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@DG Cayse @MarkCarson Great, I hate that aftermarket, 3rd party lume you have to apply yourself. Built-in lume is so much better. Everytime I painted lume on the outside of a crystal, it seems to cover up the hands. Built-in is better...

6 hours, 19 minutes ago on Hoptroff No. 16 Atomic Wrist Watch For 1000 Year Accuracy

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@DG Cayse I'd be happy with a watch button labeled "Do not press indoors or within 20 ft of an open flame".

6 hours, 22 minutes ago on Hoptroff No. 16 Atomic Wrist Watch For 1000 Year Accuracy

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@Oelholm I think if they cleaned it up and stopped G-Shock branding the hell out of it, it might have a chance to look like watch that someone other than a transformer might wear. Quick and dirty mock-up of how much less they could have done with the case. No screws into the bezel, no bezel text and a slimmer left side bulge. I mean, does the bezel really need to say G-Shock when the dial also says so? I'll attack their dials some other day...

6 hours, 30 minutes ago on Casio G-Shock MT-G MTG-S1000 $1,000 Metal Watches Hands-On

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@Ulysses31 I agree that for the most part it will be overkill. But GPS only works outdoors, atomic radio has limited coverage globally and syncing to phone networks required either a cell connection or a proxy device (like a phone). But I do see quartz watches using some of these or maybe a combination of these more so as time goes on. Without any of those external signals, the cesium clock approach has it advantages likr when you really need accuracy and are in a mine shaft, ha ha. And you are right, most thermo-compensated quartz is plenty accurate for consumer use.

7 hours, 5 minutes ago on Hoptroff No. 16 Atomic Wrist Watch For 1000 Year Accuracy

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@BJS314 Ah, that persistent (but wrong) Internet myth that Gerald Genta secretly designed it for Bulova first but that they passed on producing it until after the AP Royal Oak came out in 1972. So when did your Bulova "Royal Oak" come out?

11 hours, 14 minutes ago on Niall One Mechanical Watches Claim To Be Made With Over 90% American Parts

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@Gabechambers Jut wear it on your right wrist. That way you can wear an automatic watch on your left wrist that does not need external power. Accuracy and continuity being different animals.

12 hours, 47 minutes ago on Hoptroff No. 16 Atomic Wrist Watch For 1000 Year Accuracy

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@Ulysses31 I agree with you 95%. I'm glad people like Bathys and Hoptroff are working on how to use this technology for a watch. But imagine its 300 years ago and Breguet, Arnold, et al are trying to stuff a clock onto your wrist using the available state of the art. It would be even larger than these monsters.

As smaller cesium "movements" become available, the day will come where we can enjoy this time keeping tech in a normal size wrist watch. I just consider these prototypes for what is to come. On their own, they look sort of ridiculous. In terms of  future vision, they show promise of an interesting future. Cheers.

14 hours, 51 minutes ago on Hoptroff No. 16 Atomic Wrist Watch For 1000 Year Accuracy

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@hoptroff Unless you (I assume the commenter is the watch brand) made the Symmetricom CSAC module (which I seriously doubt), then the "Invented and Made" statement on the watch does not carry the same weight as when F.P. Journe says it as he designs and builds his movements.

I find the watch case and dial design quirky but refreshingly different. The strap placement appears to make the watch nearly unwearable (or a back of the hand bone breaker).

I understand the novelty factor as a collector piece, but if you are not going too wear it often, why put up with charging a watch what is only put on a few times a year to amaze your friends?

22 hours, 13 minutes ago on Hoptroff No. 16 Atomic Wrist Watch For 1000 Year Accuracy

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@aBlogtoWatch So we are doing the Cholex (and direct sale only)?

1 day, 6 hours ago on Breitling Colt Watches For 2014 Fully Embrace High-End Quartz

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@aBlogtoWatch Dunno about amazing, but Tissot, Longines and Hamilton all have references under $1000 (many for half that). I think Breitling could sell this watch for $1K but I don't think they will want to because of what it will do to the 'image' of their other watches.

1 day, 6 hours ago on Breitling Colt Watches For 2014 Fully Embrace High-End Quartz

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@aBlogtoWatch I think they would sell tons at a grand. But I'm not sure Breitling wants to be seen as a thousand dollar watch anymore.

1 day, 6 hours ago on Breitling Colt Watches For 2014 Fully Embrace High-End Quartz

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@DG Cayse Sure we all love to bitch about screws but really they are bolt ends in most cases and won't line up if they screw directly into the case. If there is a nut on the back side, then you could align the top side slots, otherwise generally no. See my reply to Frauss regarding AP Royal Oaks which use the case itself to prevent the bolts from turning.

Speaking of ADD, this watch uses 10 screws/bolts. So they don't align to the hours or the number of sides on the bezel, etc. Unless you want to use them to tell when every 6 minutes (not seconds - no seconds hand) has passed. Design fail IMO.

1 day, 13 hours ago on Niall One Mechanical Watches Claim To Be Made With Over 90% American Parts

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@Ulysses31 50 years ago (when I was 11), James Bond seemed pretty cool by the social standards of the day.

1 day, 14 hours ago on Unique Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Gold 50th Anniversary Of 007 Goldfinger Watch Sells For $113,000

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@r_s_g I've already said that I think their price is out of line. However, any watch with an ETA 2824 or Sellita SW200 won't cost $300-$400 these days. The underlying price of the movements make that a fact - unless the watch brand wants to make watches strictly at cost and sell direct. Even at that, $300 does not work.

1 day, 15 hours ago on Niall One Mechanical Watches Claim To Be Made With Over 90% American Parts

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@spiceballs Probably very smart as they can trade on most people's ignorance. By current association, many people will just assume the Connery wore an Omega in Goldfinger. I suppose this only bothers those of us who know better.

1 day, 15 hours ago on Unique Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Gold 50th Anniversary Of 007 Goldfinger Watch Sells For $113,000

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I want to know the hardness of the material - Vickers please. While the high-tech plastic may be as strong as steel, unless it is at least as hard, it will look like crap when gouged. Sure the gouges will also be black, but still.

I think they need to make more of the case high polish to reduce the "it looks like plastic" possibility.

1 day, 15 hours ago on MB&F HM5 CarbonMacrolon Watch

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Still not sure I'll ever want to pay that much for a quartz watch. But it does make Breitling more price accessible. Still a bit busy but much better looking that most Breitling "HEY LOOK AT ME" watches. These are not bad looking even if still not exactly to my taste.


And that statement "water resistant to 200 meters - which is probably good enough for most consumers"? More than enough for anyone other than a professional diver. In fact, when watches rate over 300 meter, they usually have ever thicker crystals so you end up with more water resistance than you will ever need at the cost of thicker watch. I'll taker thinner and a more realistic level of WR please. So the 200 m of this watch is fine.

1 day, 15 hours ago on Breitling Colt Watches For 2014 Fully Embrace High-End Quartz

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@DG Cayse You do know that ABTW gets press releases. And that when the have a watch hands-on they say so in the red tag above the post. This one was tagged with "WATCH RELEASES", so I assume Ariel did not have the actual watch in hand, but he thought it was news worthy.

1 day, 17 hours ago on Niall One Mechanical Watches Claim To Be Made With Over 90% American Parts

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@SuperStrapper And that bezel must be made with crystalized unicorn tears. 'Muricun unicorns that is.
 No Swiss or Asian unicorn parts for this one.

http://www.incrediblethings.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Unicorn-tears.jpg

2 days, 2 hours ago on Niall One Mechanical Watches Claim To Be Made With Over 90% American Parts

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@Oelholm @Frauss Right. And just for the record, on the AP Royal Oak they are bolts, not nuts. Actually on the RO they don't even need to have slots as the bolts are fitted into hexagonal recesses (so they would not turn anyway).

2 days, 2 hours ago on Niall One Mechanical Watches Claim To Be Made With Over 90% American Parts

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@Fraser Petrick What? Are you crazy? Or a Roger Moore 007 fan like my wife who is 10 years younger than I am. For me James Bond will always be Sean Connery. Sure they are silly and shitty movies by today's standards. But 50 years ago, they were as good as it got for action and (almost) sex on screen.

2 days, 3 hours ago on Unique Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Gold 50th Anniversary Of 007 Goldfinger Watch Sells For $113,000

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@Frauss Or this was what the Wicked Witch of the West was wearing when she died. "I'm melting, I'm melting."

Reminds me of the recycled Nespresso cups on those Blancier watches: http://www.ablogtowatch.com/blancier-grand-cru-watch-with-nespresso-capsule-dial/

2 days, 3 hours ago on Unique Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Gold 50th Anniversary Of 007 Goldfinger Watch Sells For $113,000

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@Fraser Petrick Yes of course. It will be a Piece Unique (as no one else on Earth would want one but you). You can bid on it. Starting bid is $100,000 and the proceeds go the "Carson Kids College Fund".

2 days, 3 hours ago on Unique Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Gold 50th Anniversary Of 007 Goldfinger Watch Sells For $113,000

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Gee, maybe I should make a piece unique watch to commemorate that I watched Goldfinger 50 years ago in a theater. Of course my watch would equally not have appeared in the movie. Maybe if I pay a bucket of money I can brand a watch which has nothing to do with that movie and then legally use that sexy 007 stuff on it. Omega should be ashamed of themselves.

2 days, 7 hours ago on Unique Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Gold 50th Anniversary Of 007 Goldfinger Watch Sells For $113,000

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If you price a watch high enough, the movement as a percentage can drop almost to zero. But that assumes you are saying that content of a watch is based on retail price and not costs of production (which is the usual measure). In this case it is hard to see how a movement which is roughly $200 wholesale (standard grade execution and in quantity) can be only 7% of the production costs unless it really costs the manufacture over $2500 in American made parts. 

So using the cost of production model, I call bullshit on this watch's 93% American made content. I may be wrong and will say so publicly if Niall can produce a parts and labor cost manifest. And "design" or R&D or retail mark-up are not production costs. R&D might be if fully amortized over the production life, but that's hard to properly spread at this point.

American made content aside, this is pretty expensive for an SW-200 based watch and personally I find the styling to be a hodge podge of borrowed design elements from iconic watches. So for me this is not better than a Hong Kong "style" watch which recycles design cues from famous brands in a "stew" without much original design.

I'm pulling for American boutique brands, but this seems like more marketing than manufacturing revolution.

2 days, 7 hours ago on Niall One Mechanical Watches Claim To Be Made With Over 90% American Parts

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@MennoDeKoning No standards but too many watches have hands that are obviously too short. As a general rule, the minute hand should extend out to the minute/second markers on the chapter ring (if there is one) and the hour hand should be 60% to 70%  of the length of the minute hand for best proportions. But the other criteria for hour hand are that it can be easily told apart from the minute hand and that its end is pretty close to the edge of the hour markers (this varies with numeral instead of baton hour markers).

This Victorinox has a pretty good minute hand length (but 1 mm more would be perfect), and the hour hand would look  better if it were fully 1 to 2 mm longer.

Thanks for the tear down photo and your impressions. Cheers.

2 days, 16 hours ago on New Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Watches Tortured To Illustrate Durability

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@Gabechambers "Crap, lost my directional gyro. Good think I have this navigational bezel on my watch. Now what do I turn it to and how will that help me?"

2 days, 20 hours ago on Breitling Cockpit B50 Watch With Exclusive New SuperQuartz Movement

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@Panagiotis Th hour hand is skeletonized so you can always more or less read that all important "CHRONOMETRE CERTIFIE". Imagine your panic if that was obscured.

2 days, 22 hours ago on Breitling Cockpit B50 Watch With Exclusive New SuperQuartz Movement

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@Fraser Petrick Under $1000 is good. (said in the same reverential tone)

2 days, 22 hours ago on Breitling Cockpit B50 Watch With Exclusive New SuperQuartz Movement

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@iamcalledryan Breguet has a 10 Hz (72,000 bph) movement with a conventional balance spring (in silicon) and this new movement runs at 12 Hz (86,400 bph). So its "only" 20% faster than the Brequet and people think Brequet's high speed is an example of watchmaking at its finest. So I see the Genequant Balance as more of the same - same material but in a different shape for an even faster speed. But you are right that they sound and look different. Ever notice that most tourbillons run at a somewhat sedate 3 Hz (21,600 bph) or even 2.5 Hz (18,000). Perhaps that is so that can be more easily observed as they just eye candy in reality. Cheers.

2 days, 22 hours ago on Will The Genequand System Regulator Disrupt The Traditional Balance Wheel? 30 Days Of Power Reserve With Traditional Mainspring

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"The rotating bezel can be used for navigational purposes" How exactly? On a watch with a GMT hand, you can point the 24 hour hand at the sun and use a degree scaled bezel to orient yourself for navigation. But on this watch I don't see how the bezel is useful. And in usual Breitling fashion, it is crass and busy looking. They could have done this with 2 digits numbers (which seem to be enough for runway numbers after all) instead of  3 digit crowded numbers.

I like the magnetic charging umbilical and tech features in general. But it's still a lot of money for a quartz watch. Sure the movement may cost more than a low end Swiss mechanical movement, but this watch is priced up there is in-house caliber mechanicals, so it has it work cut out for itself in the price department. Thanks for the review. Interesting quartz watches are, well, interesting...

3 days, 6 hours ago on Breitling Cockpit B50 Watch With Exclusive New SuperQuartz Movement

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Love the tech, hate the tiny hour/minute display. 

"Sorry I can't tell you the time without my reading glasses sonny. But I can tell you how much the beat rate is off. Let me use this Ford Model T wind-up crank and we'll see what the deviation is. What, you still want to know what time it it? Just look at your god-damned cell phone junior! I'm busy here. Now where is my jewelers screwdriver for that fine adjustment screw on the back?"

3 days, 21 hours ago on Urwerk EMC Black Watch Presents The Dark Side Of Horological Tinkering

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@rosskale2 You are exactly right. For diving a uni-directional bezel is best. However if a bezel on a (non-dive) watch is used to display hours (either 12 or 24), the it will often turn in either direction to allow time zone changes in either direction.

3 days, 21 hours ago on Top Five Useless Watch Complications

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I really don't like the power reserve indicator. I say this as an owner of an older (and not working) Seiko Windward Kinetic which has a classier looking power reserve indicator (IMO).  I think the minute and second hands could be just a smidge longer. And the counter weight on the minute hand looks like it will just start to cover up the lume on the hour hand. So that part could be just a bit shorter. I certainly don't hate this watch, but I like my old Kinetic better - if it only worked that is...

4 days, 8 hours ago on Seiko Sportura Kinetic Direct Drive SRG017 Watch Hands-On

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@PhilR Yep, threw me too. But then I type "not" for "now" too. Proofreading, the bane of my existence (and I'm still bad at it).

4 days, 10 hours ago on Will The Genequand System Regulator Disrupt The Traditional Balance Wheel? 30 Days Of Power Reserve With Traditional Mainspring

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This appears to use the same technical approach as the Ulysee Nardin Anchor Escapement. But in this case the flex hinge (pallet fork) becomes a balance spring.

http://www.ablogtowatch.com/ulysse-nardin-announces-new-proprietary-anchor-escapement/

It's all good. Silicon has proven that, while difficult to manufacture, is reliable and trouble free in operation. Or do silicon components in Ulysee Nardin and Breguet (among other brands) fail too often?


And Hublot will stack a dozen barrels into a single watch with this escapement for a "wind once a year" Ferrari watch (but it will cost more than a Ferrari car).

4 days, 14 hours ago on Will The Genequand System Regulator Disrupt The Traditional Balance Wheel? 30 Days Of Power Reserve With Traditional Mainspring

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@nateb123 @Fraser Petrick And the where the little head is pointing gives you and an idea of where the big head is looking, ha ha.

4 days, 15 hours ago on Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme Ivory Enamel Watch Hands-On

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@bdekok @MarkCarson That makes sense. - thanks.

4 days, 16 hours ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Chronographe Watch Review

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@Chaz_Hen Plzen is on the way to Dresden/Glaschutte if you plan your trip right. Home of Pilsner beer Pilsner Urquell in particular. The church tower is a bit of a climb but worth it.  Have a great trip. Aloha.

5 days, 8 hours ago on Nomos Ahoi Sport Watches Compared

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At first I was thinking I did not like the gold hands of the time keeping sub-dial, But with the chronograph subdial's hands in blue and the centrally mounted seconds coordinating with their sub-dials I came to appreciate the logic. A nice watch for watch nerds with plenty of spare cash.

I don't get how the dual barrels unwind separately from looking at the back of the watch. The appear to be geared together - which makes sense for winding, but I don't see the decoupled unwinding. I NEED MORE TECH INFO. (OK, taking deep breaths now, heart rate slowing...)

5 days, 8 hours ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Chronographe Watch Review

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@spiceballs @MarkCarson Yeah that's fair. But being a synthetic material (as I recall) it should hold up which I acknowledge that leather does not. Cheers.

5 days, 8 hours ago on Nomos Ahoi Sport Watches Compared

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@spiceballs All I can say is to try one with the mesh strap on before passing final judgement. You may be surprised (or not, ha ha). I loved the strap but YMMV.

5 days, 11 hours ago on Nomos Ahoi Sport Watches Compared

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@Fraser Petrick Between "IIII" and "VIII" you have ".", "60 over 31" and "29", ha ha.

5 days, 18 hours ago on Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme Ivory Enamel Watch Hands-On

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@emenezes If memory serves, the mesh strap on the Nomos is not leather. So it may wear better than your belt did. But it's a valid concern (visually, not functionally).

5 days, 19 hours ago on Nomos Ahoi Sport Watches Compared

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I agree that the blued hands would look great on the rose cased reference (as in this quick composite).
 A rose gold case, light dial and blued hands work so well for sister brand Brequet, why not for JD?

6 days, 4 hours ago on Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme Ivory Enamel Watch Hands-On

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@DG Cayse Or in Japan it's "Hey sailor, have yen for a good time?"

6 days, 10 hours ago on Nomos Ahoi Sport Watches Compared

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@Panagiotis Apple Watch Rolex blah blah blah Apple Watch Rolex yada yada yada Apple Watch Rolex mumble mumble mumble.

(Search engine gold, ha ha).

6 days, 11 hours ago on How Screwed Is The Watch Industry Thanks To The Apple Watch?

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@PhilR Yeah, on paper, the dial arrangement of this watch sounds just horrible, but I think it works in reality.

6 days, 11 hours ago on Breguet Classique Power Reserve 7137 Watch Hands-On

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