Paul Newman's Paul Newman, Newman... WTF?

Paul Newman's Paul Newman, Newman... WTF?

Hello Newman!

You knew it was going to happen one day, certainly after the idiocy we've seen with recent show-stoppers like the womanizing-country-abanding Bao Dai 6062, or the so-subtle-no-one-would-ever-know-its-a-Patek-under-a-sweater 130, that the ultimate vintage watch that people with far more money than brains will jerk each other off over, would be found.

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Tudor Submariner 7923 And The Moron About To Pay $350K

Tudor Submariner 7923 And The Moron About To Pay $350K

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.

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Happy New Year! And Materialism As We Enter 2017

Happy New Year! And Materialism As We Enter 2017

Every year we have our "new year's resolutions", but given the holiday season has just ended, which is always filled with the standard commercialism and retail therapy, I thought it might be worthwhile to give my perspective on the subject. Specifically when we refer to a certain type of spending as "materialism" - this ties in nicely with the watch world, since 2016 was officially the worst year on record since the early 80's!

First, what is materialism?

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More Bad News For The Watch Industry (Which Isn't Necessarily Bad)

More Bad News For The Watch Industry (Which Isn't Necessarily Bad)

It has now become common knowledge that this past year has been one of the worst on record for the watch industry. Data released by Bloomberg and the FHS (Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH) show that sales have dropped over 45% between 2015 and 2016, and the level of Switzerland’s watch exports dropped 11 percent during the first 10 months of the year.

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More Money Than Brains: $11 Million Steel Patek 1518

More Money Than Brains: $11 Million Steel Patek 1518

I love watches, but if you read my posts you also know I'm not one of those Horological Douchebags (HDs), that is constantly pushing the pissing contest many people with more money than brains tend to have with great regularity.

And without repeating myself (you can read older posts for that), let me present to you the most recent example: the Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 in stainless steel.

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Common Mistakes To Avoid As Watch Hobbyists, And Those Who Profit From Them

Common Mistakes To Avoid As Watch Hobbyists, And Those Who Profit From Them

I am literally beside myself when I browse around online, or happen to stumble upon conversations regarding watches by so called “experts”. The amount of junk thats out there dressed up as fact, when in reality is nothing more than some self-perpetuation prophecy designed to mold and shape public opinion in a particular direction is sickening.

It’s as if over time everything has been turned on its head. What used to be considered important is now less so and vice versa. A whole new formula has been created and passed around, which is then used by those receiving this “advice” against their own interests.

At Spazz.com we call those responsible Horological Douchebags (“HDs”). They don’t want you to think for yourself using logic, but rather they want you to trust them blindly. They’ve “been there”, so they "know of the mistakes" they don’t want you to make (wink wink).

But you still have a brain, don’t you?

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Polishing: What To Look For

Polishing: What To Look For

You've obviously heard or read about how a polished watch is a bad thing. Of course this kind of goes against our natural reaction. Almost everything else out there is better when polished: cars, shoes, pianos, etc., but with watches its the opposite.

The main issue with polishing is that the process (often done with a polishing machine and some kind of compound), will not only remove the original intended finish, but it can actually remove material, and therefore certain details that are part of the case design.

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Would Steve McQueen or Paul Newman pay the HDT?

Would Steve McQueen or Paul Newman pay the HDT?

While we're on the subject of horological douchebags, and the plethora of ways they let themselves known, it does seem that money is at the root (for the most part anyway), of what makes them tick.

Lets take the silliness in the vintage Rolex market, even the vintage Patek Philippe market for that matter, which seems like it has come out of nowhere in the past decade or so. Look closely and you'll see it has absolutely nothing to do with independent thought.

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It's a Watch, not a "Timepiece"

It's a Watch, not a "Timepiece"

I have a huge pet peeve when it comes to the watch hobby/industry and its the word timepiece.

A watch is a watch, not a friggin' timepiece. If you insist on saying timepiece, then you need to know and accept you're an horological douchebag.

Remember, watches are first and foremost machines, tools, instruments, but they are not jewelry or art, therefore, they are not timepieces. Sure, watchmakers have taken their craft to levels that definitely rival great works of art, the same way a Ferrari does in the automotive industry. But just like a Ferrari is still a car not a travel-piece, a watch is still a watch. Not a timepiece.

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Defining High End Watches

Defining High End Watches

The main issue, in general, when it comes to the watch industry today is that many brands that once were relevant, no longer are. And it's become increasingly difficult to decipher between the true horologically relevant watch brands and the pretenders.

Whats worse, many pretenders were once at the pinnacle of haute horology, so it can get tricky. 

So, here's a list of criteria that all truly high-end brand/watch will meet. If a brand or watch does not meet all of the criteria, regardless of how much it costs, I'm here to tell you to walk away. You have better options

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Icons: Omega Speedmaster

Icons: Omega Speedmaster

This was the original post to this blog, but as we revamp things, we are going back and publishing articles again. This is also due to the great news that Spazz.com is now available on Apple News Publisher.

So here we go...

Being the first entry of this blog I thought it best to begin with some basic info about the kind of advice one can expect to get from Spazz.com, and in doing so, I will use a true classic as my reference: the Omega Speedmaster. 

First and foremost, it is my opinion (and should be yours too), that overpaying is not a good thing. But in the world of watches it can be tricky to identify when you are overpaying. Of course sometimes it's dead easy, i.e. any Hublot, but often times it can be tricky. 

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Rolex got served by this Watch

Rolex got served by this Watch

And Phillips Auctions will auction off 4 watches that have attracted a lot of attention in these past weeks. All of which are expected to break records.

And all of them are absurdly overpriced and overvalued.

But one in particular is egregiously overpriced and overvalued, because one of it's failures is what makes its rare, hence valuable.

I'm talking about the the Rolex Daytona ref.6263, but the one known as the "Albino" Daytona (ooouuuu, ahhhhh), because it's sub dials are the same color as it's dial (white/silver). And Rolex only made about 4 of these "Albino" versions.

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Originality and its importance

Originality and its importance

A very interesting and important topic when discussing and collecting vintage watches is the discussion on whether or not a watch has it’s original parts, and has been polished or not.

Very often you will hear collectors say they would prefer a deteriorated dial for example, than a refurbished or replaced one, even if it doesn’t look as good. 

And in general terms that is absolutely correct, the more original the better and that should be the target. But that isn’t always possible for very good reasons, and there gray areas that need to be understood (otherwise you run the risk of passing up on a very good watch).

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NOS: Don't fall for it

NOS: Don't fall for it

NOS, or "New Old Stock", is a term used to describe something that is old, but never used.

This term is used in many many things, but especially watches.  

Everyone wants to find a NOS Patek, or NOS Vacheron, etc.  

The idea that you could time travel back in time, before a particular watch was considered "legendary", buy it, store it, and then transport back to the present. That is the allure of NOS. 

And while to some degree, occasionally one does come across a watch that really is a NOS, most of the time is just BS.  

And the reason why you have to be careful is because with NOS comes a much higher price tag.  

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Ferrari 550

Ferrari 550

You might be wondering why I am writing about a car when this is a site about watches?

I will make a direct connection in a bit, but my reason has to do with the fact that collecting watches is not unlike collecting cars. Except of course, for the most part, vintage cars are far more expensive than vintage watches (and that includes sales like the Henry Graves Patek that topped $24million recently).

When we collect watches, we look for pedigree, craftsmanship, good design, and an overall interest or feeling. And as I've written before, there are criteria we can use to identify watches that deserve our attention.

In that sense, vintage cars work in exactly the same way. And the car I'd like to discuss is interesting specifically because of its price at the moment: the Ferrari 550.

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