Tom Austin


Tom discovered watches at the young age of around 5, fascinated by a digital Super Mario Bros watch which was devastatingly lost on a Spanish holiday. Clearly scarred for life, Tom has spent the last 30 years attempting to recover from that tragedy by becoming a lifelong watch collector and enthusiast.

Tom’s taste has since matured from 90’s plastic cartoon watches and now favours Steel Sports watches with a bit more refinement. With a background in engineering and business management, Tom finds watches are a fun escape from all that stuff.

My favourite watch: Like picking a favourite song, it’s almost impossible for me, but I guess it’s whatever I get drawn to most when opening the box, and usually that tends to be my Rolex GMT Master II 116710BLNR. On my wrist during some of the most memorable parts of my adult life, it’s the one I couldn’t do without.

My Finale watch: A black dial Rolex Daytona 6240, I’m a guy who loves details and nuances which make a particular piece rare and collectible. For me nothing beats 4 digit Rolex Cosmographs and Daytonas for this. I also love that Rolex could barely give these away back in the day too, it makes me smile.

Articles by Tom Austin

Hamilton comes to the rescue with the Khaki Pilot Air Glaciers
10 of the best MIL-SPEC watches
Fears brings back the best of British, with the Brunswick 38
Van Cleef & Arpels captures the poetry of nature, timekeeping and luxury with their new collection
You want dial colours? Nomos has the answer!
Baume & Mercier take the Riviera to the next level with the new Riviera Squelette
Every Chopard release of Watches & Wonders 2024
Baume & Mercier goes for a traditional and modern mix for Watches and Wonders
Every Hermès release from Watches & Wonders 2024
Bulgari sets a new world record & unveils red carpet-ready releases ahead of Watches and Wonders 2024
5 of the best watches to hand down to the next generation
The most unconventional timekeepers, for those who have gotten bored of easily telling the time
Life on the left side with the Rolex GMT-Master II “Sprite”
The Brew Metric Retro Dial says it’s bean time
5 exciting contemporary microbrands to watch in 2024
How to look after your mechanical watch
Time to tee off streetwear style with the TAG Heuer Connected Calibre E4 Malbon Golf Edition
The Hanhart 417 ES Moby Dick recaptures the vibes of a historical rare bird
Watches, NFTs and the digital age: where can we possibly go from here?
Speake-Marin’s Minute Repeater Carillon is a modern take on the sonnerie watch
Five watch trends Tom wants to see more of in 2024
Five Rolex predictions we would love to see made real in 2024
What does “limited edition” actually mean in the watch world?
5 of the best annual calendar watches
Looking back at last year’s Bulova x Marc Anthony 2023 Collection
5 annoying watch trends that should disappear for 2024
Five of the most influential watch designers and their creations
Everything you need to know about the most common watch materials
Celebrating complication with the most complicated watches of all time
6 of the best big watches giving big luxury
How the Christopher Ward C1 Bel Canto strikes a chord with enthusiasts
Cars and chronometers – the best driving watches you can buy
5 of the best Roman numeral watches
10 of the best 40th birthday gift watches
A reinvented flagship – the Seiko Prospex Marinemaster 1965
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Enamel Hokusai shows a watch as a literal work of art