Kuoe Kyoto, Japanese Microbrand.

I have been looking to add a Japanese Microbrand to my collection and There are not many choices out there.

In my search I found Kuoe Kyoto.

I love the the Vintage Design, Cushion case, The classic Breguet numerals on the dial are individually hand-applied and the textured dial surface.

Powered by CITIZEN MIYOTA Cal.9039, a Japanese鈥搈anufactured high beat movement.

This high beat movement oscillates 28,800 times per hour.

I Find they are also very well priced for Build quality and what you get.

What do you think ?

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I also discovered it and I am liking their military watch a lot.

One detail keeps me away from now however : the dial font.

It鈥檚 a poor font choice for roman letters that is common in Asian cultures (I know Japan quite well and it鈥檚 frequant there). It鈥檚 understandable of course, because it鈥檚 precisely not their culture.

But IMHO, it鈥檚 not good on a watch, it looks cheap and out of place. I would not wear it because of that.

On this dressy watch, it鈥檚 still acceptable, but on the military watch, it鈥檚 ridiculous.

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I've had my Kuoe for a couple years now. Great looking watches.

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stenka

I also discovered it and I am liking their military watch a lot.

One detail keeps me away from now however : the dial font.

It鈥檚 a poor font choice for roman letters that is common in Asian cultures (I know Japan quite well and it鈥檚 frequant there). It鈥檚 understandable of course, because it鈥檚 precisely not their culture.

But IMHO, it鈥檚 not good on a watch, it looks cheap and out of place. I would not wear it because of that.

On this dressy watch, it鈥檚 still acceptable, but on the military watch, it鈥檚 ridiculous.

I鈥檓 not much for field watches but compared to looking at Hamilton and Seiko. I can see your point but I don鈥檛 think it looks too bad.

This my idea of a field watch

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Can鈥檛 miss with these!! I love mine.

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I like Kuoe a lot and expect to pick one up in 2024. It's a great new Japanese brand and gives some great field/dress watches options to the established options in the sub-$1k range. Big fan of this brand so far, but need to see it in the metal.

I am often confused by how the beat rate of the Miyota is described. Isn鈥檛 it more accurate to call it a 鈥渉igher鈥 beat movement when compared against a 3hz? 28,800 bph/4hz movements are common place now. It seems to me that high beat labeling should refer to 5hz movements.

Magstime

I am often confused by how the beat rate of the Miyota is described. Isn鈥檛 it more accurate to call it a 鈥渉igher鈥 beat movement when compared against a 3hz? 28,800 bph/4hz movements are common place now. It seems to me that high beat labeling should refer to 5hz movements.

I have only owned Seiko 4R/6R and Orient Movements with 21600bhp anything higher than that to me is good lol.

GeneralG

I鈥檓 not much for field watches but compared to looking at Hamilton and Seiko. I can see your point but I don鈥檛 think it looks too bad.

This my idea of a field watch

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Yes, if you discount any watch before 1965, that would be what a basic field watch looks like.

If you want something a bit more vintage-inspired, like this sort of thing:

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the Old Smith 002 they offer is pretty bang on. It鈥檚 hand-wound though, and 35mm, which seems to scare people nowadays.