Ariel Soltura

Ariel Soltura has had a passion for watches since an early age; one that was passed onto him by his father, who was one of a handful of people to own a Rolex GMT on the island of Cuba, where Ariel was born. Ariel Soltura, who is a full time police officer, husband, father and Dive Watch aficionado, is well respected in the watch community for his honest thoughts and comments on "all things watches." When not patrolling the streets, throwing footballs with the community's youth or perusing various watch forums, he can be found hanging out with his six year old son, Aric, his greatest passion of all.

clerc Hydroscaph H1

During my 9 years of service to the community as a police officer, I have often said to myself, “I never thought I’d be doing this when I went through the academy.” My career has blessed me with many “firsts,” and the staff at CLERC offered me yet another first: protecting the streets of a small Texas town with a CLERC Hydroscaph H1 strapped to my wrist. Within no time, the H1 found itself covered...

twco_sea_rescue_diver

At first glance, one might think the Technical Watch Co. Sea Rescue Diver is paying homage to some long lost Italian vessel. In reality, the green and red markers outlining the circumference of the dial represent periods of observed radio silence should an actual sea rescue be underway. Not important, you say? Ask the crew and passengers of the RMS Titanic. It is believed that one of the safety ru...

borealis_scout_sniper

So, how much ‘watch’ does $300.00 dollars get you? A heck-of-a-lot if you’re buying Borealis’ new Scout Sniper. As of late, Borealis has created a strong buzz among watch enthusiasts looking for a timepiece that is well built, fun to wear, and most importantly, easy on the wallet. Borealis boasts on their site that they manufacture timepieces that are made with reliable mechanical movements and cl...

minuteman-mm04

Recently, I sat down to review a watch that truthfully, I had never even heard of. I’d have to say that since becoming an independent reviewer, I have been exposed to so many refreshing brands that adorn the wrists of many, all while I continued to walk around in complete oblivion. A few months back, Minuteman Watch Co. sent me their first production MM04 model, which arrived at my door step in no...

jenny-caribbean-300

Earlier this month, I was fortunate enough to receive a watch that I’ve longed for but never had the courage to pull the trigger on. The reason why wasn’t quite clear to me, and it was from that view point that I set out to review this iconic brand. Jenny Watches, which is actually pronounced “yen-ny,” is a brand that is historically rich, with patents dating as far back as the 1960’s. It’s “claim...

Momentum-VS-3-Altimeter

Over the last several years, I’ve dabbled a bit in the tactical watch category since it happens to be the best type of watch for my full-time job as a police officer. While G-Shocks and iPhones seem to dominate the profession, I can’t help but like the convenience an ABC watch offers the user; in this case, me. For those that feel clueless about what an ABC watch is, do not fret, as many who are n...

Citizen Eco Drive Promaster Aqualand Depth Meter

Citizen Eco Drive Promaster Aqualand Depth Meter Recently, I blipped about the new The CITIZEN Eco-Drive Promaster Aqualand Depth Meter BN2024-05E that debuted in Basel 2014. It’s made a splash on my wrist in a big way, and its out-of-the-box design approach makes it stand out in a sea of sub homages and overly used catalog case designs. While many speak of Seiko’s heritage, many are unaware of Ci...

Eterna-KonTiki-Automatic-Chronograph

From years of watch gazing on various forums, I became intrigued with Eterna and many of its models. One in particular continued to stand out to me among the crowd; the Eterna KonTiki Automatic Chronograph (ref. 1240.41.63.0219). As fate would have it, I was able to pick up a minty specimen from a trusted collector. Eterna was founded in 1856 by Urs Schild, but the company didn’t become popular un...

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