Unwound

Unwound

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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, offering advice, and sharing their stories. Hosted by Seth Roberts & Dan Benjamin.


34: Not Enough Basel
Jul 31, 2018 • 72 min
Seth and Dan talk about Swatch pulling out of Basel, the morals and ethics of counterfeit watches, and more.
33: The Pressures of the Deep
Jul 7, 2018 • 68 min
Seth and Dan discuss the love and hate of summer, tasty Seiko rumors, super compressors, and the motives behind a questionable subreddit.
32: Jeff the Egyptian God
Jun 6, 2018 • 69 min
Seth and Dan discuss names, a fateful jinx, presentation watches, the hybrid market, and the most important watch brand you’ve never heard of.
31: A Matter of Time
Apr 17, 2018 • 66 min
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.
30: Half-Past Monkey
Mar 19, 2018 • 64 min
Dan and Seth talk about Main Street, St. Patrick’s Day, temporal hours, and give away a watch!
29: Finger Flying
Feb 28, 2018 • 69 min
Seth and Dan talk about mob debts, Helmut Sinn, why blue is best, missing case backs, the fate of Baselworld, and yet another giveaway.
28: Lip, Dip, Paint
Feb 20, 2018 • 79 min
Seth and Dan talk about visiting ADs with great courage, high beats, and lume.
27: The Toolest of Tool Watches
Jan 8, 2018 • 60 min
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
Dec 19, 2017 • 70 min
Seth and Dan talk about Raketa, bellmatics, good detective work, bracelets vs. straps, Oris watches, and harrowing repair stories.
25: A Small Clock
Dec 4, 2017 • 73 min
Dan and Seth talk about the history and styles of watch straps, when watches yield special treatment, and more.
24: So Many Paperclips
Nov 27, 2017 • 92 min
Dan and Seth talk about the superior vs. superlative chronometers, watch winders (good or bad?), manually wound watches, and the best value proposition in new, modern automatic watches.
23: A Conversation Piece
Nov 14, 2017 • 71 min
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 new vintage.
22: Watches in Space!
Nov 1, 2017 • 71 min
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 into space.
21: The Back of a Napkin
Oct 24, 2017 • 62 min
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 announce the winner of the vintage watch giveaway.
20: Frickin’ Laser Beams
Oct 11, 2017 • 54 min
Seth and Dan discuss the newly announced sub-$500 Tissot, the new atomic clock, affordable automatics, and tuning fork movements.
19: A Rather Stubborn Oyster
Sep 30, 2017 • 77 min
Seth and Dan talk about Rolex, Hamilton, and the history and validity of water resistance.
18: From Historians to Hoarders
Sep 15, 2017 • 70 min
Seth and Dan talk about watch collecting, entry-point watches, and categorize the different types of collectors.
17: The 7 Place Sweep
Sep 6, 2017 • 65 min
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 chronometers.
16: For Whom the Bell-Matic Tolls
Aug 30, 2017 • 59 min
Seth and Dan talk about alarm watches, watch forums, and (unfortunately) hurricanes.
15: Doing Math on Your Watch
Aug 22, 2017 • 61 min
This week, Seth and Dan talk about bezels, doing math on your watch, magnetism, and more.
14: Grand Design
Aug 3, 2017 • 56 min
Seth and Dan talk about Seiko’s Grammar of Design, horological pacemakers, women’s watch options, and more.
13: Baby Bull
Jul 17, 2017 • 63 min
Seth and Dan talk about chronographs and shock resistance.
12: Electromagnetic Breaks
Jun 26, 2017 • 61 min
Seth and Dan talk about hi-beat watches, the Seiko Springdrive, modern vs. vintage, and more.
11: Beta One
Jun 20, 2017 • 76 min
Seth and Dan talk about the history of quartz watches, affordable modern timepieces, and more.
10: Horsefish
Jun 12, 2017 • 70 min
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 22, 2017 • 68 min
Take a trip with Seth’s in his time machine as he talks with Dan about the history of the chronograph.
8: Modding
May 8, 2017 • 74 min
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.
7: The Conspiracy of Bad Hands
May 1, 2017 • 67 min
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 watches, and announce the winner of the Vintage Watch giveaway.
6: ETA What?
Apr 20, 2017 • 76 min
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
Apr 10, 2017 • 86 min
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 casebacks, watch boxes, watch rolls, acrylic crustals, important watch tools, and the evils of watch…
4: Tourbillionaire
Apr 3, 2017 • 63 min
Seth and Dan talk about the grey market, Jomashop, fixed budget purchases, servicing watches, tourbillions and complications, minute repeaters, chronographs, Rolex, Omega, and the Seiko bubble.
3: It’s Not a Spice
Mar 27, 2017 • 70 min
Seth and Dan share their thoughts about and favorite watches and news from Baselworld 2017. They also discuss JDM, Grand Seiko, fashion vs. movement, and the Apple Watch, and take a handful of great listener questions.
2: Postal Officer Willie
Mar 20, 2017 • 64 min
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, the risks of wearing a vintage watch, water resistance, Basalworld, and how Seth ruined Dan’s enjoyment…
1: Symbiosis
Mar 17, 2017 • 59 min
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 watches, vintage divers, the importance of original parts, and the attraction to vintage Seiko. The hosts also…