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.

Armand Nicolet JS9

Armand Nicolet JS9 Every once in a while, I get a watch in for review that really stands out in terms of build quality and finishes. This time, that watch is the Armand Nicolet JS9. While it is not without a few quirks, the quality of this watch matches up with the price tag, which happens to be around $1700 USD. There is no doubt that in that price range there is some heavy competition, but the J...

Undive Dark Sea Black Storm

Undive Dark Sea Black Storm What do you get when you mix a Seiko 6105 and a Panerai Submersible? The Undive Dark Sea Black Storm. (Also available with a steel bezel, dubbed the Cool Steel.) The straight truth is that there are many in the microbrand world that do straight up copies and others who take inspiration from a few different iconic watch models and come up with something such as this. It ...

Ocean Crawler Ocean Navigator

Ocean Crawler Ocean Navigator The Ocean Crawler Ocean Navigator is the third model to come out from the New York-based brand. I say, the third model because while they have many variations of their very popular Champion Diver line, this Ocean Navigator is the 3-hand version of their original chronograph model. This one offers a lot-Titanium case, sapphire crystal and bezel and an STP1-11 automatic...

Casio G-Shock GMWB5000D-1

Casio G-Shock GMWB5000D-1 I grew up in the 80s. I was 3 when the original G-Shock came out in 1983, so I wasn’t wearing the first one, but my father got me one when I was around 8. I loved it. Through high school I bought many. In my early 20’s I got into them even more and had about 10 in my collection. I also wore them in professional kitchens as these things are tough as nails! When I saw the C...

Tudor Black Bay Steel

Tudor Black Bay Steel Ah, Tudor. The sister brand to Rolex. Or is it brother? Cousin? They are in the family for sure. All joking aside, when you think of Rolex, many things may come to mind. Luxury, Wall Street, Celebrities, Expensive, Heritage, Prestige- I can go on, but I think you get the point. When one thinks of Tudor, some of those same things may come to mind. Tudor definitely has the heri...

Trintec Copilot GMT And Chronograph

Trintec Copilot GMT And Chronograph Tool watches. I guess that is what you would call the Trintec Copilot Series, or at least, what most call this style of watch these days. I try and stay away from that phrase as I think it is overused for any watch that is sporty and rugged looking; you know, the tool diver as so many like to say. I consider a tool watch to be any watch that does more than just ...

Rotary Henley GMT

Rotary Henley GMT The Rotary Henley GMT is a new model from the British Based brand (though not produced in the UK), and comes in a few different color and strap options at a price point of $285-$335. The one I show here is on the lower end at $285 because it has a leather strap instead of a stainless bracelet. Checking the website before I sat down to write this review, I noticed that the blue di...

Pantor Seal

Pantor Seal The Pantor Seal is the latest from Pantor Watches, but is not really a new watch, as this case design and bracelet have been around for quite sometime and used by many brands. It’s a large chunky beast of a diver with a black dial and very stark white hour, minute hand and markers. At 288 grams in weight, this could be a wrist anchor for some, unless you like a heavy watch, or ar...

MTM Special Ops Seal Diver

There are countless hard use watches out there, and many claim to be the best. I get it, that is marketing, and marketing sells merchandise. The MTM Special OPS Seal Diver is a dive watch made out of titanium, Allen screws everywhere and a “Specially Calibrated” quartz (Ronda 715 Li) movement. It also sports a carbon fiber dial, sapphire crystal and tritium tubes as well as Superlumino...

Hanhart Pioneer One

Hanhart Pioneer One The Hanhart Pioneer One. A watch that many wanted but never happened. Until Now. Going back through Hanhart’s history, they only made chronograph watches, with one exception; The Pioneer Preventor 9. While that was not a chronograph, it lacked the fluted bezel and red marker and also had a small seconds disc instead of the traditional second hand. The Pioneer One is the f...

Pantor Seahorse

Pantor Seahorse Normally, I review the newest release from a brand, but every now and again, I request to review an older piece, and that is the case today. Yes, Pantor Watches does have a new model out, but this is not it. In fact this is their first model ever released, way back in 2013-2014. The Pantor Seahorse somehow went under my radar or for whatever reason I did not review it until now, bu...

Helm Vanuatu Version 4

Helm Vanuatu Version 4 It is quite rare for a brand to not only update and improve on their watch, but also drop the price significantly as well. That is the case with the Helm Vanuatu Version 4. As I dicuss in the video above, almost 3 years ago, I reviewed the original version of the Vanuatu. I had a quite a few issues and stated that if they were rectified, that it would be a fantastic watch. H...

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