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Hands-on Debut: Marathon White Arctic Edition GSAR Watch

Today, Canada-based professional-use watchmaker Marathon debuts one of its most highly-anticipated timepieces in a while. This is the white-dialed “Arctic Edition” of the famed GSAR (General Search And Rescue) watch, also known as the Marathon Arctic Edition Large Diver’s Automatic. This is only the third modern watch Marathon has produced with a white-colored dial, and aBlogtoWatch debuted all of them. The new Arctic Edition GSAR is available either as the reference WW194006-00-01-3-001-0040 on a strap, or as the reference WW194006-00-01-001-0001 on the matching steel bracelet (as reviewed).
White-dialed Marathon watches began in the 36mm-wide MSAR collection in 2019 with a quartz movement-based watch (aBlogtoWatch hands-on here), and then later in 2020 with the also 36mm-wide automatic movement-powered Marathon Arctic MSAR diver’s watch (aBlogtoWatch hands-on here). The GSAR watch is very similar, but it has a 41mm-wide case; the proportions on both models is excellent, but this 41m..

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Hands-On: Casio G-Shock GMWB5000RD-4 Red Metal Watch

Today, I go hands-on with the “red metal” version of the popular Casio G-Shock GMWB5000 watch collection known as the GMWB5000RD-4 (aBlogtoWatch debut with more product info). This is among the latest aesthetic variations of the popular “full metal” G-Shock collection that aBlogtoWatch originally debuted in 2018. The GMWB5000 watches were initially so popular that they were selling for over list price on eBay for a few months. Buying a GMWB5000 at a retailer proved very challenging, and G-Shock fans finally got a taste of what Rolex buyers have been complaining about for years.
Casio added a number of interesting variants to theGMWB5000 collection, including this titanium model, and of course a full 18k-gold variant with a price of $70,000. If that seems high, then don’t worry, because the standard steel version of the GMWB5000 costs an affordable $600. That might be more than some people are used to spending on a G-Shock, but this watch is certainly worth the fair asking price.
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Hands-On: Orient Star 200m Diver RE-AU0307E Watch

Where I am in the United States, the Orient Star reference RE-AU307E Japanese diver’s style watch can authentically be considered exotic. To my knowledge, you can’t buy one in any store in town, and as far as I know, the United States Orient Watches distributor carries little to no of the more elevated “Orient Star” products. If you want one, you first need to learn about it, and then either travel to Asia (which hasn’t been possible for much of the world for a while) or one of the other small number of places that sell these watches, or happen to know about it and find it online.
The watch is very cool and a good value, meaning it will make a lot of enthusiasts happy. That said, there is a sort of antiquated comedy to purchasing this watch that is, for some people, part of the charm. For example, I can’t actually tell you what the retail price is. The Orient Star website certainly lists the RE-AU307E watch, but without a price. Some Google searching for the watch leads to a low of $6..

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Hands-On: Nivada Grenchen Antarctic

If you’ve been following the vintage watch market, even peripherally, it’s been impossible to ignore the skyrocketing prices. Sure, there’s always been a market for vintage pieces from the big Swiss brands — Rolex, Omega, Zenith, etc. — but as those watches became more and more unattainable, savvy collectors looked to the darker, dustier corners of the vintage market to unearth some underrated beauties from the past. Among those gems are watches from the multitudinous victims of the quartz crisis — brands that made quality automatic and manual-wind watches but were unable to compete when inexpensive, accurate quartz watches began dominating the market. Yet, even those gems from long-extinct brands were rapidly mined with prices soaring as these historic pieces were unearthed and rediscovered by the vintage market.
Capitalizing on the renewed interest in vintage (and vintage-inspired) watches, some of these long-defunct brands, such as Nivada Grenchen, have been resurrected and begun t..

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Hands-On: Doxa SUB 200 C-Graph Watch

Most Doxa fans think of the Doxa SUB 300 timepiece collection (aBlogtoWatch review) when thinking about designs from the famed historic diver’s watch brand. One of its newer styles is the SUB 200 collection, which comes in a three-hand Doxa SUB 200 variant (aBlogtoWatch review here), and now this SUB 200 C-Graph (chronograph) variant which aBlogtoWatch debuted back in 2020 here. Doxa has had other chronograph models in the recent past including the SUB 300T-Graph, and the SUB 200 T-Graph, which each have design details that are carried over to the SUB 200 C-Graph.
Doxa produces each of its SUB 200 and SUB 200 C-Graph watches with (currently) six dial color variants and either on a color-matching rubber strap or this “beads of rice” matching steel bracelet. This particular SUB 200 C-Graph model is the reference 798.10.241.10, which is the SUB 200 C-Graph with the metal bracelet and the Aquamarine-colored dial. It is very bright and friendly, and a color that I think will be popular wit..

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Hands-On: Chopard L.U.C Skull One ‘Day Of The Dead’ Watch

The Chopard L.U.C. Skull One offers an eye-catching juxtaposition of formal and playful in a surprisingly versatile package. The lines of the case, the extremely thin height, and the impeccably finished gold hands and numbers clearly belong to Chopard’s L.U.C. line of elegant dress watches. But what immediately catches your eye is the smiling skull taking center stage. Chopard has long played with dials on the L.U.C. line, combining art and horology, but the Skull One may just be the most fun. Sure, it might sound odd to describe a skeletal motif as fun, but the calavera, or skull, on the Skull One is anything but morbid as it celebrates one of the most festive holidays on the Mexican calendar – Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Though the early roots remain obscure (and rather controversial in academic circles), the contemporary form of this annual celebration is held in remembrance of loved ones who have died – a celebration of both death and life. Toys are left on the grav..

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Hands-On: Casio G-Shock MT-G “Wildlife Promising” Python Pattern Metal Watch

For watch lovers, the most important feature of this limited-edition Casio watch isn’t the particular design or base model used. Rather, it is the particular manufacturing technique used to create the snakeskin-style motif on the case and bracelet that is worth a great deal of attention. I say this because it is easy to neglect this technical feature and its implications while discovering this very eye-catching timepiece. The watch itself is the Casio G-Shock MT-G Wildlife Promising MTGB1000WLP1, and it exists as a limited-edition (Casio has not disclosed a specific number) released at the end of 2020.
The base watch is one that I have a lot of experience with. It is the Casio G-Shock MT-G MTGB1000 watch, and you can see a full review of it on aBlogtoWatch here. Originally released in 2019, Casio recently added a new member to the MT-G collection with the MT-GB2000 (that I will likely review later in 2021). It has a different design than the MT-GB1000 — that I’ve always found to be ve..

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Hands-On: H. Moser & Cie Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade With Vantablack Dial

What is left to say about the H. Moser & Cie Swiss Alp watch, at this point? Intended as a tongue-in-cheek dig at the world’s most famous smartwatch, nobody expected it to become the niche hit it now is. After several iterations, we see the release of the H. Moser & Cie Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade, which will be the last piece in the collection. With that classic Moser sense of humor, the Vantablack dial has a seconds subdial done to resemble the “spinning” loading icon that Mac users are all too familiar with. Limited to 20 pieces, the Swiss Alp Final Upgrade also retires the downright drool-worthy tonneau-shaped HMC 324 movement.
The Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade incorporates some of Moser’s signature touches, like the use of Vantablack and the unmarked dial (you can’t print on Vantablack). Vantablack is the blackest manmade material, and my first interaction with it was when Moser released its Endeavour Perpetual Moon Concept back in 2018, and I can’t describe it better now than ..

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Hands-On With The Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Master Chronometer Sapphire Sandwich

As we charge straight into the Year of the Ox, in the watch world, it’s really starting to look like the Year of the Chronograph, with blockbuster releases dominating the conversation thus far. Leading that charge has been the long-awaited update to the venerable Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional. And while demand for the venerable “Speedy Pro” has never formally waned in the collecting community, Omega’s hesitancy to modernize its most important property had maybe started to get a little long in the tooth, leaving the Moonwatch feeling a little dated in face of increasingly stiff competition from Breitling, TAG Heuer, and most recently, Zenith. All that changes with the new Master Chronometer-certified Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch which fully modernizes Omega’s most beloved chronograph and subtly improves its visual identity while deftly appeasing the notoriously picky Speedmaster collecting community. More importantly though, it finally gives “Speedy-curious” collectors ..

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Hands-On With Two Diamond-Decorated Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Watches

Piaget makes some of the most beautiful exclusive luxury watches out there. The Swiss company combines its more than 100 years of experience producing mechanical watch movements with the contemporary values of the company that include an ultra-thin wearing experience and high-jewelry expertise. Today, I look at two members of the Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon family that includes the reference G0A44053 with a meteorite dial and the reference G0A44031 that has an entirely diamond-decorated dial.
Both watches contain the same in-house-made Piaget movement, known as the caliber 670P. This 4.6mm-thick (rather thin) manually wound movement is comprised of 157 parts and includes an off-centered dial for the time at the 8 o’clock position on the dial, as well as a window for the flying tourbillon located at about 2 o’clock on the dial. The asymmetric look of the dial is nevertheless balanced and invites curious eyes to see what the face of this elegant watch is all about.
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