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Ha! Sweet giveaway! I've wanted one of these since you first did a review on one. As far as the importance do self produced cases and movements, I don't feel it is necessary. I prefer it, but it isn't a deal maker or breaker. I believe it does show a deep appreciation and a deep passion to be that heavily involved in your brand. If you are making your own stuff rather than relying on others, that is admirable. A lot goes into that process.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver
I was thinking as I was reading, "man this is a pretty cool watch for about $1500." And I got to the end of the article and realized that they added an extra zero to it....!
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On
Very impressive. Your research, follow through, and perseverance are inspiring. I look forward to seeing what original pieces you create down the road!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on How One Guy Made A Shockingly Good Urwerk UR-202 Watch Homage
I am about 60/40 in favor of no date. Phones, computers, calendars, etc. all have dates on them, so I'm not really concerned so much about having it on my watch too. Sometimes it works well with the design, sometimes, really doesn't. May main problem with date functions is that you always have to update or change it if you don't wear it for a few days or month or so. If you have quite a few watches, and much fewer winders (or in my case, no winders), it gets to be a pain to set...so half the time I just don't set the date.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Torgoen T32 Automatic
Ya know....I really like them! And you know what else?...not a chance in heck I'd spend that kind of money on one!...but I do really like them. There are numerous better, more balanced, better value watches out there for that money AND for waaaaaaaay less. I do give them props for unique, brave design and blend of surfaces/metals/styles. For that much to be going on and it still look really good is not an easy task!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Visconti Abyssus Scuba 3000m Dive Watches Hands-On
I just finally got mine about 6 months ago. Fantastic watch, definitely worth the (2+ years for me) wait. I wonder how long the wait list is now!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Marvin Origin Gent Mechanical
My tastes have changed several times over the few years I've been into watches. At this point I'd have to say in 5yrs I'd hope to have either a Rolex GMT black/blue or one of the new IWC Aquatimers.
Good looking watch. I'm a fan of pvd, as I can be a little hard on some of my watches. As far as strap, I just recently have come to appreciate nato straps, so would lean that way.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Serket Telson PVD Manual Wind
The blue used for the dial is beautiful....everything else about the watch is really really not.
6 months, 1 week ago on Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Blue Watch Hands-On
Very useful article! I gained a lot of great knowledge. Thanks!
6 months, 3 weeks ago on The History Of Dive Watches
I'm a fan of the style, a fan of the bronze, but think they are out of their gourds as far as pricing. Same with their steel versions. Good thing these are dive watches, because it seems like they fell overboard with the prices. We'll see if their sales numbers float or sink. I'm out.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Charles Darwin Watch In Bronze Hands-On
I wear sports watches for the most part, but find myself moving towards dressier stuff lately. This is a great blend, and for a reasonable price.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on GIVEAWAY: Victorinox Swiss Army Officer’s Day/Date Mechanical Watch
The composite case is really cool. Most of my watches are heavy. Something light, toolish, and with the benefit of tritium is hard to beat.
Diving / underwater work definitely requires a good watch.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on GIVEAWAY: Traser Red Combat Watch
Ocean's 11. Beautiful watch.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on GIVEAWAY: Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto Watch As Seen In Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Movie
I like the lines of this watch. Always been a fan of royal oaks, and this doe have similar styling. Very different from anything I currently own. I think (as far as fashion watch brands go), Ralph Lauren has some nice stuff. Pricy, but nice.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on GIVEAWAY: Gc Gc-3 Automatic Watch
For me, it just feels more personal. Less people pushing buttons were involved (I know that is over-simplifying things, but you get my drift). The fact that less people, more in- tune with what the final product means, have spent a greater amount of time putting this mechanical piece of art together.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on GIVEAWAY: Trip To American-Made RGM Watch Manufacture In Pennsylvania
I love the design, colors, layout, and case style. Keep up the good work. I would have been in on one.....but I don't have hulk wrists to make sense of the lug to lug distance. Next go around, if a reasonable lug spacing is available, I'll plunk down the dough!
1 year ago on TNT Challenger Black Luna Watch: Something Old, Something New, Something Awesome
Very nice looking watch. In fact, there are several watches by them that I think have great style.
I'm 50/50 on bezels. I think both look nice when done right, and both can have their benefits and drawbacks.
1 year ago on GIVEAWAY: Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph Watch
I think omega runs the gamut w/ both ends. I love the ploprof for casual settings, and the De ville (especially the one for orbis) is a great watch for more formal attire.
1 year, 1 month ago on GIVEAWAY: Egard Shade Black Automatic Watch
I'm all over the map, so it's on a case by case basis (no pun intended). Great looking watch you're giving away btw. Hope I'm lucky.
1 year, 2 months ago on GIVEAWAY: March LA.B AM3 Marron Watch
Older watch brands seem to have been the leaders in innovation. There are some newer ones out there, don't get me wrong. Most of the newer ones seem to be taking older designs and refreshing them. Not much technological envelope pushing.
I would imagine that the older brands have a lot more liquidity in the funds department. They can afford to think and play outside the box
1 year, 4 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Delma Santiago Blue Shark
I've owned this watch (the earlier generation, without the blue numbers) for a year and a half. I have had no issues with it. I have several Swiss watches (not crazy pricey), and agree that the quality of the Aatos isn't near Swiss. I can honestly say, I'm still not bored of it, love watching it, AND it has such a great sound. If I had a ridiculous income and could afford a Swiss tourbillon, sure I'd have one, but I can't.....so I'll enjoy the Chinese one!
1 year, 5 months ago on AATOS Tiago Review: The Cheapest Tourbillon Watch In The World?
Nice looking watch! I bought three or four this past year. Too many, yet not enough!
1 year, 5 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Azimuth Bombardier VI Vintage-Style Mechanical Aviator Watch
I think I lean to the concervative side. The most wild I have is an orange seiko land monster and a stealth g-shock. I'm not opposed to more wild watches, just can't really spend the big $$ for the wild ones I like...linde werdelin oktopus, hautlence, that kind of stuff.
I do really like the skeletonized case design on this watch.
1 year, 6 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Wryst Airborne Watch
1 year, 7 months ago on Richard Mille Thrustograph Tourbillon Watch
Very unique style. Kinda large, but cool. I'm in. For me the perfect travel watch has to have two time zones +, must fit with most dress styles (business/pleasure/etc.), and be durable. It's going to be in multiple environments and situations.
1 year, 7 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Ritmo Mundo Persepolis Triple Time Watch
Could be good for hiking, or for giving myself an aneurism trying to figure out all the functions.
1 year, 8 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Yes Inca Watch
This watch would be great for any zombie apocalypse. Or just any hiking expedition in the arctic.
1 year, 9 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Casio ProTrek PRG550 Watch
I'm leaning toward online. The ease of purchasing combined with ease of finding very "reasonable" prices is hard to beat. Thanks for the giveaway!
1 year, 10 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Xetum Tyndall Watch
Yeah, I understand repeaters. . I was pointing out that (as mr. Adams points out) the two hammers on the back are the striking hammers....However...I am pointing out that it seems to have two on the front As Well. I was wondering if they were functional. Most repeaters do not have 4 strikers.
1 year, 11 months ago on Piaget Emperador Coussin XL Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Watch
It looks like two miniature hammers inside the message ring on the dial. Are they for looks or functional?....if they are strikers at all.
What an awesome giveaway! I'm fascinated by pretty much every aspect of watchmaking. After I got into watches, about two years ago, I built my own watchmaking table. I've slowly built up a collection of tools, and of course, watches. My dream is to one day build one from scratch, so...wow, how awesome would it be to win this! I'm still in the tinkering stage. I just repaired to watches last week (minor issues only). I haven't gotten into the more intricate stuff, but will get there eventually.
Thanks for the opportunity!
1 year, 11 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Travel To Geneva, Build An In-House Frederique Constant, Keep The Watch
Hmm. Tough call. I'd say I'm roughly 50/50. I really like the boutiques, because it seems that they are more willing to take design risks. Where as the big companies are more likely to keep in tune with their core designs. Understandable, they are a big company, and got their because of those designs. It's less likely that they will lose the majority of their followers if they stay consistent.
I like the big companies because you usually know what to expect...see above. Also, they have more R&D a lot of times...omega for example...silicium escape wheels, etc. longer time between services.
Both are respectable, and enjoyable to collect and wear!
2 years ago on GIVEAWAY: EHF Horlogere Mk Zero Watch
I think this watch has a few features I would use fairly regularly. I like the idea of a flashlight, and the alarm would be pretty useful. I don't have much need for a tactical watch, but I can see how others would.
2 years, 1 month ago on GIVEAWAY: MTM Silencer Watch
I grew up around muscle cars, so I like chrome. I tend to lean toward the shiny side of thigs. Polished just looks refined. I will say, though, that it can depend on the style of the watch.
2 years, 2 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Marvin Malton Cushion M119 Watch
My indestructible Orange Seiko Land Monster.
2 years, 4 months ago on Giveaway: Nixon Steelcat Watch
Man, I love the Christopher Ward watch. Magrette has some great watches too. Though, any watch for Christmas would be sweet!
2 years, 11 months ago on The Grand Holiday Watch Giveaway For 2011
I'm a huge fan of the 1963 Breitling Navitimer.
2 years, 11 months ago on Giveaway: MARCH LA.B AM1 40 Black Automatic Watch