Watches, Stories, and Gear: Four Divers Go Diving, Fixing Netflix’s Midseason Sag, and More

“Watches, Stories, and Gear” is a weekly roundup of some our favorite watch content from Worn & Wound, great stories from around the web, and cool gear that we’ve got our eye on.

This week’s installment is brought to you by the Windup Watch Shop.


“Field Test: SCUBA Diving in Belize With Four Popular Dive Watches from Seiko, Oris, and Rado”

“I finally go SCUBA diving and am immediately vexed to learn that wearing a dive watch underwater can be considered far more pretentious than sporting one on dry land. I didn’t see that bit of irony coming when I happily hauled multiple dive watch reissues to a tiny island in Belize’s Turneffe Atoll, part of a significant coral World Heritage Site where I spent a week venturing into this incredible sport.

Indeed, if anyone groks the gratuitousness of dive watches, it’s divers themselves, all of whom use dive computers. So foreign are watches in today’s SCUBA scene that exactly zero of the many avid divers on my trip wore one, and my dive master—legitimately concerned I’d ruin the glimmering Rado Captain Cook on my wrist—reminded me to take it off as I kitted up for my first dive. I sheepishly explained, “Oh yeah, that. I’m actually going to wear a different watch each day we dive and write about them.” One of her eyebrows shot up, and then she broke into a melodic Belizean belly laugh.”

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“Omega’s Black Sheep—a Look at the Speedmaster ‘Teutonic’”

“The Omega Speedmaster is an iconic watch, and its aesthetic is well known. The black dial with contrasting white markings and hands. The distinctive case profile with those  twisted “lyre” lugs. That domed crystal rising above the inky, black tachymeter bezel.

Well, today we’re going to look at a Speedmaster that breaks out of this mold.

The Teutonic Speedmasters are a breed of their own—a collection of watches defined by their case shape, but in terms of dial and movement are pure Speedmaster. Intended for the German market, hence the playful “Teutonic” moniker, these watches were made in the early 1980s. It’s not quite clear what it was about that time and place that gave rise to such a wholesale change to a large chunk of the Speedmaster’s defining characteristics, but the result is interesting—a word I use deliberately.”

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Rolling Stone: “Why Netflix Dramas Sag Midseason — and How They’re Fixing It”

“You probably know this feeling: You’re bingeing a season of a new drama. You like the characters and the atmosphere, and you’re curious about where the story goes, but at a certain point (usually somewhere between halfway and two-thirds of the way through the season), you start to grow impatient waiting for the show to just Get. To. The point already!

If you’ve felt this way, particularly when watching a new drama on Netflix — which is both the most influential player in the business right now and the worst offender when it comes to how its seasons are paced — you are not alone. Even Netflix’s own VP of original programming, Cindy Holland, admitted in an interview last month that she “absolutely” can become restless when watching rough cuts of her series.”

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The New York Times: “Gridlock on the Brooklyn Bridge? Blame El Chapo”

“For more than a year now, an only-in-New York transportation nightmare has been caused by the case of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord best known as El Chapo.

In a highly unusual move, Mr. Guzmán is facing trial in Brooklyn, but, because of his proclivity for breaking out of prison, he is being held in a high-security federal jail in Lower Manhattan.

Every few months or so, whenever he is called to go to court, something awful happens: The police must close the entire Brooklyn Bridge, stranding hundreds of motorists as the world’s biggest drug lord is swept across the East River in a speeding motorcade of heavily armored cars.”

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Casio A168W Digital Wristwatch in Vintage Colors

’80s-charm is back in full force. Based on the classic A168W design, these latest pieces from Casio get a makeover with some new metallic colorways that really POP!

At $50, it’s an inexpensive way to bring some solid digi-wristwear into your life.

Learn more here.

Suigeneric Quick-Release Straps

Suigeneric is best known for their waxed-cotton mil-straps, but their latest two-piece, quick-release straps may be their best product yet. From over-the-top Snakeskin to more Classic patterns like Brit-Camo, there’s something for everyone.

$29—Shop here

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