The Rolex Explorer 14270 (1989 – 2001) has always been a laggard in the vintage Rolex sports model scene. A rising tide lifts all boats, and its price has risen recently. However, it has lagged behind other models, including the preceding 1016 that ran from 1963-1989. The potential for aging of the tritium lume on… Read more »
Just admit it: you, like me, give more than two shits about what people think of your watch collection, and the reason is clear: our collections represent us. Every little detail that we’ve allowed past the velvet rope into our personal horological disco is out on the floor for others to judge. We really wouldn’t give two shits about that judgement if we didn’t understand that what’s being judged is not watches but our most intimate expression of our mostly solipsistic and, thus, often lonely subjectivity inner lives. You, dear reader of horological essays, like me who writes them, give two shits about how people judge you if not your watches, I’m sure of it.
Countless people have asked me over the years if they should buy one or not. Here is everything that you need to know about the Tudor Black Bay GMT.
Here at Beyond The Dial, we give each other a fair amount of shit for our respective favorite watches. Allen goes on and on about his 1972 Rolex Datejust 1603 as if this fairly common watch were special to anyone but himself, and David has become something of a Seiko Pogue pusher-man here in the… Read more »
All activity on my personal watch collection has come to a grinding halt since I bought my two Cartier Tanks toward the end of 2020. Having invested in a stereo system and guitar stuff, both of which have been important for me during COVID isolation, my watch funds have been a bit tapped. But the… Read more »
This collector’s guide will take you through all the Rolex Explorer II references so that you can understand the details of each generation of this iconic watch.
Let’s say you want to obtain a vintage mechanical steel 36mm Rolex Datejust, and let’s say that you’re ok with a leather strap over a bracelet, and let’s say you’re bargain hunting. If that’s you, read on.
Allen takes us on a downhill journey back to his days as a ski-punk while rocking an Explorer II Polar White in Vail, CO. It’s a tale of personal rediscovery aided by a badass tool watch.
Our poor wrists bear the literal weight of our horological obsessions, and yet we never hear from them. It’s time to let our wrists speak! Allen’s Wrist The incessant pulse of Allen’s mechanical watch movements is the rhythm by which I live my life, and during 2020 that rhythm felt like a slow, somber dirge…. Read more »
Evolutionary theory suggests that we are drawn to certain people and not others based on hardwired aesthetic judgements wrought over some five-million years. Allen suggests that similar hardwired aesthetics are at play when we judge “wrist presence,” and goes on to suggest that tool watches categorically fail to achieve this elusive quality. A deep dive… Read more »