The Gear Journal

Lum-Tec Combat F

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We’ve reviewed Lum-Tec watches before. I like the brand simply because they are built like tanks and feature clean military styling. A while back, Lum-Tec announced a new limited edition chrono based on the ETA 7750 movement. They call it the “Combat F” and frankly, I love it. Initially they were offered at almost $1500, but they have since dropped the price to $1,270.75. That’s a pretty smoking deal for a nicely finished 7750 watch. A Breitling with the same movement would easily run you four or five times that…

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Be A Huge Dork

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Wanna be a huge dork? Get yourself a Zulu strap and mount your new iPod Nano on your wrist.

I dunno fellas… I know that would be great functionality in a small package, but really? Really?

I’ll stick with my obsolete swiss auto.

Bond… James Bond…

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Simply brilliant. Some guy with too much time on his hands screen captures every clear shot ever taken of Mr. Bond’s timepiece. Classically cool fellas…

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Wood Shock

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How’s this for inventive? Take a G-Shock, ditch the part that makes it so indestructible and encase the hole shebang in wood. I’m not sure I get it… at all…

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The Affordable Speedmaster

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On the 1st of March 1965, Omega’s Speedmaster chronograph was “flight-qualified by NASA for all manned space missions.” From that point forward, the Speedmaster became a coveted watch by collectors and watch abusers alike. To put it frank, the Speedmaster is a tool watch with the looks of a highly refined and swiss fashion watch. To me, it’s perfection.

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The Affordable Benrus

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During the closing days of the Vietnam war, a new watch was born. Members of the SEALs, Green Berets, and other Special Forces teams were issued what many consider to be the finest military timepiece ever produced. Today, we call it the Benrus Type I watch. The Type I was a very simple dive watch built to be easily readable and absolutely bulletproof. The 42mm steel watch was powered by a very high quality 17 jewel ETA automatic movement – an extremely robust and very accurate machine. Packaged with the simple exterior, this watch quickly became a favorite amongst military folks and collectors alike.

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Mk II Watches

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As you all know, I’m a watch freak. Mostly, I’m into both modern and vintage military watches. The great thing about vintage military watches is the feeling they give on the wrist – you are wearing history. Of course, some of those watches just don’t keep on tickin…

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HAMILTON KHAKI X-MACH WATCH

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I’m still on vacation, but thought I would drop a quick note… Earlier this week, Hamilton introduced a new watch to the market. Essentially, it’s a retool of the X-Wind and adds such features as a PVD finish, black face, and carbon strap. Somehow, this damned thing measures the mach speed of an aircraft. Just a hair over a grand puts you there.