The real cost of inflation and why luxury watches might be the shrewdest investment

The real cost of inflation and why luxury watches might be the shrewdest investment

I don't pretend to be an authority on global finance. Likewise i've never really approached the idea of collecting watches as anything more than a passion pursuit. However recently I've begun to notice (along with people far more qualified that me) that inflation is creeping ever higher and sooner or later the Bank of England will be forced to do something about it. With a great many commentators forecasting a significant rise in inflation (maybe even to double figures!)  and with a post pand...

On your marks, get set...

On your marks, get set...

For some watch makers, the term 'Mark' is used so infrequently, that when a new version is issued, the fanfare is akin to that which might accompany a coronation. (they are about as frequent too) For other watch manufacturers the rotation of designs and upgrades are so regular they can barely keep up with a coherent naming convention and the term 'Mark' in that instance becomes largely meaningless.  I've always thought it's a sign of a relative lack of confidence for a company to make so many...

The future of space exploration needs to remember the past

The future of space exploration needs to remember the past

I read, with a certain amount of excitement,  about the recent contract awarded by NASA to SpaceX to help land the next generation of astronauts on the moon as part of the Artemis programme. We are going to back to the moon! And not before time either in my view. As a child of the moon landings I vividly remember the excitement generated by the original Apollo missions and it has always seemed crazy that what we could do 50 years ago, seems beyond us now.    Of course my thoughts also immedia...

Guest Review - Longines 7150 Skin Diver

Guest Review - Longines 7150 Skin Diver

This week we are delighted to welcome a review from esteemed publication Hairspring who have taken a look at a watch dear to our hearts, the Longines 7150 Skin Diver.    "I’ve written multiple times here on why I love the 7150. I love all EPSA Super Compressors for the most part, but this design hits just right. One property of the 7150 that never fails to impress me is their sheer diversity. Some go grey, some go rusty, some go chocolate. It is a reference that wears its history on its di...

British Summer Time

British Summer Time

Is there such a thing as a seasonal watch? I suppose it depends on which season you are talking about of course but, with Summer nearly upon us, my own thoughts have turned to the kind of watches I'd like to be wearing during the long hot days to come (surely!).  For me something you could easily wear to the beach comes to mind. There are no shortage of suitable dive options, from the ever dependable Rolex Submariner and Omega Seamaster collections through to the less obvious, but equally app...

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...