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The global watch industry produces an estimated 1.2 billion units a year.

With around, 7.5 billion people on the planet, that means that over a 6 and a half year period, enough are made for every one of us to go out and buy a brand new watch of our own.

In reality, that’s not what happens.

For starters, just because all these watches are being churned out, doesn't mean that anyone is actually buying them.

Lots of people can’t understand why you would spend money on a wrist watch.

After all, with just a couple of taps, your mobile phone can tell you what the time is anywhere in the world - and you can catch Pokemon on it. You can’t do that with a watch.

On the other hand, for some people, one watch isn’t enough.

There are those among us that hunt out, capture, collect, catalogue, and show off their watches to others who share the same passion. On internet forums, Instagram, and even at in person meetups.

For those who collect, watches are kind of like Pokemon, they’ve got to catch them all. And that’s what this show is all about.

Watch collectors. Not Pokemon.

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    • 4.7 • 38 Ratings

The global watch industry produces an estimated 1.2 billion units a year.

With around, 7.5 billion people on the planet, that means that over a 6 and a half year period, enough are made for every one of us to go out and buy a brand new watch of our own.

In reality, that’s not what happens.

For starters, just because all these watches are being churned out, doesn't mean that anyone is actually buying them.

Lots of people can’t understand why you would spend money on a wrist watch.

After all, with just a couple of taps, your mobile phone can tell you what the time is anywhere in the world - and you can catch Pokemon on it. You can’t do that with a watch.

On the other hand, for some people, one watch isn’t enough.

There are those among us that hunt out, capture, collect, catalogue, and show off their watches to others who share the same passion. On internet forums, Instagram, and even at in person meetups.

For those who collect, watches are kind of like Pokemon, they’ve got to catch them all. And that’s what this show is all about.

Watch collectors. Not Pokemon.

    Underwater Adventures with the CWC Royal Navy Diver & Other Stories

    Underwater Adventures with the CWC Royal Navy Diver & Other Stories

    Much of the watch collecting hobby, is about enablement.

    One or more collectors, gently nudging another towards functions, styles, heritage, brands, and models that they might find interesting.

    Sometimes this happens face to face, over one too many pints of winkles old peculiar, sometimes it happens on forums through friendly discussion and heated debate, and more and more, the subtle power of an Instagram friend’s beautifully shot photographs, shoulder the responsibility for an unplanned horological purchase.

    Sometimes, however, enablement happens in total isolation, through heavy google searching, a conviction that “bi-metallic 1000m water resistant mechanical alarm watches from the 1970s” are totally underrated, and an ill advised late night session on a popular auction platform.

    Today’s show is not about those late night eBay purchases. Mostly because I don’t own any of them. Any more.

    But is is about enablement - specifically me being enabled into the world of SCUBA diving by long-time diver, friend of the show, the man behind team Watchnerd, and today’s guest, Mat.

    A quick warning for listeners with a sensitive disposition, this weeks show contains stories of dive watches being used for diving.

    Who knew that was a thing?

    Head to https://www.time4apint.com/podcast/the-time-4a-pint-podcast-episode-53 for pictures and show notes.

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    A Brief History of Watches in Space

    A Brief History of Watches in Space

    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.

    Now, the 17-jewel Sturnmanskie may not be on the wish list of many collectors, however its use by Gagarin in Vostok 1, earns it a place on the register of watches in space.

    This is a theoretical register, as far as I know, but were it to be beautifully presented in hardback form, preferably, with lots of lovely photographs, you could assume, it would contain a great deal of black dialled, hand wound, triple register chronographs, with the greek symbol for Omega on their dial. 

    Tucked in between all of those Swiss made 321, 861, and 1861 calibre chronographs, you’d find timepieces from all manner of brands, containing all kinds of tech -  tuning fork watches of various flavours, brightly coloured automatic chronographs, cheap, cheerful, robust, and accurate digital watches, dressy chronographs that you’d never expect to see in an industrial situation, pilots watches with complicated slide rules on their dial, and a whole host of coronet adorned divers and GMTs.

    There are so many watches that have been worn in space, that someone really could write a book on the subject. But that’s perhaps a task for another day.

    Today, we’re suiting up, strapping in, and launching ourselves into a very brief history of watches in space.

    Watches featured in this episode:

    Poljot Strela Calibre 3017 Chronograph

    Accutron Astronaut (214 movement)

    Omega Speedmaster 145.012SP

    Rolex Submariner 14060M

    Head to https://www.time4apint.com/podcast/the-time-4a-pint-podcast-episode-52 for pictures and show notes.

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    • 39 min
    Diving Into The Omega Seamaster 300

    Diving Into The Omega Seamaster 300

    With the heavy media focus on the Moonwatch and the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 this year, you could be forgiven for thinking that Omega produce nothing but manual wind chronographs, and that the only exploration they have been involved with required rockets and spacesuits.

    Equally, glancing at the ongoing surge in vintage, and limited edition modern Speedmaster prices, it seems that some collectors feel that if it wasn’t on the wrist of Aldrin, Armstrong, or Collins (or related to a watch they wore), that it’s not really worth hunting down.

    Pure lunacy.

    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...

    Head to https://www.time4apint.com/podcast/the-time-4a-pint-podcast-episode-51 for pictures and show notes.

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    • 48 min
    Time 4A Pint News - June 2019

    Time 4A Pint News - June 2019

    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.

    Watches discussed on this episode:

    Omega CK2300

    Accurist Schockmaster Chronograph (Landeron 248)

    Omega flightmaster 145.036

    Omega flightmaster 145.026

    Head to https://www.time4apint.com/podcast/the-time-4a-pint-podcast-episode-50 for pictures and show notes.

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    • 37 min
    Timekeeping Tools for Professional Divers

    Timekeeping Tools for Professional Divers

    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.

    Not that either today’s guest, or myself are likely to be found wearing a suit, or being allowed to undertake any serious diving for that matter - Frankly, there’s more chance of us knowing the Greek word for “the depth of the ocean”.

    Which is Benthos, in case you were wondering. A piece of information that may prove useful in around 20 minutes time.

    Watches discussed on this episode:

    Eterna-Matic Super KonTiki 130FTP

    Eterna-Matic Super KonTiki IDF Issued

    Certina DS-2 Super PH 500M

    Certina DS-3 Super PH1000M

    Aquastar Benthos 500 (10-50 bezel)

    Aquastar Benthos 500 (decompression bezel)

    Head to https://www.time4apint.com/podcast/the-time-4a-pint-podcast-episode-49 for pictures and show notes.

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    • 33 min
    Where Horology Meets Motorsport

    Where Horology Meets Motorsport

    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!

    Watches on this episode:

    Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694

    Omega Genéve Dynamic 135.033

    Heuer Autavia 1163V “Viceroy” (Calibre 12)

    Heuer Autavia 73663 “Villeneuve” (Valjoux 7736)

    Heuer Autavia 2446 “Rindt” (Valjoux 72)

    Heuer Silverstone 110313 (Calibre 12)

    Heuer Audi Sport (Lemania 5100)

    Head to https://www.time4apint.com/podcast/the-time-4a-pint-podcast-episode-48 for pictures and show notes.

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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Vanilla Coffee ,

Excellent watch podcast

Love listening to these. Really excellent content, great for the commute in the car.
Best wishes to Chris for a brilliant audio treat.

robbieandwatches ,

Seamaster Podcast

I was looking forward to this podcast but the amount of reference numbers was a bit overwhelming, it seemed like a podcast that should have some kind of video or sheet to understand well the watches itself, please bear in mind that is only audio it needs a more descriptive in the future for the listeners, great production and professional

RJL451 ,

My new best friend

Listening to Chris on Time 4A Pint is like having my best mate suddenly becoming super enthusiastic (and knowledgable), about my favourite subject, watches and all things horological.

Thoroughly enjoyable, friendly, informative and non-pretentious. Highly recommended for watch enthusiasts regardless of experience or budget.

Thanks for a great podcast!

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