Jason Heaton

I’ve always been a bit of an adventure fiend, a Midwestern boy seduced by the exoticism of adventure magazines and Hemingway novels. So, I feel like I’ve arrived now that I’m writing for Gear Patrol. It justifies as “research” a lifetime of tramping about the planet, climbing mountains, diving wrecks, and having a basement that looks like your local outdoor shop. Though I lean towards the Polarfleece aesthetic, I’ve been known to enjoy the occasional urban weekend in a tweed jacket or an evening in (gasp!) a tie. I only wear mechanical watches, drive my adequately patina’d Alfa Romeo Spider right up until the snow flies, and always keep an open bottle of single malt close at hand. My sporting cred runs the gamut from velodrome bike racing to Nordic skiing. I’ve done adventure races; I golf twice a month in the summer, have summited Colorado 14ers,and have even been scuba diving everywhere from Sri Lanka to Boston Harbor. I’ve traveled extensively in Europe, the US, and Asia, somehow earned an English Literature degree and learned German, French, and Latin along the way. I have studied photography and can make a mean saag paneer. I can’t say where Gear Patrol will take me. But as someone once said: “it’s not an adventure if you know the outcome.” And that’s just the way I like it. I’m here to serve you, my fellow adventurers.

Sub-$1k Horology

How To Buy Your First $1,000 Watch

We go through the ins and outs of what to look for in a watch that costs about $1k, and offer four different possibilities.

Timeless timekeepers

How to Buy a Vintage Watch

Old watches represent great value, the chance to wear a piece of history and, if you’re lucky, a good investment.

Visions of Historical Watchmaking

How to Build a Swiss Watch from Scratch

Parmigiani Fleurier has quietly entered an elite group of watchmakers that produce movements, cases and dials for both themselves and other elite brands.

Life on the Island, and the Time In Between

How I Learned to Love Sri Lanka

A lesson in the Southeast Asian island and its people, amid a revolution, a tsunami and the burdens of life.

40 Years of Beautiful Dive Watch Inspiration

Dive Watches Through the Decades

Rugged dive watches that look back to the heyday of subaquatic timekeeping, from the 1940s to the 1980s.

High Watchmaking Puts Its Best on Display

The Best Watches of SIHH 2016

The best new watches from Jaeger-LeCoultre, A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet and more.

Inside One of the World's Leading Watch Companies

At Seiko, Innovation and Tradition Synchronize

A visit to Japan pulls back the curtain on Seiko, whose single-minded pursuit of lofty goals often makes it appear unconcerned with larger trends.

Are you man enough?

NOMOS Minimatik

NOMOS thinks it’s high time to bring the smaller watch back. So much so that it has confidently named its new 35.5mm timepiece the Minimatik.

Patek Shakes Things Up

Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time

When Patek Philippe introduced the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time at BaselWorld, it was the horological equivalent of dropping a hand grenade on expectations.

Tudor Plants Its Flag

Tudor North Flag

The North Flag represents the future of Tudor: confident, modern, adventurous and independent.

A Bigger, Badder Wolf

Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53

A dive watch icon of the 1970s, the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf howls again in a new version that's bigger and badder than ever.

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