Watch Review: GAVOX AVIDIVER

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COMPANY: GAVOX
WEBSITE:
MODEL: AVIDIVER
SPECIFICATIONS:
Automatic Movement Miyota 9015
Surgical 316L stainless steel case (PVD Steel of black)
Case diameter: ø 43mm
Case thickness: 12.8 mm
Lug to lug: 22mm
Date display at 4 O’clock
Screw-down Crown for bezel and movement
4 layer sandwich structure dial
Crystal: Domed Sapphire with Double Layer Antireflection
Luminescent hands and dial it (Superluminova BW-G9)
Internal Turning Bezel (Triangle use as a reference marker)
Unique serial number
Marker can be used as a minute or hour chronograph timer gold
Gavox molded silicone strap (for corrosion resistance to aviation and diver environment
Water resistant: 20 ATM (600 feet)
Warning: this is a Diver Watch:
– Do not operate the crown when the watch is wet as this May allow the entrance of water
– Screw the crown after every use to keep it water proof

You have to wonder what it was like for the person who decided on making the first peanut butter and jelly sandwich or for that matter the combining of any two greats.
The mastermind of Michael at GAVOX has decided to play Dr. Frankenstein by combining two style of watches into one. Why not take two great style of watches and merge the greatness into one watch, a pilot watch and a dive watch. That is how the AVIDIVER came to be born.

When you first see and handle the AD you immediately can see and feel the inspiration from both the world of aviation and the diving world. The brushed stainless steel case is refined yet rugged. The two crowns give the AD that compressor diver look. Each crown has its own purpose and both screw down as well. The top crown that is signed with an orange triangle operates the inner bezel triangle which can be used just like a dive watch rotating bezel to mark time of oxygen left, or to mark departures time of a flight. The triangle rotates either direction and it’s a bit tricky to line it up at the 12 o’clock marker. The triangle tends to move when trying to screw the crown back down.

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The bottom crown is used to set the time and date as you probably already figured out. The crown guards are integrated into the lugs which always looks really good with case symmetry. The lugs are curved perfectly allowing the AD to sit great on the wrist. The outer brushed stainless steel bezel is fixed which is slightly below the domed sapphire crystal. The screw down exhibition case back allows you to view the Miyota 9015 movement ticking away inside of the AD. Which has a 10~30 seconds per day accuracy rate, 28800 vibrations per hour and has a 42 hour power reserve. A good, dependable movement from a company with some history with watch movements.

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The sandwich style dial just screams dive watch to me. But there are hints of aviation as well throughout the dial. Like the hands and the inner chapter ring. The inner chapter ring features the numbers 05-60 which perfectly line up with the indices on the awesome sandwich dials indices. Of course the GAVOX logo underneath the 12 o’clock position is very aviation inspired. The other text on the dial can be found right above the 6 o’clock position on the dial, a cursive Automatic and a diver inspired 20 ATM which is 200 meters/660 feet.

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The hands definitely have that aviation feel and look to them. The second hand is just spectacular and that is because the end is the GAVOX wings logo. This little detail makes a HUGE splash with me. I am all about small details like this on a watch. Yes they are subtle, but speak loud statements of precision and vision. The small touch color on the tip of the second hand gives it a nice finished look. The sword shaped hands are coated with lume so viewing in low lighting or dark situations is done with ease.

The strap on the AD is buttery soft. It forms to the wrist like melted rubber, but it’s actually Gavox molded silicone strap which is corrosion resistance to aviation and diver environment. The tip of the long half of the strap has a cut out that holds perfectly onto the second keeper on the small half of the strap. There are also notches on the end of the small half of the strap that assists with holding the keeper in place. It’s very helpful without a doubt. A detail that I really like on this strap. Another detail on the strap is the GAVOX wing logo is incorporated into the strap. See the wrist shot pics below to see what I’m talking about. What GAVOX did on the lugs is they included two different holes on the inside of the lugs. One set allows the silicone strap to fit tight up against the case like solid end links of a bracelet. The other set of holes allow you to put your own strap on like you normally would on the typical watch. This was a thoughtful detail by GAVOX because how many of us like to change the “shoes” on our watches? It would really suck to be limited to just one strap choice on a watch.

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I love the brushed finish on this watch. It is very well done and looks great from all angles. I also like that when you rotate the orange triangle and there’s the V outline underneath at the 12 o’clock position is the GAVOX V from their logo. The AVIDIVER is full of awesome little details that all come together to make a great watch. There’s a lot of watch here and coming in at just over $700 makes the AD a pretty good value.

There is a noticeable care and passion that can be found on GAVOX watches. You can notice it very easily which is pretty awesome. I have experienced a lot of watches throughout my years in this industry and out as just a watch fanatic and I can tell when a watch is made just to make money vs. when a watch is made with a clear vision that is full of passion & attention to detail. You can clearly see the passion/vision/attention to detail when you handle the AD.

I woukd definitely recommend this watch for people looking for a dive watch and a pilot watch that are looking for something different than the same old dive watch or that same old pilot watch. The color variations of each dial and corresponding straps are awesome. I can’t pick which one I like best. They all look so good and so different. The black has that touch a dress up look to it, the blue dial has that weekend adventure look and the white dial has that clean no nonsense look.

I want to personally thank Michael and GAVOX for the absolute honor and privilege of allowing me to do this review. I thoroughly enjoyed the AVIDIVER.

Thanks for reading.

wrist is 7 1/2″ for reference:

 

 

 

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Special Review: The American Made Project’s “The Keep”

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Company: The American Made Project

Website: http://www.theamericanmadeproject.com

Model: Large “The Keep”

Specifications:

Weight: 55 lbs

Measurements:  25.5 x 17.5 x 10.5

About:

What I love about this crazy hobby most is the people that I get to meet that I might not otherwise ever have the opportunity to meet. I have met a lot of talented and passionate people over the years since I started my blog. People from all over this beautiful planet. That’s how my path crossed with Josh’s path from The American Made Project. I was on Instagram just looking at watches and other related pictures and I came across these beautiful hand made watch/edc boxes. They were raw and just looked absolutely amazing. I had to know more about them and I reached out to Josh to learn more. After some good conversations, Josh agreed to send one of his boxes for me to take a closer look at them. The box was designed and built by Josh at Flintface.

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The one I will be exploring in this review is the largest one that is offered by the AMP. Seeing this in person is truly believing. You’ve heard it before “you have to see this is person” and with this box it is really true. Not some exaggerated expression. You really have to see this in person to see and feel it’s beauty. It’s handmade rawness perfected. There are natural imperfections in the raw materials that really makes this box perfect. First and foremost this box is large and solid. The  burnt wood is the first thing that I noticed. It gives the wood a great look and is achieved by actually taking a blowtorch over the wood. The second thing I initially noticed was how good this box smells. Reminds me of when my dad would take me to the lumber yards when I was a kid.

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The top tray that acts like a lid is lined with leather which was done by the Duvall Leather Work. The leather is so smooth and the rich color is beautiful. It goes along with the natural accents of the wood. You can use the top tray as a valet tray for your every day carry or for your favorite watches. This box is large and can easily handle a watch collection of 50+, even more if you use this top tray.

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Removing the top tray reveals the top layer of the inner box. Here you find some blocks of wood that have leather wrapped around the wood creating some real cool and unique watch pillows. Displaying watches in this style doesn’t get any better. The wooden watch cushions are held in place by dividers that look like a section of a puzzle. The divider can be slid across the top layer and it can also be completely removed. This layer is also covered with the same textured leather that the top tray is covered in.

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Now you can remove this top layer which reveals the bottom layer that has a lot of room for storage. Like I mentioned before this box can easily handle over 50 watches, and  I believe that if you organized everything organized well you could store 100 watches in this box. Now you don’t have to use this box for watches either. This box could store tools, every day carry items, small item collections, and they will be stored in nice style.

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The outside of the box is is just as beautiful and awesome especially with the stone work which adds to the rugged raw earth element of this box. The production number and logo can be found on the front right bottom corner which is burnt into the wood. It looks great. The stonework can be found on the front and sides of the box and there is no stone on the back of the box. Instead of stone, there’s a faux panel that is held in place by 2-20lbs magnets making it completely removable. The faux panel is cut from the same piece of wood that the piece just above it which the grains of both pieces match perfectly.

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What’s the faux panel for you ask? When you remove the panel, it reveals a small secret compartment which the drawer slides in and out. A good spot to keep you valued treasures and makes this box even cooler. I love this idea of a secret compartment. This box not only looks good, but is totally useful.

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There are watch boxes and THERE ARE WATCH BOXES! I can’t think of a better way to display your watch collection. The top tray is completely useful. You can use it to place your everyday carry items on it like your keys, wallet, knife, mini flashlight, etc…. and this will keep your wife/girlfriend happy that this stuff isn’t all over the bathroom counter or the kitchen counter. This beauty also stores your watches in a great way through a combo of wood, leather, and stone. Raw beauty!

This box is so well made, you can see the vision and the passion that Josh had for this project. I never was into watch boxes before I came across this one. There are copper watch keepers that you can buy extra that really step up the coolness factor. I will get some in and add pics to this review. Anyone looking for a better, more unique way to display/store your watch collection, then look no further than this box. It’s a very impressive piece & it makes a bold statement. The best part is that every part is completely useful.

From now until November 31, 2016 by using promo code TimeToBlog you will receive the following discounts:

Small Keep: $349 discounted to $209.40
Medium Keep: $599 discounted to $359.40
Large Keep: $849 discounted to $509.40 + a FREE Copper Watch Stand
EDC Tray: $149 discounted to $89.40
Copper Watch Stand: $79 discounted to $47.40

+ Free Shipping all around.

I want to personally thank Josh from Flintface for allowing me to explore the AMP large “The Keep”. It’s a real piece of Americana beauty. I also want to thank him for the generous discount that he is offering to my readers.

Thanks for reading!

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Watch Review: DELTAt SoRa 1918 M2C

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COMPANY: DELTATt

Website: http://www.deltatwatch.com/products.php?collection_id=3&product_id=19

Model: SoRa 1918 M2C

Specifications:

Movement:
Japan Time Module (Seiko) Automatic Movement Cal. NH37
Manual/Automatic winding
24 jewels
21,600 vibrations per hour
more than 41 hours power reserve

Hands:
Hour, Minute, Second, and 24 hours hand
Lumed Hour, Minute, Second hand
Hacking seconds

Case:
44mm diameter
10.8mm thick
PVD Antique Copper Plated 316L Stainless Steel
Brushed finishing

Dial:
Lumed Dial
Metal index with diagonal brush

Crown:
10mm diameter pumpkin shaped crown

Crystal:
Sapphire Crystal with anti-reflection coating

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Aviation has always been a facination of mine since I was a small boy. I remember trying to wrap my head around the concept of how something so big could gracefully glide across the sky. It’s pretty amazing that the pioneers of aviation were able to pull off such an amazing accomplishment given the limited technology of that time period. There’s an interesting story that is attached to this style of watch like the SoRa 1918 and I will share it with you from their website:

“Alberto Santos-Dumont, an aviation pioneer, made complain to his friend, Louis Cartier, about the inconvenience of using pocket watch during his flight, Cartier, thereafter, developed the first pilot watch. It is also known as the first mass-produced wristwatch. Later during the First Boer War, development and production of watches have a substantial growth due to the great need of coordinating troop movements and synchronizing attacks. Since 1917, the British War Department began giving soldiers wristwatches. At that time, one soldier in every four wore a watch, and the other three have to get one soon as they could. Until the end of the war, almost every soldier was given a watch. After war, wearing a watch has become a fashion.”

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That’s the tribute that DELTAt is going for with their SoRa 1918 watch. Upon first site of this watch you can immediately see the vintage inspiration. The case instantly reminded me of my great grandfathers pocket watch. DELTAt went an extra step with the M2C model by using PVD Antique Copper Plated 316L Stainless Steel with brushed finishing which adds to the vintage look of this watch. For those of you who don’t want to wait for natural patina to form, DELTAt took care of that for you.

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Two things on this case that are very hard to ignore and that have that great vintage feel are the oversized pumpkin crown and the lugs. The crown is just awesome! In the days of old pilots wore gloves and if they had to adjust their watch for any reason they needed a large crown that was easy to grip while wearing gloves. This is the inspiration behind the crown on the M2C. I really like the fact that they made this a screw down style crown. This certainly adds to the WR capabilities of the M2C which is 200m/660 ft, that’s really nice for a pilot style watch.

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The screw down stainless steel case back on the M2C is really nice, especially for a watch that comes in at under $600. The etched case back features a nice pic of a vintage 1918 era airplane, Red Baron style! This case back looks good and also features info about the M2C including the LE number out of 100.

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The dial is stunning. First the matte black back drop sets this dial up for success from the get go. Not only from a personal preference point of view, but also from a photographing point of view matte black is so nice to photograph. What DELTAt did on this dial that I like a whole lot is the way they styled the indices. The numbers are brushed which adds such rugged look to this dial. I believe that polished numbers would have looked to “fashion” and not consistent with theme of this watch.

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The hands on this watch are very consistent of pilot watches of the 1918 time era but with a modern touch. The three main hands are polished and are coated with lume. The hands are proportioned perfectly with the size of the dial. There is a sub dial located at the 10/11 o’clock position on the dial. The small blue hand offers a hint of color to the matte black dial. This sub dial is a 24 hr. The outer edge of the dial features a “railroad” track style minute track with small red numbers that count 1 through 23.

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Ticking away in this watch is the Seiko Cal. NH37 which has a power reserve of 41 hours and an accuracy rate of -10 ~ 30 seconds per day rate. A reliable movement for sure.

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I am all about watch straps as I am sure most of you guys are and the strap on M2C surely doesn’t disappoint. At first look it looks like your standard pilot strap with rivots, black leather and white stitching, which of course looks good. But when you further under further investigation you will find the awesomeness that is this straps hidden secret. It has a quick buckling system that works as smooth as butter. The buckle has a glide roller that stays between the two layers of  leather. The buckle doesn’t actually come out from the leather layers as they are held together by a rivot. This allows for a quick release and re-buckle. But that’s not all, there are not edges from the buckle or stay that can catch on clothing especially if wearing the watch on the outside of a flight suit. It also creates a very clean look when the strap is on the wrist.

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The M2C is an awesome vintage themed watch that is a lot of fun to wear and looks great on the wrist. The finishing on the case is well done and looks pretty natural. I would definitely recommend this watch to anyone looking for a vintage themed pilot watch who doesn’t want to break the bank doing so. It’s a watch that comes on a fantastic strap that also has great water resistance, an awesome screw down crown and a killer dial to boot. The M2C wears great on the wrist and is quite comfortable as well.

If the vintage style case finishing isn’t your thing, the 1918 SoRa comes in different variations. These variations can be checked out in further detail on DELTAt’s website.

 

I want to personally thank DELTAt for the honor and opportunity to do this review.

Thank you for reading!

Wrist is 7 1/2″ for reference:

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Watch Review: Kratos Cerebrum

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Company: Kratos

Model: Cerebrum proto

Specifications:

CuSn8 Bronze

Domed Sapphire Crystal

42mm Case excluding Crown. 17mm Lug Width

26mm-17mm Rubber Strap

51.5mm Lug to Lug

300m Water Resistant

Miyota 9015 Automatic Movement

C3 Superluminova lumed hands

 

Kickstarter has been the home of many watch products as of late and it is hard to keep track of which ones are worth your time and most importantly your money. I have had the unique experience to see some of these watches during the KS campaigns. Some that I thought were amazing and weren’t funded and others that I couldn’t believe that were funded. Scary actually(none that were reviewed by me though). In comes the Cerebrum from Kratos Watch Company. My first initial impression was “this is a Kickstarter watch?” As we explore this watch together you will understand what I mean by this.

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I don’t know even know where to start between the dial or the case. Both immediately caught my attention. Since I can’t decide I will default to the case first. The 42mm case has a unique shape that is very outside of the box and I really like it. A unique case shape can be hit or miss, but Kratos definitley hit the mark with this octagon shaped case. The angles on this watch are just awesome.  It doesn’t hurt either that this case is CuSn8 bronze and it already has some nice patina forming on it. I have become a huge bronze watch fan over the past year.

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Located at the 4 o’clock position you will find the signed screw down crown which operates smooth and is surprisingly easy to grip. The crown has small waved lines that are quite smooth that one would think that it wouldn’t be easy to grip.

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They way that the lugs are set up it allows the Cerebrum to wear truer to its 42mm size as opposed to wearing bigger. The Cerebrum case size is actually ideal and I think anything smaller/bigger wouldn’t look as good as it does currently. You can tell that a lot of thought went into the case size and design on this watch. The 17mm spaced lugs are quite small and almost undermounted. The stainless steel screw down case back features the same wave lines that are found throughout this watch, which one would think that they are waves of water, but given the name Cerebrum, I believe that they are actually brain waves which is very cool. If you have a chance, please read the inspiration and backstory of where Kratos got the Cerebrum from.

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The gleaming white textured dial is well executed and allows the Cerebrum to draw attention straight to the wrist when it’s strapped on. The waved lines create such a unique textured look on the dial and creates some nice depth. The applied triangle indices just adds more to overall depth on this dial. It’s really stunning in person, more so than what comes across in the pictures. And if you are a fan of lume, the Cerebrum doesn’t disappoint thanks to the C3 Superluminova treatment. This same treatment can be found on the hands of this watch as well. Speaking of the hands, the second hand is my favorite hand on this watch. The diamond tip of the long second hand is lumed and the opposite end features an awesome open circle. I love unique and beautiful second hand on watches it a simple detail that adds so much to the dial. The arrow head shaped hour and minute hands are just as nice and also are treated with C3 Superluminova. This dial glows brightly when charged from a light source.

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Kratos picked the Miyota 9015 to be the heart of the Cerebrum. A reliable choice in deed and a good alternative to the ETA counterpart. The 9015 has a -10~30 seconds per day accuracy rate beating at 28800 vibrations per minute. The 24 jeweled movement also has a 42 hour power reserve when fully wound.

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The rubber strap on the Cerebrum is a good choice for strap materials. I actually prefer a black NATO/Zulu strap with bronze keepers for my bronze watches, but this is closely followed by a rubber strap. At the case the rubber strap comes in at 17mm at the lugs. The rubber strap is pretty comfortable and easily conforms to any wrist size from around 6″ to 8″+.

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The Cerebrum is a very solid offering from a Kickstarter view point. It actually exceeded my expectations. From the initial handling of this watch, it felt quality. The case is worth the pledge alone, early birds get a real steal at $349. The domed saphirre crystal is what sealed the deal for me personally, I’m a sucker for a nice domed crystal. The Cerebrum functions brilliantly and is well executed from what I have experienced from this prototype. If this is funded, then I will update this review with a comparison of an actual production piece.

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From what I see and have fully experienced from handling this watch, it is definitely going to be worth checking out, and if you can get it at the early bird price this would be a foolish watch to pass up. A definite must have for anyone looking for their first bronze watch without sacrificing too much from the wallet.

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The only thing that I would change on the Cerebrum is the crown edges. I think some good deep cog style edges would look killer on this watch. The crown is nicely signed and looks good, but it can be brought even further in my nit picky opinion. If the production pieces are this nice, I would have no reservations recommending this watch to people either looking for a bronze watch or for a watch that truly thinks outside of the box.

I want to thank Kratos for this honor and opportunity, I truly appreciate it.

Thank you for reading, and be sure to keep an eye out for this campaign. It will be worth your time.

7 1/2″ wrist for reference:

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Watch Review: CX Military RALLYE GMT NERO 2754

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Company: CX Swiss Military Watch

Website: http://www.swiss-military.com/swiss-military/models/motor-sports/rallye-gmt-nero.html

Website: http://www.swiss-military.com/swiss-military/models/motor-sports/rallye-gmt-nero.html

Model: Rallye GMT NERO 2754

Specifications:

G10.962 Swiss Made quartz mvt., 4 jewels

Dakar yellow dial

Scratch-resistant DLC-plated stainless steel case

Screw-down crown

Sapphire crystal

Silicone strap (length 225mm, width 22mm, thickness 4mm; pin buckle).

Case: diameter 44mm, thickness 13mm

20atm water resistant.Weight: 118g

CX Swiss Military has been at this for quite sometime. Designing world record holding dive watches, military themed watches, rugged tool watches that can handle any adventure. So it’s only natural that they shift gears (see what I did there😉) to tackle the world of rallye motor sports. Let’s face it watches and cars go together seemlessly. That’s the ride that CX hopes to take to the finish line with their newest line of rallye racing themed watches. Today we will be taking a look at their Rallye GMT NERO 2754 watch.

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The dial takes the initial attention and roles with it straight out the gates. The textured darkened yellow dial is something else, just the texture alone adds so much depth to the dial. But CX went an extra step to make this dial go to further depths to make it something truly beautiful. Instead of simply using painted indices, CX has used applied markers each with applied lume. There’s something that makes these indices even more special. The rectangle indices are bordered with polished steel, that’s not the cool part, the 12, 3, 6 and 9 are also bordered in the same fashion. It’s so subtle, but when you look at the dial at a certain angle of light it really shines brilliantly. The date window at 4 o’clock has received the same treatment.

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Timing is a crucial component of racing that’s a given. A driver and the crew must pay attention to fuel efficiency, tire life, lap times, etc.. all these things must be timed precisely for a victory to come about. The Rallye GMT NERO 2754 is the perfect companion for a driver to keep track of that info. The three sub-dials and chronograph function will help you achieve the timing end of things on and off the track. The sub-dial the 2 o’clock marker works along side of the chronograph/tachymeter hand keeping track of time counting. Most sub-dial counters have a single hand and measure in small increments, but the Rallye GMT NERO 2754 sub-dial has two hands allowing you to time for much more substantial amounts. The sunken sub-dials at 10 and 2 both are bordered in a very nice matte silver border. Creates a great look for both of these sub-dials. The tachymeter is located on the inner chapter ring printed in a beautiful red and white.

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The sub-dial above the 6 o’clock marker is a small seconds hand, which is designed to look like the wheels on a rallye car. It’s subtle yet very stylish and cool, not gimmicky. I love all the matte treatment the dial has on the Rallye GMT and the hands continue this cool look. The central Chrono hand is matte read with a lumed elongated arrow head which is activated by the top pushed on the crown side of the case. The hands are reset by pushing the bottom pusher. The hour & minute hand and date  are set by unscrewing the crown and pulling it out. First click sets the date, second pull to click sets the time. The hour & minute hand also received the nice matte finish and lume treatment.

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The black scratch-resistant DLC-plated stainless steel case is very hard to ignore. The fixed bezel is full of some real nice detail despite being completely black. Reminiscent of actual lug nuts the bezel featured 6 screw heads. The lug nuts are located at every other hour and the other coresponding markers on the bezel are marker by square notches. The entire case is matte black with a few polished exceptions. Those exceptions can be found on the textured edges of the bezel and caseback creating the perfect amount of polishe with matte. The pushes and crown are also have a polished finish with some real nice red accent. The crown is signed with the Swiss cross CX logo and the pushers have matching red ring accenting. These little details tie the case and dial together nicely. Not only does the dial feature the same red accents but the dial also features the same Swiss cross CX logo as does the screw down case back.

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There is a real cool strap that’s in development for this watch. As soon as it’s released I will be updating the review. The strap will not only keep track of lap time/speed but also keep an eye on the vital signs of the driver which will be transmitted to a smartphone or tablet device. The strap on this watch is a rally style racing strap that has open holes throughout it allowing your wrist to breathe and reducing sweet build up. The strap is made of super soft silicone and features some great tire tread detailing. The tang style buckle has some very nice engraving on it, which is the entire CX name and logo, including the leaf branches as well. Pretty intricate and precise.

The G10.962 Swiss Made quartz movement is what’s powering the GMT Rallye inside. The ETA caliber movement features 4 jewels, 38 month battery life, and precise quartz timing. Now this isn’t the average quartz timing I am talking about either, this watch features the ETA thermoline movement. What dos that mean, well ETA states that the thermoline movement is twenty times more accurate than a standard quartz movement because this movement has thermo-compensation and adjustment terminals which adjust to temperature changes. Sounds pretty cool to me and during racing there are consistent temperature changes.

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The Rallye GMT NERO 2754 is a very well designed watch with a very cool racing inspired theme that pulls it off without becoming gimmicky and without becoming so themed that non-racing fans can appreciate it as well. The racing theme details are done is subtle ways that racing fans will truly appreciate them from the get go while non racing fans will also appreciate them once they discover their origins. I absolutely love the color combos on this watch the black, yellow, red and white all work together in perfect harmony.

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The watch is extremely comfortable on the wrist for a number of reasons. One reason is the low profile of the case, not too thick where it sits high up on the wrist which really is important if you are wearing this watch for racing because it’s going to be strapped on the outside of your jumpsuit. Another reason that this watch is comfortable is because of the perfectly angled round lugs. The lugs are also nice and short creating a nice lug to lug case length. The last reason this watch sits so comfortable on the wrist is the soft silicone strap. It’s a thick strap, but because it’s so soft and conforms to the wrist you’d never notice how thick it really is. I can’t wait for the smart strap for this watch to come out, that is going to take this watch from cool to flat out amazing. The first watch strap of it’s kind.

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The Rallye GMT NERO 2754 is an awesome watch from the masters at CX Military. They have been designing watches that can take abuse on land, air and sea for quite sometime, but now even in the world of car racing they have succeeded in designing and executing a watch series that can keep the pace of the demands of racing. I would definitely recommend this watch to people not only because of the history of making reliable watches, but because this is a really unique watch because of the motor sports theme. Of course I know that this isn’t the first of its kind, but this watch has done it in a precise way that is not gimmicky at all where only motor sports fans can appreciate.

I want to personally thank CX Military for this honor and opportunity to review the Rallye GMT NERO 2754 watch. Thanks for reading!

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Watch Review: UNDONE Military Sergeant

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COMPANY: UNDONE

Website: https://www.undone.watch/watch/details/Sergeant#121

Model: Sergeant

Specifications:

-43mm stainless steel case

-52mm lug to lug

-16mm thick

-22mm lug width

-quick release strap pins

UNDONE is known for it’s highly customizable watches, but for it’s new line it is offering something different. The “fixed” designs of their new military line are pretty awesome. Today we have the Sergeant model which pays tribute to the infantry men of WWII. From the get go you can see the inspiration for this watch. It’s GI Joe at it’s finest. The green case is quite amazing. There is a ceramic coating that is on this case that is the same coating found on firearms, which is done by Cerakote. You can check out their website to see the process. The Cerakote coating adds extra protection onto your watch. If it toughens up a gun, just think how tough your watch will be. The matte finish on the case is just awesome. I grew up with GI Joe and this watch is just as cool as GI Joe was when I was a kid, if not cooler.

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The signed screw down crown operates smooth as butter and allows setting the time and date to be done with ease. There is nothing on the non crown side of the case, but on the crown side you have some great stuff. The crown guards are so stylish, and have the some nice curves that remind me of a tank track guards. The crown guards angle up to a point, not a sharp point because they are flat at the top of the guards. The angles are well done and they tie in perfect with the angles of the crown itself. The crown is signed with a U for UNDONE. My other nit picky obsessiveness is when a crown is signed, I think that when the crown in screwed all the way down, the signed crown logo should line up perfectly. It bothers me when I look at a signed crown and the logo is turned on an angle. UNDONE does not disappoint me. The U is perfectly lined up as you can see in the pictures. The crown is very easy to operate because of its octagon shape and angles.

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The lugs have enough of a curving to allow the Sergeant to sit nice on the wrist. It also allows the watch to wear smaller that it’s dimensions. The lugs are solid with no holes on the outside, the set pins for the strap attach on the inside of the lugs. The holes are in line and changing the strap is very easily done. The case back is an exhibition style which allows you to view the movement, but even cooler is the rotor. It’s got a canvas material on it that ties into the dial. I have never seen a rotor that has this kind of material on it. It’s very cool. The unidirectional rotating bezel operates good. There’s a little play to it which bothers this nit picky guy a bit. But the overall look of the bezel with the matte green finish makes me forget about the play. The bezel is very easy to grip thanks to the well spaced gear style teeth that surround the outer edge of the bezel.

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The dial is canvas. Yes I said canvas. This is such a unique and cool material choice for the dial. Reminds me of material from an old canvas amo pouch. It really adds great texture and depth to the dial. It’s also hard to ignore the sergeant stipes at the 6 o’clock marker. This is what makes the watch really stand out. The black indices set against the green canvas is an awesome combo. Of course you have to have military stenciled numerals on this watch, that’s a given. The black stenciled hands aren’t a given, but they work beautifully here. Not only do they look good, but it’s pretty awesome to see through them allowing you to view the indices. Either you love or hate the cyclops magnifier for the date window. What I love is that the date wheel is black with white printed numerals. Great choice UNDONE. It just has such a clean look.

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Ticking away inside the Sergeant is the Seiko NH35A. The specifications of this reliable movement are as follows: Seiko NH35A 24 jewels, 21,600 bph vibrations per hour, 41 hour power reserve, diameter of 27.40mm and height of 5.32mm.
The movement is very reliable and manufactured by a company that has been in the watch industry for a very long time.

The green canvas strap is the ideal choice for the Sergeant watch. Canvas is my new favorite strap material. It looks great new and ages really nicely. The entry level canvas strap UNDONE used is pretty nice. It’s not custom canvas quality, but being a stock strap it is very nice. To top off the look of this strap, UNDONE gave the tang style buckle the same Cerakote treatment that the case recieved. It couldn’t look any better, honestly it couldn’t.

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This is one of the coolest watches I have experienced for a number of reasons, but one of the most important reasons to me is the fact that it took me back to being a kid. I have some fond memories of watching and playing GI Joe. It was a HUGE part of my childhood. Seeing this watch immediately brought me back to all those great days. This watch achieved that in a very unique way. Yes it took me back to my childhood, but not in an immature, kid like way. This watch is badass through and through. Screams WWII, military toughness. Like most things, everyone has a different form of experiencing things which trigger certain memories. My memory trigger happen to be GI Joe.

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The Cerakote coating on this watch is so well done and it really makes this watch special. Just the matte finish look is killer. You can tell that it was a quality/expert job done. This watch comes in at just over $600 and I think that’s an extremely fair price given what you get here. You get a reliable movement, with a expert finished case, a nice canvas strap and a unique dial/rotor. This watch can easily become your adventure/daily beater watch because just the Ceratoke finish alone can handle it. I would highly recommend this watch to someone looking for a tool/weekend warrior watch. It makes a bold statement on the wrist and it definitley can handle whatever you throw at it.

I want to personally thank UNDONE watches for this honor and opportunity for doing this review.

Thanks for reading!

wrist is 7 1/2″ for reference.

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