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 dressy IWC, and a 65-year-old Omega.
Steel, manually wound Omega time-only watches are, quite possibly, the most undervalued in the vintage watch market. Take this Geneve for example : Its case manages to be, while refined, substantial and appropriate for the modern eye. Beyond, the detail of the hands and dial give it wonderful character. And finally, the 526 caliber is not only completely designed in house, but built for both impressive accuracy and longevity. It’s hard not to fall in love with a watch this good, geeks.
It’s a rare occasion that we’re able to find a 50’s Omega of this quality. Its original radium dial sets the tone for the quality of what’s to come : an unpolished steel beveled case, gold dauphine hands and fresh caliber 354 bumper movement. No facet of this piece disappoints and to say I’m proud of this offering would be a huge understatement.
Rolex Date Ref. 1500
It’s a vintage Rolex, 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 everlasting, ever relevant because its elements, while simple, are perfectly executed both in design and function; and true quality never goes out of style. From razor sharp oyster case and immaculate silver dial to its tritium hands and lume plots, this reference 1500 is something any Rolex geek would be lucky to call their own.
A movement sparked by the Rolex Daytona, vintage manual wind chronographs are just about the most desirable watches on the market today. These are the kinds of watches, if you can interesting examples that will steadily appreciate in the coming years; even after the mild wear of baseball games, bike riding and beer shotgunning. And this example, a Chronograph Suisse, is oozing value. Its original dial is extremely clean, its syringe hands are complete with their factory radium and its beveled case gives the piece wonderful depth and detail.
From its old world “International Watch Co.” signature and oversized yellow gold case to its freshly overhauled automatic 853 caliber and broad dauphine hands, this IWC is about as desirable as vintage dress watches get. Sure, as someone that thinks every watch geek should have one proper dress watch, I’m a little biased. But the fact that it can be paired it with a light brown suede strap for a more casual appeal is a major, undeniable plus.
Rolex Datejust Ref. 16013
Steel oyster case, old world engine turned bezel and immaculate grey sunburst dial – the equation is simple and yet, so incredible. No single design element at play here seems so hard to conceive but together, they make a legend of watchmaking. Although not the most expensive Rolex on the market, the Datejust is a foundational, irreplaceable part of their catalog, to say the least. Calling it anything but one of the worlds most important watches would be a gross understatement and still, it flies under the radar. No wonder why we love them so much, huh?
Rolex Thunderbird Ref. 1625
Ever see one of these before? Funky, isn’t it? It’s a Rolex reference 1625 Thunderbird and its star, the “Turn-O-Graph” bezel, could never be mistaken for another. Originally designed in the 1950’s to equip the American demonstration pilots named The Thunderbirds with a proper navigational tool, the Rolex Thunderbird line has since become vintage Rolex lure. As uncommon as they are distinct, these watches have developed a cult following and deservedly so. Not only is the Thunderbird history rich but its style is extremely charming – it manages to balance refinement with sport unlike any other model in their history. I’m incredibly proud to have sourced this terrific example – enjoy, geeks!