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Bangalore Watch Company MACH 1 Indian Air Force-Inspired Watches Review

Bangalore Watch Company MACH 1 Indian Air Force-Inspired Watches Review Wrist Time Reviews

The second major watch collection from India-based Bangalore Watch Company is the MACH 1, which comes in a few flavors (and first debuted on aBlogtoWatch here). The watches are directly inspired by the brand founder’s childhood interest in the IAF (Indian Air Force), as well as the MiG 21 Type 77 planes which apparently were the cornerstone of the IAF’s fighter plane arsenal for 50 years during 1963 all the way until 2013. To celebrate 50 years of the MiG 21 Type 77, Bangalore Watch Company created this handsome and affordably priced MACH 1 collection.

The “MACH 1” names comes from the fact that the MiG 21 Type 77 was the first supersonic plane in service for the IAF. The MACH 1 comes in both “Civilian” (natural brushed steel case) and “Aviator” (black PVD-coated steel) flavors. Each of the watches further comes with two dial options that differ only in the style of hour marker, which on one version uses traditional Arabic hour numerals, and on the other uses Arabic numeral minute indicators as the hour markers. Without being able to choose one or the other dial — Bangalore Watch Company seems to simply produce both versions, allowing consumers to select which they prefer — frankly, I can’t say which is better, as it is a matter of personal taste.

Bangalore Watch Company MACH 1 Indian Air Force-Inspired Watches Review Wrist Time Reviews

Bangalore Watch Company MACH 1 Indian Air Force-Inspired Watches Review Wrist Time Reviews

The MACH 1 is a very different style of watch when compared to the first Renaissance Automatic timepiece models which Bangalore Watch Company first released (aBlogtoWatch review here). The Renaissance Automatic watches are dressy in style, while the MACH 1 is decidedly a sports-style watch. What connects the watches together is a relatively conservative design ethos, a focus on small details, as well as a very solid value proposition. The MACH 1 edges pricing up, but also includes a more prestigious movement. Whereas the more affordable Renaissance Automatic watches featured a Japanese-made automatic mechanical movement (a Miyota 9000 series caliber), the MACH 1 watches feature Swiss Made Sellita SW220-1 automatic movement calibers. This is essentially the Sellita version of the Swiss ETA 2836.

The SW220 automatic movements feature the time with day and date indicator windows. Operating at 4Hz they, have a power reserve of 38 hours. While smaller brands such as Bangalore Watch Company can struggle when their products near the $1,000 price point, including upgrades and features such as Swiss Made movements is certainly a step in the right direction.

Bangalore Watch Company MACH 1 Indian Air Force-Inspired Watches Review Wrist Time Reviews

Bangalore Watch Company MACH 1 Indian Air Force-Inspired Watches Review Wrist Time Reviews

The MACH 1 case is 42mm-wide (water resistant to 100 meters), 11mm-thick, and has a 48mm lug-to-lug distance. That all translates into a very wearable, as well as universal, size for a lot of wrists. The matte-finished cases have an industrial feel that connects with the image of something to be connected with an Air Force tool, and the dials are thankfully very focused on utility. Rather than a lifestyle watch, Bangalore Watch Company really seemed to want to make a tool-style watch that looks like it could be comfortably worn inside of the cockpit. A flat, AR-coated sapphire crystal over the otherwise matte dial certainly helps to maintain very good legibility. The only polished element on the dial are parts of the small, applied Bangalore Watch Company logo.

Bangalore Watch Company MACH 1 Indian Air Force-Inspired Watches Review Wrist Time Reviews

A small detail meant to suggest the MiG 21 Type 77 jets themselves is the watch crown, which is slightly tapered and meant to look like the after-burners as part of the jet engine system. It is a classy and subtle nod to the planes the watch collection is based on. On the rear of the watch we see a full etching of three MiG 21 Type 77 jets flying in formation, along with celebratory text meant to explain the purpose of the watch collection, in general.

Attached to the case are pretty decent black fabric straps. I typically love how these straps look in pictures but hate to wear them as they tend to be stiff and fray quickly. Bangalore Watch Company was smart to select softer, and padded straps (leather lined) which are much more comfortable than straps on similarly-priced, or even much higher-priced watches. The 22mm-wide straps also use quick-release buckles which make them easy to swap out with something else. Also note that Bangalore Watch Company opted for bespoke steel buckles on the straps, as opposed to using standard off-the-shelf buckles that would have resulted in a cheaper look. This all goes to the attention to detail that I stated earlier is a highlight of the brand.

Bangalore Watch Company MACH 1 Indian Air Force-Inspired Watches Review Wrist Time Reviews

What I most appreciate about the Bangalore Watch Company MACH 1 is that it is a celebratory watch (of the IAF) but created like a tool watch. It imagines itself as a product that would have been worn by actual MiG 21 Type 77 pilots, inspired by history’s large assortment of military and professional pilot watches. The dials are clean, the faces are legible, and the wearing experience is conservative and sensible. The aesthetic is slightly retro, but there is a fair bit of “timelessness” to the look which should comfort those buyers wondering if they will still want to don the piece on their wrist years down the road.

As is the case with anything military-inspired, there will be those who are fiercely interested in the story that created these watches and some who will not be so moved by them. Personally, even though I’ve reviewed countless military and aviation-inspired timepieces, the MACH 1 is the first I’ve ever reviewed that relates to the Indian Air Force. From a collecting standpoint, I find that interesting, and for the large population of people in or from India with some nationalist flair, the Bangalore Watch Company MACH 1 will certainly be something to consider. Don’t miss the very decent Pelican-style box that the watches arrive in. Price for the Bangalore Watch Company MACH 1 Civilian and Aviator watch is $680 USD and $730 USD respectively. Learn more at the Bangalore Watch Company website here.

Necessary Data
>Brand: Bangalore Watch Company
>Model: MACH 1 Civilian & Aviator watches
>Price: $680 – $730 USD
>Size: 42mm-wide, 11mm-thick, 48mm lug-to-lug distance
>When reviewer would personally wear it: As an attractive daily wear sports watch inspired by military aviation history and a fun story connecting it to the Indian Air Force.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Indian nationals or those with an emotional interest in the IAF or other elements of India’s military or air force history.
>Best characteristic of watch: Sensible, well-made, and affordable aviator watch that, in addition to celebrating a theme, also performs well as a tool-style timepiece.
>Worst characteristic of watch: One might call it a niche-appeal wrist watch in the scheme of timepiece enthusiasm, but when judged against the total population of India (and Indians living outside of India), it isn’t all the niche. The two dial options are so similar in appeal it might cause some consumers to pause too long to make a purchase decision.

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  • NaJo

    i dont know which rabbit hole your based in but i have one of my tech team based in bangalore and it has worlds highest educated workforce in the world! its also called silicon valley of india supplying world’s 80% of IT supplies…wake up and open your doors… its morning…

    • Pedro Lambareiro

      10 Facts About Poverty in Bangalore
      A study titled, “Slums and Urban Welfare in Karnataka’s Development” notes that twenty percent of the city’s population, or around 2.2 million people, live in slums.
      The number of slums in Bangalore has grown from 159 in 1971, to over 2000 slums (notified and non-notified) in 2015. Those living in slums accounted for just over 10 percent of the city’s population in 1971 and an estimated 25 to 35 percent in 2015.
      Per the survey conducted by Karnataka Slum Development Board 2011, there are 2,804 slum areas in the state; out of which, 597 slum areas are in Bangalore City. It is estimated that the population of the slums in the state is about 40.50 lakhs, which works out to 22.56 percent of the state’s urban population.
      According to the 2007 Karnataka Development Report, Karnataka emerged as a leader in foreign investment, being among the three largest recipients of foreign direct investment (FDI) among Indian states. Despite being the largest recipient of FDI, Karnataka has seen growing unemployment, larger numbers to the unorganized work-force and deepening urban poverty.
      In Bangalore, nearly one million poor live in slums, and about one-third of slum dwellers fall below the poverty line, with a monthly income of less than Rs 2500 ($55).
      The poor in Bangalore live in various habitations and spaces: notified slums, (the government is responsible for providing some basic services to notified slums), non-notified slums, temporary squatter colonies, pavements and railway stations or labor camps that are temporary shelters provided by builders to migrant construction workers.
      According to a 2017 study, the median household size in the slums of Bangalore is five and 25 percent of the families have a household size of up to 4 members; 75 percent of the slum dwellers have a household size of up to 6 members. The monthly median income of slum dwellers in Bangalore is around 3,000 INR ($47).
      A survey conducted by NGO Fields of View (FoV) showed that more than 70 percent of the families in slums live in debt and are trapped in slums with nowhere to go. The study shows that nearly 80 percent of slum dwellers are from the socio-economically deprived Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities, while 11 percent are from forward castes.
      The erosion of traditional industries (such as textiles), the decline of the public sector and small-scale industries sector created the urban poor as they lost industrial employment. The rapid expansion of the construction industry and of the almost 100 percent export-oriented, ready-made garment industry, has provided employment to large numbers of poor migrants seeking a living in the city; this “provision,” though, comes with low wages and poor working conditions.
      According to the study, it is said that a large number of jobs are now available as drivers of cars and vans run by BPOs and call centers; fleets of rental taxis which serve the new international airport; security and maintenance personnel in malls and supermarkets; low-end jobs in taxi/travel agencies (office boys); and waiters and other support staff in the expanding hospitality industry. Slum dwellers in Bangalore are employed in a wide range of economic activities in the services (auto/bicycle repairing, small eateries, auto-rikshaw driving, head load bearing, domestic work) or in self-employment (pushcart vendors, street side/traffic light sellers, rag pickers and so on).

      https://borgenproject.org/10-extremely-relevant-facts-about-poverty-in-bangalore/

      I live in the real world, if you ever pass by here, feel free to visit.

      And thanks for the down vote, it showed how much civil you are, tech team leader. You must be a really genius leader indeed.

      I stand by my comment. The average salary in Bangalore is less than 100 dollars a month so this watch would be for the average inhabitant of that city even more expensive than a Rolex Submariner for the average American. If you include the 30% of people living in slums that declare no income but that must live of something because there is no Social Security the figure is even lower.

      • NaJo

        Your statement said “no one”. Your raised Question is about ability to buy. Am german and as per facts a single indian or chinese city wealth could equal or go beyond one entire wealthy western country! I was just trying to educate but You can choose to live in the dark, enjoyyy…

        • Pedro Lambareiro

          Another fare-face lie, its becoming an habit with you. And to think I just invented you to my home… now regretting that a little bit.

          I said “So almost no one in Bangalore”. Either you don’t know the meaning of the word, and bellow here’s the meaning,

          “not quite; very nearly.”

          or you’re just trying to save face after my researched and informed comment. In any case, I wish you good luck and from my part this conversation is over.

      • (Brand owner) “TITAN” is an Indian watch brand that makes watches at accessible price points. Most people in India can afford to buy one of their watches, and generally do. We are not TITAN, our owners are mostly urban, upwardly mobile, well-travelled, well-read, and appreciate the finer things in life including some nice watches. We also have owners that are overseas who are drawn towards unique stories like these. Perhaps we should leave aside arguments about income disparity and social security, and just enjoy watches. Cheers!

  • Independent_George

    Not bad looking. But nothing to get excited about. Didn’t pay attention to the thin hands until pointed out, but now that’s it has been pointed out, yes, the hands are too thin for this kind of watch. Does PVD, over time, wear off when worn against the skin? This is the fifth or sixth microbrand watch I have seen where the caseback is not PVD coated. Or is not coating the caseback simply a money saving device.

  • (Brand owner) Thank you! We’ve shipped our first set of pre-orders worldwide and everyone loves the little details.

    • ?????? ??????????

      You should be proud of these two pieces! That’s imho what a watch should be (excluding dress watches) – an unapologetic tool design (a watch is a tool for timekeeping in the first place) with subtle detail/s to make it easy on the eyes. These 2 are a flawless home run in my eyes and if I wasn’t on a break of searching and buying because my 8 month old son (better save the cash for him for an educational toy or a new backpack for baby carrying) I would have booked one 🙂 maybe next time!
      All the best from a pilot watch addict!

      • Thank you for the encouraging comments. My wife and I run the brand, we take a lot of pride in the work we do. Perhaps some day you’ll purchase one of our pieces. We look forward to it. Cheers!

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    Nice looking and interesting watches. I prefer the “Civilian” model. Good choice on the movement – worth the upcharge in my opinion. I was at the Phoenix Market City Mall in Mumbai last month. While at a watch shop, I asked if they had anything from the BWC. I like to purchase watches from their country of origin, while in that country. Unfortunately the salesperson was not familiar with the brand. Similar to my experience in Auckland NZ. The salesperson never heard of Magrette. Very disappointing on both occasions.
    Slightly kind of off/on topic: While in India, I had a Mig29k come in for a landing right over my head. Also, was at the port when an Indian Kilo class submarine was getting ready to deploy. Got pics of both. Very impressive.

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    I looked at Titans when there. Thought hard about a ceramic dress watch – talked myself out of it.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      That’s a pity. The ceramic edge is a lovely watch. Not a major investment and a fine watch to have in your collection.

      • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

        It was the ceramic Edge in blue……… next time.

      • PR

        Indeed the edge series is where it’s at and can find a slot in any collection.

  • Esteban

    Yo, I herd yo like things that connect: “The matte-finished cases have an industrial feel that connects with the image of something to be connected with an Air Force tool.”

  • Esteban

    “We haven’t a rich and ancient culture to celebrate, so let’s instead be jingoists to the absurd and celebrate Russian jet-fighters!”

    • (BWC brand owner) I like the sarcasm, really 🙂 I quote from our founding vision here – “the popular worldview of India is that of elephants, snake-charmers and exotic gods. Ours is of technology, space exploration and women flying fighter planes” and I think that explains it. Fact check: The Type 77 was built in India, by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) headquartered in Bangalore. A celebrated story for millions here. Cheers!

      • Esteban

        We build all the VWs in the world, or whatever. It’d still be jingoistic to the absurd to celebrate them when launching a new made in Mexico product. That millions here celebrate it does not change that.HAL you say? I’d seriously consider removing the memory banks from all planes! ;)I’d take your mountain carved temples, the incredibly intricate stone carvings… all that, any day, over some Russian jet you happened to build because it was cheaper for them.

        • The MiGs were built by HAL for the Indian Air Force, and not exported. Very different from VWs built in Mexico for export worldwide.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Amen

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    Nicely proportioned and styled watches. Although the hands are narrow, therefore not maximally legible as required by a navigator style tool watch. I think in and of themselves they’re fine.
    In fact the classic very much reminds me of a Glycine Combat 7.

    • (BWC Brand owner) The hands do appear narrow in the photos owing to the matte back dial and the black edges of the hands, the design inspiration was that of a MiG fuselage so they’re intentionally narrow. We’ve had the watches for months, and now with many owners – the hands do not appear as narrow in person and definitely doesn’t hinder legibility. We sent a couple of watches on a world-tour (photos available on instagram #machoneworldtour) and there’s been great feedback about the legibility. Thank you for the comments. Cheers!

  • egznyc

    I want to like this. I was tempted by the brand’s inaugural model as it just felt a little different from the typical dress watch. This one, on the other hand, seems a little “boring,” as [Everybody Loves] Raymond notes. As others have said, I also find the hands too thin, and it’d be better if the seconds hand also had at least SOME lume. (Speaking of which, where’s the lume shot?)

    I DO like the shout-out to the IAF, as it’s not common to see an Indian-themed watch, but I don’t want a little flag on my dial – it just cheapens the look IMO.

    • (BWC brand owner) We made out first prototype with our seconds hand-tip lumed, but changed it back to a fully red-tipped seconds hand in production because it looked a lot better. The tip of the seconds hand was too small and couldn’t take as much lume for it to be distinct. Hence the change. Our team thought the design is very entertaining with the fin-flash on the dial, the caseback, and the 3D lume – albeit restrained as Ariel pointed out. Isn’t that the beauty of this hobby? Some watches speak to us, and others don’t. But there’s always something for everyone. Thank you the comments though. Cheers!

      • egznyc

        Thanks for taking the time to respond – and not only to my comment. It’s clear you’re very passionate about your products but you also have very thick skin and a sense of humor, which we don’t always see here. In fact, it’s unusual to see this level of response from any product owner on here, and when it happens, it’s not always for the better.

        • Esteban

          Agreed!

        • Well, thank you. I enjoy engaging with the community and listening for feedback. It is also entertaining when you have people like @disqus_yKZQigaCp4:disqus here 🙂

      • Max Attack

        I like the watch, any chance of making a smaller size, 40mm – 39mm?

        • Hi, glad you like the watch. No plans for a smaller case size now. But the Aviator dial variant wears much smaller than a 42mm owing to very little empty space on the dial and the rather busy layout. Also keep in mind the snug proportions of 48mm lug-to-lug. Happy to answer more questions here or over email. Cheers!

        • Hi, I thought I responded to this question earlier in the evening, but can’t seem to find the comment. Anyway, there isn’t a plan to produce a smaller case size variant right now. Keep in mind though that the case profile is rather snug with a 48mm lug-to-lug. The Aviator variant wears much smaller than the spec of 42 owing to the lack of empty space on the dial and the rather busy dial layout. I suggest you look at the Aviator variant, the wristshots, our instagram, and our unboxing vidoes. Happy to help over email too. Cheers!

  • egznyc

    Berndt, I like you and your comments a lot, so please understand I mean you no harm. But I’m not so sure I see the strained effect of jingoism on the dial or anywhere else. I don’t find the messages nearly as distasteful as you do. Every country has the right of self-defense. So while these watches might honor planes that are agents of death, sometimes freedom ain’t free.

    I’ll get off my soapbox now. That’s “The Situation,” Mr. Jersey Shore ;-).

    • Berndt Norten

      Busted flat in Bangalore
      Waitin for the peace train
      Feelin nearly tattered as my jeans
      Finally threw my Diesel down just before it rained…

      Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to loot
      Nothin don’t mean nothin but it’s free

      • egznyc

        Brilliant! I don’t know how you do it. “Me and My Ho Dinkee” was a great choice and somehow you managed to pack in additional pop cultural allusions, while bursting a few illusions ;-).

        • Berndt Norten

          Thank you. It’s a shame we and Dan etc etc will never get to meet. I feel we’d have a grand old time, spinning rhymes as we try to walk a straight line on sour mash and FINE wine.

          • egznyc

            I feel the same. But never say never.

            To be honest, I’m not sure I’m so good at busting rhymes; I tend to think with all deliberate speed (which is to say, not that quickly). And I have a tendency to be more nerdy than funny, and more prosaic than poetic.

        • Berndt Norten

          Thank you.

  • Sweet! BWC MACH 1 watches do strike a chord and fills me with a sense of nostalgia.I grew up near the RMAF base in Butterworth, formerly known as the Royal Australian Air Force and it was so much fun watching jet fighters take off and land daily so much so that I can identify aircrafts such as the Mikoyan MiG-29, BAE Hawk, Sukhoi SU-30, McDonnell Douglas F/A 18 Hornet, C-130 Hercules and Nuri Helicopters (Sikorskys S61)

    If I’m not mistaken, India wanted to buy all of Malaysia’s MiGs a few years ago and upgrade them for use by the IAF. Not sure whether the deal went through… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5df51abbba3e4f51c23368eba182efff494e4cdcfc738ed1b82d9e7b2bd61f4e.jpg

    • (BWC Brand owner) Hey thank you Ms Fox. Must have been wonderful growing up! The deal with Malaysia didn’t go through, the IAF just signed a deal to buy a bunch of Rafael fighter-jets for their Medium Multi-role needs. IAF has been adding a steady number of Squadrons of Sukhoi SU30s for Air-superiority roles. The indigenously developed Tejas (LCA – Light Combat Aircraft) when inducted will fill the gap for Light Fighter needs. IAF is still way behind in the number of squadrons they originally need to support their three theatres. Well, that story is for another day. Cheers and thank you for your interest.

  • (Brand owner) Thanks for the comments, glad you like the design!

  • Sarat Bhogavalli

    Incorrect. Almost everyone in the city of Bangalore can afford to buy this watch. Some might have to save up more than the others but that’s standard across the globe. Also, the facts about poverty that you posted mean nothing. Poverty exists in the western world as much as in India. The only difference being, poor people in India do not have the means to get a credit card and live up their life.

    FYI – I am from Bangalore and own this watch.

  • (Brand owner) Berndt, I upvoted your comment for the cut of your jib :). Here’s a Fact: the MiG 21 Type 77 was built in India by HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) headquartered in Bangalore. It is IAF’s first supersonic fighter-jet and protected Indian Skies in numerous situations for over fifty years, it is celebrated by over a billion people. We created the brand to make watches of a clearly higher-degree than what is available, and that also tell celebrated stories from India. There is a lot of national pride behind this story, and if you’re interested we put together a story on our website about why this plane was chosen to be the story for this Pilot watch collection as opposed to other stories from Indian Air Force. Lastly, we’re all in it for the love of watches, some speak to us and others don’t. It is best we leave geopolitics aside and just enjoy watches for what they are. Cheers!

    • Berndt Norten

      I stand corrected. Thanks you for your polite rejoinder. However, I must add there’s a double standard regarding planes. If you placed an image of a machine gun or grenade on your case back my points wouldn’t be so controversial.

      Yeah alright you’ve scolded me
      See you come talk sense to me
      My face red like the rose on a thorn bush
      Like all the colours of a royal oak flush
      And your sales are so high you is peeling off rupee bills
      Lapping then down. 100. 200

      And I can see your fighter planes
      I can see those fighter planes
      You’re proud—I get it—you’re not vain

      Across the mud huts where the children sleep
      Through the valleys past OCD geeks
      We take the staircase to the first floor
      We take the key, slowly unlock the door

      Men strum on Indian-made sitars
      I set aside my Danish guitar
      Through the walls we hear the city groan
      Outside it’s India
      Outside it’s India

      • Li’l men driving their Maruti
        And women serving them chai-tea
        Cheap wares sold in markets of flea
        Overworked kids who ought to be free
        That is what you want to see?
        That is what you choose to see.

        Our women sending rockets in the wee
        Exploring the moon, but also the sea
        Flying fighter planes pulling nine gees
        Proudly carrying our stripes of three
        That is what we want to see.
        And that is what we choose to see.

        *mike drop.

        • PR

          Nice ?
          Poor mike, I don’t think he enjoys being dropped.

        • Berndt Norten

          Best comment from a producer.

  • (BWC Brand owner) Hi Raymond I remember your comment from our debut last year around too. And I agree again, everyone wears a Titan in India. We do too! They are a great company making very accessible watches for everyone. Cheers!

  • PR

    This logic is ridiculous unless applied across the board from IWCs to Panerais to all military inspired watches. But no, you have an issue only when it’s for the IAF cos the others are ok since it’s the western world? The whole point of watches like these are to celebrate the coolness of things like planes and the aura around fighter jet pilots, not yay they bombed a village. why is any other country other than US and UK celebrating their heroes and “cool” gear juvenile or absurd?

  • Joe

    I wasn’t quite sure what Jersey Shore is without looking it up…but still don’t get it.

    I can see that your comment didn’t go down well with some, but I understand your perspective.
    I’m ok with the “military look” (although it’s not my thing) but I don’t like anything that “celebrates” war or violence.

    I could go on to talk about how I prefer the NASA association and Snoopy Speedmasters but even the Reagan era “space race” was driven by the need to (at least) appear to have superior, deterrent, wartime technology – probably partly explaining why NASA doesn’t get the funding that it used to, simply because the competition has moved onto a different playing field.

    Ultimately, a nice looking watch but not really my thing.
    For a few dollars more, I’d go for the “Hamilton Murph” as a mini-grail to a very thought-provoking movie about humanity.

    Having said all this, I think they should be proud of an otherwise attractive watch – and I hope they do well and use some of this type of feedback to produce pieces with a wider appeal.

    • Berndt Norten

      At the end of the day, I just find the plane on the case back to be cheesy. Forget the optics, the politics, all that. I find it to be as immature as some of my comments.

      • Joe

        I read past any cheesiness of your first comment.
        When I was younger and more gung-ho, I may have been great in some military outfit.
        Now that I’ve learned to think, the idea of war becomes much harder.
        As you say, modern warfare is sometimes necessary and mostly ugly.

        Whilst we call ourselves “human” and are supposed to be “above” other animals with our cognitive abilities to overcome “the monkey brain”, in reality the struggle for survival and the emotions on which wars are sustained rely on the limbic system and those very animal-istic emotions.

        Most wars are unpleasant and don’t deserve celebration. The instruments of war also don’t deserve to be celebrated (imo). I would rather buy a watch representing The Enterprise (NCC-1701) with the dream of finding peace on planets beyond our solar system than one with a MiG, Spitfire or Zero.

        To your point, I don’t think an aircraft, boat or submarine (unless for exploratory purposes) really helps to sell a watch to me. This is of course my opinion only and for those to which these pieces resonate – I have no problem.

        • Berndt Norten

          It’s all good. Thanks for your response. Keep on blogging in the free world.

  • TITAN make great watches at accessible price points for a wide variety of tastes and preferences in India. We’re not Titan, never will be. We have a quiet but enthusiastic following around the world. Cheers!

  • Berndt Norten

    Best conventional rock group of the 80s, no doubt about it.

  • Prasad

    Sorry dudes. I am happy with my Apple Watch. When it comes to functionality, these so called nostalgia jerker analogue watches are dumb when compared to an Apple Watch. Keep ranting and raving over this technological marvel of yore.

    • Joe

      I’m genuinely curious as to what brings you to ABTW if you are happy with your Apple Watch?
      I know that occasionally they review a few smartwatches but I’d say ~98% of reviews are either mechanical/quartz/analogue watches.

      I find the Apple Watch pretty cool – but it’s another electronic item in my life that I don’t need to worry about in terms of keeping it charged, firmware kept current or having it superceded. Mostly, the AW is an extension of smartphone functionality made available on the wrist.

      While computers and smartphones are supposed to make us more “capable”, “efficient” or “productive”, I feel they might have an impact on our behaviours in not-so-positive and unseen ways.
      For example – imagine a time before mobile phones.
      We used to have to agree to meet at a certain place and time, upfront. We tended to keep to that agreement and make a significant effort to stick to the chosen arrangement.
      Compare that to now – our commitments are not as strong. We can message/call each other to say “hey, sorry I’m running late.”. It’s cheap to do that – perhaps too cheap and easy? Yes, for many/most we think “well…better late than never” but I think we have lost some element of trust and commitment to each other by being enabled by technology to do this.
      We have become slightly lazy.

      Similarly I don’t think we should measure ourselves simply through measurable metrics like efficiency or productivity.
      Just walking down the high street seeing people with their heads down, looking at their phones indicates to me that it is blind efficiency/productivity. We have other senses and inputs that should or could be used that are being diverted elsewhere. We text instead of talking, email instead of meeting. It might help global capitalism but I’m not sure that it helps us to bond and create real and long-lasting relationships that our species needs.
      https://youtu.be/t__NoFstCmQ

      You may call me old fashioned but in my life I’m trying to hang onto some things that I can more easily relate to – objects that require some human input, skill and judgment during manufacturing and assembly…something that has a bit of soul.

    • Independent_George

      Ooooo, burn! Don’t know how I’ll get past this. Guess I should just sell my watches!

      This is bad place to troll. Folks here are troll proof.

      Glad you enjoy your Apple device. But it is not watch.

      Carry on. . .

    • Burazer

      Your Apple “watch” will break in (average) 3-4, max 5 years. By the time I take my dependable Japanese or Swiss automatic watch for it’s first regular service you’ll be on your second Apple wrist device already. By the time I service my mechanic automatic watch for the second time you’ll be on your potentially 5th Apple wrist device of some kind cause I’m sure that in about 15-20 years time they wont be calling it Apple “watch” any more and replace it with some new type of 3D hologram device which is tatooed into your skin…or something…
      So, 25 years from now I’ll be the proud owner of a very nice vintage watch and if I’ve chosen wisely (or been lucky) and taken good care of it, my watch may have even increased in value…as vintage things tend to do. While you would be on your, what? 5th? 6th?…7th already alteration of some electronic gadget sort…?
      Now let’s do some math – I’ve paid US$ 500-1000 (that buys you a really nice watch) plus 3 times US$ 50 for the service, still ending up with a working, accurate good looking vintage piece which can be resold for at least 30% of the money invested. Not to mention the potential increase in value…!
      While you’ve paid at least US$ 2000-2500 in total (retail), all your gadgets broke and you most probably trow them away cause they are good only for recycling (if you’re environmentally friendly) and are in the position where you have to buy yet another new “watch” or whatever gadget cause your last one just broke AGAIN or got replaced by a new and “better” model or simply went out of fashion… :/
      No wonder that Apple is the richest company in the world. As long as there are “dudes” like you, they will keep on making the big bucks.
      Keep ranting and raving over those technological marvels of yours. 🙂

  • Hi, thanks for the comment. I suggest you lookup Aviator Type A and Type B watches. Aviation watches all tend to be derivative designs of the original Type A and Type B styles. I don’t know the Timex watches you refer to, but it isn’t really an apples-to-apples comparison. Nevertheless, the beauty of watches is that some speak to us and others don’t, but there’s one for everyone. Cheers and enjoy your watches!

    • kosti narain

      Sorry, but this one doesn’t speak to me.

  • kosti narain

    A copy is a copy, they’re not doing anything different..I’d rather buy a Seiko for this much money, thank you very much

    • Jay

      Seiko’s 5 lineup is mostly copies… sorry, homages of popular watches. From the Explorer 2 polar to IWCs and so on and so forth.

      You can buy whatever you want. It doesn’t make your opinion more valuable than those who actually like this watch.

      • kosti narain

        Of course it does..I’m a customer, not a fan..and Seiko make their own movements, that’s more than you can say for a lot of brands

  • Berndt Norten

    Or a Trojan…

  • Trevor O’Donnell

    Em if its from bangalore why has it got the irish flag on it, they can’t even print their flag the right way round, I won’t be buying this ????

  • You don’t wear a trojan on your wrist. Well at not not usually…

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