The Grey Nato - Ep 34 - Q&A Awayisode

This week, with both James and Jason off diving, we are cutting through our backlog of Q&A with some excellent questions. From grab-and-go quartz watches to GMTs, smaller divers, risky activities and field watches, your questions are our pleasure! If you have a question for us, please write We will be back in two weeks with a full download from James’ Clipperton Expedition and Jason’s dives with Bell & Ross and Sinn. Thanks for listening, just press play. 


Question 1 - Justin - Cheap grab and go quartz watches

Sunnto Core

GShock 5600

Casio PRW3000

Garmin Forerunner

Scurfa Diver 1

Victorinox Original

Citizen diver/ecodrive

Seiko Solar


Question 2 - Ben Brown - Where’s the GMT?

Bernhart Binnacle GMT II

Seiko 12 hour bezel mod via yobokies


Question 3 - Daniel from Pittsburg - Dive watches under 40mm and sub $1k

Oris 65

Halios Seaforth

Marathon Mid Size TSAR

Used Omega Mid Size 300m

Raven Trekker 40

Unimatic watches for 2017


Question 4 - Lee - Push Button GMTs

Glashutte Original Sport EVO Diver GMT

 Oris Classic Worldtimer


Question 5 - Chris - Risky Activities/Rebreathers

James driving fast cars

Swimming from Alcatraz

Ice Diving


Question 7 - Jose - What about field watches?!

Marathon Navigator

Vintage Benrus Type I or II

Hamilton Khaki Field


Tudor Ranger


Question 8 - Matt, UK - Wear the cool watch in service or no?

Rolex Sea-Dweller 116660 or even a 16660

Wear the Bremont 😃







The Grey Nato - Ep 33 - The Perfect Watch Trio

What three watches would you get if you has $10k to spend? Based on a simple but thought-provoking question sent in by TGN listener Matt, Jason and James dive into the idea of a perfect watch trio, from how to pick the watches to the philosophy behind perfecting the blend of sporty, diver, chrono, GMT, titanium, quartz and more. If you want to weigh in, send us your perfect trio via email to Also in the show, James is prepping for a trip into the South Pacific, Jason is back from St. Barts, and the winner of our Unimatic Giveaway - listen to find out if it was you! Finally, tweed and whisky in scotland, the rules of professional speeding and a list of great gear to kick off the camping/hiking season. Just press play, thanks for listening! 

St Barts

RM Diver

Clippterton Expedition

Clipperton Islands

Sony A6500

Topo Quick Pack

Tom Bihn packing cube


Perfect 3 Watch Collection for under $10k 

Eterna Super KonTiki 1973 LE

Rolex Explorer II 16570

Seiko SBGM021

Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope

Sinn EZM 10

Tudor Heritage Chrono

Bremont Boeing Chronograph


James’ Trio:


Seiko SRP777

Used Breitling Aerospace E56026






Halios Tropik or Seaforth


Jason’s Trio:


Speedy Vintage

Citizen Aqualand ana/digi


- or -


Grand Seiko GMT

Rolex Sub (5513 or 14060)






Doxa Sub 300 Pro

Junghans Chronoscope


Under $1000?




Seiko 6117-6400 Worldtimer





Vintage diver of some sort 

Seiko Worldtimer 


Alex Roy

Cannon Ball

Brock Yates

"Alex Roy's Rules of Professional Speeding"

“When Ocean’s 11 Met Pebble Beach”

“The Coldest Cannonball Run Record. On Record"

"Diving Into The Unknown" (movie)

Outside Online 20 Pieces of Gear Under $20

“Men On a Mission: A Hunt for Whisky and Tweed in Scotland”





The Grey Nato - Ep 32 - Great Watches Under $250

This week we’re talking watches under $250. “Cheap” doesn’t have to mean junky or disposable, especially when it comes to watches. From Seiko and Citizen to Swatch, there is a lot to be excited about under 250 bucks, sometimes WAY under. To close this episode, James got some new pants, Jason is monitoring the shipping forecast for the UK and we found “Blue Water, White Death” in HD. Just press play and thanks for listening! Send your questions to


St Barths

RM32 Flyback Chronograph Diver

Clipperton Expedition with Oris

Sony a6500


Vostock Amphibia

Seiko SKX007

Seiko SRP775

Seiko 5 SNZG15j

Seiko Baby Monster

Seiko Prospex Solar SNE435

GShock 5600

Protrek 270

Protrek 3000

Citizen Nighthawk

Citizen BL-5250

Citizen BNO151-09L Diver

Citizen Aqualand II

Orient Mako II

Marathon Navigator Quartz

Sistem 51


Cheapest Watch Challenge

Timex Expedition Scout ($37.49)

Casio A500WA-1ACF ($24.55)


The BBC Shipping Forecast

“The Men Who Chased Shipwrecks”

Eddie Bauer Guide Pro Pants

"Blue Water, White Death" (HD, iTunes)

Patagonia and North Face 1 Puffer Jacket at a Time

The Grey Nato - Ep 31 - The Baselworld 2017 Megasode

The guys are back from Switzerland and after a bit of time to collect their thoughts, they’re ready to talk watches! From inside impressions of the show to the latest and greatest from the likes of Rolex, Omega, Tag, Nomos, Seiko, Blancpain and even Rado (and more). Also, James has a “new” watch, and it’s all Jason’s fault. Finally, listen carefully as we have a new giveaway, so if oyu want a crack at a free (and sold out) watch, just press play. Thanks for listening!


Breitling Aerospace E56062

Muyshondt Flieger

Unimatic Modello Duo GIVEAWAY!!!!


Tudor Black Bay Chrono

Tudor Black Bay 41

Tudor Black Bay Steel

Tudor Black Bay S+G


Rolex Seadweller

Rolex Sky-Dweller


Tag Heuer Heritage Calibre 02 Autavia


Sinn 104 (white dial)

Sinn 103 SA ST E

Sinn EMZ 12

Jason's Piece for Hodinkee

Sinn 240 GZ

Sinn 356 SA FLIEGER 3 (silver dial)


Nomos Club Campus

Nomos Ahoi Neomatik


Omega 60th Trilogy

Omega Speedmaster Racing

Omega Aqua Terra Railmaster


Seiko SLA017 62MAS re-issue

Modern Reinterpretation Prospex SPB05x

Grand Seiko SBGH255/257 Diver

Grand Seiko First Edition

Grand Seiko SBGR305


Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC


Rado Hyperchrome Captain Cook


Oris Chonoris

Oris Big Crown 1917 LE

Oris Aquis Staghorn LE

Oris Aquis Hammerhead LE


ABTW Vlogs









The Grey Nato - Ep 30 - Pre Basel + Q&A

Your just-barely-ahead-of-Baselworld Pre-Basel episode with a little Q&A thrown in for some added fun. Jason and James chat about what they think might come out at the show, the various anniversaries that must be represented in some way, and which meetings they are most looking forward too. Next up, James put a (brief) end to his camera hunt and the guys have a solid set of final notes spanning balloon travel and experimental funk (click the links!). Finally, we close the show with a trio of listener questions - if you have a question, send it your way to - just press play, thanks for listening!



50th Anniversary Watches:

Current Rolex Sea-Dweller

Current Omega Seamaster line

Current Omega Speedmaster line 

Current Omega Railmaster


Eterna KonTiki 70th

Seiko SBDX019 (62MAS)

Citizen EcoZilla 

Citizen F100


Tenba Bag

Toppo Briefcase

Uniqlo Jacket


Canon 5D MK IV

Nikon DF


Richard Branson's "Don't Look Down”


Holy Trinties


"Wait For The Moment”

"It Gets Funkier”



AlpinaD Diver Heritage

Halios Laguna II

Watchgecko Tropic

Squinky Tropic Straps

Oris 65

Halios Seaforth


Unimatic Watches

Archimede Flieger

Autodromo Group B

Halios Seaforth 

The Grey Nato - Ep 29 - The Bremont Field Report

Our new website is live: (a special thank you to Trevor Boyson for all of your help and guidance getting the website off the ground!)

Episode 29 is a field report that was recorded face-to-face in London at the Bremont Townhouse. As Bremont is not attending Basel, they invited press and retailers to come visit them on their home turf so Jason and James were visiting the popular UK-based brand to see their latest 2017 lineup. The guys chat about the trip, Bremont, and most importantly, the new watches! 

After that, we’ve got a mix of vintage space, trans globe adventuring, and the guys wax poetic about TGN demigod Dick Proenneke. Just press play and thanks so much for listening! 

Bremont Watches

Summary of the new models


Our new website! -

Trevor Boyson - (thanks for the help!)


Turbine coffee table:

Kenton Cool

George Bullard

Alex Gregory

Supermarine S500

SOLO white


Bremont S300

S300 Blue

Bremont S301

AIRCO Mach 1

AIRCO Mach 2


Jaguar MK II White

Norton V4/RR

America’s Cup AC35

America’s Cup AC-R-II

Solo 32 RG




Seiko Quartz Chrono from Harrier Pilot

Rolex Sea-Dweller Great White

Ben Saunders

Jake Meyers


Vintage Space

Reddit Ultralight Community

“To The Ends of The Earth” (book, Ranulph Fiennes)

“Alone In The Wilderness: The Dick Proenneke Story” (link was pulled down, will look for more)

The Grey Nato - Ep 28 - Rolex

This week we're going deep on Rolex, just as we did in Episode 20 for Seiko. From our shared love of their sport watches to the various phases of Rolex appreciation that the average watch guy will experience, we try and get a handle on what makes this massive brand so appealing. After that, we've got ice diving, camera chat, new straps and John Wick Chapter II. Stay buckled in for Final Notes to hear about one of our favorite car reviewers and a listener who snagged a lovely vintage T-Graph. Just press play and thanks for listening!


Jason Icediving

John Wick II

Fujifilm X100T

Canon EOS M5

Sony A7II S

Rover Haven straps

Jason's Rover Haven strap



Jack's Article

Rolex Submariner

Rolex 16570 Explorer II

Rolex Explorer

Seiko SKX007

Seiko SRP777

Doxa 50th Sub 300


Henry Catchpole

     - "Aston Martin N430 on Scotland's Greatest Driving Road"

     - "Driving Sharkwerks' Porsche Cayman GT4"

     - "The Greatest Driving Road in the World? Porsche Boxster GTS on Majorca"


What Happened to Rob Stewart?

Bon Iver: Full Concert NPR Front Row Music

Matt's Doxa T-Graph - -


The Grey Nato - Ep 27 - Future Classic Watches

This week we’re tackling the idea of Future Classics. Watches that we will look back on in 30+ years with fondness and perhaps the urge to acquire. Also, flashlights, as James has gone off the deep end with a selection of hugely impressive torches from Muyshondt. Finally, we’ve got a new news platform, some TGN-approved Sci-Fi, and a time-lapse tour of some long dead military hardware. Just press play and thanks so much for listening!

Muyshondt Maus MK I
Muyshondt Aeon MK III
Sierra Trading Post
Rab Sentinal softshell
ALPS Caldera 5500 Backpack

Future Classics:
Bremont MBII
Tudor Pelagos
Sinn U1
IWC 3548
IWC 3536
IWC 3548-06 Cousteau LE
IWC 3717
JLC Master Compressor Diver
A Lange and Sohne

North of Parallel
Xiaomi Mi Band 2
Military Boneyard Timelapse

The Grey Nato - Ep 26 - Field Report SIHH 2017

"LIVE" from James' hotel room at SIHH 2017, we're talking all about Geneva's biggest watch show. From gear revelations to fav watches and a fresh (and non-watch related) set of final notes, it was a treat to record this face to face. Please forgive the lesser-than-normal audio quality and thanks so much for listening!

James’ Raven Trekker 40 Review
James’ 6117-6400
Jason’s Speedy on a kangaroo leather nato
Topo Briefcase
Uniqlo Jacket
Tenba pouch
Tenba DNA 15
James’ Vlog series for SIHH 2017

MB&F Aquapod
Richard Mille RM-03 McLaren F1
Cartier Drive Extra Flat
JLC Master Control 2017
Triton Subphotique
GP Laureato
GP 1966 WW.TC
Panerai 42mm Submersible
AP ROO Diver
UN LeLoce Diver
UN Innovision II
Jason's 12 Best Watches of SIHH 2017 with GP
#SpeedyTuesday Special Edition

Tanatalus Ski Video
Patagoinia Youtube Channel
How I Built This Podcast (w/ Yvon Chouinard)
A Gathering of Giants

The Grey Nato - Ep 25 - Dream Watches 2017

WE’RE BACK! Happy New year! On this episode we mix up the format a little with new business at the top, then our main topics and final notes for dessert (WE ALSO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE #WATCHMAXTGN GIVEAWAY). This week we are focusing on our Dream Watches of 2017, from more GMT to just more sport watches in general, these are the watches we are hoping fro from SIHH and Baselworld. Thanks so much for listening, send your comments and questions to!

GoPro Hero 5
Kjus Sightline Ski Jacket
Fenix UC02SS Flashlight
Bestek Charger
#WatchmaxTGN Seiko SRPA21 giveaway winner @igotthefunk (CONGRATS!)

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms
Pelagos GMT Render from Monochrome
Lange Sports Watch? (no link, maybe someday)
Seiko Worldtimer 6117-6400

The Minimalists
Minimalism documentary
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
The Horn (redbull documentary series)
Rad Roller
Erika’s Originals Black Ops strap

The Grey Nato - Ep 24 - Favs Of 2016

EPISODE 24! For our last show of the year we thought we’d look back at some of our fav topics and items from the past year. From some great dive watches, to new bags, great trips and our favorite final notes. Thanks for listening, just press play! Please note: we will be back on January 10th with Episode 25!

Seiko SRP777
Doxa 50th Anniversary Sub 300
Silvana Skindiver
Seiko 6117-6400
Toxic Natos
ZULUDiver 328 Rubber Nato
Cheap steel bracelet
Erikas Marine Nationale strap

Tenba DNA 15
Patagonia Black Hole

Outside Podcast
Blue Water, White Death

Aquatimer Sharks
"Sharks" book

Clickspring Channel
Six Daily Exercises to Boost Mobility and Balance

The Grey Nato - Ep 23 - Collection Inspection Vol 3

OUR FIRST GIVEAWAY! - Our pal @watchmax on instagram ended up with two Prospex SRPA21 PADI divers and wanted us to give one away - who are we to argue? Listen for all the details! For episode 23 the guys are bringing the Collection Inspection back! Now at Volume 3, James is talking about his much loved Bremont SOLO and Jason continues the aviation theme with his very cool Oris ProPilot Altimeter. For new business, Jason is back from Bonaire with a new dive computer and some underwater time with the Unimatic Modello Uno U1-B and James has gone off the deep end with flashlights (he can’t help himself). Finally, we’ve got a classic collection of car, diving and flying-themed final notes to get you through to the next episode. Speaking of which, please note that we will not have a new episode on January 3rd, 2017 but rather will push EP 25 to January 10th to better synchronize with SIHH. Just press play, thanks for listening!

Bremont Solo
James' review of the Solo
Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter
Jason's review of the Oris Altimeter

Zanlare F1
Light and Motion Gobe
DeepBlu Cosmiq+
Unimatic Modello Uno U-1B
Force Fins
Scuba Pro Twin Jet Max Fins
"I Set the L.A to N.Y. Record in a Morgan 3 Wheeler"
"Rolex presents: The Trieste's Deepest Dive (Extended)"
"The Human Factor"