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 ...

A nice day for a white watch

A nice day for a white watch

When I was a young man, free of cares and woes, there were certain things in life that were absolutes. Banks were safe places to leave money, the England football team was one of the best in the world, computers would never be small enough to fit in the average home and when you bought a good quality watch, the face would almost certainly be white. That wasn't to say other watches, famous watches at that, weren't different colours. But it was just the way things were meant to be, watches had ...

Rolex Submariner 5513. Get 'em whilst they're hot!

Rolex Submariner 5513. Get 'em whilst they're hot!

Last week I talked at length about the launch of the new 2020 Rolex Submariner. At the time I wondered what effect that launch might have on the pre-owned market. Mystery over! In the last couple of weeks I have been lucky enough to sell three absolutely exquisite Rolex Subs 5513's and an 'as new' 2019 Hulk. Let's just say demand is high. And who can blame those buyers.  There is nothing more appealing than a legendary timepiece which, by default, is now in limited supply.   As I wrote last w...

Rolex Submariner 2020. What's 1mm between friends!

Rolex Submariner 2020. What's 1mm between friends!

It's happened. Some people (including Rolex) said it probably wouldn't happen this year.  But then it did. They launched the first new Submariner in 12 years and people went into meltdown. Whether you love it or hate it, there's no getting away from the fact that the Rolex Submariner is the tool watch of the horological world. Perhaps even the most iconic of all the Rolex watches. So when they change it, we notice. Especially when they change something as established as the actual size of the...

What a year for watches. Many happy returns!

What a year for watches. Many happy returns!

These four watches share something very suprising in common with me. We were all born in the same year and no, before you ask, i'm not only 21. Leaving aside the tough paper round I clearly had, what it obvious to anyone who cares to look, is the fact that some faces defy age.  Mrs Watch Collector would be the first to agree of course,  but whereas I wear my years of hard labour in a face that can best be described as 'lived in', these masterpieces of mid 20th century engineering are perhaps ...

It's time to go back (to front) to work

It's time to go back (to front) to work

September is that time of year we all begin to focus our minds on returning to work. This year, for obvious reason, that return to work is unlike any other as the world tentatively returns to something approaching normality. Its undoubtedly been a tough summer for everyone and I know from my own experience it's been a challenge to keep business moving. But I am, if nothing else, an optimist (you have to be) and so for this week's blog I'd like to share with you a few pieces that for me repres...

Dive Watches - Part Two!

Dive Watches - Part Two!

  So it turns out there are a lot of dive watch enthusiasts out there!  And more importantly a lot of dive watch enthusiasts who like the idea of owning something with a little more individuality.  After my piece last week about some of the lesser known brands from the 60's and 70's that rivalled Rolex and Omega I was inundated with requests for more information about those pieces from Marc Nicolet, Enicar Sherpa and Elgin. I was, of course, happy to oblige. As a result of those enquiries I...

Dive Watches. Dare to be different.

Dive Watches. Dare to be different.

  You can barely say the words “dive watch” without following it with the words Submariner and Seamaster. Rolex and Omega are so synonymous with the genre that it’s hard to judge any other brand or model without referring to the two Swiss giants. Let’s be clear, they’ve earned their status and they build dive watches of supreme quality. Furthermore it’s arguable they’ve established the design ethos of the whole dive watch industry and set the standards by which others need to be judged. But… ...

The Age Of The Tudors (or if you prefer) Why you should Choose a Tudor!

The Age Of The Tudors (or if you prefer) Why you should Choose a Tudor!

  It’s great to be in the know isn’t it? To be ahead of the game and privy to what’s hot and what’s not. I’ve always felt that way about the Tudor brand to be honest.    I’m fully aware that a lot of people know the brand, of course they do, but I’ve always suspected that for many people Tudor is perceived as nothing more than a poor man’s Rolex. In other words they simply don’t know quite how good these watches are. This became apparent to me the first time I ever put a Tudor Ranger on my...

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch - Calibre 3..2..1..Lift Off !

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch - Calibre 3..2..1..Lift Off !

  It’s a legend, there can be no doubt. You can keep your Mariana Trench and high altitude test pilot watches, the Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 went into space! It doesn’t get anymore challenging than that.  Ask any serious watch collector to mention a famous movement and it’s a fair bet the Cal 321 is on that list. So much so that Omega has recently relaunched this groundbreaking specification in a special edition (for that read $59k) watch last year and now, at last, in a new steel edition...