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  • Is it safe to buy pre-order watches on Kickstarter?

    Is it safe to buy pre-order watches on Kickstarter?

    “No need to worry, Mark is just taking his time, focusing on perfecting our watches rather than updating the backers on every single detail.” The comforting words are coming from a fellow Kickstarter.com project backer on the ‘backers only’ Facebook group. Here, Mark Rogers, founder of Nardi watches has been communicating regularly with his backers […]


  • My watch collection #3 Gruppo Gamma Divemaster

    My watch collection #3 Gruppo Gamma Divemaster

    After browsing dive watches for hours on end I finally came across a pre-order watch from Singapore based microbrand Gruppo Gamma. Gruppo Gamma was mainly known for their Panerai hommages in 2016 but with the Divemaster they created something inspired by vintage divers but yet fully unique. The Divemaster was a chunky diver spanning 44 […]


  • My watch collection #2 Orient Ray

    My watch collection #2 Orient Ray

    It doesn’t take long for anyone getting into watches to find out about Orient. The brand is usually positioned as Seiko’s arch nemesis with a slightly friendlier price tag. Orient does in fact make very good value watches with in-house mechanical movements. It’s not strange then that Orient was my first mechanical watch to ever […]


  • My watch collection #1 Autodromo Prototipo

    My watch collection #1 Autodromo Prototipo

    The Prototipo from UK microbrand Autodromo was my first flirt with watches other than my own bamboo watches since I started Gloriousdays. I’d had my eyes on the Prototipo for a long time before I bought it. It was just one of those designs that speaks to you. The model is since long sold out […]


  • What complications and features should I look for in a watch?

    What complications and features should I look for in a watch?

    In this day and age we rarely wear watches with time keeping as the main reason. If you haven’t opted for a smart watch you are most likely wearing one as a style accessory. That was not always the case however. Wrist watches, and pocket watches before that, were crucial tools in both professional and […]


  • 7 sexy 70’s styled chronographs from affordable to luxury

    7 sexy 70’s styled chronographs from affordable to luxury

    The 1970’s produced some of the most interesting watch designs of modern time. It was a time where mechanical watches still filled a function, be it for diving, racing or navigating. That combined with the funky aesthetics of the decennium produced some bright and iconic chronographs. The chronograph watch face in particular lent itself to […]


  • My two grail watches

    My two grail watches

    A grail watch is a watch collector’s term for the most desirable watch a person can think of. It’s normally an expensive watch, hard to obtain. If money or scarcity wasn’t an issue, the grail watch is the watch the person wants the most. I have two grail watches. They are not the normal Speedy, […]


  • What affects the fit of a wrist watch?

    What affects the fit of a wrist watch?

    When I started wearing watches I didn’t even consider what size it was. I assume a lot of people don’t until they try on a watch that is so over or under sized that it doesn’t feel right. Well, that feeling depends on a couple of parameters in the watch. Today we’re looking at those […]


  • The making of Clipper and Catalina – Two retro looking bamboo watches inspired by exploration.

    The making of Clipper and Catalina – Two retro looking bamboo watches inspired by exploration.

    Have you noticed that Gloriousdays has two watch lines? The original Bambu line and the Explorer line. Catalina and Clipper belong to the Explorer line which is inspired by seaplanes of the past. I have a strong affinity for the romance surrounded by nautical exploration and my favourite watch style can be found in retro […]


  • 2012 – 2022: Gloriousdays Bamboo Watches has reached its final chapter

    2012 – 2022: Gloriousdays Bamboo Watches has reached its final chapter

    Ten years ago I started a new watch brand. With a bit of money to spare and an idea to create a brand and launch a product on my own, I set out to source white label designs on the Chinese wholesale sites. It was a steep learning curve. I knew nothing about import and […]