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Apr 20, 2023

The Grey NATO – 235 – Collection Inspection Vol. 11 (Vintage Edition)

The Collection Inspection is back with a special twist as both of the selected watches are not only vintage but also weird takes on the ...  format of a chronograph. For the eleventh installment of this show type, James has brought his quirky but useful (and very gold) Buren MinStop and Jason has his tough and technical Aquastar Benthos 500. It’s a fun trip down memory lane as the TGN boys dig into what they like about these watches, how they came to own each example, and more.

A Dive Into Time

Despite being one of the most innovative and progressive watch companies of the 1960's and 1970's, there was very little known about Aquastar until now. In late 2020 the company was resurrected and released a new version of the iconic Deepstar dive watch. To coincide with this event, A Dive Into Time was also published.

Double or Nothing (Double O, #1)

Read 145 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The start of a brand-new trilogy following MI6's Double 0 agents with a license to kill, t...

The Grey NATO - 205 - Bond Author Kim Sherwood On 'Double Or Nothing'

We're back from our summer break and it's with a very special episode featuring a chat between Jason and Kim Sherwood. This is a huge treat for the show as Kim is a writer and Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh and she was recently selected to write a trio of Double O novels based in the James Bond universe.
Marathon Watch North America

Glow-in-the-Dark Clip Compass

MULTIPURPOSE: Ideal for any outdoor, survival, professional, or emergency setting. Can be used by military, rescue teams, campers, and guides. DURABLE: Built to withstand harsh conditions while being lightweight and compact. Dust and splash resistant. GLOW IN THE DARK: Rotating bezel glows in the dark for low-lit situa

Apple Watch Ultra

Apple Watch Ultra. Rugged and capable, with precision dual-frequency GPS, up to 36-hour battery life, and three bands for athletes of all kinds.

Suunto Zoop Yellow - Easy-to-operate dive computer

At the heart of every Suunto dive computer is an algorithm - the reduced gradient bubble model (RGBM) - that calculates decompression for a dive. Relentlessly pursuing ever best models for divers of all types, Suunto continues to push for RGBM perfection. Suunto has been developing RGBM algorithms together with Dr. Bruce Wienke for well over a decade.

Just Because: The Buren MinStop

With a vintage watch, the source is everything and, while there is certainly less skin in the game if you're comparing this relatively inexpensive Buren to something like a Daytona or Submariner, you still want to get it right. In the world of sub $1,000 vintage fun finds, my go-to is Retrowatchguy.com.


Vintage watches for all price points. Vintage Chronographs, vintage divers, vintage sports watches, and vintage dress watches

The Grey NATO - 227 - Jason Gallop And The Fire That Almost Ended His Family Watch Business

This episode has been a couple of years in the making and it is guest hosted by watchmaker, diver, raconteur, and friend-of-the-show, Jason Gallop. As many of you already know, Jason is the proprietor Roldorf & Co, a watch business in Vancouver, Canada that offers both sales and service.

The Grey NATO - 48 - Collection Inspection Vol. 5

Collection Inspection is back with Jason's Doxa SUB200 T.Graph Searambler and James' Silvana Skin Diver! It's a double vintage episode! Add to that the new Longines Avigation BigEye, "The Kraken" in Bonaire, a NATO giveaway from Kill Hubris and Crown & Buckle, and much more.

Benthos 500

Now that Aquastar is firmly back in the public eye thanks to the success of the Deepstar 2020, I thought it might be fun to review some of their vintage watches. As the Benthos 500 is probably the watch that everyone wants Aquastar to reissue next, it seemed like a good place to start.
Depth Charge

Depth Charge

Depth Charge is an old school thriller with an eye for detail, cunning villains, and narrow escapes. The story is full of wartime secrets, the intersection of religion and politics, and the arcane world of deep technical diving.