If you’ve ever traveled around by train in Switzerland, you’ve relied on the Swiss Railway clocks at every station, with their distinct red seconds hand and easy to read layout. Originally designed in 1944 by Hans Hilfiker, the bold, geometric design that speaks to the Bauhaus philosophy has become iconic and a symbol of accuracy.
Many of us have big dreams when it comes to watches. While we live within our budgets the grail watches, the unobtainable even, follow us wherever we go with blog and forum posts and flashy images from those with more disposable income. We dream, we pine, we save, we do what we can in an attempt to obtain one of our most wished for watches that we know might be well out of our reach.
It’s always very exciting when a brand surprises you. Whether through the quality of a piece that belies its price or the thoughtfulness of a design, it’s reassuring when a brand seems to surpass what you expect. Gavox’s newest releases, the Legacy Navy line, are an example of a brand doing something quite unexpected that made me adjust what I think about them.
If you really want to find a watch second hand it can be an arduous task, especially if it’s a rare, discontinued or popular.
Most watch sales listings sections are hard to navigate by modern technological standards. Enter WatchRecon.com, a website that culls private sales listings for the top watch forums and shows the most important details of each sales post in a grid, complete with photos, prices, an overview and a link to the full listing.
These vintage Swiss-made chronographs from a storied American brand combine great looks and quality mechanics at an affordable price.
The dreaded holiday shopping season is officially upon us, and we here at worn&wound are going to do our duty to steer you in the right direction (or give you ideas to steer others towards what you want) with a holiday gift guide. Since in this last year the w&w family has grown to include several great contributors, we thought we’d start a tradition of our own and get each of our writers to send in ideas for both watch related and generally cool gifts.
Bronze watches are increasing in popularity by the day; a trend we are wholeheartedly supporters of. Bronze watches (sometimes brass, and of varying alloys) integrate really well into a watch collection. Usually of the tool watch variety, the warm metal hints at gold, but has a toughness to it that is altogether unique.
For over a decade, four companies – Hamilton, CWC, Newmark, and Precista – supplied simple, sturdy, 30-minute chronographs to the British military. Their classic black, 2-register dials, workhorse Valjoux 7733 movements, and asymmetrical case design led to high usability and keep them popular and influential today.
Watch modding (modification) has become a subculture within the watch collectors’ world with a small but strong contingent of individuals making parts.
Cotton wouldn’t be most people’s first choice today for outerwear during a heavy downpour, but for the longest time – before the advent of waterproof synthetics – cotton was just that. But this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill Hanes t-shirt cotton. No, this cotton was thick and heavy and specially treated with oils and waxes that resulted in a water-resistant cloth that kept the elements out and its wearer dry.
All Hallows Eve is almost upon us. Should you be the party going type, escorting your kids around the neighborhood or just hoping for free candy, you’ll need some sort of costume. And like any other PWW, the inspiration for our Halloween edition begins with a watch.
The connection between the military and watches is a well-documented one (see our primer here), but one doesn’t need to join the armed forces to get a timepiece touting a military look. A number of brands – from Hamilton to Bremont – incorporate military specs and designs in their timepieces, creating watches that are both rugged and stylish.
Let’s face it, most watch nerds love leather. A leather strap can drastically change the look of a watch, and most of us have more straps than we do watches. In recent years we’ve been treated to a number of options, and not just from the big boys like Hirsch and Di-Modell, but also from small artisans creating beautiful custom straps from all sorts of hides.