The Moon Watch by Bulova

The Moon Watch by Bulova

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Did you know that Bulova was on the Moon ?... On August 2, 1971, Apollo 15 made lunar history and with it a Bulova moon pilot chronograph. Customized for lunar conditions, the watch could precisely track time and ensure that no one ran out of oxygen, water or battery power in the portable life-support-system backpack. Dave Scott's Bulova chronograph which reached the moon was sold in 2015 on auction for 1625000 USD… Oh yeah Dave Scott was the spacecraft commander of Apollo 15. And now you will say :”John why talking about million Dollars watch while Watchisthis is focused on watches priced under 2500$?”. My answer is simple : Affordable “Re-edition”. Nice thing is that Bulova reissued the Moonwatch in a modern version at the very affordable price of 550…
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Watch I Love : Pangaea Day Date by Meistersinger

Watch I Love : Pangaea Day Date by Meistersinger

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In the Westphalian city of Münster, Germany, there is a small watch manufacturer - MeisterSinger. They are best known for their single-hand watches which are based on the idea of the very old watches with only one hand and antique solar watches. From the MeisterSinger Collection, I really like the Pangaea Day/Date. These watches have not only the charm of the single hand pieces but they are also really practical thanks to the day and date display. My favourite one from the Pangaea Collection is the reference PDD908 with a sunburst blue dial. I love the whole dial of this one with its white printed indexes and Arabic numerals. It really gives a nice contrast and a perfect visibility of all the informations. Interesting thing about this piece is that the date ring turns clockwise and the day…
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3000m under the sea – Andersmann Deep Ocean

3000m under the sea – Andersmann Deep Ocean

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Andersmann is a young brand born from passion. It all started with a diver watch given, many years ago, by a father to his son. The happy kid grew up to be a dive watch collector adult. Later, an idea was born: to create watches to fulfil all the wished heavy specifications at affordable prices. In 2014, Raymond Chan, the happy kid, founded the Andersmann brand. The intention was clear: superior quality dive watches with the best available Swiss made movements. Now, the brand is in the third year of existence and has three collections: Oceanmaster I, Oceanmaster II and Deep Ocean. The watch we are presenting today is the latest addition to the Deep Ocean collection: the Ref. ANN0982. [caption id="attachment_3129" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Andersmann ANN0982 is a true diver…
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A tribute to a horological icon – Hamilton Intra-matic 68 Autochrono

A tribute to a horological icon – Hamilton Intra-matic 68 Autochrono

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In the last years, an entire wave of vintage-looking watches or re-editions of some iconic timepieces hit the market. As for example we have the Marloe Lomond Chronoscope or the Straton Syncro, both reviewed by Watchisthis?!. From the “old” brands, we can remember the Ball Engineer II Genesis, released at their 125 years brand anniversary. The list is long and it doesn’t make sense to enumerate all. We are just pleased to see there is a public for all new or old designs. Hamilton, with a history started in 1892, decided to bring on the market again a beautiful chronograph released in the ‘60s – the Chrono-matic. This watch is now a collector’s piece. Back then, the first version was a panda dial with white background and black chronograph sub-dials.…
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Fin Watches Spire arrived on Kickstarter

Fin Watches Spire arrived on Kickstarter

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We too often see the same kind of watches on Kickstarter, so when you have a new project with something completely different, you have to talk about it. And it’s a pleasure when it’s a product well thought - something with style, practical application and a genuine philosophy behind it. Fin Watches is the fruit of the imagination of the creators behind the successful « Town 30 photography bag » which was on Kickstarter in 2015 - a camera bag that is stylish and versatile, allowing you to integrate your love of photography into every aspect of your life. It was seriously a great project with a really nice product. Back to the watch – Hin Fan the founder of this new brand told me : « we seek to…
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From an Autosport legend to modern watches – Direnzo DRZ_Type250F

From an Autosport legend to modern watches – Direnzo DRZ_Type250F

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Founded just two years ago as an homage to family and vintage race cars, Direnzo Watches promises exquisite design and excellent quality. The story of Direnzo starts years in the past in the small town of Bomba near the Abruzzo, in the province of Chieti, Italy with the grandfather of Sergio Godoy Di Renzo – Founder of DIRENZO watches. Sergio honors his name and the family’s heritage by creating a legacy. The Type 250F watches has a deep root in the race cars of the ‘40s and ‘50s that made history: more precisely the exceptionally automobile that was the Maserati 250F driven to the victory of Formula 1 Grand Prix race of Nürburgring by Juan Manuel Fangio. With such a muse, these timepieces can only have an elegant look. Packed…
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Fromanteel – Pendulum Special Dark Edition

Fromanteel – Pendulum Special Dark Edition

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Some months ago the Dutch brand Fromanteel launched their first mechanical wriswatch under the name of Pendulum. Its name is a direct reference to the pendulum clock made by the Fromanteel clockmakers family in the 1660s. The pendulum became known as the world’s most innovative and precise clock – an amazing manifestation of the craftsmanship of that time. The Dutch team make a vivid connection with the Fromanteel history, and we can see that everything from the past has its influence on the present of the brand. For sure Ahasuerus Fromanteel would be really glad to see what Afredo Silva and his team have made of his brand and name today. So now they are proud to present a second version of the Pendulum – The Special Dark (We wrote…
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Willis and Judd goes almost full carbon

Willis and Judd goes almost full carbon

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You probably heard about their first collection that they launched in October 2016. For this one they used carbon fiber for the dial and a quartz movement. You can read more about it on Watchisthis?! by clicking just right here. Today and after a successful first Kickstarter campaign, they are back with the launch of a new watch. As for their first piece they decided to use carbon as the center piece of this product.   This time it’s not the dial that uses this material but the case. Indeed the watch has a 45mm forged carbon case and when you think that the price is starting from $530 (AUD) $395 (USD) you can only be impressed. It’s « rare » to find a watch using forged carbon, because of…
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In search of the new world – Maen Manhattan 40

In search of the new world – Maen Manhattan 40

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Maen Watches is a brand originated from Stockholm, known for their affordable “Classic Moon” timepieces released a while ago and reviewed recently by Watchisthis?!. The two Dutch founders continue their quest in offering high-quality affordable pieces by releasing a new collection named Manhattan 40. The new collection’s name has the same inspiration from the Dutch ship, Halve Maen (Half Moon), which reached in September 1609 the coast of what is known today as New York, the island of Manhattan being one of the most known parts of “the big apple”. This collection will be released on Kickstarter soon and we are happy to be one of the first to present these charming timepieces. The Manhattan 40 has four models in a 40mm diameter case: two 316L stainless steel versions with…
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A touch of elegance with ERROYL Duke Collection

A touch of elegance with ERROYL Duke Collection

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ERROYL is a watch brand coming from Australia with some high quality and affordable watches and which is not a stranger for Watchisthis?! as we interviewed Wes Knight, the ERROYL CEO, for the Summer 2016 edition of the Magazine. In this one we also had the opportunity to present and review their Regent Collection. The ERROYL team released this year a new collection under the name of "The Duke" in which you'll find the Hawker, Melrose and Oskar. Three watches designed and manufactured with a special attention to details, which at the end, are really elegant and suitable for any situation or environment. The 133 grams Duke timepieces are presented in a 39mm diameter polished side and brushed surfaces stainless steel case with 11 mm thickness, if the double domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflexive coating is excluded. The see-through case-back with…
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