Givaway: Marvin M107 or M103 Automatic Chronograph Watch

The Marvin M107 retails for $1,860, and the Marvin M103 retails for $1,790. I anticipate this being a popular giveaway, so enter below with your best response.To Enter You Must: 1. Comment on this post below with your valid e-mail address where required. In the body of your comment mention your favorite watch complication(s) (functions/technical features) aside from merely telling the time.2. Be a pal. If you are feeling up to it, Facebook friend/fan all or any of the following:Friend me on Facebook Like aBlogtoRead.com on FacebookLike Marvin Watches on Facebook3I am very excited to bring you a special watch giveaway here at aBlogtoRead.com. This month you can enter to win your choice of either of the above two mechanical chronograph watches from Swiss Marvin watches. These are the Marvin M107 (in the rectangular case), and the M103 (in the round case). I actually reviewed the M103 here - and it is really a great watch. I wanted to offer either of them because they have same Swiss Valjoux 7750 automatic movement inside, and are very close in price. It is up to the winner watch model he/she prefers. What more can I say? These are two excellent timepieces, with a movement that no watch lover should be without in their collection.

Oris Williams F1 Day Date Watch

This model will be mostly the same, but with red, versus blue trim (and no Williams name). The crystal is sapphire over the dial, with a mineral crystal caseback over the movement. Inside the watch is a Oris 735, which is basically a Sellita SW220 (like an ETA 2836) automatic. It is quite a nice watch for gear-heads and F1 fans. Not to mention Oris watch lovers. A very youthful look that has that expected level of Oris fit and finish. Not always a great "any occasion," but fun and lively nonetheless. Look out for it soon. An interesting rendition on the skeletonization theme.You'll notice that Oris has refined the look of the "open date" window. The almost ***-like shape now integrates the day and date indicators and allows for that "open date" design. Oris watches are often innovators when it comes to continuously polishing existing designs. I appreciate them for that. Reading the watch isn't touch at all. The hands have larger lume covered sections in white that contrast nicely with the dark dial. The blue bordered race-font style hour numerals are easy to spot as well - while there are lots of little lumed sections of the dial.Apparently there is also a non Williams F1 version of the watch as well.

Oris Williams F1 Day Date WatchBreitling Chronomat 01 Diamondworks Watch

The little blue line is actually rubber, and Oris says it acts like a bumper to protect the case (a bit). Though with the DLC coating, it shouldn't need as much protection. The case of course has the special hinged lugs that help the watch be really comfortable, and comfortable it most certainly is. The numerals on the bezel flow naturally into the several rows of numerals and indexes on the dial. The black metallic dial has some hour indicators that are actually cut slits showing the day and date discs below. Continuing their partnership with the Williams F1 team, Oris has released a new motor sport watch for 2010 that is likely the nicest yet when it comes to a watch made for Williams. This is at least the fourth watch to come from the partnership, and it looks really nice in mostly black with a technical looking blue trim. Oris is further refining the dial design, offering a fascinating, yet polished look.The case itself is 44mm wide in DLC black. Notice the thin blue line that extends around the periphery of the side of the case. It is a neat little detail helping the case of the watch to stand out. The colors are also of course those of the Williams team.

Review of the Casio Pathfinder PRW

We've happy reviewed quite a few Pathfinders on WatchReport, but this is the first one we've seen one with analog hands on it. Casio completely changed the look this time, yielding a watch whose complexity is less obvious. As a fan of analog-digital watches, this instantly became my favorite Pathfinder. There are, of course, compromises with the design, so read on to see if you agree or not.If there's any one company that continues to innovate, it has to be Casio. Their newest Pathfinder/Protrek, the PRW-5000, takes their kitchen-sink feature list and completely rethinks to design with an emphasis on analog hands.Let's start with the features:Solar powered.Atomic timekeeping, six bands: US, UK, Germany, China, Japan (2x).Altimeter, barometer, compass, and thermometer.Wold time, stopwatch, countdown timer, five alarms.Low temperature resistant down to -10C.Water resistant to 100m (330ft).Mineral crystal, fixed stainless steel bezel.Casio movement 5114 (PDF), with self-correcting hands.49mm across, 14.6mm thick, 85g on the 22mm resin strap.List price of $450.Please read on for the full review.


Review of the Abacus Wrist PDA (AU5005)

Features of the Abacus/Fossil Wrist PDAPalm OS 4.1.2. I guess you'd have to say the number one featureof this watch is that it runs version 4.1.2 of the Palm OS and comes with the standardPalm personal information management applications installed. (See below for details.)Built-in stylus. The Wrist PDA comes with a tiny folding stylus tucked intothe buckle for writing on the screen. Jot. Jot is a handwriting recognition system that allows you to write lettersin a very natural way right on the watch's screen. I found it to be surprisinglyaccurate. Backlight. The backlight on the Wrist PDA is just like theone on my old Palm IIIx: blue, and plenty bright (at least by watch standards). Multiple watch faces. Choose from one of 11 different watch faces, ranging fromtraditional analog displays to unusual digital layouts.Infrared port. The IR port lets you beam data to and from all kinds ofdevices.Rocker switch. The rocker switch is a sort of three-way buttonused to make navigation and selection more efficient.What's In the Box The watch, of course. One folding stylus stashed in the buckle, and a backup stylus in the box.AC adapter and power cord.CD with Palm Desktop and synchronization software for both Windows and Macintoshoperating systems. USB cable for synching and charging the watch.Getting started guide.Warranty card (one year for people in the US, two years for those lucky Europeans).Three wallet-sized Jot cheat sheets (in English, French, and Spanish).SpecificationsThe specs on the Abacus and Fossil Wrist PDAs really aren't half bad fora watch. In fact, they are much more impressive than my old Palm IIIx which I oncethought of as being pretty advanced with its 16MHz processor, massive 4MB ofRAM, and two AAA batteries.Palm OS 4.1.2.Motorola DragonBall Super VZ 66MHz processor.View the Abacus Wrist PDA photo gallery.The first thing I'd like to do is congratulate Fossil for finally bringing theWrist PDA to market. The Fossil and Abacus Wrist PDAs have been in the works forat least four years, and now they have finally arrived. Thanks, Fossil, for notgiving up on the Wrist PDA. In my opinion, it was worth the wait.Before I get into specifics, I want to answer the biggest question I had whenI first started reading about the Abacus and Fossil Wrist PDAs: yes, they do actuallywork. I don't just mean that they function, but they really do actually work. Thescreen is big enough, the fonts are readable, the handwriting recognition is impressive,the synching functions as expected, and the battery life is sufficient. That'snot to say the Wrist PDA is perfect, however. There are still somebugs to be worked out, and a few rough spots that can definitely use polishing(all of which are described below), but generally speaking, yes, this watch reallydoes put a PDA on your wrist, and yes, it is actually usable. Now let's look atthe details.