Hands on Watch Reviews

Dreyfuss and Co. 1924

Dreyfuss and Co. 1924 It still amazes me when I come across a brand I have not heard of. That would be the case with the Dreyfuss and Co. 1924 Series. I had to do some research, unlike some brands that I review, as I knew absolutely nothing about this brand. That of course makes reviewing it a little difficult. Yes, I have the watch in hand, so I can obviously see if it is quality or not, but wher...

Luminox Dress Field 1832

Luminox Dress Field 1832 I have a soft spot for Luminox. It was the first “real” watch I purchased when I was about 16 years old. I got it from a now defunct store by the name of Service Merchandise, a popular store in the USA for some time. They sold many brands from Seiko to Tag Heuer, and of course Luminox. At the time, around 1996, Luminox was still making mostly resin cased watche...

Magrette MPP Diver Steel

Magrette MPP Diver Steel Magrette has released their updated version of the MPP Diver, (Moana Pacific Pro), which has a slightly new look and an upgraded Swiss movement. A few years back I reviewed the first version and overall I was quite satisfied with it. I think I can say the same for this new version, though I think the makeover could have been a little more extreme. The Magrette MPP Diver St...

Gavox Avidiver

Gavox Avidiver I have had the opportunity to look over watches from Gavox in the past. I have admired each model and thought the company did a pretty good job overall with aviation themed watches. Solid looks and solid components were a given but I was wondering when the company would release an automatic watch and maybe a dive style watch. Well now I have the opportunity to examine just such a wa...

Ginault Ocean Rover

Ginault Ocean Rover If controversy creates cash, then the Ginault Ocean Rover must be selling like hotcakes, as the controversy was one of the main reasons I wanted to review this watch. If you have not watched the 17 minute video above, I suggest you do before reading my comments here, as I discuss most of the controversy surrounding the Ginault Ocean Rover and some of the brands responses to que...

Vilhelm Elemental

Vilhelm Elemental The Vilhelm Elemental is not the type of watch I would choose to wear or buy. That is about as honest as I can get. Then why am I reviewing it you ask? Well, I review many watches that I would not normally wear, I mean it only makes sense that I don’t love every watch I review. It would be complete B.S. if I said that. We all have different tastes and styles, and of course ...

Borealis Bull Shark

Borealis Bull Shark So, we have another homage here. This time it is a touch different. The Borealis Bull Shark homages a watch that is not currently produced. That would be the Original Rolex Sub from 1953. (I incorrectly misspoke in the video and said Tudor).  Microbrands have their place in the watch world, and it is great when one of these brands produce something original and for a more affor...

McDowell Time Delray

McDowell Time Delray I admire new watch companies trying to make a footprint in a rather saturated industry. Every time I turn around someone else is trying to release a new watch on Kickstarter or other outlets. The problem regardless of the outlet utilized is incredibly hit or miss as far as making any sort of impact. Tired designs and lack of anything even remotely refreshing many times just le...

Pantor Sealion

Pantor Sealion I have to say, when I first saw the Pantor Sealion go up for preorder, I was a little befuddled. Not because I thought the watch was unattractive or overpriced, but because I felt the design has been done many times before. Let’s face it, this case design or very similar has been used by iconic brands such as Eterna, Aquadive and many microbrands the past few years. It is that...

Minus 8 Diver

Minus 8 Diver In the world of dive watches, sometimes they can all start to look the same. Sub style, cushion case and even cases like the Oris TT1 and Aquis are the more traditional. Minus 8 is a brand that likes to deviate a little from the norm, and with that comes the Minus 8 Diver, the first dive watch from the California based company. Being forthcoming, I do prefer the traditional, but that...

MJ Leather Swiss Ammo Strap

MJ Leather Swiss Ammo Strap I love leather straps, though they are something we have not reviewed much here on Watchreport. Even more than just regular leather straps, I love custom made, or higher end straps, as they are normally thicker, handmade and last a lot longer than most mass produced leather straps. MJ Leather is out of Sweden and handcrafts all of his straps in his workshop. The nice th...

Formex AS1100 Chronograph

Formex AS1100 Chronograph Things are changing in the watch world, and have been the past few years. There is a lot of competition in the marketplace with new brands popping up all the time, and along with a  bad economy, and we have seen some brands have to close their doors or sell the company just to keep it afloat. Formex Watches saw the changes happening, and recently they have changed their s...

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