Watches

The Ultimate Supercar Accessory

Bugatti Super Sport Watch | Parmigiani Fleurier

Gear Patrol recently had the opportunity to attend Parmigiani’s unveiling of the new Bugatti Super Sport watch as part of one amazing weekend (but more on that later) in Monterey, CA. Created as a predecessor to the now famous Bugatti 370 by Parmigiani, at the core of the new model is a specially developed PF...

Bringing Back the Brit

Bremont MBII

Britain has a wealth of history. With the exception of being responsible for Greenwich Mean Time, most of that history has little to do with the watch world. Bremont, from our account, seems ready and poised to change that by bringing a British timepiece to the table and producing some awe-inspiring timepieces. GP got to...

Wrist Assured

Bas and Lokes Custom Watch Straps

If you’re looking for a handmade strap to distinguish your timepiece from the rest of the 20mm-26mm watches out there, look no further than Bas and Lokes straps ($94+). Made by two experienced strap makers with a passion for quality and luxury, all of their straps are suited for large watches with wide lug widths....

Despite the Name, It's Not for Wesley Snipes

Oakley Blade II Unobtainium Strap Edition

One way to measure the success of a movie is if any of its themes, characters, or terms, continue to be referenced by society long after the film’s promotion engine slows to a stand still (Think: “The Dude Abides”). Avatar’s hype machine clearly isn’t done in the wake of Blu-ray and DVD sales, but the...

Wet or Dry, This is a Serious Watch

Dievas AquaLuna Blue Professional

Whether you’re in the market for a serious watch for deep sea exploration that doesn’t require an ocean of cash, or just in search of some rugged arm candy, Dievas is a brand worth researching. Created recently in 2006, Dievas is an independent manufacturer founded on the principle that quality and customer service mean everything....

Further Proof There May Be Reason For Custom Rolexes

Project X Designs SS1 Rolex Submariner

Based on a Rolex Submariner LV, Project X Designs heavily modified it to be what amounts to an authentic homage to the esteemed Sub Ref 6538. For those of you not geeked out by Subs, the 6538 is the model Sub that Sean Connery wore as James Bond, and one of the most sought after...

Watches Made with More Than Just Time in Mind

Xetum Watches

Headquartered in San Francisco, Xetum is a rising watch brand that anyone who’s into timepieces should definitely keep an eye on, especially if mid-market pricepoints represent your own personal sweet spot. Designed in the U.S. but built in Switzerland around high-grade Swiss movements, these timepieces provide tremendous value that both fashion lovers and watch aficionados...

Swear By This Strap

Maratac NATO Watch Straps

Take the U.K. MOD (Ministry of Defense) spec as your basic watch strap, then over engineer it. The result? One of Maratac’s NATO watch straps. NATOs are a favorite of watch geeks everywhere, and there’s reason why. They look great on almost any sports watch (no, not a Timex Ironman) and serve as a lighter,...

By a SEAL, For a SEAL

RESCO Patriot

WIS (watch idiot savants) like to hold long and protracted arguments over what constitutes a tool watch. R.E. Smith went a different direction. He started RESCO and built the tool watch he wanted – the Patriot. As a Navy SEAL instructor and SEAL Team member, he had an exacting vision of a watch that could...

What's White, Black, and Red All Over?

TeNo Steel DyRon Sport II Chronograph

As the brain child of the German Jewelery and watch manufacturer, Heinz Schwarz, the TeNo brand stands out primarily for its creative mixing of new and old materials. Distinguished by its bold use of red, white, and black, the New TeNo Steel DyRon Sport II Chronograph is no exception and in many ways seems designed...

Striking Wrist Appeal That Still Saves Your Wallet

Boccia Titanium Chronograph Watch

Working for a Gear site while cooped up with a bunch of watch nuts eventually starts to rub off. Now if I had actually hit that Lotto jackpot like I was supposed to in my life plan, this new found love for time pieces would have led me straight to the high end luxury brands...

See the Time, All the Time

Swiss Military Watch Analog Date Commando Diver

Whether it’s a Panerai, Hamilton, Citizen, or Lum-Tec, they all have one thing in common: power. Specifically, a need of an energy source to power its lume. Swiss Military Watch (SMW) takes a different approach to illumination. They use H3 technology in their watches. H3, or tritium, is the third isotope of hydrogen and when...

The Everyman Dive Watch

Citizen Promaster Aqualand

By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Roger Dawkins The Citizen Promaster Aqualand is the everyman dive watch. It’s cool to lust after a Breitling Superocean, a Blancpain 500 Fathoms, or even an Oris TT1 Carlos Costa LE, but it’s way cool to get a watch like this and keep it real, too.

A Small Classy Watch for a Small Price

Skagen Titanium Case On Black Mesh

Before I ever knew my fellow Gear Patrol watch fiend editors, Skagen always appealed to me as a brand for two reasons. As someone cursed with chicken wrists, their thin casing and small faces fit my arm well. Secondly, the entire line’s minimalist styling always seemed to give off a classy sleek look that belied...

A Great Looking Watch with a Rather Famous Fan

Jorg Gray 6500 Commemorative Edition Chronograph Watch

I’m not ashamed to admit that, compared to several of Gear Patrol’s other staffers, my knowledge of timepieces is limited. For instance, Brian’s primer on upgrading your watch knowledge was a revelation, and frankly I appreciated someone stating all the basics in such an easy to consume fashion. That said, based on my brief exposure...

Dive Watch or Leviathan? How about both.

Korsbek Oceaneer

The new Korsbek Oceaneer is another high-quality dive watch emerging from the growing boutique market. We’ve touched on this trend before here at Gear Patrol, introducing you to companies like BaliHa’i and Zinex. These lines are a great place to find yourself a watch on par in quality with any well known brand; plus, you’ll...

Be a Better Man in 30 Days | Day 24: Upgrade Your Watch Knowledge

By Brian Huang and Gear Patrol Reader Ty Alley: We at Gear Patrol love watches. There’s no doubt that we have a fascination with timepieces here. While we enjoy talking about and introducing you to all manner of watches, we realize that not everyone understands the terminology involved. Similar to how we introduced you to...

Affordable Wrist Improvement

TSOVET SVT-AT76

TSOVET watches stormed onto the scene this past November and have been making a splash ever since. Being a naturally inquisitive person and finding myself seduced by their utilitarian looks, I decided to investigate.

Watches Under The Radar... But Not For Long

5 Watch Brands You Should Know

By Benjamin Clymer | Hodinkee A lot of what we do at Hodinkee is identifying brands that deserve some attention from watch fans around the world. In this article, we are going to be talking about five brands that fly under the radar at the moment, but that probably won’t be for very long. These...

Hamilton Jazzmaster Power Reserve

American Design. Swiss Engineering. Killer Price. The Hamilton Jazzmaster Power Reserve, as shown here on my desk at the GP office. Between the double-digit crew here at Gear Patrol, there are tens of thousands of dollars worth of time pieces between us. Yet, lately I find myself appreciating well-priced goods and gear out there. You...

Garmin Forerunner 405 Watch

Runners, your watch is here. The Garmin Forerunner 405 continuously monitors your time, distance, pace, calories and heart rate. The GPS enabled watch will store the data in memory and send it wirelessly to your computer. The touch bezel (a la iPod) will let you scroll and select features on the run, not being hampered...

Casio G-Shock Limited Edition

Casio has rolled out a new watch to commemorate the US Open of Surfing – the largest ocean front sporting exposition. The watch combines: G-Shock technology 200 meter water resistance Afterglow backlight Countdown timer Stopwatch White resin case we’re a little obsessed with What this means to you: Sure, it’s a watch designed specifically for...

Fortis Flieger Cockpit Limited Edition

If you haven’t noticed, rugged vintage is in and it extends itself to timepieces. The 40mm Flieger Cockpit by Fortis comes in a limited edition black/orange horizon scheme we endorse. Don’t think of it as a vanity watch though. It’s radiation-free super luminova markers and numerals literally shine beneath it’s anti-glare crystal sapphire and he...

XEMEX Offroad 1000.01

When all else fails, stick with simplicity. XEMEX watches embody just that. Their commitment to functionality, readability and comfort never infringe on their uncompromising design. The Offroad series stick with coherent round time pieces while retaining a sporty and robust feel. 40mm case Brushed Stainless Steel Sapphire Crystal Screwed back and screw-down crown 100m water...

Oris TT3 Chronograph

Admit it, you’re already fond of it’s black carbon fiber face and simple modern European styling without being gaudy or overpowering. You never thought you’d consider paying three grand for a watch with a rubber strap until you saw this limited edition ORIS automatic watch. Features: Multi-piece titanium case Tachymeter scale top ring Black carbon...

Seiko Sportura World Timer Chronograph

We feature a lot of watches and admittedly many of them cost a sizable amount. That isn’t about to change, but there are fine choices out there that don’t require nearly the same investment. Seiko is one of our favorite timepiece manufacturers (this author has two) – and the Sportura World Timer series is one...

EBEL 1911 BTR Calibre 137

Defined by their bold aesthetics and sophisticated technical features, the new 1911 BTR models reaffirm Ebel’s expertise at creating watches designed to fulfill contemporary men’s tastes and desires. Features: Brushed and Polished Steel Sapphire Crystal Display C.O.S.C. Certified Automatic GMT Movement 48 Hour Power Reserve 44.5 mm What this means to you: Get onboard the...

Breitling Avenger Skyland Chronograph

Based on the ‘Avenger’ Platform, the Skyland is a rugged watch with a sophisticated aesthetic we’ve come to expect from Breitling. Features: Breitling Caliber 13 Self-winding Movement Screwlocked Crown Glareproof Sapphire Crystal Shock Resistant Water Resistant to 1000 feet Stencil Numerals What this means to you: We still want to find the limited series “Blacksteel”...

Officine Panerai Luminor 1950 Regetta Rattrapante (2006)

The Panerai Flyback Regatta is rare. Rare to the tone of only 500 will be built. For those of you not familiar with Panerai their history is tied with the Italian military as their official watch maker. The result? Italian beauty and extraordinary military level engineering. The automatic mechanical movement features a Panerai OP XIX...

TAG Heuer Monaco

Tag Heuer prides itself on prestige, performance, avant-garde technology and absolute reliability. They’ve come to characterize the brand and philosophy of the since 1860 when the Edouard Heuer founded the company. Their bold and innovative watches are synonymous with Formula 1 racing, skiing, golf, the Indy 500, America’s Cup and others. One of our favorites...

Bell & Ross BR 01 Instrument Collection BR 01-94 Chronograph Watch

We love our watches. We love the internet. We love blogs. So by simple deduction we love the wristwatch blog Professional Watches. Once you’re sufficiently slathered yourself with wristwatch goodness breathe deep and see what accounts you have to pad to get yourself into a GP endorsed watch, Bell & Ross. Authentic Bell & Ross...