Micro Tournament Round 1 Day 2: Traska vs. Kurono Tokyo

Basic rules: - Voting is based on the overall brand, not the individual model or sample photo. - There are no rules on how you should choose, but you are welcome to civilly debate quality, value, heritage, etc. - Voters are encouraged to look at the hashtags for threads on individual brands or visit their sites. - Poll closes apx 11PM ET 6/23. - Be respectful of all the brands and members, even if the vote does not go your way. This is meant to be lighthearted fun to raise awareness of 32 microbrands. - Ties will go to the brand with the most unique user-owned photos of their watch. - Good luck and have fun!

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My 2 cents, and this is my view as a Traska owner who hasn't handled Kurono Tokyo, but I love my Traska not only for the incredible build quality but the subtle way that it innovates on what are somewhat standard designs (explorer-style or OP-style) without copying them, adding their own flourishes like this very interesting middle cutout in my forest green Summiteer here. Also, you have to respect a proprietary hardening process, and this sucker looks about good as new despite trudging around the Amazon with it.

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Professor_F

My 2 cents, and this is my view as a Traska owner who hasn't handled Kurono Tokyo, but I love my Traska not only for the incredible build quality but the subtle way that it innovates on what are somewhat standard designs (explorer-style or OP-style) without copying them, adding their own flourishes like this very interesting middle cutout in my forest green Summiteer here. Also, you have to respect a proprietary hardening process, and this sucker looks about good as new despite trudging around the Amazon with it.

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Awesome!  Thanks for sharing.

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Poll closed for the tournament. Congratulations Kurono Tokyo!

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it’s bonkers that it was even that close. Hajime Asaoka is maybe one of a handful of truly independent  watchmakers. Many leagues apart. 

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Interesting that days after polls closed Traska fans rallied.

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If I was to own just own one watch from either brand I would buy the Taska but being that I have a collection of watches I like the look and style of the Kurono and know that it is something a bit special coming from a truly independent watchmaker that is not mass marketed.