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The Grey NATO – 227 – Jason Gallop And The Fire That Almost Ended His Family Watch Business
This episode has been a couple of years in the making and it is guest hosted by watchmaker, diver, raconteur, and friend-of-the-show, Jason Gallop. As many of you already know, Jason is the proprietor Roldorf & Co, a watch business in Vancouver, Canada that offers both sales and service. What may also be known is that, in April of 2022, the building that hosted Roldorf & Co all but burned to the ground in a deadly and devastating fire that affected a wide range of people in Vancouver’s downtown core.
This episode features an in-depth chat about the fire, the project to recover both of Roldorf’s buried safes, the impact of the fire on the wider community, their dream of a horology hub for Vancouver, and the new home for Roldorf & Co.
A huge thank you to Jason – both for the chat and for covering for our normal Jason (while he was on a special trip with Blancpain).
1:00 Roldorf & Co
1:10 Jason’s previous episode of The Grey NATO
2:39 Mido Oceanstar GMT LE for Hodinkee
3:10 Tudor Pelagos 39
3:36 Erika’s Originals straps
10:42 TGN with Jason Galloop and Merlin from Nomos
11:53 Halios x Roldorf Vancouver Seaforth LE
41:13 Roldorf Instagram and Twitter
42:11 “On The Bottom” Commander Edward Ellsberg
42:31 “30 Fathoms Deep” Commander Edward Ellsberg
43:40 Inside The ‘Ghost Ships’ Of The Baltic Sea (CNN)
43:44 “Ghost Ships of the Baltic Sea” (Book)
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