50-best-iphone-games-gear-patrol-lead
50 Best Mobile Games
The top iPhone and iPad addictions.
BEST-GYM-BAGS-GEAR-PATROL-LEAD
10 Best Gym Bags
For all kinds of workouts.
bourbon-buying-guide-gear-patrol-lead
15 Great Bourbons
Top grade taste at the right price.
best-bargain-drivers-cars-gear-patrol-lead
10 Bargain Driver's Cars
Fast cars can still be a steal.
skip to main navigation
Wittnauer-TK-Selects-Gear-Patrol-LEAD
Read More

Gear Patrol x Analog/Shift

Timekeeping Selects: Wittnauer “Panda” Chronograph (Sold)

For our new series, Timekeeping Selects, we’ve partnered with Analog/Shift, the New York-based purveyor of vintage watches. We’re doing the legwork for you, handpicking stunning, unique vintage timepieces at a wide variety of prices — all with impeccable authenticity, great stories, meticulously serviced and ready to wear. The Wittnauer Professional Chronograph we have this week is classic ’60s style, with widely spaced contrasting colors, “Panda” style, subdials for running seconds and elapsed minutes, blocky hands and a bold red sweep hand. It’s an American beauty.

Chris-Ward-In-House-Movement-Gear-Patrol-LEad
Read More

The British Brand Beats the Swatch Group's Embargo in the Best Possible Way

With a New In-House Movement, Christopher Ward Sets the Bar High

Last week, while we Americans were celebrating our independence from England, English brand Christopher Ward was celebrating independence of a different sort. The ten-year-old Internet watch company announced that it had created its first in-house mechanical movement, the calibre SH21, for its new C9 Harrison 5 Day Automatic timepiece. While the watch itself is a handsome piece, fitting well into Ward’s lineup of classic sports and dress watches, it’s this movement under the hood that has the watch world buzzing.

Pinion-Pure-Axis-Gear-Patrol-Lead
Read More

Ticking off the latest in watch news

This Week in Watches: July 8, 2014

This Week in Watches: July 8, 2014. A pure Pinion, a blacked-out Luminox, a vintage-inspired clock, a poor man’s Heuer and more.

timekeeping-the-importance-of-in-house-movements
Read More

Know Your Movements

Timekeeping: Why In-House Movements Matter

From the Archives: Exploring the ins and outs of watch movements, whether outsourced or made in-house.

Oris-Gear-Patrol-Lead
Read More

Ticking off the latest watch news

This Week in Watches: July 1, 2014

This Week in Watches: a young watch authority, a mean chopper-edition watch, and an Oris with a mechanical altimeter.

Bonaire-Lighthouse-Gear-Patrol-Lead
Read More

A lonely guard holds its post

Postcard: Willemstoren Lighthouse, Bonaire

In the 1830s the Dutch built the Willemstoren lighthouse at the southernmost point of the Caribbean island of Bonaire to warn sailors of the hazardous reef offshore. The lighthouse is now locked up, the keeper’s house crumbling and derelict.

TK-Selects-Cyma-Gear-Patrol-LEAD
Read More

A different WWW

Timekeeping Selects: Cyma British Military Watch (Sold)

For our new series, Timekeeping Selects, we’ve partnered with Analog/Shift, the New York-based purveyor of vintage watches. We’re doing the legwork for you, handpicking stunning, unique vintage timepieces at a wide variety of prices — all with impeccable authenticity, great stories, meticulously serviced and ready to wear. Our third offering is a Cyma British Military watch ($995) that fulfills the British Ministry of Defense’s “Watch, Wristlet, Waterproof” specification with several unique twists.

Learn-To-Freedive-Gear-Patrol-LEAD
Read More

One Breath, One Dive

Learning to Freedive with One of the World’s Best

Most of the people who come to Bonaire are SCUBA divers, hauling heavy bags of gear — buoyancy vests and regulators. But on this visit, I decided to try something different: freediving. No tanks, just a breath of air. I wanted to experience the transcendent silence and freedom freedivers talk about. The best man to learn from is in Bonaire, and I was about to get a one-on-one lesson from him.

Audemars-HQ-Gear-Patrol-Lead
Read More

Ticking Off the Latest in Watch News

This Week in Watches: June 24, 2014

This Week in Watches: The Sistem51 hits U.S. shores, Audemars Piguet’s new digs, the missing watches of ten great men and much more.

best-japanese-dive-watch-gear-patrol-lead
Read More

Sashimi-Grade Timepieces

Japanese Dive Watch Shootout

From the Archives: If you want a real dive watch, look to Land of the Rising Sun. We recently did just that, procuring three of Japan’s best dive watches representing different brands, styles and price points for a real-world shootout below the waves in the Caribbean.

age-of-aquarius-gear-patrol-lead
Read More

The World Without Sun

The Age of Aquarius: Diving Down to Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31

I had been warned to keep my depth above 50 feet to maximize bottom time, and as I slipped under the “porch” of Aquarius, I saw my computer read 48 feet. I popped up inside the moon pool, removed my regulator and mask and took a breath of the pressurized air inside. “Welcome to Aquarius”, Fabien Cousteau said with a smile as he stood above me in the wet room.

30-MINUTES-FABIEN-COUSTEAU-GEAR-PATROL-LEAD
Read More

Neptune's grandson on his record-breaking undersea endeavor

30 Minutes With: Fabien Cousteau

From the Archives: We talk with Fabian Cousteau as he preps for Mission 31, an endeavor to live underwater in the Aquarius habitat for 31 days.

Pinion-Bronze-Gear-Patrol-Lead
Read More

Ticking of the Latest in Watch News

This Week in Watches: June 17, 2014

This Week in Watches: June 17, 2014. A bronze Pinion, Dwight Eisenhower’s Rolex on sale, a watch that displays time using liquid and much more.

TOOH-Cartier-Diver-Gear-Patrol-LEAD
Read More

Time for a new dive watch standard

Time on Our Hands: Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

ISO 6425 is an international standard that spells out in great and unambiguous detail the criteria for what can be called a “diver’s watch”. Aside from the obvious water resistance requirement (100 meters, by the way), there are rules for legibility, salt water resistance and more. But the fact of the matter is, not many watches are even subjected to the testing required to earn the ISO seal of approval. So when Cartier, best known for its classic Tank and elegant Ballon Bleu watches, introduced its Calibre de Cartier Diver ($8,200) this year with full compliance with ISO 6425, the watch world took notice.

This post is presented by CartierCartier-Promo-Logo-Gear-Patrol
WTGT-Depth-Gauge-Watches-Gear-Patrol-Lead
Read More

Depth of Spending

Want This, Get This: IWC Aquatimer Deep Three or ORIS Aquis Depth Gauge

Comparing two great depth gauge dive watches: the top shelf IWC Aquatimer Deep Three and an ingenious alternative from ORIS that works without any moving parts.

Sothebys-Gear-Patrol-Lead
Read More

We Tick Off the Latest In Watch News

This Week in Watches: June 10, 2014

This Week In Watches: The Rolling Stones get a Zenith, Linde Werdelin’s secrets revealed, two opulent auctions and much more.

Father-Time-Opinion-Gear-Patrol-SITE-Lead-
Read More

The Watch as A lesson

Father, Time

Unlike many family traditions, including those shown in Patek Philippe ads, in our family, watch gifts didn’t flow from father to son but rather the other way around.

Paul-Newman-Daytona-Gear-Patrol-Lead
Read More

We Tick Off the latest in Watch News

This Week in Watches: June 3, 2014

This Week in Watches: Breitling’s high-flying contest, two new Richard Milles, a Rolex Paul Newman video, a DOXA on sale and more.

free-diving-mediterranean-essentials-gear-patrol-lead
Read More

Coastal Essentials

Kit: Free-Diving the Mediterranean

Whether you’re heading to the Mediterranean coast in real life or just your daydreams, this kit of casual clothes and accoutrements will keep you both cool and looking cool.

This post is presented by CartierCartier-Promo-Logo-Gear-Patrol
why-the-watch-case-matters-gear-patrol-lead-
Read More

Case in Point

Why the Watch Case Matters

Most discussions about watches and their value begin and end with the movement: Swiss versus Japanese, in-house versus outsourced, finishing and complications. But in reality, the movement is only part of the story. All too often overlooked is the humble watch case, which can be equally artful, interesting, and difficult to produce.

doxa-sub-300t-sharkhunter-gear-patrol-analog-shift-lead-
Read More

Gear Patrol x Analog/Shift

Timekeeping Selects: DOXA SUB 300T Sharkhunter

For our new series, Timekeeping Selects, we’ve partnered with Analog/Shift, the New York-based purveyor of vintage watches. We’re doing the legwork for you, handpicking stunning, unique vintage timepieces at a wide variety of prices — all with impeccable authenticity, great stories, meticulously serviced and ready to wear. Our first offering takes us back to the 1960s to one of our favorite dive watches, the DOXA SUB 300T Sharkhunter ($2,500).

Longines-Heritage-Diver-Gear-Patrol-LEad
Read More

We Tick Off the Latest in Watch News

This Week in Watches: May 27, 2014

This Week In Watches: a new Christopher Ward classic, Alpina’s not-so-free giveaway, a Baselworld infographic and much more.

TOOH-SQUALE-Gear-Patrol-LEAD
Read More

Like the Shark, a Dinosaur that Still Thrives

Time on Our Hands: Squale 101 Atmos

Vintage watches are flying off the shelves right now, but the Squale 101 Atmos carries out its heritage look without pretense.

best-casual-summer-watches-gear-patrol-lead
Read More

Timepieces for the Beach, the Mountains or just Manning the Grill

Summer Hours: Great Casual Watches for the Season

Five new watches ready for the mountains, the beach, or just manning the grill. Put one on and don’t take it off until Labor Day.

Timecrafters-Photo-Essay-Gear-Patrol-LEAD
Read More

Crafting Time

On the Scene: Timecrafters

Bringing together a mix of 15 watch companies in the gorgeous Park Avenue Armory in NYC, Timecrafters aims to let the public get up close and personal with new timepieces and the people behind them. Hands-on and face to face with great timekeeping? Of course we were there.

Breva-Genie-Gear-Patrol-Lead
Read More

We Tick Off the Latest in Watch News

This Week in Watches: May 20, 2014

This Week in Watches, we examine Breitling’s new seafarer, a skinny Reverso, Shinola leather and much more.

FTA-ONE-WATCH-GEAR-PATROL-LEAD
Read More

The Time of Your Life

How to Wear One Watch For All Seasons

There are worse ways to spend your hard-earned money than on those pinnacles of the mechanical art. But there’s something to be said for wearing one watch all the the time. Buy one watch, wear it through thick and thin and create your own patina rather than purchasing someone else’s. Here’s how to do it.

Air-Zermatt-Postcard-Gear-Patrol-Lead
Read More

Preparing for Takeoff in the Alps

Postcard: Air Zermatt

Zermatt, Switzerland — Air Zermatt pilots are the rock stars of the Alps, and they know it.

IWC-GALAPAGOS-GEAR-PATROL-LEAD
Read More

The Adaptable Survive

Proving Evolutionary Theory with IWC’s Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands”

The Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands” ($11,100) shares more with theCharles Darwin Foundation than donations. It’s a prime example of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution — in Aquatimers.

MB&F-Gear-Patrol-Lead
Read More

We Tick Off the Latest in Watch News

This Week in Watches: May 13, 2014

This week in watches: Tsovet’s line of automatics, Mayan timekeeping, Richard Mille in White, German blasphemy and much more.