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The HourTime Show

Summary: The HourTime Show is a weekly podcast for watch geeks, by watch geeks hosted by John Biggs, Victor Marks, and Nicholas De Leon of WristWatchReview.com. Questions, comments, or other feedback? Reach out via email at tips@wristwatchreview.com or @wristwatchreview on Instagram. Thanks!

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 Hands-On With The New Yema Superman 500! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1809

Hello and welcome to yet another exciting edition of The HourTime Show, the official podcast of WristWatchReview.com. Your hosts this week are Victor (@vmarks on Twitter) and Nicholas (@nicholasadeleon). John, alas, could not record this week. After a bit of preamble, including the status of Victor's air conditioning system and Nicholas's delightful recent appearance on the Lan Jam Podcast, we do in fact talk about watches this week. Hooray! Most of our focus is on a couple of recently announced King Seikos, including the very handsome purple dial SPB291 (around $2000), that both Victor and Nicholas are quite into! Victor then gives his hands-on impression of the recently announced Yema Superman 500, a $1200-ish diver that he currently has on loan. He's a big fan! Why? You'll have to listen to find out. There's a bit more but that's the gist of this week. Thanks once again to Andrew Haworth for producing this week's episode. Keep it locked to WristWatchReview.com and @wristwatchreview on Instagram for more fun watch content. Thank you for listening, and have a great week!

 Friends Don't Let Friends Buy Three-Handers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1006

Hello and welcome to yet another exciting edition of The HourTime Show, the official podcast of WristWatchReview.com. Your hosts this week are John (@johnbiggs on Twitter), Victor (@vmarks), and Nicholas (@nicholasadeleon). We've got a short and sweet episode this week because John is recovering from Covid and Victor's air conditioner died. Nicholas asks that you please read his article on office chairs in Consumer Reports. Thank you. As far as watches go, we mostly talk this week about GMTs and how they're useful, with John now fully on board with the new Seiko GMTs that were just announced. John notes that he often sees tech bros with more money than sense (cents?) spending all sorts of money on three-handers, which causes him great pain. The rich get richer! Hat tip to fan of the show @ayhcheung on Twitter for flagging the Miyota movement we discuss here. That about does it this week. Like we said, short and sweet this week. Thanks once again to Andrew Haworth for producing this week's episode. Keep it locked to WristWatchReview.com and @wristwatchreview on Instagram for more fun watch content. Thank you for listening, and have a great week!

 Emergency Podcast: New Seiko GMTs Announced!!! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2715

There is nothing wrong with your smartphone. Do not attempt to adjust your audio settings. We are controlling transmission. Yes that's right, it's time for our first-ever emergency podcast!  John (@johnbiggs on Twitter) is traveling for work, but Victor (@vmarks) and Nicholas (@nicholasadeleon, aka the person writing these notes) wanted crack open their mics to talk about the just-announced Seiko SKX-style GMTs that were made official earlier today. Yes, we've discussed these before, but now we have the full details. Look for them this summer for around $500-ish. We also touch on (and actually open the show with, because of course we do) some Apple watchOS 9 stuff that was announced on Monday (this is the Nintendo thing Nicholas mentions), a handful of new Garmin smartwatches, and Nicholas gives his full thoughts on the Seiko SPB239 / SBDC141 that he just purchased. Is a $1000 Seiko worth it? You'll have to listen to find out! Thank you for listening, hopefully it sounds halfway decent. Keep it locked to WristWatchReview.com for more fun watch content. We'll see you in a few days!

 Haggling Over Discounts Triggers Our Anxiety | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1587

Hello and welcome to yet another exciting edition of The HourTime Show, the official podcast of WristWatchReview.com. Your hosts this week are John (@johnbiggs on Twitter), Victor (@vmarks), and Nicholas (@nicholasadeleon). We tackle a few big topics this week. The first is the very strong rumor of an SKX-style GMT coming from Seiko, uh, any minute now. Victor has the lowdown on the main site if you want to read the specs, but it appears we're looking at a $500-ish GMT that very closely resembles the SKX/5KX family of divers. Are your pals interested? Maybe... maybe not. Nicholas then notes he recently broke the four-digit mark for the very first time, having purchased the Seiko SPB239 (technically the JDM version from Gnomon Watches which is the SBDC141.) He received the watch in the mail literally the day after recording so stay tuned for the full review. (Spoiler: It's gooood... mostly.) Lastly, the main event: we discuss the "culture" surrounding getting a discount while buying watches. Nicholas spotted an article on Fratello the other day talking about whether or not getting a discount at ADs is over, and it sparked a discussion on the whole deal.  There's a bit more but that's the gist. Thanks once again to Andrew Haworth for producing this week's episode. Keep it locked to WristWatchReview.com and @wristwatchreview on Instagram for more fun watch content. Thank you for listening, and have a great week!

 [Memorial Day Re-run] Our Return Episode from December 2020! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2409

Hello everyone, Nicholas here. We couldn't get everyone this weekend to record, being Memorial Day weekend and all, so we're re-rerunning the very first episode from this incarnation of The HourTime Show from December 2020. The audio is not quite up to our current standards, but it should be listenable. Anyway, enjoy this blast from the past, which mostly consists of how John and Nicholas met and how we all got into watches. Other podcasts might charge for this sort of rare archive material, but we're giving it away for free! In the meantime, keep it locked to WristWatchReview.com for more fun watch content. We'll see you next week!

 Our Misadventures In Crypto | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1287

Hello and welcome to yet another exciting edition of The HourTime Show, the official podcast of WristWatchReview.com. Your hosts this week are John (@johnbiggs on Twitter), Victor (@vmarks), and Nicholas (@nicholasadeleon). We've got a breezy episode for you this week as Victor opens with an update on that WT Author Kickstarter he had mentioned a few weeks ago (now with his review!); we bring up our still-on-paper plans to produce our own watch; whether or not smartwatches actually help you lose weight, featuring a shout-out to Nicholas's article in Hodinkee last fall about that very subject; and how "a guy we know" did very well in crypto and is now looking for a shiny new Tag to buy. There's a bit more but that's the gist. Thanks once again to Andrew Haworth for producing this week's episode. Keep it locked to WristWatchReview.com and @wristwatchreview on Instagram for more fun watch content. Thank you for listening, and have a great week!

 Breaking Down the Google Pixel Watch, Plus Ethics in WWII Watch Collecting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1566

Hello and welcome to yet another exciting edition of The HourTime Show, the official podcast of WristWatchReview.com. Your hosts this week are John (@johnbiggs on Twitter), Victor (@vmarks), and Nicholas (@nicholasadeleon). Full house! This week we open with some house business. First, I (Nicholas) would like to apologize to everyone who reads these show notes because Spotify had recently and *without our authorization* been inserting donation links into them. They claim it was a bug but who knows. I am not exaggerating when I say I was pretty annoyed when I discovered that. John then calls out Teddy Baldassarre's team for wanting to pay us to swap a set of affiliate links we have on the site for links of their own. This was news to me when John brought it up (he handles the business stuff when it comes to the site itself), but is another example of something we talk about all the time: Is all of this *watch stuff* journalism? Is it mere content for your social media feeds? Does anyone else care about this? Anyway, as I've said in the past, I'm a fan of Teddy's YouTube channel and think he does very good stuff, so we'll see how this plays out. We then touch on something we noticed on Worn and Wound a few days ago, policing the use of the phrase "poor man." Now, it turns out that my comment was *eventually* published, but it wasn't published for at least a day! Anyway, we are fired up!!! We then move onto the idea of the ethics of collecting WWII-era watches. John stumbled upon a Ukrainian eBay seller who is selling what he claims to be watches produced for Nazi Germany's military. What are the rules here? We debate. Lastly, we then dive into the just-announced Google Pixel Watch. Overall, our impressions are along the lines of, "Well, if this gives Android users a solid smartwatch for the first time maybe ever (?), then that's good." Thanks once again to Andrew Haworth for producing this week's episode. Keep it locked to WristWatchReview.com and @wristwatchreview on Instagram for more fun watch content. Thank you for listening, and have a great week!

 [Rerun] Our Initial Reactions to the Omega MoonSwatch! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2526

Hello friends, Nicholas here. Your pals were unable to record this week so we've decided to re-run the March episode where we gave our initial reactions to the Omega MoonSwatch. If you've already listened to that episode, well, I guess you can delete this. But if you haven't, enjoy! Be sure to keep it locked to WristWatchReview.com for more fun watch content. Thank you, and we'll see you next week!

 We Are Asking Once Again for Feedback | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1800

Hello and welcome to yet another exciting edition of The HourTime Show, the official podcast of WristWatchReview.com. Your hosts this week are Victor (@vmarks on Twitter) and Nicholas (@nicholasadeleon). Nicholas may sound slightly "echo-y" this week because he had his mic improperly positioned. Sorry! We kick the show off with some house business: Please take two seconds to help us make a watch! Yes, Victor is spearheading the project, informally known as the "Cholex," whereby your pals at WristWatchReview make their own watch. We're still at the feedback stage, so please read this blog post and fill out the little form. Thank you! Onto other news, Victor brings word of a fun WT Author watch that's currently being Kickstarted. It looks, well, huge, but Victor has one on loan and he says it wears pretty well.  We then veer into a quick discussion of movements, including the relatively new Soprod movement Newton and its use by Ollech & Wajs, and Seiko's lack of an affordable chrono movement. We also touch on some leaked images of Seiko's upcoming GMT SKX using the 4R34.  There's also some random Apple talk, but that's about it for the week. Thanks once again to Andrew Haworth for producing this week's episode. Keep it locked to WristWatchReview.com and @wristwatchreview on Instagram for more fun watch content. Thank you for listening, and have a great week!

 Misaligned Bezels Are a Cope! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1263

Hello and welcome to yet another exciting edition of The HourTime Show, the official podcast of WristWatchReview.com. Your hosts this week are John (@johnbiggs on Twitter), Victor (@vmarks) and Nicholas (@nicholasadeleon). Yes we've got a full house here this week on The HourTime Show, with John opening the discussion with some talk on his SEESTERN (yes, the name is capitalized) and how it compares to an actual Doxa Sub 300T he has on loan. If you thought the real Doxa would blow away the SEESTERN in terms of build quality and so forth, well, you're 100 percent correct. But, one retails for roughly $2,000 while the other goes for less than $200. So, you know. Nicholas then tells the tale of his brand new Pagani Design PD1651, a Rolex Yacht-Master "homage" that is baaasically a piece of junk: the bezel is misaligned and the date wheel doesn't advance with the hour; you have to manually change the date by pulling out the crown one click. It's too bad because, as Victor says, from 10 feet away it looks pretty cool! The rubber strap is awesome, to be fair to Pagani Design. (Nicholas misspoke by saying it was leather; it's rubber.) We then touch on the MoonSwatch, now that the dust has settled. There's a bit more, but that about does it for this week. Thanks once again to Andrew Haworth for producing this week's episode. Keep it locked to WristWatchReview.com and @wristwatchreview on Instagram for more fun watch content. Thank you for listening, and have a great week!

 We Interview Micheal Culyba, the Director of 'Keeper of Time' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2088

Hello and welcome to yet another exciting edition of The HourTime Show, the official podcast of WristWatchReview.com. Your host this week is Nicholas (@nicholasadeleon on Twitter and Instagram). This week we interview Michael Culyba, director of the documentary Keeper of Time. As you'll hear in the interview, we're pretty big fans of the doc and think you'll enjoy it too. Keeper of Time debuts in New York City on April 28. If you're in the NYC area you can purchase tickets for its in-person screening. You can also purchase tickets for a livestream virtual screening, which is available worldwide.  Everyone who purchases a world premiere ticket is entered to win a Unimatic x Massena LAB U1-MLBN Friends & Family Edition watch. It's a limited edition watch, with only 80 made, and we think it looks pretty cool. Culyba tells us that the more tickets you buy, the more chances to win. Neat! And that, as they say, is that. Thanks once again to Andrew Haworth for producing this week's episode. Keep it locked to WristWatchReview.com and @wristwatchreview on Instagram for more fun watch content. Thank you for listening, and have a great week!

 Help Us Create a Watch (Really!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1658

Hello and welcome to yet another exciting edition of The HourTime Show, the official podcast of WristWatchReview.com. Your hosts this week are Victor (@vmarks on Twitter) and Nicholas (@nicholasadeleon). Before we get into the meat of the episode we have a request: Please take two seconds to look at this design of our in-house watch idea (case and latest dial design) and tell Victor what you think, either by tweeting him or emailing him at victor@wristwatchreview.com. We're very seriously considering creating it but we're at the stage of the process where we need a ton of feedback, whether it's good or bad, before taking any next steps. Thank you! Moving on, this week is mostly about re-capping some of our favorite (and least favorite) watches that came out of the Watches and Wonders trade show. Yes, we're a little late but we couldn't record last week. Among the watches we touch on are the new Tudor Black Bay Pro, the new Yacht Master with a wacky "falcon eye" dial (Hodinkee has good photos), a new Panerai Submersible made with something called "E Steel," which is supposedly "sustainably sourced," and this titanium Oris with a salmon dial. We also touch on some Patek news--or is that Longines news? (Zing!) And that, as they say, is that. Thanks once again to Andrew Haworth for producing this week's episode. Keep it locked to WristWatchReview.com and @wristwatchreview on Instagram for more fun watch content. Thank you for listening, and have a great week!

 The MoonSwatch Is A Total Vibe Shift | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2503

Hello and welcome to yet another exciting edition of The HourTime Show, the official podcast of WristWatchReview.com. Your hosts this week are Victor (@vmarks on Twitter) and Nicholas (@nicholasadeleon). Look, yes, there's huge news this week, but we have a couple of things to talk about beforehand. The first is that we're giving away a watch! Yes, the kind folks at Whitby have provided us an Intrepid X Chronograph for you to win. Simply enter here for your chance to win. Huzzah! Next, Bulgari. They've broken the record for the world's thinnest mechanical watch. Plus, you get an NFT with it. Nice! Lastly, we're genuinely looking for feedback on a watch we're considering manufacturing; an early mock-up render can be found here. This would be a huge undertaking, so please email Victor (victor@wristwatchreview.com) with you're feedback.  OK, MoonSwatch time. Keep in mind that this conversation was recorded on Friday, March 25, one day before the MoonSwatch was released. Victor and Nicholas give their full and frank opinion on all things MoonSwatch: the initial marketing tease, how it fits into the wider "hype" cycle, what you're actually getting for your $260, and more. This is a pretty long discussion by our standards but hopefully it's formative and entertaining. There's a bit more, but that about does it for this week. Thanks once again to Andrew Haworth for producing this week's episode. Keep it locked to WristWatchReview.com and @wristwatchreview on Instagram for more fun watch content. Thank you for listening, and have a great week!

 Four Wolf Moon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1439

Hello and welcome to yet another exciting edition of The HourTime Show, the official podcast of WristWatchReview.com. Your hosts this week are John (@johnbiggs on Twitter), Victor (@vmarks on Twitter), Nicholas (@nicholasadeleon), and WWR Managing Editor (IE, the guy who actually runs the site!) Patrick (@PatrickWatches). That's right: we've got us a full four-wolf moon this week! Victor kicks off the wrist check with a watch he recently assembled from parts featuring an Elgin dial, which we then explain what that means. Patrick is wearing the Mido Ocean Star GMT, which he's in the process of reviewing. This kicks off a quick discussion on different types of movements, who makes what, etc. John and Nicholas (well, really Nicholas) merely smile and nods here. Speaking of John and Nicholas, John has an Omega Speedmaster Professional and Nicholas has his PT5000-based SteelDive. The crown is too small to turn comfortably but the watch seems to keep time pretty well. For less than $200 it's hard to complain. This brings us to one of our main discussions of the week, and that's whether or not people like Nicholas, who like watches but who maybe don't have a spare $5,000 to buy every shiny Omega that comes down the pike, are perhaps "doing it wrong" by gravitating toward brands like SteelDive. We've touched on this in the past but now Patrick gives his take. John adds some interesting insight from the world of alternative investing, and how that's driving up the cost of some watches. There's a bit more, but that about does it for this week. Thanks once again to Andrew Haworth for producing this week's episode. Keep it locked to WristWatchReview.com and @wristwatchreview on Instagram for more fun watch content. Thank you for listening, and have a great week!

 Wasteland Survival Guide | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1371

Hello and welcome to yet another exciting edition of The HourTime Show, the official podcast of WristWatchReview.com. Your hosts this week are John (@johnbiggs on Twitter), Victor (@vmarks on Twitter), and Nicholas (@nicholasadeleon). Time for a wrist check: Victor has a Bulova, Nicholas has an Orient Bambino, and John has a GMT Tudor, his love affair with his "Tiffany Blue" Seestern having seemingly come to an end. After opening the show with a bit of guitar talk ("It's a little hobby of mine," says John), your pals to the idea of watches in the apocalypse. Obviously. Will Daytonas or Pateks have any value in a world where society has broken down and we're all fighting for scraps? Would having a solar-powered G-Shock make you some sort of magician in your post-historic settlement? Very possibly, especially if as John points out you've got one of those G-Shocks that can display tide data. The way things are going, we may find out soon enough. We close the show by touching on some recently announced pieces, including Tissot's PRX chronographs and the deep green Omega Seamaster 300M. There's a bit more, but that about does it for this week. Thanks once again to Andrew Haworth for producing this week's episode. Keep it locked to WristWatchReview.com and @wristwatchreview on Instagram for more fun watch content. Thank you for listening, and have a great week!

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