Elgin Cushion with Small SecondsElgin Cushion with Small Seconds

Elgin Cushion with Small Seconds

A cushion cased Elgin from the 1920’s featuring small seconds and a heavy lume dial. Even though the watch is around 100 years old its size and design remain relevant today. This Elgin was without a doubt intended to be a tool watch. The large radium filled Arabic numerals coupled with its heavy lume hands hint at the fact that whoever wore this watch (FSF engraved case back initials) needed a reliable and legible timekeeper. Brand: Elgin Model: Cushion Case with Small Seconds Size: 32mm Metal: Steel Movement: Manual Year: 1920’s Detail: Case back engraved “FSF”

Lookout Bracelet (Fishtail with Silver ID)Lookout Bracelet (Fishtail with Silver ID)

Lookout Bracelet (Fishtail with Silver ID)

This solid sterling silver classic fishtail ID bracelet was hand-braided in Brooklyn, NY. The creator used premium nylon cord, lightly coated with wax, giving it a 100% water-resistant finish. The wax coating guarantees its durability and many years' worth of typical daily wear. It features a sterling silver button clasp closure. Available in two sizes, M (7.25") and L (7.75").  In the local craft markets of Jericoacoara, Brazil, Australian-born Scosha Woolridge sold her very first piece of handmade jewelry. This was the beginning of a passion for jewelry-making that continues to this day. Scosha draws her inspiration from the cultures she observed on expeditions through the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and South America.

Rolex GMT-Master 1675 “Fuchsia” Bezel on Jubilee BraceletRolex GMT-Master 1675 “Fuchsia” Bezel on Jubilee Bracelet

Rolex GMT-Master 1675 “Fuchsia” Bezel on Jubilee Bracelet

The GMT-Master reference 1675 is a Rolex masterpiece, there is something incredibly special about the reference. Perhaps it is the way it can make you feel when you travel with it. I might be biased though! A GMT is always on my wrist when I am on a plane. Kinda like a horological safety blanket. Featured here is a 1972 example found in fantastic condition still retaining its thick case. Fitted on a jubilee bracelet and wearing a fan favorite “fuchsia” bezel insert. What was once a bright red and blue bezel deemed the “Pepsi” has faded into a navy blue and fuchsia color. A detail that is incredibly sought after by fans and collectors. The beauty of vintage Rolex is the fact that no two examples will ever be the same. Each watch is unique in its own way. Each has led a different life and that’s what makes collecting these watches so fascinating and all- encompassing. Note: the dial on this GMT has been replaced with a newer one and the hour hand appears to have lost some luminescence material. In-Depth Reading The Rolex GMT-Master burst into the scene thanks to a collaboration between the Swiss manufacturer and the American airline Pan Am. The model was developed to aid airline pilots as they embarked on long transcontinental flights. The very first GMT model was the ref. 6542 now deemed the no crown “bakelite” for its plastic rotating bezel and lack of crown guards. The 6542 had an interesting short life for three main reasons. The first being its radium filled bezel, which led to people claiming they had gotten sick through their exposure to the chemical. The second was also centered around the bezel but this time it was about its fragility. Bakelite cracked easily, which compromised the watch’s integrity. The third and last reason was the absence of crown guards, which enabled humidity and moisture to get inside the movement and wreak absolute havoc to the movement and dial inside. In 1959 the 6542 was phased out and the workhorse 1675 was introduced. Along with it came an endless variety of dials, bezel types, movements, and details that make the reference one of the most collected and sought after by collectors. Technical Specifications Brand: Rolex Model: GMT-Master Reference: 1675 Case Size: 40mm Movement: Automatic Cal. 1575 Complications: GMT Function Noteworthy Details: Fuschia colored bezel insert Crystal: Plexiglass Year of Manufacture: 1972 Box & Papers: No

Rolex Submariner-Date 16800 Tropical Dial on Oyster BraceletRolex Submariner-Date 16800 Tropical Dial on Oyster Bracelet

Rolex Submariner-Date 16800 Tropical Dial on Oyster Bracelet

Transitional Rolex sports models are incredibly fun to collect because you never know what you are going to get. Take this reference 16800 as an example. That dial was originally black but has since turned into an even brown a process called “topicalization”. This ref. 16800 hails from 1985 and is put together by an oyster bracelet. The money is on the dial and hands. If you notice you will see the hands, indexes, and insert pearl all match, meaning everything has aged accordingly and nothing has been switched out. In-Depth Reading The Rolex Submariner is often regarded as the most iconic watch ever made. To dissect its entire history within this space would be impossible so we will make sure to explain it in long form as an article post. But here is a little taste, a short and sweet bio of the Submariner-Date. The addition of the date function to the Submariner began the “sporty-luxury” era for Rolex. The fact that you could finally wear your diving (weekend) watch to the office under your shirt cuff opened a whole new market for Rolex. The first new-era Submariner took the form of the reference 1680 launched in 1969 and phased out in 1978. It was then followed by reference 16800 in 1978, which now included a sapphire crystal (a modern departure from the plexiglass era) and an upgraded case and movement. Both references 16800 and 168000 (made for 2 years) are lovingly known as “transitional” references as they represent exactly that. A moment in time when Rolex was morphing into the luxury watch brand we know today. Technical Specifications Brand: Rolex Model: Submariner Reference: 16800 Case Size: 40mm Movement: Automatic Cal. 3035 Noteworthy Details: Brown dial “Tropical” Crystal: Sapphire glass Year of Manufacture: 1985 Box & Papers: No