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A thick and wide leather strap is massive at 27mm wide - matching other leather wrist wear with ease (especially for the biker bunch who loves black leather). The buckle is signed with the Dexter Sinister logo. The Hex has character - a lot of it. There is an unrefined wild streak that is almost defined by the red devil's trident chronograph seconds hand (normal second hand on the three-hand automatic model). The chronograph model has a Japanese Miyota movement with a 60 minute timer, subsidiary seconds hand, as well as a synchronized 24 hour hand (useful for 24 hour time reference and as an AM/PM indicator). Subdials contrast for a good look that aids with legibility - this is one of the best elements of the dial design. Hour markers are luminant filled, while there is a strip of luminant on the hands as well, for easy night viewing. The chronograph Hex watches are available with a gray or black toned dial.
The reasons I like the DWATCH (no model names right now, just DWATCH) are all due to its no nonsense approach. While the timepiece has a great - almost retro look about it, the tool is for use, not just for show. Materials and design are all highly functional - and you can tell this just by looking at the watch. The pride you feel when wearing it is mostly due to the fact that you have a well engineered little machine on your wrist - not just some lifestyle-esque fashion accessory. Better still, is that DWATCH is all about customization. Visit the DWATCH website and you can navigate through customizing your own watch choosing dial colors, hands, bezel options, straps, etc... The options feel meaningful, and you can really make something "your own." I opted for a classic look with a high contrasting dial. Though it was tempting to consider an orange or blue dial.
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As you know, Phosphor is the leading e-ink screen watch maker with very useful and stylish timepieces available. The specific watch you'll be entering to win is the Digital Hour Clock Black on the leather strap with a retail value of 5. Visit the giveaways sponsor Phosphor watches right here to learn more about this and other e-ink watches. Good luck!
I really do like this watch even if it does have a bit of the Swatch Group stench from it. Let me clarify, the Swatch Group does not stink... but corporate culture when it comes to watch making does. "Make sure this watch doesn't compete with this watch!" "We must consider brand value!" Union Glashutte is a great German brand, but I am afraid that the Swiss overlords are keeping it from its full potential. I mean, you really can't even get the Union Glashutte watches in the US, crazy right? Well this Averin Chronograph is a nifty watch that uses the Valjoux 7751 automatic movement that I have always been a fan of (unless you don't like looking at tiny information windows). a cool watch with a nice style.
Last month you were able to enter for a chance to win a free Swatch Automatic Chrono watch from aBlogtoRead.com. The winner has received the Swatch watch and has been enjoying it, and has sent me a few shots of the watch as a follow up. Congrats to Andrew D. winning the new Swatch watch and I am glad that he enjoyed it. The timepiece is really making a bit splash with a well priced automatic chronograph Swiss movement and fun styling. Don't forget to enter for this month's aBlogtoRead.com Giveaway for a chance to get a free US made Orbita watch winder.
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This was another handsome and classic style watch with some cool functions thanks to a unique TX quartz movement. This is part of TX's 400 series and is the Perpetual Weekly Calendar ref. T3C301. This has the same bracelet as the World Time watch above that I said was well done. Here you can just get a better look at it. So this watch does something pretty cool. The little orange hand does two things. It points to the day of the week and the date - at the same time. It is able to do this because the lower date disc actually follows the hand as it moves across the retrograde day of the week indicator. If you push the pusher at 2 o'clock the orange hand moves around the dial to point to the correct month. If you look closely you can see the months spelled out around the dial. The sloped chapter right has class looking hour markers which are covered in SuperLumiNova. The dial is textured nicely for a classic look. You can see that the hands are in a rose gold tone as well as the bezel and crown. The rest of the watch is in polished or brushed steel. Being 44mm wide this is a not to small conservative watch with cool tech that will appeal to many people I think. A great give for a more mature guy who isn't into "wild" watches and does not want to spend too much. This TX Perpetual Weekly Calendar watch retails at 5. This was really a particularly nice watch.
In the last few years the Seiko Spring Drive movements have been holding my attention and passion. I’ve finally been able to handle them and can report that they are even more desirable than I had previously thought. Such a total enthusiastic display will be for another article though. Instead, the point of this article is to further testify that Seiko is a luxury watch brand. Let me clarify. Seiko does have a large number (100 plus at any given time) of mainstream watches. These all have Seiko Japanese made movements, and are of the most popular watches in the world. This however is not the total face of Seiko. In Japan, Seiko has a number of other brands. The most notable being Grand Seiko, which are a line of successful luxury Japanese watches. Impressive on the outside, and very much so on the inside. Then you have the high luxury Credor brand as well as others such as Phoenix, and Galante. These are not sold much out of Japan, and are very hard to get if you are not in Japan. This is a shame, because many of these watches are incredible.
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The other complication the watch has is what is know as "seconde morte" or "dead seconds" in English. Basically creates a seconds indicator that moves in steps from one second to another just like a quartz watch has a ticking seconds hand. We know most mechanical watches to have sweeping seconds hands, but this is the one exception. It is actually true that having a dead seconds dial makes certain types of timing more accurate - but really here it is just a novelty that F.P. Journe enjoyed throwing in. You can see more of it working in the video.
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