Minuteman Watches MM04 Polished Stainless Steel watch review

Reviewed by K.C. Kim

Minuteman Watches are making a difference in the community and making made in the USA watches. Minuteman sources the watch from well respected brand Lum-Tec and builds the watches in Mentor Ohio. So you get a watch that is built with superb standards from American watchmakers that are CMW21 (Certified Watchmaker of the 21st Century) certified.

The Minuteman MM04 comes in a nice nylon zippered case that protects the watch and is perfect when traveling.

The MM04 features a polished stainless steel case and case back, 43mm case, Sapphire Crystal, Swiss Made 955.112 movement, 200m water resistance and American made leather watch strap. In addition the watch has 2.5mm “Fat” spring bars, A/R coating on the inside of the crystal, screw down crown and luminous hands and dial. The watch feature plenty of features that make it a true value. This is a watch you want to keep for years to come.

I like Minuteman Watches aspirations to help Veterans as well as make their watches here in the United States. In a world where big companies are trying to nickel and dime the consumer, Minuteman Watch Co. is trying to offer a helping hand. Minuteman watches is a brand that I can get behind for it’s message and of course getting a quality timepiece as well.

The watches from Minuteman watches are backed by a 5 year limited warranty and come with free lifetime battery replacement. The company takes 25% of it’s profit and donates the money to charities that assist veterans and their families.

9.8 Out of 10

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Techne Swiss Concept Dual-Time Aviator Watch

Techne returns to crowdfunding to fund it’s latest watch the Dual-Time Swiss Concept Aviator Watch. Overseeing development of the brand Techné (www.technewatches.com), Swiss studio VANTGARD is hoping to bring this unique, three-year battery, Swiss Concept watch to production through crowdfunding.

The watch will be available through RocketHub.com for around $125USD to $135USD. The timepiece offers great looks and Swiss-engineered mechanism. Those that fund the project get to choose from 3 different straps, and each watch will be delivered in military-style kraft boxes with a 24 month limited warranty.

Check out the crowdfunding project HERE

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Peragine Watch Co. is a new start-up that was founded in 2011 with the first set of prototypes in early 2012. On February 2nd 2013 the company had real world testers try out the product for one year and now the watches are ready for prime time.

Based out of San Jose, CA the company is set to produce elusive watches that are affordable and attainable. Peragine produces limited editions of each watch that run from 999 units or less with numbered timepieces.

Check out the watch line HERE

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Elliot Havok Quarter Century Belt – Natural Review

Elliot Havok has created the Quarter Century Belt that would look great with raw denim jeans. The belt comes in either Natural or Black and cost $49.

Elliot Havok Quarter Century Belt is made of premium vegetable-tanned leather built to last and back with a 25 year guarantee. The thick leather belt is stitch-less and cut from quality leather. Compared to the mall belts that are made of genuine leather and PU leather the Centry Belt stands out for it’s quality and durability. The natural belt color should get better with age with slight darkening. I wear a size 31/32 jeans and the 34 belt fit me fine so you may want to size up 2 inches.

Elliot Havok has created a nice casual belt that would look awesome paired with your favorite jeans. It is a belt that will last you years to come and look better over time. The belt is only $49 and made in batches that is ship out weekly.

Buy it now HERE Use Coupon code COOLBEANS for 10% off this week only

Elliot Havok is offering a watch on Kickstarter HERE. Check out the project now.

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Vierra Watches Review

Vierra Watches is a startup offering watches without the markup. The watches are designed with a sporty feel that is perfect for swimming and surfing. The 50m water resistance is more than enough to protect the watch from water from showers, swimming and surfing. The watch should not be used for diving!

The Vierra Watch reminds me a bit of Nixon watches which I think is a good thing. The watch is powered by Miyota Japanese quartz movement that is extremely accurate. The Vierra Watches have a 41mm metal case with hardened mineral crystal. At the price point the watch feels very high quality and not prone to break like plastic case watches. The 22 mm silicone strap gives it a sporty feel while being super comfortable to wear. The color combinations include black/blue with black strap, black/yellow with black strap and finally white/gold with white strap.

The Vierra Watches offer the best price for the money of any watch I have seen. The watches sell for $59 for one, $99 for two and three for $139. That means you can pay as little as $46.33 if you buy 3. Considering I own watches that cost thousands of dollars the price of the Vierra watch is attractive even as a impulse buy. It would be perfect for taking with you on trips as the watch is cheap enough to replace if lost. The Vierra watch should be popular with younger crowd that like trendy watches and sophisticated shoppers that are looking for new and interesting brands at a bargain price.

Vierra watches are excellent watches to own and give away to family and friends. Fashion-savvy shoppers will like the fashion forward design and price. Vierra watches blends sport with style that is perfect for men and women that enjoy skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing while wearing a cool watch on their wrist.

9.5 Out of 10

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The Leather Shop “Moose Brand” RIVET WALLET 2 – Tan Review

The Leather Shop is the home of “Moose Brand” products. The goal of the company is to create the finest and toughest leather goods in the world. Each of the leather products made by the company are hand-made by experienced leather craftsman in limited quantities to ensure the best quality.

The Leather Shop Rivet Wallet 2 is the improved version of the original Rivet Wallet sold by the company. The one I am reviewing here is the tan version that has a reddish brown color to it. The wallet also comes in yellow.

The Rivet wallet 2 has two compartments inside that can hold cash and up to 7 cards. The wallet is perfect for essentials like you credit cards, rewards cards, ID card, and cash.

The wallet is stitch-less using 2 brass rivets to hold everything together. The Rivet Wallet 2 is made of thick, high quality saddle leather. The unique rivet design is hand dyed, glazed and edge burnished. The leather quality should get better with age and perfect for everyday use. The Leather Shop Rivet 2 wallet is Handmade in the USA, from American Leather.

I highly recommend this wallet to everyone looking for a unique wallet with minimalist design. It is a wallet that gets attentions for it’s unique design and quality leather. You can purchase the Rivet 2 wallet now for $57 HERE and in Yellow HERE

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Paula Run unlined peccary leather gloves

Peccary gloves is the ultimate in luxury gloves as it is soft, durable and ages better than cowhide. Paula Run is by far one of the best options especially on price. The Paula Run unlined peccary leather gloves sells for only $140 and is entirely handmade and handstitch.

Buy one now HERE

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GiGi New York Henley Duffle

An ideal bag for the gym or travel, the GiGi New York Henley Duffle is perfect to pack up all your stuff. The duffle bag is made of pebble grain leather and can be personalized with your initials. The duffle bag is available now for $675 HERE

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Man-PACK Classic 2.0

The Man-Pack was born from Kickstarter like many things these days. The company raised $25,110 through Kickstarter and now have several of their bags available on their own site. The Man-Pack Classic 2.0 is geared towards today’s guy. The guy that carries a tablet or small laptop around with all his other essentials.

The Man-Pack 2.0 is made of 600D Kordura for superior durability and water resistance, fits an iPad or small laptop, and dimensions are 13.5 in. x 10.75 in. x 3.75 in. The Man-Pack Classic 2.0 is available now for $69.95 HERE

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Kore Essentials TRAKLINE BELT INTREPID BUCKLE & BELT (stainless steel) Review

Kickstarter is now the go to place to find new and innovative products. Kore Essential happen to launch one of the best belt technology to come around in a long time. The Kore Essentials Trakline belt utilizes a hidden track with 40+ sizing positions in small 1/4″ increments.

The Trakline belt line features a buckle with a full grain belt that can be cut to size. The belt quality is even better than some of my designer belts that I paid hundreds of dollars for. The Intrepid buckle that I am reviewing includes a stainless steel buckle with brushed finished. The buckle feels solid and should last a lifetime with care.

The belts come in black, brown, gray and white and and fit anywhere from size 24″ to 54″ that should fit the majority of men. The belt is easy to size as you simply cut at the size you want. I have a 32″ waist so I cut the belt to size 34″ using the guidelines on the belt.

The belt buckle attaches to the belt using metal teeth that clamp down to the end of the belt after you cut to size. Then you push the lever and adjust the belt to the size you wish. The design is very helpful as sometimes you want to loosen your belt after a big meal. The hidden track is easy to use and smooth operation to simply change sizes on the fly.

On every other belt, my belt develops a warping near the belt holes. The Trakline belts do not have holes in it’s belt so it does not warp or crease at the holes. Most belts at retail stores comes in bonded or genuine leather that will wear in a year. Kore Essential uses top full grain leather that will get better with age and form to your body. The belt wears nice with jeans and can be worn with a suit or dress pants as well.

The Kore Essentials also includes an optional belt hanger that hooks to the buckle for easy storage in the closet of one or two Trakline belts.

Kore Essentials Trakline is the best belt I have ever own, that is including several Italian leather belts that cost several hundred dollars. The technology they use is amazing and the company is currently licensing the technology to other manufacturers. The full grain leather and solid buckle makes the Trakline belt an affordable luxury belt that is built to last. The Kore Essentials TRAKLINE BELT INTREPID BUCKLE & BELT (stainless steel) can be purchased now for $69 with the option to buy additional belts for $29.

10 out of 10

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