Vintage Watch Blog.
Last week, we took an inside look at some of my personal collection of modern sports watches, discussed when I wear them and why I have them. This week, we will discuss a couple other modern pieces and how I influenced my wife's view of fine watches.
If you haven't noticed in previous posts or in our vintage watch shop, I have a "thing" for alarms. Apparently, I like to be on time; some may call it an obsession - I say it's just good manors. Perrelet is an interesting and relatively new company. Although their marketing may suggest otherwise, the brand is a newcomer to the stage of fine watches. Nevertheless, I do like to support new endeavors, and when I set my eyes on this Perrelet Alarm about 8 years ago, my eyes lit up. The brand did a spectacular job on this watch all the way through. From movement finishing, and case finishing to the details in the dial, this watch is a stunner. When I'm setting out for a more formal business or social event, this watch is in the line-up of choices. The only draw back with this watch is that the case is large at 42MM; and thick to support the movement used and domed crystal. These attributes make the watch heavy - which doesn't bother me at all; however, due to its size and high polished surfaces, I must be careful not to put dents or scratches in the watch. But that's okay, it's why every man needs multiple watches for different occasions.
There are only a couple Breitling models I really could say I like. The Navitimer and this Chronomat from the early 1990s. Breitling incorporates some very cool layers of details in both their cases and bezel which makes these watches special. Since this Breitling is on a strap, it's a great choice for a casual day that doesn't involve water. That said, this watch get's wrist time only a couple times a month making it seem new each time I put it on.
Rolex Air-King & my Wife
My wife Jennifer is nearly perfect in every way. However, her taste in watches, or perhaps lack of enthusiasm toward watches has been quite concerning through the years. After several marginally fine gift watches through the years to see if a spark might occur I had almost given up. Last year I decided to make one last desperate attempt and purchased her a Rolex Air-King for her birthday - knowing if it never saw the light of day, I would take it over as my own and get her something else. Now, nearly a year later she is sporting this Air-King almost everyday and needless to say, she looks amazing wearing this piece. I am starting to fear I've created a problem however. Now I am getting text message and email hints on other models she would like. Thank god the kids are smart - they may have to find their own way to college.
Rolex GMT-Master II 116710
Yes, a vintage guy may like modern watches. In fact, it may surprise most of you to know that my personal collection of vintage watches are mostly special occasion watches and these modern marvels get most of my wrist time. The Rolex GMT-Master is one of my favorite watches that Rolex makes. Functional and beautiful, this watch is my accessory of choice when traveling due to its dual time-zone functionality and a great jeans and t-shirt watch that will add a level of sophistication to any casual attire.
Zenith Stratos Flyback Chronograph
Once in a while I will take guilty pleasure in wearing a massive watch. The Zenith Stratos fits the bill at 45.5MM. If I'm ever stranded without a proper dinner plate, this watch could come in handy; which makes this my watch of choice when setting out on an adventure. All kidding aside, this is a stunning watch and a great homage to the Zenith Rainbow which is why it is perhaps one of my favorite chronographs on earth. It doesn't hurt that Zenith utilizes their crown jewel El Primero chronograph movement - one of just a few of the most significant chronograph movements ever created.
A trend is starting to set-in, here is another phenomenal chronograph that gets my attention quite often. The Rolex Daytona in stainless and 18k gold is a watch that can be worn with anything and at anytime. If I'm not sure where my day or week may take me, the Rolex Daytona is a great choice. This watch holds its own with a fine suit, tux, jeans & T - whatever you throw at it this baby is ready. I would also say that this Rolex Daytona has gathered the most complements than any other watch over the years. So if I don't want to draw any unwanted attention - I sit this baby in the corner.
Omega Speedmaster Professional
I love watches with a moonphase indicator; not because it's often that I need to know the current phase of the moon, but because they just look awesome! This Omega Speedmaster is my favorite sports watch in my collection. At 42MM and a fairly thin profile, it fits perfectly on my wrist. The white dial (sometimes off white) is gorgeous and a welcome change from the many black dials that I have. This is my everyday watch that I wear most of the time. The manual winding Lemania base movement keeps perfect time well within chronometer standards. And although this Speedmaster isn't the one certified by NASA while space traveling (due to its sapphire crystal) - it's certainly the one I'm going to be wearing when the time comes to blast off to the moon.
Adam J. Dubilo, founder of Adam Vintage
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