Category Archives: Micro Brands

Brew Watch Metric Has a Unique Edge

Brew Watches are doing things differently and we like that approach. The latest model, the Metric has plenty of colour on the dial, with yellow, orange and turquoise all blending together somehow on a black dial – which features cut-out sections.

It’s a striking look and inside there is the trusty Seiko VK Meca-Quartz movement, so you get reliable timekeeping as standard.

Steel case, bracelet and pushers, all add a retro feel. The bracelet links remind us of a vintage Trafalgar watch model, a minor league Swiss brand that seemed to vanish in the 80s.

There is a white dial version but it lacks the visual punch of the multi-colour option for our money. That version is a sell-out on the Brew website, so all we can suggest is that you get your email address down for the re-issue.

 

Torgoen Revives the T21 Flight GMT Model

Torgoen has revived its T21 Flight GMT watch, which has a slide rule function. Not our thing, but if you love GMT watches then it’s worth a look.

RRP is £217 and there are cream, blue and black dial options.

The TorgoenT21 Flight GMT is a one-of-a-kind timepiece that incorporates a functional E6B analog flight computer. Developed by US naval pilots in the late 1930’s, the E6B is a circular slide rule used during flight planning to calculate fuel burn, wind correction, time en route and other stats.

Although modern aircrafts now use electronic systems to make these calculations, the E6B is still used in flight training to teach pilots how to manually compute these important factors.

Complete with GMT function, the T21 Flight GMT is the ultimate watch for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike.

Zelos Mako Titanium On The Way

The latest from Zelos watches, makers of famously chunky dive watches at reasonable prices;

The Mako Titanium is here, featuring a full Ti case and bracelet that’s been hardened to 1200 Vickers. This surface hardening gives it extra toughness against the surface scuffs that titanium is known for.

The weight reduction makes the Mako Ti a joy to wear daily, and a quick adjust clasp gives you a precise fit throughout the day. The 40mm case of the Mako along with its 11.5mm thickness fits a wide range of wrist sizes.

There is a groovy hand-torched dial option as well.

The Ti model is officially on sale on 29.07.21 by the way, more here.

 

Boldr Odyssey Regatta Ltd Edition

The latest from Boldr, who have a variant on their flagship Valjoux 7750 model;

Built to accompany its wearer on the toughest regatta races, this is our first ever yachting chronograph watch, and like all Odysseys, it’s a beast on your wrist. Combining modern & classic elements meticulously designed for performance and durability, this stainless steel sailor features a 10-minute count back disk-dial.

At its heart lies an ETA Valjoux 7750 Chronograph Movement for seamless timekeeping while skimming the waves or exploring 500m under the surface. The dial is classic black & white with stylised boat-shaped skeleton hands to maintain the highest possible legibility. It also boasts a unique 2-in-1 bi-directional bezel function that pairs a 15-minute marker option with a specialized nautical miles tachymeter.

It’s on a pre-orde deal at $1299, plus import duty and VAT, so it isn’t a cheap model. You can find the Valjoux 7750 inside other chrono watches for less.

This is a statement watch, at 45mm across and sits 18mm high – for those with big chunky arms and wrists, it will be an option.

More here.

 

Black `n’ White Baltic is A 60s Mod Classic

French brand Baltic has launched a white dial/black bezel variant of its Aquascaphe, which has that punchy look many people love. Kinda 60s Mod, with a real dive ability too.

200m depth rating, sapphire crystal, 39mm width,  screwdown crown, Superluminova details – it has a lot going for it. Price is reasonable too, especially when you consider how expensive it is to employ anyone and rent premises in the EU, at £579.17. You may have some import duty and VAT on top of course.

More here.

 

 

Heimdallr New Arrivals

Heimdallr has plenty of new models on their site right now to tempt you. One we love is the retro style Turtle model, with a big 45mm case diameter, Seiko NH35 movement and a ceramic bezel.

There’s a silver dial option, or the black dial, with blue details, which we reckon is the better looking of the duo. On offer right now at $219 – plus the import duty and VAT of course.

The Sea Ghost has a useful $100 price reduction too – same Seiko movement, 42mm case width makes it a more practical everyday watch for many people.

 

Octon Watches: 300m Dive Spec For Under £200? That’ll Do.

We had an email in yesterday alerting the Northern Watch Co magazine to Octon watches in Sweden.

So glad they did. Amazing value watches, many are auto models, with the trusty Sellita SW200 or Seiko NH35 movement inside, sapphire crystal and a 300m rating. Prices start at just £181 – yep under £200.

That really compares well with Indie brands who are charging nearly £700 for the same spec dive watches. Let’s not get started on Swiss brands at £1400 and above, which you could argue are more about the perceived value of the brand name than the actual dive spec of the watch.

OK, let’s be honest, you won’t get many people wanting to bid on your Octon watch if you decide to sell it on eBay to fund another purchase two years down the line. But if you just love watches that have reliable features and a range of bright dial options for swimming n diving, then Octon delivers.

Better yet, you can build you own watch, choosing dial, bracelet, strap, movement and bezel. Here is one we did earlier;

We love that Build-A-Bear online shop feature – it’s just like Bamford London but without the premium price tag.

More here.

LIV P-51 Chrono: Valjoux Power Without The Swiss Price Tag

You can pay a great deal of cash for a watch featuring the Valjoux 7750 movement, or slight variations on that base ebauche engine.

That’s why NWC mag has a lot of time for the LIV P-51 pilot watch. It’s got that Valjoux touch of class for £1095, plus VAT and UK import duty. Go figure say 30% on top.

That’s still way cheaper than say a Bremont ALT-1 for £5000, which features a tweaked 7750 movement. Or how about paying £7300 to IWC for a Portugieser with a green dial, which is also powered by a modded variant of the 7750? Yes, prestige brands are watch modders too.

You see why we mention this Swiss MOD watch angle right?

The same work that is kinda sneered at by certain watch blogs, magazines and experts as being `Frankenwatch’ is just the same process as factories carry out to Valjoux 7750 movements. Blue screws, decorated rotors, slightly different pushers.

So we say, check out thios LIV take on the Valjoux movement, because it has that sporty Top Gun vibe, day/ date window, sapphire crystal, a huge 46mm case if you are a fan of Breitling plus size cases, and a riveted tan strap that really sets off the black theme nicely.

Nope, we aren’t on commission, we just like spotting great value.

More here.

Ferro Revs Up The Distinct 2.0 Model

Ferro is bringing back the Distinct 2.0 model. The unique watch combines old school military pocket watch features like that big crown, with a single red hand dial.

Inspired by a Porsche dashboard dial, this quartz watch has a sapphire crystal plus a 44mm case and an optional NATO strap. September delivery on pre-orders.

Cost is $375 and you get a free pouch on the pre-order deal by the way.

More here.