Rants and Raves

Book Rec- Hands of Time: A Watchmaker’s History

I recently finished Dr. Rebecca Struther’s book Hands of Time: A Watchmaker’s History and would recommend it, especially if you’re interested in some history of horology and concepts of time and the history of how we keep time.

I found out about the book via an interview from the author with a watch podcast (yes, I dig watches…) called The Grey Nato. If you’re interested in her interview the episode # is 272 – link here: https://thegreynato.substack.com/p/272-dr-rebecca-struthers

Oh, The Watch!

A follow up to the previous post for the book!

I forgot to mention that the reason I read had the book to read was that it was a birthday gift. I had a big birthday recently and the book was a gift from my besties. BUT – tied to that was big special gift from the girlfriend. She gave me a really nice new watch.

That watch? Well, it’s a really nice model from Kobold. The model is named after the author of that book- the explorer, Richard Byrd.

It’s a great model- a no-date automatic reminiscent of a classic like an Explorer I. I think it fits me well.

From Kobold’s site:

The new Kobold Richard Byrd Automatic pays tribute to the great American naval aviator and polar explorer Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd. The watch features a black DLC-coated stainless steel case with domed sapphire crystal, screw-down crown and screw-locked caseback. It is powered by a Swiss automatic-winding movement

I didn’t mention this in the book review, but Byrd was really famous during his lifetime and only faded from American memory towards the end of the 20th Century. But back in the day he was a very well-known explorer and a household name.

By the way- I’m always hesitant to blog about watches because it can come off as douchey, but I really like timepieces and watches. I also don’t post watch pics because my phone snapshots don’t do the watches justice.