Vintage Watch Blog.
When Working with vintage watches, new discoveries, especially an entire category, is astonishing and fun. Recently, I purchase a Waltham Military Hack Watch, one that was contracted by the government during WW2 and issued for special purposes to a particular branch of the armed forces. Although fairly uncommon, I've seen similar pieces around. This one really struck me as it was practically new old stock with what appeared to its original strap. The polished surfaces, coined front and back edges, and black face with contrast hands and markers made this piece really stand out.
While examining the watch, what came to mind is this. Wow, this is the real deal. A real government issued military watch from WW2. While all the other tool watch manufacturers have to market their military legacies, either real or made up, these watches stand alone as the real military wristwatch. Most interesting about this category of vintage watches, is that there is little to no market for them. Great examples can be had for the $500 range or less. What? Is this just a little secret that only a few know about? These pieces seem to be rarer than a Rolex explorer of the same period and they can be bought at this price?
Keep your eye on these pieces. I don't tell the future very often, but I'm going to right now. These pieces are going to become highly prized collectors items and significantly rise in price in the next 10 years. I would bet my life on it. Okay, perhaps that's a bit too much to bet. But the bottom line is this, this category of vintage watches are hot and ready for a huge explosion in price.
A good watch accessory for people who purchase fine watches can be a best friend. Let's face it, you can spend thousands on a fine watch or a number of fine watches and it's nice to have some quality accessories for traveling, storage or simply keeping the watch safe and clean.
Our leather watch pouch is everything we wanted. There are a few requirements we had when thinking about offering pouches and finding an exceptional source. First, they had to be hand-crafted (hand cut, worked and stitched); second, they must be made in the USA and third, we wanted them to be high quality but simple in design.
After dozens of calls and emails, looking at samples... finally we found the craftsman capable of making what we wanted and delivering a fine product. Hand-crafted in California, these pouches are worthy of storing any fine wristwatch or pocket watch and offers a decent level of protection against shock and the elements.
To introduce these pouches, we are offering them at a special price. Since they are hand-crafted, supplies are limited. You can check them out and read more about our watch pouches by visiting our watch pouch page. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email us or connect on social media.
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.
Adam J. Dubilo, founder of Adam Vintage
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