I recently discussed the standard Archimede Pilot XL Automatik watch here, for which there is a manually would analog, that has a subsidiary dial. A lot of you mentioned liking the good looks, fine iteration of the pilot watch look, and of course the reasonable price of 0. For those of you who are looking for a bit more, well here is something a bit more special with everything you liked about the original watch with a super nice movement. This is a version of the manually would model of the Pilot XL and has a subsidiary seconds dial. In all its German goodness it has a Swiss movement. Not just any ETA movement, but a "TOP" grade one. What does this mean though?
Oris is pretty well known to me as a maker of workhorse watches with all sorts of sporty themes. Maybe it is racing, or diving, or aviation - Oris has a handsome watch for the job. Less people know their retro styled watches. One such example is the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date watch. It has a terrible name (no effort there!), but totally falls into the category of what I call "the dad watch." Yea, that looks like something everyone's "dad" used to wear. It has that sense of classic no-nonsense functionality that seems to remind you of steady good taste for uncontroversial times in the past. This is for people whose father were not sports or action heroes but regular guys who wanted something nice, but "reasonable."
The Lumzilla uses a Japanese automatic ref. SII NH25A11J movement. A hardy movement that I believe offers handwinding (in addition to the automatic winding). Check with LUM-TEC on that. Attached to the case are very high grade (anti-static) rubber straps with signed matching buckles. Having viewed the evolving line of LUM-TEC watches I can easily say that the brand is going places quickly. In addition to the mass appeal of the sporty but approachable designs, the timepieces are getting increased attention resulting in refinement upgrades. Notice for example the date disc in the window that matches the color of the dial. A nice touch that was not available on earlier LUM-TEC watch models. The best part about LUM-TEC watches is that you can be sure they are made by watch lovers, not just marketing people. For that reason you can be sure that they are worried about all the little things that go into having a high utility reliable timepiece - not just a watch that sits as a fashion accessory on your wrist.
Also, HourTimeShow.com is giving away a free Automatic Chrono Swatch Watch. You'll need to listen to the show and comment for a chance to win one (very neat watches by the way).
The Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 movement inside makes the watch 17mm high which makes it feel tall in comparison to the width. The Drei will be a little diving chronograph tower on your wrist. Still, the lugs are properly curved down, so it is not awkward feeling on your wrist. There is also the interesting 20mm wide bracelet. It reminds me of those new Air Race metal with portholes bracelets that Breitling has. These are actually also retro inspired. Probably something that will take a little bit of time to get used to looking at, but pretty cool overall. You can see that the ends of the bracelet still use links (with screw pins), to that you can properly size the bracelet, which uses a butterfly clasp to close.
The iconic Movado Museum watch finally gets a design overhaul that actually makes it a good watch. Movado can call it what they want, but this new watch is a pure evolution on the design that put Movado on the map for mainstream watch buyers. The Museum Watch face design that Movado purchased was a brilliant move that made for a great looking watch. Only problem was that barely anyone could read the thing. Over time the cases the showcased the watch kept changing, in the end it was still hard as hell to read watch. The new Movado Master Collection does not exactly advertise this fact, but I believe is the thematic new step for the look, combined with a healthy amount of industrial design in the case shape.