The Grey Nato

The Grey Nato


Discussing the finer points of travel, diving, cars, watches and gear. Hosts Jason Heaton and James Stacey break down their love for adventure and the many forms it can take. Have a question? Let us know at


The Grey Nato - Ep 34 - Q&A Awayisode  

This week, with both James and Jason off diving, we are cutting through our backlog of Q&A with some excellent questions. From grab-and-go quartz watches to GMTs, smaller divers, risky activities and field watches, your questions are our pleasure! If you have a question for us, please write We will be back in two weeks with a full download from James’ Clipperton Expedition and Jason’s dives with Bell & Ross and Sinn. Thanks for listening, just press play. Question 1 - Justin - Cheap grab and go quartz watches Sunnto Core GShock 5600 Casio PRW3000 Garmin Forerunner Scurfa Diver 1 Victorinox Original Citizen diver/ecodrive Seiko Solar Question 2 - Ben Brown - Where’s the GMT? Bernhart Binnacle GMT II Seiko 12 hour bezel mod via yobokies Question 3 - Daniel from Pittsburg - Dive watches under 40mm and sub $1k Oris 65 Halios Seaforth Marathon Mid Size TSAR Used Omega Mid Size 300m Raven Trekker 40 Unimatic watches for 2017 Question 4 - Lee - Push Button GMTs Glashutte Original Sport EVO Diver GMT Oris Classic Worldtimer Question 5 - Chris - Risky Activities/Rebreathers James driving fast cars Swimming from Alcatraz Ice Diving Question 7 - Jose - What about field watches?! Marathon Navigator Vintage Benrus Type I or II Hamilton Khaki Field EXP I or EXP II Tudor Ranger Question 8 - Matt, UK - Wear the cool watch in service or no? Rolex Sea-Dweller 116660 or even a 16660 Wear the Bremont!

The Grey Nato - Ep 33 - The Perfect Watch Trio  

What three watches would you get if you has $10k to spend? Based on a simple but thought-provoking question sent in by TGN listener Matt, Jason and James dive into the idea of a perfect watch trio, from how to pick the watches to the philosophy behind perfecting the blend of sporty, diver, chrono, gmt, titanium, quartz and more. If you want to weigh in, send us your perfect trio via email to Also in the show, James is prepping for a trip into the South Pacific, Jason is back from St. Barts, and the winner of our Unimatic Giveaway - listen to find out if it was you! Finally, tweed and whisky in scotland, the rules of professonal speeding and a list of great gear to kick off the camping/hiking season. Just press play, thanks for listening! St Barts RM Diver Clippterton Expedition Clipperton Islands Sony A6500 Topo Quick Pack Tom Bihn packing cube Perfect 3 Watch Collection for under $10k Eterna Super KonTiki 1973 LE Rolex Explorer II 16570 Seiko SBGM021 Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope Sinn EZM 10 Tudor Heritage Chrono Bremont Boeing Chronograph James’ Trio: EXP II Seiko SRP777 Used Breitling Aerospace E56026 -or- EXP II Aerospace Halios Tropik or Seaforth Jason’s Trio: EXP II or GMT II or Speedy Vintage Citizen Aqualand ana/digi - or - Grand Seiko GMT Rolex Sub (5513 or 14060) Aerospace -or- EXP II or GMT II or Doxa Sub 300 Pro Junghans Chronoscope Under $1000? Jason SKX007 Seiko 6117-6400 Worldtimer James SRP777 Vintage diver of some sort Seiko Worldtimer Alex Roy Cannon Ball Brock Yates "Alex Roy's Rules of Professional Speeding" “When Ocean’s 11 Met Pebble Beach” “The Coldest Cannonball Run Record. On Record" "Diving Into The Unknown" (movie) Outside Online 20 Pieces of Gear Under $20 “Men On a Mission: A Hunt for Whisky and Tweed in Scotland”

The Grey Nato - Ep 32 - Great Watches Under $250  

This week we’re talking watches under $250. “Cheap” doesn’t have to mean junky or disposable, especially when it comes to watches. From Seiko and Citizen to Swatch, there is a lot to be excited about under 250 bucks, sometimes WAY under. To close this episode, James got some new pants, Jason is monitoring the shipping forecast for the UK and we found “Blue Water, White Death” in HD. Just press play and thanks for listening! Send your questions to St Barths RM32 Flyback Chronograph Diver Clipperton Expedition with Oris Sony a6500 Vostock Amphibia Seiko SKX007 Seiko SRP775 Seiko 5 SNZG15j Seiko Baby Monster Seiko Prospex Solar SNE435 GShock 5600 Protrek 270 Protrek 3000 Citizen Nighthawk Citizen BL-5250 Citizen BNO151-09L Diver Citizen Aqualand II Orient Mako II Marathon Navigator Quartz Sistem 51 Cheapest Watch Challenge Timex Expedition Scout ($37.49) Casio A500WA-1ACF ($24.55) The BBC Shipping Forecast “The Men Who Chased Shipwrecks” Eddie Bauer Guide Pro Pants "Blue Water, White Death" (HD, iTunes) Patagonia and North Face 1 Puffer Jacket at a Time

The Grey Nato - Ep 31 - The Baselworld 2017 Megasode  

We're back from Switzerland and, after a bit of time to collect our thoughts, we're ready to talk watches! From inside impressions of the show to the latest and greatest from the likes of Rolex, Omega, Tag, Nomos, Seiko, Blancpain and even Rado (and more). Also, James has a “new” watch, and it’s all Jason’s fault. Finally, listen carefully as we have a new giveaway, so if you want a crack at a free (and sold out) watch, just press play. Thanks for listening! Breitling Aerospace E56062 Muyshondt Flieger Unimatic Modello Duo GIVEAWAY!!!! Tudor Black Bay Chrono Tudor Black Bay 41 Tudor Black Bay Steel Tudor Black Bay S+G Rolex Seadweller Rolex Sky-Dweller Tag Heuer Heritage Calibre 02 Autavia Sinn 104 (white dial) Sinn 103 SA ST E Sinn EMZ 12 Jason's Piece for Hodinkee Sinn 240 GZ Sinn 356 SA FLIEGER 3 (silver dial) Nomos Club Campus Nomos Ahoi Neomatik Omega 60th Trilogy Omega Speedmaster Racing Omega Aqua Terra Railmaster Seiko SLA017 62MAS re-issue Modern Reinterpretation Prospex SPB05x Grand Seiko SBGH255/257 Diver Grand Seiko First Edition Grand Seiko SBGR305 Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC Rado Hyperchrome Captain Cook Oris Chonoris Oris Big Crown 1917 LE Oris Aquis Staghorn LE Oris Aquis Hammerhead LE ABTW Vlogs

The Grey Nato - Ep 30 - Pre Basel + Q&A  

Your just-barely-ahead-of-Baselworld Pre-Basel episode with a little Q&A thrown in for some added fun. Jason and James chat about what they think might come out at the show, the various anniversaries that must be represented in some way, and which meetings they are most looking forward too. Next up, James put a (breif) end to his camera hunt and the guys have a solid set of final notes spanning balloon travel and experimental funk (click the links!). Finally, we close the show with a trio of listener questions - if you have a question, send it your way to - just press play, thanks for listening! Baselworld 50th Anniversary Watches: Current Rolex Sea-Dweller Current Omega Seamaster line Current Omega Speedmaster line Current Omega Railmaster Eterna KonTiki 70th Seiko SBDX019 (62MAS) Citizen EcoZilla Citizen F100 Tenba Bag Toppo Briefcase Uniqlo Jacket X100T Canon 5D MK IV Nikon DF Richard Branson's "Don't Look Down” Vulfpeck Holy Trinties “1612” "Wait For The Moment” "It Gets Funkier” Q&A AlpinaD Diver Heritage Halios Laguna II Watchgecko Tropic Squinky Tropic Straps Oris 65 Halios Seaforth Unimatic Watches Archimede Flieger Autodromo Group B Halios Seaforth

The Grey Nato - Ep 29 - The Bremont Field Report  

Our new website is live: (a special thank you to Trevor Boyson for all of your help and guidance getting the website off the ground!) Episode 29 is a field report that was recorded face-to-face in London at the Bremont Townhouse. As Bremont is not attending Basel, they invited press and retailers to come visit them on their home turf so Jason and James were visiting the popular UK-based brand to see their latest 2017 lineup. The guys chat about the trip, Bremont, and most importantly, the new watches! After that, we’ve got a mix of vintage space, trans globe adventuring, and the guys wax poetic about TGN demigod Dick Proenneke. Just press play and thanks so much for listening! Bremont Watches Summary of the new models Our new website! - Trevor Boyson - (thanks for the help!) Turbine coffee table: Kenton Cool George Bullard Alex Gregory Supermarine S500 SOLO white Bremont S300 S300 Blue Bremont S301 AIRCO Mach 1 AIRCO Mach 2 ALT1-P2 Jaguar MK II White Norton V4/RR America’s Cup AC35 America’s Cup AC-R-II Solo 32 RG @Redbarcrew @the_watchnerd Seiko Quartz Chrono from Harrier Pilot Rolex Sea-Dweller Great White Ben Saunders Jake Meyers Vintage Space Reddit Ultralight Community “To The Ends of The Earth” (book, Ranulph Fiennes) “Alone In The Wilderness: The Dick Proenneke Story” (link was pulled down, will look for more)

The Grey Nato - EP 28 - Rolex  

This week we're going deep on Rolex, just as we did in Episode 20 for Seiko. From our shared love of their sport watches to the various phases of Rolex appreciation that the average watch guy will experience, we try and get a handle on what makes this massive brand so appealing. After that, we've got ice diving, camera chat, new straps and John Wick Chapter II. Stay buckled in for Final Notes to hear about one of our favorite car reviewers and a listener who snagged a lovely vintage T-Graph. Just press play and thanks for listening! Visit for full show notes and more Thanks for listening!

The Grey Nato - Ep 27 - Future Classic Watches  

This week we’re tackling the idea of Future Classics. Watches that we will look back on in 30+ years with fondness and perhaps the urge to acquire. Also, flashlights, as James has gone off the deep end with a selection of hugely impressive torches from Muyshondt. Finally, we’ve got a new news platform, some TGN-approved Sci-Fi, and a time-lapse tour of some long dead military hardware. Just press play and thanks so much for listening! Muyshondt Muyshondt Maus MK I Muyshondt Aeon MK III Sierra Trading Post Rab Sentinal softshell ALPS Caldera 5500 Backpack Future Classics: Bremont MBII Tudor Pelagos Sinn U1 IWC 3548 IWC 3536 IWC 3548-06 Cousteau LE IWC 3717 JLC Master Compressor Diver A Lange and Sohne Ressence MB&F North of Parallel Arrival Xiaomi Mi Band 2 Military Boneyard Timelapse

The Grey Nato - Ep 26 - Field Report SIHH 2017  

"LIVE" from James' hotel room at SIHH 2017, we're talking all about Geneva's biggest watch show. From gear revelations to fav watches and a fresh (and non-watch related) set of final notes, it was a treat to record this face to face. Please forgive the lesser-than-normal audio quality and thanks so much for listening! James’ Raven Trekker 40 Review James’ 6117-6400 Jason’s Speedy on a kangaroo leather nato Topo Briefcase Uniqlo Jacket Tenba pouch Tenba DNA 15 James’ Vlog series for SIHH 2017 MB&F Aquapod Richard Mille RM-03 McLaren F1 Cartier Drive Extra Flat JLC Master Control 2017 Triton Subphotique GP Laureato GP 1966 WW.TC Panerai 42mm Submersible AP ROO Diver UN LeLoce Diver UN Innovision II Jason's 12 Best Watches of SIHH 2017 with GP #SpeedyTuesday Special Edition Tanatalus Ski Video Patagoinia Youtube Channel How I Built This Podcast (w/ Yvon Chouinard) A Gathering of Giants

The Grey Nato Ep 25  - Dream Watches 2017  

WE’RE BACK! Happy New year! On this episode we mix up the format a little with new business at the top, then our main topics and final notes for dessert (WE ALSO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE #WATCHMAXTGN GIVEAWAY). This week we are focusing on our Dream Watches of 2017, from more GMT to just more sport watches in general, these are the watches we are hoping fro from SIHH and Baselworld. Thanks so much for listening, send your comments and questions to! GoPro Hero 5 Kjus Sightline Ski Jacket Fenix UC02SS Flashlight Bestek Charger #WatchmaxTGN Seiko SRPA21 giveaway winner @igotthefunk (CONGRATS!) Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Pelagos Pelagos GMT Render from Monochrome JLC Mark XI Lange Sports Watch? (no link, maybe someday) Seiko Worldtimer 6117-6400 The Minimalists Minimalism documentary Hunt for the Wilderpeople The Horn (redbull documentary series) Rad Roller Erika’s Originals Black Ops strap

The Grey Nato - Ep 24 - Favs Of 2016  

EPISODE 24! For our last show of the year we thought we’d look back at some of our fav topics and items from the past year. From some great dive watches, to new bags, great trips and our favorite final notes. Thanks for listening, just press play! Please note: we will be back on January 10th with Episode 25! Seiko SRP777 Doxa 50th Anniversary Sub 300 Silvana Skindiver Seiko 6117-6400 Toxic Natos ZULUDiver 328 Rubber Nato Cheap steel bracelet Erikas Marine Nationale strap Tenba DNA 15 Patagonia Black Hole Meru Outside Podcast Blue Water, White Death Aquatimer Sharks "Sharks" book Clickspring Channel @onehourwatch Six Daily Exercises to Boost Mobility and Balance "Shepard”

The Grey Nato - Ep 23 - Collection Inspection Vol 3  

OUR FIRST GIVEAWAY! - Our pal @watchmax on instagram ended up with two Prospex SRPA21 PADI divers and wanted us to give one away - who are we to argue? Listen for all the details! For episode 23 the guys are bringing the Collection Inspection back! Now at Volume 3, James is talking about his much loved Bremont SOLO and Jason continues the aviation theme with his very cool Oris ProPilot Altimeter. For new business, Jason is back from Bonaire with a new dive computer and some underwater time with the Unimatic Modello Uno U1-B and James has gone off the deep end with flashlights (he can’t help himself). Finally, we’ve got a classic collection of car, diving and flying-themed final notes to get you through to the next episode. Speaking of which, please note that we will not have a new episode on January 3rd, 2017 but rather will push EP 25 to January 10th to better synchronize with SIHH. Just press play, thanks for listening! Bremont Solo James' review of the Solo Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter Jason's review of the Oris Altimeter Zanlare F1 Light and Motion Gobe DeepBlu Cosmiq+ Unimatic Modello Uno U-1B Force Fins Scuba Pro Twin Jet Max Fins "I Set the L.A to N.Y. Record in a Morgan 3 Wheeler" "Unfathomable" "Rolex presents: The Trieste's Deepest Dive (Extended)" "The Human Factor"

The Grey Nato - Ep 22 - New Watch Alert!!!  

This week is all about a few watches the guys got in the mail. James is reviewing the luxurious Monta Oceanking and a super cool Raven Trekker 40, while Jason has the beautiful and functional Unimatic Modello Uno U1-B. All dive watches and each very different from the next. After that we’ve got an update from James on the Autodromo Group B (now on wrist!) and Jason has a new dive-adventure novel that should help you weather a winter storm or an unplanned holiday layover. Happy US Thanksgiving, thanks for listening, just press play! Monta Oceanking Unimatic Modello Uno U1-B Raven Trekker 40 Autodromo Group B "The Freelancers" dive novel by Pierre Gobinet "Tales by Light" (look on Netflix)

The Grey Nato - EP 21 - Watches Under $1000  

Episode 21 is all about great watches under $1000. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great watch and Jason and James have the low down on a handful of great examples of excellent watches under $1000 USD. After that, we’ve got new BMW films, US customs forms, Cliffhangers, and a crazy VW commercial. Just press play and thanks so much for listening! Victorinox Infantry GMT I.N.O.X Titanium Casio Rangeman Citizen Aqualand JP2000 Seiko SRP777 Scurfa Bell Diver 1 Helson SharkDiver 40 Magrette Moana Pacific Waterman Halios Watches Archimede Pilot Autodromo GroupB Junghans Max Bill Hamilton Intra-Matic 38 MKII Hawkinge Benarus Trekker 40 Zodiac Super Seawolf 53 Vintage Skindivers Squale 50 Atmos Customs Form for US Museum of Science and Industry DESCO "Cliffhanger" EP07 - Outside Online “the Pleasure and Pain of the Climbing Life” NYT Essay BMW Films “The Escape” (new): Orignal Series Playlist: VW Amarok Commercial:

The Grey Nato - Question & Answer #1  

Question and answer #1 - more to come! Send your questions to

The Grey Nato - EP 20 - "Seiko"  

This week we decided to go deep on one of our favorite brands, Seiko! From our roots in watch collecting to recent finds and what we’d love to see in the future of this prolific brand. Have a great Seiko story, a fav model or a Seiko grail? Let us know at After Seiko, Jason and James talk about everything from cheap blankets to sport coats, tax forms and, what else is new, Porsches. Just press play, thanks so much for listening! Jason’s first Seiko 7002 Diver James’ first Seiko SNA411 Seiko SKX007 Seiko SKX779 “Black Monster” Marine Master 300 Prospex SRP777 SBDC005 Orange Sumo SRP313 New Monster SNZF45 Seiko 5 "Baby Monster” Seiko SUN023 Prospex Kinetic GMT Padi version Seiko Spirit “Rising Sun” SCVE003 Grand Seiko SBGM021 GMT Follow @pfhubbard Paul’s Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE001 Jason’s Emperor Tuna SBDX011 James’ 6117-6400 World Timer Seiko Astron Seiko Prospex SRP779 12 hour Steel Yobokies Bezel New Business Jason’s "new" citizen Aqualand Double Black Diamond Packable Down Blanket Uniqlo Comfort Lightweight Sport Coat BSF407 information Final Notes "The Lost City of Z" (by David Grann) Outside online’s Essential Survival Tools “This Porsche 964 Is the Evolution of a Driver” (via Petrolicious) Danny MacAskill’s “Wee Day Out”

The Grey Nato - EP 19 - Watch Accessories  

This week the guys are chatting about things we buy for our watches: straps, tools, and more. From NATOs to leather, rubber and bracelets, James and Jason offer their favs after many years of trial and error. After that we have a packed line up for new business and final notes, covering Jason’s Breitling Emergency to James’ new show bag, the new John McAfee documentary, Jason’s love of dark chocolate peanut butter cups, a new carabiner on Kickstarter and Chris Harris at the Goodwood Revival. Just press play and thanks for listening! Natos: Toxic Natos Pheonix G10 Crown and Buckle Premium Maratac straps Zuludiver 328 rubber Rubber: Tropic rubber strap (new) or (NOS) Isofrane Hirsch Pure Everest Straps Leather Halios leather strap autodromo ralley strap grey suede strap Brietling style leather strap Bracelet $15 ebay bracelet Other GasGasBones Erika’s Originals Tools Bergeon spring bar tool Nomos Spring bar tool Worn adn wound tool Bergeon Spring Bar Pliers (horofix no longer carried) link pusher tool Digital calipers Watch demagnetizer How to demag jaxa caseback tool rubber ball caseback tool TZ Watch School Watchmakers table top bench Jason's Breitling Emergency Patagonia Black Hole Tenba DNA 15 Hyde Park Watch Fair Gringo: The Dangerous Life of JOhn McAfee Justin's Peanut butter cups FireBiner Kickstarter Chris Harris at Goodwood Revival

The Grey Nato - EP 18 - In Focus: Take Better Photos  

This week the guys are talking photography: cameras, gear, techniques, tips, tricks and more. From watches, to cars, landscape and underwater, if you like to shoot, give it a listen. Jason is back from a trip to Glacier National Park in Montana and James just too delivery of a very travel-ready vintage Seiko. Finally, the guys have recommendations for excellent photo ebooks, a post about a unique Rolex for the Transglobe expedition, and one of Jason’s fav new blogs. All this and more, just press play. Thanks so much for listening, please send your questions to Jason's Kit Nikon D800 Nikon D4S Sony A7 II Nauticam Housing Nikon DF (it's for sale!) James' Kit Canon 5D MKIII Canon 100 f2.8 Macro Canon 50 mm f2.5 Macro Canon 17-40 F4L Sony RX100 Meikon Underwater Housing Samsung Note 5 CPL Filter Straps Peak Designs Sling Topo Design Strap Tanner Goods Camera Strap BlackRapid Cotton Carrier Hand Strap Underwater Gear GoPro Ikelite Padi photographer Tips Canon KIt Lens Creative Cloud Subscription Chase Jarvis The Best Camera Is The One You Have With You - Chase Jarvis : Glacier Park Jason's Review of the 50th Sub James' 6117-6400 Lessons in Wristory: The Transglobe Expedition Rolex Paul Nicklen's eBook “Photographing Wild” The All Night Listening Post (blog by Arran Cross)

The Grey Nato - EP 17 - On Paper/On Wrist: The Doxa 50th Sub 300  

We have a new logo! Congrats to our selected designer Greg Behrens (@gregorybehrens) for his excellent design! This week we're reviewing a watch, sort of. In a new format we're calling On Paper/On Wrist, we're taking a look at the Doxa 50th Anniversary Sub 300, a watch Jason has dive with and James hasn't seen at all. We'll look at the Doxa from both the online perspective and the on wrist experience. Later we discuss James' recent blast though Bavaria with Porsche, Jason's connected dive computer, and everything from hammocks to aftermarket bracelets and adventure films. Just press play, and thanks for listening! Greg Behrens Send us your questions! Doxa's website Doxa's Facebook Porsche Panamera 20mm Steel bracelet (for James' Sinn 144) Peak Design Everyday Kickstarter Watchsteez 22mm mesh bracelet Watchsteez instagram and DeepBlu Cosmiq "Why You Should Introduce Your Child to Dangerous Sports" Kammok Wallaby Hammock "From Montreal to Minnesota, By Inland Sea" "180 South"

TGN Chats - Merlin Schwertner (Nomos Watches) And Jason Gallop (Roldorf & Co)  

Surprise! Another TGN Chats. This one features a quick chat with Merlin Schwertner, US VP of Nomos Watches, and Jason Gallop, a watch maker and the owner of Roldorf and Co in Vancouver, BC. Jason recently became the only Canadian authorized dealer for Nomos and we thought it’d be great to get these two guys chatting about Nomos, watches in Vancouver, and the realities of watch retail. Enjoy and please follow Nomos @nomos_glashuette and Roldorf @roldorf. Chat to you soon!

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