For those newbies in the audience, DOXA Sub 300 Series diving watches are just about the coolest timepieces from the golden age of diving. In the late 1960s, SCUBA was enjoying rapid expansion amongst amateurs, and some of the coolest innovations in dive watch technology date to this era. Of those innovations, DOXA is responsible for a handful of the most important, which should have cemented their place in history and driven the market into a furor when vintage sports watches took off in the past 15 years with collectors. Alas, DOXA has remained a relative unknown to all but a few collectors, and values are but a fraction of what they could be if they were better known.
Our personal crusade to promote the awesomosity of vintage DOXA diving watches may be paying off - inquiries keep pouring in, and several excellent pieces we have curated have sold in recent weeks. It is always sad to see these rarities leave the collection, but we are thrilled to see them being appreciated and enjoyed.
With this increase in awareness to the DOXA story, we have been even more vigilant in our search for excellent early examples for our inventory, and are very pleased to present this single owner (!!) Sub 300T Searambler model. Featuring the same technical elements and design as the rest of the series, the Searambler models are fitted with awesome silver dials that really stand out on the wrist. This particular example also features the US Divers/Aqualung logo on the dial, meaning it was originally retailed through dive shops in the United States.
Coming straight from the wrist of its original California-based diver, you can be sure this excellent piece enjoyed its time beneath the waves of the Pacific, and is now looking forward to a lengthy retirement on the wrist of its next caretaker.
Imagine a perfectly sized steel men's sports watch...that is a GMT...and is also a chronograph. That'd be something, eh?
We are happy to present for your consideration this stunning Heuer Autavia GMT 2446C - the watch that checks all of the above boxes, and more.
The name "Autavia" comes from a combination of two words: Automotive & Aviation. Heuer originally applied the moniker to dashboard clocks instrumentation for use in automobiles and aircraft, but recycled in the 1960s and applied it to their line of professional racing chronographs for which the name is best known. These early Autavias feature large steel screw or snap-back cases and Valjoux manual-winding chronograph movements. GMT models are particularly rare, featuring distinctive two-tone "Pepsi" bezels and a third large hand displaying a second time zone.
Values for early Heuer chronographs (particularly manually-winding Autavia models) are on the rise, and clean, original examples are getting hard to come by. This particular example is about as honest as the come, featuring an unpolished case and a clean, even patina to the hands, dial and markers. The bezel has developed a perfect fade - the kind that makes Rolex GMT owners get jealous.
It would be hard to find a vintage timepiece - any vintage timepiece - that is more perfectly suitable for the international man of motorsports. We've looked.
For an in-depth review of the Heuer Autavia 2446C GMT, click on over to OnTheDash, HERE.
"The Dream" if you will, of the vintage wristwatch collector, is to find a completely original timepiece in the hands of its first owner. The story of the piece is that much clearer and the connection to history is that much greater. It is a truly exciting feeling knowing that a timepiece is being transferred from its first owner directly to you.
That's what happened in the case of this super cool Clebar Chronograph - recently acquired from the collection of its original owner in upstate New York. Powered by the legendary Valjoux 7733 manual-winding chronograph movement, this Clebar is an excellent (and affordable!) alternative to its contemporary counterparts from brands such as Zodiac, Heuer, or Breitling. In short, it is an excellent vintage chronograph with all the looks and a much smaller price tag.
This timepiece is in outstanding original condition, featuring its original dial, hands, and bezel, all with the perfect amount of patina. The movement has been recently serviced and it is running like a top - ready for another 40 years of service to its next owner!
One of the coolest parts about wristwatches are the variety of specialized tasks they can be designed for - be it diving, aviation, motorsports, yachting, or even measuring how much time you have left on your parking meter. If you can think of it, chances are someone has figured out how to make a wristwatch to suit the lifestyle and environmental needs of its wearer.
In 1956, Rolex unveiled the Milgauss, an anti-magnetic wristwatch designed for use in places with strong magnetic fields such as research laboratories, power plants, and medical facilities. Named for its ability to withstand fields of up to 1000 gauss, the Milgauss became an industry standard anti-magnetic timepiece along with its counterparts - the IWC Ingenieur and the Omega Railmaster. The relatively unusual nature of its specialization makes vintage versions an interesting collector's piece, but the model is still in production today, and the latest versions are truly striking.
In fact, we'd go so far as to say the V-Serial Milgauss, such as the example we have presented here, may just be our favorite modern-era Rolex. With its classic Oyster case design, dial detail, and unmissable lightning-bolt seconds hand, this is a supremely cool watch! While many buyers tend to go for the green crystals variant, these sharp white, orange, and black details make this example is truly striking, the kind of timepiece that is just hard to stop looking at...
We are a couple of guys based in New York City with a passion for bespoke style, substance, and authenticity. Admittedly, we appreciate ALL well-crafted and precious things, from fine single-malts to handmade cordovan bluchers, but we have a special and earnest love for the world of vintage goods, in particular, the world of vintage and luxury timepieces. We love the stories and histories vintage watches contain and the unparalleled craftsmanship with which they were made, often harkening back to an era when raw value was respected and a firm handshake was unflappable. Most importantly, we enjoy them for the works of wearable art that they are. We've had it with digital...we are 100% analog.
Our goal is to find and bring to market a small collection of exceptional vintage and contemporary timepieces. All of our items are hand-picked by our team, representing horologically interesting, important and desirable pieces. Essentially, we scour the market for the best available wristwatches, authenticate them and present them to you in an honest and straightforward manner.
We are here to help you buy a watch — not sell you one.