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Review – Wristbuddys Perlon Straps
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Review – Wristbuddys Perlon Straps

Perlon straps. You may have seen them around, but what exactly are they and would you consider wearing one? That is the exact question I asked myself when Sam from wristbuddys.com sent several coloured straps in for review. Constructed of the same nylon we know and love in a NATO, it takes on a different appearance in this crosshatch braid but functions like any other single pass strap. A unique trait of the perlon is that there are no dedicated holes for the pin in the buckle, meaning the wearer can get a millimetre perfect fit which cannot always be achieved by other types of fixed length straps. By simply piercing the strap between weaves at the desired length, you can create the perfect fit for your wrist. Another benefit of its signature style weave, perlon lets your skin br...
Long Term Review – Orient Kamasu Teal
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Long Term Review – Orient Kamasu Teal

Welcome to another long-term review of a piece that makes part of my own collection, the Orient Kamasu in teal. The diver has more than just its good looks to offer and has been pitched as the new king of the sub $500 sport watch segment, but can it knock the Seiko SKX off its perch? Specs & Feel   The Orient Kamasu comes in at 41.8mm wide, 46.88mm lug to lug, 12.8mm thick and a lug width of 22mm. The steel bracelet features a fold over safety clasp and double push button release, stamped with an Orient insignia and folded end links. A steel caseback complete with dolphin motif, contributes to the watch's 200m water resistance along with a screw down crown. The F6922 automatic caliber holds 40 hours of power reserve, quoted accuracy between -15 +25 seconds a day with both ...
Let’s Talk Straps – Artisan Straps Review
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Let’s Talk Straps – Artisan Straps Review

Before we get started in this review, let me begin by saying I paid for these straps with my own money. All the thoughts I share in this article are independent without any outside influence. It's important to outline these things as the line between journalism and marketing is finer than ever in the watch community today. Anyway, let's get to it! Introduction Artisan Straps is a fellow Aussie who has taken his leather crafting skills to the watch world with the goal of offering premium straps at an affordable price. The founder, Jayson, crafts all products by hand, whether it be a stock ready accessory or made to order pieces. Artisan straps has seen strong growth in Australia, with more and more enthusiasts adorning their timepieces with straps made by the Sydney based brand. I opte...
Review – Zodiac Super Sea Wolf GMT
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Review – Zodiac Super Sea Wolf GMT

Like ordering a frozen daquiri in a pub where all the other patrons are drinking beer, the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf GMT is a burst of flavour and goes about its business without pausing for a moment to consider what others might think. The watch grabs your attention with a mint and blue bicolour bezel, before introducing you to its bold but entirely congruent design language. The dial features plenty of high polish with its baton hands matching the block aesthetic of the hour markers which are faceted and the way light bounces around is easily one of SSW GMT's most pleasant features. Regardless of whether the watch is a companion on a lovely a summer's day or the mighty indoors, you will still be rolling your wrist just to see how the Super Sea Wolf highlights all the finished surfaces beneat...
In Depth & Review – King Seiko 4402
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In Depth & Review – King Seiko 4402

Welcome back to another long term review! In this instalment, we discuss my first foray into vintage watch collecting with the King Seiko 4402. Vintage watch collecting is currently at the height of its powers, it only seems fitting to investigate what the fuss is all about. What Do We Have Here? The watch in question is a King Seiko 4402. A manual wind, time and date piece made of steel circa 1967. With a 35.5mm diameter and slim profile, this is the typical silhoutte of a timepiece born in the late 60's. You may recognise the design language of this King Seiko with its sharp facets and high polish edges extrapolated to Grand Seiko pieces of today. This particular watch is amongst the first generation of pieces from the manufacture to feature Taro Tanaka's grammar of design which we...
LONG TERM REVIEW: SEIKO SRPD97J1
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LONG TERM REVIEW: SEIKO SRPD97J1

It's been a while since my last watch review and so, it is my pleasure to bring to you a long term summary of the Seiko SRPD97J1. This piece comes under a slew of nicknames, baby blizzard, baby GS, zen garden and there is good reason for it. Hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did bringing this to you! What's New? The watch in question was released in November 2019 without as much as a whimper in classic Seiko style. This Presage piece was the first model to reveal the brand's intention to implement updates to their core model lines. So what's different about this particular piece? While the venerable 4R35 movement remains, a sapphire crystal replaces Hardlex and we are met with an entirely new case design. Leaving a footprint (or wrist-print?) of 38.5mm across, 11.2mm thick...
LET’S TALK STRAPS – DELUGS STRAPS
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LET’S TALK STRAPS – DELUGS STRAPS

Welcome back to another instalment of Let's Talk Straps. In this episode, we dive into the brand that is Delugs straps and review 3 leather accessories that were graciously provided to us. Having seen some outstanding photos of their products, I was more than excited to receive these straps and pair them amongst my watch collection. Delugs is a brand based in Singapore which began as conventional leather crafters, producing a range of accessories such as wallets, belts, clutches, bags and the like. Delugs holds a philosophy that there is a major distinction in quality between their leather work and mass produced pieces, with a key focus on artisanal guile and attention to detail in whatever they create. So confident in their manufacture, Delugs offers a lifetime warranty for their strap...
LET’S TALK STRAPS: VEBLENIST
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LET’S TALK STRAPS: VEBLENIST

Welcome back to another instalment of Let's Talk Straps! Join us as we take a look at Chicago based brand, Veblenist. Among a very broad selection of leather straps, Veblenist also offers accessories, storage options and even a few pre-owned watches. Their team was kind enough to provide two of their products for review. The Product I had the pleasure of taking the Dogwood Suede and Saddle Brown Calfskin straps in a box stitch and quick release spring bar configuration for a spin amongst my humble watch collection. Upon receiving Veblenist goods you will be presented with a cotton pouch and signed card from the team that is entirely pragmatic and foregoes any unnecessary packaging. The Saddle Brown Calfskin strap is the exact tone of brown that springs to my mind whenever I think of ...
LET’S TALK STRAPS: TEMPOMAT
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LET’S TALK STRAPS: TEMPOMAT

Founded and based in Madrid, Tempomat is a provider of a wide range of watch related accessories. Ranging from straps to card holders and even swimwear, the brand offers more than the usual array of enthusiast products. Tempomat are best known for their expansive range of rubber straps of which I have here for review. Style If bold and beautiful takes your fancy, Tempomat have plenty in their arsenal to support you in your endeavour to take a watch to the next level and make it stand out amongst a crowd of steel bracelets. Where the end links of the bracelet would normally reside, Tempomat straps are shaped to meet the case and lugs coherently, while being downturned sharply to match the curvature of the wrist. The strap remains a consistent 20mm from end to end again erring on the si...
LET’S TALK STRAPS: COLAREB NAPOLI & TORINO
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LET’S TALK STRAPS: COLAREB NAPOLI & TORINO

For this instalment of Let's Talk Straps, we have the Napoli and Torino straps from the Italian manufacture, Colareb. It's no secret that I am already a fan of Colareb's products, with the Venezia tobacco strap (for which you can read the review here) being my favourite strap on the market for under $100AUD. Colareb has recently released 5 new product lines and when given the opportunity to experience the new range for myself, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them. Colareb has always provided excellent value, with their hand crafted leather products rivalled by very few in this segment, will these straps compete at a slightly higher price point? Let's dig in!   Colareb - Torino  Beginning with the Torino strap, what we have here is candid, slim profiled black leather stra...