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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 ...
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: 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...
A WEEK ON THE WRIST – A. LANGE & SOHNE 1815 UP/DOWN
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A WEEK ON THE WRIST – A. LANGE & SOHNE 1815 UP/DOWN

hank you to Jean-Paul @jp_melbs for lending me this beautiful watch. Without your generosity this review would not have been possbile. Please visit JP's instagram for more incredible content of his A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Up/Down and other watches in his superb collection.  A. Lange & Sohne was reintroduced to the watch word in 1994 after lying dorment since1948. A little known manufacture producing a small number of watches, Lange was a well kept secret in enthusiast circles, with those in the know recognising the exceptional level of wristwatches coming from the town of Glashutte. Fast forward to 2019 and Lange is the noisy neighbour of the Switzerland's holy trinity of watchmaking. To be comparable with the likes of Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin is qui...
A WEEK ON THE WRIST: VACHERON CONSTANTIN TRADITIONELLE
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A WEEK ON THE WRIST: VACHERON CONSTANTIN TRADITIONELLE

A huge thank you to watchvault.com.au @the_watch_vault for lending me this watch to make this review possible. The most trusted destination for pre-owned watches and accessories, please make sure to visit the website!  If you've found your way to this article, chances are you are quite familiar with the 'holy trinity' of watchmaking. While Patek... is well, Patek and AP go from success to success with their Royal Oak, Vacheron has yet to hit mainstream pop culture in the same way that the afformentioned manufactures have in recent times. Turns out, this is a great thing if you are in the market for a watch of the highest order and do not want to entertain absurd waiting lists or criminally high secondary market prices. Having only enjoyed high horology from behind the glass window of a ...
COLAREB VENEZIA: TOBACCO
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COLAREB VENEZIA: TOBACCO

The ownership experience begins with the purchase of a watch, which is hopefully followed by an extensive honeymoon period where you adore your new timepiece. Having the watch on your wrist reinforces all the design traits that drew you to your latest acquisition, while discovering new and intricate characteristics that you would only notice after an extended period of wear. Once familiar with your timepiece and it's place in your collection, often a sense of curiosity rises as you the owner, want to enhance that ownership experience. One of the best ways to satisfy that hankering, is through a new strap. Regardless of what timepiece you may have, a new strap can transform the look and feel of your watch, at times giving you that new watch feeling all over again. With options abundant and ...
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VANGUARD RUBBER STRAPS FOR ROLEX & TUDOR

It is no secret that Rolex makes one of the best, if not the best sport watch bracelet in the business. Yet, as an enthusiast there is always an underlying curiosity of how your watch might look on a different strap. While NATO and leather are popular alternatives, it seems there has been an significant uptake in rubber straps across the entire industry. Kindly provided to me for review is the Vanguard rubber strap which exceeded my expectations from an aftermarket offering. The packaging is simple yet well executed, a bold red box containing the 2 piece vulcanised rubber strap and spring bars for my 214270 Explorer. Even before fitting, you become acquainted with how supple and tensile the rubber is, while retaining all the robustness associated with the material. The fit and finis...
A WEEK ON THE WRIST: OMEGA SPEEDMASTER 3590.50
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A WEEK ON THE WRIST: OMEGA SPEEDMASTER 3590.50

Few watches have true historical provenan­ce of this calibre and arguably none greater than the watch I am writing about today. A timepiece that has been around since 1957, tethered to one of mankind’s greatest achievements; the Omega Speedmaster means so much to so many, this review is an important one. For those who love watches there will come a time where you have considered owning, currently own or have enjoyed ownership of a Speedmaster. Hopefully the ideas I share with you in this article can help you in each stage of your Speedmaster journey. Omega’s Speedmaster range has reached an abundance of variations with new colourways and limited editions being released at a consistent rate, but I am grateful to say that my first long term experience with a Moonwatch will be in it...
A Week On The Wrist – Omega Seamaster Electric Blue 2253.80
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A Week On The Wrist – Omega Seamaster Electric Blue 2253.80

2018 saw the release of the new Omega Seamaster and with an overwhelmingly positive response for the return of the wave patterned dial, it only seemed right that for this week on the wrist (when given the opportunity) I jumped at the chance to review the predecessor. What do we have here? This reference is the 2253.80 Seamaster originally released in 2006, which features a 36.5mm case and an appropriately nicknamed electric blue dial. This particular livery is not one you will often spot on Seamasters, yet it does not depart from the iconic timepiece that enthusiasts know and love. A chronometer grade self-winding movement (Omega 1120), sapphire crystal and 300 metres of water resistance retain the sport watch pedigree the Seamaster was founded upon. On the wrist ...