September 26, 2009

Panerai PAM 00000 Zero Review

Panerai PAM 00 Zero Watch Review

The Panerai PAM 00000 mens watch is better know simply as the “Zero”, it is considered by many to be the “true” base model. This very simple watch by Officine Panerai stands alone in the Luminor family with it’s brother PAM 05 sharing the official logo on the face. Notably missing from this piece is a seconds hand, date window, it also uses a manual movement. This simplicity makes it is base model and draws Panerai fans (Paneristi) in like moths to a fire. No need to get hung up on if keeps COSC standard time, with out the seconds hand you will never know. The watch has a solid case back hiding the hand wound ETA 6497 that Panerai has tweaked and calls OP X. The lume on Zero is painted, not to be confused with Panerai’s sandwich dials. The glow of this lume fully charged is a sight to be seen. Considered to be an entry level watch into Panerai from a price point, it is the purist that love this watch the most. Entry level does not mean cheap, this watch will set you back 4K+ new. 

Pros - Fantastically simple, logo, lume, beautiful high polish

Considerations - Price point & scratching up that high polish would be torture!

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 44mm
Bezel: Polished
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Strap: Black Leather
Movement: Manual OP X
Power Reserver: 56 hours
Water Resistant: 300m
Lug Width: 24mm

September 13, 2009

Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Review

Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Watch Review

The Omega Seamaster Ploprof mens watch has landed! This robust diver was originally released in the 70’s and now has been reborn in 2009. Still holding true to the original with some modern updating. Where did the name come from? The name PloProf derives from the French term PLOngeur PROFessionnel (Professional Diver). Obviously this is a very distinctive watch, especially the orange pusher at the 2 o’clock position. This pusher allows the wearer to safely rotate the bezel in either direction and lock it into position to avoid accidental movement. 
This new version will take you 4000ft under, with the help of the HEV located at the 4 o’clock position. Under the hood it is powered by Omega’s new calibre 8500, which has been given great reviews. It is offered on either a mesh bracelet or a rubber strap. Omega has one of the best mesh bracelets on the market, no brainer which one I would chose if I was in the market for this beast. The Ploprof case diameter is 55mm! This the largest watch in the Omega line up and has received a lot of attention in the watch world.

Pros - Great representation of the original, while adding modern touches, 8500 movement, extremely unique design.

Considerations - A beastly size, with a price to match

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 55mm
Bezel: Bidirectional
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Strap: SS or Rubber
Lug Width: 24mm
Movement: Automatic
Power Reserve: 60hrs 
Water Resistant: 1200m

September 8, 2009

Omega Seamaster Professional Review

Omega Seamaster Professional Watch Review

The Omega Seamaster Pro / Professional (212.30.41.20.01.002) mens watch has been 007 Mr. James Bond’s watch of choice for the last few movies. This has no doubt brought added interest to this series from Omega. The good news is despite being in the “limelight” the watch is solid and not selling only because of Bond. The Seamaster is equipped with a HEV for all us “desk divers” with a water resistance of 1000ft for those who actually dive. The face has a very nice wave pattern with “Seamaster” colored red for an added touch of contrast. The Seamaster Pro is a chronometer, powered by the Omega 2500 Co-Axial movement. The face is protected by sapphire crystal and has a date window at the 3 o’clock position. The date wheel being black with white numerals, this flows nicely with the dial. Many companies go with a white wheel against a black face, which is not as aesthetically pleasing. Comes on a nice bracelet or rubber strap if you prefer.

Pros - Versatile watch, very accurate movement, nice fit and finish.

Considerations - If looking for something different, this might not be the watch.

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 41mm
Bezel: Unidirectional
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Strap: Stainless Steel
Lug Width: 20mm
Movement: Automatic
Power Reserve: 48 hrs 
Water Resistant: 300m

September 6, 2009

Luminox Tactical Navy SEAL Dive Review

Luminox Tactical Navy SEAL Watch Review
Luminox is not the typical brand that W&R does reviews on. It has a special place and deserves some acknowledgement. Luminox is an American success story. Luminox is known for its “Luminox Light Technology”, this is tritium gas filled tubes. Unlike Superluminova, it always glows 24/7! In 1994 Luminox was called upon by the US Navy SEALs to make an even tougher watch that could with stand their training and missions. 
A few generations later emerges the Luminox Tactical Navy SEAL Dive watch. This version now comes in a lightweight tactical version. The case, bezel, case back, and strap are black giving a nice stealth like appearance. The case and bezel are made of reinforced PC carbon fiber. This watch has a Swiss Quartz movement, mineral crystal, and comes on a black polyurethane strap.  

Pros - Tough watch, good enough for the US Navy SEALs!

Considerations - Mineral crystal scratches easily.

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 43mm
Bezel: Unidirectional
Crystal: Mineral
Dial: Black
Strap: Rubber
Lug Width: 24mm
Movement: Quartz 
Water Resistant: 100m