Don Evans

I've been an avid watch lover since the age of 7. Watches are not only my hobby but a passion. My favorite style used to be dive watches, but field or non bezel watches have been growing on me. When I'm not reviewing watches I am either cooking or with family and friends.

Oris Aquis

Oris Aquis The Oris Aquis is undoubtedly an extremely popular dive watch, not just within the Oris company, but across the board in the entire watch world, it has become a watch worn by countless watch collectors. It is no surprise considering that Oris is a very popular brand, especially since the early 2000s, and with the Aquis being almost a decade old in sold in over 20 different variations an...

Venturo

Venturo Watches Field #2 If you are a fan of microbrands, than chances are you are familiar with Gruppo Gamma. The Venturo Field #2, is the latest from the Gruppo Gamma sister brand, and is their second field style watch but also their second watch to date. The idea behind Venturo is to try and offer some different style watches than what Gruppo Gamma has offered in the past and also produce a qua...

Blacklist Divematic

Blacklist Divematic The Blacklist Divematic is the latest release from Blacklist Watches, the US-based microbrand. Dive watches are undoubtedly the most popular style of watches in the market today. From Rolex to Blancpain and to almost every new microband that turns the corner, it makes sense to have a dive watch or multiple in your lineup. Enter Blacklist, who have now added their version of a d...

Werenbach

Werenbach Leonov B.T.O Edition Werenbach watches decided to think outside the box when starting their watch brand, or more specifically, outside this world! The Werenbach Leonov B.T.O and many of their other models have dials made from salvaged space rockets, rockets that legit have gone into space and are no longer useable. Making watch dials from salvaged items is nothing new, we have seen it wi...

Farr and Swit Seaplane

Farr and Swit Seaplane Have you been longing for a watch that is a combination dive watch and Flieger? One that has the looks and feel of a solid diver, but also has distinct elements of a pilot watch? If so, the Farr and Swit Seaplane may check a lot of boxes for you. Farr and Swit are based in the United States, (Chicago to be exact) and the Seaplane is assembled by a very popular microbrand you...

Maranez Tao Watch Review

Maranez Tao If you are new to the microbrand watch world, you may be thinking that Maranez is a new watch brand, but the company has been around since at least 2013 and has produced a lot of popular budget microbrand watches. Today, I have one of their newest offerings in hand for review, the Maranez Tao. The Tao is inspired by a few brands, most notably a Seiko Turtle and with the bezel, the comp...

Marc and Sons GMT

Marc and Sons GMT The Marc and Sons GMT Steel Series has a very familiar look, and for some watch folks, that is a big no-no. Allow me to deviate from the review of this piece for a moment to discuss a few things I just do not understand. Hate against homages. Now, I am not talking about dislike. I dislike many things, so do you. That is normal. Hate is another thing. I will give a quick example &...

A Look At The Gruppo Gamma Divemaster MKII

Gruppo Gamma Divemaster MKII Over 3 years ago, I reviewed the original Gruppo Gamma Divemaster. At the time, I considered it to be their best watch to date. Recently I was able to get my hands on the updated or second version, now called the Gruppo Gamma Divemaster MKII. At first, I thought the changes were minor, and while they are subtle, the changes are not only welcomed but make it a much bett...

Ventus NorthStar Watch Review

Ventus NorthStar Many watch enthusiasts feel that microbrand watches should be inexpensive. Inexpensive can be subjective as well, but I have seen it many times when a microbrand releases a new model and it is over $1,000, there is a lot of yelling about the price. Zelos watches, who is the sister brand to Ventus has dealt with this themselves recently. The Ventus Northstar and other Ventus models...

Seiko King Turtle

Seiko King Turtle Seiko has listened and finally upgraded the Seiko Turtle. It already has a nickname as well, the Seiko King Turtle, and there are 3 variations currently available. The green dial reviewed here (SPRE05), a black dial with bracelet (SPRE03) and the Save the Ocean model (SPRE07). These new King Turtles sport new waffle dials (except the Save the Ocean, a slightly newer bezel grip, c...

Esoteric Bathyal Hands-On Review

Esoteric Bathyal It seems these days most brands (micro and otherwise) are inspired by vintage pieces, especially watches from the 60s and 70s. It makes sense, seeing as how many amazing watches came from that time period, especially when it comes to diving watches. Many mainstream brands are hopping on this trend as well, releasing modern interpretations of their past iconic watches. One brand th...

Ginault Ocean Rover II-The Review

Ginault Ocean Rover II I am fully aware of what Ginault has been accused of, and why most have promised to never cover the brand again. That is all well and good, and every site and channel should do as they please. Same thing with Watchreport. For a while last year, I thought about doing the same. When Ginault reached out to ask about reviewing the Ocean Rover II, I initially declined. After I po...

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