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It's hard to believe it, but we’re officially halfway through the year. As 2019 reaches its midpoint, we figured it was about time that we take a minute to look back at what the year in watches has looked like so far. All the major trade shows are behind us, all the major brands and groups have dropped their biggest releases, and there has been enough time for collectors and enthusiasts to have myriad reactions to the latest crop of watches.*
We were able to get senior editor Jon Bues, editor-in-chief Jack Forster, and senior writer James Stacey in the studio to go over this all point by point. We get into everyone's favorite watches, the pieces they were hoping to see but haven't yet, the biggest surprises from the year's first six months, and the trends that are dominating the current watch landscape. We also asked everyone to offer up their hottest take on the watch world right now and we got some pretty great responses. Whether you've been following every single introduction since January 1st or are looking to catch up on six months of watch drops in an hour, you're going to like this one, I promise.
We hope you enjoy Episode 48 of HODINKEE Radio. Check out the show notes below and let us know what you think in the comments.
Wrist Check

Four editors means four watches. And, to be honest, it would be tough to put together a quartet of timepieces here at HODINKEE HQ that would be more intriguing than these four. First up we've got Jack rocking the new Cartier Santos-Dumont in stainless steel. Yes, that's a quartz Cartier we're talking about. On Jon's wrist is an Omega Speedmaster MK40, which is a pretty special watch around these parts. It inspired the creation of this tribute piece, not to mention the existence of this site in the first place. Next up is James, who rolled in wearing a super cool vintage Buren that satisfies his current love of all things "gold and old" – plus it's got a cool running minutes counter for timing basic events. Finally, I was wearing my usual standby, my Rolex Explorer 1016 with a gilt dial and a stretch Oyster bracelet. With temperatures hitting the 90s on the day we recorded, you can bet I was going to be wearing something on a bracelet.
Show Notes

HODINKEE's SIHH 2019 Coverage
HODINKEE's Baselworld 2019 Coverage*
Inside All Four Rolex Manufacturing Facilities
Rolex GMT-Master II on Jubilee Bracelet
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak "Jumbo" Extra-Thin Salmon Dial
Seiko SLA033 Reissue
Citizen Eco Drive Cal. 0100
Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 Limited Edition
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time Prototype
Cory Richards, VC ambassador and photographer
Cartier Santos-Dumont
IWC Spitfire Collection
John Mayer's IWC Aquatimer Jacques Cousteau
The Solid Gold Doxa Sub 200
Omega To Resume Production of Cal. 321
A History of The Rolex Milgauss
Tudor Black Bay Chrono Steel And Gold
Tudor P01
The Q Timex
The Timex Marlin
Oris Divers Sixty-Five "Bico" In Steel And Bronze
CODE 11.59 By Audemars Piguet
Monaco Grand Prix
Jason Heaton's Vintage Doxa T-Graph Story
James's Rolex Explorer Review