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.

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 ...

Formex Essence

Formex Essence The Formex Essence has been making a big splash in the watch community and it is easy to see why. Available with a COSC or standard Swiss Movement in all variations, the one we are looking at today is the Degrade or gradient dial. All versions look great but the COSC version is the big deal here, especially at a price of well under $1,500. Yes, a COSC certified watch for $1,265. Not...

Raven Solitude

Raven Solitude If you have always been a fan of Raven, but maybe they were just a little too expensive for you, the Raven Solitude should be a little more within your grasp. Yes, this is a budget model from Raven, but when I say that, it makes the watch sound cheap. I don’t believe this to be a sub-par watch compared to other models, but yes, a few things were done to get the price down lowe...

Ocean Crawler Dream Diver

Ocean Crawler Dream Diver If you are a fan of dive watches, Ocean Crawler is a brand you want to check out. Their latest model, the Dream Diver, is a bold offering, with a 44mm case, large indices and hands, 600 Meters WR and a helium release valve. Internally, you are looking at a Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement. Ocean Crawler releases quite a few models each year and shows no sign of slowing ...

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