The world of vintage horology can be esoteric, snobby, unapproachable. We’re here to try and change that. This week we welcome back @aircooltime to de-mystify the world of gilt Rolex.

What to look for, what to avoid, and how these amazing watches were made.

So without further ado, let’s turn…

Except for the rich kids mentioned in Patek Phillipe advertisements, almost no one’s first wristwatch could be called something like a ‘grail.’ (Usually it’s called something like Timex, or Swatch, or Seiko.) But for certain people, once they learn about timepieces, some sort of fire gets lit. …

‘So ein Modell laesst man nicht auslaufen, ohne etwas Neues in der Hinterhand zu haben.’

So the word is out. Supposedly it was an Italian dealer that let it slip. The most popular Patek Phillipe will be discontinued. At first it makes no sense; that is, unless you follow Patek…

All the good stuff is too expensive.

That’s what you would think if you’ve followed vintage chronograph prices since the ‘80s or ’90s. First it was the Rolex Daytonas from the ’60s. Balanced, lovely, well-designed, and now the cost of a very nice car or a cheap house. Heuer chronographs…

When you bought vintage instead of brand new, you’re being brave in a way. You have to be an educated buyer. You have to navigate this world of secondhand goods. Buying a new watch is the ‘easy way.’ …

CC: So, Edgar, what watch are you wearing?

E: It’s my Rolex 6694, my first Rolex. I bought her in Paris last year to celebrate my 18th birthday.

CC: Does this Rollie get regular wear, or is it more of a special occasion piece?

E: It’s my daily watch, I…

'Form follows function.’ It’s a cliché phrase, but 100 percent true when dealing with many Angelus watches.

Founded in Le Locle by two brothers in 1891, Angelus was a well-known watch and clock manufacturer of its day. …

As mentioned in the companion piece, the Omega 'Geneve' is the sort of underrated little brother of the brand’s watch lineup. But it’s much more than that! The vintage Geneve line covers dressy, classic, and sports watch styles; there’s just too many good examples to fit into one article.

First…

In the distant watch-nerd past known as B.I., (before Instagram) the main source of horology info came from online forums and message boards. Back in the day on these forums, if you had an Omega, it needed to be a Speedy. If it wasn’t one of those, then a Seamaster…

Men who guide the destinies of the world wear Rolex watches.

This was the slogan of the famous Rolex ads of the ’50s, and it seems these days have at least in some ways returned. Whereas most American Presidents have worn understated wristwear in the recent past (think Clinton in…

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