In this episode, Christian dives into the 6 new watches on the watch shop!
ROLEX DATE REF. 1500
In the world of vintage Rolex, dials are king. And this sunburst taupe dial is something extremely special. Not only does it absolutely explode under any lighting imaginable but it’s it flawless in condition. It has even retained each of its puffy original tritium lume plots, each nestled behind their respective hour markers! Moving beyond the dial, the fact that this Oyster Perpetual comes complete with its original Rolex Oyster bracelet absolutely blows me away. Most often, we find these models on generic leather straps (which is no point of shame, by any means) but to be lucky enough to snag one on the steel Oyster bracelet it was born on is an almost surreal experience, even for me.
ROLEX DATEJUST REF. 1601
Stunning, isn’t it?? It’s a Rolex Datejust reference 1601 and, if you know me, you know just how passionate I am about it. From its white gold fluted bezel to its rare sigma dial, 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.
This watch isn’t just a part of diving history, it predates the damn Submariner. The Zodiac Seawolf is a cult favorite but due to their original nature as tool watches, these Seawolfs are most often found with shattered bezels, cracked crystals and destroyed dials. That’s exactly why, when I found this example, I was so incredibly excited to share it with you. Its minty dial, crisp case and original bezel blew me away and I have a feeling you’re pretty darn impressed too.
ROLEX THUNDERBIRD REF. 1625
The Thunderbird was originally designed in the 1950’s to equip the American demonstration pilots. The Thunderbird line has 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.
Let’s break down the elements. First, it features a matte black dial – a total throwback to the vintage Submariners we love so much. Accenting that matte black, instead of green superluminova, we’ve got creamy tritium lume plots and mercedes hands which give the entire color scheme beautiful depth and character. Taking a step back and admiring the case is a pleasure, too. Not only is it finished with a brushed grain throughout but its defined by massive bevels on each lug. And the icing on the cake is that ghosty grey bezel insert; it allows the black dial and tritium to really be enjoyed.
This vintage Paul Garnier is exactly what I’m talking about when I tell you watch geeks that, if you wait long enough, you’ll stumble upon truly valuable watches that wont break the bank. In the watch world, we lose sight of what a dollar means and what it should return us – this P.G. does the opposite. It balances independently bold design elements like a flat bezel and convex sunburst dial with ease, creating a totally unique and beautiful aesthetic.
Check them all out in the vintage watch shop before they go!