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Review – Omega Speedmaster Pro

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I love my Speedy Auto, but I still pee a little when I see a Speedy Pro. Les Zetlein writes a very cute review of the Pro and mentions that Buzz Aldrain actually hated his Speedy. This, however, is a GREAT exchange:

“Yes,” said Carretta, “I’m looking for a high-quality, accurate but sturdy chronograph that can time events up to 12 hours.”
“Hmmmm. Manual wind or automatic?”
“Doesn’t matter, as long as it can be wound by hand as well.”

Twelve 5-9

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Hmm… I love watches and the people who sell them, but perhaps this isn’t quite the sales pitch they were going for:

You could impress your Grandmother with this watch!

Generally, its another TokyoFlash beast with a crazy time telling system. Very 70s LED.

Check it out here.

The Watchcollection

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I’m not going to pretend to understand what’s going on here, but Watchie Patrick has created a watch rating system and is showing off all his sexy pieces, including a ’64 Seamaster that kicks butt.

Check it out here.

Nixon Rotolog

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Well, I’m trying to get back on the saddle so I’ll start small. The Nixon Rotolog has wood inlay, which I believe is the next gloss black. Nice styling. It’s quartz, but we can’t have everything.

Check it out here.

Review – Davosa Pares Chronograph

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Like a good torch song sung by an unknown pro, the Davosa Pares Chronograph reminds you that a good thing done well can make you feel warm and tingly even if it’s not a genuine Billie Holiday opus.

Review – Davosa Outback Automatic

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Good news for manufacturers of pocket watch movements – the big watch craze is still alive and kicking, as evidenced by the Davosa Outback Automatic. Running a 2824-2 ETA movement with Glucydur balance and Incabloc schock absorber, this 48mm beast seems big enough to replace a hubcap on a Hummer.
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The Outback, sold in the US by David McCready of d.freemont watches, has a standard date at 3 o’clock, large non-illuminated numerals at 6, 9, and 12 and brightly lumed hands. Initial impressions are good and upon close inspection this sapphire be-crystaled diver stands up to scrutiny.

This watch is rated to 100M, a claim we wouldn’t suggest testing with the standard black leather band. Clearly Davosa is trying to keep costs, and price, down on these pieces, so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. However, a metal band or nylon band option would be nice, which I’m sure Mr. McCready could supply in a pinch. One nice, if odd feature – a screw down bezel lock. Upon taking this thing out of the box, I figured the roughly knurled knob at 9 o’clock was designed to all for helium escape or some such nonsense. After turning the bezel a bit, I discovered it was a bit tight. Finally, I realized that the knob acted as a bezel parking break and I was essentially burning out the pads thanks to my effusive turning. Mea culpa.

The movement is nothing spectacular, although the second hand, the tip dipped in blaze orange paint, moves smoothly and the watch lost only 5-10 seconds per day. The styling is extremely sparse, with Davosa’s starburst logo below the twelve and AUTOMATIC at 6 o’clock. The watch, which is assembled in Switzerland, is sourced from a number of places, including Germany, but the high gloss inner seconds ring and attractive hour pips points to a careful hand and a unique stylist.

The Outback is no beater. It is large, it is clunky, and it is heavy. The crowns are carefully protected by two sloped case lugs and the unsigned band is attractive in an Indiana Jones sort of way.

One slight issue with the minute hand lume appeared after careful examination. There was a slight unevenness to the lume, leading to a marbled effect in the middle of the second hand. Was this a limited error? No telling. However, that was the only point of contention.

This watch, made for mens’ men, or ladies’ ladies, for that matter, who don’t want to rock a Panerai. For a starter piece to a big and tall collection, this 14mm thick monster with the almost 50mm width is a great choice.

Quality: 3/5
Style: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

— John

Review – Davosa Mecanique

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We’ve thus far been pleased with the small selection of Davosa pieces we received here at the Watch Cave. Unfortunately, and, in a way, fortunately, the Davosa 160.394.56 aka the Mecanique, was the weakest piece of the bunch, which says a lot about Davosa as a whole.

Up Close With Chase-Durer

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In a recent publication, it was said of a particular brand of watches known for its aviation and extreme sport timepieces “if you can die doing it, this company makes a watch for it.” That statement, and company, is a topic of conversation for another story. But to riff on that line a bit, if you can kill someone doing it, then Chase-Durer makes a watch for it. The fine folks at Chase-Durer will probably cringe at such a crass statement, but looking at their inventory, one thing cannot be denied: these are serious pieces of equipment for people involved in serious missions. Jet fighter aces, Special Forces demolition experts, and bomber pilots are just some of the serious professionals who wear Chase-Durer timepieces.

Nubeo Black Jellyfish

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A hot little number from Nubeo.

Two fundamental elements of the timepiece create the essence of the black jellyfish. These elements are the bezel and the strap. In them, we have merged two materials of conflicting natures as if they were one.
The body of the bezel is made of stainless steel that in a second process is covered with rubber. In the upper part of the bezel are inlaid the twelve numbers of the hours. These numbers are large and their top part respects the spherical shape of the bezel, being slightly lower in order to protect them from bumps and scratches. For the elaboration of this piece it was necessary to develop a new technology in the process of rubber injection that up to now had not been possible in the manufacturing of bezels of this type.

Massive Failure

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Hello, All.

We’ll we’re back online after a MASSIVE server failure. We’ve lost quite a bit of our content, but we’re aiming to be up and running after the holiday.