The Time 4A Pint Podcast

Nov 01 2020 42 mins 95

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
Dec 20 2019 72 mins  
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. If you're enjoying the Time 4A Pint Podcast and would like to support the creation of new episodes, you can buy me a virtual pint on Ko-Fi, and help to keep the conversations flowing - https://ko-fi.com/time4apint Credit to https://soundcloud.com/cityfires for the use of https://soundcloud.com/cityfires/map-of-time-creative-commons



A Brief History of Watches in Space
Sep 29 2019 39 mins  
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. If you're enjoying the Time 4A Pint Podcast and would like to support the creation of new episodes, you can buy me a virtual pint on Ko-Fi, and help to keep the conversations flowing - https://ko-fi.com/time4apint Credit to https://soundcloud.com/cityfires for the use of https://soundcloud.com/cityfires/map-of-time-creative-commons


Diving Into The Omega Seamaster 300
Aug 04 2019 48 mins  
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. If you're enjoying the Time 4A Pint Podcast and would like to support the creation of new episodes, you can buy me a virtual pint on Ko-Fi, and help to keep the conversations flowing - https://ko-fi.com/time4apint Credit to https://soundcloud.com/cityfires for the use of https://soundcloud.com/cityfires/map-of-time-creative-commons




Timekeeping Tools for Professional Divers
Feb 24 2019 33 mins  
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. If you're enjoying the Time 4A Pint Podcast and would like to support the creation of new episodes, you can buy me a virtual pint on Ko-Fi, and help to keep the conversations flowing - https://ko-fi.com/time4apint Credit to https://soundcloud.com/cityfires for the use of https://soundcloud.com/cityfires/map-of-time-creative-commons




Getting to the Core of Chris' Collection
Aug 23 2018 78 mins  
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. So this week I set out to change that, and Invited friend of the show Jonas over to drink some beers, eat some pizza, and talk about the 6 watches which make up the core of my collection. There are some mistakes in here, some questions I just don’t have answers to, and I’m sure I got some things totally back to front, but hey, I never claimed to be an expert. I’m just a guy who likes watches. And beer and pizza. Clearly. Watches on this episode: 2002 Omega Speedmaster Professional (reference 3570.50.00) 2002-2006 Omega Speedmaster Professional X-33 Second Generation (reference 3291.50.00) 1974 Omega Speedsonic (reference 188.0002) 1969 Omega flightmaster Cal. 910 (reference 145.013) 1971 Omega flightmaster Cal. 911 (reference 145.026) 2013 Omega Speedmaster Professional Racing "TinTin" (reference 311.30.42.30.01.004) Head to https://www.time4apint.com/podcast/the-time-4a-pint-podcast-episode-47 for pictures and show notes. If you're enjoying the Time 4A Pint Podcast and would like to support the creation of new episodes, you can buy me a virtual pint on Ko-Fi, and help to keep the conversations flowing - https://ko-fi.com/time4apint Credit to https://soundcloud.com/cityfires for the use of https://soundcloud.com/cityfires/map-of-time-creative-commons













































The Loosely Categorised Watch Collection of Jason S.
Oct 20 2017 55 mins  
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. When I'm writing notes before and interview, I try to build a theme around the collector in question's watches. It could be that all the watches are from a brand, that they came from various trips, or milestones, or just that they're things their owner was drawn to. This week, things seemed to split into 4 distinct groups: Stupid but... lucky? Seamasters for Fathers Down the Internet Rabbit Hole Future Classics I'm sure we've all bought and owned watches from the first and third categories, and hope we're currently holding them from the fourth! Watches on this week's show: Girard Perregaux Seahawk 7100 Omega Seamaster Day-Date Quartz Omega Seamaster Automatic Crosshair Omega Seamaster 30 Omega Seamaster Automatic Chronometer (Ref. BA 368.0831) Zenith Automatic Chronograph (Series 1 De Luca) Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 (2016 A. Cairelli re-issue) Omega Seamaster 300M Master Co-Axial Titanium (Ref. 233.90.41.21.03.001) Head to www.time4apint.com/podcast and scroll down to episode 26 to see pictures of the watches we talked about in this episode. Credit to https://soundcloud.com/cityfires for the use of https://soundcloud.com/cityfires/map-of-time-creative-commons























































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