Albany Watch Co. adds skin to the game with the AMA diver

The watch world is awash in a sea of vintage-inspired reissues, so it can be difficult to stand out for a budding microbrand. That makes the success of Albany Watch Co.’s AMA diver even more impressive — the watch leveraged a vintage 1960s skin diver aesthetic along with tastefully quirky details to smash it’s Kickstarter…

Simply Unique: Streamlined Sept Mai strikes a bold chord

It’s tough to pull off a simple design in the crowded watch world. But it’s nearly impossible to do what the Neucarl Sept Mai accomplishes: A simple design that is wholly unique and appealing. Any sub-$200 bland acronym-labeled watch can pull off simple and modern. The Sept Mai is in a different league. Starting with…

Review: Vario Goes to the Trenches

When I got the call asking if I’d be up for reviewing the third watch by Vario, the WWI 1918 Trench Watch, I was genuinely excited. I remember seeing Vario’s second watch, the Empire, and being really impressed with the build quality and value that it presented. Military watches have proven a lasting interest of…

Review: NTH submerges 2K1 line deep in details

With the release of the all new 2K1 series of submariner-styled timepieces, NTH Watches is diving for new depths in details, specifications and size. At just shy of 44 mm, the 2K1 line is the largest of the company’s sub line, and as the name suggests, water resistance is beefed up to an impressive 2001…

Small Wonder: Mitch Mason packs big details into Chronicle

When it comes to watch nerds, there’s one thing people love to disagree about: And that’s size. Vintage styling is all the rage right now and vintage watches, for the most part, were small. The average round dress watch in the 1950s was about 33 millimeters in diameter. While tastes haven’t shrunken quite back to…

Splitting influences with the Divisio

One of the charming things about a microbrand watch company is the ability to impart a sense of the founder’s personality, tastes and even a sense of place. With the Divisio from Roebuck Watch Company, owner Guy Roebuck has created a timepiece with nods to his Texas roots. Adding details to a watch can be…

Gunning for fun with the RVLVR AD5

For some reason, firearms and watches are seemingly intertwined in the psyche of collectors. It can be a divisive topic for internet groups – with politics never far behind in any discussion. (That’s why firearms pictures and discussions are not permitted at the WATCHA Facebook Group). But those who enjoy the aesthetics of a classic…