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The Grumpy Collector: All I Want For Christmas… Is You… And A New Watch

If the title of this post doesn’t have you singing Mariah Carey either out loud or in your head, then you’re obviously not in the spirit of Christmas. In the watch world, I’ve slowly collected a mental list of things I’ve always wanted and yet no brand or manufacturer has taken on. After realizing that…

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Review: Tidewater will cure your blues

McDowell Time is a 5-year-old micro brand that has so far released three watches in various iterations (the Maxton, DelRay and Sonoma) and now offers their first dive watch – the 42mm Tidewater available in blue, black and white dials. Micro brands in the sub-$600 segment of dive watches have greatly proliferated in recent years…

Review: A delightfully peculiar Visitor

Since the launch of the brand in 2014, Visitor Watch Co. has not been bashful about promoting a bold and unexpected vision for their timepieces. While I was heavily into vintage American watches at the time, I remember stumbling across the bizarre and exciting Duneshore. It was really my introduction to the world of microbrands…

Review: Ardor & Forge’s Rothrock has roots in outdoor adventure

With most companies, it’s enough to make a watch tough enough to withstand the elements outdoors. Ardor & Forge has taken things a step further with its inaugural Rothrock series, creating a a timepiece hearty enough to brave the elements, while featuring elements of the outdoors within the watch itself. Creator Zack Rackovan drew inspiration…

Review: Boldr adds to its journey with the all new Expedition

Boldr Supply Co. produces a steady stream of solid watches for urban adventurers – from affordable quartz timepieces to sturdy mechanical wrist beasts, the company takes aim at both the mass market and watch enthusiasts (the polite term for watch geeks). The all new Boldr Expedition is not a watch that wants to be pampered.…

LifeWatch: On Injuries and Rolex

(Editor’s Note: LifeWatch is a new feature at WATCHA. We’ll explore lifestyle features with a horological twist. Jon Brown is a Raleigh, NC resident and self-diagnosed and untreated Rolex addict).   The problem with being enthusiastic about what most people consider extreme sports is that occasionally one gets into a disagreement with the ground. Now,…

Comet Chronograph: Vintage pop blazes toward Kickstarter

The way Bhavin Patel tells the story, his upcoming Kickstarter campaign for the Comet Chronograph was born when a 1940s Pierce Chronograph caught his eye on eBay. The quirky appearance instantly stood out to Patel – a vertical bi-compax setup with tachymeter and telemeter, along with conspicuously placed text that flies in the face of…