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A Compendium of Wearable History

A Civilian’s Guide to Military Watches, Part One: The West

As it goes for just about anything “military”, issued timepieces are some of the most collectible in the watch world. Between enthusiasts looking for a rugged watch to go on adventures with, fashionable folks pulling off military-inspired looks, and history buffs bolstering their military regalia collection, the military watch market faces the perfect storm of demand. Couple that demand with a fixed number of issued timepieces, and you start to see the whole picture. The rabbit hole of military watches and their history delves very deeply, very quickly, so we’ve broken our overview into two parts: those countries from the West with influential and interesting military timekeeping history, and those from the East. This week, the West — America, Britain, Germany, France, and the unlikely Brazil, Argentina and Peru — flexes its stuff.

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Today in Gear: April 4, 2014

Today in Gear, we examine McIntosh’s first dedicated headphone amp, clear planters for the modern green thumb, Longines’s latest vintage-inspired beauty and a GoPro housing built for black-ops.

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CALLING ALL FLYING ACES

Face Value: Longines Avigation Oversize Crown Chronograph

The Longines Avigation Oversize Crown Chronograph ($3,500) was modeled after a watch built for pilots inhabiting a cold, drafty, post-WWI cockpit. Thanks to timeless design and a few key updates, though, it works just as well during the cold, drafty days of this year’s autumn.

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The original Global Positioning System

Timekeeping: Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle

Let’s face it, guys, we’ve gotten soft. Our smartphones and cars tell us how to get to the shopping mall and we can fall asleep in London and wake up in New York six hours later, none the wiser. That’s why watches like the Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle are so important. Not for its technical…

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Timekeeping Icon | Volume 1: Super Compressor Dive Watch

When most people think of a dive watch, the first thing that comes to mind is the prototypical ratcheting bezel, with its chunky flutings and bold markers. But there was another style of diver that emerged in the early days of recreational diving and found great popularity – the Super Compressor. To be clear, the…