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What Makes a Watch Brand an Independent One?
For all who are into independent horologyโ€”a word I use broadly hereโ€”we often ask ourselves what is an โ€œindependentโ€ brand? Is it the same thing as a microbrand? How do these words differ from one another? We could think that...
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Key Characteristics Of Pilot Watches
As it has become customary, I became passionate about a type of watch when researching an article on the topic. Last weekโ€™s article on the most important World War II pilot watchesย prompted me to take a closer look at this...
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The Ultra Rare Rolex Explorer 1016 Albino
In the weeks preceding the 2023 Watches & Wonders watch fair, I wrote an article (LINK) speculating that Rolex could surprise the watch world with a white dial Explorer 1. My argument was that the Swiss brand already offers a...
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Doxa SUB 300: Ancestor to Dive Computers
Nowadays, it is a common sight to see divers strap a digital dive computer to their wrist. At least, all dive instructors do and the most avid amateur divers do so as well. I donโ€™t use a dive computer because...
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Hands-On: Speake-Marin Ripples Blue Jeans
Founded in 2002, Speake-Marin is a Swiss independent founded by British master watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin. The brandโ€™s watches are easily recognizable by their spade-shaped hour hands and 1:30 subdials. That said, the Speake-Marin catalog runs the gamut from dress to...
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History Of The Zodiac Sea-Wolf
Sometimes I really wish I would have been in my 20โ€™s in the 1950s so that I could have attended the 1953 and 1954 Basel Fairs that saw the unveiling of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, Rolex Submariner, and Zodiac Sea-Wolf....
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