WatchDig.org was created by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors as a way to collect, in one place, newsworthy, archival-quality content about modern watches. Our editors and writers seek out content about new watch models and watch industry news.
WatchDig.org Editorial Policy
WatchDig.org was created to provide readers with engaging, educational, and entertaining coverage from the watch industry on new models, brand news, and other happenings within the industry. We hope to increase awareness of the NAWCC.
WatchDig.org editors strive to address topics and issues of significance to the modern watch community.WatchDig.org publishes aggregated links to content developed by outside sources (such as blogs, online magazines, and brand/company websites); original articles developed by WatchDig.org staff, volunteers, NAWCC members, and freelance writers; reviews prepared by watch-industry experts; historical information compiled by researchers and knowledgeable NAWCC staff and members; and information about the NAWCC.
WatchDig.org contributors, writers, and editors are bound by the NAWCC Code of Ethical Conduct, and this Editorial Policy.
All content on WatchDig.org is subject to approval by the editor and the NAWCC Publications Department. WatchDig.org and the NAWCC do accept sponsorship funds and in-kind donations. Sponsorships and donations do not purchase preferential editorial consideration. Visit the sponsorship page to learn about sponsorship opportunities.
All contributions, except those made by National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors staff, are the intellectual property of the writer. WatchDig.org and the NAWCC make no claim of copyright ownership beyond style and presentation elements. Writers agree to give nonexclusive use of their work in perpetuity to the NAWCC for use on WatchDig.org, other NAWCC website properties, websites used by the NAWCC for information distribution (Facebook, Twitter, et al.), NAWCC-endorsed applications, and NAWCC print publications. Works may be published as many times as necessary to meet the NAWCC’s needs without further consideration to the writer beyond the original terms at the time the assignment was made. Writers are free to submit their work to other content providers or publish the work on their personal website. We request, but do not require, a link to WatchDig.org when content is published elsewhere.
Writers certify that works submitted are original and do not infringe on other copyrighted material.
Photographs and other illustrations (collectively referred to as art) should accompany most submissions. Writers certify that art is original or obtained from the public domain. Art is subject to the same usage terms written above. Art will be sized according to style and duplicated as needed based on esthetics and technical requirement.
Publication of work submitted is at the discretion of the editor. Decisions made by the editor are final. Works will be edited using NAWCC Publications Department guidelines.
Freelance assignments are currently unpaid. Works are contributed by writers who volunteer their services to the NAWCC. In the future, paid freelance rates may be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Payment is upon publication. No payment will be made if the work is deemed inappropriate for publication.
Watches offered to writers for review are the property of the NAWCC or cooperating watch companies. In all cases watches must be returned to the NAWCC upon completion of the review.
All writers who are assigned articles that require contacting outside sources must be registered as volunteers of the NAWCC. This requirement helps ensure that writers represent the NAWCC with professionalism. Writers are subject to the terms and conditions of the NAWCC Code of Ethical Conduct and this WatchDig.org Editorial Policy. Representing the NAWCC is on a per-assignment basis. Misrepresentation will be considered a violation of NAWCC policy and will result in the loss of ability to submit future works.
Statements of opinion made by WatchDig.org authors or authors linked from Watchdig.org are understood to be the authors’ own. WatchDig.org and the NAWCC assume no responsibility for the accuracy or correctness of any statements of its contributors.
WatchDig.org does not endorse or make any other claims with regard to links to sites outside the control of the WatchDig.org editor and the NAWCC Publications Department. WatchDig.org and the NAWCC are not responsible for comments posted by readers on the WatchDig.org site or any other site where content is distributed by WatchDig.org staff (Facebook, Twitter, et al.). Comments and posts that are deemed inappropriate by the WatchDig.org editor or the NAWCC Publications Department will be removed.
WatchDig.org is committed to maintaining an open, social, and friendly atmosphere. As such, we do not allow hate speech, nor do we allow speech that advocates or supports hatred or unlawful violence. We do not allow racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, or other intolerance. Likewise, threats of violence or threats to anyone or any group’s personal safety are not acceptable. We also do not allow false claims or misleading implications that any individual or group perpetuates hate or unlawful violence.
We do not allow comments that criticize others based on physical appearances or mental characteristics. We do not allow comments that celebrate the death, illness, or personal loss of any person.
WatchDig.org does not allow comments or posts that contain business solicitations or other advertising of personal interests, blogs, or websites. (A link to a personal blog is fine.) Such comments and posts will be considered spam and removed from the site.
Spam includes comments that are off-topic. If off-topic conversation inhibits or prevents on-topic conversation, we consider it comment hijacking, and do not allow it. That written, we understand that WatchDig.org’s comment threads aren’t just about content. They’re also about conversation. And in natural conversation, people exchange pleasantries, greetings, congratulations, praise, and other social gestures. So we err on the side of facilitating an open conversation.
Comments submitted to WatchDig.org may be edited by the editor or the NAWCC Publications staff for content, clarity, and style. The decision to edit or remove posts and comments is solely at the discretion of the editor.
Contact Hugh Dougherty, WatchDig.org editor at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments with regard to this Editorial Policy.
WatchDig.org Review/Watch Submission Policy
WatchDig.org accepts for review examples of watch models submitted by watch companies or their duly appointed representatives. Contact Hugh Dougherty, WatchDig.org Editor, at email@example.com to arrange for a submission subject to the following terms and conditions:
Watch model reviews are solely at the discretion of the editor. Submitting a watch model does not guarantee that a review will be published or that it will be reviewed favorably. WatchDig.org reserves the right to photograph submitted watch brand examples in ways appropriate to the editorial coverage and use images for any purpose deemed appropriate by the WatchDig.org editor or the Publications Staff.
WatchDig.org, the NAWCC, its officers, members, volunteers, staff, or assigned freelance writers are not responsible for any loss, injury, or tort with regard to items submitted for review. It is recommended that watches are shipped insured and with certified delivery.
Watch brand reviews fall into two general categories—general review and technical review. General reviews will take into account style, complications, construction, and any other criteria deemed appropriate by the reviewer and editor. Technical reviews will involve partial or complete disassembly of the submitted watch(es) by qualified watch technicians approved by the NAWCC School of Horology staff. Technical reviews may include testing for accuracy, quality of construction, movement details, and any other technical criteria deemed necessary.
In all cases the level of review will be discussed with brand representatives prior to submission. (We will not take your watch apart without your permission.) However, such discussions will not include reviewer/technician observations and conclusions prior to publication.
WatchDig.org and the NAWCC encourage watch companies to donate timepieces to the Association. Donations are not required to secure a review. Donations made through WatchDig.org will be subject to the following terms:
Donating watches to the NAWCC through WatchDig.org will not influence editorial consideration. However, watch donations will be considered an in-kind donation, and the value of the watches may be considered in lieu of payment for WatchDig.org sponsorships. The value of donated watches will be considered an in-kind donation, and certification of the donation will be sent to the brand company. The NAWCC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization so in-kind donations are considered tax deductible. Donors will be included among the list of donations to the NAWCC for that year.
Watch donations are made to the NAWCC without stipulations or other restrictions. The NAWCC reserves the right to make use of the donated items for any purpose deemed appropriate by the Association. However, NAWCC staff will follow the following procedures when processing donated items:
Donated items will be offered to the National Watch and Clock Museum for inclusion in its collection subject to the policies for collections acquisition. Learn more about the Museum’s collection plan, needs, and requirements here.
If the Museum staff and Collections Committee do not accept the donated items as part of the Museum collection, the items will be available for use to benefit the NAWCC. Such uses may include (but are not limited to) use at the NAWCC School of Horology for educational purposes, gift presentation, donations to other horological organizations, sale at NAWCC-sponsored events or NAWCC-endorsed outlets (with proceeds going to the NAWCC WatchDig.org fund), temporary display by the national organization or regional chapters, or any other purpose that will benefit the NAWCC.
Contact WatchDig.org editor Hugh Dougherty at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this policy and to arrange for submissions.
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