CASE + DIAL
The Liv 41MM Automatic Swiss Made Dive watch is probably one of LIVs best releases so far, liv in based in Miami, Florida and is owned by a husband and wife. The case itself is solid all brushed 316L Solid Stainless Steel with quite a nice unique cut and a large set of crown guards for that screw down oversized crown. In terms of dimensions we are looking at 41MM obviously, hence the name of the watch. The lug to lug measurement came in at 49MM with a case thickness of 14MM. The brushing finishing is quite good for this pricepoint and doesnt feature any blemishes or sharp
angles. Overall, the case is nicely finished and we do get a nice exhibition caseback with a glimpse of that custom Rotor that they added on the SW200 Movement. The dial itself is a FULLY LUMED dial which shines bright blue st night and looks absolutely stunning especially when paired with the 120 Click Lumed Ceramic black bezel. The dial is a sandwich dial to be exact and has a lumed 12 and 6 large numeral with circular applied indices for the hour markers , then at the 6;00 Position we get that sort of black billboard style logo. The date window is black and I like the contrast between the black and the orange accented logo and sweeping seconds hand.
The movement utilized in the LIV GX41
Diver is a nice swiss made automatic SW-200. These movements are very well
known and widely used in the swiss and smaller brand watch industry. The movement is actually running quite good at +6 seconds per day which is good in my book!
They are also easily serviceable just as the closely ETA 2824 is. Overall, for the price I think
it was a decent choice of movement as some
of the newer brands using SoProd movements and such have a few kinks that need to be worked out.
The bracelet used on the 41 GX is a pretty standard oyster style bracelet ( 22MM-20MM ) , and features micro adjustments , solid end links, and push pin links. I feel they should of definitely used screws for a watch with a price range of entry level Tissot watches, Hamilton and such. Other than that the bracelet is comfortable
and wears comfy on wrist. It has a nice slim clasp
which I do enjoy as it does not make the watch bulge whilst on wrist.
Furthermore, if your on the hunt for a well made hefty diver with nice components and an automatic swiss movement. The GX41 can definitely fill that void. It has all the specs you would expect for a watch in this price range and that awesome lumed dial as an extra. I can definitely reccommend this watch to my readers and feel it is quite unique, and holds its’ own.
Case and Dial
The Olto-8 Infinity 1 comes in a solid circular shaped brushed 316L stainless steel case. The brand introduced this model a couple years back and have been producing innovative and customized watches/movements with interesting ways to tell time. This watch is basically all dial in its Blue variant and features two tracks of numerals to tell the hour and minutes along with a rotating seconds subdiak which is brushed grey to match the outer bottom portion of the dial. A genuine sapphire ar coated crystal covers this dial and allows for very good legibility. In terms of dimensions we are looking at 46MM in diamter and 13.5MM thick which may seem super large but it wears much smaller considering we have a 22MM lugless design. The case itself features a screw down exhibition sapphire caseback with 5ATM of water resistance accompanied by a pull abd push crown. A nice detail is the mix of blue bgw9 and C3 lume on the two hands and all of the numerals, which is not easy task considering the size of them. Overall, its very well finished and near perfect without any sharp edges nor blemishes.
They decided to utilize a Japanese automatic customized Miyota 8215 which features 21 Jewels, handwind, but one downside is the no hacking. It does feature a 42 Hour power reserve and these movements are very tough and robust beating at 21,600 BPH. It is a well tested and tried movement that will last a lifetime with very little room for error. A nice touch is the custom rotor they decided to add to the movement to add some visual interest.
The bands are genuine leather in a tan color along with a blue embossed band which is actually of pretty good quality. They do feature quick release and are fairly easy to swap out on the go. It is nice that the package does include two bands to change up the look of your infinity watch whether youd like to dress it up or down. They are quite supple and do not require a break-in period to be worn comfortably.
Furthermore, for under $500 on Didamoda - an Olto-8 webshop - I think you are getting something quite unique for your money. It is definitely a custom 1:1 design created by Olto-8 themselves which is something quite odd in todays day and age of smaller watch companies. I must say and have always said this about OLTO-8 - their watches feel very premium and do not feel like a typical microbrand watch or smaller run. Overall, I really like the watch and feel there is a lot here this watch offers the end user for the money. Also , keep in mind all OLTO-8 Timepieces come with a 2 Year Warranty which is another big plus considering most brands now are offering one year warranties.
The outsiders executive model comes in 3 colors - Green - Black - and Blue. I think the black lacquered dial is quite stunning and this is the model we will take a look at today, you can also watch the full review on Watch Addiction Watch Reviews via YouTube. The 40MM case is crafted of solid 316L stainless steel and feels very luxurious in hand with very good finish work which is a mix of high polish and matte brushed finishing on the lug toos and bracelet. At just 10.5 in width the watch is extremely thin to my surprise and really surprised me. I say this because it houses an automatic caliber which is not known to be a super thin movement. We do achieve 100M of water resistance which I highly approve of as most other watch geeks would as well, Yes - You can swim with the Executive and it does only feature a Pull/Push signed crown. Lug to Lug at 49MM you definitely get a nice view of the dial and sits just perfect across my 6.5-6.6” wrist, so no issues there in dimensions. It has a luxury feel to it and I can almost describe the feel as something similar to a Rolex 41 oyster case.
The black lacquer dial is quite stunning and really gives of luxury vibes with its’ sleek darkness yet slight glimmer in sunlight. It features hand filled BGW9 applied markers with a double marker at 12:00. Even with this double marker in my eyes the dial is very symmetric and looks neat. We get our standard date cut out at the 3:00 position in a white color along with printing ag 12 and 6 with an applied polished silver logo below 12:00 to match the polished silver thin hands. I like the long smooth thin sweeping seconds hand which really reaches perfectly to the minute markings and keeps things legible. There also is a bit of lume on the hands themselves to read the time at night. Speaking of lume - the Swiss BGW9 is actually quite potent and shines for a decent time and is evenly filled.
At this price point - I was kind of expecting a 4 HZ Swiss Automatic caliber to complete the package and they did deliver with an SW200 caliber. This caliber is quite common, reliable, robust - and will not fail on you. They are easy to maintain and can last years upon years with a service every now and then. It features 26 Jewels, Hacking, Hand-Winding, and a quickset date. The movement beats at 28,800 BPH allowing for a smooth sweep of the seconds hand as well. Overall, in terms of accuracy I am getting around +4-5 seconds per day which is superb in my book!
Conclusion and WristWear
The screw link H link style 20MM bracelet is very comfortable and features solid end links as well as 3 concealed micro adjustments on the 20MM clasp. They also didn’t cut any corners on the bracelet finishing which mimics the case as it should. Adjustment is easy and I have not found it to pull any hairs so far. I have a 6.5” wrist and at 49 lug to lug I get a really nice fit on my wrist which lays flat across without hanging over either end. I will admit, this IS a very comfortable watch. I also believe the two button milled clasp helps with the comfort as it is not so thick as some brands love to do nowadays.
In conclusion, Outsiders has always put out great high quality Swiss Made timepieces at under $600.00 and I can say they never lack in quality fit or finish. I have reviewed 2 of their other pieces and each one was superb just as this one is. Its a versatile piece , from the office to the pool - or just a day out walking around in the summer with some shorts and a T Shirt , this watch can be dressed up and dressed down and most definitely can fit under a cuff!
Starting at $386 dollars for the standard Miyota powered version this new release which is currently live on Kickstarter has a ton of neat and geeky features for the watch enthusiast like myself. There is also infinite add-ons which include custom engraving, custom steel band, Sapphire caseback, and even a Launch into near Space which is filmed !
The case itself ( features Mars Dust at the 3:00 )comes in a black or silver orientation or copper / gold. It is moderately sized I think coming with 100M of water resistance with dimensions of 43MM x 12.6MM thick. The cases are all sandblasted and fitted with a genuine Sapphire crystal as well. The option for a titanium caseback and titanium bracelet are also available which literally gives you infinite options when it comes to customizing your Nasa timepiece, which I really dig. Basically, the more expensive swiss powered version is comprised of titanium whilst the 316L steel model is equipped with the Miyota calibre. So far so good no?
The movements incorporated are two movements I have had much experience with and are great base calibers. One being the Miyota 8 series which is reliable and has a decent power reserve of around 40 hours or so. It beats at 3HZ and is a movement that will last years to come without servicing or regular maintenace. On the more expensive side we have the Selitta SW caliber which is closely related to the ETA 2824 and is a very robust and durable swiss made automatic movement. It features hand winding, hacking seconds, and a 38 hour power reserve with a beat rate of 28,800 BPH. Personally, I would go for the SW200 Considering it is definitely a much higher quality movement in my eyes, but you will pay more.
Furthermore guys - This watch has ALOT to offer that other brands simply cannot offer the average watch enthusiast at a price below $900 or $400! They definitely went above and beyond then what most campaigns offer via watches on Kickstarter. I can definitely reccommend this one to my viewers as it is truly special and has infinite options for your customized personal NASA approved watch. Hope you guys enjoyed!
Case and Dial
The new Nine Four Successor 2 is definitely a big improvement in 94s watch lineup. It features 3 of the most trending dial colors ( Salmon, Ice Blue, and Green ). The solid steel case has somewhat of a vintage feel to it and is nicely cut and finely brushed. This is a semi lugless design and really helps the watch hug the wrist nicely at 40MM wide with a case height of 44MM and a width of just 10MM. It features a sapphire crystal as well as anti reflective coating which helps with the legibility factor. The dial itself is really quite stunning and even more so in the metal. The textured dial with its sharp and circular cuts really make it look like nothing else out there on the microbrand scene. The markers and hand applied and filled with blue BGW9 Swiss Luminova allowing for an overall good legibility factor at night. It is a simple three handed layout with no date, which helps that itch for a perfectly symmetrical watch dial. One thing that I really approve of is the 100M of water resistance even though we do have a Pull/Push crown. It is really nice to to be able to wear your watch in the pool or at the beach without having to change it. Overall, Its a neat and well executed design which sits right at home on my average 6.5" wrist.
94 went with a higher grade movement this time around - That being the Miyota 9015 series. This movement beats at 4 hz ( 28,800 BPH ) unlike the NH35 utilized in the Successor initial models. It features a nice smooth sweep and in my opinion is a much more reliable and accurate movement than the NH35 series movements. We get all the goodies such as hand winding, hacking seconds, and 40 or so hours of power reserve. The watch also features a nice exhibition caseback to get a glimpse of the inner workings of your timepiece, which actually looks pretty good!
The bracelet is a solid brushed stainless steel H link style with a 20MM width at the lug. It has that kind of AP royal
oak shine to it when the light hits it, and is easily adjustable. The clasp is a standard milled clssp and buckle with 3 micro adjustments, which I found to be ok especially for the introductory price of $329.00 for the Pre Order which started April 16th via their website. The brushing is decent, and it does not pull hair - so definitely very usable and goes well with the case styling as well.
Conclusion - Overall Value
Overall, the Successor 2 I think has a lot to offer the watch enthusiast for the coin - We are getting all that we want for this price and a bit more with these hard to find colors and especially the unique textured dial it offers. For $329.00 many micros offer lower grade movements such as NH35s and Miyota 8215s being quite frank. I applaud a watch at this pricepoint which houses a 9015 and comes on a nicely executed bracelet, because in all honesty it is getting quite hard to find such specifications at this price range.
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The Pacific series by Marloe watches , a UK based bespoke watch company and with a story behind it. The Pacific 76 is inspired by the dawn of the Jet Age - a time when only those with heavy pockets were able to fly worldwide and take advantage of global travel. You can see some of that design language in each of their models in the Pacific range. It itself is inspired by the Concord airplane which includes british colorway with navy blue and small red detailing. It has a refined elegance with its' tri finished 40MM case which stands 12MM tall with 100M of water resistance ( Would I take a watch this Pretty in the Pool? Idk.. ) . The lugs measure 20MM and the lug to lug distance is a satisfying 47MM which sits flush on my 6.5" wrist. The sides of the cases are semi hollowed with a frost finish, whilst the tops are polished and the side profile is brushed. The case shape itself is very unique and surprised me with its ends flairing upwards instead of downwards. The caseback is another first for me and I say this because it features a domed sapphire crystal implanted into the steel screwed on back, which is something you just don't see! And no, it does not wear uncomfortable because it is seated inside the metal allowing it to sit flat on the wrist. It also gives the mechanical movement a bit more of life as distortions can be seen at odd angles. Overall, the finishing is quite good as is the execution - which I would expect for a price of $1400 USD.
The blue dial is quite simple, yet very detailed with applied markers and numerals filled with blue lume. Marloe remains clean and subtle printed in white beneath the 12:00 while the small seconds sub dial features a radiant circular line pattern with a red seconds hand. To top it off they added a clean railroad track outer portion to keep accurate time and make timesetting easy. The hands themselves are legible and are colored with red and white at the tips to match the markers where you read the time. Its quite a good idea and something new, like I said - they always have interesting design language and that is what really separates them from the rest of the smaller watch brands out there today. They go their own way, and test the waters of the true watch enthusiast.
The movement is mechanical, and its produced by Selitta - a good movement producer which produces Swiss Made automatic and mechanical movements. The movement had to be swiss considering this is a Swiss Made timepiece as marked at 6:00. Its a fairly standard and robust movement which boasts in robustness, accuracy, and longetivity. The SW-216-1 contains 24 Jewels , Hacking seconds, and a power reserve of 40 hours when fully wound at a beat rate of 28,800 BPH ( the same as an ETA-2824 ). They do state -8 +15 seconds per day which seems accurate as my model runs about +7-8 seconds fast oer day which is perfect and acceptable at this price range.
Leather Band Supplied ( One of Many Options )
Now, on their website they have 8 band options to choose from for the 76...yes, 8. Its really great for the enthusiast to sort if customize their Pacific with the colors they want as each of us have different tastes. I myself prefer a black band with a blue dial do that is what I chose. The band is supple, comfy, and did not require a break in period. It also features a nice signed polished steel buckle and quick release bars, which are kind of the standard in 2022. Overall, its a decent quality band and will stay on the watch.
Furthermore, I think this offering is quite good in my opinion. It is a thought out piece - not one made to homage another watch or parts of a watch. It is a watch to pay tribute to the dawn of aviation and international airline travel. It is a watch which tells a story with all its' small details and carefully executed angles and looks. I really wish more brands would put this much effort into a watch release as Marloe does, because I have yet to come across a brand as thorough as them in the 7 years I have been reviewing timepieces. As for material and specifications - they are also in line with the complete package and I think the price is fair for what you are getting. Thanks for taking the time to read, and I will see you guys real soon!
The first Rolex watches were not manufactured in-house, but instead were made by other watchmakers and then branded with the Rolex name. However, Wilsdorf had a vision of creating a wristwatch that was both reliable and accurate, and he set out to develop his own movements.
In 1910, Rolex became the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, which was a testament to the accuracy of the watch. Over the years, Rolex continued to innovate and develop new technologies and features, such as the first waterproof wristwatch in 1926, the first self-winding mechanism in 1931, and the first wristwatch with a date display in 1945.
Rolex has also been associated with several famous individuals, including explorers, athletes, and celebrities. For example, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay wore Rolex watches when they became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953. Rolex has also been the official timekeeper of several sporting events, including Wimbledon and the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Today, Rolex is one of the most recognized and respected luxury watch brands in the world, known for its quality, precision, and timeless style.
OMEGA Watches History
In 1894, Omega revolutionized the watch industry with the introduction of the 19-ligne Omega Calibre, which was more accurate and reliable than any other watch movement of the time. This innovation earned Omega numerous awards and accolades, and the brand quickly became known for its precision and quality.
In 1903, Omega was chosen as the official timekeeper for the Gordon Bennett Cup, an international balloon race. This marked the beginning of Omega's long-standing relationship with sports timing and its reputation as a reliable and accurate timekeeper.
In 1932, Omega became the first brand to be awarded the Olympic Cross of Merit for its outstanding contribution to sports timing at the Olympic Games. Since then, Omega has been the official timekeeper for numerous Olympic Games, and its timekeeping technology has continued to evolve and improve.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Omega's watches were worn by famous explorers and adventurers, including Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay during their ascent of Mount Everest in 1953, and Jacques Cousteau during his underwater expeditions.
In the 1960s, Omega introduced the Speedmaster, a chronograph watch that was originally designed for motorsports but became famous as the first watch worn on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. The Speedmaster has since become one of Omega's most iconic and sought-after models.
Today, Omega continues to innovate and produce high-quality watches, including the Seamaster, Constellation, and De Ville collections. The brand also continues to be the official timekeeper for numerous sporting events, including the Olympic Games and the America's Cup.
BREITLING Watches History
In 1915, Breitling introduced the first wrist-worn chronograph with a separate pusher to control the start, stop, and reset functions, which made it easier to use than previous models. This innovation helped establish Breitling as a leading maker of chronographs and other precision timepieces.
During the 1930s and 1940s, Breitling continued to innovate with the introduction of the first chronograph with a second independent pusher, which allowed for the recording of multiple elapsed times. The company also developed the Huit Aviation Department, which produced wristwatches for pilots and other aviation professionals.
In the 1950s, Breitling introduced the Navitimer, a wristwatch with a built-in slide rule that allowed pilots to perform complex calculations in-flight. The Navitimer became an instant classic and remains one of Breitling's most popular models to this day.
In the 1960s, Breitling continued to produce innovative timepieces, including the Chrono-Matic, which was the first automatic chronograph movement with a micro-rotor. The company also introduced the Emergency, a wristwatch with a built-in distress beacon that could be activated in case of an emergency.
In the years since, Breitling has continued to produce innovative and high-quality timepieces for a variety of applications, including aviation, diving, and sports. The company has also maintained a strong commitment to precision and accuracy, with many of its watches featuring COSC-certified movements. Today, Breitling is recognized as one of the world's leading luxury watch brands, with a reputation for innovation, quality, and style.
In the early days, Longines primarily produced pocket watches, and quickly gained a reputation for precision and accuracy. By the end of the 19th century, Longines had become one of the leading watchmakers in the world. In 1912, the company introduced the first chronograph wristwatch, which was quickly adopted by the military and aviation communities.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Longines continued to innovate with the introduction of the world's first quartz clock and the first wristwatch with an automatic winding mechanism. During World War II, Longines produced wristwatches for the British Royal Air Force, and continued to produce military watches for several decades afterwards.
In the post-war years, Longines became known for its elegant and sophisticated watches, particularly its "Conquest" line of watches. In the 1950s and 1960s, Longines was a favorite of celebrities and politicians, and its watches were frequently seen on the wrists of Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, and other famous figures.
In recent years, Longines has continued to produce high-quality watches that combine traditional Swiss craftsmanship with modern technology. The company is particularly known for its sport watches, including its "HydroConquest" line of diving watches and its "Conquest Classic" line of chronographs.
Today, Longines is owned by the Swatch Group, and remains a leading brand in the luxury watch industry. Its watches are prized for their precision, reliability, and timeless style.
In the early days, Tissot primarily produced pocket watches, and quickly gained a reputation for quality and precision. By the end of the 19th century, Tissot was one of the largest watchmakers in Switzerland, and was exporting its watches to countries around the world.
In the early 20th century, Tissot continued to innovate with the introduction of the first non-magnetic wristwatch, the first dual time-zone watch, and the first watch with a plastic case. During World War II, Tissot produced watches for the Allied forces, and continued to produce military watches for several decades afterwards.
In the post-war years, Tissot became known for its elegant and sophisticated watches, particularly its "Tissot Visodate" line of watches, which featured a date function and a distinctive "T" logo on the dial. In the 1970s, Tissot was one of the first Swiss watch brands to introduce quartz watches, which quickly became popular due to their accuracy and affordability.
In recent years, Tissot has continued to produce high-quality watches that combine traditional Swiss craftsmanship with modern technology. The company is particularly known for its sport watches, including its "T-Touch" line of watches, which feature touch-screen technology and a range of functions such as altimeter, compass, and thermometer.
Today, Tissot is part of the Swatch Group, and remains a leading brand in the watch industry. Its watches are prized for their quality, durability, and stylish design, and are worn by watch enthusiasts and collectors around the world.