I Am Not Cool Enough For This Watch, But I Want to Be: Zenith Defy Extreme
Sinn designed the U1000 to be the ultimate mechanical diving watch, and for most intensive purposes it is. The hull of the watch is made out of Tegimented submarine steel. The tegimentation process gives the steel a bit of a sandblasted look and makes it much harder, which adds a serious scratch resistance to the watch case. This treatment is most notable on the bare steel version, and gives the PVD model an attractive matte finish. People with existing Tegimented Sinn watches remark on how after lots of wear, the case still appears brand new. WatchTime magazine mentioned how Sinn watches are the super watches of the watch world in regard to their ruggedness and reliability.
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For me, the 44m size of the Diavolo case is perfect. This is considered large for some people, until they actually wear a 44mm watch and realize it fits on their wrist as comfortably as anything else. The rubber or leather straps will wrap nicely around your wrist for a snug, secure fit, which themselves are a welcome width at 22mm. It feels surprisingly good to raise your wrist to tell the time and notice a handsome noticeable watch on your wrist. Many older watches would never look good in this size as they would feel empty and enlarged. Modern watch design relishes in large surface areas where chronograph complications and decorative elements can join together for a more rewarding overall experience.
These and many other watches are on sale at Buy.com.
Few watch brands specialize in sport watches exclusively, but some do. Tag Heuer and Omega for example sell mostly sport watches, but offer dress watches as well. These are obviously very mainstream brands, but by no means the only brands one should consider. It is not possible to make an exhaustive list. The best idea is to search on eBay, or online for "diving watches, racing watches, pilot watches." As you explore, it will become obvious which ones you like or are not so fond of. One you find models you like, you can explore similar types or brands until you find the watch that has the perfect set of features you are looking for.
Check out the auction page for the Specially Styled Marcello C Nettuno 3 here on eBay.
Let me just say that in most watch stores you can bargain up to 25% off. The 25% off rule as I call it. Don't try this at Macy's but it will work at jewelry stores and places like Tourneau. Further, it does not work on all brands. Rolex watches for example have no to little wiggle room. This is a requirement of Rolex, not the watch store. So don't try on those. But for just about everything else you can bargain off 25% off the price with the sales person still earning a commission.
On a few instances I have dedicated discussion to the world of luxury diving watches. To some, it seems a contradiction, why imbue a tool meant to be exposed to harsh elements with a luxury facade? To others, it seems like the perfect combination of things they love. I fall into this latter category. The seminal luxury diving watch was the Rolex Submariner. Since them, many have come in to market and have succeeded Rolex at it's own game in many areas.
This could be an answer to a question the market did not ask, or it could be a great device that is (economically) ahead of its time. When Vertu came out with their ultra-high end phones, the mobile phone enthusiast world scoffed. A) why pay so much money for a phone that is going to be obsolete before I can finish paying it off, and B) why again am I paying 00 for a phone that isn't solid gold (and even if it were...). The answer to these questions is probably obvious to most people who like cell phones, but that isn't who the Vertu or the new Tag Heuer Meridiist phone is aimed toward. Didn't see a Vertu at your local AT&T dealer? That is because you can only find them at high-end watch stores, and the same will be true for the Tag Heuer Meridiist phones.
Nivrel watches have a good deal of merits, but I will save such praise for another time, my focus now is on the "Sea" series of diving watches. Of which are the Red Sea, South Sea, and Deep Sea; which accordingly have red, yellow, and blue trim. By this I mean that the tips of the hands are specially colored along with the model name, and the first fifteen minutes on the rotating bezel scale. The Nivrel Red Sea and South Sea watches only differ in color, while the Nivrel Deep Sea has a deeper depth rating of 1000 meters rather than 300 meters for the other two. Inside each of the watch you will find a familiar ETA 2824-2 automatic Swiss movement, and a look enhanced by a half century of refinement.
If you do see a watch on eBay.de that you love, I would recommend an attempt to contact the seller (in German) and ask if they will accept your US bid and ship to the US. When sending the message to them, make sure to say that you used Google Language tools and that you apologize for any odd grammar. They will understand, but you don't want to come across as odd or shady given the lack of proper writing. A good deal of the time, the sellers will be amenable to your requests given your willingness to pay for the increased shipping and assisting them were necessary.
Being 25 and into watches does not always go together. Watches are inherently very expensive, and the cost of admittance into the hobby can be overwhelming. It is a hobby and passion of appreciation and style. You have to appreciate the beautiful, recognize the handsome, and critique the flawed. Few of us are hands on in anyway. Meaning we do not fix or modify watches, not do we really understand the inner workings for the most part.
The logo you see is a result of many things, mainly the idea to remain simple while emphasize the theme of the blog, which is watches. I particularly enjoy the way the "o" and "g" in "blog" are watch gears, and how watch hands comprise the connection between the "e" and "a" in "read." A lover of graphics and clever design, I am particularly happy the designer was able to work with me in visualizing this idea as nicely as you see.
Placing the brick back inside the winding module was not particularly fun, but I managed to get it in there. Once I did, the watch looked comfortable and appealing against the black velvet. And when you close the hatch, the watch face is nicely visible through the port hole window. When I removed the watch from winder, I again feared for the watch and the winder. Once I got it out, I found that a piece of black velvet material came right out of the module. It apparently was not even glued or secured into place, and was used to cover a retaining screw that could easily damage a watch bracelet or clasp. I used some tape to keep the thing in there. I next tested the winder with a larger watch that had a bigger strap. After jamming the watch in the winding module, I found that I could not even close the hatch as the watch was hitting the top of the winder case. So much for being useful for all watches. The main point is that the Orbita RX Privee is made for just the right sized watch, not too big, not too small.
The YES watches aren't as complex as their rich feature list would have you believe. The computer inside makes things simpler than you'd think, and the information displayed right on the face is what you need to know the most. For a full list of YES watch features, visit the YES Watch homepage here. What I will talk about are those features I find most interesting and useful. Although you can get buried in the functions, setting them is simple enough, and with a slight learning curve, you can easily figure out how to almost anything you'd like to with the yes watch easily.
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