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Omega Speedmaster Blue Side of the Moon Aventurine Dial – Review
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Omega Speedmaster Blue Side of the Moon Aventurine Dial – Review

The mighty Omega Speedmaster, variations there are many. What makes this one special?  I’ve owned the Moonwatch in its traditional form, the one we all know and love with its steel case and tri-register layout. This hulking 44.5mm blue ceramic, aventurine dial, coaxial automatic Speedmaster could not prove to be any greater contrast by appearance, but (spoiler alert) I’ve found it far more enjoyable to own. With a more literal interpretation of the world beyond our atmosphere, the Blue Side of the Moon (BSOTM) gives you a glimpse into the cosmos with its stunning blue aventurine dial and 18k laser ablated moonphase disc.     We Have Lift-Off The OG Moonwatch looks and feels like an instrument where the BSOTM is an ode to exactly what the Speedmaster's reputation has been b...
The Microbrand Caveat – Serica 5303-2 Review
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The Microbrand Caveat – Serica 5303-2 Review

We are back with another review! Which is great news for all of us, me as I have found a watch worth writing about and you the reader who can agree or disagree with each of the sentiments I have regarding microbrands and the Serica 5303-2. Serica shot into the microbrand limelight with its dirty dozen-esque design that is the 4512 series, riding the wave of momentum from its collaboration with the WM Brown Project and author of enthusiast favourite book "A man and his watch" Matt Hranek. The 5303 moves away from military inspired pieces and offers a dive watch conjured with the 1950's in mind. While there is no shortage of vintage inspired dive watches, Serica's charming design language and enticing specifications for under $1500 AUD makes this a formidable option amongst a long list of a...
Zenith Defy 21 Ultraviolet Chronograph – Long Term Review
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Zenith Defy 21 Ultraviolet Chronograph – Long Term Review

Thanks to Chamath (@champsg @watchadvice www.watchadvice.com) for letting me borrow his Ultraviolet Zenith. The generosity of the watch community never ceases to amaze and to experience this piece over the last month has been incredible.  You’ve been sensible all week. You’ve endured meetings, workshops, team building exercises. Everyone dresses the same, looks the same, speaks the same. You get home on a Friday evening and take off your suit or dress, flick off your shoes and relax. The weekend is here. It’s time to have fun, let your hair down. You put your sensible, classic, work friendly timepiece on the dresser and live a little. Let go of the professional persona for 48 hours and when guilty pleasures are a little less guilty, what watch is on your wrist? Introducing the Zenith D...
Long Term Review – Omega Speedmaster 3592.50
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Long Term Review – Omega Speedmaster 3592.50

The Omega Speedmaster, we all know why this watch is important but what is it like to own? There comes a moment in every enthusiast journey where you discover the Moonwatch for all its historic significance and are coerced by watch media, fellow enthusiasts or your own self that no collection can be complete without a Speedy. A first watch for many, an "only watch" for some, I have always admired Omega's quintessetial timepiece and took the leap to purchase one for myself in November 2021. Reference 3592.50 There are a plethora of Speedmaster to choose from and I mean that quite literally, it took me so long to commit to a Moonwatch due to the vast array of limited editions, off-shoots and vintage pieces. I landed on the 3592.50 as it was close enough to birth year, consisting of a hesal...
Long Term Review – Jaeger Le Coultre Reverso Tribute
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Long Term Review – Jaeger Le Coultre Reverso Tribute

It’s been a hot minute since the last review and I couldn’t be more excited to share my thoughts about a watch in my own collection, the Jaeger Le-Coultre Reverso Tribute. For those of you who prefer the long form this one is for you, feel free to make a coffee or negroni and buckle up. To avoid this becoming a history lesson or regurgitation of marketing material, I won’t be touching too much on the Reverso origin story, but I will say the watch has evolved quite a lot over the last 90 years while remaining true to its roots. This particular reference substitutes the typical silver dial and Arabic numerals of the classic Reverso with a gorgeous array of applied indices, logo, dagger hands, small seconds and a magical blue dial. It is undeniably art deco inspired, which I find so ex...
Review – Halios Seaforth
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Review – Halios Seaforth

Several trends have emerged in recent years within the watch industry, one being steel sports watches (you know what I’m talking about) but more surprisingly, micro brands! Whether they begin as a passion project or kick starter campaign, micro brands have been able to deliver what the community wants when the big brands could not. Halios is the result of Jason Lim’s unbridled love for watches and one quick search of their website will convey exactly that. Many of us readers live, breathe and dream watches but very few make the leap to make it more than just a hobby. Whether it is a career change or part time project, I tip my hat to anyone who is so brave to create an entire brand. Jason’s watches tend to drop in limited runs and if you’re lucky enough to snag an allocation, he is w...
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...