Favorite Watches of Paul Hubbard, watchotaku.com

1. What watches do you currently own?

I keep a live list at https://watchotaku.atlassian.net/wiki/display/swr/Watches

In active use: OWC 5517, MIH, Marvin M125 for dress, Helson Blackbeard sometimes. The Oris is out to MCWW for a service and re-lume, and the GO GMT is shelved post-service while I decide if I’m keeping it.

2. Currently, what is your favorite watch that you own and why?

The MIH, definitely.

MIH Watch Review | aBlogtoWatch.com

I’ve had it re-lumed by MCWW, so it’s a unique shade of blue now and suits me perfectly. The deep use of proportion, scale and symmetry, the lack of branding or text, the legibility day and night, and the only watch I know of that actually has month, day and date in the order you’d normally read them off, all in a design that no one, ever, notices or comments on.

Its the perfect way to have a superb everyday high-end watch that doesn’t shout money. All walk, zero talk.

3. What is your grail watch and why?

Not really. If anything, maybe something else from Oechslin (the man behind the MIH movement), i.e. Paul Gerber or ochs und junior. Honestly, I’m pretty checked out of looking right now; what I have I like and there’s little that induces any urgency.

I am occasionally tempted by the current Tudor line (Ranger, North Flag) but not enough to act.

4. In your opinion, what is the best “bang for the buck” watch available today? (new or used)

Helson or Armida, for example the A8:


I should probably hat tip the Seiko 5 series, which are unbeatable for price, but honestly the 7s26 keeps time too poorly for me to recommend them.

5. What is the URL of your watch website, when did you start it, and how do you plan on making it stand out?


I started the site in October of 2009. I’ve also written for WatchReport.com and ablogtowatch.com, but I wanted a site of my own. I spent a lot of time on the glossary, in particular the watch movements.

watchotaku | Movements

And several other topics too arcane or niche for other sites:

watchotaku | Measure Luminosity

watchotaku | Measure Movement Performance

watchotaku | Build a UV Watch Illuminator

My most popular page is easily this one:

watchotaku | Desing and Make your Own Watch

I’ve done a bit of consulting, and it makes me happy to share the information for other folks out there.