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Hodinkee top 10 videos and interviews 2017

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Here is Hodinkee top 10 videos and interviews in 2017 with some the worlds biggest watch collectors and stars plus some great watch reviews as always.

10. The New Omega release at Basel 2017

9. Talking watches with John Eldeman

8. Rolex Sea dweller 126600 a week on the wrist

7. Talking watches with Jack Nicklaus

6. Three on Three steel sports watches

5.  Talking watches with Ahmed Rahman

4. The Sale of the Paul Newman Daytona

3. Talking Watches With Alton Brown

2. Talking Watches With Morgan King

1. The apple watch series

The best from Hodinkee 2017 some of the best of the best enjoy!!

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Rolex Gmtmaster II 16710 “Stick Dial” And Little History

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Rolex Gmtmaster II 16710 Coke Bezel “Stick Dial” as the title says this a classic from Rolex designed for pilots back in the 50’s and still go strong today probably much more loved than ever!!
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The Gmtmaster has a long standing history which I will briefly make a few pointers on. Gmtmaster always aspired to pilots, cause of the functionality of the watch, 2 time zones for flying to countries and keeping track of local time. The Gmtmaster in-brief history all started with model 6542 which was a modified Rolex Turn-o-Graph (Ref 6202) with mods to the movement and bakelite Glowing bezel which rotated and that model is very rare and collectible today and was first seen in the James Bond Film GoldFinger on the character Pussy galore.

The Gmtmaster has had plenty of changes over the years since the 1950’s the firsts ones had gilt dials and used radium on the hour plots that glowed in the dark which still glow today 60 years on, as Radium is radioactive material but was used in small amounts of course.  Then in the 60’s Rolex moved on to matt dials with Tritium on the hour plots instead of radium which they used all the way up to 1999 and then moved on to Luminova which is used to present day.

The Gmtmaster charm is still there thou prices souring especially the really old vintage pieces after the 6542 came the 1675 which production run from 1959 to 1980 which was Matt dial with Tritium hour plots. The hacking feature started around 1971 hacking feature is the second stops on pulling the crown out as previous models the seconds hand run continuously when changing the time, after the 1675 came the 16750 model came with Matt dial also tritium plots with hacking feature which Rolex rolled out also the quickset date change. The older models never had this feature so date changing was a pain to correct the date.  But this model was transitional model where the rare early ones where matt dial then later ones glossy dial with tritium hour markers with white gold surrounds.

The next model was 16760 Gmtmaster II and was the first Gmtmaster II sapphire crystal, quickset date change, but with a fatter case and know as “fat lady” due to the fat case,  The next model was 16700 Gmtmaster which launched same time as the 16710 Gmtmaster II around 1988 but was cheaper version supposedly!
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The 16710 Gmtmaster II which run for around 20 years and was the modern classic in every way Coke Bezel, Pepsi Bezel, Black Bezel etc… This particular one has a error on the dial which makes it special, the II on the dial after Gmtmaster has the top lines of the I missing and is seen on some dials between 2002 and 2007 upto when Rolex introduced 116710 Gmtmaster II Ceramic. Some of the later stick dials have the new 116710 movement which are thought to be rare to have hold of.
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Breitling Cosmonaut A12023.1 Chronograph 24 Hour

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Breitling Cosmonaut A12023.1 Chronograph 24 Hour special series, this is a discontinued model from 1990,s stunning piece if you can get used to 24 hour time. The watch has a manual wind movement Breitling Calibre 12 which is a Lemania movement uses 17 or 18 jewels as there is 2 versions.
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The watch looks like a navitimer but slightly smaller at 40mm and was made in very small numbers possibly around 3000.  The watch has a see through caseback with engraving Cosmonaute Série Spéciale Étanche 30 M, as well as the reference number and the serial number, which is 4 digits long very short serial for a breitling.

The dial is black with silver sub dials and tritium markers with blue hands no date function unfortunately. Overhaul a cracking piece but not easy to actually tell the time but sure to be a future collectors piece.

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The Official Omega “Speedmaster Tuesday” Ref: 311.32.42.30.01.001

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The Official Omega “Speedmaster Tuesday” Ref: 311.32.42.30.01.001 this watch has just arrived I waited a good while for this piece. My speedy was on order direct from Omega and is limited edition of 2012 in total to commemorate the Alaska project III, as in 1978 they made 56 pieces where this style of moonwatch is based on.  The term “Speedmaster Tuesday” comes from Fratello watches a watch review site that started blogging about Omega Moonwatches on a Tuesdays so they got talking to Omega and here is the end product Omega “SpeedMaster Tuesday”.  The watch is a standard modern moonwatch with a 1861 movement manual wind. A few other twists where added too first thing that strikes you is the reverse panda dial from experience panda dials and reverse panda dials collectors love and will pay a premium.

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The second thing is the watch is all brushed stainless steel not polished with brushed sides like the standard moonwatch, also the sub dials glow really bright with luminovo in the dark as well as the hour markers and hands which is a little different to standard version. The Radial Dial is stunning matt finish with the applied chrome Omega Logo always good touch its a old school thing from Omega. The caseback is laser engraved “Speedmaster Tuesday” and all brushed steel. The Speedy comes on a nice Italian brown leather strap with a Omega steel buckle just like the old style buckles Omega made.  There is also another strap a James Bond style nato strap as another option to wear. You get also the tools to interchange the straps finished off in a nice Italian leather wallet.

This is sure to be a future collectors piece small numbers made, speedmaster moonwatch, reverse panda dial, and so on you get picture!! Overall a great piece from Omega they do love to spit out limited editions, special editions and so on do not think there is brand that makes so many special editions. The Rrp was £4100 which is good value for a limited edition Speedy. Here is some pictures of my Speedy Tuesday.

 

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Talking Watches With Pras Part 2

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This video is Talking watches with Pras actor song writer, since the last video you can see here click here.  He has added some watches to his collection and done another video part 2 with Hodinkee. Some serious Patel Philippes, Audemars Piguet, etc… Pras a serious watch collector with some stunning pieces has added some really exotic watches to his collection not run of the mill all high end luxury timepieces.

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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 3577.50.00 Moon To Mars

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As the says Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 3577.50.00 Moon to mars, this was a piece I had a while back another limited edition piece by Omega which is no surprise as Omega are thee watch company that bring them in spates.  Its actually unbelievable how many limited edition pieces been produced by Omega, the moonwatch being the most editions made even now then have numbered editions which are not limited edition but kinda off an exclusive edition.
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The Moon to Mars is basically a standard Omega Moonwatch with a sub dials Mars the moon and earth which does set the dial off possibly a future collector piece. The moonwatch is great piece 40mm in size in itself manual wind movement lasts 48 hours then you need to re-wind the watch a total ball ache to be fair.  But Omega owns the rights to “first watch worn on the moon” Omega have brought plenty of new editions to the moonwatch brand since this piece was launched in 2010, 44mm versions, sapphire crystal, co-axial movements, date versions, Moonphases, etc…. no flies on Omega for milking more money out of the moonwatch.

Overall a great every day watch with a little bit of colour on the dial but still the classic design!
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The Sale Of The Paul Newman Daytona 6239 At Phillips Auction

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On Friday Phillips Auctioneers auctioned off for sale, The most iconic watch in the world Paul Newman Daytona’s, this watch was given to his daughters ex partner in the 1980’s which he wore for years.  The watch was given to Paul by his wife and at the time she requested that particular dial which is referred to as the “exotic dial” what a stunning looking piece with great provenance.  But vintage watch lovers owes a lot to Paul Newman especially the Daytona watch!

The watch started off at $1,000,000 and the second bid was $10,000,000 and kept climbing to staggering $15,500,000 with auction fees $17,750,000 making this the most expensive watch ever sold which was no surprise at all.  You can see the high lights in the video below:

Vintage Omega Deville 166 053 Day Date

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Hands on with the Vintage Omega Deville 166 053 Day Date automatic, this piece dates to around 1970,s it looks very similar to a Seamaster. The movement is Omega 24 jewel Cal 752 with fast date advancement via the second date setting on the crown.  Case size is 36mm Omega sold plenty of these pieces back in 70,s and is a good testament to Omega as plenty still around in very good condition as this one is!

The glass is plexi as most of vintage watches from that era, sapphire crystal started around early 80’s as was so much tougher and durable than plexi glass.  I do love the old Omega bracelets they was a work of art, some of the prestige models bracelets from 70’s are fetching silly money.

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The Seamaster was the real deal back then a true divers watch to compete with Rolex especially the Seamaster 300, so Deville’s was not as popular and in today’s market the Deville has changed to more dress design.  But overall a great vintage piece and not too expensive today if your looking for a cheap piece with vintage Seamaster look, the Deville is the one to buy with plenty still kicking around.
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Rare Rolex Submariner Explorer dial Sold £230K

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Rare Rolex Submariner Explorer dial Sold for £230K at Lockdales Yesterday in Ipswich it smashed the previous record for this model. The watch is Rolex Submariner 5513 which is a great watch in itself but Rolex back in the 1960’s added the 9, 6, and 3 to dial and only made a short production run. The owner of the piece said he nearly damaged the watch when it dropped in a cement mixer some time ago but it seem to have survived the fall.

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Now 60 years on the watch are collectible as hell, the more original it is the more the watch does at auction these type of pieces always end up in top auction houses around the world to bring the premium when the hammer falls you rarely see one for sale in a top vintage Rolex shop.

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The auction house estimated £7000 to £8000 which would be correct for a fantastic condition 5513, but this was the biggest sale to date since opening in 1996! The commission on this sale was £38k a nice days work for Lockdales.
Rolex Submariner explorer
The 5513 has a stunning patina on the metres first dial all matching just perfect, the bezel looks original to the watch and the lugs just look pucker for 60 years of age with the original expandable oyster bracelet. This model is slightly rarer with underline under the “Swiss” at 6 o clock. The watch had bidders in the room from all over the world in total over 100 bidders online for the watch in the end a collector from Italy won the auction to take home the stunning Rolex Submariner explorer dial.
This Rolex around the 1960,s would have been around £70 to purchase and today’s equivalent of £1000, that was great investment piece for the owner god knows what the hammer price would be with box and papers with the original sales receipt!

The Paul Newman Daytona is coming up for sale shortly and will break world records as the most expensive watch to date.