Independent and Microbrand Round-Up

It’s been picking up in the watch world when it comes to smaller brands. Now that Covid restrictions have, for the most part, been lifted in the Far East – where the watches are generally made – and the West – where the bulk of the brands and buyers are located – there has been a steady stream of Kickstarter campaigns. I’ve picked out another three watches that have been featured on wristwatchreview.co.uk in the past few weeks for your delectation. 220 Watch Company Diver Bill The Diver Bill is…

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Scottish Watches Podcast #170 : New Oris, Audemars Piguet, Seiko Auctions and Watch Wheel Clamps

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 52:55 — 48.4MB) Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS Scottish Watches Podcast #170 : New Oris, Audemars Piguet, Seiko Auctions and Watch Wheel Clamps Not Guilty, I did not do it, my Broccoli is fully intact! Oris, have another newbie, the Gangnam Style, sorry Hangang. Then the Vintage debate, and patina, all about the Redbar walkins. Loving this, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph for Bucherer Zach and his dragon balls now All arguments about…

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To Rent, Or Not To Rent, That Is The Question….

I adore Shakespeare, so I couldn’t resist this little word play on probably the most recognized line in English literature. I’m sure that most adult people at some point in their lives have faced this decision regarding buying something as necessary as a house to live in or a means of transport to take them to work or the kids to school. The difficulty in the choice lies in the fact that any money poured into rent is “lost” in exchange for a theoretically carefree service with most maintenance and…

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Last Week (In Watches) Today

[embedded content] It has been a busy week in the world of watches. This week, Zenith released a super-conductor, Ming’s diver sold out in under 7 minutes, Revolution partners with Hanhart to tap on Steve McQueen nostalgia, the Murdoch empire expands into watch exhibitions and Grand Seiko opens a new dedicated studio. Read on to find out the top watch news from around the world. Zenith, Bamford & Black Badger’s superconductor El Primero Bamford adds another Zenith 20-piece limited edition to its catalogue of releases. This time round, it has…

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Scottish Watches Podcast #169 : The Bamford x Black Badger Zenith El Primero Interview

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 58:00 — 53.1MB) Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS Scottish Watches Podcast #169 : The Bamford x Black Badger Zenith El Primero Interview Show notes coming ASAP! Watch video here … [embedded content] The article – http://www.scottishwatches.co.uk/2020/08/06/new-watch-release-zenith-el-primero-superconductor-bamford-watch-department-x-black-badger/ Got into the horological hobby only a couple of short years ago; but got, as us Scots like to say, “baw deep” pretty quickly. Thanks to buying a lemon of a Rolex he spent hours researching why his watch wasn’t…

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HalfWatchTuesday 2.17 The Only Watch

I posted an image of my collection on my Instagram last week (below). A fellow watch geek asked if I had to keep one which would it be. He was surprised when I went past the Tudor GMT and the newly acquired Grand Seiko quartz to choose the arguably less illustrious Ball Fireman. The reason for picking the humble Ball was for two reasons. Firstly, if I needed to get rid of all but one it’s likely because I need the cash and selling the more valuable watches makes sense.…

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Sinn’s 104: Pilots Not Required

There’s a lot of design space between Type A & B fliegers and data-crammed watches like the Breitling Navitimer or Seiko Flightmaster. That’s where you’ll find pilot watches like the limited edition Sinn 104 St Sa A B E, a watch that embraces the form in a contemporary way. Sinn’s credentials begin with aviation, not watch making. Company founder Helmut Sinn was a World War II pilot and blind-flying instructor, and you can see that in the company’s design DNA. Blind flying techniques developed because there were situations when a…

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New Watch Release: Zenith El Primero Superconductor Bamford Watch Department × Black Badger

Sometimes you might think that something has reached its peak coolness. Let’s take the venerable Zenith El Primero for example. This cult-like watch has changed little over the past few decades. You might have thought “There is no way to make this watch cooler than it already is”. Then someone like James Thompson of Black Badger comes along and screws with your head and has you questioning yourself and life in ways you never considered possible. View the 60 Second video promo then read on … [embedded content] For the…

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Scottish Watches Podcast #168 : What Would Jesus Wear?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 50:21 — 46.1MB) Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS Scottish Watches Podcast #168 : What Would Jesus Wear? Get your WWJW lume braclets on, yup we go where no show has gone before. but before that we mourn the passing of the Argos Catalogue. You can check out you birth year catalogue here get yourself a travel clock you got to love some retro how about a knock of Arnie in 1990 Then we talk Hashtags…

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Dutch Courage: In Conversation with Batavi’s Ugur Mamak

After your positive reception to our recent review of Batavi’s new Kosmopoliet GMT, we decided to reach out to founder Ugur Mamak for a follow-up chat, discussing the company’s past, present, and future in the wake of the Komopoliet’s success. Hey, Ugur. How’s life? How are things at Batavi? Hi Edwin, life in the time of COVID-19 is strange and different, but all good here. Things at Batavi are also going good, very busy at the moment with production, and some side projects based on the Kosmopoliet collection. Can’t complain! The Kosmopoliet is a seriously eye-catching design. Since the Scottish Watches review went live, we’ve had a…

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