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WatchOtaku is a not-for-profit site dedicated to the enjoyment of mechanical watches. If you want to know more about what makes a watch tick, then you've come to the right place. And if you want to design your own watch, you've definitely come to the right place.

Site Support

If you enjoy the information here, please consider supporting the site, via donation of watches for review or just plain funds. The Donation page has details. I do not run any ads or paid-for content and take pride in that all content is my creation. I also take care to attribute information and pictures so that you can judge for yourself.

I hope you like it.

You can read more about the site and how it came to be on the About page and if you'd like to contact me, please see the Contact page.

Twitter feed

I use Twitter quite a lot, independent of this site. Check it out and you might like it; it's also a very good way to communicate with me, either direct messages or by mentioning me (@WatchOtaku).

Blog Posts

Yes Watches sale

Yes is running a sale with an unheard-of 50% off right now, head over to to cash in.


I've been consulting off-and-on with Yes for several years now, and have an Inca myself. I'm biased.

See my Yes Inca page for more information.

First off, I wrote a long review of  the Calvin Jr. Velocita watches that I hope you'll like. Interesting bullhead design.

Secondly, I've submitted WatchOtaku to the Apple News publisher site. Hopefully soon you'll be able to read it via the iOS9 'News' app!

New review posted

Just finished up a preview of the Tangramatic Alpha 39 'California'. Hope you like the review! It's a hell of a deal on an interesting design.

Doing it the hard way

I got an email this morning from Vlad Millerman that sent me to his website, He has made a very cool and unusual watch based on the design of the throttle repeater of a ship:

Here's a picture of mine, from the USS Midway. This is one of the four boiler rooms on board:

Notice the Chelsea clock - that was what I wanted to note and research later. Turns out they're too expensive, ahh well. In the lower left if the throttle repeater, like the Navitas.

It doesn't look like the Navitas is for sale yet, which is a pity. I'd love to see one up close.

There's also a women's model and this version with inverted colors:

42mm, polished steel case, ETA 6498 movement with multilayer dial and custom hands. 

His 'about page' is worth a read; I can sympathize!

This trial and error approach was very costly and frustrating, but I had no choice.  I was going to make my watch the way I wanted it or not make it at all.  Pretty soon, my creative endeavor had led me to develop my own vacuum dial holder and video positioning fixture for my CNC mill.  Because it was impossible to find, I took a deeper dive and designed and fabricated a heavy duty dial printing machine with a laser guide for precise cliché/dial setup.  That helped me start building dial printers for other watchmakers to offset the cost of the watch development.

People like Vlad are why I wrote and maintain the Design and make your own watch page.


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