The Most Popular Articles on Timepiece Chronicle from 2017

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With the end of the year almost upon us, I thought it would be appropriate to look back and see which articles were most widely read throughout the year. Some of these were obvious (Spoiler alert, watch geeks like James Bond!) but some did surprise me as to how popular they became, so read on and remember to look at my Editor's Choice articles coming in a few days!

 
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JANUARY: Being All In, Talking American Watches with Michael Wilson of Niall

Niall fascinate me. I've been impressed with their watches I've reviewed (the Panda and Black Swan GMTS and the One.M) but I'm still waiting for something to bowl me over. After speaking with Michael about the future of American watchmaking, I'm confident that it's only a matter of time before Niall knocks me to my feet. Click here to read the full interview.

 

 
 

February: A Dial By Any Other Name, A Guide to Different Dial Types

Sometimes you don't need a 2000 word article waxing lyrical about the history of a certain watch. Sometimes all you need is a long list of great dials to use as a reference. From 4 different types of enameling to the wonderful variety of engine turning, this is one to check out. Click here to read the full article

 
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March: Inside the Sanctum of Vintage Watches: My Favorite Watches from analog/shift

Well of course this was going to be included. analog/shift are the sellers of premium vintage watches and it was an experience to sit down with them, even for an hour or so, and look at their collection. My personal highlights were this amazing Heuer Bund and, of course, a stunning Universal Geneve Tri-Compax. Click here to read the full article.

 
 

April: Inside & Out, the Christopher Ward C8 Regulator Limited Edition

The Christopher Ward C8 Regulator Limited Edition was an interesting watch to wear for two weeks. Very wearable, despite it's large size, the C8 Regulator is a unique mixture of modern design and vintage charm. Click here to read the full review.

 
 

May: Inside & Out: Monta Oceanking

The Monta Oceanking is what happens when you want to create a watch inspired by vintage dive watches, but don't have a catalog of old designs to recreate. This watch was a joy to wear thanks to an amazing bracelet and rubber strap combo. It's clear that the guys behind Everest Watch Bands didn't leave their experience crafting brilliant, custom fitting watch straps at the door when they made the Oceanking. Click here to read the full review.

 
 

June: Lost to Time, Angelus

If you asked a veteran watch collector who the best manufacturer of chronograph movements was in the 20th Century, it's very likely they'd say Angelus. The Chronodato, the Caliber 215 and 217 and so many others remain some of the best examples of in-house chronographs ever produced. Oh, and Angelus made a watch called the Tinkler. How can you not love that? Click here to read the full article. 

 
 The Rolex Submariner Ref. 6204. Photo courtesy of Bob's Watches.

The Rolex Submariner Ref. 6204. Photo courtesy of Bob's Watches.

 

July: Those That Came Before Us - The First Rolex Submariner Ref. 6204

The very first Rolex Submariner might look like its descendant at first glance, but there are numerous signs that its the original. No crown guards, no hour marker surrounds and no lines of prose cluttering up the dial. It was the very first and this watch doesn't get talked about enough despite that fact. Click here to read the full article. 

 
 Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Ref. 6239. Photo courtesy of Phillips.

Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Ref. 6239. Photo courtesy of Phillips.

 

AUGUST: SHOULD YOU INVEST IN WATCHES?

The vintage watch market has been steadily increasing over the past 5 years and new sellers of vintage watches seem to be appear daily, so should you get in on this action? No. You shouldn't, unless you have a spare $250,000, as watches are volatile, unpredictable investments that can confuse inexperienced buyers. Click here to read the full article.

 
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September: All the Watches of James Bond From Dr. No to Spectre

If there is one thing that watch geeks love, it is James Bond and his watches. From 1960s Dr No to 2015s Spectre, James Bond has worn a staggering array of timepieces from Rolex Submariners to Seiko Tuna Cans, and I've cataloged them all in one article (and one hell of a super-cut video if you ask me). Whether you're a die-hard Connery fan or a Lazenby apologist like me, there is something here for you. Click here to read the full article. 

 
 The Glycine Airman. Photo courtesy of Those Watch Guys

The Glycine Airman. Photo courtesy of Those Watch Guys

 

October: In-Depth, The History of the Glycine Airman

It's easy to see why the Glycine Airman didn't take off quite like other pilots watches from the era. It lacked the glamour and style of the GMT-Master and the 24 hour dial would have turned off a lot of non-aviation buyers. Now the Airman is regarded as a cult classic and if you want to learn all about it, go ahead and read up. Click here to read the full article. 

 
 

November: Inside & Out Review: Christopher Ward C1 Grand Malvern 5 Day Automatic

The C1 Grand Malvern 5 Day Automatic is one of the best watches I reviewed all year, and it's easy to see why. You're getting an in-house movement with a ludicrously long power reserve, wrapped up in a excellent case design with a clean, timeless dial. Click here to read the full article.