Sinn is probably my favorite modern watch brand… and the 856 is just one of my favorite models.
I’ve got a real thing for independently made watches… I love the idea of a single guy with an idea and the persistence to make it happen. To me, these watches are more desirable than most big brand new watches simply because they have a little more soul to them.
But, what are my favorites right now? I’ve got two.
Wonderful little article about Polar Explorers and the tool watches they wear.
The 1016 might be my favorite Rolex of all time. Well, maybe not… But, it’s certainly the most versatile. And it used to be that they were also the most affordable of vintage Rolexes. As this example proves, this is no longer the case. I’ve always wanted one, but I waited to long and now they are out of my reach.
That said, I am trying like hell to build my own version out of scrap Rolex parts and a 1958 Oyster Perpetual.
Obviously, I’m a watch guy… But most folks think I’m entirely focused on vingtage automatics. I’m not. I also have a real affinity for modern G-Shocks. And this new Gulfmaster absolutely has me.
You can get one here. I might.
Seiko is celebrating 60 years of automatic watches with this limited edition. They are only making 1,956 of them and they will be priced around $1000 (I think?)… Featuring a 6R27 movement, this isn’t a bad deal. BUT, there’s prolly no way in hell you will be able to find one with such limited numbers.
So, we’ve established that Shinola is full of shit with their “made in America” claims… But is there a watch company out there that actually makes their watch from cases to movements in America? Yep. Weiss.
I’d love to own one of these. They are only going to increase in value.
So, I’m asked this a lot:
“If you had $400 to spend on a watch, what would you buy?”
My initial thought for a new watch guy is always buy Seiko. In fact, if I had $400 and no watches I’d probably buy something like a Seiko Padi Turtle reissue. It’s an automatic, it’s built well, and it keeps time better or as well as any mechanical watch in the world. And if the thought of spending just less than $400 on a watch offends you, you could always just get a venerable Seiko SKX007/009 for under $200 and then add a StrapCode bracelet for another $100 to end up with a cheap watch that feels pretty damned high-end and works just as well as a $7000 Rolex.