January 17, 2011

Doxa Sub 5000T Seaconqueror Professional Review

Doxa Sub 5000T Seaconqueror Professional Watch Review  

  Doxa is well known for their dive watches, orange dialed divers more specifically. Why orange? Doxa’s research in the 60‘s found that orange is the most visible color in water and at greater depths. 
  Enter what some consider to be the ultimate dive watch, the Doxa Sub 5000T Seaconqueror Professional COSC. What makes this potentially the ultimate dive watch? The 120 click bezel, adjustable decompression table, HRV (helium release valve), ratcheting divers extension, COSC ETA 2892 automatic movement, quick-set date, 1500m of water resistance, SuperLuminova, domed sapphire crystal (3mm), and of course the iconic Doxa orange dial.
  One of the more noticeable changes to the 5000T over the majority of Doxa’s collection is the move from the vintage styled Doxa bracelet. This bracelet has an improved divers extension and is more modern in appearance. Still extremely comfortable and very well executed. Of course the Sub 500T Seaconqueror Professional COSC (long name!) has the Doxa cushion styled case. Even with the modern updates to this this watch it is unmistakable Doxa and every bit a professional dive watch. 

Pros - COSC, improved divers extension, true professional dive watch

Consideration - Heaviest Doxa made at 219 grams

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 45mm
Case Back: Solid
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Orange
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Movement: ETA 2892
Power Reserve: 42 hrs 
Lug Width: 22mm 
HRV: Yes 
Water Resistant: 1500m

January 16, 2011

TW Steel Icon TW622 Review

TW Steel Icon TW622 Watch Review

  The TW Steel Icon (TW622) has a great entry price point if you are interested in getting into a TW Steel watch. It is one of their least expensive watches coming in at $225 MSRP. This is the 45mm version, there is also a 50mm (TW623). I like the 45mm version as it still offers a nice big dial and large numerals/indices. It was not all that long ago when 42mm was considered a large watch. 
  Aesthetically, there is very little to nit pick about on this watch. The hour and minute hands match quite well with the indices, creating a good visual flow throughout the watch face. The watch does have lumed numerals and hands, the amount of time they glow is not fantastic. At this price point it is hard to complain much about the lume. The TW622 comes on a decent black aviator style strap with white stitching. An oversized crown adds the final touch to the overall design. This TW Steel is powered by a quartz movement and the dial is protected by mineral crystal. Is the TW Steel TW622 or TW623 ground breaking in design? No, it is not, but at this price point it is ahead of the many of the watches in this price range.   

Pros - Clean design, good value

Consideration - I am a big fan of sapphire crystal, this watch uses mineral. 

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 45mm
Case Back: Solid
Crystal: Mineral
Dial: Black
Strap: Black Leather
Movement: Quartz
Power Reserve: N/A 
Lug Width: 23mm 
Water Resistant: 50m

January 7, 2011

Luminox Deep Dive Automatic Review

Luminox Deep Dive Watch Review

  Luminox dives deep with the Deep Dive Automatic 1500 series. Luminox is known for making tough and rugged watches, they stay true with this serious dive watch. The Deep Dive is offered in four different hour marker dial combinations, blue, yellow, white, and orange. All of the choices have a great visual contrast against this blacked out watch. Illuminated nicely with Luminox Light Technology or “LLT”, these tubes will shine consistently for 25 years. One of the more unique features is the Bezel Lock System or “BLS”. This prevents the bezel from accidentally moving, once locked into place. The BLS helps ensure elapsed time is not shortened should the unidirectional bezel get moved. This Bezel Lock System also doubles as crown protector, very innovative. 
  The quick list of what you get with the Deep Dive, 500m water resistance, LLT, BLS, automatic ETA 2826-2 movement, extra thick sapphire crystal, PVD stainless steel case, large date window at 3 o’clock, and to top it all off an automatic HEV “helium escape valve”. Luminox did a nice added little touch with a diving helmet stamped on the case back, just incase you forget you are in the presence of a serious divers watch. 

Pros - Visual contrast, construction, HEV, LLT, BLS

Consideration - One of Luminox more expensive timepieces

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: PVD Stainless Steel
Case: 44mm
Bezel: Unidirectional
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Strap: Rubber
Strap Width: 23mm
Movement: ETA 2826-2 
Water Resistant: 500m