February 28, 2010

Luminox Blackout Watch Review

Luminox Blackout Watch Review 
  Luminox goes stealth with the Blackout 6402BO watch! The watches case and bracelet are stainless steel and have a PVD application applied to give the watch the “blackout” appearance. The best part about Luminox watches is the now famous Tritium Gas Illumination System. The Blackout watch uses blue tritium tubes that illuminate blue, giving further uniqueness to this watch. There is even a gas filled capsule in the bezel where the lume dot would be located. It is protected by sapphire crystal and the dial is as well. The tritium tubes are used at every hour marker and on all the hands and will glow all night long, 24/7 in the dark. The hands and numerals are black, while the dial is very dark gray in appearance. The Blackout 6402 is powered by a Swiss Quartz movement secured in the 46mm case.
  Like all Luminox watches, it is tough and rugged. It also meets or exceeds all U.S. Armed Forces Military Specifications, that’s tough!  

Pros - Stealth look works well on this watch, blue tritium illumination, rugged

Consideration - PVD can not be buffed out for scratches/scuffs

Case: Stainless Steel
Case: 46mm
Bezel: Unidirectional
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Lug Width: 23mm
Movement: Quartz 
Water Resistant: 200m

February 21, 2010

Fortis B-42 Diver Review

Fortis B-42 Diver Watch Review
  Fortis makes a great watch at very attractive price points. The B-42 Diver has a white face with numerals. One very striking feature of this watch are the blued hands and numerals. Do to the “blued” process the hands and numerals either look blue or black depending on how the light is reflecting off of them. A less common feature the B-42 Diver has is a day and date display. This watch is powered by an ETA 2836-2 movement that is viewable through the display back. The watch is offered on a black rubber strap, with a nice butterfly deployant (not to be confused with deployment) clasp. Fortis also offers this watch on a bracelet, a seriously hefty, well made bracelet. The B-42 offers an overall fantastic value and is a well built watch.

Pros - Price point, well constructed, see through case back.

Consideration - Would like to see more lume.

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 42mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: White
Strap: Black Rubber
Movement: ETA 2836-2
Power Reserver: 40 hrs
Water Resistant: 200M
Lug Width: 20mm

February 14, 2010

Bell And Ross BR01-94 Review

Bell And Ross BR01-94 Watch Review

  The Bell & Ross BR01 series has helped put the brand on the map and the popularity has become infectious. The BR01 and BR03 are in the Instrument series, designed to look like a gauge from an instrument panel on an airplane. 
  The BR01 series are 46mm and the BR01-94 is the PVD (black powdered coated) chronograph version. The chronograph is powered by an ETA 2894, the functions include 12 hour, 30 minute, and 60 seconds counters. The BR01-94 hands, numerals, and indices are painted in white lume. This gives the watch a fantastic contrast against the all black case, dial, and rubber strap. The chronograph pushers are rectangular in shape further complimenting the overall design of this watch. There is a small date window at the 4:30 position, nicely done not to distract from the main chronograph functions. It comes with two straps, one rubber, one nylon, with a PVD tang buckle.

Pros - Unique design, bold, looks great.

Consideration - Not a small watch, wears larger because it is square, an alternative would be the BR03 series.

February 6, 2010

Panerai PAM 312 Review

Panerai PAM 312 Watch Review
  The Panerai PAM 312 is an amazing looking watch. The 1950 Luminor case is a must see in person, it is flawless. The lines and curves flow smoothly on PAM 312, accenting the watch beautifully. Continuing the march forward of using in-house movements, this watch is equipped with Panerai’s own automatic P.9000 calibre movement. A very nice movement with 28 jewels, Incabloc anti-shock, 3 day power reserve, and the P.9000 is visible through the case back.  There are some visual similarities to the PAM 111, both using the “sandwich” dial and small seconds at the 9 o’clock position. From there they are vastly different. There is a date window at the 3 o’clock position and a 1950 Luminor case that is brushed. This looks fantastic against the high polish bezel.  This Panerai comes on a crocodile strap, matching up perfectly with the overall design of the watch. This is sure to become another Panerai classic, a simply stunning watch.

Pros - 1950 Luminor case, in-house movement

Consideration - Would your other watches get any wrist time!

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 44mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Strap: Crocodile
Movement: P.9000
Power Reserver: 3 days
Water Resistant: 300m
Lug Width: 24mm