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Buy a watch – and do it for the lakes!

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01 733 7730 4175-Set - Oris Lake Baikal Limited Edition

Well, no, not all of the lakes – but one in particular – Lake Baikal. What’s Lake Baikal? Well, for starters, it’s the largest fresh water lake in the world, holding approximately 20% of the fresh lake water in the world. To help fund research occurring there, there’s a new limited-edition Oris Aquis on offer.

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Tumi is the Bose of bags… and that’s good

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I’ve always avoided Tumi. They seemed a little too expensive, a little too boring, and a little too… snooty? A Tumi booth at a conference I attended featured guards that didn’t let anyone inside to see the bags and, while I can understand the desire to protect against copycats, it was a bit of overkill.

So with that in mind, it was with some trepidation that I picked up a Tumi Aviano Slim Brief, a compact laptop bag with a front “iPad pocket” big enough for a Kindle and a series of internal pockets that offer space for notebooks, cables, and pens. My final opinion?

This is a really good bag.

James McCabe and the Baja diver: faux-vintage fun

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The James McCabe Baja is an interesting new direction for McCabe, and a welcome one. The short version is, affordable diver you can wear without worry.

Bulgari / LVMH kicks off Baselworld competitor, says 2020 Baselworld may be its last

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LVMH have just begun their own Watch Week event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The show is being held in Bulgari Hotel, and they’ve flown in journalists to attend. (We wouldn’t have gone if we had been offered. We don’t do junkets). They’re also threatening to stop attending Baselworld.

Benrus reborn

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Benrus watches just announced their return to the world of American watchmaking. Once one of America’s most popular watch brands in the 1940s, the company’s assets have been acquired by a private investment group and they are now making a comeback.

Reviewing a trio of straps from Milano Straps

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It’s the start of the new calendar year, and no doubt many of you have made resolutions that things are going to be different – you’re going to be different. But what about your watches? Are they going to be different? Sure, you could go ahead and buy a new watch, but why not change up the look of your existing watch? That’s where a strap change can make a magnificent difference, and today we’ve got three options to show you from Milano Straps.

The Creux Automatic Diamondback doesn’t bite – but is it poisonous?

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When it comes to watches, sometimes we will smack them around for blatant copying of details of a higher-profile, well-known brand. Other times, a brand will obviously reference another watch, but it’s done in a way that doesn’t feel like a blatant ripoff. In my book, that’s what we’ve got here with the Creux Automatic Diamondback.

The Moser Streamliner Chronograph will stop the world and melt with you

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Watches will often trumpet the claim of an integrated bracelet. Often, this takes the shape of solid end links that fit between the lugs, and give a smooth transition from case to bracelet. And those work well, and I’m a fan of a well-designed bracelet. What if a brand started with the idea of the bracelet truly being part of the watch? That’s just one of the interesting design features on the just-announced Moser Streamliner Chronograph.

March to the beat of the Oris Art Blakey

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As I alluded to in last week’s Oris review, there were a two watches that I had a few days to spend time with. While last week’s was a design that featured (and rightfully so) a very interesting movement, today’s watch goes in a different direction. It’s a more restrained look, but it has some subtle cues that give honor to a great jazz drummer and band leader. That watch is, simply put, the Oris Art Blakey.

Hands on with the Aquatico Oyster Blue

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Aquatico has some pretty cool models to choose from. So far I have reviewed their Bronze Blue Angels Aviator, Bronze Sea Star, and their Nautilus II Diver. All have been very nice watches but their Oyster model really caught my eye.

The Dial

I really love blue dials and this Aquatico does not disappoint. The dial is a nice blue sunray with applied hour makers. There is a date window at the 3 o’clock position. It is blue and white, with a touch of orange on the minute hand and marker on the bezel. That blue ceramic bezel doesn’t just look great, it’s tough. Powering this watch is an automatic Seiko NH35 movement. Protecting all of this is a double-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

The Case

This is one smooth case. Made from 316L stainless steel this case has a water resistance of 50 ATM or approx. 1695 ft. That’s what you want in a good dive watch. The case is not small at 44mm but does not feel large at all on the wrist. Aquatico puts their logo on both the screw-down crown and the case back. This thing is built very well and looks good also.

The Strap

The strap that comes with this Aquatico Oyster has a carbon fiber pattern and is waterproof. There is thick orange accent stitching which pairs with the little bits of orange on the dial. The strap is thick but feels comfortable on the wrist. If you want to get a bit more into the diving side of things, this watch also comes with a blue rubber dive strap.

The Lume

The lume on this Aquatico Oyster is unreal. The index ring on the dial is painted in a blue Superluminova BG W9 lume while the bezel and hour markers are painted green Superluminova C3 lume. The glow is very bright and vivid and I am really liking the night view on this watch.

I have not been disappointed watches so far and for sure I am not disappointed with this Aquatico Oyster. This is a whole lot of watch for only $329 USD. For that price, you get a serious diver with a ceramic bezel, two straps, and it looks really nice on the wrist. If you like what you see, go check them out at aquaticowatch.com.

REVIEW SUMMARY

  • Brand and model: Aquatico Oyster Blue Dial
  • Price: $329
  • Who’s it for: Divers
  • Would I wear it: For sure
  • What I’d change: Nothing
  • The best thing about it: The lume!

Tech Specs from Aquatico:

  • Movement – Seiko NH35 Japanese made automatic 24 jewels with second stop
  • Functions – Date 3H
  • Crown – Screw down
  • CASE – Stainless 316 L steel satined and polished
  • Diameter 44 mm
  • Lug to Lug 49mm
  • Height 13.50 mm
  • Weight 135 g
  • Lug width 22 mm 
  • Sapphire glass flat, with double anti-reflecting coatings on the interior side
  • Bezel Stainless steel 120 Clicks
  • High Polished Ceramic Bezel Insert Applied Super Luminova C3
  • Back Stainless steel 316 L screwed
  • Waterproof to 50 ATM