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WWR – We Buy EBay Brands So You Don’t Have To

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We got an email earlier this month about Tauchmeister Watches. I decided to do a little digging and found they’re essentially the same as Aeromatic, which we reviewed a while back. Anyway, I picked up the FLY-BACK GMT COMBAT-DIVER 1000m HELIUM-SAFE T76 (all caps, naturally), which has a Miyota CP01 movement with retrograde GMT hand. It looks like a beast and we’ll see what comes of it when it arrives next week.

I’m going to withhold judgement until it comes, so let’s see what we find out, shall we?

Product Page [Ebay]

New D.Freemont Divers

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We love our D.Freemont and these new divers are no exception.

10 ATM, Sapphire crystal, 2892 ETA movement with adjustable secondary time zone, and a power reserve indicator…a great 40mm Diver with a pedigree. $750 post paid. Your choice with black water resistant strap, and black dial markers – or Cognac strap and dial with gold markers. Both have deployant buckles.

D.Freemont is very affordable and very attractive. He uses only timed Swiss movement. I encourage you to find a GMT diver in this range for the same price. Can’t be done. MMMMMM…

Product Page [D.Freemont]

Buddy Holly’s Omega at Auction

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Buddy Holly’s Omega is up for sale in April and it’s a beaut.
The diamond and white gold Omega wristwatch is inscribed on the back, “Buddy Holly 12-1-58,” the date his bride of four months gave it to him as an early Christmas present. It was recovered at the site of the plane crash by investigators and later worn by Holly’s father in their hometown of Lubbock, Texas.

Buddy Holly’s Wristwatch, Early Recordings To Be Offered By His Widow In April Auction [HeritageAuctions via

Tissot – Official Partner of Le NASCAR

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Tissot has scored a coup for the mechanicals market by partnering with NASCAR. While we can shudder to think of the many ways the name Tissot could be mispronounced by NASCAR announcers, it’s great to see a less expensive brand of Swiss watch get notoriety like this. The first official piece is the PRS516 with Valjoux Day-Date movement and a sexy NASCAR styling which sells for about $1,200. Future models will hit the $250 mark, making it a good entry-point for new collectors.

Tissot, the Swiss watchmaker and timing technology company, has inked a deal with the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) to become an official partner. Tissot will become the “official timekeeper” and “official watch” of NASCAR, America’s fastest growing sport. Debuting with the 2006 season, kicking off in February, Tissot will introduce a new line of official NASCAR watches.

Product Page [Tissot]

Velociphile Returns, Horny…

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Not quite a watch post, but Velociphile seems to be writing erotic watch fiction now.

On her stool with a just-long-enough-skirt on, sat before the bracelet tool stand, on one occasion she fumbled one of the pins into the gap between her thighs. And you know how fiddly small things like a small cylinder just go further in the more you move your legs apart…….

Advantage of a Authorised Dealer over Internet Purchase [Velociphile]

The Best Pathfinder Ever

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casio_paw1200t_v1.jpgWatchReport.com brings us an overview of the bestest Pathfinder in the whole world, the PAW1200T-7V. Plus, it doesn’t look like a robotic clam.

He’s foreseeing the following features, which is just about enough for me, in a $380 package.

Atomic timekeeping (obviously).
Solar powered with at least a 20-month power reserve, maybe better.
Thermometer which will actually convert the temperature into fahrenheit.
Compass.
Barometer.
Barometric altimeter.
World time with support for at least 30 cities pre-programmed.
Stopwatch.
Countdown timer.
5 daily alarms.

The Ultimate Casio Pathfinder: the PAW1200T-7V [WatchReport]

Hublot Television Ad

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It’s not every day that you see a watch company advertise on television. Every once in a while, you might catch Seiko and Citizen, maybe a few brands like that. But you rarely see the super high-end brands or the smaller boutique makers on TV. So almost choked on my sausage-and-egg McMuffin this morning when I was flipping the channels and saw an advertisement for Hublot timepieces.  

With a soothing, yet sophisticated voice  providing the narration, and lush landscapes in the background, the ad seemed more like a infomercial for an expensive timeshare than a fine wristwatch. They focused primarily on the pieces in the Classic and Elegant lines. I didn’t see any of their Sport line and I certainly didn’t see John’s favorite, the Big Bang.

Most interesting of all was the timing and placement of the advertisement. The bit aired at about 10:35am on a Sunday morning on ESPN2. The show was Billfishing Xtreme Release League. I guess they figure if you’re a big game fisherman, you’re gonna need a serious timepiece as you struggle to land that catch. Maybe, just maybe, if Santiago in Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea was wearing a Hublot while he battled that noble marlin, he wouldn’t have lost track of the time and needed three days to bring it in. 

Invicta vs. Rolex vs. Sandoz – CAGE MATCH

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Great post on Invicta vs. Rolex vs. Sandoz, which is kind of like comparing a Camry to a Bugatti to a Crown Vic.

As you can tell, I really do not pick any one of these three as superior or a better buy than any other because they serve different purposes-albeit, the Sandoz and the Invicta are similarly priced-but the Sandoz offers the Swiss movement and slightly different look, while the Invicta offers the Submariner style, with an automatic movement, at a bargain price. The Rolex is the epitome of this style diver. Take your pick-or pick all three.

Finally: Invicta 8926 vs. Sandoz Diver vs. Rolex Submariner [WatchuSeek]

ORSA Finds a Home

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I’m thinking long and hard about picking up an ORSA Sea Angler. This thing looks really nice, very well put together, and I’m very pleased they’ve gone from an EBay-only brand to a producer of quality automatics.

45mm… mmmm beefy.

ETA 2824-2 Automatic movement
316l Stainless steel case
Unidirectional rotating bezel with 120 clicks
Domed hardlex mineral crystal (sapphire optional)
300m/1000ft Water resistant
8mm Screw down crown
Date at 6hrs
Super luminova coated hands and dial. Case finish is sand blasted
Bezel/case back polished.
22mm lugs with connecting rods
Weight: 136g
Dimentions: 45mm wide x 54mm length
Thickness 16mm
Stainless steel movement holder

Product Page [ORSAWatchCo]

Review – Casio Pathfinder PAG-80

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The Pathfinder PAG-80 looks like something Angelina Jolie would wear along with some short-shorts, a tank-top, and a rocket launcher. Essentially it’s a watch that looks like you can use it to start a nuclear war but is surprisingly elegant and easy to use.

The PAG-80 has three major features – a compass, an altimeter, and a barometer. These are relatively standard features on wrist computers and while the technology behind these features haven’t improved much over the years, they’re extremely useful in a pinch and quite fun to show off. It is also solar powered, ensuring you’ll never have to swap out a battery.