This past March there was an auction for an old Tudor Submariner. This watch is unique because it is the only reference Submariner made by either Rolex or Tudor that has a manual wound movement. The other thing that is interesting about this particular example is that it really does appear to be completely original and untouched, but also in really amazing condition. As you will see in the photos, it definitely looks old and has signs of aging, but the case is still really crisp and its original finish is mostly there, even the bezel insert wasn’t changed and the lume is still untouched.Read More
When it comes to the watch collecting world, specifically the Rolex watch collecting world, the fabled 'underline' has been a mystery.
A Submariner or Daytona or Explorer with an underline on its dial is worth easily 1000% more than a non-underline version.
There is absolutely no difference between the watches other than the tiny bit of faded paint, but its value is, as mentioned, very different.
Turns out it was all an elaborate April Fools' Joke by some Rolex collector! - let's call him Bubba to protect his identity.
It was easy for Bubba to make 'underline' Rolex dials since no one expects them to be pristine and they can't be authenticated by Rolex. So a faded underline would do.Read More
For some reason, things seem to happen in waves. The most recent wave has me coming across people wearing nothing but Gold (or Two-Tone), Rolex Submariners. And if you know anything about me it’s that one of my biggest pet peeves is a gold dive watch.
To understand this, let's analyze this as logically as we can:Read More
A little while ago I put together 'The Ultimate Watch Collection'. A collection where money is no object.
But, what if money is an object?
In other words, if we wanted to build a watch collection of 'attainable' watches, where attainable isn't necessarily cheap, but that a person making an average salary could, with time, save up to buy at least a couple, what would that look like?
Well, I'm about to tell you (in no particular order), and yes there are watches in this list that overlap with the "ultimate watch collection", and thats because money isn't everything.Read More
An interesting subject in collecting vintage watches for me has always been those so called "dead" watch brands that made chronographs pre-1970's.
Once the quartz crisis took hold, only a few managed to actually survive, and the majority of those were bought by the Swatch Group or other large conglomerates.
The rest, all gone (unless their names alone have been revived for some marketing reason).
Names like Nicolet, Gigadnet, Wakmann, Cyma, Gallet, Zodiac, etc. There were literally hundreds of these brand names that popup up pre-1970s. Some were owned by bigger brands, for example, Wakmann, which belongs to Breitling. This brand was used to assemble watches in the USA to avoid certain taxes when the watches entered assembled.Read More
You are right that most manufacturers make good cases, especially today. And you are right that Rolex has earned a reputation for making great cases since the introduction of their Oyster case. A case design, which has defined them as a 'tool watch' company and how Rolex continues to define themselves as a brand today.
And to me, the importance of a case is extremely high, and this goes beyond the fact that the watch case is the most visible part of a watch that most demonstrates a watch company's design capabilities, etc.
To illustrate, think about how the Oyster case came to be.
It all started in the early 1900's. Up to that point only women really wore wristwatches. Men wore pocket watches.Read More
Today, a convenient summary!
I think the following summary, in chart form should be a lot of fun. And as you will see, it makes it real easy to visualize alternative combinations. I.e., if you prefer the Calatrava to the Reverso, cool. In your personal chart/list, you could just swap them, and it'd still make sense...Read More