John Hawley has kindly allowed me to share this video which I made to convey an issue that has arisen with this historically important and very beautiful watch. It is only viewable to members of this website.
Vintage Seiko SQ – Quartz (7546 Movt.) Price: SOLD Free Postage with the UK For details of how to pay please … Contact Me I am soon to publish a video on the restoration of this original and very functional vintage Seiko SQ watch. The piece has benefited from a complete overhaul in which every … Read more Vintage Seiko SQ – Quartz 7546 Movement
Vintage Seiko Sea Lion (6600-7140R) Price: SOLD Free Postage with the UK For details of how to pay please … Contact Me I restored this beautiful vintage Seiko in a video. With its sunburst silver dial and sword hands there is a strong Grand Seiko resonance in the styling of this beautifully simple and elegant … Read more Vintage Seiko Sea Lion (6600-7140R)
Deadline for Submission is 12.00 GMT on Friday 31st July 2020 Other Competition Rules: This competition is in no way affiliated, endorsed by or associated to YouTube. It’s free and simple to enter. Just start filling out the form below these rules. Entries must comply with YouTube Community Guidelines which can be found here … … Read more The Great Watch Enthusiasts Quiz
Ingersoll Aviation Chronograph – ST1901 Price: SOLD Free Postage with the UK I used this watch in my Norway video. It’s a very striking piece; not at all lacking in self confidence. Ingersoll really got the styling of this watch down well, its a faithful nod to early twentieth century military watch design with the … Read more Ingersoll Aviation Chronograph – ST1901
Seiko Sea Lion M77 – 30 Jewels – 1967 Price: £385 Free Postage (within UK) SOLD A quintessentially 1960s Seiko with a good quality 30 Jewel movement. This was a particularly good time for period for vintage Seiko and this watch is a striking example. With a case diameter of 39mm this is an oversized … Read more Seiko Sea Lion M77 – 30 Jewels – 1967 – 39mm
In the fight to claim the right to the title “Best Value Watch in the World” a watch is going find itself up against some very stiff competition. Firstly the watch is going to have to be very far into the ‘low cost’ end of the price spectrum. A watch that costs more than a … Read more Best Value Watch In the World
The desire for a new watch is perfectly understandable; folks like new stuff! It’s just the way it is. Whether or not it is the right way to go when dropping $7K on a watch is ultimately only something the person buying the watch can make a judgement on. What is certain however is that it is not the only option. In my work as a watchmaker I routinely service Vintage Rolex watches and I am constantly struck by just how functional and resilient these pieces are.
The ubiquitous Submariner has been through an interesting evolution in terms of both movement and subtle styling on the case. The transition to high beat (28,800 vph) was fundamental in terms of its power pack improvement and the 3135 movement which as I write this in September 2019 still powers the latest models is a very business like engine. The 3035 movement is also highly functional and the 1500 movements still hold their own very nicely.
So, with the internal technology then there is a compelling argument that this evolution has seen steady and demonstrable improvement. The criteria for measuring this is reasonably objective and hence contention is low on this issue. However, when we consider the concurrent evolution in case design the same lack of contention is missing. There is no raging agreement that Rolex has got the styling of its current submariner range case ‘right’. Such judgements are of course much more subjective and with Rolex stoking demand by constricting the pipeline to the Authorised Dealers effective analysis of sales based on true ‘consumer taste’ is tricky. There is a feeling that the modern watches are in demand because they are hard to get not because of some fabulous intrinsic design triumph.
This dissatisfaction with the modern styling is something quite commonly voiced and the look of a watch is of course very important. There is a feeling maybe that the design of the earlier models, the Rolex 16610, Rolex 16613 (probably the best vintage Rolex in my view of them all) The answer to all this aggravating nonsense with waiting lists to me seems pretty obvious … do not buy new!
The answer to all this aggravating nonsense with waiting lists to me seems pretty obvious … do not buy new!
Buying a vintage piece is in the current climate not a bad option at all.
This article compliments the video I made for my YouTube channel on this watch. So if you would like a really good look at this vintage Rolex in action then take a look ….
The advantages and disadvantages of buying a vintage Rolex are …