BALL Engineer Hydrocarbon Original

BALL fancies itself the G-SHOCK of mechanical watches. They reckon their timepieces are ideal for hurricanes hunters, big wave surfers, aviators piloting the world’s fastest airplane and first responders rescuing daredevils in daunting conditions. The BALL Engineer Hydrocarbon Original has a relatively simple mission: provide an affordable alternative to the Rolex Submariner. Mission accomplished? On one level, no . . .

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Panerai Radiomir Eilean

I’m not a huge fan of huge watches. Panerais in particular. The Swiss-masquerading-as-Italian brand’s willingness to stray from dive watch design does nothing to flick my BIC. Panerai’s anything goes product development strategy reached its nadir with the Submersible EcoPangaea™ Tourbillon GMT. (Imagine Rolex making a Submariner Tourbillon GMT.) All that said, the Panerai Radiomir Eilean floats my boat . . .

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TUDOR Only Watch Fail

I applaud the 54 watch brands who’ve created one-off timepieces for the Only Watch auction. Hats off to charity founder Luc Pettavino, whose teenage son died of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The event will raise tens of millions of dollars for DMD research, with only a fraction diverted for expenses. We good? So, TUDOR Only Watch fail. Actually, let’s start with Rolex . . .

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Expensive Dive Watch – 3 Reasons to Own One

In a previous post, I pretty much pronounced T.O.D. on the dive watch (The Dive Watch: Dead Genre Walking?). Obviously, I was premature. OK, wrong. But a recent article at Fratello (The Top 8 Awesome Desk-Diver Watches — Blancpain, Omega, Panerai, And More…) got me thinking. First, when is Fratello going to capitalize OMEGA? Second, the term “desk-diver” is unfortunate (think muff). And lastly, what are the pro’s of wearing an expensive dive watch (EDW)? Here are my three ideas on the subject . . .

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OMEGA Aqua Terra Small Seconds

Yesterday, OMEGA lifted the news embargo on its Omega Aqua Terra Sub-Seconds watches. More specifically, Rolex’s crosstown rival unleashed n-n-n-n-nineteen new models unto the world. All the usual suspects headlined the new-look AT, the majority polluting the watchblogosphere with the kind of hyperbole once reserved for communist Russia’s information officers. First up: Zach Pina at ablogtowatch.com:

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