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Talking Watches With John Edelman

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Talking watches with john Edelman, this video Stephen Pulvirent from Hodinkee  is interviewing John regarding his fantastic pieces from all the Swiss watches from the best brands. A nice variety of collectible pieces. Bulavo, Rolex, Porsche design, Omega, Heuer some of the watches in the video!

 

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Radium Testing on Vintage Watches

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Radium Testing on Vintage Watches, a neat video catch up on Hodinkee where they do some radium testing on some timepieces.  Radium was used early on in wrist watch making for the hour markers or numbers as nothing else was available at the time for the luminosity on seeing the time while diving or at night times. The radium used is small amounts of radiation but glows really bright and the life span of radium is half like at 1600 years!!

All watch makers went to tritium radium mixture about mid 1960,s due to not using Radioactive material for obvious reasons. They then applied tritium to all the dials up until 1999 which had only .25 radium used, hence “Swiss T25” on the dials, then finally switched to super bright luminovo which is currently in use by all the to watch brands.

A lot of the older Rolex dials had “Swiss” at the bottom and were radium, then they went “Swiss T25” with Rolex or Omega “T Swiss Made T” which stands for tritium. In current days “Swiss Made” at the bottom from 1999 was the cut off for tritium use. Tritium has a life span of around 12.5 years so most of the vintage watches past mid 1960,s up to 1999 do not glow at all and usually have a lovely aged patina a key selling point with vintage.

The tester is a really good piece of kit for the vintage watch buyer as most of the old time pieces have had a re dial  or been re-lumed which is no no for the true vintage watch hunter, but like every thing vintage comes down to affordability. Some of the classic vintage pieces are very pricey also very hard to find the full sets with great provenance which is another key factor as well as the lume.

Check out the video!!

 

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Talking Watches With J.J Redick

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Talking Watches With J.J.Redick is another great video by Benjamin Clymer executive editor of Hodinkee. Benjamin interviews some of the astute watch collectors in the world.  All the videos with Benjamin are well worth watching if you love watches!!  Patek Philippe,  Vacheron Constantin, F.P Journe, Audemars Piguet, Rolex, IWC some of the finest watch makers money can buy. Here is a link to the previous post talking watch with Ahmed Rahman another good video and timepieces.

Watch collectors are coming thick and fast these days its become a very expensive hobby some of the really rare pieces are fetching millions of dollars at auction.  Christies Auction House recently had a auction and sold some nice pieces including the Paul Newman Daytona my favorite watch I would love to own! Click on the link see what prices vintage watches sold for. Christies Sold Lots

 

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Phillips: Hong Kong Vintage Watch Auction

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Phillips Auction in Hong Kong 30 May 2017 should have some really nice vintage pieces for sale it seems the world has gone vintage mad! The auction has some great pieces from Heuer, Omega, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, Longines, Breitling, Zenith, Panerai, Bregeut, Patek Philippe and many more. These vintage watch auctions pull some top money for the right pieces as they are getting harder and harder to find in top condition box and papers and folk wanted to snap the top pieces what ever the cost.

I was never into vintage watches was always in to modern pieces till about 5 years ago, but then I realized how nice it is with aged patina and matt dial etc…..and just simple the simple fact the watch had be worn and loved rather than stored in box. But unfortunately you need pockets these days to buy them vintage pieces from top the names and I mean deep deep pockets.  The Paul Newman Daytona 6363 was may be around £300 in the 1970,s some these days fetching over a million dollars. Any thing Paul Newman or Steve Mcqueen wore are timeless classics only going one direction in price and people know this. This Rolex Daytona 6263 did a staggering over $3 million!!

Take a look at some of the lots at auction some stunning pieces.

https://www.phillips.com/auctions/auction/HK080117

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Talking Watches with Pras Michel

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Talking Watches with Pras Michel a video by Hodinkee as always they have some of the best collectors in the world with all there cherished timepieces.  Some of the worlds finest Patek Philippe & Audemars Piguet content love them all just not the price! Great video one of the best I watched.

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Talking Watches with Morgan King

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As the title says Talking watches with Morgan King, part of the Hodinkee Talking watches series a favorite of mine, I like sharing as they find the best watch collectors worldwide and show they stunning watches off.  Vintage Rolex, Vintage Heuer, Vintage Breitling some of the best in vintage, love all of them wish that collection was mine. Vintage watches in the last 5 years gone crazy may be to do with more as an investment piece rather than money sat in the bank earning 0.2 interest!!

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Hodinkee Best of 2016 Review

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The Hodinkee Best of 2016 Review video lots of great watches through the previous year. I do love there video’s as watches make me tick from some of the best brands we all love Patek Philippe, vintage Heuer, Omega, Iwc, Tudor and many more. British Horology which is very good in its own right.

 

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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 3570.50.00

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As the title says following are recent blogs of the SpeedMaster Moon watch, this is the modern version of the moonwatch st 145.022 it has not changed much since the previous model st145.022.  They has been a few subtle changes the dial is luminova rather than aged tritium dials which started around late 90s. The bracelet has been updated to modern style and feel with brushed and polished finish and a lot more robust.  The movement has been updated from Cal 861 to 1861 not sure what they did more than likely a slight modification on the Cal 861 which has been in moon watches for over 20 years.

The look is still the same with hesalite crystal and tachymetre bezel also the caseback is the same as previous model st 145.022, the changes  overhaul are very minor, the biggest change is the look modern or vintage which just comes down to taste personally vintage look for me always.  The luminova dials glow really bright in the dark as the vintage stuff does not glow at all as tritium loses its luminosity the longer it ages.

There is actually an newer version to this model, made a few years back only difference is they gave this a new model number and updated the bracelet with screws and a pins instead of the pin and tube just to make it easy to remove links and possibly less chance of age related stretch.  However they added a huge briefcase style box that weighs a ton and bumped the price up to £3390 from around £2700 but the actual watch head stayed the same.

If your are looking for a modern speedmaster moonwatch this is the one to buy 3570.50.00 if you want a vintage moonwatch then look for the st 145.022 as prices are still good and not gone crazy yet.  The earlier moon watches are stupid crazy money and hard to find.

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