During the late 1950s, the human race developed a taste for building huge, powerful, rockets, and launching them into outer space.
Exciting stuff, for sure, but made much more exciting, when on April 12 1961, Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was strapped into one of these rockets, and became the first human being to travel into space. Wearing a 17-jewel Sturmanskie watch on his wrist.
Today’s guest has pushed through the Moonwatch phase of his collecting madness, and donned mask, flippers, and snorkel, to explore the depths of Omega’s vast vintage catalogue.
His focus pulled from Omega watches that splashed down into the ocean on the wrists of engineers, scientists and explorers, to Omega watches that went deep under the oceans surface on the wrists of engineers, scientists, and explorers.
Horological tools that couldn’t be more different.
Although those cases do look incredibly similar...
It’s early June, the show you’re about to listen to has been sat in various states of draft since the end of March, and we haven’t been on the air since February. (Please forgive me if things are a little bit rusty!)
Today, we’re going to talk about the podcast, the events, how things are funded (hint: it involves me and you), and because this is a show about watch collecting, 4 new watches that I’ve added to my personal stash.
Head back to the 1960s and 70s, and if you were buying a watch designed for professional diving, you were more likely to wear suits made from form fitting neoprene, than hand tailored wool to your place of work.
Thankfully the professional tool watches that found their way into hands of COMEX and Cousteau, were incredibly rugged, and incredibly water resistant - So those of us that are more comfortable behind a desk, than in a diving bell, can enjoy them today.
Welcome to Episode 48 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - This week I got together with Colin, long term watch collector (and longer term Formula One fan), to talk about the (metaphorical) collision of his passions for Horology and Motorsport, and the ensuing (actual) explosion of Heuer Chronographs!
Welcome to Episode 47 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - Ever since the first episode aired in April 2017, people have been sending me messages, asking about my watches.
What do I have? What have I sold? What do I like? What doesn’t do it for me? What’s next on the list?
And whilst answers to those questions, and more, have been woven into to the conversations that I’ve had with guests over the last 46 shows, there was no single place where I just got to talk about my stuff.
Welcome to Episode 46 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - This week I got together with Ben, blogger for 8 Past 10, and watch enthusiast (not collector... or so he thinks!), to drink beers and talk watches.
This show was a fantastically quick turnaround, from a very brief chat over a beer on Friday, to a recording (and a couple more beers) on the following Wednesday. And up to the point where the recorder started rolling, I had no idea where the conversation was going to go, or what we were going to talk about.
Welcome to Episode 45 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - This week I got together with Alan, a watch collector who doesn't hang around on forums, or Instagram, and has been adding horological goodies to his stash for over 20 years, to hang out and talk watches.
Starting out with all of Alan's watches laid out on a table, we spent four hours talking through what made sense to share, what made a good story, and what you, the listener would find most interesting to hear about.
Welcome to Episode 44 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - This week I got together with Nicholas Bowman-Scargill, 4th Managing Director, and re-founder of the Fears Watch Company to drink tea, eat biscuits and talk about the first hand wound watch from Fears in more than 50 years!
Tune in to hear about the re-establishment of what was the West of England's largest watchmaker, and the journey Nick has taken in the development, construction, and launch of the small production marvel of British engineering that is the Fears Brunswick.
Welcome to Episode 43 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - it has been an incredibly long time since we last had a chat - so today I’m going to bring you up to speed with all things Time 4A Pint - including how you can buy me a beer!
A short (watch free!) show, but fear not regularly scheduled content returns next week!
Welcome to Episode 42 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - This week I sat down for a chat with Aris, to talk about two iconic watch movements, and a selection of the automatic chronographs from his collection that make use of them.
Welcome to Episode 41 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - This week I ventured into the world of Antiquarian Horology, and English pocket watches, with knowledgable and incredibly patient watchmaker, Seth Kennedy.
Welcome to Episode 39 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - This week I met up with Jonathan, to talk about four modern British watches, that caught his eye, stole his heart, and made their way into his watch box.
Welcome to Episode 38 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - This week I caught up with Arwind, an early Time 4A Pint attendee, and man who embodies the core value of Time 4A Pint, as a drinking club with a watch problem.
Welcome to Episode 37 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - This week I was out in Karlsruhe, Germany, for the Chrono24 get together, and through a mix of good luck, good timing, and other people being much more organised, got to sit down with Eric Wind for a chat.
Welcome to Episode 36 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - For those of you that are listening to this show as it comes out each week, you might be wondering what’s going on. There was supposed to be a two week break between the last show and this one, and there was a weird gap between episodes 34 and 35. And a post on instagram that looked somewhat… medical.
Welcome to Episode 35 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - For this week's show, I spent an evening with Nathan, talking about his transition from vintage vinyl, to watch collecting, and the friends he's made along the way.
Welcome to Episode 33 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - This week we spent an afternoon with Mister James Dowling, Rolex aficionado, and not so secret lover of the Beta 21, talking about this high end electronic movement from the past, and the futuristic watches that it was fitted to.
Welcome to Episode 32 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - This week we grabbed a beer with Ollie, a vintage watch collector, who doesn't currently have any of his vintage watches (they're all away being repaired), to talk about two of the most popular limited edition pieces to be released in 2017, the Omega Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday, and the Halios Seaforth.
Welcome to Episode 31 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - for this week's show we got to spend some time with Johann, who was visiting the UK all the way from Manila, in the Philippines, and brought along some of his Limited Edition timepieces to share with us.
Welcome to Episode 30 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - this week we got together with Stuart, the man behind omegaholygrail.com to talk about the Omega Speedmaster 376.0822, or as it's better known, The Omega Holy Grail.
Welcome to Episode 28 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - This week I caught up with James Vincent, who was the very first guest on the show, to talk about the watches that didn't make it in last time around, and the ones he's bought since.
Welcome to Episode 27 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - It's an extra compact show this week, covering off a the high points of what's been going on at Time 4A Pint Towers over the last month or so, and things we'll be doing over the coming weeks.
Welcome to Episode 26 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - this week I sat down with Jason to talk about his watch collecting journey, the lessons he's learned along the way, the ones he hasn't, and to remind him that watches are not investments.
Welcome to Episode 25 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - this week we got together with Ewan to talk about Heuers of the past and TAG Heuers of the present, that are dressed up to look like Heuers of the past. Or at least their close relatives.
Welcome to Episode 24 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - this week we dragged ourselves off the sofa, got dosed up on cold and flu remedies, and headed out to meet Nathan, who like us was valiantly fighting a serious case of man-flu. And, very much like us, spends hours looking at shiny time keeping devices on Instagram.
Welcome to Episode 22 of the Time 4A Pint Podcast - for this week's show, we grabbed a couple of late night drinks in London, with Robert-Jan, founder of Fratello Watches, and the man behind the #SpeedyTuesday phenomenon.
Welcome to Episode 19 of the Time 4A Pint podcast - This week, we sat down with Mat, a.k.a. The Watchnerd to talk watches, clocks, Disney, diving, the Antiquarian Horological Society, the BHI, and 101 other things. A Tangental conversation for sure.
Welcome to Episode 18 of the Time 4A Pint podcast - for this weeks show, we grabbed an hour with Balázs from Fratello Watches, before the July Time 4A Pint GTG, to talk about the world of watch journalism, and the contents of his travel roll, including some Hungarian Airforce issued goodies
Welcome to Episode 17 of the Time 4A Pint podcast - this week we grabbed the opportunity to spend a morning with Patrick, who was visiting London from Luxembourg, and talked through some of the interesting pieces from his eccentrically, eclectic collection of horological goodies.
Welcome to episode 16 of the Time 4A Pint podcast - this week we’re going to have a bit of a catchup, share some news from the Time 4A Pint July event and upcoming podcasts, kill off some gossip, talk about the AHS, and tell you about a couple of watches that we've encountered out on our travels - it’s going to be short, it’s going to be sweet, and a little sour... but mostly sweet.
Welcome to Episode 13 of The Time 4A Pint Podcast - This week we spend a full 90 minutes, talking Seiko watches with Simon, who not only collects these wonderful Japanese time pieces, but repairs them too.
Welcome to Episode 12 of The Time 4A Pint Podcast - On todays show we meet Larry, a well travelled gent who was visiting London on business this week, and took some time out from a hectic work schedule to talk us through his (more than metaphorical) watch collecting journey.
This is Episode 9 of The Time 4A Pint Podcast - Thing's didn't go quite to plan this week... so no interview... listen to the podcast to find out what exactly went wrong (or right), and why we're misquoting Robert Burns.
This is Episode 3 of The Time 4A Pint Podcast - In which we meet William, the man behind Speedmaster101.com, and talk about how he accidentally created the go-to, online resource for vintage Omega Speedmaster information.
This is Episode 2 of The Time 4A Pint Podcast - In which we meet watch nerd, and dapper gent, James Vincent, to talk about four firsts. The first watch he bought with his own money. The first mechanical watch...