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.

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...

Hammerhead II

Zelos Hammerhead II Long-time fans of Zelos surely know the Zelos Hammerhead, a chunky cushion-shaped style dive watch that has proven to be one of their best selling models.  Because of that, Zelos has recently released the Hammerhead II. While the Hammerhead has had a few variations through the years, this second edition is updated with a slightly new dial, a Helium Release Valve and a new brace...

Crafter Blue Hyperion

Crafter Blue Hyperion Earlier this year we had an article about the Crafter Blue Hyperion when it launched on Kickstarter. The initial batch of watches has now shipped and the Hyperion is available for purchase on the Crafter Blue Website. I have to say, this is an unusual review for me, as I don’t believe I have ever reviewed the same (or mostly the same) watch twice by two different brands...

Marloe Morar

Marloe Morar Beacon Dive watches are some of the most popular watches out in the market, and that probably will never change. The dive watch is functional, sporty, generally attractive and can be worn in almost any setting or any activity. The Marloe Morar is Marloe Watch Company’s take on a dive watch, and while it may look derivative at first, I feel they put their unique spin on the dive ...

EMG Horizon

EMG Horizon Are you a Breaking Bad fan? Steve McQueen maybe? Been lusting after a Tag Heuer Monaco but just don’t have the cash? Well, the EMG Horizon is somewhat close, and much more affordable, coming in at under $400. While most homage watches are copies of Rolex or Panerai, EMG went a different route and gave us their interpretation of a classic square chronograph. Though similar to the ...

Seiko Street

Seiko Street Series Seiko USA has released two exclusive versions of the very popular and affordable solar tuna divers, dubbed the Street Series. Part of the Prospex line-up, these versions are only available through Seiko USA. Yes, these are not entirely new models and while the changes for these versions are mostly aesthetic, the new look is very attractive. Both models have a new handset, with ...

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