In this episode, Christian dives into this week’s newest listings in the Watch Shop at Theo & Harris.
IWC YACHT CLUB
Not only is it 36mm of stainless steel but lug to lug, it’s 43mm. This kind of proportion allows the Yacht Club to wear substantially, even larger than a Datejust. Further, its size is emphasized by its elongated hands and hour markers – sort of an optical illusion – creating depth and pulling the viewer in.
It’s important, substantial and painfully beautiful, to say the least. IWC is one of the brands that is poised best to explode, I have no doubt. And watches like this will be at the forefront.
Rolex Datejust Ref. 1603
Stunning, isn’t it?? It’s a Rolex Datejust reference 1603 and, if you know me, you know just how passionate I am about it. From its steel engine turned bezel to its rare matte, it’s the perfect watch. A vintage Rolex Datejust is one of the few material items that you can both enjoy for the rest of your life and, when the day comes, pass down to the next generation to do the same. A watch like this is never out of place – from Irish car bombs on a NATO to boring C-suite meetings on a cordovan strap, it never fails to serve you well, impressing the tasteful.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 1005
This is not something you see every day. In fact, it’s something I have only seen two other times over the last 3 years – its a vintage two-tone Rolex with an incredible rosy natural patina throughout its yellow gold bezel, crown and bracelet.
Backing up, looking beyond the patina, it’s a Rolex Oyster Perpetual reference 1005 and, to me, it’s a lightning bolt of value. From its yellow gold fluted bezel and flawless champagne dial to its immaculate, original two-tone bracelet, it’s almost a no-brainer. Then when we take the natural patina that has developed throughout the gold into consideration, it’s a watch geeks dream – a rarity that no watch can mimic.
A vintage Rolex like this is one of the few material items that you can both enjoy for the rest of your life and, when the day comes, pass down to the next generation to do the same. It’s that reliability, that potential survive tastefully that convinced me to take my first plunge. And looking back, I couldn’t be happier that I did.
Tudor Date Day
This is an historic opportunity. We’re living in a market that values mint vintage Tudor Date + Day’s less than polished and stained Rolex Datejusts. This example, with its razor-sharp steel Rolex oyster case, workhorse Swiss ETA caliber, flawless black dial, day in full text at 12, date at 3 and original Jubilee bracelet packs just as much (if not more) punch than its Rolex brethren for a fraction of the cost. Sure, the ship for snatching a Tudor Snowflake from the bargain bin has sailed, but for some reason, the Date + Day ship is still docked.
Vintage manual wind chronographs are just about the most desirable watches on the market today. These are the kinds of watches, if you can find them, that will steadily appreciate in the coming years; even after the mild wear of baseball games, bike riding and beer shotgunning. This Accurist is a wonderful example, one that demonstrates the appeal of these watches with ease. It’s presence in the wrist, a product of its beefy case gives it an extremely modern appeal. Still, the aesthetic and manual wind mechanic movement are so damn vintage.
It looks like the product of someone’s psychedelic dream, doesn’t it? It’s the Swatch Jellyfish, it’s one of the most collectible watches under $200 and it is one of the coolest things I’ve ever owned.
As you might have noticed, the watch is almost completely transparent. Apart from its mechanism, hands and minute track, it’s made of clear plastic and it’s distinct, totally unmistakable aesthetic have made it an icon.
When you can add something like this Swatch Jellyfish into your collection, you know you’re having fun with this hobby.
Check them all out in the vintage watch shop before they go!