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Review of the Rip Curl Detroit Stainless Men’s Watch

Rip Curl Detroit
Haven’t done a review in quite some time, and for that I apologize.

But I’ve got one for you guys today. And it’s a lovely little watch.

The Rip Curl Detroit is a very dapper watch at first glance. This particular model is the Rip Curl Detroit in Stainless Steel. The Rip Curl Detroit Stainless Men’s Watch is a top of the line sport’s watch, and looks absolutely amazing as a dress watch. It is sure to impress with it’s sleek design, and the stainless steel case complements the black of the dial perfectly. Now, I usually prefer an all black watch and I rarely like the look of stainless watches, but in this particular case I think Rip Curl hit the nail right on the head. I actually prefer the looks of the stainless steel model to the looks of the black version of this watch.

Rip Curl is famous for their brand of watches that is geared primarily towards surfers and outdoors enthusiasts. But their other watches don’t typically capture the hearts and minds of other demographics.  That is not to say that these watches aren’t quality, that they don’t look good, or anything like that. Quite the opposite. I happen to be a pretty rabid Rip Curl fan, But the watches that are outside of their surf line (i.e the Tidemaster) just don’t typically find a wide enough audience. Most people who hear of Rip Curl are attracted to the brand because of the whole water sports, surfer dude persona. They might happen across other products because of this and then buy them. And I think that Rip Curl knows this, and is trying desperately to change it. Not that they resent the surfing aspect of their brand or that they are ungrateful for their largest customer base, but I just think they are thinking bigger and trying to expand their horizons by introducing different types of people to their brand and by making their brand desirable to a wider demographic.

Hence the many newer watches like the Axis, Driver, and Detroit line that Rip Curl has recently unveiled. I think the Detroit Stainless is a perfect example of my point earlier regarding Rip Curl and their efforts of widening their customer base. These new watches stray away from the bright and loud color schemes of their surf watches, and stick to either black or metal tones, and use metal in their watches rather than plastic. They typically have a link style band as well rather than leather or plastic ones. I like this change, and I think it is working for Rip Curl. The Detroit Stainless is a great example of the transition to more casual and even dress watches.

The Rip Curl Detroit in Stainless features a 316L Stainless Steel Case and bracelet which is very solid. 316L is the absolute best steel for water resistance, and is the standard for rip curl. I don’t normally care for link style steel bracelets as I think they are uncomfortable, but this one isn’t too bad. I haven’t swapped it for a leather or plastic one because it would take every ounce of appeal and style out of this watch. The black dial is accented perfectly by the stainless steel case, which is a 50mm but is surprisingly not too big and clunky on my wrist even though that is a large case size. It also features a jeweled movement which is reliable. The watch comes in many different styles, but the Detroit Steel edition only comes with two other colorations as far as the dial goes; those being a blue or brushed steel variety if black isn’t your thing. It is of course water resistant up to 100 meters or 330 feet, and is a great watch retailing for around 250 bucks, although you can find it for less online.

Overall, I would give this watch a solid 4 out of 5. I deduct points for the random movement on this watch. I cannot figure out where it came from or ho made it. When a company omits details like this on a product I can only assume that it is something that they aren’t proud of, otherwise they would be using it as a selling point. It’s really not at all bad, I just think they should at least tell you what it is or who made it, and make that information readily available.

Five Awesome Women’s Watches for 2013

February 4, 2013 Leave a comment

If you’re looking for a ladies’ wristwatch that is visually appealing, functional and right on trend, you’ll enjoy discovering five awesome women’s watches for 2013. These models run the gamut from vintage-inspired to sporty to edgy and funky. To help you learn more about some amazing women’s watch styles, we’ve compiled a helpful quick guide to a quintet of irresistible timepieces.

Skagen Women’s 459SSXZP Sports Glitzy Links Watch – Feminine and elegant, this wristwatch is the perfect blend of sporty functionality and glitzy glamor. Adorned with a sleek, rectangular face, a lovely pink dial, and a Japanese Quartz movement, this trendy (yet totally wearable) wristwatch is crafted from practical and durable stainless steel.

Murano Artisans Woman’s Millefiori Watch – If you prefer a little color and artsy style, you’ll love this wristwatch. Each timepiece features vibrant art glass details that circle the entire dial, adding tons of visual interest to the design. This watch comes with a brown leather strap and a white face, and it’s crafted from stainless steel (with mother-of-pearl and 14k gold accents).

Rip Curl Aurora Watch (Women’s) – If you’re looking for a watch that looks great with casual attire, or even a bikini, you’ll find that this Rip Curl design is right up your alley. Crafted from hot-pink plastic (it comes in other colors, too), the sleek lines and simplicity of this surf-inspired timepiece make it a total winner for 2013. This sporty, fun women’s wristwatch is water-resistant to 100 meters.

Ed Hardy Women’s RX-PU Roxxy Purple Watch – For urban style with funky edge, be sure to choose this violet-toned Ed Hardy design. Affordable and colorful, this quartz movement timepiece features shimmering crystals all around the dial, as well as a unique, tattoo-inspired motif.

Kenneth Cole New York Women’s KC2414-NY Trend Black Leather Watch – If you love the minimalist look, you’ll adore this signature Kenneth Cole design, which features a leather strap adorned with cut-outs. This stainless design is sleek and simple, with a square face and Art Deco-inspired watch hands. Perfect with business attire or city separates, this watch is ideal for sophisticated ladies.

Now that you’ve learned more about five awesome watches for 2013, you’ll be ready to choose the ideal model for your tastes.

Rip Curl Pipeline Review

January 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Welcome to the GreatTiming Watches blog! Recently we had the opportunity to review the Rip Curl Pipeline. Read on to learn all about it!

Appearance: Normally silver and black watches tend to look plain or cheaply made, but this watch looks exceptional. This is because most watches that use the black and silver color scheme are trying to imitate the look of real sterling silver simply by using metallic paint. Because Rip Curl decided to use a flat, matte silver finish rather than metallic silver paint, it avoids that cheap watch look, and instead looks much more natural while still looking sleek. The watch has a black silicone band which accents the silver watch face nicely. Leather tends to be the preferred band material for many. Since this is a surf watch that is intended to get wet, a leather band would not be ideal. Many watches intended for water sports use polyurethane to make their watch bands, mostly because it is cheaper than silicone. Silicone is superior to polyurethane due to its increased color retention and comfort level. This was a great choice by Rip Curl, because when wearing a watch for long periods of time, they can become very uncomfortable very quickly. Especially when wet.

In overall appearance, the Rip Curl Pipeline looks better than other competitive models, some of which have been compared to toys from of one of those coin operated machines that you might see at the mall or when leaving the grocery store. It appears as a good dive watch should: Rugged, durable, solid, but yet still stylish, and attractive to the eye. The band comes in a myriad of colors for you to choose from such as Black, Red, Blue, White, or Yellow.  So there is quite a variety of different looks from which you can select your favorite. The watch is definitely up to par with the other fantastic watches in the Rip Curl Tidemaster line.

Rip Curl Pipeline

The watch is certainly not lacking in the technology department either. It is loaded with all of the innovative and great features that you might expect from some of the more expensive models in Rip Curl’s arsenal. The casing material, as most of the other watches in the Tidemaster series by Rip Curl, is 316L Stainless Steel. This is the best type of steel available for making a watch water-resistant as well as corrosion resistant. It of course comes loaded with all of the technological features of the other Tidemaster watches, like Rip Curl’s patented ATS or Automatic Tide System. The ATS allows the watch to be programmed for thousands of beaches worldwide, and provides an accurate tide chart right on your wrist to ensure that you can be surfing at the best possible times. It also has pre-programmed sunrise and sunset times, moon phases, a digital compass, stopwatch, dual time setting, a light, alarm, and countdown timer to round it all out. That’s more tools than a Swiss Army knife. As most other diving/surfing watches by Rip Curl, it is depth tested to 200 meters (656 feet) which is quite deep. So divers rejoice! This watch would be a good choice for you due to its incredible water resistance.

At around $250.00 USD, this watch is an exceptional buy, especially considering the amount of features that come loaded onto it. It has most of the features that would be found on some of the $600.00 USD Tidemasters from Rip Curl.

If you are in need of a dive watch that comes loaded with many great features and has good aesthetic appeal, you need not look any further than the Rip Curl Pipeline.

Stay tuned for more great watch reviews from the crew here at GreatTiming.


Understanding Water Resistance

October 31, 2012 Leave a comment

When it’s time to choose a wristwatch that defies the elements, understanding water resistance is crucial. Many of today’s high-tech wristwatches feature incredible water resistance that actually allows their wearers to enjoy scuba diving, swimming, showering or boating while they wear their timepieces. However, there are a variety of water resistance levels, so it’s important to understand how water resistance in measured in terms of wristwatches.

Typically, water resistance is measured in meters. If you’re shopping for models with superior water resistance, look for timepieces with higher meter numbers for water resistance. The higher the meter number, the deeper you may go underwater without damaging your new wristwatch. Sometimes, luxury timepieces also feature water resistance ratings that are measured in bars. Again, the higher the bar measurement, the more water-resistant the timepiece will be.

Examples of watch makers who specialize in sporty designs that are very water-resistant include Tag Heuer, Omega, Rolex, and Timex. However, there are thousands of other watch manufacturers that also create designs with some degree of water resistance. The key to finding the right model for your needs is determining how many meters or bars of water resistance you really need. After all, there’s no need to pay extra for incredible water resistance that you won’t even use. You may find water-resistant watches at all price points. However, for almost water-proof designs, it’s best to buy from respected manufacturers who are known for their high-performance wristwatches. Prices for water resistant watches range from one hundred dollars to several hundred thousand dollars; therefore, you’ll have a dizzying array of styles to choose from.