The Torgoen T43 is a budget dive watch with a beefy 44mm case width, 200m of water resistance and a range of dial colours. The latest variation of this Swiss quartz powered watch feature an orange of yellow dial flavour, with steel bracelet. The watch features a QR push-pin system, so you can easily swap the steel bracelet for a silicone rubber strap on holiday … Continue reading Torgoen T43 Steel Bracelet Version Launched
The new Endeavour model gets titanium crowns, plus little bronze caps inset into the crowns. Nice detail. The dial is a slightly darker shade of black too, says Farer. It’s a very tool watch kinda diver, plain dial, big numbers, lumed hands. Good value compared to many a Swiss 300m diver we think. Here’s the word; “The case of the Aqua Compressor is crafted from … Continue reading Farer Revives the 300m Endeavour Titanium
It’s hard to go wrong with a 300m Seiko Prospex Great Blue `Samurai’ dive watch, all summer long. Big 44mm wide case, well just under, plus a sapphire crystal, beautiful dial and a fair price. So many Seiko models are now over a grand new and that makes this PADI edition a winner at £550 for us. It’s only got 200m of resistance, which is … Continue reading Summer Watches: Seiko Prospex PADI: Great Blue For You
The Tentagraph boasts a long distance power reserve at up to three days, which is industry leading (says Seiko) plus a beautiful chronograph movement. The dial and hands are finished to a high standard, the bracelet is mirror polished. It offers something bespoke and hand built. You have to admire the way Seiko offers their GS models as a lux brand within their empire, Citizen … Continue reading Grand Seiko Tentagraph: Brilliant, But Expensive
We only ask after making a brief visit to Spain recently and seeing two shops stocking large displays of watches by Phillip Plein, which is a brand we hadn’t heard of before. Tourists from Germany, Ireland, the UK and Netherlands must like PP watches, or the shops in Fuengirola, Malaga and Torremolinos wouldn’t stock them. Some of the PP models look nice and they have … Continue reading Are Phillipp Plein a True Luxury Watch Brand?
Good question and one we had no clue about until today. Seems there was a mid-20th century lateral thinker called Curt who invented a pocket sized cylindrical calculator. Back in the 1930s that was groundbreaking stuff and although Curt was sent to a concentration camp during WWII, he survived and eventually persuaded a rich guy in Lichtenstein to fund factory production. So the Curta was … Continue reading What is A Curta Watch?
Alpina has released two editions of a retro 1960s style bumper automatic. The bumper rotor was an early incarnation of the automatic watch, made famous by Bolton based watchmaker John Harwood in the late 1920s. After Harwood went bankrupt in the Great Depression in the 1930s, Swiss watch brands began to use the bumper automatic principle in their watches. It was eventually superceded by the … Continue reading Alpina Startimer Heritage, Bumper Auto Editions
RZE are one of our fave Indie brands at NWC because they offer great value and always have an eye for vintage details. The Valour chronograph being a case in point. The case styling has echoes of the 1970s BWC, Zenith or Breitling chronos, all angular edges and chamfered profile on the wrist. The pushers are sort of semi recessed on the Valour, bit like … Continue reading RZE Valour Chrono Has That Spa Endurance Vibe