It’s been a while; take of 2 Rolex’s (or 3)

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted something. Not because of a lack of ideas, but more because of wanting to find the absolute most efficient way to post something at the moment the idea comes to mind.

And as a first-new-post-in-a-while, is like to briefly talk about 2 Rolex watches (and possibly a 3rd).

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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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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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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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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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