How do you sell a watch to someone in the cell phone age? It’s a question being asked by dealers, journalists, and, of course, marketing teams at the big watch brands every single day. The day of the watch, in many ways, is past us. We don’t need them. So selling them as a necessity is out. But we all want something to aspire to, and that’s the key to understanding why
In this episode of "What Is On My Wrist " Cam talks about a1967 Universal Genève Space-Compax (Ref. 885104/01) that is in absolutely stunning condition. There are have been various speculations about the intended purpose and inspiration behind the design of the Space-Compax, the most probable conclusion is that the "Space Compax" was designed to replace the Omega Speedmaster as the watch of preference by NASA during a time in history in which space exploration was at the forefront of international news and public consciousness.
In many ways, the Tudor "Big Block" was superior to its bigger brother the Rolex Daytona. In this article, we provide a brief history and technical overview of the Tudor "Big Block" reference range of chronographs and talk about why the "Big Block" has been increasing in terms of collectability and desirability among the vintage collector community.
In this episode of "What Is On My Wrist" Cam talks about an incredibly rare and highly sought after Rolex Day-Date ref. 18238 that possesses an onyx stone dial variant. For a short period of time, Rolex manufactured timepieces featuring exotic materials. Such as dials mode from various minerals, woods, and stone including Black Onyx, African Mahogany, Lapis Lazuli, and Birch among others. Most commonly these watches were produced in 18K yellow gold. These style variants are always strikingly vivid with high contrast and minimalist design. Due to only being in production for a short era, today's collectability for these pieces is very high.
The average vintage focused collector may not consider a modern Rolex Submariner, Omega Speedmaster, or Patek Phillipe of the latest variety to be a collection requisite, most will voice a quiet appreciation for what the current references represent. Just as the earliest incarnations of Rolex’s sports watches epitomized the cutting edge of what the industry was capable of, and beyond, so do the modern ceramic references. While we could wax on about how these great timepieces arguably set the bar for all other manufacturers to follow, how we arrived at this present state of excellence and the specific models that paved the way is a far more interesting story which we can define as the transitional range of watches. This transitional range of watches is now referred to as "Neo-Vintage"
In this episode of "What Is On My Wrist" Cam talks about the Rolex Submariner Ref 14060. The Ref. 14060 is, for many, the perfect cross between old and new. With modern advancements and more classic design. The Ref. 14060 Rolex Submariner is a versatile wristwatch for pretty much every situation.
In this episode of "What Is On My Wrist" Cam talks about a "Neo Vintage" classic, the Rolex Explorer I Ref 14270. Cam provides a brief history of the Rolex Explorer 1 Ref. 14270 and talks about how the Ref. 14270 bridges the gap between a classic vintage Rolex and a watch of more modern design and build from Rolex!
As the watch market has grown continually more sports Rolex crazed, interest in modern references has increased drastically, making it near impossible to get a hold of current production models without paying a hefty premium. This can be seen best in the case of the all green “Hulk” Submariner, which attracts serious appeal while remaining quite polarizing. Although this modern reference is no slouch, it could be argued that its older brother — the Ref. 16610LV — brings more to the table in the way of timeless styling and importance. For those that wonder why this watch has become the crown jewel of modern sports Rolex collecting, here’s the comprehensive guide you’ve been looking for.
The Rolex "Day-Date" is one of the most iconic and beautiful watches in the Rolex catalog. In this episode of "What Is On My Wrist: Cam discusses a rare and interesting Rolex "Day-Date" dial variant nicknamed the "confetti dial". The multi-colored "confetti" dials are coveted among collectors, not only for they're a rarity but for their subtle yet vibrant dial details that are truly unique amongst Rolex dials as a whole. The term "confetti" is in reference to the compilation of individual colors that make up the single base color of the dial, creating a colorful and speckled dial appearance when observed up close... Be sure to like comment and subscribe to the Craft+Tailored official YouTube channel for the latest updates and content from Craft+Tailored
The IWC MK XII is becoming a "Neo-Vintage" classic. In this article, we discuss a brief history of the IWC Mk reference range and provide the technical and design details of this IWC mid-1990's classic. We dive into the details and explain why its a watch worthy of spending time on one wrist!
In this episode of "What Is On My Wrist," Cam talks about a very interesting Elgin chronograph that retains its original box and papers from the 1960s. Elgin was an American watchmaker with a very storied history dating back to 1864 that produced some fascinating watches throughout the company's history. Unfortunately, Elgin disbanded in the year 1968. All US manufacturing discontinued and the Elgin name was sold. After the Elgin names initial sale, the title passed through several hands, which resulted in some interesting pieces that were manufactured under the Elgin name from all over the world. This Elgin Chronograph ref. 7452 is a complete time-capsule full set. The case of the ref. 7452 is reminiscent of the Heuer Camaros of the same era. The "panda" matte white dial with black subdials is signed T Swiss T and features charming red accents. The watch employs a Valjoux 7736 chronograph movement and comes complete with all of its original accessories.
In this episode of "What Is On My Wrist: Cam talks about a Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 Nicknamed the "Polar Dial" and provides a brief history of the Rolex Ref 16570. The Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570 was introduced in 1989 and was the predecessor to the Rolex Explorer II ref. 16550. The Rolex Ref. 16550 and Ref. 16570 look very similar but do have some big differences. The Explorer II reference 16570, featured a newer type of movement the caliber 3185 and later the 3186 which offered the jumping hour hand. It also only had one obvious visual change from its predecessor, the use of black hour marker rings and hands on the white dial version as opposed to the previous white-dial model which had white gold hour markers and hands like the Submariner and GMT-Master.
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