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!!
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the title says reference point understanding the Rolex Sea-Dweller line dating back from the start in 1960’s, this watch has done 50 years and changed since the very first one, the 1665 single red Sea-Dweller and now Rolex finished with the 50th Anniversary in 2017. Enjoy the video by Hodinkee!!
Sell Your Rolex Sea Dweller
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.