Who named the Speedbird?

Speedbird I

My most read watch review is that of the Timefactors Speedbird I. Without fail, it gets read more than any other review I have written. Looking back at when the Speedbird was released, those days were truly exciting as there just weren’t many smaller brands out there. The Speedbird was pre Bill Yao and MKII Watches, pre Dievas, Deep Blue, Ocean 7, Yobokies et al.  Microbrands now proliferate across the internet and all offer the watch enthusiast a real alternative to the High Street brands … Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Gear is here…nearly

Samsung Galaxy Gear...nearly here - click pic...

There are plenty of so called ‘smart’ watches about – well, watches which purport to be so. Look on eBay and it is easy to pick up cheapish mobile phone watches replete with a plethora of functions: camera, mp3 player, bluetooth…and the list goes on.  However, most of these have thus far been cheerful as well as cheap. Sony have given us the Smartwatch and are now on their second attempt (Sony SmartWatch 2), then of course there is the Pebble Smart Watch – a … Continue reading

New release from Westcoastime

New WCT 1000m - click pic...

Just been informed of a new version of the WCT 1000m Diver from Westcoastime (which I have previously reviewed).  The ‘new’ in this case (literally) is a thorough beadblasting of the case. The bracelet remains brushed but I think that the new finish suits the watch head better –  and it would look great on a NATO or Zulu.  There’s a bit of a sale on over at Westcoastime at the moment so I think the watch is worth a look.  Be advised that this … Continue reading

Precista CAF PRS-9


One of my favourite ‘days out’ is a trip to Cosford Air Museum near Telford.  As well as the aircraft themselves I adore the atmosphere of the place; be it a windy wet day or a fine summer’s afternoon, wandering around a hangar and just taking in the atmosphere is an experience that I always enjoy.  In the days when I flew myself I relished the occasions when instead of jumping straight into an aircraft parked on the apron, I would have to open up … Continue reading

Smiths Everest PRS-25


Early December 2011, and it is a decade to the day (8th December 2001) since I received my first Timefactors designed and produced wristwatch from Sheffield which of course was the subject of an enthusiastic review.  The timepiece in question was the Speedbird PRS-1 which as a watch, I have revisited personally over the last month or so with a great feeling of nostalgia both in terms of the watch itself and indeed the time at which it was conceived.  Some readers of this review … Continue reading

Speedbird PRS-1

It has been some time since I have undertaken a watch review. I think that the reason for this is quite simply that I have not seen or owned a watch that I have felt inspired enough or indeed excited enough about to get the camera out and give wordage to. With perhaps one exception being the recently introduced Sinn 656. I did indeed own one for a very short time but was compelled to part with it as my wife gleefully arrived home one … Continue reading

Dreadnought PRS-2

The PRS-2 Dreadnought is the culmination of a project which I believe has been in development for at least one year. Talking with Eddie Platts of Timefactors, the objective was to develop a serious and professional dive/tool watch with a specification to match (or indeed better) other offerings currently available. Furthermore, the purchase price should make the watch good value for money in comparison to others. The word comparison is interesting in this case: the Dreadnought is a limited edition of 200 examples, the specification … Continue reading

Precista PRS-5 Chrono

Despite having owned more than one chronograph over the years I would state at the outset that chronographs have never been my first choice for everyday wear. However, when I need to wear a chronograph through necessity then my choice is always one equipped with hands as opposed to a 1/100 seconds digital affair with a plethora of lap times and so on. I do not need that functionality and as with many people (possibly of my own generation but it seems increasingly with younger … Continue reading

Precista PRS-10 ‘GS’


Up until the early 1980s the British forces (indeed, many other forces) were issued with manually wound watches which ranged from simple, low jewel count disposable watches (viz. some ‘Vietnam Era’ USA issued pieces) to high grade navigational timekeepers such as the IWC Mark XI. Between the two were a plethora of watches which were suited to and served many purposes. Of course, in those days it was necessary for the purchasing authorities to make use of what was within reason available to a certain … Continue reading

Precista PRS-14


In late 1977 I acquired my first ‘real’ watch – a Rolex GMT Master which of course in those days was equipped with a matt black dial with no white gold embellishments, an acrylic crystal which I scratched on the first day and which was water resistant to all of 50 meters. At the time, as far as I was concerned then the specification of the Rolex was the norm for a sports watch which was by no means cheap. Whilst Rolex was indeed a … Continue reading