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.

Buy it now HERE

Disclosure: Review Sample


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


http://vanspeyk-watches.com/
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/

via WristwatchReview



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



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

Buy it now HERE

Disclosure: Review sample


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

Buy it now HERE

Disclosure: Review sample



Vesta Watch Company Titan was designed last with the goal of creating a watch that can be worn everyday. The Titan was inspired by early military watches and is suitable for hunting, fishing and other water sports. The watch is easy to read and built to be a durable everyday watch.

The Vesta Watch Company Titan comes with in two versions, a 9015 Automatic Miyota version and a quartz Miyota 2315 version. The watch features a 4mm thick domed sapphire crystal, 46mm solid titanium case, and 100m water resistance.

Vesta Titan Automatic
Case: Brushed Titanium
Case Diameter: Ø 46mm – 54mm lug-to-lug
Case-back: Brushed Titanium
Thickness: 14.5mm
Lug width: 24mm
Crown: 6mm x 3mm screw-down
Crystal: 4mm Domed Sapphire – AR coated inside
Water Resistance: 10 ATM / 100m / 330ft
Movement: Miyota 9015 Automatic – 24 jewels / hacking / 28,800 bpm
Lume: SuperLuminova C3 on hands and dial
Pledge starts at $295

Vesta Titan Quartz
Case: Brushed Titanium
Diameter: Ø 46mm – 54mm lug-to-lug
Case-back: Brushed Titanium
Thickness: 14.5mm
Lug width: 24mm
Crown: 6mm x 3mm screw-down
Crystal: 4mm Domed Sapphire – AR coated inside
Water Resistance: 10 ATM / 100m / 330ft
Movement: Miyota 2415 Quartz – Shock Proof
Lume: SuperLuminova C3 on hands and dial
Pledge starts at $195

Check out the Kickstarter page HERE

Official site HERE


MVMT Watches has released it’s latest watch, the MVMT Chrono for $135.00. The watch features a 45mm brushed stainless steel case, hardened mineral crystal, Miyota Japanese Quartz movment, 9mm thickness, and water resistance up to 5atm.

Order now as quantities are limited HERE


River Watch Company is launching it’s first watch on Kickstarter. The company is founded by Scott Bakkar in 2014 and is based out of British Columbia. The watch will feature a 42mm case, Sapphire Crystal, Miyota 9015 movement, 11mm thickness, 200M WR, and a 1 year international warranty.

River Watch Co. Tiber

Case: Stainless Steel
Movement: Miyota 9015
Dial: Sunburst Tuxedo Black/Sunburst Sports Silver
Lume: C3 Tuxedo Black/BGW9 Sports Silver
Lens: Flat Sapphire
Strap: Brown/Black “crazy horse” leather
Water Resistance: 200M
Dimensions: 42mm x 50mm
Thickness: 11mm
Lug Width: 22mm
Crown: 5.5mm
Warranty: 1 year international warranty

via River Watch Co.


The Lum-Tec Abyss is now offered in a smaller 42mm version 400M-2. The company has launched a complete new line for 2015 and the Abyss 400M-2 has to be my favorite.

42mm width excluding crown
22mm lug width
13mm thick
316L Stainless steel case
Bead blasted finish.
Sapphire crystal with double side clear anti-reflective coating
Screw lock crown with double diamond sealing system
High tech Viton® gasket
MDV Technology C3 luminous with blue sunray CNC cutout dial
Threaded solid 316L stainless steel caseback
400 meters/1312 ft. water resistance
Black leather strap with blue stitch. 22/22 size
Extra springbars included for fitting other straps
Ultra precision tuned 28,800 BPH Miyota 9015 Japan automatic movement with hand winding and hack feature
One year limited warranty
Limited numbered series of 100
Free lifetime timing adjustments

Preorder now for $573.75 HERE