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Hands-On Review – Oris Aquis Whaleshark Limited Edition

The Skinny 43.5mm wide x 13mm tall Movement: Oris 798 / (Sellita SW330-1)  GMT complication with rotating 24-hour bezel 300m water resistance Limited to 2016 pieces Price: $3200 US The Issue At (and In) Hand The water is warm and full of life. Gentle giants gracefully move though the sea for millions of years. Then homo sapiens flourishes on land,… Read more »

Hype – Why Certain Vintage Watches Appreciate While Others Don’t

What makes one vintage watch worth a lot of money while another is worth very little? I believe that a vintage timepiece’s connection to the modern world is responsible for this phenomenon. Taste makers and influencers can drive the market, but only if the watches meet the criteria below.

Collector Guide – Seiko Crown Special, An Alternative to Vintage Grand Seiko

“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 »

E55 – Back To Earth With The Omega Speedmaster (with Greg Bedrosian)

Greg knows his Star Wars, Speedmasters and NASA history inside out. Greg’s rebuttal to Allen’s deconstruction of “Grand American Space Narratives” via the Swiss watch industry opens up new ways of thinking about the Omega Speedmaster, humanity’s role in space, and much more.

Curating The Collection – Fewer, Better, Dressier

I started 2020 with eight mostly sporty watches. I finish with only four mostly dressy watches. A year ago I could not have imagined what a transformation my collection would have gone through, and I don’t mean ending up with half as many. In fact, after purchasing another dozen or so watches in 2020, of… Read more »

Hands-On Review – Oris Carl Brashear Cal 401 Limited Edition Diver 65 in Bronze

The Skinny 40mm 100m / 10bar Water Resistance Oris In-House Cal 401 automatic winding movement with 5-day power reserve and small seconds $4200 A Symbol of Hope Billed as a “Symbol of Hope,” Oris has dedicated this watch to the incredible African-American Navy Master Diver Carl Brashear. As the first person of color to become… Read more »

Dial Obsession – Vintage Watch Collectors Need to Go Beyond the Dial

A watch has three main components, the dial, the movement, and the case. Most vintage collectors put too much emphasis on the dial. I acknowledge that the dial is important. The dial is like the human face in that it is the first and most frequently looked at part of the watch. Like the human… Read more »