The Xetum Stinson is a watch that we’ve been curious about for quite some time. Known for its uniquely minimal design and Swiss made credentials, it stands to reason that this is a watch that has received a rather positive response from the watch community. And the Xetum brand itself is quite unique, but without trying too hard. Located in San Francisco, the company is committed to not only quality design but also sustainable operations, having taken several steps to limit their environmental impact. So we were excited to receive a Stinson for a few weeks of wear and closer consideration.
Previously on worn&wound we’ve discussed those watches or watch brands that manage to achieve superb design and quality in a surprisingly / unbelievably affordable price point. Think Steinhart with their $400, ETA powered pieces, or the $200 Maratac Pilot with a quality automatic and sapphire crystal the size of your head.
The Stowa Seatime Prodiver is a watch that lives up to its name. True to its brand lineage, the Prodiver hits all the marks for quality that you’d expect from a watch produced by an 85 year old company. It also has the capability to withstand far more than your average dive enthusiast can throw at it.
It’s been a few weeks since I received my Seiko 65 chrono, and in that time it has become a staple of my watch rotation. Its style is versatile, and as I mentioned in my initial impressions, the chronograph offers unique functionality. Since first getting the 65, I’ve addressed my only major gripe with the watch, its strap, with zulu and bond straps. Pictures and more after the jump.
Where do I even begin to discuss the M33? When I first saw the Lüm-Tec M33, lurking in a watch forum somewhere, I immediately knew that I had discovered something special. When browsing watch sites and forums one tends to see similar trends played out in only a handful of ways, but the M33 really stood out as a unique take on the phantom watch.
After having spent a few weeks wearing the Orient Masquerade I can confidently say that this is a great watch. It is built well, looks great, feels good to wear, is very unique and is quite affordable. I covered many of my opinions in my initial impressions a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to present some more substantial views here.
I first became aware of the Seiko 5 series while aimlessly meandering the watch pages of Amazon. At the time, I was happy to have found some humorously cheap Timex’s to buy and fool around with…I guess I was just having one of those “I need to buy something” moments.
I have wanted a “jump hour” or dial watch for some time, but was rarely satisfied by the selection available… Lip, Nixon, Fossil and many more all make watches in this category, but they all fall short in some way; a styling cue, the price, etc… Then I stumbled upon this newly available Orient that, simply, really hit the mark for me.