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The all new CZ encrusted micro pave 316L stainless steel case 42MM model by Paul Rich is quite a stunner, if you did not already notice. This watch is housed in a solid brushed 316L Stainless case with 1024 Cubic Zirconias done in a very neat micro pave setting. It looks very neat and professional when compared to some cheaper encrusted watches out there. The automatic model retails at $899.99 but can be had at 15% off using my code ERIK15 at checkout which will save you a good chunk of change. The watch is 42MM in diameter with a case thickness of just 11MM making it extremely thin and a pleasure to wear on the wrist. The dial itself in this iteration is a deep blue star dial which shines and twinkles as the light hits it. It really feels like your wearing a $100,000 dollar watch, and I dont think anyone would really notice. The stones shine nice and give off a rainbow of colors when outside or in light which is quire luxurious. The dial has hand applied lumed markers which glow green and lumed hands as well. The watch itself is not one to swim with as it holds fifty meters of water resistance with a screw down exhibition caseback and a pull/push crown.
Featured in this model is the robust and trusted Seiko NH35A automatic movement. It is rather common and for good reason. It is accurate, tough, can go yesrs without service when comparing it to a swiss automstic caliber, and features hacking - hand wind - and a quickset date at the 3:00 position. The movement holds around a 40 Hour power reserve when fully wound which is equivalent to a swiss eta-2824 movement.
The all new integrated rubber band is blue and features a custom brushed stee Paul Rich buckle. It is also very comfortable and can accomodate wrist sizes up to 8 inches in my opinion. It conforms nicely to my 6.75" wrist due to the downward curve where it connects to the case. However, Paul Rich does sell other bands to swap out if your interested. I think it is just fine on this band and do not see a need to change it.
Furthermore, this watch is quite a show! It is very blingy and has a lot of character to it. Its the type of watch to wear around town or even at a nice club or bar. It will definitely grab attention with its showy sparkly dial and encrusted case. If that is what your in for, Id say go for it! It is an extremely fun watch to wear and the quality is definitely there for the money!
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The all new Paul Rich Frosted Stardust model in 316L brushed stainless steel is quite a stunner in hand and on the wrist. The watch features a nicer slim 11MM thick case with a 42MM diameter making it wearable
for all wrist sizes from small to large. Overall, it has a nice heft in hand and feels quite solid and well finished. The watch also comes with a 24 month warranty and a polishing cloth along with tools to adjust the bracelet which was nice of them to throw in at no extra charge. The watch definitely contains design DNA from gerald genta the man who introduced the AP royal oak steel sports watch to us back in the 1970s. Overall the quality and finishing is on par with the $549 price ( Use code ERIK15 And you can save 15% on this model ). The crystal was upgraded to a sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating which gives it a more premium feel as well. Now the frosted finish is really quite sparkly and almost appears that there are diamonds encrusted along the bracelet and case giving it an iced out feeling. If your into the bling factor and cant afford a 50,000 iced out AP this can definitely get the job done! The dial
is also sparkly with stardust sprinkled along it. It really is quite stunning, especially when the sun hits it.
We do get a nice exhibition caseback whicj is screwed down for that 50 Meters of water resistance and to give you a view of the seiko NH35 automatic movement. This is a very common automatic caliber and is used in many Seiko watches as well as smaller brands. It is reliable, accurate, tough, and will run flawlessly for years without error. The movement features 24 Jewels, Hand Winding. Hacking seconds, and a quickset date feature.
'The bracelet is 20MM and features that same stardust finishing which really pops and makes you stand out among the crowd. It is rather easy to adjust and features pins which are easy to hammer out and size for your wrist. Overall, other strap options are available
via the website but I think it certainly fits with comfort and gets the job done.
Furthermore, the all new 42MM full dusted model
certainly is a stunner and feels quite luxuriois and lavish when on wrist. It has all the specifications you would look for in a 500 dollar watch. I think they did a decent job putting this one together and I am sure it will be a great seller along with their other models!
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The Paul Rich 44MM StarDust gold model is quite a bold watch. It is 44MM in diameter - 13MM Thick - and 51MM Lug to Lug. The watch itself is crafted of solid 316L steel with a gold finish. For the most part, the case is brushed with some polished edges near the sides of the lugs. 50M is what we get on this model in terms of water resistance so I would not reccommend taking this piece in the pool nor ocean. However, you can most definitely get it wet. The dial is where this model really stands out in my opinion with hand applied lumed C3 superluminova markers that glow green. The date window is legible as well as reading the time at a glance. The Stardust glittery dark blue dial really stands out and sparkles as the light hits it giving off a really luxurious and glamorous feeling to the end user, which many will appreciate. To top it off the crystal is hard and durable with some AR coating for a clear view.
The movement utilized is the Seiko NH35 automatic which is a fairly common movement but a trustworthy one. It has a smooth sweep at 3 HZ with a quickset date, hacking seconds, and hand winding. It is a movement that will last many years without the need for service unlike some of its' Swiss competitors. The accuracy ranges - but on this model I am getting about +6 seconds per day which is outstanding.
The Paul Rich 44 features an integrated bracelet with quick release pins on the back for easy strap changing. However, if you want to change bands to a leather band for example you will need to buy the band from Paul Rich on their website. I see that as being the only downside - but the bracelet is very good quality and comfortable as well. It features a deployant butterfly clasp with their logo engraved where it joins at the middle of the wrist.
Furthermore, Paul Rich is definitely
improving their models from their humble beginnings a few years ago and are now a more recognized brand with a lot more models
to choose from. The quality is definitely good for the overall cosr as well as the movement and overall finishing of the timepiece. This one happens to be my favorite though as this type of dial is extremely rare and hard to find. Always remember you can save 15% off the full price on the Paul Rich Website using code ERIK15 - this will help cut a big chunk
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Wise is a small microbrand from Thailand that produces a couple different styles of dive watches and assembles each watch prior to shipping them to you - This model is priced at $328 USD , You can also watch the full youtube video on the Watch Addiction Channel
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The black dial on my sample is almost sunburst like and the green from the ceramic lumed bezel definitely shows on the dial in sunny conditions. The solid 316L stainless steel case measures 41 x 47 x 12.3MM thick. It is a nice size - especially for my 6.75 inch wrist. The 20MM lugs compliment the case size just fine which is nice to see. Changing straps on this model will be a breeze as there are limitless options when it comes to 20MM bands. The lume is strong as it should be with BGW9 on the applied markers and filled bezel. The markers seem very neat and are quite legible under the ar coated Sapphire crystal. Legibility is definitely not an issue on this 200M rated dive watch - Oh yeah! This watch can go diving with this rating and does feature a signed screw down crown and caseback as well.
The NH35 is used in this watch which is pretty normal for micro brands as it is a workhorse movement snd usually functions with ease for many years. They are quite steady and accurate as you know by now. They do have the hand winding and hacking seconds that lacks in some of the Miyota branded movements. I think at this price it is doable and do not really have an issue with the NH35 TMI produced by Seiko.
The bracelet is a decent one. It is an oyster style bracelet with screw links and a simple two button push clasp which is milled. I actually prefer these simpler slimmer clasps over the large bulky ones we have seen used by other microbrands. They fit comfortable on my wrist and keeps the clasp in proportion to the actual size of the watch and case.
Furthermore gents - the HITMAN is definitely a nice looking diver with some decent specifications for the price , However other brands out there are offering better specifications for the price , so it really is all up to the customer. I like the variety of bezels they do offer and the smooth brushed finishing of the case as well as the oyster bracelet which is quite comfortable. I am not so sure about the name HITMAN as this literally has nothing to do with a dive watch, but hey we all have our own opinions. However, if your in the market for a clean dive watch with good quality control and a decent oyster bracelet that is not a homage watch or replica watch like many brands offer - this can be a suitable option for you.
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The relatively new Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical Series by Swiss watchmaker Hamilton ( Swatch Group ), definitely hit a home run with this new field model which resembles an original Field watch from an era where Hamilton was actually an American company and produced numerous timepieces for the US army during the war. There is also the use of a nicely tuned mechanical movement for a longer power reserve, with a slower beat rate, and some nice strap options as well. Hamiltons best sellers are their field watches and I must say for the price ( Purchased at $328 from JomaShop Link Above^, It is a great watch! ) The solid 316L matt finished steel case has very traditional dimensions but does not really wear as small as they suggest. The case itself is 38MM / 9.6MM / 46.4MM Lug to Lug / 20MM Lug Width. The case is REALLY thin , and thats a good thing, as the originals were not that thick either. I love the fact that they added drilled lug holes for that vintage vibe and quick strap change accessibility. The dial is very a traditional field style and almost identical to the original field watches of World War II. It is meant to be extremely legible, crisp, and to the point. There is no need for a date when your in the trench timing mortars right? The off white dial is very nice looking and fits the patina liked triangles which are filled with C3 lume as eell as the hands. The long spear sweeping seconds hand reaches far out to the minute track allowing for precise second to second timekeeping. This IS actually a 2 piece case where the matt bezel is actually a part of the actual case itself, and then comes the screwed down brushed caseback for 50M of water resistance. The crown being traditional as well is a decent size with good grip and is Pull/Push. This is not a watch to go swimming with. Of course, mostly all Hamiltons come equipped with Sapphire crystals and the Khaki Field is no exception.
Powering this bad boy is the all new Hamilton H-50 calibre which is a manual wound movement with a power reserve of 80 Hours - increased from your traditional 38-40 hours. The base movement is an ETA 2801-02 hand wound caliber with 17 Jewels beating at 3HZ or 21,600 BPH. Considering we get almost double the power reserve, the beat rate was slowed from 4 hz to : hz to achieve this. I generally do not have a problem with it as the power reserve on this thing is insane meaning I can put it down on Friday - Pick it back up on Monday and go to work without winding it. Accuracy so far is quite good at around 4-5 seconds gained per day.
There are a few different band options for the Hamilton KF , but I chose the leather/nylon Hamilton band. It just fits the whole style and scheme
of the watch perfectly in my opinion and with such a thin watch, it almost wears too thin on a leather band. The nato is definitely of good quality and very flexible so there is no break in period needed for this one.
Furthermore, if you have around $350.00 to spend on a nice mechanical timepiece - this could possibly be your best best for good reason. First, your getting a watch that was actually used in a way by the army and in real tactical situation. Secondly, Hamilton has a large history and a great story behind the brand. Lastly, there are not many watches with Swiss on the dial, ETA movements, and Sapphire crystals from reputable watchmakers at this pricepoint. I am definitely loving mine and I think you would love it as well!