BOREALIS SEA HAWK 1500m DIVE WATCH REVIEW

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Company: Borealis Watch Company
Website: http://www.borealiswatch.com
Watch: Sea Hawk
Price: $355.00

Specifications:
Borealis Sea Hawk 1500m Automatic Diver Watch with Seiko NH36 / 4R36 Specifications:

Case Size: 42mm x 50mm
Screwed down crown
Double Domed Sapphire Crystal with A/R coating inside
120 clicks unidirectional ceramic bezel with BGW9 lume applied to indexes
Seiko NH36 / 4R36 Automatic Movement
316L Stainless Steel Case
Lug Width: 22.00 mm
Water Resistance: 1500 meters
Case height: 15.9 mm
316L Stainless steel bracelet with precision adjustable buckle
Swiss Made BGW9 Superluminova applied to dial, watch hands and ceramic bezel
Screwed Case Back with engraved mermaid
12 months warranty

The newest offering from Borealis is the Sea Hawk 1500m dive watch and this is their best watch so far. We will ‘dive’ into why it is in this review. Borealis definitely listens to feedback because many things that were talked about on the Seafarer, were addressed on the Sea Hawk. Borealis customer service is also top notch and the communication is excellent. I have been very amped to review this watch since the preliminary drawings were first released.

The Packaging:

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The packaging is very simple and nothing out of the ordinary which is fine because it keeps the price of the watch at the affordable price point. It has a white labeled outer sleeve that covers the blue cardboard watch box which is also labeled with the Borealis name. Inside is the watch that is attached to a watch pillow. Underneath the watch and pillow is the instruction manual and warranty card. Nothing fancy, simple yet gets the job done.

The Case:

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The case is made from 316L stainless steel that is polished nice and shiny on the sides of the lugs and brushed on the top of the lugs. The case and it’s angles catch the light quite nicely which makes this watch pretty noticeable on the wrist. The dimensions are 42mm x 50mm which is much smaller than their previous watch the Seafarer. It’s had a nice presence on the wrist and wears comfortable. My personal sweet spot for watches is at 44mm, but the Sea Hawk’s dimensions work well for me despite only being 42mm.

The case back is engraved with the Borealis mermaid and features the Borealis name, automatic movement and 1500m depth rating. The case back is secured down by 6 screws which also add a nice degree of detail giving it a tool/serious dive watch feel. The lugs are much shorter than the Seafarer which was a minor complaint that kept some people away from purchasing it. I really like the fact that Borealis listens to it’s customers and fans, I think that’s very important for companies to do. The top of the lugs are brushed steel and the sides of the case are polished. I was surprised to see that there was not a helium release valve on the side of the cae.

The other feature that Borealis listened to was giving us a signed crown this time around. It’s has an engraved ‘B’ on the top of the crown which adds a nice detail to the crown and overall look of the watch. The crown is a screw down style with very easy to grip and screw in/out usability. It feels pretty solid and the screwing action is extremely smooth.

 

 

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The bezel is matte black 120 clicks unidirectional ceramic bezel with BGW9 lume applied to indexes. The bezel at first movement is pretty hard to turn, it’s nice and tight with no play whatsoever. At the 12 o’clock position is a triangle which is a must if using this for diving so you can mark your oxygen supply time to know when you need to surface. I think that’s pretty darn important, don’t you? There’s less play in this bezel than I experienced with the Tudor Pelagos. Anyone who has experienced the Pelagos bezel knows that is a hard one to beat in terms of there being little to no play. I like that it’s 120 clicks which means greater accuracy when using the bezel for timing purposes. The matte black is a beautiful choice for this watch. Why? Because the finishing on the case is so highly polished, a high polished ceramic bezel would have too bling bling for my liking. The matte black gives the watch a nice tool feel to it. I also like that the indexes on the bezel have lume applied to them because it really comes in handy when in low light or darkness, plus it just looks so pretty at night. The white is applied evenly on the indexes except in on spot which quality control must have missed. You can see this in the pictures, it’s the index after the 10 position.

The Crystal:

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The Sea Hawk’s crystal is a double domed sapphire crystal with an inside AR coating. The crystal is actually raised a few millimeters above the bezel itself which I’m not sure how I feel about this choice. The crystal is flat on top as opposed to the traditional rounded top. I won’t have experience with this watch in the water for a few weeks, so I will surely update this once I have that experience. From a purely style aspect, I think it fits the overall design of the Sea Hawk and it looks really nice.

 

The Movement:

Ticking away inside the Sea Hawk is the Seiko NH36/4R36 automatic movement. This movement first appeared in 2011. It has hacking seconds which is a must for me personally, there’s nothing more beautiful than watching a sweeping second hand make it’s way around the dial. I seriously can watch this for hours, and I often do just watch the hacking second hand throughout the day, oblivious to what time is actually on the watch. Those familiar with dive watches know that Seiko has been around for a few years and know how to make a good, reliable dive watch. I think Borealis made a good choice with the Seiko movement. As for the tolerance of the movement, I need to spend some good quality wrist time to give that a qualified answer. I will update this section after I do get that time in with the Sea Hawk.

The Dial:

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Absolutely love matte black dials, especially when you view them in natural light. The hour markers are applied rather than just painted onto the dial. This is a really nice detail which adds some great depth to the dial itself. At the 12 o’clock position is a triangle, and each other of the hour markers are square. The dial also has the Borealis name printed on it along with 1500 Meters and automatic. Nice, simple and clean, nothing too busy or cluttered here. The hands are traditional snowflake style white hands that are lumed. This style of hands are becoming my favorite hands for a dive/tool watch. The hands are evenly coated and the edges are crisp, clean with no spotty edges. The black and white combination of the dial nicely complements the white and black bezel which is also matte black with white. The minute hands, square on seconds hand and the indexes on the dial are coated with lume as well. The lume is applied very evenly and it’s really nice when it glows. It’s applied better than some watches I have owned that cost 4-5x as much as the Sea Hawk.

The Bracelet:

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The Bracelet is 22/20mm solid stainless steel bracelet that has solid end links which are brushed on the top and bottom, the sides however are polished making a smooth transition from the side of the case which are also polished. The bracelet closes/opens with a nicely down ratcheting style clasp which feature micro adjustments for fine tuning a good fit for your wrist. The links are attached using single sided screws which a lot of people prefer but I’m not a huge fan. I recommend using lock tight on the screws because from past experiences with this style of braclet the screws will come loose with wear.

 

Wrist Shots:

For reference my wrist 7 3/4″

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Conclusion:

This is Borealis’s best offering to date, it’s an extreme value for what you are getting for $355. Your getting a nice sapphire crystal, reliable auto movement, solid constructed bracelet and case, a water resistance of 1500M. It’s a nice watch that pays homage to the style dive watches of the past. I didn’t really mention this in my review because I wanted to give a review that you looked at as the Borealis Sea Hawk and not compare it to other watches as you were reading the review. It’s a great watch from a great company that has excellent customer service. There isn’t anything I would change or that I don’t like about this watch, because it’s hard to beat considering the price. Keeping that in mind, how could you change anything and keep it within that price point. Borealis has a real winner here with the Sea Hawk. Thanks for reading!

 

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WATCH REVIEW SEVENFRIDAY P1-1 INDUSTRIAL BEAUTY

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Company: SevenFriday
Website: http://www.sevenfriday.com
Model: P1-1
Price: $1017.50

SEVENFRIDAY P1-1
INDUSTRIAL ESSENCE

Stainless Steel case
Animation ring: eloxed aluminum pantone 428C, vertical brushed finishing
Interface: Silver / rhodium and black; finished alternatively circular, brushed, mat, diamond cut with 11 applied parts
Automatic movement: open balance wheel on Miyota 82S7
Customized with special disc for 24H indication and small second function
Special minute hand designed to be the extended arm of the mechanical movement
Size: 47 X 47,6 mm
Specially hardened and antireflective treated mineral glass

This was an extremely refreshing review that I had an absolute pleasure doing. It’s a huge departure from the watches I have reviewed in the past. Everyone here knows my love for tool and dive watches, I just can’t get enough. Always need my tool/dive watch fix. The SevenFriday P1-1 is the exact opposite of what my usual fix is. The P1-1 immediately caught my eye when I was online one night. It has such an industrial revolution feel and look to it which is why I was initially drawn to it. A sexy and gritty styling, but also giving off a very manly vibe.

The Packaging:

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The packaging for this watch is completely amazing and very unique. I was blown away by the packaging actually when I opened up the shipping box, I didn’t expect to see what I saw. It’s the coolest packaging by far out of all the watches that I have experienced. The packaging also has that cool industrial vibe going on. I usually put my watch boxes in storage after I initially open them, but this box I would definitely keep out in open view. Once you slide the top of the box open and remove the foam, you get a nice view of the watch which sits in a cardboard tray along with the warranty card and operating instructions. The operating instruction are also very unique, they actually look like an old blue print which is printed on paper that’s just as unique.

The Case:


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The square shaped case is a departure from the typical cases I usually am drawn to. It measures in at an impressive and attention grabbing 47.6mm x 47mm. I really like the P1-1 case design though, I don’t think a round case would do this watch any justice. The square shape is perfect for the design and feel to the watch. I don’t want to label this watch as a steam punk because I don’t really think it is, but it definitely has a retro, edgy look and feel. The sides of the case are brushed steel and around the dial it’s high polished steel. I like the case back on the P1-1 a lot, simple yet there’s nice details. Such as the small picture engravings that indicate the case size, the strap size, the water resistance and the movement, each with corresponding pictures and measurements. The SevenFriday name and logo are also on the caseback which I really like the press logo. The crown design ties in nicely with the dial as it features a engraved gear which nickel matches the ornamented gear style hands. The crystal is a hardened, anti reflective treated mineral crystal. This is my only complaint about this watch, I wish it was sapphire crystal. I think this should be automatic addition to any watch over the $500 mark. The SevenFriday name, along with automatic release, and industrial series are clearly printed on the dial, all balanced and not too big. Another nice attention to detail on the case is how each layer of the case has different finishing, brushed around the crystal,then polished and then brushed again, this adds great depth to the top down look of the watch.

The Dial:


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The dial is one of my favorite parts on this watch because it is quite beautiful and it is what draws the eyes into it.  The attention to detail on this watch can be seen throughout and the dial does not disappoint. At first glance, telling time looks like it will take a college degree to figure out, but after some short, quality bonding time with the watch it becomes quite easy. The largest hand on top is the minutes hand, the short bronze-colored hand is the hours hand, the circular disk at the 9 o’clock position is a GMT style 24-hour indicator, and lastly, the circular disk at the 5 o’clock position is the running seconds tracker, all tie in nicely together and complement one another. I really like the screws that are on the dial that are holding the arrow indicators, matching the screws on the case back, all in which add to the overall industrial styling of this watch. The open heart area at the 7 o’clock position gives you a nice peak into the heart and soul of this watch. This watch has tons of character and soul.

The Strap:


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The strap is a straight forward padded black leather strap with a tang style buckle, which is signed underneath with SevenFriday. The strap attaches to the case via an integrated lungless case on the back side of the case itself. The strap is comfortable on the wrist and it measures at 28mm at the case and tappers to 24mm at the buckle. I would like to see a nice custom, distressed leather strap on this watch, I think with would really add to the overall look to this case.

Overall impressions:

I love this watch. Its a piece of industrial artwork, both unique and edgy. There is only one thing that I would change is the crystal which would be a no brainer for me to have a sapphire crystal as opposed to the hardened mineral crystal. Not that I would use this watch as my choice for an outdoors/sports watch, but you know accidental bumps do happen when wearing a watch.
I would recommend this watch to people who are looking for that weekend watch, a watch that can be dressed up or dressed down for going out. It grabs your attention and surely gets noticed when on the wrist. I’ve become quite obsessed with dive/tool watches over the years, and this watch has caught my eye and has truly intrigued me.  I absolutely love this watch and I can’t say enough good things about it. There’s a cool mystique to this watch that I can’t explain. When I first saw the P1, it reminded me of the original Frankenstein movie with Boris Karloff. Which is quite cool on two levels, one it has that old school scientific laboratory feel to it and second it’s from the industrial series, and Frankenstein was written about the industrial revolution.(so what, I know I’m a nerd) I also had a great time photographing the watch, which has amazing angles from top to bottom. It’s hard not to take a bad picture of this watch to tell you the truth.

SevenFriday has excellent customer service and shipping is super fast. I can’t wait to see what comes next from this innovative and creative company.  I want to personally thank SevenFriday for this amazing opportunity to do this review it was an absolute pleasure.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out their website at http://www.sevenfriday.com

For reference my wrists are 7 3/4″

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Christopher Ward Extreme 1000 Dive Watch

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When you’re exploring the wonders found in the alternate world of the sea bed, the last thing on your mind should be the reliability of your dive watch. So have you ever wondered exactly what the strict conditions are that dive watches undergo to ensure they really are waterproof?

Here we take you through the process of waterproof testing, as per the conditions of ISO 6425, for diving watches up to 1000m/100ATM.

A) Condensation Test
The watch is warmed on a heated plate to between 40°C and 45°C. A drop of water at a temperature of 18°C to 25°C is then placed on the watch glass. After about a minute, the glass is wiped with a dry rag. Any watch that has condensation on the interior surface of the glass is eliminated.

B) Resistance to Thermal Shock
The watch is immersed in 30 cm ± 2 cm of water for 10 minutes at 40°C, 5°C and 40°C again, each changeover being less than a minute. No evidence of water intrusion or condensation is allowed.

C) Reliability under Water
This test immerses the watch in water to a depth of 30 cm ± 2 cm for 50 hours at 18°C to 25°C, and checks for signs of water ingress afterwards. The condensation test described above is carried out both before and after this test to ensure its accuracy.

D) Resistance of Crowns and other Setting Devices to an External Force
In this test, the watch is subjected to an overpressure in water of 125% of the rated pressure/100 bar for 10 minutes and to an external force of 5 N perpendicular to the crown and any pusher buttons. The condensation test described above is carried out both before and after this test to ensure its accuracy.

F) Water-tightness and Resistance at a Water overpressure
In this test, the watch is immersed in water in a suitable vessel. Then an overpressure of 125% of the rated pressure is applied within 1 minute and maintained for 2 hours. After this, the overpressure is reduced to 0.3 bar within 1 minute and maintained at this pressure for 1 hour. The watch is removed from the water vessel and dried carefully with a rag. No evidence of water intrusion or condensation is allowed.

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Review: Breitling Seawolf Avenger Stainless Steel

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 Company name: Breitling

Website: http://www.breitling.com

Model: Seawolf Avenger

 

Breitling SA was founded in Saint-Imier, Bernese Jura by Léon Breitling in 1884.

This is a serious diving watch that is all about flexing it’s muscle. It’s 45.4mm wide and 18.4mm thick with a depth rating of 3,000m/10,000ft. IMHO it’s the total package when it comes to tool watches. Some people would debate to be a true “tool watch” it should contain some sort of toolish feature. I think just the depth rating alone on this watch makes it qualify as a “tool watch”.

It’s not a watch for everyone considering its size and weight. I personally love the size and weight of this watch. It has quite the presence when on the wrist. When I pay this much for a watch, I want it to feel its price when it is being worn. It weighs in at 160g without the…

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Watch Review: Dievas Maya

Company name: Dievas

Website: http://www.dievaswatches.com

Email: info@dieavaswatches.com

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Company History:

Dievas Watch Company (pronounced “D-Ah-Vas”) is an independent horology manufacturer producing high quality timepieces in limited quantities exclusively for watch connoisseurs worldwide. Since the company’s conception in 2006, Dievas Watch Company has forged an astute reputation amongst watch collectors and enthusiasts alike for their spectacular good looks, reliability, innovation and exceptional value. Bringing together a modest group of young, vibrant designers with a few carefully selected, accomplished and experienced watchmakers, the company has succeed in molding a cohesive blueprint that is culpable for current and impending Dievas watch collections that not only illustrate striking originality but also embellishing classic lines, reminiscent of specific historical vintage watches. Complying with stringent code of quality control, all Dievas watches are all hand assembled in clean rooms using the finest materials: blemish-free watchcases, premium sapphire crystals, reputable swiss mechanical and automatic movements, SuperLuminova, high quality watch hands, fully machined steel bracelets among others. Additionally as testament to our on-going commitment to bring fresh, exciting watches to watch collectors, a substantial part of our resources is centralized around research and development, adapting and implementing cutting age manufacturing techniques and materials for watch making purposes. Some of the aforementioned include, scratch resistant ceramics, Plasma Assisted Chemical Vapour Deposition(PACVD) coatings for improved wear and tear protection, top-of-the-range Swiss GTLS (Gaseous Tritium Light Sources) which tremendously enhance visibility in the dark. Concurrently, there are ongoing evaluations of in-house movement refinishing, case hardening, macro bezel mechanics advancements and radical watchmaking solutions with regards to design and metallurgy. Collaborating directly with military personnel, field operatives as well as watch aficionados, acknowledging their constructive recommendations into our designs, we only produce watches that work in the real world. By keeping production numbers low allow us to actively monitor each part of the production process . We are determined to administer a most rewarding experience for our clientele by paying close attention to the smallest of details. Renowned for our impeccable customer service, our enthusiastic and knowledgeable service staff is on hand to provide prompt technical and sales enquiries regarding current and updates on impending watch projects. Each and every single Dievas watch is built with passion and dedication as customer satisfaction is our core constituent. The company proudly stands behind every watch wearing the DIEVAS mark, if there is a problem rest assured we will make it right.

Watch Model: Maya

Technical Specs:

movement: Swiss made Dievas modified ETA 2824-2 auto

dial: matte black

lume: BGW9 superLuminova

case: micro-blasted Dievas 6steel

crown: 8mm screw down crown

bezel: uni directional Dievas 6steel

crystal: 4.5mm thick scratch resistant sapphire crystal with AR coating

strap: anti static Italian Caoutchouc rubber strap with genuine alligator leather insert. G10 Nato military strap also included.

water resistant: 1888m/6000 ft? (Dial states 1888m but the case back states 1000m?)

dimensions: 45mm, 56mm L2L, 16.5mm thick

power reserve: 42 hours

price: $1990.00

 

 

Packaging:

 

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The watch comes in a nice cardboard packaging with an outer box and an inner box that contains the watch, extra Nato strap, strap changing tool. The tray with the strap and strap changing tool, lifts up and underneath is the manual, warranty card. Overall it’s a very nice package. Simple yet very stylish. When I was unpack aging everything, the first thing I noticed about the watch when I lifted it out was how heavy it is. It feels like a tank, but in a good way guys. Reminds me of the new battery commercial with Chuck Liddell, where he is getting attacked from all angles while holding onto the battery. This watch feels like it could handle that sort of attack. And quite frankly, I know the case design can handle it.

The case:

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Yes  that’s a tank, and yes this case is built like a freakin tank. Everything on the outside of this watch is Dievas 6 steel. Which basically means it’s 6x stronger than stainless steel, boosting the scratch resistance considerably. From the Dievas website ” Dievas together with one of the Europe’s most established materials engineering company, partner to implement 6Steel hardening to watchmaking. For around 20 days, the steel will undergo high tech heating procedures that will amplify the hardness of the watchcase to 1300Hv, approximately 6 times the hardness of stainless steel. This greatly improves scratch and abrasion resistance. This process is executed to every part including the crown and caseback.” The case has that nice bead blasted finish to it, which gives it a more toolish watch finish rather than that bling bling look. I’m partial to tool watches/dive watches as apposed to dress watches. There’s a helium release valve on the side of the case at the 9 o’clock marker. Which releases pressure when diving so that your watch case doesn’t blow apart under the pressure. Enough of me blabbing, here’s some pics.

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The Crown:

The 8mm crown is very easy to grip and unscrew. I would have liked to see the crown signed with something, like a “D” for Dievas or “M” for Maya. The crown has a lot of play in it when it’s fully unscrewed, more play than I’m used to from other watches I have experienced in the past. What I really like about the crown is how it resembles a gear/cog, gives it a really cool rugged feel/look.

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The Bezel:

The bezel is a 60 click uni-directional ratcheting bezel that features metallic numerals and markers. I would have preferred numbers and markers coated in lume personally, though the metallic looks really nice when it catches the light. There is a faux pearl in the triangle at 12 which always makes me hesitant on a tool watch, because that’s one thing that can take a hit and fall out. The bezel has some play in it which my OCD qualities is very nit-picky about. I prefer a tight bezel that has very little to no play in it. The edges of the bezel make it extremely easy to grip, even with gloves on it is easy to operate just like the crown. If your all thumbs like myself, you still will have no problem gripping this thing. Another thing worth noting is how nice the bezel sits on the case, there are no gaps at all. This is another area I always look at on my watches, and the Maya passes with flying colors. It’s probably the best fitting bezel I have reviewed in terms of no gaps between the bezel and case. 

 

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The Strap:

The strap is something I’ve personally have never seen before. It’s a combination of a rubber diver strap and genuine alligator leather. It has that delis ions vanilla scent to it that makes you want to chew on the strap when you are hungry. From Dievas “Strapped onto MAYA is a unique alligator leather and rubber combination (first of its kind). This will give the watch access to outdoor adventures and dinner galas. First a design is envisioned. A genuine Italian rubber mould is fabricated with cavity ready for leather transplant. The prefect alligator leather piece is chosen and cut into exact mm dimensions before meticulously hand stitched onto the rubber. Done by an artisan, no fray stitches anywhere. All straps are handmade with material sourced and made in Italy.” The strap is well made from what I can tell my looking at it at first glance. It’s an interesting combination for sure, but over time is going to put the durability aspect to the true test. The buckle is a signed Dievas 6steel tang style buckle, easy to operate. I  would have loved to see this watch come with a nice Dievas 6steel bracelet with rugged, chunky links. It would have really set this watch onto another level all together. The strap is held in place by screw in pins that are quite hard to unscrew on the first few strap changes you do. I would tape around the lugs before you change the strap to protect against scratches.

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The Dial:

The dial is a beautiful matte black and according to Dievas the dial is made of a special material that completes the seal of  the faraday cage(more about that in the watch movement section. The dial is not over crowded or overly busy. At the ’12’ marker there is an arrow which nicely matches with the tip of the second hand. There are numerals at the 3,6, and 9 spots on the dial which also have corresponding black squares at those marker spots. At the other hour marker spots are lumed rectangles which I really like. The hands are my favorite part of the watch, they are nice and fat and coated with lume. There’s nothing more that I hate on a large tool watch when they are fitted with small, wimpy hands. A tough,rugged watch needs to have a corresponding dial and hands. From the Dievas website: the MAYA’s watch dial and hands are coated with Grade A Swiss SuperLuminova glow pigment, the best in the industry. Multiple layers are applied for visibility in low light environment. In between the 4 & 5 hour markers, is the date window. What I really like about this location is that there still are hour markers for the 4 & 5. The date is printed in red which nicely matches the printed Maya 1888m. Dievas antimagnetic is also printed on the dial, but small enough it doesn’t intrude, but adds a nice balance to the dial. It’s a beautiful dial, it’s what initially attracted me to the Maya.

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The Crystal:

The Maya’s crystal is a real beauty without a doubt in my mind. It’s 4.5mm thick domed scratch resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and it is so nice that it almost looks transparent at times. I’m a huge fan of domed crystals, and such a fan of this crystal. It reminds me of The Legion of Doom’s secret hideout. It’s easy to read even when in murky water. 

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The Lume:

The lume is nice and bright after limited exposure to a light source and it glows all night long. I’m a little confused on the lume application. When you look at the watch in normal light everything looks like it’s coated evenly, but when you are in the dark it’s a different story. Now, I don’t know if this is done on purpose or not, I think it was done on purpose and I will explain why. Given the name of the watch, the Maya, when I look at the lume application it looks like an old cave drawing. Take a look at the pic below and tell me what you think?

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Wrist shots for reference my wrist is 7 3/4″

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The Movement:

The movement is a real reliable workhorse, it’s armed with the ETA 2824-2. There’s a lot more to the movement which makes this a real tool watch. Underneath the tank of a case, is even more rugged, toolish secrets. According to Dievas, Another significant attribute of the 6Steel MAYA is its anti-magnetic feature. The watch case is designed to include a faraday cage. This meant that the watch movement is completely encased in a separate compartment made out of a highly permeable material(soft iron). Even the watch dial is made of a special material to complete the perfect sealant. Fully operational, the soft iron chamber shields the movement from electric fields by distributing static and magnetic radiation only along its exterior while canceling out electric charges or radiation within its interior, good for protection up to 1000 gauss or 80,000 A/m. This is almost 17 times more than a standard issued Anti-Magnetic watch rated to DIN 8309 (Deutsche Industrie Norm – German Industry Norm) standards. Armed with this feature, the MAYA will continue to operate flawlessly if one needs work done in a high radiation environment even to the extent of a nuclear uranium enrichment facility.
Ticking away in the heart of the watch is the ever so reliable and proven Dievas/Swiss automatic 28,000bhp mechanical automatic movement, ETA2824-2, modded to Dievas specifications which includes better watch parts and a Dievas custom DLC-treated CNC rotor. Each watch is adjusted to its maximum efficiency for the most accurate time telling by our experienced watchmakers.

 

Summary:

Summary and overall thoughts, how do I like this watch? Do I like this watch? My short answer is yes. I like this watch. It wears heavy like I like my watches to wear. I like to know that I have a watch on my wrist, but it’s not too heavy where I feel the weight constantly and I’m aware of it. I wore the watch all day, and it’s very comfortable. It’s a tough watch, that’s has a great presence on the watch. It feels like it can take any challenge with ease and with it’s build it surely can. I’m not gentle on my watches and the Maya is built to take some abuse. Under the hood is a reliable movement that has been tried and tested and proven to arise to the challenge.

pros-case is top quality and extremely durable, Dievas 6steel scratch resistance, which is perfect for outdoor activities.

-dial is super easy to read.

-lume is nice and bright and lasts all night.

-reliable movement.

 

cons- if I’m going to be nit-picky, little to much play in the bezel. Should come with a Dievas 6steel bracelet, and the overall price can scare off potential buyers.

Closing-if you are looking for a tough, no nonsense tool watch that can handle almost anything you can put it through, then the Maya may be the watch your looking for. The customer service at Dievas is top notch and the communication is excellent with quick response time. Dievas has a real winner here with the Maya, which I think is a major contender with such companies as Sinn. The Maya can stand toe to toe with the Sinn U series IMHO. A special thank you to Dievas for the amazing opportunity to review the watch.

Thanks for reading! 

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UPDATE: after a week with the Maya, it is truly an awesome, technically advance watch. The case is a true work of art. It is so well built, I can’t find a single flaw. I would rank the case design right up there with Breitling and Tudor. I really love this watch. In the week, I gained about 15 seconds, the watch has been in every possible position. This watch is tough, kick ass and take names tough! 

Update number 2: this things is tough as nails. It is definitely the perfect substitute for a Sinn U series watch. I would rank this on par with Sinn. DIEVAS has a winner right here. It’s still only lost 10 seconds since this review was posted.

Review: Tudor Pelagos aka the Dark Knight. Updated 6/20/14

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The title says it all, here we have the beautiful Tudor Pelagos. Beautiful doesn’t even begin to do this watch justice. Never has the saying “less is more” become more apparent than with this watch I have sitting in front of me. It’s like a stealth bomber, with it’s killer lines. It’s hard to even start this review because I can’t stop staring at it. Where is my drool cup? The keyboard is getting soggy. This is such an understated, unique watch, that a traditional review would not be fair to this watch. It deserves an entirely different approach. Since this watch is a few years old, everything about this watch has already been reviewed multiple times. The Pelagos reminds of when you first saw Spider-Man in his black costume. No, not the cheese ball Tobey version, but the original comic book version. I remember thinking holy $hit! Spider-Man is…

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Strap Review: The Strap Smith’s Time Traveler. 100 years in the making!

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Company Info:

Website: http://www.thestrapsmith.com

email: ristirob@mac.com

From the company website:

 I share your passion for watches and high quality leather watch straps. I work with the finest leathers from around the world for your custom watch band. They are all hand built and hand stitched with every attention to detail. I pride myself on customer service and will work with you to create your perfect strap. You’ll find a great selection to choose from and we can work together to come up with something different if you don’t see what you are looking for. I can build custom watch straps for Panerai, Bell&Ross, Rolex, IWC, Lum-Tec, U-BOAT, Breitling,Tag Heuer, Kobold, Helson, Tudor and many others. Once you find what you like, please follow the ordering process to reduce the number of emails. If you don’t see what you would like or can’t configure your custom watch band through the ordering…

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Strap Review: The Strap Smith’s Time Traveler. 100 years in the making!

Company Info:

Website: http://www.thestrapsmith.com

email: ristirob@mac.com

From the company website:

 I share your passion for watches and high quality leather watch straps. I work with the finest leathers from around the world for your custom watch band. They are all hand built and hand stitched with every attention to detail. I pride myself on customer service and will work with you to create your perfect strap. You’ll find a great selection to choose from and we can work together to come up with something different if you don’t see what you are looking for. I can build custom watch straps for Panerai, Bell&Ross, Rolex, IWC, Lum-Tec, U-BOAT, Breitling,Tag Heuer, Kobold, Helson, Tudor and many others. Once you find what you like, please follow the ordering process to reduce the number of emails. If you don’t see what you would like or can’t configure your custom watch band through the ordering page, please contact me at ristirob@mac.com Thank you very much.

Strap Specifications:

Style: The Time Traveler

Stitching: Light Grey

Strap Color: Vintage Brown

Thickness: 4mm

Width: 22/22

Length: 135/80

Buckle: Stainless Steel

 

 

 

The Packaging:

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The strap arrived in a cool custom pouch with ‘The Strap Smith embossed on the outside front. As soon as I opened the mailer envelope I was instantly hit with the amazing smell of leather, 100 year old leather to be exact. Hence the name of the strap, “The Time Traveler”. There is also a hand signed card from Rob included in the package, which I thought was a nice touch.

Onto to the strap.

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I’m a huge fan of all things vintage, so when I first saw a posting of The Time Traveler on a watch forum, I instantly fell in love with it. I thought how flipping cool is it that this strap is made from 100 year old leather. Just think about all the history this leather has been through. This leather was just fresh when World War 1 started. That in itself is amazing. If this strap could talk, it would give one heck of a history lesson.

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This strap is pure, hand made quality. Each stitch is done by hand which takes a total of 30-60 minutes to complete. Each stitch is done with such precision, that they are almost identical in size. That blew me away as soon as I held this strap in person. The brown and tan tones in this strap are simply beautiful and with this kind of leather, over time this strap is just going to continue to get more rich and beautiful. Yes, like the old cliche, it’s like wine, it gets better with age. And this bad boy is already 100 years old!

 

A picture of the embossed signature on the underside of the strap. Look how straight and uniform that stitching is.

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I opted for the black rivets for this strap because it added a nice vintage feel to this strap. Honestly when I first saw this strap, it made me think of the old deep sea diving suits. You know the ones, with the huge metal helmut with the round hinged glass front.

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Plus, I am partial to dive watches and I knew this was going to be on a dive watch at some point.

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The Buckle is done in stainless steel with a nice brushed finish. I’m not a huge fan of polished stainless steel, so the brushed finish was a must for me. The buckle works flawlessly and fits perfectly into each hole.

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The stay on the strap has nice detailing on it as well, with a nice ‘X’ stitch on the underside and black detailing on the topside that encircles the hole and slit. This is one of my personal favorite details of this strap.

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Wrists shots (my wrist is 7 3/4″)

 

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Overall impressions:

 

I can’t express enough how amazing this strap is and how dealing with Rob was. From start to finish it has been a great experience. Communication with Rob was great, he took my ideas/suggestions and listened to them, then he encorporated them into this strap. The strap feels great on the wrist, extremely comfortable, and will continue to get more comfortable as it is broken in. The detailing on the strap is exactly what I wanted, details that add to the vintage look and feel to the strap. The quality is top notch, this strap is made to last a lifetime and beyond. I love everything about this strap, and I can’t think of one thing about it that I would change.

Rob has a huge selection of straps on his website and you can customize your strap to make it personal. Honestly, this has been the best experience with getting a custom made strap that I have gone through. The strap surpassed my expectations by far. If your thinking about a custom made strap, don’t hesitate to contact Rob, you won’t be disappointed, extremely high quality workmanship, great product and excellent customer service.

 

Thanks for reading and be sure to check out http://www.thestrapsmith.com