Watch Review: Cronus Prototype 3

About Cronus:

The first manual sketches and technical drawings of the diving watch Cronus were developed in 2010 by the Russian deployment watch 191 CHS from the 1960s. The aim was to maintain the characteristics of the axial rotation of the crown as a central control element and to stabilize the crown closure as it protrudes quite far. The requirement was from the outset: a very robust watch, which can withstand extreme loads and external influences and ensures water tightness. This idea was implemented technically in 3D-construction. In the following year, the prototype 1 was finally developed.
The concept of the closure was consistently further developed and optimized after the test. The closure was fitted with a visual warning system (red securing ring). It is controlled axially by a spring and warns the user from unsecured conditions. In addition, a corresponding note has been added on the dial (control before dive). The innovative locking system was patented in 2013. One year later the prototype 1 was re-designed, the case got a new shape without losing its charm. As part of the development, the crown closure was further optimized and decoupled from the housing. As a result, the relief of the elevator crown has been achieved without sacrificing safety. The prototype 2 model is created. Further information can be found in the patent description.

The housing is made according to our technical drawings and 3D data in the clock production facility Glashütte and assembled in a strictly limited small series in a Munich watch workshop. Each prototype housing has a serial number. You get a completely handmade and original love piece “made in Germany”, built with love.

Registration of the trademark took place in 2015.

German engineering. If I had to describe this watch as simply as possible, German engineering would suffice. The meticulous design detail is apparent throughout this watch. I have been exploring the PROTOTYPE 3 Model PR-03GB, which so happens to be the model we will be discussing today. Juri Schob is the man responsible for the German based brand Cronus. During the years of 2001 through 2005 Juri studied in Berlin and received his diploma in product design. He has been quite busy since 2000 as a designer and design engineer in agencies and large companies. In 2006 Juri began to work with the restauration of watches which led him into development and design of watches which was on behalf of external watch manufacturer. In 2011, Juri has been developing and implementing his own model series that led him to registering Cronus in 2015.

There are certain details that will always draw me initially into a watch. It may be the material that is used for the case or the dial layout or the design of the case. On this watch, it was the crown and the crown guards that drew me to the prototype 3. The attached crown guards are oversized which provides maximum protection for the crown itself. The guards are securely screwed into the case housing. When the crown is completely screwed down into the close position, the top of the crown sits flush to the crown guards. The crown itself has some nice design details. Details that highlight some of that German engineering. The 9mm crown is signed with a C that obviously stands for Cronus. There’s an awesome little red control ring on the crown that’s sole purpose is to act as a warning system. The warning is for the wearer so that they remember to screw the crown down before diving. The size of the crown and the machined edges of the allow for extreme ease with the actual function of this crown. I’m addicted to manually winding my watches while I’m wearing them, therefore when a watch has an easy to grip and operate crown it will always score higher on my checklist. I guess it’s like an adult version of a fidget spinner for me.

The bezel on the Prototype 3 is also considered a highlight worthy detail. There are several different aspects on the bezel that I look for with my nit picky eye. I always look at how easy it is to grip a bezel. A bezel can have the smoothest rotation but if you can’t properly grip it, the smoothness doesn’t matter. The Cronus bezel grip was tested indoors under normal circumstances, outside in the rain and in sub zero snow/icy conditions. I had no issues whatsoever with bare fingers and with gloved fingers when it came to gripping the bezel. The bezel does have nice smooth rotation to it. Perhaps more importantly, it has precise clicking/ratcheting action that when the bezel stops, it is aligned with the dial perfectly. The bezel has 120 clicks/ratchet/grids. Besides the grip and rotation, the other areas I look at are how tight a bezel sits against the case and how much play it has. I can’t stand when a bezel sits unevenly on the case. Every Rolex that I have owned that has a rotating bezel, the bezel sat unevenly on the case. To add insult to injury, every bezel had too much extra play nor did the pip line up with the dial. I respect Rolex and the history of the brand but the “superior” quality control is lacking. I see more and more micro/indy brands with far superior quality control. Cronus is no exception, the bezel has no extra play and sits tightly and evenly on the case.

The stainless steel bezel is quite clean with some simple engraved line markers and a triangle that is coated with lume. On the underside of the watch is a screwed in solid case back that features engraved specs about the watch. I want to mention some design details about the lugs that I like. First and foremost I am happy with Cronus’ choice of going with drilled lugs and screw in lug bars. This design choice adds strength because the screw bars are much stronger that spring loaded ones and this choice also allows for easier strap changes. The other detail that I really like about the lugs is how the are rounded/curved inward. As you can see in the pictures, each lug curves inward towards the other lug on the opposite side. I know it’s a small detail but it made a good impression on me. Sometimes the smallest of details make the biggest impact. The last detail that completes this case is the sapphire crystal. The crystal is 3.6mm thick and is also slightly arched/domed. Cronus applied an anti-reflective coating to both sides of the crystal which dramatically cuts down on glare which increases legibility of the dial.

The dial on the Prototype 2 is simplistic beauty. What makes this dial work for me is there isn’t any unnecessary or oversized clutter. The dial has a simple amount of text that is kept to the brand name, movement type, and water resistance. The one thing that I could have done without on the dial is the date window at the 3 o’clock position. I do appreciate that Cronus opted for a black date window that allows it to blend in better with the rest of the matte black dial. The Prototype 3 is a three hand style design. Each of the hands are properly proportioned to the dial itself. The hands and hour white painted indexes are legible at every angle and in every type of lighting. Thanks to the generous amount of Superluminova C3, the dial is just as legible in the dark/low-light environments. I like the cohesive use of orange that is found throughout this watch. It’s done with taste allowing for the orange to standout just enough. The white painted indexes really standout against the matte black dial. This combo is one of my personal favorites for a dive watch. I like the semi skeletonized design of the hour and minute hands. All three of the hands look great(size, color, shape) but more importantly add to the overall great legibility of the dial on Prototype 3.

The Prototype 3 has a strong heart ticking away inside of it. A heart that’s been put through the test over and over again. The ETA 2824-2, armed with an Incabloc shock protection. It’s a 25 jewel movement with a central second with second stop. The movement also has a back-up system-ETACHRON and back-correction. It beats at 28.800 half-cycles per hour and has a 40 hour power reserve. Armed with a reliable movement and protected by a 600m water resistance, a combo that makes it a tough every day beater. A beater that can handle anything that you can throw at it without the worry of failure. The Prototype 3 is engineered with daily abuse in mind.

If you are looking for a watch that is made with that precision German engineering is known for then Cronus and the Prototype 3 is a watch worth checking out. I was extremely impressed with the quality, design and overall execution of this watch. Juri is a master beyond his years. You get a lot of watch for the price. The 1150€ might scare off some, but for those looking for a German made piece that can hold it’s own in the Sinn, VDB, Damasko, and Muhle Glashutte category it’s a appropriately priced watch. Juri did a thorough job with the planning and designing of the Prototype 3. I honestly can’t nit pick anything on this watch (aside for the mentioned date window) . The watch wears every bit of its 43mm x 15mm but it’s extremely balanced on the wrist. The part of the comfort of this watch is added thanks to the super soft and pliable custom-style leather strap that the watch came on. The buckle is absolutely fantastic. It’s solid like the case itself. I love how the pin sits flush on the buckle. In my opinion it’s a little but impressive detail. The crown and crown guards are the highlight of the Prototype 3, though I love every detail about this watch. I immediately wanted to order one of Cronus’ other models after the initial few moments with this watch. To me that says it all.

Case: Stainless steel AISI 316L, diameter 43mm without crown, height 15mm
Bezel rotatable with 120 grids.

Band width is 24mm. Strap screwed.

Crown protection: Screwed to the housing, with red control ring.
Crown 9mm screwed.

Bottom: Stainless steel screwed, engraved.

Glass: on both sides anti-reflective sapphire crystal; 3.6mm thick; slightly arched

Dial: Background black matt. Indexes white printed with Superluminova C3.

Water resistance: 600m

Strap: width 24mm, buffalo leather, grained with stainless steel pin buckle. Handcrafted.

Weight: approx. 125g

Movement: Swiss automatic caliber ETA 2824-2
With Incabloc shock protection, 25 jewels. Central second with second stop.
Back-up system ETACHRON and back-correction. 11 ½ lines,
28.800 half-cycles per hour.
Working diameter 25.6mm; Working height 4.60mm.
Course reserve 40 hours.

Custom Mays Berlin leather strap


About Nitron:

Olivers and Stevens families have worked together for more than a century in the shoe manufacturing industry since 1887. and it is now part of the world’s largest safety footwear company. Andrew Oliver, the fourth generation of the Oliver & Stevens is trudging into the watch industry. To pursue his passion, Andrew Oliver took a big step forward to create watches for the non-conventionals. Nitron watches is coming in bold and rambunctious. With a keen eye for details, he ventures into new materials, ostentatious designs and conspicuous display for his time-pieces. Unlike the notion behind Oliver & Steven’s safety boots, he does not create “safe” watches. Andrew Oliver do not follow herd instincts and flexes himself to expand his accumulated knowledge from the shoe-making manufacturing industry to the creation of watches.

“You only live once” -a statement celebrated and held firmly by Andrew Olivers. I’ll put a spin on this, you live every day and you only die once!

“Nitron challenges the untouched boundaries bringing forth designs that you probably have never set your eyes on before, using materials and details that you have never experienced. Be prepared that Nitron watches will be a bold and an adventurous manifestation of time because, “You Only Live Once”. “I will give Nitron that, their designs are definitely unique and definitely standout in this homage flooded market. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy Nitron watches because they are different and unconventional. The bronze Cali is a large, 49mm large bronze beast. It is large and I don’t want to downplay that, but it’s worth mentioning that the lugless design does keep the 49mm case more manageable. Then again, people who prefer 42mm and below cases aren’t going to consider this watch and the flip side to that is the people who prefer larger cases aren’t going to be concerned about it’s size. I understand that every one has their preferences and there certainly isn’t a wrong or right size out there. I personally think that too much emphasis is placed on the size of a watch case. The focus should be on quality and design but that is just my personal opinion on the subject.

I like the “puck” shape design of the Cali. As I mentioned before, the lugless design is also a nice design feature. The crown is located on the 3 o’clock side of the case. It’s a push/pull style crown. The crown functions as it should when manually winding and when setting the time/date. I like how Nitron integrated the crown guard on this watch. The crown guard is functional and but it also adds to the profile/style of the watch. I would have preferred a slightly larger crown that screwed down for greater ease of use. The crown is definitely well protected by the unique crown guard that is attached to the case by two flathead screws. The 9 o’clock side of the case features a small black plaque that reads “GMT Limited Edition” A small design detail that I could have done without but it’s certainly not a deal breaker by any means. The quick release strap clicks in underneath the case. The color stitching complements the colors that are found on the dial. The thick yet pliable strap has a bronze pin buckle that is signed with Nitron in raised lettering.

The bezel features the numerals for the GMT function of this watch. The large white numerals are coated with lume so it retains that optimal legibility in any lighting situation. Appearances are only one part of the equation though. I’m definitely nitpicky with the function of a rotating bezel. It not only has to be easy to grip but it has to be smooth without extra play. It also has to sit tightly against the case itself without any unnecessary gaps between the bezel and the case. In my opinion the bezel is one of the more important details on a watch which certainly can be a deal breaker. The bezel on Nitron’s Cali functions within my nit picking tolerances. It is smooth, rests evenly against the case and there isn’t any unnecessary extra play. The edges of the bezel allows for easy grip with gloves, wet hands and of course in normal conditions as well.

The large matte black dial is my personal favorite part of this watch. The first use of the California style dial date back to the 1930’s and while this design isn’t for everyone, it does offer the unique and different look that I personally appreciate. A multi color California style layout set against a matte black backdrop that allows for great legibility. This is a winning combination. The semi skeletonized minute and hour hands are ideally proportioned to the dial itself as are the second and GMT hands. It’s too bad that the second hand doesn’t have any lume. The dial itself is relatively clean with nothing added but the date window at 4 and the printed ‘Nitron/GMT Automatic’. The large lume coated numerals add to the both the great daytime and nighttime legibility of this watch.

There were some people that said the bronze case trend was something that wasn’t going to stick around for very long and yet here we are in 2021 and still are seeing a very steady flow of bronze watches that are being released. I have to be honest though, I wasn’t a bronze fan until 6 years ago, when I reviewed the Berkbinder and Brown T46. I like having more options in case material offerings. Each material used offers it’s own unique personality details. Bronze perhaps has the most unique of personalities because of it’s ever changing appearance. Whether you choose to let patina naturally form or if you force it, nevertheless the appearance of a bronze case is always changing. I also think that bronze cases show off scratches, dings and dents better than any other case material. The screw down case back is a nice combination of polished and brushed stainless steel. It is secured to the case itself via 4 flat head screws. There’s a nice little porthole that gives the best of both worlds, the feel of a solid case back but a peak of the movement through the small sapphire crystal window. Also featured back here are the specs about the Cali GMT that are in raised lettering that border around the center of the case back.

The Nitron Cali is a large and unique watch that would certainly hold it’s own in a well established bronze collection. It would also be a nice first bronze watch in a collection. This is one of Nitron’s nicest releases in my opinion, especially in terms of quality and overall execution. The watch is one of just 18 in a very limited release. It is available for $800 USD on Nitron’s website. The pro’s of this watch heavily outweigh the “cons”. The cons can actually be labeled as personal preferences more so than actual cons. The important details are this watch is made with good quality and with every functional component operating without fault/fail. The Cali GMT has strong wrist presence, a uniquely designed case & dial, and is executed with good quality. I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable the watch was on my wrist during work(scrub attire/isolation gowns) and hiking in cold/snowy conditions. The movement inside is one that I’m not entirely familiar with. It’s the HZ 7500. Throughout my review of this watch, it was keeping +10 seconds a day time and the power reserve was lasting over 60 hours. I will definitely keep you all updated how this movement ages over time. Thank you all for reading and thank you Nitron.

HZ 7500 specifications:

Function :3 hands, skeleton


Thickness: 5.23mm

Accuracy:+/-30 seconds/day

Running Time :~75hours


Watch Specifications:

  • – Bronze case 49mm width
  • – No lugs
  • – California dial
  • – Superluminova on bezel, index and hands
  • – Thickness at 10mm
  • – Sapphire crystal watch glass
  • – Calf leather with coloured stitching

5ATM, 50 meters

Exclusively Limited to 18 pieces worldwide

2 Years Warranty

Watch Review: Ocean 7 LM-7

Homage watches are definitely a touchy subject. Love them or hate them, they are a reality of the watch industry. I’ve heard both sides of the argument and there have been times when I agree with both sides of the debate. That is basically all that I am going to say about the subject for now because I am not here to talk in depth on the debate. We are here to explore and to discuss the Ocean 7 LM-7 titanium watch so let’s dive right into this.

The O7 mission statement: “OCEAN7® design objectives are simple: to create beautiful watches that are tough and functional. We use variations on styling cues such as “Plongeur” (French for diver) hands made famous by historic, collectible dive watches of the past. OCEAN7 dials are simple and pleasing to look at, uncluttered by specifications relegated to the back of the watch. Most of our designs are influenced by watch enthusiasts worldwide. Our guiding philosophy is simple – we have to be different to be better!”

When I opened up the box to get to the watch itself, the first detail I noticed was the finish on the case. The finish on the case has a dark grey matte color that gives off that utilitarian feel. The finish on this case is two parts, not only is it sandblasted titanium but the LM-7 is DLC hardened to approximately 1250 vickers. Therefore, you not only have the lightweight & ruggedness of titanium but you also have the resilience of the 1250 vickers of the DLC. This case did receive a lot of abuse during my review and it held up remarkably well. I was not only surprised by the scratch resistance of this case, but what did surprise me was how light it was on the wrist. I took the LM-7 with me on several hikes. These hikes included a lot of up cliff climbing and equally the same amount of sliding down because of mud, snow and ice. The LM-7 only weighs 93 grams so comfort was never an issue. Also worth noting is this watch wears much smaller than the dimensions imply. Take a look at the lug design because that has a lot to do with the watch wearing smaller. You don’t have those long lugs creating that substantial wrist overhang, instead you have this lug design that helps create a manageable lug to lug measurement/fit. The LM-7 is 55mm x 46 mm x 17mm.

I like that the lugs are drilled on the LM-7. Why? In my experience/opinion drilled lugs not only add strength with the screw lug bars but it also makes changing the strap easier helping to avoid scratching up the case. The LM-7 comes on a 24mm black poly sport strap with a signed Ti pin buckle. The buckle is signed ‘Ocean 7’. The LM-7 feat an easy to grip, screw down crown. The oversized crown operates without any issues. It is easy to operate whether you are setting the time/date or if you are manually winding it. During my hike, I would reset the time to 10:10 for picture purposes. I found that even with wet, cold fingers I was able to accomplish the task at hand with ease. The crown is located on the 9 o’clock side of the case. The reason for the crown position is so that it could give way to the large protruding section on the 3 o’clock side of this case.

Wondering what the orange button does? When you press it down and hold it, it depresses a lock located under the bezel which then allows you to freely rotate the bezel bi-directionally. To lock the bezel you simply release the orange button. This ensures that there isn’t any accidental movement. This is especially important if you are using the bezel to time something that requires critical precision. The bezel and button both operate as they should. I do wish that the bezel rotation was a little more smooth. The LM-7 does comes with two bezels that can be changed easily with the supplied tool. This is done by simply loosening the 4 screws on the outer edges of the bezel. One bezel has a black sapphire insert with all the markers treated with lume and the other bezel is all titanium with black filled markers & a lume triangle.

The LM-7 has a helium release valve that is located on the bottom of the orange button housing unit. The screw in style case back features engraved specs about the LM-7. Flipping the watch back over brings us to exploring the dial. There is no denying the legibility of the LM-7’s dial. The matte black dial creates an ideal backdrop that allows the painted lume coated markers to stand out for greater legibility. The markers have a slight green tint to them. They really “shine” in low light and dark environments. Just like the bezel, the markers and hands are coated with generous amounts of Swiss super luminova. Each one of the three hands are proportioned exactly right for this dial. I personally prefer when the hands extend out enough to touch the markers. This is both a personal preference and it allows for ease of use for more precise timing. We do live in an age of where we all have phones with us pretty much 24/7, but it’s not always the most convenient way to time things. This is especially true when an activity involves the use of both of your hands. I like how wide the hour and minute hands are. Of course I like the width for the obvious reason of increased legibility and the other reason being the overall aesthetics the wide hands add to the dial itself.

As with any watch purchase, the question of the why always comes into play. I think that it’s a bit more complicated of a question for watches that of paying homage to a different piece. The why here could be a matter of financial details because not everyone has a budget of $10k to buy the watch that inspired the homage pieces. Ocean 7 created a quality watch that is budget friendly for those watch enthusiasts who want to get the experience of owning a watch without having to sell a kidney to afford it. There are several details about the LM-7 that separates it from about 75% of the other homage watches out there. One of the most important details is quality. This is my second review of an Ocean 7 watch and quality is definitely a consistent detail on their watches. The quality is apparent in every function of the watch especially where it matters most. Movement aside, the details on a watch where quality is of the upmost importance is the bezel and the crown.

The LM-7 is a well built watch that has a “tough as nails“ hardened titanium case which offers great protection for the ETA 2824-2 movement that is ticking away inside. It’s a comfortable watch to wear in all situations and environments that I put it through. It’s surprisingly lightweight but doesn’t have that “toyish” feel that some titanium watches have. The LM-7 is available at for $799.00. Ocean 7 is currently running a 25% off sale on their website. The LM-7 comes with two bezels (sapphire and engraved) that can easily be changed with the included tool. If you get bored of one look, you can switch it up to refresh that “honeymoon” feel. I recommend the LM-7 to those who are on a budget looking for that dive watch of yesteryear experience but can’t afford the original watches. The LM-7 can handle a lot of abuse and still clean up for a night out…..well a night in these days.

Stay safe!

Thank you for reading. Thank you to Ocean 7.

  • Swiss Made with Swiss Automatic Movement
  • Black Dial with Matching Black Sapphire Bezel Insert
  • Extra Easy to Change, Engraved Bezel Included
  • Sandblasted Titanium Case DLC Hardened to Approximately 1250 Vickers
  • Weight – 93 Grams without Strap (35% Lighter than the Original LM-7)
  • Diameter – 55mm x 46 mm
  • Height – 17mm
  • Swiss Super Luminova
  • Flat Sapphire Crystal with Inside AR Coating
  • Water Resistance – 1250m
  • 24mm Lug Spacing
  • Screw Down Crown with Etched O7 Logo
  • 60 click turning Bezel with Locking Pushbutton
  • Black poly Sport Strap

Watch Review: Wolf Creek Voyageur

The “great outdoors” is something I have always enjoyed finding peace in. Since the pandemic, I find myself escaping into nature as often as I can. It is, without a doubt, my happy place where I can truly clear my head. As I find myself hiking/camping more I have discovered exactly how much more purpose driven gear I want/need. One of my new additions was a Zippo arc insert. In case you are unfamiliar with these, the act insert is a rechargeable lighter that creates a wind proof plasma beam that can be used to ignite a fire. I found out from experience that it works in the rain as well as being wind proof. This is an example of new technology added to a known tried and tested classic design. This is also quite applicable to the watch in this review, the Voyageur from Wolf Creek Watches.

“We believe that a focus on the simpler elements of design can lead to a more elegant and practical timepiece.” -Michael Johansen, founder of Wolf Creek watches. It all started for Michael when he was a kid and received a military style/tool watch. He has been hooked ever since. Wolf Creek Watches is located on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota and the watches are made in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.

The case on the Voyageur is simple, purpose driven and durable. As you can tell from the pictures, the Voyageur case is constructed of bronze, it’s CuSn8 to be precise. I have said this in the past, “too much emphasis is placed on the size of a case”. Quality design will/should always win over the measurements of a case. What I mean is, if a watch is made with good quality and a good design, then the size of the case doesn’t really matter. (Within reason) In the past the size of the Voyageur wouldn’t be something that I would even consider. I missed out on so many great watches because I thought the size of a watch was what mattered. I understand if you have a size preference and I am not saying that there’s anything wrong with having a certain preference. I just don’t want you to make the same mistakes I did by missing out on some great watches. Broadening horizons! The Voyageur measures in at 38mm x 11mm (including the domed sapphire crystal, 43 lug to lug, with a lug space of 20mm. I like the shape and design of this case.

Bronze is one of my favorite case materials because of how it is always changing as the natural patina begins to form. Bronze displays scratches and dents better than any other case material. The wear and tear adds to the natural beauty of the watch. The Voyageur case is basically constructed from a single piece of bronze thus creating some nice clean lines of the tonneau style. The simplicity of the Voyageur’s case actually increases the durability of the watch. How? The fewer pieces and components that make up a case, the fewer areas there are for mechanical error/breakdown/dirt build up/seal failure. The Voyageur features a push/pull crown. The Voyageur has very smooth and fluid winding action. It’s important to note that when you feel resistance when you are winding the crown that’s the indication that the watch is fully wound. Over winding will damage the movement.

The crown is signed with the Wolf Creek logo. I am definitely a sucker for a well designed logo. A well designed logo shows the dedication and devotion of a company’s commitment to their vision. That certainly is true with Wolf Creek’s logo, which is a beautiful combination of a wolf and a forest.

Wolf Creek kept it simple on the screw in stainless steel case back. The case back contains information about the watch itself. Shall we flip the watch back over to take a gander at this dial? The Voyageur’s dial is designed like the case. I mean the dial is designed with that same functional and purpose driven design that the case was designed with. The dial is simple and it gets the job done. Not in the lazy sense either. This simplicity is achieved through careful planning that involves a lot of trial & error in order to get it just right! When I was researching about this watch I read that the dial Voyageur’s dial was green. Of course I was pleasantly excited because bronze cases and green dials are a fantastic combination. A combination that is like the Yoda to Luke, the peanut butter to the jelly, Sam Wise to Frodo. The funny thing is when the Voyageur arrived and I unboxed it, I honestly thought the dial was black. It wasn’t until I changed the lighting that I discovered it wasn’t. I can tell you that this dial is in fact green, but it is an extremely dark green. It’s even better than I anticipated. The dark matte green dial doesn’t only look lovely, it serves a function other than looking pretty. The dark green allows the white numerals and the white hands to appear that they are “jumping” right off the dial. This color contrast allows for optimal legibility. I was hoping that the hands, numerals and arrow shaped markers were lume coated. Wolf Creek did in fact treat each of the dial details with a generous amount of BGW9 lume. This allows for that optimal legibility to be carried over into dark/lowlight situations/environments.

I find Wolf Creek’s design choices for the dial to be quite interesting. Interesting is a definitely a good thing here. How it translated into the final execution of the production piece is even a better thing. The logo, dial text and minute/second track are printed in a aged bronze color. The dark color gives the illusion that it vanishes and reappears. This is dependent upon what kind/type of lighting you are in. The color is cohesive with the bronze case which illustrates how carefully thought out the “simplicity” is. It’s that same simplicity that I mentioned earlier. The simple design doesn’t create any overcrowding on the dial. It’s a great example of how well thought out the details are. Details that retain the consistency with that simple, yet purpose driven design. This to me is what defines Michael’s mantra and what he was striving for in the execution of the Voyageur.

I want to also point out how well the second hand matches the hour & minute hand. Wolf Creek did a fantastic job of matching the shape of these three hands. This is my personal favorite example of how committed they were to the overall design cohesiveness of the Voyageur. The Voyageur’s extremely legible dial is set underneath a domed sapphire crystal. Adding to the overall legibility of the Voyageur, is the anti-reflective coating on the inside of the crystal.

I was truly intrigued by the choice of movement that was used for this watch. It is a movement that can be found in some watches from Panerai, Laco, Hamilton, etc… Of course this was more commonly found with movements from ETA before they tightened the belt on their movements. The 2801 movement inside the Voyageur is a 17 jewel movement, with a 42 hour power reserve that beats at 28800 vibrations per hour. I think the hand wound movement was the perfect and ideal choice for this watch and it’s adds to the endearing personality that the Voyageur possesses.

The Voyageur is an endearing watch that checks so many boxes for me. It may have smaller dimensions but it packs one hell of a punch in terms of ruggedness and quality build. Every function delivers exactly how one would expect it to deliver. The movement is accurate, with +5 seconds per day accuracy. This watch handled itself without fail during some cold, wet Midwestern winter conditions during numerous hikes. The bronze case is tough as nails with the protection against corrosion that CuSn8 is known for. A detail that that I want to point out are the beautiful machine strokes on the case. The strokes are becoming more visible as the patina is forming.

I have a few suggestions for Wolf Creek to improve upon an already great design. I would suggest a screw down crown for added protection against dirt, dust, and moisture. A personal preference would be to increase the size of the crown to add ease of gripping and operating it. The last suggestion I would make is to add drilled lugs with screw bars. Screw bars not only add over strength Vs spring bars but are easier to change the strap without unwanted scratches. These aren’t deal breakers, they are intended for furthering the purpose driven design of the Voyageur.

This watch is an excellent option for those looking to get into the bronze watch family. Especially for those who may not like the 42mm-47mm size range. It is also a great option for those who don’t have a under 40mm watch choice in their collection. Like I mentioned earlier in this review, this watch is packed full of purpose driven details. Details that are well thought out that help maintain it’s simplistic charm. The quality found throughout this watch is extremely impressive. It is even more impressive because this is a first release for Wolf Creek Watches. I’m excited to see what the future holds for this young brand.

Thank you for your support and readership. Thank you to Michael and the team at Wolf Creek Watch company.

The Voyageur can be purchased for $725 USD at

The straps included with the Voyageur, 2 Nato straps and a beautiful handmade leather strap.

Voyageur Mechanical Specifications

316L Stainless Steel Case Back 

CuSn8 Bronze Case

ETA 2801 Movement with 42 Hour Power Reserve

38mm Wide Case

43mm Lug to Lug

20mm Lug Width

11mm Height (Including Crystal)

Domed Sapphire Crystal with Inner AR Coating

Dark Green Matte Dial

BGW9 Number and Arrow Markings

BGW9 Printed Hour, Minute, and Second Hands

Watch Review: OWC 1884-World Timer Super Compressor

It is something truly magical when you can see a watchmaker’s passion in the physical form on their watch. This is exactly what can be found in OWC’s new release, the WT-1884. “OWC – Orange Watch Company – was born out of passion, frustration and the obsessive compulsion of one man – Daniel Fock – who is now following his dream and the legacy of his “overgrootvader” Willem Hugo Fock who studied at the Ecole d’Horlogie in Neuchâtel in the early part of the 20th Century.” I have had the pleasure and honor of knowing Dan for the past 6+ years. In those past years I have gotten the chance to learn and understand how his watch making passion works. It is quite apparent if you have ever had the opportunity to experience one of his watches first hand.

One of the things that I appreciate about OWC is that their focus is more on the engineering of their watches and not the fashion. Dan also focuses on the quality above price and traditional values over marketing. Dan has admitted that where they succeed in quality watch making, they have failed at marketing. I know that OWC has a cult following in the watch community and the word of mouth is better marketing than money itself can buy.

If I remember correctly, it was over a year ago when I first saw the WT-1884 prototype. WT stands for world timer which I am sure you can tell by just looking at the watch. The bezel features the major cities of the world on it. To use this function is quite simple. For example if it’s 1:00 pm in your current location and you want to know what time it is in a specific city. First you line up your time zone/city on the bezel with 1300 on the chapter ring, then you look at where the specific city you want to know is lined up with the number on the chapter ring. The numbers are easy to read and the legibility is increased because the chapter is separated into AM/PM colored sections. Lining up the cities with the chapter is also made easy because the knurled edges are easy to grip, the bezel has smooth rotating function and everything lines up with precision. All of these details are a great example of OWC’s focus on engineering over fashion mantra.

The dial on the WT-1884 is extremely legible. The matte black dial base allows the raised numeral markers to standout. The applied markers are oversized and coated generously with C3 SuperLumiNova Luminescence. The dial is simple and clean with minimal text. The only text you will find is OWC logo under the 12 o’clock position and ‘AUTOMATIC’ above the 6 o’clock position. This dial is extremely legible and that good legibility is because of precise proportion design. The sword style hands are perfectly proportioned to the dial itself. Both the hands and the applied markers are bordered with a high polished finish. That high polish finish catches the light brilliantly which gives assistance to the legibility when lightning is at a lower than normal level (before the lume kicks in to help even further). The logo and the arrow tipped second hand both add a pop of orange color to the dial. I think the length of the second hand is perfect because it just reaches the inner most point of the chapter ring. This detail of length makes timing to the second an easy job when you really need that “down to the second” accuracy.

The case on the WT-1884 is absolutely perfect in my opinion. Dan’s attention to precision is extremely apparent throughout the design of this case. It has every functional detail that I look for in a watch, drilled lugs, easy to grip crown/bezel, solid/screw down case back, thick screw bars. Personally I would have preferred a full brushed case or bead blasted finish instead of the combination of brushed and polished finishes but that’s just a personal preference and not something that OWC did wrong. The crown function is one of the best I have ever experienced in terms of function. The unscrewing/screwing action is so smooth and aligns perfectly every time. There isn’t any extra wobble that makes you feel like it could snap off at any second. Setting the time and manually winding the watch is smooth as butter. There definitely isn’t any of that choppy/gritty/grind with this crown’s winding motion.

Ticking away inside this watch is the SW300-1 Elaborate Top Regulation. This movement is essentially a Chronometre grade movement without the swing tag and added cost. The watch kept +3 seconds overall during the review process. What really worked well for me on the WT-1884 aside from it’s accuracy, was the ease of function when I needed it to the most. I have always been an avid outdoorsman/nature lover, but since the pandemic I have really focused more into getting the appropriate gear to increase the time I am able to hike/endure the elements. Techwriter on Instagram was my go to guy for questions on certain gear to get in terms of backpack, EDC case, etc…. So the watches I have been reviewing have had to endure more outdoorsy activities than they had to in the past. There’s definitely more exposure to the elements, extreme temperatures hot/cold, and more exposure to accidental abuse. Everything on the OWC functioned above and beyond what a watch should. Let’s face it, most dive watches only see desk diving. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that either. People should buy what they like and use it for whatever they like. If you want to know if a watch can withstand more than just desk diving I am here to answer that for you with my reviews.

I had no trouble using the bezel or crown in any weather situation meaning with gloves on, in wet/cold and muddy environments. The high polished sides on stainless steel case scratched up of course but that’s to be expected of stainless steel with this type of finish. It adds character to the watch in my opinion. The sapphire crystal definitely withstood the abuse without any signs of wear and tear. I should mention that the 4.5mm thick crystal is extremely clear and has AR coating on the inside. In my pictures you see that the watch is on a ballistic style strap. It’s one of the best straps on the market in terms of price and quality. Vario made the strap and it isn’t included with this watch. The watch comes on a stainless steel bracelet. I didn’t think that the bracelet couldn’t hold up to my abuse. The bracelet is one of the best out there. If the clasp was different, it would easily compete against the Rolex oyster style bracelet. The end links are completely solid and each link on the bracelet is removable. Not only removable but extremely secure because OWC uses high quality Torx screws on their bracelets. I prefer wearing bracelets on my watches at work because they are the easiest style to clean off the mass amount of germs that I am exposed to. Because I am working with patients who are positive for covid, this is more important to me because keeping my watch clean to avoid cross contamination is vital. I constantly rely on my watch at work throughout my day. I’m constantly touching it, rotating the bezel, etc….

The inspiration for some of Dan’s past releases are quite apparent, that’s why I think the WT-1884 is my personal favorite of OWC’s offerings. It has it’s own personality/identity along with OWC’s attention to quality/functional details. People may say that the price for a small brand is too high, but what is the reason you are looking at when buying a watch? Are you more interested in the name on the dial or are you more interested in the quality of the build? That’s a question that each individual has to ask themselves. There’s no right or wrong reason for buying a watch(unless you think watches are an investment 🙄)

The WT-1884 is a comfortable watch to wear and it wears true to its 40.5 mm x 12.9 mm dimensions. The curved lugs and flat case back allows the watch to sit/hug the wrist with nice balance and presence. This watch should be a consideration for someone who wants a watch that has precision and quality throughout every single component that makes up this watch. There were not corners cut whatsoever. I always enjoy reviewing Dan’s watches because of how he owns his OCD tendencies and how those tendencies allow him to execute through the functional design details in each of his watches. Each watch is made to order which adds a bit more special and individualized experience when purchasing a watch. I included below a short interview with Dan so you can get a glimpse into his watch making world/thought process.

Thank you all for reading. Thank you Dan/OWC.

A short and functional interview with Dan from OWC.

What would you like to explain about using a chronometre movement?

Dan: “What I would like to stress is that a Chronometre is not an accurate watch, it is not one without error. The most accurate movement/watch in the world is NOT a Chronometre. But take a walk back in time to the golden age of maritime adventure. It was VITAL for navigation for the ship to have a clock a Ships Chronometre or they would all die and never reach their destination.”

“Simply put a Chronometre is a watch/clock whose inaccuracy is constant. All movements have inaccuracies, but Chronometers’ have stable inaccuracies. This is why Ships Chronometers’ were locked in a box. During the voyage the clock must NEVER be touched, its time must NEVER be readjusted. Thereby the navigator who knows the clock gains/loses 5 seconds a day and every day, can accurately calculate his position. (”

What exactly are you interested in when you record your data about the watch movements?

Dan: “So it is not the accuracy we are interested in, but the stability of the inaccuracy. I know that sounds strange. But when I am faced with the question, how accurate are your watches, the reply is , if accuracy is your things buy a quartz.”

We have all seen the two crown watches that call themselves super compressor style cases, but your watches are actually functioning super compressor cases correct?

Dan: “The watch you have is a Super Compressor/Compressor – one of only 2 currently produced. The other one is the JLC (and I am not 100% sure it is a real compressor). “

What about testing and the materials that are used in the WT-1884?

Dan: “Tested to 30 ATM, 4.5mm sapphire crystal (Japanese), usual OWC features, 4mm thick Oyster Bracelet, Torx screws (I think I am the only one to use Torx) ( The dial has raised markers and made in Taiwan. The hands are from a new place in France. Plus the Crown is all new especially made for the SW-300-1. You will notice it remains 8.0mm, but a little more elegant than before.”

Where and how are your watches assembled?

Dan: “All made with love and assembled Not by a machine and not by technicians in Switzerland so it qualifies for the very loose term “Swiss Made” My watches are assembled by hand tested by hand and run on the bench for a few weeks by a Master Watchmaker. Like any high end machine, it is essentially used when it is bought new.”

Specifications – WT-1884:

  • Case Diameter (no crown) 40.5mm
  • Thickness 12.9mm
  • Lug Gap 20.0mm
  • Lug-to-lug 51.0mm
  • Crown 8.0mm
  • Crystal (Sapphire) 4.5mm
  • AR Coating
  • Bracelet 20.0mm x 4.0mm (non-tapering)
  • End links Solid
  • All links removable via Torx screws
  • Bezel 40.50mm
  • Bezel Stainless Steel with engraved markings
  • Sword Hands
  • C3 SuperLumiNova Luminescence (hands and dial)
  • Dial Colours: Black
  • Indices: Applied
  • Complications: No Date
  • Movement
    • Sellita SW300-1 Elaborate Top Regulation (Chronometre Grade)
  • Other:
    • Case Back Stainless Steel with 6 Torx Screw (Torque: 0.175 Nm approx.)

Watch Review: TACS AVL II

There’s a fine line between unique and gimmicky when it comes to the design of a watch that doesn’t follow traditional route. I say fine line because a design can easily go the gimmick route rather quickly. I find myself gravitating towards the more unique watches these days. Why? The current market is flooded by uninspired homage watches that I find extremely boring. When I saw the Tacs AVL II watch it was kind of a no brainer choice for me. The obvious reading is because I am obsessed with watches and the other reason is because I am also obsessed photography. The TACS AVL II combined both of my obsessions into this unique 47mm watch. The watch arrived in one of the best packaging presentation that I have experienced. I was more impressed by TACS presentation than I was when the Rolex SD43 arrived.

The AVL watch came in a handsome dark wooden box. I don’t normally talk much about the box a watch comes in but I love the details on the box the AVL arrived in. The outside of the is detailed with silver on three of it’s sides. Each plaque is engraved with specific details about the watch and the company. The top of the box is a hinged lid that fastens closed via a leather strap and a silver fastener post. I know it’s all about what’s on the inside of this box, but know that the watch arrives in safe style. The last detail that I want to talk about before we get to the watch itself is my favorite detail of this whole package. It is found protecting the watch and it is so freaking cool. The watch is protected by a leather cap that is designed to mimic an old school lens cover. It is by far the best and the most original design of a protective cover I have seen. Tacs gets major points for this little detail.

I initially spent quite a bit of time just admiring the amount of detail on the case of this watch. Throughout my time with this watch I was constantly discovering new details that I missed previously. The charm of this watch is all the styling cues that come from the inspiration behind the watch. As technology quickly marches on, the old ways are slowly forgotten. Especially how digital technology has advanced over the past few years. Manual cameras that use actual film is a dying art. Tacs has done an excellent job with keeping the memory of “old school” photography alive with the AVL II. As important as the style of this watch is to it’s essence, function is king when it comes to it’s “soul”. After all it’s a watch, not a camera.

The bezel has that same smooth, gliding feel when you rotate it, that is reminiscent of the feel a vintage camera’s manual focusing lens. The knurled edges on the bezel allows for easy grip. This bezel is bidirectional and rotates ever so smoothly. The clever design of the bezel, crystal and dial all come together to give the illusion of an actual camera lens and aperture. I like how the arch of the domed (fisheye) crystal sits below the top of the bezel. Just like the bezel, the crown features knurled edges allowing for easy grip for operating. The crown function is without flaw. It screws/unscrews smoothly as does the winding motion/setting the time. It was a cold and rainy day when I took the AVL out for a 10 mile hike for some photographs. Along the way I periodically would set the time back to 10:10. Operating the 8mm crown and occasionally the bezel was easy to do even with cold, wet hands. This watch isn’t small and it isn’t light, but it does wear comfortably on the wrist. It never once became a nuisance during my hike.

There is an exhibition case back on the AVL that allows the wearer to get a good view of the movement ticking inside. If that isn’t enough for you, part of the Citizen Miyota 82S0 movement can also be viewed for the dial side. The dial is quite simple and it works brilliantly for this watch design. The hand set on the AVL is also simple, a combination of black & white with a touch of silver at the tips and a splash of lume thrown in for those dark situations. There isn’t much in terms of a traditional dial layout with numerals and all. Again Tacs took it’s design cues from vintage manual cameras when they drew up this dial. There are some numerals on the chapter ring starting at 12 minutes and finishing off at 50 minutes. The numbers are small but they suffice to give you good reference points for telling the time. Rest assured that you will have legibility in the dark because the numerals are coated with lume. Tacs took the design a bit further by also coating the letters found on the bezel.

I really like the size and weight of this watch. It feels substantial teamed with it’s good quality, the AVL II is a pleasant surprise. I am impressed with this watch, impressed by the details, the quality and the unique design. The 100 meters of water resistance actually was a welcome surprise. Compare this to a deep dive watch and I get that it’s not that impressive. It’s impressive because typically watches like this have very little water resistant capabilities. In terms of function, everything on this watch functions without any issue whatsoever. For $599 the AVL II is a welcome option in the ever growing sea of boring homages. You get a unique, well made watch that comes in an impressive presentation and equipped with a solid, quick release bracelet.

What would I suggest to make the AVL II better? Well to be honest nothing comes to mind initially. When I first started spending time with this watch my initial recommendation was going to be with the hands. I thought that the hands could have been longer and wider. That opinion changed though. This is why I prefer spending a lot of time with a watch before I write it’s review. The more time that I spent experiencing this watch gave me a deeper understanding of the why of the design, specifically the hands. If Tacs made the hands larger it would block the small skeletonized portion of the dial. This would create a chain reaction throughout the dial causing change that would jeopardize the overall pleasant aesthetics on this dial. This watch is a strong contender option for those who love photography and who love watches. The design of this watch is extremely unique and works brilliantly. Unique yes, gimmicky no. The attention to detail and how well those details were executed is what impressed me most about this watch.

The AVL II is available via Tacs website:


Thank you for reading. Thank you Tacs for allowing me to conduct my review.

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Watch Review: Kaal Multiverse prototype

Case Diameter: 42mm

Case Lug to Lug: 47mm

Case Thickness: 19mm including domed glass

Case Lug Width: 22mm

Case Material: Stainless Steel 316L

Crystal: Double Sapphire Domed, Inner AR Coating

Base Dial: Aventurine

Hour Hand: Transparent Disc, Superluminova C3 Luminous Markers

Minute Hand: Northern Star Tip, Superluminova C3 Luminous Northern Star

Second Hand: Sweeping Upright with Orb, Superluminova C3 Luminous Orb

Inner Dial: 3D Effect of Astronomical Object

Seiko NH35, Automatic

24 Jewels

41 Hours Power Reserve


Material: Premium Horween Genuine Leather

Buckle: 20mm Stainless Steel Signed

Length: 120mm/80mm

Kaal is like a super group of musicians comparable to the likes of Velvet Revolver. “Kaal Watch which is born in sunny Singapore and founded by 3 experienced industry names in the world of horology – Alvin Lye who is one half of the avant-garde Azimuth Watch Works brand with iconic designs like Mr. Roboto, The Spaceship just to name but a few, Jessie Yeo who is also the better half of Alvin Lye, is also the co-owner of watch brand Trifoglio Italia that gave you such pieces like the Radio City, Millimetro and Veloce. Rounding off this fantastic trio is Alvin Lew who has spent years in the watch industry being an active watch blogger and reviewer at Micro Brand Watch World and an avid collector of watches.”

In the ever growing sea of Rolex homages, it’s refreshing to see an avant-garde piece coming out. The Kaal multiverse is a truly unique watch with an equally unique way of displaying the time. You have your choice of dials with either Artemis(moon), Sol(sun), or Gaea(Earth). Once you have picked out which dial you like, now it’s time to figure out deciphering the display layout. Before we get into playing Ralphy with our little orphan Annie decoder ring to decipher the dial display, I want to start at the base of this dial.

A unique dial calls for a unique material and Kaal definitely went that route with using Aventurine as the material for the base dial. For anyone who isn’t familiar, aventurine is a form of quartz, characterised by its translucency and the presence of platy mineral inclusions that give a shimmering or glistening effect termed aventurescence. To keep that glistening/shimmering effect the hour numerals are displayed on a transparent disc. The glistening effect gives the illusion of the endless star filled depths of space. The futuristic font works perfectly with the overall theme of this watch. It reminds me of a legible version of the countdown on the Predator’s gauntlet/self destruct bomb. Each of the numbers/hours is coated with Superluminova C3 Lume which allows the Multiverse to be legible in both light and dark environments. The Multiverse is equipped with an inner chapter that has the minute track printed on it. A nice functional detail about the chapter ring is the thickness which allows for some optimal legibility from most angles especially because it has teamed up with this double domed crystal. Oh, did I mention that the chapter ring is fully lumed?

Kaal has done a thorough job of committing to the theme of the Multiverse through the precise execution of these details. The “northern star” tip of the minute hand is an example of the details I am referring to. I like that Kaal made the the tip on the minute hand to resemble a glistening star instead of going with the traditional star ⭐️ shape. The prototype version is an all white star but the production pieces will feature a red outlined star which will allow for greater visibility/legibility. Kaal is also shortening the stem on the minute hand to only allow the star itself to be seen. They are also increasing the size of the star from 3.28mm to 5mm, again this will allow for a much greater legible minute hand. The minute hand isn’t the only hand to receive a size upgrade either. The “orb” or as I like to refer to it as, the satellite second hand size is being increased from 1.4mm to 1.8mm. The satellite second hand orbits around the 3D part of the dial, which is either the earth, moon or sun depending upon the version you chose.

It is exactly that, the 3D detail of this dial that intrigued me the most when I first gazed upon the Multiverse watch. The details on each version is meticulously done with such precision that it is the true “star” of the dial itself. From the craters on the moon version or the oceans on the earth version, the intricate detailing is quite mesmerizing. The coloring on the sun and the moon are being changed a bit from what you see here in these pictures to what they will be on the production pieces. As for the color on the moon it will be shifting from the bluish color to a more grayish color and the sun from a red color to a more orange color. These color changes will give both versions a more accurate depiction of both celestial objects. These changes will be taking already great design into a more fine tuned direction that will appease both watch enthusiasts and astronomy lovers alike.

The 42mm x 19mm thick case is made of 316L stainless steel with a uniform brushed finish is as beautifully unique as the dial itself. The case also consists of little details that are consistent with Kaal’s visionary design. In my opinion the most obvious detail of this case is the massive double domed sapphire crystal. It creates the perfect viewing window for this dial and also creates a stunning profile for the watch itself. The inside of the crystal is treated with an anti-reflective coating to allow for a greater legible/glare free experience. The choice of a large double domed crystal makes perfect sense to me on a watch with a unique dial such as the multiverse has. You can literally view this dial from almost any angle whatsoever. The fixed bezel is nice and thick brushed stainless steel which is the perfect frame for the massive domed crystal.

The Multiverse case features short curved lugs (47mm L2L) which play a role in allowing this watch to sit and conform to the wrist comfortably without any excessive wrist overhang. Spaced at 22mm, the lugs hold the included horween leather strap in place with the quick release spring bars. The strap is very well made which it possesses that precision leather strap look/feel of those pricey custom straps possess. Taking the strap on and off is made so easy because of the quick release function and it also helps protect the lugs from those easily incurred strap change scratches. This strap also features a 20mm brushed stainless steel buckle that is signed with Kaal’s logo.

The screw down case back isn’t the end of the fine details that we have seen throughout this watch. It features some nicely raised planetary details that are not only consistent with the Multiverse’s theme, but they are extremely well executed. Sometimes engraved or raised details on a case back can have some sharp edges to them, but that is not the case here. The solar system found on this case back is done smoothly and accurately, but the sun is not the center this time. A small, sapphire crystal porthole is the center of attention on the Multiverse’s case back. A porthole that gives you a small glimpse of the Seiko NH35, Automatic movement with it’s 24 jewels and it’s 41 hour power reserve. Now you know that it being an automatic movement it is wound by the rotation of the weighted rotar and it can also be wound via the crown. The Multiverse features a knurl edged crown that is extremely easy to grip and operate. This crown is a push pull style crown that operates with buttery smooth movement. Setting the time and winding the watch is done with ease and without any of that annoying extra wobble that can plague some watches. The knurl edges is done very well which adds a nice flare of detail to the side of the case which you can notice is void of any crown guards. Adding a bit more detail to this side of the case is the inclusion of the Kaal logo that is etched on the crown itself.

I have been a huge fan of the watches that Azimuth has produced over the years. In fact, I still desire a Mr Roboto watch. Azimuth produces beautiful avant-garde watches that are unfortunately out of my price range. When I first saw the Multiverse I thought to myself “wow what a beautiful and unique watch, but I know that it is going to be way too much for my budget” I was shocked when I saw that these were only $429 usd. Then when I actually handled them in person, I was even more shocked. The quality and the design on these are way better than what the price implies. I have experienced watches that 10x the cost of the multiverse with far less quality and design detail. We have all said this before“oh you get a lot of watch for the price”, but this time it is way more prevalent in regards to the Multiverse watch.

Kaal is already working on improving the Multiverse from what you see on the prototypes in this review and what you will see on the actual production pieces. I posted a list of all the expected changes that are being made as you read this. There are so many little endearing details on this avant-garde beauty both on the dial and on the case. The brushed finishing on the Multiverse case is nearly as good as it gets. The brushed finish in my opinion was the right way to go as opposed to having a high polished case because a. It wouldn’t be cohesive with the overall design of the watch and b. It would distract from the main focal point clearly being the dial. The Earth/Moon/Sun are attached to the dial with a semi skeletonized “metal bridge” with a nice ark that follows the curvature of the crystal and planet. From the bigger details such as the crystal and dial, to the smaller details such as the comet engraved lugs and star head faux screw bars, all of these details impressed me. The bright glow of the lume on the Multiverse is also quite impressive. I do wish that the star head faux screw bars were actual functioning screw bars as opposed to the quick release style.

For fans of space and fans of avant-garde style, this is definitely an affordable choice for you. The trio of “watch gods” have created something special here with the Multiverse. As well you know how I have an affinity for the unique watches, the Multiverse ranks high on my list of unique watches to consider. I want to thank you for reading my last review of 2020 and I look forward to continuing our journey together in 2021. Thank you to Kaal for allowing me to spend so much time with the 3 prototype watches.

Changes from the prototype to the final production pieces.

Watch Review: Achtung Galaxy

“The mystic world of time, a whole new galaxy on your wrist, with an impeccable luminescence on the dial, a unique way of time telling”NH35 automatic movement

Black IP case

Width of 44mm

3 Time Zone

Date window

40 hour power reserve

Sapphire crystal watch glass

Complimentary leather watch strap

Quick release calf leather strap

5ATM, 50 meter

Exclusively Limited to 28 pieces

2 Years Warranty

Unconventional time telling. The Achtung Galaxy’s dial is anything but conventional and that’s one of the reasons why it caught my attention. The Galaxy’s theme is centered around space, astronomical centered to be exact. Drawing inspiration from the moon and stars, Achtung designed a rather unique dial. I was intrigued by the overall design and was quite curious on how the time display is read. There isn’t a traditional hour, minute and second hand layout here on the Galaxy. Instead, what we have here in terms of time telling layout is a moon, a plane and a shooting star. “That’s no moon” actually Ben, this time it is a moon. The moon is the “head cheese”, as it’s main responsibility is for pointing to the hour. I was pleasantly surprised that there wasn’t much of a learning curve here once you understand what the key “players” are responsible for in terms of reading the time. The red plane is the pilot of telling the minutes. Next is “le petit prince” shooting star is the second hand. The shooting star is the most “traditional” display in the sense that it’s an actual hand centered on the central axis point of the dial. The tail of the star has a good amount of curvature which plays well with the rest of the dial. The amount of devotion that Achtung is quite apparent with the unique design uniformity that is found throughout this dial. In terms of functional details, this dial received some very cool lume treatment that glows bright like the night sky in the country. The Galaxy is just as legible in the daytime as it is at night, perhaps more so at night 🤔

There isn’t much going on in terms of text on this dial. The only text on the dial is the Achtung name/logo. I could have gone without the date window on the Galaxy but you know, personal preferences. The only numbers that are found on the dial are 1 through 12 that are displayed along the perimeter on inner chapter ring. The detail that really makes this dial a win for me are all of the little lume stars that scattered throughout this dial. In the dark is when I truly appreciate these little details because that’s when they are allowed to truly “shine”. The dial is made up of three layers that make it functional for displaying the time. There are clear discs for each layer and each layer is designated for that specific time telling duty. The bottom disc has the moon(hour), the top disc has the red plane(minutes) and sitting above the discs is the lone shooting star(seconds). Each of the discs features the painted lume treated stars and both discs are set against the sunburst dial. All combining together to make that expansive galaxy effect. The sapphire crystal gives you the view to the dial and that porthole view is framed by the polished fixed bezel.

The Galaxy comes in different variations but this one is the black case model, the model with the dark mood of space itself. All the case variations come in the 44mm square case. It is a quirky watch to wear that has quirky wrist presence. That’s one thing that is always a welcome guarantee with Achtung’s watches, they always possess that fun, quirky wrist presence without that serious pretentious BS.

Ticking away inside the Galaxy is the NH35 automatic movement with a 40 hour power reserve. Whether you are viewing the dial or the movement, both are completely visible through the sapphire crystal which are located on the front/back of the Galaxy. The screw down case back is framed with stainless steel that has information about the specs of the Galaxy around the outer perimeter. The Galaxy comes on a black leather strap that features red stitching and quick release spring bars. Finishing out the strap is a traditional pin buckle that is signed with ‘Achtung’. The short angled lugs allows the Galaxy to wear smaller than what the measurements imply which can be seen in the wrist shot below. It really is a comfortable watch to wear and the watch does sit nicely upon the wrist. It definitely won’t overhang on most wrist sizes, even on those with smaller wrists the Galaxy will conform without looking oversized.

The finishing on the case is uniformly smooth throughout the entire case itself. The black case is gives the Galaxy a sleek and stealth appearance which allows the dial to become even more pronounced because of the strong contrast that is created here. The case is finished by a combination of both brushed and polished finishes. Adding to the overall detailing there are four hex head screws decorating each of the corners. The screws aren’t functional for any reason as they are purely for decorative purposes. The push/pull crown is also decorated. The crown features the Achtung ‘A’ logo. As for the function of the crown, it operates smoothly for both winding and for setting the time/date. There isn’t any extra wobble on the crown that can be found on watches with flimsy crown stems. From a purely personal preference standpoint, I would have preferred a screw down crown. The brushed, matte sections of the case of my personal favorite highlights of this watch which allows the smaller polished areas to standout.

The Galaxy’s dial is one that I could not keep my eyes off of, especially at night. I would charge it up fully with a flashlight before going to bed. While laying in bed, in a completely darkened room, I would admire the brightly glowing mini galaxy on my wrist! One thing that was a surprise to me about this watch was how many complements it received from random people. The average person doesn’t typically notice a watch someone is wearing. Normally it’s only other watch enthusiasts that take notice of a watch on a strangers wrist. People would comment first on the case shape and but when they would get close enough to notice the dial is when I would get comments like “Wow that’s cool but how do you tell the time?” These conversations would always turn into a mini tutorial of how the watch actually functions as a time telling device. I didn’t mind whatsoever as I love talking about watches with anyone that is interested.

The Galaxy is priced at $530 USD. Who is the Galaxy watch intended for? I would recommend this watch to someone who is a sci-fi fan or space enthusiast. It’s limited to just 28 pieces in each case/color variation. If fun, limited edition watches are your thing then the Galaxy might be an excellent option for you. Mechanically speaking, the Galaxy functions as it should without any issues whatsoever. The only suggestions I have to make this watch better is one, rid the dial of the date window. This dial is uniquely cool in my opinion, the disruption of the flow for a date window is blasphemy! The dial would be more aesthetically appealing without a date window. I also would have liked to see the stars on the case back to be lumed or the crown. Just some of my suggestions to improve upon what is already a unique watch. My suggestions are only to take the Galaxy to the next level of design. These suggestions all come from an opinion based origin. Obviously the design isn’t for everyone and I get that, but if you are that person who is interested in a different kind of time telling experience, the Galaxy is definitely a watch to consider.

The Galaxy is available for purchase on Achtung’s website:

Achtung Galaxy / Black

Thank you all for reading.

Thanks to Achtung and TVG!

Watch Review: Nitron Skelette

Nitron Skelette:

  • 48mm 316L Stainless Steel
  • 40 hour power reserve
  • Sapphire crystal watch glass
  • Skeletonized dial with superluminova
  • Limited number engraved on backcase
  • Complimentary extra leather watch strap

5ATM, 50 meter

Exclusively Limited to 28 pieces

Nitron presents their collection for Year 2020 as
“You Only Live Once”.

“See through the frame of time, light up with superluminova, be that classic soul with that extra personality, made with uniqueness and that exquisite you in mind.”

I talk about it often, that magical moment when I first got to wind my grandfather’s pocket watch. Holding the watch up to my ear, listening to each click as my 5 year old fingers slowly wound up his watch. One day this experience was made even more special, when the back of the watch was opened and I got to experience the movement in full working order. There wasn’t anything more magical to that 5 year old me at that time than watching all those tiny parts working together in perfect horological harmony. That Christmas I received a plastic, see through Woody Woodpecker watch, my first watch. I was hooked. Fast forward to “adulthood” seeing my first skeleton dial watch, the Chronoswiss Opus, instantly transported me back to those magical childhood moments. Skeleton dials might not be I first choice when buying a watch, but they will always have the power to magically transport me to my childhood. For that they will always hold a special place in my horological beating heart. That’s why I was excited to spend some time with the Nitron Skelette watch.

The Skelette is a sleek looking watch that has the styling cues of what I would call “urban dress”. The Skelette is the type of watch that you throw on with your jeans and t-shirt for weekend play or to the office on casual Friday. You can certainly dress it up with a suit if you so desire, after all it’s your watch right? The Skelette is a 48mm watch, with a layered case consisting of black, and turquoise finished with a 316l stainless steel case back. The four cut outs on the black dial side of the case allows for some of the turquoise to peak through adding some topside detail to the Skelette. Decorating the sides of the case is metallic turquoise, which in fact can be found throughout the Skelette. An example of how Nitron was committed to carrying through the detail on this watch. A small detail example of this can be found on the push/pull style crown with it’s turquoise ring that surrounds the circumference. The crown detail is taken further by Nitron because instead of leaving the crown plain, the design team added a raised ‘N’ to add that extra amount of detail. They may be small details but the certainly add up giving a watch an overall polish finish look with uniform details carried throughout the watch. The crown itself functions smoothly when manually winding the watch and when setting the time. It’s a decent size for gripping and the edges allows for no slip operation.

The main focal detail of the Nitron Skelette is of course the dial. You either love skeleton dials or you don’t, I completely understand that they aren’t for everyone. I think Nitron did a good job with the design of the Skelette’s dial. They didn’t just strip away the dial, slap the hands on and left the movement completely exposed. The left the outer most portion of the dial which includes the hour and minute markers. Nitron uses circular applied hour markers that are coated with superluminova allowing for legibility in lowlight/dark environments. The same treatment is applied to the semi-skeletonized hour/minute hands and to the second hand. I would definitely say that the dial on the Skelette is busy and yes that’s basically what skeleton dial watches have. These are style of watches that you buy if you are relying on your watch for easy to read dials for being in precise situations that reading the dial needs to be accomplished in split second detail. A skeleton dial watch is purchased because the tick of every second wants to be admired slowly, appreciating all the parts working together in harmony to achieve the tick of every second, the slow movement of the minute hand around the dial every hour, and the 12 hour journey of the hour hand.

The text on the dial is pretty much bare bones limited to only include ‘Nitron’ which is located at the 3 o’clock position. Nitron did a nice job of detailing the main focal points of the exposed movement by using turquoise to border those points. Not only does this draw the eye to the “oscillating heart” but it also ties the watch together in full circle. The uniformity that is created throughout this watch is done simply by the use of turquoise on the case, crown, bezel, dial, and even to the stitching on the strap. The dedication to consistency of detail is apparent throughout this watch.

The watch is comfortable to wear despite what the 48mm case measurement implies due in part to the unique lug design. Nitron went with an unconventional solid lug design with under mount quick release strap/lug bars. The short lugs, the under mount style and oval shape of the case allows the Skelette to wear much more like a 44mm case rather than 48mm. Now that doesn’t mean this watch doesn’t have a presence on the wrist because the dial and the colorful case certainly gives this piece some wrist presence.

The stainless steel case back on the Skelette is simple yet does have a small detail that leaves a larger impact. There is a small sapphire window on the case back that allows you to see the movement but a more note worthy detail is the rotor. The fleur de lis design of the rotor is quite beautiful from what you get to see. Typically I prefer a solid case back with a nice engraved picture but this time I want to actually see more of this movement, more importantly I want to see more of this rotor.

The newest offering from Nitron is a well thought out designed watch that offers something unique and not just another dive watch clone. Who exactly is this watch designed for? It’s for anyone looking for something a bit different, something unique that isn’t completely over the top. Like I mentioned earlier, it can be paired well with a t-shirt and jeans or dressed up to whatever the wearer so desires. The Skelette kind of has this modern day James Bond vibe going on for it. I really like the matte gun metal dial that surrounds the skeletonized portion of the dial. It creates a nice contrast between the solid and the open freeness of the dial. The watch was keeping + 8 seconds per day time during the review period via the Hangzhou 7500 automatic movement. The Nitron Skelette is priced at $590 USD and is available via their website

Thank you all for reading. Please stay well and be safe.

Thank you Nitron.

Watch Review: Achtung Timebox

“Where time is kept and treasured in a box, where everyone has to admit we all have a box that keeps our memento, our memory, and that goes with time too.”


Automatic Seiko NH35 movement

316L Curved Stainless Steel case

40 hour power reserve

Curved Sapphire crystal watch glass

Superluminova decorated dial

46mm (9 to 3) by 38mm (12 to 6)

Available in various combination of IP Steel

3ATM, 30 meter

Exclusively Limited to 28 pieces

Unique. Individualistic. Artistic. All 3 are extremely suitable when describing Achtung’s latest release, the Timebox. The rectangular case of the Timebox is massive to say the least. Think Dick Tracy meets Mobile Suit Gundam, classic meeting futuristic. The 46mm x 38mm case is large, there is no denying that but what Achtung did in terms of “design to fit” allows this watch to wear comfortably conformed on the wrist. The amount of curvature that the case has is what allows the Timebox to sit so well on the wrist, allowing it to wear smaller than the measurements imply. The Timebox short curved lugs assist with containing the watch from having unnecessary wrist overhang. I am impressed by the size of the curved crystal on both the anterior and posterior sides of the Timebox case. Both crystals are framed by the beautiful blue stainless steel that is tied into the blue on the dial of the Timebox. A cool detail is that the four screws found in each of the corners of the topside of the case are silver, and the four screws found on the bottom of the case are blue. Yes it’s a small detail but it shows Achtung’s commitment for consistency of design.

There is a lot of detail that is packed into the Timebox watch. The polished lugs and polished sides of the case are well done in terms of finishing and execution. I really like the textured sides of the case on both the 9 o’clock side and the 3 o’clock side which adds a nice amount of depth to the case. There are little details on the case that also have a nice impact of the overall finished feel of the Timebox. For example the polished finished push/pull style crown is engraved with the Achtung logo. The crown functions extremely smooth whether you are winding up the watch manually or if you are trying to set the date and time. There is absolutely no extra play or wiggle with the crown whatsoever that can often plague the feel/function of a crown.

Depth. Texture. Detail. This is a quick three word summary of the dial on the Timebox. The semi-skeletonized dial is quite legible despite the amount of detail that it has going on it. The arrow shaped hands are proportional to the dial itself which is always a welcomed design detail. A pet peeve of mine is when the hand of a watch are inadequately sized to the circumference of the dial itself. The polished hour and minute hands are coated with Superluminova, as is the arrow head tip on the second hand. I like that Achtung went the minimalistic route with the dial text, keeping it simple with just ‘Achtung’ and ‘AUTOMATIC’. Yes the dial does have a lot going on but that doesn’t effect the legibility of telling the time, which isn’t just limited to daylight visibility either. The Superluminova treatment to the hands and markers allow for optimal legibility even in less than optimal lighting situations.

The textured “bridge” that is attached to the dial via 4 polished flathead screws holds the only two numerals of the hour markers, the subsequent markers are applied to the circular ring that is the focal center of the dial. I like the elongated look that is created between the oversized 3 & 9 o’clock numerals and the small confinement of the circular disk that contains the rectangular shaped applied markers. The applied markers located at 12 and 6 are red, while the remaining are white lume coated and are bordered with polished finished metal. There is a date window located at the 6 o’clock position on the Timebox’s dial. The date wheel can be seen throughout the skeletonized circumference of this dial. I personally am not a big fan of skeleton dial watches, but the dial on the Timebox works really well. It works well in my opinion because the large “bridge” that the 3/9 are printed on blocks a large portion of the skeleton dial. I love the texture and depth of this dial and I love that the texture & depth is carried over from the case itself. The multiple layers on this dial truly create a work of art for the wearer to gaze upon and not just for checking the time or date.

The “flatscreen” TV sized exhibition case back on the Timebox definitely doesn’t leave anything to the imagination. The Automatic Seiko NH35 movement is on full display here and is set nicely into a guilloche-styled metal plate. The large curved sapphire crystal has Achtung printed in black on the inside of the crystal itself. I’m typically not a fan of exhibition style case backs but just the sheer size of the Timebox’s case back is impressive. I can’t say that I have ever experienced a rectangular/curved crystal of this size before. To be completely honest, I am quite impressed by both the crystals on the Timebox on how well they are designed and how they actually came out on the production piece. You can have a perfectly designed blueprint of your product but if that design isn’t executed correctly during the production phase then the end result isn’t worth a damn. Overseeing the project from every step of the way is so important during each and every phase of production. Some companies leave it to chance of the factory and unfortunately they pay the price by having a sub-standard product that either is completely scraped or has to go through the production phase again. Both are extremely costly mistakes, time wise and money wise.

What I love about Achtung is they merge art, street style, architecture and horology together with each one of their watches. They never take themselves too seriously into the pretentious attitude that is seen way too often in the watch industry/community. They keep their watches in small limited sized batches, the Timebox is one of 28. I am impressed by the Timebox’s overall design and by it’s execution. Achtung is fine tuning it’s quality with each watch release. I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to review several of their releases and I have seen firsthand how they are continuing to improve. How could they improve on the Timebox? I think that adding a screw down crown would improve the Timebox for me personally as I prefer that style over a push/pull style crown.

Despite the size of the Timebox it wears comfortably and as you would imagine it has major wrist presence. As I mentioned earlier the curved case/crystal allows the Timebox to conform to the wrist. Armed with a quick release leather strap which is soft/pliable from the start also adds to the comfort level of this watch. The strap has red stitching, complimentary to the red details on the dial itself. Who exactly is the Timebox watch for? It’s for the person who is looking to match individualistic style to their watch. It’s for someone who doesn’t want to go with the current trend of the sub mariner clones. It’s for the person who is looking for a fun, unpretentious watch that hasn’t sacrificed quality for a unique design. From it’s overall design and it’s rectangular shape, the Timebox truly offers a different kind of wearing experience.

The Timebox is priced at $570 usd and is available from Achtung’s website: (other colors are available via the website.

Thank you so much for reading, I truly appreciate your support.

Thank you Achtung.