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Victorinox introduces I.N.O.X. Automatic

Jason Pitsch

After launching the ultra-rugged, quartz-powered, I.N.O.X. watch collection in 2014, this year at Baselworld 2018, Victorinox has unveiled their long-awaited mechanical version. The I.N.O.X. Mechanical comes in a 43 mm diameter stainless steel case with a screw-in caseback, protected screw-down crown and 200 meters water resistance. It’s available with either a blue or black dial, which has a textured pattern derived from the company’s Swiss Army knife collection. For each dial color, there is an option for a steel bracelet or wooden strap. The original I.N.O.X. that we covered in 2014, went through a plethora of durability tests, similar to a G-Shock. For example, a quartz I.N.O.X. can withstand a 10-meter drop onto concrete, a 64-ton tank driving over the top of it, a two-hour cycle in a washing machine. It can resist -60 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit, 12Gs of

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Seiko Prospex Special Edition PADI (SPB071J1)

Jason Pitsch

Following the launch of a new collection of 62MAS inspired dive timepieces last year, this year Seiko has announced another watch based on the company’s original dive watch from 1965: the Seiko Prospex Special Edition PADI SPB071J1. Like the Ref. SPB053 and SPB051, this new dive watch is more loosely based on the original 62MAS (whereas the Ref. SLA017 is more of a literal re-issue). The dimensions (42.6 mm x 13.8 mm) and movement (caliber 6R15 which beats at 3Hz and has a 50-hour power reserve) are the same as the aforementioned models, excluding the SLA017. What’s new is the PADI designation printed on the dial, which is an acronym for Professional Association of Diving Instructors, the world’s leading scuba diver training organization. The bezel edge that has been plated in a special blue color, blue silicon accordion-style strap, and

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Video: Casio G-Shock Rangeman

This is the official Casio G-Shock Rangeman video which debuted at CES 2018. The new G-Shock Rangeman GPR-B1000 features the world’s first solar-assisted GPS navigation and is part of the “Master of G” series designed for use in extreme conditions. Rangeman watches feature a Triple Sensor to measure compass bearing, atmospheric pressure/altitude, and temperature.

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Mido Commander Big Date

Mido is one of the more accessibly priced Swiss watch brands owned by the Swatch Group, which also owns prestigious names such as Omega, Breguet, Longines, and is positioned above the group’s entry-level volume watch brand Tissot. In 2018, to celebrate the anniversary of the company’s origination (1918), Mido has launched the Commander Big Date collection which is available now. The Commander Big Date is available with a steel bracelet and silver or gray sunburst dial, or in two-tone rose gold plated steel with a silver dial and matching bracelet, or a rose gold plated steel case with black leather strap. The watches measure 42 mm x 11.97 mm and are powered by a version of the company’s 80-hour power reserve movement that originally debuted in a Tissot in 2013. The Commander Big Date is available in four variations starting

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G-Steel with new Layered Carbon Bezel

Jason Pitsch

Casio recently made a really cool addition to the G-Steel line of G-Shock watches with the introduction of the G-Steel GSTB100X-1A. Boasting an all-new layered carbon bezel this steel cased watch has a distinctive high-tech look without sacrificing durability and shock resistance. The crystal is a flat sapphire that is very clear, providing excellent visibility, as well as scratch resistance compared to the plexiglass or mineral crystals used on lower priced models. In addition to the normal timekeeping functions that are shown with analog hands, this Japanese quartz watch is equipped with a Bluetooth function that allows you to connect to your smartphone at the press of a button and acquire the time from the same internet time server that calibrates your phone. This results in ultra-accurate and easy to set timekeeping. Other functions include “Tough Solar” which charges the

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REVIEW: Seiko Prospex Automatic SRP637 "Baby Tuna"

Brett Kastin

The Seiko Prospex SRP637, commonly referred to as a “Baby Tuna,” was added to the line-up of Seiko’s Prospex series in 2015. One of the Baby Tuna’s most recognizable features is its 60-minute uni-directional rotating dive bezel with a stainless steel shroud. The stainless steel case and shroud measure 47.5 mm wide x 13.5 mm thick x 50 mm in length, with a weight of 202.5 grams (including the bracelet) but wears considerably smaller than the numbers might indicate. The locking crown (7 mm in diameter) is located at the 4 o ‘clock position, eliminating interference with the wrist. The Baby Tuna comes with a 22 mm/20 mm stainless steel bracelet which uses a pin and collar system for sizing and has micro adjustments on the clasp. There is also a folding expansion for the clasp in order to add

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Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

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

Jason Pitsch

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

Jason Pitsch

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), 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 $85 Hestra Gloves

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