OK, so Submariners are arguably the greatest watches ever made, and Speedmasters the most important. And we love 'em both. And Autavias. And Carreras. And GMT-Masters. And 5970s. And Royal Oak Jumbos. And...you get the picture. But how boring would this hobby eventually become if all you saw day in and day out were the same well-known and generally "acceptable" pieces? A vintage Porsche wouldn't seem all that special if they were the only cars on the road!
One factor that we feel differentiates the analog/shift approach to vintage timepiece dealings are that we readily step outside the box to source some incredibly interesting and unusual watches for your consideration. Sure, we know that not everyone will like them, and even fewer still will understand why we do it. They generally don't sell as quickly, and don't often make us much of a profit. But in the name of passion for horology, and an interest in stepping outside the bounds of traditional vintage timepiece styles, we will continue to bring these rarities to market for you to peruse.
Our latest find is this jaw-dropping ultra-thin Men's dress piece by Zenith. Featuring a solid gold monocoque case design with a manual-winding movement and a hand-hammered "bark" outer bezel, this is by far one of the coolest gold pieces we have ever sourced. Measuring 40mm in diameter and only 8mm in thickness, this beauty is simply unforgettable, and most certainly will not get lost in a crowd!
Admittedly more design and fashion-driven than many of our other offerings, we were completely taken by it the moment we strapped it on our wrists. Give it a shot and we guarantee it will do the same for you, too!
Every man needs a versatile everyday watch in his quiver; one that can be dressed up or down, works like a charm, and gives you all the information you could ever want with a quick glance at the wrist. Of course vintage is always a good way to go...particularly when they look like this!
Eterna is known by collectors for two reasons: Their contribution to the development of the automatic winding movement, and a man named Thor who wore one on his wrist while traversing the Pacific on a hand-made balsa wood raft. The latter is a story for another time, but their help in developing the modern automatic movement is nothing short of legendary. Their contribution to the technology was the implementation of five ball bearings used in attaching the rotor to the movement, helping reduce friction and maintain accuracy while being worn and used. The layout of these bearings, a pentagonal shape, was adopted by the brand as their logo in the 1950s, and remains to this day. The project name for their early movements? Eterna-matic!
The range of vintage Eterna-matic timepieces from the 1950s-1980s is about as diverse as one can imagine, with petite, ultra-thin gold dress pieces on one end of the spectrum, and large steel divers on the other. Smack dab in the middle is this guy - an absolutely stunning silver dial Reference 2002 from the 1980s. The aesthetics of this particular watch are simply brilliant, featuring a fetching linen-textured dial with raised markers, date display, and a stylized steel case with TV-style dial.
This Eterna is also perfectly sized at just over 37mm, making it a good match with jeans and a t-shirt and formal attire alike, and it looks great on a variety of straps.
This is a no-brainer; simple, easy, and a perfect daily-wearable vintage watch. No need to say more!
Wittnauer is just one of those brands we are glad hasn't been "discovered" yet. From their divers to their chronographs, Wittnauer represents a tremendous value for a well-built (Swiss!) timepiece with quality internals and pedigree in common with some much better known manufactures.
Dating from the 1960s, this Reference 7004A Chrono was marketed by Longines-Wittnauer as a professional-grade timepiece, and fitted with the well-known and ruggedly built Landeron 248 manual winding movement. The black dial features twin subsidiary registers (sweep seconds at 9:00, 30 Minute Counter at 3:00 with a 5 minutes countdown in red!) and a rotating outer bezel, which has ghosted to a brilliant shade of cranberry red.
We are constantly asked for our recommendations for affordable Swiss-Made chronographs in large, wearable sizes - and these get our definitive nod of approval! With great colors, terrific movements and large steel cases, it is damn-near impossible to find a cooler vintage chronograph for the money. Grab yours before they do catch on - and believe us, they will!
One of the most rewarding parts of working in the vintage watch business are the rare occasions that we come across something truly unusual that we have never seen before. This doesn't happen nearly often as we'd like, but when it does - and when that truly unusual watch turns out to be something downright brilliant, it makes it all the sweeter!
When this piece - an incredibly rare Bulova from the early 1930s - walked into our offices a few weeks ago, our jaws dropped. A local collector has had this in his possession for many years, and pulled it out to show us on a recent visit. Needless to say, he didn't leave with it!
You are looking at a true marvel of horological design. Outwardly, it is simply a handsome steel gentleman's dress watch, fitted with a clean silver dial bearing applied gold Arabic numerals and featuring a mechanical movement with subsidiary seconds displayed by blued steel "Lozenge" hands. The only thing that seems a little out of place is the apparent lack of a crown. But the front of the watch only tells a small part of its story - the backside is something incredible unto its own.
Flipping the watch over in your hand, you will notice that there is a hinged case back attached to the top portion of the backside of the case. At first glance it appears this is an outer covering for the internal case, something you'd need to pop out of place to adjust or service the movement. However, beneath that hinged cover is where the real brilliance of this timepiece lies. Fitted to the "inner" case back is a crown for adjusting the time displayed on the front side. Positioned next to it is a small plunger, which, when depressed, serves to wind the Calibre 7AP movement inside.
Here's how it works: When worn on the wrist, the hinged case back is gently pressed and released by the motion of your forearm. This, in turn, depresses the plunger, winding the movement internally. Known by some collectors as a "Back Wind" wristwatch, this is essentially a manually-wound movement which is drawing its power from perpetual motion of the wrist. The movement has been fitted with a clutch mechanism to prevent overwinding, and the whole thing works like a charm. And its from NINETEEN THIRTY TWO! If this watch said "Patek Philippe" on the dial instead of "Bulova," we'd be talking about a seriously valuable timepiece here...
Alas, American ingenuity doesn't add up to a whole lot of dollar value in this instance, but this is a tremendous piece of history and deserves to go into the hands of someone who will truly appreciate it for the technical marvel that it is. Drop us a line if you'd like to discuss!
We are a couple of guys based in New York City with a passion for bespoke style, substance, and authenticity. Admittedly, we appreciate ALL well-crafted and precious things, from fine single-malts to handmade cordovan bluchers, but we have a special and earnest love for the world of vintage goods, in particular, the world of vintage and luxury timepieces. We love the stories and histories vintage watches contain and the unparalleled craftsmanship with which they were made, often harkening back to an era when raw value was respected and a firm handshake was unflappable. Most importantly, we enjoy them for the works of wearable art that they are. We've had it with digital...we are 100% analog.
Our goal is to find and bring to market a small collection of exceptional vintage and contemporary timepieces. All of our items are hand-picked by our team, representing horologically interesting, important and desirable pieces. Essentially, we scour the market for the best available wristwatches, authenticate them and present them to you in an honest and straightforward manner.
We are here to help you buy a watch — not sell you one.