Speedbird III PRS-22

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It is often said that things work in seven year cycles.  In late 2001 I reviewed the first of the PRS line of watches – namely the PRS1 Speedbird. Readers of my reviews will have noted just how impressed I was with this watch and how I felt that it truly captured the spirit of an age gone by in terms of the romanticism of civil air travel – when things weren’t computerised and a journey of two or three thousand miles was still something … Continue reading

Precista PRS-53 Fat Arrow

I recall as recently as the mid 1990s that watch buyers would remove military issue markings from the back of a watch or indeed prefer to buy military issued pieces with the markings already removed. Hindsight is a great thing of course and there must be many people who regret having undertaken this surgery. The market for military watches and indeed collectability of the same has mushroomed over the last decade; particularly, post war to late 1970s issued pieces are a finite resource simply because … Continue reading

Smiths Military PRS-29

Recently, I was asked the question “Why is it that you only ever seem to review watches from Timefactors?”.   A fair question given that most watches I have reviewed from that stable are on the face of it very similar. My answer was simply that those watches I have experienced from the Sheffield based operation have all had a twist if you will.  There has always been something either literally or metaphorically beneath the surface which has made me want to own them.  Therein lies … Continue reading

Westcoastime M16 II

I have always been a great fan of the tritium vials used on many United States military watches (and of course the plethora of civilian versions on the market during the last few years). For me, there has always been something almost magical about the glow that these tubes give off during the hours of darkness. The general interest in genuine military watches continues unabated; indeed, various versions of previously issued and current issue United States military timepieces are available via various online sources so … Continue reading

Zeno Diver 300m

Over the past year or so, I have increasingly taken an interest in those watches which some may describe as ‘cheap’ or ‘budget’ but which I have rapidly come to the conclusion are actually excellent value for money. Furthermore, some such watches manage to accomplish what the so called ‘higher-end’ brands fail to do in terms of functionality and perhaps more importantly – reaching back to maybe two or three decades ago in construction and look. It seems that the vogue is retro and no … Continue reading

Precista GMT GTLS

It is not very often that I write a review out of curiosity about rather than enthusiasm for a particular watch.  This review falls firmly in the former category given that the introduction of the watch in question has raised the eyebrows of many watch aficionados and enthusiasts of the Precista brand alike.  Indeed, the introduction of this watch has perhaps more than raised the eyebrows of some,  it has caused indignation amongst those who have followed the resurrection of the Precista brand within the … Continue reading

Zeno Explorer (ZEX)

Most watch enthusiasts will no doubt have noticed the surge in popularity of the classic Rolex Explorer over the last few years. Whilst this model has been around since the mid-1950s, it wasn’t perhaps until as recently as two years ago that the popularity surge took place, in turn effecting a marked increase in the price asked for NIB examples. Likewise, the price for vintage Explorers (the 1016 model) has risen to the degree where they have become out of reach of many people who … Continue reading

Omega Speedmaster Professional

When I first thought about writing something about the fabled Moonwatch, I was stumped; it is a watch that probably all watch enthusiasts have heard about, it is a watch that many have written about (indeed whole books have been devoted to it), it is a watch about which various reviews have been written. Furthermore, I don’t actually own one though I have worn one in the past. So what could I do that was at least a little bit different? My answer was to … Continue reading

Westcoastime WCT 1000

Many of us are, or have been drawn to ownership of a ‘dive watch’ at some point during their interest in horology.   Others (i.e. those with no particular interest in watches but who wish to wear one) consider the dive watch to be the watch to wear both from perhaps a fashion perspective and also a practical one.  After all, in theory such a watch can be worn 24/7 in all weathers and under all conditions, wet or dry.  I certainly see the logic here … Continue reading

Pimp Star Performer

Probably not news to the watch enthusiast is the relatively recent renaissance in digital watches. Whilst the likes of Casio have continued to produce LCD watches throughout the late 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, only recently have LED equipped timepieces become available as new items after their somewhat brief rise and fall some thirty years ago. Indeed, there do exist the real collectibles from the dawn of the digital watch age; the early Pulsars fall smartly into this category and today command high prices when in … Continue reading