October 17, 2011

Omega Planet Ocean Titanium LiquidMetal Review

Omega Planet Ocean Titanium LiquidMetal Watch Review

  The Seamaster Planet Ocean has quickly become a favorite dive watch amongst Omega enthusiast and the average watch guy over the years. Continuing on this success comes the Planet Ocean Titanium LiquidMetal, with Omega’s highly touted in-house co-axial Caliber 8500 movement (reference number 232.90.46.21.03.001).  
  Omega made a lot of nice new changes, while managing to leaving the overall design unmistakably a Planet Ocean. The two biggest changes are the use of titanium for the case and utilizing Omega’s own in-house movement. True in-house movements are highly regarded and come with a premium price. For example, many watch brands use the very popular Swiss ETA movements, supplied from the Swatch Group. A watch using an ETA or an altered ETA movement would not be considered an in-house movement because another manufacturer is supplying it. Opposed to making and assembling the movement completely “in-house”. The titanium case is a good choice for those looking for a large dive watch without the added weight of steel. The case back uses sapphire crystal to view the the beautifully done 39 jewel Caliber 8500. A deep navy blue is used for the dial and bezel. The bezel consist of the newest technology in the watch industry, ceramic and liquid metal for the hour markers. The bezel alone makes the watch, simply gorgeous. 
  The only thing a little mind boggling about the Titanium LiquidMetal is the use of a black date wheel. Why not use navy to match the dial? Maybe to keep the cost down from having to manufacturer a matching date wheel? Though, at an MSRP of $8200 W&R would hope that is not the reason. Overall, the watch is very well executed. Now truly taking aim at its biggest competitor the Rolex Submariner, from price point to in-house movement.

Pros - Caliber 8500, LiquidMetal, first titanium Planet Ocean

Considerations - This new price point might take a bit of time to get used to

Case: Titanium
Case Diameter: 45.5mm
Bezel: Unidirectional 
Crystal: AR Sapphire
Dial: Blue
Bracelet: Rubber or Titanium
Movement: Co-Axial 8500
Power Reserve: 60 hours
Water Resistant: 600m
Lug Width: 22mm

October 10, 2011

Oakley Gearbox Watch Review


Oakley Gearbox Watch Review
  With a watch name like Gearbox, the watch better be big and bold. Oakley did just that, a big, bold watch, that looks as great as the name sounds.
  The Oakley Gearbox (ref 10-064) is not for the faint of heart, it projects pure masculinity. This is W&R favorite white dialed watch in recent time. Many watch brands now a days ruin perfectly good designs by tagging the watches up with their brand name/logo all over the place or super sized on the dial. Not this time, Oakley nailed the overall design of dial by doing just the opposite. A big beautiful dial left virtually pristine except for a same colored logo hiding subtly at the 4:30 position. Well done. The dial evokes an almost ivory white color, with bold 3D looking indices and numerals. From the 12 o’clock to the 6 o’clock the hour markers are all raised. Where as from 7 o’clock to the 11 o’clock hour marker they are “inverted”. Then there is the in your face crown on the unconventional left side of the Gearbox. The crisp machined corners of the case and the oversized crown work very well together. The crown is also inspired by that of a gear, fitting for a watch called Gearbox. This serious watch is secured to the wrist by a special black rubber strap, with a stainless steel buckle. It should be noted at this price point Oakley could have easily cut corners and gone with mineral crystal. To the casual watch consumer who wants the Gearbox because it’s Oakley or cool, one should know that Oakley used sapphire crystal. All those scratches you have on your watches won’t happen with the Gearbox. Sapphire is extremely scratch resistant and matched by none. Once you go sapphire, it is very difficult to ever go back. Sapphire crystal is a must in W&R opinion, especially on daily wear watch.
  This is by far W&R favorite watch series by Oakley to date. Current available Gearbox variants are the white 10-064, black & tan 10-063, and the stealth black & red 10-062. Oakley also has a very cool Gearbox Special Edition in titanium, with black carbon fiber dial 10-042. If you are in the market of a unique well built watch, check out the Gearbox.

Pros - Unique, sapphire crystal, aesthetics, durability

Consideration - Obvious by now, the watch is large

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 46.8mm
Case Back: Solid
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: White
Bracelet: Black Rubber
Movement: Quartz
Power Reserve: 60 months 
Strap Width: 26mm
Water Resistant: 100m

October 1, 2011

Doxa Sub 750T GMT Professional Review

Doxa Sub 750T GMT Professional Watch Review
  Doxa has released the 750T in a GMT version. This is the Doxa Sub 750T GMT Professional, other available versions are the Sharkhunter, Caribbean, and Divingstar. All four version are limited to 1000 pieces each. 
  Somewhat unique for a dive a watch is the GMT complication. The 750T GMT then furthering separates it’s self from other GMT divers by displaying three times zones, opposed to the standard second timezone only. The ability to tell a third timezone is achieved by the use of a 24 hour internal rotating bezel. An oversized skeleton hand is used for the GMT hour complication, very cool. The internal bezel is rotated by a screw down crown located at the 2 o’clock position. Powering the watch and GMT hour hand is the trusted ETA 2893-2 automatic movement. A white date window is displayed at the 3 o’clock position, would have preferred the use of a black date wheel here instead. The rice style bracelet has that great retro vibe about it and goes nicely with the overall aesthetics of the Sub 750T GMT Professional. It is a good sized watch for a 21mm bracelet, most watches at this size move up a 22mm bracelet. The bracelet of course comes with a divers extension. If you are in the market for a dive watch steeped in history the Doxa 750T GMT is worth looking into. It has a lot of value at this price point and all the versions are Limited Edition.

Pros - GMT complication, 3 timezones, ETA 2893-2

Consideration - The bracelet is either love it or hate it

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 44.7mm
Case Back: Solid
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Orange
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Movement: ETA 2893-2
Power Reserve: 42 hrs 
Lug Width: 21mm  
Water Resistant: 750m