June 27, 2010

Mido All Dial Review

Mido All Dial Watch Review
  The Mido All Dial (ref. M8340.4.B1.1) is just that, a big open dial as the name suggest. The watch does not have a bezel, making it quite literally almost 42mm of “all dial”. Mido is becoming more recognized, not only for design, but for their unbelievable value in a world largely of over priced time pieces. I will touch back on this in a moment. This is my favorite All Dial, the depth and contrast of dial is beautiful. The bracelet is nicely integrated into the case, though this limits any strap options. Keep in mind this watch can be found under 1K and has the following features: sapphire crystal, display back, chronometer (COSC), day/date display, 100m WR, ETA 22836-2 automatic movement, 25 jewels, decorated rotor, and blued screws. I struggle to think of any watch that comes close to all the features at this price point or even double this price point. The All Dial deserves a good look if you are in the market for a new watch.

Pros - Chronometer, day/date, aesthetics, value

Consideration - Changing to a strap is not an option

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 42mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: White
Strap: Stainless Steel
Movmt: ETA 2836-2
Power Reserver: 38 hrs
Water Resistant: 100M
Lug Width: 20mm

June 20, 2010

Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime Review

JLC Reverso Squadra Hometime Watch Review

  Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso’s as a series are highly recognizable and very well respected. The JLC Reverso Squadra Hometime has the classic styling with some contemporary twist. The dial is beautiful in its new more square case, the case is 35mm. One of my favorite features is the AM/PM display at the 9 o’clock position, this coincides with the travel timezone red hour hand. There is also a date display window at 3 o’clock. The dial has a guilloche design, which offers a nice contrast for the numerals for at a glance reading. Reversing the Squadra to show the opposite face it displays the attractive 29 jewel JLC Calibre 977 automatic movement, with a 48 hour power reserve. The Reverso Squadra is offered on a rubber deployant bracelet or alligator strap, both accent the watch nicely. 

Pros - A true classic, wear with jeans or a tux 

Consideration - Water resistance, wish more dress watches would be 100m

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 35mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Strap: Rubber
Clasp: Deployant 
Lug Width: 22mm
Movmt: Caliber 977 
Water Resistant: 50m

June 5, 2010

Kobold Arctic Diver Swiss Review

Kobold Arctic Diver "Swiss" Watch Review

  The Kobold Arctic Diver is a recent addition of Swiss made watches for Kobold starting in 2009. This is the best looking Kobold watch in my opinion, it is vivid in it’s simplicity. The Arctic Diver is offered with or with out date, no date looks amazing. The Bezel and case are similar to the Kobold Seal aesthetically, but stops there. The dial is vast, with nicely lumed large indices. The best part of the watch visually is the blue seconds hand. Not only is distinctive against the black dial, but also not a color seen used frequently. Kobold uses sapphire crystal to protect the dial and it is water resistant to 500m. That will get you down deep...
Pros - Stunning visually, solidly built, great water resistance
Consideration - Not offered with on a bracelet 
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 45mm 
Bezel - Unidirectional
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Strap: Rubber 
Movmt: ETA 2824-A2 
Power Reserver: 40 hours
Water Resistant: 500m
Lug Width: 24mm