The RS-1 is comprised of a 7 piece construction with many layers of solid 316L stainless steel. It has a very unique design, something I have never witnessed before with its’ circular case surrounded by skeletonized lugs. The finishing is also very good, and reminds me of higher end Swiss Independent brands which sell for 10 times the price of these watches. However, Dwiss is no newcomer to the scene of Swiss watchmaking having been around since 2011 and even selling a Concepto Tourbillon for upwards of $19,000 via their webstore. In terms of dinensions, we are looking at 45MM x 13MM x 50.5MM. These dimensions are certainly larger than your average modern traditional swiss watch but to show off such a bold and quirky watch, it seems it was needed. The screw on bezel is also a nice touch with perfectly alligned screws and a smooth brushed finish. Talking about the finishing - it is really, really well done. The chamfered edges on the bezel and lug sides show off what Dwiss is truly about. The caseback also exhibits the Swiss ETA 2824-2 movement which is covered with a sapphire crystal. Please also keep in mind the 200M water resistance rating which allows this watch to pretty much go anywhere in or around water.
The iteration in hand contains the Orange style time wheel which is part of this Multilayer black dial. Heading to the center of the dial there is also a slight smokey black transparency where we can see the inner workings of the movement. The actual minutes hand is rhe large arrow shaped hand whilst the hours is read by the rotating disc which fills in each hour with orange as the hour passes. I think this way of telling time is unique, different, and practical in a fun way. Small fun details include neatly printed specifications near the outer portion of the dial, as well as the rotating shape that sits on top of the minute hand.
The movement utilized here is none other than the ETA 2824-2 caliber. This is a trusted and reputable swiss automatic movement which contains 24 jewels - hand winding - hacking - and reliability. They even went ahead and inscribed some branding into the rotor which is a nice detail.
Italian Leather/Fabric Band
There are two options when choosing a R1 timepiece ( Beacelet or Strap ) and mine contains the Italian leather/fabric 24MM strap with quick release pins. I have found it to be quite comfortable and even endure the custom buckle more. It actually feels like a suitable quality strap for a $1400 watch. While other companies skimp on materials and craftsmanship of straps in this price range, Dwiss certainly did not.
Furthermore, If you are sick of looking at everyones wrists and seeing the same traditional and overused designs time after time - the DWISS R1 can be a nice addition to any collection. It has a charm of its’ own with its’ design and various cuts. I think they produced a watch that certainly punches a bit over the selling price they are going for. I have owned and handled many luxury timepieces from large swiss brands in my lifetime, and the R1 certainly can hold its’ own when it comes to build quality, fit, finish, and design. Thanks for taking the time to read - and please do check out their webshop if you would like any more information regarding their timepieces.
Today, we are going to take a look at a recent addition to my personal collection of watches. I have been eyeing a 16570 Rolex for some time now and have come to the conclusion that this definitely is the best value packed rolex for your money. It is not the least expensive Rolex at around $5000-$6000 USD for a decent pre owned model with box and papers from the F serial years mine came from. The new Maxi case Explorer II is just a bit odd looking to me, using a large orange gmt hand which resembles the vintage Explorer II in a way. Anyway, enough rambling on - let’s explore this timepiece!
The 904L solid stainless steel 40MM case is finely brushed and polished on the flanks of the case and bracelet in a very nice and luxurious manner. I don’t know, whenever I pick up a 904L steel Rolex it just feels of better quality and the finishing looks better, but that’s just my opinion. In terms of thickness including the Sapphire crystal which sits a bit above the stationary 24 hour bezel we are looking at 12.2MM. The lug to lug distance of 47MM allows for a perfect fit on my 6.5” wrist with zero overhang, which is very pleasing. The case itself is also water resistant to 100 Meters making this a capable watch. Whether your climbing and exploring mountains and caves, flying over different time zones, or simply riding your bicycle to the beach for a quick dip, the Explorer II will satisfy in each of these situations. The watch itself feels tough, robust, and can definitely get away with the term “Tool Watch”.
I chose to go with the glossy black dial, it just speaks to me much more than the “Feminine” white dial option. I also do really enjoy the 18K white gold hands and lips of the applied Superluminova markers. The 2.5X magnification lens is certainly helpful with reading the date at a quick glance whilst driving or jogging as well. There are three lines of text on this model and two lines at the bottom stating the COSC certification. It is a rather simple, no nonsense dial meant for use of each of the three functions ( Date , GMT time , Regular Time ). Another bonus of getting a more recent 16570 (2005) is the lume. The lume glows green and is certainly bright at night lasting a decent ammount of time.
The Rolex 3186 Automatic calibre is a COSC certified Rolex in house movement featuring a blue parachrom hairspring as well, whilst the previous 3185 did not. One can expect around 50 hours of power reserve which is quite good and a bit over two days. The movement contains 31 jewels and has a high beat of 28,800 BPH. Caliber 3186 also features a GMT function of course for the two time zones this watch can hold at any given moment. My example is performing at +2 seconds a day which is just as good as my current 2016 Submariner.
This model uses a 20MM 904L steel oyster bracelet with the older style stamped clasp and flip over lock. We also do get a few micro adjustments for tweeking the perfect fit to your wrist, which is always useful during summer season for me. The tops are brushed while the flanks and polished. However, you cannot compare the quality of these bracelets to the newer style bracelets. They may be comfortable and 100% functional , but the overall solidness and robustness of the newer oyster bracelets on the Maxi cases blows these away. On a good note, this model does contain the solid end links.
Furthermore, the 16570 is most definitely overshadowed by many and quite bland for some. However, It is certainly the best value 5 digit sports steel rolex currently on the market. I mean...you are getting a Gmt function, Date, and small details not found on any other model like the unique brushed finish on the 24 hour bezel. In some years, I can picture this watch jumping in price to around $6-$7,000.....If you are in the market for a 16570 , find one in good condition which shouldn’t be hard and I am sure you will have a great experience as I am currently having. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the full video review on YouTube.
The Omega Seamaster is probably the highest quality in and out swiss automatic watch you can get for your money when diving into the depths of entry level luxury watches. It has all you will need for everyday use, diving, and much more packed inside this $3,000 watch.
Case And Dial
The Ceramic Seamaster is available in both black and blue color schemes. The case diameter is relatively close to its’ older brother, the submariner-coming in at 41MM. In terms of thickness we are looking at 13MM while the lugs are 20Mm. The case is finely brushed with hints of polishing comprised of solid 316L steel. The finishing is very good, but not Rolex good. This diver is capable of diving to depths of 300M and even has the typical Omega Helium Escape valve at the 10:00 position, if you would ever need it. The shiniest detail has to be the Ceramic polished bezel insert which sits on top of the 120 Click Uni-Directional dive bezel. The tints of blue shining off of the Anti Reflective coated Sapphire crystal really play nicely with the bezel.
Omega is known for packing a lot of punch into their movements at relatively affordable prices in the luxury sector. This model utilizes the Omega 2500 Co-Axial movement which is a really great movement, and two steps ahead of something like an ETA or Selitta. It contains 27 Jewels, Accuracy within +2 seconds a day usually on examples I have handled, and beats at 28,800 VPH. It also features beautiful geneva striping on the rotor and bridges.
The bracelet is your typical solid steel bracelet with screwed links and a combination of brushed and polished surfaces. The clasp is signed with the Omega insignia and features a nice milled clasp as well. A dual button deployment is utilized for extra security.
So, Yearning for the best price on an Omega SM300? I certainly would never pay full retail on a watch like this and neither should you. I do purchase luxury watches on the grey market, and have been doing so for a few years now after getting ripped off by Authorized Dealers. The thing is, if you pay full retail (20% Higher)
when you go to sell your watch, you will lose a lot of money. I do reccomend JomaShop located here
in Brooklyn as they have a wide selection of luxury and entry level timepieces in stock daily. They are the largest grey market watch dealer online, and for good reason.
I have left a link below where you can check them out and browse their inventory. Thanks for reading!
The 2018 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 features a slimmer profile slightly , and of course a diameter of 41MM. The case is also highly polished , comprised of the infamous Rolex 904L stainless steel. The sloped 18K fluted bezel sits over the nude sapphire crystal ( No AR Coating ) , while the caseback remains sterile and screwed down for 100M of true tested water resistance. In between the lugs we have a very average 20Mm, which makes this jubilee swappable with any two tone oyster models.
The dial is configured with your typical Rolex applied Lumed stick markers, 18K applied crown logo below 12:00, and your 2.5X magnification over the date window at 3:00. This 126333 is the white dialed version if you have not noticed, and the gold sits nicely alongside this palet. A small detail which is new is the placement of a crown between swiss and made at 6:00.
The Rolex In-House COSC certified and Rolex certified 3255 movement resides inside this beauty, featuring 70 hours of power reserve, blue parachrom anti-magnetic hairspring, and Paraflex shock absorbers. You WILL get around +2 seconds a day guaranteed out of the store with this watch.
The Jubilee bracelet was first introduced in 1945 by Rolex and is a modern day classic. However, these new and improved solid jubilee bracelets are much, much better. The bracelet contains screw links and is comprised of 18K solid yellow gold and 904L steel. The newer bracelets do not stretch nearly as much as the previous ones, and are much more durable. The clasp itself contains a flip lock with a classic Rolex polished millee clasp. Another feature is a slight adjustment underneath the clasp for comfortability if your wrist happens to swell up during the hot months of summer.
The Datejust 41 line is certainly an appealing line for the modern man. First of all, the size difference is definitely notable when comparing this watch to a generation of older 36MM cases. All of the movement upgrades are definitely shown in this quite expensive price of $12700 retail from an authorized dealer. However, Rolex does produce high quality, accurate, and nearly perfect watches that will last a lifetime if serviced and properly taken care of. For me, I do like this watch enough to reccommend it to my viewers, and I must admit - I am a two-tone guy!
The main component of a mechanical movement is the mainspring, a spring that gradually unwinds and transmits energy. A mechanical watch will keep accurate time despite requiring winding up if it's manual. ... Inside an automatic watch sits a small weighted rotor that has to oscillate in order to wind the mainspring.