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



JP WATCH DESIGN a new Australian brand that has set out to change the world with their classic sustainable watches. The company is launching it’s first collection called the Bearing collection with a custom kangaroo watch band. These ethically sourced straps are a by-product of strict government population control programs. JP Watch Design is donating 15% of all sales to conservation causes worldwide, they are hoping to be able to contribute to global preservation efforts for years to come.

The Bearing collection had 12 days to go in it’s Kickstarter project to raise $12,847.

Check out the Kickstarter campaign HERE


http://www.bertucciwatches.com/Bertucci/A3PSportsman.html
Bertucci latest field watch draws inspiration from American outdoor gear design. The watch is built for those who seek a refined watch style combined with the hallmark traits of a classic American field watch.

“This watch embraces the look and feel of American military watches of the ‘40s and ‘50s,” said Tammy Mcguire, a spokespersonfor Bertucci Performance Watches. “The A-3P has a clean, vintage look and is built for those who demand durability, versatility and performance. And with astarting suggested retail price of $120, the A-3P is all about affordable performance.”

The A-3P Sportsman Vintage Field is designed, engineered and built using premium materials and expert craftsmanship. Highlights include:

· Lightweight & Durable – The watch is amazingly lightweight yet extremely durable due to a U.S. patented, fiber-reinforced polycarbonate 42 mm case with a stainless steel crown and case back. The watch weighs just 1.8 ounces.

· Easy to Read – A classically designed, easy-to-read watch face includes 12- and 24-hour markings. The watch face comes in two different colors: black or white.

· Scratch Resistant – A hardened, scratch-resistant mineral glass crystal protects the watch face from scratches and harsh conditions one may face in the field.

· Illumination – A Swiss, super-luminous dial and/or hand and markersprovide an intense glow in low-light conditions without the push of a button or use of the battery.

· Comfort – The watch is offered with a U.S. patented, Active Comfort nylon webbing band in signature field colors (olive, khaki, black and drab). The ergonomically designed, military specification bands feature a two-ply box stitch construction for long-lasting durability and performance in the field. The bands are extremely comfortable, easy to clean and can be interchanged without the use of tools.

The A-3P Sportsman Vintage Field features a four-year battery life and 100 meters water resistance.

Check out Bertucci HERE to buy this watch now.


Minuteman Co. is looking for input on a name for it’s upcoming Swiss Automatic Watch. The company is currently taking a poll on Watchfreeks with the winning poll leader the likely choice. The selection of names includes Minuteman Eagle, Minuteman Field Auto, Minuteman Independence, and Minuteman Commander. Take one minute of your time and vote on your favorite name on Watchfreeks HERE



Camber Watches has 53 hours to go and has already pass it’s goal of $21,271 with a current tally of $36,773. Camber Watches made a watch inspired by Hill climbing where every tenth of a seconds counts. This is why the company produced a timepiece with a special chronograph movement which is measured down to the tenth of a second. The dial is inspired by the early mechancial stop watches that were used at motor sporting events.

Case Diameter : 45 mm
Case Thickness : 13 mm
Lug Width : 22 mm
Lug-to-Lug : 52 mm
Crown : 7×3 mm, engraved with logo
Weight : 81 gram
Crystal : Mineral, slightly domed
Case Material : Alloy, Black PVD, Rose gold plated
Case back : Stainless steel
Movement : Quartz Chronograph, Sunon Caliber PE903
Genuine leather strap : 22 mm, leather, tapers down to 20 mm
Clasp : 22 mm signed pin buckle
Water Resistance : 3 ATM (50 m) Dial: ivory and black
WE RECEIVED FEEDBACK ON THE SIZE AND WE DECIDED THAT YOU CAN ALSO CHOOSE FOR A SMALLER SIZE : 42MM CASE DIAMETER

Back this campaign now on Kickstarter HERE


Ventus Watches began as a Kickstarter campaign and now is becoming a reality with watches shipping to backers. Those that missed the Kickstarter campaign can still order on the site HERE and receive a watch by the end of December.

42mm PVD Stainless Steel case, 50mm lug to lug length and 22mm lug width. 13.5mm Thick

Seiko NH35 Automatic Movement : 24 jewels, 21600bph, hacking and winding

Domed Sapphire Crystal

Water Resistance of 100m

Engraved logo on crown and caseback

Sandwich Dial

Orange Superluminova

1 Year international warranty

Delivery scheduled for end December

$249 Preorder HERE


Webbem has created a nice looking field watch with Paracord 550 strap. The Overlander watch features Sapphire Glass, 100m water resistance, Japanase Quartz movement, and 3 year battery life.

Free Paracord 550 Strap with Steel Shackel – Your choice of paracord color
Sapphire crystal glass
Water resistant to 100 meters
316L Marine grade stainless steel body and bezel
3 layer dial with day / date window
Superluminova C1 dial markers and hands
Japanese quartz movement
Seconds hand “hacking” feature
3 year battery life
Screw down signature crown
Crown guard
Screw bars holding strap in place
Screw down case back

Height (Lug to Lug) – 50mm
Width (without crown) – 43mm
Width (including crown) – 45mm
Depth (without strap) – 11mm
Depth (with Para 550 Strap) – 15mm

The Paracord strap comes in 7 different colors and if you Google search Paracord uses you can find ways to use it in an emergency. For example you can take a look at this website HERE for uses.

The Webbem Watch is available now for $149.00 HERE