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Esoteric Watches ESO Bathayal

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We strongly believe in microbrands. Not just for the value they represent (frequently, they’re more affordable than big Swiss brands sold in boutiques), and not just for the romantic notion of the entrepreneur, but because they have greater creativity, and are willing to try things that are off the beaten path. One of those is Esoteric, with the ESO Bathayal.

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Our latest obsession: Bandai model kits

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If you’ve never put together a Bandai model you’re in for a treat. These 3D models are made out of beautifully crafted plastic and snap together, making them the best solution for long nights spent at home.

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Introducing the Christopher Ward C65 GMT Worldtimer

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You know me, I’m the resident GMT-fan here at WWR. While World Timer watches are rather similar, they’re not something I’ve necessarily been a fan of. This is partly due to just how busy (and tricky to read) the dials end up being, while losing the usefulness of a “simple” GMT hand. Well, this new Christopher Ward C65 GMT Worldtimer addresses that quite handily.

Introducing the Victorinox FieldForce GMT

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Yeah, yeah, I know – here I am, talking about yet another GMT-equipped watch. Well, I can’t help it – I just really like the utility of the complication, and there simply have been a good number of those coming out this year (and some more in the pipeline). Today, we’ve got one of the most affordable ones I’ve seen this year, the Victorinox FieldForce GMT.

Smartwatches are outselling Swiss watches

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According to Morgan Stanley smartwatches are spanking Swiss watches. In 2019 the firm said that 67.3 million smartwatches were sold versus 20.6 million Swiss watches.

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Cheapest NATO Straps sends out the call for help

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We’ve reviewed Cheapest NATO straps before, and liked them. They need help. If you’re considering a strap, you might consider buying from them. They’re hurting and are running a sale to try and shore up business.

Skagen is getting colorful with their Hoptimist collaboration

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In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a lot going on in the world. And sure, in the grand scheme of things, writing about watches? It’s not really that important. However, as something that can take your mind off of things for awhile while you’re hunkered down in your home? Well, that we can help you out with. We recently heard about this release that brings some color to things, in the form of the Skagen X Hoptimist collection.

The Hamilton PSR is a literal blast from the past

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Perhaps this is just a matter of my own childhood, but I remember being fascinated by those calculators that had the light-up red numerals on their displays. When I found that those also showed up in watches, well, it was just a matter of time till I had one (and I did in the late 90s, a second-hand Fossil one that I found). They were cool, but viewing it in daylight was a disaster. There’s a newly reimagined version – the Hamilton PSR – that has a slight twist on that display technology, so here’s to hoping daylight visibility is better.

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Reviewing the new and improved Gruppo Gamma Divemaster.

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Back in 2017 I reviewed the first Gruppo Gamma Divemaster and I really liked it. That was a tough, no nonsense diver. Fast forward a few years and now there is a new Divemaster. This one is a bit more refined and has some nice new improvements. Gruppo Gamma was kind enough to send me one to review and I am liking what I see.

The Casio F91 is getting colorful for spring

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Earlier this month, we wrote about (over on Knapsack) about a ill-conceived crowdfunding project that was taking the beloved Casio F91 movement and shoving it into a case that killed most functionality. Well, what if you want the real deal, but want something, well, just plain colorful? These four new additions to the Casio F91 lineup should grab your eye, then.