IWC Porsche Design Titanium Chronograph: Review

“Titanium was a material no one had ever made a watch with because it’s difficult to machine,” Porsche Design Director Roland Heiler reminisced re: the IWC Porsche Design Titanium Chronograph. “It’s a material that gives you a lot of headaches, but it has very good properties – it’s anti-allergic, it does not corrode, and it’s half the weight of steel with pretty much the same strength if not more.” Uh, no . . .

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39: Review

Sometimes it’s hard to be a Rolex. Especially an Oyster Perpetual 39. Oh sure, demand exceeds supply. But the delivery delay’s nothing compared to the waiting list for the OP 39’s blingier brethren. Holy Grail models like the stainless steel Daytona might as well be made of unobtanium. FTS. The white-faced Rolex OP 39 is the only Rolex worth owning, bar none.

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Barton Springs 656 Diver: Review

“There are things that rise above themselves to assume iconic stature,” Betty Cornfeld and Owen Edwards write. “These things are simple, ageless, yet mythic things that possess quintessence.” In their book by that name, the authors posit that the Steinway piano, Oreo cookie and Stetson hat qualify as quintessential. Add the Dufrane Barton Springs 656 Diverto that list . . .

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Yema Navygraf Heritage: Review

Bezels are incredibly useful devices. Twist the ring until the arrow’s on the current or desired end time and you’re good to go (for events lasting an hour or less). Aesthetically, the big ass bezels dominating today’s “sport” watches scream DIVE! DIVE! DIVE! The French-made Yema Navygraf shows us how an everyday dive watch should be done. Was done? That too . . .

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Seiko Diver Automatic Orange: Review

In 1964, DOXA Watches sent divers into Switzerland’s Lake Neuchatel armed with a rainbow of brightly colored watches. Their goal: find the best hue for underwater visibility. Three years later, the watchmaker released the legendary orange SUB. If horological heritage is your bag, buy a latter day DOXA. If not, consider the Seiko Diver Automatic Orange Dial Men’s Watch. Now why would anyone want to do that?

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