Wise is a small microbrand from Thailand that produces a couple different styles of dive watches and assembles each watch prior to shipping them to you - This model is priced at $328 USD , You can also watch the full youtube video on the Watch Addiction Channel
Case and Dial
The black dial on my sample is almost sunburst like and the green from the ceramic lumed bezel definitely shows on the dial in sunny conditions. The solid 316L stainless steel case measures 41 x 47 x 12.3MM thick. It is a nice size - especially for my 6.75 inch wrist. The 20MM lugs compliment the case size just fine which is nice to see. Changing straps on this model will be a breeze as there are limitless options when it comes to 20MM bands. The lume is strong as it should be with BGW9 on the applied markers and filled bezel. The markers seem very neat and are quite legible under the ar coated Sapphire crystal. Legibility is definitely not an issue on this 200M rated dive watch - Oh yeah! This watch can go diving with this rating and does feature a signed screw down crown and caseback as well.
The NH35 is used in this watch which is pretty normal for micro brands as it is a workhorse movement snd usually functions with ease for many years. They are quite steady and accurate as you know by now. They do have the hand winding and hacking seconds that lacks in some of the Miyota branded movements. I think at this price it is doable and do not really have an issue with the NH35 TMI produced by Seiko.
The bracelet is a decent one. It is an oyster style bracelet with screw links and a simple two button push clasp which is milled. I actually prefer these simpler slimmer clasps over the large bulky ones we have seen used by other microbrands. They fit comfortable on my wrist and keeps the clasp in proportion to the actual size of the watch and case.
Furthermore gents - the HITMAN is definitely a nice looking diver with some decent specifications for the price , However other brands out there are offering better specifications for the price , so it really is all up to the customer. I like the variety of bezels they do offer and the smooth brushed finishing of the case as well as the oyster bracelet which is quite comfortable. I am not so sure about the name HITMAN as this literally has nothing to do with a dive watch, but hey we all have our own opinions. However, if your in the market for a clean dive watch with good quality control and a decent oyster bracelet that is not a homage watch or replica watch like many brands offer - this can be a suitable option for you.
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Case and Dial
The relatively new Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical Series by Swiss watchmaker Hamilton ( Swatch Group ), definitely hit a home run with this new field model which resembles an original Field watch from an era where Hamilton was actually an American company and produced numerous timepieces for the US army during the war. There is also the use of a nicely tuned mechanical movement for a longer power reserve, with a slower beat rate, and some nice strap options as well. Hamiltons best sellers are their field watches and I must say for the price ( Purchased at $328 from JomaShop Link Above^, It is a great watch! ) The solid 316L matt finished steel case has very traditional dimensions but does not really wear as small as they suggest. The case itself is 38MM / 9.6MM / 46.4MM Lug to Lug / 20MM Lug Width. The case is REALLY thin , and thats a good thing, as the originals were not that thick either. I love the fact that they added drilled lug holes for that vintage vibe and quick strap change accessibility. The dial is very a traditional field style and almost identical to the original field watches of World War II. It is meant to be extremely legible, crisp, and to the point. There is no need for a date when your in the trench timing mortars right? The off white dial is very nice looking and fits the patina liked triangles which are filled with C3 lume as eell as the hands. The long spear sweeping seconds hand reaches far out to the minute track allowing for precise second to second timekeeping. This IS actually a 2 piece case where the matt bezel is actually a part of the actual case itself, and then comes the screwed down brushed caseback for 50M of water resistance. The crown being traditional as well is a decent size with good grip and is Pull/Push. This is not a watch to go swimming with. Of course, mostly all Hamiltons come equipped with Sapphire crystals and the Khaki Field is no exception.
Powering this bad boy is the all new Hamilton H-50 calibre which is a manual wound movement with a power reserve of 80 Hours - increased from your traditional 38-40 hours. The base movement is an ETA 2801-02 hand wound caliber with 17 Jewels beating at 3HZ or 21,600 BPH. Considering we get almost double the power reserve, the beat rate was slowed from 4 hz to : hz to achieve this. I generally do not have a problem with it as the power reserve on this thing is insane meaning I can put it down on Friday - Pick it back up on Monday and go to work without winding it. Accuracy so far is quite good at around 4-5 seconds gained per day.
There are a few different band options for the Hamilton KF , but I chose the leather/nylon Hamilton band. It just fits the whole style and scheme
of the watch perfectly in my opinion and with such a thin watch, it almost wears too thin on a leather band. The nato is definitely of good quality and very flexible so there is no break in period needed for this one.
Furthermore, if you have around $350.00 to spend on a nice mechanical timepiece - this could possibly be your best best for good reason. First, your getting a watch that was actually used in a way by the army and in real tactical situation. Secondly, Hamilton has a large history and a great story behind the brand. Lastly, there are not many watches with Swiss on the dial, ETA movements, and Sapphire crystals from reputable watchmakers at this pricepoint. I am definitely loving mine and I think you would love it as well!
The relatively new to the turtle scene is the SRPC44 Golden Goose! This watch is identical to the former popular Seiko Prospex turtle line, but its painted in a gold coating/color. No, this is not real gold in any way and is just a coating of a gold color. The case 200M water resistance case measures 45MM across by 13MM thick with a pair of 22MM lugs. A nice little feature is the drilled lugs which made changing out straps
that much easier, especially with those thick stock Seiko spring bars which can be a real pain sometimes to remove. In terms of finishing the gold is highly polished on each side while the top portion remains brushed just as every other Seiko turtle. It does fit nice on wrist and does wear smaller than its' dimensions suggest due to a short lug to lug width. It also features a steel screw sown caseback with the typical Seiko embossing. The crown on my example is located at the 4:00 which is very true to most seiko dive watches and actually threads very nicely and I didnt have an issue with this model unlike a few of the Seiko SKXs I have picked up over the years.
Dial and Lume
The sunburst-like black dial features lumed Lumibrite markers and a very legible handset. The dial really does go well with the gold tone as well as the gold/black 120 Click bezel. Believe it or not...My bezel ligns up! I was quite surprised as most seiko divers from the Prospex line have misaligned chapter rings and bezels. Hence, one of the reasons many buyers opt out for other watches with good quality control
and better specifications for the same money, such as the Oceanica Reef Dive watch. The bezel insert remains aliminum, so no ceramic upgrade yet - but it does operate fairly smooth with minimal backplay. Now the lume is always good with seiko models as they use their in house formulated Seiko Lumibrite which glows green in color and will
last the night! ( well no Lume really lasts 9 hours but,
it will last around 30 minutes before it fades.
Same Rubber Band BUT...Gold Buckle
I really do like these Seiko silicone bands , as they are really really soft and conform
perfectly to the wrist. There is absolutely no reason to swap this one out as it fits the aesthetic of this diver perfectly as well as my wrist. The buckle is also painted in gold to match the case, which you would expect at a price of around $400 for this Seiko diver.
Yep...Did you guess? It is using the Seiko 4R36 which is the Day/Date version of the seiko NH35A. This movement works, lasts a long time, is robust tough and fairly accurate within + or - 10 seconds usually out of the box. The movement is quite simple and beats at 3HZ , has hacking and hand wind with a quickset day and date function.
If you are a true Seiko fan, and really want something out of the ordinary, or perhaps a "Blingy" turtle, perhaps this model is for you. I have even seen the new custom jubilee bands in full gold color which pair with these, and...it looks pretty good and bad at the same time. It is kind of like wearing a Michael Kors gold watch, but your wearing an actual decent entry level Seiko diver at the same time. I am not sure if these are for everyone, most definitely not for me as I would
only wear a gold watch if it was actually gold, or atleast gold capped with real gold material. But, as I have always said we all have different tastes :)
The Woodstone Craftsmaster wood/steel version model is probably my favorite model this new company has to offer. It has a very vintage look and almost reminds of the color of the panels on the old Jeeps and station wagons of the 90s. It is crafted of solid steel in a brushed finish fitted with a sandalwood bezel , which is a very arromatic tropical tree and is all natural
of course. It has a smooth texture and I am sure you will not get any splinters! The actual dimensions are very wearable at 43MM in diameter by 11MM thick. The lug width is a standard 22MM which can be swappable with any band of your choice. The crown is nicely sized and proportionate to the case - also nicely signed with the company logo. In terms of water resistance this is not one you will be taking underwater but it does boast 50M of water resistance with a screw down steel caseback.
The dial features an all wood construction with applied lumed hour markers, and swordlike lumed hands. Now, the lume is nothing to write home about - but I am sure on this type of watch most people would not mind. Overall, it is actually extremely legible with our date cutout at the 3:00 position and minute markings in white to match the markers and hands. The Woodstone logo is applied and polished above the 6:00 position. If there was one thing I would change it would
ne to put the logo at the normal 12:00 position and possibly slim it down a bit. But overall, it is a very clean, legible and easy on the eyes straightforward dial.
Now the nice thing about Woodstone is they went a step ahead of some of the other companies and used a good swiss made quartz caliber. It is a Ronda 515 Quartz caliber which is battery powered, long lasting, accurate, and super reliable. These are the standard movement used in swiss made quartz timepieces and I must say they never cease to amaze me.
The bracelet is quite interesting featuring sandalwood panels placed into the solod steel bracelet which does not feature any end links. The clasp itself is signed nicey and has a pretty strong and solid fold over clasp. The total weight of this watch on the bracelet is 100 Grams, so it definitely is not super heavy - but if you are one who likes a wood watch with a bit of feel and weight on the wrist , perhaps this is the model you should
be looking at. The wood finish is smooth and clean, without any sharp edges or errorsi. Overall, they did a good job constructing this bracelet and it definitely shows in its' comfort when on wrist.
Furthermore, wood watches are definitely
new and emerging like wildfire in todays market due to a number of reasons. One being, people are much more ecologically aware these days and like to use natural materials instead of machines that pollute the air to create other materials. Also, they bring back a new sense of old fashion and a bit of the past in their charm. They are quite "Hip" and stylish to wear I must say. This is just another good example of a new brand with some interesting designs and wood choices. I think they did a good job on this model and it feels well put together and it doesnt feel cheap in any way, as some other wood watches I have handled did. I can definitely reccommend this model to my readers, and if $200
is too heavy on the wallet, they do offer more affordable options on their website as well..
What is Dia De Los Muertos?
The day of the dead is a Mexican holiday which is celebrated on November 2 usually and is a holiday for families to gather together and remember and pray for lost ones who have passed away. It usually consists of two days and some even have large parades where members dress up with face paint and Mariachi like costumes representing the colorful yet sad in my opinion day of remembrance.
The timex "Dia De Los Muertos" edition was a small release to celebrate the Mexican holiday "Day of the dead". The watch itself is quite simple with a solid steel polished case, pop on caseback , and pull/push crown with Indiglo function which lights up the Calavera Skill on the deep blue almost purplish dial. The case is fairly roundish and comes in at 40MM in diameter with a case thickness of 9.5MM thick and 48MM lug to lug. The overall dimensions are very wearable even on my 6.75" wrist. This is definitely one that can slip under the cuff when need it be. The american handmade leather band is actually of very good quality and I was quite surprised by that, it is a 20-18MM tapering American tanned leather band with a standard polished Timex buckle. Getting to the crystal, we do get that typical Mineral Crystal which most watch enthusiasts will not like, including myself - as we almost always hope for sapphire crystals on our watches. Please do keep in mind, I only paid $79 for this watch which I think is a very fair price for a special Limited Edition release model. This model is actually sold out and has been for some time. Your best bet would be to look on the used or grey market for one if you really want to add one to the collection. The INDIGLO is actually really useful and acts as lume to use on the go or whenever it is needed simply by pushing the crown inwards and holding down. ( Pictured Below ).
The dial is clean, crisp, and legible at all angles without much glare when in the sun which is always a good thing. The flatness of the crystal and pop of the colorful dial really play a big part in this. Overall, it is a fun watch and one to be worn - especially in Mexico! In mexico you can find handmade art and all types of goodies with this calavera style so you would fit right in with the culture there.
On my 6.75" wrist it fits just perfectly across with those almost wire like 20MM lugs which make strap changes very easy and as a bonus the stock band includes quick release pins for easy swapability.
The Manta Ray is housed in a Skin Diver style case which pays homage to some of the first diving watches from brands such as Enicar and Aquastar, who used these cases in their dive watches as far back as the 1960s. It is a comfortable design, and one that wears well on a variety of wrists. Solid 316L Stainless steel was custom cut for this case, No Stock OEM case here. It also has a very wearable dimension of 41MM in Diameter and 12MM thick with a 47.5MM lug to lug width, paired with 22MM lug openings. The flanks are mirror polished as well as the embossed logo crown, while the tops remain brushed. The finishing is rather good and certainly on par with other microbrand divers I have reviewed from the likes of BOLDR, Zoretto, and Phoibos watches. The case itself is tested to 200 Meters making this a very capable and useable dive watch, if you choose to dive. It does have a very nice vintage aesthetic, but in no way is a homage to any watch really out there. The caseback features a screwed down sealed back with a nice raised and custom moulded manta ray which is quite detailed if you take a closer look. I think it looks pretty retro like and unique.
Now, from what I know there are two dial
options for the Ray, Matte blue and Matte
Black. Each color gives off different feelings and rays of color in the sunlight which is nice to see. For increased legibility and no distortion they chose to utilize a flat under ar coated Sapphire crystal. Now, one change on the final units will be to use clear anti reflective coating on the underside, instead of blue, which will bring out a richer black and blue color - it is a bit more expensive but worth it in my opinion. The hand applied markers are sharp and neat without error on the prototypes. They also are filled with Swiss Made BGW9 Lume. This lume is the strongest lume one can have and it does glow a blue hue. Another nice feature is the 120 Click ceramic bezel which features BGW9 Filled numerals and markings as well - This allows for the same exact strength of lume on the bezel as the markers. See, many companies go the cheap route and paint or layer it on the bezel, and the bezel always fades out before the hands and markers...well not on the Manta Ray. The hands themselves are very reminescent of the vintage Superocean hands, as well as the hands on some of the Lorier Watches I have had my eye on. Everything seems to fit perfect here without any irregular sized components, which many microbrands fail at.
Now, on the past four releases by Oceanica minus the Flieger which housed a 90S5 in 2018 - they did what many were asking for and used the Miyota 9015 Japanese made caliber. This movement is about double the price of the NH35 , hence the price jump in pledges. There is no doubt it is a much better and reliable
movement beating at 4HZ and featuring 26 Jewels. It also is better finished and has a much faster smoother sweep at 28,800 BPH. The blue prototype which I wore had an accuracy of around +1 seconds per day which was insane. I am not sure all of the Manta Rays will be like this but you can generally expecy around +5-10 seconds a day from these movements.
Custom Rubber Deployant Band
Another custom made part of the Manta Ray is the Quick Release rubber deployant band. The clasp
is quite strong and super easy to adjust on the go! I was surprised by the comfort level and curvature from the lugs as it is not end fitted. The buckle is secure and features a custom milled clasp and signature across the top. I think its good, and once in hand you
will only realize the true comfort level it has. Now, the early bird backers at $324 will also receive for free a $39 Genuine Rubber custom signed Buckle Oceanica band free of charge for being an early bird as well as the double watch option. The tropic straps also feature Quick Release and are quite comfortable with a relative buckle size. Good stuff.
Conclusion and How To Get One
Furthermore, Oceanica has proven themselves over the past 3-4 years as producing high quality watches at affordable prices, really stomping over many other brands in their territory. They provide the same exact quality at a lower cost, and produce some really
nice dive watches for the coin. This might just be their best one so far as I love watches with a vintage nod and with great strap accessories. It all just flows together perfectly and seems like a true watch - not one of those watches you see YouTubers presenting that look like they took 30 parts from 9 different swiss brands and put them all together. Well, How do you get one? To reserve a Manta Ray - you must back them on Kickstarter in Dec/Jan when they launch, and thats pretty much it. They ship worldwide for free and usually deliver on time within 2 months or so after the campaign ends.o Thanks for taking the time to read and I hope you found the article useful!
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.