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2012 Favorites from w&w

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Guides | 12.31.2012

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All of us here at w&w want to wish you a happy new year and thank you, our readers, for helping to grow this site tremendously over the last year. In the year to come we hope to keep bringing you the best reviews and articles focused on affordable and well-designed watches that can be found on the internet. We also will be bringing you many new and original American made worn&wound products.

So, to end the year, we are doing what many other sites are doing and giving you a selection of our favorite articles and reviews from the last year. Thanks again and enjoy!

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January 2012 – Review of the Helson Skindiver

You can’t talk about the Helson Skindiver without talking about the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. This isn’t just because it is essentially a replica (aesthetically speaking) of the original Fifty Fathoms, it is because the Fifty Fathoms is amongst the most important watches of the 20th century. Heck, I’d go so far as to say it is one of the great pieces of product design of the 20th century. Continue reading…

 

February 2012 – Review of the Lüm-Tec Combat B16 and Super Combat B2

The Combat B line of watches by Lüm-Tec appeal to that macho side of our aesthetics; the side that looks at a mud covered truck or a stealth plane in flight and can’t help but think “cool”. They are tough, bold tanks-of-a-watch that beckon you to test their capabilities. Continue reading…

 

March 2012 – Review of the Steinhart Ocean Vintage Military

The Ocean line by Steinhart is a group of Rolex homage divers. There are various models that cover everything from GMT Masters, to Sea Dwellers to a particularly well-done Explorer II 1655 (the Steve McQueen model), but the bulk of the Ocean series are Submariner homages. Continue reading…

 

April 2012 – The Watch Curmudgeon: So Many Watches, So Little Time

I have a feeling that many of you are going to identify with what I’m about to say. Very often I get extremely jealous of people who own one or two great watches and have no desire for more. They just strap one on in the morning and maybe admire it here and there when they check the time. That’s it. How utterly sane. Continue reading…

 

May 2012 – Selling Your Watch, a four part series

Part 1: What it’s Worth

Part 2: A Photo is Worth a Thousand Words

Part 3: Putting Your Watch into Words

Part 4: Where the Buyers Are

8. Shot at f/1.8, notice the blurred portion of the image.

June 2012 – Hands On: The Watches of Officine Autodromo

For some of you, particularly the gearheads in the crowd, Autodromo is a young brand that stirs up a lot of excitement.  A self-described “driving-oriented design brand,“ Autodromo recently burst on to the watch scene with a line of 60’s Italian sports car inspired timepieces, carried out with an acute eye to detail and clear appreciation for superior craftsmanship. Continue reading… 

July 2012 – Reader Response: DIY Pelican Watch Case

A couple months ago I posted a guide to making a watch storage case out of a Pelican 1470 laptop case.  For those of you not familiar, Pelican cases are ultra tough and come in a wide rage of sizes.  We received excellent feedback from several readers. Continue reading…

 

August 2012 – Review of the Techné GosHawk

Previously on worn&wound we’ve discussed those watches or watch brands that manage to achieve superb design and quality in a surprisingly / unbelievably affordable price point.  Think Steinhart with their $400, ETA powered pieces, or the $200 Maratac Pilot with a quality automatic and sapphire crystal the size of your head. Continue reading… 

 

September 2012 – Affordable Vintage: 1970 Seiko 6139-7010 Chronograph

There are so many things to say about vintage Seiko automatic chronographs, that it’s almost hard to find a place to start. They are iconic, well made, collectable, gorgeous, historically significant and…affordable. While it’s hard to give exact numbers, generally speaking a Seiko 6138 or 6139 will run you between $100 and $400, condition and scarcity depending. Continue reading… 

 

October 2012 – Announcing the worn&wound Shop!

worn&wound launched in May 2011, motivated by a desire to discover and review watches that are affordable, well made and beautifully designed.  Today, we are very excited to announce the launch of the worn&wound shop! Continue reading… 

 

November 2012 – Guide: The Affordable Observer’s Watch

Although the style has been around since the 40′s the past few years have seen a growth in the popularity in the Beobachtungs-Uhren (Nav. B-Uhr or Nav. B) watches. These were worn during WWII by pilots and had some specific guidelines for their design. Continue reading… 

December 2012 – C. Ward C900 Harrison Single Pusher Chronograph

Well, we’ve finally gotten our hands on the much anticipated Christopher Ward C900 Single Pusher Chronograph. This watch was first announced in August, and I found the news so exciting (come on, it’s not everyday that a brand bucks the trends of the watch market and brings out an in-house chronograph for just above 3k) Continue reading…