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.
Category: Collector Guides
King Seiko was a luxury brand of Seiko from 1961 to 1975. It was positioned directly below Grand Seiko in terms of pricing, quality and accuracy. While the brand was initially created as Daini Seikosha’s alternative to Suwa Seikosha’s Grand Seiko brand, by 1969, both factories were creating watches for both ranges and King Seiko was firmly established as Seiko’s second, purely-domestic, luxury line.
As the official timepiece of the French Olympic team and later a favorite of Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s dive team for its build quality and precise timekeeping, the Nautic-Ski became a best-seller for the brand and a French design icon.
The distinction between foreign materials and aged original materials should drive decisions about how – or whether – to restore a watch dial.
What do those numbers and the graph mean? Is the watch a good runner? Has it really been serviced as the seller claims and if so, how well?
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.
“Whoa… What is that beauty?” asked Allen as I entered the woody, half-lit inner sanctum of BTD HQ; be-masked and reeking of hand sanitizer. The sanitizer stench was soon overpowered by the heady aroma of cigar smoke and reclaimed barn wood. I was wearing my 1962 Seiko Crown Special and Allen’s comment confirmed what I… Read more »
“Bonjour,” he said warmly as he rolled up his sleeves, revealing a pair of hairy wrists, and began carefully loading the bag with my items. It was then, at that moment on that winter day of 1999 while the warm wind blew outside, that I first saw a Lip watch.
Omega Soccer Timers are a series of caliber 861 chronographs produced from the late 1960’s to the early 1970’s. They share a distinctive look with immediately recognizable red and black subdials.
An exhaustive collector guide to the Cartier Tank.