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Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Hands-On

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Swiss watchmaker, Alpina, introduced four new timepieces within their highly affordable Startimer Automatic collection this year at Baselworld. The Startimer collection is made of basic time and date watches, chronographs, and even a manufacture worldtimer. Some of the mechanical collection are powered by in-house movements and others by Sellita movements. The timepieces we are discussing here are all powered by the latter, which crucially, is how the price is kept under $1000. Since 2011, when the entry-level Startimer Pilot Automatic collection was introduced, not a lot has changed. The dial received a slight makeover, with new steel hands (in place of white coated steel hands) and the case is still 44 mm in diameter, however, the thickness has gone from 10.2 mm to 10.7 mm. The automatic movement runs at 4Hz and has 38-hour power reserve. Water-resistance, thanks in part

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Seiko recreates their first diver's watch

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Seiko is a name that has been synonymous with diving watches, ever since they produced their first diver’s watch – the 62MAS – in 1965. Water-resistant watches were not abundant in the 1960s the way they are today, and so the 150 meters water-resistant 62MAS (pictured above), which was also Japan’s first diver’s watch, made a significant impact that is still apparent today. “The watch was designed for maximum reliability and legibility in the harshest conditions and was used by the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition from 1966 to 1969,” according to Seiko. And this, of course, led to a numerous diver’s watches, including the Turtle, Tuna, Monster, and others. Seiko 2017 62MAS re-edition (Ref. SLA017) The new Seiko 62MAS Prospex re-edition is aesthetically faithful to the original (39.9 mm x 14.1 mm). For instance, the case is virtually identical, with

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Baselworld 2017: Victorinox Airboss Limited Edition

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This year at Baselworld 2017, Victorinox unveiled a new limited edition version of the Airboss mechanical watch with the military time printed under the sapphire crystal in red. Military time is a signature of all Swiss Army Victorinox timepieces and this is a new and interesting way of displaying it. The Airboss Limited Edition case measures 42 mm in diameter and is made of stainless steel. The sapphire crystal on the dial side features a tripled-coated anti-reflective coating for enhanced legibility in all conditions, as you would expect for a watch named after an aircraft carrier’s flight deck controller. A sapphire crystal caseback offers a view of the ETA 2824-2 automatic caliber, that features a “grinded” finish and which runs at 4Hz with a 38-hour power reserve. Although it is hard to tell, the dial is a dark navy color,

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Black Friday: 10 Affordable Gift Ideas

Stefano Bemer Handmade Italian Watch Straps (pictured above), are available HERE starting at $290. The quality of the straps is on par with the shoes of the same name that can cost upwards of $2500. No machine stitching, everything is made by hand in Italy. Only the best leathers are used – exotic materials such as sharkskin, kudu, elephant, and horse leather are available as an option. If you prefer contrast stitching, quick release spring bars, special sizes, just ask – everything is possible. These are truly bespoke watch straps of the highest quality. We hope you enjoy this curated selection of affordable gift items even if not all are discounted or watch related! Valextra Pebble-Grain Leather Watch Roll $595 Stefano Bemer Brogue Hole Pattern Card Wallets $168 Topo Designs Daypack $169 Frederique Constant Analytics Clip $99 The Wristwatch Handbook

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REVIEW: Seiko Prospex SRP775 Diver

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Seiko is not only the oldest Japanese watch manufacture – with horological expertise dating to 1892 – they also have an incredibly strong diving heritage. In 1965, Seiko released their first dive watch, the 150 meter water-resistant reference 62MAS-010. Many dive watch models followed over the years. And not much has changed in that regard, as Seiko continues to make numerous dive watch models across a broad range of price points. For this article, we will focus on the modern SRP775 Prospex Diver, based on vintage reference 6309 that was produced from 1976-1988. Introduced at Baselworld 2015, the Prospex SRP775 Diver, nicknamed the “Turtle,” shares the original 6309’s cushion-shaped case design and has approximately the same dimensions. In fact, the hands, bezel, crown – and even the embossed logo on the back – are virtually the same. There are, of

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Introducing the Brew HP-1 Automatic

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Brew Watches, a New York-based startup watch brand, with one quartz powered watch collection, and a successful Kickstarter campaign already under their belt, has unveiled their first mechanical watch collection – the Brew HP-1 Automatic. The HP-1 represents a departure from the original collection in that the original case is square-shaped with the illusion of a rectangle, whereas the new model, also a square-shaped, looks perfectly square. It has a mechanical movement inside, as opposed to a quartz. And it is more refined than the first model, taking the espresso machine pressure gauge inspired theme to the next level. Interestingly, the watch will be powered by a Seiko NH35A movement, made in Japan, which is arguably a better choice than a comparatively priced Miyota, for example. The automatic caliber features the ability to hand-wind, hack the seconds, and both robust

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Black Friday: "10 Under $500" Gift Guide

This is a short gift guide that we put together for Black Friday to give you some ideas for the upcoming holiday season. There are ten really cool products that are all reasonably priced, including two wristwatches.

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Hands-On with the Swatch SISTEM 51 Black

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Launched at Baselworld 2013, the Sistem 51 has been the most talked about sub $1000 watch I can remember. What is so special about it? As the name suggests, it has only 51 parts. A single screw holds the movement together. The movement is made of a synthetic, anti-magnetic material called ARCAP. There are 19 jewels and the power reserve is 90-hours. The automatic winding rotor is the peripheral type, so you barely even notice it. Uniquely, everything is made and assembled by machine. There are 17 patents pending for the process. It’s 100% made in Switzerland. There are four versions of the Sistem 51: white, black (shown), translucent blue and translucent red. The dial symbolizes the Copernican Revolution, which Swatch relates to this revolutionary process for producing a mechanical watch (and maybe also as an homage to the Swatch

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The Bomberg Bolt-68 Chronograph collection

Neuchâtel, Switzerland-based Bomberg, is a new watch brand that makes a line of audaciously styled watches that come with a unique bayonet system that allows the watch body to removed from the case and used as a pocket watch. The Bomberg Bolt-68 Chronograph collection consists of quartz and automatic equipped timepieces with a “bullhead” configuration, which means the crown and pushers are at 12 o’clock, as opposed to at 3 o’clock like most watches. Available in a variety of stainless steel and PVD treated steel cases, the Bomberg Bolt-68 Chronograph quartz models measure 45 mm in diameter and are powered by a Ronda caliber 3540D quartz movement. The automatic models measure 47.5 mm and are powered by a Concepto caliber 99001 automatic mechanical movement. All variations come with a stainless steel upper case with a knurled finish and a stainless

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The Elevenplus World Clock

Korean company 11+ has come out with an ingenious, and good looking, World Clock. It lets you adjust the time zone by simply rolling its cylindrical body to the correct time zone. The body has 24 different cities listed, and when you roll the clock so that your preferred city is at the top (12 o’clock), the rolling mechanism instantly adjusts the hour hand to the selected city. Watch the video. According to the brand’s website, “Independently working hands allow the clock to be quickly rolled back to any of its 24 time zones, while immediately transitioning back to the local time.” The 11+ World Clock measures 85 x 59.8 mm, weighs 144 grams and takes AA batteries. It is made in Korea and comes in 3 color variations; Modern Gray, Midnight Blue and Orange passion.

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