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Blake Z. Rong

Hailing from the middle coast of Austin, Texas, Blake Z. Rong is a freelance writer, researcher, one-time podcast host, and occasional automotive journalist. When he was 13, he took apart a quartz watch and forgot how to put it back together again. His love for watches has lingered ever since. He can usually be found on his motorcycle speeding across Texas Hill Country.
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The Coolest (and Strangest) Omega Speedmasters From Japan

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Hipsters in Japan are a special breed. You’re not a real Tokyo hipster, we’re lead …
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Oris Chronoris is a Wonderfully Retro Seventies Watch, but not too Seventies

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1970, rollin’ in sight. Oris gave the world the Chronoris that year, the company’s first in-house chronograph movement. A clever name, a big case, and …
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A Happy Mistake: Oris Big Crown 1917 Limited Edition

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Sometimes, your own history can surprise you. “Until recently,” reads the statement introducing this fine watch you see above, “Oris believed that its first pilot’s …
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Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture

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It took six years to develop the FC-760 movement inside the Flyback Chronograph Manufacture, says Frederique Constant. And its first flyback chronograph made in-house arrives …
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For Your Eyes Only: the Secret Microphone Wristwatch Worn by Cold War Spies

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On the night of July 15, 1977, CIA agent Martha Peterson walked along Krasnoluzhskiy Bridge over the Moscow River. She had spent the last four …
Article / Interviews

A Restoration Story: Breathing New Life Into a $45 Timex “Roulette”

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Timex, oftentimes one of the most overlooked brands in watchmaking, has a long and storied history, forever intertwined with the East Coast’s Industrial Revolution that …
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The Military Aesthetic: A History of Timex and the Sprite

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Recently, Timex introduced a reissue of one of its most obscure and immediately memorable watches: in collaboration with New York designer Todd Snyder, the “Mod …