Anyone who thought that things were going to settle down when the calendar flipped was sorely mistaken. For many of our editors, it was only the second day back online after vacation when Omega dropped a total bomb in our inboxes in the form of a brand new Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch. Watch lovers have literally been waiting for decades for the Moonwatch to get a new movement, and Omega did not disappoint. You can see incredible stories about the new Speedy from both Jack and James, but for this episode, I got Ben and Jack on a Zoom call to talk through what makes the new Moonwatch new, why this is such monumental news, and how Omega successfully satisfies both novices and collectors alike, often with the same watches.
After that, I sit down with Cole and Danny to discuss a pair of stories they’ve authored over the last few weeks. For Cole, it’s his in-depth review and video about the Universal Genève Polerouter, a vintage watch that holds a special place in the hearts of many enthusiasts (including yours truly, who started his vintage watch collection with a Polerouter in 2012). We get into why Cole wanted to go deep on this watch, what prospective collectors need to know, and how Cole settled on one of the nearly 1,000 variants to highlight in his piece. Following that up, Danny tells us about how the Rolex Day-Date became the de facto “starter watch” for NBA players. If you’re anything like me, you’re super excited to have sports back on TV, and a little horological crossover only adds to the fun.
Finally, we’ve got something extra special to close out this week’s episode. Actor, designer, and watchmaker Aldis Hodge wrote a beautiful essay for Volume 7 of the HODINKEE Magazine that’s largely about how horology can sometimes be in service of bigger ideas and ideals. He touches on notions of history and legacy, all while writing from his own personal experience. Here he performs the story aloud, adding even more emotion to the mix. I couldn’t think of a better way to start a new year than with something powerful like this.
We hope you enjoy Episode 119 of HODINKEE Radio. Be sure to check out the show notes, and let us know what you think in the comments below.
(18:53) Ben’s GQ Column