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Obris Morgan SeaStar

If you are a fan of microbrands, you are most likely familiar with Obris Morgan. The Obris Morgan Seastar, their latest model- a diver watch of course, as that seems to be the bread and butter for the Asian microbrand. Coming in at 40mm, this is one of the smallest watches they have produced in recent years and one that takes cues from other microbrands as it has a vintage design, reminiscent of the ’60s and 70s dive watches. Before anyone gets made that these are not available, at the time of this review being published, it is currently sold out on the website, but states more are on the way. It is another value watch at $329, and in Obris fashion, does include a lot for little money.

Obris Morgan SeaStart Specifications:

40mm Width

50mm Lug to Lug

20mm Lug Width

11.2 mm Thick

Ceramic Bezel Insert

Sapphire Crystal (choice of a flat or domed crystal)

Miyota 9015 Movement

Rubber and Mesh Bracelet

Price: $329 as shown 

http://www.obrismorgan.com/seastar.asp

As usual, there are many, many variations of this SeaStar model; the one I have for review is the blue/black model with the yellow hands. It was immediately my favorite of the bunch, but I have to say, getting it in hand, it was a little disappointing. Now, let me be clear when the light this watch right, the dial looks great. The problem I believe is the sapphire crystal and the AR coating that somewhat block the color of the outer dial being seen at most times. Most of the time, this dial just looks all black. Looking at the website as I write this, I see there are pure blue dials (it is a dark blue/green, the same as this) and also DLC models with a grey outer dial. All of these do look attractive in render form, I just wonder how they translate to real life.

If you have seen the video already, I want to clarify a few things that I said. Maybe I should wait till the summary, but since it has to do with the overall feel of the watch, I think it is important to address. This watch definitely is a vintage-inspired piece and as such, the design just does not hit the mark for me. I mention the short strap (more on that in a bit) but also that it comes with a mesh bracelet and that I felt this watch was still a great value but maybe not the amazing value some Obris models have been in the past. I think I may have been too hasty with that. I would prefer a regular link bracelet opposed to mesh, as I am just not a fan of those bracelets, but also the overall case design including the helium release value, is a nod to watches of the 60s, so as usual, everything is and always is subjective.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at the case design. You can easily see what Obris Morgan was going for here and have created a design that was very popular in the 60s. Many watches had designs like this and one of the best parts about this watch is just how thin it is. This is a watch that you can wear with absolutely anything and never have to worry if it will fit under a shirt cuff or jacket. Even with the two crowns, being only 40mm, the crowns do not dig into the back of my wrist at all and having drilled lugs makes for easy strap changes.

Getting back to the dial, one thing that really stood out to me on the Obris Morgan SeaStar is the applied markers. When you get up close, you can see below that that they have this speckled/frosted finish to them that really just pop, and I love the way they look. This dial overall really is great, I just wish they left some text off the dial. I know the font used on this watch has been in use by the brand for quite some time, but I think maybe it is time for a change. I just don’t like the use of this font for this particular model. As I have stated a few times now when the light hits that dial just right, the colors are absolutely gorgeous between the black/blue and yellow accents; it really is something.

For those of you that are on the forums or Facebook watch groups, you may know that certain movements are becoming hard form micro or independent watch brands to get. One of those movements is the Miyota 9015, used here in the SeaStar. This watch has been in the planning and production process for some time obviously and I have no idea how many movements Obris Morgan is actually sitting on, but it will be interesting to see moving forward if they are still able to use Miyota and ETA movements in their watches, especially at the $300 price point. As with a lot of dive watches, you do not see the movement, but you do get a very nice case back.

Obris Morgan SeaStar Lume

One of the biggest issues that I have with this piece, and really is pretty minor in the grand scheme of things, is the length of the rubber strap. Being honest, I am not in love with the strap in general. It is a weird combination of a suede fabric on top and a textured rubber underneath. It is not a very comfortable strap overall and I was just barely able to get it to fit on my 7 1/2 inch wrist.

I’m sure I will get some comments that maybe I have been a little harsh on this watch, but if you are familiar with this site, you know that I always keep it real. It is of course still just one man’s opinion, but this watch just seems a little convoluted to me and doesn’t hit all the marks. At $329, the Obris Morgan SeaStar is still a great value, even if just for the movement and the dial markers alone. It is solid and well put together as always, and every watch that comes in for review is not going to be a home run. It happens. The first batch is sold out though and I bet the second batch will sell out pretty fast as well, and even though this is not my favorite Obris Morgan, I will always look forward to their next release.

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Fonderia Navale Stella

One thing I have learned over the many years I have been part of the watch media is to try and never judge a book by its cover. Up until recently, I had no interest in a larger watch for my personal collection. I was in that 42-43mm range, more thin than thick and had really boxed myself into a corner as far as what to buy and enjoy. Sometimes you just need to get out of your own way and a Raven Defender did that for me. What does that have to do with today’s review piece, the Fonderia Navale Stella? It allowed me to appreciate it a little more and realize just because on paper it is larger than I normally would wear, does not mean I shouldn’t give it a second look. I think many reviewers like to portray themselves as experts in all things and the reality is, I am just like every other watch collector. I have weird quirks and go through phases just like everyone else.

Fonderia Navale Stella Specifications:

Case diameter: 44 mm excluding the crown – lug to lug 53 mm with fixed bezel.

Movement: Miyota 9015 automatic

Case material: CuSn6 Bronze for heavy-duty applications

Crown: Tin Phosphor Bronze screw down crown 10.5 mm to avoid Galvanic oxidation

Crystal: AR Sapphire single Domed 3.5mm thick

Dial: 32mm diameter grained Enamel with applied indexes.

Water-resistance: 200 meters / 660 feet / 20 ATM

Case back: Stainless Steel

Strap: 24mm brown leather 24mm Flourorubber strap. Screw lug bars.

Buckle: Tin Bronze Buckle

Shock resistance: Citizen Miyota Parashock

$490 USD

https://www.pontvswatch.com/purchase-1/

Let me be clear though, this is not a watch I would personally wear on a regular basis. There are a few reasons for that, mainly the fact that bronze and my skin is a no go. The Fonderia Navale Stella is unapologetically a big and bold bronze watch, with only the case back being stainless steel, and every other part of the watch that touches your skin is bronze. I also wear a decent amount of silver jewelry and bronze and gold is just not my thing these days, though I still appreciate the look of it. That is why I still review these types of watches. I even wore this watch off and on as much as I could, turning my wrist very green, which leads to vigorously scrubbing my wrist in public bathrooms, something that does catch the attention of others.

Who is Fonderia Navale? They are the sister brand of Pontvs Watches, a brand I reviewed here early last year. I am not 100% sure why they have two different brands that produce, at least in my opinion very similar looking watches, but what do I know. Both brands seem adamant about producing bronze and brass pieces and proving that bronze is not a fad, rather it is here to stay. I think they are right by the way. I have been hearing since 2010 that bronze is just a fad, and here we are in 2019, closing in on a decade of people saying that. I am not sure why people care really. Sure, I have seen a few watches over the years offered in bronze that I would have bought if they were in steel or titanium, but it’s not like there isn’t a crazy amount of choices out there when it comes to buying a watch. Bronze (and brass) is also unique in that every watch will patina (age) in a different way. There are many different factors involved with how a bronze watch will patina, including the composition of the metal itself.

The Fonderia Navale Stella is obviously not your average bronze watch either. The design can be polarizing with its fixed bezel and stainless screws, the massive 10 o’clock crown and just overall appearance of this watch. To me, that is what makes this watch stand out. Even if this watch was in titanium, it would still probably not make the regular rotation for me but it is something I would wear occasionally, as it is a rugged looking watch that has a fun quality about it. So yeah, if you are a little more conservative, this watch is probably not going to be for you, especially with the bright colored dials it is offered in.

Speaking of the dial, the Fonderia Navale Stella comes in two color choices, the bright vibrant blue you see here, and a green hue that I do not think I can describe properly, it is a very intense green, almost a pea green if you will. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, only the green is available. I do not have confirmation if the blue dial will have another run or not, so if you want one you might have to search the secondary market. Beyond the bright colors, the dial has a grained enamel texture, similar to stucco paint almost, and adds another unique element to this watch. Both options have the orange accents on the dial and hands as you see here.

Even though the bezel is massive, which does take up some dial real estate, I had no issues being able to read the time at all. The hands and markers are large, but not oversized and the bright colors aid in readability as well. When it comes to wearability, Stella was surprisingly comfortable. While this watch is on the larger size, it is not massive and not very thick either. This watch really sits flat against the wrist and is very comfortable to wear, either with the Isofrane style strap or the leather, both included at no extra charge.

I have often knocked brands for offering multiple straps, as usually they are not of very good quality and I think quality over quantity is always the way to go. That is not the case here. Both the Isofrane style rubber strap and the leather strap are well made and ones that I feel most would purchase if available for individual sale. The massive bronze buckles are not exactly my taste, but I know some like that massive belt buckle look and the buckles are not a standard design either. Straps and buckles are so often overlooked by so many brands, both mainstream and micro and I am glad to see they just didn’t slap on thin leather or rubber with the usual thumbnail buckle.

From the Pontvs website: 

“Stella is the guiding spirit of the sea that is represented with Polaris the brightest star in the Ursa constellation. Polaris is notable for currently being the closest bright star to the North Celestial Pole. The pole marks true north, which makes the North Star important in navigation.

I am not sure if I would wear this watch for navigating, but I do like that they gave some thought to naming this model and that it is depicted on the case back.

Some nice lume as well 

The Stella really is one of those watches that you can say offers a lot of bang for your buck. At $490, you are getting a very industrial looking bronze watch that offers a good movement, sapphire crystal, 2 quality straps, and very striking dials. When you look at all the watches reviewed here or available on the market, it is hard to beat the value this watch offers. Style and design are subjective, and as I stated, this will not be one that would be on my wrist on a daily basis, but I appreciate what it offers and feel it is a great watch for the under $500 price tag.

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Hanhart Pioneer TwinControl

There are certain brands and certain watch models that I just absolutely love, and ones that I love unapologetically. Hanhart is one of those brands and while this model, the Hanhart Pioneer TwinControl is not my absolute favorite from the storied German manufacture, it is a fantastic watch that I actually had a hard time finding any real negatives. Keep in mind, with the exception of size and the extra pusher, this is extremely similar to the MonoControl model I reviewed about 2 years ago. Make no mistake, I find Hanhart to be a fantastic watch brand with models that more people should know about.

Hanhart Pioneer TwinControl Specifications:

42mm Case

15mm Thick

52mm Lug to Lug

21mm Lug Width

Sapphire Crystal

Automatic chronograph movement HAN3809

Basis: ETA7750 with La Joux-Perret module

100 meters water resistant

Calf Leather Strap

Price at Watchbuys: $2540

https://www.watchbuys.com/store/pc/Hanhart-Pioneer-TwinControl-p2133.htm

As I said, the TwinControl is very similar to the MonoControl, but you get a more traditional chronograph, and the size has been upped to 42mm. 42mm is measured without the large crown and pushers though, so it does wear larger than most chronograph watches of this size-something to keep in mind. On my 7 1/2 inch wrist, this watch is very comfortable though it does feel a little top heavy, due to the thick case and the reality is this is just a very solid feeling watch.

If you are looking for a white dial watch, this Hanhart Pioneer TwinControl is not going to be the one for you. I say that because some photos give the impression this dial is white, or off white, while in fact, it is a tan/cream color. I love the color though, as it has a very vintage appeal. Many of the Hanhart Pioneer models have an old time classic feel to them; if you want something a little more modern, check out the Primus models. As always, Hanhart keeps the dial clean and easy to read and operate with 2 sundials, large Arabic numbers and the date in my favorite location, 6 o’clock.

Classic touches such as the coin edge bezel with the red minute marker and the famous red Chronograph pusher make this watch stand out. If the coin edge bezel is not for you, Hanhart offers a standard fixed style bezel also, both in this cream dial and also black. Notice how the pushers are orientated on the case as well, with the upper pusher positioned asymmetrically towards the lugs, which allows for an easy to use chronograph, and one that is easy to wear as well. The massive 8mm crown is easy to pull and set the time and date and gives this watch a more masculine feel. While this watch might be inspired by the original 1939 Hanhart Chronographs, this is not a small or dainty watch.

The case back is classic Hanhart and I can not put my finger on why I love it so much. It is not overly ornate, does not show off the movement, and yet I enjoy looking at it as much as I do the rest of the watch. Maybe refined would be the word to use here, which is a word that can be used to describe the TwinControl in general.

Looking for good lume? Yep, this watch has that too-

If I have one complaint, it has to do with the size of the strap. Not the length, not the quality, not even the buckle (which I tend to ding often on more expensive watches). It is the simple fact that it is not a standard with, coming in at 21mm and not 22mm. That means if you want to change up the strap as most people do, or you just do not like leather or the rivet style strap, you are going to most likely have a custom strap maker make you one in that size. That still limits you only to leather straps, as you really can’t get custom rubber straps made. I am not sure how a rubber strap would actually look on this watch anyways, but you get the point. I hope future productions of these watches start using standard lug widths.

 Obviously, it is easy to see that I love this Hanhart Pioneer TwinControl. Even though this would not be my first choice for an everyday piece, it is one that not only do I love the aesthetic but also the overall quality. It is just a fantastic watch in my opinion. As I said, the only thing I would really change would be the lug width, but that really is minor. The included leather strap is wonderful, as most are from Hanhart and fits great on my wrist. Hanhart does rely on a lot of their past designs and continues that design ethos today, and I love that, but I wouldn’t mind seeing a true dive watch from the brand either. Pilot and racing style watches are great, but I can only imagine what a dive watch from them would be like, even a more basic field-style watch would be great to see as well. Bottom line, even though I do not like to “sell” anyone a watch here, I have no issues recommending this piece if you want a watch with classic looks, a great movement, modern touches and something on the wrist that others just will not have. It is another winner from Hanhart, something that does not surprise me at all.

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Crafter Blue Hyperion 600m

You may have already heard of Crafter Blue. At the very beginning, Crafter Blue designed and engineered the curved end rubber straps for popular dive watches. Two years later, they began to design their own dive watch and launched the – Mechanic Ocean 300m in 2018. Meanwhile Crafter Blue helped another brand UNDIVE to design the strap for their dive watch. Unfortunately, the watch had already discontinued due to some issues. By the end of 2018, Crafter Blue has been allowed to reissue this watch. Furthermore, they upgraded and enhanced the watch in Switzerland. Now, they are proud to launch their first Swiss made watch – Hyperion Ocean 600m.

Discount Price of USD $599 (Original MSRP: USD $749) for pre-order on Kickstarter.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/crafterblue/crafter-blue-hyperion-ocean-600m-professional-dive-watch/description

Design

Overall

The Hyperion Ocean aims to combine vintage styling with modern technology. The compelling sky-blue second tells the spirit of this timepiece. Measuring 45mm in diameter, the Hyperion Ocean is water resistant to 600m/2000ft and has a helium escape valve. It meets the needs for saturation diving. Powered by well-known Swiss made movement Sellita SW200, an alternative of ETA 2824, it provides high accuracy and reliability in use.

Antimagnetic design

To enhance the performance of the timepiece, the Hyperion Ocean has soft iron shields which surround the movement to fight against magnetic disturbances. Protecting the watch from an extreme environment, the Hyperion Ocean becomes one of the most powerful tool watches.

Strap selection

Unlike other brands, Crafter Blue has been developing and engineering high-performance vulcanized rubber straps with curved end design for many years.

Every time, Crafter Blue tailor make the curved end rubber straps for every single dive watch model to make sure you have good experience on wearing without any complaints. The Hyperion Ocean will be mounted on Crafter Blue S2 rubber strap which features 15 holes, double the amount that is typically found on straps, offering increased flexibility in their length.

Model variation

So far, the Hyperion Ocean has two versions. HOSS001.B.R is an all stainless steel model, and HOSS001B.B.R is a stainless steel model featuring PVD black coated bezel.

The specification of Hyperion Ocean 600m

Features:

Swiss Made

Antimagnetic

Date

Screw-in crown

Helium escape valve

Unidirectional rotating PVD bezel


Technical data:

Bracelet: Crafter Blue vulcanized pure rubber strap

Dial color: Black filled with BGW9 lume

Case: 316L stainless steel

Case Diameter: 45mm; 50mm lug to lug

Case Back: Stainless steel back with sapphire crystal

Dial color: Black

Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal

Thickness: 16.30mm

Lug width: 22mm

Movement: Sellita Calibre SW200 (stop-seconds function, 28,800 vibrations, 26 jewels)

Water Resistance: 600m / 2000ft

Warranty: 1 year

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Balor Watches – the MANIFESTO Collection Brings Class, Sophistication, and Affordability to the Chronograph Market

If you’re in the market for an affordable chronograph watch, your search for an ideal timepiece has likely ended in frustration. The simple fact is, chronographs that are affordable are a very rare breed indeed. So rare that few examples exist, with options either not up to scratch mechanically or just too expensive. Luckily, we now have the affordable chronograph we have desired in the form of the BALOR BLR1401 mini Manifesto Collection.

Never compromising on quality, but boasting a reasonable USD$299 price tag, the BALOR BLR1401 offers excellent finish, high-quality mechanics, and affordability in a classy aesthetic package.

http://www.balorwatches.com/

Balor is a small company, but it is recalling classic timepieces of the past to bring some sophistication to the quartz Chrono sector. The Decadent Time series is a flyback chronograph watch, so you’ll find the minutes at 9 o’clock and a 24-hour ticker at 3 o’clock.

We particularly like the way Balor has taken inspiration from more established watchmakers to deliver a stylish design. Fitting nicely as a dress watch, there are definite hints of timepieces from companies such as Omega in terms of finish and fit. Attention to detail is obviously important to the folks at Balor, and that shows they care about making an excellent product.

By taking aesthetic cues from iconic watches and ensuring the overall package is proportional on or off the wrist, the Balor Decadent Time looks much more expensive than it is. Holding one in hand delivers a feeling of high-end quality, making it easy to forget this a chronograph that can be purchased for under $300.

One thing that is worth noting is that Balor is also one of the most straightforward watchmakers currently seeking funding via Kickstarter. For a start, the company is committed to market transparency. That means no marketing spiel about working with Italian or Swiss watch parts like many Kickstarter brands claim (often nefariously).

Balor keeps things plain and simple, just offering an excellent watch that may become an instant classic. Certainly, it is hard to get this kind of chronograph quality at the humble price the Decadent Time series is available for.

Decadent Time Series Specs

This elegant timepiece sits comfortably on the wrist, not dominating but evoking a striking presence for the wearer. Its case measures 40mm x 12.5mm and is constructed from 316L stainless steel, affording durability alongside its classic design.

Balor has opted for a black dial that adds to the time-honored appeal of the watch, while faceted lance alpha hands provide a complimentary stylish finishing touch. No dress standard chronograph is complete without a Genuine Leather strap, and the Balor Decadent Time boasts a quality strap with Hermès tapisserie.

Full specs for the watch are as follows:

  • Case: 316L stainless steel 40mm x 12.5mm
  • Lug width: 20mm
  • Lug to lug: 49mm
  • Dial: Black with applied battonet indices
  • Hands: Facetted lance alpha hands
  • Strap: Genuine leather with Hermès tapisserie
  • Crystal: double domed sapphire with anti-reflective coating on the bottom
  • Movement: SEIKO VK64 hybrid
  • Water resistance: 5ATM

Availability

Balor is preparing to make the Manifesto Collection available through a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The timepiece is a bona fide bargain at $299, especially considering at no point has Balor compromised on craftsmanship or quality. We can see the Decadent Time becoming something of a modern classic, arguably the best affordable chronograph you can buy.

For updates, sign up to their newsletter, which you can find on the Balor Watches website HERE.

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Melbourne Avalon MK2

Melbourne has released the new Avalon, an update to the original model, now dubbed the Melbourne Avalon MK2. While I never reviewed the original, taking a look at photos online I can say this version is much better looking, more refined and overall just a no-nonsense pilot style watch. Coming in at roughly $620 USD, the highlights are a Bead Blasted 42MM case, Sellita SW200 Automatic movement, and a sapphire crystal. My favorite feature would have to be the textured dial and overall this is really a great watch and a nice change from the diver and field style watches that are offered by everyone else.

Melbourne Avalon MK2 Specifications:42mm Bead Blasted Case

  • 42mm Bead Blasted Case
  • 11mm Thick
  • 22mm Lug Width
  • 50mm Lug to Lug
  • Sapphire Crystal (Domed)
  • Sellita SW200 Movement
  • 50M Water Resistant
  • Calf Leather Strap

Price $620 USD

https://us.melbournewatch.com/collections/avalon

The Melbourne Avalon MK2 is a simple watch that just gets a lot of things right. The case size is one of them. The 42mm width is a great size for many but the best attribute is that 11mm thinness. The overall dimensions make this a very wearable watch but being that thin will allow this to be slipped under almost any shirt or coat sleeve. It also makes it wear nice and flat on your wrist and just won’t get in the way of whatever you are doing. On my 7 1/2 inch wrist, it not only looks great but you barely notice it is there. While it is stainless steel, it only comes in around 80 grams, so it feels like you are wearing titanium.

The dial of the Melbourne Avalon MK2 is the showstopper here though, as not only does it come off as more of a charcoal grey due to the dial texture and slightly domed crystal, but they managed not only a beautiful piece to look at, but also kept it simple and clean, and of course, that date placement. Oh yes, the 6 o’clock date placement that many of you long time readers know I love. Another nice touch and something you would think would be done with most watches in this price range is the white on black date wheel. This makes the date seamless and does not look like an eyesore on the dial. Not going the cheap route, Melbourne chose applied markers and for just a pop of color and contrast, a red-tipped second hand.

As watch collectors or enthusiasts, depending on what you like to be called, we all have our quirks and things that we look for and deal breakers just the same. Over the years, like many of you, my tastes have changed multiple times and these days I appreciate when a watch is not blingy or shiny, so this matte bead blasted finish is right in line with what I prefer. No, this is not a dress watch, and for the most part, it probably will not garner a lot of attention from non-watch folks, as it is not big and shiny or overly complicated. On the other hand, it wears well, has a nice subdued look and feel and is a fine bead blasting, meaning it will hide scratches and marks a lot better than a high polish or satin finish.

Many people like when a watch back shows off the movement and as I have discussed here many times, I am not enamored with that unless it is a really unique or high-grade movement or has some elaborate decoration to it. In the case of the Melbourne MK2 showing off its Sellita SW200 movement, while it might not be superbly decorated, it does have a custom rotor and I like that the case back is brushed steel and then laser etched with a cool pattern. It is eye-catching and at the very least, not plain as I see so many brands do. The movement is a clone of the ETA 2824, and for those not familiar is used by countless brands from Tag Heuer, Oris and many microbrands alike. It is good to go.

If I were to have one complaint, it would be the domed sapphire crystal. Normally, a dive watch has a domed crystal as it helps with clarity under water. On a pilot style watch such as this, I just do not think it is needed. A good flat crystal with an excellent internal AR  coating would do the job just fine. Looking at the profile below, you can see how the crystal is not only distorted, but a little milky looking. Now, part of this is photography and what part of the watch is in focus and part of it is the crystal itself. Yes, head on, the watch looks very good but can be distorted when viewing from an angle.

As I said at the beginning, this is a true no-nonsense style of a watch, a tool watch if you will, and one that will not break the bank. At just over $600, it has a lot to offer and is a solid and attractive piece. The leather strap is comfortable but I would prefer a nicer leather like Horween, the lume is average, and yes the domed crystal is not for me, but I can see many people loving this watch for what it is, and the reality is this style of watch is timeless, it will never go out of style.  I also appreciate that Melbourne updated this model and kept a lot of the same look and feel, but updated and it made it better than the original (at least in my opinion). Melbourne has a pretty diverse collection of watches as well, from casual, to pilot as shown here, dress and even a dive watch, the Sorrento. Something for everyone. The Melbourne Avalon MK2 is also available in all black PVD, if you prefer something even more subdued and shall I say, tactical. It would not be a daily watch for me, but one that would be very welcome in the rotation.

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Tockr D-Day C-47

Today, as I finishing writing this review, it is the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, the day that changed the direction of WWII. While I did not plan to publish this review today, it is obviously quite fitting to do so. I will not get into a history lesson here, but the Tockr D-Day C47 is a unique watch that commemorates the “That’s All Brother” C47 aircraft with aluminum dials that are made from salvaged material from said plane. Furthermore, proceeds from the sale of this watch (though it is not stated exactly what percentage), will go to the CAF (Commemorative Air Force) helping to fund the restoration of the aircraft. The Tockr D-Day is strictly limited to only 500 pieces total (CAF would not let them make more than 500) and the first batch of 100 has already sold out with Tockr halfway through the second batch at the time of this writing.

Tockr D-Day C-47 Specifications:

  • 42mm Width
  • 42mm Lug to Lug
  • 13.5mm Thick
  • 22mm Lug Width
  • Sapphire Crystal
  • 50 Meters Water Resistant
  • 2 Straps included
  • ETA 2824-2 Automatic Movement

Price $1,999 USD  *Use Code DD75 for 15% off* (Not sure how long that code will last)

https://tockr.com/dday

The D-Day watch is unique, and every single dial is going to be different than the other, and with that, everyone that buys one will essentially have a one of a kind piece. I have seen some express that they do not like the dials (which to me is the best part of this watch), and wish for something more traditional. Well, if you check the Tockr website, you can see that they have done that, using this same C-47 case, with sunray dials. To me though, this is not just a watch, but a legit part of history. There are many watches that have used salvaged material from cars, motorcycles, etc over the years, and obviously Bremont has used material from planes for their watches, specifically for rotor decoration and more, but there is something about this dial being made from the That’s all brother plane that is just very special, not only to me but probably to many.

Three variations of the dials are available (and now available in bronze cases as well), stamped, hard-worn, and clean cut. The last two are what you see in the article here and in the video. Unfortunately, at the time, the stamped dial versions were out of stock, so I could not get a look at one in the flesh. From pictures I have seen, the stamped is my favorite, only because I like the numbers and letters that are present in those variations. The clean-cut has only minor marks on it, at least on the one I have in hand, and is a very vibrant military green. The hard worn on the other hand, is just that, a very distressed dial, from the parts of the plane that are missing most of the paint and are very worn down.

The dial is definitely one of the highlights of the Tockr D-Day C-47 and is not just a dial, but a piece of history. Beyond the history of it and what it represents, the dials to have some interesting features though, like the way the numbers and markers are printed on the dial. Due to the nature of the material of the dial, the surface is not completely smooth and as such, the markers are kind of jagged around the edges, which at first I thought was just somewhat sloppy looking, but I the more I looked at it, I started to appreciate the dial and markers for what they are, and how this dial all comes together. Some have said they wish the plane was not on the second hand and is a little gimmicky. I disagree. I think it is a good size, not crazy large or intrusive and is a fun little detail.

The C-47 case is not new though. If you are a fan of Tockr Watches, you will know this case has been used before, albeit with a very different dial. Very different. I have no problem stating I never cared for that original model and seeing this new iteration has allowed me to not only enjoy it and speak highly of it but really take a good look at the case itself and appreciate the design and aesthetics. While it appears to be a chunky blocky style case, it is only 13.5mm thick and the case is as long as it is wide, at 42mm in both directions. It is somewhat slab-sided though so do not expect it to hug the wrist-that just how this design is, though I found it very comfortable on the wrist.

Speaking of on the wrist, one of my biggest disappoints has nothing to do with the dial or the case, but rather the straps. Both the leather and canvas straps are well made, have quick release pins and complement the watch well. They also have some nice square buckles that sit flush against the strap and are not oversized or bulky. The problem is the straps are just too short. I have a 7 1/2 inch wrist, which I consider to be average to medium at best, and you can see below where I have to buckle it. As an example, my friend Mike, who has a 7 3/4 inch wrist, legit cannot wear this watch with these straps, it just will not fit him.

I have talked about this before, but I am not overly fond of high polished cases. We all have our likes and dislikes when it comes to watches and this is one for me. I feel it works on certain watches and doesn’t on some and truth be told when I am looking to spend my money on a piece for me, I always go with something brushed or bead blasted. That holds true here for the D-Day. I wish it as an all brushed case, as the large mirror polished sides not only show a lot of reflection but the finish is easy to scratch and mar. That said, I know many that love a mirror polished like this, and feel it is elegant and beautiful, and who am I to say they shouldn’t. I would love to see this case in a matte finish DLC though.

Of course with a watch like this, you have to have a cool case back, something that goes along with the theme and Tockr did not disappoint. On the back, you find the “That’s All- Brother” slogan and all the other pertinent info on the sides. What I like about this is not only the very clean design but the fact they did not put this slogan on the dial itself. That to me would have been a very different watch then, and I like that they showed restraint here. Something I did notice though is the models I have in hand have high polished case backs with an etching while on the Tockr website it shows a circular brushed case back with the logo and info stamped into the steel. Powering this model is the ETA 2824-2 Swiss Automatic movement, the “workhorse” of the ETA automatics.

There is no doubt that the Tockr D-Day C-47 is a very special piece. From the salvaged dials to the limited amount they can produce and some of the money going to the CAF to help refinish the famous C-47 aircraft. This is definitely not a tool watch, but rather a special piece, maybe one you wear less than others, maybe one for special occasions and one that you might pass down to your children one day. Yeah, that sounds like marketing speak coming from me, which you know is not something I usually spout, but I do think this piece is more than just a watch. Let’s not forget, this is a pricey watch as well, at $2000. Thinking about having these dials made, having to get permission from the Air Force (I’m sure there were some hoops to jump through) to the wood presentation boxes and the manufacturer itself, I can see the price though. I am not saying it is a bargain or not expensive, but these are special pieces and as such, command a hefty price tag. If you like the case and design but do not care for these dials or the price, check out what is currently called the “No Name” version of the C-47 on the Tockr Website, as they are at a limited time price of $995, half of the D-Day version reviewed here.

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Balor Watches Decadent Time Series

If you’re in the market for an affordable chronograph watch, your search for an ideal timepiece has likely ended in frustration. The simple fact is, chronographs that are affordable are a very rare breed indeed. So rare that few examples exist, with options either not up to scratch mechanically or just too expensive. Luckily, we now have the affordable chronograph we have desired in the form of the BALOR BLR1401 Decadent Time.

Never compromising on quality, but boasting a reasonable USD$299 price tag, the BALOR BLR1401 offers excellent finish, high-quality mechanics, and affordability in a classy aesthetic package.

http://www.balorwatches.com/

Balor is a small company, but it is recalling classic timepieces of the past to bring some sophistication to the quartz Chrono sector. The Decadent Time series is a flyback chronograph watch, so you’ll find the minutes at 9 o’clock and a 24-hour ticker at 3 o’clock.

We particularly like the way Balor has taken inspiration from more established watchmakers to deliver a stylish design. Fitting nicely as a dress watch, there are definite hints of timepieces from companies such as Omega in terms of finish and fit. Attention to detail is obviously important to the folks at Balor, and that shows they care about making an excellent product.

By taking aesthetic cues from iconic watches and ensuring the overall package is proportional on or off the wrist, the Balor Decadent Time looks much more expensive than it is. Holding one in hand delivers a feeling of high-end quality, making it easy to forget this a chronograph that can be purchased for under $300.

One thing that is worth noting is that Balor is also one of the most straightforward watchmakers currently seeking funding via Kickstarter. For a start, the company is committed to market transparency. That means no marketing spiel about working with Italian or Swiss watch parts like many Kickstarter brands claim (often nefariously).

Balor keeps things plain and simple, just offering an excellent watch that may become an instant classic. Certainly, it is hard to get this kind of chronograph quality at the humble price the Decadent Time series is available for.

Decadent Time Series Specs

This elegant timepiece sits comfortably on the wrist, not dominating but evoking a striking presence for the wearer. Its case measures 40mm x 12.5mm and is constructed from 316L stainless steel, affording durability alongside its classic design.

Balor has opted for a black dial that adds to the time-honored appeal of the watch, while faceted lance alpha hands provide a complimentary stylish finishing touch. No dress standard chronograph is complete without a Genuine Leather strap, and the Balor Decadent Time boasts a quality strap with Hermès tapisserie.

Full specs for the watch are as follows:

  • Case: 316L stainless steel 40mm x 12.5mm
  • Lug width: 20mm
  • Lug to lug: 49mm
  • Dial: Black with applied battonet indices
  • Hands: Facetted lance alpha hands
  • Strap: Genuine leather with Hermès tapisserie
  • Crystal: double domed sapphire with anti-reflective coating on the bottom
  • Movement: SEIKO VK64 hybrid
  • Water resistance: 5ATM

Availability

Balor is preparing to make the Decadent Time available through a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The timepiece is a bona fide bargain at $299, especially considering at no point has Balor compromised on craftsmanship or quality. We can see the Decadent Time becoming something of a modern classic, arguably the best affordable chronograph you can buy.

For updates, sign up to their newsletter, which you can find on the Balor Watches website HERE.

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