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Anstead Oceanis Watch Review

Today we get to take a look at the Anstead Oceanis – a dive watch that that is currently selling for $499. While the Anstead is technically a dive watch, I feel it is a great all occasion watch whether in the ocean, the office, or just your everyday watch. This is technically the second version of the Oceanis, or the evolution of the first model. Many might remember that model or still own o...

ITAnano Phantom Carbon Automatic 49 Watch Review

ITAnano, an Italy based company, has made their play in the watch world by incorporating similar uses of technology of the leading sport cars and aero dynamics manufacturing into their watches. By using such materials as carbon, mineral fiber and polyfiber monocoque, ITAnano has certainly figured out their way of separating themselves from the everyday run of the mill watch companies. The watch we...

Cobra de Calibre Steel Cobra 2 Watch Review

Today we are going to take a look at a relatively new micro-brand – Cobra de Calibre. Cobra de Calibre is a new company based out of Canada. The company wants to be known for their unique designs, so customers will have watches with a less than generic appearance. Cobra produces several different watch models, with one of the more unique models that I have ever seen in the Steel Cobra 2 whit...

Szanto 5103 Watch Review

Szanto has released their latest model, technically their second diver model, the 5100 series. The specific model I am reviewing today is the 5103, which has the radiant sunburst blue dial. Other dial colors available are black and a silver/grey. Equipped with a Miyota 2415 quartz, a water resistant leather strap, applied markers, and AR coated mineral crystal. The specifications of the 5103 on pa...

Borealis Scout Sniper Review

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 mec...

Detroit Watch Company Pride of Detroit Aviator Review

Hello everyone. Today I am extremely pleased to present an exciting new watch brand and model, the Pride of Detroit Aviator from the Detroit Watch Company (DWC). Patrick & Amy Ayoub, the owners of the company, each have been working in the watch and design industry for the past 25-30 years with the dream of producing their own unique timepiece, resulting in the founding of the Detroit Watch Co...

Tom Carter Black Carbon Review

Tom Carter is a new brand, with their headquarters based in Cyprus. If you are not familiar, Cyprus is an island below the country of Turkey. The model that I will be talking about here in the review is their upper tier model from the collection, even though the watch is only priced at $360: the Tom Carter Black Carbon. It has a Miyota quartz movement, carbon fiber dial, sapphire crystal, and is 5...

Prometheus Piranha Review

For many out there in the watch collecting world that follow micro brands, I am sure you are familiar with Prometheus Watches. If you are not, then this will be a great introduction for you, as I consider the Prometheus Piranha the best model from Prometheus to date. Now, that is not to say that previous models from them were sub par, there are many great Prometheus models that I have been fortuna...

LIV Genesis X1 Review

I am always excited to get my hands on something new in the watch world. Recently, I was able to get a glimpse of an exciting new brand getting their start on Kickstarter.com, LIV Watches. I have had the opportunity to speak with the owner of the company over the phone, and have also had the opportunity to exchange emails with other company representatives. Through this contact, I was able to gath...

Borealis Sea Hawk Review

Ah yes, it is time to talk about the Hawk of the Sea. Wait. Hawk of the Sea? Is that such a thing? Well, actually it is. (I had to look it up, I know about watches, not birds). A Sea Hawk, or its official name, the Osprey, is a fish eating bird of prey. What does this have to do with a new micro brand diver? Well, I guess not much really, but I just wanted to share my research with you. Onto the n...

Minuteman Watch Co. MM04 Review

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...

Strider Watch LTD Hyperdive Review

Prepare to go into Hyperdrive!! No, wait. I’m sorry…Hyperdive. Yes, a play on words somewhat, but in my latest review we take a look at the Strider Hyperdive. The Hyperdive is the first release from Strider Watch LTD, a new brand that is designed by Jim Skelton. Please take a look at this very comprehensive video (20 minutes), where I cover a lot of detail and point out as much about ...

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