepieces at affordable prices.

The Bernhardt Binnacle Anchor is presented in a nice wooden box which is a step above the other brands that ship in cardboard boxes. The overall presentation in the signature wooden box is top notch and perfect for gift giving. The watch comes with a two year warranty that is also transferable. The watch is limited to 500 and mine is marked 344/500.

The Binnacle Anchor is very versatile that I can see you wearing it with a suit as well as Polo shirt and jeans. The watch face is 40mm which makes it not too big or too small for my average size wrists. The Anchor has often compared to the Rolex Explorer while still having its own identity.

The Anchor uses the workhorse movement Miyota 8215 automatic movement. I owned several Swiss Made watches and can say that the Japanese Miyota holds it’s own against the Swiss ETA movements. The Sapphire Crystal is less prone to scratching than the Hardlex and Mineral glass that you will find in Seiko and Citizen watches at the same price. The bracelet is one of the nicest bracelets I have seen on a watch using top notch 316-L surgical stainless steel. The bracelet also uses screws to remove links which is normally found on higher priced watches. The 200 meters water resistant is not something you would find on a sporty dress watch.

At only $259 you will look a lifetime to find a better value of watch with this amount of features the Binnacle Anchor has. Fred Amos the owner of Bernhardt Watch Company provides amazing customer service which is the top of my list when I purchase a product. The Bernhardt Binnacle Anchor is the perfect watch to add to your collection and one that will see plenty of wrist time in my collection of watches.

Great time keeping
Anyone can afford it
Excellent fit and finish
Excellent Bracelet
Screw in links
Limited edition
Great Customer Service Watch
Dress watch with 200m water resistant
Compares to watches that cost $1,000 of dollars
2 Year warranty that is transferable

No date
Just ok Lume

9.8 Out of 10

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Projects Watches is a watch brand that makes architectural watches and their latest watch the Time-is-Short is one that will catch your eye right away. The watch was designed by Ran Lerner who is an award winning, prolific and accomplished Industrial designer.

The Time-is-Short watch measures 40mm (1.57″) in diameter and 8.8mm (0.35″) high. It is made of brushed stainless steel and comes with a 20mm black silicone band. I am a fan of unique watches and the Time-is-Short watch is certainly that. The watch at 40mm is the perfect size with it not being too big or small.

Time-is-Short Watch is a concept that is real not like those X-Ray glasses you would find in the back of comic books. At one glance the watch appears to show a hand with a wristwatch on it. A short time later will a flick of the wrist the watch show an x-ray image of the same hand.

Time-is-Short is a watch that will stand out in the crowd. Project Watches makes some unique and interesting visual art watches and the Time-is-Short watch is one that will get some attention.

9.7 Out of 10

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Bernhardt is well known in the watch community for great value in watches. The Sea Shark now updated to the Binnacle Diver is the flagship diver watch from Bernhardt Watch Company. An interesting factoid is that the watch was designed by Bernhardt Founder Fred B. Amos son Philip when he was only 12 years old. Here I will review the Bernhardt Sea Shark Green.


Size: 42mm
Miyota 8215 automatic movement
Sapphire crystal
316-L surgical stainless steel
Stainless steel bracelet with screws
200 meters water resistance
Super Luminova on hands and indices
2 year warranty

Design: When it comes to design I think the Bernhardt looks very original compared to the competition. I have seen a lot of Micro Brands sell Submariner and Omega homage’s while Bernhardt has come out with a striking original design. The watch has a scratch resistant Sapphire Crystal, a stainless steel bracelet with screw in links, 200M WR, and Miyota 8215 movement. The watch looks like a nice compromise from a tool watch and a sporty dive watch. I have no problems wearing the Sea Shark with jeans and polo shirt as well as a button down shirt. The 42mm size is the perfect balance of size that it will not look to big or too small on all types of wrists. The signature tool dial comes in 5 different colors. When you hear about Bernhardt it is usually followed by your getting a lot for the money and this is very true.

Movement: The Miyota 8215 is a solid movement that is a workhorse. I have owned several Swiss Made ETA 2824-2 and the accuracy is comparable.

Customer Service: Fred B. Amos is known for providing legendary customer service. If you read the watch forums you will know that Mr. Amos stands by his watches and offers a great 2 year warranty.

Resale Value: When you buy a Rolex people say you made an investment. I can tell you that I purchased several second hand Bernhardt watches and sold them for more than I purchase them for. The reason Bernhardt hold great resale value is great price, excellent customer service and a watch that looks like it cost double or triple the retail price.

The Bernhardt Sea Shark (Binnacle Diver) is the best diver watch for under $300. While I am reviewing the discontinued Sea Shark the new Binnacle Diver features better lume. All I can say is if you have never owned a Bernhardt you are missing out on one of the best dive watches on the market today. You can purchase the Bernhardt Binnacle Diver from Bernhardt HERE

Out of all the Micro Brand watch companies I own Bernhardt is a brand that I will continue to buy. Bernhardt makes a great looking watch that looks like you spent $500-$1000 when you spent much less. Take for example the beautiful crafted Bernhardt Corsair. The Corsair is basically the Binnacle Diver with Swiss ETA 2836-2 movement.

The original Corsair was only available in yellow. I own the white version which was part of the next 100 watches made. The Bernhardt Corsair version 2 sold for $369 and came with either a white, gray, yellow or blue dial. The Corsair features 42mm face without crown, Sapphire Crystal, Swiss ETA movement 2836-2 movement, water resistance of 200 meters, solid end links, solid links, screws for sizing.

Bernhardt Corsair is a great watch for the money. The Swiss Movement with a less than $400 retail price makes it a very compelling watch. With not many white dial divers I think the Corsair is a nice piece to add to the collection. In addition Bernhardt has outstanding customer service and 2 year warranty.

The Bernhardt Corsair is currently unavailable but you may find one in the preowned market on Ebay or WatchUseek. You may also look at the Binnacle Diver which uses the same casing and bracelet.

9.1 Out of 10

Martenero is a new startup based in New York City, making small batch watches. The company has release two models at launch with the Ace and Founder available now. The Ace and Founder watches are limited to 1000 pieces before they are retired for new models. Each watch can be had for under $500 at $485 and custom made to order.

The watch I review here is the Model I Ace watch that is a re-imagination of the classic pilot watch. The classic watch is perfect for the office, special occasions and for casual affairs. The Martenero Ace can be configured with dial color, hands and choice of leather or nato straps. The configuration I have is the gray dial with white hands and leather brown strap. Martenero allows you to quickly configure the watch that you want in minutes. The company sources the parts and then assembles the watch here in the U.S.A.

The Martenero Ace features a 42mm case that is my sweet spot when it comes to size. I think the size works with both smaller and larger wrist sizes. At 12 o’clock you will find the Martenero logo with Arabic numerals at 3, 6, and 9. The watch is powered by a Miyota 821A automatic movement that has a 45 hour power reserve. Both the front and back of the Martenero Ace features Sapphire crystal. The crown is screw down and provides 100m water resistance. The leather strap is made of super soft leather that is very comfortable. Martenero backs each watch with a two year warranty and the warranty card includes signature of it’s founders and email contact information. The manual is available online at www.martenero.com/ownersguide

The Martenero Ace is no iWatch, it is a mechanical watch that was inspired by the past with a modern twist. The Martenero Ace is a wonderful timepiece that wears great on the wrist. I believe the fit and finish of the watch makes it every bit worth the price tag.

95 Out of 100

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The Lum-Tech Abyss 600m-2 is the latest watch from USA based company that is bringing high quality watches to the market with affordable prices. The 600m-2 is an oversized watch at 48mm excluding the crown, with the Miyota 9015 automatic movement and uses MDV Technology C3 luminous. The Lum-Tech Abyss 600m-2 is only limited to 150 so you will own a very rare timepiece.

The Lum-Tech Abyss 600m-2 is the perfect blue watch with blue sunray dial. It features an amazing 600M water resistance. The Abyss features a Black leather strap with blue stitch, providing a nice contrast and matches the blue dial. The All Japan made Miyota 9015 automatic movement is widely consider one of the top movements available and comparable to the Selitta’s and ETA movements.

The packaging includes a cardboard outer box that reveals a lacquer wooden display box. You will see a metal Lum-Tec logo plate. Inside the box you will find a warranty card, certificate of authenticity and user manual. The packaging for this watch is all first rate and has a luxury feel to it.

Blue is my favorite color so I have to own at least one blue sunray dial in my collection. The dial on the Abyss really shines while being very legible. The Abyss has a sapphire crystal with double AR coating to keep the watch looking new without having a bunch of scratches.

The Lum-Tech Abyss 600m-2 is a large watch, but I didn’t mind the size of the watch as it was so beautifully crafted. The larger size of the watch will appeal to a lot of guys that find smaller watches not fit well on their wrist. The watch also benefited to being bigger to accommodate the 600M rating when most popular dive watches only reach 200M to 300M.

I was really impressed with the lume of the Lum-Tech watch. Thanks to the MDV Technology C3 luminous, a simple light source like the sun or flashlight makes the watch glow for a good amount of time. Lume freaks will appreciate the C3 luminous paint that makes the dial hands, markers and numbers glow.

This is my first Lum-Tec watch and I am surprised by the high quality of the watch for less than $1000. I purchased a Tag Heuer Dive Watch recently that retails for $2,200. I actually prefer the bold and striking Lum-Tec to the Tag any day of the week. The Lum-Tec Abyss 600M-2 has the right balance of size, precision (Miyota 9015) and lume. The Lum-Tech Abyss 600M-2 is available now for $795.00.

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Anstead Oceanis has released a new version of the same model that was funded by Kickstarter. The new Anstead Oceanis features Miyota 9015 automatic movement, Sapphire Crystal, 44mm case, and 300M water resistance.

The new Anstead Oceanis will come on a stainless steel bracelet. The Presale price of the watch is $649 and start delivery now. Check out the new Anstead Oceanis HERE

The Detroit watch brand Shinola is launching a new pocket watch called the Shinola Henry Ford Pocket watch. The watch will feature a black dial, logo, and Quartz Argonite 1069 movement. The crystal will be sapphire and have 49mm (11.45mm thick) stainless steel watch. The Pocket watch will come both a leather and a steel chain fob, and also has a black hickory watch box and stand.

The watch is limited to 1,000 pieces and cost $1,000. Check out Shinola for more details HERE