“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.
Affordable Vintage: Why the King Seiko 44-9990 (44KS) Rules Them All
“In 1959, Daini Seikosha hired a young designer by the name of Taro Tanaka, the man who would in 1962 create a set of design principles that he called the Grammar of Design. These rules would go on to fundamentally change Seiko’s design language.
First, all surfaces and angles of the case, dial, indices and hands had to be flat and geometrically perfect to best reflect light. Second, the bezels were to be simple, two-dimensional faceted curves. And third, no visual distortion from any angle was allowed, and all cases and dials had to be mirror-finished.
The second King Seiko, the 44-9990, would benefit from the Grammar of Design rules to become, in my opinion, one of the best looking watches Seiko (or any brand, for that matter!) has ever made.”
The Worn & Wound Podcast Ep. 74: Collecting with Author Aaron Sigmond
This week on The Worn & Wound Podcast we spoke to Aaron Sigmond. Aaron is a prolific author, editor, and publisher, and among watch-heads he is perhaps best known for his books Drive Time: Watches Inspired by Automobiles, Motorcycles, and Racing, and Bulova: A History of Firsts. His latest project is Sea Time: Watches Inspired by Sailing, Yachting, and Diving. Available this coming spring, Sea Time is currently open for pre-order here.