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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.
Did you ever wonder how and when the classic three register and two pusher chronograph wrist watch we all know and love came into existence? I know I have - and if you're the type of guy that likes to know or tell the story behind your prized possessions, well let's just say this is a story you'll want to know.
It all started with Universal Geneve. Universal claims to have created the worlds first chronograph wrist watch in 1917. These chronographs were fairly simply with only one register and a single pusher. Later came chronographs with two registers counting both elapsed seconds and minutes. It was Universal's partnership with Zenith and Martel Watch Co. which gave birth, in 1934, to the three register, two pusher chronograph we still see in today's modern masterpieces. Both Universal and Zenith had access to the movements developed in partnership with movement maker Martel - the watches were marketed as "Compax" meaning having three sub-dials.
It should not be a surprise, that this development in chronograph wrist watches had significant influence on what is available today.
In some more rare examples, a few other watch companies appeared to had got their hands on this movement as well. Before the famed house of Jaeger-LeCoultre, there was Jaeger and there was LeCoultre & Cie. Although the two companies collaborated since the early 1900s, it was not until 1937 when the two officially announced their alliance and became Jaeger-LeCoultre. This magnificent chronograph represents a very short time period in which Jaeger was not yet Jaeger -LeCoultre, and the birth of the Chronograph wrist watch with two pushers (1934). A tough to find collectors piece, this chronograph, circa 1934-1936, houses a historically significant chronograph movement developed and manufactured by Martel Watch Co. and most commonly seen in the Universal Geneve or Zenith Compax of the same period. Significant because it is the first chronograph wrist watch movement with three registers and two pushers - the classic layout we all have come accustomed to. It's unknown how Jaeger got their hands on this chronograph movement, but it is likely they purchased the movements in small quantities from Universal as some are noted to carry the Universal caliber number. A beautiful, robust column wheel chronograph, this Jaeger is in excellent vintage condition, including its original solid 18k gold case which measures approximately 34MM in diameter not including the crown or pushers.
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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