Betteridge: a quick guide to buying vintage watches… with better knowledge

Would you describe an old-looking timepiece as being “vintage”? In the very first place, what does “vintage” mean? Having consulted our trusted Oxford English Dictionary, we discovered that contrary to what many may perceive, “vintage” does not only mean “old”. Two main definitions are listed if used as a noun: firstly, “vintage” refers to “the year or place in which … More

Rolex Cellini Moonphase: New Moon Dance

“Can I just have one more Moon dance with you, my love? Can I just make some more romance with you, my love?” ~ Chorus of Moondance (1970) by Van Morrison Yes, Van Morrison’s Moondance of 1970 came to mind when we saw this Rolex Cellini Moonphase and yes, once again, Rolex has romanced fans of its dressy Cellini collection with … More

Rolex Air-King: Still flying

The Rolex Air-King, introduced at the 2016 BaselWorld watch fair, has prominent features such as the 3, 6 and 9 Arabic hour numerals, combined with the smaller numerals for the minutes (in five-minute intervals, that is 5, 10, 20, 25, etc). What is probably more appealing for collectors is the “Air-King” lettering; these are the same fonts used for the … More

Rolex Submariner Ref. 5517/5513 MilSub: Military Provenance

Sorry folks, watching television is bad for you. If you are over 25 years old, every hour spent watching TV reduces your life expectancy by around 22 minutes (to be precise, 21.8 minutes) on average, according to the research article, Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a real life table analysis, found in archives of biodmedical literature found in … More

The Deep Sea: What we do not know

While you may know that the oceans cover 71% of the Earth’s surface, are you aware that it contains around 97% of our planet’s water? Do you also know that 95% of our oceans remain unexplored? Or, that more men have landed on the Moon than those that have dived into the deepest areas of our oceans? The point is, … More

Spinning the Rolex GMT-Master Yarn

A couple of years ago, when a good friend asked what accessories came with the Rolex GMT-Master reference 16700 , I must admit to being stumped. Being the hardcore Rolex collector that he is, he gave a smug smile and began spewing out terms like the Jubilé and Fliplock bracelets. The GMT-Master reference 16700, made between 1989 and 1999 which … More