Hamilton Chrono-Matic Caliber 11: 1st Auto Chronograph
Feb15

Hamilton Chrono-Matic Caliber 11: 1st Auto Chronograph

I love vintage Hamiltons.  I’ve already written about the Hamilton Thin-o-Matic and the Hamilton Ventura.  This post is on the the Hamilton Chrono-Matic Caliber 11 chronograph.  The year is 1969.  And, Omega has just sent a Speedmaster Professional chronograph to the moon strapped to the wrist of some NASA astronauts.  Sadly, the Omega Moon Watch was simply a manual wind.  Had it been an automatic, Neil Armstrong’s famous...

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My Hamilton Ventura… Finally!
Jun19

My Hamilton Ventura… Finally!

In 1957 the Hamilton Watch Co. debuted the Hamilton Electric Ventura and the Van Horn as the first two electric watches.  Both watches utilized the new caliber 500 electric movement, powered by the recently developed Button Battery, the same battery that now powers nearly every battery-powered watch in use today. The Hamilton Electric Van Horn was a conservatively designed round watch with little exterior flair.  Conversely, the...

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Vintage Hamilton Thin-o-Matic
May22

Vintage Hamilton Thin-o-Matic

With the rising popularity of styles from the 1960’s championed in the media by shows like Mad Men and the ill-fated Pan Am, it’s not surprising that the watch industry is bringing back updated versions of popular Don Draper-esque ’60s watches.  Vulcain Watches with their famous Cricket Alarm watch are making a comback.  Audemars Piguet’s Jules Audemars Extra-Thin and Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 line...

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Apple Watch Is Here… (Price, Release Date) $349 Aluminum Apple Watch Sport Is a No-Brainer, but Is a $10K Apple Watch Worth It? Or, Do You Wait for Apple Watch 2 (in Probably a Year)?
Mar10

Apple Watch Is Here… (Price, Release Date) $349 Aluminum Apple Watch Sport Is a No-Brainer, but Is a $10K Apple Watch Worth It? Or, Do You Wait for Apple Watch 2 (in Probably a Year)?

While a $349 Aluminum Apple Watch Sport Is a No-Brainer, But Is a $10K Apple Watch Worth It? Or, Do You Wait for Apple Watch 2 (Which Will Probably Come in Like a Year)? An Apple Watch… am I getting one? Yes. Yes, I am. Mostly become I’m both an Apple addict and a watch addict. But, which is the Apple Watch to get? With 38 different models in two sizes (38 mm and 42 mm) and three different metals (or six if you split rose...

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2013 Year in Review… Cliche, Isn’t It…
Jan01

2013 Year in Review… Cliche, Isn’t It…

So, not only did we survive December 21st, 2012, we’ve made it all the way through 2013.  HA!  Take that Mayans!  Now that it’s 2014 (2014, weird, isn’t it?), I thought I’d do the most cliché thing blog-ily possible.  This is a TickTickVroom.com 2013 Year in Review post.   2013 was a banner year for TTV… a new, fancy-schmancy website, a bunch of cool road and track tests (sooooo much fun) and some...

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User Submitted Stuff
Sep26

User Submitted Stuff

Reader Submitted Tick Tick Vroom-my Stuff: Submit the cool stuff you see In the Wild to: LookWhatISaw@TickTickVroom.com Black Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X in Miami, FL, 3 January 2013. Apparently, the Stig drives a black Evo X in Miami… Submitted by Dan in Miami, FL. Oscar Mayer Wienermobile in Milwaukee, WI, 10 January 2013. Tom submitted these Wienermobile pics, and in the process, he even got a Weenie-Whistle. Submitted by...

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Hands On with the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition
Sep13

Hands On with the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition

Don’t get me wrong.  I got some pretty good birthday presents this year.  A hunter-case Elgin pocket watch from the early 1900s, an R/C helicopter and a big-honkin’ steak.  Like I said, not too shabby.  But my birthday pales in comparison to Jack Heuer’s.  He got, not one, but two limited edition Tag Heuer chronographs for his 80th, the Tag Heuer Carrera Jack Heuer Edition 80 Years and the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre...

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The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Chronograph Doctor’s Watch is Fit For an Unhealthy Obsession
Mar19

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Chronograph Doctor’s Watch is Fit For an Unhealthy Obsession

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Chronograph Doctor’s Watch in Rose Gold Edition of 10 One thing I am absolutely sure of is no matter how many times I write those two words, I will never, ever be able to spell “Girard-Perregaux” without looking it up.  Actually, the same goes for “Koenigsegg”.  Not sure why, but I think it has something to do with the double consonants.  Another thing I am sure of is I have...

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When It Comes to Watches, Older Is Often Better
Apr23

When It Comes to Watches, Older Is Often Better

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m a bit of a watch nut.  I love following the brands.  I love seeing what comes out of SIHH and Baselworld ever year.  And, I love planning my dream collection.   There are a lot of great innovations in materials, complications and technologies out there.  There are some new watches that a most definitely drool-worthy (HYT H1, anything from MB&F, the Audemars Piguet Millenary 4101...

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