n this episode of "Under The Radar" Tyler takes us through the IWC Calatrava range of wristwatches. The IWC Calatravas from this era share common design traits to other more expensive Calatrava style watches that have come from other brands including Patek Phillipe but at a much more affordable price point without sacrificing quality, steel is simply stunning with a nonsense design. The dressy Calatrava case and dial design pairs excellently with the utilitarian stainless steel material. This watch makes for a highly reliable daily wearer, that is designed to last.
Why the Rolex Air-King does not receive more attention is a bit of a mystery. The brand’s various sports watches continue to garner the majority of the public’s attention, and even many of the previously-ignored models have started to catch on with certain pockets of the collecting world in recent years. And yet, the Rolex Air-King continues to fly under the radar. However, the Air-King name is one of the oldest in Rolex’s catalog, pre-dating all of the brand’s legendary sports models and first making an appearance way back in the 1940s. Strangely, Rolex doesn’t consider this to be the official start of the Air-King collection, and despite having one of the longest and most unusual histories of any Rolex model, the Air-King remains largely overlooked and often even ignored.By:Ripley Sellers
In this episode of "What Is On My Wrist" Cam talks about a fan favorite. The IWC Mark 11 (Ref. 6B/346). Mk. XI was a watch born out of rigorous specifications and necessity. As the British Ministry of defense came to realize after the issuance of the famed “Dirty Dozen” timepieces, they came to the conclusion that these watches just weren’t accurate or durable enough for their pilots. So in 1947, the British Ministry of Defense created the 6B/346 navigation watch standard which became known as Mk. XI. Both IWC and JLC produced watches under the 6B/346 specification. The JLC Mk. XI was discontinued in 1953 and IWC then become the sole supplier, outfitting RAF Pilot’s until the watches were decommissioned in 1981.
One of the biggest draws of vintage goods is that every item has a story. Even when you don’t know its history, the simple fact that it has one makes it inherently special and unique. Our human imaginations can’t help but be inspired when we see scratches on the bezel of an old Rolex Submariner, or vintage old Les Paul where the varnish on its neck has been worn away from years of use. And this isn’t just me romanticizing old and well-loved items; the second you start to wonder how a scratch or dent might have occurred, your imagination is already up and running (whether you want to entertain it or not).By:Ripley Sellers
In this episode of "Under The Radar" Tyler talks about the Glycine Airman. The Airman was a watch produced out of necessity for the encroaching "Jet Age" of the 1950s. The Airman was designed around the requests from international pilots themselves, a watch that was automatic with a 24-hour dial and date function with centralized hands and a rotating 24-hour bezel. Learn more in this episode!
In this episode of "What Is On My Wrist" Cam takes us through an interesting Daytona Ref 6265 from 1974. This 1974 Daytona Ref. 6265 example, often referred to as a "ROC" dial and also as a "Big Eyes" Daytona. This is an early dial variant that only bears the words Rolex Oyster Cosmograph and lacks the red Daytona text above the 6 o'clock subdial. The nickname "Big Eyes" was coined by Rolex collectors to highlight the fact that the chronograph counters of this type of dial are larger than normal.
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