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Nixon Watches Review

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Like every fashion item on which opinions differ, Nixon watches are not an exception. So let´s discover together this serious looking watchmaker.
Nixon is American watches brand which was founded in the 90s in California, Encinitas more precisely. Because of its focus on the youth lifestyle, teenagers are the ones who pushed its popularity forward, especially skaters and surfers. Watches are not the only product which Nixon manufactures, shirts wallets and headphones are also other items which are produced by the American brand which now is owned by Billabong (still surf/skate scene). Some people are accusing the brand of not being elegant and unable to fly under the radar. Nixon’s effort to come with creative designs is noticeable.

Nixon Movements

Nixon has also attempted recently to integrate better movements in all of their timepieces and which are mostly Japanese or Swiss movements. They have series of full Swiss automatic watches. One of these is the the classy Nixon automatic II A209 and which watches connoisseur suspects it to to be ETA 2824-2 25-jewel movements or possibly the Sellita SW200 clone. This Nixon watch model is one of the expensive one out there.

A Popular Nixon Watch

One of the popular Nixon watches that has got attention is the Nixon Banks. Eventhough the movement is not very appreciated by some. Another con of this one is that it has individual tiny battery running each dial which means the 3 have to be replaced, and sometimes, all at different intervals of time. This ends up to be a costy watch like many  other Nixon watches. But the Nixon Banks is a very elegant modern watch.
I was surfing on the net this morning and stumbled upon an article in askmen in which was a question from a watch knob saying that he wanted a watch that’s around the same price range as Nixon but as stylish as their watches. This person was a woman wanting to buy her husband a watch for his birthday. The answer from the post author was really funny making stating that Nixon doesn’t deserve attention which I don’t agree with. This guy and like many fashionistOS, is probably comparing Nixon to major, expensive, brands like Rolex.
Nixon has got a great attention of the public, forums users are even posting an entire thread dedicated to their watches to discuss the quality and features of them. That said, they are very nice looking timepieces worthy of attention and there a lot of discounts out there on these watches that will encourage you to try one of them.

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Germguardian AC4825 Review

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Germguardian AC4826 is an air purifier ideal for getting dealing with particles found in the air of your home such as household dust, pet dander, mold spores and plant pollen. The AC4825 is  3-in-1 air cleaning system, which I will explain later in this review, is equipped with various technologies like HEPA Filter, UV-C and a carbon filter. All these technologies are here to improve the air quality of modern homes and is also a nice idea for dusty work environment even if you aren’t an allergy sufferer. This unit is also capable of reducing bad odors in your home.


The Air Cleaning Process

The Germguardian AC4825 work to clean the air via a superposition of filters (Charcoal Filter, HEPA and UV-C). The air enters from the back of the unit and is sent after being cleaned to get out from the front all in three major steps.
First, a charcoal filter and pre-filter works to catch large particles like lint and dust, as well as to reduce household odors such as smoke and cooking.
Then, the HEPA Filters captures particles like plant pollen, pet dander and dust mites. According to Guardian Technologies, the HEPA FIlter is capable of capturing 99.97% of airborne pollutants. The HEPA filtration system is recommended by doctors (to reduce exposure to indoor asthma triggers) according to the American Academy of Pediatrics Allergy & Immunology.
Finally, Ultraviolet Light (UV-C) comes in to play to get rid of airborne viriuses and bacteria. The UV-C option could be turn ON and OFF via a button anytime. When it’s turned on, a  blue led light up so that you could know it’s running.
The Germguardian AC4826 comes with a A manual where it shows y how to replace the filter and the bulb as well as warranty information. It’s also recommended by Guardian Technologies to replace the filters only by genuine ones to ensure the best performance of the unit.

Reasons to get a Germguardian

The Germguardian is a good technological piece which is destined for people having cats from which make them sneezing and having water in their eyes and also for people wanting to reduce odors such as smoking and cooking. Additionally, the price of the AC4825 is really cheap when comparing it to to many other air purifies which are more expensive ( 300 or 400 bucks), especially when considering  the cost of replacing filter in the case of other air cleaning system when you have to change them every two months. This Germguardian’s filters in the other hand should only be replaced every 6 month to ensure that the unit is running at an optimal level.

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Invicta Pro Diver Watches

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The Invicta Pro Diver is the name of a collection by the American watchmaker having in mind to produce watches designed for sea divers and water sports fans. As for all respected diver watches, Invicta Pro Diver timepieces are capable to endure being submerged deep in the sea and has a high water resistance which is 200 meters.
While the very high price of the Rolex Submariner is what holds many watches fans and collectors, the Invicta Pro Diver watches are here to make the dream come true (nearly). These watches are an inexpensive alternative of the Submariner which you can’t tell difference while standing far from the wearer’s wrist. And this is not a very poor copy of the Rolex but a decent copy that, when considering the price, is a real success.


Invicta Pro Diver Design

Let’s start with the Bezel. The Unidirectional bezels are another specialty of the diver watch as they are designed to count elapsed time as well as time remaining which is very important for divers when they are underwater and must get out of it after a specific duration. It’s useful to take a look at the bezel markers every five minutes so that you can be aware of the elapsed time. Why unidirectional? One of the main reasons is that in the case the bezel has rotated accidentally, the duration counted will only be longer than what is really and which is an intelligent security feature.
Invicta is famous for its flame-fusion crystal with which most of its watches are equipped. In order to be protected from scratch and shatter, the Pro Diver watches use either this one or the sapphire coated crystals while some cheap models from the same collection are equipped with mineral crystal also shatter proof but are lower in terms of protection compared to flame-fusion and sapphire crystals.
Most of Invicta Pro Diver watches are made of stainless steel both the level of the case as well as the band. The stainless steel is a corrosion resistant material which is important to resist salt water. On other Pro Diver models, you find a rubber band also called polyurethane strap and that also has some positive features like endurance and firmitude.

Pro Diver’s Water Resistance

When you talk about divers watch you implicitly mean water resistant. In order to be labelled as such, a good divers watch must be capable of enduring submersion between 660 to 980 ft. Even though you don’t intend to go as deep as 660 feet in water, this figure is imperative in order to be certified water resistant because watchmakers test for resistance is done in static water environment. This is why it’s crucial to raise the water resistance to that level because in reality conditions are more extreme than in a regular test environment. To produce a watch which resists 660 ft. as well as difficult conditions, the whole structure must be solid and capable to endure intense pressure.


Screw Down Crown

The screw down crown is common feature of the majority of Invicta Pro Diver watches. This is another feature  related to water resistance as it provides resistance against water infiltration inside the watch. In order to function as it should, the screw down crown should be tightly screw down before getting in water. On many Invicta watches, the water resistance is not active if the crown is not screw down and the warranty will void.


I think the Pro Diver will remain the most popular Invicta collection of all. It has all the ingredients of a decent watch, a nice design, not so big only 40mm wide in case, 200m water resistant, many watches in the collection are equipped with a Swiss automatic movement which makes the watch independent of a battery and finally a low price at such point that you can even find a new Pro Diver for under $80.

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All Wooden Watches

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Many people, when imagining a wooden watch, think of a chunky piece of wood. Today, it’s no longer the case. Brands like Treehut, Garwood and WeWOOD have made a entirely a business out of making wooden watches. The Garwood makes all wooden watches, meaning the watch case and the band, while Treehut, in addition to all wooden watches, manufactures watches by mixing wood and leather straps or wood and canvas.

All Wooden Watches Wood Types

unique_woods_largeWooden watches manufacturers creatively choose different types of wood. Koa wood, Bamboo, Sandalwood, Ebony Rosewood and many others. Some wood types are stronger than others, but because it’s also fashion, the look is the mainly criteria of choice. Zebrawood on of the most used wood type as it has a unique and appealing pattern that is naturally designed by the creator of the universe. A Zebrawood watch doesn’t require much design additions because it’s already an intrinsic authentic look. The grain found on wood is also a feature that makes a watch unique. Black, Beige, Brown, Chocolate all are colors that can be found on wooden watches.

An All Wooden Watch is Eco-Friendly

These watches have the specificity to be made out of a sustainable material, wood. Many wood watches brands have made the current Eco-Friendliness trend an advantage to promote and help sell their all wooden watches. WeWOOD for example, states it clearly in their slogan that says: “You Buy a Watch We Plant A Tree”. According to WeWOOD, the company have contributed to over 400 000 trees planting worldwide.


Is A Wood Watch Water Resistant

If an all wooden watch has a con, it’s this one. Wooden watches manufacturers have not at this moment found a way to make an all wooden watch entirely water resistant. They call it “Splash proof”. An expression used by watches brands to indicate that the watch only resistant a “Splash” of water and that you can’t swim or dive with it. A splash of water in real life means while washing your hands or when it’s raining. This will not bother many people because not everybody is engaged in a regular swimming activities. In case someone want to swim, he can simply put the watch aside.

Prices of All Wooden Watches

The prices of “good” wooden watches are between $70 and $300 most of the time. I’m talking here about well known watchmakers. You can also find prices lower than that, but as you know this is most of the time an indicator of the poor quality. I personally stumbled upon wood watches costing %20 and they were a clear copy of known brands like Garwood and Treehut, so beware.

Finally, I would say that wooden watches are coming back, but not as an gift item offered in romantic occasions, but as a real piece of fashion that you can proudly wear with even a formal suite.

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Festool Dust Extractors

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In every workshop there are dangers that vary in level and also in clearness. Woodworking is a field where you can find both, the danger of being cut by a tool or a machine and also that of getting a respiratory condition like the Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) because of dust. Dust is a silent enemy that, as time goes by, could lead to serious problems. The rise of dust collection systems in the market is a clear sign of awareness when it comes to dust related risks. Now the competition of these woodworking machines is on the level of how fast you catch these particles, as well as how much clean a workshop could get. On a daily basis, the cleaning system must perform its task at optimal level to achieve the goal of healthy environment. Previously a Shopvac was the utlimate idea, now we talk about Dust Collection System or in Festool’s jargon, a Dust Extractor. Festool Dust Extractors are these small units (compared to how big a ShopVac is) are capable of execute the dust collection task almost perfectly. Before dust even appear it has already found a place to go. Festool Dust Extractors connects to the power tool before it starts to work. In that way, dust is caught before it propagates in the workshop. This is a great news for woodworkers. Not only a dust free workshop is good for your health, but it’s also good for your business. Clients would also appreciate a clean wood workshop. Also, a dust free workshop is good for productivity. Festool Dust Extractors have received good reviews on the overall, especially the CT26 which is the most popular one. There are other smaller versions like the CT MINI and The CT MIDI which are a $100 less. Festool Dust Extractors are certainly not the cheapest tools you will have on your shop, but it’s one of the most important ones to have.

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