June 13, 2009

Seiko Spring Drive Power Reserve Review

Seiko Spring Drive Power Reserve Watch

The Seiko Spring Drive Power Reserve mens watch is classic in design with cutting edge technology under the hood. The watch is powered by one of Seiko’s new Spring Drive movements the Caliber 5r65. What makes the Spring Drive movement so unique and special? It has combined the accuracy of quartz movement with the benefits of an automatic movement. The conventional escapement is replaced with a device that Seiko calls a Tri-Synchro Regulator to regulate the unwinding of the mainspring. This results in one of the most accurate automatic movements that is affordable to the public, estimated at only a 1 second deviation per day! The watch sports a 72 hour power reserve with a large indicator on the dial. This Seiko has very clean classy lines that are easy to read on the 42mm case. There is a nice date window at the 3 o’clock position and the watch comes on a very nice butterfly clasp bracelet.   

Pros - One of a kind movement, extremely accurate, nice power reserve.

Considerations - It might take time to get over the mental block that it is a Seiko pushing 4K. 

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 42mm
Bezel: Polished
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black 
Bracelet: Steel
Lug Width: 20mm
Movement: Automatic 
Water Resistant: 100m

June 9, 2009

Oris TT1 Titan Divers Date Review

Oris TT1 Titan Divers Watch

The Oris TT1 (Titan Titanium) Divers Date mens watch is a nice mid-range dive time piece. Oris did something we would like to see more Swiss dive watches utilize, larger lug widths. The Oris Diver is 44mm with a 24mm lug width and looks fantastic. This allows the 24mm bracelet to aesthetically support the larger case better. Some notable features are date display at 6 o'clock, helium escape valve at 2 o’clock, SuperLuminova indices and hands, unidirectional bezel with lume dot, and a black face with wave pattern. It is brought to life by a Caliber 633 automatic movement, built off an ETA 2824-2. The watch has a titanium case and bracelet that will take you to the depths of 1000m.

Pros - Very good value, lug width, nice bracelet.

Consideration - Do to the lug design it would be very difficult to switch the bracelet out for anything other than a OEM straps. This means one can not pick up a nice leather strap or mesh bracelet and slap it on.

Case: Titanium
Case Diameter: 44mm
Bezel: Count Down
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black Wave
Bracelet: Titanium
Lug Width: 24mm
Movement: Automatic 
Water Resistant: 1000m

June 1, 2009

Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph Calibre 17 RS Review

Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 17 RS Watch

The Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph Calibre 17 RS watch is a big advancement  in watch making from Tag Heuer. The Grand Carrera Chronograph RS is designed after a high performance engine of a GT sports car and presents a revolutionary new way of telling time. The breakthrough comes from the exclusive new Rotating System (RS), a new technology replacing hands with rotating disc.  This new system provides at a glance easy to read chronograph functions. The movement is built off of an ETA 2894 and is C.O.S.C. certified. There is a fantastic looking big date window at the 6 o’clock position, along with the very unique chronograph windows. The dial is visible through double AR coated sapphire crystal and a sapphire case back to view this nice movement. The dial features a hand applied TAG Heuer logo and curved markers for denoting the hours.

Pros - A great new version of a classic watch, new movement, C.O.S.C., very well finished watch and movement.

Considerations - Lacking in the lume department.

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 43mm
Bezel: Tachymetre
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black 
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Lug Width: 22mm
Movement: Automatic 
Water Resistant: 100m