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

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

Buy it now HERE

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.

Buy the Lum-Tech Abyss 600M-2 HERE

Disclosure: Review Unit

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

Zelos second timepiece has launched on Kickstarter. After successfully funding the Helmsman, Zelos announcing a new line of watches with the Chroma and Chroma skeleton. The Chroma actually reminds me a bit of the Xetum with both featuring minimalist designs and no lugs.

The Zelos Chroma features a rounded case, lugless on leather strap, and 8215 Miyota movement. The Chroma is a must have watch that you should very much pledge to get. The modern and minimalist design is a work of art on your wrist.

Check out the Kickstarter page HERE

New watch startup Rhynofit Inc is on a roll. After successfully funded their first watch, the company has funded the second Rubicon Cockpit watches. The company has reached it’s $50,000 goal and surpassed to $52,730 with still 30 days to go.

Rynofit was created by Rico Adams, and was inspired by some military event or equipment domestic or foreign. After the smashing hit of the Rubicon Big 50, Rynofit has announced the new Rubicon AI, which is available in 44mm and 50mm sizes. I like the fact the company decided to expand to 44mm as everyone can’t wear 50mm on their wrists.

The Rubicon AI will be powered by the Miyota, but the retail version will feature a Swiss automatic movement. Pledge to this Kickstarter campaign HERE

Ebay has a like new mint condition Blancpain Leman Moon phase for $4,950 plus shipping. The watch retails for around $11,500 and can be had for less than half the price.

Brand Blancpain
Model Leman Double Time Zone
Reference 2160-1127-53b
Case Stainless Steel, 38 mm
Case Back Sapphire
Dial White Two Time Zone Casual watch. White dial with Applied Roman Numeral & Index Hour Markers.Second Time sub-dial located at the 12 o’clock position with a small am/pm window at the 9 o’clock position.Date Window Displayed at the 3 o’clock position & a small Seconds Hand located at the 6 o’clock position.

Crystal Scratch Resistant Sapphire
Movement Swiss Automatic, Caliber 5L60, composed of 253 components & 30 Jewels. Aprox. Power Reserve of 100 hours!
Bracelet Brown Alligator
Clasp Tang steel
Water Resistant 100 meters
Manufacture Blancpain – Switzerland

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ManchesterWatchWorks has a new dive watch debuting on Kickstarter in October. The watch will be called TatoskokQ and name after a lake monster from the folklore of the Abenaki tribes.

The TatoskoQ will feature a 42.5 case, 200M water resistance, Swiss Ronda 715Li Quartz movement, and flat sapphire crystal with inner anti-reflective coating. The battery will last 10 years with a low battery warning. The TatoskokQ has a textured black sand beach-like dial with C3 lumed raised markers and a 12:00 marker inspired by the American diver down flag. You have the option to have a date window or not. The Black PU strap with engraved buckle and/or a MWW custom designed strap with engraved buckle is perfect for the dive watch. ManchesterWatchWorks logo depicts he letters ‘M’ and ‘W’ of the brand name and doubles as the Green Mountains (top triangles) and their reflections on a glassy lake (bottom triangles). We will have more details about the watch when the Kickstarter page opens in October.

Check out ManchesterWatchWorks Facebook and Website for updates.