The Most Popular Watch Stories of 2018

Deep dives into esoteric subjects, the watches that our staff are in love with — here is the most popular Gear Patrol watch content of 2018.

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Sometimes it’s possible to predict what sort of watch content is going to be popular — Watches Under $1,000, for example. Everybody wants a good watch under $1,000. Hell, I’d like a free watch, actually, though I’d take a good one under $1,000. But a deep dive into the history of the NATO strap? Good for you guys — evidently, tens of thousands of you found this as fascinating to read as we did to write. And The 14 Watches Our Staff Can’t Live Without? We’re flattered that you care what adorns our wrists!

Here are some of the most popular watch stories of 2018 (according to The Internet), from buying guides, to deep historical content, to our favorite staff watches — we hope you (continue to) enjoy. And thanks for reading.


The 30 Best Affordable Watches Under $1,000

From $80 to a cool grand, these are the best watches to get when you don't want to spend a fortune.

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15 Incredible Dive Watches Under $1,000

There's a myriad of great divers you can buy for a few hundred bucks.

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The Fascinating and Humble History of the NATO Watch Strap

From military roots to modern style.

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These Are the 14 Watches Our Staff Can’t Live Without

Our whole staff is not made up of explicit watch nerds, but our line of work creates a natural appreciation for timepieces.

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The 11 Best Ultra-Thin Watches You Can Buy in 2020

Ten mechanical watches that clock in under 9mm.

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The 10 Best Small Watches You Can Buy Today

With a new focus on vintage-inspired looks, watchmakers are starting to shrink their products.

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The 12 Best Dive Watches at Every Budget

The best dive watches combine old-school style and genuine underwater usability.

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The Best Dive Watches: Wear These All Summer Long

High-end divers — including examples from Seiko, Zodiac, Oris, Sinn and Doxa — that aren't afraid to get knocked around.

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These Are the Watches We’re Obsessing Over in April 2018

We're flipping our lids over a Grand Seiko, a blue-dialed Speedmaster, a 'Smokey and the Bandit' Timex (really) and more.

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Kind of Obsessed: This Under-the-Radar Mechanical Watch Made Me A Watch Nerd

This automatic mechanical watch launched my full-blown watch obsession.

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These Are the Watches We’re Obsessing Over in July 2018

We're flipping our lids over a Unimatic diver, a quartz Rolex, a Gold Speedmaster and more.

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11 Watches from Baselworld You Can Actually Afford

It would be a mistake to call Baselworld a show about accessible timepieces, but affordable watches always elbow their way in.

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The 25 Best Chronograph Watches of 2020

This comprehensive guide to chronographs covers history, important terms to know, and the 25 best models available this year, thus far.

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The 10 Best Vintage Watches Under $1,000, According to Experts

You can get a ton of watch for your money on the vintage market.

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This Year in Gear


Just like that, 2018 has come and gone. Take a look back at the best of what the past 365 days had to offer in This Year in Gear

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