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 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!

The Grey Nato - EP 16 - "Collection Inspection Volume 2"  

Collection Inspection Volume 2! In this episode Jason and James chat about a couple great watches from their collections, the Bremont S2000 and the Halios Tropik. Later in the show, the guys chat about everything from rides in jet planes, to new vintage Doxas, old school dive watches, self help gurus, finding Great White sharks and your brain on marketing. Questions? - thanks for listening! Halios Tropik Halios Watches James's Tropik Blue with Steel bezel Bremont S2000 Bremont S2000 product page Jason's S2000 Breitling Jet Team Ride Doxa 50th Anniversary Sub 300 James’ Vintage Silvana Diver Oak and Oscar Sandford “Why Self Help Guru James Altucher Only Owns 15 Things” The Ted Radio Hour “Brand Over Brain” "Blue Water, White Death” Nite Ize Cam Jams

The Grey Nato - Ep 15 - "Peak Bag"  

This week we're talking bags, bags and a few more bags. From camera bags to daypacks, giant backpacks and the perfect bag for Basel, James and Jason may have a problem. Also on the show: James' successful summiting of Mt. Baker, jet rides with Breitling, wreck diving, Cousteau and a history of atmospheric diving suits - try to keep up ;) Press play and please review on itunes if you're liking the show. Questions? Send us an email: Main Topic - Bags "Basel" bag Kata 465 Lowepro Viewpoint Cases Topo Mountain Briefcase Peak Design Everyday Kickstarter Camera Bags Crumpler Haven Ape Case QB35 Filson Mccurie bag Mindshift rotation 180 F-Stop Kenti and Satori EXP Daypacks Deuter Lightweight daypack Miggo Agua Topo Designs Klettersack Go Ruck GR1 5.11 Rush 24 Travel Adventure Bags Osprey Aether 70 F-Stop Satori EXP Gregory Palisade 80 New Business Mt Baker Trip Photos from Baker Diving the Maderia Superior Hiking Trail Breitling Jet Team Oak & Oscar Sandford Final Notes The Diving Bell and the Exoskeleton Jacques Couteau's Search for the Britannic Pastiche Patches

TGN Chats - Chase Fancher :: Oak & Oscar  

Wait, what Tuesday is it? Just kidding, we’re trying something new. Introducing TGN Chats, a special surprise series for interviews and special guests. For our first chat, @jasonheaton sat down with Chase Fancher of @OakandOscar to chat about their new watch, the Sandford. From the struggles of starting your own watch brand to the pressure of following up the highly successful Burnham, this chat is a personal look at a small brand on the rise - if you’re subscribed to @thegreynato, it’s in your feed now. We hope you enjoy it - thanks @oakandoscar!

The Grey Nato - EP 14 - "TGN Summit"  

TGNSUMMIT! Jason came to Vancouver and we adventured! From great food to hiking in the north shore mountains and diving in the chilly waters of Howe Sound, we went fully Grey Nato on Vancouver and our main topic is a recap of the weekend. Watches, new hiking shoes, jelly fish and rubber natos, we’ve got it all covered. In Q&A we chat about GMT watches under $2500 and make a few recommendations for great watches to commemorate a graduation. As per usual, final notes is a mix of cars, daring adventurers and watch thieves - don’t miss out - press play! Granville Island St Marks Summit Halios Watches Oris Pro Pilot Big Crown Altimeter Arcteryx Bora GTX Mid Boots Helly Hansen Rapide HT Boots James’ Flickr Howe Sound Kelvin Grove Dive Site Sola 800 flashlight Lion’s Mane Jelly Fish Porteau Cove Dive Site Seiko SRP777 Doxa Mission 31 Halios Delfin Halios Tropik Zulu Diver 328 Rubber Nato Laguna 2 Q&A #1 - Thanks Justin! Alpina Alpiner GMT 4 Omega Seamaster Pro GMT 2534.50 or 2538 “Great White” Omega jumping local hand video Grand Seiko SBGM021 GS High Beat GMT #2 - Thanks Garret! Sinn 556 Sinn 104 Archimede Pilot Watches Sinn 856 B-Uhr Tudor Ranger Final Notes Watch Theives That Picked LA Clean Outside Online Podcast - EP 01 Robert Young Pelton Subaru’s 600hp Isle of Mann STi Mark Higgins big save

The Grey Nato - Ep 13 - "Cars And Watches"  

WATCHES AND CARS! This week Jason and James are chatting about automotive inspired watches, from the Speedmaster to the Daytona, Carrera, Monaco and so so many more. We also chat about traveling with watches and smaller sport watches in Q&A and follow it up with an adventurous, even murderous, Final Notes. Just click play. Full notes and links available at - thanks for listening! Omega Speedmaster in 1957 Rolex Daytona Heuer Carrera Heuer Monaco Heuer Viceroy Ads Jackie Stewart’s Sunglasses Autodromo Group B Rally Racing Autodromo Group B Watches Ferrari 288 GTO IWC Ingenieur Tag Heuer Monza Tudor Heritage Chrono Tudor Fastrider Chrono Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Rolex Daytona Giuliano Mazzuoli Watches Porsche Design Bremont Jaguar Ball for BMW Hublot Ferrari Panerai Ferrari Girard Perregaux Ferrari “Ferrari” watch Aston Martin JLC Richard Mille Aston Martin Aston Martin AM RB 001 Richard Mille Capture from Top Gear Chopard Mille Miglia Chopard G.P.M.H Chopard WEC Porsche 919 Raidillon Watches Frederique Constant Vintage Rally Baume et Mercier Shelby LE Omega Chronostop Seiko 6139 Ralph Lauren Automotive Collection Chopard Mille Miglia GMT Chrono Tudor Heritage Chrono Wristshot Tag Heuer Monaco McQueen - New Business - James’ Mt Baker - EXP II James’ Mt Baker Rope Team Jason Tenerife Free Diving #2 Jason’s 76’ Tudor Snoflake Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimieter Q&A #1 Small Sports Watches - Thanks Harjot! Sinn 556 38.5 Bremont Solo 37 Sinn 6033 (34mm, 12 hr bezel) Breitling TransOcean 38 Alpina Mid-size Diver (quartz, 38mm) Marathon Diver Medium (36mm, auto or quartz)) Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Skin #2 Travelling with watches - Thanks Frank! Oakley Vault Hodinkee Watch Roll Socks Maurice De Mauriac Travel Watch Case Stevral Watch Roll Discommon Watch Wallet Final Notes Outside Podcast EP 06 “In Too Deep” “A Beautiful Look at the Life of an Adventure Photographer” (video, Outside Online) “Charles Manson’s Hollywood” (series, You Must Remember This Podcast) “The Value of Just Going” Want TGN patches? Let us know:

The Grey Nato - Episode 12 - "One Watch???"  

Episode 12 is all about the “One Watch” question - listener Scott wrote in to ask if we could only have one watch, what would it be? We made this question our main topic for the show, so join us as we walk through our watch-picking process and answer this troublesome question. This week we also have a special interview as Jason sat down with Hamilton Powell, the man behind (@crownandcaliber) to chat about the vintage and pre-owned watch markets, the consignment game and literally deconstructing the Apple Watch. It’s a great interview. All that and more, just press play (thanks for listening!). Main Topic - The One Watch Question James’ List Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5164A-001 Sinn 103 Ti UTC Testaf Rolex GMT Master II 16710 Jason’s List Doxa 750T GMT Bremont Terra Nova Seiko SRP777 Rolex Submariner 16040M New Business: Jason’s new Doxa Sub 200 Searambler T-Graph Jason hiking in Colorado Raven Defender Toxic Royal Strap Q and A: Graham Chronofighter Navy Seal Foundation Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry PVD Ball Fireman Stormchaser Seiko Chrono SNN021P1 Hanhart Pioneer Stealth 1882 Limited Edition Interview: Hamilton Powell of - Final Notes: James: Black Diamond Spot “Gadd’s Truth: Five Fitness Commandments to Live By” “To Hell and Back” (Post by Jeffrey M O’Brien) Jason: "Cave Diving El Toh - Yucatan" (video) “Raising the Dead” (Post by Tim Zimmermann) “Blind Descent” (Book, James Tabor) “Im Going To The Moon. Who’s With Me?” (Ted Talk, Bill Stone)

The Grey Nato - Episode 11 - "What's Old Is New (again)"  

It's episode 11 and Jason's chasing lizards in Florida while James is back from the canyons of LA. The main topic this week is the trend of "New Vintage" design in watches. Likely the biggest overall trend in watches these days, the guys get to the bottom of why we want new old watches. Keeping with the theme, Q&A covers diving with old watches and why Panerai watches aren't always considered divers. Listen to the end for a stacked edition of Final Notes and be sure to send your questions to - thanks for listening! Longines Legend Diver Ocean7 Precista Watches: Tag Heuer Monza: Tag Heuer Autavia Cup: Aquaracer: Heuer Jarama: Omega Speedmaster MK II Glycine Airmain No 1 MK II Kingston Eterna Super Kontiki 1973 LE Tudor Black Bay JLC Reverso Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to Aqualung Zodiac Super Seawolf Patek Calatrava Travel Time Zenith Type 20 Panerai 1940 Acciaio 42 mm Bremont ALT1-ZT/51 IWC Pilot's Heritage Watch 48 Bell and Ross Aviation Flight Instruments 6 pcs set New Business: JLC Geophysic Eterna Super Kontiki Chrongraph Infinity Q70 5.6 Q&A Panerai Submerisble PAM305 Jason's vintage Tudor that is dive ready Final Notes L'Odyssee (movie trailer) "Glory under the Seas: The Doxa Sub 300T" Avaunt Magazine "Jimmy Chin Summits New York City" Nikonos Project Instagram

The Grey Nato - Episode 10 - "Collection Inspection: Volume 1"  

This week we’re starting a new series, the Collection Inspection, in which we each pick a watch from our personal collection and explain what it is and why we like it. James chose his Omega 2254 Seamaster and Jason his Rolex Submariner 14060M. In Q&A we’re talking dress watches and chatting about some of our favorite hikes, from BC to New Zealand, Alaska and the North East, the list is long so get out there. Finally, we’ve got some certified fresh final notes covering everything from Briggs Cunningham to the latest issue of Gear Patrol magazine. Collection Inspection Volume 1: Omega Seamaster Pro 2254.50 James’ 2254 on mesh (lume shot) Omega Seamaster GMT “Great White” Omega Seamaster 2265.80 "Electric Blue” Omega 2294.50 Seamaster Chronograph Omega Seamaster 300M “Bond” 2531.80 Rolex Submariner 14060M New Business: Eterna Super Kontiki Chronograph Jason in Bonaire Infiniti Q70 James in LA Hiking in Santa Monica Q&A Omega Constellation Tudor Date + Day JLC Memovox Grand Seiko JLC Reverso Nomos Ahoi Any Nomos Junghans Max Bill Rolex Datejust Joffre Lakes Hike Brunswick Mountain Hike Coleman Glacier Hike The Milford Track Enchanted Valley (Olympic National Park) White Mountains Homer Alaska Final Notes Gear Patrol Magazine Issue 2 Evo Porsche 959 (video) Evo Porsche 365 GT4 BB “In Depth: The Incredible Watches (and Cars) of Briggs Cunningham” (via Ben Clymer/Hodinkee)

The Grey Nato - Episode 09 - "Open Water Certifiable"  

This week Jason and James are talking about scuba diving - how they got their start, gear recommendations and favorite dive sites. Next, the guys have another round of watch-packed Q&A and finally a full serving of final notes to keep you busy until the next episode. Have a question or a comment? Let us know at and thanks for listening! Padi Open Water Certification: Padi Rescue Diver: James’ Gear Zeagle Stiletto BCD: Scubapro MK25/S600 Regs Suunto Zoop: Oceanic V12 Split Fins: Jason’s Gear Mares Abyss Navy Regs: Diverite Transpac XT BCD: Aqua Lung Balance BCD: Force Fins: Suunto D9TX: Isle Royal: Diving in Bonaire: Kelvin Grove (Vancouver Dive): LCU (Oahu Hawaii dive): Tagging Tiger Sharks: New Business: Diving in Curacao, the Superior Producer: AP Royal Oak Diver Chronogaph: Bremont OTUSA Regatta Chrono: Alpine Camping at Girabaldi Lake: Erika’s Original/Rolex EXPII 16570: Q&A: Oris Diver’s Sixty Five: Hamilton Intra-Matic 38: 60’s Seamaster information: Retro Watch Guy: Final Notes: Watches and the stories behind them: Futility Podcast, Denali story: Submerged (book, Daniel Lenihan): Go Like Hell (book, AJ Baime) Sealab (book, Ben Hellwarth) Brent Rose

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