The Prometheus Watch Company has been producing unique tool watches since 2008. The Portugal based brand hit a real stride, making a name for themselves, with their now discontinued Ocean Diver series. These rugged tool divers had distinctive looks and apparently exceptional build quality that gave the brand a cult status.
Ball Watch Co. has an interesting history that dates back to the late 1800’s. Following a train wreck in 1891, Webb C. Ball, then a prominent jeweler in Cleveland, Ohio, was appointed Chief Time Inspector of the railways. He implemented Standard Time for all railways (a relatively new concept) as well as rigorous checks and requirements for railway employees. For more info, check our brand highlight.
We’ve covered Sinn plenty in the past, so most of our readers already know the spiel when it comes to this German favorite. But outside of their line of rugged over-engineered mechanical wonders, Sinn is also known for producing some fantastic low-tech entry-level watches like the 556, the recent 104, and the discontinued 656.
When last we took a look at Raven Watches, they had just released two interesting models; the Raven Vintage and the Raven Deep. The Vintage was an homage to the Rolex Submariner ref. 6538, famously worn by Sean Connery as James Bond in Dr. No, that utilized a domed acrylic crystal, gilt hands and other specific details to make for a very fun watch.
Autodromo is one of the brands that has really surprised us in the last couple of years. When we first saw their watches, we were thrilled by their unique designs, nothing being stock, and attention to detail. As the brand has matured, so have their designs and knowledge of watch making, which was very clear in their second offering, the limited edition Monoposto mechanical.
We often get emails asking us for watch recommendations on a budget. When someone asks us to point them in the direction of a good automatic under $300 or a nice dress auto under $500, Orient is always on the top of the list. We’ve reviewed them many times now and the conclusions are always the same, great watch for the money.