70 episodes

A podcast about watches, how they work, and why they fascinate us.

Beyond The Dial Allen Farmelo

    • Technology
    • 4.7 • 37 Ratings

A podcast about watches, how they work, and why they fascinate us.

    Conversations E18 - Walt Odets On His Five Favorite Watches

    Conversations E18 - Walt Odets On His Five Favorite Watches

    Walt has some very classy timepieces, all of a type: smaller, understated, and often highly complicated. Allen and Walt talk through five of Walt's most favorite watches, plus a sixth that came to Walt as a very pleasant surprise.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Insights E33- From Horological Silence Into The Noisy Watch Space - A Personal History of Watch Collecting (1990-2020)

    Insights E33- From Horological Silence Into The Noisy Watch Space - A Personal History of Watch Collecting (1990-2020)

    In this essay-style episode, Allen drags the historical lens across the watch space from 1990-2020, showing how what was once a lonely nerd's hobby grew into a fashionable social activity.

    • 36 min
    Insights E32 - A Tentative Critique of the Post-Pandemic Watch Culture

    Insights E32 - A Tentative Critique of the Post-Pandemic Watch Culture

    In this insight essay, Allen admits to feeling a little disillusioned with the broader watch culture and tried to identify why it feels different to him since COVID pandemic lockdowns and the rapid expansion of interest in watches. Special interest is paid to the role of social media in hollowing out how we enthusiasts and collectors interact around watches.

    • 19 min
    Iteration Inundation - The Endless Stream of New(s) Watches

    Iteration Inundation - The Endless Stream of New(s) Watches

    It's gotten overwhelming, all the new releases. Allen talks about how the digital medial environment, including the socials, has put undue stress on watch brands to always be releasing something new. and he has some ideas for how to deal with it. 

    • 35 min
    How Watches Work E6 - Complicated Chronographs - Flybacks, Split-Seconds, Ultra-Fast, & More

    How Watches Work E6 - Complicated Chronographs - Flybacks, Split-Seconds, Ultra-Fast, & More

    David takes Allen deeper into the world of mechanical chronographs, covering all the major complications from early flybacks to the latest in mechanical chronograph technology. 

    • 55 min
    How Watches Work E5 - Understanding Mechanical Chronographs

    How Watches Work E5 - Understanding Mechanical Chronographs

    David takes Allen inside the fascinating world of mechanical chronographs, and Allen finally "gets it."  Vertical vs. horizontal clutches, column wheel vs. cam actuators, reset functions, and much more are covered here, leaving the listener with a foundational understanding of mechanical stop watches.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Rebelinst ,

Higher Level

It’s refreshing to listen to a high-level podcast that isn’t controlled by the watch brands.

athens7 ,

A different take, marred by excessive and unnecessary profanity

This podcast is not the typical show that spends most of the time undertaking promotional introductions of new watches or constantly discussing the price and availability of hype watches. Allen spends time on the notions of collecting, as well as providing some good (and rare) insight into how watches work. Unfortunately, he also seems to feel the need to support his point of view with a great deal of profanity, particularly the “f word”. I find that this detracts from the presentation, as well as potentially limiting the audience.

GH550 ,

Excellent show!

Surprised and happy to hear Walt Odets on the podcast! My watch journey began in the late 90’s on Timezone so I’m familiar with his article’s and the TZ watch school.

It was wonderful to hear you converse with Mr. Odets about his journey as a child to taking apart that famous Explorer, and even work outside of the horological space.

Great content and a must listen for those who appreciate watches not simply as style but for what’s beyond the dial.

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