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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,…

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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…

Heitis: Brewing a serious dive watch in Buffalo

If you grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., or any of its many sprawling suburbs, you know this is a city of tough and prideful underdogs. For D.J. Heider, Western New York is also the birthplace of his vision: To make high quality watches at a good value with Heitis Watch Company. With his latest Kickstarter…

Herren Marke: Leather strap venture born in the ocean

By Shane Snider, Editorial Director Buford, GA —Ben Crumley’s love affair with watches and strap making started in a most unusual place – at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Georgia. While he wasn’t even there at the time, his father was diving with friends when he spotted something shimmering on…

Pontvs: A creature from the deep

By Shane Snider, Editorial Director MORENCI, Ariz. — Fernando Mansilla’s dream of designing a watch may have started with a simple napkin doodle, but the real inspiration for his Pontvs and Carmagnolle watches comes from a pit dug deep into the earth’s surface. The 31-year-old is a metallurgical engineer at Freeport-McMoRan’s Arizona mine – the…