Check them out in the vintage watch shop before they go!
Christian reviews three of the new watches hitting the watch shop, including an ultra-versatile Datejust, a raw Longines, and a funky King Seiko.
Tudor Oyster Prince Date
I’m an enormous advocate for the vintage Tudor market, there’s no question. I think that the value that exists within it is nearly unparalleled and this reference 7966 demonstrates that perfectly. Not only does it come complete with an original steel oyster bracelet, and tone matching steel dial, but custard filled alpha hands and small rose logo – it’s beyond attractive and, as brother to King Rolex, its importance to the market is undeniable.
Without question, Longines is one of my favorite manufacturers of all time. Since their founding in Saint-Imier, Switzerland in the mid 19th century, they’ve produced in-house pocket watches, chronographs that rival the likes of Patek Philippe and some wonderfully simple three hand classics, like we have here. From its raw, widely beveled steel case and cross hair dial to its short dauphine hands, its full of beautiful design elements. Whether you view the natural aging of the as attractive patina like I do, or not, this vintage Longines is a perfect example of a truly honest vintage Swiss time only wristwatch.
Rolex Datejust Ref. 1601
This is just outrageous. It’s a Rolex Datejust reference 1601 in stainless steel and 18k yellow gold and its got character for miles. For starters, its dial has developed a beautiful natural speckling from over 55 years of exposure to the elements, which is a incredible. Then, its nonluminious dauphine hands and matching arrowhead indices add a whole new level of detail that completely separate this example from the rest.
Rolex Datejust Ref. 1600
The reference 1600 Datejust, defined by its smooth steel bezel, brings a casual finishing to an otherwise fairly formal watch. As opposed to the rich white gold fluted bezel most commonly associated with 60’s Datejusts, the sleek informality of the polished steel makes this reference incredibly approachable.
Rolex Explorer II
It’s absolutely everything you could ask for in a sports Rolex. A nearly indestructible oyster case, steel bezel, black luminous dial and even a GMT function. It’s the Rolex Explorer II, it’s an undervalued legend and we couldn’t be more proud to be offering it here for you.
Seiko Ref. 5625
Seiko is a funny brand. From the outside, it’s a manufacture of cheap watches that you throw on to beat up and never hesitate disregard in a change drawer. But from the inside, from the perspective of a watch geek, Seiko is a hero. Its a dynamic, innovative, classic and incredibly passionate manufacture responsible for some of the most interesting movements (the Spring Drive, for example), beautiful dials and iconic cases of all time.
This reference 5625, a no-frills Hi-Beat King Seiko, brings us right back to 60’s. Back to simple, incredibly robust movements, strongly defined steel cases and dials so clean you could eat off them.