My Problem with Watch Retailers

When I walk into a high-end watch retailer or boutique that sell brands like Rolex, Omega, Tudor, Vacheron Constantin etc, I expect to talk to people who know something about watches. Unfortunately, 90% of the time this is not the case. In my city (Cape Town), there are several watch…

Alternatives to the “Holy Trinity” of Watchmaking

If you are part of the online watch collecting community, you have no doubt seen this topic before. The “Holy Trinity” of watch brands get talked about in many forums and online videos. The holy trinity brands are Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet. All these brands are awesome…

Different Types of Chronographs Explained

I have spoken about chronographs before on Tick Talk, and if you read that post you will know that I love them! http://ticktalk.co.za/2016/09/18/top-10-chronographs/ In this post, I will delve deeper into chronographs and explain the different variations and types of mechanical chronographs available today. Subdials All chronographs come with subdials….

Top 5 Mechanical Dive Watches

Dive watches are probably the most popular genre of watches. Many people only collect dive watches and just about everyone has at least 1 in their collection. These watches are usually tough and rugged and are great everyday watches. For a watch manufacturer to call their watch a “dive watch”, they…

I Found an Awesome Vintage Watch Site

I’m constantly looking for watch related blogs and shops on the internet. Every now and then I find something brilliant, and today was one of those days! I discovered a great vintage watch site, Timelime.watch after browsing around on the Watchuseek forums. http://www.timeline.watch The site literally has a timeline of watches (as its name…

Alton Brown’s obsession with Vintage Watches

I’m not really the type of guy who loves cooking or watching cooking shows on TV. I cook because I have to, not because I want to. However, there is 1 celebrity chef who I can watch for hours and hours. Alton Brown is not only an awesome chef, but…

Hodinkee – Twelve Mistakes New Watch Guys Make

Today on Hodinkee, there’s an awesome post by Ben Clymer. I just have to share it! He talks about the 12 biggest mistakes that new watch guys make. If you’re just starting to get into the hobby, then this is definitely worth a read! https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/twelve-mistakes-new-watch-guys-make-how-to-avoid-them If you don’t know who Ben…

The story of my 80+ year old Sampmar

In January 2016, I was browsing BidorBuy, the South African equivalent of Ebay. I go onto BidorBuy at least once a week to look around for vintage watches, clocks, or anything interesting. I scrolled through pages and pages of broken old useless crap, when something caught my attention. There was a beautiful…