watching the web

Welcome to April, and the first weekend of the new month.  It’s time for Watching the Web, where we take you on a spin through the world of on-line watch sites, as well as highlight some of our most popular posts for the last week or so.  This week, we have a technical perspective (as well as some history) on my favorite type of watch, the GMT.  We also have a review of Detroit Watch Co watch, and an eBay buyers guide on what is appropriate for the office.  From our own pages, we have the Mansfield Automatica One, Eric Singer’s growing watch collection, and the Filson Dutch Harbor.


First up, let’s talk about GMT watches.  Even though I do not find myself travelling as much these days, I do still really like the complication. Why is that?  Well, aside from being a really basic utility to add, it also gives those of us dealing with multiple watches an easy way to know in the watch is in the AM or PM, when winding it up and (importantly) resetting the date.  For more on this type of watch, check out this article over at Monochrome.


Over at Time to Blog, they have a hands-on review of the Detroit Watch Co 1701 L’Horloge.  Matt wrote about this watch back in 2015, and I had sort of lost sight of this line from the brand.  I am glad I ran across the review, as there are some details on the 1701 L’Horloge (particularly the crown and raised surfaces for the numerals) that really grabbed my eye.

Finally, you might be wondering why in the world we’d feature an eBay Buyers Guide, right?  Well, aside from it being from our buddies over at ABTW, I think it has a good way of looking at things.  Frankly, I often comment about the practicality of watches I review in an office setting, as that is where I spend most of my time.  This buyers guide is a crisper way of articulating some of that, and shows also where  in the org chart you might see some of these watches showing up.


Now, back to our own pages.  While I was not particularly crazy about the large date window on the Mansfield Automatica One, there is no denying that the rest of the design certainly has some appeal.  And you, our readers, must agree, as this was by and far the most popular post of the week.  For that matter, the general public must agree as well, as the project is over-funded by almost 3x at this time, with another 17 days left to go.


Next up, we have a piece that John wrote up about Eric Singer’s (the drummer of KISS) growing watch collection.  It is not uncommon for us to see watches showing up on the wrist of celebrities, but what Singer has going on here seems to be a good bit more than surface deep.


Finally, the Filson Dutch Harbor remained in the top three for a second week in a row.  Pricing concerns aside, this is an attractive watch in my book, and you all must agree.  We’ll see how those early impressions hold up once we go hands-on with the watch, which we are working through the details of now.

MAwatch10Did you know that John Biggs’ book, Marie Antionette’s Watch, is free to read with Kindle Unlimited, or you can buy a paperback from Amazon.  Oh, and even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can always read via their free apps or their cloud read (check those out here).


Want to be more than just a visitor to our little corner of the internet?  How about pledging some support for us over on Patreon.  There are some compelling funding levels (including site redesigns and removing ads, and getting a copy of the Marie Antoinette book), but really, we just want to ensure we keep this lean ship running and the lights on.  You can check out John’s post (and video) about it right here.  This is a fun thing we get to do on the side, and we want to keep bringing you the content that you have come to rely on from us, and work to make it even better.


We’re in a new month, and that means we have started up a new giveaway.  This month, you have a chance to win the G. Gerlach Kosmonaut that I recently reviewed.  Head over to the contest page and follow the instructions for the two-part entry process.

Wrist ShotWe also want to put the call out for wrist shots of our reader’s favorite (or at least favorite of the moment) watches.  Put together an email of your wrist shot and tell us a little about the watch and why you love it.  If you happened to be introduced to it through our site (or won it through a give-away), even better.  Just make sure the image is a JPEG and at least 800 pixels wide.

With that, I will wrap up this edition of Watching the Web. As always, if there’s something you think we should be covering, feel free to drop us a line. If you bring something up that we end up writing about, we’ll be sure to tip our hats (electronically, if not literally) in your general direction.


By Patrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

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