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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.

New ARA Styles – Don’t Eat the Yellow Watch

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ara1small.jpgARA has two new divers available for $415 each. These things are very nicely built, very solid, and feature an ETA movement and 200 meter water resistance. The Meridian is yellow and black and the new Sport is all yellow. ARA is a very small shop up in Canada run by a father and his son’s.

ara2small1.jpgThey do some excellent work and, as always, their silicone diving bands are perfect.

Product Page [ARA]

Tasty New Heuers

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tag-heuer-carrera-mtc.jpgI never was in love with TAG Heuer, but these new chronographs are making my ears perk up. You’ve got two new models here, a new SLR and a new Carrera. The Carrera is the standard Heuer chrono, kind of avant garde, kind of traditional, but the SLR has some great lines.

Let’s Welcome AudioMonger.com

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header.png Let’s all get together and welcome the latest member of the BWL family – AudioMonger.com. Edited by Blake Robinson of NOLA, AudioMonger is about music – the bands, the guitars, the lifestyle. AudioMonger isn’t about East Coast/West Coast, Hipster vs. Emo, it’s about good music and good writing.

AudioMonger

LV Speedy Twilight

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speedyillusm.jpgLadies in the house, put up ya hands. Oh, none of you are wearing this silly little Louis Vuitton watch? The one with diamonds that light up in the shape of the Eiffel Tower?

Oh, well.

Speedy Twilight [wristfashion.com]

Fossil Canning Wrist Computers?

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Fossil Abacus AU5005 Wrist PDA with Palm OS - Black

Looks like there’s a big move afoot to can the SPOT and Palm OS PDA watches.

Fossil removed all MSN smartwatches and Palm OS PDA watches from their site. A couple weeks ago Fossil.com was dumping the Fossil Palm OS Wrist PDA for $79 until it was sold out. Now together with the MSN smart watches they are gone from their site – Another dead end for computer wristwatches?

You can still get them for about $49, which is a pretty good deal. I enjoyed the one I wore for a while, but it just wasn’t very practical.

Click the image to pick it up at Amazon for about $44.

Fossil Stopped Selling Technology Wristwatches [WristDreams]

God… Why Do I Love the Big Bang So Much?

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And why am I so jealous that someone over at the BWF got one?

I must have tried on almost every imaginable brand in search of my next watch, some well known & others not…IWC, De Bethune, Breguet, JLC, UN, PP, FP Journe, RM, Chronoswiss, Vulcain, Pierre Kuntz, Heutlance, Omega,!!!!!!!!!!

Photos on all of the above will follow soon, as there were many highlights from my search.

My first watch acquisition for 2006 & I never even considered it before [BIG Watches Forum]

Great Big Custom Watch

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I love watching custom pieces take shape. This one is no exception:

First, a friend of mine fabricated a case modeled after the MM20 with a custom broze crown tube and a sterile stainless steel back. He also fabricated a sandwich dial from a brass blank and modeled it after the MM20 minus the seconds sub-dial. Next, I finished the top sandwich dial with a flat black and flat clear coat to give it a vintage look. I also relumed the dial and hands with a custom blend of lume to give it a nice pantina look. The final steps were to polish the whole case and use the “wabi” technique to rough it up a bit. This was followed by putting everything together to make the Unitas movement fit and pressing on a new plastic crystal, which was done by my watch maker.

New to the Board and wanted to share my project watch… [BIG Watch Forum]