Hands on Watch Reviews

Vero Watches SW

Vero Watches SW American watchmaking used to be very prominent but as many things do, that changed and for the most part, was a thing of the past, that is up until the past 8 years or so. Many brands, especially start-up or microbrands are assembling their watches in the USA, including brands like Nodus and Lum-tec. A few brands are actually machining the cases and even making movements in the US,...

Victorinox Alliance Sport Chronograph

Victorinox Alliance Sport Chronograph A Swiss Army was one of my first “real” watches, purchased from a now-defunct jewelry store back in the early ’90s. It was a Calvary model, and it was about $100. Prices have sure gone up since then and the watches are no longer branded Swiss Army as we all know, but now Victorinox. The brand still holds a special place in my heart and while ...

Outsiders Revolution

Outsiders Revolution Today, we are going to veer off the normal review path a little. I am sure many know that Baselworld is almost over at the time of publication and Outsiders Watches apparently made a spectacle at the watch fair, or so they have said. Their first watch, the Outsiders Revolution diver is a $500 Swiss Made Submariner style homage and there is a lot to delve into when it comes to ...

Zelos ZX Chronograph

Zelos ZX Chronograph With so many new microbrands these days, you would think some older brands such as Zelos would get lost in the shuffle. Taking a look at this Zelos ZX Chronograph and how many of them have already sold out, you can see that is not the case. Zelos and its owner Elshan has continued to push forward and he keeps coming out with new designs and believe it or not, this is actually ...

Rebel Aquafin

Rebel Aquafin The Rebel Aquafin was a Kickstarter funded that funded back in 2017, though watches did not start to ship really till December of 2018. I am not sure what issues in manufacturing that the brand had, but the watch did finally start reaching the customers who backed early. Kickstarter is usually a place where you can get a really good price on a watch, after all, you are helping to fun...

Boldr Globetrotter GMT

BOLDR Globetrotter GMT If the BOLDR Globetrotter GMT looks somewhat familiar to you, that would be because it is an evolution of the BOLDR Odyessy, a watch I reviewed HERE last year. The Odyessy was a very nice watch, but a little on the large size for myself and others, and also a little more fashion over function, at least for me. The Globetrotter is smaller in diameter but also has quite a few ...

Crafter BLue Mechanic Ocean

Crafter BLue Mechanic Ocean Crafter Blue started out making custom rubber straps for a few popular Seiko and Tudor watches and have not crossed over into producing watches as well. Their fitted rubber straps are great no doubt and can really change the look and comfort of your watch. Let’s face it, most Seiko rubber straps leave a lot to be desired. Entering the extremely crowded (some would...

Elliot Brown Holton

Elliot Brown Holton Indestructible. Tough. Reliable. These are some of the words I have seen used to describe the Elliot Brown Holton.  The Holton is a watch that had significant input from a branch of the British Military and is the first British Military issued watch in over ten years, claims Elliot Brown. Now, I say claims, as I do not really have any way to dispute that, at least not without s...

Jubileon Superellipse Chronograph Watcha Edition

Jubileon Superellipse Watcha Edition Jubileon Singapore is about to launch their latest watch, the Jubileon Superellipse Chronograph. There will be a preorder and possibly a Kickstarter but today I will be concentrating on the Watcha Edition. If you are not familiar with Watcha, it is a popular Facebook Group and website and they have collaborated with Jubileon to do a special edition of this upco...

EMG Nemo

EMG Nemo Many microbrands are run by one guy, but the EMG Nemo is the brainchild of 3 watch enthusiasts from around the world. Ed, Derek, and Eric brought EMG to life just about 2 years ago and the Nemo Diver is their third model. Coming in at 40mm, the Nemo is a vintage styled diver running a Miyota 9015 automatic movement, a domed sapphire crystal, and beads of rice bracelet. If yellow is not yo...

Zahnd And Kormann ZK Diver 2

Zahnd And Kormann ZK Diver 2 The Zahnd And Kormann ZK Diver 2 launched on Kickstarter this morning and offers a very affordable way to get a COSC certified dive watch that is available in many different colors, different metals (steel or titanium), and also as a GMT. I only had a short time with the Diver 2 as I had to get it passed on to another person and I was heading out on vacation shortly af...

Ayers Metropolitan

Ayers Metropolitan Many people when discussing microbrands talk about how there is no originality sometimes, with the countless Rolex homages, Panerai homages and many more that are available out there and continue to pop up daily. The Ayers Metropolitan, while not being completely uninspired by other brands is a nice breath of fresh air if you will, as they decided to something very different com...

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