“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.
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“Affordable Vintage: Deep Dive with the Alsta Nautoscaph Jaws Diver”
“The year was 1975, and a movie by a relatively new director named Steven Spielberg was about to make people rethink their summer vacation plans. Jaws opened on over 450 screens, an unusually wide release for the time, and it would come to define the term, “summer blockbuster. There are many remarkable things about this movie that I could discuss—the directing, the soundtrack, the cinematography, etc.—but we’re here to talk about watches. In the film, Richard Dreyfus plays a young oceanographer named Matt Hooper who assists in hunting down our favorite homicidal Great White, and in a couple of scenes, he can be spotted wearing some kind of dive watch on a steel bracelet.”
“Editorial: Swatch Group Pulls Out of Baselworld, and Why It Isn’t a Surprise”
“After more than a year of speculation, it’s finally happened—Swatch Group, one of the most significant institutions of Swiss watchmaking, has pulled out of Baselworld. According to Swiss daily NZZ am Sonntag, Nick Hayek Jr. has stated, “Swatch Group has decided to no longer be present in Baselworld from 2019.” This, of course, continues the exodus of more the 600 exhibitors we saw last year. Having personally attended Baselworld four times now, it will be undoubtedly strange to enter Hall 1 and not see the red glow of the massive Omega logo towering over a long stretch of the exhibition center.