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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Calvin Jr Watches recently sent prototypes of the Velocita watch that was just funded on Kickstarter with 12 hours to go. The first thing you will notice about Calvin Jr. Velocita is that its not like anything else on the market. While lots of Kickstarter projects use off the shelf cases, Calvin Jr. Velocita is a one of kind watch.









Calvin Jr. Velocita offers a bold design with case and dial purposely positioned at a 30 degree upper angle at the 12 hour position for an ergonomically time reading. The curve case wraps around your wrist and it’s 22mm thickness works without looking too big. The crocodile embossed leather strap adds another touch of class to the watch. The case is 42mm and has excellent wrist presence. The chronograph watch has the crown on top of the watch with pushers to the side of it. The CJR logo(also featured on the end of the second hand) is on the dial with Calvin Jr. printed below it. Then below that you will find Velocita and “1/5 Sec. Chrono. The watch features a deployment clasp that perfectly compliments the watch.


The Velocita comes with 6 watch designs based on architecture and motorcycles chassis. The flagship watch will feature an ETA 775 automatic and with the other watches featuring Ronda 3520.D quartz movement. The six watches include the automatic C3PO-1, Carbon, and quartz Fire Red, USO, Army, and Spacecraft.



The Kickstarter projects that catch my eye are ones that are innovative with their design and offer real value. Calvin Jr. Velocita checks all the marks that I want in a bold new watch in a market with so many copycats. Calvin Jr. Velocita is an affordable watch with bold designs cues and features that matter to watch enthusiasts.

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Field watches are a great choice for an everyday watch that is rugged and can take the wear and tear of everyday use. Bertucci watches offers performance field watches that can wear in all elements of life. Bertucci has a complete line of field watches that fit everybody’s personal style and performance requirements.





The Bertucci A-5P Illuminated Watch is fully loaded with premium features. The watch features a U.S. patented Durability Certified™ carbon fiber reinforced 45 mm case, tritium illuminating tubes, and several strap options. The back features Black ION finish stainless steel screw down case back. The A-5P also features Hardened scratch-resistant mineral glass crystal, Swiss made all-metal quartz movement and 3.5 year battery life.





I love the tritium illuminating tubes that continuously glow and makes telling the time an easy task even in the dark. Bertucci offers high tech straps that include survival leather strap, Tridura™ Ultra-Duty™ band, DX3® Nylon band, and 2-Ply Camo Band. The band provides water resistance and are super durable to weather the elements.




Bertucci A-5P Illuminated watch is the perfect field watch for the everyday man. The swapping of the straps is an easy task and the watch wears nicely on the wrist. I love the grab and go appeal of the Bertucci A-5P Illuminated watch. Bertucci continues to churn out rugged field watches for every adventure.

9.5 Out of 10

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Bertucci Men’s 13505 A-5P Illuminated Black Dial Black Tridura Band Field Watch

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I was in the market for a new dive watch and stumbled upon the Bombfrog 500m Professionell. The watch has a reliable Seiko movement, 500m water resistance, and comes on a rubber strap. I look for good value when I want to add something to my collection and the Bombfrog 500m is a great value for the money.





When I first opened the box of the Bombfrog 500m I thought the watch look a lot more than the price tag would warrant. The watch comes in a 46mm brushed steel case with a firm unidirectional rotating bezel. The screw down crown keep water out and 500m water resistance is perfect for a diver. The Sapphire glass is a nice addition considering the price you may get a mineral glass with other divers in this price range. The super luminous hour markers and hands provide ample amount of light for night viewing of the time. The watch features a black dial with a red seconds with date at the 3 marker.


The Bombfrog 500m Professionell comes with an extra long rubber strap. I have a 7 inch wrist and the last hole fits my wrist. This is perfect for those guys with larger wrists and those with smaller wrist can easily swap out the strap for an aftermarket strap or bracelet. The Bombfrog 500m is powered by the ever reliable Seiko VX42 Quartz Movement that will make sure you are always on time for your appointments. Bombfrog backs each watch with a 24 month warranty and a certificate of authenticity. The company tests out each watch before it’s sent to buyer for 24 hour quality control check.


Overall I am really impressed with the offering of the Bombfrog 500m Professionell diving watch. It is truly a beautiful timepiece that is built like a tank and reliable with it’s Seiko quartz movement. The features of the watch and military style makes this a must buy for anyone looking for a great accurate diver watch.

9.8 Out of 10

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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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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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I love the feel of a great leather nato strap and was looking to fit one to my REC Watches Mark I M1 watch. I found CheapestNatoStraps.com to offers a wide variety at an affordable price. I inquired about reviewing the Swedish Army Leather NATO Strap and post my thoughts here.



A NATO strap gives your watch a casual and personal style that is comfortable to wear. CheapestNatoStraps.com offers leather NATO straps for $16.95 that is high quality leather calf. The straps are made of soft leather and conform to your wrist.



The leather NATO strap comes in 18mm, 20mm and 22mm width. The leather NATO straps are 28cm long and can be shorten yourself. The company uses stainless steel hardware instead of the cheaper chrome on brass.


Overall I believe the Leather NATO Strap Swedish Army is a must buy for anyone looking for a unique and comfortable NATO strap. The leather strap gives the watch a different look and feel. I highly recommend you check out the affordable and well made leather NATO straps from cheapestnatostraps.com 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

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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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I love the feel and comfort of a great Nato strap on my watch. Nato Straps Co. makes some very nice leather and nylon Nato Straps that are affordable and stylish. I was in the market for a new leather Nato strap and found the Longhorn orange leather Nato to be the perfect pairing with my watch.




The Nato Straps Co. The Longhorn Leather NATO Strap w/ Polished Hardware is a made of quality Genuine Leather with Stitched in hardware. The 10.7/270mm in length should fit the majority of wrist sizes. And it’s 1.2mm thinness makes it perfect for almost any watch. I had another Nato that was too thick to fit under the springbars. The Nato Straps Co. Nato leather is the perfect thickness that it should fit on most watches.





The Nato Straps Co. leather Nato straps are the perfect blend of comfort with a not too thick leather and not too stiff. It is a leather strap that is super comfortable for all day wear. The polished hardware is made of Surgical Grade Stainless Steel.


Overall the Nato Straps Co. The Longhorn Leather NATO Strap w/ Polished Hardware is an excellent Nato strap that would be ideal for almost every watch enthusiast. The $23.50 price is well below the average price of a solid Nato yet is the same quality as more expensive options.

9.7 Out of 10

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