Tag: 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.

E49 – Dear Horology Inc., Enough With All The New Watches!

It’s not just COVID-19, it’s the hundreds of watch brands bombarding us with hundreds of “media worthy events” every year that’s a creating clamorous mess. New watches hit the market every day, and it’s exhausting. The decorum and sanity of a reasonable annual release schedule is long gone, but perhaps it’s time for brands to… 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 »

New Old Stock Watches: What NOS Really Means And How Dealers Abuse the Term

In order for a watch to be legitimately considered New Old Stock it must, by definition, never have been sold at retail. If you’re buying something that’s labeled NOS, then you have to be the first individual consumer to have bought it. Period. If old stock is changing hands between retailers, or even being distributed… Read more »