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Hands On Review: Seiko Prospex SPB053 / SBDC053

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James is the Co-Founder of 12&60 and has been writing about watches since 2018. He's got a soft spot for divers and tool watches, especially if they've got vintage design cues!
Seiko SPB053 / SBDC053

Hands On Review: Seiko Prospex SPB053 / SBDC053

May 9, 2020

  Would you believe that until now, I’ve never owned a Seiko? Not even an SKX or a Cocktail Time. I can’t really explain it, but there’s always been...

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Christopher Ward Trident vs Tudor Black Bay 58

Christopher Ward Trident vs Tudor Black Bay 58

  At the start of the year I compared the Black Bay 58 to a Rolex Sea Dweller 16600. The comparison seemed to go down pretty well so I...

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March 29, 2020

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Christopher Ward C65 Sandhurst

Hands On Review: Christopher Ward C65 Sandhurst

  Like most elements of fashion, the military has greatly influenced watches over the decades. Perhaps the most obvious examples are field watches, those basic rugged pieces designed to...

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February 23, 2020

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Bulova Oceanographer 666ft aka the Devil Diver

Hands On Review: Bulova Oceanographer 666ft aka the Devil Diver

  I must admit that my taste in watches is usually pretty reserved. I prefer more understated pieces which I’m sure some would probably find dull. However, I recently...

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January 30, 2020

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Rolex Sea-Dweller

Tudor Black Bay 58 vs Rolex Sea-Dweller

  We all know that rightly or wrongly, Rolex hold the crown when it comes to Swiss dive watches. Their reputation precedes them, and as a result new Submariners...

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January 2, 2020

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Sternglas Topograph

Hands On Review: Sternglas Topograph

  A few months ago I was approached (along with half of Instagram it seems) by Sternglas. They’re a young German brand that were founded in 2016. They wanted...

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November 22, 2019

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Tudor Black Bay 58

Hands On Review: Tudor Black Bay 58

  When it comes to horology we all have our grail watch. That one piece whose design simply clicks with us when we see it. For me that piece...

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November 5, 2019

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Hands On Review: EMG DL63 “Panda” Chronograph

Hands On Review: EMG DL63 “Panda” Chronograph

  With the amount of new watch brands springing up these days, it’s getting increasingly difficult for the average Joe to tell the apart those with a genuine passion...

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September 16, 2019

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Tudor Black Bay 58 on Crown & Buckle Chevron Strap

Hands On Review: Crown & Buckle Chevron Strap

  I have to confess that myself, like a lot of watch nerds, hate spending lots on a watch strap. Despite happily having watches worth hundreds, if not thousands,...

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August 25, 2019

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Christopher Ward C60 GMT 38mm

Hands On Review: Christopher Ward C60 Trident MK3 GMT

    If you’ve followed my inane watch ramblings for any length of time, you’ll know that I’ve a bit of a bit of a soft spot for Christopher...

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June 30, 2019

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EMG / HKED Nemo Diver

Hands On Review: EMG/HKED Nemo

  The market is awash with dive watches right now. It doesn’t matter how big or small the brand is, sooner or later most will offer their own diver....

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June 9, 2019

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Spinnaker Croft Dive Watch

Hands On Review: Spinnaker Croft

Dive watches are certainly one of the most popular types of watches out there today. Such is their ubiquity that it seems as though the models all start to...

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May 6, 2019

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Ad Patina Vintage Watch Advert

A Quick Look At Ad Patina

With the nostalgia trip we seem to have been experiencing for the aesthetics of decades past, dealers in vintage watches are ten a penny right now. It seems I...

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