Greg Franks is a man I didn’t know 6 months ago. Yet when I started the Watch Collector, it was to enable me to talk to and hopefully meet people like Greg. People who shared a passion for vintage watches, enthusiasts who appreciate the aesthetics and simple beauty of a perfectly engineered measurement of time. […]

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Maybe it’s just me, but wherever i look these days I seem to see vintage watches. (The theory doing the rounds at The Watch Collector is that i might be slightly obsessed!) I can’t help feeling that the whole vintage watch market is going through a significant surge in growth. And surely the fashion and […]

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Recently i had a significant birthday (lets just say if i was a cricketer, i’d have been raising my bat in acknowledgement to the pavilion). My wife, observant soul that she is, thought i might like a special watch as a birthday present which is how i became the proud owner of a Rolex submariner […]

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For many the trend of women wearing mens statement watches can be dated back to Sharon Stone in the 80’s and her undoubted love of wearing mens Rolex watches. Not only wearing them, but making them look sexy and symbolic in an empowering way.  But even before Ms Stone was making the Rolex Submariner a […]

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We’ve all been there. A watch that catches the eye, a final piece in the jigsaw of a collection, one that quickly goes from a “wouldn’t that be nice” to a “how can i go on without it”. And then begins the long, slow process of justification which leads to bargaining and, inevitably, a new […]

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Some years ago i read that the Louvre gallery in Paris typically displays around 8% of it’s permanent collection at any given time. EIGHT PERCENT! I have spent many hours walking the endless halls of the Louvre and it was a figure that astonished me. Yet that French bastion of culture is not alone, with […]

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Why on earth would you buy a vintage watch online? If you haven’t asked yourself that question before, it’s more than likely you haven’t bought or thought about buying,  a vintage watch online. In my experience it’s the biggest bar to most people going ahead and making a purchase. Horror stories abound concerning the pitfalls […]

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If you have any aspiration to the idea of owning a “collection” it’s a question you will have undoubtedly been asked. (invariably by your other half and usually as the holiday fund disappears into another must-have timepiece). I’ll be honest and say I loathe the enquiry, chiefly because I rarely have an answer that adequately […]

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