November 21, 2009

Victorinox Air Boss Mach 4 Review

Victorinox Swiss Army Air Boss Mach 4 Watch
  The Victorinox (Swiss Army) Air Boss Mach 4 is another sharp watch for 2009. One thing I really appreciate from Victorinox is that the dials are always very legible. They manage to put a lot of different features into their dials, while managing to keep the dial uncluttered visually. 
  The most distinctive feature of the new Mach 4 is the small seconds found on the 7 o’clock position. There is also an oversized crown at the 2 o’clock position that controls the inner rotating bezel, 60 minute counter. The watch uses a Unitas 6497 manual movement, housed in the 45mm case. I feel with the Air Boss using an inner bezel, the watch does not look as large as a watch with an external bezel at 45mm. It is an oversized watch, but it works very well. The Mach 4 has sapphire crystal, with an exhibition back. All of this is supported nicely on a brown leather strap.

Pros - Easy to read, unique seconds, sporty and dressy

Consideration - Lug width is not a standard size for other strap options

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 45mm
Strap: Leather 
Lug Width: 23mm 
Bezel: Bidirectional
Crystal: Sapphire
Power Reserve: 56 hrs
Movement: Auto
Water Resistance: 100m

November 8, 2009

Anonimo Opera Meccana Professionale 6000 Review

Anonimo Opera Meccana Professionale 6000 Watch Review
  Anonimo is a relatively young company founded in 1997. Anonimo is the Italian word for “anonymous”. The watch is about the personality of the wearer, not the company. 
  Anonimo Opera Meccana Professionale 6000 watch is also known as Model 6000. With the seductive dial and clean crisp flowing lines of the case this is a hard watch not to like. At the 4 o’clock position, the Opera Meccana has a locking system and an automatic helium expulsion valve. There is subtly placed magnified date window at the 3:30 position. Anonimo uses caliber ANONIMO 0.1.0, built off an ETA 2824-2. This is not a small watch coming in at 45mm, with domed sapphire crystal. The Professionale will take you deep, over 6000 feet should you need to go to that depth! If you get a chance to see Anonimo watches in person, you will be impressed with fit, finish, function, and innovation. 
  Only 250 made...All Anonimo’s are made in limited numbers.

Pros - Not common, build quality (fit/finish)

Consideration - No bracelet option, not inexpensive

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 45mm
Strap: Rubber 
Lug Width: 24mm 
Crystal: Sapphire
Power Reserve: 40hrs
Movement: Auto
Water Resistance: 2000m

November 7, 2009

Seiko Ananta Chronograph Review

Seiko Ananta Chronograph Watch
  The Seiko Ananta Chronograph has a lot of engineering behind this watch. Ananta is a Sanskrit word that means ‘the infinite’ and this is part of a collection that expresses Seiko’s dedication to infinite perfection. Katana is the ancient art of sword making, this watch pays homage to this history. The side of the watch case has the distinctive Katana curve, with the case back and lugs being forged from a single piece of steel.
  The Ananta uses the now well known Spring Drive technology, arguably the most accurate automatic movement produced today. Seiko uses specifically Caliber 8R28 featuring 28,800 vibrations per hour, 34 jewels, 292 parts, and a power reserve of 45 hours. There is a see through case back that displays the rotor, the rotor pays homage to the hand guard on a Katana sword. The case is 46mm, supported by a crocodile strap, with a three fold clasp and push button release. This watch is very well crafted and thought out. Seiko has raised the bar.

Pros - Spring Drive, easy to read, well thought out

Consideration - There might be some sticker “shock” potential to the casual Seiko owner, watch has a large wrist presence

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 46mm
Strap: Crocodile 
Lug Width: 24mm 
Crystal: Sapphire
Power Reserve: 45hrs
Movement: Auto
Water Resistance: 100m

November 1, 2009

Rolex Submariner No Date 14060 Review

Rolex Submariner No Date 14060 Watch Review
  Let’s “dive” a little deeper into this lesser known dive watch and circle back. There are a number of reasons that make this the best watch for men. First, most realize that the Submariner is the most recognizable watch to the mass public, one reason being the magnifying cyclops on the crystal above the date. Because there is no date on this watch ref #14060, there is no cyclops. No cyclops means it will be a little less recognizable than it’s big brother (ref #16610). The no-date version still uses drilled lug holes, which has been abandoned by Rolex on other models. This brings a vintage feel to the watch, which many Rolex purists like. 
  It also happens to be one of the least expensive Rolex’s, not suggesting it is inexpensive though. Rolex uses their automatic 3130 movement, an in-house movement. This is a big deal, you will be hard pressed to find a true Swiss in-house movement at this price point. Most watches using an in-house movement start many thousands of dollars higher. Circling back, what you get for your hard earned money is a true classic, original design, uncluttered dial, versatile, in-house movement, robust watch that can be handed down for generations to come!

Pros - Iconic, timeless, rugged, classy, in-house movement

Consideration - If you like a date window, spend the extra $$$ to get ref# 16610

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 40mm
Strap: Stainless Steel
Lug Width: 20mm 
Bezel: Unidirectional
Crystal: Sapphire
Power Reserve: 40 hrs
Movement: Auto
Water Resistance: 300m