Category: Rolex

Curating The Collection – Allen Pares Back to Less Than 20 Core Watches

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 »

Collector Guide – Rolex Datejust 36mm Steel 1972-1987

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.

E53 – Grokking The Rolex Explorer II While Skiing Vail

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.

The Monogamous Wrist – Dec 2020 Edition

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 »

E48 – Wrist-Presence & The Inelegance of Tool Watches

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 »

The Psychology of Watch Size & The Black Box of Taste

In 1970, psychologist Richard L. Gregory hypothesized that the human brain uses “top-down processing” to generate what we perceive via our eyes. The theory argued that our backlog of visual experiences give shape to the images we perceive. By the 1990s, experiments had robustly backed up this theory, and psychologists now widely accept that what… Read more »

Book Review – The Vintage Rolex Field Manual, Chevalier Edition

The world of vintage Rolex combines the obsessive qualities of detail oriented collectors with sky high market valuations. It is a minefield where a single line of text on the dial may mean a difference in value of tens of thousands of dollars. The difficulty is compounded by the Genevan giant’s famous reticence regarding their… Read more »

Owner Review Review – 1972 Rolex Datejust 1603

The Skinny 1972 Rolex Datejust 1603 $3100 cash (no bracelet) 36mm auto-winding in-house movement, no quick-set for date I Was Pretty Gone In Nashville I was in Nashville on a cross-country trip with my best friend Andy Baldwin – an Aussi record producer who is part Winnie The Pooh, part Buddha, and part Clive Davis…. Read more »