$1,001-$5,000

Feature: MTM Special Ops Black Vulture Titanium

November 12, 2010 | $1,001-$5,000

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A few months ago, I had a chance to review the MTM Special Ops Black Vulture Titanium watch. Along with the review, I took many photos of the watch, so I could show you some of the unique features of the watch. The good thing about in-depth reviews such as this, is that I not only get to show readers (potential buyers) real photos of the watches, I also get to learn the pros and cons of the watch. In this case, unfortunately for MTM, there seem to be more negatives than positives.


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Most Wanted: 10 watches from $1,000 to $5,000

August 30, 2010 | $1,001-$5,000, Most Wanted

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The Mido Multifort Chronograph comes in a 45 mm stainless steel case (shown) or a black PVD case. Being that Mido is owned by the Swatch Group, it should come as no surprise that the movement is an ETA/Valjoux 7750. It is the "top" finished movement (the top is same as a "Chronometer" - without the COSC certification) and a signature rotor. On top of having a great movement, which is visible through the caseback, the dial is quite nice as well. The dial is metal and features unique lume filled cut-outs for the hour markers, plus the dial has a striped finish (Geneva stripes). Read more about this amazingly affordable and good looking new collection here.

Retail $1,690, Mido


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Omega Grey Speedmaster

August 27, 2010 | $1,001-$5,000, Omega

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The Omega Grey Speedmaster (Ref. O32332404006001) was introduced at this year's Baselworld show. It is offered in a 40 mm stainless steel case, with both polished and brushed surfaces, and for the most part, looks like a typical Speedmaster.  It is powered by the standard, yet reliable Omega Calibre 330 mechanical movement that is officially chronometer certified (COSC) and has a power reserve of 48 hours.  However, by adding a black Cordura strap and grey dial, Omega has taken the traditional Speedmaster DNA and created a more modern and sporty looking timepiece. This new look, in contrast to the more conservative designs seen on most Omegas, really stands out. And I think that is why it was one of the hottest introductions this year by Omega.

Retail $3,850

Source: Omega



Mido Multifort PVD Special Edition Chronograph

August 16, 2010 | $1,001-$5,000, Mido

Mido Multifort PVD Special Edition Chronograph

Founded in Switzerland in 1918 by George Schaeren, Mido is now based in Le Locle. 

The Mido Multifort PVD is a special edition version of their most popular collection. It has a 44 mm x 14.5 mm 316L stainless steel treated case that is PVD treated (PVD gives the watch a black finish, as well as protecting it from scratches and corrosion). 


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Victorinox Swiss Army Chronopro

August 6, 2010 | $1,001-$5,000, Victorinox

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Launched in 2004, the Chronopro was the premiere Victorinox Swiss Army mechanical chronograph. This year's redesign sports the same 42mm solid-steel case with crown protector but adds new functionality and optimizes legibility. Among the most striking upgrades are a dual finish bezel displaying the tachymeter scale, larger numerals and luminescent hands, counters with applied rings and a minute scale on the flange. A bright red 60-second counter hand dominates the enhanced dial, for instant, at-a-glance reading. Turn it over -- the powerful, Swiss-crafted Valjoux 7750 movement is visible through an exhibition caseback in mineral crystal. Available on a genuine black leather strap with a brushed matte finish, cream-colored contrast stitching and an integrated pushbutton-deployant safety clasp.


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Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry Vintage Chrono Mechanical

August 3, 2010 | $1,001-$5,000, Victorinox

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Victorinox Swiss Army has just announced plans to release three new mechanical chronographs for winter 2010, called Infantry Vintage Mechanical Chronos. All three versions are powered by the robust and accurate mechanical self-winding Valjoux 7750 chronograph movement, and all share the same 44 mm stainless 316L stainless steel case, however, the black version features a Black Ice® PVD coated stainless steel 316L case (additional $200 for PVD treated version).


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