Monday, May 26, 2014

Remember All The Veterans Who Have Stood Watch For Us!

Today, we simply want to let all veterans know that we remember and honor their military service and their sacrifices. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Russian Vostok Watches

One of my favorite watches is from Russia.  It's a vintage Vostok Komandirskie military watch that a friend bought for me at a Moscow flea market.  It's got plenty of character.  It has a few  scratches on the crystal and the shadow of a minute hand is permanently shown as a dark line on a sun-faded dial.  But, it still works well.

Vostok Amphibia

I thought all the old-school military watches had faded from the market.  However, I found that has a nice selection of Vostok military watches at very reasonable prices.   These watches are manually-wound, mechanical, classics with screw down crowns and the ability to withstand harsh Russian winters. These are a good deal and I'm very tempted to add some more to my collection!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Check Out My New Blog - GunGator's Gun Blog

If you are looking for even more dude stuff in your surfing, check out my newest blog:  It's chock full of firearms, fast planes, and secret weapons.  I've got plenty of interesting articles in the queue and it continues to grow!  Check it out!  Today, my blog will be covering the secret Nazi plan to bomb America during World War II.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Momentum M1 Dive Watches

When I was recently checking out the exciting new Momentum Torpedo dive watches, I noticed that the brand also carries some very nice looking traditional dive watches.  The Momentum M1 series of dive watches looks like a great value.

You get a lot of popular dive watch features in this Momentum watch: 200 meters of water resistance, a screw-down crown, a mineral crystal, a stainless steel case and stainless steel uni-directional bezel, and a rubber or nylon NATO-style band. The hands and number indexes are luminous for low light conditions. The watch is driven by a a reliable Japanese quartz movement. If you've been wanting a traditional dive watch, the Momentum M1 might just fit the bill.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Citizen Eco-Drive and The Sock Drawer

 How long does a Citizen Eco-Drive watch run in the dark?  Let me tell you a little story.  Once upon a time, maintenance men were coming to our apartment to install some equipment.  Out of an abundance of caution, I quickly stashed all of my watches the night before.  Unfortunately, I didn't keep close track of exactly where I stashed my watches.  Even worse, one of the watches that I stashed was the new black ion plated Citizen Eco-Drive that my wife bought me for our anniversary.  It's never cool to lose a watch and it's even less cool to lose an anniversary watch.

My Citizen Eco-Drive

I tried to play it cool as I quietly searched for my Citizen Eco-Drive Weeks drug by!  It was gone for at least a month.  Fortunately, it turned up in the very back of one of my sock drawers.  Amazingly, it was still ticking!

I shouldn't have been surprised.  According to Citizen, a fully charged Eco-Drive watch should run in light or dark for about six months.  You can read my full review here:

Wristwatch Review:  Drive by Citizen Men's Black Ion Plated Eco-Drive Strap Watch.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Wristwatch Review: Timex Classic Dress Watch

I recently picked up this Timex Classic Dress Watch at Kohl's.  It's a very comfortable diver-inspired watch.  It's a basic black watch with a diver-inspired look.  The strap is of a comfortable, pliable, rubber.  The case is a flat black plastic and the bezel is of polished aluminum.  The center of the dial has a cross hatched pattern that looks similar to the ever popular "carbon fiber."  It has a modestly-sized 42 millimeter diameter case that is 8 millimeters thick.  The band is just perfect at 20 millimeters wide.  It does not seem to slide around on the wrist.  The Model is T2P383.

This watch has know complications and provides the 24-hour time in small numerals just inboard of the 12-hour time.  The watch retails for full price at Kohl's for $54.95.  However, you'll leave the store paying far less after a sale price and any percent off coupons.  

I like this watch a lot because it is a simple, masculine, comfortable watch that is perfectly appropriate for a business casual office.  The cool black look of the case, dial, and bezel give this watch a bit of an edge.  It's a dangerous almost menacing look from Timex!  It'll kick your ass and keep on ticking!

[As of 2024, I really wonder where this watch is.  I must have stashed it somewhere good.]

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Timex Expedition: Good or Evil?

When it comes to Timex, I'm back in black!  About a month ago, I finally replaced the battery for my favorite Timex:  The Timex Core Resin Expedition.  It's an evil black watch that former New York Mayor Bloomberg would probably want to ban outright.  It just looks MEAN!

My Evil Timex
This evil Timex is a full out assault Timex that looks like it regularly emerges from the sea to cut throats and install puppet regimes in Third World Countries!  It's mere existence makes people in California cry.  You can read my review of this bad looking watch here--  Wristwatch Review:  the Men's Timex Expedition Core Analog Watch.

Of course, I've got another Timex Expedition Core Resin that is good to it's very soul.  If I'm taking granola bars on my expedition to see deer in the woods, I might want to wear it.  It looks like something that should every nature lover should wear.

My Good Timex
This leaves me in a watch quandary.  Which would you choose:  the Good Timex or the Evil Timex?

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Structure Watches from Sears

Structure has long been one of my favorite low-cost quartz watch brands.  They are available at Sears.  I recently picked up a trio of Structure watches for my collection.  They are great "bang around watches."  They typically run $34.99 with sale prices ranging from $24.99 to $29.99.  I found some on clearance for $15 each.

The first watch I found was this diver-style watch with a rubber strap, base metal case, and non-rotating bezel.  It fits well, but is a tad heavy.

The next watch I bought was this watch with a periscope motif on the dial.  I was initially put off by the white strap.  But, the case and dial looked cool in the store.

However, when I got this watch out in the sunlight, I realized that this watch has a deep purple color.  I know that I live in an era of Boy Bands and wimpiness, but this watch looked a bit "girly" to me.  So, I took it back.

I ended up getting this diver-style watch instead.  This watch pays homage to classic diver-style watches.  It looks a bit like a classic Omega to me.

Of course, sometimes it's hard to fathom where the folks at Structure could get their inspiration.  This one looks more than a little like a Bell & Ross to me.

Structure watches are generally a good value for the money.  These Sears watches seem to have a level of polish that is a bit better than similar watches from Walmart, Kmart, and Target.