In which the most popular Rover Haven Blog post ever is updated with a Missing Link watch, new information on the Hamilton 9721 RAF re-issue is brought forth, and some other Bean artifacts surface. Here is a post for classic 1980’s LL Bean freaks and lovers of odd watches.Read More
The Rover Haven Blog
Light hearted writing about watches, life, and the intersection of watches and life.
In which the author documents possibly the last two new 9219’s he will ever need, and recaps the entire Confusing Fall Warbler flock.Read More
The Sinn 104 White. A weekend on the wrist in northern Michigan with the 104 St Sa I W. Hello, One Watch Club?
In which the author takes the beautifully white-dialed Sinn to a beautiful and cold white landscape for a little weekend R&R. Here’s a post for both Sinn fans and One Watch enthusiasts alike.Read More
Just when you thought maybe you’d see only more articles about Swiss Army Knife collecting on the Rover Haven Blog, here comes a week-on-the-wrist review of the Guinand Model 361. Love vintage Sinn chronographs? Tempted by the Hamilton Intramatic Panda, but want something a little (ok, a lot) more exclusive? Read on.Read More
Collecting the Model 1961 Soldier Knife, Part 2: Fun and affordable collectibility meets Swiss Made.
Part 2 of a two-part post on collecting the Model 1961 Soldier’s SAK, in which the hidden details of this venerable tool are traced from its introduction in 1962 to its retirement in 2008. If you love discerning tiny details and studying the evolution of an industrial design masterpiece, this post is for you.Read More
Part 1 of a two-part post, in which the author explores collecting the Model 1961 Swiss Army Knife, which was standard issue to the Swiss armed forces from 1962 to 2008, and its living ancestor, the Pioneer.Read More
Service it, wear it, write it down: Zenith and Omega family heirlooms come home. And prepare to leave again.
Have you inherited a watch? The author has been lucky enough to inherit two, a Zenith pocket watch and an Omega “Seamaster” wrist watch. Quick — think of your own watch that you’ll hand down some day, and then read on….Read More
In which the author describes his on-again-on-again love affair with the well-kept secret of Guinand. Wish you could travel back in time and buy an early Sinn? You can, and it’s called a Guinand.Read More
In which the amazingly good Longines BigEye accompanies the author on a weekend of wine, theater, and family. Love vintage chronographs and all things asymmetrical? You have found your watch.Read More
Sometimes simple is better. Lovers of basic field watches have a new watch to celebrate in Hamilton’s brilliant new no-date Khaki Mechanical ref H694290.Read More
Part 2 of a two-part post on VSAKs, in which the author delves more deeply into favorite implements, cherished models, and modding.Read More
In which the simple functionality of a good dive watch is celebrated in a non-diving activity. If you have ever wondered what it’s like to fish “The Big Lake,” read on.Read More
In which the watch collector’s famous ability to accumulate multiple specimens of the same thing and differentiate the tiniest details can manifest in other ways. Here the author describes how a lifelong interest in Victorinox Swiss Army Knives has turned into a parallel collecting interest.Read More
Wherein the author discusses the second of two Fun Affordable Watches recently discontinued by its manufacturer and why he loves it. If you came here before reading Part 1, you might want to go read that post first.Read More
A two-part post wherein the author expresses his appreciation for a good, cheap watch with Affordable Collector potential. And in Part 2 the No Repeats rule is broken. Again.Read More
In which the author stumbles across a great opportunity to pick up a minty, vintage Hamilton from a friend, and learns all kinds of interesting things about it.Read More
Thanksgiving with the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel. A brilliant new contender for Membership in the One Watch Club.
In which the author is caught off guard and finds a surprising fondness for a previously disregarded brand.Read More
In which the author questions why such things as feet in wrist shots must exist. This one's probably best left unread if you are easily offended...Read More
In which nothing more and nothing less than some of the author's favorite Hamilton chronographs is discussed. Hamilton fans, rejoice.Read More
Head-to-Head Challenge: Omega Planet Ocean Versus Hamilton Khaki Scuba, set against a tour of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
In which the surprisingly similar attributes of these two fine tool watches are considered. Is one more suited to the One Watch Life? Read on to find out.Read More