The Gear Journal

Hamilton Pilot Pioneer

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Hamilton just dropped a homage watch to the famous Model 23 pocket watch from WWII. Bad ass movement, but even better? It’s only 38mm!

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Triwa SUB Ocean

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I’m not much of a hippie… But, I am a guy that appreciates folks that stick up for what they believe in. Instead of hugging trees, Triwa stands up and says shit like, “Stop messing with our oceans or we will kick your teeth out.”

I dig that… and I dig this watch.

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Timex + James Brand

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You can always tell when someone that isn’t passionate about watches does a collaboration with a watch company. They typically start with some sort of a homage case, add some modern flair, and then finish it all off with a god damned date window.

Awe well… Details here.

Watches & Goodwood

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Something about mixing race cars and fancy clothes pisses me off. I think it might be that while the mechanics are wearing scrubs, the elite are choking on ties for vanity and appearance. Form vs function. It just rubs me weird.

BUT, I secretly dig this little number that Hodinkee did on the watches of Goodwood.

Details here.

Zulu Alpha Straps

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Tooling around the strap world the other day and stumbled upon a review from Scottish Watches. He digs the Zulu Alpha… and I think I do too. I’ve never worn one, but the aesthetic is right on and the guys behind it know what’s up.

In any case, my order is placed.

Details here.

Vaer D7

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“Hey Ryan… Question: I want a Rolex Submariner, but can’t afford one. And even if I could, that kind of money on a watch doesn’t make sense to me. Can you recommend a sub $1000 watch that might fill the void?”

Man… there are so many submariner “homages” on the market, that it’s tough to recommend just one. The being said, the watch world kind of freaked out on the Vaer D7 series when it was released and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it since.

Essentially, it’s a Swiss made watch featuring a Sellita SW200 movement. The SW200 is a ETA 2824 alternative that lots of watch makers are using these days and it seemingly does really well out in the world. More than that though, Vaer makes one hell of a watch case. The fit and finish of these is 90% as good as a Rolex at a tenth the cost.

I think the Vaer is a really safe bet for a guy like you.

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Casio A100WE-1AVT

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Everyone is jumping on the vintage/retro bandwagon these days. Even Casio has jumped in the game with this new digital. I dig it, but wonder about the quality given the price point.

Details here.

Summer Pocket Dump

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I spent my summer restoring an old house on an island in the pacific. As such, I had a constant EDC… And this is it…

  1. Pioneer Matter BiFold. These things are really popular right now and I can see why… The design is fantastic in that this wallet can carry a ton of cards without getting bulky. Plus, it can carry a tad of cash as well. The ripstop material is very thin and feels incredible, but I wonder how durable it will be. So far, so good.
  2. Titatnium Folding Blade. I prefer utility blades over knives… and have fallen in love with these cheap Chinese folders.
  3. Sinn U1. The U1 is too big and bulky to be a daily watch in my opinion, but I was on an island and planned to do a lot of diving. As such, the U1 got the call… It’s my favorite dive watch in the world and it did fine out of the water as well.