What's the time, Mr Nixon?

Watches Whatever the right hand findeth to do, the left hand carries a watch on its wrist to show how long it takes to do it.


- Ralph W. Sockman



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I am not lying when I say it took me around half of my life to even consider wearing a timepiece, and off the top of my head it's only been the past two or three years that I've been wearing one regularly. To be completeIy honest I don't know much about watches, apart from the odd mechanical movement and crown. For my birthday a few years back I scored a vintage watch that is older than me and still ticking strong, but that's about where my knowledge stops.


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I do, however, love being educated about different products and was really thrilled to be invited to the opening of the new Nixon store in Chadstone shopping centre a couple of weeks ago. I've known about Nixon for a while - they've got a reputation for keeping their products straightforward and word on the street is that they "make the little shit, better". 

At the launch I was lucky enough to meet Willie Marshall aka Nixon's Senior Marketing Manager, who took me through the history of the brand. From their humble beginnings back in Southern California where the skate and surf culture is high, through to their alignment with all kinds of personalities; from athletes to rock-stars, retailers and loyalists, uniting them with affordable/quality watches. While they may not be the fully handcrafted timepieces that fetch 30k+, you can be guaranteed that a Nixon watch will look good and not fall apart. 

Personally like the simplicity; not too many dials or gadgets, little to no numbers, a leather wristband that molds to my wrist, a dial no more than 38mm (I have small wrists) and preferably gold as it's more warmer than stainless steel or silver. 



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My pick of the new collection - the Sentry 38 Leather in rose gold (Brass), for all the tech-heads here are the details:

Movement:

Miyota Japanese quartz 3 hand movement.

Dial:

The dial features applied indices and custom molded hands.

Case:

38mm, 100 meter/10ATM custom solid stainless steel case, fixed stainless steel bezel, hardened mineral crystal, double gasket stainless steel crown, stainless steel screw down caseback and spring pin lugs.

Band:

21mm leather strap with stainless steel buckle.

To finish the evening off I was lucky enough to win the lucky door prize; a fully stocked whiskey barrel briefcase filled with treats from Bulliet Whiskey, Ran Ban, Bellroy and (of course) Nixon.

                                                                                  Photo by Tuyet Do