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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Erroyl Watch Company has released it’s latest Erroyl Heritage Royal 300. The limited edition watch will only be available for a limited time with 300 total made. The blue dial Royal 300 comes on Jubilee stainless steel band with 9015 Miyota movement.


Erroyl has posted on Kickstarter that you can swap out the bracelet for a nice black leather strap. Just enter Black Leather Strap when you checkout in the ‘Note to ERROYL’ field.

Buy the Erroyl Heritage Royal 300 now for only $303.43USD HERE


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I am always on the lookout for an affordable diver that offers a lot for the money. Van Speyk, a brand that I first learn about from Watchuseek in 2012 has a new diver being released to the market.


Before we get started with the new diver watch, let look at a little history of the brand. Van Speyk watches is named after Jan Carel Josephus van Speyk, a Dutch national hero.

In the Golden Age the current Kingdom of the Netherlands occupied a global perch in terms of Trade, Science, Art and Military Power (especially at sea). This period of time formed an important part of the foundation of the wealth, both economically and culturally, that we in present time Netherlands find ourselves in.

Economic decline and turbulent years is what The Netherlands in the 18th century had to endure. Amidst this social rumble Jan Carel Josephus van Speyk was born in Amsterdam on the 31st of January, 1802. Although educated as a tailor, Van Speyk was fascinated by the adventures that go with the life of a sailor. He followed his heart and in the years that followed, he became a marine lieutenant and conducted many naval trading- and combat missions across the globe and even acquired the “ridderkruis der vierde klasse van de Militaire Willems-Orde”; the Dutch equivalent of the Medal of Honor.

On the 5th of February 1831, Van Speyk (29) became a Dutch national hero when he headed for the Antwerp harbor in Belgium to examine shiploads. A year prior, the Belgium Revolution led to the dissolution of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands and the proclamation of an independent Belgium. Upon arrival in Antwerp, a furious party of Antwerp workmen boarded Van Speyk’s gunboat “No.2”. Van Speyk then spoke the legendary phrase: “…and going down in history as an infamous Dutchman? I rather blow this ship and myself to smithereens, than surrender”. By throwing a lit cigar into a barrel of gunpowder in the ships armory, the ship exploded. Van Speyk did not survive his act. Because of his reluctance to comply and as a result of his display of devotion to his flag, he is considered an important hero in the history of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. He inspirited the Dutch civilians.

Today, more than two centuries hereafter, we follow our hearts in the spirit of Jan Carel van Speyk by manufacturing these splendid Van Speyk watches. Van Speyk precisely unifies the feeling of a majestic Dutch history and our national pride. A watch brand with an international allure, as well as an undeniable Dutch identity.


Now that we learned a little history of the brand, let look at the specs of the new Van Speyk Dutch Diver. The Dutch Diver features a reliable Miyota 8215 automatic movement along with a 42mm Sandwich dial case made of stainless steel. The dive watch also features a sapphire crystal, unidirectional bezel, 200M water resistance and a screw down crown. The watch features SuperLuminova on the hands and hour markers. The bracelet is stainless steel with brushed and polished links to offer a sophisticated classic look.


Tech Specs from Van Speyk

Made in the Netherlands (Dutch Made)
Miyota 8215 automatic movement
316L Stainless steel bracelet (logo engraved); 22mm
316L Stainless steel case (logo engraved on backside); 42mm by 13mm thick
Sapphire glass
Water resistance: 200 meter
Screw down crown
Uni-directional bezel
SuperLuminova
Double layer dial
Available in: black, brown, grey, white and blue (dial color)
2 year warranty
Wooden watch box & certificate
Price: 329,00 euro incl. VAT = 272,00 euro excl. VAT (incl. worldwide insured shipping).



The Van Speyk Dutch Diver will be shipping this month with a price tag of around $300 (excl. VAT, incl. shipping). The Dutch Made watch has already received a fair amount of press from the watch community and it is almost all positive. Those that want to preorder the Dutch Diver can contact the company through the official site HERE.

http://vanspeyk-watches.com/

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Farley Watches found a need for a luxury feeling watch without the huge markups. The company aims to release the watch for $100 for standard and $150 for premium with Sapphire glass Crystal and 5ATM water resistance. The Farley Watch was created by Gavin Farley, from Adelaide, South Australia.

Case Diameter: 45 mm
Case Thickness: 7.5mm
Face Diameter: 38mm
Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel
Back Plating: Stainless Steel
Hide Edition Clasp: Heavy Duty Buckle Clasp
Buckle Material: Stainless Steel
Dial Window Material: Crystal Mineral Glass and Sapphire Crystal
Display: Analog
Movement: Japanese Miyota 2115 Quartz
Date Function: Yes
Seconds Function: Yes
Water Resistant: 3 ATM / 30 Meters and 5 ATM / 50 Meters
Band Material: Genuine Leather

Check out the project HERE



Like a luxury car with a wood accented interior, Wood Mark creates wood watches blend wood with stainless steel for something truly beautiful. Most of the wood watches on the market are more casual in style. I believe there is only a few companies that offer this level of sophistication in a wood watch that Wood Mark does.



Mirroring the history of America’s great Chesapeake Bay, this model’s lustrous silver stainless steel and black sandalwood bridge the gap between natural beauty and modern functionality. Blurring the line between city and nature, the Chesapeake is sharp enough to wear to your business meeting and inspire thoughts of nature with every glance.



Its Japanese Miyota 2115 date movement will keep you on schedule with its glow-in-the-dark hands while its scratch resistant glass and stainless steel butterfly buckle clasp will withstand the wear and tear of everyday use. This men’s watch is water resistant to withstand the occasional splashes you may encounter throughout your journey but it is not suitable for showering, bathing, swimming or snorkeling.


The watch features black sandalwood wood dial with accents of wood in the watch face and bracelet. The case and bracelet is a polished stainless steel that works perfectly in style with the wood accents. The dial has a nice texture that shows the grain of the natural black sandalwood.



The Wood Mark watch is powered by the quartz Japanese Miyota 2115 date movement that is ever reliable and makes sure you are on time to your business meetings. The Scratch-resistant crystal covered in synthetic sapphire keeps watch looking in great shape. The butterfly clasp makes removing the watch a cinch. The glow-in-the-dark hands makes it easy to tell the time even in total dark.



Overall I believe the Wood Mark Chesapeake 7803 Watch is one the best wood watches on the market. The watch is a beautiful timepiece that shows the beauty of nature in a modern watch. If I had to choose only one wood watch to own and add to my collection it would be a Wood Mark watch.

9.8 Out of 10

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Zinvo Blade is the only watch with a 1-second-spin Turbine. The dial spins every second, non stop, as it replaces the seconds hand. The watch features a Miyota 21 jewel 8215 movement, 44mm case and 10ATM water resistance.

316L stainless steel case
Italian leather strap and steel buckle
44mm wide
13mm thick
50mm lug to lug
24mm lug width
101.3 grams total weight
Miyota 8215 automatic movement
10 atm water resistance
Price $199.00

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Abingdon Co. produces the finest watches for the adventurous woman. The company releases watches that include aviation watches, dive watches and travel watches. In the past these categories were exclusive to men. And now a company has stepped up and filled the void for luxury aviation, travel, and dive watches geared toward women.



The Katherine In First class watch by Abingdon Co. is the latest model in the Travel Line of timepieces. The unique feature of this watch is the Abingdon patent-pending ALPHABezel to assist in remembering ATIS when you fly or anything you can use a letter. The rotating internal bezel rotates to an alphabet letter with a magnifying window off-centered at 6:30.



The Abingdon Co. Katherine in First Class comes in Rose Gold IP Plating that is less prone to wear off. The rose gold Mother of Pearl cabin interior add another layer of beauty with Super Luminova hands and Chronograph features. The watch features a 40mm case size which is perfect for women that prefer a larger watch. The watch also features Sapphire Crystal, 50M water resistance, metal bracelet, and Chronograph Quartz movement by Miyota.


The Abingdon Co. is making seriously nice watch for women that prefer more than just a pretty face. Most watches geared toward women are mere fashion watches while The Abingdon Co. line of watches rival features of men’s watches while still appealing to women’s style.

$549 Buy it now HERE

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Last year I followed several new watch startups launch their first watch to the market on Kickstarter. I am finally able to review several of the watches that ended up getting funded. The Erroyl Heritage watched ending up with $40,972AUD of its initial goal of $15,000AUD. The E30 is a nice blend of elegance and style with an automatic movement. Australia has been a hotbed of great new watch companies and Erroyl plans to be at the top of the heap with long-term future in mind.


ERROYL is an Australian watch company that launched in 2014 with the focus on designing refined, elegant and enduring mechanical watches. ERROYL is a touch of Earl and a dash of Royal. Inspired by the Anglo-Saxon title of Earl – meaning a member of the nobility – ERROYL produce refined timepieces that imbue elegance, respect and longevity.

Specifications:

40mm diameter, 316L marine grade stainless steel case
10mm case height and 20mm lug width
Exhibition case back
Japanese Miyota Cal. 9015 movement (automatic and hand winding), 24 jewels and 28,800 vibrations per hour
Approximately 42 hour power reserve
Flat scratch resistant sapphire crystal (front and back)
Anti-reflective coating (underside)
20mm black genuine leather alligator grain strap (tang buckle)
50m / 5ATM water resistance
Luxury leather display box




Erroyl is the brainchild of Wes Knight who enlisted a couple of friends to start a new line of watches under the Erroyl brand name. While the first watch was launched on Kickstarter, I’m told future watches will be sold directly to the consumer through their website. This will allow Erroyl to offer the best prices and maintain the highest quality.




The watches come in black, white, and rose gold with brown and black straps. The Erroyl watch uses the Japanese movement Miyota 9015 that has been proven to be reliable and a favorite amongst Micro brand companies. The watch also features Flat scratch resistant sapphire crystal, 10mm case height and 20mm lug width, exhibition case back, and 50m water resistance. The company did not skimp when it came to the Flat scratch resistant sapphire crystal that is on both the front and back of the watch. Many brands tend to use cheaper mineral glass for the caseback. The Erroyl watch comes in a nice leather display box perfect for gift giving.





The 40mm case is a great modern size for a dress watch. The watch is superbly made and comparable to watches such as entry-level Swiss Tissot Le Locle or a Hamilton Visodate. The deployment clasp strap which was a stretch goal for Kickstarter backers adds another layer of sophistication. The watch is versatile in that it can be worn with a polo, blazer or suit and not look out of place. For a first time model, the Erroyl E30 is refined and well polished compared to other watches that I have reviewed. The black dial is simply stunning with its textured concentric circle pattern and when the watch face hits light the sunburst effect is in full force. The watch has applied hour markers with Roman numerals markers at three, six, nine and twelve.




The Erroyl watches is available for an amazing $300.79USD making it one of the best bang for your buck automatic watches available. I cannot think of another watch at this price point with the features and design that Erroyl watch offers. Erroyl E30 Heritage watch hits all the check marks I’m looking for in a timepiece to wear at the office or going out with friends. If you’re looking for a luxury watch without the huge price tag then the Erroyl E30 would be fine choice to add to your collection.

96 out 100

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The Tangramatic 39a was a successfully funded watch on Kickstarter that had all the forum a buzz. The watch brand was founded by Frances del Mundo also known as Bombfish on WUS. The Sydney, Australia based company has had great success with their Kickstarter campaign and the watch can now be purchased directly to the consumer.


Miyota cal.9015 (automatic & hand-wind),
Sapphire crystal single-domed watch glass,
Anti-reflective coating (underside only),
Art deco-style 316L stainless steel case,
Water resistance of 100m / 10ATM / 330ft,
C1 Superluminova on hour markers, black Luminova on hands,
Date window at 6 o’clock,
Engraved, solid, screw-down case back,
Push-pull crown







The Tangramatic 39a comes in three dial types, the white Bauhaus reviewed here, the blue Nautilus, and brown California dial. Each of the watches have their own personality and stand out from the usual stuff you find on Kickstarter. The watch is a great size for almost any man with a 39mm case diameter without crown, 20mm lug width, 45mm lug to lug, and 12mm high at the peak of the crystal. I found the white dial Bauhaus great as a formal wear item while the other two dials to be more casual in style. The company also has an amazing black Penta pilot watch to round out the collection.



The Tangramatic 39a is powered by the Micro-Brand favorite movement, the Miyota cal.9015. The Miyota 9015 movement is better than the workhorse ETA 2824 and is comparable to the ETA 2892. Some have mention the rotor noise on the 9015 movements, but I have not noticed this at all with the Tangramatic that I’m reviewing. Tangramatic gives you many choices of straps from Nato straps, Genuine leather strap and steel mesh bracelet. You can buy the straps directly from Tangramatic for $15-$20. Tangramatic has you covered for changing the look of the watch with a great selection of strap choices.


The Tangramatic is one cool retro watch with modern appeal. I compare the Tangramatic 39a very favorably to one of my favorite dress watches, the Tissot Le Locle. The beautiful dial, automatic movement, and fresh and unique design gives it a permanent place in my watch rotation. The Tangramatic can be dress up or down with your wardrobe selections and would look good with a polo shirt, blazer or suit. The Tangramatic gives you a luxury feel without breaking the bank at less than $500. I can’t wait to see what Mr. del Mundo has in store for us next with Tangramatic as the first watch hit a home run.

95 out of 100

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