James Ren

Instagram: @watchmedtime

James is a surgeon in the Hudson Valley. He enjoys taking care of his patients and spending time with his family. He has a deep fascination with watches especially from the perspectives of history, culture, and design. As an avid reader, he appreciates well crafted writing and storytelling.

​James brings his highly personal style of storytelling and broad intellectual curiosity about people and objects to Beyond the Dial. 

His personal watch collection focuses on affordable vintage watches. He enthusiastically collects chronographs, alarms, triple calendar moonphases. He also has an appreciation for less sought after horological items such as American railroad pocket watches and gold dress watches.

James’s Articles

The Neglected Ones-Vintage Omega Seamaster Chronographs

The Neglected Ones-Vintage Omega Seamaster Chronographs

Book Review-Heuer Superstars

Book Review-Heuer Superstars

Hands-On Review – The Brew Metric – Retro Dial

Hands-On Review – The Brew Metric – Retro Dial

Hands-On Review – The Valjoux Lemania Soccer Watch

Hands-On Review – The Valjoux Lemania Soccer Watch

Hands-on Review-King Seiko KSK Re-creation (SJE083)

Hands-on Review-King Seiko KSK Re-creation (SJE083)

An Alarming Situation – The Benrus Wrist Alarm

An Alarming Situation – The Benrus Wrist Alarm

Hands-On Review – Cheap Trills with the Citizen Alarm Date

Hands-On Review – Cheap Trills with the Citizen Alarm Date

Changing Tastes – Is Walt Odets’ Criticism of the Rolex Explorer 14270 Still Relevant Today?

Changing Tastes – Is Walt Odets’ Criticism of the Rolex Explorer 14270 Still Relevant Today?

The Horological Copywriter

The Horological Copywriter

Book Review-Marine Nationale by Watchistry

Book Review-Marine Nationale by Watchistry

Hands-On Review – Tudor Black Bay 58 Navy Blue

Hands-On Review – Tudor Black Bay 58 Navy Blue

Hands-on Review – The Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Outerknown

Hands-on Review – The Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Outerknown

Thoughts On Watches and Wonders 2021. Forget Green Dials, Let’s Talk Rattrapante from Vacheron Constantin & Breitling!

Thoughts On Watches and Wonders 2021. Forget Green Dials, Let’s Talk Rattrapante from Vacheron Constantin & Breitling!

How TO Buy a Luxury Watch

How TO Buy a Luxury Watch

Hands-On Review – Hegid Modular Watches

Hands-On Review – Hegid Modular Watches

Book Review – The Watch, Thoroughly Revised

Book Review – The Watch, Thoroughly Revised

Curating The Collection – ‘Value’ As A Guiding Principle

Curating The Collection – ‘Value’ As A Guiding Principle

Hype – Why Certain Vintage Watches Appreciate While Others Don’t

Hype – Why Certain Vintage Watches Appreciate While Others Don’t

Dial Obsession – Vintage Watch Collectors Need to Go Beyond the Dial

Dial Obsession – Vintage Watch Collectors Need to Go Beyond the Dial

The Apple Watch is The New Quartz Crisis

The Apple Watch is The New Quartz Crisis

Book Review-The Movado History

Book Review-The Movado History

Collector Guide – Everything You Need to Know About Omega Seamaster Soccer Timers

Collector Guide – Everything You Need to Know About Omega Seamaster Soccer Timers

Book Review-Time for a change, Discovering vintage Enicar

Book Review-Time for a change, Discovering vintage Enicar

Hands-On Review – Parmigiani Toric Heritage Limited Edition

Hands-On Review – Parmigiani Toric Heritage Limited Edition

Hands-On Review – Zenith Defy Classic Carbon

Hands-On Review – Zenith Defy Classic Carbon

Hands-On Review – Moser Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue

Hands-On Review – Moser Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue

Practical Advice on COVID-19 for Watch Enthusiasts

Practical Advice on COVID-19 for Watch Enthusiasts

Hands-On Review – Accutron Legacy Watches

Hands-On Review – Accutron Legacy Watches

Hands-On Review – Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Revival Liberty Limited Edition

Hands-On Review – Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Revival Liberty Limited Edition

Book Review – Omega A Journey Through Time

Book Review – Omega A Journey Through Time

Hands On Review – Accutron DNA

Hands On Review – Accutron DNA

My Grandfather’s Omega That Was Worth More Than a House

My Grandfather’s Omega That Was Worth More Than a House

How I Do It: Collecting Vintage Watches

How I Do It: Collecting Vintage Watches

The Curious History of Alarm Watches

The Curious History of Alarm Watches

Book Review – The Vintage Rolex Field Manual, Chevalier Edition

Book Review – The Vintage Rolex Field Manual, Chevalier Edition

Hands-On Review – Alsta Nautoscaph Superautomatic (The Jaws Watch)

Hands-On Review – Alsta Nautoscaph Superautomatic (The Jaws Watch)

Hands-On Review – Parmigiani Fleurier Tondagraph GT Acier

Hands-On Review – Parmigiani Fleurier Tondagraph GT Acier

Hands-On Review – Haven Chilton Chronograph

Hands-On Review – Haven Chilton Chronograph

10 Instagram Accounts with Under 10K Followers for Vintage Watch Enthusiasts To Follow

10 Instagram Accounts with Under 10K Followers for Vintage Watch Enthusiasts To Follow

Hands-On Review – Breitling’s Chronomat Reissue

Hands-On Review – Breitling’s Chronomat Reissue

The Watch I Wore During COVID-19

The Watch I Wore During COVID-19

Book Review – Retro Watches: The Modern Collector’s Guide

Book Review – Retro Watches: The Modern Collector’s Guide

How NOT To Buy Your First Luxury Watch

How NOT To Buy Your First Luxury Watch

Beads Of Rice Watch Bracelet Buying Guide

Beads Of Rice Watch Bracelet Buying Guide