Benson Watchwinders is releasing a brand new line of watchwinders under the Black Series collection. The watchwinders will come in 2, 4, 6, and 8 size watchwinders for your automatic watch collection. The watchwinders will keep your watch on time at all times and comes in black, white or carbon. The watchwinder is programmable by its touchscreen.





The watchwinders will be made of wood with 12 layers of paint with Stainless steel feet. The watchwinders are powered by Mabuchi motors (individual per rotor). Here are the full specs of the Black Series watchwinders here





Models; for 2, 4, 6 and 8 automatic watches (4 models/sizes)
Colors: black, carbon and white
Storage capacity for other watches
Material: wood (12 layers of paint)
Stainless steel feet
Mabuchi motors (individual per rotor)
Specially developed gearing system
Touchscreen controller
Adjustable TPD (turns per day)
Winding directions; CW, CC and alternate
Adjustable watch holders for big and small wrists (ladies and gents)
LED light
Power winding function
USB connection (to charge mobile phone or other devices)
Soft-close cover
2 year warranty
Manual & official certificate

Price level:

Model 2: 399,00 euro (incl. TAX/VAT)
Model 4: 599,00 euro (incl. TAX/VAT)
Model 6: 799,00 euro (incl. TAX/VAT)
Model 8: 999,00 euro (incl. TAX/VAT)


Prices in the USA, Hong Kong and Canada are a bit lower, as the 21% VAT included in the prices (Dutch VAT). But in other countries the VAT/TAX can be lower). The Black Series of watchwinders will be release in about a month’s time.


Check out Benson Watchwinders for more info www.benson-watchwinders.com


Minuteman Watches has teamed up with Lum-Tec founder Chris Wiegand to design and manufacturer Minuteman’s latest collection. The Minuteman Independence series will come in either PVD or stainless steel versions. The black PVD will retail for $309 with a special $275 preorder and the stainless steel version will run $309 with a special $250 preorder price. Each Minuteman Independence model will be proudly assembled in Mentor Ohio USA by Wiegand Custom watch company. The watches will come with a 5 year limited warranty and free lifetime battery replacement.

Independence PVD
Assembled in the United States of America.
40mm case width without crown.
Sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating on the inside.
Ronda 515 Swiss Quartz movement.
Water resistant to 100 meters.
Black PVD finish.
Individually serial numbered.
Free lifetime battery replacement.
5 year limited warranty.
Luminous hands and markers.
$275 for a limited time HERE


Independence
Assembled in the United States of America.
40mm case width without crown.
Sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating on the inside.
Ronda 515 Swiss Quartz movement.
Water resistant to 100 meters.
Stainless Steel case and crown.
Individually serial numbered.
Free lifetime battery replacement.
5 year limited warranty.
Luminous hands and markers.
$250 for a limited time HERE

25% of the profit from our net annual sales of Minuteman products goes to charities assisting veterans & their Families. The new Independence line will be the lowest price yet for Minuteman while still offering better case finishing with Lum-Tec/Wiegard Custom Watch Company behind it. And I’m sure with all Lum-Tec watches, you will get excellent lume with this watch as well. Here is your chance to get an American made watch for an incredible low price. Compared to other American made watches, Minuteman stands alone as the best bang for your buck watch in terms of features and styling.

Check out the official site HERE and order your very own Minuteman Independence series watch


One of my early favorite watches of 2016 is the Minuteman Jester watch will be limited to as little as 50. Those who preorder will be the lucky few that will own a timepiece only worn buy a few people. The Minuteman / JΞSTΞR is a collaboration between American Made watch company Minuteman watches that donates a portion of sales to assists veterans and their families and JΞSTΞR a well known Hactivist who in March of 2015 was listed in Time Magazines list of “The 30 Most Influential People on the Internet.” The collaboration created a beautiful timepiece will an interesting backstory.

Proudly assembled in the USA by Minuteman Watch Co.
Individually serial numbered
Stainless Steel case with black PVD coating.
Stainless Steel case back.
42mm width without crown.
Screw down crown.
200 meter water resistant.
Comes with one American made Leather watch strap.
Sapphire crystal.
ETA 955.112 Swiss made movement.
Luminous hands and dial.

The Minuteman / JΞSTΞR is available for preorder now at $399 using the case as the proposed Minuteman watch with Swiss auto movement. The Jester watch will use the same high quality Swiss ETA 955.112 quartz movements that our current Minuteman MM0 series models use. 25% of the net profit from each Minuteman / JΞSTΞR ✪ Watch sold will in 2016 will go to Fisher House https://www.fisherhouse.org/

Preorder the Minuteman / JΞSTΞR watch HERE

We reviewed and covered Erroyl first watch release on Kickstarter and now the company has skipped the crowdfunding platform in favor or releasing directly to the consumer. The best part of skipping Kickstarter is that you don’t have to wait for the watch to be release as it’s already available to ship to you worldwide. Pricing starts at $402.58 for the black or white dial versions with the rose gold plated Regent Aurum priced at $413.70.

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MODEL: Regent Luna – E50RL.01
MOVEMENT: Triple Date (Day, Date & Month) – Japan Miyota Cal. 9122 Automatic and Hand Wound Movement, 26 Jewels and 28,800 Vibrations Per Hour
POWER RESERVE: More than 40 hours (manufacturer’s specifications)
CASE: 316L Stainless Steel (surgical grade)
CASE DIAMETER: 42mm
CASE THICKNESS: 12mm
CASE COLOUR: Stainless Steel
CASE BACK: Stamped *
LUG WIDTH: 20mm
CRYSTAL: Flat Sapphire Crystal with Anti-reflective Coating (underside)
DIAL COLOUR: White (sunray effect)
HANDS: IP Blue Dauphine (faceted)
STRAP: Genuine Italian Crazy Horse Leather Strap
STRAP COLOUR: Black
STRAP WIDTH: 20mm/18mm (tapering)
BUCKLE: Butterfly Clasp (deployment buckle)
WATER RESISTANCE: 10ATM (100m)
WEIGHT: 98 grams
PACKAGING: Luxury Black Wooden Presentation Box


MODEL: Regent Nero – E50RN.01
MOVEMENT: Triple Date (Day, Date & Month) – Japan Miyota Cal. 9122 Automatic and Hand Wound Movement, 26 Jewels and 28,800 Vibrations Per Hour
POWER RESERVE: More than 40 hours (manufacturer’s specifications)
CASE: 316L Stainless Steel (surgical grade)
CASE DIAMETER: 42mm
CASE THICKNESS: 12mm
CASE COLOUR: Stainless Steel
CASE BACK: Stamped *
LUG WIDTH: 20mm
CRYSTAL: Flat Sapphire Crystal with Anti-reflective Coating (underside)
DIAL COLOUR: Black (sunray effect)
HANDS: Dauphine (faceted)
STRAP: Genuine Italian Crazy Horse Leather Strap
STRAP COLOUR: Black
STRAP WIDTH: 20mm/18mm (tapering)
BUCKLE: Stainless Steel Butterfly Clasp (deployment buckle)
WATER RESISTANCE: 10ATM (100m)
WEIGHT: 98 grams
PACKAGING: Luxury Black Wooden Presentation Box

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MODEL: Regent Aurum – E50RA.01
MOVEMENT: Triple Date (Day, Date & Month) – Japan Miyota Cal. 9122 Automatic and Hand Wound Movement, 26 Jewels and 28,800 Vibrations Per Hour
POWER RESERVE: More than 40 hours (manufacturer’s specifications)
CASE: 316L Stainless Steel (surgical grade)
CASE DIAMETER: 42mm
CASE THICKNESS: 12mm
CASE COLOUR: Rose Gold Plated
CASE BACK: Stamped (Rose Gold Plated) *
LUG WIDTH: 20mm
CRYSTAL: Flat Sapphire Crystal with Anti-reflective Coating (underside)
DIAL COLOUR: White (sunray effect)
HANDS: Rose Gold Plated Dauphine (faceted)
STRAP: Genuine Italian Crazy Horse Leather Strap
STRAP COLOUR: Dark Brown
STRAP WIDTH: 20mm/18mm (tapering)
BUCKLE: Rose Gold Plated Butterfly Clasp (deployment buckle)
WATER RESISTANCE: 10ATM (100m)
WEIGHT: 98 grams
PACKAGING: Luxury Black Wooden Presentation Box

You can purchase all three Regent Collection watches directly from Erroyl HERE

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Founder Samuel Tay based out of Singapore launch a new Micro Brand Reverie and first model called the Sea-Spirit. The company skipped the crowdfunding route and is selling the watch directly to consumers in a limited 125 piece Edition. The two models you can choose have either a black dial or blue dial watch. The nautical inspired timepiece sells for $420 and comes with a 1 year international repair warranty.





The Sea-Spirit is presented in a nice leather gift box and the watch includes an extra black sailcloth inspired watch strap. The Sea-Spirit comes with a brown leather strap with butterfly clasp. Both straps include convenient strap-change (CSC) design function for effortless changing of straps. I am a big fan of quick changing straps as the spring bar tools tends to damage the watch case and strap. The convenient strap-change makes it easy to swap straps in seconds for a new look.



The watch features a unique Guilloché dial inspired by sea waves. The Guilloché dial transforms under different lighting conditions. As the dial hits the light it’s almost looks like the dial is moving in a wave-like matter. The squarish cushion case measures 41mm diameter with 47mm lug to lug. I found the watch to be a perfect size for my 7 inch wrist. The polished and brushed case is full of nice angles that show off the polished and brushed metals.



The white numerals is highly readable with a small seconds hand offset to the 5. You will find a date window at 3 o’clock with thick hours and minutes hands that are lumed. The Sea-Spirit also features Sapphire crystal with inner anti-reflective coating, Automatic Miyota 8218 movement, and 10 ATM water resistance.


The Reverie Sea-Spirit was one of my favorite watches released in 2015. The limited edition timepiece is a must have for any watch collector. The unique sea wave dial alone makes this different from any Micro Brand I have reviewed. At $420 you are getting a great value for watch that only a few will have a pleasure to own.

Positives
Sea Wave dial
Rich blue dial
Watch that looks good in all angles
Perfect everyday watch for casual and formal wear

Negatives
Would prefer 9015 over Miyota 8218


Buy this limited edition blue sea wave dial 125 piece watch HERE




Uhuru is an South African brand created by Nick Warner who later moved to New Zealand. Warner who was born and raised in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, took design cues from his native land to make his first watch. Uhuru in Swahili means “freedom” and the logo is a raised fist for freedom. Uhuru watches successfully raised enough funds through Kickstarter to start selling their watches directly to consumers.

316L stainless steel case
44mm diameter case (excluding crowns)
Miyota 8215 movement
Exhibition sapphire crystal back
Double domed sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating
Internal rotating bezel operated by the 9H crown
Super Luminova hands
20 ATM water resistance




Uhuru watches was one of the first Microbrands I found on Facebook. At the time it was only a concept and the watch has come along way from the original design concept to the present finished product. Kickstarter is a popular way to start out your watch company with limited funds. I have seen the Microbrand world blow up in recent times. The amount of Kickstarter watch campaigns have increase so much that it’s tough to cover each one. This is why I tend to weed out the common pieces that look the same and choose to cover the truly original designs. The Uhuru Impi is certainly a piece that is unusual and different from any other watch I have covered. The Impi was name after a Zulu warrior armed with an assegai spear and a large cowhide shield. The curves of the case and the strap design of the Impi Automatic draw on the shapes and textures of the shield. The assegai can be found in the shape of the spearhead hands. The watch features a unique double crowns with the one at 9 o’clock operating the internal rotating bezel and the one at 3 o’clock sets the date and provides hand winding.






Uhuru features a 44mm case, Miyota 8215 movement, and double domed sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating. The watch also feature double crowns with internal rotating bezel, 316L stainless steel case, Super Luminova hands and 20ATm Water resistance. The Uhuru double crowns at 9’oclock crown used for the internal bezel that rotates and the 3’oclock crown that sets the time and date as well as provides a hand winding option. The 200M water resistance should provide ample protection for swimming, showering and scuba diving. I prefer Uhuru’s matte finish case to polished steel as fine scratches are less visible. I normally prefer watches with a 40-42mm case but the 44mm wears surprisingly well. I also own a Panerai watch with a 44mm case and like the solid wrist presence of a larger watch. The Uhuru feels solid on the wrist and has a bold design that differentiates itself from other Microbrands watches on the market. The dial comes in black or ivory and the one in this review is the ivory which is a yellowish-white matte finish color. The ivory color dial is a nice change of pace from the usual black/blue/white dial divers. The lume on the watch could be a little better although I had no issue reading the time at night.








When I first got a hold of the Impi watch I was impressed with the level of craftsmanship that the watch offers. I compared it to higher end Microbrands such as Magrette and Lum-Tec. I have recent timepieces from both companies and the Impi compares well with these brands. Kickstarter is a great place to find new watches but when all the watches look the same I get bored and it’s refreshing to find a uniquely designed watch like the Uhuru Impi. Overall the Uhuru Impi is something special and a great first watch from Nick Warner. If I had to pick just one watch to introduce someone to the Micro Brand Watch World it would be the Impi.

Positives
Unique design
Great backstory behind the brand
Affordable price
Nice premium leather strap
Quality timepiece
Superb customer service
Great wrist presence

Negatives
May be too large for some
Lume
Some would prefer a 9015 over the 8215

The Impi Automatic is available now in Ivory dial with brown strap for $349 HERE

Nick Warner is working on his next watch release for Uhuru Watch Company as well as founding Microbrand Watch World, a community focused site that promotes crowdfunded watch brands and the blogs that review them. Check out MBWW HERE

Disclosure: Manufacturer supplied review sample for the review


Belmoto is the spin off brand from Dion McAsey, the founder of Magrette Timepieces. McAsey wanted to create a new brand that focuses on the era of race car driving and motorcyling. The same precision and craftsmanship from Magrette is transplanted to Belmoto. Belmoto first collection is the Track-Day & Tourer collection that features Mecha-Quartz Chronographs priced at $500 and the Automatic collection priced at $700.

The Belmoto Collection is rebirth of the modern gentleman. This is for the modern gentleman that has a passion for racing and fast cars. The watch features Automatic and Mecha-Quartz movements, Sapphire Crystal and custom and hand-stitched leather bands.

Check out Belmoto Collection HERE



A new brand of affordable dive watches is coming out the Netherlands with the release of the Van Speyk Dutch Diver. The watch comes in 3 variations with either blue, brown or gray dial. The watch sells directly from Van Speyk for around $300USD and is a nice diver for the money. I chose the blue dial variation that has white indices and white hour and minute hands with yellow seconds.


Japanese Miyota 8215 automatic movement
Beats per hour (BPH): 21,600 BPH
Stainless steel case and bracelet
Jewels: 21
Case size: 42mm
Bracelet diameter: 22mm
Power reserve: ±40 hours
Screw down crown
Blue dial
Sapphire glass
Water resistant: 200 meter / 20 ATM
Uni-directional bezel
Luminova






Van Speyk Dutch Diver features 42mm case, Miyota Automatic 8215, 200M water resistant, and Sapphire glass. Other features include Stainless Steel case/bracelet, 22mm bracelet width, Uni-directional bezel, and Luminova lume. The Uni-directional bezel has a firm clicking motion without no play in the bezel. The company is backing the watch with a 2 year warranty.



The Dutch Diver comes with a stainless steel bracelet that is less common in Micro Brands these days as they are usually sold separately. The bracelet is very good quality and adds to the value of the watch. The workhorse movement Miyota 8215 is rock solid for years of accurate time keeping. While some may prefer the Miyota 9015, the 8215 is still a reliable and dependable automatic movement. The case at 42mm is the perfect size for a guy as it’s not monstrous or too small for most wrist. The Sapphire glass is a must in a quality watch and Van Speyk features a quality one. The Vany Speyk has a very nice blue sunray dial with white hour and minute markers and a yellow seconds. The Uni-Directional bezel has no play and works as advertised. The 200M water resistance allows me to swim, shower, and weather the elements.



At only $300 you are getting a lot of watch for the money with the Dutch Diver. The watch is solidly built and has attractive style and great function. I really love blue dial divers and the Dutch Diver stands out as a great choice for an affordable dive watch. You will be hard press to find another entry level dive watch with the features that the Dutch Diver has. Van Speyk is certainly getting noticed with it’s new diver watch with great style, features, and price. While you can find many Swiss Made watches, you will find very few Dutch Made ones as nice as the Dutch Diver.

9.5 Out of 10

Buy it now HERE

Disclosure: Review unit



Vierra Watch Company has hit it’s $15,000 goal and is still going strong with a current amount of $17,436 with 19 days left. Vierra Watches offers 100M water resistance, Sapphire Crystal and lifetime warranty for less than $100. If your looking for a nice watch for your active lifestyle then take a look at Vierra Watches.

Check out the Indiegogo campaign HERE