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Historical Horology: So, Who Made The First Chronograph?

Posted on 31 August 2014 by Patrick Kansa


When it comes to watches, there are generally two camps – those who are interested in where our modern watches originated from, and those who could care less. Now, the second camp, I am guessing we lost those people as soon as they saw the title of the post. Those of you left, well, welcome to the first camp. In today’s entry in the Historical Horology series, we will talk about who created the first chronograph. Continue Reading

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Historical Horology: Laco

Posted on 19 January 2014 by Patrick Kansa


In today’s installment of Historical Horology, I just want to give a quick preface, and then set you loose on the main article that I ran across.  In this day and age, many watch brands like to emphasize their lineage, especially if the brand has stayed in the hands of one family.  But what if you you found out that you were a descendant of a founder of a watch company you admire – and that it’s still in family hands? Continue Reading

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Historical Horology: The NATO Strap

Posted on 12 January 2014 by Patrick Kansa

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In this week’s installment in our Historical Horology series, we’re going to focus in on a watch, well, accessory, that most of you likely have at least one of – the humble NATO straps. These bits of woven nylon are the perfect combination of robustness and affordability, and can change the look of a watch in a hurry. But do you know how the strap came to be? Continue Reading

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Historical Horology: A Few Rolex Videos

Posted on 05 January 2014 by Patrick Kansa



Welcome back to our weekly installment, Historical Horology.  We’ve featured Rolex in these articles in the past, and for good reason – they’ve got a long and storied history, and one that’s well-documented.  Their vintage pieces also hold a great deal of interest, both for novice and pro collectors.  Today, we’ve got a few videos that fit neatly into that landscape. Continue Reading

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Historical Horology: When Mechanical Watches Made A Comeback

Posted on 29 December 2013 by Patrick Kansa



As we’ve seen in other articles, the watch industry is one that constantly reinvents itself. The quartz revolution of the 1970s left a lasting, perhaps indelible, mark on traditional watchmaking. While the quartz watches brought us unparalleled accuracy in increasingly more affordable packages, the watches ushered in by the Seiko Astron just lacked something that the mechanical watches had. Call it artistry, or a mechanical soul, or whatever your term of choice is – we just know it’s something we’re drawn to. Fortunately, there’s been a bevy of independent watch makers (along with the big players) keeping things alive). Continue Reading

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Historical Horology: Taking A Look At The History of ETA

Posted on 22 December 2013 by Patrick Kansa



Love ‘em or leave ‘em, ETA is a force to be reckoned with in the watch industry. While most of the shine these days is on the in-house movements that are coming out, there’s something to be said for the standards and precision we enjoy today courtesy of all that ETA produces. Ever wonder how they got to the point they are today? Continue Reading

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Historical Horology: What Is A Regulator Watch?

Posted on 15 December 2013 by Patrick Kansa



This is a question I’ve had bouncing around in my head a good bit as of late. This is primarily due to the number of new models we’ve seen this year carrying the regulator name (as well as an upcoming hands-on review we’ve got in the works). So, I thought others may have the same question, and it was worthwhile to cover it. Continue Reading

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Historical Horology: Taking a Look at Rolex

Posted on 01 December 2013 by Patrick Kansa



Last week, we had an overview of Omega’s history. Today, we’ll take a look at the brand Omega is competing with, in terms of market share – Rolex. There’s been a lot of information bouncing around lately on Rolex (including our own mentions lately), I think in large part due to their recent invite of four prominent watch bloggers to tour their facilities. Today’s article is just a happy coincidence, as I’ve had this one in the queue for a bit. Continue Reading

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