Editor’s Note: Watches and What Else is a continuing series where we look at some of the other things our watch collecting community is interested in. We’ve always found watch collectors to be a curious, well rounded bunch, and in this series we’re going to explore a variety of the watch adjacent (and sometimes, not so adjacent) interests of collectors of all stripes. From illustration to aviation, video games and comics to heavy metal and craft cocktails, there’s a lot to explore, and we think you’ll enjoy diving into the pursuits that your fellow watch enthusiasts are passionate about.
This week, Chris Antzoulis talks to novelist, pen industry veteran, and Worn & Wound contributor Brett Braley-Palko about the unexpected connections between mechanical watches and fine writing instruments.
If you stay current with what’s up in the watch space by consuming your daily fill of articles here at Worn & Wound, then you will recognize the name of my subject this month. Brett Braley-Palko is also a fellow W&W contributor, a watch enthusiast, and an all-around guru on style. However, this is a writer who takes his scribbling seriously. He has quite the collection of pens and is more than happy to share this love with the rest of us.
Brett fell into the world of watches within the last year and says “the threshold into getting into any industry with a big cult following is to recognize your level of expertise and being humble with it […] When I first started writing for Worn & Wound, I was learning. There’s something here that connected with the writing I was already doing about fountain pens, so I was more curious. That curiosity led me to research more. I want to learn as the reader will learn. A lot of my writing early on in watches came from that perspective.” In fact, it was here that he told me he had been looking for a watch with a Pepsi bezel and noted an interaction he and I had leading up to our interview. He had messaged me about a vintage Seiko he purchased on eBay and wanted to know if he had found something good. I was able to recognize the watch as being pre-SKX and reached out to my RedBar group for someone more knowledgeable with Seiko models for a reference: it was a Seiko Scuba 7002-700a.