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The Horological Copywriter

As The Horological Copywriter, BTD co-founder James Ren turns his proclivity for parody to the public. If you’d like to see The Horological Copywriter describe a specific watch, please post your request on Instagram. Be sure to include an image of the watch and the hashtag: #horologicalcopywriter. The Essence of Japanese Sky Grand Seiko 60th… Read more »

Refinishing Hardlex Crystals with Ben Levy

The lack of new, old stock crystals can be a real headache for collectors of vintage watches. Some watches use very specialized crystals either by virtue of the shape or the case fitment. When replacement crystals are not available, a serious choice must be made whether to fit a replacement of the incorrect type or live with the imperfections and signs of use. This is particularly relevant to collectors of vintage watches originally fitted with mineral glass which tends to scratch rather easily compared to sapphire glass.

Hands-On Review – 38mm Bronze Oris Divers 65 “Cotton Candy” Pink

The Skinny 38mm bronze with bronze braceletOris 733 (base Selitta SW 200-1) with date$2750 US The Two Big Questions Is the new Oris Divers 65 Cotton Candy 38mm in bronze going to stain your wrist, and is it a watch for men or women? As an owner, I can attest that Oris’ bronze tarnishes gently…. Read more »

Book Review – “Depth Charge” by Jason Heaton

April 2021 marked the release of the long-anticipated quarantine-written novel from Jason Heaton. For those unfamiliar with Jason’s work, he is one of the most respected journalists in the adventure gear and watch spaces. Most potential readers are familiar with Jason’s work from Gear Patrol, HODINKEE, and as the co-host of the Podcast, The Grey… Read more »

Hands-On Review – C Ward C63 Sealander Automatic

After many recent successes in the entry level Swiss diver watch arena, the new Sealander range moves Christopher Ward back on land with three new sports-oriented non-dive watches: the Sealander Elite, the Sealander GMT and the Sealander Automatic.

Curating The Collection – How Storage Impacts Confidence in Collecting

Just admit it: you, like me, give more than two shits about what people think of your watch collection, and the reason is clear: our collections represent us. Every little detail that we’ve allowed past the velvet rope into our personal horological disco is out on the floor for others to judge. We really wouldn’t give two shits about that judgement if we didn’t understand that what’s being judged is not watches but our most intimate expression of our mostly solipsistic and, thus, often lonely subjectivity inner lives. You, dear reader of horological essays, like me who writes them, give two shits about how people judge you if not your watches, I’m sure of it.

Hands-On Review – Tudor Black Bay 58 Navy Blue

I didn’t pick this watch because of the story. I’m not particularly interested in diving, or in the Marine Nationale. I’m allergic to hype, so I’m going to leave the story to others who have told it better. There were three reasons I bought this watch.

Watches That Star Wars Characters Would Actually Wear

I’ve been a Star Wars fan my entire life. When the babysitter canceled last minute, my parents took their toddler (me) to see Return of the Jedi. Star Wars is partially responsible for my watch collecting. It started with a Star Wars collaboration on Nixon’s Time Teller models featuring the designs traits from the iconic… Read more »