August 22, 2010

Panerai PAM292 Radiomir Black Seal Review

Panerai PAM292 Radiomir Black Seal Watch Review

  If there is only one blacked out watch to own the PAM 292 Radiomir Black Seal is the winner. Unlike PVD, the PAM292 has a ceramic case that is less vulnerable to scratches. Ceramic is roughly 5 times harder than stainless steel, this is an obvious advantage over standard PVD. The Black Seal has the very unique Panerai sandwich dial, the sandwich is a W&R favorite. Newer versions of the PAM 292 do not have the “pig” on the face. This has made the 2007 J serials that have the “pig” an instant collectable, which equates to a much higher sales price in the after market. A hand wound Panerai OP X engines keeps this watch ticking, with a 56 hour power reserve. The very distinguishable Radiomir lugs are removable via screws on the case back. This helps easily change out straps and further feeds the “sickness” most Panerai owners develop!
  The PAM292 has the classic design of a Radiomir, with a ceramic contemporary twist. The Black Seal is well thought out and deserves the lion share of wrist time if you are lucky enough to own one.

Pros - Ceramic case, sandwich, well thought out

Consideration - Often selling for more than MSRP

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Ceramic
Case Diameter: 45mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Strap: Black Leather
Movement: OP X
Power Reserver: 56hrs
Water Resistant: 100m
Lug Width: 24mm

August 7, 2010

Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick GS Review

Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick GS Watch Review

  Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick editions have done very well since they were first introduced 6 years ago. The new GS (Grand Sport) will surely continue the popularity of the Maverick line with it’s new updated looks. Maverick GS’s are offered in three versions, dual time, chronograph, and three hand. This review of the Dual Time or GMT is my favorite in the new line up. The two best features about this watch is the big date at 12 o’clock and the second time zone with hour and seconds hand at 6 o’clock. Aesthetically, Victorinox Swiss Army did a fantastic job. The hour hands, date window, and bolder design, all work very well on this watch. It is offered on rubber, but you are generally better to get the stainless steel bracelet first. Bracelets usually cost more after the initial purchase as a general rule of thumb. Overall, the Maverick GS is a winner, especially with the new larger case at 43mm.

Pros - New bolder design, larger case, price point

Consideration - Ronda quartz movement (around W&R we lean towards automatics)

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 43mm
Bezel: Unidirectional
Crystal: Sapphire
Bracelet: SS or Rubber 
Lug Width: 22mm
Movement: Ronda 6203.B
Water Resistant: 100m

August 1, 2010

Rolex Submariner Date Review

Rolex Submariner Date 116610 Review

  The makeover has officially happened to the all time classic Rolex Submariner Date, enter ref. 116610 LN. With opinions on both sides of the fence, I think the new Sub Date is a work of art. The old Submariner (ref. 16610) has been fazed out for 2010. This review covers the new look the new gold Submariners already have adapted. This year the stainless steel version completes the Sub line up. This Submariner has “LN” at the end of reference number. LN is short for Lunette Noir, french for black bezel. 
  Finally, the maxi-dial has made it to the this Submariner in stainless steel. In the past, the 16610LV (green anniversary edition) Submariner was the only stainless steel Submariner offered with the maxi-dial. The maxi-dial offers larger indices, larger mercedes hour hand, and larger minute hand. This equates to an easier to read watch and more SuperLuminova, looks amazing. Noticeably, Rolex is now using blue SuperLuminova vs the previously standard green SuperLuminova. The next big change comes from the maxi-case, a larger, more square case. What is nice about the design is the “beefed” up appearance, while keeping the actual case the same at 40mm. The new almost glass like appearance of the ceramic bezel offers up a very clean seductive look, along with the expected 120 clicks of the bezel. Advantages to using a ceramic bezel is it will not scratch or fade (UV proof). Gotta love no scratches! Bringing over the improved bracelets from Rolex, the 116610 LN has the new Glidelock system. Sticking to what works best, the movement stays unchanged using the trusted 3135, with Parachrom hairspring. 
  While the 16610 will always remain a classic, it is clear the times are changing. Rolex is forging ahead and the Submariner Date 116610LN is the future.

Pros - Maxi-dial, maxi-case, Glidelock

Consideration - A lot of changes from the classic, might take sometime getting use to.

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 40mm
Bezel: Unidirectional
Crystal: Sapphire
Bracelet: SS 
Lug Width: 20mm
Movement: 3135 
Water Resistant: 300m
Power Reserve: 48hrs