Rolex Bubbleback: the legendary watch the world forgot

How the Rolex Bubbleback changed not only the fortunes of the company that created it, but the watch industry itself. Read more…

Rolex 2017: all the new models with pictures, prices and expert analysis

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Sea Dweller, along with the arrival of the Rolex Cellini Moonphase and the questionable Tutti-Frutti Yachtmaster. Read more…

Rolex’s spirit of adventure

The little-known truth about the timepiece created for the first successful Everest expedition. Read more…

IWC’s pilot watches: mapping the flight path of a timepiece icon

The IWC’s longest-lasting model was designed not by the Swiss but by bureaucrats from Britain’s post-Second World War Air Ministry. Read more…

Rolex 2016 – James Dowling’s verdict on all the new launches

Rolex goes radical, with the new YachtMaster, a new Day Date and a new lady’s President, both with new movements. Read more…

The watch that changed everything: the 90th anniversary of the Rolex Oyster

A unique 90-year-old Rolex gives me cause to look back at the invention that cemented not just the reputation of watchmaking’s most famous house, but the very viability of the wristwatch itself. Read more…

The Milsub before the Milsub: Part 2

When the first series of ref. 6538 Submariners was issued to the divers of the Royal Marines’ Special Boat Squadron, the divers noted one problem. Read more…

The Milsub before the Milsub: Part 1

The little-known story of the watches that preceded the ref. 5517 Rolex Submariner ordered by the British MoD and the true origin of the term “Military Submariner”. Read more…

The hidden link between Rolex and the Royal Oak

Collectors and designers alike idolise Gerald Genta’s Royal Oak, but its origin story has always been murky, involving tales of diving helmets and ancient portholes. Until my chance discovery of an unlikely, quartz-powered parentage… with a crown. Read more…

Is the new Rolex Yacht-Master the most radical Rolex in years?

So long the awkward child of the Rolex collection, the Yacht-Master is reborn in 2015 as one of the coolest kids on the block, and the Crown’s first ever watch on a rubber strap. Read more…

Uniform Wares: the watch brand where Bauhaus meets Shoreditch

London-based Uniform Wares is proving that there’s still a place in the global market for British-designed timepieces with a distinctive look. Read more…

Exploring Time

The often overlooked role of timekeeping in the history of terrestrial exploration. Read more…

Movements in Time

After a long, steady decline, the Swiss movement industry has bounced back with a vengeance. I travel back in time to understand why. Read more…

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