My oldest friendship starts with a watch story, no, not Nic but a guy called Uel (pronounced Ooooollll). I was eight he was seven, we both grew up during the tail end of the troubles, he went to the catholic primary school and me to the protestant one opposite the street.
One day Uel was meeting a common friend next door, what started as banter turned to rivalry and what I can only imagine as the worst fight in history broke out. Through the flurry of face slaps and missed kicks the strap of my quartz Casio snapped causing us both to freeze. He didn’t mean to break it he said; I can remember being upset but not distraught.
Time went on and Uel and I ended up going to the same Secondary school. Our blend of banter and rivalry blossomed into a tight friendship which has maintained through the decades despite life taking us in slightly divergent paths. When people ask when we met, out rolls the story of the broken Casio.
It was much later in life that I properly found the love of watches. My Instagram was the usual mishmash of things until I started posting more watch shots. One shot I remember in particular was of my Blue Seiko 5 Diver (SZNH) with the caption intimating why you would need another dive watch, to which Uel drolly replied “#neverevenbeendiving”… he had a point.
When it comes to diving there are more sophisticated methods of timing submersion and emerging than a mechanical piece with similar technology to what could be found in the 50s, same goes for chronographs, field watches etc.
We all acknowledge that the mechanical timepieces we love are relics, harking back to bygone eras, whilst signifying the lifestyle we choose to live today. But I don’t really care for diving, nor do I have to time anything to the point I would choose a chronograph. When I hear the term sports watch, it’s not any of the sports I gravitate towards (football, tennis, cycling). Perhaps I thought, we need to reclassify our watches for the modern era. Hear me out.
Where do we mostly use our watches? Home, office, outdoors. What are we usually doing? Lounging, working and travelling/relaxing. I have stopped thinking in terms of the normal classification of watches as it does not apply to me.
The Office Watch
I can’t wear a watch to work except when I have non-clinical work. For days such as those I want a watch which is comfortable in all hand positions, and ideally has clasp which is not prone to scratches ( a leather or fabric strap). If our work is such, we might need to track multiple time zones. So, something like the Farer Worldtimer at 39mm would be a great option.
The Outdoors watch.
We love to wear a watch that matches our lifestyle, be it travelling or walking up a hillside. These watches need to be comfortable in every situation. If you have had a day trekking and then are going out to dinner, you want one watch to carry you through. Obviously for travel a GMT comes to mind, thoughts would gravitate to the Rolex GMT master, but it is this writer’s humble opinion the new Grand Seiko quartz GMTs are the watch which will be happy in every circumstance. I personally own a Tudor GMT but for my two big trips last year it was the Nodus Contrail with 12-hour bezel that came with me and was never found wanting.
The Lounging watch
This is not an often thought of category. Much of what we see on Instagram are carefully curated indoor images. Much of our watch wearing is in our homes, in the evening when we are chilling. We want something that hugs the wrist, makes us feel good and is great to look at. To this end My Seaforth B from Halios contrail it the watch I grab when I want a watch whose character changes in different lighting. A watch you can gaze at for hours but never get bored.
Do you guys ever classify your watches in a way different to the norm? Hit us up wit a DM, we’d love to know.
Of course, our favourite classification remains the HalfwatchTuesday top picks:
We don’t want to mention the C-word today, but @hand.face.cases makes the best of time indoors by not getting board…
@christianmillburn brings light where once there was darkness
With a splash of much needed colour @1nicedudedc brings the rainbow
We Loved the playfulness of this creativity from @watchingbaseball
The Casioak is already an icon. We love the new colourways, the yellow looks especially fun and works great with a sunset. Great work @daito_ryu_uk
Oh! To be on a desert island right now, well @watch_my_time uses initiative to make his own.
Straight out of the Netherlands comes a GMT watch that deserves a second and third look. The @batavi Kosmopoliet comes with some very nice spec and even nicer colourways. Find it live on Kickstarter as we speak.
When you dive into the independent brans it won’t take too long for you to come across @magrette_timepieces. Their unique shape and bold styling are iconic. We get treated to a side profile of their beautiful Lenocino. It’s definitely worth a check out.
We’d love to welcome both on our Halfwatch Tuesday live review show in the future. We have been delighted with the response and the guest. Last week we welcomed Monta Watch for our biggest show to date. Not to rest on our laurels we have a spectacular guest for you next week, none other than the Godfather of independent brands Halios Watches. So please set your timers and join us for what will be an amazing live event you can partake in.
Finally, guys with all this spare time we have a call to arms. We want to see all your creative juices flow and put on a great Halfwatch Tuesday for us. Take care of each other, stay safe and see you next Tuesday.