James McCabe is a new watch brand that is offering affordable automatic watches with some style. The model I am reviewing is the Rose Gold BELFAST watch. The retails for around $327.37USD and comes in Rose Gold case/Black Dial, Silver case/Black Dial, and Rose Gold case/White dial.

Specifications:

Automatic Skeleton Movement

Stainless Steel Rose Gold Case

Black Dial with Rose Gold Index

Brown Leather Strap

5 ATM

Case diameter with crown: 46mm




The watch features Rose Gold plated case, see through caseback, open heart and leather strap. The watch is considered an affordable dress watch although I recommend you buy a premium strap. The leather strap that comes with it is okay but a little stiff.








The packaging it comes in is a cardboard box outer and then a very nice inner gift box. The watch face is easily readable with numbers at the 12 and 6 position and indices at the hour markers in rose gold. The minute and hour hands are filled with lume material. This is a dress watch so don’t expect much lume out of this watch. The crown is a push and pull type so only 5ATM water resistance. The back features a exhibition case back so you can see the automatic movement. The movement is not mentioned but it is an Japanese automatic movement


The watch is very nice for the money. It is a watch I would wear on special occasions and on dates. The rose gold is very well plated and should last for a long time. The 44mm case is a little bit more of a modern size for a dress watch but should work for most.

9 Out of 10

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James McCabe Belfast

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Reviewed by K.C. Kim
http://minutemanwatches.com/collection/mm04-polished-stainless
$445.00



Minuteman Watches are making a difference in the community and making made in the USA watches. Minuteman sources the watch from few highly skilled watchmakers in the state of Illinois. So you get a watch that is built with superb standards from American watchmakers that are CMW21 (Certified Watchmaker of the 21st Century) certified.


The Minuteman MM04 comes in a nice nylon zippered case that protects the watch and is perfect when traveling.



The MM04 features a polished stainless steel case and case back, 43mm case, Sapphire Crystal, Swiss Made 955.112 movement, 200m water resistance and American made leather watch strap. In addition the watch has 2.5mm “Fat” spring bars, A/R coating on the inside of the crystal, screw down crown and luminous hands and dial. The watch feature plenty of features that make it a true value. This is a watch you want to keep for years to come.


I like Minuteman Watches aspirations to help Veterans as well as make their watches here in the United States. In a world where big companies are trying to nickel and dime the consumer, Minuteman Watch Co. is trying to offer a helping hand. Minuteman watches is a brand that I can get behind for it’s message and of course getting a quality timepiece as well.


The watches from Minuteman watches are backed by a 5 year limited warranty and come with free lifetime battery replacement. The company takes 25% of it’s profit and donates the money to charities that assist veterans and their families.

9.8 Out of 10

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******Correction: Minuteman is not made by Lum-Tec as originally reported. The company has made it known that the watches are made in Illinois by a few highly skilled watchmakers.******


The two things I like the most is cool cars and nice watches. REC Watches blends the two things in a cool new and old way. REC Watches uses handcrafted recycled metal dial made from a classic Mini. The watch comes with its own corresponding VIN on the caseback.







I like when a watch tells a story, and the REC watches has a great story along with each watch. The company recovers sheets of metal from classic Mini cars and uses the metal for the dial of the watch. The dial of the REC Watches Mark 1 is one of a kind as the scrap metal used is unique from each other. The dial has scratches and shades of rust that make the dial unique and vintage. The patina of the recycled metal gives it a one-of-a-kind look.






The Mark I was inspired by by the classic and radically innovative elliptical dashboard of the Mark I & II Minis. The company transferred the elliptical shape of the dashboard to the Mark I watch design, where it encircles the two subdials – providing a “dashboard within the watch”. The remaining dial is purely made from recycled Mini metal, and will often feature very distinct imperfections, providing an altogether unique feel to the watch. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the recycled Mini is provided on the backcase of the watch, and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.



Although the watch is sized big at 44.3mm it wears smaller due to it’s curved lines and 13mm height. I normally wear watches that are about 42mm and this watch wears smaller than the 44.3mm indicates. The Mark I has a minimalist look that would look great in formal and casual settings. The case has both circular and vertically brushed stainless steel and total weight of the watch is 66g. The watch uses mineral glass for the face and solid caseback. The watch is powered by the OS21 Miyota movement with 24H indicator, 60-minute chronograph and date. The REC Watches Mark I M1 comes with a Black genuine leather strap with black stitching and quick-release system. The quick release system allows for easy switching of straps and a black and grey nylon strap is included as well.



The uniqueness of the watch and the price of only $425 makes the REC Watches a must buy. I see too many brands release the same kind of watch over and over again. REC Watches is doing something different and offering a one-of-a-kind watch that would look great in anyone’s collection. I’m sure every Mini owner would want the Mark 1 as well as all those car enthusiasts.

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Vierra Watches is a startup offering watches without the markup. The watches are designed with a sporty feel that is perfect for swimming and surfing. The 50m water resistance is more than enough to protect the watch from water from showers, swimming and surfing. The watch should not be used for diving!




The Vierra Watch reminds me a bit of Nixon watches which I think is a good thing. The watch is powered by Miyota Japanese quartz movement that is extremely accurate. The Vierra Watches have a 41mm metal case with hardened mineral crystal. At the price point the watch feels very high quality and not prone to break like plastic case watches. The 22 mm silicone strap gives it a sporty feel while being super comfortable to wear. The color combinations include black/blue with black strap, black/yellow with black strap and finally white/gold with white strap.





The Vierra Watches offer the best price for the money of any watch I have seen. The watches sell for $59 for one, $99 for two and three for $139. That means you can pay as little as $46.33 if you buy 3. Considering I own watches that cost thousands of dollars the price of the Vierra watch is attractive even as a impulse buy. It would be perfect for taking with you on trips as the watch is cheap enough to replace if lost. The Vierra watch should be popular with younger crowd that like trendy watches and sophisticated shoppers that are looking for new and interesting brands at a bargain price.



Vierra watches are excellent watches to own and give away to family and friends. Fashion-savvy shoppers will like the fashion forward design and price. Vierra watches blends sport with style that is perfect for men and women that enjoy skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing while wearing a cool watch on their wrist.

9.5 Out of 10

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I recently was interested in taking my watches with me when traveling during the holidays. I was looking at the selection of watch rolls on the market and found a lot of poorly made products. Then, I stumbled upon Decamp Goods Leather Watch Roll and was blow away by the watch rolls. If you take a look at their Instagram page you can see an amazing array of handmade leather watch rolls.


All Decamp Goods Leather Watch Roll are made 100% by hand without any machinery. Decamp Goods makes the watch roll by hand cut, hand punched, hand stitched, hand stamped. The leather watch roll is intentionally made rustic as if it could have been made 200 years ago.


The company Decamp meaning is “to depart quickly…” that is fitting for the watch roll. The watch roll is a great way to organize your watches as well as having quick access to your watches. I hate the watch boxes that are hard to open, take up space, and break apart. The watch roll is also great for taking traveling while on business, vacation, or a meet up.


The watch sleeve I received was the two sleeve watch roll in shades of brown. You can pick and choose various colors and the amount of pouches the watch roll contains.


I highly recommend you take a look at Decamp Goods Leather Watch Roll as they have one of the best watch rolls on the market. The leather will get better with age and the handmade quality will last for a long time.


Prices start at $45 for a full leather 2 sleeve watchroll. Generally 7 sleeves is the max – after that the rolls get too bulky. An all leather 7 sleeve is $165. Decamp Goods can add strap sleeves and tool sleeves too at $10 and $5, respectively.

10 Out of 10

Head over to Instagram to order your very own handmade Decamp Goods Watch Roll HERE




Slow watch is a new unique fashionable unisex design one handed watch from Slow Watch Company. The one handed watch makes it look like the watch is going in slow mo time. While there have been other one handed watches before this one is affordable and marketed to the masses.





The Slow watch comes in a 316L stainless steel casing with metal bracelet. You can buy the slow watch in many configuration including ones with black/gold/silver dials and leather straps. The slow watch does not have any branding on the front of the dial as they want a minimalist and beautiful design. The Slow watch has a raised, extra hardened (K1) mineral glass with anti-reflective coating. The crystal is scratch resistant and crystal clear to see the beautiful dial. The case back is flat and has eight screws holding it into place. The brushed back has an engraved Slow Watch logo on the back.



The slow watches use a Swiss Made Rhonda Caliber 505.24H GMT movement which original has 4 hands and date. Slow watch uses only the one hand to represent 24 hours of time to create a slow watch that reduces unnecessary movement. The watch uses a 24 hour scale and military time. Basically every indices is 15 so you can determine the hour and minutes with one hand.





Slow Watch is the perfect watch for guys/ladies who like style, fashion, design and retro style all in one. I was looking forward to reviewing the Slow Watch and it has not disappointed. The Slow Watch is a beautiful watch that will be admired by all.

9.7 out of 10

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slow Jo – All Silver Steel, Silver Dial – Swiss Made

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Reviewed by K.C. Kim
Techne Harrier
http://technewatches.biz/

Techne a brand that I previously reviewed with the GosHawk now has released the Techne Harrier. Techne is well known in the watch community for their retro pilot and aviator watches at affordable prices. The company continues to produce top notch watches with options for movements and features.

The Techne Harrier comes in 3 different versions with info listed below.

Ref. 363 – version with high-beat inline anchor lever and self-winding
Ref. 375 – version with quartz resonator, small seconds and oversize date
Ref. 392 – version with quartz resonator, Military Time display, independent Time Zone display and oversize date window (+45%)





Techne Instruments has updated the packaging for the Harrier. The new watch comes in unfinished wooden box with 24 month warranty card, instruction manual and Seal of Authenticity.








The one I received was the Ref 375 with Quartz movement, small seconds, and oversize date. The 375 is the most basic model but in my opinion the best looking. The minimalist design shows the striking easy to read black dial with white lettering. The watch sells for as little as $220 and comes with many strap options. The Techne Harrier shown here comes with 5 NATO straps including the USM woven nylon strap pattern after the NATO worn by Sean Connery in the 1964 motion picture Goldfinger.







The Techne Harrier is the perfect size at only 41mm which looks equally great on large or small hands. The Harrier also features Scratch-proof sapphire with inner anti-reflective coating. The lume on the Harrier is excellent and even a little light makes the dial glow green. The two dots flanking the 12 is a nod to early 20th century military watches. The Quartz version is powered by the Miyota GP11 movement. If you’re willing to spend more money you can opt for the more expensive Ref 363 with Miyota 9015 automatic movement. The case is made of brushed 316L stainless steel with a screw down crown that provides 50m of water resistant.



Techne continues to make some of the best retro style aviator watches around. While I like Mechanical watches I think the Ref 375 Precision Quartz model is perfect and practical for those who want accuracy and need to be on time for their job. I haven’t found a Techne model I didn’t like or crave, and the Harrier is one that continues my love of all things Techne.

9.5 Out of 10

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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.

Positive
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

Negative
No date
Just ok Lume

9.8 Out of 10

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