Archive | October, 2008

So should I or shouldn’t I? PAM 98

Posted on 28 October 2008 by John Biggs

The alarm sounds pretty creepy. What think you?

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Swatch Group sample sale in NYC November 13-14

Posted on 27 October 2008 by John Biggs

For those of you living in the Windy Apple we present the Swatch Group Sample Sale. This year it’s at the Metropolitan Pavillion on 18th street and it runs from 10am-8pm on November 13 and 8am to 7pm on November 14. Get there early! I’ve gone for a few years now and I always find great deals on Omega and Tissot.

50% TO 80% OFF



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New forums

Posted on 26 October 2008 by John Biggs

I’m sure you visited our earlier forums but they essentially failed. They were overrun by spammers and essentially useless. Well, I rebuilt the forums from scratch and I invite you to head on over and start talking. Hope they’re useful and enjoyable.

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Storm MK V looks great

Posted on 22 October 2008 by John Biggs

My buddy Scott had a Storm watch for teaching. Instead of glancing at his watch while he was at the lectern he would wear an earlier model of the Storm and check the time only when absolutely necessary because the central iris closes when you’re not checking the time.

This new model, which costs about $180 has updated styling and seems to mimic the Hublot Big Bang without that whole “this costs $100,000 for no reason” thing.

via BBG

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PSA: Accuracy and Precision

Posted on 17 October 2008 by John Biggs

A pet peeve of mine – using the words accuracy and precision incorrectly, and failing to make a distinction between the two.

“degree of conformity of a measure to a standard or a true value”
accuracy. (2008). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.
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“the degree of refinement with which an operation is performed or a measurement stated”
precision. (2008). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.
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In watches, accuracy is how well the watch keeps time and reflects the time according to an accepted standard. That is to say, how many seconds the watch gains or loses in a given period and how close it is to the Observatory clock. A Movado with no markings may be as accurate as an Omega with a similar movement, if they gain or lose time similarly (so many seconds a week, for example) and are set correctly.
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WWR beers in Europe anyone?

Posted on 17 October 2008 by John Biggs

I’m headed to Paris, London, and Zurich the next few weeks and I wanted to see if any WWR readers were interested in meeting for a sit down in any of those countries. I’m doing research for my book and I don’t have firm travel dates yet but I’d love to go watch history walking through some of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Drop me a line at or just post a comment.

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Reactor Fall Out: A serious chunk of stainless steel

Posted on 07 October 2008 by John Biggs

Reactor was kind enough to give me a Fall Out for evaluation. This is a watch ready for harsh treatment. Reactor mills a billet of stainless steel and embeds a first rate Japanese movement under a heavy duty, domed crystal. The bracelet is attached with machined rods of steel with hex head screws. This thing is better made than a Russian tank.
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Review: Debaufre Aircraft-8

Posted on 07 October 2008 by John Biggs

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What you do know will hurt you. As a long-time lover of larger than life watches, I was pleased when Steinhart nee Debaufre released a line of watches to rival Bell & Ross’ attempts at recreating old-timey airplane dial. As I’ve mentioned many times before, Bell & Ross watches are obscenely huge and obscenely expensive so to find a watch that mimics – but does not totally copy – the B&R style for not much money excited that bargain-hunting watch-lover in me.

Sadly, however, I think this taste of paradise will make the average watch-lover desire a B&R even more, a sad state of affairs for someone who is trying to avoid spending $5 grand or more on a stinking watch.
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