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121Time Race Chronograph121Time Race Chronograph:
121Time have a really neat online configurator program that allows you to design your own watch by selecting from their extensive range of components and colour schemes. You can save your designs to your personal "safe" for future reference and, when you choose to buy, they'll assemble your watch at their workshop in Switzerland and ship it to you in around ten days.  Here, I've selected an ETA quartz chronograph movement with Titanium-Carbide coated stainless steel case, red aluminium tachymeter bezel, waterproofing to 30M., mineral crystal, "race" style dial and hands with yellow subdial/rehaut markers, red chronograph and sweep seconds hands and a red Hirsch Carbon strap.  One for the Tifosi perhaps?
Avocet Vertech AlpineAvocet Vertech Alpine:
Not so much a "watch", this is more of a "wrist-top computer".  As well as all the normal watch functions including a calendar and chronograph, this device sports an altimeter, thermometer and barometer.  I've used it whilst winter mountaineering where it's proved invaluable as a navigational aid.  Ease of use is exemplary, with large, firm buttons that are easy to press even whilst wearing gloves.  The optional elastic wrist band is perfect for wearing over the sleeve of a waterproof jacket which makes the watch easy to see at a glance and also helps prevent the thermometer being affected by body temperature which occurs if the watch is worn against the skin.  Battery life is short on this original model (something I believe the current version addresses) and end-user battery replacement is tricky and not recommended.  Also there is no backlight.  Apart from these minor inconveniences, it's a super bit of kit.
Benarus Bronze MorayBenarus Bronze Moray:
In 2011 there was a significant upsurge in the number of bronze-cased watches made by so-called "micro" watch companies that produce watches in very small numbers compared to mainstream brands.  Bronze watches are produced by the likes of Anonimo, Helson, Kazimon, Magrette, Olivier and Zenton not to mention Panerai, although the latter can hardly be called a micro producer!  Bronze is resistant to salt water corrosion so naturally lends itself well to maritime applications, including dive watches.  For those of us that don't dive but just love the dive watch look, bronze is very attractive because it will naturally develop a layer of oxide on its outer surface over time giving it a unique patina.  This bronze-cased dive watch is a Benarus Bronze Moray produced in August 2012.  It has a titanium crown, helium escape valve and case back and a double-domed sapphire crystal.  Although it employs an ETA 2824-2 movement (the standard (and very good) workhorse movement employed by many Swiss watches) the overall fit, feel and finish of this watch is really quite remarkable.  It certainly wasn't cheap, especially when you factor in that I had to import it from the US, but it was far less expensive than my Rolex and Breitling models and yet performs equally well and feels rather superior, like something massively over-engineered from Victorian times!  It comes in a lovely travel case, has both leather and rubber straps and a screwdriver and spares for the screwed bars.  At 44m wide it's quite a big watch and yet the case design with short, sloping lugs, suits even my slender <7" wrist.  I shall be wearing this one for a long time.  For those (like me) that can't wait for a patina to develop naturally, you can bring on the effect by immersing the watch in Liver of Sulphur or, if you're not afraid to experiment, you can try household ingredients like  egg yolk, Horseradish Sauce or, my favourite, Dark Soy Sauce and wet salt!  If you don't like the results, don't worry, you can always polish the watch back to it's original finish using the likes of Brasso.   
Breitling SuperOceanBreitling SuperOcean:
The SuperOcean was developed in the 1950's for professional and military divers.  Originally water-resistant to a depth of 200 metres, these latest models can withstand the pressure at depths of up to 1500 metres and feature an escape valve which allows helium (built up after long stays at depth) to be evacuated from the watch case which would otherwise explode when returning to the surface.
Breitling Limited Edition SuperOcean GMTBreitling Limited Edition SuperOcean GMT:
A limited edition (250 pieces) of the SuperOcean with a dial and bezel similar to the "Steelfish" but with the added benefit of a GMT function.
Camel Adventure Trophy quartz chronographCamel Adventure Trophy quartz chronograph:
The 12 jewel Japanese Miyota quartz movement in this watch provides a multitude of functions including a chronograph that measures 1/50th seconds up to a total of 12 hours, an alarm, quick-set date and battery end-of-life indication.  A tough watch with uni-directional rotating bezel, screw-down crown, water resistant to 100M and pictured here on a grey NATO strap.
Casio W-59Casio G-Shock GW-2000:
No watch collection can be complete without an example of a Casio G-Shock. The first G-Shock was released in 1983 pioneering a range of watches that are intelligently designed, multi-functional and durable, being highly-resistant to the effects of water, dust, mud, magnetism and rough treatment! The GW-2000 is the first G-Shock aimed at aviators, although its 200M water resistance, tachymeter bezel and world time functions make it suitable for all kinds of sporting, outdoor and travel activities. The watch is solar powered and time setting is radio-controlled automatically with multiband reception available from transmitters in the UK, USA, Germany, Japan and China.
CLARO "Beach Star"CLARO "Beach Star":
CLARO was formed in 1961 by George Josef von Burg who had been actively making watches under his own name since the 1930's.  This particular watch I imagine was destined for the Middle Eastern market as it appears to have an Arabic day wheel.  The Beach Star was produced between 1969 and 1973 as a concept to make a mass-produced, highly water-resistant, sports watch using a mechanical BFG movement and front-loading, Noryl-Fiber plastic/metal alloy case. At least 7 different colours appear to have been available, including black, red, blue, green, white and silver/grey, as well as the yellow one pictured here. The concept and the manufacturing technique was the precursor to that developed by Swatch some 10 years later. The watch was "standard issue" to the Basel City Fire Department.
Constant Analogue/Digital quartzConstant Analogue/Digital quartz:
A very cheap watch (14) purchased from the Argos Catalogue in 1993, I wore this watch at an altitude of 17,000ft. in the Himalayas.  Smashed against rocks, exposed to sub-zero temperatures and immersed in freezing glacial rivers, it still works perfectly today :-)  The LCD module allows the watch to display a second time zone and has all the usual chronograph and alarm features.  I loath the faux rotating bezel though!
Cotton Traders - Six Nations RugbyCotton Traders - Six Nations Rugby:
A friend gave me this watch after receiving two as free gifts from the online clothing and accessories company, Cotton Traders, which was formed by former England rugby captains Fran Cotton and Steve Smith.  This quartz watch has a transparent plastic case, faux rotating bezel, a button at 2 O'Clock which appears to do nothing, and a tyre tread pattern rubber strap.  The low-budget build quality is more than compensated for by the terrific dial which features the emblems of the Six Nations Rugby teams - England, Ireland, Wales, Italy, France and Scotland.
CWC Royal Navy DiverCWC Royal Navy Diver:
Water resistant to 300M, this is the current issue Royal Navy divers watch which replaced the Rolex Submariner in the 1980's.
Limit EmergencyLimit Emergency:
A bizarre quartz watch that has the usual gamut of features but also includes markings on the dial which seem to refer to some kind of "all day drinking" exercise!  Well, I did get it in a pub :-)
Update Nov. 2009: My thanks to Charles Carr who spotted that the dial markings are, in fact, recognised international ground-to-air signals that can be constructed by people on the ground using materials to hand to signal to overflying aircraft.
Longines Admiral HFLongines Admiral HF:
HF stands for "High Frequency".  In an effort to compete with the new quartz watches of the time, several manufacturers increased the "beat" rate of their mechanical watches in an attempt to dramatically improve their accuracy.   This watch also has an interesting variation on the hacking seconds function.  Normally on pulling out the crown of a mechanical watch with hacking seconds, the seconds hand will stop.  On this watch, the seconds hand continues until it reaches twelve and then stops.  This particular watch is a 1972 Munich Olympics commemorative edition with a superb inscription on the
case back.  It uses a cal. 6952 movement.
Molnija 1980 Moscow Olympics Pocket WatchMolnija 1980 Moscow Olympics Pocket Watch:
The Molnija clock and watch factory is located in Chelyabinsk in Russia.  During the Second World War, the city was apparently dubbed "Tankograd" due to the large number of military factories in the area.  This pocket watch commemorates the 1980 Olympic Games which were held in Moscow.  These games were infamous for the large number of countries which boycotted the event following the Soviet Union's involvement in Afghanistan.  Among various Olympic-themed decorations to the watch case and dial is a motif of a boxer.  I wonder if this depicts Shamil Sabirov, who won the Soviet Union's only boxing Gold medal at these games.
Ollech & Wajs CarribbeanOllech & Wajs Caribbean:
This is a model 702 O&W Caribbean 1000.  The "Caribbean" name seems to have been used by more than a dozen different marques but the origins appear to go back to the first 1000m dive watches manufactured by Jenny in 1964.
Ollech & Wajs M1Ollech & Wajs M1:
O&W have been making sports and military watches since 1956.  Water resistant to a depth of 200 metres, the M1 divers watch is very much in the style of the Rolex Submariner/Sea-Dweller, but with a military-style dial featuring highly luminous Arabic numerals.  Supplied on a stainless-steel bracelet, the watch is pictured here on a "James Bond" NATO strap.
PRS-11DN Broadarrow 300 Metre AutomaticPRS-11DN Broadarrow 300 Metre Automatic:
Broadarrows are military style watches designed and commissioned by Eddie Platts of
Timefactors. They are often based upon or exceed the military specifications to which original military watches were made. The PRS-11DN has its roots in the 1971 Defence Standard 66-4 (Part 1) to which the Royal Navy divers watches were constructed. Here though, the PRS-11DN has a black PVD coated case, 25 jewel ETA 2824-2 automatic movement and sapphire crystal. Water resistant to 300 metres, this "DN" version of the PRS-11 is one of a run of only 25 watches which incorporate the handset from the PRS-2 Dreadnought 500 metre dive watch.
Ritalux WatchRitalux Watch:
This 21 jewel automatic watch commemorates the 1972 Winter Olympic Games held in Sapporo, Japan.  These were the first Winter Olympic Games to be held outside of Europe or the USA.  When it was released this watch was water resistant to 200M but I don't think I'll be putting that to the test now!
RLT Watch Co. RLT19 - Renault F1 coloursRLT Watch Co. RLT19 - Renault F1 colours:
Powered by the ever-faithful 25 jewel ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, the RLT19 sports a splendid carbon fibre dial and is available in a range of different colours.  However, I had this one specially made in the colours of the Renault Formula 1 team.  At the time of writing (April 2005) it's the only one in this configuration although there is enough paint left over to make a few more.  So if you'd like one, act now! :-)   In certain lighting conditions the numbers appear to float in the space above the dial and beneath the underside of the crystal.  Cool!
RLT Watch Co. RLT19 - Ferrari coloursRLT Watch Co. RLT19 - Ferrari colours:
As above, but this one's for the Tifosi :-)  The red hands with white inserts really suit this watch I think.
RLT Watch Co. RLT38RLT Watch Co. RLT38:
This lovely Valjoux 7750-powered chronograph features a 1970's NOS case engraved with a motor racing motif by "Born T". The racing car's number corresponds to the limited edition number of the watch. Originally a limited edition of 10 pieces, "No.1" went missing in transit and is presumed stolen, so if you see it for sale anywhere, don't be tempted to buy it, but drop me a line to let me know (richard@h-spot.net). My thanks to Roy Taylor at RLT Watches who was able to obtain another case and dial from Switzerland to make me the watch you see here, "No.0".
RLT Watch Co. Automatic Divers WatchRLT Watch Co. Automatic Divers Watch:
This is one of a very few watches that combined the dial and hands from the RLT11 divers watch with the case used by the
Ollech & Wajs "M-Series" divers watches.  At the request of an RLT forum member, Roy Taylor made just one of these watches with a quartz movement and followed up with a tiny handful of automatic versions utilising ETA's 2824-2 25 jewel movement.
Seiko "Pepsi" BezelSeiko "Pepsi" Bezel:
Actually a Seiko SKX025 with 7S26 automatic movement and 100 metre water resistance.  These and other similar Seiko's are sometimes referred to as having Pepsi bezels because the colours on the bezels are similar to those of the Pepsi Cola drinks cans.  The strap is a NATO "Speedbird" from
Timefactors.
Sorna "Jacky Ickx Easy Rider" Bullhead ChronographSorna "Jacky Ickx Easy-Rider" Bullhead Chronograph:
Jacky Ickx of Belgium was a Formula One racing driver between 1966 and 1979.  He raced for Tyrrell, Brabham, Lotus, Williams, Ensign, Ligier and, perhaps most famously, Ferrari.  He also holds the World Record (only just equalled by Denmark's Tom Kristensen in 2004) for the most number of Le Mans 24 Hours wins (six, in 1969,  1975-77 and 1981-82) and was the 1982 World Sports Car Champion.  This watch is one of several by Sorna and Heuer that bear his name.
Suunto X-LanderSuunto X-Lander:
Combining a large, easy-to-read LCD watch with an altimeter, barometer, thermometer and digital compass, the Suunto X-Lander is a great tool for hiking, mountain biking or climbing.  The Suunto X-Lander can keep track of your activities as it features altitude log books, compass bearing tracking and barometric trend graphs.  The excellent backlight means the watch can be used in the dark and battery replacement is simple as the carbon fibre caseback features a battery-hatch.  The large case size means the buttons can be placed well apart which makes them quite simple to operate whilst wearing gloves.  This complex instrument requires that you familiarise yourself with its many features, so RTFM is definitely recommended!
Timex Expedition WS4Timex Expedition WS4:
The Timex Expedition WS4 takes the best features of the Avocet Vertech Alpine and Suunto X-Lander and combines them into an excellent, widescreen instrument with numerous time keeping functions, alarms, graphic displays, very accurate altimeter, barometer, thermometer and compass.  The altimeter in particular seems to require far less re-calibration than that in either the Avocet or Suunto, even when the barometric pressure changes.  Quite how the Timex achieves this I don't know, but it works very well.  The widescreen format also allows for on-screen prompts to be displayed which makes operation simple without necessarily having to memorise the entire manual. The large case features big, solid buttons that are easily operable with gloves and the superb Timex Indiglo backlight provides excellent visibility in dark conditions.  A battery hatch enables the user to change batteries without recourse to a jeweller and 50M water-resistance provides sufficient protection from rain or the occasional dunk in a stream!  My only criticism is that the clasp on the elastic wrist-strap lacks any safety features.   
Tissot T-TouchTissot T-Touch:
This watch has it all: a barometer, altimeter, compass, alarm, chronograph and thermometer, all operated via a touch-sensitive screen.  It even tells the time too! :-)
Van Der Bauwede Chronorace 1Van Der Bauwede Chronorace 1:
Based on the VDB Magnum GT3, this special edition is number 183 of 300 commemorating the first Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix held on 4th. April 2004.  It utilises a 27 jewel ETA quartz movement with four stepper motors to drive the seven hands displaying the time and split-second chronograph functions.  Hardly a pretty watch, but a nice souvenir all the same.  Click the following link to see the
back of the watch.
Vostok AmphibiaVostok Amphibia:
This Vostok Amphibia has a 31 jewel automatic movement and is water resistant to 200M.  It is one of my most accurate watches, gaining only around 1 second per day.  Not bad for 29!
Vostok AmphibiaVostok Amphibia:
Another Vostok Amphibia.  This one emphasises the 200M water resistance of the Amphibia case with its SCUBA diver dial.
Vostok AmphibiaVostok Amphibia:
You can't have too much of a good thing!  A third Vostok Amphibia, this time with a military style dial.
Vostok Amphibia-Cased Komandirskie for Infantry DivisionsVostok Amphibia-Cased Komandirskie for Infantry Divisions:
This is a Vostok Komandirskie for infantry divisions housed in an older-style octagonal Amphibia case, water resistant to 200 metres.  The inscription around the bottom of the dial reads "By Order of the Ministry of Defence of the USSR".  At some time, the original 17 jewel manual wind movement has been replaced with a newer 31 jewel automatic which fits perfectly.  The strap is an upgraded NATO from Timefactors which is thicker, softer and stronger than the normal variety and has 316L stainless steel fittings, bead-blasted to a matte grey finish.  A tough watch that makes for a great "beater"!
WEIDE WH1105-3WEIDE (Guangzhou WEIDE) WH1105-3:
WEIDE watches are designed and made by Gauangzhou Ohsen Watch Co. Ltd.  They specialise in fashionable sports/diving watches.  This large (44mm wide) model is part of the "LED series" range and, unlike many Chinese fashion watches, is actually rather well put together, especially considering the price.  The bracelet is of fair quality incorporating brushed centre links and a safety clasp.  Inside I was pleasantly surprised to find that there wasn't a near-vacuum with a miniscule movement  in the centre but a Japanese movement with additional circuitry to power the WEIDE's party trick, a hidden multi-functional LED display that's great for low-light conditions.  Water-resistant to 30M we're not talking "real" dive watch capabilities here but, if you're looking for an inexpensive watch to take on holiday that'll look cool lounging on the beach, by the pool or in the bar, a sporty watch from WEIDE might well fit the bill.
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