The Real Cost Of That Pre-Owned Watch You Bought From The EU

The Real Cost Of That Pre-Owned Watch You Bought From The EU

Wherever possible, I steer well clear of politics, mainly because I'm right and everyone else is wrong and they don't like to hear it!  However, whilst not wishing to stir the pot in any way, what has become clear to me in recent months, is the cost of of doing business in Europe is becoming increasingly difficult, due in no small part to the unforeseen 20% VAT charge that must be placed on any items coming into the UK from the EU, in line with what has been happening with the rest of the wor...

Time flies for an iconic design

Time flies for an iconic design

Time flies for iconic design

Today's tongue twister. "If you only ever had to wear one watch, which watch would it be?"

Today's tongue twister. "If you only ever had to wear one watch, which watch would it be?"

Despite sounding like a watch themed tongue twister, this is actually a question I'm frequently asked. As the owner of 'more than a few' watches, it's a question I struggle to answer. It's the infinite variety of timepieces that has always appealed to me, from dive watches to drive watches and everything in between. So asking me to choose one watch is always going to be a struggle. But that doesn't mean the whole watch industry and market doesn't find itself obsessed with the idea of this que...

A true 'one of a kind' watch deserving legendary status

A true 'one of a kind' watch deserving legendary status

1968 Heuer 2446 Rindt with factory order Tachymeter dial. I'd like to introduce you to something very special. A 1968 Heuer 2446 Rindt with factory order Tachymeter dial. This might just be the most special watch that I hold in my hands this year! It's easy to become blasé about the history of some of the watches that come across my desk. I love them all, or else I wouldn't have bought them in the first place. But in a collection of hundreds of watches, it's easy to lose sight of the exciteme...

Things are definitely looking brighter.

Things are definitely looking brighter.

Is it me or is there a distinct sense of optimism in the air?   As I look out of the window of my study it even feels as though Spring is making an attempt to join in with the growing sense positivity that is sweeping the nation. I wouldn't go as far as to say my garden is a riot of daffodils but there is a definite shift in mood that is reflected in nature, the speed of vaccinations and, dare I say it, the vintage watch market. Regular observers of my site will have noticed a huge influx of ...

Putting my money firmly where my mouth is!

Putting my money firmly where my mouth is!

I've lost count of the times I've been asked whether a vintage watch makes a good investment. My reply is nearly always the same. "It depends". It's not that I'm trying to avoid the answer or, heaven forbid, I don't believe in the merits of a vintage watch as a worthy investment. No, in truth the simple answer is I understand how wary a potential investor might be when considering a watch as a potential long term investment.    For me the beauty of a vintage watch purchase is that, as investm...

By Royal Appointment to the Crown

By Royal Appointment to the Crown

I'm a huge fan of period drama. Give me a Sunday night of historical fiction and I'm there. So I was delighted to see the latest season of The Crown return to Netflix last week. (as to how much of that was fact and how much fiction, I'll leave to others to decide!) Notwithstanding any views on the monarchy, I've always been intrigued by the choice of timepiece for the Royal Family and with the latest series set in the 1980's (I vaguely remember that decade!) I was trying hard to spot the peri...

Two Very Special Dive Watches With A Shared Vintage

Two Very Special Dive Watches With A Shared Vintage

I make no apologies for saying these might be two of the most significant watches to come across my desk in recent times. Whilst I can wax lyrical with the very best of them and I'm not shy of a dramatic turn of phrase, there are occasions when I'm rendered a little speechless.  No. 1 The first moment was when I opened the box of this Rolex Sub 5513 dating from 1984. I checked my notes again. Then checked the watch again. Surely there was some mistake, because the watch before me looked nothi...

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

This Remembrance Sunday, perhaps more than any other given the current circumstances, I'm reminded of the sacrifice countless people have given in the service of their country. I think nobody needs reminding of the passion I have for military watches. Looking through my collection I was suddenly struck by the number of RAF issued watches I have available from my collection. Today it seems appropriate to share just a few of those with you.   To start with, take this stunning Lemania RAF issue ...

It's time for action and I've got just the watch

It's time for action and I've got just the watch

Recently, as you may already be aware, I've been re-organising my collection and assessing my stock. This has nothing to do with Mrs Watch Collectors' insistence on me getting my act together, I was going to do it anyway (honestly).  In any event last week was all about sports watches, but this week I've been categorising my collection of military watches and what a joy it has been. I can barely pick a piece up without spending an inordinate amount of time either researching it again on the i...

Omega - The Sports Watch For All Seasons

Omega - The Sports Watch For All Seasons

Sometimes I take moment to review my collection and it's an exercise that never fails to reinvigorate my interest. On this occasion I took a few minutes out of my busy day (looking at watches on the internet) to organise my inventory (looking at watches I own) and, as a result, I put together a selection of Omega sports watches that genuinely surprised me. Not just in terms of the sheer quantity of Omega sports watches I had assembled (that never really surprises me or Mrs Watch Collector) bu...

The Iconic 1970's Face Of The Beautiful Game

The Iconic 1970's Face Of The Beautiful Game

Nobody could ever say football was a quiet game of subtlety.  It's a sport that excites the passions and makes the heart beat faster, a game full of colour and life that is loved the world over.  And perhaps the decade that most excites the imagination is the 1970's. A time of Pele, Cruyff, Beckenbauer and Omega! Ok, in a list of famous footballing Icons perhaps Omega isn't the first name that springs to mind but, for me, this Omega Soccer Time is perfect reflection of the most iconic decade ...