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  • Writer's picturePhilip Dashiell

Watch of the day

What's my wrist-wear choice for today?

My Flavor Of The Day

WOTD wrist-shot of the Melbourne, Hawthorne Chronograph.  Paired with a minimalist, Hematite stone, beaded bracelet, designed by Aurum Brothers.
Melbourne, Hawthorne Chronograph

Starting the week, with a very underrated timepiece within my collection, the Melbourne, Hawthorne Chronograph. This watch just has a very clean look, and a very solid build on top of that.

As far as chronographs go, you won't find a cleaner, easier to read dial presentation. The white index markers, with polished accents, simply pops against the matte black dial. The chronograph hand is a stand-out as well, given a red color treatment, which is impossible to miss. The multi-pattern dial works to create definitive contrasts between the chapter ring and dial.

Pairing the Melbourne Chronograph today, with a minimalist, Hematite stone, beaded bracelet, designed by Aurum Brothers, which captures all of the polished steel and darker matte colors within this timepiece.

WOTD Wrist Shot of the Invicta, Pro Diver 8926OB.  Accessorized with a set of minimalist, Hematite Stones, crafted by Aurum Brothers.
Invicta, Pro Diver 8926OB

It's rare anymore that I complete a two-fer in one day, and switch over to another timepiece. When I do, it's usually because I've received a new incoming timepiece, and just like most of you, I can't wait to unbox that puppy, and get the new arrival on my wrist. Such was the case today, as I wen't back to the future, acquiring an Invicta, Pro Diver, 8926OB dive watch.

This literally was the timepiece that started it all for me. I've probably purchased various iterations of this timepiece throughout the years, but when I came across a steal of a deal, to pick this timepiece up for under $59 shipped, I just had to jump at that opportunity. After all, who doesn't need another stylish daily wearer, or knock-around timepiece, and for the price, it was a no-brainer. This piece remains as my current, handpicked, "Play of the Game" selection, while supplies last at that price!

There's not much that I can say about the Invicta 8926OB, that hasn't been said already. Obviously, it remains the quintessential Submariner homage, at a mere fraction of the cost. There have been hundreds, possibly thousands of Submariner designs that have come since the Invicta 8926, but not many have succeeded in capturing the signature look of the iconic, luxury version.

Since the 8926OB has the similar color scheme to the Melbourne, the Aurum Brothers, Hematite stone, beaded bracelet, works just as well, to accessorize with the Invicta. I can't say how much wrist time the 8926OB will get, but at a cost below $59 shipped, I won't have to much heartburn if it doesn't get a lion's share of wrist-time.


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