The Classic vintage Rolex Air-King-Date, circa 1969 ref. 5700. Originally developed and introduced in 1958 the Air King line become the only one that lasted from a slew of other similar Rolex models developed after WWII by Hans Wilsdorf (founder of Rolex) to honor the airmen of the war. The other models were the Air Lion, Air Giant & Air Tiger. Commonly sold only within the Commonwealth countries. The Air King was then developed further to include an automatic self-winding movement and a Date function. This model is automatic and has a beautiful black matt dial. This example includes a beautiful rare tapered and riveted Oyster bracelet with folding clasp. The Air-King-Date was much rarer than the Air-King without date and had an unusual case that is slightly larger at 35mm than the 34mm Air King (non-date version), making it very desirable and a favorite among collectors !
1960 Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner 'Pointed Crown Guards' ref. 7928. Beautiful 'gilt' dial with gorgeous patina and in all original condition. 39mm case diameter without the crown guards and equipped with the beautiful cal. 390 automatic movement the watch is an absolute joy to wear. The bezel has faded to a very nice light grey or so called 'ghost' bezel. Original Oyster bracelet by Rolex. An absolute future 'grail' in my opinion...
The original Tudor Snowflake Submariner - Prince Oysterdate. This watch was produced prior to the 9411/0. The 7021/0 was the first of Tudor's Submariners to feature a date and as well this watch was the first to feature the new logo (shield) instead of the older (Tudor Rose). They were also the first of Tudor's Subs to feature luminous hands and markers for easy reading when diving. Introduced in 1969 until being replaced by the 9411/0 in 1975. This specimen is all original and features a beautiful faded ghost bezel.
Enter the 'Holy Grail' of classic vintage watch collectibles .. 1969 Rolex DAYTONA Cosmograph, so called Paul Newman ref. 6241
Where do I start .. so much has been documented about these watches. I purchased this one from the original owner, with an unique story, and I think thats what collectors appreciate about purchasing from me, I really try to curate all my vintage pieces from the owners or owners family; provenance is hard to put a price on. Owned and previously loved by a Canadian gentleman, who purchased the watch while backpacking in Europe ! He made the purchase in Zurich, Switzerland and made a good choice when he chose to take the unpopular (at the time) exotic dial over the more popular regular configuration. Purchase price approximately $600- USD .. Fast forward a few decades and after a little research he did on his own he figured it was time to cash out on the vintage watch craze and put the money to better use..
This model has the black acrylic bezel with reference number 6241 produced from 1967 along side its brother the 6239 (on Mr. Newmans wrist in the photo above). The 6241 fetches a 15-20% premium over the 6239 for the black acrylic bezel. It has powered by the Valjoux Cal. 722 - 18,000vph mechanical movement photographed above. This 6241 is complete with the very rare and sought after exotic so called 'Paul Newman' dial produced by Singer. The dial was available alongside the regular dial and was relatively unpopular, making them uncommon now and extremely rare and sought after. Historically these watches just keep heading North in terms of value and I think this is just the beginning !
A real 'classic'.. The Tudor Submariner so called 'Snowflake' ref. 9411/0, circa 1975. Hands down one of the best vintage sport submersible watches on the market in the price bracket. If you want to get into the Vintage Submariner, Rolex or Tudor for under 8k then this is the watch for you. Beautiful Submariner Stainless Steel case by Rolex S.A., blue dial with large square luminous hour markers and luminous wrench style hands ... The bezel has faded and become a very sought after 'ghost' blue/grey colour .. Just amazing !! Get in touch for more info and pricing.
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Amazing find !! Vintage Rolex Submariner ref. 5513, circa 1968 'Meters First'. This watch comes to me from the original owner and was purchased in 1969 on the island of Barbados, West Indies. The is in very noce original condition with a completely intact original 'meters first' dial. Very nice faded bezel as well.
Super looking watch !! Vintage Rolex Explorer II ref. 16570, circa 1995.
There is something about the 18k Yellow gold modern Rolex Daytona's reference number 16518 on a strap that is very appealing. Classy and sophisticated, yet not as ostentatious as the full gold case and bracelet. The strap makes it less at home near water or on a beach and more comfortable in a board room or business lunch worn with a suit. Simple and elegant !
Stainless Steel Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph, so called 'PANDA' ref. 3569.31, limited edition made to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Apollo XI Moon Landing in 2004. This is one of my 'FUTURE GRAIL' watches.. It has all the makings of a future classic. Beautiful white on black configuration with applied Omega logo and makers; hesalite (plexi) crystal with Sapphire case back.
Absolutely incredible! The original condition and beautiful 'aging' of this pure classic. Omega Speedmaster ref. 2998-6, circa 1962.
This is part of a series of Omega Speedmasters that was produced between 1959 and 1962 (a very short run), in which there were eight iterations of the model (2998-1 to 2998-62)produced, spanning over the three years of production. This reference was produced between the ref. 2915's (first Speedmasters) and the 105.XXX's (then more modern look) pre-moon Speedmasters. The 2998's had a number of small differences between the models within the production run, mainly hands and changes to the dial. The case and movement were unchanged for the most part.
A beautiful all 'original' example of an ICONIC watch.
New for 2016, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay finished in Bronze. This watch has a really beautiful chocolate brown outer bezel with tropical brown dial, as with the original model in stainless steel this has the 'big' crown as well. Some differences to the original include the drilled lugs and 3,6,9 numerals on the dial and probably the most important difference is the fact that this is the first Black Bay to include the Tudor 'in house' movement.
2016 TAG Heuer MONZA Calibre 17, 40th Anniversary, just released at BaselWorld. This watch comes as the second iteration of a re-release of the original Carrera based 1976 Heuer Monza. The original was released on the heels of Niki Lauda's 1975 World Championship win in his exceptional Ferrari 312t. Heuer had been a sponsor since 1971 and this was a good reason to commemorate with the Carrera-Heuer Monza Chronograph. The 2016 redux looks just as nice and is sure to be a hit with watch and car enthusiasts alike.
The all new for 2016, Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King, ref. 116900. Beautiful 40mm case in 904L steel. Black dial with large combination 3,6 and 9 numerals. The Air-King lettering on the dial is the same that was designed originally in the 1950's. Waterproof to 100 metres. A modern take on a popular classic in the Rolex line-up, this is sure to be a 'hit' !
It's here! The all new for 2016, Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph DAYTONA ref. 116500LN in stainless steel with black ceramic bezel (available with black dial as well). 40mm case diameter with cal. 4130 in house self-winding movement.
Classic vintage Rolex Oyster Cosmograph DAYTONA reference number 6263, circa 1970's. This watch is one of the later models, which includes 'screw-down' waterproof chronograph pushers and black acrylic outer bezel. This dial is one of the classic silver; silver hands and stick markers with black subsidiary dials. The combination is simple, classic and gives the watch a slightly larger appearance on the wrist when compared with the reverse combination, black dial and silver or white subsidiary dials. The bracelet is the classic Rolex Oyster type with folding clasp and tapered links which is the original bracelet that was sold on this watch.
The combination of 18k Rose Gold and black Rubber is pure 'class'. This modern take on a timeless design is really a winning combination. One of the nicest modern chronographs on the market today!
The 'Offshore' Royal Oak was designed and developed between 1989-1993 and was based on the original Royal Oak by Audemars Piguet which was designed by a legend, Gerald Genta in 1972. Seen below in this undated photo of Gerald Genta himself, who is inspecting the similar model Rose Gold Offshore in his hands and wearing a classic original two tone AP Royal Oak on his wrist.
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