34 EpisodesProduced by 5by5Website

Join watchsmith Seth Roberts and collector Dan Benjamin as they unwind watch culture and discuss the history, allure, community, and study of watches through the lens of their shared obsession, from inspecting movements to spotting fakes, from vintage Seiko to modern Rolex, asking questions, offerin… read more

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34: Not Enough Basel

July 31st, 2018


Seth and Dan talk about Swatch pulling out of Basel, the morals and ethics of counterfeit watches, and more.

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33: The Pressures of the Deep

July 7th, 2018


Seth and Dan discuss the love and hate of summer, tasty Seiko rumors, super compressors, and the motives behind a questionable subreddit.

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32: Jeff the Egyptian God

June 6th, 2018


Seth and Dan discuss names, a fateful jinx, presentation watches, the hybrid market, and the most important watch brand you’ve never heard of.

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31: A Matter of Time

April 17th, 2018


Dan and Seth talk about too many vacation days, a senator’s poor choice, leather top hats, the other TRF, and some interesting missing watches.

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30: Half-Past Monkey

March 19th, 2018


Dan and Seth talk about Main Street, St. Patrick's Day, temporal hours, and give away a watch!

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29: Finger Flying

March 1st, 2018


Seth and Dan talk about mob debts, Helmut Sinn, why blue is best, missing case backs, the fate of Baselworld, and yet another giveaway.

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28: Lip, Dip, Paint

February 20th, 2018


Seth and Dan talk about visiting ADs with great courage, high beats, and lume.

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27: The Toolest of Tool Watches

January 8th, 2018


Seth and Dan share details of some special listener gifts, the story of a soldiers watch, Seiko pro divers, and leaked photos of a new mystery watch.

26: A Creek Named Oris

December 19th, 2017


Seth and Dan talk about Raketa, bellmatics, good detective work, bracelets vs. straps, Oris watches, and harrowing repair stories.

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25: A Small Clock

December 4th, 2017


Dan and Seth talk about the history and styles of watch straps, when watches yield special treatment, and more.

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24: So Many Paperclips

November 27th, 2017


Dan and Seth talk about the superior vs. superlative chronometers, watch winders (good or bad?), manually wound watches, and the best value …

23: A Conversation Piece

November 14th, 2017


Seth and Dan talk about watch branding and slogans, Mad Men, the Rolex Explorer as "the perfect watch", Seiko's "five attributes", the Milsub, and …

22: Watches in Space!

November 1st, 2017


Dan and Seth talk about the Paul Newman Rolex Daytona auction, Dan's new Rolex Datejust, Seth's amazing Gene Kranz Seiko, and the best watches to go …

21: The Back of a Napkin

October 24th, 2017


Dan and Seth talk about the history of Audemars Piguet, Gerald Genta, and how Dan managed to get a Rolex without spending any money. They also …

20: Frickin' Laser Beams

October 11th, 2017


Seth and Dan discuss the newly announced sub-$500 Tissot, the new atomic clock, affordable automatics, and tuning fork movements.

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19: A Rather Stubborn Oyster

September 30th, 2017


Seth and Dan talk about Rolex, Hamilton, and the history and validity of water resistance.

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18: From Historians to Hoarders

September 15th, 2017


Seth and Dan talk about watch collecting, entry-point watches, and categorize the different types of collectors.

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17: The 7 Place Sweep

September 6th, 2017


Seth and Dan talk about Dan's latest watch purchase and Seth's latest find (a Seiko 6216), and then travel back in time to review the history of …

16: For Whom the Bell-Matic Tolls

August 30th, 2017


Seth and Dan talk about alarm watches, watch forums, and (unfortunately) hurricanes.

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15: Doing Math on Your Watch

August 22nd, 2017


This week, Seth and Dan talk about bezels, doing math on your watch, magnetism, and more.

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14: Grand Design

August 3rd, 2017


Seth and Dan talk about Seiko's Grammar of Design, horological pacemakers, women's watch options, and more.

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13: Baby Bull

July 17th, 2017


Seth and Dan talk about chronographs and shock resistance.

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12: Electromagnetic Breaks

June 26th, 2017


Seth and Dan talk about hi-beat watches, the Seiko Springdrive, modern vs. vintage, and more.

11: Beta One

June 20th, 2017


Seth and Dan talk about the history of quartz watches, affordable modern timepieces, and more.

10: Horsefish

June 12th, 2017


Seth and Dan talk about Paul Newman's Daytona, quartz vs. automatics, the death of dibs, Seth's new website, facial hair and watches, and much more.

9: El Primero

May 22nd, 2017


Take a trip with Seth's in his time machine as he talks with Dan about the history of the chronograph.

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8: Modding

May 8th, 2017


Seth and Dan talk about the how's and why's of watch modding, from simple changes like swapping hands to serious total-watch modification.

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7: The Conspiracy of Bad Hands

May 1st, 2017


Seth and Dan talk about the top 5 things to look for when buying a vintage watch, polishing, desk diving, watches that "can't be fixed", donor …

6: ETA What?

April 20th, 2017


Dan and Seth talk about smoking meat, our giveaway vintage watch, wrist testing watches, chronometers and chronographs, watches for women, and our main topic: understanding the ETA movements and the watches they power.

5: Disco on the Wrist

April 10th, 2017


Seth and Dan talk about being a watchsmith, dive watches vs. dress watches, Dan's "Dive Watch Rules", the path to becoming a watchsmith, exhibition …

4: Tourbillionaire

April 3rd, 2017


Seth and Dan talk about the grey market, Jomashop, fixed budget purchases, servicing watches, tourbillions and complications, minute repeaters, …

3: It's Not a Spice

March 27th, 2017


Seth and Dan share their thoughts about and favorite watches and news from Baselworld 2017. They also discuss JDM, Grand Seiko, fashion vs. movement, …

2: Postal Officer Willie

March 20th, 2017


Seth and Dan talk about grail watches (from Omega to Pogue), Dan's King Seiko, Seth's Rolex No-Date Sub, the Seiko 6309 and dive watches, Project 99, …

1: Symbiosis

March 17th, 2017


In this premier episode, Seth and Dan talk about the allure of vintage watches, the birth year watch, NOS (new old stock), "barn finds", grail …

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