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Watch expert & blogger. Owner of aBlogtoWatch.com and watch editor for various important publications.
@Robertus Thanks so much for taking the time to elaborate on the extra points Robert.
1 day, 4 hours ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off
@DG Cayse Thanks. This certainly was an older piece. Glad I wrote it when I did.
2 days, 4 hours ago on The Art Of Selling Luxury Watches To That Rich Wealthy Crowd; Five Tricks Of The Trade!
@SuperStrapper Like is you said this is due to the fact that it is nearing midnight and the date is about to change. In my experience this isn't THAT early for it so start moving. I suppose it is a more complex feat to have the date system on an independent gearing set. Not a bit deal really.
2 days, 17 hours ago on Bulova Accutron II Surveyor With Precisionist Movement Watch Review
@Public123 @aBlogtoWatch @RipJJ Thank you for all the useful input and expanding on the topic. This is exactly what I hoped the community would provide given that this is (like many things related to little machines) quite complicated.
It was not my intent to make claims about materials science etc... Not only because I not educated as a scientist but also because the science related to each specific watch and age of watch is different. The best we can do is make statements and advice based on our experience and knowledge that are generally useful and considered best practices. There are always going to be exceptions, but unless we know of an entire category of watches that will do just fine under repeated exposure to hot water, it is a safe bet to simply advise people to avoid it unless they have specific knowledge that their watches are designed to withstand that type of exposure. Individual watch retailers have the responsibility to specifically indicate what their watches can and cannot do. My goal was to offer some generally useful advice and suggestions where the industry as a whole has for the most part offered little information.
3 days, 5 hours ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off
@RipJJ I think you more or less answered your own good question - and that is it is generally a poor idea to wear watches in heated water because of not only the production of possible condensation, but also that the gaskets and seals aren't designed to handle being "cooked." This is one of the reasons that watches are not a good idea to take into the shower or a bath. They might do well for a while, but the heat will age some of the parts much faster. So even if the metal and crystal are unscathed, some of the smaller elements you don't notice can be poorly affected.
3 days, 11 hours ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off
@trj66 Thanks. It felt important to write.
1 week, 1 day ago on RIP Robin Williams, Watch Guy
@trj66 @aBlogtoWatch Always friends. My feeling is that when a reader takes the time to comment it is because something is very important to them and it is worth discussion whether that thing is good or a concern. You felt concerned and you raised your voice - that is natural and I hope people know that is a welcome practice here. I suppose something that is an issue - which I see from time to time - is people jumping to conclusions about why something is the way it is. Here in the US we have a saying that goes "assumption is the mother of all fuck ups." I think the point is often times jump to causality before they have asked all the right questions. At aBlogtoWatch we hope not only to offer good answers but that people feel comfortable to raise questions. If we are doing something that we personally might want to reconsider, we sure hope our little system of checks and balances puts it right.
1 week, 6 days ago on Everest Leather Straps For Rolex Watches Preview
@DangerussArt Yea, this is some seriously good stuff. Few watches make me think "yup, that is totally worth the new Audi car cash."
2 weeks ago on Hajime Asaoka Project T Tourbillon Indepedent Japanese Watch
@trj66 It really isn't an ad, at least we didn't get paid. The person who wrote it has worked with the company before and enjoys their products. We know that people like "Rolex accessories" and we haven't seen something like this in the past. Everest Bands is among the few companies doing aftermarket Rolex straps that are nice so we felt OK with it. I think it is however important that the community stay cautious and understand the difference between advertising and editorial. This is simply from a different voice than our own because we didn't have the hands-on experience with the straps. Thanks again for the comment.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Everest Leather Straps For Rolex Watches Preview
@MarkCarson @aBlogtoWatch I don't think the phrase "optimal slime" gets used enough around here.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue Dial Watch Is Tribute To James Cameron Deepsea Challenge 3D Movie
@DonQ You are correct. Was something else mentioned? The Deepsea Challenge was on the outside of the vessel (known as the Deepsea Challenger) and on his wrist was the Deepsea (gets confusing right?).
@marbstiu @MarkCarson @Chaz_Hen Sadly it won't be that simple. A four hour meeting about whether it fits into a black or blue round-up will ensue. With camps divided on both sides as well as the more diplomatic "black and blue" camp which unfortunately cannot tie into a currently authorized black and blue fashion trend. The entire team shelves the idea for "celebrity black eye" month, yes no one knows what to make of the tiny splash of green...
@sazzy Thanks for the note. This article isn't an advertisement. As someone interested in metal coatings, especially those in colors I felt this was an important story to tell. Rau-Tech decided to use Rolex watches to show off what they can do, the designs of which are of course a matter of taste. What is more interesting to me is the technology. I spoke with the company a bit about the processes and it sounds very interesting. We don't have any evidence to suggest that the watches are anything but authentic, but if you are concerned by all means contact the company. Like I said, we felt these were fun pictures to share and the coating process was the most interesting for us to discuss.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Finally! Colorful Coatings For Most Metals: Rau-Tech Custom Rolex And Other Watches
@somethingnottaken @aBlogtoWatch @Ivan1998 Yes, this is of course an important consideration. Again, the entire team has discussed this at length and we attempt to make careful decisions in the interest of our readers at all time. Of course each message can have multiple interpreted meanings but in the situation you are referring to it was important to clarify our position in regard to the brand without waiting for a resolution that may never occur. It isn't a particularly enjoyable thing to have to tell our important audience something, but not everything.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on The Real Story Behind The Bremont Wright Flyer In-House Made BWC/01 “London” Watch Movement
@Ivan1998 @aBlogtoWatch I totally agree with you. It is a shame what happened. Makes us all very sad.
@Ivan1998 Well those are two very different situations, but I appreciate that it might appear we are "choosing" who to be easy on. In the case of Bremont we have been very straight forward in our assertion that they made a mistake, and that all they needed to do was be honest from the beginning. Together with the community places like aBlogtoWatch have made it clear to Bremont that something needs to change.
@TomasinaCovell That's our Kenny! Good piece.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on The Real Story Behind The Bremont Wright Flyer In-House Made BWC/01 “London” Watch Movement
@gyang333 I actually did write a lot of it. David and I worked on it together.
@mark93109 Thanks for the comment. We did not choose to post the "update" lightly. It was a decision we needed to do based on a multitude of factors that we will explain shortly. We appreciate that this might appear unfair, but we will explain as best we can and I assure you that this is merited by the situation. We take this quite seriously and our motivation is always to provide pertinent information for consumers.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Hands-On With Some RGM Caliber 801 American Made Watches
@In Da House The irony of course is that the Arnold & Son article which published around same time whch contained the similar movement was totally a coincidence as it was scheduled to post long before we even wrote the article about the Wright Flyer!
@gojiB On top of all that there is the serious matter of "in-house" made and how you define that. The term is way too loose and I think it needs to be properly defined.
@DavidJGreenspun @aBlogtoWatch A few years ago I wrote about the Dubois-Depraz manufacture that produces modules, and is generally held with a lot of confidence. I mentioned some of the brands that they produce parts for and added that the Swiss watch industry as a whole should be proud of all the great companies that work together like a sort of extended family. In fact the industry at large was founded on a lot of companies working together to produce a final product, not everyone producing all the parts.
I am not sure when it was but at some point brands began to market the "total independence" of manufacturing. At least one company threaten to sue Dubois-Depraz if they did not force me to remove mention of their name from the article which I wrote here on aBlogtoWatch - simply indicating something true that no one should be shy about.
I am a fan of painting the Swiss watch industry as just that, a connected industry of high-quality suppliers that contribute to the larger concept of "Swiss Made." Unfortunately a lot of brands continue to disagree and feel that they are better off claiming all the laurels of "novelty" for themselves. We will continue to praise the industry overall and make it clear when we have enough information about the many small companies that help put together the industry overall.
@Chronic It is true that we wanted to get this up quickly because we felt it was important to the community. The post was written by David and myself so the mixture of styles is perhaps what you are seeing. When we have a bit more time to focus on content - as we normally do - we often have a more extensive editing process. Thank you for keeping us on our editorial toes.
@d4nimal On behalf of the team I apologize if you feel that we are doing a disservice to anyone - our goal is quite the contrary. Part of what we try to do is consult with the industry on how do to, and how not to do things. We've discussed the situation with Bremont and advised them on how to best remedy a situation which can cast doubt on their integrity. Of course it is up to them to make a decision on how to react. My opinion is that Bremont should release a totally new press release document focused on just the movement. I further believe that Bremont is currently considering how to better describe the BWC/01 movement but given that they are a company they aren't like to just go on their website and change words around as discussions need to be had.
I think this served as a sort of wake-up call to them in regard to how seriously the community takes each word a brand that many people like say.
In our coverage we have mentioned the bad (without holding back) and also mentioned the positives. The funny thing is that Bremont is upset that we even discussed it, and some of our audience is upset that we didn't lash out more. So that puts us in the middle between two parties who aren't super happy and when you take the middle road it is often the fact that it is still going to look like you are not taking a firm position.
So when readers feel like we are "doing a disservice" by all means please inform us of it and we will do our best to refine our message or meaning.
@TomasinaCovell It is funny that you mention that because when we initially read the press release we thought it was odd that mention of the BWC/01 movement was at the end. I agree that the Wright Flyer didn't need more than the Wright Brothers connection and the integration of the new movement should have just focused on the in-house made parts. I am frankly starting to get a little irritated by "in-house" and all the various definitions people apply to it.
@DavidJGreenspun All of that is true. However, Citizen does not really involve itself in the day-to-day operations of La Joux-Perret at all. Further, the movements are good as is their current reputation. Few important brands have squeaky clean pasts.
@Aytunc Yes I agree that watch lovers "would have found out" sooner or later. I don't think they are trying to give it a positive spin nor are we. The simple truth is that despite the omissions in the press release we like what Bremont is doing and are trying to explain what happened and focus on the positive elements of the brand.
@Chaz_Hen @aBlogtoWatch Lol, it is true that being a watch writer does have its perks from time to time. Though having said that there are no free things in life. We all work for what we receive of course and as someone who maintains a relatively impartial view of the industry and simply wants there to be good watches with a high value for the money I have to say that while Bremont does make their mistakes their watches are pretty good compared to a lot of the competition.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch
@TomasinaCovell Yea, Bremont released the news without a final price so there just isn't anything to publish on that yet. We will update the article when they release that info.
4 weeks ago on Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch
@Chaz_Hen The limited edition prices of Bremont watches can be a bit intense. From what I heard about the possible final pricing of the Wright Flyer in steel they seem to have extended what most people will put up with a by a large margin. Having said that, I'd like to wait until we get final pricing from the brand. Quality and design is very good with the brand, and I know a lot of happy owners (including myself).
@timezone4life @RoboWatch @aBlogtoWatch @minip Let's be fair. It was only half of the Timezone forum. Met some really good TZers over the years as well. Some excellent people there.
1 month ago on Buccellati Watches Hands-On In Milan
@bahoomba2014 I'll clear that up. This watch came out before Bulova did the name rebranding/refocus.
1 month ago on Bulova Accutron Amerigo Watch Review
@minip If we've sold out to Buccellati I certainly haven't been paid yet. I think they make some amazing women's jewelry watches but of course anyone is free to apply their own opinions.
@JP Persico Thanks for the comment JP. For years aBlogtoWatch has been covering watches without talking about where people actually buy watches. This new series is a regular, non-biased, and non-advertorial way of covering what the industry considers to be the most important watch retail locations around the world. It will take some time, but after long we hope to profile cool places in all the big cities where top retailers exist.
Each retailer gets the same questions and none of them involve what brands they carry or why they are "great" or anything like that. It is a way of connecting the web of the watch world that includes the manufacturer, us the media, and the places where people buy watches.
1 month, 1 week ago on Buying Watches In Chicago, Illinois: Geneva Seal
@kevingrr @aBlogtoWatch No worries, and I appreciated the comment. I have a range of watch sizes in my collection from 36mm to over 50mm. I like the variety and only want people to focus on watches that look like they aren't ill-fitting on their wrist. Those could either be too small or too large. It really depends on the person and their tastes.
I will be the first to admit that I see a lot of people wearing large fashion watches that look silly - so there is enough of that out there for sure.
1 month, 1 week ago on What’s The Deal With Big Watch Sizes? The Large Timepiece Explained
@kevingrr That was a good comment, and boy is this discussion overall demonstrating how passionate everyone is about watch size.
The article was never meant to be a fair and balanced discussion of whether watch sizes should be larger or smaller, but rather an explanation of why they are larger. The headings are meant to summarize those reasons, not advocate on their behalf. It is true that I like larger watches but that is a personal preference and not an agenda I am pushing though I feel it is important to be honest with the reader about the feelings of the person writing this. Watches began increasing in size before aBlogtoWatch existed and we aren't trying to convince people it is a good idea but rather answering a question of why.
Those who hate watches above a certain size are fully entitled to their tastes and I hope they find plenty of excellent options to wear with pride. People have asked for a long time why watches are "larger now than in the past" and we attempted to answer the question using the information we have gathered over the years as well as our own opinions on the matter.
Again, the passion this brings out in people is wonderful (though I am sure for those who get angry it doesn't feel great all the time), and I think these strong emotions are worth exploring as they apply to (small) machines we wear on our wrist.
@Lkcons @DanielPatrick35 @gadgety @MarkCarson Our pleasure. I am happy people are discussing this. I feel that there is no institutional idea as for what the proper watch size is.
The purpose of this article is to help answer questions as well as assist people new watches that aren't quite sure how to handle the great diversity in sizes when it comes to selecting something for their own wrist.
The majority of people who commented here ironically have long since determined that best watch sizes for them because of a lot of trial and error and simply thinking about the implications of what various sizes look like on them. I try to consider those people who haven't yet done and feel that the range of input here from everyone is extremely useful to those people who we haven't been able to sit down at a table and explain how to appreciate, select, and wear watches :)
@Ulysses31 I am glad you brought this up. I like a little discourse about my OCD obsession over "oversize." I take the mixture of words in the phrase literally and do so because the definition you offer is one that I also don't like.
If the term "oversize" implies that something is larger than "usual or average," then what is usual or average? The normal, average, mean, usual, size of a watch varies over time as we know. It is a moving target and if you say "oversize" is larger than normal then you can no longer call 44mm wide watches oversize as what is average is changing.
Using that logic I can easily start calling 38mm wide watches "undersize." And I don't want to do that as it implies a degree of bias. While I have my personal tastes I would only call something over- of under-sized if it was strictly too small or too large to fulfill its purpose.
At the end of the day I think you and I both agree that when it comes down to it people should select a watch that looks good on their wrist subject to the rules we all see to agree on. Thanks again for the comment.
@phozfiend I appreciate the comment for sure. Though I'd like for you to consider the years of casual interviews, questions, comments, and information that I have observed before writing a piece like this. Questions that remark on style and other non strictly utilitarian things don't always have answers that are easy to compile. In a sense the conjecture from someone who has simply thought about it a long time and has had the opportunity to ask a lot of the right people is the best answer we are going to get.
As such, there is no one or two clean answers on why watches are so big. The answer, in my opinion, is a compilations of factors that span various topics and considerations as viewed from the perspective of people who have been able to see things change over the years.
Any time you or anyone else have suggestions on topics you'd like to see us cover then please do share them with us. Many times the aBlogtoWatch audience comes up with great concepts that we haven't thought of ourselves.
@JonnyD I agree honestly. When it comes down to it the lug-to-lug measurement in relationship to my wrist always wins. Whether the watch is 40mm wide or 45mm wide, this ability for a case to not fit over my wrist is the biggest factor in my ability to determine whether a watch size is right for my wrist.
@emenezes That is an interesting point about "modern versus current." I suppose that latter implies more of a fluctuation versus and evolution. I think we are both correct actually but thank you for bringing up the point. Tastes can and will change and it is difficult to imagine what the future will hold in regard to size preferences.
@emenezes Thanks for sharing the memory. That was nice to read.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Remembering My Dad’s Watch And The Birth Of Responsibility
@star42 Nice work!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Graff Diamonds Hallucination, The $55 Million Quartz Watch
@jeffjcc Thanks. We plan on continuing it. We have stores lined up until next year actually. We are also happy when people suggest stores for us to features.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Buying Watches In Phoenix, Arizona: Arizona Fine Time
@WimadS Thanks for the note. As you probably know we use YouTube's basic video embed code and it isn't something we use. The issue is with the browser and YouTube. Fortunately these issues tend to get resolved on their own. So apologize for the inconvenience of course. I don't think this effects everyone too.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Hublot Sponsors The Exosuit Diving Suit Wearable Submarine
@Oelholm The line up is confusing. These images were taken in the field. We only do lume shots when we get watches in for review.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Red8USA Fifty & Dive Watches Hands-On
@nodari kirtadze With both crowns screwed in it is water resistant to 100 meters.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter Watch Hands-On Flying Debut
@Fraser Petrick Just wanted to say thanks for mentioning both the Secret of Nimh and Mr. Bluth - big fan.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Explaining What’s Wrong With The Watch Industry In 2014
@Tekky I certainly agree in regard to bringing more entry level models in a big way. I think the major brands each need to have certain gateway products that are an affordable entrance to their brand. This uses to happen with many brands but is rare now. In the 1980s a TAG Heuer Formula 1 was a fun, cheap, quartz way to enter TAG Heuer. Today the Formula 1 is much more expensive and not as fun as its historical counterpart. I have suggested to Omega that they keep their original Speedmaster Moonwatch at a rather affordable price. Keep it simple and manually wound with a plastic crystal and a basic kit. Make it $3,000 retail or so. Then allow people to move up into fancier watches but still have a really cool entrance model to aim for as a first step.
@emenezes It is true that watch brands target emerging markets, but they have learned that in modern times emerging markets are prone to the same ups and downs of established markets, and sometimes in much more drastic ways. The majority of watches are still sold in the major markets. Part of that of course is because of tourism and people traveling to buy watches were they are more available or less expensive.