Time To Unwind by WatchGecko is a relaxed chatty podcast where watch enthusiasts and special guests from the industry get together to talk about everything watches and horology. From thoughts on current happenings in the industry, to new watch releases, our thoughts on watches based on hands on experience and of course general banter and chatter about why we love watches so much. Think of this as your weekly visit to the pub to talk to your friends about everything watches. Grab yourself a drink, sit back and enjoy.
Some Of Our Favourite Rare Vintage Watches (Tudor, Omega, Breitling...) - Ep 41
We sat down with Ian and Dan from Watches of Lancashire and talked in-depth about some of their coolest vintage watches. This is part one of our conversation, in the next video we will look at more unique vintage watches.
Products Featured: 1966 Omega Speedmaster Ed White ST 105 003-65, 1971 Tudor Submariner 7021/0, 1969 Omega Speedmaster Pre Moon, 1980’s TAG Heuer Diver 980.032, and 1970 Breitling Cosmonaute 0819
Christopher Ward x WatchGecko Limited Edition Watch (Full Interview) - Ep #40
We are very excited about our collaboration with Christopher Ward, so we sat down with Mike France and we asked him to share the story behind the company. You can hear how the company started, Mike's watch inspirations, and why Christopher Ward adopted a new logo.
Later in the conversation, Mike goes in-depth about the military watch collection of the company and especially the 3 post-war watches that were the inspiration behind the C60, C63, and C65 models.
Mike France also discusses the impact of the Bel Canto watch and how it gave everyday people the chance to own an incredibly unique and complicated timepiece. The success of the C1 Bel Canto and the people's reactions had a profound effect on the CEO of Christopher Ward.
The main thing we wanted to discuss with Mike France was our first exclusive collaboration with Christopher Ward – The WatchGecko C65 Aquitaine. Limited to 50 pieces, each individually numbered for our first production batch. Every aspect of this watch has been carefully considered. The 120-click bezel uses a polished sapphire insert that’s impressively scratch-resistant, complementing the refined blue and white design of the dial.
The dial is inspired by the history of regatta races such as the America’s Cup, giving the watch a distinctly nautical feel while remaining reminiscent of the box crystals seen on the classic dive watches of the 50s and 60s.
Follow us for more interviews with watch CEO and watch professionals, as we go more in-depth about everything watch related.
Your favourite dysfunctional family discuss all things James Bond... - Ep #39
With the final Daniel Craig Bond movie, No Time To Die, seemingly delayed for eternity, we thought we’d bring some light relief to those listeners getting withdrawal symptoms from the world’s most loved movie franchise!
Yes, in this epic episode we chat about all things Bond. There is a lot of ground to cover here, and just as some of Bond’s quick-witted quips are now slightly dubious, so is Antony’s hosting – so much so that we’ve nicknamed this the X-rated episode!
The guys try to reach a conclusion as to which watch is the true Bond watch as they unpick Fleming’s original novels and discuss how the movies have subliminally influenced their choice of watches in later life.
We discuss Fleming’s novels and how well (or not as the case may be) they have been interpreted for the silver screen. Can you guess which one of our intrepid wannabe spies describes Moonraker as “One of the most ludicrous films ever made…an amazing novel turned into a monstrosity”?
The clock is turned back as they reminisce about what first drew them to Bond movies, and which of the iconic Bond cars and gadgets got them hot under the collar.
Somewhat unusually our dysfunctional family is largely in agreement about their favourite Bond film, and it’s probably not the one which you think it is!
The Speedmaster special, with Darren Townend from Vintage Speedmaster - Ep #38
If Omega Speedmasters are your thing, whether a lifelong fan, or new to the Speedy world, this podcast is one not to be missed.
There are few watches which generate as much interest or passion as the Speedmaster. Its exploits are, quite simply, unmatched in terms of accompanying intrepid human explorers.
In an ongoing series of written and audio features celebrating the history of this watch in space and at the race track, we were lucky to spend time chatting to Darren Townend, the founder and expertise behind Vintage Speedmaster (the UKs most respected centre of knowledge and provider of fine examples of this chronological icon).
In a relaxed conversation, Darren and Richard delve deep into the world of this amazing watch covering subjects as diverse as NASA qualification, unique sport special editions, Speedmaster auctions and when is a Moonwatch not a Moonwatch?
Make yourself a coffee, rehydrate your NASA rations, strap on your favourite Michael Schumacher t-shirt and get ready to embrace all things ‘Speedy’!
Tool Watches (Part Two) - Jungles, ugly sticks and hammers – oh, and the best tool watches under £5k! - Ep #37
In the follow-on to Part One of our tool watch special, we ask ‘what makes a modern tool watch?’ and discuss how it differs to the tool watches of the past.
The guys also give their top choices for tool watches under £5000 and pick a wild card ‘no holds barred’ option for those with an unlimited budget’.
Richard reveals the watch that has been his trusty companion in some truly unforgiving environments, from the desserts of the Kalahari to the jungles of Trindad and Tobago. Plus he selects the watch that he’d choose to cross the dessert with now. We think you’ll be surprised by his choices!
Antony throws down the gauntlet to his co-hosts as he sets them a challenge to find him a G-shock he actually likes and can take with him when he secures a job at the North Pole.
Meanwhile Tim argues the case for true tool watches to be affordable and maybe not even mechanical at all; in fact, maybe something more akin to a hammer!
Discussion also widens into the realms of Faraday cages vs non-ferrous materials to achieve anti-magnetic watches, and we’re left wondering why more watch brands don’t harness the power of the sun to keep their tool watches ticking.
Finally, can you guess whose heart was in his mouth as he feared for his Rolex at the Science Museum of all places?
Tool watch special (part one - what is a tool watch and historical references) - Ep #36
In part one of our tool watches two-parter, Anthony, Richard and Tim delve into the backstory of the now ubiquitous tool watch, try to reach some sort of consensus as to what a tool watch is and highlight some of their original practical uses.
As well as discussing some of the iconic tool watches of the past such as the Omega Speedmaster Professional and Rolex explorer, Tim questions the validity of the ‘polo’ watch, Richard lets his inner geek free as he unleashes his extensive knowledge of moon watches, and Anthony gets a hard time as the boys try and persuade him to finally take his Rolex into the water!
In part-two, coming soon, we will give our top picks for tool watches under £5k!